WHO: Carrie Wright, Tyler
WHAT: "Are You My Mother?" by P. D. Eastman.
WHY: My dad used to read that to me when I was little, and I have fond memories of it. It's another feel-good, sweet story.
WHO: Jessica Wilson Smith, formerly of Tyler
WHAT: Cheddar cheese grits and jalapeño cheesy corn bread!
WHY: Because it's … delicious, that's why!
WHO: Margo Fritz, Tyler
WHY: My momma. Warrior princess, logistical coordinator extraordinaire, caregiver, boss, family woman and shoulder to cry on. She's one tough cookie. She lives her life to the fullest and genuinely wants to share that with everybody she can. She's taught me all of those qualities. I strive to be like her on a daily basis.
WHO: Holly D. Rand, Tyler
WHAT: "Sweet Home Alabama"
WHY: Because "you can't have roots and wings!"
WHO: Roy Maynard, Tyler
WHAT: Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising"
WHY: It was the right album at the right time, about a year after the 9-11 attacks. It was very hopeful.