Get Involved, and Be Grateful

Every time the Pulse comes out, I see all of the fun stuff in the edition and I want to go to it all! I want to hear every band playing their music, take in every art exhibit, see the theatrical productions, eat at the restaurants and make it to every event, fundraiser, gathering and rodeo that comes through.

Well, I never made it to everything. But in October I saw MTSU beat Marshall out in the cold, went down a mega slide at Lucky Ladd Farm, did some trick-or-treating on the Square with Superman and got to judge a barbecue contest at Cannonsburgh. It was my civic duty!

Go on, look through this edition, and pick you out a few things to jot on your calendar.

Maybe it’s the Granny Whites’ Nov. 15 performance, or perhaps the production of A Year with Frog and Toad at MTSU interests your family. You may like to take in the Fall Festival of Magic at the Center for the Arts, or if sports is more your thing, Blue Raider football and basketball are in full swing this month.

Take the Art Studio Tour, and observe some great artistic talent. This project includes such a wide variety of creators and media; check it out.

So get out there, support the creative arts and cool organizations in the area. Make a friend, meet a neighbor, run in BoroDash, support Movember in Murfreesboro, take a clogging class or hear the musical stylings of Sugar Lime Blue, Wick-It, John Salaway, Flea Market Hustlers, or another fine artist.

And support our advertisers! I can’t stress it enough; they are the reason the Pulse continues to roll off the press. Use these fine enterprises, and keep the dollars in the community.

Ms. Simmons has provided some wonderful-looking recipes for the month of thanks, if you need some suggestions for the big meal.

I feel like I should give thanks every day! I’m thankful for my family, for music, for all of the plants and animals, for the sun and the rain. Life is good. Many Americans can probably relate, but it signifies a high quality of life when the problem of eating the food in the fridge before it goes bad is a much bigger problem in my life than actually finding food or worrying if I will eat tomorrow.

It may be a bad approach, but whenever something goes wrong, I always think of lots of other, way more serious things that could have gone wrong, and things just don’t seem all that bad. Envision your entire family killed in a horrible accident, your country is a war-torn mess, and you’ve lost your arms, legs, sight and hearing, and that dead car battery, advertising deal gone south or spilled milk just doesn’t seem that bad. Just imagine those horrible, horrible things, and your problems will just melt away. Twisted psychological advice from the editor. You’re welcome.

Life is good—happy, happy, happy.


About the Author

Bracken, a 2003 graduate of MTSU’s journalism program, is the founder and publisher of The Murfreesboro Pulse. He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, graphic artist and business partner, Sarah, and son, Bracken Jr. Bracken enjoys playing the piano, sushi, Tool, football, chess, jogging, spending time in his backyard with his chickens, hippie music, climbing at The Ascent, bowling, swimming, soup, tennis, sunshine, revolution, defiance and anarchy. He can cook a mean grilled cheese, and can fry just about anything.

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