JTG Day, People Watching, Final Four and Preds

Representative Brenda Gilmore meets with students and JTG specialists from Maplewood and Stratford. All the state lawmakers were gracious and sincerely interested in JTG and the students. Random thoughts on a Friday morning in a Brentwood coffee shop before a donor coffee... (I did this on the Dwyerwire blog back in the day [...]

By | 2017-03-31T16:12:42+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Professional Relationships, Random Thoughts|0 Comments

Visits to News-2, Hickman Co., The Hill and Health Insurance Nightmare

Elon is an early riser. Pardon the work attire. Random thoughts on a Friday morning while Lynley and I dog sit for Elon, who insists on sitting in my lap as I compose this... (I did this on the Dwyerwire blog back in the day and thought it was a good way to [...]

By | 2017-03-24T14:32:56+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Random Thoughts|0 Comments

Barriers Know No Boundaries

Friday Pizza gathering at my sister's house was a good night for ma. Watching your parents grow old is such a blessing and privilege.  We laugh and tease each other.  They boast about knowing more about what I was up to as a teenager than they let on, and I counter with stories [...]

By | 2017-03-14T21:40:54+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Life Lessons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Jerry’s In: JTG is Lucky to have Him

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen led the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA World Championships in the 1990's. Jordan had Pippen.  Simon had Garfunkel.  Michael Jackson had his brothers (Okay, maybe not the best example).  Every successful person has someone beside them.  Dwyer has Jones.  To be clear, I'm not suggesting for one moment [...]

By | 2017-03-08T14:43:10+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Professional Relationships|0 Comments

Technically Speaking, These Places Rock

Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG) students come from all walks of life and some of those walks are longer than others.  A survey filled out by nearly 500 JTG students in the fall (it was optional and one could assume if home life was dire, one might not fill it out) of 2016 revealed: 53% [...]

By | 2017-03-07T14:04:55+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Academics, College, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Building Bridges to Success

You're looking at nearly a million dollars in college scholarships and the teacher who helped make it happen. It's said a picture says a thousand words. Well, this one says nearly a $1 million dollars in college education.  Meet Maplewood High School seniors Abbey Khounmy, Vakia Robinson, Doresha Robinson and Martin Torres (Maria [...]

By | 2017-03-06T13:35:34+00:00 March 6th, 2017|College, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cheese come with that Whine?

Pretty much sums up my day, minus the tie. Today is not one of my better days, as we all have them, right?  Computer woes and unexpected tasks put before me.  Not a good combination.  Please give me a pass on today's blog entry.  I'm getting on a plane (isn't really "in a [...]

By | 2017-03-02T20:35:14+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Life Lessons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Seat at the (White House) Table

  February 14 Parent Teacher Conference Listening Session with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.  JAG President Ken Smith is far right, two seats from the President. I wanted to share with you what Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) affiliates received in a newsletter from JAG [...]

By | 2017-03-01T15:45:07+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments