Life’s Playlist….. Embraceable You by Ella Fitzgerald

If Ella Fitzgerald had lived, she would have been 101 today.  A Happy Birthday in heaven to one of the best ever.

No better voice.

Life’s Playlist…. What the World Needs Now performed by Sara Bareilles

On this date in 1995, America was attacked, by our own citizens.

I can recall the moment I heard about the Oklahoma City Bombing, I was sitting in my office at Carey Special Events in Atlanta, like with many horrific events in our nation’s history, it took some time for the devastation to sink in.

American citizens drove a moving truck into the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.  The moving truck was a bomb, the impending carnage killed 168 Americans.

Over the next hours and days, the heartbreak of Oklahoma City encompassed our nation and when the reality of those lost, including toddlers in a preschool became known, the nation mourned.

Since Oklahoma City, there have been many more incidents of national tragedy, tomorrow will mark the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

We get a lot right in America, but sadly we also get a lot wrong.  Hopefully one day we really will understand, what the world needs is love, sweet love.

Life’s Playlist…. Go Rest High On That Mountain by Vince Gill



Life’s Playlist… Abraham, Martin and John by Dion

On this date in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered.

I don’t remember MLK, but I believe his mission was one that we can still learn from today.  Unfortunately as with many things in today’s society we have bastardized the original intent, putting a stain on the words of Mr. King.

Mr. King fought against racism and inequality, I believe that 99% of our country deplores racism of any kind and inequality.  HOWEVER, some of those who MLK fought for lead the racism charge at every turn.

Many of those who have made a career of “carrying on the dream of King,” are some of the most racist members of our society.  These professional “victims” are as dangerous as a man dressed in a sheet.

Until we ALL start to embrace the dream King preached for everyone in our society we will not find a nation free of bigotry.

To gain this equal justice for all, a cornerstone of responsibility and lifting oneself up has to be in the hearts of every citizen.

When we all honor our society, our nation and our fellow-man, we can reach the dream, but the dream cannot be achieved until all sides come together and accept responsibility for the injustices we still find ourselves trapped in.



Life’s Playlist… Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw

On Saturday, Coach Ted Law passed away.  Coach Law was a good man and at 90, lived a full life.

Coach Law, was a teacher and basketball coach at our High School for many years.  Many of my counterparts remember Coach Law from those endeavors, I remember him for a different one.

My primary memories of Coach Law are as a Sunday School Teacher.  When I was a kid, he was my Sunday School teacher in 6th and 7th grade.

At a time when young boys are our most impressionable, when we are raging with hormones and learning who we are, Coach Law took us under his wing and helped shape us into young men.

In class, Coach Law ran a tight ship, he did the same in Sunday School class.  There was no room for disrespect, foolishness or idle hands, we were expected to be mannerly and engaged in the lessons.

During those years I was receiving perfect attendance pins each year in my Sunday School class.  When I had my tonsils out, Coach Law piled the class into his car and brought them to our house so I didn’t miss class.  That’s the kind of man he was.

More than just Bible lessons, Coach Law taught us about life, how to be good citizens and how to lead a life of faith and he walked the walk, leading by example.

Coach Ted Law was a good man, he will be missed and his impact on our community will be felt for years to come.  I am indebted to Coach Law for the guidance he gave, his compassion and gentle spirit.

Thanks Coach, for a man who inspired and taught us how to live lives of respect, you will most be remembered as a man who exemplified humble and kind.