It’s Not the Stuff of Hollywood, But the Nashville I Know and Love Deserves Red Carpet Treatment

We are all guilty of intensely attaching our attention to the national event of the day. Particularly, in the Trump era. While we are waiting for the next presidential foible, life is on the move. Unfortunately, human suffering doesn’t go on holiday while we are busy devising the best country-saving strategy. While perfectly innocent citizens were being detained across the country in a colossally disorganized … Continue reading It’s Not the Stuff of Hollywood, But the Nashville I Know and Love Deserves Red Carpet Treatment

Dropping #BillionaireBetsy for #TeamBetsy. When You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Force ‘Em to See You

Did you read about it, too?  Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), the last great hope for the DeVos-averse has acquiesced and is solidly #TeamBetsy. I’ll let her tell you. My statement on Betsy DeVos: pic.twitter.com/LopDmk48Lo — Senator Deb Fischer (@SenatorFischer) February 2, 2017 Seems all 50 votes have been secured. Yippee. Not really. We can exert valuable energy disliking and fighting her every decision, or we … Continue reading Dropping #BillionaireBetsy for #TeamBetsy. When You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Force ‘Em to See You

This Teacher Holds Mini Pep Rallies For Each of His Students – Every Day!

If you have not watched the video below, you’re in for a treat! This amazing teacher has connected with each of his students through the brilliance of customized greetings, or as I like to call them – mini pep rallies. Mr. Barry White Jr. engages his students on a deep level by: simply acknowledging each child. honoring their individuality and importance at the top of the every … Continue reading This Teacher Holds Mini Pep Rallies For Each of His Students – Every Day!

After a Brutal 2016, Miranda Christy is On a Peace Waging Mission

Miranda Christy, a Nashville attorney, has previously appeared on Volume and Light sharing nuggets of wisdom after surviving a uniquely challenging school board election.  I asked my friend if she would again be so kind to contribute by offering a message of hope for the new year after a brutal 2016 and  a 2017 that has already waged war on the moral collective. Suffering. The … Continue reading After a Brutal 2016, Miranda Christy is On a Peace Waging Mission

Director of Schools Lays Down the Law and Welcome Mat for Nashville’s Children

Originally appeared on MNPS’ website Monday, January 30.  We have a diverse and wonderful group of students, families and employees at Metro Nashville Public Schools. We welcome anyone from any nation, culture, religion and ethnic background. President Trump’s executive orders on immigrants and refugees have had a real effect on the MNPS community. The President’s actions have understandably caused a tremendous amount of concern for … Continue reading Director of Schools Lays Down the Law and Welcome Mat for Nashville’s Children

Screw You, Imma Do Me Thanks for Writing. Sincerely, Lamar

Y’all remember when I made an appeal to the distinguished gentleman from the great state of Tennessee, Sen. Alexander? Here’s the very canned response: January 30, 2017   Ms. Alvesia Wilson-Hawkins Hermitage, TN 37076-1370 Dear Alvesia, Thanks very much for getting in touch with me and letting me know what’s on your mind regarding President Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos to become the next Secretary of Education. … Continue reading Screw You, Imma Do Me Thanks for Writing. Sincerely, Lamar

Hey Black People, It’s Getting Real In These Streets –Are You Paying Attention?

This is specifically for black people. In the spirit of the great el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (formerly Malcolm X) when speaking at length on white people’s interest in participating in the civil rights movement: “the black man has got to help himself.” America, the Bully Have you heard the saying “when America gets a cold, black America gets pneumonia?” Or MLK’s “Injustice anywhere is a threat … Continue reading Hey Black People, It’s Getting Real In These Streets –Are You Paying Attention?