A kind-hearted group of quilters in Sharps Chapel finished a true labor of love this summer. The Norris Lake Quilting Bee, who meet in Irwin's Chapel United Methodist Church, completed a quilt started by an Ohio woman who passed away due to cancer and returned the completed quilt to her husband, Jeff Sutherland.
Memories of Vacation Bible School
The visual, sounds, physical contact, aromas, odors, and even flavors that on occasion we taste upon our tongue can roll back the pages of time without the opening of a book. Obviously, we take photographs, often organizing them into albums, to preserve and reinforce our memories. A familiar song, unexpected, all but forgotten and obscured by time, may carry us back to the days of our youth. An experiential learner myself, running my fingers across the texture of practically anything directly linked with the past makes history all the more tangible.
Each year in late spring, as I prepare for my first excursion to my favorite public swimming hole, I retrieve my swimwear. Washed, hung up to dry, and eventually stashed away for months, my swim t-shirts retain the scent of sunscreen from the previous summer. Often as I approach the gate, on my first trip to the pool, a northwest wind may greet me with a whiff of chlorine. Soon I will be reunited with old friends-regular patrons who frequent the pool and returning staff.
After closing time at the pool a few years ago, I drove aimlessly towards home. Overtaken with a sense of sadness, as one poet, his name lost to time, wrote “and open as the waves of ocean come surging into the shore; sweep ore my soul the memories of the days that come no more“. My own mind swept over by childhood memories of Vacation Bible School (VBS), I swung by the grocery store to pick up a package of Duplex Cookies.
Many years ago, while we were at outside at play, VBS volunteers would arrange cookies on a napkin next to a paper cup filled with punch on a table in front of each child’s seat. Duplex Cookies were a staple. While there in the cookie aisle, I found the inspiration for this column.
The topic, VBS, is indirectly, at best, related to food. Yet it is all about food, but not for the body. Most parents, hopefully, are aware of the importance of childhood nutrition. Nutrients found within wholesome foods are essential building blocks of strong healthy bodies. In addition to the body, both the mind and the spirit of youth must be nourished.
For generations of American children, VBS has played an important role. Lessons learned through VBS activities can last a lifetime. Decisions made as a result can extend into eternity.
VBS offered me the opportunity to be in a drama. (I still have the cardboard sandals that I made to go with my costume.) VBS also gave me the opportunity to participate in the publication of a newspaper as well as numerous arts and crafts activities. All were effective learning strategies for atypical learners such as I. The small pupil teacher ratio was also an important factor for me. Studies of public schools that compare the impact of pupil teacher ratios on academic achievement, cited to refute the importance of low pupil teacher ratio, likely do not take into consideration that some teachers would teach five children as though they were teaching to a class of thirty or more. Specifically, some teachers are not particularly interactive with pupils regardless of class size.
VBS is more important today than ever. As a result of a string of decisions made by the Warren Court, prayer and Bible reading are no longer a part of the experience of many public-school students. (A note for younger readers: The Warren Court refers to the time the time frame in which Earl Warren sat as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.) Dwight David Eisenhower, who appointed him to the Supreme Court, acknowledged publicly that he considered appointing Warren to the Supreme Court to be the worst decision of his presidency.
Years later, the so called “balanced calendar”, a euphemism for year-round school, is not only a threat to family time, essential unstructured playtime with peers, and summer camp, but also to Vacation Bible School, at a time when VBS is more critical than ever as a factor in the education and development of children and youth.
In an 1888 handbook for parents, Salvation Army founder, William Booth, wrote “In all educational effort, keep constantly before you the end you have in view, that is, to make your children Saints and Soldiers of Christ.”
We are all unique with the capacity for creativity and artistic expression. Through purposeful creation we form physical manifestations of our uniqueness. Of course, there is not simply just one correct way to do anything and with that idea we find that there is infinite strength in individualism. What one person may envision and create given a blank canvas can be, and often is, vastly different from another person's creation. That was greatly displayed at the Union County Heritage Festival's Art Show on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
With Halloween coming up, it is time for us to talk about the Boogerman/Boogerwoman.
At the time I was growing up, child psychologists were unheard of. In most cases, no one even got to a doctor unless they were seriously ill. I don’t remember any “cures” dealing with behavior. These were the common cures and most could be bought at local grocery stores:
Last time, we discussed the statement from 2 Corinthians 6:17 about being a separate people and how this separate means different. Christians are in the world but not of the world, so we are set apart in that we do not follow our own path but rather the path of our Savior. A Savior who purchased our sins and gave His Righteousness to us. (See Jerimiah 23:6) He had to do this because of our inability to keep God’s Law. Our sin nature made it impossible for us to make atonement for our failures. (See Romans 3:23, Isaiah 64:6)
Year One, Week Forty
I have for some time been writing down words that people use in “quirky” ways. I find it interesting the way people often misspeak words unintentionally, often rendering thought provoking meanings. A few examples follow.
A country woman had an opportunity to eat in a fancy restaurant. Trying to impress her companions, she ordered a “ward off” salad. Though that was not on the menu, the waiter directed the lady to the Waldorf salad as an excellent choice to ward off unwanted calories.
This zesty adventure started late one evening as I was walking in the dark by myself. I had just dug my cell phone out of the floorboard of my husband Tim’s truck. Being an old geek, I was gazing up at the stars. It dawned on me that I hadn’t locked Tim’s truck back after retrieving my phone. Without taking my eyes off of the night sky, I tossed my hand back and pressed the lock button on the clicker. Ka-Click. The truck beeped.
Ka-KAW Ka-KAW rang out.
I came to a dead stop and stood there alone in the darkness. Goose bumps ran up my arm.
Back pain, especially chronic back pain, can make life miserable; this condition is quite common in the military. Randomized trials have found that spinal manipulation can be effective for lower back pain. One 2013 study specifically compared chiropractic therapy to general medical care in military personnel, 18-35 years old. The results suggest reduced pain and improved physical wellbeing and function as compared to patients who only received the standard care.
Anyone who knows me knows of my taste for black walnuts. When my kids were small and money was tight, I would load the three youngest ones in the pickup. After a fall's hard freeze, we would head for my favorite walnut trees along country roads. Each child would have his or her own pail. “Pick 'em up as fast as you can,” I would yell.
Sometimes, neighbors took offense with our picking up the walnuts, even if the walnuts were out in the roadway. We did get run off occasionally, but it didn't take long to fill the pickup bed with the ones we could get.
I like corn salsa. It is best made in the summertime with fresh vegetables. Red tomatoes in the winter don't taste as good as tomatoes fresh from the garden. That goes for sweet corn, too. We like sweet corn freshly cut from the cob and fried with butter, salt and sugar. Oh well, that is another dish. For this salsa, canned whole kernel corn can be used as well. I learned to appreciate red onions while working at Arby's in Halls. I was introduced to jalapeno peppers when we moved to Tennessee. Before that, I only used the yellow hot banana peppers.
"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" For more information please contact Kathy Chesney at 865-566-3289.
REGULAR WORKSHOP UNION COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018 6:00 p.m. Union County High School
1. Discuss School Trips
2. Budget Amendments and Transfers/Director’s Monthly Report—Ann Dyer
3. Discuss TSBA Recommended Changes to Board Policy (Due for Approval on Second Reading in October, 2018): School Bus Seat Restraint Systems —Lenny Holt
4. Discuss Capital Projects—Dr. Carter
5. Discuss Contracts—Lenny Holt
6. Discuss Teacher Tenure—Dr. Carter
Haunts and History October 26-27 3pm- 9pm
Haunts and History will feature old-fashioned treats along the pioneer trail, with homemade and vintage candies, as well as local storytellers sharing true and inspired stories about our Appalachian ancestors. Guests can also enjoy hay rides, live music, blacksmithing, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and festive snacks.
For an additional charge, attendees can pick pumpkins from the patch or choose a pumpkin to paint and take home.
Advance Tickets may be purchased by October 15:
Glenn Thomas Kitts, age 91, of Knoxville passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2018. He Served his County well as a United States Marine during World War II era. He retired from the Knoxville Transit Lines after 52 years. He coached little league at Fountain City Ball Park for ten plus years. Preceded in death by wife Barbara Jean Kitts; Sons Martin Thomas Kitts and Gary Steven Kitts; grandson T.J. Lewis and Chris Turner; parents Arlie and Jessie Kitts; four brothers; and four sisters.
Kenneth “Kenny” David Coffman, age 48 of Luttrell, Tennessee went home to be with the Lord on October 18, 2018. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Maynard & Eva Coffman and Millard & Cora Munsey. He is survived by parents Rev. Donnie and Lola Coffman; brothers Ricky (Sharon) Coffman and Donnie (Sherry) Coffman; nieces Kayla (Jamie) Moore and Danielle (Matt) Tindell; nephews Brandon (Miriah) Coffman and Josh (Mary) Coffman; great nephews Brylan, Wesley, Brentley, Hudson, Branson and Bobby; great nieces Ellis and Emersyn. Also survived by uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
Dewey (Merl) Keck-age 74 of Corryton, born October 18, 1944 passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 at his home. Preceded in death by parents, George and Mary Keck.
Survivors: wife, Joyce Keck; daughters, Robin Carringer; Doris (Greg) Selvidge; grandchildren, Ashley White, Tiffany Grooms; great-grandchild, Brayden Chaney.
Rueben Scott Holloway-age 55 of Luttrell passed away Wednesday night, October 17, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital at North Knoxville Medical Center. Preceded in death by parents, Bill and Sarah Holloway; wife Darla Holloway; children, Amber, Willie, Erin and Reanna Holloway.
Survived by best friend, Trusty; sisters, Jackie (Jerry) Clapp; Brenda (Tim) Wyrick; brothers, Russell (Mary) Holloway and Paul Holloway; friends, Linda Waggoner and Violet Ward. Special aunts, Brenda Stone, Beulah Hayes, Carolyn Langley and Susie Langley. Several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Catrina Kailynn Maggard-age 18 of Knoxville passed away Saturday morning, October 13, 2018 at U. T. Medical Center as the result of an automobile accident. She was a graduate of Gibbs High School, 2018 Class. She was a loving daughter and friend, full of life and always had a smile on her face. Preceded in death by grandfather, Frank Maggard; great-grandmother, Grace Lynn.
Debra Marlene Lynch
April 26, 1959 – October 2, 2018
Debra Marlene Lynch was born in Detroit, Michigan to Helen and Nolan Graves on April 26, 1959. -Marlene’s parents meant the world to her. Her father, Nolan was her personal hero and her mother, Helen was her measuring stick for how a Christian woman should live. Marlene had one sibling, Keith Graves. She loved her younger brother very much and often spoke of Keith’s big heart.