Company’s Coming

Over the past few weeks I have had several friends visit God’s Country.   It is always great to see my friends from around the country and great to catch up with them and where they are in their lives.

When company visits, it is also a way for me to show off God’s Country, the beauty of the nature and the magnificent people.  They usually always tell me, “now I know why you call it God’s Country.”

The same happened in reverse when I lived in south Florida.  My friends and family would visit and I would show off the ocean views, the manicured lawns and introduce them to my friends.

When I lived in south Florida I referred to it as paradise, another fitting moniker.

One of the things I love most about company coming to town is the opportunity to re-appreciate many of the sites of our community I may not often see as a resident.

It is ironic that we live in these special spots on our globe and our day-to-day lives sometimes keep us from being able to appreciate them to the full effect.

Over the last weeks I have had time to dine in restaurants I don’t get to enough and shop in small boutiques and specialty shops that sometimes fall off my radar.

A couple of weeks ago, I was able to hike Pickens Nose.  A beautiful mountaintop overlook that makes me feel as close to God as anywhere I have ever visited.

I get to Pickens Nose once or twice a year, but each time I walk out on that rock and overlook God’s creation I am humbled.  One day (hopefully many years from now,) my family will make that trek with my ashes and return me to the land from where I came and the spot where I feel closest to heaven.

Guests ensure me a visit to Black Rock Mountain and Tallulah Gorge where I tell the story of watching Karl Wallenda walk across a tight-rope and standing on his head twice when I was a young boy.

These visits from friends allow me to showcase our lakes and sometimes when the timing is perfect, attend the Georgia Mountain Fair reliving the history of my Appalachian home.

I look forward to visits from friends, just as I did when I lived in Florida.

Being able to showcase the land I call home is a pleasure, I take pride in my little corner of God’s Country and appreciate having the opportunity to re-visit the places I treasure most.

I fight an internal battle that I don’t visit these spaces often enough, just because.  And then I realize, being able to experience them through fresh eyes keeps these special places all the more awesome when I return.

Y’all come to the mountains, I’ll be happy to play tour guide!

Short Notes – 10.18.13

RIPTom Foley, Former Speaker of the House

It’s been a tough week for all of us, but forget the Congress, the President, the Tea Party, the Liberals…forget them all THIS is what makes America great, regular folks just celebrating life….. Friday’s Hero, the Highway Sing-A-Long Guy, TJ Smith.

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THIS was my jam!

Thursday Words

Ms. Gladys Knight….. enough said

Thursday night television is once again Must See TV…. Scandal, WOW!  #OperationRemington and then there is Grey’s Anatomy when did Grey’s get good again?

Question of the Day:  Is anyone on television better than Shonda Rhimes right now?

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Autumn in South Florida…. our trees change colors too!  Condo Life, 10.18.13

Tuesday 10 ~ Kevin Rolston

TuesdayKevin Rolston has been a radio mainstay in south Florida for years.  He is the ring-leader of one of the highest rated morning shows in the market on WILD 95.5FM.

As the reasoned member of the KVJ Show, Kevin makes daily attempts to carouse his partners Virginia and Jason, usually failing in the process.

Since making his entry into the south Florida market, Kevin has gone from twink single guy to muscle head husband and father of three.

Kevin’s talent has allowed him to make a smooth transition from party guy to dad, all the time leaving his audience laughing.

I appreciate Kevin taking the time to respond to the Tuesday 10 and hope you will enjoy his responses.

The KVJ Show may be found in syndication here  or listen on iHeartRadio here.

Check out Kevin’s blog here

Kevin Rolston’s ~ Tuesday 10

1) Excluding family members, who inspires you?

The kids we encounter through our charity, Little Smiles, inspire me more than anyone I have ever met. Many of these kids are facing terminal illnesses, yet they have the courage to smile and even comfort the adults around them. Many of them are still accomplishing great things even during their illness. For instance, Talia is a 14-year-old girl who has been on the Ellen DeGeneres show countless times and has a YouTube channel with hundreds of thousands of followers. If she can accomplish all of that with cancer, what should I be able to do without it?
2) What is your guilty pleasure?
Right now, it is craft beer. My favorite beers, overall right now, are Magic Hat #9 and Sam Adams. I still love sampling and finding another great beer to add to the rotation, though. Plus, it gives me an ongoing excuse to have “just one more . . . for research.”
3)If you were to write a book, who is one person you would want to list in the acknowledgements and what would you say?
Is my wife gonna read this book? If so . . . for self-preservation, the answer is easy. Outside of my family, I would write an acknowledgment to Lynn Avery, my high school AP English teacher. She took me, a C student, into an AP english class, because, despite my grades, she believed in my creativity. At the time, no one believed in me, including myself. I was the class screw-off and destined for a life that is usually showcased on “Cops.” She showed me something about myself that I’m not sure I even acknowledged. Without her, I doubt that I would have ever pursued the life that I have today; a life I love. It taught me that we all just need someone to believe in us. I didn’t realize at the time how powerful that affirmation is. So, Mrs. Avery, thank you.
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4)What is your favorite sandwich?
5) What is the best professional advice you ever received?
My Dad told me to find a job that you love to do. I am grateful that, for once, I listened.
6) As a child, what was your favorite bedtime story?
My mom used to tell me stories about her childhood growing up in Southern West Virginia. My favorite was a story about how she and her friends barely got through the old legendary tunnel that John Henry supposedly built before a train whooshed passed them. It taught me a lesson that I believe firmly in today – you will be more attached to a story if you know, or feel like you know, one of the people in the story. And never walk through long train tunnels.
7) Who is the first Presidential candidate you ever voted for?
Ross Perot. I think I made that mistake twice!
8) What is the one career achievement you are most proud of?
That I have had the privilege to be a positive part of people’s lives. Nothing satisfies me more than to hear a story from a listener who tells us how our show has helped get them through a tough time.
9) If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
Yoda. Wisdom.
10) What is the best meal you ever ate?
Sharing a nicoise salad with my future wife at the Sailfish Marina on the day we met.
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Tuesday 10 – Doug Brown

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This week’s Tuesday 10 respondent has been a friend for almost 20 years, one of the first people I met when I moved to South Florida.

We have gotten into mischief together, we have laughed, cried, fought and laughed some more.

Doug Brown is one of those people I feel fortunate to know.  He works hard, plays hard and lives life well.  As co-owner of Ovations Catering he brings a class and sophistication to everything he does.

Thanks Douglas for participating and thanks for your friendship!

1)     Excluding family members, who inspires you?

People who are genuinely happy and friendly to everyone.

2)     What is your guilty pleasure?

To starve myself during the day so that I can eat ice cream and cookies at night

3)     If you were to write a book, who is one person you would want to list in the acknowledgements and what would you say?

I would thank my best friend and life partner Ray for 28 years of everything

4)     What is your favorite sandwich?

Liverwurst, goldens spicy mustard on white toast

5)     What is the best professional advice you ever received?

It’s a tie, Michael Roman told me that if you just straight forward ask for business often people say yes quicker. My car dealer told me that when someone calls you to ask about your services that means they are fairly certain to buy your product. It’s up to you to make sure they are buying it from you!

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No one ever told me a bedtime story

7)     Who is the first Presidential candidate you ever voted for?

Jimmy Carter 1980

8)     What is the one career achievement you are most proud of?

Opening my own company with the help of some special friends.

9)     If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and why?

Mr. Robinson of Swiss Family Robinson, I would love to live and survive on a deserted island, in a tree house with the family and pets that I love.

10)   What is the best meal you ever ate?

My mothers meatloaf for sure hands down.

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