Praise for “Bringing the Family Back to the Table”

Dr. Ken Rivenbark is a successful entrepreneur and television personality as well as a two-decade veteran educator. In preparing his treatise “Bringing the Family Back to the Table,” he brings to the fore prospective solutions to what many perceive as the dissolution of the family unit. Ken was lead to this effort as an entrepreneur dealing with family history through preservation of heirlooms that attach specific memories to the loved ones who have cherished them. Ken has watched families so “caught up” in a multitude of tasks that diminish quality time spent together addressing the needs of every child. Ken’s thesis is that a reduction in the number of events so that time of a quality nature can be spent together, particularly at family dinners, allowing discourse, which would develop in the child the traditions of the family through use of the mind and discourse with the parents in an unhurried atmosphere. Ken decries the advent of too much multitasking, which diminishes the time parents spend with their children in actual dialogue. As a professional educator myself I have seen what Ken describes close up. The view that I have had permits me to professionally concur with the premise put forward by Ken. I endorse the very cogent effort that he has put forward. It seems to me that his premise, at least at some levels, is reflected in the popularity of a long running television show of a New York family that in every episode depicts the family eating together engaging in discourse across four generations and praying together.

I unreservedly recommend to you Ken’s utilization so that he can bring to fruition his dream of bringing the nuclear family back to our culture in its traditional sense. This is a very necessary step if our culture is to have the vitality to grow in a manner that has proven successful in past centuries and is now at risk.

Mary Jane Caylor

Mary Jane Caylor Ed D

Former Superintendent Huntsville City Schools – 1982 – 1991

Former Member of the Alabama State Board of Education January 1995 – January 2011

Bring the Family Back to the Table, Early Works Family Dinner


I am not sure I can thank you enough for speaking at the Early Works Family Dinner. You did an amazing job and have my friends and I really thinking and acting on it all. You made so many great points that we have taken to heart! Thank you so very much sharing your wisdom and research with us!

Olivia Reed
Huntsville, Alabama



endoresement5Wonderful words of wisdom. Wish everyone could have heard what you had to say about family meals together. Write a book!!

Sarah Wilkinson Hereford
Huntsville, Alabama


Ken you bring such joy to everyone you meet. Thank you for moving to Huntsville. You and Randy are two people I put in my joy-maker category and that is a very high place in my people category.

Martha Campbell Pullen
Huntsville, Alabama

Houston Presentation on Chinese Export Porcelain

endoresement3Ken, we cannot thank you enough for sharing so much of your knowledge with us. It was wonderful to be so entertained as well as learn. Personally, I am more excited about Chinese Porcelain than ever. We can’t wait until your next visit to Houston, and hope we will be on your schedule.

Blessings, Gaye
The Guild of St John the Divine
Houston, Texas

A Southern Family Christmas

It was a special kind of day I thought! Ken, you put everyone in a holiday mood and I loved the details of Christmas long ago and the great ideas for families to do with each other to make memories. That makes Christmas last a life time and even beyond.

Linda Smith
Huntsville, Alabama

We have had the nicest comments all day about your program. I certainly hope you enjoyed it as much I did and our Garden guests. We loved your historic details that no one else knew.

Just a few minutes ago, I heard someone repeating the story of how best to share your ornaments with your children and your grandchildren.   The $$$ jars were great and just good ideas for teaching and sharing. Everything…just so very nice

Anyway, as I was ready to pack up today, I thought it was a great day…and I realized it was because you shared a little of yourself with all of us. My sincere thanks for bring such a special day to the Garden.

Paula Steigerwald, President & CEO
Huntsville Botanical Garden


A “Double-Shot” of R&R at Christmas was just what the doctor ordered! Your program on a “Southern Family Christmas was wonderful and I loved your ideas – especially on the Children’s Books and the “Savings, Spending & Giving” Money Jars for Children. Your gallery is like a fairy land and it really did help this Grinch walk away feeling like Mrs. Claus.

Charlotte Park

A Special Thank You to the First Lady of Alabama, Dianne Bentley

A Special Thank You to the First Lady of Alabama, Dianne Bentley By Ken Rivenbark September 20, 2015 This is a wonderful presentation of a special lady and her marvelous work for Alabamians! Ken thanks for showcasing Diane Bentley and her contributions for so many special causes. – Dr. Mary Jane Caylor Well written… Continue Reading