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uscadines drip from the vine, and autumn's crisp breeze signals summer's end. Brilliant colors will follow, adorning Middle Tennessee's landscape in patterns artists endeavor to replicate. Sparkling rivers and streams reflect the glory and earth's inhabitants bask in the reprieve from summer's oven. What to do? Discover a backroad destination in South Central Tennessee or dive into the night life of Nashville – whichever suits you best! Spend quality time with the ones who

love you and remember to do at least one kindness every day. We are grateful for the opportunity to connect with you. Share your adventures with us on one of our social media outlets or send us an email. Happy October! ________ A celebration of the life of former Ornithology Report staff writer, Bill Pulliam, is planned for the afternoon of October 21, 2017 at the Hohenwald United Methodist Church. We will post more information on our Facebook page as it becomes available.

Reality Perspective When He‘s 20, I’ll be 77


hard man with a big heart and little emotion, my granddaddy died of a massive stroke, sitting in his chair in the breezeway, after finishing a bowl of ice cream. I was in the process of becoming a man. Our connection was strong during my childhood (I was firstborn grandkid), but I spent my teens an idiot, long haired rebel. Wish I could rewrite the skipped years. However, we were catching up quickly By Shane Newbold when he passed. He was 66 and I was 25. Probably would not be a void in my psyche had he lived a few more years. He left as I was beginning to appreciate his existence. But my Mamabo and Ruby Mamaw lived a long time. I took nothing for granted and worried them often. They never seemed to mind. Dad’s father died when Dad was a teen. And he was in and out when dad was a kid. A big, psychological hole left for sure. My Dad is a fortunate man. Surrounded by family including great grandkids, his 81 year old body stills defies the odds, pacemaker and all. He is watching his family grow up and we still have our dad/grandfather/great grandfather. He has fought his own “thorns in the flesh” as us all, but remains the praying patriarch. When he’s

100, I’ll be 80. Becky Jane’s father passed shortly before we were married in 1987. Similar to me and my granddaddy, her foundation was shaken as she was entering womanhood. When she was 21, his heart quit at 60. Often, since, she has yearned for his affirmation and counsel. A mostly inept husband cannot fill that emptiness. Wylie comes along. I am 61, he’s nearly 4. The non-biological grandson bound to every molecule in his Papa’s and Mimi Jane’s bodies, souls and spirits. For now, he lives and breathes as we live and breathe. Martina, our youngest, came to us at three months old and has been a bag of trouble ever since. LOL. She will probably read this. As much my child as the others, when she was one, I was 39. Wylie is hers. No genetic legacy to me, but they both are mine. Everyone needs a rock. An unmovable force to lean against, on which we sometimes bang our hard heads. And, it is always there. My prayer: That my lifespan is long enough, my value of all that is good remains and my body and mind adequately keep. So, when Wylie is 20, and I’m 77, he will have a rock on which to bang his head, if need be. Reality perspective? I will do for him until I can’t. At some point, gonna need some young buck of a grandkid to help launch the boat. I wanna live long enough so he can do for me. Leave no holes in the heart, no living undone.


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Table of Contents

Validity October 2017 • Vol. 7, Issue 10

Tiny Details Big Canvas Page 16

By Sydney Phillips “The scenery at home inspires my artwork.” Interview with Centerville, Tennessee artist Amy Wheeler.

Validity Recipes By Cari Marye Griffith Recreating traditional favorites. Page 8

Goats, Music & More Marshall County, Lewisburg, Tennessee fun weekend 15 years strong. Page 12

Hoedown on the Harpeth Page 8

Looking for classic country? We found it! Page 15

Hiding from War By DeeGee Lester Young Mohammed Alkhateb and his family flee to America. Page 21

Ornithology Report Page 12

Our Go-To bird books. Page 22

Ryan Long

Cemetery Stroll

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By Nancy Brewer Discover history and intrigue in Lawrenceburg's ancient burial site. Page 27

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Contents October Book Review

Ask A Lawyer

By James Lund

By Landis Turner

If the Creek Don’t Rise, by Leah Weiss.

Inner workings among peers.

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October Gardens

The Believer’s Walk

By Cassandra Warner

By Charles Newbold

Dark gardens and strategy changes for fall.

It’s that simple, you only have to believe

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Also in this Issue: From the Publisher, Page 5 Reality Perspective, Page 5 Lookin’ Back, Page 29 Unconscionable Cogitation, Page 30

Publisher Becky Jane Newbold,, 931-628-6039 Managing Editor Shane Newbold,, 931-628-6039

Celebrating 40 Years!

Contributing Writers, Cari Marye Griffith, Cassandra Warner, Charles Newbold Jr., DeeGee Lester, James Lund, Landis Turner, Nancy Brewer Contributing Photographers, Cari Marye Griffith, Cassandra Warner, Ryan Long

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 10 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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Harvest Pot Roast

8 October 2017

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hilly, foggy mornings, cool evenings with the chorus of chirping crickets and that one yellow leaf on your favorite tree signal that fall is just around the corner! I've already seen more than a handful of people racing to their nearest coffee shop to order a pumpkin spice latte wearing the scarf they just pulled out from under their bed. To celebrate the arrival of fall, I love incorporating deliciously fragrant herbs and spices to my usual go-to recipes. Pot roasts have a long tradition on family tables as a trusty, comfort food recipe that everyone enjoys. I took my favorite pot roast method and added a pretty arrangement of root vegetables and the spices of autumn. The addition of apples and sweet potatoes brought a natural sweetness and aroma that melded perfectly with the savory onions and garlic. Serve with savory spaghetti squash and a lovely green salad. In continuing with the theme of making my house smell like an autumn wonderland, I used similar spices and made a pumpkin granola that will now be a household staple for us. Customize your mix with different nuts, spices or sugars, and find a blend that fulfills everything your morning yogurt bowl could desire. Bring along a bag of granola to snack on as you enjoy the waning days of summer, and join me in welcoming the coming of fall!

Harvest Pot Roast Ingredients: 2 small sweet, yellow onions 5-6 carrots (I used heirloom multicolored carrots, because why not?) 1 parsnip 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes 4 cloves garlic 1 apple 1 - 3 pound beef pot roast 2 Tablespoons oil (or more if needed) ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon cloves ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon paprika 3 bay leaves ½ cup red wine (To omit, use ½ cup beef broth) 2 cups beef broth 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Salt and pepper

Recipe, photos and food styling by Cari Marye Griffith

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Set an elegant table with hearty Harvest Pot Roast.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 275. Finely chop garlic, then dice onions, carrots, parsnip, sweet potato and apple into medium-sized chunks. Rinse pot roast and season with salt and pepper. In a large, heavy-bottomed dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat and add onions. Sauté until starting to slightly brown on some edges, and add garlic, carrots and parsnips. Sauté for a few more minutes, stirring frequently to keep the vegetables from browning too much. Using a slotted spoon, transfer carrots and onions to a small bowl and set aside. Add additional oil to pot if needed, and place roast in the pot. Add 2 teaspoons Worcestershire on top of the roast, sear on all sides, and remove from pot. Add wine to the pot and scrape off all of the yummy goodness on the bottom. Next, add broth, nutmeg, paprika, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves to the pot and whisk to combine. Return the roast to the pot and add broth, all vegetables, apple and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Cover pot and place in oven for 3-4 hours, or until the roast falls apart easily with your fork. Serve with crusty bread, an autumn salad or a savory green vegetable side. This recipe could also be adapted for use in the crockpot. October 2017


Spaghetti Squash Recipe

This recipe is as easy as it looks! Preheat the oven to 325. Wash the spaghetti squash and slice in half. Spoon the seeds and strings, creating a clean well in the center, then drizzle oil into the wells and using your hands, spread it thoroughly over the entire squash. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto the cut half and place face down on a tin foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-45 minutes, flipping the squash halfway through. The squash is done when it shreds easily with a fork. Serve with your favorite spaghetti sauce, with sautéed kale and sausage or just add some herbs and cheese and eat it by itself !

Cari Marye Griffith

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1 Spaghetti Squash 2 Tablespoons oil Salt and pepper

s Pumpkin Spice Granola

10 October 2017

Cari Marye Griffith

3 cups thick rolled oats ½ cup sliced almonds ½ pepitas (pumpkin seeds) ½ cup shredded coconut (optional) ½ cup macadamia nut meats ¼ cup coconut oil 2 Tablespoons honey ¼ cup maple syrup ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon cloves ½ teaspoon all spice 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons flour 3 Tablespoons pumpkin purée 3 Tablespoons coconut or regular sugar

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Add honey and fruit to Pumpkin Spice Granola for a wonderful anytime treat.

How to make Pumpkin Spice Granola

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix oats, almonds, pepitas, coconut and macadamia nuts. In a small bowl, mix together spices, salt and flour, and stir into oat mixture. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt coconut oil, maple syrup, honey and pumpkin together, and whisk to combine. Quickly stir liquids into oats, and stir well to incorporate all ingredients.

If you have more self control than we do, and you actually have some left over, store in an airtight container for about a week.

Cari Marye Griffith

Line a large baking sheet or two small baking sheets with parchment paper, and bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan once halfway through. Let the granola cool for 15 minutes without stirring to form delicious crunchy clusters. It's okay to sneak a bite or two, though. You won't be able to resist.

Store Pumpkin Spice Granola for up to one week, if you can keep from eating it all the first day!

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.

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Goats, Music and More Festival Celebrates 15th Year


he festival that honors those famous “fainting” goats of Marshall County, Tennessee returns to Lewisburg, this October 13 and 14 with another great lineup of entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy. On Friday, the festival really kicks into gear with Fainting (Myotonic) and Boer Goat shows, kids’ games and rides, arts and crafts, vendors, food and musical entertainment. Musical artists from across the region will perform throughout Friday evening to cap a fun-filled first day of the festival leading up to a free concert by grammy award winner, John Michael Montgomery. John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music's most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of

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awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Since the days when "Life's A Dance" turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets--believability. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist. It is readily apparent in love songs that have helped set the standard for a generation. Songs like “I Swear,” “I Love the Way You Love Me” and “I Can Love You Like That” still resonate across the landscape. Saturday night, another iconic group takes the Rock Creek Park stage – Lonestar. For more than 20 years, Lonestar logged countless miles touring throughout the world, released

several Platinum-selling albums and ten No. 1 singles, earned ACM and CMA awards and inspired rave reviews as far away as London, where The Guardian proclaimed them exemplars of “country’s greatest strength: picture-painting, story-based, tear-your-heartout lyrics that are the most direct and lucid in popular music.” If the goats are your thing, you

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If The Creek Don't Rise If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss

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adie Blue is a young newlywed who made a terrible mistake marrying Roy. It seems she has simply followed the pattern of abuse set by the generations that came before her. Roy will find any reason to hit her or beat her unconscious. What Sadie doesn’t know is that she is about to find her strength. It’s only been a few days since they were married and she’s had about enough of this mess. Life in rural Appalachia in 1970 can be hard and wicked. James Lund The folks in Sadie’s com- October 2017

munity are set in their ways. They do things the way they’ve always been done. That is, until Miss Kate Shaw comes to town. Kate has been hired as the new teacher for the dozen or so students in their little community of Baines Creek. Specifically sought out because of her age and experience, Kate is a tall, strong, middle-aged woman who can take what this community is about to dish out to her. They’ve run off the younger, less experienced teachers that have come before her, but Kate will remain. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific character, with that character’s voice explaining their actions and thoughts. The author presents many of the characters with an impressive self-awareness, wherein they recognize their own flaws, with the occasional justification. This is most apparent in the Prudence Perkins character. The unmarried sister of the local preacher, she is a nasty, bitter woman who is perfectly aware of how wretched her actions are, but continually justifies them by distorting her religious and moral obligations to

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the greater community. Those of us born and bred in the south consider the Appalachian people to be southerners too. I was encouraged by the way Weiss handles the depressed, poverty stricken region where the novel is based. She offers up the characters as individuals without painting the people of the Appalachian region with that broad, condescending brush that has become so popular in modern culture. Weiss has come out strong with her debut novel. I’m looking forward to what she gives us next. You can find copies of If the Creek Don’t Rise 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. 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.

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ashville’s newest music festival announces second year of live music, pickin’ circles and camping just 30 minutes from downtown Nashville. This year’s Hoedown on the Harpeth features music greats such as Gary West, Roni & Donna Stoneman (from Hee Haw and the Grand Ole Opry), and many other Old Time, Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Western Swing and Classic Country musicians who will take the stage at this family-friendly, weekend-long music festival October 13-14, 2017 at Hayshed Farms in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. Hayshed Farms is just 20 miles west of Nashville. Tickets are available at Hoedown on the Harpeth shows off the roots and heritage of Nashville with its many different music styles, nightly barn dances, camping, kids area with face painting, music workshops, fiddle contest and more. Producers Robert and Jessica Dunn are long-time local musicians who are realizing their dream of a music festival that celebrates Nashville’s local tradition of jamming and brings together people from all walks of life to enjoy music in the outdoors. This year’s Emcees are Sam Jackson & The Darrell Brothers and featured musicians include Mike Compton & Joe Newberry, Three Country Tenors, Iron Horse, Glade City Rounders and 50 Shades of Hay as well as the Tennessee Warblers, King’s Highway, the Farmer & Adele Show, up and coming artists Girl & Uma Peters, Route 40, and The Benders. Two stages and a workshop tent will spill onto the fields of Hayshed Farms on Big Turnbull Creek, a favorite festival location for local craft fairs, music, and fundraisers. Hayshed Farms boasts a fine view of Big Turnbull Creek with its bluffs and fields right outside of Nashville. More information about Hayshed Farms is at

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ocal art reaches its pinnacle of intricacies when Amy Wheeler is involved. Her striking attention to detail in nature is remarkable and unique. At her home in Centerville, Tennessee, there’s no shortage of picturesque nature scenes, but Amy focuses on the simple pieces of the picture we pass by without really taking a second glance. I sat down to find out a bit more about Amy and her inspiration. Q. Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started painting. A. I grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and my mother and father always said as soon as I could hold a pencil, I started drawing. I always knew it was what I wanted to do my whole life. I’ve always been creative, and I attribute some of that to being an only child. I always had to entertain myself, so drawing and painting were something I could do by myself for long periods of time. I’ve been out in Centerville for fifteen years because of the nature; the scenery at my home inspires my artwork. I love to showcase the things people walk by - leaves, for example. The majority of my paintings are of something small, blown up on a large scale.

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Q. What is the process for you to create one of your paintings? What medium do you use? A. First, I take photos and use a projector to enlarge the photos.

I’ll play with it for a bit so I can get the composition I want on the canvas. From there, I use oil paints and the photo as a reference for color and texture to create my art. Mostly the large canvases are oil; but if I use watercolor paper, I’ll use acrylics. I also stretch the canvas myself. I build my own frame, and then I stretch the canvas over it. I love taking the image around the edge, to give the audience the option of hanging it that way or framing it. So when I create something, it is almost entirely completely original and organic. It’s a very satisfying process. Q. Where is your art featured? How could someone get in touch with you to purchase your pieces?

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A. They could reach me through Facebook, and my artwork is shown at The Gallery on the Square in Centerville. I really clicked with the owner, and I’m really grateful for her platform. Q. What do you do as your “day job,” so to speak? A. I am the visual presentation manager at Ashley Furniture in Brentwood, Tennessee. So basically, I make the store look pretty. I’m blessed to have that job as well, because I’m able to think outside the box and be creative there too. Unfortunately, I have to pay the bills, but eventually, I’d love to transition to selling art fulltime. Meanwhile, I’m very happy and grateful for my current job, while also spending my free time painting on the canvases I make. Any time I get to paint and create is fulfilling for me.

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he blessing of an education – the opportunity to attend school and to learn – can too often be taken for granted. But when you grow up surrounded by the sound of gunfire exBy DeeGee Lester and plosions, and your school is taken over by armed troops for use as a military barracks, education becomes a passion; an honorable and lofty goal. That goal propels Overton High School sophomore Mohammed Alkhateb, who now beams with joy whenever he talks about “my school.” Mohammed, his parents, grandmother and four younger siblings are Syrian refugees who arrived in Nashville last January. Their war-torn city of Homs is the third largest in Syria and has the reputation as “the capital of Revolution” in the fight against Bashar Al-Assad. Images show the mass destruction of this once-beautiful city. “It was very bad,” Mohammed explains. “When the war started, there was a lot of killing. We just stay inside the home. I didn’t

go to school for two years. The fourth and fifth grade, I missed all of that. Only my father would go outside to get food for us. We would sit there and we were scared. It was like a jail.” On the same street, he remembers tanks coming to fire upon people and buildings. The effect on these young children, physical and emotional, was tremendous. He points to his head and the white hair interspersed with the thick black hair. “I was scared all the time,” he explains. With the exception of nine months in Damascus, the family lived in Homs. “One day, my father said, 'Tonight, the army is coming. Today, we go!’ We just ran to Jordan. We took nothing with us. We don’t want anything – just safety.” After one night in a camp in Jordan, the family got to move into a house in Amman. “We have just our clothes, so we sat on the floor. There was nothing. My father was able to get pillows for us.” Once his father started working as a barber, the family moved to a larger house and the children returned to school. “We went to three different schools and I did 6th, 7th and half of 8th grade.” Mohammed liked Jordan and was happy to be back in school, despite the bullying. “They would

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tell us, ‘You are refugees. We don’t want you here’. Even little kids would say, ‘Go back to Syria’.” At last, the IOM, an international organization for refugees, called and informed his father the family could register to travel to America. The registration and vetting system was intense, requiring interviews with the entire family. “We did 20 interviews and the whole process took two years. We waited and we thought, ‘They don’t want us to go.’ But my father said, ‘We will wait and see. There is nothing else to do.’ The last interview, we got immunizations and they taught us about the papers we need, and things like how to find a house and a job. At last we were told to ‘get prepared,’ we would be going to America.” “My father couldn’t believe it,” Mohammed says. “We hurried back and told everyone, ‘We’re going to America!’” His own excitement was mixed with the realization that this would be a new country with a new language, new alphabet, and he wondered how he would ever be able to communicate. “But I knew, we have a big future!” Like many before them, the family was inspired by the promise of America. After landing in Houston, they arrived in Nashville at the start of 2017. Mohammed was placed in Overton High, a school with a large, diverse population, whose faculty is among the best in moving students quickly into English language comprehension – speaking, reading and writing.

“I have the best teachers,” he says enthusiastically. “When I have a problem or something is complicated, I go to Mr. Esterline or one of the others. They are so proud of me. They say, ‘How did you learn English in ten months?’” Mohammed uses every opportunity to learn and to use his English. “In the summer, I didn’t sit home. I was in summer school.” He also volunteered for a summer internship at the Parthenon where he created a Power Point for teachers to teach students about the destruction of World Heritage Sites. The promise of America is reflected in Mohammed’s experience. The student who arrived ten months ago with no English and an education interrupted by war, has presented at Alignment Nashville’s Parent University, served as student voice on a VIP Panel before the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Report Card Committee and before visitors from Ford Hub. His recent report card was dominated by “A’s” with the exception of two “B’s.” “I have a big future in America,” He says. “My goal in America is to communicate very well with people and to be a translator or the director of an organization, like the Parthenon or the Director of Schools.” DeeGee Lester serves as Director of Education at the Parthenon in Nashville and is the author of several books. October 2017


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he awesome autumn season is now here, the air is cool and crisp. The leaves on the trees changing, drenches the landscape in spectacular colors, and they glisten and shine as the sunlight filters through. The bugs are not as buggie and the need to mow has slowed. Seems like a perfect time to celebrate the season’s change.

Harvest *This month frost will surely visit our gardens at some point, so anything left from the summer garden should be harvested. *Harvest and dry herbs for use in teas and for seasonings through the winter. *Harvest shell (dry) beans when plants and pods are brown. *Harvest root crops as needed. What you leave in the ground, the cold weath-

er will sweeten. *Harvest leafy greens such as kale and chard as needed. Frost won’t hurt them, it can actually improve their flavor. *Harvest pumpkins and gourds before first frost. *You can begin to harvest sunchokes. Harvest no more than what you can use in a week. Harvest them through February. *Dig sweet potatoes before a frost kills the vines.

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Planting As the weather begins to cool, it’s the perfect time to plant any trees and shrubs you have had on your wish list. Think about adding trees and shrubs that will give you color and interest for all four seasons. Also, plant trees and bushes to provide fruits and nuts. Yes, it’s fall, but think spring bulbs. Start buying and planning. November and December are the best time for planting spring bulbs. Consider planting some fragrant ones in areas where you spend most of your time outdoors entertaining, relaxing, coming and going, so you can delight often in the fragrance as well as the beautiful blooms. You can start planting daffodil bulbs in October. On or around the first killing frost, plant garlic and shallots. Sow radish seed for a late crop. Sow spinach seed now to let overwinter. Cover it with straw to have an early harvest in the spring. Sow lettuce seeds or set transplants in a protected

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Maintenance The summer crops took up a lot of nutrients, so it is a good time to feed the soil if you have made some good rich compost this year. Your soil is hungry for it. As you are cleaning up for fall, there is the opportunity for adding to the compost pile or creating a new one. Remember, you can’t get too much compost. Don’t forget to moisten the compost pile regularly to prevent flies from breeding in it. Save seeds for planting in next spring's garden. Take cuttings from perennials.

If Japanese beetles were a problem for your gardens, they are returning to the soil now. Treat for grubs with milky spore. After a killing frost, as you clean up the asparagus bed and cut back the ferns, spread one-half inch layer of compost or well rotted manure. Mulch it to keep the bed neat and weed free over the winter. While you are in the asparagus bed, you might want to scatter a few daffodil bulbs randomly throughout to bring in some lovely spring joy before the asparagus arrives. Love those leaves. They are great for the garden. Tree roots reach deep into the subsoil and absorb trace minerals, which then appear in the leaves. It is best to shred or mow over the leaves making them much easier to use as mulch or incorporating into the soil. They will break down more quickly to enrich the soil. Leaf mold is created when leaves have fully decomposed over a long time. You can pile them in a sheltered spot and leave for two years. Or, speed up the process. 1. Run over leaf pile with a mower. 2. Make a 3 foot by 3 foot cage from stakes and chicken wire in which to put the shredded leaves. 3. Turn the pile occasionally. I have also put leaves in black plastic bags in an out-of-

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area or in a container to make a beautiful, edible, fall salad bowl. Add some pansies or violas for your salad bowl also. Sow seeds of bachelor’s buttons, larkspurs and poppies for flowers next spring. Hardy perennials can be planted now, and most can be divided or moved now. Take out the summer annuals and put them in the compost and replace them with fall flowers, so their roots get established before really cold weather is here. Consider some violas, pansies, snap dragons, calendulas, dianthus, primrose stocks, chrysanthemums, diascia, asters, ornamental kale and cabbage, as most of these will give fall through spring color.

site spot and tossed the bags over from time to time creating leaf mold sooner. Late October is a good time for mulching. Some materials you can use are compost, straw, bark and those lovely, shredded leaves. After the ground freezes, mulch perennials to protect them from frost heaving. Remove all rotten fruit from the ground around trees to deter infestations that can last through the winter.

After Hours Garden When the sun goes down, an after hours garden can shine as a place you can relax, rejuvenate and take time to unwind in the natural beauty of the darker hours. There are several things you can do to enhance a garden space to enjoy from sunset and well into the evening. Selection of plants for the evening garden is important. Choose plants that are light in color to reflect the moonlight. White flowers will be your best bet for going from sunset into night. Pale yellow and pink will remain visible into the evening light, but reds and blues will disappear quickly. Plants with variegated or silvery foliage are good selections also. Place white flowering and the variegated or silvery foliage plants all through the garden space where they will be visible from areas of the garden where you will be sitting and relaxing in their subtle glow. Another added dimension for a night garden is fragrance, which can have a profound effect on re-

laxation and a feeling of wellbeing. Some good selections: 1. Moon flower (Ipomoea alba). Annual. 2. Nicotiana (Nicotiana alala). Annual fragrant white trumpets that open at dusk. 3. Night-Blooming Jasmine

(Cestrum Nocturnum). Tender perennial has tiny, white, tubular flowers, but their fragrance spreads 20 feet. 4. Four O’ Clocks (Mirabilis Jalapa). Fragrant in evening with pink, yellow, white and red flowers.

5. Night Phlox (Zaluzianskya Capensis). Annual has small purple buds that open to white. 6. Datura. Tender perennial has fragrant, upright, white flowers. 7. Tuberose. Tender perennial white fragrant flowers. October 2017

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Flower Power Mum is the word for a favorite, fall, perennial flower. They may be old-fashioned, but they can certainly steal the show with an abundance of blooms in many stunning shades. Some good selections include Hillside Sheffield (a clear pink), Ryans pink (soft pink), Venus (pale pink to white) and single apricot Korean (pale apricot).

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October Birth Flower “Calendula” The calendula symbolizes comfort, grace, joy, good luck and gratitude. If your birth flower is calendula, you are spiritual at times. By nature, you are gentle and sensitive. You like peace and harmony in life. You can become a good negotiator and, hence, a great leader. Source:


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Place your fragrant flowers close enough to areas where you have seating, so their fragrance can elevate your mood and your sense of well-being. Lighting can bring a bit of outdoor elegance to the after hours garden space. You may not have electricity in your garden area, but not to worry. There are so many solar lights available now, that you can light up the pathways, plants, trees and more! My good friend and owner of Three Falls Farm and I have gardened together for years. Many times we wished for electricity at the garden so we could light it up, because the evening is so pleasant. Tom (my husband), however, said that just won’t work, because we would never know when to stop toiling in the garden. He may be right about that. So, in an after hours garden, using solar lights would be effective in setting an elegant and relaxing atmosphere. Another way to light up the garden is with a fire-pit. If you have the space for it, seating around it gives another degree of warmth to the garden. Then, of course, you’ll have “fire pit stories” also. Furniture is another important element of an after hours garden. You’ll want some comfy chairs, maybe a bistro table and chairs, benches, gliders, rocking chairs. OH, how about a hammock? Oh yeah! Sound is yet another dimension in creating a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. The sound of falling water (my favorite), wind chimes, ornamental grasses, bamboo or trees that rustle when the breeze blows are all enjoyable, relaxing sounds. Many, happy, after hours can be spent relaxing and entertaining in an after hours oasis. Garden Quotes and Sayings

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The rule creating the fund provided for a board which would determine whether to reimburse clients whose lawyer had stolen from them. There are very few lawyers of that type, but every profession has a few bad apples. The money for the fund was obtained by requiring a small annual contribution from each of the lawyers in Tennessee, then numbering about 12,000. There are a lot more now. The maximum we could pay was $25,000, later raised to $50,000. I hope it is more now. ***** Sometimes a prospective client would ask me to do something that I really didn't want to do. One of those occasions I sometimes put the blame on my senior partner, Bill Keaton. For instance, I always made it a practice to sign qualifying petition for any candidate running for public office. It would offend if I refused and it did no harm to sign it. I didn't have to vote for him. The single occasion I refused, was when I was asked to sign one for a half-wit who wanted to run for sheriff. He told me that God wanted him to run and if I wanted to see if that was true, I should ask God who was sitting in a tree in his backyard. I told him that Mr. Keaton was the boss of the firm and he prohibited us from signing any such petitions. My cousin from Camden wanted me to represent him when he was ordered to court for not paying child support to his first wife who had divorced him. I didn't want to

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do his work for several reasons. He would never pay me. Quite often, family think you should do their work free. Also, he was always wrong on this issue which had been before the court several times. And the judge had a very low opinion of him. I told him that Mr. Keaton did not want any of our four members to go that far away. It is a long way from Hohenwald to Camden. It was not as if the support was too much or that he couldn't afford to pay it. It was a reasonable amount and he had a good paying job. As is common for fathers in his position, he claimed that his ex would not spend the money on the two children, but would waste it for something for herself. Even if that were true, the court could handle that issue, and, of course, someone had to pay for the needs of the children. And the court had considered the mother's financial condition, and she was supplying more than her part. ***** I chaired a committee to make an agreement between the Tennessee Bar Association and the Tennessee Medical Association. It covered affidavits, medical reports, depositions and testimony in court. The testimony included both factual and expert witnesses. In order to get the doctors to agree to meet, seven in all, it had to be at 7:30 on Sunday mornings. TMA said doctors could only meet at that time. The meetings were held at the TMA offices in Nash-

ville. These requirements were hard on members coming from other counties. All grand divisions were represented. So some members had to arrive on Saturday night and incur the expense of a hotel room. We got information and a copy of our agreement to the members of both professions by publishing them in the magazine of each association. While this work was happening, I was the only lawyer invited to a banquet at the annual convention of the TMA. I heard many lawyers jokes, some a little dirty, told at my expense from the head table. On Monday morning, the executive director of the TMA called his counterpart of the TBA asking whether I was offended and he should apologize. Our ED assured him that I was cheerfully tolerant about such things and would not be offended. We invited their president to our convention, so we could give him or her the same treatment. 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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this new life in Christ Jesus. It is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us. Galatians 2:20. The Bible says we become new creations in Christ Jesus. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17. Christ is in us and we are in Him. John 14:20. Christ is the vine and we are the branches. John 15:5. His life in us empowers us, and is working through us to bear good fruit in His name. We become sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ, Galatians 3:26, and are being conformed into His image. Romans 8:29. We have been washed (cleansed), sanctified (separated), and justified (acquitted) in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1. Everything changes. We are no longer of that Sin nature. We have power over it. We desire to live a holy and righteous life because that is who we have become. We are the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21. If we think we can keep on sinning with no eternal consequences because we made a confession of faith in Jesus Christ one day, we are sadly mistaken. We have not really believed as we should. The wages of sin is still death. Romans 6:23. True faith changes us. That being said, we still seem to have a choice in the matter. When we choose to live in life-changing faith, we no longer take pleasure in sin. We have become fruit-bearing trees. We bear the fruit of righteousness.


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