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Q&A x10 – Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Inn

Greenville, South Carolina is one of my favorite cities! When the opportunity came up to make a return visit, of course, I jumped at the chance! The people of Greenville are super friendly, there must...

Burning Beetles in South Dakota

Any visitors stopping through Custer, South Dakota in late January, may have thought they stumbled into a rough part of the state. Torch carrying residents marching through the streets shouting "burn beetle burn" could make...

Things I Learned On The Road In 2016

Much of the internet is bloviating about how awful the past year has been.  For me, I don't think 2016 was all that bad.  Then again, I don't get offended by things that don't personally...

5 Great Date Destinations In St. Louis

Visiting St. Louis with your sweetie sometime soon?  As a lifelong St. Louisan - I forget how many great places there are in this town to take a date and spend some quality time in...

Black & White – We Are All Americans

Walking out of my local community center last night I found myself next to a gentleman who looked over and said "How are you tonight?"  I smiled and responded that I was doing okay and...

How Pickleball Saved My Life

This article was originally featured in Pickleball Magazine. For most of my life I've been somewhere in the spotlight.  I started doing ads on the radio when I was 13.  I was always on stage doing...

Naples Bet On Pickleball Pays Off

Propped up against the door of my suite at Bellasera Hotel, the local newspaper has "Pickleball Tourney Worth Millions" splashed across its front page as I head out to start my week in Naples, Florida. More...

Joplin Still Healing Five Years Later

Bringing up the 2011 tornado that tore apart this southern Missouri town brought visible emotion to residents I met during a recent stop in Joplin.  One girl started crying as she recalled the gut wrenching...

Hanging Out With A Country Music Legend

Jerry Bradley sits a foot away from me, in an old waiting room chair from the RCA Records building on Music Row in Nashville.  It's one of hundreds of objects he refers to as "good...

Otis Redding Still Thrives In Macon, GA

This year will mark 50 years since the tragic plane crash that killed legendary musician Otis Redding.  Mr. Redding was just 26 years old in 1967 and already a superstar with smash hits like Try...

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