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September 2018

Rising Creek Music Series: Local artists take the stage Jasmine Collins: Strength in the journey Everyday Heroes: Living simply so that others can simply live

Kiwanis Livestock Program: Kids learn more than animal care



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Table of Contents

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Editorial for September

Editor’s letter

Daily Specials...................................................................4 Calendar .....................................................................6 Chaos and Contentment.....................................................8 Kiwanis Livestock Program ..............................................10 Jasmine Collins ..............................................................14 Everyday Heroes: Delia Mobley.......................................16 Overthinking It................................................................20 Day Trippin’...................................................................22 Hard work pays off.........................................................24 Tailgate Tattler................................................................28 Sarcastically Southern......................................................30

Behind the Scenes People who make it happen

Angye Morrison, EDITOR 912.489.9405 | Hunter McCUMBER, ART DIRECTOR 912.489.9491 |

Angye Morrison Connect Editor

Welcome to my favorite time of year — fall. Call me the sixth Spice Girl, Pumpkin Spice. I love me some fall! We’re pretty excited about this month’s issue. We have continued our Everyday Heroes feature, and this month’s story is about Delia Mobley, the driving force behind Open Hearts Community Mission in Statesboro. She’s a wonderful lady who loves people and loves serving them. You’ll be inspired by her story. A few weeks ago, we got a call from someone who doesn’t live in the Boro, but wanted us to do a story on her cousin, who is from the area, but now lives in Atlanta. Jasmine Collins has built a career in Atlanta as a groundbreaking hair stylist, and you’ll enjoy reading about her sass and success. We’re also shining a spotlight on Southeast Bulloch High School student Abbey McMillan, a talented performing artist that has worked hard to become great at what she does. You’ll love reading about her journey and enjoy getting to know her. Our cover feature this month is all about the Kiwanis animal program that provides local children with livestock to raise and show at the fair. The program teaches the kids about responsibility and boosts their confidence in themselves. Read all about this wonderful program and how it works. Don’t forget, if you’d like to point us toward someone who is an Everyday Hero, please e-mail me at I’d love to hear from you!

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RISING CREEK MUSIC SERIES: Local artists take the stage JASMINE COLLINS: Strength in the journey EVERYDAY HEROES: Living simply so that others can simply live


Alexis Morton takes a moment to pose with her new goat, which also seems pretty happy to be going home with her. Photo by Ashlee Corbin.



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The Music Scene • By Brandi Harvey

Rising Creek Music Series: Featured artists are announced If it seems like I’m spending a bit more time on this topic recently, I hope you understand why. I am incredibly passionate about making sure that great songwriters have every opportunity to thrive in our area. The 27th of this month will see just such an opportunity on the Averitt Center Stage. The inaugural concert in the Rising Creek Music Series will feature two local favorites and one regional act, and I am so excited to share these folks and their art with you. It was a tough competition, and we’re hoping to have even more submissions for the next show (which will be in the spring). Here’s a breakdown of the performers you’ll see this month. John (J Alan) Brown — Born in Aiken, South Carolina, John Alan Brown spent his formative years in Statesboro taught to play guitar by his father as soon as he could hold one. At 5 years old, John’s dad showed him a song he had written, and it changed John’s life. “Until that moment, I never really knew people actually wrote songs,” Brown confesses. “I guess I thought they just happened. I love a good story, and love creating them and sharing them via my music.” Throughout his career in music, he, with his band Outrider, had the opportunity to open for Aaron Tippen and David Allan Coe, and they were the band for Percy Sledge.

In 2008, after years of writing his own material, John finally recorded an album of all original works. The album, “Who’s Laughing Now,” afforded him the chance to work with some of country music’s greatest instrumentalists in Nashville. With his down home honesty and southern sensibility combined with a unique way with words, you will understand why he’s one of Statesboro’s favorite songwriters. Thunder Gypsy — Southern soul, blues, rock and roll. Thunder Gypsy has recently started venturing into original music, and we’re so glad they did. If you’ve been around me for long, you know I am a firm believer that you can’t go wrong with a good blues band, and that is EXACTLY what Thunder Gypsy is. Based in Atlanta, they recently won the Atlanta 2017 Blues Challenge. Not a bad way to introduce themselves! Their debut album is now available on iTunes, Amazon, BandCamp, and their online website at This four-piece packs a punch in their shows, and puts on a full five course meal of musical deliciousness. Check them out, and then come see them live at the Rising Creek show. Micahlan Boney — Well, she almost needs no introduction. As a matter of fact, if you really want to know more about her, you could just go back a few issues and read the full article

I wrote on her. The fact is, she is a young lady with an old soul, and her music conveys every part of it from the style to her showmanship... all the way down to her costumes. She’s not just one of the best people I’ve ever had the privilege to meet, she’s also a bang-up, slam down, out of this world songwriter. Closing out our show, she and her band are sure to leave you with your toes tapping and your lips smiling. And she’s going places, too. I’ve been talking about those “I saw them when” moments, and this is one of them. She’s headed to Nashville to work full-time with some of the big named artists that she’s hit the stage with. Here’s your chance to see one of our area’s own before she move on to the big time! Frankly, I can’t wait for this show. In my time here in Statesboro, I’ve seen some great performances, and I know I’m going to get to see so many more, but I just can’t wait for what promises to be an amazing kick-off to a fantastic series at the Averitt Center. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you to bring some extra spending money. Our artists will also have merch tables set up where you can purchase CDs and meet them face to face. Tickets are already on sale at the Averitt Center. You can call them at (912)212-2787 or visit their website, www.averittcenterfortheart. org. August 2018


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Choreographer Kelsey Poole, front, leads her young performers in a final run through of their big dance number during camp, held in the Emma Kelly Theater. Photos by Scott Bryant Choreographer Kelsey Poole, right, rallies her young performers after passing out puppets and getting ready for a final run through of their big dance number during The Little Mermaid Youth Musical Theater Camp at the Averitt Center for the Arts. Thirty-five campers, ages 3-15, worked on learning scripts, dance routines, and making costumes with Poole and Robert Cottle in preparation for an abbreviated production of a stage adaptation of the Disney classic animated movie at the end of the camp week. Campers performed in the full production of the show with Averitt STARS Community Theater cast July 19-21. Multiple arts camps were held over the summer at the Averitt Center for the Arts. Campers learned, performed and created throughout the summer months, and attended camps such as the Recycled Art Camp held in early July. Campers used recycled newspaper to create fun projects. Photos courtesy of the Averitt Center for the Arts Ariel, played by Elizabeth McCooey, sits in a boat with her newfound love, Eric, played by Joey Bielik in the Averitt Center for the Arts STARS production of The Little Mermaid in July. The cast of the Averitt Center’s production of The Little Mermaid were deep in rehearsals in the weeks leading up to the show. Other cast members included John Marsh (Triton), Eric Carter (Sebastian), Xavier Deckard (Flounder), Alicia Byrd (Scuttle), JJ Crawford (Grimsby) and Peyton Rowe (Ursula). Crew members ready the set for The Little Mermaid on the stage at the Emma Kelly Theater. Photos courtesy of Averitt Center for the Arts Evil sea witch Ursula, portrayed by Peyton Rowe, center, plots revenge on King Triton with slithery eels Flotsom (Grace Ann Jarrell), left, and Jetsam (Kian DeVine) during a scene from The Little Mermaid. A crabby Sebastian, portrayed by Eric Carter, background right, disapproves as Princess Ariel (Elizabeth McCooey) sings about her longing to live in the world of humans during a scene The Little Mermaid. Photos by Scott Bryant May 2018


Chaos and Contentment • By Cristina Emberton

Kids and 21st century problems “What’s the Wi-Fi password?” — the first question asked arriving at a friend’s house. “Oh, our Wi-Fi is down. You can go outside and play!” The tension in the room grows amongst the children as the fear of boredom creeps into their minds. This is just one of many new problems for the parental generation and a continuous problem for our children. All the suggestions for internet security only secures me from being able to access all the many technological facets of life! Suggestions: use numbers and letters. Don’t use the same password for everything. Write it down in a book, and don’t keep all your passwords in same book. Online safety is important for your children. Don’t use your children’s names, birthdates or phone numbers, but use something you will remember. Not only do I have to keep up with my personal and work life passwords, I have to keep up with my kids. Game log-in, settings, parental controls, etc. My sister keeps a “super-secret password” book. Her daughter is 11 and plays Sims. It 8

is important to her because she must walk her virtual dog, water the grass, among many other chores to keep her in good standing. Apparently, she needs the password to log in, and the “super-secret password” book is “in a safe place.” A disastrous situation! My latest incident happened while my son was traveling with his father, and attempted to perform an update to his iPhone 6. Apparently this locked him out and he needed the Apple ID and password to get into his phone. OK, sure! Here you go, son! Easy! Nope. Didn’t work. I had created an apple ID for him, so no problem. I gave him his account info. Nope. Didn’t work. On the phone with Apple for longer than I ever wanted and looking at my account online, it is quite obvious I own this phone. I’ve had it for three years now. They inform me they cannot help me obtain any account information. I have to get a receipt from the store where I purchased the phone and prove I bought it. Wait…what? “You’re APPLE – can’t you access my account and see that I’ve had this phone since

its birth?” I go to a Verizon store where I “think” I purchased it. An hour later they have no way to access receipts that far back. Wait. What? “You’re Verizon – don’t you have records for every move I make with my Apple phone? You sure give my info to every other marketing organization on the planet!” So, five days later, I explain to my son I can’t get the information to unlock his phone and I will have to research my bills. “Oh. It works now, Mom.” Wait. What? “I turned it off and back on and now it’s unlocked.” My time is just Apple time or Verizon time, or “password reset” e-mails. “Mom – can you approve this?” or parental control code, user ID, secret question answers, and remembering my paternal grandfather’s brother’s name, in all lower case with a special character. Meanwhile, back at my friend’s house, all the kids are jumping on the trampoline outside, entertained without a password.




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Kiwanis Livestock Project: Kids learn more than how to care for animals Written by Julie Lavender | Photography by Ashlee Corbin With oinks, moos, clucks and sometimes a bit of calamity, youth and their show animals will step into the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair livestock show ring in just over a month. Fair patrons welcome the livestock shows as a highlight of the week-long Statesboro event each year, but those showing animals that week have been raising, training, caring for, nurturing and most often, getting attached to their show animals for months. Some of the kids that show animals at the fair are the beneficiaries of the Kiwanis Livestock Project. The unique initiative began in 1989 with Ray Hicks, Bulloch County Extension agent at the time, and Kiwanis Club member Johnny McCormick. Through an application process, kids were awarded heifers to take care of and show at the fair. “The Kiwanis Livestock Project is a wonderful opportunity to help youth get started show10

ing livestock,” said Carole Knight, daughter of Ray Hicks and a current Bulloch County Extension agent. Kiwanis member, Livestock Project coordinator and this year’s fair chairman Debra Pease said that hogs were added the next year. “We added goats several years later; chickens were added recently, and three years ago, we added bees, then two years ago, rabbits,” she said. The application process is open to the seven counties that compete in the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair livestock shows: Bryan, Bulloch, Evans, Candler, Tattnall, Jenkins and Screven counties. “The applications make parents aware of the cost of raising a livestock animal,” said Pease. “We provide the animal free, but the exhibitor has to furnish equipment, feed, vet

supplies and so forth.” The youth who receive an animal realize that their charges are shown as “market” animals, meaning they are raised to be sold for their meat. However, the animals belong to the youth to keep after showing it at the fair, if they choose to do so. “Most end up living out their days on the farm,” said Pease. Knight is a perfect example of the Kiwanis Livestock Project’s success. “My family moved to Bulloch County in 1988 when my dad, Ray Hicks, was hired as a county agent. I was awarded a heifer the next year. We kept the heifer after I finished showing her and she was bred and helped start our herd of cattle,” she said. Knight believes that livestock projects teach youth responsibility, compassion and the value of hard work. Youth also keep a

Zayne Bryant, Kylar Riner, Ian Scott, Alexis Morton, Liam Fordham, John Davis Cox, Agatha Grime and Gracie Grime, shown with parents and friends, all drew animals in the livestock giveaway, including rabbits, goats and lambs. Hayden Woodcock draws from the hat to find out what animal she was to receive in the Kiwanis Club’s annual livestock giveaway. The hat is held by Kiwanian Debra Pease.

Liam Fordham receives his goat with a little help from his dad.

record book of the experience that includes financial documentation, nutrition, results of the shows and other information. With 16 years of exhibiting livestock under her belt, Knight went on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Animal Science from the University of Georgia, and then her path led to an extension career in Bulloch County. Now, she and her husband, who grew up showing livestock in northeast Indiana, own Sandbriar Farms, specializing in Murray Grey cattle. The Knights’ son, 5-year-old Beau, who is a kindergarten student at Screven County Elementary School, participated in the Livestock Project last year and received a market lamb that he named Woolly. “It makes my husband and me so proud to see Beau enjoying an activity that helped

shape who we are and that we loved doing as youth,” she said. Another 5-year-old Livestock Project animal recipient, Kylar Riner, requested a goat on his show animal application. Riner, son of Cliff and Sandy Riner, is a kindergarten student at Robert Toombs Christian Academy and lives in Reidsville. Also a second-generation project participant, Riner said that he raised three goats last year and takes care of egg-laying chickens. “Mr. Woody likes playing tag,” said Riner of his goat. Riner’s goat responsibilities include washing, feeding, trimming horns and practicing walking and bracing for future showing. “It’s not about winning,” Riner points out. “It’s about having fun.” Six-year-old first-grader Ian Scott is a sec-

ond-generation Kiwanis Livestock Project participant, too. His mom chose a lamb for her project and so did Ian. Scott lives in Sylvania with parents Rocky and Lauryn and attends Screven County Elementary School. Ian is a veteran animal caretaker and has raised four show pigs prior to his lamb. “One is going to have babies soon,” said Ian, “and I’m excited.” Ian said he takes care of Fluffy before and after school, making sure she has one scoop of food morning and afternoon, clean water, and treats her to walks and alfalfa hay in the afternoons. “Lambs are a lot of work and they can be hard-headed,” said Ian. “And it sometimes rains or is really hot in the afternoons when I work with the lambs.” The hard work hasn’t dissuaded his enjoyment, and he said his favorite part is spending time with his mom and dad while working with the lambs. Alexis Morton, Bulloch Academy 10-yearold fifth-grader, chose a lamb last year for her project and a goat this year. The daughter of Sonya and Alan Morton said, “I really fell in love with showing animals and wanted to try out showing goats this year. I have several cousins that show animals, and they have been a huge help to me along the way.” Morton also has a horse, but the four lambs she raised last year were her first show animals. “Three of those were sold in April after our county show, but my parents let me keep one to breed and raise and show her babies for next show season,” Morton said. She named her keeper Frenchy. Morton won awards last year with her lamb, Alfalfa, and looks forward to doing the same with her goat, Rascal. Morton attended a livestock judging camp at the University of Georgia recently that helped her learn more about what a judge looks for in the ring and encouraged her desire to become a livestock judge one day. Agatha Grimes, an 11-year-old sixth-grader at Metter Middle School chose a lamb again. Grimes is the daughter of Jenny and Jason Grimes and lives on a farm with lambs, goats, donkeys, rabbits, chickens and cows that she’s helped raise. “The best part about raising an animal is having the opportunity to love an animal as much as they love you,” she said. Serenity Williams, 12 years old and in the sixth grade at Portal Middle High School, was awarded a pig. “I live on a farm with cows, goats, dogs September 2018


Kylar Riner is all smiles, alongside her dad, Cliff Riner, as she receives her goat.

John David Cox prepares to take his new lamb home.

and chickens,” Williams said. She is the daughter of Linda and Abraham Williams. Serenity was influenced by and had assistance from her older brother, Ray Mosley Jr., who showed pigs during his high school years. And even though pigs are known for their mud-loving nature, Williams said she wasn’t prepared for the enormous amount of rainfall this summer. “The pens flooded,” said Serenity. “We had to move Arthur to another pen.” Interestingly though, some mud-slinging brought about Serenity’s favorite pig memory. “My mama was putting water on the ground to cool him off and he was wallowing in the mud,” said Serenity. “Then he shook it off and got mud on my mama’s new clothes.” Serenity Williams took home a reserve grand championship trophy last year with her pig named Star, though Williams also remembers a bit of calamity at that event. “She 12

was acting up and running everywhere. I had to chase her down.” Twelve-year-old John Davis Cox, a seventh grader at William James Middle School chose a lamb to raise and show. “I’ve learned that you have to really work hard and connect with your animal. It’s not easy raising an animal. It takes commitment and lots of time and love. More than anything, love them. The bond you create with the animal is the best part of showing,” he said. That bond earned Cox a special reward, too, when his lamb placed second in showmanship. Another seventh grader, Liam Fordham, student at Portal Middle High School, was awarded a goat. “I’ve had chickens for three or four years and I wanted to go to a bigger animal.” Fordham has experience with chickens, fish, hogs and dogs on his family’s farm. Fordham is the son of Jennifer and Bo

Fordham. Fordham is quite attached to his goat Bernard, and the feeling is mutual. “He follows me around when I let him out of the pen,” Fordham said. “We keep our eyes on him, but he stays with me. Might be his personality, but he thinks I’m one of him.” Zayne Bryant, 13 years old and in the eighth grade, asked for a rabbit on his application because he needed a small pet to care for. Bryant is the homeschooled son of Rhonda Hormel. Bryant said that the most challenging time he’s had in the caregiving of his rabbit also took place during one of the many summer storms. “Our cage fell over and we had to get out in the rain and rescue him. We then stabilized the pen so it wouldn’t turn over again.” Bryant’s least favorite memory of rabbitownership was a bit messy. “Once when it jumped straight up in the air, it peed on me.” Gracie Grimes, sister of Agatha Grimes, requested a goat in her Livestock Project application. Though her family has raised goats before, she lacked experience with show goats and hoped the Kiwanis Club could help with the process. Fifteen-year-old Gracie is a tenth grader at Metter High School. “The best part of the project is the love you get from your animal. They love you like your dog does – they become your sweet and loyal companion,” she said. Grimes, who is interested in pursuing an Ag/Science degree, believes the experience has made her a better student. “I have learned time management skills, responsibility of another life, and it has given me the extra confidence to take on harder and more challenging projects or classes at school,” she said. Agatha and Gracie’s mom, Jenny, spoke very highly of the Kiwanis Livestock Project. “We’ve been asked on many occasions why we show livestock,” said Jenny Grimes. “My response is, ‘why not?’ Why not spend your time together as a family and build relationships with other show families and become friends with kids that otherwise they wouldn’t have come in contact with? Why not learn to help others by sharing your experiences? Why not laugh at the craziness of show day; cry at your losses and learn how to work hard together? Why not teach your child the satisfaction of a job well-done? “This is definitely a family project, not just a kid project. It will bring you closer and give you the best memories that will last a lifetime.”



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Boro native finds strength in the journey Written by Lauren Porter Some women say that going to a good hair stylist is like therapy for the mind, body and soul. You walk through the doors not feeling quite like yourself, weighed down with brittle strands and split ends. But as soon as the stylist works her magic, you leave her chair with a boost of sheer confidence. Jasmine Gabrielle Collins, professionally known as Razor Chic, is a Statesboro native who has devoted her career to the art of styling ethnic hair. For the last 25 years, the entrepreneur has built her brand from the ground up, working out of different spaces until finally opening a salon of her own in Atlanta, Georgia, a few years ago. “I started doing hair at the age of 14 back when single waves were popular. I remember my auntie putting a relaxer in her hair and she was getting ready to gel it when I asked if I could wave it. I got the comb and the gel and attempted to style it. Of course, it wasn’t the best but it was intriguing enough to make me want to pursue it more,” Collins said. “I started practicing on family and the next thing you know, women all over town were coming to me. I’ll never forget my grandma fussing, telling me I had to get out of her house doing hair because I would have people outside on the porch and in the house. So, I ended up doing hair from various shops around Statesboro until I moved to Atlanta.” Though moving to the city was a step in the right direction, Collins said her journey was not void of obstacles. “One of the biggest things for me was transitioning from just doing hair to being a business woman,” she said. Throughout her career, Collins has noted that a difference between black and white hair communities is that Caucasian brands stick together. This creates big competitor names like Paul Mitchell and Redken. There is power in the midst of people, so these unified brands find a lot of success by working together. In contrast, the African-American beauty industry has an “every man for himself” mentality. “Everyone divides themselves by working in suites or booths and it separates us as artists. This sense of individuality makes you an entrepreneur and a contractor, so you do whatever you want if you have your rent. Stylists become more interested in making rent money instead of paying attention to the quality of their service. The mindset of ‘being your own boss’ causes you to work out of season and neglect training opportunities,” she said. The biggest problem with this business structure, Collins argued, is that there are too many shops and hardly any salons. As a result, the clients suffer the most because they aren’t receiving the service they deserve. Collins overcame these setbacks in the beauty industry


by learning to get out of her own way. “When I moved to Atlanta I was chasing the dream of being a celebrity stylist. I spent so much time chasing that dream until it occurred to me that I should focus less on market trends and gear my energy toward building my own brand,” she said. “I’ll never forget saying that prayer in the shower, that I was going to surrender to God’s will instead of my own. The day I said I would surrender to him, doors flew open from everywhere. My gift has made so much room for me at this point, and it’s because I got out of my own way and let God have his way,” With this thought transformation, Collins began to find more quality in her work. “The most important thing when a client walks through my salon doors is that she feels catered to while I listen to the needs of her hair. If I know the client’s hair is too weak for braids or extensions, why would I sacrifice her integrity for a dollar? If I stand with integrity and educate the client on her individual hair needs, she will respect me as her stylist and be willing to form a relationship with me,” she said. Because she pays so much attention to what the hair is saying, people flock to her

chair in dire need of a transformation. The average female that sits in Collins’ chair faces big challenges with her temple and crown area. Many are experiencing hair loss and thinning from so many different factors, including extensions, braids, medications and stress. Clients come to her salon in various conditions and they are amazed by what she can do while protecting the integrity of the hair. Listening to the needs of her client’s hair is the premise of her brand, and because of this, Collins has found major success. She now travels the world and shares her techniques by offering classes to other stylists. Her work has made such an impact on the beauty industry that it is recognized by The New York Times and The Huffington Post. Razor Chic of Atlanta Salon has become a landmark for turning hopeless strands into healthy locks of possibility. Collins’ brand will keep growing as she releases her own line of shampoos and conditioners, oils, foam wraps and relaxers for consumers to purchase in the coming weeks. To schedule a consultation, or to learn more about the products and services that Collins provides, visit her website at, or call 1-800-215-7169.




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Delia Mobley: Living simply so that others can simply live Written by Angye Morrison Photography by Angye Morrison

It all started with some borrowed teaching space. Delia Mobley is a former teacher who has given her time, her resources and her heart to care for the homeless in Bulloch County. She taught Kindermusik at one time, and after selling her studio, began teaching in a borrowed Sunday school classroom at a local church. While there, she witnessed mothers coming in with their children — women who were desperately trying to care for their children with limited resources, and sometimes, no resources at all. She says she often arrived early at the church, and could tell by the smell in the lobby that someone had made the unlocked area their home for the previous night. “That just started working on my heart,” she says, with tears in her eyes. Mobley is no stranger to volunteering, having served on and with various boards and clubs in town. “I was always the fundraising chair. Nobody liked to see me coming, because I was always wanting money,” she said, laughing. Mobley’s husband, Chip, had told her she needed to slow down a bit, but she had been seeking an opportunity in which they both could become involved. She had decided to pull back from some of her activities, when along came Max Manack, a member at the couple’s church, First United Methodist in Statesboro. He requested a lunch meeting with them, and asked them to put together an exploratory committee to see if there was a need for a homeless shelter in Bulloch County. “I had decided I was going to say no, because my husband had told me I needed to start saying no more often. When (Max) asked us if we would form that committee, I kept my mouth shut. My husband was the one that immediately said, ‘We’ll do it,’” she said. What they found was that there are people in Bulloch County who are homeless, and who welcome a hand up, not a hand-out. Mobley began speaking in churches, asking for support for the project. She sought to help the homeless before plans for the shelter were put on paper. “It was hard to sell something that you could not see. I would go around to churches, and I quit counting the number of times I would speak and say, ‘This is going to happen, this is what we’re going to do.’ Finally I got someone to draw a rendering of the building that we wanted, and I would take it around and say, ‘This is going to be the mission.’ They could make the connection there,” she said. “The mission” has become Open Hearts Community Mission, which officially opened its doors last year. Mobley said from that first meeting to the day they opened the doors, it was a long seven years and a lot of hard work. The mission can house 16

and support men, women and children. The building is paid for, and they have never had any grants or loans, and most of the materials and labor to get it built was donated. David Bobo stepped up, Mobley said, and built it free of charge. Open Hearts is a mission and a ministry, Mobley said. “We take people in to get them back on their feet. It’s not a revolving door where you can just come and spend a night,” she added. People who stay at Open Hearts are required to seek employment, and there are rules that residents must adhere to. Though the building can house 30 people, the average number of people housed there is around 18. “We built this building for growth. We never saw 30 people at one time that were homeless in Bulloch County. We weren’t inundated by homelessness, but the need was there. We wanted to do something about it,” Mobley said. During the past year, since the mission opened, eight people have successfully moved on to support themselves and live on their own. “I think that’s a pretty good success rate,” Mobley said. Mobley is the chairman of the board at the mission, and says her experience there has taught her so much. “I’ve had to learn to be patient, humble. When we don’t suffer and we have things given to us, we don’t know what it’s like to walk in those shoes. I’ve been in the sheds and I’ve seen where people slept, and I’ve seen the filthy cars that they’ve slept in. It’s made me more appreciative of my hardworking parents and of having a support group. Some people just don’t have anybody,” she said. Mobley says she has always been a simple person, and has never been a big spender. But her experience with the people who come to the mission has made her think more about how and when she spends her money on things she may or may not need. “I look at spending money a whole different way,” she said. “When I see a dress that’s maybe $150, I think about how many meals that would fix for somebody, or how many nights that would be in a hotel for somebody. It really made me think about how much less I could live with. I want to live September 2018


simply so that others can simply live.” Mobley has come to believe that those who have lived less fortunate lives than most have dreams, too. “It makes me realize that there are poor people who have dreams just like we do. They need to be given a chance. Where I may not have given them a second look when I was younger, you just don’t think about the things that people go through until you’re actually side by side with them,” she said. Mobley becomes emotional when she talks about those who have stayed at Open Hearts. She remembers fondly the very first residents — a woman in her 70s and her 30-year-old daughter. The women had been sleeping in their car for three months, and came to the mission for help. They were far from ready to open the doors, but Mobley said they couldn’t turn the women away. So despite the construction dust and stickers still on all the dishes, they welcomed the women in to stay on July 3, 2017. The next day, when Mobley and other leaders at the shelter arrived, the women had cleaned the shelter top to bottom and organized the pantry. They had even removed the stickers from the dishes. The children impact Mobley as well. 18

“I always hate to see the children go. It’s so neat to see the little coloring pages on the refrigerator that they bring home from school,” she said. She also remembers fondly a gentleman who stayed at the mission for quite some time, who had suffered several strokes and was disabled. “The mission just wasn’t the same when he left. He gave the mission a personality. He was the door greeter, and he looked out for the children here. He was the daddy to everybody here,” she said, smiling. “We’ve had some of the most wonderful people in here that would take up for you in a heartbeat, and would not hurt you. A lot of people, I guess, think homeless people are hardened criminals, and that’s not what we see. Pretty much we’ve seen people who’ve just had a hard life.” One of the most difficult challenges for the mission is fundraising. The Chocolate Run is held each year, and is a significant fundraiser for Open Hearts, with more than 800 runners participating in the last event. But even so, Mobley says funds are always a big concern. “We’re always looking for donations, church groups that will put us in their annual missions budget. I know we consider going

out of the country a mission, but we have a mission field right here. Any church that wants to become involved, we welcome that,” she said. “We want to be the hands and feet of Jesus for these people. Just loving people and showing them the way is what we do.” Mobley is convinced that when faced with helping their neighbors, Bulloch County residents step up. “I know that Bulloch County is a very giving community. If you need money raised, it’s going to get raised. It’s always been that way as long as I can remember. I’ve heard people say, ‘I’m just shocked that there’s so much compassion in this community.’ Well I’m not. I’ve seen it. Our community has a big heart,” she said. Ask anyone who knows her and they’ll tell you that Mobley’s heart is just as big. “If you had asked me 15 years ago if I would be involved in this, I would have said we don’t need a homeless shelter,” she said. “I’ve always wanted a testimony, and I didn’t have one. I really prayed that God would send me the right project to work on. It’s been the greatest blessing. I didn’t realize what a ministry it would be to me. In ministering to others, I didn’t realize how it would change my life.”

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Overthinking It • By Katherine Fallon

‘Sleep No More’ While in New York this summer, I experienced one of the stranger and more magical theatrical performances of my life, which says a lot because theater was my life until being a grownup happened. Sleep No More is a bizarre and confusing rendition of Macbeth, which is my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays. Produced by Punchdrunk Theatre Company, it is a site-specific piece housed inside a fivestory warehouse in Manhattan that has been converted into a maze that appears more like an art installations than a set. The characters of the play rarely speak, so to say that the play has been rewritten feels wrong; rather, it has been re-envisioned, and most interactions are carried out through dance. Sometimes, that dance is subtle and more like miming. Other times, characters outright perform a pas de deux. As an audience member, you are made to wear a black plague mask, and are encouraged to interact with the building in any way

you feel compelled: open drawers, read documents, sit on furniture, tickle the ivories. Sometimes it’s hard to engage as much as you’d like, though, because the lighting is so dim you can barely see in front of you, and sometimes characters come rushing into the set you are exploring, and you have to jump out of the way. What makes the performance even stranger is that the characters perform in certain rooms, and you might not be in them. While Macbeth kills Duncan, you might be exploring the asylum on the fifth floor, or the maze of the woods of Dunsinane. When the witches appear with their prophecy, you might be 20

selecting a butterscotch from a glass dish inside an oldfashioned candy shop. And by you, I mean me: I missed a lot of the action of the plot itself because I was so ensconced in the building, which became its own very nuanced character and, honestly, my favorite. I did see many scenes between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, himself, and most of those scenes involved dances that intimate sex, or copious amounts of blood in an old fashioned bathtub set upon a dais in a nearly-black room. I saw flirtations between other characters, whose stories and personalities were enhanced through Punchdrunk’s interpretation. I witnessed mysterious battles and slow-motion interactions at banquet tables. I followed a very pregnant woman down a set of stairs she seemed about to fall down. What I saw was mesmerizing, human or no, and I adored every moment of my three hours inside the hotel. What will stay with me longest, though, are the masks, and their effect. I went with my best friend, Meredith, and insisted we stay together the whole time. However, because of the masks, which everyone wore except the actors, it was hard to keep track of her. I forgot, too, that she couldn’t see me, and we weren’t allowed to speak during the performance, so I would turn to her, responding to the play or the set with a facial expression, only to realize she could not see me. Sometimes, I turned to her and realized, within a few moments, that I wasn’t turning to her at all, but to a stranger of the same general height and build. I grew frightened at times when I was unable to find Meredith, which was often enough, as following a character meant practically running from room to room, from floor to floor, hustling up poorly-lit stairways so that at times, we lost not only each other, but the character, too, finding ourselves wandering again, aimless,

through staged rooms: a taxidermy studio, a funeral parlor, a witch’s apothecary, a dentist’s office. In that way, I was often startled and panicked, existing within that dark space, disoriented, without my companion, unclear about which characters might come rushing into the room or whether I would be physically relocated from a set that needed, right then, to be used. While the show required a lot of attention to detail, swift physical movement, and the ability to follow a loose interpretation of a familiar story, it also required much trust on the part of every audience member present. The spirit of the performance did not lend itself to violations, but the world is terrifying these days and typically, strangers are not considered our friends. We all moved as an anonymous mass through an absolute nightmare mystery of a building, and we had to trust one another to be decent. So many things could have gone wrong, but eventually, after losing Meredith enough times in the bustling crowd, I did settle into believing that those around me were audience members just like me, there for the same reasons I was. Faceless, yes, but simply people similarly fascinated by this oddball performance and dreamscape. Of course, returning to the streets of New York City after having removed our masks, my guard went back up: two slight women, alone late at night in the dark, are always potentially in danger. But during the play, it was a deep cognitive relief to feel somewhat safe in such an ominous environment, and that brief, earned trust between strangers is something I will never forget. Once, with one other person in a reconstructed saloon, I watched Meredith pretend to pour drinks for a stranger who stood there, pretending to order and drink them, and we all laughed, surprised to hear our own forbidden ululations after hours of silence. We never saw his face. We never will.

Palatable Delights • By Stephanie

Kickin’ Black-Eyed Pea Dip Serves 6-8


• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 small purple onion diced (any onion will do, I prefer a purple onion for this dish) • 1/2-1 tablespoon finely chopped pickled jalapenos • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin • 4 ounces cream cheese softened • 1/3 cup sour cream • 1 (10-ounce) can Rotel Medium Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies (medium), drained • 1 (15-ounce) can seasoned black-eyed peas, drained • Kosher or Sea Salt • Black Pepper • 1/2-1 cup shredded Monterey Jack & Colby cheese • Green onions chopped

For many, downtime is often found reading a good novel, gardening, maybe a day at the beach...the list goes on and on. As for me, my sought-after therapy is in a kitchen. Yes, I said kitchen. Whether it is an hour or a full day of cooking, this-is-MY-tranquility. I am often asked to share recipes and on occasion receive requests to throw something together on behalf of a friend or relative. And nothing excites me more when I get asked! I credit my grandmother, Mary Lee Tillman and my mother, Lee Tillman Mitchell, for unknowingly setting the foundation of what would eventually become my favorite hobby in life. And to top it off, I am blessed to have a son that will eat anything his mother puts down in front of him ( typically receives two thumbs up!). While I do not travel as much as I use to, I so adore it when I can pack up and go. Food and travel bring me much joy. I love to meet people when traveling, learn their recipes, eat in their restaurants, and wander their streets. Local authentic spots are my favorite. Nowadays, when I am not working away for my clients, I can be found in the kitchen (or on the sidelines cheering on my #1 athlete, Jackson, my awesome and sweet-loving eleven-year-old). Each month, I will feature a new recipe; real food that is packed with flavor. Now I must warn you; some will be easy. Some you will relate to as being nothing more than a classic Southern style dish; but, others will require a little more patience and time on your hands. So grab your favorite vino and turn some tunes on, this always helps the time to go by and let’s face it...a tad more fun! Most of the recipes are my own, some are shown to me on my travels (if this is the case I say so), some are family recipes, and occasionally some are from books that I enjoy but have tweaked. If you try them, I would love to hear how it goes. I hope you enjoy the recipes I share along the way. This is my space, and I share it with you, happily. Welcome! Make yourself at home and let’s be amazing in the kitchen together. Yours Truly, Stephanie Childs


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Heat the butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft. 3. Add remaining ingredients to pan EXCEPT Monterey Jack & Colby cheese. Stir to evenly mix and remove from heat. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste (this is to your liking). 4. Transfer dip to a greased cast iron skillet or baking dish. Sprinkle shredded Monterey ack & Colby cheese on top. 5. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until warm and cheese is melted. 6. Top with green onions (to your liking) 7. Serve with choice of chips or bread. August 2018


Day Trippin’

More than just golf: The Garden City offers something for everyone When you think of day trips, you might not think of one city that is just close enough that you may not consider it to be a “destination.” But you may want to rethink that. Augusta, Georgia, known as The Garden City, is more than just home to the Masters golf tournament. The city was named in honor of Augusta, Princess of Wales, daughterin-law of King George II of Great Britain and mother of King George III of Great Britain, and was the second state capital of Georgia from 1785 until 1795. Augusta is located on the Georgia/South Carolina border, about 150 miles east of Atlanta. It is the second- largest city and second largest metropolitan area in the state. Augusta is the location of Springfield Baptist Church, the oldest autonomous AfricanAmerican Baptist church in the nation. Morehouse College was founded in the basement of the church. African-American history is honored at the Lucy Craft Laney museum. Various religious denominations have erected churches in downtown Augusta that are now historical landmarks such as Saint Paul’s Church and Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Augusta also has a well-established arts community. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Morris Museum of Art, Artists Row and the 22

Art Council are just a few in the art community. The Augusta Symphony, Augusta Choral Society, Augusta Players and the Augusta Ballet also perform for audiences. Each fall, the city hosts the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival downtown and Westobou Festival — two major arts showcases. Recently renovated and now ready for action is the Miller Theater, located on Broad Street. The theater sat vacant for many years, and had fallen into disrepair. The building is now the home of the Augusta Symphony, and after a multi-million dollar transformation, its stage will now host a diverse array of performers, so there’s something for everyone. But you’ll also want to check out the luxurious new features, including a grand entryway, vintage touches like an original-tothe-building water fountain, and the restored marquee. Find out more at Augusta’s downtown culture has also blossomed in the past decade, allowing many new businesses to open and flourish within the city. Broad Street in downtown Augusta is host to many different bars and music clubs that have enjoyed a period of prosperity since the institution of First Friday, which is celebrated on the first Friday night of each

month. The atmosphere is carnival-like in nature and has helped many of the businesses rake in more profits since its institution over a decade ago. The Savannah River is a crucial part of Augusta’s founding and history. Visitors can walk along the Savannah River on the Augusta Riverwalk in downtown. The Augusta Marina rents boats for a fun day on the river, and tourists can ride along the Augusta Canal, which was built in 1845 as a power source, in a Petersburg boat. There are a couple of annual events in Augusta that you won’t want to miss. Each year in April, the Sacred Heart Garden Festival is held, transforming the interior and grounds of the historic Sacred Heart into a verdant Garden of Eden. There’s something for everyone, from the dedicated gardener to those who just like pretty flowers, to kids who want to learn about nature and growing things. Find out more at In June, don’t miss Pig Out in the Park, a barbecue competition held at the Augusta Common. The event is family-friendly, and features not only great food, but live entertainment and a fun zone for the kids. Go online at for more information.


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Southeast Bulloch senior Abbey McMillan leads the altos in a group session as they rehearse Ohtul by Estonian composer Paert Uusberg.

Hard work pays off for SEBHS senior

Abby McMillan Written by K.D. Robertson

Talent comes in many forms: singing, dancing, acting and writing. It comes musically, physically and spiritually. Talent is not limited to a certain media or even to just the arts. It stretches across all people’s lives, all people’s interests. Whether you can play an instrument, recite Shakespeare, create clay models or dislocate your shoulder and then pop it back into place — everyone has something that they are naturals at. Everyone has a talent, but what separates talent from skill? How do you advance from performing in an elementary school play, to performing in front of hundreds 24

of people? Abbey McMillan, a senior at Southeast Bulloch High School, did just that, and sat down with me to talk about her life as a performer. McMillan says she “gravitated towards [music] at a young age,” and first expressed that love by singing at church as a child. As her love for music progressed, her opportunities to perform began to grow. At Brooklet Elementary School, McMillan was cast in the lead role of the play Annie, and with some encouragement from her music teacher, Hilary Ziegller, McMillan began to move on to bigger stages.

“There were times when I had to choose between do you want to do middle school soccer or do you want to do a play, and I was like, ‘I want to do a play.’ ” McMillan said. She started singing and acting at the Averitt Center for the Arts, and soon found that her time on the stage of Brooklet Elementary School would pay off. In her fifth grade year, Abbey was cast in a familiar role as the star of the Averitt’s production of Annie. Soon, she found her niche among the theater crowd, and has since performed in several major Averitt productions, including Oliver!, The Gift

of the Magi, and most recently, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. You can see McMillan in the newest addition to her repertoire, The Addams Family, this month at Emma Kelly Theater. Yet, her success has not come without obstacles. McMillan discussed her early high school experiences. “When I was younger I was so worried about like ‘OK, I want this certain group of people to like me and I want to make sure that I dress like this and I go to all the football games and I look cute in my outfits,’ ” she said. The urge to fit in often outweighs the draw to something you love, but as she says, “find your people and stick with them.” As her affinity for theater grew, a new passion began to arise. Abbey stuck with “her people,” and persisted in her pursuit of the arts by starting to train in music. Choral music quickly became McMillan’s largest artistic platform. McMillan began taking singing lessons at a young and has since had countless hours of instruction that taught her proper singing technique and forced her out of her comfort zone, and she has reaped the benefits of her hard work. Starting as a high school freshman, she was accepted into Southeast Bulloch High School’s nationally recognized advanced chorus, not an easy feat to accomplish. McMillan has thrived in the chorus program, becoming alto section leader her junior year of high school and recently being named the chorus president. At the end of her junior year she was accepted into Georgia’s Governor’s Honor Program for Choral Studies, one of few in the history of Southeast Bulloch High School. Since joining, the chorus program has continued to be acclaimed nationally, and despite a common joke from surrounding schools, it’s not just “in the water” in Brooklet, Georgia. “It’s just discipline. I think that really sets (our chorus) apart. And you see it in the band, too. Both of them are really disciplinary and it really shows,” said McMillan. Brent Whitaker, chorus director at SEBHS, says “It is discipline, focus and (the students’) willingness to work as a team... that are the ‘magic’ behind their success.” The hard work of the students in SEBHS’ fine arts programs shows. Southeast Bulloch’s art program boasted winning paintings and drawings at last year’s Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair fine arts judged show, and most students were

Abbey McMillan, center, concentrates as she runs through vocal exercises with classmates during advanced chorus.

competing against artists twice their age. The band program has been a continuous force in the music world for almost 16 years, and the Swarm Marching Band’s unique and skillful shows are known throughout the Southeast. The drama program placed in the state-wide one act competition and sends several actors and actresses to compete in the state literary competitions almost every year — including McMillan. Alumni from these programs have gone on to have professions in music, art and drama. “It’s really awesome to be a part of something that’s bigger than yourself. Obviously, the world is a lot bigger than SEB, but just knowing that you’re in that little community of people that decided that they wanted to do that for the rest of their life, is pretty exciting,” McMillan said, reflecting on the legacy of the individuals who graduated from these fine arts programs. After graduation, McMillan hopes to attend college to study music education saying with confidence, “Music is what I’m supposed to do my whole life.” No worries, though, McMillan has not giv-

en up her roots of acting on stage. “I fell in love with choral music through theater almost. So to leave one behind, just really wouldn’t make sense to me,” she said, smiling. She continued her love for acting by joining the drama program at SEBHS while also steadfastly performing on the Averitt Center stage. In joining the drama program, McMillan was awarded first prize at the state literary competition for Dramatic Interpretation in 2017. On that same day, she also won top four slots in the Women’s Trio and Women’s Solo choral competitions. At the end of our time together, I asked McMillan if she could give any advice to someone interested in pursuing the arts on how to turn their talent into a skill, so that they, too, could advance from elementary school stages to major ones. “If you love it, don’t give up, keep trying. Get some training, get someone that will root for you and help you, but also critique you at the same time. (Don’t) let people put you down if you really want to do it,” she said. September 2018


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1. A general warm-up: A few minutes of walking or cycling, for example, will allow you to raise your body temperature. 2. A targeted warm-up: Do exercises that are similar to the movements you’ll be performing during your workout, focusing on the muscles you’ll be using. Still don’t feel like you have enough time? Warming up doesn’t necessarily mean that your workout needs to take longer. Simply starting gently and progressively increasing the intensity of your workout is a warm-up in itself. Need help choosing your exercises? Ask a professional trainer or a physical therapist. Warming up is crucial to reduce the risk of sports injuries.

Choose the right yogurt Greek, plain, drinkable, light — with so many options at the grocery store, how do you choose the very best yogurt? Here are five things to consider. 1. Ingredients. Yogurt is made of milk and active bacterial cultures. However, gelatin, colouring and artificial sweeteners are sometimes added. Look for the shortest ingredient list. 2. Calories. The number of calories shouldn’t exceed the number of grams in the package. 3. Fat. Opt for yogurt with zero to two per cent fat content. 4. Sugar. Choose products with no more than 15 to 20 grams of sugar per 175 gram serving. Flavoured yogurt usually contains a lot of sugar. Your best bet is to buy a plain variety and liven it up to your liking (with fruit and honey, for instance). 5. Calcium. Choose a yogurt that provides at least 15 per cent of the daily recommended intake of calcium in a single serving.

Have you heard of kohlrabi? Kohlrabi is reddish-purple or pale green cruciferous vegetable (like turnips and broccoli) with a crunchy, juicy flesh.

Office ergonomics: alternating between standing and sitting is best Back pain, stiffness, varicose veins, numbness — working in a seated position for hours on end can lead to various issues. Being sedentary is also problematic, as it increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease, among other things. However, standing for a long period of time can cause back and leg problems.

It’s sweeter than radishes, turnips and cabbage and is packed with vitamin C. Vitamin B6, copper, manganese and potassium are also among its many nutrients. Kohlrabi has been shown to help prevent certain types of cancer (including breast and prostate cancer), reduce the risk of heart disease and slow cognitive decline in older women. And since it’s low-calorie and low-fat, there are no downsides to including kohlrabi in your diet. Crush it, grate it, roast it, eat it in a soup or toss it into a salad — the possibilities are almost endless. Its leaves can also be consumed, just like spinach.

The best approach is to regularly alternate between a seated and standing position. This also helps improve work productivity. However, expert recommendations vary: some advise a change in posture every 20, 30 or 60 minutes, while others suggest not working in a standing position for more than five or 10 minutes per hour. No matter what you decide is best for you, make sure your work position is ergonomic. Whether you’re standing or sitting, your hands, wrists and forearms should be parallel to the floor; your elbows, close to your body; your shoulders, relaxed; and your head, straight or slightly tilted forward. Your computer screen should also be at eye level, or just below it. When standing, make sure you’re wearing good shoes and periodically shift your weight from one leg to the other. Finally, an anti-fatigue mat could also be a valuable asset.

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Alternating between a seated and standing position allows you to reduce the risks linked to a sedentary lifestyle.

People with irritable bowel syndrome may have a hard time digesting cruciferous vegetables such as kohlrabi.

Vertigo or dizziness? You get up and the room starts spinning. Is vertigo or dizziness to blame? The answer might surprise you: it’s vertigo. Vertigo involves a spinning feeling, kind of like when you get off a merry-goround. If you feel that everything around you is spinning or that you yourself are turning in circles, you have vertigo. It may be caused by an inner ear disorder (vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis, for instance) or a neurological issue. If there are other symptoms, such as a severe headache, speech impairment or double vision, you should see a doctor immediately. It could be a stroke.

by a feeling of instability and trouble with keeping one’s balance, as if the ground were moving. Dizziness can be caused by many factors, including fatigue, stress, the flu, hypoglycemia and pregnancy. If you have regular dizzy spells, it’s best to see a doctor.

Dizzy spells, on the other hand, are characterized

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This fall, give in to ground cherries Fruit salad and mixed salad, jam and jelly, sorbet and granita, pie and cake, chutney and ketchup, mousse and coulis — ground cherries (Physalis peruviana) can be enjoyed in virtually any form and at every occasion. This small yellow fruit is a member of the same family as toma-

toes and potatoes (the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family), and has a sweet, tangy flavour and a host of health benefits. Ground cherries are a source of vitamins B1, B3 and C, and of iron. They also contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that the body turns into vitamin A. Vitamin A is vital for healthy bones, teeth and eyes, and helps protect against infection. Ground cherries also have anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties. All good reasons to look for them at your local market! Ground cherries are hard to digest when green, so only eat them when they’re golden yellow.

What is syncope? Syncope (fainting) is a sudden and brief loss of consciousness that occurs due to insufficient blood and oxygen flow to the brain. Sometimes preceded by dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision or nausea, fainting is usually accompanied by muscle weakness (which causes you to fall), extreme pallor and, in some cases, respiratory distress. When someone faints, you should lie them down and lift their legs to improve blood circulation. TYPES OF SYNCOPE There are different types of syncope, namely: • Reflex syncope can be vasovagal or situational in nature. It can be caused by intense emotion, pain, coughing, stress, fatigue, swallowing or urination. This is the most common type of fainting. Since the trigger is usually the same, it’s possible to recognize the warning signs and avoid the fall.

• Orthostatic syncope is caused by a drop in blood pressure, due to a sudden change of position, certain medications, or pregnancy, for example. It can also occur after eating (especially in seniors). • Cardiac syncope is linked to a heart condition (arrhythmia, cardiac arrest, tachycardia, etc.) and requires urgent intervention. Aside from the more dangerous cardiac syncope, fainting is usually benign. However, the fall that follows can cause wounds, bruising or broken bones and have serious consequences if you’re driving, swimming or on the stairs. In any case, it’s best to see a doctor to determine the cause and take the appropriate measures (avoiding triggers, limiting blood pressure medication, treating the heart condition, etc.). Syncope, or fainting, is a sudden and brief loss of consciousness that’s usually harmless.

Three outdoor sports to help you stay in shape this fall As the days get cooler and the mosquitoes die out, fall is the perfect time to get moving in the great outdoors. Here are three sports that are great for both staying in shape and enjoying nature this season. 1. HIKING Hiking mainly helps improve cardiovascular strength, build bone density and tone leg muscles and glutes. You can include your upper body in the workout by using walking sticks. Moreover, a mountain stroll is a great way to relieve stress.

lar endurance. It increases focus and also provides a wonderful sense of freedom. 3. RUNNING Running can help you sleep better, have more energy, reduce stress levels, improve cardiovascular health and increase flexibility and balance.

2. MOUNTAIN BIKING Mountain biking involves many muscles, burns a great number of calories, supplies oxygen to the brain and improves cardiovascu-

How to relieve a dry nose In addition to humidifying and warming the air you breathe, your nose acts as a filter that protects your respiratory system from germs, dust and other airborne particles. However, for it to carry out its duties effectively, your nose needs to be well moisturized. Does your nose itch or burn? Is it stuffed up in the morning? Do you sneeze all the time or experience frequent nosebleeds? Then odds are you have a dry nose. Here are a few tips to improve the situation. A dry nose can be caused by a variety of factors, including dry air, cigarette smoke, indoor heating, air conditioning, various chemical products (varnish, cleaning products, air fresheners, etc.), dust and allergies.

• Clean on a regular basis to prevent dust from collecting. • Air out the house every day. • Clean your nose every day with a saline solution. Ask your pharmacist about it. • Use a nasal lubricant, as required, to relieve irritation. • Wear a mask whenever you’re in contact with respiratory irritants (when sanding furniture, using chemical products, etc.). • Avoid smoking and, if possible, exposing yourself to second-hand smoke. If the problem persists despite your efforts, see your doctor.

To take care of your nose: • Keep humidity levels at home between 30 and 50 per cent. • Don’t overheat your home or overuse the air conditioner.

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Tailgate Tattler • By Chandler Avery

It’s here: Time to show up and show out









Folks, it is here. The grueling offseason is finally over. Last month I gave you my thoughts on the first half of the season, in which I predicted the Eagles being 5-1, with a possibility of 4-2. After much thought, and reading my own writing more than two weeks after thinking on it, I more realistically see the 4-2 being a real outcome, with 5-1 being a gratuitous reward. So, say the Eagles start 4-2, do they go bowling? New Mexico State: The Eagles get some much needed rest after taking on Texas State on a Thursday Night skirmish, and nine days of rest will be quite beneficial for the trek to Las Cruces. The Aggies of New Mexico State are coming off a historic season in which they came to Paulson Stadium and knocked off the Eagles en route to their first bowl game in 57 years, in which they defeated Utah State in the Arizona Bowl. The Aggies do however lose Larry Rose III, who was pivotal to say the least in their campaign last year. Rose, who is a free agent in the NFL, had more than 800 yards last season. Even though he was a huge weapon, bear in mind that he did not play in Statesboro last fall. Another good thing going for the Eagles is the addition of Coach Bob Debesse. Debesse faced the Aggies six times (once each year) in his stint with the rival institution, University of New Mexico. The Lobos’ offense guided by Debesse conjured up a 4-2 record against the Aggies, and I believe this, compounded with the Eagles’ familiarity of New Mexico State leads to an Eagle win, 38-28. Appalachian State: After a long trip out west to Texas and New Mexico, the Blue and White come back to the friendly confines of Paulson to take on our old foe in App State. The Mountaineers ride a three-game winning streak against Georgia Southern, and the environment will be as intense as ever, being on ESPNU under the lights of Glen Bryant Field. The Eagles have a few things going for them, however. Both defensive coordinators for the Mountaineers departed, including new Eagle DC, Coach Sloan, as well as multiple of the top defenders for the Boone bunch. Taylor Lamb also graduated on the offensive side of the ball, departing with his 2,700-plus yards through the air last year, and the next QB is still up in the air, as no one on the depth chart really has much prior experience in games. When it boils down to it, a rivalry game like Georgia Southern-Appalachian State can hardly ever be predetermined on paper, and I think the sheer emotion that Coach Lunsford and company can instill in our boys will be enough to prevail on a Thursday night, Eagles win 28-24. Louisiana-Monroe: It has been two years since the Battle of the Birds last took place, in which the Eagles held on in Paulson by blocking a last minute field goal to win 23-21. That being said, it will be a fresh sight for Georgia Southern. Last year, the Warhawks were one of the more explosive offenses in the Belt, averaging over 450 yards per game, along with more than 30 points per game. This explosive offense returns Caleb Evans as the QB1 and his duo of RJ Turner and Marcus Evans as his top two targets. I don’t

want to call this matchup a “trap game,” simply because everyone in the Sun Belt is on a somewhat similar level. However, after the emotion of the Appalachian State game, along with the fact I believe that Louisiana-Monroe will hop off the 4-8 train this year, if the Eagles do not come to Monroe with a clear mind and laser focus, Louisiana Monroe will take the game 34-28. Troy: The Trojan Horse has fallen apart. I say that with pun fully intended, but Jordan Chunn, the 3,000-plus yard rusher: Gone. Brandon Silvers, 10,000-plus yard passer: Gone. Six defensive starters, who helped create the toughest defense in the conference: Gone. Now I list all of these departures, but do take it with a grain of salt. The offense returns four offensive line starters, and the defense does return four starters, all of whom made an All-Sun Belt Team last postseason. I am not here to say that Troy won’t make a bowl game, because I guarantee they will. I am here to say I wholeheartedly believe that they won’t win 10 games, and should not be considered a “lock” for Sun Belt East champions as some consider them. On top of this, they come to Paulson Stadium, on Senior Day. Because of these compounded on each other, I think the Eagles bust out for a 38-31 win. Coastal Carolina: The Bash at the Beach gets a second round in as many years, thanks to the reconfiguration of the Sun Belt scheduling. Last year, hot off naming Coach Lunsford head coach, the Chanticleers, led by Jamey “Man with a Vengence” Chadwell. Coach Chadwell was quite miffed about being looked at in the 2016 offseason, only to be passed over as Tyson Summers was retained. The Eagles also seemed to overlook the final game in Conway, as the Teal Chickens ran amuck over us. This year, however, I do believe that Coach Lunsford will be looking for revenge of his own, looking for payback for spoiling his first game as full-time head coach.

Eagles soar 45-21. Georgia State: Last year was a heartbreaker, 2016 was an embarrassment, 2015 was an embarrassment, 2014 was how it should be. That’s all I will say about that, but the XFactor is Penny Hart for the ACC (Atlanta Commuter School). If Brinson and Vildor can stop Hart, then the Eagles will be as dominant as the 1990s Braves were in Turner Field. Eagles win 56-28. Overall, my take is that the Eagles get back to Bowl eligible this year, and compiling my

revised 4-2 record from the first half of the season, along with the 5-1 of this half, Georgia Southern does have a realistic shot of getting eight wins if I am ambitious, nine or 10 if my ambition matches the performance of the Eagles. Heck, even seven wins is amazing, speaking that was the total amount of wins from the previous two years. Final Thought: It’s time to GATA. Show up, show out. Put your foot on their throats, and don’t let up. I’m behind these Eagles, and you should be too!



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Dear Sarcastically Southern, I just got married last November and I’m already getting “the questions.” I swear, if I had a dollar for every time someone has said, “When are you going to have children?” and “You know, your mom really wants to be a grandma,” then I could retire! Why do people think that the SECOND a woman gets a ring on her finger that we are counting the days to ovulation and conception? What if I decide I don’t want kids? What if I struggle to conceive? Will I be getting these questions until I have a child? Sincerely, No Womb at the Inn No Womb, I know I haven’t been doing this column for very long, but I can say with 100 percent certainty that I have not related to a question so much since I started writing. Unfortunately, many people don’t see these questions for what they are: an invasion of privacy and a potential emotional trigger for someone. They don’t realize how hurtful those questions can be for a woman who is battling with infertility or who is struggling with the decision on if they want to have children. It is no one’s business but yours and your husband’s if you want to have children. Gently remind the people who ask of that fact. If they feel that they are entitled to know things about your personal life and your personal decisions, then they should be someone close enough to you and your spouse that you can have an honest and open discussion with them about how their questions affect you — and I suggest that you have that conversation. If you’re like me and humor is your way to cope, then by all means, make a joke about it. But for your own sake, do not let them cross boundaries that you aren’t comfortable with. Set the precedence NOW or you will NEVER hear the end of it! Readers, since we’re on the topic of pregnancy and babies, I want to address some things with everyone. In today’s time, more people discuss things like this openly, but a taboo surrounding pregnancy, female body and infertility. There’s so much that we still don’t know about infertility and what causes it. People talk about miscarriages in a hush-hush way. Women avoid telling their friends/family about a pregnancy because of the risk of miscarriage! Friends and family should be the support system that a woman turns to when she experiences something tragic like that, not the people she tries to hide it from. 30

Here are my top five things that other people should know about infertility: 1. When is it okay to ask someone if they are having children or if they are pregnant yet? NEVER. It’s not OK to ask that question unless the woman has told you that it’s OK. And even then, don’t be surprised if the question catches her off guard one day and upsets her. Infertility is a horrible battle than many women wage and it’s a roller coaster ride of the physical, emotional and mental kind. To be completely honest, I have struggled with infertility for over five years and it is heartbreaking to be asked “Are you pregnant yet?” People don’t know all the details of my life — what if I’d just seen a negative pregnancy test just that morning and your question pushed me back into a pit of sadness that I’d struggled all day to climb out of? 2. One in eight women struggle to conceive. Think of eight women that you know and chances are that one of them is either currently struggling to conceive or will in the future. Fertility issues are more common than most people think. With such a high rate of occurrence, women should not be ashamed to discuss this with their friends and family. 3. Don’t dismiss our fears, feelings or worries. I can be happy for you and your pregnancy and sad for myself that I’m not able to conceive. I can worry about the fact that I may never have a child and still want to snuggle your baby. 4. Adoption/IVF is not always the answer. Some women cannot maintain pregnancy — no matter how they conceive, whether naturally, through In-Vitro Fertilization, IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) or another form of treatment. Some women will never be able to afford adoption or IVF. If you are having a conversation with a woman who is trying to have a baby and you feel that you can ask about those as options for her — by all means, ask her. But whatever her reasons are for not considering those as options… RESPECT them. 5. “Just stop trying and it’ll happen” is some of the WORST “advice” you can give someone. I’m 99.9 percent sure that no medical professional EVER would give that type of medical advice and if you aren’t their doctor, your advice isn’t relevant. Have there been women who have stopped trying and then conceived? I’m sure there are — but women who

have medical issue with conception (like endometriosis, PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome, etc.) then they may not even ovulate — and if medical intervention hasn’t helped them, then stopping medical treatment isn’t going to make it any easier! It’s our human nature to try and help each other when we see them struggling, but sometimes all we need is a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen and a warm hug to ease our worries. After six years of trying to conceive, I could really write a top 100 list of things people should know about infertility and how to help a friend struggling with it. There are two main points that I want you to take away from this. 1) Knowledge is power. If you’re aware that someone you know is struggling to conceive, educate yourself on what they are struggling with; ask them to tell you more about it. Be sensitive to their feelings. Imagine yourself in their shoes. 2) Infertility can cause so much more than problems conceiving. It can cause mental exhaustion through worry, restless nights, depression, anxiety and much more. It can cause spiritual doubt and questions of “Why me?” Physical pain comes along with many of the conditions (and also the treatments for the conditions). Treatments are expensive, so money can become an issue. The stress that goes along with all of these things can cause issues with your spouse. Infertility touches EVERY aspect of a person’s life.

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