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n honor of Valentine’s Day, I would like to honor our pets—dogs, cats, assorted animals, mammals, insects, etc., we call our companions. I was raised in a household where we always had animals—usually dogs— although my preferred animal of choice is a cat. I like cats because they are more independent and generally require minimal maintenance other than feeding and affection. Although I do like dogs, they need regular exercise and, depending on their size, may require feces removal. Cats bury their doo-doo and generally find places to do their business that is undetectable—unless you have a cat box. We have two cats: Bud and Sweet Pea—both of which came into our lives by accident. Bud was a stray that one of the teenagers in the neighborhood rescued from the local McDonald’s parking lot and brought to our door. Jeannine knew that we had just lost our cat of 20 years, d’Artagnan, to kidney failure and thought we needed a new pet. Emotionally, I wasn’t sure I was ready for a new animal in the house. When d’Artagnan died, I was a wreck. We buried him in the back yard, had a little gravesite ceremony, and put a pewter angel on top of his grave for a headstone. I had that cat before I had my husband. He had traveled across the U.S. with us: Denver to Salt Lake City, to Fairfield, California, to Phoenix to Raleigh. He embraced our babies, and even tolerated the pet rats when the kids went through the rodent phase. In spite of my reservations, Bud needed about 30 seconds to get into our hearts. He was probably about nine months old when Jeannine brought him over. He immediately wrapped his tail around everyone’s legs, making the rounds of all the humans available. He was so sweet and loving, we knew immediately he had found a home. Obviously, he had no name when he came to us, and we were at a loss as to what to call him, so Bud was the default name. But, now it suits him. He is totally male, a big Tabby who walks—or should I say plods—like the lions of Africa. And playful. Although about ten now, he still loves to chase things and wrestle—we put on the oven mitt when we do hand-to-hand combat because he will slice and dice with his claws unless we are protected. Sweet Pea, a female (could you tell by the name?), was given to us by our daughter, Erika. When she was in college at UNC, Erika rescued Sweet Pea from one of her neighbors who was moving and did not want to take the cat with her.Puzzle Erika kept her for about three years until her work demanded a great deal of travel, and she hated leaving Sweet Pea alone for so long. So she asked us to take her. Well, what can you do? We think that Sweet Pea may have been abused at some point. She came to us afraid and skittish. She would hide for long periods of time and did not respond to affection immediately. Greg decided Sweet Pea was his project. Every day he would intentionally give her attention with petting and sweettalking. Sweet Pea is now Greg’s cat; she sleeps on his stomach. And she tolerates the rest of us; she sometimes even sits in my lap. Although Bud and Sweet Pea have lived together now for about six years, they still do not like each other. But that’s OK; we have a big enough house so they can generally avoid each other. Occasionally, however, we find them both sleeping on the same bed! If you have a pet, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do ours. Embrace their unique personalities, provide food, affection and take them to the vet regularly. The reward is their undying affection and loyalty—and you don’t often get that from humans.


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Reducing Heart Failure Hospital Readmissions by MaryClare PraSniKar, RN, MSN, CCRN

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ccording to the American Heart Association heart failure is the number one reason of admissions for individuals with Medicare. There are five million people with heart failure and more than 550,000 new cases per year with 30 to 50 percent of those individuals being readmitted to the hospital within six months of having been discharged.

your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. However, heart failure is a serious condition that requires medical care. The most common signs and symptoms of heart failure are: • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing • Fatigue (tiredness) • Swelling in the ankles, feet, legs, abdomen, and veins in the neck All of these symptoms are the result of fluid buildup in your body. Early diagnosis and treatment can help people who have heart failure live longer, more active lives. Treatment for heart failure will depend on the type and stage of heart failure (the severity of the condition). The goals of treatment for all stages of heart failure include: • Treating the condition’s underlying cause, such as chronic heart disease What is heart failure? Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can’t pump • Reducing symptoms enough blood to meet the body’s needs. In • Stopping the heart failure from getting worse some cases, the heart can’t fill with enough blood. In other cases, the heart can’t pump • Increasing your lifespan and improving your quality of life blood to the rest of the body with enough Treatments usually include lifestyle force. Some people have both problems. and ongoing care. The “heart mean that NCCRterm COPD B12 failure” 2012r2doesn’t 11/21/12 2:17 changes, PM Pagemedicines, 1

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Simple changes can help patients feel better and control heart failure. Rex Healthcare launched a Readmission Prevention Clinic for Heart Failure in late 2012 to provide continuity of care and patient/caregiver education, improve quality of life by helping the patient self manage symptoms and decrease hospital readmissions. The program largely focuses on lifestyle and symptom management and targets patients who do not have an appointment with their primary care physician or cardiologist within seven days of being discharged or if they have been readmitted within 30 days. During the patients’ initial visit with the heart failure coordinator, a physical assessment and vital signs are performed. The patient is educated on their disease, how to recognize symptoms and manage the symptoms by using the Zones to Manage Heart Failure (Stoplight format) with the Teach Back method. This method has the patient repeat in their own words what they have been told. Patient understanding is confirmed when they explain it correctly.

Also during the appointment a registered dietitian reviews sodium restricted nutrition therapy and explains how to identify sodium on nutrition facts labels and how to select low sodium entrees when dining in a restaurant. Heart failure patients often take multiple medications, which can be difficult to keep through the transition of care from hospital to home, especially if the patient visits several physicians. To detect potential discrepancies, a pharmacist reviews the medications and verifies the medication list with the instructions the patient received when they were discharged from the hospital. The patient also receives education on the purpose, side effects and benefits of the medication. The patient receives a medication sheet with the medications and time of day to take medications. For more information on Rex’s heart and vascular programs, please visit MaryClare Prasnikar, RN, MSN, CCRN is a clinical nurse specialist and a cardiovascular heart failure coordinator with Rex Healthcare.


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“Blueberries and strawberries were part of this analysis because they are the most-eaten berries in the United States. It is possible that other fruit and vegetables could produce the same results.” Senior author and associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard, Eric Rimm, added, “Blueberries and strawberries can easily be incorporated into what women eat every week. This simple dietary change could have a significant impact on prevention efforts.” Until more information about specific dietary constituents like flavonoids is available and fully understood, the American Heart Association recommends eating a balanced diet containing a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products. Eating a variety of foods is the best way to get the right amounts of nutrients. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School has a reputation for exciting and innovative approaches to education, supported by a strong and rapidly developing research programme. Around 90 percent of UEA research was rated internationally excellent in the last Research Assessment Exercise, with over 50 percent “world leading.” Lisa Horton works in the University of East Anglia press office. Coauthors are Kenneth J. Mukamal M.D.; Lydia Liu M.Sc.; Mary Franz M.Sc.; A. Heather Eliassen Sc.D.; and Eric B. Rimm Sc.D.

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This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middle-aged women. “Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of compounds that have cardiovascular benefits, and our study shows that women who ate at least three servings per week had fewer heart attacks.” The findings were independent of other risk factors, such as age, high blood pressure, family history of heart attack, body mass, exercise, smoking, caffeine or alcohol intake.



ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack by onethird—according to research from the University of East Anglia in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. These berries contain high levels of powerful bioactive compounds called anthocyanins, which are a subgroup of dietary flavonoids. Research published today in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association shows that these anthocyanins may help dilate arteries, counter the build-up of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Scientists from UEA’s Norwich Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health (US) studied 93,600 women aged between 25 and 42 who were registered with the Nurses’ Health Study II. The women completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for 18 years. During the study, 405 heart attacks occurred. Women who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had a 32 percent reduction in their risk of having a heart attack compared to women who ate the berries once a month or less—even in women who otherwise ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. The study was lead by Professor Aedín Cassidy, head of the Department of Nutrition at UEA. She said, “We have shown that even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.

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ognitive impairment, including dementia, is a growing public health problem worldwide, with prevalence estimates in older persons estimated to be between 10 percent and 22 percent. An estimated 5.3 million Americans presently have Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), and with the growing number of adults living into old age, as many as 10 million ‘baby boomers’ may be at risk. Prevention of AD is a pressing public health priority—in 50 years the prevalence of AD is expected to triple. If AD onset could be delayed by as little as one year, 9.2 million fewer cases of AD would occur worldwide. Surveys indicate that, with the exception of cancer, older Americans fear developing dementia more than they do any other major illness, including heart disease. Surprisingly, no medications are currently available to effectively halt or reverse the neuropathological disease cascade of AD, so that attention has shifted to prevention strategies that might be implemented in the early symptomatic stages of the disease. Scientific evidence has established diet and exercise to be important for

maintaining heart health: Physical activity along with lower consumption of saturated fats and sugars and greater intake of vegetables, whole grains, and fruits are known to lower blood pressure, and also reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and even cancer. What we are learning is that a growing body of evidence now suggests that diet and exercise are also important for the health of your brain. The Health Benefits of Lifestyle Change

It has been proven that adults who exercise regularly during middle-age are more than 35 percent less likely to experience cognitive decline later in life and 45 percent less likely to develop AD compared with their sedentary counterparts. Recent reviews of the scientific literature have found that aerobic exercise training improves cognitive functions, such as memory and attention, and these improvements tend to be even greater among adults with memory complaints, suggesting that it is not too late to begin an exercise program. In addition to the benefits of exercise, the importance of dietary habits has received

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growing attention. Although there are hundreds of studies examining the impact of dietary supplements on brain function, such as fish oil, vitamins B₆, B₁₂, and folate, most randomized trials have shown little benefit on cognitive function, suggesting that these individual supplements do not consistently improve cognitive performance. On the other hand, studies of ‘whole’ dietary approaches, such as the Mediterranean diet (MeDi) and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (daSh) diet, have reported promising preliminary results. These diets, which emphasize greater intake of vegetables, legumes, fruits, cereals, unsaturated fatty acids and fish, have been shown to improve heart health and also may improve cognitive abilities such as memory and attention. A New Duke Study: ENLIGHTEN Although research suggests that lifestyle may improve cognitive abilities, the separate and combined effects of dietary modification and aerobic exercise have never been studied in older adults using a randomized clinical trial research design. The enliGhTen study is a new study of exercise and the daSh diet

for heart and brain health that is presently being conducted at Duke University Medical Center, the Meadowmont Wellness Center as part of the UNC health system, and at Duke Raleigh. The study is currently recruiting sedentary ‘Boomers’ aged 55 and older with either risk factors for heart disease or a history of heart disease (e.g., heart attack, bypass surgery, stents, etc.) with memory complaints to participate. enliGhTen is a six-month intervention in which participants are randomly assigned (i.e., by chance) into one of four groups: aerobic exercise, the daSh diet, combined exercise and daSh diet program, or health education. Participants complete measures of physical fitness, vascular health, and cognitive function before and following completion of the six-month treatment program. All assessments and treatments are provided at no cost to participants. For more information about participating in enliGhTen please call 919.681.4747. Patrick J. Smith, PhD is assistant professor of behavioral medicine and James A. Blumenthal, PhD, is a professor of behavioral medicine and principal investigator of the ENLIGHTEN Study.

Q: I have read that as we age, keeping our balance becomes even more important to help prevent falling. Do you have any information about fall prevention? A: As we age, our risk of injury gradually increases, especially due to falls. About 33 percent of those 65 and older fall each year, which can result in injuries like cuts or tears in the skin, bruising and pain, hip fractures, or injuries to the head and brain1. From a cost perspective, fall-related injuries cost greater than $28 billion annually. While costly, falls can also lead to serious complications that can affect the lives of the elderly. Falls can be due to a number of causes, including worsening eyesight, objects within the walking path (i.e. children’s toys), general muscle weakness, muscle weakness due to medications or disease, hearing loss, rugs that are not attached to the floor, slipping while bathing, or poor lighting throughout the house. There are many reasons for falling and the majority can be reduced or eliminated. Others are a part of the aging process and can be corrected with medical advice and care. There are several ways to help prevent

PHArMACIsT by JeSSica RoPer and Andria EKer falls. Families can encourage children to keep toys and other objects out of the way while other people are at the home. If a patient has poor eyesight or hearing loss, they can obtain an eye or hearing exam to determine how to improve their vision or hearing capabilities. Patients experiencing weakness can increase muscle strength with strength training and balancing exercises if approved by a doctor. These exercises will allow the patients to use their muscle strength to gain balance when tripping over objects or slipping on rugs. Medication reviews by a pharmacist can also help prevent falls due to dizziness


or weakness that occur as side effects. A pharmacist can help to assure that the specific medications that are more appropriate for the elderly are used. Rugs that have the potential to cause a person to slip and fall should be removed or secured to the floor, although tripping over the edges of a rug may still be a hazard. Bathtub handles can be installed to help a person catch their balance if slipping while bathing. During the night, nightlights or lamps should be left on throughout the house to allow proper lighting. Slip resistant shoes can also help prevent falls. It is important to know that bedroom slippers, flip flops, and



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slick bottom shoes are not recommended due to the increased risk of falling and obtaining serious injury. More information on the causes of falls in the aging population, issues resulting from falls, and ways to prevent falls can be located on the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) informational website. The CDC website is very easy to navigate and it provides great advice on fall prevention. The NC Department of Health and Human Resources is also a good reference for concerns about falls and fall prevention. Below is a table of resources where you can find helpful information regarding falls and falls prevention. referenceS Centers for Disease Control: NC Department of Health and Human Services: www. American Academy of Family Physicians: afp/2000/0401/p2173.html

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iber. You see it on cereal boxes. You hear about it on television. Your doctor tells you to eat more of it. But even with this barrage of information, you might frequently wonder why fiber is good for you and how you can get more of it. Dietary fiber, also known as roughage, comes from various types of plants, and it can’t be digested by the body. There are two forms—soluble and insoluble—and they change how your intestinal tract absorbs nutrients and chemicals. The Types of Fiber Both soluble and insoluble fiber are necessary to ensure you have and maintain good health. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and becomes a gellike material that scours your blood vessels to decrease your cholesterol levels. It can also slow how quickly your blood sugar level rises. Include oats, dried beans, apples, carrots, barley, and citrus fruits in your diet as some sources of the soluble fiber you need. Conversely, insoluble fiber doesn’t dissolve in water, but it’s also an integral component to your diet. It works in much the same way as the soluble form by scrubbing through your intestines and

colon, increasing bulk, and promoting the movement of matter. You can find it in, among other things, whole wheat flour, whole grains, wheat bran, nuts, broccoli, cauliflower, blueberries, strawberries and flax seeds are just a few examples. How Does Fiber Work? Fiber’s most widely-known use is alleviating constipation. But it does far more than that. In the 1970s, Dr. Denis Burkitt, nickname “Fiber Man,” realized some African cultures had lower rates of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other debilitating conditions, than Americans. Their diets also relied more heavily on fruits, vegetables and whole grain and less on refined carbohydrates. Consequently, fiber’s popularity began to grow as more people sought to control their cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes. But what exactly does fiber do? Think of it as your body’s best cleanser—Fiber is made by plants that are not digested or absorbed by the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It is unlike protein, fats or carbohydrates, which are broken down in the human body. Instead, fiber travels through your body, scouring everything.

In some cases, fiber works as a road block, slowing down how quickly your body absorbs food. This characteristic is particularly helpful if you have diabetes or high cholesterol. For example, your blood sugar level rises quickly if you drink a glass of juice or eat a bowl of cereal. Maintaining a sufficient level of fiber in your diet can slow down how fast your blood sugar rises. Fiber can also pull some cholesterol out of the blood, preventing it from sticking to vessel walls. But, How Much Fiber and How Do You Get It? Until recently, conventional medical

wisdom recommended everyone get at least 25g to 35g of fiber daily. However, the 2012 Institutes of Medicine recommends new guidelines particularly for men and women over age 50. According to the new recommendations, men and women over age 50 need 30g and 21g, respectively, of fiber daily. Younger adults need slightly more fiber—men require 38g and women 25g. You can reach this fiber goal in one of two ways—eating fibrous foods or taking a fiber supplement. Be aware, though, fiber supplements will fulfill your daily fiber

quota, but they can’t offer you the vitamins and nutrients your body needs. So, while eating that much fiber might sound like a daunting task, reaching the daily recommended amount is actually easier than you think. Of course, your morning cereal or oatmeal is an excellent source, often offering you between 5g and 13g of fiber. Just make sure the first ingredient is 100 percent whole wheat flour or whole grain. There are, however, other simple ways to boost your fiber intake. For example, buy whole grain bread or, if you bake, replace half the white flour in recipes with whole wheat flour. In addition, add frozen vegetables, such as broccoli, to canned soups. Eat more canned legumes: chick peas (also called garbanzo beans) or pinto beans— be sure to rinse the liquid off them first. Enjoy more nuts. Walnuts and almonds, in particular, are excellent fiber sources. And, don’t forget fresh fruit. The white casing around fresh orange slices, for instance, offers insoluble fiber. continued on page 40

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ear Pharmacist: I saw Dr. Oz interview a doctor on television about cholesterol. The guest said your total cholesterol doesn’t matter and I read that in your book six years ago. Suzy, I take a statin, and do a lipid profile annually. Is this okay? ~ M.D., Austin, Texas Answer: No, it’s not okay, and I’m about to shock everyone, unless you’ve read my books, then this will be review. Recently I wrote a column about LDL and that we should not necessarily strive to lower it. We need to know the type and number of LDL particles. For example, Lipoprotein A or “Lp(a)” and another called apolipoprotein B or “Apo B” are two subtypes of LDL particles. These particular scores directly affect your cardiovascular risk. Do you have those numbers on your lab test? I bet you don’t. In my first book, The 24-Hour Pharmacist, from 2007 and many syndicated columns I’ve explained that statins are not very effective in reducing LDL particle number or Apo B and usually do not increase the size of your LDL particles—that’s why I don’t encourage them. It’s confusing for consumers (and physicians who unwittingly accept drug propaganda) because studies conclude statins reduce total LDL. And yes, they do reduce “total” LDL; they are also excellent anti-inflammatories so they are not completely without merit. But I’m bent on you reducing Lp(a) and Apo B, the dangerous subtypes of LDL known to raise risk for heart attack and stroke. One day I’ll tell you which vitamin reduces those bad boys, since drugs can’t, but now, back to this testing dilemma. I’ll never submit myself for a routine lipid profile because it would waste my money. Half the people who have heart attacks have normal total cholesterol. If your results shows a low LDL (considered the bad particle), then you may assume you’re okay but you see, a low total LDL score doesn’t say much. Your triglycerides might be through the roof ! You may have a huge concentration of dangerous Lp(a) and Apo B, subtypes of LDL that are never measured in that basic lipid profile. Likewise, you may be happy with your high HDL cholesterol score (HDL is considered a good cholesterol), but what if you have the wrong kind of HDL particles? Yeah, some HDL is bad—you didn’t know that?! You’re still at very high risk. These basic lipid profiles don’t provide the crucial details. It’s like a car mechanic who you hire to fix your engine, but you only let him look at the hood of your car but he can’t open the hood to see inside! The better tests, sometimes covered by insurance, measure particle size, type and sometimes the actual number of LDL and HDL particles. I urge you to ask your physician to order tests from Berkeley HeartLab, a leader in this field. There’s also another one called the “VAP Test” by Atherotec Diagnostics and finally, the “NMR Lipoprofile” by LipoScience.

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Cardio: Strength Training for Your Heart (and Lungs)


o you appreciate your heart? Beating away in your chest, minute-by-minute, day-by-day. That’s roughly 100,000 beats per day, 36,500,0000 in a year, and if you live to be 75, your heart will have thumped its life-sustaining rhythm nearly three billion times. That’s a lot of hard work! To keep it healthy, and reap the benefits of good heart health, you need to train for cardiovascular fitness, and cardiovascular training—cardio for short—is an important component of any exercise program.

Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of your heart and lungs working together to supply oxygen-enriched blood to your tissues. When you have a high level of cardio fitness, your body efficiently performs this function and as you move through your daily routine, you have a feeling of wellness. People who have improved their cardio fitness will tend to feel better as they climb stairs, walk, work at a desk, shop, or perform the many other activities that are part of daily life. And when the need arises for a higher level of activity, such as running to catch a train or carrying a sleeping child up the stairs, your body responds efficiently to the increased demands. While a feeling of wellness is certainly reason enough for cardio training, research shows that there are many other benefits to cardiovascular fitness. Cardio fitness reduces your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. It can also help you reduce fat stores by increasing the calories you burn during the day and also by increasing your metabolism. Other benefits include better control of blood glucose, increased aerobic capacity, reduced cholesterol, improved mood and a reduction in the instance of certain cancers. Clearly, cardiovascular health and training deserve some of your attention.

How do you start and what should you do? Bad news first; you need to commit yourself to breaking a sweat once in a while. However, the good news is that the list of things that you can do is endless and everyone should be able to find something they enjoy. Don’t feel like you need to commit to running endlessly around your neighborhood. Find activities that you enjoy. Biking, swimming, dancing, volleyball, badminton, soccer and many other activities will give you the heart rate increase you need. Combining multiple activities such as swimming a few days a week and biking on other days is also beneficial. The variety of exercise will keep you from getting bored with your program and your body will gain a greater benefit from the change. The key, however, is that the activities you choose need to boost your heart rate higher than it would be under normal conditions. A rough approximation of how high it should be to gain a cardio benefit is anywhere from 60 percent to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. The widely stated rule-of-thumb for determining a maximum heart rate is to use the number 220 minus your age. For example, a 50 year old person would have a maximum heart rate of 170 and the 60 percent to 85 percent range would be anywhere from 102 to 145 beats per minute. The lower part of that range is considered ideal for burning body fat while the upper part of that range is considered to be best for building cardiovascular fitness. Of course, this is just an approximation, so you may want to consult your doctor to determine what is best for you. Finally, improvements in heart health require some commitment. Three to five days a week for 30 minutes is generally considered sufficient although evidence suggests that even ten minutes of cardio exercise will help. If you are a complete and committed couch potato, turn down your television for a moment and listen to your heart beating. If that is a sound that comforts you, help your heart out and do some cardio! Annie and Chuck Cook are the owners of Koko FitClub at Tryon Village in Cary. Koko Fitclub is “the World’s best 30-minute workout.” For more information visit

Next Time You Stop at the Store, Pick Up These Tasty, Nutrition-packed Foods, Physician Advises


t’s the question we ask ourselves almost every day: What’s for dinner? Entwined in this daily dialogue is wondering whether we’ll need to dash into the grocery store on the way home from work. The next time we make one of those supermarket pit stops, Dr. Eudene Harry, author of “Live Younger in 8 Simple Steps,” (, would like us to veer in a new direction. “When people shop on the go, they tend to gravitate toward old standbys and foods they can multipurpose with—usually not the most nutritious choices possible. But by substituting a few items on your list, you can not only look and feel more youthful, you’ll boost your resistance to certain cancers and other illnesses.” Some of the most nutrition-packed foods not only taste great, they’re readily available at the grocery store and easy to prepare, Harry says. “The more you eat, the more you’ll crave them.” Here are five food combos for shoppers with healthy eating on their minds: Tomato, garlic, chicken and almonds Tomatoes contain one of the world’s most concentrated sources of cancer-fighting lycopene, which is best absorbed from tomatoes that are cooked. Garlic has been used for centuries for various health purposes and is a known free-radical destroyer. Nuts help to lose weight, maintain healthy blood pressure and support moods; almond crumbs are a great substitute for bread crumbs on chicken. Pair these goodies with whole wheat couscous for a full dinner. Pomegranate-Balsamic tempeh With its high protein, fiber and isoflavones content, and meaty texture, tempeh is heavily utilized by vegetarians. It’s made from soybeans processed in a manner similar to cheese making. Like tofu, tempeh takes on the flavors with which it is cooked or marinated, including zesty-tangy balsamic vinegar—perfect for accentuating salads. Mashed cauliflower gone Greek Not only does the “original” yogurt have a thicker texture and richer taste, it’s also denser in lactobacilli, the healthy bacteria that may delay the onset of cancer. And yogurt is low in fat and high in protein, which is essential for many body functions, including building and repairing muscle tissue, organs, bones and connective tissue. Rather than add fatty, cholesterol-filled butter and sour cream to starchy potatoes that stick to your ribs, why not pair two healthy options of mashed cauliflower with Greek yogurt and fresh black pepper for simple goodness? Sushi wild salmon, minced cucumbers, shredded carrots, kelp, sesame seeds and rice: A sushi roll is much more filling and satisfying than a non-sushi eater would think. Many grocery chains offer ready-made rolls, but they are also fairly easy to make. A bamboo roller is a great start; place a sheet of nutrient-dense kelp as the first thing on the roller, and add, lengthwise, desired ingredients. Your first try is not likely to be perfect, but the tasty and healthy ingredients will be there. Fruit salad for dessert Bring together chopped apples, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon and pineapple with blueberries and grapes for a sweet and juicy postdinner palate-cleanser. Lemon juice prevents fruits from bruising. If that’s not enough, combine the salad with Greek yogurt—perhaps blended with vanilla or almond extract—and fiber-filled granola for a parfait. Dr. Eudene Harry holds a bachelor’s in biology from New York University and completed both her medical degree and residency training at Thomas Jefferson University. Currently the medical director for the integrative and holistic Oasis Wellness and Rejuvenation Center, she has practiced medicine for nearly 20 years, is board certified in both emergency and holistic medicine, and for more than a decade practiced emergency medicine as an attending physician in Level II trauma centers. In 2005 she opened Oasis for Optimal Health, a private practice focused on integrative, holistic wellness and empowering and educating the patient.

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ating for heart health is actually easier—and more delicious—than you might think. When you have a good plan and plenty of mouthwatering recipes, you’ll enjoy taking care of your heart. According to the FDA, diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Here are some tips to help you make these kinds of heart-smart choices: Choose leaner cuts of meat. You can find plenty of delicious options such as skinless chicken, lean pork and beef. And you can make smart substitutions, too— use ground turkey instead of ground beef to make meatloaf or burgers even leaner. Add fruits and veggies to every meal. Strawberries in yogurt, blueberries on a salad, carrots and hummus as a snack, roasted sweet potatoes with dinner—it’s easier than you think to add nutrientdense produce to your diet. Eat plenty of different colored produce for variety and a wider range of health benefits. Enjoy more whole grains. Whole grains add carbohydrates for energy, fiber to fill you up, and nutrients important for good health. And, according to a recent national survey, four out of five doctors recommend Post Shredded Wheat as part of a healthy, low-sodium diet, to maintain a healthy heart, reduce the risk of heart disease, and support healthy blood pressure levels. These recipes are a great start to adding more whole grains—and they’re so good, you might forget they are heart smart.

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Stir in cereal and raisins. Press firmly into 8-inch square pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into bars. Store in airtight container. Take Along Tip: After completely cooled, wrap bars individually in plastic wrap. Leave in bowl on kitchen counter for a great grab-and-go snack.

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Total Time: 65 minutes Makes: 6 servings 5 cups peeled apple slices ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar, divided 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon tapioca ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 ½ cups Post Original Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, finely crushed ¼ cup (½ stick) margarine, melted Preheat oven to 350°f. Mix apples, ¼ cup sugar, lemon juice, tapioca and cinnamon in large bowl. Let stand 10 minutes. To make topping, stir crushed cereal, remaining ¼ cup sugar and margarine in medium bowl until well blended. Spread apple mixture in ungreased 1 ½quart baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with cereal topping. Bake for 45 minutes or until topping is browned and apples are tender when pierced with fork. Savory Meatloaf

Total Time: 75 minutes Makes: 12 servings 2 eggs 1 cup milk 2 pounds lean ground beef 3 biscuits Post Original Shredded Wheat Cereal, crushed

1 can (8 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained 1 medium onion, chopped ¼ cup chopped green pepper 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons salt ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper Preheat oven to 375°f. Beat eggs and milk in large bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Shape meat mixture into oval loaf in shallow baking pan. Bake 1 hour or until cooked through (160°f). VariaTion: Prepare as directed, using fatfree milk and substituting ½ cup cholesterol-free egg product for the eggs and 2 pounds thawed frozen ground turkey for the ground beef. Grab ’n Go Peanut Butter Bars

Total Time: 10 minutes Makes: 16 servings (1 bar per serving) ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar ½ cup honey ½ cup reduced fat peanut butter 3 cups Post Original Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, coarsely crushed ¾ cup raisins Mix sugar, honey and peanut butter in large microwavable bowl. Microwave on high 1 ½ to 2 minutes or until bubbly at edge; stir until well blended.

Banana Bread

Total Time: 65 minutes Makes: 16 servings (1 slice per serving) 1 ¾ cups flour 1 cup Post Original Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, finely crushed 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda

1 cup sugar ½ cup (1 stick) margarine 2 eggs ¼ cup fat-free milk 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas) Preheat oven to 350°f. Mix flour, cereal, spice, baking powder and baking soda in medium bowl; set aside. Beat sugar and margarine in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs; mix well. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Blend in bananas. Pour into greased 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 5 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely. SPecial eXTra: Toast the bread slices and top each with a scoop of vanilla or chocolate sorbet and a drizzle of strawberry sauce for a different kind of banana split.


usic tames the savage soul, or so they say. If you’ve never taken up a musical instrument before, now might be the time. Learning a musical instrument can be invigorating and rewarding. Professional as well as amateur musicians among us know that once you’ve learned how to play one instrument, learning others becomes easier. Learning how to read music? Harmony and Theory: A Comprehensive Source for All Musicians by Keith Wyatt, discusses the fundamentals of how to decipher musical notation and provides solid footing for students on many different levels. If you’re more disposed to software, visit Gigajam, at that offers a curriculum for students to play an instrument proficiently. Guitar Lessons, at www.guitarlessons. com, offers free video guitar lessons that you can follow online. Catering to beginning, intermediate, and advanced musicians, Guitar Lessons offers topics on both electric and acoustic guitar covering topics such as guitar skills, guitar chords, blues guitar, and lead guitar. Another resource, Justin Guitar, at, offers instruction on basic theory of music, musical scales, rhythm, and progressions. If you stick with it, eventually you can aspire to mastery. The Basics Regardless of what learning aids

you have in mind here are basic steps for learning a musical instrument: • Find a place where you can study or practice. This could be in your house, on the back porch, at the park, or in sound-proof room in a library or school. Without a place to study and practice regularly, you’re not likely to go far. • If you don’t know how to read music, that is job number one. The notes are the same for all instruments. Once mastering the basics of reading music, you’re on your way. • Learn all you can about music theory and about your desired instrument. Familiarity with the topic and your instrument of choice will help keep you on course when you might otherwise stray. • Warm up before you begin to practice. This could involve stretching; finger, hand, arm, and shoulder exercises; and in the case of woodwinds, mouth exercises. Warm-ups for any type of

instrument are readily available on the internet, including diagrams. Practice and practice some more. Repetition is the key to effective technique when learning an instrument, so you might as well accept it at the outset. Play the scales, then play them again and again. Part of any good practice session, and certainly during the beginning stages of your quest, is to play the scales. This helps you to warm up, become mentally and emotionally ready, and sharpen your focus. Once you start playing musical pieces, play them with passion. No matter how simplistic a tune might be, “get into the music,” and play it with verve. Notice the beat at which you play the best. Then, practice several times, “playing in time.” You might be surprised at how quickly you become proficient.

• Sharpen your listening skills. Train your ear by listening to others when you’re watching TV, a live performance, or simply listening to music. The pros make it seem so easy, but they devoted years of practice to become masters. Listen to the best to benefit like the rest. • Constantly hone and refine your technique. If you’re playing piano, watch your posture, the bench height, your distance from the keys, and hand-placement. Good techniques become good habits, bad techniques become bad habits. Eventually, you’ll be able to play without sheet music and perhaps impress others. Most importantly, you’ll experience a deep sense of satisfaction. Jeff Davidson ( holds the registered trademark as “The Work-Life Balance Expert®.” His 5th book, Simpler Living was selected by four books clubs and is scheduled for Chinese translation. Jeff has developed 24 “Work Life Guides” apps available at BreathingSpaceInstitute.

Recreational Music Making In January, I visited KinderVillage Music studio in Cary. They offer children’s music and movement classes, and piano lessons for all ages. What I was there to learn about, however, is their Recreational Music Making (RMM) program for older adults. The concept behind RMM is to introduce individuals to playing a musical instrument alone or in a group without the goals of mastery or performance. It is about the experience of making music more than it is about the outcome. Co-owners Julia Cobley and Janice Jenson of KinderVillage Music use an RMM program called Musical Moments for teaching older adults to play the piano. The philosophies behind Musical Moments are: Every life needs music. Although the majority of people consider themselves nonmusical, most dream of playing a musical instrument. The perception that playing the piano is only for the talented has robbed many people of the joy in making music. The non-musical benefits of playing the piano are equally as important as the musical benefits. Some of the benefits of recreational music making are relaxation, wellness, excitement, creative expression, stress release, flexibility, and memory retention and acuity. Adult students want to learn to how to read music, how to play by chords and how to share this with others. Musical Moments embraces both reading music and learning how to play chords with a sequence and pace that provides a sense of accomplishment and joy for adult students. Students are not required to play in formal recitals, but rather celebrations and parties for fun and sharing. A stress-free, supportive environment allows students to nurture and encourage a common love of music. I attended one class and observed the interaction between the students and teacher as well as the format. The class was comprised of men and women ranging in age from 40-60. They begin the class with stretching and relaxation techniques. The class then performed a few songs that they have mastered. Although the Musical Moments program has a step-by-step lesson plan, “We fine-tune classes based on the needs and wants of the students,” explained Janice. A CD comes with the workbook that enforces the “Here, See, Do” concept. The student listens to the melody, they look at the notes on the page, and then they play the song. Fingering is taught from the onset, and the left hand chords can be played with two notes (called chord shells), three notes or as a scale. “It falls beneath your fingers well,” Julia said. “Our goal is to make life-long dreams come true,” Janice remarked. There is an emotional connection to the thought of actually playing the piano. People want to participate in the making of the music, although they may not be convinced that they can actually learn to play the piano as an adult. “It is important to honor the courage that is takes to sign up for lessons,” Janice continued. “They simply need to be shown they can learn. And they need a stress-free learning environment, the social aspects of learning with others, and to eliminate the frustration that learning would be too hard.” For more information about RMM for older adults visit www.kindervillage., or call 919.467.4398.

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Food for Their Table and Nourishment for Your Soul

Black History Month Sparks Some Sad Memories

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ince 1974 Meals on Wheels of Wake County has provided a daily meal to our homebound senior and disabled neighbors. Each meal is given to a person who has lived a full and productive life. They have spent their lifetime helping others. Now they need our help. Miss P’s career was in high gear when she was diagnosed with MS. A rapid progression of the disease forced her to retire early and she is now confined to a wheelchair. Miss E. was looking forward to her retirement years when she had to have both legs amputated beneath her knees. Miss R. is dealing with the affects of crippling rheumatoid arthritis and cannot cook for herself. The stories could go on and on. The reality is that because these clients receive a daily meal and a visit from a caring volunteer they are able to remain living independently in their own home. Recently there has been a lot of news about senior hunger. It is a major issue for many seniors, especially in North Carolina. According to a recent Meals on Wheels Association of America study, North Carolina ranks number nine in the percentage of food-insecure senior adults. Senior hunger has very real consequences. Living with food insecurity is the equivalent of adding 14 physical years to a person’s chronological age. Seniors are less able to perform basic activities of daily living and are in poorer health if they are living with food insecurity. Meals on Wheels plays an important role in reducing food insecurity by delivering hot, nutritious meals. Our social network helps to promote independent living and to improve the quality of life for our participants. At Meals on Wheels our goals are simple. We provide our participants with a daily, nutritious hot meal that improves health and diet; a daily checkup and visit that makes them feel safer in their homes; and the opportunity to continue living In January 19 Dean DeMasi delivered independently, with dignity, in their own home. his first meal for Meals on Wheels. A Meals on Wheels volunteer delivers a Twenty-six years later Dean and his wife hot, nutritious noontime meal every Monday Anne are still going strong, delivering through Friday to our 1,300 clients. Some clients meals every Monday in North Raleigh. utilize our service while recovering from illness or surgery; others need meals indefinitely. Our clients receive the meals regardless of their ability to pay. We deliver meals throughout Wake County, including the following towns: Cary, Apex, Garner, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Raleigh, Zebulon, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Morrisville, Wendell, and Knightdale. Our senior dining program serves anyone who is 60 or older and can get to one of our seven dining sites located throughout Wake County. You must call first for a reservation and complete an application when you arrive. Volunteers are the heart and soul of what we do at Meals on Wheels of Wake County. More than 2,200 volunteers a year donate their time to serving our senior and disabled neighbors. Many recipients tell us the best part about meal delivery is the friendly, caring volunteers who visit them each weekday. Volunteers can choose a day(s) to deliver meals between Monday and Friday, throughout Wake County. Delivery time is typically between 11am to 1pm. We have 11 pick-up sites located throughout the county. Private donations are crucial to our program. Gifts made for general operating support help to insure ongoing meal delivery to our senior neighbors. Just $80 provides meals for one person for one month, $500 provides meals for six months, and $1,000 provides meals for a year. For additional information on our program, volunteering, and making a donation please visit www. or call 919.33.149.


ay back in 1993, I was writing features and lifestyle section covers for The Advocate, a Gannett daily in Newark, Ohio. I loved doing the section covers, because I took the photos and chose my own material. We also had a timely feature at the top of page two, which I seldom wrote, because my interest and talent lay in lifestyle pages. But one day in late winter of that year, my editor asked me if I would write a page two story on the 25th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. My being born and raised in the south, she thought I was the one to write the story. I didn’t feel good or even confident about it. But I wrote the story and gave it to my editor. The next morning she came over to my desk and said, “There’s a problem with this story.” “Like what,” I asked. “You’ve written 670 words and haven’t said anything,” she said, frowning at me. It was the first time she had ever been critical of my work. I didn’t know what to say. “I thought you would have strong feelings about it,” one way or the other. “Well...” I started “Oh, no,” she said, staring at me. “Tell me you’re not one of those southerners who takes the whole black thing on your own shoulders.” “No, not slavery,” I said, “but there was so much abuse. It was horrible. I don’t know why it wasn’t all over by the time I came along, but I saw so many injustices when I was a child. I can’t help it. I do feel guilty about it, I guess just because I’m white.” “Start over,” she said and walked away. I decided to interview the black leaders in central Ohio, asking them what difference, if any, would it have made if MLK had lived. The answers were virtually identical. I quickly wrote the story and turned it in. When it was published it bore my byline, but it was mostly my editor’s story. I wanted her to understand and to help myself understand, so I invited her to lunch and told her a couple of stories about experiences I had that shaped my opinions: When I was young. boxing was very popular, particularly heavyweight boxing. My favorite was Joe Louis. I thought he was the greatest fighter in the world. On this night he was to fight Billy Conn. My grandparents

were also boxing fans. They moved their chairs closer to the big floor-model radio. I sat on the floor with my ear on the scratchy speaker cover. I was very excited. It was a fight for the ages. First, Louis would pound Conn, and the count would get to eight or nine. In five minutes it would be the other way around. I was quite vocal in my support of “The Brown Bomber.” At one point I felt someone tap me on the shoulder. It was my grandmother. “Mildred Ann,” she said. “We want Billy Conn to win.” “Why,” I asked. “Because Billy Conn is white, and he has a family to support.” “Joe Louis has a family to support, too,” I argued. “It doesn’t matter,” said my grandfather. “Billy Conn is white.” I didn’t say another word. But when Joe won the fight, I went to my room, and celebrated silently. I wasn’t sure about the date of the fight when I started writing this story, so I looked it up. I was four years old. On another time, my mother and I were riding the bus to downtown. All the seats were filled and the aisles were packed. Because the black people sat in the back of the bus, the driver opened the front door to take their fare and then they went back outside and were admitted in the back door. On this particular ride, the driver sent an old black man to the rear of the bus from the front of the bus. He had to weave his way through the crowd as the driver yelled at him, “Do you like rubbing up against all those white people, N-word?” I was horrified. I started to cry, and when he reached my seat, I stood up. Mother grabbed me and told me to be still. I knew it was wrong from the very beginning. I have no idea where it came from. As I got older, my father and I had many arguments. He, too, was wrong. Mother wound up crying most of the time, begging us to stop. I was determined to make him understand, but I finally gave up for Mother’s sake. So, why couldn’t I write a good story about Martin Luther King, Jr. back in 1993? It was just too much and to this day it still hurts. I can’t express how awful it was. Yes, I do feel responsible. I can’t help it.


fter a lifetime of helping people find their physical and intellectual voices, Cheryl Branker now helps them find their joy. And in doing so, she has found her joy and her new entrepreneurial venture. Cheryl built a career as an educator and speech pathologist, first with the Wake County School System and then with NC State University. Her calm intensity helped her to advance to associate vice provost for equal opportunity. She also found time to become a licensed real estate broker and to work part-time in that field. Cheryl had always led a physically active life, doing cheerleading and gymnastics. She danced tap, jazz and modern dance. Even as she raised an active family, pursued her career and sold a little real estate, Cheryl nurtured the heart of an athlete. She jogged, ran marathons and did aerobics. She rode horses and took Zumba classes. However, in her Hatha yoga classes she found a natural calling. Cheryl’s lifetime of physical activity was supposed to develop a strong, fit body. And it did, even though some of the movement did not work as well as it did in years past. She found that yoga was helping her to develop new muscles, an integrated, internal strength that encompassed the body, mind and spirit. Cheryl is still too young for a traditional retirement. When organizational changes presented Cheryl with only unacceptable options, she credits yoga with giving her the courage to walk away from a 32-year career. “Yoga put me more in touch with myself,” she says. “I was able to look at this transition in a different way, focusing on my inner power.” Now she describes her voluntary retirement as the absolute right decision. With more time on her hands, Cheryl was able to really indulge her passion for yoga, sometimes taking multiple classes per day. But she could not get far from her educator roots. After nine months of intensive yoga classes, Cheryl decided to become a certified yoga instructor. Cheryl recently launched her new

business, a yoga school called The JoYoga Series (, temporarily holding classes at the Crooked Creek Golf Club in Fuquay-Varina. The name reflects Cheryl’s new mission, to help her students find calm in their lives so that they can choose joy. Her philosophy is, “Why not choose joy? Let me show you how.” Cheryl drew on her teaching and curriculum development skills to create her own adaptation of the traditional hot yoga discipline and poses to develop two programs: standard JoYoga is ideal for the baby boomer demographic and Comfort & JoYoga is aimed at people who are grieving or recovering from a significant loss. JoYoga combinations are not designed to get her students—she calls them JoyRiders—to bend themselves into pretzels, but to help them build strength. They are challenging, yet calming. Even JoYoga vocabulary is positive and calming. Students never receive corrections, only adjustments. The objective is not to perfect any given pose, but to do your very best on that day. In developing Comfort & JoYoga, Cheryl remembered how consistent physical activity help her and husband, Gerry, survive the difficult period immediately after the loss of their firstborn. Spending hours at the gym after work and then going home exhausted, with just enough energy to crawl into bed, helped them to get through the difficult days as they wrestled to accept the reality of their loss. Comfort & JoYoga combinations mix physically challenging poses with controlled breathing and light meditation to create calm. Students can then use the controlled breathing and light meditation to help maintain that calm outside of class. As an entrepreneur, Cheryl is grateful for the freedom to be creative, to do work that she chooses and to focus that work on making a specific difference in the lives of her JoyRiders. Now, Cheryl Branker is ready for the next 32 years. Katie Gailes, CEO of SmartMoves International, is a marketing strategy consultant, speaker and trainer from Holly Springs, NC,

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allery C owner Charlene Newsom appreciated art at an early age, and by the time she was in high school at Ravenscroft she served as an intern at the NC Museum of Art when it was still downtown. This opportunity allowed her to hang shows, type the artwork labels and do sales contracts. Charlene relates, “I worked in the sales gallery, rotating North Carolina artists and you could rent or buy the works. So when I went off to college I knew that I would own a gallery.”

Her passion for art thus ignited, Charlene attended Wake Forest University where she majored in Art History. Leaving no art related business unturned, she worked at Frameworks working on picture frames. The plan to open her own art gallery was coming together. When asked about her start Charlene said, “I started with $5,000 that I had saved.” In 1985 Gallery C was born. Charlene continues, “It was in little Five Points on Fairview Road, 700 square feet! It was a beautiful space because the property owner had it up-fitted, so I did not have to spend [more] money.” She began the work of building her own reputation as a respected gallery owner. This included the hard choices of selecting artists to represent, the art genres she wanted the gallery to become known for, building her inventory and last but not least, presenting the art exhibits that would establish her clientele. When asked about her first artists she says, “Bert [Beatrice] Beirne was one of the first who I still have; the still-life artist who paints

like a Dutch master. Also that first year I did a show for Philip Moose, who is a very important mid-century historic North Carolina artist. Even at that stage, I was sort of looking back at North Carolina art from the 20th century, mid-century. Also that year I did a show with the estate of Harry DeMaine, and I still to this day work with that estate helping them with the pieces that they own.” The lack of ample parking for the successful Gallery C soon had Charlene seeking another gallery space. For three years the gallery was in Cameron Village and then she moved it next to Quail Ridge Books in the Ridgewood Shopping Center. That was my first acquaintance with Gallery C. I could now do two of my favorite activities at the same time— review great books and art! I believe the first exhibit we saw at Gallery C was the works of the varied Haitian artists and we returned for the folk art exhibit with works by Minnie Evans and others. After that we were hooked and began to cover many of Gallery C’s exhibits in Boom’s Visually Speaking column. Gallery C has become known for being a premier gallery for the previously mentioned mid-twentieth century North Carolina art, contemporary North Carolina artists but also for folk, Haitian, Southern landscape and figurative art genre’s. In order to reflect the gallery’s emphasis on historic art, Charlene began to look around for an historic building that would allow her to exhibit more art. She spoke about the Ridgewood location: “We moved continued on page 3

Kenny G: Be True to the Integrity of Your Art by Barbara PeTTy

• The song Havana, from his album The Moment, became a crossover hit, reaching Number One on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs chart in 1997 • He is the 25th highest selling artist in America • He won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition for Forever in Love in 1994 If that’s not impressive enough, he graduated from The University of Washington with a degree in accounting. When I commented that I had always been told that music and math go hand in hand, Kenny replied, “If that’s correct, I am the poster child for that statement.” Plus he is nearly a scratch golfer, having played with the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and President Clinton. “Does that sound cool to you?” he asked. Well, yes, it did. He continued, “George Lopez,

And yet with all that commercial success, he still has many critics that don’t see him as a true “jazz musician” because he rarely improvises. Nonetheless, his music resonates with millions of people. I asked him why he felt he was so successful. “The music has to hit somebody in the right place, in their heart,” he responded. “You can’t make people like you, you can’t make people like your music and you can’t influence or actually tell them intellectually that they should like your music because of x, y and z. I think the answer to your questions is that I am just one of those guys who understands that it just takes a lot of work and consistency to be good at anything.” I asked Kenny if he had a favorite album, and he replied, “I think it would have to be Breathless because that’s the one that sold like 12 million records and people really loved it. It was just one of those albums that had the right songs at the right time.” More recently, Kenny has seen resurgence in his career, having recently performed with Weezer, Katy Parry, and Foster the People. And I asked him if this was intentional to try to reach a younger audience. He remarked, “If I could control those kind of things, Barbara, I would have Katy Perry with me in the car right now! If I decided I wanted to reach a younger audience I could just call them up and say, ‘Hey let’s have lunch.’ Unfortunately I can’t continued on page 3

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Ray Romano—I could keep going. Golf is one of those things that allow people to come together where they would never otherwise do so.” Driven by a fanaticism to be the best at whatever he undertakes, Kenny G has been practicing his art since he started playing the saxophone at the age of ten (the same age he started playing golf). Born in 1956 and raised in Seattle, Washington, his musical talent was fostered by private lessons, but his style of play was influenced by Grover Washington, Jr. “I was also listening to bands like Tower of Power,” he adds. As a former clarinet player I was curious why he played his instrument off to the side of his mouth, as my band instructor would have never let me get away with that. “It’s funny you say that,” he replied. “No one has ever commented on that. But I’ll tell you why I play like that. One of my front teeth is shorter, and the mouthpiece just sort of fits into that hole. It came naturally to me to hold the instrument that way.” Well, go figure. It obviously worked for him; he was playing professionally at the age of 17 with Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra. When I asked him if we ever met Barry White in person, Kenny replied, “I did not meet him personally. I was just playing with the orchestra. But I got to play a lengthy solo. In retrospect it is pretty crazy what they allowed me to do—I stood up in the middle of the concert and played these lengthy, spacey, soprano sax solos. The audience gave me great accolades, which was one of the main reasons I knew that at least I had something special.” He went on to play and record with Jeff Lorber for two albums, but then he went solo. I asked Kenny why. “I was just reached the point,” he explained. “ I was the kind of guy that I wanted to do things on my own. I loved playing with Jeff Lorber, but there came a point where I was just itching to be the leader and play the music my way, and play the songs I wanted to play, and write the music I wanted to write. It was just a desire in me to branch out and be the guy; the lead guy.” Good move. He signed with Arista Records in 1982. His first album Kenny G went Gold, the second and third albums, G Force and Gravity, both went Platinum, and his fourth album Duotones went 5x Platinum. With the exception of maybe five albums, through three decades and 23 albums, all have reached Gold status minimum. Breathless, released in 1992, went 12x Platinum, and Miracles went 8x Platinum.

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lthough the G in Kenny G is just a nickname for his real last name, Gorelick, it may as well stand for “gold.” Kenny G has attained super-star status, having achieved so many awards and accolades it’s hard to keep track: • Biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era, with global sales totaling more than 75 million albums • The album Breathless became the number one selling instrumental album ever • The album Miracles, is the most successful Holiday album to date • He holds a Guinness Book of World Records for playing the longest note ever recorded on a saxophone (using a technique called circular breathing)

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hen many people picture California, they see the Hollywood lights and the crowded streets of L.A. They picture mansions on the water and glamorous celebrities strolling through Malibu. But the true beauty of California is all natural—and quite vast. I’ve been to California many times now, but thanks to my friend Eric from Santa Barbara, I’ve gotten to see the real California. Let me start with the Santa Ynez Mountains that overlook Santa Barbara. The Los Padres National Forest butts right up to the quaint college town with spectacular views from the mountain overlooks. There are trails galore, but one of the best views of the town and ocean is from La Cumbre Peak, 4,000 feet above sea level. Pack a lunch, lounge at the picnic tables and watch the hang gliders as they soar above (and sometimes below) you. Another nearby treat is Knapp’s Castle. A short half-mile hike from the road takes you to the ruins of a mansion first built in 1916 and destroyed in a 1940 forest fire. The ruins are impressive, but the views are to die for. Look out over Lake Cachuma and the vast ranges of the Santa Ynez. There are no bathrooms in these areas, so prepare yourself accordingly. In the evening, enjoy sunset from Campus Point Beach—part of the University of California Santa Barbara. For food, there is something for every taste. If you want Californian fare, go to Jane—one of the top-rated restaurants in its category. There is also every version of Asian food and a myriad of European options.

McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

In the morning, start driving up Highway 1. As you drive, you will understand why California is called The Golden State—hills ripple with golden grasses when the road travels inland. But starting at Morro Bay (which is worth a quick stop to gawk at an incredibly big rock), you will be on a cliff-side road that offers breathtaking views, but is not for the faint of heart. Pull off at as many overlooks as you can to gaze upon ragged cliffs reaching into turquoise waters. Just north of Hearst Castle and south of the Point Piedras Blancas lighthouse is a parking lot that overlooks a beach covered in elephant seals.

A group of friends try to capture the immensity of Redwood National Park.

An easy trail from the north parking lot is a good excuse to get out and do some exploring. Ragged Point is a well-traversed stop that offers food, ice cream, bathrooms, gasoline and picnic tables with a view. However, my favorite spot along this stretch of coast is Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. A short and easy trail takes you in sight of an inaccessible beach and a waterfall that pours down onto the sand before joining the aquamarine waters. Have your camera’s ready—this is a National Geographic photo op. Also along Highway 1 is the California Sea Otter Game Refuge and several lighthouses that may entice a stop. Spend the night in Monterrey and enjoy one of the many restaurants on Cannery Row. From there, you can make your way up to the Bay Area before heading northward to see the Redwoods. The Redwood National Forest is free to visit, though some areas are state-owned and may charge fees. The three trees you can drive through are all privately owned and charge $5 or more, but the experience really isn’t necessary. Highway 1 will merge with the 101 and just before reaching Garberville, enter the Avenue of the Giants—SR 254. Pull off and enjoy the scenery, because nothing compares to trees this big. Your cameras will not do it justice—there is no way to comprehend such vastness—and be prepared to feel very insignificant (in a good way). Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway is a ten-mile scenic drive through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park that shouldn’t be missed. Stop and walk the 1/8 of a mile to Big Tree Wayside and look for Roosevelt elk grazing in the famous meadow. In the coastal section of the park is my personal favorite stop—Fern Canyon. Parts of Jurassic Park II were filmed here, and it’s easy to see why. Some of the fern species growing on the 30-foot-high canyon walls can be traced back

325 million years. Standing there, listening to the ferns drip into the creek below, it’s easy to fathom a dinosaur appearing at any moment. Camping is available in three of the state parks, but I would suggest getting a hotel in Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville or Crescent City and driving around during the day. How much time you spend in this area is up to you—see the highlights in a day or revel in the beauty over a week. A great time to do this section of California is early to mid-October. There tends to be less fog and weather is often warm enough to wear shorts south of San Francisco, but be sure to bring warm clothing and layers for the forest chill and nighttime temperatures. Yosemite National Park is certainly the most famous in California, and it deserves its glowing reputation. It is also easy to enjoy without much strain. Glacier Point, for instance, is a half-hour drive from the valley floor and has a nearly 360-degree view of Yosemite. There is no hiking necessary and possibly has the best view of the famous Half Dome rock face. The glaciers that carved Yosemite left behind breathtaking grandeur that, again, makes you feel very tiny. One of the most remarkable things in Yosemite is its lushness. Dozens of waterfalls fill the park. The most famous Yosemite Falls features a lower, middle and upper falls. Visitors can get right next to lower falls with an easy one-mile loop trail. Bridalveil Fall is .5 miles roundtrip from the parking area and flows year-round. For the more adventurous tourist, try the Vernal Fall hike (also known as the Mist Trail). It is three miles roundtrip, with the latter part consisting of 600 steps that reminded me of Machu Picchu. They run directly next to the waterfall and spray you with mist, which does make the steps somewhat slippery. You can also stop at the footbridge (1.6 miles roundtrip), which offers the view without climbing the steps. For the avid hiker, continue on the Mist Trail to Nevada Fall (5.4 miles roundtrip). The best place to stay is Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (from $230 per night) but it is fully booked far in advance. The Ahwahnee is a famous hotel built on

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A final must-see national park in California is Death Valley. This natural wonder is around 60 miles from Yosemite and the Sierras (as the crow flies), yet holds the country’s lowest elevation. While this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, Death Valley is the closest thing to the Sahara that you will see this side of the Atlantic, but that’s just one side of it. Besides sand dunes, Death Valley features slot canyons worth a hike, Badlands-like rock structures, and after rare rainstorms, acres of wild flowers. As the largest national park in the continental US, adventures are innumerable. There are only a few designated trails; most of the time you just set off and return when you please. It is best to visit from October to April when the heat is not so overbearing. Make sure to visit Zabriskie Point, with views similar to those in the Badlands. From there, you can start a hike in any direction

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you please. The desolate landscape means more options for the explorer, with fewer regulations. There are a few hotels in towns like Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells and Panamint Springs. Spend a few days, check out the ghost towns, and simply enjoy the unbelievable quiet. Even after visiting all these breathtaking places, you won’t have scratched the surface of all the beauty California has to offer. Places like Joshua Tree and Kings Canyon shouldn’t be missed, but these are my favorites; the ones that have captured my soul and made me return to California year after year.

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property in the 1920s. It is double the price, but chalk full of atmosphere. It also fills fast—as does camping. My suggestion, if unable to secure a spot on-site, is to stay in a hotel 30 minutes outside the park in the town of El Portal. Either way, book as far ahead as possible. The best time to visit is late spring or early summer, but there will be crowds. Avoid driving in the park by taking advantage of the free trams. If you want to get away from everyone, drive two hours to Hetch Hetchy in the northwest corner of the park, which Jon Muir called the miniature Yosemite Valley. It was dammed in the 1920s and flooded to create a reservoir. It is now a large lake that you can hike around. The hike ends at two impressive waterfalls and is about five miles roundtrip. Hetch Hetchy offers peace and natural beauty without the tourists.

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his is the second article in our yearlong “Economics 101” series. Over the course of this year we will discuss concepts such as: money and banking, economic indicators, the business cycle, the Federal Reserve, Monetary and Fiscal policy, and global economic issues. The articles in this series will also be available on the www. website, where you can find articles in our prior “101” series on Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Financial Planning, and Investment Management. Last month’s article discussed the concept of scarcity and how, in a market economy, prices of goods and services are driven by supply and demand and provide signals to the economy on what and how much to produce. This month we will continue with some basic economic concepts. Creative Destruction Creative Destruction is a term used to describe when something new kills something old. Mainframe computers were challenged by the upstart personal computer, which, in turn, faced competition from tablet computers and smartphones. Businesses rise and fall. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is comprised

of 30 large, publicly-traded companies representative of American industry. When the “Dow” began in 1896 there were 12 companies in the average. Today, only one of these original twelve companies, General Electric, remains in the Dow. Profit & Loss Despite what is sometimes said in political debates, profits are a good thing, not a bad thing. Without profits, businesses do not survive and workers do not remain employed. Without the prospect of profits, investors do not fund new ventures that capitalize on discoveries in science and technology or that create new products. Businesses have competitors and have to continue innovating, evolving and becoming more efficient in order to remain in business and stay competitive. Contrast this with a socialistic environment where businesses have less incentive to be efficient. Nearly thirty years ago I witnessed this inefficiency in a state-owned department store in China, with bored salespeople and unappealing merchandise. However, I also saw the other side of it while speaking with an official in China, who informed me that after Deng Xiaoping instituted

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agricultural reforms in 1979, allowing farmers to raise crops in individual plots and profit from their work, the productivity on those plots was thirteen times as much as that of the giant collective farms! Comparative Advantage Why is it that computers are assembled overseas, along with the building of furniture and the production of clothes? Do businesses really “export” jobs overseas because they are heartless and just trying to maximize their short-term profit or are they simply responding to competition and the need to be efficient and drive down costs? Because of climate, location, labor costs, technical skills or some other factor, one country may have a “comparative advantage” over other countries in the production of a particular product. A generation ago, lowlabor costs and a skilled workforce in Japan enabled them to become a leading exporter to the world. However, as costs began rising in Japan, production shifted to China and now China is seeing other nations, such as Thailand and Vietnam taking away some of their business. The U.S. cannot compete—and really doesn’t want to

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compete—against low-wage nations in the manufacture of certain products. On the other hand, the U.S. can, and should be competing in areas where we have a comparative advantage—where the skills of our workers and our know-how can be compensated at the highest amount. Economics teaches that if all countries (and states and even individuals) pursue the areas in which they have a comparative advantage, then the economy as a whole benefits and grows. It becomes “I win and you win” as opposed to “I win and you lose.” Of course, in real life things don’t always operate quite like it is taught in a classroom. Politics enters the picture. A country may try to protect its domestic production of a particular product by imposing import taxes on competitors or by subsidizing the domestic companies. This, in turn, can result in another country taking similar action, and a trade war erupts—and history shows that trade wars sometimes become real wars. Comment online at .

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ell, we survived “The Fiscal Cliff,” but I had my parachute ready, just in case. With the passage of the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012,” we now have some much-needed clarity about 2013 taxes, and as you might expect there’s good news and bad news. Tax Rates With the expiration of the “Bush tax cuts,” income tax rates were scheduled to increase in 2013. Now, 2013 rates will remain the same as 2012 rates, except for individual taxpayers with taxable income above $400,000 ($450,000 on joint returns), where there is now a new 39.6 percent tax bracket. Capital Gains and Dividends Long-term capital gains and qualified dividends continue to be taxed at a maximum of 15 percent on the federal return, unless you are in the highest (39.6 percent) tax bracket, where you will pay 20 percent. For taxpayers in the 10 and 15 percent tax brackets the capital gain rate remains zero—that’s right, a zero tax rate! This is a tremendous tax-savings opportunity for anyone in the

lower brackets. For 2012, on a joint return, you do not exceed the 15 percent bracket until your taxable income is more than $70,700. Phase Out of Exemptions and Deductions The tax act revived a dormant pro-

vision, the phase-out of personal exemptions and itemized deductions. Beginning in 2013, if an individual’s “adjusted gross income” exceeds $250,000 ($300,000 on a joint return), their personal exemptions and their itemized deductions will begin being phased-out. Note that while the capital gains and qualified dividends rate depends on your “taxable income,” the phase-out is triggered by your “adjusted gross income.” Alternative Minimum Tax The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) is a shadow tax, which is calculated along with your regular federal tax. Whichever is higher— regular or AMT—is what you pay. The AMT has an exemption amount that was not automatically indexed for inflation, but Congress annually came up with an AMT “patch,” increasing the exemption amount, but only for that year. So, each year we

were faced with the prospect of the AMT exemption falling back to a much smaller level and ensnaring millions of additional taxpayers with this sneaky tax. Fortunately, the tax act fixed the AMT by increasing the exemption for 2012 and indexing it going forward. This doesn’t get rid of this nasty tax, but it at least keeps some taxpayers from falling into its clutches. Social Security Tax Increase For the past couple of years the Social Security tax that is withheld from an employee’s wages was reduced from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent. Beginning 1/1/2013 the employee Social Security tax reverts to the regular 6.2% percent which reduces the take-home pay for all employees and self-employed persons. Due primarily to this change, it is estimated that 77 percent of taxpayers will see their 2013 taxes rise from 2012 levels. Estate Tax In 2012, there was a $5.12 million exemption before estate taxes would be owed when someone died. Absent any tax deal this was scheduled to decline to just $1.0 million in 2013, but the tax act kept the exemption at 2012 levels, plus an

inflation adjustment, bringing the 2013 exemption to $5.25 million. Medicare Tax Changes Beginning in 2013, there are two new Medicare taxes. A 0.9 percent tax is imposed on taxpayers with earned income (wages) exceeding $200,000 on an individual return or $250,000 on a joint return. In addition, a 3.9 percent Medicare tax is imposed on unearned income (such as dividends, rents, etc.) when “modified adjusted gross income” exceeds $200,000 on an individual return or $250,000 on a joint return. Charitable IRA Gifts The tax act continued, but just through 2013, the ability of taxpayers who are over 70½ to make direct contributions from their IRA to a charity. Other Items The tax act extended permanently the $1,000 tax credit for a family with a child under the age of 17. It also extended through 2017 the American Opportunity Tax Credit for college costs. Gerald A. Townsend, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CFA®, CMT is president of Townsend Asset Management Corp., a registered investment advisory firm. Email:

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ear Jonathan: My father recently passed away. A few months before he died, he put my name on his assets, which basically consisted of his home and a few bank accounts. He also named me as the beneficiary on a modest life insurance policy he owned. He told me he was doing this so that we wouldn’t have to worry about probate and he made me promise that when he passed away that I would split up everything in equal shares between me and my two sisters. Even though he didn’t leave a last will and testament, I plan on honoring his wishes. My question is, how do I do this, especially with the home? Do I need to get anyone’s approval or talk to anyone before I divide everything up? Jonathan Says: First of all, just so that you know, even if your father had left a last will and testament, it would not have any effect on his retitling of his assets in both his name and your name. In other words, by putting your name on the title to those assets, he made you a co-owner of those assets during his lifetime and the sole owner of those assets upon his death, and his having a last will and testament would not have changed that, even if he had named someone other than you as a beneficiary of those assets. As for your question as to how to go about dividing the assets between you and your sisters, regarding the bank

accounts, you could simply close those out after any and all checks that were written against those accounts have cleared, and then divide the money three ways. As for the life insurance proceeds, you first have to apply for those proceeds and provide the life insurance company with a certified copy of your father’s death certificate. Once the proceeds have been distributed to you as the beneficiary, you can then divide them three ways between you and your sisters. The home is a bit more complicated. What is your intention regarding the home? Do you plan on selling it or do you plan on retaining ownership? If you plan on selling the home, then once you sell it, you could then divide the proceeds received from the sale three ways. If you plan on retaining it, then you would need to retitle the home in your name and your sisters’ names as tenants in common. There is one other complicating factor that you need to consider when dividing the assets between you and your sisters. Because you now legally own those assets and as a result are not legally required to share them with anyone, your dividing those assets with your sisters will be deemed to be a gift from you to each

of them of a one-third interest in those assets. And if the one-third share distributed to each of your sisters is in excess of the 2012 or 2013 annual gift tax exclusion amount of $13,000.00, then the balance of each gift would be deemed to be a taxable gift from you to each sister, for which a gift tax return would need to be filed. Consequently, I recommend that you consult with an estate planning attorney in your area to first determine whether the division of your father’s assets among you and your sisters would amount to your making a taxable gift to each of them, and if so, whether there is anything you can do to minimize the effects of making those gifts. That attorney can also help you in preparing and filing the required gift tax returns necessitated by any such taxable gifts. Further, if it is your intention to retain ownership of your father’s home rather than selling it, that attorney can help you to retitle the home in yours and your sisters’ names as tenants in common. Good luck. © JAKUB JIRSÁK | DREAMSTIME

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he world has seen its share of sports cars over the last half-century. But year after year, the Porsche 911 emerges an unrivaled victor. The Porsche’s performance is, of course, one factor in its dominance, but anyone who has driven a 911 knows this coupe delivers more than just neck-snapping performance. Somehow, speed-record breaking Porsches are also comfortable in the grocery store parking lot. Even more, the 911 delivers a living, breathing tangible connection between driver and car that simply must be experienced to be understood. This is what sets the Porsche 911 apart from other vehicles (including other Porsches).

Customers looking only for extreme performance have a dizzying list of options in the $80k to $120k price range, but customers who value ease-of-use, daily joy and driver-vehicle connectedness as well as performance usually find that the 911 is their baby. The 911 traces its origins back to 1959, when Ferdinand Porsche began designing it for the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show. In its 50 history, the 911 has seen refinements, but the major design characteristics and personality remain unchanged. A two-by-two seating configuration (in which the rear seats have never been much more than a shelf) and a rear-mounted engine— all wrapped in the recognizable body shape and unique headlights that have long been the 911’s trademarks. Porsche revealed the latest series of the 911 in 2011, as the third new platform since the original. The revision includes a stronger, more efficient engine, body updates and a more refined interior. Like most auto manufacturers, Porsche switched to electric power steering (a move that improves fuel efficiency and is more or less required to meet new government regulations). As with all other cars that have switched to electric power steering, some purists complain that the driving experience has suffered due to changed feedback from the steering wheel.

Porsche buyers have no shortage of options. The new Porsche Cayman, which starts at $52,00, feels an awful lot like a 911 from a few years ago. Purists and others who set on owning a piece of history with an actual 911 have many options within the 911 family. The “base” 911 coupe starts at about $80k. It offers a 350-horsepower 3.4 liter six cylinder engine, good for a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds. That’s incredibly fast, but a bit sleepy compared to other variants of the 911, including the popular Carrera GTS ($103k), the Carrera GTS4 ($110k) and the insanely fast GT2 and GT3, which were developed for Le Mans racing ($245k and $185k, respectively). The 911 GT2 and GT3 are literal super cars that compete with Ferraris and Lamborghinis, with 0-60 times around 3 seconds. Even in its humblest form, the “base” Porsche 911 offers acceleration and handling that can be fully enjoyed on typical American roads—if not fully tested. Unless you race for a living—or want the status cache of the higher-end 911’s, the standard 911 coupe will be more than enough to thrill and comfort you daily. If you’re considering a lease or purchase in this price range, you simply must test a 911 for yourself. Its simple and unstrained delivery of performance and control remain unrivaled. If you have not driven a 911, do yourself a favor, and feel for yourself why this Porsche remains a storied and unrivaled legend. © Copyright 2013, John Dickerson and John Kehlenbeck Horsepower Auto Reviews

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e are not sure why it is so effective but you should try this method when it rains heavily. This information was given to me by a police friend who had experienced and confirmed it. It is useful—even driving at night—and it is a method that has been used by Canadian Military Drivers for many years. Most of the motorists would turn on hiGh or faSTeST SPeed of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad. In the event you face such a situation, just try your sunglasses (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain. Make sure you always have a pair of suglasses in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, you might even save a friend’s life by passing on this information. Try it yourself and share it with your friends! It is amazing! You still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling. You can see where the rain bounces off the road. It also works to eliminate the blindness from passing semitrucks spraying you and the kick-up if you are following a semi or car in the rain. This tip should be taught in driver’s training. It really does work! This next warning is a also good one! I wonder

how many people know about this: A 36-year old female had an accident and totaled her car. She was a resident of Kinburn, Ontario and was traveling between Kinburn and Ottawa. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydroplane and literally flew through the air. She was not seriously injured but was very stunned at the sudden occurrence! When she explained what had happened to the officer, he told her something that every driver should know—never drive in the rain with your cruise control on. She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain. However, the officer told her that, if the cruise control is on when your car begins to hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane. She then told the officer that was exactly what had occurred. The officer said this warning should be listed on the driver’s seat sunvisor and the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed, but we don’t tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry. The only person the accident victim found who knew this (besides the officer) was a man who had a similar accident, totalled his car, and sustained severe injuries. noTe: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited X LE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.

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Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that simply painting your roof white can reduce household electricity bills by 40 percent. Is this something any of us can do? ~ Susan Pierson, Sumter, SC Yes anyone can do it—and the benefits can be significant, especially for those in warmer climates who expend a lot of energy keeping cool. But most of the world’s roofs, including on some 90 percent of buildings in the U.S., are dark-colored. Dark colored roofs absorb more heat from the sun’s rays than light colored ones, and as such get much hotter. A black roof exposed to full sun can increase in temperature by as much as 90 °F (50 °C), meaning the air conditioning inside has to work that much harder to compensate for the added heat load. But a white or reflective roof typically increases temperatures only 10-25 °F (5–14 °C) above ambient air temperatures during the day. This translates into a savings of up to 15 percent on air conditioning energy use over a year for a typical one-story residence, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The upshot of this energy savings is not only cost savings for the consumer—annual energy bill savings of 20-40 percent aren’t uncommon for single story homes in America’s Sun Belt—but also reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions generated in the production of electricity.

Some 90 percent of U.S. buildings have dark-colored roofs which, when exposed to full sun can increase in temperature by as much as 90 °F. A white roof typically increases temperatures only 10-25 °F above ambient air temperatures during the day. PICTURED: THE WHITE ROOF PROJECT AT WORK. PHOTO COURTESY WHITE ROOF PROJECT.

A white roof also helps keep buildings and houses without air conditioning cooler in the summer than they would otherwise be. And it also helps mitigate the “urban heat island effect” whereby a city can be 6-8 °F warmer than its surrounding areas on warm summer days. The non-profit White Roof Project promotes the concept across the U.S. and last year painted some 30 buildings, helping hundreds of families lower their energy bills in the process. “A white roof project is low cost, easy to implement, relieves stress on the power grid, cuts down on smog, and creates tangible change for individuals, our communities, and even globally,” reports the group, which

is looking to expand its work across the country significantly in 2013 and expand internationally in 2014. The White Roof Projects gives away instructions (via a free downloadable “DIY Packet”) to help doit-yourselfers paint their own roofs white without hiring a painter or roofer. All it takes is a few painting supplies, a couple of cans of highly reflective elastomeric white paint, and a plan for how to cover all relevant surfaces properly and safely. Those who would rather hire someone to do the ladder climbing and paint application can hire any local painter or roofer. While green roofs may be preferable from a strictly environmental perspective in that they contain plants that filter pollutants and reduce run-off, white roofs may indeed provide more overall environmental benefit for the cost of a couple of cans of special white paint. Indeed, painting the roof white might be the best energy efficiency improvement you can make to your building or house.

Union-funded project where everyday people help scientists gather data to assess the environmental status of water bodies across that continent. Budding citizen scientists looking for different types of projects can browse the offerings on Zooniverse, a citizen science web portal that grew out of the online crowdsourced Galaxy Zoo project, whereby amateur astronomers help classify the morphology of galaxies. Over 700,000 volunteers have so far contributed time to various Zooniverse projects. Many Zooniverse projects pertain to space and astronomy, but green-leaning citizen scientists will find plenty to pitch in on there. For example, analyzing wartime ship logs to better model Earth’s climate, categorizing underwater calls from endangered killer whales to help identify and track family groups, or identifying African animals “caught” on millions of camera trap pictures.

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Dear EarthTalk: What exactly are “citizen scientists” and how can I become one? ~ Eric Wilson, Barre, MA “Citizen scientists” are members of the public who help scientists and researchers by making observations and/or collecting and recording data. The term was first popularized by the National Audubon Society as part of its annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), during which volunteers from across the country fan out to count local birds. The aggregated data has been helping Audubon assess the health of U.S. bird populations and plan its conservation initiatives accordingly since the tradition began in 1900. Thousands of Audubon members still participate in the CBC, though modern-day citizen scientists are more likely to be members of Project Noah, an appbased tool that allows everyday people to share wildlife sightings via their Internet-connected mobile devices. Through the power of so-called “crowdsourcing” (outsourcing a task to a distributed but undefined group of people), it has become one of the most popular online communities for nature exploration and documentation. User-created local missions allow members to observe specific wildlife species based on their own interests, accessing the efforts and enthusiasm of other Project Noah members in the process. And of course, individuals or small groups or classes can search for other missions to help via Project Noah’s website or mobile app. Some other examples of environmentally oriented citizen science include, an online community of amateur and professional naturalists who share observations of insects and collaborate on related research, and Citclops, a European

Project Noah is an app-based tool that allows everyday people to share wildlife sightings via their Internet-connected mobile devices. It has become one of the most popular online communities for nature exploration and documentation. PHOTO COURTESY PROJECT NOAH.

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February Calendar February 1-3 & 8-10, 2013 at the Cary Arts Center; Presented by Cary Players Real-life school teacher Kirsten Ehlert and student Ashton Layh are taking wrestling lessons from a stage combat expert! Theses ladies have much in common these days. Kirsten teaches drama at Endeavor Charter School in North Raleigh where young Ashton attends first grade. This February they will portray the historic teacher Annie Sullivan and her student Helen Keller in Cary Players’ production of The Miracle Worker. Ms. Ehlert was delighted to learn that one of her students was being considered for a part in the same play for which she, herself, had auditioned. “I didn’t realize that Ashton had auditioned until I saw her name on the call back list.” Ehlert explained. “We were there on different days so it was a pleasant surprise.” Ashton Layh, wasn’t aware that her teacher had auditioned for the same play either, until Ms. Ehlert mentioned it at school. Once the cast list was finalized, the art teacher at school shared the exciting news with everyone during morning announcements.

Both teacher and student agree that its taken time to get comfortable relating to one another on such a different level. “I told my friends at school that I get to lock Ms. Ehlert in a room and I get to slap her!” Ashton explained with a giggle. Steve Whetzel, the fight choreographer is close by to be sure the blows look realistic and that no one gets hurt. This is director Tina Vance’s third show with Cary Players. She directed the delightful comedy Over the River… in 2011 and the popular Agatha Christie mystery And Then There Were None in 2012. Ms. Vance and her husband Glen have also designed the set for the show. Tickets are on sale now at the Cary Arts Center Box Office or on-line at www. Seating is reserved, so advance purchases are encouraged. Tickets will be sold at the door based on availability. Reduced rates for groups of 20 or more are available by calling the box office at 919.481.5190. Performances are February 1-2 and 8-9 at 7:30pm and Sundays, February 3 and 10 at 3pm. The performance on Sunday, February 3rd will be audio described by Arts Access. The Cary Arts Center is located at 101 Dry Avenue in Cary. Visit for more information about Cary Players. Bus Stop

Annie and Helen played by Kirsten Ehlert and Ashton Layh. PHOTO BY DEBRA GRANNAN.

Since rehearsals began, teacher and student have gotten to know one another much better. “Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller’s relationship was always a physical one, with Anne spelling words into Helen’s hands as she taught her” says director, Tina Vance. “They also were very combative as well, so Kirsten and Ashton are exploring new experiences as actors that would not be common or appropriate in a typical classroom.”

February 1-24, 2103 at the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre; Presented by Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT) William Inge’s classic play, Bus Stop, transpires in a diner during a snowstorm, transforming a group of strangers in to something much more. To enhance the experience, patrons at RLT will enjoy free coffee provided by Larry’s Beans, a Raleigh-based coffee roaster specializing in organic, fair trade and shade-grown coffee. On opening night, February 1st, the North Carolina Theatre Conference will present the 2012 Community Theatre Award, recognizing RLT as the community theater of the year in North Carolina. Please visit for more information. Bus Stop is set in the mid-1950s at a street-corner restaurant west of Kansas

City. The snowy weather has closed the road to Topeka, forcing a bus to stop for the night and passengers to take shelter at the diner. During the course of just a few hours, the lives of the passengers and the townspeople intersect and diverge in various ways, reflecting each character’s search for meaning and their struggle against loneliness.

Health Related The American Red Cross, Central North Carolina Chapter continues its call for blood donations. Take an hour of time to save a life. For Triangle locations and schedules: 1.800.448.3543 or Durham Regional Hospital, offers monthly events for February that include: Look Good Feel Better; Good Neighbors Good Health: Don’t Be A Bystander When Minutes Count; Monthly Stroke Support Group; Adult Diabetes Support Group; and Weight Loss Surgery Support Group. For meeting dates, times, and information: Sunrise Yoga, 6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct, Clemmons, offers a full calendar of classes that include: Free Yoga Classes, and Invigorate Your Life with Ayurveda. Info: 336.778.1233 or Northgate Heart & Soul Walkers Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at 8:30 in the food gallery. Enjoy mall walkers hours: 7am until 9pm MondaySaturday. 10:30 am until 6pm Sunday. Info: 919.286.4407 or

Brian Hollingsworth as Bo Decker, Gus Allen as Will Masters, Katie Scofield as Cherie. PHOTO BY CURTIS BROWN.

Audiences may be familiar with the work because of the movie it inspired, which opened in 1956 and starred Marilyn Monroe as Cherie, a chanteuse who has been abducted by a young cowboy named Bo. The film also spawned a TV show that ran from 1961-62 on ABC. Bus Stop runs Thursday through Sunday from February 1-24, 2013, at Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre of the Raleigh Little Theatre, located at 301 Pogue Street, Raleigh, N.C. Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturdays are at 8pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are sold by reserved seating. Tickets for all performances can be purchased by calling the box office at 919.821.3111, Monday through Friday, noon-5pm, or by visiting the theatre’s website at www. Founded in 1936, Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT) is one of the oldest continuously operating community theatres in the United States. RLT offers entertainment, education, and community programs year-round, reaching more than 40,000 people. As a community theatre, RLT engages hundreds of volunteers under the guidance of professional staff to achieve its mission and bring quality live theatre to the Triangle region. Visit for more information.

The Chatham County Council on Aging wants readers to know about their February events. They include: Arthritis Foundation Exercise Programs; Healthy Heart Day; Chocolate Cake Bake-Off Fundraiser; and the Polar Bear Run Fundraiser. For dates, times, locations, and information: 919.542.4512 or Duke Gardens is offering a new Health & Wellness Series this winter. Activities include Social Dances, Dance Workshops, and Yoga. Sponsored by Duke Gardens, Carolina Dance Club and Triangle Swing Dance Society. For dates, times, registration or information: 919.668.1707 or

Feb 2 Triangle Wear Red Day, 1-3pm, Crabtree Valley Mall Promotional Court, Raleigh. Join the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Movement and learn the risk for heart disease. Enjoy free screenings, Zumba-thon, cooking and CPR demonstrations. Info: 919.463.8338 or Feb 2 CowParade NC Auction to Benefit NC Chil-

dren’s Hospital, 6pm, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Featured are 60 bovines, hand-painted by local artists. Info:

Feb 9 Ain’t Misbehaving: Challenges and Supports for Raising Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders Workshop, 9:30-11:30am, Freedom House Recovery Center Cafeteria, 102 New Stateside Dr, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by Mental Health America of the Triangle. To register or information: Feb 23 Share to Care “A Night in Napa,” 7:30-11:30pm,

Cypress Manor, Raleigh. An event for Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center. A sell-out is anticipated, so register early. Info: 919.371.2062 or

Mar 7 Active Healthcare’s Free Sleep Informational Event, 4:30-6:30pm, 9104 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh. Info: 919.870.8600 or Through Mar 15 Guiding Lights Nurse’s Aid 1 Train-

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Through Mar 24 A Jewish Bereavement Group: You Don’t Have to Grieve Alone, 10-11:30am, Sundays,

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Triangle Singles Dance Club has weekly dances, 8:3011pm, Northbrook Country Club, 4905 North Hills Dr, Raleigh. A singles, 40+ social club. February’s dances feature Shag, Waltz, and Line Dance. Info: Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St, Durham, offers February classes and events for adults and families like: Winter Blossoms; Mushroom Logs; Photography on the Road; Walk on the Wild Side; Lightroom; Yoga, Stretch & Meditation for Gardeners; Tango in the Gardens; Dance Workshops; Fuzzy, Slimy & Spiky; and more. For a complete schedule of events, dates, times, and information: 919.668.6451 or The Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, has ongoing and special offerings. In addition, there are rooms for classes, meetings and exercise space. For a complete listing of activities and information: 919.688.8247 or Wake County Public Libraries wants readers to come to their featured programs in February. They include: African American Literature; Meet Local Authors; Readers’ Snack & Share: Romance; Find It! Using Novelist; Trace Your African American Heritage; Social Networking for Parents; Craft It! Paper Tube Art; Dressing for Success; Finance Your College Education; and more. For dates, times, locations and information: The Tall Club of NC meets monthly every 2nd Friday at 6:30pm at The Brickhouse, 3801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh. Must be 21 years and older, women must be 5’10” while men must be 6’2” to join, but all heights are welcome. Info: 919.475.2601 or The Raleigh Christian Women’s Connection meets the third Tuesday of the month, 11:30am-1pm, NC State University Club, Hillsborough St, Raleigh. February features Practical Tips for Looking Fashionable Fashion Show, and Restoring Power in Your Life. Info: 919.556.5440. Orange and Chatham Counties offers Free Tax Preparation for all Ages. Beginning Feb 4-Apr 15, the IRSsponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will begin its free service. Make appointments online at Info: 919.245.4242 in Orange County, and 919.542.4512 in Chatham County. Logan Trading Co, 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh, offers February classes of Organic Vegetable Gardening 101, and Build A Terrarium. For dates, times, and information: 919.828.5337 or American Music Series consists of six programs featuring documentary film screenings and discussions of 20th Century American popular music. Sponsored by The ArtsCenter, Chatham Community Library, and Chatham County Arts Council. February’s screenings include: Swing Jazz on Feb 5 at the ArtsCenter; The Story of Bluegrass on Feb 12 at the ArtsCenter; and The History of Rock ‘n Roll on Feb 26 at Chatham Community Library. All programs begin at 7:15pm. Info: www. Celebrate Chinese New Years with a student from China. The International Affairs Council in conjunction with NC State is looking for families to host students from China for a meal on February 10th. For more information: 919.838.9191 or Arts Access, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, will be providing audio-described performances for individuals with vision impairment at local

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Feb 1 Contracts Artists’ Salon, 6:30-9pm, The West

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Feb 2 & 16 Triangle Square Dance Family Fun

Nights, 7-9:30pm, First Baptist Church of Raleigh, 99 N. Salisbury St, Raleigh. For everyone 13 years and up. Info:

Feb 3 Sir Walter Ralegh: Fortune’s Tennis Ball Lec-

ture, 2pm, Joel Lane Museum House, 160 South Saint Mary’s St, Raleigh. Advanced ticket purchase required. Info: 919.833.3431 or

Feb 9 5th Annual Inspirational Women’s Retreat

“Made for More,” 10am-3pm, Hampton Inn & Suites, Aberdeen. One-day event includes Christian speakers, lunch, music, small groups and door prizes. For reservations and information: 910.215.0426 or 910.420.2916.

Feb 9 Parent Summit 2013, 9am-2:30pm, Hope Com-

munity Church, Raleigh. Giving families a fresh start this year by attending this annual parenting conference, where parents will have an opportunity to hear from national author and speaker Mark Merrill, connect with other parents, and choose from more than a dozen breakout sessions to help navigate through life’s chaos. Info:

Through Feb 12 A Memoir Writing Class for Older

Adults, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave, Raleigh. Info: 919.828.1588 or

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Feb 15 The Vanderbilts “All of Them,” 7pm, Longview

Through June Nurse’s Aid-1 Training Programs, Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center, 3724 National Dr, Raleigh. Six 7-weeklong series. Info: 919.371.2062 or

Center, 118 S. Person St, Raleigh. This lecture presented by the Joel Lane Museum House. Advanced tickets strongly recommended. Info: 919.833.3431 or

Feb 21 4 Annual Local To Global Forum, 6-8:30pm,


Feb. 21 Registration begins for PineCone’s Third Annual Bluegrass Music Camp for Youths (ages 8-16). This year, the camp is expanding again to include: Beginner and intermediate guitar; beginner and intermediate fiddle; beginner and intermediate mandolin. There will also be a morning and an afternoon songwriting session. Info:

RSVP Volunteer Programs in Durham and Orange counties have opportunities for people 55 years of age and over who are eager to use their skills to serve an area near them: Garden Docents; Adult Tutors; Hospice; Animal Caregivers; Schools; Volunteer Drivers. RSVP staff interview volunteers and match them to opportunities available through one of many local agencies registered with RSVP for recruitment assistance. To learn more about these or other opportunities, contact the RSVP agency in your county or go online to find an upcoming Volunteer Information Session. Durham Co RSVP 919.536.7247 or; Orange Co RSVP 919.245.4241 or vhill@orangecountync. gov


University Club, NCSU, Raleigh. “Status & Solutions to End Violence Against Women & Girls in NC, the U.S. & Globally.” Info: 919.744.4778 or

Feb 24 Respect Your Elders Flute Workshop, 2-5pm, call for location. Come explore historical flutes in a participatory workshop. Info: 919.523.7252 or Feb 25 Public Policy Forum for NC’s Nonprofit

Sector, 8:30am-4:30pm, McKimmon Center, NCSURaleigh. Get training, talking points, information, and support to help you advocate for your cause. Info: www.

Mar 8 International Women’s Day, 3-8pm, Pullen

Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh. A celebration of women in their giftedness, diversity, and roles in society. There is no admission cost. Sponsored by A Place for Women to Gather. Info: 919.846.3601 or

Through Mar 18 A Shakespeare in Performance Class, Monday evenings, 6:30-9:30pm, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Murphey School, 224 Polk St, Raleigh.

The Volunteer Center of Durham serves the Triangle area and works toward connecting volunteers with area non-profits. They offer a new online volunteer matching system called HandsOnTriangle. They represent over 700 non-profits and all their services are free. For a full list of their volunteer needs, and information: 919.613.5105 or

Relations; Office Support; The Ronald McDonald Family Room; and Sewing Individuals and Groups. Info: 919.350.8293 or

Travel Apr 5-14 Sunny Portugal Travel Trip. Sponsored by

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Activities for Children The Museum of Life & Science, 433 W. Murray Ave, Durham, is pleased to announce its February activities highlighted by Nano Traveling Mini-Exhibition; Forensic February in the Lab; Science of Eats; Creatures of the Night: and A Museum Family Sleepover. For a complete schedule, dates, times and information: 919.220.5429 or NC Museum of History, Raleigh, offers special February programs, concerts and exhibits such as: Quilts Time For Tots; WWII Wear History Corner; and Jack Tales: Appalachian Adventures. For schedules and information: 919.807.7900 or

Safe Haven Cat Shelter & Clinic, Raleigh, is looking for active seniors that can spare a couple of hours per week to help out at the Triangle’s No-Kill Cat Shelter. An Open House for prospective volunteers will be held on Feb 12, from 6:30-8pm, at the shelter’s Garvey Drive Building. Info: 919.500.5276 or

The NC Museum of Art in Raleigh wants children to know about their February events and performances highlighted by Picturing Place Family Fun Saturday; People & Portraits What’s in the Box; We Heart Art Family Fun Saturday; Animals in Art What’s in the Box Series; and more. For dates, times, and information: 919.839.6262 or

WakeMed Raleigh Campus has volunteer opportunities for Guest Ambassadors; Hospitality Pets; Patient

Marbles Kids Museum & IMAX Theatre, 201 E. Hargett St, Raleigh, offers February events and activities for

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Wake County Public Library System continues their programs for children to incorporate Every Child Ready to Succeed. February brings Create a Valentine for a Veteran; and The Jack Tales and Appalachian Adventures presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. Their goal is to educate parents and caregivers on the skills they can use at home to help prepare children for success in school. The library system offers nearly 150 weekly programs for children. For programs, dates, times, locations, and information:

tival, 9am, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Cary. Info: 919.523.7252 or

The Rocky Mount Children’s Museum & Science Center, 270 Gay St, Rocky Mount, hosts February special programs and events that include: Play! Exhibit; DaVinci Preschool; and Finding Freedom Exhibit. For dates and information: 252.972.1167 or Registration has begun for Apex’s Youth Baseball, Softball, Volleyball & Soccer. A lottery system will be in place for registration. Info: 919.249.3402 or www.

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Feb 5 & 19 Cinderella, 11am-12pm, Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St, Holly Springs. Presented by Carolina Puppet Theatre. Info: 919.567.4000 or

Feb 6-10 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

“Dragons,” PNC Center, Raleigh. Info: 919.861.2300 or

Feb 18 Yo Gabba Gabba “Get Your Sillies Out,” 3pm

& 6pm, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh. Info: 919.919.996.8700 or

Feb 23 20th Annual Capital Area Young Ringers FesFeb 23 Applause! Cary Youth Theatre presents The-

atrical Passport, 6pm, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave, Cary. Free. Info: 919.465.4792 or

Mar 1-3 Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. A magical new musical for the whole family. Part of The Storybook Theater Series to benefit Marbles Kids Museum. Info: 800.745.3000 or Through Apr 28, 2013 Titanic: The Artifact Exhi-

bition, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones St, Raleigh. Follow that fateful voyage, take on the identity of a passenger, touch the iceberg and see more than 200 artifacts recovered from the broken ship’s debris field two-and-a-half miles beneath the surface. Info: 919.707.9950 or

Activities for Adults NC Museum of History, Raleigh, offers February programs, concerts and exhibits activities; African American History Tour; Jack Tales: Appalachian Adventures at Raleigh Little Theatre; Music of the Carolinas with Jeff Warner; What Happened to the Lost Colony History a la Carte; Hands-on History; Abraham Lincoln’s Legacy for Our Time Lecture; and At The Movies: Glory. Real to Reel: The Making of Gone With The Wind Exhibit has been extended through April. For schedules and information: 919.807.7900 or

The NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, has February exhibits, events, and concerts highlighted by Blue Ridge Chamber Players; Art In The Evening; Friday Night Sound Bites; Art History Survey Course; Escape to the Tropics Senior Sampler; I Love Purim; and more. For dates, times and information: 919.839.6262 or The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, has February performances that include: Nerds; Chatham County Line; Monty Python’s Spamalot; Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus; 6th Annual Raleigh Blues Festival; Yo Gabba Gabba; Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang; Royal Comedy Tour; America’s Got Talent; Bruce Cockburn; and more. For a complete listing of events, dates, times, and information: 919.831.6060 or The Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St, Durham, hosts performances in February of Tony Bennett; Jerry Seinfeld; Mary Poppins; Olivia Newton-John; and Bull City Food & Beer Experience. For dates, times, and information: 919.688.3722 or The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St, Durham, wants readers to attend February performances of: Jesse Cook; Jane Monheit; Arlo Guthrie; The Second City; Virsa Punjab Da; Steven Wright; Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes; Harry Belafonte; Musical Landscapes; Jim Brickman; 92nd Street Y; and more. For dates, times, tickets, and information: 919.560.3030 or www. The Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Rd, Garner, bring readers its February line-up of performances and events that include: Red Tails; LeGrant Taylor Artist Reception; and Supper Club with Shana Tucker. For dates, times, and information: 919.661.4602 or The Town of Cary and Cary Arts Center sponsors February performances and events for adults and families

highlighted by Triangle Wind Ensemble in “A Musical Menagerie: Young Person’s Guide to Woodwinds, Brass and Other Exotic Beasts of the Band;” The Miracle Worker; MLK Jr Dreamfest; Girls in the Music with Cary Town Band; 15th Annual African American Celebration; Brass & Sax with Triangle Brass Band; and Cary Art Loop. Also check the Town of Cary’s website for class offerings and art exhibitions. For a complete listing of events, dates, locations, and information: 919.460.4965 or www. The ArtsCenter, 300G E. Main St, Carrboro, has February performances and events highlighted by The Love Show with Transactors Improv; America’s Music Film Screening Series; Solas; An Hour of Love; The Residents; Chris Stamey and The Fellow Travelers; High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass; NC Comedy Arts Festival; John Cowen Trio; and more. For dates, times, and information: 919.929.2787 or

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Feb 16 Listen to This! With the Triangle Youth Brass Band, 8pm, Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. An eclectic mix of brass band repertoire. Info:

Moore County hosts February events highlighted by the opening of the Campbell House Exhibit; 28th Annual Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz; and the Borealis Wind Quintet at the Sunrise Theater. The Artists League of the Sandhills also offers numerous classes throughout the month. For dates, times, locations and information: 910.692.2787 or or


The Best of Sanford. February’s events include The Swingin’ Cowboys at The Temple Theatre; The Nashville Jazz Jam; Heart of Carolina Jazz; and Forever Plaid. For dates, times, locations and info: or Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St, Holly Springs, wants readers to know about their February line-up of events highlighted by Holly Springs Community Arts Festival; John Berry In Concert; Juice Newton In Concert, and The Clean Comedy Series with John Reep. For dates, times, and information: 919.567.4000 or

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The Miracle Worker by William Gibson February Events

The heart-warming story of Helen Keller and her amazing teacher, Annie Sullivan.


February 1-3 & 8-10 Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm Sundays at 3 pm DAR HE: THE STORY OF EMMETT TILL

Performances at the Cary Arts Center 101 Dry Ave., Cary Tickets: 800-514-3849 or

Mike Wiley Productions “…a devastating dramatization of one of the most infamous murders of the Civil Rights era…” Friday, Feb. 8, 7:30 pm

THE HEART OF CAROLINA JAZZ ORCHESTRA with guest artist Virginia Mayhew Director Gregg Gelb and the 17 piece Big Band welcome saxophonist and composer Virginia Mayhew Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:30 pm

KENNY G Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh


“A witty, perceptive play…that examines…an over privileged family that fight domestic battles while downing drinks.” Friday & Saturday, Feb. 22 & 23, 7:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 24, 3:00 pm

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Carolina Performing Arts Series, UNC-Chapel Hill presents February performances of Carolina Chocolate Drops; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; Kodo; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Dafnis Prieto Sextet; and more. For dates, times, locations and information: 919.843.3333 or Meredith College’s Music Department, Raleigh, hosts February performances of A Little Night Music; Vagina Monologues; Winter Choral Concert; and Winter Sinfonietta Concert. For dates, times, and information: 919.760.8536 or The NC Symphony continues its season in February with: Sibelius’ Second Symphony; Freedom; and Schumann’s Piano Concerto. For dates, times, locations, and information: 919.733.2750 or Dance Seen: First Friday Gallery Walks take place the first Friday of each month at Arts Together, 114 St. Mary’s St, Raleigh. Event features The Even Exchange Dance Theatre. Free and open to the public. For time and information: 919.828.2377 or Art After Hours is a monthly community event where every second Friday local businesses find unique ways to expose the local artist community. The Cotton Company, 306 S. White St, Wake Forest, hosts an artist reception from 5:30-9pm inside The Gallery with refreshments and a wine tasting. Info: EverWondr Network launches a new online events and attractions site that connects Durham arts, culture and entertainment information to the whole state of NC. Open to local attractions and artists to promote and better market themselves on more than 60 websites. Visit The Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd, Cary, continues its Saturday markets, 10am12pm. February brings Valentine’s Day at the Market. Their mission is for all people in the community to become educated about and benefit from locally grown food. Info:

Feb 1 Red Carpet Rendezvous, 6:30-10pm, Preston-

wood Country Club, Cary. The Center for Volunteer Caregiving is having its annual fundraising event. A great evening with jazz performances by John Brown Entertainment and Carol Ingbretsen. Info: 919.460.0567 or

Feb 1-10 The Miracle Worker, Cary Arts Center, 101

Dry Ave, Cary. Presented by Cary Players Community Theatre Company. Info: 919.469.4061 or

Feb 1-22 Heart Songs Exhibit, Steele Hall Art Gal-

Feb 1-Apr 28 Everything We Are Capable Of Seeing Exhibit, CAM Raleigh. Featuring artist Alistair McClymont. Info: 919.513.7200 or

Feb 2 Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music, 2pm, The Clayton Center, 111 E. 2nd St, Clayton. Info: 919.553.1737 or

Feb 2 For the Love of Art Auction & Gala, Raleigh Marriott City Center, Raleigh. To benefit Visual Art Exchange. Info: 919.828.7834 or

Through Feb 3 Nerds, Progress Energy Center for the Performings Arts, Raleigh. Presented by NC Theatre, a cheeky musical comedy that follows the incredible journey of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Info: 919.831.6941 or


Feb 3 Bach is Back (With Friends), 3pm, First Presby-

terian Church, Durham. Presented by Mallarme Chamber Players. Info:

Through Feb 4 New Artworks by Angel Otero

Exhibit, CAM, Raleigh. 409 W. Martin St, Raleigh. Info: 919.513.0946 or

Feb 4 Nashville Jazz Jam, 7pm, Temple Theatre, 120


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Carthage St, Sanford. Info: 919.774.4155 or

Feb 5-28 The Art of the Necklace 2 Exhibit, The Third Place Coffeehouse, 1811 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. Portrait photographs and jewelry trunk show. Info: 919.834.6566. Feb 7-24 Evening of LynneTaylor-Corbett, Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh. Performed by The Carolina Ballet. Info: 919.719.0900 or

March 19-24

Groups 10+: 919.281.0587 or

Encore Broadway

Feb 7-Mar 31 Fiction is Obliged to Stick Exhibit,

Gallery A, 1637 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. Info: 919.546.9011 or

Feb 8 Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, 7:30pm, Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center, Louisburg. Info: 919.496.2521 or


Feb 8-24 Julius Caesar, St. Francis of Assisi Clare Hall, 11401 Leesville Rd, Raleigh. This timeless creation encompasses the historical and tragic tale of conspiracy, political ambition and betrayal, culminating in the dramatic assassination of Julius Caesar. Info: 919.264.7089 or

Feb 8-24 The Pillowman, Theatre In The Park, 107 Pullen Rd, Raleigh. A classic tale of life imitating art. Info: 919.831.6936 or Feb 9 Romance in the Air, 4pm & 8pm, Kenan Recital Hall, William Peace University, Raleigh. Presented by the NC Master Chorale Chamber Choir. Info: 919.856.9700 or

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Feb 9 Valentines Dance, 7:30-10pm, United Church of

Sunday, March 10

Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill. The Ambassadors Jazz Band will play. Info: 919.942.3540 or

Through Feb 10 The Swingin’ Cowboys, The Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St, Sanford. Info: 919.774.4155 or

Feb 12 12th Annual Fat Tuesday Benefit for Meals on

Wheels of Wake County, North Ridge Country Club, Raleigh. Dinner, mucis, dancing, silent auction, and more. Info: 919.833.1749 or

lery, Bennett College, Greensboro. A limited collection of urban art dolls by Tawanna Williams Maryland. Info: 336.370.8677.

Feb 12-17 Monty Python’s Spamalot, Progress

Feb 1-23 The Human Heart & Student Art Shows, Local Color Gallery, 22 Glenwood South, Raleigh. Info:

Feb 13 A Celebration For Revitalization of Down-

Feb 1-24 Bus Stop, Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St, Raleigh. Info: 919.821.3111 or


Duke Performances has a February full of performances. They include: Mike Daisey; Amjad Ali Khan; St. Lawrence String Quartet; China National Symphony Orchestra; Diavolo Dance Theater; Meow Meow; Angela Hewitt on piano; Buckwheat Zydeco & CJ Chenier with The Red Hot Louisiana Band; Glenn Ktche & Megafaun & On Fillmore; Faure Quartet; and New Music Raleigh. For dates, times, locations, tickets, and information: 919.684.4444 or

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town Raleigh, 5pm, Raleigh Convention Center, Ballrooms B & C, Downtown Raleigh. Sponsored by Artspace and Downtown Raleigh Alliance. Info: www.

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Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St, Apex, has February events highlighted by Art Showcase; and Winter Classes for Voice, Theatre, and Act ‘N Sing. The Center now offers Track Out Camps at The Halle. For dates, times, and information: 919. 919.249.1120 or

Feb 1-28 Orpheus Descending Exhibit, Flanders Gallery, 302 S. West St, Raleigh. Watch for First Friday After Hours Concerts. Info: 919.834.5044 or


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Feb 13 ‘Outrunning Bullets’ Reading, 8pm, Mur-

phey School Auditorium, 124 Polk St, Raleigh. Presented by Burning Coal Theatre Company. Free and open to the public. Info: 919.834.4001 or

Feb 13-17 & 20-24 An Inspector Calls, Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU-Raleigh. An engaging psychological thriller. Info: 919.515.1100 or www.ncsu. edu/theatre.

Through Feb 27 Michael Weitzman Photogra-

comedy. Info: 919.553.1737 or

Feb 15-16 Women in Jazz: The Music of Mary Lou

Feb 38-Mar 17 Forever Plaid, Temple Theatre, 120

turing Artist Benjamin Frey, The Little Art Gallery, 432 Daniels St, Raleigh. Info: 919.890.4111 or

Feb 16 Winter Concert: Tchaikovsky Liturgy of

Symphony Orchestra, 4pm, Hillside High School, Durham. Info: 919.491.6576 or Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St, Hillsborough. Featuring the new works of gallery artists. Info: 919.732.5001 or

Through Feb 17 Good, Burning Coal Theatre, Mur-

phey School Auditorium, 224 Polk St, Raleigh. A holocaust drama with music. Info: 919.834.4001 or www.


Through Feb 17 My Princess Bride, Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd, Durham. One man’s take on the classic tale of true love and high adventure. Info: 919.698.3870 or


the music of Maury Yeston and George Gershwin.

Through Mar 3 Half-Awake Dream Series, Platonicz, & With These Hands Quilting As A Spiritual Journey Exhibits, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham. Info: 919.560.2787 or Through Mar 3 A Raisin in the Sun & Clybourne

Park, UNC Center for Dramatic Art, Country Club Rd, Chapel Hill. Performed in rotating repertory. Info: 919.962.7529 or

Mar 3 Music For A While: Baroque Motet, Verse

Anthem and Suite with Voices Cantari, 7:30pm, Hill Hall Auditorium, UNC-Chapel Hill. Info:

Mar 3 Wagner@200, 7:30pm, Kirby Horton Hall, Duke

Gardens, 420 Anderson St, Durham. Presented by Mallarme Chamber Players. Info: www.mallarmemusic. org.

Feb 17 Vision Cat Club’s Championship and

Through Mar 6 Shades of Blue Exhibit, Sunflower Studio & Gallery, 214 E. Jones, Wake Forest. Art After Hours & Opening Reception is Feb. 8. Info: 919.570.0765 or

Feb 18-Mar 24 It’s All About The Story Exhibit, Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St, Hillsborough. Info:

Mar 14-17 & 22-24 The Pirated of Penzance,

7:30pm, Hill Hall Auditorium, UNC-Chapel Hill. Info: 919.843.3333 or

Feb 21 Swift Creek Performance, 7-9pm, Tir Na Nog, 218 S. Blount St, Raleigh. Info: 919.851.0450 or www.

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S. Estes, Chapel Hill. Rock musical that tells the story of a suburban wife and mother in her battle with schizophrenia. Info: 919.968.1515 or

Mar 3 Chamber Choir #2: Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, 4pm, Duke Chapel, Durham. Presented by The Choral Society of Durham. Info: 919.560.2733 or

Feb 19 37th Carolina Jazz Festival: Jazz Week 2013, 919-719-0900

Mar 1-24 Next to Normal, Deep Dish Theater, 201

Feb 17 Musical Landscapes, 3pm, Carolina Theatre,

Household Pet Cat Show, 9am-5pm, Holshauser Building, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Info: www.

love. Featuring the singing of Lauren Kennedy and

Mar 1 The Gibson Brothers, 8pm, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Presented by PineCone. Info: 919.664.8333 or

Mar 3 Imani Winds, 3pm, Fletcher Opera House, Raleigh. Presented by The Raleigh Chamber Music Guild. Info: 919.821.2030 or

Durham. Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Info: 919.360.3382 or

A romantic evening about the ongoing search for

Carthage St, Sanford. Info: 919.774.4155 or

Feb 17 Dixieland Jazz Band, 4pm, Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church, 200 High Meadow Dr, Cary. Part of their Concerts for a Cause Series. Info: 919.467.4944.

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phy Exhibit, Bond Park Community Center, Cary.

Feb 28-Mar 2 The Matchmaker, The Clayton

draiser, 7-10pm, Golden Belt Building 6, Durham. All Is Fair In Love & Art. Info:

Through Feb 17 Artists in Wonderland Exhibit,

In the mood for love?

4-6pm, Page-Walker Hotel, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. Info: 919.460.4963 or

Feb 15 19th Annual Sweet Arts Art Auction & Fun- Center, 111 E. 2nd St, Clayton. A fun and fast-paced

Feb 16 Black History Month Concert: Durham

1058 West Club Boulevard, Durham • 919.286.4400 •

Feb 24 Black History Month Gospel Fest, Johnston Community College, Smithfield. Performances by community groups. Free. Info:

Feb 15 Chatham County Line, 8pm, Progress Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Presented by PineCone. Info: 919.664.8333 or

St. John Chrysostom, 8pm, Duke Chapel, Durham. Presented by the Choral Society of Durham. Info: 919.560.2733 or

Learn about this beautiful country

Dr, Chapel Hill. Exhibit takes place at the artist’s studio/ home. Hosted by Joe Rowand Fine Art Gallery. Info:

Feb 24 Winter Concert Series with Brian Reagin,

Through Feb 16 Myths & Metaphors Exhibit fea-

Travelogue to Sunny Portugal

Feb 23-24 Eduardo Lapetina Exhibit, 318 N. Estes

Feb 14-16 The Miles, 8pm, Brody Theater, East Campus, Duke University, Durham. Info: 919.660.3343 or

Williams, Temple Theatre, Sanford (Feb 15), and Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex (Feb 16). Presented by Heart of Carolina Jazz Society. Info:

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Beauty, elegance, nature, nightlife: explore the many faces of Thailand at their 6th annual fundraiser. Info:

Feb 22 Triangle Brass Band & NC Saxophone Ensemble, 8pm, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave, Cary. Info: Feb 23 Black Tie and Tails Ball, 7pm, Washington

Duke Inn, Durham. To benefit Carolina Tiger Rescue.

Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St, Durham. Presented by Durham Savoyards. Info:

Through Apr 26 Farfetched & Human Nature Exhibits, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Talley Student Center, NCSU-Raleigh. Info: gregg. Through Apr 28 Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones St, Raleigh. Follow that fateful voyage, take on the identity of a passenger, touch the iceberg and see more than 200 artifacts recovered from the broken ship’s debris field two-and-a-half miles beneath the surface. Info: 919.707.9950 or

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control that. For me they have to reach out to me and say, ‘Hey we’re doing something’ and of course I would jump at the chance. [However,] I wouldn’t do it for the sake of doing it—it has to work musically.” I asked him about some of his other collaborations with Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Steve Miller, Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson, George Benson and Aretha Franklin among others. Kenny said, “I don’t really have a favorite, but I enjoyed the prestige of being on the Frank Sinatra Directs record. That kind of takes care of everything when you say, ‘Yea, I did a duet with Frank Sinatra!’” Now that Kenny is in his 50s, I was curious if he has a philosophy about aging or entering the second half of his life. He laughed and said, “I don’t know, I have to take a nap! I’m kidding. I have to think about how to answer that. I don’t feel old—I feel

like I’m in my 20s so. I practice hard every day and I still wake up excited about the day. I guess I am lucky because I get to do what I love to do. I would just say that if you are inspired to wake up every day, try to become the best person you can be on all fronts—spiritual, physical and emotional— I think you are going to be OK.” Being raised Jewish, I was curious if he considered himself religious. “I don’t think I am a religious person, but I am spiritual,” Kenny explained. “When I play my music that’s what happens with the music. It’s hard to explain but when I am playing it fills me up with a certain feeling that I am sure people get when they go in to an organized religious building and they come out feeling satisfied and full of inspiration—I do that with my music.” Photos courtesy of his publicist. Comment online at .

What’s Your Quotation Quotient? by Arlen GroSSman, Senior Wire 1. “Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing.” A. Sen. Orrin Hatch B. Tom Brokaw C. Benjamin Disraeli 2. “Heads are wisest when they are cool, and hearts are strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals.” A. Ralph J. Bunche B. Ralph Nader C. Ralph Kramden 3. “War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.” A. Don Rickles B. John McCain C. Thomas Mann 4. “Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.” A. Hal Roach B. HAL 9000 C. Hal Holbrook 5. “Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation.” A. Bill Gates B. James Madison C. Mohamed Morsi 6. “I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.” A. Peter Tork B. L. Frank Baum C. Baruch Spinoza 7. “I don’t think suicide is so terrible. Some rainy winter Sunday when there’s a little boredom, you should always carry a gun. Not to shoot yourself, but to know exactly that you’re always making a choice.”

A. Lina Wertmuller B. Jay Gatsby C. Sacha Baron Cohen 8. “In Beverly Hills...they don’t throw their garbage away. They make it into television shows.” A. Tori Spelling B. Woody Allen C. Bugsy Siegel 9. “Science has radically changed the conditions of human life on earth. It has expanded our knowledge and our power, but not our capacity to use them with wisdom.” A. Archimedes B. Sen. Strom Thurmond C. Sen. J. William Fulbright 10. “The holy passion of friendship is so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring in nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.” A. Ken Burns B. Mark Twain C. Brad Pitt Answers: 1-C, 2-A , 3-C , 4-B , 5-B , 6-C , 7-A , 8-B , 9-C , 10-B Scoring: 10--QQQQ = Quote-Master 8-9--QQQ = Scholar 6-7--QQ = Literate 4-5--Q = Semi-Literate 0-3--No Q = Quote-Dunce Bonus Quote of the Day: “The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent.” ~Mell Lazarus (Lazarus is the creator of the comic strips, “Miss Peach” and “Mama.”) Arlen Grossman lives in Monterey, California. Enjoy more quizzes at Comments and suggestions are welcomed at

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to Ridgewood the same year that Whole Foods opened. And then soon after that Quail Ridge came. So with an internationally known bookstore and a really great organic food store we had a great tenant mix—those were great years. But as my interest became more and more towards the historic art and showing the work of the best North Carolina artists from the past and the present, I decided that what we needed was a building that reflected that. So that’s when I started looking for an historic building downtown.” Charlene found what she was looking for when she discovered the RussEdwards historic house at the intersection of Blount and Peace streets. She was excited about the prospect and says, “We found it early in 2011, and it was part of the Blount Street redevelopment. Eddie Coleman, who runs Coleman & Associates, was the genius who made the match of the gallery with the property. He was also the genius who helped L & R see a gallery on the corner while they were trying to sell all these other properties. So we had a three-year lease with a plan to buy it. It took me 17 months to exercise that piece of it… part of it was just getting settled and part of it was the economy.” The souring of the economy in 2008 has made it challenging for many businesses including the art world. Charlene has tirelessly explored avenues that not only could help Gallery C but also be of service to artists and the arts community. She has expanded her efforts to help art investors and estate owners to assist them with stewardship activities such as restorations, framing, appraisals and offering pieces for sale or new purchases should a client wish to change their portfolio. No one has been hit harder than the artists themselves and Charlene has shown that she is up to the challenge. She met it by beginning Gallery C’s Guest Artist Program. She tells us, “There’s so many great artists out there who are not making a living right now. Artists used to have one to three galleries spread out geographically and they would supply their fine art, have the shows and be provided cash flow for making a living. That’s our job, to put bread on the table. They are the ones who have been really hit. We have other ways, appraisals, framing, etc., but they have only one tool in their kit—making paintings. The program we developed is the Guest Artist program and we have that one room in the back that’s actually the largest exhibition room

in the gallery. The guest artist does not have a contract with us, but they come in and have an exhibit as if they were. We give them everything, all the services we give our artists, we help them curate the show, hang the show, do the labels, throw the party, press releases, contact the museums, and sell for them. The difference is we’re not getting married. It’s one month and they pay us a flat fee. When a painting is sold we only take 25 percent. They get the sales with lower commission which should offset the flat fee, but they’re also finding out if the Raleigh market is right for them.” The second new venture for the gallery will be the implementation of outdoor sculpture exhibits in the near future. When we asked her what her hobbies are she responded, “You know people ask me that all the time…. What do you do for fun? To me, what I do for fun is my work—its going to an auction, going out of town to visit an historic site or a museum. Wherever I travel the art has to get worked into that.” If you appreciate art and have not visited Gallery C, put it on your To Do list. The gallery participates in First Friday’s artwalks, which will be on February 1st and March 1st. As for upcoming exhibits, there are two you do not want to miss. February 15th will be the opening reception for Gallery C artist Laura Lacambra Shubert’s solo exhibit. Charlene speaks glowingly about Shubert: “An elegant painter, she is a painter’s painter. When I have an exhibit I know who the other painters are because they are examining the technique. She makes it look so dang easy, she’s got this lovely way of spreading the paint like its frosting on a cake, it is lovely and inviting and she uses white like it’s nobody’s business.” March brings one of the gallery’s biggest events with the annual Best of North Carolina exhibit. Come to the exhibit and delight yourself viewing the works of the many famous artists who lived, visited or worked in our beautiful state. You will be amazed at the variety of art and mediums. If you are a fan of cartography, have Charlene show you her wonderful collection of antique maps in the upstairs gallery. Gallery C is located at 540 North Blount Street, Raleigh. And if you live out of town, you can still browse all of artists she represents on her website, Happy art collecting!

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ritish mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead’s famous quote used above is the perfect introduction to Farfetched—Mad Science, Fringe Architecture and Visionary Engineering, one of two new shows at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State. This exhibition challenges the viewer to question the boundaries of what we consider “normal” in art and technology. Farfetched includes works of all kinds ranging from perpetual motion machines and construction plans for UFOs, to death slappers and brain zappers. Roger Manley, director of the museum and co-curator of the exhibit, says he has been working on the show for years. “I specialize in weirdos,” he remarked glibly. “But keep in mind that people like Frank Lloyd Wright and Tesla were ridiculed and considered insane at times during their careers.”


“Farfetched explores a rarified realm that is even farther out on the knife edge of the bell curve of what could considered ‘normal’ by featuring objects that probe the boundary between normal and nuts in both art and technology,” says the publicist for the show. “If the past has taught us anything about the history of technology, it is that the first and greatest stop toward achieving anything new is being able to envision it. Farfetched presents some of the visions that may make the future come true.” Be sure to plan enough time to really study some of these projects… the detail of the drawings—and the time and concentration spent to create these pieces— is remarkable. It brought to my mind the phrase, “There’s a fine line between genius and insanity.” Outside of the gallery is a site-installation drawing comprised of mathematical formulas (real or imagined?) drawn by NC State students. It was just getting started

the day I was there; it will be interesting to see the end result. Charles Dellschau was born in Prussia in 1830 and immigrated to the U.S. after the Civil War where he worked as a butcher and sales clerk in Texas. Until his death in 1923 he drew and painted compulsively images of airships and flying machines, collaged with texts and clipping referring to the new aeronautical age introduced by the Wright Brothers. His work reflects a man completely absorbed with the possibility of flight. Richard Brown runs the Brown’s Flower Shop in Littleton, NC where he supplies the local demand for floral arrangements. The “secret” workroom behind the retail store is filled with visionary sculptures made from Styrofoam, floral wire, hot glue and glitter depicting alien spacecraft, skyscrapers and military vessels, all of it constructed with leftovers from the floral displays. He refers to it as “the Future Past.” Brown says he was inspired by a neardeath experience in 1980 where alcohol poisoning put him in a 48-hour coma, during which he passed through a dark tunnel into the bright light of revelation. He feels that his sculptures are a collaboration between himself and Jesus, who took him forward into the future and allowed him to look back at a past that is yet to come. Sabato Rodia was born in Italy in 1879. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1895, and lived in a variety of places before settling in Watts, one of the lower-income suburbs of Las Angeles, in 1920. In 1921, he purchased a triangle-shaped empty lot and began to construct a cluster of 17 interconnected towers and other structures that he called Nuestro Pueblo “our town”. For the next 34 years, he worked alone without powered machinery, scaffolding, welding

Charles Dellschau Model 444 Airship, 1919

sPeAkING by Barbara PeTTy environmental management… quirky juxtapositions that turn up in his photos draw attention to places were the boundaries between human activity and natural processes have become too blurred to easily differentiate them any more,” as described in their promotional literature. Some of the juxtapositions are not obvious, which makes the exhibit even more intriguing. Both exhibits will be on display through April 26. The Gregg Museum is located on the second floor of the Talley Student Center, 2610 Cates Avenue, Raleigh. These are the last exhibits to be shown at this location while the new museum is being built, although smaller shows and lectures will continue throughout the campus. For more information visit

Sabato Rodia’s Watts Towers

equipment, or even basic hardware like bolts or rivets. With no drawings or plans, and outfitted with only common hand tools, he succeeded in creating a monument that is now regarded as a major world architectural treasure. In 1978, the State of California assumed ownership of the property and designated it the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park. The Towers were made a National Historic Landmark in 1980. Unfortunately, Rodia did not live long enough to enjoy his worldwide fame, dying in 1965. Yet, he seems to have been satisfied with his achievements. He once said, “I was going to do something big, and I did.” L.C. Spooner: Almost nothing is known about this man other than what was discovered in a recycled fabric-sample scrapbook where he had pasted hundreds of sketches for inventions. Dating from 1911-1934, the book is filled with proposed patents for his designs. Spooner sought to apply the principles of perpetual motion and self-propulsion to an immense range of common utilitarian objects, although just how concepts like his “self-propelled trash can,” “self-propelling wheel-barrow,” and “self propelled finger-lifter” were intended to function remains open to conjecture. ———— Peter Goin: Humanature—Photographs of the Unnatual World On the other side of the foyer you will find the second spring exhibit, photographs by Peter Goin. Nevada photographer Goin explores the premise that nature—or as far as we experience it—is really just an illusion created by culture: “A fiction dramatically reinforced through a tradition of

Worth A Look Louis St. Lewis, The Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice Flanders Gallery, Through February The Triangle’s own l’enfant terrible takes over Flanders Gallery’s huge industrial space for the month with his avant-garde exhibition based on the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Featuring chandeliers with hearts of stones frozen in ice, altered taxidermy, assemblage and mixed media paintings, the show promises to be both installation and happening. “I’ve always been drawn to mythology,” says St. Lewis. “The truths that they create are timeless—love, loss, regret, madness, it’s all right there.” In addition to the Flanders Gallery exhibition, St.Lewis is also the featured artist at Chapel Hill’s Crook’s continued on page 40

ero Dark Thirty was nominated for an Oscar for best picture this past week, and it’s a well-deserved nomination. Director Kathryn Bigelow, who some say was snubbed for a best director nod, does a fine job of taking us behind the scenes of events and people we only heard about through snippets on the news during the past decade. It’s clear that this case is much more complicated than anyone outside of the CIA’s inner circle will ever know. The story begins with the day no one will ever forget— the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. We hear audio of people in the towers and on the planes, and it takes you right back to that horrible day. Directly following the attacks, a CIA agent named Maya (Jessica Chastain, nominated for a best actress Oscar) begins the hunt for international terrorist Osama bin Laden. Chastain’s nomination is also well-deserved, because she delivers a nuanced performance that begins with her witnessing torture and “waterboarding” of one of bin Laden’s underlings. You can tell she’s horrified by the process at first, but in the next decade, her stance on torture takes a different turn as she single-mindedly tracks the terrorist. Maya follows many leads that go nowhere. She loses many colleagues to explosions and other terrorist deaths. And she witnesses some devastating terrorist attacks. When she herself ends up on the terrorist “list,” she’s nearly killed by an explosion and direct gunfire. Through it all, her one goal of finding and killing bin Laden never wavers and, in fact, grows stronger with each attack. Maya believes she has been spared from death to finish the job, and at long last, she finally obtains some fuzzy details as to where bin Laden might be hiding—the cement fortress we caught glimpses of on the news. Based on sketchy Intel—and after badgering the suits in Washington for more than 100 days—she finally launches her attack, using S.E.A.L. Team 6.

global culture of war and terror. She did that with her first Oscar-winning movie, The Hurt Locker, but Zero Dark Thirty is even more complex and ambitious. In Zero Dark Thirty, Bigelow doesn’t shirk from showing the brutality of waterboarding (and has defended the movie over the past week, noting that “showing” torture does not translate to “advocating” torture. Zero Dark Thirty does not take sides; it simply shows how things went down over the past decade. Bigelow has also had to defend herself in how she obtained the Intel that went into making the movie.

At 157 minutes, Zero Dark Thirty is on the long side, but I never felt the length, because it’s easy to get drawn into the story and lose track of time. During the final 40-minute attack sequence, I was glued to my seat in tense anticipation, even though I knew roughly how it all turned out. As we all know, they got Osama bin Laden in May 2011. Zero Dark Thirty is a great movie, not only for the behind-the-scenes politics and war drama, but also for the production value—the cinematography, the writing and the directing. Bigelow mixes in little moments here and there where we can see Maya grieving over lost colleagues or re-focusing her efforts. It makes you see what can be done with laser-focused grit and determination. JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM: One Reel—Even the Force can’t save it. Two Reels—Coulda been a contender Three Reels—Something to talk about. Four Reels—You want the truth? Great flick! Five Reels—Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

There have been other movies about the hunt and attack on bin Laden, but what elevates Zero Dark Thirty is that it plays more like a documentary. Sitting in the theater, you can feel yourself getting tense because you know roughly how things play out, but you feel like you’re right in the midst of the action and drama. Bigelow seems to have a direct line into not only the human psyche, but also how violence is played out in our

• Zero Dark Thirty Reel Rating: 5 out of 5 reels • MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, including brutal disturbing images, and for language • Released in Theaters: Jan. 11, 2012 • Genre: Drama, War, History, Action • Runtime: 157 minutes • Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow • Cast: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Reda Kateb, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau, Jeremy Strong, Mark Duplass, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, James Gandolfini • Official Site: Jane Boursaw is a family entertainment writer specializing in movies and TV. Visit her at or email

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Corner for the month as well. That show features Louis’ faux Baroque portraiture which is found in numerous museums including the Ackland Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and The New Orleans Museum of Art. Flanders Gallery is located at 302 South West Street, Raleigh. For more information visit Michael Weitzman, The Joy of Photography Bond Park Community Center, Through February Whether it be a late fall day reflection of sunlight on the river, the magnificence of Yosemite National Park or scenes of autumn beauty in North Carolina and upstate New York, Michael Weizman seeks to capture the beauty of what he sees in unique ways that draws the viewer into the scene. He explains, “I have taken my fifty years of interest in photography to new levels in recent years, culminating in this Joy of Photography exhibit. Through the lens of my camera, I have set out to capture the abundant beauty that surrounds us all.” Weitzman specializes in outdoor photography: landscapes, flowers, and animals. Over the last few years, he has had several one-man exhibits in the Raleigh/Cary area as well as upstate New York. Recently, six of his images were purchased by Duke University Hospital to be hung in patient rooms at the Duke Cancer Center. He is a member of the Cary Photographic Artists in North Carolina and the Saratoga Arts Council in New York. The Bond Park Community Center is located at 150 Metro Park Drive, Cary. Fiber continued from page 13 How to Get Started—And Do It Right While fiber is integral to your body’s health, do not suddenly add a huge amount to your diet. That’s the equivalent to beginning a running regimen by spending an hour on the treadmill each day. It will cause problems. Carefully introduce fiber to your body. Too much too soon will shock your system, and you’ll likely develop cramping, bloating, and pain. Be sure to increase the amount of water you drink as you gradually add more fiber to your diet—it will help control any gas or pain. If you’re not already a water drinker, add a couple of glasses, and work your way up to five or six glasses a day. Consider adding an apple or a few carrot sticks to your lunch. Increase your intake a little each week so you don’t run into any discomfort. Above all else, when considering a new food that professes to be high in fiber, always check the serving size as well as total carbohydrate and sugar content. Raw fiber is tasteless and has the consistency of “saw dust”. To mask those unpalatable qualities, manufacturers frequently compensate with sugar. It’s a trade-off between fiber and its related nutrients and the added calories from the sweetener, so read labels carefully. Ginny Wolf is a WakeMed registered dietician and certified diabetes educator. For more information, visit

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t would be lovely to have a lush garden of flowers and fresh veggies tended by a talented gardener. Most people, however, are far more likely to have a third-floor balcony or a yard with soil like concrete. The solution when you have no fertile ground in sight? Grow plants in containers. The choices are endless.

What Containers Are Best? Almost anything works,

so long as there is good drainage. You can find a wide range of large and small containers at garden shops, warehouse stores, and nurseries. Here are some popular choices: Terra cotta is a longtime favorite and comes in a wide range of sizes and shapes. Glazed containers hold moisture longer than unglazed. Strawberry jars—those large pots with the little “pockets”—can be used for all sorts of plants including flowers and can make a dramatic statement on your patio or front porch. Wood is relatively durable and redwood and cedar are naturally rot resistant. You can build or purchase wooden window boxes in many sizes and wooden wine half-barrels are hard to beat for both form and function. Plastic is widely used for containers, making up in practicality what it lacks in charm. It’s durable, inexpensive and lightweight, so it’s no surprise the most plants are in plastic when you bring them home from the store. Often you can simply stash the plastic inside a more attractive container without repotting. Stone or molded concrete containers are heavy, but durable and dramatic, weathering quickly to take on a mellow, long-established look. Fiberglass is increasingly popular. It effectively mimics expensive materials such as lead or bronze and is durable, although somewhat brittle as it ages. Chimney flue pieces are great in varied sizes. They have no bottom, of course, so can’t be moved easily, but they are cheap and come in various lengths to make an eye-catching arrangement in your yard. You can put them atop poor soil, fill them with good dirt and eventually larger plants will root into the ground. Hanging containers for cascading plants. Some are simple moss-lined wire frames. Others have builtin saucers. These will need more frequent watering. Home items may lend themselves to housing a plant or two. How about an old pail or coal scuttle, a handsome basket (with a plastic insert) or Grandma’s never-used soup tureen.

What to Plant and How to Do it Remember that containers are always second best because plants didn’t evolve with a reduced root area. The bigger the

container, the better. Remember, too, the soil should be porous, not heavy. Purchase potting soil specifically formulated for container gardening. If the containers will be in the sun for a good portion of the day, add some watersaving polymers which are available at garden stores. The bead-like polymers (which are used in disposable diapers) swell when exposed to water and then release the moisture slowly. The keys to successful container gardening are proper planting, watering and fertilizing. In dry weather, daily watering may be required. At the same time, it’s important to remember that frequent watering can leach out nutrients, so you must fertilize container plants more often than those in the ground, but with a smaller dose each time. A light, but constant feeding is ideal and a slow-release fertilizer is a time saver.

It’s possible to raise almost any flower or vegetable in a container. You can even grow small trees such as Japanese maples or tree roses. Another advantage of using containers is that when you move you can often take your plants with you. The success of a container garden is influenced by exposure—sun, shade or a combination of the two. Shady spots are best suited to plants such as ferns, coleus and impatiens. If you have ample sun, choose hardy annuals such as geraniums, petunias or chrysanthemums. With a changing exposure, flowers such as begonias, scarlet sage and dianthus are good choices. If your containers receive six to eight hours of sun daily, you can nurture fresh herbs and vegetables. There are special hybrid tomatoes such as Patio or Sweet 100s that do well in containers. Consider some jalapeño or banana peppers as well. And nothing beats fresh herbs such as mint, basil, sage, chives, parsley and rosemary, which are attractive as well as tasty. Local farmers markets often have herb seedlings for sale along with samples of the various herbs. To learn more about container gardening, consult gardeners at area nurseries, talk to a greenthumbed neighbor or check out the Internet. Then relax with your container garden. Lynn Pribus grows pansies, coleus, spider plants and lots of basil in containers on her Charlottesville, Virginia, deck.

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