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Contents

Duncan’s

Hardware & Building Supply We’re ready for hunting season

Validity November 2017 • Vol. 7, Issue 11

Artists Repurpose Nashville's History Page 16

By Caril M. Griffith With 1767 Designs, Patrick Hayes creates environments of stunning impact. Cover photo and photo right: Kate Dearman

Validity Recipes

New guns, scopes, deer stands - all things hunting in stock!

By Cari Marye Griffith Simple and groovy smoothie bowls. Page 10

T. S. Stribling By Nancy Brewer River town of Clifton revives the Pulitzer Prize winning author's memory. Page 12 Page 10

Nature Talks Meet Naturalist Tom Howe. Page 15

Veterans Day 5k Run/Walk Join Team R2S in Lawrenceburg November 11. Page 22

Holiday Happenings Page 12

December is almost here! Catch one or all of these events this season. Page 27

November Gardens

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1220 Squirrel Hollow Drive

By Cassandra Warner

Linden, TN 931-589-2155

Preparation for the winter garden and what you can plant now.

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Contents November Book Review

Ask A Lawyer

By James Lund

By Landis Turner

The Last Castle, by Denise Kiernan.

A history of Public Defenders in Tennessee.

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Best Buddies with Marcus By DeeGee Lester

The Believer’s Walk

Columbia Central student raises big

By Charles Newbold

bucks for Best Buddies Walk.

God's promised rest.

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N ow C losed suNdays , opeN 6 days

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Also in this Issue: From the Publisher, Page 8 Reality Perspective, Page 8 Lookin’ Back, Page 29 Unconscionable Cogitation, Page 30

Publisher Becky Jane Newbold, info@validitymag.com, 931-628-6039 Managing Editor Shane Newbold, info@ValidityMag.com, 931-628-6039

Celebrating 40 Years!

Contributing Writers, Cari Marye Griffith, Cassandra Warner, Charles Newbold Jr., DeeGee Lester, James Lund, Landis Turner, Nancy Brewer, Tom Howe Contributing Photographers, Cari Marye Griffith, Cassandra Warner, Kate Dearman, Paper Dolls Photography, Tom Howe

Our Mission Validity Magazine exists to reflect rural lifestyles of rural communities along the Natchez Trace Parkway and within the Americana Music Triangle 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. Validity is South Central Tennessee's premier tourism magazine. 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. Publishers Notice: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. Validity Magazine, Published 12 times per year, monthly, Vol. 7, Issue 11 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Validity Magazine, P. O. Box 516, Hohenwald, TN 38462-0516. Address Service Requested. Subscriptions are available on an annual basis at $20 per year. Mail check or money order to: Validity Subscriptions, P.O. Box 516, Hohenwald, Tennessee 38462.

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From The Publisher

Death Cleaning for Happy Life

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Becky Jane Newbold, Publisher

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Saturday NOVEMBER

11th

2017

Veterans Day 5K Run/Walk Benefitting Lawrence County local National Guard Unit and families Start time 8 a.m.

By Shane Newbold

Solid Rock Race Timing

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to trip over! Maybe my Millennial children and my husband are on to something. I couldn't talk my kids into treasuring an antique if it was worth a million dollars (Well, maybe a million. They would sell it, of course). My tendency has always been to keep things, "because you might need it someday." But, we Americans have too much. When Shane and I awaken from an overnight jaunt to the off the grid cabin, mornings greet us with sunrise. Little else. What a wonderful feeling. Nothing to distract from the glory of the day. Thankful I am for what I have, but more for who is in my life. Blessings to you this month, my friends.

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De-clutter is one word we have used for what we are doing. Downsizing is another. A new book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning caused me pause, but it really makes sense. Apparently, Author Margareta Magnusson, a Swedish artist, says it’s “more like a relief” (Time Health, by Amanda MacMillan, October 2017). “Don’t collect things you don’t want,” she is quoted as saying. “One day when you’re not around anymore, your family would have to take care of all that stuff, and I don’t think that’s fair." Her theory, clean it out, give it away, get rid of it while you are still alive. Benefits: a cleaner house with less clutter feels good. As we age, less things

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Centuries of commerce realized, often passed to heirs. Vital to a thriving community, shopkeepers trading wares. All know them, sign on the front, “Your Local Mom and Pop.” Fewer consumers grace the entrance to chat a moment and shop. Loyal patrons kindly inquire, “How goes your selling day?” Mom and Pop toil for less, bills growing tough to pay. A jungle exists with miles of shelves, no one reads disclaimers. But guaranteed same day delivery, mountains of cardboard containers. Big box, recurring coupons, paved aisles of gold. Scrutiny reveals no treasure in ship’s belly cargo hold. Across the blue we lay our confidence, hemorrhaging our Moms and Pops. Selling our souls to plastic cards and magic touch desktops. Cynicism and nostalgic notions never change tomorrow. Homegrown commodity, shopkeeper gone kindle a tinge of sorrow.


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Cari Marye Griffith

Smoothie bowls, top, clockwise, Blueberry Bliss, Green Machine, Mango Tango

Cari Marye Griffith

Build your own smoothie bowl 10

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reakfast can be a tricky time of day to eat a healthy, energizing meal. Temptation may be great to grab a pastry at the coffee shop or snack on a sugary granola bar while sitting in traffic. But what if our mornings could be quickly transformed into a bright, delicious and super-food rich, happy hour? Smoothie bowls are taking over the food world and with good reason. The preparation time is as easy as portioning out ingredients into a blender or food processor, and adding some toppings! Once you have the ratio of ingredients memorized, it’s easy to customize your own smoothie according to your tastes and the ingredients you have readily available. Using as much frozen produce as

Recipe, photos and food styling by Cari Marye Griffith


possible ensures the smoothie bowl will hold it’s weight in toppings. Feel free to play around with these ideas, and create a bowl that will get you excited about waking up in the morning.

The Ratio:

1 ½ cups frozen veggies or fruits of your choice. (Up to ½ of the fruit/veggies can be fresh and not frozen.) ½ frozen banana (or one whole if using less fruit above.) 1 cup juice, milk, coconut water or a combination 2 Tablespoons Greek yogurt or nut butter Optional: Squeeze of lemon or lime, fresh herbs, maple syrup or honey

Topping ideas:

Dried nuts and seeds, flaked coconut, fresh or dried fruit, nut butters, honey, agave, chia or flax seeds, bee pollen, chocolate chips or a sprinkle of fresh herbs and spices. Instructions: Combine ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Add more liquid if smoothie is too thick, or more banana or frozen fruit if it’s too thin. Pour into bowl, add yummy toppings and enjoy!

Cari Marye Griffith

Green Machine

½ frozen Banana, ½cup spinach, 1 large kale leaf, 1 Kiwi, ½ cup frozen pineapple, mint, 1 ½ cup almond milk, ½ cup orange juice, 2 Tablespoons Greek yogurt. Top with kiwi, pumpkin seeds and mint.

Blueberry Bliss

1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 whole, frozen banana, ½ cup coconut water, ½ cup almond milk, 2 Tablespoons Greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey and a squeeze of lemon. Top with raspberries, blueberries, and edible flowers.

Mango Tango

½ cup frozen mango, ½ cup frozen pineapple, ½ frozen banana, 1 cup orange juice, 2 Tablespoons Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey. Top with banana, granola, cashews and lemon thyme.

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Cari Marye Griffith

Cari Marye Griffith is a photojournalist turned urban gardener with a deep love for good food, culture and community. Her comfort zone is a cup of Earl Gray, bright morning light and far too many house plants.

Cari Marye Griffith

Other delicious combinations could include: clementines, strawberries, cucumbers, peaches, apples, acai, pumpkin, peanut butter and oranges.

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Clifton remembers Pulitzer Prize winner

T. S. Stribling

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tiny town with a big legacy is working to permanently reopen the home of its most famous native for public tours. The T.S. Stribling Museum in Clifton, Tennessee was home to the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and his wife Louella, an accomplished violinist also born in the river town. Clifton’s new Chamber director, Carol Kibbey, says establishing regular hours for the museum is at the top of her list of priorities. Tours can still be scheduled by appointment, and the house was open Saturday, October 7 By Nancy Brewer as part of the city’s Wayne County Bicentennial celebration. A tour of historic buildings began at the Presbyterian Church, where one pew bears a simple brass label: “Tom

The exterior of the T. S. Stribling home, on the banks of the Tennessee River in Clifton, is much as it was when inhabited by the author and his wife, Louella. A collection of his memorabilia is inside. Tours are available, by appointment.

Stribling Stribling sat here.” also posted “William Faulkner a list of was still working as those puba post office clerk lishers in when T.S. Stribling order of was a bestselling autheir genthor,” says Dr. Mike erosity to Bradley, who writers. It arrived as the began with church pasEpiscopator in 1977, lians and twelve years ended with after the writBaptists. er’s death. C a l dwe l l He was close Davis grew friends with up one Louella, who block away was 18 years T. S. Stribling Mon. - Fri., 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., from the younger than Building Sat. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Stribling her husband Supplies home and remembers being inand dedicated to preservGarden timidated by the author. “I was ing his legacy until her scared to death of him,” he conown death in 1993. Ornaments fides to the group touring the Bradley remembers the Stepping small Victorian home. One reaauthor’s library from his Stones son was the scolding he got when visits with Louella at her Power Tools Stribling found the boy shooting Water Street home. Three & Much More! birds in his yard with a BB gun. long pieces of paper were A friendship was forged when tacked to a wall - the Davis spotted Stribling studyfirst listed scripture; the ing the ground on his hands and second, character; and knees. “He motioned me over, and the third, plot. Stribling showed me what he was watchchose one item from each ing: A battle between some red page to craft the “Sunday 1176 Hwy. 100, Centerville, TN 37033 and black ants. I decided maybe School stories” he sold Phone 931-729-5377 he wasn’t so bad, after all.” to Christian publishers. Email: thelumberyard16@yahoo.com

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Thomas Sigismund Stribling (1881-1965) sold his first story when he was 12 years old and was editor of the Clifton newspaper when he was 15. He wrote hundreds of short stories for “pulp magazines” and other work for publications across the country. He is best remembered for fiction that is also gentle, social satire. These stories occur in middle Tennessee and Florence, Alabama, which is the setting for his most famous works, a trilogy made up of The Forge, The Store, and Unfinished Cathedral. Stribling won the rize for The Store, which occurs during Reconstruction following the Civil War. It was recognized because of its portrayal of the changing South, when planters had lost their power in society and a new merchant class was emerging. Poor whites and former slaves were struggling to find their place as well. Books by Stribling include: The Cruise of the Dry Dock (1917); Birthright (1921); Fombombo (1922); Red Sand (1923), Teeftallow (1926); Bright Metal (1928); East is East (1922); Strange Moon (1929); Backwater (1930); The Forge (1931); The Store (1932); Unfinished Cathedral (1933); The Sound Wagon (1935); and These Bars of Flesh (1938).

Others on the tour remember Stribling as the first grown man they ever saw wear shorts and sandals, ride a bicycle and take a winter swim in the Tennessee River. What did the town, in general, think of him? “Eccentric,” a chorus of voices answered. Many neighbors thought he had an unnatural need for quiet. Stribling maintained a writing cabin outside Clifton, and offered to pay a local farmer, the grandfather of a fellow tourist, to remove the bell from a cow that was pastured near it. “My grandfather wouldn’t do it because he didn’t like him,” he said.


Comes, and short story collection, Uncle Jim Stories. Stribling died while Davis was still a boy, but he took some of his first work to Louella for editing and advice. “She was pretty hard on me,” Davis said, shaking his head. “She didn’t cut me any slack.” Tom and Louella rest side by

Clifton residents are amazed that their English classes didn’t feature Stribling’s work. “I guess when you grow up with something, you take it for granted,” one volunteered. Caldwell Davis was inspired by the neighborhood author and has written a novel, When the Rain

side in the Clifton Cemetery, a short walk from their home. Her epitaph is a tribute to their life together: “And thou beside me in the wilderness was paradise enough." His is sheer perfection for a lifelong writer: “Through this dust, these hills once spoke.” Tours of the Stribling home in

Clifton can be arranged by calling 931-676-3370. Nancy Brewer is a native of Lawrence County who worked for many years as an editor and writer at the Advocate newspaper. She is currently an assistant to County Executive T.R. Williams.

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n 1885, George Washington Vanderbilt II inherited a little walking around money from his father. Adjusted for inflation, his inheritance would be worth several billion dollars today. By this point, the Va n d e rbilt family had built a massive fortune and was one of By James Lund the most powerful and prominent families in the world. But young George was not interested in the family business. George was interested in the arts, and more specifically, literature. Life in New York City was fine, but he longed to build a retreat, a simple country home where he could properly display his collection of fine art and his magnificent library; a quaint little French cottage where he could occasionally entertain and find peace in nature. The result of his modest desires was to purchase 125,000 acres of land and build a 175,000 square foot chateau in the mountains of North Carolina. He named it Biltmore. I’m sure many of you have visited Biltmore and seen the opulence first hand. It was at the time, and may still be, the grandest home in all of North America. The Last Castle is the true story of George Vanderbilt and the construction and operation of the home that has become his legacy. You will remember Denise Kiernan from her New York Times bestselling book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II. Kiernan has meticulously researched her subject and included 54 pages of notes and sources, along with pictures, and a beautifully written story of tragedy and triumph at the turn of the last century. The Last Castle shines a light on the architects, foresters, craftspeople and workers who built the largest private home in the country. Kiernan introduces us to the likes of Richard Morris Hunt

the architect for the structures, and Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect. We learn about Biltmore Village, the purposefully constructed village just outside the gates of the property that would provide the staff with all the comforts of a small town. We come to appreciate how much time and focus went into the building of the All Souls Church in the village, and the father-daughter team of Maitland Armstrong and Helen Armstrong who created the stained glass for the church, each window with a special meaning and dedication. The Last Castle is, most importantly, a love story. It is the story of Edith Stuyvesant Dresser Vanderbilt, a kind, compassionate, philanthropic woman who loved her husband George, and used her influence to serve the people of her community. You can find copies of The Last Castle at Duck River Books on the square in downtown Columbia, Tennessee, or at your favorite indie bookstore. Remember to support your local indie shops, restaurants and publications. We appreciate each one of you. Fun Fact: I can’t help but to be reminded of one of our favorite PBS shows, "Downton Abbey," when reading The Last Castle. For those familiar with the show, consider this, Downton was filmed at Highclere Castle, which is 55,000 square feet smaller than Biltmore. James Lund, along with his wife Heather, own Duck River Books 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.


Nature Talks

“He who has ears to hear..."

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rom as far back as I can remember, I have had a fascination for the natural world. I suppose it began with birds at our bird feeders, especially when my Dad built a feeder at our big dining room window where we could sit and watch them up close. That scrutiny fueled my heart with question after question with increasing wonderment. Like, “Why did the goldfinches sometimes eat the shells of the sunflower seeds?” They would also sit there eating for a long time, whereas the chickadees and titmice would grab a seed and take off to a tree to pound it open. Curiosity hooked me, and a naturalist was born. Little did I know how richly this would affect my whole life. Sixty years later, the wonder of nature hasn’t ceased. New sights and sounds with their accompanying joy keep my spirits uplifted as the mundane is invaded by little glimpses of creative beauty from beyond this earth. These gifts of awe surround us, not solely to meet some ecological balance, which is incredible in itself, but also to cause us to pause, look up and give thanks to whom it is due. Even while writing this, during our first rain in recent weeks, a small flock of bluebirds started hopping around outside, first on the road, then in my neighbor’s truck and then in his boat, gleaning bugs, I assume, that were beaten off the trees. Never seen that before; may never again; but it’s now a special event lodged in my memory. Fortunately, I wasn’t buried in some distraction or I would have missed it.

Tom Howe

If there is a God who is speaking to us through his creation, shouldn’t we unplug from this world a bit and give Him our ear? Our children especially need extra help in this arena. If adults fall prey to the intoxicating draw of ever increasing addictive pleasures of this world, how much more our children? Wonder is being stolen from us and is being substituted with lesser thrills. Once you learn the difference, the power of the addiction fades and you yearn for more of the real. So, let the real speak, and as Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

If you are looking for a tool to help your children gain an interest in the outdoors, and in this case, birds in particular, visit www. discoverbirds.blogspot. com and learn about the Discover Birds Activity Book created by Vickie Henderson and the Tennessee Ornithological Society.

I vividly remember one such occasion that my mind was opened to understand the wisdom that was implanted in a simple wildflower. Known by several common names such as Carolina desert-chicory, Texas dandelion or false dandelion, it is commonly seen in fields and along roadsides in Tennessee. The pale, lemon-colored, solitary flower is quite striking in its pure hue. But, beyond enjoying its beauty, I was struck by its habit of turning throughout the day to keep facing the sun. (In fact, before the sun rises, it is already facing east.) It then dawned on me that this was a simple picture of a true follower of Jesus Christ who keeps his or her eye on Him and follows Him from the beginning of each day. When I stray from that path and get anxious and self-absorbed, I remember that humble flower, and turn back again. May the eyes of your heart also be opened to hear what the God who cares would speak to you, that your joy would be made full. Tom Howe has been an avid birdwatcher since a child with records dating back to 1959. He is a recent past president of the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, but also has a zeal for botany, butterflies and dragonflies.

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him that the materials were not garbage, the repurposing aspect of 1767 Designs was born. After years on the road as a musician, Hayes decided to go back to business school and pursue a degree in entrepreneurship. His woodworking story began on a balcony in his Franklin apartment, then moved to a garage; from there his craft grew into a team of folks working together. They eventually found their way to a huge and bright space nestled in the cool little neighborhood of Old Hickory. A client believed in the art Hayes was creating and made it possible for them to move into the space, knowing that it would give them room to spread out and grow over time. Now, walking in the front doors, clients are wooed by the dark, black walls and gorgeous curated details and art pieces. The showroom has taken on a life of its own as a co-working space for two other artists creating handmade leather goods and jewelry. While the space currently functions as a retail shop of sorts, Hayes sees the space becoming primarily an avenue to showcase current work and projects and a platform to build relationship with future clients. 1767 Designs produces work with a distinctly art-deco vibe. The unique lines, patterns and shapes that frequent their pieces bring your mind to a dusty southwest town in the 20s. Burning, sanding and stripping the wood, with the addition of gold and brass elements, creates a style and artistic form that is truly distinct. A 1767 side table has the old world charm of your great granddad’s night stand, with the symmetry and glitz of a modern art piece. By utilizing every material from sub flooring, wall paneling and even old mantle pieces, they carry on the legacy and

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inding country back roads and busy city streets both bear the burden of aging historical structures. While preservation is a valuable art form, oftentimes the home cannot be restored, or needs to be removed to make way for new growth. One Nashville business has found a way to do more than just recycle wood from aging homes – they’re preserving its story. When Patrick Hayes officially kicked off 1767 Designs back in March of 2014, he had a vision for utilizing the character and history of old homes and transforming those materials into a unique and By Cari M. Griffith timeless piece of functional artwork. After driving around in Williamson County searching for the perfect materials, Hayes stumbled upon a stash of lath outside of a home. Once he finally tracked down the owner and convinced

memories of those historical structures. In the ever-popular, repurposed, barn wood trend, “There’s a disconnect from the wood and where it comes from. We’re writing Nashville into our story,” says Hayes. All of 1767's items have the year the home was built on the tag, so you can connect the time period with the item that is now hanging on your wall. “It’s important to let people know that it was a home someone lived in for 80-100 years. The city is changing a lot, and we’re turning the negatives of urban decay into something positive.” While wall-art and functional pieces like tables and serving trays are a huge part of their product line, 1767 Designs has jumped

head first into the world of interior concept design. They have worked with clients such as the Thompson Hotel, the boutique bed and breakfast Urban Cowboy, and the new Fox Bar and Cocktail Club to create custom pieces and

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spaces that fit within the vision for their brand or business. “Our favorite is to go in and design and build the whole space. Not just building furniture, but creating a space that the patron can go in and have it impact their experience.” 1767 is paving the way for collaboration with

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individuals and businesses in both big and small projects to be the lifeblood of their business model. They want to start at square one with a client and fully transform a vision into something tangible. The style 1767 has adopted brings ample room for the team of builders and designers to add their own personalities and artistic elements into the brand’s designs. One member of the building and design team, Timothy Durham, draws heavily from his love of nature in his work. “My inspiration for my designs are heavily drawn from the natural and cultural aspects of what I have seen in my travels and education; from my own backyard to the Incan ruins.” Durham reflected on his last year with the company, and says they’re a big, happy family in a quaint

Owner Patrick Hayes merging modern and vintage in Nashville.

and quiet part of town, and he has enjoyed the learning process that comes with constructing such complicated and multi-faceted pieces. “Building and designing framed pieces to hang on walls, as well as the occasional piece of furniture, is extremely rewarding and warming in a way. Working with lath, especially wood that is from a local house built

almost a century ago, has given me a unique chance to mesh the worlds of antique and fresh,” Durham said. 1767 Designs have stockists all over Middle Tennessee and that list is growing. From the tiny pieces to give as gifts or hang in your home, to huge spaces filled with potential, Patrick and his team are up for the challenge.

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utumn’s awesome beauty is here, and Thanksgiving comes right in the midst of it. Beautiful days in the garden give time to enjoy it, soak up the crisp, cool air and some radiant sunshine, find some special morsels in the garden for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and delight in special quiet time for giving thanks!

The Lovely Life of the Leaf What’s more breathtaking than the magnificent tapestry of color created by leaves in the fall. Trees with their leaves of many colors give us a spectacular show like no other. As the leaves fall, they seem to create little mosaic pieces of art where they come to rest. Given time, all those nutrient rich

leaves will create leaf mold to give a healthier life to our garden plants that give a healthier life to us.

Maintenance On days when the weather is favorable, there are several things you will want to get done this month. But remember, if the garden is wet, resist getting out there. That’s a no-no. Yes, you probably have heard that a few times, “No playing in the mud!” So, during these great, fall days this month, enjoy the awesome autumn sights as you do your final clean up in the garden and do some important tasks now that will insure your spring garden gets off to a good, healthy start. To begin the fall clean up, send all those dead plants to compost heaven along with some of those shredded

or chopped, nutrient-rich leaves you have removed from your lawn, so that they don’t smother your grass. Remember, whole leaves will act like a mat or a barrier and result in sending rain water that your plants need away and sealing out air. So chopping or mowing over them and collecting them to use as mulch or in the compost is an important task to get accomplished in the fall. If you have extra, just bag them up in black, plastic garbage bags and you will have yourself some of that wonderful leaf mold. *Key to helping the fungi do their work in decomposing the leaves is moisture. I moisten the leaves in the bag, put a few holes in it and give the bags a toss or turn occasionally. For the most nutrients, use fresh, fallen leaves to make your leaf mold.

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chopped or shredded leaves or other organic matter you have available. Lately, I have been growing extra herbs to use for some of my mulching.

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*If your soil is too acidic, add lime in the fall. It acts slowly but will permeate the soil over the winter. You’ll be ready for spring. Keep watering evergreens until the ground freezes. The soil should not be dry when winter arrives. *Cut mums back leaving 2-3 inches from the soil when they have finished flowering. Apply 2-3 inches of loose mulch (some of those shredded up leaves work well) after the ground freezes. *To help control over wintering insects and disease when all the leaves have fallen from fruit trees, spray dormant oil on shade or flowering trees. *Pick up and dispose of any rotten fruits on the ground. *Prune evergreens to shape. *After all leaves have fallen and trees have gone dormant, you can gently prune any dangerous branches, broken or diseased areas. Wait until winter to do any major pruning. *Secure raspberry canes and other running plants to protect them from wind whipping. *Give flower beds a topping of compost, then mulch them after the ground freezes. Do be careful not to cover the center of perennials and hardy plants. *Cut back the ferns and stalks of asparagus at the ground, add some compost or aged manure and then add 3-4 inches of mulch. *Gather any seeds you want to save, but remember to leave some for our feathered friends through the winter. *After several killing frosts, when roses are dormant and to protect them for the winter, mound soil around the crown and cover the bud union. Buy a bag of soil to do this. Don’t use the soil that is around the plant. Then mulch them well. *Mulch trees and shrubs, but don’t let the mulch touch the bark on the trunk. Remember, DO A DONUT, NOT A VOLCANO. *Turn the soil in your garden and garden beds, add compost and organic matter, rake it out smooth and put it to bed for the winter with a nice cover of wood chips, straw, leaf mold,

Planting *Tuck herbs into flower beds for edible interest. *Transplant perennials throughout fall and winter while they are dormant. *If you still have some nice pepper plants in the garden and if you have room indoors, pot a couple to over winter. *For interest and added fall color in your gardens and landscapes, consider planting yellow and red twig dogwood and contorted filberts. *Plant anything that comes bare root now. *Plant container grown and balled, burlap-covered plants as long as the ground can be worked. Mulch them well, and continue to water new plantings until the ground freezes. *It’s a good time to transplant trees or shrubs now. When transplanting a large root ball, get the plant into a hole that you have prepared quickly to keep the roots from drying out. To keep the wind from whipping them, stake large trees or shrubs. Water well throughout November until the ground freezes. *If you want more flowers and less work and cost, then after a killing frost, plant seeds of self-seeding annuals. There are many to choose from, such as calendula, four o’clock, cleome, California poppy, cornflower, corn poppy, baby’s breath, glorious daisy, lark-spurs, feverfew, nicotiana, tassel flower and violas. Most of these prefer bare soil, but I have many that come up in the spring through mulch and in gravel. So get started planting the seeds. You can loosen the top inch of your soil to remove any weeds and sprinkle or shake a little dry sand over the area you have prepared. Except for poppies, just rake lightly to cover them, as they prefer to remain on the surface. Water them, and then wait for spring for these beauties to come on the scene. Once they are established, you will have new seedlings here, there and possibly


Cassandra Warner consider other colors you may want to add with future plantings. Some colorful additions might be cotoneaster, heavenly bamboo, holly, persimmon, pomegranate, pyracantha, toyon, oakleaf hydrangea, burning bush and blueberry. These have abundant colorful berries, fruit or foliage.

Planting Asparagus In The Fall You can start asparagus from seed, but purchasing 1-2 year old crowns is best. Start by preparing a bed for it. Feed the soil, add compost and worm castings. Asparagus does not like acidic soil, so if needed, add lime until the pH level is between 6-7. Dig a trench that is 12 inches wide and 6-8 inches deep. In the bottom of the trench, add a 2 inch layer of compost or aged manure. Also add a sprinkling of rock phosphate and wood ash. Place the crowns in the prepared trench spreading out their roots with buds facing upward, spacing them 12-18 inches apart. At this time, cover them with 2-3 inches of soil. As the plants begin to grow, continue to add soil to the trench until it

is completely filled. Another method is filling the trench right after planting, being careful the soil is not compacted. Row spacing should be 5 feet apart from center to center of the row. The first year is when you will have to be patient and not cut any spears. Let them grow into stalks and then ferns. In the late fall, remove all the brown stalks and dry ferns. In the second year and for the next 20-30 years or even more, you’ll have

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everywhere to enjoy. *Some cold season annuals you can plant include calendulas, dianthus, violas, johnny-jump-ups, pansies, primroses, snapdragons, Iceland poppies, ornamental kale and cabbage. *Some cool season herbs are cilantro, chives, lavender, rosemary, lovage and parsley. *As long as the ground is not frozen, you can still plant asparagus crowns, garlic, starts of rhubarb and other perennial vegetables. *Plant cover crops to be turned under in the spring. Some popular choices are annual rye grass, barley, buckwheat, clover, winter wheat and winter rye. *Plant your spring flowering bulbs this month. Now is your opportunity to prepare yourself a spring sensation of fabulous sights and smells. *Fantastic foliage colors in the fall range from red, gold, orange, purple, rust, yellow and burgundy. As you watch the fall colors around you in your garden and landscape,

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grant and nice to have during the holidays. It will take 3-6 weeks for the flowers to appear. Looking for a Thanksgiving flower power trip? The 54th annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums display will begin at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore, Alabama, November 4th and runs through November 22nd. I went several years ago and it is absolutely worth the trip. These are not the mums we are used to seeing, and you won’t likely see them anywhere else. Their blooms come later and in cascades more than four feet long. Amazing doesn’t quite cover the display of what they do with those chrysanthemums. All I can say is get ready to be speechless, but have your camera ready!

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Flower Power “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul” Luther Burbank

Harvest Greens are the stars of the garden right now: mustard, turnip, collard, kale, spinach, swiss chard, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Root crops such as carrots, leeks and beets can stick around longer if you give them a good layer of mulch. Continue to dig Jerusalem artichokes as needed. After a hard frost, you can mulch spinach with six inches of shredded leaves on top of the bed, along the sides and ends. Then cover the bed with a tarp and weight it down with rocks or scrap lumber. This puts the spinach in a cozy warm bed as winter settles in and puts it to sleep. When spring comes, hardy spinach seedlings with established root systems will be ready to take off. Once the plants are uncovered, work the soil with hand cultivator and water. You can use a large spray bottle to soak the leaves on all sides with

Plant bulbs of amaryllis, paper whites and narcissus now. Just plant them in pots or grow them in pebbles and water in a glazed pot or a bowl. These are so pretty, fra-

a diluted combination of fish emulsion and kelp. Keep the soil moist and weeded. Give spinach a supplemental foliar feed weekly.

Garden Quotes and Sayings “In the garden autumn is, indeed, the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in daffodil time, do we get such superb color effects as from August to November.” Rose G. Kingsley “It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the spring, who reaps a harvest in the autumn” B.C. Forbes “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade” Rudyard Kipling “When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.” Ramakrishna “I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” Abraham Lincoln “We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of time: How much is enough?” Wendell Berry Hope you have many awesome, autumn days in November’s garden, feel the flower power and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 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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ing in the Christmas Season this year by attending the Nativity Exhibition and Christmas Concert in downtown Columbia. It all starts on Friday, December 1st, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Parish Hall), 311 W. 7th St., Columbia, where one of the most extensive Nativity exhibits in Middle Tennessee will be on display. At 2 p.m. that same day, Friar Tom Wilson will lead a Stained Glass guided tour of St. Peter’s beautiful and historical stained glass windows. On Saturday, December 2, the Nativity Exhibition will be open again, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with “Lessons and Carols” presented at 4 p.m. There will be one last opportunity to view the Nativity Exhibition from 12 noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2017. The weekend will culminate with a special musical premiere of Charles Heimermann’s Christmas. Two of the same concerts will be held, one at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the second at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, across the street. Under the baton of arranger, Charles W. Heimermann, the

Christmas concert showcases one hour of music performed by the Heimermann Children’s Choir and Chorale. The 22-member Heimermann Children's Choir features children from five counties throughout Middle Tennessee, with one third of the students being from Maury County. Heimermann, who was a professional child chorister himself, allows the children's voices to bring brilliance and excitement to the overall sound, creating a palette for their soaring treble voices. They are joined by the 40-member Heimermann Chorale, a professional, adult, vocal ensemble with members from all over Middle Tennessee. To evoke authenticity and add to the Christmas spirit, Heimermann incorporates instruments such as tubular bells, chimes and glockenspiel. Brand new arrangements of some the most loved Christmas carols interspersed with the children singing Advent and Christmas chants in their angelic voices can be expected. Charles Heimermann has been a musical figure in the Nashville community for years. He was a soloist with the Nashville Symphony Chorus for 20 years, having played the role of Dr. Suess’s,

Grinch. He has arranged for The the concert at St. Peter’s Episcopal Nashville Choir, Michael W. Smith, Church, go to www.saintpeterscoThe Gaither's and David Phelps to lumbia.org, or call the church at name a few. His Mass of the Angels 931-388-3331. debuted in Rome, Italy, in 2000 to celebrate Pope John Paul's 80th birthday celebration. No admission will be charged, however, a freewill offering to help offset the cost for the choirs will Two Christmas Events! be accepted. All donations are tax-deductible. Saturday, December 2 at 6 p.m. The Heimermann ChilAdult Christmas Choir Concert & dren’s Choir is continually Shawnettee Children’s Choir seeking talented children Youngsters ages 4 through 12 from ages 8-16 years old. The choir meets every Delicious soups, chili, sandwiches and Monday night, from 6:30-8 desserts from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Donations accepted for the Collinwood Help Center p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 801 High Sunday, December 10 Street, Columbia. at 6 p.m. Call 615-593-1042 or go to Children’s Christmas www.hccsings.org to set Program up an appointment with 20-foot cedar tree and a Mr. Heimermann. visit by Santa For more information on the Nativity Exhibition or Shawnettee United Methodist Church 120 Little Shawnettee Road Collinwood, Tennessee Pastor Tim Ferguson

Shawnettee Annual Christmas Concert & Children’s Program

Christmas In The Collinwood City Park The annual “Christmas in the Park” is set for Wednesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. in Ralph Hughes Park located in the center of Collinwood. Sponsored by over 20 area churches who all participate by singing, sharing the Christmas Story, or bringing delicious homemade goodies, hot apple cider, hot chocolate all free for everyone to enjoy. The Collinwood High School and Middle School F.C.A. Club decorate

the stage and a lighted Christmas tree in the park for the event of the night. Cool night air always sets the scene for a beautiful evening of Christmas music, with the story of the birth of Jesus intertwined in the assortment of Christmas Carols. Seating is provided, so put on your coats, gloves, scarves and toboggans and come on out and enjoy a Christmas holiday event to remember.

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n 1980, there was a television movie called Gideon's Trumpet. It starred Henry Fonda as Clarence Earl Gideon. Gideon was convicted for the felony of breaking and entering for the purpose of committing a misdemeanor. He asked for a court appointed lawyer. This request was denied because Florida only appointed lawyers By Landis Turner for capital offenses. Gideon had to represent himself and was sentenced to five years in the state prison. Plaintiff filed a petition to the Florida Supreme Court which denied any relief. The case finally ended in the Supreme Court of the United States. Plaintiff argued that his trial was unfair because the Bill of Rights guaranteed he would have counsel. Since criminal trials are adversary, the field must be equal and a defendant must not be required to face a prosecutor without counsel. The court agreed. Later cases held that the right to counsel applies to any case in which the defendant faces imprisonment, regardless of the time. Minor offenses such as speeding are not affected, but DUI is. This decision happened in 1963.

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It resulted in public defenders' offices opening in every major city. By the late eighties, Tennessee had PD offices in the four major cities and there was talk about creating model programs in other areas, like Clarksville and Jackson where the need was serious. It seemed to me, that the need was serious all over the state, especially in rural areas. The TV news indicates, in Nashville, there is at least one shooting every night. I'll bet that 90 percent of the defendants are unable to hire a private lawyer. As the number of crimes increased, judges had to appoint more and more lawyers for indigent defendants. Many lawyers, especially sole practitioners, were really suffering. They were having to handle so many non-paying clients that they had no time for those able to pay. Some were unable to pay their secretaries, so the lawyers had to do their own typing and office work. Wives who hadn't done so before had to seek employment. To make things worse, the Board of Professionial Responiblity issued a rule that lawyers who were city or county attorneys could not represent indigent clients in their home county if they worked regularly with law enforcement officers as witnesses or otherwise. They said it would be a conflict of interest. (I was both a county and city attorney.) So people like me had to accept appointments in other counties, and their lawyers had to

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travel here (at their own expense). Judges had to start appointing lawyers who were senior partners in their firms or otherwise prominent. Some objected but didn't get far. For example, Lon McFarland of Columbia, former president of the TBA, notified the clerk that he was too busy to accept appointed work but would "try" to find a young lawyer to do it. Judge Jerry Scott had his clerk call the office and say that if Lon wasn't in his office within a few minutes, he would be jailed for contempt of court. Lon went at once and accepted the appointment. Jerry was a classmate of mine and former member of our firm, so I wasn't surprised at his temper. And, of course, Lon was in the wrong. Thank goodness the state supreme court reversed the decision of the TBOPR, so we were able to avoid most of the travel to other counties. As the leader of the TBA, I, along with many of our members, decided something had to be done about the appointment crisis. We drafted a bill to make the office of public defender statewide. I told John Lyell, our excellent lobbyist, to give this bill his top priority and not to work on anything until this was done. (A family law specialist in Memphis wanted something every year.) Our most valuable helper in the legislature was Representative Bill Purcell. Bill is a former federal PD and later became mayor of Metro Nashville for eight years. Bill, John and I worked together very well. None of us believed we would be able to make the PD offices statewide, but we had a good chance to get a few model programs. The governor's budget bill provided for $20 million not required for the state's needs. So we might get part of that. $6 million would be the least to go statewide. And that would give PDs a lot less pay than DAs make, and they don't have to handle appeals, as PDs must. But nobody ever promised us that we could expect everything to be fair. In order to have any chance of success, the bill had to survive Rep. Shelby Rhinehart's subcommittee. That was where the General Assembly deposited money bills they had no intention of passing. It was known as The Black Hole and Shelby was called the Prince of Darkness. Fortunately, neither the comptroller of the treasury

nor the governor opposed our bill, either of whom could have killed it. Actually Gov. McWherter gave us some help. The three of us talked to every member of the legislature and twice to those on Shelby's subcommittee. We were thrilled when the chairman lowered his gavel and announced that the bill had passed muster there, and the bill was referred to the full committee. We had no trouble there. Now we had to get the bill through the whole General Assembly. Two serious problems arose. The PD in Shelby County, whom I knew well, opposed the bill, and he had immense influence with the members from Memphis and thereabouts. I called him and learned that he was concerned that the bill would reduce money for his office. Upon being assured that would not be the case, he withdrew his objections and released his votes. On the day of voting, Senator John Ford of Memphis, a supporter, was in the lunch room and refused to end a conservation for even a few minutes and missed the vote. We feared we were sunk, but the billed passed without him. Now, PDs all over the state can thank these efforts for their jobs. When the PDs have a conflict of interest, private lawyers are still appointed. Usually, it is unwise and sometimes unethical for a lawyer, PD or not, to represent more than one defendant in a criminal case. There is almost always a conflict between such clients' cases over the facts or law. In such cases, lawyers must be appointed, but now the supreme court has an office to pay hourly fees to the lawyers. It's far from adequate, but better than it used to be. Also, the legislature will be asked to create and fund another group of PDs to handle indigent appeals. This was my first effort to lobby but certainly not the last. 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 South-Sewanee and Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is a former president of the Tennessee Bar Association.


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re you at rest? Do you have peace? Hebrews 4:9 reads, “There remains therefore, a rest for the people of God.” Whenever we see “therefore” in a sentence, we ask what the “therefore” is there for. This promise is in the larger context of Hebrews Chapter 3:16 through 4:13. Read it! By Charles E. Newbold, Jr Hebrews was initially written to Hebrews (Jews) who had become believers in Messiah, Jesus. Scholars largely agree that those Hebrews who had become believers in Jesus Christ were under severe persecution from the synagogue Jews. They were being pressed to renounce their faith in Jesus and return to their previous practices in Judaism. Had the Hebrew believers knuckled under the persecution to go back under the Law, they would have denied the death and resurrection of Jesus, who died for them once and for all. They would be turning away from all the better promises of God in Christ. Consequently, there would remain no further sacrifice for their sins. By denying their faith, they would have fallen from grace. This would have been a very grievous thing for them to do. To go back under the Law as a means of obtaining their righteousness would have been an act of unbelief in the finished work of God in Christ. The Hebrew believers were being compared to the Israelites in the wilderness who fell into unbelief. While their circumstances were different from the Hebrew believers, the core issue was the same. They did not trust Yahveh (the name of God) to be their God—to lead them, protect them, heal them, provide for them, and to fight their battles for them. Unbelief, then, was their sin. Their unbelief was considered disobedience and rebellion. All unbelief is sin. “What is not of faith is sin.” Rom. 14:23.

All sin is unbelief. According to the book of Hebrews, sin is the failure to believe God, to trust in Him through Christ as their sufficiency. When we truly take Jesus at His word, truly believe that He is who He said He was, and has done all that He has said that He has done, we enter into His promised Sabbath Rest. That is it! We enter through faith. When we hear the Gospel message (the Good News of Jesus Christ) and mix it with faith, we are set free from all sin, unforgiveness, shame, worry, fear and condemnation. When we are set free from those kinds of things, we are at peace. We have His rest. Unbelief is calling God a liar. He hates to be called a liar. “God is not a man, that He should lie.” Num. 23:19. Yet, that is what we do when we fail to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; that He is our Savior, redeemer, justifier, righteousness, deliverer, sanctifier and glorifier; that He is our health and our healing, our physician, provider and protector; that He is our all in all—our sufficiency in all things. Nothing pleases God more than for us to have faith in Him—to believe Him, believe in Him, trust Him and take Him at His word. How do we enter into His promised Rest? We repent of our unbelief. Turn to the only One in all creation who can give us that rest. God has promised Himself a people who will have entered into His precious, promised Sabbath Rest. Believe it! “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the [living] word of God.” Romans 10:17.

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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. www.CharlesNewbold.com

Article adapted from the book by Charles Elliott Newbold, Jr. Stepping Into The Circle of All That Pertains To The Kingdom Of God, Chapter 15, “Entering into His Sabbath Rest,” pages 89-96. Available at Amazon.com.

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razies still predict the end of the world. Specific apocalyptic dates have been thrown out by weirdos throughout the history of humankind, yet we are still here. And their theories and formulas to prove the final date obviously are erroneous. John, imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos, hearing from God, the author of Revelations, wasn’t even stupid enough to give an actual date. If one cares not of making himself a fool in others' minds, it matters not what date one predicts. Just the notoriety is enough to feed the ego. Crazy, weird and love to feed the ego? My personality is perfect for dating the demise of the future. In a dream, probably more a

daze, the postulation hit my gray matter like a forged, metal object attached to a wooden handle. Actually, the hammer slid from the roof while I was climbing down the ladder. No matter. In a moment of stupor, the numbers began to make sense: Multiply 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0 = 0. (Remember to multiply the zero twice since it is at the beginning and the end.) What does that mean? Nothing. Except we started with zero (nothing) and ended with zero (nothing). The simple zero explains it all. I should know. Just like the beginning of time, starting with zero, when we get to doomsday, we will be back at zero. All the numbers in between are pointless. Humans fret on the time between the zeroes, particularly the specific

day we all die at the same time. But the period between is extraneous. Therefore, what is really real is irrelevant relevancy. So, the genius: I predict the apocalyptic day, we all dread, will occur the last day before we return to zero. Isn’t it cool how God uses his sheep (in this case, me) to reveal unexplainable, mind-boggling phenomena. I guess I’m kinda like John, except not imprisoned. I’ve always wondered what crime he committed. And why God used a lowly prisoner for such an important message. You would think God would have chosen a great mind like mine instead of a jailbird. Anyway, now that we know the day, we can relax and go on living: hating, murdering, manipulating, stealing, committing adultery,

drugging, drinking, etc. All the stuff Sodom and Gomorrah were doing when God intervened. Oh, sorry. Too negative? Thought it was appropriate for doomsday articles. Try this: loving, playing, learning, feeding the hungry, community service, butterflies... Are you confused? Me too. But you can’t argue with God, or hammers for that matter.

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