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CHARLOTTE – Roberta and Les Farnum were looking for a growing city to launch their Home Instead Senior Care franchise. Charlotte fit the bill. Since opening 18 years ago, Roberta Farnum estimates her company has served more than 5,000 families in Mecklenburg County. “In the early days, my husband was going door to door educating people on what we were,” Roberta said. “People didn’t even know the concept of inhome care.” Home Instead Senior Care allows older adults age in place by connecting them with caregivers to help them with daily tasks, like showers, meals and chores. There was a time when the Farnums were the
caregivers in their fledgling venture. Now they employ a general manager that oversees operations, which includes more than 250 employees and a scheduling department. Charlotte is still growing, as is its senior population. Many move here to be with their children, while the influx of active adult communities allow more people to stay where they grew up or built their careers. But Farnum said people don’t consider that they need extra care as they age. People also don’t want to think about the possibility of developing dementia. A survey by Home Instead found that while 73 percent of seniors have a written will, only 13 percent have made plans for long-term care. While the AARP finds that 90 percent of seniors prefer to spend their final years at home, Home Instead found that 74 percent of seniors have shared their
wishes with adult children. Seniors don’t want to burden their children, while adult children find it difficult to approach their parents about long-term care. Typically, a crisis opens the door for the adult children to take action. “It is a difficult conversation because people want to maintain their independence,” Farnum said. “If they talk about they’re going to need help, they’re afraid everyone’s going to gather around them and make decisions for them.” Farnum said one of the biggest misconceptions people have about long-term care is that Medicare is going to pay for it. She recommends older adults educate themselves on investing in a long-term care policy. Home Instead has resources to encourage seniors and their adult children to talk to one another about long-term care plans. Visit www.homeinstead.com.
Women @ Work Venue announced for luncheon, 2A
Bank of America employee volunteers engage in active reading tutoring with students at Billingsville Elementary Leadership Academy. Photo courtesy of United Way
Momentum Pickleball’s appeal continues growing, 1B
Groups partner to reach at-risk youth United Way of Central Carolinas and Read Charlotte partnered to launch Tutor Charlotte, an initiative that provides one-on-one tutoring for at-risk students. The program expanded from two classrooms in 2017 to 12 classes at six Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools this year. More than 200 students have tutors.
Renaissance Patisserie opens SouthPark location Sagging skin? More people seeking plastic surgery, 2B
CHARLOTTE – Renaissance Patisserie has opened an artisanal French bakery in SouthPark’s Specialty Shops shopping center. The location will not only serve French pastries, croissants, breads and macarons, but also an expanded sit-down menu offering bistro fare, such as entrée salads, savory croissant sandwiches and hearty quiches, all accompanied by fresh green salads, ratatouille or pommes frites.
Available along with the expanded dining selection is an assortment of choice “more than fair trade” coffees, espresso drinks, sodas and refreshing sparkling waters. In its new location, Renaissance will showcase its recent acquisition of Decadent Designs Bakery of Ballantyne, decorating custom celebration, birthday and wedding cakes onsite in its new open kitchen design. Chef Sylvain Rivet founded Renaissance Patisserie in 2013 as a farmers market stand. His first restaurant location, at 2809 South Blvd., has won local awards for best pastry shop and croissant.
Restaurant re-brands Park Road location CHARLOTTE – Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse has re-opened the location at 4435 Park Road as Duckworth’s Kitchen & Taphouse. In addition to the name change and interior renovation, Duckworth’s Kitchen has elevated the current menu to offer the customer a new restaurant experience. A core focus at Duckworth’s Kitchen is the launch of a monthly feature testing concept that is geared towards the guest experience, offering different entrées, ingredients and toppings. At the end of each meal, feedback is encouraged via iPad survey, with the goal to see what might be added or changed on the restaurant menu. “We’re on a mission to evolve select items on the Duckworth’s menu,” owner Rob Duckworth said. “With a slightly smaller menu, we’re hoping to execute our core specialties and crowd-favorites better, while also elevating our burger and salad offerings and testing new items never before served.” The refined menu offers close to 35 items, not including the “Create Your Own Salad” section which has more than 43 ingredients. Burgers in the new craft burger line feature a proprietary beef blend that can be cooked-to-temperature and other elevated ingredient options.
Catholic soccer among nation’s best squads by Paul Nielsen
Race4Rett Teen gives the silent a voice, 2A
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CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Catholic girls’ soccer team is putting up some impressive numbers as the season hits the midway point. Catholic has won its first 11 games of the season and the Cougars are 6-0 in the rugged Southern Carolina Conference after defeating Marvin Ridge 3-0 April 10. Catholic, which lost in the Class 4A Regional Finals last spring before dropping down to Class 3A this school year, is 29-1-3 since starting the 2017 season at 3-2. With Eveleen Hahn and Lindsey Poff leading the offensive attack, Catholic is averaging 5.7 goals a game. The defensive stats are just as impressive as the Cougars have pitched six shutouts in their
first 11 games. But the numbers that may be the most impressive are the school’s national numbers. Maxpreps. com has the Cougars ranked No. 5 nationally while TopDrawerSoccer.com has the Cougars ranked No. 3 in the country. Catholic head coach Gary Hoilett said the national rankings are nice but they don’t mean much at this point in the season. Catholic is instead focused on winning a conference championship in a competitive conference and using that momentum to bring home a state championship. Catholic moved into the driver’s seat in the Southern Carolina Conference when the Cougars defeated two-time Class 3A state champion see SOCCER, Page 3B
Ella Futch, Eveleen Hahn, Lindsey Poff and Carson Dymock have helped the Charlotte Catholic girls soccer team to a national ranking. Paul Nielsen/SCW photo
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CONTACT US Nine Providence High student-athletes signed to play college athletics April 11 at the school: Zoe’ Six, ETSU, triathlon; Jack Albin, John Hopkins, wrestling; Elliot Schultz, Navy, track and field and cross country; Cole Sutlerland, Lenoir-Rhyne University, golf: Joey Jager, Notre Dame, track and field; Riley Outen, Haverford College, volleyball; Nina Kouchi, Grinnell College, golf; Rachel Webb, Lee’s McRae, swimming; and Sarah Parrish, Florida State, track and cross country. Photo courtesy of Providence High
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SAVE THE DATE South Charlotte Weekly will host a luncheon in conjunction with its annual Women@Work edition. TV personality Jacinda Jacobs will host the event. Mara Campolungo, executive director of The Sandbox, will be the keynote speaker. Her charity helps families with children afflicted by cancer. The Women@Work Luncheon takes place 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 at Waverly Hilton Garden Inn, 7415 Waverly Walk Ave. Tickets cost $50. Discounts are available for two, four and eight seat packages. Visit www.thecharlotteweekly.com to buy tickets. Call 704-849-2261 or email Adrian@cmgweekly.com for questions or sponsorship opportunities.
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Giving the silent a voice 16-year-old organizes Race4Rett to battle rare disease by Karie Simmons firstname.lastname@example.org
CHARLOTTE – Carolyn Szempruch is organizing a 5K to raise money and awareness for a rare disease as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project. The Marvin Ridge High School sophomore created the run, called Race4Rett, to benefit Rett syndrome – a neurological disorder found primarily in females. It impairs hand usage, speech and daily life such as being able to eat, bathe or use the restroom independently. Estimates suggest Rett syndrome occurs in one out of every 10,000 to 15,000 girls born and affects 1 in 10,000 to 22,000 females in the U.S. Carolyn’s aunt Carrie, who lives in Ohio, has struggled with Rett her entire life. “She can’t talk with us. She can understand us, she hears us, but she can only make noises, not words,” Carolyn said. “She physically gets older, but it’s like she’s permanently a child. My grandparents have to bathe her and she wears diapers, but she’s lucky because she can walk and most girls with Rett can’t walk.” The run begins at 8 a.m. April 21 at Kids R Kids Academy at Blakeney. The second mile will be run in silence as a way to relate to kids with Rett syndrome, since most are non-verbal. Registration costs $35 and will increase to $40 on race day. Those who want to give to the cause but not participate in the run can sign up to be “spirit runners” for $25. Proceeds will be used to cover the cost of the event and purchase iPads with an app called Proloquo2Go to help children with Rett communicate with their parents and caregivers. Carolyn is hoping to buy as many as 10 iPads. She said the project hasn’t been easy, but it’s taught her the importance of
NEWS BRIEFS Festival honors African American heritage CHARLOTTE – The sixth annual Charlotte African American Festival is a celebration of the rich heritage and accomplishments of the African-American community. Special attractions will include a journey through the Underground Railroad with a Harriet Tubman impersonator, The Ashanti Pageant and The Black History Walk of Fame, which features impersonations of famous African-Americans. It will include exhibits, musical performances, art, literature, food, dancers, drummers, speakers, vendors and recognition. The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 14 and 3 to 9 p.m. April 15 at Blumenthal's Spirit Square, 345 North College St. Proceeds from the festival will support media and broadcasting programs. Email email@example.com or call 704777-9928 for details.
Ballantyne celebrates Earth Day with music, vendors CHARLOTTE – Ballantyne Earth Day will feature music, a farmer’s market, food truck fare, on-site dog adoptions, great giveaways and more than 40 vendors showcasing sustainable efforts or green products. The event takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 20 at The Ballantyne’s Brixham Tent, 15801 Brixham Hill Ave. There’s also opportunities to shred recyclables and participate in a volunteer project, Togetherhood. Visit goBallantyne.com for more information.
Final Providence Chamber Music Series set for May 6 CHARLOTTE – The Madison Park String Quartet performs Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49 and String Quartet No. 1, Op. 21 by Paul Ben-Haim in the final installment of the Providence Chamber Music Series. These two lesser-known quartets, composed within a year of each other, cover a broad range of styles incorporating Israeli folk tunes, French Impressionism and Neoclassicism. The free event starts at 7 p.m. May 6 at Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road. Call 704-333-9536 or 704366-7442 or visit www.providenceumc.org/ music for details.
Carolyn Szempruch holds a photo of her aunt, Carrie, who has Rett syndrome. Carolyn organized a 5K race to raise money for those with the disease. Karie Simmons/ SCW photo
determination and perseverance. In the end, she knows all the hard work will be worth it. “I’ll be able to see the impact on my aunt, and other parents will be able to talk to their kids, so it just makes you feel really good inside,” she said. “Once my aunt gets one of the iPads and I’m able to talk to her, probably just ‘How are you doing?’ is going to be the first question I ask.”
Want to participate? The race starts at 8 a.m. April 21 at Kids R Kids Academy at Blakeney, 6250 Blakeney Drive, Charlotte. Visit www.race4rett. racesonline.com to register to run, donate to the cause, sign up to volunteer or become a business sponsor.
Flair loses WWE championship CHARLOTTE – Two days after winning one of the most heralded matches at Wrestlemania 34, Charlotte Flair lost her WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship after getting brutally attacked. A bleeding Flair made Asuka tap out in submission at Wrestlemania after putting the undefeated wrestler in the Figure 8 leglock on April 8 in the Superdome. Asuka’s win streak in the WWE dates back to 2015. Flair made an appearance at the April 10 episode of SmackDown, where she was attacked by Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. After the beating, Carmella cashed in her Money in the Bank briefcase, which gives her an automatic title shot. Carmella kicked the battered Flair in the face and pinned her to win the title. Flair, whose real name is Ashley Fliehr, is a Providence High School graduate.
Driggs, Egleston to address League of Women Voters CHARLOTTE – City Councilmen Ed Driggs and Larken Egleston will address the League of Women Voters about their plans to address some of the challenges facing Charlotte. Driggs serves on the economic develop-
ment and budget committees, while Egleston sits on the environment and transportation committees. Both are on the housing and neighborhood planning committees. The free event starts at 6:30 p.m. April 17 at The Midwood International and Cultural Center (room 210), 1817 Central Ave.. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.goleaguego.org/ for details.
Grad goes from NCAA Tourney to Naval Academy CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Catholic High School graduate Josh Brodowicz received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, according to Congressman Robert Pittenger. Brodowicz is a point guard for the Queens University Royals, who on March 22 lost to Northern State in double overtime during the NCAA Division II national semifinals. His father graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984, and his older brother graduated last year. Josh graduated from Charlotte Catholic in 2016. He is the son of Mark and Carla Brodowicz. Brodowicz is one of 11 students to receive a U.S. Service Academy appointment for 2017-18.
Myers Park senior appointed to West Point CHARLOTTE – Myers Park High School senior Henry Thompson has received an appointment to West Point, according to Congressman Robert Pittenger. Thompson teaches beginner lacrosse to children at the YMCA, tutors peers in calculus and physics, and served as a summer intern in Pittenger’s Washington office. Thompson, the son of Kevin Thompson and Holly Withers, is one of 11 local students to receive a United States Service Academy appointment for 2017-18.
Labor council makes several election endorsements CHARLOTTE – Members of the Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council, a federation of unions of working people in the Charlotte metro-area, has released endorsements for the May 8 election. • US Congress – D9 Dan McCready, D10 Gina Collias and D12 Alma Adams. • NC Senate – D34 William (Bill) Howell and D38 Mujtaba A Mohammed. • NC House – D83 Senah Andrews, D89 Greg Cranford, D92 Chaz Beasley, D98 Christy Clark, D99 Rodney W Moore, D100 John Autry, D101 Carolyn Logan and D106 Carla Cunningham. • Mecklenburg County Commission – Trevor M Fuller (at-large), Jamie Hildreth (at-large), Ray McKinnon (at-large), Vilma Leake (district 2), George Dunlap (district 3) and Mark Jerrell (district 4). • District Attorney – Spencer Merriweather. • Sheriff – Garry McFadden.
Children’s book targets adults CHARLOTTE – “Willy the Wave,” a new book by William Boccalatte, as been released by RoseDog Books. The story was originally written for children. However, the more the author shared the story with adults, he discovered they, too, could learn some of the deeper aspects from the life of Willy. The intent is to bring your mind to a child-like state and let Willy the Wave share some of his wisdom with you. The purpose of this story is to reveal there is another sense of perception that humans can discover. The 36-page hardcover costs $24. Visit www.rosedogbookstore.com.
DINING SCORES Health departments in Mecklenburg and Union counties inspected these restaurants March 30 to April 5:
28209 • Burger King, 2901 South Blvd. – 98.5 • Duckworth’s Kitchen & Taphouse, 4435 Park Road – 97 • Subway, 4323 Park Road – 97
28211 • Magnolia’s, 3500 Latrobe Drive – 94 • Phil’s Deli II, 4223 Providence Road – 95
28226 • Jade Dragon, 7741 Colony Road – 95
28270 • Food Lion (deli), 9848 Monroe Road – 99.5
28277 • The Blue Taj, 14815 Ballantyne Village Way – 97 • Buona Vita, 3419 Torringdon Way – 99 • Domino’s Pizza, 16646 Hawfield Way Drive – 99
• Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries, 9820 Rea Road – 98.5 • Hampton Inn & Suites, 11935 N. Community House Road – 95 • Harris Teeter (meat/seafood), 16625 Lancaster Hwy. – 99.5 • IHOP, 16015 Lancaster Hwy. – 95 • Mickey & Mooch – The Other Joint, 8128 Providence Road – 95.5 • New South Kitchen & Bar, 8140 Providence Road – 96.5 • Q’doba Mexican Eats, 16631 Lancaster Hwy. – 97 • Sports Connection Café/Bistro, 11611 Ard-
rey Kell Road – 98.5 • Sprouts Farmers Market (deli), 15121 Ballancroft Pkwy. – 95.5 • Sprouts Farmers Market (meat market), 15121 Ballancroft Pkwy. – 98.5 • Sprouts Farmers Market (produce), 15121 Ballancroft Pkwy. – 97 • Sprouts Farmers Market (sushi), 15121 Ballancroft Pkwy. – 98.5 • The Lights Juicery & Café, 16631 Lancaster Hwy. – 96 • Tony’s Pizza, 14027 Conlan Circle – 95
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Classroom Central celebrates the arrival of its mobile store April 11 at Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School. Photo courtesy of CC
ClassVROOM Central delivers to first school CHARLOTTE – Classroom Central drove a 40-foot-long mobile store April 11 on the campus of Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School, allowing teachers to walk away with hundreds of free supplies. This marked the first ride of ClassVROOM Central, a project designed to bring Classroom Central’s Teacher Free Store to schools. The nonprofit hopes to provide supplies to 16 Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in 2018-19. About 127,000 students are eligible to receive free supplies through Classroom Central’s programs, including the Teacher Free Store. In total, 199 schools in six districts, including CMS, are eligible to shop for free supplies. “Due to distance and late dismissal in many of these schools, teachers are often un-
able to make it to our Free Store,” Executive Director Karen Calder said. “That’s how we came up with the idea of bringing the supplies directly to teachers.” Classroom Central anticipates that each “VROOM” visit will serve 200 teachers. This project was made possible by many community supporters, including The Gambrell Foundation. To ensure the vehicle is always fully supplied with educational materials, ClassVROOM Central will make appearances throughout the community starting this spring for “Stuff the Truck” events. If a business or organization would like to reserve the truck, contact program coordination Tee Poole at email@example.com or 704-377-1740 ext. 418.
BUSINESS BRIEFS 2 stores open at SouthPark
Circle K program fuels schools
CHARLOTTE – Palmetto Moon and American Eagle have opened at SouthPark mall. Palmetto Moon carries a variety of clothing, home goods, collegiate gear and accessories. Simply Southern, YETI and True Grit are some of the brands inside. The 4,761 square-foot store is located in the Belk Wing near lululemon athletica. American Eagle Outfitters offers coveted American clothing and accessories. The 5,000-square-foot store features men’s and women’s jeans, T-shirts and shoes. It’s in the Macy’s Wing. Shoppers can soon enjoy dining at Gusto Farm to Street and Bulla Gastrobar while shopping top brands like INDOCHINO later this spring.
CHARLOTTE – Circle K will kick off its annual Fueling Our Schools fundraising campaign April 19 at convenience stores throughout the region. The campaign invites customers to buy fuel at a specially marked fuel pump, with Circle K donating one-cent of every gallon of fuel purchased to a participating local school (up to $2,000 per school). Participating locations include: • 9620 Rea Road (benefits Ardrey Kell High). • 4336 Park Road (benefits Collinswood Elementary). • 2926 Selwyn Ave. (benefits Myers Park High). • 3201 Pineville-Matthews Road (benefits Providence High). • 8925 Pineville-Matthews Road (benefits South Mecklenburg High). The campaign has raised nearly $900,000 for local schools.
Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne unveils renovation CHARLOTTE – Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne has completed an extensive renovation. The 118-room property has invested in the following renovations: • Transformation of all guest suites, including new furniture, drapes and linens, as well as new stainless-steel appliances and carpet. • Refresh of all public space, restrooms, business center, guest laundry and stairwells. • New furniture at indoor pool and outdoor courtyard. The hotel, located at 15735 Brixham Hill Ave., is owned and managed by Northwood Hospitality.
Allen Tate announces Winner’s Edge grads CHARLOTTE – Emily McCraw and Adina Safta, of Allen Tate Realtors’ SouthPark office, graduated from the company’s Winner’s Edge training. Exclusively for Allen Tate Realtors, Winner’s Edge is a required, comprehensive real estate training program. The curriculum combines the latest in national real estate trends with detailed information about the local real estate market. Visit allentate.com for more information.
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Weddington 5-4 on penalty kicks on March 22 and with the win against the Mavericks on April 10. Catholic and Weddington will meet again on April 24 at Catholic. “It’s been a good start for us,” Hoilett said. “But it is only halfway through the season and we have some tough games ahead of us. Weddington is a good team, good players and always well prepared. Most games will almost always play out like that last one and we are happy with the win. We are trying to stay focused because this is a tough conference. Those things (rankings) are nice for the program and nice for the players. But, I had no idea that is where we are ranked right now.” Hahn, a junior, leads the offensive attack with 23 goals and 12 assists. The South Carolina commit tallied 32 goals and 11 assists a year ago. Poff, who had 18 goals and 13 assists as a junior, has 20 goals and nine assists and she has signed to play soccer at Appalachian State. “We want to be able to attack people,” Hoilett said. “We have some players that can put some goals away for us. I think it is a combination of how we play when we have the ball and that we are willing to take some risks coming forward and attacking people.” Hoilett said Hahn is a complete player that has a bright future in the game. “Good player,” Hoilett said. “Really good finisher of the ball. But people see the goals and what people are not seeing are all the other things she does for us. She works extremely hard on both ends of the ball.” Hahn hopes to beat last year’s goal total while helping the team take the next step in the postseason. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” Hahn said. “They have really helped me with assists and making good passes. Last year was a confidence booster.”
Charlotte Catholic freshman Ella Futch works on a drill during practice on April 9. Paul Nielsen/SCW photo
Hoilett said Poff’s work ethic has allowed her to get off to a solid start in her final season in a Catholic jersey. “You are seeing the goals, but a lot of people are not seeing all the other things she is doing for the team on and off the field,” Hoilett said. “She does a lot of work behind the ball when it is time to defend. She is fully committed to what we are trying to do this year.” Freshman Ella Futch has stepped in and filled a void in net, replacing Abbey Stapleton, who is now the starting keeper for the Charlotte 49ers women’s soccer team. “Pleasant surprise, very pleasant surprise,” Hoilett said. Catholic played a conference game against Piedmont on April 12 and they face Providence Day on April 13 in a nonconference game. The Cougars have league games against Monroe, Cuthbertson and Parkwood before their showdown with Weddington on April 24.
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CALENDAR April 13 Children’s Theater The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte presents “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure” April 13 to May 6, including a sensory-friendly performance at 11 a.m. April 21 and a signed performance at 3 p.m. May 15. Audiences can buy tickets www.ctcharlotte.org or by calling the box office from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays at 704-973-2828. The show is recommend for ages 4 and older. Various times; 300 E 7th St Art Gallery The Charlotte Fine Art Gallery holds a reception for its spring show, “Charlotte and Beyond: A Landscape Exhibition.” The gallery opens 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, April 3 to 28. Call 704-5410741 or visit www.Charlotte FineArt.com for details. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m.; 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road Blood Drive The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas holds a drive at Faith CME Church. Call 888-59-BLOOD or visit www.cbcc.us for details. Noon to 2 p.m.; 457 Wellingford St.
April 14 Charlotte RaceFest The Charlotte RaceFest features a half marathon and 10K run at SouthPark mall. The event includes craft beer, food and entertainment. Visit www.charlotteracefest.com for registration details. 7:30 a.m.; 4400 Sharon Road Breakfast Club The Ballantyne Breakfast Club convenes at The Ballantyne for the theme “Community Engagement in Charlotte’s Growth.” Get updates
on area development and the I-485 Express Lanes. Visit www.ballantynebreakfast club.com for details. 9 to 11 a.m.; 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte
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The Ivey comes full circle Mother’s Alzheimer’s fight inspired banking exec to change careers by Justin Vick email@example.com
CHARLOTTE – Lynn Ivey celebrated in January the 10th anniversary of The Ivey Memory Wellness Day Center, a nonprofit inspired by her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ivey was a banking executive when she learned of her mother’s diagnosis. Her mother had attended a daytime care center, but Ivey wanted to create a place with superior care.
Her nonprofit has helped more than 450 families over the years. Older adults receive programming that repowers their minds, while caregivers can take time for themselves or continue working without worrying about their loved ones. “The mission becomes stronger the more families we serve,” Ivey said. “The ups and downs of starting a business, whether it’s a for-profit or nonprofit could get people down, but the mission of what we do here and the fam-
ilies who are affected really inspire us every day.” When Ivey reflects on the many iterations of her nonprofit over time, she finds irony that its work over the past two to three years bear an uncanny resemblance to what she wrote in her business plan in 2006. She initially sought to work with people with mild cognitive impairment or early stage Alzheimer’s, as well as provide activities directed at higher
Lynn Ivey helps older adults stave off the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Ivey Memory Wellness Day Center works with about 60 older adults daily. Photo courtesy of The Ivey
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Pickleball popularity continues to grow by Paul Nielsen firstname.lastname@example.org
INDIAN TRAIL – As spring break was winding down last week, Carolina Courts was abuzz with activity. One side of the massive indoor complex was full of school-aged children taking part in a basketball clinic that encompassed several courts. The other half of the complex was filled with people playing games on nine “mini” tennis courts. Most of the players on these “mini” courts last enjoyed a spring break from school decades ago but their enthusiasm and competitive spirit matched their younger counterparts across the way at the basketball clinic. But Pickleball, not basketball, was the game at hand. Pickleball – a sport that is a mix of tennis, badminton and ping-pong – is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. It is especially popular with seniors and those baby boomers quickly approaching retirement. Players use a paddle, which resembles an oversized ping-pong paddle and a hard plastic ball that is very similar to a Whiffle ball. The court is about a third of the size of a tennis court. With less ground to cover, it is perfect for players of all ages and athletic abilities. The smaller court creates a social atmo-
sphere. It’s also good exercise for the estimated 2.5 million participants nationwide. Carolina Courts, because if its 12 courts, Pickleball clinics and leagues, is one of the more popular venues in the area. The complex is Pickleball central most mornings during the work week, especially during the school year. But the game is also played at nearly 40 other indoor and outdoor locations in the Charlotte region. Abe Williams picked up the sport several years ago and he helps run the Pickleball program at Carolina Courts. Last week, Williams was watching a beginner’s clinic being conducted by Bill Campbell. “It’s probably the most popular facility,” Williams said. “We have 12 courts and all levels of players show up here. It’s good to have those different levels because you can advance from beginner to the top level. Some people drive 90 minutes to come here to play. We started with just a few courts and it is now the fastest growing sport in the country. On some days we will have 60 players in here.” Players can buy a paddle from $60 to $100 and many venues provide the balls. Carolina Courts has its own supply of paddles to loan for those looking for a first taste of the sport. “It is a friendly game,” Williams said. see PICKLEBALL, Page 3B
Pickleball instructor Bill Campbell (right) shows players serving techniques during a clinic April 5 at Carolina Courts in Indian Trail.
Keith Weber, of Matthews, plays PIckleball at the Crews Road Recreation Center in Matthews.
What is Pickleball? Pickleball is a paddle sport for players of all ages and levels of athletic ability and it is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. It is easy for beginners to learn and it is a challenging, fast-paced and competitive game for more experienced players. Players use a paddle and a hard plastic ball. Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Like tennis, players can play singles or doubles but most players opt for doubles competition. Pickleball is played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court measuring 20-feet wide and 44-feet long, which is about one-third the size of a tennis court.
Two weeks after my wedding, my wife and I moved to a new city to start a new career and live together as husband and wife. Our denomination appointed us to pastor a small rural church in southwestern New Jersey. I read the farewell brief from my predecessor and nothing stated it was in debt. I was relieved. But my wife opened a drawer and found a stack of bills. We owed $38,000 on an annual budget of $56,000. We didn’t get paid the first five months we were married. We worked very hard to keep the doors open. When things got better, we were transferred to north Jersey to an inner-city church. We faced new challenges. As we got the programs up and running, we learned my wife was pregnant with our first child. A few years later, she was pregnant with our second child. At that time, we were transferred again. Our final appointment was to church plant. We did it out of a funeral home. I had to roll the body out of the way so I could preach. Our second child was born. Then we learned my daughter had a severe vision problem. While dealing with that, my wife became pregnant a third time. Our last two children are 12 months and 18 days apart. We left the ministry and started our life all over without owning a piece of furniture. Eventually, we bought our first house. Our children entered school. We moved to Washington, DC to lead a rescue mission there. Our kids were a little older. We operated a summer camp. We got a dog. A few years later, we moved to Charlotte to lead Charlotte Rescue Mission. My mother moved in with us. Children were in high school activities including swimming, color guard and ping-pong. I don’t count ping-pong as a contact sport. Our teens were considering colleges and being enrolled. I should see FAITH, Page 3B
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Giving the final gift: Eleven ways to help a dying person let go by Patt Lind-Kyle Contributor
We all know that our life will end someday, and most of us try really hard not to think about it. But when someone you love becomes terminally ill, not only they, but you too, must face death. It’s a daunting prospect and one that fills most people with dread (not to mention the urge to run far away). Yet you don’t have to feel this way. In fact, you have a powerful opportunity to help your dying loved one release their fear and embrace, and even welcome, their death. Most people approach death with fear, anxiety and avoidance. In a word, they resist. So when someone you love is dying, the best way to help them is by supporting their peaceful transition. In other words, help them stop resisting death and enable them to let go. But to do this, you must also come to terms with your misgivings about death. And the sooner, the better. We all enter a state of resistance (called the constricted self ), when we separate from our mother’s body at birth. This constricted state is what makes you afraid of death; it is fragmented, fear-driven and disconnected from your higher energy and awareness, also called your expanded self. Your expanded self realizes death is an illusion, a transition, and nothing to be afraid of. But when you face death early on (which my book “Embracing the End of Life” teaches how to do), you can access your expanded self and live a richer, happier, less fearful life—and have a peaceful and even joyful transition when the time comes. Unfortunately, most people dwell in the constricted self their entire lives. So chances are, your dying loved one is struggling with fear and resistance, even as death approaches. Not only can you help your loved one experience a peaceful death, but you can also use the experience to come to terms with your own death. You can give the gift of a good death to a dying loved one. It’s about how they want to be cared for throughout their terminal illness. Find out the kind of music, or readings, or care your dying loved one wants. Remember that it is important to follow the process of death – not to impose your plan. Follow these tips to help your dying loved one stop resisting death and let go peacefully. 1. First, prepare yourself. Near-death experience survivors have observed that at the time of death, they could sense any strong thoughts or negative emotions brought into the space by others. These emotions can impact the dying person’s state of mind. Therefore, before you visit your loved one during their final moments, inwardly prepare yourself so as to not negatively affect their death. You can do this by meditating, calm breathing, or practicing mindfulness. The calm, inward-dwelling energy this creates will invoke a presence of love and caring that positively influences your loved one when they die. 2. Heal lingering wounds between the two of you. If you and your dying loved one have existing hurts or conflicts, lovingly resolve those issues now. Give your loved one a chance to express themselves or clear the air and (gently) say what you need to say to facilitate healing and peace. 3. Don’t shy away from talking directly to your loved one about their death. Let your loved one know that you would like to help them come to terms with their death. Make them feel comfortable talking
One way to help a loved one transition through death is to make them comfortable about talking about it. SCW file photo
about any emotions and uncertainties they may be feeling. Ask them what they need from you, and try to give it to them wholeheartedly. It may be that they simply want you to sit beside them in quiet presence. 4. Help them practice self-care. As a person dies, they need to be in their own rhythm with family, friends and caregivers. Encourage them to sleep, eat, pray and meditate while remaining in a consciously aware state. If at all possible, try to keep them peaceful and pain-free, and help them to focus on emotionally pleasant feelings. 5. Encourage them to meditate. Meditation is a practice that prepares you for death. A daily meditation practice trains you to release and let go of your constricted self every day. On a practical level, it trains the mind to let go of the busy resistances of daily life. And when you are in the dying process, meditation prepares you to relax, stabilizes your mind, opens you to compassion and creates a dynamic shift that reduces your anxiety and fear. Encourage your loved one to meditate by using their breath, a mantra, or a chant that repeats over and over to help them let go of the mental world. This creates a growing sense of expansion beyond the boundaries of the body. If the person who is dying is unfamiliar with meditation, offer them a CD or video of guided meditation practices, or volunteer to lead them through a guided meditation yourself. 6. Offer them affirmations for letting go. Changing one’s thought patterns is important to help in releasing resistance at the end of life. Write down the following affirmations and give them to the dying person, or offer to read the affirmations aloud to the person so they can focus on them completely: • I am open to forgiveness and to my love flowing boundlessly in me. • I find the inner resources to be able to let go of my body. • I find the inner resources to let go of my emotions and my mind. • Death is not my enemy. Death is a doorway of continuing life. • My life is changing and I am open to my death. • I accept things as they are and I am free of fear. 7. Bring them soothing music. In the dying process, hearing becomes one of the most accessible experiences of your surroundings. Offer your loved one recordings of instrumentals, chants and songs to bring them peace. If you are a musician, consider recording gentle music to soothe and relax your loved one in the months, days or hours prior to their death. 8. Share your favorite stories and memories with them. Think of your favorite stories involving your loved one and share them during your see GIFT, Page 4B
Dr. Peter J. Capizzi, of Capizzi MD Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care, scrubs before a procedure at the East Boulevard office in Charlotte. SCW file photo
Millions had plastic surgery in 2017 3 things to know before you go under the knife Want a nose job, a tummy tuck or some other cosmetic procedure? So do 17.5 million other Americans – or at least they did in 2017. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently released its annual survey that reveals how many people are undergoing plastic surgery and what kinds of procedures they are seeking. The report showed a 2 percent increase in the number of surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2017 as compared to 2016. “For some people, plastic surgery probably still has a stigma attached to it, but millions more realize that improving yourself is okay and should be accepted,” says Dr. Deepak Raj Dugar (www.scarlessnose. com), a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who specializes in the Scarless Nose, or closed rhinoplasty, procedure that leaves no sign of an incision. Dugar says a few things to consider for anyone who is considering plastic surgery include: • Do you really need to change? Sometimes people are determined to change something about their bodies that really doesn’t need changing. “Not everyone needs surgery,” Dugar says. “I actually on occasion tell patients that their nose looks fine, they should leave it the way it is.” • Be sure you know what you’re getting. Patients can be disappointed if they and the plastic surgeon aren’t clear with each other on what to expect. “The patient needs to understand the limitations and goals of the surgery before undergoing it,” Dugar says. “For example, you might be
expecting a dramatically different look, but the changes are actually much more understated. The only thing I get accused of is doing too little to a nose, and I’m totally okay with that.” • Safety is critical. “It’s important that your plastic surgeon picks safety over results,” Dugar says. “Safety has to and always should come first.” The top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2017 were, in order, breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and tummy tucks. Meanwhile, the most popular minimally invasive procedures were Botox, soft-tissue fillers, chemical peel, laser-hair removal and microdermabrasion. Dugar says one of the key features of successful plastic surgery is subtlety. “The secret of Hollywood celebrities is doing Botox with plastic surgeons who understand the artistry behind the science – where less is more,” he says. Many Americans don’t want to go under the knife to achieve the changes they seek. The ASPS reported 15.7 million minimally invasive procedures were performed in 2017. Surgeries accounted for the remaining 1.8 million procedures. Dugar says plastic surgeons often concentrate on specific procedures, as he does with closed rhinoplasty, so seek a surgeon whose experience lies in the procedure they desire. “You don’t want the person who specializes in noses doing your breasts,” he says, “and you don’t want the one who specializes in breast augmentation doing your nose.”
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CHARLOTTE – Medicare cards are undergoing a big change to make them more secure by removing the social security numbers from each card and instead, using a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier. New cards will begin mailing in April, but scammers are taking advantage of confusion around the launch. How the scam works You receive a call from a person claiming to work with Medicare. They are allegedly calling about the new Medicare cards, which will be mailed this spring. The cards will be more secure because they use a “Medicare Beneficiary Identifier” instead of a Social Security number. The scammer claims there's a problem with your card. The con artist may say your new card was lost or someone tried to use your ID
How to avoid Medicare scams • Know how the Medicare card switch works. Understand that Medicare isn't calling consumers about the card switch. Also, the new Medicare cards are being provided free of charge. • Never provide personal information to a stranger. Don't share personal details with anyone who calls you unsolicited. Do not confirm or give out your full name, address, Social Security number or any other personal information. Visit www.bbb.org for details.
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functioning people. Ivey says research shows steps taken 20 to 35 years prior to the initial onset of symptoms makes a difference. She recommends people focus on nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, cognitive stimulation, socialization and good sleep. “The longer that someone is focused on that in some of our programs, the longer they can stay at a higher level of functioning and don’t seem to decline as rapidly,” Ivey said. Ivey’s team crafts programming around certain goals, including physical, cognitive and psychosocial. She is especially proud of the cultural arts therapy available to seniors. Older adults can engage in musical therapy and music appreciation. Such activities boost an older adult’s mood and reduce stress. The center has a partnership with the Queens University of Charlotte in which music therapy students apply what they learn in their curriculum. The Ivey also has a partnership with the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, in which artists visit and interact with older adults. Virtual museum tours and art classes are also offered. Art and music not only
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receive an award for “enduring” three student/ parent orientations at our local university. We learned about something called, “the five-year plan.” One wanted to try the “six-year plan” but I said no. I traded car payments for tuition payments. One month, I paid off our van. The next month, I started nine years of non-stop tuition payments to our local university. We were juggling cars (plural) in the driveway and four people on a cell phone bill. I got good at negotiating with our local cell phone provider to keep the price down. When that season was over, we found ourselves launching our children into the real world. They told us they had found the loves of their lives and we were into the wedding season. Lots of family drama when you combine the words “Italian” and “wedding.” You can’t have an Italian wedding without drama. It’s illegal.
promote lifelong learning, but also allow for increased socialization skills, Ivey said. Other programs include meditation, golf, yoga, book clubs, computer software and knowledgable speakers. The Ivey is launching a program next month that will allow families to see their loved one’s experiences through photos and video uploads. They can also get detailed reports about how they spend their time. The Ivey has an interdisciplinary care team that meets with families at least twice a year to talk about personal care and where their loved ones are in the disease process. Ivey said families tend to want to know if their loved ones are having fun or being stimulated. “There’s a lot of movement, cognitive function and cultural arts in a very therapeutic manner,” she said. “That’s really what I envisioned 12 years ago when I wrote the original business plan.”
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“It’s really good for seniors because you don’t have to run a lot. Women are just as good, and some are better, than men. It is not just dominated by men. Ninety-nine percent of the people that try it come back. It’s a good way to get in shape and lose weight. After the first time I played it, I went home that night and ordered a paddle.” Dick and Desiré Osman, who live in the Ballantyne area, started playing Pickleball four years ago and the couple quickly became hooked. So much so that the Osmans are the lead ambassadors for the sport in Mecklenburg and Union counties for the USA Pickleball Association. “We were golfers, and my golf game had gone in the tubes,” Desiré Osman said. “I needed another sport, and a friend of ours who is a tennis player suggested Pickleball. We went to a clinic and we were there about 15 minutes and we were looking at each other across the net, and we said, ‘oh yeah, this is our sport.’” Dick Osman used to play tennis but he had never heard of Pickleball before being introduced to the sport. “My reaction was, ‘what is Pickleball?’” Dick Osman said. “We could see quickly some of the benefits of it. It is fast-paced, but it is not hard running like in tennis so it is easier on your body. It is easy to learn. This is a game that is easy to play, be competitive and have a good time.” The Osmans work with nine local ambassadors to promote and grow the sport. Williams works with the Osmans as the Union County ambassador. “There was no connection between the local venues on how to talk and
In November, my last child got married. We began 2018 and it was “good.” My wife and I sat at the dinner table or in the living room and “just talked.” We didn’t talk about anything; we just talked. That’s when it hit me. I married this incredible woman who got lost in the process of being married, starting a career, having children, establishing a home, and on and on. She was never a stranger as when people talk about the empty nest. She was someone who got lost when we were trying to keep up with being married. Let me encourage you not to lose your marriage in your marriage. All those things will be there. Never lose sight of the one who still takes your breath away. I’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, live well my friend. The Rev. Tony Marciano is the executive director of the Charlotte Rescue Mission. He is available to speak to your group. Go to www. charlotterescuemission.org for details.
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get in touch with each other,” Desiré Osman said. “I said, ‘OK, I’m going to start an e-mail list.’ I started with 10, 15 people and now we have over 700 people that have signed up with us. From that, I started putting out an email newsletter about what was going on, or about a rule that I had read.” Campbell said he sees the growth in the sport on almost a weekly basis. “Six courts used to be a big day,” Campbell said. “It has grown a lot in just the last year.”
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3 ways to discuss money without getting divorced Numerous studies point to money as one of the leading causes of divorce. From different spending habits and financial goals to one spouse earning considerably more income than the other, money can be a polarizing issue in a marriage, straining it to the breaking point. Money problems within a marriage can spiral out of control when one spouse or both establish detrimental financial habits, such as overspending, increasing debt, and poor priorities. Things worsen when these spending behaviors occur without the other’s knowledge. Thus, communication, financial advisors say, is a key component to a couple keeping their financial house – and perhaps their marriage – in order. And ideally, the couple will have honest and thorough money conversations on a consistent basis. “Successful relationships require open communication and trust, but there are some conversations that are harder to have than others,” says Al Zdenek, author of the book “Master
Your Cash Flow: The Key To Grow And Retain Wealth” and of the upcoming book “Master Your Cash Flow: The Key To Grow A Valuable Business.” “One of the most difficult ones is about money. It’s serious and can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be difficult or scary.” Zdenek gives three tips to couples on making a healthy, organized discussion about money a consistent part of their marriage: • Planning the talk. This is the first step and it’s an important one. “Find a time when you can both talk without distractions – no phones, TV or kids,” Zdenek says. “It’s also a good idea to have these meetings monthly, or at least quarterly, to ensure you’re on the same page.” • Discussing the hard numbers. You both should be prepared to discuss your budget as well as plans for savings and retirement. In a 2017 MagnifyMoney Divorce and Debt survey, 70 percent of respondents who said their divorce was due to money issues also said they didn’t
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Joy FM launches new radio signal over Charlotte BLACKSBURG, Va. – New radio signal 89.3 Joy FM signed on in the Charlotte area on March 28. The signal has the capacity to reach more than 1 million people daily with uplifting music that reminds listeners of the importance of God, family and community. The newly added Joy FM signal provides listeners with an additional choice for fans of Christian music. The nonprofit radio network, headquartered in Winston-Salem, has been broadcasting to parts of the Charlotte area under its 91.3 FM frequency since 2014. The more powerful 89.3 FM was added to improve the network’s overall reach throughout Charlotte and surrounding communities. Positive Alternative Radio, Joy FM’s parent company, identified a growing demand for Joy FM’s authentic down-home brand in the area. The radio ministry has worked for eight years to establish a more encompassing signal for Charlotte. “We’re proud to be reaching the larger Charlotte area with real music for real life,”
said Brian Sanders, executive vice president of Positive Alternative Radio. “This outstanding addition will not only bless listeners, but also improve our ability to provide valuable ministry support to churches, nonprofits and Christian-owned businesses. It’s our goal to make Charlotte an even better place to live and raise a family.” General Manager Daniel Britt believes the internet and social media has allowed Southern Gospel to pick up new and younger listeners. Joy FM’s streaming broadcast is listened to worldwide through www.joyfm.org. The free service averages 88,382 total listener hours per month. The station’s Facebook account has attracted more than 600,000 likes. More than 60,000 people have downloaded the Joy FM app on iTunes or Google Play. “People of all ages like the authenticity, sense of community and rootsy harmonies found in Southern Gospel music,” Britt said. “We have a growing listenership thanks to our terrestrial signals, streaming services and the Joy FM app.”
Music therapy helps enhance lives CHARLOTTE – Music has the power to help seniors living with Alzheimer’s to remember old times, exhibit emotions and come to life. Studies show music can boost production of “happy hormones,” such as melatonin and prolactin, resulting in elevated moods. The therapeutic use of music by board-certified clinicians can reduce stress and agitation, as well as help with engagement and memory recall. Understanding the effects music has on memory care residents, Waltonwood Cotswold offers a music therapy program in collaboration with Roots and Wings Music Therapy and Queens University of Charlotte. Two music therapy students from the university’s art and music department visit Waltonwood Cotswold under the supervision of a professor every Thursday. They practice clinical skills and build competency through their training program. A board-certified music therapist from Roots and Wings Music Therapy also works with memory care residents throughout the year. The therapist uses techniques during
bi-weekly sessions to maintain residents’ cognitive and physical skills while sustaining a social connection using music. “We believe that by combining music therapy sessions with the intergenerational aspect, we create something powerful,” said Leah Nash, executive director at Waltonwood Cotswold. Students sometimes hand residents instruments and encourage them to participate in a song creation. The activity gives them a sense of community and shows them skills they might have never used. Students may also have residents listen to music from a time when they were younger, which helps bring back memories and emotions. “The sessions are sweet and fun to watch, and they are also enjoyable for the students and the residents,” said Varvara Pasiali, interim director of music therapy at Queens. “There are endless amounts of activities the seniors can engage in, and we are grateful to have our students showcase and better their skills at the senior living community.”
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visits together. Help remind your loved one of their best human qualities, allowing them to feel uplifted as they recall loving times in their life. 9. Speak prayers and reminders before and after death. As hearing is the last of the five senses to go, it is considered helpful to speak reminders and prayers aloud. When a person is dying and just after they have died, these reassure your loved one that they are not alone in this new state. Ask them what readings they would like you to read to them when death is near and afterward. If your dying loved one is religious, consider reading sacred scriptures aloud to them both during and after death. The three major monotheistic religions— Christianity, Judaism, Islam—as well as Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism all offer prayers and meditations for the dying and at the moment of death. 10. Use this “release formula” if death is prolonged. When the person is peaceful and all the physical signs of dying are present, but dying is prolonged, it may be caused by the family’s refusal to let the person go. In this situation, I recommend Reverend Jerry Farrell’s “release formula” for family and friends to say to the dying person. Softly and gently speak the following statements, either singularly or together. (Feel free to use your own words.) • Know that you have led a complete life and are dearly loved. • Know that we love you and want you to be in peace. • We know that the time has come for you to choose what is best for you.
• None of us are angry with you and we release you from our care and concern. Know that you have our love and permission to go. • Know that there is no more that we can do for you. • We know that your pain and suffering will soon be relieved. • We love you and hope to see you in the next life. • We will do fine. We will be OK after you leave us. 11. Don’t touch their body for 20 minutes after death. The first 20 minutes after dying is one of the most critical times for the person who has died; many traditions believe this period is the “gateway” passage of the soul out of the body into the next realm. Therefore, do not touch the body during this time. Instead, follow these guidelines to be respectful of whatever experience the dying person may be having. Recent research at the University of Michigan demonstrated that when the heart stops, the brain is still active for approximately 20 minutes. Sit quietly near the body, breathe slowly and relax your own body. The death of a loved one can be a challenging experience, especially if we ourselves fear the end of life. But instead of running from death when it hits close to home, you can choose to be present and help your loved one release their own fear and find peace in this very natural, universal process. This is the greatest gift you can offer them and it can even help you become ready—truly ready—for your own transition someday. Patt Lind-Kyle is the author of “Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying & Awakening” and is a teacher, therapist, speaker, and consultant. She can be found online at www.PattLindKyle.com.
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How long is 15 minutes? Thoughts on ringing doorbells by Richard A. Quadrini Contributor
This morning, I scored a premium parking space a few feet away from the supermarket entrance. It was the first time in many months that I was able to park in one of the 15-minute quick in-and-out spaces. As my stop was very brief, I was ready to leave in a less than 10 minutes. Wondering why these spaces were seldom available, I proceeded to break the very time limit rule that I was internally espousing. After waiting another 45 minutes, one of the other three drivers returned to their car. I asked her as tactfully as I could if she was aware
of the 15-minute time limit. “I thought that I would be quicker,” was her embarrassed reply. Whereas, her tardiness was a matter of poor timing, I believe that many of the other overtime parkers disregard the time limit as they have no respect for the rights of others to park close to their destination. Is this a serious grievance? No. Does it warrant that I approach the next late-timer? To me it does as I maintain that people having a higher degree of regard for the next person, especially on small matters, can bring us, as Americans to becoming a civil society again.
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Whether real or perceived, some of us harbor fears or unknowns that often cause us to avoid or retract from social encounters. As such, with our door closed and blinds drawn, our home can be as much a refuge as it is a castle. Nonetheless, I was startled on how much I annoyed the gentleman upon ringing his doorbell to promote using my tree pruning services. He angrily noted that I was disrespecting the NO SOLICITING sign (which I hadn’t seen as it was mounted close to the ground).
My apology may have been inadequate as he continued to admonish me and tell me to leave his neighborhood. After a brief but startled pause, I told him that I couldn’t or wouldn’t do that. Sure enough after 15 minutes, a blue and white sedan pulled to the curb behind me. The courteous officer and I had a civil conservation but did not reach any common ground. I was looking to supplement my meager income with some good quality pruning services. The officer was hoping to avoid repeated calls to her precinct when we solicitors came knocking in this neighborhood. Another resident wisely sug-
gested, that instead of ringing the next doorbell, I leave a note with a specific reference as to my recommendations regarding pruning their front yard tree. Good idea to consider. In retrospect: I remain sorry for having annoyed the gentleman at his doorstep. I do maintain my right to offer my legitimate skilled services. But mostly, I hope that as a society, we Americans do not continue to close our ranks against those who may have a different perspective. Life is hard enough. It is harder yet, when we engage in isolation.
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