Nashville was in an uproar over the weekend after the surprise announcement that 21 of our cherry blossom trees downtown would be removed and turned into mulch to make way for an NFL draft stage. The outcry over the planned removal of these trees was massive. A petition was created to save the trees, tens of […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

April 1, 2019

Nashville’s Cherry Blossom Tree Controversy is Part of a Bigger Problem

  I was an 18-year-old sorority pledge on a game day date with a boy I barely knew. He brought me to a party at his frat house that night, insisted on staying until the very end of the event, and then refused to take me home. “You can just spend the night in my […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

September 26, 2018

A Different Kind of #MeToo Story

  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

  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

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

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 […]

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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

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 […]

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November 10, 2016

Democrat or Republican, Here’s How We Can Explain This 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