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Table of Contents
New This Mont h!
Falling from a horse is catalyst for award winning story By Sissy Garner An interview with Leah Price Bailey. Page 13
Hidden Treasure in Centerville, Tennessee By Chris Coyne The artistry of Dale Etheridge discovered.
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James K. Polk’s 200 year old residence and museum By Melissa Wickline A history lesson of a memorable president and his Columbia, Tennessee home. Page 22
Beginning Camping Basics By Bonnie Burch Tennessee camping options explored. Page 29 Image left, and cover Image: Andrea Argueta
The Ancient Eye Page 16 By DeeGee Lester Photographs by Andrea Argueta and restoring what is broken.
In Every Issue: Validity Recipes By Cari Marye Griffith and Katie Taylor
By Bill Pulliam
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From The Publisher, Page 5
Thanks & Giving. The pace has slowed in November’s garden.
Reality Perspective, Page 5
50 common birds, part 3.
Seasonal produce, delightful recipes.
Page 18 Page 7
November Book Review
Ask A Lawyer
The Believer’s Walk
By Landis Turner
By James Lund
Vigilantes and effective campaigning.
The Orphan Mother.
Also in this Issue:
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By Charles Newbold Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis. Page 28
Lookin’ Back, Page 28 Unconscionable Cogitation, Page 30
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e received the most humbling comment recently when Marynelle Criswell said, “Thank you so much! Validity is a light in a dark world! Ms. Criswell invited
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pproximately 1.7 billion Earth humans live off the grid. Most of them are third world inhabitants. It is estimated that 180,000, give or take, Americans are off the grid. It is also predicted that many more people will, perhaps at some point increasing exponentially, successfully get OTG in the near future. Information is becoming more readily accessible for OTG components, especially battery technology for electric storage. The wife and I are going to give it a try. We reBy Shane Newbold cently and finally acquired (after three years shopping, and thanks to our patient real estate agent) the hallowed ground where we would like to live out our days in beautiful Lewis County. We have the necessary springs that are abundant in this area. Now, we are exploring options to pump it to the top of the hill to the cabin site. Solar electric generated pump, ram pump or possibly locating the cabin down stream of the biggest creek relying on gravity are all options. Water pressure and hot showers provide OTG challenges also. Financially, pumping water to the top of the ridge will be cheaper than building an adequate driveway to the creek area. Road wash out issues also come into play with a long, winding, steep driveway. Heating with wood will be simple enough in winter. We have done that before on our
us to hear a children’s choir this month in Nashville. Children, professionally trained, lifting voices in A Symphony of Psalms; wow, THAT may be what light “sounds” like! By the way, you probably do not want to
miss this (see your invitation to the Heimermann Children’s Choir, Chorale and Orchestra, page 27). After careful consideration of whether or not we could live up to the new standard set for us, our best evaluation is that Validity is actually a reflection of the light we find all around. Light, in its basic form, stimulates sight and makes
farm in west Tennessee before moving here. But we also had a central unit. Cooling in summer is problematic without electricity. A cabin on the creek under the forest canopy is a cool place in the summer. But that brings us back to the long drive in again. Dilemmas, dilemmas. We are blessed though, these are not unsolvable situations, nor are we whining. Of the aforementioned 1.7 billion who live OTG, air conditioning is a concept from another galaxy. Truly a first world problem. The relieving facility (bathroom; I was trying to say it nicely, then realized nobody knew what I was talking about) has its own set of problems. A septic system (concrete tank and field lines) requires hard to get water and flushing, is expensive to install but the most convenient and comfortable. Dry composting sounds nasty and I have not researched the modus operandi to intelligently opine on drying human waste, then composting directly to garden that supplies sustenance to the OTGer. Yuck! But, I will find out if it is a viable option. The last and easiest potty solution is the lowly but revered outhouse. Don’t laugh. The local health department has detailed plans available. Remote deer camps, hermits and OTGers may hold it till morning or brave the frozen, moonlit darkness for relief. Tough choice to be sure. One certainly need be committed to the cause. Food is no problem, as long as our local grocer stays in business. Yeah, we will still drive cars and work in town. Preppers we are not. But if the world as we know it crumbles, goats, chickens and gardens may keep us alive. That is if the cold walk to the outhouse doesn’t kill us first.
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elicious and fragrant, Creamy Parmesan and Mushroom Risotto is a vegetarian dish perfect for the holidays. It pairs well with butternut squash, red wine, roasted chicken and your favorite baked bread. Add diced chives or parsley to the top to fancy it up, and you’re ready to head to a party!
2. Stir mushrooms often until juices are flowing and the mushrooms are fragrant and starting Ingredients: to brown. (About 3-5 minutes). 4 tablespoons butter ¼ cup cream or half and half Once browned, place in separate bowl and return pot to stove. 1 ½ cups short grain white 3. Add remaining butter and let rice melt. 1 large shallot, diced 4. Add diced shallot and garlic 2 cloves garlic, diced and stir well to coat with butter. 1 small package mushrooms of choice, washed and diced 5. Once shallots and garlic are well cooked, add rice and stir well 5 cups broth to coat with butter. 1 ½ teaspoons salt (or to 6. Let rice cook for 2 minutes, taste) 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper stirring frequently to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the ½ cup shredded Parmesan pot. Diced chives or parsley for 7. Slowly add broth, one cup at a garnish time, stirring in between. 8. Cover the pot, and bring to a Instructions: 1. In a large pot, melt 2 table- slow boil. Once boiling, reduce to spoons butter over medium high simmer, and stir frequently. heat and add diced mushrooms. 9. Once the rice has absorbed
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most of the liquid and is forming a creamy texture, add salt, pepper and shredded Parmesan and stir.Â 10. Once the rice reaches a thick consistency, remove from heat and stir in cream. The rice will set more after it starts to cool. If it seems to have too much liquid, just return to heat and stir until it reaches the desired consistency.Â
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The Orphan Mother The Orphan Mother By Robert Hicks
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obert Hicks, New York Times bestselling author of Widow of the South and A Separate Country, is back with a new historical fiction set in Franklin, Tennessee during reconstruction. In a town ravaged by the Civil War, the months that follow bring a completely new social construct. Many citizens of Franklin are not ready for the changes they will face in the coming months and years. Homes, crops and thousands of lives have been destroyed. Entire families have left town never to return to the fertile ground that bore the bitter fruit of a lifetime of grief. Mariah Reddick, former
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slave of Carrie McGavock, mistress of Carnton Plantation, is adjusting to life as a free woman. Mariah is well known in the community, not just as a former slave of Carrie McGavock, but because, as a midwife, she is often trusted to attend to the birth of many children in the area. Some have even speculated that Mariah possesses a supernatural ability for delivering a healthy child. Mariah has raised her own son, Theopolis, to be smart, strong and
independent, just like his mother. Theopolis has become a respected cobbler in Franklin and has now set his sights on becoming more politically active in the community. Mariah has the wisdom to understand the political movement supporting the rights of the freed slaves w o u l d have martyrs, and she did not want her son to be one of them. During a rally on the Franklin square, a riot breaks out and Theopolis becomes what his mother feared. The moment Theopolis draws his last breath, Mariah’s life takes on a new, more profound purpose. She must now find answers, understanding and the men who killed
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the viewpoint of my character and What advice can you give to how they became who they are and young, budding writers? I would say to read as much how this tiny piece of their life that I’m writing about is shaping them in as you can, set a writing goal and achieve it. If you can finish a book, the moment. even if it’s not great, it will boost What are your future goals? I have several goals for the fu- your confidence and allow you to ture including trying to get a pub- work on your craft and learn from parents owned a farm. I think my lishing deal, finishing a series I have it. So finishing projects is probably love of storytelling comes from lis- stuck in my head, and continuing to the biggest piece of advice I can give. tening to stories all my life. It was a write short stories. In addition to winning the tradition in my family to Southern Writer’s contest, Leah remember and retell stowon the “MTSU Collage” Fall 2015 ries and family history. Collage Creative Expression Award When did you discover for prose, and she has been a speaker your talent/ love for at Killer Nashville Murder Mystery writing? Writers Conference in 2015 and It was actually a dif2016. Leah works full time as direcficult process for me! tor of the Martin Methodist ColI always loved reading lege Northfield Campus located in and I always thought I Spring Hill, Tennessee, and she is would write one day, but pursuing a Master’s Degree in media I mostly dabbled until I and communication from MTSU. had a horseback riding To read more about Leah and accident about six years her work, visit the website Leahago. After the accident, I PriceBailey.com. was put on bed rest, and I began to think about Sissy Garner is a former college all the stories I wanted English teacher and local radio to write. When I was personality. She currently serves able, I began writing, as director of communications at and I wrote a little bit Martin Methodist College. every day until one day I finished my first novel. After I finished the first one, it re“All Your Building ally changed my mindset. All my Needs with Fast, life I had been wondering if I could Friendly Service” do it, and after I did it, I felt more confident. Writing a book seems We Stock: overwhelming, but if you write long Treated Lumber • enough, you will eventually finish, Spruce • Pine • 1Xs and it builds your confidence as a writer. A big part of writing is just Thru 6Xs • Rebar believing that you can do it. Interior Doors How/Where do you get your • Insulation • topics about which you write? Powertools • A lot of my stories just come to Quikrete • Stepping me—mostly from wondering “what if?” I can also be inspired by everyStones • Exterior thing from a picture to an incident Doors • Plywood to a news story. It really varies. I •Handtools • pull bits and pieces from different Mon. - Fri., 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Block •Drywall sources and weave them together Sat. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. to make my story. None of it is a & so much more! true account of anything. Several Bring Us Your Quotes On Metal, of my stories have come just simply Trusses, I-Joists, Lvls, from wondering “what if?” and then and House Packages. building from there. Call For Delivery Pricing! What inspires you? Besides the love and support of 1176 Hwy. 100, Centerville, TN 37033 my family and friends, I would have Phone 931-729-5377 to say my characters. When I’m Email: firstname.lastname@example.org writing, I really approach it from
Out Of A Horse Accident Comes An Award Winning Writer
alent of all sorts surrounds us on a daily basis in the people with whom we live, work and fellowship; however, we aren’t always made aware of those talents for various reasons. Some people live with undiscovered talents, never knowing they possess a particular ability, and some people simply don’t reveal their talents maybe out of shyness, humility or the idea that no one will care.
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None of this is the case for Leah Price Bailey, a small town girl who discovered she has a true talent for writing when she was bed ridden recovering from injuries sustained in a horse riding accident. As a result, she is now an award winning author, having recently won first place in the Southern Writer’s Best Short Stories 2016 contest for “The Road Home.” In the following interview, Leah discusses her life in a small town, what inspires her and advice she has for other aspiring writers. Where are you from? I was born and raised in Pulaski, Tennessee. It’s a small community in the Southern Middle Tennessee area, and when I was growing up, it was one of those places that made you feel like you knew everyone in the community. Tell me a little about your hometown and your family. Pulaski is a small community, and when I was growing up, I lived in a smaller section right outside town referred to by the locals as Aymett Town. I lived there till I was eleven years old, and I loved it. My mother’s side of the family all lived on the same road, and my grand-
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did we know the adventure this purchase would take us on and aturdays are meant for explo- the blessings it would bring in the ration. A break from the daily demands on our time. A chance to find something new. Meet new friends. Remind ourselves of what’s really important in life. This particular Saturday saw our family taking a picturesque drive to beautiful Centerville, Tennessee. Our mission: To meet the gentleman whose hands and artistry were responsible for a beautiful table we bought for our new Columbia home. It was one of a kind. No twin. No chance at finding its brother or sister. We stumbled upon it in the back corner of Inspirations on Main, a wonderfully unique store in historic Franklin. In a desperate attempt to find one like it, we called the name on the business card cleverly attached to its side. Little By Chris Coyne
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form of two new friends. Friends in his creations, we arrived at a we would quickly come to know as door with a ticket sign on its face. As he lifted the latch and opened family. the door, we caught our breath… instantly taken with the reality Life Repurposed Dale Etheridge walked out of the “showroom” he described of his workshop wearing a smile over the phone. A sea of old barn we should’ve seen from Colum- wood. Remnants of roadside piles bia. Genuinely excited to greet his of memories, neglected by today’s guests, and in no particular rush hustle and bustle. Abandoned and to do anything but visit, we found forgotten. Forgotten by everyone ourselves standing in his driveway but Dale, that is. He rescues them and repurpostalking as if we’d known one another for decades. The conversa- es them into beautiful home piection flowed for so long, we seemed es…wall decorations, serving platto forget the purpose of our trip. A ters, cabinets and, of course, tables. gradual drifting into the workshop Each piece comes with a picture of the barn he rescued, along with his brought us back to reality. As we worked our way through signature, a piece # and his genuthe sawdust covered floor, repre- ine wish for its new owner, “God sentative of the love and honesty Bless This Home.” When I asked him how he got started, his faith came shining through. “You see Chris, it’s kinda like what Jesus does for us. Takes the abandoned and forgotten and gives them new life. These barns were once strong, protective, essential parts of someone’s livelihood. But then one day, they were just forgotten. I want to help them find new life.” This part of the country is necessarily associated with friendliness and southern charm. I’ve come to believe “Ms. Nettie,” Dale’s soulmate, may be singlehandedly responsible for that. She came to greet us in the showroom and made us
Dale and Nettie in the Cracker Barrel Room.
knew the effect it would have on us. It’s dubbed “The Cracker Barrel Room.” The words seem woefully insufficient of capturing the feelings that came over us. Sure it was beautiful to the eyes, but it was so much more. There are family memories Ms. Nettie is so proud to share. Incredibly thoughtful pieces that bring their passions to life. An old cast iron wood fire stove with enough stories inside to fill volumes. Eye candy blends of today and yesteryear. Homemade cakes and pies that beckon even the most die hard of dieters. And
In these days of what seems to be constant strife and divisive challenges, it’s refreshing to know my children can leave home and find people like Dale and Nettie out there in the world to welcome them. To remind them of the true meaning of “neighbor.” I pray your path will someday cross with our new family friends. Your life will surely be enriched. And, if you’re not careful, it may change forever. In the end, we did find another table, but left with so much more. Chris Coyne, a retired Air Force Chief, spends his days developing and coaching business leaders. He and his family reside in Columbia, TN.
feel like family arriving for the holidays. My children loved her immediately - even before sampling the sweet delights emanating from her kitchen. The barn wood surprises would soon give way to equal treasures we’d discover inside the Etheridge home. We could feel the stress falling away as we walked through the front door. Everything, and I mean everything, had meaning. Each room told a story. Ms. Nettie wants her guests to feel like they are home. And we surely did. As we toured the house, she stopped before we entered the final room toward the back. It was as if she
the centerpiece, a table that changes with each season, now beautifully alive with Fall colors of orange and slight reds and golds, gently inviting visitors to take a step back in time. At any moment, we fully expected George and Mary Bailey to arrive with the sound of a Christmas tree bell ringing in the background. Since that first trip, we’ve visited many times, including a most recent dinner enjoyed in the Cracker Barrel Room. It was heavenly. Fried potatoes cooked on the old stove, homemade family recipe fried chicken and, of course, her apple pie that renders you speechless. As a bonus, we sampled a maple syrup and walnut cake that tasted like autumn itself. Literally.
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any people think of high school students as being prone to follow the herd; rarely setting their own path for fear of being different. But those who teach or coach students, see more and more young people deBy DeeGee veloping a growLester ing awareness of the tremendous opportunities and various paths open to them through technology, expanded learning options and skill building with experiential learning. School systems, too, are discovering that one size does not fit all, and are developing non-traditional school options – particularly at the high school level – to fit the realities of unique life experiences and learning styles of students. One such school within the Davidson County/Metro School system is The Academy at Hickory Hollow. A school of choice for students, ages 17-21, who have dropped out or are considering dropping out, AHH puts each student on an individualized program to complete their high school diploma in one
year. AHH was the school of choice for Andrea Argueta. “I had heard great things about it from three friends who had gone there and graduated,” Andrea says. “I had not considered it until this year, but I just wanted to get school out of the way and graduate by December. I didn’t want to stay in a school where I lacked motivation,
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so three weeks into the school year, I transferred (to AHH). I really like it. This is one of the best decisions I ever made.” With open enrollment, the student body averages 150-200, and each student is considered a senior. Andrea likes the one-to-one time with teachers and the focus on core courses. “We have the same curriculum as a traditional high school, but here we focus on the math, English and history, without all of the electives,” Andrea says. “These are things I’ll need to take with me to college and through life.” However, without the distraction of electives, the school motto, Exceeding Expectations, is fulfilled beyond earning a diploma, with opportunities to expand student vision for their lives through unique experiences. One such experience was the recent “Don’t Be Afraid to Think - Don’t Be Afraid to Take Risks” photography project. The Academy at Hickory Hollow partnered with the Hispanic Area Chamber of Commerce and the HillsboroWest End Neighborhood Association to develop photography and 21st century skill sets, while helping to raise money for restoration of the beloved iconic Dragon sculpture in Fannie Mae Dees Park. The delightful 200 foot Dragon, created by Chilean-born Pedro Silva and over 1,000 volunteers in 1980 has, in recent years, fallen into disre-
The Ancient Eye, photo by Andrea Argueta
sculpture, along with creating a visual (photograph) and verbal (writing) interpretation of what they observed. Andrea, who had always enjoyed taking
see a lot of chipping, a lot of pieces that have broken off and the piping inside becoming old and rusty,” she says. But through her images, she also envisioned the restoration of the Dragon to something vibrant and useful again. Her chosen path, divergent from those of most high school students, has motivated and enabled her to move toward her early graduation goals, while igniting a new vision for her future. DeeGee Lester serves as Director of Education at the Parthenon in Nashville and is the author of several books.
pair with cracks in the structure and missing mosaic tiles. Fenced off for safety, Metro Parks has established a Master Plan for the park, while the Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association has established fund raising efforts for restoration of the Dragon (www.gofundme.com/ SaveOurDragon). Guided by award-winning photographer, John Partipilo, AHH students participated in a three day photography workshop, exploring photography skills such as lighting and composition, followed by an indepth photo shoot opportunity at Dragon Park, and an exhibition of their work at Flatrock Coffee, Tea & More on Nolensville Pike. “My English teacher (Patricia Johnson) invited me to participate,” Andrea says. “She had seen me taking photos in the hallways at school and mentioned that I look at things differently.” One of the goals of the project was inviting students for close, in-depth observation of the
photographs, jumped at the opportunity to work with a professional photographer. “I was super-excited and came home and told my family about it,” she says. “Not a lot of professionals will take the time to come to a high school. John Partipilo worked with us on technique, but he also emphasized the joy of photography.” Andrea, whose future career plans include photography as well as becoming a registered nurse, discovered through her photos and close observation at Dragon Park, a connection for these seemingly different interests – the restoration of that which is broken. “It was sad to
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likes brushy cover and edges, ranging from back yard hedgerows and brushpiles to woodland thickets and weedy, rural roadsides. The most conspicuous feature on this bird is not its throat, which is indeed white, delicately edged with black against a gray background. It is the bold head stripes. On some birds these are crisp black and white, while on others they are a slightly duller, dark brown and pale, creamy tan. Either way, they are easy to spot. The White-throat is famous for its whistled song, usually rendered “Oh, Canada Canada Canada!” But in the winter what you mostly hear from this bird is a loud “bink!” which, once learned, is heard everywhere in the winter, all the time. This sparrow is also notorious for its unusual reproductive biology, as I wrote about in the April 2015 issue of Validity. Effectively, this species Last month I covered a couple has four different genders, not just of sparrows, the Chipping and Field two! The Song Sparrow is another Sparrows. These two birds only scratch the surface of the large col- brown bird that is ubiquitous in lection of little brown birds that brushy, scrubby and weedy areas frequent this region in the cooler in winter across much of the contimonths. This month I will cover nent. Though a few summer in Tentwo more sparrows along with three nessee (especially in neighborhoods other widespread and common spe- and city parks), they are most abundant and widespread in winter. cies. Unlike the other sparrows I have The White-throated Sparrow is one of the most conspicuous and talked about so far, the song sparrow distinctively marked of the spar- is heavily streaked with brown in its row tribe. It is large, as sparrows breast and belly, different than the go, but still a fairly small bird. It clear whitish-gray of the Chipping, Field and White-throated Sparrows. The Song is by no means the only sparrow with streaky underparts, but it is often the most common one. You should also look for the collection of stripes on the head and throat, the spot in the middle of the breast, and the longish, rounded tail. Song Sparrows do You Work Hard occasionally sing in winter, though mostly they At Stewart Family Chiropractic We Know What It Takes To Get You Going Again just give a sort of hoarsesounding little chip. 487 E. Main • Hohenwald, TN • 931-796-2565 . 18 Validitymag.com efore I get to my continuing survey of 50 common birds in this area, a couple of reminders if you will be keeping a bird feeder this winter: Do not use the yellow “wild bird seed” mixes. They attract nuisance species and contain low-quality seeds. Use sunflower seeds. They are worth the extra cost. Keep your feeders clean By Bill Pulliam and situated where hawks, cats and other predators do not have an easy leap onto the feeding birds. Now, back to the main topic. This month I’ll cover five more species you are likely to find around your place in the coming months whether you live in town or country.
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Their full song is a rolling, rhythmic collection of notes and trills traditionally transcribed as “Madge, Madge, Madge! Put on the TEA Ket-tle.” Another common small brown bird in this area is the Carolina Wren, which is not a sparrow at all. Unlike the sparrows, it has a relatively long and pointed bill. The Carolina Wren is warm brown above and light, buffy tan below, with a bold white stripe above the eye. Its longish tail is often held cocked upwards. Carolina Wrens are ubiquitous, active and vocal. Their most common song is a ringing 2-4 syllable phrase repeated about four times, sounding to some like “video video video video” or “emergency emergency emergency emergency” Moving on from the small brown birds (of which there are many more!), next we’ll go over one of America’s best known songbirds, the American Robin. Nicknamed the “Robin Redbreast,” this medium-sized bird is typically slate gray above and rusty red below, with white tail corners that flash in flight. It also features a yellowish bill, a white throat with fine black streaks and a broken white ring around its eye. Robins are also noted songsters. Their long, warbling, richly whistled voices can be heard in the warmer months from the Deep South to interior Alaska. In the winter, they sing less, but they frequently give an as-
sortment of softer chucking and chuckling calls. Finally, let’s jump to one of the largest birds in this area, the Great Blue Heron. Herons in general are long-legged, long-necked wading birds of shorelines and shallow water. They all tend to fly with their necks distinctively tucked and long legs trailing behind. The Great Blue is our largest heron and is generally a dull, bluish grey with some black and white highlights. It is the only heron likely to be found in winter in most of Tennessee. Great Blues might be found near just about any body of water, and they can be seen flying overhead literally anywhere with a view of the sky. The only thing they are likely to be confused with is a Sandhill Crane. The cranes generally occur in flocks, fly with their neck always extended and have different head markings. Sandhills are much more localized, whereas Great Blues turn up everywhere. Next month I’ll cover five more birds you probably have around your house or farm, on our way to finishing my list of 50 species. 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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have written about the most famous case ever tried in Tennessee. It was Te n n e s see v. Scopes, mainly known as “The Mo n k e y Tr i a l ” c o n cerning By Landis Scopes Turner having been arrested and tried for teaching evolution, the theory that human beings are descended from lower creatures. The next month, I wrote about the most important case tried in Tennessee, being Baker v. Carr, in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that periodic redistricting of state legislatures is required under the Tennessee Constitution. Here is a case I actually tried. The most difficult case a criminal defense lawyer can handle is child sexual abuse trials. The mere mention of the subject matter of such cases turns jurors into revenge seekers. Often, they look at the lawyer defending such cases with disgust. I tried such a case in Columbia, Maury County. My client was accused and indicted for sexually abusing two little girls. I was convinced he was innocent. The jury agreed and did not convict him. But that was not enough to prevent him from being punished. After the trial, the family of the girls caught up with him on the courthouse lawn and beat him without mercy. It was three big men on one. They might have
killed him had not myself and others broke up the possible lynching. After things settled down, I told the family that they should think about the fact that participating in a lynching was the meanest, lowest-down thing they could do. My client was badly hurt and spent time in a hospital. _______
People seem to be interested in John Howard Warf. Many want to continue to read about him and his methods for maintaining his control over Lewis County for several decades, mainly from the middle of World War II to the middle of the 1970s. How did he communicate with the people and persuade them to support his candidates? How did he achieve such highly lop-sided percentages on Election Day. (There was no early voting during those years.) After the Democrats achieved a super-majority in the state legislature, early voting and other ways to build up the votes came into being. When Republicans took over, they didn’t waste any time suppressing the vote by means such as pushing photo ID requirements on the voters as a way to solve voter fraud, which was practically nonexistent. Warf communicated with voters by conventional methods such as meetings, signs, radio ads and letters. Always careful with his campaign money, he persuaded others to pay for most of these efforts. But one unusual method to contact voters were “guide cards” circulated at the polls on Election Day. Mr. Warf ignored the rules about campaigning too near the actual
voting polls. This was the only way I knew of that he violated the election laws. He used to tell me he never violated the law, but on rare occasions, he might bend it a little. Guide cards worked like this: A thick, paper card was circulated as people came to vote. It was amazingly successful as a campaign method. It was challenged once by a group of Jaycees who put out their own guide cards with the names of their candidates, which were remarkably like Warf ’s. They supported Kenneth Turnbow, over the Warf candidate, Paul Spears, for county clerk; G. W. Stephens over Trustee Willie Rasbury; and T. C. Carroll over Alton McLemore for sheriff. T. C. was the only Jaycee candidate who won. I almost always voted for Howard’s candidates but voted for T. C. that time. Later, T. C. became county mayor, then known as county judge. Warf ’s wife, Josephine, ran around the courthouse lobby snatching the “wrong cards” from confused voters. “That’s the wrong card!” she said. “Take this one, it’s the right one!” It was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen on Election Day.
This column discusses legal issues of general interest and does not give legal advice on any reader’s personal situation. The law is not a onesize-fits-all hat. Consult a lawyer of your choice. Landis Turner is a graduate of the University of the South-Sewanee and Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is a former president of the Tennessee Bar Association.
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WEST TO PROSPERITY: THE POLK HOME AT 200
In the heart of Columbia, Tennessee, sits an amazing house with an equally impressive history. A century before the Greatest Generation left its mark, World Wars raged and the Titanic sank, the ancestral home of our 11th president was bustling with a family determined to make their mark on the western frontier. An unforgettable opportunity to celebrate this history, “West to Prosperity: The Polk Home at 200,” illustrates how the Polks and other frontier families transformed Tennessee wilderness and canebrakes into thriving farms and growing towns. The exhibit features period artifacts including a Conestoga wagon and recreated historical scenes such as a law office and a blacksmith shop.
The James K. Polk Ancestral cheap land, turning the soil into Home holds a wonderful look profit and turning the profit into into the life of an often over- businesses, even though westward expansion meant looked but extremely a much harder life for ambitious president. enslaved people, and Aside from the White the loss of a way of life House, the Federal for Native Americans. style brick house is the The period of James only home still standK. Polk’s lifetime was a ing to have been occupivotal point in Ameripied by President Polk. can history. Great adBuilt in 1816 by vancements were made James Polk’s father, during this time in inSamuel, the house is a dustry, politics, transreminder of the kind By Melissa Wickline portation, information, of prosperity afforded those who took on the west- social advancement and reform, ern frontier and prevailed. The and the transition from a EuroPolk family prospered, acquiring pean to an American identity.
Most historians consistently rank Polk among the top ten presidents in United States history. ___
(two terms) to ever be elected President of the United States. A “dark horse” candidate in the presidential election of 1844, Polk defeated Whig party candidate, Henry Clay. Once in office, Polk worked tirelessly to accomplish every goal he set during his tenure. By lowering the tariffs and establishing an independent Federal Treasury, the Polk Administration achieved its major economic objectives. Polk also acquired more than 800,000 square miles of western territory. By the time Polk left office, the Pacific Ocean was the western border of the United States. Polk is recognized as making the United States a coast-tocoast nation. Polk once said, “No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.” His one term in the White House took a toll on Polk’s health, but he was remembered by all that knew him for his marked determination and perseverance. President Polk died three months after leaving the presidential office at his new home, Polk Place, in Nashville, Tennessee, presumably from cholera. Mark Baker
Who was James Polk, and what made him one of our country’s most successful and important presidents? Despite not attending school until he was 17 years old, Polk graduated first in the class of 1818 at the University of North Carolina. Polk returned home and worked for famed Nashville Congressman, Senator and Van Buren Attorney General, Felix Grundy. Later, Polk opened his own law office at the corner of Garden and Market (West 7th) Street in Columbia. Before becoming president, Polk served 14 years as a Democratic leader. Aside from the presidency, he served as Governor of Tennessee and is the only Speaker of the House of Representatives
Housed in Polk Presidential Hall, the exhibit is located in a beautifully restored building built in 1882, originally designed as a church. In 2006, a three-year restoration project resulted in a preserved, historic exterior and a state-of-the-art museum gallery. The Polk Home hosts two exhibitions a year in Polk Presidential Hall. The exhibit also showcases the skilled tradesmen of the frontier era, and the important roles they played in the creation of town. Crews were genstairs in the girl’s bedroom belongerally comprised of enslaved men ing to another First Lady, Dolly and poor whites. An orphaned Madison, that was a gift to Sarah. Nathan Vaught, who in 1810 was The exhibit will be on display apprenticed to Mr. James Pursell until December 31, 2016. to learn the cabinet trade, eventuSpecial thanks to Tom Price, Cually worked up to owning his own rator & John Holtzapple, Director, construction business, and is now James K. Polk Home and Museum. considered the “Master Builder of Maury County.” Melissa Wickline is a lover of hisCome celebrate the bicenten- toric places and funny, interestnial of the Polk home’s construc- ing people. She enjoys exploring tion. Aside from the exhibit, do- and restoring old homes, art and cents will guide you through the discovering new places, cultures house to see furnishings from Polk’s and food. White House years and Polk Place, his former Nashville home. An added surprise are the wonderful stories of First Lady Sarah Childress Polk, and her contribution to her husband’s political caLocated at 301 W. 7th Street, reer. There’s even Columbia, Tennessee a writing desk upValiditymag.com 23 .
Thanks & Giving
By Cassandra Warner
he pace a little slower now, Iâ€™m enjoying watching the leaves dancing through the crystal blue sky in the garden this morning. Beautiful fall days are enjoyable in the garden. The opportunity to take time for thoughtful planning and dreaming of garden and landscape projects to come avails itself in November. Fall is one of the best times to plant and transplant fruit crops, shrubs and trees. So take the time to dream it and then do it during this great fall season.
Thanks To The Tree For Giving!
Those golden, yellow, orange, red and brown leaves that have adorned the trees so beautifully are falling all around and gardeners can be thankful. They will be giving us some, great, free mulch, leaf mold, or brown addition for the compost. Of course, there is some labor involved in all those free leaves. Do remember, not to leave them piled up on your lawn, or they will smother your grass. You should mow or shred them to use as mulch, because used whole, they form a mat that will shed water from your plants. They will also decompose faster if you add to compost shredded rather than whole. Planting
As long as the ground is not frozen: Perennial vegetables such as asparagus.
don’t put it on too thick. You can change the pH in soil and make it too alkaline. If you are burning any brush piles or having campfires, save the charcoal bits to mix with compost in your soil. If you have a pile of sawdust that you would like to decompose faster, dampen the pile, shape it like a donut, and mix up fish emulsion and water, then pour this into the sawdust pile. Cover it with a tarp to retain the moisture. Once it turns black you can use it in the soil to lighten it up.
Add organic matter to beds, and add mulch for winter protection. Cover compost so rain doesn’t leach out the nutrients. Yes, you probably still need to weed. Protect roses by mounding soil around the crown and covering the bud union. Tie down climbing rose canes to protect from cold winter winds. Herbs In The Garden Cilantro (Coriandrum Sativum)
Cilantro, or Chinese parsley is the name given to the leaves of the
It’s tidy up time for the garden.
Anything brown, insect and disease free, gets pulled out and put in the compost. After first frost, remove all of the dried asparagus ferns and top dress with aged manure and mulch 3-4 inches with straw, wood chips or sawdust. Mulch root crops heavy to extend their harvest season. Save wood ashes, keep dry until ready to use. They are valuable for adding potassium and calcium to your soil. Sprinkle it on your soil lightly; a one gallon bucket should cover about 1,000 square feet. Just
Rhubarb. Garlic. Spring and summer flowering bulbs. Plant or transplant fruit crops, shrubs and trees. Remember to keep new plantings watered until the ground freezes. Cool weather annuals such as ornamental kale and cabbage, pansies, primroses, snapdragons, violas and Iceland poppies. Force bulbs like paper whites, hyacinth and amaryllis.
coriander plant. It is in the same family, Apiaceae, as anise, fennel, caraway, cumin and dill. The leaves, flowers, roots and seeds (coriander) of this herb are all edible. There are many health benefits attributed to this herb, but cilantro is most often cited as being effective for toxic metal cleansing. It is a powerful, natural, cleansing agent. The chemical compounds bind to toxic metal and loosen them from the tissue. It’s easy to grow, the bees (and my great granddaughter) love the flowers and they are delicate and beautiful planted en mass. I intercrop cilantro all through my garden beds to attract beneficial insects for organic help in controlling From top to bottom there is defipest insects. There are so many culinary uses nitely much to love and enjoy with for cilantro. It goes into almost all cilantro! of my much loved Tex-Mex dishes.
Fall Flower Power
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summer through late fall is the cockscomb flower (Celosia cristata) known also as crested Celosia, wool flowers and brain flower. They belong to the amaranth family and range in color from dark crimson, red, orange and golden yellow. Feather cockscomb (Celosia argentea) also known as lagos spinach, solo and quail grass has leaves that are used as a leafy green vegetable in many parts of the world. The young, tender, flower spikes are used like a cereal, added to soups or stews, used in salad dressing or as an attractive garnish. The Celosias are easy to grow and will self-seed. They are excellent for cut flowers and they dry well to use in crafts and dried flower arrangements Harvest
Sunchokes, Brussels sprouts, leaf lettuce, arugula, spinach, collards, mustard, turnip, chard, kale, cabbage, beets, carrots and leeks. Pick some pansies or viola blooms to go in your salad. Garden Quotes
Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts. — Author Unknown Gardeners learn by trowel and error. — Gardener Saying Whoever makes a garden has never worked alone, The rain has always found it, the sun has always known, The wind has blown across it and helped to scatter seeds, Whoever makes a garden has all the help he needs. — Author Unknown Nothing is more completely the child of art than a garden. — Sir Walter Scott An optimistic gardener is one who believes that whatever goes down must come up. — Leslie Hall What a blessing and an incredible pleasure it is to have a garden. I rejoice and marvel at the miracle of growing one’s own food. I never tire of seeing the absolutely amazing beauty of flowers and trees in gardens and landscapes enjoying the creativity and artistry that nature and gardeners produce together. — Cassandra Warner November brings a special
time for us to gather with family and friends and be thankful. A great time to delight in the goodness of food from our gardens so fresh and healthy to be giving and sharing with one another. To all my garden friends, may your Thanks & Giving be blessed as you savor those wonderful fall foods while having treasured time with your circle of loved ones. 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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ment to the overall sound, creating a palette for their soaring treble voices. They are joined by the 48-member Heimermann Chorale, a professional adult vocal ensemble that can produce a sound big enough to take down a city wall, yet restrained enough to remain subtly below the children’s voices. The 43-piece professional orchestra segues from a musical backdrop to a character in itself. To evoke authenticity, Heimermann incorporates instruments, such as battle-pipes, pan flute and wind machine. The interplay of the orchestra with the choristers deftly transitions from soul searching to sublime beauty with the orchestra performing
a dialogue that somehow sounds incredulously like an extension of the vocals. Charles Heimermann has been a musical figure in the Nashville community for years. He has arranged for The Nashville Choir, Michael W. Smith, The Gaither’s and David Phelps, to name a few. His Mass of the Angels debuted in Rome, Italy, in 2000 to celebrate Pope John Paul’s 80th birthday celebration. A Symphony Of Psalms will be performed Sunday, November 20, 2016, 5:30 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 33 Burton Hills Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee 37215 There is no admission charge, however, a free-will offering will be collected for the 501(c)3 organization to further their work. All donations are taxdeductible.
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Maury Christmas Home Tour Antebellum homes erected as early as the 1820s as well as Victorian-period homes are among the features of the 2016 Christmas Home Tour for Maury County’s ATPA. Two community museums, one in Mount Pleasant and the other in Hampshire, an early Masonic Lodge and a historic oneroom schoolhouse in the Santa Fe Community will also be on the tour. Tour-goers will get a chance to experience all that Maury County has to offer as they travel to each of the sites. The tour is planned for December 2-3, 2016. Tickets will be available at the Athenaeum, the Visitor’s Center, the James K. Polk Home all in Columbia and Rippavilla in Spring Hill. The Historic Athenaeum at 808 Athenaeum Street, Columbia is Tour Headquarters. For more information, call 931-381-4822 or visit www. MauryChristmas.org
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have given considerable thought over the differences between thesis, antithesis and synthesis. Oops! Did I just lose you? Read on. Thesis, as it is used here, is a position that is stated or put forward for consideration that begs to be proven or disproven. Thesis for example asserts, “God exists!” Antithesis argues, “God does not exist!” Antithesis is the opposite of thesis. Evidently, the Creator thought it necessary to estabBy Charles E. lish this differNewbold, Jr. ence between thesis and antithesis. Good versus evil, life versus death, light versus darkness, love versus hate, peace versus war, righteousness versus sin, and hope versus despair. Antithesis helps define thesis. Without the antithesis, thesis could not be described. How could we explain red without the presence of other colors? Would red even exist without this contrast? How would we know to call it red? How could we ever know the goodness of God in this life apart from the presence of evil? Death demands the existence of life. Hell demands the existence of heaven. Darkness demands light. Sadness demands joy. Sickness demands health. Sin demands righteousness. Practically everything Jesus preached was couched in this phenomenon of thesis and antithesis. We might even think of these as paradoxes. A paradox is a contradiction of terms. Jesus declared such things as: He who seeks to save his life shall lose it, but he who loses his life will gain it. Give and it will be given to you. Many are called, but few are chosen. The poor shall inherit the earth. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. Does the existence of thesis and antithesis mean that God is both good and evil? Absolutely, not! Although numerous scriptures indicate He is the instigator of evil. At
the very least, God had to permit evil, the antithesis of good, in order for us to know that He is altogether good. “God is light and in Him is NO darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5. Many agnostics point to such evil in the world to disavow the existence of God. “How could there be a God?” Ironically though, in acknowledging the existence of the antithesis—that there is so much evil in the world—they unwittingly prove the existence of the thesis. There has to be a God. Without the existence of evil we could not explain good. The antithesis to God surrounds us; consequently, so does God. To even introduce the thought there could be no God, suggests the very possibility of the existence of God. How else could we even conceptualize “God” to question it? How, then, can we reconcile this difference between good and evil? God’s solution is Jesus, the Son of God. He is the synthesis. He reconciles this difference. He called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9. “For it pleased the Father that in Him [Jesus] all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.” Colossians 1:19-20. Thesis and antithesis are certainly evident in the temporal world. It is unlikely to be the case in eternity. There is no night in heaven (Revelation 22:5) and no light in hell (2 Peter 2:17). In view of my thesis—because the opposite of God and His goodness exists—there has to be a God. Nevertheless, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Psalms 14:1. What do you say? 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. www. CharlesNewbold.com
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Seniors find they now have the time in their retirement to do what they’ve always dreamed of – seeing our great local, state and national parks – and on a budget too. Some sites even have wheelchair accessibility and a close proximity to the bathhouse. Many families also camp with their pets. Just keep a close eye on your canine in case he gets too friendly with the campground creatures, particularly some odorous skunks.
o you love to breathe the crisp, outdoor air while you sleep, take in all that nature has to offer and roast marshmallows over a roaring fire. But perhaps you are a little apprehensive about pitching a tent in the woods. Have no fear. You can easily learn to be the camping type.
Why am I camping?
Car camping – where folk drive up to a site in a vehicle loaded with all By Bonnie the gear – is the best way Burch for novices to dip toes into natural adventure. It’s highly affordable lodging and makes some unique memories for the entire family. Just because you are out communing with nature doesn’t mean you have to forgo the creature comforts created by civilization. Many campgrounds boast flush toilets, hot showers and even swimming pools among the amenities.
Who should go?
Well, just about everyone. Yes, even babies in arms can have a great experience camping. In fact, my friends have successfully taken along their newborns in some pretty chilly conditions. Just bundle those youngsters up against the cold and they can become experienced campers too.
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Whenever the mood strikes actually. Some people are adamant about their seasonal camping preferences. The spring and fall are popular times for campers as temperatures are mild and perfect for individuals who have insect phobias, as the bug factor remains fairly low during these cooler months. Spring is for those who enjoy wild flowers and the Earth awakening again after winter. Autumn colors bring out the leaf-peepers. For this reason, campgrounds are usually packed during October weekends. If you can stand the heat, summer is an excellent time to camp. Daylight is longer allowing for more outdoor activities that can only be done without darkness. Outdoor cooking is also easier when it is lighter. Of course, swimming, boating and other water-related sports go with warm temperatures. The summer also means you pack less stuff – shorts, T-shirts and swimsuits rather than big heavy jackets, gloves and propane heaters. A few adventurers promote winter camping. There are no crowds and often they have the entire campground to themselves. Plus iciclecovered waterfalls make for some amazing photographs.
Where to camp?
Campgrounds abound all across the state.
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These can range from commercially operated ventures such as Kampgrounds of America, more commonly known as KOAs, and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks, to state and federally run facilities in local and national park areas. First, think about how you plan to camp before deciding on exactly what location will best suit your needs. Is wilderness important to you or are you camping to save some bucks that would have been spent on a hotel stay instead? Are you going to be driving a big RV that needs a long driveway and lots of pad space? Will you need onsite electrical hook-ups if you take a camper? If you’re the type that pitches a tent, you may want to steer clear of places that cater only to RVs as you might not want to get lost in a sea of vehicles. For this reason, walk-in sites have become popular for those who enjoy more rustic tent camping that’s not far from the car and the bathhouse. Also consider what amenities are important to the happiness of your entire camping crew whether it be golf, hiking or swimming. If campers plan to canoe or fish on the trip, look for places with good river and lake access such as Land Between the Lakes and Edgar Evans or Tim’s Ford State Park. Foster Falls Campground, which offers the only car camping in South Cumberland State Park, is popular among rock climbers. And of course, you can’t go wrong with the majestic beauty found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If your still stuck on picking a specific location, here is a good suggestion. Bandy Creek Campground has it all. Situated smack dab in the highly wooded 125,000 acre Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area on the Cumberland Plateau, this campground has three loops for trailers and RVs, one loop for tent only camping and another loop for group camps. There are even stables nearby for those equestrians who want to bring their favorite horse camping with them. With many miles of hiking trails, whitewater paddling, horseback riding and mountain biking, you’ll not get bored here. A natural wonder to behold a bit of a drive away is the Twin Arches. Hikers can walk on top or underneath these amazing geological features for some impressive photographs. The South Arch measures 103-feet high while the North Arch clocks in at 62 feet. So pack up those marshmallow roasting sticks, rainfly and boots for a couple of days and nights in the woods. Beginners are always welcome. Bonnie Burch is a writer with 20 years of experience in news media and journalism. In her free time, she is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys camping, canoeing and hiking. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband and cat.
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