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Table of Contents

Inside this issue of


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Walking in Metropolis By Bonnie Burch Five green space hiking spots. Page 14

Art Effects in Columbia Local artists show and sell to benefit Maury Regional Foundation.

July 2016

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Vol. 6, Issue 7

Moving Simply in a Complicated World By DeeGee Lester Emily Kendall loves to write, literally with pen and paper. Page 21 Page 18

Road Trip to Natchez: August 3


Artist Joanna Caldwell creates “Soulfulism” just for fun. Cover Image: Bourbon & Blues, art by JOANNA, hanging at Savory Jack’s, downtown Pulaski

In Every Issue: Validity Recipes By Cari Marye Griffith and Katie Taylor Page 7

July Book Reviews

The Road to Little Dribbling. Page 11

Novel, groundbreaking concepts for reading your favorite articles. Page 32

By Cassandra Warner

The birds are still around just not some of their feathers.

Who doesn’t loved a July sun kissed tomato?.

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Also in this Issue: From The Publisher, Page 5 Page 28

The Believer’s Walk

“You can do anything you want as long as no one objects.” According to Howard Warf.

Reality Perspective, Page 5 Lookin’ Back, Page 33

By Charles Newbold

Unconscionable Cogitation, Page 34

Living God’s life through you. Page 33

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July Gardens

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By Bill Pulliam

By Landis Turner

By James Lund


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Natchez, Mississippi celebrates a tricentennial with a city wide birthday celebration.

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Validity Magazine exists to reflect rural lifestyles of rural communities along the Natchez Trace Parkway in both storytelling and photo journalism. This local publication is designed to promote positive life experiences by delivering authentic, relevant content on healthy living, nature, outdoors, technology, gardening, entertainment and travel to the people who enjoy the small town experience.

From The Publisher

The Art of Making a cool Life


By Becky Jane Newbold

t was an ordinary day when I walked into Jack’s, aka Savory Jack’s, downtown Pulaski. Such a cool place. As usual, new artwork displayed stopped me and I drank it in like some kind of

sweet lemonade on a balmy, summer day. Planted out back behind the massive, three story historic buildings is Jack’s organic garden. His friends at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens lent him a hand and the herbs and heirloom tomatoes are extra gorgeous. And delicious. He will harvest pumpkins later this year, if all goes well. Don’t you love it when people make creative use of small spaces in unexpected ways? You would expect someone who had a career in Hollywood to always have something crazy-cool

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eople always say happy is something you must learn how to be. As teenagers and young adults, most feel that happiness is attainable. But it is difficult to grasp. What is happiness? A peaceful drive, a great song, a pet, a friend? Happiness is none of those things and all of them simultaneously. Our surroundings may be aweBy Cody Crawford some, but we still have to learn to be happy with ourselves. I’m not perfect. I can be insecure, angry, sad and lonely even when surrounded by loved ones. I sometimes offend people or treat them badly. Frequently, I don’t care about anyone but myself, and occasionally I loathe my-

self. A day where my hair doesn’t look right, moments when I want something I don’t have, when I hurt someone I love or they hurt me. In a recent conversation, a friend made a shrewd comment about insecurity. We were discussing how pointless a feeling it is, since insecurity only affects the person feeling it, and once you feel that way, you doubt your worth whether you’re right or wrong, good or bad. My friend laughed and said, “Sometimes you gotta stick to your guns, even if they’re pointed at your feet.” Hilariously, this resonated with me, a person who doubts herself constantly and often would benefit from being comfortable with the possibility of making a mistake. Too much self-doubt and caution can be detrimental and sometimes worse than shooting yourself in the foot. A selfinflicted wound to your personal infrastructure leaves you with no

going on. And Jack never disappoints. Knowing my passion for art, Jack escorted me next door to see the venue where the Canadians had been entertained during their bourbon tasting. It was there I discovered JOANNA. (No emphasis intended, she signs all of her artwork in uppercase). Suddenly I was smiling and laughing and Jack did not seem surprised at all. Joanna Caldwell’s art (page 18) is a fine example of finding fun in everyday life situations. Her random splashes of color combined with detailed caricatures made her a instant hit with the Canadians. Jack said they loved her work. And I did too. The same day Joanna and I spoke, Shane and I enjoyed a gar-

doubt how it happened and how to avoid it in the future. This can be contrasted with insecurity, which breeds uncertainty and confusion, emotions that make it hard for someone to be happy. Sometimes we pretend that our happiness is someone else’s responsibility. That is never true. The act of feeling hurt must be separated from the actions of others. Someone cannot force you to feel insecure or keep you from feeling sad. Even if someone is mean or selfish, we can rise above the feelings that spring from their words and actions. When we realize our strength and happiness can sometimes coexist with insecurity, we allow ourselves to be whole. Many people quote Marilyn Monroe when pondering their self-worth. She said, “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” While Monroe was correct in that people we trust must be able to look past our flaws, a fundamental understanding of insecurity must be coupled with the belief that we must all be respon-

den to table meal at Savory Jack’s and noticed not many pieces of JOANNA’s remained. This is the way it is in our neighborhood. Good food, good friends, good art, music and wine. In all our travels, we never tire of expressing our gratitude for the blessings of living where we live. Thanks again for following our work and for sharing this publication with your friends. Hope to see you soon.

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sible for our own feelings in order to deal with them. Although Monroe’s quote certainly epitomizes what a lot of people have felt in their lives, I prefer the following two. Erich Fromm said, “The task that we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to tolerate insecurity.” And Howard Thurman said, “Often, to be free means the ability to deal with the realities of one’s own situation so as not to be overcome by them.” We can’t fully live if we aren’t happy, and we can’t be happy if we let insecurities rule us. We live in middle Tennessee, where the landscape is beautiful. We can drive down almost any road and lay eyes on miles of green trees in the summer, draw breath at the tops or bottoms of rolling hills, and encounter people that are intelligent and hilarious. I, for one, don’t want to spend my days doting on myself. Cody Crawford is pursuing her Masters in Computer Science from Middle Tennessee State University and serves as Director of Digital Innovation for Validity Publishing.

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Cari Marye Griffith is a photojournalist turned urban gardener with a deep love for good food, culture and community. Her comfort zone is a cup of Earl Gray, bright morning light and far too many house plants.



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hen I wake up in the morning, the first thing on my mind is breakfast. On slow mornings at home, I love spending an hour or two in the kitchen cooking. My husband jokes that the only breakfast I know how to make is a deluxe one. It’s so important to start your day with something good for you, but you also want to eat something that is going to fill you up and carry you through a work day. Meatless Monday can be a struggle if you’re worried about being hungry all the

time, especially in jobs that require a lot of physical exertion. For some, adding sweet potatoes to a breakfast menu may seem a little bit strange, but trust me, it’s a game-changer. This sweet potato hash bowl will not only fill you up, but it will give you two servings of veggies first thing in the morning. It can also be made the night before and heated up, if you don’t have 20 minutes to spend grating sweet potatoes before the sun comes up (plus, I’m probably the only crazy person who thinks that sounds fun). You can make the bowl your own by adding diced avocado, mozzarella, tofu or even spooning the hash onto an open face biscuit. Whatever way you enjoy it, the aroma of fresh rosemary wafting around your house in the morning is sure to brighten your day.

Sweet Potato Hash Breakfast Bowl Ingredients: 1 to 2 sweet potatoes ½ onion 1 Tablespoon coconut oil 4 kale leaves (stems removed) 2 teaspoons rosemary

Salt and pepper Instructions: 1. Peel sweet potatoes and grate with cheese grater on the largest slot. 2. Dice onion. 3. In large, heavy skillet, on medium-high, heat oil and add onion. Sauté for 2 minutes. 4. Add grated sweet potato, rosemary, salt and pepper to taste. 5. Stir sweet potatoes and onions together, and let cook without stirring for 5 minutes, then flip over to cook other side. 6. Repeat cooking and flipping until sweet potatoes are soft and are starting to brown on one side. 7. Scoop sweet potatoes into bowl, and add kale to skillet. Return skillet to heat and sauté until greens are wilted. (about 5 minutes)

8. Once kale is soft, add to the top of the sweet potato bowl and enjoy! Recipe, photos and food styling by Cari Marye Griffith

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Recipes, Photos and Food Styling by Katie Taylor


a handful of fresh basil hile adopting a coma handful of green onions pletely meat-free diet isn’t necessarily practical or desired by most families, go- Ingredients for Dressing: 2 garlic cloves, minced ing one day a week without meat 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar won’t kill you, will actually save you money and is even better for the environment. In our home, we try to eat small amounts of meat, while still keeping our diet rich in whole foods that are minimally processed. We feel best when we eat this way, and I think you will too. Try a Meatless Monday (or any day of the week for that matter). You won’t regret it!

Quinoa Avocado Power Salad Ingredients for Salad: 1 cup dry quinoa 2 cups vegetable broth 1-2 medium avocados 3 ounces baby spinach .


2 tablespoons olive oil Salt, to taste Instructions: 1. Cook quinoa with the vegetable broth according to the package in-

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structions. 2. While quinoa is cooking, prepare dressing by combining all ingredients in a small bowl and vigorously whisking. 3. Chop the spinach, basil, onions and avocado into bite-sized pieces. 4. Let quinoa cool, then add all ingredients and stir gently. 5. Serve immediately. (This is best eaten the same day or within 24 hours). Recipe adapted from:

Grilled Caesar Salad Serves 2 Ingredients for Salad: 1 large head of romaine lettuce, quartered (can use any other type of crisp lettuce as well) 1 firm avocado, pitted and quartered 1 tablespoon coconut oil Salt and pepper, to taste Ingredients for Dressing: ½ cup shelled hemp hearts Ÿ cup warm water 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

until creamy. Adjust ingredients as necessary. 3. Once grill is hot, carefully place lettuce and avocado face down, letting cook until charred. 4. Serve immediately drizzled Instructions: 1. Heat grill on high, and scrape with dressing. off any debris. Coat well with co- *This salad is also great topped with bacon, if you are wanting to conut oil. 2. While the grill is heating, make add a protein option. your dressing. Combine all ingredients in high-powered blender Recipe adapted from blissfulbasand blend on high for 2 minutes 1 garlic clove, smashed and peeled 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard Salt and pepper, to taste

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The Road to Little Dribbling

By Bill Bryson Publisher: Doubleday


ill Bryson is back with another witty tale of his walks, hikes, drives and rides through the United Kingdom. Tw e n t y years after his wildly popular travel b o o k about Britain, By James Lund Notes from a Small Island, Bryson has taken a similar route to determine if “Old Blighty” is still to his liking. It decidedly is. Allow me to give warning to all of you polite, well-mannered southerners who may pick up this book without having been previously exposed to Mr. Bryson’s work. Many of us are aware of “the filter”: that moment when you have a thought that you wouldn’t dream of saying aloud, much less writing down to be recorded for all eternity. Mr. Bryson, being a superb writer, isn’t shackled by such a filter. If Gore Vidal and Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, conspired to write a travelogue, I would expect it to be just as entertaining as The

Road to Little Dribbling. That is to say, it was the most enjoyable travel book I have read. When using such a filter, if I were writing about a restaurant experience and a server that was not to my liking, I may describe it as “a bit less satisfying than I had anticipated, bless his heart,” whereas Bryson may describe it as the worst pile of rotted compost east of the Isle of Man, which would include your continuing east until you have successfully circumnavigated the globe, served by a young man who has clearly been kicked in the head by a donkey given that only one eye looks directly at you at any given time, while the other is apparently checking the drink levels on the remaining tables that fall under his jurisdiction, while sporting what appears to be a slight hump in his back that is either an unfortunate hereditary trait, or a small backpack where he’s hiding all of

out the uncomfortably long flight, expensive hotels and insufferable confusion we Americans seem to have with the simplicity of the metric system. Informative, intelligent and wickedly funny, The Road to Little Dribbling is a delightfully educational stroll through the tasty bits of Her Majesty’s Kingdom. You can find copies of The Road to Little Dribbling at The Old Curiosity Book Shop on the square in downtown Columbia, Tennessee or at your favorite indie bookstore. Remember to support your local indie shops, restaurants and publications. We appreciate each one of you.

the skills he learned on how to be a decent server instead of practicing the implementation of said skills on the author. That is not a direct quote, though I believe Mr. Bryson would appreciate the effort. As one would expect from the former James Lund, along with his wife president of a univerHeather, own The Old Curiosity sity, Bryson is passionBook Shop in downtown Columbia, ate about history and Tennessee. A native of Nashville, James moved to Columbia several education and uses the years ago to get away from crowds pages of The Road to and promptly opened a business Little Dribbling to enwhose purpose is to attract crowds. lighten us about the people and places often missed by tourists. He gives relevant yet entertaining details about the history of the places he visits, while also describing the situations in which he finds himself and, occasionally, the characteristics of the individuals around him with whom he objects. The goal of many Mon. - Fri., 10a - 6p , Sat., 9a - 5p a writer is to give just 2482 Nashville Hwy. • Columbia, TN 38401 enough environmental 931-486-1939 detail that your mind • James Roberts, owner will build its own world and allow the story to grow within it. As Bryson chronicled his trek, I was interested in the similarities between the image I had developed in my own mind and the actual appearance of the stops along his route. I soon found myself reading the book while sitting in front of the computer following You Work Hard the journey with satellite images and Google At Stewart Family Chiropractic Street View. I felt as if We Know What It Takes To Get You Going Again I had taken a trip with487 E. Main • Hohenwald, TN • 931-796-2565 11 .

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Changing Feathers O

ver the next few weeks, cess is called molting. Most birds do this feather reinto late July and August, you may notice that birds placement in large batches. They experience a molt during which almost seem to be disappear- most or all of their feathers are ing. You won’t replaced. Of course this does not hear as much happen all at the same time, which singing, or see would leave the birds temporarily as many birds naked, flightless and vulnerable. They shed and replace their feathconspicuously out and about ers through a very specific molt sequence, the details of which are By Bill Pulliam in the woods, fields and unique to each individual bird species. towns. Some days you might even One of the important asbe hard pressed to find a Mockingbird sitting up and singing its pects of molting is the timing of the replacement of the wing and long-playing song, as they do so reliably much of the rest of the tail feathers. This happens in a particular pattern and sequence year. that insures the birds always have Has there been a plague, or a mass exodus? Is it a sign of en- enough functional feathers to be able to fly. But still, their flight vironmental collapse? No, it’s a perfectly natural thing that hap- abilities might be a little sub-par pens every year. The birds are out while they are missing a couple of there, but they are feeling shy and these important feathers, which means they have to be more causubdued. tious about predators. There are several reasons for Molting also requires a lot of this late summer lull. The nestenergy. If you have kept laying ing season is winding down for many birds, so the conspicuous hens, you have likely noticed that they often stop laying eggs while singing males quiet down. Boys that were singing their hearts out they are molting. Resources that would be used for making eggs are a few weeks ago are now sulking diverted to making new feathers in near silence. A few birds really instead. It’s almost like healing do begin to head south in July and leave this area; but on the other from an injury, where the bird’s body redirects its energy and nuhand some other early migrants trients into growing new feathers. from farther north begin moving This is what is happening to into Tennessee as the same time. many birds in late summer. Most But the phenomenon that is of our smaller birds molt twice a actually the major reason for this year, shifting between their winbird lull in the dog days has a rathter (basic) and summer (alternate) er odd name: The pre-basic molt. A while back I wrote about plumages. In some species, these feathers, and what remarkable two plumages are nearly identithings they are: lightweight, wa- cal, but in others the alternate is brightly colored (especially in ter-repellent, tough and versatile. They protect against heat, cold, males) while the basic is drab and rain, snow and sun. But, feathers inconspicuous. The “pre-basic molt” occurs in these birds in late do wear out. And once or twice a summer, when they shed their alyear, each feather is shed and reternate plumage and grow their placed with a new one. This pro. 12

basic plumage. It also includes a complete molt of the flight feathers in many species. As I have mentioned before, most of the birds you see out and about in late summer and fall are actually youngsters who were just hatched in the previous months. These juveniles, wearing the first set of feathers they have ever had, also go through the pre-basic molt and replace their juvenile plumage with their first, fully adult, basic plumage. You can often see evidence of the pre-basic molt looking at the males of many species, which are shifting between the brightlycolored alternate and drab basic plumage. Male tanagers are often a patchwork of summer red and winter yellow. Male Indigo Buntings are a blotchy mix of brown and blue. In many other species the color changes are not so obvious, but the molt is happening just the same. One result of all this feather replacement is that for the next month or so, a large portion of our local birds will be feeling lethargic, shy and vulnerable. They will be more inclined to skulk in the bushes than to jump up onto the fences and power lines. They do not want to attract attention

to themselves, so they often remain almost entirely silent. And, I should not need to tell you that small, silent birds lurking in the bushes are extremely hard to find! It really can seem like they all just vanished. Towards the end of August, though, things shift again. Most of these birds have finished their molt, and now they are focused on fattening up for their autumn migration and the coming winter. All of a sudden the birds reappear, and they are joined by the beginning of the mass invasion of migrants from farther north. Soon the woods, hedges and yards wil once again be filled with noisy, active, hungry birds. So when the bird world gets quiet in the next few weeks, don’t worry. The birds are out there, taking a break from the hullabaloo, and preparing themselves for the challenges and drama of autumn and winter with a new set of fresh feathers. They will be back in force around the end of August, just in time for the autumn migration and some of the most challenging and exciting birding of the year. Bill Pulliam got started in birdwatching by his junior high science teacher in 1974, and has been an avid birder ever since in 48 U.S. states and 7 foreign countries. He is currently the Tennessee editor for eBird, a online project that compiles millions of observations from tens of thousands of birders around the world.

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usic City is known for with all the tranquil sights, sounds honky tonks, cowboy and smells that nature can offer. boots and barbecue There are some nice inclines that can get hearts racing but it’s not joints. So surely, outdoor lovers won’t a difficult walk. Bikers, rollerbladfind a quiet spot ers and walkers who want to keep to commune their boots mud-free can opt for with nature, lis- the paved trails. But the dirt trails ten to the gen- are well maintained and available tle rustle of the for those who want more seclusion. Mileage: About six miles if you wind through the trees and want to cover all of the paved sursit with their faces in Warner Parks, which used By Bonnie thoughts as to be an old roadway that is now Burch the ducks float permanently closed to motorized across a mir- traffic. The six unpaved trails range from a 2½-mile loop to the 200rored lake. Au contraire! The Nashville yard, one-way Amphitheater Trail. Where to park: Ample parkarea offers some of the best hiking opportunities in Middle Tennessee. ing may be found off the main entrance between the two grey stone columns at Highway 100 and Edwin Warner Park Under the protection of the along the fields leading to the naMetro Nashville government, this ture center. There is a back way off massive green space is probably the Vaughn Road. Trailheads can be jewel of their entire park system. It’s found at the back of picnic shelter rarely crowded, very safe and filled #4 and across the street from shel.


ters # 5 and #6. your only recourse. Amenities: A really nice nature center with outdoor playground, Radnor Lake State Park flush toilets and running, hot water There is a reason why this park make for a comfortable experience. has gotten so crowded in recent years. Word has gotten out about Mossy Ridge Trail in Percy the well-manicured trails and wooded hillsides around a huge waWarner Park Probably the most challeng- ter-filled lake. Super-tame deer are ing hike in the Nashville area. The everywhere. Turtles are also quite walk takes visitors through the plentiful along the lake shoreline. woods, along a mossy ridge (hence Birders can spot herons, ducks and the name), and past a small, drippy even a Bald Eagle. Because of the waterfall and an old home site. It’s plentiful number of people that rated moderate but can be a real pass through their habitat everyday, workout for some because of the the creatures are pretty accepting of human company. steep inclines. Mileage: Six miles of trails Mileage: 4½-mile loop, pretty ranging from paved, mulched and much all dirt. Where to park: Take Highway dirt. Most have loop access. Where to park: The west park100 to the paved road at the Deep ing area is at the end of Otter Creek Well Picnic Area. Parking is availRoad just off Granny White Pike. able at the end of the road. Amenities: Bring hand sani- A smaller east parking area is also tizer if you have a weak bladder. A on the other end of Otter Creek portable potty sans running water Road off Franklin Road. Because at the beginning of the trailhead is the road is closed to traffic in the

middle, you can’t drive from one available at both trailheads and the nature center. end of Otter Creek to the other. Amenities: Flush toilets can be found in the visitor center on the Hidden Lake State Park west side and also at the east parkA part of Harpeth River State ing lot. Park, this little, secret gem still doesn’t get a lot of hiker traffic although more people are discoverBeaman Park Fantastic wooded hikes await ing its wonders. But it really packs the adventures on the north side a punch of interest for its small size. of town. Spring-time is when the You’ll feel like Indiana Jones explorwild flowers are in bloom but a ing the ruins of a house and shed nice stream in the gully provides a while you unearth artifacts from a little air conditioned feel for sum- time when this was a popular remer hikers. There’s also a nice hilly sort. Decades ago, a former rock climb for those who need to get quarry was turned into a gigantic swimming pool where people some cardio into their workouts. Mileage: Three hiking trails – splashed around in the pumped-in, one at 4 miles round trip, a 2-mile purified, filtered water. High on a loop and one a short ½ mile jaunt. ridge overlooking the lake, revelers Where to park: Two trailheads danced the night away on a beautishare one road off Little Marrow- ful, marble, ballroom floor. All of that is gone now. But hikers can bone Road. Amenities: Restrooms are still find physical reminders of this

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Lake is next to the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery off of McCrory Lane, a mile or two north of the Interstate 40 ramps. The park backs up to Charlotte Pike. Be warned that the park is only open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., after which the gates to the lot are shut and locked until the next morning, regardless if your car bygone era. Mileage: With the Ridge Loop, is still there or not. Amenities: No restrooms, Hidden Lake, Blue Bird Loop and Lower Field Loop trails combined, not even an outhouse, so plan acyou’re looking at walking a little cordingly. There is a canoe/kayak over two miles. There is a bit of launch near the parking lot for a short incline up to the ballroom those who seek Harpeth River acfloor and the trail gets narrower at cess. the back of the lake. The crumbly stone steps from top of the bluff Bonnie Burch is a writer with 20 down to the edge of the lake are years of experience in news media for the sure footed. But overall, the and journalism. In her free time, she is an outdoor enthusiast who trail is pretty easy. enjoys camping, canoeing and hikWhere to park: Located in Pe- ing. She lives in Franklin, Tennesgram, a dirt parking lot for Hidden see, with her husband and cat.

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he place to be for art lovers August 5-6 is Columbia, Tennessee. This event will have art from 30 artists, both local and from Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky. Maury Regional Health Care Foundation is hosting the art show,

which will be held at the Memorial Building, 308 West 7th Street in Columbia. Hours are Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Art Effects is open to the public and is an art show and sale. The event serves as a fundraiser

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16 “We are honored to have Ron Lewis as our featured artist this year and appreciate his long-term support of the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation,” commented Kilgore. Art Effects was begun in 2007, with regional artists appearing each year except last year, when the show was paused for a year to reformat it. “The two goals were, number one, to create an awareness about the Foundation,” remarked Kilgore. “The second objective was to bring art to our region. “Many of those artists used to come just once a year,” Kilgore continued. “Now they’re exhibiting in local galleries and markets. “It kind of hurts our sales each year, but it’s great for the community.” Artists interested in showing their work at Art Effects may contact Joe Kilgore, although there is currently a waiting list to participate. Anyone interested in donating to the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation may visit mauryregionalfoundation. com or call 931-380-4075.

for Maury Regional Health Care Foundation. Entry is free of charge and there will be a free reception with food, wine and punch. The featured artist for this year’s Art Effects is Ronald Lewis from Birmingham, Alabama. “Ron has been with us every single year,” stated Joe Kilgore, Maury Regional Foundation’s Executive Director. Lewis has displayed his art at Art Effects for nine years, and is an award-winning artist, having won over 95 awards for his skill. Lewis paints in oil, watercolor and acrylic. To view work by A view from the balcony at Art Effects Lewis, visit ronald-

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Art of Joanna W inding back a dusty road and down through a cedar hollow, you will usually find Joanna Reed Caldwell painting in her country studio in Coldwater, Tennessee. Signed simply “JOANNA,” her work is known for having a whimsical and entertaining appeal. Painting since childhood, Joanna began a formal education in fine art but ultimately chose her own style to pursue. Working with interior designers and select galleries, she has placed her painted furniture and numerous paintings in richly appointed homes across the country. Her more famous acrylic paintings feature charming French and Italian waiters, often poised in front of a bistro. Much of her colorful work has been reproduced and licensed allowing for international exposure and sale. Her current work



consists of fox hunting folks and Polo players and the unpredictable, good-humored scenes that go along with the traditional sports. All of her work, from her whimsical furniture to the merry waiters, have a fun, fanciful and often dreamy feeling. If one needs to categorize Joanna’a work or the kind of artist she is, they would not use traditional art terminology. “I’ve created my own category. Today, I’m calling it ‘Soulfulism.’ I love to watch my viewers’ expressions. If I can touch a soul, evoke a smile, or even a chuckle, then I feel that I have accomplished something.” Q. Can you tell us a little about your recent work? Especially the polo and horse theme. Explain the inspiration behind the work. A. “My recent work is a reflection of my lifestyle. Our family spends

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many days and weekends enjoying beautiful countryside on horseback either in fox hunting country or on a manicured polo field. Our teenage boys have a passion for Polo, so we spend more and more time at the field and in the saddle. It only made sense to incorporate these scenes into my work. Anyone who rides knows you must have a sense of humor. Horses and riders do the funniest things, have

They asked if I would create a few pieces for a local show. It was right up my alley and I was happy to help! Most of my paintings display a “toast Q. Tell our readers about the or a “cheers!” of some sort. bourbon and wine themed It brings comedy to the table or should i say canvas?” paintings. A. “Pulaski Arts Council All pieces are acrylic on approached me and asked that I help with a fund- canvas or board. To purraiser they were having this chase any work, contact Jospring. A group of Canadian anna via Facebook or call “Bourbon Enthusiasts” were 931-993-9566. coming to town for a party. great expressions and are totally unpredictable, thus making for perfect subjects for my art.”

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s Emily Kendall speaks about her passion for the beauty and power of words, it is easy to imagine Jane Austin or Charlotte Bronte sitting before you. Whether surrounded by books or putting pen to “a clean white piece of paper,” this Father Ryan student has found a retreat in the fast-paced, often stressful world of a teenager. “We need to By DeeGee move simply in Lester a complicated world,” she says. And so, in a world of computers, she first commits the words to paper in long hand before transferring the finished piece to the computer. “When I’m writing, the words flow straight from my brain onto the paper. With the computer, there’s a disconnect, a physical edit as you work – backspace, spell check, saving to the Cloud,” she explains. “Technology stresses me out. That’s not me on the screen; that’s me on the paper. There’s nothing complicated about pen and paper.” Emily sees writing as a way of achieving inward peace, an easy way to vent, a therapy for achieving comfort or thinking about and working her way through life experiences.

“When I write about an issue or imagine things and put it on paper, it doesn’t let it brew. It’s concrete. I can look at it and share it,” she says. “There’s power in that.” Her appreciation for the beauty and power of words she attributes, in large part, to the influence of her mother, Katie Kendall, who serves as the Coordinator for School and Community-Based Support at John Early Middle Museum Magnet. Emily remembers always being surrounded by books. “By third grade, I couldn’t put a book down.” Her reading list runs the gamut from Moby Dick and Jane Eyre to Isaac Marion’s: Warm Bodies and Stephanie Myers’: Twilight series. “I’m a sucker for symbolism. It’s not so much the subject, but the broader theme behind it that attracts me.” Like many young people, among her favorites was J.K. Rowlings’: Harry Potter series. But she wasn’t one of those first-in-line kids. “I was the strategic book buyer,” she laughs. “I’d wait a couple for days to get a clean, perfect copy.” As an avid reader, she likes to explore and learn from different styles, and she worries that the love of great literature seems to be declining. “I want to re-ignite that love.” One way is through the creation of educational lesson plans in

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connection with the Parthenon’s upcoming (November-December) exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio. The development of pre- and post-visit materials for the classroom provides an opportunity for Emily to introduce and share Shakespeare’s unique use of language and rhythm with Middle School students. Another avenue for sharing her passion is through the afterschool Writing Club at Father Ryan. “The focus is on different writing genres – fiction, non-fiction, poetry – that can spark different ways of creativity.” As former vice president and president for the upcoming school year, Emily enjoys the camaraderie of fellow writers and the groups’ special Writer’s Night providing members an opportunity (twice each year) to present their writings in a coffee house style setting. “It provides a safe, supportive environment for us to read, to get constructive criticism and to test our words before an audience.” Emily admits she has no favorite among her own writings. “Each has a different personality and sets differently in my heart.” she says. However, one poem, written by Emily following the death of a classmate demonstrated to her how a piece of literature can evolve through the process of writing. Titled, Mourning, the poem allowed what she was thinking to simply “fall out on a clean page,” she recalls. “At first, it flowed in anger, but it changed as I saw my classmates leaning on each other through the process of mourning and observed how we comforted each other. The poem took on a life

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estled at the southern end of the Natchez Trace Parkway, Natchez, Mississippi is celebrating its 300th year in 2016. Natchez is a must-visit, having been named one of the “10 Best



party. “Natchez is stationed at the forefront of three years of significant anniversaries,” stated Jennifer Ogden Combs, Executive Director for the Natchez Tricentennial Commission. “The National Park Service will be celebrating its centennial in 2016, creating a natural partnership with the Natchez National Park Service and the City to preserve and tell the stories of all the peoples of Natchez. The State of Mississippi will celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, and New Orleans will host its tricentennial celebrations in 2018.” The 300th Birthday Celebration in Natchez will be held August 3 beginning at 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony, Natchez Indian’s Presentation and children’s activities. Colonial French Presentations, a Fort Rosalie Artifact Display and book signings will be held at 1:30 p.m. The Natchez National

Anthony Scarlati or call 800-647-6724. In addition to the events taking place in Natchez this year, the city is full of history, art, music and food. Known as “The Birthplace of America’s Music,” Natchez is a part of the Americana Music Triangle. Blues music is a huge part of the history of the city as well. Natchez contains over 1000 historic buildings, which can be seen while touring the Museum of Streets walking trail. The Historic Natchez Preservation Foundation has made sure many of these buildings are protected under the National Register of Historic Places. Art is also a large part of the community of Natchez, with this year marking the development of a K-12 City Art Show and the dedication of the Education Committee and Music Committee. “Natchez’s 300th birthday belongs to everyone who has ever called it home - our organizations, our churches, our businesses, our public officials, our neighborhoods, our individuals,” stated the Natchez Commission Executive Board. For Historical Park Dedication is planned at 4 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 6 that night. All fes- more information on the Natchez Tricentennial, tivities the day of the celebration are free. For please visit more information on these events, visit natch-


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ince mentioning John Howard Warf last month, I have received several requests for more information about this interesting man. As Lewis County Attorney for forty years, I knew Howard very well. I was one of his pallbearers. By Landis I managed Turner to convince the county commission to name the Lewis County Library after him, despite the fact that he had lost his power in the county twenty years earlier. I tried to convince him to let me write his biography, but he kept putting me off. I think he never wanted a book written. A professor at Mississippi State University also wanted to write it. Mr. Warf was born in Maury County in 1904. He lived in Hickman County for a while, then moved to Lewis County, where he lived for many years before dying here in 1996, at the age of 92. He taught several courses at Lewis County High School, including French and coached several sports, including tennis. Just after World War II he became the unquestionable boss of Lewis County and remained so until 1974. How did he become our political boss and how did he lose his influence? During the war, he was head of a program for distributing commodities. Some ignorant and/or illiterate people thought these goods were coming from him personally. Howard never said that was so, but he never denied it either.

Senator Kenneth McKeller of Jackson, Tennessee was the most powerful senator in D. C. When he arrived in Hohenwald by train to campaign here, there had been some sort of mistake and Robert Kistler, Warf ’s father-in-law, was the only person there to greet him. These things were responsible for Howard’s rise to political power. Howard’s fall occurred because he failed to make friends with the people at the “Hippie” farm. Instead he tried to push them out and made enemies. He made a martyr of T. C. Carroll by taking away all his deputies and leaving him with a one man department. Then over the governor’s race in 1974, Howard couldn’t make up his mind which of the 11 candidates would win and this led him to part with his long time partner, Highway Commissioner Finley Brown, who supported Ray Blanton, who won the office. Finally, Howard was so jealous of his power that he failed to bring any young people into his political family, so those excluded became unhappy with him. Many thought that Howard knew how everyone voted. Of course that was impossible. But he did know, because when the voter told others how he had voted, the word got around and Howard learned what the voter had done. Howard was a strong supporter of Governor Frank G. Clement, who appointed him Tennessee Commissioner of Education in 1963. In 1967, Governor Buford Ellington appointed him to another four year term. The appointment was very controversial. He was attacked by his political enemies as

a political dictator, inappropriate for the position. The Tennessean was especially critical of him and both governors, whom the paper opposed on nearly every issue, overlooking the fact that Warf was a serious educator and talented administrator. At the time he took the new job, he was superintendent of schools in Lewis County. He had the county commission, who appointed superintendents at that time, appoint his wife to serve upon his taking the new job. She held that position until 1976. Her appointment required that the law be amended so that a registered nurse was qualified for the position. By then, Howard’s influence in Nashville was such that he easily persuaded the General Assembly to do it. Mrs. Warf was not as popular as her husband, but he knew he could count on her to “watch his back” while he was away. They had a good marriage. Neither “married up.” Howard was the son of a well known lawyer and Josephine was a member of the well-regarded and influential Kistler family. Against the dire predictions, Howard became the strongest, most influential and powerful commissioner ever in Tennessee. He once told Giles County’s mayor that if they did not begin construction of a new high school, he would cut off all state money for the county. Upon questions whether he had that power, he told the mayor that he controlled fifty percent of the state’s budget, and if they doubted him, they should call Govenor Ellington to find out what he could do. The county commissioners began construction within a few months. Mr. Warf was the founding father of the community colleges, vocational schools and the Board of Regents, which controlled every educational school in Tennessee except the system of the University of Tennessee. Howard convinced the legislature to reelect him six

times to the board, on which he served until his death. The Community College in Columbia named one of its buildings after Warf. Howard had worked to have what became Columbia State built in Hohenwald. A group headed by James “Tookie” Adcox, father to David Adcox, visited Governor Clement as part of that effort. He told them that he knew how much Commissioner Warf wanted the school in Hohenwald. And he would like to put it in his hometown, Dickson. The delegation left knowing it wouldn’t be in either town. But Howard was able to get it placed on the Hohenwald side of Columbia and Hohenwald got a consolation prize consisting of Hohenwald’s College of Applied Technology. In 1968, three men ran for president: Republican Richard M. Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, a Democrat and third party candidate, George Wallace, governor of Alabama. Up until two weeks before the November election, there is no question that Wallace would have carried Lewis County. Howard’s best friends were wearing Wallace buttons. Mr. Warf took two weeks off from his position in Nashville. He took an office in the courthouse to which he was not entitled. He wrote letters to voters, made calls and held a big meeting. His position went something like this: “I know that you are unhappy with Washington and so am I. But you have trusted me all these years and I assure you that George Wallace does not have the slightest chance of becoming president. Everything we have here has come from the Democratic party, so I ask you to support Humphrey.” In that two weeks, Howard changed enough minds that Lewis was one of only four counties out of Tennessee’s 95, going for Humphrey.

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Cut herbs for drying and to keep them bushy. Harvest leaf lettuce by cutting the outer leaves but the stalk and crown should remain to promote more leaf production. When cutting cabbage heads, leave some of the large outer leaves and the stem, and it will then produce cute, baby cabbage heads. Harvest garlic once leaves begin to brown, but while it still has 4-5 green leaves. Harvest onions anytime. They can be eaten at any stage. You can tell when onions have stopped growing. The leaves will lose color, weaken at the bulb and flop over. If you want to store your onions, let most of the tops fall over by themselves (about 80-90 percent of them), then bend the rest of them over. Once they are down, leave the bulbs in the ground another ten days - two weeks to fully mature. Don’t leave any longer after the tops die, because they become open to organisms that could cause them to rot in storage. Pick a sunny day to pull onions, then let them sit in the sun for another day or two to dry. The drying kills the root system. If you can, avoid pulling onions you want to store after rainy weather to limit the moisture in them so they will dry and cure better. After onions have dried in the sun for a day or so, bring them in and spread them out in any warm airy spot out of the sun. Turn them a few times to promote even drying. If you want, you can trim the leaves before drying or leave them on while they dry. If you do trim them first, don’t cut any closer than one inch from the bulb. Don’t crowd the onions during drying, they need room to breathe. They are ready to store when the skins rattle and the roots are wiry and dry. You don’t want any wet spots when you put them in storage so cure them really well. The longer you cure them, the better they will keep.

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Water deeply when needed and let the soil dry out between watering. Hill soil around the stems of leeks. Hill soil around potatoes. It is time for a mid-season feeding or side dressing to help plants make it through to fall. You probably will have to be a pest buster this month. Be on the look out for tomato horn worms. You can tell where they have been easily enough. Leaves have gone missing! They can hide so well and can be really hard to find. Now

when you do find them, you know what must be done, pest buster. Do remember though, if you see one that looks like it has white rice all over it, leave that one alone, those are the cocoons of parasitic wasps. They will take care of getting rid of that one. Also be on the patrol for Japanese Beetles (no that’s not a rock band). They are definitely on the pest buster list. I knock them off the plant into a bucket of soapy water. They don’t like bubble baths! You can also try neem oil to control them or suck them up with a battery operated vacuum. That is a real pest buster!

Keep garlic weeded and mulched to keep the soil cool and help with bulb development. Keep an eye on cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and kale for cabbage worms and use neem oil to help control them. Check tomatoes for whiteflies, spray with an insecticidal soap. Remove all but three runners from new strawberry plants. Remove the tiny red eggs on squash plants and squash any squash bugs, of course. Hand pick potato beetles if you find them. If you need to spray for them, chose a biologi-

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No deadheading required and it sometimes will overwinter but will definitely self-seed. Does well in sun to part shade. Fan flower, which I also have in purple, is another constant bloomer. Such a delicate flower, but the plant is loaded with blooms. Vincas are also great. They do well in the sun and will self-seed also. They are much slower to come up than the verbena, which will be up and flowering in June. The vinca will just start coming up about mid June. An all star bloomer in shade I love are impatiens. Peppers In The Key Hole Garden

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cal product that contains BT and labeled specifically for Colorado potato beetles. Prune summer flowering shrubs as soon as blossoms fade. Keep fallen fruit picked up under trees to avoid sap beetles. Replace mulch as needed. Do a final pinching of fall blooming flowers like mums and asters by mid-July Cut back spent annuals by onethird. Deadhead flowers to keep them looking good and producing. Stay ahead of the weeds, don’t let them go to seed. Prune blackberries once their harvest is complete. Tip back the new growth and remove drying canes. Divide Bearded Iris. Fertilize June bearing strawberries after their harvest, and ever bearing half way through the season.

Caged, sprawling, staked, in a tepee, on a fence, trellised or in a hanging basket right side up or upside down. Those are some of the ways people choose to grow tomatoes. Every year, I seem to end up with a combination of most of these methods. The easiest is just to let them sprawl, if you have the space, but they should be mulched well so the tomatoes don’t touch the ground. Tomatoes grown this method will ripen later. Caging works well, no pruning the plants, tomatoes are off the ground and are easy to pick. My husband, Tom, made me some nice

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heavy wire cages, just not enough of them though. So this year I have been making some bamboo cages also. With trellised or staked, the plants are usually pruned to one main stem by removing the side branches (suckers). Using these methods, the tomatoes will ripen sooner and are larger, but there will be fewer tomatoes per plant. I also do a combination using a cage about eight feet from a fence, putting one plant in the cage, then the others in the row running to the fence. I then run a bamboo pole from the cage to the fence on both sides of the cage. The tomatoes grow taller in the row between the cage and fence. I will add more poles and the plants are supported by the poles, but you don’t have to tie them.

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GARDEN QUOTES “My garden is my favorite teacher.” — ­ Betsy Cañas Garmon “One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” — W. E. Johns “I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.” — John Erskine “Anybody who wants to rule the world should try to rule a garden first.” — Author Unknown “We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.” — Wendell Berry “The garden is a place of beauty, a joy to the heart, a

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God will let us. If we belong to Him, I mean really, really belong to him—He will find a way to get our attention. We can do this the hard way or the easy way—the world’s way or God’s way. The choice is ours. Joshua set the choice before His fellow Israelites. “If it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15. Paul, the apostle, testified, “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish… that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:7-11. If we choose the world we need to know two things: The world is corrupt and does not know God. All of our choices will, then, be made through that paradigm. Whatever loss we think we might sustain by turning away from the world will prove in the end to be well worth the cost. I have heard it said, “You only have one life to live, yours.” I would modify it by saying, “We have only one fulfilling life to live, God’s life in us.” If we really, really want God’s will, we will have God’s life. Whose life are you living? Whose life do you choose? Charles Elliott Newbold, Jr. has served as pastor, teacher and is an author calling forth Christians to live the laid-down life for Jesus Christ. He and his wife, Nancy McDonald Newbold, live in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Charles continues his writing.

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conic, legendary sagas usually require a “Part 2.” Like all great movies and books, “Les Izmor: Rock Star” is no exception. The dynamic tale continues to unfold. My groupie, Mandy, as with most groupies, loved the limelight of being mentioned in the original story. I saw Kathryn Kozlinski By Shane Newbold at Morrow’s Food Town the other day. Ole Les now has two groupies. Thanks Kathryn for jumping on the Les Izmor: Rock Star bandwagon. “How many groupies before jealous pride raises its ugly head?” is now a problem for which I must be prepared. Perhaps I’ll have a solution before “Part 3.” The band leader (my son, Luke) is a nazi. All I ever hear is “Les, you need to practice.” Being a rock star is all about image. Who cares if I miss a few notes here and there. The thickheaded guitar players are so loud, you can’t hear anything else anyway. Well, back to my image, the most pertinent aspect. My bass guitar is the shiniest instrument on stage. Almost as shiny as my pearly whites. Crest White Strips are cool. $274 and two months later, my smile is fresh and bright. But the nazi told me not to smile, “It brings attention to parts of the band who are only supporting members.” My interpretation: Divas are divas and Les Izmor is Les Izmor. You cannot hide greatness in the darkest corner of the stage.

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