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From The Publisher

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n the beginning, when it was just me and the flicker of an idea that eventually became Validity, it was obvious, help would be needed from the brightest and most creative people we could find. One of the first contacted was our friend Bill Pulliam. You may know him as the "bird guy" in Validity's ornithology report. We had admired his bird brain for years, but when Shane, Bill and I traipsed through the fields behind his home at daybreak a few years ago, we observed his brilliance at work. Although the undergrowth was taller than all of us, Bill casually walked his daily path with ease. He rarely took a breath, calling out species and subspecies as he listened to the songs, calls, chips and whistles that identified one bird after another. Then, so willingly, he delivered one "bird" article after another to our fledgling magazine. For nearly six years, we have absorbed 71 clever, witty and perspicuous descriptions that have made birding easy and fun. Bill got started in birdwatching by his junior high science teacher in 1974, and has been an avid birder ever since in 48 U.S. states and seven foreign countries. He served as the Ten-

nessee editor for eBird, an online project that compiles millions of observations from tens of thousands of birders around the world. Last month, Bill took a short break from Validity to recover from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. This month, his wife let me know the reason he has not replied to my email. Doctors apparently just discovered lung cancer had engulfed this precious friend. And no, Bill was not a smoker. Unbelievably, our friend, William Marshall "Bill" Pulliam passed away the next day, early Wednesday morning, August 23, 2017 surrounded by his family. At press time, the family planned to lay Bill to rest in a private ceremony on the family's property. A public memorial may be scheduled at a date in the near future. We will let you know when we learn more We are incredibly saddened by this loss and know you share our expression of our deepest condolences to his family. Our world already Bill Pulliam, feels the gap he leaves Ornithology Report behind. 1961 - 2017

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Table of Contents

Validity September 2017 • Vol. 7, Issue 9

The Art of Gallery 205 Page 16

Contemporary vision in a really old house.

Validity Recipes By Cari Marye Griffith Super easy snacks for your road trip or couch. Page 8

Broken S Farms Page 8

By Alaina Staggs ... as true as my family’s heritage tied to the land beneath my feet. Page 14

Grinder's Switch Harvest Market Page 14

A grape juice-foot stomping good time. Page 15

Muletown MusicFest 2017 By Rick Clark Columbia, Tennessee So many artists, can’t see em all Page 18 Page 18

3 Falls Festival A scenic getaway-day with live music, camping and more. Page 19

Quilting for a Cause Page 19

Forgotten Korean Vets honored with beautiful gifts of labor/love. Page 21

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Table of Contents September Book Review

Ask A Lawyer

By James Lund

By Landis Turner

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson No Other Kind of World by Jeff Hardin.

Landis answers more random questions. Page 28

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September Gardens By Cassandra Warner Cassandra finds living treasure in natures special places.

The Believer’s Walk By Charles Newbold Everyone has an opinion, but who has the truth? Page 29

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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, info@validitymag.com, 931-628-6039 Managing Editor Shane Newbold, info@ValidityMag.com, 931-628-6039 Contributing Writers, Alaina Staggs, Cari Marye Griffith, Cassandra Warner, Charles Newbold Jr., James Lund, Landis Turner Contributing Photographers, Cari Marye Griffith, Cassandra Warner

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 9 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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Recipes, Photos & Food Styling by Cari M. Griffith

Kickoff fall with super snacks

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his month’s recipes are all about snacks, appetizers and partyready foods you can make in a hurry. Football season is here, and there may be just enough time to squeeze in a fall road trip before the holidays. Everyone around me seems to be busy with parties and short on time, so we all need a quick bite we can bring to impress the in-laws. Polenta Cakes are so easy to make that it’s actually not fair considering how pretty you can make them. The sour cream adds a deliciously creamy texture combined with the crunch of freshly made salsa. Add a drizzle of hot sauce or jalapeños to add heat.

Polenta Cakes with Black Eyed Pea Salsa

Cari Marye Griffith

Ingredients: 1 16 ounce tube of polenta 1 can black eyed peas 2 Tablespoons butter 2 cups diced tomatoes ½ cup diced red onion 1 diced orange or yellow pepper ½ cup diced cilantro 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar 2 teaspoons garlic powder Salt and pepper Juice of one lime Sour cream Feta Avocado

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Instructions: Gently peel away the plastic from one end of the polenta tube and squeeze the polenta out, slicing one-fourth inch rounds as you go. It’s easier to keep the polenta in


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shape if you keep it in the wrapper while you slice. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and gently place the rounds in the pan. Let each side cook for around 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned on both sides. Meanwhile, mix the remaining diced ingredients in a large bowl and stir together to make the salsa. When the polenta is finished cooking, place a small dollop of sour cream onto each round, then a spoonful of salsa and a wedge of avocado. Sprinkle with feta and serve immediately!

Coconut Oil Stovetop Popcorn

This is my favorite stovetop popcorn. I’ve tried a variety of oils and varying amounts of each ingredient, and this is the best method I’ve tested. In a small or medium-sized pot with a lid, melt 2 Tablespoons coconut oil over medium heat, placing three kernels in the oil. Once those three kernels have popped, add the remaining one-third cup of kernels and let cook until the popping slows down. Take the pot off the heat immediately so the bottom kernels do not burn. Carefully pour popcorn into a bowl and sprinkle with salt, pepper, rosemary and sage, if you like. It’s my favorite party treat and a delicious road trip snack. It will keep in an airtight container for several days.

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Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons coconut oil ⅓ cup popcorn kernels Rosemary, sage, salt, pepper (optional)

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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Pretzel Stacks!

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Gather savory ingredients to jazz up pretzels for a tasty treat anytime!

Pretzel Stacks Ingredients: Pretzel thins White cheddar cheese Garlic and onion jam Brown mustard Place pretzel thins face down on a plate or serving tray. Thinly slice cheese into small squares, placing one on each of the pretzels.

Next, with a small spoon or knife, spoon a dollop of the garlic and onion jam onto the cheese, followed by a squeeze of mustard. Top with a pretzel thin, with the top facing upwards. You can repeat the process to make taller stacks, or leave them in bite sized portions that are perfect for popping in your mouth as you pass by the snack table, or your kitchen table if you just make a bunch for yourself as I often do!

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Cheese boards and charcuterie trays are typically reserved for the fancier occasions when you crack open the good wine and spend the evening on a hillside somewhere expensive and romantic. But why not indulge in similar flavors with ingredients you may have in your pantry, and a few you can find at your local grocery? These little stacks can be made in a hurry, and they pack a lovely sweet and tangy burst of flavor. Layer the white cheddar, garlic and onion jam and brown mustard between crisp pretzel thins and try not to eat all of them while you’re assembling.

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Brush Creek Honey Farm

Randall Staggs tending bee hives at Brush Creek Honey Farm.

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estled in the gorgeous backcountry along the Lawrence and Wayne County line in southern Middle Tennessee, the Staggs family farms have been in existence since the early 1900s. During my 18 year lifespan, I have spent nearly everyday of my life surrounded by the sights and sounds of thriving farming operations.

I write to you as a fifth-generation member of the Brush Creek crew; a self-proclaimed agricultural education junkie; the granddaughter of “The Honey Man,” also known as “The Cattle Wrangler” to many along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Since my earliest days, I have memories of green cereal grasses growing in the fields, livestock in the barns of Broken S Farms and beehives dotting our expanse of acreage that makes up Brush Creek Honey Farm.

Traveling across state lines to deliver our apiary goods to loyal customers or driving for hours just to pick up Kune Kune piglets for a specialty 4-H project or extracting a swarm of bees from a felled tree in the middle of the night after responding to a wreck scene as a member of our local volunteer fire department are not typical activities for a teenage girl to undertake. I assure you, though, that my time spent in this farm life has been far from typi-

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cal. Growing up on such a diverse agricultural operation has provided me with many opportunities to learn and experience things I otherwise may never encounter elsewhere in life. The Staggs family farms consist of not only a cowcalf and registered Charolais beef cattle operation, but also an array of smaller-scale “hobby” breeds. Animal agriculture remains a vital part of Broken S Farms, and my family has had experience in

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raising swine, dairy and pygmy goats, as well as specialty poultry such as emu, peafowl and heritage turkey breeds for hobbyists. Despite having a variety of irons in the fire, the most exciting aspect of our endeavors to many customers happens to lie in a long-time love affair with the art of beekeeping. The earliest memories that my grandfather, Randall, has is of him working the hives with his own grandfather when he was around six years old. He continued the practice well into his adulthood and expanded the apiary on Brush Creek as years passed. Ever since then, both my mother and her brothers learned the ways of “The Honey Man” to continue our successful business. In more recent years, the latest generation of “bee people” – my brothers and I – have stepped up to the plate. Recently, members of our local community reached out to the Brush Creek crew to let us know that a wild swarm of honeybees had been found inside a hollow tree at a nearby cemetery. Cleanup and renovations to the area were underway, and our friends in the community knew that we could attempt to safely extract the colony and transport them out of harm’s way so that life could continue on as normal for both the insects and humans involved. With every other adult member of the family away at either their 9 – 5 job or completing other farm chores, my teenage brothers and I knew it was up to us to check things out. Of course, our selfproclaimed apiarists-in-training had only performed an extraction alone (maybe) once… Nevertheless, boys will be boys. So, fearless farm warriors that they are, both my youngest brother and his best friend suited-andduct-taped up once we arrived at the property in order to check out the situation. For a bystander, seeing two teenage boys in white suits with duck tape around their legs, a helmet with a net around their fac-

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es, standing in the bucket of a bulldozer and peering into a tree crawling with honeybees might seem a little strange. Okay, we won’t even say a little. That’s not normal for most people. In the beekeeping world, you have to do what must be done to finish the task at hand. A lot of redneck ingenuity comes from the minds of those Brush Creek boys, and I have to say, that was one of their shining moments. After working the bees for nearly an hour with the smoker to keep them calm, a chainsaw was used to cut away dead pieces of the tree to try and find the swarm inside. Unfortunately, the colony had made their home so far inside of the

Honey bees are a natural part of the agricultural heritage of Broken S Farms.

tree, extraction was impossible that day. The swarm was later found bunched on a low-hanging limb after abandoning their tree home. They were able to be removed safely. The tree was cut down, and calm in the community was once again restored. Tales such as this are my most cherished fruits of labor; all as true as my family’s heritage tied to the land beneath my feet. Playing an active role in such a vital and integrative part of Tennessee’s agricultural industry has become my biggest blessing and has ignited a lifelong passion to spread the knowledge and experiences to anyone willing to listen.

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hospital. You may join as a team or as individuals and each participant will receive a free t-shirt to commemorate the event. Prizes for the Best Costume (show them your best Lucille Ball) and Biggest Feet, as well as Most Grapes Stomped and Fastest Stomper will be presented. This event is tons of fun and encourages the community to cherish St. Thomas Hickman even more. Below is a tentative schedule of events. The Biggest Feet and Costume Contest are free to enter, but the Grape Stomp requires a ticket. Tickets may be purchased at GSWinery.com 10 a.m. - Gates Open 12 p.m. - Biggest Feet (Men and Women’s Division) 1 p.m. - Lucille Ball Costume Contest 2 p.m. - Police/Firefighters/Rescue Squad, etc. Team Stomp 3 p.m. - St. Thomas Grape Stomp! (Team and Individual awards) 4 p.m. - Awards Ceremony 5 p.m. - Gates Close Proceeds from ticket sales will go to St. Thomas Hickman. Only those who are 18 and older may participate in the Grape Stomp.

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Gallery 205: A Fresh Twist In A Small Town

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owntown Columbia’s quaint, small town feeling was just what Laura and Daniel Roode needed to showcase their love for contemporary illustration. Last year, their vision came to life. Both have extensive backgrounds in the arts. A historic home provides the atmosphere and exposure for their favorite artists and contemplative leisure for visitors.

Artist Spotlight

Q. Tell us the story behind the gallery. A. Gallery 205 was inspired by my husband and me, and it opened last October. We had been wanting to open an art gallery for a really long time, and we had just moved to Columbia with that in mind. My husband and I both have backgrounds in publishing and art directing, so we already knew a lot of people we’d want to showcase. They gave us our initial platform.

By Sydney Phillips

Q. What kind of art do you feature? A. We started off with an illustration focus, but quickly it expanded. For example, we recently did a photography show. All of our art has a contemporary feel and always has an illustration origination. We sell prints and originals of our artists’ work inside the gallery. Q. How do you find artists for your gallery? A. Either we already know them, or we find them through researching the type of art we like and reach out to them. Connections in publishing have been huge. Q. Tell me a bit about your location.

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A. The house is very close to downtown Columbia, and we were drawn to the character of it. It was built in the 1870s - we don’t have an exact year - and it’s next door to a pre-Civil War era house from the 1830s. Those people originally built our house for their adult children. We also know a little about previous owners; there used to be a kindergarten in that house. I actually met a couple of women who went to school there, which is pretty cool. Visually, we thought the older, more traditional house would be a cool space, because everything we showcase is very modern. The juxtaposition of old and new provides for a really interesting experience.

Jessica Roux, The Deer and Oats, The Hare and Oak, The Goat and Willow


Gallery 205 exhibits from their 1870s home in downtown Columbia. Q. Do you accept submissions regularly, and how can we tell someone who does contemporary art to get in touch with you? A. We are definitely always looking for people, and we take submissions via email: gallery205columbia@gmail. com. We ask for people to send a link to their website, but if they want to send a few small attachments, that would be fine too.

Daniel Roode, I Want To Stay and I Want To Go

Gallery 205 hosts shows throughout the year such as Unbridled, above. Learn more at gallery205art.com

Daniel Roode, Rose Parade

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Muletown Music Fest 2017

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hird time’s a charm, they say. And, the Third annual Muletown MusicFest, being held this September 29th and 30th on Columbia's historic public square, has become a much larger, family-friendly, regional event showcasing some of the most compelling, musical artistry on the scene today. The event, which is made possible by the considerable support of presenting sponsors Listerhill Credit Union and the Maury County Visitors Center, is free and open to the public and features performances of over 40 artists in fifteen venues located within a block of the Maury County Courthouse. Venues include Puckett's (upstairs and downstairs), 822 South, Variety Records, Muletown Coffee, aMuse’um, Cities, Ted’s Sporting Goods, The Faded Farmhouse, Duck River Books, Square Market Cafe, Westbury House, Lace & Company, Lily Jane’s, Trek Bicycle Store and more. The Maury County School Sys-

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tem will be showcasing performances by the Central and Spring Hill school bands as well as other school-related vocal and musical groups. Muletown MusicFest is excited to shine a well-deserved light on the great work the school system and its educators are doing for the county-wide student body. Among the Muletown MusicFest’s highlights: For the first time, the music of the hit animated Disney TV show, "Phineas & Ferb" (performed by Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, Dan Povenmire and Disney vocal director Laura Dickinson, the creators of the show, with a full band). Fans of the show will recognize many musical faves showcasing Phineas, Ferb, Candice, Perry The Platypus and other well-loved characters. Authentic cowboy music aficionados will be in for a treat with two performances by the multiGrammy winning quartet, Riders In The Sky. One of their claims to fame is their theme music for the character of Woody in the Toy Story movies.

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"The Doyle And Debbie Show," Nashville’s popular, long-running country music comedy show, will be performing for the first time with a full band featuring some of Nashville’s finest players. Peter Cooper of The Tennessean described Doyle And Debbie as “Spinal Tap with a twang”, while the New York Times called the show a “gloriously tacky send-up of a washed-up country duo” and the Chicago Tribune exclaimed it was “Hilarious drop-dead funny”. Jason Ringenberg, the lead singer for the legendary countrypunk band, Jason & The Scorchers, will be returning from last year’s MusicFest with a solo performance as well as two shows at aMuse’um as his Emmy Award winning children’s artist personna, Farmer Jason. Daniel’s Barber Shop On The Square will be hosting for the third year their very popular Mustache & Beard Competition and the spirited award-winning vocals of the High Gravity Quartet. Competitive categories include Mustache, Full Beard, Partial Beard and Whiskerina (fake facial hair

for all ages), and winners will be rewarded with trophies and cash prize awards. Blues lovers will want to catch guitar virtuoso Scott Holt and his band at 822 South on Friday night. Holt’s fiery performances attracted the attention of Blues legend Buddy Guy, whose band he later performed in for over a decade. 822 South will also be featuring performances by American Idol finalist Sarina-Joi Crowe (whose electrifying performance last year brought the house down), Americana folk-rock of Anthony Adams & The Nite Owls and the freewheeling swing of Rev Marco & The Jipsees. What is a music event in Middle Tennessee without the cream of singer-songwriter and Americana artistry? To that end, the 2017 Muletown Musicfest will be spotlighting some of the best: Jill Andrews, Shelly Fairchild, Anne Buckle, Matthew Perryman Jones, Sarah Clayton, Cody Brooks, Jason Matthews, Damien Boggs, Austin Tyler, Jordy Searcy, Jesse Villa and Katie Pruitt. The instrumental virtuosity of acclaimed hammer


dulcimer artist, Joshua Messick, and guitarist Bill Mize will also be featured. Also of note: Indie Rock favorites Pujol, Quichenight and Firekid will be returning to the MusicFest stages, and newcomers Elle Macho will no doubt impress with their intelligent, brash pop-rock. Roland Barber and Friends will lay down world-class Jazz with some of Nashville’s greatest players and The Secret Commonwealth will be crowd pleasers for those who love Irish music. Friday and Saturday nights will also feature ticketed benefit concerts, hosted by Music City Roots upstairs at Puckett’s on the Square. Ticket prices are $30 each night or $50 for both nights at Puckett's Upstairs with 100 percent of the proceeds going to United Way of Maury County. Among the artists performing on the Music City Roots stage are multi-Grammy award winning country, bluegrass and Americana artist Jim Lauderdale, acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier, the Louisiana-bred soul of Steve Conn, as well as Phil Cook (who has been described as “Lowell George and Little Feat goes to black church”) and Joe Pisapia, who will be debuting his upcoming album, Connection. Pisapia is highly respected for his unique from-the-heart songwriting and guitar playing. He is also known for his work producing k.d. lang and Ben Folds and the one-time lead guitarist for Guster. The 2017 Muletown MusicFest will also feature a Farmer’s Market and a wide selection of food and drink offerings from local establishments like Puckett’s, Mt Pleasant Grill, 822 South, Truelove’s Pizza & Grits, Christy’s Sixth Street Restaurant, Cities, Square Market Cafe, Asgard Brewing Company and more. Throughout the day and evening, there will also be performances by the Beyond Wings Circus, including aerial, stilt walkers, jugglers and much more. More artists and events are being added, but one thing you should know, there is not another free event in the South that will feature as much great entertainment, food and family-friendly fun as this year's Muletown MusicFest. Be there!

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Key West’s Blue Heaven presents the inaugural 3 Falls Festival on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 3 Falls Farm, a brand new venue in Hampshire, Tennessee. Porch 40 (NC) and Fish out of Water (CA) will co-headline the inaugural festival on the main stage, which may be found near Big Swan Creek. PaperWork (SC) and The Copper Tones (FL) will also perform, along with Scout Willis, Kid Freud, Molly Rocket and more. In addition to the main stage, festival attendees can enjoy special performances from various members of the 10 acts on the 100 percent acoustic side stage. “The goal of 3 Falls Festival is to create a memorable experience that will encourage the surrounding music community to come together in support of original music,” Leslie Schultz, spokesperson for 3 Falls Festival stated. “Surrounded by Big Swan Creek, three waterfalls, hiking trails and lush green landscape, 3 Falls Fest is the perfect location to host this intimate music festival.” This all ages event will run from 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. featuring 10 bands, two stages, creek-side camping, disc golf tournament, hiking trails, food trucks, cold beverages and endless activities. Tickets for this all-ages festival include on-site parking and creek-side camping, and start at $50 per person. Children 8 and under are free. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Swan Conservation Trust. For tickets, details on the full lineup, directions to the venue or to get involved as a vendor or volunteer, visit 3FallsFest.com. Connect with @3FallsFest on Facebook and Instagram for updates and ticket giveaways.

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upon this idea, but to support our local veteran population. Last year was our first year and 18 quilts were donated to local WWII vets on Veteran’s Day. We were joined by, and could not have done this without, the Clifton FCE club and Ruby Parham. They have helped us with volunteers and with financial aid,” she said. Other members of the community have also been generous in their support. September 23rd will be a special day honoring Korean War Vets. A representative of Marsha Blackburn’s office and State Representative David Byrd have been invited to be among the guests honoring the vets. Dennis McMaster is scheduled to play the bagpipes with a trio of patriotic songs. Pickin Crows and Murray Paul Gordon, a gospel musician, are also expected to entertain at the event. Food vendors, crafts and community organizations are invited to set up free of charge, but need to register. For more information and directions, call Anne at the Fabrik Emporium Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 931-6763253.

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Validity Book Review

Astrophysics & poetry Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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uman understanding of the cosmos is in a constant state of evolution. Each day, we are making discoveries, learning new information and correcting previously held beliefs about our uni-

verse. Human comprehension of the universe is still in its infancy, but the little that we do know, or at least the conclusions drawn from the most current data, reveals information that is sometimes hard to fathom. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, famed astrophysicist, has condensed, and in some ways simplified, complex explanations dealing with the origins of the universe and the most currently held thoughts on subjects such as dark matter, black holes, expansion and the conditions and nature of space in his new book Astrophysics for People in a Hur-

ry. If you are a fan of Neil DeGrasse Tyson, you will remember his presentation and narration of the 2014 award winning television series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," an updated follow-up to Carl Sagan’s series, which aired on public television

enced by the natural world and occasionally autobiographical, often places you on the edge of a field, or the porch of a rural home, and paints a scene so clearly that you feel the breeze, hear the brook and smell the honeysuckle shaken by the rain. His latest collection of 48 works takes us to a different field and a different porch, yet a familiar place where we experience a harmony with all of creation, and the belief that things can be better if we simply care about each other a bit more. After reading No Other Kind of World, one cannot help but to be left with a calmness of mind and an appreciative soul. What an extraordinary gift.

Looking for classic country? We found it! 34 years earlier. Tyson also hosts the radio and television show "StarTalk" and is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Tyson is gifted with the ability to explain complex thoughts and theories in a way more easily understood by those of us not well-versed in the field of astrophysics. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry successfully brings the universe from the classroom to the living room for an enjoyable, brief and incredibly interesting study of space and time. No Other Kind of World by Jeff Hardin

I recently read a new collection of poetry that I could hardly wait to share with you. Jeff Hardin is an award winning poet who has published four previous poetry collections and has had more than 500 of his works appear in many of the nation’s leading poetry reviews. Hardin recently released his fifth collection, No Other Kind of World. Hardin’s unique style, influ-

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You can find copies of these books 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.


September’s Garden

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for healthy living: 1. Eating the best, freshest food. 2. Keeping you active and staying in shape. 3. Provides an environment to decompress and meditate, to take time here and there to enjoy and observe

the vast design of nature around. Thinking of special gardens, there is a huge, magnificent maple tree in our front yard. It too has it’s own special garden growing in the center of the tree, pictured above. It has its own cedar tree, grass, moss, ferns and some

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gardener’s “happy place” is special, welcoming, soothing, inspirational, functional for food, comfortable, perfect for entertaining and absolutely beautiful in so many ways.


butterflies that flit all over the garden from depositing their eggs and producing an invasion that makes your veggies look like Swiss cheese or worse, completely gone! A row cover is an ounce of prevention that can really pay off. Other preventive measures you can take are keeping an eye out for the bad bugs, and of course, if you see them, the squishing and squashing method should be applied! Also, good garden sanitation and controlling weedy relatives like wild mustard and shepherd’s purse, that may harbor pest caterpillars, is helpful. Plant sweet alyssum along with other small, flowered ornamentals around your garden to encourage tiny wasps that parasitize caterpillars. Another prevention is companion planting with dill, petunias and (pots) of mint in and around the Brassicaceae family. Planting

other plant species. Green, Green, Green...Is the Scene

From deep green, soft green, to pale green and all shades between, the garden is now full of broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, collards, kale, kohlrabi, bok choy, mizuna, Napa cabbage, mustard, turnips and cauliflower (which is white but it has green leaves). They are all in the large and diverse family of Brassicaceae vegetables, that we enjoy this time of year. Transplants should be planted 6-8 weeks before our first frost. So, if you don’t have them out yet, everyday 24

counts now. These plants all like cool weather. Most of these will withstand some frost. Some, such as kale, will improve in flavor after frost. If cabbage worms are a problem, and they usually are, try using a floating row cover to help. But be sure to cover immediately after transplanting. Be sure to bury the edges of the covers all the way around the bottom to seal it off well and keep it in place with no holes or gaps where the pests can enter. Just a rock or something on the corners will not be adequate Secure it well, and this will prevent the adult stage of white to yellowish

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As summer’s flowers fade, replace them with fall flowers such as pansies, violas, chrysanthemums, asters, ornamental kale and cabbages, calendula, dianthus and snap dragons. Fall is a great time to plant bare root trees and shrubs. Planting them in the fall en-

courages good root development. Keep new plantings or any transplants well watered until the ground freezes. *Plant shallots, multiplying onions and perennial “nest” onions. Nest onions form little sets to the side that can be planted as onion sets in the spring and make green onions. *On or around the first killing frost, plant garlic. Plant the biggest cloves. Set them about 2 inches deep and 5-6 inches apart in the rows. Then cover with 3-6 inches of straw or some rotted hay. *Kale is a wonderful treat almost all winter long. It is a cabbage relative, whose flavor is enhanced by exposure to cool, even frosty weather. If you did not get any planted, you may find, at many garden centers, flowering kale or flowering cabbage as it is sometimes called. It is quite beautiful and showy with reddish, purple and white leaves and is also edible. Enjoy! *Now is the time to plant spinach to overwinter. Once it comes up, mulch at first threat of heavy frost to keep all winter. Next spring, uncover for a head start on your spinach crop. *8-10 weeks before killing frost, plant more lettuce and radishes including Japanese daikon, misato, rose flesh, chi-


tire plant, tie in bunches and hang to dry until pods are brittle. Then shell the beans and store in an airtight container. *Divide large clumps of chives and replant into smaller clumps. Pot clumps of 3-5 bulblets for growing indoors, cut the tops back and leave the pots outside for 2 or 3 hard frosts before bringing inside. *When harvesting onions, shallots and garlic to store for winter, be careful not to remove the papery outer skins protecting the bulbs from dehydration. *Continue to harvest herbs, especially tender herbs like basil.

na rose and minowase. *For a big bok choy try growing Joi Choi. *Chinese cabbages are cold tolerant, and so is mache (corn salad). *Rustic greens like arugula, turnips and mustard are great fall crops. They taste really great and their broad leaves shade out weeds. Nutrients they take up in the fall get cycled back into the soil as their winter killed residue rots. *Leafy greens such as lettuce and mustard can be sown in corn stubble, and they will find hidden caches of nitrogen. *If you grew snap beans or garden peas, those beds are a good place for heavy feeders like spinach and cabbage family crops. Spinach is nitrogen hungry so if your soil is poor, be sure to enrich it with compost. A good rule of thumb is about one-half inch over the bed. You can also use some Greensand (for potash) and alfalfa meal (for nitrogen). Cassandra Warner

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chard. Frost will not hurt them. Flavor will improve and sweeten in cold weather. *Harvest winter squash and pumpkins before first frost being careful not to nick pumpkins as this leads to rapid deterioration. Place them in a warm spot for 1-2 weeks. This enables the skins to fully cure and they will keep much better. Store them in a cool, dry, dark place. Winter squash stores best around 45 degrees and pumpkins between 55-65 degrees. *When bean plant pods are completely brown, harvest (dry) beans. Pull up the en-

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*Begin harvesting sun chokes (Jerusalem artichokes). *Harvest ornamental gourds when ripe, wash and cure for several weeks in a warm airy location. *Harvest and dry popcorn and ornamental corn. * Harvest potatoes after tops have died if you intend to store them. They have to be fully mature. To hasten the healing of any bruises, store at room temperature for one week. For long term storage, keep potatoes in a cool but humid location. *Harvest root crops such as beets, parsnips, carrots, turnips and rutabagas as needed, but leave the rest to continue their growth. Likewise, leafy greens like kale and

Now is a good time to plant some herbs in pretty pots to do double duty. They can be a delightful addition to decorate your patio, porches and outside entertaining areas. Then, when you need to add zip or zing to food, teas or cocktails, they are handy for quick picking. Later on, you can move some indoors for winter. Some good selections are mints, lemon balm, lemon verbena, thyme, chives, sage, tarragon, lemon grass and Stevia. Maintenance

*Keep strawberry beds weed free. *Pinch the tops out of Brussels sprouts to encourage sprout development. *Clean up all fruit that has fallen to the ground. *House plants that have spent the summer vacationing outside will soon need to be brought back in. There may be insects that want to move with them. Give plants several good waterings a few minutes apart to help flush any out of the soil. Clean up any dead leaves and spray the undersides of foliage with water and apply fresh mulch to the soil surface. *To keep rain barrels from getting smelly and stagnant, use any of the old water and clean the barrels before fall rains start. *Plan ahead for peas in the spring by getting a bed ready for them in the fall. Remember where they grew the year before. Work compost and lime into the bed and cover it with mulch. You will be in good shape to get your peas planted early. *Divide and transplant early blooming perennials. *Dig, divide and replant oregano. *Start pinching the new blossoms on pumpkin, tomatoes, eggplant or any other summer crops so existing fruit has a better chance of ripening. *Pull out any vegetable plants that are no longer bearing and add them to the compost. Pile or chop them and turn unValiditymag.com September 2017 25


September Garden lighting the landscape with color. The elderberries and sumac are showing beautiful colors also. So go look around and enjoy, as nature’s special gardens of wild flowers are now blooming for all to love!

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der if you are not planting a fall crop there. Cover the beds with sheets of newspaper then straw, leaves or wood chips. The worms will get busy and enrich your soil for spring. Or plant a cover crop. *Begin fall clean up in the garden and flower beds. *Divide and transplant early blooming perennials such as day lilies. *Improve garden soil by adding organic matter such as compost, leaf mold and composted manure.

"Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul...” Peggy Toney Horton "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Audrey Hepburn "If nothing ever changed there would be no butterflies.” Author unknown "It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in ‘em, said Captain Jim.” L.M. Montgomery "The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” Gertrude Jekyll "There ain’t nothing better in life than true love and a homegrown tomato.” Old saying "An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life.” Cora Lea Bell "Gardening is a work of heart.” Anonymous As always, happy gardening to all, and may all the "Oh, So Special September Gardens" be a blessing to all!

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Everywhere you look in nature’s vast garden now, it is wildflower wonderful. Spring has it’s wildflowers, but so do summer and fall. Blackeyed Susans, Joe-Pye weed, ironweed, golden rod, butterfly weed, lace cape hydrangeas, along with others, are

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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settled down, we did so. All of us said Harry had pulled a gun and shot it. Actually what happened was that Mr. Frazier pulled By Landis Turner the gun and Harry took it away from him. Of course the gun had blanks and the blood was something else. The teacher acted as if he meant to shoot Harry. We saw it as if it had been Harry’s fault. All of us learned from that incident that eye witness was anything but reliable. I used this event as an example when arguing to judges and juries. ***** Q. I work in a nursing home. You once had a case about a nursing home. Was it about an injury alleging negligence? TLW, Hohenwald. A. No. I received a call from an employee of our local nursing home about a couple who were there and wanted to leave who were from Pulaski. I went to see them, They told me that their son had put them in the facility against their will. They suspected he wanted to be appointed their guardian and have control of their money. I explained that a nursing home was not a jail and since they were obviously competent, they could walk out whenever they chose. They called a friend to pick them up and return them to Pulaski. I heard no more from them. I wish all my cases were that easy.

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he politically correct (PC) culture is having a dastardly impact upon society today. Many behaviors God clearly defined as sins are dismissed as intolerance in the name of PC. Those who dare say what God says are called racists, bigots, and homophobic. They used to By Charles E. Newbold, Jr call us narrowminded. Godliness is wrong; ungodliness is okay. Many people today are so far removed from the knowledge of God, they do not know what matters to God. These politically correct mindsets have a way of provoking fear upon anyone who opposes them. This influence is so pervasive, it makes one consider the presence of the Antichrist. John, the apostle, wrote, “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” 1 John 2:18. John said the Antichrist is coming and that many had already come in his day. Antichrist means, against Christ. Christ is the Greek translation for Messiah, (Mashiach in the Hebrew language). Messiah means Anointed One. Therefore, the antichrist spirit is against the anointing. The Antichrist is a spirit. “Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” 1 John 4:3. According to Christian beliefs, Jesus is the Anointed One, the Christ (Messiah). The Anointed One is also declared by John to be the Word of God made flesh. All that Jesus did and said was what He heard FatherGod say. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to further reveal to us what the Father said. The Word of God is contained and canonized in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

Does it matter, then, if we disagree with what the anointed Word of God has said? My friend Chris Davis points out that people who do not believe in God have to rely upon their own opinions to determine what is and what is not truth. Truth for them changes whenever their opinions change. Believing that they have the truth, these people might ask if it is possible to put in place certain strategies that can actually change other people’s minds about what is considered truth. If so, and if the strategies are put in place, then it is a matter of time before those behaviors become culturally acceptable. Truth is whatever they choose to believe it is. Davis says, “For those who do believe in God, it is God, and not people, who determines truth. Those who believe in God ask three questions: 1. Does God have an opinion? 2. Has that opinion been clearly articulated? 3. Do I care? “If the answer to the first two questions is ‘No,’ then it is fair to allow a person to form his own opinions regarding his behavior. “If the answer to the first two questions is ‘Yes,’ and the answer to the last question is ‘No,’ that person’s belief in God has no bearing on his lifestyle. “If the answer to all three questions is ‘Yes,’ then it doesn’t matter what the culture says is acceptable because the entire culture is wrong.” Davis concludes, “For those who believe in God, the only thing that matters is God’s opinion.” Anyone or thing that contradicts what God has said is an adversary of God and is of the antichrist spirit. How many aspects of our lives pass this three-question test? If God has an opinion about any matter in your life, would you want to know what it is and would you care?

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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

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he cure for stupidity will remain undiscovered. Neighborhood dogs that bark incessantly will continue their annoying behavior. The owners will continue to be clueless, indifferent and equally annoying. North Korea’s goofball dictator will start his war. The next day, The United States will end it. Makeup will still be necessary for many women and most men. All living creatures will have another birthday. Unless one becomes unliving. Life and love will prosper. Death and hate, likewise. The wall between Mexico and the U.S. will be completed. All of our problems will go away. I will still not be able to dunk a basketball. Humans will persist in consuming sweets, french fries, sugar laden drinks, etc. while denying these products are the cause of their obesity.

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