I am a 30 something graduate from Austin Peay State University, where I graduated in 1997 with two majors (Accounting and Finance). I am a very happily married man, with no kids, that really enjoys a professional life of public service and a personal life of travel, reading, music, and always trying to learn from others.
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Come out and enjoy a day of free, family fun. A bird hikes with the Warioto Audubon Society, wild flower hike led by APSU botanists and a trail hike led by Suva Batsin from our local chapter of the Tennessee trails Association.
Clarksville, TN – Saturday, May 5th, the Friends of (FODC) are putting on their annual Spring Fling event. FODC is anticipating a good turnout and has planned lots of free activities for the whole family.
The group is still finalizing the schedule, but in past years, the Friends group has put on the following activities at Spring Fling.
Clarksville, TN – On Saturday July 30th, the mouth of was a buzz with activity. It was time for the annual Cooling at the Cave event, sponsored by the . As the afternoon temperatures soared, the local flocked to cool down in the constant cool breeze blowing from the mouth of the cave.
The quartet, Red River Breeze, provided the entertainment of traditional Celtic music, while children danced and the adults clapped. The Friends of Dunbar Cave provided ice cold lemonade, water, cookies, granola bars, and freezer pops. Many played a variety of board games, tapping their toes to an Irish jig. Back in the days before air conditioning, this is how locals cooled off and fellowshipped with others.
Clarksville, TN – The weather is getting hotter, and theare gearing up to cool down!
Locals have always come to the mouth ofin the dog days of summer to beat the heat. With a year round breeze of 56 degree blowing from the cave, the Friends of Dunbar Cave invite your family to enjoy Mother Nature’s air conditioning on July 30th from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
Clarksville, TN – This Saturday, May 7th, the(FODC) are putting on their annual Spring Fling event. FODC is anticipating a good turnout and has planned lots of free activities for the whole family.
Readers may remember that last year Spring Fling was on the weekend of the historic flood. We are hoping that Mother Nature is more co-operative this year. But rain or shine, bring the family out for a good time!
Transportation via golf cart between the parking lot and the cave entrance will be available for those who need it, thanks to the kindness of the Jeff Vaughn and the City of Clarksville.
With the heat index passing 100 lately, it is perfect timing for the ‘s annual Cooling at the Cave event. Bring your family out Saturday, July 31, from 4pm to 6pm and enjoy sitting at the mouth of the cave, which stays at 58 degrees year round.
Sitting in the shade at the mouth of the cave is how locals cooled off before the cave was a designated State Natural Area. Folks would bring tables, chairs, and board games. Some would play instruments, while others danced. This is the atmosphere the Friends of «Read the rest of this article»recreate every year.
This year I read a lot of books, or least a lot of books for me. A couple stand out in my mind, and so I thought I would share them with you.
“The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11″ (2006), by Lawrence Wright
This book is tireless in its details; but do not let that discourage you from giving it a read. The book is rather short at 373 pages; however, it is heavily noted and very user friendly. It contains a 10 page glossary of principal characters with brief descriptions of their importance; which is a invaluable resource in helping the reader keep track of the multitude of players with similar names.
Like most other histories of Muslim fundamentalism (such as the BBC video series “Power of Nightmares”), Wright starts with the story of Sayyid Qutb. Qutb was an Egyptian writer and Muslim that traveled through America in the late 1940’s. His experiences and perceptions, started the generational snowball that led to 9/11. «Read the rest of this article»