Two Beautiful Lakes Within Nashville City Limits….Just a Short Drive Away

I-440 was built on a railroad right-of-way leading to Radnor Lake….radnor-trail-guide

Radnor Lake is an 85 acre lake from which the state park was named. It has abundant wildlife and foliage. Radnor Lake State Natural Area is not a recreational park like others, this is a park where you come to hike, observe nature, or just relax.

    Radnor2The Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company impounded Radnor Lake in 1914. It was to be used to provide water for steam engines and farm animals at railroad yards ; however, immediately following the construction of the lake several birds decided to call this place home and began to feed and rest here while in the process of migrating across the country. Hunting and fishing was no longer allowed by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad workers and their friends due to the influx of natural wildlife coming to the area. In 1923 the Tennessee Ornithological Society proposed that the area become a sanctuary for wild life hence, all hunting and fishing was eradicated. In 1962 the area was preserved as a park, this preservation was done with the help of many people who felt that it was already of good use and needed no further construction. Through out the 1960’s through early 70’s the Metro-Nashville Board of Parks and Recreation wanted to take the land but it was not able to do so. In 1973 Radnor Lake was purchased by the Tennessee Department of Conservation and is funded by many sincere citizens and the Federal Government, the purchase of this beautiful animal home has made Radnor Lake the first authentic Tennessee state natural area.

   Marrowbone Lake Marrowbone Lake (a tiny lake hidden in the northwest corner of Nashville) isn’t large, but its 60 acres are well-planned for fishing. People comfortably fish from the banks and the fishing dock on lawn chairs. TWRA regulations are strictly enforced.  Anglers over 13 must have the appropriate fishing license.You will also need to purchase a $5 lake pass for each day of fishing. You can a boat for $8 a day, including paddles.Gasoline powered motors are prohibited, but you can bring your own trolling motor or rent one there for about $40. Keep in mind that a jon boat is hard to steer alone without a trolling motor!. A handicapped accessible fishing dock is located just off the drive.A small tackle shop at the lake sells fishing licenses, day lake passes, bait, rods, reels, and basic refreshments.  Everything you might need, you can purchase there.Flush toilets are available near the tackle shop.Last year, TWRA stocked Marrowbone Lake with trout in December, January, and February.In addition to trout, Marrowbone Lake is stocked for channel catfish, crappie and bass.

Marrowbone Dock How To Get ThereMarrowbone Lake is in the country, but it’s an easy (and pretty) drive 20 miles from Nashville.We took Briley Parkway to the Whites Creek exit north.  Continue to Clarksville Highway.  Turn left on Eatons Creek Road, right on Gray’s Point Road, then right on Marrowbone Road.You can also take I-24 to Joelton exit 35.  Eaton’s Creek Road will approach Marrowbone Lake from the opposite direction.

Bonney and I have been to both, each is well worth a short drive.

The 2013 Pool Season at The Cloister

covered dish supperWe had another enjoyable event at Tuesday’s Covered Dish Supper. Dixie and the gang did a great job setting up. They even put aside an appetizer area before the individual tables were called up for the main dishes and deserts. Dr. Matthew Kennedy, former Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, played piano for us as we met and chatted with our friends prior to dinner.

The monthly Covered Dish Supper is another benefit of Cloister Living. Where else in Nashville could anyone find these great features.

  1. A small community environment inside a large city
  2. Not a high-rise but  single level home usually with no steps
  3. Safe streets and walkways, even a sidewalk leading to the entrance to the neighborhood church.
  4. Dog Walks at several locations on The Cloister property
  5. The Home Owner’s Association takes care of grass cutting and outside building maintenance.
  6. Very close to shopping and healthcare
  7. Private swimming pool for exercise and to spend quality time with family.

swimming pool side viewAnd in several weeks our private clubhouse pool will open for the new season and the pool usually remains open until early October.

Click here for Pool Rules… I hope to see you there

We Will Be Forced to Eat Dirt


Eating DirtObama is proposing to change the way the Consumer Price Index (CPI)  is calculated. The CPI is used to determine future increases in Social Security, other benefits, and even wages. If the cost-of-living goes up, Social Security and wages are increased with increases in the CPI to catch up with the cost-of-living.

The Hameau de la Reine The Queen’s Hamlet was a rustic retreat in the park of the Château de Versailles built for Marie Antoinette in 1783 near the Petit Trianon in the Yvelines, France. It served as a private meeting place for the Queen and her closest friends, a place of leisure. It contained a meadowland with lakes and streams, a classical Temple of Love on an island with fragrant shrubs and flowers, an octagonal belvedere, with a neighbouring grotto and cascade. There are also various buildings in a rustic or vernacular style, inspired by Norman or Flemish designed, situated around an irregular pond fed by a stream that turned the mill wheel. The building scheme included a farmhouse, (the farm was to produce milk and eggs for the queen), a dairy, a dovecote, a boudoir, a barn that was burned down during the French Revolution.

“Let them eat cake” is the traditional translation of the French phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”, supposedly spoken by Marie Antoinette  upon learning that the peasants had no bread. Since cake was enriched with butter and eggs, as opposed to ordinary bread, the quote indicated the princess’s ignorance of the starving condition of her people. In the end, Marie Antoinette  was beheaded during the French Revolution.

Obama’s proposed Chained CPI change assumes that as the price of steak goes up the Social Security recipient and wage earners will switch and substitute lower cost chicken (so, don’t adjust the CPI because the cost of a meal has not changed, cheaper chicken was substituted for steak). The problem is that if this substitution continues, chicken for steak, horse meat for chicken, macaroni for horse meat, in the end we will all be eating dirt while Social Security and wages haven’t increased at all.

A Chained CPI has no effect on those with enough wealth, or high enough earnings, that levels of Social Security and wages make no difference in whether they eat steak or not. But for most of us, their theory is “Let them eat dirt.”

Most of us will never need to know this but…..What To Do If Stopped By Police

ACLUThe Police does not stop someone to present them a “Safe Driver” award. Dealing with the Police is a serious matter and whatever is said can possibly cause problems. I recently came across this interesting and potentially useful information.


1. What you say to the police is always important. Everything you say can be used against you.

2. You have the right not to speak. To exercise this right, you should tell the police, “I would like to remain silent.”

3. You never have to consent to a search of yourself, your belongings, your car or your house. If you do consent to a search, it can affect your rights later in court. If the police say they have a search warrant, ask to see it. If they don’t, say “I do not consent to this search.” Police cannot arrest you simply for refusing to consent to a search. This may not stop the search from happening, but it will protect your rights if you have to go to court.

4. Do not interfere with or obstruct the police—you can be arrested for it.


1. Police may stop and briefly detain you only if there is reasonable suspicion that you committed, are committing or are about to commit a crime.

2. You should ask if you are under arrest or free to leave.

3. In New York, you are not required to carry ID, and you don’t have to show ID to a police officer. If you are issued a summons or arrested, however, and you refuse to produce ID or tell officers who you are, the police may detain you until you can be positively identified.

4. Don’t bad-mouth a police officer or run away, even if you believe what is happening is unreasonable. That could lead to your arrest.

IF YOU ARE STOPPED IN YOUR CAR:police-officer-issues-ticket1

1. Upon request, show the police your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. In certain cases, your car can be searched without a warrant. To protect yourself later, you should state that you do not consent to a search.

2. If you’re suspected of drunk driving (DWI), you will be asked to take a breath-alcohol and coordination test. If you fail the tests, or if you refuse to take them, you will be arrested, your driver’s license may be suspended and your car may be taken away.

3. If you are arrested, your car will be subject to a search.

IF POLICE COME TO YOUR HOME:police in doorway

1. The police can enter your home without your permission if they have a warrant or if it is an emergency. If the police say they have a warrant, ask to see it. Check to make sure the warrant has the correct address.

2. If you are arrested in your home or office, the police can search you and the area immediately surrounding you or where evidence of criminal activity is in plain view.


1. You have the right to remain silent and the right to talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police. Don’t tell the police anything except your name and address. Don’t give any explanations, excuses or stories. You can make your defense later, in court, based on what you and your lawyer decide is best.

2. If you have a lawyer, ask to see your lawyer immediately. If you can’t afford a lawyer, you have the right to a free one once your case goes to court. You can ask the police how to contact a lawyer. Don’t say anything to police without speaking to a lawyer first.

3. Within a reasonable time after your arrest or booking, you should ask the police to contact a family member or friend. If you are permitted to make a phone call, anything you say at the precinct may be recorded or listened to. Never talk about the facts of your case over the telephone.

4. Do not make any decisions in your case or sign any statements until you have talked with a lawyer.


  •  Stay calm and in control of your words, body language and emotions.
  • Don’t get into an argument with the police.
  •  Never bad-mouth a police officer.
  •  Remember, anything you say or do can be used against you.
  •  Keep your hands where the police can see them.
  •  Don’t run.
  •  Don’t touch any police officer.
  •  Don’t resist even if you believe you are innocent.
  •  If you complain at the scene, or tell the police they’re wrong, do so in a non-confrontational way that will not intensify the scene.
  •  Do not make any statements regarding the incident.
  •  If you are arrested, ask for a lawyer immediately.
  • Remember officers’ badge numbers, patrol car numbers and physical descriptions.
  •  Write down everything you remember ASAP.
  • Try to find witnesses and their names and phone numbers.
  • If you are injured, take photos of the injuries as soon as possible, but make sure you get medical attention first. Ask for copies of your medical treatment files.

Source: American Civil Liberties Union