Live music is a constant in Nashville. As we walked downtown on a Monday afternoon, we heard live music from every venue on the street. Nights, there are live bands on every floor. We always like a nice Hop On Hop Off tour of the city. Our driver, Tony, like so many people, work their jobs that support their ambition. You move to Nashville for the music, weekends Tony plays guitar in the Tim Thurman Band.
The Main branch of the Nashville Public Library is a busy place, it was voted National Library of Year in 2017 for its community programming which attracts people of all ages throughout the day. Shout out to all the middle school students and all the adults who shared important thoughts
Memphis is home to the National Civil Rights Museum, located in part in the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the balcony outside room #306. This museum was incredibly powerful as it traced the ongoing struggle for civil rights. We visiting Graceland, who new that Elvis was twin whose brother was stillborn?
So a funny thing happened. We were expecting our absentee ballots and checked the mail at our AirBnb in Memphis only to find a flyer announcing a community potluck the following night. I contacted the host who invited us to come along and bring The Key Idea. Thank you Deborah and Mark, we had great conversations with your neighbors. And Steve, thank you for going home and getting some used keys to inspire others. We so enjoyed you all.
I am awed by the diversity of this country and we are just getting started. I think Baltimore is one of my new favorite places. The American Visionary Art Museum is a place I must return to. The amazing work throughout the museum was all created by individuals who do not self describe as artists. From the silly to the deeply profound, there is something to enchant everyone.
Next stop Williamsburg where we visited my sister Lisa and her husband Bob. Mom lives in a Brookdale facility nearby. We were able to offer The Keys to Our American Dreams to the residents who have important ideas to share. So pleased that mom is there, it's a wonderful place with interesting people.
Leaving VA, Diane and I headed out to parts unknown. Neither of us had yet been to Asheville, NC Cam MacQueen hosted a wonderful event at THE BLOCK off biltmore a vegan, social justice bar. If we lived here, we'd be regulars.
We stayed in a mountaintop cottage with a steep and curved ascent, amazing views and delicious water.
Lenore Lyons is passionate about igniting the spark that happens when people think creatively and get big ideas. There is something about riffling through a large tray of keys that encourages people of all ages to think about possibilities for their life and their loved ones.