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NEW t his mont h:

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Conventional (Sometimes Random) Home Decor on a Budget Home decor for the creative spirit.

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Holiday Event Calendar

Enjoy the festivities in your hometown, then check out the parade in your neighbor’s community. Page 12

NaCoMe By Deb Krueger

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The 75th anniversary of a camp with an interesting and not so obvious history. Page 14

An App For Everything By Cody Crawford Take advantage of home decorating tips from your smart phone. Page 17

Street Art Honors The Cherokee By Becky Jane Newbold

Little Black Dress Or The Perfect Jean By Jordan McLeod Validity’s beauty consultant helps fill your closet with garments for practicality and a night out. Page 20

Mount Pleasant memorializes the appalling relocation of Native Americans’ Trail of Tears.

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Beautiful, Fine Nativity Craftsmanship

Cover (and left): Public art in Mount Pleasant by artist Bernice Davidson

Free exhibit showcases local and not-from-around-here artisans. Page 24

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November Gardens

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Squash, pumpkin, apples, turkey: Extraordinary recipes utilizing ordinary holiday ingredients.

Legalese and a new crop of lawyers.

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November Book Review By James Lund Little Sister Death by William Gay Page 27

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Cassandra is still picking, pruning and planting. Page 31

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The Master gardener has to pull weeds, too.

Contrary to popular opinion, those voices in the night are probably not a Sasquatch.

Reality Perspective, Page 5 Lookin’ Back, Page 33 Cerebral Meanderings, Page 34

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stripes. An ombré wall would have one color at the top and fade into another color at the bottom. Wallpapering one wall could be interesting as could painting a design on one wall. An article on the blog, The Bold Abode, showed one talented lady’s accent wall featuring geometric shapes painted with a gold Sharpie. She stenciled another wall with a white crayon, which incidentally will wipe off the wall if she ever gets tired of it. With accent walls, it seems almost anything goes.

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When buying an investment piece, make it neutral. As style icon Lauren Conrad advises, when you’re going to spend a lot of money on something for the home, you want it to be versatile. For instance, a beige couch would be more versatile than a zebra print couch. It would go with almost anything and outlast any major style changes you decided to make. More fun pieces can be your cheaper items, since those will likely be updated more often.

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Christmas starts early in Giles County 2015. On November 14, A Square Christmas will take place on the Pulaski Square, 1 Public Square, Pulaski, Tennessee 38478. The morning will begin with a pancake breakfast by the Pulaski Rotary Club. The event will also include Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Kids & Pets Parade and Master & Miss Square Christmas 2015 at the STAAR Theatre. Pulaski’s Christmas Parade themed “In Lights,” is scheduled for December 12 beginning at 5 p.m. To view a map or get more information, visit www. gilescountychamber.com.

A Very Maury Christmas

A Very Maury Christmas is planned at Westbury House on the Columbia Square, 125 W. 7th St, Columbia, TN 38401 for Saturday, November 21 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with over 30 vendors. Christmas items and gifts are expected to be available for purchase. To get in the door, you must bring an unwrapped toy or a $5 donation for The Family Center. For more information and updates, please visit A Very Maury Christmas Facebook page.

Maury Christmas Home Tour

The Maury Christmas Home Tour features twelve historic homes from around Maury County and will be held December 4-5. Tickets may be purchased at the Athenaeum Rectory, 808 Athenaeum Street, Columbia, TN 38401. For more information, call 931-381-4822 or visit www. maurychristmas.org.

Spring Hill Christmas Parade

The Spring Hill Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at 5 p.m. The parade route begins on Main Street to Beechcroft Road and end at Evans Park. Many locations will be available to view the parade on Main and Beechcroft. To view a map, visit www.springhilltn.org/christmasparade. For more information, call 931-487-0027.

Columbia Christmas Parade

The theme for the Columbia Christmas Parade hosted by Main Street Columbia is “Sleigh Ride” and it is scheduled for Monday, December 7 at 7 p.m. The parade will travel along West 7th Street to the south side of Public Square in Columbia, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.columbiamainstreet.com.

Hohenwald Events

The City of Hohenwald, the Lewis County Fair Board and many local businesses are in partnership this holiday season to expand holiday activities in Hohenwald. Donations of labor, time and money are bringing the community together in a holiday celebration. Carriage rides, beginning at the Wilhelm Telplatz Park on Maple Street will be available to escort guests through the city and into Memorial Park where visitors will have the opportunity to view an expansive Christmas light display. A large collection of lighted holiday displays was donated to the city by the Spears family and has been used in various locations throughout the city in past years. In 2015, the display will be placed at Memorial Park, together again as it was when owned by the Spears. Several local businesses have dedicated time and money to expand electrical service to the park. Singing of Christmas carols at the Wilhelm Telplatz Bandstand, carriage rides, and food and craft vendors in the breezeway on Main Street will be available the first three weekends in December. A Miss Christmas pageant is planned for December 5. In conjunction with the South Central Area Fair Board’s 2015 “It’s a Wonderful Town” Christmas Parade, on December 3, find shops in and across the city decorated beautifully for the season. Find more information at www.hohenwaldlewischamber. com or call 931-796-4084 for more information.

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fair, Christmas Time’s a Comin’, is planned for Saturday, November 21 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The festival will offer Christmas items and handmade food and crafts at East Hickman Elementary School, 5191 TN-100, Centerville, TN 37033. For more information, call 901-246-3995. Centerville’s Christmas Parade is planned for December 5 at 5:30 p.m. starting on College Ave, right on Church St and then around the Square. The East Hickman Christmas Parade will be held December 13 starting at 2 p.m. It will start at the East Hickman Elementary School and end at East Hickman High School.

Christmas in the Country

The 33rd Annual Christmas in the Country will be Friday, November 20 to Sunday, November 22. Held at Lawrenceburg Rotary Park, 927 Military Avenue, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464, the event is a market with over 90 booths scheduled to attend. Antiques, handmade crafts and food are expected to be available for purchase. Santa is expected Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, please visit selectlawrence. com, email gwynn@selectlawrence. com or call 931-762-4911. The Ho-Ho Hustle 5K is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 with registration beginning at 7 a.m. on the square in Lawrenceburg. Also on December 5, merchants will host an open house from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Santa is expected to arrive by train at approximately 11:30 at the Pulaski Street Rail Crossing. Lunch, face painting and a holiday movie are planned at Providence Hall on the square beginning at 12 noon. The lighting of the mayor’s Christmas Tree is scheduled for 4:55 p.m. to signal the start of the 61st Annual Lawrenceburg Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. For addiitonal info, visit www.mainstreetlawrenceburgtn.com.

Festival of Trees & Waynesboro Christmas Parade

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urday, marks the opening of Waynesboro’s Festival of Trees inside the Wayne County Court House. Drawings will be held throughout the day for gift certificates and coupons in local businesses. The display of trees, decorated by area civic groups and others, will be open to the public at no charge Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. -4 p.m. through January 1, 2016. The Waynesboro Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 1 at 6 p.m.

Lobelville Christmas Parade

The Lobelville Christmas Parade, 55 S. Main St., Lobelville, TN 37097, is planned for Friday, December 4 at 6 p.m. The spectator area will begin at Heaths Cee Bee, traveling down Main Street to end at the Lobelville City Works Building. For more information, please visit www.perrycountytennessee.com or call 931-593-2285.

Linden Christmas Parade

The Linden Christmas Parade is planned for Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. The parade will begin at the intersection of Highways 13 and 412 and end at the Perry County Community Center. The Chamber of Commerce will be serving hot chocolate and sweet treats before and after the parade at 215 East Main Street, Linden, TN 37096. For more information, visit www.perrycountytennessee. com.

Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade

The Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m. in Leiper’s Fork, 4142 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN 37064. To learn more, visit www. visitfranklin.com.

Lewisburg Christmas Parade

The first Christmas Village and Light Show will take place in Marshall County this year, beginning Friday, November 27 through New Year’s Eve. The village will be open throughout the Christmas season with hours on weeknights from 5-9 p.m. and weekends 5-10 p.m. The drive-in village will include Santa, a live nativity scene and Christmas carolers. Prices are $15 for a car of 5 or less and $20 for a car of 6 or more. Limousines and buses will not be permitted. To learn more, please visit www. marshallcountytn.events.


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Beaver Dam Springs Resort: A Pre-Civil War Destination

Now 75 Years as NaCoMe By Deb Krueger

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etween Centerville and Linden just off of State Highway 100, there is a place set apart. Located in a simple “holler,” blanketed with native trees, wildflowers and nestled on the sides of a winding creek, NaCoMe Camp and Conference Center is home to many generations of memories within a setting that is primed for relaxation, exploration and fun for all ages. NaCoMe has a rich history of presence in Hickman County and middle/west Tennessee. The area was first settled in 1823 by James Arnold. Columbia business men purchased land at the site in the late 1820’s and built a hotel in 1832. Cabins and summer houses lined the creek and a dance hall was added across the creek from the hotel. Beaver Dam Springs Resort became very popular prior to the Civil War with guests including former President James K. Polk, who practiced law in Columbia when he was not serving as congressman, governor or president. By the 1850s, the area began to be recognized as a health resort. The water from the seven sulfur springs located on the resort were all thought to be of great benefit to one’s health. A Memphis newspaper clipping from March 3, 1857

reported: “Mrs. Jane Keller was in town taking reservations for Beaver Dam Springs Resort. The resort was located on a beautiful, clear creek of pure and living water in a densely shaded grove and where there were four different kinds sulfur springs. There are accommodations for 300 and the charges are $7 per month for adults, $3.50 for children and $3.50 for servants of all ages.” By the 1920s, the resort became very run down and all the buildings were in pretty bad shape. The resort became the victim of the automobile and wider travel habits of the public. The property remained in disrepair until the years of 1926-1937, when Horace Rainey of Columbia began revitalizing the resort. Unfortunately, the days of prosperity did not last. People just did not have the means by which to travel or pay for time at the resort. The last of several resorts in Hickman County, Beaver Dam Springs Resort closed in the late 1930s after the depression. The property was purchased in 1939 by The Presbyterian Synod of Tennessee Churches, as Mrs. Lillias Wilson House Dale, a community and church leader of Williamsport Pike near Columbia, loved the resort and its surroundings and became interested in its potential. It is rumored Mrs. Dale met and fell in

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Senior High Camp Group (Na)shville Presbyterian Synod, the (Co)lumbia Presbyterian Synod and the (Me)mphis Presbyterian Synod. O n c e main structures and infrastructures were in place, Beaver Dam S the first board prings Hotel, love 1949 of directors was with the man appointed, and t h a t the camp bewould came an official b e non-profit income corporated enher hustity Septemb a n d ber 7, 1940. while As techat the nology began resort to change and before it progress was closed. made in the She enviworld around sioned a quiet, beautiNaCoMe, ful place to work, play, and wormany changes ship in the “holler” where the began to occur resort once flourished. to the camp as Plans were then laid out to well. Electriccut timber and haul it to the mill so ity became more accessible to the buildings could be erected for food, public so the “power house” that water, health, recreation and worsat on the dam which provided the ship. The name of NaCoMe was limited electricity throughout the set for the camp and while it sounds camp, was dismantled and the loreminiscent of a Native American cal power company provided the name, its true meaning comes from means for the camp to have this the names of the Presbyterian Synluxury. The many sulfur springs, od of Tennessee Churches of the which were used as sources of time in which it was purchased: the


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The beginning of new and renewed traditions was well on its way with the opening of NaCoMe Camp & Conference Center. No longer named as the resort it once was, NaCoMe was seen as and felt to be a place of healing, but in a much broader sense of the word. A headline of an article written in 1980 was titled, “Sulphur Creek – From ‘Sinning’ To A Church Camp” in the Hickman County

Times. While the headline may seem to be a strong one today, it was a signal and a sign of the camp’s transformation in this community. However, the camp was not just for the Presbyterians. A whole new audience was primed to experience NaCoMe and would help it begin to grow beyond what anyone would ever imagine. The 1990s brought about more renovations for the camp. Beginning in 1994, the first

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placing and renovating the existing cabins. Water supply sources and septic systems were upgraded; power lines were buried, instead of running through the trees from building to building; many more amenities were added to entice young and old to come enjoy the richness of the camp setting. Most all of the major renovations were completed by the year 2000. Even today, NaCoMe continues to move forward. However, the one thing that remains disconnected from NaCoMe is a cell phone signal. The terrain around NaCoMe blocks the signal from local towers, but this is a positive for most groups. The bonds of family, church fellowship, retreat interactions and NaCoMe’s summer

camps take on a different feel from the rest of the world. People enjoy being able to disconnect, finding that it allows them to reconnect with each other. A recent survey of senior high campers and many retreat groups found the forced disconnection to be a major advantage for NaCoMe. So who comes to NaCoMe now? The short answer is, everyone!.While NaCoMe continues to be affiliated with and is a mission of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the camp is open and available to all who are looking for a place to retreat, rest and renew. Being open and available all year round for retreats, camps and conferences, NaCoMe is host to many avenues of use: Retreats; summer camps for children, youth and adults; church

family camps; sports camps; college orientations; family reunions; dance camps; and so many others from various faith traditions and cultural backgrounds. NaCoMe exists as a home away from home for the young and the young at heart. For more information about NaCoMe Camp & Conference Center, visit www.nacome.org or call the Camp Office, 931-7299723. Deb Krueger serves as executive director at NaCoMe Camp & Conference Center.


Apps for Interior Decorators

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ome decorators, amateur or professional, have a whole environment of smartphone apps to help them decorate their spaces. Whether you would like to repaint a room, rearBy Cody Crawford range the furniture or redo the room entirely, there is an app for you. We review our favorites here.

LikeThat Decor

LikeThat Decor is a handy app that allows you to take pictures of furniture you own or see in a store and find pieces like it local to you. You must allow the app to use your location, but it works pretty well, finding similar furniture to a picture or text search quickly. The app doesn’t require an account to be created, so is easy to use. Available for: iPhone and Android.

Color Capture

ground or a photo of your choice to style a room without moving furniture. This app is a handy visualization tool to arrange a room with items you own or would like to buy. Available for: iPhone

This app by Benjamin Moore allows you to take a photo of any color and get its paint color match. This app would be great for someone who is looking for the perfect color and finds inspiration in inconvenient places. If anyone would like to paint something the color of my puppy’s face, his cheek is taupe fedora CSP-260. Available for: iPhone and Android.

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Grace Bonney is the writer for the app Design*Sponge, category and view the which is the type and cost of each mobile vercomponent, such as sion of designpaint color, flooring and sponge.com. furniture. You can also This blog is and more. Available for: iPhone. create boards for inspiupdated several ration and ask questions about the times per day design. Available for: iPhone. Chairish and provides posts and photos of Chairish allows you to buy and beautiful homes and rooms. The Homestyler Interior app also covers architecture, DIY sell home decor items. Items are

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Ikea Catalog contains interior decorating inspiration and ideas. This app has free publications that show photos and videos of rooms styled by professionals. It also allows you to place furniture in a room of your choice via the camera and animated furniture, although I found the catalogs to be much more useful. Available for: iPhone and Android.

sorted by category, style and maker, see photo left. Available for: iPhone.

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Homestyler is a beautiful app to create rooms based on existing items. Browse empty rooms or snap a picture of your own and place furniture and paint the walls. You can also browse rooms others have created, as well as view the Homestyler catalog. Available for: iPhone and Android.

SnapShop allows you to place items on an empty back- Cody Crawford holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology from Middle Tennessee State University and serves as Director of Digital Innovation for Validity Publishing.

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isenchanted upon learn- through south central middle ing her high school edu- Tennessee, then north through cation had omitted the Kentucky, southeast Missouri incredible and horrendous story and northern Arkansas. The of the Native American forced United States government alremoval from their southeastern loted $66.24 for each Cherokee homelands, Bernice Davidson for 80 days of travel. The 768 set out to make a difference. An artist by nature and an art professor later in life, Davidson is cofounder of The Trail of Tears Museum and Tourist Information Center in Pulaski, Tennessee and creator of The Trail of Tears Interpretive in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. In October, eight, three-dimensional, sculpted portraits of Native Americans were placed on public display in Mount Pleasant. In a ceremony, honoring the approximate 1,200 men, women and Widow Swollen Knees children who passed through Mount Pleasant on the way to Oklahoma in 1838, the twosided sculptures were dedicated to the Cherokee people. Faces of Native Americans whose names were chosen from the heads of households listed in the 1838 muster roll of the U.S. Army are incorporated into flowers. The Benge detachment came north from Alabama, crossed into Tennessee at Elkton and traveled northward Big Feather

mile journey took 106 days and many died along the way. The project, dedicated to the Cherokee people who passed through Mount Pleasant, is a collaborative effort between Davidson, the Mount

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Wardrobe Staples for Your Closet

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very year brings new trends and fads. Trying to keep up can be costly and leads your wardrobe to quickly becoming outdated. Over time, fashion experts have decided that every one needs basic pieces in their closet that will remain stylish and up-todate throughBy Jordan out the years. McLeod When it comes to buying these essential components, it can be wise to invest in the best quality that you can afford at the time. While the exact number of pieces varies depending on the writer, most agree on a set .

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of seven to ten well-fitting items. Here are mine, in no particular order:

shirt. For professional situations a button-down never fails to provide a stress-free foundation to getting dressed in the morning. Just add dress pants or a versatile skirt and The Little Black Dress Ever since Audrey Hepburn you’re ready to conquer your work wore an iconic version in Breakfast day! It can also be worn casually: at Tiffany’s, the little black dress has Just roll up the sleeves and put on deserved to be in a woman’s ward- your favorite jeans, ballet flats and robe. Versatile and timeless, there a fun necklace or scarf. A fitted are many occasions where one can white T-shirt is also a great, unfussy be donned. Accessories can com- option to have in your wardrobe pletely change the look and feel of for leisure time. the right, little black dress. Whether formal with heels and fine jewelVersatile Skirt ry or more laid-back with flats and This should be an item that a leather jacket, it’s always sophisti- works for both 9-to-5 and your cated and appropriate. personal time, which means that most likely it needs to be long enough without looking matronly. Classic White Shirt Another blank canvas piece that This usually equates to a length never goes out of style is a white that hits right above the knee. Suitable skirts can be dressed up

with a blouse and blazer or down with a tee or chambray top. An Aline style is flattering on most body types and is consistently chic. Just like with a little black dress, accessories will greatly determine how fancy your outfit looks, making this basic piece highly adaptable.

Dress Pants

You probably have a black pair of dress pants in your closet already, and for a good reason! They give off an air of authority in business environments, and they can be worn to formal events, since dress pants can be seen as the tomboy equivalent of the little black dress when paired with a nice blouse. If you don’t have a pair or are looking for more variety, consider purchasing trousers in other neutral hues, such as navy or grey. These colors


with the right man, once you’ve found your ideal pair, you can buy multiples of them: one to wear with heels and one for flats. With all the different styles offered today, shopping for denim can be an overwhelming, frustrating experience, but one that is highly rewarding when it’s successful. Usually, dark washes are the most flattering and are adaptable to most events. Look for styles that are free of frills like rips or whiskers. A solid, unembellished pair never goes out of fashion.

Outerwear

The weather at this time of year can be unpredictable. Some days you only need a light jacket, and others you’re pulling your heaviest wool coat out of the closet. November and December can also be exceptionally rainy. Because of this, a trench coat is a great option to have on hand, as most are at least water-resistant and come with a lining that adds warmth. Trenches come in many different colors, even pastels, although a khaki or black one never goes out of style. Petites can sport this coat too; cropped versions are readily available for purchase. A trench is also useful during rainy, spring months.

Footwear

While I’m a big believer of letting your shoes make a statement, I do know and adhere to the rule

that the foundation of good footwear selection starts with two pairs in basic black: a pair of heels, specifically pumps, and flats. Pumps tend to be recommended because they can take you from the boardroom straight to your dinner date and are always in style. Make sure to choose a heel height that is comfortable for you, as there is nothing less fashionable than wobbling around and wincing. Ballet-style flats are a good choice, since they go with both skirts and pants. If you prefer a more menswear-style version, a classic loafer is an option. This list is by no means the definitive guide to building a wardrobe. Searching for the pieces that work best for your lifestyle is encouraged. It is a good place to start if you have just purged your closet and are looking to make smart purchases. This all seems serious, so let me point out that clothing should be a way to express your personality and that it’s alright to periodically buy a trendy item that you love for a particular season. It’s not illegal to spend too much time in the accessories section, right? Jordan McLeod is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. She has been interested in fashion since she recognized the allure of polka dots and fascinated by all things beauty after she realized the transformative power of mascara and lipstick.

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that would comprise this exhibit. Letters were sent to the parishioners as well as friends of the group in hopes of gathering enough items to stage a decent presentation. The three families involved also had various pieces and crèches that had been collected over the years. They were looking for anything that represented the birth of Christ including madonnas and angels. Any medium was accepted and welcomed, and they boasted that first year that the works ranged from pasteboard to porcelain. Also included were paintings, even one painted by a local artist especially for the exhibit. One of the most unique items was a beautiful panel that had been embroidered in petit point and fea-


tured the manger scene. An- from his parents as a Christmas other favorite was a nativity gift. This remains one of the set that their retired priest had focal points of the exhibition. Exquisite hand carved and received as a fourteen year old hand painted wooden eggs from Russia depicting the birth of Christ have also been a popular feature. There are beautiful handcarved crèches from Jerusalem as well as a bisque porcelain set by Boehm. After the first year, a local wood carver was so inspired by what he saw that he had carved a complete nativity set in time for the second year’s exhibit. Another local wood carver also loaned a Holy Family for the exhibit. Not all the items were fancy or fine. There are wonderful items made of stone, wire and felt. This year, there will be a nativity made from brushes. Wisemen made from syrup bottles have also been featured as well as dolls that have been dressed as the nativity characters. When asked about the suitability of someone’s pieces, the reply of the committee is that nothing is too humble or too fine not to include. The children of our community have also had a special room that exhibited nativity sets made of felt, plastic or wood. Some are quite whimsical and have characters depicted from animals such as bears. Another favorite with the children is the Snoopy Nativity Set, and they even show a cowboy nativity set. Displayed on eye level for the children, in this room the children are allowed to touch the pieces. This exhibit has grown in scope as well as attendance over the past three years. Last year, more than six hundred people from seven different states attended the event, and more than 500 different items comprised this exhibit.

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f you are not familiar with the work of William Gay, allow me to take a moment to introduce you. William Gay was born in 1941 in Hohenwald, Tennessee. He began writing as a teenager and continued for the rest of his life. Although a lifelong writer, his work was not published until 1998 with his first appearance in a literary magazine. His first novel, The Long Home, was published in 1999. The Long Home was a tour de force that caused many in the southern fiction community to sit up and take note. As more books and collections of short stories were released, comparisons were made. The name William Gay was being used in the same breath as Thomas Wolfe, Erskine Caldwell and William Faulkner. It became clear that William Gay was one of the most skillful and genuine southern writers of his time. In April 2015 it was announced that actor James Franco would produce, direct and star in the film adaptation of The Long Home, scheduled for release in 2017. The Long Home was followed in 2000 by Provinces of Night, which became the film Bloodworth, starring Val Kilmer and Kris Kristofferson. Next were two collections of short stories, I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down (2002) and Wittgenstein’s Lolita (2006). In 2007, Gay’s novel Twilight was praised by famed author Stephen King as the best book of the year. King said, “Think No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy,

and Deliverance, by James Dickey… then double the impact.” Then, it was over. Gay died at his home in Hohenwald on February 23, 2012. He was 70 years old. William Gay’s brand of literature is rich and honest. It is dark, with a touch of humor. Intelligent and culturally true. His writing often depicts rural southern life by shadowing terribly flawed, despicable characters that Gay somehow makes human. I have been told Gay was not fond of the term “southern gothic” when used to describe his work, but many use the term because they feel it truly does define the genre that he so beautifully mastered. After his death, there was knowledge of at least one novel, and possibly others that Gay completed and had

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not yet published. This was publicly confirmed in the summer of 2014 when Dzanc Books announced

they had acquired the world publishing rights for two of Gay’s previously unpublished works. The first of these, Little Sister Death, was released on September 29, 2015. Gay’s powerful, provocative habit of going where other authors dare not, shines through in Little Sister Death. The novel is a retelling of the legend of the Bell Witch, a tale with which many may be familiar. It covers 200 years of supernatural events that take place on a plantation in Tennessee beginning with a first chapter that paints a horrific picture of a land that has possessed evil long before it became famous. The book tells three stories, that of how the Beale family came to Tennessee, that of a tenant farmer who lived on the property during the Depression era and the story of David Bender, an author who, while taking a break from writing his next major work, is convinced

by his agent to write a quick little paperback story to make some extra cash. He decides the tale of the Beale haunting will be his next, and while researching the legend, he becomes captivated with the story to the point of moving his family to an old home on the former Beale property. David soon discovers that the evil on this property has a history of driving men mad, and he is no exception. You can find copies of Little Sister Death at The Old Curiosity Book Shop on the square in downtown Columbia, or at your favorite indie bookstore. Remember to support your local indie shops, restaurants and publications. We appreciate each one of you. James Lund, along with his wife Heather, own The Old Curiosity Book Shop in downtown Columbia, Tennessee. A native of Nashville, James moved to Columbia several years ago to get away from crowds and promptly opened a business whose purpose is to attract crowds.

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have a friend who sometimes responds to me by saying “That’s an argument only a lawyer could understand.” I hope he’s not talking about legalese, because I hate legalese. It is the unfortunate habit many lawyers fall into, using complicated words and expressions not likely familiar to laymen. They By Landis also tend to Turner use three words where one would suffice. A lawyer may say, “I give, devise and bequest to my son, George...” Why not just say? “I leave to my son, George...” On the other hand, my friend may be referring to my style of discussing issues. I have a cousin who says that she never argues or even discusses religion or politics, because people who do tend to get mad. I love to discuss and even debate politics and religion. I never get mad and rarely rile the emotions of whomever I’m talking with. Whenever a lawyer hears the phrase “think like a lawyer,” his mind goes to the 1973 movie, The Paper Chase, about Harvard Law School. Contracts Professor Kingsfield tells his first year students, “You come in here with a head full of mush and you leave thinking like a lawyer.”

A lawyer should examine all alternatives and always examine all issues from the viewpoint of his adversary. I always try to do what the late Senator Howard Baker did. “Put your feet in his shoes. The other guy might be right.” A good lawyer must recognize all the issues, not just one or two. He must avoid emotional entanglement. For instance, a criminal defendant may have confessed to a terrible crime. No matter how revolting the crime is, the defense lawyer must center on whether the law enforcement officers have warned him of his right to remain silent, before answering any questions. When arguing a case, a good lawyer studies the history of the issue. He determines how similar cases have been decided in the past. Then he tries to convince the court to follow the precedent set by the old case. Or if the old case is not helpful, he tries to persuade the court to distinguish the old case and rule differently. Lawyers always distrust assumptions without questioning them carefully. The concept, “We do it that way because we’ve always done it that way,” makes me determined to find alternatives. Lawyers accept ambiguity. They allow flexibility. The United States Supreme Court has decided scores of cases with issues that the framers never thought of: same sex marriage and abortion, to name a

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The results of the latest bar examination, taken in July, were just released by the Board of Law Examiners. The examination is given twice each year and is one step which must be passed by all law school graduates, before the Tennessee Supreme Court will consider granting them the privilege to practice law in our state. In addition, there are other requirements which I will mention below. In July, 701 people took the test; 452 (64 percent) passed and 249 (36 percent) failed. I am not sure what the rule is now, but when I took the test in 1965 (thanks for thinking I don’t look that old!), one could take it four times. A fourth try required special permission. I’ve never known anyone who failed five times, but I’ve known several who failed a time or two and then went on to become excellent lawyers.

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There was a saying when I was in Vanderbilt, that A students ended up teaching in a law school, B students became judges and C students made a lot of money practicing law. I’ve never taught, although I wouldn’t mind doing it part time. I’ve never been a judge except as a six week substitute. As for making a lot practicing, that’s always relative. The most interesting thing about the results of the latest bar exam is how graduates of our Tennessee law schools fared when compared with each other. Vanderbilt,

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mont advertises its cost is $64,670. Vanderbilt is $74,104. I was surprised when Belmont announced it was starting a law school. I thought we had plenty. But they obviously did their homework, assembled an impressive faculty and have started off with a bang. In addition to passing the bar, an applicant for license must prove his graduation from an accredited undergraduate school and approved law school. Also, he must submit proof of good character with references.

HOW TO READ THE METER ON THE SIDE OF YOUR HOUSE

The electric meter is a very accurate instrument. It precisely records the kilowatthour consumption used by a home or business so there is no guesswork.Meters have four or five dials that rotate alternately clockwise or counter-clockwise. The meter can be read from left to-right or right-to left, but the reading is recorded only as a left-to-right reading. The dials below read 4-6-3-7-2. If you read the dials from right-to-left the reading would still be written as 4-6-3-7-2.

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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looked out toward a field immensely covered in weeds, thistles, thorny bushes and rocks—a wasteland choking out any good growth that strove to take root, sprout and bear good fruit or celebrate beauty. “Can good come of this field?” I asked myself. I rose up with resolve to rid the land of By Charles E. the rocks, plow Newbold, Jr. under the unwanted growth, allowing it time to decay. I took a plow to it again and made furrows for planting seed and for irrigation. I methodically planted good seeds for vegetables and flowers for beauty. What was once a useless field became a garden with a new nature and purpose. It was transformed from fruitlessness to life. Day after day, I kept watch over my new garden lest any unwanted seed fell among the good seed to choke it out. Though it was now a garden, it was still vulnerable to the invasion of bad seed. Funny thing! Never once did the good growth choke out the weeds. It was always the other way around. My garden prospered and brought forth a harvest of good fruit in season, but I had to keep it weeded. Even so, no amount of bad seed that found its way into my garden changed it back from being a garden. The bad seed did not define the garden. It was a garden because it had been converted into a garden. That field had a new nature and a new purpose for being. When I looked out toward that garden, never again did I think of it as a wasteland. It was my garden. I would keep it fertilized, watered, cultivated, weeded as needed and harvested in season. I was once like that—a worthless field of weeds, thistles, thorny bushes and rocks. Then, came my Master Gardener who looked upon me and

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saw something different. His name is Jesus. He turned me into a garden for Himself. He cast away the rocks of stumbling, plowed me under, composted my weeds and prepared the ground of my soul for new life. He planted seeds that would bring forth the fruit of His Spirit—“love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23. The seed He planted in me was the seed of His own eternal life. He changed my nature. I am no longer a wasteland, but a garden— His garden. Sure, the bad sin-seed of my own flesh has the potential to infiltrate this garden, but you know what? I don’t want it there, and my Gardener doesn’t want it there. It always has to go. Every time one of those weeds, thistles and thorn bushes shoots up out of the ground, it is plucked up and thrown into the fire. There is no condemnation when this happens because my old field of weeds, thistles, thorn bushes and rocks is dead and my new garden-life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3. This bad seed does not define who I am in Him. I am His garden. I have been bought with a price. I belong to Him. He knows the harvest from seedtime. He sees the finished work. Moreover, I “am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12. “He who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Matthew 13:23. NKJV. How goes your garden? 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.


dianthus, violas, snap dragons, Iceland poppies, primroses, pansies, ornamental kales and cabbages and johnny-jump-ups. *After a killing frost, plant seeds of California poppy, calendula, cleome, corn poppy, cornflower, four o’clock, baby’s breath, larkspur, feverfew, nicotiana, tassel flower and violas. These will come up in the spring and then re-seed Autumn Glory themselves, so you won’t have to. *Plant garlic now, before the and Giving Thanks Planting ground freezes. Garlic likes deep, *Late fall is the best time to nutrient rich soil, that is amended plant or transplant fruit crops, with organic matter. Separate inditrees and shrubs. Apply 3-4 inches vidual cloves at time of planting, of mulch after planting, and keep setting them 2 inches deep pointed them watered well until the ground end up. Plant the largest cloves. freezes. They will produce the largest bulbs. *You can plant anything that Space the cloves 4 inches apart. To comes bare root now. save space, you can plant double *Now is the time to get your rows 6 inches apart. When the spring flowering bulbs planted. ground freezes, cover rows with a utumn brings many nutritious food that we must have Come spring you’ll be glad you did. thick layer of straw or wood chips. *Cool weather annuals such as In the spring, when garlic shoots changes to the garden and to live and thrive. Then to think landscape. It’s a glorious of all the different types of foods, time of the year. There are mums the many colors, sizes, textures and of all colors everywhere and pump- smells. Then to think how great is kins of all sizes and colors, too. On it that the food we need to sustain a cool, crisp our lives tastes so WONDERFUL! day with trees Wouldn’t it be terrible if daily we full of breath- had to eat things that tasted vile and taking colors awful in order to live and nourish against a crys- our bodies. We can certainly GIVE tal blue sky, it THANKS that food is delectable. is awe inspirNovember Leaves Leaves For The By Cassandra Warner ing to be in Garden the midst of Leaves that rustle, crackle, float such magnificent beauty. Do you ever stop to wonder and fly, you’ll be in my compost by or ponder the many miracles of and by. I love to hear the autumn food? It is so amazing that tiny leaves that have fallen, rustle and seeds spring forth into delicious, crackle as we walk through them, then comes a breeze and some fly through the air, floating carefree. For a season, they adorned the trees in lush shades of green, but now in tones of yellow, orange, crimson and brown, they will give new life to my garden ground. So in a pile they must go, then I can mow. Once shredded you’ll see, ready for the compost they’ll be! Thanks to the tree.

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start to come up, uncover the plants, but leave the mulch around them. *Plant cool season herbs such as cilantro, chives, lavender, rosemary, parsley and lovage. *Get greens in that can get cold and take it, such as mustard, turnip, kale, collards, swiss chard, mache and arugula. Savory cabbage is one of the cold hardiest of cabbages. Some good selections for leaf lettuce would be Lolla Rosa, Arctic King, Winter Marvel and North Pole. In the romaines, try Rouge d’Hiver and Freckles. Planting Asparagus In The Fall

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low hedges and accent plants for small gardens. I’ve always loved having blueberry bushes scattered through my gardens and landscape. So these pint size plants that produce full size fruit offer even more options, to include some sweet health-enhancing berries all over the garden, landscape and in containers. Three BrazelBerries are currently on the market. 1) Jelly Bean Blueberry is a tidy, mounding puffball shape from 1-2 feet tall that thrives in containers. In the summer, when the berries are turning blue, the leaf margins turn red. The berries have the flavor of a wild blueberry. 2) Peach Sorbet is a two foot tall blueberry whose foliage changes from orange in the spring, to emerald in the summer then to purple in the fall. It produces medium size berries that grow in clusters and have a sweet tropical flavor of peach, banana and cinnamon. 3) Raspberry Shortcake grows 2-3 feet tall and has thornless canes and needs no staking or trellising. It has a bit of a natural trailing habit. It looks great in containers and grows well in the ground also. The BrazelBerries collection are self-fruiting, so they don’t need pollination from another variety nearby.

completely filled. Another method is filling the trench right after planting, being careful the soil is not compacted. Row spacing should be 5 feet apart from center to center of the row. The first year is when you will have to be patient and not cut any spears. Let them grow into stalks and then ferns. In the late fall, remove all the brown stalks and dry Maintenance ferns. In the second year and for Clean it up, don’t leave a MESS. the next 20-30 years or even more, you’ll have the delight of the fresh- I heard that often when I was growest, most wonderful asparagus every ing up. Come to think about it, I still hear it. It is a good time to clean spring. up the garden. On a glorious fall Berry Exciting! day, it won’t seem like work. If you love berries, there are *The compost pile will be the some exciting new cultivars that recipient of much of the garden have recently been introduced to debris, just remember not to give the market from the Brazelton fam- it any diseased or insect infested ily farm in Eugene, Or- plants. egon: Fall Creek Farm *Clean up any rotten fruit on   and Nursery. They have the ground around fruit trees. been breeding ber*You can remove any dead Amish Cheese • Butter • Jams • ries more for home use or diseased branches from trees, rather than for com- shrubs and fruit trees, but don’t Spices • Honey • Cookbooks mercial growers. Their prune them at this time. BrazelBerries collection Sorghum - Chow Chow - Popcorn - Salsa *Secure raspberry canes and has a thornless, dwarf other running plants to protect Candy - Pickles & More! raspberry and two dwarf them from wind whipping. blueberry varieties *Give flower beds a topping of which have great orna- compost, then mulch them after mental qualities.These the ground freezes. Do be careful Mon. - Sat. shrubs range in not to cover the center of perennials 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. compact size from 1 1/2 - 3 feet and hardy plants. 1006 Brewer Rd., Ethridge, TN tall. They are well suited *Cut back the ferns and stalks 931-829-4044 for containers, patios, of asparagus at the ground, add . 32 Validitymag.com crowns. Start asparagus from seed, but purchasing 1-2 year old crowns is best. Start by preparing a bed for it. Fertilize the soil. Add compost and worm castings. Asparagus does not like acidic soil, so if needed, add lime until the pH level is between 6-7. Dig a trench that is 12 inches wide and 6-8 inches deep. In the bottom of the trench, add a 2 inch layer of compost or aged manure. Also add a sprinkling of rock phosphate and wood ash. Place the crowns in the prepared trench spreading out their roots with buds facing upward, spacing them 12-18 inches apart. At this time, cover them with 2-3 inches of soil. As the plants begin to grow, continue to add soil to the trench until it is

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Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn. – Elizabeth Lawrence When I go into the garden with a spade and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands. – Ralph Waldo Emerson I sit in my garden, gazing upon a beauty that cannot gaze upon itself. And I find sufficient purpose


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was recently treated to one of the most wonderful natural “soundscapes” to be had in this area. I was camped in the woods of west Tennessee when the nighttime forest exploded with whoops, howls, clacking and popping from every direction. If you look online, By Bill Pulliam you will find many recordings of sounds like these being passed off as the cries of Bigfoot. But, of course, I was not surrounded by a troop of Bigfoots. I was surrounded by Barred Owls. Most likely, I happened to have set up camp right between two family groups of these, big, brown, forest-loving owls. The two clans had gone berserk with the hooting and hollering back and forth at each other, mixing their cries with loud clicks of their bills that sound much like musical wood blocks. And just to accent it all, the coyotes joined the cacophony from a distance as well. As we move into winter, the long, quiet nights and leafless trees emphasize the voices of the big, night creatures. In summer, the insects and frogs often fill the air with sound. But winter nights have much less background noise, and the crisp air lets sounds travel for miles, making it the perfect time to enjoy the voices of our owls. The Barred Owl is our second largest owl and generally the most vocal. Its classic call is a series of eight, loud, ringing hoots usually transcribed as “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for youall?” This call has a distinctive, syncopated rhythm. So in the Dixieland swamps even the owls have That Swing. This call is just the beginning of the Barred Owl’s vocal repertoire. They also produce a junglelike series of whoops, sometimes called the “monkey call,” that has

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caused more than one Tennessean to sit bolt upright in his bed when the owl sounds off close to the bedroom window at 2 a.m. And the favorite of the Bigfoot aficionados is the long, blood-curdling wail that can last for five seconds or more, rising and falling in pitch. When they really get going, the owls will mix all of these calls together in long, improvised compositions, the scat singers of the avian world. The Barred Owl is the large, brown-eyed, round-headed owl (lacking “ear tufts”) of our forests. Though mostly nocturnal, they are the large owls most likely to be seen or heard around here in the daytime, especially in late afternoon or on cloudy days. During the day, their calling is usually limited to the “Who cooks for you?” call. The other large, brown owl in this area is the Great Horned Owl. It is bigger than the Barred Owl with prominent “ear tufts” or “horns” and yellow eyes. They are more strictly nocturnal than the Barred Owl but are still sometimes seen about in daylight. The call of the Great Horned is a series of four, deep, resonant, hollow hoots. The first two hoots are short-long pair, with tremolo on the long, second hoot, followed by two more long hoots that lack the tremolo and fall in pitch slightly. So the whole pattern is “who-whoo-o-o-o. Whooo, whooo.” Unlike most Tennessee birds, Great Horned Owls are midwinter nesters. They frequently are sitting on eggs in December and

have hatchlings in the nest by January. Hence, they are often quite vocal on crisp, quiet, winter nights, when their voices can carry over a mile. Great Horneds like a more mixed habitat mosaic than the Barreds do. The mixture of forest and field across rural Tennessee is an ideal landscape for them. Both the Great Horned and Barred Owls are found in every county in this

state, even close to the major cities. The third common owl in Tennessee is the Eastern Screech Owl, a small bird with ear tufts that is about the size of a dove. Screech Owls are ubiquitous, but highly nocturnal and rarely seen other than as a brown flash through your headlights. Vocally, they are also more subdued than their larger cousins. In spite of their name, Screech Owls do not screech. They produce a gentle whinny or whistled trill that carries less than 100 yards even on a quiet night. Birders imitate their call by whistling while simultaneously producing a trill in the back of the throat. This “throat action” is done like rolling a German “R” or imitating the growl of a dog. So do that without engaging your vocal cords, and whistle at the same time, and you may just hear a real owl answer you back. A caution – if you do it too well and for too long, the owl may fly at your head! They don’t make contact, but it will still get your heart pumping! The last of the four widespread owls in Tennessee is the Barn Owl.

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This pale, medium-sized, longlegged owl has a distinctive “heartshaped” face. Its face and underparts are almost entirely white, with light, tawny brown upperparts. True to its name, the Barn Owl is a bird of rural areas, nesting and roosting in sheds, barns, silos and other semi-open structures. When we bought our house, which had been vacant with broken windows for more than a decade, there were the remains of a Barn Owl nest in the attic. Barn Owls are much spottier in their distribution than the other three owls mentioned. They like neither deep forest nor built-up areas. They have generally been declining in population over the decades across North America, as the rural landscape becomes either mechanized or suburbanized. It has been over a decade since I last heard one at our place. The voice of a Barn Owl is distinctive, but not necessarily “owllike.” Unlike the Screech Owl, which doesn’t screech, the Barn

Owl does screech. Its usual call is a hissing shriek, sometimes soft, sometimes rather loud. This shriek is given occasionally as the birds cruise over farm country at night. You will also often hear it when you walk into the owl’s barn, day or night. There are three other owls that occur in Tennessee – the Shorteared, Long-eared and Saw-whet Owls. These three are much less numerous and only rarely seen or heard around here. Owls have always been among my favorite birds. As the nights grow longer, it is worth spending a little time outside in the chill listening for the voices of the night. Bill Pulliam got started in birdwatching by his junior high science teacher in 1974, and has been an avid birder ever since in 48 U.S. states and 7 foreign countries. He is currently the Tennessee editor for eBird, a online project that compiles millions of observations from tens of thousands of birders around the world.

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acrificing fun and freedom for ten years, the stay at home mother and wife, Becky Jane, never wavered from the task or ever expressed regret for the all consuming time spent caring for her family. Truly a beautiful thing. Her second life, after child rearing, now is full of all the excitement and activity she missed when By Shane Newbold nurturing babes. My mother had to work during much of my childhood. However, my two younger sisters and I never missed home cooked meals, clean clothes or loving care. So, a tribute utilizing quotes, to my mom and the mother of my children who have blessed my existence, follows. A few dad and parenting quotes are in the mix, as well. A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. – Tenneva Jordan The phrase “working mother” is redundant. – Jane Sellman The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. – Ra-

jneesh If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been. – Robert Brault Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. – Ambrose Bierce Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside. – Rachel Wolchin A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe and assures it of a mother’s love. – Thomas C. Haliburton A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. – Author Unknown Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. – Ruth E. Renkel A father carries pictures where his money used to be. – Author Unknown The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity. – Jean Paul Richter I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much. – Hedy Lamarr You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will

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