ARRAY the Magazine July 2020

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ARRAY Magazine Publisher AnneMarie Ziegler


Editor’s Note

Chief Operations Officer & Events Angie Lyle


Fairmont, NC

Creative Director Anissa Short


Then And Now

Editor Johnnerlyn Johnson


Moving Fayetteville Forward

Marketing Keyuri Parab Scotti


Wedding Decor

Sales Ana Warwick


As Eye See It

Art Director Kylen Dooley


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Contributing Writers Aaliyah Lane Eric Paskel Johnnerlyn Johnson Keith Sykes Stone Samuels Photography An Affair To Remember City of Fayetteville Stone Samuels Cover Photo provided by City of Fayetteville

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Editor's Note “Wake Up, Everybody”

In 1975, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes made famous the song, “Wake Up, Everybody”. In part, the lyrics are: “No more sleepin’ in bed. No more backward thinkin’. Time for thinkin’ ahead. The world has changed so very much from what it used to be. There is so much hatred, war, and poverty.” In 2020, The English Professor and Editor in me wants to make one minor – yet major – revision to these lyrics by adding the adverb “still” before the lyric “so much hatred, war, and poverty”. Protests in recent weeks have “still” exposed the topic of hatred referred to in this song. What other way can a fatal knee on the neck of another human be described as except for hatred? Poverty is “still” being exposed as resonated in this song by the disproportionate healthcare disparities brought forth by COVID-19. The song goes on to say: “The world won’t get no better if we just let it be. The world won’t get no better. We gotta change it just you and me.” Through our monthly publication, ARRAY Magazine seeks to “Wake Up, Everybody” because, since our inception, we have been a magazine that seeks to bring forth an “array” of wholesome news prevalent in Fayetteville and surrounding areas by highlighting those in the community who have service at the heart of their being. We know we may not be able to cure the plethora of ills in this world, but we seek to try one issue at a time. Johnnerlyn Johnson, Editor 6




But… What do I know? Written by Stone Samuels

2020 has been a tumultuous year, and we are only halfway through it. We are in a global pandemic, and people are on edge from staying at home. Some of us are now just beginning to get back to work, and the economy is slowly beginning to re-open. However, let us put that on the back burner for a minute. Let’s go back to 25 May 2020 where in Minneapolis, MN, a black man named George Floyd was killed during an arrest. That, in and of itself, is tragic, but it is how Mr. Floyd died that is the issue. Floyd was handcuffed and on the ground with not one but three police officers holding him down. Officer number one, Derek Chauvin, was kneeling with his knee on Floyd’s neck. Officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng were positioned on his spine and legs respectively. A fourth officer, Tou Thao, was keeping the crowd from

interfering with said arrest. The situation was filmed by teenager Darnella Frazier as Mr. Floyd begged for his life. Mr. Floyd was held down for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. There are too many things wrong with how this happened to continue to list them. What he was being arrested for and how it was handled is of major concern. For many of our black citizens, this is a reality that has been going on for far too long and needs to be addressed. There is a huge difference in how white citizens and black citizens are treated in regard to encounters with law enforcement. Mr. Floyd was being arrested over a bad twenty-dollar bill and died begging for his



life as the world heard him declaring, “I can’t breathe!” Dylan Roof murdered nine black citizens in a South Carolina church and was taken to Burger King so that he wouldn’t be hungry when he got to jail. There is definitely something wrong with the system when things like this occur. I will say this again, “The inequity of treatment is a reality that black citizens have been living for generations.” As a result of Mr. Floyd’s death being viewed by the world, protests have been occurring, some peaceful, some not so peaceful. In addition, these protests have dovetailed into widespread riots and looting. People are asking - rather demanding - for changes in policing and how officers are trained. Part of the problem is systemic racism which many in power, specifically White Americans in Power, say does not exist.

Some people have the audacity to even ask, “How could there be racism when America had Barack Obama, a black man, as President?” The black community has been told to protest peacefully. We have done that. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke eloquently to the masses, both black and white, and he protested in a non-violent manner. Yet, he was murdered. John Carlos and Tommy Smith both raised one black-gloved fist in peaceful demonstration at the 1968 Olympics. Yet, they were both stripped of their medals.

Colin Kaepernick knelt peacefully in protest during the National Anthem. Yet, he was told: this was the wrong time; he was being disrespectful to the country, to our flag, and to our servicemen and women. However, Mr. Kaepernick was encouraged by a serviceman, Retired Army Green Beret Nate Boyer, that his actions would be a great way to show respect. Now that there is widespread unrest because peaceful means have not worked, certain figures will try and make it about the destruction of property and not about the true issue of why the protests are occurring. In one of his speeches. Malcolm X said, “…We declare our right on this earth to be a man, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary…” This is where the black community is today, again. There are some members within the law enforcement community and some within the white community that think “The Black Lives Matter” movement is a group that hates police officers. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani described the group as “inherently racist and anti-American”. He spoke about black-on-black crime instead of the topic of unarmed black people dying at the hands of white police officers. This has gone on forever. In reference to “Black Lives Matter”, many in the white community say that “All Lives Matter” which goes without saying. However, all the black community is saying is for white society to put the same value on black lives as they would their own. For America to be a United States, things must change. We all need to have the hard conversations so that we can all heal. As long as the power structure is not willing to address the necessary issues, things are not going to change. In order for change to occur, the minds of those in positions of influence must be open to change. Hey, but what do I know, I am just the third of four generations in my family to serve this country who happens to be a black man. ~A~



Photography by Stone Samuels, Images by Stone Welcome to "Small Town NC" - a monthly cinematic journey through our proud communities in North Carolina. To kick off this section, this month’s feature is our beautiful hometown of Fayetteville, NC! An array of locals share their love for the community with you in short notes about the place they call “home”, so enjoy the beautiful photos and share in the love of the community and enjoy our hometown, Fayetteville, North Carolina. ARRAY Magazine’s July Small Town NC Feature is Fairmont, NC! Enjoy the gorgeous photos and share in the historic page-turner of Fairmont, NC

Fairmont, North Carolina is a small rural historic community in the southern part of Robeson County, a vanishing slice of “Americana”. It is about an hour’s drive from Fayetteville. Located off I-95 at Exit 10, it is touted as the “Shortest Route to Myrtle Beach”. In the 2010 census, the population was 2,663. The population is a unique tri-racial mix of the African American, Native American, and Caucasian races. Fairmont was chartered in 1899 as Union City, in 1909 as Ashpole and finally in 1907 as Fairmont. The first settlers to the area had received land grants from the Lord’s Proprietors. Most worked in logging and naval stores industries producing lumber, turpentine, and pitch for ships. A thriving tobacco market was established in the late 1800’s. Railroads followed so these goods could be rapidly moved. In the early 1900’s, tobacco became king, and Fairmont was considered one of the major tobacco markets in the world by the mid-1950’s. Due to health concerns farmers have now turned to other cash crops such as corn, soybeans, and wheat.

Famous natives of Fairmont are PGA Golfer William McGirt, Writer and Journalist Joseph Mitchell, Basketball star Rod Griffin, CBS News Reporter Drew Levinson, and Folk Artist Sam McMillan. ~A~








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Then and Now Written by Aaliyah Lane

I never realized how much strength was within me, Until the trials of life compelled against me, I never realized how much wisdom was poured into me, Until the waves of life tried to consume me. I never realized how much of a fighter I was, Until I was put into situation that felt as if they were going to overtake me. I had to realize that I could never find my truest potential without being tested with life’s constant changes, I had to realize that my greatest achievements came with one of the biggest challenges, I had to learn to hear people tell me “no� so that I would become motivated to grow, I had to realize that there was so much more to me by leaving out of my comfort zone. I had to realize that my life is what I make it, I will not give up, I will not give in. I had to realize I had to give up past hurt to look forward to a better future. I had to let go of things I felt was impossible to release. Now, I feel free. Now, I feel unstoppable. Now, I know I am invincible.



FINANCIAL FOCU$ Work to Achieve Your Financial Independence Over the past few months, just about everyone has felt the loss of some type of freedom, whether it’s being able to travel, engage in social gatherings or participate in other activities we previously took for granted. Still, as we prepare to observe Independence Day, it’s comforting to realize all the freedoms we still have in this country. And taking the right steps can also help you achieve your financial independence. Here are some moves to consider: • Build an emergency fund. It’s a good idea to create an emergency fund consisting of three to six months’ worth of living expenses, with the money held in a liquid, low-risk account. With this fund in place, you can avoid dipping into your long-term investments to pay for short-term, unexpected costs. • Keep your debts under control. It’s not easy to do, but if you can consistently minimize your debt load, you can have more money to invest for the future and move closer toward achieving your financial liberty. One way to keep your debts down is to establish a budget and stick to it, so you can avoid unnecessary spending. • Contribute as much as possible to your retirement plans. The more money you can save for retirement, the greater your feelings of financial independence. So it’s essential that you contribute as much as you can to your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. At a minimum, put in enough to earn your employer’s match, if one is offered, and every time your salary goes up, boost your annual contributions. Even if you participate in a 401(k), you’re probably also still eligible to contribute to an IRA, which can help you build even more funds for retirement. And



because you can fund an IRA with virtually any type of investment, you can broaden your portfolio mix. • Explore long-term care coverage. One day, your financial independence could be threatened by your need for some type of long-term care. It now costs, on average, over $100,000 for a private room in a nursing home and more than $50,000 for the services of a home health aide, according to Genworth, an insurance company. Most of these costs won’t be covered by Medicare, either, so, if you want to reduce the risk of seriously depleting all your financial resources – or burdening your adult children with these heavy expenses – you may want to consider some type of long-term care insurance. You could choose a traditional longterm care policy – which can cover a nursing home stay, home health care, or other services – or a hybrid policy, which provides long-term care coverage plus a death benefit. • Manage withdrawals carefully. Once you retire, your financial freedom will depend a great deal on how skillful you are in managing the money in your retirement accounts. Specifically, you need to be careful about how much you withdraw from these accounts each year. If you set a withdrawal rate that’s too high in your early years of retirement, you might eventually risk outliving your resources. So, set a withdrawal rate that reflects your age, assets, retirement lifestyle and other factors. You may want to consult with a financial professional to establish an appropriate rate. As you can see, working toward your financial independence is a lifelong activity – but it’s worth the effort. ~A~ This article was written by Edward Jones and provided by Jonathan L. Proffitt, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones Investment. For more information or questions contact Jonathan at 910-488-7535.

After the Armed Forces Business ownership appeals to veterans seeking post-military careers is greater than the sum of its parts. Many veterans learn to rely on their fellow service men and women; franchise owners must embrace teamwork at multiple levels, from employees of the local franchise to the franchise’s national and regional leadership team.

Once their service ends, veterans often expect to start a new career. In many cases, the same skills and characteristics that helped make them successful in the military, such as ambition and a drive to succeed, make veterans uniquely suited for entrepreneurial endeavors like business ownership. Franchising is a path toward business ownership that requires strong leadership skills, so veterans are often some of the most qualified and successful prospective franchise owners. According to the Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative (VetFran), a strategic initiative of the International Franchise Association and the Franchise Education and Research Foundation, at least 97% of franchisers believe veterans would make excellent franchisees; 70% have brought on a veteran franchisee or employee in the last year alone. “The skills veterans develop through their military experience are integral to pursuing a new career,” said Tim Davis, president of The UPS Store, Inc. and former U.S. Marine Corps captain and Gulf War veteran. “Franchising presents a great opportunity for veterans to utilize the unique skill sets they developed in the service while also developing additional traits necessary for business ownership.” Leadership. Work ethic. Discipline. These qualities are exactly what help more than 200 veteran The UPS Store franchisees succeed. •Working as a team: The success of an organization relies on its members working together and a recognition that the business

•Executing a plan: Although a franchise owner typically has access to a proven business model and ongoing support, executing the plan is the franchisee’s responsibility. Putting the pieces together and developing a working business plan requires an entrepreneurial approach similar to the military training veterans received. •Thriving under pressure: Things don’t always go according to plan, and service members possess the training and discipline to remain calm in pressure-filled situations. For best results when navigating situations like disgruntled customers or employees, a levelheaded approach often prevails. •Working hard to accomplish a goal: Not all business owners have the level of commitment and work ethic necessary to accomplish their entrepreneurial goals. Service members are trained to understand the requirements of a mission and work diligently to achieve them. Financing a franchise dream Through its participation in VetFran, The UPS Store, Inc., makes it easier for veterans to attain their post-military professional goals. For example, its “Mission: Veteran Entrepreneurship” program offers nearly $300,000 in financial incentives to assist qualified U.S. military veterans in opening their own franchise locations. In addition, the first 10 eligible veterans to submit a complete buyer’s application packet and initial application fee by Nov. 11 will receive a waiver for their franchise license fees. To learn more about franchise opportunities and special incentives for veterans, visit theupsstorefranchise .com/veteran.



Before You Buy a Franchise Becoming a franchise owner is a big decision, which means it’s important to thoroughly research potential opportunities and carefully review all the available documents. In most cases, you will have an interview with the franchiser, which is not only a chance for him or her to assess your abilities but also for you to ask questions like these that can give you more perspective. 1. How mature is the brand? Some franchise systems are backed by a nationally renowned brand name and decades of franchise experience. A mature brand with a proven track record of success can be especially beneficial for a first-time business owner. 2. Will training be provided? A good franchise will be committed to helping you succeed by providing the tools and training necessary to get you started on the right foot. The best franchise opportunities will offer a comprehensive training program that covers more than just basic operational procedures, but also provides ongoing assistance. Ask if there is a support team you can reach out to with questions. Also find out how the brand’s franchisees work collaboratively to learn from one another and help each other succeed. 3. How stable is the industry? It’s impossible to guarantee the success of a business regardless of the state of the economy. However, some industries are more recession-resistant than others. Those that offer essential products and services that remain in demand or those that flourish due to tough economic conditions are typically among the best franchise opportunities. If you’re exploring opening a franchise business as a means of controlling your own employment and financial security, consider an industry that



can thrive even in the face of market volatility. 4. What type of marketing, advertising and promotion do you provide? While you can generally expect to receive marketing assistance and grand opening guidance when first opening a franchise business, the type of marketing and advertising support provided beyond that can vary greatly among franchisers.

specific geographic areas. The costs associated with opening a franchise business can be a significant factor in finding the right opportunity. Some franchisers offer financing options, as well as special incentives for veterans, women and minorities; certain business models; or opening a location in specific geographic areas. ~A~

5. What is the total short and longterm financial commitment? It’s important to discuss all initial and ongoing fees in depth with the franchiser before committing to buy. Keep in mind that you will also need enough operating capital to support the business until it breaks even. The franchiser should be able to give you an idea of how long it typically takes franchisees in the network to become profitable. 6. Do you offer funding, incentives or deals? The costs associated with opening a franchise business can be a significant factor in finding the right opportunity. Some franchisers offer financing options, as well as special incentives for veterans, women and minorities; certain business models; or opening a location in

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Moving Fay Forw Written by Johnnerlyn Johnson Images provided by the City of Fayetteville and an Affair to Remember

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which guarantees and protects the constitutional right of women to vote, it is a celebratory feat that 50% of the Fayetteville City Council is comprised of women. One of these women in local leadership is Fayetteville City Councilwoman, Kathy Keefe Jensen, who serves as Mayor Pro Tem. Although she represents District One, she is here to serve the totality of the people of Fayetteville which is a city that she loves, grew up in, and



returned to in order to raise her family, start her own business, and make a difference within the community. Kathy, along with her husband, LTC Jerry Jensen, and their children, is proud to call Fayetteville home. Given its tremendous growth and diversity, Kathy has practical advice for anyone who is thinking of moving to the Fayetteville area. “Be open and take advantage of everything that Fayetteville has to offer. There is a lot to do; you just have to be willing to go out and do it. We are a very accepting city. We are also a very giving city,” says Kathy. Giving is one of the collective service values of the members of the council, and one of the projects of which Kathy is most proud is the growth and revitalization of the FayettevilleCumberland Youth Council (FCYC). “It has been in existence since 2014, and those children are still calling me asking what is going on and what can we do. I know the Youth Council changed lives for the better. We are putting out some very smart children. Our children’s job is to have hope; our job is to give them the opportunity.” One of the most recent projects includes a newly finished skateboard park. Splash Pads have also been implemented. “My commitment is to make Fayetteville a better place to live for everyone. I want people to love living here,” says Kathy. The commitment to making Fayetteville a better place and to creating lasting legacies began long before her election to the

ayetteville ward Fayetteville City Council. Having graduated from Pine Forest High School, Kathy wanted to be sure that all children who matriculated through the county schools were able to have access to necessary resources. “I was once known as the PTA Mom,” says Kathy. In addition to working on behalf of the schools, she serves as a member of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. “I was the youth ministry president for about six years, and that was one of my best volunteer jobs,” reflects Kathy. She has also served in: Daughters of Penelope, Women’s Giving Circle, and the Military Wives Officers’ Club to name a few. Kathy knows the value of hard work and building a legacy. When she was six years old, Kathy began working in her family’s business. As a local business owner, Kathy would share these words of wisdom with small business owners. “I would tell small business owners to stay focused, stay consistent, and treat your customers right.” She also encourages customers to see what Fayetteville has to offer and give Fayetteville a chance. Giving Fayetteville a chance is exactly what Kathy has done as an entrepreneur. She has

been the owner of An Affair to Remember: Prom, Pageant, and Formal Wear for 15 years. Her passion for hard work, working in her family’s business which was the Trophy House, and seeing others enjoy their chosen product from her store is what became Kathy’s passion behind opening her business. “It was always my dream to have this type of business, and when I turned 40 years old, I opened the doors of An Affair to Remember,” says Kathy.

Kathy hosts an annual fashion show, and her clients are her participants. “Going into my third year in business, I started having a full fashion show to show off our beautiful dresses. It has grown into a major event, with over 100 models and a 12-piece band for entertainment and dancing.” The purpose of the fashion show is to thank the community for their patronage and to boost the self-esteem of the participants and of those in the audience. “At my shop, clients can buy a range of sizes from a double zero to a size 30. The confidence that these girls and ladies get from walking across the stage always brings tears to my eyes. It is all about empowering women,” says Kathy. During the fashion show, Kathy hosts a Women of Power Segment which has featured: the Police Chief, the City Attorney, Judges, a General, and many more



powerful women. “These female leaders go backstage and talk to the young girls about their leadership experiences and how we as women can make things happen,” says Kathy. The fashion show for 2021 is still in the planning phases due to COVID-19, but more information will soon be made available. Kathy agrees that “Fayetteville is light years ahead on a lot of things, and we are moving Fayetteville forward.” Given the temperature of the world relative to policy reform, race relations, and so much more, Kathy is aware that changes need to be made, and the youth are in a great place to be the agents of change. “I really believe that if people can start having conversations, we can move to a better place. We have to sit and listen to each other. I think the upcoming generation is more in tune,” says Kathy. She also believes, “If women would stick together and stay focused, we could heal a lot of heartache.” ~A~ An Affair to Remember: Prom, Pageant, and Formal Wear 5407 Ramsey St.; Fayetteville, NC 28311 (910) 486-5323 Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, TikTok, and Twitter: @LifeIsAnAffair





5 Tips to Enhance Your Wedding Decor Wedding days are meant to be filled with love and celebration, and what better way to ring in the new stage of life as newlyweds than with a well-decorated venue to match the joyous occasion. Whether a couple is on a tight budget or picky when it comes to theme ideas, these decorating tips can help add more flair for the big day. Use a natural venue. Many couples choose wedding venues that require immense amounts of decorations, but a venue with organic scenery or a beautiful view can help alleviate the stress. Consider having the ceremony near a garden or beach with



enough natural surroundings to keep guests in awe. Make the cake a centerpiece. Wedding cakes are almost guaranteed to be filled with flavor, but they can also serve as a decorative centerpiece for the reception. Choosing a cake topped with flowers, highlighting bright colors and placing it in a prominent spot at the reception can grab guests’ attention while also keeping them eager for a bite. Choose table accessories that pop. Leave guests in amazement as they make

their way to their seats for the reception with beautifully decorated tables. Table accessories can be anything ranging from patterned table runners to flowers in full-bloom placed in simple, elegant vases. If you are not having a formal sit-down reception, try using paper lanterns or hanging flowers from the ceiling to create an eye-catching atmosphere to remember. Add classic lighting. At times, finding the right lighting to match the mood of a wedding venue can be tricky. In this case, less may actually be more. Try opting for a classic candlelit ceremony or reception to create a more romantic setting. This can save both money and countless hours spent attempting to configure elaborate light fixtures, and also provide a timeless feel. Place engagement photos around the venue. With any wedding, you want the day to feel personal and intimate for the couple and guests alike. Consider decorating the venue with engagement photos of the soon-to-be spouses as they popped the question. This can allow the newlyweds to reminisce while guests view those cherished moments and revel in the occasion. ~A~ Photo courtesy of Getty Images



How to Navigate a Crisis and Come Out Stronger Written by Eric Paskel When life, or the people in your life, push your limits, the emotional load may feel insurmountable. Making sense of the chaos in your life can allow you to rediscover peace and joy, but circumstances like a world crisis can complicate the process of emotional healing. “Almost nobody is trained on what to do with their emotions in times of crisis and stress, and most of us are never taught how to manage our emotions in normal times” said Eric Paskel, who holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a licensed marriage, family and child therapist. If you’ve ever admired someone who was cool under pressure then you know it’s possible to emotionally survive, and even thrive, in a crisis. Paskel, an author and motivational speaker, has spent 34 years exploring how human beings can rise above their dysfunctional tendencies and control their emotions. He has developed a series of resources to help individuals prevent their emotions from owning them in a crisis, allow people to do more observing and less reacting and take decisive actions to help themselves and their loved ones. Learn how to take charge of your emotional health with these practical and effective tips, adapted from Paskel. Be Open



to Learning During a crisis is when personal growth is most possible. Sometimes growth comes as the result of overcoming the pain of a crisis. To accelerate your growth, begin by recognizing you need help then be willing to accept that help Look for Opportunity A simple change in perspective like a crisis or a forced change, such as having to work from home, is both a challenge and an opportunity, although the challenges and benefits will likely be different for each individual person. Some people will benefit from the isolation, which they see as solitude. Some will be challenged by a noisy home while others will be thrilled to have the company of family or roommates all day. The key is to find a way to turn those challenges into gold. Embrace SelfSufficiency Being self-sufficient is critical to your personal and emotional freedom and a crisis can serve as an opportunity to become more self-sufficient. Being self-sufficient means you’re able to manage yourself and have sovereignty over your body and mind. It means your thoughts and emotions do not control you; you control them. Find Joy You can always find joy, even in the midst of

change, confusion, chaos or crisis. However, you may have trepidation about celebrating and having joy when others are focusing on negativity or you see suffering in the world around you. Finding joy is not just for joyous moments. Embracing joy and celebrating in challenging times can help reframe your mentality about what challenges really are and help provide longer-lasting positive effects on your body and mind.

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Know You’re Not Alone You may think you’re alone, especially during hard times, but when you understand it’s a matter of creating relationships and making connections, you’ll never feel truly lonely again. Connecting with other people who’ve had the same experiences can give you an emotional tailwind to push you forward. Recognize that feeling alone is a warning sign that you need to reach out to loved ones. Daily maintenance, contact, connection and working on relationships can help keep you from feeling disconnected from the world around you. ~A~



4 Ways to Help Nurses During the Coronavirus Pandemic America’s nurses are on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus, providing safe, quality, compassionate and nondiscriminatory care to those they serve, many of whom are doing so at significant risk to their own well-being. The American Nurses Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association, created the Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses to provide direct financial assistance, mental health support and science- and data-based information to nurses serving on the front lines. “Nurses always answer the call to serve their patients, communities and country during times of crisis,” said American Nurses Foundation Chair Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD (h), APRN, FAAN, FACCWS. “As we confront the new and emerging challenges of this pandemic, nurses are and will continue serving on the front lines in extraordinary ways.” To show your support during this uncertain time, consider taking part in these four key actions: 1. Text THANKS to 20222 to donate $10. One of the easiest ways to directly support nurses is to donate $10 to the Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses, spread the word to others using the hashtag #ThanksNurses, and visit



2. Stay home. Only leave home for essentials and maintain a safe distance from other people. 3. Wash your hands. Frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing. It is also important to wash your hands after going out in public and touching items that others may have come in contact with such as doors, shopping carts or credit card readers. 4. Follow local guidelines. Seek guidance from local public health officials, such as those at your county health department. Nurses are reliable and proven responders during infectious disease emergencies, providing essential care where it is needed most. Following simple steps like these can go a long way toward keeping people healthy. Donations will help provide direct financial assistance, mental health support and science- and data-based information to benefit nurses. Visit to learn more. About the Support Fund The American Nurses Foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses is a

nationwide effort to provide direct financial assistance, mental health support and science- and data-based resources to benefit nurses. The Johnson & Johnson company and its TYLENOL brand made a $1.5 million commitment to launch this fund. A portion of the donations will help support Nurses House, Inc., a national fund for registered nurses in need. The American Nurses Foundation is partnering with this organization to help nurses affected by COVID-19. Nurses who are unable to work due to COVID-19 infection, are caring for a family member with COVID-19 or are under mandatory quarantine can submit an application for assistance. ~A~ Photo courtesy of Getty Images



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The Roots of Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? Written by Keith Sykes When is the last time you had an in-depth conversation discussing racism? Was it with individuals of different races? If so, did it become heated? For quite some time it has been difficult to discuss racism or race relations, and for reasons we can surely understand. It is very possible that those involved in a discussion may find themselves on different sides of history, and their experiences may be significantly different. Depending on education, or lack thereof, a person is very likely to be carrying around preconceived ideas related to race and their interpretation is often based on those experiences. Racism is not just a few people with racist views, it is systemic---engrained in the very fabric of our society. In order to see necessary change or the dismantling of the systemic pitfalls that affect African Americans, we must have these discussions, implement policies that discourage, as well as punish racist behavior, and provide the necessary education that will transform certain mindsets. According to the Declaration of Independence, “We were all created equal, with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the



pursuit of happiness.� For so long, African Americans have not been included in the ALL. The playing field has been uneven for hundreds of years, systems have been put in place to prevent our progress, and actions were taken to break our spirit, yet we have persevered. So, what is it that separates us? I mean, other than the obvious color of our skin. What causes an individual or group to feel entitled? Or to feel as though their divisive thoughts, behaviors and actions are justified? Ever since the birth of this nation, racism has coursed through its veins and continued to promote separatism. Ironically, the United States was built upon a mentality that was anything but united. It was to blame for countless deaths and injustices through the years that would shape society as we know it today. In order to understand where the average person’s perspective on race comes from, we must first understand their background and beliefs; but how often do we take the time to do that? Many times we are quick to judge individuals based off initial interactions, what we were taught as a child, or what we have witnessed around us. The United States has a long history of racial injustices and as a result has caused a collective

post-traumatic stress to the African American community. In the wake of the numerous killings caught on camera, there has been a nationwide uprising like never before. Why now? The African American plight, for the first time in the history of the world, is being recognized globally. We must capitalize off this momentum. Now is the time to have the tough conversations. Now is the time to sit down with those who don’t think like us, those who take issue with equality, but who are willing to engage in civilized dialogue and come to a reasonable solution to how we will coexist. Now is the time to sit down with community leaders and others locally who are decision makers and let them know that we can no longer operate from a disadvantage. So, where do we go from here? This seems to be a turning point in our nation’s battle against racism. Worldwide protests, mantras of resistance, and supportive statements from across the globe have provided a momentum that fuels the cause. Martin Luther King Jr. warned of us being “a 10-day nation,” that moves on too easily to the next crisis. It is imperative that we keep our foot on the gas. Voting is necessary, but it does not stop there. We must be heavily

involved in local government, have difficult conversations that will educate everyone on the issues that divide us, and expose inequalities that tear us further apart. There is so much ground to cover. So many wrongs to right, but together we can do this. ~A~

Keith Sykes, New Orleans, Louisiana, native is a well-respected professional photographer who is also heavily involved in the local community. Keith provides a monthly column to ARRAY the Magazine that will discuss issues affecting the local community, and the country as a whole. It will tackle controversial subject matter and also bring lighthearted topics to the table, in order to allow readers the opportunity to step away from the heaviness of current events.





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With many tools and resources available, it is easy for entrepreneurs to build successful businesses. The United States has somewhere around 27 million entrepreneurs, and 69% of them started their businesses at home, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report from researchers at Babson College and Baruch College. If you’re considering becoming your own boss, consider learning from those who have successfully navigated the path before you. For example, entrepreneur Russell Brunson started his first online company while he was in college. Today, he is the co-founder of ClickFunnels, a successful software company that helps entrepreneurs get their messages out to the marketplace quickly and efficiently. Brunson is also the author of a series of books, including “Traffic Secrets,” which is filled with tips for blending fundamental direct-marketing techniques with new-age growth-hacking to help future customers discover products, services and drive demand. “Every year, tens of thousands of businesses start and fail because the entrepreneurs don’t understand one essential skill: the art and science of getting people to find you,” Brunson said. Put your entrepreneurial dreams in motion with Brunson’s advice, adapted from “Traffic Secrets,” the third installment in his bestselling trilogy. Find a Proven Business Model There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Many entrepreneurs have already blazed trails, run tests and figured out what kind of online marketing models work. If you can find someone who’s succeeding at doing what you want to do, then put a fresh spin on their methods. Identify Your Dream Customer After you’ve chosen your online marketing model, work to identify your dream customers. The better you understand your potential customers, the easier it can be to find where they congregate

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Easy Watermelon Cake

What an easy, quick and refreshing dessert for the summer! You will be the hit of the summer gathering when you show up with this beauty. Take a watermelon and slice the rind away. Place on a cake pedestal or serving tray. Add in season berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and red or white grapes, or any other in season berries. Top with a sprig of fresh mint and maybe some rosemary or lavender. Delicious, refreshing and you know what you will be asked to bring to the next summer gathering!



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Are You Reading Pet Food Labels Properly? Contributed by Natalie Asaro, Companion Animal Nutritionist at Petcurean it is a bag, Tetra Pak® carton or can, the important nutritional information is usually on the back.

More and more, people are paying close attention to what goes into (and what does not go into) the foods we purchase. After all, we are constantly bombarded with messages about what ingredients to avoid, and which to include – not to mention the buzz about vitamins, minerals, superfoods and more. That is why it’s so important to carefully review both the Nutrition Facts panel and list of ingredients on each product we buy. With an increasing number of households including at least one cat or dog, it makes sense to apply the same due diligence for their food as well. It is important to find the right match for your pet’s unique dietary needs, but instead of trying to determine which experts to follow, why not educate yourself on how to read pet food labels? This is an excellent way to ensure you are making the best decisions when it comes to their health and nutrition. Nobody knows your furry friend better than you! Since pet food labels are quite different than human food labels, here is some advice to help get you started. Turn that package over. Much like we should not judge a book by its cover, we should not choose a pet food based on the front of the package. Whether



Is it the right kind of recipe? First, you want to make sure the food is formulated for the correct species and life stage of your pet. After all, kibble formulated for puppies is intended for puppy development and not the specific needs of senior dogs, while cats cannot get proper nourishment from eating dog food. This can be confirmed by looking for a nutritional adequacy statement, which is a statement that indicates a recipe meets the nutrient requirements of a pet. This should be easily found and written clearly – for example: “GO! SOLUTIONS SKIN + COAT CARE Chicken Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages, including growth of large size dogs (70lbs or more as an adult).” The means that according to the AAFCO, this recipe is appropriate for all life stages (puppy, adult, gestation, and lactation) and all sizes of dogs. A recipe that carries this type of confirmation statement would be considered “complete and balanced” to meet the nutrient requirements of your pet. Understanding the Ingredient Panel The ingredient panel is exactly that - a listing of every ingredient in the recipe. The order of ingredients is determined by their weight as they are added to the formulation, descending from the ingredient with the highest inclusion by weight at the top. Ingredients must be listed by their “common or usual” names, or by their corresponding definitions in the official AAFCO publication. Near the top, you will likely understand each ingredient by name, but further down, the

ingredient names may become less common. Ingredients that have unfamiliar sounding names may be important vitamins, minerals, or other supplements that contribute to balanced nutrition in a food. That is why it is important to learn the technical names of ingredients to understand what is in the food you give to your pet.

or “novel” protein sources provide more options for pets with highly specific dietary requirements, especially those who experience adverse reactions to specific ingredients, such as chronic licking, vomiting or diarrhea. But unless you suspect that your pet has a food sensitivity, you probably do not need to go this route.

The Guaranteed Analysis AAFCO also requires that pet food makers list the minimum or maximum amount of specific nutrients, including crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, and moisture content that can be expected in a recipe. Some manufacturers also include guarantees for other nutrients. Cat foods commonly bear guarantees for taurine and magnesium, while dog foods often indicate the minimum levels of calcium and phosphorus.

Ensure you are feeding your pet the right amount It is also important to ensure the pet recipe you choose has guidelines on how much food to feed per weight of an animal, and how frequently they should be fed. Besides being another requirement from AAFCO, feeding guidelines provide a good place to start when determining the right amount of food to give your pet to help them maintain a healthy weight. Overfeeding can quickly lead to weight gain, and even a couple extra pounds can have health consequences. Keep in mind that these are guidelines from the manufacturer –things like the activity level and age of your pet can impact their calorie requirements. The best way to figure out the amount to feed your pet is to tweak the feeding guidelines according to their weight and body condition – if your pet needs to lose a few pounds, feed a little less and vice versa. It is also a good idea to measure their food using a kitchen scale since this allows you to be more precise and helps limit overfeeding.

Look for Quality Protein Sources It is especially important to ensure the recipe you choose contains quality sources of protein, since this is where your pet gets the essential amino acids they need to thrive. Protein sources commonly used in pet foods fall into three main categories: fresh meat, fish or poultry (such as de-boned venison, salmon, or turkey), meat meals (such as chicken or lamb meal), and plant-based protein (such as peas, grains, or flaxseed). Know what you want to avoid If you want to avoid certain ingredients due to food allergies, sensitivities, or simply preference, take a closer look at the bag. Most pet foods will clearly call out if a recipe is free from things such as corn, soy, wheat, by-product meals, added growth hormones and artificial preservatives. Potential allergens and novel protein sources Some pets can have food sensitivities, which are often related to the protein source in their diet. If you come across a food that contains unique sounding protein sources like venison, pollock, or even peas, it is likely that the recipe has been formulated with sensitivities in mind. These alternative

This might all sound like a lot to deal with, but once you get the hang of it, your job will be easy. Cats and dogs rely on us to decide what is best for them, and by taking time to learn how to properly read pet food labels, you can make informed choices that will keep them healthy and happy for the rest of their lives. ~A~ If you are interested in learning more about pet food labeling requirements, you can visit the AAFCO website. Premium quality pet food makers like Petcurean will also be pleased to provide any other information you need, and their contact information will be readily provided on the label, in addition to their website.





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