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Table of Contents
Inside this issue of
: h t n o m is h t W E N Watercolor Artist Returns Home Brilliant watercolors resonate from a Centerville artist.
Fresh and Abstract
Vol. 4, Issue 10
By Cody Crawford Artist Jordan Weisenauer at Dixie Folks Gallery in Pulaski.
Royal Flush Pheasant Hunting & Stylish Ladies
Amber’s Drive By Becky Jane Newbold
By Shane Newbold
An energetic fusion band plays bluegrass, country and R&B.
Find a Festival
On the Cover
By Becky Jane Newbold
Becky Yannayon at Royal Flush Preserve
A few festivals for your autumn R & R. Page 20
Cover Photo & photo right: Brandon Yannayon
In Every Issue:
Fall In The Raw
Ariel’s Garden Discovery
By Katie Hayes
By DeeGee Lester
By Cassandra Warner
Raw foods for a nutrient rich autumn.
Get into STEM with an enthusiastic young scientist.
Planting and harvesting the fall garden.
One Attorney’s Opinion
By Bill Pulliam
By Landis Turner
Giant flying dinosaurs! Right here in Tennessee.
Questions for Landis.
Apple Watch Review By Cody Crawford Complete your Apple ecosystem with a new smart watch. Page 12
Also in this Issue:
Reality Perspective, Page 5 From The Publisher, Page 5 America Bless God, Page 33 Cerebral Meanderings, Page 34
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From The Publisher
L ooking for a Home
ome is more than a house. I have realized this concept at a higher level recently. Deep down, I believe we all are looking for the perfect place. A peaceful “home” encourages, loves and listens. A backdrop for childhood memories, “home” is the center of our lives and a hub from which all our daily realities spread. Rabbi Simon Jacobson wrote in Toward a Meaningful Life – The Wisdom of the Rebbe, There are “three key elements in building a peaceful home life... the relationships between family members, the atmosphere of the home itself and the way the home is run.” He speaks of a strong foundation in our relationships, an atmosphere of emotional and spiritual warmth and harmony. When there is harmony, in By Becky Jane a home it extends to the community, he continues. Newbold Take his advice this month as you engage in your community and with your family. And remember what the Roman historian Sallust wrote, “Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.” Here in Validity territory, we are blessed to be among friends who we feel are like family. Three years in, this month, we love being able to say our home extends from middle Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi. Thank you for being part of our lives.
iligently pursuing and training at a specific endeavor for ten years or 10,000 hours will make you an expert/professional in your field.” This comment was relayed to me from my son, who had received it as wise counsel from Brett Walker, father to the amazing, female, musical ensemble: Redhead Express. It makes sense. Stick to anything for a decade, and you will know a lot about it, maybe even more than most everyone else. The cellist, who had practiced and performed for 14 years, was discouraged that she had made a couple of mistakes during the recital. After she apologized to the pastor of the small-town MethodBy Shane Newbold ist church, he asked, “Did you make a mistake? I am quite sure none of the parishioners detected the errors. Besides, your talent and expertise goes far beyond what any of us could do regarding playing the cello. Are you forgetting the standing ovation? We are appreciative of the hard work you endured as much as the wonderful music.” Starving artists abound. Many musicians struggle between the melodies and lyrics that come from their soul, but will never be played on commercial radio. Altruistic “songs from the heart” rarely debut top forty charts. Should they
compromise, “sell their soul to devil?” Chasing the beast may not be all that it is cracked up to be. How is success measured here? Satisfaction in the musical poetry, or did the song hit the charts? Observing the sculptors, painters, potters, etc. at the craft shows reveals two worlds: The art they love, which is usually not for sale, and the stuff that keeps them from working a day job. Artists glow when a person is interested in discovering the deeper meaning of works that are particularly significant to the creator. We all appreciate the counter salesman who has stayed the course in a seemingly thankless job. He/she wastes no time in retrieving the right item for the customer’s needs. And especially when the clerk/server is cheerful. Expertise at any level should be applauded. Validity will be three years old this month. Far from “it takes ten years to become expert,” the humble magazine is achieving success in less than exponential increments. But we are certainly moving forward. Our prosperity can only be credited to those who support us and are successful in their own right. As many hours as the publisher spends preparing Validity for each month’s print, expertness may be realized before the 10 year standard. For now, it is just one day at time trying not to make mistakes. Father to four and best friend to Becky Jane for 27 years, Shane Newbold lives life to the fullest birdwatching, fishing, motorcycling and enjoying his family. Father to four and best friend to Becky Jane for 27 years, Shane Newbold lives life to the fullest birdwatching, fishing, boating and enjoying his family.
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ntrigued by the recent hype surrounding the benefits in consuming more raw fruits and vegetables, this month, I set out on a mission to make raw recipes more accessible to folks with busy schedules like me. First of all, what is “raw
food” anyway? Most raw food consumers agree an ingredient is considered “raw” if it is not heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Why does this matter? Many believe fruits and vegetables in their natural states contain more nutritional value than when cooked. Additionally,
more enzymes are found in raw food. Enzymes help us digest food and absorb nutrients. If the positive nutritional aspect of eating more raw foods doesn’t implore you to try one of these recipes, the beautiful fall colors of the ingredients will!
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Raw Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
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Yields 1 large cheesecake Ingredients for Crust: 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup pitted dates
¼ cup sugar Pumpkin, peeled and chopped (can substitute ½-1 cup canned pumpkin, but will not be considered “raw”) 1 cup water 1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon each of nutmeg, ginger and cloves ½ cup chopped pecans Instructions: 1. For the crust, first process rolled oats into a fine flour using a highpowered blender or food processor.
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Filling: 2 cups raw unsalted cashews soaked in water for 4 hours or overnight Juice from ½ lemon ¼ cup pure maple syrup ¼ cup coconut oil
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Raw Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
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Raw Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
thick, but not impossible to pour. Pour filling into crust, and let sit in refrigerator or freezer until thick. 3. Place pecans around the edge and enjoy! recipe inspired by thisrawsomeveganlife.com
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Next, add the dates, and process until a thick paste-like meal forms and sticks together. Pour crust into a large bowl and knead with hands to form a ball. Press this down into a springform pan or a pie pan. 2. For the cheesecake filling, blend the all ingredients together in a highpowered blender, adjusting liquids as necessary. The mixture should be
A Spanish translator by day, Katie Hayes Taylor is an avid runner who finds creativity in the kitchen relaxing. Her passion is finding new recipes that are outside the box, fresh and seasonally grown.
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2 tablespoons honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour glaze over beets and dehydrate along with walnuts for 2-3 hours at 105-120 degrees F. The texture when finished should be a little crispy, yet tender. 3. A few minutes before the walnuts and beets are finished, make the dressing for the salad by combining orange juice, lemon juice, diced shallot, ½ cup walnuts, sage, ¾ cup olive oil, and salt and pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. Store in refrigerator for up to dressing, spiced walnuts, and one week. 4. Before serving, toss glazed beets together. mixed greens, apple, recipe inspired by rawmazing.com
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Raw Autumn Salad
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Serves 2-4 Ingredients: 1 ½ cups walnuts, divided 2 beets 2 tablespoons orange zest ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 1 cup olive oil, divided 3 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup, divided ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice Juice from ½ lemon 1 tablespoon diced shallot ½ cup chopped walnuts 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped Salt and pepper to taste 1 Gala apple, sliced 4-6 cups spinach or mixed greens Instructions: 1. First, prepare the spiced walnuts in advance. Combine 1 tablespoon honey, salt and pepper to taste, and orange zest. Stir mixture with 1 cup of walnuts and dehydrate in oven at lowest temperature (between 105-120 degrees F) for 4-6 hours. 2. While walnuts are dehydrating, prepare the glazed beets. Peel and thinly slice the beets and lay separately on baking sheet. Combine balsamic vinegar, ¼ cup olive oil,
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rekking to Centerville in October for the second year in a row, David Beale will be found at the Wild Duck Soup Emporium teaching a watercolor workshop. The trip will be a sort of homecoming for Beale, whose father, Dr. Irvan Beale, painted vibrant watercolors of the region, many of which can still be seen on display around Centerville, including at Breece’s Café on the town square. Residing just outside Cortland, New York with his wife, David Beale didn’t begin as an artist. “I’m a sort of Renaissance man, having done many things in my life, which is not always a blessing,” he remarked. Trained as a classical composer following two years in the Peace Corps, he ended up spending over 20 years as a remodeling contractor. He and his wife now live in a small cottage he built on the edge of a seven-acre wildlife pond. Becoming hooked on watercolor when his wife enrolled the two of them in an evening course, Beale has painted since 1995. “One of the things I’m most grateful for is that I began painting a year before Dad passed away,” he commented. “It meant a lot to him.” A picture frame shop came on the market in . 10
2001 in Cortland, and Beale made the leap to focus more on art as a career. He purchased The Picture House Gallery and Frame Shop, began teaching watercolor classes and became part-time director of the Cultural Council of Cortland County a few years later. David now teaches watercolor workshops across the country and abroad. In addition to the Centerville workshop, he has scheduled 2015 workshops in Sedona, Arizona in April and in Southwest Ireland in September. David has had paintings included in many national exhibits, including The Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, widely considered to be one of the top five of its kind in North America, the Pennsylvania
and Philadelphia National Watercolor Exhibits, the Northeast Watercolor Society Annual Exhibit, and exhibits in Memphis, Portland, Oregon and Peoria, Illinois. “I consider it a compliment,” claims David, ”when students produce good work that doesn’t look like my own.” “He listens and responds to students as individuals who have unique personalities and means of expressing themselves,” stated Antonia Meadors of Wild Duck Soup Emporium. “His classes are always fun and supportive.” The workshop is scheduled from October 22 through October 24 with a student exhibit on Saturday, October 25. For more information, call Antonia at 931-729-0690.
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Use of the Apple Watch will require an iPhone; the watch isn’t compatible with other hardware. Style – The Apple Watch comes in two different sizes, 38mm and 42mm. Apple offers the watch in three different materials, pple has finally come to and Sony) have had for about a stainless steel, market with a wearable de- year. The Apple Watch was analuminum vice such as their competi- nounced September 9 and will be and gold, in tors (Samsung, Motorola released to the public early in 2015. two different colors each. The stainless By Cody Crawford steel version comes in silver and space black, the aluminum comes in silver and space gray, and the gold comes in yellow or rose. In addition to the different colors and materials available, there will also be six different styles of watchbands made by Apple. No matter what size, material, color or band a person has, the design of the Apple Watch is
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the same. A rectangular form with rounded corners, the watch will have a dial on the side for zooming in and out on the screen. Made to feel like a traditional watch dial that sets the time, the dial on the Apple Watch will have a range of uses, from navigating the apps on the watch to selecting content inside an app. During the release of the Apple Watch, many wondered if it even had a touchscreen, since the presenters discussed the side dial at length. The Apple Watch does contain a touchscreen for swiping, pressing and tapping the small display. The watch can tell a tap from a press through a pressure sensor. It turns out, the watch has many methods of interaction, through three buttons, the dial and the touchscreen. The screen is a retina display, made from sapphire for a scratch resistant face. The Sport versions of the watch (the aluminum material designs) are strengthened with Ion-X glass.
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6 or 6 Plus to use NFC. And you can pay with your watch anywhere that supports Apple Pay. Charging – From initial comments by Apple, it seems the Apple Watch will need to be charged every day, but that will remain to be seen. The
The Apple Watch
Communication – The Apple Watch is meant to be a powerful communication tool. With it, a user will be able to text, call and email their friends, as well as send emoticons, drawings, sound bytes and taps. Sending a tap would alert the person via a buzz on their wrist. Siri is available on the watch, so messages can be dictated using Siri or by selecting from commonly used words. Perhaps the oddest method of communication offered on the Apple Watch is the ability to send a friend your heart rate. A heart rate sensor on the back of the watch would calculate it and make it available to be sent. GPS – Turn by turn directions will be available on the Apple Watch. The watch will vibrate when the turn is being approached so a wearer will not have to take his/her eyes from the road while driving. Health – The Apple Watch will collect health data based on readings from the accelerometer, gyroscope and heart rate monitor. The watch will allow you to see how many steps you have taken per day, as well as how many minutes you have been active and how long you were standing versus sitting. The health data will sync with the Health app available with iOS 8. Music – It is not quite clear how Apple intends to do this, but the Apple Watch will allow you to listen to music without being tethered to an iPhone. So there must be a way to store some music on the Apple Watch, although there has been no word on how much storage it has. Payment – This is arguably the most anticipated feature Apple incorporated into their products this year. Near Field Communication, or NFC, provides the ability to make payments via a digital device. Apple has inserted an NFC chip into the watch, allowing people to pay for purchases with what Apple has dubbed Apple Pay. Although paying through NFC is already much more secure than paying with a magnetic swipe credit card, Apple has added to the security by using a transaction number instead of card information during transactions. The merchant you’re paying never has access to any of your card data. Although you’ll need an iPhone to be able to use the Apple Watch, you won’t have to buy the iPhone
charger uses inductive charging, so there are no openings on the watch where water might get in and damage the device. One last note: The Apple Watch is merely water resistant, not waterproof. It might last a run through the rain, a sweaty
workout, but don’t take it into the shower or for a swim. Cody Crawford holds a degree in software engineering from Middle Tennessee State University and is Director of Digital Innovations at Validity Publishing.
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Artist Jordan Weisenauer major to art. Now 24, he is a professional artist, working iagnosed with Type 1 dia- mostly on commissions and is betes at age 20, Jordan highly respected in the art comWeisenauer changed his munity.
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“Abstract Landscape” by Jordan Weisenauer
“Jack’s Landscape” by Jordan Weisenauer
His website boasts over fifty original works. “I view eve-
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rything as a metaphor for something else,” he stated in a recent interview. “Just as a director would place an apple in a scene, I like to arrange my pictures so that they mean something.” Jordan’s favorite painting is one in
“Folks” by Jordan Weisenauer
mostly gold, a man standing by a bannister with a dog (view at www. weisenauer.com). He talked about the color, how it was mixed from green and purple. “That’s kind of my transition from what I do now to what I want to do in the future.”
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Jordan’s art can be viewed and purchased at the Dixie Folks gallery in Pulaski, Tennessee, owned and operated by Matthew Fulkerson. On a recent visit there, Matthew pointed to one of Jordan’s large pieces displayed prominently in the back of the gallery. An angel bent over a table, studying a book. A thin, white hand reached down from above, and two blue hands reached up from a cavern in the floor. When asked about the painting, Jordan laughed. “I did that at a paint party and painted it in front of an audience. You always see demons in red, but I did a blue hand reaching up instead.” He said he completed the painting in about two hours and touched it up when he got home.
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“In purgatory, which hand are you going to reach for?” he explained. “When I see it now, that’s what I think of. I don’t think I was having those thoughts at the party.”
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Amber’s Drive: Left, Denny Rudolph, Jim Huish & Daniel Mason
By Becky Jane Newbold
reat music sometimes comes from the most unlikely of places. Lifelong songwriter and musician, Denny Rudolph, pours passion into every lyric and every note. But dreams of a musical career definitely took a back burner to his day job as a financial advisor. Online and after hours, like most truly in love with the art, Denny wrote and shared words and tunes with other songwriters, always developing his gift. Less than a mile away but unknown to Denny, Daniel Mason was working on a similar dream. Denny and Daniel met on Facebook and the music clicked. When Daniel asked Nashville singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jim Huish to join them the sound and song list exploded.
All it took was one performance in downtown Columbia and fans came out of the woodwork. “I had a different vision...let’s just say Amber’s Drive wasn’t in my five year plan,” Denny commented with a grin during an interview last month. Now the acoustic, instrumental backdrop and the three part harmonies of the trio blend perfectly to create a sound uniquely “Amber’s Drive.” Daniel, Denny and Jim integrate vocal harmonies in the pop, funk, blues, rhythm & blues and country styles, and their signature “acoustic country R&B” emerges. And things do get a little out of hand onstage. Kinetically driven, Jim’s vocal contribution amazingly never wavers when his energetic performance on the Cajon (Spanish box drum) gets a little crazy. By their third show, last fall
the “crowd reaction was amazing,” Daniel said, driving the trio to pour all extra time and energy into their craft. “People kept asking our name and all we had was, “Daniel, Denny and Jim.” Their hang out at Denny’s place was where the music began to develop. Denny and Daniel’s families and Jim all became fast friends. And the sign on the street corner, Amber Drive, solved the issue of a name for the band. Jack Ponti of Merovee Records, longtime mentor of the songwriters, was given the opportunity to hear a first recording and quickly scheduled a conference call. “Your music is unique. It’s the best we’ve heard in a long time.” “Our jaws dropped,” Jim exclaimed. We were anticipating critique.” “Our faces went white. And when we got off the phone, we screamed like little girls,” Denny admitted.
“The serendipity from joining a songwriter group to a management deal; that was a weird experience,” he added. No longer a hobby, Amber’s Drive works hard to achieve virtuosity. “Now it’s a business, like a second job,” Jim shared. “Our rehearsals are awful: six hours of maybe two songs? Nobody wants to sit through that. Its like watching sausage being made,” Denny explained. “Its not pretty to watch in the beginning, but in the end you have something really good.” A lasting friendship has emerged. “Being around these two has elevated my game,” Denny added. “Denny’s work ethic has helped us grow,” Jim interjected. “Artists are not always good business men. Denny has been so instrumental.” “He understands what it takes,” Daniel added in agreement.
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family support,” Denny said. Three men coming from a broad range of styles to create a unique sound. “We take our songs and Amber’s Drive ‘em.”
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lying pheasants, bird dogs pointing, retrievers fetching and girls gunning. Or more appropriately, wing shooting ladies, sporting vintage attire from the glory days of upland bird hunts, demonstrating their markswomen’s skills on rocketing pheasants. Royal Flush, a 400 acre bird hunting preserve in Giles County, provides the experience during their annual continental pheasant hunt for women only. Ladies can invite their gentlemen to participate in the white tablecloth dinner after the hunt, but only the gals get to shoot. Twin brothers Rick
and Randy Chambers also offer quail and pheasant hunts to the general public from November through February. Royal Flush’s charming and lovely hostess, Becky Yannayon, includes fresh homemade bread and fried pies to the over the top cuisine at the feast. Overnight accommodations complete the adventure for weary hunters relaxing by the wood fire in the preserve’s cabins. Plenty of upland birds, good dogs, exceptional food and a hunting paradise: I need to practice on the skeet range. A superb southern bird hunt is as good as a Royal Flush. It cannot be beat!
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Way Farm Mud Mall Arts and Crafts Festival. The fun and games will take place starting at 8:30 a.m. at 520 Milky Way Road in Pulaski, Tennessee. For more information on attending this event, call the Giles County Chamber at 931424-4044 or visit www.gilescountychamber.com.
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Looking around for something fun to do this month? We found a few festivals in the area!
Milky Way Farm Mud Mall Arts and Crafts Festival & Warrior Dash Pulaski - October 4th
National Banana Pudding Festival
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Prepare your taste buds, banana pudding lovers! The 5th Annual National Banana Pudding Festival happens October 4-5 at River Park in Centerville, Tennessee. The festival takes place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and between noon and 5 p.m. on Sunday. This event boasts a range of
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Centerville - October 4th - 5th
Giles County’s Milky Way Farm will accommodate several events this year on the weekend of October 4. The Warrior Dash last year drew an estimated 8,000 people for a mud race and other festivities. This year, in addition to the Warrior Dash, the Giles County Chamber of Tourism and Commerce is introducing the Milky
The Harvest Festival on the Square in Waynesboro, Tennessee is planned for Saturday, October 4 beginning at 9 a.m. Live music all day, jumping gym for kids and toddlers, pony rides and petting zoo, games, old cars, food vendors, retail vendors, arts and crafts, educational booths, organizational booths and much more.
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Billie’s Birthday 5K Fun Run will raise awareness and money for The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. It will be Saturday, October 11 at 8 a.m. To sign up, visit https://runsignup. com/Race/TN/Hohenwald/ BilliesBirthday5kFunRun. The Middle Half Murfreesboro Half Marathon will be October 11. To register, visit www.themiddlehalf.com. The Arrow Lake Scarecrow 5K begins at 9 a.m. in Mount Pleasant on October 18. To register, visit http://visitmountpleasanttn.com/arrowlake-5k-run.html. In Lynchburg, the Jack Dash, a 7-mile run and 5K run/ walk, is planned for October 25. To register, visit www. jack-dash.com. Always consult with your physician before beginning any new exercise regime.
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fun, including craft vendors, food, live music, dancing, puppets and a taekwondo team. In addition to ten different banana puddings available for tasting, a pudding-eating contest and a banana pudding cook-off will be held. Admission is charged and active duty military members get in free with an ID. For more information, visit www.bananapuddingfest. org. Goats Music and More Festival Lewisburg - October 10 -11 Lewisburg will host one of the region’s most unique festivals with the Goats, Music & More Festival on October 10-11 at Rock Creek Park. The goats are the highlight of the festival, and goat shows with fainting goats and Boer goats are planned. There will also be food vendors, arts and crafts, children’s activities and live music. Joe Diffie will perform Friday night and the Marshall Tucker Band will play Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, please visit www.goatsmusicandmore.com.
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Damien Boggs, left, is scheduled to be among the performers at Vines & Vintage, a wine, antique and artisan market on the grounds of Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill November 1st.
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The Oktober Heritage Festival and 21st Annual Fall Classics Car and Truck Show is planned for October 10-11, 2014. Friday and Saturday starting at 9 a.m., downtown Hohenwald will have arts and crafts, food, a Kids’ Corner and more. Saturday, the Pilot Club will host a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. The car show will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 11 on the courthouse lawn. The Oktober Heritage Festival will be held in the parking lot at the corner of N. Maple St. and E. Linden Ave. in Hohenwald. For more information, call 931796-4084 or visit www.hohenwaldlewischamber.com.
Another fall festival to check out is the MidSouth Barbecue Festival in Mount Pleasant on October 17-18, 2014. A barbecue competition, BBQ food vendors, a children’s costume contest, craft vendors and entertainment are just a few of the activities scheduled for the day. The Classics for a Cause Cruise-In will also take place. For more information, visit www.visitmountpleasanttn.com/downtown-festival.html or contact Donna Morency 931-379-9837, email email@example.com.
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Arts & Ag Harvest Market Hickman County - October 18th
On October 18, the Arts & Ag Harvest Market will take place at Grinder’s Switch Winery, 2119 Hwy 50 W. Loop, Centerville, Tennessee. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Harvest Market will have homegrown farm goods, arts and crafts, music and wine. For more information, visit http://artsandagtour.wordpress.com. Mid-South Barbecue Festival, Mount Pleasant
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Love chili? The Grand Ol’ Chili Cookoff in Leiper’s Fork is the festival for you. Located in the field on the corner of Floyd Rd. and Old Hillsboro Rd., the festival is planned for October 18 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Chili and live music will abound, with the Austin Brothers playing progressive country blues. A dance floor will be set up in front of the stage. To learn more, please visit http://www.grandolchilicookoff.com.
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Paint the Town Purple is a fall festival where all proceeds benefit victims of domestic violence. Hosted by the Shelter, Inc., the festival is planned for October 25 at the Public Square in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Events will include live music, a pie eating contest, a silent auction, clowns, Sparky the Firehouse Dog and food and craft vendors. For more information, call 931-7621115 or visit www.mainstreetlawrenceburgtn.com/events/paint-thetown-purple-2014/.
Test your marksmanship and raise money to help area families in need enjoy the holidays. Shoot to win a frozen turkey or ham at the Annual Leiper’s Fork Turkey Shoot at Preston Farm on Old Hillsboro just before you enter town. Saturday November 1 and Sunday November 2, 10 a.m. - dusk. For more information visit www.visitleipersfork.com or call 615-595-8190.
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Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill will host Vines & Vintage, a wine, antique and artisan market on Saturday, November 1 from noon to 6 p.m., 5700 Main St. Live music and food will also be on tap. Dixie Crossing and Damien Boggs will be performing at the event, which is one of only six Tennessee sanctioned wine festivals for the year. For ticket information, visit www.rippavilla.org/vinesvintage.asp or contact Rippavilla at 931-4869037 or rippavilla@bellsouth. net.
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hen looking at dreams and opportunities in life, most people have a natural tendency to hesitate (“I’m not sure about this”), procrastinate (“I’d better wait until a better time”) or sabotage themselves. Stratford STEM Magnet High School sophomore Jack Utley is not one of those people. The son of Michael and Tracy Utley, he was homeschooled through elBy DeeGee ementary and Lester middle school and early discovered the appeal of science. “I’ve always liked math and science,” Jack said. “It’s my way of thinking and I’m really interested in biological science, which is the science of living things. I definitely lean toward plant/cellular biology – anything microscopic.” As he prepared to enter high school in Metro, he was originally slated to attend Hillsboro, but after being placed on a waiting list, he switched to Stratford STEM Magnet, which was located across the street from his home. From the beginning, he hit the ground running. “I was one of the few freshmen
to select the ISR (Interdisciplinary Science Research) pathway,” Jack says. “It’s really great and I love how they focus everything on science.” He was particularly pleased to see that Stratford went beyond the typical classroom focus to include regular interaction with Vanderbilt scientists. “I knew that ISR was associated with Vanderbilt, but I didn’t expect Vanderbilt scientists, such as Dr. Tiffany Farmer and Dr. Kimberly Mulligan, would be available in the classroom and be helping us out almost every day (through the university’s Center for Scientific Outreach). We normally have a least one scientist in the classroom.” Utilizing Project Based Learning, Jack and his classmates conducted a variety of experiments, including one on water quality. The program included field trips to the Metro Water Department Treatment Plant and to the Drinking Water Treatment Plant and field/ classroom experiments on testing for chemical levels in the water. Jack next grasped an opportunity to participate in Stratford’s Project Expo as well as the MNPS Project Expo at Trevecca Nazarene University. His project involved a computer software gaming design and he created a game with real world physics. As a freshman, he captured a first place award in the Business/Marketing/Technology
category. His biggest opportunity came when Stratford Academy Coach Dr. Jennifer Berry sent him an email announcing applications for a summer internship at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS), which offers internship experiences at both high school and college levels. “After Dr. Berry sent the email to me, she arranged an interview with Brandon Knight, the high school coordinator for ISIS. I was pretty surprised when I was selected as the youngest intern for the program” The high school project focused on the creation of a software design and circuit boards for bicycles to improve bike safety. The team of 11 students worked every day from 8-12, throughout the summer. “Toward the end, we were putting in longer hours,” Jack said. “The students were in charge of the entire project. I had team experience with robotics, so that was not new, but it gave me more opportunity to work as a member of a team. I worked with bike lights and spent a lot of time soldering,” he laughed. “But I also spent time working with the software to allow the lights to do patterns.” As he begins his Sophomore year, Jack looks forward to chances for more internships and other opportunities, including his second year as a school Ambassador, meeting with potential students/parents
as well as representatives from the community and around the US who visit the school. He is often called upon to make presentations about Stratford’s STEM programs and the value of MNPS Academies. “I’m accustomed to speaking and it’s never really scared me, but I think I’ve gotten better at speaking to groups; particularly groups of adults.” The many opportunities have simply whetted his appetite for more. “I believe that STEM is the best education for college and career preparation. I want to continue with Stratford’s ISR program and follow up with a major in biological science in college.” He’s still unsure of his college choice with almost three years of high school before him. His advice to other students: “I want everybody to have interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and to work hard so that they can have a good career that makes the most of their education.” As Jack continues through high school, all sySTEMS are go for him to launch a successful future. A 1968 graduate of Lewis County High School, DeeGee Lester serves as Director of Education at the Parthenon. Her articles have been published in children’s magazines and journals. She is author of three books and co-authored a two-volume pictorial history of Sumner County.
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came across a news story about a recently discovered, enormous, extinct seabird that once lived off the coast of what is now South Carolina. With a wingspan of about 20 feet and built like a By Bill Pulliam giant albatross, it likely cruised the ancient oceans in much the way modern seabirds do, but on a larger scale. When I see articles like this, I think about the giant flying dinosaurs that we can still see, alive and well, here in Tennessee. As I wrote in the October 2012 issue of Validity, the dinosaurs never went extinct. They still exist by the billions; we call them “birds.” The differences between living birds and extinct dinosaurs are smaller than the differences between whales, bats, chimpanzees and kangaroos, yet we class all of those as mammals. Many of the great 20th century vertebrate biologists joked that birds are little more than “glorified lizards,” anatomically speaking. Sometimes the connection between our living birds and the extinct dinosaurs seems more obvious. This is especially true when you gaze upon some of our contemporary, giant, flying dinosaurs.
One of the largest and most impressive of these modern giants is a common sight in parts of Tennessee and northern Alabama: the American White Pelican. Among North American birds, the wingspan of the White Pelican is exceeded only by that of the California Condor. The condors are extremely rare, being found in the wild only in very small numbers in a few places in Arizona, Utah and California. The White Pelican, on the other hand, is a widespread bird that can be seen by the hundreds, quite close to home in the mid-South. The slightly smaller Brown Pelican is familiar to beachgoers on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. The American White Pelican, however, is mostly an inland bird. They nest in huge colonies in the central and northern U.S. and Canada, and spread over much of the continent outside of the nesting season. In our vicinity, White Pelicans might turn up any time of the year, but they are most numerous in autumn and winter. Though pelicans can look ungainly and ponderous on the ground, when they take wing, they are magnificent aerialists. A squadron of White Pelicans on the wing in the sky overhead provides a spectacular airshow. The bold blackand-white patterns on their wings shine as they soar in graceful circles
or flap majestically towards a destination. So, where can you go to see these creatures? Well, an individual bird, or even a whole platoon, can show up almost anywhere in this area occasionally. For example, I saw a lone bird on Arrow Lake near Mount Pleasant a few weeks ago, and a larger flock was there earlier in the summer. A year ago I spotted a flock of nearly 100 high in the sky west of Hohenwald near the Perry County line. Your best bet for seeing pelicans, though, is near the big lakes and rivers. Closest to the Validity readership in Tennessee, the best spots are Kentucky Lake from Duck River north to Big Sandy and Paris Landing. In northern Alabama, east of Florence on Wilson and Wheeler Lakes is a major wintering area. I suspect that flock I saw near Hohenwald was probably cutting the corner of the Tennessee River between Kentucky Lake and Wheeler. Farther west in Tennessee, Reelfoot Lake and the Mississippi River corridor are good spots. There are other big white birds in these areas, especially the Great Egrets and young Little Blue Herons. But these other birds are dwarfed by the pelicans. On the ground or the water, the enormous orange bills of the pelicans are hard to miss. When a flock is overhead, the striking pattern of black flight feathers against the otherwise white birds is eye catching. And, those huge orange bills can still be seen through binoculars even a mile or more away. The American White Pelican is also one of North America’s great conservation success stories. They nest in shallow inland wetlands in the prairie and intermountain states and provinces, which made them vulnerable to many kinds of disturbances. In the mid-20th
century, their populations dropped drastically. As is often the case in the real world, this population shift seemed to come from multiple causes. The two major suspects were increased use of specific types of pesticides, and the draining of many wetland nesting areas. With tighter regulations on pesticides and wetland conservation and restoration programs, pelican numbers have rebounded. This population recovery is becoming increasingly evident here in the southern states, far from the nesting grounds. Numbers in the “core” areas around the big rivers and lakes have climbed from dozens to hundreds to thousands, and sightings away from these areas are on the rise. The recent encounters in Maury, Lewis and Lawrence Counties are evidence of this trend. Farther east in the U.S., where White Pelicans had become virtually non-existent, they once again are being seen regularly. The American White Pelican story is one of many examples that conservation programs, especially for wetland species, have indeed worked and yielded dramatic results in just a few decades. The story is not the same across the board for all birds, however. While many are doing well, many others are not. Other conservation efforts have not been able to reverse declines of numerous species. The recently-issued State of the Birds 2014 report, issued by a consortium of dozens of agencies, universities and organizations, identified about a third of North American birds as “watch list” species whose numbers are declining. Next month I’ll talk more about this report, and what even individual homeowners and landowners can do to make a difference for these birds in trouble. 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.
Autumn Joy In October’s Garden
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the big, beautiful bloom, the look to have an early harvest in the *Take out the summer annuals on her face confirmed the name spring. and put them in the compost and of this flower, it was definitely Au*Sow lettuce seeds or set trans- replace them with fall flowers so tumn Joy. It is always a delight to plants in a protected area or in a their roots get established before resee small children as they discover the beauty in nature and begin to comprehend from where their food really comes. PLANTING
*Fall is the best time for planting trees and shrubs. Remember to keep them well watered until we have sufficient rainfall. *Yes it’s fall, but think spring bulbs. Start buying and planning where to plant. November and December are the best time for planting spring bulbs. Consider planting some fragrant ones in areas where you spend most of your time outdoors entertaining, relaxing, coming and going so you can delight often in the fragrance as well as the beautiful blooms. *You can start planting daffodil bulbs in October. *On or around the first killing frost, plant garlic and shallots. *Sow radish seed for a late crop. *Sow spinach seed now to let overwinter, and cover it with straw
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utumn joy is the feeling that abounds in October’s garden. Autumn Joy Sedum is always a beauty in October with its big, beautiful flower heads in rich tones of deep rosy pink to burgundy and russet. My greatgranddaughter, Ariel, 16 months old, was out in the garden with me a few days ago discovering all kinds of flowers, butterflies, birds, bees and yes, a big, ole watermelon. She smelled the sweet scents of roses and felt the softness of the petals and she wanted to eat them. But By Cassandra Warner that’s okay, they are edible. She also loved the smell of the calendula. One was loaded with blooms and she smelled and smelled, sighing ummm, ummm after each smell. Then she located the big striped watermelon and patted it lovingly. After that, she found the Autumn Joy Sedum. When she reached out to touch . 28 Validitymag.com
container to make a beautiful edible fall salad bowl. Add some pansies or violas for your salad bowl also. *Hardy perennials can be planted now, and most can be divided or moved now.
ally cold weather arrives. Consider some violas, pansies, snap dragons, calendulas, dianthus, primrose stocks, chrysanthemums, diascias, asters, ornamental kale and cabbage, as most of these will give fall through spring color.
the dehydrator, checking after 3-4 hours. Then rotate trays and turn over the strips, this helps to keep the strips from sticking to the tray. Just depending on the moisture of the melon, it can take from 12-24 hours, and it is well worth it. You can also search the internet for dehydrating watermelon and see the pictures and instructions there.
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African Blue Basil
I always plant a couple of types of basil. This year a garden friend, Lelia, told me about African Blue Basil. The bees really love it. We have bees so I wanted to try some. It has become a show stopper, 4 1/2 feet tall by 5 feet wide with gorgeous foliage and covered in pretty purple and lavender blooms with a luscious fragrance. The bees are so happy, they cover the whole plant all day long. They started feeding on it in August and are still present. So, happy bees, a happy me! The African blue basil is a sterile hybrid of an East African camCalendula phor basil and a standard garden For extra flavor you can add garlic, glass jar and cover the leaves with variety Dark Opal. It is considered ginger or grated citrus rind to the oil. a tender perennial. It can be over*Dehydrate watermelon if you wintered in pots. Place in a sunny butters. *These are best used within 6 have eaten all you can this summer, location indoors and don’t over wamonths. Just break off a piece of and if you want to have a real taste ter. This basil does not go to seed. the herb oil to use in soup, sauces, treat this winter. Wash watermelon It is propagated by cuttings. Take stews and salad dressing and you well. Cut in half, then square the tip cuttings in early fall, cutting a can once again savor the flavor of half so you can get square pieces. 4-6 inch stem before it begins to Cut into 3/4 inch slices and cut that flower. Remove the leaves from the your summer herb garden. *The herb butters can be used into about 4 inch strips. Take out bottom, place in a glass of water on pasta, vegetables, chicken, meat, the seeds if you grow your own, or and change the water everyday unbuy the seedless, as they work really til it roots, then transfer to a pot for seafood and even popcorn. *Another option to preserve well. Place the strips on trays, and the winter. Since it does not go to fresh basil leaves is to put them in a dry at about 115 to 125 degrees in seed, you can let flowers bloom all
Ariel pats a big, ole watermelon
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Preserving herbs in oil or butter is easy and keeps that vibrant fresh taste. For use all winter, you can preserve that “fresh from the garden flavor” in just a few easy steps. *Wash herbs, remove leaves from stems and discard the stems. Spin in a salad spinner to dry leaves or dry with paper towels. *Place 2-3 cups of leaves in food processor with 1/3 cup oil pulse, scrape down sides of the bowl from time to time until you have a chunky paste and all the leaves are chopped. Place 1 cup of the herb oil in a 1 quart zipper lock bag. Spread it out in the bag in a thin, flat layer, then freeze flat. *For herb butters, use 2-4 tablespoons of leaves in 1/2 cup butter, process same as for herb oil.
HERBS IN THE GARDEN
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*Before the first frost, harvest everything left from summer crops. *Harvest shell (dry) beans when plants and pods are brown. *Harvest root crops as needed. What you leave in the ground, the cold weather will sweeten. *Harvest leafy greens such as kale and chard as needed. Frost won’t hurt them, it can actually improve their flavor. *Harvest pumpkins and gourds before first frost. *You can begin to harvest sunchokes now. Harvest no more than what you can use within a week. Harvest them as needed through February. *Dig sweet potatoes before a frost kill the vines.
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you want. For a bushier plant, pinch off flower stems. There are many uses for African blue basil and other basils for that matter. Add buds and leaves to salad, rice, soup or stews. Use flowers to top a pasta dish, add to sour cream used for baked potatoes or sprinkle buds over roasted potatoes. Add flowers to ice trays and float flower stems in ice teas. Use leaves, young stems and flowers to brew tea. Use long flower stems as a garnish in soups and salads, or make a beautiful fragrant flower arrangement. The blooms will last 3-4 weeks if water is changed regularly. The flower stems can also be dried to use in potpourris. Then, of course, you can make pesto. Here is a recipe I found from Edible Sarasota:
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urely you have seen them peppered about, those bumper stickers and marquees, pleading, “God Bless America.” But why, we might ask, would God bless America (or any other nation for that matter) when growing numbers of its citizens make a mockery of Him, even shaking their fist in His face? We are more likely to bow the knee to what is “politically” correct than to honor the heart of God. If we want to honor God’s heart, we have no furBy Charles E. ther to look than to DeuterNewbold, Jr. onomy 28. Read it and see for yourself. There are two parts to this narrative, each with conditions. In the first part, God told of all the ways in which He would bless Israel “if ”…. There is always that agonizing, “if.” If they diligently obeyed His voice and carefully observed His commandments, all these blessings not only would come upon them, but these blessings would overtake them. He promised to bless them in the city and in the country, to bless the fruit of their body, the produce of the ground, their herds, their basket and kneading bowl, and their coming in and going out. He promised to cause their enemies to be defeated and flee, coming in one way and fleeing before them seven ways. He promised to command the blessing on their storehouses and bless all they set their hands to do. Can you imagine God commanding His blessing upon you? Even overtaking you?
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“But!” There is always that agonizing, “But!” It begins the second part of this passage of scripture. God said, “But, it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.” The blessings of obedience are reversed in the acts of disobedience. The list of curses is much longer than the list of blessings. (The passage is too long to quote for this column. You really should read it. It is profound). We simply cannot make up God to be what
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In your last column you wrote that in order to charge a suspect, That used to be true, but not the grand jury has to find “probanymore. I served on the board of able cause.” Exactly what does governors with Selma Cash Paty, a that mean? Curious, Hampshire very good lawyer in Chattanooga. She ran against the Reverend Paul The definition I like is: A reaMcDaniel. Selma lost and filed a lawsuit under a law stating that sonable suspicion, supported by Charles Elliott Newbold, Jr. no preacher, rabbi or priest could circumstances sufficiently strong has served as pastor, teachserve. The supporters of the law to justify a prudent and cautious er and is an author callbased their arguments on the need person’s belief that certain facts are ing forth Christians to live to maintain separation of church probably true. the laid-down life for Jesus “Probable Cause” is stronger and state and preserve for clergy Christ. He and his wife, their main job of caring for souls. than “reasonable suspicion,” but Nancy McDonald Newbold The trial court ruled that the law much weaker than “true, beyond live in Knoxville, Tennessee was invalid under the United States a reasonable doubt.” Reasonable where Charles continues his Constitution. The Tennessee Su- suspicion will justify a brief stop writing. preme Court reversed and frisk. Probable cause justifies and upheld the law. an indictment, arrest or search. A The preacher went to conviction requires that the “finder the Supreme Court of fact” (jury or judge) find that of the United States, the defendant is guilty beyond a which ruled that the reasonable doubt. There are times Tennessee statute when a scintilla of doubt may exist, clearly violated the but all twelve jurors must find that they are “morally certain” of guilt constitution. I always liked Sel- and “their minds rest easy” with ma, but I’m glad she that verdict. Our criminal justice system is lost that case. I can think of two good leg- the best in the world. The prosecuislators who were both tor tries to prove the defendant is In Print & Online lawyers and minis- guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. ters. Representative The defense lawyers work to preFor details call: Tommy Burnett, a vent that. Both sides must act in Church of Christ lay a lawful and ethical manner. The 931-628-6039 preacher, was princi- judge referees the trial and instructs pally responsible for the jury on the law which applies or email: passing several im- to the case. The jury decides the portant bills. He also facts, including guilty or not guilty. email@example.com kept a lot of bad bills “Not guilty” does not mean “innofrom passing. Tom- cent.” It means that the prosecutor my is deceased. Sena- has failed to prove guilt beyond a tor Roy Herron was reasonable doubt. Our system is a Methodist minister based on the proposition that it is and a valuable asset to better to let ten guilty people go public life. Roy lost a free, than to imprison or execute race for Congress and an innocent person.
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I don’t agree, but some think that an acquittal should be expressed as “not proven” or “not proved guilty.” In civil cases, a plaintiff has By Landis an easier burden Turner to bear before winning his case. His standard of proof is “the preponderance of the evidence.” Imagine the blind lady holding the scales of justice. However the scales tip down toward one side, even very slightly, that side wins. Under Tennessee law, judges must remain impartial and must not comment on the evidence or tell the jury how they think the case should be decided. In federal court, the opposite is true. Judges may state which witnesses they believe and those they believe are liars. I once tried a federal case in Jackson in which the government had used an undercover officer to infiltrate a gang of moonshiners. He went so far as to buy the sugar used in their still. The jury felt this was unfair entrapment so, in spite of their obvious guilt, all “went free without a day.” (The clerk used antiquated language when drafting orders of acquittal). The judge berated the 12, even telling them they had failed their duty in a disgraceful way. When the order of acquittal was handed to the judge, the irate judge signed it, but not before adding “much to the court’s disgust.” I have often wondered what people will think of our courts when they read that order 100 years from now. 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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