Monday, September 07, 2015

Good-Bye

This will officially be my last post for this blog. I will keep the site up and running for the sake of artifacts, archives, and references. I thank you all for your patronage, your feedback, and your interest in what I have to say.

I will refocus my personal blogging interest toward photography and conceptualizing my thoughts about the world around me.

Keep moving forward, and always Be About the Brand!!!

Sunday, September 06, 2015

A Brief Moment Experiencing the Brand of East Nashville

If you don't know by now, I am a resident of Nashville. Among the many cities recovering successfully from the Great Recession, Nashville has experienced arguably the most promising economic recovery in the nation, from the perspective of diverse economic growth and the potential to continue this trajectory in an equitable manner. For most of my life, I have longed to live in the cities of the east coast, even New England. Mostly, I enjoy the diversity of people, places, and perspectives. Lately, the characteristics of a city I value have evolved in this mid-sized conservative city.

One of my favorite places to hang out is East Nashville. Surprisingly, Nashville has developed sections of town with unique characteristics. East Nashville, for me, is a mixture of creativity, intellectual exploration, and diversity, without the pretentious posture existing in other parts of town. Last night, I stopped by my favorite craft beer market place - The Filing Station. While tasting a potential beer I would fill my growler with, some patrons decided to perform on the piano, and outside the establishment was a lively group of people heading inside or visiting the local BBQ joint Edley's. This brief moment reminded me of several things going on in my life.

One, it's okay to start living again. Now that I have found a place to exist where I am comfortable, I can begin thinking and planning on things I have designed for my direction in life. Writing is obviously one of these things, but reading is directly connected to it. So, I think I am ready to settle back down into gaining and sharing knowledge about things that interest me, and hopefully others.

Two, I can get back into my artwork. For some time now, I have been plagued with the urge to return to some form of artistic expression. Photography will be the inevitable choice, and I intend to apply this old craft to producing a series of work on gentrification and capturing diversity within unique and unexpected frames of thought. I have included my first piece below to highlight the start of what will hopefully be something great.

Three, and finally, I think I am ready to move downtown. It will help support the first two items in this blog. It's time to find a place that fits my lifestyle to entertain, to meditate, to connect, and to appreciate those things that truly add value to my life.

All this to say, it was a great experience last night, and I plan to do something about.

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