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August 2017

Vol. 5 Issue 8


A Variety of Local Experiences

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Monthly Columns


August 2017

5 Array of Pets

Departments 7

6 Social Security Smarts

Music Scene

8 Sweet Dreams

Don’t let the music die in Fayetteville

9 Dear Shanessa

10 Everyday Hero

12 Small Biz Doctor

Cape Fear Eye Associates

14 Bizz Buzz Mind, Body, Soul

17 Repurpose With A Purpose

Project Six

32 Artistic

Communique ‘ CFRT

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Featured 16 Downtown Art Be Still & Know

20 Around The World

International Folk Festival

13 Amy on The Town 18 Calendar 22 Stiletto Thoughts 24 Today a Reader

Tomorrow a Leader

25 Hair Now 26 Hidden Nuggets 27 Ask Tina 28 Healthy Living 30 Dollar & Sense 31 Array for Kids 32 Publisher’s Note


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Array of Pets

The Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, Inc (FAPS) provides a licensed, no-kill shelter. Anyone interested in these animals or others should phone 910-864-9040 or visit 3927 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville. Photos by

Name: Lilly Bug Age: 1 year Sex: Female Breed: Min Pin, Jack Russell Mix Weight: 12lbs I am a sweet petite little lady who wants nothing more than to sit on a nice comfy lap and run around the yard for a little of course. I have been to multiple adoption events with FAPS and I have even been on a live radio show! Sadly, no one has come for me. I make sure I am on my best behavior at all times, I walk nicely on a leash, and I love to be held! Please come and meet me. I promise to be your best friend, I will listen to you when you need to talk, and I will love you unconditionally!

Name: Beauregaud & Mojo Age: 2 years / 1 year Sex: Male / Male Breed: Beagle Mix / Lab & Pointer Mix Weight: 21 lbs / 60lbs Hi there! We are Beauregaud & Mojo. We were surrendered to Cumberland County Animal Control together and would love nothing more than to both end up at the same home! We understand that can be very hard to do so we understand if that’s not possible but we would really like to try to make that happen as we love each other dearly. I (Beaureguad) am a very playful and friendly guy, I love going on walks and running around the backyard. I am said to be good with kids, cats, and other dogs! I even know how to sit for a treat. I (Mojo) am very skittish in my kennel, I would much rather be in a home! If you come to meet me once you take me outside you will see my goofy personality! I love to run around and play fetch. I am said to be good with kids, and other dogs. My previous owners weren’t sure if I was good with cats or not but the nice people at FAPS will cat test me if needed! Both of us are just easy going boys looking for a fur-ever family who will have enough room in their heart for both of us!



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Social Security


Written by Brenda Brown

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

Don’t Get Schooled, Get Smart About Social Security

Your summer job might be ending soon. You might

even hold a part-time job while you are in school. You can easily jump to the head of the class and secure your future with a few simple steps. As a young worker, you are in the best position for planning, investing, and saving for your retirement; growing that nest egg as large as it can be. The sooner you start, the more money you will have. There are two easy ways to get started in preparing for retirement: Open a free online my Social Security account with Social Security. Having a personal and secure account is easy, and better yet, it empowers you. You can


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access the services you need in the convenience of your own home, or on the go, without having to travel to a Social Security office. To open or access your account, go to: www.socialsecurity. gov/myaccount. Many of our resources are available online and my Social Security is one of the best places to access vital information about your retirement. We are constantly adding new features to make your experience with us faster and more convenient. You can even replace your lost or misplaced Social Security card online (in certain areas). You could also start a myRA account. This is designed for people who don’t have a retirement savings plan through their employer, or are limited from other savings options. Check it out at www. If your employer provides a retirement savings plan, such as a 401(k), learn more about that plan’s potential matching contributions or other benefits. It is never too early, and the more you save now, the more you will have later. Did you know that a 20-year-old has a 1-in4 chance of becoming disable before reaching full retirement age? Social Security will be there for you if you become disabled. Accessing your online account can also help you determine your estimated future disability benefits. To learn more about disability and to apply, go to www. The earlier you start preparing for the future, the more comfortable that future will be. Like a good friend, Social Security has your back when it comes to retirement planning, or in the unfortunate event of disability. Learn more at •A•

Brenda Brown has been with the Social Security Administration for over 40 years. She began her career with Social Security as a Service Representative in the Reidsville, NC field office. She transferred to the Fayetteville, NC field office in March 1975 as a Service Representative and later promoted to a Claims Representative. She has worked as a Public Affairs Specialist since 2008. As the Public Affairs Specialist, she is responsible for providing information to the media, other employees and the public regarding Social Security issues and policies. She covers the Southeastern and Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. Brenda is available to speak to groups in almost any setting in her efforts to educate the public about their Social Security Program. Brenda is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.

Don’t Let the Music Die in Fayetteville Written by Amy Garner

“Putting the stage back together has proven to be a

bigger challenge than expected,” says Brian Slesinski, the owner of Riverside Bait and Tackle. He is also one of Fayetteville N.C.’s biggest advocates to rebuild the Sol Rose Amphitheater at Campbellton Landing. Sitting on the east bank of the Cape Fear River, the area hosts a stage and tiered seating for up to 600 people. There is also a 12-acre open field that is used for events and/or parking. “Hurricane Matthew’s flooding wiped it out,” says Brian. “It is such a shame because that stage has a lot of history.” Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc all over eastern North Carolina last fall, and the famous waterway was no exception.

“…We want Fayetteville to know we need help. We need dollars, supplies, and muscle. We need help to save our stage.” “The Cape Fear River crested at a level that has not been seen in 70 years,” explains Brian. “The flooding took over the stage, and then crested in the field above it. There are still fallen trees and a lot of clean up that needs to be done as well. We have a long way to go, and could really use some help.” The venue was named after the old ferry landing at Campbellton Village. Campbellton was the first settlement in the area, incorporated in 1762, and located on the west bank of the river. It wasn’t until 1819 that the first bridge crossing the river was constructed to bring people over to the east bank. Jumping to Fayetteville’s modern history, the Sol Rose Amphitheater was used for big events like the Blues and Brews Festival, as well as the Duck Derby. Both events have relocated to Festival Park. Campbellton Landing, as it is known by the locals, also played host to festivals, community yard sales, and outdoor theater (to name a few) in the early 2000s. “I want to remind people that the stage has been the center of a lot of community based activities,” says Brian. “The Cape Fear Regional Theater and the North Carolina

Symphony performed here. We host a lot of events, even now, for several different veterans’ groups. Unfortunately, there is a whole generation of people here who do not even know this place exists, and that is really sad.” The picturesque stage is cupped with natural hillside seating on one side, and the ever-changing backdrop of the Cape Fear River on the other. The whole area is filled with not-quite-lost vibrations of lightning bugs, soul stirring music, and the feel of your sun-burned summer skin against a blanket on the grass. Brian is also no stranger to history. He served in the Army, published a magazine, advocates for veterans, and runs a tackle shop, a bar and grill, and a boat repair service. He graduated college at the age of 52. He is a motivated man with vision. He is hosting a variety of shows, bingo nights, and networking events. “We are trying all different kinds of events to get people down here so they can see what Campbellton Landing has to offer,” explains Brian. He also partners with The Fallen Outdoors and Patriot Hunts; two groups that work with veterans and/or children of deceased veterans. “They take them on hunting and fishing excursions, which is really cool and we are proud to be part of those organizations,” continues Brian. “The whole idea is to get people out here so they can say, ‘Wow,’ and love it as much as we do. I would love to partner with other people so that they, we, and the entire community benefits, and we save this stage.” If you want to donate to the “Save the Stage” fund, there is a jar on the counter at the Riverside Bait and Tackle Shop. “We are putting together another fundraiser soon,” says Brian. “That is in the planning stages, but we want Fayetteville to know we need help. We need dollars, supplies, and muscle. We need help to save our stage.”•A•

You can contact Brian at Riverside Bait and Tackle at 910-568-3071 or stop by at 1122 Person Street in Fayetteville, N.C.


Sweet Dreams

Written by Annie Henderson, Certified Sleep Consultant

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Later

I recently spoke to a mom about early morning wake-ups,

and she said, “My one-year-old is waking up at 4 a.m., and won’t go back to sleep – even after I nurse him. He then struggles to make it to his first nap of the day. He goes to bed at 7:30 p.m., and has two solid naps during the day. How can I fix this?” First, she is not alone in this. This is the number one question that I get from parents every day; their babies are waking up too early. I have three tips to share with you all today. The first would be to have a look at the darkness of the nursery. That’s always the first place I look, especially as the summer months are upon us, we really need to keep light out. People often think they’ve got it dark enough in their baby’s room, but it can always be darker. Even the slightest change in light variation can stimulate a wake up in anybody. As an adult, you can look at the clock and notice that it’s not time to get up yet. A baby, on the other hand, can’t do that. I want it to be as dark as it would be in the middle of the night. That’s tip number one. Tip number two is more of a concern than a tip. It is the fact that she (the mom) is nursing him at 4 a.m. Given his age, there should be absolutely no reason why her child would need a night feed. My worry with this is that the 4 a.m. feed might get earlier and earlier instead of buying her more time. To the baby, there’s no difference between a 2 a.m. feed and a 4 a.m. feed. She might be stimulating him and waking him up. The early morning hours between 4-6 a.m. is our bodies’ lightest stage of sleep. After nursing him, he goes back to the crib and thinks, “What am I doing in here? I feel ready to go. Let’s start the day.” It’s time to consider pulling that feed. Tip number three is the morning nap. She mentioned that her son is having a really hard time making it until his first nap of the day. I find that what can happen is, if


a baby wakes up too early in the morning, gets up, and starts his day, he’s going to become fatigued quickly. It’s tempting to start putting him down earlier and earlier for that morning nap. You don’t want to do that. If you do, you will get stuck in a viscous cycle of him waking up too early, going down for a nap at 7 a.m. and throwing off your whole day. This would absolutely mess up his natural body clock. He’ll have to have a third nap, which will be completely foreign to him, and it’ll cause a whole bunch of problems. Even though it’s really tough, and I totally understand that, you’ve got to hang on to his normal nap time. If it’s 9:30 a.m. (even if he’s been up since 4:30 a.m.), you’ve got to hang in there until then. My advice would be to give him a bit of fresh air around 8 a.m., and make sure that you give him enough snacks to keep his energy levels up; to really encourage him to hang in there. Look at it this way: You got up at 4 a.m., wandered around, maybe had a snack, and then eventually went back to bed and finished your night; that’s what’s happening here, most likely. Hang in there until the first nap of the day. I always suggest that people do not change a baby’s bedtime. This is super tempting when you’ve got an early riser. You think, “Oh, if we just keep him up late, he’ll sleep later in the morning.” That hardly ever works. In fact, all you end up doing is creating a huge amount of over-tiredness in your child, which leads to more fragmented sleep, and even earlier morning wake-ups. Whatever you do, don’t do that! Finally, if all else fails, book a 15-minute consultation with me to solve the problem once and for all. Alternatively, you can check out sleep packages for a custom solution for your child. Sleep Well, Annie

Dear Shanessa, I think I am in love with my boyfriend’s best friend. I think about him all the time and wish we were together. I ask him to come out with us just so I can be around him. I am thinking about telling him how I feel. What should I do?

Signed, -A Hopeless Romantic

Dear A Hopeless Romantic

This is a train wreck waiting to happen, and it is a very uncomfortable situation. The first thing is you already know how your boyfriend is going to react. What if his best friend does not like you that way? Then more than likely, you will be by yourself. This will also cause issues between your boyfriend and his best friend. I commend you on acknowledging your feelings, but some things need to be kept to oneself. This is a fragile situation that could end up in a complete and utter disaster.

Take care,



Passion You Can See: Cape Fear Eye Associates Written by Amanda Loftus

Located at the very end of the street at 1726 Metromedical Drive in

Fayetteville, N.C., Cape Fear Eye Associates, P.A. (CFEA) offers a wide range of cutting-edge eye care services and treatments to Fayetteville and beyond. The beautiful lobby is easy on the eyes, with walls dressed in modern décor and unique art. Nestled in the back is the Optical Shop, with a great selection of glasses and prescription sunglasses – everything you will need for your eyes, all under one roof! Dr. Wayne Riggins and Dr. Sheel Patel, co-owners of CFEA, take pride in the way they run their practice together – as business partners, as well as friends. “It doesn’t get better than that,” says Dr. Riggins. “If you’re going to have to work hard, you might as well do it with people you love.” With over 10 years of friendship in the books, it’s safe to say they know how to work together. Their friendship even goes as far as co-producing many programs at the Cape Fear Regional Theater.

Surgical Services: -Custom iLASIK, PRK, PTK -Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) -On-site cornea specialist -LenSx laser (bladeless) cataract surgery -Eye muscle surgery -Corneal transplants (DSAEK, PK) -Intacs corneal implants -Cataract surgery and premium IOL implants -Pediatric and Adult Strabismus -Glaucoma surgery (SLT, Trabeculectomy, Shunts, Glaukos iStent) -Medical and cosmetic BOTOX

“We like to co-produce productions that emphasize diversity and inclusion,” Dr. Riggins adds. “It’s a big deal to us – we would like a practice that looks like America.” Dr. Riggins has been in the eye business for quite some time, about 40 years to be exact, and is continually finding ways to expand his knowledge and abilities –both professionally and personally. Currently serving on the Board of Directors for many different organizations, including the North Carolina Justice Center, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, and Equality North Carolina, he is as busy outside of the office as he is inside. His interests span across topics in art, medicine, government, and so much more. There truly is a lot more to Dr. Riggins than meets the eye. Fayetteville is where doctors not only work, but also live and play. This is their community, and they are giving back in any and every way they can. “We’re different, we think differently…we think about karma,” says Dr. Riggins. In addition to participating in the free quarterly eye screenings for people with diabetes at the Better Health organization, Dr. Patel also visits the organization monthly to speak about the importance of early screenings, and the connection between diabetes and eye health. “It’s a great organization that allows for uninsured, or underinsured diabetic patients, to get the education to treat their diabetes better,” explains Dr. Patel. It’s not uncommon for the connection between the eyes and diabetes to be overlooked, but as Dr. Patel agrees, the eyes are truly the window to the soul. “It’s the only organ that we can look inside (when we do retinal exams),” he adds. “We’re able to see the effects of diabetes inside the

organ – inside the eye – and have some implications on what’s going on in other parts of the body – the kidneys, the heart, and the nerves.” As one of the only surgeons in the area to perform the specialized corneal transplant surgery, Dr. Patel has been raising clinical standards by utilizing state-of-the-art procedures and techniques from pre- to post-operative care, and everything in between. In particular, he is excited for the growth of optical care, with an expanding variety of new (and less invasive) surgery procedures for glaucoma. “It’s keeping patients from going blind, or getting advanced forms of glaucoma, without having to do as invasive of surgeries that have been done in the past,” he says. As if tackling the future of ophthalmology isn’t difficult enough, he has recently ventured into parenthood with a set of twins – talk about seeing double! Maintaining good eye health begins with proper screening, and Dr. Riggins believes that screening should be readily available to children all over the world. “It’s getting increasingly tough to evaluate children with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP),” he says, “which is a particular eye problem associated with premature children.” Alongside two Duke pediatric ophthalmologists, Dr. Riggins became the clinical standard in a NIH clinical study with Duke University to test a new, FDA-approved, portable, and non-contact digital fundus camera for ROP. The clinical trial was primarily focused on looking for applications that could be used in thirdworld countries and underserved areas. “Instead of a $3,500 camera, we were using a camera that by ‘eyeball standards’ is pretty cheap – about a $1,000 or so,” Dr. Riggins adds. Ultimately, the goal is to be able to utilize technology through a screening tool, and then subsequently sending the data to a remote specialist for more tests if needed; regardless of the child’s location in the world, and availability of local specialists. Of all the services Cape Fear Eye Associates offer, the most important one is their patient care. Many optical services and procedures are not only covered by insurance, but are available right here in Fayetteville. “Most people think that they have to go somewhere,” says Dr. Riggins. His hopes are that more people will be able to see that “somewhere” is right here. Both Dr. Riggins and Dr. Patel envision a bright future for their practice, clients, staff, and community. What they do next will surely be a sight to see! •A•

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Small Biz Doctor

Great Small Business Ventures For 2017 - Pt 7

Written by Michael McCollum “The Small Biz Dr.”

Over the next eight articles, I

will be providing some good small business ideas for people who are looking to start a business in 2017, but may not have tons of business knowledge, experience, or high-tech training. Make sure that you read them all for ideas. Last month’s ( July) article listed the following six business ideas: • Personal Shopping • Recycling Service • Handyman Service • Home Care Service • Tour Guide Service • Resume Writing Here are the next five: 1. Yoga Instruction – Teaching yoga can be a rewarding career that requires little-to-no technology. You can teach out of a studio, your own home, or even your clients’ home…for an additional fee, that is.

2. Translation Service – Businesses, individuals, and government entities often hire translators to communicate with people in various languages. If you are fluent in other languages, you may be able to offer your services to different clients. 3. Antique Sales – You can sell various antique items at antique fairs, antique mall booths, or even in your own store. 4. Aquarium Maintenance – People who own fish, lizards, snakes, or other animals that live in tanks or aquariums are likely to need some maintenance services eventually. If that’s the type of work you enjoy, you can provide those services in people’s homes or places of business. 5. Window Washing – If you enjoy being outside and cleaning,

a window washing business might be the right fit for you. You just need some cleaning supplies (and outdoor equipment if you plan to work on multi-story buildings). 6. Nutritionist – If you have some knowledge about healthy food consumption and dieting, you can work with clients to give them some input on their nutrition. Make sure to check out next month’s article for more great small business ideas. •A•

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Amy On the Town:

Things To Do In August Written by Amy Garner

Fayetteville, N.C. is a big little town with an

endearing and enduring sense of community despite – or because of – our diversity. We are not quite yet a “destination spot” (generally speaking), but we are moving in that direction. We are also not a city with options on every corner. Fayetteville smuggles the good stuff within different spots all over town; you just have to look for it – like a treasure hunt. Having reiterated those points, those little “sweet spots” inspired this column. My mission is to share fun, local events and businesses; to stir you to pair those with your own lifestyle, and your own budget, to create some really cool adventures. These suggestions will vary based on effort and expense. They are also not intended to be treated as a recipe, so much as an inspiration. Something I suggest may spark an idea in you that leads to your own custom memory-making moments. It’s really all about opening your heart to our little town and finding the fun. We don’t call August the “Dog Days” of summer for nothing! It is a month known for humidity and unbearable Southern heat. This August is a perfect time to stay cool, stay hydrated, and focus your mind on positivity. The N.C. Center for Economic Empowerment is hosting a personal budgeting seminar on August 24 at 230 Hay Street in Fayetteville, N.C. (which I am pretty sure has air-conditioning). If you and your sweetheart are getting serious, this would be a very powerful step towards taking that love to another level. You can get your tickets at After your budgeting seminar, duck into Pressed – A Creative Space, a MILSPO (military spouse) owned

boutique at 120 Hay Street. Your mind will bloom while you browse the unique selection of cool stuff. After crunching numbers together, you and your boo thang will relish the change of pace at Pressed. By now, that date afternoon has become a date night, and you lovebirds deserve a good dinner. It doesn’t get much better than Sherefe at 114 Gillespie Street; a short walk from Pressed. This is one of my favorite places to eat in all of Fayetteville! The atmosphere is elegant, but comfortable. You can dress up and make it a fancy date, or keep is casual and focus on the ridiculously delicious food. The desserts are amazing, and I encourage you to have that FIRST –life is short! The menu changes frequently, and often features fresh Mediterranean dishes. You cannot go wrong eating here. The service is impeccable, the menu is exciting, and if things have cooled off, there is also sweet outdoor seating that will not disappoint. One warning: It is a little pricey. Two people could easily drop $100 for a full meal, but it is so worth it. Maybe start that budgeting thing tomorrow. As your Downtown love-fest continues, enjoy a stroll down Person Street, or up Hay Street. Every week, something new is popping up. Before calling it a night, find your way to Winterbloom Tea for a soothing sip. The exotic smells and beautiful décor will immediately woo you; let it happen and buy some tea. Winterbloom is located at 218 Hay Street. Exploring Downtown Fayetteville has become a beautiful adventure, made better by sharing it with someone you care about. Innovative, veteran/ spouse-owned, local, artistic – you name it, you can find it south of Grove Street. Take advantage of the wonderfulness and date each other Downtown. •A•

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Written by Amanda Loftus

Although women and men

are created equally, decades of studies show that women tend to stress mentally more than their counterparts in their everyday lives. Mothers, in particular, are also known to be the glue that holds each household together, which makes their health one of the most important factors of the family and life structure - but it is all too often overlooked or put to the side. There is a saying that most every American has heard during their lives: “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”, and not many people would dare dispute it. Happiness is contagious, and it needs to start within to be able to spread it around. Of course, finding some extra time in the day is usually easier said than done, but a five-minute break from the day could make all the difference between “stressed” and “happy”. Technologically speaking, now is as good as any time to explore different techniques and spiritual practices to optimize the experience of living. The internet is a grand resource for information on stress relief, meditation, yoga, pilates, Reiki, and so many other healing techniques. The information available has opened many doors for incorporating natural and alternative healing processes into modern medicine and physical therapies. Many practices complement each other, but can also be used alone.

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Meditation is often referred to as “thoughtless awareness”, and does not come in one-size-fits-all. It is often thought that we have to be silent in our minds while meditating, but in reality, our mind doesn’t have to be empty. You need to be open to focusing on the present and only the present by releasing thoughts as they come. Such a feat is not easy, as most people have minds racing with thoughts about their family, career, and health - usually all at once! It is not impossible though. Meditation is a practice that can be used within most every religion and spiritual belief. While most techniques and practices originate from ancient Buddhist meditation texts, meditation can also be used as a form of prayer in Christianity and Judaism. The stressrelieving benefits of meditation are well-known and well-studied: the human mind is a powerful muscle, and it needs to be exercised as such. Focusing on what is here and now, and what is within control will help lift the weight of the past and future off of the present moment. Meditation is all about actually being where you are. Carolyn Hillenbrand, owner of the SAHA Happyness wellness center, located at 305 Owen Drive in Fayetteville, says that “even meditating for five minutes before getting ready for the day, or five minutes in the evening, is enough,” as long as it is purposefully done. Carolyn is a Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP), Heal Your Life Coach, Crystal Energy Facilitator and Reiki Master, and has been certified by Doreen Virtue for Angel Card readings. The Saha Wellness Center was created to focus on coaching and restoring the Mind, Body, and Spirit. Carolyn helps guide people through the stress of the world around and within us. She teaches classes on meditation each Thursday night and encourages anyone interested in learning the art of meditation to join. During the sessions, Carolyn guides each guest on their own path of meditation, and helps with inner satisfaction and acceptance through personal meditation practices. “You cannot judge your practice,” she says. It doesn’t matter how you get there, but that you get there!

Reiki - /rākē/ pronounced ray-key

Reiki is a safe complementary approach to increasing a person’s overall quality of life. It is often used in treatment plans along with many other types of physical and emotional healing modalities. The Japanese practice of Reiki is known to increase relaxation, reduce stress, and promote healing. The Reiki practitioner uses their hands to move the flow of energy throughout the body to heal the innermost parts of the human being. A Reiki treatment has been described to feel like a radiant glow that flows through and around the body. According to the website, Reiki treats the whole person including the body, emotions, mind, and spirit - creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and wellbeing.


The main focus of Yoga is the harmonizing of the body and the mind along with breath control through the means of various breathing exercises, yoga poses (also called asanas) and meditation. The physical benefits of Yoga alone are enough to give it a try for a week. The modern age of technology and transportation have caused a slower process of movement throughout our everyday lives. With Yoga, the mind and body are able to stretch and strengthen the most important muscles. Don’t let the terminology scare you when trying a new pose. For example, “Adho Mukha Svanasana” sounds intimidating, but is also known as the “Downward-Facing Dog” pose. Carolyn says that the pose is more important

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than the name. Although the space size of the Saha Wellness Center doesn’t accommodate many classes, she hosts occasional sessions to bring people together with the physical and mental healing powers of Yoga. As with any health regimen, it is important to have annual checkups with a primary care physician, to include bloodwork and hormonal screenings. Simple lifestyle changes, such as vitamin supplements, even hormonal balances, and physical therapy can make a huge difference in each day by increasing energy and helping the body, mind, and spirit operate efficiently and positively. SIDE NOTE: drinking red wine has been proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease. If Wine and Yoga isn’t a thing, it should be! •A•

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9 am Chair-ity Auction Dropoff, Raul Rubiera Photography, 207 Donaldson St.

3 pm Creative Kids Academy After School, Alter Egos Gallery & Studio, 108 Gillespie St

10 am Tai Chi for Health, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, 536 N. Eastern Blvd.

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pm Gotcha’ Back School 27 12 Kickoff, Festival Park, 335 Ray Ave

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pm Chair Yoga, Guiding 21 5:30 Wellness, 143 Skateway Drive NASA@My Library: Solar Eclipse Celebration, Check with your local library for time

am Fuel for the Fire 28 9Exhibition, Arts Council, 301 Hay St

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Tyndall, Festival Park, 335 Ray Ave 7 pm Screen on the Green, Spring Lake Rec & Park, Ruth St, Spring Lake

pm Interpretive Hike, J. 18 3:30 Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center, 631 Sherman Dr., Fayetteville

6 pm Lake Rim Kayak Tour, Lake Rim Park, 2214 Tarklin Rd, Fayetteville

pm Caterpillar Hunt, Cape 25 2Fear Botanical Gardens, 536 N. Eastern Blvd.

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am Nature Journaling, Cape 12 9Fear Botanical Gardens, 536 N. Eastern Blvd.

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The Sculpture Culture comes to Fayetteville

Part 8 Written & photos by Stone Samuels

August is here already, and the kids will be

heading back to school very soon. This time of year marks the end of the summer for the younger generation. Even with the ending of summer for our children, there are still things for them to see and do in the way of visiting the sculptures Downtown; if they have not yet done so. That is one of the great things about art. It is not just for one group of people, but for everyone to admire and appreciate. Thanks to The Arts Council and the city of Fayetteville, N.C., we have just that. The amount of time that this wonderful artwork will be exhibited in the area is falling short, and although this is unfortunate, due to the great success of these exhibitions, there should be many more slated to come. When writing this installment of the Sculpture Culture series, I decided to change it up just a little and show the culture in a different light – literally. The photos that were taken were shot at night. When you need to get out of the house, venture Downtown and check out the nightlife. Going out at night and viewing the sculptures in the Downtown area gives a person a whole new appreciation for the work that is put forth by the various artists who have donated their work to the area. Over these past months, having the sculptures in our area has brought me back fond memories of living in New York City as a younger man. Living in that area, seeing amazing artwork sometimes gets lost, because it is always there for you to see on a daily basis. For this journalist, having these amazing pieces of art to see daily brings back a taste of home. The sculpture that we are covering this month is called, “Be Still and Know” by a sculptor named John Merigian. With a title like that, it makes you wonder what the sculptor was thinking as he was putting in his work? Sculptors, artists, photographers, and various other creative-minded people go through a lot of different thought processes to bring their work to fruition. In this sculptor’s case, he likes to keep things rather simplistic and easy on the eyes.


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Repurpose with a Purpose:

Project six

Written By Amanda Loftus

Ladders can be really useful, especially

when it comes to holding books! This month’s “Repurpose with a Purpose” highlights the transformation of a $19 wooden ladder (found at the Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity ReStore) into a beautiful bookshelf. The best part: anyone can do this!

Project six

Step 1 After finding a good wooden ladder, measure the width at the top, bottom, and at each rung of the ladder. You will need to work with what you have – some ladders don’t have equal rungs on each side. Measure the overall height of the ladder when opened, as well as the distance between each rung and the ground. Step 2 Sand and prep the ladder, if you plan on painting it. Step 3 According to the distance from the ground of each rung, mark the same spots on the opposite leg of the ladder. For this project, I had to add the opposing supports for each shelf. Measure the width of the space on the opposite side, in order to cut the wood to length. The ladder will gradually become wider, not only in its stance, but also in the supporting edges of the rungs on each leg. Step 4 Measure the distance from each new rung spot to the existing rung in order to size each shelf. Of course, the top shelf will be much shorter than the bottom shelf! Step 5 Cut thinner pieces of wood to length for each matching rung for the leg without the stepping rungs. Step 6 With the information of the length needed for each shelf, and the width of each shelf from front-to-back, estimate the amount of wood needed. Depending on the size of the wood you are going to use, some shelves may

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The 39th International Folk Festival kicks off the weekend of


September 22 in Downtown Fayetteville, N.C. on Fourth Friday – as an annual celebration of the multi-cultural heritage of friends and neighbors; representing over 30 cultures through food, activities, and performances. It is a cultural trip around the world in a single weekend, as well as a full-fledged celebration of the city’s cultural diversity. The festival includes a Parade of Nations, live performances on multiple stages, authentic foods from around the world, arts, crafts, and a Native American showcase. Fayetteville residents and the surrounding area should make time to sample cultural delights from a myriad of regions, and listen to the distinctive music from the far flung reaches of the earth. On this trip, travelers take a moment to have a taste of the local cuisine, as a quick stop in Puerto Rico is in order, for some concina criolla (Creole cooking) – a little African, Taíno, and Spanish flare – such as arroz con gandules (made from yellow rice and pigeon peas) with lechon as a side, (plantain) arañitas, tostones rellenos, or mofongo; one can only hope. Maybe make a side trip to China for Chinese folk performance; with performers in dashing colors. Likewise, one can turn to another stage for Chilean folk singing. Then, head to the children’s section to find crafts, games, and traditional performances – storytelling and face painting. Travelers can look forward to the traditional Indian henna tattoos and vendors; with a variety of culturally-themed jewelry and art. Once again, this year, Compare Foods will host a food booth with Caribbean cuisine, and a small grocery with international foods. Take a moment to stop by and have a taste of empanadas, international sodas, and other Caribbean favorites. Organizations have joined the fun – adding to the cultural variety. While this edible celebration offers a sample of the Festival with Fourth Friday, the full day of festivities begins Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., with a Parade of Nations. The beautifully-attired and diverse parade of representatives takes a march down Hay Street; ending at Festival Park. The party continues through Sunday, with displays of vendor goods, activities, arts and crafts, and unique performances from residents displaying their cultural heritages. The celebration has grown hosting a crowd of over 100,000 visitors.

Over the years, performances and performers alike from a variety of regions have added their distinctiveness to the city and festival’s growing cultural fabric; making for a colorful tapestry of distinctive heritages from multiple world regions. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Fourth Friday begins with gallery openings and artists performances from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and moving into Saturday with the customary pageantry of the Parade of Nations at 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; ending with Sunday’s lineup of live performances, more food, and arts and crafts until 6 p.m. If the temperament and tone of past festivities aren’t evidence enough, this year’s International Folk Festival, hosted by the Arts Council of Fayetteville, will be a cultural delight full of fun and interesting activities for everyone. The International Folk Festival is a multicultural experience. It brings cultural understanding and unity to the area. It is a celebration of the community’s cultural diversity through music, art, and food. Nevertheless, no trip is complete without sharing experiences, pictures, and videos on Snapchat and other social media platforms. Take a trip, invite friends, and share! •A•

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Who Are You Attracting? Written by L. Wayne Smalls

When you look around at the people who gravitate toward you, do you ever wonder what attracted them to you in the first place? Have you ever given much thought to why those individuals continue to come around you? John C. Maxwell says, “Who you are is who you attract.” This is the law of magnetism. Leaders who understand this concept will be well on their way to becoming a magnet for attracting great leaders. However, it is important for us to remember that it’s not about what we want in our followers, but who we are as people, and as leaders. One way this law works is that a leader who is interested in making the law of magnetism work for them is to consider this: Internalizing the mission, vision statement, and core values of your organization will cause you, the leader, to instinctively live them daily. This will, in turn, result in a fusion within the fabric of your organization. Once that begins to happen, you should seek out others within the organization who share similar values, but may think a little differently than you. The key to the growth of an organization is in fact, the leader. However, the leader cannot do it alone. There is no such thing as a great leader who stands solo, or without a great team serving as the support network that ensures all core values, missions, and goals of the organization are being appropriately executed. Conversely, the leader has the responsibility of ensuring that the proper example is being set at all times. Therefore, we cannot be blinded by what our ideal followers look like. We must be honest with ourselves. If we are not


attracting the kind of people that we want to be around us, we must take a good look at ourselves in the mirror. Another truth concerning the concept of magnetism is that if we want to really get a good picture of who we are, all we need to do is look at the people that are around us. Having a good understanding of how magnetism can work will set any leader up to build a winning team that grows and thrives together. If leaders continue to implement this concept into their everyday lives, they will ultimately see that they are the hubs of their organization. Their followers are the cogs in the wheels that will drive the whole team to success. Remember, if you do an assessment of your leadership qualities, and notice there are some weaknesses that need some improvement, don’t worry about it. All of us have things we need to work on and improve. The point is that we all need to continuously identify weaknesses so we can work on them. The benefit will be that our growth as leaders will result in the attraction of better leaders; who will help us achieve our organizational goals and objectives.•A•

Wayne is CEO of L. Wayne Smalls & Associates, LLC., an independent leadership trainer and coach certified by the John Maxwell Team; radio show co-host; author; retired Army Officer; doctoral student of Bus. Admin. and Leadership; has a passion for empowering, enabling and enhancing leaders. He does this by promoting the power of connection as well as personal and professional growth and development.

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Cute to Boot! Written by Tasherra Marshall

Greetings My People! I hope that you are exploring more natural hair care options in your kitchen cabinets. My daughters and I have recently taken coconut oil and lavender, which we usually use in our routine hair care regiment, and applied it to our ears. Yes, you read that correctly. Upon researching natural remedies for an ear infection, I discovered that the lavender is a soothing pain reliever. Natural living is like a gift that keeps on giving. I just love discovering new benefits of healthier choices. Don’t you? Ask Tashi: I can’t tell what type of moisturizer is best for me. Some of the moisturizers I use still cause my hair to look dry. Why is that? -Jasmine Lady Jasmine, Do you ever ask yourself, “What is my hair made of?” I have one word for you: cuticle. It is the outer layer of our hair shaft, which is what we actually see in the mirror as we style, and how we protect our hair health. The cuticle is made of proteins and 20 amino acids. It is also a sign of healthy or unhealthy hair, and must be protected. The cuticle is what needs moisture to remain in good health; preventing breakage. Choosing protein-based moisturizing products will fortify the cuticle’s natural protein and keep your hair hydrated. Your body naturally produces 11 amino acids, and it is important that you maintain a healthy diet to attain the remaining ones. Choosing the right moisturizer for you is going to depend on your hair’s porosity. Does your hair absorb water, moisture, or chemicals quickly (or not)? One way to find out your porosity, as explained by Kia Anthony (owner of Just Cactus hair care products), is to take a strand of your hair and drop it into a small cup of water. If your hair falls straight to the bottom, then your hair

has high porosity, but if it stays afloat, your hair has low porosity. I recommend doing this type of test seasonally, because hair porosity is often directly linked to the health of your hair cuticle, and may change throughout the year. Once you have determined your own hair health, it should be a little easier to choose products accordingly. I recommend the Just Cactus line of products because they have many chemical-free moisturizers that are suitable for all hair textures. Also, try protective styles that keep your hair resistant to damage. There are many options that your local stylist can offer. Have a little fun and STAY CUTE. Another tip to take protective measures is that prior to swimming, try applying a moisturizer such as olive oil or grape seed oil to your hair. This will seal your cuticle and prevent the chlorine from absorbing into your hair. Peace and Blessings, Tashi •A•

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you exist; give them something to watch. As you broaden your horizons, keep in mind that nothing can take the place of professionalism. Your competency and skill is measured by it. Your product maybe great, your advertising may reach thousands, and your willingness to serve may be evident. However, if your level of professionalism is lacking, the validity of your enterprise could be questioned. Lastly, always consider that serving others is the privilege of entrepreneurship. Excellence in service encompasses not only what we offer, but the way in which we relate to others as well. To do so with excellence is what positions you in the marketplace. Your standard of excellence is what sets you apart from all others; it is the difference. Whether you are building from home or the owner of a “brick and mortar” – you are contributing to your community and everyone should know it. You can and will, become a consummate professional, so don’t settle for anything less. Remember: You are a unique gift, so share it with others excellently and confidently. Don’t be afraid to move forward and STAND OUT! •A•

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Ashley from Fayetteville, N.C. asks…

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Tina, my granddaughter is 29-yearsold and thinking about purchasing a house. What advice would you

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“The Book of Dad” Radio Show

Written by Dr. Shanessa Fenner

Dr. Robert Benson has a radio show called, “The Book of Dad.” During our interview, he discusses the origination, significance, and purpose of the show. ARRAY Magazine (AM): Tell us about “The Book of Dad” radio show. Dr. Robert Benson (RB): We cover all sorts of topics and genres. We give people an opportunity to tell their story, while we simultaneously cover relevant topics and get the word out to our audience. We make sure we have a well-informed and engaged listening audience. AM: Tell us about yourself. RB: I am originally from Chester, Pennsylvania. It is probably the most violent city in the country right now. Unfortunately, it has a high death rate among African-American men. I left there in the early 1980s for the military. It was the best thing I did because I probably would’ve been incarcerated or dead. College wasn’t directly in my plans after that, but the Air Force was a saving grace for me. I got a chance to travel and see the world and interesting things. When I left the military, I had received a master’s degree and branched out into my real love – which is aviation. That motivated me to obtain my doctorate in Public Policy and Administration. I have a third book that will be released in the near future. AM: How did the show get started? RB: It is something that I never thought I would do. It started out when I wrote a couple of books about being a father. I used to send

text messages to my three children because I worked away from them. I accumulated quite a few of them, so I published them. It caught the eyes and ears of people in the broadcasting industry, and they wanted to see what I had to say. As it turned out, I was offered to do a radio show and I said I would do it; it took off from there. It has been seven years now, and in some form or another, I’ve been doing radio. I started off doing a show with my wife, and then eventually on my own. We cover a full gamut of different topics. AM: How do you select the guests for your show? RB: I am open to anyone being a guest. I try to talk with people from different venues. I listen to their story and decide whether or not it is something of interest for me to talk about. I have interviewed celebrities, people in the entertainment industry, athletes, teachers, doctors, lawyers, judges, and just everyday people doing extraordinary things. AM: How long is the show? RB: It varies, but typically it runs about an hour. We tape about four to five segments, and we try to cover different issues about 10 minutes apart. We give advertisers a chance to get in there and try to sell their products, but usually the show is 45-50 minutes. We tape at least once a week, and it airs on Sunday and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. AM: Where can listeners go to hear the show? RB: You can listen to the show at www.

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Written by Amanda Loftus

Sitting right on the outskirts of Downtown Fayetteville,

N.C., at the intersection of Hay Street and Highland Avenue, there is a little theater with a lot to see. Majorly renovated in 1988, Cape Fear Regional Theater (CFRT) has come a long way since they turned an alleyway into a hallway. The hallway to the left of the concession stand used to be the outside of the building along the alley. In fact, the walls near the back of the stage are still brick to this day! Funds were donated and raised by, for, and through the community back then (as well as right now). “We recently received a [large donation] to upgrade to new LED stage lighting,” says Michael Houck, the Audience Services Manager at CFRT. “We’re all really excited about them.” Updates such as lighting and staging are some of the crucial elements needed for adapting to community growth, business costs, and advancing technology. LED lights expand color palette options, lower operation costs, and increase the safety of the theater – all benefits that will be seen on the inside (and from the outside) of CFRT. Some may argue that lighting is one of the most important aspects of a live performance, but the seating is also a top contender. While the theater is handicap-accessible, the seating available for wheelchair access is extremely limited.


However, Michael hopes for that to change in the near future. Upgrades to the seats all around would be a wonderful investment for seasoned patrons and newcomers alike, but renovating even as little as the first 2 rows could drastically increase the number of wheelchair accessible seating. Much of the staff has brainstormed on how that could look from all angles, but there still needs to be a bigger discussion on the topic. “We remain flexible to assisting patrons,” Michael says. CFRT is constantly listening to the wants, needs, and ideas from the community it thrives off of, so their list of ideas is long. Supporting the arts isn’t as difficult or expensive as it may seem. While donations, like a $45,000 lighting grant, make a huge impact on updating, upgrading, and uplifting the theater, CFRT offers many exclusive benefits to its donors – with many options to fit everyone’s ability to donate. One of the neatest ways to donate to the theater is by purchasing a glass block. For a donation of $325, any name can be forever etched in glass, and displayed, in the Glass Block Room. To view more information on getting involved with the Cape Fear Regional Theater, visit their website at www.!


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Here are some questions that you need to ask yourself

as soon as you enter the work force, or if you have been working for several years: 1. What retirement plan will protect my family if I die unexpectedly while in the possession of tax-free money? 2. What retirement plan will protect me with long-term care options? 3. What retirement plan will be self-completing in case I become disabled? 4. What retirement plan will let my money grow taxdeferred and can access my funds at any age tax-free? 5. What retirement program will protect my family if I die too soon, live too long, or get sick? 6. What retirement program can I use for college education, if I so desire, and will not count against me as an asset when applying for college aid for my children? 7. What retirement program is protected from lawsuits, liens, and judgements? (Many States) 8. What retirement program does not affect taxation of Social Security, and the means of testing for your Medicare Part B payments? 9. What retirement program avoids probate? 10. What retirement program is contractually guaranteed to never lose money due to a market loss, but can capture up to 80 percent (possibly more) of market gains? 11. What retirement program has unstructured loan payments if you happen to need funds, before your retirement, for emergency situations? 12. What retirement program does 80 percent or more of CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies and many members of Congress have? These are a few questions that I have for you, and there are others, but what I am about to tell you may surprise you. There is only one financial product that will answer the above questions and many more. That financial product is CASH VALUE LIFE INSURANCE! If this is news to you, it is probably news to your financial planner, CPA, or attorney. In my opinion, and the opinion of many financial advisors that are educated on this product, Insurance Companies have the greatest IRS approved tax-free retirement system in the world today, and 99 percent of your financial planners, CPAs, and attorneys know nothing about it. Why, may you ask? A lack of education, and not being licensed to sell the product! Why is it that Suzie Orman, Dave Ramsey, the Financial Entertainers, Money Magazine, the CPA Association of America, and many others tell you to buy term insurance, and invest the difference for a possible retirement option? The reason is that they are not educated on the product, or they promote some other product. This, in my opinion, is absolutely terrible advice. One reason is, 99 percent of the people are going to buy the term insurance, but they are not going to invest the difference! The other reason is that you are always vulnerable to the ups and downs of the stock market! Remember 2008? There is a U.S. government accounting office report that was done in 1990; talking about the taxation of life insurance and annuities. Their conclusion was that the way those products are not taxed costs the government billions


of dollars per year in lost revenue. Also, there is a banking website ( that lists all of the United States banks, and lists all of their assets and liabilities. They have billions of cash surrender value sitting on their balance sheet. They can buy term insurance and invest the difference also, but they don’t! Not to mention, they have the best investment minds that there are in this country. Forbes magazine recently published an article on the power of life insurance in your retirement planning, which it stated is the most under-utilized financial asset in an individual’s retirement strategy. (Please check the link below on Michigan’s Football coach, Jim Harbaugh, and his relation to the topic.) In closing, don’t you think it is time to have a paradigm shift in your financial thinking? If you thought something was true, and it turned out not to be true, when would you want to find out about it? Obviously immediately! I hope that I have opened some minds for people to realize that there are other, and better, opportunities for your retirement out there. If any of this interest you, please contact me. Link to Forbes’s article:

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Hip-Hip-H-ARRAY for KIDS!

Publisher’s Note “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” -Steve Jobs The days of summer are slipping away as we come to

the realization that it is August! Hopefully, our cover will bring back memories of looking things up in the encyclopedia – the old version of Google, I guess you could say! I know it didn’t take me long to learn not to ask how to spell something, or what a word meant. In the ancient days, you were told to, “go look it up.” Therefore, depending on the question, the answer to everything (it seemed) could be found either in the dictionary or the encyclopedia. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, well then, Google it! I recently read a quote: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.” Sometimes, we start on journeys, and may not be sure what path we are going down exactly, but set out on the journey of creating our future. This month, four years ago, the future of ARRAY began. A need was heard that our community wanted a positive and affordable publication to advertise their businesses in, that also told about all the good things going on in our community. We started that journey, with just a handful of people and a few dollars to get the first issue published. The plan came together and we moved forward, with the focus on getting the next issue out, making each issue better, while always listening to our community and what they wanted and needed. We still have that vision, and have worked hard to provide our wonderful community with that option. While we have made lots of adjustments along the way, and have gotten over the potholes and bumps in the road, we are still working to make this the best variety magazine around. We appreciate those that have been on this journey with us, whether they stayed for a short period, or for the whole roller coaster ride. We appreciate our advertisers, readers, and every single person that has worked on the magazine in any way. When you step back to look at all it takes to get a single issue out each month, it is truly amazing, and it could not be done without teamwork. In the next few months, ARRAY


will be partnering with others within the community to bring some very exciting things into play. We can’t wait for the announcements, and the new adventures we will be going on. However, the bottom line is, we remain true to our original vision; to remain professional and ethical (whether others do or not), and provide you with insight into our growing and changing community through a positive light. While many have cheered us on, and some others have done the opposite, we continue this amazing journey. Thank you all, and we look forward to what the next year brings as we head towards year five!

Enjoying the journey,


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