To My Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland


“I wrote Silver Springs uh, about Lindsey. And I ~ we were in Maryland somewhere driving under a freeway sign that said Silver Spring, Maryland. And I loved the name. …Silver Springs sounded like a pretty fabulous place to me.” ~Stevie Nicks.

Whenever I hear this song on the radio I always think of my hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland. Surprisingly I recently read that Stevie Nicks, lead singer for the band Fleetwood Mac, was actually inspired to write this ballad when she saw the exit sign off the Washington Beltway.

The song is symbolic for her, and also for me but in a different way. I had a wonderful childhood because of the family I grew up in and the type of friends I surrounded myself with.  I had many high school friends not of my faith, who are still close to my heart. They provided me with experiences and views that exposed me to the goodness of different faiths, colors, and viewpoints on life.  I also owe a tremendous debt to those youth from my church who so diligently lived the gospel principles of Jesus Christ.  I will forever be grateful for them and the inspiring example they provided to me by the way they conducted their lives

Now all these years later I see that, as a whole, these wonderful friends of my youth, are still actively working and serving their fellowman and many that are still active  in the gospel of Jesus Christ. What a testimony to their character and of the great blessings all of us receive when we choose to associate with great people.

So to all the friends of my youth, “Stevie Nicks was right!  Because of you, Silver Spring was a fabulous place to grow up. All people should be blessed to have come from a town like Silver Spring, Maryland!”

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