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The Faulkes Chronicle | soul in a box | “the one i love”

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AUGUST 28, 2014

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Flash Mobs With Easels? FLAG helps local artists market their work in new ways

There is a lot of talk about supporting the arts, but little discussion of supporting the artists who make the art”

People started talking about the importance of buying local produce more than 15 years ago, but only in the past few years has the movement to “buy local” gained momentum. Art is like produce for the soul, and there is a new organization in town that wants to bring you the best local art. The Friends of Local Artists and Galleries (FLAG) is a visual arts advocacy group whose primary purpose is to create a more vibrant “buying” culture in the Chattanooga area. The group’s co-founder, Tony Roland, is a lifelong entrepreneur and supporter of the arts.  Last December, he created a workshop at AVA (Association for Visual Artists) for

local artists on promoting and selling their artwork. He wanted more local artists to begin to think of themselves as business people, as artists working in the art business.  Many of the attending artists knew each other or of each other, and were very happy to get together and discuss this issue. The TONY MRAZ workshop was on a Saturday, and everybody had things to do, but nobody wanted to leave. It was like a local artist family reunion.  Eventually somebody said, “You’ve got the names and email addresses of all the attendees, why don’t you send out a mass email and invite all of us to get together again?” This idea was put into action, and FLAG was born. Tony began by starting a dialogue with people in the community who are involved with the arts.  He contacted local painter Courtenay James, muralist Kat Morris, photographer Steven Llorca and gallery owner David Jones. Together, they founded the organization and began planning a series of events designed to facilitate local artists in selling more of their art. Their monthly meetings quickly became weekly meetings, and the inaugural FLAG event arrived.  More than 60 local artists convened at the Chattanooga Workspace for the event “When Artists Unite, Great Things Can Happen.” The purpose of this event was for everyone to become acquainted, and to brainstorm ideas on art as business.  The resulting ideas fueled the


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organization and inspired the second event, a workshop taught by Courtenay James on the critique process. In this class, the FLAG members learned how to critique, how to receive a critique, and how to benefit from a critique. The next class will focus on marketing and selling art, and will be announced later this week. The group has plans to create a Gallery/Artist Studio brochure that will be distributed throughout the city. They are organizing a series of exciting public events: Some of their ideas include a Halloween Party, Popup Art Fairs for FLAG members, and FLAG Flash Mobs with easels. The members of FLAG intend to double the sales of local, original art in Chattanooga within three years, and are working with the mayor’s office to make this an art-buying city.  As stated on the flier for their first event: “There is a lot of talk about supporting the arts, but little discussion of supporting the artists who make the art. We are all about changing that…”   Find FLAG online at or fafacebook. com/pages/FLAG-Friendsof-Local-Artists-and-Galleries/593919957322005


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Storyteller Jim Pfitzer heads to New Mexico


It’s always great to hear when local artists are getting national recognition for their work. Chattanooga master storyteller Jim Pfitzer has had a busy year so far. His fall schedule is keeping him even busier—and taking him to New Mexico! In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, an act that defined wilderness in the United States and protected 9.1 million acres of federal land, Pfitzer is raising money to bring his one-man, one-act play “Aldo Leopold: A Standard of Change” to the National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque. Collecting donations through his Kickstarter campaign, Pfitzer is hoping to raise about $2,000 to bring his play to the KiMo Theater

on October 16 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. If you’re looking for one of Pfitzer’s local shows, then stay tuned for a new project scheduled to debut in early 2015. Set in the first half of the 20th century, this as-yet unnamed show “digs into the cultures surrounding the American chestnut blight, the business of moonshine, and the Great Depression at a time of great change in the region.” Pfitzer performed a bit of the new work earlier this month at River City Sessions, a recording of which will be available on his website soon if you missed it. Check out for more information on our friend Jim Pfitzer! — Madeline Chambliss

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This week’s cover story is by Jennifer Crutchfield, a Chattanooga native who grew up on Army bases in the South, Latin America and Washington, DC. Mother to three sons, Jennifer is Director of Communications and Community Engagement at

Our resident “Man on the Barstool”, Mike Dobbs writes about all things liquor for us. Mike is a Scorpio who resides locally, but is contented to hang his hat anywhere in the North-western Hemisphere. When not relaxing at home with his Tonkinese kitten

WTCI, Chattanooga’s PBS station, is the author of “Chattanooga Landmarks” and has served as a relocation agent for global families transferring to Chattanooga since 2009. Jennifer has been a regular contributor to The Pulse for years and also wrote for Chattanooga Parent magazine. She and her boys live in a 100-year-old house and she isn’t afraid to use a gardening flamethrower on nasty backyard problems.






Amélie, he’s an architectural designer by trade. He’s likely contrived a hotel that you trust to let your loved ones sleep in (something to think about). A night owl since birth, he’s honed the craft of bacchanalian roister and developed an appreciation for the finer elixirs of life. He says, “Please” and “Thank you” and is widely rumored to have one of the most well-stocked home bars in the entire region.





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What Is UnifiEd and How Can It Change Our Schools? Fledgling organization targets grassroots change—starting with elections By Jennifer Crutchfield

Their coordinators will create a wave of people who direct the change that they seek and who are motivated to see every student in Hamilton County has the opportunity to succeed.”


veryone has a personal story about education, because it affects each and every one of us. Whether it is a heartwrenching story of lost opportunities or a tear-inspiring tale about magnificent personal success, education can make or break a person. It’s often the critical piece to determining success or failure in the life of a child. Prisons calculate anticipated inmate numbers based on literacy rates in third-grade children. When students fall behind, so does a community’s ability to be economically competitive. Linda Mosely, a UnifiEd board member and former school board member says, “We’re just maintaining status quo, and that’s not good enough. We need to be moving up, up, up.” UnifiEd, a new nonprofit organization, is working to bridge the gap in public education by bringing people—the community—into the process. Edna Varner, a retired educator and another UnifiEd board member, says that people care about schools but often just don’t know how to get involved. “The public needs to know what it can do,” she says, and that is the challenge that UnifiEd has accepted. During this year’s school board race, districts 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9 had elections. And out of the 231,070 registered voters in Hamilton County only 25,694 votes were cast from all five of these districts.

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That may seem to you like a dismal percentage of our fellow citizens who participated in the process and voted and you’re right: it is. On the other hand, there are some fascinating successes to point to as well during this school board election. In the District 5 election four years ago only 2,800 votes were cast. This year there were 4,800 votes cast in that same district. That is big. What does it mean? What was different? Well, District 5 is home to some of the lowest-performing schools in the county. District 5 also had seven very passionate candidates who wanted to make a change in that district and to support the education and future’s of the children in their community. And—UnifiEd happened. District 5 was identified by UnifiEd as one of the critical races and their machine went to work. Combining the passion and dedication of people who truly care about public education with the logistics, tools and talents of community organizing in action, the UnifiEd team hit the streets. The debate hosted in District 5 was to a packed house. More

than 200 people attended and, more importantly, participated. They came with questions, signs, concerns, Tweets, social media posts and children. Parents came, business leaders came and grandparents came. City council members came, the media came and the mood was vibrant. You could almost feel the hope in the air. As microphones crackled, the audience was rapt. Another audience was following the action via live Tweeting and the frustration and hope present were both electric. Education is powerful and people are powerful, even though they don’t always realize it. When a situation gives people who care the worst they have an opportunity to show their best. That happened in District 5. People got out, they volunteered and they encouraged their friends, neighbors and community members to vote. People joined UnifiEd and, during the course of the summer, there were several thousand calls placed to potential voters and several thousand doors knocked on, largely in District 5. The result was that 2,000 more

people voted in District 5 in this school board race than in the race four years ago. That is a statement about the power of people and their passion for change and for success in their schools. The Public Education Foundation (PEF) has been supporting success in schools for several decades, empowering teachers and building on the public and private partnerships between schools, civic leaders, business leaders and foundations to improve public education. UnifiEd shares their mission of success and targets its efforts at the community. Through teacher roundtables, education summits, forums, grassroots organizing and community-based meetings and outreach, UnifiEd will bring schools the direction, tools, accountability and flexibility to pursue what works best. UnifiEd is the missing piece that will connect the public to the schools with real and meaningful support from every corner of the community. The teams, led by Executive Director Elizabeth Crews, Deputy Director Lakweshia Ewing and Engagement Coordinator Jermaine Freeman, will create neighborhood-level teams, investing in individuals on the

ground and building transformative connections between communities and schools. Each team will have the tools and the opportunities to create large-scale change within each school, to share best practices and to advocate for action within the school board and the county commission. In order to create real and substantive change, we have to get specific. UnifiEd will

UnifiEd can impact her community, saying, “You’re talking about building this groundswell movement.” Whether it is house parties, rallies, debates, forums, summits or parades, the team and their coordinators will create a wave of people who direct the change that they seek and who are motivated to see every student in Hamilton County has the opportunity to succeed.

“The debate hosted in District 5 was to a packed house. More than 200 people attended and, more importantly, participated.” do that with a “Community Pact”. The new organization will develop four commitments derived from community input, meetings, surveys and phone and door canvassing. They will ask the public these questions: • What is the biggest challenge facing public schools in Hamilton County? • What are the greatest opportunities in public education? • What is your public education story? Lakweshia Ewing, deputy director, beams when she talks about how

They will place nine education engagement coordinators into Hamilton County’s school districts, each one working directly with parents, community members and volunteers to get them interested in the process and active in making change. UnifiEd’s mission is supported by funding from the Benwood Foundation, the Maclellan Foundation and the Footprint Foundation. They are seeking funds from other individuals and organizations and hope to raise

$600,000 annually to bring an active, caring public into a stronger school system. How does public education impact you? One canvasser reported that some folks told him that they didn’t plan to vote in the school board race because their children didn’t go to public school. You could almost see the question mark on this canvasser’s face as he processed that reply. Whether you have children, grandchildren or dogs, your life is impacted by public education because the power of our community is dependent on the people who will be our future. If you own your house or pay your rent, you are contributing to the property taxes that support public schools. So, what can you do? How can you help? To learn more about UnifiEd, you can visit, stop by the office at 1609 McCallie Ave. or call them. You can volunteer, you can support public schools by becoming a part of one of the neighborhood teams and by encouraging your neighbors and friends to volunteer. Chattanooga is a great city and an innovative community and with a strong, publicly supported public school system, it can be an even greater city with a vibrant future. • August 28-september 3, 2014 • The Pulse • 7


’Night, Mother David Huddle’s new novel The Faulkes Chronicle is magical, moving


he failing heartbeat of a dying mother resonates as the saddest sound in human experience. The Faulkes Chronicle tells the story of an American family whose mother is dying, whose beloved life leaches away like the color fading from a family album photograph.

Book ’Em, Danno! Reflections Gallery celebrates the art of books Literature is an art form in and of itself, but more than 20 local exhibitors are bringing new meaning to “literary art” that goes beyond the contents of the book, the illustrations, and the cover. Described as a “fine art show celebrating books and their readers,” Reflections Gallery’s “Literary Art Show” features “works of literary artistry in a fantastic array of mixed media, sculptural, fine art and more.” Each piece also uses books as the medium or theme. The exhibit opens on Aug. 28 with a reception from 4-7 p.m., and runs through Oct. 23. Reflections Gallery is also included

in the Gallery Hop this year on Sept. 6 from 2-8 p.m. Tying in with the works exhibited in the show, there will be an Altered Book Workshop led by Jackie Cory during the Hop from 2-5 p.m. The workshop, designed to be an introduction to altered books and how to create your own, costs $45 plus a $10 materials fee per person. The class is available for artists of all levels and registration and a required supply list is available online. Reflections Gallery 6922 Lee Hwy. (423) 892-3072 — Madeline Chambliss







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Two elderly sisters forget all about Southern charm when a young door-to-door evangelist comes knocking at their front door. 7:30 p.m. Ripple Theater 3264 Brainerd Rd. (423) 600-9242

Whether you’re a hobbyist or just enjoy checking out these classic beauties, it’s a sight to see. Over 50 cars are expected for you to see and admire. 11 a.m. The Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. (423) 648-2496

The Hunter reaches out to the rather substantial homeschool community to teach them about art and culture. 10 a.m. Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968

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The Faulkes Chronicle will reward the reader with a portrait of an American family both ordinary and extraordinary, a portrait so sweeping it calls for landscape mode.”

Karen Seifert Faulkes is in her early 50s. She’s educated as a literature teacher, and constructs herself as an exemplary mother, in whose ordinary life motherhood takes on a tone of mythological majesty. She has a heroic, impossible number of children. Karen focuses her life’s energy on each one of her offspring, learning their desires and capabilities, and treating every child as a special blessing, no matter how ordinary their gifts or faults. For those children, ranging from infants to college age, Karen is idealized as the provider of the special rocket fuel they need to launch their own lives. In the foreground story, the business of the family outside of the mother’s terminal illness is put on hold for a year to focus fully on her impending death. The children invent a sedan chair device for transporting her in teams to magical, mundane creek banks and beachfronts, where family in-jokes and private moments fulfill the precious wishes of her last weeks of life. This unusual family stands apart from social norms, rarely attending public events or even dining out, at odds with modern customs, seldom forming relationships or activities outside the family group. They have characteristic physical features, personality traits, virtues and faults, both genetic and


acquired from emulation. The story is told in present tense by an unnamed firstperson narrator, presumably one of the children, who refers to the family as “we” so often that it becomes the embodiment of all the children, as a chorus. That narrative voice guides the reader to understand the whole family as a “character” as much as any individual member. The substance of the main story could be told in about 100 pages: a final journey of memory for a woman dying of cancer, literally a bus journey around the Eastern seaboard with her sizable immediate family in tow, as well as a strange, attached entourage of outsiders. Among this group are her oncologist, with whom she has an odd and troubling relationship, and two other health care providers who are monitoring her final days and the dynamics of her family. In their fantastical craft of a tour bus, the family travels to a scenic inn at Cape May, New Jersey; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC (to see one specific painting); and a particular diner in a Pennsylvania town. Karen has special memories of these sites. Perhaps the three destinations also represent the essential needs of a child from its mother for both practical and spiritual survival: shelter, artistry, and food. The story is told in 62 untitled

chapters of about five pages each, which enhances the accessibility and sustainability of such a depressing topic. There are nine secondary stories folded in, ranging from five to 20 pages long, three of which are extremely poignant stories from the earlier lives of the medical professionals who attend Karen on the journey. These stories highlight betrayal, ostracism, raw sexual desire, unrequited young love, and modern street violence—visceral intrusions from the world outside the Faulkes family-topia. The Faulkes Chronicle will reward the reader with a portrait of an American family both ordinary and

extraordinary, a portrait so sweeping it calls for landscape mode. I do not wish to lay an interpretive burden on this marvelously readable, touching novel, which has the elegance of simplicity without being simple in the least. However, the book resonates deeply on the theme of saying goodbye to one’s mother, whether that occurs through the literal death of a parent or the natural, inevitable maturing of the child into adulthood. David Huddle has written his tenth fictional work of 19 published books in all, including poetry and essays. A professor emeritus after four decades of university teaching, he taught a short-story course in summer 2014 at the Sewanee School of Letters, and he also teaches at other creative writing and literature programs. Apparently, Huddle has found more time to write since “retirement,” as this Chronicle is his third book in four years, including another novel, Nothing Can Make Me Do This, and a book of poetry, Black Snake at the Family Reunion, both literary award winners. The Faulkes Chronicles appears in bookstores and online retailers on Sept. 1.






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The Faulkes Chronicle, David Huddle, Tupelo Press, c. 2014, 287 pages. • August 28-september 3, 2014 • The Pulse • 9

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Homeschool Science Club 1 p.m. Creative Discovery Museum 321 Chestnut Street (423) 757-2143 Ooltewah Farmers Market 3 p.m. Ooltewah Nursery 5829 Main St. (423) 238-9775 Art After School Series 4:30 p.m. Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968 Social Media Marketing for Artists and Creatives 5:30 p.m. Chattanooga WorkSpace 302 W. 6th St. (423) 822-5750 “Hunter Invitational III” Discussion 6 p.m. Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968 Learning the Curve: The Artistry of Matt Moulthrop Opening Reception 6 p.m. Museum Center at 5ive Points 200 Inman St. E, Cleveland, TN (423) 339-5745 Chattanooga Storytelling Circle 6 p.m.

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“The Savannah Disputation” Northgate Library Branch 278 Northgate Mall Dr. (423) 870-0635 Julie Scoggins 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233

friday8.29 Home School Workshop: Exploring Art and Culture 10 a.m. Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968 Southside Stroll 5 p.m. Main St.

Pulse pick: Julie Scoggins Six feet and two inches of authentic Southern sass. She’s intelligent and innovative and has garnered praise for her up-front humor. A must see for comedy fans. Julie Scoggins This weekend The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. Julie Scoggins 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 “The Savannah Disputation” 7:30 p.m. Ripple Theater 3264 Brainerd Rd. (423) 600-9242 Ruby Falls Lantern Tours 8:30 p.m. Ruby Falls 1720 South Scenic Hwy (423) 821-2544

saturday8.30 Watch & Clock Show

9 a.m. Chattanooga Convention Center 1100 Carter St. (423) 238-1555 Brainerd Farmers Market 10 a.m. Grace Episcopal Church 20 Belvoir Ave. (423) 698-0330 Northside Farmers Market on Mississippi 10 a.m. Northside Presbyterian 953 Mississippi Ave. (423) 266-7497 Chattanooga River Market 10 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. St. Alban’s Hixson Farmers’ Market 10 a.m. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 7514 Hixson Pike (423) 842-1342 Fall Gardening Workshop 10 a.m. Crabtree Farms 1000 E. 30th St. (423) 493-9155 Meet the Artist: Erin Gafill 2 p.m. River Gallery 400 E. Second St. (423) 265-5033 Soul in a Box (Dilating Nexus Part V) 7 p.m. Mark Making 2510 N. Chamberlain Ave.


Rapid Learning Intro to Kayak & Roll Practice Julie Scoggins 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 “The Savannah Disputation” 7:30 p.m. Ripple Theater 3264 Brainerd Rd. (423) 600-9242

sunday8.31 Chattanooga Market 11 a.m. The Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. (423) 648-2496 “The Savannah Disputation” 3 p.m. Ripple Theater 3264 Brainerd Rd. (423) 600-9242 Julie Scoggins 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233

monday9.1 Knights of Columbus Labor Day Picnic 9 a.m. 8601 Camp Columbus Rd. (423) 842-7011

tuesday9.2 Friends of the Library Sidewalk Sale 11 a..m. Downtown Public Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310 Guest Recital: David Tahere 7:30 p.m. Lee University Squires Recital Hall 1250 Parker St. NE

wednesday9.3 Wednesday Art Table 3 p.m. Northgate Public Library 278 Northgate Mall Dr. (423) 870-0635 Chattanooga Wednesday Market 4 p.m. 1829 Carter St. (423) 402-9957 Main Street Farmers Market 4 p.m. 325 E Main St. Rapid Learning Intro to Kayak & Roll Practice 6 p.m. Outdoor Chattanooga 200 River St. (423) 643-6888 Wednesday Night Chess Club

6 p.m. Downtown Public Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310

ongoing “Abstract Expressions: James McKissic and Larry Young” Northshore Gallery of Contemporary Art 505 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 400-9797 “The Wizard of Oz” Creative Discovery Museum 321 Chestnut St. (423) 756-2738 “Immortalized” River Gallery 400 E. Second St. (423) 265-5033 “AVA All Member Salon Show” AVA Gallery 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282 “Hunter Invitational III” Hunter Museum of American Art 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968 “Open 24 Hours” Hunter Museum of American Art 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968

“August ’14: Summertime and…” The In-Town Gallery 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214 “Wings” Jewish Cultural Center 5461 N. Terrace (423) 493-0270, ext. 13 “Literary Art Show” Reflections Gallery 6922 Lee Hwy. (423) 892-3072 “Learning the Curve: The Artistry of Matt Moulthrop” Museum Center at 5ive Points 200 Inman St. E, Cleveland (423) 339-5745 “Iconic Chattanooga” Gallery at Blackwell 71 Eastgate Loop, Eastgate Mall (423) 344-5643 “Portraits and Landscapes” Gallery 5 At The MACC 809 Kentucky Ave. (423) 886-1959 Rock City Raptors Rock City 1400 Patten Rd. Lookout Mtn., GA (706) 820-2531 Map these locations on Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to:

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Tribute to a True Original “Soul in a Box” will celebrate Dennis Palmer’s boundless creativity

Rock You By The Water Summer’s almost over, so get down to Riverfront Nights If you haven’t yet made it down to the 9th Annual Riverfront Nights series, this Saturday might just be the time to get down to (and on) the riverfront. North Carolina rockers BIG Something headline—and their 2013 self-titled album earned three “Album of the Year” awards. The revered Bandcamp describes the group like this: “The band has crafted a powerful sound that is refreshingly original and yet classic in its approach. In a digital age of popular music dominated by programmed computers, BIG Something is a breath of fresh air: a straight-up rock band that calls upon a diverse range of sounds created and performed live by six musicians on real instruments…the song craft is instantly recognizable with arena-sized rock grooves, dirty

funk and dance rhythms layered with lush electronic embellishments and soulfully triumphant vocals.” Sounds like a party to us! Opening act Travis Bowlin moved to Nashville two years ago, and selfdescribes his music career like this: “I’ve been singing since I was 11 years old. I’m now 25. It’s saved my life and as really helped me through the worst of times and the best. All during my teenage years—to early 20’s, I played music, wrote songs, and sang my heart out.” Bowlin’s working on his first EP, so be able to say you saw him when. BIG Something, Travis Bowlin Saturday, 7 p.m Ross’s Landing Riverfront Pkwy.







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It’s the 29th anniversary party (and they do mean party) for one of the most popular club bands in Chattanooga history. 9 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St.

One of the most creatively named bands in the city, SLAH has been entertaining folks for years, and you’re next. 10 p.m. Pokey’s Sports Bar 918 Sahara Dr. (423) 476-6059

Their longtime slogan pretty much says it all: “Music sung from the heart, through the nose.” 7 p.m. Point Park Lookout Mountain (423) 821-7786

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n the year and a half since the passing of native Chattanoogan Dennis Palmer—musician, visual artist and educator—it has become abundantly clear that his influence and inspiration is still deeply felt in the community and far beyond.


[Dennis] was around when Chattanooga was a shallow ocean, and his DNA lives on—his art has its own DNA.”

It is impossible to forget his potent creativity, passion for the arts, wicked sense of humor and drive to do “the highest good for all.” Within the last few months alone, acclaimed keyboardist Thollem McDonas and percussionist/composer Gino Robair released the superb album Trio Music Minus One (for Dennis Palmer) and Bonnaroo co-founder Ashley Capps dedicated the eclectic 2014 Big Ears Festival to two esteemed individuals: Lou Reed and Dennis Palmer. Going beyond mere tribute into the realm of collaborative innovation, the event Soul in a Box—the fifth and final installment of the Dilating Nexus Series, made possible by an ArtsBuild grant and presented by Secret Weave and The Shaking Ray Levi Society (disclosure: I am on its directing board)—was born from a discovery by percussionist Bob Stagner, who co-founded the performing group The Shaking Ray Levis with Palmer nearly three decades ago. After Palmer passed away, Stagner came across Palmer’s sampler—a Boss RC-30 Loop Station—and revealed over an hour’s worth of amazing and previously unused sound loops that Palmer had intended to use in future performances. These samples were disseminated to local and out-of-town musicians to build unique aural creations for the Soul in a Box event, which will feature Aether Jag, Baby Magic, EV MHIR, Frank Pahl, Guest Room, Nows, Prophets

& Kings, Red Okra King, Rick Weaver, Segaworms and Love, Execution Style. Improvising storyteller Tom Landis—a friend of Palmer’s since junior high and cohort on the “Outside Pleasures” radio show on WUTC in the ’80s and ’90s—will perform a spoken-word piece at Soul in a Box, and he shared some words about Palmer and his influence. “Dennis is just an eternal soul,” said Landis. “He loved Chattanooga; he loved the arts community and fostered it and nurtured it. He was around when Chattanooga was a shallow ocean, and his DNA lives on—his art has its own DNA.” Bassist, composer and Secret Weave co-founder Evan Lipson—also a close friend and collaborator of Palmer’s—saw the complexity and occasional darkness of Palmer’s personality that informed his work. “This dark side exists in all of us, but most people repress these emotions, rather than deal with them head-on in a healthful manner (i.e., use them constructively),” said Lipson via email. “I don’t think Dennis could have had so much love in his heart if it wasn’t balanced by the other extreme. He was fiercely passionate about everything that he loved and very protective of everything that he had built and worked for. Anything that posed a threat to this was not dealt with lightly. I valued this degree of intensity just as much as the fiery intensity of his love, humor, generosity, warmth and compassion.” Soul in a Box will also feature video creations based on Palmer’s numerous

back to find him jamming by himself on the Moog [synthesizer]. He was so intense, so playful and expressive in his imagination.” The Dilating Nexus Series was designed to challenge and provoke artists, “pushing them into unforeseen situations and inspiring them to respond in genuinely spontaneous, creative and resourceful ways,” and Ann Arbor, Mich. musician Frank Pahl—instrument inventor, solo artist and member of ensembles including Little Bang Theory and Scavenger Quartet—wrote via email about how Palmer had that ability. “My favorite recorded collaborations with Dennis are Pahl-mer and Fishers o’ Wufmen,” wrote Pahl. “Fishers was recorded in a single day after the Shaking Ray Levis backed up Wayne Dennis Palmer. Photo courtesy Bob Wright. White in Detroit. What I like most about it is that even though I enpaintings, screenprints and sketches, gineered the session, there are times plus snapshots of Palmer himself by when my playing doesn’t sound like photographer Asher Love; one new me. The highest compliment you can video submission comes from Chatgive a musician might be that they can tanooga artist and educator Melissa bring you closer to being so deep in Johnson. the moment that you drop your mu“Dennis’ drawings for this video are sical idiosyncratic crutches. Dennis intense, and his work still feels as if it could do that with his humor and muis alive and has a life of its own,” said sical generosity.” Johnson. “During my friendship with DenDilating Nexus Series nis, I was captivated by his ability to Part V: “Soul in a Box” be innovative and bring into reality August 30, 7 p.m. those things that he desired within $5-10 (sliding scale) his imagination,” said Johnson. “I reMark Making member going out to the store to get 2510 N. Chamberlain Ave. ingredients for dinner and coming

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Record Reviews

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ir Asleen is a five-piece band from Georgia you need to hear. And you will if you come within a mile of their shows. Compare Tir Asleen to another band and you might think of La Dispute because of the spoken-word style of vocalist Jesse Hicks. But the soundscape guitars sound like something out of Circa Survive’s catalogue. Drummer Cameron Flaisch is one of the most solid, hard-hitting drummers in town. Bassist Bret Williams lays down the perfect foundation for Sand through an Asphalt Hourglass to build on. The bass lines are heavy and direct, complementing guitarist Michael Floyd’s alternatingly sweeping and precise riffs. The track lineup of Sand through an Asphalt Hourglass gives you seconds to breathe between the torrential waves smashing your face in. I’m glad to see more of Floyd’s singing on this album which counters Hicks’s screams. The vocal synergy is apparent on the heavy, short-lived “Joan of Art.” Tir

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Periphery Clear (Sumerian) Asleen switches pace with the track “William Wallets,” foregoing the halftime head-banging for up-tempo, singing-oriented riffs. Guest vocalist Josiah Smith’s highpitched singing and Floyd’s voice lets you exhale for a moment before Hicks slams into you again. Tir Asleen jumps right back into it with “Stationary.” The start-stop riffs with drum fills are reminiscent of the second track “Heavy for Half a Guy.” My favorite track, “Keeping Time,” shows why Hicks is a great vocalist. The repeated verse ending the song—“I miss my friend/We didn’t have long, but we’ve still got the end”—forces chills. The album follows with the first instrumental track I’ve heard from Tir Asleen and it feels really good. The guitar is atmospheric and ethereal. The drums are upfront in the pocket with well-timed fills and dynamics. The bass controls the movement of the track, being both eerie and smooth. The final song “Asphalt” hearkens back to

the first song “Counting Sands,” both of which epitomize Tir Asleen’s sound. “Counting Sands” demonstrates the faster and heavier while “Asphalt” slows it down with its near-anthemic finale. The album fades out: “Drive past the lost part of my soul right where I left it years ago.”


rogressive metal band Periphery released their EP Clear in late January. The EP is experimental and different from their previous albums Periphery and Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal. The composition of Clear allowed each member of Periphery to write and creatively direct one track, so we’re given a sort of hodgepodge of individually written songs rather than a cohesive, collaborative collection. The result leaves us with seven great sounding songs in their own respect, but leaves something to be desired when comparing Clear to the pseudo-conceptual Periphery II album. Periphery delivers a

more straightforward sound while occasionally delving into the awesome progressive sound they’ve come to be known for. The album begins with “Overture,” the only song composed by the band and not individually. “Overture” hints at what the following six songs will fully explore. The track is a piano-driven instrumental, moderately slow and hanging in halftime. The lingering piano transitions well into the next track “The Summer Jam,” composed by guitarist Jake Bowen. The tightly knitted guitar work and drumming make this track flow while vocalist Spencer Sotelo turns his singing voice on to complement the mid-tempo melodies. Then we jump into drummer Matt Halpern’s track “Feed the Ground.” This song has single written all over it. The chorus is direct and hard-hitting and the verses sit on drums and bass to focus on Sotelo’s vocals. Everything about the song is catchy, and the heavy ending prepares you for guitarist Misha Mansoor’s progressive instrumental “Zero.” “Zero” gets right into Periphery’s core sound: intricate melodies, changing time signatures, perfectly matched drums and guitars. Though vastly different, “Feed the Ground” and “Zero” are my favorite tracks on the EP. Following these is Sotelo’s track “The Parade of Ashes.” As expected, the track is vocal-centric, leading to a simplified instrumental section, which should be a problem but isn’t. The chorus is memorable and the bridge is wonderfully heavy. Bassist Adam “Nolly” Getgood’s “Extraneous” is a brief dive into punchy accents, alternating time signatures, and drum-n-bass goodness. The album ends with guitarist Mark Holcomb’s “Pale Aura” which fuses Periphery’s old and new sound, and the last two minutes of the album are perfect.

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Why Wait to Innovate? The goal is to bring teens into Chattanooga’s startup community...and keep them

Right now the goal of the meetup community, and also of the entire organization, is to build the support system for kids who feel like they need to be doing something.”

Rich Bailey is a professional writer, editor and (sometimes) PR consultant. He led a project to create Chattanooga’s first civic web site in 1995 before even owning a modem. Now he covers Chattanooga technology for The Pulse and blogs about it at He splits his time between Chattanooga and Brooklyn.

My last column profiled Nick Arnett, who was so taken with Chattanooga that he decided to move here and do his job remotely supporting the San Francisco-based Thiel Fellowship program, which provides grant funding for 20 innovators under age 20. RICH Arnett is 22 and has created two nonprofits to accomplish things he thought needed doing. He applied for the Thiel Fellowship— unsuccessfully—but parlayed the connections he made in the process into a job growing Thiel’s international network of young innovators. Now meet the next generation that comes after him. Mae Stuart is 18, graduated high school last spring and is headed to UTC this fall. Conventional wisdom would situate her no closer to economic productivity than saying, “Fries with that?” Enter the Thiel Network. After hearing a presentation last year from Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences grad Rachel Phillips, who was a Thiel finalist last year, Stuart volunteered to help build the Thiel community here. Now she works as a paid intern in Lamp Post Group’s WayPaver talent innovation lab, working

to engage under-20s in Chattanooga’s startup community and its growing Thiel community. Because the two-year Thiel Fellowships require recipients to develop a project instead of going to college, Stuart has fielded questions BAILEY about why she’s about to start college while promoting a program that seems anti-college. “If it’s going to cost you a lot of debt and if it’s going to put on hold what you’re trying to do, maybe school isn’t the best thing for you right now,” says Stuart. “It’s all about doing what fits and what you need. Really what the Thiel Foundation promotes is doing what’s best for you.” A lot of Thiel Fellows enter or resume college after the Fellowship, she adds. The idea that someone under 20 might be postponing serious work to go to college seems almost more revolutionary than giving Fellowship recipients $100,000 a year for two years to implement their ideas. Projects developed by 2014 Thiel Fellows have included an intelligent bionic glove for partial hand amputees, non-invasive alternatives to online advertising, tools to make starting new compa-

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nies easier and software to help journalists uncover human rights abuses more easily. In addition to some social media work and internal community building within Lamp Post, Stuart’s job is to organize a series of meetups for under-20s that bring them into contact with the kind of resources that founders of startup companies need to get started. One goal is to encourage people to apply for the Thiel Fellowship—an “app-a-thon” workshop is planned to help people work on their applications when the process begins—but Stuart and WayPaver are after bigger things. “Right now the goal of the meetup community, and also of the entire organization, is to build the support system for kids who feel like they need to be doing something,” she says. “It’s really to look at everyone and say, ‘Hey, you can do something.’” Under-20s don’t need to have a big idea to be welcomed into the Thiel community. WayPaver also wants to help them develop big ideas by exposing them to mentors and peer networks that think big. “We want to be kind of that training ground,” Stuart says. “In the same way the Thiel Foundation promotes picking whatever path is right for you—college, not college—it also promotes doing things now, not waiting until someone decides that you’re qualified, understanding that there is no moment at which you sudden-

ly become qualified to do something great. You ARE qualified.” Stuart sees the growing Chattanooga Thiel Community as a way to connect people under 20 with Chattanooga’s startup culture, both for-profit and nonprofit. “I see it becoming a launch pad and hopefully a well-established support system, where kids know that they can come her to develop ideas and they can come here to develop themselves and find mentors,” says Stuart. The next Thiel Summit will be held in Chattanooga next spring, bringing Thiel Community members from around the nation to learn from each other and from Chattanooga. Future plans may include bringing speakers to Chattanooga from the larger Thiel community, and smaller grants to high schoolers to implement business plans “Our goal isn’t just ‘you come here to know Thiel’,” adds Stuart. “Our goal is ‘you come to Thiel to then know Lamp Post Group and Co.Lab and all these things that are happening in Chattanooga and around the world’. Thiel is well integrated into those networks, and the goal is always to push kids into places that will make them thrive.” To find out more about the Chattanooga Thiel Network, visit For a series of short videos about the most recent Thiel Fellowship competition, search “Teen Technorati” on YouTube.

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The People We Once Were

“The One I Love” explores love and change


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he One I Love” is a film that illustrates the diversity of the romantic comedy category. A significant part of the film explores the differences between idealized versions of a partner. Many times relationships struggle because the people in them refuse to account for change.

The Mise En Scenesters gear up for another frightfest Do you love movies? Do you love scary movies? Do you love making scary movies? If you answered yes to all three questions, have we got an event for you: the Frightening Ass Film Fest Four. And while this will be the fourth year for the film fest, it will also be the second year for the Frightening Ass Filmmaking Contest. Even better, this year they aren’t charging an entry fee for your horror masterpiece. All you need to do is make a threeto-five-minute short film that will frighten the judges’ pants off. Prizes and more are given to the best en-


tries. Just be sure to get your film submitted by October 15 (seven weeks should be enough time to write, shoot and edit everything). The main event takes place on Halloween night, Friday, October 31, at what will be the newly renovated Barking Legs Theater. Admission will be $10, and in addition to the film fest, there will also a costume contest and music from Louisville’s White Reaper and our own SoCro. Get all the info at the Mise En Scenesters website at mesfilmclub. com/frightening-ass-film-fest-four



The November Man The Congress An ex-CIA operative is brought back An aging, out-of-work actress accepts in on a very personal mission and one last job, though the consequencfinds himself pitted against his former es of her decision affect her in ways pupil in a deadly game involving the she didn’t consider in this animated CIA and the Russian president-elect. sci-fi action thriller. Director: Roger Donaldson Director: Ari Folman Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Stars: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich Jon Hamm, Kodi Smit-McPhee 20 • The Pulse • August 28-september 3, 2014 •


The audience must go through the exercise of determining how these two characters are sides of the same coin and what a person must go through to change from one to the other.”

It’s more than simply growing apart or not spending enough time as a couple— long-term relationships often fail because the person someone is at the beginning of the relationship gradually vanishes and a new person, made up of an accumulation of new and varied experiences takes their place. It is a universal truth that a person is large and contains multitudes. The reality of change does not invalidate the person one used to be, and an honest and understanding partner experiences their own growth over the course of a lifetime. However, there is always a wistful desire to spend time in the past, to remember where we came from and sometimes the desire to return there can cause resentment. “The One I Love” spends some time developing this theme, as the characters encounter themselves at what seems like a different time in their relationship, a time when the world wasn’t so complicated and harsh. If the film had stayed with those themes, it would have been a perfectly satisfactory romance. But the last 30 minutes or so takes those ideas and throws them under the bus. The less the turn is discussed the better—viewers of the “The One I Love” are better served with little knowledge beyond the premise. The premise is formulaic. A couple (Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass) are seeking counseling for their marriage, which has become rocky after a brief moment of infidelity of the part of Ethan. Of course, the briefness of the moment and its importance mean different things to Sophie, who justifiably feels betrayed. Ethan, in another typical move, merely wants to apologize and move on. He tries

to recreate spontaneous romantic experiences from their relationship in order to return them to a simpler time. Sophie realizes that this is not possible—the gesture feels empty, like a hometown football game 15 years after high school graduation. The shades of memory fade from the glaring presence of unfamiliar faces among familiar landmarks. Their therapist suggests visiting a hideaway in the mountains, together facing the reality of their marriage. He claims that he’s never had a couple return unsatisfied. Upon arrival, Ethan and Sophie explore the grounds and discover something strange in the guesthouse. When they enter alone, Ethan and Sophie encounter what seems like past versions of their partner, a cosmic anomaly that might allow them to fall in love once again. At least, that’s the idea. Ethan, who is the more realistic and uncompromising of the two, wants only to understand the aberration. Sophie wants to experience it fully, leading to arguments and hurt feelings. Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass do an exceptional job at playing two different versions of themselves. Duplass is well versed in playing the affable, cool guy from his time on “The League” but he is equally effective as the semi-unlikable Ethan. It’s fascinating, because the audience must go through the exercise of determin-

ing how these two characters are sides of the same coin and what a person must go through to change from one to the other. Is it the passage of time, the change in attitude, and the worldweariness of living that make Ethan more and more severe? Is the fun Ethan still inside the man we meet at the outset of the film? Moreover, are our past, idealized selves still inside us? Moss doesn’t get to test these ideas this as much as Duplass, as the questions are explored more through her eyes than Ethan’s. But again, given the last half hour, do these questions even matter? It’s hard to know exactly what the filmmakers were intending. This confusion about the overall theme of the film is likely what makes it so compelling. It’s one that can be discussed and dissected. It needs more than one viewing to digest the subtle clues to the truth of the situation. The film is executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, leaders in the so called “mumblecore” genre of filmmaking, a name that makes little sense in regard to the films they make. This might be my favorite from the pair, but much credit should go to director Charlie McDowell for making such an effective film with such a small cast. Sometimes, the simplest films are the best. The film is available on VOD (also in select theaters, just none in Chattanooga as of this review.)

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Bartender, Make Mine Gezellig Our man on the barstool samples Ketel One vodka Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel a little bit. And one of the places that I inevitably end up visiting is Amsterdam. The reason for this is that it’s a lot like Atlanta when traveling in the States. Schiphol AirMIKE port is the Hartsfield-Jackson of Europe. Many times I’ve flown exactly over the city of my destination—only to have to go to Am-

sterdam and then back. On occasion, I’ve been able to venture away from the airport and spend time checking out the city and convening with the locals to get a taste of what makes them tick. It’s soon obvious DOBBS that they’re a pretty laid-back bunch that enjoy savoring the simple joys in life. They’ve even got a word for it: gezelligheid. There really isn’t an English translation for it. But it means a sense of coziness, fun, quaintness and relaxing with loved ones. And it’s the lifeblood of Dutch culture. It’s used to describe almost everything they see or do. So whenever something makes you feel good on any level, call it gezellig. You can say, “Ah, this sofa is gezellig” or “My, what a gezellig duck!” One of the other things the Dutch seem to enjoy is the rich nightlife of this city. The vast abundance of bars, cafes, bars, coffee shops, bars, restaurants and bars display the obvious

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desire of the populous to kick back after a long day of “creating” and relish a nice liquid refreshment. Of course they have a different word for those, too, and it’s proflokaal, which means “tasting room”. The people of the Netherlands don’t rely on imports to slake the national thirst. There are all sorts of breweries and distilleries throughout the regions. The national drink of choice is gin. And gin is really vodka with some berries infused in it. It seems that back in 1691 a fella named Joannes Nolet was sitting around Schiedam near the North Sea (where there are a lot of grain auctions) and decided to start a distillery. Schiendam was already known as the the place where brandy and jenever (Dutch gin) were invented. So, he built his Ketel One vodka empire there with copper pot stills and used only wheat to make a premium product. The original pot Distilleerketel #1 is still there and is used to distill...still. The folks there at Ketel One do a peculiar thing when they make their vodka. They get rid of the heads and the tails and keep the heart. This means that they discard the vodka at the top (too harsh) and the bottom


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Consider This with Dr. Rick by Rick Pimental-Habib, Ph.D. “Well-being is making its way to you at all times. If you will relax and find a way to allow it, it will be your experience.” — Abraham-Hicks I love this quote. It reminds me that we humans don’t exist in a vacuum. We exist in concert with—and here I invite you to find your term—the God of Your Understanding, your Higher Power, Spirit, the Universe. A friend of mine refers to his Creator as “my senior partner.” I encourage you to use whatever feels true and right for you. He (or She) will understand. I also love this quote because it reminds me that as humans we sometimes get in our own way and make things harder than they have to be. So what would it be like to relax, and trust that good stuff is heading your way all the time? That really, it’s a matter of allowing it, of catching it and not missing it. What would it be like to expect that everything will unfold just right? Don’t you want to find out? • August 28-september 3, 2014 • The Pulse • 23

Free Will Astrology

rob brezsny yet Kaufman was not a cheerleader. He regarded Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra as brilliant and triumphant, but also verbose and melodramatic: a “profusion of sapphires in the mud.” I love that phrase, Aquarius, and maybe you will, too, as you navigate your way through the coming weeks. Don’t just automatically avoid the mud, because that’s probably where you will find the sapphires.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): As you know, real confidence has no bluster or bombast. It’s not rooted in a desire to seem better than everyone else and it’s not driven by a fear of appearing weak. Real confidence settles in when you have a clear vision of exactly what you need to do. Real confidence blooms as you wield the skills and power you have built through your hard work and discipline. And as I think you already sense, Virgo, the time has come for you to claim a generous new share of real confidence. You are ready to be a bolder and crisper version of yourself.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): As I understand your situation, Libra, you have played by the rules; you have been sincere and wellmeaning; you have pressed for a solution that was fair and just. But that hasn’t been enough. So now, as long as you stay committed to creating a righteous outcome, you are authorized to invoke this declaration, origially uttered by the ancient Roman poet Virgil: “If I am unable to make the gods above relent, I shall move hell.” Here’s an alternate translation of the original Latin text: “If heaven I cannot bend, then hell I will stir.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Start every day off with a smile and get it over with,” said the misanthropic comedian W. C. Fields. I know it’s weird to hear those words coming from a professional optimist like me, but just this once I recommend that you follow Fields’ advice. In the near future, you should be as serious and sober and unamusable as you have ever been. You’ve got demanding work to attend to; knotty riddles to solve; complex situations to untangle. So frown strong, Scorpio. Keep an extra sour expression plastered on your face. Smiling would only distract you from the dogged effort you must summon. Unless, of course, you know for a fact that you actually get smarter and more creative when you laugh a lot. In which case, ignore everything I said. Instead, be a juggernaut of cheerful problemsolving. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Mahalia Jackson (19111972) was a renowned AfricanAmerican gospel singer who lent her talents to the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King

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Jr. often called on her to be an opening act for his speeches. She was there on the podium with him on August 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. when he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. In fact, it was her influence that prompted him to depart from his prepared notes and improvise the stirring climax. “Tell them about the dream, Martin,” she politely heckled. And he did just that. Who’s your equivalent of Mahalia Jackson, Sagittarius? Whose spur would you welcome? Who might interrupt you at just the right time? Seek out influences that will push you to reach higher. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): When Europeans first explored the New World, ships captained by Italians led the way. But none of them sailed Italian ships or represented Italian cities. Cristoforo Colombo (today known as Christopher Columbus) was funded by the government of Spain, Giovanni de Verrazzano by France, and Giovanni Caboto (now known as John Cabot) by England. I see a lesson here for you, Capricorn. To flourish in the coming months, you don’t necessarily need to be supported or sponsored by what you imagine are your natural allies. You may get further by seeking the help of sources that are not the obvious choices. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Walter Kaufman had a major role in clarifying the meaning and importance of Friedrich Nietzsche. His English translations of the German philosopher’s books are benchmarks, as are his analyses of the man’s ideas. And

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’m not tolerant of greed. Acquisitiveness bothers me. Insatiableness disgusts me. I am all in favor of people having passionate yearnings, but am repelled when their passionate yearnings spill over into egomaniacal avarice. As you can imagine, then, I don’t counsel anyone to be piggishly self-indulgent. Never ever. Having said that, though, I advise you to be zealous in asking for what you want in the coming weeks. It will be surprisingly healing for both you and your loved ones if you become aggressive in identifying what you need and then going after it. I’m confident, in fact, that it’s the wisest thing for you to do. ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the coming weeks it will be important for you to bestow blessings and disseminate gifts and dole out helpful feedback. Maybe you already do a pretty good job at all that, but I urge you to go even further. Through acts of will and surges of compassion, you can and should raise your levels of generosity. Why? Your allies and loved ones need more from you than usual. They have pressing issues that you have special power to address. Moreover, boosting your largesse will heal a little glitch in your mental health. It’s just what the soul doctor ordered. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The Icelandic word hoppípolla means “jumping into puddles.” I’d love to make that one of your themes in the coming weeks. It would be in sweet accordance with the astrological omens. You are overdue for an extended reign of freelance play . . . for a time of high amusement mixed with deep fun and a wandering imagination. See if you can arrange to not only leap into the mud, but also roll down a hill and kiss the sky and sing hymns to the sun. For extra credit, con-

sider adding the Bantu term mbuki-mvuki to your repertoire. It refers to the act of stripping off your clothes and dancing with crazy joy. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): During the course of its life, an oyster may change genders numerous times. Back and forth it goes, from male to female and vice versa, always ready to switch. I’m nominating this ambisexual creature to be your power animal in the coming weeks. There has rarely been a better time than now to experiment with the pleasures of gender fluidity. I invite you to tap into the increased resilience and sexy wisdom that could come by expanding your sense of identity in this way. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I’m getting the sense that in the coming days you will be more casual and nonchalant than usual. More jaunty and unflappable. You may not be outright irresponsible, but neither will you be hyper-focused on being ultra-responsible. I suspect you may even opt not to be buttoned and zippered all the way to the top. It’s also possible you will be willing to let a sly secret or two slip out, and allow one of your interesting eccentricities to shine. I think this is mostly fine. My only advice is to tilt in the direction of being carefree rather than careless. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In his novel Les Miserables, French author Victor Hugo chose to write a convoluted sentence that was 823 words long. American novelist William Faulkner outdid him, though. In his book Absalom, Absalom!, he crafted a single rambling, labyrinthine sentence crammed with 1,287 words. These people should not be your role models in the coming weeks, Leo. To keep rolling in the direction of your best possible destiny, you should be concise and precise. Straightforward simplicity will work better for you than meandering complexity. There’s no need to rush, though. Take your time. Trust the rhythm that keeps you poised and purposeful. Homework: Imagine it’s 40 years from now and you’re telling God the worst things and best things you ever did. What would they be? Testify at

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Protect And Serve Officer Alex discusses “disarming” the police

Do you know why I have an AR15 in my trunk? Because that’s what the bad guys have access to in every city and town in our country.”

When officer Alexander D. Teach is not patrolling our fair city on the heels of the criminal element, he spends his spare time volunteering for the Boehm Birth Defects Center. Follow him on Facebook at

While I am loath to broach the topic after the media circus that has (clearly unintentionally) caused its own media circus regarding the audacity of police to respond aggressively to having shots fired and flaming gasoline thrown ALEX at them, I’ve been sucked into a few discussions about the perceived militarization of our local police forces over the last few post9/11 years. Surplus military equipment (Bearcat armored vehicles, armored personnel vehicles), wearing “helmets” and utilizing gas masks and of course, the ever-present AR-15…People say they are nervous about the blurring of the line between the military and civilian police. They are concerned about the police acting as an occupying force rather than a peace-keeping force. But what they’re all saying in small groups is that they’re scared. Do I blame them? No. But do I think “scared” people make terribly wise assessments and judgments in small or large

numbers? No. I get it, but that doesn’t mean people shitting their pants should be making policy for those that are trying to prevent such. Where my discussion will stray from the mainstream is that while people are TEACH afraid of the police becoming militarized, I know that many police are afraid of people becoming stupid and making decisions that are short-sighted and foolhardy. Callous, yes—but let me explain. People aren’t just discussing removing rescue equipment (hold that thought), they’re talking about flat-out disarming police. No firearms, because using deadly force against citizens shouldn’t be an option. Because it’s just that simple, right? In one discussion a blogger of exceptional note opined that if a bad guy comes at a cop with a knife, they should “just disarm them”. The number of people espousing such a belief that have actually fought someone with a knife while they

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themselves were empty-handed? Zero, as best I can narrow it down. Making that person “stupid,” of course…my fears, like theirs, now coming to fruition. Rescue Vehicles. God forbid you call them a “tank” in our hallowed halls of justice, but the less-smart folk out there that do are determined they are for urban pacification only. I have to tell you. they are unarmed and only exist in all of my training scenarios over the last decade or so to serve as bullet-nets to be placed between armed bad guys and downed citizens and officers so we can get them the hell out of there. It’s a hell of a handy tool to have in your pocket when things go that sideways, but the alternative is to just assume that kind of thing will never happen. And that thinking is what brings us back full circle to the word “stupid”. Do you know why I have an AR-15 in my trunk? Because that’s what the bad guys have access to in every city and town in our country. It’s what one particular shithead was trying to get to during the robbery of a pawn shop that led to the murder of a friend and co-worker of mine. I have it in my trunk because the trunk is a lot closer than headquarters when I encounter bad guys

with rifles. It’s just that simple, not sinister. We have a unique system set up in this country that doesn’t just encourage us to hold our police officers accountable, it demands it. It demands we make sure they are kept in check within the framework of the Constitution, just as that same document ensures the military is held to its nondomestic rules as well (bless you, Posse Comitatus). None of this is coincidence, but by the same token it doesn’t mean giving cops more safety equipment is somehow a sign of the end-times. We have a responsibility to watch the watchers, but we also have a responsibility to keep calm and not rush to judgment, to not make decisions based on emotions rather than fact. In a perfect world that’s how cops do it, but it should be noted that those cops are citizens, too. They are us. We are you. As a country, let’s breathe a moment. Stand back, relax, and breathe…we have work to do building, so let’s take the focus off demolition for a few moments, shall we? The Stupid have a voice, and while it’s certainly the loudest more often than not, it’s not the only one. Take your time.This is worth doing right.

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