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Community News 06 the randolph arts Guild Hosts basket Weaving Class 12 Crisco announces Campaign for Congress 14 Protect Your Pets during Cold Weather 28 Ultimate Frisbee 36 Joe Fowler, respected asheboro Financial advisor, Joins stratos Wealth Partners 38 randolph arts Guild Hosts excursion to ackland art museum 38 randolph arts Guild Offers Group Piano instruction with instructor sandi rudzinski 39 bantum rooster Presents Crazy little thing Called love 42 randolph arts Guild Presents “the art of Food” with magnolia 23 restaurant

ask the expert 18 22 26 30 34

Your eyes Your taxes Your Feet Your Hearing Your money

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business buzz 44 switch it Up Cash or Consign Changes Ownership

48 Your Heart is at the Y’ Dinner & Dance

Zoo Zeal 50 Zoo acquires New sea lions



rotary provides opportunities for ordinary women to do extraordinary things


You are Unique - there is no one on this planet exactly like you


ZOOpendous show Chorus: a Wildly talented bunch


Homemade laundry soap

Chicken Noodle soup

book review

the Power of Positive

Friendly Faces



2013 - a Year in review

Community Character

Nature's Nuances

40 molly mclean

60 those blue Days of Winter

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08 G & G automotive enterprises superior Customer service meets Great Value

Neighborhood recipe

24 the Widow mcCulley

Positive thinking


at the YmCa

54 Design on the Fly: Quick and easy Home Décor tips for the busy Household

Daily Devotion




Happy New Year!


ith the onset of a new year comes a makeover of the masthead on the magazine. Dave has really done a great job – our new look is fresh and literally jumps off the page. He updated the design on the inside of the magazine as well so turn the page and let us know what you think. Feel free to Facebook us or email me directly at Speaking of design, local resident Molly McLean has a new book out, Design on the Fly, and if you are looking for ideas on updating the look of your home, this is one I highly recommend you check out! You can learn more about her as our Community Character this month on page 40. I’m sure many of our readers have made resolutions for the New Year. A few of mine are to eat better, exercise more and work smarter – not harder. I plan to take up yoga for flexibility and stress, I’m taking the couch to 5K challenge, and I’m working on organizing my office. 2014 is a year of milestones in the Johnson household. First, Dave and are I celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary in February (on 2/22!). Our oldest child is turning 20 and is no longer a teenager and I am turning the big 5-0 in the fall. In June, I am spending a week in Maine with three of my oldest girlfriends (we have known each other since the first day of Kindergarten) to celebrate all of us turning 50. This will also be a year of firsts – I have registered for my very first ColorRun 5K with my girlfriends in Maine in June. We are welcoming a new member into the family – my step-daughter is having a baby, so Dave will be a grandpa for the first time! I hope 2014 is a year that every one of you reaches many milestones and firsts on your journey. I’m feeling very excited and blessed about what this year has in store. Make it a good one! Happy Reading,



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The Randolph Arts Guild Hosts Basket Weaving Class


he Randolph Arts Guild (RAG) will host "Marla's Mail Basket" Basket Weaving Class with NC basket maker, Peggy Adelman. The class meets on Saturdays, February 1st and 8th from 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m. Peggy will lead students in creating their own attractive basket designed to hold #10 letter envelopes and featuring a wooden base. Techniques covered in this class include basic under/over weaving, triple twining, and cleating a braided border. A variety of color accent choices will also be available. Peggy is co-founder of Greensboro’s Gate City Weavers, a basket weaving guild. View more of her work at www. Students are to bring a spray bottle,

PEGGY ADELMAN BIO: My name is Peggy Adelman. I have been married to Rick for 31 years. We live in Greensboro and are the proud parents of four

heavy duty scissors, spring-loaded clothespins, a small flat head

dogs. My basket career started 14 years ago when we first moved

screwdriver, a towel/rag, and a measuring tape. Bring a lunch

to North Carolina. I took a basket making class at Guilford

too! The class costs $75( RAG members), $85 (for non-

Technical Community College (GTCC). From there I joined the North Carolina Basket Makers Association and have taken many classes and workshops from different teachers. I currently have

members). Payment and completed registration are required

my baskets in five galleries through the Piedmont. Four years ago

for enrollment. The enrollment deadline is Tuesday, January

I became the basket making instructor at GTCC. Greensboro

21. This class meets at the Moring Arts Center located at 123

now has a basket makers guild, the Gate City Weavers. I am

Sunset Avenue in downtown Asheboro. For more information about this class and to enroll contact the Randolph Arts Guild at (336) 629-0399. J 6 |

currently responsible for scheduling and teaching the guild projects that our members create. As you can tell, I love weaving baskets and helping others learn the craft. Visit Peggy’s website to learn more at J

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il and Rosie Goldstein opened G&G Automotive Enterprises in Asheboro in June, 2009. At G&G you can get your car inspected, buy new tires, get a precision alignment, have your brakes, exhaust, or air condition systems worked on and much more! They have been busy in 2013 implementing new programs to continue their efforts to provide the best customer service around. With their valet service, if you work in the local Asheboro area G&G will provide pick-up and delivery. You can have your vehicle picked up, serviced and brought back to you all while you stay at home or work! In January, they are launching their first seminar for women, designed to help them understand and be more confident when it comes to repairs on their cars. Rosie wants women to feel empowered and not intimidated when repairs are needed. They will discuss what services your car needs on a regular basis to help it live a long life, and which repairs are not required unless there is a problem. The first one in the series is being held on January 16th at 7:00 pm at the shop on Old Liberty Road, and attendees will have refreshments and door prizes for those attending. Please call to RSVP or for additional dates for seminars in the future. In their continuing efforts to improve customer service, G&G is teaming up with CARFAX, the leading source of vehicle history information for buyers and sellers of used cars. Today, CARFAX has the most comprehensive vehicle history database available in North America. G&G will be utilizing CARFAX’s system in their shop, and with the customers’ authorization, they can add any scheduled maintenance or service performed to the CARFAX database. This provides an accurate service history of the vehicle and will enhance its value at resale. There is also a new Smartphone app that can be accessed to help customers remember service and repair schedules. Stop by the shop to learn more about this exciting new program. Everyone needs a reliable vehicle to get to and from work, to school or just to run errands around town. We often take our transportation for granted and forget how much we rely on our vehicles until there is a problem. Some of us may have no idea how our cars work or what happens when not properly maintained. When you bring your vehicle to G&G, they listen carefully to what you tell them about your car; listen to why you are concerned, what noises you are hearing and where they are coming from. Gil explains that no one knows their car better than the driver. Once the car is put on the lift and examined, Gil explains in plain English what is needed to repair the vehicle, and he will bring you back into the shop to show you what is happening and why. Getting your car serviced, to most people, is an inconvenience so listening carefully and resolving the repair in a timely manner is the main goal at G&G. Gil is a natural at auto repair, it is what he has done all of his life. At 17, he was working at one of the best speed shops on Long Island. Gil assembled complete street and race engines, manual and automatic transmissions, rear axle assemblies, fuel systems and suspensions. He also specialized in custom carburetor and ignition systems, performing fine tuning on a chassis dyno. He worked there for several years, before purchasing the business. 8 |

G & G Automotive Enterprises Superior Customer Service Meets Great Value

By Sherry B. Johnson Photos By Seth Cheek

When he sold that shop, he worked for a brake and muffler chain for 13 years as the store manager, and became area supervisor and trainer, before the company was sold. He met Rosie when he opened a store just down the road from where she lived, and she took her truck in to have work done on it. She had heard it was the best place in town to have your vehicle serviced. They started dating and have been together ever since. Gil moved on to manage a store for one of the East Coast’s largest tire and front end dealers. Rosie worked for The Home Depot on Long Island and in 2002 she was able to transfer to the store in Greensboro. They sold their home on Long Island and moved to Asheboro in September, 2002. Gil worked for several local companies, including as a service manager at Clapp Brothers Tractor in Siler City and as the Service Manager at Montgomery Motors Ford in Troy. In September, 2008, Gil’s brother came up from Florida with a proposal. He wanted Gil to build a car for him. The new factory five 1933 Ford Hot Rod Kit car had just come out and he wanted Gil to build it, because he knew he would do a great job. He started the project in a friend’s race car shop, but needed to move somewhere to be finished. Gil had noticed a building on the north end of town where a muffler shop had been. Gil rented it to finish the hot rod, but once he moved his tools in he fell in love with the atmosphere and location. Rosie thought it was great and the idea of opening their own repair shop began to grow. Rosie started working on the plans for the business and within a few months they opened the doors to G&G Automotive Enterprises. Their primary goal was to provide their customers with a different, more personal experience when having their vehicles serviced or repaired. The shop came equipped with one of the largest lifts in the Asheboro area, so it can service commercial fleets as well as heavy duty pick-up trucks. They purchased the most up to date Hunter Alignment equipment, brake lathe, tire balancer and mounting equipment. They wanted to perform quality general vehicle repair and service for the daily driver, and also be able to service light commercial fleet vehicles. In addition, as part of their passion for cars, they provide custom building and tuning for vintage, hot rod and specialty cars – all with the same attention to detail. Rosie, who still maintains her job at The Home Depot, is in the shop every afternoon. She answers the phones, helps order parts, and oversees the paperwork in the office. She handles the financial end of the business and does the marketing and advertising. Roy Shepherd joined G&G in August, 2010. He graduated from Guilford Tech with an Associate’s Degree in 1985 acquired through Friendly Ford and eventually moved on to Asheboro Ford. Roy also worked as a shop manager for DOT. He specializes in alignments and front ends. He holds certificates in all Ford training from 1987 to 2003, and since he has been with G&G, he has maintained ongoing training to stay up to date on all new vehicle systems and technologies. He is the shop manager, and enjoys the diagnostic side of general repair. He utilizes the latest snap-on diagnostic equipment and stays up to date with all training for foreign and domestic vehicles. This allows him to resolve all types of common and unique repair | 9

problems and concerns. Mike Nooe was hired in October, 2011. He is extremely talented and is a natural at fabrication. Although he worked for many years as a superintendent for a large commercial masonry contractor managing crews of over 100, his true passion has always been building show quality cars, which he did in his own professional shop at home. He brings his creative ideas and unique solutions to problems and design challenges with the specialty cars. The same special touch and attention to detail is applied when doing general repair on the everyday driver’s car. In May, 2013 Elizabeth Arreola joined the G&G team. She works the counter greeting customers, answering the phones and ordering parts. Liz graduated from RCC’s two year auto collision and repair program. That program also included instruction on mechanical and electrical systems and some classes on fabrication and restoration. She understands cars and parts, and has been a perfect fit for the team. The last team member is Mike Bowman. He is a great custom exhaust fabricator and general repair technician and is called in to work on special projects. As the business grows, in order to continue to provide timely repairs, G&G is looking for another technician that will fit well within the existing team. Everyone at the shop has different capabilities and knowledge, and their opinions are valued. They show a great spirit of teamwork and 10 |

really get along well. It all makes for a great working environment. Everyone at the shop gets along well, and it’s clear that they enjoy what they do. Every year, new vehicles are designed with more advanced technology and G&G makes an ongoing investment to keep the service technicians trained in all new technologies coming off the assembly line.


Every year, new vehicles are designed with more advanced technology and G&G makes an ongoing investment to keep the service technicians trained in all new technologies coming off the assembly line.


The team’s sole job is to fix the car correctly the first time. They are not paid on commission, but earn a flat rate. This philosophy creates a comfortable atmosphere of teamwork with everyone working together, truly a unique environment in the automotive industry. One of the things I like about G&G

Auto is how clean the shop is. Not just the waiting area where customers are, but Gil is meticulous about making sure that tools are put away, the floors are kept clean and it is very organized. No matter how busy they are, they will bring the customer into the shop and show them what the problem is, explaining in clear and simple terms so customers’ understand what their car needs and then offering solutions that fit the situation and the customer’s budget. They engage their customers in the repair process, not just telling them what to do and how much it will cost them. G&G deals with many companies to find the best part needed for the job. One challenge Gil found when he was building the Hot Rod is that parts are not always made well if they come from overseas. He has partnered with several companies as a dealer/distributor and most of them provide products made in the US. If you are looking for high performance, quality parts – Gil has many factory direct connections. Not only will he be able to get your parts at a competitive price, but he can offer any advice you may need for your project, as well. The team at G&G Automotive thinks outside the box when necessary for unique solutions including having an engine assembly “clean” room on site. For those who don’t know, building an engine requires a sterile environment. One speck of dirt in the wrong place can cause a major problem! In addition to being known as problem solvers for our daily drivers,

word is spreading about the team’s ability to fix issues on vintage and muscle cars. Gil has a special talent for repairing, modifying and tuning carburetors. If you have an older muscle car or other vehicle that needs carburetor help, or a late model fuel injected car, give him a call. When you call or stop by to speak with Gil about a project or parts you need, you will receive experienced and knowledgeable advice from a team of professionals. You never know what you might see in the shop when you stop by beside the everyday repairs, there is always a special project going on. Currently there is a Blue ’69 Chevy Z28 Camaro for a new engine and transmission, a 1956 Ford pick-up truck and a 1953 Chevy pickup truck both for a complete restoration. It is always fun to stop by and see the special project cars at the shop, and hear the stories that go along with them. J

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CRISCO ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR CONGRESS district," said Crisco. Crisco, 70, is a former City Council member in Asheboro. Crisco says of himself "I have the profile of the Second District. I go to church, I teach Sunday School, I have lived in the same house for over thirty years, my wife Jane and I have been married over 49 years. We have three children and six grandchildren. We work in and give back to our community. "At my age, I'm running to go to Washington and focus on a few key sheboro businessman issues and work to find solutions--not Keith Crisco formally develop a long-term political career. I announced today would like to serve two or three terms (January 06, 2013) his plan to run for Congress and come back home knowing that I have served our nation and made a in the Second Congressional District. difference in the future of our children "This campaign is about fixing our economy and bringing jobs and economic and grandchildren," said Crisco. J growth to our district, our state and our nation," said Crisco, a former North At my age, I'm running Carolina Secretary of Commerce. "In 1986, I started a business to go to Washington with nothing more than a vision, an and focus on a few key operations plan and a lot of hard work. issues and work to find Today, my business employs more than 180 people and has flourished even in solutions--not develop a the recent economy." long-term political career. "We need Representatives in Washington who will focus on the I would like to serve two important issues facing the country. or three terms and come Leadership is the ability to bring people back home knowing that together, to work to find consensus and forge government policies that make life I have served our nation better for the people across the Second and made a difference in Congressional District," said Crisco. the future of our children "I am a Main Street businessman. That's the type of Congressman I will and grandchildren be if elected to serve the people of this



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Protect Your Pets during Cold Weather


old weather can be hard on pets, just like it can be hard on people. If you have an outdoor pet, there are things you can do to assure your pets’ warmth and safety. If your dog or cat must stay outside be sure that they have a warm shelter, preferable one with four sides and a roof, with plenty of straw, wood shavings or a blanket. Bedding should be changed as it becomes damp or wet. Local laws typically require owners to supply dogs and cats with "proper" shelter from the weather. In Randolph County, “Shelter” is defined as: a structure with a minimum of three sides and a roof used to house the animal and protect it from the weather. Even if your pet chooses not to use it, it’s the owner’s responsibility to provide a proper shelter. When temperatures drop near zero, it’s time to give the outdoor cat and dog a break and invite them in even if it’s in the garage. Even northern breeds such as German shepherds, Labradors and golden retrievers may not be acclimated to such extremes. Pets should be brought inside or into protected covered areas, provided with plenty of bedding, food and water during extreme cold weather. Fresh water is essential. As temperatures drop near freezing your pet’s water will freeze. Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water. Ice is not a substitute. Cats left outdoors and wild animals sometimes climb onto car engines or beneath cars to seek warmth. Bang on the hood of your car or honk the horn before starting the engine to warn animals away. Brush your dog vigorously and regularly. Brushing improves skin, coat and circulation. A clean pet stays warmer. Your pet’s fur can get wet and matted, making it an irritant. Clean fur lofts and holds air in a manner similar to adding a layer of clothes, thus helping the animal stay warm. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter. Especially outdoor dogs need every strand of fur. Leave the coat longer for more warmth. Increase your pet’s food in cold weather as their calorie needs increase. Adequate calorie intake is essential for maintaining their coat, muscle and providing energy for heat. Do not leave antifreeze, coolant or windshield wiper fluid within reach and do not let pets drink from puddles. These products taste

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appealing to pets but most are lethal to animals when ingested. So thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle. Also, keep your pets on a leash outdoors and steer them far away from any suspect puddles. Some animals can remain outside safely longer in the winter than others. Certain conditions such as kidney disease, heart disease, etc. may compromise a pet’s ability to regulate their

When temperatures drop near zero, it’s time to give the outdoor cat and dog a break and invite them in even if it’s in the garage. own body heat. Animals that are not generally in good health shouldn't be exposed to winter weather for a long period of time. Very young and very old animals are vulnerable to the cold as well. Regardless of their health, if possible, no pets should stay outside for unlimited amounts of time in freezing cold weather. If you have any questions about how long your pet should be outside this winter, ask your veterinarian or call your local animal shelter or humane society. If you see an animal in distress, please call your local animal control or humane society right away. It doesn't take long for companion animals to suffer and fall victim to severe winter weather such as frostbite or hypothermia. J

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Rotary provides opportunities for ordinary women to do extraordinary things STRENGTHENING ROTARY - STRENGTHENING DIVERSITY STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES After more than 20 years since women were first admitted into Rotary, the



better deliver your services and messages: It is not that women make “better”

perception that women are not allowed

Rotarians, but, increased diversity creates

or welcome in Rotary continues all over

better outcomes, and clubs that reflect

the world. Perhaps this is why JUST 18%

their own communities are able to better


engage in their communities and meet


their needs.


In the corporate world, for example,


research has repeatedly linked greater


gender diversity on companies’ boards

1. Women represent a large, untapped pool of potential volunteers: At the heart of each Rotary club are

with better financial returns. Fortune 500 companies with more women board members outperform those who don’t


its volunteer members. However, over the

by at least 53% in return on equity! One

by The

past decade there has been no growth in

of the key reasons for this is that women

Rotary Club of Albert Park “in order to

the total number of Rotarians worldwide,

offer a differing and complementing

initiate and support a dynamic Rotary

with many clubs struggling to maintain

perspective to that of men. Put simply by

culture where men and women work

members. In fact, were it not for the

the former Chairman of the US Securities

together to expand and build on existing

increased number of women Rotarians

and Exchange Commission, William

strengths with the benefits of diversity

during this period, Rotary would have

Donaldson, “monolithic backgrounds are

to improve the lives of individuals and

over 115,000 fewer members than a

destined to foster monolithic thinking”.

communities in a way consistent with

decade ago!

the RI Strategic Plan.” There are currently

Gender diversity is thus vital for

WHAT NEXT? Increasing the number of women

5,700 women in Rotary in Australia who

maintaining and expanding Rotary’s

in Rotary is not a fairness or equality

volunteer their time to help communities

membership base. This is particularly

issue; it simply makes sense if we want to

at home and abroad, as well as enjoying

so given that in some places the rate of

continue doing what we have been doing

the benefits of networking, mentoring,

volunteerism among women is higher

for more than 100 years.

developing their leadership skills and

and growing faster, than that of men.

meeting a diverse array of others with

Currently, we have about 1.2 million

There are a large and growing number of women in senior business

Rotarians worldwide. If we had a 50/50

and community roles with a great deal

When recent focus groups, in places

gender split, we could stop the decline in

to contribute through Rotary. We need

as diverse as Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Sydney

the number of Rotarians and build up a

to ask ourselves - Why are they not

and Chicago, were asked to characterize

volunteer base of more than two million

gravitating towards us because this is our

Rotary and Rotarians, their responses

Rotarians. Imagine what a difference that

loss. We need to work hard to encourage

included: “Business men”, “elite”,

would make!

more women to join Rotary and dispel

similar community-oriented values.

“secretive”, “old”, “wealthy” and “not sure that women are allowed into local clubs”. 16 |

2. The more women in you have in Rotary, the more likely your club can

the myth that they are not welcome because the future of Rotary depends on

an enthusiastic membership. THE QUESTIONS REMAIN: •

How do we change the perception of potential women

volunteers? •

How do we attract them to Rotary?

What strategies does Leadership have planned, and

what are their ideas for tomorrow to attract women? For instance, in Australia over the past two years, they have celebrated International Women’s Day with a large breakfast, which has sent a strong message that women are very much a part of Rotary, while also raising funds for local causes. After

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Country Club, and the Midstate Rotary Club, which meets early Wednesday mornings. For more information on the local clubs or to contact a member, please visit the following links to their websites:,, and the to find the club that fits your schedule. J If Rotarians have a “creed,” it is found here—

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is a very

patients with dry eye and contributes in


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affecting over 5 million people in the

evaporation of the liquid layer of the film.

United States over the age of 50. Some

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studies have shown that dry eye affects

each blink that coat the surface of the eye.

up to 33% of the population. Common

The oil becomes very thickin patients

symptoms include ocular burning,

with inflammation of the oil glands, and

irritation, redness, fluctuating vision,

the glands become clogged and cannot

and foreign body sensation. There are

release the oils onto the eye. Without

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adequate oil coverage of the tear film the

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experience dry eye symptoms.

effectively. This type only affects 15%

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options adequately treat this condition in

an anti-inflammatory medication that

patients with moderate to severe forms of

decreases this inflammation and improves disease because they do not completely tear production. Restasis® is used in

unclog the oil glands. Fortunately,

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there has been a recent paradigm shift

the gland that produces tears and causes

in the treatment of dry eye with the

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procedure to treat the form of dry eye that is found in 85% of patients. This device provides direct heat to the oil glands which melts the clogged oil within the glands. The device also provides a gentle massage of the glands that completely evacuates the clogged oil during the twelve minute procedure. This treatment is different because it directly treats the cause of

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YOU ARE UNIQUE There is no one on this


planet exactly like you By jacquie Reininger

ou are unique… there is no one on this planet exactly like you. From the day you were born, you have preferred certain circumstances, foods and even environments over others. If you had been free to embrace your preferences, it is possible that you would be in perfect harmony with your creator’s plan for you, and you would never encounter illness of any sort. Unfortunately, here in America, we are not taught to trust in our instincts or intuition and we allow external influences to lead us away from what feels right for our unique systems. We may have been fed unhealthy fast-foods for instance, or we may have been forced to play competitive sports when we preferred a more peaceful pastime such as art appreciation. Every action we take either aligns with our original blueprint or it doesn’t, thus throwing us off balance. Every mouthful of food either nourishes us or causes our systems stress. This results in imbalances which eventually express as illnesses.

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Yoga comes from India, and its sister science does as well. Ayurveda means the “Science of Life”. It teaches us how to decipher what our original blueprint was at birth. It teaches us what type of Body/Mind combination we have. It teaches us how the foods we eat and our behavior either brings us towards our unique balanced state or not. I studied Ayurveda first by reading Deepak Chopra’s book Perfect Health, then with Krishna Jyoti in California, and then with a local man, Jim Sink, here in Asheboro. Jim graciously gave me permission after several years to share his lectures with my students at Santosha Yoga Studio. The first step in understanding where you were meant to be, is to learn what your unique blend of three basic qualities was at birth. The three doshas, simply explained, are Vata(Air-y), Pitta(Fire-y) and Kapha(Water-y). A Firey person for instance is usually passionate, easily angered (hot-headed). An Air-y person may be easily distracted and slim and delicate. A person with lots of Water influence may be heavy and slow, like a big lake, slow to shift. We are all born with our unique blend of these influences. So long as we keep true to our preferences, we stay healthy and in balance. But when we waiver from our intended path, we begin to gather stress in our body/mind/spirit and dis-ease soon follows. There are many resources on-line where you can find a short set of questions which can divulge your “constitution” or balance of doshic influences.




Once you understand your unique Master Plan, you can tune in to the ways your diet, behavior and environment affect your health. It’s very simple and quite logical. People who are mostly Fire influenced need to limit spicy foods and exposure to hot weather. Air-y people may need to keep warm and eat

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comfort foods, usually these are well-cooked. Water influenced individuals may need to find activities which get their body systems jump-started! These are simple examples of how understanding Ayurvedic principles can help you stay as healthy as you were meant to be. As more Americans are incorporating Yogic teachings into their lifestyles, so too will they accept its sister science of Ayurveda. Watch Santosha Yoga for our next workshop on this topic and learn this elegant system so you too can embrace God’s original plan for a perfect you! J | 21


It’s Time to File


ell the IRS has done it again!! Last year for this January article I wrote about how the Fiscal Cliff delayed the start of tax season until January 30th. This year because of the government shutdown in October, the IRS has once again decided that they will start processing tax returns on January 30th. And for those thinking about filing by the old pen and paper forms, the IRS will not process those until January 30th. Last year I said “Never, in my career, has the filing date been as late as it is this year…” and it seems to be true for 2 years in a row. And let’s not even start a discussion on whether or not refunds will be delayed if the government hits the debt ceiling in mid-February. Just because the IRS has delayed the start of processing returns, doesn’t mean you should wait to see us until then. If you have your information, come on in, we will complete your tax return and have you first in line when the IRS opens. Electronic filing and direct deposit will speed up your refund. Starting in 2013, if you are claiming a home office, the IRS is simplifying how to claim that deduction. You will be able to choose the original form 8829 or the new optional deduction of $5.00 per square

foot, capped at $1,500. With the new option you would not be able to claim depreciation on the business portion of your home, but you would still be able to claim entire amount of the mortgage interest, real estate taxes and casualty losses on Schedule A. These deductions would not have to be allocated between personal and business. This new option means that you can save some time from filing out form 8829 (43 pesky lines) and from collecting and sorting all household


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related receipts. If you visit us we will determine which method saves you the most taxes. I would like to remind small business owners that they can deduct up to $100,000 of profit on their 2013 North Carolina tax return. This deduction is

only valid on 2012 & 2013 North Carolina tax returns. Unfortunately the North Carolina Assembly did not extend this deduction into 2014. Speaking of North Carolina tax changes, we have received numerous phone calls asking if the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has been eliminated. The EITC is still in full effect for 2013 Federal and North Carolina tax returns. So when you file your return this year and everything is about the same as last year, please expect your refund to be about the same. Now next year is a different story for North Carolina. When you file your North Carolina tax return next year in 2015, there will not be a North Carolina EITC. The Federal EITC is not changing, but North Carolina eliminated their EITC. However, North Carolina did lower their tax rate on individuals to 5.8% from 6%, 7% or 7.75% depending on your income. I wish everyone a happy return and safe filing as the tax season begins. As always if you have any questions please contact the tax professionals at Liberty Tax for assistance, we are here to help you take advantage of the most credits and deductions to which you are legally entitled. Our phone number is 629-4700 and our office address: Shoppes on Dixie, 405 E Dixie Drive, Asheboro between Di’lishi and Jimmy Johns. J

Ryan Dodson has a Masters in Accounting from North Carolina State University. He worked in public accounting with Deloitte and Arthur Andersen. He and his wife Tiffany own and operate Liberty Tax Service.

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The Widow McCulley


By Rev. Peter Panagore

wo brothers, Jimmy and George, were peckish and had no cash for a snack. They peered around, and seeing no one, snuck into a yard, climbed a tree, and picked as many apples as they could steal away. Little did they know that the widow McCulley was peeking at them from behind her curtained window. The brothers hid behind a neighbor’s shed and ate every green apple, giving them both bellyaches. As if that was not punishment enough, when they got home, their furious father was waiting for them, chewed them out and punished them both. The widow McCulley, having worried about the boys’ scruples, had phoned their father and told him her tale. She believed it was her duty to protect the decency of her neighborhood children, and the apples of her other neighbor. The boys never stole apples or anything again. Believing that busybody neighbors were watching every day made them into better boys, and eventually into honest men. Do we behave when we think we are detected? Do we

misbehave when we think we are unseen? Someone always sees, and I do not mean the widow McCulley. The book of Ecclesiastes says, “God will bring every deed into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.”* Let's Pray: Beloved God, You see everything, the love we give, and the hurt we cause; forgive us our bad deeds, and inscribe Your love inside our hearts, that we may choose to do the right thing. Amen. Here’s a Thought: God sees all, knows all, and remembers all. Love matters. *Source: Ecclesiastes 12:14 J

Reverend Peter Baldwin Panagore of, is a native of Massachusetts, graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree in Divinity from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and with a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. St. John’s High School of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, an Xaverian Brothers sponsored school, provided him with his preparatory school education. In 2003, he was recruited to apply for the position of Pastor of the First Radio Parish Church of America ( FRPCA is America’s oldest continuous religious broadcast, founded 1926, and now reaching 1.5 million listeners, viewers and readers a week on TV, radio and internet, including American Forces Radio Network. From 19992006 Reverend Panagore was a staff writer at Homiletics, the leading and cutting-edge nationwide worship preparation journal for mainline clergy. Homiletics has published more than a hundred of his sermons. He has also published short stories in anthologies, most notably, Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul, by New York Times Best Selling editor Jack Canfield. Two Minutes for God was released by Touchstone/Fireside an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in early December of 2007 and landed immediately on the Maine Best Seller list. 24 |

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Triad Foot Center Dispels Nail Fungus Myths

re your toes are suffering from a fungal infection? While you may worry you’ll never be able to put on opened-toed shoes again, the truth is it’s most likely not as bad as you think, says Greensboro podiatrist Dr. Kathryn Egerton of the Triad Foot Center. Fungal infections are caused by fungi that get under your nails, but stay above the outermost layer of skin. The fungi thrive in warm, damp places like swimming pools and showers, as well as hard surfaces such as nail or cuticle clippers. “If your nail is thick white or yellow in color, crumbles when touched, or if it has a chalky material beneath the nail, you’re likely suffering from a fungal infection called Onychomycosis,” Egerton explains. “If you notice a change in the appearance of your toenail, get it checked out as soon as possible to prevent a worsening or spreading of the infection.” For many people who suffer from fungal nail infections, the winter months are welcomed as they know that their infected toes will soon be hidden under socks and boots, but this is actually the perfect time to treat your toes. Several over-the-counter products are available; however, they require twice daily applications for 6-12 months and

have a success rate of only 10-20%. Oral medications taken for between 3 to 12 months are also available, but require blood tests and may have adverse side effects. In office laser treatments are quick, painless and have no side effects. The laser is FDA approved for the treatment of Onychomycosis and has a similar success rate to that of oral medication which is 8085%. If you are suffering from nail fungus infection, contact Triad Foot Center at (336) 538-6885. J


If you notice a change in the appearance of your toenail, get it checked out as soon as possible to prevent a worsening or spreading of the infection.


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“Lots of great things are happening here in Randolph County. Very proud to be a part of such a supportive community and I hope for great success in 2014 with this league. The friends I have met with Frisbee will be friends for life.”


hat is Ultimate Frisbee? It is a game between friends, new and old. So many people around town think it is simply a bunch of people running around barefoot and throwing a Frisbee back and forth. However, they might be surprised to learn that there is much more to it. The object of Ultimate Frisbee is to gain points by scoring goals against the opposing team (1 point per goal). The Frisbee, or disc, is passed by flicking it through the air to a teammate. A goal is scored when a player successfully passes the disc to a teammate in the end zone. Like in any other sport, the team with the most points at the end of the game is declared

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the winner. Ultimate Frisbee has become a very popular pick-up game here in Asheboro, however, its beginnings were chaotic at best. Many weekends it was difficult to find enough players or even a place to play. Sometimes mere minutes before a game would start, they would gather a group utilizing phone texts and Facebook messages and players would begin to arrive on the field. Once word got out and the sport became more popular, as many as 34 people would show up some evenings. Most of those people have continued to get together, becoming good players and even better friends. The group grew so large that our field could no longer accommodate our numbers. Thankfully,

the YMCA approached us in September. Theywere extremely interested in starting a league and offered a helping hand. Working closely with Joe Taurek and Patrick O’Hara at the YMCA, we have formed an Indoor Ultimate Frisbee League for the winter. The season is scheduled to begin on January 17th and run through Valentine’s Day. The league will play Round Robin every Friday night beginning at 6 pm. Anyone interested is encouraged to come out and be a spectator to learn the game. An outdoor league will be formed in late spring or early summer at the YMCA if there is enough continued interest. This is a great addition to the Y’s “Make a Resolution for Life” campaign for a Healthier you in 2014! Come join us! J

10 Ultimate Frisbee Rules The rules of Ultimate Frisbee are pretty extensive but to get a glimpse of the basic outline of the game's regulations take a look below. You can find the rules of ultimate frisbee in more detail at 1. Start of Play To begin play the ultimate players from each team line up on their end zones and the defense team pulls (throws) the disc to the other team as a "kick-off". Pulls are long throws, and they are thrown in efforts of giving the offensive team poor field position and a chance for the defense to get down the field soon enough to stop advances. Teams consist of 7 players each. 2. Movement of the Disc The disc may be moved in any direction by completing a pass to a teammate. After catching a pass, a player is required to come to a stop as quickly as possible, and then can only move their non pivot foot. 3. Scoring A point is scored when a player catches a pass in the end zone while his team is attacking. 4. Change of Possession An incomplete pass results in a change of possession. When this happens the defense immediately becomes the offense and gains possession of the disc where it comes to a stop on the field of play, or where it first traveled out of bounds. Play does not stop because of a turnover. 5. Reasons for Turnovers Throw-away — the thrower misses his target and the disc falls to the ground. Drop — the receiver is not able to catch the disc. Block — a defender deflects the disc in mid flight, causing it to hit the ground. Interception — a defender catches a disc thrown by the offense. Out of bounds — the disc lands out of bounds, hits an object out of bounds or is caught by a player who lands out of bounds or leaps from outside the playing field. Stall — a player on offense does not release the disc before the defender has counted out ten seconds. 6. Fouls A foul is the result of contact between players, although incidental contact (not affecting the play) does not constitute a foul. When a foul disrupts possession, the play resumes as if the possession were retained. If the player committing the foul disagrees with the foul call, the disc is returned to the last thrower. 7. Substitutions Teams are allowed to substitute players after a point is scored or for an injured player after an injury time out. In the case of an injury substitution, the opposing team is allowed to make a substitution for a non-injured player. 8. Refereeing Players are responsible for foul and line calls. Players resolve their own disputes. This creates a spirit of honesty and respect on the playing field. It is the duty of the player who committed the foul to speak up and admit his infraction. Occasionally, official observers are used to aid players in refereeing, known as observers. 9. Strategies Teams employ many different offensive strategies with different goals. Most basic strategies are an attempt to create open lanes on the field for the exchange of the disc between the thrower and the receiver. Organized teams assign positions to the players based on their specific strengths. Designated throwers are called handlers and designated receivers are called cutters. The amount of autonomy or overlap between these positions depends on the make-up of the team. 10. Spirit of the Game Ultimate is known for its "Spirit of the Game", often abbreviated SOTG. Ultimate's self-officiated nature demands a strong spirit of sportsmanship and respect. | 29


Stop Ringing in the New Year Manage Your Tinnitus in 2014 By Brooke Miller, Au.D.—The Hearing Clinic

Question: I am experiencing a “ringing in the ears.” Do I just have to learn to live with it, or is there something that can be done? Answer:


re you or someone you know experiencing ringing in the ears? Have you been told that you need to “learn to live with it?” If so, you are not alone. The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Of these, 12 million have tinnitus that is severe enough to seek medical attention, and two million persons have tinnitus that is so debilitating they cannot function in their daily lives. Defined as the perception of sound when no external sound is present, tinnitus is often referred to as “ringing in the ears” although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping or clicking sounds. It can be intermittent or constant, with single or changing frequencies. Because there are so many causes of tinnitus, it is important to be thoroughly evaluated to determine what

exactly is causing the ringing. Many times people are told that tinnitus is normal with aging, or that they just have to live with it, both of which are false statements. Causes of tinnitus can range from noise exposure or other damage to the auditory system, ear wax buildup, a benign tumor, certain drugs, Meniere’s disease (affects the inner ear), otosclerosis (stiffening of middle ear bones), high blood pressure, heart disease, anemia, allergies, underactive thyroid, and diabetes. Alcohol, smoking, caffeine, salt, and certain foods can worsen the effects of tinnitus. Stress and fatigue are also known to worsen perception of tinnitus. At The Hearing Clinic, we understand that tinnitus is a complex problem, and that the experience is different for each patient. We take the time to listen and gather valuable information, use comprehensive diagnostic testing to evaluate, and then by combining the latest technologies, therapies, and methods, we develop an individualized treatment and/or management plan. In

addition, The Hearing Clinic continues to actively pursue and use new therapies and management strategies to help our patients experience relief from their tinnitus. Make the resolution to stop ringing in the New Year. If you or your loved one has been told to “learn to live with tinnitus,” please contact The Hearing Clinic and see one of our Doctors of Audiology for the latest in testing, treatment and/or management of your tinnitus in 2014. J


Because there are

so many causes of

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what exactly is causing the ringing

brooke miller, au.D. - a native of the Piedmont triad, Dr. miller received a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a doctor of audiology from James madison University. she has worked at the University of Virginia and the martinsburg (WV) Veterans administration, and has volunteered with the special Olympics. Dr. miller’s specialties include diagnostic hearing, balance and vestibular testing. she has a personal interest in other musicians with hearing loss and hearing protection, as well as long-term management of hearing loss in both the adult and special needs populations.

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THEPower POWER POSITIVE ofOF Positive ///////// The

PositiveThinking By Tracy Blanscet


am an absolute believer in the power of positive thinking. I’ve read a lot about it and have incorporated positive thinking into my own life for many years with successful results. At one time I truly lacked the ability to dream. I remember someone asked me to picture my dream car, and I could only conjure up the tires… the problem was my dream car was ANY car. So, here’s how I learned to tap into the power of positive thinking and start dreaming again. First you have to choose a goal. This works whether it’s a big goal or a little one. BELIEF It doesn’t matter if no one else believes in your goal as long as YOU do. You can actually trick your brain into this even if you don’t believe in yourself right now. They say, “You are what you eat.” Well, I believe “You are what you think.” How do you trick yourself into believing you can reach your goal? Saying things out loud. If I ever hear my kids say, “I can’t,” I quickly shush them and remind them their brain is listening. It sounds kooky, but it’s true. Don’t ever say negative things about yourself out loud. Try these tricks instead: AFFIRMATIONS Affirmations are just positive phrases you (or someone else) repeat to yourself. These are best when stated out loud, because of the variety of ways that it is entering your brain. (You think it, say it, & hear it.) I had a college professor that made us start class by repeating seven times, out loud “I’m a winner!” Of course if you’re in 14 32 |

public, just keep it in your head… I used to think the following affirmation in my head to “work-out” my brain while passing time on the treadmill at the gym. “I am smart, I am beautiful inside and out, I am fit.” PRAYER AND MEDITATION are both forms of affirmation. Especially time spent in gratitude. Gratitude, I believe, brings more abundance. Some people like to word their affirmations as if their goals have already happened. Like this: “I’m so grateful to be a published writer.” SONGS are a great way to sneak thoughts into your subconscious. (So you should be careful what you listen to!) Kids learn a ton of information in song format: the alphabet, the days of the week, bible stories, and more. Songs are catchy and we can memorize so much information if something is in song format. I made up my own songs after reading books with principals I wanted to remember. It totally boosted my positive thinking. Here’s an excerpt from one song I made up in the car after reading one particular book: “I can do anything, anything that I can dream, If I want to achieve, all I have to do is believe. I will make a goal; I will plan it out, Spend my extra time just thinkin’ about How to get from here to where I want to be And ideas will start coming to me.”

As a side note, I also put my particularly difficult college coursework into a song, so I could remember it for tests. Now that you know that you can actually put things into your brain that influence your thoughts, try to stop all negative self-talk. No more saying, “I’m fat, I’m too busy, I’m not smart enough.” Replace all of that with positive self-talk. Even if you don’t believe your own words at first, a change will take place in your subconscious that will affect you. VISUALIZATION Try to picture yourself at your end goal. Some people can visualize themselves 20 pounds thinner, receiving that college diploma, or whatever their goal may be. For me, it was hard to image myself at my end goal, so I actually cut out pictures and quotes and made a dream board next to my bed. This way I could look at it everyday to keep my eye on my goals. While I was working on my prerequisites at a junior college, I created a very real-looking diploma from Loma Linda University to put on my dream board with their actual logo, which I found online. It had my name on it and next to it I wrote, “I made it through Loma Linda!” About three years later, I replaced my “dream document” with the real thing! The funny thing is that I really wasn’t focused on going to that particular school since it seemed out of reach academically and financially, but they had the toughest requirements, so I made that my temporary goal. When I actually met all of the

The Power of Positive /////////

“For me, it was hard to image myself at my end goal, so I actually cut out pictures and quotes and made a dream board next to my bed.”

requirements for the best school around in my chosen field, there was nothing to hold me back from actually going there. I’m so glad I put it on my board while I was learning how to dream big! Some examples of the other goals on my dream board from that time period were: SMILES Lots of smiles to represent two things: 1) I want to make people smile in life. 2) I was going to school for dental hygiene, so I’d be a part of maintaining a healthy smile.

GREAT ABS You may think this is a joke after having five children… Even though I’m still working on that one, I’m much closer than I was 10 years ago!

STOCK CERTIFICATE Next to this picture I put a note saying, “Remember, I’m an entrepreneur at heart!” I didn’t want to forget that I love being my own boss. ADVENTURE I taped up photos of snorkeling, swimming with giant sea turtles, and kayaking with a note that read “Explore my world with wonder and awe.” Over just a few years I have accomplished nearly everything that was on my first dream board (circa 2006). Dream boards should be adapted regularly to reflect your current goals. Tune in next issue for more on the power of positive. « ||3315



WHERE TO INVEST FOR 2014 or 2014 many of the firms that I do business with are saying that we should shift to a little more “Global Balance”

in our investments. Many U.S. companies doing business around the world are seeing a growth of middle class families in other countries. Inside the United States there is a boom in manufacturing…..especially in the southern states. Many factory jobs that were sent overseas are coming back to the United States for a variety

opportunity over the next 3-5 years. A

of reasons. Another boom to keep

good mix of U.S. stocks, foreign stocks

an eye on is the growing number of

and a few sector or industry funds in

oil and gas wells in the United States.

your portfolio may be the right mix for

This has created jobs and opportunities 2014. for workers associated with this

I have put together a package of

industry. Biotech and healthcare are

reading material that explains in

also continuing to provide growing

detail some of the opportunities and

revenues for companies and their

advantages to global stock investing.


Simply call or send me an email and

With interest rates still on the low

I would be happy to send you the

side (below 4.00%) stocks and certain

literature or discuss any of these

bonds may still provide the best

opportunities in more detail. J


A good mix of U.S. stocks, foreign stocks and a few sector or industry funds in your portfolio may be the right mix for 2014.

Greg Smith is a local investment advisor and has over 20 years experience in the investment field. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in business.

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The Randolph County Department of Social Services is looking for loving, supportive families to serve as foster families for the children of Randolph County in need. We are focusing on homes for sibling groups, teenagers, and medically fragile children

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent, please contact the Randolph County Department of Social Services at 336-683-8062 to get more information on the requirements and training opportunities.

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inancial advisor Joe Fowler recently announced that he will join Stratos Wealth Partners as a Partner/Wealth Advisor. Stratos, an independent, hybrid Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), is an innovative firm with a unique infrastructure in the financial services industry that allows its wealth advisors to offer, unbiased, conflict free wealth strategies to their clients. Fowler was previously affiliated with a national firm and plans to manage over $50 million in assets under management. He will add three advisors to his Asheboro office in 2014 where they will primarily focus on providing services to high networth individuals. Fowler has over seven years of investment and financial planning experience. He transitioned to the financial services industry after working in the agriculture field for more than two decades. While he was with his prior firm, Fowler specialized in retirement income and retirement planning, while also managing 401(k)s and IRAs. In addition, he focused on medium to moderate-risk income products. “I was immediately impressed by Stratos Wealth Partners and the abundant resources they offer their wealth advisors,” said Fowler. “Joining a well-established, independent firm allows me to offer my clients a much broader breadth of products and services that I was unable to provide while at my previous firm. Stratos’ affiliation with LPL Financial, the largest independent broker-dealer in the country, provides unparalleled support and gives me the ability to maintain a laser focus on strategies that help my clients in working towards their financial goals.” Fowler joins Peter Jawidzik, Managing Partner for Stratos in the Carolinas. Jawidzik is responsible for developing and expanding the firm’s footprint in North and South Carolina. Fowler is part of an elite network of 18 advisors in the region who have embraced Stratos as a partner in taking the product and service offering for their clients to the next level. 36 |


Joining a well-established, independent firm allows me to offer my clients a much broader breadth of products and services that I was unable to provide while at my previous firm.


Fowler is extremely involved in his Asheboro community. He is an active member of the Central Carolina Community Church and President of Randolph Professionals Network II, a leads and networking group of the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce. Fowler is also a corporate sponsor of the scoreboard at the McCrary Ballpark and previously served on the Kiwanis Club of Asheboro’s Board of Directors. Stratos Wealth Partners has experienced phenomenal growth in 2013, adding over 40 advisors to increase its network to a total of over 160 wealth advisors. The firm has also established a presence in 20 states, most recently, opening locations in Gulfport, Miss., Ville Platte, La., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Birmingham, Mich. and their newest location Asheboro, N.C. Stratos has over $1.05 billion in client assets under management in advisory accounts and an additional $6.1 billion in brokerage assets are held in accounts with LPL Financial, the firm’s broker-dealer. Forbes ranked Stratos No. 37 on its list of “50 Top Wealth Managers” in the “Fastest-growing RIAs” category earlier this year (based on growth in total assets under management as reported March 31, 2011 through March 31, 2013). J

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Randolph Arts Guild Hosts Excursion to Ackland Art Museum


Randolph Arts Guild Offers Group Piano Instruction with Instructor Sandi Rudzinski

he Randolph Arts Guild (R.A.G.) will host a day trip to the campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to visit the Ackland Art Museum on Wednesday, February 19th. The docent lead tour will focus on the museum's pottery. Ackland's collection includes a variety of ancient and contemporary pottery including a sizable Asian collection that is 4,000 years old. There are also 2,000 year old Greek vases among other very old pieces of functional pottery from around the world. The collection continues with traditional southern pottery from around 1980 to present. The excursion is $20 for R.A.G. members, $30 for nonmembers. Please bring extra spending money for lunch and snacks. The group will depart via motor coach from the parking lot behind the Randolph Arts Guild building (street address is 123 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro) at 9 a.m. We will return by early evening. Payment and completed registration are required for enrollment. The enrollment deadline is Wednesday, February 5th. For more information contact the Randolph Arts Guild at (336) 629-0399. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Ackland Art Museum holds 17,000 works of art -- also known as an ‘encyclopedic’ collection. The Randolph Arts Guild will visit a guided portion of the collection, featuring their pottery items. This trip is perfect for the pottery collector, working potter, he Randolph Arts Guild (R.A.G.) is set to ofor art enthusiast ready for a creative adventure. Have a special fer a group piano class with instructor, Sandi request to see a specific kind of pottery? Let R.A.G. know when Rudzinski. The class size is limited to 6 stuyou register for the trip and we’ll see what Ackland may dig up for you. dents. All materials are provided including the During the visit attendees will also have time to enjoy the course books. This class is designed for anyone other exhibitions at the Ackland. Exhibitions include activism art from India, Virginia Colony engravings by Theodor de Bry ages seven and older. Topics to be taught include proper hand from the 1500s, and American prints from the 1920s -- 1940s. J shape, finger numbers, reading rhythms: quarter, half & whole


notes, identifying keys by name, treble & bass clefs, the grand staff, and note reading. Group piano class meets from 4 p.m. -- 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday beginning on January 28th and ending on March 20th. The course costs $125 for RAG members and $140 for non-members. The class meets in the Moring Arts Center located at 123 Sunset Avenue in downtown Asheboro. Payment and a completed registration form are required for enrollment. The enrollment deadline is Tuesday, January 21. For more information and to enroll in this class contact the Randolph Arts Guild at (336) 629-0399. J 38 |

The Randolph Arts Guild has a history of teaching group piano at the Moring Arts Center. Past students enjoyed the casual, supportive group learning environment. RAG owns six

Bantum Rooster Presents Crazy Little Thing Called Love


antum Rooster presents Crazy Little Thing Called Love, the third annual Valentines ment allows the instructor to visit one-on-one with each student Dinner Dance. Patrons to the show will enjoy a sumptuous dinner buffet catered by Something while the other students practice at their own pace. The group Different Restaurant, and the hottest love songs setting also provides all the students an opportunity to learn and dance hits preformed by Bantum Rooster. The theme of love is present throughout the entire evening from the time from each other. Enrolled students may also take advantage of guests walk through the door of the elaborately decorated practicing in the Moring Arts Center any time the building is Exchange, decked out in decor of hot pink and deep red, to the elegant dinner buffet, to the dance floor where guests are then open to the public (Mondays through Fridays: 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m.; set in motion to the sounds of sweet love songs, and the smooth grooves of chart topping dance hits. A great evening for couples Saturdays: 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m.; closed Sundays). J or for a friends night out, this experience is presented for only Sandi Rudzinski is an $30 per person and guests will know by the end of the night accomplished musician. She has why love is a 'crazy little thing!' J electronic full sized keyboards with headphones. This arrange-

taught piano lessons for three years. Sandi has also served as an accompanist and organist for various schools and churches. Her representative repertoire includes "Prelude in g# minor, Opus 32, Number 12" by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Sandi also plays the oboe and would like to start learning the saxophone. She lives in Randolph County with her husband and daughter. Sandi feels she is confident to teach anyone to play the piano as long as they are willing to try.

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olly McLean has an infectious laugh. And infectious energy. She loves what she does and it shows. Molly is a wife and mother. She’s a selfproclaimed farm girl. Molly can drive a tractor or sew a dress. She can write a book and she can find the perfect accessory for that hard to pull together room. Molly can refurbish furniture and give old pieces a new facelift. She says that her home is her hobby. Some would wonder exactly what (if anything) can’t Molly McLean do. But to talk to Molly McLean she is far too humble to give off such an impression, and perhaps would even be embarrassed by such bragging. McLean grew up in a small area known as White Oak in the eastern part of North Carolina. She grew up on a farm, where she gained such talents as tractor driving, but also with creative parents that encouraged her artistic growth. According to McLean her mother and grandmother were natural born decorators and huge influences in her childhood, where she recalls vividly being dragged from flea market to antique sales from a very early age. These experiences would later play a huge role in her adult life. McLean attended Meredith College with the aspirations to become an art teacher, but later transferred into the interior

design program, from which she would graduate. Before the birth of her daughter Ella, now five years old, McLean worked as a designer with a national builder. Since Ella joined her world, McLean has gained yet even more talents, one being the ever-important art of juggling, as a busy mom. McLean has been a guest expert on Fox8 with design segments as well as having her own News and Record column on interior design. She has discovered the talent of creating gorgeous dresses for girls, as well as children’s handmade bedding. And somewhere between being a mom, a wife who works part-time in her husband’s office, and doing freelance design work, McLean has written a book. Her first book, Design on the Fly, was released this past fall. And while anticipating the birth of her second daughter in just a few weeks, McLean already has ideas for a new book and growing her design business. Until then, Molly is open for freelance design work and eager to work with local clients. “I do in-home consultations,” she said. “Some clients just want new ideas of things they can do and then run with them.” McLean can be reached at Check out her website at, her blog at www. or follow her on Facebook as Ella and Bee. J

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Randolph Arts Guild Presents “The Art of Food” with Magnolia 23 Restaurant

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ave you ever wondered why people have a preference for certain foods? The Randolph Art Guild hopes to shed some light on the topic with the help of a local restaurant. Join us on Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. for a free lecture featuring Don Simmons, owner and head chef at Magnolia 23 Restaurant. Don will discuss his creative passion for food and how his creativity translates into running a popular restaurant of three years that features menu items made from scratch. The lecture takes place at the Moring Arts Center located at 123 Sunset Avenue in downtown Asheboro. For more information, contact the Randolph Arts Guild at (336) 6290399. Don Simmons was born and raised in Norman, a small town in Richmond County, North Carolina. After graduating high school he entered the US Army where he was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After serving three years of active duty he came back to Asheboro, North Carolina, where he now resides. Don worked at Energizer Battery for 32 years. During his spare time, Don cultivated a passion for cooking. As an avid cook, Don owns and operates Magnolia 23, a southern soul food restaurant in downtown Asheboro. Here families and individuals can enjoy a good home cooked meal with fresh ingredients and desserts made from scratch. J

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Switch It Up Cash or Consign Changes Ownership By Sherry B. Johnson


ara Newton always

and began to purchase items outright

wanted to be in retail,

instead of just offering consignment.

having grown up

She has seen steady growth since she

working with her Dad in purchased the business and shoppers can their second hand store,

get great deals on fabulous clothing, shoes

Outreach Thrift Store. She looked around and even items for their home. There is for a business opportunity, and was able

new fresh merchandise available in the

to purchase All About Kids on October

store every day. If you are on Facebook,

1, 2007 from the previous owner. She

become a fan of the store and you can see

closed the store for two weeks to renovate, daily postings of new items as they arrive. paint and refresh the inside of the store

If you let the staff know you are looking

to make it more appealing to shoppers,

for something in particular, if an item is

changed the name to All About Fashion

brought in that matches what you want

Upscale Consignment and added high

they will give you a call so you don’t miss

end women’s consignment clothing.


Since that time she has expanded from

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With three young children and

the original 740 consignors to over 4,000

a husband at home, the hours she

consigners and sellers. She has grown the

has spent building her business have

store from 3,000 to 6,000 sq. ft, adding

been tremendous, and although she

home décor, furnishings, men’s clothing,

is passionate about what she has built,

shoes and a small boutique section with

Kara has been thinking about selling

beautiful bows to her offerings.

the business to allow her to spend more

In 2012, Kara changed the name of the time with her family. But how do you business to Switch It Up Cash or Consign, let something go that you have worked

so hard to build, and make sure that it continues on in good hands. You sell it to someone who loves the business as much as you do, has worked beside you for three years and helped you build and maintain the great relationships with your customers, consignors and sellers. Kara approached her longtime employee, Deanna Shumaker, who has worked at the store for three years after school, and has said on more than one occasion “If you ever decide you want to sell your business, please let me know first.” Deanna and her mom, Malynda Shumaker immediately told Kara they would like to buy it. It’s exciting for Kara to know that her dream and vision for the store will continue, with some new and exciting changes that Malynda and Deanna bring with their own flair. Over the next few weeks the transition will be complete and customers, consignors and sellers should not see any major differences.



What’s next for Kara? She isn’t going far – she has started a new business opportunity in the skin care industry through Seacret and is looking forward to building her clientele, while having much more time to spend at home with her family. Kara and her family would like to thank everyone that has done business with All About Fashion/Switch It Up Cash or Consign over the past six years – she is grateful for the support from the community, her family and friends and has enjoyed getting to know everyone over the years and looks forward to continuing her relationships with her new business. J The Shumakers



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ZOOpendous Show Chorus: A Wildly Talented Bunch By Sherry B. Johnson


sheboro is home to the ZOOpendous Show Chorus, a women’s chorus group that sings a capella four part harmony. The chorus was started by Beverly Dale, International Championship Director and former Sweet Adelines International member in February, 2011. When she was researching Sweet Adelines chapter locations in North Carolina, and knowing that members would travel up to 60 miles to attend a rehearsal, Asheboro was the pin directly in the center of her map. She started with a small group and it has grown steadily over the years. They currently have 28 active members, but are always looking for more women to sing with them. Members come from all over the Triad: Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Southern Pines, Rockingham and even Raleigh! When you love to sing, there is no distance too great to drive to be with like minded people. In simple terms, four part barbershop harmony is vocal harmony produced by four voices - a lead, tenor, baritone and bass. Finding the right “part” for a woman, with or without vocal training, is the first step. The ladies have performed many times in the past few months, at the Veteran’s Day Parade, in front of the Randolph Arts Guild at Christmas on Sunset, and they are hoping to hold a fundraising concert at the newly renovated Sunset Theatre in early spring. The ZOOpendous Show Chorus is a non-profit organization that supports local programs working to help sufferers of asthma, COPD and other related breathing problems. They belong to the Chamber of Commerce and work hard to be involved in their community. They are available for concerts or presentations to any local civic groups –Masons, Kiwanis, Rotary, and others who would like to learn more about them or hear them sing. Marci Saunders, Assistant Director of the chorus, has been a member since the beginning. She has been singing barbershop since she was 19 years old and when she moved to Staley, the closest group to her was over an hour and a half drive. When


she learned about the ZOOpendous Show Chorus starting in Asheboro, she was so excited. “It was like the heavens opened up and I could sing again. If you are feeling down, an evening of singing can really lighten your spirits. It’s good clean fun!” She has become very involved with the group, helping with costumes for the shows and acting as Secretary for the Leadership Team. Her husband is very supportive of her “hobby,” helping to move the heavy risers that they use to stand on and attending as many performances as he is able. Marci sings Lead in a quartet called Endangered Species. Other members of the quartet are Beverly Dale as baritone, Becky Ross sings bass, and Bev Lawrence sings Tenor. They will sing whenever and wherever they can, literally at the drop of a hat or the tone of a pitch pipe. Bev Lawrence was the Director of hand bells at the Central Methodist Church in Asheboro for 19 years. A member of the First Presbyterian Church, she sang with the Randolph Choral for many years. She has a church music degree and while her training was classical, she has always loved men’s barber shop quartets. She moved to Asheboro in 1988, is a bookkeeper by trade, and teaches voice and piano on the side. She attended an open house for the chorus two years ago and joined the group that very night. Lori Sarosi moved to Asheboro from California to work as a lab tech at Randolph Hospital. She was a member of a large Sweet Adelines group there, Pacific Empire, for 21 years, and has now been a member of the ZOOpendous Show Chorus for two years. She wanted to move to a smaller hospital before retirement, and loved the area around Asheboro. Georgia Pollnow was very excited when she found out that Beverly was starting a chorus in Asheboro and would be the Director. She was a member of Sweet Adelines in CT, and when she moved to the Pinehurst area she joined the Sweet Adelines chapter in Pinehurst. When it disbanded, the entire group chose to join the ZOOpendous Show Chorus and the seven of them travel to Asheboro together for rehearsals and

ZOOpendous Show Chorus is an organization of women who are wild about four part barbershop harmony, while encouraging a sisterhood of love and support.

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performances. Ann Doster drives up every week from Seven Lakes. She has been a Sweet Adelines member since 1972, and has been singing with Beverly Dale for over 25 years. She went to International competitions three times in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis and has performed many times with Beverly. She formed the Sandhills Harmony Chorus and sang in that, until moving to the ZOOpendous Show Chorus when it began. “It’s a wonderful outlet and a true sisterhood. It’s a very big part of my life.” Do you like to sing in the shower, in the car, or with family or friends? If you are musically inclined, the chorus will be holding an Open House soon to meet you and show you what they are all about. “Like” their Facebook page to keep up with what’s going on and to get the scoop on future performances or visit their website at www.zoopendousshowchorus. com. The ZOOpendous Show Chorus rehearses on Mondays at 7 p.m. at West Bend United Methodist Church, 1080 Albemarle Road in Asheboro. J | 47


Your Heart is at the Y’ Dinner & Dance


By Megan Clapp

ick up your heels for a special evening to support your Randolph-Asheboro YMCA. Join us Valentine’s Day 2014 for our first annual ‘Your Heart is at the Y’ Dinner and Dance; an elegant evening to benefit youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. This event will be held February, 14, 2014, so please mark your calendars and reserve your seats for an exciting and meaningful evening!

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Romantic lighting, formal setting, and a superb dinner make for the perfect Valentine’s date night. Couples and singles are welcome! This fun event will be held at Pinewood Country Club. Attire is semi-formal. Festivities begins at 6:30pm with a cash bar. There will be music and dancing so, hit the dance floor as DJ Don Allred plays your favorite tunes! The evening will also consist of a live auction by auctioneers Don Allred and Patrick O’Hara with some big ticket items such as furniture from Klaussner Home Furnishings, a dinner party for twenty guests by Talmadge Baker, Dick Peterson, and Mayor David Smith, golf for four at Pinehurst No. 8 with a two night stay at Carol and Jim Rich’s condo, Phil Morgan Crystalline pottery, a one week stay at Julia and Bill Wittenberg’s mountain town-home, a one week stay at Fran and Warren Knapp’s beach house, 4 rounds of golf at the Old North State Club and others! You will be dancing for a cause as all proceeds go towards the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA to help make accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to

YMCA Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that help build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. learn, grow, and thrive. The Y nurtures the potential of kids and teens, helps young adults and seniors live healthier active lives, and provides opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. Ticket price for the event is $50/person. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Please contact Patrick O’Hara at the YMCA for sponsorship details. The YMCA would not be able to make lasting changes in our community without the help and dedication of volunteers. This event is being thoughtfully planned out by our ‘Friends of the Y’ Committee which consists of a wonderful group of ladies who love and support our Y. The ‘Friends of the Y’ Committee members are as follows: Pat Allred, Lilly Bossong, Linda Daves, Kelly Inman, Ann Hoover, Fran Knapp, Sandra Lail, Nicki McKenzie Voncannon, Jan Monroe, Cindy Schroder, and Julia Wittenberg. Reserve your seats today! Please contact the RandolphAsheboro YMCA at (336) 625-1976 or any member of the ‘Friends of the Y’ committee for more information or to become a sponsor! J

Valentine’s Day DINNER & DANCE Friday, February 14, 2014 Dinner & Dancing Pinewood Country Club 6:30pm-11:00pm Tickets: $50/person Attire: Semi-Formal Live Auction – Cash Bar Music & DJ: Don Allred MENU: Gourmet Greens Salad Chicken Francaise Filet Mignon w/Hollandaise Twice Baked Potato Broccolini and Carrots Dessert Station featuring: Red Velvet Cake Strawberry Shortcake Triple Chocolate Mousse LIVE AUCTION ITEMS: • Furniture by Klaussner Home Furnishings • Julia & Bill Wittenberg’s Mountain Town-Home for one week • Fran & Warren Knapp’s Beach House for one week • Dinner Party for 20 Guests by Talmadge Baker, Dick Peterson, and Mayor David Smith • Golf for four at Pinehurst No. 8 with two night stay at Carol & Jim Rich’s Condo • Ben Owen III Pottery Chinese Red Custom Piece • Phil Morgan Crystalline Pottery • Crystal King Pottery Custom Piece • Sydney Rabe Artwork • 1-year Membership, including Initiation Fees, to Pinewood Country Club • 4 Rounds of Golf at the Old North State Club • 1-year Family Membership to the RandolphAsheboro YMCA | 49

Zoo Acquires New Sea Lions

By Ken Reininger Photos Courtesy of NC Zoo



n Halloween night the North Carolina Zoo received a special treat, the arrival of two young California sea lions to share the exhibit in the zoo’s Rocky Coast complex with its two resident harbor seals. The young sea lions were orphans that had been rescued in June 2012 from the California coast near La Jolla Cove. How they came to be orphaned is unknown. However over the past two years an alarming number of young sea lions have been washing up on California beaches, under weight, injured and orphaned. In Los Angeles County alone, more than 400 sea lions pups were found orphaned just since January 2013. This is over ten times the normal rate. Wildlife rescue facilities have been overwhelmed, straining their capacity to cope with so many patients. The federal government declared the situation an “unusual mortality event,” a designation used whenever unusual large scale events like this take place. Since 1991 federal officials have declared 57 such events for a variety of marine species in many different locations. The designation mobilizes biologists and oceanographers who try to determine the causes. Our two new sea lions were cared for when rescued by the staff at Sea World California. At last count Sea World had provided care for 270 such orphans during the past year. At Sea World our sea lions acquired the names Dyson and Storm. Storm was a quiet and docile young female who seemed relatively healthy and was growing normally, although she had a reputation as a finicky eater. She was known to prefer to eat only when on land (unusual for sea lions) and would need dedicated work to change that habit. Dyson on the other hand was an eating machine and quite a handful, who liked to approach zookeepers and nip at their boots. This of course could become a more significant concern once he became a mature adult

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weighing up to 700 pounds. The trip for Dyson and Storm from Sea World to the North Carolina Zoo required significant advanced logistical planning. Since rescued marine mammals fall under the jurisdiction of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) it is this agency that decides where they are placed and the conditions required for transport. The first step in the process was an application to receive these animals, which NMFS must approve. Once the permit was obtained, planning for the quickest and safest method of transport began. A detailed written plan for how transport was to be handled is part of the permit approval process. Given the length of the journey, transport by air was deemed the best method. Since this was rather unusual cargo, they could not travel on commercial passenger airlines. In this case FedEx was the best way to go and this entailed a new set of logistics. Space on the appropriate flights needed to be booked well in advance and security clearance for the staff accompanying the sea lions must be obtained. Federal regulations do require that qualified staff accompany marine mammals in transit in order to insure safe and proper care during the trip. Since the zoo does a fair number of these types of shipments the process was well known but is always time consuming and not without a few unexpected challenges. To properly prepare for caring for the new sea lions, a zookeeper from the North Carolina Zoo spent a week at Sea World to gain first hand knowledge of how they were housed, fed and managed. This also allowed our staff to begin establishing a bond with the animals. In addition, one of the Sea World zookeepers came to North Carolina to spend several days with the new sea lions after their arrival. This also helped

smooth their transition to an entirely new environment. After spending 30 days in quarantine, a standard precautionary practice for all new zoo animals to insure they don’t pass on disease to animals already in our collection, Dyson and Storm were moved to the seal/sea lion exhibit in early December. This too required careful planning so their introduction to our two harbor seals went smoothly. Storm and Dyson spent the first several days in the exhibit without the harbor seals so they had a chance to get used to the large new pool. The harbor seals were housed nearby, where the two species could see and hear each other. When the harbor seals joined them in the big pool everything went without incident. Unfortunately, as many of our readers will know, Storm died unexpectedly in late December. This was a shocking and heartbreaking development as Storm had appeared completely healthy and normal right up to the time of her death. Testing on the cause of her death is not yet complete but is pointing at a marine toxin that she was likely exposed to before she was born or shortly thereafter. This toxin (domoic acid) is produced by algae and is commonly known as “red tide�. Biologists believe this is the likely cause for the large number of wild California Sea Lion deaths over the past year. The North Carolina Zoo recognized when they agreed to provide a home for these orphans there might be hidden medical conditions that in part contributed to why they became orphaned originally. But we are committed to continue offering homes to animals such as this knowing the risks. To date our little male Dyson appears healthy and is indeed an energetic little handful. He can be seen on exhibit at the zoo daily in the seal and sea lion pool. J | 51





Chicken Noodle Soup




A recipe from your neighbor


Natalie LeBaron

ingredients: A perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter evening 4 large cans of Chicken Broth with 2 cups of Water 5 boneless chicken breasts boiled and shredded (OR an easier way…. buy a rotisserie chicken and take skin off and shred chicken pieces to put in soup) 1 TBSP of fresh garlic Salt and pepper to taste Thinly sliced baby carrots about ¼ cup 3 to 4 TSBP of Cornstarch mixed with a little water (just to mix it up to be pourable and thicken the broth a little) 2 packages of “Grandmas” frozen egg noodles (buy in freezer section at Grocery store by the frozen pasta and bread dough area.) Parsley (sprinkle a little parsley for looks and a bit for flavor, if desired)

directions: Bring chicken broth and 2 cups water to a boil. Add egg noodles and continue boiling for 10–15 minutes. Add in all other ingredients and boil 15 minutes on mediumhigh heat, then reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes.



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Design on the Fly: Quick and Easy Home Décor Tips for the Busy Household


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ave you ever wanted to change a room in your home, but felt too overwhelmed to know even where and how to start. Or perhaps, you tackled the project, but never felt like you could quite find the right finishing touches. Maybe, your home isn’t exactly what you picture in your mind, but your busy lifestyle doesn’t leave the time to make the transition. Asheboro resident, Molly McLean, has recently written a book that can solve all of these dilemmas plus more. Design on the Fly: Quick and Easy Home Décor Tips for the Busy Household, released in October, has been a labor of love over the past five years for McLean. “The book is geared to moms of small children, busy moms and busy women in general,” said McLean. “It’s for those that just don’t have a lot of time. The book shows how to work with small amounts of time of design, maybe a few hours for a project or a weekend.” McLean, who graduated from Meredith College with a degree in interior design, worked as a full-time designer until the birth of her daughter. Over the past five years while raising Ella, McLean has worked on her first book, while staying active in the design world by taking on freelance design work. Design on the Fly, a 144-page paperback, breaks down various household rooms chapter by chapter with tips and project ideas for smaller chunks of manageable time. The purpose is to give the busiest of households the ability to have a stylish house that feels like a comfortable home. According to McLean, accessorizing, or the ability to pull the room all together, is one of the biggest obstacles homeowners face in their design quest. “Most people don’t have any problems with placing their main pieces, like their furniture,” said McLean, “but look for help in accessorizing. I recommend bringing in color through accessories and finishing touches.” A busy mom herself, McLean considers her own home one of her hobbies, staying busy with design projects herself. And having a small child, McLean truly understands that there is an art to incorporating the children’s essentials, like toys, into a stylish home. “Toys are like a fungus. They seem to just grow overnight,” 54 |

laughed McLean. “I recommend using baskets under coffee tables as a place for smaller items, and perhaps larger baskets placed neatly in a corner. These baskets can even be an accent color to help accessorize.” McLean also suggested that larger children’s items be purchased, when possible, to match the furniture of the room so as not to stand out as much. The local author says that it is important, however, to remember that a house needs to be comfortable and not feel like a museum. With her book she shows how to meet this goal and have a beautifully stylish place to call home. “The book basically shows how to put a room together and how to use time wisely to do that,” said McLean, noting that the tips shown can be used on a budget. McLean has many exciting new things waiting on the horizon for her. The birth of her second daughter is just a few weeks away. The momentum and desire to grow her design business. And the ideas of a second book are currently being brainstormed. “I am going to be working on a book about incorporating heirloom pieces into modern design,” said McLean. For more information, check out McLean’s website at or her blog at, or find Design on the Fly on Amazon. J


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Those Blue Days of Winter

By Faylene Whitaker of Whitaker Farms

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he sky is a beautiful clear blue today with an orangey kind of sunshine. It is one of those rare days in January when it is actually warm enough to really enjoy being outside without a coat. The Blue Jays are at the birdfeeder with their grand blue coats. They believe they are kings and are making sure all the other birds take notice. Over at the other feeders are wonderful cardinals, finches and a couple of doves so even in nature there is room for all of God’s creations to flourish and grow. The squirrels are also stealing some of the birdfeed and the rabbits have found the ornamental cabbages that I planted to give color in the winter landscape. It is a grand experience just to watch nature doing her thing. If you have birdfeeders be sure to keep them filled in the winter months because it is hard for the birds to find insects when the ground is frozen or there is snow on the ground. Also provide shallow water fountains for the birds during winter months. Place your feeders close to plants that the birds can hide in and take shelter such as evergreen trees and shrubs. In the landscape for winter add some blue pots to match the sky and bring color to the yard. Fill with some bare branches or add some red nandias along with some colorful ornamental cabbage and some evergreen ivy. Some other great plants for containers in winter are small

evergreen shrubs such as arborvitae, chamaecyparis, blue spruce, kleims hardy gardenia and my favorite cephalotaxus prostrate just to name a few. I like to add some stems of lights into the arrangements to add a warm and welcoming glow at night. One of the sounds in the garden that I love all year round are the bubbling rocks and streams that have become part of our landscape. They can be left on year round with no worry that it is too cold outside and the animals will play all around them even in the dead of winter. On warm sunny days the fish come out of their caves to play Our Labrador retriever gets her water there, too. As you walk up to your house in the winter ask yourself this question, does my home look inviting and warm? There are several things to add to the landscape in winter that says ‘Welcome.’ When you take down the Christmas wreaths, add a new winter wreath. Put some planters by the doorway entry or on the steps, and add some type of artwork or statuary.

You can also plant some small evergreens in clusters or birdhouse or feeder on a post. There are a lot of ways to add beauty to your yard in winter. Sometimes just adding a few boulders or a lamp post can change the atmosphere of the landscape. There are many wonderful plants for the winter months, the beautiful blooms of camellias, the reds of nandias, the great smell of daphne, the berries on the hollies, the foliage of the conifers such as cedar deodar, or perennials such as hellebores. Then there are all the trees with their beautiful bare branches such as crepe myrtles, birches, coral bark maple and red twig dogwood trees. Nature gave us such a wide selection to choose from that there is something for everyone. The things we really need to make sure of during these cold months are that we have the roots of our shrubs and perennials mulched well. If it doesn’t rain or snow we need to keep them watered and if we have a heavy snow or ice that breaks limbs, those need to be immediately cut out of the plant. Enjoy the days to come, take time to walk outside and appreciate all that nature has to offer us … whether it is the cool blue sky, a gorgeous sunset, the birds singing or just the quiet air around you. As you take that time and it becomes a part of you; life will begin to be a little grander and a little more precious because you will realize that we all have our own place under this great blue sky that is part of our universe. J | 61





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magine the days when your grandmother or great-grandmother lived: many of the products we buy at the store today were made right in their own kitchens! I learned to make this homemade laundry soap from my sweet neighbor a few streets over, Maryjane Bigler. You can find other recipes and old-fashioned ideas on her blog at The laundry soap smells fantastic! Plus, it's affordable at less than 10 cents per load and perfect for sensitive skin. It's great to know exactly what's going into the mix. Try it at home and let me know what you think! You will need:

3 bars Fels Naptha* Bar Soap grated *Castile, Zote, Ivory or another bar soap also works.

4 Lbs. Borax 4 Lbs.Arm & Hammer Washing Soda 4 Lbs.Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

Your grandmother may have hand grated her bar soap, but we put ours through the food processor. The Fels Naptha bar is pretty soft and will clean off easily.

Pour in all of the other ingredients and mix with a Large serving spoon.

Mix and store in airtight two gallon container. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons per Load.

Try adding your favorite essential oil if you'd like it to have a different scent. I really enjoy the smell of the Fels Naptha bar, but ifi use other soaps, I will sometimes add lavender essential oil. You can also try using pink or lavender colored soap to make it prettier if you wish. ÂŤ 62 |

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