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Code Camps

STEM: Summer camps for young folks in preparation for tech jobs. Page 14

Kids on Stage Arts and theater for the young folks passionately supported in Mount Pleasant and Maury County.

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Convoluted Neural Networks: By Cody Crawford More over-our-head technology clarified. Just for fun!

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Local CSAs Out of the Shadows

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Locals who don’t grow their own food partner with locals who do

By DeeGee Lester Callie Hopper continues her musical quest with her second album. Page 26

Tour de Wayne

By Cody Crawford

Taking to two wheels for a tour of Tennessee River country backroads. Page 32

Cover Image: Samantha Lamb of The Farm & Fiddle

Summer SOULstice

Image, right, Daniel Allen of Allenbrooke Farms. Photo Ron Beagle

In Every Issue: Validity Recipes By Cari Marye Griffith and Katie Taylor Our Tennessee food stylists turn local food into Asian cuisine. Page 6

May Book Reviews

Ornithology Report

June Gardens

By Bill Pulliam

By Cassandra Warner

Let Mother Nature raise her babies. Page 12

Bohemian Gospel. Page 11

Ask A Lawyer

Contingent fee arrangements and a little humor.

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The Believer’s Walk

Lookin’ Back, Page 32

By Charles Newbold

Tour de Wayne, Page 32

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Taking Care of What You Got By Becky Jane Newbold

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recent economic roundtable asked top economic development leaders in the south central Tennessee region several really good

questions. Led by South Central Tennessee Workforce Development Executive Director Jan McKeel, panelists Dan Speer of Giles, Greg Lowe of Marshall, Ethan Hadley of Lawrence and Travis Groth of Maury counties presented excellent answers for ways to grow local economies. 1. What are your communities strengths or selling points? For some, location, others named existing industry. Groth commented

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managing growth, Groth said. 4. Lastly, each was asked to speak to the importance of existing industry. “The bulk of our growth is with existing industry,” Lowe said. “The golden rule: Take care of what you got,” Speer added. “Develop personal relationships and keep lines of communication open. New industry looks to see how successful existing industry is,” he continued. Good words no matter what your calling in life.

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Dread Overhead

we inspiring as it is, flying in winged or bladed machines triggers anxiety within my limited frame of reference. Traveling through the air is one of the experiences in life I can do without. Fear of heights is not a factor. Precariously perched in deer stands, walking on rooftops, jumping from cliffs into the water and utilizing ladders and scaffolding By Shane Newbold have never produced panic in me. Well, I should admit, after that first minute rush of looking down. It’s not the height but the loss of control that discomforts me: Like being in a jet crammed with 400 other people. Standing in long security check point lines. Missing flights. Layovers. Yuck! Dreadful. Definitely something you do because you have to. Fishing in Hardin Creek, on the Tennessee River, this winter, four fighter jets flew low enough

that the one question potential businesses and industries observe is “will everyone be able to work together to deliver on their promises.” 2. Identify myths and/or questions your community hopes a potential industry will NOT ask when seeking a new home. Best idea: Position a positive as your worst point. 3. What are the biggest challenges/opportunities for your community in the next five years? The fact that Nashville is growing south means “change happens whether we like it or not,” Lowe commented. This includes intelligently a dreadful experience. And in a small town like ours, it is probably a family we know. Sorry for the depressing thoughts. But reality is real. Let’s be fair. Gazillions of flying folks wing through the atmosphere for pleasure: hang gliding, racing planes, ballooning, paragliding, aerobatics, etc., and lest we leave out the newest flying sport, wingsuit human gliding (the stupidest of all). Flying would be a blast if you owned a private jet. Ha, that’s not my reality, though. Probably not yours either.

A bird’s eye view from a World War I biplane would be an adventure hard to pass. Yeah, it’s not really about fear of flying. For now, though I’ll drive. One exception could be justified for getting my feet off the ground. Winged Pegasus would be cool.

that I could see the pilots’ helmeted heads within their glass bubble. It was awesome. I’m sure Father to four and best friend they could easily see me in my to Becky Jane for 28 years, Shane boat. But being the middle-aged Newbold lives life to the fullparanoid white guy, I wondered. est boating, birdwatching, fishThere were no indications, that I ing and enjoying his family. could see, that they were friendlies. Obviously, they were our guys training. Imagine though, living overseas in war torn areas. When men, women and children over there hear jets on the horizon, they are at the mercy of whatever country is violating their airspace. Daily dread, to be sure. Again, the citizens (collateral damage) have no control whatsoever of their destiny. Helicopters are the same for me. They either carry weapons or someone who is badly injured. Living a block away from a medical helipad, Becky Jane, her mom and I understand that every time it lands (2 Speaking of flying machines, it is believed that “hole punched” clouds are formed a.m. a couple of nights when jets fly through a layer of clouds. Learn more about this scientific phenomena at www.validitymag.com Photo Shane Newbold back) a family is having Validitymag.com 5 .


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Asian Food Fusion Recipes By Katie Taylor and Cari Marye Griffith

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love dishes full of familiar ingredients that have an added punch of flavor. Brussels sprouts are a vegetable that I scorned for the entirety of my childhood, certain that they would taste no better than mushy grass. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I gave the tiny round cabbages a chance, and it truly was love at first bite. Simple roasted Brussels sprouts are an easy side dish to complement any meal, but these miso Brussels take things up a notch with an addictive

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burst of flavor. The sweetness of the wine and miso, balanced by the soy sauce and garlic is enough to make you hide the leftovers so you can keep them all to yourself (assuming leftovers exist after you make them). I usually make these Brussels to accompany rice or noodle dishes loaded with veggies and spices. I went on the hunt to find a simple noodle recipe that could be an easy, weeknight staple. I tried a few recipes, but eventually came up with one of my own by combining elements of each that I enjoyed. These noodles can be whipped up in about the time it takes to boil noodles. They’re easy to customize by adding whatever veggies you have laying about your kitchen. You could add roasted corn, edamame, kale or even some cucumber and diced peppers if serving the noodles chilled. Whatever way you make them, these recipes are sure to grace your table more than once. ~Cari Marye


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Crispy Miso Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients: 1 lb Brussels (washed and quartered) 1 ½ tablespoons grape seed or olive oil 1 tablespoon miso paste 1 tablespoon dry white wine 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon minced garlic or garlic powder

5. Meanwhile, melt butter, and add miso paste, white wine and soy sauce, stirring to combine. 6. Drizzle half of miso mixture over sprouts and place back in oven until desired crispness is achieved. (Usually 5 more minutes, until the edges are just starting to blacken. Keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn).

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Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Place sprouts on a baking sheet and drizzle oil over top. 3. Add garlic and toss with hands to make sure the oil is evenly distributed. 4. Roast in oven for 10-15 minutes until the sprouts are starting to get crispy.

Garlic Sesame Noodles Ingredients: 2 handfuls of noodles (I used rice noodles, because they are gluten free and I like the texture) 1 tablespoon minced garlic ¼ cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons grapeseed or

olive oil 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 teaspoon chili sesame oil 2 teaspoons rice vinegar 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon powdered ginger 3 green onions (diced) 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes* (*optional, if you want to add some heat) Instructions: 1. Cook noodles according to package instructions. 2. In a small bowl, mix all remaining ingredients except for green onions, and drizzle on top of cooked noodles. 3. Toss in green onions, and serve.

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Asian Peanut Slaw

Asian Peanut Slaw Serves 6 as a side Dressing ingredients: ¼ cup honey (local is best!) ¼ cup peanut oil (can substitute vegetable oil) ¼ cup rice vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon sesame oil ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce 2 tablespoons peanut butter 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 1 large garlic clove, minced

Slaw ingredients: 4 cups shredded mixed cabbage 2 cups shredded carrots 1 large red bell pepper, chopped 1 cup cooked and shelled edamame Instructions: 1. Over low-medium heat, mix all dressing ingredients except ginger and garlic. Stir well until peanut butter is soft and mixed throughout. Add ginger and garlic, and stir well. 2. Pour dressing over chopped vegetables, and serve immediately. Stores in refrigerator for a couple of days. Recipe adapted from onceuponachef.com

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out of the nest, you should not do anything with them other than maybe move them a short distance to a place of shelter away from immediate danger. To understand why this is, let’s talk about baby birds and the different varieties in which they come. There are in general two different types of baby birds. These are called precocial and altricial. You may not be familiar with these terms, but you are certainly familiar with the difference between the two. Precocial young come out of the egg covered with thick fluffy

down, able to walk or swim, see and feed themselves. They still need their parents around for protection, warmth and to help them learn their way in the world. But they are not completely dependent on the adults for survival. Precocial young usually leave the nest within hours of hatching, as soon as their down has dried. Freshly hatched turkeys, chickens, ducks and geese are well-known examples of precocial young. They are also found in many other water birds and shorebirds, like Killdeer and woodcock. All domesticated avian livestock have precocial young, as these can be reared easily by people without

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s we enter June, we are at the height of the nesting season for most of our local avifauna. And this means that once again the world will be full of baby birds. Before going any further, I have to repeat the By Bill Pulliam perennial reminder that all birders give to everyone who will listen at this time of year: Leave the baby birds alone! When you see young birds

any bird parents around. Altricial young, also called dependent young, are very different. They come out of the egg blind, weak, mostly naked and utterly dependent on their parents for everything. They usually stay in the nest for several weeks while their parents tend to their every need, keeping them fed, warm and clean. Altricial young birds go through several stages of life. First is the helpless nestling stage. A nestling is a fragile creature and may die within hours in the absence of its parents. They must be fed high-energy food dozens of times a day. Their waste must likewise be removed from the nest as soon as it is produced. Conveniently, their waste comes out in tidy little sacs that the parents carry away. Nestlings have fast metabolism and almost no insulating down or feathers, so they must also be constantly protected from chills and damp. This likely sounds familiar to most of you, as human newborns are also altricial young, quite similar to nestling birds in their needs (but without the tidy waste sacs). Healthy nestlings grow with amazing speed. Soon their eyes open and they begin to acquire feathers. Within a few weeks they reach the point where they have outgrown the nest, and they leave it. The act of leaving the nest is called fledging, and recently fledged birds are called fledglings. Even though they have left

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the nest, fledglings are not yet fully grown. They are smaller than adults, with short wings and only partial flight feathers. They can only flutter around for short distances. But, and this is the key point, they are still being fed and protected by their parents. The parents keep track of the young by their voices and continue to feed them for anywhere from a week to several months more after fledging. If you listen carefully for the high-pitched begging calls of fledgling birds, you may be able to spot them. Sometimes you will see an entire brood lined up along a branch, impatiently awaiting their turn to get the morsel their parent is bringing. Soon enough, the fledglings reach full size. Unlike mammals, most birds grow to full adult size within only a month or two of hatching. This is true even for the big birds. Once they reach full size and have full flight feathers, their parents abandon them. The young are resistant to this, and will often continue to beg and pester their parents after they have lost interest. An interesting point here is that all these parental care behaviors are hard-wired into the parents’ brains as instincts and regulated by the time of year and their seasonally shifting hormones. When an adult bird has young, the urge for it to stuff food down a gaping, begging, nestling mouth is literally irresistible. If parents lose their own nest, they will sometimes begin feeding other nestlings that are not their own. They will even feed babies of completely different species to satisfy the intense parental instinct. Once the young are fully grown and the correct amount of time has passed, these instincts switch off. Suddenly, that begging fledgling becomes just an annoying, grown-up bird, trying to steal the parents’ food. The fledg-

lings’ instinct to beg fades away too, and the young start to feed themselves and set out on their own. These fully grown young of the year are called juveniles. Though they are as big as adults, juveniles often still look different from their parents. For example, juvenile towhees are brown and streaky, unlike the crisp patterns of the adults. Juvenile robins have speckled breasts. By the end of summer, most of the birds you will see in the wild are juveniles hatched and raised in just the previous few months. So now it should be clear why you should leave baby birds alone. Precocial young are just fine. They may look scared and lost, but more likely they are just afraid because some huge, featherless monster is approaching them. And if mamma is a big goose and is nearby, you might just find yourself on the receiving end of a beating from her! Altricial nestlings do sometimes fall from the nest prematurely. But sometimes they are also pushed from the nest for being weak or diseased. Regardless, handrearing a nestling of a wild bird is difficult even for professionals. If you take it home, it will die. If you know where the nest is, and you can reach it, you can place the nestling gently back in the nest. But you risk damaging the nest and putting the other nestlings in danger. Recent fledglings are often found and misunderstood as having “fallen” from the nest. They did not fall, they jumped, and it was the proper time for them to make the leap. Their parents are nearby, probably scolding you. If the fledgling is in a dangerous place, you can try to herd or carry it somewhere safe. No, the parents will not “smell” you on the baby if you pick it up. Birds

have no sense of smell. But if you try to return a fledgling to the nest, you will more likely just chase all the remaining babies out of the nest, and now you have an entire brood fluttering around your yard! Taking a baby bird in with the thoughts of caring for it yourself is almost always a death sentence for it. Leaving them in the wild where you found them actually gives them better chances. Birds have been raising babies in the wild since the age of dinosaurs.

They do not need our help. 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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ummer camps are a fun place for young people to go when not in school, but few offer the educational opportunities of several camps taking place this summer. STEM, or Science Technology Engineering and Math, has been a hot topic for years now. This summer, there will be STEM camps all over our region for younger children up through high school youth featuring topics such as coding, robotics and manufacturing. The South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance will hold “Go Tech” career camps throughout an .

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eight county region, including the cities of Spring Hill, Lewisburg, Lawrenceburg, Pulaski and Mount Pleasant. Code Camp, Robotics, and an Advanced Manufacturing Academy will be held in June and July. The Code Camp was created for students 12-18 years old and focuses on programming video games and web applications. Students will learn from professional programmers who will arrive to speak with students about the computer science field. Parents are welcome on the last day, which is called “Demo

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Day.” Paid registration is $50, but scholarships will be available for some students upon request. This camp will be June 6-10 in Spring Hill, June 13-17 in Lewisburg, June 20-24 in Lawrenceburg, June 27-July 1 in Pulaski, and July 1115 in Mount Pleasant. The Robotics Camp is offered for both middle and high school aged youth. Programming, engineering and teamwork will be the focus of the Robotics Camp, as the objective of the program is to introduce students to many aspects of STEM. This camp will be for

middle schoolers in Lawrenceburg June 7-9 and for high schoolers in Spring Hill June 14-16. The cost is $50. For high school students only, the Advanced Manufacturing Academy is concerned with teaching teamwork, problem solving and experiencing jobs in manufacturing. This camp will be held at facilities such as GM Spring Hill Manufacturing and GCP Applied Technology. Registration for the Advanced Manufacturing Academy is free due to a partnership with the Middle Tennessee Ad-


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vanced Manufacturing Skills Panel and GM Spring Hill Manufacturing. It will be held at GCP Applied Tech Academy in Mount Pleasant June 9-10 and at GM Academy in Spring Hill July 25-26 and 27-28. To register, fill out an application at www.sctworkforce.org/usefulinformation.htm. The Code Camp is in its third year, and the Advanced Manufacturing Academy has been going on for two years now. This is the first year for the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance to hold a Robotics program. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and there is no deadline, making the camps available to as many young people as possible. STEM jobs are more prevalent now than ever and will likely only increase as years pass. iD Tech, which is holding computer camps at Vanderbilt University this summer, reports that by 2018, there will be 109,000 STEM jobs that are unfilled due to lack of qualified candidates. Many of these jobs require

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knowledge of computer science. In Tennessee, iDTech.com divulges, computer science classes count towards high school math or science credits, yet most high schools still do not offer computer science courses. Many universities and colleges in Tennessee have

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Alice screams for everyone to stop. Kaelin Kinzer as Alice, Phoebe Hurt as Cheshire Cat, Keely Farris as Cheshire Cat, Osmara Rojas as Playing Card

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community of Mount Pleasant and in Maury County through exposing children to visual and performing arts. In 1999, through many meetings with Maury County leadership (city and county) and school board members, the KOS concept of integrating the arts was approved for the new middle school being built in Mount Pleasant.

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ids On Stage Foundation of Maury County, Inc. is a nonprofit Tennessee corporation, founded in 1999 by Jim Barrier, Chairman of the Board of Smelter Service Corporation in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee. Kids On Stage (KOS) was created to make a difference in the

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Photos from a recent production of Alice in Wonderland are shown. Jim Barrier established the KOS Foundation of Maury County with commitment from Maury County leadership that the new school would contain an arts wing and that the foundation would furnish it, leasing back the equipment to the school for $1.00 a year. The arts wing was constructed, and the foundation outfitted it in time for the school’s August 2001 opening. KOS is patterned after KOS in Williamson County, Tennessee, which was founded by Aubrey Preston in 1996. This is a partnership between KOS Foundation of Maury Mad Hatter prepares to destroy, er, fix the County, the Maury Rabbits watch. Andrew Grooms as the Hatter

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County Public School System and the Mount Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts. KOS provides, maintains and repairs equipment for MPMSVPA’s arts wing and theatrics for the auditorium, which includes computers, sound, video and lighting equipment, as well as outfitting acoustics. In addition, KOS provides the aspects necessary to continue to be a 501c3 nonprofit, such as administration, legal needs and accounting, as well as support professional development for the teachers and administrators not only at MPMSVPA, but also for MPES and MPHS. They provide funds to have the support required to teach arts classes and support STEAM initiatives as well as Destination Imagination. They are also a contributing member to Mount Pleasant’s Community Development Corporation. KOS is a unique philosophy of putting kids on multiple stages at every opportunity, which builds self-esteem and confidence; sharing a facility as they teach and produce performances that are kiddriven, connected to the real world and meaningful; and integrating the arts into classrooms by training and developing great educators and leaders through collaboration.


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tepping onto a CSA farm is a breath of fresh air. As I pulled into the driveway of Beaverdam Creek Farm, I saw a quaint farmhouse, crops growing in the field and a friendly dog named .

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Gimli wagging his tail. I stepped out of the car, and a smiling Trish Lingo was there to greet me. “I don’t know what to do when someone from a magazine comes to the farm,” she joked. “I couldn’t decide whether to wear my grubby farm clothes or put on something nice!”

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The relaxed atmosphere of the farm was soothing as we walked from place to place. The greenhouse held baby plants, green and vibrant. The sun burnt down on us as we traversed the rows of vegetables growing in the fields. A sheep pen held a mixture of sheep and lambs standing in the shade,

more than ready to be shorn the next week. Two young hound dogs stared lazily as we made conversation. Having about 100 members in their CSA, Phillip and Trish Lingo’s farm is a family affair. I met their daughter, Tricia Ann, their daughter’s fiancé, Daniel, and a


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equipment and pay for all the labor put in until the first CSA harvest.” The CSA is beneficial to the customer as well as the farmer, since the products grown on the farm are much fresher than what can be bought at a grocery store.  The Lingos take pride in their produce.  While I was there, Phillip carefully washed the vegetables and packed them on ice to take to market the next day.   “Most of our baskets have been full and overflowing with an abundant harvest,” said Trish.   “We keep planting, weeding, watering and tending the garden and trust in Inside the greenhouse at God to provide the harvest.” Beaverdam Creek Farm. “Our son, Jake, raises 100 perBeaverdam Creek Farm sheep beaverdamcreekfarm.com.   Trish cent grass-fed beef, meaning that writes it herself weekly.   Beaverwe don’t feed our cows any grain,” young man from their church customers to support small family stated Trish.   “We haven’t started dam Creek Farm is also on Facefarms,” remarked Trish, “Because who volunteers with the harvest, a meat CSA yet, but would like to book and Instagram @beaverdamSebastian. The Lingos are in their the customer pays up front, the farmer doesn’t have to go to the in the future.”   ninth season of having the CSA.   The Lingo family strove “The CSA is a great way for bank for a loan to purchase seed, r Local Real Estate ALLY! u to start a farming busio Y ness and settled on Centerville as the place to do it.   “We purchased land in Centerville, Tennessee in April of 2007, started Call Today For Your tilling ground in May, FREE moved a camper onto Consultation! the property in June and started selling vegetables at the Franklin Farmer’s Market in Carrie and Peder Jensen July,” said Trish.   “We Keller Williams Realty learned about the CSA Realtor/Broker program and it seemed Mobile: 931-300-ALLY (2559) to be a good way to start Office: 615-302-4242 a small family farm.”   NashvilleCarrie@KW.com The best way to www.NashvilleCarrie.com learn more about Bea5083 Main St., Spring Hill TN 37174 verdam Creek Farm is to sign up for the email Harvest at Beaverdam Creek Farm. From left, Sebastian Lorenc, Daniel Find Us On Social Media newsletter at www. Stouffer, Tricia Ann Lingo, Philip Lingo and Trish Lingo. Each Keller Williams Office is Independently Owned and Operated.

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creekfarm. They are still accepting members to their CSA for those who are interested.     There are many other small farms in the region that do CSA.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and allows local people and families to get a basket of vegetables or meat weekly or monthly.   Payment is typically required at the beginning of the season, although some farms allow payments in installments.   While some farmers allow their customers to choose some items that appear in their baskets, most of the time customers receive a basket that has already been filled with whatever produce is in season and ripe for harvest.   “When the consumer makes this commitment, they receive a steady supply of fresh, locally grown and in-season products,” stated Greer Gill of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. “In peak growing season, it is not unusual for CSA members to say that the shares they receive each week exceed their expectations.” CSAs are beneficial to farmers as well, in that having a commitment from locals to buy their produce makes it easier to concentrate on the quality.   .

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Allenbrooke Farm is located in Spring Hill, Tennessee and is run by Daniel and Stephanie Allen, a husband and wife who grow only USDA Certified Organic produce.   Their CSA serves over 365 local families per week.   “One of the things that is different about our CSA is that we let our ‘Farmily’ members choose what they want in their baskets,” commented Stephanie.   “They fill it up themselves with no limits.  If they want all the kale, they get all the kale.  We have to grow more to accommodate this for our members but we are happy to do it.”  

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Signing up for a CSA is a great way to support local farmers. “[The CSA] is great for us because we don’t have to worry about selling our produce.   It’s sold already,” stated Stephanie.  “So where a produce farmer will worry that if it rains on the day of the farmer’s market and no one shows up to buy the food, then they are in trouble and still have all this food.  Our food is sold, our customers have committed to picking it up and we have committed to having it there for them.”   The Allens decided to start their CSA five years ago when growing a large garden.  “It made us very happy.  We decided to sell our car for seeds and start farming full time,” remarked Stephanie. A look at their website, allenbrookefarms.com, shows a blog post where Stephanie talks about starting the farm with Daniel, who she refers to as Farmer Dan. 

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Vegetables at a booth from Allenbrooke Farms

She discusses how they began Allenbrooke Farms with the goal of having no debt. “We saw God’s hands everywhere,” Stephanie wrote.   When they needed shelving, their neighbor had some to give away.   When they needed flower buckets, her sister, hilariously, found some in a dumpster behind Trader Joe’s.   When they needed help, a friend volunteered throughout their first season.  “So many people just showed up for us,” she wrote. Allenbrooke Farms can be found on Facebook and Instagram @allenbrookefarms.     Farm and Fiddle, located in Columbia, has had a CSA for one year in Tennessee and three before that in Oklahoma.  It is run by Samantha Lamb and Daniel Foulks.   “I was inspired by the opportunity to truly get to know my customers through a CSA,” remarked Sa-


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pick up the slack…since I love it so much, I don’t think difficult would be the word. Maybe the word would be prolific.”  To learn more about Farm and Fiddle, visit their website, thefarmandfiddle.com, or follow them on Instagram @thefarmandfiddle.  

Southern Ridge Farm is an all meat CSA that includes beef, lamb, pork and poultry. The farm can be found in Columbia, and the CSA is $85 per month for twelve pounds of meat.   Keith Cannon runs the farm, and says the CSA is the main operation of the farm.  “Our CSA is really what we see as our connection to our customers,” he said.   Several things about Southern Ridge Farm are unique to their CSA, Keith explained.  “One of them is we only ask people to pay one month in advance all the time, so you’re making an 85 dollar a month payment, where with a lot of CSAs, you’re making an outlay of 1,100 dollars or 700 dollars every six months. “The other thing is we allow people to pick whatever cuts they want.  We always have a premium grill meat in there like a ribeye, New York strip, pork chop or sirloin, about a pound and a quarter.  After that, the rest of the ten and a half pounds, you can choose whatever you want out of all of our beef, pork and chicken,” Keith explained.   Southern Ridge Farm also endeavors to be flexible with their customers, if they need to get meat once every other month or skip a month.  “We want them to do that if they need to.  This is a farm to fork experience where you know the farmer and you know the quality of the food.”  Southern Ridge has about 70 CSA members.   “Everything we do is beyond organic,” Keith commented.  “A lot of times you’ll hear the term organic, and it just really means that it has organic feed associated with it.  Ours is all-natural feed.  There are no preservatives or anything like that.” Southern Ridge Farm also has a unique way of farming the animals.   They have around 114 cows, and they move them to a new one-acre pasture every day.   “It really is improving the soil instead of depleting it, which most farming does.  Our way actually builds up and improves the soil every day.” To learn more about Southern Ridge Farm, visit their website at southernridgefarm.com, or follow them on Facebook @ southernridgefarm or Instagram @southernridge.    Samantha Lamb

mantha. “My customer s are often part of our CSA year after year and they even get to know our animals and often help on our farm.”   Farm and Fiddle serves 30 CSA members on a first come first served basis.  “I get to know their favorite foods and even their whole family,” said Samantha.  The CSA consists of vegetables, raw milk, eggs, meat, honey, artisan bread, specialty mushrooms, pies, jams and homemade pasta and tortillas.  “Not only do we receive a steady income, which is kind of awe-inspiring in the farm world, through our CSA customers, but my CSA family trusts my creativity as far as what to grow and what options to offer,” stated Samantha.   The Farm and Fiddle CSA membership includes a monthly payment and a weekly basket of goodies from the farm.  Samantha and Daniel also host monthly dinners on the farm for their members, where they “serve up the season’s flavor and show you what to do with the farm goods you are given.”   “Of course it is hard work,” commented Samantha.  “But we always include a very wide variety of things on our farm, so that if a few things fail, we always have something else to

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Filters are so Yesterday editing photos with deep neural networks echnology is mainly seen as a way to make our lives easier, but sometimes advances in technology merely provides us with simple pleasures. DeepArt.io is a service that allows anyone to upload a photo and a design or pattern. After a waiting period, you can download your original photo that has been fitted with the design of the second photo.

known as neural networks, specifically Convoluted Neural Networks, or CNN. CNN is a type of deep neural network algorithm that is based on the way humans think. By separating the style of an image from the content of that image, it is possible to create an artistic result that a human might create. This may remind you of filters commonly used in social media platforms like Instagram or smartphone apps like Camera+, but the technique is quite different. A

they make the appropriate changes to a photo in Photoshop. The colors of the photo might be adjusted, solid colors might be applied over the top at a low opacity or textures might be overlaid and partially erased. After they solidify the technique, they recreate the changes in the iOS app’s code. After much testing, the filter is added to the application and able to be applied to any photo a user may want to upload. The way in which the neural network method differs from the technique com-

This service is made possible through the use of a common computer science technique

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monly used for photo filters is that while the filtering technique involves editing the photo itself, the neural network technique

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requires merging two photos together in an intelligent way. In lieu of a headshot this month, I’ll be sharing photos of myself that have the neural network algorithm applied to them with different patterns and designs. The sets of photos you see on this page contain the design image on the right, the content image in the middle, and the final result on the left. CNN splits photos into layers, where each layer is much like a photo filter. Since CNN is often used for object recognition in image processing, the content of an image can be extracted. The higher layers correspond to the content information of the image, while the lower layers correspond to exact pixel definitions. The style of the second image is derived from the texture information of the photo. The textures are obtained from the image using CNN without looking at the arrangement of the textures. The two pencil sketches to the left demonstrate this. The style of each of them remains, but the content of those two pencil sketches no longer exists and has been replaced by the content of the photo of me. Similarly, on the next page, I have merged photos of myself with Van Gogh’s Starry Night and a different design I found with a Google image search. The style information was extracted from each of those photos and fitted to the content of the image of me. The creators of DeepArt.io based their product on a research


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Callie Hopper:

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any people in the midstate area have been following over the past two years the evolution of the musical career of Callie Hopper (Validity Magazine, July 2015). At churches, restaurants and music events scattered from Columbia and Franklin to venues such as Puckett’s and The Mercy Lounge in Nashville, this young singer/ By DeeGee songwriter/muLester sician has been building a following. Now, with the recent launch of her second album, Out of the Shadows, Callie takes another big step in a promising music career. A departure from her earlier album, Notes on Love and Such, released two years ago, Out of the Shadows covers genres from country to rock and pop music. Among the album’s 14 songs are 13 original songs. “We haven’t played any of them out (at performances),” Callie says. “So the album is like a reveal.” On May 20, fans gathered at Westbury House on the Square in Columbia for the official launch party,

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culminating months of creative effort by Callie and her band members. “This album was a partnership with Chad (Alexander) on the music side, me doing the lyrics and Ryan (Speakman) doing the mix and the master. It was very intentional, beginning last summer when Chad started talking to me about writing,” she recalls. “We started with one song and after several months, we had a whole album of songs. He really helped me out with writer’s block several times.” Callie says she has no favorite among the recorded songs. “They all have something special, whether it’s the way it was

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written, something musical or who or what it’s about. I’m so committed to all of them.” The album was put together and recorded over

the entire month of January, and the group launched an online Kickstarter campaign to raise money for marketing and radio campaigns for more play time on independent radio stations. Over $10,000 was raised within the allotted time. In addition to radio play, fans can access the album through the usual apps such as iTunes and retailers such as Amazon. The group will also use their website, www.calliehopper.com, for sales of the album as well as merchandise such as T-shirts. They will post updates on performance dates and locations as well. In addition to the website, fans can ac-


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ummer time is slipwithout tomatoes. ping into June’s They are top of the list garden and is transfor absolutely wonderful flavor. This year, the forming little seeds and seedlings we planted in varieties I have planted are Cherokee Purple, April and May to lovely lush plants, fruiting and Hillbilly, Persimmon, flowering. It is time for By Cassandra Warner Pineapple, San Marzano, Goldman’s Italian strawberries and blueberries. Love, love, love “em” in American, Rutgers, Super Sauce and Early Wonder. So the great pies, muffins, pancakes, shortcake and topping off ice cream. tomato wait is on, but you know I will be having some green ones Those are some of my favorite sweet summer treats. It is such a fried soon. After planting my delight to see all kinds of flowers 173rd tomato plant, my husband blooming in a kaleidoscope of col- (Tom the Tomato Eater) said he had decided I am not just a garors with heavenly fragrance filling dener but an obsessive gardener. the garden and landscape. What a beautiful reminder of how sweet Now, many people have obsessions, some good and some bad. summertime is. So, after contemplating this for a May was a busy time for plantwhile, I have to say he is probably ing, but it will be time well spent. Over the next few months, we can right. However, I came to the conspend a lot of time harvesting! clusion that’s a good one!


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derberry, evening primrose, garlic chives, lovage, milkweed, penstemon peonies and stone crops. Just think, you can plant some or all of these beauties to enjoy yourself and bring the good insects and pollinators into your garden to help you.

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An excellent, lettuce harvesting method when the temps heat up is that of “cut-and-comeagain.” This can be done on any loose leaf or butter head variety. You cut the leaves young before the plant has time to bolt. Snip

the baby leaves within an inch of their bases, and when new leaves grow in their place, take a second harvest. Treat yourself with some fried green tomatoes. Harvest English peas when pods are plump and firm. Pick as close to cooking time as possible, because they lose their sweet flavor quickly. Carefully by hand, harvest some new potatoes. Be sure to push the soil back into place so potatoes left can further develop. Pick squash when small and flavorful at 3-4 inches long. Harvesting while still small encourages the plant to keep producing. Pick bush beans before the pods bulge. If your plants are producing more beans than you can eat, try picking some of the flowers and toss them into a salad. If you are late picking and your beans begin to bulge you can leave them on the plant and harvest as dry beans. Cut large central heads of broccoli plants while heads are still firm and tight. Leave plants intact after harvesting of central head and the plant will Cassandra Warner

plant with other plants that will give shade or use a shade cloth and select heat resistant varieties such as Marvel of Four Seasons, Nevada, butter crunch, summer crisp, Yugoslavian red, black seeded Simpson, Lolla Rossa, Lolla Biondo, royal oak leaf, American salad bowl and green vision. Romaines to try are Jericho, Anuenue, and Craquerelle du Midi. When planting, I like to include many of the plants in the list below not only for myself, family and friends, but all of these are for attracting beneficial insects and pollinators. Calendula, basil, angelica, yarrow, tansy, White Sensation cosmos, dill, caraway, coriander, fennel, butterfly weed, Queen Anne’s lace, coneflowers, buck wheat, marigolds-lemon gem, English Lavender, lavender, Globe lily, parsley, spearmint, crimson thyme, lemon balm, sweet alyssum-white, pennyroyal, borage, Gloriosa daisy, Zinnia Lilliput mix, johnny jump-up lobelia, comfrey, sunflowers, candy tuft, bachelor buttons, baby’s breath, corn poppy, California poppy, Mexican sunflower, pincushion flower, Jerusalem artichokes, African blue basil, (especially for the bees), catmints, coreopsis, el-

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continue to produce small but tasty side shoots through the summer. Harvest early cabbage by cutting the head, but leave the plant and large outter leaves intact. Little heads of cabbage will develop at the base of the leaves later this summer and fall. Harvest your herbs early in the morning when the weather is dry. Harvest even if you cannot use the fresh herbs. Regular harvesting keeps herbs from flowering and keeps them productive. Dry what you cannot use fresh or share. Add any left to the compost.

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Tom received the mud coffee and pie and I happily received the mud covered wormgetthie and put them in the compost tower of my key hole garden bed when I got home. So it was a memorable mud occasion for all.

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white cilantro flowers now. My great granddaughter, Ariel, likes to wander through them. She kind of disappears smelling and saying ahhh and occasionally nibbling on some. You can use the flowers in salads or anything you would use the leaves in, or just eat them out in the garden. For Love Of Dirt And Water... Mud

Dirt and water are essential for the garden and so it would seem for kids. My great granddaughter, Ariel, turned 3 in May. At her birthday party, she served up mud pies, mud coffee and gathered up wormgetthie (mud covered worms) where all the kids had played outside on a homemade slip and slide. Great grandpa

“It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.” — Robert Louis Stevenson “How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.” — Benjamin Disraeli “I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden.” — Abraham Cowley “With rake and seeds

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and sower, And hoe and line and reel, When the meadows shrill with “peeping” And the old world wakes from sleeping, Who wouldn’t be a grower That has any heart to feel? — Frederick Frye Rockwell “The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world. It is a pleasure to eat of the fruit of one’s toil, if it be nothing more than a head of lettuce or an ear of corn. One cultivates a lawn even with great satisfaction; for there is nothing more beautiful than grass and turf in our latitude. The world without turf is a dreary desert. To dig in the mellow soil is a great thing. One gets strength out of the ground. There is life in the ground;

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it goes into the seeds; and it also, when it is stirred up, goes into the man who stirs it. The hot sun on his back as he bends to shovel and hoe or contemplatively rakes the warm and fragrant loam, is better than much medicine.” ­­— Charles Dudley Warner Hope your summertime is full of fun, and you have a fine time gardening and eating the delectable delights. I’ll be on my way to the garden now to pick some berries, cut a bouquet of flowers and celebrate summertime in June’s garden. Originally from Texas, Cassandra Warner is a transplant to the garden of Tennessee. Gardening has been one of her passions for forty years. “Gardening connects you to the miracle of life and provides healthy exercise and stress relief.”

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ty Health Council will host a comoming to Waynesboro, Tenplimentary breakfast. There will be nessee on Saturday, June 11 refreshments available through the is the 13th annual Tour de day, which include water, sandwichWayne, a series of bicycle rides that es and cookies. wind through the south central TenThe ride begins at 8 a.m. at nessee countryside. Waynesboro City Park, 101 DonoThis family friendly cycling hue Drive, Waynesboro, Tennessee event includes rides of different 38485. Registration begins at 6:30 lengths. The Family Fun ride can a.m. that day. be anywhere from one mile to 35 Volunteers will be available to miles, and other rides are 35, 60, 75 assist cyclists the day of the ride. and 100 miles. This event is not a Anyone wishing to participate as a race, but a tour of Wayne County. volunteer should contact the Wayne All routes will traverse the AnteCounty Chamber of Commerce at bellum Columbia-Clifton Turnpike, 931-722-3575 or visit waynecounwhich is historic, established before tychamber.org. the Civil War. Routes also range The Wayne County Chamber is through the Beech Creek commualso seeking sponsors for this annual nity and head toward the Buffalo event. Anyone wishing to make a River, spanning through portions of donation or sponsor this tour, please Lewis and Perry counties. contact the Chamber. The Wayne County Chamber cautions riders that some of the hills on the roads are challenging on the longer routes. All riders are required to wear helmets and youth under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Before the ride, the Wayne CounTour de Wayne 2015 volunteers

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fensive, the real issue runs deeper. The way we snub the traffic laws is symptomatic of a far more pervasive lawlessness. I said to my friend, Larry, “The age of reason has passed.” He asked, “What age have we come into?” I was surprised at my own answer. “The age of lawlessness.” The lines between right and wrong are blurred. The book of Judges in the Old Testament tells about the time in Israel before the rule of Kings where God raised up various Judges—such as Deborah, Gideon, Samson, Samuel and Eli. The end of that period is summed up by these stunning words. “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25. Recently, I was making a left turn in the outside lane of a two-lane turn. I carefully stayed within the lines on the road mark-

ing my turn. In the inside lane to my left several cars breached the line marking a safe turn for them. That may not seem like much of an infraction, yet, while noticing it, this thought came to me inspiring this article. “God loves lawfulness and loathes lawlessness.” Jesus warned, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Matthew 7:21-23. The word “lawlessness” has also been translated “unrighteousness” and “iniquity.” It is contempt for the law. The context of this statement by Jesus has to do with disobedience. A lawless deed does not make us lawless. Nevertheless, a lawless person does lawless deeds without conscience. This is the attitude of an anarchist. Look everywhere. All nature is a testimony to the Creator who

is a God of law and order. When God sees law and order for the good of all, I believe He smiles, even when it comes to lawful and courteous driving. When He sees contempt for the law, I believe He grieves. It is inevitable that we will break some law now and then. “My car cannot drive as slow as some speed zones,” I recently quipped to my wife. She poked back, “The car can. It’s the driver who can’t.” The real issue at hand, nonetheless, has to do with what is in the heart. While much of society may be drifting in the direction of lawlessness, we need make sure those lines do not get blurred for us. Those who obey the words of Jesus will be like a man whose house was built upon a rock withstanding the rains, floods and wind. Matthew 7:24-25.

that will take place at Savory Jack’s, Kathy’s Tavern and SILK Gourmet Cafe that Saturday. The Summer SOULstice is geared toward families with activities such as “Milk Drop” on the courthouse lawn. An Instrument Petting Zoo is another activity that will be available, allowing children to play instruments such as cello, upright bass, drums, violin, guitar and keyboard. The Giles County Relay for Life is taking place that day at 5 p.m. downtown. In addition to the live mu-

sic and festival events, many artists will be present. The Art and SOUL Festival is a location on North First Street where the artist booths will be. Among others, We Talk Chalk, 3D chalk artists, are scheduled to attend. Art or craft vendors are welcome to attend by filling out an application. Space is provided free of cost and booths are available for a small fee. Live performances will be given by Pulaski Performing Arts Center, STAAR Theater and CWN Academy/OpporTUNEity. CWN and OpporTUNEity will give a recital at 5:30 p.m. outside of SILK Gourmet Cafe. The performance will last about an hour. STAAR Theater will give flash mob style performances during the day on Saturday, with

the time and location to remain under wraps. Pulaski Performing Arts Center will perform at 3 p.m. with students ages 3-18 and at 6:30 with older dancers. “We are fortunate here in Pulaski to have so many different outlets for our youth to become active in the arts,” stated Main Street Pulaski Director Tiffany Hagood. “Whether it be singing, dancing, acting or some other favorite, there is an opportunity here to become successful in that field. We are blessed with great organizations and great instructors who are always willing to be involved!” For more information about this event, please visit facebook. com/mainstreetpulaskisummersoulstice or email mainstreet@ gilescountychamber.com.

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an exceeded the speed limit while driving his dad home one late night. Dad had been exhorting his son for his rebellious attitude, but the message wasn’t getting through. In frustration, Dad lashed out at him, “The trouble with you, son, is you can’t drive the speed limit.” Dad’s way By Charles E. of saying, Newbold, Jr. “You’re lawless.” Driving within the speed limit is a rare occurrence these fastpaced days, even dangerous in some situations. I am as committed to driving lawfully as anyone, still I err. While driving behaviors have become more aggressive and of-

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istoric downtown Pulaski will be the setting for an art and music festival on June 18, 2016. The Main Street Summer SOULstice is an event to revel in the growing art culture in Giles County. Performing art, fine art, popular art and culinary art will be the backdrop for live music

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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continue to patronize her establishment. She also told my wife. Somehow, I feel like this is not the way the groupie/ rock star relationship should evolve. But, never having a groupie before and not knowing the rules of engagement, I’ll take what I can get. Regarding the concept of selling my soul to the devil so I could play the guitar even more better, Becky would have no part of it. She was emphatic on the part of being married for eternity and meeting again beyond the pearly gates. Admittedly, that would be inconceivable if I were grinding my “ax” (guitar for you less informed) in the underworld. After I uprighted myself from the knock to the head with the hammer she wielded, she quietly explained, “WE are not selling our souls to the devil.” There you have it, destined to be a mediocre bass player. Last month, I wrote about “chasing the beast.” Well, by golly, I went and caught it. Do I look like a young, vibrant rock star? No. Do I care? No. Will it last forever? Of course

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y golden ticket has arrived and it’s time to cash it in. Officially, legitimately, without question and validated, I’m a rock star. Bona fide. Recruited by my son and Amanda Rose, founding members of the jazz/ By Shane Newbold p o p / r o c k band, Straight Faced Mulligan, Les Izmor (my new stage name) is the newest, bass playing addition to the soon-to-bestage-sensation of the decade. No, contrary to what you are thinking, age is not relevant to beMon - Sat, 9-5, Closed Sunday

ing a rock star. Although my birth certificate states 1956, there is evidence, weak as it may be, that I’m closer to 37 than 60. Hospitals do make mistakes. Physical attributes certainly prove which birth year is correct. The band leaders have restricted me to three notes per song, “Hey Les, when you play more notes, you are all over the place, take it easy, pal.” At first, it hurt my sensitive, little self-worth, until I realized “playing all over the place” was just taking attention away from the divas. They didn’t want everyone to know I was better than the rest of the band. “Remember Les, you are just the bass player.” However, my fans know the truth. Speaking of fans, I already gotta groupie. Being of rock star status, one should expect that those kinda of things go with territory. Mandy, owner of Junkyard Dog Restaurant, agreed to be my groupie as long as I

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not. Am I having the time of my life? Absolutely. Dance when you can. Right? Typically, awesome connections to the younger generation produce a humbling, intrinsic transformation in us not-so-young folks. Not me! Ima struttin tom turkey. Not holdin back. Luke, my son and band leader calls me “Chief.” Mostly during rehearsals, he often reminds me of my awesome stage name, “Hey Chief, remember, Les Izmor.”

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