Like most Americans, I wanted 2022 to end.
The chaos, threats of war, an economy in freefall, distrust of the institutions we once held dear and the schism between right and left have resulted in heightened anxiety in every quarter of our country. One thing we all seem to agree on is that a feeling of heaviness permeates every interaction, and the very soul of America.
Although more than 3 decades have passed, my experience at St. Vincent College continues to impact my life in many ways and my prayer is that each of you will share this same experience. I was in the first class of women to graduate from SVC. I transferred from William & Mary where I was […]
This New Year, I’m on the farm worked by my husband’s family since the early 1800s. They settled this area before it was a state, when those willing to move to the outer edge of what was still unsettled frontier. Through land grants bestowed for Revolutionary and War of 1812 service, they staked their claim […]
Why? Because it’s not actually a vaccine, it is a type of gene therapy called mRNA and it’s still in clinical trial—making half of Americans the biggest mass experiment on society ever conducted. As a parent of two children with an incurable disease (Friedrich’s Ataxia, a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy) I’m well aware of […]
Parents right here in Middle Tennessee are slowly—and somewhat secretly—taking back their children’s education. Why? Because the majority of public schools have chosen not to hold in-person classroom sessions due to COVID-19. This is a decision that is not supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP believes it is far more beneficial to […]
I’m writing this from a space the size of an old school dorm room, sitting in a narrow twin bed. It’s day 10 of a clinical trial where I am a helper to my daughter who has a form of Muscular Dystrophy called Friedrich’s Ataxia. There are no treatments, there is no cure and this […]
I personally condemn all forms of racism, bigotry, hatred, discrimination, and violence—sins against God and humanity. Like so many other Americans, I am sickened by the brutal and pointless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other victims of racist violence. At an African American church, literally around the corner from my home, […]
We are 48 hours in from the devastating tornado that tore through Nashville and roared down I40 to Cookeville, taking more than 20 lives with a long list of people still missing. And yet, Middle Tennessee has not disappointed. Although “The Volunteer State” is a reference to our involvement in the War of 1812, today […]
I’m crying tonight as I write this. A night out for pizza has become another lesson in the hideous tragedy of addiction. I live in a beautiful small town, Franklin, Tennessee, that I’ve often described as a real-life Hallmark movie. And yet, our children are dying. I’m tired of it. The stories, the babies left […]
Franklin, TN (February 5, 2020) — Amanda Cecconi, Founder and Managing Partner of Punching Nun Group, has been invited to join Nashville Business Journal Leadership Trust, an exclusive community for influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in Middle Tennessee. Amanda was chosen for membership by the Nashville Business Journal Leadership Trust Selection Committee due to her […]