Yesterday, I picked up my kids from school and headed over to Books-A-Million, where we often go for frozen hot chocolate and reading time. On the way over, I talked to them about a Facebook post I had read the day before — In that same shopping center parking lot, two men had approached […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

August 24, 2018

Scared, But Prepared

Cars Parked

  I still vividly remember that sizzling hot July day, even though it happened more than a decade ago. I had taken my stepdaughters and daughter to see a movie, leaving my 4-month-old son at home with my husband. The theater was in an urban neighborhood, so we parked in a nearby lot and walked […]

Deep Thoughts, Family, Fun

July 27, 2018

How Could a Parent Leave a Baby in the Backseat? It’s Easier Than You Think.

Nashville is in total crisis mode right now. Our mayor, Megan Barry, recently admitted she’s been having an affair with the head of her police security detail for the last two years. After holding a press conference and answering questions, she apparently expected to go back to work as if nothing had happened. But this […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

February 23, 2018

It’s Time for Megan Barry to Resign

Megan Barry Nashville Mayor

Whether they’re attending a quilting bee or organizing a girl trip, ‘sweet friends’ have always been part of the fabric of female society. Too bad I’m not one of them. I see her everywhere on Facebook, lounging with a group of marrieds in a Land’s End bikini on the deck of a pontoon boat, her bright smile flashing […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun, Humor

June 8, 2017

I Will Never Be a Sweet Friend

Sweet Friend

Dear Mr. Trump, I’m writing to you today not as a Democrat or a Republican, but as a mother to 9 and 12-year-old kids. I realize you’ve got a lot going on right now and that you’re very busy thinking about Russians and Muslims and Meryl Streep and Democrats and CNN and Mexico — but as you prepare for […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

January 17, 2017

Advice to Donald Trump, From a Mom

This post was written by my husband, Dennis Ferrier. Not long ago, I came across a box full of railroad nails. Railroad nails are impressive — They’re big and sharp and don’t bend easily. In the old days, they’d stamp the year each nail was made on the head so the railroad company would know […]

Deep Thoughts, Family, Fun

November 23, 2016

The Nail

Dennis Ferrier

Back in 2012, I covered the Presidential election for CafeMom and YouTube. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience — I traveled the country interviewing moms and reporting on issues that mattered most to them in the election. I moderated forums between the Republican presidential candidates and rooms full of mothers. I reported for Headline News […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

November 10, 2016

Democrat or Republican, Here’s How We Can Explain This Election to Our Kids

How to Explain the Election to Our Kids

This post comes from my husband, Dennis Ferrier. Retired Metro Police Commander Bob Nash was known for his kind regard for his officers and deep affection for the Nashville community. I know Bob because I coached his daughter, Diane, in soccer for a couple of years. I still remember her toughness and ferocity in the […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

August 25, 2016

One Last Goodbye

Career advice can come from unexpected places. We went to visit family in Georgia last week and while we were there, Dennis and I hit up my favorite outlet mall, a seemingly neverending stretch of discount stores from every-retailer-you-can-possibly-think-of, just north of Atlanta. This particular trip was for Dennis, who was sorely in need of […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

August 3, 2016

The One Career Question We Should All Be Asking


From an outsider’s perspective, I guess the last few days could certainly qualify as our Worst Week Ever. Monday, we returned home from Dennis’s father’s funeral in California. Tuesday, Dennis went back to work at the TV station where he’s been employed for 23 years– and was fired. And if you’re shocked and confused about […]

Deep Thoughts, Family, Fun

July 19, 2016

A Hard-Learned Lesson in What Matters Most