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Table of Contents

Inside this issue of

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Pencil Art of Glenda Lovell

NEW t his mont h:

Sketching a community, preserving history. Page 10

Find a 5K

Get off the couch and make a dash for a great cause. Page 12

Validity Concert Series

Celebrating community and giving back. Page 14

April 2015

Women in Tech

Vol. 5, Issue 4

By Cody Crawford “Computer Engineer Barbie” versus the real contribution women make in the high-tech industry. Page 16

King’s Daughters’ Art

Burning of the Courthouse Re-enacting from the top floor in Linden.

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Discover Jackson Falls

By Becky Jane Newbold

Hike the Natchez Trace to find magnificent natural treasures. Page 22

Special needs kids discover the artists inside of them.

A Dream Forest By Becky Jane Newbold Nashville-based artist Alan LeQuire shares The Dream Forest with Columbia. Page 26

Page 18 Above, “Black Bear” by Keeli R Cover Art “King of Fruit” (modified background) by Halladay W.

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In Every Issue: Validity Recipes

April Gardens

Ornithology Report

By Katie Hayes

By Cassandra Warner

By Bill Pulliam

Katie takes going green to another level, in the kitchen.

The weather is breaking. Are you ready?

The White-throated sparrow genetically bends the rules.

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One Attorney’s Opinion

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A Haitian Reality

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By Michelle Bonville

By Landis Turner Judicial districting in Tennessee should not be political.

Also in this Issue: From The Publisher, Page 5

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“Jezi renmen ou anpil e mwen renmen ou anpil tou.” Page 32

Window Display Winner, Page 12 Arts & Ag, Page 24 Restrain Yourself, Page 33 Lookin’ Back, Page 33 Cerebral Meanderings, Page 34

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Validity Magazine is published monthly in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Validity Magazine reserves the right to edit editorial and advertising submissions for appropriateness of the publication. Reproduction of any part of Validity Magazine without permission of the publisher is prohibited. Distribution of this magazine does not constitute an endorsement of information, products or services. Views expressed in Validity Magazine do not necessarily represent those of the publisher. Every effort has been made to insure accuracy of the publication contents. However, we do not guarantee the accuracy of all information nor the absence of errors and omissions.

Publisher Becky Jane Newbold, info@validitymag.com, 931-628-6039 Managing Editor Shane Newbold, info@ValidityMag.com, 931-628-6039 Director of Digital Innovation Cody Crawford, cody@validitymag.com, 615-768-9479 Contributing Writers, Bill Pulliam, Cassandra Warner, Charles Newbold Jr., DeeGee Lester, Justin Crawford, Katie Taylor, Landis Turner, Michelle Bonville Contributing Photographers, Cassandra Warner, Katie Taylor

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Reality Perspective

Listen to many, speak to a few.

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ollowing are quotes that reflect my philosophy on life, presuming you care. Perhaps, you should search the web and formulate a list with regard to your idiosyncratic, ideological existence. A couple of my own quotes were added. By Shane Newbold Not that I believe they are profound or worthy of inclusion. It just makes me feel really, really smart. Kinda like assumed intelligence. I am amazed how much wisdom and reality perspective can be gleaned from cleverly organized locution. “Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.” – Elizabeth Taylor “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” – Ronald Reagan “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” – Ronald Reagan “Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian.” – Henry Ford “What a stupendous, what an incomprehensible machine is man! Who can endure toil, famine, stripes, imprisonment and death itself in vindication of his own liberty, and the next moment be deaf to all those motives whose power supported him through his trial, and inflict on his fellow men a bondage, one hour of which is fraught with more misery than ages of that which he rose in rebellion to oppose.” – Thomas Jefferson “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.” – Buddha

“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” – Abraham Lincoln “The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.” – Abraham Lincoln “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln “...and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 – The Apostle Paul “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” – Mark Twain “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” – Albert Einstein “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” – Albert Einstein “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein “When you are courting a nice girl, an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder, a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.” – Albert Einstein “A little science inclines a man to atheism. A depth in science brings a man into conflict with his atheism.” – Anonymous “I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” – Winston Churchill “If you’re going through hell,

keep going.” – Winston Churchill “Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle, old age a regret.” – Benjamin Disraeli “The great duel, the mother of all battles has begun. The dawn of victory nears as this great showdown begins!” – Saddam Hussein* “I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” – Stephen Hawking “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” – Will Rogers “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Will Rogers “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” – Will Rogers “Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” – Will Rogers “Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.” – Hubert H. Humphrey “They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?” – Princess Diana “You are compelled to go. If you go too far, you cannot go back. If you cannot go back, you should not look back.” – Shane Newbold “If you believe everything you own is God’s, including your business, and you are not earning enough, then ask God for a raise.” – Shane Newbold “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.” – Ellen DeGeneres “It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.” – Helen Keller “Wherever I am, I always find

myself looking out the window wishing I was somewhere else.” – Angelina Jolie “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Mother Teresa “The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.” – Clint Eastwood “I have a very strict gun control policy: If there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.” – Clint Eastwood “I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” – Marilyn Monroe “Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.” – Bill Gates “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:9-11 – Jesus Christ “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi “People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” – Isaac Asimov “If you ever have a real need for more than a couple of [gun] magazines, your problem is not a shortage of magazines. It’s a shortage of people on your side of the argument.” – Art Eatman However, regarding the quotations on this page: That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 – Solomon *Whatever. Father to four and best friend to Becky Jane for 27 years, Shane Newbold lives life to the fullest motorcycling, birdwatching, fishing and enjoying his family.

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Delectable Wonders of Spring

It’s So Easy Being Green

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looms are approaching their peak. Is it not a beautiful site to see after an arduous winter? So many pastel colors, especially all the vibrant greens, make this time of year my favorite. The recipes this month are inspired by the same shades of green I see in all the regrowth around me. Also, the recipes are inseason. So stop by your local farmers market to ensure you get the freshest ingredients!

Green Goddess Pesto Pasta

Serves 4

Pesto

Ingredients: 1 cup fresh arugula 1 cup fresh basil ½ cup pecan halves ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice Freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste

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Noodles

Ingredients: 2 large zucchini squash, julienned 1 large yellow squash, julienned 8 ounces Italian spaghetti noodles . 6 Validitymag.com


Remaining ingredients: 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1 tablespoon olive oil Dash salt and red pepper flakes Instructions: 1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box, and while this is cooking, prepare the zucchini and yellow squash by julienning into “noodles.” 2. Combine all the ingredients for the pesto into a food processor, and process until smooth. 3. In a large skillet, heat the tablespoon of olive oil. Add cherry tomatoes and salt + pepper, cook-

ing until tomatoes begin to soften and “burst.” 4. In the large pot used to cook the pasta, combine tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, pasta and pesto, and heat over low-medium heat until all is heated throughout. Serve by itself or with a fried egg. Recipe adapted from cookieandkate. com

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Spring Green Pizza Serves 2-4 Ingredients: ½ lb. asparagus, tough ends removed and shaved into thin strips 2 green onions, white ends removed and chopped ½ cup crumbled blue cheese ½ cup fontina cheese

Tangy Mustard-Lemon Sauce

Easy No-Rise Pizza Dough

Ingredients: 1 cup water, very hot but not boiling 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 envelope (2 ¼ teaspoons) rapid-rise or instant yeast 2 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon sea salt Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Prepare the dough: In small bowl, combine water, sugar, oil and yeast.

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Ingredients: 1 tablespoon course seeded/old fashioned mustard 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Pinch of salt

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5. Using a rolling pin, roll out half of the dough onto a lightly-greased pizza sheet. You can use the other half later and store in the freezer. 6. Combine all ingredients for the sauce, and spread out in a thin layer on the pizza dough. 7. Top with the remaining toppings. 8. Cook at 425 until crispy, about 12-15 minutes.

Spring Green Pizza

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Mustard-Lemon sauce adapted from ohsheglows.com; No-Rise pizza dough adapted from cookieandkate.com

Recipe Inspired by Whole Foods and adapted from powerhungry.com

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salt and pepper. Process until smooth, transferring to a large mixing bowl. 2. To the cauliflower mixture, add in quinoa, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and fresh greens. Mix well, and form into patties. 3. Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat, and cook cakes for 4-6 minutes, flipping once. These can be stored in the refrigerator up to one week.

Green Power Cakes Makes 12 cakes Ingredients: 2 (12 ounce) bags frozen cauliflower, thawed and drained 1 (15 ounce) can white Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained 2 green onions, white ends removed and chopped 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped ½ teaspoon salt .

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½ teaspoon black pepper 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled 1 ½ cups bread crumbs ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 2 cups fresh, roughly-chopped greens (I suggest a mixture of kale and spinach) Olive oil for cooking in pan Instructions: 1. In a large food processor (you may have to do in multiple batches if your processor is small like mine), combine thawed cauliflower, beans, green onions, garlic,

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lenda Lovell cannot remember a time she didn’t draw or “doodle” as she describes her early work. She entered an art contest at the age of twelve and was asked to attend an art school for promising young talent. This, as well as many other attempts for professional training, would never come to fruition. But Glenda did not allow this to suffocate her dream of being an artist. She persevered and honed her craft in the only way she could, practice. A native of Hickman County, Glenda loves her community and wants others to love it too. Over her lifetime, she has seen many beau-

tiful and historically significant buildings torn down or completely deteriorate beyond repair. Since our future steps on the heels of the past, she feels it is important to remember from where we have come. With this motivation, her passion recaptures images of the past and gives them new life for another generation. In this world where color seems to reign, Glenda has found her niche for expressing a love of art, faith and history into one medium. When asked why she chose pencil,


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she casually replied with a smile, “I think it chose me. I believe God gives us all gifts. Drawing is His gift to me and I want to honor Him with it while I share it with others.� Glenda, affectionately known by her family as Granny Fire, lives in Centerville where she enjoys art, cooking, gardening and sharing ice cream with her family on the front porch swing or a picnic under a shade tree. She is a favorite for many wanting a glimpse of days gone by in their own sentimental way. She has been commissioned for innumera-

ble family homesteads and memories of the past. These glimpses have then been immortalized into small treasure cards that include scripture and historical facts. She recently was commissioned for artwork related to books: Homeward Bound through Twomey by LeeAnn Mayberry and The Whole Nine Yards by Colonel Alfred Asch and son, David Asch. Her work is currently displayed on the Chamber of Commerce map of Hickman County and in the Centerville post office. Her first art show at Wild Duck Soup Emporium on the Centerville Square opened on Thursday

March 26 and will remain available for viewing through the month of April. Her note cards and prints are available at Centerville Market Place, Town Crier, Wild Duck Soup Emporium and Remember When in Centerville. Glenda can be reached on Facebook or through the Art Guild of Hickman County.

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“Mama Killed That Peach Tree”

Copyright Mark Ashley I remember it was in the winter of Nineteen sixty-five Me and mama moved in town to a house on Maple Drive Dad was in the army serving overseas Leaving mama all alone to do her best with me My favorite fun when the chores were done was climbing our only tree The neighbor said the peaches that it made were big and sweet It’s sturdy frame soon became the object of my affections But to my dismay it also played a role in my correction Mama killed that peach tree trying to teach me right from wrong Her ways and my ways never got along Worried that my early years would lead to a life of crime Mama killed that peach tree ‘one switch at a time’ Sometimes it was a horse to ride with Indians on the loose Sometimes a place to hide when my neck was in the noose Because everyday I misbehaved Mother never faltered The devil in me got a whippin’ and that poor ole tree got smaller Spare the rod, spoil the child is what you see today If you knew me you’d agree I turned out ok It’s no wonder this old world is in the shape it’s in When Mothers can go to jail for what mine did back then Mama killed that peach tree ‘one switch at a time’

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April 18, 7:30 a.m. Oak View Elementary School, 2390 Henpeck Lane, Franklin, TN 37064 http://www.giveahootrace.com

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Original Mud Run

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t the Strand Theatre on Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m., the second annual Validity Concert Series will again benefit the Davis House Child Advocacy Center. Proceeds will benefit the programs and services provided by Davis House to child victims of sexual and/or severe physical abuse. Sponsors of the event are The Oliver Companies, CB&S Bank, Jones Hometown Pharmacy, Barber Oil, Duncan’s Hardware, Tommy L. & Joan Graham and Caledonia Financial. “The Validity Concert Series celebrates the musical heritage of our area,” commented Validity Magazine owner/publisher Becky Jane Newbold. “It also raises money for and brings awareness to local organizations who bless our communities. We are pleased to host this event on behalf of Davis House Child Advocacy Center.” Last year, the star-studded musical lineup included the Redhead Express, singer/songwriter Lee Thomas Miller and Kenny Durham. This year, the Redhead Express will be returning, along with Mike Webb, who has performed with Marty Stuart on the Grand Ole Opry, and Amanda Rose, a singer/songwriter from Hohenwald who is signed to a Los Angeles independent label. The four sister group, Redhead Express, has been touring from Alaska since 2007 and has performed over 2000 shows. They now reside in middle Tennessee, in the heart of America’s roots music.

Since Mike Webb was a young boy, a love of traditional country music and the Grand Ole Opry have been a passion. As a teenager, Mike was befriended by music legends Roy Acuff, Charlie Collins and Brother Oswald. Mike learned to appreciate the heritage of country music. Mike was given Brother Oswald’s dobro as the legend neared the end of his life. “This instrument doesn’t need to be in a museum,” Oswald told Mike, “It needs to be played.” Amanda Rose will be accompanied by Luke and Zach Newbold. Amanda Rose started her musical journey early in childhood. Stuck all day in the thrift store her parents owned, Amanda would write songs about her experiences there and sing them to the customers. “I am a survivor of child sexual abuse; not just a survivor, but a thriver, and I have the Davis House to thank for that,” she stated. “They are sensitive, sincere and dedicated, and I am honored to support them by sharing the gift that my Creator blessed me with.” Davis House provides services to Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry counties at no cost to the children or families, as the advocacy center is a 501c3 not-for-profit charity. According to the Davis House, there are 63,875 children in the four-county service area. National statistics convey that 1 in 10 of those children will be sexually abused by age 18. Davis House aid includes: forensic interviews,

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write obscene stuff on them, then put them on our office fridge. I was so inexperienced that I put up with it for too long.” -Meggan Blake, quoted on glamour.com At TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 (a hackathon) two men presented an app called Titstare, where men share pictures of themselves looking at women’s breasts. Children were in the audience at the event, and one nine year old girl had an entry in the competition. In the past, a woman that worked with my husband related to him how a male colleague had told her she would never be a good engineer “because she was a woman.” Mattel came out with a Computer Engineer Barbie a few years ago, and everyone was so excited. A book was released also. It was called Barbie: I Can be a Computer Engineer. Here’s how the book goes. First, Barbie is designing a game to show kids how computers work, but she says, “I’m only creating the design ideas. I’ll need Steven’s and Brian’s help to turn it into a real game!” Right then, Barbie’s computer gets a virus, which she idiotically transfers to her sister’s computer through an infected flash drive. She has to get the two boys to help her remove the viruses, as well as help her make her idea into a “real game.” At the end, Barbie takes credit for everything the boys did in her “Let Me Dress You” computer science class. Barbie turns out to be a very bad computer engineer as well as a 5326 Main St. jerk. Suite C And we wonder why Spring Hill, TN women are not taken seriously in tech roles. It seems to be embedded in our culture. Shanley Kane, a tech culture critic, says she doesn’t have a lot of advice to offer women facing gender discrimination. “There’s not a whole Tues.-Fri., 10-6 lot you can do to keep your career from being crushed by Sat., 10-4 misogyny.” But all the recent lawsuits Mother’s and articles would argue that Day is Right Alterations Available many disagree. Although Around the many places are still not ideal Corner!

ilicon Valley is apparently not the inspiring place it has been made out to be. In light of the recent Ellen Pao trial, in which Pao accused her ex-employer, Kleiner Perkins, of gender discrimination, article after article surfaced in which women discuss the sexism they have faced working in the technology field. Pao lost her case, but since she sued, both Facebook and Twitter have been sued by women claiming they faced sex discrimination at work. Most of the complaints emerge from Silicon Valley. “One of my first jobs in tech By Cody Crawford was at this small web development shop. Aside from a few great guys, the environment was straight out of one of those PSAs on sexual harassment. If I disagreed about a design direction, they would ask me if I was on my period. They would print out pictures of me from Facebook and

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for women to work, there is much we can do to fix it. We can advocate for women in the tech industry and in leading roles in any company. To state the obvious, women are just as capable as men of being scientists, mathematicians, engineers, programmers, managers and CEOs. We can encourage our daughters and sisters to join the tech field. Even though I have wondered before if it is wise to encourage girls to enter a career where they might face disrespect and discrimination, education on the topic can solve that. We can teach our boys to be respectful and to value women equally. We can teach our girls to speak up, to value themselves, and that no job is worth putting up with harassment of any kind. One solution is to find female tech role models for young girls. It would be easier in the workforce if the ratio of men to women was not so skewed. In a recent Vogue article, it said the percentages of women in technical roles at Mozilla, Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Pinterest were each less than 20 percent. A lot of people that are technically minded start learning skills at a young age. This means girls also need to start young to be competitive. It takes good role models for young girls to want to have careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and to think it’s “cool” to be technical and a leader. Here is a list of awesome female role models. I didn’t do a list of male role models because people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are household names. Also, this isn’t an exhaustive list. It’s just a list of some that are influential in the tech industry. These women have differing opinions on how to address the issue of women in tech, but each voice is important. Anne-Marie Imafidon

With an impressive resume, including being the youngest person ever to receive a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford, Imafidon is a huge proponent of women in STEM. She founded a group called the Stemettes Project to get more women and girls involved in STEM careers. “Tech-

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nology is at the forefront of the economy and women have a vital role to play,” commented Imafidon. “When my daughters are born I don’t want them to feel like the odd ones out.” Caterina Fake

Co-founder of Flickr and Hunch, which were acquired by Yahoo and eBay, respectively, Caterina is the queen of startups. She is now founder and CEO of Findery. She blogs about women in tech on her website, caterina.net. She was previously a board Caterina Fake member of Etsy, where she advocated for companies to learn how to recruit women into technical roles. “If your company is mostly male, you will have to work extra hard to create a women-friendly culture, where women don’t feel they are ‘different’,” she remarked. Katharine Zaleski

“I’m sorry to all the mothers I worked with,” stated Katharine Zaleski, who worked as a manager for many years before she had children. She says she “silently slandered” mothers who couldn’t make last-minute drinks or who didn’t stay late at the office. That all changed once she had a child of her own and began to understand the struggle Katharine Zaleski of being a working mother. She is now cofounder of PowerToFly, which enables mothers to find jobs where they can work from home.


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lounge chair in a blue dress, and some were angry, saying a male CEO wouldn’t have done that. Mayer is known for disregarding the issue of gender in tech, stating, “If you can find something that you’re really passionate about, whether you’re a man or a woman comes a lot less into play. Passion is a gender-neutralizing force.” Sheryl Sandburg

Author of the book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg writes that while we should not give up fighting against the exterior circumstances that cause women to be devalued in the workplace, women should look inward to discover reasons they may be getting overlooked. “We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by p u l l ing back when we Sheryl Sandburg should be

leaning in,” Sandberg stated. Stacey Ferreira

Starting the company MySocialCloud with her brother when she was only 18 years old, Ferreira now is the CEO of AdMoar, an advertising agency. She founded 2 Billion Under 20, which motivates young people to achieve t h e i r dreams. Ferreira is a college dropout Stacey Ferreira who speaks at conferences all over the world on innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Tracy Chou has had internships at Google and Facebook and now works at Pinterest as a software engineer. In addition to her job at Pinterest, she is heading up an investigation that tracks the actual numbers of women in technical roles. “The quality, relevance, and impact of the products and services output by Tracy Chou the technology sector can only be improved by having the people who are building them be demographically representative of the people who are using them,” Chou wrote. Cody Crawford holds a Bachelor of Science in software engineering from Middle Tennessee State University and serves as Director of Digital Innovation for Validity Publishing.

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Pushing Boundaries with Art By Becky Jane Newbold

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Classy artwork hangs in the Register of Deeds office on the square in Columbia. Closer inspection reveals notable, local photographer Clark Quin’s work among the framed masterpieces. But who are these unknown, undiscovered artists, whose works hold secrets, triumphs and joy? A partnership of Andrew Mindyas, art teacher at King’s Daughters’ School, and John Fleming, Maury County Register of Art Teacher Andrew Mindyas and Deeds, birthed the gallery. And young artassistant, Barbara Robinson. ists are finding affirmation in both the creation and the profits. The King’s Daughters’ School, in Maury County since 1912, “promotes independence through educational, residential and community services for individuals with developmental disabilities.” So why art? “Initially, I wanted to push these kids to do something they’ve never done before. An unexpected result: an improvement in fine motor skills and problem solving,” Mindyas explained. Other teachers recognized the progress too. Assistant Director Shauna Bryant noticed how great the artwork was and “even the Columbia Daily Herald sometimes would publish artwork once a week,” he added. Mindyas knows, after nearly a decade of working with special needs people, “their thinking is black and white. Interpretation is limited so when they are asked to perform tasks without parameters, it can be a challenge,” Mindyas noted. “The art lessons helps push them to think and push through the boundaries. It is nice that they can do the same lesson, yet all have evolved into their personalities in their drawings.” Each piece of art has a short description of the artist. Halladay, whose art “King of Fruit” is found on the cover of this issue, “just loves art. In fact, she’s used her art to become an entrepreneur, making and selling her own jewelry.” Mindyas characterizes another artist, Keeli, as one who tells stories about each decision of every stroke, each nuance in her art. The first piece of art that sold was created by a ten year old named Bubby, whose depiction of a lesson theme on “Grumpy Cat” drew the attention of a Daily Herald reader. “I’m a professional now,” he exclaimed upon the sale. Students are exploring pencil, pen and ink, oil, pastel, collage, digital photography, digital ceramics and even sharpie, cardboard, plaster and wax. When we visited their class, the students were creating minimalist collages of their A student tracing on the light table. own faces from photographs taken in class.


“You are looking for tones,” Mindyas instructed. “Trace your face like a map. Use dotted lines to map where the light changes. Yes, this will look like a ‘hot mess’ in the beginning,” he encouraged when the girls seemed unhappy with the appearance. Confident and trusting, King’s Daughters’ art students examined their faces through the light table and went to work. Existing in a world few understand, through art, they learn to express the depth of their insight that has no bounds.

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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 one-sizefits-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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for anyone living outside of the big county to be elected judge, district attorney or public defender. (Lest readers think I have sour grapes, I never ran for a position in the court system.) I cite the situation in the 21st district because I am so familiar with it. Other districts in our state are also dominated by one big county. This whole matter could be addressed by proper redistricting. During the last session of our General Assembly, Lt. Governor Ramsay led an effort to redistrict the state’s district judges. In the 21st district, the three small counties would have gone into other districts. Williamson County would have had its own judges, without sharing them with small, rural counties with which it has little in common. The plan failed in the House of Representatives. Politics killed what was, in my opinion, a pretty good bill. At least, it greatly improved and served the people far better than what we have today. But there was some hostility among the legislative bodies; some judges demanded additional judges if more counties were added to their districts, and some lawyers and judges objected to parts of the plan affecting their areas of practice. But as a whole, the plan was satisfactory to the majority of the courts and members of the bar. No effort to redistrict is planned in the foreseeable future, so we will suffer under the present situation indefinitely.

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Dream Forest Exhibit

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Artist Alan LeQuire addressed the Columbia Arts Council, local dignitaries and members of the public at an artist reception March 20, 2015 at the Maury County Library, Columbia.

The Dream Forest by Nashville artist Alan LeQuire includes three plaster torso pieces placed inside the Maury County Library. Each weighs approximately 600 to 800 pounds and is carved like a tree featuring scripts and passages of LeQuire’s “dream thoughts,” edited by Nashville novelist, Madison Smartt Bell. LeQuire is known for his Athena Parthenos statue in the Parthenon at Nashville’s Centennial Park and the Musica sculpture near Music Row.

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rtist Alan LeQuire attributes growing up on a farm, parents who let him “wander the woods” and “nightmares of oppressive malevolent sculptures” with the creativity from which he drew in designing The Dream Forest. Visions from his childhood returned in adulthood, without the malevolence, he explained to a gathering at the Maury County Library. In its place, dreams of loving, supportive figures led LeQuire to create representations of the forest ecosystem from his childhood. The Dream Forest inspired eight wooden boards created by Jim Sherraden of Hatch Show Print and a handmade book of poetry, edited by Madison Smartt Bell.

The Dream Forest exhibit, presented by the Columbia Arts Council, the Tennessee Arts Commission and private donations, may be viewed at the green across from the Maury County Library and inside the facility, 211 W 8th St, Columbia, through December 20, 2015. The outdoor exhibit is comprised of concrete sculptures that represent “reinterpretations of LeQuire’s dreamscapes” etched with poetry.

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rowing, budding, blooming, coming to life, warm sun, gentle showers: The first full month of spring is filled with lovely sights, smells and the enchanting sounds of birds singing about the miraculous changes that we see unfolding all around us. March gave us a little bit of everything, ice, sleet, rain, more rain and that beautiful, snowy look of winter wonderland. Then, as spring was edging in, a few absolutely perfect days to be out in the garden tantalized. Then more rain and cool again. With all the coming, going and changing of weather conditions, planting early spring crops proved a challenge.

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April is a most wonderful time of enjoyment in the garden, and much of that time is spent planting the cooler weather spring crops and getting the garden ready for growing them. Be sure not to get in too much of a hurry to plant warm weather crops until after our last frost date, which is usually around April 15th. However, we do have those By Cassandra Warner frosts later sometimes. It’s usually called blackberry winter or dogwood winter. That translates to, if you plant too early the plants might freeze or you’ll have to do a lot of extra work to protect them. So sometimes, even though you may want to rush out and get a head start right on the 15th and put out your transplants of tomatoes and peppers, waiting just a little longer won’t hurt much.

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*A week before our last frost date, begin to harden off transplants in a cold frame or protected area. *Plant early spring vegetables such as peas, spinach, lettuce and leeks. For an extended harvest, plant several varieties of these each with different dates for maturing. *Also plant cabbage, broccoli, carrots, beets, parsnips, chard, kale, turnips, radishes, potatoes and onions. *After April 15th, begin to sow seeds of bush beans, pole beans, squash, melons, cucumber, okra and New Zealand spinach. *Transplant any shrubs you want to move before they leaf out. *Plant any bulbs you may have forced in pots in the house such as daffodils, crocus, hyacinth and tulips. Perhaps they will bloom next year, but they might need a year or two to build back

enough food reserve to support flowering. *Plant a strawberry bed. *Plant tender bulbs and tubers like gladiolas, lilies and dahlias. *Plant sweet corn at the end of April or the first of May. Maintenance

*Divide, clean and mulch perennial beds. *Clean your rose beds or garden

of leaves, and remove any diseased leaves from your bushes. Black spot fungal disease can survive the winter and can be a problem come spring if these are not cleaned up. Keeping beds clean will help keep disease down. I like to eat roses and make tea with them, so I want my roses all organic. Preventive measures to keep disease down is important. *It’s a good time to amend the soil in rose beds if needed. To encourage roses to grow, try a mix of equal parts of composted cow manure, garden soil and mushroom compost. Then top off with 2 inches of mulch. *After the last frost has passed, feed roses with organic fertilizer. *Try adding 1/2 cup of epsom salt at the base of each plant, and water it well to encourage new cane growth. *Top dress any beds to prepare them for planting. Use compost, well composted manure or worm castings. In established beds, it’s better not to dig it in so you don’t disturb that complex soil ecosys-

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tem; just put it on top. The nutrients will work their way down into the soil. That’s easy enough! *If your soil pH is below 6.2, it will benefit by adding lime. The finest grind is Dolomite, and that is recommended. Add the lime several weeks before planting. *Give garlic an application of composted cow manure (high nitrogen) when it is 6-8 inches high. This will help promote the development of larger bulbs. *Thin seedlings of carrots, beets, onions and parsnips to about 3 fingers apart. *Thin seedlings of leafy greens and use in a spring salad. *Hill soil next to potato plants when they are about 5 inches tall. *Keep the compost going, turning often to speed up the process. *Prune spring blooming shrubs after flowering. Harvest

*Begin cutting asparagus spears from beds 2-years-old or older. Cut off at ground level. Don’t leave stubs above the ground, asparagus beetles can be attracted to these, and it can also provide an entry point for disease. *Harvest only 2-3 of the leaves from 2-year-old rhubarb plants. From a 3-year-old or older plant, up to 1/3 of the plant can be harvested. Remove flower stalks to keep it in production. Pull the stalks to harvest; don’t cut. Note that rhubarb leaves are poisonous to eat, so eat only the stalks. The leaves can be used in the compost or used around plants that like acidic soil. Tips To Keep The Bad Bugs At Bay

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amending with organic matter. *Keep the garden clean. *Don’t apply too much nitrogen as over application can result in excessive tender growth that is very appealing to pest insects. *Chose transplants with healthy roots light in color, not brown and tightly bound around each other (root bound). *Plant seed or plants where they will have the best conditions in which they are known to thrive. Simply put the right plant in the right place. *Interplant in your garden with plants that help repel pests, such as onions, garlic and marigolds, and those that attract beneficial insects, such as coriander (cilantro), dill, parsley, sunflower, coneflower, chervil, fennel, caraway, coreopsis and blanket flowers. Medicinal Herbs In The Garden

A recent survey revealed that close to 50 percent of all prescriptions made by physicians contain drugs that are either derived from natural sources or synthesized from natural models as the sole ingredient or as one of several ingredients. Consider growing some of the herbs that can be very effective for use in many everyday problems like colds, coughs, headaches, bruises, aches and other non-emergency health issues, right in your own garden. You can grow some of these herbs in a small space. If you don’t have much room, you can even grow them in containers on the

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ONIONS AND GARLIC - Both contain antibacterial and antiviral compounds to help ward off colds and flu, as well as anti-inflammatory compounds and other compounds that are said to help protect against heart disease and cancer. So they are a good addition to a medicinal garden and are also good to interplant throughout the garden to help control pests. NETTLE - Leaves can be used as a tea. These contain antihistamines and anti-inflammatories, and open bronchial and nasal passages. Nettle has been used to help with depression, asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia. It has also been used effectively in reducing blood pressure, helping to maintain kidney and liver function, and topically to treat wounds, stings and rashes. It is also used to help lose weight, get rid of acne, eczema and stop hair loss. Boiling the leaves takes the sting out. Nettle will interact with medications like blood thinners, those used for lowering blood pressure or those for managing diabetes. CAYENNE PEPPER This is a circulatory stimulant to strengthen the heart and blood vessels, and it helps lower cholesterol. It is said to aid in weight loss, help regulate blood sugar, reduce colds, fevers, flu

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white-striped male with a tan-striped female; the other half a white-striped female with a tan-striped male. A white-striped bird, male or female, nearly always pairs with a tan-striped bird of the opposite sex. Very few pairs consist of white-striped with white-striped or tan-striped with tan-striped. OK, so far this does not sound revolutionary. But there is another twist. Regardless of whether they are male or female, the whitestriped member of the pair is the more territorial and aggressive bird. And the tanstriped bird is the one who is dedicated to parental care. Even when it is a female, Tan-striped (left) and white-striped (right) forms of White-throated Sparrow the white-striped bird takes on the role that in most other songbirds is taken by the male. And the tan-striped bird takes on the role usually assumed by the female in other species, while back, I wrote about the bold, length-wise stripes on even when it is a male. the sparrows, those confus- the top of its head, and the white As I mentioned, this split is not ing little brown birds that throat patch set off by two thin are so numerous around here in the dark “mustache lines.” If you as absolute as the strict male-female winter. In particular, I wrote about live in more open farmland, you divide. A white-striped male and a a few of the most common and might also have the similar White- white-striped female can mate and c o n s p i c u o u s crowned Sparrow, which lacks the produce offspring; the same goes for two tan-striped birds. Howevspecies, one of markings on its throat. Now look at the sparrows’ head er, these pairings are very rare, and which was the White-throated stripes more closely. Through the they don’t do as well. So in essence, winter, they tend to be a bit dingy. you very nearly have four distinct Sparrow. As we move But in spring they molt into fresh genders – aggressive male, parental into spring, it plumage, and about half of the in- male, aggressive female, and pamay seem like dividuals acquire crisp, black and rental female. And whichever you By Bill Pulliam an odd time white stripes. These are called the are, you need to find a mate who to write a column focusing on a “white-striped” birds. The other is your opposite on both traits, not bird that only spends the winter half remain more dull, with the just the opposite sex. This may seem just like another here. Most of the White-throats stripes really being dark brown example of the sort of personalwill leave here for their northern and pale tan rather than black and nesting grounds by mid-May. But white. These are the “tan-striped” ity sorting in couples that you see in many animals and in people, just now, towards the end of their birds. You might think the obvious, too. But what is different here is winter sojourn here, they begin to reveal a surprising, even shocking that the white-striped birds are that the personality is a sharp onemales and the tan-striped birds are or-the-other split, and it is clearly thing about themselves. White-throated Sparrows have females. This is often the case in marked in the bird’s plumage. Genetically also, this white birds, that the spring and summer four genders, not two. versus tan-striped division comes It’s not actually quite as ex- males are more brightly colored. treme as that, but it is close. The But it turns out that the white- from a major chromosome rearsecond set of genders is not as rigid striped and tan-striped birds are rangement that is unique to this and fixed as the traditional male-fe- both evenly split between males one species. I don’t want to go too far into the molecular biology here. male duo found in most of nature. and females. Here is where the story gets But most people know something But it is a big step in that direction. So what on earth am I talk- strange. Up in the north where about the way sex is determined ing about? Well, if you have some they nest, nearly all pairs of White- in humans: Whether you are a White-throated Sparrows handy, throated Sparrows consist of one boy or a girl depends on which sex take a close look at them. The white-striped bird and one tan- chromosomes you get from each of White-throat is the sparrow with striped bird. Half the pairs are a your parents.

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The white-striped/tan-striped thing also turns out to be based in a major chromosome difference between the two types. It’s not a full second set of sex chromosomes, but it is a major section of one of the regular chromosomes that is inserted “backwards” in some and not in others. Since it is not a completely separate chromosome, two white- or tan-striped birds can produce babies together, unlike, of course, two males or two females. But with just one more change in the chromosome, breaking the backwards segment loose entirely, then we really would have two sets of sex chromosomes and four completely different genders. It would become biologically impossible for two birds with the same color head stripes to make babies, not just unlikely. This sort of hard-wired division of labor within pairs is common among birds. In birds of prey, for instance, females are usually larger and more aggressive, while males are smaller and more agile. In many songbirds, the males are more brightly colored and aggressive, while the females are duller and do most of the parental care. In some shorebirds, this is reversed, with brightly colored females leaving the parental care to the plain, drab males. But what is unique with the White-throated Sparrow is that the genetically determined plumage and personality difference is completely separate from the male/female gender. Whether there is a lesson here for human relationships, I can’t say. Nature is often not an easy guide for us, for the simple reason that if you look long and hard in the natural world, you will find an example of just about anything you can imagine. You may even find a cute little brown bird that has four genders, not just two, probably sitting not far from you right now. 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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the roof. Last week, we held church services every day. Services each afternoon were approximately three hours long. On Friday, we finished the week with a night service which didn’t start until 8 p.m. and was still going when I went to bed at 12:30 a.m.! It is quite amazing how Haitians can sit in the heat on hard benches and worship for so long. Every night, I was surrounded by young children. During one service, we were told to split up and pray with a partner. Most adults grabbed hands with another adult and began to pray. I looked around at a bench full of young children, gathered them to me and prayed over each of them. I sat on a bench and the children knelt around me, some laying their heads in my lap. The Spirit was so sweet as we prayed together. One young girl was wearing ragged clothes and her hair was askew, which is not a common sight in Haitian churches where even the homeless will make you feel underdressed for church. After I prayed over each child, she threw her arms around me. I whispered in her ear, “Jezi renmen ou anpil e mwen renmen ou anpil tou.” (Jesus loves you very much and I love you very much too). The look of joy that came across her face is not something I will soon forget. My Sunday classes with the 4-10 year olds are going well. The kids seem excited to have their own class, and most are eager to learn any memorization work I assign them. We are currently working on some things to present to the church on Easter. The students are memorizing scriptures and working on a sign language piece. Last week, another young lady from the church began teaching the 11-15 year olds. I love to see how excited the kids are about coming now. Every day this week, I have had children come to me before or after school to practice their sign language or recite their memory Michelle Bonville

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usy, tired, hot and happy would be the words I would use to describe myself right now. The weather here in Haiti is beginning to get fairly warm again. January and February were beautiful, allowing us to sleep comfortably in our rooms (even without electricity) by just opening a window. I admit, I’m already missing the cool weather! We have had quite a few unexpected days off school. We have not had any more transportation strikes the last couple of weeks, although one is scheduled for this coming Monday and Tuesday, but we did have extra days off for national mourning. During Carnival (a celebration that is for several days leading up to Mardi Gras and includes costumes, music, dancing and parades), a popular singer was standing at the top of a float in the parade, and his head caught an electrical wire. The wire burned him

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and also fell on other people. Most of the news reports have given different numbers (the news reports in Haiti are rarely accurate), but it seems that approximately 16 people died and 78 were injured during the chaos. Most of the injuries and deaths were caused by trampling rather than electrocution. Because so many people died during a national holiday, they called for three days of national mourning, during which businesses and schools were supposed to close. They later cancelled the mourning days, but by the time it was announced, the schools had already closed. The “opposition” has also been having several demonstrations against the current political party, but they have been held in Port-au-Prince. Here on the compound, we have been hard at work. Thanks to a donation that was sent specifically to fix up the house, we were able to paint the outside of the house, replace a broken door, fix some leaks and are preparing to fix a part of

verses. I’m excited to announce that our first Professional School classes start this coming week. We will be starting with English, and I will be teaching the first group of students three afternoons a week. It’s going to be busy for the next few months between school, English classes, Sunday school classes and all the prep that goes into each of them, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Upon returning to Haiti in January, I asked God to please use me more. As God has opened opportunities, I found that the main hindrance to being used by God is me! In order to step into these ministries, my own pride had to be set aside. Looking back, there have been things I could have been doing earlier, but I allowed myself the excuse of not knowing the language well enough. By stepping up to teach in areas that I don’t feel qualified, I have had to set pride aside and trust heavily on the Lord to help me. If even one child comes to know the Lord better through my obedience, it will be worth any embarrassing mistakes I may make. Michelle Bonville is a kindergarten teacher from Hohenwald, Tennessee and is currently on a one year mission trip to teach in Haiti. To learn how you can help feed a child, at a cost of $2.25 per month, call General Assembly & Church of the First Born at 931-796-4368.


Restrain Yourself H ow well are you doing keeping the Ten Commandments? You might actually think you were doing okay until you read where Jesus messed everything up. The Ten Commandments are made up of By Charles E. things we are supposed to do Newbold, Jr. and things we are not to do—things we have to restrain ourselves from doing. Exodus 20:1-17. So, we work as best we can to restrain ourselves from breaking these laws. However, the fact that we have to restrain ourselves from doing something means that the tendency to do it is still in us. If it were not, we would not need to restrain ourselves. That is exactly where Jesus messes it up for us. Restraining ourselves is not enough, He contends. For example, the sixth commandment says we are not to murder. Jesus added we were not even to be angry. Matthew 5:21-22. This is the difference between “doing” and “being.” The murder is the “doing” part. The anger is the “being” part. We might manage to refrain from killing somebody, but who can manage the anger? Even the idea that we have to manage anger implies that we still have it. We need the anger to go away. Not so easy. The anger is embedded in our old fallen man nature of sin. Jesus knew keeping the law went deeper than mere behavior. On the one hand, we need to change our nature; yet, on the other hand, we are totally incapable of doing that. Is there any hope at all that we might be able to fulfill God’s law in our own strength? Honestly, no!

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It is as if Jesus looked His audience in the eye and asked in so many words, “They say do not murder. I say don’t even be angry. Now, what are you going to do about that?” He knew from the beginning that He was God’s answer and not we. He was revealing to us that we could never be righteous by the works of our own hands. We need someone to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. We need someone who does not have that natural tendency or compulsion to sin, someone who has no sin. None whatsoever! We need someone to be our substitute both in life and in death, someone to take away our sins and the consequences of death. We need someone to save us. That is exactly what Father God did when He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus did not do away with God’s law. He fulfilled it. He made it possible for us to have a different nature, one that is not prone to disobey God’s law. That is why we need to be born again. John 3:16. We become a new creation in Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:17. The Spirit of Christ comes into us and lives His life through us. As Paul the apostle said, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me, and the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who died for me.” Galatians 2:20. If, indeed, God has changed our hearts, we are no longer under the law. We keep the Ten Commandments from the inside out. We should no longer have to restrain from doing the evil deeds of our hearts, because the law is now written on our hearts. Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10. 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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ericho, Kansas experienced, in 2006, the nightmare many preppers dread. Major United States cities were nuked into oblivion, leaving the rural town completely unprepared and dependent upon their own resources. Well, at least that’s what happened in the TV series Jericho. By Shane Newbold It could happen folks! And lucky for you, I am here to give you the basics of prepping. Some of you are probably thinking, “That idiot Newbold has been watching too much TV again. It’s going to his head.” My reply to the naysayers, “Well Mr./Mrs. Smartypants, are you ready for zombies, nuclear attacks destroying high percentages of the world’s population, viral outbreaks, terrorists’ plots to destroy first world power grids, excessive government control, etc.? I didn’t think so. Oh, and when the government collapses, who will pay for all our entitlements? We may all have to actually work.” Now, I’m beginning to scare myself. Personally, I’m not sure I could handle real work. But one does not want to be caught short of oil for one’s lamp. You know, Matthew 25:1-13

(NASB) and the parable of ten virgins: “1 Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. 5 Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.” Anyway, back to reality. Don’t mean to be captain obvious, but prepping is slang for preparing. After exhaustive research (Googling prepping websites), I have constructed a list to help get you started: lamps and oil acreage chickens goats for meat and milk cats for occasional exotic recipes heirloom seeds fresh water source

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