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How to stop using Comforting Foods to Comfort Yourself

 
Comfort Foods (Tim Hawk, NJ.com)

Comfort Foods (Tim Hawk, NJ.com)

Clarksville, TN – Comfort foods have become a way of life these days. It’s not hard to understand why we need comfort foods. Our lives are full of stress. The crashing economy has scared most intelligent people silly. The thought that what we formerly believed was enough money to live on has now become barely adequate is enough to send anyone running to the ice cream carton or the macaroni and cheese bowl or the potato chip bag.

We seek comfort when we are stressed. We learned as babies that milk was comfort. When we were sick as children, we were comforted by chicken soup or ice cream or whatever Mom’s favorite cookie recipe was. We continued as teens to comfort our growing insecurity about our popularity with cheeseburgers, soft drinks and doughnuts. We entered college and survived on pizzas to overcome exam jitters.

Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger

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Any Gardener has the capabilities to grow Orchids

 
Large Purple Cattleya Orchid Corsage

Large Purple Cattleya Orchid Corsage

Clarksville, TN – When I was growing up, I believed that the most glamorous corsage any woman could receive was either a huge purple or white Cattleya orchid. My dad believed that too and usually presented both my grandmothers and my mother with either this type of showy bloom or a couple of Cymbidium orchids for most special occasions.

When I lived in College Park, Maryland, I visited Kensington Orchids just off the Beltway outside of Washington, D. C., and bought my first Cattleya orchid plant. When I lived in Belmont, Massachusetts, I was fortunate to belong to the Massachusetts Orchid Society and to get to know Dick Peterson, then editor of the American Orchid Society Bulletin. When I moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, I was one of the founding members of the Charlottesville Orchid Society and served as its first president.

Orchids

Orchids

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Clarksville-Montgomery County Memorial Day Service honors those who died serving our Country

 

Montgomery County Veterans Service OrganizationClarksville, TN – On Monday, May 25th, the Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization held its annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Due to rain, the ceremony was held in the William O. Beach Civic Hall, Veterans Plaza in Clarksville Tennessee.

The ceremony was opened by Frank Mir, the Director of the Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization. Mir welcomed the dignitaries and attendees to the Memorial ceremony. The colors were posted by the 101st Airborne Division Honor Guard, and Stella McKnight sang the National Anthem.

Purple Heart recipients at the 2015 Clarksville-Montgomery County Memorial Day Service

Purple Heart recipients at the 2015 Clarksville-Montgomery County Memorial Day Service

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There is some Interesting Information in the Wacky World of Wildflowers

 

Clarksville Book ReviewClarksville, 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.”

Kudzu, the plant that ate the south.

Kudzu, the plant that ate the south.

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Vietnam Veterans of America held their annual Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil Sunday night, May 24th

 

Clarksville, TN – On Sunday, May 25th, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 396 held their annual Candlelight Vigil to remember the men and women who were left behind in Vietnam when American forces withdrew in 1975.

It is a solemn occasion when a nation gathers together to honor its soldiers, those who lived to come home, but even more importantly those who did not.

LTC (Retired) Jose Garcia delivering the keynote address at the 2015 Vietnam Veterans of America Candle Light Vigil.

LTC (Retired) Jose Garcia delivering the keynote address at the 2015 Vietnam Veterans of America Candle Light Vigil.

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Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission sets Two Buck Limit for State’s 2015-16 Hunting Seasons

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) has voted to reduce the white-tailed buck limit for the 2015-16 seasons. Deer hunters will now be able to take a total of two bucks throughout the deer hunting seasons.

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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum announces Southern Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition Winners

 

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum hosted the awards reception for the Southern Watercolor Society’s 38th Annual Juried Exhibition on May 16th. The show features eighty-seven paintings. This year’s juror Kathleen Conover awarded 32 artists cash or merchandise prices.

The Best in Show was awarded to Z.L. Feng for In the Wood. Feng is an artist-signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Pastel Society of America (as master pastelist).

Z.L. Feng won Best in Show for In the Wood

Z.L. Feng won Best in Show for In the Wood

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14th Tennessee Infantry returns to Clarksville for 150th Anniversary Homecoming at Fort Defiance Civil War Park

 

Fort Defiance Interpretive CenterClarksville, TN – On Friday, May 15th, 2015, the 14th Tennessee Infantry celebrated their 150th anniversary Homecoming at Fort Defiance Civil War Park. Reenactors of the Confederate 14th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, Company B setup camp and held demonstrations from 10:00am until 5:00pm.

Some of the demonstrations held included an infantry demonstration, weapons talk, U.S. Sanitary Commission information, a talk on Confederate flags as well as an artillery demonstration and discussion.

Kenwood Elementary School 5th Graders watch the 14th Tennessee Infantry reenactors demonstrate how artillery was fired at Fort Defiance Civil War Park, Friday.

Kenwood Elementary School 5th Graders watch the 14th Tennessee Infantry reenactors demonstrate how artillery was fired at Fort Defiance Civil War Park, Friday.

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Shortleaf Pine Planting at Land Between The Lakes

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLOffice of Land Between the Lakes, KY/TN – Land Between The Lakes has planted approximately 29,000 Shortleaf pine seedlings on 42 acres near Demumbers Bay.

Hardwood trees and Loblolly pines in this area sustained heavy damage during the 2009 ice storm and other wind events. Non-native Loblolly pines were removed from the area and replaced with native Shortleaf pines.

Shortleaf pines recently planted near Demumbers Bay area. (Yvonne Helton)

Shortleaf pines recently planted near Demumbers Bay area. (Yvonne Helton)

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Beachaven Winery’s Jazz on the Lawn kicked off Saturday in a big way

 

Beachaven WineryClarksville, TN – Hundreds of people descended on Beachaven Vineyard and Winery Saturday, May 9th, for the first concert of the Jazz on the Lawn season. Chairs and blankets filled the lawn as everyone got ready to spend quality time with friends and family.

“There’s a huge crowd already and the music hasn’t even started,” said Louisa Cooke. “It’s a wonderful night and were glad it’s already jazz season again.”

The Bicho Brothers Band kicked off the 2015 Jazz on the Lawn concert series Saturday night, May 9th.

The Bicho Brothers Band kicked off the 2015 Jazz on the Lawn concert series Saturday night, May 9th.

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