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LeTTer FroM THe edITor by GreG Petty “For flowers that bloom about our feet; For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet; For song of bird, and hum of bee; For all things fair we hear or see, Father in heaven, we thank Thee!”
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ralPh waldo emerson It is that time of year for all of us to give pause and reflect on the blessings we received this year. For some of us, those who are ill or have lost their job or have just plain been struggling financially, the effort to find a blessing may seem futile. But the blessings are all around us as Emerson’s poem reminds us. It may be a kind word from a stranger, an unsolicited offer from a friend, a smile and a hug from a loved one or the enjoyment of seeing your children succeed. It could be a cure or relief from a medical condition. If we slow down and think about it, I bet we can all find those blessings. So as the holiday season arrives let’s be thankful for the blessings that came our way. Be mindful of those who lost loved ones, are on their own, have health issues or have lost a job. Take care of them as the holidays are hard on people in those situations—share some time with them, pay something forward for them or simply ask if they have plans for Thanksgiving dinner. The following famous Thanksgiving quotes were compiled a few years back by the Huffington Post and we would like to share some of them with you now. “Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” ~erma bombeck “An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” ~irv kuPcinet “Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a Boom! year; to the honest it comes Oct. 2013man Crossword as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” ~edward sandFord martin “Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” ~e.P. Powell “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” ~h.u. westermayer “If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” ~Gerald Good “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John FitZGerald kennedy Happy Thanksgiving!
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ittle Free Libraries are springing up in North Carolina and across the globe. We take access to a library for granted, but many people do not have one in their community or are miles away from one. The solution is Little Free Libraries. The kiosks can take many shapes: a free standing box of wood or plastic, newspaper boxes, or even a red English phone booth! They are maintained by a steward who keeps them clean, organized and free from moisture. You can find them on country roads or a town street. The idea is to take a free book and leave a book. The libraries are credited with building communities, spreading literacy and the love of reading. For more info on a Little Free Library near you visit www.littlefreelibrary.org. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce will induct 12 business leaders and families into the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame, 6:30-9:30pm, Wednesday, November 13 at The Carolina Inn. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame honors individuals with a record of achievement that demonstrates excellence in business management, entrepreneurial and courageous thinking and action, inspiring leadership, community impact, and whose time as a business leader made a substantial, positive and lasting impact on our community. The inaugural class of the Chapel HillCarrboro Business Hall of Fame: • Stein, Bill and Jesse Basnight Sr., S.H. Basnight & Sons, Inc. • Michael Barefoot, Southern Season • Mildred Council, Mama Dip’s: • Orville Campbell, The Chapel Hill News • Ted and Edward Danziger, Restaurateurs, The Rathskellar, Ranch House and others. • Mickey Ewell, Chapel Hill Restaurant Group: Spanky’s Restaurant, Four Eleven West and others. • R.B. and Jenny Fitch, Fitch Creations, Fearrington Village and Restaurant • Mac Fitch, Fitch Lumber and Hardware • Jim Heavner, WCHL, The Tar Heel Sports Network, and The Village Advocate. • George Watts Hill Sr., Central Carolina Bank, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Chairman of the Research Triangle Institute 1958-1993. • Frank Kenan, Kenan Oil and Kenan Transport • Mel Rashkis, Mel Rashkis & Associates, President Board of Realtors Tickets to the Hall of Fame Gala, a black tie event including a cocktail hour, live music, and a three-course meal, are $200 per person or $300 for a pair. Register online at www.carolinachamber.org/events.
Boomerang YOUR LETTERS correction: In the October issue of Boom! we inadvertently listed the author of the Take Control of Your Health column, “Let’s Have a Tea Party!” incorrectly. The writer of that story is Amy Bowen, RN, LDN, a clinical dietitian at WakeMed Cary. We apologize for the error. ✍ Dear Gerald [Townsend, financial editor for Boom!]: Many thanks for the article on geriatric care managers! We need all the exposure and confidence in our profession as we can get! Many people are not aware of the great work we do and appreciate your confidence and additional exposure you provided in Boom! Magazine. ~Best regards, Lauren Watral Lauren: Glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for writing. ~Gerald A. Townsend, President ✍ Hi Barbara: I just picked up the October Boom, loved your letter from editor [Blind Sided]. Loved the message and happy to hear your heart is being treated! ~ Anne Browning, Marketing Coordinator, Homewatch CareGivers ✍ Dear Barbara: As a 66-year-old boomer, I have enjoyed Boom! magazine for some time. In particular, I want to thank you for your letter “Blind Sided” in the current edition. I am all too familiar with such life-changing events, and getting “blind sided” is quite descriptive. I wish you well and trust, as you state, that your condition will be well managed with medication. As a professional chaplain, pastoral counselor and minister for over 40 years, I have seen my share of illness, tragedy and death. Although many of us find comfort in our faith and/or spirituality, I am not aware of any simple answers to your question, “How could this happen?” One thing I have discovered: we may feel some relief in seeing others and realizing our situation could be worse, but that is of little comfort as we struggle to cope with our own situation.
You offer some good tips on coping with the unexpected. However, in my experience, folks cope in different ways, and what helps one person does not necessarily help another. What seems to help most often is the love and support we receive from others. As Rabbi Rami Shapiro put it in his blog of 9/19/2013 about the Jewish Feast of Booths, entitled Happy Sukkot (rabbirami.blogspot.com): “During the week of Sukkot we gather with family and friends, both living and dead, to share a meal in the sukkah, reminding ourselves that the best way to survive life’s uncertainties is with the love of family and friends.” Meanwhile, facing mortality (as your friend with MS has been forced to do) raises other questions and even deeper issues. As a hospice chaplain, I used to tell folks about my sister Betsy, who died in 1951 at age two— just before I turned five. Long story short, I understood as much about death then as I do now. If you are interested in more of my musings, I blog occasionally about coping with life at patchworkquiltspirituality.blogspot.com. Thanks again for Boom! ~Ty Campbell ✍ Hi Greg: Well, “fore”-evermore!!!! And this is a “testament” that one should enter! I felt very fortunate to be a spectator at the SAS tournament and now feeling luckier that I visited the participating booths. Thank you so much for the Tangent putter. I’ve had the same putter for ten-plus years, and my husband seems to get one every time a new one is featured! I truly look forward to Boom! Magazine every month, always picking up an extra copy or two and passing them along to my friends. Enjoy all the interesting articles and I have quite a collection of them in my “refer-tofile!” ~ Pam Hampton, Pinehurst ed note: Boom! Magazine had a tent at the SAS Tournament this year as part of our media sponsorship. Congratulations to Pam for winning the Tangent putter.
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American Physical Therapy Association released results of its survey ranking the “Top Ten Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America.” Raleigh finished number ten on the list. Cities were rated on life expectancy, cardiovascular health and reported stress levels of baby boomers, as well as access to local health care and fitness resources. Raleigh’s population is the most satisfied of the top ten cities, with 97 percent reporting in as satisfied or very satisfied with their life. For more information contact www.moveforwardpt.com/Default. Seymour Center in Chapel Hill presents “The Legacy of JFK” by Pulitzer Prize Winner Walter Mears, a former Associated Press Bureau Chief in Washington, D.C. and Walter Mack, a former Aerospace Reporter. The lecture includes rare memorabilia in memory of the 50th anniversary of his death. Mears was one of the most influential writers of his time in the 1960s and 70s and was author of several books on U.S. Presidents including Kennedy. Mears will speak at the Seymour Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, 10:30am Friday, November 15, 2013. Mack covered Kennedy’s visit to Cape Canaveral just a week before the President was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. A collection of rare memorabilia will be exhibited at the Seymour Center—never seen by the public. The exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and will benefit the Friends of the Seymour Center programs and activities. For more information, call Walter Mack at 919.968.2070. N.C. Museum of History hosts Raleigh attorney Eugene Boyce presenting the program History à la Carte: From Duct Tape to Electronic Tape: Inside the Watergate Wednesday, Nov. 13, from noon to 1pm at the museum in Raleigh. Bring your lunch; beverages will be provided. Admission is free. Boyce will share his experiences as assistant chief counsel of the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities. Most notably, he was lead investigator on the team that discovered the taping system that recorded conversations inside the White House of then president Richard Nixon. Boyce worked closely with Senator Sam J. Ervin during the 99 days of televised hearings related to crimes committed during the 1972 presidential campaign. After the program, stop by the exhibit Watergate: Political Scandal & the Presidency. For more information about the N.C. Museum of History, call 919.807.7900 or access www. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
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Taking Back Control of the People’s House: End Gerrymandering
mericans just experienced a spectacle and an ordeal that should have never happened—a government shutdown for 16 days and the unprecedented step (for the second time in recent years) of a Congress that threatened to refuse to raise the debt ceiling for laws and monetary expenditures they had already passed. Refusing to honor America’s debt is a direct violation of the 14th Amendment. The proper way to change or correct legislation already passed is to first win elections on the basis of your policies and then debate and pass changes in the regular Congressional order of business—not by tying repeal or funding a law to the budget process or debt ceiling. Failing to raise the debt ceiling would have global economic implications that followed the loss of confidence by foreigners for the world’s currency reserve. The cost of the shutdown to the American economy is estimated at $24 billion. What is perhaps worse is the loss of global confidence in our ability to lead ourselves, much less the world’s economies. Let’s hope we can avoid this manufactured crisis again on January 15th and February 7th, 2014 when the matter comes up yet again. China and Japan, hardly longtime allies, considered holding talks with other nations to depose the American dollar as the world’s currency reserve. Now that’s a vote of no confidence in Congress and American politics, isn’t it? We need to ask ourselves how politicians elected to do the work of ALL the people can so widely ignore the wishes of the majority of citizens who thought these legislative actions were not warranted? The answer is gerrymandered districts. The last redistricting process after the 2010 census allowed state legislatures to draw districts that were almost perfectly designed for the re-election of the majority House member by packing like-minded voters into absurdly drawn districts. Thus their only fear of losing an election is to lose a primary challenge. There is little need for these members to propose and support legislation that addressed the needs of a wide demographic mixture of races, ages, incomes, ideas and political persuasions. In short, there is absolutely no need for moderation. That situation subverts our democracy. Gerrymandering, by any party, simply should not be acceptable to any voter. It is a direct diminution of your vote. Both parties are guilty of using the process to stack the deck, but the extent to which it has altered voting results and changed representation in Congress is now at a whole new level of abuse. The Republican State Leadership Committee, a Washington D.C. based political group, has sponsored a $30 million multiyear program to influence redistricting by implementing a two-pronged strategy, 1) take over state legislatures before a census is taken and, 2) redraw state and Congressional districts to their
advantage. My Congressional district here in West Cary went from David Price’s 4th District to the 2nd District now represented by Renee Ellmers from Harnett County. Ellmers just voted to keep the government shutdown in the recent self-inflicted crisis. The redrawn 2nd District was quite a reach into Wake County to pack as many Republicans as possible into it. Nationally, Democrats received 1.4 million more votes in the last election for the House but Republicans control the house 234 to 201.
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Regardless of which party candidate you support and the ideas you would like to see debated and enacted, it will not happen when representation is this skewed and it certainly is not supporting what makes democracy tick—moderation and compromise. In an October 4, 2013 Associated Press article, Charles Babington noted that in the last shutdown in 1995, “…79 House Republicans represented districts carried by Democrat Bill Clinton in the previous presidential election. Today, only 17 House Republicans come from districts that Obama won.” According to an article by Sam Wang, founder of the Princeton Election Consortium in February 3, 2013 New York Times Sunday Review Section, The Great Gerrymander of 2012, writing about the naïve notion that a party that wins more than half the votes should receive at least half of the seats, “Five states failed to clear even this low bar; Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin… In North Carolina, where the two party House vote was 51 percent Democratic, 49 percent Republican, the average simulated delegation [a computer simulation of typical voters in the rest of the nation with the same NC statewide voter total] was seven Democrats and six Republicans. The actual outcome? [Republican redistricting] Four Democrats, nine Republicans—a split that occurred in less than one percent of simulations.” In other words, extreme gerrymandering. The lawsuit against the redistricting is currently before the NC Supreme Court (after losing a lower
court ruling) and the plaintiffs (NAACP, Democratic Party and individual voters) are asking Supreme Court Judge Newby to recuse himself from the case. Newby is reported to have received over $1 million to campaign committees supporting his re-election from the above mentioned Republican State Leadership Committee. The RSLC also supplied one of the consultants identified by GOP lawmakers as the chief architect of the new districts. Voters do not have to sit by and watch our representation continuously be diluted, as well as politically, socially and economically misrepresented. We should prevent the politicians in the NC state legislature from redrawing the districts—we already know they will always act in their own best re-election interest. The State of California has in fact instituted this reform as a result of the voter referendum initiative aptly named Voters First Act. The law instituted a 14 member citizen commission to redraw Congressional, Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization districts. The commission is composed of members from varied ethnic backgrounds and geographic locations that include five Republicans, five Democrats and four Decline to State. The commission includes educators, law professors, business and civic leaders as well as strategic consultants amongst other professions. Districts are drawn considering these criteria: • Districts must be of equal population to comply with the US Constitution. • Districts must comply with the Voting Rights Act to ensure that minorities have an equal opportunity to elect representatives of their choice. • Districts must be contiguous so that all parts of the district are connected to each other. • Districts must respect the boundaries of cities, counties, neighborhoods and communities of Interest, and minimize their division, to the extent possible. • Districts should be geographically compact, that is, have a fairly regular shape. • Where practicable each Senate District should be comprised of two complete and adjacent Assembly Districts and Board of Equalization districts shall be composed of ten complete and adjacent State Senate Districts. • Districts shall not be drawn to favor or discriminate against an incumbent, candidate, or political party. North Carolina citizens should follow the NC redistricting lawsuit closely—properly drawn districts and voter representation is at stake. California has provided the model—Independents, Republicans and Democrats, let’s join together to enact a North Carolina Voters First Act to help restore some faith, accountability and representation by people who reflect a variety of sensible ideas and policies for all of the voters in our great state.
Q. I have approximately 100 pictures from a recent vacation that I’d like to send to others. Any suggestions for a program I should use for this? A. “Sending” photos to me means transmitting them, in which case it would be via email. One word of caution, if I may: Unless you know your intended recipients VERY well, that’s a lot of photos to inflict upon anybody. In photographic circles, 100 vacation photos equal 400 non-vacation photos to anybody who did not accompany you on the trip. It’s been my experience that the level of viewer interest is in inverse proportion to the number of photos being shared. Caution is advised. The best thing to do is to compress (ZIP) those 100 photo files into one humongous file, then use a service such as TransferBigFiles.com or MailBigFile.com. Using either service, you can upload your gonzo file to a secure area. The site will then provide a link to your designated recipients that they can click to download your file, thus circumventing any ISP-based file-size restrictions. Both sites offer free and paid services, so be sure to read about each one on their respective sites. To compress (ZIP) all your photo files into one huge file, click to select (highlight) all the files you want to ZIP. Right-click the highlighted files and select Send To > Compressed (zipped) Folder. A .ZIP file containing all your photo files will be created. It is this ZIP file you will send. Your recipients will simply need to right-click, select Extract and select a location for the files on their computer. If, however, by “send” you mean you would like to share your vacation photos in an online album that your invitees can then peruse until their respective heads explode, any of the popular online albumhosting sites such as Snapfish.com, Shutterfly.com or Flickr.com—and there are countless others—will serve that purpose quite nicely.
Items folder only shows me as the To: recipient, but not the people I sent BCCs to. Is there some way to check BCCs after sending? A. Double-click to display the message full size in the Sent Items folder in Outlook 2007 and you will see the BCC recipients in the header of each message.
Q. I always use the BCC field when sending mail to multiple recipients. When I later want to review the folks to whom I sent an email, my Outlook 2007 Sent
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Q. Why is it that sometimes I need to type www when going to a website and for others I have to type http, without the www? A. In a ‘Net shell, a website name is converted (using a DNS or Domain Name System server) from alpha to numeric format. In other words, the word(s) you type as the address of a website are translated into a series of numbers called an IP (Internet Protocol) address. This address tells your browser where on the Internet the website can be found. (It’s a bit more technical than that, but that’s close enough without lapsing into insufferable geekspeak.) Some website DNS records are configured to allow you to type just the SiteName.com part of it, while others are configured in such a way that it requires the www (for World Wide Web) prefix. Q. I know there is a great deal of medical information available on the Web, but do you know if there is anything online that can test for color blindness? Thanks, Mr. M. A. Before sharing information of this type, I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend seeking appropriate medical evaluation and consultation for definitive answers to health-related questions. I am not a doctor, nor do I portray one on television, though I did play one on radio back in the ’70s—well, until an unfortunate Cease and Desist Order was issued. With that caveat, there is a color blindness test located at the appropriately named colorvisiontesting.com website. The default font on this site is refreshingly large and easy to read.
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helps visitors connect with educators in order to learn whatever skill they are interested in learning. There may be a fee associated with some classes, so be sure to review the Frequently Asked Questions in the Help area. Better safe than hysterical. www.skillshare.com
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Pinterest Fun for Your Creative Self and Business Savvy by Bea Vanni
e hear about new social media sites popping up daily, but the top five still rule the roost: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, G+ and Pinterest. While G+ still stumps many of us past “share what’s new,” Pinterest elicits a majority of woman for personal and professional pursuits. What draws so many women of all ages to Pinterest? It’s beautiful! And easy. One glance at Pinterest and you’ll want to crawl inside and experience a journey of beauty and exploration in every way possible. Yes, its splendor calls out as the big draw, but more than that it’s a place where you can seek what attracts you and create an impressive personal space to represent all your endeavors. Grab attention with images or infographics (images with text).
Pick Personal or Professional Pinterest extends from personal vision boards to business product samplers. Many images mesmerize us into creating a collection of boards that signify our individual interests or facets of our business acumen. Basically, on Pinterest we create our heaven and in we go. This user-friendly interface provides a platform to share what we love most through imagery and ways for people to connect with our inner business diva. According to Shareaholic, Pinterest grew by 66.52 percent in the past year and drove more traffic than LinkedIn, G+, Twitter and Reddit combined. (http:// tinyurl.com/oqzkpns) Not just for fashion, travel or food, more than a half-million
businesses tout their products and services on this platform. Get Started! Let’s keep it simple for now. Go to Pinterest.com and sign up with either your Facebook or email account. Once logged in, go to the top right of the page to the plus (+) sign; it allows you to add boards or pins. A board resembles an empty bulletin board and a pin is an image you’ll add to a board. Create several boards about your interests or business and name each one. Now you’re ready to pin (add) a few images to each board. You can repin images to your boards found on Pinterest by using the search box at the top left or pin them from your own computer’s treasure trove. Rinse and repeat for more boards or pins. Next, click on your name at the top
right; it brings down a menu. Use this menu for everything, except creating a board or adding pins. Click on settings. All this information may be changed at will. Add some profile details and change email settings to your liking. Also, one important thing: Under search privacy, select “No,” not yes. You’ll then show up in searches for your name or business. Got a Problem to Solve? Before a social media question burns a hole in your brain, ask me. Post your questions at facebook. com/BoomMagazineNC or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bea Vanni provides social media and publishing solutions for the non-fiction author and small business owner who want to gain online visibility for their work and attract more clients.
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Testosterone has long been thought to be a male hormone but indeed both men and women produce testosterone. Testosterone has also long been thought the only hormone involved in sex drive. Libido is about a balance of hormones not about an individual hormone. Other functions of testosterone are important, too. They include helping to maintain memory, helping to maintain bone density, increase muscle mass and strength and an increased sense of emotional well-being. While the ovaries or the testes produce most of our other hormones, Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone produced mostly by the adrenal glands. DHEA production declines with age starting in the late twenties. By age 70 the body may only make ¼ of the amount of DHEA it made earlier. DHEA functions include decreasing cholesterol, increasing bone density, promote weight loss, increase brain function, increases lean body mass, helps deal with stress, and supports the immune system. Lastly, let’s discuss cortisol. Cortisol is our stress hormone. When we are stressed cortisol elevates and then is supposed to come right back down, however, in today’s world of 365-24/7 this does not always happen. After cortisol is elevated for a period of time, it then starts to decline. Cortisol has a number of functions in the body including balancing blood sugar, weight control, immune system, sleep, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Cortisol balance is very important because it can actually influence how some of our other hormones work. One of the best methods to assess hormone status is through saliva testing. Hormone levels in the saliva represent the quantity of the hormone that is currently available to target tissues and actively exerting specific effects on the body. Saliva testing is particularly useful when transdermal (topical) hormones are being used. Because of this, salivary hormone levels often relate © MONKEY BUSINESS IMAGES | DREAMSTIME.COM
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ormones are incredible chemical messengers in our body that affect everything—our brain, heart, bones, muscles, skin, and reproductive organs. Hormones are an essential part of the workings of every cell in the human body. Hormones work best when balanced. However, things like stress, poor food choices, inadequate sleep, synthetic hormones, and sedentary lifestyles can throw hormones out of balance and create real health problems. Men and women have the exact same hormones, just in different quantities. These hormones include estrogens (estradiol, estriol, estrone), progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol. When your hormones are out of balance, this can contribute to migraines, insomnia, weight gain, hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, low libido, weight gain and erectile dysfunction (in men), to name a few. Over time, hormone imbalances can lead to rapid aging and increase risk for disease. There is a growing patient preference to move to “bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)”. BHRT uses hormones that look identical to the ones that our body produces. Our bodies tend to recognize these hormones as something that is supposed to be there, not a foreign substance. Let’s briefly look at each of the hormones and some of their functions. Estrogens have over 400 functions in the body. They include improving sleep, maintain elasticity of the arteries, decreases LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and its oxidation, increases HDL (“good”) cholesterol, maintains the amount of collagen in the skin, helps retain memory, maintaining of bone density and decreases risk of colon cancer. Progesterone is needed to balance estrogens. This is very important in order for estrogen to function properly. Progesterone balances estrogens, which decreases the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer. It has many other functions including sleep, anxiety, depression, mood swings, weight gain, decreased sex drive and decreased HDL cholesterol.
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ypnotherapy is a two-way process between the therapist and the client. It’s a natural and very common state of mind, which everybody automatically drifts in and out of 50-200 times a day. What makes it distinctive from other therapies is that it attempts to address the client’s subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy is one of those complementary therapies that provokes conflicting points of view. This is usually due to lack of understanding, aggravated by seeing stage hypnosis either live or on screen. Hypnotherapy, however, is different than this but can still produce magical results. By putting forth suggestions that fit with the client at a deeply influential level, the hypnotherapist can create some profound, longlasting change. Hypnotherapy is normally used simply as another therapeutic technique within psychotherapy or cognitive behavior therapy. Hypnotherapy is a state of calm, relaxed, focused attention creating suggestions and commands directed to your unconscious mind for conscious change. It is usually a very short-term treatment when compared to psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a very good tool for empowerment. The first task therefore is to develop a positive relationship with you, the client. Hypnotherapy is the application of therapy during hypnosis, to change or modify behavior patterns that we wish to change, such as the compulsion to
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Hypnotherapy is a state of calm, relaxed, focused attention creating suggestions and commands directed to your unconscious mind for conscious change. Hypnotherapy is now recognized as one of the best drug-free treatments for many everyday problems from anxiety to addiction, from sexual problems to weight loss. With hypnotherapy you can become happier, healthier and more confident! Hypnotherapy is also useful in helping patients overcome phobias. It is completely safe and natural, and uses our ability to relax, which is part of the function of the human mind. Hypnotherapy is a powerful mental technique, to effect deep and permanent changes to oneself and one’s life. It’s a tool for transformation! It is just one example of a number of different therapeutic options which are available that address the patient’s own ability to bring about physical changes to improve their well-being. Hypnotherapy is not a magic wand, and nothing can be 100 percent guaranteed. You must be committed to wanting to change. Hypnotherapy is the wider process of reaching this
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state and using it at a subconscious level to instill positive thoughts and experiences. During hypnotherapy, you are guided into a state of deep relaxation. It is a highly effective tool for modifying behavior and for healing and is undoubtedly the single most powerful and under-utilized resource in healthcare and personal development today. No matter how special your problem is, it can be successfully reduced or eliminated by the thoughtful application of hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is a valuable therapy with which to release past trauma and de-condition established habits. Even though our personal unconscious constantly seeks to promote our well being, it can often be the seat of faulty learning from our childhood, leading to low self esteem, under achievement and sometimes worse. To reiterate, hypnotherapy is a two way process between the therapist and the client, a professional partnership. No one can make you do anything that goes against your moral and ethical beliefs. Hypnosis is a natural and very common state of mind. A person cannot be hypnotized unless he or she agrees and cooperates; this cannot be stressed enough. Al Marsiglia, C.Ht is the owner of Infinity Hypnotherapy LLC. He has been awarded a Diploma in Hypnotherapy by the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. He is a certified master practitioner of Hypnotherapy, Time Line therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. You may contact him at 1.4.307 or visit www.thehypnosisguy.com
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Back Pain Causes You Won’t Hear About From Your Doctor Knowing These Causes Can Help You Get Relief and Prevent Future Problems, Expert Says
enjamin Franklin’s famous quote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” has never been more apt considering the millions of Americans who suffer from back pain. “But how can anyone take preventative measures when most backpain specialists take a one-dimensional perspective on this common problem after back trauma has occurred?” asks expert Jesse Cannone. Most people experience significant back pain at some point in their lives; unfortunately, the response from the medical community is too often surgery, which
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fails 60 percent of the time, according to a consensus of surgeons. “The back consists of many intricate anatomical parts, all of which are dependent on the smooth functioning of each other, but there are many factors people don’t know about that affect the back’s function throughout a lifetime,” says Cannone, author of “The 7-Day Back Pain Cure,” (www.losethebackpain.com). “In order to better heed Franklin’s advice, more people need to know how back pain starts. Sadly, in most cases, they won’t get this profoundly helpful info from their doc.” Health should always include a comprehensive view, including vigilance for mental, dietary and physical well-being, he says. Following, Cannone covers in detail the physical causes that often lead to back pain over time: • Minor problems can lead to major back dysfunction: When a physical condition isn’t corrected, the body starts to break down. Tight muscles can pull the vertebrae out of alignment, pinching a
nerve or creating a herniated disc. Physical dysfunctions can pressure joints and, over time, stress them to the maximum until they develop inflammation and injury. Overworked muscles can go into spasm, causing pain and forcing the body into physical dysfunction. Pain from this condition is often triggered by a specific activity, like heavy lifting, which is why most people believe they’ve “thrown out” their back in a singular event. In reality, however, it was a long process. • Muscle imbalances—the tug of war inside your body: We’re born with wellbalanced bodies, but rarely do they stay that way. Over time, we tend to favor one side of our bodies, and with repetitive activities, we often create imbalances by working some muscles too much while underutilizing others. Sitting is one way of creating imbalance, but various activities—writing, eating, cleaning, cooking, laundry—in which we favor one hand over the other can, too. • Lack of muscle use: Unlike other machines, which wear out the more they’re
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used, the human body grows stronger the more you use it. When you don’t use all of your muscles regularly, the muscles that keep the body balanced wither. • Loss of muscle ﬂexibility: Women who frequently walk with high heels often suffer a variety of problems as a result. One problem is the shortening of the calf muscle. Imagine the muscle as a rubber band that extends from the back of your knee to your heel. When you wear high heels, the rubber band shortens and, over time, the muscle adapts to this contracted position. When you take off the heels, the calf muscle will feel pulled. This frequently happens to other muscles in the body, throwing off body balance.
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.
Doctors at the Duke Sleep Disorders Center are studying the link between frequent nighttime urination and sleep disorders. People with insomnia, and normal sleepers without any urinary complaints, are encouraged to learn more about the study.
If you qualify for the study, you will receive a sleep evaluation at no cost to you. In addition, you will be compensated if you qualify and participate in the study. For further information, call 919-681-8797 and ask about the overnight insomnia and nocturia study.
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
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he loss of mental abilities or memory plague aging baby boomers and the elderly with thoughts on the prospects of dementia. The good news in research proves prevention as key and memory loss not the bane of aging.
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All kinds of memory diseases benefit from days spent on brain games, socializing with friends, staying active, eating wholesome foods and getting good sleep. Embracing a positive and healthy lifestyle may be just what the doctor orders to lower your risk of dementia at all ages. Most of us experience some normal memory blips at times, but when you find your memory waning
too often or family noticing you’re off your game, seek professional medical help. Don’t panic! Dementias come in many forms, both treatable and non-treatable, and reasons that surprise us. Some aﬄictions may be delayed and about 20 percent are actually treatable. Alzheimer’s disease, known as the long, slow goodbye, is the most common form of dementia and typically first shows up in memory issues. It’s difficult to diagnose, yet encompasses at least half of all dementia cases. According to WebMD, researchers have found two nerve diseases—Lewy body disease and Pick’s disease—originally misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s, as major causes of dementia. (http://tinyurl.com/2nvn9j) Understandably, these two causes are different than Alzheimer’s. Movement symptoms likely predominate in early signs of Lewy body, while Pick’s shows up first in personality or behavioral changes, which provide some evidence contrary to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Additionally, The U.S. National Library of Medicine reveals Pick’s disease as a rare,
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slow disease that may occur as early as 20 years of age, and Alz.org lists Lewy body disease as the third most common cause of dementia, after Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. So as we can see, ongoing research uncovers new information in the types and causes of dementia, which lead to better forms of diagnosis and treatment of these diseases. Unbeknownst to most of us, 50 known causes of dementia exist and not all are long-term or terminal. Some health conditions mimic dementia in our reasoning or thinking, behavior or learning, even language, while others remain completely treatable. Dementia-type aﬄictions require a medical specialist to use a process of elimination to first provide clear insight to diagnosis. Lifestyles may contribute to memory loss and typically addressed first, such as long-term poor nutrition, smoking, use of alcohol or illicit drugs, and lack of sleep as common culprits. Then physicians uncover whether or not chronic conditions interfere with a person’s memory.
Not all chronic diseases affect the brain directly, like liver, kidney and lung conditions, but even diabetes or sleep disorders can impact how our brain works. These conditions prove challenging and may play a significant role in proper diagnosis and treatment, especially when more than one cause may be the determining culprit. More common dementias, however, may be caused by brain traumas or tumors, vascular disorders like stroke, infections that bring rapid deterioration, or accumulation of fluid on the brain, to name a few. Some are treatable like tumors or fluid on the brain; others are considered degenerative and non-treatable such as Alzheimer’s or vascular issues. If you or a loved one has difficulty with day-to-day activities, seek medical care or go to alz.org or nlm.nih.gov for more information. Marcia Jarrell is the executive director and owner of SarahCare® Adult Day Care Center at Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh. She has an extensive work history in longterm care. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/lkp7ac or call 1.74.700 to claim a complimentary half-day visit.
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re statins to lower cholesterol right for you? Two of the most reliable sources of medical information—Mayo Clinic and WebMD—have definite ideas about statins and cholesterol. Americans are spending billions of dollars for such statins such as Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestor. But there are dangers as well as benefits. First, Mayo: Statins can lower cholesterol. They may have other beneficial effects. “But doctors don’t know everything about statins yet.” Whether you need to be on a statin depends on your cholesterol level along with your other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. If your cholesterol level is 240 milligrams per deciliter, or higher or your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol level is 130 mg.dl or higher, your doctor may recommend that you take a statin. If the only risk factor you have is high cholesterol, you may not need medication because your risk of heart attack and stroke could otherwise be low. High cholesterol, after all, is only one of many risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Before
being prescribed a statin, “other risk factors should be considered” including family history of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, smoking, narrowing of your arteries. If your doctor advises a statin, the dose will depend on whether you need to cut your bad cholesterol significantly. Your lifestyle is still the key for lowering cholesterol. Exercising 30 minutes a day on most days of the week and managing stress are important. Although statins are tolerated by most people, they do have side effects. Common side effects are muscle and joint aches, nausea, constipation, and diarrhea. More serious side effects, however, include liver damage. Although not common, your doctor will likely order a liver enzyme test before you take a statin. “You should call your doctor if you have unusual fatigue, pain in your upper abdomen, dark-color urine, or yellowing of your skin or eyes.” Another side effect is muscle pain so severe that muscle cells can break down and release a protein into your bloodstream. This can damage your kidneys.
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Certain other drugs taken with statins also can raise the risk. It also is possible that “your blood sugar (blood glucose) could increase when you take a statin. This could lead to your developing Type 2 diabetes.” The risk is small. But the FDA requires a warning on statin labels regarding diabetes. Some researchers have looked into whether statins could be linked to memory loss or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The FDA has warned of possible memory loss or confusion while taking statins. But these side effects seem to disappear if the dose is decreased. Mayo doctors say your doctor may recommend another medication. And, if you have “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and high triglycerides, you may benefit by combining the statin with prescription niacin. Can exercise and diet lower you cholesterol enough? Eating a heart-healthy diet can lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol at least ten percent. If you lose five to ten percent of your body weight you can cut LDL cholesterol by 15 percent and reduce triglycerides 20 percent. (Triglycerides are the chemical form of fat in the body.) If you exercise at a moderate rate—
Depression and Insomnia Study You may qualify for a clinical research study being conducted by the Duke Sleep Disorders Center if you are:
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meaning you have enough breath to talk but not sing—for a minimum of 2 and 1/2 hours a week, you cut triglycerides by 20 to 30 percent. At the same time your “good” cholesterol—HDL—increases. According to WebMD, if your doctor says you should take a statin to lower your cholesterol, “maybe you don’t think your cholesterol levels are that bad, or that you can try harder to eat right and exercise.” Probably you don’t want to take another medicine every day. High cholesterol levels “have a direct impact on your risk of heart attack and stroke. So, you don’t want to make a hasty decision. Make sure the concerns are valid before you reject a statin.” There are many reasons to reject statins. In addition to all the risks noted above, clinical nutritionist, Byron Richards, also points out to statin users that they can weaken the lenses of the eye and increase the risk of developing cataracts, according to a large study in the Ophthalmology journal of the American Medical Association. With all the risks to the heart muscle itself, he wonders how a doctor can know when the benefits outweigh the risks.
• between the ages of 18 to 65 • have symptoms of depression • have thoughts that life isn’t worth living • have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early in the morning
Physicians in the Sleep Center are studying whether a careful, controlled use of hypnotics will reduce suicidal thoughts in depressed participants with insomnia. If you qualify for the study, all study medication, exams and procedures associated with the study will be provided at no cost to you and you will be compensated for your time and travel.
For more information, call 919-681-0603 and ask about the depression and insomnia study.
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ot a hurting head? Has a migraine ruined your normal routine? Do you get exasperated because you seem to do the “right” things, yet migraines still stir in your skull? Well, you may have a stomach-headache! No kidding. People see you as a fit person who works at maintaining health/strength/endurance/ muscle tone, and can’t look into your head. Some don’t even realize that there are three types of headaches: vascular, muscular, and inflammatory—and none of the three care how old the calendar says you are! While you can’t do much for an inflammatory one—since disease causes it—prevention may replace a pain pill for the other two. Vessels dilate and substances are released which cause swelling and intense pain. Vasoconstriction may be the result of a trigger-nerve impulse. Sometimes nausea and vomiting occur. Can vasoconstriction be prevented, and what’s the stomach got to do with a migraine? If you sleep late on weekends, the delay from the body’s accustomed breakfast hour may precipitate a headache. Lack
of food might cause a mild deficiency of sugar in the blood and motivate an attack. So how can you prevent this problem? If you’d just get out of bed at the usual hour, drink some tomato juice and then go back to sleep, hypoglycemia may be prevented. Before you laugh, see if it works. Get up. Think of it as a bathroom stop except it’ll be a juice-stop before more sleep. Anyone who consumes excessive amounts of caffeine can get head pain within 18 hours after abrupt withdrawal. One solution is to never withdraw caffeine. Sure, that might prevent the headache, but why not ease out caffeine and drink decaffeinated soft drinks, teas, coffees instead? Drugs are often necessary. One medicine prescribed to abort a migraine is ergotamine tartrate. It does constrict blood vessels, but you might hallucinate. LSD comes from ergot; got your attention now?
Yes, ergotamine does work well on carotid arteries; unfortunately it also affects coronary arteries. And, there’s more: taking this drug too often to turn off a migraine can cause a rebound headache reaction when it is stopped. So drugs for one “cure” are contraindicated due to side effects, and the body also rebels when over-medicated. How Can You Help Yourself? Regulating what and
when to eat is preferable to pill popping, and the migraine-stomach relationship has been medically established. Didn’t you read years ago about drinking white rather than red wine when you’re migraine-prone? Internal Medicine Alert, way back in July 1988, noted that the Lancet medical journal had printed a confirmation that “…red wine, but not necessarily its alcohol or tyramine content, can precipitate migraine.” Stress, tension, sinusitis, and dental
disease also cause muscle-contraction headaches, and television commercials tell us to take extra-strength aspirin. So we gobble tablets to gain relief but upset our stomachs. For some, aspirin decreases uptake of vitamin C in leukocytes, then nutritional problems complicate matters. When possible, why not try hot showers, learn biofeedback, have physical therapy instead of ingesting aspirin? Get another caring person to massage your pulse points for just a few minutes; just having someone put hands-on sometimes relaxes. Back to those television commercials which claim the headache is halted as antacids act on the stomach. Hmm. Madison Avenue advertisers may finally have said something accurate …headache from the stomach. Bottom line. Be kinder to the stomach and some of the aches above the neck may stop. Sleep, exercise, and diet carry no ill side effects—unless you oversleep, call exercise pushing remote-control video knobs, and diet as caffeinated soda and salty chips.
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Andrew Krystal, MD, of the Duke Sleep Disorders Center is studying the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug and how it may improve daytime sleepiness for people who suffer from nocturia. If you qualify for the study, all associated study medication, exams, and procedures will be provided at no cost to you, and you will be compensated for your time and travel.
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dysfunction caused by low testosterone levels tends to happen to older men, but it can also affect men with abnormally low testosterone production, namely those who have sustained a serious injury to the testicles or drug side effects. The onset of andropause or “male menopause” is the most common cause of low testosterone. The average man begins to have a one percent annual dip in testosterone production starting between the ages of 35 and 55. This is common and the effects are hardly noticeable; but, if testosterone production dips too far, a man will begin to experience erectile dysfunction as well as a lowered libido. In addition to the natural course of andropause, some men have their testosterone production hampered by injuries to the pituitary gland and testicles. Why does low testosterone affect erectile function? The erectile process is a very complex sequence of events. Testosterone kicks off the sequence and if there is a limited supply of the hormone, the sequence cannot begin in the first place. Low testosterone levels can also greatly lower a man’s libido. Low libido can cause depression and trouble in romantic relationships. Erectile dysfunction and low libido aren’t just problems that men face in the bedroom. Sexual dysfunction is a direct cause of psychological problems such as poor mood, depression and feelings of failure. If untreated, erectile dysfunction can place a burden on both familial and professional relationships. Testosterone replacement therapy has been associated with significant efficacy in treating low testosterone symptoms including erectile dysfunction.
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Ashoan’s Rug Review by Barbara Petty
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he author of this book, Carrie Jane Knowles, is a Raleigh fixture. In addition to being a well-known writer (The Last Childhood and Lillian’s Garden), she is also the director of the Cary Cross Currents Festival, anchored by the Brussels Chamber Orchestra. When we met for coffee a couple of months ago, we talked about her newest book, Ashoan’s Rug and she was kind enough to give me a copy. From the carrieknowles. com website, “As it passes from owner to owner, Ashoan’s Rug tells the story of how the work of art is not in the creating, but in how the artwork changes lives.” The story begins with Ashoan, a quiet but talented girl in a tribe of Muslins of a non-disclosed Middle Eastern country. A disfiguring birthmark on her face has made her a less than desirable choice for a wife. Her mother, Seda, “had long since given up hoping some strong young man, would come for Ashoan. For Ashoan, it would be an old stooped widower who wished for warmth at night and a woman who could weave for him and spin wool into gold.” But she is a kind and loving mother. She helps Ashoan dream of a wonderful rug she will weave for her own tent. It is a rug of dreams, a rug with “two strong columns of birds flying on either side… these wings will carry you over your troubles” and there will be “two lines of camels to carry your load, “ and finally “you will weave a fine delicate design. A secret you will weave into the rug. A place for you to rest your head and pray…” Ashoan creates such a rug, and with every knot she adds her own hopes and dreams. And as this rug travels from her hands to a rug merchant, to the city where it passes into the lives of eight other individuals, we discover that the rug holds a different kind of magic for each owner. Well researched, Knowles shares the details of the rug merchant trade as well as how culture plays a role in each person’s life. The owners, prior to the rug entering their lives, are flawed in some way, and Knowles unveils how Ashoan’s rug brings comfort or salvation to them. Although I enjoyed the writing style very much, I found some of the segues disjointing. And on more than one occasion, I wanted to know more about that particular vignette before the rug passes on. But maybe that is Knowles intention; to leave the reader wondering and guessing… or, perhaps there is no closure to be found. Carrie Jane Knowles will be a special guest at the United Arts fundraiser, Guess Who is Coming to Dinner on November 8, and on November 9 she will be at the Peak City Bookfest in Apex. If you can’t hook up (no pun intended) with here then, Ashoan’s Rug is available at Amazon.com and at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. If you visit the carrieknowles.com website, you will find additional information as well as a Book Club Kit.
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Carrie Jane Knowles: At the Intersection of Life and Art
by Lyn Jackson
pend an hour or two with Carrie Knowles and you’ll quickly discover how immersed she is in the cultural life of the Triangle. At a busy café in Raleigh, a young man from the North Carolina Symphony stops by her table to say hello. While briefly discussing the Cary Cross Currents Chamber Music Arts festival, which Knowles founded, another young man joins them. The second man inquires about the Boylan Heights ArtWalk, celebrating 20 years in December, that Knowles also initiated (see ad and article on page 36). Both conversations end with congratulations and best wishes to author/artist Knowles on the recent publications of her two new books. Lillian’s Garden, “set in the ’60s when women took care of everyone but themselves” and Ashoan’s Rug, called “a literary carpet ride.” [See accompanying book review.] Family figures prominently in Knowles writing, as do some of the most vivid memories of her youth. Yet the unspoken and the imagined have also had a profound effect on her. Secrets may be the most powerful influences of all. “I am drawn to emotional truth rather than chronological events,” Knowles explained. “There are lots of reasons why we don’t tell certain things. We are shamed by our secrets. They only have power over us because they’re secrets. I think secrets rule our lives. Our actions are framed by the secrets we carry. It makes my job as a writer really interesting.” Whispers, along with secrets, deeply affected Knowles, shaped her life and informed her work. As a child she said, “I was always on stage. The best way to deal with that was retreat. Writing is a great retreat.” Her father, whom she describes as a “brilliant man, self-made, and demanding,” was born blind. With him she explained, she and her siblings could never say, “I can’t do that, that’s too hard!” because compared to what her father experienced, everything for a sighted person was easy. “He thought there was nothing a blind man could not do. We were raised to understand that blindness was not a handicap. My father would say that not being able to hear was a disability but he didn’t think that about his own blindness. We were just not raised to believe that blindness could get in the way.” Knowles’ father traveled all over the country as Field Director for Leader Dogs for the Blind. He was, Knowles says, a “phenomenal fundraiser who thought extremely big. My dad was ‘so out of the box.’ He understood early, and was able to capitalize on the power of celebrity and sport to bring visibility and cash to a great cause, she said. During the summers, the family traveled with their father. Most of the time, they were the only kids in the room, always on stage. “We grew up in this very different world than most people would imagine,” Knowles continued. “We were seen as weird, different. We didn’t spend summers like
everyone else. Everyone in town knew us as ‘the kid’s of the blind man’… a novelty in a small town. It was weirdly normal. It didn’t occur to us that it wasn’t normal. What you know is normal.” Also “normal” for Knowles was growing up in the silent shadow of the Eloise Mental Institution on the outskirts of Wayne, Michigan. With its dairy farm, orchards, bakery, and ten thousand patients, it had the feel of a bustling, small town, but to the residents of Wayne, Michigan, it was invisible. “Although everyone knew Eloise was there, no one ever talked about it,” Knowles explained. “I thought, ‘Doesn’t anybody even see, anybody notice that there’s this mental hospital?’” The massive complex left indelible memories and was “instrumental in her life, in a funny way.” Eloise also became part of her novel, Lillian’s Garden. “Lillian’s Garden is about failure and finding redemption through learning how to ask for what you want and accepting what love has given you.” It’s also, Knowles explained, “A perfect young adult crossover; a catalyst for high school teachers/counselors/ youth group leaders to start a discussion about secrets, relationships, alcohol, sex, disappointments and dreams.” Knowles second book, Ashoan’s Rug, “tells the story of how the work of art is not in the creating, but in how the artwork inspires and changes lives as it passes from owner to owner.” “The writing life has been very good to me,” Knowles said. Since her college days, Knowles has produced dozens of short stories, newspaper and magazine articles as well as a memoir called The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer’s. In the book, she asks poignantly, “When our lives are so filled with memories, how could the lives of those we love be so empty of them?” While mining, sharing and making great use of her own memories in writing, Knowles also mentors other writers and encourages them to do the same. “Good writers,” she explained, “are like archeologists. They dig and explore and ask, ‘who is this character? What are you (my character) going to do today?’ And then they listen.” “Your characters lived.” Knowles savors the phrase. “The woman told me ‘Lillian’s Garden is so wonderful’ and then she thanked me.” While Knowles has received many enthusiastic and glowing reviews of her work, this, she explained, “is one of the nicest comments I’ve received from a reader.” Lyn Jackson is a freelance writer/public relations and marketing consultant. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment online at BoomNC.com .
The Making of Bryan Cranston forgivable to sit here in the living room of Cranston’s Los Angeles house, across from the intimately familiar face that is also Walter White’s, and to look for signs. To stare and to wonder: Does it leave a mark? Regardless, Bryan Cranston’s Walter White has left a mark on the public psyche. To name all of the awards
Bryan Cranston at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International in San Diego. PHOTO COURTESY GAGE SKIDMORE, WIKIPEDIA.
Breaking Bad has accumulated would take up way too much space. But we can say that he won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series three consecutive times, the first person to do so since Bill Cosby. In addition, Cranston received a letter from Anthony Hopkins praising him for the best acting he has ever seen. How many people can claim that? When asked why he thought Breaking Bad was so successful, Cranston explained in an interview with Jimmy Fallon: “Television has historically been in stasis— everything stays the same. Whether it’s Matt Dillon or Archie Bunker, things stay the same. And Breaking Bad broke the mold. It was all about change—We are going to change this character completely. And will you be along for this ride?” Yes, we will! Bryan is very clear about Breaking Bad not endorsing methamphetamine use or a drug lord lifestyle. He quips, “No one in their right mind wants to be Walter White!” Bryan continued, “Any person can become dangerous if the right buttons are pushed. Human beings are capable of a wide range of emotions. And if you have the audacity to display honest, unique emotions, then people embrace you! Someone who is vulnerable or frightened, people respond.” Born in 1956, Bryan is the second of three children to Joseph Cranston, an actor and Hollywood producer
and Audrey Sell, a radio actress. When asked about his childhood, Cranston said, “My mom and dad were both broken people, and because of that, they were incapacitated as far as parenting. They weren’t capable, and we lost the house in a foreclosure. We were kicked out.” He grew up partly on his grandparents’ farm and partly in Los Angeles. He played baseball as a student and collects baseball memorabilia. He is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. (When accepting his third Emmy as Best Lead Actor in a Drama, Cranston thanked his wife and daughter and told them that he loves them “more than baseball.”) He graduated from Los Angeles Valley College with an associate degree in police science. A bit of irony here— he could have been a cop! After college he began acting in local and regional theatres, and has worked regularly since the ’80s in commercials, soap operas and finally primetime television. In addition to the aforementioned Malcolm in the Middle, he played astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon. He also had recurring roles on Seinfeld and The King of Queens. Notable films include That Thing You Do, Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, Larry Crowne, Contagion, Rock of Ages, Total Recall and Argo. Cranston has produced an instructional DVD called KidSmartz, which is designed to educate families on how to stay safe from child abduction and Internet predators. KidSmartz raises money for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, by donating half the proceeds from sales. He has also hosted some major fundraisers for the state of New Mexico (where Breaking Bad was filmed). Partnering with The Albuquerque Isotopes minor league baseball team, Bryan raised nearly seventy thousand dollars for local charities. He explained his motivation for helping local causes: “When I was a kid, we would go camping a lot, because we didn’t have a lot of money and that was our vacation. But the one thing I remember being taught was ‘Leave your campsite better than you found it.’ So I kind of apply that philosophy to every place I am.” And now as the show ended its final season in September, we wonder what will be next for this brilliant actor. It is rumored that Bryan will be working with Sony Pictures Television in developing new TV shows. And he may also have a cameo on the anticipated spinoff, Better Call Saul, but much of that remains in discussion. Whatever is in store for Bryan Cranston, he is open to new experiences and ideas. As he remarked, “You can know your craft, you can work hard, but you also need a healthy dose of luck. You can’t prepare for luck, but you can be ready…” Comment online at BoomNC.com .
t seems somewhat unfathomable that a middle age actor, after knocking around in television playing somewhat unforgettable parts (even his stint as the dad character in Malcom in the Middle, he was called “well-intentioned but hapless”) to the multi-faceted character of Walter White on AMC’s already-classic series, Breaking Bad. But Bryan Cranston has done more than just donned the role, much like putting on a suit for church, he has morphed into Walter White. For those of you who have chosen not to watch Breaking Bad because of the subject matter (a cancer-ridden science teacher transforms himself into a sinister meth lord), in all honesty you have robbed yourself of witnessing one of the best acting metamorphoses—ever! As series creator, Vince Gilligan, likes to say, “Mr. Chips to Scarface.” But it doesn’t happen overnight—actually that is one of the joys of watching Breaking Bad, because the transformation happens so naturally—well, maybe not naturally, but you certainly see and understand how one man could turn into someone so menacing. Fueled initially by the desire to provide for his family and to pay for treatments after learning of the cancer diagnosis, Walter White begins cooking meth with former student Jesse Pinkman. All of this makes sense when we find out that our former high school science teacher was once a promising chemist who contributed to the development of a multi-billion dollar company. Unknown to us why, White sold his share of company before it made a fortune, and now White blames the principals for stealing his ideas and not giving him any credit. Burn notice number one. Getting cancer at the age of fifty and not making enough money to provide for himself or his family. Burn notice number two. Their first attempt to sell their product to a drug distributor, Krazy 8, gets out of control as the bad guys assume White is an undercover DEA agent and attempt to kill Walter and Jesse. They fail… Burn notice number three. And so it goes… until the writer’s purposefully take away all of his reasons for becoming a drug lord, most notably putting his cancer in remission. From an article on gq.com by Brett Martin: White has emerged as a monstrous distortion of the American fetish for self-actualization, a natural answer to Oprah’s demand to “Live your best life.” What, Breaking Bad asks, if your best life happens to be as a drug kingpin? We’re all sophisticated people here. We understand the profession of acting, the concept of make-believe. And yet eyes are eyes. Visual data is visual data. And sometimes the eyes are more powerful than the brain. People who do Cranston’s job count on that; it’s part of what makes acting work. So one hopes it’s
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San Antonio is All About Celebrations boom nc.com 11.13
by Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher
f you believe life’s a celebration, you’ll love San Antonio, Texas, where a thriving city scene and a mix of street fairs and festivals provide authentic foods, colorful sights, enthusiastic vendors, music and entertainment. Throw in historic and arts neighborhoods, museums, Texas history and pride, an Old West heritage, down-home hospitality and 21st century attractions, and you’re assured a good time. The coming holidays are a special time of year in Texas’ second-largest city (seventh-largest in the country) with nearly 1.4 million people. Named for the Portuguese St. Anthony of Padua, the city attracts 28 million visitors each year. And because of the area’s rich, multicultural heritage, visitors can find themselves eating German sausage and Tex-Mex tamales from the same plate while listening to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and festive mariachi bands. The holiday season is steeped in revelry. Just after Thanksgiving, and very popular for holiday shopping, is the Hecho a Mano Fine Arts and Crafts Market, staged by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center offering creations by local and regional artists. Equally popular is the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, a weeklong mariachi music festival that draws the world’s top mariachi performers. The city’s holiday festivities kick off the day after Thanksgiving, when a switch is flipped to illuminate the River Walk’s holiday display and kick off the Ford Holiday River Parade. Some 150,000 patrons will line the riverbanks to experience the sounds and colors of the season with an entourage of radiant floats. The parade goes on, rain or shine.
River Walk runs two and a-half miles through the heart of downtown as stone walkways and bridges over the San Antonio River but was recently expanded to reach four outlying missions in a project called Mission Reach.
Weekends in December, the Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias lights up the River Walk with 6,000 luminarias (small paper lanterns)—symbolically lighting the way for the Holy Family, a centuries-old tradition (Dec. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22). On December 30, football fans can attend the Valero Alamo Bowl and welcome the New Year December 31 at the Celebrate San Antonio party downtown, complete with fireworks. San Antonio’s equivalent of Mardi Gras is the 11-day, citywide Fiesta San Antonio, dating to 1891, which draws
Mission San José holds Mariachi Mass each Sunday at noon. Arrive early for a seat; it’s usually standing-room-only.
some three million participants to more than 100 events. It starts the Thursday before April 21, San Jacinto Day, when Texas won independence 46 days after the fall of the Alamo. Fiesta’s Battle of Flowers parade remains the second oldest parade in the country behind the Rose Bowl, when decorated horse-drawn carriages circle in front of the Alamo and riders pelt each other with blossoms. It pays homage to the original “Battle of the Flowers,” when a group of ladies honored the heroes of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. Sally Koch, now retired from the Alamo, explains: “We walk in silence, and someone inside reads out the Alamo defenders’ names in honor of those who lost their lives. They represented 22 states, seven countries.” Flags just inside the Alamo Shrine represent the six flags that flew over Texas—Spanish, French, U.S., Texas, Mexican and Confederate. Flower memorials are then laid at the Alamo site. The Alamo is where 189 defenders fell March 6, 1836, after repeated attacks by Mexican General Santa Anna’s army. Koch often heard visitors express surprise that the Alamo is so small. True, it’s dwarfed by the large, modern city that grew up around its downtown plaza location, but more than 2.5 million people stop by annually, making it not only the city’s most visited spot, but Texas’ top attraction. Like in New Orleans, Fiesta includes various royalty, many decked out in elaborate gowns costing $25,00075,000. Fiesta’s Flambeaux parade—a fiery spectacle—is the largest night parade in the U.S., and the Texas Cavaliers Parade, dating to 1941, floats down the San Antonio River along the city’s second most-visited attraction: River Walk. River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, runs two and one-half miles through the heart of downtown as stone walkways and bridges cross over the San Antonio River. A $358.3 million project to lengthen River Walk from three to 15 miles—called Mission Reach—is the largest ecosystem restoration in an urban area and joined the original River Walk to four of the city’s Spanish colonial missions in south San Antonio. The Alamo is among the five total missions. Even before the expansion, River Walk flourished year-round with its lineup of shops, hotels, bars and
restaurants. Especially popular are the 40 small barges available for touring or dining. On a tour, in addition to historic and cultural sites, passengers will see where the pageant portion of the Sandra Bullock film Miss Congeniality was shot and cruise past La Mansion hotel where Jennifer Lopez stayed during filming of Selena. River Walk’s origins date to a disastrous 1921 flood that took 50 lives. City officials hired an engineering firm that came up with the idea for a reservoir as a retention basin, plus straightening and widening the river in certain locations and building an underground channel. Some citizens lobbied for eliminating the river, but architect Robert H.H. Hugman designed a plan to turn the downtown area into an urban park with restaurants, shops, apartments, a walkway plus a system of dams, channels, footbridges, and street-access stairways, all resulting in River Walk. Each January the river is drained for maintenance, and in true San Antonio fashion, even that event is celebrated. The weeklong River Walk Mud Festival includes a coronation of the Mud King and Queen, a Mud Pie Ball, Pub Crawl, Mud Parade and an arts and crafts show. Other celebrations include the Bud Light Coffins on Parade for Halloween and the Dyeing O’ the River Green & River Parade for St. Patrick’s Day. May brings “The Return Of the Chili Queens,” who set up tables to sell their traditional food like chili con carne in the open-air Market Square and Farmers Market, El Mercado, which is open year-round and is the largest outdoor Mexican market outside of Mexico. Spring through fall, SeaWorld San Antonio, the world’s largest marine life adventure park, is open as is the 200acre theme park Six Flags Fiesta Texas with rides, roller coasters, attractions and shows. Summer brings the Texas Folklife Festival, live horse racing at Retuma Park, and the Canoe Challenge pitting Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Plus there’s the Texas Football Classic where ten top high school football teams compete. Remember that high school football rules in Texas (as in the film “Friday Night Lights”). Visitors can explore an important link in the nation’s history here: the San Antonio missions were directly
One of four missions on “the mission trail”—all built in the early 1700s—Mission Concepción, at over 200 years old, remains America’s oldest unrestored stone church.
The opening ceremony at the Alamo to kick oﬀ Fiesta San Antonio, an 11-day citywide festival.
remarkably preserved segments of the acequias, the irrigation system to water crops; Mission San Juan Capistrano was a regional supplier of produce; and Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, dubbed “Queen of the Missions,” is the largest and best known of the missions. Each served not only as a
Raleigh husband/wife team J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern report on travel destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and have visited every continent. When not traveling, they operate YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel company which lets any couple star in a romance novel. | Photos courtesy of VisitSanAntonio.com. Comment online at BoomNC.com .
IF YOU GO galleries and coffee houses. Nearby is • The full run-down on events, attracthe King William area and historic distions, hotels and restaurants is online at trict. Settled by German immigrants, it VisitSanAntonio.com or call 800.447.3372. was nicknamed Sauerkraut Bin and still • The long view: A bird’s-eye view of San has a Beethoven Society and nine-pin Antonio awaits atop the 750-foot Tower bowling alley. Of The Americas, Texas’s tallest observation tower and second tallest in the • Food/drink: A few of the myriad of eateries are Boudro’s Texas Bistro at River U.S. (www.toweroftheamericas.com). Walk, and Rosario’s Mexican Café y • Culture/fun: Museums include the Cantina. Among downtown bars are McNay Art Museum (www.mcnayMad Dogs, Howl at the Moon, The art.org); the Witte history and sciOther Woman and Polly Ester’s for disco. ence museum (www.wittemuseum. org), the Institute of Texan Cultures • Food fests include The San Antonio New World Wine & Food Festival, www. educational museum (www.texanculnwwff.org, 210.223.2881. Spring 2014 will tures.com); and the two-level Buckmark the 15th year of the Culinaria Wine horn Saloon & Texas Ranger Museum & Food Arts Festival (culinariasa.org), (www.buckhornmuseum.com). which promotes San Antonio as a pre• Also explore: San Antonio Zoo (www. mier food and wine destination and prosazoo-aq.org) is one of the country’s largest vides scholarships for culinary students. (3,500 animals) and features an aquarium. • Eclectic Southtown (www.southtown. • The national park service link to San Antonio missions (www.nps.gov/saan). net) is an arts district with boutiques,
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religious and social center but also as protection for inhabitants from attack. Mission San José boasts the 1775 La Ventana de Rosa, “the Rose Window,” described as the finest piece of Spanish Colonial ornamentation in the country and considered by some the finest example of baroque architecture in North America. The site also includes the convento area, a granary, mill and living quarters. To really experience local culture, attend the Mission San José Mariachi Mass held each Sunday at noon. Arrive early for a seat; it’s usually standing-room-only. Soak in the simple domed surroundings and the heartfelt music of the Mariachi band along with a simple sermon. The officiant welcomes guests, announcing home states or countries and even asks those to stand who may be celebrating a birthday or anniversary. What makes San Antonio as hot as the chilies it serves with its enchiladas is the gala mood created by the mix of cultures that promotes fiestas on what seems a weekly basis. It’s all about the celebrating life. Go and be part of it.
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responsible for the settling of the area as it changed from Native lands to United States property. Four missions on “the mission trail” still exist, all built in the early 1700s: Mission Concepción, over 200 years old, remains America’s oldest unrestored stone church; Mission San Francisco de la Espada has
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Dancing for Life Studio Owner Keeps Her Rhythm TrANsITIoNs by Katie Gailes
ome of us find our calling very early in life. Such was the case with Melanie Dale, owner of A Step To Gold dance studio and ballroom. She knew that she would lead a life of dance by the time she was 13-years-old. Melanie grew up in Wendell, North Carolina where she spent many days in the dance studio studying all forms of dance. She graduated from Vaiden Whitley High School and went on to study ballet and business in college. She danced with the Savannah Ballet Theatre for two years, and then moved to a position as the Director of Leisure Services in Dance with the City of Savannah. It was there that Melanie learned more about the business opportunity in dance. She met the owners of the local Fred Astaire Dance Studio who recognized her passion for dance and her ballroom dance potential. They hired her to teach ballroom dance in their studio. Melanie moved to Florida for more advanced ballroom dance training and eventually opened a studio in St. Petersburg. In nine years she developed a business that included exhibition dancing, private lessons and competition judging. In 1992, a divorced Melanie moved back to North Carolina with her five-year-old, Sunny, so that she could grow up in a small town surrounded by family and friends. She opened her first dance studio in Wendell, teaching private dance lessons during the day and group lessons sponsored by local community schools and private clubs like the Capital City Club in the evenings. The Wendell studio grew steadily for eight years, developing a loyal group of dance enthusiasts. Her students even named the studio for her. They chose A Step to Gold to symbolize the impact dance education was having in their social lives, their confidence and their health. Most of her students were from the Research Triangle area. So, after 9-11 Melanie decided to make a major change in her life, as many people did at that time. She moved her business to Raleigh. It was
a big step into a big market with higher prices and more competition. However, her loyal students followed her to Raleigh, giving her a jump-start on the new business. 2013 marks Melanie’s 30th year as a professional ballroom dancer, certified ballroom dance teacher and studio owner. Sunny is all grown up now and is following in her mother’s dance slippers as a competitive ballroom dancer and teacher. With her mother’s support, Sunny is also a singer and actor with a degree in Music Theatre from Elon University. Melanie credits her superb physical condition and health to the aerobic, low impact exercise she gets from teaching her classes. Popular television shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars has focused public attention on dance as a form of entertainment and as a sport. With more of her peer boomers looking for new challenges and new ways of staying active, social and fit, many are turning to ballroom and couples dancing. At a time when many baby boomers are retiring from their first career and looking for their next avocation, Melanie is recommitting to a life of dance. Most of her clients are professionals between 45 and 65 years old with very busy lives and demanding careers. “I am able to create a fun and supportive community for my students,” says Melanie. “I learn about their lives and their dreams and I get to watch them grow. My clients become like my family. And who doesn’t love being with family?” Melanie never plans to retire from dancing, though she knows that she may have to eventually reduce the number of classes she teaches. “It can look like such a small thing, teaching people to put one foot in front of the other and pivot in time to the music. But I know what I do changes lives by giving people back their health, their joy and their sense of adventure.” Katie Gailes, CEO of SmartMoves International, is a marketing strategy consultant, speaker and trainer from Holly Springs, NC, smartmovesintl.com. Comment online at BoomNC.com .
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Suave, Sophisticated and Powerful: Audi Q7 Tows Boats and Is Beautiful Inside
fter three weeks driving three new luxury SUVs back-to-back-to-back, the Audi Q7 was my favorite for a number of reasons, particularly its incredible gas mileage (thanks to a diesel engine option), Porsche-like handling, and refined interior.
by John Dickerson and John Kehlenbeck, HorsePower Auto Reviews
The Audi shines with any of its available engines, but it’s the diesel TDI that sets it apart from the crowded pack of luxury SUVs. The “TDI” diesel engine delivers an unbelievable 28 mpg on the highway—incredible for a huge seven-passenger SUV with true all-wheel-drive. Even better, the mighty diesel churns out 407-poundfeet of torque. That’s more than many V-8 pickup trucks. As a result, the Q7 can tow up to 6,600 pounds of weight comfortably—while delivering superior gas mileage, luxury and comfort to seven passengers. If the word “diesel” conjures images of a clunky, loud, smokethrowing pickup, then you simply must test-drive a Q7 to experience the quiet comfort of this surprisingly powerful and efficient engine. This is a refined luxury vehicle. Given the length and girth needed to comfort so many pas-
sengers, I expected the Q7 to wobble like a behemoth through the turns. To my surprise the Q7’s suspension felt downright Porsche-like. And for good reason, the Q7 shares its chassis and platform with Porsche’s adrenaline-infused Cayenne SUV. As large as the Q7 is, it dares you to keep pushing it through the turns, and Audi’s tuned all-wheel drive plants its hefty 20-inch wheels firmly on the asphalt. Around town the Q7 doesn’t look or feel nearly as big as is it actually is. Yes the Q7 is a driver and a looker. But it’s the inner beauty that won me over. The Q7’s cockpit is refined. From placement of knobs and levers to quality of leather and components, the Q7 provides one of the most comfortable and practical interiors I’ve experienced south of $70,000. With the possible exception of the more-expensive Mercedes, no SUV interior rivals the Q7 inside. From the user-friendly navigation system and controls to steering wheel feel, wood finish and leather stitching, the Q7 exists to serve. Ease your head back during bumper-to-bumper traffic, and enjoy the headrest’s cushion with pillow-like comfort. Audi’s steering wheel audio and cruise controls are among the most practical and ergonomic I’ve used. A second LCD screen between the speedometer and tachometer makes for easy radio adjustments while focused on driving, all with the gentle toggle of your thumb. Overhead, the Audi offers one of the largest ‘moonroofs’ ever built into a production vehicle. The retractable superdome roof is almost all glass from driver to third row passengers. A smart dial control makes for simple one-touch decisions that either open the convertible-like ceiling or retract the sunshade. The Q7’s roof alone could entertain a car enthusiast for hours.
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Audi’s backup camera also reigns supreme among the competitors, with computer-calculated drafting lines, which predict with precision just where the Q7’s monster tires will tread. All in all, the Q7 is my favorite in this vehicle segment, worth every penny more than the Japanese competitors and the most beautiful, refined and confident of the Germans. If you’re shopping luxury SUVs, don’t go without a drive in the Q7. You’re certain to feel. And with the TDI diesel engine, you’ll notice the difference at the pump, too. © 2013 John Dickerson and John Kehlenbeck, Horsepower Auto Reviews.
Audi Q Personality: Frank Lloyd Wright in serious hiking boots on a leather couch. Best Gizmo: Superdome glass roof and non-truck road feel. MPG (as tested):19 mpg City, 28 mpg Highway (with TDI diesel). Safety: Dual-stage front airbags with occupant sensors, side airbags, sideGuard inflatable curtain airbags, antirollover protection. Performance: Tows up to 6,600 pounds. Handles like a Porsche compared to anything else that tows that much. 0-60: 7.9 seconds with diesel engine. How Fast Is That? About as fast as a Ford Expedition. If you want a sports car, shop lower towing capacity, fewer seats, and you know… sedans. How Much? Starts at $52,000 for diesel TDI, options can inflate beyond $70k. What option should I splurge on? The TDI diesel engine. Serious Contenders? BMW X5, Mercedes M class, Lexus RX, Porsche Cayenne.
Retirement Dream or Nightmare? by Billy and Akaisha Kaderli, Senior Wire
Returning home, you sell your current house if you’re lucky, and then ship, fly, or drag everything you own down to your new digs. You’ve settled into the perfect life of a retiree in an exotic location. Days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months as you meet other expatriates, swapping tales from previous lives as well
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Go ahead and rent a place. Get to know and live alongside the local culture. Travel around the area and learn the ins and outs of a city or town. Don’t get caught up in the sales hype encouraging you to buy now. Neighborhoods Can Change in Unpredictable Ways Living in many foreign coun-
as current information. Family members and friends all come down to visit, clearly envious of your new lifestyle, and for a while your new hosting role is exciting. Could it get any better? Then it happens. Your friends don’t make the trip down this year. Your kids are busier than ever with their own lives and families. Grandbabies are born, and you’re beginning to feel as if you’re missing out on their lives. The bloom is coming off the rose. Your next-door neighbors start a homebased business creating havoc with parking, and a nightclub opens a few doors down, where the noise can be heard well into the night. Horror stories of friends’ homes being robbed and cars being broken into add up and intrude into the self-confidence you had about living overseas. You contemplate leaving your “paradise.” Even condos can present unexpected problems. If neighbors don’t pay monthly maintenance fees, repairs can pile up and your investment can go down the drain, causing costly legal fights and making relationships among neighbors untenable. Don’t Count on Ethics Don’t be fooled. You won’t find a regulatory governing body that supervises real estate sales in most of these tropical Edens. Often, anyone can become a real estate broker. No license is needed, no schooling, no bonding, and no continuing education. All you need is enough money to print some business cards, and voila! You’re a broker. Selling real estate is a popular first job for expatriates. Without real estate laws to protect you, it’s 100 percent buyer beware. You’re buying what you see, not what’s in those glossy brochures. Try Before You Buy Our advice has always been to rent first. After all, it can take months for a town or neighborhood to reveal its true character. What seems like a quaint difference in culture could become a sore point later down the line. You might learn that a particular area is not right for you and that a place a few miles away is preferable.
tries isn’t like living back home. You won’t always find zoning laws or city planning. So if you sink a large portion of your wealth into a house and your surroundings become undesirable, you’ll find yourself stuck with a place that no longer works for you. One couple we know purchased a rundown lakefront home. Putting in hours of sweat equity and a good deal of cash, they made the place into a beautiful show house. Then a high-density housing development was built near them, stressing the utilities and bringing thousands of shady characters with it. The couple sold out and moved back to the States. Dealing with Foreign Laws and Economies Expatriate homeowners and their
money can also become prime targets of the local governments. Nations around the globe have been hurt by the sluggish economy and are always looking for more revenue. They can raise taxes or even alter immigration requirements for their own gain. If you have all your money invested into your home, and the local housing market goes south, you may find that your options to return north of the border have withered. A new life abroad is a bit like a fantasy, and fantasies can go sour. Sometimes people take this leap of moving abroad only to find that the promise is often greater than the fulfillment. It’s up to you to make a new lifestyle work, and both dreams and marriages can collapse under the pressure of a move overseas, as one spouse gets homesick and misses family connections. Remember, it’s a lot easier to buy a home than to sell, and for every buyer, there’s a seller who wants out. Ask yourself why the sellers want to give up their paradise. You might learn something useful and save yourself a boatload of money.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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ome sweet home. Or is it? There’s a powerful love affair with the idea of retiring overseas and buying real estate. From Belize to Panama, Costa Rica to Nicaragua, Lake Chapala to the other gringo enclaves of Mexico, the touts are pushing this idea hard and to a willing audience. “Buy, buy, buy! It’s your last chance! Hurry, hurry! The time is now!” Before you jump, though, take a breath. Have you thought this through? There’s a big difference between traveling to an exotic location with warm breezes, sunshine, and beaches for a vacation, and actually living there permanently. Consider a scenario we’ve seen happen time and time again. How It’ll All Play Out Sure, you may have done your homework and read about all of the “opportunities” of retiring to some faraway place; perfect weather, low cost of living, affordable health care, and great home prices… at least compared with where you currently live. So in your excitement, you jump on the plane, fly down to Somewhere, and can’t believe what your money will purchase. You find the perfect place that just happened to go up on the market, so you contact a real estate agent and make an offer the same day. Wonder of wonders, it’s accepted and you now own your dream retirement home. This is it. You’re planning on living out the rest of your days right here in this tranquil, peaceful paradise.
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Economics 101: The Global Economy by Gerald Townsend, Financial Editor
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Still, the recent debt-ceiling political drama from Washington is a reminder that for now, the old saying remains true. If the U.S. had actually defaulted on its debts, no one really knows what the ultimate outcome would have been, except that it would have been very, very ugly for the world’s economy.
n our year-long “Economics 101” series, we’ve reviewed basic economic concepts, the Federal Reserve, monetary and fiscal policy and various economic indicators. This month we turn our attention to the global economy. Previous articles in this series, as well as articles in our other “101” series on Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Financial Planning, and Investment Management, are available on the www.boomnc.com website. “If the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold”—this is an old saying symbolizing not just the leading role the U.S. plays in the global economy, but also how our decisions ripple through the world. But, is it still true? We are the largest economy in the world, although we hear the drumbeats of China as they race to catch us. We are also the biggest debtor nation on earth, with $17 trillion owed and about one-third of this borrowed from foreigners. The dollar is the world’s reserve currency, which means that governments and institutions hold reserves of dollars and that the dollar is commonly used in international transactions. The world’s need for dollars allows us to borrow more cheaply. However, our long-term status as the reserve currency is debatable, amid calls for a multi-currency reserve system as opposed to a single reserve currency.
The “Great Recession” of 2007-2009 also illustrates the complex intertwining of world economics. It wasn’t just a recession for the U.S., but everywhere. And, governments around the globe have responded in similar fashion as the U.S. by lowering interest rates and running deficits in the hope of spurring economic growth. While the U.S. has borrowed the most, advanced economies worldwide are struggling with high public debt.
Since September of 2012, the Federal Reserve has been buying $85 billion a month of government bonds as part of its third round of “quantitative easing.” A few months ago it hinted that it might begin tapering these purchases, essentially easing off the accelerator somewhat. The impact on the U.S. and world markets was immediate. Interest rates quickly jumped up, slamming not just bond prices, but also interest-sensitive investments such as utility stocks and real estate investment trusts. Globally, the Fed talk of tapering was also a giant vacuum cleaner, sucking capital from emerging markets and sending their bonds and stocks down. The specter of rising long-term interest rates in the U.S. not only makes it more difficult and expensive for emerging economies, but also pulls investor money towards the higher-yielding and safer-looking U.S. The Fed later backed off its tapering remarks somewhat, but ensuing capital flight and global impact from its tapering talk underscores the linkage of the world’s economies. At present, the world’s advanced economies, particularly the U.S., are showing signs of picking up. At the same time, emerging economies, while still accounting for much of the world’s growth, appear to be losing some of their growth momentum. Comment online at BoomNC.com .
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Gray Divorce and Collaborative Divorce: A Wise Combination
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Collaborative Divorce as an alternative to the unwieldy and costly litigation process. Some advantages include: • Agreement Not to Go to Court. Attorneys must agree not to serve as litigation counsel, so the attorneys in collaborative proceedings have every incentive to help their clients reach settlements.
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n last month’s article, we explored the Gray Divorce Phenomenon: the rising incidence of divorce among the over-50 population amid the declining overall divorce rate, and the reasons for the increase. This month, we’ll look at some unique challenges that can arise in a Gray Divorce and a legal process that is uniquely suited to accommodate them. While Gray Divorces sometimes can avoid the highly-charged custody issues that many younger couples encounter, often the most difficult issues involve ensuring the financial security of both parties after the divorce. Some challenges include: • Later-in-Life Divorces Frequently Leave Little Time to Make Major Shifts in Retirement Planning. The financial plan for the couple as a unit may look significantly different than the optimal separate financial plans for each spouse. • Less Time to Train and Re-Enter Workforce. If one spouse—still more often the wife—has not worked outside of the home for many years, she may find it difficult to become trained in a particular discipline and enter the workforce. And whether alimony continues when the breadwinner spouse reaches retirement age is a complicated issue. • Emotional Versus Sound Financial Decisions. Divorce can prompt feelings of anxiety, and the marital home may represent a sense of comfort and stability. Frequently, one spouse wants to remain in the home for this reason, as well as to provide an ongoing sense of constancy even for older children. Gray Divorces customarily involve a marital home with significant financial value, and the spouse who wants to keep the home often will “trade” marital retirement assets without thinking about the accompanying risk to the value of the home of another real estate market downturn or the costs of maintaining the asset. Separating boomers should focus on choosing a legal process most suitable to protecting their legal interests while ensuring their financial security going forward. The traditional goal in the litigation process of “getting as much as you can” is particularly ill-suited to Gray Divorces, for the legal costs to engage in such battles can deplete the marital estate without the realistic prospect of recovery before retirement.
• Collaboration Between Spouses, Attorneys, and Other Professionals. Collaborative Divorce involves not only the spouses and their attorneys, but also often includes the use of other professionals in helping to design a comprehensive, customized plan. The purely legal costs of Collaborative Divorce typically are much less than the adversarial model because the process is so much more efficient and civil, so professionals such as financial planners and accountants trained in the collaborative process can be included in the negotiations and still result in lower overall fees than an adversarial divorce proceeding. • Sound Financial Planning. Collaborative Divorce encourages the use of financial modeling and tax planning to assist the parties in making realistic decisions about their prospects for a financially-secure retirement. While boomers’ expectations regarding the timing and financial means for retirement often have to be adjusted when they divorce, Collaborative Divorce, with input from various professional disciplines, provides the parties with the best framework for making well-informed and wise decisions. Gray Divorce presents distinct challenges, but divorcing boomers can feel relieved that Collaborative Divorce provides a dignified and effective way to proceed. Martha J. Mason is a Raleigh family law attorney and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® who limits her practice to collaborative divorce law. Martha has been a licensed attorney for over 30 years. If you or someone you know is considering divorce, please visit www.MarthaJMason.com for helpful information.
K, you’ve done your estate planning. You have a will, a durable power-ofattorney, a health-care power of attorney, perhaps even a revocable trust. You’ve named beneficiaries to your IRA and even know who will one day inherit your coin collection. That is great, but what about your digital assets? Not only is this a digital world, but many things that we value and use may be accessible only online, such as: • Online banking • Investment transactions • Social media, such as Facebook and LinkedIn • Emails • Websites for storing pictures, music, etc. • Credit cards • Frequent flyer programs Some months ago, a bill was introduced in the North Carolina Legislature to expand the North Carolina General Power-of-Attorney form to include the power to manage digital assets to the list of things your power of attorney could do on your behalf. Unfortunately, when the bill was passed into law in June, the digital provisions had been removed from the bill. Still, the fact that this was even being considered underscores the importance of this area and serves as a reminder that individuals need to address it in their estate planning. The Uniform Law Commission, a group that drafts suggested laws for states to consider, is actively working in this area. At some point, there will no doubt be state and possibly federal laws streamlining the passing of your digital legacy to your heirs. Some individual websites are also addressing this area. Google recently introduced “Inactive Account Manager” that lets you select a time frame (3, 6, 9 or 12 months), after which your account information can either be deleted or forwarded onto selected individuals. On the other hand, Yahoo specifically states that your account has “no right of survivorship” is “nontransferrable” and terminates at your death. Still, I expect to see more websites developing more digital-estate-friendly policies. But in the meantime, what should you do? First, make a list of all your online accounts and activities, including your login and password information. You probably have more than you realize. You will also need to list the various security questions and answers used by many online sites. Second, keep this list up-to-date. This will be the hard part and require some discipline. There are some online tools that can make this process easier. Password managers such as LastPass, 1Personal or RoboForm make it possible to give someone just the login information to your password manager. Third, recognize some limitations. While you may give your online access information to a friend or family member, it is technically illegal for them to access your accounts after you die. Because of fraud and identity theft, it has become increasingly difficult for fiduciaries to access the online data of others. Fourth, consider having your will grant your Executor the specific power to manage your digital assets. Even without this, an online company might cooperate with your Executor, but this just adds more strength and credibility. Fifth, you might even reach out to certain companies ahead of time, pre-authorizing their cooperation with your future Executor. As with any estate planning area, I recommend discussing your digital estate with your estate attorney and developing a pro-active plan. Gerald A. Townsend, CPA/PFS/ABV, CFP®, CFA®, CMT is president of Townsend Asset Management Corp., a registered investment advisory firm. Email: Gerald@AssetMgr.com
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Part Two by Martha J. Mason, Attorney
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by Ron Pollack, Executive Director, Families USA
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f you have Medicare, you may be confused by the buzz surrounding the launch of the new health insurance marketplaces, which are part of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). What do these marketplaces mean for you? It’s important to understand that Medicare and the marketplaces are entirely separate. If you have Medicare, you should make the same kinds of decisions about your Medicare coverage that you make every year during open enrollment. You should not sign up for a marketplace plan. But if you know people who don’t have insurance, they should look into this new option. Here are some frequently asked questions about Medicare and the marketplaces: If I have Medicare, should I look for insurance in my state’s marketplace? No.
The marketplaces are intended to help people who don’t have health insurance. If you have Medicare, you already have health insurance. You should make the
same kinds of decisions about your Medi- Medicare, you can think about whether you want to join a Medicare Advantage care coverage that you make ever year. If I have Medicare, do I need to worry plan. And thanks to the Affordable Care about the new requirement to have health Act, Part D drug coverage will continue to insurance? No. If you have Medicare, you improve in 2014, and Medicare will conalready meet the requirement that people tinue to cover most preventive benefits have insurance starting in 2014. This is true with no copayments. even if you have only Medicare Part A. You can learn about your Medicare You do not need to buy any supplemental choices by going to the Medicare website at coverage to comply with anything in the www.medicare.gov or by calling 1.800.MEDIAffordable Care Act. CARE. For personalized counseling, ask for a So what should I do about my Medicare referral to your local State Health Insurance coverage? Similar to last year’s sched- Assistance Program (SHIP). In North Caroule, Medicare’s open enrollment period lina our state office is the Seniors’ Health runs from October 15 to December 7, 2013. Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). During Medicare open enrollment, you What if I have Medicare and someone can decide whether to change plans, join tells me I need to get a new plan because a new plan, or keep the same Medicare of Obamacare? This is not true. Watch out! coverage you have. If you have a Medicare Dishonest people may try to take advanAdvantage or Part D prescription drug tage of consumers by telling them they plan, you should check to see if your plan need to buy a plan when they don’t need will be changing in 2014, and you should to. In fact, it is against the law for anyone assess whether your medication needs to sell you a marketplace plan if he or she have changed. If you have traditional knows you have Medicare. Also, remember
that Medicare supplemental (“Medigap”) plans are not sold through the marketplaces. Never give your Medicare number or Medicare card to someone you don’t’ know. You can report suspected Medicare fraud at www.StopMedicareFraud.gov. What about people I know who do not have Medicare or other health insurance?
There is good news for these folks! People who do not have insurance will be able to buy health plans through the marketplaces, or they may qualify for expanded Medicaid. Coverage starts on January 1, 2014. Many people will also be eligible for financial assistance to help pay their premiums. These folks include early retirees who are waiting for Medicare coverage, or they could be your adult children or grandchildren. Help your friends and loved ones by letting them know they have new options. They can learn what’s available by going to www.healthcare. gov or by calling 800.318.2596.
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Western Union or prepaid cards, or card to unsolicited callers under any ith the Affordable Care Act, also Care Act, the government is sponsoring the scammer may tell them the card is circumstances. known as Obamacare, officially the training and certification of “healthfree if they provide their social security in effect as of October, there has been a care navigators” to help them purchase 5. Fake Health Exchange Website: The number or other personal info. Conpublic should also watch out for fake significant increase in scammers taking insurance. Unfortunately, scammers health exchange websites, designed to advantage of those confused by the new are cashing in by impersonating these sumers need to be aware that there is mimic real sites but instead stealing changes in American healthcare policy. navigators and stealing the consumer’s no such thing as an Obamacare Card or user’s personal information or infectThe FTC has found healthcare fraud to be money or personal information. To Affordable Care Card. on the rise and is expecting it to increase 2. The Information Update Scam: In steer clear of this scam, don’t give any ing their computer with malware. in the following months, leading to both personal information to a “navigator” this scam, fraudsters posing as MediDon’t click links from unsolicited spam fraud and identity theft for consumers. who cold-calls, and verify a potential emails or download any unsolicited care officials call consumers to update Scambook, the Internet’s leading online navigator by thoroughly researching email attachments. or verify personal information, with complaint resolution platform, is offering their organization before you deal with For consumers who need more informaconsequences if they don’t comply. tips to spot these scams and avoid them them. Refer to healthcare.gov for more tion about signing up for healthcare under However, nothing in the Affordable when making the switch to new insurance information on navigators. Care Act threatens existing benefits for the Affordable Care Act, they should visit under the Affordable Care Act: Medicare enrollees. Do not respond to 4. Fake Coverage and Mandatory Pay- www.healthcare.gov. 1. The Fake “Obamacare Card” Scam: cold-callers and contact your Medicare Consumers have until March 31, 2014 to ments Scams: This scam has taken on Victims receive a phone call from a representatives directly. Senior citizens a variety of sub-versions including: enroll in new insurance under the Affordscammer who claims to represent the are common targets, as they are more the selling of fake healthcare cover- able Care Act, so Scambook encourages government, informing them that they likely to give away their social security age, manipulating consumers into to consumers to take their time and do thorneed an “Obamacare Card” to be elinumber and personal information, putpaying “upfront fees” for the Afford- ough research. By resisting pressure to gible for the Affordable Care Act. Other ting them at higher risk of identity theft able Care Act healthcare benefits to “act now or miss out,” consumers will be scammers may offer it as an insurance and other fraud. take effect, and even the threat of jail able to avoid a number of scams. Consumers can also call the federal discount card or even as a discount plan 3. Fake Navigators Scam: To assist if the fake enrollment fees are not for prescription medications. Potential consumers with their transition into paid. Victims should never wire money toll-free hotline for information about the victims are asked to pay upfront via healthcare plans under the Affordable via Western Union or send a prepaid insurance exchanges at 800.318.2596.
Wake Enterprises: Giving People Their Independence
You Bought It, You’re Stuck With It Right? Maybe Not
VoLUNTeerIsM BY osHANA WATkINs
Benefits to People with Disabilities Wake Enter-
prises gives people we serve the opportunity to have the highest level of independence. Barriers to entering the workforce are often greater for an adult with an intellectual and developmental disability. The 2000 N.O.D./ Harris Survey of Americans with Disabilities quantifies the need of vocational services for this population. It finds people with disabilities between ages 18-64 are less likely to be employed. In the United States, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is approximately 70 percent despite the fact that more than two-thirds of those not working want to be employed. People with severe disabilities, including developmental disabilities, are eight times less likely to be employed than people with mild disabilities. Our goal is to combat these statistics and offer opportunities to be successful. The workforce development and vocational training component of our program begins with on-site vocational training. Through the sub-contracting services of Wake Enterprises, contract work is brought into one of our supervised worksites, located in Raleigh and Fuquay-Varina. The participants learn how to work through completion of this contract work and receive valuable job skills while completing contracts for local businesses. They earn a paycheck for the jobs they complete and gain work skills to
take back into the community. Once a participant masters necessary skills, determined by both the participant and supervising staff, he/she can move into our series of job training services, Supported Employment. An Employment Specialist assists a participant to secure and maintain community employment. We provide support and training; our participants provide the hard work and dependability. Life is more than work, so WE do more than work. We focus on all members of the community having a place. To meet the changing needs of the people we serve, we have integrated into our program a series of modules to include real-life experiences to prepare individuals to live, work, and play with a greater level of independence. It is designed to assist individuals with acquisition, retention, or improvement in self-help, socialization, and adaptive skills. These modules include our WE GROW Horticulture Program and award-winning WE CREATE Art Program. Benefits to Businesses In addition to being a human service agency, Wake Enterprises is also a business dedicated to providing quality subcontracting, outsourcing, and fulfillment services at a fair price. Wake Enterprises provides a professional, economic alternative to businesses that use sub-contract services. By outsourcing, companies receive a dependable workforce providing quality work. Benefits to Communities Wake Enterprises is about more than the work. It is about all members of the community having a place. Wake Enterprises relies heavily on community support, but also manages to support our community in return. Our participants are members of churches, weekend athletes, and volunteer back into their community. Wake Enterprises is a United Way of the Greater Triangle Partner Agency. We offer opportunities for community members to serve including volunteering in our horticulture program, helping us keep our buildings and grounds clean and painted, and by serving on our Board of Directors. For more information, contact Development Director Oshana Watkins at email@example.com or 1.714.1. The website is www.wake-enterprises.org.
e all make impulse buys. And we all have regrets. You already know if you buy something at a brick-and-mortar store you can generally return it unused. But what about that knockoff designer purse you bought from the vendor who came to your office, showing her wares? Or the complete set of garden gnomes you bought for your spouse’s birthday, at the fairgrounds home show? Then there is the commemorative plate that is guaranteed to double in value… the one you bought on a whim after watching a sentimental infomercial at home. Can you get your money back? Cooling Off The “Cooling Off Rule” applies to certain purchases you make for which you can get a full refund if you change your mind. But you have to know which purchases. If you buy something for $25 or more from your home, or from a business which rents a temporary space—like a booth at a fairground, convention center, gym, your workplace… wherever—you probably can get a full refund if you act quickly. You have three days, till midnight of the third day after your purchase, to get a refund, says the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The salesperson must tell you about your cancellation rights, according to the FTC. In fact, he or she must provide you with two copies of a cancellation form, plus a copy of your contract or receipt. What to Do if You Decide to Cancel If you change your mind—for any reason or no reason at all—sign and date one copy of the cancellation form. Mail it to the address you were given and be sure to get it in the mail before the three days are up. Saturday is considered a business day, so be mindful of the time. The FTC recommends sending it by certified mail to ensure you can prove when it was mailed and get a return receipt. You can also hand deliver the cancellation if possible. What if you were not given a cancellation letter? Write one yourself, says the FTC. Just be sure to get it postmarked within the time limit. Note: You do not have to give a reason for cancelling. What then? The seller has ten days to cancel any papers you signed for the purchase, return all your money, and instruct you how to return the merchandise. Also the seller must reimburse you within 20 days if you spend money to mail the item back. If the vendor does not abide by the Cooling Off Rules, contact the FTC, at 877.FTC.HELP or file a complaint online at ftccomplaintassistant. gov and click on the section called,“Getting your money back.”
Ftc excePtions to the coolinG oFF rule Purchases are not covered if they are: • under $25; • for goods or services not primarily intended for personal, family or household purposes. (The rule does apply to courses of instruction or training.); • made entirely by mail or telephone; • the result of prior negotiations at the seller’s permanent business location where the goods are sold regularly; • needed to meet an emergency made as part of your request for the seller to do repairs or maintenance on your personal property
(purchases made beyond the maintenance or repair request are covered). Also exempt from the Cooling-Off Rule are sales which involve: • real estate, insurance, or securities; • automobiles, vans, trucks, or other motor vehicles sold at temporary locations, provided the seller has at least one permanent place of business; • arts or crafts sold at fairs or locations such as shopping malls, civic centers, and schools.
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concerned parents, Wake Enterprises (WE) initially served around 40 people. Today, WE operates two facilities and provides workforce development, vocational and social opportunities to over 260 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, mental illness, autism, traumatic brain injuries, and seizure disorders. Wake Enterprises offers a variety of services to overcome barriers, including obstacles to employment. Our services include vocational training, supported employment, training modules, compensatory education provided through a partnership with Wake Technical Community College, and job enclaves. Our mission is to assist people with disabilities to achieve their maximum level of independence.
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he way men eat has been eating at women since the day Adam ate the Apple. Women often say something that has never made sense to me; it didn’t even make sense when my Grandma (who raised me) said it: “Don’t eat that … you’ll ruin your appetite.” Believe me, there are many things men eat that have nothing to do with hunger or appetite, but of course, there are some things men will never eat no matter how hungry they may be. “Don’t eat those Brussel sprouts now … you won’t want any dinner.” Do you think anyone has ever had to utter those words to a man? Me neither— unless those Brussel sprouts were wrapped in thick cut, sugar cured, hickory smoked bacon strips. In an attempt to justify her considerable girth, a woman on a recent episode of the Dr. Oz Show—or maybe it was an Oprah rerun—tearfully explained that, “Women do a lot of emotional eating,” as if men don’t? Aren’t love and hate emotions? Don’t men love grilled meat and hate raw veggies? That’s the epitome of emotional eating. The defense rests, your Honor! On that same show, Dr. Oz—or Oprah—advised viewers to, “Never eat when you’re angry.” My first reaction: How angry can we be when we’re eating? Men are much more likely to be angry—or, at the very least, highly perturbed—when we don’t eat. The misguided belief of mothers and wives that eating four glazed Krispy Kremes immediately before a meal will ruin a man’s appetite demonstrates their complete misunderstanding of male digestive physiology. Apparently they don’t realize that men’s stomachs are compartmentalized into three sections. One compartment accommodates only fruits and vegetables. Mercifully, it’s the smallest of the three. Why? Perhaps renowned chef Julia Child explained it best when she noted: “The only reason we eat salads is to hold us over until our steaks are done.” My sentiments, exactly! The middle compartment is where meats and salty snacks wind up. It’s expandable. That enables us guys to eat a dozen boneless hot and spicy buffalo wild wings and a family sized bag of barbeque flavored Ruﬄes, and then, simply to make Mama happy, go home and partake of steamed squash and quail quiche. The third compartment—the biggest and most beloved—is devoted entirely to sweets and treats. No one really knows how many Twinkies or Ding Dongs compartment number three will actually hold because neither mothers nor wives will allow us to conduct the gastrological research necessary to make such a determination. It is the uniqueness of the male digestive tract that accounts for the fact that one rarely, if ever, hears the following phrases cross a man’s lips: “I’m so full I’m about to pop … so no dessert for me, thanks!” “Oh my … that slice of apple pie is way too big. Can I have a smaller piece, please?” “Honey, I ate such a big lunch, I think I’ll pass on dinner.” “Darn! I wish they hadn’t put so much powdered sugar on my funnel cake!” “I can’t possibly eat both these country ham biscuits. You want one?” I tend to eat my meals in reverse order, eating my dessert first. In my opinion, people who start a meal with vegetables have what’s known as “an eating disorder.” Ever heard of a man being aﬄicted with an eating disorder? Being anorexic? Bulimic? Didn’t think so! (However, I do sometimes wonder if I’m a borderline bulimic because I often binge but don’t purge.) My wife: “Why are you eating cake before you eat your salad?” Me: “Because, if I die before I finish dinner, I want to leave cauliflower, celery, and cucumbers on my plate … not carrot cake! Duh!” Her: “Well, you’re just going to ruin your appetite.” Me: “No! I’m not!” An old English adage claims that, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” It should have mentioned that compartment number three is a shortcut. Bill Massey is a freelance writer, retired middle school teacher, and a former advertising executive.
Writing Your Personal Memoir LIFeLoNG LeArNING—PArT eLeVeN by JeFF Davidson
emoir writing is not for the meek. Once you begin, you start to realize the enormity of capturing the essence of your story. Nevertheless, if you’ve arrived at that point in life where you feel compelled to write your memoir, it makes sense to pay heed to these internal cues. Now is as good a time as any. To get started, consider the big question, “Why do you wish to write this story about your life?” Will it be for the general public? Will it be for your descendants? Is it simply something you’ve wanted to do for yourself as a way of reflecting back upon your life? Everyone beyond the age of 50, and certainly 60 or 70, has had their share of interesting experiences, triumphs, failures, and much that was in between. An effective memoir conveys a true tale in a manner similar to that of a good novel; life. Writing a memoir, however, is not synonymous with writing your autobiography or generating some grand list of your life’s most noble moments. Your memoir can represent a slice of your life as opposed to your whole life. Drawing upon the skills of top novelists, compose a comprehensive outline to ensure that you’ve included all the key points, have the correct sequence, and offer the reader golden nuggets and observations that will yield a suitable payoff for them. Bring the reader along in journey-like fashion and unlock the types of memories that help them to understand what you experienced and why it matters. What was it like being where you were? What motivated your behavior? How did you feel about the choices you made? What bits of universally beneficial wisdom can you offer? To aid you in composing your personal memoir, visit www.lifetimememoriesandstories.com where you’ll encounter advice on writing a memoir, instructional videos, and other support. Check out Legacy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Personal History by Linda Spence, a guide to unlocking, recalling, and drawing upon the key memories that make up your life so that you can write about them in a way that others will find compelling. Another book, the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Memoir, by Victoria Costello, offers an A-to-Z approach to memoir writing and helps readers “create a memoir they’ll wish to share with others.” Read memoirs that are already published. Visit your local library and ask about the most popular memoirs in circulation. What makes
them so captivating? How does the author sustain your attention? Notice such attributes as the length of the book, the number of chapters, the sequence of chapters, character development, and time and setting. How much dialogue is there? How much description? What is the author’s style— chatty, matter-of-fact, pensive? Not that you should emulate others. Simply recognize that, as with good writing in all genres, to be in the game, it pays to know what has already worked for others.
Here are more tips regarding your quest to write your personal memoir: • Stick to your outline. Don’t get ahead of yourself. You may know the whole story, but the reader needs to be taken along a path that can be followed. • Be gentle with yourself. Some days you’re not going to have the energy or focus you need to be at your best. Other days you’ll be fine. Sometimes you’ll find that writing is energizing, other times you’ll find it to be draining. Press on. • When you get stuck, do something active—action is invigorating and even if it’s not exactly the right action, it’s better than staring at a blank page. Write something, even to say “This part is difficult for me…” From that lead, breakthroughs might occur. • Use the power of technology when it suits you. Some days you may not feel like sitting at a keyboard. In that case, a pocket recorder or voice-actuation software can help make forward progress. The mere act of speaking your thoughts instead of writing them often leads to an outpouring of ideas and insights that may not have come as you labored along using the keyboard. • Take things one step at a time. If you’re 50, 60 or 70 years old, you didn’t arrive at that age all at once, and you’re not going continued on page 41
The American Red Cross, Central North Carolina Chapter continues its need for blood donations. Take an hour of time to save a life. For Triangle locations and schedules: 1.800.448.3543 or www.givelife.org. Duke Regional Hospital offers monthly events for November that includes: Look Good Feel Better; Auxiliary Jewelry Sale; and Stroke Support Group. For meeting dates, times, and information: www.durhamregional.org/events. Community Health Coalition has added a new feature to its website. It is a health quiz. Visit www.chealthc.org and scroll to the bottom of the home page and take the quiz. Feedback is encouraged. This technique is designed to engage the viewer in a health activity.
Do You Know Who I Am? Dementia Training Program, 7:30am-4pm, Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center, 3724 National Dr, Raleigh. Info: 919.371.2062 or www. guidinglightsnc.org.
Nov 10 The Survivor of Suicide Walk, 12pm, Halifax Mall, Raleigh. Proceeds will benefit local suicide prevention and awareness programs. Info: www.trianglesos.org.
Nov 21 Lupus Foundation Support Group, 6:30-8pm,
NC Psychiatry Association, 4917 Waters Edge Dr, Raleigh. No charge to attend and drop-ins are welcome. Info: 877.849.8271 or www.lupusnc.org.
Resources Triangle Singles Dance Club has weekly dances, 8:3011pm, Northbrook Country Club, 4905 North Hills Dr, Raleigh. A singles, 40+ social club. November dances feature Riverdance, Shag, Continental, and Swing. Info: www. trianglesinglesclub.com.
Nov 13 27 Views of Raleigh: The City of Oaks in Prose & Poetry, 7pm, African American Cultural Center, NCSU, Raleigh. Local authors capture the city in this collection reflecting the social, historic and creative fabric of Raleigh. Info: http://oied.ncsu.edu/aacc/. Nov 14 Logan’s Holiday Open House, 5-8pm, Logan Trading Co, 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh. Elegant evening celebrating the holidays. A free event. Info: 919.828.5337 or www.logantrd.com. Nov 14 Pet Microchip Clinic, 3-5pm, Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Rd, Chapel Hill. Info: www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices. Nov 15 The Legacy of JFK Lecture, 10:30am, Seymour
Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill. Presented by Pulitzer Prize Winner Walter Mears. Free and open to the public. Info: 919.968.2070.
Second Journey’s 3-Part Monthly Series “Aging in Community: Planning for Our Future.” Presentations that explore new models of community for later life are held at 6:30pm at Central Orange Senior Center in Hillsborough. November’s topic is Lessons of An Accidental Developer. Free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. Info: 919.968.2070 or www.secondjourney.org.
Nov 21 African American Artisans in NC Lecture, 7pm,
Joel Lane Museum House, 160 S. Saint Mary’s St, Raleigh. Advanced tickets are required. Info: 919.833.3431 or www. joellane.org.
Nov 27 & 28 Night On The Town for 50+ Christian Singles, TGI Fridays, 4209 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, and a Thanksgiving Day Hike around Lake Johnson, Raleigh. Also Helping Hands Mission Love Baskets on Nov 27. For event details and info: 919.872.5542 or www.nightonthetown2002.tripod.com.
The Newcomers Club of Raleigh meets for coffee the first Friday of each month, 10am-12pm, JJ Crowder Masonic Lodge, 9920 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh. Learn more about the organization’s diverse interest groups and events. Info: www.newcomersclubraleigh.org.
Arts Access, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, will be providing audio-described performances. For a listing of performances, dates, and information: www.artsaccessinc.org.
Wake County’s Libraries in the Community offers monthly events at selected Wake County Libraries. November brings Choosing a Family Pet; Basket & Bows for the Holidays; Understanding Medicare Part D; Explore the Scales of the Universe; The Art of Decorative Handwriting; The Art of Food Writing; Book Bites and Recipe Exchange; and more. For dates, times, locations, and information: www.wakegov.com.
The NC Museum of Art in Raleigh presents Senior Communities Outreach Program “From Here to There: Celebrating the Art of Travel.” This free outreach program runs through January 2014. Travel conversation will be inspired by a look at the art of travel in paintings and sculpture from the museum. Share times remembered from trips to places near and far. To schedule a visit to your facility: 919.664.6779 or www.ncartmuseum.org. Whisk, Waverly Place Shopping Center, Cary, is offering cooking classes in November that include: Foolproof Turkey Cooking Class; It’s All About the Sides!; Dumplings Around the World; A Taste of Italy in Autumn; Light Thanksgiving Desserts; and Mediterranean Cooking Class. For dates, times, registration and information: www.whiskcarolina.com.
Nov 2 Commedia Workshop, 12-5pm, Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk St, Raleigh. Learn and experience the Commedia dell’Arte with Kevin Otos. Registration is open now. Info: 919.834.4001 or www.burningcoal.org.
Nov 6 Life After DOMA: What You Should Know and Why You Should Care, 7:30-9pm, LGBT Center, 2301 Rexwoods Dr, Raleigh. Learn about the Defense of Marriage Act and how it has changed. Presented by Triangle Financial Advisors. Info: 919.789.3098 or www.trianglefa.com.
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Deadline for Call for Summer Artist-In-Residence. Artspace seeks applications for its 2014 Summer Artist Residency. For complete guidelines: 919.821.2787 or www.artspacenc.org.
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Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Durham County has opportunities for people 55 years of age and over who are eager to use their skills to serve the area near them. RSVP staff interviews volunteers and match them to opportunities available through one of many local agencies registered with RSVP for recruitment assistance. Volunteerism is needed in: income tax preparers for low-to-moderate income tax payers; The Boys and Girls Club; helping preserve history by greeting visitors, ensuring healthy futures for older adults; providing hospitality for international visitors; helping elementary students develop and fulfill their potential; volunteer drivers; Duke Hospital Auxiliary; and more. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.handsontriangle.org. Visual Art Exchange needs volunteer help. They are looking for volunteers for various tasks around the gallery, so get
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Holiday Pops Concert
December 6 @ 8pm, Durham Armory
Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. January 26 @ 4pm, Durham Armory
Music and Musicians of NC
March 2 @ 3pm, Carolina Theatre
Durham Symphony Goes to the Movies April 6 @ 3pm, Riverside High School
Free Classical Concert
April 12 @ 3pm, Emily K Center
Free Pops in the Park Concert May 17 @ 5pm, Trinity Park
Free Pops in the Park Concert
May 18 @ 3pm, Cameron Park--Hillsborough www.durhamsymphony.org 919.491.6576・email@example.com
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Calendar continued from page 31 involved in this local art community, and sign up to volunteer. Info: 919.828.7834 or www.visualartexchange.org.
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Give the Gift of Entertainment this Holiday Season!
Become a Volunteer at the NC Museum of History. Meet people from around the world and learn more about the Tar Heel State and become a docent. Training classes will take place every Monday through November. Info: www. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Activities for Children
NC Museum of History, Raleigh, offers November programs, concerts, exhibits and activities; 18th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration; Ciompi String Quartet; Music of the Carolinas with Arnold Richardson; Southern Season Cooking School; Form, Fired, and Finished Pottery Exhibit; Was I Born For This? NC Slave Voices; and more. For schedules and information: 919.807.7900 or www.ncdcr.gov.
The Museum of Life & Science, 433 W. Murray Ave, Durham, is pleased to announce its November special activities highlighted by Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys: The Art of Steve Gerberich; For a complete schedule, dates, times and information: 919.220.5429 or www.ncmls.org. NC Museum of History, Raleigh, offers special November programs, concerts and exhibits such as: Early American Indian Life; Blackbeard History Corner; Most Notorious Pirates History Hunters; and Storytime in the Gallery. For schedules and information: 919.807.7900 or www.ncdcr.gov.
The NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, has November activities and events for children and families such as What’s In The Box; Family Fun Saturdays. For a complete listing of event details: www.ncartmuseum.org. Marbles Kids Museum & IMAX Theatre, 201 E. Hargett St, Raleigh, offers November events and activities for children highlighted by Gingerbread Jamboree; Baby Time; Toddlers Together; Ender’s Gamer in IMAX; Mysteries of the Unseen World in IMAX; Gadgets & Gizmos; News Around Town Helicopter; Hooray for Ballet; and more. For a complete listing of activities, dates, times, and information: 919.834.4040 or www.marbleskidsmuseum.org.
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Wake County Public Library System continues their programs for children to incorporate Every Child Ready to Succeed. Their goal is to educate parents and caregivers on the skills they can use at home to help prepare children for success in school. The library system offers nearly 150 weekly programs for children. For programs, dates, times, locations, and information: www.wakegov.com/libraries/events. Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock, continues its 2013 season with Wild West Family Adventure through Nov 3. Exciting amusement rides, live shows and more. For events, dates, times, and information: www.tweetsie.com. 2nd Saturdays, locations at historic sites all over NC. Part of the NC Dept. of Cultural Resources where all 37 historic sites, history museums and art museums schedule special “2nd Saturdays” events this summer. For locations and more information: www.2ndSaturdaysNC.com.
Nov 1-3 Dora the Explorer, Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Part of the Storybook Theater Series. Info: 800.745.3000 or www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com.
Nov 1-17 Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue, Raleigh. Performed by RLT Youth. Info: 919.821.3111 or www.raleighlittletheatre.org. Nov 2 Halloween Spooktacular with NC Symphony,
1pm, Enchantment Theatre, Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. Info: www.ncsymphony.org.
Nov 5 & 19 Being Thankful with The Carolina Puppet Theatre, 11am-12pm, Holly Springs Cultural Arts Center, 300 W. Ballentine St, Holly Springs. Using a variety of puppet styles, the characters come to life with engaging personalities and close interaction with the audience. Info: 919.567.4000 or www.hollyspringsnc.us.
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Nov 26-Dec 24 Frosty the Snowman, Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh. Part of Storybook Theater benefiting Marbles Kids Museum. Info: 800.745.3000 or www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com.
Nov 12-17 Elf, The Musical, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Part of the NC Theatre and Broadway Series South Season. Info: 919.831.6950 or www. nctheatre.com. Nov 13 Justin Timberlake, 7:30pm, PNC Arena, Raleigh. Info: 919.861.2300 or www.thepncarena.com. Nov 23
4th Annual QDR Country For Kids Concert, 7pm, DPAC, Durham. Benefiting the NC Children’s Hospital. Info: 919.680.2787 or www.dpacnc.com.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas, DPAC, Durham. Part of The SunTrust Broadway Season. Info: 919.680.2787 or www.dpacnc.com.
Activities for Adults
The NC Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, has November exhibits and events highlighted by Brian Ulrich: Copia-Retail, Thrift, and Dark Stores Photography Exhibits and related programs and events; Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed; Reveal: Portraits by Carrie Levy; Outsiders: Facing the Camera; Close to Home: A Decade of Acquisitions; Art in the Evening; Art + Wine + Painting = Fun; Classic Cars, Classic Cocktails; Rockabilly Retro Friday; Ciompi Quartet; and much more. The museum also offers lectures, classes and discussion groups. For dates, times and information: 919.839.6262 or www.ncartmuseum.org. The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, has November performances that include: 50 Shades The Musical; SoJam A Cappella Festival; Tea for Ruby & The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; The Hungry Hungry Games; Jeanne Robertson; The Messiah with The Carolina Ballet; Elf The Musical; Dora The Explorer; Frost The Snowman; The Nutcracker; and more. For a complete listing of events, dates, times, and information: 919.831.6060 or www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com. The Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St, Durham, hosts performances in November of John Fogerty; The Piano Guys; Lynyrd Skynyrd; John Oliver; Ghost; Amos Lee; Ron White; 4th Annual QDR Country for Kids Concert; Straight No Chaser; and MGMT. For dates, times, tickets and information: 919.688.3722 or www. dpacnc.com. The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St, Durham, wants readers to attend November’s performances of Hugh Laurie; Colin Meloy; Bulls to Ballroom with The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle; Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion; Chris Hardwick; An Evening with The Red Clay Ramplers; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; and more. For dates, times, tickets, and information: 919.560.3030 or www.carolinatheatre.org. Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd, Durham, has November performances of: Bravest Face Improv presents Halloweekend; Comically Challenged 2; Many Moons; The Explorers with Transactors Improv; and Gathering Together, Falling Apart. Info: www.cgtheatre.com. Casbah, 1007 W. Main St, Durham, presents November performances of Corn and the Colonels; yMusic; The Stray Birds; Joe Bell and The Stringing Blades and Too Much Fun; The Oﬃcial Joshua Gunn; Wild Ponies; The Gravy Boys; Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys; and The Barefoot Movement. For dates, times, and information: www.casbahdurham.com. The ArtsCenter, 300G E. Main St, Carrboro, has November performances and events highlighted by Gina Scillia; Sam Bush; The Honeycutters; Charlie King & Karen Brandlow Live; The Quiet American and Adam Hurt/Beth Hartness; Jake Shimabukuro; and John Gorka. For dates, times, and information: 919.929.2787 or www.artscenterlive.org. The Temple Theatre & The Comedy Zone, 120 Carthage St, Sanford, presents One Night Stands! the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm. November also brings The Dixie Swim Club; Tom McBride; Mark Wills; and Relive the Magic: An Elvis Christmas Show. Info: 919.774.4155 or www.templeshows.com. The North Carolina Symphony performs November concerts in the Triangle area featuring: NC Symphony’s Young People’s Concert; Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1; Soundbites at the Pub: Humble Pie; NC Symphony Orchestra
Keyboard Day; and Meredith Dance Theatre. For dates, times, locations, and information: 919.760.2840 or www. meredith.edu.
Duke Performances continues its November event calendar featuring performances of Lend Me Your Voice; Ciompi Concert No. 2; yMusic; Measure Back; Kirill Gerstein on Piano; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; People Get Ready with Specific Ocean; Kayhan Kalhor; eighth blackbird; and Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. For dates, times, locations, tickets, and information: 919.660.3348 or www.dukeperformances.org.
Arts NC State, Raleigh, announces its November performances of Cameron Carpenter; and Martha Redbone Roots Project. For dates, times, locations, tickets and information: 919.515.1100 or www.ncsu.edu/centerstage.
Carolina Performing Arts Series, UNC-Chapel Hill has November performances that include: The Manganiyar Seduction; World Blues; Trombone Shorty & Orleans; and Club Night. For dates, times, locations and information: 919.843.3333 or www.unc.edu/performingarts. Meredith College’s Performing Arts, Raleigh, presents November performances that include: The Clean House;
The Town of Cary and Cary Arts Center sponsors November performances and events for adults and families highlighted by Marvelous Music Mainstage Series with Dallas Brass; World Music 3.0 with Concert Singers of Cary; Letters to Santa; Cary Town Band presents Menacing Music; Triangle Brass Band Concert; Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert; Triangle Wind Ensemble’s Fall Concert; and Children’s Concert by the Triangle Youth String Orchestra. Also check the Town of Cary’s website for class offerings and art exhibitions. For a complete listing of events, dates, locations, and information: 919.460.4965 or www.townofcary.org.
The Best of Sanford November’s events include One Night Stands at The Temple Theatre; and Jazz At The Flame; Gross Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch; and Winter Jam: Band of Oz. For dates, times, locations and info: www.discoversanford.com. Johnston County has a November full of events. Attend American Music Jubilee Christmas Show in Selma; Meadow Lights in Benson; and Lights on the Neuse in Clayton. For dates, times, locations and information: www. johnstoncountync.org.
of Cash for Christmas Promotion in Downtown Nov 15-Dec 11. For dates, times, locations, and information: www. fuquay-varinadowntown.com. Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St, Holly Springs, wants families to know about their November line-up of events highlighted by Al Stewart; Being Thankful with Carolina Puppet Theatre; and Shadows of the 60s Tribute to The Four Tops. For dates, times, and information: 919.567.4000 or www.hollyspringsnc.us.
The Arts Council of Moore County hosts November events that include: Classical Concert Series with Valentina Lisitsa, Piano; Mudge; and 17th Annual Festival of Trees. Prior to each Classical Concert, The Jefferson Inn is offering a PreConcert Dinner. For dates, times, locations and information: 910.692.2787 or www.explorepinehurst.com.
Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St, Apex, has November events highlighted by Pastel Society of NC Exhibit; Peak City Singers in Songs of the Four Seasons; Apex HS Orchestra & Guitar Ensemble Fall Concert; and Family Dance. Also check their website for classes, workshops, and lessons. For dates, times, and information: 919.249.1120 or www.thehalle.org.
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2013—2014 Great Performance Series November 9 — Shadows of the 60s, A Four Tops Tribute
Shadows of the 60s
Join Dave Revels (from The Drifters) and his band as they pay tribute to The Four Tops. Special care is taken to reproduce the three decades of music Dave and his band perform. Come join this special walk down memory lane.
December 20 — The Joy of Christmas, The Buckinghams One of the most beloved Chicago bands to explode on the national scene, The Buckinghams bring the holiday season to life with Christmas music both new and old.
January 11 — Firefall Rock out with the beloved band from the 70s, Firefall. Their layered harmonies accompanied by their driving rhythms transcends numerous genres. Get your tickets early as they are sure to sell out!
The Clean Comedy Series
January 18 — Nite Catechism 2 (2 shows) Proclaimed “Gloriously funny” by the Chicago Reader, this act has been described as Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett. Come join us in this deliciously funny performance!
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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 www.evenexchange.com.
UnWined, 237 Center Grove Church Rd, Moncure, invites all to their November special events highlighted by musical performances by Trilogy; Mark Holland; and Laura Thurston. Come celebrate their 2nd Anniversary Party on Nov 2. Every 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6:30-9pm, come enjoy grilled pizza from Bella Donna’s Restaurant. Come relax, enjoy their uniqueness, and unwind. For dates, time, and info: 919.548.9384 or www.unwinednc.com.
DUKE ENE RGY PRE S E NTS
THE NUTCRACKER WITH MAGI C S PONS ORE D BY W RA L- TV
Downtown Cary’s Farmers’ Market, 8am-12pm, Saturdays & Tuesdays, 301 S. Academy St, Cary. Through Nov 23. Info: www.caryfarmersmarket.com. 2nd Saturdays, locations at historic sites all over NC. Part of the NC Dept. of Cultural Resources where all 37 historic sites, history museums and art museums schedule special “2nd Saturdays” events this summer. For locations and more information: www.2ndSaturdaysNC.com.
VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS ARE ONLY THE BEGINNING.
Nov 1 Necklace Trunk Show & Antique Persian Rug
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Sale, 7-9pm, The Third Place Coffeehouse, 1811 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. Info: 919.834.6566.
Nov 1 Broadway & TV Star Anita Gillette, 8pm, Durham
Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham. An evening of music and memories. Info: 919.560.2708 or www.durhamarts.org.
Nov 1-31 Remember, Remember The First of NovemUNC MEMORIAL HALL | DEC 7-8 | 919-843-3333 DPAC | DEC 14-15 | 919-680-2787 RALEIGH MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM | DEC 20-29 | 919-719-0900 | CAROLINABALLET.COM
ber Exhibit, Local Color, 22 Glenwood South, Raleigh. Watercolorist Mary Ruth Dana solo exhibit. Info: www. localcoloraleigh.com.
Nov 1-Jan 31 2014
Furniture and Home Décor Show, Animation & Fine Art Galleries, University Mall, 201 S. Estes Dr, Chapel Hill. Info: 919.968.8008 or www.animationandfineart.com.
Nov 2 Sing Joyfully! With Chapel Hill Community Can-
tari, 7:30pm, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill. Info: www.chapelhillcommunitychorus.org.
Nov 2 Martha Redbone Roots Project, 5pm & 8pm,
Titmus Theatre, NCSU, Raleigh. Info: www.ncsu.edu/ centerstage.
Nov 2 Barbershop Rocks, 7pm, presented by The Golf
FRI, NOV 29 | 7:30PM & SAT, NOV 30 | 3PM
Capital Chorus of Pinehurst, Pinecrest High School Auditorium. Also featured will be the International Championship Guest Quartet, Main Street. Info: 910.295.3529 or 910.295.3199.
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor David Crabtree, narrator | Capital City Girls Choir Back by popular demand with an audience sing-along, a visit from jolly old St. Nick and “snow” to get your family in the holiday spirit.
BACH’S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO
Nov 2-Dec 8 Metamorphoses & The Tempest, Paul Green Theatre, UNC-Chapel Hill. William Shakespeare’s plays performed on a rotating repertory by PlayMakers Repertory Company. Info: 919.962.7529 or www.playmakersrep.org.
Grant Llewellyn, Music Director North Carolina Master Chorale
Through Nov 3 The Dixie Swim Club, Temple The-
FRI/SAT, DEC 6-7 | 8PM
A moving celebration of glory and faith, this event is not to be missed!
atre, 120 Carthage St, Sanford. Info: 919.774.4155 or www. templeshows.com.
HOLIDAY MAGIC: CIRQUE de la SYMPHONIE
Through Nov 3 Carrie: The Musical, North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, Greystone Village Shopping Center, 7713-51 Leadmine Rd, Raleigh. Info: 919.866.0228 or www.nract.org.
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor
Nov 3 Looking for a fun way to celebrate the upcom-
FRI, DEC 20 | 8PM & SAT, DEC 21 | 3PM & 8PM Watch in awe as aerialists fly overhead and stunning acrobatic feats are performed to classical and seasonal works.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
BIG BAND & VIENNA
TUES, DEC 31 | 8PM
Albert-George Schram, conductor Join us for an evening of Big Band classics and those unforgettable melodies from Vienna.
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Don’t get left out in the cold, order your tickets today! ticketmaster.com | ncsymphony.org | 919.733.2750
ing Holiday Season? Try Downtown Sanford’s “Holiday Open House”, 1pm to 5pm. Discover the holiday spirit in Downtown Sanford, home to a number of stores, many locally owned, and great places to find unique holiday gifts you can’t find anywhere else. The Holiday Open House is brought to you by Downtown Sanford, Inc. and participating downtown merchants. For more info check out www.downtownsanford.com.
Nov 3 The Music of Our Hemisphere & Our Time with The Free Spirits Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, 3pm, Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary. Info: 919.460.4963 or www.freespiritsensemble.com. Nov 3 American Chamber Players, 3pm, Fletcher Opera
Theater, Raleigh. Presented by Raleigh Chamber Music Guild. Info: www.rcmg.org.
Nov 5 & 19 NC Jazz Repertory Orchestra Concert, 8-10pm, The Sharp 9 Gallery/Durham Jazz Workshhop, 4608 L Industry Lane, Durham. Info: 919.486.5299 or www. ncjro.org. Nov 6 Bon Jovi “Because We Can” Tour, 7:30pm, PNC Arena, Raleigh. Info: 919.861.2300 or www.thepncarena.com.
Classical Favorites with The Triangle Brass Band, 8pm, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave, Cary. Info: www. trianglebrass.org.
Nov 8 The Quiet American and Adam Hurt/Beth Hartness, 8pm, The ArtsCenter, 300G E. Main St, Carrboro. A night of old timey string band music. Info: 919.929.2787 or www.artscenterlive.org.
Nov 8-10 Western Wake Artists’ Studio Tour, selected studios in Cary. View a brochure and map: www.wwast.org. Nov 8-24 The Game’s Afoot, Kennedy-McIlwee Studio
Theatre, Frank Thompson Hall, NCSU, Raleigh. Presented by University Theatre. Info: 919.515.1100 or www.ncsu.edu/ theatre.
Nov 9 Glitz, Glamour, Giving: It’s Divas! 7pm, Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St, Raleigh. Evening includes a reception, Diva Competition, and auction. Info: 919.821.3111 or www.raleighlittletheatre.org. Nov 9
25th Annual Capital Area Handbell Festival, 9am-4pm, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Info: 919.523.7252 or www.rr.org.
Nov 9 BJ Thomas, 7:30pm, Seby B. Jones Performing
Arts Center, Louisburg. Part of the Allen De Hart Concert Series. Info: www.louisburg.edu.
Nov 10 2nd Annual Artists and Authors Showcase, 1-4pm, Marina Bosetti’s Showroom and Studio, 1201 W. Lenior St, Raleigh. Celebrate the joy of reading and the beauty of art, with wine tasting and treats. A free event. Info: http://bit.ly/2013ShowcaseInfo. Nov 11 & 25 PineCone Bluegrass Jam, 7-10pm, Busy Bee Café, Raleigh. Info: 919.664.8333 or www.pinecone.org.
Nov 12-17 Ghost, DPAC, Durham. Part of the SunTrust Broadway Season. Info: 919.680.2787 or www.dpacnc.com.
Elf The Musical, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Part of the NC Theatre & Broadway Series South Season. Info: 919.831.6950 or www. broadwayseriessouth.com.
Nov 13 Justin Timberlake, 7:30pm, PNC Arena, Raleigh. Info: 919.861.2300 or www.thepncarena.com. Nov 14-24 Uncle Vanya, Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus, Duke University, Durham. Info: 919.660.3343 or www.theaterstudies.duke.edu. Nov 14-24
Kindertransport, Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School Auditorium, 224 Polk St, Raleigh. Some saw the rise of fascism in 1930s Europe for what it was … and got their children out. Out, to the distant and safer shores of rural England. But at what cost? Info: 919.834.4001 or www.burningcoal.org.
Nov 15 Fall Concert with Triangle Wind Ensemble: Shout for Joy Symphonic Masterworks for Winds, 7:30pm, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave, Cary. Info: www.trianglewind.org. Through Nov 16 A Queer Kiss, Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. A moving exploration of adolescence from the dual perspectives of parent and child, developed in last year’s New Play Workshop. Info: 919.968.1515 or www.deepdishtheater.org. Nov 16 Flute Concert, 4pm, Highland United Methodist
Church, 1901 Ridge Rd, Raleigh. Info: 919.781.3225 or www. raleighflutes.org.
Nov 16 A “Roaring Twenties” Party Fundraiser to Ben-
efit RSVP 55+ Volunteer Advisory Council, 7-11pm, The Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill. Glitz, Glamour, Gatsby Gala. Info: 919.245.4240.
Nov 17 Bulls to Ballrooms with The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, 3pm, Carolina Theatre, Durham. Info: 919.360.3382 or www.thecot.org.
90th Anniversary Celebration with Raleigh Civic Symphony & Chamber Orchestras: Totally
Nov 19 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, 7pm, PNC Arena, Raleigh. Known for their expertly crafted music and innovative music videos and media. Info: 919.861.2300 or www. thepncarena.com. Nov 21 Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Lost Christmas Eve, 7:30pm, PNC Arena, Raleigh. An encore and final performance of their multi-platinum rock opera. Info: www. thepncarena.com.
Nov 21 La Fiesta Latin Jazz Ensemble, 7-9:30pm, Five Points Center for Active Adults, 2000 Noble Rd, Raleigh. Part of the Cavalcade of Triangle Big Bands Fall Series. Info: 919.830.7357 or www.raleighmusicgroups.com.
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Nov 23 Artspace’s Collectors’ Gala, 6pm, Artspace, 201 E. Davie St, Raleigh. Will spotlight local art in live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, and more. Info: www.artspacenc.org. Nov 23 Barbara Bailey Hutchison, 8pm, The Clayton
Center, 111E. 2nd St, Clayton. Unique compositions of folk, pop, country, and blues. Info: 919.553.1737 or www.theclaytoncenter.com.
World Music 3.0 featuring Concert Singers of Cary, 7:30pm, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave, Cary. Info: 919.678.1009 or www.concertsingers.org.
Nov 23 Radiothon to Benefit Raleigh Rescue Mis-
sion, noon to 8pm. Kix102.9 and Raleigh Rescue Mission will be at North Hills during the Ship & Shop and annual tree lighting activities collecting cash, checks, and credit card donations. Please help change a life by donating at one of the three donation tents set up at North Hills. For more info: Mary Ann Grooms, 919.850.0605 or maryann@ vitalinkweb.com.
Through Nov 24 Pre-Tour Exhibition for the 2013 Western Wake Artists’ Studio Tour, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave, Cary. The tour takes place Nov 8-10. Info: www. wwast.org. Nov 24 Carrboro Film Festival, 1-7pm, Century Center,
TICKETS: (919) 497-3300 www.JPACarts.com/embers
Carrboro. A celebration of film and video creativity. Info: www.carrborofilmfestival.com.
‘Tis the Season at The Halle Join us for Festive Family Fun
Nov 24 Pops in the Intimate Afternoon, 4pm, PageWalker Arts & History Center, Cary. Info: 919.460.4963 or www.friendsofpagewalker.org. Nov 27-Dec 1 Messiah featuring The Carolina Ballet, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Info: 919.719.0800 or www.carolinaballet.com. Nov 29-Dec 1 A Christmas Carousel Holiday Festival, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Info: 919.821.7400 or www.ncstatefair.org.
Nov 29-Jan 13, 2014 The Art of Giving Exhibit, Hill-
sborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St, Hillsborough. Info: 919.732.5001 or www.hillsboroughgallery.com.
Sweet Potato Pie “A Home Grown Christmas,” 7pm, Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Rd, Garner. Info: 919.661.6988 or www.garnerperformingartscenter.com.
Dec 1 The Brightest Light, 3pm, Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex. A holiday concert for families of all faiths featuring The Raleigh Symphony. Info: www.raleighsymphony.org. Dec 3-8 We Will Rock You, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh. Part of the NC Theatre and Broadway Series South season. Info: 919.831. 6950 or www. nctheatre.com. Dec 3-8
How The Grinch Stole Christmas, DPAC, Durham. Part of The SunTrust Broadway Season. Info: 919.680.2787 or www.dpacnc.com.
11th Annual Holiday Shoppe, Cary Academy, Cary. Info: 919.228.4653 or www.caryacademy.org/ holidayshoppe.
Dec 5-22 Plaid Tidings, Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage
St, Sanford. Info: 919. 774.4512 or www.templeshows.com.
Through Dec 28 Beverly McIver: New York Stories
Exhibit, Craven Allen Gallery, 1106 Broad St, Durham. Info: 919.286.4837 or www.cravenallengallery.com.
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Toyland: 6th annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Exhibit & auction to benefit Western Wake Crisis Ministry
November 22-December 20 Opening Reception: Friday, Nov 22, 6-8 pm Christmas on Salem St. Party: Friday, Dec 6, 6-8 pm ThE BrighTEsT lighT Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Sunday, Dec 1, 3 pm
nuTCraCkEr danCEs Infinity Ballet Theatre Saturday, Dec 7, 3 pm Sunday, Dec 8, 2 & 4 pm
ThE Toys TakE ovEr ChrisTmas By Patricia Clapp & BroadWay sanTa By Janet Gardner and Andy Beck Friday, Dec 13, 7:30 pm Saturday, Dec 14, 2 & 7:30 pm Sunday, Dec 15, 2 pm
Halle Cultural Arts Center 237 N. Salem St., Historic Downtown Apex
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Carolina Ballet to Present or the exquisite botanical Messiah at Thanksgiving prints by Winston-Salem Every December, Boylan Heights, the artist Preston Montague. After a four-year absence, historic downtown Raleigh neighborhood Carolina Ballet will reprise The returning artists are noted for its Craftsman Bungalows, wel- not just the same-old, sameits ever-popular Messiah comes today’s craftsmen and artists to their old. The People’s Choice during Thanksgiving weekporches for the Boylan Heights ArtWalk. winner, The Handmaidens, end, November 27-DecemThe ArtWalk is popular among both artists return for their 8th conber 1, 2013. Messiah will be and patrons for the welcoming feel of the secutive ArtWalk. Handpresented in Raleigh Memoneighborhood show. But like the neighbor- maiden Leeann Hynes has rial Auditorium at the Duke Janet Harriman, Pendant. hood, the artists are anything but run of branched out from jewelry Energy Center for the Perthe mill. Glassmaker Jodie Bock says, “It’s to create stunning paper flowers using forming Arts in downtown Raleigh. The my favorite art show all year” the techniques of Kusudama origami and schedule of performances is as follows: Wednesday, November 27, at 8pm places a matching stone in the center of Friday, November 29, at 8pm each flower. Yumi Okita, whose innovative Saturday, November 30, at 2pm and 8pm fiber work has been a perennial favorite at Sunday, December 1, at 2pm ArtWalk, has added a collection of fiber Robert Weiss choreographed Act I of sculpture insects. Okita paints the cotton sculptures then embroiders them with Messiah to the widely recognized music of George Frideric Handel for Christmas intricate designs. And, as always, Boylan Heights nur- 1998, Carolina Ballet’s tures its own neighborhood artists, from first season. Since that seasoned professionals to up-and-com- premiere the company ing child artists. Well-known artist Pat has performed Messiah to Fitzgerald (neighborhood resident and the accompaniment of live NCSU Art and Design professor) will musicians and the North bring his hand drawn images printed Carolina Master Chorale with archival ink and mounted to wooden conducted by Alfred E. Elke Brand, Digital Abstract Photography 3. panels. Blam! Studios located on Kinsey Sturgis. In 1998 Messiah “We had a huge number of artists apply Street will be open for this year’s ArtWalk was scheduled for only two this year,” reports Lyman Collins, Art- displaying the work of its four artists, Juley performances, however the production Walk Chair. “The ArtWalk is so well liked Striegal, Elke Brand, Sys Oppenlander and was such a success, a third performance was that artists applied from all over North Phoebe Briley. The ArtWalk Committee is added at the last minute. When the word Carolina as well as Virginia and South pleased that child resident Bennett Bray was out about the additional show, patrons stood in line around Raleigh Memorial Carolina.” With more artists wishing to has chosen to display her jewelry. participate than space allows, a jury of New this year, the ArtWalk is bringing Auditorium to purchase tickets. The next neighborhood residents and performing arts into the mix. year Weiss completed Messiah and it remains local artists select the best Studio Joyeux, a commu- today one of the most highly regarded ballets work to appear in the show. nity-focused music teach- in the company’s repertory. A committee of neighboring studio located on West hood volunteers begins early Lenoir Street will be coneach summer to plan the ducting 30 minute lessons/ ArtWalk and works with the jam sessions for the young jury to get the right blend of people attending the show. artists each year. Musician and music educaAmong the new artists tor Matt Vooris will be leadthis year is Sarah Collier who ing the band. digitally alters vintage phoAll told there will be tographs and ephemera to Preston Montague, Yellowroot, approximately 120 artists dis1” x 20” print. create mixed media collages playing their work. If your framed in salvaged wood. Jeweler Janet Har- holiday shopping needs a shot of someriman will bring her one-of-a-kind designs thing unique then the strolling among the created with metal, clay, sterling silver and historic craftsmanship of Boylan Heights gemstones. Not to be missed are the clay architecture will lead you to the perfect sculptures crafted by Christine Linder piece of 21st century craftsmanship. New and Historic Craftsmen Featured at the Boylan Heights ArtWalk December
In the program notes accompanying the first production, Robert Weiss said “I always felt that Handel’s majestic celebratory hymns lent themselves to dance. Messiah has such lilting melodies and a great undercurrent of propulsive rhythms.” The News & Observer confirmed Weiss’ feelings by saying in its review “Let’s answer the main question right away, ‘can Handel’s Messiah be a ballet?’ Absolutely.” The ballet brings the story of Christ to life through singing, music and dance, and through tableaux taken from paintings of the great masters depicting the life of Christ. Tickets for Carolina Ballet’s Messiah may be purchased by calling the Carolina Ballet box office at 919.719.0900 or through Ticketmaster at 800.982.2787. Tickets may also be purchased on line at www.carolinaballet. com. Ticket prices range from $27-68. Saturday matinee tickets are $23-58 and there is a $10 student rush ticket one hour before all shows. After fifteen seasons, Carolina Ballet, Inc. has taken its place among America’s premiere arts organizations. Under the innovative direction of artistic director Robert Weiss, a talented company, fiscally responsible management and community support, Carolina Ballet exposes audiences to traditional ballet by legendary masters and new works of contemporary choreographers. The company represents the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and everincreasing quality of life experienced here in North Carolina.
Cary Players presents
CHRIS MAS STORY
All News - All day
by Philip Grecian Based on the Beloved Holiday Film
November 3 • Atatthe Center December 30 5-9 -•December All Performances theCary Cary Arts Arts Center
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS In person: at the Cary Arts Center By Phone: 1-800-514-3849 or Onilne: caryplayers.org SEASON TICKETS Contact the Cary Arts Center at 460-4069 to purchase
“My name is Elijah, but you can call me “Ice Man.” I use my super powers to protect the Children’s Hospital when I’m here. Mom says I was born to be a superhero, even when my cape is a hospital gown. “The doctors say I have lots of energy, kind of like my favorite superhero, Flash. Everything I do, I do super-fast. I’m pretty sure I get all the energy from my favorite food, ‘pasghetti.” – Elijah, AGE 4 N.C. Children’s Hospital patient
Join us on November 21st for the 12th annual N.C. Children,s Promise Radiothon Hear more stories like Elijah’s by listening to Curtis Media Group radio stations on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Visit ncchildrenspromise.org for a complete list of stations or to make your gift online.
Tickets: $25 at NCOpera.org or 919.792.3850
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Windows on Chapel Hill—Public Art Project Beginning this fall, the popular Win-
dows on Chapel Hill pop-up art installations will appear again throughout downtown. Featuring striking new displays by local artists, the current collection explores illuminated art and the play of light, glow and spirit at night on Franklin Street. This collaborative project between the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and The Town of Chapel Hill’s Public and Cultural Arts Office, funded through Chapel Hill’s Downtown Arts Program, brings eyecatching art displays to downtown storefronts, promotes artists in our community and further establish downtown Chapel Hill as a dynamic space for art. Three displays are currently installed, with one additional display, which was installed in October. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, November 8 from 6-8pm at Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. Meet the artists, enjoy food and drinks, and hear about these great collaborative arts initiatives. For more information on Windows on Chapel Hill, visit www.downtownchapelhill.com/windows. current windows installations You Are Here by Nate Sheaffer—In the Courtyard, next to Vimala’s Curryblossom Café, 431 West Franklin Street Without understanding the importance of each moment, it’s impossible to be present. Few of us find time each day to recognize and acknowledge the beauty surrounding us—giant poplar leaves beneath our feet, trill birdsong in our ears, honey warm sun grazing our skin. Finding your own personal NOW is important. You ARE here. We all are.
Nate Sheaﬀer is a neon artist who has been working in this medium since the mid-10s. He lives with his wife and two young children in Chatham County and continues to explore the endless possibilities of light and glass in his art. www.natesheaﬀer.com
This set piece features hats Whalen has constructed from velvets, and antlers, and dried sealife. as well as very old hats from her personal vintage collection. Two silhouetted female figures preside over the shop, and perhaps, seances after hours! Katharine Whalen is a Chapel Hill artist involved in many medias, music, millinery, and poster making. Recent participation in art shows have included exhibiting works in Durham N.C. at The Carrack, and Outsiders, Cupajoes in Hillsborough N.C. and at the Ackland Museum Store. www.katharinewhalenmusic.com
Untitled by Jonathan Davis—University Square, facing Franklin Street next to Time Out, 123 West Franklin Street This project incorporates a number of processes and elements utilizing blown glass components and metal accents demonstrating the vast ways glass can be transformed with texture and light automation. The illuminated spheres and flowers fade and pulse into each other in sequences that are pre-programmed into a lighting automation board, changing throughout the day depending on the time and amount of natural light. Jonathan Davis is an artist from Durham, NC who has been practicing his love for art, music, and agriculture since childhood. Davis creates a variety of functional and sculptural art, specializing in lighting installations and contemporary designs. www. locallygrownart.com
The st Annual Chatham Studio Tour The Chatham Studio Tour celebrates its 21st year, one of the oldest and most estabVictorian Noir Hat Shop, Where Madam Can lished artist studio tours in the state of Shop for the Afterlife by Katharine Whalen— North Carolina. A colorful brochure with Yates Building, 419 West Franklin Street a self-directed map (and a Google map
on the website) guide the art adventurer Porsche by Design: A Porshce-Lover’s through Chatham County, North Caro- Dream North Carolina Museum of Art’s lina to visit the studios of fifty-two work- new exhibit, Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed ing artists. These artists have earned their opened October 12 and runs through Januplace on the tour through a jury process ary 20, 2014. Artists, design experts, race that selects high caliber, original art. A enthusiasts and sport car lovers will revel visitor to a Chatham artist’s studio may in the 22 cars on display that together trace the evolution of the Porsche expect to see art of outdesign and legendary engineerstanding quality that ing achievements throughout is professionally disthe decades. It is the largest and played. The visitor will most outstanding collection have a special glimpse of Porsche automobiles ever into the personal enviassembled in America. ronment where the art Dr. Ferdinand Porsche (1875was created, the pro1951) was an Austrian-Gercess used in making the man engineer who exhibited art, and the possibility mechanical ability at an early of including the art in Joel Hunnicutt turning a pot. age. At the age of 18 he started one’s own collection. Collecting art is an investment in one’s work at the Bela Egger Electric Company self and one’s home. Supporting local where he is credited with developing the artists is an investment in the community. first electric hub motor. He then used Brochures and maps will be available those skills at Jakob Lohner & Company, at local shops and eateries and Chatham which produced coaches for the royalty of County Community College or can be Europe. He designed electric cars and is downloaded from www.ChathamArtists- also credited with the design of the first gasoline/electric hybrid using a combusGuild.org. • PAF Gallery Preview Show—Through tion engine from Daimler. He used his Thursday, November 7, 223 North Chatham Avenue, Siler City • Artist Opening Reception—Friday, December 6, 7pm-9pm, Chatham County Community College, 764 West Street, Pittsboro—Please bring non-perishable donation (no glass, please) for CORA food pantry! • Chatham County Artists Tour— Saturday, December 7 Sunday DecemPorsche Type 4 Berlin-Rom Racer, 13. ber 8, 10am-5pm; Saturday, December 14 and Sunday December 15, 10am-5pm • Frank Gallery Show—Thursday, Decem- design and engineering skills to design ber 12 from 6pm-8:30pm through Sunday, ever more efficient and powerful cars. After serving as Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s December 16, Chapel Hill, NC chauffeur he was hired by Austro-Daimler in 1906. The previous year he had won the Poetting prize as Austria’s most outstanding engineer. At Austro-Daimler he became their technical director. By 1931 he wanted control over his work and founded his own firm with his son Ferry and Anton Piech. In 1933 Adolf Hitler selected him to design the “Peoples” car (Volkswagen) and to institute a motor racing program. PHOTO BY GREG PETTY.
Kim Werfel in her studio.
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three dogs. I would not have thought to ask if there was a senior discount. But the officer asked, “Are you over 55?” She softened the question by adding, “You don’t look it, but I figured I’d ask since there is a discount.” I give her kudos for diplomacy, and took the discount, which saved me $33.25. Not bad! Pet Food and Supplies (if you are 50+): If you order online from Petsmart.com you can save $10 on an order of at least $50. That’s a hefty savings. Use the promo code nextten. This is listed as a temporary discount, although no expiration date listed. Entertainment: Many major movie theaters have their own senior savings programs. AMC theaters have discounts if you go on Tuesdays (60+). Cinemark has discounts on Monday (62+). Landmark Theatres vary by location.
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discounts aren’t what they once were. But there are still some out there. • Southwest Airlines actively promotes a senior discount program. The discounts at airlines may not be substantial, said Smidt, but the tickets are generally fully refundable and there may not be charge change fees. • Amtrak will give a 15 percent senior discount on the lowest fare available for those 62+ on most trains. If you’re crossing the Canadian border on Amtrak trains and VIA Rail Canada trains, you could get a ten percent discount (60+). • Cruising. Choose the carrier you want, then go to their website and type in “senior discount.” Some may not offer discounts. Carnival and Royal Caribbean do. • National Park Services offers a $10 senior pass to all citizens or permanent residents age 62+. This pass
As for mature driver discounts, in general, insurers apply those automatically as you get older, but that doesn’t mean they won’t miss some. Ask once a year if you’re getting the best price for your age and record.
Household Bills Smidt says discounts are often available through a variety of sources, cell phones, cable, trash pick-up, utilities, and property taxes. They are not often announced, so you need to ask, or at least check on their websites. Type in “senior discount” if you don’t see it. Or just call customer service. There may be income eligibility rules. Property tax discounts vary by location, but often are retroactive, making it well worth asking. Retail is good for a lifetime to get you in more than 2,000 federal recreational sites including national parks. There are also discounts on things like guided tours and boat launching, swimming, camping. • Ski vacations for seniors can be huge, said Smidt. “You can save up to 90 percent off lift-ticket rates or season passes, depending on the ski area and age requirement.”
Eating Out A long list of restaurants have senior discounts, but chances are you have to ask. Don’t be shy. Here are just a few. • Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill: those 60+ get a ten percent discount. Some locations may ask you to sign up for their senior discount card, others will just give a discount. • Arby’s for those 55+. The discount varies, but could be ten percent, or a discounted drink. • Boston Market, age 65+ get a ten percent discount on orders. SeniorDiscounts.com says to ask for the discount even if you are not 65. Some locations will be lenient as long as you are in the age-ballpark. • Chick-fil-A gives discounts to those of us 55+. Each location is independently owned, so the discount varies. It might be ten percent off your order, or a free small drink. Car Insurance Some insurers will give those 55+ a
five percent to 15 percent discount if you complete the “I Drive Safely” course online. The course costs $19.95. Before you sign up, ask your insurer if the company will honor the discount, or if they perhaps have a defensive driving course of their own. As I wrote this article I called my insurer, Allstate, to inquire and was told they do indeed have a defensive driving course which will secure me a discount.
• Ace Hardware, in most locations, gives a ten percent discount to those 60+. • AVON gives customers 50+ a 20 percent if you shop online at MyAvon.com. • Kohl’s offers 15 percent every Wednesday to those 60+. Be prepared to present ID. • RITE Aid gives those 50+ a card which can be used to develop discounts up to 20 percent. Discounts are everywhere, but often you have to take the initiative to ask. Smidt puts out a newsletter, seniordiscounts.com which, as the name implies, specializes in finding and informing seniors about discounts. You can get a free subscription by logging onto the site, or upgrade to get even more information.
IF YOU’RE A VET Veterans, whether active duty or retired, have earned whatever favor they can get. If you’re shy to ask in person, call ahead. • There are a lot of restaurants, sit down and fast food which offer discounts to veterans up to 20 percent. To name a few: Applebee’s, IHOP, Cracker Barrel, and Longhorn Steakhouse. Also Wendy’s, Golden Corral, Chick-fil-A, and Arby’s. • Dunkin’ Donuts gives a ten percent discount. • For home improvements, check out Lowe’s and Home Depot for ten percent to 15 percent off. • General Motors says they help military (active and retired) with an average discount on a car purchase of $750. • For tax preparation, H&R Block offers discounts of ten percent, plus free filing. The list goes on and on… but you need to ask. Don’t be embarrassed. If you served in the military, a discount is a minor way businesses are able to recognize your sacrifice. Let them.
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eady or not, the holidays will soon be upon us again—bringing with them all the joy and anxiety that the season is known for. When it comes to entertaining, however, you needn’t stress over what wines to serve. From my years of research on the topic, I share with you the following suggestions that I hope will make your holiday gatherings fun and hassle-free. Informal entertaining: There was a time when Chardonnay seemed to be the universal white wine, but since I’m not much of a Chardonnay fan, some other pleasing alternatives are Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. Two of my favorite budget-friendly options are Rex Goliath Pinot Grigio— bright citrus and lemon-lime aromas with layers of fresh stone fruit, sprinkled with intense floral and lavender notes—and Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc, bursting with flavors of Meyer lemons and Key limes with hints of grapefruit, gooseberry and citrus. Both are under $10 and versatile enough to serve with a variety of hors d’oeuvres and entrées. I have found Castle Rock’s Pinot Noir, offering aromas of cherry, tea and herbal spice, to be consistently good no matter what the vintage. It ranges in price from $9 - $11. The folks at Triangle Wine Company have also introduced me to some superb Spanish reds. One such pick is Borsao Tres Picos, about $12 on sale. It’s 100 percent Grenache with concentrated flavors of blackberries, strawberries and nuances of leather, vanilla and plums. Kicking oﬀ the festivities: Nothing exudes merriment like a bottle of bubbly. Champagnes and sparkling wines are a fine companion to salty appetizers (think caviar or oysters). Of course I love Champagne— my splurge is Perrier-Jouët Fleur De Champagne—but I have a few other effervescent choices that are gentler on my wallet: Mionetto Prosecco Brut DOC-Treviso, with aromas of golden apples and a hint of white peach, costs about $11; and under-$10-a-bottle Freixenet Cordon Negro, a medium-bodied Spanish Cava, has a palate of apple, pear
and bright citrus flavors with a crisp touch of ginger. Main course whites: If you’re drinking white wine with your main course at this time of the year, chances are you’re eating turkey. I typically pair my holiday bird with Gewürztraminer, but to shake things up a bit why not try a spicy/ peppery Grüner Veltliner from Austria? One that I’m looking forward to trying is Loimer’s Kamptal DAC Grüner Veltliner. Flavors of wood smoke and white pepper, with touches of apple and citrus, make this full-bodied and satisfying. It sells for about $17. Main course reds: Beaujolais Nouveau arrives from France each year just in time for Thanksgiving, but personally I’d opt instead for a bottle of 2009 Beaujolais. This is the vintage that 77-year-old Georges Duboeuf called “the vintage of a lifetime.” Deboeuf ’s 2009 Morgon Descombes displays layers of black cherry, raspberry ganache and tea rose flavors, with a spicy thread running through the wine. At $20 a bottle, it’s an excellent value. Luscious dessert wines: One of the most harmonious wine and food pairings I ever had was an orange muscat with pumpkin pie. Sobon’s Orange Muscat Rezerve ($15) is an exquisite dessert wine with flavors of lush, tropical orange-vanilla and rich cream. Another of my preferred sweet whites is St. Supery’s Moscato ($16–$20), with flavors of kiwi and mango, a hint of honey dew, stone fruit and a zippy orange rind finish. For red wine drinkers, Banfi’s Rosa Regale ($17) is a classic sparkling red wine whose bright fresh berry flavors complement chocolatebased desserts, fresh fruit and pecan pie. Any of these would make a splendid finale to your holiday celebration. Lisa Englert is a Boomer entrepreneur. As a virtual assistant, she provides administrative support services to consultants, entrepreneurs, business owners and nonprofits—particularly those associated with the wine, culinary, and hospitality industries. For more information, visit virtualme.biz.
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to write your memoir all at once. Pacing is the key. Writing 1,000 words per day, roughly equal to four printed pages, is a possible target. At that pace, 70 such sessions over say a six-month period will yield you 70,000 words—book-length material. Perhaps you’ll follow some other formula. One day, you will finish! • Few authors nail exactly what they want to say on the first attempt. Most good writing occurs as a result of substantial rewriting. Rewriting can take as long or longer than the original writing. Don’t be dismayed; great authors throughout history have traversed this path. • You can’t always recall everything exactly as it happened. It is more vital to both you and the reader to recall how you felt. Solid facts build a foundation for your story; the series of emotional truths make up its soul. When it comes to writing, an even progression is nice, but rare. More often what happens is two steps forward, one step back. Some days you’ll think that what you’ve written is crap. For now, your mission is to assemble and save all the words and thoughts that represent the raw material of your memoir. Then refine, refine, and refine some more. It’s your story. Make it the best you can. Jeﬀ Davidson (www.BreathingSpace.com) holds the registered trademark as “The Work-Life Balance Expert®.” His th book, Simpler Living was selected by four books clubs and is scheduled for Chinese translation. Jeﬀ has developed 24 “Work Life Guides” apps available at www.itunes.com/apps/BreathingSpaceInstitute.
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As you enter the exhibit the first auto you see is the 1938 64 Berlin/Rom Racer brought to the exhibit from the Automuseum Prototype in Hamburg, Germany. The trademark aerodynamic sweeping front nose with raised headlights is already there. The car was designed for a race between Berlin and Rome that never took place because of the war. Note the Bosch headlight covers with just enough of a slit to light the road directly ahead, a wartime necessity. The turn signals are inset into the left and right front fenders and pop out when signaled. Very cool! The two-seater has the passenger seat moved back to allow for the shoulders of two men to fit in the car. I knew I was in Porsche Type 17K, 171. for a treat after viewing this car and having the details pointed out to me by Pete Stout, editor of Porsche Panorama Magazine from the Porsche Club of America. The 22 Porsches are available for public viewing thanks to Porsche collectors from all over the world. Some of the finest and rarest Porsche’s come from Durham collectors Ray and Jeanie Ingram including the 1949 Gmund Coupe from the first Porsche factory in Gmund, Austria. My favorites are Steve McQueen’s 356 Speedster 1600, the rare 804 Formula One race car driven by Dan Gurney, Janis Joplin’s psychedelic decorated 356C Cabriolet and the legendary Porsche 917K race car. Visit the exhibit and see which model strikes your fancy. The museum also hosts a variety of lectures and fun activities around design, car meetups, food and music, so be sure to check the listings for other events to truly obtain the full Porsche by Design experience. The North Carolina Museum of Art is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road, in Raleigh. For exhibit times, fees and additional information, visit www. ncartmuseum.org.
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hoosing Sides, a cookbook devoted entirely to side dishes, offers fresh ideas in memorable recipes. Every recipe offers multiple entrée suggestions. Tara Mataraza Desmond’s recipes cross cuisines, techniques, and complexity. They range from brunch items to foods for intimate gatherings, potlucks, parties, and holiday feasts. Accompany your old standby of meat loaf or roast chicken with an inspired accompaniment. A helpful chart, organized by main entrée, gives a quick look at the options to serve. Try her browned Brussels with maple butter this holiday season. It matches well with bacon-crusted roast turkey; apple, pear and sage stuffed pork loin roulade; slow-cooked chicken and cippoline; herb stuffed leg of lamb; butternut ricotta lasagna.
Both home cooks and chefs know that quality fresh herbs help produce outstanding recipes, though there is the ever constant problem of waste and short shelf life. Now there is an alternative. Litehouse Foods offers Instantly Fresh herbs that are
freeze dried immediately after harvest to retain their natural flavor, aroma, and nutritional benefits, only needing a small amount of moisture to gain the equivalent of fresh herbs. The Instantly Fresh herb line offers 15 different herbs from basil, chives and lemon grass to jalapenos, dill and Italian herb blend. They bring signature tastes and aromas to favorite foods. For most recipes you can just add the herbs in and they will gather enough moisture from other ingredients. Only a small amount of water is needed to rehydrate, so if too much is added, just strain the excess. Litehouse Instantly Fresh herbs are found in the produce department, often above or below the packaged fresh herbs. Visit www.litehousefoods.com for a wide variety of recipes. For those looking for a respite from party or meal cooking during the holidays, consider Kent Island Crab Cakes (www.kentislandcrabcakes.com), made exclusively from crabmeat of the blue crab, sourced as much as possible from the Chesapeake Bay. These hand-made gourmet crab cakes are available as jumbo lump style, as minis, and even gluten free. For an intimate celebration, just add salad and the wine. For a cocktail party, pass crab cake minis, add crudities, dip and champagne. Best of all, the crab cakes can also serve as an ingredient, using in a quiche, for example, or for making crab pasta. The crab cakes can be safely held for six months in the freezer. Browned Brussels with Maple Butter
(Courtesy of Choosing Sides, Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC). Serves 4–6. Author Desmond says that if any preparation of Brussels sprouts is to make a
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convert, it’s this one. “The maple butter is reminiscent of caramel, creating a sweet cloak over savory sprouts.” Note that the maple butter can be made a day ahead, cooled completely, and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature while the sprouts roast and then scrape it into the hot sprouts to melt it. 1 tablespoon plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, stem ends trimmed, outer leaves peeled, and halved (quartered if large) ½ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Brush 1 tablespoon of the olive oil on a baking sheet and transfer it to the hot oven for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, toss the sprouts with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the salt and pepper. Pour the sprouts out onto the hot baking sheet and spread into a single layer. (Take the time to place each sprout cut side down for especially crisped and browned sprouts.) Roast the Brussels sprouts for 15 to 20 minutes, until fork-tender and a dark brown crust forms on the sides exposed to the baking sheet. While the sprouts roast, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, swirling it around as it becomes liquid. Keep a close eye on the butter as it starts to foam. If you look closely at the liquid butter as it cooks, you can see tiny specks of brown appear (which are the browning milk solids). Continue heating it
until it starts to smell nutty and turns from off-white to golden to light brown. Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the maple syrup. Stir briskly as the mixture sizzles and spurts. Set aside in the saucepan until the sprouts finish roasting. Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle the maple butter all over, tossing to coat evenly. Serve immediately.
Pasta with Crabmeat
(Courtesy of Kent Island Crab Cakes.) Serves 2 as a first course. Saute 2 shallots in 2 tablespoons good olive oil with 1 clove garlic, finely minced, until soft. Add ¼ cup dry white wine and reduce slightly. Add 1 softened, flaked Kent Island crab cake and cook for 2 minutes. Add handful of halved cherry tomatoes and cook covered until softened. Toss in 1 cup roughly chopped or torn arugula leaves, season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Remove from heat. Drain ¼ pound excellent linguine and toss with pasta sauce, setting aside a half cup or so to top the plates. Top with finely chopped parsley and serve.
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