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RAMON PRESSON: The lost art of driving a stick

Stick-shift. Manual transmission. 5-speed. Did you know that these automotive mainstays for the past century are now disappearing from the American landscape faster than a Pontiac with an installed cassette player from Radio Shack? It’s true. In

JAROD TANKSLEY: Four home upgrades to avoid

Thanks to 24-hour cable channels that focus on home improvements, it should be no surprise that Americans reportedly spent $180 billion in upgrades on their homes in the last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

5 Reasons to Take Your Pooch to BarkPark

(All photos via BarkPark on Facebook and Instagram) By ALLIE MYSZKA Dog parks are everywhere these days: inside city parks, in apartment complexes, and even on top of high-rise buildings. But you’ve never met a dog

Al fresco fitness event comes to Elmington Park on Saturday

A free, outdoor fitness class, barre3 in the Park, is coming to Nashville's Elmington Park from 2 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, aiming to make people of all ages, genders and fitness levels feel welcome

Moon Milk: Could it be the secret to better sleep?

Featured image via @findingmyelement on Instagram By ALLIE MYSZKA Do you ever find yourself lying awake at night, wishing you could sleep but unwilling to take a medicinal sleep aid? We’ve all been there at some

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Do you see yourself as stressed?

Do You See Yourself as Stressed? -by Vanessa Hampton Stress has been at the forefront of my mind recently for several reasons. One of those reasons is that next week I am giving a big presentation

Chocolate lovers, rejoice: Nashville’s best spots for a cocoa fix

ABOVE: Featured image via @oliveandsinclair on Instagram   By Allie Myszka I strive to eat healthy most of the time. I get in my fruits and veggies, limit my sugar intake, and drink water like it’s

Labor Day in Nashville: 4 Staycation Ideas

Featured image via @nashvilletn on Instagram By ALLIE MYSZKA No exciting travel plans for Labor Day weekend? No worries! Nashville may not give you a beach to catch those last few summer waves, but it does

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Refuse to be a victim inside your body

By VANESSA HAMPTON Recently, I was having a conversation with a friend who was telling me about her achievements with healthy habits. She is someone like many of us who has had her fair share

4 reasons to trade nighttime television for a good book

By Allie Myszka From network nighttime dramas to decades of archival episodes on Netflix, Americans have never had more television shows at their fingertips than they do right now. While this can be great some of

Body Balance with V: The importance of fat in our diet

By VANESSA HAMPTON If you are like me and grew up during, or lived through, the “Fat-Free Food Boom,” as described in an article on, you were lead to believe that healthy eating meant

New school year, new (helpful!) habits

By ALLIE MYSZKA With the start of a new school year comes the return of a structured routine for most of us. The carefree days of summer are great, but having a (mostly) predictable schedule when

RAMON PRESSON: Church Shopping 101

Ramon: I’m here with Joshua Josiah Jacob Meyers, the lead teaching pastor of Catalyst Thrive Renovate Elevate Ignite Ascend Community Fellowship, one of the newest and fastest-growing churches in the Nashville area. Josh, tell us

Ryan Weaver, Patriotic Voice of the PBR, has a personal story like no other

ABOVE: Photo by Robyn McIsaac   By TRESA HALBROOKS & KATIE BROOKS BOONE Ryan Weaver is a high-energy, all-American, rockin’ country music artist who proudly served as an active duty Black Hawk helicopter aviator as a

Career profile: PEDIGREE Foundation director lives her passion at work

ABOVE: Deb Fair. // Photo by Mandy Whitley Photography By TRESA HALBROOKS Deb Fair is the Executive Director of PEDIGREE Foundation, a 501(c)3 grant-making organization dedicated to helping dogs in need find their forever homes. She is

Body Balance with V: Change the conversation

By Vanessa Hampton Imagine this scenario. Several years ago, while working out at the gym, I noticed a woman doing her own workout. She appeared to be almost in tears and looked very frustrated. Then

RAMON PRESSON: The dangers of secondhand luggage

As a public service to my readers, let me urge you to carefully check all the pockets of any piece of luggage before donating it to a thrift store. I’ll explain in a moment. Last

Big Red Bow campaign aims to recruit more organ and tissue donors

TENNESSEE DONOR SERVICES Tennessee Donor Services, the state’s non-profit, federally designated, organ procurement organization (OPO), this week has launched a campaign to potentially save a life -- or lives -- by recruiting people to register as an organ

Body Balance with V: Is your knee pain coming from your shoulder?

By VANESSA HAMPTON Do you remember that kids song, “Dem Bones”? You know, the one that tells us all about how the “leg bone’s connected to the knee bone. The knee bone’s connected to the thigh

RAMON PRESSON: I fought the lawn and the lawn won

Doing the Math I don’t know how many total hours in my 58 years that I have spent mowing grass. I don’t want to know. I could do the math, beginning with weekly seasonal mowing of

OPINION: "Better Angels" movement attempts to bridge political gaps

By Lynn Heady, Blue, Nashville and Wendy Wilson, Red, Antioch “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic

RAMON PRESSON: Pillow talk for real men

I was spellbound watching a short film “Alone in the Wilderness” about Richard Proenneke who upon retirement in 1967 moved to Twin Lakes, Alaska and constructed a log cabin near the lake shore. He built the cabin


I know for a fact I have lost at least a couple of readers due to previous installments in which I touched on politics (which may bring my readership, if you don’t count my family, into

"It’s not all online" workshop tells about hands-on records research

A host of genealogy records are available at the click of a mouse, but researching solely online will reveal less than 10 percent of all the world’s genealogical records, according to the Tennessee State Library

RAMON PRESSON: The Enneagram Baseball Team

2018 is the new 1978. Instead of, “Hey baby, what’s your (zodiac) sign?” the new pick-up line of the well-informed modern man is, “Hey baby, what’s your (Enneagram) number?” Many an uninformed modern woman jotted her 10-digit