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Homegrown, Organic, Fun-Filled Event
Hickman County’s Arts & Ag Tour Memorial Day Weekend Page 10
Rock Creek Park
Lewisburg’s landscape revitalization Page 12
The annual run to remember Ryleigh
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Cycling Safety on the Trace By Cody Crawford Cycling partnerships push to increase safety on the Parkway Page 15
Open Mic Night at Puckett’s Grocery
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Tobacco field to motocross track: One farm’s evolution
Music Streaming Services By Cody Crawford Piracy has music artists searching for solutions in this big money industry Page 24
Page 18 Pro KTM Rider Kyle Dangler takes to the practice course. Photos, above and cover, Becky Jane Newbold
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Lookin’ Back, Page 33 Cerebral Meanderings, Page 34
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And unto us a child is born
ducators have known for decades that children are born with specific, respective gifts. Historically, it has been proven the child who is safe, secure and allowed to explore stands a better chance of discovering who he/she really is. Despite terrible childhoods, some By Shane Newbold defy the odds, and the gift within them cannot be squelched. Even in the case of developmental disability, the gift can reveal itself. “King of Fruit,” the painting that graced Validity’s cover in April 2015 demonstrates that if a child has a safe, encouraging environment, the gift within each child comes forth in its due time. So, are all children gifted? How can a village produce one child who will be taught that the heads of the infidels should be decapitated and give birth to another child who becomes a doctor saving lives in refugee camps? The desire to behead is not a gift with which the child was born. Fear, suppression and desensitization are his daily lessons. The crazed, self-indulgent adults in his charge who propagate hate do not care about who the child is meant to be or his gift to mankind. And for stifling his future and creating a monster within him, they will burn in hell. Allow me that strong judgment. But, is that not what we do to our children? Take them down roads without regard to their true treks? The mother who smokes, drinks and/or abuses drugs with child in the womb obviously cares only for herself. What if her baby were destined to develop a cure for cancer, but the child is born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? The daddy who spends less than ten minutes a day with his offspring and that time is yelling and cursing their existence will not likely be en-
gaged in getting them through college with a music degree. What if his child were a music prodigy destined to become a Grammy Award winning songwriter who uses his/ her big earnings to help other less fortunate children achieve their bona fide callings? Is it a gift or calling to have to eke out an existence going from one subpar job to another from the time you are 18 until you are too old to work? And then at some point government subsidies keep you alive? Is this the providence of the precious, gifted baby still in the womb? George was a fifth grade student of mine in the nineties. He was a child of the projects, single mother, had younger siblings, was not mean spirited and could barely read, write and master basic mathematics. But could that kid draw pictures! He could paint, use chalk, any medium; he was talented. No formal training of any kind. The detail that ten-year-old could see, that us less artsy people do not, came out through his fingers onto paper. It was an obvious gift. Any time group projects requiring artwork were assigned, the children would beg me to put George in their respective groups. Most of the time, I assigned him the “resident artist” available to all groups. I knew he would slip through the cracks. Our education system falls way short of identifying and nurturing kids like George. He’s out there somewhere, along with all the others we have failed. Let’s consider Michelle Bonville, the missionary to Haiti who contributes to this publication. Mother Teresa could only hold one baby, maybe two, at a time. Michelle’s gift to the Haitian children is no greater or less than Mother Teresa’s gift to the children of the rest of the world. Michelle altruistically hugs one, maybe two or three at a time. Overcoming the strange religious beliefs and poverty of Haiti will be the daily ordeal of Michelle’s small but significant group of kids under her wing. They have no es-
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some. After falling in love with a beautiful hill top in Totty’s Bend, they proceeded to ruin a perfectly good cow pasture by building a two bedroom house and starting a landscape project that may never see completion. Shortly after getting settled in their new place, a passing acquaintance with a small goat herd started another love affair, which resulted in the purchase of a small herd of Boar goats. “We sell some, but most are more pets than merchandise,” says Larry. In addition to these interests, the Bairds are also involved with the local Clay Harris Theatre (a community theatre group), the Centerville Garden club, several civic functions and the very popular Hickman County Arts and Ag Tour. Duck River Rose Farm has been a proud and popular stop on the
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ost cyclists don’t need any convincing to want to bike the Natchez Trace. The astounding scenery, the winding road, a relatively low speed limit and few cars all make the Trace prime riding locale. Casual riders and intense trainers alike take to the road when the weather is good and even when it is not. But for some, the Trace has a darker side. In 2004, Gary and Donna Holdiness of Kosciusko, Mississippi received a call that their son had wrecked his car. He did not survive, and neither did two people who were in the car with him. Then, in 2012, Donna received a call that Gary had been hit and killed by a car while on his bike. Dr. Gary Holdiness was cycling close to home on the Natchez Trace. Donna Holdiness describes herself as “an advocate for the rights of cyclists and motorists alike.” So when Donna set up the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund to advocate for safer roads, she took both cyclists and motorists into account. “It’s
not ‘them’ and ‘us’,” she says. “It’s all of us.” The program is coordinated by the Natchez Trace Parkway Association (NTPA), Adventure Cycling Association and the Natchez Trace Parkway, headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi. The Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund seeks to address safety problems along the Trace. “There are cyclists, there are motorcyclists, equestrian riders and hikers,” remarked Donna. “How can we enhance the park to be safe for everyone?” One of the focuses is to try to regain the understanding that the Natchez Trace Parkway, although it is a roadway, is also a national park. “In Mississippi, we have lost the knowledge that it is a park,” commented Donna. Although perhaps not as famous as places like Yosemite, Redwood or Hot Springs National Parks, the Natchez Trace Parkway is managed by the National Park Service and is available to visitors wanting to enjoy camping, motorcycling, hiking, biking, boating, fishing and horseback riding. “It is a national park. It’s not the bypass to get around Tupelo to get to work in Jackson. Every time
you enter it, it is a national park and you are a visitor.” “Congress established the Natchez Trace Parkway as a part of the National Park Service system in 1938,” stated Natchez Trace Parkway Superintendent Mary Risser, “The Parkway’s narrow lanes are integral to the designed landscape and a leisurely driving experience for which the Parkway was created.” But the narrow lanes make it difficult for motorists and cyclists to share the road. In September 2014, three focus groups were held in Ridgeland,
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The cycling fund raised $5000 to buy lights and hi-viz vests to give to cyclists. The lights and vests are given to park rangers, and the rangers give them to cyclists who don’t have lights and bright clothing on as they are riding the Trace. If a park ranger passes a cyclist that has both lights and hi-viz clothing, the ranger will stop and give them a roll of clear tape printed with bicycles
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Jaressa Hawkins, a student at John Early Middle Museum hroughout history, stu- Magnet School in Nashville, dents and adults have is another example of a young seemed content to live person competing with adult and compete on different lev- professionals and winning. In els. Adults had their sphere of March, the 8th grader proved performance and achievement her competency against muwhich kids could only dream seum professionals from across about. In the 21st century, the state, capturing the prestiteenagers are changing that gious Tennessee Association of dynamic. Tech savvy, embold- Museums’ Award of Excellence ened by internships, mentors for website design. Working as a summer and real world opportunities, intern with the Parthenon’s students are stepping up with education department, Jaressa a can-do attitude and developenvisioned, initiated and creing professional competency. ated an educational web page . 22 Validitymag.com By DeeGee Lester
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ight now they’re writing the story for us,” rapper Jay Z declared to a group of celebrity artists. “We need to write the story for ourselves.” One of the members of the band, Daft By Cody Crawford Punk, said the group could become “the Avengers of music.” And Kanye West notso-eloquently remarked, “I just thought about, like, how crazy this is, how this is, like, the beginning of the new world.” All these comments came in the wake of the music service TIDAL being taken by storm by celebrities. A press conference was held on March 30, announcing the uniting of 17 artists to own and run TIDAL. The artists include Alicia Keys, 2 members of Arcade Fire, Beyonce, Calvin Harris, Chris Martin, Daft Punk, Jack White, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Jay Z, Kanye West, Deadmau5, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Usher. They gathered to sign a document in a rendezvous described by journalists as “awkward” and “out of touch.” The TIDAL music service, according to Alicia Keys, is “the firstever artist-owned global music and entertainment platform.” TIDAL is nearly identical to services like Spotify, where members either listen to music for free, or they pay a small monthly fee to listen to the same music without ads. The Spotify service has been around since 2008. The difference is TIDAL does not have a free version. It starts at $9.99 a month for standard quality sound, and users can get a HiFi subscription for $19.99 a month,
which gives them access to lossless High Fidelity sound quality and HD videos. Spotify works by licensing the music with record labels, then allowing users to listen to all they want for free. Ads in the service are what pay the artists the purported 70 percent of Spotify’s revenue. TIDAL has promised to pay artists 75 percent. The artists, of course, would prefer that you go to the store and buy the album, and the labels would prefer that you buy the album, but that’s not happening anymore. Streaming services and digital downloads have replaced album sales. And that’s the problem. According to Daniel D’Addario writing for Time, “In the age of Spotify, it is entirely legal to listen to music constantly and never spend money on it … rather than building a better system, Jay Z and friends have, so far, put their energy behind a product that’s more or less the same as Spotify, but more expensive.” *** The music industry changed forever in 1999. Sean Fanning dropped out of college to create Napster, which was a way for people to share mp3 files over the internet. Napster allowed users to share the music they had on their hard drives with anyone who wanted it. In this way, Napster wasn’t committing copyright infringement, but its users were. “Napster is an evil, evil, evil, evil place to go,” Sheryl Crow stated at the beginning of the documentary Downloaded. But Napster became very popular. “For the first time, the audience has gotten to the technology before the industry, before the music business,” stated musician Chuck D. “The record companies are afraid, because they’ll be forced to share.” Napster was sued by Dr. Dre and Metallica. It was also sued by
Spotify replied that the amount was actually two million in global streams. But Swift didn’t return to Spotify, although her music remains on most other streaming platforms. “We’re not against anybody, but we’re not responsible for new business models,” Scott Borchetta, CEO and founder of Big Machine, said. “If they work, fantastic, but it can’t be at the detriment of our own business. That’s what Spotify is.” It is commonly said that artists are paid a fraction of a penny for each stream of their song on Spotify. In a Bloomberg Business article, Alice Enders, a music industry analyst, commented, “For a digital download, Taylor Swift will probably take home 50 percent of retail. So that’s 50¢ or 60¢, a lot of money compared to a fraction of a penny.” A few other artists have left Spotify too. Jason Aldean has pulled his music, and Justin Moore has withheld all but one track of his latest album. The majority of Garth Brooks’ music cannot be found on any digital service except GhostTunes, which he owns. “The difference now is that if you don’t give away your album for free, people are indignant and will steal it in a fit.” Willard Foxton wrote this for The Telegraph after seeing a conversation on Facebook In November of 2014, Taylor where Taylor Swift fans were disSwift removed her entire inven- cussing how to get her album for tory of songs from Spotify. “With free after she removed it from SpoBeats Music and Rhapsody, you tify. have to pay for a premium pack“We now have an extremely age in order to access my albums,” entitled culture, where any kind she remarked in a Business Insider of art is seen as a communal propinterview. “And that places a per- erty,” Foxton stated. “Legal streamception of value on what I’ve cre- ing services like Spotify and Netflix ated. On Spotify, they don’t have were supposed to solve the piracy any settings, or any kind of quali- problem. If anything, they’ve actufications for who gets what music. ally added to the underlying socioI think that people should feel that logical problem of people simply there is a value to what musicians not being willing to pay for enterhave created, and that’s that.” tainment at home.” Spotify begged her In the five years to come back, saying after the Napster they would have paid trial took place, Find More her six million dollars the RIAA sued in the coming year. over 30,000 indiSwift’s label, Big Maviduals for piracy. chine, said they had “The dragnet of www.ValidityMag.com only been paid half a court filings swept Be Social! Look Us Up! million the year before up grandmothers, in domestic streams. 12-year-olds and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), who sued a number of individuals as well. “It’s been a somber week for fans of copyright infringement,” commented Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, at the time of the Napster ousting, “as a federal court judge ordered popular file sharing service Napster to remove millions of songs that are owned by the major record labels. Record companies fought tooth and nail over the issue and the courts agreed: It’s the record companies who hold the patent on cheating musicians out of money.” Napster was shut down when it couldn’t rid its servers of copyrighted material. “When Napster told the district court that it had developed a technology to block the transfer of 99.4 percent of identified infringing material, the district court told counsel for Napster, 99.4 percent was not good enough. Napster had to push the infringements ‘down to zero.’ If 99.4 percent is not good enough, then this is a war on filesharing technologies, not a war on copyright infringement,” stated Lawrence Lessig in his 2004 book Free Culture. Napster never recovered and was acquired by Rhapsody in 2011. ***
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turning the power around. Universal, Warner and Sony have been fighting the change since 1999. But a lot of the artists at the TIDAL signing are not affiliated with the major players. Jay Z has several of his own labels, and Rihanna, Kanye West and J. Cole are signed with labels with which Jay Z is involved. Jack White owns his own label, Third Man Records in Nashville. And Jason Aldean is also involved with an independent label called Broken Bow. Unknown to most, the big players are already in the streaming game. “Universal, like the other big music labels, has a small stake in Spotify, owning about five percent of the company,” reported an article by Patrick Sawyer in The Telegraph. The same article stated that Universal was encouraging Spotify to try to convert more users to the paid version. “Universal Music Group … is reported to be using license negotiations with Spotify to push for changes to the company’s free service.” In an effort to get more subscribers, Jay Z is now having a concert in New York City exclusive to TIDAL users. One Twitter user said in response: “Lmao [laughing my ass off] Jay Z trying desperately to revive Tidal. No one cares about that crap when there’s a handful of free music apps out there.”
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Love Of Nashville I f you love Nashville, as I you great huskie! (Barking!)” I do, you may want to check thought that was damned funny. out Ray Stevens’ new book, We’d all seen the TV show, “SerN a s h v i l l e . geant Preston and the Yukon” Ray moved and so I started with these lines ‘In the frozen north of the there in 1962 Yukon and gives us Lived the King of the Royal his version Mounted Fuzz of the history Sergeant Present was his of the music name, business in And King his dog’s name Music City. By Landis wuz.’ Here’s a samTurner ple from pagOn the “Sergeant Preston” es 58 to 61: record I barked and howled like “My Mama and Daddy were fine with me dabbling in music the Sarge’s faithful dog King and and recording as long as I didn’t his whole canine sled team and neglect the important things in made noises like a whip cracklife like a college education. I ing. I talked and sang like the don’t think my dad ever adjusted popular jive talking comedians to the fact that I was never going of the day like Brother Dave to have a real job until he was Gardner. I gave it my best shot, pulled out all the stops and, almost ready to retire. “During the period from man, it shot off like a rocket. It 1957 to 1962, I finished high was climbing the charts so fast school, spent three years as a that Lowery was dancing around music major at Georgia State his office after every phone call University in Atlanta, played on that reported our success. A hit! and produced numerous sessions I finally had a hit! But then, a for Bill Lowery at NRC Studios few weeks later, Bill called me as well as in Nashville, and re- into his office and, for the first leased several records of my own time I could ever remember, he with increasing local and re- was not enthusiastic. ‘I’ve got gional success. Still, my record bad news, lad,” he said, “We’re of “Chicky-Chicky-Wah-Wah,” going to have to pull the record.’ “It seems that King Fearecorded in Nashville with the Anita Kerr Singers, came close, tures Syndicate, the people who but I thought I had found the owned the character “Sergeant secret when I wrote and record- Preston,” had filed a Cease and ed a song about a well-known Desist order. In other words, we fictional radio/TV character had to exert our best efforts to named “Sergeant Preston of the stop the broadcasting and sale Yukon.” This was in 1959, a year of that record or else they would before Dallas Frazier’s “Alley- sue NRC, Bill Lowery PublishOop” about an equally famous ing and Ray Stevens. That would newspaper comic strip character not have meant much to me bebecame a top ten record by three cause I didn’t have anything but different groups at the same NRC had shareholders and Bill had other artists whose careers time. “The genesis for “Sergeant would suffer, so we killed a hit. Preston” came from my high To this day I don’t know why the school days. A friend had an old lawyers didn’t react to that threat beat up green van and a group the same way they did to songs of us guys would get in and go like “Alley-Oop” down through cruising on Saturday nights. history that featured a cartoon While he was driving, the rest character and capitalize on that of us would yell, “On King! On song—it was great publicity. . 26 Validitymag.com
But I’m sure that some young lawyer somewhere on the King Features payroll thought this was worthy of their time and effort and completely disregarded the positive impact that song could have had on their character. I think Lowery’s lawyers were so uninformed that they would have had to call “Information” to get the number for 911. But although it was painful and disappointing, I learned and grew and wrote more songs. I gained experience through the ordeal. Someone said “experience” is what you get when you don’t get what you want. “Lowery’s lawyers should have been like my friend Bobby Bare. He recorded a song and titled it “God Bless America Again” and it was climbing the charts when a lawyer for Irving Berlin called and told him that he was going to have to take his song off the air. In his slow country way Bobby inquired why he would want to do that and the lawyer reminded him that Mr. Berlin had written the song ”God Bless America.” Bobby said he didn’t get the man’s point and the lawyer said that the point was that Bobby’s song would have no meaning if it weren’t for Mr. Berlin’s song having been recorded first. Bobby paused for a long time and said ‘You know, I bet you’re not going to like my new Christmas record either.’ The lawyer curiously asked what the name of that new Bobby Bare Christmas record would be, and Bobby said, ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas—Again’ and hung up before the lawyer could answer.” 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 SouthSewanee and Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is a former president of the Tennessee Bar Association.
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Copyright Peter Dickson As he heard the whistle of the train that came to take his life He thought about his children, he thought about his wife And with a shout he raised his voice and he was heard to say “Oh come now golden eagle to carry me away!” La la la la la la la la, golden eagle, come! Well the mob they stood around him with clubs within their hands To break apart and crush the flesh of him who made a stand Well they said that he was guilty and they said that he was wrong But he stood there on the scaffold and sang that eagle song La la la la la la la la, golden eagle, come! Then like thunder from the heavens, that golden eagle fell And he took apart the masses that had made that killer’s hell He landed next the gallows and that hangman brushed aside As he parted all them shackles and away the captive flied La la la la la la la la, golden eagle, come! As he floated through the heavens beneath the eagle’s wings Oh that rescued liberated man he lifts his voice and sings And he thanked that golden eagle who had freed him from his plight That he’d see his wife and children and he’d be with them tonight La la la la la la la la, golden eagle, come! When the eagle had returned the one he’d rescued from the crowd His triumph shook the heavens and his challenge echoed loud, “O to all you foolish people, O you wicked seeking blood One day I will be back for you, you’ll perish in the flood” La la la la la la la la, golden eagle, come! For more info or to get the music for free, visit: songsfromnowhereproject.com
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The Halcyon Days
h, those halcyon days. The peaceful times of youth, or of summer, or when there are no tax forms piled on your desk. The term has come to mean a respite from the storm, a calm time amidst the ongoing chaos of life. It is an ancient expression, far older than the English language itself, rooted in Greek mythology. And it is all about birds. In particular, it is about kingfishers. The kingBy Bill Pulliam fishers are a worldwide group of birds, found on every continent except Antarctica. Depending on exactly how you count them, there are about 90 species of them around the world. They are generally boldly patterned, often brightly colored, noisy and conspicuous. A kingfisher sighting is rarely a halcyon experience! Most of the kingfishers live in the tropics of Africa and Asia. But there are some more northerly species. Here close to home we share Tennessee with the Belted Kingfisher, a well-known and popular bird. You have probably come across a Belted Kingfisher if you have spent any time around the rivers, lakes, streams and farm ponds of this area. Like most of its kind, it is an odd combination of regal and comical. Bigger than a Blue Jay and smaller than a crow, the kingfisher has a short tail, stocky body, big head and huge bill. Kingfishers are often spotted perched in the open on snags and power lines near creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes. If you take a float trip on any of our local rivers you will come across many of them. They fly like guided missiles, zooming up waterways and around obstacles with their short, maneuverable wings. As their name suggests, kingfishers make their living off of fish. Though this sometimes makes them unpopular with owners of
fish ponds, the kingfishers have been around here forever and our waterways remain stuffed full of fish, so it seems our stocks of fish can easily handle the hunting pressure! Though aquaculturists may not love it, the kingfisher-style of fishing makes this bird a favorite of many other people. To hunt for their prey, it often hovers in midair on rapidly beating wings scanning from above. When it spots a potential meal, it rockets headfirst towards the water. With an impressive splash it plunges into the water, sometimes traveling quite far below the surface. The bird then launches from the surface of the water, hopefully with a wiggling fish grasped in its beak. Retreating to a perch, a successful kingfisher maneuvers the fish so that it can swallow it in one big gulp. Though the kingfisher’s hunting methods are the most attention getting, their reproductive biology is also interesting and will lead us back to the title of this essay. First, they are yet another of the bird species in which the females are larger and more colorful than the male. Both sexes are slate blue above and white below with a dark breast band. But the females also have a rusty red band across their bellies, which the males lack. More unusually, the Belted Kingfisher is one of only a small number of North American birds that nest in underground burrows rather than above ground nests, cliffs or cavities. Kingfishers dig tunnels as much as 7 feet long into earth banks and lay their eggs at the far end. The nesting tunnels slope slightly upwards, and are often in river and stream banks. Sometimes though they can be quite a way from the water; our local pair dig their nests in the wall of an old chert pit, over a hundred yards horizontally and nearly 100 feet vertically from our pond and creek. If you find yourself in the nesting territory of a pair of kingfishers, you will discover that there is nothing “halcyon” about it. These are
noisy and energetic birds that don’t Europe and the Mediterranean welcome visitors near their tun- shores. Hence the Greeks would nel. They will zoom around you have never seen where the kinguttering their loud chattering rattle fishers actually did nest. Combine incessantly. So how did these big this with the birds’ affinity for the showy birds get connected to im- coastline, and it is a small step to ages of peace and quiet? To answer think that when the winds died in this we go back into ancient Greek midwinter it was Aeolus allowing the kingfishers a window to raise mythology. In those legendary times, Hal- their babies. So if a kingfisher is zooming cyone was the daughter of Aeolus, the ruler of the winds. Her beloved and rattling around you when you was Ceyx, the son of Eosphorus, go fishing, boating or floating this the Morning Star. Halcyone and summer, just relax and enjoy the Ceyx were so happy together that Halcyon Days. After all, the scienthey compared themselves to Zeus tific name of the Belted Kingfisher and Hera, the Patriarch and Matri- is Ceryle alcyon, the “blue Halcyon arch of the Greek pantheon. This bird.” apparently annoyed Zeus, thinking that these starry-eyed little brats Bill Pulliam got started in bird had no right to compare themselves watching by his junior high scito him and his wife. So when Ceyx ence teacher in 1974, and has been an avid birder ever since in 48 U.S. was on a sea voyage, Zeus tossed a states and 7 foreign countries. He thunderbolt at his ship and sank it. is currently the Tennessee editor Once Halcyone learned of the loss for eBird, a online project that of her beloved, she threw herself compiles millions of observations from tens of thousands of birders into the sea in grief. Out of compassion for the around the world. young couple, the other gods transformed the two into birds. And because of her affinity for the sea, Halcyone’s father, Aeolus, would still the winds and calm the sea for two weeks every winter, so that she could build her nest either on the beach or floating on the open ocean itself depending on which version of the 235 E. Main St. Hohenwald myth you prefer. This respite from the storms of winter was named EmbassyInnHohenwald.com the “Halcyon Days” in her memory. Why the mythological Halcyon bird Most Major became equated with Insurance Accepted the flesh-and-blood Medicare kingfisher is less clear, Participant ome are but it was well esCertified Home Care tablished by classical Agency times. One theory is Highly Experienced based on the fact that kingfishers are only in Staff Greece in the winter. Available 24/7 Care is our The European Combusiness. mon Kingfisher migrates to northern Europe to nest, spending nHCHomeCare50@yaHoo.Com its winters in southern Validitymag.com 27 .
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May I Plant a Garden?
h, yes! Absolutely, and without a doubt. The time has finally arrived! Let me get out to the garden and plant, plant, plant! The soil temperature (not the air) needs to warm up enough for seeds to germinate. You can check it out with a soil thermometer, or I’ve heard it said if the lilacs are blooming in your area, you can go ahead and plant tomatoes, corn By Cassandra Warner and other warm season crops. Then there is another saying: Don’t plant tomatoes with cold feet; wait until you can comfortably walk barefoot in your garden without getting cold feet before you set out warm weather crops. That is a good reason for raised beds—your soil will warm sooner.
as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, basil, corn, okra, squash, pumpkin, arugula, melons, onion sets, peas, chard, sunflowers, celery, radish, lettuce, carrots, beets, beans, New Zealand spinach, herbs and annual flowers of all kinds. As you set out transplants, loosen the roots from the soil slightly to stimulate stronger growth. l try to set transplants out on a cloudy day before a rain or late in the evening. Also, keep transplants well watered until they get established. Wait until the end of the month to plant eggplant and sweet potatoes. Do staggered or succession plantings to have a continuous harvest of certain veggies like arugula, basil, green beans, peas, radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, squash, cucumber and melon. As the season gets warmer, I sow lettuce in an area where it will be shaded.
crastinate when it comes to getting hold of that hoe and cultivating around your new seedlings. Right away, take out those weeds that seem to pop up overnight. You will also be bringing air into the soil at the same time. If you do this early before weeds get the upper hand, it will save work. If the weeds start winning the battle, you’ll need to pull them out and shake off the soil that’s around their roots and then hoe. As you hoe the ground around new seedlings, be careful not to get so close that you disturb their roots. But they will be much happier and healthier with loose soil around them and no weeds. Don’t Bug Me And My Veggies
I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the garden squishing bugs, and I don’t want to grow and nurture plants and crops and come out and see leaves eaten off; whole tomatoes, melons or cantaloupes with big bites out of them; or have Make Your Plants Happy For happy plants, get the hoe! them completely disappear seemDon’t let weeds grow! Get your new ingly into thin air. After a while, Sowing and Planting Plant warm season crops, such plants off to a good start. Don’t pro- you get the attitude, ”Don’t bug me . 28 Validitymag.com
and my veggies!” As aggravating as “bad bugs” and some critters can be, I am not going to put any poison on food that I plan to eat or in my soil. So I’m always looking for ways to beat the bad bugs and curtail the critters that won’t poison my food and soil. There are some things you can do in the garden as maintenance and planting design that help with controlling bugs and making the garden healthy. *Keep the garden clean of debris and weeds. *Plant each plant and crop where they are situated in the best conditions for them to thrive. The right plant in the right place is a happy plant, not stressed. Just like stress is bad for our health, so it is bad for plants. It makes them more susceptible to disease and pests. *Rotate crops. A basic method to follow is: Leafy follows fruiting. Roots follow leafy. Fruiting follows roots. *Let your garden become home to beneficial insects by planting
herbs that attract them, such as rosemary, thyme, mint (be careful—put it in pots or behind a barrier), parsley, fennel, chervil and dill. Also, plant flowers like candy tufts, cone flowers, coreopsis, coriander (cilantro), goldenrod, sunflowers, sweet alyssum, astrantia and Queen Anne’s lace. Spot these around every 10th to 15th plant. *Allow some of the nectar crops that beneficials feed on to flower, like broccoli, mustard and kale. *Consider companion planting to keep bad bugs away by masking the scent of the ones they are looking for. Or, add other companions that make plants taste better or grow better. Want to use something you can make yourself? There are things you can find in your kitchen cabinets that can be good solutions for many a bad bug and disease in the garden. *For a fungicide, mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a pint of water. In a spray bottle, add a few drops of liquid soap (not detergent) and 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil. To make a gallon to go in a pump up sprayer, mix 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, a gallon of water and a few drops of soap in a pump up sprayer. Start applying this early in the season. Apply it early in the morning every 5-7 days to help prevent powdery mildew and black spots. Later in the summer when the heat really comes on, you may need to use copper fungicide. *To kill spider mites and aphids, put 1-1 1/2 teaspoons soap per gallon of water in a sprayer. Add vegetable oil for insects like scales or mealy bugs. *Cinnamon, which has antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, can help stop diseases like crown rot on plants such as day lilies, hostas and lenten roses. Just pull away infected leaves and sprinkle it right on the crown. *A mix of half skim milk and half water will prevent powdery mildew. Apply early in the morning to foliage only. *Make a beer trap for snail and slugs. Put beer in a shallow bowl. They will drink, drink, drink until they get drunk, fall in and drown. *Dust cabbage, broccoli and
kale with self-rising flour to control cabbage loopers. *To discourage chipmunks, squirrels and voles from eating your bulbs, sprinkle them with chili powder or cayenne pepper. Caution: Use gloves and don’t breath it. *Sprinkle some blood meal around plants that deer, rabbits, voles and mice might like to chew on. It will give the plant a little nitrogen boost and those critters don’t like the smell of it. Here are a few products that are approved for use in organic gardens that are natural insecticides and fungicides available for purchase. *Copper fungicide is a broad spectrum fungicide used to control black spots, powdery mildew and early and late blight on tomatoes. *Thuricide (BT) controls soft body insects like cabbage loopers and tomato horn worms. *Diatomaceous Earth is used to control soft body insects and crawling insects. The key in using it is it must stay dry. *The best results come from pure neem oil. You mix and spray fresh each time. Premixed sprays may contain clarified neem oil extracts and not pure neem oil. Neem oil is not a kill-on-contact insecticide like chemical poisons. To mix your own neem oil spray, use 2 tablespoons neem oil and 3 ounces liquid soap mixed in 1 gallon of water and spray with a pump up sprayer. This will deter feeding and reduce the Japanese beetle population over time. Spray the trees and plants they really like to eat. It does seem to do a good job controlling black spots, molds and fungi on roses. You must, however, be careful when you spray neem oil because any oil can suffocate insects and it makes no difference if it is a good bug or a bad bug. The best practice for spraying neem oil is first thing in the morning or late in the evening when the good bugs are less active. Then you are less likely to hit any bees or beneficial insects directly. This will also allow the neem oil spray to dry before they land on your plants, and then only the bugs trying to eat
and a very little goes a long way, your plants will die. It is rather fascinating how so mix properly and spray carefully neem oil works. It messes with the at best times to avoid hitting beninsects’ brains and bodies. It has eficials that could be smothered by many complex active ingredients, the oil. and they are similar to hormones Bug Relief for Me This is what I make for myself: that insects produce rather than *1/4 cup MelaMagic, 1/4 cup being a poison. The neem oil enters their systems and blocks the real Tough and Tender, 2 capfuls of hormones from working properly. SOL-U-MEL and 5 drops of Tea They forget to eat, mate or lay eggs. Tree Oil. Mix well and put in a Some even forget they can fly. If small spray bottle. eggs are produced, they don’t hatch or larvae don’t molt. Insects that Maintenance *Allow the leaves of spring don’t eat or breed won’t survive. bulbs to die down naturally. They The cycle is broken and they will disappear. Neem oil does not hurt feed the bulb for next year. Once the beneficial insects, only the ones they die, they can be dug, divided that will be chewing and sucking and transplanted. *After all blooms are finished on your plants. It also seems that the smell of the neem oil keeps on an iris stalk, cut the stalk as some of the leaf-eating insects close to the base as possible. Allow like grasshoppers and leaf hoppers the leaves to remain. *Mulch to help maintain moisaway. You can also saturate the soil around plants with the neem oil di- ture and deter weeds in flower lution and the plant will take it up beds and vegetable gardens. If you mulch around trees, keep it off into its tissue and it will work from the inside. The neem ingredients accumulate in the deeper tissue of the plant and work on larger insects like leaf hoppers and grasshoppers, but not as well on tiny feeders such as aphids. *Don’t worry—people eat neem leaves to cleanse the blood, stimulate the liver and boost Mon. - Fri., 10a - 6p , Sat., 9a - 5p the immune system. 2482 Nashville Hwy. • Columbia, TN 38401 So in using neem 931-486-1939 oil, remember, it doesn’t email@example.com • James Roberts, owner kill things overnight Validitymag.com
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their bark. Make a donut shape around them, not a volcano. *Prune spring flowering shrubs, such as azalea, lilac, forsythia, mock orange and weigela after they have finished blooming to control growth, improve shape and increase their blooms next year. *Divide overgrown perennials. *Dead head rhododendrons to get more blooms next year and to keep the bush looking pretty. *Remove flower spikes from basil and stevia. This will encourage more leaf production. *Cut back mature chrysanthemums to two inches tall. Through the summer, continue to pinch off the growing tips to promote fall blooms. *Mulch around strawberry plants to keep the berries off the ground. *Remove all but two or three runners from new strawberry plants. *Hill soil up around potatoes and leeks.
April). But those are definitely the only snowballs I want to see in May! Yes, those April showers will be bringing us all kinds of fabulous flowers in May to delight us and get us feeling the flower power! I do hope you all have had an opportunity to take a wildflower walk this spring. It has been wildflower wonderful. The phlox and virginia blue bells growing together have looked just spectacular. The Trilliums were big, bold and beautiful. So, even if you didn’t have flowers planted yourself in the spring, God provides wonderful wildflowers for all to enjoy. May…you plant your garden with love, joy and a thankful heart.
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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when speaking about it. One of my kindergarten stuome days on the mission field dents also had a difficult few weeks. are harder than others, as it is His father disappeared, and after with everything. This month two weeks of not knowing where has been full of ups and downs, he was, they received word that rejoicing and frustration, salvation someone had seen him killed in another city. They went another week and loss. Although death is a normal believing he was dead when they part of life, it always breaks my suddenly got a phone call from heart to hear of it. It amazes me him! He had gone to the provhow well the Haitian people I have ince to work without letting them been around handle death. This know. Someone had assumed that month alone, I spoke with some- he was the one they had seen killed. one whose cousin was murdered, a Sadly, in Haiti, people are not alman whose uncle passed away the ways notified when a loved one has night before and one of my Sunday been found dead, so the reports school students who lost her uncle they often get are just rumors. It is chilling to see the crimes and grandmother in two weeks time. Not one of them lost con- that go unpunished because of the trol of their emotions or even cried lack of trustworthy police officers. At night, you can often hear domestic abuse, shootings, etc., and no one does anything about it. I have been standing beside someComplete Automotive Repair one who said, “Look at the man in the shirt Since 1942 with a bull on it. I saw him kill someone by hitting them with a rock one night.” They know if the police will 129 West end • Centerville, tn 37033 come at all, they aren’t David Bates, owner likely to do much or put themselves in danger. By Michelle Bonville
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A missionary recently had a group of men attack their compound. The men came through an alley beside the wall and poisoned all the dogs (including his) so they wouldn’t bark. The mission has armed guards who were able to fend off the attackers for a while, but they had to send their motorcycle driver to the police station to pay the police before they would come. Such is Haiti! I love the people here so very much that it is hard sometimes to remember that I live in a community where most of the people are unsaved. It truly surprised me when things started going missing from our kindergarten class. Some of the older kids wanted me to give them the toys, scissors and crayons that I had brought back for the classroom. I explained that if they took things home, we wouldn’t have them in the class to use at school and for Sunday school. Sadly, most of the scissors and some of the toys and crayons recently were taken. It hurt deeply to know that these kids I have loved and spent so much time, energy and money trying to bless would steal from me. We now lock the doors when we are not in the room. The thefts were a painful reminder that even though the kids and I love each other, they are still unsaved children, most of whom have not been raised in moral families. Although I was very disappointed in the children who stole from us, I was also very proud of the students in my Sunday school class. They have worked very hard, and on Dimache Pak (Easter Sunday), they recited memory verses and did a sign language piece for the church. They were very nervous but did a great job. Pastor Emile and I really wanted to bless the children who come to church so we threw a big party Michelle Bonville
for them. I made piñatas and we had games, prizes, food, candy and lots of fun. There were over 60 children in attendance, and they had an absolute blast! I was happy to see them blessed, but for me it was a surprising day. I had chosen the simplest of the games that we play at home, games like three legged races, egg toss and balloon races. We had a whole list of games, but I quickly realized that it wasn’t going to happen as quickly as it does back home. It was surprisingly difficult to organize the kids into teams and get them to understand the rules of the game. It literally took 30 minutes to be able to begin each game. The party that was supposed to be four hours lasted for seven, and we only played five games! We have continued to do “cinema” nights after church on Sun-
days, using a projector to show movies and inviting all the people in our neighborhood. We usually have well over a hundred people, and we are starting to see the fruits of this outreach. A man from the community who I had been praying for gave his heart to the Lord a couple of weeks ago. I love to see that the seeds we have been planting are beginning to grow. Michelle Bonville is a kindergarten teacher from Hohenwald, Tennessee and is currently on a one year mission trip to teach in Haiti. To learn how you can help feed a child, at a cost of $2.25 per month, call General Assembly & Church of the First Born at 931-796-4368.
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ne day I found myself deeply entrenched on the front line of battle for the Devil facing an opponent, God, neither of which I believed existed. Literally, the next day I found myself deeply entrenched on the front line of battle for the Lord, Jesus Christ, facing an opponent, both of whom I now knew withBy Charles E. out a doubt exNewbold, Jr. isted. That day of transformation occurred on April 4, 1978. Previously, I had graduated from Seminary, become an ordained minister, and had pastored for twelve years before becoming a professed atheist. My wife, Nancy, had become an agnostic. My liberal seminary training, coupled with the deceitfulness of sin in my life, had suckered me into grave disbelief. I did not believe there was a god or an afterlife. We drifted into the occult just prior to that April 4th date. Our pseudo-intellectual pride called it psychic phenomenon. I discovered without question there really was an afterlife of sorts. We thought it was “cool,” especially once we had our own personal contact on the other side. We soon discovered it was demonic. The demons driving these occult practices overplayed their hands. We found ourselves in trouble and in need of spiritual ministry. Thankfully, those experiences were short lived in our lives. My sister and her husband had been ministers in the same church denomination in which we had been. Contrary to my path, they discovered the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives with the evidence of miracles and signs and wonders. We witnessed several of them. As the Lord would have it, my brother-in-law and others ministered to us, freeing us from those defiling spirits. The chains that had us bound were broken. It was a miracle.
As my brother-in-law sat opposite us in his chapel, sharing scriptures and testifying to us, I suddenly saw, as if in a vision, the veil of the Temple open and the Lord Jesus Christ seated on His throne. I knew, then, Jesus Christ was alive and real and I had been an utter fool. Nancy and I turned our hearts and lives over to Jesus Christ on that glorious day, April 4, 1978. We were radically converted and never looked back. The motto of our lives has simply been: All things by the Spirit (Holy Spirit). To this day, “the Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” Romans 8:1617. Everyone has a story. Some seem more sensational than others, but none are insignificant. Though no two individuals have come to the revelation of Jesus Christ as Lord the same way, we all have one thing in common—that intuitive knowledge that Jesus is alive and real and that He has changed our lives forever. The change may not look that radical to others on the outside, but we know what has happened on the inside. We can debate with one another over our doctrines, theologies and spiritual paradigms, but we cannot argue over one’s story. The profoundly simple words of Fanny J. Crosby echo true in our own hearts: “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his spirit, washed in his blood. This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long. This is my story, this is my song...” What is yours? 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.
he Greek language has four words with specific definitions for love. Agape: The love of God, the true nature of God who sent his Son to bear the weight of sin for all mankind forever. Action versus feeling. Requires selfless love toward fellowman. Unconditional. Phileo: “Feelings” more than action. Bond between true friends. Eros: Sexual or passionate desire. Erotic is the English translation. Storge: Natural affection. The familial love between parent and child. And in the true spirit of cerebral meandering, I have formulated two of my own. Humileo and egope. I know my faithful followers expect no less. Egope: The opposing extreme of agape. Egope is all about me. The more me the better. A pretentious, unrealistic notion of who you really are, while believing everyone else is actually interested in your pitiful self. Sorta like the fifty-eight year old male standing in front of the mirror with a hairy belly that flops over the belt buckle, unrecognizable tattoos on sagging biceps and a white, ever increasing bald spot in the center of the cranium, who boasts, “Honey, I’m in better shape than when I was
twenty five. I look as good, too.” Her reply, “Did you forget to put on your bifocals? Again!” His predictable response, “I only By Shane Newbold use them when I need them, Sweetie.” And her appropriate retort, “Well, my fluffy potato muffin, you might need them right now!” After Moms Day Out Prayer Morning, the girls meet at the designer coffee cafe. One of the ladies mentions the plight of a single mom who just lost her job. Egoanna, who has been dominating conversation quickly interrupts, “Yeah, that’s sad, but a lot of people say her problems are self-inflicted, and anyway, did I mention that Jeweler’s Hut has a necklace that perfectly matches my new dress I wore Sunday. Did you all notice it? How could you not? It fits me exquisitely. That new expro football player who joined the church complimented my legs. Of course, my husband wasn’t around. The dress was fifty percent off. I only paid $190 for it. Are we taking donations for that woman’s utility bill, the one who lost her job? Well, I only have twenties and hundreds. Here are two dollars I was going to use for the coffee tip. I guess the server loses out today to the lady who supposedly has hardship. Can we get back to reality, please? We haven’t talked about my new shoes yet.” Be honest. Could this be you? Is this you? Are you the diva some-
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