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March 2016

Trendy Colors for Spring By Jordan McLeod Check out these hot shades for cool flair. Page 9

Farm City Day By Ronnie Cowan Lewis County Public Library partners with UT Extension to help “city folks” learn better, fresh, healthy garden to table strategies. Page 12

Kenny Durham’s 70s Flashback

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By Becky Jane Newbold Big voice, big heart, big success comes to Strand Theatre Hohenwald.

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Columbia’s Union Station Gets Second Life Page 18

By Becky Jane Newbold Owners, David and Debra Hill’s restoration project gloriously accomplished.

Small Buildings Big Surprises

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Whittling and carving just for fun, Jim Web got serious when his granddaughter wanted a doll house.

Watson, Will You Bring Me My Tea? By Cody Crawford Of course he can’t, but find out just how smart computers are becoming. Page 26

By Becky Jane Newbold Cover Image: Art of Jim Webb Photo Becky Jane Newbold

Columbia and Mule Day 2016 150 years strong and still a huge south central Tennessee crowd favorite. Page 31

In Every Issue: Validity Recipes

March Gardens

The Believer’s Walk

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By Cassandra Warner

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Curry has never been so hot, pun intended. Consider these curries in your kitchen.

March heralds spring. It’s time to get serious in the garden.

The formula is not higher math.

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March Book Reviews

Ornithology Report

By James Lund

By Bill Pulliam

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

There’s a new dove in town.

Also in this Issue: From The Publisher, Page 5 Reality Perspective, Page 5 Lookin’ Back, Page 33 Unconscionable Cogitation, Page 34

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ith great joy, we introduce Emerson Ruth Taylor, the newest member of the Validity family. Her mother, Katie, has taken a month away from her culinary duties with Validity to care for the new arrival. Emerson Ruth arrived at 5:20 a.m. on February 2, 2016, weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. Mother has already resumed her running, as many athletes would, and plans to return to cooking in time for the April issue. Congratulations to Jon and Katie on the arrival of their beautiful baby girl!

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ead any good books lately? Yeah, me neither. And Validity’s book reviewer, James Lund, is much more expert than me on good reads. But it continues to amaze me how relevant the Constitution of the United States and the New Testament are in this present age. And I will repeat what has been quoted here before, “The age of reason has passed.” By Shane Newbold My dear old dad told me this a while back. So, for me anyway, the Bible will continue to guide my thinking in an upside-down world. Furthermore, whether or not you believe a God exists who sent a Son to save us, New Testament precepts alone will change your life for the better. And you ask, “What do the Bible and the Constitution have in common?” They both offer liberty: The New Testament elaborates on spiritual freedom from bondage and sin and the Constitution addresses the human right to live with regard to the “...primacy of rule of law over the rule of men to ensure liberty prevails over

tyranny,” publisher, Mark Alexander states in his treatise, The Essential Liberty Pocket Guide. As of late, with all the election-year rhetoric from those who want to be our next president, I realize the Constitution is often the focus of debate. Some want to change parts of it, while others want it to remain untouched. Also, many people believe the Constitution of the United States should be thrown out and a new one written. But I wonder how many people have actually read it. About a year ago, because I needed to refresh myself and stop permitting talking heads to interpret the Constitution and sway my thinking on behalf of their own agendas, I decided to read it again and have continued to scrutinize it. Along with the Constitution, The Essential Liberty Pocket Guide includes many quotes from the authors of the Constitution, historical references to why it was written the way it was, the Declaration of Independence and, of course, the amendments. The essays within the tract expound on the Constitution’s authors’ beliefs and reasoning that influenced the content of the historical document. The Constitution of the United States is an amazing document and The Essential Liberty Pocket Guide does a good job of examining the ins and outs and ups and downs. Documented quotes of our founding fathers reveal the rationale and justifications that provoked their fellow countrymen to adopt a willingness to effectuate

and preserve liberty. A couple of weeks back, I called Shan Hemphill, owner of Werkz holsters in Idaho (great products and customer service, by the way). During the ordering process and pleasant conversation, he asserted that the residents of Idaho “are freedom loving people.” So am I, I thought. Honestly, I had never paid much attention to that part of my ideology. Certainly, for Mr. Hemphill and many Americans, freedom or the prospect of life without it is essentially significant. Do you want my opinion? Of course you don’t. But here it is anyway. Sparking a revival of thought within me, revisiting for yourself the “liberty” documents that make us who we are in this great country might generate in you an awareness that the Constitution has always and continues to work! Those who want it changed or invalidated have motives to enhance their own opportunistic schemes, unlike that of the future minded, freedom seeking, citizen protecting intent of the framers of the Constitution who devised and instituted the most extraordinary, legal document in the history of man. Don’t take my word for it. Don’t let others interpret it for you. Read it yourself. It’s not a long, hard read. Father to four and best friend to Becky Jane for 28 years, Shane Newbold lives life to the fullest boating, birdwatching, fishing and enjoying his family.

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1 teaspoon ground turmeric ½ teaspoon ground chili powder 16 fluid ounces vegetable stock 13 ounces canned, diced tomatoes ½ medium butternut squash, peeled and chopped into one inch cubes ½ cauliflower, cut into florets 2-3 tablespoons Greek yogurt, plus extra to serve Optional: Fresh cilantro, as garnish 1. Saute the onion and garlic in the oil in a lidded saucepan until soft. Add

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You need these curries. Because is the season for curry. Because the veggies are so irresistible. March days can sometimes leave you Because the colors are lovely. feeling frozen and “hangry.” Because it’s still cold outside. All of the recipes this month are Cauliflower Curry filled with delicious veggies that will keep you healthy and warm. Make Ingredients sure to use the freshest vegetables you 1 onion, finely chopped can find. The Cauliflower Curry is a 2 garlic cloves, sliced wonderful, low carb meal. The Squash, 2 tablespoons olive oil Lentil Curry is pure, vegan joy when ½ inch piece of ginger, finely paired with brown rice. The Chicken, chopped Quinoa Curry makes me actually enjoy 2 teaspoons ground cumin eggplant.

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also play well together; although some think that mixing them might be too childlike. I personally believe that blue and yellow bring out the best in each other. Our final non-neutral duo is a classic - red and blue, but with a contemporary twist. An orangeyred that makes one think of salsa dancers’ outfits and warm vacation locales brings a dramatic flair to anyone’s closet or couch. It’s also a beautiful lipstick or nail polSerenity ish color for ladies who Rose Quartz have tanned or olive skin tones. This red like wearing these colors would be goes well to test them out on your nails or with the Fiesta accessories, since that would only m i n t y be a small accent to your overall blue shade the experts have wardrobe. Next up are two saturated forecasted will be popuWhile the trendiest tones in choices - buttercup yellow and lar this year. This aqua 2015 were sophisticated, earthy- nautical blue. Every outfit or hue is much lighter neutrals due to the resurgence of room can use an accent color, and than the nautical blue 1970s fashions, 2016 is predicted these would be great options to one mentioned preto be full of brighter ones with a have on hand this spring and sum- viously. Since it’s a few calmer hues thrown in for balgreen-based blue, it ance. radiates a crisp Limpet Shell Color experts believe that becalmness that is cause of the continuing external very refreshing to the senses. turmoil we are experiencing as a soThe two, most current neutrals ciety, consumers will be looking for are gray with a purple undertone, hope and tranquility wherever they and a soft brown shade that is can find it. These style influencers reminiscent of coffee with a small also take inspiration from the priLilac Gray Iced Coffee mary colors used by artists such as Matisse and Picasso, because peoSnorkle Buttercup Yellow ple tend to turn to art in troubling times. mer. Their cheerful intensity adds Let’s start with the ones these a “wow factor” to your closet that professionals regard as most fash- looks amazing when coupled with ionable - pastels of powder blue a crisp, white item or even a deeper, and pale pink. They sound like navy blue piece. traditional nursery color choices, And just like our previous pink amount of creamer in it. This subbut these renditions are suitable and blue combination, these colors tle, gray color lends a more mascufor adults, I promise. They’re both soft, soothing tints that look wonderful paired together or with more neutral hues, such as gray. A great way to see whether you

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e love making recommendations to our customers. There is nothing like passing on a great book and having someone come back and tell you how much they enjoyed it. Sometimes, a customer will stop by to make their own recommendation for us. This is how I found The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. In her eighth novel, Gabrielle Zevin, a New York Times bestselling author, screenwriter and Harvard graduate, has brought us a touching story of a man rediscovering happiness and purpose. A young man of only 39 years, A.J. Fikry is recently widowed. His life has become tedious. After the loss of his wife, a hopelessness has crept over him. He’s angry. He’s lonely. He’s hurting. A.J. owns Island Books, the only bookstore on Alice Island, an 80 minute ferry ride from Hyannis. Sales have slowed. The bookstore is struggling and his passion is gone. Nothing catches his interest anymore, until he meets Amelia. Amelia Loman is a sales rep for Knightley Press, a publishing company from which A.J. has been purchasing books. Amelia has taken over his account after the sudden death of the previous sales rep. A.J. liked the old sales rep. What he doesn’t like is change. Amelia has experienced her share of bad luck in the romance department as of late. Online dat-

ing hasn’t worked out as well as she had hoped. Reading is important to her. She wants a man who is well read. Someone who can carry on an intelligent conversation about topics that are important to her. That’s hard to find these days. Her mother claims “novels have ruined Amelia for real men.” I felt a deep, personal connection to this book from the first chapter. Not only for the fact that I too am a bookstore owner, but when Amelia first meets A.J., he looks at her and says, “Who the hell are you?” which coincidentally, are the exact same words I uttered upon first meeting the beautiful young lady who would become my wife over 18 years ago. True story. I’ll tell you about it sometime. Actually, I probably won’t. It is certainly not love at first sight for A.J. and Amelia. They get off to a rocky start because of the callous attitude A.J. has developed. As the months unfold, he finds himself wanting, even needing to spend time with her. Before long, Amelia becomes caught up in the many mysteries of Alice Island and Mr. A.J. Fikry. Many of us booksellers have a “favorite.” One book that is very special, for one reason or another, often to be found in the booksellers “personal collection.” For A.J., it is a copy of Tamerlane and other Poems by “a Bostonian.” This incredibly rare and valuable collection of poetry was one of only fifty ever printed by an 18 year old author who wished to remain anonymous. The anonymous “Bostonian” was later found to be Edgar Allan Poe. After passing

out drunk one night, A.J. wakes to find Tamerlane has been stolen. The pursuit of the thief consumes A.J., until one evening when he finds a toddler abandoned in his store. Her name is Maya. There is a note. The note asked Fikry to take care of the little girl because the mother wants her “…to grow up to be a reader. I want her to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about those kinds of things.” Soon thereafter, a woman’s body washes ashore. It’s Maya’s mother. After contacting the police, A.J. finds he will have to care for little Maya for a few days until other arrangements can be made. In those few days, he begins to find his purpose again. From a bookseller’s perspective, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry shines a positive, optimistic light

on the future of the average independent bookseller in America. I share in this optimism. I also enjoy a book that is brimming with realism; stories that are as unpredictable as the lives we all lead. There are no wizards with magical powers present in this book. The only magic here is real magic, genuine magic that comes from being human. The magic we all experience in our daily lives. The ever-present magic that surrounds us each day. A magic we can recognize, if we pay attention. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry finishes on such a powerful note, that I wiped away tears as I closed the book. There are plenty of good novels out there, but a novel that can touch you in such a profound way is hard to find. I’m glad I found this one. 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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arch 2016 is UT Extension month and will bring an exciting new event to our area. The Lewis County Public Library has partnered with UT Extension-Lewis County to offer a farm to city program. This event will help those who do not have a “traditional farm” to incorporate fresh produce in their home. Farm City day will provide real life solutions if you desire to grow fresh produce in your back yard. Furthermore, you will gain tips on how to preserve your produce, for example, freezing and canning. Our staff By Ronnie Cowan will even tell you the nutritional benefits associated with using your home grown produce. At Farm City Day demonstrations will include ways children can be more physically active. Through 4-H, children can participate in a program called 4-H Healthy Lifestyles where they learn exercising can be fun. Additionally, 4-H can teach children about nutrition and making healthier choices. This event will demonstrate some of the 4-H curriculum that is available for youth. Farm City Day is an event for the whole family and is open to the public free of charge. There will be a seed swap and a recipe swap following the program, so make sure to bring some of your favorite seeds and recipes to share. Among topics to be covered are: • Backyard Gardening • Hobby Farming • Food Preservation/Canning • 4-H Healthy Lifestyles • Home Fruit Tree Planting UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture. It is a statewide educational organization, funded by federal, state and local governments, that brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and resource development to the people of Tennessee where they live and work. Because Extension emphasizes helping people improve their livelihood where they are located, most Tennesseans have con-

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handlebar mustache, western attire and cowboy hat turned my head the first time I saw Kenny Durham. And the next time too. Kenny, a Hohenwald native and successful musician, has appeared in music videos, movies and commercials simply because of his attire. “Its just who I am,” he admitted in our recent interview. His musical career began with a 7th grade talent contest. His cousin played piano and his mother showed him two chords on the guitar. A Connie Smith song, “The Hurtings All Over,” helped them win the competition and set him on track for a lifelong passion for music. “Its all about the music to me. You don’t know how much longer you got. I get to share time with guys I like. It ain’t about the mon-

ey,” he explained. Generosity is a huge part of Kenny Durham’s personality. A local historic theatre in Hohenwald, the Strand Theatre, has amazing acoustics and a cool vibe but is in need of support. To help out, Kenny and a band of musicians with an impressive resume are planning a Flashback 70s concert March 12, 2016 at the Strand. Lead guitarist Bob Ocker of Franklin, former band leader for Dolly Parton; bass guitarist Larry Hartsfield of Lawrenceburg; keyboardist Josh Rosen of Nashville; and drummer Danny Bates of Franklin will join Kenny in tribute to the music of the 1970s. Special guests, The Cliftones, Darrell and Sissy Pogue of Clifton are expected to also be part of the show. “I just wanted to do the music I love. The best music. The 70s,” he commented. “People have been also asking

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“I think the Strand Theatre is the best thing to bring people together whether it be music, acting or another event. It’s someplace for people to share what they have. In a small town, its a stair step,” he added. For Kenny, church is a big part of his life. “That’s where my talent comes from: God. Every time I sing in church and somebody gets blessed, that’s how I get blessed.” In closing, Kenny shared his life philosophy. “Life is not about money. I think if me to do another John Denver tribute show,” Kenny said and an- I had lots of money I would still be nounced a John Denver Tribute the same. Money doesn’t make you Concert for October 22, 2016 also happy. Rich people are just poor at the Strand Theatre Hohenwald. people with money.”

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hen David Hill realized an iconic structure in his hometown was in danger of demise, the history buff in him took over. “I love history and the past. It’s here for our knowledge,” he explained. Hill may sometimes long to live in another century, specifically the 1850s era, he revealed, but when it came time to restore Columbia’s Union Station, modern technology came in pretty handy. The depot on Depot Street was in foreclosure. “I’ve seen this building here all my life,” he explained. “I wanted to save it.” Left with broken doors, plywood covered windows and missing fixtures, Hill’s job was daunting. In his historical research, he discovered for sale online the original round topped wooden window frames. So he purchases them, had them restored and replaced in the 1903 structure. Marble baseboard samples were taken to slab

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Columbia’s Union Station on Depot Street, fully restored.

When David Hill purchased the Columbia Depot, left, there was much work to be done. The original wood frames for the windows were, remarkably, found for sale through an online search. He purchased, restored, right, and had new glass installed that matched the style of the 1903 depot.



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yards around the area but it was a quarry in East Tennesse who was able to provide the “Tennesssee Pink” match. Broken and missing pieces were carefully restored. Window glass shards were researched and in each case, online technology was helpful in finding sources to replicate the samples. When necessary, prototypes of everything in the building were created to match. Remarkably, the mosaic floor tiles, were intact and a thorough cleaning returned them to usable form. Portraits now hanging in the central room were movie props “from the last Lincoln movie,” Hill explained. “Replicas from the White House.” Antique chandeliers and authentic, southern antique furnishings from the Hill’s personal collection grace the building restoring the grandeur of what was once one of Columbia’s busiest transportation hubs. David Hill compiled a brief history of the depot, as follows: “The depot, ‘Union Station,’ was officially opened on November 13th 1903. The first train headed to Mt. Pleasant at 1 p.m. Many notable people passed through the Depot, including President William Howard Taft, General John Pershing, Buffalo Bill, evangelist Billy Sunday and Williams Jennings Bryan, a Nebraska congressman and three time Presidential candidate. “The Depot was used for passenger travel up until December 1966. Freight was moved on the lines until 1982. “The Depot was then first sold into private hands in 1986. It was later transferred to a couple of other owners, with attempts at the monumental task of restoration.” According to “Historic Maury,” a history of Union

A gathering of the Maury County Historical Society in January 2012, top, before renovations began. David Hill shared a history of the Columbia depot and his plan for restoration. Image, bottom, reveals a completed project.

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When the depot was purchased, doors and windows were repaired and a complete overhaul of the interior space was necessary.

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An antique shoe shine station, left, was added to the depot by the Hills along with the train station bench, right.

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Original mosaic tile floors grace the entire lower level of the recently restored depot in Columbia. Southern acquired antiques from the private collection of David and Debra Hill furnish the spaces.

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Station, travelers could find a place to rest, with food and tickets sold on the main floor. Apartments for the stationmaster and rooms for the crew were located on the second floor while the third floor was used as storage for unclaimed baggage. Constructed in the Romanesque architectural style, the depot was built in blocks of solid limestone. “The Depot building as it stands, is in better than new condition,” Hill wrote in a statement presented to the Maury County Historical Society. “It now has been rewired, plumbed, sprinkler system, all new bathroom fixtures, new period lighting fixtures, along with heating and cooling systems. All of the base marble and the bathroom marble dividers have been replaced. The building was also 100 percent plastered. The exterior and interior round top window frames were re-glazed, with period glass, as was all interior glass. The building is now ready for its next 100 years.” The depot is listed on the National Registry of Historical Places. In 2009, it was named to the 10 in Tennessee list of endangered proper-

The Hill Family on the steps of the Columbia depot, prior to restoration.

ties. Now that the project is complete, Hill is ready for the next adventure. “It’s beautiful to see and it could possibly be opened for tours. And I would sell it,” he added. Mission accomplished is the bottom line for Hill who has also restored a home on 6th Street in Columbia and Skipwith Hall, an 1815 timber built mansion on part of a 25,000 acres land grant from George Washington.

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he wooden, coffee stir stick turned over and over in his fingers and his imagination began to reel. Jim Webb and his wife, Connie, were stationed in Germany in 1980 when the seed of an idea took shape. Leaning heavily on one year of art classes from the earliest days of Columbia State Community College and even more on creativity, Jim began playing. Just for fun. Carefully piecing together thin coffee stirrers, Jim constructed his



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“I started getting serious when my granddaughter wanted a doll house with furniture,” he said. When pieces from his other carvings go missing, he usually knows where to find them: employed by the youngster in her imaginative play. Oftentimes, he can hardly keep up with the demand from family and friends for his “little buildings.” “‘Make me one,’ they say,” Jim smiled as he tells of the requests he receives. He does not sit down with a intent. “The buildings and the people come to me,” Jim explains. Except for the church. Inspired by Mennonite neighbors who donate scraps of wood to his passion, Jim says he

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Well, first thing most would say is food. One of the best aspects is it can be organic. So in having an organic garden, I can think of three main goals that can be accomplished: 1. The freshest food you can get. 2. Organically grown food to limit the toxins you take in. 3. Giving you a healthier lifestyle and making you more self sufficient. What about flowers? Of course, there must be flowers everywhere. The more the better, happy, healthy flower power. Flowers have an uplifting effect on your spirit and mind, and many flowers contain healing compounds. Just a few of my favorite healing flowers are listed. Echinacea in many scientific studies has shown that it is a potent healer, has natural antibiotic activity, strengthens the immune system and strengthens cells against invading microorganisms. It can help the body fight off colds, flu and other types of infections. It is used exter-

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ered in that book. Marcus feels a design for a healing garden should be 70 percent plants and 30 percent hardscape (with places to sit and view the garden). She has written another book that is more of a personal memoir set mostly on the remote Scottish Island of Iona, where she went through stages of her own healing from cancer. She states, “For some people, there is a place where they feel particularly at home-where they can relax to a deep level which as some evidence indicates, might help strengthen the immune system and have measured success on physical health.” The title of the book is Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of Place A Memoir. For a sense of relaxation, well being, joy, restoration and healing, a garden can offer all of that and more. Lastly, one might also say a garden is full of blessings for you, your family and for sharing with others.

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Trees, shrubs, perennials and hardy vines. Asparagus, rhubarb, horseradish, artichokes and sunchokes should be planted as soon as the ground is workable. Potatoes, peas, lettuce, onions, kohlrabi, mustard greens, collards, turnips, beets, carrots, parsley, parsnips, radish, spinach and swiss chard. Set out transplants of broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage and cauliflower. Direct sow seeds of hardy annuals such as larkspur, bachelor buttons and California poppies. Toward the end of the month start seeds of peppers, tomatoes, egg plants and cucumbers indoors. Summer blooming bulbs (to maintain continuous blooms) plant bulbs every two weeks up to mid-June. Grapes, strawberries, blue berries, currants, loganberries and boysenberry.

Around the end of March or the first of April, young plants can be put out in coldframes to begin hardening them off. If you don’t have a coldframe, move them in and out, putting them, the first few days, in a shady spot for a few hours then gradually increasing the time and exposure by a few hours each day. After a week to 10 days, they will be ready for the move out to the garden. Just remember though, our frost free date is not until April 15th or so. Wonderful Heirlooms

If you like growing vegetables that have been passed down for generations and have fascinating histories and wonderful and unique flavors (instead of ones that have been developed for durability in shipping and more commercial appealing looks), then you might want to get some heirloom activity going on in your garden. Help preserve traditional varieties of fruits and vegetables such as: A Word About Transplants A winter squash, Musquee de After the seed you start indoors Provence, is described as “the color (in small seed starting trays) have of milk chocolate and just as addicset their first set of true leaves, they tive.” need to be transplanted into larger Goldman’s Italian American containers. As you handle them, Tomato, blood red and deeply be sure to hold them by the leaves ribbed, is multipurpose and recomnot their stems. Fungi that causes mended for sauce. damping-off are easily spread by Melon Jenny Lind maybe oddly touching the stems. shaped, but is sweet and succulent.

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Marina of Chiogga, a turban squash with a bump encrusted rind protects a delicious, golden flesh. Rampicante (Italian vining zucchini) can do double duty. It can be used as a summer zucchini and a winter butternut-type squash. The fruit is long and trumpet-shaped, curls gently and has a medium to light-green, striped skin. The flesh looks like other zucchini but tastes sweeter. These are all available from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. Harvest

Any root crops such as carrots, horseradish, parsnips and sunchokes, still in the ground from last year, should be harvested before new, green top growth starts. Maintenance

Cut ornamental grasses back before new growth begins. Use an acid type fertilizer to feed evergreens and acid loving shrubs like rhododendron and azaleas. Fertilize fig trees when the buds swell. Wait to feed camellias until they finish blooming. When moving plants, to help reduce transplant shock, use a diluted application of a mild fertilizer, such as fish emulsion. Once perennials begin to peek, start removing mulch that covered them for winter protection. Do this over a period of days to slowly allow light and air to reach them. If frost makes an unexpected return, re-cover them. Divide perennials that need it. Begin to gradually remove mulch from strawberries. Top dress containers with fresh compost. Clean up and destroy the old foliage of irises before new growth begins to help control iris borer. When fertilizing fruit trees, using an organic fertilizer will provide a slow release of nutrients, rather than the chemical fertilizer which can cause a sudden burst of new growth too early in the spring which can put the plants at risk for

disease and pests. Finish pruning fruit trees this month. Don’t prune once buds have swollen or new leaves are growing. If you haven’t yet applied dormant oil spray to fruit trees, do it now on a calm, dry day when the temperature is at least forty degrees. Spray peach trees with a fungicide to prevent peach leaf curl disease. Prune grapes before buds swell. Toward the end of the month, begin to pull back mulch from rose bushes. Prune summer flowering shrubs and trees when the most extreme cold has passed but before they leaf out. Prune roses. Prune winter jasmine after flowering. Prune evergreens for size and shape. Trim butterfly bushes to keep them compact. Pruning Hydrangeas

Annabelle (hydrangea arborescens): For fewer but huge blooms cut back to one foot tall. Cut it back less and you will get many more clusters but they will be smaller. These bloom on the current years growth. This also applies to hydrangea paniculate species like grandiflora, sometimes called peegee, pink diamond and limelight. Hydrangea Macrophylla (french or big leaf hydrangea), the one with the snowball-shaped blue or pink blooms in summer, grows on last year’s growth. If they need shaping, wait until they start to leaf in the spring. You’ll see some stems are light brown and showing no signs of life. Prune these back just above where you see nice, fat, green buds starting to open. Then, immediately after the flowers fade in summer, you can cut these back if you want to. The exception to this are the newer repeat blooming ones such as Endless Summer, Penny Mac, Forever And Ever and Mini Penny, which bloom on both last season’s growth and current season’s growth. If you desire, you can cut them back winter, spring and summer and still get blooms! Oakleaf hydrangea (hydrangea quercifolia) blooms on previous

years growth. So if it needs prun- dener seems to be only one of his ing, wait until early summer. instruments, not the composer.” – Geoffrey Charlesworth March/Spring/Garden Quotations And Poems

“Winds of March, we welcome “Daffodils, that come before you. There is work for you to do. the swallow dares, and take the Work and play and blow all day. winds of March with beauty.” Blow the winter wind away.” – William Shakespeare – Author unknown “No winter lasts forever; no Spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland “The March wind roars like a lion in the sky and makes us shiver as he passes by. When winds are soft and days are warm and clear, just like a gentle lamb then spring is here.” – Author unknown A Light exists in spring Not present on the year At any other period. When March is scarcely here A color stands abroad On solitary hills That silence cannot overtake, But human nature feels.

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “‘Let’s Party.’” – Robin Williams

It waits upon the lawn; It shows the furthest tree Upon the furthest slope we know; It almost speaks to me. Then, as horizons step, Or noons report away, Without the formula of sound, It passes, and we stay: A quality of loss Affecting our content, As trade had suddenly encroached Upon a sacrament. – Emily Dickinson “The last fling of winter is over... The earth, the soil itself, has a dreaming quality about it. It is warm now to the touch; it has come alive; it hides secrets that in a moment, in a little while, it will tell.” – Donald Culross Peattie “Spring makes its own statement so loud and clear that the gar-

March bustles in on windy feet And sweeps my door step and my streets. She washes and cleans with pounding rain Scrubbing the earth of winter stains. She shakes the grime from carpet green Till naught but fresh new blades are seen Then, house in order, all neat as a pin, She ushers gentle spring time in. – Spring Cleaning by Susan Reiner

The glorious expectation and anticipation of spring fills us with joy, hope and excitement making our hearts sing. We merrily go with Spring to March into our gardens with glad hearts and happy hands, there’s gardening to be done. 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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Watson On Jeopardy “W hat is violin?” Watson answered confidently. His competitors looked perturbed. “2000, same category,” he declared. And on it went. Watson answered question after question on Jeopardy: The IBM Challenge, barely giving anyone else time to respond. He won with $77,147, By Cody while his Crawford competitors earned $24,000 and $21,600. Brad Rutter, who is the biggest money winner on Jeopardy and who Watson beat in the three day event, remarked, “I would have thought that technology like this was years away, but it’s here now. I have the bruised ego to prove it.” Ken Jennings, who holds the record for the longest Jeopardy winning streak, was the other contestant Watson defeated. If you haven’t guessed it, Watson is a computer. “He” is currently under development by IBM, he can’t see or hear, and he won Jeopardy in February of 2011. Winning Jeopardy, however, isn’t the only remarkable thing he has done. A version of Watson, IBM’s Deep Blue, beat the world’s best chess player at chess in 1997. Watson’s skills include something called natural language pro-



cessing, which is also used by Siri, Cortana and the system driving “OK Google.” Natural language processing is the technique by which computers are able to understand human language. You might ask Siri, “What will the weather be like today?” She might respond, “There is a 60 percent chance of rain today. Take an umbrella.” This includes the capability to analyze unstructured data, which is information that is not formatted for computers to recognize, sort or analyze in a traditional database. Watson is much smarter than Siri and the others, mainly because he is more powerful. The Watson on Jeopardy contained ten racks, each housing ten IBM Power 750 servers, along with two giant refrigerator units for cooling. He was, in essence, 2800 computers tied together. He remained in the next building during the game, and only his avatar made an actual appearance. Although understanding human language is great, that is not all that makes Watson special. His main strength is that he can be taught through a concept called machine learning. One area that looks most promising for Watson is being a helper to doctors and nurses. “I have been in medical education for 40 years and we’re still a very memory-based curriculum,” said Dr. Herbert Chase of Columbia University. Since medical professionals must commit so much to memory, Watson might be able to

help them remember things they may have overlooked or modify the education process. An article on Information stated that Watson might need five years of learning to become as knowledgeable as a qualified cancer expert. This is not to say, however, that machines are able to replace humans. Watson’s “learning” requires the help of humans. He can’t do it alone. At best, a machine like Watson could only ever be an assistant to a real-life doctor or nurse. To illustrate, in the Jeopardy game, Watson had a major flub. While playing the category U.S. Cities, the clue was, “Its largest airport is named for a World War II hero; its second largest for a World War II battle.” Watson answered, “What is Toronto?????” Although the five question marks indicated that Watson was very unsure about the answer, the experts running him had no clue what he was “thinking” when he came up with that. Machines like Watson might never replace humans, but they will allow humans to work smarter. “The power of Watson-like tools will cause us to reconsider what it is we want students to do,” stated Chase. Instead of so much memorization in school, perhaps medical professionals can be trained to rely on Watson to provide them with information instead of memorizing it, allowing their smarter, human brains to focus on thinking. Human programmers, instead of developing new systems, must teach the old systems to learn. Much research in artificial intelligence systems like Watson has gone from determinism to probability. For instance, the likelihood of a machine knowing something for certain is low. A machine can tell you, however, the degree of certainty it has on facts. One thing Wat-

son did in Jeopardy was not only to give an answer, but to give the top three answers he had deduced, with percentages each one was likely to be correct. The designers called it his confidence. Since computers cannot use human reasoning to determine if things are valid or true, they must use probability. But perhaps humans and computers have some things in common. Although Watson did manage to beat his human counterparts at Jeopardy, he was not able to avoid some good, old-fashioned disdain from the host, Alex Trebek. During the game, Ken guessed wrongly, “What are the 20s?” Watson immediately buzzed in and guessed, “What is 1920s?” “No…” Trebek said coldly. “Ken said that.” http://www.nytimes. com/2011/02/17/ science/17jeopardy-watson. html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 technology/archive/2016/02/ when-computers-started-beatingchess-champions/462216/?utm_ source=SFTwitter watch?v=P18EdAKuC1U watch?v=P0Obm0DBvwI http://www.informationweek. com/big-data/software-platforms/ ibm-watson-ai-for-the-realworld/d/d-id/1323645 Follow live links at Cody Crawford holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology from Middle Tennessee State University and serves as Director of Digital Innovation for Validity Publishing.

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STOP PLANTING BRADFORD PEARS, the cultivated version of the Callery pear and the source of this invasion)! In the case of the Eurasian Collared-Dove, so far it is unclear how this relatively recent invader is fitting in with the existing avifauna, native and exotic. It seems to be finding an ecological “niche” in between the native Mourning Dove and its fellow exotic, the feral Pigeons which are descended from the old-world Rock Pigeon. The Collared Dove is mostly a bird of suburbs and farmland. It is found less often in urban centers, heavy forest or open rangeland. Taking Hohenwald and Lewis County as an example, the Collared Doves are common in the neighborhoods in town. They are also


seen frequently in the outskirts of town, in yards and on farms. But they are quite scarce in the timberlands. I have never seen one on our 38 acres of forest, brush and ponds. But just a mile up the road where there are more yards and houses, I have often been seeing them now by the dozens in the last two years. However, just because they do not yet seem to be causing trouble does not mean that the Collared Doves won’t eventually become a pest, harming agriculture or native wildlife. As always, it’s best to try to avoid encouraging them. If you have dozens of Collared Doves around your feeder, try changing the seed mix you use to favor the titmice and cardinals more and the doves less. Another way to control the ex-

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North America from other continents includes many far more noxious species than the Eurasian Collared-Dove. Think of roof rats, house mice, kudzu, Asian carp and feral hogs. We have actually lucked out that the Collared Doves have proven relatively benign. So feel free to enjoy them without mixed feelings if they frequent your yard, but please don’t go out of your way to encourage them.

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otics is to make use of them. If you enjoy partaking in what natural resource managers call a “consumptive” activity, it’s always good to try to use the exotics in this activity as much a possible. For example, my wife uses Japanese honeysuckle collected from our fences and thickets for weaving her handmade baskets. So, along the same lines, Collared Doves are by all accounts just as tasty as Mourning Doves, but bigger. They can be taken during the regular dove season, but unlike Mourning Doves there is NO bag limit. You are welcome to take as many as you can! The biggest challenge is that the Collared Doves are less likely to be out in open fields and more likely to be hiding in hedgerows, trees and sheds. The list of exotic invaders to

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In following years, a log pulling and square dance were added. According to Skillington, by 1941, an estimated 50,000 people attended. In 1950, the Chamber of Commerce, looking for something to peak interest, “talked my father, Charlie Skillington, (who was Mule Day Chairman at the time) into riding a mule to Nashville (a 60 mile trip, from our home in Santa Fe) to invite Governor Gordon Browning to be Grand Marshall of the 1950 parade,” Dave continued. On a mule named Headlight Nell, a police escort joined him in Nashville, down Eighth Avenue to the State Capital. Dave remembers the family following his father “like it was yesterday. It was a big deal for an eleven year old farm boy from Santa Fe.” That year was the last Mule Day for 24 years. Mule Day began again in 1974, when the Maury County Bridle and Saddle Club decided to recreate it as a fundraiser. Modern day Mule Day will begin in earnest this year on Thursday, March 31, with activities at the park.


Monday, March 28 – Sunday, April 3, 2016

Parade of Mules on West 7th Street, Columbia, 1930s.

An Auctioneers’ Contest, at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016 hosted by the Columbia Breakfast Rotary Club, is expected to draw auctioneers from six states. One will leave the Tennessee Livestock

Producers location with a National Champion Auctioneer belt buckle. A Liars’ Contest will commence Friday evening, April 1, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Central High School. Others festivities will in-

clude arts and crafts, a flea market, mule competitions, live music and concessions. The Mule Day Parade will be held Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m. in downtown Columbia.

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Mule Day Parade Downtown Columbia, 11 a.m. Address: Maury County Park 1018 Maury County Park Drive Columbia, TN 38401 More information may be found at Mule Day office – 931.381.9557 Mule Day magazines at: Maury County Visitors Center at 302 West 7th Street, Columbia, TN, 38401 931.381.7176 or 888.852.1860



Farm Bureau float in the 1936 Mule Day Parade.

The formula is simple. Believe and have!


esus said it Himself. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. (Also read, John 3:36; 6:40 and 47.) Believe and have! Nothing else is required. Believe in Jesus and have everlasting (eternal) life. The word By Charles E. is “have.” Do this and you Newbold, Jr. have that! It does not say, will have, or may have. It absolutely says, “have.” Present tense! “But that’s easy believism, greasy grace” some people argue. Such simplicity offends the mind. There must be more to “gettin’ in” than that. “If all I have to do to be saved is ‘believe,’ then what does it matter if I go on sinning?” If that is how we think, we do not yet understand what happens to us when we believe. We are not talking about a passive, mental consent kind of believing that says, “Sure, I believe that Jesus is the Son of God.” Even the demons believe there is one God and shutter. James 2:19. Rather, we are talking about an active, spirit-knowing faith that gives us the confidence to say, “I believe in Jesus as the Son of God.” This kind of faith comes when the Holy Spirit makes real to us that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.” True belief in Jesus is a lifechanger. We are given a whole different kind of life. Believe and have! Have what? Have everlasting (eternal) life. Trouble is, most people think that means we get to go to heaven when we die if we believe in Jesus. Well, we do, but it also means we have been given a new and different kind of life here and now. Believe and have! When we

believe in Jesus, we have His kind of life, the God-kind of life. His life in us makes all the difference in the world. Everlasting (eternal) life is the God-kind of life God gives us through His Holy Spirit when we are born again. His Holy Spirit dwells within us—not just to save us for heaven when we die, but also to bring the power of heaven down to us while we yet live. The God-kind of life is, well, everlasting. It is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, selfcontrol.” Galatians 5:20-21. It is righteous and holy. It is life, light, truth and power. His life within us empowers us to live a life of obedience to His divine will. His life within us gives us the confidence to say, “it is no longer we who live but Christ who lives in us.” This life can never be earned by our self-righteous deeds or good behavior. It is the gift of God’s own life deposited within us when we simply, yet truly believe. A man once boasted regarding his faith in Christ. “I can do whatever I want. I just don’t want to do it anymore.” He understood the nature of the exchanged life within him. We no longer desire to live that old life of sin and death. A new and different life emerges from within us. We want to live that God-kind of life because that is who we now are. If we lack that passion to live Christ’s life within us, perhaps we need to lock ourselves in our closets, have an old fashioned revival on our knees and not come out until we know that we truly “believe and have.”




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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Unconscionable Cogitation can. When you play full court basketball with a bunch of young bucks and the muscle memory for jumping is gone. If you now need at least four blankets at night, especially during summer when the air conditioner is running. When you fall off the horse and do not get back on. When you hang up your cowboy hat for the last time. If you get caught crying at a movie. When you get under the car to remove the engine oil drain plug and can’t wiggle back out from under the car. When you now sport buzzed haircuts, because there is not enough hair to comb, and you realize by the shape of your head now exposed, it resembles the shape of a Neanderthal instead of a modern man. When your wife looks at you and says, “I know you are not the man you once were. I don’t care about your outward appearance, hunchback, wrinkled and feeble, I’m in love with the man on the inside.” When your hormone levels become lopsided and you begin to consider a sex change procedure. It’s not taboo anymore, every-

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hat about you, Delmar, what are you going to with your share of the dough?” Everett asks Delmar. Delmar replies, “I’m gonna visit them foreclosein’ son of a guns down at the Indianola Savings and Loan, slap that money on the barrel head By Shane Newbold and buy back the family farm. You ain’t no kind of man if you ain’t got land.”* Delmar is right. In order for a man to be a man, unwritten standards and principles exist. Benchmarks that prove a man is no less a man than a man should be. And as you have come to rely on my infinite wisdom to help you in this difficult, confusing lifewalk, following, is a more-man-than-you-thoughtwas-possible yardstick of counsel. A man ain’t a man if his brass ain’t shiny (the ammo reloaders credo). You ain’t no kinda man if

you drive a soccer-mom car (sorta like the 2004 Toyota minivan I drive). You ain’t no kinda man: If you don’t hold the door for the ladies. If you abuse women and children. If you lie. If you cheat. If your selfish gain hurts others. If your bark is worse than your bite. When all your kids and in law kids make way more money than yourself (kinda awkward borrowing cash from your sonin-law). If you drink lite beer and white wine. If the dog at the end of your the leash is no more than eleven inches tall. If you are the dog at the end of your woman’s leash. If your woman always makes you look bad at the pistol range, with your gun. Then rubs it in, “Babycakes, you wanna see if you can do better with mine?” If your woman calls you babycakes at the pistol range in front of the other guys. When you realize you can no longer manhandle your son, but he continues to pretend you

body in Hollywood is doing it. When the new, trendy, fabric colors come out for the year and you excitedly apprise your wife about them before she tells you. When your weekly appointments at the tanning salon gets mixed up and you begin to stress about your summer, mankini lines. When “don’t try this at home” becomes reality. When you actually have to use directions, going against everything for which a man stands. If your two favorite supplements are Tums and Viagra. Well, there you go. You ain’t no kinda man if you willingly prove (like this article) you ain’t no kinda man. Oh yeah, almost forgot. Hope you manly men own some land. You ain’t no kinda man without it. *From the movie: Oh Brother, Where Art Thou. Father to four and best friend to Becky Jane for 28 years, Shane Newbold lives life to the fullest fishing and enjoying his family.

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are you ready for spring? south central tennessee has a lot of exciting things happening. We invite you to come enjoy our beautiful back roads, hiking trails, scenic rivers and lakes. Enjoy free tours of our four distilleries or taste the exceptional tennessee wine at our eight wineries. if you are interested in history, we have many civil War sites and beautiful antebellum homes you can tour. The list goes on and on so check out WWW.sctta.nEt for more great ideas and events.

Upcoming march EvEnts March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 - High School Musical on Stage at the STAAR Theatre & Center for the Arts in Pulaski March 12 - Elk Valley Crafters Annual Spring Craft Show at Lincoln County High School, Fayetteville, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.elkvalleycrafters. com March 12 - Milky Way Farm Hayride & Easter Egg Hunt from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. March 12 & 19 - A House in Mourning at the Lairdland Farm House, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 17 - 26 -Annual Fabulous 50’s Show at Ninth Grade Academy in Fayetteville. Tickets 931-433-3933. March 17 - 25 - Addams Family production at Dixie Theatre in Lewisburg March 19 - Celebrating Spring with a Daffodil Flower Show & Tree City USA in Bell Buckle March 20 - Bridal Fair from 1-4 p.m. Rippavilla Plantation, Spring Hill March 25 - 26 - Annual Blooming Arts Festival in Linden March 25 - 26, April 1 - 2 - STAAR Theatre presents Rope a play about a murder case. Pulaski March 25 - Annual Business Expo at the Monterey Station, Cowan March 26 - Annual Crusade Against Cancer 5K Run. At Waynesboro City Park at 10 a.m. March 27 - Easter Lunch 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. at Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, reservations March 27 - Easter Lunch at Commodore Hotel Linden March 28 - April 3 - Annual Mule Day in Columbia, Arts & Crafts, Wagon Train, Mules & More

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