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The Eye Ball: Fun Names for a Cause

November 19, 2012 | Billie Brownell

Far more than any other city where I've lived, Nashville breathes fundraisers. They are everywhere, from neighborhood events for a family (or someone's sick dog) to big, national events. Heck, I even had a backyard fundraiser for Katrina relief — gumbo & muffaletta combined with a carnival (complete with my friend Sue dressing up as a fortune teller; she was great!). It raised more than $300, which I think is pretty darn good.

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Topic: Staff Chatter

Halloween Traditions, or How to Scare the Neighborhood Children

October 25, 2012 | Billie Brownell

When I was a kid, Halloween was the one night of the year for kids to literally run wild and get (and give) some scares. We would go trick-or-treating in our neighborhood, then be driven over to my cousin's neighborhood to trick-or-treat there. Pranks, sometimes a little bit too much, were played. Real, homemade candy apples and popcorn balls were commonplace. And the candy! I don't remember getting much candy as a kid, other than at Halloween and maybe during Christmas. It was great.

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Topic: Staff Chatter

Cool Springs Press Visits Ball Test Gardens

October 15, 2012 | Jim Bashour

Ray Wolf, Cool Springs Press Publisher, and our Ball hosts, Bill Calkins and Katie Rotella.

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Topics: CSP News, Staff Chatter

Will You Be in Tucson for GWA?

October 9, 2012 | Billie Brownell

This year's annual Garden Writers Association's national symposium will be held in Tucson, Arizona, from October 12 - 15. It sounds like a fantastic trip and opportunity! Tucson is one of America's oldest continuously inhabited locations. The Hohokam Indians lived and farmed there more than 4,000 years ago, and since 1492 the flags of six nations have flown over the city. What a great opportunity to visit this historic city and catch up with the industry.

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Secretariat, Poetry in Motion

October 4, 2012 | Billie Brownell

October 4 is the anniversary of the great racehorse Secretariat's death due to laminitis in 1989. Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973, one of the last horses to do so. His stunning, massive win in the Belmont Stakes stands as one of the greatest moments in sport. A movie about him titled, appropriately enough, Secretariat was released nationwide in 2011. I saw it along with a packed house of other race fans (save at least two — my friends who are not as horse mad as I am thought it was just "okay").

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Topic: Staff Chatter

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