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New t his mont h:

Farmers Of The Female Sort By Antonia Meadors Tennessee farm gals get together for food, fellowship and support in Nashville. Page 11

Validity Concert Series

Davis House Child Advocacy Center once again will be the recipient for this third annual fundraiser. Page 12

Lips, Eyes And Nails By Jordan McLeod Makeup fad options for anyone.

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Springtime Sipping Cocktail recipes for those relaxing moments reading your favorite Validity magazine. Page 16

Lawrence County’s WWII POW Camp Page 18

By Nancy Brewer 334 German soldiers were imprisoned from 1944 - 1946.

Sax Wizard Cord Martin

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Liberty

Seriously, This Jam Cat Is Need-To-See Good. By Luke Newbold Cover Image: Photo Becky Jane Newbold

By Shan Hemphill The Declaration of Independence: From where do human rights come? Page 26

Ku Klux Klan Boycotted By Sissy Garner Read the true story of a local small town who took on the Klan by shutting its doors. Page 27

Perfecting The Life Out Of Life By Dan Algara “...imperfection is synonymous with failure...” Page 32

In Every Issue: Validity Recipes By Cari Marye Griffith and Cody Crawford

Ornithology Report

The Believer’s Walk

By Bill Pulliam

By Charles Newbold

Also in this Issue:

“In truth, we become the likeness of the God we serve...”

From The Publisher, Page 5

When a buzzard is not a buzzard.

Spring feel-good foods with nutritious ingredients.

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April Book Reviews By James Lund

Got a chip on your shoulder?

April Gardens

By Cody Crawford

By Cassandra Warner

How about a transistor?

Outliers: The Story of Success. Page 10

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Reality Perspective, Page 5 Lookin’ Back, Page 25

Time for fresh veggies and blooms galore has finally arrived.

Unconscionable Cogitation, Page 34

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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, Antonia Meadors, Bill Pulliam, Cari Marye Griffith, Cassandra Warner, Charles Newbold Jr., Dan Algara, Shan Hemphill, James Lund, Jordan McLeod, Luke Newbold, Nancy Brewer, Sissy Garner Contributing Photographers, Cari Marye Griffith, Cassandra Warner, Emily Naff, Guy Schafer

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


From The Publisher

Good Measure By Becky Jane Newbold

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y mother is aging and I have become her primary caregiver. Bathing, preparing meals, laundry and exercise are among things with which she needs assistance. Sometimes I would rather be somewhere else doing most

anything else. But mostly, I am grateful to be able to help. I love my mom and am proud of her. She is strong, amiable and smart. And that’s how we all make it in this life, with help from each other, right? Within the pages of this publication are the results of a united effort. We are humbled at the amazing outpouring of talent with which we are blessed each month. Take Bill Pulliam for instance (Ornithology Report). Bill has a really cool knack for understanding what birders and non-birders know about our avian friends. He is intelligent and witty. We appreciate you, Bill. Cassandra Warner (What To Do In The Garden) is also a faithful and gifted friend. Her passion for life and gardening provide a wealth of knowledge (and sometimes yummy recipes!). Thank you, Cassandra. Both Bill and Cassandra have been Validity contributors since our humble beginnings in 2011. We are missing another original contributor, Landis Turner (Ask An Attorney), who has taken a couple of months away from his writing. Hurry back, Landis! This month we welcome Cari Marye Griffith’s as-

sistance with a new recipe, Dan Algara’s return with his expressive writing, Antonia Meador’s passion for local farming and food, Nancy Brewer with a bit of history, our new friend from out west, Shan Hemphill, and Sissy Garner’s help with a story of community. Some of you may notice a few extra Newbold names this month: Nikki shared her photography talent (Springtime Cocktails) and Luke his creativity (Cord Martin). Awesome! My father-in-law, Charles, and wonderful daughter, Cody, have also been faithful believers in our mission from the beginning. Thank you Charles and Cody. Your gifts make Validity complete. It goes without saying my husband and best friend, Shane, is my rock. I am grateful. And there are so many more. Thanks to you all. In all things may we serve and be blessed. “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:8

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inter is thawing into Spring (hallelujah!), and that means we have a few more chances to soak up the goodness of a warm bowl of soup. This recipe is both delicious and nutritious, with a heaping pile of greens and sweet potatoes. In the few years I’ve been making this recipe, I’ve found that local sausage offers a richer flavor that you can’t find with regular store-bought sausage. Soon you’ll also be able to find lots of kale and greens at the farmer’s market, and you can easily substitute collards, chard or whatever else you can find. Make some pumpkin cornbread, a white cheddar grilled cheese or just put some Parmesan on top and savor the last few memories of winter’s chill.

Sweet Potato, Sausage and Kale Soup Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive or grape seed oil 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into approximately one inch cubes 1/2 to 1 bunch of kale (depending on how much you love kale), diced or torn into small pieces 1 red onion, diced 1 pound ground sausage (local tastes best!) 2 quarts chicken broth 1 tablespoon fresh or dried rosemary 2 cloves garlic, diced Salt and pepper to taste

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*Optional* Pearl cous cous or small pasta shells

Directions: 1. In a large stock pot, heat oil on medium heat, then add garlic and onions. 2. Saute onions and garlic until onions are well cooked, and then add sausage. 3. Break apart sausage into small pieces and stir to mix with the onions and garlic. 4. Add rosemary, salt, pepper and stir often until sausage is mostly browned. 5. When sausage is mostly browned, add broth and sweet potatoes and bring to a boil. 6. Once the pot is boiling, add cous cous or pasta, if desired, and cook until pasta is tender. If not adding pasta, boil for 2 minutes and reduce to simmer. 7. Simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off heat and stir in kale. 8. Ready when kale is wilted.

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


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again in the colander. 5. Put finely chopped cauliflower into a bowl and add cheddar, coarsely grated Parmesan, almond flour, seasoning or salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir until ingredients are well-combined. Add the egg and stir until the ingredients are mostly coated with egg. (You might be tempted to add another egg, but don’t. You’ll be surprised how well this sticks together.) 6. Scoop the mixture into the muffin pan and bake for 15 minutes. Carefully turn each cauliflower tot over in the muffin tin and bake 15 minutes more or until tots are nicely browned on both sides. Serve hot right out of the oven.

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Low-Carb Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Tater Tots Makes 24 small tots Ingredients ½ large head cauliflower, coarsely chopped ⅓ cup reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, grated ¼ cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons almond flour ½ teaspoon of your favorite all-purpose seasoning 1 egg Salt and pepper to taste Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Spray a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray 3. Cut away the leaves of the cauliflower, but use most of the inner core part. Coarsely chop the cauliflower, place in a microwave proof bowl, cover with cling wrap, and microwave 2 minutes on high. (Microwaves vary so you may need to experiment with the time, but the cauliflower should be just slightly soft.) Quickly remove cling-wrap and let the steam escape, and if you see any water in the bottom of the bowl, put the cauliflower into a colander to drain. 4. Put the steel blade in the food processor, add the cauliflower and pulse until the cauliflower is finely chopped but still slightly chunky. (Be careful not to over process so you don’t end up with cauliflower puree!) If there is any water in the food processor bowl, drain the cauliflower

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Banana Chia Breakfast Muffins

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process. Success is complicated. It often comes from an accumulation of decisions made over the course of many years, which result in the creation of opportunities that, if properly utilized, can result in the achievement of the objective. That is to say, with a little hard work and determination, you can do anything you put your mind to. Just kidding. Gladwell begins by introducing us to the little town of Roseto Valfortore, 100 miles southeast of

Rome, Italy. In the late 1800’s, immigrants began coming to Pennsylvania from Roseto, eventually establishing the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania. In the 1950s, local doctors began noticing that Roseto, Pennsylvania had unusually low instances of the ailments that afflicted average patients in the area. As doctors began studying this phenomenon, they became puzzled, considering there seemed to be no marked difference in the eating or exercise habits of the people of Roseto. There was also no clear, genetic correlation that would explain the phenomenon. As the study progressed, it became apparent that the culture of the people and their social structure was the reason the citizens had such success with health. Further along in the book is an exciting study of how culture shapes personal understanding as well as the education of our children. It is a fascinating exploration of how the way we teach our children to learn has a direct impact on how well they grasp the subject. Outliers delves into not only success, but also catastrophic failure. In chapter 7, titled, The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes, Gladwell makes a strong case for how the culture within which some pilots were raised may have caused fatal miscommunication in the critical seconds before certain crashes occurred. When we hear the term “success,” many of us immediately think of success in business. Outliers is, in part, a study of similar aspects of the individuals that society has deemed successful, and how the appearance of their so-called luck, only came after years of tedious practice that placed them in a unique position to seize upon important opportunities that presented themselves at critical points in their lives. Many books have been written on the habits of successful people. Many have studied their conduct, the way they work and the way they manage their time, life and business. Outliers looks

back further, into the seemingly trivial opportunities that presented themselves early in the lives of immensely successful people like Bill Gates and the Beatles. Gladwell makes the case that the decisions made and opportunities created by others and afforded these individuals, are the reason they were able to achieve such a high level of success in what appeared to be a short period of time. Outliers is a wake-up call for all of us in pursuit of something. It challenges us to view the seemingly meaningless decisions we face in life with a level of importance on par with the major decisions we face that we know will alter our course. It challenges us to understand that every step we take matters. You can find copies of Outliers at The Old Curiosity Book Shop on the square in downtown Columbia, Tennessee or at your favorite indie bookstore. Remember to support your local indie shops, restaurants and publications. We appreciate each one of you. James Lund, along with his wife Heather, own The Old Curiosity Book Shop in downtown Columbia, Tennessee. A native of Nashville, James moved to Columbia several years ago to get away from crowds and promptly opened a business whose purpose is to attract crowds.

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to feed family and friends to large three hundred and fifty acre farms like Green Door Gourmet complete with a farm store, and Allenbrooke Farm which serves 350 families with their CSAs. Community Supported Agriculture is a group of community minded individuals who pledge support to a local farm by signing up to receive farm product throughout the season.   This allows the farmers a planning tool and a commitment from the community to pre-purchase these products.  When signing up for a CSA, payment is made in advance for a wide variety of the freshest vegetables, produce, eggs, meat and other farm products as they become available during the season. It offers the opportunity to get to know your farmer and their farming practices first-hand.  Both the farmer and the consumer share the benefits of bountiful harvests, as well as the risks and challenges brought about by weather and other uncontrollable events that affect farm production. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture was represented by Cynthia Kent from PickTnProducts.org.   PickTN Products offers marketing support, and approved applicants’ information is listed on the website.   WCTE-TV was on hand to document the proceedings and with several programs available on Channel 22, PBS.   Dr.

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Annette Wszelaki, the University of Tennessee Plant Sciences Vegetable Extension Specialist, spoke of the UT organic farms where long term research is conducted to benefit sustainable, organic food production. Rebekah Miller from Green Door Gourmet provided information on food safety and GAP (Good Agricultural Practices), which are considered to be the best practices to produce, harvest, and store food for sale to the public. See www.GMPguide.com for more information or call the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. The Hickman County Arts & Ag planning team was present to invite participants on the 5th Annual Arts & Ag Tour coming up on May 27-28, 2016.  It is a two day, self-guided tour throughout the back roads of Hickman County.  See artsandag.com and Arts & Ag on Facebook for more information about the tour. The group shared information on upcoming events and workshops available to small scale farmers and others interested in sustainable production of food. For more information about future events, contact Tallahassee May at Turnbull Creek Farm.

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Greylan James joins Lee Thomas Miller and Small Town Band For April 15 Validity Concert Series event to benefit Davis House

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ongwriter Lee Thomas Miller, a three time Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. Davis House Child Advocacy Center will again Grammy nominee and writer of seven #1 be the beneficiary of the music event at country hits, will perform with his Small the Strand Theatre in Hohenwald, TenTown Band as headliners for the April 15 Vanessee. This event raises much needed lidity Concert Series event in Hohenwald at funds for the services provided by Davis the Strand Theatre. 19 year old Greylan James joins 2016 Concert Series East Tennessee songwriter Greylan James and, local huprovide healing to those who suffer, morist, Mark Ashley will add and this event is critical to our abiltheir musical talents to the ity to sustain services. What a great event, which is in its third year. night of music for all to enjoy and Also joining the concert series do something about the problem of will be the newly formed band, child abuse,” Stamps added. Straight Faced Mulligan, feaTickets for the event are $35 turing Amanda Rose and Luke with proceeds going to support the Newbold. Straight Faced Mulprograms and services provided to ligan will open the show with child victims of sexual and/or seall original music. vere physical abuse by Davis House Miller won Song of the Child Advocacy Center. Tickets Year at both the 2009 CMA may be purchased in advance onand ACM awards for the top line at www.validity.com or by callten single “In Color” pering 931-796-0813. Any remainformed by Jamey Johnson. ing tickets may also be available at Country music lovers will the door on Friday evening at The appreciate hearing the creaStrand Theatre. tor of #1 hits which include To become a sponsor, email “Perfect Storm” (recorded by Lee Thomas Miller and Small Town Band will perform April 15th at the Strand. info@validitymag.com or call Becky Brad Paisley); “Southern Girl” Jane Newbold at 931-628-6039. (performed by Tim McGraw); Please note: Unclaimed Will Call tickets will House and builds on the strong support of the “You’re Gonna Miss This” (recorded by Trace be released 5 minutes before curtain. past concert events, including last year’s sellout Adkins), “I’m Still A Guy” and “The World” To learn more about Davis House please performance. (recorded by Brad Paisley), “I Just Wanna Be “The Validity Concert Series celebrates the visit www.davishousecac.org. To report known Mad” (recorded by Terri Clark); and “The Impossible” (recorded by Joe Nichols). He will musical heritage of our area,” Validity owner or suspected incidents of child abuse, please call 877-237-0004. perform with his band for the first time in this and publisher Becky Jane Newbold stated, adding, “It also raises money for and brings series. Validity magazine is hosting the third an- awareness to local organizations who bless our nual Validity Concert Series, to be held on communities. We are pleased to host this event on behalf of Davis House Child Advocacy Center.” Davis House served 202 new child clients at their HohenSubscriptions to Validity Magazine are now available! It’s Easy: Complete this form or simply send us your name, address, city/state/zip along with a check or money order for $20 to start wald center location last year, a your one year subscription (12 issues). Please include a “best” method of reaching you (phone or email) in case we have any questions. Complete Automotive Repair significant increase from prior Make checks payable to Validity Magazine. years. “As we serve more chilSend to: Validity Magazine Since 1942 Thank you for subscribing to Validity! P. O. Box 516 dren each year, we have greater Publisher Becky Jane Newbold Hohenwald, TN 38462 financial resource requirements Please Print: in order to provide services at no cost to the children and families Name: ________________________________________ in this community,” said Davis 129 West end • Centerville, tn 37033 Street/Box#: ___________________________________ House Executive Director MarDavid Bates, owner City: ____________________ State: ____ Zip: ________ cus Stamps. “We need the local community support to help Phone: _______________ Email: _____________________ protect children from abuse and

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e who live in small towns and the countryside are deeply immersed in the cycles of nature and life. We see the landscape go from green to brown to green again, the many generations of our families often By Bill Pulliam live nearby, and people farm, garden, hunt and fish. And in the avian realm, we are surrounded by an abundance of those large winged reminders of the ultimate fate of all flesh: the vultures. Popular images of birds often turn out to be a bit off the mark when compared to the reality of how those birds live. But this is not so with the vultures. People think of them as ugly scavengers who wait around for some unfortunate creature’s demise and then move in for the dirty work. And that is all pretty much true. But, what is wrong with this? Metaphorically, people refer to the “vultures circling” as a sign that a person or institution is in deep trouble. And someone who moves in to profit from others’ misfortune is slandered as a vulture. But the poor, maligned vulture isn’t doing anything wrong! They are more like the undertaker, taking care of the aftermath of events they had no hand (or beak or foot) in whatsoever. And indeed, to quote the Mike Cross song, “You can’t just leave dead bodies laying around.” In Tennessee and much of the rest of North America, we have two species of vultures that are fairly easy to tell apart. The most familiar is the big Turkey Vulture, one of our largest local birds. In the sky, the Turkey Vulture soars with its wings held in a shallow “V,” rocking back and forth, flapping only occasionally with deep, slow beats. On .

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thal to most other animals. Recent research into Turkey Vultures has clarified this some. It turns out that they are immune to the botulism toxin that is deadly to most other animals. More than that, a large portion of the bacteria naturally living in their guts are the Clostridium any sunny day in Tennessee, if you bacteria that make this toxin! So have an open vantage point, there is not only do the botulinum bactea good chance you are within sight ria not hurt the vultures, they apof a soaring Turkey Vulture. parently actually help them digest When seen on the ground (or their meals. Remember this if you frequently, in the middle of the should you ever handle a vulture, road) the Turkey Vulture is a big alive or dead. Be sure to wash up brown thing with a disproportionthoroughly afterwards. ately small, bright red, naked head. Turkey Vultures have another Vultures all around the world have remarkable adaptation to their way featherless heads. When you think of life. They have a well-developed about what and how they eat, this sense of smell. Though this is not makes sense: Bare skin is easier to unusual among mammals, most keep clean! birds have little or no sense of smell A word here about names: In and find their food with their eyes and/or ears exclusively. But Turkey Vultures are constantly sniffing the air as they circle overhead, scanning for the scent of death. Interestingly, Black Vultures do not seem to have this ability. They search only with their eyes, and often they do this by following the Turkey Vultures. I’ll close with a note on something I personally find impressive about vultures. Even though they spend a lot of time in the middle of the road, you almost never see one that has itself been hit and become roadkill. Vultures seem to have near Black Vultures, left and far right, scrap with a Turkey Vulture, center, over a perfect timing to know exactly decomposing fish on the banks of the Tennessee River. when they need to fly or scatter Both species of vultures have to avoid being hit. It often seems America, vultures are often called been increasing in numbers rap- like they push this to the last frac“buzzards.” Birders and ornitholo- idly in this area in recent decades. tion of a second, but they always gists don’t use this term for vultures, Black Vultures in particular have seem to get out of the way just because it would create confusion been booming, and you might now barely in time. Crows seem to have among the English-speaking world. sometimes come across them by this talent, too. Unfortunately for “Buzzard” is an old English name the dozens or even hundreds. The we human drivers, but fortunately for the group of hawks that include causes of this population explosion for the vultures, many other species our common and familiar Red- are not entirely clear, but there are of wildlife do not seem to have this tailed Hawk. In Europe, it is still probably many. With more road skill! used this way and is never applied miles being driven and more wildto vultures. life collisions occurring, an increase Bill Pulliam got started in birdDuring the Colonial era in in food may be a part of it. I par- watching by his junior high sciAmerica, though, the settlers began ticularly wonder about the armadil- ence teacher in 1974, and has been referring to our vultures as “buz- los. Fifteen years ago, they were not an avid birder ever since in 48 U.S. zards,” and the usage stuck. There even here, now they are one of our states and 7 foreign countries. He is currently the Tennessee is another complication here, as most abundant roadkill species. editor for eBird, a online project well. The birds in Eurasia that are Many have long wondered how that compiles millions of observacalled “vultures” are not very closely vultures make their living by eatrelated to our New World vultures. ing rotting meat that would be le- tions from tens of thousands of birders around the world. The vultures that settlers would

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have known in the Old Country were not necessarily all that similar to the ones they found here. So the shifting of names makes more sense. Back to the here and now, there is another vulture commonly seen in Tennessee. This is the smaller Black Vulture. It is about half the size of a Turkey Vulture, with proportionately shorter wings. When seen in flight, it looks short tailed and holds its wings more in a flat plane rather than in a “V.” When it flaps, its wingbeats are fast and usually come in a quick series. In good light, you can see the distinctive white patches on the underside of its wingtips. Perched or on the ground, the flat black color of its plumage is noticeable. Most distinctive, though, is its black, not red, naked head.

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Gold-flecked shadows work especially well on green or browneyed girls, while silver can really make blue eyes pop. If you go the nail polish route, be sure to layer the polish over a base coat, as glittery polish can be a hassle to remove, especially off of bare nails. A top coat will keep your nails from feeling rough to the touch, or worse, getting snagged on things. The beginning of the spring season always provides an opportunity for realizing, that sometimes it doesn’t take a lot to make a familiar view seem brand new, whether it’s in your yard or in the mirror. Jordan McLeod is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. She has been interested in fashion since she recognized the allure of polka dots and fascinated by all things beauty after she realized the transformative power of mascara and lipstick.

for spring. After years of new techniques for highlighting constantly popping up, this season you don’t have to worry that you’re going to end up looking less Kardashian than clown. The key to this trend is having (or faking) flawless skin since you aren’t making a statement by accentuating any other facial feature. A quick application of a light, hydrating foundation and some sheer blush is perfect for casual days. 4. Heavy Metallics After all the gray days of winter, This “no-makeup” makeup style is also a great starting point for the nothing brightens up your look like glittery eye makeup or nail polish. next two fads. 2. Loud Mouths These metallics lend excitement Colorful lips in shades of red, and personality to whatever outfit pink and even orange were seen at you’re wearing without making too 1. “I Woke Up Like This” You can put away your con- fashion week. Vibrant fuchsia was much of a statement, so they’re aptouring brushes, because the natu- especially popular as it works won- propriate for more occasions than a ral look was a big hit on runways derfully with many different skin sparkly top would be. ow that April has arrived, bringing with it the promise of warmer days and beautiful blooms, it’s time to take inspiration from nature and liven up our beauty routines. This spring and sumBy Jordan mer’s makeup McLeod trends are a perfect and easy way to change or update your look because there’s an option for everyone.

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Cord Martin Quartet played a Jazz Brunch at Pucketts Grocery and Restaurant in Columbia. He was accompanied by Smitty on the drums, Carlton on the keys, John on the bass and vocalist Paula Chavis who made a guest appearance. In hopes to see the lighter side of Cord Martin’s personality, I had a few traditional questions and a few off the wall ones.

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ow many professional saxophone players do you know? How about in small town Tennessee? Cord Martin, a Columbia, Tennessee native and resident, is such a musician and has played saxophone with notables including Aretha Franklin. He is a composer, clinician and educator. Cord earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. He is currently the Ethos Jazz Ensemble conductor and a co-director of bands at Whitthorne

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member there are still pictures of me in a diaper, a year old or so, in my grandmother’s lap playing along with her, pecking at the keys while she was playing. My grandmother started me off and I started off playing piano. She was taking piano lessons and once she was unprepared for her lesson. She asked me if I wanted to take the lesson. That was my first formal training. I was in the third grade. I was always into sports, baseball was my thing, and I thought How did you get your start in I wanted to do that through colmusic? To go back to the roots of it, lege. In middle school, I had the my beginning was with my grand- opportunity to play in the band mother. She played piano, I grew and I started playing the saxophone Middle School in Columbia. up playing in the church and lis- because of one of my older friends, I sat down with him after The tening to gospel music. I can re- Kenny Anderson Jr., I always looked up to him and he played the saxophone. He played saxophone and I wanted to do that. In the seventh grade, I started taking lessons from a guy named Craig Swift. He opened the door for me in music concerning jazz. He gave me a record to check out and it was Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. I remember listening to that record my whole Christmas break and I was amazed at the art of improvisation. At that point I was hooked.

Improv Disciple

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Paula Chavis on stage with Cord Martin.

Smitty on drums and John on bass.

What instrument do you not play, but wish that you did? Being a band director I have to have proficient knowledge of


all the instruments, but honestly, bassoon. If you could give advice to your younger self, sum it up in one sentence. In everything that you do, put your heart into it.

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With talent like yours, what led you into a career in teaching as opposed to a full-time touring career? In college the Jazz

lover in me wanted to pursue the performance degree, but I think it was like divine intervention, because I ended up getting a minority teaching scholarship. This scholarship required me to teach and I applied for it because I needed the money. So I was like, “I guess I’ll be going into education.” But when I got into student teaching, I realized I actually really liked it. To me it’s one of the most selfless things. When you’re a performer, there is so much

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Carlton Taylor on keys

Carlton Taylor, Cord Martin, David “Smitty” Smith and John Alfred Birdsong.

time you spend working on your own craft, but when you’re sowing into others, that is the reward of teaching. I feel like I’m able to impact more people when I’m teaching, and plus, I wanted to have a family. I’m a family guy, and I love being around people. I have had opportunities to go on the road for short stints, and that was plenty. What is your favorite pastime outside of music? I do like landscaping, but I don’t get to do that too much, I actually normally get someone else to do that for me, because I’m at school all day. But when I get the time, I enjoy that. But my true pastime, it’s nerdy, but I like self-help books. Anything about self improvement or becoming more efficient. I read a lot of stuff. If you were stranded on an island, what meal would you choose to eat for the rest of your life? I do like pizza, I lived on a lot of pizza in college.

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What is one song you are into right now? “Sax” by Fleur East.

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We are “Validity,” so what is the most valid thing in your life today? The importance of relationships. That encompasses relationships with my colleagues, relationships with my students (because that’s the root of motivation), relationships with my wife, with my family and siblings. What is your favorite way to say goodbye? Peace, but would rather go out with a song. Validitymag.com

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a relative discovered proof of that family’s friendships stored in a cornflakes box. From the end of the war until 1972, the forA German prisoner’s dog tag was discovered during a mer prisoners had sent alrecent metal detector sweep most 400 cards, letters and photographs. Some were of the former POW camp. accompanied by an EngLawrenceburg served as a Stribling, his daughter lish translation, others had sub-camp for Tullahoma’s James Lois ‘Jim’ Stribling Camp Forrest, which held Brock and her husband reportedly been verbally interpreted by a German26,000 POWs. Delmer Brock established speaking resident. The local newspaper relationships with the Most letters were a mysreported “Nazis are about POWs as did others. Linda to arrive,” but the major- Sue Andress, whose father tery to their present-day ity were simply young men was captain of the guards at readers, and that came up write who had been drafted by the the camp, recalls the prison- when Lawrenceburg Histor- a few lines to you all, dear Fuhrer’s army. They spent ers singing German lullabies ical Society president Curtis Brock family, as I have a retheir days cutting wood for to her and her older sister. Peters met David Lipscomb quest for you all if you would University Professor of His- be so kind and perhaps be Dickson, Tennessee’s She has “held dear for tory Dr. Timothy Johnson, able to send us some old Wrigley Chemi70 years” a lockcal Company, et made for or working her by one as day laof the men. borers on At the end local farms. of the war, a Several more comwere empassionate ployed for 80 newspaper cents a day by article reported the coun“those Gerty’s largman boys WWII GERMAN MEDAL est landAlso discovered recently, are leavholder and this medal was awarded by ing.” owner of the Italian government to F o l One of almost 400 cards, letters and photographs mailed the POW fighters on the North African lowing Jim to a family in Lawrenceburg from former German POWs c a m p , front. Most POWs housed B r o c k ’ s housed there. This correspondence was discovered in a in Lawrenceburg were James H. death in cornflakes box in the 1980s. captured in that area. Note Stribling. the 1980s,

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cache of letters from former German POWs to friends in Lawrenceburg are being studied and celebrated as evidence of “American kindness, Southern - Lawrenceburg - hospitality, and Christian love.” The friendships developed between April, 1944 and March, 1946, when 334 prisoners were housed in a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Lawrenceburg’s western limits. They were among about 400,000 POWs who filled empty supply ships returning to the U.S. and were housed across the country.

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who was in Lawrenceburg to study the downtown monument to Mexican-American War veterans. That meeting led to the introduction of Dr. Charles McVey, Lipscomb professor of German, to the letters. He determined they were written in “old German” and made their translation a project for himself and his students. In addition to hailing them as proof of “Southern - Lawrenceburg - hospitality,” Dr. McVey called them “stories waiting to be drawn out.” One often repeated story concerned the crippled land to which they’d returned. A POW wrote from Sattendorf, Austria, “Dear Brock family! I also want to

clothes since here we have no money to buy clothes or other things. “I would also like to request if you should (have) old table cloths and window curtains and perhaps also some linen towels. Because we only have 8 pieces (of cloth for such uses) and cannot buy such.” About 30 local families sent care packages for several years, and letters included thanks for those items. The Stribling-Brock letters also show the family became a point of contact for the former POWs, who lost touch after the war. Also from Sattendorf, Austria, on April 24, 1949, came, “What are (my) other comrades continuing to


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Built to house members of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression, the camp was modified to house 334 German Prisoners of War from April, 1944 to March, 1946.

One writer, signed as “Your German boy Gustaf,” said in part, “Every day I tell the people about white bread, watermelons, about cotton and such things we do not have here in Germany. Oh, and also about cows with no horns.” The letters are now part of the permanent colPrisoner Eugen Hirth used oil paints provided by lection of Lipscomb’s Beathe Brock family to produce this scene on a piece of man Library, where copies starched bedsheet. It’s a depiction of the last thing of the originals and transhe saw before being captured in North Africa, and lations are being placed it was given as a birthday gift to Jim Stribling Brock. online for public view. It remains in the collection of the family. Officials there are also financing placement of a write? Are all of historical marker at the site of them still in Euthe former POW camp. rope or has anyMost recently, Lipscomb one already come Video Production Department to America? and Theater Arts Department Many heartfelt representatives were in Lawgreetings from renceburg to discuss early plans Gottfried and for a documentary about the Maria Rest.” POW camp and the enduring Most letters friendships that developed. included “everyday things,” Nancy Brewer is a former newspaper editor who currently McVey said, and Former POW Erick news of mile- Thimmann introduced his works for the Lawrence Counstones. “Dear wife and infant daughter ty, Tennessee Mayor’s office. Mrs., dear Mr. to his American friends Brock! You were with a letter and this no doubt surprised photograph. when you opened the letter. As you see, I have a little girl. The little 3 month old is on the picture. She was born on January 23, 1949. She brings us great joy. She got her first teeth a few days ago. Your friend, Erich (Thim- German POWs take time out from farm work to pose for photos made by the Stribling-Brock family. mann)”

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no Michel, head of advanced micro-integration at IBM, believes that the intermingling of biology and chip design is the best way to make computer chips more efficient. Due to the blood in our veins, humans are quite efficient machines. The Economist estimated that humans are 10,000 times more efficient than the best machines. Dr. Michel is working on what he calls electronic blood. In order for computer chips to be stacked atop one another, they must be properly cooled. The electronic blood being developed at IBM’s Lake Zurich laboratory will cool chips and provide energy as well.

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atom.” As a consequence, the way computer hardware is developed may need to change. To this end, a multitude of ideas are being considered. Redesigning Transistors Engineers are working to redesign how the transistor works, altering anything they can to improve the performance of transistors that are already in use. One idea is to build three dimensional transistors that allow more control to be taken over the inner workings of the tiny devices. These are called gate-all-around transistors. They require more work to manufacture them, but operate at a much higher level of performance. Another type of redesigned transistor is the tunneling transistor, which harnesses the leakage associated with the devices. The materials transistors are made of might also be changed. Some chipmakers have experimented with a silicon-germanium alloy instead of traditional silicon. Another silicon alternative is graphene, which is a form of carbon.

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Quantum Computers The first commercial quantum computer, the 2X by a company called D-Wave, has recently been developed. Quantum computers are a world different from the personal computers we are all used to seeing. Quantum machines are often for very specialized applications, since a good generalized one hasn’t yet been created.

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ow can we know which religion is true amidst the war of religions being waged today in the world? The true nature of a religion and its god is revealed by how its followers think and live. In truth, we become the likeness of the god we serve; conversely, the likeness we become reveals the kind of god we serve. By Charles E. Which means, Newbold, Jr. we should be able to pay attention to someone’s attitude, language, interests, obsessions and behaviors and discern from those the kind of god he or she serves. If our god is a god of love, then ought we to become love? If we become love, we announce to the world that our god is a god of love. If our god is evil, mean and hateful, we become evil, mean and hateful and do evil, mean and hateful things. If we have become evil, we announce to the world that our god is an evil god. Jesus, in His divine wisdom, declared, “Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:20. Jesus identified His followers saying, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35. Not that there are many gods. There is only one living and true God. He is the Creator God who revealed Himself to and made covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He continued to reveal Himself to Moses, the prophets, King David and numerous others. He is the God and Father of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. He is the God who poured out His Spirit upon a multitude at Pentecost and continues to reveal Himself and His word to millions who testify to His reality in their lives. All others are false gods. Nevertheless, we make them to be gods

when we bow the knee to them. We bow the knee to them when we serve them, when they become the abundance of our hearts, and when we allow them to dictate our thoughts and behavior. We take on the likeness of the very gods we create or adopt. We say to the world, “This is the kind of god we serve.” The God represented by the so-called church during the brutal Middle Ages, for example, was not at all representative of the one and true living God as revealed in Jesus Christ. They called themselves “Christian” back then, but were far from it. This is sad, because many non-believers look to these examples to falsely accuse and disavow the true and living God of the Bible. The one living and true God is a God of love. His loving-kindness was revealed to us through the giving of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the expressed image of God’s love. “No greater love has any man than this, that he lay down his life for another.” We are called to lay down our lives for others, not to take the lives of others. Paul wrote, “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” Romans 6:5. John concurs. “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17. In truth, following Jesus is all about relationship and not about religion. The question remains, have we become the mirror image of our God—Jesus?

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Liberty: A Right Granted by the Constitution? By Shan Hemphill

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uring this political season, you are likely to hear lots of talk about our “Constitutional rights.” This reflects the modern view that our rights are granted by the U.S. Constitution, and are guarded by public officials, including the courts. This means that the rights you and I have are subject to the interpretation of man and can change over time as a result. New rights can be created, and old ones abolished by working through the political system, successfully launching or defending a court attack, and then implementing through federal, state, and local governments. As a result, a previous right to speak your mind might now be classified as “hate speech” or your previous right to refuse service might subject you to fines or imprisonment. But since these changes in law are driven through legitimate channels, who are common people to protest? Would it change your perspective if I told you that your rights are yours, regardless of what someone in government says? Would you act differently if I told you that the documents on which our country were founded clearly state that the job of government is to protect your rights, even if you are outvoted? Though the history of our founding principles has roots going back hundreds of years before 1776, the Declaration of Independence is a great place to start. The first two sentences of the preamble are particularly well known and form a clear basis upon which governments are supposed to operate: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that AMONG THESE

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That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

I’m sure these phrases are familiar to you, but perhaps you might want to read them a second or third time. Like the U.S. Constitution, these words are meant to be read and understood by all of the people of America, and indeed, the world. It addresses where rights come from, lists some rights and describes the role of government and the people. First, the Creator is mentioned. The Declaration is simply stating that mankind has natural rights. Some of the founding fathers were Deists, some were Christian, but all could agree that individuals have natural rights. This was a clear break from the “Divine Right of Kings” which was a prominent Western tradition. Under the Divine Right of Kings, it was understood that kings were appointed by God, and as a result, could do no wrong; the rights the people had were only those rights the king chose to give them. The founders countered with a reference that individuals have rights that cannot be taken away, not even by the king. Next, the declaration addresses which rights individuals have. It is easy to skip over the two words “among these,” but they are critical. This means that the author is going to write some things down, but it is not meant to be an exhaustive list. In other words, mankind has other rights than those mentioned. Have you ever considered what other rights you might have? Perhaps the right to “conscience,” which was known as the right individuals have to practice their faith in the way they see fit? How about the right to “property,” which is the right to mix your labors with natural resources and own the result? These were both at issue at the time of the Declaration, as they are today. I’m sure you can think of many other rights your Creator has endowed you with, and I believe this is why the Declaration doesn’t try to list every one. Additionally, our founding fathers knew that governments had a knack for taking a list and asserting that if a right isn’t listed, then the people don’t have it. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness seem to cover a lot of rights, but they aren’t the only ones that individuals have. Within just a few words, the Declaration es-

tablishes that mankind has natural rights – God given rights. It goes on to state a few of those rights, but clearly recognizes that others exist. Next, the Declaration turns to the roles of government and the governed. Again, using plain language, the role of government is to secure the rights of the people. In other words, government is to protect the rights that include, but are not limited to, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (as well as the right to property, conscience and others you may have thought of ). This means that governments are not the arbiters of rights, nor are they to use a majority to take the rights of a minority. The job of government is simply to protect the rights that our Creator has provided to us. Government does this only by the consent of the governed. Consent is an interesting thing; it doesn’t require a vote, and it doesn’t require a majority. If government overreaches, consent is gradually lost and the legitimacy of government fails. The next few phrases of the Declaration of Independence provide interesting insight into the relationship of government and the people, but I’ll leave discussion of those to another time. The next time you hear or read about your “Constitutional rights,” I hope you remind yourself that the rights you have are not granted by the U.S. Constitution, state constitution, government or king. Your rights are naturally yours, and if a government does anything other than try to protect your rights, it is overreaching. The courts may provide opinions approving of the overreach, and your neighbors may applaud the overreach, but you do not have to consent. God gave you your rights. Who has the authority to take those rights away? Shan Hemphill is a small business owner living a blessed life in Northern Idaho. Though a 20+ year veteran of high-tech and a lawyer, Shan prefers building things with his hands. With his wife and children, he is establishing a farm and manufacturing business on 40 acres of heaven in the Northwest.

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artin Luther King Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Pulaski, Tennessee has By Sissy Garner lived under a dark cloud for years with the reputation of being the home of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), but many people don’t know the rest of the story. The citizens of Pulaski and Giles County stood tall as a community on October 7, 1989, against hate, discrimination and inequality. They came together as one to boycott the annual march of the KKK and Aryan Brotherhood. Stores closed, restaurants closed and Walmart even closed. There was no place left open to eat, sleep or go to the restroom. Pulaski stood up and said NO; we don’t want this in our town any longer.

That event is rarely talked about—rarely remembered. So, Ted Brown, Martin Methodist College President, asked David Alford to make the story come to life again on stage to remind people of a negative time in history that was transformed into a positive story— a story of community that should be remembered and celebrated. Alford is a writer, actor, director, producer and teacher. He is an alumnus of Martin Methodist, the creator of the college’s dramatic arts program and the former program coordinator of dramatic arts. Alford currently serves as a visiting dramatic arts professor at MMC in addition to playing his role as Bucky Dawes in the hit ABC television series Nashville. He also wrote the historical drama Spirit about the Bell Witch that is produced annually in Adams, Tennessee. With his mission in mind, Alford, along with a team of Martin Methodist students, interviewed key people responsible for organizing the 1989 boycott. They also interviewed Pulaski citizens as well as the National Director of the KKK, Validitymag.com

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team conducted in depth research and uncovered facts about the event that I didn’t know, and I was right in the midst of the planning. The play was an accurate depiction of the events surrounding the boycott, and I appreciated how it was done.” One question that has been resonant after the final performance is, “What happens now?” David answered the question this way, “Well, who knows? We’ll have to see. The positive reactions we got from the production were certainly encouraging. We heard suggestions that ranged from publishing a book on the subject, to doing a documentary, to writing a screenplay for a feature film and of course, presenting a more thoroughly-realized, fully-produced stage version that might be seen in Pulaski and other places as well, maybe even New York. All those are certainly possibilities. But of course, they all require a significant investment of time and money and human capital. So if the enthusiasm lasts and the will is there, I’m sure at least one of those options will happen eventually. I’m going to sit down soon with David Wilkerson, a friend and drama professor at Martin Methodist, and President Brown, and we’ll talk and see what the next steps might be. But it’s incredibly gratifying to have enough of a positive response to warrant that kind of discussion.” Quoting Giles County native and Pulaski attorney Chris Williams, “Racism is a disease, like smallpox, that has left its scars on all of us; ugly, embarrassing and painful to see. Boycott boldly exposes them to the world, though, and memorializes the time when brave Pulaski neighbors came together to defeat a plague our town has uniquely suffered for a hundred years. Alford’s production is a gutsy success, and the actors’ characterizations are spot-on.” In his post-performance comments, Alford asked whether Boycott should be repeated. The real question, Mr. Director, “Is how can we afford for it to not be?” Sissy Garner is a former college English teacher and local radio personality. She currently serves as director of communications at Martin Methodist College.


How Sweet Spring Is In The Garden

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cross ties, cinder blocks or other materials that can be recycled such as cast off tin and wine bottles held together by mortar. Before adding soil to the keyhole bed, put down layers of wet card board, newspapers, green manure and ash making lasagna gardening-style layers on the bottom and the sides. The last layer will be compost or soil and compost. The soil should be slightly sloping from the compost tower in the center to the edges of the walls to encourage drainage and movement of compost into the keyhole garden’s growing area. You can create theme garden beds in these, such as one for salads, herbs, peppers Cassandra Warner

extends to a center compost area that works as a self fertilizing element for your plants. The compost bin will be at the center of your 6 ft. circle and should be about 1218 inches diameter. You can create a compost basket or tower using chicken wire to form it. Counter sink the chicken wire into the ground. The top of the compost tower can extend above the top of the soil in the bed and you can use a cap on the bin to deflect water into the garden itself. Place some rocks in the first few inches of the compost tower bottom for drainage, then begin filling with kitchen scraps and yard waste, that will decompose and feed the plants.

or flowers or just whatever combination you might desire. This type garden bed is drought resistant. Once plants begin to grow, if water is needed, then you should water through the compost tower which encourages the roots to go deep. I am in the process of constructing my first keyhole bed this year. I think there seems to be a great possibility for a variety of designs, ease of maintenance and bountiful food production. A web search for “Key Hole Beds” produces numerous how-to instructions and diagrams.

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pring awakens the garden dreams in us. The sweet smell and the beautiful sight of spring flowers are sure to lift your spirit as winter has disappeared into a Spectacular Spring Thing! The garden will soon be overflowing with beautiful plants bringing us all the tasty spring treats for which we are all so ready. To be safe, around By Cassandra Warner the latter part of the month to the end, we can begin setting out plants and seeds for our summer garden. So this is the beginning of many good things to come. My peach, pears, cherries and blueberries are all loaded with blooms at this time. If we don’t have one of those blackberry or dogwood winters, the fruit will be plentiful. As we all begin getting outside to work on our landscapes and gardens, we will reap the benefits in so many ways. We will be doing the good work needed to grow delicious, nutritious food for our families. We will be shaping up our bodies that may have been in hibernation during the winter, so try not to over do it at first. I know, easier said than done! So get some good The walls around your 6 foot stretches in to get started as you diameter can be as short as 10 and the garden shape up. inches or as tall as 3 feet. If mobility and bending over are issues for Shape It Up: Keyhole Garden Bed The concept is a raised bed that you, three foot tall walls would be is 6-6 1/2 feet in diameter with an a great benefit. You can use materiaccess notch (keyhole/pie slice) that als such as hay bales, logs, bricks,

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At the beginning of April, sow seeds for all cool season vegetables that you’ve not yet planted. Plant asparagus early in the month if you have not yet planted. Space 18 inches apart and in rows 3-4 feet apart. Start seed of vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupe and watermelons indoors. Set out broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts transplants. Plant potatoes. Sow seeds of lettuce, radishes, spinach, cilantro, dill, green peas, beets, onions, arugula, chard, kale, leeks, carrots, kohlrabi, endive, turnip, parsnips and mustard greens. A week before our last frost date, usually April 15th, begin to harden off transplants in a cold frame or a protected area. *After April 15th, sow seeds of bush and pole beans, cucumber, squash, melons and New Zealand spinach, peas and okra. I do not like to wait. However, try to be patient setting out tomato and pepper transplants just a little longer than the 15th – maybe. I put in 2 or 3 that I can protect if need be, and then set most of them out a week to a week and a half later. The weather can be tricky, and I remember one year that we had a freeze in May. Something I hope we never see again. Plant any bulbs you may have forced in the winter. Plant bulbs and tubers such as gladiolus, lilies and dahlias. Plant every 2 weeks until mid-June to keep the blooms coming.

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Plant strawberries. Plant sweet corn at the end of April or first part of May. Don’t forget the last day of April is National Arbor Day. Plant a tree or several. If you can’t, maybe support an organization that does.

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of high nitrogen fertilizer such as dried cow manure when garlic is six to eight inches high helps promote the development of larger bulbs. Prune spring blooming shrubs after flowering. Get the weeds before they get you! Prepare beds for annuals. Work in compost or well rotten manure. Begin a new compost pile.

up to one third 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. Harvest Horseradish.

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The time to be outdoors working in the garden and entertaining has arrived. Insects will also arrive that can be a problem in the garden around our homes and in areas in which we like to enjoy and entertain. There are some plants that you can have in those areas to help keep the pest insects away without having to use harsh chemicals. Instead go for these pretty plants. 1. Mint is helpful against flies, mosquitoes, ants and mice. 2. Lemon grass deters mosquitoes. 3. Leaves of the Bay Tree produce a subtle scent that flies, moths, roaches, earwigs and mice don’t like. 4. Basil deters flies. 5. Catnip repels mosquitoes. 6. Geraniums deter Japanese beetles. 7. Pyrethrum Chrysanthemums (the ones that look like daisies) are frequently used in natural insect repellents and dog shampoo. It can kill and repel ants, ticks, fleas, spiders, mites, roaches,

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Keep newly planted trees and shrubs watered regularly. Deadhead spent flowers from spring blooming bulbs, but don’t remove the foliage until it yellows and pulls loose with slight effort. Thin seedlings of carrots, beets, onions and parsnips about three fingers between seedlings. Thin seedlings of leafy greens such as chard and spinach and use them in a salad. Hill soil next to potato plants when they are about five inches tall by drawing soil near the base of the plants with a hoe. This prevents potatoes from turning green due to exposure to sunlight. Applying a six inch layer of straw around the plants and more straw as plants grow makes for an easier harvest. Apply fertilizer to seedlings started indoors. A liquid, natural product such as fish emulsion or seaweed extract works well. Wait until soil temperatures are around 60 degrees before applying mulches around vegetables. Garlic bulbs will be small if grown under dry conditions. If rain is insufficient, water regularly through late July. The application

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Japanese beetles, lice and even bed bugs. So it makes a very good insect-repelling, companion plant in the garden and good to have around outdoor seating areas. 8. Crush a few leaves of the Citronella mosquito plant and rub on your skin. You’ll smell slightly lemony and repel mosquitoes. 9. Rosemary repels mosquitoes. 10. Lavender repels mosquitoes. 11. Marigolds repel mosquitoes. Landscape Beauty And Edible!

The Eastern Red Bud Tree is one of the earliest blooms to see in spring and are just a magnificent sight when in full bloom. It is a small tree in the pea family. Now the only problem is that the tree is so pretty full of pink to purple blooms, but the blooms are edible so you’ll have to strip off some which can be eaten raw or cooked. So be sure to have several trees. The flowers are high in vitamin C. They are especially nice to add to a salad, oatmeal, pancake batter, rice dishes or use as a garnish. You can also make jelly with them or put them in a smoothie. The unopened buds can be pickled and used to substitute for capers. Also edible are the young leaves, young pods and seeds that are high in antioxidants, linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid. Pick the pods when they are about one inch long and use like snow peas. The young leaves are also used raw or cooked. Here are two recipes for using the red bud blossoms you might want to try this spring.

Red Bud Sandwich Spread

Lightly chop the buds and flowers, mix with creme cheese, a bit of heavy cream and honey, to taste. This makes pretty tea sandwiches.

Red Bud Blossom Muffins 2 cups red bud blossoms 2 Tablespoons minced fresh sage or rosemary leaves 1/2 cup sugar or Pyure (Organic Stevia Blend) Minced zest of 1 lemon 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan salt or sea salt 1 large egg


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3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup yogurt 2 Tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil 1 Tablespoon lemon juice Topping: 1 Tablespoon sugar or coconut sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 1. Combine red buds, herbs, sugar and zest in bowl and let sit 30 minutes. 2. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 3. Combine egg, yogurt, milk, oil or butter and lemon juice in another bowl. Add ingredients from first bowl to dry ingredients and toss. Add wet ingredients. Next stir just to moisten. Don’t over mix. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full, combine cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on each muffin. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Garden Quotes, Sayings And Poems

And the spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest. ­– Percy Bysshe Shelley

That God once loved a garden we learn in Holy Writ. And seeing gardens in the Spring I well can credit it. – Winifred Mary Letts It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seed in the spring, who reaps a harvest in the autumn. – B. C. Forbes I think no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth? – Edward Giobbi An optimist is the human personification of spring. – Susan J. Bissonette It is indeed once again a spectacular spring with little green shoots of new life emerging, flowers and trees budding and blooming with colors to delight. For me there is no better place to “Welcome Sweet Spring” than out in the garden. Originally from Texas, Cassandra Warner is a transplant to the garden of Tennessee. Gardening has been one of her passions for forty years. “Gardening connects you to the miracle of life and provides healthy exercise and stress relief.”

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have a theory. It begins with rock and roll and ends with personal accounting. In fact, I believe this theory has a through line that like a threaded needle sews together such things as baseball, movies, Fuji apples, paved highways and possibly modern orthodontia. All of these seemingly unrelated things are like the squares in the quilt of American life, each one an emblem of our lust for perfection that by its very pursuit drives us further from it. Stated simply the By Daniel Algara theory is this: Perfection is ruining everything. From the ages of seven to twelve I listened to only two bands, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. It was not until adulthood, that I realized how strange this was for a kid growing up in the wacky 80s to be fascinated by the music of his parents’ generation. The reason, I decided, was not just my predilection for interesting chord progressions and long, wavy hair, it was the nuance embedded within the songs. And by nuance, I mean mistakes. Zeppelin and Beatles records are littered with fluctuating tempos, missed notes, squeaking and buzzing equipment and all the messy accoutrements that come with a no-can-tell-me-what-todo-so-shove-it rock and roll record. In a much wider sense, these imperfections are the audible evidence of a real person doing a real thing in a real moment in time. As a kid, it sucked me in and made me feel I was in the studio with them making music. In contrast, there is modern music, some of it quite good, but with all the beats placed squarely by computers and all the sharp and flat notes corrected within a quarter-cent. It’s flawless. Unfortunately, the spirit has been sucked right out. Now, here is where the theory gains its through line and the quilt is built: Baseball has adopted instant replay along with football; the bank sends you an alert when your account gets below fifty bucks (ten in my case); potholes are filled in within the week; teeth are straightened, bleached, filed, crafted or simply replaced; films are

edited down almost robotically to their most essential elements; our bodies are shaped by scientifically proven diets. You get the idea. All of these advancements are good, great, even perfect. I don’t want to live in a world without them. Though, it seems we are beginning to believe that imperfection is synonymous with failure and failure as we all know is an unacceptable outcome. But if we are not allowed to overdraft on our bank accounts, how do we learn the pain of having lost money to financial negligence, and how does that affect our internal mechanism for personal responsibility? If an umpire makes a bad call, where will the urgency be to get it right the next time? Actually, if umpires make mistakes, why have them at all? In short, without imperfection how will anything get better? I wonder if through these mechanisms of perfection we might be conditioning ourselves against the possibility of failure and are therefore becoming less willing to become vehicles of failure ourselves. I wonder how terrified I’ve become of making …. a … mistake. It would be a shame if my theory were true. Mistakes, it turns out, are the primary means of intellectual advancement. A million mistakes were made before we reaped the benefits of modern dentistry, and mistakes can be heard to this day on every Zeppelin record. Listen, I hate potholes and crooked teeth as much as the next guy, but maybe when I’m done with this life, my quilt should be a bit tattered and frayed at the edges, evidence of mistakes made and, hopefully, of life lived. Daniel Algara lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The Bellow Literary Journal, Aoife’s Kiss, Kaleidoscope Magazine, The Stray Branch and others.


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