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Archive date:  February 12, 2015

A Blustery Valentine

Cold temperatures and windy conditions give notice: It is still winter…

You may need to avert your eyes and attention.  The weather forecast for Valentine’s evening is frigid.  In fact, we have a line-up of several days where nighttime temperatures are forecast to be in the teens; possibly single digits on a couple of nights. This is not the time to be concerned about your gardening chores.  That can wait until the weather improves.  In fact, you should wait until weather improves; there’s no need in taking a chance of getting frostbite on your extremities with the weekend of love imminent.  After all, there is nothing that says romance like long johns and frozen noses. Go ahead and get some more firewood.


My Valentine is spending her last day as Executive Director of the not-for-profit organization, Greenways for Nashville’ today.  I am extremely proud of her. Renée has tirelessly worked for more than a decade to promote and improve the ‘Greenways’ we all love and enjoy.  She has served as a board member, a volunteer, and is the co-organizer/founder of the Richland Creek Run, now in its ninth year. She has been instrumental in helping develop and promote the hugely popular, Dinner on the Bridge” event. Renée has spoken to countless civic organizations, garden clubs, and special interest groups on behalf of Greenways to both educate and promote membership. I know Greenways will miss her.


Renée is a member of, ‘Breakfast Club of Nashville’, a.k.a. BCON, as well subgroup B3, Building Better Business.  These groups are comprised of the most intelligent, inspired and involved businesswomen in Nashville.  Renée fits right in. Tomorrow, she officially begins her new career as an artist, where she works in oils and predominately paints landscapes.


It is likely over the course of the upcoming spring; you will see Renée with her paints, brushes and easel, creating a landscape masterpiece. Just in case you haven’t figured it out already, it’s no secret; I married up. I’m sure that is deemed by many as my most incredible accomplishment. I can’t argue that. 



David Bates