Author of Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren (The History Press, 2013) Sue Freeman Culverhouse has been a freelance writer for the past 36 years. Beginning in 1976, she published magazines articles in Americana, Historic Preservation, American Horticulturist, Flower and Garden, The Albemarle Magazine, and many others. Sue is the winner of two Virginia Press Awards in writing.
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Clarksville, TN – Wildflower Folklore by Laura C. Martin is a book I recently found at a library book sale. It has extensive information about many plants that Southerners have been familiar with for generations.
For instance, kudzu was first introduced to the United States through the Japanese Pavilion during the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. The Japanese used kudzu for food, medicine, and as a forage plant. Their intensive land-use practices kept it under control in their country, but we Southerners let it get out of control.
Kudzu was first thought to be a wonder cure for eroded areas here in the South because it would grow quickly even in our red clay. At first, it was grown commercially as a forage plant and was hailed as “King Kudzu.”
Clarksville, TN – According to research by Harris Cooper of Duke University, the average student loses at least a month’s worth of learning over the summer. Math skills are supposed to take a greater hit than other subjects. What can you do to help your child avoid the slippery slope?
First, make every day a learning experience. If appropriate, have your child take classes in summer school or go to vacation Bible school. In addition, everyday activities can teach many things to children. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – One of the highlights of my year as a writer is attending the Robert Penn Warren Circle meetings in April. Here in one location are many of the true authorities on the life of one of the greatest writers our country has yet to witness.
These are the people who have devoted large portions of their lives to studying the work of Robert Penn Warren, the only person to date who has won three Pulitzer Prizes among scores of other awards for his more than 60 books and scores of other publications.
The Robert Penn Warren Circle meetings have moved to Clarksville now after having for years met part of the time at Western Kentucky University and then moving to Austin Peay State University and on to Guthrie, Kentucky for the Saturday luncheon and visit to the Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum.
Clarksville, TN – Two people in this lifetime you should never keep waiting are your attorney and your hairdresser. Without a doubt, you never ever want to get your hairdresser mad at you. (Think hair cut from the Underworld or hair style like a rock star!)
If you are–like me–totally incompetent at styling your own hair, you realize that your hairdresser is your best friend. (Hopefully, you rarely need the services of your lawyer except to draw up your will and assist with the purchase of your house so we’ll now proceed to the important area of your hair color!)
At any rate, in the olden days when I was delusional to the point that I believed I could dye my own hair, I actually tried it on several occasions. Born with mousey brown hair, I have had my hair frosted, auburn, blonde and once, mistakenly black! «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – At some point in the life of some older men, a shift occurs. The former rounded derriere becomes flattened and the formerly flat abdomen becomes a rounded tummy.
This can occur because of lessened activity due to illness of some variety, a hernia that can happen to the central muscles of a man’s chest, or simply the advent of becoming a “couch potato” for a number of years. It can even happen when someone has indulged in too many trips to the beer keg or drinks cabinet. (Or, as someone has put it, he might have traded one “six pack” set of muscles for too many others in cans or bottles!)
The result of this shift to “no hips” and “more tummy than one wishes” may necessitate moving from the use of a belt to hold up one’s pants to the purchase of suspenders.
Clarksville, TN – Summer typically provides at least a few more hours for reading, whether it’s during vacation or just because you have more daylight hours for relaxing. Here are some authors I consider worth reading:
1. Karen von Blixen-Finecke (Isak Dinesen). “I had a farm in Africa” in the romantic OUT OF AFRICA (first published in 1937) is one of the most memorable first lines in any book I’ve ever read. These six simple words somehow create an atmosphere of intrigue that extends throughout the book. If you have seen the movie and enjoyed it, you will love the book. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – At the risk of being a person living in a glass house with plenty of people who could throw stones at my way of dressing, I have decided to tackle a ticklish subject—women’s attire for summer. As hot weather begins to envelope us, we females need to stop and think before we select the outfits in which we are viewed in public.
Please be aware that I am not setting myself up as any kind of role model in the fashion world. I am a dumpy, past middle-age female whose figure has long since gone to flab. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – A group of friends–several couples–had been out to dinner. They decided to go to the movies. After having been settled in their seats for quite some time, one of the ladies decided to retire to repair her make-up. She began walking, face towards the screen and scooting sideways towards the aisle.
Several gentlemen rose to let her by. Unfortunately for one of them, he noticed that his zipper had somehow been left unzipped. As he rose to let her by, he stood and simultaneously zipped. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – When I recently had surgery on both my eyes to remove cataracts, I was told at Clarksville Ophthalmology that some people come to their first appointment expecting to have surgery that day. That’s not how it works.
Dr. C. Patrick Fitch carefully explained the procedures to me after I had had numerous tests. Dr. Fitch has literally performed at least 10,000 cataract surgeries during his career and is dedicated to the health of all his patients.
It seems appropriate to look at what is involved in cataract surgery since a large portion of the population will at some time encounter the need for this procedure.
Clarksville, TN – In only 60 seconds fire can engulf your home.
Think about it. You have one minute between safety and disaster in case of a major home fire.
Do your children know what to do? Do you have a plan for getting out? Is there a fire escape ladder in your child’s bedroom or your bedroom if they are on the second, third or fourth floor of your home? Do you have a fire extinguisher beside your kitchen stove? Have your children learned to “stop, drop and roll” in case their clothes catch on fire? Do you have smoke alarms throughout your home? Are the batteries working in your smoke alarms? Do your children know how to call 911 in case of fire or other real emergency? «Read the rest of this article»
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