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The â€œComebackâ€? Community
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The Art of Recovery I know the image on the front of this September’s issue of Fieldstone doesn’t fall in line with what we usually choose. It’s jarring, and for some, like me, may still be hard to take in when considering what it represents – people whose lives were totally upended by the May 2010 flood. We considered broaching the subject of the flood in the May 2012 issue of Fieldstone, but neither I, nor the O’Leary’s were really ready to go over it in depth again at that time. Since then, after finally being able to celebrate a few holidays like “normal” after settling into their new home, Nancy O’Leary was ready to discuss the matter again, and, with some trepidation, so was I. (See her story on pages 6 and 7.) What we really want people to take away from this issue is the truth of how a community, such as ours here in Fieldstone Farms, can truly come together to help each other get through tough times. When the May 2010 flood occurred, I was just “recovering” from my “Save the Pool” efforts. I had no idea that the website my husband and I created for that would become the online, de facto command center for people in Fieldstone Farms, and communities outside of ours, who were in desperate need of finding generators, getting help from young men to help tear out waterlogged carpeting, and simply delivering food and water to our neighbors who refused to stop working long enough to get a quick bite to eat. Between manning that site, and taking in and giving out from the clubhouse all sorts of items to those in need, each day felt like a week to me, and all the other volunteers who did what it took to support others in our community and beyond. On a smaller level, that’s kind of how I feel every time another issue of Fieldstone comes together, because it takes the efforts of quite a few in our community, who give freely of their time and talents, to share their stories or pass on pertinent and useful information to everyone else. I know we’re not saving lives here, but I do still get that sense of pride that I had that terrible week, when so many came together for a much different cause, but one that still involved our neighbors. So a big “thank you” to all who help put this magazine together and distribute it throughout the community every month. And an even bigger “thank you” to the advertisers who help keep the magazine going by purchasing ad space, which pays for the printing of the magazines. Please repay their kindness by patronizing them whenever you get the chance. And, as always, if you have an idea for something you’d like to see 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. I hope we never have to go through the kind of disaster that struck so many of us in May 2010, but I know that if we do, this is one community that won’t hesitate to pitch in and keep helping others until we all experience that “comeback kid” feeling – the one that says, “I may be down now, but that won’t last for long. Not in this place.”
On the Cover
About the Publisher
A charred pair of binoculars and some photos – a selection from the box of memories containing all that was salvageable after the O’Leary’s house burnt down during the May 2010 flood. Photo by Christi Kline
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.
Thanks to So Many, We’re Still Here......................................6-7
Publisher Suzanne Gallent Suzanne@fieldstonemagazine.com
The First Family of Fieldstone Farms......................................8-9 Fall Fashion Trends..........................................................................10 Fifteen Years (and Counting) of Great Clips.........................11 The Essential Chinese Kitchen.............................................12-13 The Perfect Pour..............................................................................14 Tangled Secrets................................................................................15 Calendar......................................................................................16-17
September Contributors Peter Alderman Harry Fisk Susan Shifay Cheung Sara Hamill Dianne Christian Rachel Norris Maria Dinoia Nancy O’Leary Sherry Duncan Rhonda Scott Fishkind Alison Wolf
Around the Neighborhood.........................................................18
September Cover Photo Christi Kline (949) 302-5608 Christi@AuthenticCapture.com
Kids Klassifieds.................................................................................19 Real Estate Facts..............................................................................20 Flipping Out for the Love of Swimming.................................21
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Franklin Fire Department’s Summer Safety Video Challenge Winner...........................................................................22 No Veteran Left Behind Benefit Concert................................22 Navigating Parental Boundaries................................................23
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It’s Popcorn Time in Tennessee..................................................24 My Masterpiece Art Class............................................................24 Falling in Love With the Process of Fitness...........................25 A New Look at the Lions Club.............................................26-27 The Fieldstone View.......................................................................28 Help Me Rhonda.............................................................................29 Seen Around Fieldstone Farms..................................................30
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Thanks to So Many, We’re Still Here
by Nancy O’Leary - Fair Oaks
When I was asked to write another article about our house fire, which occurred during the May 2010 Nashville flood, I was reluctant. What could possibly be said that hadn’t already been shared with so many of our Fieldstone Farms neighbors? But then my husband and I learned of the many e-mails requesting an update on how we were doing now, and we were surprised and touched. With that understanding, I can say that we couldn’t feel more blessed, more grateful, more humbled and more bonded as a family and with this community. What we received from our experience is far greater than the blessing of a new home. The remnants of our lives before the fire are boxed up. One box to be exact. I can’t toss it out. It will always be a part of us. What it becomes someday is yet to be determined, but for now, it remains “the box,” and it is stored away. One thing that will never end up in a box of any kind is our faith. But not just our faith and trust in God; I am also talking about our faith in man. We hear of so much doom and gloom in the news and yet there is not enough said about the good faith and compassion of people. For instance, those three days in May of 2010,
and for many months afterward, a community came together as one. They assisted and encouraged those of us who had great need. I am so proud of our Fieldstone Farms family, our Cottonwood family, and the many others who so graciously lent their time, talents and support to us and our entire community. My husband spent several days working on a salvageable piece of iron we found in the ashes. It was a scripture verse we used to have hanging above our front door. The verse is Jeremiah 29:11. The written word is this, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” My husband hammered this bent piece of iron back into shape, cleaned away the ashes and polished it. There are some faint scars, but you have to draw yourself close to recognize them. I believe it’s the same with people, for “Iron sharpens iron,” as the Word says. It refers to how one man can sharpen another to help build another up and even help him cross the finish line. That Word, along with the
people who lived through those many months in the same boat as we did, sharpened our faith and belief in a way that allowed us to hope again. That verse took the journey with us and here we are again, taking up new residence with renewed hope, all because people refused to let go of us. We’ve been asked on occasion about why we chose to rebuild on the same spot; why didn’t we just move somewhere else? That would have been easy, but this is where we belong! Now, two years after the flood and fire, I can honestly say it is the most normal we’ve felt since that weekend in May. My husband has returned to his previous job at NorthStar Studios in Nashville. He’s working in-state again, and this has given our family a greater sense of security and fulfillment. Our eldest daughter, a 2011 graduate of MTSU, has taken her photography/teaching degree global. Our son is finishing his last year as a cinematography/film student at UNC School of the Arts, and our youngest is now a sophomore and cheerleader for the FHS basketball team. Lastly, there is Oscar (our dog) who has developed a far greater following than even I have on Facebook. He serves his family and community proudly by keeping the neighborhood watch program going in full force, and, yes, he still torments the bird, or was it the other way around?
Prescott Place and “Oscar’s new home” on Burlington Pass. The many people we’ve met along these paths and in life have blessed our family tremendously. You know that motto, “Life is Good?” Well, I’m not saying that’s always the case, but with a support system of faith, family and friends, I’ve found anything is possible. Nancy O’Leary is a freelance writer and talented in the many areas of home design and organization. She and her husband, John, have lived in Fieldstone Farms for the past 8 years with their three children. Nancy is currently working on a faith based book which depicts their personal account of the 2010 Flood and the fire that destroyed their home.
I guess I should add myself. I have the opportunity to now serve a greater span of families in the Williamson County area. I was offered a job last year at Shipwrecked Playhouse. The owners, Erin and Chris Harris, are not only Fieldstone Farms residents, but also dear friends. As a child, I was taught that one needed to discover what they love to do and then figure out how to use that gift to help others. I love people. Simple as that. I have a greater compassion for people and life now more than ever. Life is something that should be enjoyed and there is no greater place to enjoy it than through the eyes of a child playing and exploring. Aside from all that, we are feeling quite at home these days. Back to barbeques and marshmallow roasts, exchanging tools and meals with neighbors. Our front door is as open as it ever was, and the paths we walk now have two destinations, “Oscar’s rental home” in
The First Family of Fieldstone Farms
by Rachel Norris - Summer Haven
When high school graduate Cecil B. Sims began Vanderbilt Law School in 1911, Middle Tennessee scarcely knew the legacy that would unfold from this man’s life. Perhaps graduating first in his class gave the Vanderbilt community an indication. Maybe Nashville began to recognize it in 1921, when Sims founded a law firm with his friends Frank Berry and Frank Bass, and established a reputation for his intelligence, fairness and wide-ranging interests.
Meanwhile, he caught the week-day bus into Nashville to grow Bass Berry and Sims into a premier law firm. As a Vanderbilt University trustee, Sims played a significant role in the law school’s re-opening after the war and its voluntary integration in the 1950s.
It was Sims’ clients - a railroad company and construction company - who delivered a red caboose to Cecilwood in the 1960s as a playhouse for the grandchildren, who But his family had called him “Oppa.” Irvin always known. Sims recalls summer parties was “everyone’s hero,” with the band standing his granddaughter atop the caboose, Aerial map of Fieldstone Farms circa 1949. Map courtesy of the Becky Sims Campbell friends dancing on the Heritage Foundation. of Nashville describes, tennis courts below, “and a genius.” During and serving food under the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, while growing a law firm, the workhouse lean-to. Other evenings, Oppa enjoyed managing a home in Belle Meade, and fathering four reading to the grandchildren in the caboose. children with his wife Grace, he made a hobby out of farming at Cecilwood – the land that most Fieldstone Farms residents now call home. Purchased by the Sims in 1927, the summer homestead was later named for their son, Sgt. Cecil Sims, Jr, lost to World War II. “He read every farm book that ever came out,” remembers his daughter, Grace “Susie” Sims Irvin. “He was a completely self-taught farmer.” Sims read veraciously every evening, often finishing a book in one setting. He required a mere four hours of sleep each night. All the Sims’ summer nights were spent on the screened-in sleeping porch of their three-room house made of numbered beech logs transferred from the 1800s Perkins cabin. With the help of trusted tenants the Sawyer family, Sims rotated fields of barley, oats, corn and wheat to sustain Cecilwood’s livestock. As children and grandchildren grew up on the farm, Mr. Sims researched and built useful and recreational novelties such as a bridge made of old telephone poles, a tree house, an observatory, bee hives, tennis courts, a zip line, an automated water trough hooked to a well, and an innovative concretefloored hog house.
After Sims’ passing in 1967, his daughter promised to carry on Cecilwood’s way of life, and permanently moved her own family of six to the farm. And like her father, Irvin created a legacy in her beloved town of Franklin. She served as founder and first president of the Church Women United of Franklin and Williamson County, a cross-denominational group that played a vital role in promoting racial understanding and peaceful
desegregation during the 1950s and 1960s. The CWU raised $10,000 to create the interracial Community Childcare Center in the Franklin Housing Authority. A member of Franklin United Methodist Church, Irvin, now in Green Hills, is a gifted artist and poet. I would encourage you to find Clouds for the Table, a collection of her poems and paintings, at the library. And we should all read Irvin’s stirring poem about Cecilwood Farm hanging in the Sims Log Cabin Room of the Fieldstone Farms clubhouse. Rick Warwick of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County describes this beautiful woman well: “Susie Sims Irvin is that kind of gentle spirit that can influence those around her by just being in the same room. Her artistic and literary talents have been enjoyed by a whole host of friends in Franklin and Nashville. She has taken the lead in every facet of her associations. Pity those who never have had the occasion to met her or stand in her light.”
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“The Sims place, Cecilwood Farm, has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. The center of my life. My memories go back to hog killing in the cold, possum hunts across these hills, and sweltering summer days when the thresher finally got to our field and neighboring farmers came in to help out. But I am only a transient to these well-tilled lands. Their recollections reach much further back. The wide beech logs for our home were handhewn here two hundred years ago. To those it has served since, this land has been incredibly generous. Her wells and springs run sweet and deep. To our table has come honey from the hives, ham from the smokehouse, fresh field corn, and flour ground from her wheat. For our large family this has been our vacation retreat, our reunion and Thanksgiving place, our source.” - Susie Sims Irvin Rachel Norris lives in Summer Haven with her husband Jay and her children Cas, Jake and Molly. She is an active member of Sarah Polk Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (sarahpolkdar.org), which meets on the first Thursday evening of each month in Cool Springs.
Fal l Fashion Trends
Fifteen Years (and Counting) of Great Clips The Great Clips hair salon in the Publix Center at Fieldstone Farms celebrated its 15-year anniversary this summer. With eight salon locations in Williamson County alone, the Fieldstone Farms location was the first to open. Haircuts for men and women are what the Great Clips stylists specialize in, but perms, up-do’s and hair styles of any variation are the extra special features that keep customers coming back again and again. Pete and Laurie Gilreath, the salon owners, are proud of the fact that the staff at the Fieldstone Farms location average 14 years in the business. Due to their many years of experience, the seasoned professionals at the salon are experts at cultivating a friendly environment for adults and children alike. There’s never been a better time to try Great Clips if you haven’t already. Haircuts are economically priced at $13 for adults, and $11 for seniors and children. And, as if that price point wasn’t low enough - use our coupon on this page to save even more off of the salon’s already low prices. If your child is a student at Hunter’s Bend Elementary, they even have a “support your school” program where they give $1 for every haircut back to the PTO.
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The Gilreaths feel it’s important to give back to the community and do it in several different ways. In addition to supporting the local elementary school, they also support the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Habitat for Humanity in Williamson County. And here’s how you can help them help others: come in for a haircut in October on the annual “Night for the Kids” philanthropy day on October 11 after 5 p.m. and receive a free haircut with a donation going directly to the Children’s Hospital. Last year, Great Clips in Middle Tennessee raised more than $30,000 for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and they hope to do more this year. It’s just one way they can look forward to helping others for another 15 years to come.
The Essential Chinese Kitchen
by Susan Shifay Cheung - Dalton Park
Fall is imminent and we’re into the school routine, including the unending question: “What shall I make for dinner?” I cook a variety of dishes, from Italian to Indian, but, by far, our preference is for Chinese food. And, when I say Chinese food, I’m not taking about takeout food, which is cooked for Western tastes. In my biased opinion, Cantonese food and village dishes of the New Territories, Hong Kong (foods of my ancestral homeland) are the best in the world for their appealing flavors, fresh ingredients and innovative use of sauces. There aren’t any heavy batters or gloppy sauces. Instead, we eat delicious steamed fish and lightly stir-fried, leafy Chinese greens. Good Chinese food is a fundamental part of who I am growing up as a daughter of a chef and restaurateur. I didn’t want to lose that part of my cultural heritage when I moved to small town America and began to raise a family. In part, I began to cook because I didn’t have easy access to authentic Chinese food. It takes almost four hours to drive to Atlanta, if we want to eat genuine Cantonese roast duck or dim sum. I remember the frugal lessons passed down by my parents. Don’t throw away chicken bones; use them to make stock. I put the bones (cooked or raw) in a pan of water, bring them to a boil and simmer for at least 20
minutes and that’s it; Chinese believe in having the flavor of just chicken and nothing else. To cook Chinese food, you have to have the right ingredients. In my house, we start with these basics: Seasonings: salt, sugar, cooking oil, light and dark soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine or dry sherry, sesame oil, rice vinegar, oyster sauce and corn starch (for thickening). You could stop at these basic seasonings, but, to make authentic dishes, you also need fermented red beancurd, hoisin sauce, bean paste, chili or chili-garlic sauce/oil. Also, in Chinese cooking, we use ground white pepper instead of black because we don’t want to have black flecks in the dish. Fresh Ingredients: fresh foods can be bought when you know what you’re going to cook, such as tofu, fish and seafood. The basic foods you will need include: ginger root, garlic, scallions, cilantro, carrots and daikon (for soup and stock), and different Chinese greens (or you can use broccoli, spinach, sugar snap peas, etc.) Dried Ingredients: rice, dried noodles (such as egg noodles), broad rice sticks, rice vermicelli and glass noodles, and dried shitake mushrooms. Utensils: a wok with a lid, a metal rack for steaming in the wok or a bamboo steamer, an electric rice cooker (useful, as it frees up a ring on the stovetop), a pair of wooden chopsticks. Besides these things, you can use your regular pots, pans and heat-proof dishes. If you don’t have a wok, use a heavy-bottomed, large skillet.
Your can buy all of these ingredients/utensils at K & S World Market on Charlotte or Nolensville Pike. Essential Do’s and Don’ts: Always use corn or vegetable oil, not olive, to stir-fry. Olive oil burns at a lower heat and leaves a strong residual taste on the food. Sesame oil is a strong condiment so don’t overuse it. A few splashes added at the end of cooking are sufficient. There’s a taste difference between Japanese and Chinese soy sauces and will affect the flavor of your food. In Chinese cooking, we use Chinese dark soy for color and marinades, and light soy for everyday dishes. If you want to make good fried rice, steam your rice the day before. Rice that doesn’t stick when fried needs to be cold and dry. When you steam rice in a saucepan, turn the heat off after 20 minutes and leave the lid on for a further 10 minutes to absorb the water. Most of us have regular stovetops, not commercial gas ones that generate high heat, so consider stir-frying vegetables in stages. Broccoli needs more cooking time, but bell peppers need only to be “shown the oil,” or else they lose their vibrancy. A delicious way to cook fish is to steam it in the wok. Steam a large, thick piece of cod seasoned with a sprinkling of salt, sugar and cooking wine for 8-10 minutes. Take the fish out of the steamer and place
thinly-sliced, fresh ginger, scallions and a few splashes of light soy over it. Heat a small amount of corn oil in a skillet and when it starts to steam, take it off the heat and pour over the fish. You’ll hear a sizzle and smell a wonderful aroma.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Celebrating the Colors of Autumn As much as we look forward to summer, there is always something refreshing and rejuvenating about autumn. It’s a welcome change from the heat and harshness of the summer that allows us to slow down, enjoy the fresh air coming through the windows and take in all of the wondrous colors of nature that are appearing in nature all around us.
Remember: demipermanent colors are always an option when trying new shades and tones. If you want to go for a deeper, more colorful you, without the long-term commitment, demi shades, which last 6 to 8 weeks, are a great option. Then, if you decide to keep the new look, your colorist can always switch you to a permanent formula. Enjoy the season, ladies, and don’t hesitate to opt for a new, more colorful YOU!
Fashion tends to mimic the seasons, and as we say goodbye to summer, we also say goodbye to the lightened, beach-blown, pool-drenched, ultraworn hair that has been subjected to so much during the scorching summer months. Fall invites us to refresh our color, deepen our perspective and mimic nature with a bit of flair.
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 the owner of Alison Wolf & Co. at 1731 Mallory Ln. in Cool Springs. Alison and her husband, Clint, live in Fieldstone Farms with their two sons.
Fall is the perfect time for blondes to try a richer shade. Blonde comes in many forms, not just the classic, golden bombshell type, or the ultra platinum glamorous starlet. Blondes can be everything from bronze, cherry or titian, to deep gold and copper tone. Adding color to your normally pale locks will add immense softness and color to your complexion, and give you an added hint of color, even after that summer tan has faded. Autumnal styles and color choices can refresh brunettes and red heads, as well. Women with golden brown locks need wait no longer to try that deep, shiny chocolate, or violet-hued deep brown gracing the models in the
Fieldstone’s October Issue Deadline Information
Contributor Space Reservation: September 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: September 17th – Please have your text and pictures in to us by the 17th. New Advertiser Space Reservation: September 14th – If you would like to advertise with Fieldstone in October, 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: September 17th – If you wish to submit your own camera-ready artwork, please have it to us by the 17th.
National Grandparents Day
Labor Day No School
Pools closed until next Summer :-(
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T.V. Dinner Day Swanson sells it’s first T.V. Dinner in 1954
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HOA Board Meeting Fieldstone Clubhouse 6pm
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We Are Building Lives Veteran’s Benefit Concert Sound Kitchen Studios 7pm (see p. 22 for more info)
Fieldstone Farms Fall Yard Sale
International Day of Peace
Good Neighbor Day
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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. Every other Wednesday, 1:30 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. September 4th – Pools closed until next summer (except for water aerobics at Club West) September 11th, 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! September 15th – Fall Yard Sale September 18th, 6:00 p.m. - HOA Board Meeting Join us at the Clubhouse for the monthly meeting. September 19th, 6:30 p.m. – My Masterpiece Art Class Class takes place at the Fieldstone Clubhouse. Save The Date - Sunday, October 7th, 2-4 p.m. - Free Tennis Social Come join us at the tennis courts for food and fun! Guests welcome. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fieldstone Cub Scout Pack 597
September 10th - 6:00 p.m., First Pack/Den Meeting of the Year at the Clubhouse Also, Cub Scout Popcorn Sale Kick-off through Oct. 15. Contact email@example.com to place an order. September 14th-16th: Pack Campout Davy Crockett State Park, depart from HBES at 3p.m. September 15th - Camping Gear Sale The Pack will be selling excess camping gear during the neighborhood yard sale. September 22nd - Popcorn Sale Pack sells popcorn outside Kroger off Columbia Ave. (near Target), 1-7p.m. September 24th - 6:00 p.m., Second Pack/Den Meeting of the Year at the Clubhouse
FHS Band Fundraiser
The Franklin High School Band is selling one year subscriptions for a US Flag Service - This service is part of a program, Flags Across America, designed to promote patriotism and community fundraisers. A subscription buys placement of a 3 by 5 foot American Flag on an 8 foot pole in your front yard from dawn to dusk. The flag is set up and taken down by FHS band members on four national holidays - Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day. Subscription cost is $40 per year. Fieldstone Farms has been selected as the first subdivision to be offered the service. Support the FHS Band members! For questions, please e-mail FHSFlag@gmail.com.
Please welcome Tammy Jirjis, the new Assistant Property & Club Manager. Tammy will be available during office hours at the Clubhouse, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday. You can also reach her during normal business hours by telephone, 790-9124 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tjirjis@cmacommunities. com.
Fieldstone Volunteer of the Month Congratulations to Simonne Poff – August Volunteer of the Month. Simonne is a great example of a resident that has a desire to see our community become more social and is willing to use that desire to give back to the community so we can all enjoy the benefits. Thank you Simonne for all your efforts on the social committee and support of Fieldstone Farms!
Can We Help Your Fundraiser?
Do you have a fundraiser benefitting our community? Send your information to suzanne@fieldstonemagazine. com to be included in any of our monthly issues. Submission deadlines are on the 17th of the month prior to publication. However, space is limited, so get your information to us as soon as possible.
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 classified section. 18 and younger only please – Thank you! Need care for your pet, but don’t want to pay for boarding? Contact Vaughn Hamill at vaughn.hamill@ gmail.com or 595-7996. Availability:
Rent–A–Teen - For all your technological issues • • •
Solve tech problems with computers, cell phones, Ipods, TVs, cameras, video players, etc. Answer any and all questions – No question is too simple. Help shop for the ideal product to fit your needs.
Hourly rates - available days and evenings I am a Franklin High School student and have been passionate about technology since I was very young. Ben Bergman: 595-5573 or email@example.com. Call or email for a free quote.
September-May: Morning and Evening May-August: All day Williamson County School Holidays: All day
Rates: 1-2 visits per day: $10/day; 3-4 visits per day: $12/day. References available upon request. I love kids - so let me be your babysitter!! Call Courtney Cook at 557-6365.
Morgan Polston - Babysitting, Pet Sitting, House Sitting MTSU student available on weekends, local neighbor. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
17 years old, American Red Cross trained, 3 years experience, junior honors student. Need help studying to improve grades, ACT/SAT scores, or standardized test performance? Call Caleb Gaddes - 438-6596 or email email@example.com. 18-year-old senior at Franklin High School. AP student with honors. References available upon request. 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 Need someone to walk your dog? Kirk Wolf is the one to call! • • • •
Animal lover Honor student A responsible 7th grader Has experience with both large and small dogs
Your dog and I will become best friends! Call Kirk at (386) 283-3553. Are you looking for a certified & reliable babysitter? Meredith Wilken - 521-6449 or email@example.com 12 years old, honor student, Red Cross Certified, 7th grader at Grassland Middle School!
Flipping Out for the Love of Swimming
meets and three home meets. The teams gathered an hour before the meet began to set up tents, claim their lounge chairs, mark what races they will be swimming and warm up. The meets had an exciting, party-like atmosphere for everyone there, not just the swimmers. All the preparation paid off when the Flippers won every dual meet. They also went on to win their division at the Williamson County championship meet. The Flippers season wrapped up with a pizza party, where team trophies were on display for all to see. Every swimmer was recognized for their contribution to another winning season. When that last bell rang to signal the end of the 20112012 school year, children skedaddled from their respective schools to greet the many possibilities offered by the long summer that stretched before them. For 130 children in Fieldstone Farms, that first day of summer vacation meant donning swim caps and goggles and heading to the pool, for another Fieldstone Farms Flippers season had begun. Not known as a group to rest on their laurelsâ€™, practice started for these energetic athletes at 7:45 a.m. each morning. The Flippers coaching staff, led by seasoned swimmer Nick Benson, prepared the team for the five upcoming dual meets and the Williamson County Swim League championship meet. His assistant coach was Holly Patterson, and they were aided by Junior Assistants Emily Terrell, Matthew Harry and Maggie McCabe.
The Flippers would like to thank our sponsors for helping put on a great season: Fieldstone Farms Home Owners Association, Mickey Roos, Nashville Pizza Company, Star Physical Therapy, Axios Information Technologies, Hillsboro Orthodontics, Tasti D-Lite, The UPS Store and Nashville Auto Group. Please help us support these local businesses who so graciously helped support us by patronizing their establishments throughout the year. The Flippers Swim Team Committee is already making plans for another swim season in 2013. For more information about swimming next year or sponsoring the team, please contact Mike Terrell at mdterrell5@gmail. com.
The Flippers swam against Brentwood Country Club, Old Natchez Country Club and McKayâ€™s Mill during two away
Franklin Fire Department’s Summer Safety Video Challenge Winner Announced Callie McKelvey, a 13-year old home school student from Spring Hill, is the Grand Prize winner of the Franklin Fire Department’s Summer Safety Video Challenge. The contest, which began in June, invited entrants to create videos highlighting a summer safety tip in five minutes or less. It was open to Williamson County residents of all ages; however all of the participants were 19 or younger. The youngest contestant was eight years old. Callie was presented with her award, a $500 gift card from Bink’s Outfitters, by owner Brandon Binkley at a ceremony on Saturday at the Franklin Theatre. Franklin Fire Chief Rocky Garzarek emceed the event, which took place after the matinee showing of Charlotte’s Web, and Franklin Mayor Ken Moore also attended and congratulated the winners. The subject of Callie’s winning video was “Scooter Safety” as presented by the “Melon Head Sisters” (a.k.a. Callie and her 15-year old sister Ella). It was shown in the theatre at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Grand prize winner Callie McKelvey (front) with her sister Ella, Fire Chief Rocky Garzarek, and Sparky the Fire Dog.
To view the winning videos, follow the links on the Franklin Fire Department’s website, at www.franklintn. gov/fire. To view all the entries please visit the City of Franklin’s YouTube page at www.youtube.com/ cityoffranklin.
No Veteran Left Behind Benefit Concert The 5th Annual We Are Building Lives Veteran’s Benefit Concert takes place on September 8th at the World Famous Sound Kitchen Studios. Sound Kitchen is located at 112 Seaboard Lane, Franklin, TN. The event will be hosted by two-time Emmy winner, WKRN Broadcaster, Neil Orne and features three-time Grammy nominated and two-time American Music Award winning group 3 Doors Down. The VIP experience begins at 5:30 and general admission is at 7:00. Building Lives Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, was formed by a group of Middle Tennessee business leaders, who recognized the severity of Nashville’s homeless veterans’ situation. Regrettably, over twenty percent of Nashville’s homeless are honorably discharged veterans. Building Lives Foundation, Inc. is committed to assisting Nashville’s veterans by providing one-on-one mentoring, health and psychological care referrals, employment, transportation, housing and financial education. Their singular goal is to support and transition each veteran to become productive members of our community.
all funds raised benefiting Nashville’s veterans. Since their inception, they have served over 225 individuals, 16 families and 23 children. Please call 615-972-6870 for sponsor information or visit www.wearebuildinglives.org to purchase tickets. You can also bid on a beautiful “military-themed” guitar, custom designed and donated by Stars on Guitars www.StarsOnGuitars.com. All proceeds go to benefit We Are Building Lives Foundation.
Please join them on September 8th at Sound Kitchen Studios for the 5th Annual Live-In Studio Concert with
Navigating Parental Boundaries
by Sara Hamill - Belmont
There is a recurring conversation in my house that usually begins with a simple request from one of my children for something they are not supposed to do/see/ listen to/play and ends with countering arguments on par with a lawsuit settlement. It’s the less enjoyable side of parenting: setting boundaries, a tiring and constant task. Years ago, our pediatrician advised my husband and me that our most important job as parents was to outlast our children. In other words, stamina wins. He also lovingly reminded us that kids are just cute terrorists more than willing to hold you hostage until their demands are met. I have negotiated my own release more times than I would like to admit. Which boundaries we pick with our children comes down to personal choice. It depends on our child’s personality, our value systems, what discipline they respond to, and what personal challenges they are facing. But two things are certain from the time they are born to the time they venture out on their own, they do want some boundaries, despite their protests, and they need to know they are still loved in the face of those boundaries. When this area of my life gets fuzzy, I often circle back to when my kids were small, and the rules were more black and white. If I instructed my kids not to touch a hot stove, I never questioned that choice because the danger was obvious. As the years pass, the dangers become less discernable. Choices about the internet, social media, T.V. shows, cell phones, hanging out with friends, video games, food choices, and personal habits all seem constantly negotiable. And truthfully, I am never completely certain I am making the right choice. I have to constantly evaluate whether their short-term gratification is actually doing them long-term harm. The teen years in particular are deceptive. As children go through puberty, they start to take on adult like characteristics. Their bodies change; they seem to develop a half-rational way of thinking; they can (and should) handle more independence, and they may even start to discover (and believe me, this is in tiny doses) that they are not the only people in the world. Frankly, it’s pretty amazing and strange all at the same time. It is so easy to start letting out the slack a little and waver on things that once seemed set in stone. It’s then I have to remind myself, no matter how convincing or artful the argument, my children aren’t grown, and there have to be limits on what they can do. They tell me all day long that “they can handle it” but it’s my job as parent to know better. They are still testing me in the same way
as running across a crowded parking lot when they were three. That is not to say that boundaries have to be unbendable. There are times when rules can be adjusted, as long as we are aware of why we are adjusting them. Honestly, sometimes I give in to get my kids off my back, or because I secretly worry about them being the only ones not allowed access to certain things or activities and feeling left out. Or I experience the dreaded “parental guilt” for any number of reasons, and give in to make them happy. But upon reevaluating, my gut tells me that those adjustments are for my benefit, not theirs. I remind myself that there is a place and time for everything in their lives. My kids will grow up and experience the world, with all its good and bad. This will happen whether I like it or not, but I don’t want to accelerate the process because of outside pressure or parental fatigue. The true secret to boundaries is to be firm but loving in setting them. As parents, we tend to fluctuate from one side to the other. Either we are too rigid and discourage our children’s right to express their own opinions, or we over compensate by only taking into account their feelings and allowing too few limits. Somehow we have to try and find the middle ground. In turn, we cannot ask them to respect any boundary that we are unable to keep ourselves. If we cannot set the example, it doesn’t really matter what we say. They are watching and will follow what we do instead, even if it means doing it behind our backs. Navigating boundaries is the most challenging part of parenting. In the words of Bill Cosby, “In spite of the six thousand manuals on child raising in the bookstores, child raising is still a dark continent and no one really knows anything. You just need a lot of love and luck and, of course, courage.” All we can do is take one day at a time, say a lot of prayers, and be mindful of making decisions that give our kids the lasting tools to become independent, productive, loving people. 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.
It’s Popcorn Time in Tennessee My Masterpiece Art Class
by Harry Fisk - The Parks
You read that right. It’s time to restock the cupboard with yummy Cub Scout popcorn! Fieldstone Farms’ very own Pack 597 has kicked off the annual popcorn sale. If you’ve never tried Cub Scout popcorn, now’s the time! This popcorn is among the tastiest, high-quality popcorn you will ever pop in your mouth. Just ask anyone who’s tried it before, and they’ll share their favorite flavors with you. By the way, this popcorn also makes a great gift for birthdays, the holidays or any occasion. On top of being mighty tasty and a great gift idea, 70% of the proceeds go to support scouting efforts here in Middle Tennessee. These proceeds are vitally important to the Scouts and are used to pay for the pack’s camp outs, awards, service projects, and all other good deeds during the year. Last year, we raised enough money to purchase a Boy Scouts of America trailer to carry equipment to and from events. When you see Pack 597’s Cubs going door-to-door in uniform selling popcorn, please take a moment to chat with them. Give them the opportunity to tell you about what they’re doing in Scouts and how much they enjoy it. Ask them what your popcorn purchase enables them to do. The Cubs are being trained to speak to adults by looking them directly in the eye and always using good manners. By engaging them in conversation, you help build their self-confidence and communication skills – two very important traits to success in adulthood. Each Scout has been given a personal goal, and he should ask you to help him reach that goal with a purchase.
Another group of fun-loving artists gathered at the Fieldstone clubhouse on Friday, August 17, for the My Masterpiece Art Class. This month, Betsy Bergman and Margaret Crawford taught the techniques of mixed-media art. It was a busy night of cutting, gluing, assembling, painting, laughing and pondering the right message for each piece of art, while sipping on our favorite beverages for inspiration. The artists left with whimsical masterpieces to brighten their homes. Artists next month will be painting a colorful tree to celebrate the start of fall.
The next class is on Wednesday, September 19, at the clubhouse from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. And be sure and mark your calendar for the upcoming classes on October 17, November 14, and December 12. E-mail Betsy Bergman at email@example.com to sign up or for more information. You can also check out the latest going on with the class at Facebook.com/MyMasterpieceArtClass.
There are three easy ways to purchase popcorn: (1) doorto-door, (2) visit our Show-n-Sell booth, or (3) place an online order. We will be going door-to-door September 11 – October 15 in Fieldstone Farms. You can place your order then, and your order will be delivered right to your door around mid-November. To make delivery easier, please pay the Cub Scout in advance. Popcorn will also be for sale on-site at the Kroger on Columbia (near Target) during Pack 597’s Show-n-Sell day – Saturday, September 22, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Of course, the quickest and easiest way to order this delicious popcorn is online. E-mail me, Pack Master Harry Fisk, at hfisk@ fieldstonecf.com, and I’ll send you a link to Trails-End, which will allow you to order popcorn and directly benefit Pack 597. If the dates above come and go, and you haven’t heard from a Pack 597 Cub Scout for some reason, but are still interested in purchasing popcorn, please e-mail or call me at (615) 426-3496, and we’ll be sure to take your order.
Falling in Love With the Process of Fitness
by Scott Fishkind - Clarendon
I wanted to share a bit of my personal journey of physical transformation. My hope is that it may help encourage others who truly want to make a permanent change but who may feel so overwhelmed they don’t know where to begin! More than 25 years ago, I was very overweight and out of shape, energetically sluggish and in constant back and neck pain. As with most people in this situation, the pain was more than just physical. A significant personal event served as a wakeup call that forced me to take an honest look in the mirror. However, this wasn’t only about wanting to look better, but wanting to feel better from the inside out. Taking control of my body was a vehicle and metaphor for taking control of my life. The process of making this transformation required first and foremost a serious mindset change. That meant making an inner commitment to improve my nutritional habits and making time to exercise several times per week. There would be NO excuses and NO turning back! A good friend gave me some advice to help me get started and I also began reading everything I could get my hands on related to training and nutrition. That was definitely the spark that eventually led me to becoming a certified personal trainer and it also created an ongoing passion for learning about exercise science and cutting edge training techniques. Still, the very beginning of this transformation was anything BUT a “piece of cake!” I literally took things one day, meal and workout at a time and little by little things got easier. Eventually by diligently sticking to the plan, I was not only able to completely change my physical appearance but my energy levels were at an all time high and my self confidence sky-rocketed. While the physical results were dramatic, that isn’t what has kept me on track all of these years. Rather it was falling in love with the process of fitness. I’m referring to the pure joy of exercise, feeling the muscles engage during resistance training, the heart pumping and the thrill of movement when doing agility drills, jump roping or even just walking. In fact what drives me as a fitness professional is the desire to share this joy with others so they too can receive the same blessings fitness has given to me. A sound training program enhances the quality of life in so many ways. One is the development of integrated strength from the core outward, creating balance in the postural muscles along with functional flexibility. All of these things result in a more vibrant and pain-free body. Changing your nutritional habits and being mindful
about what you put in your body transforms how you feel from the inside out at the deepest level (you truly “are what you eat”). When you learn to enjoy eating in a more optimal way with appropriate portions, you transcend the need for “dieting”. You tend to maintain a desirable bodyweight and body composition without it being a struggle; it happens as part of an organic process. An amazing side benefit that comes from this process is stress relief. Exercise helps you release physical and emotional knots which in turn will enhance your quality of life. Lastly and perhaps most important is the feeling of selfempowerment that comes from living a healthy fitness lifestyle. This comes from knowing that each day you’re intentionally taking steps in the direction that allows you the greatest opportunity to function at your best! This may require getting up a bit earlier than you’d like to make time to exercise and prepare nutritious meals, but the payoff is far greater than any small sacrifice you might have to make. Though it may take some discipline in the beginning to get your routine going, when you fall in love with the process of fitness, you move to a level beyond discipline. Rather it becomes part of your very being, and the results continue to happen almost effortlessly. Good luck and feel free to contact me to help you get started on the path to a new and healthier you! 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.time4youfitness.com
A New Look at the Lions Club
by Peter Alderman - Wexford
It almost doesn’t matter in which part of the country you grew up or during what part of the 20th century you grew up in, if you were aware of what was going on in your community at all, you no doubt, at some point, came in contact with the local Lions Club or one of its members. Even if you didn’t, by now you’ve probably at least heard of the Lions Club, even if you don’t exactly know what they’re all about. Here’s a little history on this venerable group. Started by a Chicago business leader in 1917, the Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 207 countries and geographic areas, who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. In 1925, Helen Keller actually addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, and challenged them to “become knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Since then, they have worked to aid the blind and visually impaired, in addition to the many other good works each club tackles each year, including good health, working to aid young people, the elderly and the environment, as well as assisting with disaster relief, but eradicating the major causes of blindness remains mission number one. To that point, the Lions Clubs launched SightFirst in 1990, and since then, thousands of children have been screened and saved from blindness thanks to the efforts of the Lions Club and, especially, Susan Edenfield, who spearheads the vision-screening project. Locally, the Franklin Evening Lions Club is seeking new members – men and women of all ages. They need people to answer the call of help from neighbors. This club has a new, think-out-of-the-box approach to reaching out to the community with more activities and fewer meetings. It is an attempt to streamline the efficiency of the club by actually helping those who need help and, at the same time, reducing the intrusiveness of meetings and the demands of holding an office or
volunteering to be a committee chair – the typical turnoffs that are often cited for participating in service clubs. The Franklin Evening Lions Club is a fun group of people who put an emphasis on the theme, “We Serve.” Here are some particulars about the club: ▪▪
Meetings – Once-a-month meetings are very informal and actually are more of a social experience!
Dues – $60 a year per person covers insurance and the fee to be associated with the International Lions Clubs.
Ongoing Projects – These projects include vision screenings, the Lions Breakfast, Franklin on the Fourth, the Sensory Garden for the Blind and developing our own free diabetes screening opportunities.
New/Emerging Projects – These projects include a fall festival at a local farm, a spring horse show/ competition at Kindred Spirits and a new therapeutic riding program.
Service-Oriented, Community Outreach – These projects support existing organizations and assist individuals in need, such as the outreach that occurred during the May 2010 flood. Other options include promoting Saddleup fundraisers, Graceworks furniture sales and Christmas activities; helping out with Habitat for Humanity; the painting of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) offices;
supporting Franktown, which helps underprivileged children in Franklin; and anything else that may emerge to assist others.
Social time starts at 6:00 p.m., the meeting follows at 6:30 p.m.
Communication – E-mails are sent out regarding an activity, and those who can help out can simply respond to the e-mail and show up at the event. If members can’t at that time, no problem. Another opportunity to help will arrive soon.
Friends and family members are always welcome.
E-mail Peter Alderman at email@example.com if you are interested in joining and/or attending a meeting.
We look forward to have you help us help others.
Non-Intrusive – Everyone has obligations. This is a “user-friendly organization,” which allows members to help out in the community without worrying about too many meetings, fees exceeding their personal budgets or cumbersome responsibilities. Everyone is welcome to participate in the activities and meetings whether a member or not, and bringing a friend to an activity is highly encouraged.
A multi-award-winning educator of nearly 40 years, Peter Alderman has taught more than 2,000 children during his career. He is currently writing several historically themed children’s books, presenting writing workshops to elementary and middle school students.
Pride-Wear – They even keep T-shirts to identify Lions Club members down to a reasonable price. Just $10 will get you a cool shirt that will let others in the community know with just a glance which organization has come to help.
Interested in joining the Franklin Evening Lions Club? Here’s what you need to know: ▪▪
Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month.
They’re held at Cheeseburger Charlie’s (Formerly Otters Chicken) at the Corner of Mallory and Jordan.
The Fieldstone View ?
Going to the pool with friends and sleeping in!
with Maria Dinoia - Wheaton Hall
Now that school is underway, what do you miss most about summer break? Having fun and going to water parks!
– Tori Carpenter, Age 11
I miss going to the pool and staying up late!
– Nathan Dinoia, Age 7
– DJ Durham, Age 9
Going to the pool! – Kailey Melichar, Age 9
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.
Help Me, Rhonda!!! An Advice Column for Fieldstone Farms
My neighbor and friend of more than 10 years is invading my privacy - we’ll call him Jon. Over the weekend, we had friends at our house for lunch and another group of friends for dinner and ate on our patio. Our neighbor/friend is mutual friends with those that were at our house. After lunch, my husband went to Jon’s house and at that time, Jon questioned him about our lunch on the patio. My husband thought nothing of it until later that evening; he got a text from Jon asking if we were having a cookout as he watched us eat on the patio with our other friends! After my husband replied, Jon texted one of our guests to ask if he was at our house! Am I wrong to be upset and offended by Jon’s actions? Even though Jon is mutual friends with those at our house, I don’t feel that we have to invite him every time we have someone over! Help!
- I think I need to plant some privacy trees! Dear I think I need to plant some privacy trees,
You cannot help the way you feel. You are in no way obligated to invite Jon, or any other neighbor for that matter, every time you have someone over. At this point, there needs to be a nice, big, honest, and probably slightly uncomfortable conversation with Jon. It is best to keep the peace with your next-door neighbors. Especially those who can peek over the fence and spy on your parties. Take a deep breath. Let’s look at this from Jon’s perspective. Obviously he is not feeling 100% secure with your relationship. Jon needs to understand that you value your friendship and having a more intimate group of friends over for dinner is in no way a slight on him or your friendship. I would have the conversation sooner rather than later. It’s important to dispel the tension before it escalates. Best of luck!
What is an appropriate gift to give for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?
- Clueless Dear Clueless,
I have always given money. It is traditionally given in multiples of 18. According to Chani Benjaminson of Chabad.org, “Eighteen is the numerical value of the Hebrew word ‘chai’ which means ‘life.’ It is a Jewish custom to give monetary gifts in increments of 18, thus symbolically blessing the recipient of the gift with a good long life.”
What is the rule on wearing black to a wedding?
- The Dark Side Dear The Dark Side,
I believe the only taboo color these days is white; although even that rule has changed a bit. You should wear what you’re comfortable in. Sometimes the wedding invite will give specific attire direction (i.e., Black Tie, Cocktail, Semi-formal, etc.). The most important wedding fashion rule is - don’t outshine the bride!
There are other gifts that are appropriate such as books and jewelry.
Enjoy! Got a question? Contact Rhonda at firstname.lastname@example.org or to submit a question anonymously visit: askrhonda.us.
Seen Around Fieldstone Farms.. Back to School Potluck August 12th, 2012
Music City Bites & Sites is a walking, food and cultural tour of the downtown Nashville Historic District, and it’s got “you” written all over it.
2.5 hours of delicious fun
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up-close look at downtown nashville
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music city tex-mex fun for visitors and locals alike A UNIQUE DATE IDEA
nostaligic sweet treats
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one lip-smackin’ good time.