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Complimentary October 2015

Vol. 5, Issue 10

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Table of Contents

NEW t his mont h:

Ted’s Anniversary

60 Years and Counting: The Upside of Being Upside Down. Page 10

Stripe, Chip or Both? By Cody Crawford Answers to your questions about new credit/debit cards. Page 12

Festival Finder

October is festival month. We’ve got the 411. Page 14

October 2015

The Latest in Jeff High’s Watervalley Series

Vol. 5, Issue 10

By James Lund Who better than a book shop owner to give a book review? Page 17

How Cheese is Like October By Daniel Algara Ruminating on food and fall.

Ol’ Don Burgdorf

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By Cody Crawford

Making the Cut By Jordan McLeod The geometry of cutting hair.

Woodcarver extraordinaire back to the brushes.

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Michael Butler By DeeGee Lester Lewis County Eagle Scout building bridges, literally. Page 26

Cover (and left): “Windblown” watercolor by Don Burgdorf

Find Validity in 10 Tennessee Counties!

In Every Issue: Validity Recipes

Got Religion?

Ornithology Report

By Katie Hayes Healthy eating for Moms-to-be with plenty to share. Page 6

By Charles Newbold

By Bill Pulliam Don’t allow infrequent fliers to feed your rarity bias.

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October Gardens Validity’s gardener relishes autumn’s rejuvenating rewards. Page 27

Reality Perspective, Page 5 Lookin’ Back, Page 33

One Lawyer’s Opinion

By Cassandra Warner

Also in this Issue:

Get relational not religious.

Cerebral Meanderings, Page 34

By Landis Turner Well known, successful, Tennessee lawyers. Page 32

Validity Magazine is published monthly in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Validity Magazine reserves the right to edit editorial and advertising submissions for appropriateness of the publication. Reproduction of any part of Validity Magazine without permission of the publisher is prohibited. Distribution of this magazine does not constitute an endorsement of information, products or services. Views expressed in Validity Magazine do not necessarily represent those of the publisher. Every effort has been made to insure accuracy of the publication contents. However, we do not guarantee the accuracy of all information nor the absence of errors and omissions.

Publisher Becky Jane Newbold,, 931-628-6039 Managing Editor Shane Newbold,, 931-628-6039 Director of Digital Innovation Cody Crawford,, 615-768-9479 Contributing Writers, Bill Pulliam, Cassandra Warner, Charles Newbold Jr., Daniel Algara, DeeGee Lester, James Lund, Jordan McLeod, Landis Turner, Katie Taylor Contributing Photographers, Cassandra Warner, Katie Taylor

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Validity Magazine exists to reflect rural lifestyles of rural communities along the Natchez Trace Parkway in both storytelling and photo journalism. This local publication is designed to promote positive life experiences by delivering authentic, relevant content on healthy living, nature, outdoors, technology, gardening, entertainment and travel to the people who enjoy the small town experience.



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Reality Perspective



hen I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the n a m e of His Father written on their foreheads. 2 And I By Shane Newbold heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. 3 And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. 4 These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless. Revelation 14: 1-5. NASB The following is based on a true story. Once lived a good man whose soulmate bore him an abundance of children. Upon his fertile field flourished a multitude of succulent blueberries ripe for Find More harvest. Validity Days before, the good man Be Social! Look Us Up! beheld the sweet, siz-


able, luscious fruit mixed with the more plentiful, not so large and sometimes sour berries. Gathering his pail clutching progeny, the skipping, dancing, singing youngsters and the murmuring, moaning teenagers were paraded to the berry patch. Among the young harvesters was God incarnate residing in six year old, precious Emma. Pleasantly progressing, the good man perceived his pail and the others were void of the biggest, best berries. “Dear wife, don’t look at me, the bushes were full of the nice ones just yesterday,” he bewilderedly exclaimed. The skeptical wife scoffed, “The Good Lord gets the first fruits, not the surreptitious husband and father.” The good man’s honor at stake, in addition to the pressure from the glaring children, the good man ran ahead to investigate. An empty pail obstructed the path far down row from the pack of pickers. Farther on, the good man discovered the diminutive, dancing angel, Emma, with plump, juicy berries in hand and blue teeth and tongue. First Fruits unto the gatherer. God was Emma and Emma was God. No rules or guidelines had been set. Only that the family was off to pick blueberries. Simple enough for a six year old. Why not pick the biggest and best? In Revelation, John dreams of only 144,000 perfect sons and daughters of God standing with the Lamb on Zion. So, are there only 144,000 humans pure enough? What fate awaits the rest of us: sinful, blemished and defiled. Pondering how much space there is in heaven for all the people who think they will be there someday, I surmised.

Heaven is already crowded with the millions of children mankind has aborted, starved, murdered and abused. The Bible is clear that God brings unto Himself the young and innocent; the ones who never had or will have the chance to become of age and make choices regarding their respective eternities. Presently and growing hourly, the world population is 7.3 billion. With regard to the 144,000, only 1 out of 50,694 people will be counted as first fruits, blueberries with no blemish, as big as the end of a man’s thumb, sugared and flavored by God and chosen for his preeminent intention. Currently, it is reasonable to assume that I will be cast into the pail of second fruit. Destined to be frozen and crammed in a bag with all other second fruiters or crushed and boiled for jams and cobblers whereby sugar must be added. Be careful not to judge! Perhaps you are a little unripe and sour also. Crushed and boiled sounds painful. Like God working out the sin in us, separating the wheat from tares, like baptism in fire. All the hard theology you don’t hear in church. The kind of preaching that gets pastors fired. The opposite of prosperity sermons. You know, that repentance nonsense promising you can become a first fruiter. But worst of all, third fruit would count as the rotten, unripe or fallen with little hope of garnering any attention from God or Emma. Father to four and best friend to Becky Jane for 28 years, Shane Newbold lives life to the fullest motorcycling, birdwatching, fishing and enjoying his family.

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Validity Recipes

How to eat well while pregnant

Katie Taylor

(and even when you’re not)


ne of the greatest joys is finding out you’ve been entrusted with the responsibility of rearing a child. When my husband and I received the news we were expecting a precious baby, due in January of 2016, one of the first things to change for me was my appetite. If you have ever been pregnant yourself, or if you know someone who has, you most likely are aware of all the unexpected food aversions and cravings that come along with it. Despite this being a time in your life when you need to eat well for the health of you and your baby, that is usually the last thing on your mind. Even though at times it has been difficult, I realized early on that having a relatively healthy diet during pregnancy directly correlates to how I am able



to manage energy levels, including how well I sleep and go about my day-to-day responsibilities. By focusing on less sugary starches and more whole foods with protein and nutrient-dense vegetables, I have been able to have a healthy pregnancy and still feel great even at six months. Below, are a few of the go-to recipes I have found to help ward off cravings and keep energy levels high, which is often hard to do when growing a tiny human.

Italian Meatballs with Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and “Noodles”

Serves 2 Ingredients: Meatballs 1 pound ground turkey

Katie Taylor

By Katie Taylor

(consider 93 percent fat-free rather than 97 percent) 1 egg ½ teaspoon dried basil ½ teaspoon garlic salt ½ teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

½ teaspoon black pepper ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes ¼ teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon salt ¼ cup coconut flour Spaghetti Sauce 2 cloves garlic, minced

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Smoked Sausage

Recipe adapted from

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Smoked Sausage

Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 1 pound Brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed and halved 1 large tart apple, cored and thinly sliced 1-2 cups sliced smoked sausage 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper, to taste Instructions: 1. Roast Brussels in 1 tablespoon olive oil with salt and pepper at 375 F until beginning to soften, about 20 minutes. 2. Add apple slices, the rest of the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Roast for an additional 10-15 minutes until apples are caramelized and Brussels are crispy. 3. Remove from oven and toss with sliced smoked sausage on stovetop for 3 minutes. 4. Serve. Recipe heavily adapted from

Katie Taylor

2 cans (29 ounces each) tomato puree 2 cans (15 ounces each) diced tomatoes, with juice ¾-1 cup water 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 2-3 teaspoons Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 medium-large spaghetti squash Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. With a large knife, cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. In a large roasting pan, add about ½ inch water, and place spaghetti squash face down. Once oven is preheated, place spaghetti squash in oven, and cook for 30-45 minutes, or until outer edge is soft when pierced with a knife. 2. While spaghetti squash is cooking, begin to prepare the sauce. In a large saucepan, add in all ingredients and bring to a low boil. Simmer uncovered for 45 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, prepare the meatballs. In a large bowl, with your hands or a spoon, mix together the meat, egg, seasoning and coconut flour. 4. Form meatballs about 1 ½ inches in diameter. 5. On a greased cookie sheet, bake in oven at 350 for 30 minutes. 6. Once spaghetti squash is cooked, remove seeds, and scrape “noodles” into pan of sauce, mixing well. Add cooked meatballs, and serve.

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Recipe source: instagram account “itsamarython”

Katie Taylor

Makes about 10 bars Ingredients: 1 cup pitted dates 1 cup dried apples 1 cup walnuts 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions: 1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients and process until smooth. 2. Press in a greased loaf pan and refrigerate. Slice into squares or rectangles, and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Katie Taylor

Easy Apple Pie Bars

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60 Years Upside Down J

ust off the square in historic downtown Columbia sits one of Maury County’s most unique and beloved spots. The upside-down sign is hard to miss, and the hometown charm is hard to deny. As you walk through the door of Ted’s Sporting Goods, you are greeted with a simple sign that sums it all up - “Stuff for Sale.” However, seeing the dozens of animal mounts from buffalo to birds and the laughing customers (who I have a sneaking suspicion may be visiting “regulars”) quickly clues me in that I have stumbled upon something much more than a spot to get all the latest and greatest outdoor clothing and gear. A visit with Faye Davis, owner, tells a deeper story. “My late husband, Ted, started the business in 1955. It was originally an army surplus store, but Ted loved fishing, so he wanted to share that passion with all his friends. Over the years the business has, of course, changed, but those loyal friends are still loyal customers.” Today the

store has a huge selection of guns and hunting gear, boots, clothing, archery equipment, work wear, knives, even Yeti coolers and Big Green Egg grills. With popular brands for everyone in the family and what seems like a little bit of everything, Ted’s has the feel of an old-fashioned hardware store with all of today’s best outdoor products. The ringing of the 1920s cash register, though, let’s you know you are somewhere out of the ordinary. “Not a week passes without someone walking through our door with a memory of coming into the store as a child, or of getting their first gun with their granddad or their Boy Scout uniform with their mom,” says Davis. “That’s my favorite part of doing what we do. We get to be a part of people’s memories, and they are making those memories with us. I now have people shopping with me that I have seen grow up right before my eyes. They bring in their own children to show them off and to share new memories with them.

The vintage 1920s cash register still rings up the sales at Ted’s Sporting Goods.



There is nothing like the look in a child’s eyes when they walk through the door for the first time and see all our animals. That’s why I still do what I do.” And the love of this hometown original is evident. As fewer and fewer independent retailers are able to survive in this competitive marketplace, it is refreshing to find a spot that is celebrating 60 years in business with the support of a loyal community. On October 23rd, Ted’s will host a community-wide anniversary party to celebrate their 60 years. The drawings, giveaways and sales may grab your attention, but the smoke pouring from the grills out front will pull you in. Enjoy

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Chip Card Q&A


ost everyone has received a new credit/debit card in the mail with a square region of metal contacts. In early 2014, I wrote an article about smart credit cards, and the October 2015 deadline is happening this month. With so By Cody Crawford much credit card theft and fraud occurring over the past several years, a lot of money has been lost. Depending on a credit card’s terms and conditions, it may have cost the card issuer (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, etc.) or the issuing bank. On October 1, the liability will shift. “After an Oct. 1, 2015, deadline created by major U.S. credit card issuers Master-

Card, Visa, Discover and American Express, the liability for card-present fraud will shift to whichever party is the least EMV-compliant in a fraudulent transaction,” says an article on

What are EMV cards?

Contactless communication is also available on some EMV cards. To use a contactless card, you must find a card reader that has the wireless symbol on it. Then, simply tap your card on the terminal and all the information is transferred through the near-field communication, or NFC, technology. Contactless cards are also more secure than magnetic stripe cards. They use the same protocol as EMV cards to create a unique transaction ID for every purchase.

EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, which were the companies that implemented the What is chip and standard for a more secure credit Chip and pin is card. An EMV card has a grid of simply the method of metal contacts that allows the card payment with an EMV to be read by a machine. card and a pin number. How do they work? An EMV reader will have a The two together creslot, usually located on the bot- ate the most secure link tom. Simply insert your card into available today. What about onthe slot, and leave it there until the machine tells you it is finished and line purchases? ready to remove. Unfortunately, online purchases will reAre they more secure? main the same. You Chip cards are absolutely more secure than magstripe cards. A will still need to enter magnetic stripe card has the in- your card information formation sitting on the card and on websites, so make leaves the job of security sure you trust any site to the card reader. An where you submit card EMV card communiMost Major cates actively with the Insurance Accepted card reader. A unique transaction ID is generMedicare ated when the chip is acParticipant ome are tivated. The data is dyCertified Home Care namic. If a thief steals a Agency single transaction from Highly Experienced an EMV card, they can’t Staff use that to replicate a Available 24/7 ewis Care is our card and use it over and business. over again as they can istory with magstripe cards.








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GPS Address: 520 Milky Way Rd., Pulaski, Tennessee 38478. Follow the signs to the South part of Milky Way Farm around the historic show barn. To learn more, visit or email

Arts, crafts, food and entertainment will be on the corner of North Maple Street and East Linden AvWine festival at Rippavilla enue in Hohenwald, Tennessee on Plantation this month: the weekend of October 9 and 10. Vines & Vintage. There will also be activities for kids at the Kids’ Corner, as well as the 22nd Annual Fall Classics Car and GPS Address: 520 Milky Way Truck Show on Saturday. Pancake Rd., Pulaski, Tennessee 38478. Breakfast on Saturday morning. To learn more, visit www.warA grassroots yard sale starts in town and continues all along Highway 20 toward Meriwether Lewis Park on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Mid South Barbecue Festival A festival, barbecue cookoff, Goats Music and More GPS Address for main events: cycle ride and 5K will be held in Festival 110 N. Park St., Hohenwald, TN downtown Mount Pleasant, TenMarshall County’s famous nessee on the weekend of October 38462 fainting goats are the stars of this To learn more, please email di- 16 and 17. Barbecue vendors, a festival. Held at Rock Creek Park rector@hohenwaldlewischamber. children’s costume contest, craft in Lewisburg, Tennessee, the Goats Learn about the famous fainting vendors and entertainment will com or call 931-796-4084. Music & More Festival will include goats at Lewisburg’s Goats, Music & also be at the festival. The BBQ More Festival. goat shows, musical entertainment, cookoff is a KCBS sanctioned comWarrior Dash of TN tons of food, arts and crafts, a petAnother event occurring at petition. ting zoo, pony ride, a mechanical morning of October 10 at 7 a.m., bull and more. Admission is free with registration available until the Milky Way Farm this fall is the anGPS Address: 100 Public Sq., morning of the race. nual Warrior Dash of Tennessee. for this October 9-10 festival. Mt Pleasant, TN 38474. This obstacle course features mud The Goat Gallop 5K will be the To learn more, visit www.visGPS Address: 101 Old caked roads, the Great Warrior Rd., Lewisburg, Wall and leaping over fire, to name TN 37091 a few. The course has 12 obstacles festival. Destination! e l To learn more, visit www. and is 3.7 miles. The event takes tab Eat Pizza. 25th Annual Chili Cook-Off place October 10, and starting Pulaski will have their own times will depend upon registrachili cookoff on Thursday, Octotion.

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At dusk on October 9 and 10, haunted ranger rides begin at Milky Way Farm in Pulaski, Tennessee. This hour long adventure is a ride around Milky Way Farm with a stop at the Feeder Barn. Participants who are willing may try to survive the Feeder Barn on foot. Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult. Music, food and costume contests will be at the Halloween Barn Bash after your ride.

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risp, cool mornings break into sunshine warmed afternoons during this time of year. Autumn’s palette is revealed in the multicolored leaves along south central Tennessee’s rural landscapes (Check out the Natchez Trace Parkway for showstopping color). And October in Tennessee also means festival time! Grab a family member or friend and check out one (or all) of the local events below.

Mount Pleasant’s Mid South Barbecue Festival hosts a sanctioned Barbecue competition downtown.

ber 22 at 5 p.m. The 25th annual event will be in downtown Pulaski, hosted by the Giles County Chamber of Commerce. Categories are “Best Chili,” “Best Cornbread,” and “Best Cookie.” The theme this year is “Throw Back.” Tickets are available to the public for chili tasting at $7 per person.

in Centerville, Tennessee. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Harvest Market will have homegrown farm goods, arts and crafts, music and wine. The admission is free.

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Find family fun at a festival near you.

GPS Address: 5700 Main St., well as food vendors. Admission is charged and you must be 21 years Spring Hill, TN 37174. To learn more, please visit of age to purchase a ticket and to enter the gate. Designated driver tickets are available as well.

GPS Address: 2119 Hwy 50 W. Loop, Centerville, Tennessee To learn more, visit http:// Address: 1 Public Square, ket/. Pulaski, TN 38478 Vines & Vintage To learn more, visit gilesRippavilla Plantation will or email sec- host a wine festival on Saturday, October 24 from noon to 6 p.m. Damien Boggs and Karen Gruber Arts & Ag Harvest Market will be the musical entertainment, On Saturday, October 17, the and wines will be available to tastes Arts & Ag Harvest Market will take and to purchase. Vintage and anplace at Grinder’s Switch Winery tique vendors will be on-site, as


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Paint the Town Purple

In support of domestic violence month in October, Paint the Town Purple will be held in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee on October 17 in the Big Lots parking lot. A 5K, live entertainment, food, games and crafts will be at this fall festival, where all pro-

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ceeds benefit victims of domesGrand Ol’ Chili Cookoff tic violence. The Shelter, which Make a mean chili? Then supports domestic violence vic- Leiper’s Fork on October 17 tims in Lawrence and surround- is the place for you. From 11 ing counties, is the beneficiary. a.m. until 6 p.m., teams are expected to cook their chilies, eiGPS Address: 2000 Locust ther Strictly Scratch or People’s Ave, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee Choice. Also at the event will be 38464 chili tasting and fall food, so you To learn more, please visit are also welcome if you just like to eat. Music, activities for children and arts and crafts will be at this festival as well.

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Jeff High Releases Third Watervalley Series Novel By James Lund


t is the dream of most authors to have their novel picked up by a major publishing house. Considering the number of novels pitched to them each year, it is very rare for a debut novel to be accepted by one of the “Big 5,” a group of publishers who dominate the industry. That is just what happened to Maury County native, Jeff High, when Penguin Group bought the rights to publish his first three books through their New American Library imprint. In the fall of 2013, High released his debut novel More Things in Heaven and Earth, the first in a collection of novels known as the Watervalley Series. The second in the series, Each Shining Hour, followed in the fall of 2014. With the first two books, Jeff gained a significant following. His warm, lighthearted stories laced with a touch of drama and a healthy dose of humor, successfully bring the characters to life on the streets of the somewhat fictitious town of Watervalley, Tennessee. In the much anticipated third book, The Splendor of Ordinary Days, which will release on October 6, High continues the story of Dr. Luke Bradford, a Vanderbilt Medical School graduate who opens a practice in rural Tennessee, this being a necessary step in his goal of becoming a research physician. With no intention of building a life in sleepy Watervalley, as the series progresses, we find Dr. Bradford warming up to the idea. The Splendor of Ordinary Days begins with a brief back story, a scene from a hot July night in 1968 when the fire brigade is summoned to a burning house. The fire engine screams down a country road toward a plume of smoke invisible in the night. Upon their arrival, the men sent to fight the fire will not be allowed to. The fire is located just inside the boundaries of a local Mennonite community, a place where the residents prefer to take care of themselves. The citizens of Watervalley respect their wishes. Returning to present day, we meet several new characters including Karen Davidson, the new veterinarian who purchased the practice of Watervalley’s long serving and much loved, Dr. Ingram. Dr. Davidson is the first female veterinarian to practice in Watervalley, and Luke Bradford takes it upon himself to help her with the uphill battle of convincing the local farmers that she is capable. We also meet Luther Whitmore, who plays a pivotal role in the story. Luther is the owner

and editor of the local newspaper in Watervalley. Luther has secrets, lots of them. Secrets that Luke will stop at nothing to find out more about; including befriending one of the most disliked members of the community. The lively and charming sisters, Connie and Estelle, whom you will certainly remember from the previous novels, resume their advisory role in the life of Luke Bradford as well as continuing to make a success out of their new business venture, Sweetlife Bakery. As Luke and Christine, a beautiful young school teacher whom the doctor has begun dating, continue to try to understand each other, they contemplate moving their relationship forward. This proves to be more difficult than meets the eye. As with the first two books in the series, The Splendor of Ordinary Days is written with a rhythm that moves the story along smoothly without getting bogged down with irrelevant information. The dialogue is logical and the character interaction realistic. New twists continue straight through to the last page, which makes for a thrilling finale. Many have compared High’s storytelling to that of Jan Karon, author of the Mitford Series. High’s work has been praised by many including the Southern Literary Review, New York Times bestselling author Karen White, as well as Patrick Taylor, the bestselling author of the Irish Country novels. Jeff High will be signing copies of his new Mon - Sat, 9-5, Closed Sunday

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book at the Maury County Public Library on Tuesday, October 13, at 6 p.m. His books are available at The Old Curiosity Book Shop on the square in downtown Columbia, Tennessee or at your favorite local bookstore. Remember to support your local indie shops, restaurants and magazines. 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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How Cheese is Like October By Daniel Algara


n 2005 I moved from the sun-crusted lands of Southern California to the treeladen valleys of Middle Tennessee. It was as much a change in culture as location. For example, in the South, people are polite, accommodating, just plain nice. On the west coast, this kind of behavior is creepy. Over there, eye contact is illegal, and if someone doffs their hat and says, “Good morning,” they are reported immediately to the local authorities. In my new home of Tennessee, though, manners have retained their well established value. Getting the rhythm of it takes time, but I soon learned that a quick exchange of pleasantries is no real indication of malicious intent. Who knew? It turns out, I had been operating under a set of assumptions about people and about life itself that were all wrong. If I didn’t sit down and do some real thinking, I would be in danger of getting stuck in a rut of ignorance. Those first years in Tennessee were spent ridding my consciousness of everything I had learned in California since childhood. When it was all over, I was left with at

least two broad realizations: 1. “American” cheese is neither American nor cheese, and 2. Spring, as seasons go, is somewhat overrated and a bit of a show off. These two postulates provided a substratum upon which I could build a new way of thinking, a line of logic that I hoped would not fail me in the future. Unpasteurized Ignorance

Somewhere along the line, this nation lost its way (I think it was the day the U.S.A sanctioned Olympic curling as a sport, but I have no proof ). As a result, we now believe cheap is a desirable quality in a product, and effort, both mental and physical, is to be avoided at all costs. In fact, the cheaper and easier something is, the better. This unfortunate paradigm trickled its way down to cheese. And what’s worse, we had the audacity to call it “American.” This, Dear Reader, was at the core of my philosophical error. I had become comfortable with mediocrity. Fun fact: Every square of “American” cheese is sliced from an all-weather snow tire, dyed yellow, and infused with just enough rat’s milk for the FDA to approve it as a dairy product. If I’m lyin’, I’m



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dyin’. But if that’s all you’ve ever known, “American” cheese is the gold standard. It has now gained an unassailable, nostalgic value. We remember the supple sound of peeling away the plastic membrane. We think of mom’s grilled cheese sandwiches on the porch after school. We see ourselves as teenagers, crazed with hunger, making nachos in the microwave and not caring one bit that what we were about to eat did not resemble human food in the least. Oh, but there is a better way to live… The first time I tasted Scottish white cheddar, aged for seven years, I became very ashamed. How could I have spent my entire life eating sub-standard cheese? I’d been duped. James L. Kraft had made a fool of me. Cheese, it turns out, was the greatest example of how entrenched I was in wrongheadedness. Cheese, real cheese, doesn’t grip you in the quicksand of complacence. It makes life better. Here’s proof: • No one has ever been known to utter the words, “I hate it when they put cheese on these things.” • Power players are called The Big Cheese. • Grown men smile uncontrollably when presented with a basket of varietal cheeses arranged in colorful, tufted hay. • The success of a wedding reception often relies on the presence of cheesecake. • If there’s wine, it’s an event; add cheese, it’s a party.

eryone knows she’s not prom-date material. She’s mopey, a little cold, and she leaves her stuff all over the floor. Every day she stands by her locker, waiting to be asked, knowing she’ll end up going with her second cousin, Lenny, from Altoona, Pennsylvania. Poor Fall. Renting a limo won’t heal her shame. I think spring-lovers are missing out. Fall, especially October, is not just aesthetically pleasing, it’s difficult, sad, ambiguous, qualities at the very source of its beauty. It reminds us things are dying, that we are dying, and that time is a currency we are compelled to spend. So why limit our experience to cheap and easy? Why press another rubberized slice of “American” cheese to our aging tongues? Homogenized Thoughts

My own ideas evolved as the result of a culture shock. I was forced to admit I had some things wrong. It is part of the discomfort associated with adulthood. I mean, if I possess a sound mind, can I in good conscience continue to put “American” cheese on my Boar’s Head Black Forest Ham sandwich? No. The answer is no. Like most other clichès, there is some truth to “You get out of life what you put into it.” If I want my life to be better, I’d better be willing to make adjustments as I go, and if it doesn’t come with a smattering of discomfort, I’m doing it wrong. The American Cheese Society has declared October “American Cheese Month,” a month for cheesemakers, cheeselovers and cheesemongers to celebrate the world’s finest food in the northern hemisphere’s finest month. Surely this is How Cheese is Like October Much like “American” cheese, no coincidence. It is left to us then, Spring holds the distinction of be- Dear Reader, to enjoy both fully. ing most people’s favorite season. I Embrace the complexity of the seaadmit, spring is nice, but its appeal son and partake of those aged and rests mostly on the fact that it is crafted cheeses, the stinkier and not winter. The contrast between craftier, the better. Be not conitself and the previous season is so tent with the simple and mundane. great it creates an illusion of gran- Make adjustments, for cheese and diosity. But it’s merely the change October have come together once between blue and yellow, very dif- again to make life great. ferent colors, but relatively close on Daniel lives in Spring Hill, Tenthe spectrum of visible light. See, spring has it easy. It’s the nessee. His fiction and poetry pretty girl who never has to won- have appeared in The Bellow Litder if she’ll be asked to the prom. erary Journal, Aoife’s Kiss, KaleidoFall, on the other hand, is admired scope Magazine, The Stray Branch for her colorful personality, but ev- and others.


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Making the Cut

Haircuts for your Face Shape


e’ve all had a bad hair day or two, usually because of forces we cannot control (like humidity or wind), but sometimes they happen because the actual haircut we have isn’t right for us. Any g o o d hairstylBy Jordan ist knows McLeod t h a t there are several different factors that go into a successful cut, such as your hair texture, thickness and your lifestyle, but the one we’re talking about this time is even more basic, your face shape. As a teenager, a magazine I read told me to look at myself in a mirror and to trace my face using a lipstick. I can confirm that this is not the easiest (or cleanest) way to educate yourself on this matter. The most efficient way of figuring out your facial configuration is to grab a ruler or measuring tape and assess the length of your face (hairline to chin) as well as the width of your forehead, cheekbones and jawline. These numbers will help you determine which of the basic shapes your facial structures fall into; keep in mind that no one’s face is exactly square or round, these are just generalizations of the most common outlines. There are four basic shapes: oval, heart, round and square. Let’s get geometrical! If your face is longer than it is wide and you have a curved jawline that is slightly smaller in width than your forehead, you have an oval-shaped face. Congratulations! Most beauticians agree that you can wear

any hairstyle as long as it works after considering the other factors regarding your hair. Oval faces are seen as not overly wide or long and are generally deemed to be wellproportioned. However, if you feel that your facial structure is a bit long, blunt bangs can help to lessen that illusion. Wavy styles also work as they tend to add softness and width. Celebrity examples of oval-shaped faces include Kate Middleton and Beyoncé. If your forehead is the widest part of your face and you have a pointed chin, you have a heart shaped face. Hairdressers recommend styles that draw attention to your eyes such as bangs and short layers and adding fullness below the jawline to offset a narrower chin. Curls or waves starting below the ears help to lessen the angularity of an inverted triangle. Those with heart-shaped faces can freely experiment with different lengths as long as they remember to not add volume to the crown of their head, as this can lead to an exaggeration of a wider forehead and pronounced chin. Famous heartshaped faces include Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson. If the width of your face is almost as long as the length and you have full cheeks, you have what is considered a round face. The number one thing most stylists recommend for women with round faces is to not add volume to the sides of their heads, as this will only make their features appear even more circular. The best haircuts for this shape are usually longer in length, at least two or three inches past the jawline and have layers. Short or blunt cuts can widen round faces, but if you really like bobs ask for a long bob (aka “lob”) with

angled layers. Bangs are generally not recommended for this facial structure, although some hairdressers believe that long, side-swept bangs can bring extra attention to the eyes. This can give the appearance of a face being less round. A few stars with round faces are Renee Zellweger and Emma Stone. If the width of your cheekbones, forehead and jawline are almost equal and the length of your face is similar, you most likely have a square face. Typically, square-shaped faces look best with hair that adds softness and movement. Layers and wavy or curly styles are very popular for women with these particular features. If you prefer bangs, opt for longer, side-swept ones. Blunt fringes can accentuate and harshen angular faces, as can blunt haircuts in general. Most hair professionals also recommend longer hair, at least shoulderlength, for this form. Demi Moore and Sandra Bullock are both actresses with squareshaped faces. If you’re one of those people who thought, “Hey, my face shape doesn’t really resemble any of these!” I have to apologize and refer you to the internet. If this piece had tried to cover them all, it would have been equal in length to the textbook from your ninth grade geometry class (and about as interesting). Have an honest discussion with your trusted stylist about all the factors that will make a haircut work for you. Now that you’ve made it through this whole article, pat yourself on the back, or better yet, go get yourself a cookie and a gold star. You deserve it! 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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A Focus on What Matters

Student Profile: Michael Butler


t birth, he was given four names, Michael Robert James Butler, and from the outset, his life seemed destined to be different. With both parents in the Air Force, Michael’s childhood was one of constant moving – Wyoming, North Dakota, Texas and Florida. “There By DeeGee are downsides to moving Lester around,” Michael admits. “But there are also benefits. I feel like I’ve experienced more by living in a lot of different places. It’s not that I’m anything special, but I got to do a lot of things. I loved it (military life).” His parents’ retirement before his freshman year brought the final move to a farm in Hampshire, Tennessee and his enrollment at Lewis County High School in Hohenwald. As the last of the four Butler children still at home, it fell to Michael to help on the growing farm. “My dad bought the land as a young man with the intention of retiring here, and Dad is devoted to his cattle. We have about 35 head, and my mother named them all. There’s Mable and Bullwinkle, the bull, and I can’t remember them all,” he laughs. “It’s a lot of work.” He likes the welcoming, close-

knit community and thinks it’s cool that people look out for each other and are so close. Following years of changing from school to school with limited chances to build lasting friendships, Michael enjoys his experience at LCHS and the many friendships he has developed. Now entering his final year, Michael serves as senior class president. One of his great joys is soccer, which he has played since age 8 or 9. Because soccer has no “official team Michael Butler with his mother status” in many small cus his efforts on meeting the chalcounties, he plays recreational soc- lenge of reaching Eagle Scout. cer, competing against rec teams “I can’t say it was the result of from other counties. On the sur- military life, but my parents defiface, it would seem impossible for nitely instilled in me a sense of dedeven top players to get a college ication and looking ahead.” athletic scholarship, but Michael And his project? applauds his coach’s devotion to “I built a bridge,” he says. keeping this option open by creatAlong a new path being created ing game films and recording stats at Davy Crockett State Park, there that can be distributed to college was a 21-foot span that needed to coaches. be bridged. “I went to them and For nine years, much of Mi- told them I needed a project, and chael’s time has been devoted to the they asked, ‘You think you could Boy Scouts, where he achieved the build a bridge?’” prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Michael approached his fellow “When I started as a cub scout, scouts and Beta Club members and I was just thinking about carving announced, “Hey, I’m building a soap boats and camping with my bridge. Do you want to help?” The brother,” he laughs. But by the time team was created, the plans were he reached his teens, he developed and put into action, and knew he wanted to fo- the project was completed. “It’s a

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great bridge,” Michael admits. Envisioning his goals and seeing his challenges through to completion is a great accomplishment. “You’ve gotten something done,” he says. “I may have a different perspective. People do the work (in class), but when I take classes, I know, for example in language arts, that I will find a way to use it.” Michael’s goal is a career in chemical or electrical engineering. He is currently taking additional electrical engineering courses for certification. His dedication to taking on challenges and achieving his goals is something he wants to be able to show to colleges as he begins the long process of applying for colleges and scholarships. “I want to make sure I apply to colleges that challenge me,” he says. High on his list of universities are Tennessee Tech, UT Knoxville and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). His notions of focus and challenge are inspiring. “If I had a kid in front of me now, asking, ‘what am I going to do in high school?’ I would tell him, ‘You have to try. The world is big and high school is just a small part of it. As long as you keep trying, keep saying “this is what I want” and keep meaning it – that’s what matters.’” 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 twovolume pictorial history of Sumner County.

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all is a time to rejoice as our gardens, bodies, minds and spirits are revived, renewed and rejuvenated as crisp, sunny days, gentle breezes, blue skies and glorious colors fill our garden-scapes. A f t e r soaking up By Cassandra Warner more than my fair share of heat in this summer’s garden, I’m doing a happy dance now looking forward to the burlaped or potted trees and fabulous fall days ahead. shrubs. Water well and mulch to retain moisture. Continue Planting watering until rain increases. *Fall flowers such as mums, vi*Sow seeds for spring olas, asters, pansies, snap dragons, flowers such as poppies, larkdianthus, stocks, primrose, diasspur and cornflower. cias, ornamental kale and cabbage. *It may be possible to *There is a coneflower that has still get spinach planted now pretty fall colors: “Cheyenne Spirbefore frost and overwinter it it” with beautiful shades of orange to get an early spring crop. To and yellow, and they have a divine prepare a 24 square foot bed fragrance. I just planted some with for spinach, spread about 1/2 perennial hibiscus which has gorinch of compost over and add geous fall color leaves. And it has a sprinkling of greensand (for fabulous flowers from summer to potash) and alfalfa meal (for fall, which make a lovely tea. nitrogen), and water thorcover it too soon. But once there *Plant, divide or move perenoughly. Spinach can take some is a freeze, cover it with 6 inches of nials. frost without damage, so don’t shredded leaves or straw, then top *Begin planting balled and that off with a tarp. Come spring, uncover, water and feed with fish emulsion and kelp. Continue to give weekly feedings, and keep the soil weeded and moist. *Begin planting daffodil bulbs in October. *Plan beds and make selection of spring flowering bulbs to be planted mid October-December. Don’t miss out on those spring beauties. *Early fall is the best time for planting new hydrangeas. They prefer to be in semi shade in rich, healthy, moist soil. *Plant garlic and shallots right at the time of the first killing frost

or shortly thereafter. *Plant radishes, leaf lettuce, arugula and corn salad in a box made of hay bales covered with an old window for salads through the winter. Maintenance

*Cut back asparagus ferns once they have browned out after a killing frost. Top the plants off with some compost or composted manure and 3-4 inches of mulch. *Prune late flowering shrubs and trees when dormant. *Lift and store tender bulbs. *Prune rambler roses. *Fertilize deciduous and evergreen shrubs. *Feed roses early in the month for a good fall flower show.

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*The Japanese beetles are returning to the soil, so treat for grubs with milky spore. This will also help reduce winter mole destruction. *Clean up all rotten fruit on the ground around trees to deter infestations that can last through the winter. *You will probably need to weed and weed some more. Can you win the war with weeds? No, I don’t think you can ever beat them all. However, all that you get out now before seeds begin to drop will be a big plus for the weeder and negative for the “weedee.” *Collect seeds from perennials and annuals now. When drying flower heads such as zinnias and cosmos, dry on screens, then remove the seeds, and store them in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry place. Do remember, though, to leave a few for the birds this winter. Renewed, Revived and Rejuvenated Factor

One of the most important components we have in our garden is our soil, and, of course, we want it to be healthy. Fall is a good time to replace some of the materials that will keep your soil in great condition and give it the RRR FACTOR. The spectacular sight of trees covered in jewel toned leaves are something to rejoice about. Those same fall leaves will help revive, renew and rejuvenate the soil. The yellow, gold, orange, red and brown leaves falling from the trees are a treasure to gather for the garden. I like to mow over mine to shred them to use in the compost pile, bag them and forget them until they become soft, crumbly leaf mold. I dig the shredded leaves into my beds. Use them as mulch and as a component of the organic matter

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used to layer over a garden bed for the winter. *To give a calcium boost to the garden, grind your egg shells in a blender into a powder and sprinkle in the garden. *To add magnesium and sulfate, which are crucial to plant life, sprinkle a little Epsom salt in your garden soil. *Go ahead and dig in all the good compost, aged manure, shredded leaves and organic matter you can find now and you’ll be well REWARDED in the spring with the RRR FACTOR.

*Harvest tender herbs. *Harvest all tomatoes, peppers, beans and squash before the first frost. *Harvest all pumpkins and gourds before the first frost. Don’t forget those cute little ones. Fall is definitely a season to rejoice. Body, mind, spirit and garden can all renew, revive and rejuvenate in all the glory of fall. And remember to reap the reward, relax, rejoice and save room in the garden to dance!


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*In October you can begin to harvest sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes). Their yellow flowers are so pretty dancing and swaying in the breeze against the beautiful, blue sky, and a delight to see the bees happily buzzing from one flower to another. From now through February, harvest the tubers that you need for no more than two weeks at a time. Wash them and store wrapped in a paper towel in the crisper 1-2 weeks. I have continued to harvest even into March. *Dig sweet potatoes before frost kills the vines.

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hose of us who spend time among the birds find many different pleasures in it. There is, of course, the basic enjoyment of nature and the outdoors. In a world of ever-present electronic screens and synthetic experience, a lot can be said for spending time among things that are not creations of the human mind. Some find their joy in the detailed, intimate familiarity By Bill Pulliam with wild creatures. Watching them feed, argue and raise young is a never-ending show far more real than anything on “reality” television. For many of us there is also the joy of being among all the members of our local avifauna. As I have written before, for me, the birds are how I experience a location and a landscape. Tennessee summer means Indigo Buntings, Colorado winter means Roughlegged Hawks. The birds are a fundamental part of the total sense of “place.” And there is the joy of finding rare birds. For many birders, the thrill of the rarity chase becomes the primary motivator. The hunt for rare birds with camera and binoculars can be every bit as obsessively consuming as the hunt for game and fish with rifle, shotgun, bow or rod and reel. It all seems to feed the same primal urge to search, pursue and catch. It also can become the foundation of competitive games between birders. There often comes a time in the career of a new birder when they catch the “Rarity Bug.” Suddenly they find themselves driven to seek out the new and unusual. When this happens, there is a very basic and essential thing that they need to remember: Rare birds are rare! You’d think this little tautol-

ogy would go without saying. But there seems to be a quirk in the human psychology that makes people forget it. Picture this little scene I have participated in many times: Someone describes something to me, and I give them two possible explanations. One of the options is a fairly ordinary thing, the other is rare and unusual. They almost always pick the rare one. The more I stress how unlikely it is, the more convinced they become that this is exactly what they saw. I call this the “Rarity Bias.” I personally think that this rarity bias comes from the innate desire in each of us to feel special and experience special things. So we want to believe that what we saw was objectively special, unusual and rare. Part of learning to be a good observer is overcoming the “rarity bias,” and training yourself to look for the evidence that tells you what you are in fact really seeing. Is it a rare bird, or a common bird in an odd place, or posture, or plumage? The white bird in the flock of sparrows in the winter in Tennessee is almost never a Snow Bunting. It is usually a leucistic individual of a common species, and when you look in more detail you will see that it is in every way, for example, an ordinary Field Sparrow other than having big white blobs in its plumage. The big hawk harassing your chickens is probably not a Goshawk, and a closer look will likely reveal the telltale field marks proving it to be a much less rare Redtailed or Cooper’s Hawk. Another common situation where people seem to feel that the bird must have been something rare is when their encounter with it was especially dramatic or startling. A brightly colored bird might suddenly appear in the kitchen window. A huge hawk might fly right in front of their car at eye level. Somehow the personal feeling of a special encounter wants to trans-

fer it into an objective knowledge Find More that the bird was something rare and unusual. Fact is, though, we have many quite common birds in Tennessee that are startlingly bright in their ally have not. It’s also true that the colors. And many common hawks experts and the books do not know can make you jump out of your everything; but we do know quite a skin if you come across one close lot. We’ve learned a fair bit about up. One of the day-to-day joys of what birds are normally found birding is just how beautiful, com- where and when, and even about manding and impressive our com- when and where the rare birds are mon birds can be. most likely to appear. A case in point would be the So just remember, rare birds are Bald Eagle. Many people eagerly rare. But, just like people, any bird tell me about their sightings of can be special. Bald Eagles. And truly a Bald Eagle is a wonderful to thing to see Bill Pulliam got started in birdin the wild. But, they are not rare. watching by his junior high sciThey nest all over Tennessee, and ence teacher in 1974, and has been even more come to spend the win- an avid birder ever since in 48 U.S. ter here. The Bald Eagle is a great states and 7 foreign countries. conservation story, and thanks to He is currently the Tennessee restoration efforts, they are once editor for eBird, a online project again a frequent sight in much of that compiles millions of observations from tens of thousands of the United States. This does not birders around the world. make them any less special, but they are no longer a rare bird. And for this we should be thankful! Of course, rare birds really do turn up, You can homeschool. and they can appear We can help along the journey. anywhere at any time. Ludlow Griscom, the We offer Christ-centered pioneering early 20th Weekly seminars for your entire family century ornithologist, Encouragement • Accountability hypothesized that evenRelationship • Joy in the journey tually every species of Testing service • College credit North American Bird will be found in every Connect to a learning U.S. State. Though community in your area. this has not yet come Contact Denise McLain to pass, the list of birds that have been found Or curl up in your favorite spot and visit us at in Tennessee includes a crane from Siberia C L A S S I C A L C O N V E R S A T I O N S . C O M and a flycatcher from South America, both of which are believed to have flown here under their own power. It’s all about the wings. Birds have them, and they use them. But the fact that birds can and do show up in very unexpected places does not change the fact that rare birds are rare, and most of the time when beginning birders think they have found one, they re-

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Hooker, who has been in the public eye as a lawyer, businessman and politician for many years. John is a talented lawyer, but his father was an icon of the bar. Whether it be a civil or criminal case, John Jay Hooker, Sr. of Nashville was unsurpassed in his ability to represent his clients in jury trials. He could prosecute or defend with equal vigor. He was a special prosecutor when Teamster Union President Jimmy Hoffa was tried in Tennessee for mail fraud and later for jury tampering in the previous trial, which had ended in a hung jury. He was also a prosecutor when Judge Raulston Schoolfield of Chattanooga was tried before the State Senate after being impeached by the House of Representatives for corruption. As a defense attorney in criminal cases, Jack Norman of Nashville was a master. His closing arguments sometimes seemed to hypnotize juries. His reputation equaled that of Hooker. He was as eloquent and more colorful. His home and office were in Printers Alley. When prosecutor Hooker and defense attorney Norman faced each other in the trial 235 E. Main St. Hohenwald of Capitol Chevrolet owner Bill Powell for the murder of his ner Haynie Gourley, the press had a great time.

n discussing the Scopes Trial, usually called Monkey Trial, you mentioned that Darrow and Bryan were the two most famous lawyers in America. That trial was in the early part of the 20th century. In more recent times, have there been any lawyers who were equal to those two giants? –BSM, By Landis Franklin. Turner In terms of being colorful, none could match them. But there have been others right here in Tennessee whose talents would rival any who proceeded them. I will mention three, with whom I was personally acquainted. Everyone has heard of John Jay

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They compared the battle to Darrow v. Bryan and even Lee v. Grant. Back then, and continuing until well after I began my practice, lawyers were allowed to smoke in court. One of Norman’s tricks was to put a long needle or wire through his cigar. That would keep the ash attached to the unsmoked part for a very long time. Norman would use this tactic when the prosecutors were arguing to the jury. The jurors were so mesmerized by watching to see how long the ash would remain in place that their attention was drawn away from the opposition. James F. Neal was on the staff of the U. S. Attorney. He led the prosecution of Jimmy Hoffa. I was in law school at the time and watched quite a bit of the trial. Making sure the judge couldn’t see it, Jimmy would sometimes put his hand under the defense table and give the rude one finger salute to Jim across the aisle. After leaving government service, Jim became one of the most well-known and successful defense lawyers in the country. He successfully defended Ford Motor Company when it was charged with reckless homicide due to faulty design of its Pinto model car. Neal won an acquittal for Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards who was indicted for racketeering. In 1973, Neal was recruited to investigate the Watergate scandal. He went on to prosecute and obtain convictions of President Nix-

on’s top aides. Jim defended film director John Landis when he was charged with manslaughter due to the death of actor Vic Morrow during filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie. He won an acquittal for Exxon after the enormous oil spill in Alaska. One of my favorite stories involves Jim’s defense of Elvis Presley’s doctor (Dr. Feelgood) when he was accused of overprescribing drugs to his patient, thereby contributing to his death. I asked Jim what he thought about the claims of people who said Elvis was not really dead. There were alleged sightings of him at malls and various other places. He couldn’t swear that “The King” was dead, but, he replied, “I read his autopsy.” ***** BSM of Franklin also asked another question. She said that I have written about the Scopes trial as Tennessee’s most famous case and reapportionment of legislatures as our most important case. But she wondered what was the most famous criminal case tried in Tennessee. The Hoffa and Elvis’ doctor cases are equally famous. Both attracted worldwide publicity. 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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WI hero, Sergeant York, undoubtedly had a genuine conversion experience after which it was said that he “got religion.” According to the movie about his life, York told the preacher, “The way I figure it, ain’t no use for a feller to go out looking for religion. Well, it’s just got to come to a feller.” The preacher answered, “It’s done come, my boy, you’ll see. It may be slow like the way daylight comes. May be in a flash like a bolt of lightnin’.” Getting reBy Charles E. ligion is an ol’ Newbold, Jr. timey way of saying, “got saved.” Even so, ask me if I “got religion,” and I would be swift to answer, “I hope not!” Neither do I hope it for you. Jesus did not come to make us religious or to start another religion. He is not the founder of your religion. On the contrary, He expressed contempt for religion. He saw how the religion of His own day had completely distorted the people’s knowledge of God. Religion still does that. Religion is man-made stuff. God is not religious. He is relational. Jesus came to earth as the Son of God, revealing the Father nature of God. We are family—brothers and sisters with Christ and one another as members of His household. God does not want dead religious form and practice from us. He wants intimacy in relationship. We often have more of a relationship with our religion than with our God. Our religion may be as close as we come to a relationship with God. Karl Marx said, “Religion is the opium of the people [masses].” We look to religion to medicate our needs. Religious people take offense to Marx’s statement because it is irreligious to come against their religion. Marx is partially right. We think the religious things we do are from God and for God when they are not. We do these things to appease God to satisfy the lie that we have to earn God’s favor. Nevertheless, Marx is wrong to contend that the alternative to reli-

gion is atheism. The true, life-giving alternative to religion is an intimate relationship with God as Father, gained when we are born again by His Spirit. Here are the differences: Religion is legalistic, based on works—“Do this, don’t do that!” We can never get it right or do enough. Our love relationship with God in Christ sets us free from the works of the law. Religion steals our affection away from God. Relationship is based on mutual affection with God. Religion is repressive, keeps us toeing the line. Relationship liberates us to respond from the heart. Religion is behavioral, attempting to change us from the outside in. Relationship is, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27. Religion is deceptive, conditioning us to believe we are okay if we do “good.” Relationship is based on being, not doing. Religion builds fences between God and us. Relationship enters us into direct fellowship with God through Christ our Lord. Religion is divisive—resulting in many different religions and denominations. Relationship unites us. Religion can make us mean, angry, calloused, hard, jealous, critical, judgmental and hateful—even murderous. Relationship makes us loving, giving, forgiving, caring and accepting. Religion spiritually bankrupts us. Relationship with God fills us with all the fullness of God in Christ. “Got religion?” I hope not! Are you in a loving relationship with Father-God? I pray so! “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1. Charles Elliott Newbold, Jr. has served as pastor, teacher and is an author calling forth Christians to live the laid-down life for Jesus Christ. He and his wife, Nancy McDonald Newbold, live in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Charles continues his writing.

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thing that tastes real good. Transla- Newbold lives life to the fullest birdwatching, fishing, motorcytion from English is delicious). Big Texan (Yeah, so what, who cling and enjoying his family. cares. Everything is bigger in Texas. Tell me something new). Wee R Hula Popper Jitterbug McStick (Wow, that’s clever. Nobody ever thought that one before). Bomber Fat Free Shad (This one works well on bass watching their waistline). Wild Thang* Saturday • October 24, 2015 The Aggravator* 10:30 a.m. Chatter bait* Live Music • Local Food Vendors Backstabber* Live Art Demos Throughout The Day And why you ask, “Do Classes For Adults And Children men of supposed sound mind Jewelry • Pottery • sacrifice themselves on the alPolymer & Glass Ornaments • tar of al-LURE-ing madness?” Watercolor Painting A complex but fair question with a twofold simple an200 Inman Street, East, Cleveland, swer: Putting nightcrawlTN 37311 • 423-339-5745 ers on a hook is nasty. And, nightcrawlers don’t hold up Telling The Story Of The Ocoee Region well at 70 mph. You know, that g-force phenomena that distorts flesh can be relatively devastating to a worm. But, much less than a hook. Astute readers, obviously, have discerned that lure names and colors hook way more fisherman than fish.

hooves many anglers to know what is being imitated by the crazy artificial baits we tie to our lines. Allow me to share a few, and believe me, the following only represents a small percentage of how many are for sale. Rage Tail Scum Frog Havoc Gambler Bruiser Top Toad Mister Twister Super Fluke Brush Hog (Highly popular and effective in a zillion color schemes; soft rubber with six appendages that resembles nothing I’ve ever seen). Punisher (our toddler grandkid in a bad mood). Chug N’ Spook Rattlin Rogue Sexy Dawg (Don’t believe I ever thought any dog sexy). Sexy Shad (Nor have I been aroused by a minnow. Makes you wonder about the weirdos who name fishing plugs). Walking Boss (Most bosses in my experience just sat around and acted bossy, not much walking). Devil’s Horse (Bet Satan’s equine companion is way more cantankerous than the hoofed beasts *Lucky for us, we all I used to try to ride. No thanks, that lure can stay on the shelf at the know some of them. Mon. - Fri., 10a - 6p , Sat., 9a - 5p store). 2482 Nashville Hwy. • Columbia, TN 38401 Thanks so much to Shadalicious (This is the term 931-486-1939 fish use among themselves for some- Duncan’s Ace Hardware • James Roberts, owner in Hohenwald and to Chris at Four Seasons in Centerville, TennesFamily see. Their well stocked owned Subscriptions to Validity Magazine are now available! It’s Easy: Complete this form or and stores served as the losimply send us your name, address, city/state/zip along with a check or money order for Like Us! operated $20 to start your one year subscription (12 issues). Please include a “best” method of cales for my exhaustive reaching you (phone or email) in case we have any questions. research for this article. Make checks payable to Validity Magazine. Whereby, my invaluThank you for subscribing to Validity! able assistant (my wife, Publisher Becky Jane Newbold of course, she won’t hire Send to: Validity Magazine me a real one) aimlessly P. O. Box 516 Please Print: meandered from shelf to Hohenwald, TN 38462 Name: ________________________________________ shelf recording names of lures. Oh yeah, thanks Non-GMO Feeds Street/Box#: ___________________________________ to her, also. Pastured, Non-GMO Pork, Chicken& Eggs City: ____________________ State: ____ Zip: ________ Cow And Goat Milk Shares Father to four and Whole Or Half Hogs • Feeder Pigs Phone: _______________ Email: _____________________ best friend to Becky

nticing ol bucketmouth from under the log by finessing a Zoom GreenPumpkin-Blue-Flash Brush Hog on the end of the line ranks high on most fishermen’s thrillometer. However, a fresh, wiggly nightcrawler dangling from a cane pole would be equally if not more effective. But the $15 artificial bait attached to the braided By Shane Newbold $30 line, spooled to the $200 baitcasting reel, seated on the $150 carbon infused rod, while perched in the bow of the $40,000 bassboat, which propels the bass hunter from honey hole to honey hole at 70 mph is 98% of the point. The other 2% is common sense raising its futile, little head. Precious space (and the publisher who thinks me somewhat unhinged) only allows discourse on the rubber, metal and plastic artificial baits found in tackle boxes worldwide, specifically with regard to their names. For clarity’s sake, lures supposedly mimic real world prey: crawdads, worms, minnows (shad being the most prolific in big waters), snakes, lizards, eels, leeches, insects, frogs, mice and anything else that will fit in a fish mouth. But it be-

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