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013 is upon us and Boom! Magazine wishes all of you a prosperous and peaceful year. This is the season that many of us set some personal and professional goals for the year and attempt to make some resolutions for better health, finances, personal and spiritual growth for the coming year. I am going to keep mine really simple this year—two goals. First is regular attendance at least three times a week at my local YMCA for exercise. I really love my Y but have been finding excuses for not going. I am at the age now that I should be working harder, not less, at keeping my mind and body in shape… things are falling apart! Secondly, I am vowing to spend less time in front of the TV and more time with reading and some of my hobbies. Should be simple with just two goals. We’ll see how I do. Boom! is also continuing to grow and we have been largely successful in the past for reaching the goals we set each year. This year we accomplished two major goals: the first of which was revamping the website and posting more content that is not in the print edition. Secondly, we added a complete archive electronic edition of Boom! Magazine beginning with the July 2012 issue. Please note, the electronic versions are staggered by two months, as we still want to encourage readers to pick up the current print edition. The electronic edition is easy to read, you can zoom in or out and turn pages just as you would with Boom! in your hands! The links to our advertising and writing partners are live as well; check it out at I also have a wish list for some accomplishments I hope our elected officials can achieve for the American people in 2013: 1. Let’s implore our elected state and national officials to get out of the ideological straightjackets they have placed themselves in and get together to discuss and accomplish real problem solving. Our nation and democracy was founded and forged with compromise. We all realize that compromise is sometimes messy, but it also leads the way forward. We are now going nowhere fast. Our elected leaders, on both sides of the aisle, need to reach out and do the work of the people. My sense is that the American people are fed up enough to consider a complete sweep the next two or three elections—that means 535 entirely new people in Congress who will get the job done. 2. If wePuzzle can accomplish number one then we need to return America to a sound economic footing. Are we really going to drive ourselves over the fiscal cliff? The math requires that for a period of time (ten years?) we have to increase both taxes (personal and corporate) and cut spending. The two largest budget expenses need to be reined in. Entitlement programs need to be revamped as well as defense spending; we simply cannot afford the amount of money we are spending. All the folks in Washington need to do is follow the Simpson-Bowles outline—it is a comprehensive document and includes long overdue tax system reform. Mark Shields on PBS’ Newshour informed us the other night that there is no one in Congress since 1990 that has ever voted for a tax increase. That is complete denial of our financial condition. Let’s stop fooling ourselves. 3. After we avoid the cliff and adopt something like Simpson-Bowles, let’s get busy rebuilding our infrastructure, achieving true educational reform to help our children reach world-class standards and continue to transition our energy sources to carbon-free technologies. Happy New Year and best wishes for achieving all of your goals,

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ational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) released this statement: “Balancing the budget on the backs of victims of elder abuse is simply wrong in a society as affluent as the United States,” said Amos Goodall, the Chair of NAELA’s Public Policy Committee and an Elder Law attorney in Pennsylvania. Recently, Speaker Boehner withdrew his “Plan B” proposal (HJ Res 66) that would extend current tax cuts for those making $1 million or less, but the House passed the Spending Reduction Act of 2012 (HR 8) by a vote of 21 to 209. The Spending Reduction Act of 2012 replaces the sequester for one year with other spending cuts, including cutting older Americans’ protections from elder abuse. The proposal calls for the repeal of the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), a flexible funding source that allows states to meet the needs of their most vulnerable populations, including children and low-income elderly and disabled Americans. These grants provide vital funds for Adult Protective Services and support community-based care for the elderly and disabled. Almost 41 percent of SSBG expenditures are allocated for disability services and services for vulnerable and elderly adults. States are in no position to finance these programs on their own and the elderly and disabled will lose access to these critical services and protections. Ending these programs will expose older Americans to abuse and exploitation and could force them into more expensive nursing homes as the SSBG provides services that help keep older Americans in their homes and communities. In addition to repealing SSBG, the Republican proposal calls for the elimination of many of the Affordable Care Act provisions, including maintenance of effort requirements for Medicaid and mandatory funding to states to establish health benefit

exchanges. HR 8 shields defense programs from the sequester while continuing to subject non-defense discretionary programs, such as health care and nutrition programs, to extensive funding cuts. NAELA calls on the Senate and the President to reject this legislation. A deficit reduction plan cannot endanger the safety and health of America’s most vulnerable populations. The Cary Rotary Club sponsors their annual fundraising chili dinner at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church in Cary on Friday, January 25th. (See the ad in the Boom! calendar.) All proceeds go to relieve hunger in our community and across the globe. In honor of its ten-year anniversary, the 2013 fundraiser is its most ambitious ever. You can help them reach their goal of raising $40,000. The club has donated $122,000 to help fund Stop Hunger Now’s Million Meals for Children project. $68,000 has been donated to local hunger relief organizations. Sponsorships at various levels and meal tickets are available to support this worthy cause. Contact Pittsboro officials, area businesses, non-profits, and residents are teaming up to earn Pittsboro certification by the NC Department of Commerce’s RetireNC program. The community development initiative was designed to boost local economies by attracting retirees to towns that meet the quality of living standards sought by the mature community. The Pew Research Center reports that beginning in 2006, about four million people will retire each year. At least 400,000 will move to another state bringing an average of $320,000 to purchase a retirement home. Pittsboro’s assets and amenities line up well with what baby boomers desire, mild climate, recreation, shopping and restaurants, low cost living, scenic beauty, good medical services and quality housing as well as other amenities. Retirees bring assets, income, generate visitors and provide economic stability to a community. Pittsboro will submit its application before the January deadline and then await the designation. For more information contact Pat Richardson at Raleigh Little Theatre recently announced it has received the Community Theatre Award from the North Carolina Theatre Conference for 2012. The award will be presented on Friday, February 1 at opening night of Bus Stop. This award caps off what has been an extremely successful and exciting 2012 campaign that included:

• Breaking box office records with acclaimed productions including The Rocky Horror Show • Beginning to present performances in the Stephenson Amphitheatre for the first time in several years (spring/summer 2013 schedule will be announced soon) • Feature story in Our State magazine about RLT’s volunteers and rich history • Feature story in Boom! Magazine on Artistic Director Haskell Fitz-Simons For more information visit www. Historic Oakwood announced that a record-setting 3,000-plus people turned out this month to tour Raleigh’s oldest intact 19th century neighborhood during Historic Oakwood’s 41st Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes. The holiday tour featured 13 historic homes and significant structures festively decorated for the season. The annual tour benefits the Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood (SPHO), the nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the neighborhood. Funds raised from the tour assist in restoring Oakwood’s historic properties, including the million-dollar restoration of the neighborhood’s second oldest home, the Thompson-AndersonAllen House. The SPHO, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, was formed in 1972 when the State proposed to demolish much of the neighborhood to make way for the North-South Expressway. Visit Wake Radiology announced the opening of its newest office in Fuquay-Varina. Located at the corner of Purfoy Road and Old Honeycutt Road, this new Wake Radiology office features screening and diagnostic imaging, including digital screening mammography, bone density screening (DXA), general X-ray, ultrasound and the area’s only magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The Fuquay-Varina office is the second Wake Radiology location to open in the past 12 months. Last December, the practice opened a women’s imaging center in Morrisville, on the corner of Davis Drive and MorrisvilleCarpenter Road. Wake Radiology now has 19 locations throughout the Triangle including additional offices in Raleigh, Garner, Chapel Hill, Cary and Wake Forest. For more information, visit Products We Like: Lifeway Kefir Probiotic

Drinks. Have you heard about the health benefits of probiotics? Well we have a product good for your entire family, Lifeway Organic’s offering of several Kefir drinks. Kefir is a smooth, tart and refreshing cousin of

yogurt that originated in the Caucasus Mountains over 2,000 years ago. Kefir was brought to America by the Smolyansky family originally from Russia. Kefir is a probiotic formula with 10-12 active cultures to support digestive health and enhance your immune system. Products include Pomegranate/blueberry, black cherry and vanilla. Don’t miss the Cultured Milk Smoothie of Strawberries ’n Cream. You can pour it on your cereal, fruit or granola or blend it with your favorite fruits. For products and more information visit

Boomerang YOUR LETTERS ✍ Hi Barbara: I Just received the latest Boom! I have not read it all as of yet, however, your family tradition of one person opening a gift while others watched/shared the experience is so lovely. In  my family, someone was designated to find the names on the gifts, pile them up in front of the receiver and then we all just tore into it and it resulted in hardly having a clue what anyone received and a loss/ absence in the sharing spirit of the holiday. Your family tradition is so much better. Thanks for sharing it! Always look forward to your alternative gift list to  find something. Living in nowhere land makes it so we have to think way ahead as everything has to be shipped. There is a gift shop in Frederiksted that sells cool stuff for pets. I found a light up dog collar for my 93 year old twice widowed stepfather who has a dog. That dog keeps him going and he will love it. Thanks for the suggestion! I would have never thought of it myself. ~ Sally Waugh, St Croix, US Virgin Islands Sally: Thanks so much for writing. It seems that my December Letter From the Editor struck a chord with a lot of people—friends from all over town shared their own holiday traditions, and thanked me for sharing ours.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that generally presents as symmetrical pain and swelling in hands that is problematic for at least six weeks. These symptoms are generally worse in the morning, lasting on average over 30 minutes. Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by flares, where symptoms suddenly worsen without an inciting cause. Although rheumatoid arthritis most commonly involves the wrists and the small joints of the hands,

other joints, such as knees, shoulders, and even the neck can be involved. These symptoms and signs have to be present at least six weeks according to the latest rheumatoid arthritis criteria. Generalized fatigue and low-grade fever can also be seen. Once suspected, there are several things your rheumatologist will do to confirm the diagnosis. The diagnosis will be based on clinical history physical exam findings, lab results, as well as characteristic x-ray changes. Your rheumatologist will likely ask about the onset, the quality, as well as the distribution of the pain. In addition, they will see how the pain and swelling impact your activities of daily living. A complete physical exam will be done. Your rheumatologist will do a complete joint exam, and will document any signs of redness, swelling, or pain upon palpation of the affected joints. If there is enough suspicion for rheumatoid arthritis based on history as well as physical exam findings, certain lab tests will be ordered. The results of the labs will help with diagnosis, as well as determining how aggressive the rheumatoid arthritis will be. Specifically, the presence of laboratory markers, such as a rheumatoid factor and an anti-cyclic citrullinated protein, help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. X-rays of the painful joints are also ordered to determine if there has been damage to the bones attached to inflamed joints. Rheumatologists look for erosions, which are portions of the bones destroyed by the constant inflammation. Once a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis has been made, treatment will be started for this disease. Treatment can be categorized into two different phases, an acute phase and a chronic phase. The aim for acute treatment is to relieve the active inflammation and swelling, while the aim for chronic treatment is to decrease inflammation and the resulting long-term bone and ligament damage. Non-steroidal (NSAIDS) medications, such as prescription dose ibuprofen and naproxen, as well as

prednisone, are some of the acute treatments that we use for rheumatoid arthritis. These medications are used to treat the acute inflammation seen with rheumatoid arthritis. NSAIDs may be all that is needed to treat patients with mild disease, or patients who have no structural damage or dysfunction of joints. A few of the major side effects include stomach and kidney injury. In patients who have extensive swelling and pain, a short course of prednisone may be needed. Prednisone is an oral corticosteroid which has a dramatic impact on acute inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis. Long-term use of prednisone is not recommended, as it can cause diabetes, bone weakening, cataracts, skin thinning, and other longterm complications. Prednisone is usually prescribed as a taper, where it is started at a certain dose and then decreased over time. Chronic therapy for rheumatoid arthritis is usually started at the same time as the acute medications. The goal of chronic therapy is to consistently suppress the inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis, which prevents bone and ligament damage. In addition, the use of chronic therapy prevents the many side effects caused by constant prednisone use. There are several classes of medications that are used for chronic therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. The first class is known as disease modifying agents (DMARDs). This class of medication is generally used first line, as they are available orally, and are also cost effective. Methotrexate is the most commonly used medication in this class and there is long-term research that supports its efficacy and safety in rheumatoid arthritis. Methotrexate is given once a week, either orally or subcutaneously (under the skin). Folic acid is taken daily while on this medication, as it prevents toxicity and side effects of this medication. Methotrexate has been available for decades, and has been consistently proven to benefit patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Methotrexate can sometimes continued on page 

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ching, stiffness, and swelling. These are some of the cardinal signs of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects more than two million Americans today, and left unchecked, can cause permanent disability. With the boom of biologic medications, we as rheumatologists have an ever increasing arsenal of medication to help keep this disease in remission. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. The body forms antibodies against joint tissue, which leads to the characteristic pain and swelling in joints. Ongoing research is being conducted to determine what causes a patient to develop this disease.

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cause liver toxicity, and your rheumatologist will check liver function tests periodically to make sure there is not damage to your liver. In addition, alcohol use will need to be avoided on this medication. Leflunomide, sulfasalazine, and hydroxychloroquine are other DMARDs that are used in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. These medications can be used as a solo treatment, or can be used in combination with other medications for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. There are some patients that do not respond completely to DMARD use. The next step in care would be initiation of biologic medication therapy. Biologics reduce inflammation at the molecular level. They have shown to reduce inflammation dramatically, and are also well tolerated. There are several reasons that biologic medications are not used first line in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. First, these medications are very expensive compared to the DMARD class. Second, these medications have a profound impact on the immune system, and they have to be monitored closely. TNF-Alpha inhibitors are the main class of biologics that are most commonly used. These medications are available

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through IV infusion, or through injections. Representative of this medication class are adlimumab, infliximab, etanercept, and golimumab. Since these medications may reactivate dormant infections, your rheumatologist will need to check /or verify your tuberculosis and hepatitis B status before initiation. Your rheumatologist will follow you several times a year. The purpose of the visits will to be monitor medication side effects, as well as to monitor disease control. The goal of treatment is to place the disease in remission. There is one circumstance, however, that needs careful attention while treating rheumatoid arthritis. There are a lot of patients, male and female, that are planning to start a family while being treated for rheumatoid arthritis. This definitely can be done safely as long as a plan has been set. Many of the medications that are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis are toxic to the developing baby, and they would need to be stopped for at least several months prior to conception. The same medications that are toxic in pregnancy can also be toxic during breast feeding as well. There are safe medications that can be used in pregnant patients with

rheumatoid arthritis, and these include hydroxychloroquine and sulfasalazine. If there are plans in starting a family, please let your rheumatologist know and your treatment can be adjusted to safely accommodate a little one in the future. On a side note, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms improve during pregnancy. In conclusion, rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that can potentially cause disability while left unchecked. This can be prevented by recognizing the warning symptoms and by early referral to a rheumatologist. There are medications that can reduce inflammation, and they tend to work best in reducing damage earlier on in the disease. Although currently there is no cure for this disease, patients with rheumatoid arthritis can live a long and healthy life with early detection and appropriate therapy. Dr. Tony Ning is a rheumatologist who completed his fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center. He is in practice with Triangle Orthopaedic Associates Rheumatology Division and is currently seeing patients at the Durham/William Penn Plaza, Southpoint, and Raleigh/Duraleigh locations. To learn more about Dr. Ning, please visit or call 800.39.303. Comment online at .

known as inflammation, which is the Q: My wife was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s leading cause of your symptoms. disease, but I really don’t understand this condition and was afraid to show my ignorance to • Immune System Suppressors: This class of medications acts by supher doctor. Can you explain? pressing your immune response and decreasing inflammation. These drugs A: Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory may increase your risk for developing bowel disease characterized by inflammainfections. tion, swelling, of the gastrointestinal tract. The disease may affect the entire gastro- • Antibiotics: Some doctors may prescribe short courses of antibiotics to intestinal tract from the mouth to the anal help heal abscesses and reduce the area, or may be limited to one area. The harmful bacteria in your intestines. exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown and the disease varies from person to • Over the Counter Medications: antidiarrheals, laxatives, pain relievers, person. Many researchers believe that nutritional supplements, etc.—Your Crohn’s disease is a result of an abnormal local pharmacist can help guide you immune response that attacks the gastrothrough a series of treatment options intestinal tract. The most common areas to manage your daily symptoms and affected by Crohn’s disease are the small maintain your health. intestine and the colon. Crohn’s disease Changes in your lifestyle and diet can can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes lead to life-threatening com- help control symptoms and increase the plications. Most patients with Crohn’s time between flare-ups. Regular exercise disease are diagnosed before the age of 30. and a change in eating habits may have Some patients with Crohn’s may have a profound impact on regulating bowel symptoms for years prior to diagnosis, function and decreasing symptoms. A key while other patients may have symptoms dietary change is to limit dairy products, that develop suddenly without warning. fatty foods, and other problem foods that Fatigue, prolonged diarrhea with abdom- may trigger symptoms. Drinking plenty inal pain, reduced appetite, weight loss, of fluids and eating smaller, more freand fever, with or without large amounts quent meals throughout the day will also of bleeding, are the hallmark signs of help maintain regular bowel function. Crohn’s disease. You may experience Cigarette smoking is the largest controlperiods when you do not have any symp- lable risk factor for developing Crohn’s toms, which is known as remission. The disease and has been shown to make the complications of Crohn’s disease may symptoms of Crohn’s disease significantly include bowel obstruction, ulcers, colon worse. For more information on how to stop smoking, visit cancer, or malnutrition. In order to diagnose Crohn’s dis- or speak with your local pharmacist or ease, a doctor must rule out other pos- doctor. Patients with Crohn’s disease sible causes of the symptoms. This may should educate themselves on the disease require blood tests and a series of imag- and the various treatment options, and ing studies, including, but not limited to utilize their local pharmacists for guida colonoscopy and an MRI. While there ance as you navigate the intricacies of is no cure for Crohn’s disease, it can be living with Crohn’s disease. managed in a way as to maintain remisReferences sion, improve quality of life and prevent Crohn’s Disease. Mayo Clinic Staff. www.mayoclinic. complications. There is not one preferred com/health/crohns-disease/DS00104. Accessed November 28, 2012. treatment for this variable disease. ManMA. Clinical manifestations, diagnosis and agement may include drug therapy, or Peppercorn prognosis of crohn’s disease in adults. www.UpToDate. in some cases, surgery. Some commonly com. Accessed November 28, 2012. used medications for the treatment of Farrell RJ and Peppercorn MA. Overview of the medical management of mild to moderate crohn’s disease Crohn’s disease include: in adults. Accessed November • Anti-Inflammatory Medications: This 28, 2012. class of medications is usually the first step in treatment of Crohn’s disease Samuel Testerman is a PharmD Candidate and is and aims at reducing swelling also an employee at Kerr Drug,


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Announcing a clinical research study for people with angina. If you’ve been unable to control your symptoms of angina, see if you may qualify for the Renew Study. The purpose of the study is to determine the safety and effectiveness of an investigational therapy using a patient’s own stem cells for the treatment of angina. Each individual must be 21 or older, and will be evaluated to determine his or her eligibility. Qualified participants will receive either the investigational therapy or placebo, or continue with current approved angina treatment options, providing researchers with a standard comparison to the investigational therapy. All participants will receive study-related medical exams and lab tests at no charge. Compensation for time and travel may be available. To find out if you may qualify, visit and call the area doctor below. Contact: Krista Parrish, RN, BSN, CRC Thomas Povsic, MD Duke University Medical Center 2301 Erwin Road Durham, NC 27710 919-681-6949

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iving with digestive problems can be a challenge, especially if you’re an active senior who enjoys life on the go. The physical pain, combined with the associated lifestyle inconveniences, can truly affect your happiness. However, by being proactive and making positive choices in the way you live, work and play, you can have greater control over your health. Crohn’s Disease One of the most frustrating digestive conditions is Crohn’s disease, which is a painful and sometimes debilitating form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). According to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), Crohn’s disease may affect as many as 700,000 Americans, both men and women. While Crohn’s is more prevalent among teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 35, about 25 percent of newly-diagnosed cases are in people over age 60. People with Crohn’s disease have ongoing inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and they usually have periods of good health followed by

flare-ups of Crohn’s symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Crohn’s disease. Scientists don’t know what causes Crohn’s, but they have found that the following factors play a significant role in the disease: • Smoking cigarettes—Smoking is the most important controllable risk factor for developing Crohn’s disease. Smoking also leads to more severe disease and a greater risk of surgery. If you smoke, STOP! • Genetics—Family history is often a factor in Crohn’s disease. You’re at higher risk if you have a close relative, such as a parent, sibling or child, with the disease. • Immune system—Research shows it’s possible that a virus or bacteria may trigger Crohn’s disease. When a person’s immune system tries to fight off an invading microorganism, it malfunctions and begins to attack the cells in the digestive tract, too. • Ethnicity—Caucasians and people of Jewish descent are more at risk of having Crohn’s disease. According to Riaz Chowdhury, MD, PHD, Director of Gastroenterology practices at WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Crohn’s disease can have a number of negative effects on a person’s body. “As the disease progresses, it can cause ulcers in the digestive tract, as well as abnormal connections between different parts of your intestines called fistulas,” says Dr. Chowdhury. “Anal fissures, which are cracks in and around the anus,

can also occur and result in painful bowel movements. In more advanced cases, Crohn’s can cause bowel obstructions that may require surgery to remove the diseased portion of the intestines. And since the symptoms of Crohn’s—diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping—may make it difficult for you to eat or for your intestine to absorb enough nutrients to keep you nourished, malnutrition and anemia are frequent outcomes.” Other symptoms of Crohn’s disease include fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss and bloody stools. Management of Crohn’s disease has been revolutionized with the introduction of biological therapies, and fortunately, the need for surgery has been in decline. The key to success in treating this condition is early diagnosis and the implementation of a medication regimen that works well with the patient’s body. It is imperative that the patient comply with his or her treatment plan, since Crohn’s is an incurable disease. In doing so, the patient and physician are better able to control the symptoms, as well as prevent the complications that may lead to surgery. Many Crohn’s patients find that proper nutrition and dietary supplements, exercise, rest and eliminating stress all help them successfully manage their condition. Ulcerative Colitis Ulcerative Colitis is another type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and its symptoms, continued on page 12

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a 12-ounce can of regular soda contains about 25-35 grams of high fructose corn syrup and provides our bodies with absolutely no nutrients. In comparison, one cup of blueberries contains about seven grams of natural fructose, but it packs a powerful punch of fiber and antioxidants along with important vitamins and minerals. Realistically, we cannot cut out every gram of bad sugar. But there are ways we all can help decrease those unneeded and unwanted grams. The American Heart Association recommends that most women have no more than 100 calories per day from added sugar, which is equal to about six teaspoons (25 grams). For men, no more than 150 calories from added sugar or about nine teaspoons (38 grams). That’s much less than you may think: one small candy bar, a half cup of ice cream, or frozen yogurt is equal to about 100-150 calories. Here are five tips that will help you cut down on added sugars: 1. Learn the label lingo. Both kinds of NCCR COPD B12 2012r2 11/21/12 2:17 sugar are included in “sugars” listed on


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t’s that time of year again. We are all trying to rein in our eating habits from the last few weeks. The truth is, eating healthy isn’t always easy. These days, there’s so much nutritional information available, but deciphering it all can be just as tricky as avoiding the bad foods. In 2012, the topic of sugar was all over the news, and not surprisingly it has been linked with the growing obesity problem in the United States. In March, Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig told CBS News’ 0 Minutes that sugar is addictive and toxic, and it’s increasing our risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Dr. Lustig even went as far to say that sugar should be regulated like cigarettes and alcohol. Does this mean we should eliminate all sugar in our diets? Not necessarily. Let me

help clarify before you start cleaning out your pantry. There are two kinds of sugar—naturally-occurring and added sugars. The good news is Mother Nature provides many naturally-occurring sugars in our foods. For example, yogurt, milk, and fruit—all healthy foods—contain sugar. Lactose is the sugar in milk and yogurt; fructose is the sugar in fruit. Here’s where you want to be careful… the added sugars are sweeteners that are added to food and beverages during the manufacturing process. Common sweeteners include fructose and high fructose corn syrup. Desserts, sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas, energy and sports drinks, are the top sources of added sugar in most American diets. Sugar may taste sweet, but the added sugars are not so sweet for your health. Added sugars mean extra calories, which may lead to weight gain and an increased risk for many health conditions. Additionally, if you’re eating foods with lots of added sugars, it’s likely you’re not eating nutrient-rich foods. For example,

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The FDA has issued a safety communication warning doctors, health care professionals and patients that the placement of surgical mesh through the vagina to treat pelvic organ prolapse may present greater risk for the patient than other options. Reported complications from the transvaginal placement of the mesh include erosion of the mesh into the vaginal tissue, organ perforation, pain, infection, painful intercourse, and urinary and fecal incontinence. Often women require surgery to remove the mesh. In some cases, this can require multiple procedures without succesfully removing all the mesh. Currently, we are investigating cases involving mesh manufactured by American Medical Systems, Bard, Boston Scientific, Caldera, and Johnson & Johnson. If you or a loved one has received transvaginal mesh / bladder sling for the treatment of POP or urinary incontinence, and have experienced complications, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact the Whitley Law Firm today for a free, no-cost, no-obligation evaluation of your case.

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signs and treatments are very similar to those of Crohn’s disease. There are also other causes of colitis, especially in the elderly. Clostridium difficile colitis (also known as pseudomembranous colitis) is perhaps the most common cause of abdominal pain, diarrhea and blood in the stool in the elderly population. This kind of colitis mostly happens following the use of multiple antibiotics commonly prescribed for respiratory tract infections, dental infections, and urinary tract infections. Simple stool testing can detect this kind of colitis, which is treated with a prolonged course of antibiotics that must be supervised under the care of a physician. Another common form of colitis in the elderly is ischemic colitis, which causes the blood supply to the colon to become jeopardized. Patients often complain of bloody diarrhea and/or pain in the belly. This is a kind of “heart attack “or “stroke-like” situation in the colon. Usually this kind of colitis resolves by itself in most of the cases, but patients may require surgery and hospitalization. If you are experiencing some (or all) of these symptoms, your gastroenterologist may recommend a colonoscopy examination, which is a simple outpatient procedure that is virtually painless. “The patient is slightly sedated but remains conscious,” says Dr. Chowdhury. “Meanwhile, the doctor examines the inside of the colon with instruments and a lighted tube that is inserted through the anus. During the exam, your doctor may collect a biopsy, which is a sample of affected tissue. Biopsied tissues are sent to a pathology lab, where specialists determine if Colitis is present.” Treatment varies based on the diagnosis made on the biopsy. Early treatment is key to a good outcome, and proper medical management may prevent the need for surgery in most cases. Maintaining a smart nutrition plan, a healthy lifestyle, avoiding unnecessary antibiotic use and adhering to one’s medication under the supervision of a gastroenterologist will help the patient stay healthy despite having the different form of colitis. Take Control Now As an active 50+ adult, this is an exciting phase of your life. If you suffer from bowel pain, diarrhea or any of the other symptoms discussed here, now is the time to take action. Make an appointment with your health care provider to discuss your treatment options and find out how you can regain your quality of life. Your digestive health is too important to ignore. Heather Monackey works in the public relations department at WakeMed Health & Hospitals, www. Sugar Intake continued from page 11

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glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, nectars (e.g., peach nectar, agave nectar) invert sugar, lactose, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose, syrup and table sugar. Tip: If any of these words are near the top of the ingredient list, then the food contains a large amount of added sugar. 2. Make fruit your dessert. To satisfy your sweet tooth, opt for fresh fruit for dessert instead of sugary indulgences. If you buy canned fruit, choose fruit packed in its own juice or water, instead of syrup. Don’t forget about frozen fruit or freezing your favorite fruits during peak season—that’s a great year-round option. 3. Buy plain yogurt instead of sweetened yogurt. Add fresh fruit to yogurt instead of buying sweetened yogurt, which can contain a lot of added sugar and unwanted calories. If you haven’t tried plain Greek yogurt, it’s a great breakfast, snack, and dessert. It’s really been all the rage recently because it’s low in calories and high in protein. 4. Sip smarter. Avoid non-diet sodas and sweetened drinks. Choose water, sparkling water with fresh lemon or lime, low-fat or fat-free milk, 100 percent fruit juice or unsweetened tea. 5. Spice it up! Try ginger, allspice, cinnamon or nutmeg to sweeten your food instead of sugar. Also, if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic, cinnamon can really help lower your sugar levels. Be sweet to your body this year. By making healthier food choices, you’ll feel better, more energized, and ready to conquer 2013! Amy Bowen RD, LDN is a clinical dietitian at WakeMed Cary Hospital. Learn more about WakeMed’s nutrition services, and take charge of your health today.


s you age, it becomes increasingly difficult to learn another language. Yet, as a result of the Internet, advancing software, and new techniques in languageinstruction, the opportunity for each of us to learn a language, at 50+, is brighter than ever before. Scientists have affirmed that learning a new language actually increases your intelligence. Studies at both New Castle University and York University in the U.K. found that becoming proficient in a second language aids in training the brain, thinking, and perceptions. Learning a second language improves your knowledge of your original language concurrently freeing your mind from linguistic constraints which prevent you from approaching words in certain ways. Now, in its 21st year and offering instruction in 30 languages, Rosetta Stone is a leader in the new wave of interactive technology that alters the way you can learn a language. Tom Adams, CEO, observes that the company’s core methodology for helping its customers is that the process should be “natural and instinctive.” At, the company has launched TOTALe—“total experience.” This includes an online language community where language-learners can connect with one another, tap into 50 minute practice sessions led by nativespeaking tutors, download an iPad app for learning on the go, and employ other dedicated apps for use with the iPod touch or iPhone.

Killer Language Apps ( words) Babbel, at, provides free vocabulary tutelage featuring “clear, native-speaker pronunciation of every word and phrase.” It also offers an online lesson plan for a monthly fee. Mind Snacks, at, is a speed-based learning tool that, in game-like fashion, rises in complexity each time you succeed at the current challenge. After the third level, the app costs $5 for the next 47 levels. Twenty-four/7 Tutor, at, offers puzzles, multiple choice quizzes, and flash cards for several popular languages in addition to pronunciations by native-speakers. The app provides no grammar and little context.


In helping you to break the language barrier, other players include Byki, a software program developed by Transparent Language Inc. Selecting from more than 70 languages, including a few that are endangered, users may choose their level ranging from just starting, to those who are fluent but need a refresher. Linguata, at, offers languageinstruction for users facing time constraints and for whom fluency is not always a practical goal. Linguata helps learners to pick up words and phrases, serving as building blocks to proficiency. Here are some tips to keep you on the path to speaking in another tongue: • Make the commitment to learn another language. Regardless of what kinds of tools are at your disposal, without commitment, you won’t go far. • Focus initially on the 100 most common words of any language. These will get you by in the shortrun, while you are increasing your vocabulary. • Strive to master the past-tense of verbs before learning the present-tense, and put off learning the future tense until you’ve mastered the first two. • Develop your own phrase book. As words, phrases, and eventually sentences become familiar to you, keep a log of those that you will be using repeatedly. • Label the items in your house with their names in the language you are learning. By seeing an item and its name in, say, German, you can learn it more easily. • Employ your creativity in learning new words. Visual imagery can help considerably when attempting to recall a word in the language you are learning. • If it helps, make up your own corny phrases to aid in helping you to recall new words and new concepts. • Review in your head, all day long, the words and phrases that you’ve been practicing during more formal sessions. It’s reinforcing to “practice in your head.” • Seek podcasts and radio broadcasts on the web when you can. This a supreme advantage over legions of language-learners of previous generations. As you become more immersed in your learning routines, begin to develop the capacity or thinking in the new language. The ways in which ideas are expressed in other languages, particularly the Indians, often differ vastly from that of English. You’ll know you’re on the right trail when you find yourself thinking in your target language without being conscious of it. Jeff Davidson ( holds the registered trademark as The Work-Life Balance Expert®. His th book, Simpler Living was selected by four books clubs and is scheduled for Chinese translation. Jeff has developed 2 “Work Life Guides” apps available at

What’s Your Quotation Quotient? by ARlen GRossman, Senior Wire 1. “I am now here in Congress... I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me, or the driver at my heels, with his whip in hand, commanding me to ge-wo-haw, just at his pleasure.” A. Davy Crockett B. Sarah Palin C. Abraham Lincoln

A. William Shatner B. DeForest Kelly C. George Takei

2. “Money often costs too much.” A. Tim Geithner B. Jed Clampett C. Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. “Why does a woman work ten years to change a man’s habits and then complain that he’s not the man she married?” A. Justin Bieber B. Barbra Streisand C. Chaz Bono

3. “Oh! what a tangled web we weave/ When first we practice to deceive!” A. Sir Edmund Hillary B. Sir Walter Scott C. Sir Francis Drake 4. “A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it.” A. Henry Ford B. Donald Trump C. Martha Washington 5. “Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive.” A. Ogden Nash B. Billy Ray Cyrus C. Kathie Lee Gifford 6. “In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.” A. John Adams B. Grizzly Adams C. Ansel Adams 7. “I’ve been a political activist all my life and I think in a large measure it’s because of the internment that we experienced 50 years ago.”

8. “The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.” A. Jerry Springer B. Simon Cowell C. Herbert Spencer

10. “Take my wife...please!” A. Jerry Stiller B. Rodney Dangerfield C. Henny Youngman Answers: 1-A, 2-C , 3-B , 4-A , 5-A , 6-A , 7-C , 8- C, 9-B, 10-C Scoring: (number correct) 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 world has no sympathy with any but positive griefs. It will pity you for what you lose; never for what you lack.” ~ Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine. (Madame Swetchine, 1782-1857, was a Russian/French literary figure.) Arlen Grossman lives in Monterey, CA, and writes a weekly quotation quiz for the Monterey County Herald. Enjoy more quizzes at quotationquotient. com. Comments and suggestions are welcomed at

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Ed Note: This is the start of a new year-long column called Life Long Learning. It is written by noted professional speaker and author, Jeff Davidson. The topics will include: Learning a Foreign Language, Learning a Musical Instrument, Learning a New Sport, Starting a New Fitness Regime, Learning a New Hobby, Bird Watching, Becoming a Better Gardener, Puzzles and Games, Embracing Technology, Volunteerism, Memoir Writing, and Preparing for Retirement. We trust you will enjoy this series and that it will prompt you to take action that can prove to be highly enjoyable and rewarding.


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Wine in the New Year

A New Year, a New You! A New Food, or Old?

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the WiNe decANter by Lisa EnGleRt

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f you’re a fellow wine enthusiast living in North Carolina, I encourage you to make at least one of your New Year’s resolutions that you’ll check out some of the many wine events our state has to offer. As you may recall from my July 2012 column, I’m not a huge fan of North Carolina wines. But since we rank as a top-five destination for wine travelers and enthusiasts, and are home to the most visited winery in the country (according to the NC Department of Commerce), I resolve in 2013 to learn more about the unique variety of wines and grapes we produce. Following are just a few of the events planned for the coming year to celebrate the beloved grape. For more information about North Carolina’s wineries, including maps and events, go to Cheers to the New Year! Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival February 2—3, 2013 | Wilmington This charitable festival is about much more than wine and chocolate. Set up to resemble a European Street Fair, the event offers sweet and savory gourmet treats, live music, and fine art in the form of jewelry, pottery, textiles, photography and paintings. Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival April 10—14, 2013 | Blowing Rock Features wine tasting in downtown Blowing Rock; Fire on the Rock Chef Challenges; Uncork the Festival which is kicks off the festival; wine seminars and cooking classes; VIP Wine Gala and Vintners Dinners; and many more activities around town. Annual Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival Saturday, April 20, 2013 | Cary Saturday, October 5, 2013 | Charlotte 12:00 pm—6:00 pm This is North Carolina’s premier casual wine tasting featuring hundreds of wines. Features live music on the Main Stage and hands-on demos in the Gourmet Live! tent with wine and food pairings. Spring Sip Trip 2013 May 4—5, 2013 | Yadkin Valley An all-inclusive trip to five wineries in the Yadkin Valley featuring wine tastings, brunch, dinner, snacks at the vineyards, a t-shirt and wine tote. Lodging and transportation are included in the package. 9th Annual Shine to Wine Festival Saturday, May 5, 2013 | North Wilkesboro North Wilkesboro’s annual wine and art festival, featuring some of the best wines the region has to offer, along with art, food, and music. 12th Annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival Saturday, May 18, 2013 | Elkin

In addition to about 30 wineries producing wine in the Yadkin Valley, this festival also features food, crafts, music and more. 14th Annual NC Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park Saturday, May 25, 2013 | Clemmons With more than 30 wineries and vineyards, this is one of the largest wine festivals in the state.

Also worthy of a mention are these two popular events that showcase some wines and vintners outside of North Carolina: 20th Annual Triangle Wine Experience February 7—9, 2013 | Raleigh A weekend of world-class wine charity events to benefit the Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center. Features wine dinners and tastings at many of the region’s most prestigious restaurants, as well as a Grand Gala and Auction, a black-tie extravaganza which features both live and silent auctions during which attendees can bid for spectacular wine collections and luxury packages created specifically for the Triangle Wine Experience. 9th Annual Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend April 24—28, 2013 | Beaufort This five-day charitable event welcomes celebrity chefs, winemakers and sommeliers to share their talents and expertise with the Crystal Coast.

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t’s the time to implement healthy new year’s resolutions, especially when our minds and mouths have probably been overloaded with rich holiday goodies. I’d like to propose an easy, healthy experiment for the new year— try a new food a month! The foods you pick may be brand new to you: whoever even heard of celeriac nevertheless actually picked up one of those ugly, gnarled, grayish-brown balls of who-knows-what from the produce shelf ? Or old: your grandmother used to serve beef tongue and you’ve never seen anyone eat it since... or if anyone does, it certainly isn’t going to be you. My own biggest bugaboo for years was the green leafy section of the produce section. I grew up mostly eating cooked, home-canned vegetables. I’m sure we had fresh salads for a short period in the summers while visiting my grandparents who had gardens, but I don’t recall many leafy greens. Their vegetables were grown to preserve and eat during the long winter months. This was the northeast so, unlike what I imagine was bountiful in the south, fresh greens in the grocery and on our plates were pretty much limited to head lettuce and cabbage. But as the greens aisle grew in abundance in grocery stores over the years, I still headed straight for the head lettuce. Kale? Collard greens? Turnip or beet greens? Yuck! I finally got brave enough to try different leaf lettuces and finally delicious, crunchy romaine. Wow—my taste buds were slowly realizing there was more to life than dull, almost nutrientvoid, boring head lettuce. And my body enjoyed the energy from the increased vitamins and minerals they served up. Ten years ago I joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm, and each week brought a wealth of new—and to me, unrecognizable—veggies, especially greens. Arugula, Belgian endive, frisee, Chinese cabbage, garlic greens, bok choy, tatsoi, chard, kale and all those other common leafy greens. And radicchio (ok, that’s red, but still counted as new to me.)

Even if a CSA membership or farmers market or real butcher is not readily available to you, head to that part of the grocery store you’ve been avoiding and pick something, anything, that’s new to you and try it out. Oh, and tongue? I don’t think that delicious dish ever made it all the way down to the kids—grownups got the good stuff like that, as well as pickled pig’s feet and sweetbreads (thymus) and liver first. But I love tongue now that I tried it as part of my own pick-a-new-food-a-month experiment.

We’ll cover tongue and other economic meat cuts in another column. For now, let’s start with celeriac, which has twice the iron and five times the dietary fiber of a potato; 1 cup cooked has only 42 calories. A new cookbook I heartily recommend is Roots: The Definitive Compendium, by Diane Morgan (Chronicle Books, 2012). Comprehensive it definitely is, covering history, varieties, nutrition, availability and selection, storage and recipes. As a wide-read foodie, there were still some items here I’d never heard of like crosne and malanga and scorzonera (salsify)—and that was before the “Other Roots” section tacked on at the end without specific recipes. And like “exotic” greens in my earlier years, I found that I have boringly confined myself to a handful of familiar roots like carrots, beets, ginger, potatoes, radishes and turnips for the most part.

Almost everything in the book fills my goals—old traditional food but new to me. My goal for the new year is at least one new root a month. Here’s where I started, cutting the recipe in half for both a side dish and next-day soup for two of us:

1 large celery root (celeriac), trimmed, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks Sea salt 4 Anjou pears, about 2 lbs. ¼ cup unsalted butter ½ cup dry vermouth (or chicken broth as a non-alcoholic substitute) ½ tsp nutmeg ½ cup warmed heavy cream ground white pepper

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(Adapted from Roots), serves eight. An excellent accompaniment to any pork dish, or thin with additional broth or water for a luscious soup. Soup garnish possibilities could include parsley, grated cheese or chopped cooked bacon.

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Celery Root and Anjou Pear Puree

Fill a saucepan with enough water to cover celery root. Add 1 tsp salt, partially cover, bring to a boil, then simmer until celeriac is soft, about 15 min. Drain and return celeriac to pan; heat over low for a minute to evaporate excess moisture. Peel and core pears, slice into 1-inch chunks. Melt butter over medium heat in a large frying pan, add pears and ½ tsp salt and cook until pears are soft. Add vermouth or broth and nutmeg; continue cooking until pears are very soft and sauce thickens. Combine half each of the celery root, pears and cream in a food processor and process until completely smooth. Transfer the puree to a warm bowl and repeat with remaining mixture. Season with salt and pepper. 7/27/09 9:50 Bon appetit!

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Does Your Online Presence Pass the Truth Test?

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hat’s the fastest-growing marketing trend on the Internet? I’m sad to say it’s the “fakeosphere.” Yes, fake blogs (called “flogs”), fake web news sites and fake testimonials. They look like the real thing, right down to comments posted by “bloggers” and their supposed readers. Those comments appear to be written by people discussing the pros and cons of a particular product or service, and they even include some naysayers. “But in the end, the bloggers and their readers always win over the skeptics and persuade them to buy the product from a convenient nearby link,” writes Bob Sullivan in his blog on He cites Internet marketing analyst Jay Weintraub, who believes the fakeosphere has become a $500 million-a-year industry. These fake sites and phony conversations are often more than simply misleading—OK, fraudulent—marketing. For consumers, they can be downright dangerous. “The end game for most of these sites—no matter what they sell— is to persuade a consumer to sign up for a ‘free’ trial of a product, then make it incredibly difficult to cancel before the trial period ends,” Sullivan writes. “A similar technique … is to offer a free product and charge a web user a token shipping and handling fee, just to get the consumers’ bank account information. Larger charges soon follow.” Consumers are—and should be—increasingly wary. They’re scrutinizing websites more closely, especially if they’re considering making a purchase there. They’re avoiding social media interactions with anything that smells less than genuine, and they’re more careful about who they share information with online. What would they say about your online presence? Do you look like the real deal, or a potential cyber threat? Here are some ways to ensure you pass the reality test—and some missteps that will ensure you don’t.

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• Real people have real friends and family among their connections. They can’t resist sharing photos of their vacation, the newest baby in the family and their genius dog (not necessarily in that order). They have interests that may have nothing to do with what they’re trying to market, and they comment about them (“I shot a hole in one today!”) or share a photo (“Here I am buying everyone drinks after my hole in one today. That was the most expensive golf shot ever!”) They also respond to all comments, even if it’s just to say, “Thank you.” • Fake people generate mostly sales copy—“Buy my product! It’s great!” They don’t engage in conversation, they don’t appear to have a personality—or friends or loved ones or hobbies, for that matter. On your website

• Real people have text that informs and entertains users while offering them helpful information. The copy is professionally written, no typos or other mistakes, and provides answers to anticipated questions. It’s easy to learn more about you or your business and continued on page 32

Is a Minimized Window Safe? Ask Mr. Modem by Richard Sherman, Senior Wire Q. Let’s say I am composing a message to you when I think of something I need to check, before I forget. I minimize my email to the Taskbar and open a new window. I proceed to do what I need to do, then close that window before pulling my unfinished message to you back up on screen. My question is this: Is leaving the first screen minimized to the Taskbar as secure as the new window I’m visiting? Does it even matter if I do not minimize it, and merely switch to the new screen? You can probably tell that I’ve become rather paranoid about security and this is just one of the things swirling around in my old gray cells. A. When it comes to security, there is no difference between a minimized window and one that’s open full screen. Both are operating within Windows, so the security protection afforded both is equal. Think of it in terms of turning on your home security system at night. Once it’s activated, it doesn’t matter whether you’re in one room or another, or sitting, or standing, or asleep in a chair. It is the house itself that is protected, no matter what you’re doing within the house. Q. Sometimes when I try to add or edit a Gmail contact, it doesn’t show up although I added it to all three Groups that I created. Shouldn’t there be an “All Contacts” category? How should I properly add a contact? A. When you add contacts to Gmail Groups (mailing lists), it’s best to add them from your main My Contacts list which serves as the “All” category that you mentioned. The idea is to have one centralized repository for all contacts. From there you can move any contact into any individual Group. To add contacts to a Contact Group in the newest version of Gmail, click Mail at the topleft corner of your Gmail page, then choose Contacts. Click to select the contact(s) you want to add. Next, click the Groups button and select the name of the group you would like to add these contacts to, or select Create New to create a new Group. Here is a link to Gmail’s Help Information about Groups ( which you might find interesting and informative— perhaps both. (Okay, that might be pushing it.) Q. Firefox has started blocking pages when I click links from an email or web page. The message reads “Firefox prevented this page from automatically redirecting to another page.” Can you help me get rid of this irritating thing? A. That’s actually a safeguard designed to protect you. You really DO want to know whenever

a redirection attempt occurs so you can approve or reject it. Otherwise, your browser could easily be hijacked to a malicious site and without even knowing it, you could think you were on a legitimate site, provide a credit card number or other personal information, and wind up in deep guano. I definitely do not recommend the following, but if you really want to disable that protection, the wording or path may vary slightly depending on the version of Firefox you’re using, but go to Tools > Options > Preferences > Advanced tab. Locate the box next to the text that displays, “Warn me when Web sites try to redirect or reload the page.” Remove the check mark, close your Preferences, then hope for the best. For more information about Mr. Modem’s technology-tips eBooks and award-winning weekly computer-help newsletter, featuring his personal answers to your questions by email, visit

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created this application that demonstrates the concept of Artificial Intelligence by inviting you to play Rock, Paper, Scissors against a computer. In the Novice version you will teach the computer how to mimic human reactions by building up a database of moves that it will analyze statistically to plan its strategy to beat you. It requires a minimum of five games for the computer to start predicting what you will do. If you choose to play the Veteran version, the computer will draw from a database of 200,000 moves in its efforts to defeat you. Trust me: It will defeat you.

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RIE for the product, the amount demanded will fall. Markets are never perfectly balanced between supply and demand, but in a free market system, markets are always searching for that balance. While it is popular today to want the government “do something” whenever markets are temporarily out of sync, it is important to remember that when the government interferes with the natural workings of an economy there are always unintended consequences. Far too often, we don’t have the patience to live with short-term imbalances in our economy and instead beg the government to help, leading to long-term economic problems. To paraphrase the author G.K. Chesterton, “Capitalism has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult—and left untried.”

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more than what is currently being supplied. Prices go down when the amount supplied is more than what is currently being demanded. Therefore, prices act as a signal to the marketplace to either produce more or less. Of course, governments and regulations are a necessary part of today’s complex economic systems. However, the danger of intrusive or over-reaching regulations is that they interrupt the normal price signals of a market economy, leading to a misallocation of resources. For example, imagine if the government required an industry to manufacture a certain amount of a product regardless of what the demand was for the product. The result would be falling prices, due to the overproduction, and the company would be in trouble. What if the government artificially set the price of a product above what the market wants to pay? Unless there is no substitute © RUDALL30 | DREAMSTIME

to combine all of them to create products and services. Perhaps the most famous book in economics is Adam Smith’s Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations, which was published in 1776 and marked the beginning of “classical” economics. Smith believed that people, acting in their own self-interest, produced goods and services benefitting everyone. Classical economists think governments should not interfere in markets, as they can regulate themselves, and thus produce wealth at maximum efficiency. Classical thinking forms the basis for capitalism. Smith saw the “invisible hand” of markets as the regulating mechanism to determine the best allocation of scarce resources—and it is the prices of things that act as our guide. Prices change due to supply and demand. Prices go up when the amount demanded is



his is the first in a year-long “Economics 101” series on the basics of economics. 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. Each month, the articles in this series will be posted to the website, where you can also find articles in our prior “101” series on Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Financial Planning, and Investment Management. Thomas Sowell, a well-known economist and author once noted that “the first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.” Economics is the study of how people choose to use these scarce resources— and we’re not just talking about money— as resources include your time, talent, other assets and the knowledge of how


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s of this writing, the S&P 500 stock index is up 13 percent+ year-to-date and up 16 percent+ if you include dividends. That’s a good year, but due to the daily barrage of economic worries thrown in our faces, you are excused for not being aware of it. Think about this past year: • The wild ride in Europe, with Greece being the main bad actor, but the award for best supporting actor being shared by several countries. • The Federal Reserve wringing their hands over the possibility of a double-dip recession and finding new ways to keep interest rates low while pumping money into the economy. • Bitter election-year political battles in the U.S. with the result being no change in the power structure in Washington. • A new phrase—the “Fiscal Cliff” entering our vocabulary, as we watch our elected leaders warn us about the risk to our economy if we fall off the cliff—and then taking positions that would seemingly push us to the edge, and perhaps beyond. Bad news and uncertainties such as the above caused many investors to sit on the sidelines during 2012 and miss out on a good year. What about 2013? The questions seem obvious: Will 2013 actually see real leadership and definitive decisions in the governmental spending debates in the

U.S. and in Europe? Will it be the year that governments, corporations and individuals begin completing the multi-year deleveraging process that has haunted economies for the past several years? Will global economies continue their recoveries? If the answer is “No,” markets will probably respond negatively. On the other hand, a “Yes” answer would point towards positive market returns. Our economy, while not robust, does appear to be moving forward. Housing seems to be firmly in a recovery mode. Despite unemployment remaining high, consumers remain resilient with improving confidence. Inflation is expected to stay tamed.

Cash and Savings There is no change in the

outlook for yields on savings accounts, money market funds and CDs. Their yields are close to zero with no real prospect of changing in 2013. The Federal Reserve has already announced their plan to maintain low interest rates for quite some time. Savers must choose between their desires for safety (with very little interest) vs. obtaining some moderate interest income (which requires them to move beyond traditional guaranteed investments.)

low levels, with ten-year maturity bonds yielding less than 2 percent, while 30-year bonds only provide a 3 percent yield. Investment-grade and high-yield corporate bonds offer better risk-adjusted returns than government bonds. Municipal bonds also appear attractive in this environment, particularly if tax rates move up in 2013. The easing of credit conditions, improvements in the economy, and less leverage by corporations are all positive reasons to consider corporate bonds.


The valuations of many stocks remain attractive, corporate balance sheets are healthy and companies hold lots of cash. Stocks aren’t just for growth, and investors seeking income should also consider equities. The dividend yield is about 2.6 percent on the Dow Jones Industrial Average and 2.2 percent on the S&P 500, about the same as a year ago and both attractive compared with cash or high-quality bond yields. The fiscal cliff is a short-term risk, but looking beyond it there are reasons to be positive on U.S. economic growth and therefore on the potential for stock returns. Gerald A. Townsend, CPA/PFS/ABV, CFP®, CFA®, CMT is pres-

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orget pickpockets. Only an amateur thief would risk physical contact to steal your wallet—which may contain nothing of real value—when he or she could pass close by you, and capture all the necessary information off of credit or debit cards you may be carrying. A tiny device built into your cards by your bank or credit card issuer is the key.

It’s called an RFID chip, which stands for radio frequency identification. You’ll know if your cards have these chips because they will say something like “pay pass,” “pay wave,” or “blink,” or have a symbol that looks like radio waves. If your cards have not been replaced for a while, chances are you are okay. But experts say, eventually you will receive new cards and they will contain RFID chips.

Why RFID? Faster purchasing. Evidently some consumers are willing to risk their security to save 20 seconds at the cash register. The RFID chip allows you to complete your purchase by simply waving your card at the machine instead of sliding it through the slot, entering a PIN or password, and/or signing your name (all of which is actually pretty fast). Credit card issuers say the RFIDimbedded cards are safe. But one skeptic took it upon himself to prove them wrong. For about $150 he purchased a device over the Internet that allowed him to demonstrate. Using volunteer “victims” he was able to copy their information from cards they were carrying. He showed them the information he had and they verified that indeed, it was correct. Another amateur investigator purchased a machine for $100 and did the same. In a Youtube video he also demonstrates the process to willing participants. In one instance, he transferred their credit information, not to a credit or debit card, but to a hotel key card. Then he walked over to the cafeteria cash register where he and the credit card owner were filming

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the event, and made a purchase—using a hotel key card. Not only did the purchase go through and show up on the bill of the credit card holder, but the cashier didn’t even question why he was making the purchase with a hotel key card. Such is the world of purchasing these days. The machines that these men used to capture the credit information resemble large wallets. So imagine if you were standing in line, with your debit or credit card in your back pocket. All someone with the right device would have to do is casually pass this machine within one foot of your pocket, and boom, your credit may be stolen. With a scenario like that, you can see that a thief would not even have to know you have a card with you. Unlike old-fashioned pocket-picking, a phishing expedition costs the thief nothing but it could cost you plenty. What Can You Do? The fix is easy, really. You can call your credit/debit card issuers and ask for cards without chips, although as mentioned earlier, eventually they will all have RFID. So, it’s up to you. Department stores sell simple sleeves that you can slip into your wallet that prevent the capture of your information. Or

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you can wrap your cards in a piece of aluminum foil. That can be awkward, but it is effective and cheap. Fraudpreventionunit. org reports that there is an even simpler fix, which is to carry more than one card that has an RFID chip. The theory is that this creates a jumble of information that is worthless to thieves. So you are at greatest risk when you carry only one RFIDimbedded card with you. also adds another bit of positive news. While the machines that are meant to steal information can capture most of it, one bit that is not captured is the three digit verification code. That will limit, but not eliminate, the ability of a thief to use your information. Again, credit card issuers insist their cards are safe. But they have a vested interest in you using their cards to the max. That’s why they are imbedding these chips in your cards whether you want them or not. The fix is simple enough, but it is up to you. Teresa Ambord is a former accountant and Enrolled Agent with the IRS. Now she writes full time from her home, mostly for business, and about family when the inspiration strikes.

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Las Vegas Lost in Transformation S ince the late ’50s we have seen Las Vegas grow into a large metropolis with an ever-expanding entertainment Strip. Steve Wynn set the mark and one fabulous resort after another sprang into life. The last time we were in the city, the Luxor was all by itself on the southern end of the Strip and now it has mega-resort neighbors with the Tropicana, Excalibur and Mandalay Bay. Las Vegas also blossomed like a cactus flower into a diverse town with much to offer that does not involve gambling or activities solely on the Strip. Barbara’s billiard team won the city championship and was granted a trip to Las Vegas in August to play teams from America, Canada and Japan at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. We decided to make it a family vacation and have our son Aaron and daughter Erika join us for a little Vegas action—it was the first time they could join us for the “adult” fun and games. We stayed at the Royal Resort on Convention Center Drive right across the street from the Riviera. We found it to be not only a nice accommodation at a reasonable price but a great location. It is situated on the north end of the Strip, smack in the middle between downtown and the Mandalay. The location had only one drawback, the Las Vegas monorail, which ferries visitors from up and down the Strip veers away from

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Las Vegas boulevard by about ½ mile to make a stop at the Convention Center. We opted out of the monorail from this location and usually walked to our closer destinations or took a cab. The lesson I learned is that you had better be wearing really good walking shoes if you are going to hoof it. Distances are deceiving since you can see the hotel you want to go to, but it is always one or two blocks further than you think and many intersections require you to walk up and down stairs to a crosswalk over the street. Oh the blisters I ended up with! The monorail is great for those who want to

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visit or are staying at locations in the our next visit. The same group owns middle or southern end of the boulethe D Hotel a few blocks down the vard and of course for those who are street and it is also newly renovated. at the Convention Center. After exploring Fremont Street After learning Barb’s match seswe headed over to the old Fedsion schedule we reviewed the eral Courthouse to visit the Mob sights we wanted to see and then hit Museum. The museum covers all the pool for a refreshing splash— three floors of the historic buildthe temp was about 104 that day and ing and contains exciting hands-on the water felt great. First up was a exhibits to learn all the informavisit to the Riviera to find the biltion about La Cosa Nostra you ever liard activities and practice rooms. wanted to know. As the promotional Good thing the Riviera is a large materials state, “The Mob Museum resort because there were 3,000 pool showcases both sides of the notorious players in town for the tournament. battle between organized crime and The Strip at night provides a myriad We had the night free and the law enforcement. With high-tech of photo opportunities. first attraction Aaron wanted to visit theater presentations, iconic onewas the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino that soars over of-a-kind artifacts, and interactive exhibits, you can the skyline. You can purchase a ticket to go to the top finally discover the whole truth and nothing but the for dinner and cocktails and the more adventuresome truth.” Visitors get to sit in the original courtroom can buy an additional ticket for the rides at the very where the Kefauver Committee held its hearings on top. One ride, aptly named Insanity, straps you into a organized crime in 1950 and watch a film of the hearsecure harnessed seat and then the arms of the ride ing… a step back in time for sure. We really enjoyed rotate around the top and lift the riders straight out the entire experience. If you want to have some fun 64 feet beyond the edge of the roof. The other ride, after visiting the museum, consider going over to the Sky Jump, is also a harness contraption but the rider is Tropicana to experience the Mob Attraction that dropped from a platform 108 stories up straight down takes guests on an interactive journey through the the entire length of the building! We all opted out world of the mob with live actors! and instead enjoyed a cocktail in the revolving lounge No visit to Las Vegas is complete without taking in with a 360-degree view of Las Vegas at night. some of the shows and treating yourself to delectable One of the surprises we encountered is the total food that is available all over town. After all, the best transformation of the original downtown Las Vegas entertainers and celebrity chefs are here. For the best and Fremont Street. Until recently the glitz and burger in town visit the Fat Bar & Grill on the Strip glamour of the Strip lured nearly all the visitors but across the street from the Monte Carlo Resort. Relax, thanks to the vision of the city fathers, entrepreneurs enjoy the food, and watch the parade of people passing and artists, Fremont Street and downtown has rein- by on the boulevard. And if you are a buffet lover, the vented itself. Portions of the street are covered and Carnival World Buffet at the Rio has the largest selecentertainment stages are present exhibiting all the tion of food choices we have ever seen! But be warned, great talent in town. For a thrill, try the zip line that the lines for the buffet are typically very long, so try goes down the middle of the elevated roof ! Thanks to go at non-traditional eating times. If you want to to efforts of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and artist Joey drop some bucks, The Range at Harrah’s is fabulous, Vanas, First Friday Art Walk now brings thousands of people back downtown. The destination is now a vibrant and fun place to stay in Las Vegas. Mark Brandenburg, president of the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino gave us a personal tour of the newly renovated hotel. The Golden Gate was the pioneering hotel from the time Las Vegas was incorporated and has had a fabled past. Prior to the growth of the Strip, this Fremont Street hotel was home to the Rat Pack and others when they came to town. After seeing what the plush and well-appointed high-tech capable rooms and Insanity at the Stratosphere. casino had to offer, we made a vow to stay here during PHOTO GREG PETTY.




and 19 runs. That is about to change however as the Forest Service has approved their master plan to add six more chairs and expand the trails to 62 runs. The season usually lasts from Thanksgiving to Easter, so if you’re planning a visit to Las Vegas and love to ski, the good news is that the option to do that is open. The resort also offers summertime activities such as concerts, mountain biking, disc golf and running races. We no longer think of Las Vegas as only Glitter Gulch—it is that, but also much more. Comment online at .

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and the presentation is exquisite. Known primarily for of the show. Vegas Rated magazine described Pibbets as “She’s horny, she’s honest and she’s hilarious…Penny their steaks, they have a full menu of other options. We chose a few shows that we were interested in Pibbets gives it to you raw.” As previously mentioned, Las Vegas offers more and were not necessarily the biggest shows in town. The first show we attended was The Rat Pack is Back than gambling, food and shows. What was once the at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Frank, Sammy, impetuses for the growth of Las Vegas? Did you guess Dean and Joey were in fine form, and the music and atomic testing? You can learn about the development personas of all four entertainers really came through. of nuclear weapons, atomic testing near Las Vegas, We returned to the Rio a few days later for MJ Live: UFOs and Area 51 by visiting the National Atomic A Michael Jackson Tribute. Michael Firestone, a North Testing Museum at 755 East Flamingo Road. I toured Carolina native and long-time lover of Jackson’s music, the facility and it was so fascinating and educational knew as a teenager that he wanted to be a tribute artist that I spent over two hours taking in all the exhibits to Jackson. His performance is nothing short of elec- and multi-sensory experiences in the Ground Zero trifying. He looks, sings and moves exactly as Michael Theatre. The museum supports educational efforts about related global topics such as used to perform. If you are a Jackson nuclear proliferation while stressfan, don’t miss this show. ing the importance of life-long If you are looking for hilarious learning through science, engirisqué adult entertainment we recneering, technology and math. ommend seeing the show Absinthe at Skiing while visiting Las Vegas? Caesars Palace. The Gazillionaire, That’s right, skiing is available and his sidekick played by Penny during the winter and spring at Pibbets, provide non-stop “adults the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard only” dialogue interspersed with Resort. The resort is on 11,918 foot amazing acrobatic feats performed by Mt. Charleston just a little over a great cast of gymnasts and athletes. The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort an hour north of Las Vegas. The We laughed so hard so many times is picturesque in the summertime. resort currently has three chairs that tears were in our eyes for most

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f we are lucky, after investing in a long career in our chosen discipline and nurturing a lifelong passion, these two things can meld into something quite unique and wonderful. Jim Davis is one of the very lucky people who has been able to live his dream by, well, living his dream. Jim has been drawn to the great beauty in nature and in art. His life now involves matching nature and art in a way that enhances the sense of place of a building or piece of land while placing outdoor art in an environment that matches its spirit. Jim developed his childhood appreciation for the environment while growing up in Wayne County, NC and he dreamed of being able to earn a living by working outside Jim Davis, owner of Sculpture in the and interacting with nature. So, he earned a degree in Environmental Landscape. Design from the North Carolina State University School of Design in 1972. Five years later, Jim started his own design firm. Over the next 22 years, he developed his firm, Community Land Design, Inc., into a respected landscape architecture firm, eventually merging with a larger, regional, multi-disciplinary firm in 1994. All the while, Jim was living a life accented with beautiful things and rich experiences. With his wife Nan, he built a rustic hideaway on a secluded piece of land in a very well populated area of Cary. The land around his home is peppered with interesting outdoor sculptures with stories that make them sound like real, living things. They only hint at what is inside this home that feels more like an artist’s haven than an architect’s studio. Jim and Nan raised three children including a son whose love of nature is reflected in the artwork that accents his parents’ home. Some of the pieces are living connections to his mother’s warm spirit. Jim became involved with the arts community, volunteering with Cary Visual Art, chairing the Temporary Exhibits Committee that created the annual Cary Visual Arts Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Cary Visual Art and is a member of Tri State Tribute to Seymour Johnson Sculptors. Through his Air Force Base by Edwin White. profession as a landscape continued on page 23

Jay Mackie: Enhancing Care to Homeless Animals by Kim PaRkeR


appy, Sox and Punch: three family dogs that started Jay Mackie, Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine (DVM) down the road of being a life-long animal lover. In fact, this native North Carolinian knew from age five that he wanted to be a veterinarian. Many children dream of working with animals, but few achieve the honor—and one that has guided Dr. Jay Mackie through a life of service to animals in the Triangle. Since 1983, Dr. Mackie and his wife Debbie have called Raleigh home. After graduating from North Carolina State University in 1977, he attended Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated with honors. He returned to Raleigh to settle into private practice and raised a family that includes a son, Stephan and a daughter, Kelli. And numerous family pets, mostly Golden Retrievers—Charlie, Feathers, Max, Rosie and Earle, among the other rescue dogs, cats and guinea pigs that were lucky enough to find their way to the Mackie home. For 25 years, Dr. Mackie provided loving care to thousands of animals as a partner and vet at Quail Corners Animal Hospital. Long-time client and friend, Nell Barnes, who has served with him on the Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue (NRGRR) board, says, “He is a man with a gentle demeanor, a generous and caring heart, a witty sense of humor and is humble—never seeking recognition for his good works.” Dr. Mackie has certainly performed many acts of kindness and spread his special brand of caring to our community’s neediest animals. In addition to the NRGRR board of directors, he also serves on the board of Ashley’s Angel fund, which provides dog owners with medical assistance when their pet is facing a life-threatening illness that their owner cannot afford. Since April 2011, Dr. Mackie has donated his surgical skills at five events to help local non-profit, The Positive Pit Bull (PPB), provide free sterilizations of pit bulls for owners who cannot afford it. This local group works to reverse the negative perception of the breed and reduce the number of pits entering shelters as they are often the first to be euthanized. His involvement has resulted in nearly 100 pit bulls getting much-needed medical exams and sterilization surgeries, which has surely prevented numerous puppies from being born and potentially surrendered at local animal shelters. And he does this for his pure love and passion for animals and dedication to reducing the number of animals that are killed in shelters.

“Dr. Mackie has been a gift to animals in this area for some time, but when The Positive Pit Bull asked him to help with our first free spay day, he was so gracious and generous in offering his time and talent for surgeries when it came to helping out the ‘underdog,’” says Paige Burris, founder and president of The Positive Pit Bull. “The partnership that PPB and Dr. Mackie developed is one that has greatly benefited our community, but more importantly, the pit bulls that we know face an uphill battle in so many ways. I am proud to call him my friend to me and to our pit bulls. We are so lucky to have this tremendous friend to animals in our midst.” Dr. Mackie has since retired from Quail Corners and now splits his time between two clinics—working with his friend and vet school colleague, Betsy Sigmon, DVM, at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital in Cary and at the Companion Animal Clinic of the Sandhills in Vass, which provides low-cost spay/ neuter services for animal welfare groups and pet owners who cannot afford a private veterinarian. Known as one of the most proficient spay/ neuter surgeons in our region, Dr. Mackie can perform up to 30 surgeries a day. At a time in life when many are slowing down, Dr. Mackie continues to provide care to thousands of needy animals each year, giving of his personal time to volunteer and advise local non-profits on how to best provide life-saving and enhancing care to homeless animals. He also has a passion for mission work. Though his church, North Raleigh United Methodist, Dr. Mackie has traveled to Peru, Mexico and Appalachia to build seminaries, churches and repair homes for the poor. This kindhearted vet, humanitarian and all-around exceptional human being continues to quietly go to work each day and give back to our community. Thanks to his love of animals and those in need, the world is a better place. When asked about his service to animals and the community, Dr. Mackie humbly replied, “I really enjoy giving back to the community that has given me an opportunity and privilege of serving them. Also mission work has no boundaries and is another way to serve those in need.” Kim Parker is a freelance writer and public relations specialist in Raleigh. She is also an avid animal lover and volunteers her time at the SPCA of Wake County. Comment online at .

black girl who uses a white shirt to simulate long blond hair; and my personal favorite, the woman from Kingston, Jamaica and her companion, the “old raisin.” I would have liked to ask Whoopi how she came up with these people… I bet that would have been a fun conversation! It was her play about the groundbreaking black stand-up comic, Moms Mabley that caught the eye of director Steven Spielberg. He cast Whoopi in her debut movie role, The Color Purple, for which she won an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress. A few unremarkable films followed, but her time on Comic Relief with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams was hailed for its efforts to raise funds for America’s homeless, in addition to being incredibly funny. I would have liked to ask Whoopi what it was like to work with Billy and Robin—insanity?

Whoopi Goldberg in her academy award winning performance as Oda Mae Brown in Ghost. PHOTO WWW.THECELEBFOLLOWER.WORDPRESS.COM.

That fact alone set my mind to wondering, but I decided to let that topic alone… Her stage name came from two sources: Whoopi as homage to the whoopee cushion, and Goldberg was suggested by her mother who thought Johnson did not sound Jewish enough “to make her a star.” I was curious and wondered if there was some religious connotation associated with that. I actually did find an answer to this question, where during one interview she did state, “My family is Jewish, Buddhist, Baptist and Catholic. I don’t believe in man-made religions.” Her early days as a stand-up comedian is notable for her creation of unique characters: Fontaine—the young dope fiend with colorful language; the California surfer who is totally great, OK?; a little

Whoopi also began a regular stint on Star Trek: The Next Generation as bartender Guinan. She had stated in previous interviews that the role of Lieutenant Uhura “a black woman on TV!” was one of the reasons why she wanted to go into show business and why she had been a fan of Star Trek from the early days. I would have asked Whoopi if she had other role models growing up. Whoopi has starred with many famous men: Patrick Swayze, Ted Danson, Ray Liotta, Jon Bon Jovi, Alec Baldwin, James Woods, and Frank Langella, two of whom she became romantically involved with (Langella and Danson). I would want to know if she was still friends with many of them. She has stated publicly that she will never marry again, after three failed

attempts. Whoopi says she is devoted to her family. I would have asked her to talk about them—if she would—some people choose not to discuss their private life. I do know she has one daughter and three grandchildren. I remember seeing one of Whoopi’s lesser-known films, Corrina, Corrina (1994), starring the aforementioned Ray Liotta. Although mildly received by critics, I remember it vividly for two reasons: the sweet relationship between Corrina (Goldberg) and Manny’s (Liotta) daughter, for whom Corrina was hired to care for after Liotta’s wife died; and the onscreen romance between Whoopi and Liotta, one of the first interracial kisses I had ever seen in a movie. What I found interesting was the fact that the actual touching of lips was never shown… almost as if the movie producers were afraid to be completely honest with the audience. I would have liked to ask Whoopi what she thought about that movie. I would have also asked her about this really horrible movie, Kiss Shot (1989), where her character goes back to playing pool for money to earn enough to pay off a balloon payment on her house. The movie is so bad it is not even listed on her résumé; I only found it on YouTube by accident. What I would want to ask Whoopi was if she really did play pool— some of the filming looked like she was actually making the shots, and as a pool player myself, I was interested. I would also want to talk about The View, and how she sees herself in the role of moderator. Since she took over from Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi has gotten into multiple heated conversations and actually walked off the show once. Is this controversy part of the plan? I would have asked Whoopi about classic movies (she says she is a fan, and I love old movies). She collects Roseville Pottery, and I would have asked her if she had ever been to North Carolina to see some of our famous potters. I would have asked what she was currently reading, if she liked to cook, and finally I would have discussed her activist work for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community, her support of President Obama, and why she is a member of the National Rifle Association. Yep, it would have been a good conversation. Comment online at .

architect, he has developed relationships with over 800 artists. As he looked to define the second act in his career, Jim sought to do more work that fed his spirit. Preferring the boutique firm culture, Jim is now back as president of Community Land Design, Inc. And he was been able to merge his profession with his love of art to create a second company, Sculpture in the Landscape, a full-service outdoor art consulting and service company. Like matching children with families, Jim finds just the right piece of artwork to enhance the client’s site and just the right setting to spotlight the artist’s vision. Sometimes these placements are temporary, with the client renting the sculpture for a period of time. Sometimes, the match is so perfect that the client wants to give the sculpture a permanent home. Other times, the client has a vision of what they want and they trust Jim to find just the right artist to make it real. One of Jim’s favorite projects is the Wayne County Veterans’ Memorial. He was able to design the park, arrange the commission and work with the artist, Edwin Smith, in the design of this Tribute to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Another project that he is especially proud of was requested by a prominent Cary businesswoman. She wanted an outdoor sculpture that somehow reflected the culture of her company. Jim found just the right piece in “Need Bigger Hammer...” which, in the artist Jim Hackney’s own words, means “Anything can be accomplished, but we will always need a bigger hammer!”

Need a Bigger Hammer by Jeff Hackney.

Regardless of the project, Jim creates a rare work of art; a quadruple win. The client gets a piece of art that enhances the beauty and identity of their site. Visitors and employees get to enjoy a unique work of art every day. The artist has a market for his work. And Jim gets the joy of once again matching his two loves, nature and art. We should all be so lucky! Katie Gailes, CEO of SmartMoves International, is a marketing strategy consultant, speaker and trainer from Holly Springs, NC, | All photos by Jim Davis.

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n the fall as we planned our cover stories, we partnered with Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) to help promote Whoopi’s stop in Durham at DPAC on January 25. The goal was to have a phone interview with this multi-faceted actress, comedian, singer-songwriter, political activist, Broadway producer, author and talk show host. In anticipation of my time with her, I diligently researched her background and wrote the questions I wanted to ask of her. Unfortunately, it was impossible to find a time for us to chat. But not to let my research go to waste, I have decided to share with you the questions I would have asked Whoopi had I been given the opportunity… Whoopi was born Caryn Elaine Johnson on November 13, 1955. Her mother raised her and her brother Clyde when her preacher-father abandoned the family when Whoopi was only a toddler.

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Confucius Say: He Who Writes Has Right to be Wrong he use of proverbs to complicate an otherwise simple statement has always intrigued me. I mean, why tell me “this,” when you really want me to hear “that?” Why confuse me with “Two heads are better than one,” when “We’ll get more done working together” will suffice quite nicely? When I was growing up my Grandma Molly was fond of saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” and that confounded me. How could I eat cake if I didn’t have it? Why would I want to have cake if I couldn’t eat it? Rather mind-boggling stuff for an eight-year old boy whose favorite kind of cake to have was the kind you eat. At some point, of course, I came to realize that was nothing more than a proverbial way of saying, “You can’t have it both ways.” Okay! So why not just say that? Not long ago I heard a Statler Brother’s song titled “You can’t have your Kate and Edith too.” It didn’t take me long to understand what that meant. Not after my wife’s rather emphatic, but succinct, explanation. My daddy evidently had a fondness for proverb-speak as well; particularly the one about “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” I never actually heard him quote that proverb, but as events of my childhood unfolded, I became increasingly convinced it was his favorite. Whenever I did something perceived by him to be worthy of ‘the rod,’ my daddy would remove his pocketknife, open the blade—the BIG blade—and hand it to me with a stern directive: “Boy, go down to the woods and cut me a switch; and don’t bring me back some flimsy twig.” (Isn’t that kind of like making a condemned man load the rifles for his own firing squad execution? Yeah, I thought so too.) I don’t know if this is more of a reflection upon my daddy or upon me, but hickory trees are now an endangered species—bordering on extinction—in the woods surrounding our family farm. Unfortunately, for me, my daddy wasn’t all that enamored with the old adage, “He that hurts another, hurts himself.” In fact, I don’t think he was even aware of it … and I’m almost certain it isn’t true. Either that, or my

daddy had a tremendously high pain threshold while whipping me. Some proverbs, like “A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand, but touches your heart,” can downright betray one’s naïve confidence, as I discovered on my first (and last) date with Betty Ann when we were in tenth grade. We were at the Starlite Drive-In and about halfway through the movie—when I thought the time was right to become her “true friend”—I touched her in the general vicinity of her heart. Suffice it to say her reaction, despite my insistence that I was only reaching for her hand, led me to conclude that she didn’t much believe “To err is human, and to forgive divine.” There appears to be a plethora of proverbs aimed at explaining love and romance; many of which are contradictory. Example: How does “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” jibe with “Out of sight; out of mind?” News flash: When you’re out of her sight, you’re probably absent from her mind. And when you’re absent from her mind, her heart will probably be growing fonder of some other dude. With that in mind, whoever said, “There’s a thin line between love and hate,” was more than likely referring to the ‘thin line’ at the bottom of a separation agreement or divorce decree that says: “Plaintiff Sign Here.” Some proverbs simply make no sense; at least, not to me. “A bird can sing with a broken wing, but you can’t pluck feathers off a frog” … “A good mate is the road map for the spaghetti junction of life” … “A whistling women and a crowing hen are neither fit for God or men.” Huh? Say what? Saying stuff like that is probably why my Grandma always told me, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Perhaps the proverb I most hope (pray) to be true is, “All things come to he who waits,” because I’ve been waiting—and waiting—for good things to come ever since North Carolina enacted a lottery in 2005. And, since “No news is good news,” I’ve gotten nothing but good news from the North Carolina Lottery Commission for the last seven years. Note to self: If it were truly the Education Lottery, you would be smarter than that. Bill Massey is a freelance writer, retired middle school teacher, and a former advertising executive.


eems like I’ve been making New Year’s resolutions forever. The first time I made a comprehensive list, I used a “Davy Crockett” souvenir pencil and wrote it on the inside of a “Draw this and qualify for correspondence art school” matchbook. First item on the list was: “Get a new matchbook. ‘Picasso’ you wrote all over the address to send your drawing to.” I think making resolutions is a great idea but the odds of success are slim-tonil. Most people make the same resolutions year after year because they keep failing to maintain them. I know this stick-to-it-ness thing has kept me from achieving my goals of becoming a brain surgeon, a trapeze artist or a porno star. It’s also kept me thinking about resolutions I might actually be able to keep. But it seems like 2013 might finally be the year I’ve come up with maintainable ones. At first I wasn’t going to bother because, according to the Mayan calendar, the world was going to end in December. But I think what happened was someone found a few Mayans kicking it somewhere in the cannabis fields of inner Mexico and these discoverers brought up the whole end of the world thing, and the Mayans suddenly realized that: “Holy crap! We’re not ready to go yet. We, ah, meant to say December 21, 3012.” So, now that we still have a future, I am determined to succeed this year, and I’ve set what I think are some achievable world-altering goals. For instance, this year I plan on eating more potatoes. Not only will it help the economic recovery of our country by employing more people from Idaho, it could also be a boon to the manufacturers of those spud guns that shoot potatoes with enough force to dent a car, which will be a blessing for the auto repair business. Therefore when asked at the finer restaurants of the Central Coast if I want garlic mashed, twice-backed or scalloped potatoes with my lumberjack steak dinner, I will simply say: “Yes.” I also promise to consume more hash browns and to super-size all my French fry orders. For my second resolution I plan to go to the gym less often. This will be tough because I just purchased a brand new one-piece spandex outfit that makes me look fitter than a deflated tractor tire, and because of all those great televisions with every ESPN channel known to mankind. Still it will ease traffic by one car every other Tuesday, which will help save our infrastructure by making roads last longer and will cut down on my personal consumption of gasoline used during the three-mile bi-weekly round trip. This will give me more time to work on my third goal: Write less. Yes, this year I will try to pare down my words to a bare minimum and I’ll try my best not to get anything published. This will cut down on computer time, which will save beaucoup kilowatts and save all the trees it takes to publish the books I produce once every ten years or so. I’m also going to ask my editor if I can change my humor column into an occasional humor tweet, which will prevent eyestrain for my readers and save thousands the cost of Lasik surgery, which will reduce healthcare costs. I’m also going to try to achieve less at my job this year. This will make everyone else at the company feel better about themselves and want to take yoga classes and read Zen books. It might even result in a raise for them, and they can thank me by buying some of those books I mentioned earlier. This will free up space in the garage, where I can put my car, which will mean I won’t ever have to wash it again which will save enough water to irrigate the Mojave Desert. It will also save the old hole-ly T-shirts I use to dry my car, which I can share with people at work, which will cut down on the need for air-conditioning. Finally, this year to help save oxygen I plan on moving around less on weekends and taking more naps. I think I’ll start this last resolution right now.

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ver the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house, or something close to that, is a trip many folks make each year around the holidays. According to the Institute of Medicine, more than 100 million of these travelers are living with chronic pain. “But there are simple steps you can take to manage and control symptoms on your next trip. Taking these travel guidelines to heart can make a big difference in how you experience the holidays,” says Charles S. Friedman D.O., Medical Director of Pain Relief Centers. “I tell my patients to just remember the three Ps: pack, passage and plan.” Pack “Your luggage can be a big part of a painful trip,” Friedman explains. “Having bags that are too heavy can really damage your joints and strain muscles along your spine.” Friedman suggests packing light and using a suitcase with wheels. “Avoid lifting your bags directly from the ground. For example, if you’re putting bags in an overhead bin, place it on the seat in front of you first then lift it above your head.” He says lifting in stages like this can help avoid injury. Also, instead of twisting, Friedman says to pivot the feet. “Twisting your back in an awkward way can injure your spine, hips and even your knees.” Other suggestions include switching shoulders, or balancing your load, when carrying bags with one strap and always remembering to bend at the knees for added stability. Passage Getting to the destination may take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. “During the passage portion of the trip, remember to get up and stretch at least every two hours. Since you are stationary for a long time you don’t want your muscles and joints to get stiff,” Friedman says. Bringing lumbar support can help ensure proper spine alignment. “It’s also good to check your posture and make sure you aren’t hunching over. One of the most important things you can do for the health of your back is keeping it in a neutral position.” Plan Sightseeing can be a great part of a vacation, but it can also be one of the most painful. “Know your limits when it comes to walking. Plan on only having one big sightseeing excursion per day,” says Friedman. “Bring comfortable shoes with good arch support. Bad shoes can hurt your feet, knees and back. It doesn’t matter if you’re walking ten feet or ten miles, you need a good pair of shoes.” Traveling with medication, Friedman says, takes a little extra effort. He suggests bringing enough to last at least two extra days in case the trip is extended for any reason. “During the holidays, no flight is ever guaranteed,” Dr. Friedman adds. “Planning ahead can make everything run more smoothly.” Holiday travel can be a hassle, but it doesn’t have to a pain in the neck. Just remember to pack these simple tips with you and the holidays will be more enjoyable. Pain Relief Centers are multi-specialty practices that use a combination of innovative and minimally invasive treatments to help relieve patients’ pain and improve their quality of life. Pain Relief Centers’ comprehensive approach ranges from osteopathic manipulation and nerve ablation to minimally invasive spine procedures. Pain Relief Centers physicians treat a variety of conditions such as neck and arm pain, back and leg pain, complex regional pain syndrome, degenerative disc disease, failed back syndrome, herniated discs and spinal stenosis. Visit www.PinellasPain. com or call 2.18.80 for more information.

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here’s no shortage today of SUVs with alleged “third row seating.” Few of these SUVs are actually large enough inside to offer a comfortable third-row, and the ones that are large enough (the Suburban and Expedition, for example), typically guzzle a lot of gas and handle like trucks. GMC’s nimble Acadia waltzed into this niche back in 2007. The Acadia is large, comfortable and now good for about 25 miles per gallon on the highway. GMC has just released an all-new redesigned Acadia for the 2013 model year, and I am as impressed as ever with this comfortable and economical “crossover” SUV. The Acadia is a true all-in-one SUV that’s just as capable picking up six kids from soccer practice as it is displaying success to important clients. Engineers and designers have built well on Acadia’s accomplishments, to improve this already well-designed seven passenger, threerow crossover. With a base sticker of $34,050, the Acadia is priced well below competing models from BMW and Volvo but in line with the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. When it comes to performance—both on and off road—the GMC shines. Under the hood is a 288 horsepower 3.6 liter V-6 engine, which is good for about 270 lb-ft of torque. The engine is powerful enough for modest towing (a 5,000 lbs rating), but also boasts excellent highway fuel economy for a vehicle of this size, earning 24 miles for every gallon. That combines with city driving for an average of 19 mpg, a near best in class for an SUV this size. Paired with a 22 gallon tank, you can put almost 400 miles of open road behind you before the family needs to stop for more fuel. Inside, GMC has again improved on the success of the already-strong Acadia. New red ambient lighting and additional aluminum touches give the Acadia a luxury feel that sets it apart from equally priced competitors. The second row of seats slides forward, offering realistic access to the third row seats. Surprisingly, tall adults had no trouble accessing that third row, and no complaints being parked in the third row seat for a longer highway drive. Safety features include blind spot monitoring, a standard rear view camera and General Motor’s “center airbag.” An industry first, the

center airbag inflates between driver and passenger and is intuitively designed to keep front seat passengers from colliding during a severe side impact crash. The Acadia’s weight and engineering are also safety features. Taller SUVs can be prone to rollover, but the Acadia sits lower, like a car. However, at about 4,700 pounds, it has the mass of a larger SUV—a great thing to have in the unfortunate event of any collision with another vehicle.

Those driving in snow, mountains or terrain would do well to consider the optional All-Wheel Drive. It costs an extra $2,000 and transforms the Acadia into a capable SUV in inclement weather, as well as on dirt, gravel and unimproved roads. In the competitive market of “third row” SUVs, the GMC Acadia continues to shine. © 2013 John Dickerson, Horsepower Auto Reviews

 GMC Acadia Personality: A soccer mom on steroids, sporting a Swatch and a Louis Vuitton bag. Best Gizmo: Capable with the family boat behind it. MPG: 19 City, 24 Highway (FWD model). How Much Is it? Starts at $34k. Entirely loaded for $49k. Performance: Handles like a cruise ship with jet thrusters. 0-60: 7.0 seconds. How Fast Is That? On par with most midsize SUVs. Serious Contenders? Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Toyota 4Runner and Volkswagen Touareg.

by Ron Pollack, Executive Director, Families USA

by Ron Pollack, Executive Director, Families USA


he meaning of the 2012 election results will probably be debated for months, if not years. But a few things are clear. Nearly everyone agrees that President Obama’s reelection means that the Affordable Care Act—the 2010 health care law sometimes called Obamacare—will stay in place. And for people with Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, especially those who use a lot of prescription drugs, that’s good news. When the Medicare prescription drug program (Part D) was created in 2003, it included a large gap in coverage that’s known as the “doughnut hole.” After beneficiaries reached an “initial limit” of total drug expenses ($2,930 in 2012), they had no prescription drug coverage until they got to the other side of the doughnut hole—by spending $3,700 more out of their own pockets—and reached the “catastrophic limit” for the year. The doughnut hole meant that nearly four million beneficiaries with significant prescription drug costs—the people who need help the most—had to pay the full cost for their medications for months at a time. Many had to choose between buying their medications and buying groceries. Others resorted to skipping doses or splitting pills. What’s more, the problem was going to get worse: The gap was going to grow to more than $6,000 by the year 2020. The doughnut hole never made any sense as a matter of health insurance. Why would coverage stop when you needed it the most? But until the health care law was passed, nobody had done anything about it. Now, the doughnut hole is being gradually filled in. In 2012, people who entered the gap received a 50 percent discount on name-brand drugs and a 14 percent discount on generics. In 2013, those discounts increase to 52.5 percent on namebrand drugs and 21 percent on generics. The discounts will increase each year until 2020, when the gap will be completely filled. This change is making a positive difference in people’s lives. According to the agency that runs Medicare, since the law took effect, about 5.8 million people with Medicare have gotten help with their drug costs. The total value of the help is now $5.1 billion. That’s money that’s stayed in seniors’ pockets rather than being spent at the pharmacy. As of the end of October 2012, the average savings has

been $677 a person. That’s a lot of groceries—or presents for the grandkids. There’s also some encouraging research confirming what a lot of us intuitively sense: that making prescription drugs more affordable saves money down the road by keeping people healthier. When people with diabetes get their insulin regularly, for example, they’re more likely to stay out of the hospital. Of course this is great for them; no one likes going to the hospital. But it’s good for all of us, because hospital care is expensive, and keeping people healthy and out of the hospital is one of the most obvious ways of bringing health care costs under control. Recently, the Congressional Budget Office—the green eyeshade folks who keep track of the cost of everything the government does—concluded that making prescription drugs in Medicare more affordable does, in fact, save some money later on by reducing things like hospital admissions. As a result, filling in the doughnut hole is going to cost about 40 percent less than was previously forecast. At a time of tight budgets, that’s great news for all of us. Of course, there are things you can do to help keep your own prescription drug costs down. You should make sure you’re getting the most from your prescription drug coverage. Many plans have preferred pharmacies and mail order services that can get you better prices. Ask your doctor and pharmacist about whether generics are available for any of your name-brand medications, and take the generics whenever possible. And if you have limited income and financial resources, you might qualify for the Extra Help program that’s run through Social Security. You can find out more at the Social Security website,, or by calling 1.800.MEDICARE. Some states also have their own programs to help people with high drug costs. As 2013 starts, between the fiscal mess in Washington and everything going on in our own lives, we’ve all got a list of things to be concerned about. But it’s good to know that the Part D prescription drug doughnut hole is soon going to fall off that list of concerns. Families USA is the national organization for health care consumers. We have advocated for universal, affordable, quality health care since 1982. Ron Pollack is the Executive Director of Families USA.


ave you ever gone to the doctor and had to repeat a test because they didn’t have the results on hand? Do you ever feel that your doctors don’t talk to each other? Or that no one doctor knows all of the medications you’re taking and why? These kinds of things happen frequently. And they not only lead to higher costs: They can also be dangerous. Our health care system is complicated, and it can be overwhelming to navigate for anyone. When doctors prescribe lots of different medications or tests, it can be difficult to keep track of it all, especially since doctors often don’t talk to each other or work together. Poor communication and failure to coordinate care result in medication errors, unnecessary or repetitive diagnostic tests, and preventable emergency room visits or hospitalizations more often than we realize. These errors and unnecessary tests don’t just hurt us and our loved ones. They also contribute to unnecessary health spending. Some researchers have estimated that inadequate care coordination resulted in $25-40 billion in wasteful spending in 2011 through complications that could have been avoided and hospital readmissions that should not have happened. Thankfully, this is starting to change. The Affordable Care Act (the health care law) does a lot to promote changes that strengthen care coordination. So, what is care coordination? Essentially, care coordination means that a health care team works together to ensure that your family’s health care needs are met and that the right care is being delivered in the right place, at the right time, and by the right person. It means that your doctors work with you and your family to identify your needs, priorities, and goals for different treatment plans. It means that your health care providers will help you figure out what’s preventing you from following a course of treatment—maybe you can’t afford your prescriptions— and then will work with you to find a way around those barriers. It means that all of your doctors will know if you are admitted to the hospital or if one doctor changes one of your medications. It means if one doctor orders an x-ray, another doctor can easily get that x-ray instead of ordering that it be done again. It means fewer mistakes and, ultimately, better health. These changes will not happen overnight, but doctors and health care systems are starting to respond. Some of your doctors might form an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), which is designed to help your doctors work together to give you a more coordinated, patient-centered experience. If you have traditional Medicare and your doctor decides to coordinate care through this program, you will be notified, either in person or by mail. You can read more about Medicare ACOs on the website: Use the search box at the top to search for “ACOs” or for the “Medicare and You handbook.” There are also a number of things you can do to help your providers better coordinate your care. The Partnership for Healthcare Excellence has created a checklist you can use to prepare for your doctor appointments; the checklist can be found online at PrepareforDrAppt.pdf Bringing someone else with you to all of your doctor appointments can help you remember what you talked about during the appointment. Give your doctors a list of all the medications you are currently taking and of the different health care providers you see, even homeopathic or other nontraditional providers. Note the last time you saw each provider or were hospitalized. And, if you ever feel that your care may not be as coordinated as it should be, bring up your concern with your doctor. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so don’t be afraid to speak up. Families USA is the national organization for health care consumers. We have advocated for universal, affordable, quality health care since 1982. Ron Pollack is the Executive Director of Families USA.

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Weight Training Pointers

Staying Strong: A Key to Wellness

Liz Neporent, author of Weight Training for Dummies and other fitness books, offers these suggestions and for more information visit, 1. Always warm up. To reduce risk of injury, do five minutes of easy aerobic exercise before lifting even small weights. 2. Breathe! Exhale positively during exertion. Holding your breath can make blood pressure soar. 3. Control your reps and don’t speed. Move slowly and with control both lifting and lowering. 4. Choose the correct weight. Every muscle cannot lift the same amount of weight biceps can generally lift more than triceps, for instance. Too much weight and you may tear a muscle. Too little and you are not increasing strength. 5. Take a day of rest. Your muscles need about 48 hours to recover and heal between sessions.

by Lynn PRibus, Senior Wire


ow, Grams, you’re turning into a jock,” Jan’s teenaged granddaughter Emily exclaims as Jan easily does ten “reps” with a 20-pound weight. Emily is suddenly seeing Jan as a strong woman instead of an old lady. And Jan knows she’s not only feeling better, she’s dropped a dress size since starting strength training six months ago. While regular cardio exercise which sustains an elevated heartbeat is important for maintaining health, strength training is also a significant aspect of fitness.

When to Be Careful Miriam Nelson, author of Strong Women Stay Young, Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis and other books, offers these cautions: • If you have glaucoma, a hernia, hemorrhoids or any condition that could be affected by increased blood pressure, discuss strength training with your physician. Start at very low levels and never hold your breath as you lift your weights. • If you have a bad back, talk with your doctor. Start at the lowest levels and work up slowly. Maintain good posture. Do stretching and strengthening exercises for the abdominals as well as the back. • If you have osteoporosis, check with your doctor and start with very light weights or even no weights. • Women should wait six months after a mastectomy. Your lymphatic system may have been affected and training could cause edema. Decrease weights if you notice swelling or tingling on the affected side.

To Learn More Check your local library or bookstore. Weight Training for Dummies, by Liz Neporent and Suzanne Schlosberg, (IDG Books). An exercise bible for beginners as well as those wanting to improve their strength-training. Detailed information including cautions and “jargon alerts” on numerous specific exercises with free weights and machines. Discusses training at home, finding a gym, and lingo such as “pecs” and “flies.” Photo-illustrated. Online at Strong Women Stay Slim, by Nelson and Wernick, (Bantam) Discusses how strength training works well for weight management. Illustrated exercises specifically designed for weight management. Includes recipes, meal plans and progress logs. For more information and resources, visit www. There are also many other useful websites. Locate by typing “strength training exercises seniors” in your search engine.

Here are some of the benefits: • Boost your energy. As you become stronger, you’ll feel more energetic and more in control. • Become stronger. Whether you’re hoisting your wheelie into the overhead bin, caring for another person or facing an emergency, being strong helps. • Look better. Trim your body by building muscle. Since muscle weighs more than fat, the scales may not show the difference, but your figure will. Maintain your mobility and range of motion. • Improve your outlook. Studies show regular strength training offers psychological benefits for those suffering from depression or experiencing difficult times such as the illness or death of a loved one. • Address medical problems. Strength training shows positive influence on osteoporosis (strengthens bones), arthritis (strengthens muscles supporting affected joints), heart disease (makes body leaner) and diabetes (makes muscles more sensitive to insulin and helps control blood sugar). • Manage your weight. Strength training can affect basal metabolism rate (BMR = the calories the body needs for breathing, digesting, maintaining body temperature, etc.) Increased muscle mass increases the BMR, meaning the body uses more of the calories it takes in. (Dieting may significantly lower the BMR, because the body doesn’t know this “starvation” is intentional and it shifts into survival mode.)

How Does Strength Training Work? When you stress muscle fibers, you cause microscopic tears. This is why you experience muscle pain after unusual exertion. The important thing is that as the fibers mend, they become tougher and stronger. Always rest a day or two between sessions so the muscles can complete their repairs. Before starting strength training, check with your doctor. As you work out, pay attention to your body. Feeling good is an indication you’re exercising properly. Persistent soreness is a signal to slow down. Not all strengthening exercises involve weights or machines. Climbing stairs, doing push-ups, gardening and other activities build strength as well. But let’s talk about weights. How Much Do I Lift? If possible, work with a personal trainer for a few sessions to ensure your form is correct. Start with a weight you can lift eight times in good form, but after that you need to rest your muscles. Each lift or repetition which gym rats call a “rep” should take about nine seconds with four seconds to move the weight, a one-second pause to prevent “bouncing” and four seconds to return to your starting point. In this case, eight reps would constitute a “set.” Make a workout chart and keep track of your efforts. Although progress is slow, you should see improvement in as little as two weeks. Be patient. Tendons and ligaments aren’t as strong as muscles and need time to catch up and you want everything to get strong together. Proper breathing is important. Exhale slowly through your mouth during the most difficult exertion of each exercise. This ensures you don’t hold your breath and raise your blood pressure particularly important if you suffer from diabetes, glaucoma or another condition that could be affected by increased pressure. How Should I Train? There are several methods of increasing your strength, each with pros and cons. • Free weights. Dumbbells and barbells are nonbreakable and versatile. A full set costs about $100, but a beginner set (2#, 5# and 8#) runs $20-$25. Check out garage sales and thrift shops for bargains. • Machines. Expensive. Fitness centers, which often have trainers available, usually have a variety of machines that are adjustable for a wide range of resistance. Safer and easier to master than free weights. • Exercise bands. Inexpensive elasticized bands or loops are light and easily portable handy for travel. Booklets describe exercises, but it’s hard to measure the level of exertion or progress. Too much resistance and you can’t complete a full range of motion. Too little and you won’t improve. Lynn lifts weights in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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January Calendar by Luan HaRmeson

Wake County Public Libraries Give Back to the Community with The American Red Cross Bloodmobile. To schedule an appointment or for information and locations: or Durham Regional Hospital, offers monthly events for January that include: Look Good Feel Better; 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; Yoga University; 108 Sun Salutations; and The Sacrality of Sound in Hinduism Workshop. Info: 336.778.1233 or Northgate Heart & Soul Walkers Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at 8:30 in the food gallery. Come join Northgate and Central Pharmacy January 8 as they discuss What Affects Your Cholesterol Level? Complimentary breakfast will be provided. Enjoy mall walkers hours: 7am until 9pm Monday-Saturday. 10:30 am until 6pm Sunday. Info: 919.286.4407 or www.

Jan 12 Understanding Special Education Law, 9:3011:30am, Freedom House Recovery Center, 102 New Stateside Dr, Chapel Hill. A free workshop provided by the Family Advocacy Network. Info: 919.942.8083. Jan 14 Heart-Full Art Fundraising Event Benefits

Cornucopia, 7-9pm, Artistic Abandon, 7459 Six Forks

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Rd, Raleigh. Learn to paint while supporting Cornucopia Cancer Support Center. Info:

of events, dates, times, and information: 919.668.6451 or

Jan 26 Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health, 7:3010am, The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, 100 Friday Center Dr, Chapel Hill. Hosted by Mental Health America of the Triangle. Info:

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

Jan 28-Mar 1 Guiding Lights Nurse Aid 1 Training

Wake County Public Libraries wants readers to come to their featured programs in January. They include: Book Discussions; drop-in sessions to discuss recommendations from the library’s adult nonfiction collection; Find It! How to Find Great e-Books; Go Green with T-Shirt Scarves; Learn Something New About the Classics; Making Your Old Books Look New Again; Readers’ Snack & Share: Debut Novels; and more. For dates, times, locations and information:

Program, 3724 National Dr, Raleigh. Now enrolling. Info: 919.371.2062 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 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

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


Orange County offers Free Tax Preparation for all Ages. Beginning Feb 4-Apr 15, the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will begin its free service in Orange and Chatham counties. Make appointments online at Info: 919.245.4242 in Orange County, and 919.542.4512 in Chatham County.

Triangle Singles Dance Club has weekly dances, 8:3011pm, Northbrook Country Club, 4905 North Hills Dr, Raleigh. A singles, 40+ social club. December’s dances feature Shag, Swing, and Stealing the Best. No dance Christmas Week. Info: Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St, Durham, offers January classes and events for adults and families like: Walk on the Wild Side; Yoga Stretch & Meditation for Gardeners; Maximizing Fruit Production; Beekeeping for Beginners; Swing at the Gardens; Landscapes for Life; Winter Botanizing; and more. For a complete schedule

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Logan Trading Co, 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh, offers January classes of Organic Vegetable Gardening 101, and Lunch and Learn: Birds. For dates, times, and information: 919.828.5337 or

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The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh February 8-24, 2013

Tell Me A Story... Theatre In The Park 919-831-6058 or

Baptist Church of Raleigh, 99 N. Salisbury St, Raleigh. For everyone 13 years and up. Only requirement is a desire to have fun. Info:

Jan 9-10 Auditions for A Little Night Music, 7pm, Studio Theatre of Jones Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh. Prepare an uptemop song and bring the sheet music. Info: 919.760.8586. Jan 12 Cosmic Mass of the Triangle, 6:30-9:30pm, Carrboro Century Center, Carrboro. An interfaith ritual experience filled with dancing, singing, praying, communal grieving, art, movement and expression. Info: Jan 1 Deadline for Art Submission for the Hillsborough Sculpture Tour. Info:

Saturday Winter Lecture Series: The Transformational 1960s

Presented by the Encore Program for Lifelong Enrichment

• January 26: “How Have We Come to This?” Impact of the 1967 War on the Middle East • February 2: The Political, Legal, Economic, and Social Conditions of the Civil Rights Movement • February 9: Moving Forward While Looking Back: The United States Supreme Court in the 21st Century • February 16: Cuba and the US: Still Bad Neighbors? • February 23: “If I’ve Lost Cronkite…” The Real Story Behind Walter Cronkite’s Trip to Vietnam Register at or call 919.515.5782 The Encore Program provides a variety of noncredit courses and programs for adults aged 50+

The ’60s weren’t business as usual.

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 Safe Haven Cat Shelter & Clinic 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. Info: 919.500.5276 or WakeMed Raleigh Campus has volunteer opportunities for Guest Ambassadors; Hospitality Pets; Patient Relations; Office Support; The Ronald McDonald Family Room; and Sewing Individuals and Groups. Info: 919.350.8293 or

Jan 1-16 Piano Try It Classes, PianoRama Studio,

Activities for Children

Jan 16 The Dancing Divas Auditions, 2:45pm, West-

The Museum of Life & Science, 433 W. Murray Ave, Durham, is pleased to announce its January activities highlighted by Nano Traveling Mini-Exhibition; Meet Baby Alpacas; Carolina Wonderland Express; and Play The Night Away Family Game Night. For a complete schedule, dates, times and information: 919.220.5429 or

6900 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh. A free class for adults with no musical experience and a desire to learn to play for fun. Info: 919.781.3220 or

minster Presbyterian Church, 301 E. Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh. A local senior dance troupe is accepting new members who love to dance, are 55 years or older, have some dance experience, and reside in the Triangle area. Info:

Jan 17 Colonial Era Aerial Photography: The Archaeology of Claude Joseph Sauthier NC Town Maps, 7pm, Joel Lane Museum, 160 S. Saint Mary’s St, Raleigh. Info: 919.833.3431 or *This production contains strong language and mature themes; Orange Co RSVP 919.245.4241 or vhill@ aging/RSVPindex.asp

Jan 19 Community Day of Dance, Meredith College, Raleigh. A fundraiser for Meredith’s Mu Delta Alpha Chapter. Students and faculty will offer classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, world, modern, and tap for beginning through advanced dancers ages 6 and up. Info: www. Jan 19 Concerto Competition Auditions, Carswell Recital Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh. Statewide competition for talented orchestral musicians ages 15-23. Info: 919.546.9755 or

Jan 20 The Rev. Prinn Deavens to deliver a sermon on “Multiple Layers” of Imprisonment for Martin Luther King Jr. Service, Watts Street Baptist Church, Durham. Info: Jan 28-Mar 18 A Shakespeare in Performance

Class, Monday evenings, 6:30-9:30pm, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Murphey School, 224 Polk St, Raleigh. To register or information: 919.834.4001 or

Feb 9 th 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. Through June NA-1 Training Programs, Guid-

ing Lights Caregiver Support Center, 3724 National Dr, Raleigh. Six 7-weeklong series. Info: 919.371.2062 or

Volunteers 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; Tax Preparers or Support for VITA’s free income tax assistance program. 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 rsvpdurhamnc@

NC Museum of History, Raleigh, offers special January programs, concerts and exhibits such as: NC Firsts Time for Tots; and the 12th Annual African American Celebration. For schedules and information: 919.807.7900 or The NC Museum of Art in Raleigh wants children to know about their January events and performances highlighted by What’s in the Box Series, Family Fun Saturdays. For dates, times, and information: 919.839.6262 or Marbles Kids Museum & IMAX Theatre, 201 E. Hargett St, Raleigh, offers January events and activities for children highlighted by Arctic Antics; Snow Drop; Let’s Go Bananas Little Kids Cooking; Baby Time; Family Science Olympiad; Circus Sneak Peak; and more. For a complete listing of activities, dates, times, and information: 919.834.4040 or Wake County Public Library System continues their programs for children to incorporate Every Child Ready to Succeed. January and February brings 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: www. JC Raulston Arboretum, NCSU, Raleigh, offers January programs for children. Bring children to Children’s Winter Discovery Series: On A Quest, School’s Out Terrarium Workshop, or Children’s Winter Walk. For dates, times, and information: 919.513.7007.

Jan  Young People’s Concert: Tales of Enchant-

ment, 1pm & 4pm, Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. Presented by the NC Symphony. Info: 919.733.2750 or www.

Jan 1 Jericho the Last Dragon, 11am, Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St, Holly Springs. Presented by Carolina Puppet Theatre. Info: 919.567.4000 or Jan 2-27 Scooby Doo Live Musical Mysteries, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Info: 919.831.6060 or Jan 26 Family/Children’s Concert Babar and Bizet,

4pm, Riverside High School, Durham. Presented by Durham Symphony Orchestra. Info: 919.491.6576 or

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

Activities for Adults NC Museum of History, Raleigh, offers January programs, concerts and exhibits activities; 12th Annual African American Cultural Celebration; Picturing Our People; Before Brown There Was Blue History a la Carte; Turtle Rattles Make It Take It; Ironing Board Sam Music of the Carolinas; Tectonic Shifts The Arab Spring and the Future of the Middle East; and more. 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 January exhibits, events, and concerts highlighted by Friday Night Sound Bites; Head and Shoulders Senior Sampler; Floral Luncheon; Art History Survey Course; Elvis Is In The Building; and more. For dates, times and information: 919.839.6262 or The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, has January performances that include: Tales of Enchantment with the NC Symphony; Mike Epps Live; Nerds; Shen Yun Performing Arts; Wicked Divas; Bryan Adams; Wagner with NC Opera; and In The Mood 1940s Big Band Musical Revue. 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 January of Jekyll & Hyde; Willie Nelson & Family; C.S Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters; Don Williams; and Whoopi Goldberg. For dates, times, and information: 919.688.3722 or The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St, Durham, wants readers to attend January performances of: The Guster String Players; Hidden Jewels; The Kruger Brothers; Monterey Jazz on Tour; 92nd Street Y: Paul Krugman’s Economy Fixes; and An Evening with Al Gore. For dates, times, tickets, and information: 919.560.3030 or www. The Town of Cary and Cary Arts Center sponsors a January full of performances and events for adults and families highlighted by The Parchman Hour. Also check the Town of Cary’s website for class offerings. For a complete listing of events, dates, locations, and information: 919.460.4965 or The ArtsCenter, 300G E. Main St, Carrboro, has January performances and events highlighted by Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys; The Grass Cats; Copenhagen; Tired Souls; Forward Dance Performance; The Chuckle and Charlie Comedy Show; No Shame Theatre; and more. For dates, times, and information: 919.929.2787 or Moore County hosts January events highlighted by the opening of the Miriam Sagasti & Friends Exhibit; NC Harmony Brigade 21st Annual Show; Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony with the NC Symphony. The Artists League of the Sandhills also offers numerous classes throughout the month. For dates, times, locations and information: 910.692.2787 or or www. The Best of Sanford. January’s events include Gregg Gelb Jazz Band at The Flame; Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza Show; and The Swingin’ Cowboys at The Temple Theatre. For dates, times, locations and info: or Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St, Holly Springs, wants readers to know about their January line-up of events highlighted by The Clean Comedy Series presents Pescatelli & Jay London; Rocky Mountain High: A John Denver Tribute; and Jericho the Last Dragon. For dates, times, and information: 919.567.4000 or

Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St, Apex, has January events highlighted by Cabaret; Jazzlive January. The Center now offers Track Out Camps at The Halle. For dates, times, and information: 919. 919.249.1120 or www. Duke Performances has a January full of performances. They include: Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits; Joyce Yang on piano; Savion Glover in SoLe Sanctuary; Fred Hersch Trio; New Century Chamber Orchestra; Ciompi Concert No. 3; and Mike Daisey. For dates, times, locations, tickets, and information: 919.684.4444 or www. Carolina Performing Arts Series, UNC-Chapel Hill presents January performances of Radu Lupu; Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Siti Company. For dates, times, locations and information: 919.843.3333 or The NC Symphony continues its season in January with: Wicked Divas; Four Seasons; and Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony. 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 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, 10am-12pm. Their mission is for all people in the community to become educated about and benefit from locally grown food. Info:

Jan 3-26 Blues Celebration Exhibit, Local Color Gallery, 22 Glenwood South, Raleigh. The color blue in different medias. Info: 919.754.3887 or Jan 4-6 Copenhagen, Common Ground theatre,

4815B Hillsborough Rd, Durham. Info: 919.698.3870 or

Through Jan 6 Season Of Japan Exhibit, The

Ackland Art Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill. Presenting ten unique exhibitions and installations examining myriad aspects of Japanese art and culture. Info: 919.843.3675 or

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witH bart walker band and matt anderson

Through Jan 7 Long Play Exhibit, Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham. Featuring works by Nuno Gomes. Info: 919.560.2719 or

sat. apr. 20, 8pm mutual oF omaHa’s wild kingdom starring peter gros

Results & Walking on the Bellies of Our Lusts Exhibits, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham. Info: 919.560.ARTS or

Jan 9-13 And God Created Great Whales, Paul Green Theatre, UNC-Chapel Hill. Presented by Playmakers Repertory Company. A haunting musical adventure into the psyche of a composer trying to create an opera based on the classic novel Moby Dick. Info: 919.962.1122 or Jan 10-11 20th Inaugural Ball: Junior League of

Raleigh. Festivities include: First Lady’s Luncheon, Rock the Ball Concert, Governor’s Cocktail Reception, The Gala Presentation, and more. Info:

Jan 11-12 End of the World After-Party, Common

Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd, Durham. Two nights of improvisational comedy. Info: 919.698.3870 or

Jan 11-20 Director’s Fest, Common Ground Theatre,

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Through Jan 13 Visual Feast: Masterpieces of Still Life from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, East Building, Meymandi Exhibition Gallery, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh. Info: 919.715.5923 or www. ncartmuseumorg.

Jan 18-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 Jan 18-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 Jan 13 The Art of Giving Exhibit, Hills- Jan 19 Rocky Mountain High: A John Denver Trib-


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Through Jan 13 Sea To Shining Sea Shallotte to Seattle Exhibit, Craven Allen Gallery, 1106 ½ Broad St, Durham. Paintings by Sue Sneddon. Info: 919.286.4837 or Jan 13 Hidden Jewels, 3pm, Carolina Theatre, Durham. Presented by the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Info: 919.360.3382 or Jan 16 The Vision Series with Clybourne Park

Playwright Bruce Norris, 6:30pm, Paul Green Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art, Country Club Rd, Chapel Hill. A special behind-the-scenes preview in conjunction with A Raisin in the Sun & Clybourne Park. Info: 919.962.7529 or

ute, 7:30pm, Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St, Holly Springs. Info: 919.567.4000 or www.

Jan 19 Cabaret, 7:30pm, Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex. An evening of music, dancing, food and fun, featuring The Raleigh Symphony. Info: 919.546.9755 or Jan 20 Anthony Romaniuk, 3pm, Kenan Recital Hall, William Peace University, Raleigh. Presented by Raleigh Chamber Music Guild. Info: 919.821.2030 or Jan 20 Winter Concert Series with Jon Shain,

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

Jan 18 American Idol Kris Allen, 8pm, The Clayton Jan 22 Bryan Adams Bare Bone Tour: Solo and nd Center, 111 E. 2 St, Clayton. Info: 919.553.1737 or www.

Jan 18-26 Tuna Does Vegas, Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Rd, Garner. Presented by The Towne Player Community Theatre Group. Info: www.

Acoustic, 8pm, Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. Info: 919.831.6060 or

Jan 24-Feb 10 The Swingin’ Cowboys, The Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St, Sanford. Info: 919.774.4155 or

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Jan 2-Feb 17 Artists in Wonderland Exhibit, Hill- Feb 1 Red Carpet Rendezvous, 6:30-10pm, Prestonsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St, Hillsborough. Featuring the new works of gallery artists. Info: 919.732.5001 or

Jan 26 Family/Children’s Concert Babar and Bizet,

4pm, Riverside High School, Durham. Presented by Durham Symphony Orchestra. Info: 919.491.6576 or

Jan 26-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

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 1-24 Bus Stop, Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue

St, Raleigh. Info: 919.821.3111 or

Feb 1-Apr 28 Everything We Are Capable Of

Seeing Exhibit, CAM Raleigh. Featuring artist Alistair McClymont. Info: 919.513.7200 or

Jan 27 The Justice Theater Project’s Dinner and Feb 2 Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music, 2pm, The

Wine Pairing Event, 6:30pm, Dino’s Capri Restaurant, 6325 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh. Info: 919.215.0889 or

Clayton Center, 111 E. 2nd St, Clayton. Info: 919.553.1737 or

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

Exchange. Info: 919.828.7834 or

Feb 2 For the Love of Art Auction & Gala, Raleigh Jan 31-Feb 17 Good, Burning Coal Theatre, Mur- Marriott City Center, Raleigh. To benefit Visual Art Through Feb 4 New Artworks by Angel Otero Jan 31-Feb 17 My Princess Bride, Common Ground Exhibit, CAM, Raleigh. 409 W. Martin St, Raleigh. Info:

Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd, Durham. One man’s take on the classic tale of true love and high adventure. Info: 919.698.3870 or

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Through Apr 28 Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,

NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones St, Raleigh.

Through Jan Chapel Hill Town Hall Exhibit, 405 Follow that fateful voyage, take on the identity of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill. Featuring artists Brian Joyner, Andrew Kosorok, and Jacqueline Nielsen. Info:

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The Shows Just Keep Gettin’ Better and Better Jason Petty’s The Swingin’ Cowboys

January 24-February 10 Presented by the Temple Theatre OBIE award winner Jason Petty’s latest production, The Swingin’ Cowboys, is a tribute to the music of the Great American West. This trip down memory lane features songs from Stephen Foster, The Singing Cowboys, and selections from the greatest western swing music ever recorded. An authentic western set along with some of the best musicians in the USA makes for an unforgettable night as Jason narrates the legacy of one of the most influential movements in American music history. Join Jason Petty, along with 2011 Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame Inductee Carolyn Martin, for a fabulous night of

western-themed music, stories and humor for the entire family. If you have ever seen any of Jason’s previous productions (Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes, Country Royalty) you know you will be delighted with the professionalism and vitality of these performers. There will be plenty of chances to sing along with Jason and the whole gang as they take you back in time with tales and tunes including Red River Valley, Home on the Range, Streets of Laredo, Cool Water, Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds, Back in the Saddle Again, Don’t Fence me In, Ghost Riders in the Sky, and more! Temple Theatre is located at 120 Carthage Street in Sanford. Tickets may be purchased by visiting or calling the continued on page 3

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Jan 2-26 As You Like It, Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd, Durham. Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Info: 919.698.3870 or

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February 16 ~ John Berry

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The Miracle Worker by William Gibson 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 Performances at the Cary Arts Center 101 Dry Ave., Cary Tickets: 800-514-3849 or


our budget. They had siguccessful community organificant experience working nizations are fueled by volwith other communities and unteer energy. Finding, trainquickly rolled out a network ing, motivating and retaining solution. a strong core of volunteers is a was major challenge for all nonprofit born in September 2012. organizations, schools and proHere organizations can easily grams. Oftentimes, volunteers advertise volunteer opporare available and want to link up tunities, in-kind needs and with an organization, but don’t know where to go to connect. (L to R) Salvation Army staff members, Susie wishes and special events to Thus the ultimate dilemma— Montanez and Sgt. Barbara Hertzog enter the Lee County community organizations looking for vol- Salvation Army contact information on the and region, using a familiar website. social environment. In addiunteers, yet, volunteers not knowing where to go to get involved. This article tion, volunteers are able to create a profile and relates our effort to get organizations and vol- express their interests and browse for different unteers connected—a story that plays out in all organizations that match their interests. Then they are automatically notified when volunteer communities. For the past two years, United Way of Lee opportunities arise around their passions. Just County, with the assistance of a grant from the go to and register by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been at clicking the “JOIN/LOGIN” button. the center of a community dialog to determine Getting the Word Out At this point you might what the public school system needed from the believe we are over the hump in our challenge. community to help teachers become more effec- Not so fast! Building a system and getting full tive in the classroom. After discussions and sur- use throughout the community are two differveys, the decision was made to pursue a network ent phases. Now that the system is available, we to recruit and manage volunteers not only for the have to market it within the community to attract schools, but also for any community organization. potential volunteers to register. Organizations The benefits to the community are significant: must also be encouraged to sign-up and invest • Adult volunteers will provide critical mentor one hour of training to become familiar with and tutorial support beyond the classroom. using the system. And, as always, we are working • Non-profit organizations, civic groups and with civic groups to provide funding so that we churches will attract volunteers to help with can sustain the system. day-to-day tasks, as well as major projects. We are currently developing our marketing • The community will be strategy that will require assisinformed of the vast array tance from all the media outlets of organizations that need to inform the community what volunteers. is now available. The school • Organization and volunsystem and PTO leadership teer matches will be susis starting to inform students tained through a network and parents. Organizations are connection. being contacted to encourage their use of the site. Web-Based Solution A steering committee was Join Us In January 2013, as formed and tasked to design Savannah Lovelady-Williams, a student at part of the Martin Luther a web-based platform to make Lee Early College, is one of first Lee County King, Jr. Day of Service, we will the connections. Other comintroduce a contest for schools citizens to register on munities had developed sigand organizations to encourage nificant brick and mortar facilities and computer- parents, students and others to go to Volunteerbased solutions requiring a staff. Our budget and register. The organization credited constrained us to a volunteer-only staffing solu- with the most volunteers will receive a $500 prize, tion. We resolved to find a web-based solution and the school that inspires the most to register that would allow organizations to advertise their will also receive $500. needs on the site, then “pass through” volunteers To date, community leadership, civic organithat responded to the organizations. The entire zations and citizens have all indicated that the process would require no manual intervention. new network will play a vital Galaxy Digital of Asheville offered the best fit role in harnessing our community’s volunteer for our needs and their pricing model was within spirit and getting our community connected.


hen an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem. And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this poem winging across the Internet. Cranky Old Man What do you see nurses? What are you thinking A cranky old man Uncertain of habit Who dribbles his food When you say in a loud voice Who seems not to notice And forever is losing Who, resisting or not With bathing and feeding Is that what you’re thinking? Then open your eyes, nurse I’ll tell you who I am As I do at your bidding I’m a small child of ten Brothers and sisters A young boy of sixteen Dreaming that soon now A groom soon at twenty Remembering, the vows At twenty-five, now Who need me to guide A man of thirty. Bound to each other At forty, my young sons But my woman is beside me At fifty, once more Again, we know children Dark days are upon me I look at the future, For my young are all rearing And I think of the years I’m now an old man It’s jest to make old age The body, it crumbles, There is now a stone But inside this old carcass And now and again I remember the joys And I’m loving and living I think of the years, all too few And accept the stark fact So open your eyes, people Not a cranky old man,

What do you see? when you’re looking at me? not very wise, with faraway eyes? and makes no reply. ‘I do wish you’d try!’ the things that you do. a sock or shoe? lets you do as you will, the long day to fill? Is that what you see? you’re not looking at me. as I sit here so still, as I eat at your will. with a father and mother, who love one another. with wings on his feet, a lover he’ll meet. my heart gives a leap, that I promised to keep. I have young of my own, and a secure happy home. My young now grown fast, with ties that should last. have grown and are gone, to see I don’t mourn. babies play ‘round my knee, my loved one and me. my wife is now dead. I shudder with dread. young of their own, and the love that I’ve known. and nature is cruel. look like a fool. grace and vigor, depart, where I once had a heart. a young man still dwells, my battered heart swells. I remember the pain, life over again. gone too fast, that nothing can last. open and see. look closer, see ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there too! Originally by Phyllis McCormack Crabbit Old Woman; adapted by Dave Griffith, Too Soon Old.

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February 1 and 2, 8pm; Presented by the North Carolina Symphony—Resident Conductor William Henry Curry will lead the North Carolina Symphony in a 2012-2013 classical season orchestra highlight of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, Op. 32, accompanied by unearthly beautiful, high definition images of planets of the solar system on a giant screen, and the voices of the women of the NC Master Chorale, Alfred E. Sturgis, Music Director.

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ublic art is a multifaceted field of inquiry; it encompasses a wide variety of creative expressions in the public realm. From memorials and historical monuments to contemporary installations and performance events, the possibilities are endless. Each public art program’s intention varies; definitions and generalizations are not commonly held. Some communities see public art as a way of enhancing or personalizing otherwise impersonal spaces. Others view it as a means to activate civic dialogue or provide a vehicle for the community to express its identity. ~ ameRicans foR the aRts

If you have been reading Boom! Magazine for some time, you will be familiar with our ongoing commitment to the arts: visual as well as performing. Last fall, we ran an article about the Annual OutThe performances take place in downtown Raleigh’s Meydoor Sculpture Exhibition in Cary. This article features mandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the the Sculpture Visions program in Chapel Hill. In May Performing Arts. The program also features works by Richard we will update you on Wake Strauss, Johann Strauss, Jr., John Williams, and music of Star Trek County’s public art program. Through the Years, arranged by Calvin Custer. I met with Steve Wright, The images taken by NASA provide a proud new approach public art coordinator for the to Holst’s symphonic powerhouse. The New York Times said Town of Chapel Hill earlier of the HD presentation, “The images in the movie… were this month, and he provided often astonishing. Photographs from rovers and satellites, radar me with an overview of their images and computer-generated graphics were combined to give current Sculpture Visions temthe audience the impression of circling individual planets and porary outdoor exhibition. sometimes—flying over their awesomely barren landscapes.” According to Steve, “SculpTickets to the performances of The Planets: An HD Odyssey, ture Visions is an outdoor range from $44 to $74. Concert tickets are also available at the art exhibit featuring a variety door one hour prior to concert start time. The concert will be of styles, themes and media. performed without intermission. These artworks create a sense To purchase tickets, visit the North Carolina Symphony webof beauty, place and uniquesite at or call the Symphony Box Office at ness that are a part of the 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724. shared experience for Chapel Claudia Jane Klein, Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Hill’s residents and visitors.” Bharata, on display at the Center for the Performing 2 E. South St., in Raleigh. Raleigh Senior Games Arts, B01 2013 12/20/12 12:09 PM Page 1 Estes Office Park. The current show of ten

New American Public art, Thought Follows Action, on display at Homestead Aquatic Center.

sculptures, ranging from playful to provocative, is provided through a partnership by the Town of Chapel Hill, University Mall, and Estes Business Park. It is a juried show and features artists from across the U.S. The artwork is placed at locations throughout the town—for a map and a brochure you can visit www.chapelAdam Walls, Creepy Crawley, on display at the Chapel Hill The sculptures are Community Center. for sale, and if you are interested in receiving pricing information you may contact Steve at or by calling 919.968.2749. If you are an artist and would like to be considered for the 2013-2014 show, which will be installed in July, you should also contact Steve.

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Trip Includes

• Round-trip Airfare from RDU, taxes and surcharges • Sightseeing per Itinerary • Admissions per Itinerary • 14 Meals (8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 5 Dinners) • Hotel Transfers • Professional Tour Director • Motorcoach Transportation • Baggage Handling • Cascais, Lisbon, Jeronimo’s Mo9nastery, Sintra, Obidos, Fatima, Folkloric Fado Dinner Show, Evora, Algarve, Cape of St. Vincente, Sagres, Lagos, Cork Museum, Cooking Demonstration, Azeitao, Winery Tour

$3,249.00 (per person, double occupancy)

Mark your calendars for two information sessions:

Wednesday, January 23rd, 6:30pm at the Center for Creative Marketing, 3801 Wake Forest Road (in the Alphanumeric Building) or Tuesday, February 12, 8:30am Northgate Mall Email to reserve. No charge, complimentary drinks and snacks.

Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park August 7-13, 2012

Tour Highlights • Three nights at one hotel in Banff • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump • Waterton Lakes National Park • Glacier National Park • Banff area tour • Lake Louise &Victoria Glacier • Icefields Parkway • Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer • Oh Canada Eh?! Dinner Show • Lots more! Information program coming soon • Email to reserve your space

Featuring Three Nights in Banff

$2,570.00 (per person, double occupancy,)

ava i l a b l e t h r o u g h c o a sta l f e de r a l c r e d i t u n i o n

Advice You Can Trust. Coastal Wealth Management As a division of Coastal Federal Credit Union, we provide a full range of financial services to create and implement a personal financial plan for you. These services include retirement planning, investment planning, investment management, estate planning, trust services and insurance. Why Coastal Wealth Management? Available through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. Located at Coastal Federal Credit Union. Trust Services offered through Member’s Trust Company.

• We have salaried advisors • We provide unbiased advice • No proprietary products

Contact an advisor today at 919-882-6655

Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (“CFS”), a registered broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Products offered through CFS: are not NCUA/ NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal. Investment Representatives are registered through CFS. The credit union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members.

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