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It’s Not Easy Trying To Be a Renaissance Dad

It’s only appropriate that halfway through the year, we celebrate our fathers, because they’re the ones who we so often lean upon to get us through the tough times and encourage us to stick it out for the long haul. This is why Fieldstone’s June issue is proud to honor the men who have kept us safe, encouraged us to do our best, disciplined us when we’ve needed it and taught us many invaluable life lessons – from how to start a charcoal grill, to how to be strict and loving at the same time. When reading through the articles in this issue, I can’t help but think about my own father – a gearhead, who wouldn’t let his two “girlie girls” get a driver’s license until they could change a tire and drive a stick-shift; a Florida Gator alum, who only tolerated paying for eight years of UT (Go Vols!) tuition because it kept his girls closer to home; and an Olympic gold-medalist eyeroller, professionally trained by the countless antics of his most adoring fans – his daughters. From our “expansive family” cover story and Brian Bachochin’s piece on two different paternal influences on his life, to the tributes of our 5th-grade writers and the wide-ranging fatherly advice and sayings sent in by many of you, there’s no doubt that our fathers fill so many roles in our lives. But they’re not the only Renaissance men in our midst. Many of our dedicated advertisers and contributors to this magazine are fathers, too. We send out a special thank-you to those who help with the creation and production of Fieldstone, and ask all of our readers to support our hardworking local advertisers. We’d like to add one final thank-you to all who sent in photos for our Father’s Day spread. We’ve never seen so many “chips” off of so many “old blocks” in one place before! Do you have an idea for something you’d like to see in Fieldstone? We’d be glad to hear it. Please send your comments or suggestions to suzanne@ And don’t forget to check us out online at You can also “Like” us on Facebook to stay up-todate on any information or events that arise between issues.

On the Cover


The Coleman family, photographed at Blackhorse Park, is a case study in how one father works tirelessly with his wife and six children to strike a perfect balance between work and family.

Suzanne and her dad, Tom Swanson.

About the Publisher Suzanne Gallent is a native of Chattanooga and a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After an 18-year 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.

Are you an aspiring writer and curious about the history of Fieldstone Farms? We are looking for someone to write a series of articles on Fieldstone’s original owners, the cabin room that still exists, the F&M Railroad and how the caboose came to be on the grounds, etc. If you are interested, please send your name, email address and section you live in and a brief explanation as to why you should be chosen for the job to Suzanne@



Publisher Suzanne Gallent

Father Knows Best............................................................................ 6 In Memory of a Hero....................................................................... 7 Fieldstone Dads.............................................................................8-9 F-A-T and I’m Steaming Mad..............................................10-11 The Fieldstone View.......................................................................12 A Renaissance Experience at Salon Utopia...........................13 Real Estate Facts..............................................................................14 Grieving Well....................................................................................15 Calendar......................................................................................16-17

June Contributors Anna, Aubri & Gracie Sara Hamill Brian Bachochin Jacob Inman Susan Shifay Cheung Christi Kline Dianne Christian Nancy OLeary Maria Dinoia Rhonda Scott Fishkind Alison Wolf Niki Gauthier

Around the Neighborhood.........................................................18 From the 5th Grade Perspective................................................18 Kids Klassifieds.................................................................................19 Tangled Secrets................................................................................20 The Perfect Pour..............................................................................21 The Other 23 Hours.......................................................................22 A Swashbuckling Good Time for All........................................23 Raise a Glass to Your Inner Artist..............................................24 Congratulations Piper...................................................................24

June Cover Photo Christi Kline (949) 302-5608 Fieldstone Franklin, Tennessee (615) 390-6405 Additional copies available at the Fieldstone Clubhouse, Tasti D-lite & Publix.

This is My Father’s World.............................................................25 A Neighborly Dentist With a Far-Reaching Following......26 Thanks to All You Mother Runners..........................................27 Interval Training for Maximum Fat Burning..........................28 Help Me Rhonda.............................................................................29 Seen Around Fieldstone...............................................................30 “Stuff” Your Dad Says....................................................................31

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Focus on Fieldstone Father of Six, Jason Coleman – Northridge

Photos by Christi Kline

Father Knows Best

by Jacob Inman

Most working adults would agree that finding a balance with work and home is one of the hardest things to do. Providing for the family while also being there for them is an age-old struggle, but Jason Coleman has achieved quite an admirable balance between the two. “I have an easier time balancing everything when I am not traveling for work,” said the fifteen-year employee of Caterpillar, Inc. and father of six children ranging in age from six months to 15 years old. “But when I am gone, my wife, Kristie, is the one who keeps everything in check.” While traveling for work does make managing things at home a little more challenging, it also allows more flexibility than a normal 8 to 5 job. When Jason is home, he does everything from coaching his kids’ football and soccer teams to dancing in recitals at TPAC with his daughters. “I like to be involved in what my kids are doing; it makes that father-child bond so much stronger - and its fun!” When on the road, technology helps bridge the space between the miles. Jason takes his iPad along with him and video chats with the family while he is on the road.


Even the baby was “chatting” with her daddy by the ripe old age of five months. “The kids love to see my hotel rooms, so I just ‘walk’ them around the room while holding my iPad and show them my view. It makes us all feel closer when they can see what I am seeing at the same time, even if I am in another country.” Teamwork is a huge aspect of making everything work for Jason and his family. Both he and his wife have to spread themselves thin to ensure that everyone is taken care of and everyone is where they are supposed to be at any given time. “We try hard to limit the kids to one extracurricular activity each, because ultimately that’s six different activities that we have to manage.” This spring they had soccer players and referees, dancers, and a lacrosse player plus a baby and a preschooler. “We can only make it work with a lot of help from great friends, family and wonderful carpools. Thanks to all of you who help keep things running smoothly; you know who you all are.” Keeping up with multiple schedules can be a challenge for any family, but the Coleman’s have a system that

works well for them. “We use a calendar that is synced up with all of our different mobile devices so that we always know what is going on with each member of the family and most importantly, when we need to be somewhere,” said Jason. If one person adds something to the calendar, it instantly appears on everyone’s calendar. “Everyone in the family is expected to keep up with the daily activities; it really is a team endeavor.” The kids all do their parts, keeping up with schoolwork and chores as well as being ready to go whenever they have an activity. Jason tries hard to find a balance between individual time and family time. “Some of the most important time spent is the quality one-on-one time that can be found throughout the day. This can come in the simple form of taking one child to the grocery store and just asking about their day.” Equally important is spending quality time with his family as a whole so every few weeks they all get away together. Jason explained, “Sometimes it’s just a day trip to Chattanooga and other times, it’s a weekend in Gatlinburg.” These trips allow the family to renew bonds and just hang out together without the distractions of scheduled activities, friends and electronic devices. It can be a challenge to find family fun that spans the age differences in their family but “It’s critical for us to have that downtime together. We take old-fashioned board games, balls and other fun activities and just play,” said Jason with a smile. While the days of Ward Cleaver coming home promptly at 5:30, pecking June on the cheek, and sitting down to a lovely dinner of pot roast and potatoes with Wally and Beaver might be a thing of the past, Jason Coleman and his wife, Kristie, show that the modern family version of life can also work. Technological advances, a flexible work schedule, and a lot of teamwork have allowed Jason to do what he really loves: giving his family what they want and need, while also being a huge part of their lives.

In Memory of a Hero The funeral procession honoring SPC Jason Edens

Photos by Maria Fisk

Fieldstone Magazine would like to acknowledge the bravery and dedication of SPC Jason Kyle Edens, the soldier who perished honorably April 26, 2012 from wounds sustained in Afghanistan. The family requested that this hero be honored with citizens of Williamson County lining the procession route to give tribute to this soldier, husband, son, brother and family man who fought for our country. These pictures were taken of the procession down Hillsboro Road to Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens on May 5, 2012. Thank you, friends and neighbors, for showing your respect and appreciation for this exceptional individual.

Jacob Inman is a junior at FHS and a staff writer for the Rebel Review. In addition, he is actively involved in the FHS Media Concepts department and plays on the Rebel lacrosse team.

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June 2012


F-A-T and I’m Steaming Mad

by Susan Shifay Cheung - Dalton Park

It’s the start of summer and I’m sure you’re busy with vacation plans, outdoor pursuits and active fun at camps. Summer is quite possibly my favorite season. Somehow, time seems to slow down.

dinner and said she didn’t want to eat because she didn’t want to get fat. I was horrified and had to have a serious talk with her about body size, being healthy and hurt feelings associated with name calling.

Another school year has passed and I’ve been reflecting on my children’s progress.

Talking with others, it became apparent that their kids had, also, been affected by negative comments. One friend told me her second grade daughter said her thighs were the fattest of the girls in her class. My mind boggled to think that seven or eight year olds would be comparing each other thighs.

Mostly, it’s been a successful year. New friends have been made, established friendships strengthened, academics completed, reading improved and new skills learned. But, there’s been one issue that has troubled me. In fact, I’m steaming mad about it. And that issue is spelled F-A-T. In the news media, it’s been reported that calling each other fat is the latest mean-spirited way that kids, as young as kindergarteners, are denigrating their peers, often to make themselves feel superior. The focus on body image was brought home to me when my daughter, a first grader, asked me whether she was fat and wanted to weigh herself. She picked at her

Another friend’s nine year old daughter didn’t want to do ballet anymore because she said the other girls were giggling behind her back about her body size and fat arms. Another friend’s third grade son constantly checked his body in the mirror because he was upset about the extra weight around his waist and his lack of muscles. Her son had been the brunt of hurtful remarks at school. I’ve seen the children in question and they look perfectly healthy and in proportion.

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Childhood obesity is a real problem. To my mind, it’s partly the fault of kids eating too many foods of the same color groups – yellows, whites, browns and oranges. Admit it, you know what I mean–chicken nuggets, corn, mashed potatoes and mac n’ cheese with a few carrots or apple slices thrown in on a good day. Where are the green fibrous foods? Personally, I blame overcooked broccoli for turning children off their greens! It takes perseverance to encourage children to try healthier options. How persistent have you been? Growing up, I was fortunate to have a father, who was a chef. He taught me how to cook and how to appreciate food. Remembering those important lessons, I’ve started to involve my kids in food preparation. And, here, I’m not talking about Chinese takeout smothered with brown sauce, but steamed and sautéed veggies cooked at home with love and joy. If you see me around Fieldstone Farms, come and ask me about the secret of stir-frying perfect green and crunchy broccoli! Shifay now.

Shifay in her mid-20s.

Thinking about it, should I be surprised at how much children are influenced by body image, given that we live in a culture, which celebrates all things thin and diversity of size is not seen as a positive? Our kids only have to turn on the TV to see the attention garnered by young celebrities and their extreme thinness. If I were to be completely honest, I’d have to be accountable for what I say in front of my kids about body consciousness. Since having them, I’ve not been able to shift the extra pregnancy pounds. I’m culpable of constantly saying I need to lose twenty pounds. And, I frequently decry desserts as guilty pleasure. Before I had my kids, I was always put together and color coordinated whenever I stepped out of the house. Now, I’m lucky to wear clean sweats on the days I’m not working. I confess I wonder if other women are judging me, extra pounds, sweats and all, at the school gate. Rather than lay my weight hang ups on my kids, I need to reinforce the message of making healthy food choices, valuing the benefits of physical activity and valuing size diversity. I need to continue to have honest dialogue with them about the word “fat” and body image. I look forward to walking and swimming with them this summer. I’ve discovered they enjoy dancing ever since they’ve started watching the show “Dancing with the Stars.” Dredging up my youthful dance lessons, I’m teaching them the basics of the waltz, jive and rock ‘n roll.

June 2012

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


The Fieldstone View ?

with Maria Dinoia - Wheaton Hall

What’s your favorite part of being a Dad? Seeing their smiles, hearing their laughter, receiving their hugs and playing games with them.

The whole thing. It’s so much fun, and so satisfying to see your kids grow into being their own people. Plus, they keep you young. If you can’t be a kid again, having kids in your life is the next best thing. – Charlie Melichar

There are so many things. But, the one thing I treasure is watching them learn and discover things on their own. The excitement they have when they’ve done something for themselves or tried something new, without me prying, is so gratifying. That makes me feel like I’m doing something right.

– Jason DeFranco

I love seeing my kids accomplish something they have worked hard for and I love it when my kids make good choices. But most of all, I love when they feel they can come to me if either of those have not worked out for them. Of course nothing beats hearing them say, “I love you Daddy.” Those words can totally erase a bad day! – Doug Durham

– Chip Gallent


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.

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A Renaissance Experience at Salon Utopia If Sir Thomas More, the Englishman who coined the term “utopia” in 1516, hadn’t lost his head for defying King Henry VIII, his coiffure would surely have benefitted from some of the same services perfected by the professionals at Salon Utopia. Celebrating its second anniversary in Franklin, owner and longtime maven of the beauty business, Beverly Collier, was inspired by the word “utopia”, meaning “the perfect place”, and decided that Salon Utopia was her “perfect place for what she wanted in life.” She has used her passion and more than 35 years of experience to create an ideal salon experience for any customer.

to find the perfect balance of giving her clients what they want, and what they need, to look their best. The professionals at Salon Utopia are out to create a renaissance in salon services in Franklin. With the multitude of talent working there, they say there’s no style they can’t achieve and no hair disaster they can’t remedy. Using elite products like Framesi, Schwarzkopf, Evo, Sebastian and Joico helps them improve the condition of any hair type, but they feel it’s their expertise, combined with their love for what they do, that sets them apart from the rest.

From haircuts, coloring and styling for women, men and children of all ages to nail care, massage and waxing, the wide variety of expertise found among the staff at Salon Utopia routinely exceeds expectation. Here’s a small sample of what you can expect from the seasoned technicians at Salon Utopia: • Beverly Collier – While perfecting her skills in Los Angeles and San Diego, CA, Salon Utopia’s owner learned how to design each cut and color according to face shape to enhance any look. Spending the past 15 years living and working in Franklin, TN, has taught her how to do it with Southern style and grace. • Carolyn McCray – With a lifetime of education and dedication to the beauty business, this former proprietor of several of her own salons is a “color educator” with a flair for the total makeover.

Salon Utopia is located at 1014 Fulton Greer Lane #3 – just behind Stroud’s Barbeque in Harpeth Crossings, where there’s plenty of parking. Appointments can be made online at or by calling (615) 790-9922, but walk-ins are always welcome. You can check out Salon Utopia on Facebook and reach them by e-mail at salon_

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• Dana Heimert – This Memphis native has 11 years of experience and is a stickler for continuing education as it applies to staying on top of the latest hair trends, which her teenaged daughters also gladly inform her of while offering up their own lovely locks for experimental purposes. • Shelli Haynes – Building on nearly six years in a salon setting, but many more on her own, this nail-care connoisseur specializes in artificial gels and natural nail care, does her filing by hand and maintains the highest standards of sanitation. • Nichole James – Precision cutting and sophisticated, edgy hair design are the calling cards of this nine-year veteran of the beauty business, who is also known as an innovator with color and technique. • Kristin Womack – The newest member of the salon team stays on top of current hair trends with continuing education in the industry, and then uses her knowledge

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Grieving Well

by Sara Hamill - Belmont

In 2003, only two months after the happy occasion of moving into Fieldstone Farms, I received an unexpected phone call from my step-father telling me my mother had died suddenly following a routine surgery. She was only 51 years old. Though my relationship with her had not been close for many years, the news triggered my immediate grief, not only over her loss, but over the irreversible finality of the relationship itself.

motion while everyone else continues the normal pace of life. Dodd points out, if we do not let the sadness take its course, if we squash our emotional need, we will end up stuck in self-pity, not moving toward acceptance. In his words, “tears are gifts that we give to whatever we lose”. We need our tears to empty out the emotions that are difficult to voice. We need to embrace our body’s way of purging our sadness.

Even if I had tried, I would not have been able to control the emotional progression of my grief. Shock was followed immediately by sadness. All I could do was cry until there were no tears left.

Probably one of our greatest difficulties is comforting others in their grief. We do not necessarily live in a society that values the grieving process. We tend to look at it as a weakness. If people do not outwardly grieve, we often say we admire their strength and faith, but truthfully, we are glad not to be confronted with the full impact of their sadness. Most of us would not know what to do with it.

Most people are familiar with the standard stages of grief: shock or denial, anger, bargaining, depression/ sadness, and acceptance. We may experience all or some of these when we undergo a loss, and not necessarily in order. There may be a period of time that we waver back and forth between them with the hope of finally coming to acceptance. How fast grieving progresses is based entirely on the enormity of the loss. Yet one thing remains certain: we are all created with an internalized “grief system”, designed to automatically walk us through the stages without even having to think about it. It’s as if our minds, much like our immune system fights a virus, kicks into the emotional healing process on its own. Our job is simply to acknowledge the process and allow it to do its work. In Dr. Chip Dodd’s book, Voice of the Heart, he talks about sadness as “the feeling that speaks to how much you value what is missed, what is gone, and what is lost.” He goes on to say, “The more you live in an openhearted life of fullness, the more you lose. Sadness gives us the gift of valuing and honoring life.” The truth is, though we tend to associate loss with death, we grieve many losses, large and small, in the course of our lives. A loss of a job can cause us to question our self-worth and security. A divorce means the loss of family life. We can grieve our childhoods, lost or broken relationships, a life ambition, our health, financial standing, or anything else that causes emotional upheaval in our lives.

Kenneth Haugk, author of Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart, talks about the power of simplicity when comforting the sad. A simple “I am so sorry” or “You have been through a hard time. Is there anything I can do?” is often all that is necessary. Sometimes just a hug or simply being present with someone is enough. Rarely does anyone find comfort in being told that “everything happens for a reason” or “you are strong; you will make it through this”. Those are more statements geared to our own hopes and fears, not their need. It is hard to see someone else grieving. It is hard to grieve. But it is necessary to our human condition to grieve well and see it through to its end. Acceptance of grief simply means the worst is over, and we are able to place our loss in perspective and slowly integrate back into “normal” life as best we can. How long does that take? Grief has no timeline because each loss is personal and important to us in its own way. For that reason, it is important to give ourselves and others grace in the process, and the time it takes. Our built in “grief system” will do its work and eventually bring us to a place of internal healing. The length varies for each loss. But it is essential to keep moving so we can emerge and experience rebirth on the other side.

We may not like feeling the sadness that comes with these events. At times, we try our best to turn away from it, not wanting to have to sit in that uncomfortable place of hurt and loneliness. Grief, in a way, removes us from the world, and we often feel we are moving in slow

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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.


June 2012

Fieldstone’s July Issue Deadline Information

Contributor Space Reservation: June 15th – 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 get your space reserved by the 15th.


New Advertiser Space Reservation: June 15th – If you would like to advertise with Fieldstone in June, please let us know by the 15th. 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: June 18th – If you wish to submit your own camera-ready artwork, please have it to us by the 18th.




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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

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Services Middle TN Electric Service . .......794-1102 Comcast.................................800-266-2278 Direct TV................................866-505-9387 Soap Opera Day

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From the 5th Grade Perspective Around the Neighborhood..

by Anna, Aubri and Gracie - The Parks

Commentary and reviews from two opinionated 5th graders on a mission to share information about the places and things they love, the way it was done before Facebook. Some of the things we like doing best with our dads: Anna: My favorite thing that I’ve ever done with my dad is when we went on our father/daughter trip to Chicago. It was one of the best vacations I have ever been on! It was really fun, because we got to spend three days together. We went to the American Girl Doll store and I was really surprised that he went in there with me, but that is one of the reasons why he is the best dad in the world! We also got to go into the Apple Store and that was really exciting! Then we went to the art museum and saw all of the fantastic pieces of art. I had a lot of fun with my dad in Chicago. I love my dad so much! He is funny, supportive, encouraging, handsome, young, honest, responsible, hard-working, loving, caring, smart and so much more! He will always be my Big Bitty! Aubri: One thing I enjoy doing with my dad is during the basketball season my dad and I always go to the Franklin High School girls’ and boys’ games on Monday and Friday nights. Another thing I enjoy doing is going to the grocery store with him because he never knows where anything is and I always have to help him. These are things I enjoy doing with my dad! Gracie: My favorite thing to do with my dad is to go on vacation with him. He always plans extremely fun things for us to do. We like to go YOLOing, and go out to dinner to our favorite place to eat in Florida, Seagrove Market. We also go to the beach and skip the ball across the ocean. We go every year and always have FUN! I will always love my dad. He is funny, nice, smart, kind, encouraging, caring, supporting, COOL, AWESOME, and much more. I can’t wait to go on another trip with him!

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. Every other Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Fieldstone Bridge Group The group meets every other Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Contact Mike Hartland to participate - 472-8114. June 12th, 1:30 p.m. – Fieldstone Book Club The book club’s next meeting is Tuesday, June 12th. They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm. Contact Shirley Fette at for more information. Everyone is welcome! June 12th, 6:00 p.m. - HOA Board Meeting Join us at the Clubhouse for the monthly meeting. June 29th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. – Parent’s Night Out The next Fieldstone Farms Parents Night Out will be on June 29th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The cost is $10.00 for the first child and $7.00 for each additional. Please contact the Fieldstone Farms Clubhouse at 790-9124 to reserve a spot and fill out a registration form. The registration form can also be found on the Fieldstone Farms website:

Tasti D-Lite’s Special Nites in June Guess the Weight of your Tasti Mondays - every Monday, correctly guess the weight of your self serve and its half price.

Two for Tuesday – every Tuesday, its Buy One, Get One Free on any Tasti product. Double Point Wednesdays -Tasti Reward Card members get double points for their purchases every Wednesday in June. Come join Tasti D-Lite at the June 24th Health Expo at D1 from 1-5 pm.

Anna, Aubri, and Gracie are students at Hunters Bend Elementary, and all three girls live in The Parks.


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Do you babysit, mow lawns, wash cars, pet sit, etc. in our neighborhood? Then send us your information and we will post it in our new classified section. 18 and younger only please – Thank you! Mailbox Painting - For those mailboxes in Fieldstone that must stay clean and white, I, Robert Coughlin, can do it for you. For $15, I will remove the numbers, clean and lightly sand, paint with white exterior paint, and replace the numbers. (Additional cost for new numbers.) Call 390-4201 or email for my next available painting day. Need an experienced, reliable babysitter? Call Melissa McElroy - 591-4837. 17-year-old safe, licensed driver. Junior and honor student at Franklin High. Need care for your pet, but don’t want to pay for boarding? Contact Vaughn Hamill at vaughn.hamill@ or 595-7996.

Beginner Guitar Lessons - I am a 14-year-old Fieldstone Farms resident and have been teaching beginner guitar lessons in my home for 2 1/2 years. I am taking a limited number of new students for spring and summer. $10 per half-hour lesson for ages 10-18. Contact Arin at: Need help studying to improve grades, ACT/SAT scores, or standardized test performance? Call Caleb Gaddes - 438-6596 or email 18-year-old senior at Franklin High School. AP student with honors. ACT Composite Score: 34; SAT Composite Score: 2260 Experienced Tutor in Honors Chemistry I and Finite Math Able to tutor: AP/IB/Honors/Regular Chemistry, AP Calculus, Precalculus, Algebra I and II, Geometry, English, AP Government, AP Macroeconomics, Honors Economics, AP Government. Also available for ACT/SAT practice and strategy sessions designed directly to improve scores.


17 years old, American Red Cross trained, 3 years experience, junior honors student.

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Are you looking for a Red Cross Certified babysitter in your neighborhood? Call Meredith Wilken - 790-6301. 12 years old, American Red Cross certified, reliable 6th grader at Grassland Middle School!

Rates: 1-2 visits per day: $10/day; 3-4 visits per day: $12/day. References available upon request.

Fieldstone Farms Neighborhood Watch Needs Your Help The Neighborhood Watch Committee is looking for volunteers. We need your help in making our streets and community a safer place to live.

Please come join us - contact Joe Street at jstreet@ or Tom Paden at thomaspaden@ for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you for your help!

Steven Shalibo , a resident of Summer Haven and founder of Accessible Home Construction, spoke about remodeling designs and services for the interior and exterior of your home at the Coffee Club on May 9. AHC is a full service construction company specializing in making independence accessible for aging Americans as well as Americans with disabilities. Steven is offering free home evaluations to Fieldstone Farms residents and can be contacted at or

June 2012


Tangled Secrets Dad and the Boys Need Good Hair, Too Why is it that many of the male persuasion feel that their haircare choices are inconsequential compared to their female counterparts? Regardless of what the popular consensus is among the guys, ladies like a man with good hair. It’s not about how thick it is, how little grey there is, or even how much is left. It’s about doing the best you can with what you have, just like we women strive to do every day. But how do you know if your hair could use a little attention? Think about it this way: If you’re paying less for a haircut than you are for a lunch, and if you’re settling for a look more likely to have been derived from a lawn mower than a pair of finely honed shears, we need to talk. A lot of guys think that the cheaper the cost of the haircut, the better. What they don’t realize is that they can increase their chances of looking exponentially better by adding on just a few more dollars to what they’re used to paying. The bonus with this deal is that not only will your hair look better; it’ll look better for a longer period of time.

Alison Wolf has 24 years of experience in the beauty industry as a master stylist/colorist, salon owner, hair extension artist, teacher and mentor. She is part of the talented team at TrendZ Salon in Franklin. Alison and her husband, Clint, live in Fieldstone Farms with their two sons.

Most experienced stylists offer men’s haircuts for somewhere between $15 and $25, and this is what you should expect to receive for that price: •

A thorough consultation to determine what you would like, as well as what you would NOT like (a good consultation alleviates a lot of disappointment)

A complimentary shampoo, which leaves you feeling refreshed

A skilled, professional, precision cut

A light drying, depending on your preference (a “dry for a gent” can be as simple as blowing out the loose hair, or actually styling and finishing by blowing the hair dry for you, if that’s your normal routine)

And, guys, unless you’re pressed for time, there’s no reason to refuse a shampoo. Not only is this a complimentary part of your service, but it also can be the most pleasant part. In addition, you receive a far better haircut with freshly shampooed hair. Trying to comb through sweaty, greasy or sticky hair that is loaded with spray or product isn’t easy for your stylist, and may not be very comfortable for you, either. Trust me on this one – go with the shampoo. The moral of this story for Fieldstone’s gentlemen readers and the women who care about them is this: spend a few extra bucks and get a quality haircut, in a professional hair studio (and yes, they all take male clients these days). And to all you parents of boys out there, it’s worth noting that a great looking haircut can be a big confidence booster for young boys and teenagers. After all, growing up is hard enough without sporting a bad haircut, too.




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The Perfect Pour

Variety is the spice of life, so make some room next to the usual suspects in your cabinets and refrigerators to try something new. Look for these affordable, palate pleasers at your local wine-and-spirits shop. Don’t miss the food pairing suggestions listed with each wine, too!

Lonely Cow – Sauvignon Blanc: $10.99 Sauvignon Blanc jumps from the glass with aromas of white peach and lime, the mouth-watering palate is a juicy mix of candied pineapple and tangerine flavors followed by a crisp but lingering finish of wet stone and white pepper accents. As the label suggests, Lonely Cow stands alone in its field! Some food pairing suggestions are: Hoison-Basted Chicken Wings, Firecracker Calamari, Thai Lemon Grass Vermicelli, Pulled Pork with White BBQ Sauce, Braised Dover Scallops, Pollo Romano, Southern Fried Chicken, Fried Green Tomatoes with Remoulade, Hawaiian Pizza, Lump Blue Crab Cakes, Pepper Seared Ahi Tuna Salas, Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken, and Lobster Bisque. Great served chilled, especially when it’s warm outside! Also available in Pinot Noir.

Primal Roots – Red Blend: $9.99 The true essence of Primal Roots begins with the raw qualities of Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel that are artfully blended to create a smooth, full-bodied, sensual wine. The fruit is harvested at optimal ripeness when the color, flavors, acids and tannins are all in balance. Oak aging helps build structure while introducing the underlying vanilla, cream and mocha characteristics. The final step is blending each of these uniquely different wines in such a way that captures their wild, sweet and intense flavors with a balanced and rich texture. Aromas of mocha, vanilla and spice give way to silky texture and provocative flavors of raspberries and chocolate that are truly uninhibited. Pairs well with dark meats, pork, chicken and Mexican food. Also available in a white blend.

And now for something completely different… not by any stretch of the imagination was he a very good father or stepfather, but he sure could make you feel good about drinking wine, or maybe he was just trying to make himself feel good. Either way, it’s hard to dispute what he said about wine: “Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes wariness forget his toil.”

– Lord Byron

June 2012


The Other 23 Hours

by Scott Fishkind - Clarendon

There is a common scenario that can be extremely frustrating to many folks who diligently work out several times per week. Though they typically see many positive benefits in terms of their overall fitness they still may not be losing weight or inches the way they had hoped! Usually what is holding them back has to do with what is happening during the other 23 hours of the day outside of the gym. The biggest culprit almost invariably has to do with their nutrition.

some less common instances folks actually discover that they weren’t eating enough which slowed down their metabolism causing them to hold on to body fat.

To paraphrase Alwyn Cosgrove, one of the top fat loss experts in the world, “You can’t out train a bad diet!” Unfortunately one can easily eat more calories in a few minutes than they burned in 30 to 60 minutes of intense exercise. Even a diet consisting of clean, healthy, and organic foods does not equal weight loss and may still even create weight (i.e. “fat”) gain. While healthy eating is definitely preferable and part of the process of healthy weight loss, it usually is just a matter of making some adjustments here and there!

According to Jade and Keoni Teta (authors of ”The New Metabolic Effect Diet) carbohydrates will tend to trigger insulin (which stores fat) where protein is more apt to trigger glucagon (which burns fat). For a great free online resource check out their “Metabolic Effect Blog”: http://blog.

I’m not a big fan of fad diets as folks tend to feel deprived which leads to burn-out and inevitably giving up altogether! I have found it is much more realistic and sustainable to start by making incremental changes rather than taking drastic measures. The first step is to create a real awareness of what one is actually eating on a day to day basis so they can know what adjustments to make. The simplest way to gain this awareness is to use an online food log/nutrition tracker. My personal favorite is free and called “My Fitness Pal” ( “Spark People” (www. is another popular online tracker. My boot campers and personal training clients who have diligently used these simple tools have had very positive results almost without exception! To utilize these types of tools will require you to start weighing and measuring any food or drinks that aren’t pre-measured to assure accurate accounting of your intake. Often a serving size is much smaller than one might initially realize. Most folks probably will need to start making adjustments that decrease their overall consumption. In


When tracking your nutrition you should not only be concerned with calories, but the “types” of calories being consumed. This is because not all calories are created equal and certain types of macronutrients (i.e. Carbs/ Protein/Fats) will trigger different responses in the human body.

This does not mean you should drastically cut carbs. However if you tend to eat a very high percentage of carbs you may want to start to decrease them a bit at a time to see if you have a positive response. One other important element for success is to eat more than the standard three large meals per day. Typically most folks do well eating five smaller meals (or three small meals and two healthy snacks or mini-meals). This helps keep one more satiated throughout the day rather than getting to the point of extreme hunger which can lead to overeating. This approach also helps to stabilize energy levels as well throughout the day. If you feel overwhelmed in trying to implement all of this you may want to look for professional nutritional help from a Registered Dietician or Nutritionist. It is important to note that if you are dealing with a metabolic or other medical disorder then you should seek help from a health care professional because you may truly have something going on that nutrition alone may not help. 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:, or

A Swashbuckling Good Time for All

by Nancy OLeary - Fair Oaks

From the moment you walk in the doors, you realize that Shipwrecked Playhouse is not your ordinary indoor play environment. As soon as you arrive, you are personally greeted by the friendly staff and then introduced to the expansive 30 foot wooden pirate ship that is sure to provide your little buccaneers hours of fun.

Sundays are reserved for private parties and for a limited time, Shipwrecked is offering $25 off all private parties (call for details). Also, “Like” Shipwrecked on Facebook to receive updates on special events. There are no membership fees or advance planning required so come discover all the booty Shipwrecked has to offer! I have been working at Shipwrecked for 10 months and I just can’t say enough good things about it. It is a simple place of peace for parents and imaginative play for kids. You’ll find there’s no place you’d rather be on a rainy day, a chilly day or even to escape this Tennessee heat – come play in the air conditioning! You and your child will make new friends and create new adventures each and every time you visit.

Owned and operated by Chris and Erin Harris of Dalton Park, this wonderful, clean, indoor play environment has so much to offer your children, including a huge ball-pit with more than 3,000 balls, imagination rooms including the Crow’s Nest Costumes, The Gangplank Grocery Store, and The Galley; several gigantic wooden train and car tables, basketball hoops, doll-houses and everything in-between! There is also a spacious toddler area for our pirates ages two and under, with their very own ball pit and exciting toys. For parents, it’s a relaxing atmosphere where you can sit in the lobby at the counter/bar area with a large picture window and watch your children play. Come enjoy a cup of coffee, a conversation with a friend, pick up a magazine or catch up on a little work using the free WiFi.

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New summer mini camps are taking place this year and there are lots of fun activities planned so call 866-9358 for all of the details. Sign up for a day or the entire week but do it soon as the camps are filling up fast. ▪▪

Ages 3-4, June 4th-8th, 9:30-12:30


Ages 5-6, June 11th-15th, 9:30-12:30

“Parents Night Out” is always the second Friday of each month from 5:30-9:00 pm and offers your kids the opportunity to play, eat, craft, have story time and of some more!

Where Imagination and Adventure Begins..

The open play hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30-4:30, and Saturday from 9:3012:00. Saturday afternoon and

June 2012


Raise a Glass to Your Inner Artist Congratulations Piper! If the only art created by anyone in your household is stuck to the refrigerator door or, even worse, nonexistent, it’s time to rediscover your inner artist with the latest art sensation, My Masterpiece. We’ll toast to that, and you can, too, if you join us, along with other Fieldstone Farms neighbors and friends, for more fun than anyone should be allowed to have at an introductory art class.

Even if you mistakenly think you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, one evening with instructors Margaret Crawford and Betsy Bergman will prove you wrong. Here’s how it works: you bring your own libation of choice; they provide the canvas and painting materials, including drink glasses and corkscrews (some of Jackson Pollock’s favorite materials); and you walk away at the end of the evening with your very own masterpiece. My Masterpiece classes will meet one Friday night a month (June 22, July 13 and August 17) from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and will be held at the Fieldstone Farms Clubhouse. The fee is $35 per person, per class.

Piper Tate (The Reserve) was the lucky winner of a signed copy of the book, The Boy, the Kite, and the Wind, thanks to author and philanthropist Al Andrews (The Parks) and a $10 gift certificate from Tasti D-Lite owner Kent Patterson (The Parks), who hosted the book signing on April 21. 100 percent of the profits from the book sales go to local and national charitable organizations aimed at helping children in need. If you would like to purchase a book, please see or for more information.

Come on, Michelangelo had to start somewhere, right? So do you, and if you’ve ever wanted to give painting a try, this is just the relaxed environment in which to do it. Each class teaches a different art concept, and you’ll start with the basics. From the color wheel and color blending to shading, different paint techniques and various styles of art, you’ll learn the fundamentals and then put them into practice right there and then. Margaret, co-owner with her husband of Franklin’s Crawford Art & Design, and Betsy, a veteran of the Chicago advertising industry and now an art student herself, stress that the only “rule” of their classes is no negative self-talk allowed. So, if you’re looking for a unique date night with your honey, a night out with the girls, a grown-up birthday party that brings out your inner child, or just a way to dip your toe into artistic waters, My Masterpiece can help you do just that. Check out examples of the art styles that will be explored during the classes below, then e-mail Betsy for confirmed class dates, reservations and more information at NOTE: Looking for some libation inspiration for the My Masterpiece classes? See “The Perfect Pour” article on page 21.


This is My Father’s World

by Brian Bachochin - Tenberry Wells

Though I went to church as a kid, I didn’t grow up in a tradition where we heard many hymns. That said, over the years I’ve grown to take quite a liking to many of these vintage treasures. Names like Fanny Crosby, Robert Robinson and Horatio Spafford and their timeless works have become more and more familiar to this late-comer. Some joyous, others haunting, yet most strangely familiar, I’ve found that there is something that resonates within me as I hear and sing the time-proven melodies, as they paint a vibrant picture of the various aspects of the nature of God. Just take a moment to consider these words from Maltbie Babcock: This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world, I rest me in the thought Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought. This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise, The morning light, the lily white, declare their maker’s praise. This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair; In the rustling grass I hear him pass; He speaks to me everywhere. This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad? The Lord is King; let the heavens ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad! I’m moved by ideas like these - affected at the thought of a creation that worships God not only as creator and Lord, but as Father. He is powerful, He is mighty, He is creative, and yet He is even more... There is a familiar story in Scripture that also paints a very particular kind of picture of God. It is the story of the prodigal son. In the story, a father has two sons, one of whom, the younger, requests his inheritance in advance, and then goes on to quickly squander it all on short-lived, sinful pleasures. Upon coming to his senses, this son begins to make his way back home, hat

in hand and tail between his legs. What he hoped for upon his return was just to be allowed back home as a servant - certainly he couldn’t expect to be received again as a son! What he never anticipated was that his father would be watching and waiting, in the hope that his wayward son would come back to him. The picture is a dramatic one, and is intended to help us see what the heart of God is truly like. (There is certainly a lesson to be learned from the older son as well, but that may a be a topic for another time!) Jesus spoke of God as our Father, even encouraging us to address Him in prayer in the most warm and comfortable of terms (Believe it or not, “Father” in Jesus’ wellknown prayer in Matt. 5 comes from an Aramaic word which might well be translated “Daddy”). Thinking of God in this way is unfamiliar, and even uncomfortable to many, but by the Son’s own invitation, it ought not be. The Bible describes God, not as a cold, distant creator Who is uninterested in the affairs of mankind, but rather as a loving Father Who is interested enough to know us each by name, has promised to provide our needs and Who has even numbered the hairs on our heads (Matt. 10:30). God so loves us, that He sent His Son into the world to repair the bridge burned by our waywardness, so that we too might be able to come home. I have a great earthly father, a good man whom any son or daughter would be thankful for (Happy Father’s Day, dad!). I’m grateful for him. And I also have another Father, a Heavenly Father, the object of so many of the songs in the genre I’ve mentioned; songs who’s appeal to me, I think, have to do with their power to bring me into a deeper consideration of Him. And as I reflect upon the open arms that my Father has extended to me, I find that I’m very, very thankful for Him.

June 2012

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:


A Neighborly Dentist With a Far-Reaching Following One of our Fieldstone Farms neighbors is accumulating a wide following for his dental practice. If you live in Summer Haven, maybe you’ve met him, and you’ll probably understand why. Originally from Memphis, Dr. Joseph Wiggs and his wife moved their family to the neighborhood in 2009 to take over a retiring dentist’s Nashville practice. “We wanted to raise our children in a thriving southern city and this has been a wonderful area in which to do that,” said Dr. Wiggs. One visit to Joseph P. Wiggs, D.D.S. Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 1916 Patterson Street, Suite 605, in Nashville, and you’ll notice that Dr. Wiggs operates a little differently than many dentists. For him, it’s not unusual to call a patient at home to check in following a complicated procedure. Or hand out his cell phone number in case a patient might have questions or experience an after-hours emergency. What’s more, sticking to scheduled appointment times and focusing on the details of patients’ experiences in – and after they leave – the office are standard practices here. A veteran dentist with nearly 20 years of experience helping thousands of patients maintain and regain their dental health, Dr. Wiggs strives to treat each patient as an individual with unique needs and desires, but that doesn’t stop with him. “Each person on my staff is not only a highly trained professional, but a compassionate person, as well. Our goal is to make our patients feel respected, appreciated and valued,” says the father of three young children and Civil War history buff.

problems with the least amount of discomfort. In fact, he is known far and wide for doing just that. His practice is located near Baptist Hospital, Centennial Hospital and Vanderbilt University, which is convenient for patients who live and work in midtown or downtown Nashville. However, his patients come from many of Nashville’s suburbs and surrounding areas, too, including Franklin, Brentwood, Spring Hill, Antioch, Lebanon and Murfreesboro. As further testament to his care and professionalism, satisfied patients from his previous practice in Memphis continually make the drive to Nashville just to remain under his care. If you’re in the market for a new dentist with a neighborly touch, you might try one of your actual neighbors. Dr. Wiggs’ office accepts and files most PPO insurance plans. Visit or for more information on all available services and products, and call (615) 329-4388 or e-mail for an appointment.

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Thanks to All You Mother Runners

by Christi Kline - Clarendon

A huge thank you goes out to everyone that came out to Harlinsdale Farm on May 13 to Run Like a Mother! What was planned as a warm, sunny, beautiful day for a 5K turned into an unforgettable Mother’s Day thanks to the many puddles created by the relentless downpour. Despite the driving rain, the event was very successful with more than 170 runners braving the wet conditions. Our runners ranged from age two on the one mile course to an 82 year old that successfully completed the 5K course! To each and every one of these runners, a hearty congratulations for a job well done. Not only did you do a fantastic thing for yourself, you also set a wonderful example for your children, family and community. I even had one of our dedicated volunteers ask me while watching the kid’s race, “How can I encourage my son to become a runner?” My answer was “Become a runner yourself” (or whatever else it is you’re trying to encourage in your children.) In my opinion, there is no better way to teach than through example – and you can learn together. Start slow and build gradually; you’ll be amazed at who will jump on your bandwagon once you get going!

supplies and a location for packet pickup, the staff and owners worked hard to create an open and welcoming local running community. The support a new runner will find upon walking into their store is invaluable. Thank you to Whole Foods of Franklin for providing such yummy afterrace snacks, and Krispy Kreme and Starbucks for the pre-race sugar and caffeine kick. I had a wonderful Mother’s Day doing what I love with so many other fantastic mother runners (and walkers!) Thank you to everyone that braved the rain – it was definitely a Mother’s Day I will always remember, even if the memories are a bit soggy! All photos copyright Johnny Giles of

I also want to express my greatest appreciation to everyone that made this amazing Mother’s Day event possible. First and foremost, thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers. I had many comments afterwards about how friendly and efficient the volunteers were despite the inclement weather. Thank you to Fleet Feet of Nashville. Not only did they help us with promotion,

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Interval Training for Maximum Fat Burning Short on time but want an effective full body, fat burning workout? Interval training is one of the best ways to get the most “bang for your buck” when it comes to exercise. You usually only need between 20-45 minutes and the fat burning effects will last long into your day.

of your hand. Gradually lift your bottom off the chair and walk your feet out. Keep your elbows pointed behind you and gently lower your body down until your elbows are at about 90 degrees bent. Press yourself up to the starting position without locking your elbows.

Interval workouts, the preferred style of training we use in our Boot Camps, are very simple to perform and are basically just switching back and forth between higher and lower levels of intensity at a specific amount of time. For example, you could do low intensity for one minute, then high for 30 seconds for a 2/1 ratio. For more of a challenge, do just the opposite or go for a 1/1 ratio as in 90 seconds low and 90 seconds high.

8. High 30 seconds: Jump Squat - Feet shoulder width apart, squat down and as you come up, jump. As you lower out of the jump, squat back down. Keep knees soft and slightly bent the entire time.

You can apply this to a strictly cardio session by adjusting your speed, incline or resistance. But you can also get in a weight training (low intensity) workout combined with “cardio bursts” (high intensity) for the ultimate twoworkouts-in-one session! Generally, you want to spend at least 30 seconds on each interval and no more than 2 minutes. Be sure to warm up for 5-6 minutes before jumping into interval training and cool down with some light movement and stretches at the end. Which exercises, interval time, and total duration of your workout will vary by fitness level, but here’s a sample workout you can try at home without even using any equipment! Don’ worry if you can’t do all 30 or 60 seconds of each exercise. Do the best you can and keep moving!

9. Low 60 seconds: Same as above - just don’t jump. Try to lower down until your knees are at a 90 degree angle. It helps to have a chair behind you for something to aim for. Be sure to keep your weight in your heels. Not your toes and knees! 10. High 30 seconds: Skiers - Jump one foot out in front of the other. Knees slightly bent. Extend the opposite arm up and out in front. Jump up and switch arms and legs back and forth at a rapid pace. 11. Low 60 seconds: Side one-arm plank on right side Lay on your side and stack your feet. Place your hand in the spot on the floor below your shoulder. Lift your hips off the ground until you are on the sides of your feet and your hand only, all in one straight line. Modify by keeping your bottom knee on the ground.

2. High 30 seconds: Jumping Jack- Yep, old school cardio.

12. High 30 seconds: Bicycles – Lay on your back on the floor with your knees up, feet flat on the floor, place your hands behind your head and lift your shoulder blades off the floor. One knee at a time, lift your leg off the ground until both knees are up at a 90 degree angle. Draw your left knee in towards your middle and press your right shoulder towards your left knee. Rapidly switch back and forth using your abs, NOT momentum!

3. Low 60 seconds: Right Leg Lunge – Step one foot out so that when you lunge down your knee does not go past your toe. Keep your weight in your heels and try lunge down to a 90 degree angle.

12 Low 60 seconds: Side one-arm plank on left side. Same as #11 but on your left side. Repeat 2-3Xs depending on how much time you have and your fitness level.

4. High 30 seconds: Skaters- Take your right leg far back behind the left and as far left as possible. Get down low like a speed skater. Then rapidly jump and switch the other side bringing your left foot behind the right. Repeat.

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1. Low 60 seconds: Pushups – try them you knees or even on the wall if you can’t do them all on your toes.

5. Low 60 seconds: Left Leg Lunge - See #3. 6. High 30 seconds: Mountain Climbers - Start in a plank position on your hands and toes. Draw one knee up as high as you can towards your chest. Then rapidly switch knees and feet back and forth. 7. Low 60 seconds: Triceps Dips- Sit on the end of the chair with your hand as close to your legs as possible, fingers hanging off the end so the weight is in the heel


Beginners: Please train with a professional before attempting these exercises. Check with your doctor or another trained professional before starting this or any other fitness program.

Niki Gauthier is the owner of Niki G’s Fitness which specializes in Boot Camp, THE Complete Personal Fitness Program for Women. Outdoor Boot Camps are available Spring thru Fall. For more fitness tips, check out her blog and sign up for Niki G’s Fitness Newsletter, at www.

Help Me, Rhonda!!! An Advice Column for Fieldstone Farms

Dear Rhonda,

As a mother, teacher and counselor who chose to let her younger children read The Hunger Games, I felt it was a most appropriate spring board for discussing communism, dictatorships, character development and sacrifice. I did read this series before my children. It has adult themes, but these are issues that relate to history, government and economics so, am I crazy to think that the others who sit in judgment are not letting their younger children watch Disney and Nickelodeon? The shows on TV deal with the type of adult issues that are superficial and frankly, not always appropriate for younger viewers. This series provided many great, thought-provoking discussions with my children.

- Games Mom Dear Games Mom,

Thank you for your input! I would love to know what your children thought of the series. What types of questions did they ask? What discussions followed? I find this topic fascinating and very polarizing. There seems to be no middle ground. Either the parent has no problem with their kids reading the series, or they adamantly oppose the idea. I would love to hear more about your experience!

Dear Rhonda,

I have a co-worker who frequently makes insensitive comments regarding the sexual preference, race, ethnicity, etc. of others. These comments are not so blatant that I feel comfortable reporting her to Human Resources, but they make me uncomfortable. How do I let her know my feelings without jeopardizing our working relationship?

- Seeking a Peaceful Work Environment Dear Seeking a Peaceful Work Environment,

Direct communication! Though confronting a toxic coworker is not always the most pleasant of activities, you need to take her aside, look her in the eye and tell her exactly what you need to say to her face. Her comments are insensitive and offend you. She needs to know. Once you have addressed your feelings, continue on with business. Be patient and kill her with kindness. If she still is making these insensitive comments, you just might need to bite the bullet and address it with your HR department. Best of luck!

Dear Rhonda,

Do you have any ideas on how to entertain the kids during summer break?

- Creatively Challenged Dear Creatively Challenged,

We have 11 weeks to fill and the task can seem daunting. There are the usuals: camps, the pool, the zoo, etc. I have a girlfriend that picks one fun thing every couple of weeks, like Nashville Shores, then organizes a group of parents and kids to go. I find that sticking to a schedule helps also. There are also several websites you can visit that are far more creative than I pretend to be. Here are a few: • literally-thousands-of-ideas-for-summer.html Enjoy your summer break! Got a question? Contact Rhonda at

June 2012


Seen Around Fieldstone Farms..

Opening Day at the Pool


“Stuff ” Your Dad Says.. . If there’s one thing many people can say about the advice they received from their fathers, it’s that they never forgot it. Sometimes delivered with the harder edge of a parent at wit’s end, other times delivered in earnest as if our lives would depend on it, the advice was most always delivered from a place of caring and concern that can only be found in the heart of a loving father. (Now, enough with the waterworks. Pay attention, will ya?) Are we air conditioning the neighborhood? Shut the door!

You’ll be fine – just rub some dirt on it.

This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.

Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.

When you pay the mortgage, you can make the rules.

Your mother is right even when she is wrong.

Money doesn’t grow on trees.

Don’t ever start a fight, but if someone starts one with you, you have my permission to end it.

Righy tighty - lefty loosey.

Only chumps cheat, lie and steal. Don’t be a chump. Don’t make me stop this car! I brought you into this world and I can take you out.

The lawn isn’t going to mow itself.

Life isn’t fair.

Just because that kid has one doesn’t mean you should have one too.

Because I said so!

Don’t wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it better.

June 2012

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Fieldstone Magazine - June 2012  

Fieldstone Magazine - June 2012