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Special Feature

The 31st Annual Limestone County’s Sheriff’s Rodeo: “The Greatest Show On Dirt!”

Laura Nichols of Lambert Law: A Fighter And A Friend... I first met Laura Nichols at an Athens Business Connection Meeting and I instantly liked her... Page 7

Limestone County is celebrating its 31st consecutive Sheriff’s Rodeo on May 18th and 19th, and everyone involved is sure that this is going to be the best one yet! It has grown to be an impressive, award winning event from its humble beginnings over 30 years ago, and helps the economy, promotes Continued on pages 15

Special Feature The Willow Tree: From Willow Plates To Tussie Cups... Ten years ago, Mary Box and Heather Sandusky met and found they had a number of things in common: they loved antiques, beautiful crafts, silk flowers, and most of all... Page 9

Jerry’s Journal Across The Purple Sage... The vacation for the Bonnie Pitts family and my friend and sometimes redhead, Pat ended... Page 24

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By Paul Cain with Ali Elizabeth Turner

Ruth Truett Crowned Queen At Athens Rehab And Senior Center By Ali Elizabeth Turner On April 16th, Ruth Truett, a delightful 89 year old resident at Athens Rehabilitation and Senior Care Center, was crowned Queen at the facility’s annual beauty pageant. The facility has been involved in the statewide nursing home pageant program since 2003, and it is something the residents look forward to Continued on page 17

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Publisher’s Point Publisher / Editor Ali Turner

Sales / Editing Deborah Huff

Graphic Design

Jonathan Hamilton

Contributing Writers

Shelley Underhill Janet Hunt Lynne Hart Jeanette Dunnavant Jones Joel Allen Wanda Campbell Will Anderson Kathleen Gardner Paul Cain Jerry Barksdale

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A Day In The Life “I heard the news today, oh boy…” sang John Lennon a lifetime ago when the Beatles released “A Day In The Life.” I realize I am dating myself if I tell you that I spent part of the summer of 1967 trying to get a tan while Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band shot to the top of the charts. I listened on my Sony transistor radio, (which was quite cool in the techno department for its time,) and all I got for my time was a sun burn. It’s over 45 years later, and in keeping with the theme of “get-to-orgot-to” as set forth by our Mayor on page 11, I became aware once again that I have a choice to make. The news as of Publication Day is that it looks like several individuals were involved in the most recent Boston Massacre, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad may have been arrested in Iran, our African American President wants God to bless the Planned Parenthood organization, (which routinely kills pre-born African Americans for a price), and the FDA wants to lower the age teenagers can get the

“morning after pill” without parental consent to 15. There is a lot about which one can be bummed. But if I may share with you what Athens Now columnist Will Anderson refers to as “pathological optimism,” I need to tell you about my

“day in the life.” It began at 7:15 am with the Boy Scout Breakfast held at Beasley Center. Frank Travis led the men’s choir, and we had church. The value of the Boy Scouts was once again demonstrated, and no one was outside objecting or filing suit against the BSA. Coach Bobby Wallace gave a marvelous speech, and Amanda Smith and her crew from Endless Catering served a

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delicious breakfast. I worked a good chunk of the day in my “hidey hole” office, which is located on the second floor of the Craftsman Cottage on the corner of Market and Clinton. We had a crisis, which invariably occurs each “Pub Day,”

and I had to do whatever it took to get a hold of some illustrations for the article on Ms. Ruth Truett. Somehow the photos had become lost in cyberspace, and I GOT to zip over to Athens Rehab and Senior Care Center to participate in a technological miracle that even 20 years ago would have been unthinkable: using a thumb drive to transfer the photos from one computer to my laptop, and the whole process took minutes. Back I zipped over the railroad tracks to Inez’s Soul Food For Real, where Salena Cain had made lunch for me with love. I GOT a hug from Ms. Salena, who sent me on my way. I felt mom pared could

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like a kid whose had carefully premy lunch, and you taste the love in it.

All day long I loved Athens, and Athens loved me, the entire experience being an ongoing series of gifts from my Daddy God, each being unwrapped incident by incident.

I ended up at Chick-fil-a, and was told by Mandy, one of the managers, that

both Hunter Williams (who helps me with delivery) and I were a blessing. I worked there til closing, stopped by Publix to get some milk, and once again was treated like kin. My day, though challenging, was marvelous, and I GET to thank God for the privilege of being an Athenian Alabamian American Ali who is indeed “living the dream” as the publisher of Athens Now. “I heard the news today, oh boy….” and it was good!

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All Things Soldier

War On The Warfighters, Spiritually Speaking by Ali Elizabeth Turner

In the past two weeks I have had a “front row seat” at an disturbing set of incidents that once again illustrates that our soldiers, and therefore we, the recipients of their dedication to preserving religious freedom, are both “losing it.” By “losing it,” I mean our freedoms, and my intention is to sound an alarm.

I have an acquaintance who heads up a ministerial organization through which military chaplains of all service branches are able to be ordained. It is a requirement of the US military that all chaplains meet certain educational and ministerial requirements before they can function as chaplains, and John’s organization has been on the approved list for years.

He and his wife were on vacation in Orlando, meeting with mutual friends in the process, when the call

these secularists are seeking for those who don’t comply with their view of religious speech is courtmartial.

If this policy goes forward, Christians within the military who speak of their faith could now be prosecuted as enemies of the state. This has the potential to destroy military recruiting across the services as Americans realize that their faith will be suppressed by joining the military.

came through that one of the chaplains ordained by John was in the brig. The reason? He had prayed publicly in the name of Jesus. John cut short his vacation and headed to the incarcerated chaplain. I have not heard an updates yet.

As if that wasn’t bizarre enough, then I received the following email letter from Lt Gen (Ret) Jerry Boykin via the Family Research Council. General Boykin is a strong believer who has taken a great deal of heat for his faith, and is one of the finest soldiers we have ever had. The following is his letter as it arrived in my inbox, and I believe we need to act on his stated concerns. He says, Dear Ali Elizabeth, The very troops who defend our religious freedom are at risk of having their own taken away.

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Last week, anti-Christian and left-wing activists met at the Pentagon with military officials to discuss pressing issues in the military. What issues would be of such importance to gain such a high-level hearing? According to these far-left consultants, religion is one of the chief problems plaguing our troops. As the Washington Post reported, some are saying that “religious proselytizing” is at the top of the list of problems in the armed forces -- even on par with sexual assault. As a result of such complaints from the left, the Air Force has -- according to the Post --published, but not yet distributed a new document with the directive that leaders of all levels (including chaplains) may not “promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion.” The penalty

Our brave troops deserve better. If chaplains and other personnel are censored from offering the full solace of the Gospel, there is no religious freedom in the military. Please join me in signing the petition to Secretary Hagel urging him to protect the religious freedom of our troops - and not to proceed with the purge of religion within the ranks called for by anti-Christian activists. Sincerely,

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Jerry” Boykin Executive Vice President P.S. Please forward this alert to friends, family and fellow church members, and post to your favorite social networks. Please, do your part to fight for our soldiers. In the end, you’ll be fighting for your own faith and the freedom to have it.

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Calendar of Events

2nd Annual Relay for Life Fishing Tournament May 4

Each day in Alabama, almost $10,000 in research is funded by the American Cancer Society. For the past 15 years, the City of Athens has had a Relay for Life Team that raises money for research and awareness. One of our fundraisers is the City of Athens Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament. You can join us and fish for a cure on Saturday, at Ingalls Harbor on Wheeler Lake in Decatur. There is a guaranteed $4,500 payout with cash prizes for first through 10th place. The Athens Gas Department’s grilling team will provide lunch to registered boaters. For more information call Anna Leigh Peacock at 256-656-2463 and Heather Rouse at 256-497-6737.

Women’s Build - Habitat for Humanity May 4 & 12

Contact Amanda Garlen Habitat for Humanity Athens AL., 256-2306001 Center for Lifelong Learning Community Chorus Spring Concert May 9 7:30PM Featuring Dr. John Buttler, Director - Lynette Pope, Asst. Director, Beth Andrews, Pianist. Free and open to the public - No reservation required. Senior Center 912 W Pryor St. Athens, AL. Call 256-2338260 or

Living History Festival May 11 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a free family-friendly, educational Living History Festival at the Donnell House on May 11 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM presented by the AthensLimestone County Tourism Council, the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Hobbs Camp #768 and the Donnell House Foundation. The Living History Festival features a working Confederate & Federal Encampment by the SCV, a strolling minstrel and a reenactment of a crucial turning point at the Donnell House with Federal troops which impacted Limestone County. Step back in time as history comes alive as period characters give glimpse of civilian life amid the turmoil of the war. There will also be canon firings throughout the day and long rifle demonstrations. Fun activities are planned for the kids including enlisting in the Donnell House Regiment, physical examinations prior to being accepted for “rifle training” and more. Contact 256-4340441 or 256-232-5411.

Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Parade May 11

Lineup begins at 1:00 PM at the Rodeo Arena. Parade begins at 2:00 PM. For more information contact 256-232-0111, limestonesheriff. com.

Fundraiser and Blood Drive - Power in the Blood May 11 at 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Donate blood at Seven Mile Post Road Church located at 14435 Seven Mile Post Road, Athens, AL. There will also be a community yard sale, arts & crafts, food and fun for kids. All benefiting St. Jude

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Children’s Hospital and Kidney Patients of Casa Aleluya Children’s Home in Guatemala. In memory of Angle King White and in Honor of Lily Malone and Rena Pepper. Yard Sale Booth Rentals available for $15 (12’ X 12’) and Arts and Crafts Pavilion Space for $15 (6’ X 6’). Everyone welcome to participate. Contact

Junk in the Trunk May 11 at 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

A special one-day only sale featuring local artists specializing in antiques, one-of-a-kind jewelry, repurposed items, canned goods, hand-poured candles, soaps and lotions, garden, wedding, home decor and all things vintage. Join the event at Limestone Bay Trading Company, 24950 Old Hwy 20, Mooresville, AL. Lunch will be available for purchase. Featured vendors include Limestone Bay Trading Company, RUST, Je t’aime Vintage Chic, Belle Mina Station, Twigs, 1818 Farms, River City Candles, Mi Best Boutique, Piddles Antiques and RENEW.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Canebrake Club May 12

We are now taking reservations! Reservation times are available in 15 minute increments between 10:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Roast Beef Carving Station, Assorted Breakfast Meats, Gourmet Frittata, Spinach and Cheese Frittata, Steamed Sesame Broccoli, Sweet Potato Soufflé, Fried Chicken, Sauteed Spring Vegetables, Cauliflower Linguini, Au Gratin, Fresh Seasonal Salads, Waffle Station, and Homemade Desserts. $16.95 per person | RSVP required by Tuesday, May 7. or (256) 232-2412, ext. 7. Cancellations

require a 24-hour notice. Late cancellations and no-shows will be charged for the event. Members only - Not a Canebrake Club member? Visit ttp:// membership.html?menu_id=52 for membership information!

Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo 31st Annual Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo

Saturday, May 11 - Rodeo Parade - 1:30 p.m. Rodeo Parade line up at the Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena. Parade begins at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 13 - Preston’s Western & Outdoor Wear Rodeo Kickoff at 5:00 p.m. at Preston’s Western & Outdoor Wear Highway 72 East in Athens, AL, Kid’s Day, Horseback Rides, All Free Fun Tuesday, May 14 - Street Dance/Western Fashion Show - 7:00 p.m. – Street Dance/Western Fashion Show on the East side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square. Thursday, May 17- Slack - All team roping contestants will compete during the designated slack on this date. 10:00 a.m. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 17- Exceptional Rodeo for individuals with special needs at 10:00 a.m. the Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena. Saturday, May 18 - 12:00 p.m. - Miss Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Queen Contestants Luncheon at Central Church of Christ Hwy 31/ Hwy 251 Athens, AL. The Miss Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Queen Contestants will model, answer impromptu questions and present a 2-3 minute speech. Tickets will be sold by the Rodeo Queen Pageant Committee (Tickets are limited) May 17 & 18 – Limestone Sheriff’s Rode gates open 6:00 p.m. – Intermission Coronation of Miss Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Contact: 256-232-0111, Fee

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Special Feature

Laura Nichols of Lambert Law: A Fighter And A Friend

by Ali Elizabeth Turner

I first met Laura Nichols at an Athens Business Connection Meeting and I instantly liked her. She was pretty fresh out of law school, had started her own firm, and was getting through that infamous first year known to lawyers as the time that either makes or breaks them. I have a family full of lawyers, and am always glad to see some fresh, honorable blood coming to the profession. I found Laura to be a wonderful blend of professionalism and compassion. Becoming a lawyer was not what Laura had planned on doing; her first plan was to become a physical therapist. She had badly broken her arm as a teenager, and the care she received while regaining the use of her arm made her think that physical therapy was what she wanted to do. She enrolled in the Uni-

versity of South Alabama, on track for her career as a health care practitioner, and then something most unexpected happened: she took some political science courses, and, as she says with a smile, “fell in love with the Constitution.” We could have spent the rest of our time together talking about what a joy it was to discover while in college the remarkable document that defines our nation and our justice system. She ended up finishing at USA with a minor in prelaw, and found herself in a dilemma. She loved both fields, and they weren’t exactly compatible. She couldn’t see herself as a lawyer, but clearly that was what was pulling on her heart. Laura speaks with great affection toward the wisdom of her mother, who “knew,” (as only mothers do,) that Laura was born to be a

lawyer, but Mrs. Nichols understood that Laura needed to find that out for herself. She enrolled in the law school at Ole Miss and graduated in 2010. She received her license to practice law in the state of Alabama in 2011, and practiced on her own for a year. In October of 2012 she joined the team headed up by Michael Lambert of Lambert Law Firm, LLC, and this is what he has to say of her: “Laura brings a fresh perspective,” and, when he is “preparing for a trial, Laura takes the oppositional position and throws every possible question and argument at him that she can. She is also a stickler for details, loves doing research for a case, and gets pleasure out of the paperwork side of the practice of law.” He went on to say, “She cares about each case, and each client equally, making

my job easier, better, and more enjoyable.”

an exceptional amount of inner strength.

Family law, bankruptcy, wills and appeals are Laura’s area of concentration, and no matter what the case, she believes that the only way to adequately do her job is to do her “100% best.”

So, I asked what I always ask, and that is, “Laura, there are lawyers all over Limestone County, why should I come to you?”

One of the things I enjoy about Laura is that she is very thorough. As Michael mentioned, she is one of those rare birds who genuinely loves doing paperwork, and Lord knows there is a lot of paperwork in the business of law! Additionally, she is someone who allows herself to become attached to her clients. That is something that is rare, and takes

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Without hesitation she replied, “I love helping people and fighting for my client’s rights each and every step of the way.” In a day when lawyers are not always seen in a positive light, it is refreshing to know that there is a lawyer who is both a fighter and a friend. Her name is Laura Nichols, and she can be found at Lambert Law Firm, LLC, 112 West Market Street, Athens, AL 35611.

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Crafts, Fishing, Tractors, History, Rodeo and More By Jeanette Dunnavant Jones, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association The 2013 tourism year started in Athens-Limestone County with an outstanding crowd at the first Cruise-In and Athens Cars & Bikes on the Square. Singing on the Square and Earth Day Celebration and Outdoor EXPO had to be moved inside. Belle Chevre Cheese opened in downtown Elkmont and 1818 Farms in Mooresville had their first Sheep Shearing Party. From The Year of Alabama Food to Agri-tourism, it’s all in our communities. May brings lots of fun and exciting events. We’ll kick off the events with the Athens State University Homecoming Weekend, May 3 & 4. The festivities for Homecoming Weekend will coincide with Geezerfest III (self-titled reunion of 19651975 Greeks). Contact 256233-8185. 34th Annual Athens Bible

This show is the perfect place to buy those special handmade gifts and beautiful plants. Contact: 256-232-3525. Ardmore Lions Club Tractor Pull will be May 3 & 4 at 7 PM on Friday and 6 PM on Saturday. The Ardmore Lions Club presents the Mid-South Sanctioned Tractor and Truck Pull that will be held at the John Barnes City Park, 30515 Ardmore Ridge Rd., Ardmore, TN. Gates open Friday Night at 7pm and Saturday Night at 6pm. Admission: $10, 6 and under FREE. Contact Mike Magnusson at 256-468- 4950. Relay for Life-Limestone County, May 3 & 4 from 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM. This year we are “Saving the World, One Cure at a Time.” Opening Ceremonies will be May 3 at 7:00 PM Athens SportsPlex on Hwy 31. Closing Ceremonies will be May 4 at 7:00 AM. Contact Ina Holland at

There is a guaranteed $4,500 payout with cash prizes for first through 10th place. The Athens Gas Department’s grilling team will provide lunch to registered boaters. For more information call Anna Leigh Peacock at 256656-2463 and Heather Rouse at 256-497-6737.

war. There will also be cannon firings throughout the day and long rifle demonstrations. Fun activities are planned for the kids including enlisting in the Donnell House Regiment, physical examinations prior to being accepted for “rifle training” and more. Contact 256434-0441 or 256-232-5411.

The Living History Festival will be May 11 at 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Donnell House. The Festival features a working Confederate & Federal Encampment by the SCV, a strolling minstrel and a reenactment of a crucial turning point at the Donnell

Limestone Sheriff Rodeo Parade will be May 11. Lineup begins at 1:00 PM at the Rodeo Arena. Parade begins at 2:00 PM. For more information contact 256-232-0111,

House with Federal troops which impacted Limestone County. Step back in time as history comes alive as period characters give a glimpse of civilian life amid the turmoil of the

School Homespun, May 3 & 4, craft show is adding a charity 5k race and a car show to the family-fun weekend. The starting gun of The Homespun Wheels and Deals Charity 5K Run will fire at 8:00 a.m. on May 4. “Smoking’ Chief BBQ will sell baby back ribs, whole Boston butts, and plate lunches on Saturday of Homespun.

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Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Street Dance will be May 14

downtown Athens. Contact: 256-232-0111, Free. Singing on the Square sponsored by Champion Chevrolet will be May 17 at 6:00 PM. Bring your lawn chairs

or blankets and enjoy the free concert featuring Just Down the Road. Contact: 256-2325411. Free. 31st Annual Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo will be May 17 & 18 at the Rodeo arena. Gates open 6:00 p.m. Coronation of Miss Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo during intermission. Contact: 256-232-0111. Annual Historic Mooresville Walking Tour will be May 17 & 18. There will be workshops, home tours, concerts and picnic supper on Friday. Reservations and fees apply to some events. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12, under 6 free. All funds will be used to support the preservation of historic Mooresville. Streets will be closed to traffic with free parking available at the front of town. Contact www. Visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 Beaty Street North for information on the above events and other events and attractions in Athens-Limestone County or call 256-232-5411 or 256867-1438. or 256777-5396. Athens Cruise In on the Square will be May 4 at 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Bring your antique vehicle and family and make it a family night. Contact Tom at 256-457-9179. 2nd Annual Relay for Life Fishing Tournament, May 4, will be at Ingalls Harbor on Wheeler Lake in Decatur.

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Special Feature

The Willow Tree: From Willow Plates To Tea Cup Tussies by Ali Elizabeth Turner Ten years ago, Mary Box and Heather Sandusky met and found they had a number of things in common: they loved antiques, beautiful crafts, silk flowers, and most of all, finding ways to bless other people through creativity.

ery flower at no extra charge. Heather has a heart for people who have just experienced loss, and wants to do all she can to meet their needs in a time of such difficulty.

Then, one day in 2012, they were sitting around a table and half-jokingly said, “Let’s open a shop.” They both hail from the Shoals, where they felt there were too many of the type of shop they wished to open, and found Athens to be a perfect fit for their new endeavor. In February they opened The Willow Tree, located at 611 Hobbs Street, next to Dr. Charles Hall’s chiropractic clinic. And, I might add, they joined the ever growing list of Athens Now clients who have bravely struck out on their personal journey of becoming entrepreneurs in the middle of a recession. Hats off to you, ladies!

But not all of her work is with the bereaved, as important as that is. Together with Mary they came up with the shop specialty, which is known as the “tea cup tussies.” The tea cup tussie is a throwback to the Victorian era when “tussie mussies,” (which are

Mary Box and Heather Sandusky, owners of The Willow Tree ating the fine workmanship of clocks and other antiques, and some of her father’s clocks are on display at the shop. She also loves to do needlepoint, and several of the seats on antique chairs were carefully created by Mary. Another play on the word “Willow” comes from the fact that Mary loves the blue

The shop is named in honor of Heather’s “Nanny,” whose name is Willow, and Ms. Willow is “tickled to death.” She has a granddaughter named Willow as well, and together they call from time to time to see how “their” shop is doing. Heather had been involved in creating silk arrangements for about 4 years, and Mary had been in the antique business for around 12, and found that joining forces empowered them to do what Mary describes without hesitation as “living the dream.” Mary gained her knowledge of and love for antiques from her father, who was a clock smith. She grew up appreci-

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The Willow Tree carries the Brownstone line of candles. They are soy, so they don’t emit hydrocarbons, and have lovely scents such as lemon verbena, and cappuccino hazelnut. For the men there is leather as well as cigar. Brownstone is a family owned company, and is based in Kentucky. They will also be introducing a French line this spring that are much more “girly girl,” and come in pink boxes, perfect for bridal showers. May marks the arrival of a locally made custom jewelry line called “Jenny’s Jewels,” which ranges in price from 20 to 50 dollars. There are hand stamped monogrammed pieces, pretty leather cuffs, and necklaces made from antique keys.

and are what I am most proud of,” she told me. She also makes refrigerator magnets from antique buttons, called “pom pom magnets,” and will do custom work. Talk about making your fridge look elegant!

and white of “willow plates,” and several are available at the store. She has genuine “willow ware,” authentic delft pieces from Holland, and Blue Danube, amongst others. “The blue and whites are my favorites,

available in the store, and they are beautiful.

Heather takes great pride in the care with which she creates her silk arrangements, and mentioned that “even the ferns are silk.” Their saddles start at $32.99, and vases start at $22.99. Everything is crafted in the store. They work with local funeral homes with delivery of arrangements, blankets and stands, and clients can come in and choose ev-

small nosegay type bouquets,) were both a fashion accessory as well as a way to secretly communicate through what is known as “the language of flowers.” The Willow Tree version is when you want to get something that is what Heather calls a “little happy” that only costs 12 dollars, including the cup. You pick your cup and your silk, and have a custom made permanent arrangement for a very reasonable price that says, “I thought of you today.” They also have several that are

Willow Tree also features the work of an elderly woman who lives on a fixed income in Birmingham. She makes wreaths out of burlap bags, and you need to see them to believe how beautiful they are. Her painstaking handiwork is a thing of the past, and with re-purposing being the current trend everywhere in home décor, they are a real find. That and so much more is available at The Willow Tree, and we hope you’ll come see for yourself.

The Willow Tree

611 Hobbs Rd. • Athens, AL Phone: 256-777-8912 Hours: Wed 10-4, Thu-Sat 10-5 Facebook: The Willow Tree Athens Alabama Page 9

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What Makes Ronnie Roll

Get To, Or Got To?

When Mayor Marks and I discussed the title of this article, we were torn between the title above, and “Living Like You’re Dead.” We agreed that though both concepts were complimentary, the latter was more prone to being misunderstood, so we went with the “Big G.”

“Get to or got to” has to do with the campaign of the Mayor to change his own “self-talk.” So often we talk from the standpoint of obligation rather than opportunity, and it can become a real downer in a quick like fashion. “I’ve got to….” fill in the blank. Go to work? Pick up the kids? Cook dinner? Mow the lawn? What would happen if we saw even the

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most mundane chore as a blessing, if for no other reason than we are healthy enough to do it, and the people we love are still alive and need us? The reminder came about as a result of the testimony of Ronnie’s cousin, Sammy Gilbreath. Sammy is a Baptist minister, and performed the marriage ceremony of Ronnie and Sandra Marks 45 years ago at First Baptist Church in Athens. He has gone on to have a solid ministry, has preached the gospel all over the world, and then a medical time bomb was discovered in the form of a cardiovascular aneurysm. He is literally living on borrowed time, and he and his family had to take a

by Ali Elizabeth Turner

hard look at how they were going to live out his last days together. As a family they came up with the slogan “Living Like You’re Dead,” which simply means living life with the intention of living and loving well, knowing that we are not ever promised that we will wake up on this side, and our “lives and times are in His hands.” The Mayor asked his cousin if he “was going to be around tomorrow,” and Sammy replied in the “theoretical affirmative.” Mayor Ronnie then invited Sammy to come to the most recent City Council meeting and open the session in prayer, which he did. The room was therefore reminded that they

and we have a sacred charge to do our best with what we have to make life better for those around us, and then ourselves. So, what kinds of “Get to/Got to” choices is the Mayor facing? He and a team from Athens are on their way to New York City to make a presentation to Standard and Poor’s that would result in the refinancing of a bond which would save the city nearly a million dollars. He is saying with a grin, “I GET to go to New York City!” (And, I understand from experience the exercise of will that is necessary to use the word “get” when it comes to going to the Big Apple.)

He also mentioned that we are on track with the A.T.R.I.P. grants for road and infrastructure improvements, which will mean millions of dollars to better our berg.

As always, we closed our time in prayer, and I would invite you to join me in asking God to bless and keep Ronnie and the team while they go fight for us in the jungles of New York. That is something each of us, should we choose, “gets” to do!

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Clean and Green

Elk River Cleaner Due to Volunteer Efforts by Lynne Hart

If you read my article last issue, you may have figured out that gremlins were at work and I apologize if you were confused. Here is the story I meant to tell: On Saturday, April 6th, 45 adults, teens, and children gave up their Saturday morning to help clean up the Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail, a National Recreation Trail in Limestone County. When everyone stopped to enjoy a pizza lunch, we looked at the piles of trash and debris that had been pulled from the water and dragged from the woods.

It was truly disheartening. Ben Harrison, District 4 Commissioner, and volunteers loaded what they could in the litter trailer and hauled it to the transfer station. After loading the trailer a second time, it was learned that the trash weighed in at 4,800 lbs. That did not include a pile of roofing shingles, a refrigerator, and a set of mattresses that hadn’t been weighed yet. I fail to understand the mentality of people who think of our

woodlands as a place to dump their trash. I wish I knew how to reason with someone who breaks up camp and leaves all of their garbage behind. But before we point to boaters and fishermen for the litter problem, let’s look at the fact that 8090% of the trash that ends

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up in our rivers starts out on land far from the water. Something tossed from a vehicle or blown out of an uncovered truck miles away will be carried by wind, rain water, and animals until it can move no further. That might mean it gets stuck on a fence line, tangled in weeds, or it could mean washing into ditches, to streams, to the river, and all the way out to the Gulf. There are no doubt plastic bottles and bags floating in the Elk River today that started out in our neighborhoods just weeks ago. I thank every person that came out to help, TVA for providing a boat and staff, Ben Harrison for han-

dling the trash for us, Nestle Cafe for providing the wonderful cookies, Nestle Waters for the refreshment, and the Limestone County Tourism Association for providing pizzas for our volunteers. Together we made a huge difference; however, we all need to take responsibility for this beautiful resource by reporting illegal dumping, encouraging responsible behavior in handling trash, and volunteering to help remove what is carelessly left behind by irresponsible people. KALB will always provide supplies to any group willing to organize a litter cleanup. Just give us a call!

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Cooking with Shelley

Pimento Cheese Try this one on your family and friends! The cayenne pepper and hot sauce give it just the right kick.

by Shelley Underhill

This cheese is served best very cold, and you should let it sit overnight.

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What you will need: 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup Blue Plate mayo 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 teaspoons Louisiana Hot Sauce 7 ounce jar of drained pimentos Mix together all ingredients well, and refrigerate for several hours. Serve on crackers or with chips.

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Learning As A Lifestyle

What Are You Doing This Summer? by Wanda Campbell

We are working hard at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Catalogs just went out and we are busy getting the courses in the registration system and contracts to instructors. This catalog is a blend of summer fun and new opportunities.

to 1:00 pm. This class is free. Bring your lunch or buy a snack at the Under Grounds Coffee Shop at the Center.

Davis’ second presentation is The Resistance Behind German Lines in World War II. He will discuss Britian’s Special Operations Executive (SOE). This class is Monday, May 20, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. This class is free. Bring your lunch or buy a snack at the Under Grounds Coffee Shop.

We have already talked about the summer camps that are available in Athens and Decatur for local children. Kids can paint, act, learn to be great babysitters or learn to play an instrument.

For adults we have a mix of Lunch and Learn programs. We are bringing back our Caring for Older Adults Series. The first class talks about the difference between a Power of Attorney and Guardianship. Judge Charles Woodruff will explore

when to use each one and how to choose which one will be best for your situation. Class is scheduled

Monday, May 20, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Please reserve your space. Fee is $10/person which

includes your lunch. The second class in the series will discuss the value of Advanced Life Planning. It is never too early to talk about your final wishes. Judge Mike Davis will explain the benefits of advanced planning. Class is scheduled Monday, June 3, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Please reserve your space. Fee is $10/person which includes your lunch. A new Lunch and Learn series will focus on Spies, Treason, and Treachery in World War II. John Davis will be joining the Center for Lifelong Learning teaching staff. His expertise is military intelligence. His first presentation will assess how we as a nation have fared in our “War on Terror.” Reconsidering the “War on Terror” 12 years after 9/11 will be presented on Monday, May 13, from 11:30 am

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Dr. Charles Roberts will discuss the activities of high-ranking military intelligence officers prior to and during WWII in another Lunch and Learn offered this summer. His presentation, “Would You Call This Treason,” is offered Monday, June 3 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. This class is also free.

Dr. Tom Pieplow will discuss the ethics of decisions made by Britain’s Secret Service. Exit Reinhard Heydrich will review the actions of Britain and her allies as they prepared for war. This class is offered Monday, June 10, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. This class is free.

This summer also includes Painting classes, Cyber Security for the Home, Computers for Seniors, Introduction to the iPad, Infinity Knitting Workshop, Blacksmithing, and Swing Dance.

You can find information about these classes and more on our website – – or you can call us at 256-2338260.

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Cover Story

The 31st Annual Limestone County’s Sheriff’s Rodeo: “The Greatest Show On Dirt!” by Paul Cain with Ali Elizabeth Turner continued from page 1

tourism, supports the special needs community, provides equipment such as squad cars for the Sheriff’s Department, and brings our town and county together for what has been called “impressive entertainment.” Paul Cain wrote the following regarding this year’s Grand Marshall: “Retiring Lieutenant Randy Bates has accepted our invitation to serve as this year’s Rodeo Grand Marshal. He has spent over 20 years supporting the annual rodeo, preparing the grounds and arena, and devoting tremendous amounts of personal time toward promoting this tradition each and every year. Randy is the son of the late James Homer Bates and Martha Blake Bates, and was raised in the Reid Community. After high school he attended Calhoun Community College. He is married to Charlotte Blankenship Bates and they share proud parenthood of Paula Curnutt (Brad) and Jamie Bates (Elizabeth), both of Athens. And their grandkids are one of their greatest prides: Madison Curnutt, and, Austin and Andrew Bates. Randy started his career in law enforcement in the early 1970s as a jailer and dispatcher for the late Sheriff M. W. (Buddy) Evans, working 24 hours on, and 24 hours off. He was later promoted to deputy and graduated from the Northeast AL Police Academy at Jacksonville State University in 1973. Later that year, the family learned Randy’s father was facing a serious health condition and Randy joined his father’s business as a crane operator. He continued working with the 320 Local of

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the Operators Engineers in Decatur, and he also became a reserve deputy for Sheriff Blakely in 1986. In 1993, Sheriff Blakely hired Randy as a patrol lieutenant. He attended numerous training classes, including the completion of the AL Corrections Academy. In 2001, Randy was assigned as the new Work Release Director, the position he holds today. This program ensures eligible inmates pay court ordered child support, fines, and restitution. His diligence and determination to find employment for these inmates is the reason this program has been successful. When asked about his biggest accomplishment, Randy is quick to praise the work of the local Department of Human Resources because of leading the entire State of Alabama for 2 years in collecting past due child support payments. Much of that was through the work release program and continues today. And because of that relationship locally, many other sheriffs’ offices and DHR offices across the state now have similar programs. His worst day in law enforcement actually ended up being 2 very similar days, both involving domestic violence cases that resulted in the women and children being victimized. One case resulted in a homicide and suicide, and one resulted in arrest. Although years ago, both still strike a sadness and regret. One of Randy’s pet peeves is being in uniform and seeing a parent tell a child, “He’ll carry you to jail if you don’t mind.” The scared look on a

rodeo would not be what from jail.” it is today if not for the ‘We hope everyone will join effort and dedication of us in congratulating Grand Randy Bates. When he Marshal Randy Bates in the was a reserve, he would upcoming Rodeo Parade May take 2 weeks’ personal 11 and the 31st Annual Rodeo vacation from his crane May 17-18,’ added Sheriff operations just to Blakely.” prepare for each year’s Advance tickets went on sale rodeo. He spent countless on May 1st. The advance hours preparing and prices are $8 for children and upgrading the arena and $10 for adults. Gate prices are its facilities each year. $10 and $15, respectively. Randy will be sorely Tickets can be purchased at missed by me personally the Sheriff’s Office, Railroad and professionally, and Bazaar, Jiffy #1 and #2, he will be missed as Work Preston’s Western Wear, Release Director. He has and West End Chevron and placed and supervised Outdoors, all in Athens, as Grand Marshall: 1,244 inmates during well as True Discount in Lt. Randy Bates his time as Director Ardmore, TN and Warren’s and has played a major BP in Rogersville. In addition, child’s face when he looks up role in the collection of the tickets for the free pony at a deputy or police officer delinquent payments for child rides are available at Arctic that their parent has just told support, victims’ restitution Chill Frozen Yogurt, located them to fear is a look you don’t and court costs. Many of those at 616 Hwy 31 in Athens. forget. Randy always carries he supervised have come by For more information, go to some small candy or chewing to thank him for the direction www.limestonesheriffsrodeo. gum in his pocket for little that got them back on the right com, or call 256 232-0111. ones, and often becomes a track after they were released friend rather than a foe to that confused child. Years ago, he was instrumental in making sure every patrol car had among its equipment, at least one teddy bear to give a child in the event of an emergency. Randy loves coming to work and prides himself with helping people. He will miss that and his law enforcement Advance Tickets On Sale NOW !!! family most of all when he ADVANCE TICKET PRICES GATE TICKET PRICES retires. But he plans on filling ADULTS $10.00 ADULTS $15.00 his spare time with hunting CHILDREN CHILDREN (12 & under) $8.00 (12 & under) $10.00 and fishing, and anything that involves his grandkids. ADVANCE TICKET OUTLETS Charlotte says she has a few Limestone County Sheriff's Office Athens lists left for him to work on Railroad Bazaar Athens but she too, knows he will stay Jiffy # 1 & 2 Athens busy. Preston's Western Wear Athens When Sheriff Blakely learned West End Chevron & Outdoors Athens of Randy’s impending Adams Western Wear & Feed Ardmore retirement, he immediately True Discount Ardmore, TN wanted to honor him as Warren's BP Rogersville Grand Marshal. “Randy has FREE Pony Ride Tickets Arctic Chill Frozen Yogurt 616 Hwy 31 S., Athens served this community for over two decades, and our

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Ruth Truett Crowned Queen At Athens Rehab And Senior Center continued from page 1

each year. This year the judges were Ms. Edwina Street, former owner of Harper’s Beauty College, and Bobby and Stella Austin, of First Baptist Church in Athens. Ms. Ruth entered on a lark, and told me she never expected to win. It was indeed a first entry, first win situation, and no one was more shocked than she when they announced her as the winner. I asked her why she entered, and she told me it was “because people have been so good to me here, I thought this might be a way to pay them back for their kindness.” Because the contestants are also “neighbors,” there is much good will and “atta girl” amongst them while they compete. Ms. Ruth wore an outfit that belonged to her daughter-in-law, and was pampered before the pageant by having her hair, makeup

and nails done. She chose orchid for her nail color, and I could tell she felt like a true princess. She went into the pageant on the arm of her son, retired Colonel Harold Hicks. One of the things I have so enjoyed in doing the Spotlight series on Athens Rehab and Senior Care Center residents is, that the ones who have lived life well, and are still so alive, all seem to have eyes that dance. Ms. Ruth is no exception, as you can see in this picture. She is just glowing, and that’s how she is inside, too. Here are some quotes from the pageant about Ms. Ruth, as well as her carefully thought out answers to the questions asked her as part of the pageant. “Ms. Ruth’s hobbies include dancing, gardening, and getting a Rook game started any chance she gets. Her favorite color is red. Her favorite times of

the year are Spring and Summer. She loves country and gospel music, and her favorite TV programs are the news and the Andy Griffith Show. When asked the first question, ‘If you wrote a book about your life, what would the title of it be?’ Ms. Ruth answered, “The Difficult Times of the Great Depression.”’ There was a second question, and it had to do with gun control. She was asked, “The issue of gun control is a hot topic right now. How do you feel about tougher gun laws in our country?” Ms. Ruth replied, “We may need some tougher laws, but people do have the right to have guns to hunt and defend themselves. If people would only follow God’s rules, the world wouldn’t be in such bad shape.”’ The last portion of

by Ali Elizabeth Turner

the contest is called the Final Look stage, and each contestant was asked one last question. ‘If you became a billionaire, what one thing would you buy for yourself simply because you’ve always wanted it?’ She answered, ‘I would buy a beautiful new home.”’ Athens Rehab and Senior Care Center may not be the home of billionaires, but it has undergone extensive remodeling and redecorating, and is beautifully kept. In fact, so much so, that re-

cently the Center received an unusual designation from the State of Alabama, and that is “without deficiency.” It is a rare thing to receive that classification from the State, and is proof once again why Athens Rehab and Senior Care Center is such a good thing for our community. Congratulations to Ms. Ruth, to Ms. Sarah Wallace, who has just been honored by the Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of the Year, and to the facility. We appreciate all of you.

2012 Ms. ARSC Queen Terry Camp crowning Ruth Truett

The Athens Rehab and Senior Care Center Pageant Court

Ida McClendon, 3rd Runner Up; Lula Lee, 1st Runner Up; Ruth Truett, Queen; Sue Kimbrough, 2nd Runner Up May 3 - May 16, 2013

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Health and Fitness

Osteoporosis & Exercise

by Janet Hunt

Janet Hunt is a Certified Personal Trainer and can be reached at 256-614-3530 to schedule an appointment.

One of the best ways to strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis is by getting regular exercise. Even if you already have osteoporosis, exercise can help maintain the bone mass you have.

your bones. You may hear this called “bone mass and density.”

Why Exercise for Osteoporosis

• Flexibility

When you exercise, you don’t just build muscle and endurance. You also build and maintain the amount and thickness of

chest, shoulders, legs, stomach, and back.

Flexibility Exercise for Osteoporosis

Three types of exercise for osteoporosis are:

Flexibility is another important form of exercise for osteoporosis. Having flexible joints helps prevent injury.

• Weight-bearing • Resistance Weight-bearing Exercise for Osteoporosis

Examples of flexibility exercise for osteoporosis include these:

Weight-bearing means your feet and legs support your body weight. A

• Regular stretches • T’ai Chi few examples of weightbearing exercise for osteoporosis are: • Walking • Hiking • Dancing • Stair climbing Biking and swimming are great for your heart and lungs, but these are not weight-bearing exercises for osteoporosis. Walking as little as three to five miles a week can help build your bone health. For general health, we recommend that everyone get at least half an hour of moderate to vigorous exercise five times a week. Forty-five minutes to an hour is even better.

•Free weights or weight machines •Resistance tubing (available in different shapes, sizes, and strengths) •Water exercises -- any movement in the water makes your muscles work harder. For best results, do resistance exercises two or three times a week. Make the exercise more challenging by gradually adding weight or repetitions. Work all your different muscles -- including arms,

• Yoga

Whether you are older, already diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, or have never been physically active, many safe exercise programs are available. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns. Then look for a good exercise program for you by talking to a person fitness trainer, visiting a local fitness center, or trying classes at the Senior Center.

Resistance Exercise for Osteoporosis Resistance means you’re working against the weight of another object. Resistance helps with osteoporosis because it strengthens muscle and builds bone. Studies have shown that resistance exercise increases bone density and reduces the risk of fractures. Resistance exercise for osteoporosis includes:

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All Of Us, From Left To Right, Mustn’t Forget Our History by Will Anderson

Forget political labels for a moment. Traditionally (meaning for the last hundred years or so), Americans have fallen into two broad categories: those who see society’s salvation as necessarily determined by government, and those who trust that the private sector, however unpredictable it may be, is what unleashes us all to innovate and prosper. The 20th century saw both theories tested, and the results are in. The grandest attempts at government prosperity, The New Deal and The Great Society, made matters worse. Our current economic debate about deficits and debt wouldn’t exist but for the fiscal strain of Social Security and Medicare, the former born in the ‘30’s, and the latter resulting from Lyndon Johnson’s “war on poverty.” Along came Ronald Reagan, who proclaimed that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” And so, while not shrinking government’s size as much as conservatives wanted, Reagan was a champion for turning around a decade of malaise,cutting tax rates on everyone, rolling back regulations, and instilling a sense of optimism conspicuously absent throughout the ‘70’s (remember, the economy is as psychological as it is a matter of numbers). With Clinton, we were treated to the brilliant campaign slogan, “it’s the economy, stupid,” a reference to the fact that the Cold War was over, and we had won. It was now time to turn our attention inward, and forget

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about the rest of the world. The sentiment worked; Clinton was victorious twice, virtually ignoring foreign policy despite all the warning signs from Islamists that a storm was brewing (the first World Trade Center bombing in ’93, and the declaration of war against us by Osama bin Laden in ’96, just to name a couple). By the time George W. Bush assumed office, 9/11 was already in place, and there wasn’t a whole lot he could have done to stop it. His reaction, though, was to become that which he hadn’t campaigned to be: a wartime President. He did it well, if the definitive sign of success is preventing a

repeat of the worst attack on American soil, which, say those in the know, he did at least 50 times. Fast forward to last month’s terrorist attack in Boston, where three people lost their lives, 183 people were injured, and 10 people lost limbs, two of whom were children. Just as 9/11 has, inconceivably, been called an inside job, some are saying the same about Boston. Everything these days, it seems, has a conspiracy behind it. The tragedy in Newtown, for instance, happened so the government could take away our guns. I still have trouble believing that any-

one buys these things, but, ominously, a sizeable number of Americans do. And it’s not simply Alex Jones’ fault. Our debate over the efficacy of government to magically cure what ails us is over, and those of us on the small government side have, empirically, won. The disturbing trend, though, is that some folks on the Left and the Right

have decided that government has no legitimate role in our lives. To wit: mention national security to a Ron Paul acolyte, and you will be teased, chastised, or distrusted, because if you want a strong military, as our Founders did, you must be okay with Big Brother watching your every move. Granted, part of that mindset is rooted in paranoia. The black helicopter crowd will always exist. But the more pernicious part is rooted in a genuine belief that we don’t have any natural enemies— and if we do, their hostility must be our fault. Those on both sides of the conventional political aisle would do well to take another look at FDR and Reagan, icons within their own party. The Democrat gave us bloated government from which we are still seeking to recover; the Republican gave us the confidence to know that collectivism fails wherever it’s tried. They both, though, fought wars that weren’t optional, and they both won. We are in the middle of a war that we choose to ignore at our own risk. The consequences of losing are, arguably, worse than those FDR or Reagan faced.

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Dog Barker

Deliberate or Accident? by Joel Allen

Not long ago I received a phone call from a friend. She was crying and this is what she told me. Apparently her dog, “Mia”, who was in their yard, was hit by someone’s car. The person who did this kept right on going, never stopping to see if Mia was still alive or to explain to Mia’s family how their vehicle swerved into the yard, running Mia down. If you are the one who did this, God saw what you did. He knows our hearts and He saw into yours when you did this. If it was an accident, then I believe you have forgiveness. But, if it was not, you should repent and make things right.

it. From what I understand he apologized and I hope my friend forgave him. There was another incident where a cable man came to service the cable in my parent’s area. While he drove up to the

pole he hit the neighbor’s dog. How he did this I will never understand because you can’t drive that fast where he was at for all the potholes. My parent’s neighbor went ballistic and went to get his gun. He loved that dog. My

So, when you run over a dog, what do you do? Do you callously drive on? Do you stop and see what you can do for the animal and their family? The few times I have run over

Now, to the families, you should always keep your pets safe. Use a fenced in yard or runner to keep them out of the road. You are just as responsible for their well being. If your pet were to cause an accident or even the death of someone and it could be proven, you could be held responsible. So, take care of your Family Canine.

Do you remember there was a sign posted on New Cut Road for a while for whoever hit that family’s dog? I know the man who posted the sign. He did receive a phone call from the one who did

Lastly, my heart goes out to all of you who have lived the nightmares I have mentioned above. I pray that the Lord comforts you and remember you will see those Family Canines again.

Mom was able to assist in keeping the cable guy from getting shot. Needless to say I don’t think he did such a good job on the cable that day. In fact, he left a dust cloud and probably did some damage to his van that day leaving.

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with you. In this situation don’t tell the family they should have kept their dog put up. You are asking for trouble if you do. If the animal passes away and you know the family, you should help them deal with the situation the best you can. If there is a vet bill, you should pay for the fees unless it is the family’s fault for not having their dog put up.

an animal, I have always stopped and attempted to help. What do you do in a situation like that? Here is what I suggest. You stop and see what can be done. It is natural that if the family is upset that they might be angry

“Remember to love your dogs because they love you. Maybe not the way you want them to, like chewing up your favorite shoes or what not, but that is just love chewing. Be thankful for the time you have with them always.”

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Medical Update

The Essence Of Essential Oils Note: The following article is for informational purposes only, and is not intended in any way to treat or diagnose any medical condition. Always consult your health care practitioner when considering any new treatments. Recently I visited my youngest daughter and 10 month old granddaughter. While there, two more young family members, aged 22 months and nine months old were dropped off to be babysat, and both had health issues. The boy, who is the 22 month old, was struggling to breathe. His nine month old sister had a runny nose. I learned that the boy had asthma and then secured permission from his mother to put some essential oil on his feet. I then told her the story of my 10 year old grandson who was given a diagnosis of asthma at age 2. After researching the things that antagonize

By Kathleen Gardner

asthma, we changed all his personal care products. We removed any with toxic chemicals in them, and replaced them with Young Living essential oil personal care products. He is now 10 years old and has had no more

asked what it was. She placed a drop of oil in my hand and asked me to rub my hands together, cup them, smell the fragrance, and then rub the back of my neck. It was exhilarating and uplifting, and cleared my sinuses

My husband bought me a sample bottle and I tried it for the next 3 days. I was impressed with the results, and began to do more research. As a result, I became a Young Living life time customer and have come to love all

asthma symptoms. And the 22 month old boy? His mom was quite taken with how much better he was the next day.

instantly. Mary Beth proceeded to explain to me that it was pure, genuine peppermint oil, and that one drop equaled 28 cups of peppermint tea. She went on to tell me that it was thought to help when people were experiencing low grade pain, headaches, digestive issues, fevers, and cooling the body down from hot flashes. Now that got my attention, as I was 55 and experiencing hot flashes!

their products. I also discovered that the Bible refers to essential oils over 100 times, an example being the gift of frankincense that was brought to Christ by the wise men. I also learned that essential oils had been used for thousands of years to improve a number of conditions.

So, you may ask, WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL OIL? My first experience with an essential oil was at a state fair. A lady had a booth with a diffuser going, and I walked up and

Oils are beneficial because our bodies respond to the chemical structure of spe-

cific essential oil molecules. For example, oil molecules are able to go into our cells and clean up receptor sites so our cells communicate better. They have the ability to cross the blood brain barrier. Research shows that essential oils can be detected on the breath and in the blood within 10 minutes of application to the skin. An essential oil will eventually enter every cell in your body, and metabolize like other nutrients. Oils stimulate blood flow, which in turn increases oxygen and nutrient delivery. Oils contain some of the most powerful antioxidants known, and may detoxify the cells and blood. They can purify the air, eliminate odors and fill the air with fresh aromatic scents. They have been promoting emotional, physical and spiritual well being for centuries, and you may wish to explore their properties further. If so, please contact Kathleen Gardner at kathleentheoilslady@peoplepc. com.

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Jerry’s Journal

Across the Purple Sage Part 9 by Jerry Barksdale The vacation for the Bonnie Pitts family and my friend and sometimes redhead, Pat ended. A crisis of sort was brewing back in Athens. Hairdos were falling apart and women were becoming depressed. Pat was urgently needed at The Total Look hair salon. Following a fine Mexican lunch at the Guadalajara’s Grill where I demonstrated machismo by eating a green chili pepper and thereby cauterizing my stomach, they departed for Athens. Guys, take my advice, seek other ways to be macho. Water, crackers and hollering will not extinguish a green chili firenor will prayer. “I want to visit the Mable Dodge Luhan house,” I said to Shannon. “You’re in luck, Dad. My friend is a caretaker there.” Mabel Dodge Luhan was

a fascinating woman and pushing the envelope long before that term became popular. Since first going to Taos in 1984 on my “search for self” when I learned of her, I wanted to know more about the heiress who gave up a fancy salon in Greenwich Village and a luxurious villa in Italy to live in a simple adobe house on the edge of the desert. Born to a wealthy Buffalo, New York family in 1879, Mable had traveled the world. In 1917, she went to Taos seeking a “change” and fell in love with not only the high mountains and wide sagebrush valley, but with the Native American culture that existed along the Rio Grande. A world far removed from the maddening one in which she lived, Taos was as quiet, peaceful and simple place where time moved slowly. I understand why she made the change. Following my divorce from Shannon’s

mother in 1985, I felt a great need to find a place that offered me inner peace. I decided to close my law practice in Athens and move to Taos. There I would build a small adobe house with my own hands, and live a simple life, gardening, fishing for trout in crystal streams and hunting for my meat in the mountains. Shannon, who was 7 years old at the time, heard about my foolhardy plan and came to my office, upset. “Daddy, please don’t leave me,” she sobbed. That jarred me back to reality. Happiness, I’ve since discovered, is found within, not in some far away place. Mabel became involved with big and handsome Tony Luhan, an Indian who lived with his wife at the Pueblo. Mabel divorced her husband, artist Maurice Sterne and sent him packing and subsequently married Tony. She paid Tony’s wife alimony. “Wife come out real good,” Tony’s cousin told me the previous day. The Mable Dodge Luhan house – called Los Gallos – a brown 22 room adobe on the edge of Pueblo land, is now a historic site and conference center. Mabel gathered around her such famous artists and writers

as Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand, Nicholia Feckin, D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Frank Waters, Aldous Huxley and famed photographer Ansel Adams. Shannon and I signed the register and moseyed around. I learned that actor Dennis Hopper once owned the house and edited Easy Rider there. Two guests can overnight in Mabel’s spacious bedroom with sitting area and Kiva fireplace for only $200 a night. Tony’s bedroom, several steps away, is only $130 a night for two. Not bad prices. Shannon’s friend, Jamison appeared. “Come with me,” he said. “I’ve got something to show you.” Oh boy! I was excited, certain that I was about to explore a secret tunnel or perhaps a hidden room behind a revolving bookcase where Tony had chewed peyote and communed with the Great Spirit. Jamison led us outside to his old, white Chevy pickup. “Look!” he pointed. I peeked inside. On the front seat sat a Chihuahua mix puppy looking at us with huge bug eyes. “Ohh, how precious,” Shannon said. So much for tunnels and secret rooms.

That evening Shannon and I sat around a warm juniper wood fire in the courtyard, listening to coyotes while she shared the latest Taos news. “I saw Jemina Ra’Star the other day in town,” said Shannon. “She was on horseback dressed as a Mongolian princess and wearing a coonskin cap and repeated over and over ‘love and light’.” I chuckled. “Where else but Taos?” “Folks are pretty excited about The Lone Ranger starring JohnnyDepp being filmed in Taos,” she said, “but really got upset when a Dollar General tried to locate in front of the Pueblo.” That night, I woke unable to breathe and took several squirts of Afrin. The label warns not to use more than 3 days. I was on my third bottle. My plan to stay until the end of the month was dead. I needed humidity. A cold, desert breeze blowing through the open window woke me long before daylight. I eased out of bed, packed my suitcase and slipped out while Shannon slept soundly. We don’t like goodbyes. I was burning rubber and headed east when the first glow of pink appeared behind the San de Cristo Mountains. The restless yearning inside me for that “something else” which had first carried me to Taos had finally died. And I was glad. I wanted to be home on Elk River, but knew that I would soon be drawn back to Taos. It’s that kind of place.

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