In the Now by Shawna Jones http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/ en-us Spinal Fusion...would you do it? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/64171 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. I was injured while lifting my [then] sixty-five pound daughter out of a shopping cart and twisting to put her in... Tue, 03 Nov 2015 09:50:45 -0600 Shelbyville Artist Melissa Fults honored as Featured Artist of the month http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/57068 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." Melissa started experimenting with paint in high school and won several ribbons and awards in local competitions during her early years as a budding artist.... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:49:08 -0600 August Recipe Swap: Now You Can Have Krispy Kremes at Home...ANYTIME! http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/54271 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. Homemade Krispy Kremes -- I'm told this is the actual recipe! Ingredients: * 3 tbsp milk * 3 tbsp boiling water * 1 tsp dry active yeast * 8 oz all purpose flour (a little under 2 cups - I recommend you measure and weigh. See note... Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:18:08 -0500 Is Paula Deen just too Mean? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/53652 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. Deen resides in Savannah, Georgia, where she owns and operates The Lady & Sons restaurant with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. She has published fourteen cookbooks and if you've every strolled... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:55:51 -0500 June's Summer Recipe Delight http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/53651 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! Ranch Crockpot Pork chops: 1 large package of... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:28:15 -0500 Have You Felt the EVO-OVE Experience??? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/53643 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. It didn't take long to see how much love they have for each other, their art and their music. They even wear matching EVO/OVE shirts. We should all be so lucky as to find our soul mate... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:13:28 -0500 Hmmm, what's for dinner? * May's Monthly Recipe Swap * http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/53145 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! Fully loaded potato casserole...loaded with yummy goodness (and tons of fat and calories...but... Thu, 16 May 2013 00:29:22 -0500 Are you a "pooper scooper" or a "take action" kind of guy/gal? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/53143 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. As posted online by anonymous: I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird... Thu, 16 May 2013 00:12:30 -0500 Rick Akers SHOOTS People and Loves it...Come Hear Why at The Bedford Art Gallery on Monday Night http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/50292 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... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 02:35:11 -0600 Let us take a moment to mourn the death of Capitalism and Free Enterprise in America... http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/50251 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? Obama has had four years in which to make things better...to provide some of that "change" he was so famous for spewing in 2008, but it has only gotten worse...the unemployment, the economy, the national debt, etc. The... Thu, 08 Nov 2012 02:01:06 -0600 Successful Art in the Park event clears path for October's Featured Artist, Melissa Fults http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/49810 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. This month's Featured Artist for the Bedford Art Gallery--Melissa Fults--is among that vast pool of talent lurking in our midst. Melissa is being honored in a reception on Monday, October 8th at 7:00pm inside the Bedford Art... Sun, 07 Oct 2012 06:35:27 -0500 Come Check out Craig Damron's Unique Style Art at the Bedford Art Gallery http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/44657 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. A self-taught artist, Craig has been contracted for some pretty... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:01:07 -0600 Homeschooling Gripes http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/43395 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: 1 Please stop asking us if it's legal. If it is -- and it is --... Fri, 09 Sep 2011 03:46:13 -0500 Twice as Nice Tonight--Monday, August 8th--at The Bedford Art Gallery (inside The Fly) http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/42882 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. Berg is native of Sweden who followed her heart to America after falling in love with and marrying an American gentleman several years ago. For as... Mon, 08 Aug 2011 01:37:54 -0500 Oops, Your FLY is OPEN http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/42557 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]. If you've been reluctant to drop in at The Fly, I... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 23:48:26 -0500 Budget cuts should focus on Welfare Reform, not Social Security Elimination http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/42475 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. Instead of threatening our elderly and disabled--who are simply collecting the... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 12:19:31 -0500 The Lessons We Are Teaching Our Children... http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/42135 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. Without going into grave detail I will simply state that this issue has caused so much backlash, including difficulties on personal friends of ours within the public school faculty who support our cause, that our daughter... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:16:44 -0500 Bedford Art Gallery Artist of the Month: Zephy Art--Reception Monday, June 13th at 7pm (a must see) http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/41917 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.... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:53:32 -0500 Bedford Art Gallery to feature TWO local artists in April...Stop by The Fly to see their display before it's gone http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/40840 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. I encourage you to come see their wonderful art work, which will be on display ALL month during... Fri, 08 Apr 2011 20:02:05 -0500 Rediscovering Christmas http://www.t-g.com/blogs/1443/entry/39066 US Each year Christmas seems 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. With each passing Christmas I would find less and less enjoyment, and it seems to take me longer each year to get the tree put up or the lights hung. In fact, we... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 03:23:18 -0600