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The Legal Limit Author to Speak at AU by April Hawkins
On Tuesday, September 22, at 5:18 pm, we will fall into a new season with progressively fewer daylight hours. What are you going to do when the temperature drops and the nights become longer? Keep in mind that this is a family magazine so the answer must be G-rated. I have a few suggestions. How about writing a book like Angela Harris did? She’s pictured on this month’s cover and her story is on page 4. Or listening to best-seller author Martin Clark talk about his latest book when he comes to Averett University? Read April Hawkins’ review of his book on page 3 and then think of some questions to ask him. Or attend the YWCA Book Reviews at the Danville Public Library on Tuesdays at noon? Or read Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen? It was the inspiration for a movie and motivated Annelle Williams to cook the recipe found on page 11. After you finish reading this free issue of Evince, go to the public library. There are 124,115 books at the Danville Public Library and thousands more at the county libraries waiting for you to take them home and enjoy ….and it won’t cost you a penny. Where else can you become connected to the world so easily and without cost? Like Linda Lemery says in Reflecting Forward on page 10, you just might become passionate about reading—and that’s something we like to talk about in a family magazine.
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Remembering the Wreck of the Old 97 by Carol Napier
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Three Exhibits Open at the DMFAH by Lynne Bjarnesen
Lynne Bjarnesen, Kim Clifton, Linda Lawrence Dalton, Joey Faucette, April Hawkins, Dena Hill, Linda Lemery, C.J. Medaglia, Suzanne Miller, Larry Oldham, Liz Sater, Dave Slayton, Nancy Tait, Jean Vernon, Mark Wallace, Joyce Wilburn, Annelle Williams
5 She Said He Said / Pockets of Love by Dena Hill & Larry Oldham 8 Spotting Exceptional Customer Service by C.J. Medaglia 9
New Beginnings at Genesis by Joyce Wilburn
Daring Feats (Feet?) by Mark Wallace
Helping Your Community Never Tasted Butter; I Mean Better by Dave Slayton
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Trio to Perform at Opening of Local Music Academy by Joyce Wilburn 9-11 NYC Policeman to Perform in Danville by Jean Vernon
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10 Reflecting Forward / Why Read? by Linda Lemery 11
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4 Author Tells How to Do It All by Joyce Wilburn
Art & Production Director Vaden & Associates (Dan Vaden) Graphic Designer Kim Demont
Do You Have a Hole in the Sole? by Liz Sater Around the Table / Julie & Julia by Annelle Williams
1: to constitute outward evidence of 2: to display clearly: reveal syn see SHOW
12 September Calendar 13 Second Thoughts / Strangers in the Night by Kim Clifton
14 The Pencil Box / Suggestions for Sharpening the Mind by Suzanne Miller
Stay Married Forever / Listen with Your Eyes by Dr. Joey Faucette
Renowned Pianist Michael Adcock to Play at North Theatre by Linda Lawrence Dalton
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The Legal Limit Author to Speak at AU by April Hawkins By day, Martin Clark practices law, presiding as the circuit court judge for the Counties of Henry and Patrick, and the City of Martinsville. After hours, Clark uses his expertise in the realm of law to pen legal thrillers, which have been deemed some of the best ever written. Entertaining and informative, Martin Clark’s latest book, The Legal Limit, shows that sometimes interpreting and following the law is not always as simple as it seems. On occasion, doing what is right and just outside of the law is the proper avenue for the true pursuit of justice. Set in Patrick County, Clark’s latest book tells the story of two brothers, Gates and Mason Hunt, who were raised with meager means. Gates’ disrespect for law and order lands him in prison facing a lengthy sentence on drug trafficking charges. Mason, the shining star of the two brothers, leaves his hometown, pursues higher education, and practices law in Richmond. Seizing an opportunity to become commonwealth's attorney of his hometown, Mason and his family relocate. Unfortunately, catastrophic events abound upon their return. After Mason’s appointment as commonwealth's attorney, Gates believes it’s Mason’s responsibility to free him from jail, bringing back a past secret between brothers that could destroy all Mason has worked to achieve. The Legal Limit carries within its pages situations and places that local readers will be able to identify. “The Legal Limit is fiction,” says Clark, “but part of the fun is that it is grounded in fact.” For example, in one of the most climatic scenes of the book, Mason is led down the streets to the courthouse in Stuart, Virginia, the author’s hometown. Martin Clark will open Averett University’s free Authors on Campus Series on Tuesday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Blount Chapel in the Frith Building on Mountain View Avenue. For more information, call 434.791.4993; visit www.martinclark.com or www.averett.edu.
Author Tells How to Do It All by Joyce Wilburn
Anyone meeting Angela Harris for the first time will remember an impeccability dressed, youthfullooking, 40-something woman with a welcoming smile and gracious manners. But there’s more to this woman than a pretty façade. Angela has done what many of us promise ourselves we’ll do--graduate from college, find a rewarding career, raise a family, and answer a life-long calling to follow a dream. In her case, the dream was to become an author of children’s books. Angela’s journey began when she left her native Maryland and returned to the family’s roots in Danville almost 24 years ago. Earning an associate’s degree in business management from Danville Community College, working in the cafeteria where her daughter attended school, and maintaining a home with husband Sylvester was fulfilling, but something was missing. The forgotten piece of her life resurfaced during a conversation with a former high school friend. “She asked me if I was still writing,” remembers Angela, “and I didn’t know what she meant until she reminded me of the times I wrote and shared stories with her.” That discussion planted a seed which began to sprout when a DCC catalogue advertising a creative writing class appeared on Angela’s desk at Stratford Rehabilitation Center where she works as a secretary.
Remembering the Wreck of the Old 97 by Nancy Tait
Turn back the clock 106 years to September 27, 1903. Express train Old 97 careens off a Danville trestle and the engine and cars hurtle 75 feet into a rocky creek bed below. Eleven men lose their lives and six more are injured. That event was the inspiration for Danville’s outdoor mural at the corner of Main Street and Memorial Drive and a railroad ballad recorded by many singers including Johnny Cash. In more recent times, it was mentioned in the movie The Blues Brothers when they are handed a list of songs to play at a gig. While the band is cleaning up Elwood says, “Sorry we couldn’t remember The Wreck of the Old 97.” The historic event will be commemorated when the Danville Science Center hosts Old 97 Rail Days at the Crossing at the Dan. Visitors to the Science Station will see a miniature version of the wreck scene; in the Pepsi Building they will watch N-scale models traveling through tiny towns; near the Butterfly Station they will visit a fully restored Norfolk and Western caboose. While walking between the sites on Saturday afternoon, the old-time music of The North Carolina Catbirds will add to the fun. Activities continue with an exhibit of artifacts from the Old 97 wreck at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. Pick up a Rail Days Pass at the DSC. With it, admissions on Saturday will be: $1 at the DSC; $4/$3 for students and
“I enrolled in the online class with Dr. Ted Maier, who told me that I had talent and should pursue writing,” says the mother of two. Shortly after that while listening to WBTM, she heard a commercial about a contest for writing bedtime stories. She didn’t enter the contest, but the announcement became the inspiration for her first children’s book, Night Light, which follows the bedtime rituals of the fictitious Ruth Ann based on the antics of Angela’s own children. Before leaping into the publishing world, Angela tested the worthiness of the newly created manuscript by reading it to some tough critics: kindergarten, first, and second seniors at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History and $8 at the AAF Tank Museum. Old 97 Rail Days will be Saturday, September 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, September 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information call 434.791.5160 or visit www.dsc.smv.org. DSC is located at 677 Craghead Street. The DMFAH is at 975 Main Street.
Three Exhibits Open at the DMFAH by Lynne Bjarnesen
The Sutherlin Mansion 1859 – 2009: Evolution of a Landmark If only our walls could talk! Come explore the many lives of the Sutherlin Mansion at 975 Main Street: it has been a private residence; home to one of the most influential men in 19th Century Danville; a host to the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, during the Civil War; the public library for 45 years; and now the home of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Sutherlin Mansion, the DMFAH presents The Sutherlin Mansion 1859 – 2009: Evolution of a Landmark. The exhibit, curated by museum staff and local historians Lawrence McFall, Gary Grant and Fred Motley, tells the stories of the people who were involved with the house – not only the Sutherlin family, but also the slaves and servants, teachers, librarians and museum curators and Major William Sutherlin who built the then avant-garde mansion.
grade children at local schools. “I love sharing my stories with them, listening to their ideas, and maybe sparking an interest in them to write,” she says. “They liked Night Light, but I could tell they wanted more visuals,” she says pointing to the illustrations that were added so young readers could practice their counting skills. After the success of Night Light, Angela wrote Tabby’s Great Adventure about a cat who has dreams of visiting the solar system. While creating the second book, she was working on a more down-to-earth goal of attending weekend classes and earning a liberal arts degree from the University of Richmond. That hard work was noticed at home by her son, a student at Bonner Middle School. “Preston and I would compare our grades,” she says adding that they enjoyed the easygoing competition that led to her graduation last spring. Reflecting on the journey from writing in high school to being self-published decades later, she encourages others to do the same. “You can do more than one thing, if you set your mind to it. It always works out if you’re following your dreams,” she says with eternal optimism. * Visit www.angelascreataiveworks. com for more information. * Meet Harris at book signings on Saturday, September 12, upstairs at Bronx Boy Bagels, 316 Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; at Binding Time Café, 1115 Spruce Street, Martinsville, on Saturday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m; and on Saturday, October 10, at B Dalton Bookseller in Piedmont Mall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
First Baptist Church: 175 Years of Living Ministry. An even older institution, Danville’s First Baptist Church is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding. This exhibit will look at its daughter churches and the civic and ministerial contributions of its members. On view will also be photographs of church members who personally and through the church gave back to the community in various ways.
Seeing Is Believing Anchored firmly in the present, Seeing is Believing features the almost photorealistic paintings of regional artist Windy Lampson, who twice won Best in Show at the Danville Art League Juried Show. A North Carolina native, Windy currently maintains a studio in Gibsonville, North Carolina. She graduated from East Carolina University with degrees in Art Education and Studio Art with a concentration in painting, which remains her medium of choice. For more information visit www. windylampson.com. n All three exhibits can be viewed from September 11 through November 8. n Museum hours are: Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. n Cost is $5 for adults; $4 for senior citizens; $4 students; children 6 and under are free. n For more information call 434.793.5644 or visit www.danvillemuseum.org.
She Said by Dena Hill Pockets of Love
Are you related to a kangaroo somewhere down the line? You cram so much stuff in your pockets that you bulge in all directions and then you ask me to take out my trusty sewing machine and fix your torn pockets like new again. It's impossible to sew on fabric that doesn't exist. You probably carry four heavy chains of keys (and I bet you don't even know what some of them unlock), a trifold wallet (I've bought you billfolds that are slimmer but you conveniently lose them) receipts from years past (can't throw anything away), calling cards that could be filed elsewhere for easier reference, candy, comb, two cell phones, glasses, chewing gum, and a variety of pens. Meanwhile, you ask me to put a few things in my purse for you such as extra glasses, drink packets, Advil, hand sanitizer, stain remover, lint brush, and camera. So here we come down the street with me following ten steps behind you like Attila the Hun with my backpack so laden with stuff that I can hardly walk. I have two words for you...man purse.
bag like yours that weighs over 75 lbs, you would never have to fix another pocket for my pants. In our small city, most men are carrying a wallet, bi-fold or tri-fold, not a man purse, I only carry the essential items including money to buy you dinner each night and to pay for anything else we do on a date. I could carry my personal items in the glove compartment of my car and change it out if I drive my other car, or we take your car, or when we ride in other people’s cars to go out to dinner (with money kept in my wallet). Now, I realize that the three times in ten years that I have asked you to sew my pockets have been an extreme hardship on your daily life. I will do my best to avoid asking you to do such a difficult and timeconsuming job ever again. I guess I could ask my mother to repair them. I might add she has never complained one time and always welcomed her son with open arms whenever he needed a helping hand in any situation. Yes, I agree you are not my mom, but don't you think that every man is looking for a woman who treats her man like his mother treated him? Maybe it is just me and you are probably right that I took advantage of you on this “sewing my pocket thing”. Next time just remind me to give them to my mother. Did I happen to mention she never complains?
She said He said
he Said by Larry Oldham I should talk about all the junk you carry in your handbag. But I won't. I am too much of a gentleman. If I did have a
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To encourage exceptional customer service, the Dan River Hospitality and Travel Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and EVINCE would like to recognize those who give it. When you experience exceptional customer service, tell us about it in 300 words or less. Include your name and phone number. Email your story to joyce@evincemagazine. com. The chosen honoree will receive a small gift and a framed copy of the published story citing his/her exceptional service. by C.J. Medaglia I would like to nominate Nancy Doll who works at Bojangles on Highway 29 in Blairs for the Spotting Exceptional Customer Service Award. She is always attentive to her customers and anticipates their needs before they can voice them. For example, on my frequent trips to Bojangles for breakfast, I order coffee. She will automatically have the sugar and cream ready to pour without my requesting it. Mrs. Doll’s exceptional customer service skills are surpassed only by her ability as an unofficial tour guide. Her love and knowledge of the area and special events make her a great source of information for travelers and local residents who want to stay abreast of where-to-go and what-to-do. I’ve overheard her tell visitors about the local winery at Tomahawk Mill, VIR events, the best place to buy BBQ, and answers to other questions that are asked. Nancy Doll’s customers always leave with smiles on their faces because of her welcoming attitude. Nancy Doll--her last name says it all.
Helping Your Community Never Tasted Butter; I Mean Better by Dave Slayton
New Beginnings at Genesis by Joyce Wilburn
Before the little brick building near the intersection of Park Avenue and Westover Drive became Genesis Day Spa and Salon, it multi-tasked as a country grocery store and post office. “My great-grandparents, Thomas and Fannie Wright, constructed the building in 1945 and operated a country store. The satellite post office was added in the rear of the store in 1950,” explains Genesis owner, Catherine Adkins. With a hint of justifiable pride, she adds, “My great-grandfather was postmaster and after his retirement my great-grandmother became the postmistress making her the first in the area.” The historic much-loved building became available while Catherine was studying at the Cosmetic Art Center in Greensboro and with a little help from her family, it became the perfect spot to begin a new business after graduation. The transformation wasn’t quick. “We did a complete makeover from floor to ceiling including removing three-layers of linoleum flooring, covering up the cinderblock walls, and adding rooms,” she explains. “We started the renovation in June 2008 and finished right before our opening in February of this year.” Now that the makeover of the former grocery store/post office is complete, customers can relax and appreciate the ambience created by shiny wooden floors, soothing Caribbean- green walls, and dark wooden antique-like styling stations. “This is a full-service day spa, with three hair stylists, a nail specialist, a massage therapist, and an esthetician,” says Catherine, “and we have been very pleased with the response we’ve had.” Genesis--a very appropriate name for 695 Park Avenue where Catherine has given life to an old building and a new business.
Do you like peanut butter? Do you enjoy helping your community and yourself? If you answer yes to either of these questions, read on. Michelle Bender of Dixie Bags & More on South Ridge Street is helping to restock the shelves of God’s Storehouse on Westover Drive and support local farmers and specialty food producers. Each time a jar of natural peanut butter from The Good Earth Peanut Company in Skippers, Virginia is sold at Dixie Bags, she puts another jar into the donation box for God’s Storehouse. Michelle is also helping local farmers because The Good Earth Peanut Company uses peanuts from Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. So, I’m feeding my peanut butter-and-banana sandwich habit by shopping at Dixie Bags and following the example of the legendary Elvis, who also loved this delicious delicacy. His sandwiches were made with white bread, peanut butter, bananas, melted butter (or melted bacon fat!) and then fried like a grilled-cheese sandwich washed down with a glass of buttermilk. I prefer wheat bread, natural peanut butter and ripe bananas without butter or bacon fat and not fried, thank you, thank you very much. I don’t want to enter Heartbreak (attack) Hotel. When I eat my peanut butter-and-banana sandwich I become All Shook Up knowing that I’m helping God’s Storehouse and our peanut farmers. Put on your Blue Suede Shoes and Don’t Be Cruel by following me to Dixie Bags and doing the same. Becky Wales of God’s Storehouse will not mark the donation Return to Sender, and I bet the recipients of this peanut butter will be thinking…someone must Love Me Tender.
For more information call 434.792.2662. Genesis is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Daring Feats (Feet?) by Dr. Mark C. Wallace Over the years, my fashion sense and sensibilities have changed dramatically. As a college history professor, I am now more acutely aware of my outward appearance and understand that time, thought, and effort are imperative to fashion development and improvement. I am an avid supporter of colorful bowties and well-brushed saddle shoes. Yet, I have often neglected what resides within these saddle shoes: my feet. Until very recently, the word pedicure was not an integral part of my mainstream vocabulary. Yet my wife ultimately convinced me that I should get a pedicure, for blunt honesty often serves as great motivation. Not long ago, she gently informed me that my toes “were the only imperfect thing about me.” So it was that I booked an appointment at Genesis Day Spa and Salon. Upon selecting a full pedicure, I happily followed licensed nail specialist Lorie Rivero to the rear of the building where I reclined in an automatic massage chair, placed my feet in a whirlpool bath and citrus soak and waited for the pedicure to begin. Secluded behind a partition, I contentedly munched on tasty muffins and sipped my complimentary smoothie. The citrus soak and warm whirlpool bath were invigorating, and she enthusiastically and expertly groomed my nails and cuticles. Enjoying the attention, I took a moment to consider the next treatment. The callous removal intrigued me, for my only exposure to this activity involved my dad rubbing his heels on the brickwork of our front
porch, proudly exclaiming that this was the farm version of a pedicure. However, my experience was much different. As Rivero employed her callous scraper, I watched rather tentatively as skin began to fall into a little pile, very reminiscent of someone grating fresh Parmesan cheese. However, it felt surprisingly good and she assured me that my heap of skin morsels was actually quite small. Followed by a milk and honey (my dad, a Baptist minister, would approve of such a biblical concoction) grit exfoliant, which made my freshly scraped heels tingle delightfully, I eagerly awaited the final two treatments: the sea algae detox mask and hot paraffin wax. Knowing that I had not consumed any alcohol before my pedicure, I wondered if that would affect the outcome of the detox process. I quickly realized it would not, and after applying the sea algae to my feet and wrapping them in a thin plastic covering, I became aware of a pleasant, warm sensation pulsing through my feet. Feeling the toxins magically extracted, I knew that foot sobriety was indeed a positive thing, and the hot paraffin dip was the culmination of a wonderful morning. Seeing the wax rolled from my shiny, cleansed, and customized feet, I pondered why more men do not take advantage of such great services. I was astounded at how much I enjoyed the entire experience and marveled that such amazing feats could be performed so pleasurably. Reluctantly leaving the comfort of the massage chair and thanking Rivero for great conversation as well as a superb pedicure, I admired my immaculately groomed feet. My grandmother was fond of saying, “You only feel as good as your feet feel.” Indeed, my feet were exceedingly happy.
Trio to Perform at Opening of Local Music Academy by Joyce Wilburn
The Manhattan Piano Trio will perform at the opening of the Music Academy of the Danville Education, Arts, and Cultural Center, 769 Main Street, on Friday, October 2, at 7 p.m. Hailed by critics as “a grand departure from the usual” (News Herald), the MPT has quickly become one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in the United States. With more than 300 concerts in its first five seasons alone, MPT is one of the most active groups in the classical music scene, welcomed by enthusiastic audiences in over 30 states and across three continents. Strongly committed to educating new generations of musicians and music lovers, the Manhattan Piano Trio is adept at weaving informative talks into its performances, thereby imparting greater musical insight and emotional clarity to its audiences (www.manhattanpianotrio.com). Before the performance, The Trio will present a workshop for the parents of the students at the Music Academy of the DEACC. Local physician, Dr. Dan Addis, and his wife, Nami, are opening The Music Academy with the support of Virginia Tech’s music and art departments. Classes in violin, guitar, vocals, children’s choir, and the visual arts will be taught by Virginia Tech instructors starting in October. Piano and cello classes will be offered in the near future. Students must be at least three years old. For more information about tickets, call 434.710.0016 or visit www.deacc.com.
9-11 NYC Policeman to Perform in Danville by Jean Vernon
Acclaimed tenor Daniel Rodriguez, the singing New York City policeman whose stirring rendition of God Bless America gave hope in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, will be in concert on Sunday, October 4, in Danville. Rodriguez is completing a southeastern tour before embarking on a west coast tour that will lead him to New Zealand and then an eight-city European engagement. The tenor, now retired from the NYPD, finds joy in sharing traditional and popular music spanning the worlds of opera and Broadway. His Danville concert will be a journey through the different stages of his life and the music that was pertinent to those times including popular, patriotic, and religious. The Danville Police and Fire Departments will be active participants in this event. Rodriguez has most recently worked with Placido Domingo and the Washington D.C. Opera. He has appeared in the role of Canio in Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci and as a soloist with several symphony orchestras. n The Daniel Rodriquez Concert will
be held in the sanctuary of the former Main Street United Methodist Church, 767 Main Street, on Sunday, October 4, at 3 p.m. n Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Ben David Jewelers on Mt. Cross Road. Tickets are $15 at the door. Checks should be made payable to the Danville Preservation League. n For information call 434.791.1546 or visit www.danielrodriguez.com
Reflecting Forward Why Read?
by Linda Lemery When I come home exhausted I’ve wondered over the years about my fascination with books. This issue’s focus on reading has made me think yet again about what I gain by reading ... and what I lose. I read because: n Authors take me places I would never go alone. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson took me hiking over nearly 900 miles of the Appalachian Trail. While I learned a lot about the history of the Trail, what I found both unexpectedly riveting and hysterically funny were Bryson’s conversations with and descriptions of his hiking buddy, Stephen Katz. For me, the book was more about the relationship than about the Trail. n I love the almost visceral way authors string words together to create a tone that sets how I will interpret a book: as a drama, a mystery, a love story. In Nick Bantock’s Griffin & Sabine series, the stories are told through postcards and letters. Readers physically take letters out of envelopes to read them. There is no other narrative explanation. That void draws readers into the evolving story. n I am immersed in certain stories. In Stephen King’s Rose Madder, an abused wife fleeing for her life enters a painting to save herself and her lover. Reader
willingness to suspend disbelief only occurs with seamless storytelling that ignites readers’ imaginations compelling them to continue reading to the end. n I love to learn from people who think differently. In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell comes to conclusions that would seem insupportable without the documented chain of thinking he lays out. Author/economist Steven Levitt uses the same compelling 180 degree logic to find explanations for seemingly contradictory circumstances in his book Freakonomics. Because of Gladwell and Levitt, I now try to turn difficult questions inside out to make sense of them. n I want to sustain my essential curiosity about how the world works. Because I’ve trained myself to read for pleasure, I can now force myself to read for work or coursework--often badly written, obscure articles and textbooks that will teach me more about a topic. I persist by focusing on essential curiosity and goals for the reading. I mentioned earlier that I lose something when I read. I lose some naiveté, because I learn more about the underbelly of the world and what I want to avoid in my own life. But what I lose most is time. Only when I lose time do I later realize that I was engaged, fully engaged, in one of my passions. One learns to pay attention to lessons like that. I’m in the zone when I’m reading certain works. I’d like to spend much more time there. Won’t you join me? About the Author: When she’s not doing homework, Linda Lemery email@example.com works at Mary B. Blount Library at Averett University in Danville, VA.
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Do You Have a Hole in the Sole? by Liz Sater
It’s a long journey from Odessa, Russia, to Sherwood Shopping Center’s Hole in the Sole Leather and Shoe Repair in Danville, Virginia. Just ask Michael Shutov. Michael’s parents immigrated to America from Odessa, Russia in 1979. He has vivid memories of the long ride from his childhood home in Brooklyn, New York, to his father’s shoe repair shop in Manhattan. Even as a five-year-old boy, he loved heading into the big city to help his dad shine shoes. Michael’s parents instilled in their son a strong service-based work ethic that has taken him from helping in the family shoe repair business, to waiting tables at Jerry’s Famous Deli in South Beach, to driving a stretch limo for Trump’s Taj Mahal. So how in the world did he come to open Hole in the Sole shoe repair shop in Sherwood Shopping Center on Arnett Boulevard? After local shoe repairmen L.M. Allen and Willie Adams recently died, Danville residents began looking elsewhere for shoe and leather repair services, which were difficult if not impossible to find. The number of skilled cobblers across the country has been decreasing over the last five decades. Due to the economic downturn, however, shoe repair is one industry that is now in a growth phase as people learn to take better care of their leather goods.
Judith A. Ostrowski, Au.D. Doctor of Audiology Michael Shutov, Mayor Sherman Saunders and Councilman Buddy Rawley at the Grand Opening of Hole in the Sole
Knowing this, Michael decided that the time was right to open a leather repair business. He was looking at real estate in New York when he saw an intriguing “Cobbler needed…” advertisement on the Shoe Service Industry of America (SSIA) website placed by the Danville Office of Economic Development. Quickly, he and his father, Leo, traveled to Danville to explore the possibilities. “I can’t believe how nice the people here are,” Michael exclaims. After only one day of exploring, the Shutovs made their decision -- Danville would be the new home of Hole in the Sole Leather and Shoe Repair. They immediately found a storefront and set up shop. Hole in the Sole offers resoles, half soles, re-heeling, orthotics, and luggage, shoe, belt and handbag
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repairs. Michael is also skilled in repairing motorcycle leathers and equestrian tack items and sells specialty retail items. “It is a risk when you start a new business, rather than purchase an existing one with established clientele,” Michael admits. “I realize I can’t open in Danville and charge New York City prices,” he adds noting he has been very pleased with the response from his new community and looks forward to many years of providing customers with quality work and excellent service. For more information, call 434.792. SHOE (7463). Hole in the Sole, located at 147 Arnett Blvd, is open Monday – Friday, 8-6 and Saturday 9-5. Michael does not save soles on Sunday!
by Annelle Williams
I've been waiting for the movie Julie & Julia for months. It’s the adaptation of Julie Powell's autobiographical book Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen starring Amy Adams as an amateur chef, who decides to cook every recipe in a cookbook from celebrity chef Julia Child (played by Meryl Streep) in order to chronicle it in a blog over the course of a year. I read My Life in France by Julia Child and the Julie and Julia book, and have spent more time than I should perusing the recipes in Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking preparing myself for the movie release. With all my expectations, I was still unprepared for the effect the movie had on me. I walked out hungry for more Julia, wanting to connect with a Julia of my own who loves the art of cuisine, loves to eat, and loves to cook. She embraced the quirky changes of her life, while never sacrificing her passions, and did it all with a good sense of humor. By blogging about cooking her way through the recipes in MAFC, Julie had all the meat she needed for a great book, and ultimately a very entertaining and nostalgic (for foodies) movie. It intersperses Julie's trials and tribulations with flashbacks of Julia's life in Paris, and her efforts to have MAFC finished and published--not an easy task. The very first recipe in MAFC is Potage Parmentier (Leek and Potato Soup). It’s a very simple recipe and a good way to begin your excursion into Julie and Julia's love affair with French cuisine. Once you cook that, there are only 523 recipes to go. Bon Appetit!
Danville ENT Associates, Inc. Judith, what is central auditory Q: Dr. processing disorder? auditory processing is how our brain A: Central understands speech. Understanding speech is
a difficult skill that we learn over time. A central auditory processing disorder occurs when the brain can not make sense of speech. There are many aspects of CAPD. Sometimes a person can’t identify different patterns of musical pitches or how long sounds last. In other cases a person can’t keep things in their auditory memory for very long. In this situation a person might not be able to remember complicated, multi-step directions. For example, they may be told “Drive down Main St. until you reach Elm St., turn left and it is the second house on the right.” There is so much information that by the time they hear “second house on the right” they have forgotten the first part of the directions, “Drive down Main St.” Conversely a person with CAPD might need a long time to figure out what is said. In the case of the multi-step directions it might take them so long to decipher “Drive down Main St” that they miss the rest of the directions. CAPD can also make it difficult for a person to understand speech in the presence of background noise. This is not to be confused with hearing loss. A person with CAPD very often has normal hearing. Auditory processing can occur with dyslexia and other learning delays. It looks similar to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) but differs because it does not respond to medication that is prescribed for ADD. If CAPD is suspected, the person first needs to have their hearing evaluated by a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) If the hearing is normal the patient will then be evaluated through a battery of tests, again by an Au.D. Once the diagnosis and specifics of the CAPD are discovered treatment can begin. The treatment is dependent on the areas of weakness the patient has. Treatment may include working with a SpeechLanguage Pathologist to develop processing skills, auditory trainers, auditory-integration therapy and environmental modifications, to name a few. For more information on CAPD visit the website for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) at www.ASHA.org or the National Institute for Deafness and Communication Disorders at www.nidcd.nih.gov.
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Potage Parmentier (Leek or Onion and Potato Soup) Leek and potato soup smells good, tastes good, and is simplicity itself to make. It is also versatile as a soup base; add watercress and you have a watercress soup, or stir in cream and chill it for a vichyssoise. To change the formula a bit, add carrots, string beans, cauliflower, broccoli, or anything else you think would go with it, and vary the proportions as you wish.
For about 2 quarts serving 6 to 8 people 3 to 4 quart saucepan or pressure cooker 3 to 4 cups or 1 lb. peeled potatoes, sliced or diced 3 cups or 1 lb. thinly sliced leeks including the tender green; or yellow onions 2 quarts of water 1 T salt 4 to 6 Tb whipping cream or 2 to 3 Tb softened butter 2 to 3 Tb minced parsley or chives
Either simmer the vegetables, water and salt together, partially covered, for 40 to 50 minutes until the vegetables are tender or cook under 15 pounds pressure for 5 minutes, release pressure, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Mash the vegetables in the soup with a fork or pass the soup through a food mill. Correct seasoning. Set aside uncovered until just before serving; reheat to simmering. Turn off heat and just before serving, stir in the cream or butter by spoonfuls. Pour into a tureen or soup cups and decorate with herbs.
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Guided Walking Tours of Millionaires Row. The Secrets Inside. 434.770.1974.
Through September 16
Civil War Fashion Exhibit – Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History – 434.793.5644.
Through September 17
Totally Random Science Exhibit – Danville Science Center – 434.791.5160. Garden Delights ñ Photo Display – Intimate view of the Butterfly Station and Garden. DSC– 434.791.5160.
Through September 22
Photography Exhibit – Transition, My Thousand Words, Inscribed Spaces & Works by Jan Atkins. Piedmont Arts, Martinsville – 276.632.3221.
September 1 (thru 22)
Art with Judie – Oil & watercolor painting. Mon or Tues/times vary. Ballou Annex. 434.797.8848. YWCA Swim Classes – Tuesdays & Thursdays. parent & tot swim, Ages 3-5, 10-10:45 am; Youth swim lessons, Ages 6-12, 3:30-4:30 pm. 434.797.8848. Guitar Basics Class – Wednesdays. Ages 5-17, 5 pm. Adult, 5:30 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.
September 1 (thru 28)
Book Reviews for Lunch – Each Tuesday, bring your lunch and enjoy a book review. 12:15 pm. Danville Public Library Auditorium – 434.799.5195.
September 1 (thru 29)
Fitness for Older Adults, Ladies & ABSolute Fitness. Tues/Thur, 9–11 am; Ladies 10 am–12 pm; ABSolute Fitness 10:3011:30 am. City Armory. 434.797.8848. Tiny Tot Play Time – Fun, toys and free play time for 3 year olds. T/Th 9:30-10:15 am. Glenwood Community Center. 434.797.8848. Newcomers Club. Tuesdays, 10 am-2 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522. West African Dance & Drumming Class – Tues 10:30 am–12 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Chicks w/ Sticks – knitting & crocheting class. T/Th 11:30 am-1 pm. City Armory. 434.797.8848. African Dance Ensemble – Learn African Dance. Tues. 6-7:30 pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848. Skyn Deep – Conversations about race. Tuesday, 6:30 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522. Sewing w/ Kitty. Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm. Coates Recreation Center. 434.799.6564.
September 1 (thru 30)
Koates Kids Pre-School Program – Different themed activities introduced each week through various events, games, arts, and crafts. Ages 3-5. T/W 9:30 am–12:30 pm. Coates Recreation Center. 434.797.8848. After School Childcare – Ages 5-12. M-F, after school-6 pm. YMCA – 434.792.0621.
September 1 (thru October 8)
Preschooler Programs – Various programs for 2-5 year olds. Starting 9/1 - Romping, Stomping Good Time-10:30-11:15 am, One Block at A Time-12:30-1:15 pm & The Sound of Music-1:30-2:15 pm. Starting 9/2 – Tumblin for Tiny Tots-10:30-11:15 am. Starting 9/3 - Ooey, Gooey, Muddy, Messy Adventures-10:30-11:15 am, Fly into Fall11:30 am-12:15 pm. Glenwood Community Center. 434.797.8848.
Mary Sue Terry, first woman elected Va. Attorney General will speak. Chatham Library 24 Military Drive. 7 p.m. Also, Va. Women in History Exhibit. Senior Bowling Tournament. 10 am–12 pm. Riverside Lanes – 434.791.2695.
September 2 & 16
Fetch! Lab. 9/2 – Build a boat that can float while supporting the most pennies using only aluminum foil and imagination. 9/16 – Pizza party. Ages 8–12. 3:45–4:45 pm. DSC - 434.791.5160.
September 2 (thru 30)
RiverCity Toastmasters - Conquer fear
of public speaking. Weds, 1 pm. NCBT. 434.793.6822.
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¡Carnaval! Exhibit – 9/3-Opening Reception & Gallery Talk, 5:30 pm. Piedmont Arts, Martinsville – 276.632.3221.
Bob Ross Painting Workshop – Hanging Flower Basket. 10 am–3:30 pm: Piedmont Arts, Martinsville – 276.632.3221. Budgeting to Live Within Your Means – 6 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.
Fiddler on the Roof Auditions – Roxboro Little Theater. 6:30 pm. Kirby Theatre, 336.597.1709.
Fundraiser Dinner – 5:30 pm. American Legion Post 1097. 434.822.5299. Shrine Football Game -See page 13.
On The River Trips– 9/3 Kayak, AbreuGrogan Park, 5:45-7:45 pm; 9/10 Kayak, Dan Daniel Memorial Park, 5:45-7:45 pm; 9/11, Friday Boat & Lunch Trip, Abreu/Grogan Park, Ages 50+, 10:30 am-12:30 pm; 9/17, Canoe Trip, Camilla Williams, 5:30-7:30 pm. 434.799.5215.
Danville Museum Exhibits -See story pg. 4.
CCS Motorcycle Road Racing. VIR– 434.822.7700. Flat River Antique Engine & Tractor Show. Roxboro. 336.364.2364.
Swim Lessons – M/W or F, Ages 3-14, 6:307:15 & 7:20-8:05 pm. Friday, Ages 14+ 8:058:5 5pm. YMCA – 434.792.0621.
Four-Wheeling Tots – Basics of roller skating for preschoolers. 10:15-11 am. Skatetown. 434.797.8848.
North Halifax Fire Dept. Marathon. 8 am. www.halifaxchamber.net. Author Angela Harris Book Signing See story page 4. Story Time with Mrs. Amy – Ages 2-10. 11 am. LifeWay Christian Store, Coleman Center – 434.797.3690. Arts on the Square. 2–8 pm. Market Square, Downtown Reidsville. 336.347.2307. 336.388.2644.
Preschooler Programs – Saturdays for ages 2-5. Tumblin Tots, 9:30–10:1 5am; Just 4 Kicks, 10:30-11:15 am; Cheerleading, 11:30 am-12:15 pm. Coates Rec. Center. 434.797.8848.
Bring A Friend To Belly Dance Class – Prizes. 6 pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848. Retirement Reality Check – 6:30 pm. Coates Rec Center. 434.797.8848.
September 21 (thru October 19)
September 2 (thru October 17) September 3 & 4
September 3 (thru 17)
September 3 (thru 24)
Web Designing – Online Entrepreneuring from Anywhere, 9:30-11:30 am. For Fun and Profit for Teens, 11:30 am-1:30 pm or 4-6 pm. Ballou Annex – 434.797.8848.
September 3 (thru 29)
Beginning Spanish Class. T/Th 10-11 am. Danville Public Library – 434.799.5195
Fridays at the Crossing – Fantastic Shakers. 6 pm. Crossing at the Dan. 434.793.4636. Smith River Film Festival – 7 pm. Rives Theater, Martinsville. 276.634.2545.
September 4 (thru 27)
Swim Time for Nonmembers. Friday/ Saturday/Sunday. Times vary. YWCA – 434.792.1522. September 4 (thru October 9) Ballroom Dancing Classes – Waltz, swing, rumba, cha-cha Mondays & Fridays. YWCA. 434.822.5928.
DRBA’s First Saturday - Dan River Paddle, Draper Landing. 10 am. 276.694.4449. Shaggers Line Dance Workshop. 10:30 am– 1 pm. Ballou Center. 434.799.5216. Bob Ross Painting Class – Hanging Flowers. 10:30 am–3:30 pm. Ballou Annex. 434.797.8848. Prizery Film Forum – How to Steal a Million. 2 pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339. Main Street Cruise-In 6-9 pm. Downtown Danville. 434.791.6813. Jamey Johnson & James Otto Concert. 6 pm. Carrington Pavilion. 434.793.4636. Auto Racing – SoBo Speedway – 434.572.2695. Moonlight Canoe Trip. 8-9 pm. Staunton River State Park. 434.572.3694.
Smith River Fest – 276.634.2545.
Dissecting Disease – Study when and where diseases occur - including swine flu. 6:30 pm. DSC - 434.791.5160. Photography Club. 6:30-7:45 pm. Ballou Annex. 434.797.8848.
September 8 & 22
Polliwogs. 9/8 - Learn about the skin and what keeps bodies healthy. 9/22 – Explore the importance of exercise. Ages 3–4, 1–2 pm. DSC - 434.791.5160.
September 8 (thru 29)
Archery Program. Ages 9-16. Tues, 3-5:30 pm. Coates Rec Center – 434.799.5215.
September 8 (thru October 8)
Lifeguard Certification Class – M/W, 4:307:30 pm. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Parent/Tot Swim Lessons – Ages 3 & Under. T/Th, 6:15-7 pm. YMCA – 434.792.0621.
September 11 (Thru November 8)
September 19 (thru October 10)
September 19 (thru October 24)
September 14 (thru 28)
Middle Eastern Belly Dance Classes –Mondays. Intermediate-5:30 pm, Beginning-6:45 pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848.
Boogie Monday – East Coast Swing II. Mondays 7-8:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.
September 14 (thru October 5)
Cake Decorating Made Easy ñ 6-8 pm. Glenwood Community Center. 434.797.8848. Hand Sewn Quilts Class – 6-8 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.
September 14 (thru November 31) Stained Glass Class – 9 am–12 pm. Ballou Annex. 434.797.8848.
Alzheimer’s Presentation – Maintain Your Brain. 12–1 pm. Craghead Street. 434.792.3700 x30.
September 16 & 17
Massage Clinics – Treat yourself to a 20-minute chair massage. 9/16 4-5:30 pm; 9/18 4-6 pm. Ballou Center. 434.799.5216. Fall Lawn Care Classes –9/16, 6-7:30 pm, Ballou Nature Center, 434.799.5215; 9/17, 6:30-8 pm, Coates Rec. Center. 434.799.6564.
September 16 (thru October 21)
Art with Flo – Create Oil Masterpieces. 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Glenwood Center or 6-9 pm, Ballou Annex. Weds. 434.797.8848.
Understanding Your Credit Report –6 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Enchanted Evenings in The Park – Small Town Orchestra. 5:30-8 pm. Ballou Park. 434.799.5216. Sky Watchers – Explore the Summer Triangle with its three constellations and check out the summer Milky Way. Nightfall. DSC– 434.791.5160.
September 17 (thru 19)
Jack and the Beanstalk – See ads pg 5 & 10.
Just Everyday Women, Walking by Faith. 11 am–1 pm. Mary’s Diner. 434.836.2660 or 434.793.8140.
September 18 & 19
Danville Pittsylvania County Fair –Times vary. DPC Fairgrounds – 434.822.6850.
Intro to the Chakras – Learn about the centers of energy in your body. Wed. 5:457 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.
Market Street Brass Quintet. See page 5.
September 9 (thru October 28)
Massage Magic Class – Tues. 7:15-8:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.
Smart Choices in Retirement – 6:30 pm. Coates Rec Center. 434.797.8848. Mariachi Band. 6:30-9:30 pm. See ad pg. 5.
September 9 (thru 30)
Shrimp Fest. 4-8:30 pm. DPC Chamber – 434.836.6990.
September 19 & 20
September 11 (thru November 14)
RiverFest –Historic Olde Leaksville Shopping District, Eden. 336.623.7789. September 18 (thru 20) Dixie Swim Club Play – Southern comedy. 7:30 pm. Kirby Theatre, Roxboro – 336.597.1709.
Tasty Saturdays. 8 am–12 pm. Farmers’ Market Martinsville – 276.632.5688. Imagine the Celebration See ad page 10. Shrine Hospital Screening Clinic See pg 13. Saturday Night Series. Birch Creek Motorsports – 434.836.7629.
September 18 (thru 26)
September 18 (thru November 6)
Tíai Chi Fundamentals – Fridays 2-3:30 pm. Ballou Center. 434.799.5216.
An Evening of Classical & Jazz Music. See page 5.
September 22 (thru 24)
Hunter Safety Education Course –6:3010 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215.
September 22 (thru October 27)
Beginner & Intermediate Shag – Tuesdays. Beginning 7-8 pm. Intermediate 8-9 pm. Ballou Center. 434.799.5216.
Alzheimer’s Presentation – Caregiver Tips. 12–1 pm. Craghead Street. 434.792.3700 x30.
September 23 (thru October 14)
Lunch Time Hoop Classes. Weds 12–1 pm. YWCA. 434.792.1522.
How to Prepare to Buy A Home – 6 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.
September 24 (thru October 29)
Hoop Dancing –Thursdays, 5:45-6:45 pm. Ballou Center. 434.799.5216.
Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open Golf Tournament. 8 am & 1 pm. Goodyear Golf Course. DPC Chamber – 434.836.6990. Savory September ¡Carnaval! – Taste the delicious foods from the countries that celebrate Carnaval! 10 am-3:30 pm. Piedmont Arts – 276.632.3221. VA Natural History Society Symposium. 3-8 pm. VMNH– 276.634.4185. TGIF Concert – Fatz. 7 pm. Martinsville Uptown – 276.632.5688.
September 25 (thru 27)
Averett U Homecoming Hometown Party. Various campus activities and location – 434.791.5676.
September 25 (thru October 30)
Chair Yoga. Fridays, 9:30-10:30 am. Ballou Center. 434.799.5216.
Dixie Classic Band Competition See ad pg. 3. Harvest Festival – Downtown, South Boston. www.soboharvestfest.com. Bright Leaf Hoedown – 9 am-9:30 pm. Downtown Yanceyville, NC. 336.694.6106. Sorghum Festival. 9 am-5 pm. Climax School. 434.432.9679. Smithsonian Museum Day. VMNH – 276.634.4185. Southside Scramble Mountain Bike Race. 10 am-2 pm. Anglers Park. 434.799.5215. Chatham Cruise-In. 6–9 pm. Main Street 434.548.3233.
Evince Magazine Pianist Michael Adcock Concert See story page 14 and ad on page 10.
September 26 & 27
Ride in the Heartland – Challenging to gentle terrain. 8 am. 434.248.6407. Old 97 Rail Days -See story page 4.
Upcoming Events Strangers in the Night October 2
Manhattan Concert SeeEven story Don’tPiano talk Trio to strangers. page
though my sister, Diane, and I have
October 2 (thru 4) both hit the half-century mark,
warning October 3 from our mother: “Don’t talk
Big Daddy Weave Concert See ad page 13.
Bosch Engineering Grand-Am KONI we never Challenge. VIR.leave town without this
Focus on Fixed Income –. 6:30 pm. Coates Rec Center. 434.797.8848.
strangers.” MaintoStreet Cruise-InToo bad it’s wasted Author Angela Harris book signing. See breath. story page …
Author Martin Clark Lecture See story page 3.
September 29 (thru October 4) Halifax County Fair – 9 am-5 pm. www.halifaxcountyfair.com.
Alzheimer’s Presentation – Stress Management for Caregivers. 12–1 pm. Craghead Street. 434.792.3700 x30.
Shriners Helping Children The Danville Shrine Club is selling programs at the football game between GWHS and E. C. Glass on Friday, September 11, at 7:30pm. Shriner hospitals provide free medical care to children with orthopedic and spinal cord problems, cleft and lip palates and severe burns. On Saturday, September 19, from 10am-1pm they are hosting a free screening at their center,134 Tunstall Road, to identify children under the age of 18 with orthopedic or burn problems who may be eligible for treatment. For more information call 434-822-8596 or visit www.shrinershq.org.
I don’t even talk to people I know.
October 4 chats with everyone she My sister
Daniel Rodriguez Concert - See story page.
meets. We often fly at night to get the cheapest rate to Orlando, where her sons live. While we go together, we sit apart because we both want aisle seats. That’s a problem for me because I’m stuck with two empty chairs and the hope they’ll stay that way. Unless Southwest™ announces that the flight is packed, I throw my jacket into one chair and my purse into the other. Then I open a book and pretend to read with such intensity that people hate to disturb me. Just to be sure, I also surround myself with stay-away vibes by silently chanting, don’t sit here... don’t sit here...don’t sit here. My sister, on the other hand, invites passengers to join her for 90 minutes of enthralling conversation. It always works. She ends up sharing photos and exchanging emails with these new friends. Meanwhile, I keep my head down, never making eye contact with a soul. To be as close as we are, Diane and I are incredibly different. We don’t look alike, or act alike, or dress
Second T houghts by Kim Clifton ©2009
alike. As a kid, I was convinced I was either adopted or the product of a hospital mix-up. To this day, I would kill for a picture of our old mailman. I’ve always said that my memoirs should be entitled, Oh... and This Is Our Other Daughter, Kim. Not because my parents thought less of me, but because I always stood behind them. Outof-sight and out-of-mind was just fine by me, but not for Diane. When we enter a room, she hopes to find someone she knows. I hope to find that no one noticed. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t like people because I do. And it's not that I don’t have anything to say because month after month this column proves I’ll speak my mind. It’s just that I’m not a talker. I’m a writer. I never use the phone if I can send an email or text message instead. I’m actually quite shy, so it flusters me to run into an old friend at the mall and have her leave with, “Let’s talk. Call me sometime.” That’s never going to happen. You’d have a better chance of
finding me pole-dancing at a strip joint. I guess in some ways, my sister and I do have one thing in common: reading, especially biographies. I like to read books about people and she likes to read people like a book. “Don’t talk to strangers,” our mother says. That’s such a hoot since Diane has yet to meet one… except for me, I mean. Because the truth is…her baby sister is stranger than fiction.
All aboard for
Old 97 Rail Days
Sept. 26–27, 2009 Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Model railroads travel through tiny towns. Saturday only, tour the Norfolk & Western caboose, tap your toes to live music and enjoy reduced admission to other Danville-area museums.
Butterfly Station and Garden
• The Pencil Box •
Suggestions for Sharpening the Mind by Suzanne Miller Epiphany Episcopal School
Autumn is such an exciting season. It’s a marvel to observe the changes that occur… shorter days, cooler nights and new colorful leaves to name a few. Many students use leaves to perform a science experiment. First, a green leaf is torn into small pieces, placed in a glass jar, covered with alcohol, and left overnight. Then, a strip of coffee filter is suspended in the jar so that the filter just touches the liquid. The next day the coffee filter reveals the various colors the leaf will turn within the next few weeks. This experiment shows children that the gorgeous fall colors of yellow, orange, and red are simply hiding inside the green leaf. Each child in our community is like a green leaf…we can’t see the potential hiding inside, but we know that future presidents, scientists, teachers, and business leaders are hiding in today’s children. Our responsibility is to care for these children so they can reach their full potential, just like a tree nourishes its leaves. First, the physical needs of our children must be nurtured through proper rest, food, and health care. Our children also have social and emotional needs, including the need to feel secure, loved, and valued by peers and adults. Finally, our children have educational needs. Adults must encourage them, read with them, and talk with them about the value of education and give them support and encouragement each day. Children are like the leaves on the deciduous trees. For most of the year they are green and judged by their outward appearance — their shape and size. But their real beauty and potential is hiding inside waiting to be released. As we begin to enjoy the splendor and wonder of autumn leaves, let them serve as a reminder of our responsibilities to children.
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deposits in your spouse’s emotional/spiritual bank, which build up your marriage account. This week make it a high priority to listen to your spouse with your eyes. At first, your spouse may wonder what’s wrong and what you want. That’s okay. Keep looking into his/her eyes and listening intently. If you must say something, try responding, “I’m listening.” For more information visit www. StayMarriedForever.org.
Listen with Your Eyes
by Dr. Joey Faucette, Marriage Coach Celebrating 27 years of marriage (to one woman!) on September 4 I sat in my recliner, doing what a lot of men do in the evenings—reading the newspaper. (SportsCenter wasn’t on.) John Gray says it’s a man’s time to crawl into his cave. I just wanted to experience a few minutes where I didn’t have to make decisions or react to demands. My two-year-old daughter toddled up and said, “Daddy, I want to tell you something.” “Go ahead sweetheart,” I said through the paper. “But Daddy, I want to tell you something!” she said with a bit more urgency in her voice. “I said go ahead and tell me, sweetheart,” I repeated through the paper. What she did and said next not only jarred me out of my cave, it brought me out of darkness into a spiritual light so penetratingly pure and meaningful that I’ve never gotten over it. And I pray to God I never do. As I sat reading the paper, she drew back her little hand and smashed the newspaper. I jerked forward out of the recliner and leaned down to look at her, bewildered by her behavior. Before I could ask why she did that, she looked deeply into my eyes and said, “Daddy, I want you to listen to me with your eyes.” In that momentary experience, God transformed me from just making a living to making a life by listening to my life. That transforming moment when a recliner and a daddy collided at a newspaper intersection with a daughter made all the difference to me. And it can for you, too, because the same principle applies to your marriage. If you want to stay married forever, you listen to your spouse with your eyes. How? First, ask yourself: When was the last time you listened to your spouse and did nothing else? Giving your spouse your full attention makes huge
Renowned Pianist Michael Adcock to Play at North Theatre by Linda Lawrence Dalton
Pianist Michael Adcock is a well-known name in music circles of the Danville area and beyond. He has cultivated a versatile career as a soloist, a chamber musician, and a pre-concert lecturer. The Danville Association for the Arts & Humanities will present Adcock at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, at the beautiful historic North Theatre – tickling the ivories on the famous Alice R. Grogan Steinway Grand Piano. A native Danvillian, Adcock received his bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin College-Conservatory and earned a doctoral degree from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. A former artistin-residence at the Aspen Institute, Adcock is a faculty member of the Washington Conservatory in Bethesda, Maryland. He is also an associate faculty member at the Sarasota Music Festival and Artistic Director of the Chalice Concert Series in Columbia, Maryland. Adult tickets are $10.00; student/senior tickets are $7.00. Tickets can be purchased at DAAH, 635 Main Street, or by mail at P.O. Box 3581, Danville, VA 24543. For more information, call 434-792-6965. The North Theatre is located at 629 North Main Street.