Author: Brian Rowland

Doin' the Stand-up Thing

Our staff accountant Jackie Burns, after leaving work one day, decided to drive by the golf course near her home. She stuck her arm out the window to feel the breeze and was startled when her wedding ring flew off.…

Self Expression: It's Your Right

Days after the Parkland, Florida, killings in February, thousands of young people descended on the Old Capitol in Tallahassee to demonstrate and to express their anger and disappointment about our nation’s gun laws and gun culture. Rallying around a hashtag…

Success Story

Nineteen seasons ago, Opening Nights began as a seven-day performing arts festival that some dared hope would become an event of national prominence. That goal was realized. Today, Opening Nights has expanded to encompass seven months of performances, shows, films…

Women of Influence

Over the past three years, 15 prominent women, all leaders in their fields of endeavor, have honored my wife, Cherie, by agreeing to participate as speakers in the “Day of Dialogue: Women of Interest” series supported by 850 Magazine, hosted…

Finding Happiness

Recently, I watched a show on HBO hosted by Bryant Gumbel, who was joined by an Ivy League psychologist. Jointly, the two men interviewed two accomplished individuals — a retired Navy SEAL and a former professional football player. The interviewees…

The Art of Giving

Giving opens many doors, creating new and numerous opportunities along our life paths. In my line of work, I interact with a wide range of people representing countless organizations, passions and fields of endeavor. For some, I have noticed, giving…