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An Iron Man With a Soft Heart: Chuck Beard Trains for Families With Cancer

October was officially National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink ribbon themed events were in plentiful supply. I participate with many groups and organizations like most do during the month. But in the cancer community, cancer does not come once a year. It is a twenty-four hour, 365 day a year fight to strike down the dreaded disease. I chose to partner with individuals who understand that in order to beat cancer we must make cancer awareness and… Continue

Added by www.genmaspeaks.com on November 3, 2010 at 8:47am — No Comments

Georgia O'Keffee's guardian angel comes forward quietly

Now that the world knows what I knew back then, I can blog about it! Tennessee’s attorney general, Bob Cooper, announced on Friday, October 22, 2010 that Fisk Alumna, Dr. Carol Creswell-Betsch, stepped forward with funds to keep the Stieglitz collection at Fisk University. To the shouts of many on the outside of the Fisk bubble, a Fisk alumnus was doing what alumni around the country do daily, support their school.



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Added by www.genmaspeaks.com on November 3, 2010 at 8:36am — No Comments

Bed Bugs and Other Pest Plague the Homeless Community

I am frequently asked about pest control by various members of my community. In church, at restaurants while eating, even at weddings, I have been asked bug questions without hesitation. Often, I nod and smile and give answers as if we are talking about the weather. Because I earn a living as a pest management professional, it comes with the job title. No one wants to live with bugs so I am not surprised by the urgency behind the inquiries. Recently, I had an encounter that caught me off… Continue

Added by www.genmaspeaks.com on November 3, 2010 at 8:16am — No Comments

My Very Special Frist Center Adventure

In May, I contacted Emily Harper Beard at the Frist Center to plan my summer of “Genma’s Frist Center Adventures”. I started my conversation with an enthusiastic, “Hey, you need me, and here’s what I need you to do!” I rattled off a list of upcoming events that I wanted to host at the museum because I wanted to make sure it was the Frist Center’s “best year yet.” Never mind the crazy phone introduction, we would work through all of that later, I thought to myself. After what seemed an eternity… Continue

Added by www.genmaspeaks.com on September 7, 2010 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Learning to Pick My Battles

Often, I share about my grandfather (Daddy) and the love he showed his grandchildren. He really was a good man. He was not perfect by any means but he did not waiver on things that were out of sync with doing what was right when no one was around to see. One of his favorite sayings was “fair is fair”. Those words were usually followed up by “ball or strike”. One day, I am going to write a book about his poetic sayings.



Once, I accompanied my grandfather to a meeting held at our… Continue

Added by www.genmaspeaks.com on September 7, 2010 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Christian Protests that Produce Ungodly Behavior

Middle Tennessee is part of what is known as the Bible Belt. A church on every corner is how we are depicted. For every church, there are five associate ministers waiting to hear “the call” to start their own church or begging God that main preacher will allow them to preach one Sunday. We have several national Christian organizations that are headquartered in Nashville: the Southern Baptist Convention, the National Baptist Convention, and the General Board of…

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Added by www.genmaspeaks.com on September 7, 2010 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Email of Fire ignites Gratitude

Email of Fire Ignites Gratitude

Have you ever gotten an email that included a one line zinger that was intended to burn through your firewall? I got one two weeks that left me scorched and smoking. I read the little hellion at least four times wondering what I had done before or after I was born to get something with words underlined to make sure I did not miss the point.

After reading it the final time, I sent a polite response back saying “thank you”. I did not bother to defend… Continue

Added by www.genmaspeaks.com on October 20, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A wreck, pest control, and Ole Miss

Yesterday was one of those days. After working in the rain for fifteen days straight, trying to catch up with everyone and everything in the sunshine was cathartic. The sun was shining brightly and all I could think about was how beautiful the Nashville’s skyline looks in the fall. I reflected on all the devastation and water I had seen over the last few weeks that made me so grateful for life. I was bubbling as I walked into several clients’ offices to… Continue

Added by www.genmaspeaks.com on October 19, 2009 at 11:44am — No Comments

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