Telling Tales – Dark Days

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Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Celebrate 30 Years

The humble beginnings of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy (MJCA) began more than three decades ago in the hearts and minds of the pastor of First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet, Billie Friel, Mr. and Mrs. N.C. Hibbett, Dr. Art Schulert and Mr. Sam Moore.

MJCA’s inaugural day of school was in August of 1979. The then newly constructed building of First Baptist Church Mt. Juliet also became home of the “SAINTS”. The school consisted of grades 1-3 with plans to add one grade per year. The church’s preschool and kindergarten program eventually became part of MJCA in 1992. The dreams and visions of the school’s founders became reality when the first class graduated in 1989.

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Back to School – Going Green

As concerned parents and members of the community, Lauren Fung, Robyn Cotter and Tracey O’Hanlon formed a committee, TEAM GREEN to educate students, faculty and fellow parents about the benefits and rewards of recycling. With the support of principal Mr. Chip Bevis and assistant principal Mrs. Becky Kegley at Coles Ferry Elementary School, TEAM GREEN has started the ball rolling by focusing on reducing and recycling paper waste at school. Continue reading “Back to School – Going Green”

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Lebanon’s Kindergartners Get Moving to Learn

Six years ago, Tammy Oliver, then the Physical Education teacher at Byars Dowdy Elementary, piloted a unique program which changed the way kindergarten students are taught in the Lebanon Special School District.  On the surface, the SMART program (Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training) developed by Dr. Lyelle Palemer along with the Minnesota Learning Resource Center (, incorporates the development of gross and fine motor skills along with reading and math readiness skills. Continue reading “Lebanon’s Kindergartners Get Moving to Learn”

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Telling Tales – Worry Wart

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Telling Tales – Mystery on Canoe Branch Road

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Kayla Youngquist

Kayla Youngquist Finds The Long Lost Artist Within Her

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” – Pablo Picasso

Kayla Youngquist Finds the Long Lost Artist Within Her

When you meet Kayla Younquist the first thing you notice are her bright eyes and exuberant smile. She has a real sense of openness and warmth about her, which is probably one of the reasons she has been such a successful Kindergarten teacher for over 26 years…

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Telling Tales – On Bathing Suits …

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Telling Tales – Downgraded

A few months ago I realized that my obsession had gotten out of hand. My morning ritual of making coffee and reading the paper had sadly turned into my getting up and checking my phone for emails   – – before even making it to the coffeemaker. Blasphemous – I know!

It was an addiction that was long in the making. First came the cell phone for emergencies only, then came the cell phone so that the office could reach me, then came texting my friend “What time is soccer practice?”, followed by a quick game of Bubble Breaker and finally internet so I could google “symptoms of swine flu” whenever I felt feverish. The last straw came two years ago with I connected the phone to my email account. 

Then one night, while watching a favorite television show of mine “Intervention”, I realized I was no better than Kathy, the alcoholic soccer Mom, who drank mouthwash in order to get her daily fix. The only difference between Kathy and I was that she probably had mintier fresher breath  – but other than that – I was an addict just like she was.  

The next morning I informed my husband that, “I’m turning in my phone.”

At first he didn’t believe me but the more we talked, he soon realized I was serious.

“But how am I going to find you?”

Now, not only do my husband and I live together but we work together too. There is about a 3-hour span during the day that he  – can’t find me.

Oh, how sweet, I thought to myself, he might miss talking to me. But the more he protested I realized it wasn’t that he couldn’t talk to me that bothered him, it was that he couldn’t literally find me to . . . pick up his clothes at the cleaners or take his car in to be serviced or . . . .

Undaunted, I insisted “I don’t want it anymore!” Finally, after much “negotiation” we agreed I would not go completely phoneless but would just downgrade.

On Saturday morning as I prepared myself for my  – – no less than two hour visit to the phone store – –  he insisted he go with me, just to insure I didn’t break our agreement. 

I approached the young man behind the desk. “My contract is up and I don’t want this phone.”

He smirked at the six month old phone I handed him and said, “Yeah, they don’t even make this model anymore and we can upgrade you to a …”

I cut him off, “I don’t want an upgrade.  I want to downgrade. I don’t want email, internet or texting.”
The 17-year old looked at me like I was insane. “But your plan allows you to have a Blackberry – – for free!”

“Freeeee,”, my Husband remarked. “Why won’t you just take the upgrade – pleaaase for me.”

“No”, I insisted.  “I just want a phone, nothing else, not even a camera on it.”

The teenager looked at me as if I were an ancient dinosaur he had just stumbled upon. He then looked at my Husband and I swear he mouthed “How old is this granny?”

Reluctantly he led me to this dimly lit dark corner of the store and handed me a flip phone (remember those!). “This is as basic as we get”, he said. (Very judgmentally I might add!)

“I’ll take it.” My husband just shook his head in disappointment, “Does it even have voicemail?.”  

That afternoon I came home and my children grabbed my new phone.

My eldest looked at the phone in horror, “It doesn’t have games or internet. This isn’t a phone.”  

Everyone appeared to be against me. I began to think I had made a mistake.

That is, until my 6 year old picked up the phone and said, “Cool – look it flips open – I’ve never seen one do that!”

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Erin Brown

Style & Trends – July – August 2009

Erin Brown is a local resident of Wilson County, she holds a degree in Apparel Design from MTSU. Erin has worked with top design teams like Ralph Lauren, J Crew and her favorite Henri Bendel’s. She has also attended the incredibly prestigious New York Fashion Week numerous times getting to hang backstage at Marc Jacobs, Luca Luca and Vera Wang.Erin currently works as a freelance wardrobe stylist in Nashville. She is thrilled to have another creative outlet, as fashion writer in Wilson Living.

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Hi lovely Wilson Ladies! Wow…summer in Wilson County is hot! Wanna know what’s super-hot for summer? Having a great catch-all purse! My perfect summer bag—a pale blue vintage look from the designer, Melie Bianco. After narrowing the purse selection down to my favorite ten…this is THE top one. I love the brand in general. Not only is it extremely reasonably priced, but Melie Bianco is great because it is inspired by high-end designer bags, minus the large brand name tags ,which I find to be “shutterlingly” tacky, (literally, I shutter). Check these out at or Ramona and Co. in Providence Marketplace, next to Bath & Body Works. I can promise you, it’s worth looking into.

Have you ever used a beauty product and known that there just had to be something better out there? I have. The lip gloss I had been faithful to for years… gorgeous array of colors and affordable, had really run its course with me. The tube was too tiny and the texture too tacky-everything stuck to this stuff. And when I would rub my lips together, it made a “click” sound. That’s how tacky. I knew there had to be something more appealing. On the prowl, 40+ tubes later and very puffy red lips to boot, I found it. Everything I’d been looking for was in a sensible-sized tube and to be perfectly honest, I didn’t know it was possible. Silky smooth textured, not too clear, not too thick, no taste. Layering for more pigment. It was Vincent Longo Virgin Lux Gloss. It was found at The Cosmetic Market. Girls, this is something to invest in. I almost hate to give this secret away!

If you’re pinching pennies… treat yourself with Covergirl Amazemint gloss. It has the same texture for less buck. I buy the No Care Bare, which is basically a nude, and reapply all the time with less guilt.

If you’re having a hard time pulling together a bathing suit look, (and who isn’t) check out my suggestions on the next page.

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