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Good-bye, Father Time. Hello, Baby New Year.
It’s believed the tradition of the Baby New Year started in ancient Greece. Around 600 B.C., the beginning of the year was in the spring. (The New Year wouldn’t start with January until 153 B.C., when the Roman Senate changed the start date to coincide with when they’d take office.) The Greeks celebrated with a festival honoring Dionysus, the god of wine, ritual madness and ecstasy. They paraded a baby through the city as a representation of youth, vitality, and a chance to start over. But there is evidence of the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians and Chinese also using a baby to symbolize rebirth, and the start and strength of a New Year. I, for one, am excited to welcome 2013. There were plenty of nice and notable things that happened in 2012 for me, my family and the Fieldstone Farms community – the “rebirth” of this magazine comes immediately to mind, and our feature article from the board tells of even more accomplishments. But I don’t think anyone can deny the crushing impact the Newtown, CT, tragedy had on the psyche of our nation. So bring on 2013. The New Year is a chance to start over, do better, do more (or less, depending on the situation) and do something that’s going to make a positive difference in our lives or in the lives of those around us.
My two babies snuggling up with my beloved grandfather in 2005.
Let’s start with something easy – patronizing the local businesses that advertise in Fieldstone. These business owners believe in our community, and believe that their products or services can benefit the people in it. Please choose to contact them first when in need of the services or products they provide. I’d like to, once again, thank the many talented people who help put Fieldstone together. These are people, who probably live in your neighborhood, don’t have to give of their time or creative talents, but they do. They do it for you and for the Fieldstone Farms community, and they do it without being paid for their efforts. So, thank them for their efforts if you happen to meet them, please. Maybe there’s something you’d like to contribute? If you have an idea for a topic you’d like covered in Fieldstone, please let us know. Send your comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to check us out online at fieldstonemagazine.com. You can also “Like” us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on any information or events that arise between issues. About the Publisher Suzanne Gallent is a native of Chattanooga and a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After an 18year career as an account executive and project manager for a number of Nashville’s foremost marketing, advertising and public relations firms, she left it all behind to pursue her most challenging and rewarding job yet, full-time motherhood. She has lived happily ever after in Fieldstone Farms for eight years with her husband, Chip, and her two sons.
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One of Fieldstone Farm’s own symbols of youth, vitality and rebirth – beautiful 10-month-old Gracie, daughter of John and Ann Minnium, who are also parents to Neale, Carter and Reed. They have lived in the Northridge neighborhood for five years. Photo by Maria Fisk, The Parks
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Good-bye, Father Time. Hello, Baby New Year...................... 4
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Your Homeowners Association at Work..............................6-7 Living With Vision............................................................................. 8 Family Annual Check-Up................................................................ 9 The Prince of Peace........................................................................10 Do You Know How Old Your Smoke Alarms Are?..............11 Calendar......................................................................................12-13 Kids Klassifieds.................................................................................14
January Contributors Brian Bachochin Scott Fishkind Susan Shifay Cheung Sara Hamill Dianne Christian Rachel Norris Maria Dinoia Rhonda Fanny Fieldstone January Cover Photo Maria Fisk email@example.com
Around the Neighborhood.........................................................14 Tips for Better New Year’s Resolutions...................................15
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Your Homeowners Association at Work
by Rachel Norris - Summer Haven
Community is defined as “a group of people who share a common place and take action together to meet their common needs.” Many Fieldstone Farms residents take such action – volunteering their time, care and talents to foster not only a sense of community in our neighborhood, but also a sound fiscal position, beautiful grounds and well-maintained homes to keep property values high. This month, we thought we’d highlight the core of those volunteers – our homeowner association board of directors. Let’s hear from a few of them about their work during the past couple years, and their vision for 2013. Suzy Roholt – Board President Suzy and her family relocated from the New York City area to the Wimbledon neighborhood 18 years ago. She said they thought they had died and gone to heaven when they arrived. They love the small town atmosphere of Franklin and the strong sense of community in Fieldstone Farms. They say there is no place on earth they would rather live.
Regarding 2013, she states, “The upcoming year promises to be another special one. The budget includes a major overhaul of our signage, further enhancements to the grounds and parks, and new equipment in the fitness center. Special focus will be placed on fixing mailboxes and posts, home maintenance, lawn care and hiding garbage cans. The pools will open on the last day of school in May. The wristband program was well received this past season and will be extended to the East Pool in 2013.” John Babb – Social Committee Chair
Suzy sums up 2012 as “a stellar year” for Fieldstone Farms. The budget is balanced, savings have increased and the dues will remain at $540/year for 2013. Community involvement is at an all-time high. Our committees are gathering more members and working hard to enhance our neighborhood. The neighborhood
ownership of the clubhouse, pools and tennis club has brought a new spirit of community to Fieldstone Farms. Many new entertaining activities were added, including bridge, book club, dive-in movies, Cookies With Santa and water aerobics. The trails have been improved in many areas, drainage issues have been addressed, and parks, flowers and neighborhood entrances have all had upgrades. In addition, the new Neighborhood Watch group is committed to helping provide safety for the residents of Fieldstone Farms.
John has lived in the Parks neighborhood for eleven years. His favorite thing about Fieldstone Farms, by far, is the people. The social committee mans all the neighborhoodwide events, such as Cookies With Santa and the Easter Egg Hunt, and also coordinates
sub-section socials. The main goal for 2013 is to reach a volunteer base of 100 neighbors to assist in the execution of the social events for which the committee is responsible.
The year 2013 holds more improvements to all of the above, as well as street signs.
Joe Street – Neighborhood Watch Co-Chair
Mike, his wife, Kelli, and children, Blake and Ashley, have been residents of Fieldstone Farms for more than six years. Mike creates and maintains website content and methods of communication with residents. In addition, Mike oversaw the 2012 clubhouse security project, which added security cameras at the main clubhouse and east pool to improve community security. Mike will be ending his term on the board in April, but will continue to assist with various projects and contribute to future events in the community. Be sure you are signed up on fieldstone-farms.com in order to receive various levels of e-mails about community events, socials, chat boards and security concerns.
Joe is also an 18-year resident of Wimbledon, and loves the sense of community here. Along with co-chair Tom Paden, Joe’s goal is to create the neighborhood watch model for the state of Tennessee, ensuring our safety. More than 30 block captains are currently in place, and with more than 2,100 homes to cover, the committee is always looking for more captains. The most important thing residents can do is to ensure their contact information is up to date on the website fieldstone-farms.com. That way, they can be alerted in the event of a crime or other suspicious activity taking place in the area. Each homeowner can also report crime, no matter how small, to the Franklin police nonemergency number, 794-2513, and to their block captain. Jay Norris – Finance Committee Chair Jay has lived in the Summer Haven neighborhood for six years and thinks the world of his neighbors. For the past two years, the finance committee has balanced the budget, grown reserves and worked closely with property manager, Michael Velker, to maintain the clubhouse facilities and a sound fiscal status. A goal for 2013 is to work with past-due homeowners to bring their accounts current. The budget is published every year and can be viewed at fieldstonefarms.com under the “Resources” tab. Sean Brobston – Grounds, Fences, Trails and Paths Committee Chair Sean is an 11-year Fieldstone Farms resident, whose favorite thing about living here is location, location, location! The extensive work this committee oversees with Brickman involves about half of the annual budget and keeps our 850 acres looking beautiful. Last year, more than 1,000 feet of sidewalk were upgraded to concrete, path bridges were repaired, the main entrances along Hillsboro were enhanced, and drainage issues were resolved, along with ongoing efforts to maintain fences, trails and parks. Our signature white fences span 40,000 linear feet; if each board was to be placed end-to-end, it would stretch 22 miles long!
Mike Olin – Communications Committee Chair
Paul St. Jacques – Architectural Control Advisory Committee Chair Paul has enjoyed this convenient location for 16 years and plans to never leave. His group reviews applications for architectural changes. It is important that all residents comply with the architectural guidelines. They are available on fieldstone-farms. com by clicking on “Resources” and then “Governing Documents,” and have been rewritten for clarity and ease of use. Property manager, Michael Velker, oversees compliance with the covenants and standards, such as lawn, shrub and tree maintenance, exterior maintenance (wood rot repair, painting and exterior pressure washing), and fence repair and maintenance, including pressure washing and sealing. The board is very grateful for each volunteer serving on our committees. They make all of the above listed accomplishments possible. Yet, more active participants are always needed! When you participate in your community, you are helping to maintain, build and preserve the integrity of Fieldstone Farms. We are in need of volunteers to serve on the following committees: Grounds, Finance, Social & Recreational, Communication, Neighborhood Watch, and Architectural Review. No experience is required. To inquire, please contact the board members at fieldstone-farms.com under the “Contacts” tab. “Our nation will succeed or fail to the degree that all of us - citizens and businesses alike - are active participants in building strong, sustainable and enriching communities.” – Arnold Hiatt
Living With Vision
by Sara Hamill - Belmont
The artist Michelangelo is quoted as saying, “In every block of marble, I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”
ultimate goal; weight loss? Muscle tone? Running a 5K? Why do they want to work out: for themselves? Are they feeling pressured by another person or society’s view of what a body should look like? The more questions answered; the more specific the vision becomes, and the easier it is to achieve and maintain their goals.
The start of each year is our personal block of marble. It stands before us unshaped, but full of possibility. It’s a fresh start. We can’t help but gravitate toward making some goals, trying some new things, or hoping to eliminate some unhealthy habits. Unfortunately, as we start down this path of change, we stall, either because we create goals that are entirely too vague, or, maybe, completely unrealistic. We do not take the time to think through our plan. Maybe we are not sure how. Michelangelo knew that unless he had a totally clear picture in his head about what he wanted to create, he would never achieve it. To him, it was a vision already alive and present. He was just facilitating its release once the sculpting began. To this end, he had every detail planned before starting (though I’m sure he had to make some adjustments along the way). Judging by his achievements, I think his method worked pretty well. We have to be the same if we want to begin new. Change is a process that takes time and perseverance. But it also requires clear vision. Fitness seems to be at the top of most people’s resolution list each year. There is a consistent trend at the YMCA that foot traffic in the centers increases sharply in January and by March is on a steady decline. So what happens to all that enthusiasm? At the end of every support group we run at the Y, we make a “plan of change” for the purpose of looking forward and re-envisioning our lives. Almost everyone includes the goal of working out. But what they usually don’t include, until encouraged to, are the details: where will they exercise? What time of the day? How many times a week? Will they take classes or work out on their own? What classes do they really enjoy? What is their
Sometimes the error can be on the other end: the specifics are there, but the goal is unrealistic. Often, people set a goal of working out, but they want to go from never working out to exercising five days a week. Which, let’s face it, probably won’t happen, at least not right away. If one day a week has been a struggle, then five days is going to be excruciating. So often the vision needs to be adjusted to reflect the process of getting to the goal. One day a week becomes two and then three, but over time as exercising becomes more of a routine. Fitness is only one example. There are many areas of our lives we may want to make different, but we need to have some grace with ourselves and start taking very specific baby steps in that direction. Most of the time, we do best to begin by finding the resources available to us and educating ourselves on how to make our goals happen. Do we need to attend a class on finances? Or find a counselor? Visit a nutritionist? Join a support group? Check out some books to read? Find out what exercise classes are in the area? There needs to be lots of thinking before the doing. In my own personal struggle to achieve change, my counselor once said to me, “Even a small victory is still a victory.” This meant that long-standing habits don’t magically change overnight. They change one small victory at a time. I repeat that often to myself, especially when I have failed to meet a goal completely or experience a setback. Missing the mark does not mean I have to give up; it means I need to celebrate what I did accomplish and keep on trying. So it is with our personal goals as we head into 2013. Instead of resolutions, create a vision: what you really want your life to look like this year. And find some caring people to support you in that vision. Then start chipping away at that block of marble in front of you to create something new! Sara Hamill, a native Nashvillian, has been a Fieldstone Farm resident since 2003. She currently works as Restore Ministries Program Director, coordinating support groups for the Maryland Farms, Christ Church, and Brentwood YMCAs as well as church partners. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Annual Check-Up
by Susan Shifay Cheung - Dalton Park
Let’s talk about New Year’s resolutions. No, not the personal ones we always make to lose weight, exercise more, stop procrastinating and make more homecooked meals from scratch. These are old hat and will be broken in six weeks, after we’ve gotten tired of waking up at the crack of dawn to jog a mile or buy takeout food for the third night straight because of late sports practice, music lessons or some other activity. I’m talking about making New Year’s resolutions as a family unit. Borrowing liberally from advertising, a family is for life and worth the time to make the commitment to connect to each other. As we go to the doctor for our annual check-up, we need to do our own check-up for the family unit and not assume we’re all on the same page with our understanding and actions. Sitting together to talk about what we want for our family in the coming year is worth every minute away from the TV, computer, Wii, Nintendo DS, cell phone and every mobile hotspot in the house. With our busy lives, we can take our loved ones for granted or be impatient, short-tempered and careless with our words. During the past weeks, I’ve been reflecting soberly about the tragic school shootings in Newtown, CT. It has reminded me not to take my family for granted; I’ve hugged my family at every possible opportunity. Our feelings of togetherness are made stronger when we do our family check-up.
space to let their imaginations roam – write down their goals, so they see they’re being taken seriously – before you rein them in with a little caution about realistic goals and deadlines. ▪▪
Discuss expectations, for example: what do we need from each other? Misunderstandings stem from not talking clearly about what we want from each other. Are these expectations reasonable?
Discuss concerns and fears. Even now, when I’m stressed, my long-held fears hold sway, so imagine how immense such concerns are for children. Talking about them makes them more manageable and people don’t feel alone. Oftentimes, it’s hard for men to share their fears, as they’re taught from a young age to be the strong ones. When our kids realize that Daddy is anxious about stuff too, they know its okay to talk openly about their fears.
Discuss upcoming events, such as travel and road trips happening this year. These are fun things to plan together. Involve your kids in saving up for these trips.
Discuss what individuals in your family want to buy and how to save for them. My kids want another Nook tablet so, as with their current one, we’ll discuss how they’ll save up for half the cost. It’s important for me to teach them how to save for important things. It makes them take responsibility and stops their feelings of entitlement.
Discuss how we can help our neighbors, school, community and wider society. One of the great things we plan each year is the Cheung family lemonade or hot chocolate stand. We sell homemade cookies, bookmarks and scarves. The money we raise is donated for a good cause chosen by the kids. This is a great way for us to bond as a family.
Lastly, always discuss the many FUN things your family could do together during the coming year.
As part of our check-up, we recommit to our family motto: “The Cheungs never give up; we do our best and have fun.” We came up with it when Marcus was about to start kindergarten and feeling nervous about making new friends and fitting in. In short, he was exhibiting classic “glass is half-empty” behavior and we wanted something he could repeat for reassurance whenever he found himself in an uncomfortable spot. Our motto has helped in numerous situations; it’s been repeated countless times whenever we’ve faced a difficult situation, from taking a test at school to going to a job interview. It’s become second nature. If a family check-up sounds like something you’d like to do, here’s what I’d recommend: ▪▪
Get a large sheet of paper and lots of colored pens to write down your family motto. Let everyone have a say in what goes into it, as they have to commit to it. When you’ve finalized it, display it visibly and get everyone to repeat it often until it doesn’t feel awkward. Next, discuss individual goals for the coming year. You’ll be surprised at how vocal children can be, with a little prompting, about their goals. Give them
Here’s to a great 2013, Fieldstone Farms community. I hope your lives are filled with peace, love and happiness. Susan Shifay Cheung has turned her hand to many forms of writing in her various roles, over the years, as corporate trainer, management consultant, journalist and freelance writer. You can contact her at email@example.com.
The Prince of Peace
by Brian Bachochin - Tenbury Wells
Approaching this first article of the New Year, I find myself writing a very different piece than I had originally intended. My initial ideas were thoroughly swept away when, like so many others, my thoughts and prayers were drawn to Newtown, CT, in the wake the heartbreaking tragedy there. If I had been on time with this article (like everyone else who submitted their work probably was), I might have shared something a little lighter, more festive – such as this season would typically evoke. Procrastinator that I sometimes can be, I find myself in a very different place than I was a few days ago. I don’t want to sound overly dramatic. I didn’t know anyone at the school, and I have no direct connection to this event. And, with the many tragedies like this one that we hear about in our 24-hour news cycle, you’d think that an outsider in this circumstance might not be very personally affected by it. But I was, and am affected by it. In the days that immediately followed, and as more information came to light, I found myself actually weeping over it, and thinking about why this tragedy struck me like it did, more so than others like it. I think, for me, it might be because I feel like there haven’t been tragedies here like this one. I’m not certain if it was the nature of the victims, so many of them children, and I would never minimize the pain others have had to endure in their hour of grief, but, just speaking as someone who is no more than a distant observer, this felt different to me. As the various news channels continued their coverage and reporters and commentators tried to describe and explain the scene, and ultimately give some sense of understanding to all of this, I also found myself trying to sort it out, and a number of thoughts emerged. First, there really is such a thing as evil. I don’t know all that set off the chain of events that led someone to commit this terrible act, and no doubt there will be many who will weigh in on the need for funds for mental health care and stricter gun control laws. These discussions certainly should take place, but there is also a need to recognize that there is a deeper undercurrent that moves, influences and even drives acts like these. Jesus referred to it as “the spirit of the age,” and that there is one behind that spirit who seeks to steal, kill and destroy. Heinous acts like these remind us of this reality, and they bear his fingerprints. But another truth overshadows this, the fact that, even in the midst of such evil, God is there. While these simple words may seem to ring hollow for some who lost a child or loved one on that horrible day, it is in times of unbearable pain and suffering that the God
of all comfort meets us, and meets us in often the most meaningful ways. The Lover of our souls is very familiar with our suffering. The Bible says of Jesus that “He was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief,” (Is. 53:3). Consider the shortest passage of Scripture (Jn. 11:35), yet one of the most profoundly thought provoking; a verse that simply says “Jesus wept.” The context of that passage reveals to us that the Lord, Who had come and would raise His friend Lazarus from the dead, first came upon the crowd of family, friends and mourners, and grieved with them. God is compassionate. Lastly, there is hope. I know that there will come a day when these kinds of horrific acts will be no more; a time when the undercurrent driven by the spirit of the age will be dammed up, and peace like a river will flow freely. I look forward to the time when those who cry: “How long o Lord,” will experience the bliss of having their eyes dried by the One who has been storing their every precious tear in a bottle. While some of us will wait for that day, others, whose lives were recently cut tragically short, wait no more. It may be that we may never find satisfying answers as to why this all happened. Sometimes there is a reason for this, known only to the Father. For an Old Testament prophet named Habakkuk, the answers he received were more troubling than the questions he’d asked. Nevertheless, through his experience, Habakkuk learned that sometimes we’re asked to live on promises when God deems it better to withhold explanations. Sometimes life doesn’t give us the unfettered freedom to enjoy it without also experiencing the bitter sting of pain, as the entire community in Newtown has to endure, but the Lord speaks of, and will one day deliver on, the promise of a world, where such evil and suffering is forever gone, and He invites all who thirst for such a day to come. May the God of peace, a peace that passes all understanding, bless and keep you in this New Year. Brian Bachochin is Pastor of Calvary Chapel Franklin, which meets Sunday mornings at 10:00am at the Fieldstone Club. Brian, his wife Julie and their daughter Nina have lived in Fieldstone Farms since 2007. You can follow Brian on twitter @brianbachochin, and listen to his verse-by-verse Bible studies on Calvary’s website: www.CalvaryChapelFranklin.com.
Do You Know How Old Your Smoke Alarms Are? If your home is like others in Fieldstone Farms, it was most likely built between 1992 and 1997, making it anywhere from 15 - 20 years old. Guess what? The life of a smoke alarm is only 10 years. If you have never replaced your smoke alarms, they may not work when you need them. Franklin Fire Captain Al Black from the Fieldstone Farms fire station says that his crew has responded to multiple smoke alarm calls in the Fieldstone community and they are finding that not only are the smoke alarm batteries dead but the entire alarm no longer works. Manufacturers recommend that smoke alarms be replaced every 10 years (or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested), even if they are hardwired like the smoke alarms in most Fieldstone Farms homes. Hardwired alarms are interconnected and have a battery as a back-up in case of a power outage.
Franklin Firefighter Cory Swenson assists a resident with their smoke alarm.
Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. Working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Smoke alarms detect and alert people to fire in its early stages, giving them the time needed to escape safely. Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms at all or smoke alarms that arenâ€™t working properly. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and smoke alarms alert you to give you time to get out. Finally, you also need a carbon monoxide alarm if you have gas-fueled appliances. CO alarms generally need to be replaced every five years. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of CO. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of CO. If you need assistance with your smoke or CO alarms, please donâ€™t hesitate to call the Franklin Fire Department at (615) 791-3270. Weâ€™d be more than happy to assist you with changing alarm batteries and trouble-shooting if necessary. Stay Safe!
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Contributor Space Reservation: January 14th – Fieldstone is YOUR community magazine so if you have something positive to offer, please let us know! Contribution space is always free to residents of Fieldstone Farms but space is limited so reserve your space by the 14th. Contributor Submission Deadline: January 17th – Please have your text and pictures in to us by the 17th. New Advertiser Space Reservation: January 14th – If you would like to advertise with Fieldstone next month, please let us know by the 14th. Once again, space is limited but if you need any help with your ad, Fieldstone’s graphics department can do it! Please contact us as early as possible to allow us enough time to get it perfect it for you. Advertiser Artwork Deadline: January 17th – If you wish to submit your own camera-ready artwork, please have it to us by the 17th.
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Local P hone Numbers Emergency............................................... 911 Poison Control..............................936-2034 Crisis Intervention........................269-4357 Franklin Police...............................794-2513 Williamson Co. Sheriff.................790-5550 Franklin Fire Dept.........................791-3275 Williamson Medical Center.........435-5000 Animal Control..............................790-5590 Schools Hunters Bend Elementary...........472-4580 Walnut Grove Elementary...........472-4870 Grassland Middle.........................472-4500 Franklin High.................................472-4450 BGA.................................................794-3501 Columbia State CC.......................790-4400 Williamson Co ALC.......................790-5810 Services Middle TN Electric Service . .......794-1102 Comcast.................................800-266-2278 Direct TV................................866-505-9387 Local Government Franklin City Government...........791-3217 County Clerk.................................790-5712 Franklin Library.............................595-1250 Veteran Affairs.............................790-5623 Miscellaneous The Fieldstone Club.....................790-9124 Senior Services..............................376-0102 Voter Registration........................790-5711 Chamber of Commerce...............794-1225
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References available upon request. Morgan Polston - Babysitting, Pet Sitting, House Sitting MTSU student available on weekends, local neighbor Contact email@example.com.
Beginner Guitar Lessons - I am a 15-year-old Fieldstone Farms resident and have been teaching beginner guitar lessons in my home for three years. I have openings for a limited number of new students. $10 per half-hour lesson for ages 10-18. Contact Arin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Around the Neighborhood.. Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - Fieldstone 50+ Coffee Club 50 Plus hosts coffee at the Clubhouse every Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. All age groups are welcome. Contact Patricia Hampton at email@example.com. January 8th, 1:30 p.m. – Fieldstone Book Club The club meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Contact Shirley Fette at Shirley3799@att.net for more information. Everyone is welcome! Wednesdays, January 9th & 23rd, 12:30 p.m. Fieldstone Bridge Group The group meets at the Clubhouse from 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Contact Mike Hartland to participate 472-8114. January 15th, 6:00 p.m. - HOA Board Meeting Join us at the Clubhouse for the monthly meeting. January 16th, 6:30 p.m. – My Masterpiece Art Class Class takes place at the Fieldstone Clubhouse. Contact Betsy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Are you a Fieldstone Farms’ Mother of a two year old or younger? If so, come meet other neighborhood Moms at the clubhouse on: Tuesday, January 8, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mingle, make new friends, and plan fun activities for Moms and their little ones! If you would like to attend, please email Jennifer Guerrero: jennifermguerrero@ gmail.com. Children are welcome.
Calling All Long-Time Residents! Tell us your stories...
We would like to continue our series on the history of Fieldstone Farms. Have you been around for a while? What can you tell us about the development of the neighborhood? What are some of your early-nineties memories of our community? Do you have any photos to share? Please contact Rachel Norris at rachnorris@ bellsouth.net. She would love to hear from you.
Tips for Better New Year’s Resolutions As January 1st, 2013 arrived, 62% of us probably made some kind of promise to ourselves; something significant that we are determined to achieve in the coming year. Unfortunately only about 8% of us will be successful in maintaining a resolution like those in this list from last year. Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2012 were:
6. Update Your Resume: Work with Career Services and focus on your achievements. 7. Write a Career Plan: Remember baby steps can help you get where you ultimately want to be. 8. Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t understand something at school or at work.
1. Lose Weight
2. Getting Organized
1. Stop procrastinating
3. Spend Less, Save More 4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest 5. Staying Fit and Healthy 6. Learn Something Exciting 7. Quit Smoking 8. Help Others in Their Dreams 9. Fall in Love 10. Spend More Time with Family While those are all worthy goals, the Carrington College California students think a little outside the box this year. Resolutions like losing weight, quitting smoking, and staying fit may all indirectly benefit your education or chances of success in a new career, but why not choose resolutions that could directly impact your studies or your new career in a positive way? You may find that some of these are easier to keep than quitting pizza, or promising to exercise four times a week. Here are some alternative resolutions you should try to keep:
9. Stay Positive: An optimistic frame of mind can do wonders for your confidence. 10. Help Someone Succeed: Be a good role model/ mentor and set an example to others. Don’t limit yourself to just one of these career resolutions this year; try and combine as many of them as you can. *Resolution statistics from University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 3.19.2012
1. Stop Procrastinating: Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be accomplished today. 2. Try to Live Frugally: Why waste money if you don’t have to? Every penny counts. 3. Set Measurable Goals. Be very clear on what would make 2013 a success for you. 4. Keep Your Word: Build a reputation with colleagues and/or classmates for being reliable. 5. Try to Exceed Expectations: Surprise people positively whenever you can.
Firefighters With History of And a Partridge in a Painted Pear Tree Service Promoted Two Franklin Firefighters, both with family traditions of firefighting service, have recently been promoted. Gregory “Dan” Doss has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and Brian Daugherty has been promoted to the rank of engineer. Originally from Roanoke, VA, at an early age Doss knew he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, uncle and cousins and become a firefighter. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Vinton Volunteer Fire Department from 1984 until 1989, when he moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, his wife’s hometown. He worked in industrial safety prior to joining the Franklin Fire Department in 1994. Doss has worked at four of Franklin’s six fire stations. He is now assigned to Station 1 on New Highway 96 West, where he is the officer on Tower 1. He and his wife have a 22-year old daughter, Chelsey, and a 19-year old son, Beau, who is a volunteer firefighter for the Lascassas Fire Department in Rutherford County. They live in Murfreesboro. Firefighting and volunteering were also a part of Brian Daugherty’s upbringing. A native of Dickson, TN, Daugherty became a volunteer firefighter for the Burns Fire Department, where his father was the fire chief, when he was 17 and still in high school.
In the middle of all the holiday craziness last month, the My Masterpiece Art Class offered an island of creative calm for those attending. The “official” subject of this month’s class was painting a partridge in a pear tree. Yet, as always, attendees were given as much leeway as they wished to create their own scene. Some stuck to the original plan, and some “branched out” on their own. By the time the class was over (and, man, do those three hours fly by when you’re having fun!), there was a room full of pear trees, Christmas pine trees and manicured shrubs. Some had partridges (or the artist’s take on something resembling a bird,) and some were simply adorned with ornaments and garland for the holidays. Most important, though, everyone enjoyed this chance to relax, stretch their artistic talents and create something special to hang in their expanding art galleries at home. Are you interested in attending the next My Masterpiece Art Class? If so, e-mail Betsy Bergman at betsy91@gmail. com. You can also catch up with what’s going on with the classes at Facebook.com/MyMasterpieceArtClass. Classes are $35 per person and include all the painting materials – you bring your own drinks and snacks.
Daugherty now serves as fire chief of the volunteer Dickson County Rescue Squad, where they respond to around 600 calls per year. He was hired by the Dickson Fire Department in 2000 as a full-time firefighter, and worked there until 2006 when he joined the Franklin Fire Department. He and his wife Julie live in Burns, TN where they own and operate a preschool. They have a 13-year old son, Austin. In his spare time Daugherty enjoys hunting and fishing.
Appropriately Assessing One’s Fitness Program by Scott Fishkind - Clarendon Many people enter the New Year with resolutions to get fit. While these are admirable intentions, often people start this journey on the wrong foot. One mistake is being overly “gung-ho” and taking on a training program one is not physically prepared for. Along with that is the common misconception many folks have that exercise has to “beat the tar” out of them in order to deliver results! In his book “The Unnatural Athlete”, renowned strength and conditioning coach Charles Staley describes how people may develop a common but incorrect tendency to interpret soreness and/or exhaustion as primary indicators of a workout’s effectiveness. He refers to these folks as “fatigue seekers.” He also calls for a paradigm shift that states: “Just because you’re experiencing fatigue from your training doesn’t mean your fitness is improving. And conversely, effective training doesn’t always hurt.” While it is certainly reasonable and even appropriate to feel quite sore or tired from a new training stimulus, those sensations should not be viewed as either the goal or a means of assessing the efficacy of a training program. With training, a more accurate assessment of progress should be based on performance indicators. These may include: ▪▪
Increasing the intensity (such as resistance or speed)
Increasing the duration (in terms of reps, sets or distance traveled)
Reducing rest periods
Enhancing one’s ability to perform a complex skill (i.e. agility ladder, cone drills, balance, etc.)
All these are much more meaningful measures of improvement than the sensation one feels during or after the workout. Still there are many people who ignore these tangible, accurate indicators of progress. If they wake up the next day without DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), they immediately think they didn’t push hard enough. In extreme cases this can morph into self-destructive behavior. Craig Ballantyne, another well known fitness author, writes about a physiotherapist he knew who was so addicted to spin classes that she had difficulty walking due to the damage that her hips sustained as a result of overuse injuries. Of all people, she should have known better; but her mind-set caused her to misinterpret the obvious danger signals her body was sending.
While that is definitely an extreme example, I have known countless men and women who approach exercise with the “fatigue seeking” mind-set. I’ve watched so many push through chronic pain for years until their body finally breaks down from the repetitive stress. Now there are certain shortterm situations, such as specific military training or preparation for an extreme athletic competition or upcoming season, where it is essential to be able to temporarily push beyond what would normally be considered appropriate physiological limits. In these cases, one must develop a tolerance to extremely high stress conditions while being able to perform at a high level even when their energy is depleted, muscles are burning, and they are mentally exhausted. This type of training is as much about developing mental toughness as it is about actual physical strength and endurance. However this is NOT the mind-set or training approach one should use as the basis for a long-term fitness program. It is important to remember that the body adapts to stresses placed upon it incrementally. Therefore the most effective approach is to learn how to push yourself to the edge where you create enough of a stimulus to cause a physiological adaptation (which will require a certain degree of discomfort but not pain) and then allowing for recovery to take place. It may take a bit longer to reach one’s goals but with patience, you’ll get there in a much healthier way. Lastly I want to mention that if losing weight/body fat is part of your fitness goals for the New Year that ultimately the nutritional aspect can’t be overlooked. In fact, I believe that at least 85% of fat loss is a result of nutrition. As I’ve written about in many previous articles, most folks will be best served by starting to log their nutrition and making small changes as needed until they learn to eat in a way they can sustain for the long run. I want to wish you all a Happy 2013! Fieldstone Farms Resident Scott Fishkind is a Certified Personal Trainer (ACE) and Certified IMPACT instructor (NESTA) specializing in Fitness Boot Camp Classes and In-Home personal Training. He may be reached at 615804-9396, email: email@example.com, or www.time4youfitness.com.
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The Perfect Pour
If you’re reading this, then those pesky Mayans pulled a good one over on us modern day folks and you’re still alive. In that case, let’s celebrate! This month, we’re featuring wines from the Northern and Central coasts of the California wine region, where they’re known for their excellent Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. In order to kick this celebration up a notch, The Corner Wine & Spirits (1110 Hillsboro Road) and Del Rio Wine and Spirits (111 Del Rio Pike) have these wines on sale this month.
Silver Palm – Northern California Coast One of the wineries under the Kendall Jackson umbrella, Silver Palm’s aim is to produce small-lot wines that are best be served at high-quality restaurants or a wine lover’s table, rather than mass marketed in every store. Silver Palm winemaker Matt Smith sources small lots of grapes from outstanding vineyards in California’s leading North Coast wine regions. At this winery, they say the beauty is in the details. Here are two fine examples of what they mean.
Silver Palm Chardonnay Regularly: $15.99 - Now on Sale: $12.99 For the premier release of this debut Chardonnay, Silver Palm chose to present the varietal in a chic and elegant manner. By fermenting in stainless steel, the winemaker was able to preserve delicate fruit characteristics and avoid any overbearing flavors that an oak barrel might impart. The wine greets the nose with the perfume of apple blossom and pear. On the palate, you’ll taste ripe flavors of white peach, Gravenstein apple and Meyer lemon. A near flinty finish provides balanced acidity and leaves the palate yearning for another sip. Purposebuilt to enhance the dining experience, this wine pairs exceptionally well with a wide variety of light fish and shellfish dishes.
frost issues. Then bud break came late due to the cold winter and mild spring. A dry May segued into moderately cool early summer months, and August finally brought on the heat, but the uncommonly cool previous months made for an extended growing season and a late harvest of JUSTIN’s Cabernet grapes. The late, cool vintage allowed the soft harvest sun to slowly marry ripe varietal characteristics, while maintaining crispness and balance, which you’ll taste in every sip of this wine.
Justin Cabernet Sauvignon Regularly: $29.99 - Now on Sale: $20.99 The appearance of this Cabernet is bright with a deep ruby core and violet rim. The aroma offers an attractive mix of red and black fruit of currants, cherry and blackberry layered with spicy notes of anise, vanilla and with a subtle cedar character from an American oak influence. The palate is complex with bright fruit of blackcurrant, cherry and boysenberry mixed with licorice and subtle cedar notes on a long finish, along with some mineral and cherry candy notes supported by smooth, round tannins.
Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon Regularly: $19.99 - Now on Sale: $16.99 This Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby in color, with aromas of Bing cherry and cassis. Flavors of menthol, spice and oak with round, firm tannins lead to a soft, silky, lingering finish. With many facets to its flavor profile, you’ll first notice the black cherries hitting your senses, and then the intense notes of the blackberries and raspberries come out to play. There is a distinct vanilla undertone to the layers of this Cabernet, making it big, bold and boundless with character.
Justin – Central California Coast Founded in 1981 by Justin Baldwin, JUSTIN Winery is a family owned and operated winery that makes estate grown and produced wines. In 2010, heavy rains replenished the Paso Robles region’s soils, allowing them to soak up to their unique high water holding capacity. Spring was delayed, but was calm and consistent, with no
Franklin High School Showcases Talent in “Harvey” by Margaret Crawford - Wheaton Hall Harvey is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, an endlessly pleasant and delightfully eccentric bachelor living in a small town that isn’t quite aware its newest citizen is a 6’3” white rabbit named “Harvey” that only certain people can see. After supposedly meeting this rabbit - its origins attributed to the Celtic legend of the Pooka - Dowd’s sanity is put into question by his equally eccentric sister, Veta Louise. Harvey premiered on Broadway on November 1, 1944 at the 48th Street Theatre and closed on January 15, 1949 after 1,775 performances. The play was adapted for film by Mary Chase, Oscar Brodney, and Myles Connolly in 1950. Directed by Henry Koster, it starred Josephine Hull and James Stewart.
Sophie Goodwin and Ben Bergman
Ben Bergman as Elwood P. Dowd
William Cochran, Savannah White, Adam Bridges, Levi Conrad and Rachel Humphreys
Fieldstone Farms HOA Christmas Lights Contest
First Place: 228 Stanley Park receives a $100 Publix gift card.
Second Place: 168 Clarendon Circle receives a $75 Publix gift card.
Third Place: 402 Landrake Close receives a $50 Publix gift card.
The Fieldstone View with Maria Dinoia - Wheaton Hall
I’m already amazing at sports, but I’d like to be an all-star baseball player. – Will B., 4th grade
What is your new year’s resolution for 2013? To do more chores, so I can earn more money.
– Hannah D., 4th grade
To beat the video game Sonic Colors. – Gavin H., 3rd Grade
I want to get better at trying out new things - especially new foods. I’m not so good at that. Maria Dinoia is a freelance writer who currently writes for Country Weekly magazine and whose word eloquence has appeared in dozens of newspapers, magazines and websites. She happily resides in Fieldstone Farms with her hard-working husband and three adoring children.
to make jokes out of real-life stuff ONLY, had the others exaggerate a tad and then the control group just stood there and juggled cats and would you believe it – the cat jugglers totally won. I am not sure what the Danes were studying actually.
by Fanny Fieldstone
So my deadline for this article to make the January issue is December 17. Or 16th. Or Monday. Either way, it’s BEFORE Christmas and New Year’s. So I’m tasked with writing something relevant, charming and topical which would obviously include discussing the aforementioned holidays but they haven’t actually happened yet! What’s a girl to do? I can fake it for you or I can just come out and be honest and tell you that sometimes I’m full of it. And you shouldn’t really take a humor writer seriously anyway because that’s just dumb. Humor is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as hu-mor adjective \hew-more (TN pronunciation) hu-moah (deep south pronunciation; also see New York)\ 1: attempt at soliciting laughter by making things up and acting like they are real. 2: see 1. Wait, also see 2. Additionally, humor is to gross exaggeration as resting is to pants (I lifted that right from the 2013 TCAP test). And finally, I know you’ve all heard about the recent study done in Denmark (ever notice how they are ALL done in Denmark? Why? Do the Danish just have a lot of time on their hands? Side note: The Danes have some of the highest taxes in the world and instead of two-weeks’ vacation, they get two and a half months) where they took a bunch of comedians and asked them
– Dylan G., 3rd Grade
So I have a choice. I can guesstimate how I think the holidays will go and write wittily about them here or I can jump ahead and get everyone ready for Valentine’s Day. Or none of the above. See if you too can guesstimate at what I’ve decided to do. I don’t even remember what I was supposed to do anymore. But I have noticed that there are many words written on this Word document and I need words to make the column look good. So that’s awesome! I have also noticed that many of the words I have written are rather amusing. Check that box! And lookee here – it’s Thursday, December 17 – I’ll save, send and meet my deadline all in a matter of clicks! By the way – my dress was a BIG HIT at this incredible New Year’s party that I was invited to at the last minute! I can’t tell you who was there but if the name Heath Murban gives you any idea..well…that’s the kind of people Fanny rolls with! Fanny Fieldstone lives in The Reserve. Or is it Trent Park? Park Trent? Clark Kent? Confused? So is Fannie. Did you know there are 26 subdivisions? I live in Glen Parks Oaks Hall or something. I don’t know. I mean SHE lives there. And SHE doesn’t know. Never mind. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Me, Rhonda!!! An Advice Column for Fieldstone Farms
I have a business associate with whom I’ve worked for about eight years. I have had her to my house several times and even shared a Thanksgiving dinner with her. We worked in the same department until about a year ago. The few months before she left the department were less than pleasant for a number of reasons. Her departure was a happy occasion for all parties. Here’s my problem: when I see her, I always smile and say “hello”. She always makes eye contact, but only responds with a smirk. Should I stop trying to be friendly and give it up as a lost cause?
- Snubbed in the Farm Dear Snubbed in the Farm,
You need to decide how important this relationship is to you. If you want to salvage it, there is a conversation that needs to happen. If you are ready to move on, I suggest you continue on with your perky self and forget the smirk. She seems to be holding quite a grudge. Stay true to who you are. Smile and say “hello” if that is what feels right and accept that it will never be reciprocated. I believe the ball is in your court. Good Luck!
What’s your favorite Super Bowl party food?
- P lanning for the Big Game Dear P lanning for the Big Game,
This is the one and only football game I get über-excited about and it is solely because of the food. Sadly, my home team is never in the Super Bowl. It’s safe to say they will not be again this year. So I look for the silver lining... FOOD. Our must-have Big Game staple is my husband’s Turkey Chili. So good and always a crowd pleaser! Enjoy!
Turkey Chili 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil 1 pound ground turkey 1 onion, chopped 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 2 cups water
1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce
What’s your New Year’s resolution?
1 small can tomato paste
- Curious Dear Curious,
1 small can crushed tomatoes 2 (16 ounce) cans canned kidney beans 1 small can of low sodium corn
I am notoriously terrible at keeping my resolutions. I spout off several well-intentioned little nuggets just before the clock strikes midnight... and usually after a couple glasses of celebratory champagne. Then by January 31, we are back to square one. So this year, I have promised myself to keep it simple. I am making it my personal mission to take each of my children out on a one-on-one Mom and Kiddo dinner date once a month. They so rarely get our undivided attention. I’m hoping this will be the start of a great family tradition. We have been reminded this year how fragile life is, and I am going to try my hardest not to take this precious time for granted. I wish you the very best for 2013. Happy New Year!
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped 2 tablespoons chili powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper In a skillet, brown the meat, onion, and garlic in the olive oil. Then dump it all in the crock pot, along with the remainder of the ingredients. Heat on high for at least 2 hours, or 4-5 hours on low. Stir occasionally. Top with grated cheese, crushed tortilla chips, and sour cream.
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