By PATRICK HALL
Special toThe Wilson Post
Best Picture nominee Silver Linings Playbook is a genuine and emotional look into the lives of two individuals, mostly described as crazy, but the truth is, the film succeeds in pulling back the curtain on all our lives and the truth that we all have flaws and depend on those around us to love, forgive and accept our particular brand of crazy.
Pat (Bradley Cooper) is bipolar, and in a psychiatric hospital thanks to him nearly beating a man to death when he found his wife having an affair. But really, whats the big deal? After all, his father, Pat, Sr. (Robert De Niro) is banned from Philadelphia Eagles football games for fighting too many people in the stands.
But at home, Pat struggles to accept his condition and overcome it, with the help of his family and an unlikely companion, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). Shes not without her own emotional baggage. Tiffanys husband, a police officer, was killed, and she was fired from her job for sleeping with everyone in the office.
Pat has no filter when speaking. Tiffany is angry, lonely and struggling to cope with her life. Together, Cooper and Lawrence are fascinating and mix together in a beautiful play of emotional tension, hilarious outbursts and heartbreaking struggles.
From Post staff reports
A three-car accident at 7117 Hwy. 70 close to Linwood Road reportedly resulted in two-three people being transported by ambulance for treatment of injuries.
The exact number of those injured is unknown at this time.
The accident occurred at approximately 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13. Tennessee Highway Patrol responded and is investigating, said Dalya Qualls, spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
More information, as it becomes available, will be posted online and in the Friday, Feb. 15, print edition of The Wilson Post.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
You dont have to leave Lebanon to explore the world. Just make a visit to the Lebanon-Wilson Public Library.
Emma Stafford has set up an exhibit to promote reading and cultural learning during Black History Month. The exhibit, which will remain in the Childrens portion of the library throughout February, features books on President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman and more, as well as some of Staffords personal yearbooks from Wilson County High School on Market Street and Tennessee State University.
Stafford, a substitute teacher, believes that children are not succeeding in comprehensive reading liked they used to. My mother only had an eighth grade education, but impressed upon us the importance of going to school and learning, she said. In the school nowadays I have asked children, Who is the President? Who is the First Lady? A lot of them cannot answer that.
Reading is so very important. If children do not get a good foundation in English, history, math and reading by the 5th grade, they are lost. Something is wrong when children cannot read with an understanding, she said.
Stafford said that one way to combat illiteracy begins with parents reading to their child at home which was the catalyst that inspired her to do the exhibit. I want more children to come to the library, she said.
Part of the exhibit includes a program from the inauguration of President Obama in 2009, which Stafford attended. I never envisioned an African American to hold such a position and I didnt know if it would happen again. I worked an extra job and took my daughter, son-in-law, two friends, sister and niece. It was costly, but it was well worth it, she said of the trip. This isnt just Black History this is history for all children.
From the time my daughter was in the 5th grade throughout high school, we went to England, Jerusalem, Mexico, and New York. Rather than buying unnecessary toys, I enhanced her cultural enrichment, she said, adding that parents can do the same even if they cannot afford to leave the state. Take your child to a museum. Take your child to the library.
Stafford said that placing a high value on education and these cultural experiences will pay off in the long run.
Children get your education. You have got to come into the classroom to learn no foolishness, she said, continuing that strong elementary and high school educations will lead to success in college or trade schools.
After the exhibit ends , Stafford said her next pursuit will be personal to visit the portion of South Africa where former South African President Nelson Mandela lives. That is why I didnt go to the inauguration this year. I have gone and seen it and I have other aspirations now, she said.
Hopefully she will bring back mementos from her next journey for an exhibit in 2014.
By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Valentines Day comes just once a year and offers the perfect occasion for you to remind your sweetheart how much you care so dont mess it up. Roses, chocolates and jewelry are classic Valentines Day gifts for her.
Most women love to receive fresh flowers at home or at work from their husband or boyfriend, said AJs Flowers & Gifts owner Tracy Underwood.
For over a month, Underwood has been placing orders, making bows and planning to make sure she and her staff are ready for a boom in business on Valentines Day. For the past two days all we have done is cut flowers, Underwood said on Monday just three days before Feb. 14.
On Valentines Day, the shop, which is normally run by Underwood and a select few employees, will enlist the help of family members and friends to serve their customers. We are a family business so a lot of family members come in and help us out and Ive got four extra drivers that day, she said.
When it comes to ordering an arrangement, Underwood had two suggestions order early and order roses, roses, roses.
We have had orders that are made a week before. Then you have some people that will call the day before and also last minute stragglers. They will take whatever is left in your cooler, she said, laughing. You have some that come in the day after Valentines because they are in trouble and forget to get their wife flowers.
Underwood said roses are the most popular flower because you dont get them throughout the year.
We have people who send mixed flowers to their wives all year long, but they will only send roses on Valentines Day, she said, adding that AJs Flowers & Gifts has a selection of red, pink and intuition (zebra striped) roses to choose from. Lilies and orchids are big too.
However, Underwood knows that it is not the flowers, but the thought behind them that touches the heart. I spent 30 minutes on the phone with a guy stationed in Afghanistan the other day. Before he left he came in and got his wife flowers. I gave him a box of Fanny May chocolate. He called and said, Ive got the chocolate here in the desert, she said. Those are the emotional ones because they are upset that they cant be here.
Chris Brewington, who delivers for AJs, said the most rewarding part of the holiday for him is seeing the smiles on the faces of those receiving flowers and candy baskets.
Jewelry is another option for longtime loves, said American Jewelry Co. General Manager Ryan Wolfenbarger. There are a lot of options around Valentines Day and a lot of guys wonder what they should get, he said. Business definitely jumps up but the biggest thing we see is it is really late. When they shop for Christmas presents, they will start early around Black Friday right after Thanksgiving. But then for Valentines Day they will come in a day or two before.
This year, Wolfenbarger said Pandora bracelets are an in-demand item. They have a lot of heart charms and things to symbolize love and friendship. Engagement rings are also always great at Valentines.
The Jewelers of Lebanon Owner Shaun Smith said Valentines gifts range in price from under $200 options to engagement rings and wedding ring upgrades into the thousands. While Smith admitted Valentines Day is a predominantly male-driven holiday, ladies can find trinkets for the men in their lives at the store. It is not as big but they will get watches, money clips, maybe a new wedding band, he said. Christmas is still our busiest time of year but we do a lot of business at Valentines Day too. Guys just wait to the last minute.
Due to weather concerns, Saturday's Feb. 16 tryouts for the spring season of Lebanon Youth Baseball have been moved indoors to the Winfree Bryant Middle School gymnasium.
Tryouts are for all players between the ages of 9-12. All players with last names starting with letters A-M will tryout between the hours of 10 a.m.-12 Noon. Players with last names starting N-Z will try out between the hours of 1-3 p.m.
Players should wear sneakers and bring their gloves. All other equipment will be provided.
For more information, please follow the links at www.lebanoncitysports.com. There is no cost to play.
Former TranSouth Conference rival Freed-Hardeman provides the opposition today as Cumberland opens the home portion of the 2013 baseball season with a single, nine-inning game.
First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Stockton Field on the CU campus. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the tarp is still on and the Freed-Hardeman is en route to Lebanon.