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FEATURES 10 We All Need a Day Off — Even Our Children

16 Day Trips from Fosyth County 22 The Secrets a Wife Should Know 30 The Wachovia Garden at Old Salem

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40 From Camp Counseling to Saying “I Do”

48 Father’s Day DIY: Kid Approved Projects to Celebrate Dad

50 Live Like Norah: Family Starts

Non-Profit to Honor Daughter

62 Pollination Perfection! 80 Yoga After 60? Tips for

Out & About in Winston-Salem with Second Harvest Food Bank Empty Bowls

Getting Started

90 Fantastic Figs

My Grace-Full Life A Hope-Full Life

Journeying with Jesus The Good War?

Reflections of a Southern Yankee

COVER STORY

Thank You for Your Service

Triad Moms on Main Day Trip Idea: Dan Nicholas Park

It’s a Grand Life Yes, It Really Is!

A Father’s Perspective Sibling Influence is often Underrated

32 LITTLE RICHARDS SMOKEHOUSE & BBQ Stands Strong Amidst the Covid-19 Pandmeic Aftershock

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Hello

Summer! It’s June, and school is out… so let summer begin! Children, parents and teachers alike are all breathing a sigh of relief. Yes, another school year is over and everyone can enjoy a little break from the school routine. Homemade ice cream, catching lightning bugs and vacations await! Summer is a much-needed and well-deserved break for everyone! Happy Father’s Day to all the unsung heroes out there! You all take a lot of flak and sometimes take a backseat when it comes to accolades for parenting. But, what would we do without you? Seriously…we love you guys, and you definitely make our lives richer. My dad taught me many life lessons, and I have fond memories of watching him work on our family car or making some repair around the house. And George, what a blessing you are to my mom and our family. I am grateful for you. My husband is an amazing father to our girls and is quite the grill master! I cannot believe how blessed I am to have him in my life! He calms me in the storm and constantly makes me laugh. Thanks, Tim, for all you bring to our lives! Our June cover features Little Richard’s BBQ, and what says summer better than barbeque? With five locations, you’re sure to be able to find a convenient location to dine with them or pick up an order to go for a picnic in the park! And, just in case barbeque is not your thing, they offer so much more, so be sure to check their full menu out! Our Summer Camp Showcase ended with the May issue. But, for those still lining up summer, we have a couple new camp ads this month, and you can always look at previous issues online to plan the perfect summer for your child. Here’s to the start of an amazing summer for everyone! Blessings!

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MEET THE ADVISORS Behind Making Dollars Making Sense BY DENISE HEIDEL

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STEVEN GALLO: PARTNER AT MARZANO CAPITAL GROUP Life often takes interesting twists and turns. Consider Steven Gallo, a partner at Marzano Capital Group. After growing up in Lewisville and graduating from West Forsyth High School, Steven went to NC State University and earned a degree in psychology. Yet, somehow, the road of life landed him in a great career working as a financial advisor with Marzano Capital Group. “While my degree and career seem somewhat incongruous on paper,” Steven concurred, “My degree is really beneficial in my work. For 15 years, I’ve been able to help individuals, couples, and families – all with unique needs and goals, and help them articulate and formulate investment plans that yield long-term benefits. I’m still using psychology to help dive deep into personal thoughts about money – often ideas that are generational in nature. I’m also able to help couples get on the same page with financial decisions, and that is a big win. “Plus, I love what I do. One of my favorite things to do is help folks who need a roadmap. They may be doing all the right things – working hard, saving money, and putting funds into an IRA. But they have no idea what they have or what the long-term plan is.” Steven explained, “Often, preparing the roadmap includes changing a mindset and considering better ways to do things. For example, if you’re going to make it to 60 and have enough money – you have to have the right mindset in your 20s and 30s to get to the place of financial freedom.

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So while my title is financial advisor, I’m often in the role of coach – teaching best practices to my clients so that, ultimately, they can go from years of savings and then transition to the freedom of spending. “It’s fascinating,” Steven continued. “To give an example – there are forty-three quintillion ways to solve a Rubik’s Cube. That makes the puzzle seem impossible to master. But a Rubik’s Cube can be solved in 20 moves. The process doesn’t have to be overwhelming. At the end of the day, the same process applies to money. I may have five different families come to my office, and they are exactly the same on paper. They are the same age, have the same assets, and make the same amount of money. However, they will have five different financial outcomes based on their values, goals, circumstances, and other factors. Because no matter what the twists and turns are along the way, getting to retirement may be the goal, but it’s what you do with your wealth that ultimately matters.” One might say that Steven’s work in finance was destined. After all, it’s in his blood. “My dad worked in finances, too, so growing up, I was familiar with the industry. I was also great friends with the founding partner, Jon

Marzano. We graduated from high school together and were always great friends. So after I entered the field, I joined Marzano Capital Group in 2010. It is a partnership that one could say was a lifetime in the making.” Steven has a 13-year-old son. He enjoys spending time with his son and girlfriend. An avid fisherman, Steven enjoys being outdoors any chance he gets! Steven’s roots run deep in this community, and he is committed to building both wealth and trust with his clients, helping them save now so they can enjoy their longterm efforts when they are ready for their retirement years.


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We All Need a Day Off— Even Our Children BY GENEVIEVE CONDON

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live in a society where we are told we have to hustle and work ourselves into the ground in order to be successful. Days off are for the weak. And work-life balance? It’s more about survival. Balance doesn’t exist. We live for the weekend, rushing through our workdays, burning ourselves out to prove that we can work harder than the next person. I am guilty of this mentality. I spent the greater part of my 20s working long hours, multiple jobs, and virtually getting nowhere. I wouldn’t sleep. I’d forget to eat, rushing from one job to another. Late nights focusing on projects that could have waited until the next morning in order to get it done ahead of time to prove I was worthy.

I now teach my daughter that mental health days are important. Even as a child. That family is invaluable, and time—you won’t ever get it back.

up happier, livelier, and continues to rock at this thing called life. She gets good grades. Makes good choices and is happy.

I work hard. Don’t get me wrong. I get my tasks done, go above and beyond, but learned over the years that risking my own health, both mentally and physically, missing my children’s school functions, forgoing date nights—none of that was worth fitting into this hustle culture.

That’s all I ever wanted when working long hours. Hustling. Was to make sure my daughter was happy. But things don’t truly matter. It’s time. Time together. Playing that game. Walking Target. That’s what matters.

I let my daughter take a day off. We go shopping, get our nails done, sometimes just cuddle up on the couch eating junk food and watching movies. We recharge. Spend time together, and, more importantly, Stop. Breathe.

I stopped doing it.

Reset.

My daughter would look up at me with her big blue eyes asking if I had time to play a game with her as she watched me click away on the computer, focused on something other than her.

Do I get looks when I am walking Target with my daughter on a random Tuesday? Yup! People often ask if she’s home sick and I quickly reply with a “Nope! Mental Health Day!”

It broke my heart, and I knew I had to change.

All I know is that after a day of rejuvenation, my daughter wakes

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Just as we struggle with finding balance as adults, children face the same. We often think they have it so easy, but navigating expectations, school, friends—it’s a lot for a child. They deserve a day off just as much as we do. For me, thankfully I work for a company that offers unlimited PTO, two mental health days quarterly, no meeting Wednesdays and a plethora of other initiatives to ensure we don’t overwork ourselves. I hope that by the time my daughter finds her career, that focusing on mental health for employees is embedded in all workplace cultures, and not an anomaly. But for now, I’ll continue to give her days off and enjoy the time we get to spend together.


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canvas with horizontal brushstrokes. Experiment with blending colors or with layering them. When dry, you can use a round or fan-shaped brush to create clouds or waves with a lighter color like white, silver, or gold. When satisfied, let dry, and glue on seashells. And, while you’ve got your paints out, why not let each seashell be a canvas ready for embellishment?

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-bound this summer and looking for ways to get artsy and crafty with seashells? If you can’t get to the beach this summer, head to the craft store instead. Gather your materials, invite some friends over, put on some beachy, ocean-inspired music, and get creative with those seashells! Creative crafts ideas include jewelry, ornaments, key chains, mosaics, a treasure box, stationary and greeting cards, sculpture and home décor, candles, and more. Upside benefits from a day of seashell art therapy? You’ll end up with plenty of beautiful mementos that make ideal gifts. Consider donating some as gifts to support those with cancer, veterans, or kids with diverse abilities to brighten their day and sweeten their summer. And, you’ll keep the kids busy (at least as long as their short attention spans allow). ADD AMBIANCE Fill glass Mason jars about one-quarter full of sand, then arrange shells on top and add a candle. Tie a hemp, jute, or raffia bow around the top and dangle little charms and/or shells. KISS (keep it simple, sweetie), or decorate more ornately by painting some waves at the bottom, sun or clouds at the top, and gluing on confetti, rhinestones, and/or glitter. Clamshells can add ambiance, too. They can hold small tealights, can turn into soap dishes, and can display your jewelry. PASSION FOR PAINTING Pick your color palette, like blue hues, sunrise and sunset colors, or shimmery metallic silvers and golds. Use a large flat, rectangular brush, and turn your canvas widthwise for a horizontal sea or skyscape. Dilute slightly with water and brush paint onto the

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DECORATION AND ORNAMENTATION •P retty-up a picture frame by gluing on seashells. Add mini-pearls as a perfect pairing. • Glue seashells around a wreath or circular structure. Make a loop with hemp, jute, or raffia to hang your seashell wreath. • Loop and knot hemp, jute, or raffia around seashells and drape from a long piece of twine for a garland that’s both wearable and decorative. More into mobiles? Counterbalance a piece of driftwood and dangle seashells for a wind-chime effect. • Drill small holes with a Dremel and hang strands of seashells with twine, ribbon, or yarn. Pretty them up with tinier seashells glued onto larger seashells and add pearls and rhinestones. • Coat Christmas ball ornaments with a thin layer of glue and roll in sand. Then, glue seashells on the sandy layer. ACCESSORIZE WITH WEARABLES • Use a glue gun to adhere seashells onto a belt or get crafty with your Converse and glue on some tiny seashells. • For mermaid vibes with seashell wearables, glue seashells onto hair clips, bobby pins, and barrettes. These pair perfectly with your beach waves (braid wet hair and let it air dry naturally). SURF’S UP DUDETTE. . . DIY SEA SALT TEXTURIZING HAIR SPRAY Soak up all that sun with some sea salt texturizing air spray. No need to buy it when you can DIY your own sea salt hair spray for better beach waves that will be free of all chemicals. It’s easy! Just dissolve 1 tablespoon of sea salt in one cup of warm water, add to a spray bottle, shake and spray. Personalize this basic recipe and add ingredients tailored to your own hair. Try chamomile tea instead of warm water and add 1 teaspoon lemon juice to bring out blond highlights. If your hair is dry, add a teaspoon of a plant-based oil, like argan or almond oil for moisturizing, and to add shine. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, like lavender, rosemary, or citrus for an aromatherapy experience. Shake well and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 months. Feel those fresh sea breezes, pull out your stash of seashells, and get creative!


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Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness

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Wednesday, April 27th, Senior Services broke ground on its new Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness, with more than 200 community leaders, elected officials, volunteers, collaborators, donors and friends in attendance. The groundbreaking event launched what will be an estimated 14-month construction timeline to build a 61,000-square-foot Intergenerational Center for Arts & Wellness for adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss. At the Center, Senior Services will provide activities, programming and collaborative endeavors with a proven ability to stimulate and benefit senior adults, such as intergenerational programming with organizations who serve other age groups and art and creativity-based initiatives. The new center will be built on property owned by Senior Services, adjacent to its headquarters on Shorefair Drive. Through this project, Senior Services seeks to address local community needs and increase its positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood, the City of Winston Salem and Forsyth County, focused on their core mission of serving older adults through an innovative arts-based intergenerational approach. Overall goals of the new Intergenerational Center are as follows: • Provide a new, expanded home to serve the anticipated future demand at their award-winning Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center. • Serve the social-emotional and educational needs of seniors by offering intergenerational programming and classes for older adults, through collaborations with other well-established community organizations. • Offer a creativity-based approach to programming for older adults, with resident artists to work with the participants at the site. Programmatic space will be designed to maximize

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the impact on the lives of older adults, building on people’s inherent creativity and maximizing opportunity for connection, engagement and community collaboration. • Provide wellness services through focus on exercise and physical activity, recreational activity, healthcare and nutrition services, as well as physical, occupational and emotional therapy. In addition to serving as the new home for the Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center, there are a number of collaborating organizations that will also occupy dedicated space in the new Center, including Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention, Family Services (child development center), HandsOn NWNC, Hispanic League, Novant Health, Sawtooth School for Visual Art, Second Harvest’s Providence and Winston-Salem State University Health Sciences. Organizations using shared spaces include Senior Services Senior Lunch nutrition program, Arts Council of Winston-Salem, Cancer Services, 40+ Stage Company, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem, IMPROVment and the Winston-Salem Symphony. For more information on this transformative project, visit ccc.seniorservicesinc.org.


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Day Trips from Forsyth County BY ANGELIA CORNATZER

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summer approaching and schedules filling up, finding fun day trips to do with the family is such a special way to make memories and soak up some sun, while not breaking your bank or your PTO. Forsyth County is in such a great location because on all sides, there are fun day trips to be had! This is going to be your destination station to find out all the places you can plan on visiting together this summer!

1 hour – Charlotte, NC Whether you are looking to spend time outdoors or in the city, CLT is a hotspot just an hour away. Lake Norman is a great option in the area to spend time in the outdoors. Optimist Hall is a place you don’t want to miss. With tons of food stations and shops, you will walk away full and happy. 1.5 hours – Raleigh, NC My personal favorite part of this city is the Morgan Street Food Hall. There are so many options of yummy local and cultural foods to try. Marbles Kids Museum and The Raleigh Market are fun places to spend family time. Walk around Juniper Level Botanic Garden where you can find over 27,000 plants! If you are a golfer, visit Raleigh’s Drive Shack!

29 minutes – Greensboro, NC There are so many things to do just down the road in Greensboro! There is the Greensboro History Museum, Science Center, Children’s Museum, Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden, The Elsewhere Collaborative, water park, art museum, Gateway Gardens, and much more! 30 minutes – Summerfield, NC This is the home of Summerfield Farms, where there are so many things to experience. They also have a children’s fishing derby, music in the park event, and many other events in the community.

1.5 hours – Boone, NC Of course, we all love the skiing sites that Boone has to offer. Tweetsie Railroad Amusement Park is a great place to explore. Zip through the trees at High Gravity Adventures Park or take the kids to the Children’s Playhouse. You can also learn about, and come to love, the sights of Daniel Boone Native Gardens.

39 minutes away – Asheboro, NC Asheboro is the home to the North Carolina Zoo. This is a great place to invest in a season pass and visit all sections throughout the summer. While in Asheboro, you can also check out their motorcycle museum and Randleman Lake! If you feel like taking a swing through the trees, you can go ziplining at Richland Creek Zipline Canopy Tour. 40 minutes – Danbury, NC If you are wanting to find the perfect place to see and hike, you will find it at Hanging Rock. This park is full of fun trails and breathtaking sites. Another place to explore here is Tory’s Falls or the Dan River Company. 56 minutes – Mooresville, NC Here in Mooresville, you can find a very unusual animal experience for the whole family at The Lazy 5 Ranch, where you are able to drive right through the safari park, feed the animals, and even pet some as they come to your window.

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2.5 hours – Greenville, SC A little farther away is Greenville! This city has an unforgettable downtown area with lots of food and coffee shops, as well as the beautiful landscaping of a park perfect for a picnic. If you’d like to get away from the city, check out Pretty Place. It is a destination that will leave you speechless as you watch the sunrise on the mountain. Don’t let a day go to waste this summer, plan some day trips on your calendar!


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Daddy-Daughter Date Nights BY ANGELIA CORNATZER

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up, I was able to experience a truly special relationship with my dad. I have such amazing memories from what we called our “daddy-daughter dates.” These dates would sometimes consist of special outings and experiences, or just having dinner together. I always treasured these moments and now I treasure those memories. I remember my father, John, would even dress up and ring the doorbell to pick me up with flowers for these dates when I was young. The activities we did were so much fun, but it was my dad’s intentionality that made the deep and special impression on my heart and still brings tears of joy to my eyes. One of my favorite memories of a daddy-daughter date night was when we went to dance, got ice cream, and had a snowball fight afterwards. Another memory I love was when we went to the mall and petted stingrays; I was splashed by the water, and we shopped for a new outfit! Whatever we would do on the daddy-daughter date nights, I felt special and thankful for each moment in that time together. Fathers have such a purpose and a special calling when it comes to their daughters’ lives and hearts. No matter how old or young a daughter is, her father’s love and kindness mean the world to her. Making a daughter feel loved doesn’t have to be an extravagant or materialistic effort, but just a daily choice to make her feel seen, known, and loved. It is the little things in everyday life that add up to a full heart. Young girls experience so much pressure and judgment these days. Having a father who can speak encouragement, truth, and love into a daughter’s life is priceless. There are so many things that girls feel like they need to be in order to be “good enough,” or liked. When a father intentionally loves his daughter as she is, it greatly increases her self-confidence and ability to love herself, no matter what she hears from others throughout life. There are many different things to do for dad-daughter date nights. For younger daughters, consider going to the zoo, a park, doing sidewalk chalk, walking around Tanglewood, or baking cupcakes at home! For older daughters, maybe go to a concert, a movie, take a painting class, or get ice cream. Try out rotating who picks the activity; maybe dad will pick this week and daughter will pick the next. Philip Morgan, father of 14-year-old Leah Morgan, prioritizes uninterrupted time with his daughter each week. When describing their time together, he said, “We talk candidly about her life and her passions. We talk about school and relationships. Sometimes conversations are deep and meaningful. I always want her to be encouraged, to grow in her confidence in herself and who she is in Christ. I want her to learn about healthy relationships and hopefully to share some wisdom about how to navigate growing up in this broken world.” As Father’s Day approaches, take advantage of this holiday! If you are a mother or wife, try to plan a day when your child and their father can create special memories together. If you are a father, it is never too late or early to begin this daddydaughter date tradition! Maybe the two of you will go on a walk and color, go to a movie and dinner, or just put on some music in the living room and dance! Don’t worry about what the activity is, just focus on the intention and attention. Daughters crave time and love from their fathers, and setting aside a daddy-daughter date night every once in a while is a special way to fill up a daughter’s heart.

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In their work with schools and educators, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC team strives to remove barriers to student success and strengthen their resilience. Resilience helps children deal flexibly with whatever experiences come along, and good nutrition plays a vital role – supporting learning and play; cognitive development; and a healthy immune system.

Cynthia W. is part of a school-based team that works to address students’ basic needs – food, clothing, hygiene, housing, mental health, and more. She’s a big fan of Second Harvest’s Nutrition Services team, which partners with local elementary schools and programs to provide a six-week long nutrition education experience and a variety of nutrition-related workshops. “The lessons are fun and get our kids thinking about food and nutrition,” Cynthia says. “Students go home with ingredients to prepare a meal with family members following recipes they’ve learned. Most of our students are eligible for school-provided meals, so the food is helpful, and parents say cooking together is a wonderful bonding experience.” LuzAngela S. with Communities in Schools describes the year-round School Pantry Program with Second Harvest as “integral to efforts to surround students with a community of support to achieve success in school and life.” “Life will always bring challenges and the last two years have been exceptional,” Luz says. Sadly, the work of her team now also involves a grief support group for students who have lost one or both parents, or other family members to COVID-19.

Come Check Out the Progress on Our New Home We invite you to drive by our new HQ home at 3330 Shorefair Drive. We’ve said all along that the Hunger For Change Campaign is about more than a building...it’s about the greater impact that we, our friends and partners will be able to make in our shared mission to address hunger and its causes. That said...we couldn’t be more excited about the progress on our new home in Whitaker Park. Stay tuned to updates at HungerForChangeNC.org

Second Harvest’s student-focused programs are happening in communities across our region. This summer, when school-provided meals end, together we can help ensure that all children can access the good nutrition they need to do and be their best.

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Secrets

come to a marriage leaving a wife to wonder, “Why didn’t you tell me?” The truth is, he doesn’t want to burden you with his affliction. It may have occurred in his childhood or due to a traumatic incident. After all the years of suppressing feelings, triggers arrive in the form of anger and a confrontation. It can happen in a snap of a finger. As emotional distress reveals itself, it’s not the time to ask questions. The act of remembering or confessing the incident leads to a well of pain; saying the words out loud would admit it happened. He doesn’t want to remember, and quite possibly, can’t recall it. What is PTSD? Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that affects individuals who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. As a result, fear triggers a fight-or-flight response, intended to protect a person from harm, even when they are not in danger. As in most traumatic experiences, reliving the moment makes it difficult to remain grounded. Typically, PTSD is associated with men and women in the military; however, the condition can impact a young child, such as a baby. Research shows there are over 600,000 possible combinations of PTSD symptoms. The symptoms may include: • Intrusive Memories: Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the event. • Avoidance: Avoiding places, activities, or people connecting to the moment of trauma.

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•N egative Changes in Thinking and Mood: Negative thoughts about one’s self, feeling hopeless about the future, and difficulty maintaining close relationships with family and friends.

and well-being, improved sleep quality and flexibility, and that they can reclaim complete control over the mind and body.

•C hanges in Physical and Emotional Reactions: Always being on guard for danger, difficulty sleeping, concentrating, showing signs of irritability, angry outbursts, being easily startled, or exhibiting selfdestructive behavior.

CBT, a talk therapy, involves meeting with a mental health psychotherapist to learn ways to control negative thinking. The goal is to become aware of thoughts, emotions, and beliefs and find an effective response. In addition, CBT helps individuals learn coping techniques, reshape ideas, and manage emotions and communication strategies.

Evidence of the symptoms is revealed as depression, frequent nightmares, increased anxiety, heart rate, and blood pressure. What to Do Wives first need to understand the problem. It may take time for a spouse to reveal the story. It’s the reason he may not like crowds, loud events, or socializing in confined places. When explanation are given, such as: “…because something might happen,” it’s time to find an outlet to unlock the closed doors of the mind. Therapy comes in a variety of forms. The act of surrendering will be a breakthrough and a decision to take back control. Breathing Activities Stress releasing exercises are one cure that uses the center of gravity in the body to send signals along the spine, releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension, and trauma. The TRE method, Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises, acts as an internal massage, allowing the brain to produce feelings of relaxation. Participants of the TRE method claim the exercises offer healing, a return to peace

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According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a house break-in occurs every 13 seconds. While it’s a bold move, 34% of intruders enter through the front door, usually between 10 AM and 3 PM, taking a mere ten minutes to avoid detection. Most burglaries occur during the summer months, when foliage offers coverage and occupants are often not home. If there’s one location where you should always feel safe—it’s your home! After all, it is a place of refuge, privacy, and, hopefully, security. Now that children are home for the summer, it’s time to start making wise decisions to keep your castle safe! What you can do: •R einforce Doors: Special hardware that offers door and jamb reinforcement plates takes less than an hour to install and is likely to be an easy DIY project. In addition, one of the best barriers is a storm door; intruders will avoid accessing two doors! •S ecure Windows: Old homes, especially, may have susceptible security risks, such as faulty mechanisms that cannot be closed or appropriately locked from the inside; therefore, consider investing in a window lock. While there are many types, the locks prevent a window from opening beyond a set height, only allowing air to circulate. On the other hand, safety windows are constructed from tempered glass to avoid breaking.

Deterring a HOME Invasion BY LISA S.T. DOSS

•T rimming Concealing Foliage: While shrubs may cast shade into your living room, they’re the perfect camouflage for an intruder. Consider trimming! •S ocial Media: Never announce your plans to vacate the home for a weekend or longer. Always wait until you return to share pictures. You never know who will use the information to break in. •O bserve Parked Vehicles: Burglars often research a home’s defenses to determine its patterns and weaknesses. Sometimes a potential burglar may be a suspicious jogger, walker, or driver who suddenly shows interest in a particular home or houses. Consider your own patterns. For instance, does your family depart the house like clockwork or let the dog outside at a certain time? •S olicitation Scams: Burglars will go doorto-door to gain information about your home; perhaps using the pretext of taking a survey or posing as a representative from a legitimate business. It’s always important never to let a stranger into your home. Children, too, need to know the rules of house safety!

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• Install a Camera: The doorbell camera and similar systems, which offer video surveillance, create a challenge to burglars. Whether you decide to invest in a home security system or install cameras, it will reduce the risk to potential intruders. • Add a Driveway Alarm: Through infrared motion detection technology, homeowners can receive a notification when a person is within 400 feet of the home. No need for surprises with the help of a home security device. • Add Lights: Whether it’s by means of exterior motion detectors or lights on a timer, it’s essential to keep visitors from remaining in the dark. Spotlights also help to eliminate dark corners and concealment! • Arrange a House Sitter: Next-door neighbors will gladly watch your home during the weekend or weeklong excursions. If needed, they may recommend a trustworthy house sitter or dog walker. Allowing someone to check the mail, open and close curtains, and move a vehicle now and then offers evidence that someone is at home. • Man’s Best Friend: Perhaps not a friendly Golden Retriever or a Beagle, yet, breeds such as Akitas, Belgian Malinois, German shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, and Rottweilers will not be compromised by a treat or the chance for freedom. Protective dogs with loud barks will do more than guard hearth and home. Their presence will deter unwanted visitors. • Install a Safe: Hiding valuables in a shoebox does not provide the same protection as a home safe. A fireproof safe can ensure your valuables remain secure from essential documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, passports, and passwords. • Add Signs: The goal of every homeowner is to make a house invasion challenging. Add signage to alert the world to, “Be Aware of Dog” or, “Cameras in Progress, Smile!” It will make a difference! Children, through social media and openly sharing with friends, can unwittingly defeat home security plans. It’s vital that parents engage in conversations with their children about what should not be shared publicly, even with best friends. Families who adopt a security protocol within and outside the home can protect their valuables and each other!


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It’s Time to Travel Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is a great deal of pent-up travel desire. While many have ventured out, others have waited until this summer. With that in mind, here are three destinations that you might want to consider: Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, Lake Lure in North Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

Mammoth Cave Mammoth Cave was designated as a national park on July 1, 1941. What is its claim to fame? It has the longest tunnel cave system in the world, with 412 miles of explored tunnels. While many caves have impressive displays of stalactites and stalagmites, Mammoth has a shale and sandstone caprock that prevents dripping surface water. The marvels at Mammoth are gargantuan rooms. Currently, there are 21 different guided cave tours, according to the National Park Service. While it is free to enter Mammoth National Park, each tour has a fee. Tour fees for adults range from $8 to $66. If you have an annual pass or a senior pass, each tour is half price. Cave tours change each season. Check to see what is available. Also, advanced reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made at recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.

Photo: Lake Lure, North Carolina.

The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is an enchanting 300-foot path that combines blooms and artwork. It is maintained by volunteers and is part of the ¾-mile Town Center Walkway that passes Morse Park and ends at Lake Lure Beach.

Savannah Savannah is all about history. From The Pirates’ House that inspired events described in Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” to First African Baptist Church, the oldest black church in North America (1777), to the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, Savannah has a long list of fascinating historic spots to see and experience.

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Lake Lure Lake Lure, one of the most stunning man-made lakes in the country, was built in 1927 and covers 720 acres. It has been a popular location with movie directors: “Thunder Road,” “Dirty Dancing,” “A Breed Apart,” “The Last of the Mohicans” and “Firestarter.” But with beautiful mountains and granite cliffs, Lake Lure also attracts its share of admiring tourists and outdoor enthusiasts. Paddle boarding and kayaking are popular on the calm waters of Lake Lure. And there is a public beach and a water park where visitors can swim, float in an inner tube, ride a water slide and get drenched by a water cannon – or just relax and watch the rays of sunshine dance on the magical Blue Ridge Mountains. Admission to the beach and water park is $9 for adults, $7 for kids.

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One of the most interesting and memorable features in Savannah is its series of squares and parks. Originally laid out by James Oglethorpe in 1773, there were 24 squares. Today, there are 22 squares. Each square is landscaped as a small park, offering wonderful places to rest, relax and admire the surrounding architecture and streets. Savannah has evolved into a splendid shopping destination. Broughton Street, located in the historic downtown, has a wide range of local shops, name-brand stores and excellent dining options. While Bull Street, which runs from the Starland District through the historic district, has some of the most enticing boutiques in the city. And don’t miss the waterfront as you stroll on old cobblestone streets that weave past historic buildings, shops and award-winning restaurants.


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How the Pandemic Changed Me— And Probably You, Too BY AMY HILL When rumblings of impending lockdowns began happening in the United States, I remember frantically calling my mom on the phone in a random parking lot for reassurance and asking, “Surely the United States won’t lock down, right? They can’t do that to us.” I desperately tried to convince myself that what happens in other countries doesn’t have to happen here. Our values are based on freedom. What was most terrifying was that no one had any answers. No one, not even our government officials, knew exactly what needed to be done, how bad things would get, or how long our lives would be put on hold. The most authoritarian figures were immediately humanized in our eyes. We were all helpless children when it came to a raging virus circulating around the globe.

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The turbulence of 2020 made me realize how quickly life’s luxuries, and even necessities for survival, can vanish. Massive lay-offs were happening all around, supply chain issues shook consumers, individuals who never prioritized their health were beginning to regret putting their health on hold, and everyone in the world was on pins and needles. As someone relatively high in neuroticism with a low threshold for spontaneity, I found planning anything to be useless. Events continued being postponed as months passed with no easing of the pandemic. The goalposts for COVID restrictions continued moving further and further away nationwide, and the pendulum was exhausting us all.

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Even as we leerily sneak out of the throes of the pandemic, it’s uncertain when and if we’ll ever find ourselves in this predicament again. After COVID, how severe does a novel virus have to be before we lock down again? What kind of precedent has this set globally for the future? I am thrilled to see the vast majority of restrictions vanished, but the thought of being suddenly thrust back into a state of rules, limits, and uncertainties continues to weigh heavily on my mind as I wander mask-free around Target. Senior citizens and those with compromised immune systems did not have the luxury of only feeling like a petulant child put in timeout, such as I did. I was exceptionally bitter about the last few years of my 20s feeling as if they were being wasted, and I was angry and rebellious because everything felt out of my control. Embarrassingly enough, my concerns seem rather minute in the eyes of those who have pre-existing medical conditions and find themselves at a disadvantage solely because of their age. In reality, had I found myself in one of those categories as well, the weight of the pandemic might have been too much for someone with my anxious personality type to bear. Fortunately for me, I think God knew that. With literally everyone on edge, people were at each other’s throats more often than usual. Financial, health, relationship, and mental health stressors were taking a toll on everyone’s ability to think rationally and not overreact, including myself. We became easily polarized and reacted to each other like animals backed into a corner. Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has spoken in lectures about how trauma such as betrayal causes one’s once youthful face to harden after undergoing a stark realization that there is malevolence in the world. While COVID-19 was not a serial killer, sociopathic criminal, or cheating husband, it felt menacing and turned our lives upside down. In the aftermath, I find it more difficult to let my guard down and not wait for the next hammer to fall. As of now, it seems like we might be in the clear. I’m going to have to find a way to revel in the moment and not let the uncertainties of the future prevent me from enjoying old freedoms as they come. While I made it out relatively unscathed, others were not so lucky. Many are grieving the loss of loved ones, managing lingering symptoms from contracting the virus, and small business owners have watched their hard-earned livelihoods crumble. Needless to say, I think the world’s face looks a bit harder now.

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The Wachovia Garden at Old Salem BY LISA S.T. DOSS

Main Street in Winston-Salem is a breathtaking walk through the Historic District of Old Salem. Visitors and residents cannot help but explore the community, founded in 1766 by the Moravians, and notice the varying influences of architecture. It’s a unique mixture of European, Greek Revival, and other remnants of early American styles. Ask for the “Belo House,” and shopkeepers will describe a white house accented with black wroughtiron fencing and express, “You cannot miss it!” This magnificent house offers travelers another reason to visit the Historic District; behind the house on Church and Bank Street is a gem. Spanning two acres of donated land lies the Wachovia Garden! Tuesday Evening Gardening At 5:00 PM, men and women arrive to offer greetings; then congregate at a shaded round table to discuss the garden’s needs, from weeding to harvest and deliveries, preferable work areas, gardening tasks, and short- and longterm goals. This like-minded fellowship began in 2010, when five individuals initiated the desire to establish a working garden behind the Belo House. Active member, Tracy Lounsbury, explains, “Salem Congregation owns Wachovia Garden’s land. We petitioned them to create something valuable, a year-round garden embracing stewardship, authenticity, community, simplicity, and sustainability. With the focus on environmental gardening practices, our harvest of fruits and vegetables is donated to Winston-

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Salem’s Sunnyside Ministry, serving people in need. After 12 years, we are 25 members strong, driven by the goal to grow an exceptional harvest.”

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Active member, Barbara Strauss, writes, “I work in the garden because it is my place to be. I like the look, the smell, and the feel of it. I like to encourage folks who don’t have much experience to grow plants, whether flowers, herbs, fruits, or vegetables. There are no dumb questions. There are no inherent facts about gardening that people are born with. We all learn through reading, studying, and firsthand experience. There is a bit of competitiveness to gardening. We constantly ask, ‘Can we do better than last year?’ The bottom line—Wachovia Garden is just a lovely place to visit and work!”

Emulating the gardening practices of Old Salem, volunteers use a no-till method, in which the soil is layered with straw, compost, and mulch, enriching the soil and significantly reducing weed growth. In addition, the gardeners use heirloom seeds, native and beneficial plants, to create a sustainable gardening environment. The Wachovia Garden is grateful to organizations like Candle Tea, the Old Salem Garden Club, and various generous individuals for ongoing support. This year, a significant project is establishing a composting system, which will maintain the soil’s health, whether in beds or in-ground. An Educational Resource The fruits of the gardeners’ labor are evident in the established herb and vegetable beds, heirloom fruit trees, ten productive fig trees, berry bushes, a grape arbor, a pollinator garden, and several educational hives. The white brick walls of the Belo House create a microclimate reflecting heat onto the thriving heirloom trees and plants. Open to the local community, The Wachovia Garden welcomes children from local schools and summer programs into the Wachovia Garden to receive demonstrations and gain firsthand experiences, such as learning about native plants, planting gourds on

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Welcoming New Members Winston-Salem residents who want to carry on the Moravian spirit of fellowship and helping others should consider joining the Wachovia Garden group, especially if you love working the soil and watching seeds germinate into viable produce. Please contact Barbara Strauss at bstrauss07@gmail.com to receive additional information. They’d love to welcome you into their family! Connect with Wachovia Garden’s Facebook page to learn more about special events at the garden, such as the opportunity for heirloom tomato tastings, live music, class registrations for adults and children, and the Fall Fig Festival.


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owned Little Richard’s BBQ, a long-time local favorite notorious for its smoked meats, selection of sauces and five locations, fared well throughout the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Months of pandemicrelated restrictions temporarily made life a bit harder for the Little Richard’s team, but Owner Stephen Karagiorgis, alongside his father Nick Karagiorgis (founders) and his partners Greg Karagiorgis and Harry Gallins, are thankful that the Little Richard’s Family came out of COVID’s challenges unscathed. Although there were countless sleepless nights throughout the years 2020 and 2021, Stephen, Nick and the Little Richard’s management team had faith in their ability to weather the storm and roll with the pandemic’s punches. In fact, a large portion of Little Richard’s success can be attributed to its employees’ close-knit ties and thoughtful management techniques in order to keep morale boosted, compensation adequate and business booming. COVID bringing life to a screeching halt for most did not stop the Little Richard’s BBQ team from keeping the ball rolling as safely and efficiently as possible. Take-out business rose sharply and has hardly declined since the lifting of state-wide restrictions and mandates. Long-standing Little Richard’s customers can still count on participating in each location’s Meal For Meal Mondays, where a meal is donated to a starving child for every meal purchased. Additionally, customers will be excited to see new “Mexicue” items on the menu for a Mexican twist on classic North Carolina barbecue. Order pulled pork tacos, brisket tacos and taquitos if you’re in the mood for southern eats with a southwestern flair. With indoor gathering restrictions lifted throughout the state, local event planners and families frequently take advantage of Little Richard’s catering and bulk ordering menus to keep wedding and party guests happy. By taking advantage of Little Richard’s full-service catering, event hosts benefit from on-site staff and serving options. Choose from a wide variety of meats, sides, desserts and beverages that will suit your event and satisfy attendees.

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As many other local restaurants and businesses are struggling with staffing shortages, the scarcity of employees has also had an impact on the team at Little Richard’s. Employees are currently working much harder to meet their customers’ needs than pre-COVID shifts of the past. While the restaurants’ kitchen and waitstaff might be spread a bit thin at the present time, Little Richard’s stands by the idea that management is key in maintaining a positive employee morale and preventing employees from experiencing burnout. According to Stephen, “Little Richard’s is like a football team, where everyone plays a role and each position holds equal value. Our team is only successful if every position is performing at its highest potential.” To create this atmosphere, management leads by example and shows mutual respect to everyone – a necessity in times of higher stress, when emotions are often flying high from customers and the crew. With inflation skyrocketing, an increased demand for new


help and supply chain issues continuing to soar, the restaurant industry has been directly impacted by the pandemic’s many aftershocks. To guide the team throughout these trying times, managers at every location are willing to cover events for staff members unable to work, cross-train employees on multiple tasks and always keep an eye out for new help. While the unexpected turn of events in early 2020 shook restaurant owners throughout the country to their core, management at Little Richard’s used all available avenues to provide for their team through forced restaurant closures. Leaders at Little Richard’s determined that it was most important to take their own needs out of the equation and focus on the greater good of their employees to ensure the longevity of their business, as well as team members’ physical and emotional wellbeing. It’s possible that much of the staff at Little Richard’s BBQ feels so supported and cared for due to the business’s authentic family roots. Although many business owners shy away from the idea of working with family, Nick and Stephen embrace the opportunity to work together.

Stephen finds perpetuating his father’s business to be rewarding, and employees reap the benefits of working for a business built upon a strong foundation of trust, respect and integrity. Philanthropy and giving back to the community are also strong principles which Little Richard’s BBQ believes in. Stephen notes that these values had been long instilled by his father when he handled daily operations. In April, the Little Richard’s team worked alongside volunteers from the community and West Forsyth High School’s Key Club to participate in a meal packing event for the nonprofit organization Feed My Starving Children. Together, volunteers successfully donated 101,688 packed meals to hungry children worldwide, including those impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Learning to pivot and adjust business practices taught the Little Richard’s BBQ team valuable lessons and has only prepared them for life’s challenges in the future. As a resilient father-son business, Little Richard’s BBQ is excited to see life in the Triad finally back to normal, and is elated to welcome back old and new faces to experience its much-loved dining experience. Interested in joining the Little Richard’s BBQ team? All locations are currently accepting applications. Email resumes to stephen@ littlerichardsbarbeque.com, or stop by one of the store’s locations in person to apply. Browse each location’s menu at www.littlerichardsbarbeque.com, check out the team’s Facebook page and follow @littlerichardsbbq on Instagram to learn more.

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Saying “Saying ‘yes’ to life, even in its strangest and hardest problems.” ~ Frederick Nietzsche “One of the most effective means for transcending the ordinary and moving into the realm of the extraordinary is saying ‘yes’ more frequently and eliminating ‘no’ almost completely. I call it, saying ‘yes’ to life.” ~ Wayne Dyer Harken back to the carefree days of elementary school. You sit nervously in class and tap your pencil at your chin. You are not trying to work out the latest arithmetic problem. But instead, you are trying to excavate and craft the right words to ask your unsuspecting crush if they like you. While you try to work out the correct balance of enthusiasm and cool that you can inject into your words, you settle upon the following: “What’s up? Do you like me? Circle YES, No, maybe.” Notice that “yes” is capitalized in order to lead the witness, as it were. While the answer “maybe” at this age was almost as good as “yes,” as it indicated a cautious affirmation, you were completely thrilled by a good old- fashioned clear-cut “yes.” Saying “yes” to life is something from which we as adults can sometimes stray. While I, myself, would like to think I am more aligned with the perky enthusiasm of a Piglet or Tigger from the Winnie the Pooh series, I have so often been told I am much more similar to Eeyore. Eeyore is the pessimistic and gloomy stuffed donkey from the pages of Winnie the Pooh. He is always quick to point out the trials and tribulations of life. But let it be known he always appreciates his friends trying to perk him up, and he is reliable. Eeyore isn’t so bad, but one could argue Eeyore isn’t living life to the fullest. My wife recently turned to me and said, “You should say ‘yes’ more often.” What?! I have been known to say “yes” to saving money or to second helpings of coffee ice cream. How dare she! But, in fact, what she was trying to convey, of course, was that I needed to live a little. As parents, sometimes we rely on our favorite words, “no,” or even “maybe,” almost automatically. Let us be honest—“maybe” is ultimately a way to procrastinate a “no” when our kids ask us for something financially or emotionally or physically strenuous.

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BY MICHAEL JOHNSON “Dad, can I have a sleepover here in the living room with three of my friends?” “Gosh, son, well...maybe...let’s have a think on that and discuss it later!” You are convinced that will initiate a cease and desist to the plaintive cries for a sleepover. But children are like tiny elephants that never forget. They have a magical way of circling back endlessly to your “maybe,” when only a “yes” will suffice. I was recently outnumbered when the subject of adding a dog to the family roster was raised. I seemed once again to be Eeyore on his own, listing all the reasons getting a dog was not a good idea (those reasons still are, in fact, true in my mind). Tigger and little Piglet (mother and son respectively) were relentless and ultimately convincing. We now have a new Golden Retriever named “Max.” I tried to drag out the “maybe” as long as I could with the subject of a dog. It just didn’t work. My better two-thirds could see right through my tricks and wore me down. And now Max and I are pretty tight companions, even if I think he knows I initially did not approve. But let us not always be at the ready with “yes.” There are times when a solid “no” is warranted. Ordering Prime Rib at the local greasy diner/pancake house is a time to say, “no.” If your 12-year-old asks if he can practice driving your car down the driveway, that is also a time to say, “no.” Answering in the negative is not always such a bad idea. I will say that my wife was right about being more positive and going with the proverbial flow. Life’s roller coaster is excruciatingly fast and is chock full of opportunities to experience so much. There are times when prudence should win out, but there are so many occasions when being wide open to the adventures is wise. What could possibly go wrong by saying, “yes” more often? You might end up as a new Winnie the Pooh character or get an adorable new puppy! Go ahead, give it a try.


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My happy pregnancy became worrisome. That night my husband and I did so much research on clubfoot. Googled each thing the doctor had said and scrolled through endless diagnoses. We prepared for the worst as we broached the day of the baby and me being poked and prodded. I stared at ultrasound screens, laid in an MRI machine for hours of worrying, laughing at my husband’s ill attempts at jokes to ease my worries. His optimism was there for me, but I could sense in his voice, in each question he asked, the worry for our unborn baby.

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After a full day of testing: the diagnosis came. A clean bill of a health. He was small but mighty. He indeed did have clubfoot, but that within itself was manageable and correctable when he was born. Our son would lead a normal life. I remember the day he was born, hearing his cries, and not caring about anything else. He was here, healthy and in my arms. I played with his cute little feet and held him close. My precious boy.

A Superhero in the Making BY GENEVIEVE CONDON

My son was born with a birth defect. I remember the day we went for our anatomy scan, anxious to see our little guy more in-depth. His face. Fingers and toes. We sat there, chatting it up with the ultrasound tech. How cute his little nose was. His fingers and the thumb he kept putting in his mouth. Until things got really quiet. I tried to look at the screen and decipher what I was seeing, but as she made me roll back and forth, side to side, and our lighthearted banter grew bleak. My heart sank. “I’ll be right back,” she said as she patted my leg. My ever-optimistic husband told me nothing was wrong, but I knew. The doctor came in and I tried to pay attention as best I could. Clubfoot. A small heart. Oversized belly. We were referred to Boston Children’s for an MRI—a heart scan and a slew of other testing.

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The road wasn’t easy. There were weekly cast changes that started at two weeks old that slowly corrected his curvedin feet. Surgery that we weren’t allowed to go back for. I worried about him being in pain, me not being able to hold him. Comfort him. Be there for him. Then there was a bar that helped keep the correction to his feet in place. And tears. So many tears from all of us as we paced the floors at night as he cried, trying to free himself from the casts, then bars. Tears when we went to the doctors because he knew what was going to happen. But now, at almost two, other than two little scars where he had the surgery, you’d never know he was born with bilateral club foot. He runs, jumps, twirls around, just like any two-year-old boy. Every day he stands and runs to give me a hug; sometimes I flash back to the struggles, the worry, and heartache I felt as I carried him, hoping he’d be all right. And I realize he’s more than all right. Grayson Ty is a superhero. A boy put on this earth to do amazing things. He was born with magic feet. And I can’t wait to see all he accomplishes in this world.


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From Camp Counseling to Saying, “I Do” BY ANGELIA CORNATZER

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of my favorite things to do growing up was to go to summer camp. I remember my parents would plan out where I was going to go, and I looked forward to it all school year long. I couldn’t wait to meet new friends, do camp activities, and have the time of my life! I went to many camps throughout life. From horse camp to church camp to outdoor camp, I had a blast each summer spending these weeks with new friends and camp counselors! Little did I know that after I went to camp as a camper, I would get the opportunity to be a camp counselor. Spending a summer as a camp counselor was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I think everyone should be a camp counselor for at least one summer of their life. Living with 60 other camp counselors and spending your whole summer loving on the kids that come is a wonderful event to experience. In the summer of 2019, I was actually able to be a camp counselor at a camp that I grew up going to. This place was located in South Carolina and held so many special memories for me. When I got the job that summer, I could hardly wait to start. Little did I know that I would meet my future husband during that summer of being a camp counselor.

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I remember we arrived a few days before campers did, so that we could learn the ropes and set up the camp. One of the best days was that first day arriving at camp. It was on that first day of setting up that all the camp counselors began lifelong friendships and formed the most amazing staff team. It was also on that first day that I was able to have a normal conversation with an extraordinary guy named Jackson, who ended up capturing my heart and changing my life forever! I remember calling my family and telling them that I thought I was going to marry this guy Jackson that I had just met. A couple of years later, it came true! After meeting Jackson, we fell in love throughout the summer of being camp counselors. From May to August, we were soaking up every second of each day together. When the camp season ended, real life picked back up. He was living here in Winston-Salem, NC and I was living back in Nashville, TN. We quickly became road trip experts and drove countless miles and hours to make it work after camp that summer. After two and a half years of dating across 430 miles of long distance, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We were married last year and have been living the dream in WinstonSalem ever since. The summer-camp relationships and friendships are so special. They are special because you have nothing else in the world to be worried about, other than having fun and getting to know the people around you. There are no tests or to-do lists to worry about, and you can be very present in the moment. Summer camp has always had a special place in my heart. Whether you are going to camp, sending someone to camp, or working at camp, soak up every second of the time you have this summer…you never know whom you’ll meet!

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National Memory Master Local 12-Year-Old to Compete in Competition BY CAROLYN S PETERSON

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all heard the saying “They have a memory like an elephant,” and while not many of us have any idea if that is true or not, there’s definitely evidence that Leah Strassner, a 12-year-old, 6th-grader from Kernersville, NC, would put any elephant to shame with her memory and will soon compete in the National Memory Master.

National Memory Master is a competition for students in the final year (age 12) of the Classical Conversations, a homeschool program founded in North Carolina, which combines all the years of memory work that a student does in a single, spelling-bee style competition. Students must recite a passage in Latin, draw and label a map of the world, and write a creative story that features selected memory- work facts. 16 children are chosen from Classical Conversations programs nation-wide to compete for a $10,000 prize. This year’s competition is on April 28th in Southern Pines, NC. Leah Strassner, the oldest of five in her family, has participated in Classical Conversations, since the age of four. “Each year, students build their academic background through three year-long cycles of memory work that includes seven subjects: History, Science, Math, Timeline, English Grammar, Latin, and Geography. This means that students in this program memorize around 600 individual pieces of information every year! Leah has been a Memory Master, meaning she has recited the entirety of each year’s memory work five times throughout her school career,” said Melissa Strassner, Leah’s mom. Leah’s interest in National Memory Master began around age five, when an older friend of hers auditioned for it. Although Leah’s friend was not selected to compete, she learned enough about the competition to know that she wanted to be a part of it one day. “There was so much excitement when we received the call that she had been selected. She couldn’t stop jumping up and down and felt as though it was a dream. One of the best parts of this experience as her mom is to see her set a big goal at such a young age and the incredible gratifying joy it is to watch her make that dream become a reality,” Melissa commented. From a very early age, Leah had a good memory. “While she was still a baby, I would hear her over the monitor practicing enunciating words or naming animals or colors in the middle of the night. Although Leah is tremendously gifted academically, it is her perseverance, which doesn’t come naturally, but has been consciously cultivated and helped her to overcome her doubt, that has made this possible. I am so proud of the strength and the determination she has shown,” stated Melissa. Leah’s preparation could be compared to readying for a marathon or an event in the Olympics.

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“It is an enormous task that requires focus and commitment. While Leah’s siblings are at soccer practice, or out riding bikes, she is frequently pouring over flashcards or drawing out an enormous map of the world. As with a marathon, she began small, just half an hour each day in practice. With the competition coming up, that dedicated time has grown to 1-2 hours each day. But all that time training is paying off…we can’t wait for her to show her stuff on April 28th!” Melissa commented.


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Is It a Bird? A Plane? No, a Pest! BY LISA S.T. DOSS*

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may not be this minute or tomorrow, but something wicked will soon arrive at our doorstep as an infestation—the Spotted Lanternfly, the Asian Longhorned Beetle, or the devilish Fire Ant. Here are some tips on identification and guidance, and how to handle the day when insects fly, hop, or march into our community.

The Spotted Lanternfly In 2014, the first Spotted Lanternfly arrived in the United States from Korea as a specimen for a conference. The outcome leads nicely to a Jurassic Park quote, “If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us, is that life will not be contained. Life breaks free; it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously….” Despite the valiant efforts to restrict truckers and timber movement, this insect had spread to infest nine states before hopping down to arrive in Hillsville, North Carolina. Just imagine fruit, nut, and hardwood trees or vines, covered in a sticky residue of mold and fungus, attracting other insects! The result is a devastation of our ecosystem. APPEARANCE From a distance, most would overlook a textured appearance on the trunk of trees. But in the spring season, if we inspect carefully, the juveniles appear black with flecks of white. By July, adults will possess grey and black forewings, a black polkadotted red center, and black-tipped rear wings. EXTERMINATION Although it’s tough to wait for the beneficial bugs, such as spiders and the praying mantis, to accept the challenge of war, the alternative solution is tree banding, a method which wraps a sticky chemical around the tree, killing the infestation. Unfortunately, drenching trees which serve as a pollen and nectar source for pollinators and bees with an insecticide destroys more than the intended target!

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The Asian Longhorned Beetle Already contaminating counties in South Carolina, New York, and Ohio, it’s only a matter of time until the black beetle, featuring white splotches and a long black- and white-banded antenna, arrives. It, too, is difficult to detect, laying eggs underneath the bark and drilling tunnels, the circumference of a pencil, into trees. WATCH FOR SIGNS OF STRESS As with all living things, signs of stress will become apparent. On trees, defoliation occurs, and leaves will change color and drop, while branches lose moisture and die. The Asian Longhorned Beetle may not be harmful to humans or animals, but it is widely destructive. A hotline exists, 866-702-9938, for any individual discovering its presence. Photographic evidence is required.

Fire Ants Eighty out of one-hundred North Carolina counties manifest infestations of fire ants. Originally from South America, these dangerous and aggressive insects have adapted well to the cold, creating innocuous mounds of dirt or sand in sunny locations. Curious humans, wondering why a tall pile of soil has appeared, will often further investigate and prod it with a stick. The outcome

might well be an instantaneous outpouring of 20,000 fire ants, seeking to bite and sting any intruder, whether it’s a human or animal. ALLERGIC REACTION It may be a joy to walk barefoot in open, dry fields; yet, near a mound may lurk a colony of ants searching for food. They attack, using strong mandibles to inject an alkaloid venom into their victim’s body, while inserting a stinger, leaving two markings. Multiple ant stings can result in symptoms of excessive itching, sweating, nausea, and an allergic reaction leading to enlarged blisters. Of course, there is a means to eliminate fire ants: leave the extermination to professionals! REMAIN WATCHFUL AND OBSERVANT Summer is a time of rest and fun. It’s vital to ensure that children and family pets have a safe place to run and play. Take the time to walk around your property with your dog (leashed), using the few minutes to investigate trees and new soil disturbances. With young children, use the moments to openly discuss the signs of a sick tree, the purpose of beneficial insects, and the need to remain vigilant to ecological changes. * Lisa is an N.C. State Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer and a statecertified beekeeper.


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12 Royally Fun Facts about Queen Elizabeth II and her Platinum Jubilee

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February 6th, 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has served the United Kingdom as their monarch, or better known, as their queen. For the past 70 years, through triumphs, tribulations, heartbreaks, and more, Queen Elizabeth II has stood strong as the head of her family and her country. She has changed history in many ways, including becoming England’s longest-reigning monarch. This year, the world is coming together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with the celebrations culminating with a four-day weekend in the United Kingdom in June. As the festivities get on the way, it is the perfect time for royal family fans to brush up on their monarch history. Take a look and see if you are familiar with these facts about Queen Elizabeth II, her family, and her Platinum Jubilee.

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ueen Elizabeth II was born on April Q 21, 1926, as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor. She is the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. In 1930, she became a big sister to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

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ven though she grew up in the royal E family, Queen Elizabeth’s first public engagement as Princess Elizabeth wasn’t until April 21, 1942. On her 16th birthday, she inspected the Grenadier Guards at Windsor Castle. ive years later, on November 20, 1947, F Elizabeth married Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh in Westminister Abbey. Together, they had four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren have also been born throughout the years. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had been

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married for more than 70 years, until his death in 2021. rincess Elizabeth officially became P Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953. The event was ground-breaking, as being the first televised coronation. Twenty-seven million people in the United Kingdom watched the event, as well as millions more throughout the world. Yet, the Queen had already succeeded to the Throne on February 6, 1952, when her father, King George VI, passed away. She became the first Sovereign in over 200 years to accede to the Throne while abroad, being in Kenya at the time. he Queen’s coronation service T lasted almost three hours and was divided into six parts: the recognition, the oath, the anointing, the investiture with the crowning, the enthronement, and the homage. She wore two crowns at her coronation. The St. Edward’s Crown was used for the crowning ceremony and the Imperial State Crown was worn for the return procession and balcony appearances at Buckingham Palace. Over 8,000 guests attended the service, including more than 2,000 journalists. Among the foreign journalists was future American first lady Jacqueline Bouvier, who would later be known as Jackie Kennedy. ver the course of her reign, O she has made more than 21,000 public engagements and visited 150 Commonwealths and more than 100 countries. In fact, Queen Elizabeth has visited Canada 22 times, making it her most visited country. tarting with US President Truman, S Queen Elizabeth has met 14 presidents during their time in office. With President Truman’s visit,

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though, the Queen was actually still a princess. However, there is one exception to the presidential visits. Queen Elizabeth never sent an invitation to President Lyndon B. Johnson. s for prime ministers of the United A Kingdom, the Queen has also served 14, starting with Winston Churchill. In addition, she has met four popes between the years 1961 and 2014. ith the historical significance of W her reign, it is only appropriate for the Queen to have many firsts. Some of these firsts include becoming the first British monarch to address the United States House of Congress in 1991, the first British monarch to visit China in 1986, and the first reigning British monarch to visit Ireland in 2011. The importance behind her Ireland visit was that it was the first time a British monarch visited the country since its separation from the United Kingdom.

10. She officially opened the Sydney Opera House in Australia in 1973. 11. Queen Elizabeth can travel without a passport or a driver’s license. 12. For the majority of her reign, Queen Elizabeth has lived in Buckingham Palace. Today, she resides in Windsor Castle. There are many more fun facts to know about the monarch. From the important events, the significant moments, and the generations of new royals to take the throne, the reign of Queen Elizabeth II will always be cemented in history. As the United Kingdom’s national anthem contains the words, “God save the Queen,” let us toast her long and historic reign!


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Father’s Day DIY

Kid Approved Projects to Celebrate Dad BY TARYN JEREZ

This Father’s Day, create long lasting memories by gifting something your kiddo had their hands in—quite literally! This month I’ve rounded up a few great kid friendly DIY projects from popular online bloggers that are budget-friendly and terrific gift ideas from the little ones. Each project takes less than 30 minutes to do together and will create something truly special that Dad will treasure. “Following In My Daddy’s Shoes,” inspired by Michelle at CraftyMorning.com This is the perfect craft project to remind Dad just how important he is to shaping little minds and making an impact on how they’ll grow! Such a special keepsake to see how small your child once was, as well. SUPPLIES: Paint Da ddy’s shoe (Rubber sole boots work great!) Your child’s feet Paintbrush Thick white paper like cardstock Frame, large enough for Daddy’s shoe to fit! DIRECTIONS: Pick a paint color and quickly paint the bottom of Dad’s shoe, carefully stamping it onto the center of your paper. Next, paint the squirming foot of your little one and stamp it in the middle of the boot print. To complete, paint or write in “Following in My Daddy’s Shoes” and add a little heart or your child’s name. Have siblings? You can stamp multiple feet inside and sign all their names!

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“DIY Handprint Keychain,” inspired by Hayley at GreyHouseHarbor.com Create a reminder on Daddy’s keys of just how loved he is! These DIY keychains make a wonderful statement piece that lets Dad take those tiny hands everywhere he goes.

“DAD Photo Collage Frame,” inspired by Laura at aStepInTheJourney.com If Dad has a desk at work or even a workshop in the garage that needs a little reminder of the cutest member of the family who loves him, then this project is perfect! SUPPLIES: Letter “D” & “A” wood letters Camera Photo Printer or photo printing service 3-Image photo frame DIRECTIONS: Find a spot with lots of natural light to take photos and head outside with your little one(s). Take one photo of your child holding each letter. The younger and squirmier-aged children may need a few photos taken of each letter just to make sure you snapped a good one! Next, print your photos and frame for an awesome gift for Dad’s desk.

SUPPLIES: Shrinky Dinks plastic Gloss acrylic craft paint Your child’s hands Paintbrush Sharpie Scissors Hole punch 10mm jump rings Keychain rings Gloss Mod Podge Pa rchment paper (or non-stick silicone baking mat) Oven DIRECTIONS: Lay out your Shrinky Dinks plastic paper on a hard, clean surface. Paint your child’s hand in the color of their choice and gently guide it down to stamp their handprint on the plastic. Carefully peel their hand up. (If your handprints come out messier than desired, use rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to remove and do it again.) Once paint dried completely, flip the plastic over, and, using your Sharpie, write their names and ages on the back. Carefully cut out each handprint, leaving a nice border around the fingers and palm. Punch a hole where your jump rings will go and bake them in the oven according to the directions. When the timer goes off, carefully flatten the handprint with a silicone spatula. Once cooled, coat with your Mod Podge and when dry you can assemble your keychains!

“Grill Master Grilling Platter,” inspired by Kristin at InterSweetz.com All the deliciously special food Dad grills up for the family deserves to go on an equally special plate, don’t you think? This project makes for a keepsake dish that will get a ton of use and could even be passed down in years to come. SUPPLIES: White platter, oven-safe Your child’s hands Non-toxic acrylic paint Paintbrushes Oven DIRECTIONS: Before you get started painting, make sure to wash the plate and dry well. Dip your kid’s fingertips into black paint and let them have fun painting dots along the bottom to create the coal. Next, paint their whole hand into orange and red paint, carefully stamping their hands above the black coal to create flames. Allow the plate to dry fully in a safe place away from small hands. Once dry, bake in the oven at 300 degrees for about 35 minutes to set your paint, then allow it to cool. You can pick up a great set of grilling tools or special local barbecue sauce to gift with this for a whole-themed gift.

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Live Like Norah –

Family Starts Non-Profit to Honor Daughter BY CAROLYN S PETERSON

Life

has a certain order to it that we count on. Seasons follow each other with changes we expect. The cycle of life is also something, that even though we aren’t always ready for the passing of a loved one; it makes sense to lose an older family member. But, when you lose a child, especially in a devastating incident, finding the new “normal” and making any sense of what you are left with is a long journey. You never get over the loss of a child, but you may get through it. Rodney and Jennifer Smitherman’s 17-year-old daughter, Norah, died after a tragic event on November 4, 2021, with every day being a reminder of their loss. The Smitherman family is taking the loss of Norah and remembering her with the “Live Like Norah Foundation” a 501 (c)(3), awarding scholarships to three high school seniors, one from Starmount and two from Forbush High School, who exemplify the life of Norah…that of a life well-lived, with high scholastic standards, participation in sports, community, reaching out to others and a strong faith in Jesus Christ. Life Will Never Be the Same Again Rodney and Jennifer Smitherman, both NC natives, met, married and started their family when daughter, Miah, was born in 2001, followed by twins, Norah and Annah in 2004. Growing up, the Smitherman girls were raised in a Christian home attending church and Bible study groups. Beyond church activities and their faith, the girls, especially Norah and Annah, were a unit, as twins often are, eventually venturing out on their own and finding their own interests.

“Since Miah was three years older, she developed interests apart from the twins, but Norah and Annah were always competitive, especially in school with their studies. They were within a hair of a point with their GPA rankings. Norah also found her niche with sports, softball and volleyball. Our faith has always been present in our family, and leading the girls to Christ was our most important job as parents,” recalled Jennifer.

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But, on November 4, 2021, the busy family of five, looking forward to Norah and Annah’s senior year at Forbush, was devastated by a tragic incident that took Norah’s life. Life was irreversibly changed and will never be the same again. “As a family, we were getting ready for the holidays and then the milestone of Norah and Annah’s senior year, which is filled with so many fun events, from the prom, to college visits, to graduation, and watching them both find their purpose in life over the next few years, but Norah has been deprived of that. Norah wasn’t sure of her future, as far as what she would study in college, but she was focused on doing her best and fulfilling her dreams; now that is all gone. Right before her death, Norah had expressed an interest to her guidance counselor in working for a non-profit, but who knows what she would’ve become. Beyond her studies, Norah’s loves were her chihuahua, Leo, and visiting the beach whenever she could. Norah could be ready at a moment’s notice if I said, ‘Let’s go to the beach!’” Jennifer said. It was when Jennifer and Rodney were gathering photos for Norah’s funeral that Jennifer found a comment written on the back of one of her favorite photos of Norah. “The photo was of Norah as a child at the beach, digging in the sand. When I took the photo off the wall where it was hanging, I turned it over and in the upper left-hand corner was written, ‘God Not Dead.’ Norah had written that sometime as a child. So only a couple weeks after Norah’s funeral, I discussed with Rodney that I wanted to start a non-profit in her memory. It was over the weeks that followed that we decided to focus on finding, initially, two seniors, one each, from the two high schools in our area, Forbush and Starmount and give them each a $1,000 scholarship to the four-year college or university of their choice. The criteria for the scholarship was a 250-word essay on ‘What Does It Mean to Live Like Norah?’, a 4.0 GPA, plans to attend a four-year college or university, character in good standing, student athlete and a personal faith in Jesus Christ,” Jennifer commented. This year’s recipients of the $1,000 scholarships are Emily Brewer from Starmount and Virginia Crews at Forbush High School. Another Forbush


senior, Jackson Gentry, was awarded a $750 scholarship, as well. “The three seniors who will receive scholarships were required to write an essay on “What Does It Mean to Live Like Norah,” fill out an online form and be interviewed by the foundation’s selection committee. Along with the scholarships, with the generosity of our community, we were able to pay off the outstanding student lunch accounts for Forbush,” said Jennifer. Live Like Norah is also an official sponsor of American Red Cross. “Norah participated in some way with blood drives at her schools in the past, so partnering with the American Red Cross is really special for us. We have two blood drives coming up in June. On the 3rd, Collide Church in Lewisville will have one, and, on the 9th, our family’s home church, Friedland Moravian Church in Winston-Salem will have one, both 2-6:30pm. We encourage people to wear purple in Norah’s memory. To honor Norah’s love of volleyball, there will be two tournaments, August 12th and 19th, with area high schools participating. There will also be a golf tournament at Silo Run Golf Course in Boonville on September 24th,” Jennifer stated. The Smitherman family would never have thought they’d be in this situation. But, if Norah’s legacy and example can live on and help others, that is what she would want. “Several people have said that Norah was the light in every room that she entered. It’s the milestones in life that will be hard, like her 18th birthday on May 19th, which she shares with her twin Annah, graduation, which Norah will do posthumously since she had enough credits and all the moments that will come. It’s only through prayer and the love of our family, friends and community that we are making it through each day,” said Jennifer. For more information, visit livelikenorah.org.

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Child Safety Series

Summer Fun BY TARYN JEREZ

Each

month this series will provide important facts and tips surrounding child safety in an effort to support parents and caregivers as they navigate reducing risks and creating the safest environment possible for the children in their lives

What kid doesn’t love summer? Sunshine, popsicles, poolside memories? And who could forget about summer vacation from the school year? With additional time spent outdoors in the elements, let’s talk about keeping our children safe during the summer season, so you can focus on making positive memories. Pool, Beach, and Water Safety Some of the best summer memories adults have surround water play at their favorite beach, lake, or neighborhood pool—even running through sprinklers in the back yard with friends and siblings! Always proceed with caution surrounding water activities, especially with your younger children. The “National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA)” has stated that “according to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death of children 1-4 years and the second- leading cause of unintentional injury death for children 1-14 years.” Always have adult supervision and set boundaries for your kids about where they can and cannot play. Teach swimming skills for different stages and increase water smarts, helping kids know what to avoid beyond their swimming skills and what to do in case of a waterrelated emergency. Place barriers, such as gates, fences, and locked doors, between children and any water access when they are unsupervised. Beating the Heat Most parents agree that summer is to be enjoyed spent outside instead of in the living room, so let’s play smart! Prolonged sun exposure without the proper precautions can cause risks of heat exhaustion, sunburn, thermal burns, and more, for children. Apply sunscreen with a high SPF to your children’s exposed skin and wear protective gear like sunglasses, hats, and breathable clothing. Fill a water

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bottle with clear drinking water or low-sugar high-electrolyte beverages for them to have nearby when playing outside, reminding kids also to take water breaks! To avoid burns, pay close attention to the temperature outside and the heat index before touching metal playground equipment and seating. Provide guidelines to your older children regarding what they need to do before stepping outside to play for the day, and prepare these same needs for your little ones or caregivers. Insects & Reptile Awareness Several native insects and reptiles are drawn to the hot, dry weather during the summer, creating an increased risk of bites and stings. While you hope not to need this information, it’s good to be prepared and aware of what poisonous snakes are native to your area and how to identify them. Be aware of areas that may have certain high-risk species hiding in them, such as backyard sheds, under play items, behind a garden hose that hasn’t been used recently, and more. Apply age-appropriate insect repellent containing DEET to help repel ticks and other biting and stinging bugs. Pay close attention to any child who has a known allergy to bee stings or other insect bites and tell the adult who is supervising their outdoor activities ahead of time. If the child has any medication or an epi pen for emergencies, be sure they know where it is and how to administer it, should it be necessary. Summer Trips & Travel Summer doesn’t always mean sunshine! Avoid driving, especially with children, when adverse weather conditions are known in advance, even when it means postponing travel or holiday plans. Always plan accordingly for weather conditions when packing attire and emergency preparedness


items for summer trips to the mountains, beach, or camping. Remember that summer heat can become dangerous; a child’s body can heat up five times faster than an adult’s. Never leave a child unattended in a car! The temperature inside a car rises quickly and can become fatal in minutes. Safety experts implore adults to establish a routine where they “look before they lock,” that is, “establish a routine to check the car before locking up the vehicle,” to help prevent accidental car deaths of children and babies. Taking Action If Injury or Accidents Occur Always have a First Aid kit conveniently nearby, as well as any important documents, such as lists of medications your child is currently taking and phone numbers for contact information for pediatricians and emergency contacts. If you are unsure about the severity or care of an injury, but have concern, don’t wait to head to your nearest emergency room or call 911. Helpful Resources to Learn More

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The

Nose Knows

Tips and Tidbits to DIY Scent-sational Signature Scents BY SUSAN BB SCHABACKER

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you’re trying to avoid chemicals, but still want to smell good, it’s a good idea to DIY your fragrances. Turn your kitchen or bathroom into a home perfumery and try DIYing your fragrances to provide a simply scent-sational aromatherapy experience! Create wearable and sharable scents in no time as a treat for your senses and as ideal gifts. The nose knows and everyone’s body chemistry is different and unique. Read on for tips and tidbits to create perfect pairings of scent-sational signature scents. CARRIER OILS: Jojoba, apricot kernel, sweet almond, avocado, argan, grapeseed, and coconut oil ESSENTIAL OILS EARTHY, WOODSY, HERBACEOUS, AND EVERGREEN: patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood, juniper, cypress, pine, fir, oregano, rosemary, basil, thyme, musk, amber FLORAL: geranium, lavender, ylang ylang, jasmine, rose, chamomile CITRUS: lime, lemon, bergamot, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemongrass SPICES: vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, ginger SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS: eyedropper(s) (separate ones for each scent or clean well before adding another scent), measuring spoons, wooden kabob skewer for mixing, glass and/or plastic spray bottles, roll-ons, vials, jars, and containers. FRAGRANCE FORMS: perfumes/colognes, body splashes, balms/salves, massage oils, powders, air fresheners/room sprays, deodorants, soaps, and candles. SHAPING YOUR SYNCHRONIZED SCENT SYMPHONY Create your own scent symphony, however simply or complexly orchestrated. Pair

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ingredients that work together harmoniously. Enjoy each aroma individually and collectively as a multiingredient fragrance that you yourself custom blend. Top, middle, and bass notes work together, combining different elements to create a varied and balanced scent.

directions you could take your fragrance, so however broadly you begin, the more streamlined and specific you go, the better. As in a building requiring a blueprint and a business needing a business plan, formulating a concept and a working game plan for your fragrance contributes to the final product.

Top notes are the first layer, providing initial impressions that are generally lighter and more fleeting, often with elements of herbs, spices, citrus, and other fruits.

POINTS TO PONDER. . .

Middle notes, known as the “heart” of the fragrance, linger longer on skin and add to the core character. Typically, middle notes include florals, herbs, and spices. Timewise, these mid-scents are activated within 10-15 minutes and can stay on skin for a few hours. Bottom, bass, or fixative notes are heaviest hitters when it comes to staying on skin for hours to even days. Scent characteristics are heavy, syrupy, heady, and rich. SCULPTING YOUR SIMPLY SCENTSATIONAL SIGNATURE SCENTS Every scent tells a story, setting the scene with an olfactory experience. Consider not only your personal tastes and preferences, but also the personality and appearance you’re trying to convey. Write down a descriptive character profile for your ideal signature scent. What experiences do you want these scents to evoke that provoke not just your senses, but also stick in your memory? Start one note at a time and figure out your favs. Then, one element at time, piece together the perfect pairings. Begin with the vision. There are unlimited

What experiences do you want to recall, reminisce about, and live over and over again? Is it grandma’s apple pie and hot cider that kept you warm in her kitchen and that brings back fond feelings and memories? Is it tropical fruit, like the scent of coconut, that brings back the beach with a sea salt breeze, sand between your toes, and wading in the surf? Is it the scent of pine and fir that transport you to hiking through an evergreen forest as the sun seeps through a canopy of trees and you deeply breathe the freshest air? What experiences do you dream of that you have yet to experience, but want to? Tap into the scents that trigger the most positive feelings and emotions, like love, compassion, peace, serenity, joy, exhilaration, and beauty. Write down which of these you associate with specific scents and incorporate them into your aromatherapeutic creations. Substituting organic and natural chemical-free ingredients, in fragrance forms you create yourself, yields bountiful benefits for your health. Once you create a simply scent-sational signature scent for yourself, consider creating some for your loved ones as gifts. Boost your health and happiness, celebrate your signature self with scents that keep you smelling simply scent-sational!


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Out & About

in Winston-Salem with Second Harvest Food Bank – Empty Bowls BY HEATHER SPIVEY

On

April 27th, the 21st annual Empty Bowls event was held outside Bridger Fieldhouse in Winston-Salem. This is one of many programs that Second Harvest Food Bank organizes to help feed those in need. Last year, Covid 19 pressed organizations to become more creative in their continuation of fundraising events. Second Harvest decided on a drive-thru concept for Empty Bowls that was not only safe and in keeping with healthcare guidelines, but also a huge success. So much so, that they decided to bring it back with help from sponsors and supporters, including Wake Forest University, which provided the perfect area in front of Bridger Field House. This approach proved to be an especially good format for many people, who commented that in the past they simply not been able to take time away from work to participate in an in-person event. The drive-thru format fit their needs perfectly and allowed them to support a wonderful cause while enjoying lunch or dinner. Many businesses and offices ordered as groups and then gathered at their workplace. This year’s co-presenting sponsors were Food Lion, Garner Foods, and Truist. Chairing the Signature Empty Bowls event was the publisher of Forsyth Woman Magazines, Brooke Eagle, who was joined by Honorary Chairs Keela Johnson, founder of Forsyth Magazines, and Robin Bralley, publisher of Forsyth Family. The Chairs greeted guests with big smiles and bubbly personalities, energizing and thanking the guests for their support. The ladies also led some of the behind-the-scenes work and helped pack bags with soup and cookies prepared by Second Harvest’s Providence Team (lead chefs and culinary school students), and with cornbread and beautiful bowls. There were 1,340 guests and over $220,000 was raised, which can provide up to 1.5 million meals and support for Second Harvest’s programs, like Providence Culinary Training and Nutrition Services programming. Jenny Moore, Director of Communications & Public Relations for Second Harvest Food Bank, shares, “We are filled with gratitude to all those who make this community event possible year after year, our dedicated sponsors, the guests who come back every year, our soup makers and bowl providers. The resources this event brings to our mission are critical to the work we’ll be doing this summer to help ensure every child has enough to eat—every meal, every day. Anyone who missed the opportunity to attend this year can still contribute to this important work at FeedCommunityNow.org, and have their generosity matched dollar-for-dollar (through June 30th), thanks to a generous group of Second Harvest supporters.” Second Harvest Food Bank is always in need of helping hands for its mission work. To learn more, visit: SecondHarvestNWNC.org/volunteer

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Goodbye heavy, clunky winter shoes, sandal season has arrived! As most consider parading their bare toes to the public, the condition of the toenails, the heel, looking for redness, cuts, blisters, and the arrival of new calluses suddenly become a priority. Now that warmer weather offers an opportunity to show off the foot in fabulous footwear, it’s also time to welcome an at-home spa regime to ease the stress, the burden of one of the essential parts of the body. The Aging Foot Across one year, the average individual will take over two million steps, which averages to roughly 6,000 steps per day. From constant stress, the foot changes over time. The arch flattens, the heel pads thin, while the foot lengthens and widens. And, if we are not careful, the ankle loses range of motion. Preventive measures can alleviate other problems, such as with the knees, hips, and lower back. Healthy feet equal a happy body! A Washing Regime The rubbing sensation in footwear adds to the damage and roughness of the feet. Always choose shoes that fit well and have cushions to receive the pressure of each step. Whether you prefer an enclosed shoe or an open-toed one, the feet accumulate sweat, grime, and germs; therefore, pamper your feet by washing them thoroughly at least twice a day. Hot water often strips natural moisturizers and promotes dryness; instead, choose a lukewarm temperature and a mild soap or foot scrub. Gentle heat loosens dead skin cells. Don’t neglect the areas between the toes, especially when drying. Damp skin can lead to bacteria and fungi, resulting in athlete’s foot. Foot Scrub Recipe Why purchase expensive food scrubs when the ingredients are within reach and take seconds to make? Instead, look online for a recipe that suits your health needs. If you are searching for relaxation, perhaps add lavender essential oil, or, if you need to boost circulation,

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add a teaspoon of cayenne powder and ginger. Consider adding a teaspoon of raw honey for added softening and medicinal comfort. Instructions: Sugar scrubs begin with a one-tofour ratio comprising two ingredients—one cup of sugar (for exfoliation) and a fourth cup of coconut oil (boasts health benefits, such as being a natural moisturizer, minimalizing the signs of aging, and possessing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties). Adding pink Himalayan Sea Salt to the sugar base (50% ratio) will act as a natural exfoliator, while removing toxins from the body. Soothing Aches and Pains As each day adds one extra minute of sunlight, the body increases its activity, leaving the feet feeling tender and sore. Magnesium sulfate, called Epsom Salt(s), eases muscle and joint pain, inflammations, and fungal infections, including ingrown toenails. Additional Benefits: • Magnesium aids in soothing dry skin, • Reduces foot odor, • Increases blood circulation, • Promotes relaxation. Epsom Salt Recipe Yes, you can add a cup of Epsom Salt to a bath or a quarter cup to a foot bath; however, consider creating a more luxurious experience with the following additions: • BATH: Combine one teaspoon of a carrier oil, such as olive or almond oil, for every drop (5 to 20 maximum) of essential oil. While carrier oils offer essential fatty acids, skin-healing vitamins, and anti-inflammatory compounds, essential oils extract the essence of plant matter to create a powerful healing oil. For instance, thyme balances estrogen levels, while lemon and oregano oils fight infections. On the other hand, lavender encourages relaxation and promotes sleep. • MOISTURIZING FOOT SOAK: Dissolve a tablespoon of honey into one cup of coconut milk; then, stir in one tablespoon of cinnamon powder. Do not extend the soak longer than 20 minutes. • PROMOTING A CIRCULATION FOOT SOAK: Add a half-cup or less of freshly grated or ground ginger to two cups of boiling water. Stir. Separately combine lemon, lemongrass, or clary sage essential oil to your carrier oil; then, pour directly into your foot tub. Add additional water to suit your preference. Start taking notes on which remedies, especially the ingredients, improve the quality of your skin. Weekly foot care treatments, including pampering massages and paraffin wax applications, can maintain soft skin throughout the year!


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The Joy of the Year-Round “Christmas” Tree Make It a Tree for EVERY Celebration BY KAREN COOPER

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many people, decorating the tree is one of the best parts of Christmas. We anticipate picking out a live tree or pulling a familiar one out of storage, and relish the delightful task of unwrapping long-treasured ornaments to place on its beautiful branches. Whether you prefer all white lights or colors, blinking or nonblinking, lots of tinsel or no tinsel, setting up and decorating the tree are time-honored traditions for so many families, and the art of decorating brings people together to create something beautiful and an atmosphere of warmth and comfort. After Christmas this past year, our family just didn’t have the heart or the energy to take down the tree. We had so enjoyed the special way the tree lit up the room and it lifted our spirits (especially after another year of living through a pandemic). We decided to leave the tree UP and started thinking of ways we could enjoy it all the year through. These are some of the ideas we had, and I’m sure you can think of even more….

Happy New Year

Gold or silver are popular colors for celebrating the new year. You can add shiny gold or silver ribbon, wrapped around the tree, and place “Happy New Year” party hats, tiaras and noisemakers throughout the branches. This can be great fun if you are planning to have a New Year’s Eve party where friends can then help themselves to the goodies on the tree.

Valentine’s Day

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a great time to decorate your tree with big pink or red balls, as well as beautiful artificial flowers found at craft stores. You can get creative with the things you love most about Valentine’s Day, and add candy ornaments, make paper cut-outs of big candy hearts, like the ones that say “Be Mine” or “True Love,” or drape red-and-pink garland around the tree.

St Patrick’s Day

Shamrocks look delightful hanging from a Christmas tree decked in green and gold to celebrate everyone’s favorite Irish holiday. You can have fun making a festive, lucky tree, just right for all the leprechauns in your life to enjoy. You could even add rainbow ornaments or a rainbow of garlands to your tree and place a pot of gold underneath. There are so many possibilities!

Easter

It’s pastels everywhere for the Easter tree! Use plastic eggs to adorn the branches and nest some plush bunnies and baby chicks in there, too. Tuck in some spring flowers to make the look complete. You can also make your entire tree into a big bunny by finding some big googly eyes and large bunny ears at the craft store. The kids will love this tree.

July 4th

July the 4th calls for red, white, and blue decorations in the form of a garland, lights and ornaments that explode off the tree, giving the impression of fireworks! You can also use small American flags placed throughout the tree, or a garland of flags found at the craft

store to give it a real patriotic feel. Add some silver ornaments and this tree will light up your house like the fireworks displays going on outside. Grab some sparklers and make your own fireworks show in the back yard.

Halloween

For Halloween, there are many themes to inspire your tree decorating. You can go with a pumpkin theme and find small pumpkins, or pumpkin ornaments with which to adorn the branches; you could make it a little scarier with a black and white theme of skeletons, spider webbing, fake spiders and scary monster ornaments; or you could use witches as your theme and hang purple and green garland; or add witches on broomsticks and cauldrons to the tree. You could even mix all these themes together or add some of your own. Halloween gives you an opportunity to have lots of fun and get creative.

Thanksgiving & Fall

While many people are preparing their tree for the Christmas holiday, this is a great opportunity to deck yours out in a fall-themed motif with artificial autumn leaf garlands and other fall decorations. You can even use turkey ornaments, ears of dried corn, bows in fall colors, dried flowers, and tiny pumpkins of all colors. Celebrate the holiday of thankfulness and friendship as you and your guests admire this tree. And just like that, Christmas rolls around again…. Enjoy your yearround tree and make it special, just the way you want it to be.


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POLLINATION PERFECTION BY LISA S.T. DOSS*

Buzz!

Buzz! No need to duck. The honeybee flies with intention. With the job of foraging, she can travel between 15 to 20 miles per hour and two miles away from her colony. This job, by no means easy, is to seek the location of the spring season’s alluring perfumes, which tempt her and 100,000 other pollinators to gather pollen or nectar from over 130 crops, including fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops. The scents draw the bees, and sometimes a visitor will discover not just one, but two honeybees holding each other’s feet and sleeping among the pollen grains. Without nature’s rain and wind and a lengthy list of four-legged and winged creatures, our landscapes would lack vitality, and our ecosystems would fail. Therefore, the goal of gardening includes thinking about ways to welcome the birds, bats, and bees which provide a mutually beneficial service of survival! A Gardener’s Path If you love growing fruits and vegetables, learning about “Permaculture” will interest you. The method strives to capture the three Rs—recycle, regenerate, and reuse. The principle includes using food waste to create compost, minimizing waste, and building a nutrient-rich soil over time. Think about the locations close to your home entrances; these are highly trafficked areas which can grow herbs and flowers interspersed with other plants. Consider creating a map, labeled with areas “A” through “D,” to accommodate accessibility. Expand your horizons by creating a Mediterranean garden, a bee garden, or a dry garden!

Ideas to Consider:

NATIVE PLANTS: These are non-invasive species that will thrive in our growing zone. Visit a local nursery or drive around the neighborhood to see what is flourishing. COMPANION PLANTS: Gardening websites, such as www.gardenate.com, offer a list of crops intended to thrive in a particular growing zone. While beans, celery, dill, luffa, and okra are viable for our climate in June, each one will succeed if it has a companion plant growing near to eliminate pests, increase flavors, or accommodate soil structure. For instance, pumpkins will attract beneficial pollinators and repel insects if they are planted near corn, peas, melons, marigold, nasturtium, sunflowers, and borage. STACKING PLANTS: Diagrams offer a visual for homeowners who want a layering look along a fence or as a landscape feature. The goal is to ensure fewer weeds, less watering, and eliminate soil erosion. Place taller foliage in the back to accommodate light for the ground cover or small plants in the front. THE HERB GARDEN: Every vegetable garden will thrive with herbs, especially medicinal plants. Consider adding these bee-friendly herbs to aid your seasonal crops. • Basil: Many herbs pair well together because they flourish with little direct sunlight and water. Consider pairing basil with marigolds, cilantro, chamomile, or anise to increase your plant’s oil value, or tomatoes, asparagus, and peppers. • Borage: Known as the starflower, it’s the perfect plant for pollinators, while having additional value for humans. The seeds, leaves, and flowers are edible and help to combat allergies and boost the immune system. Plant next to corn, broccoli, zucchini, squash, beans, and tomatoes. • Echinacea: The coneflower is a tall plant whose purple blossoms attract beneficial insects. It’s an ideal flower for a perennial border, along with blackeyed Susan, lupine, bee balm, and phlox. Just think, with the addition of these plants, you’ll eliminate slugs and snails! • Lavender: The sensational lavender plant needs a mound or container to prosper. It needs little water; therefore, it must be near similar companions, such as coneflowers, marigolds, roses, sage, Rosemary, and zinnias. Consider a wildflower garden to deter deer while beautifying your landscape! • Dill: Used to season savory dishes, including fish, salads, and soups, dill is a versatile herb. While it deters cabbage worms and cabbage loopers, and attracts ladybugs, praying mantis, bees, and butterflies, you can also plant it to discourage other pests from eating your brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, collards, and kohlrabi! Whether for spring, summer, or fall, consider the pollinators as you deliberate about planting a vegetable or flower garden. Add birdhouses and a few rocks to your birdbath to ensure the winged flyers know they are welcome! * Lisa is an N.C Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and a statecertified beekeeper.


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Positive Sleep Habits from Childhood to Adulthood BY LISA S.T. DOSS

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you one of the 62% who experience sleep difficulty more frequently than twice weekly? Too often, teens and adults dismiss evident patterns and accept the day’s fatigue as a normalcy. Whether the brain’s activity is the preventative or “restless leg syndrome,” there are solutions to help create positive sleep habits. The Bedtime Routine As children develop from infants to toddlers, sleep needs change as a child grows; however, the goal is to maintain a consistent bedtime routine. From bath time to brushing teeth, changing into pajamas, reading, and praying, children develop the rituals that often continue into adulthood. Teenage Sleep Deprivation From age six to twelve, children need, on average, nine hours of sleep. University studies conclude that adolescents need between nine and ten hours of sleep, ideally nine hours and 15 minutes. Despite the impacts, which affect cognitive abilities, such as memory, making decisions, paying attention, and performance, whether in sports or academics, most teens choose to remain awake until 11 PM or later, functioning on only seven hours nightly; therefore, if they are lashing out at their friends and teachers, it’s a sure connection to sleep deprivation- the amygdala controls the desperate feelings of fight-or-flight. As a result, the amygdala extracts resources from the brain, such as logic and function, making it difficult for teens to distinguish between what’s a threat and what isn’t. Contrary to popular belief, teenagers do not suffer from angst—only resistance to an ideal sleep schedule.

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Solutions to Aid Sleep The experts claim it’s wise to gauge how you feel during the day to determine if changes are necessary. Feeling well-rested creates levels of energy and preparedness to function. Simply laying your head down and closing your eyes isn’t enough; instead, a strategy is necessary. • ADOPT A BEDTIME RITUAL: Pre-sleep activities should be relaxing, whether taking a warm shower, reading, or listening to music. The brain naturally converts serotonin into melatonin, a sleep hormone, to encourage sound sleep. Maintain your schedule each night at the same time. •E LIMINATE DISTRACTIONS: The bedroom should be a tranquil environment that is dark, quiet, and cool; therefore, dispel any distractions associated with an activity or stress, such as watching television or using a laptop or cellphone. Consider leaving all technology in another room; so, the need to grab and check notifications isn’t a temptation. •W EIGHTED BLANKETS: For individuals suffering from stress and anxiety, weighted blankets evoke a sensation of being held or cuddled. Sitting on the couch enveloped by weight is a proven relaxation therapy that promotes tiredness, and for restless sleepers, it offers immobility. It’s vital to choose a blanket that is roughly 10% of the user’s body weight. For young children, the recommendation is essential. For instance, a child weighing 70 pounds should use a seven-pound blanket. •M EDITATION OR YOGA EXERCISE: The statistics are staggering: from 25% of children to 63% of women have insomnia. As a result, nine million Americans take a prescription drug to encourage

sleep. One positive correlation between meditation and sleep includes markers of REM sleep, hormone production, and oxygen consumption. Those who meditate before bed find calm and focus, allowing them to fall asleep more easily. Keep it simple and consistent; start with five minutes a day. Use an app or video to follow a program. It can be that simple! •N APPING: Power naps, ranging from 10 to 20 minutes, are ideal for the body to enter a slow-wave sleep without disturbing nighttime sleep efforts. Sleeping beyond 30 minutes leaves the mind feeling groggy and sleepy afterward, often impacting nighttime sleep. Risks of Continued Chronic Sleep The role of sleep health has a direct correlation to chronic diseases and conditions. For example, sufferers may have mood swings, and problems focusing and remembering, while internal difficulties may assume the form of high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, weight increases, and abnormal heart rhythms. Discussions with a Doctor The rejuvenation of settling the mind to REM sleep is an essential building block for a child’s and adult’s mental and physical health. It’s important not simply to accept a typical pattern; instead, discuss options with a child’s pediatrician or your doctor. Sleep disorders are intertwined with other mental and physical health issues, making the cycle hard to break. Weeks before a doctor appointment, consider keeping a sleep diary and start recording bedtimes, sleep length, and activities. The information will help identify patterns and determine solutions.


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HOLD ON TIGHT Balloon Safety and Environmental Impacts BY TARYN JEREZ

June

is “National Give a Bunch of Balloons Month,” which was founded by Wanda Carter Roush in an effort to dedicate the month to celebrating children suffering from incurable diseases and severe health conditions. While balloons may seem like the perfect gift to celebrate a loved one, or even remember someone gone too soon, they can also create a deadly impact on our wildlife and environment. Safe handling and disposing of balloons is crucial, and we can all play a part, with education being the number-one tool in doing so. Understanding The High Risks of Balloons Billy McCord, retired from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, shared his opinion that “It’s kind of sad that you can be fined for littering if a napkin flies out the window, but you can legally release a helium-filled balloon.” The fact is, balloon releases are actually a masslittering event. These often latex balloons go up into the sky and become a distant memory for those doing the releasing, but the reality is much different and darker. While many balloon companies claim that latex balloons are in fact biodegradable, these are often the most commonly found balloons inside dead animals’ stomachs. When balloons are released, strands of latex or bunches of plastic ribbons come down to greet unassuming wildlife and ocean life, causing a multitude of problems. Sea turtles have flippers entangled, causing them to drown; birds choke on balloon parts or suffocate when latex is swallowed; raccoons have been strangled from trees due to balloon ribbons. Unfortunately, all these incidents are more common than people realize. Additionally, helium-filled balloons released, whether on purpose or by accident, can get tangled in power lines, causing extreme safety issues. BalloonFacts.org states that “the metallic coating on foil balloons conducts electricity and can cause a short circuit or power surge when in contact with power lines. This can lead to power outages, damage to wires, and sparks that could start fires.” Responsible Balloon Use and Disposal While the risks of balloons are evident, it’s not necessarily about stopping use of them completely, but being a smart consumer. You can do so by following The Balloon Council’s motto, “Don’t let go: Inflate. Weight. Enjoy.” For starters, be sure never to intentionally release balloons of any kind into the air. Keep any helium-filled balloons secured with a string and tied to a weight of some kind to help avoid accidental release. If creating a decorative air-filled balloon

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arch, make sure to gather up every single one to dispose of them properly when the party comes to a close. While children love balloons, always make sure to monitor kids when handling balloons for their safety, as well as that of the environment. Once you are done enjoying the balloons, pop them and consider slicing them into pieces before disposing of them in a proper garbage can with a lid. Advocacy and Education for the Environment Remember that one person really can make a difference. Speak up if you see someone putting the environment and animals at risk through irresponsible balloon activities, such as balloon releases. You can also take part in local and state legislation for laws that ban specific balloon activities. If you would like more information or resources on responsible balloon safety and how to educate others, please check out balloonsblow.org {online edition hyperlink: http://www.balloonsblow.org}. “Balloons Blow” is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that “provides information to educate people about the destructive effects released balloons have on animals, people, and the environment, and strives to inspire and promote an eco-conscious lifestyle.” You and your family can also take the pledge to be a responsible balloon advocate at balloonfacts.org/take-thepledge. {online edition hyperlink: http:// www.balloonsblow.org}


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I Can Live Without You, Yes, I Can

BY JEAN MARIE JOHNSON

Allow

me to clarify: the title that drew you in does not refer to people or relationships. That would be a totally different article! Instead, this is about the THINGS in your life and in your space. You’ve probably already done some decluttering and simplifying. And while you feel good about the progress you’ve made you know in your gut that you can still lighten the load. If you need that extra push, remind yourself of why you are unloading in the first place. You may want: a more streamlined home; less to take care of; less excess; less obsolescence; more time for other things, or; you may simply need a change. These are all very good reasons to choose to break up with some of your things. And yes, we all know from first-hand experience that breaking up is hard to do. I was recently inspired by a story about a woman who moved into a 200-square-foot cottage. The problem, she quickly discovered, was that there was no way that all her things could be squeezed—much less, happily organized—into that small space. She then embarked on a major home edit that left her feeling lighter, less encumbered, and “clearer” about what she needed and wanted in her “here and now” life. Many of us wait for a major life change—a relocation, a relationship breakup, a newly emptied nest, or even the loss of a loved one, to consider what we really want and need in that special place we call home. But why wait until later? Why not surround yourself with the things you really want and need and kiss the rest goodbye, bless it on its way? As always, consider consigning, selling, donating, gifting, or trashing. It’s your choice.

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Things you may be able to live without: Hummel Figurines and other collectibles. My neighbor rues the day she decided to ship her in-law’s Hummel collection from the Midwest to take up space in her already “well-collected” home. Extraneous kitchen appliances. Unless you are a true chef or have a mad passion for a particular gadget, most of us rarely use and therefore don’t need all those space mongers taunting us. Stacks of magazines you’ll never go back to. I once said goodbye to four years of issues from one of my favorite magazines. Now, I only keep the current year’s issues, scan through them in January, and then let them go. E-mail subscriptions that totally suck up time. Even if you no longer work, you may find yourself drowning in emails from blogs, magazines, shopping sites, foodie sites, political sites, well-being sites, and on and on. Retain only a few as you befriend that “Unsubscribe” option so that you can get off your you-know-what more often! Clothes and shoes you can only look at. If the magazines were hard for me, this one is even more difficult. I have found that self-acceptance—really making peace with where I am now in my life and in my lifestyle—makes letting these beauties go much easier. Piles of fancy shopping bags because they’re so cute. I know this sounds ridiculous, but if you are a shopper like me, you know how enticing it is to hold onto these lovelies. My strategy is to keep a handful in the drawer where I store my wrapping paper and actually use them to haul gifts or corral ribbons. Garden pots from when you first started gardening. Speaking of corralling, who needs 20 clay pots when five or six on standby will do? Do-dads from previous chapters in your life. For me this mostly goes back to clothes, shoes, and books. For you, it may be materials from sports activities, hobbies or craft projects you lost interest in long ago. Or something else. I have found that it feels really good to break up with these by donating them to my local thrift shop, knowing they will bring meaning and joy to someone else.

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THE

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BY @BRIGHTMOMENTCO / LAUREN SEPHTON Welcome back to the Fancy Fork! The place to go to know what produce is in season, armed with a recipe using one or more of those seasonal delights. While this Strawberries & Cream Croissant French Toast Bake may not be as “healthy” as your morning oatmeal, it sure will have anyone you serve it to falling in love with you...that’s how delicious it is! It’s easy to make, satisfying for a long day ahead, and is almost the definition of the bright, blooming summer season.

Strawberries & Cream Croissant French Toast Bake PREP TIME: 10 MIN | COOK TIME: 50 MIN | TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR | SERVINGS: 5-6

INGREDIENTS: 5 Plain Croissants, sliced into quarters ¼ cup Maple Syrup 4 large Eggs 1½ cups Whole Milk

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract ½ tsp. Fine Sea Salt Whipped Cream, for serving Fresh Strawberries, sliced, for serving Maple Syrup, for serving

Fun fact—did you know that strawberries are a member of the rose family? Strawberries are known to have extensive health benefits, despite their sweet little size. They are packed with vitamins, fiber, and high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols. They can also help lower blood pressure, protect your heart, and guard against cancer. They are quite the package deal!

INSTRUCTIONS:

Other seasonal produce includes avocados, beets, blueberries, cherries, cucumbers, green beans, leafy spring greens, fresh herbs, kale, leeks, mango, peas, radishes, rhubarb, and more. Each one, when picked at the peak of its season, carries its own health benefits and lots of flavor to enhance your meals!

5. Cover with aluminum foil. Set aside in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.

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1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a 9 x 13” baking dish. 2. Add the sliced croissants to the prepared dish in a single layer. 3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt until smooth and creamy. 4. Evenly pour the cream mixture over the croissants.

6. Bake covered for 20 minutes, then uncovered for 20-30 minutes. It is done when tops are golden brown, and center is firm. 7. Serve immediately with maple syrup, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Now that you’ve mastered the art of fresh strawberries, it’s time to grab your fork and enjoy the blossoming spring season delights!


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What If? Presents Responding to a Medical Emergency “What-if?”, those worrisome words, arrive in the conscious, spinning topics in our mind, from safety and financial security to loved ones and pet health. Asking, “What can I do?” leads to a proactive decision to invest time in the ultimate insurance policy—valuable life skills comprising security, shelter, food, water, and medical care! In any emergency, from extreme weather to a personal disaster, you have the power to take charge of your fate by making plans and taking action! The statistic is accurate; most accidents occur within five miles of the home. Unknowingly, you have the skillsets and, most likely, the tools to help a person who needs First Aid. Whether you know the precise technique or not, doing something will certainly help a child, spouse, parent, friend, or stranger--even if you feel tremors of nervousness. It’s time to know how to respond in an emergency. Stopping a Bleed Quickly The sight of blood often results in one particular emotion, panic; however, your smile or soft words, even singing, offer healing comfort; therefore, try to remain calm! The first action is to directly apply pressure with a clean cloth, whatever you have at the moment, whether it’s a kitchen towel, paper towel, or bandage. Do not remove the application even if blood saturates; instead, leave it in place and continue applying extra layers until the blood clots, stemming the blood flow. If the injury is on the leg or arm, elevate the limb above the heart. After five minutes of firm, steady pressure, and the bleeding has ceased, it’s time to remove the dressing and clean the wound. In situations of continued blood flow, the following household items will help. • ANTIPERSPIRANT: If containing the ingredient aluminum, apply the stick directly to the cut or smear with a cotton ball. • BLACK OR CAYENNE PEPPER: Yes, it stings, but it’s an effective solution. Sprinkle on the cut; then, wash with water. • CORNSTARCH, FLOUR, OR SUGAR: Sprinkle directly on the wound and rinse with water. • MOUTH WASH: As a disinfectant, mouth wash works well!

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Addressing Burns While caring for the skin may be your first act, ensure the individual is protected from further harm; turn off power sources or remove kettles or pots. And, while clothing may be wet, don’t try to remove the shirt or pants just yet. Start by holding the area under cool, not cold, running water for at least ten minutes. A cold pack or wet cloth will result in the same outcome, to aid against pain and swelling. • Try to leave blisters alone. If they break, clean with water and apply an antibiotic ointment. • Burns require a cooling agent, such as aloe vera or cocoa butter, preventing drying and promoting relief. • Cover loosely with a bandage. • Provide an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium. Fractures Immobilization is the first action. Broken bones could potentially sever a blood vessel or nerve. Never underestimate a break. Until medical care can determine the diagnosis, treat the situation as a fracture. You’ll need splints and plenty of bandages. Don’t hesitate to use the body to protect the bones and prevent movement. TWO RULES: 1. N ever apply a bandage DIRECTLY OVER a fracture. 2. S welling is likely to happen; therefore, bandages need to be loose enough for regular blood circulation. Consider using padding, such as towels or a pillow, to help support limbs in place.

• WITCH HAZEL: Another two-in-one remedy- while causing the blood vessels to constrict, it aids pain and reduces swelling. Pour directly over the cut and dab.

Injuries occur in seconds. Your fast action and application can result in a less severe diagnosis. Knowing a few basic techniques will help; however, consider expanding your knowledge to learn how to administer the Heimlich Maneuver and CPR, or recognize the symptoms of stroke, heart attack, and heatstroke. Every effort can help a life, even your own.

After ten minutes, use a tourniquet until help arrives!

NEXT MONTH: The MacGyver Plan

• PETROLEUM JELLY OR LIP BALM: The waxy texture offers a seal to form a clot. • RUNNING WATER: A viable solution to stop the bleed while cleaning the wound.

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MY HOPE-FULL LIFE

BY DENISE HEIDEL

We’re officially halfway through the edited edition of “My Grace-Full Life,” and this month – we’re talking about “My Hope-Full Life.” Hope is one of the three greatest things – right between Faith and Love, according to 1 Corinthians 13:13. We are wired for hope, but too often – we place our hope in all the wrong things! We buy into the promises that something or someone will make our lives better. If we just had THIS or we just had THAT, all would be good and right with the world. Hope tells us that losing 20 pounds will make us happier. We have hope that the perfect job will give us fulfillment. To some degree, we all look for a promise to hope. Why do you think infomercials continue to be successful? (Eh-hem, 20 years ago, there may or may not have been, but probably was, a SlamMan in my guest bedroom.) But, as we know from so many Scripture references – hope, TRUE hope, is only found in Jesus Christ. So, why do we continue to look for that easy solution when the answer is just a prayer away? The prophet, Jeremiah, wrote in Lamentations 3:24, “’The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’” It’s not just the writer of Lamentations’ soul…all souls crave God, whether they acknowledge that truth or not. There’s

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an entire planet of people who seek to fill a God-shaped hole in their hearts. They may try any number of strategies, but the only true satisfaction comes from the surrender to Christ. Nothing else fills us. Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Paul knew nothing would fill his heart other than Jesus. Jesus strengthened him and gave him the ability to be content in all circumstances. Jesus gave Paul the ability to praise from a prison cell. I know this truth from personal experience. I tried to fill myself with everything but God. When I finally surrendered, it became clear. Nothing else and no one else will complete me. And because Paul understood hope, he gave it a place of honor in his letter to the Corinthians…. “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” And because of Christ’s love alone – we have hope. VERSE OF THE MONTH: Ephesians 2:8-9 SONG OF THE MONTH: “ This is Amazing Grace,” by Phil Wickham RECOMMENDED READING: “What’s So Amazing About Grace”, by Philip Yancey; “Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit”, by Charles Swindoll; “Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine”, by Max Lucado


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being in church one Sunday when your pastor announces that he is preparing to take two months off from his job. Not only will he be away for two months, but he will continue to be paid his normal salary while he is away. He calls it a “sabbatical.” It sounds a lot to you like a really long paid vacation. Would you be supportive of this idea? How about the other people you know in your congregation?

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Believe it or not, it’s normal and, in some churches, required for pastors to take a sabbatical every so often. It’s like an extended Sabbath that gives the pastor a chance to get refocused, refreshed and renewed. When it’s done right, he will return to his regular responsibilities as a better leader, teacher and servant.

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Does your church give your pastor the opportunity for a sabbatical every few years? If not, it may be time to have a conversation with your leadership team about the benefits of doing so.

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Journeying

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BY PASTOR RON GARNER

The Good War?

Historian Studs Terkel wrote an oral history of World War II entitled The Good War. He called it this, not because he believed it was “good” in a traditional sense. Almost a hundred million people were killed, either from the war itself or the disease and famine that followed. No. Terkel gave his work this title because WW2 was clearly a righteous cause if there ever was one. The naked aggression of Axis powers along with the horrific slaughter of Jews in Europe, painted the whole conflict as one between good and evil. Admittedly, if you push into this, any historian will tell you that none of the Allied armies fought purely out of self disinterest. Regardless, even if the Allies didn’t begin the war with altruistic motives other than survival, by the end it was universally agreed they did indeed fight the “good fight.” I would argue that what we see in Ukraine today is as close as we have come to a clear-cut “good vs. evil’’ conflict in the last 70 years. Undoubtedly, there are other contenders, but I don’t have the space here to explore these. With most of these others, however, there is much more complexity, with multiple parties with a slew of motives. In other words, most are messy and unlikely to be considered by St. Augustine, one of our earliest church fathers, as a “righteous war.” But here, as with Poland in 1939, there is a clear aggressor and innocent nation-state. On top of that, you have Putin’s almost laughably bizarre justification: the “de-nazifying” of a country led not only a Jew, but one who lost family members in the Holocaust. In no way or fashion have the Ukrainians provoked the Russian Federation, other than seeking an alliance to prevent the very situation they are now in.

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I realize that I am not telling you anything new. I am just reminding us of the absolute injustice of this conflict and that I believe it is our moral duty to do whatever necessary to defend the innocent and help the hurting. James, Jesus’ brother, in his letter, puts it like this: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress:” (James 1:27a). In this context, James is essentially saying we are to care for those who can’t care for themselves. Don’t get me wrong, the Ukrainians are defending themselves in ways that our Western intelligence agencies never predicted in their wildest dreams. It is truly a Goliath vs. David scenario, and one where David, if not outright trouncing the giant, is giving him the fight of his life. But with the resources that the Russians have at their disposal, this cannot continue indefinitely, unless the Western powers remain steadfast in supporting our Ukrainian democratic brethren. So, what do Christians do? There are a multitude of ministries and churches that are helping in the relief effort. Do some online research and give to one where the bulk of the money goes directly to the victims of this war. Call your congressmen and -women and senators to express our nation’s need to keep the support up. And if some of the hundred thousand refugees our government has agreed to take in find their way to our city, welcome them with open arms. In general, Americans have big hearts, but short attention spans. As long as this war continues and even beyond, let’s not forget the people of Ukraine. Putin’s war of aggression is the “Good War” of our age. Let’s fight it by our prayers, our gifts, and, if necessary, our presence.


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Streamline and Strategize to Simplify Your Life and Maximize Your Time BY SUSAN BB SCHABACKER

Whether

you’re clearing your closet full of clutter, planning for the next few days, or prioritizing endless lists, streamlining and strategizing can improve your workflow and your entire life. Here are some helpful tips to simplify your life, lighten your load, ease your anxieties, boost your mood and energy, and to live better! What is a building without a blueprint or a business without a business plan? Before you work out how to get to your destination, it’s essential to know where you want to go and why. No need for an exhaustive list or spending all your time planning, but figure out your top life goals and prioritize them based on what’s most important to you. Start at the core level and think broadly before you get more specific. Maintain a daily list of goals, assess your productivity and progress, and make a separate list for smaller tasks and to-dos. Decide your highest priorities based on meaningful importance and manage smaller, but urgent, priorities which are deadline-driven. Keep track of where all your time is going. Checking e-mail constantly throughout the day can add up fast and detract from your time to do other things. Try limiting your time on home feeds and social media and set a schedule for posting updates. Staying on top of your time will benefit you personally and will help organize your work schedule, business, or organization. Why hold onto things that are just taking up space? ‘Tis the season to lighten up and go through your wardrobe. Identify your favs and keep them together

with your once-in-a-blue-moon special occasion pieces, stored in a separate place, too. Organize outfits according to type or put some combos together ahead of time to grab and wear. Take a similar approach with your skincare and cosmetics, and group together the essentials you use every day. Items like fake eyelashes and rhinestones can be stored separately. A paper trail can quickly add to the clutter and complexity of your life, so an ideal solution is to go paperless with virtual and digital invoices, documents, and banking. Only print out when absolutely necessary. Conquer computer clutter by keeping your files organized with the majority stored on a hard drive (just remember to back up your work regularly). Also, clear space on your phone by deleting the apps you’re not using, text messages with massive media (videos, audio, and images). From handbag to travel bag, no need to carry your whole house with you everywhere you go. Save that kind of resistance training for your next work-out. The key to most everything is to think in terms of necessity and priority. Even if you’re known to switch your handbag to match every outfit, it’s a lot easier to swap out when you have fewer contents to carry. Rubber band (or hair band) your cards, keeping the most important cards, like ID, driver’s license, insurance and medical cards together. It’s easy to accumulate business cards, but there’s no need to bring your card collection with you everywhere you go. Only keep the most recent and relevant in your handbag. Or go sans, adding your contacts info into your phone, snapping pics, or scanning. Group items like lipstick or lip balm, toiletries, and tissues in a separate small bag within your handbag. Think of the time you’ll save searching, when you are aware of what you have and where it is. Although Julia Child’s pro cooking tips are delicious, it’s her clean-as-you-go approach that will help streamline your life. In video after video, she makes an unconscious habit of cleaning the countertop and not letting those pots and pans pile up. Now that’s a habit to cultivate! Bills and household chores often accumulate and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. As chaos and clutter continue to grow, your life may feel more and more out of control. Simply being more mindfully aware of everything you do can work wonders for maintaining a clean, clutter-free environment. Manageable maintenance is the magical key.


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Yoga After 60? Tips for Getting Started BY JEAN MARIE JOHNSON

Just

after my 60th birthday, I committed to starting a yoga practice. I had heard enough to know that it would be good for me, YAY! and I was ready to jump right in. Oops… Let’s just say that I got off to a rough start. So, I regrouped, did some research, and started over. I am so glad that I did, so pleased that I didn’t give up after a false start, because what yoga’s given me is immeasurable. If you are over 60 and thinking about making yoga a part of your life, I applaud you! I also know that you may have some concerns – Am I too old, too unfit/overweight/fragile? Will I feel out of place among people who know what they’re doing? Can I learn this? Do I want to put this “pressure” on myself? I hear you and I understand your concerns. Instead of “jumping right in,” as I did on my well-intentioned false start, consider the following: t Check in with your doctor Ask her if there is any medical reason that you shouldn’t practice yoga. Ask if there are any aspects of your health (such as a tricky knee, osteoporosis, or a past surgery) that you should mention to a yoga instructor in advance of a class, so that they can guide you to prevent injury. t Watch a few online classes Be sure to bypass the 60-minute power-yoga videos and instead look for titles that specifically indicate they are for those over 60. Also look for words like “beginner” or “gentle” in the title. These classes will give you a sense of the pace, rhythm, and type of positions and moves you are likely to experience in a real-time class. t Find the right venue and teacher Google “Yoga Winston-Salem” to immediately access many local yoga options. Read the reviews for those that sound like a potential fit. If something piques your interest, e-mail or call to inquire about beginner classes. Most instructors have experience with students who are new to yoga and will understand your questions and your concerns. If they seem dismissive, move on. Some even offer one-onone instruction for new students—something that certainly would have been beneficial to me.

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t Invest in some basic gear What you wear will affect your comfort and movement, so take yourself to TJ Maxx, or to Athleta in the Thruway Shopping Center and buy some leggings, yoga pants, and loose-fitting tees and tops. At this point, I practically live in these “athleisure” essentials. t Bring your learning mindset The babble in your head will also affect your comfort, your movement, and the overall quality of your yoga experience. Speak nicely to yourself, remember that you are a student, not an expert. In fact, many yoga instructors point out that regardless of where we are in our practice, we remain students forever. t Easy does it Don’t push yourself too far or too fast. If you “throw yourself in” you risk injury, fatigue, and disappointment. Because yoga coaxes you to slow down and pay attention to your experience, it facilitates your ability to self-monitor. t Let go of comparisons And speaking of self-monitoring, it leaves little room for your striving self or your hard-to-please ego. Everyone around you is a student; everyone is practicing. Everyone came with their own history, baggage, and unique body and mind. Notice any in-the-moment urge to compare or compete, then focus on the next tip. t This is for you After listening to the tale of my yoga restart, my wise 78-year-old friend and longtime yoga devotee gave me the best nudge possible, saying simply, “Always make your yoga practice for and about you. It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing or what they may be thinking. That’s their business.” t Consider solo or tandem practice By participating in live classes, you have the advantage of the instructor guiding you as you learn the poses. Over time, you might consider taking online classes in the comfort of your own home or together with a friend, in theirs.

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of a Southern Yankee BY DAMIAN DESMOND

Thank you for your Service I

was in the lobby of the hotel in San Antonio getting coffee. It was still extremely early in the morning, and the only other soul up and about was the front desk receptionist. As I pushed down the handle to allow the liquid gold to pour into my paper cup, the doors to the left of me opened up, and an elderly gentleman sauntered into the lobby. I was actually taken by surprise not expecting anyone to be walking into the hotel at such an early hour. As I glanced to my left, I saw that the gentleman had on a variety of clothing articles, which made it very evident he was a veteran. As I customarily do, I said, “Thank you for your service.” The gentleman responded, “Thank you.” To which I responded, “You’re welcome.” I turned back to my coffee, added the contents of sweetener from the little yellow packet, threw in a couple of creamers and made my way back up to my room. An interaction had just occurred that took literally less than 10 seconds, but it is one that I will always remember. Had I not thanked the gentleman for the sacrifices he has made for this country, I would be kicking myself today. In the past couple of months, I’ve been watching the series “Band of Brothers” on my flights. The opening

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credits and music give me chills no matter how many times I’ve seen it. Personally, I feel that every single high school student in this country should be required to watch this incredibly well done series. The sacrifices made and the horrors endured by the greatest generation must never be forgotten. As a former public school teacher of 16 years, I know firsthand that history has been and is taking a backseat in our classrooms. Our young generations need to see what others have given up and endured so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. I truly worry about the disconnect that exists between the young people of today and the older (and almost completely gone) generations who endured and overcame monumental obstacles. Our youth need to see how the country came together here and abroad to fight evil. They need to know how my grandfathers were welcomed home after World War II. They need to witness the ticker tape parades in New York City and the embraces and kisses our service men and women received. They need to know about the thousands upon thousands of our men and women who never made it back, but instead found their final resting places in Europe, Africa and in the Pacific. At the same


time, they also need to see the disrespect my adopted father faced when he returned from Vietnam. They need to hear the jeering of people calling our service men and women “baby killers.” They need to learn that many service people changed out of their uniforms upon their arrival back in the states so as not to be spat upon and ridiculed. (For the record, my father kept his uniform on. He served his country proudly, and he wasn’t about to let anyone intimidate him.) My own service to this country from 1990 to 1996 pales in comparison to others. I never had to be deployed. I never saw combat. I was never really in harm’s way. I am thankful for that. When someone learns that I am a veteran and thanks me for my service, it honestly makes me uncomfortable. I tell them it really wasn’t a big deal. I also tell them that there are many more service men and women who have given far more than myself to this country. I simply cannot ever be grateful enough to them and all they have given. The most moving episode of “Band of Brothers” is entitled “Why We Fight”. I would never condone war. There is always a more peaceful, humane resolution. But, in this particular episode, when the men of Easy Company stumble upon

a concentration camp, there was absolutely no question that what we did in Europe was not only right, but righteous. To sit through this particular episode and not cry or feel extreme emotions would make one non-human. The scenes of skin and bone men who were barely hanging on to their lives by a thread are heart wrenching. The bodies of those even less fortunate strewn everywhere are a horrible reminder of the pure evil and horrendous atrocities that were occurring in Europe. In my heart is a desire that no American man or woman ever lose his or her life in service to this country again. But in my mind, I know that when the uniform is worn and the oath is taken, that risk is inherently there. I salute all the men and women who knowingly risked and are risking their lives for this country. The very least I can do is take a few seconds and utter five simple but powerful words: “Thank you for your service.”

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Images from May 11th KMO at Jack Warren Park Pavilion

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Grab a Friend... and bring the kids for a morning of fun at Monday, June 6th 10am-11:30am

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Join Us... For a morning of outdoor fun at their amazing facility. We’ll have fun activities for the kids under the picnic shelter along with prize board drawings for the adults.

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Day Trip Idea: Dan Nicholas Park BY LAURA DYDEK WITH TRIAD MOMS ON MAIN

Dan Nicholas Park is so much more than just a park! This is absolutely worth the day trip and something everyone in your family will enjoy. I even skipped my son’s (very necessary) nap for the day trip, and I don’t regret it one bit. We had heard many wonderful things about the park, but I truly wasn’t sure what to expect. I packed us both a lunch and drove about 45 minutes from Clemmons to Salisbury! We headed straight for Rowan Wildlife adventure when we arrived, because we were excited to see the animals. It was $1.00 for an adult to enter and $.50 for a child under 10 (under 1 is free!). We also paid for our Barnyard visit here, which was $.50 each. Wildlife Adventure was wonderful to walk through. We saw bald eagles, bears, vultures, foxes, alligators, and more! The flow of the zoo is nice and loops you back through, so you get a second look at all the animals on your way out. We headed to the Nature Center next. The nature center is free to all visitors, so in all honesty, I wasn’t expecting much. However, I was completely blown away when we walked inside! It is an immersive experience that gets you up close and personal with reptiles and marine life. The center is small, but the exhibits are beautifully done, and staff is nearby to answer any questions you have while visiting! Finally, we made our way to the Barnyard. A large barn houses farm animals such as sheep, goats, a hog, and a donkey. This experience is a simple loop around the barn, but it was a fun way to finish our animal adventure! After the Barnyard, we decided to try out the Gem Mine. My son is just shy of three years old, so I wasn’t sure it was something he would enjoy but we gave it a try! You can purchase a bucket of sand to mine, starting at $9 and going up to $47. We opted for the $9 bucket (which was quite large) and made our way to the flume lines! My son had a blast scooping the sand into the screens and sifting to find gems. He even found two shark teeth and was very proud of his large bag of gems he got to take home!

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By this time, we were both feeling hungry. We enjoyed our lunch at a picnic table near the playground. Dan Nicholas Park has many covered shelters throughout the park, but also plenty of picnic tables scattered through the woods. After we were refueled, we took a stroll around mini-golf (which was unfortunately closed during our visit) and spent about an hour playing on the cluster of playgrounds the park has to offer! There are three distinct “sections” of playgrounds, each suited for different ages and abilities. It is open, spread out, and provides unique playing experiences. I had packed my son’s scooter, because we can’t go far without it these days, and I’m so glad I brought it. Dan Nicholas Park has wonderful trails all throughout the park! He rode his scooter from the playground parking lot down to the waterfront and paddleboats. The paddleboats were not open for the season during our visit in early April, much to my son’s dismay. We will absolutely plan to be back when they are! Paddle Boats are only $2 per person for 30 minutes, and under 3 are free! We explored the waterfront, concessions area, and looped back through the woods on a paved trail to the main “square.” Two attractions my son was very upset we were not able to experience this visit were the splash pad and the train! During the summer, you can take train rides from Hurley Station and then cool off in the splash pad right next door. Dan Nicholas Park also has a beautiful carousel that was closed during our visit, but we look forward to trying out next time for $1 per ride. If it sounds like Dan Nicholas Park is more of an amusement park than your typical park, you are not wrong! The best part is it is all very reasonably priced and there is no admission fee to get into the park. We had a wonderful visit and plan to return when more attractions are open. You can follow Dan Nicholas Park on Facebook for updates and information on attractions’ openings. Rowan Wild has their own Facebook Page where they post updates as well. We spent four hours at Dan Nicholas Park just visiting the zoo, gem mine, and playgrounds! You can easily spend the entire day here with the family during the summer. It is also worth noting that the NC Transportation Museum is only 12 minutes away! You could easily split the day between the two destinations! Pack a picnic, load up the family, and enjoy your visit to Dan Nicholas Park!

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Yes, It Really Is!

get married when we were young might not have been the best; it certainly would have been less complicated, but I believe that the struggles we encountered along the way made us stronger in the long run. We were meant to be together. I question some of the moves we made, but they were learning experiences and, though not all, most served us well in the long run.

A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting in traffic while running errands when it suddenly hit me how content and happy I am with my life. It’s not that this was the first time, my life has always been blessed, but there was something a bit different about this feeling. In 1998, a movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow premiered. “Sliding Doors” is about a woman who is fired from her job and takes the train home to find her significant other having an affair. The film then switches and although the start is the same, she misses her train and gets home after the “other woman” has left. The movie goes back and forth showing different scenarios of the choices she makes after making the train or missing it. It is how one event can change or impact one’s life. I started thinking back on how my life has progressed from the thoughts I had as a teenager as to where I wanted to go and what I wanted to achieve to where I am now. The choices I made early on in my adult life certainly changed the course I thought I would take, but I couldn’t be more grateful for how it has worked out. I met my husband in the second semester of my freshman year in college. We married the summer after my sophomore year. The choice my husband and I made to

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Years after we married, we started our beautiful family and we agreed I would be a stay-at-home mom. Again, an extra paycheck would have made it easier, but I loved being home with our girls and wouldn’t have traded that for anything. Something that definitely was not in the realm of possibilities as a teenager. Back then, I wanted to go to New York and make it on Broadway. I am amused by that as I can’t imagine myself traipsing around going from audition to audition, sharing some tiny apartment while waiting for my big break. I wouldn’t have survived a month after having led a very sheltered life. In the movie, Paltrow’s character, having missed the train, ended up suspicious and miserable, while, in making the train, she gets out of the bad relationship and her life gradually improves. Sometimes the choices we make work out way better than our youthful imagined lives. I obviously did not move to New York for any reason. Nor did I write a memorable ad campaign – another potential profession, not to mention a highly acclaimed children’s book or, better yet, the great American novel (although maybe that’s still a possibility – of course, I jest.) However, I gave birth to three precious girls who grew up to be three amazing women! I beam with pride as I watch the families they have created blossom from infants to toddlers to little people to teenagers who embrace qualities that make them the most wonderful grandchildren we could ever have been blessed with. My greatest wish is that I live long enough to see the paths their lives will take. I have no doubt that one day my daughters will look back at their lives and the courses they have taken, smile at the lives their children have made for themselves, and hope they live long enough to see their grandchildren grow up. I hope they will be as happy and content with the choices they made as I am with mine.


“ Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind.” ~ Louise Nevelson

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8th Grade Clemmons Middle School Stacey Stephens, Art Teacher

7th Grade Hanes Magnet Middle School Sarah McNeely, Art Teacher

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The View from My Section – A Father’s Perspective

Sibling Influence is often Underrated BY A. KEITH TILLEY

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and again when I went through job interviews in the past, I was hit with the classic question, “What’s your biggest weakness?” My answer most frequently was “I’m a perfectionist.” Today, that answer is used by many, often in an attempt to make what could be viewed as a positive, appear as a negative, trait. A faux weakness, if you will. And thus, not actually revealing your true weakness. For me, however, this is very real. But I did come about it honestly, as they say. Growing up with older siblings (my brothers were six and twelve years older than me, respectively), whenever I did something, creatively or otherwise, my brothers would always be more than happy to explain what I did wrong and what I “should have done instead.” Perhaps the excessive age difference between us contributed to this, after all, they were basically going through separate life stages throughout. This phenomenon was not so uncommon when I was growing up. Parents would get one child in school before they gave birth to another. Of course, what I didn’t realize at the time was that it was always easier for them to see better alternatives after seeing how my ideas and methods worked out in the past tense. Who here isn’t just a little better after seeing the result? Add this to their sheer experience, having been through it already, and they were full of critique masked as “advice.” This constant judgment and reminders of how I should have done it in hindsight caused me to grow up always wanting to avoid this faux lesson opportunity. Hence, I would examine and overthink many situations, some of which weren’t critical enough to justify this thorough a review ahead

of time. Thus, I became a perfectionist by default. There are, of course, other ways siblings can negatively affect us. Some others might deal with serious ridicule and put-downs, considered oftentimes as the merely typical, classic mischievous behavior of youth. Though they may be, it doesn’t take away its impact on our future selves, whether it results in lower self-esteem; a constant need for

affirmation; an immense, internal drive to succeed; or something else. Sibling influence is real and is not always taken as seriously by parents as it should be. Even our entertainment sources (television and movies in particular) indicate this behavior as typical, portrayed under the guise of comedy.

when growing up, they were complete opposites. It wasn’t that one was better, it’s just they had different tastes, and ideas about what they enjoyed and were interested in the most. For example, one liked pageants and other competitions in which she excelled greatly. The other deplored those types of competitive activities. There were many more differences, of course. And although one had a case full of trophies while the other focused her energies on hobbies, clubs, and activities that served her interests better, there was absolutely no competitive tension apparent between them, ever. They loved each other immensely and defended each other equal to the best of friends. Though they’re both grown now, even as adults, they always look out for each other and are still very close today, keeping in touch with each other’s lives regularly. This is a perfect example of sibling influence that embraces, enhances, and supports each party to utilize their abilities, potential, and experiences in life to the fullest.

It should be taken seriously, though, for reasons I’ve already shown. My grandmother was the best I’ve seen at this. At our holiday family gatherings, she never had condescending jokes or comments allowed. We weren’t told this ahead of time, it was just an unspoken rule and we always followed it. It made for some most memorable moments in my childhood.

So, the next time you hear one child denouncing the other, take a moment and think about what you can do to stop it and change the behavior. I can promise it will make a difference in their lives, even if it takes years for them to realize it. And if you’re fortunate enough to have children who get along well with their siblings, then feel obliged to take pride in this accomplishment. It’s a relationship that will transform their lives and futures, and provide benefits that far exceed your own existence in this world. That’s a true gift that keeps on giving.

Conversely, I have two cousins, sisters who were about as opposite as they come. Whether it was their educational interest, hobbies, extra-curriculars, or even the types of boys they liked

I should add that both my brothers went on to become highly successful in their careers, lives, and families. So, perhaps their critique/advice had some inherent merit, after all.

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you and your family may have already made “shopping local” part of your personal mantra and daily routine, don’t forget the incredible local dining options within our community, and the reasons why eating locally grown food just makes sense!

• Local food offerings are typically based on the seasons – with the added bonus of fresh fruits and vegetables – and creative, ever-changing menus that are based on what’s available seasonally. So, dining at your favorite local restaurant always means something new and different!

Think of dining local as your favorite family meal with a down-to-Earth deliciousness you can’t get anywhere else. That local “goodness” is always a good idea – and an amazing boost to the community in so many ways.

• Dining local means fresher ingredients all around – not just vegetables – but fresher eggs and meats. It also encourages sustainable agriculture.

Everyone deserves a break from the kitchen, and whether your taste buds prefer seriously spicy cuisine, a healthy, hearty salad or classic American fare such as steaks and burgers, visiting the many local restaurants in our area is a treat for the entire family. You’ll enjoy regionally sourced meats and vegetables, served with an unmistakable dash of warm hospitality. That equals quality family time while you’re also nourishing the local economy. Even more than simply a wonderful meal in a relaxing setting, supporting a local restaurant carries an even deeper meaning for all our neighbors! •S upporting locally grown food helps all our community farmers maintain their family business, and there’s no denying local produce is always your most flavorful choice! •B uying from local growers means you know exactly where and how your food was grown: No questions about the quality of what’s on your plate, and produce grown close by is harvested nearer to its prime stage of ripeness.

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• You are fostering a safer supply chain! Local food travels a significantly shorter distance to your neighborhood market, with overall less waste, less packaging and less fuel – improving the overall carbon footprint! • Besides local farmers, supporting local bakers also sends profit right back into the community – and lands some incredibly delicious bread and baked goods on your family’s table. • As the positive flow continues, the local eating establishments you and your family frequent also purchase local for everything they need to run their businesses. That can mean more jobs kept right here in our community. • Expect the very best customer service from your local eateries, too. After all, they are your neighbors and friends and take your comfort and satisfaction very personally! The bottom line: It’s time to make reservations!


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LOCAL EVENTS

NOW THROUGH JUNE 13 (WEDNESDAYS)

JUNE 8

RED BIRD WRITERS WORKSHOP: SPRING ‘22 CLASSES

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT

Times vary, Delurk Gallery, 207 West 6th Street. Two, seven-week workshops. Visit redbirdwriters.org for more details. In these seven-week classes, we’ll read and discuss each other’s work while receiving feedback, undertaking in-class writing activities and reading short assigned texts intended to highlight writing techniques and illuminate the writing process. This course will be tailored to the work of its participants and will explore strategies for brainstorming, writing and revising works in every genre. Cost: $225/person.

JUNE 4 ANNUAL KIDDO FISHING DERBY 9am-12pm. Please join us at Lake Coffey on Beech Mountain for the Annual Kiddo Fishing Derby for ages 12 and under (participants must bring their own bait and tackle). Free gift bag for all participants and prizes to be awarded. For more information, please call 828.387.3003, or visit beechrecreation.recdesk.com.

BEHIND THE SCENES OF A COUNTRY ESTATE 2-4pm, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road in W-S. Have you ever wondered what day-to-day life was like in the world’s largest bungalow? Bari Helms, director of library and archives, and Amber C. Albert, manager of community and academic learning, will provide a glimpse of the Reynolds family’s lifestyle and the estate workers who made it possible. Following the presentation, guests will tour spaces in the historic house that aren’t typically accessible to the public. Space is limited; advance registration is required. Cost: $20/person. reynolda.org/visit/calendar/behindthe-scenes-of-a-country-estate

TODDLER TREK Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve, 238 Minglewood Road in Westfield. Are you ready to take your toddler on an outdoor adventure? Join us for Toddler Treks where we will read a story, smell fresh herbs from the garden, investigate specimens up close from the natural world and explore the great outdoors. This program is donation based. Thank you for your support! Please register at eventbrite.com/o/ minglewood-farm-and-nature-preserve-17188338999.

JUNE 6 KIDS’ MORNING OUT 10am-11:30am; Jerry Long YMCA Picnic Shelter & Playground, 1150 South Peace Haven Road, Clemmons. Join us for a morning of outdoor fun at their amazing facility. We’ll have fun activities for the kids under the picnic shelter along with prize board drawings for the adults.

5pm-until…Midtown Cafe and Dessertery, 151 South Stratford Road in W-S. Grab a friend, a neighbor, your sister, your mother, a co-worker and have a muchneeded Girls’ Night Out! Enjoy drink, appetizer, dinner and dessert specials. As always, each attendee receives four tickets for the fabulous prize board drawings!

JUNE 10-27 THE SOUND OF MUSIC Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 North Spruce Street in W-S. One of the most beloved musicals of all time! Set in Austria in 1938, an exuberant young governess brings music and joy back to a broken family, only to face danger and intrigue as the Nazis gain power. Cost: $1426/person. ltofws.org/sound-of-music

JUNE 11 & 18 YOUNG NATURALIST ALL-DAY CAMP (AGES 6-12) 10am-4pm, Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve, 238 Minglewood Road. Our Young Naturalists camp is budget-friendly and fun! Only $55 for a full day of fun exploring the farm, forest, creek and more! Ages 6-12. Register for one camp, or more than one. It’s only $275 for all five camps. The farm and forest are always changing and so are our programs; each camp will be uniquely different. minglewoodpreserve.org/camps

JUNE 12-JULY 30 WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY SUMMER EXPLORATION PROGRAM Wake Forest University, 1834 Wake Forest Road in W-S. The Wake Forest University Summer Exploration Program is a hands-on STEM learning experience that allows middle school students the opportunity to choose their own week-long, STEM-themed adventure. Day camp and overnight programs are available for students. Cost: $995-$1,500. exploration.summer.wfu.edu

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY SUMMER IMMERSION PROGRAM Wake Forest University, 1834 Wake Forest Road in W-S. The Wake Forest University Summer Immersion Program is a series of week-long institutes that allow high school students to explore different career pathways and fields of study at Wake Forest University. Institutes are led by Wake Forest professors and professionals in various fields and students are mentored by Wake Forest undergraduate students. Cost: $1,500-$2,700. immersion.summer.wfu.edu

JUNE 17-18 REYNOLDA READ-ALOUD 10-10:30am, Reynolda House Museum of American

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JUNE 18 BEECH MOUNTAIN RESORT 2022 SUMMER MUSIC SERIES: SHAKEY GRAVES WITH BENDIGO FLETCHER 5pm, Beech Mountain Resort. Beech Mountain Resort offers a great line-up of live music in the village and at their signature bar at the top of the mountain, ‘5506. Also, visitors can enjoy the Beech Alpen Inn’s Sunday Summer Concerts. From Memorial Day through Labor Day the Alpen Inn hosts free live music, featuring local bands, on their magnificent backyard lawn. beechmountainresort.com/2022-summerconcert-series

JUNE 20-AUGUST 12 TRIAD SPORTS MANAGEMENT (MULTI SPORTS SUMMER CAMP) Rise Indoor Sports Facility, 419 Twins Way. Weekly camps for soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball, dodgeball, flag football, speed and agility as well as baseball. Ages 5-12 years old. Please register: triadsportsmanagement.com.

JUNE 22 THE SOUND OF MUSIC – SING ALONG PERFORMANCE 7:30pm, Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 North Spruce Street in W-S. Here’s your chance to sing along to a live performance of The Sound of Music! Watch the show and feel free to chime in as the cast sings “Edelweiss,” “Do-Re-Me,” and “My Favorite Things”! Cost: $14-26/person. ltofws.org/soundof music

JUNE 25 OUTDOOR DISCOVERY LESSON 10-11:30am, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road in W-S. To promote reading readiness and visual literacy, preschoolers (ages 3-5) and their caregivers will explore the 1917 estate through activities that encourage dramatic play, music, movement and art-making, taking a work of art or item from Reynolda’s collection as a starting point. Advance registration is required. Cost: $20/person. reynolda.org/visit/calendar/outdoordiscovery lesson

FLOWER ARRANGING WORKSHOP Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve, 238 Minglewood Road Westfield. Learn the basics of flower arranging; Margie will guide you through what it takes to create a beautiful, seasonal flower arrangement. Join us for a fun morning on the farm! Learn what it takes to create a beautiful, seasonal flower arrangement; from growing, cutting and processing your flowers to designing your arrangement. Everyone will enjoy a tour of Minglewood’s pollinator garden and create their own arrangement to take home. All materials are provided. eventbrite.com/o/minglewood-farm-and-naturepreserve-17188338999

Climb Out of the Darkness® P R C T Postpartum Resource Center of the Triad, in conjunction with Postpartum Support International holds first annual Climb Out of the Darkness ® in Lewisville to raise awareness of perinatal mental health disorders

When Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 9 a.m. to noon

Where Jack Warren Park 440 Lewisville Clemmons Rd. Lewisville, NC 27023

What Climb Out of the Darkness® is the world’s largest event raising awareness of pregnancy and postpartum mental health disorders such as postpartum depression (PPD), anxiety, bipolar disorders, OCD and psychosis. As part of the Climb, survivors, friends, families and support professionals around the world climb, hike, or walk together at a local mountain or park to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness. Participants raise funds for PRCT, a local nonprofit whose mission it is to support the mental health well-being of expecting and new parents, and Postpartum Support International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting pregnant and postpartum families around the world.

For more information Visit http://www.postpartum.net/joinus/climbout, or contact local Climb Leader, Ashley Levers at 336.528.4922 or info@prctriad.com.

LOCAL EVENTS

Art, 2250 Reynolda Road in W-S. For pre-readers (ages 2-5) accompanied by an adult, this themed storytime series includes stories, songs or fingerplay, and suggested activities to do at home. Younger siblings are welcome! reynolda.org/visit/calendar/reynolda-read-aloud

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ACTIVITIES

Kaleideum....................................................................... 19 Salem Gymnastics & Swim.............................................. 39 The Little Theatre.............................................................. 39 YMCA............................................................................... 41

BAKERY/CONFECTIONS

Anna Bakes Cookies........................................................ 95 Baked Just So.................................................................. 95 Be Kind Coffee................................................................. 95

BEAUTY / STYLING

Lewisville Laser................................................................ 61 Lyndhurst Medical Spa.................................................... 27 Paparazzi Hair Salon........................................................ 15

CHILDCARE

YMCA............................................................................... 41

CHURCHES

New Day Community Church.......................................... 77

DENTISTS / ORTHODONTISTS

Salem Smiles................................................................... 55 Vivid Dental........................................................................7

EDUCATION

Calvary Day School.......................................................... 55 Forsyth Country Day School............................................. 39 YMCA............................................................................... 41

FINANCIAL

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp............................. 25 Marzano Capital Group.......................................................9 Piedmont Advantage Credit Union.................................. 47 Truliant Federal Credit Union............................. Back Cover Wo odard & Company Asset Management Group............ 23

HEALTH & FITNESS

YMCA............................................................................... 41

HOME

American Moving and Hauling....................................... 43 Bath Tune-Up................................................................... 13 Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp............................. 25 Head Realty Group.............................................................5 ICON Custom Builders..................................................... 23 Kitchen Tune-Up.............................................................. 31 Piedmont Advantage Credit Union.................................. 47 Piedmont Sheet Metal..................................................... 37 S & K Cleaning................................................................. 67 Stitches............................................................................ 73 Stokes Insurance Group................................................... 61 Susan Maier-Colon, Broker.............................................. 67 Weedman........................................................................ 25 Zirrus..................................................................................3

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MEDICAL

Atr ium Health Wake Forest Baptist.....................................2 Hillcrest Vision................................................................. 59 Lewisville Laser................................................................ 61 Lyndhurst......................................................................... 27 No vant Health – Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute............................................ 11 Novant Health Vein Specialists ....................................... 29 WomanCare..................................................................... 31

PHOTOGRAPHY

JEJ Photos....................................................................... 71 Micah Brown Media........................................................ 91 Photo Artistry by Melinda................................................ 73

RADIO STATIONS

WBFJ................................................................................ 79 Mix 99.5.......................................................................... 65 Q104.1............................................................................ 93

REAL ESTATE & HOUSING

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp............................. 25 Head Realty Group.............................................................5 ICON Custom Builders..................................................... 23 Piedmont Advantage Credit Union.................................. 47 Susan Maier-Colon - Berkshire Hathaway....................... 67 Truliant Federal Credit Union............................. Back Cover

RESTAURANTS

Baked Just So.................................................................. 95 Be Kind Coffee................................................................. 95 Black Mountain Chocolate Bar........................................ 95 Hakkachow Asian Eats..................................................... 95 Little Richard’s Smokehouse BBQ.............................. 45, 95 Mossy’s............................................................................ 95 Nothing Bundt Cakes...................................................... 93

RETAIL

Clemmons Bicycle........................................................... 67 Hip Chics Boutique.......................................................... 37

SERVICE

City Lights Ministry.......................................................... 47 Crossnore Communities for Children.............................. 45 Goin Postal...................................................................... 59 Second Harvest Food Bank.............................................. 20 The Pregnancy Network................................................... 53 The Resume Nerd............................................................ 59 Zirrus..................................................................................3

SUMMER CAMP

Mission 2:10 – City Lights Summer Camp...................... 47 Mixxer Community Makerspace...................................... 17 Rise Indoor Sports........................................................... 27 Salem Gymnastics & Swim.............................................. 39 Summer Exploration Academy – The YMCA..................... 41

UPCOMING EVENTS

Forsyth Family Kids’ Morning Out................................... 85


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