A Fresh New Year

Dear Readers,

Here we are, a fresh new year.

The past doesn’t matter so much. We don’t know what the future holds, but can make the present excellent.

Let’s let the past go this year. The Civil War was a significant event for our area, but that was a good while ago. We don’t have to let it define the Stones River region any longer. Let it go.

Our country is about much more than reacting to terrorist attacks that occurred 14 years ago. Let it go.

Terrorism, threats, riots and hate should be avoided, but may we bring in a new era, moving away from fear and towards love, respect and strength.

With 2015, the Murfreesboro Pulse enters its 10th year, having first come onto the scene in January 2006. As always, each edition aims to bring a little taste of the art, music, food, people, places and events the ’Boro has to offer.

By all indications, the area appears to be a great place to do business. According to the Murfreesboro 2035 plan, we can expect even more neighbors to pour into our community over the coming years. Good for business and culture, right? “Love your neighbor!”

Try not to be sucked into the “tension,” “riots,” “unrest” and “conflict” often presented as the news of the day. It can be hard to ignore all of the negativity sometimes, but I challenge you to do it!

Focus on what you really want—what you want your life, career, family and home to be, how you want your city, country and world to be. We can’t reach our full potential if there’s bickering and arguing about petty nonsense, selfishness, jealousy, regret and worry.

Life is good, and it can be even better!

If someone’s being stupid and narrow-minded, don’t stoop to their level. Rise above.

Think logically about our society as you are presented with sensational information. What is the bigger threat to your future and your family: riots, terrorism or cancer? It seems Americans could benefit more from fighting all of the radiation, weird “food” and chemicals than fighting a vague war on terror.

The mainstream news generally does not reflect this priority, but it is a good thing that you can think for yourself and not just rely on the mainstream news for your values, to tell you what is right and wrong, healthy or not.

This month, this year, play music, view an art exhibit, try out a new restaurant, jump in the pool during the Polar Plunge, talk to someone new, watch a play, hear a band, create, laugh and love.

No regrets or worries here. This year I will try and enjoy each moment and perform the role I have fallen into to the best of my ability.

Stay healthy, stay active, stay positive, in 2015 and always! Party on, and be excellent to one another.


Bracken Mayo 

Editor in Chief


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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