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Spinal Fusion...would you do it?
Posted Tuesday, November 3, at 9:50 AM
This month marks 10 months since I underwent transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion [TLIF] to correct damage to my lower back. I had heard many horror stories about failed back surgeries, as well as some success stories. I had half my friends telling me "don't do it," and the other half saying "go for it." It was a very difficult decision, but in the end one I am thankful I made...

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Shelbyville Artist Melissa Fults honored as Featured Artist of the month
Posted Monday, February 10, at 12:49 AM

The Bedford Art Gallery, in association with The Fly Arts Center, is proud to feature local artist Melissa Fults for the month of February. Melissa is a self-taught artist, with the aid of only a high school art class. She says she's been "drawing ever since I could pick up a pencil and I remember drawing pictures for class mates."...

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August Recipe Swap: Now You Can Have Krispy Kremes at Home...ANYTIME!
Posted Tuesday, August 6, at 12:18 PM

So who doesn't love a good ol' glazed Krispy Kreme donut, especially if you're from the South. A friend sent me this recipe for glazed Krispy Kreme donuts and I have to say it was hard to tell the difference. Why don't you give it a try and let me know...

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Is Paula Deen just too Mean?
Posted Monday, June 24, at 12:55 AM

For those of you who are asking yourself who the Heck is Paula Deen--like my husband--she is an American cook...now former cooking show host, thanks to recently admitting her use of racial slurs under oath in court last month...a restaurateur, author, actress and Emmy Award-winning television personality. ...

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June's Summer Recipe Delight
Posted Monday, June 24, at 12:28 AM

It's time again for our monthly recipe swap. I'm sorry I'm so late into the month getting this posted, but when you're living with a number of autoimmune disorders it can be hard at times to get your mind and/or your body to cooperate...and don't get me started on the meds. Anyway, here are some of my favorite recipes for you to try out on your family this month. Let me know how it turns out, and please share some of your own favorites!...

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Have You Felt the EVO-OVE Experience???
Posted Saturday, June 22, at 10:13 AM

I recently had the great pleasure of talking with some of the Bedford Art Gallery's newest members, John and Nita Lo Re--otherwise known as EVO and OVE. After listening to their soulful music and viewing their private art collections I have to say they are one of the most unique couples I've ever encountered. ...

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Hmmm, what's for dinner? * May's Monthly Recipe Swap *
Posted Thursday, May 16, at 12:29 AM

So a lot of my fellow homeschool moms like to pass around recipes and surprise their families with some mmm, mmm good meals. Me, I'm more of a dollar menu kind of gal, lol...actually I love to cook, but health issues usually prevent it. So when I do cook up a big meal I like to go all out. Here are some of my favorite recipes for you to try on your family this month. Let me know how it turns out!...

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Are you a "pooper scooper" or a "take action" kind of guy/gal?
Posted Thursday, May 16, at 12:12 AM

The "poem" below is not mine, it was posted online by "anonymous" and has passed through many 'hands,' so please do not attack me because you "agree/disagree." Although I find it humorous, I am not going to present my opinion here, because any of you who know me know where I lean on this topic. Instead, I would like to hear your comments on the subject...

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Rick Akers SHOOTS People and Loves it...Come Hear Why at The Bedford Art Gallery on Monday Night
Posted Saturday, November 10, at 2:35 AM

The Bedford Art Gallery is proud to present another new talent addition to our emerging art community, Rick Akers. Rick will be honored as this month's Featured Artist at a reception to be held this Monday, November 12th at 7:00pm inside the Bedford Art Gallery (located inside The Fly art building). His photo art collection, which is currently on display for a limited time, will hang through the remainder of the month, so please take a few moments to stop in and see the display before it's gone...

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Let us take a moment to mourn the death of Capitalism and Free Enterprise in America...
Posted Thursday, November 8, at 2:01 AM

Statistics show that the majority of Obama's supporters are the under-educated in America...those who failed to finish high school, never went to college, may or may not be able to read and write in English, or any language, etc. What does this tell us about his re-election?...

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Successful Art in the Park event clears path for October's Featured Artist, Melissa Fults
Posted Sunday, October 7, at 6:35 AM

Despite the brisk winter chill that bit through the damp air on Saturday, Shelbyville's first annual Art in the Park event was clearly a hit with local town folks. Many onlookers were pleasantly surprised to discover so much talent residing right here in their own backyard. ...

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Come Check out Craig Damron's Unique Style Art at the Bedford Art Gallery
Posted Monday, November 14, at 5:01 PM

Craig Damron, a native of Bedford County since moving here from Michigan at the tender age of four, started drawing pictures in pencil when he was just eight years old...and has never stopped. With the love and support of his wife Regina, who is busy making beautiful gift baskets and wreaths this time of year, Craig has been able to broaden his artistic scope and try his hand at air brushing, water colors and oil paintings...

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Homeschooling Gripes
Posted Friday, September 9, at 3:46 AM

Here is a great insert from "The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List" by Deborah Markus, from Secular Homeschooling, Issue #1, Fall 2007 (with a few additions by me) which mimics much of what I've written in past blogs about my feelings on the topic of homeschooling (although I differ on a few points, as I am not nearly as "unpleasant" in my approach to the subject). Those of you who homeschool will also relate to this I'm sure:...

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Twice as Nice Tonight--Monday, August 8th--at The Bedford Art Gallery (inside The Fly)
Posted Monday, August 8, at 1:37 AM

This month art lovers are in for a special treat...2 for 1. The Bedford Art Gallery will host a reception on Monday, August 8th at 7:00pm located in the Art Gallery inside The Fly Art Center, to honor two very unique and talented women as the featured artist(s) for the month of August--Eva Berg of Christiana, TN and Clover Burton of Shelbyville...

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Oops, Your FLY is OPEN
Posted Thursday, July 21, at 11:48 PM

I'd like to first thank Veita Jo Hampton--a well known author and contributing artist at The Fly--for loaning me the catchy title. Now, it has come to my attention recently that many people are still not sure that The Fly Art Center is open to the general public, even the locals. We had two people in the gallery last week, both from the area, who said they were hesitant about coming in because they weren't sure it was open [to the public]...

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Budget cuts should focus on Welfare Reform, not Social Security Elimination
Posted Wednesday, July 13, at 12:19 PM

It seems that with all the talk about budgets and reform, we inevitably encounter the debate of welfare reform. The original purpose of welfare was to help stop poverty. Our current system, in some ways, can actually do the opposite. I posted something similar to this a few years ago, but it's a subject that needs to be addressed again and again until someone takes notice and fixes the flaws in the current system. ...

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The Lessons We Are Teaching Our Children...
Posted Thursday, June 23, at 6:16 PM

I'm sure by now someone has raised an eyebrow and wondered why both my blog and Jimmy's blog regarding the subject of the Bedford County Board of Education's decision NOT to allow home school students the right to participate in school sports are no longer posted online...

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Bedford Art Gallery Artist of the Month: Zephy Art--Reception Monday, June 13th at 7pm (a must see)
Posted Friday, June 10, at 1:53 PM

Zephyr ArtJulie Barrett CataldoEppie Cataldo Bailey The Bedford Art Gallery will host a reception on Monday, June 13th at 7:00pm located in the Art Gallery inside The Fly Art Center to honor the artist of the month. This month's featured artist is kind of a "what" rather than "Who." The Bedford Art Gallery's featured artist for the month of June is Zephyr Art, which was created in 2001 by Julie Barrett Cataldo and Eppie Cataldo Bailey--sisters in-law who also term themselves sisters in art. ...

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Bedford Art Gallery to feature TWO local artists in April...Stop by The Fly to see their display before it's gone
Posted Friday, April 8, at 8:02 PM

The Bedford Art Gallery hosted a reception on Monday, April 11th to honor the featured artist of the month. Guests were in for an added treat this month, as April features not one but two local artists, Sammie Baker and local celebrity Veita Jo Blevins Hampton--both residents of Bedford County--whose talent and magnificent works are only best described through visual observation. ...

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Rediscovering Christmas
Posted Friday, December 31, at 3:23 AM

US Each year Christmasseems to come and go before I've even had time to "get into the Spirit."It's a constant cycle...we spend months in advance working overtime to buy a mounds of presents, only to have them ripped open in seconds, played with for a few days, then tossed aside and forgotten. ...

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A once self-proclaimed entrepreneur with a strong background in photography, computer assembly, and digital arts/graphic design, Shawna is a dual-major graduate who was forced to leave a middle-management position after a serious accident and illness left her unable to work. As a mother of six and former teacher, she is now homeschooling her two youngest children and volunteers her time as an educator for the Bedford County Enrichment Homeschool Program.