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Music City Madness: Chapter 52

July 6, 2024
Jonathan parked himself near the back of his algebra class with his notebook open and his focus on anything but the math in front of him. While the teacher droned on about the quadratic equation at the chalk board, his attention span meandered between Abby, who sat two rows ahead, and the dark clouds hovering outside the windows. He could...

Music City Madness: Chapter 46

June 10, 2024
Melissa adjusted a framed picture of Tomás on her wall while her doleful guests hovered around her home. “I still can’t accept what happened,” she confided to Sid while she claimed her third glass of Chardonnay from the catering tray. “I feel like I’m stuck in a bad dream.” Sid put his hand on her shoulder. He wore a dark...

Music City Madness: Chapter 40

May 23, 2024
Leland awoke in his bed to find Abby’s cat vigorously licking his forehead. He threw the blanket off and rolled over to check the time on his alarm clock while the orange tabby remained strategically perched on a queen-size pillow. Dressed in the same clothes from the night before, he dragged himself to the kitchen and fed his furry companion...

Music City Madness: Chapter 34

April 27, 2024
Towering cumulonimbus clouds filtered moonlight from the upper atmosphere, illuminating the flood of biblical proportions that stranded motorists along the east Nashville stretch of I-24, where Leland and Melissa waded through hip-deep waters near the overflowed Harpeth River to board the Metro Fire Department’s twenty-eight foot rapid-response boat. A half mile away, the abandoned Mercedes remained completely submerged in the...

Music City Madness: Chapter 23

April 2, 2024
Melissa waited in line at her Belle Meade pharmacy an hour before the store closed. She stood behind an elderly man dressed in polyester pants and a wrinkled Hawaiian shirt with a straw Fedora on his bald head and his right arm cradled in a sling. She clutched her hands and shifted from side to side in Prada wedge sandals,...

Music City Madness: Chapter 15

March 19, 2024
Leland lifted a hammer from his leather tool belt and drove a sixteen penny nail through a two-by-four he’d cut to fit a window frame. He wore a hard hat and jeans with a long-sleeve shirt and steel-toe boots. Rubber ear buds muted the loud whirring sound from a circular saw ripping through a sheet of plywood while a backup...

Music City Madness: Chapter 10

February 27, 2024
Jonathan leaned his chair back until his head touched the wall behind him in the principal’s office. So far, nothing about public school excited him. He hated the kids. He hated the teachers. And he hated the food. Most of all, he hated being away from his friends at the Belle Meade private school he’d attended since first grade. “Is...

Music City Madness: Chapter 3

February 13, 2024
Melissa Hamilton left her keys inside her Mercedes coupe and tipped the country club valet with a folded five dollar bill from her Dolce & Gabbana clutch. Her mirrored glasses reflected the car’s glossy finish and the CASHVIL vanity plate. Dressed more for a red carpet stroll than a meeting with her talent agent, she wore her favorite pumps with...

Music City Madness: Chapter 1

January 21, 2024
Thirteen-year-old Abigail Presley tapped her lilac, high top sneakers on the wet pavement outside an East Nashville rambler with a U-Haul trailer in the driveway. Her left arm hung awkwardly at her side in a long-sleeve top while she held an open golf umbrella in her right hand with her backpack slung over her right shoulder. She wore her strawberry...

The 4Cs of a Lasting and Meaningful Romance: Final Thoughts

November 26, 2023
I conclude where I began, by emphasizing the importance of acknowledging our core values and defining our most significant personal needs and desires. If we don’t know what we’re looking for, how will we know when we find it? When I started this book, I wanted to write something profound—a revolutionary treatise on romantic relationships and what makes them tick....