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Table of Contents

Inside this issue of


NEW t his mont h:

Smokin’! (A Brisket)

An everyday summertime brisket recipe. Page 9

Driverless Cars By Cody Crawford Google’s self-driving vehicles are all the rage. Page 10

July 2015

Summer Makeup

Vol. 5, Issue 7

By Jordan McLeod Make sure your face stays on in the summer heat. Page 13

Farming (With A Little Help From Their Neighbors) By Shane Newbold Learning to farm from how-to literature is no substitute for boots on the ground.

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A Different Pathway By DeeGee Lester Callie Hopper takes a unique route to success. Page 15

Emily Naff By Antonia Meador Photographer turned world traveler. Page 16

County Fairs

Travel to a county fair - here’s your guide! Page 22 Cover and above photo Becky Jane Newbold

Find Validity in 11 Tennessee Counties!

In Every Issue: Also in this Issue:

Validity Recipes

Ornithology Report

Desiring Jesus

By Katie Hayes

By Bill Pulliam

By Charles Newbold

Chilly foods will keep the summer love strong.

Put a bird on it!

That old, familiar come to Jesus moment.

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One Attorney’s Opinion

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July Gardens

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

The summer garden and all that comes with it.

Landis discusses civics and good citizenship.


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By Cassandra Warner

By Landis Turner

From The Publisher, Page 5

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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., DeeGee Lester, Justin Crawford, Katie Taylor, Landis Turner Contributing Photographers, Cassandra Warner, Katie Taylor

Our Mission 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.

Reality Perspective



ppropriate or not, it seems to be an excellent point in time to give my opinion on the term “heritage” currently being utilized to defend the right to display and honor the confederate flag. I understand that By Shane Newbold it is offensive to many for obvious reasons. And from my point of view, to wave it because one believes it is his or her “heritage” is ridiculous. However, if one adopts the confederate flag as a symbol to define who he or she is, who cares? It is a free country for the most part. No difference exists between waving that flag than holding high a Bible, swastika, voodoo doll, a pro/ con abortion sign, American flag, etc. If it defines who you are, then knock yourself out. Also it should be noted, even the Bible, precious to many, is offensive to some. But heritage? How many of us really know from where we came? One woman is defend-

ing the confederate flag as her southern heritage. She was adopted early in her life by white parents. Her biological father is Hispanic from Mexico (legal/illegal?) and she has no clue of the lineage of her white mother, whose extended family presumably live in Illinois. Southern heritage? Maybe, maybe not. Men of all races have been raping women of all races since the dawn of creation. We are mixed to be sure. Some of us are just paler than others. Science is proclaiming that even Neanderthal DNA shows up in remains of early, modern man. My father and I discovered that we probably are descended from a long line of sheep stealers in England. I admit, I was disappointed. We both thought our true heritage was horse stealing, certainly a more noble profession. When I get my summer tan, I am significantly darker than many “black” people. I hate that term any way, we are all just people. Jesus wasn’t white or black. He was somewhere in between. ***** The Civil War is a horrible

reminder of what humans do to each other. Both sides senselessly brutalized the other. No matter the color of one’s skin, people were killing people. So, pick up the flag of your choice and wave it proudly. Remember, however, the things you do define you. And you have liberty to offend others, just as they have liberty to offend you. Also keep in my mind that “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.” 1 Corinthians 10:23. You will sell your soul to someone or something. Choose carefully to whom or what you sell it. I avoid secular attachment. Born naked and destined to pass from this earth, please do not attach any symbols to my legacy or my corpse. My heritage, I pray, is eternal life free of pain and wretchedness. We have enough of that on earth. Father to four and best friend to Becky Jane for 27 years, Shane Newbold lives life to the fullest motorcycling, birdwatching, fishing and enjoying his family.

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Validity Recipes

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Livin’ Cool

By Katie Taylor


the refrigerator or freezer, and grab that bag of noodles in the pantry you have been meaning to use. Now you are ready to make some refreshing, cold treats for summer!

Frozen Coconut Key-Limeades

Serves 2, generously 2 ½ cups ice cubes 1 cup canned lite coconut milk Fresh lime juice from 3 limes

3. Pour coconut key-limeade into 1-2 tablespoons agave nectar glasses, and garnish with lime slic1 tablespoon unsweetened es. Enjoy immediately! flaked coconut Graham cracker crumbs (for Recipe inspired by rim of glass) Lime slices for garnish Instructions: 1. Combine first five ingredients in a high-power blender and blend until smooth. 2. Wet the rim of each glass, and dip into the crushed graham cracker crumbs.

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s the smoldering heat forcing you to take refuge indoors? This summer and during the month of July in particular, I am staying cool by whipping up refreshing beverages and cold entrées. Who wants to turn on the oven when it is nearly triple digits outdoors? Most of the ingredients in these recipes you probably have on hand, so you won’t even need to venture out in the heat to get them. Pull some of your favorite fruits from



Cold Thai Peanut Noodles

Serves 6

12 ounces flat egg noodles ¾ cup strong brewed green tea ⅓ cup natural peanut butter ¼ cup soy sauce ¼ cup rice vinegar (not seasoned) 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar ¼ cup roasted peanut oil 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, plus more for topping 1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled 1 small clove garlic 2 carrots, finely grated 1 red bell pepper 1 cup edamame beans, shelled Instructions: 1. Cook noodles according to package. Let cool. 2. Brew the green tea, and set aside. 3. Combine the green tea, peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, peanut oil, sesame seeds, chili-garlic sauce, sesame oil, ginger and garlic into a blender. Blend until smooth. 4. Combine cooled noodles, peanut sauce and raw chopped vegetables in a large bowl. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Serve chilled.

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Watermelon-Feta Bites

Serves 4-6 as an appetizer ½ watermelon, chopped into bite sized pieces ½ block Feta cheese (can also use mozzarella balls) Fresh mint leaves (can also use basil) ¼ cup balsamic vinegar Toothpicks Instructions: 1. Heat balsamic vinegar in small saucepan over medium heat. Let thicken until a glaze forms. 2. Combine watermelon, cheese and mint leaves on appetizer plate. 3. Poke with a toothpick. 4. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over top. Serve immediately.

Mango-Green Tea Popsicles

Makes 6 small pops Green Tea-Layer: ½ cup of strong-brewed green tea; ½ cup lite coconut milk; juice of ½ lime. Mango Layer: ½ ripe banana, sliced; 1 mango, sliced; ½ cup orange juice; ¼ cup coconut milk. Instructions: 1. Combine green-tea layer ingredients in high-power blender and blend until smooth. 2. Pour the liquid into the bottom of the pop containers. 3. Place pops in freezer to let thicken and freeze a bit. This will make it easier to create the “layered” look. 4. Repeat this process with the mango layer. 5. Freeze for 4 hours and enjoy!

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Brisket Season

Photos by Justin Crawford


2 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 4 teaspoons paprika 4 teaspoons chili powder 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons cumin 2 teaspoons black pepper

ummer is a great time to smoke a brisket for family and friends. Here is an everyday summertime brisket recipe. Validity staff writer Justin Crawford cooked this on a clear night in June. Total prep time: 39 hours Instructions: Ingredients for the rub: 2 tablespoons coffee grounds 1. 24 hours before cook time,

Cover the brisket with seasoning

season the brisket with the rub. 2. Smoke for four hours then turn the temperature on the smoker up to 250 degrees. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees and remove the brisket from the smoker. 3. Preheat the kitchen oven to 250 degrees. Wrap the brisket in aluminum foil and cook until the internal temperature reaches 180

After smoking, wrap it in aluminum foil

degrees. 4. Remove the brisket from the oven and leave it outside the oven in the aluminum foil for 30 minutes. 5. Wrap the aluminum covered brisket in a towel and place in a cooler (with no ice) for two hours. 6. Slice and enjoy!

Slice and enjoy

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Driverless Cars O

n the streets of Mountain View, California drive the oddest cars. Riddled with sensors, they are idolized by young people with smartphones who snap photos to put on their social media profiles. On By Cody Crawford the bumper of each one is printed, “self-driving car.” They are Google cars, called autonomous

cars because they don’t need drivers. People have envisioned autonomous cars for decades in science fiction novels, as well as having successfully implemented auto-pilot in countless other vehicles. “It’s no accident that autonomy came to other vehicles first,” says the Computer History Museum online. “However distant or exotic, the sea, the air, and even the surface of Mars are relatively forgiving environments for self-guiding vehicles. There are no children to dart out in their path; no traffic lights, or distracting billboards.”

A lot of early planners for autonomous cars decided that highways would need to be the containers for any car that would drive itself. GM and RCA in 1953 created a prototype of a highway where steel cabling underlaid the road. The cars were propelled by magnets. This design for autonomous vehicles was obviously never widely adopted due to infrastructure requirements to put steel cabling beneath every public road. Fast-forward to 2004, when autonomous vehicle research really got interesting. U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Ad-

ministration (DARPA) promised one million dollars to the team that could drive their car across a route in the Mojave Desert. Fifteen teams qualified and raced in the first DARPA Grand Challenge. “The Grand Challenge proved to be one of the more humbling events in automotive history,” wrote Burkhard Bilger for The New Yorker. “Its sole consolation lay in shared misery.” That year, none of the teams finished the course. In fact, none of them even made it eight miles. The next year was less of a disaster. Five vehicles successfully completed the course. “Prime goals remain safety, speed, access, more cars sharing the road, intelligent intersections and reducing congestion,” says the Computer History Museum. All of those things come together for a hefty bill. The reason no vehicles completed the DARPA 2004 course is that self-driving cars are remarkably difficult to get right. “Ninety-eight percent of driving is just following the dotted line. It’s the other two percent that matters,” wrote Bilger. In an episode of the show Silicon Valley, Jared is picked up by a self-driving car. He happily gets in and tells the car his desired destination. Halfway through the drive, the car receives instructions that it is supposed to be shipped to the owner’s private island, so it turns around and drives to a loading dock and into a shipping crate, where Jared gets locked inside for the duration of the 103-hour journey. ***

Google self-driving car prototype



The autonomous cars being developed today require three main sections: a GPS system, a system to process dynamic road conditions and a system to drive the car. The GPS system would provide maps and navigation for the car. Most modern vehicles are already equipped with this. The second component, processing unplanned road conditions, is a lot more complicated. It requires radar, cameras and lasers that provide information not contained in the GPS maps. This might include pedestrians, objects

in the road, traffic lights and road signs. “If you think of the map as having a static view of the world, the sensor system is providing a dynamic fill-in to that map,” says Sridhar Lakshmanan, an engineering professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. “These two, together, provide what is called a ‘world model’ for that autonomous vehicle.” The camera lets the car see what is around it. Radar lets the car see up to 100 meters away in the dark or when weather hinders regular vision. Lasers scan the world around in all directions. And advanced algorithms must be employed for all of these things to work together. The third piece of the self-driving car, the part that does the driving, turning, braking and more, is also available in modern cars. The CAN bus can be accessed in the OBD-II port of most vehicles. The CAN (controller area network) bus is a standard for vehicles that allows messages to be sent throughout the car to control all aspects of it. If you know how to use it, the CAN bus allows you to hit the gas, apply the brakes, control the radio, adjust your seats and much more.

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e all know that summers here in the south can be warm, sometimes downright hot, and usually come with a dose of high humidity. While I’ve heard rumors that this combination is what keeps a southern woman’s skin looking so youthful, it can be a bit of a bother. In general, if you are going to be outside a lot or doing By Jordan McLeod p h y s i c a l activities, you may want to wear as little makeup as possible. If you’re lucky enough that this is your dayto-day beauty regimen, then by all means, keep it up! Just slather on some sunscreen and go! But for those of us who prefer to wear makeup to look more polished or

professional (or just because we like to), this time of year can be a challenge. So, in the spirit of sharing, here are some tips to keep you looking fresh-faced despite the sweltering temperatures. Start by choosing a lightweight moisturizer with SPF. It may seem that you don’t need to add moisture since your skin might be staying “dewy,” but dry skin can overreact and tends to over-produce oil, which can lead to imperfections. Keep in mind that despite the humidity outside, the blasting air conditioner inside can actually be quite harsh and may dehydrate your skin. A lot of women use the same moisturizer year round, but most experts believe that the product you need in the summer will most likely not be as heavy (or emollient rich) as the one your skin needs in the winter. Look for a lotion or gel formula instead of a cream. A good piece of advice is to let your moisturizer sink in for

a couple of minutes, so you don’t wipe it all away when applying your next step.

only helps your makeup adhere better; it also tends to smooth away or blur fine lines and wrinkles and can help lessen the appearance of discoloration or redness. Some women have found that this is the only extra step they need to look put-together.

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Spend: Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector If you prefer light coverage, try a tinted moisturizer. This can save you time and money by combining two products (moisturizer + foundation) into one convenient package. Or try one of the many beauty balms that have flooded the market. Although these products have been popular in Asian countries for many years, beauty balms (BBs for short) have only recently started gaining fans here in America, but there are already many different ones to choose from. Typically these have three properties (such as moisturizer + skin care + foundation) that can help to further consolidate your beauty program. For heavier coverage, look for an oil-free foundation which suits your skin type and hides imperfections but doesn’t leave you looking like you’re wearing a mask.

Start with a primer to reduce oil

able effect, while powder is the easiest to use. Recommendations Save: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Bronzer; CoverGirl Cheekers Blush Recommendations Spend: NARS Bronzing Powder; Save: Maybelline Fit Me Founda- Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour tion Blush Spend: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Eyeshadow in powder form can sometimes pose a problem by We all want a healthy look- settling into your eyelid crease if it ing glow during the summer, and becomes damp. You can the safest way to achieve that is help althrough using a combination of lebronzer and blush. I’ve found that the most natural looking bronzers are the ones that aren’t too glittery. Also, beware of going too dark for your natural skin tone; you don’t want to try and look instantly tan, just sunkissed. Depending on your skin type and preference, you can choose between a cream, liquid or powder formula. The same goes for blush – you’re aiming for a subtle glow, not looking like you came out of an ‘80s music video. An ideal color would leave you appearing like you’d just had some light exercise. A Use oil absorbing sheets cream or gel to keep your makeup version will give you the looking fresh all day most believ-

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Go for a sun-kissed look when applying bronzer

viate this problem by applying your primer over your whole eyelid. For this reason cream versions are suggested since most formulas are smudge-proof and will last all day. When it comes to eyeliner, a liquid or gel one will most likely be waterresistant and will stick around longer than a pencil would. On days when you will be in a body of water or doing strenuous exercise (or if the pollen is getting to you) waterproof mascara can work wonders; however, overuse can lead to your lashes becoming dry, so it’s not recommended for everyday wear. Recommendations Save: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow; e.l.f. Studio Precision Liquid Eyeliner; Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara Spend: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow; Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Liner; Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara A lot of people forget that their lips need protection, too. Lips are naturally very thin-skinned and can burn easily, so if you’re planning on being outdoors make sure you reach for a balm with at least SPF 15, and beware of shiny lip glosses (unless they have SPF) since the reflective surface gloss creates only intensifies the power of the sun. Otherwise, look for long-lasting formulas such as lip stains or balm “crayons” that are easy to use and will keep you from having to constantly worry about reapplying.

For touch-ups throughout the day, you may find that powdering when it’s humid out can lead to that “cakey” look that everyone tries to avoid, so I would recommend trying blotting sheets or papers instead. You can purchase these at your local drugstore or supermarket and a napkin or paper towel can work in a pinch. Just press them to your face (don’t rub) and you’ll instantly look fresh as a daisy. You know, the kind of daisy that coolly sips lemonade on the porch, not the kind that wilts in the heat. The makeup adventurous can try a misting spray to set and refresh their makeup. Professional makeup artists swear by these, but some people find them difficult to use.

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World Traveler Emily Naff

By Antonia Meadors


mily Naff’s passion for photography was born from an enthusiasm for travel, and for her, those two activities are entwined. When traveling,  she allows herself the time to wander and to look.  International travel causes one to see with a new perspective, and this inspires her photography.  But  her current inspiration is much closer to home.  She   and her husband, Ben, recently moved to east Hickman County, where they are starting a small farm.    They named it Smiling Dog Farm after their dog, Ellie May, as she is known to greet visitors with a heartwarming smile.   The couple loves that there is such a vibrant community of artists in Hickman County, and they are encouraged that there are many fellow farmers  who are  using sustainable and organic growing techniques.   Emily has  enjoyed becoming active with other artists and says she had a blast at the all night Art Making  Marathon at Wild Duck Soup Emporium in Centerville.  Since she doesn’t  paint with a brush, she decided that it would be fun to do a collaborative project using a photographic technique called “Painting with Light.”    Emily has been conveying these kinds of techniques while teaching full time at Nashville State as an Associate Professor for the last ten years.  She teaches a variety of courses from beginner to advanced, and  is excited be offering a  three session intensive digital photography workshop at Wild Duck Soup Emporium in July.  She will also be teaching a fifteen week



Basic Photography class at the Nashville State campus in Dickson this fall. Having taught in Study Abroad Programs (the Netherlands, Italy, Brazil and Japan) for the last six years, this year she decided to take a break for international travel to get their farm started and explore her new surroundings in Hickman County. Her  favorite photographs tend to be ones that capture a unique moment in time that can rarely be duplicated.  She has studied and been inspired by many photographers, but the ones whose images resonate the most are Henri Cartier-Bresson and National Geographic Photographer Sam Abell.   Many photographers will credit Cartier-Bresson with their love of

capturing “The Decisive Moment,” and Emily is no different.  She has studied his images and contact sheets to learn how this master photographer works.  A more contemporary influence has been Sam Abell, who photographed for National Geographic for years and is responsible for many award-winning photographs from that publication.  Not only is he great at capturing real moments, but he is also a master of creating images that are poetic vignettes of a scene or a location that capture the essence of the place. Capturing unique moments and making good photographs out of them requires more thought and technique than just picking up the camera and making a snapshot.  Emily’s favorite photographs are usually not posed or directed

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but capture real moments. These images have often been captured after much attention has been paid to the lighting, background elements and placement of the subjects.  There is then is a bit of a waiting game to capture that moment when all of the elements align in the ideal composition that captures the spirit of the moment. “There are some moments that cannot be anticipated, such as the image ‘Chance Encounter’,” says Emily.  “This images exemplifies, the idea of ‘Chance favors the prepared mind’.   I was in the right spot at the right time, looking for images and was ready to capture the shadow of the spontaneous moment.  This photograph was taken while on a teaching trip to Italy.  We had been hanging around the famous bridge in Florence waiting for sunset.  I am drawn to strong light and interesting shadows, so I was looking at the shadows that the bikes cast on the beautiful yellow

wall, when all of the sudden two friends saw each other and stopped for a chat. I had the camera up to my eye in a heartbeat, to capture the moment when the shadow shook hands.” During the Hickman County Arts & Ag Tour, Randy Toy invited Emily to show work at his gallery, Toyzini, on Hwy 100.  As a result of that exhibit,  gallery owner Bo May saw Naff’s work and asked to show it at RioCarabelle, in Carabelle, Florida.   Now that summer is here, Emily is  enjoying exploring the backroads of the area.  She especially loved seeing many of the farms and artisans on the Arts & Ag tour, and is now inspired to begin work on a new portfolio of images focused on life in Hickman County.   Look for more images of hers to be exhibited in local galleries and other venues.  For more information about the upcoming workshop, call Wild Duck Soup Emporium.

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Rhode Island Red is a chicken. A Rhode Island strawberry blond is a woman who left the northeast for the promised land of Perry County to escape the rat race. And yes, she has chickens, sheep, horses, Australian Shepherds and a husband who buys and renovates old buildings on Main Street in Linden, Tennessee. Kathy Dumont came to Tennessee with the purpose of becoming self-sustaining; not necessarily



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he family is gathered in the lawyer’s conference room for the reading of the will of his recently deceased client. The lawyer says he will skip the preliminaries and usual boilerplate and proceed to the gifts, devises and bequests. “I hereby leave to my daughter, SherBy Landis ee, the houses Turner at Wellington Point. “My son Grant shall have the Redland Bay houses. “My daughter Letitia is given the apartments over at Victoria Point. “My son Adam shall have the offices over Cleveland Business Center. “And finally Katerina, my beloved wife, please take all the residential buildings on the Canals at Raby Bay.” Having finished, the lawyer commented “I didn’t know Mr. King before he came in to have me draft his will. He must have been a very hard-working man to have accumulated so much property.” Katerina snorted and said “Property nothing! The bum had a paper route.” ***** This year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of The Magna Carta. Translated from Latin to English, it is “The Great Charter.” King John of England was pressured, more likely forced, by the nobles of the land to sign it in 1215. It is the first document to set out limits on the power of the King and describe the rights of “free men.” It provided, among many other things, that no free man shall be imprisoned, exiled, deprived of his rights or property or otherwise disturbed, except by lawful judgment of his peers (equals) or the law of the land. The Magna Carta .


was the beginning of constitutional government in England. It’s principles have been carried forth in the constitutions of our nation and all our states. The right to trial by jury, “Due Process” and “Equal Protection of the Law” began with this renowned document. ***** When I was in the 8th grade I was required to take “Civics.” It taught us a great deal about how government works at all levels in the United States. We learned about the Constitution and the “great documents,” including, of course, The Magna Carta. We became familiar with how bills moved through congress and state legislatures to become laws. The importance of an independent, non-partisan judicial system was emphasized. I have been very sorry to learn that many public schools no longer require the study of Civics. Some do not even offer it as an elective class. Perhaps that has a lot to do with the fact that so many young people no longer bother to vote. It is likely that my readers are well aware of the importance of good citizenship. But as we approach the 4th of July, it seems appropriate to mention a few things to refresh our knowledge of some fundamentals. Good citizens called for jury service do so without complaint absent a very good reason, and even then, they volunteer to serve at a later date. Good citizenship is demonstrated by exercising your blessed right to vote in every election in which you are entitled to participate. Voters should be educated about issues and candidates. If one is ignorant on some matters, ask someone who knows. For instance, if you don’t know much about judicial candidates or whether certain appellate judges should be retained on the bench, ask your lawyer. Most lawyers are pleased to answer such questions. Remember that TV ads aren’t much help when

a voter wants to learn whom to support for any office in our court system. Good citizenship requires us to oppose any effort by anyone to suppress the number of people who vote or make it more complicated or difficult for them to cast their ballots. It should be easy to vote. Elections could be held on weekends when many would find it easier to participate. Other countries do that with satisfactory results. In Uruguay, everyone votes, because those who don’t bother may be subject to a fine. Of course, there must be precautions to protect the secrecy and honesty of elections, but beware when sinister purposes are disguised by allegations of the need for more safeguards. My views on photo ID laws are well known. I won’t state them here. But when required, the IDs should be made available and convenient to obtain in every county. It would be simple to provide a camera for that purpose in every county clerk’s office. As it is now, many citizens must travel to another county to get a photo ID. In my county, a round trip of about 60 miles is needed. And if one is told he lacks sufficient supporting documents, he must go home and come back. The photo IDs are free, but time lost and travel expense are not.

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***** One becomes a citizen in two ways, at birth or by choice through a legal process called naturalization. I may write about the latter in the future. Here are some facts about citizenship at birth. No matter who your parents are or where they reside or which country they are citizens of, you are automatically an American citizen if you are born in any state or the District of Columbia. Also, if born on a U.

S. military base in another country or in an American territory such as Puerto Rico, the baby is a citizen. If both parents are citizens or one parent is a citizen who has actually resided in the U. S., then their children may claim U. S. citizenship, regardless where born. (An exception is that children born here to parents who are serving as diplomats of their country keep the citizenship of their parents.) Some people are eligible to claim dual citizenship. A child born in the U. K. to American parents may be a citizen of both. 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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few years ago, the cult comedy TV show, Portlandia, featured a skit in which two enthusiastic characters encourage makers of arts and crafts to “put a bird on it!” This was a spoof on the trend for seemingly everything available on Etsy and other similar websites to be decorated with a bird motif. Regardless of trends in popular fashions, birds have been featured prominently in art since antiquity. But one name always stands tallest By Bill Pulliam when talking about bird painters: John James Audubon. Audubon was born 230 years ago in what is now Haiti to a wealthy sugar planter. In 1803, he emigrated to the young United States with a passion for birds and painting already firmly established. He made it his life’s goal to document as many of the birds of the New World as possible, ultimately publishing his magnum opus, The Birds of America, beginning in 1827. Like all ornithological artists of his era, Audubon painted from recently shot, dead birds. Photography was non-existent, and optical equipment was expensive and fragile, so there was no other practical way to study the details of a bird’s plumage and form up-close and in-detail. However, unlike his contemporaries and predecessors, Audubon strove to paint his subjects as dynamic, living creatures in their natural environments. He placed his birds in the marshes and woodlands, actively feeding, flying or squabbling with each other. Most birds are illustrated with plants that characterize their habitat or diet. Birds of prey are often feeding on a fresh kill. To presentday eyes, many of his poses look a bit awkward. For their time, they were revolutionary. The movement Audubon launched to show birds as vital wild

living creatures reached a pinnacle in the art of Louis Agassiz Fuertes from the 1890s through the 1920s. Fuerte’s attention to the fine detail of plumage and behavior established a standard of excellence that few artists achieve even today. He spent countless hours observing living birds in the wild and making copious notes and sketches. His student, George Miksch Sutton, continued his tradition through most of the 20th Century. The year 1908 marked the birth of the man who would use art to bring birds to everyone: Roger Tory Peterson. While still a young painter and naturalist in 1934, he published A Field Guide to the Birds. This was a simple book, with accurate illustrations of every species of bird likely to be found in eastern North America showing the distinguishing characteristics that could be seen “in the field” on live, wild birds. Before his time, it was said that birds were watched down the barrel of a shotgun; from then on, they were watched through binoculars. The field guide concept has been expanded around the world and to just about everything imaginable, from insects to the atmosphere. Almost single handedly, this modest painter and son of Swedish immigrants changed the way that people study nature. With the revolution in amateur study of natural history launched by Peterson’s first field guide, there are now millions of people studying birds in the wild and thousands who draw and paint them in realistic styles descended directly from the work of Audubon. And there is another tool beyond the field guide that has made the realistic representation of living birds vastly easier. This third revolution in bird art (after Audubon’s dynamic living portrayals and Peterson’s bringing birds home to everyone) has happened in just the last decade or so: inexpensive high-quality digital photography. Bird photography is nothing new, but now a camera bought for a few hundred dollars can generate images that



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tions of swooping swallows, cooing doves and geese on the wing are widespread. Not every image of a bird need strive to be a condensation of true life and accurate natural history. Many are just pretty. However, for those of us who are students of real birds, there is one particular type of bird art that we find jarring. This is the “non-bird.” By this I don’t mean a bird that is just a generalized abstract winged thing, or an indisProthonotary Warbler by Audubon tinct silhouette, or would have required thousands a cartoonish cariof dollars of gear and hundreds of cature. This is a bird in two or dollars of film just a few years ago. three dimensions that is rendered With our super-zoom point-and- with a fairly high degree of detail shoot we can tear off hundreds of certainly enough that we should be multi-megapixel, full color images able to tell what kind of bird it is in a matter of minutes showing fine intended to be. And here is where feather detail from a hundred feet the problem comes in. away. The non-bird has plenty of The photographic revolution detail. But these details don’t line doesn’t just mean that we can all up with any actual bird in the real generate pretty photos of birds world. They are simply a random without taking out a bank loan. It hodge-podge of colors and patalso means that serious artists can terns. To most people this would have a huge amount of photo refer- never matter. But to we who spend ence material to guide their paint- a large fraction of our lives looking ing and drawing. Contemporary at real birds? For us, the non-bird artists like Julie Zickefoose and might as well be a face with the David Allen Sibley will often take a nose upside down and one eye in small step back from photorealism the middle of the forehead. It ruins to create a more evocative image. everything. The precise details of every feather So a simple word of advice: If can now be captured best with a you have a piece of handiwork that camera. But the essence of the bird you want to decorate with an avian in the wild sometimes comes out motif, please pull out a bird book better from the mind and canvas of and put a REAL bird on it! the artist than from the electronics of the camera. Bill Pulliam got started in birdThe tradition begun by Audu- watching by his junior high scibon to show birds increasingly as ence teacher in 1974, and has been they are and how they live is not the an avid birder ever since in 48 U.S. only role which birds play in art, of states and 7 foreign countries. course. There is the widespread He is currently the Tennessee use of a bird simply as a decora- editor for eBird, a online project tion. Some of Audubon’s paintings that compiles millions of observawere immediately adapted for wall- tions from tens of thousands of paper designs. Stylized representa- birders around the world.

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Summer’s Labor of Love late in the day to reduce water loss from evaporation. *Be sure strawberries get water once a week if rain is not sufficient. *Fertilize strawberries with fish emulsion, compost tea or complete fertilizer (10-1010) using two pounds per 100 foot row. Do not over fertilize them. *Prune blackberries after their harvest is over. You can tip back the vigorous new growth 2-3 times for more fruit producMaintenance tion and remove dying *The warm summer sun feels canes. good and makes our gardens grow *Patrol for the bad beautifully. However as we get the bugs! Be on the lookHOT summer sun and less rain, it out for horn worms on is important to be sure our plants tomatoes, the striped get enough water. If watering is cucumber beetles, required, water deeply at the base squash bugs, white flys of the plant, let the soil dry out be- and Japanese beetles. tween watering and choose to wa- If you find them, take ter either early in the morning or appropriate measures Planting

*Plant more green beans by July 10th. *Continue succession planting of leaf lettuce, carrots, beets, cilantro, turnip, chard, mesclum, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, escrole and endive to keep the harvest of those continuous. Consider interplanting where other crops can provide some shade for the salad type crops. *By late July, you can begin to set out broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower transplants. *Late July seeds can be sown for collards, mustard greens, lettuce, kale and spinach.

to get rid of them. For Japanese beetles, knock them off in a bucket of soapy water or spray the plant

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e are blessed with several wonderful seasons for growing our gardens. Each season has its own special qualities in the gardens of our lives and in our physical gardens. On an early summer morning, the air is still cool, the colors are stunning and there is a peaceful feeling with the dew droplets still on the flowers and leaves. They begin to glisBy Cassandra Warner ten and sparkle in the early morning sun. Over in the herb garden bordered by echinacea and bee balm, it looks like a butterfly party going on with bees and bumble bees invited to enjoy the sweet nectar of summer’s most delightful flowers. If I can just be as busy as a bee on bee balm, I will get a whole lot of things accomplished out here today!

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they are eating with Neem oil. For tomato hornworm, use diatomaceous earth, thuricide (BT) or try sprinkling plants with selfrising flour. For white flies, use insecticidal soap. For striped cucumber beetles, spray plants with Neem oil. Squash bugs-squash themand their eggs. Eggs will usually be on the underside of leaves, so you have to look under every leaf, of course! *Don’t over water melons as they get close to maturity. Too much water will reduce their sweetness and flavor. You can also begin to pinch off blossoms that may not have time to mature before the first frost, and this will also speed the ripening of the remaining melons. *Cut off the seed heads of garlic and onions. This will signal them to put their energy into the bulbs. Those pretty flowering heads look nice in flower arrangements or in your salad.

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*As always, keep adding to the compost and keep turning it. *If you see any weeds, pull them. If you don’t have any, you can come pull some of mine!


*Remember, if you stop picking, production will stop on crops like cucumbers, squash, green beans and okra. Harvest these for peak flavor and nutrition when they are young and tender. *Pick tomatoes when they develop full color, red, yellow or orange, depending on what variety planted. *For cabbage, cut head and leave outer leaves and cute, little cabbages will then develop at the base later in the summer and fall. *Harvest herbs when the weather is dry and early in the morning. Even if you can’t use all the herbs fresh, harvest to keep them from flowering and continue producing. Extra herbs can be shared with friends who aren’t as fortunate to have an herb garden. You can dry them for later use or make teas, then you can add some to the compost. *Seed pods of radishes. When they are young and tender, they are great in salads and stir fries. *Prepare leaves of sweet potato vines like spinach or chard. Planning And Preparing

It is actually time to start thinking about the fall garden. My, how time flies!

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If you need to prepare seed beds in late July, no doubt it will be hot. So in order to get better germination, try cooling your beds down. (No, you can’t install A/C in the garden.) A week or two ahead of planting, prepare your seed bed, water it deeply and mulch well. Plan which crops you want for fall and check out maturity dates to be sure you get them planted at the correct time. Try selecting varieties that are cold-tolerant and have shorter-season. If you need to prepare some growing boxes, raised beds or container gardens, Mel’s Mix in Square Foot Gardening is a great recipe to follow. Ingredients: Peat Moss = 2 full bales (total 16 cubic feet), Vermiculite = 4 big bags (total 16 cubic

feet), Compost = 16 cubic feet of 5 different kinds (measure this by volume not weight). This would fill six 4x4 boxes with 8 cubic feet each. If you have more or less, you can do the math. It is equal parts of the 3 products. Tomato Time!!!

Echinacea is used for other infections including the flu, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections, gum disease, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, syphillis, typhoid, malaria and diphtheria. Other uses include chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatism, migraines, acid indigestion, pain, dizziness and rattlesnake bites and a list of other ailments. Echinacea was used as a traditional herbal remedy by the Great Plains Native American tribes. Later, settlers followed their example. With the discovery of antibiotics, echinacea use declined. But now people are becoming interested in echinacea again, because some antibiotics don’t work as well as they used to against certain bacteria. It would seem that echinacea would be a great addition to a medicinal herb garden, or just grow it for the bees, butterflies, and yourself to enjoy its beautiful flowers.

Some of my favorite heirloom tomatoes I planted this year were Box Car Willy, Hillbilly, Pineapple, Persimmon, Cherokee Purple, Mortgage Lifter, Amish Paste and Rutger.  I also have two new heirloom tomatoes in my garden.   1.  San Marzano - It is said to produce a heavy crop of 2 ounce sized, richly flavored fruit.   It is a traditional paste variety used in most Italian recipes and thought to make the world’s finest sauce.  The plants look great and they are loaded, but not yet ripe at the time I am writing this, so I will let you know next month about the taste.  2.  Red Oxheart - This is a popular Italian variety grown Garden Quotes Formerly Williams Recycling since the 19th century, said to “Look deep into nature and Open: Tue. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. produce large, mildly flavored, you will understand everything Sat. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. strawberry shaped fruit that’s better.” -Albert Einstein smooth and firm.  Excellent for “In my garden there is a large sauces and canning since it has very few seeds.

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Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs today. It is one of the world’s leading herbs for immune system support. The leaves, flower and root are used to make medicine. It is used to fight infections, especially the common cold and other respiratory infections. Research to date shows it probably reduces cold symptoms, but it’s not clear whether it helps prevent colds from developing.

place for sentiment, my garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.” -Abram L. Urban “I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them, I think the true gardener is a reverent servant of nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master. I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit.” -Reginald Farrer, in A Yorkshire Garden, 1909 “The time spent working in the summer garden is joyful working to me. The sight of all the delicious vegetables that are going to be beautiful, nutritious meals for family and friends makes it an even more joyful LABOR OF LOVE.” - Cassandra Warner Originally from Texas, Cassandra Warner is a transplant to the garden of Tennessee. Gardening has been one of her passions for forty years. “Gardening connects you to the miracle of life and provides healthy exercise and stress relief.”

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e have all had our come-toJesus experiences. Many of us came to faith in Jesus Christ as the result of some crisis in our lives.  We hit bottom and had nowhere else to turn.  We called out to God and He answered with the gift of By Charles E. His life in His Son.  He revealed Newbold, Jr. Himself to us and now we know He is real, alive and sits on the throne.   We needed Him for what He could do for us, because He did for us what we could not do for ourselves.  We never stop needing him. As newly born believers we needed milk.  We needed to be taken care of.  We were totally dependent upon our God and Savior.  A problem arises, though, when we stay babies.  We are expected to mature and desire solid food.  The writer of Hebrews exhorted believers saying, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.    For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14. We need to grow up from that “give-me, give-me” relationship with Jesus to that place where our affections are upon Him and not just upon His gifts.  A narrative in John chapter 6 would sound unbelievable except it comes too close to home.   Get the picture!   Jesus had miraculously fed the multitude with the five barley loaves and two small fish.  Then, He walked on water.   Two rather

miraculous events, wouldn’t you think? Later, the crowd found Him on the other side of the sea and asked Him, “When did you come here?” Jesus did not answer the question directly.  “You seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.  Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”  In other words, as it has been said, “Seek His face and not His hand.” Still they asked, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You?  What work will You do?”   What?! They just witnessed Him miraculously feeding the multitude and walking on water, and they still wanted Him to do something miraculous so they would believe.  They were acting like babies.  Jesus had already noted in John 4:48, “Unless you  people  see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” I have a question:   If we Christians always got what we asked from God, given our human nature, would there ever be a desire for Jesus alone?  Do we seek Him to rescue us from our daily problems?  Do we seek Him to insure our ticket to heaven when we die?  What then, if it appears He fails to deliver? I believe one of the signs of spiritual maturity is this: As babes, we seek Jesus for what He can do for us.  As mature sons, we come to desire Him alone.  Interestingly though, His gifts still follow Him.   May we grow up in all things into Christ as our desire for Jesus and Him alone increases day by day. 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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hy do some animals have hair, some need feathers and others something entirely different? Why do our muscles atrophy in old age, even when we work out? Why do authors and artists starve while expressing the deeper meanings of By Shane Newbold existence like peace, love, beauty, harmony and tranquility to those who throw people under a bus for a dollar? Who originally coined the term, “throw under the bus?” Why is everyone else’s whining grandkid more annoying than mine? Why is everyone else’s barking dog more annoying than mine? Actually, I presently don’t have a dog. But when I did, I did not tolerate excessive barking. Why don’t other people make their dogs shut up? The big dog ambles to the human wagging its tail and confidently sends the message through the psychic airwaves, “Dude, wanna give me a good ole scratch behind the ears?”

So, why does the hyper, diminutive, insecure dog run around in circles yapping, “Hey look at me, I’m stupid! Hey look at me, I’m stupid! Hey look at me, I’m stupid!” Why do we have to work hard to be rich? Why do we have to watch our mothers and fathers suffer through Alzheimer’s disease? How is it that a woman can altruistically love a hairy, stinky, ornery man? What intrinsic quirk causes us to want bigger, better and faster than our neighbor? Why do we send our manufacturing overseas or to Mexico and then buy it back? Will America ever fall/fail? What will happen to us if it does? If we need to vote the bums out, then why do we keep voting them back in? America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards. - Claire Wolfe Why is it too early to shoot them? Should we shoot them anyway? Why do we still use ethanol in our gas when it is detrimental to our engines and has no benefits to the environment or economy? Does any good reason exist to get a tattoo?

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