March Madness is Frustrating for this Tennessean!


Oh the frustration…The Tennessee Vols mens team lost on a last second shot.  I had such high hopes for the Lady Raiders from Middle Tennessee and thought they would be the sleeper of the tournament but it was not to be – with 10 seconds and the ball in their half court they were unable to execute a final shot to win and lost by 1 point.  This team will be better for this experience and have become a quality basketball program.  My beloved Tennessee Lady Vols are very young and overwhelmed as they were bounced soundly in the first round.  And finally, a big dissapointment was the snub issued by the NIT to the Vanderbilt Commodores.  This quality team was not invited to post  season play.   All of these teams will be players in the Big Dance next year.

The Memphis Tigers continue to roll in tournament play and are a sound top tier team.  The Tigers seem to  step it up as necessary to win the game.  The Vanderbilt Lady ‘Dores have also demonstrated they are a team that may go very deep in the tournament.  Good luck to the Tigers and the Dores!

Sharing Motivational Quotes for the Week of March 16th

“I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you’re trying to accomplish and what you’re willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.”   Lee Iacocca


“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”   Harper Lee


“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”   Norman Vincent Peale


“Leadership is action, not position.”   Donald McGannon


“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”   Helen Keller


“The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing.”   Benjamin Franklin


“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”   Arthur Ashe


“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”   Frank A. Clark


“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.”   Demosthenes


“The only place you’ll find success before work is in the dictionary.”   May B. Smith

A joke to share…Three Naked Ladies in a Sauna



Three women, two younger and one senior citizen were sitting NAKED in sauna



Young women pressed her forearm and beep stopped “That was my pager”  she stated.  “I have a microchip under the skin of my arm”



Second young woman lifted her palm to her ear When she finished, explained “that was my cell phone, I have a microchip in my hand”



Not to be out done, she determined she had to compete do something and JUST AS IMPRESSIVE

Older lady stepped out of sauna to the ladies room  She returned with a piece of toilet paper hanging from her rear end.

OTHER 2 Young Ladies raised their eyebrows and stared at older lady 


Motivational Quotes for the Week

”There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”  Roger Staubach


”People don’t want to communicate with an organization or a computer. They want to talk to a real, live, responsive, responsible person who will listen and help them get satisfaction.”  Theo Michelson, State Farm Insurance


”Well done is better than well said.”  Benjamin Franklin


”The true leaders serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in doing so will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price.”  Eugene B. Habecker


“Get excited and enthusiastic about you own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire – you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.”  Dennis Waitley


”Let me pass, I have to follow them, I am their leader.”  Alexandra Ledru-Rollin


”The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind.”  William James, Psychologist


”Here is a simple but powerful rule – always give people more than what they expect to get.”  Nelson Boswell


”You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional. Professionalism has nothing to do with getting paid for your services.”  Joe Paterno


“A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.”  Unknown

Greater Nashville Association of Realtors® Releases February 2009 Statistics



There were 1,267 home closings reported for the month of February, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors®. This represents a decrease of 33 percent from the 1,892 closings reported for the same period last year.


“The number of closings is down from last year, but up significantly from last month,” said GNAR President Mike Nichols . “As a matter of fact, the residential closings alone exceed the total number of closings last month. Consumers are still dealing with substantial economic concerns, but it seems they are exploring what is available and considering taking advantage of the low interest rates, government incentives and great selection currently available.”


Nichols continued, “It is good to see that the government has taken some action to revitalize the housing market, including the $8,000 tax credit for first time homebuyers. However, much of what has been done simply created more refinancing activity, rather than home purchases. While we look forward to increased closings as we head into spring and summer, it will likely take some time for the housing market to really feel a significant impact from the stimulus package.”


There were 1,452 sales pending at the end of the month, compared with 2,183 pending sales at this time last year.  The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 90 days. The median residential price for a single-family home during February was $160,000, and for a condominium it was also $151,120.  This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $168,000 and $154,650, respectively.


Inventory at the end of February was 23,122, up from 22,473 in February 2008.


Residential inventory is up slightly from last year, so there is still a wide variety of homes available throughout the Greater Nashville area in all price ranges,” said Nichols. “And, while median prices still experienced a decrease from last year, the price change is more stable that what was the case during much of last year.”


Source:  Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

Congratulations to Powell Creative for Receiving Awards of Excellence

My friend Wayne Powell and his top-notch team at Powell Creative consistently create an excellent product to exceed their clients’ expectations.  Recognition is a key factor of gaining additional business in a competitive market such as the high profile city of Nashville, Tennessee.  I am passing along the press release and invite you to visit the Powell Creative website at to become familiar with examples of their work product.  Congrats Wayne and all the best – Kenneth


Powell Creative Wins Two Nashville (NAF) 2009 Addy Awards

We’re always proud when our work gets recognized as some of the best in Nashville. At last month’s 2009 Nashville Advertising Federation (NAF) Addy Awards competition, two of our recent projects were selected as winners in their categories.


In the brochure category, the 2008 Swan Ball Auction program took home a Gold Addy, and in the catalog category the Coco Bonbons Fall 2008 catalog won a Silver Addy.


We share these awards with all our clients for their continued support and look forward to many more winning relationships in the years ahead.


Powell Creative is an award-winning agency providing design and branding expertise to a range of clients and industries. From corporate identity and collateral materials to advertising and interactive media, our team understands the needs of today’s businesses and how best to achieve the results needed to succeed. To see more of what we do visit Or if you’d like to talk about a project or idea you have, call Wayne Powell at 385.7736 x12 or email

Spring Cleaning for the Exterior

daffodils440We have all seen the buttercups and the daffodils blooming in our yards and along the roadside and that means Spring in Tennessee is fast approaching.  Our excitement builds as we start sprucing up the yards and planning for our gardens, patios and decks.  As we come out of the winter blues, this time of year also reminds us of our “Spring Cleaning” chores.  Spring Cleaning is not just for the interior of the home but more importantly for the property’s exterior.  March is a great month to prep our home’s exterior as we eagerly transition into the growth of spring.


Below are some simple ideas to help guide you through the exterior house cleaning process:


First impressions are important, and if you’re methodical about manicuring your lawn, you’ll want your home’s pristine exterior to complete the perfect picture. Plus, an exterior freshening a couple of times a year allows you to spot and repair any problems before they become major issues.


safety_pressure-washerAs with all cleaning, it’s best to dissolve soil rather than aggressively scrub it off. Pre-spray areas to be cleaned with water and a detergent solution (use a garden hose fitted with a detergent dispenser). After a few minutes, gently scrub using a long handled brush, rinse and inspect your work.


As an option, why not buy or rent a pressure washer? You’ll need a garden hose that attaches to this pump machine, and water will spray at 1500 or more pounds per square inch (or PSI): handle with care and practice first, following the manufacturer’s directions. Off come dirt and dust, bird droppings, tree sap and more. Plan your wash top to bottom, to keep dirty water below what’s already cleaned. You’re not removing paint here, so don’t hold your washer nozzle any closer than two feet and not just in one spot.


Look around for other maintenance issues. Are shutters loose? How about roof shingles? If so, head for the attic and observe whether moisture is seeping through the roof, which should also be evaluated at the joints. Is exterior paint worn or chipped? Bricks loose or outlets in need of safety repairs? Get gutters before they get you. Leaves and sticks clog gutters, which then trap rain that freezes when temperatures drop and can cause damage. This might be a perfect time to install gutter covers.