Aiken woman winter 2014

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MEET Kelly



In this Issue



Lori Samples Duncan


Cathy Williams Della Hertzberg (

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Ashely Campbell Carol Ryall Lori Samples Duncan Megan Elliott Melissa Birdsong Patti McGrath Peggy Elliott Elaine Samples



Joe Willis Photography


Clark Berry Photography Joe Willis Photography Robert Patrick Image Design Tammy Bevins

From the Editor 2 Happy Holidays!


3 What’s Happening?

Let’s Talk 5 Mama’s Rosemary Chicken Pot Pie 6 Lakeside Living: Spinners Resort & Marina 8 The Floral Gallery of Aiken 10 Meet Kelly Movshina 13 Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe

Ladies About Towm 15 17 18 19 23 24

Meet Dana Rideout Just Party All the Time..NOT! Meet Eva Mueller What’s Your Holiday Getaway? Equine Divine Judith Hoover

Professional 26 28 How Well Do You Know Your Mechanic? 30 Mac & Company Events, LLC 33 We Can Change The Future 34 Just a Few More Minutes 35 Legal Eagles

Celebrating the Survivor in You! 37 Mamie Fryar

Health & Wellness

40 Alice D. Hale 42 Pain Can’t wait 43 LIV Breast Self-Exam Aid Pro motes More Accurate Self Exam

Business & Web Directory 44 Contact our Advertisers

Personal Note Find us on facebook!

45 Did I do enough?

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he next time you hear from me it will be 2015. It seems like yesterday I was trying to remember to write 2014 instead of 2013. Where does the time go? I laugh when women jokingly lie about their ages because truthfully whether we acknowledge it or not, every next birthday is a gift. In the grand scheme of things a new wrinkle, an age spot, dry skin, though they seem to remind us we are not twenty six anymore, they are reminders we have hit another milestone. There are lots of ladies in this issue who are worth talking about and some have hit more milestones than others. We happen to think they are all fabulous! For example, of all the places in the world she has traveled and worked in, Kelly Fisher came to Aiken to put down roots. Some have lived in and loved Aiken their whole lives and some are newcomers so to speak, but they are all a part of the wonderful community that makes Aiken such a special place to live and work. We love the holidays and we love to decorate. We have included some really beautiful pictures of some decorating by the talented owners of Mac & Company. If you are throwing a party or looking for some new ways to give your home a classy holiday look, give them a call. There are so many wonderful things to enjoy in this issue of Aiken Woman Magazine, I can’t wait to hear what you think. I look forward to your feedback as always and hope you read it cover to cover. Don’t forget to support the businesses that advertise with us, they help make AWM possible. They have all made a commitment to you our reader, to offer quality products and services and we hope you will let them know where you found them, right here in AWM. One last thing until next year, during the holiday season many people are not surrounded by big loving families or have recently lost important parts of those families. Do something unexpected or kind for those around you who may be hurting or needing an extra word of kindness. Invite someone home to have a Thanksgiving meal who may not have anyone nearby to celebrate Thanksgiving with. Go to a soup kitchen and work for a day at Christmas. Take your children and family with you. You never know the difference your one act of kindness could make. You are also teaching those around you about service. Until 2015 - Have a blessed and thankful holiday season.

Lori Samples Duncan Editor-inCheif


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Matthew 25:45 He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'




Christmas Craft Show Friday, December 5, 2014 - 9:00 am Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 9:00 am Odell Weeks Recreation Center

City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism, host; more than 250 local artisans; homemade baked goods, pottery, furniture, jewelry, other crafts; food vendors; indoor/outdoor show. Please call for more information: (803) 642-7631

Madrigal Dinner A Renaissance Yuletide Feast Tuesday, Dec. 9 and Thursday, Dec. 11.

The Aiken Choral Society will have two performances this year of this very festive event. All musicians will be in period costumes and dinner, catered by What’s Cookin’ Downtown, will feature food true to the time. The Aiken County Historical Museum is a magical back drop for this occasion. Tickets, at $70, will be available November 1 at the Aiken Chamber of Commerce, and must be purchased in advance. The doors will open at 6:00 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. Gather your friends for this happy beginning to the holiday season!

Christmas in Hopelands Dates: December 12-15, 18-23, 26 & 27, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. 1700 Whiskey Rd, Aiken, SC 29803

This walk-thru exhibit features over 1.5 miles of lighted Holiday displays and pathways, beautifully illuminating Hopelands Gardens with over 100,000 lights. Refreshments are offered each evening and many nights will include an outdoor concert or movie on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage.

Madrigal Concert Sunday, December 14, at 3:00 pm. Cornerstone Baptist Church, 100 Cornerstone Drive off Hitchcock Parkway

All musicians will be in Renaissance costumes, singing songs of the time. Tickets: $20, adults, $10 students and children under 12, free, will be available at the Aiken Chamber of Commerce, the Aiken County. Historical Museum and at the door the day of the performance.

Christmas Chamber Music Event December 18, 2014 7:30 pm URS Theater

The Continuo Collective of the South is an ensemble dedicated to the vast repertoire of Baroque chamber music. The “continuo,” the harpsichord and ‘cello, is the consistent, driving force of the group. For this concert, the Continuo will add at least three more instruments and an accomplished vocalist. You will hear all of your favorites and have the opportunity to sing along with “Silent Night” by candlelight.

available for little ones to participate in along with cookies and milk. The gift shop will be open with specials and the official drawing for the train set will take place (purchase your chance before December 20nd). Our Saturday morning historic tour will be running and the train will be passing through the decorated dioramas!

Antiques in the Heart of Aiken Jan 29 - Feb. 1, 2015 122 Laurens St SW, Aiken, South Carolina 29801

The 16th year of Aiken Center for the Arts’ Antiques in the Heart of Aiken Show & Sale will be another high quality Antiques show with many additional special events. One of the South’s finest Antiques experiences and one of Aiken’s most well known events also returns with new Antiques Dealers, returning restoration experts, and educational lectures.

Christmas at the Depot December 20th from 10 – 1 p.m. 406 Park Avenue

The Aiken Visitors’ Center and Train Museum’s halls have been decked! The lights have been strung and all we want for Christmas is a visit from you! Santa Claus will be visiting us on the 22nd and we invite young and old alike to stop in for a visit. Christmas crafts will be

Age: All (children must be accompanied by an adult) Cost: Free; donations are appreciated and help to expand the program. Call 642-7631 for more information



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Mama’s Rosemary Chicken Pot Pie By: Melissa Birdsong

“Sometimes you don’t have to have a recipe. Just go with what’s in your heart. Close your eyes and just taste…you’ll know what it needs” ~ Mama


hen I was a little girl, one of my fondest memories around this time of the year

was getting off the school bus, the crisp fall air blowing leaves around the house, and running inside as fast as I could to see what mama was making for dinner. Nothing mama cooked was bad, but of course I had my favorites, and her Rosemary Chicken Pot Pie topped them all! Mama wasn’t real big on having me “underfoot” while she was cooking, so I usually assumed my position on top of the refrigerator. Yes, you read that correctly! It overlooked the stove and gave me a bird’s eye view of what she was cooking without getting in her way. She was ok with that. Mama’s been gone for many years, but her cooking still lives on in my home. I love to serve my daughter, sons and husband the same meals my mom made with so much love and that familiar twinkle in her eye. Soon, we’ll be feeding these same meals to our grandchildren and I know they will love them as much as we do. I think that makes mama smile

Mama’s Rosemary Chicken Pot Pie Ingredients: 2 pie crusts, store bought or homemade 1 1/2 cup rough chopped, roasted chicken, store bought or homemade 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 large diced potato – Pre Baked or boiled 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms 1 small can peas and carrots 2 TBSP. fresh Rosemary 1 Tbsp. fresh Thyme Salt & Pepper to taste 1 egg white


These are mama’s traditional ingredients. But like she said, this is one you can make your own to suit your own tastes. I like to

add whatever I have extra of in the fridge. Artichokes, spinach, broccoli, celery, green beans, lima beans and water chestnuts all make excellent add ins to any type of pot pie. If you add celery, use the leaves! They add tons of celery flavor to any dish and perfectly edible! Also, for a SMOKEY, spicy flavor(SERIOUSLY YUM) add 1 tsp. chipotle adobo sauce to your pie.


Coat a pie plate with non-stick spray. Place one crust in the pie plate and form to fit. In a bowl mix all other ingredients. Pour into prepared pie shell. Top with second pie crust and secure the edges by either pinching or using a fork. You can add cut outs to the top crust or just cut slits to allow steam to escape. Brush with egg white. Bake at 375 for about 45 minutes or until crust is done and golden brown.


Beef Pot Pie: Use leftover roast beef or stew beef, and substitute cream of chicken soup with beef consume. Root vegetables such as sweet potatoes are great to add in this version. Ham Pot Pie: Use diced ham instead of chicken. Broccoli, baby limas and cheddar cheese are great add-ins for this version. You can also sub the cream of mushroom for cheddar soup to this recipe for an extra wow! Seafood Pot Pie: Use salad shrimp or bay scallops instead of chicken. Replace the cream of chicken with cream of shrimp or lobster bisque.

I like easy. Bon appetit y’all!


Lakeside Living:

Spinner’s Resort & Marina By: Patti McGrath Photography by Clark Berry


heresa and Donnie LeJohn are the proud owners of Spinner’s Resort & Marina, the only resort located on Lake Murray. They offer weekend and weekly vacation rentals in cottages and cabins so you and your family can enjoy a vacation every weekend. Their facilities include a private beach, award-winning dining, sports bar, corporate accommodations, and two wedding venues. The resort fell into her lap as “fate”, Theresa, the operations manager, says. “I can see it before it’s even going to happen,” she says proudly, displaying the business know-how and design skill that has gotten her this far. The entire process was a bit of a whirlwind - they bought the property in 2006, finished renovations in 2007, and opened for business in July 2007. This career path didn’t come out of nowhere; in fact, she comes from a background of lake and resort living. “My family owned a resort on Lake Michigan all my life, just three little cottages. I grew up on that lake, and I toured a lot of people


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around this lake to look at homes. So many people asked what they would do once they built a house on Lake Murray because there was nothing to do and nowhere to go on the lake,” Theresa says. So Spinner’s was born.


Theresa designed and decorated everything on the property, including the cabins and cottages. The cottages have a king sized bedroom and a full bathroom, a kitchen with full-size appliances, washer and dryer, and a loft that overlooks the living room

(outfitted with either three twin beds or two bunk beds, the bunk bed styles having a second bathroom). There is also a connecting door between two units, so that in one house, there could be four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens, and two living rooms. “The thing I’m most proud of from this job is the personal relationships. It’s the people. It’s all about serving people, this place is built to serve people: my employees, my guests, people on vacation,” she says. “The people that love the facility the most are families. We cater to families first. And that can be whatever level of family…. we’ve got grandmothers and grandfathers bringing their grandchildren all the way down to young couples having babies,” Theresa laughs. “We’re also like a family here at work. I’ve got a really close, personal relationship with a lot of the members here. We could not have done it without these people. I absolutely love working hospitality, and I’ve got a really wonderful staff right now.” Being a business owner is very important to Theresa. “I don’t know when I knew I could do this. I was one of only a handful of women working as a residential homebuilder year’s back, and I got asked that question a lot. ‘What makes you think you can do this?’ people would say. I just don’t think I can’t,” she explains. Her dreams don’t stop there, though. They currently have seven undeveloped acres on their property, and Theresa’s dream is to turn it into an RV motor park. “If you’re staying at the resort or if you are having an event at the resort, you have full access to the resort. The club membership

is $300 a year, per family, and also grants full access to the resort,” Theresa explains. Members also get a discount on events and cottage rentals. It is a wonderful way for families to have access to the lake, while still maintaining affordability. Club memberships actually make a perfect gift since it lasts all year, and discounted offers are coming soon. If you’ve begun Christmas shopping and are looking for a very special gift, watch for their upcoming Christmas catalog filled with unique gift packages. Deep discounts will be offered on cottage packages on

Black Friday and Cyber Monday – this sale is so good, it will be limited to 100 only. You can give the gift of treasured memories this year! Theresa and her staff of dedicated workers are focused on maintaining a high level of resort level service to their members. As their website says, “We invite you to stay for a weekend, a week, or forever!” For more information on how you and your family could let Spinner’s Resort become a new part of your next family vacation, visit them online at


The Floral Gallery of Aiken

By: Patti McGrath Photography by Joe Willis


asey McKinney has worked in the floral industry for years. One of her first jobs was in a floral shop. So, when she moved from New Jersey to Aiken in November of 2007, it made sense to get a job in a flower shop. After working for a couple of florists in town, she decided it was time to open her own business. The Floral Gallery of Aiken, located on Whiskey Road, opened in July of 2008. “I decided to go into business for myself. I knew I had what it took,” McKinney remembers. “I took it day by day. I was in a new city with no family close by, no connections, and few friends, but it didn't matter.” It was a hard time to start a new business venture. The recession had hit the country hard that year. “It was tough supporting myself,” she explains. “I opened the shop on a credit card, then supplemented my income by working at a local pizzeria.”

exclaims. “Or, when I get a call from a customer a couple of weeks after they get an arrangement telling me the flowers are still alive, and thanking me that they have been able to enjoy them so long.” McKinney is both the owner and the floral designer. “I make all the arrangements except for the holidays when I hire a few extras to design. My goal with each flower arrangement is to gain a customer,” she says. “But

“The first couple of years the shop was still growing. During lunch, when there was down time, I would close the shop and deliver flower arrangements myself,” McKinney states. “When it became too much for me to handle, I purchased a used van and hired a driver.”

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McKinney does encourage those who live in Aiken to support their local florists and order your flowers locally. “When you place an order with big internet companies or floral companies you aren’t supporting local business. A big percentage of your order value goes to a call center for placing your order.”

“I do see myself as a floral designer and business owner in my ripe old age,” McKinney says. So, it seems Aiken will have The Floral Gallery for years to come.

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If you stop by her retail location, you’ll see it is a work space, not a gift shop. “Many customers who walk into my shop comment on how small it is,” she laughs. “Since it is really my work space I opted for a small space. I call it my closet."

you. Her business is growing. “I have invested in a new website because internet sales are growing due to smart phones. Businesses must grow with the times,” McKinney states. “Every year my business grows and I love growth! It’s a full time job, even after hours, when you are self-employed. There is always something new to learn whether it’s a new flower or computer program.”

All in all, her move to Aiken has been a great one. She met her husband Bryan, and they were married in September of 2013. “And, yes, I did my own flowers,” she states. She also loves the diverse community since many people move to Aiken from other parts of the country.

Running the business has been a labor of love. “I love being creative and having brides who say, ‘Do what you want, I trust you, here is my color pallet’,” she says enthusiastically. “I love when the seasons change and I can work with the seasonal flowers.”


since this is a small business, I do everything from processing the flowers to washing the delivery van!”



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MEET Kelly Movshina

By: Patti McGrath Photography by Joe Willis


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ou may have seen Kelly Movshina on magazine covers like Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Bazaar or Marie Claire. You may know her from work she has done for Victoria’s Secret, L’Oreal, Max Mara, LaPerla, or Armani. Or, you may recognize her because you passed by her on the sidewalk shopping in downtown Aiken. Why does a successful international model settle in Aiken? “After traveling so much, being close to family is important,” Kelly says. “In 2005 my parents retired here for the beautiful weather and great golf. I had visited them often at Woodside Plantation and loved the small town charm of Aiken. In 2008 I bought a house here as a vacation home. After learning I was pregnant in 2010 we decided to move here.” Always a southern girl, Kelly was born in Louisville, Kentucky. In fact, four generations of women on her mother’s side were born there, giving her a love for the South. “I lived in Kentucky until I was about eight years old. My father’s work as the vice president of an international company had us relocating often,” she recalls. “It was while living in Toronto, Ontario that I started modeling. My mother had been asked to model some dresses for a boutique and she suggested they use me instead. I was 16 at the time. I then joined an agency in Toronto that sent my photos to an agency in Paris. Fortunately they liked me so I got to go there for three months in the summer. I continued high school and modeling in the summers and went to two semesters of college. Since work was going so

I had visited them often at Woodside Plantation and loved the small town charm of Aiken. In 2008 I bought a house here as a vacation home. After learning I was pregnant in 2010 we decided to move here.


well, I decided to stop schooling and focus on the opportunities modeling could afford me.” Modeling has taken Kelly around the world. She had an apartment in Rome, then in Paris, while she was traveling for work. She has been able to model in exotic places, in countries like Morocco, India, Thailand, Spain, Russia, Scotland, Germany, and many more. “It was during this time of travel and while on a safari in Central Republic of Africa I met my husband Mikhail in 2007,” Kelly states. “He was working with the government to stop the Sudanese poachers from slaughtering the elephants for their tusks. After his work was completed we lived in Paris and in the French Alps. During this time I happily became pregnant.” After she learned she was pregnant in 2010, she and her husband decided to move to Aiken. Since her husband is a pilot, he was able to get his U.S. pilot’s license and work from here. “We have truly fallen in love with the small town life,” she exclaims. “We got married at The Willcox with many friends and family in attendance. Our daughter, Alexandra Grace, was born in 2011 at University Hospital.” Since living in Aiken, Kelly has grown to love


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the community. “I have never felt the sense of community in all my travels that is as strong as it is right here in Aiken,” she says. “Alexandra was able to go to a Mother’s Day Out program at a local church where we are members. She has now begun 3k here and she is loving it! We take horseback riding lessons.” “While Alexandra is in school I love the Barre class at The Village or Cross fit classes. I also like to just poke around the shops in town like Nandina, Aiken Dry Goods, and Pitter Patter or to take a nice walk in Hopelands Gardens,” Kelly says. “My husband and I go to The Willcox for dinner and love to sit on the porch there in the summer for a drink. We also love Prime Steakhouse and for low key fun, Five Guys is the best.” It is the small town feel, sense of community and family that has made the Movshina family decide to stay in Aiken. “Our future in Aiken will be a long one,” she explains. “We are truly invested in Aiken as we now own three rental properties here and our lovely ‘Charleston style’ home. I will still travel for work and pleasure but as for home – it’s Aiken!”



hen Cynthia Rudisill and her husband, Dick, made the move from New York to Aiken, she says the last thing on her mind was starting a business.

“I loved my job, and we came down here because my husband had sold his business, the kids had gotten older, and I just thought I was going to find my niche in not working anymore,” said Rudisill. Then her husband came to her with the desire to open Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe. “This was his dream, not idea, dream,” explained Rudisill. His dream, she says, but they developed it together and transformed the space into anything but your typical candy shop.

With any gift, Cynthia says a few personal touches can really make a present pop and warm someone’s heart this holiday season. With many of us running at full speed, you may find you don’t have time for the whole “Do-it-yourself Holiday Preparations.” If that’s the case, Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe can set you up with a tasty alternative to the bonbons and candy you typically find on a grocery store shelf. Cynthia says she’ll even dress up the majority of her gifts for no additional cost.

“If we know you’re giving a gift, we love to make it look unique and different. We’re going to put some tissue paper in there, we are going to put some bows on it, just to make it look like a really cute gift,” said Rudisill. If you’re looking for something sweet this holiday season, Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe is located at 146 Laurens Street SW in the heart of downtown Aiken. You can give them a call at (803) 226-0191.

“I think that we have over 1,000 different candies. I work here and still can’t believe the variety of treats we offer,” laughs Rudisill. Cynthia puts her own unique twist on the rows of candy, truffles and fudge. Now, with the holiday season underway, she’s offering up some advice for the woman who wants to put a creative twist on gifts. Going to a party? “Some of you may be tired of the same old bottle of Chardonnay,” Cynthia says. “Instead, opt for something sweet.” She adds, “Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe has plenty to offer.” “If I were going to a party, a small party, my favorite are the apples. They are big Granny Smith apples, dipped in caramel, rolled in pecans, coated with chocolate. The truffles that we have are large truffles. They are beautiful to look at, delicious to taste. Fudge, almonds, we have such a variety,” explained Rudisill.




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MEET Dana Rideout By: Patti McGrath Photography by Joe Willis


hances are you have gone through hardships at some point during your life. The loss of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, low self-esteem, addictions, coming home after military service – there are so many things that can affect your mental health. The good news is there are people who can help you get through those tough times and move forward in your life. Dana Rideout, licensed professional counselor, is one of those people.

While teaching deaf and hard of hearing students in North Carolina, she found the classroom was a little too restrictive. “I went into teaching to assist young people with growing into well rounded adults,” Rideout explains. “One afternoon, I met with a student who was having problems in a relationship. As he left, he signed ‘You would make a good counselor.’ I admit I was already considering a career change. I went back to school to get my second master's (my first one is in teaching hearing-impaired children) in counseling and received that degree from Western Carolina University in 2001.” Rideout, who is a counselor at The Aiken Counseling Group, has over a decade of counseling experience. “By the time someone comes to me, the coping skills they have used for so long are simply not working anymore,” she says. “I enjoy helping folks take what they have and simply reshape those skills into something more healthy.” “People come see me and their bodies are so tight, especially their jaws, shoulders and necks. Most folks feel imprisoned by

something – a past trauma/memories, low self-esteem, cravings for pills, alcohol, food, and/or abusive relationships. Some individuals are really wound up tight and you can see it,” Rideout continues. “My goal is to help them breathe easier and deeper. Then, we focus on revising the way they talk to themselves, how they hold onto past memories, and maybe how they communicate/respond to others. Usually if we can achieve some kind of greater awareness in these areas, the client reports more often experiencing ‘freedom.’ That's a word that comes up a lot in therapy....freedom." Rideout believes people make the decision to see a therapist because at some level they are seeking connection. “They may not realize that's what they're looking for, but it usually is. Mental health issues can give us the sense that we are not like others and therefore, make us feel alone, living in a ‘bubble’ as some clients have described it. When we feel disconnected from the people around us, our brains go into overdrive. What usually happens when an animal gets disconnected from its herd? It usually dies from starvation or at the hands of something bigger on the food chain. Our

brains are wired to think and feel the same. Once we feel separated from our ‘herd’ by depression, anxiety, and/or addiction, our brain goes into panic mode because it thinks it is going to die. Counseling can assist people with calming down our brains, developing more rational thoughts, and then constructing a recovery plan that helps us restore our sense of connection,” she states. What does Rideout want her patients to remember about their counseling sessions? “If I do my job right, they will remember very little about me specifically, but rather they will remember the feeling of safety, relief, and confidence that was restored or developed as a result of our time together,” she says. “It’s all about the patient getting the help they need.” For women interested in having their own business she suggests surrounding yourself with trusted mentors. “I've never been turned down by someone I approached asking for assistance. People who have started a business know what you're going through and generally like to help others out,” Rideout states. “Don't be afraid to ask others to help you in business or in life!”



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Just Party All the Time ....

NOT! By: Carol Ryall Photography by Joe Willis


f you, like many of us, enjoy cooking and entertaining, you may have at one time or another entertained the idea of Catering as a profession. You’d be doing things you already love and getting paid for it. And, after all, parties are fun! That sounds like a pretty good job, doesn’t it? Before you quit your day job and start making up the canapés, you might want to talk with Dayle Lipski or her two daughters, Kathy Spencer and Kim Rhoden, the very successful owners of New Colony Caterers. Dayle opened the business over 30 years ago, as a single mother who needed to support herself and her two girls. She started out doing events at her church and for her friends, the business built by word of mouth and referrals and she soon became a very busy lady. Dayle remembers getting her toddlers out of bed to go with her as she set up for weddings and luncheons. The girls, on the other hand, remember spending most of their weekends as teenagers working for their Mother, helping to set up, decorate and serve… and HATING it! After graduation, Kim went to work for Norwegian Cruise Lines and lived in Alaska for a while. Kathy married and moved to Ohio. Kim moved back home about six years ago. Dayle, who had retired a couple of years before, was amazed and delighted when Kim asked her, “What

would you think about opening the catering business back up again?” Dayle, who had kept all of her equipment to use volunteering at her church, agreed to help Kim get started. When Kathy moved back home a few months later, the new partnership was born. Kathy and Kim have come to appreciate the business for its creativity and challenge and all those years of working for their Mom have paid off. Their knowledge and experience made it so much easier for them take the business and move forward. Currently they work out of a rented commercial kitchen, with each bringing their own strengths and talents to the organization. Kathy is the Chief Cook. Starting with her Mother’s tried and true recipes, she loves trying new recipes and adding dishes which are unexpected but delicious to their selections. Kim is the Operations Person, handling the scheduling, the ordering, the decorating and bookkeeping. Of course, as party time draws near, they are both there in the kitchen, doing whatever is needed …. and

frequently Dayle is there helping, as well.

it looking beautiful and tasting wonderful.

They provide a wide range of services: everything from a boxed lunch to a themed buffet, hors d’oeuvre platters to carving stations, full BBQ menus for picnics to formal presentations for corporate events. Whatever you need, whatever your budget, they will tailor their services to fit.

Dayle commented, “The people at these occasions never see all the hours and hours of work and planning and preparation that go into making an event look effortless. It is a high stress business, with constant deadlines and customers who want things to be perfect. Weekends and holidays are your busiest times. It gets crazy. You have to be organized, plan ahead, be able to deal with the unexpected calmly and keep a smile at all times. But,” she continued, “what else can you do that gives people so much joy, and where you get so much praise and so many compliments immediately?”

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, but a wedding takes a lot of preparation and planning – which can be tough on brides, grooms and families! Kathy and Kim are experts at taking away your worries and helping you create the event of your dreams. They want your reception to be a memorable experience that you’ll look back on with a smile. Whether you want a complete wedding reception package (including not only the food, but decorating and coordinating the services of bartenders, waiters, cake bakers and whoever else you may need) or you just want the food prepared for you to pick up, or anything in between, you can count on

If you have a special event coming up in the Aiken/Augusta area, make it extra special by calling the sisters at New Colony Caterers. Call Kim Rhoden at 803-292-0225 or Kathy Spencer at 803-646-3194. (Tell them you read about them in Aiken Woman, please.)



MEET Eva Mueller By: Patti McGrath Photography by Joe Willis


va Mueller, a 1959 German immigrant, moved to downtown Aiken in 1972 after surviving a European war era of human atrocities. Those experiences affected her view of life. “Rather than be bitter, it gave me motivation to work hard, not take myself too seriously, and to be accepting of all people,” she says. And, living in downtown Aiken has been important to her. “Downtown Aiken has a graceful charm, mostly independent businesses, diversity and vitality that is special to me.” “Themes of diversity, variety and creativity resonate through the decades at Rose Hill from its beginning to today,” Mueller states. “In 1882 a Michigan land speculator brought his consumptive wife to Aiken and bought Rose Hill. The day after she passed he sold the property to a Confederate soldier who had moved with his family from Charleston to Aiken to operate a bed and breakfast. In 1898 the soldier sold Rose Hill to one of New England’s stellar Gilded Age families. The last of this remarkable family lived in the mansion on the hill by herself for thirty years.” Religious groups used part of the property from roughly 1989-1997.


ter Colony Estate.” They were inspired to undertake the huge endeavor to bring life to Rose Hill, sharing the adventure with visitors while protecting and preserving a unique part for downtown Aiken for future generations.

So, when Rose Hill Estate went on the market, Eva and her son Stephen purchased the property in 2002. The Estate is known for its gardens, history, architecture and size, encompassing a city block, making it the authentic example of a maintained old Aiken “Win-

By the time the Mueller’s purchased the property Rose Hill was in long neglected condition, with some areas untouched in decades. “The property is nearly five acres, has several homes with a total of eleven buildings and hundreds of varieties of plants, trees and shrubs,” Mueller explains. “The first years were devoted to reclaiming and developing the property, which has strengthened the neighborhood. The neglected property has now been re-purposed. Today the various areas at Rose Hill are actively used for the enjoyment of the public, including the ten room Inn, furnished guest cottage, acres of gardens, a chapel, bridal dressing building, catering in

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the art center and mansion, and The Stables Restaurant converted from the 1898 original stables.” Now Rose Hill is a place bustling with activities. “We offer catered events that include weddings and receptions of all sizes, business dinners and conferences, fundraisers, birthday parties, celebrations of life and more; plus a calendar of Rose Hill initiated events,” Mueller says. “Our success is because we have a competent and caring staff, with many employees that have been with the company for years.” “The food, atmosphere and service at catered events, and at The Stables Restaurant is regarded as some of the best in the region,” she continues. “Nearly all food is locally grown (SC Certified) and nearly all food is made from scratch, including pasta, bread and desserts. Rose Hill is a perfect place to dine on special occasions. Diners have a variety of cuisines, as well a variety of costs and a refreshing variety

of sitting area choices that are good for romance, business conversations, or just relaxing and soaking in the atmosphere (often dogs sit outside with their owners).” The Stables Restaurant is located in the converted stables from March until December 31st. It then moves into the Inn. “The mansion has beautiful leaded windows and a wood paneled bar with a big fireplace,” Mueller says. “What makes Rose Hill special is that guests are made to feel welcome from all backgrounds and all places to experience the uniqueness and variety of Aiken in what we refer to as our symphony for the senses,” she states. Visit the Rose Hill Estate online at for more information, and to get your first glimpse of the stunning property, or call (803) 785-4475.




What’s Your Holiday Getaway? By: Patti McGrath


ometimes those of us who reside in Aiken may forget all the wonderful things the community offers us, especially during the holiday season. Aiken is a beautiful city which captures the spirit of the season and offers a southern landscape that features historic homes, beautiful parkways and peaceful pathways, a lively downtown, and events for the yuletide.

Have you been to Hopelands Gardens during the holidays? Hopelands Gardens, a 14 acre estate that opened in 1969 as a public garden, is a serene mixture of oak trees, magnolias, and stunning cedars that are brought to life during the holiday season. The gardens are illuminated with over 1.5 miles of holiday displays with over 100,000 lights. Have hot chocolate, and on select nights enjoy an outdoor concert or visit Mrs. Claus. If your dream is to visit the Land of Sweets and to see the Sugar Plum Fairy, performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker will be performed by the Aiken Civic Ballet at the University of South Carolina’s Etherredge Center. The Aiken Civic Ballet is South Carolina’s longest continuously operating Dance Company, while the Etherredge Center features a 687 seat theater known for its acoustical quality. Try something new this year. Instead of watching Frank Capra’s classic holiday movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” on television, come


see it performed on stage. The Aiken Community Playhouse, located in downtown Aiken, will feature several showings of the touching play. Are you interested in fine dining and great music? You can find both at the Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill Estate. Various artists perform a variety of musical styles including bluegrass and jazz at the historic estate. Built in 1898 as a winter colony residence, the Rose Hill Estate occupies an entire city block in downtown Aiken. Tis the season to shop, so you need to add an afternoon downtown to your itinerary. It is a special place to spend the afternoon. Have lunch at one of the many restaurants like the Aiken Brewing Company, where they brew a variety of beers. Then visit the unique and eclectic shops. You’ll be able to find something special for anyone on your shopping list. “Downtown Aiken offers small town charm with big city amenities,” says Elizabeth Harm, Tour-

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From fine boutiques to unique gift shops there is something fun for everyone to explore. And, the restaurants throughout Aiken offer every taste bud an opportunity to be tickled. ism Supervisor with the City of Aiken. “From fine boutiques to unique gift shops there is something fun for everyone to explore. And, the restaurants throughout Aiken offer every taste bud an opportunity to be tickled. Of course, some of my personal favorites are our quiet parks and parkways. It’s nice to just stroll and take in the beautiful City. We’re lucky to live in Aiken.” One thing is certain - Aiken isn’t just a great place to have fun during the holidays. There are many activities throughout the year to enjoy. “Most weekends guests can find a street fair, festival or concert happening in Aiken,” Harm states. “And, our Farmers Market is a fun place to explore on Saturday mornings.”

If you are an Aiken resident, try this: Act as though you are visiting your hometown for the first time. “Start your exploration at our Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum (406 Park Avenue),” Harm suggests. “There is the Saturday morning historic tour. You climb aboard our trolley and learn all the wonderful stories and history lessons that make Aiken unique.” You’ll be amazed at the things you will learn about the place you live. To check out the places and events happening throughout the City of Aiken, please visit for more information, or on Facebook at Visit Aiken SC.





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EQUINE DIVINE - With Deni Jones By: Peggy Elliott Photography by: Joe Willis


eni Jones has been riding since the age of 3, so when it was time to own a business, an equestrian theme was as natural as cinching a saddle.

Her purchase of Equine Divine on Laurens Street didn’t happen overnight, however. Her investment arose from a series of visits to Aiken from the Gates Mills-Chagrin Falls area of Ohio, near Cleveland, where she ran a security business and wore suits and heels five days a week.

shirts. The Barbour line includes fashion jackets, gloves, scarves and hats.

“I came to visit friends, and each year I wanted to stay longer. Then one year I moved some of my horses down. Then a few years ago I learned that this store was for sale, and it seemed the right thing to do,” Jones said. “It wasn’t really the time to buy a business, in September of ’09, but I was ready to do something different.”

One of the joys of the store, she said, is that Aiken’s pretty downtown area draws

Jones said she does most of her own buying for the store, and lately she expanded her website to allow sales to all areas of the globe.

Jones would also like people to know that not everything in the store is on the expensive side. “I’d like to dispel the notion that everything we carry is expensive. We have

People come into the store just to see what we are, to ask questions, to look and enjoy the fabulous artists we sell.

Equine Devine, begun by Lydia Del Rossi and owned for a short time by Taryn Hartnett, was primarily a gift shop with equestrian themed items, art and home furnishings. Jones expanded on the theme, adding riding apparel and accessories. “It is such a great concept for an equine-inspired store in an equestrian community like Aiken,” Jones said. She added custom boots as a specialty and contracts with a company that makes custom riding jackets. She and her associates are trained to measure for boots and have them made to fit. In October, she brought in Alexander James, a bespoke tailor of quality country clothing, to make custom jackets – not altered to fit, but tailored to the individual.

$5 keychains all the way up to the cashmeres and Barbour.” Jones is admittedly a “belt fanatic,” so the store features hundreds of belts, from everyday jeans wear to sequined competition and dress-event accents.

“I love to get up in the morning,” she said. “After so many years in Cleveland, raising a son on my own, this is wonderful.” She applauds the “great ladies” who help manage the shop and serve customers, while she has the freedom to ride several times a week. Just walking through the store provides inspiration. Among the many pieces of art featured on the walls are works by Susan Easton Burns, who was chosen to be the 2014 Kentucky Derby Artist. Soft cashmeres by Ken Roth enhance finely crafted Fior DaLiso

“People come into the store just to see what we are, to ask questions, to look and enjoy the fabulous artists we sell. I like that. I like that we’re a place where people can just come talk horses and riding.”

Jones is also sensitive to the needs of her community. Through Cowgirls for a Cause, she donates a portion of the sales of certain shirts, accessories and jewelry to horse rescue.

visitors and equestrians from outlying farms and stables, tourists and locals who want to just enjoy the 100+-year-old building. Its original, exposed-brick walls and dark wood flooring create a sense of the Old South.

In all, she said, “It’s a lot of fun. Here, you can ride almost year-round.” She rides hunter-jumpers and does swording, and through her venture, “I have found a lot of time to ride, enjoy working with and being around great people. Now I can do that.”


LADIES ABOUT TOWN Judith Hoover with Parkside Women’s Centre


n any given weekend, you may find her learning to ride side-saddle, attending a book club meeting, sewing a 1940s dress, taking French classes or singing in the St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church choir – unless there is a baby on the way. Then you will find Judith Hoover, M.D. at Aiken Regional Medical Center, encouraging the expectant mother through labor, as she has been doing since coming to Aiken in 1998. Through her practice, Parkside Women’s Centre, Hoover has delivered an average of 12 to 14 babies a month and helped countless women in early detection and treatment of diseases and difficulties. She is a Life Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Hoover’s route from her hometown of Boston to Aiken took many turns, beginning with meeting her husband, Bruce, in Nova Scotia while she was visiting her mother’s family and he was visiting his brother. They attended Clemson University, where she earned a master’s degree in biochemistry and earned degrees in applied math and statistics. Then they discovered Charleston. “One of our friends needed a car delivered to Charleston, so we drove it there for her. And it blew us away,” Hoover said. “So we wanted to stay, and I applied to medical school there, and they let me in.” Their daughter Natasha was 9 months old when Hoover started medical school. “We juggled our schedules, and I remember having Natasha in a Snugli in anatomy lab. She played in the MUSC hospital pediatric playground, and everyone seemed to know her.”


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Daughter Tatiana was born just before Hoover completed her residency at West Virginia University in Morgantown. “It was an unconventional upbringing for my girls,” she said. “I am so proud of them.” Natasha has a master’s in teaching from The Citadel, married a submarine officer, and now lives in Hawaii. Tatiana is a four-year vocal performance major at the College of Charleston and wants to perform operas. Hoover describes her approach to labor and delivery as a combination of traditional medicine and holistic practices. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, women sought a ‘natural childbirth’ with no pharmaceutical assistance. Hoover calls that an “immaculate deception, a pendulum reaction to heavily medicated childbirth where the mother didn’t see her child until hours after birth.” Only a few of her patients now express interest in either one, with most opting for inducement or pain blocking medicines. She describes her practice – in a renovated Charleston-style house with the porch facing the side yard – as “comfortable and girly. It’s not a spa experience. No one comes to me because they really want to. But my incredible staff and I try to make it as pampered an experience as we can.” Hoover also believes in encouraging her patients to talk. “Their story will tell me what the problem is,” she said. “It is an important part of care. Sometimes unburdening themselves alone can be therapeutic.” Aiken has provided “so many



Dr. Judith Hoover It’s not a spa experience. No one comes to me because they really want to. But my incredible staff and I try to make it as pampered an experience as we can

opportunities to learn,” she said. She learned Spanish to better serve Hispanic patients. Now she studies French. Her husband has completed USC law school along the way and practices immigration and family law in a downtown office.

Hoover has been awarded her ‘colors’ by the Aiken Hounds, an organization that this year celebrates its 100th annual foxhunt

in the Hitchcock Woods. She is learning to ride side saddle, she said, “because it’s difficult, and I picture myself doing it.” She is also a member of a bicycle club which rides regularly, “but don’t get me wrong. I go in the slowest group,” Hoover said. She is a member of three different book clubs. She enjoys sewing, especially when her daughter needs a costume to perform in the opera, Hansel and Gretel.



LADIES ABOUT TOWN Exposure to the Arts can Initiate Life-Changing Experiences


nce upon a time there was a quiet, green-eyed, curly hair, little girl with a vivid imagination. She slept in a room with purple lions, orange giraffes and many other life-size animals painted on her bedroom walls. Often her mother would find her talking to these animals and creating fascinating stories of shared adventures. As this little girl grew older she dreamed of becoming a princess. By third grade she signed her school papers with "Queen Elizabeth" and wrote a story about her own fairytale. Her grandmother, an artist, encouraged her to write and to express herself, and over the next four years Elizabeth won four awards for her stories. By the time Elizabeth reached 7th grade, in her rural community, opportunities to participate in the arts were limited to choir and band. However, in 8th grade, as part of the Right to Read week activities, a teacher gave a select group of students in Elizabeth's English class the opportunity to present a play for the student body. The students were given full charge of the project from selecting the script to the performance, and Elizabeth was chosen to direct two of the plays and play the lead role in one. There was only one performance, but for Elizabeth it was very memorable. When she returned to her homeroom, as a shy student she was overwhelmed by the admiration from her peers. Her teacher asked her to sign her name on a piece of paper. After she did so he said, “I am going to save this and when you are a rich and famous actress I am going to call you up and see if you still remember me." After that day, Elizabeth fell in love with the arts. In high school she learned to paint and draw, and in college she majored in Theatre Studies. She went on to build her career in the arts and lived happily ever after.

This fairytale is my story. I have never forgotten the way I felt that day in 8th grade. As someone who was not athletic and did not participate in sports it felt incredibly good to be recognized for my talent. It gave me direction and a sense of value that I had never experienced before. I may have never became an actress, but I did become an advocate for the arts. As Executive Director for the Aiken Center for the Arts, every day I witness the valuable impact the arts have on people's lives. I've seen the magic of theatre capture a child's attention as they squeal and applaud with delight. I've seen the confidence of a young man grow as he learns to paint and how that confidence has overflowed into the rest of his life and given him the life skills he needed to get a job and then a promotion. I've seen the peace on someone's face when they pick up


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a paint brush and the grief of a lost loved one subsides for at least an hour of their day. The arts are a valuable experience. At the Aiken Center for the arts our mission is to inspire and educate by providing unique visual and performing arts experiences for all ages. We strive to eliminate economical barriers by making the arts accessible to all with free programs and scholarships. The Aiken Center for the Arts offers classes and workshops for all ages beginning at age 4 in a variety of art disciplines, including drawing, ceramics, guitar, orchestra, dance, acting and more. Our Teaching Artists nurture their students' appreciation for the arts and their pride shows in our annual student exhibition held in our galleries each summer. The first time a student sells a piece of artwork the sense of accomplishment is astounding. There are six galleries at the Aiken Center for the Arts. In these galleries we showcase the art works of local, regional and national artists. Two galleries are dedicated to the works of Aiken Artist Guild Members and the works of youth artists. The exhibits rotate every 4-5 weeks with an artist reception each month to celebrate the opening. We aim to expose the community to works that they want to see and purchase as well as the works of emerging and innovative artists that encourage thought provoking conversation. The Aiken Center for the Arts values artists. We recognize the impact of their work and seek to provide them with opportunities to promote it whether as a Teaching Artist for our education programs, an exhibiting artist in our gallery, a performing artist, or as a consignment artist in our Gallery Store. More than half of the merchandise sold in the Aiken Center for the Arts' Gallery Store is the work of local and regional artists. Shoppers welcome the opportunity to find a unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends. As the Aiken Center for the Arts expands more into offering programs focused on the performing arts, we have presented children's theatre and concerts featuring a cappella groups, classical guitar and classical piano. In the future we plan to continue to expand this


program with the goal of having a performing arts series for the 2015-2016 Season with a reasonable ticket price of $10-$25 per event. We want to focus on events for families with children ages 4-12 as well as up and coming artists who we can present in an intimate atmosphere. The Aiken Center for the Arts is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. Although 52% of our revenue is earned through our programs, we rely on contributions for the other 48%. Each year we hold two fundraisers, A Taste of Wine & Art and Antiques in the Heart of Aiken, to help keep the lights on and the paint on our students' brushes wet. Antiques in the Heart of Aiken takes place the first weekend of February at the Aiken Center for the Arts and will be held February 5-8, 2015. In its 16th year, the Antiques Show will host 23 dealers who come from as far away as Texas and Connecticut. The event kicks off with the preview party, Cocktails & Collectors, on Thursday, February 5th. It's a glamorous night that brings out Aiken's diverse community. Antiques may be the focus of the event but volunteers are the heart of it. The original founders continue to be involved. Members of various woman’s clubs serve food in the Sweetheart Café and a men’s mission group from a local church moves the Antiques. The committee members plan press, entertainment, set up and print materials. Area businesses and residents generously underwrite the show to keep it affordable for all to attend. The dedication of these individuals to Antiques in the Heart of Aiken is infectious and creates an excitement during the weekend that is embraced by the local community. Antiques in the Heart of Aiken supports the general operations of the Aiken Center for the Arts, a more than 40 year old educational institution that provides art educational programs, gallery exhibitions and cultural experiences for everyone. For more information about the Aiken Center for the Arts and its programs, including Antiques in the Heart of Aiken, please visit


How Well Do you Know Your Mechanic? By: Carol A Ryall Photography by Lindsey Duncan


teve Young of Auto Tech, Inc. grew up in Aiken with a fascination for cars and learned the basics of auto mechanics working with his father. Over the years, he has learned a lot more. He owns Auto Tech, Inc. of Aiken and serves customers from Aiken, Augusta, Columbia and the surrounding areas. 28

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While Auto Tech, Inc. can and does gladly work on most makes of cars they specialize in Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Saab, VW and Jaguar. These cars require special expertise, equipment and parts, not readily available at most garages and mechanics shops. The ASE certified technicians at Auto Tech, Inc. can perform your scheduled and routine maintenance (such as oil changes) as well as repair your car’s engine and electrical systems. They also repair transmissions, air conditioning, do brake repairs and replacements, install and repair tires. They are a supermarket for your automobile. They have everything you need under one roof. There is no need to go one place for oil changes and another for brakes or transmissions. Steve Young’s staff at Auto Tech can take care of all your automotive needs and keep your car running good. I asked Steve what women, in particular, needed to know about car repairs. He said the most important thing is to have a mechanic you know, can trust and rely on. A full service garage that counts on repeat customers and referral business is probably your best bet.

the one most important thing to give your engine a long trouble-free life. Different models have different recommendations for frequency and type of motor oil to use. Follow your manufacturer’s recommendations, but don’t put it off and forget it. Clean oil saves you more money in the long run, than it costs you. Paying attention to your tires is another item especially important for women, as well. You don’t want to be stranded alone on the highway somewhere with a flat or blowout. For your safety and peace of mind, make sure your tires have good tread and keep them balanced and rotated. Another important service offered by Auto Tech, Inc. that women who are “mechanically-challenged” (like me) will appreciate, is giving you an assessment of any car you are considering buying. They will check the whole car over from front to back and let you know what, if any, problems they find.

One thing he warned about is that if you fill your gas tank and forget to put the lid back on the gas tank, on many models the “Engine Trouble” light will come on. He has known of several cases where women were told they needed hundreds of dollars of repairs, when in reality the only thing that needed doing was putting the lid back on the gas tank! He recommended getting a second opinion on any suggested major repairs, if you don’t know the person making the recommendation well.

Whether you own one of the more exotic models, that are hard to find a knowledgeable mechanic for, or you are driving an everyday family sedan, you can rely on Auto Tech, Inc. to treat you fairly and to tell you the truth about what your car does and doesn’t need, both for routine and scheduled maintenance and for the repairs that come along with wear and tear. Auto Tech Inc. will give you an estimate of costs for any repairs needed and will not start work without your approval. They give you factory level service at a competitive price. They have the knowledge, experience, and latest diagnostic equipment to be able to handle whatever problems your car has.

I asked him what the most important things to do for our cars were. He said changing the oil on a regular basis is probably

Call Auto Tech today, to set up an appointment for your next maintenance or service appointment.


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Mac & Company Events, LLC By: Megan Elliott


ecorating a home for the holidays is an activity full of joy, but it can also be a source of frustration when one wants to do something new. Professional event and party planners, and sometime interior decorators, Mark McAlister and Ron Reynolds of Mac & Company Events, LLC, say simplicity and elements from your own back yard will help your home be welcoming for the holidays. McAlister suggests that you keep your decor flexible and slightly ahead of the trend. A simple metal or plastic wreath base and a hot glue gun are all you need to accomplish this, because it will be easy to change things out as trends emerge and seasons evolve. McAlister says he’s seeing a trend to “do a simple fabric wrap. The big fluffy and sparkly wreaths are pretty, but a lot of people

And don’t forget the floral arrangements! Those can fill your house so that it doesn’t feel so empty, especially on the mantlepiece.

propriate bows to become your spring and summer wreath. McAlister pulls a lot of inspiration from nature. “You’d be surprised what you’d find in your own back yard. Pinecones, bark, and sturdy berries like holly and horse chestnuts or horse apples are all great elements to include in your decor this season.” One of his favorite projects was to have a quite large tree trunk cut into six-inch-thick slabs for the table of a client, laying

are switching them out for a large-patterned fabric-wrapped wreath.” He sees patterns like the Greek key or large overlapping circles in colors like chocolate, orange, and copper making their way onto people’s front doors. Another way to stay simple yet elegant is to artfully fill a wreath frame with grape vines, touched up here and there with bows and seasonal items such as ornaments or elements from nature, like pinecones and bits of bark. Even after the holidays, this can be refreshed with Spanish moss and seasonally-ap30 Celebrating, Motivating and Educating Real Women

glass panes on top, and decorating the space between with nature elements and ornaments the client had in the house already. “It was stunning. She truly said, ‘Now, why didn’t I think of that?’ That’s what you do to decorate — and sometimes a client will teach me something new and I’ll be the one who says it!” Reynolds and McAlister also like the trend towards using simple clay pottery and mercury glass, with potpourri, faux berries and ornaments mixed in to add variety. “Change up the visual textures. Pottery isn’t as reflective as mercury glass, and by adding red or orange berries to the glass it adds some color to the table,” McAlister adds. “We like to do a ‘supper club’ kind of atmosphere for holiday parties in determining the menu and the games for our customers,” McAlister says. Reynolds, the pragmatic side of the business, adds, “In planning these, or any party, we’ll be as involved as you want us to be; from just planning, to coordinating the catering and the serving staff. We want you to focus on having fun and enjoying your day. Let us do all the hard work.” The holidays always seem to go by so fast, so when the tree comes down and all the decorations are put away, McAlister and Reynolds both suggest that you take the opportunity to change things around in your house. “Pull things from one room and put them in another. Put the carpet from the dining room into the living

room and vice versa. Little changes like that can make a big impact on the new year,” McAlister says. “And don’t forget the floral arrangements! Those can fill your house so that it doesn’t feel so empty, especially on the mantlepiece.” With over ten years of experience working with every level of budget, Mac & Company incorporate your individual style with just a touch of “flair”’ to make sure that your holiday party, fundraiser, or decor is like no other.



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We Can Change

the future


Patti McGrath


he Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School (WLGOS), located in Columbia, SC, is changing the lives of their students. WLGOS offers a structured, residential, military-style environment that emphasizes an academic and life skills education. It is through this training the school leads each student to a new beginning. What is an ‘Opportunity School’ you may wonder. “Since inception, the WLGOS has specialized in helping at-risk young people move past life’s obstacles to achieve success,” states Pat Smith, the Director at the school. “The school provides students with a technologically advanced, state-of-the-art classroom environment designed to encourage learning and the application of new skills. Our daily goal is to engage student’s minds, develop their personal character and build relationships with our students.” The WLGOS is an agency of state government that is funded by the legislature. This allows the school to provide an education that is tuition free with the exception of a nominal $200 fee to cover student incidentals. The balance of the fund is refunded when the student leaves the program. All teachers are state certified, and the school’s curriculum is designed to prepare students for a General Education Development (GED) diploma. “Dr. Wil Lou Gray founded the Opportunity School in 1921 to serve citizens who lacked a formal education as a result of having to work to help their family with expenses,” explains Smith. “The original location was the Tamassee Salem DAR School, where she began teaching

her first students. In 1947, Dr. Gray secured the rights to the current property of the former Columbia Army Air Base. From there the school has grown into a modern campus. Today, because of the school’s success rate, it is often referred to as the state’s alternative school. We are

coming high-risk and dropping out. Without an education, they become unemployed or underemployed, and lack the basic skills to support themselves.” “Upon arrival, the students we serve are on average below grade for their age, functioning at the 5th to 6th grade level and are in danger of not obtaining a high school education,” Smith con-

Is the Opportunity School helping these students become successful members of society? “Following several years of tracking, 60% of our students entered post-secondary education or became self-employed, 24% returned to public school to complete their education and 6% joined the armed services,” Smith states. “Through the years, many Opportunity School

Through the years, many Opportunity School graduates have gone on to be very successful professionals. renowned for structured academics; we also value the importance of balancing academics with art, athletics, community service and leadership opportunities.” Why is a school like this needed? “We find that students who enroll in the program have often withdrawn from public school out of personal or family necessity, marginal academic performance, and what appeared to be a very distant, near impossible, road to a high school diploma,” says Smith. “Those difficulties led them to be-

tinues. “Our instructional staff utilizes a specifically designed blend of technology and selfpaced GED texts that provide students a customized opportunity to succeed. Through the use of TABE testing, these students typically measure 18 months progress in reading and math following 13 weeks in the classroom with others progressing 4 to 5 years. The program provides students a more realistic path to a high school education in a shorter period of time.”

graduates have gone on to be very successful professionals. We have graduated a former sheriff, a vascular surgeon, and others who chose to serve our country in a branch of the armed forces, and many who have become good, solid, productive citizens in the workplace. There are many deserving graduates, and we are proud of them all.” For more information on the Opportunity School, please visit their website at www.willougray. org or call (803) 896-6480.


Just a Few More

MINUTES By: Ashby Jones


spent some time with my Dad a month ago. He had recorded an old Johnny Carson show and was desperate for me to watch just one interview – the 1976 interview of Doris Day. Dad explained Doris Day really puts Johnny Carson in his place, she really calls his bluff and it is hilarious. I was skeptical. Dad makes me watch Alien I, II and III when he’s not making me watch No Time For Sergeants or The Thing. I think about 2 minutes and 13 seconds into the interview, I realized I was bored. I had already noted Doris Day’s pale pink pantsuit and shimmery matching lipstick. I tried to discern how old she actually was and wondered how advanced plastic surgery was back then. She’d already reported multiple marriages and no intention to remarry. Then, there was a commercial break. After the break I was surprised to see Ms. Day was still sitting on the sofa. They had already covered everything important! What more was there to say? The conversation with

Johnny Carson had moved on to boring topics like what Ms. Day did in her free time, and whether or not Ms. Day was as innocent as the characters she portrayed (which only caused my mind to leap to a famous Britney lyric). I had completely lost interest, and I wondered how this Johnny Carson person was ever famous for conducting interviews. Times sure have changed. No audience could sit through that type of interview today. Now, we really only want to know a few things about our movie stars. If we learn too much, it might humanize them, which would make it hard to harshly judge them when they get really huge and pregnant. We want limited information presented in short sentences and tight little lists.

Why read a book when the internet can report the 8 Things Your Brain Does Wrong Every Day, the 11 Most Attractive Things Men Do Without Realizing, and 15 Juicy Secrets About Your Favorite Reality Show. Our short attention spans impact our everyday relationships. With the constant interruptions from cell phones, compulsive Facebook checking, and the “ding” sound the phone makes when you receive an email, it’s a wonder we know anything about one another at all. There is even a popular song right now called Say Something, wherein a curly-headed fellow is asking Christina Aguilera to say something, because he’s giving up on her. She occasionally chimes in to harmonize with him, but is

With the constant interruptions from cell phones, compulsive Facebook checking, and the “ding” sound the phone makes when you receive an email, it’s a wonder we know anything about one another at all.


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mostly distracted by her Candy Crush game. I know it is difficult to break free from the distractions, I am the worst offender. But, have you noticed the unexpected moments of companionship are so meaningful? Next time you are standing around on a soccer field with other parents, or waiting in a hospital lobby, try to quiet your mind and allow something genuine to break through all that noise. Actually speak, out loud, with words (not via text) to a person. Try to listen, with your ears, to their response. And when you feel that compulsion to take one more glimpse at TMZ or the WeatherApp, try to pay attention just a few more minutes. You will be so glad you did. There are so many benefits to having meaningful human interaction. No need to read a book about it, I will put it in a format we can all understand. I present to you 4 Things You Will Know If You Pay Attention for Just a Few More Minutes: (1) she has a wicked sense of humor and you are going to be crying with laughter any minute now; (2) you are not the only one that thinks this way; (3) he has wanted to ask for your help before, but did not know how; and (4) next time you are in a kid crisis, she would be the perfect person to call. We can talk about the others later, I’m in the middle of a challenging Words With Friends game.


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Paige Johnson

By: Elaine Samples


n the year of 1947, 3.3% of law school students were female. According to the American Bar Association, by the 2012-2013 academic year, that number had grown to 47.8%. Women are proving, now more than ever, that they “can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan.” This article will highlight three phenomenal women who happen to have “Esq.” behind their names. Mary Guynn was born in Aiken, South Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary and thereafter obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree from Emory University. She is a partner in the law firm of Smith, Massey, Brodie, Guynn & Mayes where she practices in the areas of residential and commercial real estate development and finance. Her professional memberships include the Georgia Bar Association and the South Carolina Bar Association. Her civic involvement includes the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, the Aiken Land Conservancy, Aiken Homebuilders Association, Greater Aiken Integrated Trails Foundation, Aiken County Habitat for Humanity and Aiken Equine Charities. She enjoys showing horses in her free time. Attorney Linda Farron Knapp writes "Boomer Briefings" a featured column on wills, trusts, Medicaid and VA asset preservation, and special needs planning in the Mature Times monthly insert of the Aiken Standard. She brings over two decades of experience to her elder law and estate planning practice. The firm also focuses on all aspects of probate, including

deeds of distribution, guardian and conservatorships. The Knapp Law Firm PC is located at 149 Crepe Myrtle Court in the Smith Group building where clients are seen by appointment only. Paige Weeks Johnson is a partner in the Law Firm of Johnson, Johnson, Whittle & Lancer, which was established by B. Henderson Johnson Jr. and Barry H. Johnson in 1980. She and her family have lived in Aiken, South Carolina all her life. Paige received her Undergraduate Degree from Clemson University and received her law degree from the University of South Carolina. Upon graduation from USC, she began working for Johnson, Johnson, Whittle & Lancer. She practices in the areas of Family Law and Probate Law, which includes adoption, name changes, Guardianship, Conservatorship, Power of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Wills, Estates and Real Estate. Paige is also a Certified Family Court and Probate Court Mediator. She is enjoying this new area of law where many issues can be resolved outside of the Courtroom in a more relaxed environment with less stress on the parties. Her areas of practice also intertwine with the law partners

in the firm, James E. Whittle Jr., Todd J. Johnson and Brett H. Lancer. They handle wrongful death, personal injury, social security disability, workers’ compensation and criminal defense. On many occasions, their clients need Paige’s areas of practice, especially in Probate Court and Family Law. Paige has over twenty-five (25) years of experience in her areas of practice. She has represented thousands of individuals and families since she began practicing in 1989. You can also learn more about Paige and the law firm at I read an article the other day wherein Jennifer Garner was expressing her displeasure with a recent press junket as a result of her latest movie. Mrs. Garner stated that she and her husband Ben Affleck were participating in hundreds of daily interviews at the same time because both of have new movies hitting theaters. At the end of the day, the two compared notes and she was asked, by every single interviewer, how she was able to balance work and family life. Not one person asked her husband the same question. To borrow from Beyonce, “Who runs the world? Girls.” Congratulations to these accomplished women.





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A ike n Wom a n celebr ates the sur vivor in you


here are some people who, when you first meet them, it feels like you have known them forever. Mamie Fryar is one such woman. Her smile was warm and open as she spoke candidly with me about her journey with Cancer. Her first diagnosis came when she was only thirty-three and, after a lumpectomy and radiation, she got back a clear report. Though it sounds simple for all that Mamie went through, that is exactly how she made it seem - as if Cancer was just a minor interruption in the flow of her life. Mamie remembers the day of her second diagnosis like it was yesterday. She was forty-seven and this time it seemed more serious. She had just come home from a tough day at work. She sat down and started to tell her husband about her day, when she felt a lump. It was in the same breast she had cancer in before. She immediately told her

husband, Kenneth, who reassured her that it was “…probably just scar tissue.” She had had a mammogram just three months prior with a clear result. However, she called her doctor, Dr. Montoya, who said, “Mamie, it probably is just scar tissue but with your history and your family history, let’s check it out.” Mamie had two aunts that lost their

battle to Cancer before they reached the age of fifty. Because the result of the second mammogram was unclear, she was sent for an ultrasound which revealed not one, but two masses. Ironically, this appointment was on Mamie’s birthday, May 18th. A biopsy was ordered


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next. Mamie went to her biopsy appointment and then went on to work. Dr. Montoya called her at work with the results. Mamie knew when she heard her doctor’s voice, that the news was not good. She was right, but she didn’t fall apart or cry. She was alone in the break room when the call came in. After the call, Mamie says she remembers looking up and saying out loud, “God, you did it before, you can do it again.” She said that her faith helped her not to be fearful. Her questions were not, “Why me?” or “How did this happen to me?” but rather, “What is the plan?” and “When do we get started?” Mamie shared that the hardest thing about this cancer was telling her husband,Kenneth, the second time. In fact, she found it so difficult that she didn’t tell him. She just called him and said they needed to go to Summerville to the doctor’s office right then. He said, “OK,”, and was ready to go when Mamie arrived home. It was in Dr. Montoya’s office, while she was explaining to Mamie what the next steps were, that she realized Mamie’s husband didn’t know why they were there. It was actually Dr. Montoya who broke the news to him. When I asked Mamie why it was so hard for her to tell Kenneth, she said something that, in all the years I have been interviewing survivors, I had never heard articulated this way, “When you go through cancer, everyone who loves you goes through cancer, too.” Mamie had already accepted whatever outcome God had in store for her but, with a husband who had already been through this with her once before, and a mother who was caring for her sick husband, it was hard for Mamie to add another worry to her husband’s plate. This time it was determined Mamie would need a mastectomy. Mamie also had chemo with her second battle and said, “Yes, I knew I was bald headed and cute!” Mamie said when she


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found out she was going to lose her breast, she was okay with that. “I chose to live,” she said. She also shared with me how she talked to her husband and told him, “I love you with all of my heart. If you can’t handle this, I won’t hold it against you. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. I am okay with it.” His response to her was, “Let’s do whatever we need to do to keep you here.” (Though I have never met Kenneth, I really like him.) Mamie’s oncologist is Dr. Douglas Michaelson at the Charleston Cancer Center, which Mamie says is “The BEST Place.” Mamie called Susan Appelbaum, RN, OCN, her angel. “She made it so easy to understand what was happening and to deal with (and be prepared for) the side effects of chemotherapy.” While Mamie does have some lingering effects of her chemo, she is survivin’ and thrivin’ by all accounts. I asked Mamie what she wanted our readers to know about her journey. “If you have strong faith, you can conquer anything. Fear cripples you. I did not want fear to cripple me, so I allowed no fear.” One of her favorite scriptures is “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” “I am a happy person; I like making others happy.”, she remarked. The other scriptures Mamie shared were along the same vein. “The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him. Psalms 28:7” “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment, you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me," declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17” and “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? Romans 8:31” Mamie said, “Don’t focus on yourself. You are just the vessel He is using. He has a purpose



and a plan and your job is to stay in that plan.” Out of Mamie’s experience she has created something called, “Especially for Women.” This is a women’s conference for all women. Not just women who have had cancer, but women who have gone through any battle. If they are struggling with self-esteem or if they have trouble making good choices for themselves or if they, too, have had a life threatening illness, this conference is for them. Mamie Fryar is a woman who

loves the Lord, her husband and her family. She is a woman who has found true joy. “Even in the midst of adversity and when people didn’t understand, I was so thankful just to see another day.” She celebrated her 50th birthday this year and I am sure with her attitude and faith she will celebrate every single day of her life!


Alice D. Hale, DMD, PC By: Patti McGrath Photography by Joe Willis


always loved going to the dentist,” exclaims Dr. Alice Hale. “As a very young child I remember sitting on the dentists’ lap squirting the air and water in my mom’s mouth! I always wanted to hold the instruments and sit in the chair.”

Her reaction to dentistry as a child was a good gauge of things to come. Dr. Hale has her own dental practice in Aiken today. “It’s difficult to say that there was one element of dentistry that interested me. I loved it all, and still do,” she explains. “I love interacting with patients, getting to know the families, impacting peoples’ lives. Dentistry is many facets rolled into one title really. Doctor, counselor, artist, leader, scientist, entrepreneur, technician, clinician, and now with computers and technology in the office I’m also an IT person!” Dr. Hale’s interest in dentistry was piqued in 7th grade when a dentist she did babysitting for told her she could work in his office and see how she liked it. “I was 14 years old so I obtained a work permit and worked about 15-20 hours a week doing various things,” she explains. “I loved it! I worked every sum-


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mer, Christmas break, and spring break all through high school; any time they would let me I would work. All I wanted to do was go to college and be an oral surgeon! That was my goal!” She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the Medical College of Georgia, and began working for Dr. Gary Waugh in North Augusta. “After a couple years of working full time as a hygienist I couldn’t hold back going to dental school any longer,” Dr. Hale says. She began dental school at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in 2003, and graduated in 2007. Dr. Hale continued to work with Dr. Waugh after graduating, but as an associate rather than as a hygienist, for six years. “It was a great experience and opportunity, but in early 2012 I realized that I would have to make a change if I



wanted to own my own practice,” she says. “I loved North Augusta and working in North Augusta but Aiken was where I lived! That’s where my family lived. Aiken was where my kids went to school.” So, when the opportunity for her to have her own practice in Aiken arose, she was thrilled. “There are so many things that we do in the office, and every patient is different,” Dr. Hale says. “I want to treat others the way I want to be treated. When I go to the doctor, I want to feel like I’ve been listened to. I don’t want to wait a long time, and I don’t want to feel rushed through, like a number. I want to feel like the doctor cares about me.” Her daily aspiration is to treat people in this way. What does she enjoy most about her practice? “It’s the people,” Dr. Hale states enthusiastically.

“I’m inspired to help people change their overall health, not just their dental health. I want to give them an experience where they feel comfortable, respected and cared for. Every day I strive to be better than I was yesterday, to be more patient, more understanding, a better clinician. I always try to treat people the way I want to be treated and respect their wishes, fears and desires. I want to inspire people, help people and change lives in some minute way.” But, she couldn’t have done it all on her own. “You have to have a good support system,” she acknowledges. And, for those wanting to open their own business Dr. Hale suggests keeping things in perspective. “Remember that the business is a part of your life, not your life! It’s not who you are but it’s what you do.”

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PAIN Can’t Wait B

ig changes are happening at Aiken Neurosciences and Pain Management. William E. Durrett, M.D., owner of The Pain Center, recently purchased Aiken Neurosciences. The two practices, which have been working together for several years, have now merged to become Aiken Neurosciences & Pain Management. Dr. Durrett was drawn to the field of pain management while in his residency as an anesthesiologist at the Medical College of Georgia. While working with MCG’s Pain Management Department, he treated multiple patients from the Aiken area. He realized there was a need in Aiken that was not being filled. When he moved to Aiken and began working at Aiken Regional, he decided to pioneer a pain management program in Aiken. He worked with the Surgery Center of Aiken as well as larger offices in Aiken. Six years ago, he moved to Aiken Neurosciences full time, to open The Pain Center. Dr. Durrett says, “Pain is very real and so many people are afraid to deal with it. It is rewarding to get people active again. When a patient is dealing with pain, the last thing they need is to commute out of Aiken to find relief.” Aiken Neurosciences & Pain Management has grown immensely and has two locations, at the Aiken Medical Center and the Village at Woodside. The practice combines the latest techniques in treating chronic pain patients with an interventional approach. Once the source of pain is identified, Dr. Durrett designs an individualized treatment program for each patient. This program can include massage therapy, aquatic therapy, physical therapy, injective therapy, and, at times, medication management. The focus for Dr. Durrett and his practice is to help the patient


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live the life they deserve, pain free. The office is dedicated to scheduling new and established patients with minimal wait times. Because the practice encompasses neuroscience and pain management, patients do not have to visit multiple doctors’ offices to find pain relief. The practice is unique because patient’s work with experienced physicians who stay on top of cutting edge techniques. Their goal is to get patients off of addictive medications and feeling well naturally. Dr. Durrett explains, “We do not give up on our patients. We believe in not only treating our patients, but also helping them heal so that pain is no longer controlling their lives. It is fulfilling to find the right avenue for treatment and to watch the patient improve.” Aiken Neurosciences & Pain Management comprises four board certified physicians. Dr. Durrett specializes in pain management, anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. Dr. Richard Eisenberg, Dr. Khaled Kamel, and Dr. Melvin Haas are neurologists, and Dr. Haas specializes in sleep medicine. In addition to neurosciences and pain management, the practice offers the only certified sleep center in the two-state area. Dr. Durrett adds, “We are moving rapidly into the arena of wellness for the long-term health and healthy lifestyle for our patients.”



Medical conditions diagnosed and managed at Aiken Neurosciences & Pain Management include brain tumors, neuropathy, Bell’s Palsy, carpal tunnel, epilepsy, sleep disorders, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, headaches, chronic migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, and more. Pain management is provided for those conditions as well as muscle

pain, muscle spasms, nerve pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, shingles, sports injuries, spine, neck pain, TMJ disorders, and other pain syndromes. For information on Aiken Neurosciences & Pain Management, visit or call 803.642.6500.

LIV® Breast Self-Exam Aid

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promotes more ACCURATE self-exams Join WE and receive a free LIV Aid


hile many people think of breast cancer as a disease that strikes women later in life, the truth is breast cancer can develop in any woman, at any age. As a breast cancer “thriver,” singer

and actress Olivia Newton-John is a strong advocate for all women being proactive about their healthcare, especially regular breast self-exams. Knowing that early detection is the best protection, Ms. Newton-John designed the LIV® Breast Self-Exam Aid that helps women perform a more accurate self-exam.

The LIV is a soft, gel-filled touch enhancer that helps women more easily detect changes or lumps during breast self-exams, which they can report to their doctor. It helps women become aware of what is normal for their breast tissue and thereby identify abnormal changes. The LIV Self-Exam Aid is not a substitute for normal clinical breast exams and mammograms, but it enhances the ability to detect abnormalities – and it is a way for younger women who are not old enough for mammograms to be proactive in their breast health.

WE membership includes these benefits: 1. Personalized outreach from Women’s Health Nurse Navigators. 2. A nurse navigator assists members in accessing healthcare providers and obtaining referrals. They also provide health information and help members take advantage of Aiken Regional’s full range of services,

such as support groups, community resources and educational programs. 3. New-member orientation and tour. 4. New members can learn about the complete benefits of the WE program by attending a new-member orientation. Members meet Women’s Health Nurse Navigators, receive a full explanation of WE benefits, learn

WE-Women Enlightened for Better Health -- a free health program for women in the Aiken community The LIV aid is one of the benefits of joining WE – Women Enlightened for Better Health -- a free women’s health initiative offered by Aiken Regional Medical Centers. WE is a unique program created by Aiken Regional to empower women of all ages to live their best life – in the best of health. WE membership provides guidance, support and care navigation to women as they make health decisions for themselves and their family. All WE members receive a free LIV Breast Self-Exam Aid.

about the LIV Breast Self-Exam Aid, and more. A healthy meal and facility tour are included. 5. Price reductions on Aiken Regional-sponsored educational classes. 6. Health news updates. 7. At and through email blasts, Facebook page and WE updates in Aiken Regional's Quality of Life quarterly newsletter, get the latest health and nutrition information, fitness class schedules and information on exclusive members-only events. 8. Programs for members. 9. From young adult, to motherhood, to mid-life and mature adult — WE has seminars and activities suited just for you. To learn more about WE-Women Enlightened for Better Health, or to become a WE member, call 803.641.58WE or visit WE.

Olivia Newton-John joins Aiken Regional in promoting women’s health.

Physicians are on the medical staff of Aiken Regional Medical Centers, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.


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Have I Done ENOUGH?

A Personal Note


find myself in very uncomfortable spot right now. I am the mother of four distinct individuals, each of whom is in a different place and stage of life this Fall. I have one who is a college freshman, a Junior in High School, a Sixth Grader in Middle School, and a Second Grader at the Elementary School. I would love to tell you that these transitions have been all sunshine and roses. I wish I could say that homework is getting finished; that there are no disagreements; that everyone is up and where they are supposed to be on time; and that life is moving forward just the way it is supposed to. Unfortunately, I’d be lying. I have always been a very hands-on Mom, so having my oldest son two hours away is hard. (I’m sure some of you can sympathize.) I worry about what I can’t see; what I don’t know; what I might miss because I can’t look him in the eyes every day. I know it is time to take my hands off more, to let him learn on his own by experience. Knowing it does not make it any easier. I worry about Abby as she ventures out on her own more frequently. For her to be driving on her own is very scary to me, even though she has proven herself to be a responsible driver. More time alone in the car means more opportunity for something to go wrong, and many more “somethings” that could go wrong. Colton is alone at the middle school and Ryan is alone at the elementary school. Who are their friends? Are they choosing wisely? Is their circle of influence growing in a way that will help them make good choices for the future? Are they making new friends? Are they paying attention in class? A minister once told me the best thing I could do for my children was to know who their friends were, because, after a certain age, that is who they will look to for guidance. All these worries are probably articulating the same question, “Did I do enough?” Did I give them the tools they need to make good choices, to follow the right path? Isn’t that what all of us want to know? As parents isn’t that what we are all trying to accomplish - to raise happy, healthy, law abiding, successful adults? And, the worst part, of course, is that I know in some ways, some days, I didn’t. None of us are perfect parents no matter how hard we try or how much we want to be. I have prayed every day for each of them since they were little - that no weapons formed against them will prosper; that they will make good choices; that they will be kind to others, and work hard to do their best. All I can do now is keep trusting and trying to give them advice (as long as they ask me for it, and probably sometimes when they haven’t!) and praying that God will cover the areas I might have missed and show me what I can do better today. I will pray the same for you and yours. Your Friend,

Lori Samples Duncan

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.


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