Yep , I made these little balls of heaven. Home made. Cake pop heaven. When I get something on my mind, I have to accomplish it, and the cake pop dream just wouldn't go away. They even tasted better than they look. It was like a mini art project. A little art project that tasted like heaven. At least I took a picture cause they didn't last long. Hope everyone that got to enjoy one loved them on Valentines day!
I found this old article in a box and I started thinking today about what inspires me and reflected back all the way to my childhood, into high school, and beyond. I can remember as a child being in Kindergarten feeling sensitive to others who were "not like me" or their skin was darker than mine. I remember wondering why others treated them different or why they didn't live in the same part of town as myself and the other white kids. As I grew older, I remember feeling angry when people picked on me for liking a black boy. As I transitioned into high school, I ran for student council and I won. The first "crazy" thing I did was call the Nashville Rescue Mission and asked how we can help. So I rounded up a bunch of student council members and students and we drove down to the mission at 8th Avenue at 5am on a Saturday morning and served breakfast to 100s of homeless men, women, and children. What did that do for the student body at Page High School? Absolutely nothing really. But it made us feel good. And it really pulled my heartstrings to see so many people hurting. Shortly after, I found this old beat down cemetery in the middle of nowhere and thought, hey, lets clean it up (article above). What did that do for the student body at Page High School, again, absolutely nothing. But again, it made us feel good. It personally made me feel good to clean up and protect something that others ignored.
So the name has been set and board members appointed. WE ARE Nashville North By Northeast United, NxNE for short! Harvey "Mac" McDonald and Jack Cawthon (both key leaders in developing the Broadway and Downtown Nashville area years ago... What an honor to work with such great community leaders!) led our conversation and "brainstorming" on naming our new group compiled of Community leaders, business owners, and Metro Nashville officials a couple of weeks ago. We are excited to announce our unity among rhe four NxNE communities of Talbots corner, Katie Hill, Dickerson Pike Historic District, and The Brick Church Pike Business Park. Since our first meeting in August, we have been brainstorming and gathering community support from neighbors, businesses and leaders. The Nashville Northeast communities are engaged and ready for the growth and development that is occurring in our own back yard. With our communities literally being a "song ride away" from downtown, it is only evitable we transition into one of the most desirable corridors of the Metro-Nashville area. As we evolve, be prepared to hear about many great community engagement projects and clean up efforts, residential and commercial real estate opportunities, and the over-all opportunity to become a part of something truly special in Nashville!