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Table of Contents

Inside this issue of


Blooming Arts Festival

Middle Tennessee’s artsy kick-off to festival season. Page 9

Marybel Lindsey: In front of and behind the camera By DeeGee Lester

High school theater arts direct life goals. Page 14

March 2017

HUB 38401

Vol. 7, Issue 3

By Roben Mounger

Columbia downtown remains successfully trendy adding entrepreneurial opportunities.

Stillwaters Art Page 16

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The Outpost General Store By Melissa Wickline

Building a business with a few dollars and guidance from above.

Collage and vintage collide in the hands of multi media artist, Sherry Scheitel.

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“Green” your living space, brighten your day By Cari Marye Griffith

Houseplant 101 to enhance your world. Page 20

Cover image by Sherry Scheitel: From the Dog Fairies album, created for a fundraiser for the Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue program. A French Bulldog named Vie is featured in a collage of a vintage photo with a bird. Photo, above, also from the Dog Fairies album. Learn more at

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The Believer’s Walk Ornithology Report

By Katie Taylor and Cari Marye Griffith

By Bill Pulliam

For parties and picky eaters. Page 6

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March Gardens

By James Lund

By Cassandra Warner

Reality Perspective, Page 5

Ask A Lawyer By Landis Turner

Gentlemen (and ladies), start your veggies!

Searching for John Hughes by Jason Diamond.

From The Publisher, Page 5

Led by the Spirit.

50 common birds, part 7.

March Book Review

Also in this Issue:

By Charles Newbold

Lookin’ Back, Page 28

A money-multiplying Gypsy bag. Page 29

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Unconscionable Cogitation, Page 30

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ourism season in Tennessee is about to begin, fast and furious. The signature kick-off in our region is the Blooming Arts Festival in Linden and this year’s event promises to be the best yet! (page 9). As we all know, tourism has become synonymous with economic development. Yet, festivals are not all we do around here. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound with assistance in several communities. Waynesboro’s Digital Hub was one of the first in the region and it continues to flourish. Hohenwald’s Marketplace is another unique option for entrepreneurs that is expected to do well in 2017. In this issue, see how downtown Columbia’s Main Street Program has partnered with others in the city to assist new

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Travels with Melissa Wickline (page 26) and cool art by Sherry Scheitel (page 16) were fun to include as we “March” into spring. And I am not even the least bit embarrassed, though perhaps I should be for my friends’ sake, of the story you will find on page 30. Yes, it’s true, my love for rocks is deep.

and small businesses with the creation of HUB 38401 (Roben Monger, page 18). Food, gardening and birding are close to our hearts here at Validity. We hope you will enjoy this month’s features by our tried and true contributors, Katie, Cari, Cassandra and Bill. Lifelong attorney and friend, Landis, dug a crazy story concerning a Gypsy and a mysterious money multiplying bag from his files this month (page 29). And DeeGee tracked down another amazing student (page 14). James Lund (page 11) is still reading fantastic books and Charles Newbold Jr (page 28) keeps getting a new word. And we can’t fail to mention “Food for Thought,” (Don Burgdorf, page28).

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Validity Recipes

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Rolling into Spring

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Instructions: To create your filling station, thinly slice the veggies, dice the cilantro, and slice the lime in half. Next, follow the preparation instructions listed on the package of spring rolls, and get your wrappers in place and ready to fill. The tricky part is handling the wrappers, which will become soft and pliable in the water. Once you’ve placed a few pinches of each vegetable onto the wrapper, add a sprinkle of cilantro and salted cashews and a squeeze of lime. Roll up gently, without letting the vegetables break through the thin wrapper. Pat down the edges and you’re ready to go! For the dipping sauce, combine all ingredients in a small blender or food processor, or stir well with a whisk.

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any of us can empathize with the struggle of getting everyone in the family to eat what is served at dinner time. I am beginning to get an understanding of this as my daughter tries more and more solid foods. I was so sure she would be

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Honey-Roasted Sage Cauliflower Katie Taylor

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Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a large cookie sheet or roasting pan, spread cauliflower, hazelnuts and sage leaves. Whisk the red pepper, olive oil and honey together in a small ramekin, and pour over the cauliflower-hazelnut-sage mixture. Toss to combine. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes, until cauliflower is golden and soft.

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ome and indulge in some springtime fun at the 9th Annual Blooming Arts Festival. Back and better than ever, this highly anticipated event will feature a diverse but compelling mix of fine arts, local craftsmanship, engaging performances and fantastic eats. It’s a perfect way to kick off the new season and celebrate the richness and vitality of one of Middle Tennessee’s hidden gems. “We consider this Tennessee’s official start to spring!” Chamber of Commerce Director Will Nunley said. “This is one of the midsouth’s earliest outdoor festivals. We are here to celebrate art and local culture, just as the first blooms of the season appear.” Set in the inviting town of Linden, Tennessee, the festival will be taking place over a two-day period:


Friday, March 24, 2017 from 12 p.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is free, and all members of the public are cordially invited to attend this highly popular event. “The spirit of this event was born from a community falling on hard times. We got creative and pooled our talents,” Nunley explained. “This idea bloomed into our county’s largest annual event, that is now celebrating much better times and nine years of festival history. We combined with the Buffalo River Springfest tournaments, and it is a lively weekend for our entire community.” Like last year, the event is expected to host well over 100 regional and local artisans and vendors. These talented folks are known for their engaging fine arts as well as their standout craftsmanship,

which ranges from quality woodwork to carefully crafted glass products and other fine crafts. The artisans and vendors will be showcasing their fine art and crafts in several interactive exhibitions, such as wool spinning, street theater performances and painting exhibits. For the food lovers among us, local eateries and street vendors will offer ample opportunities for indulging in all types of savory cuisine. Building upon last year’s memorable line-up, the festival will feature live music performances on both days from locally based and bred performers across a spectrum of music genres, including acoustic, bluegrass, Southern gospel, country and more. “We celebrate an eclectic mix of local music, crafters, talented artists, exhibitions and tasty food. Blended with the charming back-

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was surrounded by teenage pop culture from birth. We were a large family, five kids in all. Just a few months after my first birthday, my eldest brother turned 13. The music, the movies, the fashion (or lack thereof ) consumed our little home in south Nashville. I feel fortunate in that respect. After all, many kids are By James Lund only interested in teenage pop culture for around 12 years, depending on whether or not you have siblings and how their ages are staggered. But for the 20 years from the late 1970s until the late 1990s, it was all I knew. I’m a huge fan of the 1980s. The merits of the quality and importance of the music, movies and other art to come out of that decade can be debated, but I’m not interested in joining that debate. I loved it then, and love it even more today. As the years pass and we settle into our lives, we often recall with fondness the innocence of our youth. For many of us who grew up in the 1980s, the work of the late John Hughes is paramount in the memory of our glory days. Our first glimpse of his work on the big screen came from the National Lampoon’s franchise, followed by some of the most iconic teen films of the 1980s like Sixteen Candles; The Breakfast Club; Weird Science; Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Hughes wrote and produced many of the classic comedies of the late 80s and early 90s such as Planes, Trains and Automobiles; The Great Outdoors; Uncle Buck; Christmas Vacation and Home Alone. His sudden death in 2009, at the age of 59, came as a shock to millions of his fans, who only then, when looking back at his body of work, began to fully comprehend

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the way in which his work had influenced their lives. One of the people who found solace in the characters created by Hughes was a troubled young boy named Jason Diamond. Jason grew up in a suburb of Chicago, the same area that Hughes often used to film his movies. Jason’s early life was imperfect and volatile, much like the characters he saw on screen. Little did he know, in a few short years, this innocent fandom would change his life. Having moved to Manhattan and with no previous experience to speak of, Jason set out to write a biography of John Hughes. Searching for John Hughes is the story of Ja-

son’s quest to find his inner biographer, and ultimately the realization, that it just wasn’t going to happen. Instead, he pens a wickedly funny memoir of his own life and the challenges of stumbling through the early years of adulthood with no plan, no direction and no money, while living in the heart of one of the most unforgiving cities in the world. Searching for John Hughes makes me appreciate even more the role pop culture plays in our lives and the importance of those who create it. We need this stuff, this art. It helps us understand who we are. It helps create the nostalgia that brings a smile to our faces in the decades that follow. You know, I believe I need to go on a pilgrimage to the north side of Chicago and visit the grave of John Wilden Hughes, Jr, just to say “Thanks.” James Lund, along with his wife Heather, own Duck River Books 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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s we move through the month of March, spring comes on quickly. And with the turning of season comes the return of many species of birds that spend the winter farther south. Some of these birds that leave us for the cold months travel only a few states By Bill Pulliam south of here, but others fly all the way to South America. The ones that make the long-distance journey all the way from North America to the tropical realms are called “neotropical migrants.” Continuing our survey of fifty common birds, this month we’ll cover five of these early spring arrivals. By the early days of April, all of these birds should have begun to reappear in Tennessee after their winter sojourn to warmer climates. The flycatchers are a large group of birds found all over the New World, from Canada to Tierra del Fuego. Only one spends the winter here, the Eastern Phoebe, which I covered in December. Around the end of March, a loud and noisy cousin of the phoebe should return, the Great Crested Flycatcher. Like the phoebe, it has an upright posture with a fairly large and slightly crested head. The

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Great Crested is a bit larger than the phoebe, and unlike it, shows conspicuously yellow underparts and a bright rufous tail. Great Crested Flycatchers are quite vocal, often calling out in a loud and somewhat hoarse “breeep.” When agitated they will make quite a lot of chatter. Great Crested Flycatchers are cavity nesters, though they have been known to also nest inside old mailboxes, abandoned squirrel traps and many other curious objects. Their trademark is that they usually incorporate a shed snake skin into their nest. Why they do this is a mystery! Another group of “summer birds” that will return soon is the swallows. Four species of the smaller swallows are common in Tennessee. Best known among these is the Barn Swallow. Its swooping flight, long forked tail and near constant squeaky chattering can be dramatic, with plumage that is deep blue above and rusty orange below. Barn Swallows build cup-shaped nests of mud and grass stuck to the sides of barns, bridges and other structures. Though the nests can be a bit of a nuisance, they generally do no damage to the surfaces they are attached to and can be knocked down easily with sticks or a water hose in autumn after the birds have finished using them. Though those first two species are relatively easy to spot, many of the birds that will soon be returning from southerly lands are small things that are often found best by their voices. In springtime, some-


times I wonder if my bird list would look much different if I kept my eyes closed all the time and just listened! The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is one of the smallest birds in this area. It looks a bit like a tiny, miniature mockingbird, being slate gray with a long tail that has white edges. The gnatcatcher lives in brambles and edges and is active and flitty. It also talks a lot in a thin, wheezy voice that, alas, can be hard for many people over 50 to hear. Gnatcatchers are numerous from late March until autumn, and if you can hear their voices, you will discover them in almost every thicket and tangle. Also in the brambles, but larger, is the White-eyed Vireo. Vireos are a group of birds that resemble warblers but have thicker bills and a bit more robust build. The White-eyed Vireo has yellow “spectacles” around

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its eyes, and bold, whitish wingbars. Otherwise, it is greenish above and dingy whitish below. Like the gnatcatcher, the Whiteeye is a vocal bird. Its voice is considerably louder and lower in pitch, which means most of us middleaged folks can still hear it. Its song begins with a “Chik! Uh..” and ends with another sharp “chik!, with a fast, burry warbling in between – “Chik! Uh.. perwoodeedoodulah Chick!” (the middle part is variable). White-eyes also scold and chatter frequently. If you scold back by saying “”Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch” or “Psh-psh-psh-psh” in a loud “stage whisper,” he might jump up where you can see him better. Many of the birds that are returning in late March and early April are warblers. As I discussed last month, only one species of these small birds with needle-like bills is common in

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winter here. But about 30 more species of them will pass through before May is over, and almost 20 of these stay in middle Tennessee over the summer to nest. Warblers, in general, are among our most brightly colored local birds, but they are another group that is often easier to hear than to see, as most prefer tree canopies and woodlands. Birders use the term “warbler neck” to describe the soreness that can arise from spending all morning with your head cranked back trying to see small birds high up in big trees. One of our earliest-returning and most abundant warblers is the Northern Parula. It is a small bird and very active bird, even among warblers, and is relatively short-tailed. It might be found almost anywhere that there are trees. You can hear its distinctive song quite easily. The typical version is a fast buzzy trill that rises sharply in pitch, then “snaps” over the top and drops abruptly at the end – “brrrreeeeeeetsup!” Sometimes the intro is more elaborate, warbling up and down several times – “brreeoeeoeeooeeeeeeeeetsup!” The bird itself, if you manage to spot it, is an attractive little thing with slate blue upper parts and a bright yellow chest with a rough black and orange necklace. It has white wingbars and a broken eye ring, essentially a crescent below and above each eye. The female is like a muted version of the male, with softer colors and little or none of the “necklace.” A distinctive feature of both sexes is a greenish patch in the center of the back contrasting with the generally bluish upperparts. Farther on into spring through April and May, dozens more species of birds will return to our area from their southerly wintering grounds. Next month I’ll talk about five more of these arrivals, including another warbler, another vireo and another flycatcher. Bill Pulliam got started in birdwatching by his junior high science teacher in 1974, and has been an avid birder ever since in 48 U. S. states and 7 foreign countries. He is currently the Tennessee editor for eBird, a online project that compiles millions of observations from tens of thousands of birders around the world. Check out Weathers Bros. Bluegrass & Gospel Concert, March 25, 2017 Crockett Theater, Lawrenceburg, TN

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performing. But while I’d like to be on camera, I find that being behind the camera is just as interesting.” Directing has its own appeal for her, using every element of filmmaking: Actors, sets, lighting, Marybel Lindsey sound and camera skills (angles, zooming, panning) to weave toBowl Team. Dur- competition, that’s the highest we gether striking her first year, she can go,” Marybel says. “There is no ing images to also served on the national event.” tell a story. The theater and various choirs Freshman LeaderAlthough she available at McGavock offer musiship Council, serving likes horror cal opportunities to Marybel and as a panellist to anmovies, she is other students to build and showswer questions when drawn to the dignitaries and busi- case skills through practice and nuance and ness partners visited performance. Beginning with the tension of the school. Follow- entry level Freshman Mixed Choir psychological ing her passion, she and the advanced McGavock Ladrama. “It’s is currently involved dies, top performers can move on easy to scare in “Raider Theater” to the Capital Sounds Show Choir, a u d i e n c e s ,” and rehearsals for the a select group of Juniors and Seshe says. spring production niors who compete and perform in “But to creof Shrek, the Musi- concert, competition and at places ate something Marybel Lindsey cal. Despite the long such as Disney World. She believes that is unsethours of rehearsal piled on top of the success of the performing arts, tling is so interesting to me.” class time and homework, her en- the combination of choral and theIn a similar way, Marybel is drawn to script writing and thusiastic embracement of the fun ater, can be attributed to the sense the special challenges (pace and camaraderie within the theater of community among the students and nuance) associated with experience is contagious. “It’s been and the great collaborations bewriting for comedy. “I don’t such a successful year, and it’s so tween teachers Mitch Fuller and think it’s easy, but I would exciting to look out and see all of Laura Lindsey. “Both directors like to understand things like the people who come to see us,” she work closely together because they have the same kids in class.” says. comic timing.” As she picks up experience and That success was acknowledged As she explores all of the opportunities available to last fall when Marybel and her fel- considers her options for college her, Marybel is confident in low actors performed as the only and career, Marybel looks for “adthe mentorship of broadcast- public school in the Tennessee ventures and experiences.” She’s ing teacher Barkley Randall, Theater Association Competition. considering college at the prestiwhose ability to guide stu- Performing Susan Zeder’s one-act gious University of Groningen in dents garnered the public play, Wiley and the Harry Man in the Netherlands, as well as univerpraise of President Barack competition with sixteen private sities in Germany. “I have friends Obama in education remarks schools, McGavock won awards in the Netherlands, but I want to during his January 2014 visit for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best blend in and be a local, not a tourto McGavock. “I believe Mr. Director (Laura Lindsey – no rela- ist,” she says. Then suddenly in the Randall will help me figure tion), and Best Ensemble, as well conversation, the lure of the theater out what I want to do,” Ma- as the overall First Place Award and kicks in again, and Marybel adds, the right to represent the state in “But if I could live anywhere in the rybel says. In addition to classes, she the Southeast Theater Competition world, I’d be in New York!” is involved in a number of this month (March) in Kentucky. “We were all so excited that we DeeGee Lester serves as Director school organizations, including Book Club, the “Battle did so well. The competition was of Education at the Parthenon in Nashville and is the author of of the Books,” and the Trivia tough. If we win at the Southeast several books. Courtesy photo


arybel Lindsey knows what it’s like to be bitten by the theater bug; to see the world as a stage in which life’s dramas and comedies play out. A sophomore at McGavock High School, Marybel selected the Academy of Digital Design, Communications and Broadcasting for her academic pathway. By DeeGee “It’s the best Lester one (of the four academies at McGavock),” says Marybel. “And it’s where all of the theater kids go. Beneath the bigger umbrella, there’s a whole variety of career possibilities.” For example, filmmaking and script writing have a particular appeal for Marybel. “I like to think of having film opportunities similar to Tina Fey – both writing and

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teachers for me as I grew. I remember walking a few houses down the I have been doing art as far back street with my little watercolor set as I can remember. My Aunt Mar- when I was five years old for art lesguerite had a corner in her bedroom, sons from one of our neighbors. If in which she had all kinds of crafty they heard of anyone else in town supplies for me to create to my who was teaching art, they would heart’s content. I still have a drawing sign me up. I was in art classes all that I did when I was 2 ½, that she through high school and then I went saved for me. My parents recognized on to Middle Tennessee State Unimy budding interest and found art versity, where I received a BFA in Our recent interview with artist, Sherry Scheitel of Culleoka:

Commercial Art with minors in photography and jewelry making. What is your favorite medium?

That would depend on what day you ask me that question. I love several different ones but I think that jewelry making is my favorite at this time with all of the different techniques and materials involved like shaping and soldering Artist Sherry Scheitel



uted to your success?

Other than nurturing my artistic leanings, my parents showed me how to connect with people. My dad was the president of sales for the company he worked for and all of his customers loved him… well, everybody loved him. My mother was always an entrepreneur, having her own hair salon as I was growing up, and then a successful career in real estate. I think succeeding in any business requires being able to talk to and connect with people and show them that you care. They would always go out of their way to make sure that people were satisfied with their business. I try to always do the same. What role does color play in your art?

metal, adding color with enamels and choosing beads and other interesting unique things to create something that is one of a kind. I like to keep it fresh. Making the same thing all the time like an assembly line is so boring. What inspires your art?

Many different things; buying or finding new and interesting beads, learning a new technique, seeing jewelry that is very ethnic or tribal with lots of intricacy. I’m not a minimalist. More is more. I love to have lots of texture and patinas that make things look as if they have been around a long time…like someone dug them up in an archaeological dig. I don’t do much bling. I’m more of a rust and grunge kind of person. What is one thing your mother/father/grandparent/ other person taught you about life that has contrib-

I am so in love with color! Some colors create a visceral reaction. Sometimes I will see a color and feel like I could just eat it because it is so yummy. Other times a bad color combination almost would make me feel queasy. Almost all of my artwork is full of rich color combinations with lots of textures. Do you try to tell a story with your art or share a message?

With my jewelry, sometimes I will add words stamped onto the metal. I try to use words that inspire people to have positive thoughts…just little reminders when they wear them. With some of my other art, like my mixed media collage and my digital collage, I will either add an inspiring quote to the artwork itself or create the art and look up a quote that fits the feeling or subject matter.

doing digital collage, I like my big comfy chair in my den. Quiet time to myself is great for letting my mind run free, but also lately I have been meeting with a few artsy friends in a local coffee shop and doing mixed media art journaling together. I am loving that! Where can our readers find your work? How can they get in touch with you?

My website is, and you can find a link there to my Etsy shop. I am on Instagram @stillwatersart and Facebook at Stillwaters Studio. My email is My blog has been featured in Artful Blogging Magazine, and my jewelry has been in three different issues of Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine, and I have had mixed media collage published in Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine. I continue to submit work periodically. Locally, my jewelry and a few other creations can be found at Bleu 32, Oak & Lace and Cliques Hair Salon, all in Columbia. Paintings and digital collage prints may be found at Building Block School for the Arts also in Columbia.

In what environment do you work best?

I have a studio at my house and it is my happy place. I can spend days just puttering away in there. Sometimes my work creeps out to my kitchen counter or my library. I have to be careful not to let it take over my house. When I am

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floor of Anderson Brothers” (now The Westbury House). Shoes were We join spokes together in a wheel,  dyed to match your dress at Evans’ Brothers (next to Helm’s).   but it is the center hole  A retail heyday when Mr. Dave that makes the wagon move. Gordon (U’nique Korner) went ~Tao Te Ching to New York twice a year to keep hen I was sprouting time with the latest in dresses and in Columbia, Ten- shoes. No need for travel to Nashnessee, the promise ville - Gordon shipped wardrobes of Petula Clark’s to the collegiate set seeking respect spectacular hit “Downtown” (1964) in their new environments far from summed it up - “No finer place for home. A retail heyday when all the best sure - downtown - everything’s waiting for you.” The lyrics and Christmas toys available in the melody could move a body from world were on the third floor of Anderson Brothmelanchoers. Reynold’s Drugs lia to eu(now Mercantile) phoria in could council one on an instant. the health of their sick Those sencows as well as the timents and state of how to treat rhythm apbaby’s croup. A cup ply to the of coffee and a boumomenMaury County Courthouse quet of flowers were tum buildhandy purchases at ing today. The Bethel Hotel (now First TenIn the days of prosperous yore, nessee). I observed that humanity’s urge to Coordination by local retailers flock downtown stemmed from the fact, that people worked indepen- was key to that sort of service. Predently. By contrast, elbowroom technology, an informal chat could for the social was useful after a mo- do the trick.  But the times, even nastic work day. Cultivating ideas then, called for economic develophappens more readily in commu- ment.  An upgrade for the Mule Day Parade could come from a nity.  Cases in point for the Columbia gathering at Reynold’s Drugs or a chance encounter in the Maury downtown of yesteryear:   A retail heyday when “the most County Courthouse to perfect the darling women’s hats were created plan. Tennessee Quick Facts on the by Miss Brownie on the second Department of Economic and Community Development website reports that filings for 8,919 new Tennessee businesses occurred in 2016. Certainly an upswing is apparent with a 2016 record of fifteen, new, downtown Columbia businesses.  A gathering place loaded with resources is the now tech ticket for Downtown revitalization

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For the Hub of it All By Roben Mounger

Main Street Columbia



“The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is providing Main Street Entrepreneur Grants to encourage investment in historic downtown commercial districts,”says Main Street Program Director Nancy Williams. “It is funded through the General Assembly by the Rural Economic Opportunity Act. It’s a competitive process, but Columbia Main Street made a compelling application.  They have made a beautiful and functional space.” Per the grant, Beautiful streetscapes, downtown Columbia HUB38401, which Company, A-Z Office Resourc- is located at 813 South Garden es, Inc., West Family Properties, Street, was created as a response Maury Economic Alliance, City to the current downtown urgency of Columbia, Columfrom entrepreneurs and local busibia State Comness owners for  co-work space, munity Colhigh capacity internet use, lege, Martin technology and business Methodist resources, business meetCollege, ing space, training center Columbia set-up and conference Industrial room space.   DevelBy way of the Coopment lumbia State’s alliance Board, Mauwith HUB38401, a grant ry County Infrom LEAP (Labor Educadustrial Develtion Alignment Program) will opment Board, and be an added attraction providing Columbia Power and Water saw concierge services through internfit to respond to a matching state ships for the site.  Another state grant issued to twenty Tennessee initiative, LaunchTN, will grant Main Street operations.  Six awards money through the South Central were granted including Columbia.   Tennessee Workforce Board so that Kristi Martin/Main Street Columbia

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Code Academies will be available for young people ages 8 through 18. The eighteen month grant project will demonstrate the power of partnership primarily through the fifty memberships available for use of the HUB38401 facility and its amenities. Independent study and group collaboration has always been a community requirement, but never more than in times like these when literal proof of people gathering and on laptops populate the downtown landscape. Another golden age of downtown is upon the Columbia community.  The vibe is apparent.  Material needs to serve time and space have been met through the HUB38401 project.  Tax paying dollars have been made dynamic for the entrepreneur’s benefit.  Columbia, Tennessee can spark a collaborative revolution with such a tool.  As

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way to combat those feelings is to find a couple of house plants iddle of winter, that fit your space. Not only or after a week does adding greenery to your of drizzling rain, home brighten a room, it also it’s easy to get the helps filter the air and produce gloomy weather blues. A great more oxygen. Now, before you

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run out to the store and buy an armload of plants, it’s important to ask yourself some questions, so that you don’t end up with a bunch of withering plants after just a few weeks. First, take note of what spaces

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in your home get the most light. Does it receive direct sunlight, or is the space just a bright corner? Next, think about how much time you spend at home, and how good you are at remembering things, and that will tell you how well you will remember to water your plants. Most all local nurseries have someone on hand who can give you specific care instructions for the plant of your choosing and are a great place to start, if you are unsure of what plant you want. Several varieties require very little maintenance and are great plants to test your green thumb: The Fiddle Leaf Fig, Ivy, Snake Plant, Rubber Tree, and the split leaf Philodendron are just a few of the low-maintenance plants out there and will provide a beautiful addition to any room. Duncan Borders, owner of Moore and

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Moore Garden Center and Landscape Design, Nashville, said they have had a lot of success with the ZZ Plant. “It’s a really good plant that requires almost zero attention,” Borders said. “It can grow almost in the dark. It has nice glossy leaves that can get really large.” This plant would be great for someone who doesn’t have a very bright space in their home but would still like to add some greenery. Linda Little, a sales associate with Moore and Moore, said the most common issue they see with house plants is that people often feel the top of the soil, see that it’s dry and end up over-watering. Little suggested the Peace Lily as a great starter plant, because it will start to droop if it gets too dry, but it will perk right back up after watering. “A lot of customers have been choosing the Maidenhair fern, because it is so beautiful and airy. But it is high maintenance and needs to be watered every day, so you have to choose something that fits with your lifestyle,” Little said. Researching the watering and light needs of your specific plant can help ensure its success, because not all plants require the same attention. Another local nursery, Hewitt Garden and Design Center, Franklin, offers an extensive amount of succulents and cacti. Succulents and cacti have gotten a lot of press lately, as they have become trendy decorations for both homes and events. While succulents can seem like an easy pick for homeowners who don’t have time to water, they do require a lot of sunlight, can die easily if placed in a dark room or if they are over-watered. Succulents are great for events, because they are beautiful, diverse and are easy to handle and decorate with. They also can complement an array of interior design styles, with all the different varieties from which

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by selecting the right varieties and putting the plants in places I frequent, I’ve developed a system that works for me. It takes practice and maybe a written reminder to water, but eventually you will find the varieties that work for your space and schedule.

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eems it’s been a long time coming. The garden and gardeners will gladly bid the winter chill farewell and usher in the spring! The spring garden we have been planning all winter will start to come to life. Welcoming spring are jasmine blooming, the simply beautiful, delicate, lovely lenton rose, fabulous forsythia, tantalizing tulips, red buds budding, and as the breeze blows, the daffodils dance. Ahh! What a sensational time it is. *Sow seeds of summer, blooming annuals indoors. *If you started seeds in flats last

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Plant For Garden Helpers

When planting your vegetable garden, don’t forget to add plants to attract beneficial insects. Sweet alyssum, coriander, dill, common yarrow and fern leaf yarrow and rocky mountain penstemon, butterfly bush, lantana and butterfly weed are just a few you can offer to the helpers to eat up your unwanted pests.

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Asparagus Officinalis is a member of the lily family and is native to an area near Greece. Asparagus is Greek for “shoot.” It is a perennial plant that you can enjoy and savor year after year. So if you’re just thinking about starting or enlarging an asparagus bed for your garden, now is the time. My family loves the awesome asparagus, and, of course, fresh from the garden is the absolute best! (For those who have only experienced it canned and don’t like it “fresh” will probably change your minds.) Much like sweet corn, the tender green spears are at their peak right out of the garden and steamed for 3-4 minutes or grilled, unless you opt to eat them raw. That’s really peak fresh! Try to harvest early in the morning when it is cooler. If you can’t eat what you harvest right away, chill in the fridge in a container with a small amount of water in a glass or vase much like the florist would

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month, the seedlings should now be transplanted into pots. *Start seeds indoors for vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and cucumbers. *Plant summer flowering bulbs and tubers such as gladiola, crocosmia, dahlia, begonia, freesias and cannas. *Late March and early April is a good time to transplant shrubs and trees as soon as the soil is workable, but once buds begin to swell and break, wait until fall. *Cold weather annuals such as nasturtiums, pansies, violas, snapdragons, English daises, Sweet William and calendulas do well this time of year. *Strawberries, blueberries, currants, loganberries, boysenberries, grapes and fruit trees may be planted, as well as perennial vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb, horseradish, sunchokes and artichokes. *Get the cool season veggies in this month, such as peas, spinach, Swiss chard, head and leaf lettuce, collards, turnip greens, onions, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, radish and early potatoes.

treat cut flowers. They will stay nice for a week or so that way. One of the first things to consider about asparagus is the variety you want to plant. You can greatly increase your production by selecting those super productive “Males” such as Jersey Knights, Jersey King, Jersey Giant and other male varieties that might not have Jersey in their name. This type uses their energy to produce big healthy spears instead of seeds, and they have better disease tolerance. Once you choose a high yielding variety, you’ll want to give your plants a good start. Starting with crowns at least one year old, you will be able to harvest more spears sooner. Look for crowns that are 10 inches or more in diameter for premium quality. In preparing a bed for asparagus, it prefers sandy loam and good drainage. If you have heavy clay soil, dig in lots of sand to improve drainage before you plant. A raised bed can also help with drainage. For the best yields, your soil should have adequate phosphorus and potassium and the pH be between 6.5 and 7.0. If the pH is too low, work in some bonemeal, rock phosphate or composted chicken manure. If you need potassium, work in limestone, and if phosphorus is needed, add green sand. If you need to raise the pH, add limestone. Be sure to get the phosphorus mixed really well into your soil before planting. Adding it to the surface is not as effective, it needs to be right down where the roots can reach it about 8-12 inches below the soil surface. Once you have the bed amended, dig a trench 6-12 inches deep. For

high yield, 6-8 inches works well. Space the crowns 15 inches apart. As you’re setting the crowns in the trench, sprinkle in even more bonemeal or rock phosphate, if your soil tested low in phosphorus. The buds should be facing up and spread out the roots. Cover with 1-2 inches initially, and gradually fill the trench with soil as the spears grow the first season. If your soil is not compacted, you can fill the trench in all at once. The first year, don’t harvest any spears, even though you may be tempted. It will make a big difference if you let them grow undisturbed the first year. Be sure to keep the weeds from becoming established. Hand pull though, don’t use a hoe or tiller that can damage the asparagus’ shallow roots. A tip for keeping weeds out of the asparagus bed is to broadcast winter rye seed over the surface of the bed and lightly scratch the soil surface. The winter rye has an allelopathic (plant killing) effect on broadleaf weeds, but doesn’t harm the asparagus at all. The growth of winter rye will be stunted when you plant it in the spring, so it won’t compete with the asparagus. It will only get 2-3 inches tall, and the heat of summer will kill it off. Next spring, harvest the spears that come up during the first 2-3 weeks of production. At this point, don’t be tempted to over harvest, or you’ll reduce your long term yields. The third year, pick spears for four weeks, then eventually you can pick 6-8 weeks. Stop picking when three-fourths of the new spears are down to pencil size. A tip to extend the length of harvest is to not cut all of the spears that come up in the spring. Allow two or three spears per plant to grow undisturbed. These will be “mother stalks.” They will develop into ferns, and once they collect enough solar energy to stimulate the production of more spears, you can harvest about two weeks longer than the usual harvest time. You may want to place a stake or tag the “mother stalks” you select to let grow. Then the same rule applies, stop picking once the spears that emerge are thinner than a pencil. It may be difficult to wait for the time to pass that you can begin to harvest, but once you do, you’ll enjoy the har-

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garden dreams. This work you may Walker “You can bury a lot of troubles find seems…like play.” — Cassandigging in the dirt.” ­— Author Un- dra Warner “You can’t buy happiness...but known “If we had no winter, spring you can buy plants, and that’s pretwould not be so pleasant...” — ty much the same thing.” — Author Unknown Anne Bradstreet “Gardening is growing things... As the beginning of Spring is You start in the front with parsley and lettuce and onions and rad- forthwith, gardeners all over are ishes... Then comes the beets, and ready for that sensational time and the carrots, and the peas, and the eager to spring into action. Happy bunch beans. The potatoes are spring gardening to all! over in a field by themselves. Then comes the asparagus, and the cel- Originally from Texas, Cassandra ery, and last of all the pole beans, Warner is a transplant to the and the butter beans, and the sweet garden of Tennessee. Gardening corn. Then you bound your garden has been one of her passions for on the north and the east with can- forty years. “Gardening connects taloupes and on the south and west you to the miracle of life and provides healthy exercise and stress with watermelons. Then you plant relief.” sunflowers and hollyhocks in the back corners. Then you Mon-Sat, pray for rain to come, 9-5, and if to much comes, Closed you pray for it to stop. Sunday It keeps you busy all summer praying and h Original hoeing.” — Virginia Cary Hudson, “Gardening.” O ye’ Jigs and Juleps! 1962 “Don’t lean on a shovel and wish for a hole, thought + action Garden Quotes And Sayings = success.” — Author “Whenever you are creating Unknown 3943 Hwy. 43 N., Ethridge, TN 38456 beauty around you, you are re“Work forward constoring your own soul.” ­— Alice fidently toward your

vest for the next 20-30 years. Up to than too early. *Fertilize shrubs and trees. 50 years, some have been known to *Divide and transplant summer still be producing. So a little extra work and self control now can pay blooming perennials and fertilize established ones when new growth off for many years to come. appears. Maintenance *Fertilize tulips as foliage emerges *Get fruit trees pruned-before and then after flowering. Remembuds swell. ber not to remove foliage until it *If you haven’t sprayed fruit trees dies down. with dormant oil yet, get them *Fertilize camellias after they sprayed before the buds swell. have flowered. Spray on a day when the tempera*As you are planting and preparture is above 40 degrees and when ing any new beds in the vegetable the wind is not blowing. garden, add such things as well *Prune jasmine after flowering. rotted manure, worm castings and *Prune and feed roses. compost. *Don’t remove winter mulch too *Keep the compost going, your soon. Take it off gradually when the veggies will thank you. plants show signs of new growth. *Fertilize fig trees when the buds Start removing the mulch a little at swell. a time over a period of days to be*Use an acid type fertilizer to feed gin allowing light and air to slowly azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens reach the new growth. and conifers. You want your plants to accli*Prune hydrangeas. matize and not experience sudden *Prune evergreens for size and changes of temperature. So it’s bet- shape. ter to be a little late on this chore *Prune butterfly bush to keep it compact. *Remember to avoid pruning spring flowering shrubs such as azaleas, forsythia, quince and spirea. Wait until flowers have faded.


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it such a terrific destination. What began as an old, dilapidated bait shop, surrounded with garbage cans and trash, has turned into something quite extraordinary.  Jay says he was going through a tough time in his life and had pretty much lost everything, when he drove past the property and saw a For Sale sign in the yard:   “I’d asked for guidance from the Lord because everything I did was failing.  Ultimately, I was lead to this property, even though I didn’t have any money to buy it.  I approached the owner honestly and told him I was a man of faith.  I told him, ‘I only have seven dollars but I have a vision.’  He told me to go write my vision down on paper and come back and meet with him.  I went back the next day, and the owner said he had nothing to lose with the poor condition the property was in, so he gave me a chance.” I immediately recognized in Jay, the qualities in a person it takes to build a place like The Outpost. That same quality is what also draws people in the door and keeps Jay’s wheels constantly turning to do and build more.  Jay is an eternal optimist and believer in the very best in people.  In the couple of hours we spoke, Jay shared some keys to happiness and success on his journey to making The Outpost a reality. Jay says with anything in life, you already have what you need right now.  If you really want to succeed



at something, simply get started. “People want to say we don’t have enough to start, but that’s not true.  With what we have and what we’ve been given, start.  We didn’t even have an oven here, so we started by cooking biscuits at home, 1218 biscuits in the beginning, and bringing them to work with us.  Now we’re cooking hundreds a day,” he explained. The best thing about The Out-

and Jay’s wife, Cher, is especially gracious and friendly to guests. If you’re spending time at Pickwick, you can grab supplies at the General Store next door to the cafe. There are also two, beautifully appointed rooms upstairs with balcony views overlooking the woods.  The bed and breakfast is the newest addition, and in true fashion, Jay designed these rooms following another principle important in his

post is that it has something for everyone. My husband’s favorite thing is the food and the setting.  The food is terrific and the views from the restaurant make it hard to get up and leave.  You can watch wild turkey or deer through large picture windows while you eat your meal in the rustic, cabin-like environment.  I love the down-home atmosphere and the hospitality.  You always feel welcome by the staff,

life. Jay believes in being a good steward of what you have.  That being said, he uses a lot of secondhand materials and salvaged pieces to create beautiful rooms and oneof-a-kind artistic expressions on display at The Outpost.        When we visit during the summer months, The Outpost has the ice cream stand open and of course, for the fisherman, the bait and tackle area is open to stock up on

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hat could you build with seven dollars? That’s the question I asked myself on the ride home from The Outpost General Store.  For the past few years, my husband and I have enjoyed the occasional day trip to Savannah, Tennessee, to enjoy the water, beautiful downtown district, the historic homes, and ulBy Melissa timately, stopWickline ping in to eat and shop at The Outpost General Store.  We have returned so often to The Outpost and have watched it grow so quickly, I wanted to meet the owners, Jay and Cher Harrison, and find out more about this special place and the people that make

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a given. Jay and his family have a mission to help, inspire, rebuild and invest in the people in his community.  Through his own success story, Jay is a testimony of the difference one family can make with seven dollars and a vision.  And that’s the kind of place I want to see succeed.  

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supplies for fishing trips to nearby Pickwick.   The last impression this story had on me was one of second chances.  Redemption and hope were such a huge part of Jay’s message, it is apparent that the mission for The Outpost isn’t really about selling great food, even though that’s

The Outpost is located at 2175 readers in an upcoming issue. You Highway 128 in Savannah, Ten- can reach me at melissa@melissanessee.  You can also find them on Facebook and Yelp.   Do you have a favorite day trip along The Natchez Trace?  Write to me and tell me about it!  I’ll share your favorite destination with other

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aul, the apostle, wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Romans 8:14. What does it mean to be “led by the Spirit of God?” There are preconditions. First, we note it is the sons of God who are By Charles E. led by the Spirit Newbold, Jr of God. To become a son of God, one is born again by the Holy Spirit. John 3:16. Then, we need to be baptized (immersed, soaked, saturated, filled) in the precious Holy Spirit. John 1:33. People baptize people in water. Jesus baptizes people in the Holy Spirit, often through the laying on of hands by other Spirit-filled believers. Ask, believe and you shall receive. Jesus made clear the purpose of the Holy Spirit. Everything we are authorized to do in the name of Jesus is accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit. Everything! The Father sent the Son to finish the Father’s work. Once Jesus accomplished that, He returned to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit. “The Holy Spirit does it all. We are born again by the Spirit. We are baptized in the Holy Spirit. We worship in Spirit and truth. The Spirit gives life. The Spirit flows out of our hearts as living water. He teaches all things and brings all things to our remembrance. He is our comforter and helper. He guides us. He abides with us forever. He is the Spirit of truth. He testifies of Jesus. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He will take all things of Jesus and declare it to us. He sanctifies (separates) us by His truth.”[i] To be led by the Spirit is to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit within us is the power of Christ’s Lordship. We are not given the Holy Spirit to have



the power to do our wills, but to do His will. Assuming we have met these preconditions, how then are we led? God is spirit. The Holy Spirit is the “spirit” of the living God. Likewise, we are spirit-beings. We are living souls, with spirits, in physical bodies. Therefore, God speaks to us “spirit to spirit.” He uses various means by which He communicates His desire and will to us. He may choose to speak to us through revelation (that “Aha!”), through prophecy, a word of wisdom, visions, dreams, circumstances and conviction, but the most reliable way is intuition. When He speaks, we have a knowing deep within us that He has spoken—“we know that we know that we know” as it is said. Any word received by any means, should “bear witness to our spirits.” If it does not seem right, it is probably not right. What we think is the leading of the Holy Spirit must agree with the Word of God as contained within the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. He will not speak contrary to His everlasting revelations. It is a blessing when other spiritual persons agree. The proof of authenticity that we are the sons of God is obedience. Our calling is not just a matter of hearing from God. It is a matter of being led by the Spirit of God. We can run around all day boasting, “I hear from God.” What the world needs to see are the sons of God being led by the Spirit of God. [i] Charles Elliott Newbold, Jr., Sequestered In The Jury Room of the Human Heart, p. 85 (Available on Charles Elliott Newbold, Jr. has served as pastor, teacher and is an author calling forth Christians to live the laid-down life for Jesus Christ. He and his wife, Nancy McDonald Newbold, live in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Charles continues his writing. www.

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given the i l m a Gypsy over Lindsay $200,000. was the Of course, I widow didn’t believe of the late Lewis CounI could recovty Circuit Court Clerk, er the money Curtis. She was a good because by business woman who then, a week built, owned and operBy Landis later, it would ated a restaurant and Turner have been motel on Highway 412, just east of Hohenwald spread over a network of many years ago. She was Gypsies all across the counknown throughout the area try. I’ve forgotten the Gypsy’s for serving the best fried catname, so I’ll call her Julie. fish around. One evening, a very at- She wasn’t hard to find betractive Gypsy girl checked cause foolishly, she stayed in in at her motel. She met the area, renting a room in and befriended Wilma. a Columbia motel, and she One night she convinced drove a pink Cadillac conher that she had a bag that vertible. I had her arrested, would increase money. Just and she was unable to make put the greenbacks in it bond, so she stayed in the and the next morning the Maury County Jail until the contents would have mul- proceedings ended. The tritiplied. She showed Wilma al was held in Maury County because the bank from the bag. Strangely, Wilma was which Julie took the money completely taken in and was in that county. I also sued her in a civil acgave her some money which seemed to have doubled in tion suit for over $200,000 amount by the next day. in compensatory damages Finally, Wilma went to her and another $200,000 for bank with the perp. She punitive damages. We had withdrew all her money in no trouble getting the judgcash and put it in the bag ment for what was asked bewhich they put in Wilma’s cause I got the defendant to lockbox. The Gypsy saw give a deposition in the civil Wilma’s key and knew where case in which she admitted she kept it. Of course, the everything. I don’t recall Junext morning, the bag and lie ever having a lawyer, but all its contents had disap- she may have been represented by a public defender peared. The girl was gone. I learned of this con from in the criminal case. In any event, she was not a newspaper in Memphis which had a long news ar- represented in the civil case. ticle and a picture of Wilma She said she had no money on the front page. Shortly and I believed her. As I after my return, Wilma re- said, she had probably sent tained me to find the thief, the money away. A search help prosecute the perp and of her room and car revealed try to find and recover her nothing of interest except she had a lot of nice clothes. money. Unbelievably, she had I doubted she used banks

but checked all the banks in the area. We found no account for her. At the trial, a Nashville television station sent a reporter and cameraman to cover the trial of the criminal case. He wanted to interview Wilma, but I prevented that by telling Wilma that she had appeared to be a fool in the papers and there was nothing but misery to be gained by doing it again on TV. The reporter was so mad at me, I thought he might hit me. They had come all the way from Nashville to interview Wilma. Circuit Judge Jim T. Hamilton offered Julie a probation instead of a stretch in prison, provided she give a truthful deposition in the civil case. The DA objected but Jim T. was adamant. The used Cadillac convertible was worth $8,000, and Julie gave us some jewelry which she said was very valuable. It turned out to be worth only another $8,000. We didn’t bother about the clothes. I don’t recall why. So I had obtained one of the biggest civil judgments in Maury County’s history, but collected only $16,000.00. This column discusses legal issues of general interest and does not give legal advice on any reader’s personal situation. The law is not a one-size-fits-all hat. Consult a lawyer of your choice. Landis Turner is a graduate of the University of the South-Sewanee and Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is a former president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

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on’t interpret this commentary erroneously. I truly love my wife. And I really, really like our friends Rita and Cassandra. But these three are homogeneously afflicted. The three men affiliated with the aforementioned ladies (who worship all objects natural that must be adorning flower bed and garden) can never bring home quite enough bacon to satisfy. Bacon in this sense of abstraction being rocks. Not just a few a creek By Shane Newbold pebbles gathered in a pail, or little gems hanging from a chain around their pretty necks. We are talking about boulders creating the four foot waterfall on our properties that we husbands now wish we had never purchased. I naively imagined a blissful existence in the middle of my paradise surrounded by cool meandering spring branches, mighty

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towering oaks, fields carpeted with native warm season grasses... and ginormous rocks marked for harvest? What? Really? Are you Kidding? No joke. When I fellowship with the other two male counterparts, instead of talking about the Super Bowl or NBA playoff or which caliber is the best for our conceal carry or how rare is a real man’s steak, we listen to poor ol Sam describe the best way to drag the two ton, granite, hell ball up the 100 foot incline. But only after he describes how to avoid the nest of rattlesnakes uncovered in the process. Note of concern here, dear reader: I’m the youngest, just turned 60. We ain’t what we used to be. Honestly, I don’t believe they (our beautiful brides) care. Obviously, the rocks God put in places not ever meant to be moved are the ones they furiously desire. Hoping, praying and sniveling, I beseech. “Hey Sugar, what about this one? It only weighs a ton and a half, and it’s next to the road. I might be able to retrieve it with my tractor?” “No, I want the moss covered, fossil encrusted rock we found on our back property line. You remember, the one at the bottom of that little cliff where we hiked?” She agitatedly replies. “But Darling, that behemoth is half a mile away from nowhere and we had to rappel just to get to it! That would require a crane if the operator could even get there.” I reply, still whining. “If you love me, you’ll get me the one I want. You do love me?” She says in a tone

that means the discussion is over. “Well, yeah.” I meekly comply. “Hey, my little honeybee. They sell real nice ones at most landscape yards. That’s a good idea, don’t ya think?” I ask, now hoping beyond hope and praying in tongues (where is God when you really need Him?). “Don’t be stupid,” she retorts. “Why would I go buy a dumb rock, when they are scattered everywhere. Just get a couple of your friends and pull it out with some ropes. You almost make this sound like I’m not worth a few little rocks in my flower beds. All you do around here is change the oil in the cars, anyway.” Incontrovertibly, my bubble is burst. So, choices, choices. My options include: Divorce. End it all. Lay low for a couple of days hoping she will move on to something doable. Spend all my fishing money on a crane, which may or may not work for the rock at the center of the earth. Or, die trying to get it myself. Rita’s Sam is way smarter than me and knows a lotta rock retrieving tricks. Cassandra’s Tom cheats. He has heavy equipment. Becky Jane’s Shane has always and probably will continue to fight through the hard way due to lack of brains and brawn and cash. And this tale has no end. Just like the proverbial cow, whereby the grass is always greener... There’s always a bigger, better rock. One thing undeniably carved in stone (pun intended), the girls do love their rocks. And, haven’t seen one they wanted yet, they didn’t get!

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