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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage trees. And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells… ~To Autumn by John Keats This month we celebrate the bounty of the harvest and the blessings Mother Nature has bestowed upon us. Thanksgiving has a long tradition in Europe as a harvest festival and was one of the festivals and church holidays that survived during the Protestant Reformation. The Pilgrims brought it with them to America and celebrated the first one with the native peoples in 1621. The French explorer Samuel de Champlain brought the celebration to Canada and in 1606 proposed the creation of the Order of Good Cheer. Today we think of the holiday as a gathering of family and friends to feast together on all those traditional family recipes. The Pettys run off some of those calories with a game of touch football in the street before coming back inside to watch the Detroit Lions lose a football game. Some folks go to bed early so they can be up and in line at a superstore by 2am for Black Friday. That’s not happening for us—we’ll take the late holiday shopping discounts. It is a time for reflection and I am glad we have the holiday. Perhaps we do not take enough time throughout the year to reflect and give thanks. That being said, we would like to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. Barbara and I are blessed to have two wonderful adult children who, we are sure, will accomplish good things to make the world a better place for their generation and those who follow. Aaron is a nurse, a compassionate healer, and Erika works for an environmental firm—healing people and healing the earth. We are blessed to have been born in a great and prosperous nation. Every day we take for granted access to water, food, shelter and sanitation in a comfortable home with a garden and flowers. The American Dream with two cats Puzzle (Bud Sweet Pea) in the yard! So many people in the world do not have a steady source of even one of those items. We give thanks to the friendships we have sought to nurture through the years and to those dear friends who have preceded us to peacefulness in heaven. We are thankful for our time together. Lastly, we are grateful to our business partners who make it possible for us to do the work we love—providing Boom! Magazine to our readers in the Triangle communities we serve. Enjoy Thanksgiving and as Elizabeth Gilbert writes, Eat, Pray, Love. Time is, after all, only the current of the soul in its flow. ~The Virgin and the Gypsy by d.h. laWrence

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entral Carolina Winter Arts & Crafts Festival announces a call for talented local artists and exhibitors. The festival will be held December 9th from 4-9pm at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. The festival will raise funds to support local high school art departments and to raise the awareness of artists and small businesses in central NC. Please contact them for exhibitor applications and additional information regarding sponsorship opportunities, exhibition booths for small businesses and local talented artists. Over 70 booths are available. Admission and parking are free! Visit or call 910.364.7302. Koko FitClub, the world’s first and only automated personal training studio recently held its Grand Opening at Tryon Village in Cary. Thanks to innovative technology, it’s now a whole lot easier for locals to get fit and healthy. Dubbed “the future of fitness” by The Los Angeles Times, Koko offers a fast, effective, technology-fueled way to exercise that has earned a devoted following around the country. Now it’s Cary’s turn to find out why. Koko FitClub Cary, owned by Annie and Chuck Cook, is part of a fast-growing community of Koko FitClubs. Driving the growth of this innovative fitness company is its one-of-a-kind mix of technological efficiency and completely personalized guidance, providing members with results they used to only see from expensive personal training regimens. Says Chuck Cook, “What Koko members around the country are achieving through SmartrainingTM is amazing. Many come from personal trainers to save money, or have left their old gym because they were bored and not seeing positive changes in their bodies or their health. Once they find Koko, results exceed all their expectations and they are hooked…Even former gym haters have fun at Koko FitClub. Every workout is new and engaging. And members stay motivated by pounds lost and strength gained, knowing for certain that they are always getting the best workout for them, without ever having to think about it or plan it out for themselves.” To join Koko FitClub or schedule a consultation and complimentary Koko Smartraining session, just walk in or call 919.851.2721, or find them on the web at www. Kerr Drug made headlines in Drug Store News with its announcement that it has broadened its services with a new mobile pharmacy application. Powered by mscripts, the solution enables Kerr Drug customers to refill prescriptions, and receive pickup and dosage reminders through the convenience of their mobile phones. Smartphone users can access the store locator, weekly specials and do a quick refill by scanning the QR code on prescription bottles. A text messaging option for non-smartphone users enables patients to receive many of the same benefits. The new app and its mobile website,, operate on a secure network created by San Francisco-based mscripts, a leader in mobile pharmacy solutions. The easy-to-use

Your Letters app is available as a free download through Apple iTunes, the Android Market, Blackberry App World or Kerr Drug is also kicking off its 2012 flu shot campaign. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend getting the flu shot before flu season starts, so Kerr Drug pharmacists are providing vaccinations during operating hours at all of its stores throughout North Carolina, no appointment necessary. “The protection from flu shots only lasts for one flu season, so people need to get a new shot this year,” says Anthony “Tony” Civello, CEO of Kerr Drug. Gaye Orr, president of Coldwell Banker Advantage New Homes, congratulates their Parade of Homes winners, HHHunt Homes and The Halle Building Group. Ceremonies were held on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at the awards gala. The Parade of Homes is presented annually by the Homebuilders Association of Raleigh/ Wake County, recognizing outstanding home plan design and construction. Winning a Parade of Homes award is no small task. Industry experts from around the country come to Wake County and judge each home against a strict set of criteria. HHHunt Homes took home a Silver Award for their townhome located in the Villages of Apex. The Bridgewater is a townhome with a total of 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths and competed in the category of homes priced between $168,976-$207,280. The Halle Building Group was recognized with a Gold Award for the Fulton plan in Foxborough Crossings. Says Orr, “The builders and homes which received awards are examples of the dedication to excellence that defines Coldwell Banker Advantage New Homes and their builders.” Visit www. Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center announces Online Dementia Training for ALL Caregivers. Do You Know Who I Am? online training is a 4.5 hour Alzheimer’s training program for professional and family caregivers. It is a participatory, interactive, innovative approach to learning how to work with individuals with dementia, especially Alzheimer’s. Interactive training prepares participants to be able to: • Understand the dementia disease process • Identify and experience common dementia behaviors • Apply effective communication and approach techniques • Implement failure-free techniques to assist with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing & grooming Upon completion of this training, participants will have gained the necessary tools to create a successful day for themselves and for the special people for whom they provide care. The training costs $30.00 (CEUs specific to online training are pending for professional caregivers.) We have a limited number of scholarships available for family caregivers; please call 919.371.2062 during regular business hours to receive the promo code. Visit

✍ Greg: RE Letter from the Editor [October]—I agree with what you were saying. People do not have respect for anyone any more. And it is OK to say anything just because you feel you can. And we do not need to know everything that goes on in others lives, then feel like we have the right to tell them what to do or what we see wrong with them. I have never written to an editor, but I see now someone feels like I do. Thank you. ~ Julia Mitchell Greg: I had enjoyed all issues of Boom! until now. Too bad you had to show your bias. Although you blame both sides for political improprieties, the two examples you use slant the blame in one direction. Nothing I have heard or seen against President Obama comes remotely close to the tirades used daily by the press against President Bush. And at least you can print the word used against Ms. Fluke. The terms used to describe Republican women like Sara Palin and Michelle Backman by newscasters, political commentators and other public figures are unprintable. You liberal Democrats started this. Now that conservative Republicans have a voice, faint as it is, you can’t take it. I do agree with you on one point: I also can’t wait to vote. But while your goal is to perhaps reduce your current stressful state, mine is a little different; my goal is to replace this president. ~ Martin Lopez, Chapel Hill Martin: While I don’t agree “liberal” Democrats started this—remember The Swift Boat attack ads against Viet Nam veteran John Kerry?  How about Saxby Chambliss’ accusing Max Cleland, a triple amputee from serving in Viet Nam, as being “not committed to national security.” That goes all that way back to 2002. What I meant to convey was that ALL political rhetoric—from both sides—and common sense in the media is fractured and broken along political divides and it is everyone’s fault for letting it get this far. I am just going to do my best not to listen to any of it. Your comments prove my point that all sides are tired of the constant barrage. Thank you for voting your conscience and for reading Boom! ~ Greg Petty Greg: As an historian of sorts, I was struck by a statement that appears in your [October] issue is a piece by Tait Trussell, Senior Wire [Calvin Coolidge, the Idealist]. He states that Silent Cal Coolidge served in the U.S. Senate, where he cautioned his colleagues to be “brief.” Sorry to report that it never happened. Cal was never a U.S. Senator; he was Police Commissioner, Governor of MA and Vice President (when Harding died in office), but never a Senator. He was Reagan’s favorite president. ~ Keep well, Paul Dunn Hi Paul: Glad to hear from you but not so happy we missed that error—and I was a political science major! (Paul Dunn is a Boom! writer that provides us articles on the history of Pinehurst.) Coolidge was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in

From Allison St. Clair, editor of Senior Wire: Tait Trussell called to say he apologizes for his error—Coolidge was, in fact, a state senator, not a U.S. senator. By the way, I loved your editorial this month on elections and politics. Wish I could have said it as well as you did. ~ From another swing-state exhausted resident, Allison

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Barbara: I received the tickets and vouchers. They are fabulous! I did not know what the Grand Prize was until it arrived!  Thank you so much!  ~ Myrtle Hepler Editor Note: Myrtle was the winner of the grand prize giveaway at our Boom! Blast Expo September 20. She received voucher/ tickets to Carolina Ballet, Durham Performing Arts Center, Theatre in the Park, and University Theatre at NC State. See what you missed! Dear Greg and Barb: In response to the October article, Rehabilitation in Familiar Settings, though I realize that this rehab concept is well meaning, my brain went on overload when I read this article. I almost could not stop laughing. As a former nurse, the term ‘patient’ (when referring to an actual person) has always bristled me. What, you suddenly turn into a patient, lose your identity, have another job title to perform when you pass through the doors of a medical facility? It may sound petty to you, but know that the title has profound negative effects on the human mind. Now we have this place for patients that is like Disneyland. Fake everything. No wonder the patients leave an average of two days sooner than elsewhere in the state. You can’t even eat the food you are served or drive the car! Let me out of here before I fall in would be my first thought. Beware the scary coffee cup, it’s not real either. Thanks for listening and take this for what it is, humor—that is the best medicine. Sally Waugh, St Croix Correction: In regards to the spotlight story on Real to Reel: The Making of Gone With the Wind that appeared in the October issue, Robert Stone is credited for lighting the displays. Although he constructs the exhibits, Rick Peifer is the staff person at the NC Museum of History who handles the lighting. We apologize for this error.

Q. Is there a way of converting a PDF file into a standard Word Document? A. Yes, there sure is. I use the free online PDF to Word (www.pdftoword. com) converter. It’s self-explanatory and very easy to use: You browse to and select the PDF file you want to convert, provide your email address, and the converted DOC file will be emailed to you. For users who need to convert Word DOC files to PDF format, it will probably come as no surprise that there is also a free Word to PDF converter, located at www. Q. How can I enlarge my Quick Launch bar buttons? I’m using Windows XP and my aging vision needs more assistance. I have a large screen, but I need larger buttons. Help! A. We can relate—and by “we,” I am referring to my trifocals and me. You can definitely enlarge the Quick Launch buttons. In fact, you have a vast selection of sizes to choose from ranging from Small to Large. On second thought, that IS the vast selection, Small or Large. Once you have mulled the choices over and made a decision, right-click an empty area of the Quick Launch bar (to the right of the last icon that appears, for example), then select View

> Large Icons. The icons will instantly enlarge—to a much more reasonable size, if you ask me. You do not have to restart your computer for this change to take effect. Q. What is the difference between Google Earth and Google Maps? A. Besides the spelling (I couldn’t resist), Google Earth ( com/earth) presents a phenomenal airborne view of the planet from which you can zoom in—like you’re free-falling from outer space—to an address or other selected location. If you want to see Google Earth in action without actually installing it, go to and search for Google Earth. There are lots of Google Earth videos that will demonstrate how it works and how it zooms in using satellite photography. Google Maps provides road maps from which you can obtain driving directions, for example. It’s web-based, so there is nothing to install. The best way to get a handle on it is to simply visit Google Maps at com/maps, and have fun exploring. For more information about Mr. Modem’s technologytips eBooks and award-winning weekly computerhelp newsletter, featuring his personal answers to your questions by email, visit

Mr. Modem’s DME (Don’t Miss ‘Em) Sites of the Month Neighbors: Enter your (or any) street

address, and up pops a map of your area with a list of all neighbors and their phone numbers, where available. Helpful or overly intrusive? You be the judge. Geni: Geni is a free genealogy service

that enables families to learn about their ancestry and discover new relatives, who will undoubtedly want to borrow money or move into the spare bedroom. More than 100 million people have created their respective family trees and are sharing photos, videos, and documents by inviting relatives to join the collaboration. is browser-based, so there is no software to install. Simply click a person’s profile in the tree, then edit, add, or delete information as you go. The Basic Plan lets you add up to 100 people and offers 1GB of storage for photos, documents, and videos. Plus and Pro plans, which offer more features and storage, are available for a monthly fee.

It’s Crunch Time! Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7 by Lloyd Schneider of Mintco Financial


aking the time to do an annual review of your Medicare Plan during the Annual Election Period (AEP) is an important aspect of essential retirement planning. Most people would agree that our health and wealth go hand-inhand, so if one declines the other is soon to follow if we don’t position ourselves appropriately. It is important to review your Medicare Plan choices annually because things do change. Not only with you and your specific health issues, but also with the plan you choose to enroll in. 1. First, determine whether to go with a Traditional Medicare Supplement Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan. 2. Next, decide on which type of plan in this particular category will work best for you. Every year the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

(CMS) send out the Medicare & You handbook, which provides you with the upcoming years’ changes to Medicare and the various plan choices available to you based on your primary residence address. You will also receive A Notice of Change, Medicare Part “D” and/or the Medicare Advantage plan booklets. These booklets are very informative but can be difficult to follow. They contain important information regarding changes to your plan in the upcoming year. Odds are you’d rather spend time enjoying your retirement than studying your Medicare & You handbook, so it may be a good idea for you to seek help from a licensed insurance agent who specializes in Medicare planning. With the assistance of a Medicare planning specialist who’s certified to offer multiple types of plan choices, you’ll find unbiased information as well as peace of mind.

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hinking of buying a new vehicle? If you haven’t been in a dealer’s showroom in a few years you will probably be confronted with lots of new technology—vehicle stability control, parking assistance, voice activation, and more. New technologies usually first appear on high-end models, the ones seniors are more likely to purchase, and trickle down to lower priced ones. Recently, the Hartford and MIT AgeLab identified the top technologies for mature drivers. According to Jodi Olshevski, gerontologist at The Hartford: “While older drivers as a group are relatively safe, these technologies can help to enhance their abilities and promote safe driving for a lifetime.” They reviewed 25 new technologies and identified the top ten that can most benefit mature drivers. . Smart headlights (also called adaptive headlights) adjust the range and intensity of light based on the distance of traffic. They also reduce glare and improve night vision. . Emergency response systems (GM’s OnStar is the most popular example) offer quick assistance to drivers in the case of a medical emergency or collision. They allow emergency personnel to get to the scene more quickly. Most detect airbag deployment and contact first responders. . Reverse monitoring systems detect and warn of objects to the rear of the vehicle to help drivers judge distances and back up safely, and help drivers with reduced flexibility. . Blind spot warning systems warn drivers of objects in blind spots, especially while changing lanes and parking, and help those with limited range of motion. . Lane departure warning monitors the vehicle’s position and warns the driver if the vehicle deviates outside the lane, helping drivers stay in their lane—sort of a high-tech version of “rumble strips.” . Vehicle stability control (often called Electronic Stability Program—ESP, or Dynamic Stability Control—DSC) automatically brings the vehicle back in the intended line of travel, particularly in situations where the driver underestimates the angle of a curve or experiences weather effects. They reduce the likelihood of a crash. . Assistive parking systems enable vehicles to park on their own or indicates distance to objects, reducing driver stress, making parking easier, and increasing the places that a driver can park. . Voice activated systems allow drivers to access features by voice command so they can keep focused on the road and help prevent distracted driving. . Crash mitigation systems detect when the vehicle may be in danger of a collision and can help to minimize injuries to passengers. . Drowsy driver alerts monitor the degree to which a driver may be inattentive while on the road and helps alert drivers to the driving task. The Hartford and MIT AgeLab suggests seniors take a couple of steps to understand and best use these new safety technologies. If you are choosing a new vehicle or need assistance with your current vehicle, work with a trusted dealer who can explain the benefits and uses of the various technologies available. Search the Internet to find how the technologies work—usually there are YouTube videos that visually explain things. Also consult the owners manual. For more information on mature drivers: and

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t’s a tough job, driving all the new $50,000 to $70,000 sport-luxury sedans every year. For years now, Audi’s A6 has been growing on me. The Audi costs less and is in many ways better than its competitors. This year’s A6 is no exception. If you’re searching for a luxurious sport sedan, then you simply must give the A6 a test drive. New for 2013, Audi is offering a turbocharged four-cylinder version of the A6, the 2.0T, which starts at “just” $42,200 and earns 30 miles per gallon on the highway. That base price is significantly less than the BMW’s 5 series. It’s even less than the starting price on the Lexus GS350. Having driven all these cars, year after year, I personally prefer the Audi A6 over any of its competitors. Even if Audi raised the price, it would still choose the A6 as my own daily driver. Ironically though, it costs less. With the new turbo-four engine available, A6 buyers can now choose from three engines: the gasfriendly four-cylinder, the bestselling 310-horsepower six-cylinder (my personal favorite), or the monstrous 420-horsepower V-8 in the high performance S6 (my favorite if I owned an oil well). In any variant, the A6 challenges its competitors—and sometimes embarrasses them. Car and Driver recently named the high performance version, the S6, its winner in a head-to-head comparison with the formidable BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG. The same excellence in engineering trickles down from the high-end A6 to the “base” four-cylinder A6. With years of experience driving the vehicles in this segment, let me explain what sets the Audi A6 apart for me: interior quality, handling competence, financial value, and unique exclusivity. Inside, Audi offers a robust, comfortable and luxurious interior that is simply unrivaled. Sometimes it’s easier to document every detail of a car’s interior than it is to describe the feelings that the car’s cockpit gives the driver. The A6 simply makes you feel confident and in control. You’re aware that the latest technology is available at your fingertips, but none of it distracts you from the joy of driving. I’ve always enjoyed Audi’s fine touches when it comes to various interior “touch” components. The new A6 is no exception. It boasts components that feel significantly pricier than the A6’s $42,200 base price.

Audi drivers also feel confident because Audi’s brake and turn with such poise. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system deserves the credit for this. Push a Quattro or all-wheeldrive Audi on rainy roads, and you still won’t feel the car slip. In snow and on light mud, the Quattro A6 finds more traction than some cars find on dry pavement. This A6 handles and brakes in near super-car range as well. A “base” A6 can stop from 60 miles per hour in just 103 feet. That’s Porsche territory. As for value, the Audi is priced as a luxury car, but it now costs less than even the Lexus (typically the cheapest in the field). Finally, I prefer the Audi A6 because so many country clubs and valet stands are packed with BMW and Mercedes sedans. After awhile, those all start to look the same. The Audi has a unique and exclusive high-dollar look that’s all it’s own. The Audi A6 is a slick looking, luxurious sport sedan that is incredibly practical at the pump. If you’re looking for a daily driver that hugs turns and also looks phenomenal around town, the A6 may be your dream come true. © Copyright 2012 Horsepower Auto Reviews. This column cannot be duplicated or printed without express written permission from Horsepower Auto Reviews.

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Personality: Serena Williams, Jennifer Aniston hybrid. Best Gizmo: The all-wheel drive, and of course the amazing styling doesn’t hurt either. Most Annoying Feature: Because it handles so well, the A6 sits low to the ground. It may be too low for some. MPG (as tested): 30 Highway, 20 City. We averaged 23 mpg in our test. Performance: 0-60 in 5.3 seconds. Cars we smoked at stoplights: An old Mustang and a Porsche Panamara. How fast is that? Plenty fast, and exactly on par with BMW and Mercedes’ sedans. How Much? $42,200 (2.0L 4 cylinder) to $50,400 (plus options, which can add $15k easily). Serious Contenders? BMW 5 series, Mercedes-Benz E Class, Cadillac CTS, Jaguar XF, Lexus GS.

Evergreen Construction Company, the Triangle’s leading management company that provides affordable age-restricted housing, is now accepting applications for their one- and two-bedroom apartment homes

Evergreen raises the industry standards for quality, value, style and livability. • Wall-to-wall carpet • Laundry facilities • Computer center in most communities • Library • Community room • Exercise room in most communities • TV and lounge area • Planned activities • 24-hour maintenance • On-site management • Mini-blinds • Water, sewer and trash included • Frost-free refrigerator • Pets welcome! (up to 25lbs)

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nspired by techniques that allow sur- these locations to a computer, which maps geons to remove brain tumors without each point onto three-dimensional video opening the skull, a pioneering neurosur- images of the spine. geon now with FirstHealth of the CaroliComplex software compares the realnas realized years ago that the same idea time images with previous CT scans that could help people needing spine surgery. were used to create the plan for surgery. “If we could avoid having to make six- In this way, the computer guides, or helps inch incisions along the spine to reach the navigate, the physician to the precise vertebrae, patients would recover faster and area needing repair. From there, surgery avoid many of the risks of trainvolves tiny cameras and ditional surgery,” says Charles tools that are common to S. Haworth, M.D., a neuromany surgeries today. surgeon at Moore Regional Research shows that this Hospital. “Unlike the brain, type of surgery reduces the however, the spine bends and risk of infection and need for twists, so there are extra chalblood transfusions. lenges in this work.” Small Incisions, Big BenWorking with an interefits The large incision of national team for more than traditional spine surgery Charles S. Haworth, MD, 16 years, Dr. Haworth overcan damage muscles and FirstHealth UNC Neurosurgery came those challenges by cause painful scar tissue, and using three-dimensional images and new recovery can take weeks or months. computer navigation software that allow “This technique at FirstHealth, on the neurosurgeon to guide surgical tools the other hand, allows us to slip tools in exactly where they need to be, without the between the muscles, perform a repair and need for a long incision. slip out again,” Dr. Haworth says. “There’s Since September, Dr. Haworth has been little damage to the surrounding tissues using this innovation at Moore Regional and less scarring.” to treat patients with spinal stenosis, rupThe benefits of the advanced procedure tured discs and vertebrae that have slipped have brought neurosurgeons from acaout of place. demic medical centers across the nation “Before we had these new tools and to meet with Dr. Haworth, who develtechniques, spine surgeons used to think oped the technique with the help of medithat a long recovery was unavoidable cal equipment maker Stryker along with and that patients’ ongoing back pain and national and international experts. stiffness were likely but necessary risks,” In a related safety innovation to the cushe says. “Now most of our patients are tomized computer software, Dr. Haworth up and around the next day and back to also created a technique to take CT-qualtheir normal activities months earlier than ity images of the spine during the operabefore. Even I’m amazed by the advances tion with 90 percent less radiation than we’re able to offer patients today.” that of a traditional CT. “These are all huge improvements for New Tools Make Innovation Possible Dr. Haworth has performed this and similar pro- our patients,” says Dr. Haworth. “We’ve cedures on more than 1,000 patients. His inno- been excited by the interest surgeons vation is called spinal navigation technology. around the country have in bringing it to In addition to complex software and their patients.” real-time three-dimensional images, Dr. Haworth is a member of the FirstHealth UNC Neuthe technology uses a pencil-like point- rosurgery team. The practice is located in the Pinehuing device to map the spine in a major rst Surgical building across from the main entrance to advancement that works like the GPS nav- FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst. For igation used in vehicles and cell phones. information or to make an appointment, call 00.213.32. During the procedure, the surgeon Amy Avery is a free-lance writer for First Health of places the pointing device at various the Carolinas. locations along the patient’s skin directly Comment online at . above the spine. The device transmits


e could save $3.1 billion a year in the home following an emergency room visit, nation’s hospitals by using what’s has distinct advantages in addition to cost called “observation units.” Rather than savings. Patients get care in an observation automatically admitting a senior with unit often for up to 24 hours. chest pains to a hospital, for instance, in Studies show that care in observation the observation unit, doctors could deter- units is equal to, or better than, inpatient mine whether the patient should be admit- care for many conditions. “The stronted for treatment or not. gest evidence supporting the benefits of This can be a much more efficient means observation care is specific to care delivof handling patients through shorter stays ered in dedicated observation units, where and lower costs. The average hospital in evidenced-based evaluation and standardthe U.S. could save about $4.6 million per ized protocols are used to avert inpatient year, according to a study in the journal admissions,” the journal article said. Health Affairs. Unfortunately, only about Observation care can be provided either one-third of the hospitals in the country in these units or in other areas of the hospital. have observation units. They can even be alongside emergency room “Future policies to increase the cost- patients or even among regular inpatients, if efficiency of hospital care should include no dedicated and separate unit exists. support for observation unit care as an Understanding the financial benefits as alternative to short-stay inpatient admis- well as the potential benefits for patients sion,” the journal article recommended. in the increased use of observation unit The increasing demand care and the corresponfor acute care is attribdent reduction in the use of utable to such factors as inpatient care, the authors access to unscheduled prisaid, is important for both mary care with a patient’s health care policy makers family physician and our and administrators. Not to aging population with mention taxpayers, who are complex chronic illnesses. funding much of what hapThe hospital emergency This is placing increaspens these days in health ingly heavy demands on care policy and decisions. room is now the primary crowded emergency rooms. Indirect costs “such as point of entry to hospital In 2009, there were more overhead and a large comcare, producing more than 136 million visits to the ponent of nursing costs” than half of the noncountry’s 4,967 hospitals. could be saved, as well. In obstetric inpatient The hospital emergency addition, it is possible that room is now the primary the reduction in the hospiadmissions. point of entry to hospital tal length of stay as a result care, producing more than half of the non- of increased observation unit care can obstetric inpatient admissions. result in fewer inpatient falls and hospitalThe financial existence of many of our acquired infections. hospitals has been threatened by rising These potential cost savings and improved demand and lower payments under the patient satisfaction and quality of life were government’s payment system for Medi- not measured in the study. But they could be care patients. This has led to closures of worth, perhaps more billions of dollars. both emergency rooms and hospitals, In comparison with the total national creating a shortfall in the supply of acute health-care spending of more than $2 trilhealth care services. lion, savings of billions of dollars may seem The Institute of Medicine identified relatively small. But better, quicker care and observation units as “central to improving longer lives can’t be measured in dollars. resource use and patient flow.” ed. note: Recent information indicates that Giving a senior care in an observation Medicare will not pay for hospital expenses patients unit as an alternative to admitting patients incur in an “observation unit” as an outpatient. Conwho can’t be safely discharged and sent tact the Medicare office for more information.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 75, and have both major depressive disorder and trouble falling or staying asleep at night, you may be eligible to participate in a research study at the Duke Sleep Disorders Center. Eligible participants will receive an FDA-approved medication for depression and learn new strategies to improve sleep. For more information, call 919-613-3695.


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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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n estimated one in three Americans will develop shingles during their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shingles is a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox. As children, our immune system fights off the virus, but it never really leaves. The virus lies dormant in a nerve root along the spine. It can awaken many years later, particularly if the immune system is weakened. Things that can increase risk for developing shingles include: • A compromised immune system due to chronic conditions such as HIV, lymphoma and certain cancers, chronic lung or kidney disease • Chronic use of steroids • Age • Significant life stressors or trauma or a serious illness Shingles is a serious condition that typically starts with a strange feeling on the skin. The area may feel itchy or sensitive or may burn or tingle. Within a few days a rash will develop. Typically, the rash is made up of painful blisters that can open up and get infected if not taken care of. The most common place to get shingles is on the trunk, but it can present along an arm or leg, or even on the face. Having the rash on the face can lead to more serious complications and the care of a specialist may be needed. There is treatment available if you see your doctor within three days of onset of symptoms, but you should see your doctor anyway if you suspect that you may have shingles. The normal course of an outbreak once the blisters appear would be within three to four days when the blisters open up and become ulcers. By 10 to 14 days, the ulcers have usually scabbed over and the person is no longer contagious. Treatment can decrease the risk of developing post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), which is a condition in which the pain of the shingles outlasts the rash. This pain can last for months to years and, in some cases, be debilitating.

The risk of developing shingles is most closely tied to age. A dramatic increase in shingles begins to occur after age 50. In fact, approximately 50 percent of people who live to be older than 85 will have an episode of shingles. See your doctor at the first sign that you might be developing shingles. He or she will prescribe an anti-viral medication that can possibly shorten the course and will decrease the risk of developing PHN. Your doctor can also help you choose symptomatic measures that can help you deal with the rash and pain. Shingles can be contagious as long as the lesions have not scabbed over. You cannot “catch” shingles, but can catch the virus and develop chicken pox if not immune. Most, but not all children have been vaccinated, but you should still be very careful to not let children in contact with the lesions before they have healed. Also, avoid visiting nursing homes if you have shingles. Residents of nursing homes often have compromised immune systems or are otherwise at risk and illnesses tend to spread rapidly there. There is a vaccine available for shingles, called Zostavax. The vaccine is about 50-60 percent effective at preventing shingles or PHN. Even if the vaccine does not prevent shingles, the course is typically much milder. The vaccine may be available at your physician’s office or your physician can give you a prescription to have this given at your pharmacy. The vaccine is recommended for people who have chronic health conditions as mentioned above or anyone who is over the age of 50. If you are on immune suppressive medications after a transplant or for other chronic medical conditions, you should discuss this vaccine with your specialist. Dr. Sara Rooker, MD specializes in family medicine, preventative medicine, management of chronic diseases, and women’s health at Wake Specialty Physicians—Briar Creek Medical Group. The practice is accepting new patients. For more information, call 919.30.093.

by Ehren Shelton Q: I have been thinking about taking glucosamine and chondroitin for my overall joint health. However, I have read conflicting reports. Can you give me some reliable information? A: Over time the body’s ability to regrow cartilage (the flexible tissue between joints) diminishes and whether through injury or daily activities, the loss of cartilage can cause pain and stiffness. To maintain joint health many seek to take herbal supplements. This search may lead to the over-the-counter (OTC) medications aisle where products containing glucosamine and chondroitin can be found. Glucosamine is a substance naturally produced by the human body. It is one of the building blocks that make up the cartilage in our joints. Glucosamine has been used to treat osteoarthritis, the most common joint disorder, in Europe since the 1970s and started picking up popularity in the U.S. in the late 1990s. Glucosamine can be taken by mouth or by injection into the muscle or joints. The big question is if glucosamine supplements actually works in promoting cartilage re-growth and joint health. Fortunately, with the rise in popularity came an increase in clinical studies focused on glucosamine. In general, there is adequate evidence to support its use for the treatment of mild to moderate osteoarthritis in the knee and other joints. Studies recommending glucosamine sulfate, 500 mg three times daily, have shown that it can be safely taken for up to three years. Keep in mind that it may take several weeks to gain the full benefit of glucosamine. Chondroitin is also naturally produced by the human body and is a major component of joint cartilage. The evidence to support chondroitin use is not as conclusive as that of glucosamine. Some evidence suggests a benefit when using both of them together. However, other

evidence shows only a slight reduction in osteoarthritis pain. Most chondroitin products come as a combination product that also contains glucosamine. The recommended dose for chondroitin is 1200 mg once daily or in divided doses. Typical products contain 600 mg of chondroitin per tablet. Chondroitin can be safely taken for up to three years. There are some things to consider when deciding to use glucosamine or chondroitin. The use of either of these products should be avoided in patients with bleeding disorders or those who use anticoagulant or anti-platelet medications. There are also many drug interactions to look out for that your local pharmacist can help you identify. As is the case for any over-the-counter medication or herbal supplement, it is important to speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting anything new. They may be able to help you find the best product suited to your needs. One last thing to keep in mind is that herbal supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This lack of regulation has resulted in some cases where glucosamine and chondroitin products did not contain the advertised dose. It is always important to make sure that whatever brand you choose is trusted and known to contain what is on the label. Your pharmacist can help you select a trusted product. For more information about glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation please speak to your pharmacist or go online at herb_All.html#G. references: Information taken from the Natural Standard database provided through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Ehren Shelton is a fourth year pharmacy student at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and is interning at Kerr Drug.

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Are you feeling depressed? Are your medications not working? Duke University Medical Center is conducting a research study investigating treatment outcomes in adults with late-life depression. Participants will receive an acute course of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Those who respond to ECT will be randomly assigned to one of two groups for a six-month follow-up phase: a group that receives medication alone or a group that receives medication plus an investigational course of maintenance ECT.

To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements: • Be 60 years of age or older • Have current symptoms of depression such as sadness, trouble concentrating, and low energy

Please call 919-681-0603 for more information. Duke University Medical Center Sarah H. Lisanby, M.D.


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here is nothing like the simple pleasure of taking a warm bath. The cares of the day seem to fade away, along with the aches and pains of everyday life. Unfortunately for many aging Americans with mobility issues, slipping into a bath can result in slipping onto the floor. The fear of falling has made the simple act of bathing and its therapeutic benefits a thing of the past… until now. firstSTREET has partnered with Jacuzzi®, the company that perfected hydrotherapy. Together, they’ve created a walk-in tub that offers more than just safe bathing, peace-of-mind and independence, it can actually help you feel better. Unlike traditional bathtubs, our Jacuzzi® Walk-In Tub features a leakproof door that allows you to simply step into the tub rather than stepping precariously over the side. It features a state-of-the-art acrylic surface, a raised seat, and the controls are within easy reach. No other Walk-In Tub features the patented Jacuzzi® PointProTM jet system. These high-volume, low-pressure pumps feature a perfectly balanced water to air ratio to massage thoroughly yet gently. Some swirl, some spiral, some deliver large volumes of water and others target

specific pressure points. They are all arranged in precise locations designed to deliver a therapeutic massage, yet they are fully adjustable so that your bathing experience can be completely unique.


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skin Care—Anti-Aging treatments

First, a little about how skin works: Your skin has many layers. The outermost top layer is your epidermis. These cells have a short life span and shed continuously as they are replaced with new ones. The problem is that we produce sebum (oil) and sweat, which combines with pollution, makeup and dirt on our skin, so instead of these cells flaking off, they adhere in this intercellular glue. This holds your

dead skin cells onto your face like honey holds baklava together, thus causing your pores to become clogged, your complexion to look dull and not to mention a barrier for any products you are using to actually penetrate that layer to do their job. What does dull skin have to do with wrinkles and looking younger? The foundation of your skin is like a little factory working hard to keep this organ going. If you have a lot of dead skin cells then the deeper layers will think you are protected on your skin’s surface, they will get lazy on the job and not produce as much collagen and new skin cells. When you exfoliate, it sends a signal for them to start producing again. Everyone reproduces collagen and new skin cells at a certain rate—this is called cell turnover rate. As you age you do not replace the cells at the same rate as when you were younger; the duration becomes longer and longer. Most people use a physical scrub to remove those layers, but the problem with that is the dead skin cells are difficult to remove. Like shingles on a roof, they are very layered, and held together tightly. People scrub so hard that they often end up causing microscopic tears, aggravating their capillaries and spreading acne bacteria in breakout prone skin. This is why peels are so useful for getting off those old layers. For chemical peels, they range from superficial to medium and deep peels: • Superficial peels are the mildest type of chemical peel and can be used on all skin types. They are usually a mild diluted acid or an enzyme from certain fruits. • Medium peels penetrate the skin more deeply than superficial peels and cause the skin to peel and slough off. • Deep peels penetrate several layers of skin and cause deep resurfacing. The chemicals or enzymes in a peel go in and break up the intercellular glue, the honey holding all the

baklava together. They have the ability to exfoliate off many more layers of dead skin and will yield a more even result than just scrubbing. Some people get scared when they hear the word “chemical,” because they think of bright red chemically burned skin, but peels come in a range of strengths, and there are natural peels made of fruit enzymes and gentle acids derived from sugar, grapes, etc. Different acids or enzymes do different things for your skin—treating acne, pigmentation issues, rosacea, anti-aging, and sun damage—so it is important that you speak with your esthetician about your skin issues and sensitivity concerns to select the correct peel. If you have never had a peel, start with a lower acid concentration or fruit enzymes and slowly build up so your skin doesn’t overreact. An alternative collagen-building process used is LED light therapy. It works like photosynthesis for your skin. Skin has been proven to respond to different wavelengths and spectrums of light. LED therapy does not hurt and it does not burn; it is gentle and safe, even for extremely sensitive skin! One spectrum of light calms the skin, soothes infection and kills bacteria and helps with rosacea and pigmentation issues. Another spectrum triggers the mitochondria of the cell to stimulate the fibroblasts, making new collagen and new skin cells at a more rapid rate. As your skin fills with this new collagen, it gets firmer, and wrinkles turn to fine lines. Collagen works much like the coils in a mattress offering support to the surrounding layers of your skin. For whatever type of treatment, you can generally walk out of the spa and no one will know you had anything done. There are no side effects, aside from mild flaking for a few days with some peels. Regardless of your skin type and age, these options are safe and effective, particularly for women who want to look younger and have wonderful skin—and who doesn’t want that! Amber Self is the owner of Bloom Skin Spa, an organic day spa located in Cary,

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ast month I gave you the skincare basics. Now that you have started getting facials and hopefully developed a good home care routine, you may want to take your skincare to the next level. I will touch on some natural but results-oriented treatments available that go beyond facials and products. How to build more collagen and have a more youthful appearance: Although there are many modalities out there, we will be addressing the most common in this issue. They are peels and LED light therapy. We can approach collagen building from two different avenues. You can exfoliate more aggressively or deeper to trigger the foundation of your skin to respond by the way of peels, or you can avoid treating the top layers of your skin and stimulate collagen growth within the foundation with LED light therapy.

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You’ve seen the ads for women having used Transvaginal Mesh for the repair of common pelvic floor disorders including Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) (sometimes referred to as a bladder sling).

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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Get More out of exercise time THE FIT LIFE by Joe Augustine


ow effective is your exercise time? Do you workout enthusiastically, feeling the burn with a smile, pushing yourself to the limit? Or would you describe your exercise time more like an even trot? Coasting along, breaking a respectable sweat, doing the same old thing. Since you take the time to exercise and desire to have your body change into a slimmer, more toned version of yourself, then use the following tips to get more out of your exercise time. • Focus your mental energy. It sounds simple, but often isn’t. If you’re lifting weights, focus on that specific muscle group. Researchers saw a significant increase in muscle activity when people focused on what they were doing, compared to thinking about unrelated topics.


NEED TO EXERCISE? We need men and women volunteers who are moderately overweight and want to participate in an exercise training study We are looking for: • • • • • •

Men and women between the ages of 45 and 75 Non-smokers Moderately overweight No history of heart disease or diabetes People not currently exercising on a regular basis People willing to exercise 4-5 days/week

Qualified participants will receive: Regular exercise training at the Duke Center For Living campus for 6 months. Study-related medical exams, blood work, dietary assessment, exercise treadmill tests, muscle biopsies. In addition, participants will be compensated for the completion of the study.

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• Have an audience. Researchers saw a significant increase in strength and endurance in people who had an audience, compared to those training on their own. • Get a caffeine boost. Caffeine has been shown to help burn fat and increase your endurance. The most effective amount seems to be around 300mg one hour prior to working out. Of course check with your doctor first. • Pump up the volume. Listen to upbeat music while you exercise. Researchers found that personal music motivated weightlifters to complete two more repetitions on average than those who were not listening to music. • Keep things fresh. Alter your routine often. This will help you to avoid plateaus and will continue to challenge your body. Try new exercises, new

intensities and new environments. • Stay nourished and hydrated. Pay attention to your food and your hydration levels. You’d be amazed how much being dehydrated can affect your performance even away from the gym. • Find your magic time. Work out when your body is at its best. If you’re not a morning person, do not force the issue on your body. • Wear clothes that you love. Not only will you be happy to put them on and show them off, but you will be able to focus completely on the task at hand, rather than stressing that your pants will split whenever you squat. • Make sure the shoe fits. Can you imagine a tap dancer performing without tap shoes? Your shoes are just as important! With correctly fitted shoes for your workout or sport, you’ll keep your feet, ankles, knees, and back protected and healthy. • Use a professional. If you don’t already, have someone design your workouts. This will ensure that you’re being challenged and seeing results. Don’t know where to start when it comes to exercise? That’s where I come in. It’s my passion to make exercise a regular and enjoyable part of your life. I’d like to see you enjoy all of the healthy rewards of being fit. Call or email me today and we will get you started on the exercise program that is right for you. The Power of a Goal

Do you have a goal for each workout? To get the most out of your exercise time, make each session goal-oriented. Decide how many miles you’ll run, how many reps you’ll do or how much you’ll increase the intensity before your workout begins. Then achieve it. Set clear goals, write them down, and keep a record of your workouts. There’s nothing quite like being able to read exactly where you want to be, where you currently are, and where you’ve come from. Joe Augustine is the owner of Body By Design Studio, a personal fitness studio. For more info visit


transitioning Your Home From Fossil energy to Geothermal energy

Is it even possible to stop using fossil energy at home? Yep! Just did it this past summer. How can I make the transition to solar power for heating and cooling? There are many

may be more convenient to drill several “boreholes” about five inches in diameter, 300-400 feet deep to accommodate a vertical ground loop. Spend a few hours doing some homework. Check out the Department of Energy website geothermal heat pump (GHP) section your_home/space_heating_cooling/ index.cfm?mytopic=12640. Attend a local Home and Garden Show and talk to geothermal heat pump suppliers.

ways. We will describe one approach and some ins and outs of purchasing and installing a geothermal/geoexchange heat pump (GHP) to heat and cool your home. The heat pump uses electrical power (presumably generated by your solar PV panels or other renewable energy source) to exchange heat between your home and the earth. In the summer, heat from your home will be transferred to the earth to keep you cool. In the winter, heat will transferred from the earth to your home to keep you warm. No combustion of any kind is required. Fortunately, there are 3. Do prepare yourself for sticker shock. many people, organizations and businesses The transition from fossil fuel (e.g. willing to help you make the transition natural gas furnace) to a geoexchange away from fossil energy if you ask. heat pump may require an investment equivalent to five to ten percent of the cost of your home. But is a geothermal/geoexchange heat pump economical? Absolutely, assuming you use 4. Contact two or more installation companies in your area and express your a valid (honest) economic model that does interest in getting a quote on the cost not externalize (ignore) the true costs of of installing a geothermal/geoexchange burning fossil fuel. If you install a geoexheat pump that will provide your heatchange heat pump, federal tax credits (that ing and cooling needs. Have your annual help create a valid economic model) can heating and cooling bill available. offset 30 percent of the total cost of the heat pump system. The U.S. Department 5. Select an installer. Show an interest in the design layout and in their workof Energy estimates that in general, the manship. Ask questions about how they payback period is five to ten years. verify the performance of the “ground loop.” Make sure there is some means of some ins and outs of purchasing and installcertifying the heat exchange capability ing a geoexchange heat pump for your home of the ground loop. Stay involved in the 1. You will need to accommodate (bury) installation process and ask questions several hundred feet of black plasalong the way. Although a geothermal tic tubing just outside your home for heat pump is designed to have a useful exchanging heat with the earth—this is life of 25 or more years and require called a “ground loop.” If you are buildno maintenance, it helps to have some ing a new home and have not yet landbasic knowledge about how it functions. scaped the property, there is generally room in the yard to bury a horizontal 6. If you are retro-fitting an existing home, do prepare yourself for a significant ground loop six to eight feet below the alteration to your yard by the drilling surface over a large surface area. If you rig and backhoe. Consider renting a sod are retro-fitting an existing home, it

cutter to remove and save your grass before the drilling begins. Assure your contractor requests a “vacuum truck” to deal with the “drilling mud” that will be generated. 7. After the system is installed, sit back and enjoy this ingenious sustainable exchange of energy between your home and earth. Know you are living more sustainably and more ethically for the well being of future generations. Know you are no longer consuming our onetime-only fossil energy for your heating and cooling needs. Know you are no longer contributing to climate change and its dangerous weather extremes.

the Good News! Transitioning to a sustainable geoexchange heat pump that does not require burning fossil energy is possible today. According to the Department of Energy, 50,000 homes in the U.S. are converting to geoexchange each year. When you harvest the sunlight falling on your property by using solar PV panels (see Part 1 of this series) you can generate all the power needed to operate your appliances as well as your geothermal heat pump, and when you shut off the natural gas line coming into your home, your local regulated for-profit energy company will not be happy. However, all life on Planet Earth will thank you (as will your grandchildren and their children and all generations to follow). linKs/references U.S. Department of Energy, Geothermal Heat Pumps ( cooling/index.cfm?mytopic=12640 ) North Carolina Geothermal Heat Pump Contractors ( nt&view=article&id=254%3Anorth-carolina-geothermal-companies&catid=5%3Afind-a-pro-us&Itemid=4) Database of State Incentives/Policies for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) ( index.cfm?getRE=1?re=undefined&ee=1&spv=0&st=0 &srp=1&state=NC )

Milt Hetrick, retired aerospace engineer, now an elder advocate for sustainable living, lives in Colorado and has transitioned his home from fossil energy to sustainable energy. For more information about his specific experiences with geoexchange heat pumps, see his blog. (/30/sustainableenergy-phase-ii-geothermal-heating-and-cooling/ ) Comment online at .

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15 of the following year. For the year of death, a surviving spouse can continue filing a joint return and the deceased’s full personal exemption and standard deduction can be claimed. In addition, for the next two tax years, a surviving spouse with a dependent child can continue using the joint tax rates as a “qualifying widow(er).” Some tax planning considerations: • U.S. Savings Bonds—Normally the interest on U.S. Savings Bonds is only taxed when they are cashed in, but an election can be made to include all their accrued interest on the deceased’s final return. This is helpful if the deceased was in a lower tax bracket than the heirs. • Capital Loss Carryovers—Any remaining capital loss carryovers die with the deceased, and if the losses were incurred in a joint account, the surviving spouse loses half of the carryovers. When most people hear the words “estate” and “taxes” they immediately think • Home Sale—For up to two years after death, the surviving spouse can still of death taxes wealthy people might have benefit from the full $500,000 joint to pay, but as we will see, that is just one home sale exclusion vs. the $250,000 of many tax issues that must be considered. individual exclusion. Final Form  In the year someone dies, a final Form 1040 must still be filed, • Medical Expenses—Although mediEagen ad Medicaid #3r 4/24/10 4:51 PM Page 1 cal expenses may have been paid after with the familiar filing deadline of April

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ccording to a recent survey by Cerulli Associates, most U.S. households with between $100,000 and $500,000 of investments have not developed a formal retirement income plan nor consulted with a financial advisor. “It means that some investors are entering retirement without an income plan for the next 20 plus years of their lives,” Tom Modesto, associate director at Cerulli said. Once upon a time we used the phrase “three-legged stool” to describe a typical person’s retirement income strategy, with the three legs being Social Security, an employer pension, and personal savings. Today, Social Security is still here, but looking a bit feeble and for most retirees an employer pension is non-existent. So, instead of the sturdy three-legged stool, we all must become circus performers, carefully walking on a couple of stilts. What exactly is a “retirement income plan?” It is the strategy you utilize to invest your money during your retirement years and the strategy regarding how you

withdraw money from your assets during retirement. Let’s take a look at both of these: Retirement Investments It makes common sense that during retirement years you want to dial down the risk that you take with your investments. At the same time, avoid these two mistakes: • The day you retire is just one day on the calendar. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the day after you retire demands a drastic change in how you invest your money. Instead, think about a gradual shift, that may commence five or ten years before retirement and continue on a slow, gradual pace throughout your retirement years. • There are many kinds of risk and you have to plan for all of them. It is easy enough to avoid the risk inherent in investing in stocks—you just avoid stocks or stock mutual funds. But then what do you do? Inflation can ravage the returns you get from bank accounts and CDs. Bonds and other fixed-income investments suffer during periods of rising

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annuities can also be complex, have high costs, and come with restrictions or limits that may make them unacceptable to others. Another approach is to retain control over your investments, using a sensible balanced investing approach, and develop a long-term withdrawal strategy. There are a number of ways to do this. For example, the “four percent withdrawal plan” suggests spending no more than four percent of your retirement investments in the first year of retirement, and then in future years only increasing the dollar amount of your expenditures by the impact of inflation. In addition, you should obviously monitor and adjust your retirement budget as real-life impacts the economy and your personal budget. I also suggest that you get some advice before you retire about your investment and withdrawal strategy—walking on stilts isn’t easy. Gerald A. Townsend, CPA/PFS/ABV, CFP®, CFA®, CMT is president of Townsend Asset Management Corp., a registered investment advisory firm. Email:

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of Veterans Affairs that could pay Jimmy as much as $2,019/month so the couple could hire a caregiver for Jimmy. The benefit is called Improved Pension and it provides financial assistance to qualified veterans and their surviving spouses. This pension is a benefit that veterans earn due to their service to our country, but few have ever heard about it. It helps cover the cost of qualified un-reimbursed medical expenses, including in-home care, assisted living facility care, and nursing home care. In order to qualify for this benefit, the veteran or the veteran’s surviving spouse must meet certain basic requirements. The veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty, with at least one day during a qualified war period. The veteran must have received a better than dishonorable discharge and the veteran or the veteran’s surviving spouse must be over the age of 65 or permanently disabled. The VA pension can significantly improve the quality of life for veterans and their surviving spouses. A married veteran can receive up to $2,019 per month and a

surviving spouse of a veteran can receive up to $1,094 per month. Where to Get Assistance The VA requires that anyone who assists a veteran or family member with the preparation of a claim for benefits be accredited by the VA before they can legally provide assistance. There are many financial services professionals, attorneys and other individuals who are accredited with the VA and can assist applicants with their claims. However, I recommend that before any course of action is chosen, the senior seek the advice of a VA accredited elder law attorney. An accredited VA planning attorney takes a comprehensive approach to benefits planning, ensuring the client is protected from potential financial hardships, including unintended tax consequences or Medicaid penalties. Dori J. Wiggen is a partner with Wiggen Law Group PLLC in Durham, North Carolina. Ms. Wiggen is an accredited attorney with the VA and focuses her practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law, Medicaid, Veterans Benefits, and Special Needs Planning. Ms. Wiggen can be reached at 919.0.0000 or by email at

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he clouds came and went, carried away by one of those unexpectedly warm breezes that grace autumn in the North Carolina piedmont. This was welcome news for the 50 folks seated at round, linen-covered tables outside Moorefields, an 18th-century house on a hill near Hillsborough, as afternoon gave way to a beautiful sunset.

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The gathering, almost entirely volunteer-driven, was the first of what the Friends of Moorefields expect will be an annual event. Dubbed “Moorefields on the Lawn,” the mix of music, history, fellowship, and gourmet local food and drink was

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a fund- and consciousness-raiser for the preservation and promotion of a rare historic property. The house underwent considerable exterior renovation and preservation over the preceding 15 months, entirely funded with gifts from foundations, businesses, and individuals. Now the Friends aim to expand the property’s role as a venue for the arts, education, historic preservation, and environmental awareness. Built in 1785, Moorefields originally was the home of Alfred Moore, who traveled annually from his plantation on the coast near Wilmington to spend his summers outside Hillsborough. Moore was a Revolutionary War hero, founding trustee of the University of North Carolina, and a jurist who became the second and last North Carolinian to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. He retired in 1804. Moore’s two-story, Federal-style house and associated property, once covering 1,202 acres, remained in the family until the early twentieth century. In 1949 Moorefields was purchased by Edward Thayer Draper-Savage, a UNC French professor

and artist. “I bought it while the music was playing,” he said. “That is, I bought it in May and everything was beautiful.” Over the years the Wilmington native restored the house, landing it on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, and installed formal gardens. He died in 1978 and is buried west of the house surrounded by his beloved cats. Draper-Savage also established a foundation, now administered by the Friends, dedicated to preserving the house and to maintaining the last 70 acres as a wildlife refuge. In pursuit of that mission, and with strategic support from the Orange County Visitors Bureau, volunteers organized “Moorefields on the Lawn.” Matt Fox, owner of Hillsborough eateries Wooden Nickel and The Depot, donated hors d’oeuvres and a four-course dinner using local food, much of it from nearby Coon Rock Farm. The gourmet fare was accompanied by a tasty Bordeaux and a lively Riesling, with delightful music from Hillsborough’s JazzTones. Students from The Chef ’s Academy in Morrisville and farming interns from

Coon Rock’s organic operation assisted with food preparation and service, and members of the Friends prepared the house for guests’ guided tours. Moorefields continues to partner with key community organizations such as the Hillsborough Arts Council and the sustainability program at Durham Technical Community College. Besides the gala, annual events include a spring wildflower hike to Orange County’s Seven Mile Creek Preserve and the outdoor Hillsborough Jazz Festival each fall. There are numerous, ever-emerging volunteer opportunities, from trail building to historical research, community outreach to event planning to park restoration. New ideas and initiatives are encouraged. For more information on the site’s history and activities, visit www.moorefields. org. You may also phone 919.732.4384 or send e-mail to Barry Jacobs is a professional author and editor, and also a volunteer at Moorefields. He is available for freelance assignment. You may reach him at barryj@


f you grew up in the ’70s you probably listened to at least a little rock music. You may have even listened to hard rock. The harsh, loud music with rude undertones really appealed to the irreverent youth of the day. The screeching guitar, the angry pounding of the drum, the frantic keyboard runs that made our parents’ heads hurt and made their eyes cross resonated with the establishment challenging, free thinking, inquisitive nature of those of us who are now baby boomers. Even though we looked up to rock musicians, we made some negative assumptions about them. We thought that they were potheads. They were probably lazy and did not mind wearing dirty clothes. We were sure that they were so cool and probably not very bright. They partied 24 hours a day and let the future take care of itself. I would have sworn that this perception was true until my opinion was challenged by Atlantic Wire in an article called The Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead. The Grateful Dead were able to create a social phenomenon before the time of social media.

There was an instant bond among Deadheads that seemed to transcend any distances. Deadheads were instantly accepting of each other and instantly friends, able to accept a connection just because they all loved the Grateful Dead. This type of instant connection regardless of distance is now the latest marketing and communications tool being used by all of the stalwarts of American business and industry. It is called Linkedin, Facebook, MeetUp, etc. etc. etc. The Grateful Dead were ahead of their time. The band pioneered ideas and practices that were ultimately embraced by corporate America. One was to focus intensely on its most loyal fans. It established a telephone

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hotline to alert Deadheads of its touring schedule ahead of any public announcement. They reserved the best seats in the house and capped ticket prices for their loyal fans. Treating customers well just seems like common sense today. But in the ’60s and ’70s this was not the standard practice in most U.S. corporations. The Grateful Dead were ahead of their time. The Dead became one of the most profitable bands of all time because they did things that business consultants like me wrestle with our clients to do even today. They incorporated in the ’70s, early in their career. The established a board of directors and let the chairman’s position rotate around the band. They copyrighted everything and defended that copyright in court when necessary. However, Deadheads could tape concerts and share the tapes freely with their friends. The Dead understood that first of all, there was no way they could totally eliminate tapings. But letting anyone at a concert tape it they eliminated the value to pirated recordings. They also understood that giving things for free was an easy way to broaden their audience. Those


hearing the poor quality tapes created by their friends would probably want a better, higher quality recording for themselves and go buy the records. Smart. The Grateful Dead knew that embracing new technology would keep them ahead of the curve. So, they learned about the Internet early, cataloging their songs online and using it to increase the visibility and longevity of their music. The Grateful Dead were ahead of their time. But they are a part of our time. So, let’s embrace the business wisdom of the Grateful Dead. We must protect our intellectual property even before we understand how much it is really worth. We should not waste time trying to control that which we cannot control. We must stay technologically current to take advantage of new opportunities. Finally, the best strategy is to be generous with our customers and make their lives easy. Now we can thank the Grateful Dead for much more than just great rock music. Katie Gailes, CEO of SmartMoves International, is a marketing strategy consultant, speaker and trainer from HollyWilliams Springs, NC,B11 NAWBO 2012 R 10/25/12

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ave you ever turned a globe upside down? If so you probably saw a large patch of white with nothing printed on it. You learned in school that was the continent of Antarctica and that it was covered in snow and ice. For most people that’s about all you need to know. But for my husband and me, this was the seventh continent we’d visited and we were ready for adventure in a place we knew nothing about! Our February 2011 trip put us in the peninsular part of Antarctica in summer, the only time cruise ships visit. Overseas Adventure Travel, our travel company, advised us to be prepared for very hot and cold weather—all possible in the same day! It’s a long flight down—Raleigh to Miami to Buenos Aires and the final leg to almost unpronounceable Ushuaia where we met our ship, the Clelia II. Our lessthan-one-hundred passenger ship had made the news a few months earlier when it was stranded in the Drake Passage after being hit by a rogue wave that broke the glass in the bridge and knocked out power. I remember seeing how the small ship was tossed to and fro in the choppy frigid waters as a much larger National Geographic ship rescued it.

The airplane view of Ushuaia and Andes Mountains, Argentina.

As we flew into Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, we had a magnificent view of the rugged Andes Mountains. The town on a small strip of land on the coastline boasts 60,000 people. Nearby national park, Tierra del Fuego is at the bottom of South America, close to the very end of the Pan American Highway, Route 3.


The End of the World by Lanie Nagle Our ship looked so tiny beside the larger ocean-liners but we knew we’d be able to go places they could not. We were delighted to find that we had been upgraded to a Penthouse Suite and enjoyed our larger room on the top deck. We noticed the seatbelt-like straps going across the beds but found the Beagle Channel, with Chile on one side and Argentina on the other, to be fascinating, smooth, and easy sailing. However, the next day was different. We finished sailing through the Beagle Channel during the night and were in the dreaded Drake Passage by morning. Depending on the turbulence of its waves it’s either called “Drake Lake” or the “Drake Quake!” It must have been the “Drake Quake” for us, which made things like bathing interesting. My husband came out of the shower just as a big wave hit the ship. He was thrown across the bed, naked, in a complete somersault! I just sat there and laughed. We both had a little seasickness that he controlled with ginger capsules and I with a Scopolamine patch. As we approached the Antarctic Peninsula we learned there are no roads in this part of the continent. There are no houses, no full-time residents, and just an occasional research hut left behind from previous scientists. We never saw another ship as we cruised these waters. Antarctica is the largest wilderness area in the world, and the routes for cruise ships are planned so that ships never meet one another. After listening to daily lectures on birds, geology and the environment, we were thrilled to finally see whales and icebergs and penguins, lots of penguins! The penguins showed no fear of us and we were able to get very close to them. Most of them

were Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins, but I was disappointed to miss seeing the tall Emperor penguins that inhabit a different part of Antarctica. We awoke one morning surrounded by ice, snow, glaciers, icebergs, and mountains—all very otherworldly. In the spooky waters we heard loud and sharp noises that we learned was ice cracking. We left the ship via a two story, wobbly flight of stairs and carefully boarded Zodiacs to get to the rocky places on the coastline. All of our landings were wet, so we were given heavy waterproof boots to use getting out of the Zodiacs into the water. Fortunately our company provided us with warm, red parkas, but we provided our own rain pants. Stuffed in our Zodiacs, we threaded our way between small icebergs as well as large ones the size of multi-story buildings. A chunk broke loose from an iceberg and the resulting waves traveled to our Zodiac giving us a nervous thrill. Hypothermia sets in very quickly in these frigid waters and falling overboard can be deadly. Our first step on our 7th continent was on a rocky coastline where hundreds,

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maybe thousands, of Gentoo penguins were conducting their daily business of feeding the young their regurgitated food. A pink and white, snow covered mountain was before us, beckoning us to climb upwards for a better view. The pink color of the snow was evidence of a kind of red algae called Chlamydomonas nivalis, green algae that owes its red color to a bright red carotenoid pigment. I used a walking stick to climb through the slippery snow and penguin scat. My third fall of the day landed me in smelly penguin poo but even worse was having my clothes disinfected before returning to the ship! There are very strict rules in Antarctica, all designed to protect this fragile environment.

The Zodiac is ready for our iceberg tour.

Iceberg graveyards gave us another chance to use the Zodiacs. Icebergs get trapped in bay areas and stay there until they are melted, perhaps over hundreds of years. It was fun to cruise around them until I learned that, as they melt, their center of gravity could change, causing them to flip over. Considering the size of these bergs, I didn’t want to be there when that happened! Quite suddenly a wind came up, picking up sheets of icy water that poured on top of us making it almost impossible to see. We were headed back to the ship when a distress call came from another Zodiac asking us to help them because their motor had stopped working. Thankfully by the time we got to them their motor had revived and both boats headed for the safety and warmth of the Clelia II. The captain told us we had to leave the area immediately because the wind speed was 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mpg that could knock us into icebergs. He also

feared icebergs would clog the channel and we’d be stuck there. The next day our captain alerted us to a different danger. As we were sailing, a rapid drop in temperature caused frazil ice to form. We quickly ran to the railing to watch as the ice crystals started to form pancake shaped, circles of frozen water. We had just enough time to watch the phenomenon for a few minutes until the captain told us we had to move quickly or risk being stranded in this ice. The next morning we learned from the captain that we had lost a generator. I was sick in bed and had breakfast brought to my room. Following is an excerpt from my diary for that day: “My large tray came up with orange juice, tea, yogurt, butter and honey, toast and scrambled eggs. I started eating, and suddenly the ship was hit by a big swell. I watched in horror as my plate catapulted off the tray, flinging yellow scrambled Lanie Nagle, along with her husband John, are avid travelers. Their adventures appear in Boom! regularly. eggs all over the carpet. Meanwhile, back on my tray, my full glass of orange juice Comment online at . fell and flooded the tray’s entire surface.

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View of a distant iceberg from our Zodiac.

I realized the tea would be next so I held on with my left hand and grabbed the “bed belt” with my right. However by now the orange juice had sloshed off and soaked my blanket. Another swell took out the honey and all my flatware. Then the toast started to go and I had to catch it with my chin. I was NOT going to give up my toast!!! I couldn’t butter it since the knife was on the floor so I had to bite the butter off as I ate the toast. Everything in the room was moving and tipping over and continued for hours and hours. “Down in the dining room dishes crashed to the floor and people were falling over chairs and many were becoming seasick. Ropes had been strung in the lounge for folks to hold onto as they walked across the floor. Later, we learned we were again experiencing gale force winds. The kitchen closed and we were restricted to our rooms and could not even step out on our small balcony. There was no visible horizon and the sea and the clouds merged into a murky greyness. That was a day I never want to repeat!” It’s been a year and a half since we took this trip but the experiences are firmly etched on my mind. I have a new appreciation for the “bottom of the world” and admiration for the men who risked and lost their lives exploring it. It was indeed a great adventure for me, and maybe someday, for you!

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t’s only been two years since we’ve of Leopold Louis-Dreyfus, who founded seen Julia Louis-Dreyfus regularly the international Louis Dreyfus Group, a on our television screens. However, commodities and shipping conglomerate. with her new hit series, Veep, beginning After studying drama at Northwestern production on its second season—and University, she began her acting career garnering three Emmy nominations with at Chicago’s Practical Theatre Company Louis-Dreyfus winning for Outstanding and the Second City comedy troupe, two Lead Actress in a Comedy Series—it appears of Chicago’s best-known improvisational she will be a regular prestheatre groups. ence in our lives for at least After returning to New awhile longer. York, she was cast as a Veep is HBO’s fictional regular on Saturday Night comedy series about Selina Live (SNL). Her stint on Meyer, the Vice PresiSNL from 1982 to 1985 was, dent of the United States according to Louis-Dreywith Louis-Dreyfus in the fus, “like being in a war… leading role. It is loosely I did that show when I was based on the BBC’s politi21, and I was unbelievably cal satire, The Thick of It, naïve about how the busialthough the BBC version is ness worked,” she discussed set in a lower lever departin an interview with The ment of the British govHollywood Reporter. “It ernment. Meyer, a former took a while to figure out senator, learns that the Vice the landscape, and it wasn’t Presidency is nothing like very female-friendly at the she imagined and everytime. What I took away Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the 13th thing she was warned about. Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards from that experience was Veep follows the Vice Presi- at the Shrine Auditorium. January knowing what I didn’t want dent and her staff as “they to do. I knew that I had 2, 200 Los Angeles, CA attempt to make their mark to have fun because that and leave a lasting legacy, without get- would translate to my work. I wasn’t having ting tripped up in the day-to-day political fun there, because I was spending all this games that define Washington,” according energy trying to stay alive. Although it to IMDB. was really fun when I went back to guest Although taking some critical hits for host [in 2006]; it was like being in a time being sexist and foul-mouthed, Veep has hit capsule.” a note with many avid watchers for making Louis-Dreyfus began a lukewarm film the people “real,” including bad language, career including bit parts in Soul Man and off-color slang, and a dictatorial Vice Presi- Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters. As dent that is disorganized and yells at her we all know, it was her portrayal of flawed staff. In fact, one critic commented, “Could and cynical Elaine Benes on the fabulously it be a satire on Sarah Palin?” successful Seinfeld that launched her star I won’t go there, but I will venture to into the stratosphere. Being right at home comment that the real reason for the suc- in the New York-centric comedy, she won a cess of Veep lands squarely on the shoul- Golden Globe in 1993 and an Emmy in 1996. ders of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won our Seinfeld ran for a total of nine seasons, and respect and love with her comedic timing Elaine was in all but three episodes. When on Seinfeld. Not to mention that at 51 (52 on the show finally ended in 1998, it was one of January 13,) she is still a knockout. (Some the most-watched TV events of all time. websites debate whether she has had plasAlthough Louis-Dreyfus made some tic surgery; she denies it.) post-Seinfeld movies including Jack the Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a New Yorker Bear, none of them brought much acclaim, through and through. She was born and with the exception of the voice-over in A raised there. Coming from a family of afflu- Bug’s Life, which was hugely successful for ence, she is the great-great-grandaughter Pixar, and a noteworthy appearance on PHOTO: PAUL SMITH / FEATUREFLASH.© RETNA

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Haskell Fitz-simons: the Love of theatre ‘stuck’


aleigh Little Theatre (RLT), celebrating its 77th season a production is the audience. The interaction with the audithis year, is one of the oldest continuously operating ence provides another layer, another set of energies besides community theatres in the country. Nestled within a neigh- the set and the other actors. One recent example of that borhood—just north of NC State campus on 301 Pogue energy was RLT’s production of The Rocky Horror Show that Street and west of Cameron Village—Raleigh Little Theatre ran August-September. “It was outrageous!” Fitz-Simons exclaims. “In its way, it’s as offers two indoor stages: The Cantey V. Sutton Theatre that features 298 seats, and their ‘black box’ theatre, the Gaddy- much of a classic as other shows—it is 40 years old! Its entire Goodwin Teaching Theatre that seats 150. The outdoor raison d’être is iconoclasm… hence it is very theatrical. Aside amphitheatre, the Scottie Stephenson Amphitheatre, seats from people wearing ‘not very much,’ it’s not really all about sex; 1,700 and is located adjacent to the Raleigh Rose Garden, a although there is a lot of shadow play. It’s kind of a homage to the landmark in itself that is maintained by The City of Raleigh B movies.” For those of you that have never experienced Rocky, the audience participates with the actors: Parks and Recreation Department. dancing, reciting lines, making noises One of RLT’s secret weapons in unison with the cast. He continues, is Artistic Director Haskell Fitz“But it doesn’t have to be a spoken Simons, who has lead the theatrical response… that give and take with the productions for 30 years. A native, audience. In Streetcar, if the audience is Fitz-Simons was raised in Chapel with you in your sorrow and agony, it’s Hill and is the youngest of four boys. very different from playing that scene if He recalls, “I was brought up in the the audience is not with you.” theatre—both of my parents were Cinderella will open for its 29th run December  The technical staff is already hard at directors and teachers in drama and with continue through the 1th. work on Cinderella, RLT’s 29th producdepartments, and as a family we spent tion of this classic (and Fitz-Simons summers doing summer theatre. We did Unto These Hills for 16 years.” (Unto These Hills is an outdoor has directed all of them!), scheduled to run December 6-16 at historical drama staged during the summers at Mountainside the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. In the spring they will finish out Theatre in Cherokee, NC. It is the second oldest outdoor his- the season with Bus Stop, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Once torical drama in the U.S., after The Lost Colony, performed in on This Island. There are also three more productions for the Manteo. The play follows the story of the Cherokee Indians RLT Youth Series, visit their website for a complete listing of all up through their removal from this area.) “I am the only son activities, including their upcoming fundraiser, Divas!, an evening of ‘glitz, glam and giving’ on November 10 at 7pm. where the love of theatre really stuck.” Fitz-Simons is also an avid a cappella singer performing Fitz-Simons went on to graduate with a master of fine arts degree in theatre from the University of North Carolina at with three different groups, schedule permitting. He lives in Chapel Hill. He worked with the Alley Theatre in Houston the charming bungalow neighborhood of Oakdale with his and the Light Opera of Manhattan before he ended up at the new kitty, and he proudly showed off his new kitty scratches University of Wisconsin at Superior. He remembers, “It was up and down his arms. The cat is so new she doesn’t have a right off of Lake Superior, and it was cold! Fine people, won- name. “She hasn’t named herself yet… I find that pets usuderful department, great facility... but the same snow would ally settle on their own names,” he explains. Fitz-Simons and staff are now in the process of choosing be on the ground for months; it’s not pretty. But if I hadn’t plays for the 2013-2014 season that starts next June, although been offered this job, I would probably still be there.” He was indeed offered the job as artistic director for RLT he is unable to share the lineup with us. But he does hope and came back to Chapel Hill in 1983. (An interesting side to provide RLT with some new and exciting productions. “I note, Fitz-Simon’s mother, Marion Tatum, directed the 1936 am looking forward to all the next challenges. ‘A change is as production of Heaven Bound at RLT! You can find a wonder- good as a rest’ as they say. If we change things up next year, as ful historical narrative of the theatre, Curtain Up! Raleigh long as it doesn’t kill us, it will make us stronger!” When asked what play he loved the most, he diplomatiLittle Theatre’s First 0 Years by Guy Munger on their website, cally replied, “The one I am working on! If I don’t love the Although he has done some acting, “Happily! I like being play I am doing, then I don’t like it. And ‘that way madness told what to do occasionally,” he quips, Fits-Simons prefers lies’…” Leave it to an artistic director to quote Shakespeare. Still excited to produce quality community theatre, I to direct. He explains, “You get to put your vision of a play on the production. For example, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ten- asked him what keeps him motivated. Fitz-Simons remarked, nessee Williams gives you a lot of information to work with, “Theatre is a way to make your fantasies come true and you but you have to connect the dots. That’s true in any script. can create in three dimensions… I consider myself lucky to And you have to work with your technical crew to come up be doing something that I love—where I love—for a living.” with the world in which this story takes place.” Comment online at . In addition to the tangible items, the other intangible in PHOTO BY CURTIS BROWN.

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The Simpsons. (She was featured on The Simpsons twice more in 2006 and 2007.) In 2002, NBS launched Watching Ellie, a series created by husband Brad Hall (whom she met in college and married in 1987). It was a concept comedy using a single camera to show a “slice of life” of Ellie Riggs, a Southern California jazz singer. Although initially it garnered 16 million viewers, by the second season it was cancelled. From 2005 to 2010, Louis-Dreyfus starred in the CBS sitcom, The New Adventures of Old Christine, a story about a single mother managing a women’s gym while maintaining a positive relationship with her ex-husband. Brian Lowry of Variety stated that Louis-Dreyfus breaks the Seinfeld curse “with one of the best conventional half-hours to come along in a while,” while Alessandra Stanley from the New York Times claimed that Louis-Dreyfus’s performance on the series proved she is “one of the funniest women on network television.” In 2009, she appeared with other Seinfeld cast members in four episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, receiving a great deal of media attention. And in 2010 Julia Louis-Dreyfus was awarded her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Louis-Dreyfus has stated that she respects women “who are not afraid of making themselves look bad or foolish to get a laugh.” Her comedic mentors are Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman. Louis-Dreyfus and husband Hall have two sons; Henry was born in 1992, and Charles was born in 1997. In 2007, she was invited back to Northwestern to receive an honorary Doctor of Arts Degree. Although Louis-Dreyfus endorsed Al Gore and Barak Obama, when asked if there were any political overtones in Veep, she stated, “I have no agenda except to be funny. Neither I or the writers profess to offer any worldly wisdom.” She explained that the show shows no party affiliation and the president will never appear on screen. She is, however, an environmentalist and has repeatedly spoken about the energy crisis. She commented, “The war and terrorism in the Middle East, the crisis of leadership in many of the oil-supply countries in the developing world, the crisis of global warming—all these are very clearly tied to energy… We are five percent of the global population and consume a third of the total resources—on some level we should all feel guilty relative to the world. “Computers, telephone lines and television connect us, we all share the same air, the same oceans, the same mountains and rivers. We are all equally responsible for protecting them.”

Holiday Leftover Makeovers

Dining as an Art Form

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by Allison St. Claire, Senior Wire

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Baked Catfish and Mint Cabbage Salad Submitted by Joe Augustine


atfish is a wonderful source of low fat protein. Lots of recipes call for frying catfish, but baking turns it into a low calorie, high protein meal. The generous seasoning of the catfish lends to a rich flavor that is complimented perfectly by the light minty salad. Servings: Four. Here’s what you need:

for the catfish: 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, washed and stems trimmed 4 catfish fillets curry powder salt sweet paprika 1 lemon, juiced 4 garlic cloves, finely minced Preheat oven to 350° f. In a glass baking pan, drizzle the olive

oil and scatter the cilantro over the bottom of the pan. Generously season both sides of each fillet with curry, salt and sweet paprika. Place the fillets evenly across the bottom of the pan, on top of the cilantro. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and finely minced garlic. Pour over the tops of the fillets. Cover the pan with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes. for the salad: 1 head green, organic cabbage, shredded ⅛ cup crushed, dry mint leaves ⅛ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 4 garlic cloves, finely minced 1 teaspoon olive oil dash of salt Wash the shredded cabbage and place in a medium sized bowl. Sprinkle with the dried mint, mix well. In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over the cabbage and mix well. nutritional analysis: One serving equals: 221 calories, 8g fat, 102mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, and 26g protein. Joe Augustine is the owner of Body By Design Studio, a personal fitness studio. For more info visit


reading the dreary feeling when you open the refrigerator door day after day following a holiday feast only to be greeted with the Tupperware and tin foil jungle of drips and drabs of leftovers? The taste-loving you wanted another go-round with that fantastic dish Aunt Madge brought; the thrifty you couldn’t bear to throw out any perfectly good food; and the healthy you wants to let your imagination run free to consider how to repurpose even the lowliest tidbit into something edible, incredible and eligible for a healthy addition to your daily fare. Let’s start with biggest item. Hopefully you got the turkey carcass— whether you cooked the bird originally or you managed to doggybag home at least all or part of it from the dinner host who didn’t know the goodies it would produce or didn’t want to bother with it for whatever reason. Toss that baby into your slow cooker or a big stock pot along with small meat scraps and skin to make a delicious nutrient-dense all-purpose broth. Minimally add some diced carrots, onions and celery (including leaves). Did you have anything left over from an appetizer “veggie nibbles” plate? Throw anything from it into the pot—carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms and onions—but hold the pickles. All add rich flavor and multiple vitamins and minerals to the stock. Letting nothing go to waste, even toss in the radishes, unless you’ve already enjoyed them with a thick slash of butter and a sprinkle of sea salt while you were getting everything else ready. Add some thyme and sage for an earthy herbal note. Or add some leftover dressing as a thickener to a portion of the broth at the end. Simmer (do not let boil) the whole shebang for at least four hours, or all day. You may want to remove the vegetables after the first few hours to serve in a hearty bowl of turkey soup before they’ve turned to mush—which you can still put to good use by blending into a puree to

use as a base for gravy or a “cream of something” soup. Rice. Make a tasty turkey-rice soup loaded up with leftover meat scraps, cubed squash, or leafy greens. The green salad. Freshen and brighten it up with some simple ingredients you probably already have around. Slices of apples or pears, a few nuts and your choice of healthy seeds—hemp, flax or chia. Cubes of non-processed cheese such as feta, cheddar, or Parmesan shavings. Crumbled or sliced hard-boiled or deviled eggs. If you didn’t add the remains of your veggie appetizer tray to make broth, slice or shred the remaining items into this enhanced salad. The cooked greens (if not already highly flavored). Melt some butter, ghee or bacon fat in a skillet. Saute any combination of onions, mushrooms, garlic. Like an Asian flavor? Add some sliced or grated fresh ginger to the mix. Add the greens and heat to taste. Sprinkle with hot pepper flakes, or a dash of rice vinegar and/or toasted sesame oil to finish off. Potatoes. Use as a base for fried, poached or soft-boiled eggs the next morning instead of toasted store-bought bread (usually rendered extremely unhealthy by using vitamin-stripped, bromated flour and a host of unpronounceable and unhealthy chemical additives). The lists are as daunting as they are frightening given that you only need four ingredients to make outstanding bread: flour (preferably whole grain), yeast, salt and water. Sweet potatoes. If they were sweetened, add some healthy nuts, seeds, raisins and apple slices to create a whole new nutrientpacked dish. If originally served simply with butter, salt and pepper, for example, combine with leftover white potatoes for an interesting new flavor combo. The pies. OK, time to go for sheer indulgence. Unless they were way oversugared, you’ve already got healthy fillings—pumpkin/squash, fruit, nuts or custards—so simply enjoy their encore presentation on your plate. Happy holidays.

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Meaningful Gifts to Celebrate the season

thanksgiving Dinner and other Family Fiascoes

The Wine Decanter by Lisa Englert

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“Thanksgiving dinners take 1 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-times take 12 minutes. This is not coincidence.” ~ erma bombecK


hanksgiving dinner got off to a good start. Just before dinner, my son-in-law hit his head on an heirloom sconce in the dining room; it crashed, sending about a thousand tiny glass slivers all over the floor. This was even before beer and wine were served. Plates and glasses were snatched off the set table and rewashed as a just-in-case maneuver. Luckily, the buffet was safely in the next room. Condiments were moved closer to the Infant of Prague statue and prayed over, while salt was thrown over about a dozen shoulders. At prayer time, our six-year-old pagan, Missy, was sucking her thumb and screaming expletives that she had learned from her older brother during an Xbox game. We used duct tape and went on with our meal. We had ham and turkey, and a wide variety of side dishes. Since our family is diverse, the sides ranged from carrot raisin casserole to arroz rojo to pot stickers. Everybody avoided the Kung Pao gizzards. After beer was served, Uncles Harry and Dick got into a heated argument over the White House Christmas tree. Dick swore that it is unconstitutional, unless they also added a Menorah and Kwanzaa tree. They also fought over whether or not the very first turducken happened in mid-air. Every year, they pick something ridiculous to fight about. Last year, they actually fought over the Pope’s nose—Naso del Papa—also known as The part that goes over the fence last. I’m not sure if there is such a thing as a Vatican dispensation for calling the turkey tail the Pope’s nose; I never broached the subject in a confessional. Why spoil everyone’s fun? By dessert time, Harry had already spritzed whipping cream on Dick’s nose, hoping the family dog, Spuds, would attack him. Spuds maintained his cool, drooled over the cheerleaders on TV, then looked at Dick’s nostrils and groaned. In his youth, Dick used to look like Jimmy Durante; now that he is older, and certain body parts are succumbing to gravity, he closely resembles a Proboscis monkey. I already had Harry’s sleeping bag out in the barn with the kerosene heater. I was leaving nothing to chance. The men went into the family room to watch football, teenagers were chomping at the bit to go to the mall on Black Friday, little ones sat playing Penguins and Facebook games on several notebook PCs. A determined grandson was on his 25th rendition of I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas with his Nintendo guitar, and the rest of us sat around the dining room table gossiping. Cousin Millie divulged the fact that Uncle Harry has a foot fetish and has a pair of red sequined stilettos and a votive candle on his night stand. She said that Grandma always blamed his podophilia on the fact that they had to live in a basement apartment in the theatre district during his formative years. After we all finished laughing, we finally agreed that the first turducken probably did happen in mid-air over Harry’s house. My eyes were as glazed over as our leftover ham by 11pm, so I excused myself and went upstairs, leaving my husband to entertain some of our overnight guests. About five minutes later, he snuck up and accused me of abandoning ship. “Football doesn’t turn me on,” I said. “Besides, look at the bright side—your mundane life would be boring without overnight house guests trying to come up with a great theme song for your NY Giants, and Uncle Dick looks so ridiculous in that mascot hat. Why don’t you just start a game of Simile with a political theme?” “You’re not funny!” he said. Bah! Humbug! I am so not looking forward to another family fiasco at Christmas time!

ed note: If you are not familiar with the term turducken, here is a definition from dictionary.reference. com: A deboned turkey that is stuffed with a deboned duck that is stuffed with a deboned chicken.

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( When you buy the card, you can pay for a taste of a number of wines in a self-serve, casual format. You can get started for around $6, so the card makes a nice stocking-stuffer. Learn: If my schedule permitted, I’d attend every class and wine tasting out there. They’re a lot of fun and there’s so much to learn, and you can do it while meeting new friends. You can start with something easy and fun, like a guided wine tasting at your favorite shop. Two of my favorite wine educators in the Triangle are The Wine Feed (thewinefeed. com) and Sip… A Wine Store ( For those who can’t attend a wine class in person, the next best thing is to read Windows On The World Complete Wine Course, 2th Anniversary Edition, by Kevin Zraly (Sterling, $27.95). In this landmark edition of the best-selling wine book in America, Zraly— one of the top authorities on wine and wine education—effectively breaks down the intricacies of the wine world into bite-sized chunks with hands-on application, a quick wit and a casual, conversational writing style. Complete with regional maps, quick tips, fun stories, key producers, values and vintages to know and of course a full-blown wine tasting that allows readers to cover the region’s highlighted wines with a personal tasting experience. Celebrate: The best gift of all is to drink something amazing and share it with that special wine lover in your life. As the holidays draw near, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos. Take a few moments to pop the cork on something you’ve been saving for a special occasion and drink a toast to the many good things in life. Cheers!

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f you’re fortunate enough to have some wine lovers in your life, finding a holiday gift for them isn’t hard if you just stick with a nice bottle. But if you want to put a little more thought into it, following are some tips for presenting something with greater meaning. Credit goes to Catherine Rabb, co-owner of Fenwick’s Restaurant and a senior instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, for most of these suggestions. Although they were published in her column in the News & Observer last December, they’re timeless, relevant and worthy of sharing. Be kind: Wine to Water (W2W—, one of the coolest charities going, holds local fundraisers to transform wine into desperately needed water for people around the world. Several bottles are available to purchase, generally for $16 or less. When you finish the bottle, you have provided clean water to a person in need for as long as a year. (W2W was founded by Raleigh bartender Doc Hendley.) Think local: Wine aficionados and novices alike can savor a taste of North Carolina’s wineries on a day-long tour with John Bird of Yadkin Valley Wine Tours ( Bird precedes his tours with wine tasting tips and a state map of NC’s vineyards and wineries. The bus ride to the first stop is narrated with an abridged history of the state’s wine industry. Lunch is included. Bird runs a regularly scheduled public tour once every two or three weeks and books private tours of NC’s wine country for groups of two to 200 people. Gift certificates are available. Experiment: Most people over age 12 wouldn’t willingly eat spaghetti every night, so avoid the same trap with wine. A fun and commitment-free way to experiment is a tasting card for one of the cool new tasting machines. In the Triangle, try them out at The Raleigh Wine Shop (, Uncorked (, and The Wine Merchant

by Rose Valenta, Senior Wire

Originally a demo singer in Nashville, Tennessee, Tillis was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1981, for which she released nine singles and one album, Above and Beyond the Doll of Cutey. By 1991, she had signed to Arista Nashville, entering Top 40 on Hot Country Songs for the first time with Don’t Tell Me What to Do, the first of five singles from her album Put Yourself in My Place. Tillis recorded five more albums for Arista Nashville between then and 2001, plus a greatest hits album and 22 more singles. Her only number one hit on the country charts was 1995s Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life), although 12 other singles made Top Ten on that chart. After exiting Arista, Tillis released It’s All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis for Lucky Dog Records in 2002, plus RhineStoned and the Christmas album Just in Time for Christmas on her own Stellar Cat label in 2007. Her albums Homeward Looking Angel (1992), Sweetheart’s Dance (1994) and Greatest Hits (1997) are

Ballet’s traditional Nutcracker, artistic director Robert Weiss decided in 2011 to make some changes to the annual holiday program with new scenery, designed by Jeff A.R. Jones; and grand illusions for the Party Scene of Act I. Weiss approached several magicians with his idea, but it wasn’t until he came upon Rick Thomas, one of the top magicians working in Las Vegas, that he found what he was looking for—someone who would offer the “wow factor” without taking anything away from the elegance of the Victorian Christmas Eve scene. Not only had Rick Thomas been in the magic business with nightly shows in Las Vegas for twenty-plus years, but he and his sister had been junior ballroom dancing champions, giving him a true appreciation of music and dance. Weiss said “he understood the music and the music is very important, we just couldn’t stop the show and put the tricks in.” Rick Thomas was clear from the outset that he was not going to create a magic show, saying “we designed this where the magic was woven into the story rather than it being a magic show…I think we nailed it.” The critics thought so too saying “the gasps after each eye-popping illusion, the applause for the handsome new sets and the rapt attention from all the children confirmed the changes were worth it.” (News & Observer) What most people don’t realize is that Tchaikovsky wrote the magic sections into the original score, therefore adding “real” Carolina Ballet returns magic wasn’t changing anything, it was just enhancing what was already there. With the Magical Nutcracker There is plenty of magic behind the • November 23-25, December 14-23 at scenes getting the show ready. It all starts Raleigh Memorial Auditorium • December 29-30 at Durham Performing Arts Center With the success of Carolina Ballet’s “new” Nutcracker last season, artistic director Robert Weiss decided to expand the run of the annual holiday favorite for the company’s 15th anniversary season to include Thanksgiving weekend 2012. “Many families come into town for Thanksgiving,” says Weiss, “so we wanted to be sure they had a chance to see our new show if they weren’t going to get back for Christmas.” After ten successful seasons of presenting nearly 200 performances of Carolina


• Thursday, November 15, 7:30pm at Holly Springs Cultural Center • Friday, November 16, 7:30pm at Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center, Louisburg College Pamela Yvonne “Pam” Tillis is an American country music singer-songwriter and actress. She is the daughter of country music singer Mel Tillis, and ex-wife of songwriter Bob DiPiero. A child of country royalty, she was determined to find her own way as a singer and a songwriter—and she succeeded. Tillis insisted on writing and producing songs that speak from the soul, rather than the boardrooms of the country music industry.

all certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), while Put Yourself in My Place and 1995’s All of This Love are certified gold. Besides her own work, Tillis co-wrote and sang on the 1990 Warner Bros. single Tomorrow’s World, written in honor of Earth Day, and Dolly Parton’s 1992 single Romeo. She has won two major awards: a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1999 for the multi-artist collaboration Same Old Train, and the 1994 Country Music Association award for Best Female Vocalist. For an acoustic evening that you will thoroughly enjoy, get your tickets now. For both performances, Pam will be joined by two equally-talented, equally-stunning women on guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Tickets for the November 1 performance at the Holly Springs Cultural Center are available by calling 919.567.4000 or online at The Holly Springs Cultural Center is located at 300 West Ballentine Street, Holly Springs. For more information, visit Tickets for the November 1 performance at the Jones Performing Arts Center on the Louisburg College campus are available by calling 866.733.6354. The auditorium is located at 501 North Main Street, Louisburg. For additional information, visit

in early September when more than two hundred children line up around the building of Carolina Ballet’s studios to get their chance to audition for a role in Nutcracker. There are 67 roles for children in a cast which includes the Party children, Truffles, Soldiers, Mice, Gingerbread Cookies, Arabian attendants, and of course Clara and her little brother, Fritz. Rehearsals began right after the auditions with Lori Christman Bourtasenkov working her own magic throughout the fall to get the 130-plus children ready for the stage. “Being in Nutcracker was a dream come true for me when I was a little boy,” says Robert Weiss. “These children work hard and by the time we get to the stage they are really good. They know their counts and their spots. It isn’t easy but they do a terrific job.” The professional dancers of Carolina Ballet are the glitz and the glamour, but the children are an integral part. Without them, there would be no Nutcracker. Ticket may be purchased by calling the Carolina Box Office at 919.719.0900; through Ticketmaster at 800.982.2787; or at Carolina Ballet’s website.


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Durham Regional Hospital, offers monthly events for November that include: Look Good Feel Better; Monthly Stroke Support Group; Good Neighbors Good Health; and Diabetes Support Group for Adults. For meeting dates, times, and information: www.durhamregional. org/events.

Wake County Libraries are offering free programs during the month of November. Programs include: Mind Your Own Business; Book Feast November Food Lovers Unite; Prepare Yourself ‘Tis The Season Series on Stress Reduction Techniques; Write On @ Your Library; and Child Photo ID Card Distribution. For dates, times, locations, and information:

Program, Davis Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, 2304 Wesvill Ct, Raleigh. Stop by and drop off gently used bras to help women who need them. Info: 919.785.1220 or

Wanted men who sing to perform with the General Assembly Chorus. Rehearsals Monday nights Nov 5, 12, 19 and 26 at Events at Newton Square, 230 Newton Road, Raleigh. Performance is Sunday afternoon, Dec 2 with additional dates possible. Info: 321.345.7464 or www.

Nov 2 Step It Up Gala, 7-11pm, Wake County Shrine

Nov 2 Newcomers Club of Raleigh invites all mem-

Through Nov 2 Surgeons Give Support Donation

Club, 6015 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh. An evening of music, dining, and dancing, all to benefit Friends of Residents in Long Term Care. Info: 919.782.1530 or

Nov 16-18 New Hope Sangha Fall Retreat, Mebane.

The fall theme is “Dharma, A Beautiful Vessel For Our Lives: The Cultivation of Skillful Living, Meditation and Wisdom.” Sitting, walking meditation and yoga are offered. Stay on site or commute. Info: 919.523.0394 or

Nov 17 Free 20 Minute Chair Massage, 9:30am-12pm, Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center, 3724 National Dr, Raleigh. Call to schedule the appointment, which includes the massage and education on pain management and stress reduction. Info: 919.371.2062 or www.

Resources Triangle Singles Dance Club has weekly dances, 8:3011pm, Northbrook Country Club, 4905 North Hills Dr, Raleigh. A singles, 40+ social club. November’s dances feature Cowboy Cha-Cha; Continental; Mambo Shuffle; Annie’s Cha Cha; and Tush Push. Info: Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St, Durham, offers November classes and events for adults and families like: Duke Gardens Holiday Craft Fair; Walk on the Wild Side; Traditional Japanese Tea Gathering: Dancing Leaves Tea; Bird Walk; Create Your Own Bonsai Plant; Stick & Seed Sculpture; Autumn in the Arboretum; Garden Walk for Children; Swing at the Gardens; Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Doris Duke’s Birth; and more. For a complete schedule of events, dates, times, and information: 919.668.6451 or The Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, has ongoing and special offerings. Watch for the Veterans’ Day Breakfast on Nov 9. In addition, there are rooms for classes, meetings and exercise space. For a complete listing of activities and information: 919.688.8247 or Raleigh Community Drum Circle, Lake Johnson Park at the Boat House, 4601 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh; and Gifts with a Heart, Swift Creek Shopping Center, 2867 Jones Franklin Rd, Raleigh. No experience necessary. Loaner drums available. For dates, times, and information: 919.233.2121 or My Retirement Education Center offers classes for people of all financial backgrounds to learn about the basics of retirement planning so they can move forward with confidence and peace of mind. This includes small group classes and intimate workshops where My Retirement Education Center faculty work with participants to define what retirement is for each person individually, what they would like their lifestyle to be like and what they would like to do or accomplish during that time. From there, the faculty provides a foundation of

bers and prospective members to their Welcome Coffees held the first Friday of the month, 10am-12pm. The coffees are held at the JJ Crowder Masonic Lodge, 9920 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh. Learn about the organization’s diverse interest groups and events. Info: www.

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Nov 2-3 Capital Area Handbell Festival, Kerr Scott

Building, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Info: Info: www.

Nov 3 Women’s Re-Invention Summit, 8:30am-4pm,

A Cultured Alliance, Durham. A day-long summit that answers all of the questions on how to navigate the way effectively and efficiently during the second half of a woman’s journey, and how social media is one aspect of that journey. Info:

Nov 3 Raleigh Rescue Mission Fundraiser featuring Jeanie DeGroff, author of Everyone Brings Something to the Table, Wine & Design, Wake Forest. For time and info: Nov 4 Beyond the Gate: Stories of Historic Oak-

wood Cemetery Lecture, 2pm, Joel Lane Museum House, 160 S. Saint Mary’s St, Raleigh. Info: 919.833.3431 or

Nov 5-Dec 10 An Introduction to “Chicago-Style” Improv Class, Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Murphey School, 224 Polk St, Raleigh. Info: 919.834.4001 or Nov 6-7 Piano Try It Class, PianoRAMA Studio, 6900

Six Forks Rd, Raleigh. Adults with no musical experience and a desire to learn to play for fun. Info: 919.781.3220 or

Nov 8 Logan’s Holiday Open House, 5-8pm, Logan Trading Co, 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh. Also, enjoy The Hands-On Wreath Workshop on Nov 1 & 15. Info: 919.828.5337 or

Nov 8-11 Plant The Pavement Workshop Series,

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Urban Ag Training Center, 500 Hoke St, Raleigh. First annual urban agriculture workshops. Youth and community workshops. Info: 919.322.8878 or

Nov 10 Conor McPerson’s Place in Irish Dramatic Literature Lecture, 6pm, Burning Coal’s Murphey School Auditorium, 124 Polk St, Raleigh. Info: 919.834.4001 or

Nov 10 Deadline for Artwork Donations for the

Visual Art Exchange’s “For The Love Of Art” Gala. Will accept artwork from any living artist wanting to support VAE. All artwork will be exhibited and up for auction in either the live or silent auction, and work will be juried for prizes. Prior to the gala all artwork will be featured on the gala website:

Nov 11 Public Sing-Through of the Score of The

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The American Red Cross, Central North Carolina Chapter continues its call for blood donations. Take an hour of time to save a life. For Triangle locations and schedules: 1.800.448.3543 or

financial knowledge that will help make those retirement dreams a reality. Classes are offered several times a month. Learn more at 919.341.0277 or

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Adults & Teens $13 Children 12 & Under $9

Building, 120 Morris St, Durham. Free and open to the public. Info:

Tickets 919.821.3111 |

Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre 301 Pogue Street | Raleigh, NC 27607

Nov 12 Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter Discussion, 7pm, Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill. Free and open to the public, and presented by Deep Dish Theater Company. Info: 919.968.1515 or

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Nov 13 Free Boost Your Credit Score Workshop, 6:308:30pm, 900 Ridgefield Dr, Raleigh. Info: 919.747.7936 or November 2-18

Nov 20 Pre-Thanksgiving Markets, Triangle Area

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Farmers’ Markets. For a list of participating markets, times, and information: www.trianglefarmersmarkets.

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Cantey V. Sutton Theatre 301 Pogue St., Raleigh, NC 27607 All Tickets $25

Dec 9-13 Auditions for Durham Savoyards’ The Pirates of Penzance, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham. Info: Dec 11 The Raleigh Christian Women’s Connection, 11:30am-1pm, NCSU University Club, Hillsborough St, Raleigh. Learn creative ideas for celebrating Christmas, with Inspirational Speaker Linda McDaniel. Reservations by Dec 4. Info: 919.556.5440.

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@; Orange Co RSVP (919) 968-2056 or orwww.orangecountync. gov/aging/RSVPindex.asp Volunteers for Tax Season. Helping low- to middleincome clients with their taxes through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a free IRS service for eligible clients offered at sites in Orange and Chatham counties. Orientation dates are Nov 7 or Dec 5, 1-3pm, Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill. Info: 919.968.2054 or 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

Activities for Children The Museum of Life & Science, 433 W. Murray Ave, Durham, is pleased to announce its November activities highlighted by Colin Hutton Photography; Carolina Wonderland Express; Durham Appreciation Day; and Santa Train. For a complete schedule, dates, times and information: 919.220.5429 or NC Museum of History, Raleigh, offers special November programs, concerts and exhibits such as: Sheep to Shawl Time for Tots; The Good Ole Days History Corner; Civil War History Hunters; and The Scotty McCreery’s Items Exhibit. For schedules and information: 919.807.7900 or The NC Museum of Art in Raleigh wants children to know about their November events and performances highlighted by What’s In The Box Parts of Art; Drawing From Observation Family Fun Saturday; What’s In The Box Animals in Art; Design A Space Family Fun Saturday; and more. For dates, times, and information: 919.839.6262 or

Marbles Kids Museum & IMAX Theatre, 201 E. Hargett St, Raleigh, offers November events and activities for children highlighted by Fabricadabra; Big Fun; Garden Sprouts; Science Solvers; Art-Rageous; and Energy Innovators. For a complete listing of activities, dates, times, and information: 919.834.4040 or The Town of Cary has November events for families highlighted by Birmingham Children’s Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty; and more. Watch for Letters to Santa & Santa’s Workshop coming in December. Check the website for Cary’s offerings of classes for children. For a complete listing of events, dates, locations, and information: 919.460.4965 or Wake County Public Library System has expanded their programs for children to incorporate Every Child Ready to Read Skills. 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 that include: Baby Storytime; Toddler Storytime; Preschool Storytime; Family Storytime and more. In November watch for Child Photo ID Card Distribution. For dates, times, locations, and information: libraries/events.

Nov 2-18 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St, Raleigh. Info: 919.821.3111 or Nov 3-4 Storybook Tales presented by The Raleigh Dance Theatre, Fletcher Opera Theater, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. The program will feature Snow White, Rainbow Fish, and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Info: 919.834.1058 or Nov 6 & 20 Carolina Puppet Theatre presents

Being Thankful, 11am, Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St, Holly Springs. Info: 919.567.4000 or

Nov 8 Kids Creations: Paper Plate Turkey Center-

pieces, 10-10:45am, Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St, Holly Springs. Info: 919.567.4000 or www.

Nov 8-11 Step On A Crack, Studio Theatre, Meredith College, Raleigh. A children’s theatre production. Info: 919.760.8600 or

Nov 11-12 Musical Fairytales, Hayti Heritage Center, Chapel Hill. Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Info: 919.360.3382 or Nov 14-Dec 2 Alice in Wonderland, Titmus Theatre, NCSU-Raleigh. Presented by University Theatre. Info: 919.515.1100 or

Nov 18 Name That Tune featuring the Raleigh Sym-

phony, 3pm, Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 Salem St, Apex. Music for all ages with prizes. Info: 919.546.9755 or

Nov 18 Carrboro Film Festival, 1-7pm, Century Center, Carrboro. A celebration of the film and video creativity in Orange County. For all ages. Info: 919.918.7392 or www. Nov 19 Amran Shrine Circus, 4pm & 7:30pm, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. The Royal Hanneford Circus. Info: 919.821.7400 or

Nov 23-Dec 23 The Nutcracker featuring the Caro-

lina Ballet, Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill. For date locations, times, and info: 919.719.0900 or

Through Nov 27 Harry DeMaine (1880-1952) Works from the 1930s-1940s, Gallery C, 540 N Blount St, Raleigh. Info: 919.828.3165 or Nov 27 QDR Country for Kids Concert, 7pm, Durham

Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St, Durham. Featuring Scotty McCreery and more. Info: 919.680.2787 or www.

Nov 27-Dec 2 Shrek The Musical, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center of the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Presented by NC Theatre & Broadway Series South. Info: 919.831.6941 or

Nov 30-Dec 3 A Christmas Story, Cary Arts Center,

The ArtsCenter, 300G E. Main St, Carrboro, has November performances and events highlighted by Shemekia Copeland; Tim O’Brien; 14th Annual NC Songwriters Competition; A.J. Croce; Old-Time and Bluegrass Slow Jam; and Triangle Jazz Orchestra Night. For dates, times, and information: 919.929.2787 or

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

Dec 1 Voices of Angels featuring the Raleigh Sym-

phony, 8pm, Jones Auditorium, Meredith College, Raleigh. A warm fuzzy holiday event for the whole family. Info: 919.546.9755 or

Dec 6-16 A Christmas Carol, Theatre In The Park,

107 Pullen Rd, Raleigh. Enjoying 38 years on stage. Info: 919.831.6936 or

Through Apr 28, 2013 Titanic: The Artifact Exhi-

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

Activities for Adults NC Museum of History, Raleigh, offers November programs, concerts and exhibits activities; Scotty McCreery’s Items on Exhibit; The Untold Civil War: Exploring the Human Side of War; Collecting Southern Painting & Decorative Arts; Music of the Carolinas with George Higgs; Tri-racial Movie Going History a la Carte; 17th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration; and more. For schedules and information: 919.807.7900 or The NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, has November exhibits, events, and concerts highlighted by Munch, Music, and the Modern World; Kilbride/Kramer/ Dyzewski/Burbage Ensemble; Still Standing Gallery Tour; Lunch & Lecture; Lecture & Dinner; Fall Educator Expo; Art History Survey Courses; Drawing Outside the Bowl; Still Life Studies Senior Sampler; Art in the Evening; and more. For dates, times and information: 919.839.6262 or The Nasher Museum Of Art, 2001 Campus Dr, Duke University, Durham, presents the opening of The Mark Bradford Exhibit through Dec 9. Other exhibits and activities feature Free Film Series; Eat, Pray Weave Exhibit; Free Family Day; and more. Info: 919.684.5135 or The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, has November performances that include: SoJam A Cappella Festival; Storybook Tales; Parker String Quartet; Nutcracker; The Wizard of Oz with the NC Symphony; Catch Me If You Can; Shrek The Musical; August Osage County; and The Messiah. 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 November of Jersey Boys; QDR Country for Kids Concert; Joe Bonamassa; Clay Aiken; and Manhattan Steamroller Christmas. For dates, times, and information: 919.688.3722 or The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St, Durham, wants readers to attend November performances of: Bellydance Superstars; Jimmy Herring & Victor Wooten; 92nd Street Y; Joshua Radin & A Fine Frenzy Tour; Bela Fleck & Marcus Roberts Trio; Jake Johannsen; Loudon Wainwright III; Rock Like A Man Cabaret Fundraiser; Marc Cohn; Delta Rae; and Kathleen Madigan. For dates, times, tickets, and information: 919.560.3030 or www. The Town of Cary and Cary Arts Center sponsors a November full of performances and events for adults and families that include: Piedmont Poet Laureate Ian Finley; Marvelous Music Mainstage Series presents Livingston Taylor; Marvelous Music Family Series presents Sleeping Beauty; Landscapes of American Music and Poetry; and Surprise Party 55+. Also check the Town

Lincoln Theatre, 126 E. Cabarrus St, Raleigh, wants readers to know about their November concerts highlighted by White Denim & Wale; Reckless Kelly; Citizen Cope; Anberlin; The Love Language; The Breakfast Club; Yelawolf; Dance Gavin Dance; and much more. For dates, times, tickets and information: 919.821.4111 or Arts Council of Moore County hosts November events highlighted by Campbell House Gallery Art Exhibit; Cantus Vocal Ensemble; and The Capitol Steps in Concert. The Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines presents Marlene Ver & the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and The Nutcracker with Taylor Dance. The Artists League of the Sandhills also offers numerous classes throughout the month. For dates, times, locations and information: 910.692.2787 or

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The Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Rd, Garner, presents November performances of The Miss Garner Pageant; Garner Showcase of Talent; Proclaim; Eddie Miles in An Elvis Blue Christmas; and Sweet Potato Pie Band. For dates, times, and information: 919.661.4602 or

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Meredith College’s Music Department, Raleigh, presents monthly events. Fall Choral Tour; Step On A Crack; Meredith Dance Theatre; Women At Work; and Octavia Ensemble Piano Recital will all be hosted in November. For dates, times, locations, and information: 919.760.8600 or

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Duke Performances has a November full of performances. They include: Meredith Monk & The House Foundation; Tenebrae Choir; Bela Fleck & The Marcus Roberts Trio; Belcea Quartet; The Mighty Clouds of Joy; and Piotr Anderszewski on Piano. For dates, times, locations, tickets, and information: 919.684.4444 or www.

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

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Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St, Apex, has November events highlighted by Name That Tune with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. The Center now offers Track Out Camps at The Halle. For dates, times, and information: 919. 919.249.1120 or

The NC Symphony continues its season in November with: The Wizard of Oz; Song of the Earth; Leningrad; Mozart’s Prague Symphony; and The Messiah. For dates, times, locations, and information: 919.733.2750 or www.

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Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St, Holly Springs, wants readers to know about their November line-up of events highlighted by Pam Tillis in Concert. For dates, times, and information: 919.567.4000 or

Carolina Performing Arts Series, UNC-Chapel Hill presents November performances of Joshua Bell; PierreLaurent Almard; Brooklyn Rider; and Chucho Valdez. For dates, times, locations and information: 919.843.3333 or


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Play, Center for Dramatic Art, Country Club Rd, UNC-Chapel Hill. Info: 919.962.7529 or


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Frank Gallery, 109 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill, hosts Thursday Salons every Thursday, along with readings, lectures, demonstrations and performances. Info: 919.636.4135 or



The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market continues its market season. The market will be open on Tuesdays & Saturdays, in the parking lot of University Mall. Farmers and artisans feature a variety of seasonal produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, desserts and much more. Info: www. The Western Wake Farmers’ Market, 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd, Cary, will continue its Tuesday and Saturday afternoon markets. November’s market will host a variety of events, educators and musicians such as: Annual Fall Craft Fair; All Access Fundraising Campaign Event; and music by The Saucy Crawtails. Info: www. The Best of Sanford. November’s events include: Holiday Open House; Gregg Gelb Jazz Band at The Flame; The 39 Steps at The Temple Theatre; and A Christmas Carol at The Temple Theatre. For dates, times, locations and info: or The Chatham Hill Winery, 3800 Gateway Centre Blvd, Morrisville, offers free monthly events. November brings Weekend Christmas Red; Artist Opening Reception; “I Voted” Tasting; unWine-d Friday; Free Veteran’s Day Weekend Tasting; Winemaker’s Winery Tour & Barrel Sampling; Wine & Design; Thanksgiving Wine & Food Pairings; and more. For event dates, times, and information: 919.380.7135 or

2012 CowParade North Carolina, The Greater Triangle Area. The world’s largest public art exhibit to benefit NC Children’s Hospital. 20 Custom-designed, life-sized fiberglass cows on display across central and eastern NC, specifically Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, RTP, Garner, and Cary. Local artists have designed the cows. Presented

by Wells Fargo. The cows will be on exhibit through November. Info:

with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python & enjoy an intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy. Info: 919.774.4155 or

Nov 1-18 Shining City, Murphey School Auditorium, 224 Polk St, Raleigh. An Irish ghost story presented by Burning Coal Theatre Company. Info: 919.834.4001 or

Through Nov 4 I Hate Hamlet, North Raleigh Arts

Nov 2 Geo and Metro Exhibit Opening, Local Color

Through Nov 4 ArtsWalk Local Neighborhood

Gallery, 22 Glenwood South, Raleigh. Featuring artist Christine Harvaitt. Info: 919.754.3887 or

Nov 2-25 Terra Firma: Landscapes on Paper, Metal

and Canvas Exhibit, The Roundabout Art Collective, 305 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh. Info: 919.747.9495 or www.

Nov 3 Beginning to See the Light Cantari, 7:30pm,

Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill. Performed by the Chapel Hill Community Chorus. Info: 919.942.2955 or

Nov 3 Let’s Sing: A Salute To Those Who Served,

7pm, Pinecrest HS Auditorium, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines. Featuring The Golf Capital Chorus and The Carolinas’ District Champions. Info: 919.295.3529.

Nov 3 10th Annual Holiday Open House, 8:30am-

5pm, The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd, FuquayVarina. Wine Tasting to take place on Nov 7, 6-8pm. Info: 919.552.0590 or

Nov 3 All Saints’ Day and the Mexican Celebration

Dia de los Muertos, 7:30pm, United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill. Featuring Milo Fryling and Friends. Free admission. Info: 919.929.4954.

Nov 3-4 & Nov 10-11 18th Annual Orange County

Open Studio Tour, Orange County. 70 Artists open up their studios to the public. Info:

Through Nov 4 The 39 Steps, The Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St, Sanford. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece

& Creative Theatre, 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh. Info: 919.866.0228 or

Exhibition, Craven Allen Gallery, 1106 Broad St, Durham. Info: 919.286.4837 or

Nov 4 Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis Sunday with NC Master Chorale, 3pm, Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Info: 919.856.9700 or Nov 4 10th Annual Watts Hospital Hillandale/Old

West Durham Artwalk, 12-6pm, Hillandale/Old West Durham. A neighborhood celebration of more than 40 local artists. Info:

Nov 6-11 Catch Me If You Can, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh. Presented by NC Theatre & Broadway Series South. Info: 919.831.6941 or Nov 6-30 POP Art Master Claes Oldenburg Exhibit,

Animation & Fine Art Galleries, University Mall, 201 S. Estes Dr, Chapel Hill. Info: 919.968.8008 or

Through Nov 7 Your Land/My Land Election ’12

Hotel, Cary. Info: 919.677.1400 or

Nov 9-Dec 31 Mid-Century American Exhibit, Adam Cave Fine Art, 115 ½ E Hargett St, Raleigh. Info: 919.838.6692 or Nov 10 Artists and Authors Showcase, 5-8pm,

Bosetti Art Tile Showroom and Studio, 1201 W. Lenior St, Raleigh. Celebrate the joy of reading and art, along with enjoying wine and tasty treats. Info: showcase111012.

Nov 10 Kathy Mattea, 8pm, Stewart Theatre, NCSU-

Raleigh. Bluegrass, gospel and Celtic music. Info: 919.515.1100 or

Nov 10 Raleigh Area flute Association and Flute Choir’s Review and Contest Winner’s Recital & Flute Fair, 9am-5pm, Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Rd, Raleigh. Info: 919.781.3225 or Through Nov 11 Imaginary Invalid, Paul Green Theatre, UNC-Chapel Hill. Smart, and wickedly funny. Presented by PlayMakers Repertory Company. Info: 919.962.7529 or Nov 11 Performance by Bill Leslie, 4pm, Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. Info: 919.460.4963 or

Exhibit, CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St, Raleigh. Featuring works by Jonathan Horowitz. Info: 919.513.0946 or

Nov 11 Parker String Quartet, 3pm, Fletcher Opera

Nov 8-18 Women Beware Women, Sheafer Theater,

Nov 11-12 Musical Fairytales, Hayti Heritage Center, Chapel Hill. Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Info: 919.360.3382 or

Bryan Center, West Campus, Duke University, Durham. Info: 919.660.3343 or

Nov 9 Myth, Mischief and Celebration: Triangle

Wind Ensemble’s Fall Concert, 7:30pm, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dray Ave, Cary. Info:

Nov 9 Lucy Daniels Center Benefit “Expressions: A Celebration of Food and Art, 6:30pm, The Umstead

Theater, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Info: 919.821.2030 or

Through Nov 12 18th Annual Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour, Hillsborough Gallery, 121 N. Churton St, Hillsborough. 68 Artists participating in this year’s tour. Info: 919.732.5001 or

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The daughter of country legend Mel Tillis, Pam Tillis has made her own way in the music business. Her third album, 1994’s Sweetheart’s Dance, proved to be her most successful and earned her the ACM’s award for Female Vocalist of the Year. Spilled Perfume, When You Walk in the Room, and In Between Dances all went Top Five, and Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) became her first number one hit.


December 8 ~ In My Life, John Lennon Tribute

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

Imagine spending a night with John Lennon while he plays his acoustic guitar, reminisces about the past and relives the music that defined a generation. That is faithfully recreated by Carlo Cantamessa, who has portrayed the role of John Lennon for 30 years. All live, with complete audience interaction and personal touches that make each show a unique performance.

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Nov 18 Munch, Music and the Modern World, 3pm, East Building, NC Art Museum, Raleigh. Presented by Raleigh Chamber Music Guild. Info: 919.821.2030 or

Nov 13 Cameron Village Holiday Open House, 5-8pm, Cameron Village, Raleigh. A visit from Santa, clowns and jugglers, along with the Raleigh Boychoir and more. Info:

Nov 18 Concerts for a Cause featuring Campbell University Jazz Band, 4pm, Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church, 200 High Meadow Drive, Cary. Free and open to the public. Info: 919.467.4944 or

Nov 14-Dec 2 Alice in Wonderland, Titmus Theatre,

Nov 18 Carrboro Film Festival, 1-7pm, Century Center, Carrboro. A celebration of the film and video creativity in Orange County. For all ages. Info: 919.918.7392 or www.

NCSU-Raleigh. Presented by University Theatre. Info: 919.515.1100 or

Nov 15 20th Annual Holiday Showcase of Gallery Art-

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Through Nov 13 Curio Exhibit, Block Gallery, Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett St, Raleigh. Explore the fantastical. Info: 919.996.3610 or www.

Nov 18 Landscapes of American Music and Poetry,

ists Opening Reception, 7-9pm, ArtSource Fine Art Gallery, The Circle @ North Hills, Raleigh. Info: 919.787.9533 or

3pm, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave, Cary. Performed by the Concert Singers of Cary. Info: 919. 249.6421 or www.

Through Nov 16 Bob Rankin Exhibit, Emerge Fine Art, 200 S. Academy St, Cary. Info: 919.380.4470 or www.

Through Nov 20 Musings II & III Exhibit, Cary Gal-

lery of Artists, 200 S. Academy St, Cary. Featuring artist Kathleen Ward. Info: 919. 462.2035 or

Nov 16 Marlene VerPlanck, 7:30pm, Sunrise Theatre, Southern Pines. Part of Temple Theatre’s Heart of Carolina Jazz Society Series. Info: 919.774.4155 or

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Nov 23-25 A Christmas Carousel Holiday Festival,

Graham Building, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. A complete holiday experience for the entire family featuring live holiday music, Santa, and cooking demonstrations. Original artwork and crafts, Christmas decorations, prints, pottery, candle making, jewelry and more. Info: 919.821.7400 or

Nov 16 Pam Tillis, 7:30pm, Seby B. Jones Perform-

ing Arts Center, Louisburg College, Louisburg. Info: 919.496.2521 or

Through Nov 17 She Stoops to Conquer, Deep Dish

Theater, 201 S. Estes, Chapel Hill. A comic romp that is a tasty stew of mistaken identities, social sabotage and happy endings. Info: 919.968.1515 or

Nov 23-Dec 23 The Nutcracker featuring the Caro-

lina Ballet, Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill. For date locations, times, and info: 919.719.0900 or

Nov 17 Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, 8pm, The

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

Nov 27-Dec 2 Shrek The Musical, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center of the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Presented by NC Theatre & Broadway Series South. Info: 919.831.6941 or

Nov 17 Connecting Crossroads in NC with DBR & Laurelyn Dossett, 8pm, Stewart Theatre, NCSU-Raleigh. New collection of musical works that reflect the people and places of North Carolina. Info: 919.515.1100 or www.

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Nov 29-Dec 1 10th Annual Holiday Shoppe, Sports and Education Annex, Cary Academy, Cary. More than 100 unique vendors at this free event. Open to the public. Info: 919.228.4653 or holidayshoppe. Nov 29-Dec 9 August Osage County, Fletcher Opera Theatre, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. For mature audiences. Info: 919.480.5166 or



Nov 29-Dec 16 A Christmas Carol, Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St, Sanford. Info: 919.774.4155 or www. Nov 29-Dec 16 As You Like It, Burning Coal Theatre

Company, Murphey School Auditorium, 224 Polk St, Raleigh. Shakespeare’s comedic romp follows Rosalind out of the court and into the forest, where all sorts of louts, layabouts and fools are waiting to steal her heart. Info: 919.834.4001 or

Nov 28-Dec 16 It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Center for Dramatic Art, Country Club Rd, UNC-Chapel Hill. Info: 919.962.7529 or Nov 29-Dec 16 As You Like It, Burning Coal Theatre

November 30 - December 3 • At the Cary Arts Center


INDIVIDUAL TICKETS In person: at the Cary Arts Center By Phone: 1-800-514-3849 or Onilne:

Company, Murphey Auditorium, 124 Polk St, Raleigh. A comedic romp. Info: 919.834.4001 or

Nov 30 Holiday Pops Concert, 7pm, Durham Armory,

Durham. Info: 919.491.6576 or

Nov 30 FatMouth’s Improv, 8pm, Common Ground

Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd, Durham. Info: 919.698.3870 or

Nov 30-Dec 1 Antic Shakespeare, Brody Theater, East Campus, Duke University, Durham. Info: 919.660.3343 or

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Nov 30-Dec 3 A Christmas Story, Cary Arts Center,

Seby b. JoneS Performing Arts Center Frances boyette Dickson Auditorium ~ Louisburg College

A World Apart ~ Minutes Away

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

Nov 30-Dec 16 Oliver, North Raleigh Arts and

Creative Theatre, 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh. Info: 919.866.0228 or

Nov 30-Jan 13, 2013 The Art of Giving Exhibit,

Hillsborough Gallery, 121 N. Churton St, Hillsborough. Info: 919.732.5001 or

Dec 1 St. Thomas More School’s Annual Christmas Holiday Shoppe, 9am-4pm, St. Thomas More Church, 940 Carmichael St, Chapel Hill. Enjoy one-stop shopping with 60 talented artisans, along with live music and food. Info: Dec 1 5th Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market, 10am-4pm, Saints Cyril and Methodius Parish, 2510 Piney Plains Rd, Cary. A free, family holiday event with food, gifts and music. Info: 919.851.9266.

Pam Tillis Acoustic Trio

Live from WVL Radio Theatre

An acoustic evening with Grammy Winning Artist Pam Tillis. One of the greatest country artists of our time, Pam Tillis has had numerous top ten hits including, Maybe it Was Memphis, Spilled Perfume, and Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life). Pam will be joined by two equally talented women on guitar, mandolin and fiddle. It’s the perfect intimate show for a perfectly intimate evening.

It’s Christmas time 1946, and only a handful of radio actors have braved the blizzard to perform that evening’s broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life and keep the radio station afloat. Set in the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theatre, a small band of employees manage to create the dozens of movie characters and scenes using just their voices and a sound effects table.

Friday, November 16, 7:30pm

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Dec 1 Wake Forest Christmas Historic Home Tour, 2-8pm, Historic Wake Forest. Take a horse drawn carriage



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ride, listen to a performance by the Seminary Carillon and tour beautifully decorated historic buildings. Info: 919.435.9516 or

Dec 1 Voices of Angels featuring the Raleigh Symphony, 8pm, Jones Auditorium, Meredith College, Raleigh. A warm fuzzy holiday event for the whole family. Info: 919.546.9755 or Dec 1 The Clayton Center’s 10th Anniversary Gala

& Fundraiser, 7pm, The Clayton Center, 111 E. 2nd St, Clayton. Featuring Jim Witter, The Long & Winding Road. Info: 919.553.1737 or

Dec 1-2 & Dec 8-9 20th Annual Chatham Studio

Tour, 10am-5pm, Chatham County. A self-guided tour to artists’ studios. For maps and information: 919.542.6418 or

Dec 2 20th Annual Boylan Heights ArtWalk, 12-5pm,

Boylan Heights Neighborhood, Downtown Raleigh. More than 100 artists will be showing and selling their work on porches and lawns. Admission is free. Info: 919.337.3633 or

Dec 2 General Assembly Chorus Concert, 2pm, Cary Academy, 1500 N. Harrison Ave, Cary. Info: 321.345.7464 or

Dec 6-16 A Christmas Carol, Theatre In The Park,

107 Pullen Rd, Raleigh. Enjoying 38 years on stage. Info: 919.831.6936 or

Dec 9 Central Carolina Winter Arts & Crafts Festival, 4-9pm, Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St, Sanford. Over 70 exhibitors, along with live performances, demonstrations, raffles and more. Info: 910.364.7302 or

Through Jan 6, 2013 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

Through Jan 7, 2013 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

Through Jan 13, 2013 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. Through Feb 4, 2013 New Artworks by Angel Otero Exhibit, CAM, Raleigh. 409 W. Martin St, Raleigh. Info: 919.513.0946 or Through Apr 28, 2013 Titanic: The Artifact Exhi-

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

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Have you walked your art today? Visit with artists in historic Boylan Heights. Featuring the best of North Carolina’s handmade art.

ents two major special exhibitions now on view in the East Building. Still-Life Masterpieces: A Visual Feast from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is on exhibit until January 13, 2013 and Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print through February 10, 2013. For over 400 years artists have celebrated the depiction of everyday objects, and the bounty from Mother Nature, to refine their skills and to study form, balance, composition as well as their use of color. The Masterpieces exhibit brings together over 70 still-life paintings and decorative arts from European and American masters of the genre. “What all still-life painters have in common is the need to pay close, personal attention to the stuff of this world,” says John W. Coffey, deputy director for art and curator of American and modern art of the NCMA. “What’s painted is less important than how it is painted. These artists are primarily concerned with achieving a harmony of shape, color and overall design.”

Fruit and Jug on a Table with the trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) technique employed by Levi Wells Prentice in his painting Apples in A Pail.


The headphones available for a selfguided tour of the exhibit are highly recommended as the curators provide valuable insights and comparisons into the art and techniques used by these masters. Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print brings to the Triangle this important artists’ work with 26 prints in a variety of media—etchings, woodcuts and lithographs. Munch is now one of the rock stars of the art world since his famous painting The Scream recently sold for almost $120 million. If you recognize that painting, said to represent the anxiety of modern man, then you will not be surprised by his compelling prints which focus on themes of lust, loneliness, despair and death. As the first of the exhibit information boards states, “Munch and Freud would have much to discuss.” Munch was deeply affected by the death Jan Jansz. van de Velde, Still Life of his mother and his beloved sister Sophie. with Goblet and Fruit, 1 He also suffered from various illnesses during his life. The death of his father Visitors will be delighted to see works forced him to return from his studies in by some of the world’s greatest artists. Paris and be responsible for supporting the Renoir, Cézanne, Manet, Courbet, Braque, family. He is said to have had continuing Matisse, O’Keeffe, Vuillard and Gris are presented to the viewer conversationally rather than chronologically to allow the viewer to compare and contrast different styles and periods of this dynamic art genre. The 17th century artists present the viewer with opulent views of everyday life alongside symbols of man’s fleeting time here on earth. These are known as vanitas paintings and the best examples in the show are Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts Paul Cézanne, Fruit and Jug Vanitas Still-Life and Pierre Nichon’s Stillon a Table, circa 190–9 Life with Carp. Compare the technique and treatment that Cezanne provides with his OIL ON CANVAS, 14 3/4 X 13 3/4 IN., MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON, ANONYMOUS GIFT, BY EXCHANGE, PHOTOGRAPH © 2012 MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON


struggles with the desire to commit suicide. All of the inner turmoil represented in his paintings and prints revealed him to be not only a leading Symbolist of the late 19th century but also a major figure in the rise of German Expressionism and art in the modern era. “Walking around this gallery,” says Coffey, “you find yourself at the birth of the modern world with all its thrills and apprehensions.” If you choose to see both of these exhibits at the same time and wish to leave the museum with a feeling of being uplifted by viewing all of this great art, Boom! recommends that you view the Munch exhibit first and finish with Still-Life Masterpieces. Visit

CowParade North Carolina 2012, presented by Wells Fargo to benefit North Carolina Children’s Hospital, is conservatively estimated to attract more than 500,000 visitors to the Triangle during the three-month exhibition. At the conclusion of the public exhibition phase of CowParade North Carolina, select bovines will be sold via live auction at a gala event in February 2013, while others will be sold through an online auction. Funds raised will benefit N.C. Children’s Hospital. Enjoy the Fresh Air at the Boylan Heights ArtWalk With a nip in the December morning

air, artisans begin setting up on the porches and lawns of Raleigh’s Boylan Heights neighCowabunga! CowParade to Stampede the borhood. A glassworker here, a painter there, Triangle CowParade, the world’s largest metal artists, fiber artists, photographers, potpublic art exhibit, has arrived in the Trian- ters, jewelers and more all begin transforming gle! CowParade North Carolina 2012 features the historic neighborhood into an outdoor 81 painted and costumed cows, all whim- gallery. For these artists the first Sunday in sically transformed by regional artists, December means the Boylan Heights ArtWalk, professional and amateur, from life-sized one of the Triangle’s most genial craft shows. Last year that nip faded quickly as the tem“blank canvas” fiberglass cows. Thanks to the support of many corporate perature climbed unseasonably to the upper sponsors, stylized cows are grazing in high- 60s and the warm weather brought a record trafficked public places throughout Chapel number of patrons. 2012 is the 20th ArtWalk which started as Hill, Durham and Raleigh now through December 7, 2012, displayed in streets, parks, a way for the neighborhood artists to show storefronts and other public places as a off their work. Over the years veritable free outdoor museum other artists from of cows. Raleigh started to Herd locations include the join the fun, then University of North Carolina artists from all over at Chapel Hill campus, the the region, then American Tobacco campus from other parts of and Golden Belt in Durham, the state and recently out-state and North Hills and Fayartists have been joining too. etteville Street in downtown With more artists wishing to Raleigh. Visitors will also find Dogwood Blossum, participate than space allows, a artist Amy Veatch several “cows in outlying pasjury of neighborhood residents tures” throughout the greater and local artists select the best Triangle and beyond, as far away as Fay- work to appear in the show. etteville and Wilmington. Download your A committee of neighborhood volunherd map at, and teers begins early each summer to plan visit them all during the exhibition. the ArtWalk. In addition to the nuts and The life-sized bovines, each with a fan- bolts of how to welcome 5,000 people to ciful moniker fitting her design, are about the neighborhood, “did we have enough eight feet long and five feet high and weigh trash cans last year and where should the approximately 125 pounds before application port-a-potties go,” the committee also by the artist. CowParade North Carolina’s works with the jury to get the right blend heaviest work, Lady Carolina Bloo, a UNC of artists each year. Like a fine soufflé the “moo-saic” design comprised of shards of right blend includes the return of crowdVietri pottery, weighs approximately 350 to pleasing favorites along with enough new 400 lbs. The cows are additionally attached artists to keep the flavor fresh. to a 400-pound concrete base so as not to Boylan Heights is also the home to “moo-ve” from their grazing locations. continued on page 3 SPONSOR WELLS FARGO, LOCATED AT WELLS FARGO BANK, 6615 KNIGHTDALE BLVD., KNIGHTDALE.

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several artists’ studios that will be participating in ArtWalk. Among them Gayle Stott-Lowry whose work hangs in the NC Museum of Art and Lucas House who won a design completion for the gates to Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary.

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You Can own a Piece of Music History the Floyd Council Memorial Project


orth Carolina, and the Piedmont in particular, has a tremendous legacy of great musicians who call it home. Many street musicians, called buskers, played the streets of Raleigh and Durham. Durham was a well-known stop for musicians across America. In the late 30s Blind Boy Fuller brought together a group of musicians in Durham to help him record his music—some of them would become famous in their own right. Sonny Terry, from Greensboro, who was perhaps the greatest harmonica player ever (Little Walter might object to that claim), met Brownie McGhee while recording with Blind Boy. The famous duo Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee was born after Fuller’s death in 1941. They went on to play for decades appearing with the likes of Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. They were quite a pair—Sonny was blind and Brownie walked with a pronounced limp. I had the pleasure of hearing them up close and personal in a small club in New Mexico, and knew then that I was witnessing music history. The final lineup of musicians playing with Blind Boy Fuller were none other than Sonny Terry on harmonica, and Pink Anderson and Floyd Council on backing guitars and vocals. Who was Floyd Council? Have you ever heard of the band Pink Floyd? Well, the name Pink Floyd came about in the 1960s when Syd Barrett, one of the founders of the band, realized that his band, then called The Tea Set were about to go on stage after another band had finished who was also called The Tea Set. He looked at some liner notes on a nearby blues album and noticed the names of two Piedmont Bluesmen who accompanied Blind Boy Fuller on a album released in 1962. Their names were Pink Anderson (of South Carolina) and Floyd Council (born in Chapel Hill, NC). Syd declared that they would thenceforth be called The Pink Floyd Sound and, well, the rest is history. Floyd Council was born in Chapel Hill in 1911. He became a locally known guitarist, mandolin player and singer in the Piedmont style and played the streets of Chapel Hill and Durham with Blind Boy Fuller. His nickname was Dipper Boy. Unfortunately he suffered a stroke in the late 60s that diminished his abilities. The blues revival brought back to America by Syd Barret, Keith Richards,

by Jud Patterson and Greg Petty Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Van Morrison and others in the British rock scene who knew the blues players better than most Americans, did not catch up to the Pink Anderson’s and Floyd Council’s before they passed or disappeared from the music scene in order to survive. Consequently not much of his music survives. Six of his songs are available however on the album Carolina Blues 193-19 from Document Records. The web link for purchasing the mp3 files is com/gp/product/B000UXU0UW/ ref=dm_mu_dp_trk1/178-0169785-9311705 Council died on May 9, 1976 and was buried in the cemetery that was then part of the White Oak A.M.E. church in Sanford, NC. That cemetery has been largely ignored and is in total disrepair. The overgrowth and neglect has made it difficult to pinpoint the exact location of Floyd Council’s grave. An idea came about because a transplant from New Orleans to the Raleigh area named Bullfrog Willard McGhee, himself an accomplished blues guitarist, singer, poet, and artist, bemoaned the fact that so

is a story unto itself and I encourage readers of this article to visit to learn more about it. It came about when an amazing young man named Drew Questell told his father Andrew Questell Sr. that something must be done about the plight of some of the elder bluesmen he had come to know and respect. Andrew Sr., having the means, established The Questell Foundation, and it is through this foundation that the funds will be managed to support the project to clean up this cemetery. Andrew Sr. has promised to create a special account within the foundation to manage the funds designated for the Floyd Council Memorial Project and ensure that the funds deposited into that account are spent only on that project. A commemorative mug has been designed and is already in production to raise funds for this project. Consisting of images of both Pink Anderson and Floyd Council and containing a brief history of the story behind the name of the band Pink Floyd, each mug is also numbered and personalized with the buyer’s name. The mugs can be seen and

many of the Piedmont Bluesmen’s legacies (and graves) had become lost, either paved over or left unkempt. For details, one can visit What started out as a volunteer effort has seen the need for a more concerted effort to raise the money to get a professional crew to clean up the cemetery and then locate the graves. The ultimate goal is to provide a proper headstone for Floyd Council and to restore dignity to the entire cemetery and to all of the people buried there. However, to do this properly, an entity with integrity and purpose was needed to manage any funds raised for the project. Enter The Questell Foundation, a non-profit organization who has pledged that 100 percent of any monies donated to it will be used for its stated purpose. The very existence of this foundation

ordered at the website: pf.htm. The mug was designed by Jud Patterson of Kreative Concepts, LLC in Cary, using images provided to him by Bullfrog Willard McGhee. There is also a link to the order form from the Questell Foundation website. This is a large 15-ounce mug, each one being unique. The image seen here shows all three views of the mug. The mugs are $25.00 each (that includes shipping.) The buyer’s name and the serial number of the mug will be part of the information on the mug, customizing it for the owner. If you, the reader, want to participate in a worthwhile project and own a piece of history in the making, won’t you purchase one of these items and help restore dignity to this cemetery in Sanford, the resting place of Floyd Council?

single Men/single Women: Who suffers Most? increases, although the gap in life expectancy differences is narrowing, statistically speaking. But according to www.seniors-sight. com, in the article, Women Going it Alone, by age 85, there are only about 40 men for every 100 women. Therefore, there are more older women facing life single, and facing it without men as age-based counterparts. In the article, Divorced Women Suffer Financially, While Men—Emotionally, Margarita Nahapetyan sums up what many believe is a key difference in the way men and women each cope with being alone. Citing an Australian study conducted between 2000 and 2010, the article indicates that incomes of divorced women declined whereas those of men increased, particularly in the first year. The difference was less pronounced as time went on. Relationships with children also proved more complicated for women. Not only in the case of traditional dependent children in the same household, but also when children moved back in with their parents in latter life. In general, the study found that for women it was not as easy to combine family responsibilities with a paid job. Another aspect is the more subjective realm of emotional well-being. The Australian study indicated that men reported conditions of loneliness and isolation somewhat more after becoming single. At benchmarks of two and six years, 30 percent of men and 25 percent of women reported the condition acutely at two years. A comparable, though slightly reduced amount was reported at six years. Women who have not had a career outside the home may have accumulated less income, but they may also have stabilized with less debt as well. Statistics commonly bear out that men, on average, have greater lifetime income than women. With all the challenges that face both men and women, outreach and connectedness, are often referenced as the antidote. A recent website for caring for the elderly posed the question, “How can I avoid loneliness in old age?” The definitive answer, given by the medical doctor, Dr. Michael Roizen: “If you are in this situation, seek out other avenues of social support.” Simple enough.

The theme of the discussion centered around the assurance that religious faith provided a child and a parent, who were both seniors, in a situation where the child was providing physical care to their parent. A related concern is facing injuries or accidents alone, particularly trips and falls. In her article, Alone Again, Naturally, Dominique Browning recounts in vivid detail her fall on the rain-slick steps of her New York City apartment. Lying alone and in pain on the sidewalk, she recounted her thoughts, “This is what happens when you live alone. You fall, and there is no one to help you up.” Contemplating the situation, she thought to herself, “If you don’t pick yourself up, you could lie here for three days, maybe even two weeks, before anyone finds you. Lucky, you aren’t paralyzed.” People deal with getting older in different ways. Single members of the Baby Boom generation face challenges that married ones do not. And there can be differences between men and women. One difference flows from demographics. Women live longer than men—on average, about five years longer, based on 2010 statistics from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Once the traditional retirement age J. Scott Truax is a freelance writer in the Triangle area. of 65 is reached, the ratio of women to men He can be reached at boom@access


n the United States, women are assaulted or beaten once every nine seconds; worldwide, one in three women have been battered, raped or otherwise abused in her lifetime, according to women’s advocacy organizations. “That means most of us—while grocery shopping, at work or at home— come across several women a day who have either been abused, or are currently enduring abuse,” says Linda O’Dochartaigh, a health professional and author of Peregrine ( “It’s a terrible fact of life for too many women, but if there is something we can do about it and we care about fellow human beings, then we must try.” There are several abuse resources available to women who are being abused, or friends of women who need advice, including: •, National Domestic Violence Hotline, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, 800.799SAFE (7223) •, provides unbiased, advertising-free mental health information to give people the self-help options to help people understand, prevent, and resolve life’s challenges •, allows women to search for an offender in custody by name or identification number, then register to be alerted if the offender is released, transferred, or escapes •, 888.7HELPLINE, offers crisis intervention and support services for victims of intimate partner violence and their families Perhaps the best thing friends and family can do for a woman enduring domestic abuse is to be there for her—not only as a sympathetic ear, but also as a source of common sense that encourages her to take protective measures, O’Dochartaigh says. Before that, however, loved ones need to recognize that help is needed. O’Dochartaigh reviews some of the warning signs: • Clothing—Take notice of a change in clothing style or unusual fashion choices that would allow marks or bruises to be easily hidden. For instance, someone who wears long sleeves even in the dog days of summer may be trying to hide signs of abuse. • Constant phone calls—Many abusers are very controlling and suspicious, so they will call their victims multiple times each day to “check in.” This is a subtle way of manipulating their victims, to make them fearful of uttering a stray word that might alert someone that something is wrong. Many abusers are also jealous, and suspect their partner is cheating on them, and the constant calls are a way of making sure they aren’t with anyone they aren’t supposed to be around. • Unaccountable injuries—Sometimes, obvious injuries such as arm bruises or black eyes are a way to show outward domination over the victim. Other times, abusers harm areas of the body that won’t be seen by family, friends and coworkers. • Frequent absences—Often missing work or school and other last-minute plan changes may be a woman hiding abuse, especially if she is otherwise reliable. • Excessive guilt and culpability—Taking the blame for things that go wrong, even though she was clearly not the person responsible—or she is overly-emotional for her involvement—is a red flag. • Fear of conflict—Being brow-beaten or physically beaten takes a heavy psychological toll, and anxiety bleeds into other relationships. • Chronic uncertainty—Abusers often dominate every phase of a victim’s life, including what she thinks she likes, so making basic decisions can prove challenging.

Linda O’Dochartaigh has worked in health care is an advocate for victims of child abuse and domestic violence. She wants survivors to know that an enriched, stable and happy life is available to them. O’Dochartaigh is the mother of three grown children and is raising four adopted grandchildren.

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n later life, the inevitable challenges of declining strength and vigor, reduced earning capacity, and the possibility of needing physical care can be daunting. Those challenges can be compounded by both age and the prospect of facing them alone. “It’s interesting to me to watch how different people age. Some just slip into it gracefully and others fight it tooth-and-nail the entire way,” said Lisa Berry, radio announcer for a Christian radio program, introducing a discussion about fear of old age.

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