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Heathen Tale 5 The Publisher ecause it’s 8 - Poem the month AnneMarie Ziegler 6 Financial Focus - Money of October, email@example.com here’s a bit of 8 The Jack Knife - Health historical indulgence Chief Operations for you. Officer & Events 10 A Friend Indeed - Feature Per Diversity Angie Lyle Central, October Small Town Angie@ArrayNC.com 16 NC - Lumberton is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Congress, with Spaghetti 29 Simple the aim of helping disabled veterans, Sauce - Recipe Creative Director designated the first week of October Anissa Short as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week in 1945. Seventeen Editor years later, the word “physically” was Johnnerlyn Johnson removed from the phrase in order to recognize the needs and contributions of individuals with all types of Marketing disabilities. In the 1970s, a shift in Marketing@ disability public policy led to further ArrayNC.com emendation. For the first time, it was viewed as discriminatory to exclude or Sales segregate people because of a disability, Sales@ArrayNC.com and activists were fighting strongly for legal revisions. As a result, the U.S. saw changes such as the passage Art Director of the Americans with Disabilities Kylen Dooley Act in 1990 and the designation, by presidential proclamation, of a full Photography month to increase public awareness of Images by Stone those with disabilities and appreciate Photography the capabilities of the 30 million people in the U.S. of working-age who are disabled. Various programs Writers Follow us on our social media! throughout the month headed by The Ed “Spiritwolf” Owens Office of Disability Employment Policy emphasize specific employment barriers Johnnerlyn Johnson Keith Sykes that still need to be addressed and Nellie Palmer eliminated. The name “array” in ARRAY Stephanie Stewart Magazine denotes our continued commitment to honoring people of all walks of life and people of all ability levels. We believe that the recognition of diversity, equity, and inclusion is paramount.
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The Heathen Tale 8 Ed “Spiritwolf” Owens
Broken can be mended Halves made whole Space between can be filled with thoughts and prayers and love This is a heathen’s tale I have walked around these lands Knowing to get from one point to another One must have a plan Or one simply walks in circles Never reaching the goal of a destination I too have walked around without purpose Growing angry with the land under feet For it does not offer the true destination I wished But where does one end up when always making left turns instead of the right ones? I too have used this way while walking around people that stand against me. Growing angry with each step in my circle to nowhere Finding the same ground separates us as was already there We have gone nowhere in the yearswe have walked Traipsing around each other while blindness hides the path Turning away from a destination we should have already arrived at. I know not how to change the eyes of one that refuses to see past our differences That may prefer to cut off myhand than shake it Choke away my voice than hear me speak towards understanding Raise loud noises in rebuttal than let their ears whisper to their brain All I know is there are two paths before us Both represented by the color red Neither has anything but everything to do with the red of my skin On the left is anger and hatred A path we have followed since the ancestors of our ancestors stood where we stand now The right path is love for the life within the human spirit One that leads to the promised destination One less traveled by your kind as well as mine Yes there may be a heathen in my blood But why is this heathen the one searching to turn around the world Take the right path for a change Seek a true north destination of humanity with love creating the trail for the lost to follow
• Financial Focu$
When Facing Illness,
Take Control of Finances
onsidering the coronavirus pandemic, virtually all of us have considered healthrelated issues. But for people facing a serious, chronic illness, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes or cancer, health concerns are an everyday matter. If you’re fortunate, you may never be afflicted with such maladies, but the future is unpredictable. Of course, going through these health challenges bring physical and emotional concerns – but also financial ones. How can you prepare for them? Essentially, you’ll need to consider four key areas: investments, insurance, legal arrangements and taxes. Let’s take a quick look at each of them: Investments – You’ll likely need to draw on your investments for at least some of the expenses associated with your illness. So,
within your portfolio, you may want to establish a special fund devoted entirely to these costs, whether they be health care, modifications to your home, transportation and so on. A financial professional can help you choose investments for this fund, as well as make recommendations for your overall investment strategy, including techniques for boosting your income, such as adding investments that can provide an income stream that kicks in when you think your costs will rise. Insurance – Depending on your health status, you may be able to collect Medicare earlier than the traditional starting point at age 65. Even so, you’ll likely need to supplement it with additional coverage. But you may also want to look beyond health insurance. For example, you might be able to purchase a “chronic illness rider” that allows you to tap into life insurance benefits while you’re still alive. Or you might consider adding a “long-term
care rider” to a life insurance policy; this rider offers financial benefits if you ever require daily care that you can’t provide for yourself. And some foundations, states and drug companies offer programs that can help pay for some costs that your insurance won’t cover. Legal arrangements – If you haven’t already done so, you may want to establish the legal documents most appropriate for your situation, such as a durable power of attorney for finances, which gives someone the authority to manage your financial affairs if you become temporarily incapacitated, possibly due to flare-ups of your chronic disease. Once you’ve recovered, you regain control of your financial decisions. You might also want to consider a health care proxy, which appoints an individual to make medical decisions for you if you can’t. In creating or revising these documents, you’ll need to consult with your legal professional.
Taxes – You might qualify for Social Security disability payments, which, like other Social Security benefits, are taxable, so you’ll need to be aware of what you might owe. But you might also be eligible for some tax breaks related to your condition. If you still itemize tax deductions, you may be able to deduct some medical expenses, as well as certain home improvements, such as wheelchair ramps, bathtub grab bars, motorized stairlifts and so on. Your tax advisor may have suggestions appropriate for your situation. Dealing with a chronic illness is never easy. But by considering how your illness will affect all aspects of your life, getting the help you need, and taking the right steps, you may be able to reduce the financial stress on you and your loved ones. ~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.
The Jack Knife
he jack knife is an incredibly challenging exercise that works multiple muscle groups to develop a strong, fit core. This exercise incorpo-rates your lower back, abdominal muscles, legs and nearly your entire upper body. Position yourself in a plank position on a core stability ball. Next, guide the ball toward your upper body by pulling your legs into your chest. Extend your legs back out to the starting position and repeat. Perform 3 sets of 1215 reps. Since this exercise utilizes
your entire body, it can be used as a warm up before starting your regular strength training or cardiovascular routine. Additionally, you can incorporate this challenging exercise into your abdominal work-out for phenomenal results. If you are a beginner, you can begin by holding a plank position on the floor for 30 second intervals. Once you master a floor plank, move up to a plank on the ball. Once you master the art of holding your balance on the ball, you can advance to the jack knife. ~A~
• Cover Story
Written by Johnnerlyn Johnson Images by Stone Photography
here’s an adage that says, “You find out who your best friends are when you’re down and out.” While this may have some validity, it is also true that some friends are there during both the peaks and valleys of one’s life. Fayetteville Urban Ministries (FUM) is a friend in need. Proverbs 18:24 says, “A man that has friends must show himself friendly; and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” For decades, this organization has scripturally fulfilled the role of friend under the direction of Mr. Johnny Wilson and his team. Mr. Wilson hails from Landrum, South Carolina, which is dubbed as a kind town where the possibilities are endless, and
he typifies that description with his kind nature and his ability to, along with his staff, create endless possibilities for some that may feel they have reached a roadblock in their life especially the countless numbers of youth that have been counseled, mentored, and served through the Fayetteville Urban Ministries’ Find-A-Friend outreach. One of the most recent projects of which Fayetteville Urban Ministries (FUM) is most proud of is the new Youth Enrichment Center. Director Johnny Wilson recalls a few short years ago when he said, “We need our own building.”
Apparently, Mr. Wilson’s words emanated far into the atmosphere because the Manning Family Find-A-Friend Youth Enrichment Center was completed in 2018.
nd Indeed To bring this youth center to fruition, in 2017, Fayetteville Urban Ministries enlisted the help of Emmy Award winning actor Sterling K. Brown to help kick off the Build the Dream Campaign to raise $700,000 to fund the construction of Fayetteville’s first-ever Youth Enrichment Center. The campaign began with a great head-start thanks to an incredible $115,000 donation from Fayetteville native, artist, and philanthropist J. Cole’s Dreamville Foundation. In a span of two years and with the help of numerous donations from individuals and organizations, the Manning Family Find-AFriend Youth Enrichment Center was fully funded and opened its doors on December 13th, 2018
at 610 Whitfield St. Fayetteville, NC. “We got the building built with no debt. We opened in 2018, and the kids have their own space,” proudly says Mr. Wilson. Fayetteville Urban Ministries’ (FUM) mission is to show God’s compassion for our neighbors in need, and thus build our community together, and their focus is transforming lives through FAITH, HOPE, LOVE, and SECURITY. In keeping with the mission and focus, Mr. Wilson says, “We have sent over 60 kids to colleges and universities. The program is doing so many dynamic and unbelievable things. All of our partnerships have grown tremendously.” With regards to the tremendous growth of the partnerships, Mr. Wilson provides updates on the four major partnerships. Nehemiah Project
The funding has increased with the partnership with City of Fayetteville (Community Development Department), so Fayetteville Urban Ministries (FUM) can now execute home repairs for low income homeowners up to a $10,000 threshold including repairs on modular homes. All prospective clients must live within the Fayetteville City limits. Adult Literacy & Education Center The Career Readiness and Financial Literacy projects have really taken off. Citizens are securing jobs, learning how to follow a household budget, securing GED prep, building resumes, learning trades, and the ESL classes continue to grow. Emergency Assistance Through the partnership with City and County Community Development Departments, we can go beyond serving neighbors in crisis with food and clothing. These partnerships have allowed us to assist citizens with wraparound financial assistance in rent, mortgage, and utility assistance. Find-A-Friend
Of course, the Youth Enrichment Center is a golden achievement, and now that the building is here, a playground is coming! The plan is that by the end of Fall 2020, a playground will be installed. Giving continues to begat giving, and this notion is embodied through people that decide to offer a helping hand to the mission of Fayetteville Urban Ministries. “We probably average a person a week, who comes to our facility to try to get involved. For us and for the community, the help; and support of volunteers are dreams that have just come true,” says Director Johnny Wilson. Mr. Wilson is quite appreciative of the hard work given by his very strong board of directors. Regarding the board, Mr. Wilson
says, “They come together; they’re hands-on, and they believe in giving time, talents, and treasures to us at Fayetteville Urban Ministries.” The onset of the pandemic has semi-altered the
You’re Gonna be OK
2020 Honor Card
o one could have ever imagined the impact of what the coronavirus has done to our lives and the world around us. The quarantines and self isolation only gives a glimpse of what aloneness feels like. But every setback is also an opportunity to recover and a chance to become stronger. We have learned to cope and deal with difﬁcult and unexpected developments and it has lead us to use skills that we didn’t know we possessed and has given us a passion to move forward despite the darkness the viral epidemic has caused. This hindrance in our lifestyle hopefully has moved on and we have realigned ourselves back to our routines that bring us comfort. Yet many have been forced to step back and rebuild themselves. Many have lost jobs and unemployment ﬁgures have reached unprecedented highs. Many businesses with storied histories, no longer exist, creating a new search for life and meaning. It may be the closest to homelessness and insecurity that we have ever sensed before. Insecurities if even for a short while lead us to reevaluate once again truly what is priority in our life and what we can and can’t live without. It’s a plight the needy struggle with every day. The path forward is never perfectly straight and unhindered. You’ve encountered doubts, fears and challenges before and successfully worked your way through them. But there are times when a helping hand, an encouraging word reminds us how we can effectively cope with the difﬁculties that hinder us at this moment. In the tough times of life are the seeds of great beauty, joy and fulﬁllment. It’s an opportunity for us to rise above our selﬁshness and make a change for the better, helping those that have stumbled along life’s path to take one positive step. We are His instruments of outreach and not forsaking those in need. The Honor Card is a marvelous way to recognize a friend or family member and at the same time impacting a local outreach agency to support the needy and homeless this season. ~A~ Blessing to you this Holiday Season.
manner business is conducted at Fayetteville Urban Ministries (FUM) in the sense of ensuring the safety and health of staff and clients. However, the ministry of helping has by no means been met with any roadblocks. “COVID-19 has been bittersweet because it has actually allowed folks to do a lot of selfassessment, empathize, and see what others are going through. We have been able to really internalize and see what others are going through in the most positive way. We’ve seen people laid off, lose jobs, and businesses go down. Then we’ve also seen people with a larger treasure box step up more. They have contacted me to say, ‘What can we do?’” gratefully shares Mr. Wilson. Fayetteville Urban Ministries (FUM), who has always been a friend to others, has really been able to see who its authentic friends are at the time of this pandemic. To maintain the safety and health of its staff and clients, Mr. Wilson asserts, “There are temperature checks daily,
ongoing sanitization, and masks on campus. We keep safe distances as well. We have not shut down at all. Now, we are by appointments.” Clients still get food from the food pantry. Anyone seeking rental and utilities assistance must set up a time to do so. To try to maintain a semblance of continuity for the kids and the kids’ programs, the summer achievement camp was hosted this past summer. “Normally, we host 60-70 kids, but we cut back to 20, and we alternated days. Of course, everyone kept their proper distance, frequently sanitized, and wore their masks,” says Director Johnny Wilson. To maintain the Adult Literacy Program, clients may still come in to build job skills and resumes by appointment while adhering to all safety precautions. Upcoming Events The Holiday Honor Cards are far-reaching fixtures that scores and scores of supporters look forward to each year as an ongoing Fayetteville Urban Ministries project. Director Wilson says, “We hope we’re
able, in November, to do our annual Holiday Honor Card event. If COVID is still around, we will still go on with the Holiday Honor Cards by marketing online, allowing for cards to be picked up, and/ or having them mailed. We hope during the Spring of April 2021 to be in partnership for the Spring Dogwood Festival, and this will be the Boss Toss Challenge which is a cornhole tournament. Also, in June of 2021, we plan to hold the 25th Annual Fayetteville Urban Ministries Golf Classic presented
by the Wade Hardin Plumbing. He has always been the chair of our golf committee for several years.â€? ~A~
www.fayurbmin.org Fayetteville Urban Ministry (FUM) Main Site 701 Whitfield St 910-483-5944 FUM Youth Enrichment Center 610 Whitfield St 910-483-4661
• Small Town NC
Images by Stone Photography 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 Lumberton, NC!
umberton is served by Interstate 95 and Interstate 74. Lumberton, created in 1787 and incorporated in 1859, is the county seat of Robeson County and Robeson is the largest county in NC by land area. Lumberton is located on the Lumber River, which was founded by John Willis, an American Revolution officer, in 1787. Lumber River was developed by the Navy as a shipping point for lumber. The logs were guided down river to Georgetown, SC. The Lumber River flows through Lumberton, and is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River System, and classified as a recreational river as well, which includes boating, canoeing, fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking, nature study, swimming, biking, jogging, crafts, fossil and artifact hunting. The Lumber River has a long history of economic significance for the many towns located along its banks. The name is derived from the extensive timber harvesting and transporting done during the late 1700s. The Lumber River and the timber harvesting and transporting is the primary reason many of the towns along its banks were settled. The current park headquarters are located on the Princess Ann bluff, which was chartered in 1796 as the second town in Robeson County, as well as the first inland town which was established by the settlers traveling up Lumber River from South Carolina. This location for the town was chosen as they knew the town would not be flooded, and it provided an excellent landing along the river. The town is preserved now as the name of the road that leads to the river. There are three sections of the 115 mile stretch of the river that meanders through four North Carolina counties and the section is divided into scenic, recreational, and natural. The Lumber River is the only North Carolina black water river to earn federal designation as a national wild and scenic river. In 1978 the upper Lumber River was designated as North Carolina’s first recreational water trail. Following in 1981, it was established as a national canoe trail and the lower Lumber River was designated as a state canoe trail in 1984. In 1989, the state General Assembly established
the Lumber River as a natural and scenic river and a state park. In 1786, Robeson County was created from Bladen County by two American Revolutionary War heroes who were residents of the area, Colonel Thomas Robeson, and General John Willis. Robeson County was named after the Colonel and the land for the county seat was donated by General Willis and credited with naming the county seat as Lumberton. Robeson County and Lumberton were a frontier destination for white, as well as free families of color from Virginia in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Many of the free blacks were descendants of white women, who were free, and African men, whether slave, free or indentured, from the Colonial years when the working class lived and worked near each other. The population for the county estimated for 2019/2020 is around 20,500. The County has a high proportion of residents who identify as Lumbee. The Lumbee tribe is recognized as a Native American tribe by both the North Carolina and Federal government. They do not receive federal monies because there is no known treaty between the Lumbee Indians and the US government, according to Dr. Ben Chavis. Thus, the Lumbee Indians were never defeated in a war or removed from their land by the United States government. Native Americans are the third largest racial group in Robeson County. Most of the growth in Lumberton took place after World War II. During 1947-1950, Lumberton fielded a professional minor league baseball team in the Tobacco State League, which was affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. In 1912, the Robeson County Health Department was created and is recognized as the oldest rural health department in the nation, with its current headquarters on the outskirts of Lumberton. Lumberton, named as an AllAmerican City in 1970, and became a two-time winner again in 1995. This award recognizes that citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results. ~A~
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your pets. There are some significant things you can do to ensure your beloved pets are safe and well cared for in the event of a hurricane. Ensure Your Pet is ID’d In the unfortunate event that your pet runs off or you get separated from your pet, it’s essential that your pet can be properly identified. This means to ensure that he is wearing his collar with an ID tag. In addition, having your pet micro-chipped is the best way to ensure your pet can be identified if he gets lost. It’s important to remember to log in to your microchip account and make sure that your pet’s information is all up date (i.e. home address and phone number). If your pet is traveling with you in carrier, it’s important to also
attach pet ID information to the carrier. Prepare a Pet Disaster Kit We sometimes don’t exactly know when a hurricane (and the sometimes accompanying tornadoes) will strike our particular area. Therefore, it’s best to have a pet disaster kit ready at all times - particularly during hurricane season. Your furkid’s kit should include all that he will need in order to “survive the storm.” At a minimum, your pet’s kit should include: food and water for a minimum of 5 days (for each pet), pet medication, list of pet-friendly lodging (including shelters that
allow pets), and pet bowls. If you don’t have access to your pet’s medical records online, it’s a good idea to include their medical records in their kit. Other recommendations include a pet bed and toy, pet waste bags, little box, and extra leash and harness. In the event someone else needs to temporarily care for your pet, we recommend preparing a pet care sheet. This would include your vet’s contact info, feeding schedule, medical conditions, behavioral issues, and any other pertinent information to enable the temporary pet sitter to take the best possible care of your furkid. Keeping a current picture of your pet on your phone is also a good idea -- just in case you get separated. Identify Evacuation Zone & Route Always have a plan, especially when you have a four-legged
family member. Pets tend to slow us down when traveling -making it even more important to plan ahead. Make sure you know the evacuation zone you are in so you can determine when an evacuation is ordered. It’s best to find the safest location that is closest to you. Since you’re traveliing with you pet, be sure to give yourself some extra time. Source PetFriendly Accommodations If you need to evacuate, you will need to secure accommodations that will allow your pet. Having a “go-to” source for pet-friendly hotels is essential to ensuring your pet will be welcome in the event you have to evacuate. TripsWithPets features over 30,000 pet-friendly accommodations, complete with specific pet policies, as well as easy on-line booking. Find Alternate Safe Havens for your Pets It’s always good to have a back-up plan! Contact local evacuation shelters ahead of time to determine their policies in regards to pets. Unfortunately, most shelters do not allow pets. Shelters that do permit family pets have a limit on the number that are allowed. Although it’s always the
best to have our furkids with us, certain emergency circumstances may not make that possible. Therefore, research boarding facilities, vets, and animal shelters that may provide a safe haven for your pet. ~A~
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Vote Or Else: The Enormity of the 2020 Election
Written by Keith Sykes he last 4 years, depending on your current situation and what you have experienced along the way, may have brought with it a number of milestones that have possibly changed your way of life. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate (as of August 2020) is 10.2 percent. Millions of Americans are finding themselves out of work, tens of thousands of small businesses have closed due to hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and over 185,000 Americans have lost their lives as a result. In my opinion, I have never seen the United States as divided as it is today, and there is a tension that is palpable whenever the
conversation steers toward race relations, politics or the current pandemic. Whether you are white, black or other; whether you consider yourself Democrat, Republican or Independent, you must admit that the current climate is nothing we have seen in quite some time. Eerily these times liken themselves to the civil rights movement which was a decades-long struggle by African Americans and their like-minded allies to end institutionalized
racial discrimination, disenfranchisement and racial segregation in the United States. Not only should you vote in the upcoming Presidential election, it is just as important that you vote in your local election. There are many issues that affect our inner-city communities that are driven by local elections. Laws, ordinances and significant matters that affect the average resident are impacted by local elections. For example, your City Council can act on issues that are important to college students such as pedestrian-friendly roads, affordable housing or public transportation. State legislatures are very productive. Every year they pass bills that have a significant influence over what you can and canâ€™t do in your community. Many of the things that we deal with on a daily basis are decided at the local level. Local taxes fund education and
school boards have a big say in how the money is spent. Local prosecutors are considered the most powerful people in the criminal justice system and they decide who goes to jail and who doesnâ€™t. This is just a snapshot of what should be considered in the local elections. There are obviously individuals who consider themselves loyal to their political party, and are hard pressed to vote against it; but it is necessary to take a long, hard and honest look at the current state of affairs in the United States. Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago? Are you concerned that the racial climate has
been ignited and has driven us further apart more than ever? The problems we face are not Democratic or Republican problems. This is a humanity issue and can only be solved by individuals who are considerate, compassionate and empathetic. The election is fast approaching and each of us has a stake in the future of our country. We cannot sit by and continue to watch the ship go down. International relationships are being destroyed, our education system is being defunded while our children are being left to fend for themselves. Those of us who work hard to make sure that we have a life after employment
arenâ€™t sure if there will be anything leftover to live on. The most important thing we can do is vote, not just for the President, but for every race on the ballot. We must vote in this upcoming election as if our lives depend on it because honestlyâ€Śthey do. Crises reveal things about people and government that we might not have noticed otherwise. For the most part, it is easy to justify your support for either side of the aisle. It is possible to spin rhetoric that will justify any argument. The truth of the matter is the country we know and love is on the decline. We must decide if we are going to sit back
and watch it be transformed into something barely recognizable, or if we are going to exercise our right to vote and bring this country back to its rightful place on the global stage. One that is respected worldwide and that has a reputation for being the most powerful country in the world. Make your vote count. ~A~
• An Array of Weddings
Picking your Wedding Date & Theme
n last month’s “Array of Wedding Info” section we talked about creative ways to save on your wedding budget. While following the tips from the Wedding Budget Breakdown article definitely help with staying on budget, choosing the right date and theme plays a big factor as well in saving some serious cash on the big day! Late summer to early fall tends to be the busy season for weddings, with June and September being the most popular months. Holiday weddings tend to come with a heftier price tag as well. So if you are planning a wedding during this time, saving money on your big day will take some creativity, as vendors are less likely to give discounts and availability is limited. Additionally, most weddings take place on a weekend (FridaySunday) with Saturday being the most popular (and most expensive), so considering a weekday wedding instead can offer an opportunity for savings during the busy season. For couples who don’t mind getting married in the less
popular months, there are more opportunities to negotiate pricing and even get freebies thrown in since vendors are not as busy and willing to negotiate! The theme of your wedding can also play a factor in your wedding budget. Outdoor weddings that are more casual tend to require less décor and can help save on the budget, while a more traditional wedding in a ballroom for instance tend to have more elaborate centerpieces and décor. Below are some of the most popular wedding themes and tips on how to save when choosing your wedding theme. Traditional If when you think of your wedding day, ballrooms and chandeliers come to mind, then a traditional theme is the way to go! This theme tends to be the most expensive, but for most the luxury received on your big day is well worth the investment!
Casual/Outdoors Hosting a casual wedding is a great theme for less traditional couples that want to just hang out on their big day! Outdoor
weddings tend to need minimal décor, have a less traditional menu (think romantic picnic baskets) and the location can be free or very cheap if it’s held in a public park or garden. Rustic If you love farms, wood, lace
and weekends in the country, a Rustic wedding theme may be right for you. The great news is most Rustic décor can easily be DIY’d saving you big bucks on
the big day! Alternative/Creative Less traditional wedding venues are becoming more and more
popular and for good reason! More often then not, alternative wedding venue options hold a sentimental value for couples that have gotten married at their favorite bookstore or the coffee shop where they had their first date! Once you’ve picked your wedding date and theme it’s time to find a place to host it all! Be sure to check out next month’s Array of Wedding Info article to get some insider tips on choosing your wedding venue! ~A~ Stephanie Stewart Wedding Planner and officiant specializing in Elegant Events on a Shoestring Budget. www.shoestring.com
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with herbed ghee and garlic If you are trying to follow the Keto or Paleo diet, this recipe should be a staple in your kitchen.
By Nellie Palmer Spaghetti squash is harvested in the fall, but the hard shelled squash stays fresh for months in cool storage, making them plentiful in the spring. ghee is made by melting butter, cooking off the water and separating the clear, golden butterfat from the milk solids. Since ghee has no milk solids, it is used in keto and paleo recipes, howev-er, since it still contains butterfat and is derived from animal products, it is not considered vegan.
• Melt ghee and add garlic and herbs. • Pour over squash and toss to coat. If adding Parmesan cheese, add it now and toss.
• 1 tablespoon ghee per half (120 calories) • 1 teaspoon minced garlic per half • 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence per half salt and white pepper to taste For low carb, (not keto or paleo) add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. If you want the cheesy flavor without the dairy, try nutritional yeast as a replacement.
• Preheat oven to 375* • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. • Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. • Sprinkle each half with salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence. • Place cut side down on parchment. • Bake 45 - 50 minutes depending on the size, or until cut side is fork tender. • Once done, remove the seeds • Flake the meat inside the shell. It should separate from the side of the shell easily. If not, your squash is under-cooked and must return to the oven. Check it every 15 minutes until done
Tip. Because spaghetti squash takes so long to cook, prepare several at once and keep them in the refrigerator ready to use. Life becomes much easier when the time consuming aspect of cooking spaghetti squash is done in advance.
the Season to Make the Switch to Long-Lasting LED Holiday Lights
hether yours twinkle in multiple colors or sparkle in all white, holiday lights are a must-use element in nearly all homeowners’ seasonal decorating schemes. And those lights -- once reserved for the tree -- have migrated to multiple spots both inside and outside the home. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), while LED lights cost less to operate and last longer than incandescent lights, most holiday lights are still powered by incandescent light sources. That’s changing, thanks to the wider availability of LED holiday lights. In addition to a longer life, LED holiday lights can make an instant impact for everyone by decreasing utility bills and providing a safer light source. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the U.S. uses 2.22 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year to power miniature holiday lights -- or
enough electricity for 1,300 homes for a year. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), LED holiday lights have an estimated lifespan of 40 holiday seasons and are more resistant to breakage -- thanks to epoxy lenses -- than incandescent versions. But the real impact comes from the cost of electricity. Here’s how the different light sources affect consumption and expenses: •Electricity cost for a 6-foot tree, 12 hours a day for 40 days: Incandescent C-9 lights -- $10.00 LED C-9 lights -- $0.27 Incandescent Mini-lights -- $2.74 LED Mini-lights -- $0.82 (statistics from the DOE) •Estimated cost of buying and operating lights for 10 holiday seasons: Incandescent C-9 lights -$122.19 LED C-9 lights -- $17.99 Incandescent Mini-lights -$55.62 LED Mini-lights -- $33.29 Available options for LED
holiday lights include: •Miniature, small and directional: These are classic holiday lights with brilliant illumination and direct lighting. •C5, C7, C8, C9: These bulblike (also called “strawberry”) LED holiday lights come in a variety of sizes. •G12: Often referred to as “raspberry lights,” these LED holiday strings are round and come in either multi-colored or white versions. •Net and icicle: These LED holiday lights have surged in popularity in recent years. They’re often used to cover shrubs or dangle from eaves. •Battery operated: Many LED holiday lights come in batteryoperated versions to simulate candles or other flickering sources. TIP: Check the LED holiday light box for the Energy-Star label. You can find Energy-Star lights at a local ALA-member lighting retailer. ~A~ Article provided by NewsUS
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
ctober is the traditional time of the year to think about breast cancer. When your favorite NFL team dresses out in pink shoes and pink-laced gloves and when your grocery store uses pink packaging, you know it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Such activities are great reminders. What we really need is daily awareness. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States and the sec-ond leading cause of cancer death among wom-en. Every year, about 200,000 new cases of breast cancer re reported nationwide and more than 40,000 women die from the disease. Regularly scheduled mammograms and early detection can help prevent breast cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), explains that breast cancer is an un-controlled growth of breast cells. As the growth becomes uncontrollable without treatment, it results tin the formation of a tumor â€“ either benign or cancerous. Although free or low-cost mammograms are available to underserved women and most insur-ance programs cover the test, more than seven million
women have not had a recent screening mammogram. The x-ray of the breasts, which usually takes less than 15 minutes in an outpa-tient procedure, can detect breast cancer early, before it is large enough to feel or cause physical symptoms. All women aged 50 to 74 should have a mammogram every two years, and those between 40 and 50 years should talk with their doctor about scheduling a screening, depending on individual history and concerns. The risk of cancer increases with age. While white women are more likely to get breast cancer, African American women are the most likely to die of it. Minority women are most likely to have advance breast cancer when the cancer is first discovered. If a close family member has had breast cancer, the risk for other family members may be higher. If you have a family history of the disease, you should be tested earlier or more frequently than the standard guidelines suggest. For more information about breast cancer or to find out how to get a free or low-cost mammogram, go to www.cdc.gov/ cancer/breast. ~A~
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• Comer una dieta rica en fibra que incluya maíz, patatas, calabacín, judías, bananas y nueces para ayudar a mantener la regularidad intestinal del aparato digestivo. • Tomar comidas de forma regular y ordenada. Comer deprisa sin horarios fijos o saltarse alguna comida puede derivar en problemas del sistema digestivo. Puede que se necesite alguna ayuda extra para el estreñimiento en ocasiones concretas. En tales circunstancias Gomes recomienda las tabletas Senokot,
las cuales contienen un ingrediente laxante vegetal natural con eficacia probada en más de 50 estudios clínicos. “Es una tableta laxante suave y efectiva que ofrece alivio para el estreñimiento ocasional” afirma Gomes. Para más información visita www. getconstipationrelief.com. ~H~ Lea toda la información del producto antes de usar.
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La dieta hispana -Un asunto de familia
as tradiciones culturales de las familias hispanas son muy ricas -- ellos se enorgullecen de preservar valores tales como la unidad, el respeto, el amor, la comunicación y la responsabilidad. además, como muchas otras familias, las celebraciones se centran en compartir y disfrutar los platos tradicionales que los unen creando así fuertes vínculos. La dieta tradicional hispana tiene una gran abundancia de cereales, frutas y legumbres. Sin embargo, como cualquier otra dieta, cuando se introduce grasas, sodio y azúcares esta pueda causar problemas para la salud. De acuerdo con la dietista Jacqueline Gomes, â€œLa mayoría de los hispanos llevan un stilo de vida más sano en sus
países nativos: caminan más, consumen dietas ricas en alimentos integrales y toman muchas menos comidas precocinadas. La influencia de la cultura americana les anima a tomar mayor cantidad de comida además de comida precocinada y comida rápida que son altas en grasa, azúcar y calorías. Además de causar enfermedades crónicas tales como los problemas de corazón o diabetes, una dieta pobre también provoca problemas digestivos tales como el estreñimiento. Gomes ofrece algunos consejos para mejorar la regularidad de los intestinos: â€˘ Beber grandes cantidades de agua al día. â€˘ Practicar ejercicio al menos 30 minutos varios días a la semana.
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enmantecado. Corte la masa levada de 45 a 50 partes y haga un bollito de 1 pulgada con cada parte. 3. Coloque la mitad de las bolas de masa en el molde sobre las nueces. A continuación, vierta la mezcla de canela, azúcar y manteca sobre las bolas de masa. 4. Coloque las nueces restantes sobre el molde, y agregue el resto de las bolas de masa y la mezcla de canela, azúcar y manteca.
RECUERDA TUS 3 "U"S
5. Hornee de 45 a 55 minutos o hasta que esté dorada. Deje enfriar en el molde 5 minutos. Dé vuelta sobre una bandeja. Sirva tibio. ~H~
Usa tu mascarilla de tela para cubrir tu boca y tu nariz Usa la regla de los " 6 pies de distancia" entre tú y otras personas Usa alcohol en gel y lava tus manos con jabón por 20 segundos
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Preparación de la masa 1. No necesitará un paquete de bicarbonato para esta receta. En un recipiente grande, disuelva el contenido de 1 paquete de levadura (del kit) en 1 1/4 taza de agua tibia del grifo. Déjela reposar durante 2 minutos. Incorpore 1 mezcla para la masa y 1 mezcla de avena, canela y manzana a la preparación con el agua y la levadura (también del kit); mezcle hasta formar una masa uniforme. Si utiliza una batidora eléctrica, siga el paso 1 con un recipiente grande para mezclar. Utilice la batidora eléctrica con el accesorio para amasar en forma de gancho; enciéndala en velocidad baja durante 1 minuto. Aumente la velocidad a mediabaja y continúe batiendo durante 4 minutos más. La masa debería formar una bola suave, blanda y ligeramente pegajosa. Continúe con el paso 3. 2. Coloque la masa en una superficie levemente enharinada y amase durante aproximadamente 5 a 7 minutos.
Agregue una pequeña cantidad de harina, si la masa está demasiado pegajosa. Coloque la masa en un recipiente grande enmantecado. 3. Aplique una capa de aceite antiadherente en aerosol sobre una cubierta plástica y coloque encima de la masa, doble los bordes alrededor de la masa (para evitar que la masa se seque). Coloque el recipiente en un lugar cálido (85 a 95 °F) durante 30 minutos para que la masa pueda descansar (por ejemplo, colóquelo en una ventana soleada, sobre un horno tibio o cerca de éste o sobre el refrigerador). Instrucciones de horneado Precaliente el horno a 350 °F. 1. En un recipiente grande, mezcle la manteca derretida, el azúcar morena y el contenido del paquete de azúcar y la canela (del kit). 2. Coloque la mitad de las nueces en el fondo del molde savarin
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Hornee diversión para su familia
l pan de mono es una opción gratificante, dulce, masticable y pegajosa para niños y adultos por igual. Si a su familia le encanta este pan de canela que se puede separar fácilmente, lo podrá disfrutar aún más si lo prepara en familia y le agrega un toque divertido. La preparación de esta sabrosa delicia incluso es sencilla para los cocineros principiantes, en especial, si cuenta con la ayuda del producto Auntie Anne’s Apple Cinnamon At-Home Baking Kit. Gracias a sus instrucciones detalladas y a los ingredientes claves que necesita, cada kit le permite hornear exquisitas delicias, tales como tarta de manzana, pretzels blandos de canela y manzana o este pan de mono con nueces, canela y manzana. Reúna a toda su familia en la cocina para divertirse con esta receta para horno. Ingrese a www.auntieannesrecipes.com para encontrar más recetas y lugares donde comprar su kit. Pan de mono con nueces, canela y manzana (Pan que se puede separar fácilmente) Tiempo de preparación de la 1 Auntie Anne’s Apple mezcla: 5 minutos Cinnamon Baking Kit Tiempo de levado: 30 minutos Harina (para espolvorear) Tiempo de preparación: Aceite antiadherente en aerosol 15 minutos 1 1/2 tazas de azúcar morena Tiempo de horneado: 45 a 1 1/2 tazas de nueces enteras o 55 minutos picadas 1 taza (2 bastones) de manteca derretida 3 cucharadas de canela molida Molde savarin
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Hornee diversión para su familia
La dieta hispana -- Un asunto de familia
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