Into the Wild: FROZEN IN TIME: Say it Out loud; To someone who loved you then and Loves you now.

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Dear friend Debra Brawner with Betty White.Debra booked talent for TNN and we loved working with her. She remains one of my dearest friends. #Blessed.

The Laughs. So many laughs. Funny stories. Going from lots of laughter and joy to well, different is not a walk in the park.

From the laughter backstage during Star Search to Florence Henderson dancing in front of Alabama because they didn’t want her to sing with them.  Even today, when I watch a television show or a movie the background tells me more than the dialogue.

Before Facebook we took photos. These photos are a bit of a timeline to my life in Nashville prior to actually representing Musicians. Television has always been my favorite medium.

Hope you love these #ThrowbackThursday photos!

Our First Earth Day.

Our First Earth Day. Rosanne Cash was Chairman of the organization.  Rosanne and her then-husband, Rodney Crowell performed.  It was a free event for the City of Nashville.  Thanks to Rosanne and Rodney it was a tremendous success.  Even today if I do not recycle something it makes me a little crazy.

 

Watching Rehearsals.

Watching Rehearsals.  Nashville Earth Day peeps.

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David Foster playing for us in Tennessee Governor’s Mansion BEFORE we were KICKED OUT when the Governor arrived. We all laughed till we cried, then laughed more when Lee, in her full-length mink coat fell going into the local theater smack dab in the lobby.!

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Talent Explosion. Dinner at Mario’s with David Foster and Linda Thompson. #luckyme #LovedMarios

Hotel Room -- we celebrated 24/7.

Hotel Room — we celebrated 24/7.

Left to Right: Me; Gunilla Hutton; Cathy Baker and LuLu Roman. #Friendship

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Game Night – Always Fun. #nofilter

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Wonderful working with Jack Hanna and Stella Parton. Booking clients on the same show is Working Smart. Animals + Cooking = Fun Show.

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LuLu singing “Blue Chili” by Songwriter extraordinaire Beverly Ross. Still convinced this would have been a ‘hit’ for LuLu.  However, it was not Gospel, it was Blues  – always my favorite. LuLu Roman, me, Madeline Bell and CeCe Debois.

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Jack with Television Producer Joe Young. They were like Tom Hanks’ character in BIG when they got together. Great friend Susan Shockley made this happen. #Longtermfriendships

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Finally – the reason I located to Arkansas: My Family; My dear Mother.  This memory from long ago lingers: the first national television credit received, my precious Mother took a photo of the television! The memory of her encouragement in my life is somedays overwhelming.  Missing her never goes away.  Would love to talk to her, love her more than I can ever say.

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My Beautiful Mother.

Do I miss friends?  Oh Yes. We do stay in touch and I’m forever grateful we can and do.  Will talk about more of my dearest as I finish this Frozen in Time post. #Thankful. #MoretoCome

Next Up: Forgive Yourself – it’s a work in progress. (AMEN)


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Monday, Monday

Ansel Adams said “Our lives at times seem a study in contrast… love & hate, birth & death, right & wrong… everything seen in absolutes of black & white. Too often we are not aware that it is the shades of grey that add depth & meaning to the starkness of those extremes.

Ansel_Adams_and_cameraAnsel Adams with his camera.

April 14, 1918 Josie Dee Reynolds (McClain) was born.  She went to heaven September 18, 2012.  Today she would have been 96 years old.

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April 14, 1918 – September 18, 2012

I miss her everyday. Everyday.  Every. Single. Day.  Mostly miss her when I am happy, and doing well.  Now, that seems to be all the time.  I called her all the time, all. the. time.  I am happy, at peace and loving my life and I want her to know.  My only sad moments are because I cannot share these times with her.  She — as would my Father — be so happy that I’m happy.

They taught me integrity, compassion and kindness.  I didn’t always follow their path, but I have tried.  That I cannot tell them this one more time makes me sad.  They loved me in a way that showed me how God loves me, something I will always cherish.

And I would like to tell her Norman Holland died.  She liked him, thought he was fun and funny.  She was right.  His memorial service is this afternoon at Christ Church in Nashville, Tennessee. It will be streamed live at christchurchnashville.org.  Tune in if you can, there is no more wonderful funeral than a music artist’s.   Norman was the music artist’s producer.

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Second to Mark Lowry, Norman Holland was one of the funniest people i knew.  He could also make me madder than anyone.  LuLu Roman introduced us, and it was LuLu that felt something was wrong and had someone check on Norman that day.

Norman is all over my house, the gifts he gave me that I can see.   We loved to shop, we loved sales.  Norman introduced me to Mark, to Bill Gaither and so many others in the music industry.  He was a force, but he never acted that way.  He just worked tirelessly to make a difference.  He did that, in spades.

Norman called me out of the blue about four months ago, “I just want to hear your voice,” he said.  So we talked and talked — reminisced — and laughed about all the fun we’ve had.

I’m going to remember him from the last phone call – and know he’s at peace.


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