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36 Teens and Sleep 68 Test Taking Tips and Tricks 72 Fun Facts about Black History Month 80 Is the Military Life for You?

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62 It’s a Grand Life Car Trips with the Grandkids

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I’m trying very hard right now to be still and listen. I believe as humans this is one of our neverending struggles in life on this earth. Ever heard the saying, “God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason”? I feel like for the most part, I am a good listener. But still, I struggle greatly with the listening part when it comes to me listening to your voice. Well, God, you certainly got my attention this time! I’m waiting, I’m listening, and I’m really anxious to see what’s on the other side of all this for me! I have faith that you have big plans for me to accomplish through all this! I started this journey in ovember with a mammogram. The waiting between one test and the next until the official cancer diagnosis was maddening. Once I met with the surgeon and oncologist, it was fast-forward to a cure! Dr. Marissa Howard-McNatt (surgeon oncologist) was my first appointment, and she advised that since cancer was found in my lymph nodes, chemotherapy would be our first course of action. With the hope that it reduces the mass and lymph nodes. She explained, if she did surgery first that she would have to remove all the lymph nodes, which would greatly increase my chances of developing Lymphedema. My next appointment with Dr. Alexandra Thomas (medical oncologist) was most encouraging. I have an estrogen-based cancer with Her2 receptors. She really had a way of making me feel like all things were possible. We are so blessed to have such stellar health care right in our backyard. Not only one, but two choices. My health journey has been on the Wake Forest Baptist Health track, but I have no doubt that the Novant system would provide equally wonderful care. I know I am just one of many fighting a battle with cancer. I have

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two dear friends from church that are fighting their own battles. Julie found out very close to when I did, and David back in the summer. Cancer has a way of making you see life in a much different way. Every moment, even the little things are so much sweeter. Things you took for granted are now meaningful, and the things you thought were so important aren’t such a big deal after all.

been beyond anything I could have imagined or expected. One of my most special gifts is a pair of pink gloves that Grant Dawson, our very own Demon Deacon #50, gave me from his October breast cancer awareness game. What a way to start chemo, wearing a pair of pink football gloves! I’m up for the fight and invite you to share in my journey!

I have had more “God” moments through all this than I can even recall at this point. But one that will be imprinted on my brain and memory bank forever will be a gathering of women, mostly from my Sunrise church family. It included many others outside Sunrise as well, but this amazing group of ladies came together to pray for Julie and me. They gave us each a lap quilt they had made to comfort us during our journeys. The love and spirit in that house that night was beyond description! No one would in a million years ever wish to go through this, but I have never felt more loved and cared for. Is it possible to say you’re living through the best and worst of times at the same time? The incredible outpouring of love and support is humbling beyond words. The kindnesses of family, friends and sometimes mere acquaintances have

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Anna Zarate Hauser and Gary Hauser, Marketing Directors of World Financial Group-Clemmons Financial Center. Both Anna and Gary are licensed financial professionals and embrace the mission of World Financial Group to “educate one million families by 0 0 on financial literacy.� The office, recently located in Clemmons, allows them to offer a variety of financial programs and educational sessions to their neighbors. Anna and Gary have deep family ties to North Carolina. Anna grew up in King where her dad practiced internal medicine. She attended St Leo Catholic School, Bishop McGuinness High School, and graduated from Wake Forest University. Her family had emigrated from the Philippines, and she is currently president of FIL-AM Sangbayan (a Philippine-American cultural organization). Gary is a native of East Bend and has owned Mica Information Systems, an electronic health record management company, for 20+ years. As a family, they enjoy international travel; their son especially enjoyed his recent trip to Greece. With more than 20 associates and agents, their office is a multi-ethnic team of professionals. Some of their featured services include the following: Financial Workshops Offered every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm, these free workshops cover a variety of financial concepts. The workshops are held at their offices and can accommodate up to 0 people. The topics covered vary, and are highlighted on their Facebook

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page. One session may be on basic budgeting, debt consolidation, or investment/wealth management. Call to reserve your seat for the class topic of interest to you. Life Insurance World Financial Group-Clemmons is a multi-vendor broker/ agent for more than 100 insurance companies and services. The team is well versed on the options and can help you select the best policy for your particular situation/need. Rather than just sell a policy, they want their clients to understand why insurance is important and its value to the overall family financial planning and future. They are also happy to review existing policies you may have to confirm that they meet your needs and recommend changes or adjustments as appropriate. Wealth Management Educating clients on investment options and strategies for retirement planning is of paramount importance to the World Financial Group-Clemmons team. Ensuring that their clients are active participants in money management, know what their investments are, and that they understand the concepts of affordability and sustainability, is part of the educational process. Estate Planning The World Financial Group-Clemmons offers assistance in setting up wills and trusts via Legacy Shield, SM and Net Law, Inc.


College Planning Via partnership with Heartland Institute of Financial Education (HIFE), they will assign each student/family a “College Planning Coach,” who works directly with the students and parents, assisting them with the college planning, admissions, and financial aid process. The coach will help students identify particular areas of interest as early as the 8th grade. The Heartland Institute employs a variety of strategies to help position families and students to receive optimal placement and funding. Debt Consolidation Through Debtmerica, LLC. World Financial Group-Clemmons assists clients in setting up realistic, workable budgets. If necessary, they coordinate repayment plans. As Anna shared, “We educate and empower people to manage their money.”

Give Anna, Gary, and the team a call to set up an appointment at 336.986.9303 or lucylu8797@yahoo. com. Visit the World Financial Group website (www. . Their office hours are from 00 am to 00 pm. lus, they offer flexible appointment scheduling based on their clients’ needs. World Financial Group-Clemmons is located at 2554 ewisville-Clemmons oad, Suite 10 first floor . They are community-focused and members of the LewisvilleClemmons Chamber of Commerce. Follow them on their Facebook page: World Financial Group-Clemmons Financial Center @wfgclemmonsnc.

Other Insurance Types World Financial Group-Clemmons offers property, casualty, long-term care, health insurance, term and whole life insurance programs from a variety of nationally recognized leaders in the industry.

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February full speed upon us, there is good reason to wish—and certainly hope!—that spring is headed our way.

So, while you and your family may be spending more time indoors these days, there’s no better season to sit down and really reflect on your home, inside and outside. We’re sure you have rooms you’d simply like to polish a bit or patios and backyard decks you’d like to freshen before it’s officially barbecue season. There’s also no more perfect venue available to immerse yourself in all things home-related than the 2017 Triad Home & Garden Show, where you’ll be inspired to dream big! Much anticipated this time of year, it’s the 29th version of the popular annual celebration that showcases the exciting products and innovative services of the Home Builders’ Association of Winston-Salem (HBAWS). Often dubbed “the original,” the show is also the oldest and longest-running consumer show if its kind in our area. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 17th, 18th, and 19th, the Education Building of the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds will be transformed into a colorful display of over 100 vendor booths for homeowners—or soon-to-be homeowners to see what’s new, efficient, and just plain fun for the beloved place you and your family call home. Visitors (and you may want to plan at least a two-day visit!) can chat with local experts on everything from home design, roofing, flooring, heating and air, to brickwork, concrete, gardening, landscaping, and even with mortgage representatives. This wide array of vendors will be available for one-on-one discussions and detailed presentations on their products and services. Before the show starts on Friday, February 17th, students from Kennedy High School masonry class, WSFCS Career Center Carpentry Classes, and the Forsyth Technical Community College Carpentry Program will be demonstrating their skills in the career technical education arena. There will be daily consumer education—including home maintenance classes featuring Erik Anderson of DreamMaker Bath & itchen in Winston-Salem, something that can benefit every home owner. The Home Builders’ Association of Winston-Salem members’ booth will also sponsor their own member scavenger hunts and daily prize drawings for visitors who go by every member booth at the show. Originally designed solely for HBAWS members, the Home & Garden show has expanded to non-members,

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as well, and for consumers the opportunities are endless. Bloomday Granite & Marble of Winston-Salem, connoisseurs of custom marble, granite and quartz countertops, is again the sponsor of the show’s 2017 edition and, as always, Habitat for Humanity-Forsyth County partners with the HBAWS in a number of important ways. “We appreciate the dedication of Home Builders’ Association of Winston-Salem and their long-standing support of Habitat for Humanity-Forsyth County,” says Ryan Froelich, Director of Construction and Land Development, Habitat for HumanityForsyth County, and 2017 HBAWS Remodelers’ Council President. “The association’s 29-year partnership with Habitat continues to help provide for low-income homeownership, creating a more stable life for families (which has proven to improve the educational performance of Habitat children), and adding to the tax base of the areas we serve,” says Ryan. “The Career Technical Education partnership allows students in local schools to build a Habitat Home annually while giving them life-application skills in the home building trade that will stay with them for life. Considering the current work force shortage in construction trades, we are teaching the next generation that there are honorable careers in the home building industry—where they can have success, and even the possibility of owning their own businesses.”

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Ryan also notes that Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program works to beautify neighborhoods that have been degrading for decades, with efforts that beautify and enhance the community “one house at a time.” Set aside the weekend for your entire family to visit the Triad Home & Garden Show Friday, February 17th, from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 18th, from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Sunday, February 19th, from noon until 4 p.m. Parking is free of charge, handicap accessible, and tickets are $8.00, purchased at the door. (Children under 12 are free with a paying adult.) For more information, call 336-768-5942, or visit (where there’s an entry coupon), or A portion of the show’s proceeds will go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County.

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9 Reasons Your Business Should Be a Vendor at Clemmons Community Day BY WENDI HOOVER / Photography by John Golden Frames & Fotos


you want to reach thousands of members of your local community, experience an amazing networking opportunity, and receive a huge return for a minimal investment? Then, Clemmons Community Day is for you! The Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the 8th Annual Clemmons Community Day on Saturday, May 6th, 2017. We are partnering with the Jerry Long Family YMCA to host this community-wide event and feature Healthy Kids’ Day—combining two energizing events in one great location—and we want you to be a part of it!!

CHECK OUT THESE 9 REASONS WHY YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD BE A VENDOR: EXPOSURE TO OVER 1,500 MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY: The 2016 event saw over 1,500 attendees! This is your opportunity to grow with us as we continue to get bigger and better. Now in its 8th year, the Day is so popular that attendees know to mark their calendars ahead of time!! This unique event offers an adventure-filled day for friends and families to come together in fellowship, play, and celebration of our great community! EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH EXISTING CUSTOMERS: Market your presence to your existing and potential customers! Encourage them to attend the event and stop by your booth for a special drawing or extra one-on-one attention. Connect with your clients prior to the event through social media, your website, e-mail, and text and voice mail messaging. An aware and informed client ensures the potential for them to attend the show and visit your booth! NETWORK WITH 120+ VENDORS: The last event saw over 120 vendors! This provides a wonderful opportunity to network with your peers and other business leaders. Where else can you find 1 0 businesses together for five uninterrupted hours—not just ready to talk with you about their own business, but also ready to learn about yours? RECEIVE A HUGE RETURN FOR A SMALL INVESTMENT: You can be a vendor for as little as $125! Each booth comes with one 10’x10’ tent, one 8-foot-long table, and two chairs. Chamber members receive a discounted rate; the non-Chamber-member rate is $150. This really is a small expense for potentially years of return. CELEBRATE A PERFECT SETTING: Clemmons, North Carolina! Clemmons is a secret gem of both Southern hospitality and progressive advancement, providing an excellent location for a community-focused event. This unique location creates a sense of unity among our local businesses, residents, and visitors, while providing a forum for our local businesses to educate individuals about the wonderful products and services available at their fingertips. That’s what Clemmons Community Day is all about! FOCUS ON LOCAL BUSINESSES. Shop Local! By providing an arena to spotlight our local businesses, the Chamber actively promotes the “Shop 20 /

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Local” philosophy: supporting local businesses increases consumer awareness and is a vital driver in boosting the local community and its economy. ENCOURAGE STRONG, POSITIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Local businesses that offer unique goods and services encourage community commerce and entrepreneurship. Your presence at Clemmons Community Day reminds the public of your company’s positive reputation. When consumers shop local businesses, it creates local competition, helping drive business incentives and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit.

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START AN ANNUAL TRADITION: Repetition equals recognition! Having your business participate as a vendor year after year reminds event-goers that your business is a legitimate and important part of the community.

Saturday,Community May 6, 2017 Clemmons Day 10 am to 3 pm

EXPERIENCE THE TRIFECTA OF FUN, LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT, AND EDUCATION! In addition to highlighting local businesses from our community, participants experience:

Fun!! Lots of activities for the whole family! • Tons of entertainment—local performances, music, and a professional DJ!


Jerry Long Family YMCA 1150 S. Peace Haven Road, Clemmons FREE ADMISSION Please bring non-perishable or canned food donations for the Clemmons Food Pantry.

Talent show and fitness demos! • Door prizes and great food! • Canned food drive for our local food pantry! • And much, much more!! Join us as we continue building stronger businesses, healthier kids, and a dynamic community! Become a vendor during Clemmons Community Day. Contact Ginny Chase, Chamber Director, (336) 970-5100,, or visit http:// **All applications and funds must be received by the Chamber no later than April 21, 2017**

Rain or Shine! No alcohol or pets, please.

ACTIVITIES Local Business Displays • Face Painting • Ladder Firetruck Talent Show • Super Slide & Bounce Houses Music & Great Food • Rock Climbing Wall Fitness Demonstrations • AND MUCH MORE! To reserve a booth or for more information, visit Additional parking and shuttle available at Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Plaza - Clemmons No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed. To reserve a booth or for more information, visit February 2017 / 21

Ask the Experts from Brenner FIT BY CHRISTINE JORDAN, EDS, LMFT

Q: Cooking dinner for my family is so stressful. My kids are

picky and never seem to want what I have cooked. If my kids don’t like what’s for dinner, I make them something else like chicken nuggets and macaroni. I feel like a shortorder cook. Please help me to prepare one meal that everyone will eat.

A: Feeding a family is challenging. Your idea of wanting to

prepare one meal for everyone is right on track. However, know that it is okay if kids don’t like every meal you prepare. Your goal as a parent is to help them learn to like a variety of foods and to be able to make do when their favorite foods are not offered. You can help your children to do this by being considerate without catering. Here are a few tips to stop being a short-order cook.

• Be considerate. Offer one or two foods at each meal that you know your picky eaters will eat. If you are not sure your kids will eat the new chicken dish you prepared, offer a starch and fruit you know they like. • Offer variety. Include four to five foods at a meal. ffering a protein, starch, fruit and/or vegetable and milk provides options. Try to include foods you want your kids to eat. Kids will eventually learn to eat the foods you provide. Give them a chance to learn to like new foods by making them a part of the meal.

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• Make food tasty. Don’t be afraid to use oils, fats and spices. Food should taste good and be satisfying. Broccoli might be more appealing with melted cheese or roasted in the oven with olive oil and garlic. • Avoid substitutions. Avoid offering a back-up plan for your kids, like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or chicken nuggets. When kids have a substitution to dinner, they are less likely to be curious and try unfamiliar foods. • Trust your kids. Offer each meal without the pressure to try. When parents pressure kids to eat, they are less likely to learn to like these foods. Kids will get curious and try foods you offer and eat yourself. Research shows that kids learn to like the foods they see their parents eating.

Brenner FIT (Families in Training), a pediatric weight management program at Wake Forest Baptist Health Brenner Children’s Hospital, helps families create healthier lifestyles together. Brenner FIT Kohl’s Family Collaborative offers free cooking, nutrition and parenting classes. Visit for a current class listing. egis er alling or e ailing renner

Free Brenner FIT Classes Join experts from Brenner Children’s Hospital for these FREE Brenner FIT Kohl’s Family Collaborative classes. Registration is required. Unless otherwise noted, classes are held at Brenner FIT in the William G. White Jr. Family YMCA, 775 West End Blvd., Winston-Salem. Learn to Cook A Balanced Meal

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During this hands-on cooking class, your family prepares a quick meal while learning how it meets Brenner FIT recommendations. Each meal follows the Balanced Plate concept and includes a protein, grain, fruit and vegetable. Mature children are welcome with parental supervision.

Taste of Brenner FIT 4 to 5 pm \ Monday, February 20 Snacks Join a Brenner FIT dietitian to hear more about how to choose smart snacks. Learn which ones you like by tasting a variety of snack options.

Join a Brenner FIT dietitian to hear more about the basics of packing a balanced lunch for your family while you prepare and taste samples in the Brenner FIT Kitchen.

Weeknight Cooking with the Doctor 6 to 7:30 pm \ Monday, March 6 Join Dr. Joey Skelton, Director of Brenner FIT, as he trades one white coat for another in a hands-on cooking class. Dr. Skelton teaches you how to cook quick and simple weeknight recipes that everyone can enjoy. After cooking with Dr. Skelton, you can sit down and enjoy the meal you prepared.

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Benefiting Meals-on-Wheels BY MEGHAN E.W. CORBETT

For for one great cause—to support the remarkable work the past six years, local artists have come together

done by the Meals-on-Wheels program of Senior Services. Day after day, our friends, family and neighbors rely on the meals they bring, and sometimes, it is the only balanced meal they receive. The Art Show and Sale raises much-needed funds to keep the program going. “Each year, there are hundreds of items available for purchase, with something for everyone—art to match all

tastes and all budgets,” said Casie Hammons, Director of Annual Fund and special events for Senior Services. “The artists donate a generous portion of their sales proceeds to provide nutritious meals for the homebound elderly. It’s a win-win.” Local artists Dell James and Bonnie Dempster started the Art Show and Sale to benefit a cause that would make a difference in the lives of seniors. “With a single purchase, you can take home a wonderful piece of original art and provide meals for frail, older adults in need,” said Hammons. “In the beginning, it was our plan to hold this event every other year. With its success and the ongoing need to increase funding for the Meals-on-Wheels program, it seemed natural to keep it going on an annual basis.” Hammons is in charge of recruiting artists for the sale and also works with Development Vice President Patty Mead to secure sponsors and invite community members to help as event patrons. “This will be the seventh annual show and sale, and its proceeds, which have continued to grow each year, have provided more than 65,000 hot, nutritious meals for local elderly—many of whom were at risk of malnutrition when they were referred to the Meals-on-Wheels program,” said Hammons. “While the committee that directs the course of the event has stayed pretty constant from year to year—always including founders James and Dempster—each year, we’ve been fortunate to have some very special honorary chairs or co-chairs to lend their support to the cause, and this year is no exception. Lynn and Barry Eisenberg, well known for their appreciation of art, are the honorary chairs for the 2017 show and sale. We were thrilled to learn they had agreed to serve in this very important capacity. Their enthusiasm and support will be nothing short of extraordinary!”

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The Meals-on-Wheels program serves around 225,000 meals every year, so every little bit helps. Last year’s sale raised enough money to provide 17,300 meals, and the hope is to continue the tradition! “In addition to generating funds for Meals-on-Wheels through art sales, the Art Show and Sale enefiting eals-on-Wheels also raises money through corporate sponsorships,” said Hammons. “Wells Fargo has been the presenting sponsor for the show and sale since 2013, and it is joined by a number of other area companies, as well as individual patrons, who generously contribute.” The program is no small feat—it takes approximately 1,100 volunteers to deliver nutritious meals to an estimated 1,200 seniors in our area, but Senior Services doesn’t stop there. “Programs under the Senior Services umbrella, in addition to Meals-on-Wheels, are Help Line, Senior Lunch, Home Care, Elder Care Choices, Livingat-Home and the Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center,” said Hammons. “Together, these programs offer an array of services designed to enable our community’s elderly to age in place successfully. We hope to maintain the momentum of the Art Show and Sale and increase community support to further assist the Meals-on-Wheels program. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate the Mealson-Wheels waiting list, which currently stands at 38. This event, the only fundraiser we hold for Meals-on-Wheels, has made a significant impact on the program, and we hope to see continued success for years to come.”

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Keeping Kids Healthy During the Winter BY MEGAN TAYLOR


is the season for holidays, decorations, and snow. ut, it is also the cold and flu season. Keeping healthy during this time of the year can be tricky, especially with children. Some tips you might use are bundling up, eating healthy, and remaining active, but it is possible to forget the lesser-known pieces of advice below that help prevent us from getting sick in the colder months of the year. • Wash hands often: Whenever you are out in public or touch some germ-hot spots, such as your cell phone, ATM machine, or anything on a table in a restaurant, give your hands a quick, but thorough wash. Not near soap and water? Always keep hand sanitizer in your purse, bag, car, etc. Teach your child to sing the “Happy Birthday Song” twice while washing hands. • Proper sneezing etiquette: This tip can be hard to learn, at first. ost kids will snee e on everything without covering their mouth. The proper etiquette: sneeze into a handkerchief, tissue, or into your elbow. The same positions apply to coughing, as well. • Hold off on the cold medicine: Try to get better by drinking lots of liquids, eating well, and getting some rest. But, for some people, doubling up on medicine at the first signs of a cold is a habit. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents not to give children under six years of age over-the-counter cold medicine. Antibiotics aren’t prescribed for colds and flu, because they are viral and not bacterial. An antibiotic will only help if your child is sick with a bacterial infection. • Quarantine sick kids: When your child is sick, keep them away from others and keep them home from school and extracurricular activities, if needed. Colds and the flu can sometimes spread like wildfire, and once one child is infected, the rest of their class or team is, as well. Give them time to heal and get better before going back to their normal schedule.

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• Change your toothbrush: One of the worst places for germs to hide is, unfortunately, in your toothbrush. After you get over a cold, the flu, a sore throat, or sinus infection, buy a new one. Don’t want to keep running to the store during the winter? Stock up on toothbrushes to keep on hand. • Get your Flu shots: It is important to get flu shots annually. Make a point of getting your family’s shots at the beginning of the season. • Make sleep a priority: This is sometimes easier said than done. Winter is in the middle of the school year, and things are in full swing. With a packed schedule, it can be hard to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep for adults and 8–10 hours for school-aged kids. When your body lacks sleep, your immune system doesn’t work as well. Try to keep your schedule less hectic and stressful, and make sleep a priority. Having trouble going to sleep at night? Magnesium oil and other essential oils help people unwind. Talking with your doctor can also give you ideas for getting more sleep. • Don’t forget about your skin: The winter months can take a toll on your skin. They can dry it out with the colder temperatures and lower humidity. Moisturize daily and use sunscreen when going outside. For best protection, use lotions that are in jars, not bottles with pumps. Research has found the pump lotions contain more water, drying out your skin. • Dress appropriately and stay warm: Jackets, gloves, hats, and scarves are a must during the winter. Make sure every time your children head out the door, they have dressed appropriately for the weather. Proper attire helps protect your body from the winter elements and keep you healthy. Using these tips will help you and your family stay healthy during the cold months of winter.

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Always at the Forefront of Orthodontic Technology BY MEGHAN E.W. CORBETT


it comes to healthcare of any kind, utilizing the newest methods and technologies available is of the utmost importance. This is especially true of orthodontic work, because newer practices result in many positive changes for the patients! At Salem Smiles, Invisalign and the iTero scanner are two of the best new technologies being utilized. I was trained in the very first ast Coast training program for Invisalign in 1999, so I have been with the technology from the start,” said Dr. Sarah Shoaf. I find it to be the kinder, gentler’ way to move teeth, PLUS you take the aligners out when you eat, so there are no food restrictions, and you use your regular dental hygiene kit without any special tools to get around braces and wires. Most adults like to get their teeth straight, but do not want to look like they are 12 again, so this is a stealth’ way of correcting your malocclusion without most people even knowing you are doing it.” Though Invisalign has technically been around since the late 90s, the technologies and designs of the system are always advancing. “To me, wires and bands are the same since the 1950s and 1960s,” said Dr. Shoaf. “The last two big jumps in technology were to go to bonded brackets instead of bands for each tooth and the special nickel-titanium wires with memory’ to

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move teeth more gently than stainless steel wires. The Invisalign technology is SO far ahead of wires and brackets, looks good while you are doing it, decreases the amount of time needed at the orthodontist’s office, does not involve losing favorite foods during treatment and is actually more kind and gentle to the teeth. I think in another 10–15 years, there will ONLY be Invisalign or its equivalent, as the wires and bands are just too hard and create too many hardships for patients. I would love it if I could have an entire practice with only Invisalign!” Additionally, Salem Smiles understands the importance of the patient experience. If you have ever had an impression taken of your teeth using that pink goop, you know how uncomfortable it can be. It was a necessary evil back in the day, but now, the iTero scanner is changing that! “The iTero scanner is a way of making impressions’ of your teeth without having to gag people with goo in their mouths,” said Dr. Shoaf. “By moving a light-emitting wand over the teeth, we can capture the size, shape and anatomy of individual teeth, as well as their relationships to each other, with more accuracy than the old goo and plaster’ models could ever obtain. We are also able to send the scans digitally to laboratories for fabrication of Invisalign or other appliances, like sleep appliances, and not have to wait

for the mail to get the models to the lab or worry about losing them. Again, it is MUCH more accurate than the old way, and much easier on the patients.” Beyond helping everyday patients have a better experience, these new technologies help those with special needs to receive the dental care they need. “We have also found the iTero scanner a real boon for special-needs patients, many of whom would be unable to sit for impressions, but who do well with the scanner,” said Dr. Shoaf. “This provides an opportunity for special-needs children to have orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, without placing hazardous materials like the bands and wires in their mouths.” In the digital age, these innovations allow doctors to store much more data, making it easier to treat patients, no matter where they may be when a problem arises, or if they need to come back years after their treatment is over. “We use our iTero scanner to store’ our models’ digitally, so we no longer have storage problems keeping the before and after treatment models of our patients for legal reasons,” said

r. Shoaf. And, if we need a hard copy’ of the digitized models, we have an EnvisionTec MicroXL 3-D printer to make the models. These models are more accurate than the old plaster models and are less susceptible to breakage. When we finish treatment, we print a set of plastic models for the patient. If the patient loses or breaks a retainer, and returns an unbroken model to us, we can make a new retainer in one day to avoid a relapse of the orthodontic correction. This is also great for the slacker’ who forgets to wear the retainers, has some relapse and can have a new retainer made over the original models to help move the teeth back into position. We tell our patients, retainers are for life—if you don’t wear them, the chewing and biting forces will cause the teeth to move back to their old positions.” r. Shoaf is board-certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. Salem Smiles Orthodontics is located at 1063 West Northwest Boulevard in WinstonSalem. For more information, including how to schedule a free consultation, visit the website at www.salemsmilesortho. com, or call 336.725.5757.

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OUT & ABOUT in Winston-Salem ...with the Furr Ball



orsyth Humane Society’s annual Furr Ball was held November 12th, 2016, at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Over 250 guests gathered and enjoyed live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing to the tunes of the Camel City Jazz Quintet. The Gala was generously underwritten by Christine & Michael Morykwas and co-chaired by Anne Rainey Rokahr and Beth Parker & David Janeway, with Adrienne Amos Livengood and Bruce Bullings serving as honorary chairs. The evening event raised $240,000 to benefit FHS’ adoption, outreach, and humane education programs. Forsyth Humane Society celebrated its 75th anniversary this past year. A milestone not only for FHS, but the local community and supporters, as well. Stayed tuned for upcoming information on the 2017 Furr Ball event that will be held late September. If you would like to learn more about the Forsyth Humane Society or how you can adopt, volunteer or donate, please visit

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A delicious competition is on the menu for the SECU Family House, and things are already heating up between competitors. “The competition was clearly rigged last year,” said Peter Juran, attorney at Blanco Tackabery. “It’s ‘game on’ this year, and we’re going to drain the swamp! And speaking of swamps, what was that dish Cameron Kent made, which ‘won’? BRING IT ON, CAMERON!” The second annual Men Who Cook competition showcases the talents of local male celebrity chefs and their teams, as the Family House hosts its popular fundraiser on March 18th at Bridger Field House. About 325 partygoers will taste savory samples crafted by the chefs and vote for their favorites through tips that are donated to Family House. Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success, netting more than $100,000. “This is such an exciting event, bringing families together over food, and truly represents the togetherness, hospitality, and love we provide at the Family House,” said Kathy Carr, Executive Director of SECU Family House. The 45-room Family House is an alternative to a hospital waiting room or an expensive hotel for people coming to Winston-Salem for out-of-town medical care. The staff provides friendship, support, and affordable accommodations for adult patients and caregivers who have been referred by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center or Hospice and Palliative CareCenter. The kitchen is definitely the heart of our homes and meal preparation is such a large part of the services that Family House provides its guests,” said Carr. “We couldn’t have found a better way to celebrate our mission of providing assistance to adult patients and caregivers who are going through difficult health crises.” The Family House has hosted folks from 91 North Carolina counties and 37 states and has served more than 20,000 overnight guests since opening in 2011. Guests stay for a nominal overnight fee, and if they are unable to pay, a Family House assistance fund is available, thanks to donations and


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events like Men Who Cook. “Even though we are amateur chefs, we certainly enjoy cooking and are honored to share our love of food to raise money for Family House,” said Kevin Kampman, Winston-Salem Journal Publisher, and event Co-chair, along with his wife, Deb. “You truly cannot beat the intensity and fun we whip up at this event, facing off against more than 20 chefs. We can certainly relate to the fiery cooking competitions on television.” Men Who Cook chefs create their own recipes, from appetizers to desserts, and are allowed a sous chef for assistance during the evening. Four judges’ prizes and a people’s choice will be awarded to winning chefs. Early online voting will also be available. Taste testers can expect some delectable dishes similar to tastings last year, which included home-cured bacon with mac and cheese, spicy paella, sweet potato biscuits with ham, and spicy apricot-glazed chicken with jicama ginger slaw. Other amateur chefs include Wake Forest Football coach Dave Clawson and Mayor Allen Joines, along with community and business leaders, such as Steve Motew, Eric Tomlinson, Will Goodson, Michael Lalor, Bob Leak, Stan Morgan, Richard McKellogg, and Brice O’Brien. “Last year’s attendees really enjoyed the competition between the men at this event, the incredible food and the uniqueness of the event in our community,” said Lynn Dixson, Men Who Cook attendee and Family House volunteer. “It showcases our commitment to welcome visitors to our community, as well as spotlighting a side of these men that most of us don’t get a chance to see, like Wake Coach Dave Clawson cooking for me…that’s pretty amazing!” Wooden Spoon sponsorships are available for $250, which includes two reservations and a listing in the souvenir program. Event reservations are $55 for one, or two for $105. Contact Ainsley Darnell at the SECU Family House at 336-793-2822, or











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“I can’t go to bed now. I have too much to do.” may be a familiar

phrase to teenage parents. The language is somewhat true. From the moment teens willingly crawl out of bed, their days are jam-packed with socializing and processing detailed information, remembering facts and listening, and, then, engaging in organizations, clubs, the creative arts, or athletics, until evening homework begins. Yes, it’s quite the day, without factoring in the variety of emotions and feelings

experienced. By the time the late hour tolls, teens need time to wind down from their mental processes and ongoing schedule. It is easy to understand why research concludes teens do not get the sleep they need on a daily basis. Also, it’s not easy to surrender to the needs of the body, especially going to bed. FACTORS PREVENTING SLEEP Since teens are at a vital stage of growth and development, they require exactly nine-and-a-quarter hours to feel energized and alert. Many barriers prevent teens from getting the sleep their bodies demand. GROWTH AND HORMONAL CHANGES: Puberty changes an adolescent’s internal clock, called circadian rhythms, by two hours. This biological shift causes the teen, who once fell asleep at 9:00 pm, now not to be able to sleep until 11:00 pm. This shift in time is the reason why teens have difficulty rising in the morning, and feel especially tired in the middle of the afternoon. (Consider the implications, if your teen is driving between 3:00 and 5:00 pm.) COMPETING FOR TIME: School and extracurricular activities, family and friends, and time for self are constantly at a tug-of-war. Decisions need to be made and responsibilities fulfilled. It takes time to reflect, for teens to willingly make changes to their schedule, and find a system that works. Not all teens are successful at maintaining a balanced schedule. Feeling exhausted can affect a teen’s view of themselves and the demands of life. As a result, stress and anxiety may take over and result in sickness or develop into a condition. A study proved there is a correlation between a pre-teen’s sleep habits and his or her pattern of sleep as an adult. As we help our teens understand the value of a good night’s sleep, they will

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start feeling their best as a student, friend, daughter or son, athlete, musician, or artist. CHANGING SLEEP HABITS: Teens quickly become labeled as moody and easily frustrated. Helping a teen understand why he or she needs to find a balance between the day’s activities and sleep is vital. Here are six ways to help your teen get a good night’s rest. CREATE A SLEEP SCHEDULE: A schedule is essential for a teen to feel balanced. It begins with a promise to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. This also includes the weekend. Sleeping in till noon on Saturday morning will make it more difficult for your teen to return to a school schedule. NAPS: One of the best ways for your teen to feel revitalized is to encourage him or her to take an afternoon nap, 20 minutes maximum. Perhaps the best time for napping is soon after your teen arrives home from school. AVOID CAFFEINE: Drinking caffeine in the afternoon can alter the ability to fall asleep. ather than artificial boosts of energy, teens should be engaged in some form of exercise. CHOOSE A WINDING-DOWN ROUTINE: Stimulating activities such as watching television, playing video games, or interacting on social media sites will not encourage sleep. Teens should think about what can help them wind down. Perhaps the answer is reading or a warm shower. RISE AND SHINE: A natural means of waking is witnessing the sunlight. Teens should not have thick curtains in their bedrooms, especially in the winter months. Sleeping pills or other medications are not the answer. By creating a schedule to balance the demands of school with the need for social interaction, teens can remain in control. A good night’s sleep can help teens achieve their greatest ambition and goals. “Turning in” on time could be the one factor which will help to make every day great!

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a pet owner, you want to develop a trusting relationship with your veterinarian, which is an integral aspect of your dog or cat’s health. Just as we put a great deal of thought into choosing our own physician, we want to have a competent and knowledgeable person whom we trust to care for our pets. Dr. Kristopher Eads, owner and veterinarian at Shallowford Animal Hospital, believes in offering the highest level of individualized care for your pets. Dr. Eads was born in Winston-Salem, NC, raised in Jonesville, NC on a beef cattle farm, and exposed to animals at an early age. “As a child, I gained an appreciation for farm life and agriculture from my dad. Much of my free time growing up was spent working on the farm. The field of veterinary medicine allowed me to combine my passion for working with animals and practicing medicine,” said Dr. Eads. After graduating in 1999 from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in biology and a minor in chemistry, Dr. Eads worked for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, until he was accepted in 2004 into the Veterinary Program at NC State University. “In 2008, I graduated with my degree in Veterinary Medicine and worked with both small- and mixed-animal practices. After practicing for two years, I began operating a mobile veterinary service, Blue Ridge Mobile Veterinary Services (BRMVS), focusing primarily on large animals, specifically horses and cattle, continuing to work as a relief veterinarian for some small-animal practices. Having the desire to have a stand-alone, non-mobile practice, I was excited at the opportunity to purchase Shallowford Animal Hospital from Dr. Hermann. On September 1, 2016, BRMVS purchased the assets of Shallowford Animal Hospital,” Dr. Eads commented. Owning a veterinary practice comes with responsibilities to both animals and their owners. “On a daily basis, I practice many areas of medicine, including dentistry, surgery, cardiology, neurology, just to mention a few. I work primarily with dogs, cats, horses and their humans! Veterinary Medicine is a blast, but it is extremely taxing as well. My staff and I routinely are encountered with the high and excitement of a new puppy or kitten in one exam room and the next room over, we are consoling a crying owner that’s saying goodbye to a beloved family member. Every day is different, as is every case, and we strive to exceed our clients’ expectations. We are proud and very thankful for the kind reviews and testimonials that many of our clients have posted online. I still enjoy working with large animals, especially horses and I am available, as time allows, to any equine owners looking for a vet,” stated Dr. Eads. Along with providing care for clients’ pets, Dr. Eads believes in educating pet owners, too. “At Shallowford Animal Hospital, we practice high-quality companion animal medicine, providing your pet with excellent medical, surgical and dental care. Our staff is dedicated to improving the well-being of pets, but having educated owners goes hand-in-hand with the care we provide. We aim to engage our current and potential clientele through social media, having an active presence on Facebook and we enjoy providing both informative and encouraging articles for everyone to read. I am 38 /


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Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages as much as 20 years. ~Author Unknown

If there’s truth to this, surely on prom night, parents age a full five years in a single night!

In all seriousness, prom is a tremendous rite of passage for most teenagers. From elaborate promprosals to picking the perfect dress, prom is a milestone that is to be celebrated! Help your teen make the most of this special event with the help of some of our advertisers who specialize in making prom a memorable experience‌and our high school intern, Savannah, has written several articles to give fresh perspective on prom planning! Stay tuned

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The Craft of Promposing BY SAVANNAH NORRIS


of the biggest feats to overcome during prom season is finding a date. Obviously, the mushy-gushy, “life is better with you” high school couples will go to prom together, but for the rest of the single, “life is great by myself” high schoolers, finding a date to prom is a burdensome task. Years ago, asking someone to prom wasn’t that elaborate; it was a genuine phone call or a simple question. Now, teens have escalated “promposing” into a craft. A promposal takes time and creativity; it is an obligatory annual burden. Nevertheless, teens everywhere are promposing left and right, even the ones already in a relationship. They pick their brains and scour the internet tirelessly for cute, unique and personal ways to ask their better half to prom. For instance, Justis itchell, one of orth avidson High School’s finest, promposed to his lovely girlfriend, Autumn, by dressing up a goat. The promposal was clever, and upon popping the question, “Will you GOAT to PRAAAM with me?” Autumn said “Yes.” Thus, the couple would be attending prom together. High schoolers in every state ask variations of “Will you GOAT to PRAAAM with me?” They string lights and order pizzas. They build igloos and sing songs. They decorate posters and embarrass one another, and out of sheer humility,

romanticism, and puniness, they score dates. However, the question most asked by teachers and parents is, “Why?” Why prompose in the first place It is true that promposals are elaborate and unnecessary. The craft requires a level of thought and energy that is a bit on the extreme side. Ultimately, simply asking someone to prom over the phone or casually in conversation would still score you a date. However, promposals, as unnecessary as they are deemed, are thoughtful, clever, and are potentially romantic— things today’s youth typically is not. Instead of bashing the sport, promposing should be encouraged. It requires a person to be considerate and courageous. Promposing might be a burden, but it’s one worth adopting. Of course, there are teens that choose not to prompose, which is perfectly fine. Sometimes groups of friends just work out who should go with whom to complement heights, personalities, etc. Sometimes high schoolers just don’t have someone they like enough, or they are close enough to, for promposing not to be weird and creepy. There is a multitude of reasons not to prompose, all which are completely valid. Overall, promposals are fun, but the most important thing to remember is to just have fun at prom. Promposing is a burdensome craft worth appreciating, but it doesn’t matter if you were the “promposer,” the “promposie,” or if promposing wasn’t even part of the plan. It just matters that once you wind up at prom, you’re having a blast. From the team at Forsyth Magazines, we wish you a very happy promposing! (Or not).

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EXCITEMENT: It’s prom season! Every parent is excited for their children to successfully ask someone to prom or to be asked themselves. They love the idea of their teen happily dancing the night away and enjoying this right of passage. Parents are excited to help find the perfect dress tux at first. STRESS: Once the excitement settles in, parents soon think over how expensive prom is. Dresses and tuxes cost a fortune. The flowers cost a fortune, and shoes, jewelry, and nails are expensive necessities. Prom is very expensive, and finding means to pay for it can be stressful.

Prom is a trying time for parents. They want to be very excited about prom 100 percent of the time, but the truth is, prom is an inescapable whirlwind of pure chaos. It’s a time to love your parents and understand that prom is about more than just you; it’s about your Mom and Dad, too!

WORRY: The teen is off to prom! Right now, the emotional turmoil has just begun. It’s not uncommon for teenagers to drink at prom or do things that they shouldn’t. Parents worry about all kinds of hypothetical situations. They worry their children will wind up in a car accident because one of their friends decided to drink and drive. They worry their daughters will be taken advantage of by teenage boys. They worry their teenage boys will impregnate someone’s daughter. They worry about everything and for just reasons. Teenagers do things they shouldn’t. SKEPTICISM: Upon realizing that teenagers do things they shouldn’t, parents also know that their own teens are capable of doing things they shouldn’t, such as drinking and driving or impregnating other teenagers. Soon straight-A, goody-two-shoes kids will turn into school-skipping, system hacking Ferris Buellers, ready to evade any and every rule possible. RELIEF: Prom is an exciting, but taxing time for parents. The moment they see their teen come home from a night of partying or on into the following morning, parents are relieved beyond measure. Soon the excitement, stress, worry, and skepticism turns into sheer thankfulness.


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The Fairy Godmother’s Closet BY SAVANNAH NORRIS


are many generous organi ations that fit girls in need for prom dresses and other formal event attire, but nothing compares to “The Fairy Godmother’s Closet.” Shelley Hundley, since college, has been helping young girls overcome the very obvious financial, social, and self-esteem issues associated with formal events. By collecting donated dresses, jewelry, shoes, and wisdom of life, Shelley has found the means for struggling girls to find exactly what they need to attend their proms. I walked up to the light brick home, taking in the black shutters and detailed mailbox as I went, and parked myself beside two donation bags on the steps. I rang the doorbell, nervously waiting, because I had no idea what to expect. Before my imagination could think up any crazy scenarios, Shelley opened the door, green lace fairy godmother dress and tiara on, her smile warm and welcoming.

I followed “the Fairy Godmother” inside, watching her “bippity boppity boo” her way through dresses that didn’t, contrary to my preconceived notion, ooze remnants of Goodwill and the 1900s. As she wove us through the fabrics, laughing and joking, I found myself sitting on the couch in Shelley’s living room, feeling more vulnerable and safe than I’ve ever simultaneously felt. ou don’t find many truly compassionate, giving, comforting individuals, but Shelley Hundley is one of those people. She told me stories of herself in high school and why every single girl should feel valuable; she told me why “The Fairy Godmother’s Closet” is so near and dear to her heart. After quite an emotional experience, I realized how lucky and special girls who came for dresses must feel. They were gifted more than a Cinderella experience; these girls were taught confidence and given love. It’s no wonder The airy Godmother’s Closet” is such a success. “The Fairy Godmother’s Closet” has visited hospitals, the homes of girls in wheelchairs, and a few cities. Shelley wishes to expand the service in the upcoming years, making it a triad-wide event for all high school junior and senior girls. The only requirement for service is a recent report card, as proof of enrollment. Of course, to make the expansion, donated dresses, clutches, jewelry (even broken) are always appreciated, as are clothing racks and shoes in excellent condition. For inquiries and donations, feel free to contact Shelley Hundley at

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The Fairy Godmother’s Closet was a wonderful experience all around for my daughter Camryn. Shelley didn’t just give Camryn any dress, she took the time to help her select one that flattered her figure, and facilitated alterations to ensure that it fit her perfectly. Camryn not only looked beautiful in her dress, but the confidence she exuded when she wore it was proof that she truly felt beautiful too! - Carmen Stinson

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Prom Alterations by Homestyle Draperies and Alterations BY MALLORY HARMON


the prom season draws near, it is important to plan ahead. It is a nightmare to wake up two days before the prom with a dress you keep tripping over or one with damaged beading. The same goes for suits: nothing looks more awkward than a jacket with too-short sleeves or a pair of slacks that look like you got them out of your dad’s closet. All of these imperfections should be handled long before prom to save needless stress. Homestyle Draperies and Alterations is a first-rate tailoring business with the welcoming and highly capable Aphroditi Katsoudas at its helm. Consider Aphroditi your fairy godmother for the event—helping you avoid awkward wardrobe missteps, so you can focus on enjoying an unforgettable evening. y first experience with Aphroditi and her staff was prom season 2016. I had purchased a light blue, halter-top, floor-length prom dress. It was on sale due to some damaged beading along the neckline, so, due to a referral I received from the seller, I brought the dress and the shoes I planned to wear with it (bringing shoes is important) to Homestyle Draperies and Alterations on Old Glory Road in Clemmons. Upon my unscheduled visit, I was welcomed with enthusiasm by Aphroditi herself. After we had discussed my concern, she directed me to a fitting room. Once I had changed, I was ushered to a pedestal where the dress was pinned and adjusted until both Ms. Aphroditi and I were content. Ms. Aphroditi made my satisfaction of the utmost importance and devoted her energy and undivided attention to the fitting. She made the upcoming event even more exciting as her enthusiasm and interest were contagious. When all was said and done, she gave me the estimated price, and I was simply blown away by the affordability of the exceptional service. However, it was not until I received the dress a few days later that I realized what a bargain I had truly received. 48 /

I found out that Aphroditi Katsoudas and her employee, Belen, hand-repair, bead, and hem every piece of clothing they are entrusted with. This attention to detail truly amazed me, especially after examining the beadwork she had accomplished on my dress. Aphroditi tells me they will never fold over fabric with damaged beads like most other tailors; instead, they remove each bead individually and restring it. She goes on to tell me that she received over 200 prom orders for repairs and alterations during prom season 2016, and did not receive even one negative review from a customer. Aphroditi’s pride in, and enjoyment of, her work make all the difference. She cares about every client as if she were fitting her own dress. Her tremendous experience is unparalleled, and her personality makes the whole process unexpectedly enjoyable. She says that she takes pleasure in being a part of each customer’s happiness. Though she does work on a first-come firstserved basis, Aphroditi goes above and beyond her responsibilities by noting all of the local schools’ prom dates, so she can properly schedule the alteration deadlines. Make sure to remember to bring your prom attire in as soon as possible, so you can experience the courteous and capable service that Aphroditi provides. Though prom season takes a front seat as we move toward the end of the school year, it must not be overlooked that Homestyle Draperies and Alterations offers a variety of tailoring services. Aphroditi is skilled in the production and repair of pillows, bedding, drapes and practically anything that dresses up a home, as well. When it comes to prom, whether you have a bead out of place, a ripped cuff, or an oversized blazer; Homestyle Draperies and Alterations provides the best customer service, most capable seamstresses, and affordable prices around. Make sure not to wait until the last minute; Aphroditi is ready and excited to help make your prom dress or tux picture-perfect. Homestyle Draperies and Alterations is located at 2565 Old Glory Road in Clemmons. Call them at 336.766.4040. Be sure to follow them on Facebook.

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Your Birthday is When? Leap Year Facts and Fun BY VONDA HENDERSON


your birthday February 29? Then you’re a leap year baby and part of a fairly small population. In the US, there are 187,000 and worldwide, about four million people, born on February 29th. 2016 was a leap year; the next one is in 2020. Leap year babies are known as “leaplings.” They have their own society—the Honor Society of Leap Year Babies—that was introduced in 1997. Membership is free; check their website and Facebook page. Speaking of free, leaplings can cash in for free stuff to celebrate their birthdays. Many restaurants offer free goodies just for being born on the 29th. Who doesn’t like free pizza or cookies? Some clothing companies offer special discounts on their products. Hum, those leaplings are sounding like they have a pretty good deal going. FAMOUS US LEAPLINGS: Jimmy Dorsey: legendary saxophonist, composer, and conductor Dinah Shore: actress, singer, and talk show host

March 1st. That two-day option sounds good, right? FACTOIDS ABOUT LEAP YEAR: • Ancient Egyptians added a leap day once every four years to keep their calendar aligned with the solar year. The Romans adopted the practice and designated February 29th as leap day. Julius Caesar is credited for the practice. • The Chinese calendar has a leap month added every three years. 2015 was the most recent leap year on that calendar. • The Ethiopian calendar adds a day to the last month of the year every four years. • According to folklore, women can propose on the 29th. • Anthony, Texas and Anthony, New Mexico each claim the title of Leap Year Capital of the World. Every four years, they hold a four-day festival with a birthday party for leaplings in attendance.

Louise Wood: Director of USA Girl Scouts from 1961–1972

• General Custer fought the Battle of Little Bighorn in a leap year.

Alex Rocco: actor (Godfather)

• The Titanic sank in a leap year.

Dennis Farina: former police officer and character actor Law & Order)

• Benjamin Franklin discovered that lightning is electricity in a leap year.

Antonio Sabato, Jr.: actor (General Hospital)

• Gold was discovered in California in a leap year.

Anthony Robbins: motivational speaker

All in all, leaplings get some special recognition for their birthdays. Just saying that your birthday is February 29th is an excellent icebreaker to get a conversation going. n the flip side, there can be some bureaucratic red tape to deal with. Most states recognize March 1 as the birthday for leaplings. Some leaplings reported that getting their driver’s license was problematic if they showed up at the DMV on February 28th. Most are asked to come back on March 1st.

CELEBRATING LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAYS: Some leaplings celebrate big every four years. Many have themed parties to reflect their leap age. ouncy houses, costume themes, decade themes—hey, when you only get a party every four years, you go big and have a blowout bash! On off years, some folks celebrate, however briefly, at midnight on ebruary th such a fleeting party! n the other hand, some take advantage of the gap and party for two days, February 28th and 50 /

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the past 101 years, Kiwanis International has been bettering the lives of countless individuals throughout the world with its impressive fundraising, dedicated service and strong support from local communities. For the past 60 years, Twin City Kiwanis has been focused on coming together and serving the needs in and around Forsyth County with the Kiwanis slogan, “Young Children, Priority One,” as its driving force. The Twin City Kiwanis signature annual event is the Pancake Jamboree. “I have been a member of this club for about a dozen years and have thoroughly enjoyed the work we do to help our community and to make the world a little better place because we passed through it,” said Walt Kinsey. “Locally, through the Pancake Jamboree, we work to enrich the lives of the needy children in our own community. We do so through a variety of programs we support locally with the proceeds of the Pancake Jamboree. Each year we raise about $30,000 to give to this community. We support literacy programs among many other causes, as well as better nutrition, by supporting programs like The Enrichment Center, March of Dimes March for Babies, Children of Vietnam, Forsyth Educational Partnership, Old Hickory Boy Scouts, Second Harvest Food Bank, Salvation Army, Smart Start of Forsyth County, Augustine Literacy Project, and Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries. We also award scholarships to graduating seniors. In 2014–2015, our total Foundation Donations were $44,275.38—all because a few people had pancakes with us.” While the impact of the Pancake Jamboree is strongly felt within the community, the work done by Kiwanis does not stop there. “Internationally, over the last decade, we have collectively worked to eliminate disfiguring goiters by the simple process of iodizing salt and, in cooperation with UNICEF, we accomplished that goal,” said Kinsey. “Presently, we are working to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, so common, especially with babies, which is a very painful way to die. Raising funds to be able to administer an 87-cent inoculation can prevent so much pain and death. We have the means and have virtually eliminated tetanus in much of the developed world. Kiwanis, again with UNICEF, is working to eliminate tetanus worldwide.” While Kiwanis has been able to do so much for the people of our community and around the world since its founding, there is always room for growth and the desire to do more. “We can best serve as our club grows in size and dedication to the community,” said Kinsey. “We invite new members to join us. The fellowship is fun; the meetings are weekly at noon at the Forsyth Country Club for Wednesday luncheons. We are also always open to contributions, large or small, that will be directed to the programs for youth which we support. 100% of the proceeds of any contribution go to the programs we support, and our club is fully operational, with membership dues paid by members so that all contributions are directed to the programs themselves, and not to club operations. Even the leftover supplies are donated to the shelter for homeless after we’re done serving. We want to do more to serve. Seeing growth in attendance; seeing more people enjoy what we do; having new members join Twin City Kiwanis to continue the tradition. We are always open to ideas that can expand the effectiveness of our fundraiser, either through cost savings or new ideas to make it work better—ideas to help solicit contributions or just have more people come out. Many of our members do the same service year after year, but all of us have a few more gray hairs than we did before, so we need to see new members take up the effort on into the future.” The 2017 Pancake Jamboree will be held on the lower level of the Benton Convention Center in the south hall on February 3rd from 6:30am–8pm. Tickets are $7/adult and $3/children under age 13. To purchase tickets in advance, contact a local Twin City Kiwanian you may know, or call “Mr. Pancake 2017” at 336.391.2061. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. For more information about Twin City Kiwanis, visit the website at

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It All Started with Jack BY SARAH FEDELE

Crystal, Nick and Jack Heyland of Winston-Salem are the winners of the “My Taste is Why” Family Health Challenge with Novant Health and the American Heart Association! As the American Heart Association’s “Life is Why” sponsor, Novant Health is conducting quarterly health challenges to Forsyth County families. The “My Taste is Why” Family Health Challenge focused on families cooking and eating healthier together. “It all started because of Jack,” smiles Crystal as she holds her 21-month old son. “After Jack started eating whole food, I started preparing all of his fresh, healthy food in the food processor. With Jack, we wanted to give him a great first step into healthy eating.” After making such fresh, healthy options for Jack, Crystal and Nick started working on improving their own nutrition. “I crave salty snacks, so chips and crackers are always tempting,” shares Crystal. Nick tends to like sweets. Together they have been beating their old habits and focusing on whole grains, lean meats, fresh fruits, and vegetables. “Nick and I will both get into the kitchen to help cook when time allows,” says Crystal. “We are cooking from scratch when we can and avoiding all the processed foods.” ven though it is hard as a family to sometimes find the time to cook healthy meals, it really has paid off. The food Nick and I are making now is healthier, and it tastes better,” shares Crystal. “And Jack, what can I say, he likes all kinds of foods and some of his favorites are avocado, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes!” This is one healthy family that is also going to be growing. Crystal and Nick are expecting baby No. 2 this April. As the “My Taste is Why” Family Health Challenge winners, the Heyland Family will receive a family heart-healthy cooking class courtesy of Southern Home & Kitchen and Dianne McConnell, health coach. They will also receive a $100 gift card from Whole Foods. Heart disease and stroke are up to 80 % preventable, yet they are the 2nd and 4th leading causes of death in Forsyth County. A healthy diet is a great place to start. Including 4–5 portions of fruits and vegetables every day, reducing sodium in everyday meals, going fresh when possible and moving towards whole grains will make a huge difference for your family. For heart healthy, family-friendly recipes, visit For more details on upcoming Family Health Challenges, visit

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Provides a Quality, Hometown-friendly Approach to Healthcare BY A. KEITH TILLEY / PHOTOGRAPHY BY J. DARREN PHOTOGRAPHY


was a time in the history of our great nation when the family physician was a trusted friend, a kind and knowledgeable healthcare professional who not only helped heal our sickness and tended to our wounds, but also knew our family, our background, our interests and activities. It was in part because of this relationship that he knew exactly what to do in unique situations that a visiting physician wouldn’t be privy to. All this, and they even made house calls! In recent years, the field of medicine has evolved dramatically with advancements, disease cures, preventive medicines, resources and tools to discover potential problems that otherwise would not have been found until it was too late. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, as technology has advanced, many physicians have left behind the personal touches of the true Family Physician. The advantage of knowing the patient and his or her situation individually enhances the physician’s insight into the patient’s health concerns. This trusting relationship is central to maintaining the overall good health of the patient in the long run. If medicine and treatments are the cure, trust is the cornerstone of the medical profession. It’s what allows doctors to better gather information and further understand what’s going on with their patients; thus, making their diagnosis more accurate, efficient and successful. It’s also what makes patients visit their doctors more often, when they need to, and assures care can be provided on a more effective basis. Fortunately, the traditional community approach to medicine has not gone away with the horse and buggy. One such example is located right here in our own community. Summer FamilyCare, located at 6614 Shallowford Road in Lewisville, is an independent, small, private, family practice operated by Dr. Michael Summer and Dr. Leigh Summer. These talented, skilled, highly qualified and caring doctors met while in medical school at East Carolina University. Their relationship blossomed, as well as their medical careers, while serving on active duty as medical officers in the U.S. Navy in the United States, as well as Japan and the Western acific. After their tour of duty in the avy, they eventually made their way back home to North Carolina and set up shop in Lewisville, where they’ve been serving their patients since 2005.

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In this day and age of big medicine, it’s not always easy to find a primary physician who makes you feel like family, and that’s what makes Summer FamilyCare so special. Given that Dr. Mike and Dr. Leigh are family themselves, they’re able to bring a unique approach to their community-driven family practice. They both share the same passion for creating an environment where patients feel welcome, comfortable, and friendly with their primary doctors and the excellent nurses and staff that assist them, including Starr, Amber, Kelly, Courtney and Katie. It’s apparent they’ve been successful achieving this goal, given the loyal patient base they’ve developed in a relatively short period of time. Patients know at Summer FamilyCare the doctors and staff care about them more than just as patients, but also as people and friends of the practice. Working together, they strive to provide superior, high-quality care without sacrificing the hometown feel of a trusted doctor who has only your best interest at heart. Dr. Mike reminds us that “Summer FamilyCare provides care for people of all ages, from newborns to seniors, eliminating the need or potential for a different doctor each time. Children receive Well-Child visits and sick visits if needed, and we offer same-day appointments.” Recent studies show this small-practice approach is working very effectively today. One such study performed by Weill Cornell Medical found that practices with one to two physicians had one-third fewer hospital admissions (those that could be prevented) than practices with 10–19 physicians, and that physician-owned practices also had fewer preventable admissions than hospital-owned practices in this study. Their findings indicate that connections among patients, physicians, and staff may be closer in smaller practices, resulting in part in this positive outcome. They also indicated communication might be easier to come by in the smaller practices, allowing patients to be seen on the same day when necessary. In that regard, Dr. Mike had this to say about their approach to practicing medicine, “We strive to be a comfortable place for people to get the treatment they need, by such means as having an actual person answer the phone versus a phone versus a machine. We also greet people by name and by memory, because our patients are like family to us.

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A lot of people avoid going to the doctor because it’s really stressful or just overall a negative experience. It doesn’t have to be that way. It didn’t use to be that way when small practices were the rule rather than the exception. We want to change that; after all, it’s bad enough when a patient’s feeling ill, they shouldn’t have to be uncomfortable, as well, seeing their doctor for help.” Summer FamilyCare is aware of the high cost of medical insurance today, and Dr. Mike advises that a lot of the costs associated with a patient’s visit are dictated by the insurance companies. However, to help those who either need or prefer to pay the costs themselves (out-of-pocket when necessary, without involving insurance), Summer FamilyCare will work with those patients and their costs to help them to be able to afford this option. At a time when so many in their profession choose specialties over family medicine for economic reasons, Drs. Mike and Leigh Summer truly felt this was where they needed to be. The small-practice, community-driven approach affords them the opportunity to get to know their patients well, understand their issues and concerns and guide them in care that they fully understand and can follow with confidence and persistence. The result allows their patients to stay on top of good health practices and lead strong, normal productive lives to the best of their abilities. That’s about all one can ask for from their healthcare provider. When it comes to time away from the office, r. Mike and Dr. Leigh are involved in a variety of activities. One that is dear to their heart is The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, where

University in Raleigh as a U.S. Navy ROTC scholarship cadet, continuing the legacy of her parents, grandparents and a long list of relatives who are also faithful members of the Wolfpack alumni. Their son, Sam, is a sophomore at West Forsyth High School and enjoys participating in band and scouting. And the entire family relishes the company of their three delightful cats.

they’ve assisted in taking care of the animals over the last ten years. Dr. Mike says it’s an honor and privilege for his family to help this tremendous organization that cares for so many. Dr. Leigh is also a past recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (awarded for over 500 hours of volunteer service to the community within a given year). They’ve been blessed with two children; their daughter, Sarah, attends NC State

In the end, both Dr. Mike and Dr. Leigh have a shared objective in their profession and how they live their lives, and that is to have a positive impact on their patients’ lives, to have a positive and beneficial influence in their community, to be fine, supportive parents to their children, and to provide a quality, affordable, friendly healthcare option for families of all ages and sizes. To learn more about Summer FamilyCare, or to make an appointment, visit their website at, or give them a call at (336) 945-0277. You can ask them about Well-Woman Wednesdays, when Dr. Leigh is available on that morning every week for health visits for women of all ages, including physicals, Pap smear testing, wellness discussions and planning, and more. Dr. Mike leaves us with this important advice his patients have heard quite often: always remember to exercise; after all, anything is better than nothing!

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TEEN LOVE - How It Impacts Parents in a Different Way


eenage love, it’s magical, all-encompassing, and consumes your very being—for the teen, that is. For the parents, it’s a different story altogether. Perhaps it’s because we’ve been through it all, making us see it more cautiously now and through a different lens. I’m reminded of a time when I was in my mid-twenties and dating my soon-to-be bride. The two of us had gone to visit my maternal grandmother, who was in her eighties and a widow. As the visit progressed, the conversation steered toward my relationship, which led to my questioning my grandmother about her memories of my parents getting married. Her response was far from anything I had expected to hear. You see, my parents married while they were still teenagers back in the 1940s. In fact, they had eloped, because they knew their parents would likely advise them to wait till they were somewhat older. It was a romantic story, or at least it always seemed that way whenever they talked about it. How they and their best friends drove to South Carolina and were married by a minister whom they knew, and who would marry them under the circumstances. Upon arriving back home two days later, both were nervous, so each went separately to visit their parents to share the news—only their parents were already aware. Mom would tell the story of going to her dad’s place of employment and waiting for him by his car in the parking lot at quitting time, scared to death. One by one, people who knew her came out of the building and upon seeing her decided to wait by their cars to watch what was about to take place, obviously being aware of her surprise nuptials. There were several people standing and staring, expecting to see what they anticipated would be a parental scolding for making such a rash and impulsive decision on something that is a lifelong commitment. Eventually, the door opened again and out walked her dad. He spotted her immediately but showed no emotion. He simply strolled across the parking lot as if it was any other typical day. As he approached her, she was trembling with fear, but he just opened his arms wide and told her to come

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to him. When she did, he gave her a huge embrace, much to the chagrin of all those waiting to see an argument ensue. Not on this day. It was a special ending to a very special story and one that we as children had heard many times. The couple went on to have four children, ten grandchildren and, for the moment, two great-grandchildren. They were married for over fifty years, renewing their vows at their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary celebration, this time with all their family in attendance. On this visit with my grandmother, however, I was able to hear the rest of the story, the part I hadn’t heard before. My grandmother spoke with great conviction as she recalled the memory. The raw emotions she felt seemed to come back to the surface as she spoke. She explained how disappointed she was at the time with her daughter, who was supposed to attend college and only then, after graduation, make a decision about whom she would spend the rest of her life with. My grandmother felt like she had had something personally taken away from her, and not just her daughter’s advanced education, at a time when not many women went to college. She felt the experience of seeing her daughter walk down the aisle had been taken away. It was a strange conversation because, on the one hand, I could totally empathize with her feelings over what she had lost. Yet at the same time, I existed because of this union occurring with this precise timing, so I couldn’t feel too bad about it. It wasn’t too long afterward that she was able to gather her emotions and begin to realize how it had affected her life positively. She turned and looked at me and said that regardless of the pain she had felt at the time, she knew now that she was blessed many times over watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all grow up and come together as a family. She said it was a very special gift to have, and one that she didn’t fully realize on that fateful day, but God has a way of making things right in the end. It just goes to show there are two sides to every story, and it’s not until you become a parent that you fully appreciate what a parent goes through, even as you come to accept things in the end as all for the best.

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I was a young child, except for the occasional train trip, traveling meant long hours in the car. Driving from northern Virginia to two or more towns in Texas for two to three weeks was, how should I characterize it, an adventure. The trunk was jam-packed with luggage and my dad’s golf clubs -- suitcases would be left out before those clubs stayed home. There was always a new set of crayons and a coloring book or two, a few snacks and games my sister and I could play in the car try finding a squirrel or a stop sign out on a highway to cross off on your car-trip bingo board.) Our car had leather seats and no air conditioning, and the temperature only went up -- imagine when we ran into rain. After 10-12 hours, with few stops (“Better go now, I’m not stopping again.” -Dad), we were rewarded by staying where there was a swimming pool. By the time we arrived at my grandparents 2½ days later, we had usually melted some crayons and a candy bar or two by leaving them on the back ledge in the hot sun; endured trailing behind a truck full of pigs while driving through the mountains in Tennessee; drawn imaginary lines down the backseat that were not to be crossed by even a pinky finger and raised my parents’ blood pressures by several points. o wonder my dad brought his golf clubs -- he definitely needed some time away. Our daughters had few trips of that length. With better highways and interstates, when we chose to drive, we could make it to my parents’ house in Florida in 11 hours. We had better distractions for them than my parents had for us, but by the end of the day, we were all ready for it to be over. ast-forward to today and traveling with grandchildren. y first real experience with this was last April when I drove with my daughter and her two children, aged 3½ years and eight months from Charlotte to Corpus Christi, Texas. Was I looking forward to it? To be honest, no, but I wasn’t about to let her make that trip alone. A friend who was originally going to go with her had a work conflict, and I was the available substitute. Thoughts of my sister’s and my behavior as children on our trips came to mind, and I could feel the gray hairs breaking through the dye. My fears were never truly realized. Maybe my daughter and son-in-law had taken them on many road trips from an early age, and they were used to it, or maybe it was having little dollar store surprises to give throughout the two-day trip, a portable DVD player to watch and games to play on the iPad. As my daughter drove, it was my job to keep the little ones happy. This basically came down to taking off my seat belt, turning around in my seat and retrieving a pacifier, toy, water cup or i ad, or handing out a snack. There was very little crying or complaining -- I was most impressed. My next experience was this past December when my husband and I stayed with them in Texas while their parents were on a trip. We decided to take them on a trip to San Antonio, and once again they amazed me with their ability to be content on the 2½ hour drive going and coming. I failed to bring extra toys and could have used more snacks but, fortunately, we made it back before this became a real issue. y advice to other grandparents who may be experiencing this for the first time is depending on the age, make sure to pack extra clothes, plenty of diapers and wipes, a stroller, special little surprises, ready-to-use formula and bottles, sippy cups, water, pacifiers, their favorite blanket or toy, appropriate s and player, games made to travel, things you know they will eat and lots of snacks. Ask their parents for ideas, as well. You are making memories, so have fun and safe travels! “It’s a Grand Life” is a new monthly article about the joys of being a grandparent, by Susan Woodall. It will sometimes gently offer advice or suggestions, while other times just be a fun read.

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going to a movie without some popcorn and a Coke or Pepsi? They kind of go hand-inhand, right? Depending on your age, you might remember a time that they didn’t. In fact, movie theaters didn’t offer concessions initially. Theaters were designed more like live-production venues with velvet seats, marble columns, plush carpets, and ornate embellishments. Many had organs or pianos down front. I remember the downtown theater where I grew up had a beautiful pipe organ that lifted from under the floor to entertain moviegoers until the start of the film. nce the organ started descending, everyone settled down for the movie. Over time, movie theater owners saw the value in offering snacks, versus the practice of independent vendors selling them or patrons sneaking them in. And, the options have certainly expanded. Top snacks in rank order are popcorn, sodas, pretzels, nachos, and hot dogs. Some theaters now offer a gourmet experience including wines and beer that you can even order ahead for pickup or delivery to your movie seat. Or, you can opt to buy that big popcorn bucket that gets refilled for a nominal cost on each visit after that.

opcorn used to cost five to ten cents a bag in bygone days; since then, the price, factoring inflation, has risen an estimated 600%. Sugar rationing during World War II had an impact on candy production and likely identified popcorn more as movie food. Boxed candies are popular options, like Junior Mints, M&Ms, chocolate-covered almonds (my favorite), or gummy bears in those little boxes that are supposed to last through the movie, but are mostly eaten by the time all the previews are over.

So, while we’re chowing down on salted, buttery popcorn, candy, and sodas, what do moviegoers around the world eat? I’m glad you asked! In Moscow, a movie experience can include a full lunch or dinner option, along with beluga caviar. In India, you may enjoy samosas—a fried turnover with a variety of fillings, including mashed potatoes and peas. Sounds pretty tasty. In Colombia, have a bag of crispy fried ants. orean moviegoers may have dried cuttlefish (considered as common as peanuts are in the US), plus popcorn. Speaking of popcorn, folks in Great Britain prefer theirs sweet rather than salty. In the summer, Greek open-air theaters offer souvlaki. Have some Iwashi Senbei (dried sardines baked in soy sauce and sugar, sprinkled with sesame seeds and eaten whole) at a Japanese theater. In the Netherlands, salted black licorice is the moviegoer’s choice. Have some fish cakes usually cod at the movies in Barbados. In China, enjoy a bag of salted dried plums known as umeboshi. These are also popular in Japan. Hong ong moviegoers enjoy curry fish balls or perhaps shrimp and pork dumplings (sui mai). In Norway, have some reindeer jerky. It’s interesting that many international movietype foods seem far less sugary than what we typically enjoy at the movies. Most sound like something we might have for lunch or dinner (except for the fried ants). Popcorn and a soft drink with a movie that you’ve wanted to see…enjoy!

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Promoting Literacy around the World… One Book at a Time BY DEBBIE LINVILLE

Share the love… “Love is the only thing you get more of by giving it away.” February 14th is a day historically set aside for celebrating the love you share with that special someone. Red roses by the dozens, heart-shaped boxes of confectionary treats, adorably cute stuffed animals, and elaborately wrapped (wink, wink) small boxes are given in abundance this day as an outward expression of love. But what if, on this day of kindness and generosity (in addition to, or in lieu of, traditional Valentine’s Day gift giving), love is shared in an unconventional manner…through the pages of a book? As a passionate literacy educator, I can think of no greater gift than one that promotes the joyful lifelong love of reading in children. Whether you gift a book to your own child or a neighbor, family member, friend, or complete stranger, you will single-handedly help to revise the state of literacy around the world.

Share the love of books... “February 14th is about sharing the love of books!” Most children in developing countries do not have a book to call their own, and sadly, right here in the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own a single book. Yet research consistently shows there is a strong, clear relationship between books in the home and the academic success of children. Regardless of how many books may already be in the home, each addition to the home library fosters heightened school achievement. There are many wonderful organizations that promote literacy at home and abroad, and provide opportunities to spread the love of reading to children throughout the year. But imagine the impact of millions of people joining together on a single day to place new or slightly used books into the hands of as many children as possible! It may be that the book you place into the hands of a child is the only book he or she will ever own… and that one act of kindness may make all the difference.

Share the love of books on a global scale… “International Book Giving Day is aimed at increasing children’s access to, and enthusiasm for, books.” International ook Giving ay originated in the five years ago, and the number of participants from around the globe has grown with each passing year. This volunteer-only annual initiative has a laser-sharp focus: to encourage people worldwide to make February 14th the day of giving books to children. It is noteworthy that countless beloved children’s authors have been strong proponents of this international literacy movement from the very beginning. Mem Fox, Ed Emberley, R.J. Palacio and Peter Reynolds are just a few who “jumped on board with both feet—donating valuable time, energy, and enthusiasm” to this endeavor ( Will you partner with me this Valentine’s Day and commit to placing at least one book into the hands of a child, and make their day a little sweeter? 66 /

The following are a few ways to get involved with International Book Giving Day: 1. Place a book where children must wait, such as a doctor’s office, dental clinic, car repair shop or bus station. 2. Donate a book to the playroom on the children’s floor wing of a local hospital. 3. Purchase a book, wrap it and have it delivered as a surprise to a child you know will be excited to receive it. 4. Donate a book to your local library children’s department. 5. Leave a book where a child will find it, with a message telling them it is your gift to them—a restaurant with a play area, a park, or some other childfriendly venue. 6. Give a book your child has loved and outgrown to another family for their enjoyment. 7. Share a book with a shelter for refugees/the homeless. Smaller books are ideal for ease of transporting. 8. Provide a book to add to the house library at a local children’s home. 9. Give a book to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at a local hospital. 10. Present a specially chosen book to your own child/grandchild.

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Test-taking Tips and Tricks BY ELISA D. WALLACE


est. The word itself sends shivers down the spine of many students. In most schools, much of students’ grades depends heavily on their ability to master the teacher’s tests. Since the mid-1980s, there has been a steady increase in standardized testing. Their use skyrocketed after 2002’s “No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)” mandated annual testing in all states. However, students are not only required to take this annual test. Most schools conduct a variety of different “standardized tests” every quarter, to help gauge how students will perform on the end-of-grade assessment. The average 3rd-grader now has to take standardized assessments every few weeks. The topic itself is incredibly controversial and has led to a great divide among taxpayers. Proponents say standardized tests are a fair and objective measure of student achievement. They also state that these tests ensure teachers and schools are being held accountable to taxpayers and, most relevant of all—parents and students—approve of testing. Opponents say the tests are not fair. They believe their use promotes a narrow curriculum which requires teachers to “teach to the test.” Opponents also believe that excessive testing undermines our nation’s ability to produce innovators and critical thinkers. However, regardless of which side one agrees with, today, students will have to take a variety of assessments, and ignoring this issue will not help them. It is vital to teach them to become better test-takers. Read on for several tips to help students think critically and tackle these assessments! Test-taking Tip #1: Think Positive! Avoid using negative phrases about 68 /

testing. Encourage students to view their assessments like a big jigsaw puzzle. Despite the fact that it may be incredibly tough, they should take their time at solving the mystery. When it comes to testing, a positive attitude can help breed success! Test-taking Tip #2: Start Scholarly Habits Early. Encourage students by telling them that strong test-takers are already preparing by the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! These students begin to develop early scholarly habits: taking notes, asking relevant questions, completing homework assignments, reviewing studying and finally, not being afraid to ask for help. Test-taking Tip #3: The Night Before. While cramming is not encouraged, it is wise to review notes the night before. A light review, not a brutal “all-nighter,” is a great method to help students refresh their memory. Equally important—make sure students get a good night’s rest. Attempting to take a test with little to no sleep, is equal to a car trying to run with little to no gas. It doesn’t work. Test-taking Tip #4: The Morning Of. Almost everyone knows that having a solid breakfast is crucial to test success. After breakfast, arrive at school early to do a quick 10-minute review before the test. This helps bring the facts back to the brain. Test-taking Tip #5: Use scratch paper first! An excellent testing strategy is to use the scratch paper for notes before looking at the questions. On this paper, students write any formulas or facts they know. This way, as they begin diving into the test, they can refer back to these notes. Test-taking Tip #6: Let’s get ready for

Show Time! After arriving at school early, make sure all materials are nearby. Students will need to have scratch paper, extra pencils, and calculators (if they are allowed to use them). Also, make sure they know how the test is scored: Do they lose points for incorrect answers? Or is it better to make guesses if one is not sure of the answer? Test-taking Tip #7: Time Management. Students need to know how to budget their time regarding tests. Encourage them first to know how long the test is, then begin to tackle all the questions that come easiest to them FIRST. Afterward, they can always go back to the more difficult ones. Test-taking Tip #8: Covering up Answers. When taking multiple-choice questions, it is often a great idea to encourage students to cover up the answers, then have them write out their own answer to the side of the question. This way, they cannot let the answer choices confuse them. Test-taking Tip #9: Process of Elimination. Another great test strategy for MC questions is to start by crossing off the answers that couldn’t be right. Then spend more time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting the correct answer. Test-taking Tip #10: I’m done, now what? The best test takers take their time! Students should NOT rush through a test, even if they feel like they aced it. It is crucial for students to review all answers, making sure that they didn’t make any careless mistakes. The last remaining minutes can be used for going over the hardest problems before finally turning in the test.

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year, we celebrate Black History Month during the month of February. While many of us know the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, here are some fun facts to expand your knowledge of black history: 1. osa arks was not the first woman to refuse to leave her seat on the bus. ifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin was one of the first women to take a stand against this racist practice, saying, “It felt like Sojourner Truth was on one side pushing me down, and Harriet Tubman was on the other side of me pushing me down. I couldn’t get up.” After being arrested and put in jail for her protest, she was one of the four women who challenged this in court. 2. It became illegal for people of differing races to marry in 1664 and did not become legal until 1967. . The practice of inoculation was first introduced by a slave named Onesimus. It is believed that Onesimus was born in Africa in the late 1600s and was given as a gift to a Puritan church minister named Cotton Mather. Onesimus told Mather about the tradition in Africa to extract material from an ill person and scratch it into the skin of a healthy person to make them immune to the disease. Considered dangerous at the time, this practice was later used to inoculate soldiers during the Revolutionary War. 4. In addition to the United States, Canada also celebrates Black History Month in February while the United Kingdom celebrates it in October. . lack History onth became official in 19 after being proposed by Carter Godwin Woodson, who was an author and historian. It was originally just a week-long celebration, but expanded to a month-long celebration in 1976. 6. Martin Luther King, Jr. began college at the young age of 15…as did former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. 7. Black inventors are responsible for important inventions, including the hair brush, lawn mower, refrigerator, air conditioner, gas masks, blood banks and 3D graphics…to name a few. 8. February was chosen because it was the birth month of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. 9. The first self-made female millionaire was black adam C.J. Walker made her fortune by developing a line of beauty and hair care products for black women. 10. On February 10, 1964, the Civil Rights Act passed, which made it illegal for public facilities to deny access to anyone because of ethnic origin or race. Additionally, segregation in schools was also made illegal.

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You have looked deep into my heart, Lord, and you know all about me. You know when I am resting or when I am working. You notice everything I do and everywhere I go. Before I even speak a word, you know what I will say.

~ Psalm 139:1-4


you look in a baby’s crib, you might see a shiny piece of tin attached to the side of the crib. The light that sparkles from it can get the baby’s attention and, when he gets a little bigger, he’ll smile at the reflection of his own face. As children grow, they like mirrors even more. They can see how pretty they look or learn to make funny faces at themselves. When do you use a mirror? The main job of a mirror is to show us how we look. If we don’t like what we see, we can make some changes. If the mirror shows broccoli stuck between your teeth, you can brush your teeth or use a toothpick. Dad might see a few hairs on his chin that he missed while shaving, so he uses his shaver again and cuts them off. Sometimes we don’t like what we see in the mirror. My nose is too big. My teeth are crooked. y hair is sticking out. At other times, we’re happy with our reflection. This new sweater looks good on me. My eyes are sparkling today. Freckles are so cool! A mirror can only show what’s on the outside—the things that everyone else can see. But God sees what’s on the inside! Read the Bible verses above. God knows everywhere you go, everything you do and say, and everything you think. God sees it all: the outside and the inside, the good and the bad. How does that make you feel? Here are some things you can do to keep the inside of you looking its best. Obey your parents and teachers. Watch good movies instead of bad ones. Listen in church and Sunday school. Say “I’m sorry” when you do something wrong. But the very best way to change what’s inside is to talk to God. “Jesus, help me to follow the rules. I want to be kind. Wash away the naughty things I do. Help me to always do my best.” Whenever you look at yourself in a mirror, ask God to look at your heart at the same time. That way you’ll be looking good…on the outside and on the inside.

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my son was 15, he got what’s called a “Jones Fracture” after landing on his foot the wrong way during football practice. When it happened, it didn’t seem like a huge deal. In fact, he finished out practice, got cleaned up, and then took part in a chorus concert that same night! Unfortunately, the X-rays that were taken the next day revealed a fracture that would end up being quite a big deal after all. A Jones Fracture is a crack right in the middle of the bone that runs along the outside of your foot, your fifth metatarsal. A fracture in that exact spot on that specific bone is notorious for not healing well without help. When it happened, the doctor told us that there was only about a 50% chance it would heal without surgical intervention. So, after wearing a cast and hobbling around school on crutches for a couple of weeks with no improvement in the fracture, we felt we had no choice but to agree to the surgery. The doctor placed a screw inside the bone, which forced the fracture to close and allowed the bone to knit itself back together. Thankfully, the surgery went off without a hitch and, after a couple of months, Andrew was back on the football field. Life doesn’t always work the way it’s supposed to, does it? Hurts sometimes (and often) run too deeply to be healed without help. Hobbling around with a broken heart is no way to live. Are you in that place today? If so, I’m praying that you will seek help. Find a good, Christian counselor or wise friend who can help walk you through the journey of healing. And, of course, pray. Pray that our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and our Prince of Peace will penetrate into the depth of your pain, pulling everything together and healing the places that are broken.

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erhaps no marriage relationship is more at risk from spiritual attack than the marriage between a pastor and his wife. Think about it. The enemy could not only destroy a sacred relationship between spouses, but also an entire ministry, if given a foothold in your pastor’s marriage. Sadly, there are countless families and ministries that have been left in shambles as a result of this kind of attack. You may wonder how you, a church member, could possibly help your pastor and his wife strengthen their marriage. Actually, there are quite a few ways you can help! As always, the first and most powerful line of defense is prayer. Remember to include your pastor, his wife, and their family in your daily prayers. You can also provide your pastor with some resources which will give him the opportunity to work on his marriage. Maybe offer to babysit, so he and his wife can have a date night. Take up a collection from other church members and send him and his family on a trip. Make sure he has the freedom to “disconnect” from church on a regular basis, so he can connect at home. Finally, #BeTheOne to educate other members of your congregation about the importance of caring for your pastor and his family.

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My Grace-Full Life: The Desires of Your Heart BY DENISE HEIDEL

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it seem that some people are showered with God’s blessings and others are left struggling? It’s especially frustrating for believers, because very often, it seems that the less godly the life a person leads, the more prosperous they become! This isn’t a new idea... the writer of Psalm 73 very eloquently touches on the subject. It’s a pretty long passage, and I encourage you to read the whole thing. But the highlights include:

Verse 3: For I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Verse 7: Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish. Verses 12–14: Behold, these are the ungodly, Who are always at ease; They increase in riches. The writer of this psalm is clearly frustrated. He is trying to live for God and struggling, while those who pursue their own selfish desires are living on asy Street! Have you ever felt the same way? All of this is easier said than done. Isaiah 55:8 reminds us: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord Parents tell their children not to do certain things. In the moment, the child may want to know why and fail to understand the reasoning. But parents have life experience and knowledge that gives them the foresight to protect their children from danger. God, as our Heavenly Father, is both all-knowing and all-powerful. It’s not necessary for us to understand His reasons. He, as the Creator of the universe, knows better than we do! A healthy dose of faith enables us to say, “Okay, Lord! I don’t get it, but I am trusting you.” Sometimes, God doesn’t bestow certain “blessings” because He knows they may cause us more harm

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than good. For instance, let’s say you were admiring a gorgeous diamond ring. You longed for it, thought how beautiful it would look on your hand. You just knew that if you had that diamond ring, your social standing would be elevated, because everyone would see how successful you were by the sparkle on your finger. What harm could come from owning a diamond ring?? What if your ring got caught on something and you sustained an injury to your hand r, what if the flash of that diamond was admired by the wrong person, and you were robbed and it was forcibly taken from you, leaving you physically hurt and emotionally traumatized? What if the cost prevented you from being able to afford an emergency expense you didn’t know was around the corner? Another possibility is that certain types of success or material possessions may distance us from Him. We serve a jealous God who wants to be the focus of our attention. If material possessions distract us from His will, then as our Creator, He is well within His right to say, “No.” A “No” from God isn’t easy to take, but He is the one in charge. The Bible uses the analogy of the potter and the clay. We, as the clay, cannot tell God, the potter, what to do! Part of our faith in God is to accept His “No’s” and “Wait’s” with the same thankful hearts we would have when He gives us “Yes’s.” The Apostle Paul was familiar with “No” as an answer to his prayers. The Bible doesn’t say what Paul’s issue was, but there was something in his life that caused him anguish. He wrote about it in 2 Corinthians 12:7–10. A thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing

I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in


reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when

I am weak, then I am strong.

Paul accepted and trusted God, praising Him anyway. He continued his ministry, encouraging others and leading people to Christ. Maybe you long for wealth. Or marriage. Or a baby. Whatever your heart yearns for.... When you see others around you receiving the blessings you crave, it’s easy to be jealous and question God, “Why not me, too?” Instead of begging God for “Yes,” perhaps you need to shift your prayers to focus on His will instead. A prayer like this: “Lord, you’re clearly telling me ‘No.’ I don’t understand why. But I ask you to remove this desire from my heart and replace it with whatever you have planned for me.” There is a verse that speaks of the desires of the heart that is often taken out of context. Many love to use this verse as an argument to make their case for why God should say, “Yes.” I am referring to Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Taken by itself, it is understandable why so many misunderstand the message. However, I encourage you to keep reading the rest of the chapter: Verse 3: Trust in the Lord, and do good; Verse 5: Commit your way to the Lord,

Verse 7: Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Verse 17: But the Lord upholds the righteous. Verse 34: Wait on the Lord, and keep His way. ut first and foremost, we are told to IGHT I TH . We are to put Him first in our lives with pure motives to make Him the GREATEST desire of our hearts, simply for the joy of being close to God, not because we expect something in return. Our ultimate gift has already been given (and is ours to receive!)—the opportunity for salvation and eternal life through the blood of Christ. When we are following God’s will for our lives, the desires of our heart will line up with His will for our lives and the plans He has made for us. Our greatest blessings will not happen in this lifetime, so don’t get too comfortable. In the glory of heaven, the luster of wealth, the sparkle of diamonds, and worldly “success” won’t matter. Remember, the streets of heaven are paved with gold... in heaven, something we deem valuable on earth is only good for paving a street! While the riches of this world will not last, something better is waiting for those who trust in the Lord and follow His will. God has something amazing planned for me...and He has something amazing planned for you! Just wait!

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February. Ugh. Yes, it’s February already. It’s the month of pastel candy hearts bearing messages of true love. It’s the month of glitter, Hallmark Cards and oversized stuffed animals filling the shelves of drug stores. It brings with it alentine’s ay, bright red and pink sweaters, and love in the air; or it’s supposed to. February is 28 (and sometimes 29) consecutive days of sugarcoated love—with a lower case l. I’m stunned 2017 is rolling by so quickly, and I have more than enough reasons to roll my eyes at this second month of the year. I find this month irritating not because of the inherent risks of glitter on the cornea or the toxicity of sugar and the pitfalls of addiction to it—but as a vocational minister, I have a strong distaste for the ways this “love” word is splattered around. I find it irritating so many ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ will inevitably use February as a month to preach on love. “Real love,” we will say; “Agape love,” others will chime in. Pastors, just like me, will inevitably fill these four Sundays and their one hour of privileged time among seekers for, or disciples of, Christ with a message of God’s unending love. Some will even design sermon series around the topic of love, teaching the different Greek origins and how they are applied in various biblical texts. Furthermore, we will march into the next month with our noses high, as if we have brought great enlightenment, or started the next Great Awakening, thinking we have resurrected a Hallmark holiday with the life-giving love of God. And it’s all too sugary-sweet for me. “What’s wrong with speaking the life-giving love of God?” you ask. What kind of Christian minister would find an Agape-love sermon series so distasteful?” you inquire. “Isn’t that what you’re always called to preach?” Yes! And No. This month is a struggle for me as a vocational

minister, not because of the love that is proclaimed as Good News, but rather for that which remains unspoken. That which is silenced and that which remains unheard, because we preachers prefer to proclaim the sweetness of God’s love. (It’s far more palatable than bitter herbs.) You see, February is also Black History Month: a month set apart for recalling the history of an enslaved people crying out for freedom. A month dedicated to retelling the story of people who were taken from their land, exiled from their home, forced to work unfamiliar ground and sing by unfamiliar riverbanks. We preachers forget—let me clarify, we white preachers—all-too quickly forget how February carries another powerful message, memory, and history within our broken community. A message bigger than “Valentine’s Day Love” is the message that God’s love is redemptive, God’s love is victorious, God’s love is freeing! God’s love is victorious over racism, ageism, sexism, gender-ism, which still enslave us. God’s love is victorious over our addictions, selfishness, hatred, greed, arrogance and privilege. No. God’s love is not “sweet”; God’s love in Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit, is victorious. When we allow the love of God to rule over us, and to work in and through us, we allow for a far greater love to be present in the world, so that the world may look more like the Kingdom of God. We acknowledge our own struggle with power, authority, and control, and we hand all these chains and more over to the only One who sets us free. This February may we, who claim Christ, quiet our own versions of God’s sweetness to live out loud the wonders of God’s victorious love.


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Is the Military Life for You? BY VONDA HENDERSON


you or perhaps a family member or friend thinking about joining a branch of the military? The United States has had an all-volunteer military for nearly 40 years now. No doubt, it is an honor and privilege for all of us as citizens to be protected by men and women who make the voluntary decision to serve and protect. There are some important considerations regarding such an important commitment.

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” ~ Gen. George S. Patton Jr.

Are you the type of person who craves consistency? Military life may hold an appeal for you. Daily activities, including waking/sleeping, meal times, and what to wear, are all planned out. If on the other hand, you have a strong aversion to authority and being told what to do and when to do it, you may want to rethink whether military life and you are compatible. What are some ways to help you in your decision? Talk to men and women who have served in the military. You may have parents or other family who are veterans. There are many veteran groups who meet to swap stories and socialize on a monthly basis who would likely be pleased to talk about their experiences. If a particular branch of service is of interest, seek out veterans from that branch. It’s easy to glamorize military service (everyone looks great in their dress uniform); however, the reality of experience from those who fought and perhaps served in remote locations is valuable information as you contemplate volunteering. What are some values gained from military service? Each veteran has his or her own opinion on that question. Some basic values that most gain include loyalty/reliance on team members, learning to work as a team in a diverse environment, character building, learning leadership skills, learning to take the initiative, and pushing yourself beyond what you thought you could achieve. Talking to a recruiter? Making an appointment to speak with a recruiter is recommended, versus just walking into a recruiting office on impulse. ou will need to have certain documents with you, such as your Social Security card, birth certificate, school transcripts, and others. Ask what you need to bring when you make the appointment. Know what your personal expectations are as you ask questions. Find out what the minimum physical requirements are for joining. Granted, the military will get you in shape, but you still must meet the basic guidelines before joining. Personal questions to consider? •

Will you be comfortable being away from home for perhaps long stretches of time?

Will being out of contact with friends and family be a burden?

Do you have medical issues that may impact whether you can join?

How do you respond to authority and discipline?

Why are you considering joining the military?

This is not a decision to be made in haste without reviewing the options. It is a commitment to serve for a certain period of time. Take a copy of the enlistment agreement home to review/study before signing up. Guarding and protecting this great land is a commitment that we as citizens support and count on in every walk of life.

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Kids’ Kraft Korner BY MEGAN TAYLOR

Technology is a big part of children’s lives today. While iPhones, tablets, computers, and more can be a creative outlet, there is nothing like doing a DIY arts and crafts project with your little ones. The ideas below can be used for kids of all ages on snow days, during the summer, and at any time year-round. All of the supplies can be found in local craft stores, discount stores, or right in your own home. Don’t worry if a craft doesn’t go as planned or about sticking straight to the directions. Just be creative and have fun.




Supplies: cups flour 1 cup salt 2 cups water 1 tsp. vegetable oil 4 tsp. cream of tarter food coloring

Remove cans’ labels and rinse out with hot water. Let dry completely.

Directions: Mix all the supplies together, except the food coloring, in a large pot. Place on the stove on medium heat. The mixture will be more liquid at first, but then will form into a dough consistency. Stir continually for two minutes until the mixture completely develops into dough. Remove from heat and cool. Then, knead the dough for a few minutes. Divide into as many colors as you want and add food coloring.

Supplies: tin cans in different sizes acrylic paint paintbrushes painter’s tape hammer and nails twine scissors 10” wide embroidery hoop hot-glue gun

Paint cans a solid color, applying two coats. Then, paint designs of your choosing on the cans. The painter’s tape can be handy with making stripes and shapes. With the hammer and a nail, create a small hole through the center of one end of a can. Cut a string from the twine, thread through the hole, and knot on the inside. Vary the lengths of the twine for each can. Continue until all the cans have been nailed and twined. Wrap twine around the embroidery hoop until completely covered. Then, cut three pieces of twine to make a hanger. Tie each piece around the hoop and then bring together in a single knot at the end of the strings. Make sure the hoop hangs level.

POOL NOODLE SPRINKLER Supplies: foam pool noodle small piece of foam duct tape skewer or ice pick water hose Directions: Puncture the pool noodle in multiple spots on all sides of the noodle with the skewer or ice pick. The more holes, the better. Stuff one end with a small piece of foam, and duct tape to secure. Slide the water hose into the other end of the noodle, pushing in a few inches. Then, turn water on. FUNNY FACE FLIP BOOK Supplies: white cardstock cardboard 3 metal book rings hole punch markers scissors stickers and googly eyes Directions:

Finally, tie the cans around it, spacing evenly. Also, hang the cans at different heights, but close enough to hit each another when the wind blows. After tying the knot, add a drop of hot glue to keep it secure.

Fold the white cardstock in half and cut down the middle. Then, fold the two halves in half again and cut. You should end up with four pieces. Then, cut the cardboard into the same sizes as the cardstock pieces, for a backing.


Next, cut each piece of the cardstock into thirds. Punch a hole in one end of the pieces. Then, lay three pieces onto your cardboard and punch another hole in the cardboard. There should be three holes, matching up to your cardstock’s holes.

Supplies: old brooches large buttons old charms old earrings round magnets hot-glue gun Directions: Using a piece of jewelry, hot-glue a magnet to the back. Be sure to cut the round magnets to the size of the item, if needed. 82 /

Place onto your refrigerator to hold artwork, reminders, report cards, and more.

Using the metal book rings, attach the cardstock pieces to your cardboard backing. Draw facial features onto each of the cardstock pieces. In the top sections, draw eyes, in the middle sections draw noses, and bottom sections draw mouths. Feel free to add eyelashes, eyebrows, teeth, etc. Get creative. Also, don’t forget to use the stickers and googly eyes.

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oms need “friend time.” It is a proven fact! Time with other women makes us better mothers. A few hours with your girlfriends can send you back home rejuvenated and ready to take on any motherly task that comes your way. There are so many social outlets that can prove beneficial to moms, such as supper clubs, book clubs, Bunco groups, Bible studies, running groups, and breakfast clubs. All of these groups are terrific, but what I like most about a Book Club is that it gives you time to laugh and socialize, but also uses the intellectual side of your brain! I love to read, but if I don’t have someone holding me accountable, it often becomes last on my list. Book Club makes me reserve that time for myself. If you aren’t into books, I would suggest one of the other groups mentioned above, because for book club, it seems to always work best when members actually read the book and talk about it! I have been in a couple of different book clubs over the years, and below are some tips I have put together based on what worked best! ~ Start by e-mailing maybe 5–6 friends to see if they would like to join the book club. Then, have each of those women ask a friend. This way, you have a mix of women, and you will get to meet new ladies! ~ An ideal number of book club members is 12. Usually, you will end up with about 8–10 who can attend each meeting, which is not too small, but not too large. If you have more than 12 at once, it is tough to keep everyone in the same conversation. ~ Find a common day of the week that works well for most people to meet. (If you have never used, this is the best way to plan anything with a group!) For working mothers, a 7 pm start time has always seemed to work best. If you end up with moms who do not work outside the home, a morning time or lunch date can always be fun.

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~ If your women are raring to go, once a month meetings are great, but in our groups, we found that every other month worked best. It gave us more time to read the book and also made it more likely that most members could attend. ~ We like using co-hosts. The co-hosts split all costs, provide all food, and can choose either person’s home to host. Each year we pass around a sign-up sheet (or use www., so that you can choose the month that works best for you. If you end up with 12 women, meeting every other month and using co-hosts, you only host once each year. All the other meetings, you get to just show up and relax! ~ When it is your turn to host, you can serve apps, desserts, a meal, snacks—whatever you choose! We also ask that the hosts provide a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Often we have served food that coincided with the book. (e.g., we read a book about a family of women in Mexico and hosted it on Cinco de ayo with a exican fiesta ~ It is also one of the host’s responsibilities to e-mail the group to remind them of the upcoming meeting and send out the meeting address, get RSVPs, etc. ~ The hosts are in charge of choosing the book for their month. You can choose books ahead of time and plan a year out, but we have found that choosing after each meeting for the following meeting has worked best. You never know when a best-seller will be released, or when a movie is coming out, and you’ll want to read the book first. We ask the co-hosts to come to the meeting before their own with a book title chosen, so that members can start on it at their convenience. ~ Once we meet, we usually spend some time just socializing and drinking, then we sit for dinner/apps. Usually, after an hour or so, we all try to gather together to start talking about the book. Sometimes we wrap up in another hour,

and sometimes we get off on many different topics and talk quite a bit longer. It’s best not to be too rigid with time, but to also be courteous to the hostess who may not want to stay up ’til 11 pm on a weeknight. ~ The best book club discussions are always about “deeper” books. Fun, light reads are great for your own reading pleasure, but sadly they don’t bring forth much discussion on a book club night. I asked some of the ladies in my book club which books they remembered as bringing about some of our best conversations. Here are some ideas to get you started: The Red Tent Picking Cotton The Perks of Being a Wallflower What She Left Behind The Nightingale Sarah’s Key Glass Castles The Secret Life of Bees Same Kind of Different As Me Necessary Lies Some of those were tough topics, but wow, did they resonate with us and really take us out of our usual “mom talk!” ~ We also have a new monthly series on TMoM called the “Book Nook” which is written by a local author. (Just type “Book ook” in our search box to find past blogs in this series . In addition, we have a category on our site called “Pop Culture, ooks, and ovies.” ou will find many recommendations old and new under this tab. Another great place to find good book recs is Oprah’s Book Club or Good Reads. ~ It also helps if the hosts come prepared with discussion questions. These can easily be found online. We rarely get through all the questions in our book clubs, but they usually at least get the discussion going and lead to further conversations. All in all, these nights are something I always look forward to. The women who started as acquaintances have become amazing friends who support each other outside of book club in times of need, and organize girls’ weekends and movie nights just for fun. I hope my ideas today might entice you to start a book club of your own!

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Studies show using the artificial sweetener “xylitol” may help reduce cavities in children. Xylitol is aMerhoff, naturally occurring substance in fruits, vegetables, By Dr. Tina Pediatric Dentist and plant material. It can be added to gums and oral care products to prevent tooth decay and is a safe sugar substitute for diabetics. Read more about the dental benefits of xylitol on

Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants. It does not break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth. Xylitol also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. This is how it protects the teeth from tooth decay. With the dental benefits of Xylitol, the acid attack that would otherwise last for over half an hour is stopped. Most people are not aware of this benefit, because such a claim makes Xylitol into a drug, crossing a boundary not allowed by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Because the bacteria in the mouth that are causing cavities are unable to digest Xylitol, their growth is greatly reduced. The number of acid-producing bacteria may fall as much as 90%. No acid is formed because the pH of saliva and plaque does not fall. After taking Xylitol, the bacteria do not stick well on the surface of the teeth and, as a result, the amount of plaque decreases. Repairing damaged enamel Research has shown that the use of Xylitol also helps repair damage to the enamel. Saliva in itself protects the mouth and teeth. Stimulated saliva, in particular, contains all the components needed to repair early cavities. If sugar is only taken a couple of times a day, the saliva can do the job alone. But most people take sugar so often that the mouth’s own defensive tools are not enough. The dental benefits of Xylitol also include saliva. Saliva that has Xylitol is more alkaline than saliva stimulated by other sugar products. After taking Xylitol products, the concentration of basic amino acids and ammonia in saliva and plaque may rise, and plaque pH rises as well. When pH is above 7, calcium and phosphate salts in saliva start to move into those parts of enamel that are weak. Therefore, soft, calcium-deficient enamel sites begin to harden again. NOTE: Xylitol is toxic to dogs when ingested—even in small amounts!

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are lots of things we just take for granted. Things that have been part of our lives from day one. But, somewhere along the way, somebody dreamed them up—maybe by design, sometimes by accident, or sometimes when working on something else entirely. For the inner trivia in us, here are a few invention stories you might not know about. Potato Chips: The staple of many a lunch bag or after school snack—did you ever wonder how they came to be? They’ve been around far longer than you probably imagined. In 1853, a New York chef, George Crum, had a diner who kept complaining about how soggy his fried potatoes were. In frustration, Chef Crum retreated to his kitchen and sliced potatoes very thin, fried them until they were crispy and then salted them down. Instead of getting even with the complainer, the diner actually liked them. How about that? The birth of potato chips! Popsicles: This is a humbling tale... In 1905, eleven-year-old Frank Epperson got an idea that he wanted to make his own soda. He was mixing various concoctions but left them outside on the porch overnight. The temperature dropped, and the next morning, the mixtures were frozen with their stir sticks in them. Voilà! Popsicles! Ice Cream Cones: In 1904 at the World’s Fair, ice cream was selling fast, but the vendor was running out of plates. The booth next to his was selling waffles and not doing too well. They combined forces, rolled up the waffles into cones and there you have it. On-the-spot invention... from lack of plates. Mauve: A young chemist (18 years old), William Perkin, was working on a cure for malaria in 1856. Somehow, he ended up inventing the first synthetic dye, making the fashion world quite happy. Slinky: A World War II engineer was working to develop something to stabilize delicate instruments on board ships. When the wire apparatus flipped over, it flipped right back. What a fun toy and stress reliever! Play-Doh: The original project was supposed to be a wallpaper cleaner; however, the inventor’s son found a different use—modeling clay. Velcro: A Swiss engineer was hunting with his dog who ended up with burrs all in his fur. The engineer was inspired to replicate the concept in his lab. NASA was instrumental in seeing the many uses of Velcro.

Corn Flakes: Will Keith Kellogg was helping out in the kitchen of his health sanitarium, preparing a meal for patients. Somehow, the bread dough was left sitting out for a few hours and became flaky. ellogg decided to bake it to see what it would be like. Can you imagine how many bowls of Corn Flakes we’ve had over the years because somebody left the bread dough out too long? Monopoly: The board game that most of us grew up playing was invented in 1904 by Lizzie Magie, and was then called “The Landlord’s Game.” Charles Darrow took the concept 30 years later to Parker Brothers. At some point, Lizzie got credit for her game and was paid $500. Wonder if they got a “get-out-of-jail-free” pass? Liquid Paper: Bette Nesmith Graham invented Liquid Paper and was also mother to Michael Nesmith of “The Monkees.” Liquid Paper—loved by the secretarial world. Kevlar: Stephanie wolek, a chemist, invented the evlar fiber used in bulletproof vests in 19 1. The fiber is five times stronger than steel and is used in 00 products. Software: Dr. Grace M. Hopper, a rear admiral in the US Navy and a computer scientist, invented C . She also was the first to refer to a computer glitch as a bug,” due to the moth in her computer. This just goes to show, you never know what might be the next great idea. Maybe you’ve got an invention just waiting for the right time to appear! Who knows What’s the number to the patent office

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Each month, we will feature up to six people with a heart for community. “A Heart for Community” includes a high-resolution headshot of the person nominated and a biography of 200 250 words. If you are interested, please visit FFHeartForCommunity for full details.

Peter Wilbur is in his seventeenth year of teaching students from kindergarten to undergraduates. His latest role as elementary music teacher allows him to use his passion for music to teach a variety of instruments and musical forms while working with classroom teachers to deliver vibrant, enriched curriculum. A passionate life-long learner, Wilbur is an active visual artist, writer, film maker, and social entrepreneur. After years of odd jobs and alternative bands on the West Coast, Wilbur landed in North Carolina and started a family, soon putting himself through college while raising two daughters. Since coming to WinstonSalem to pursue a graduate degree at Wake Forest, he has had stints at the Governor’s School and Summit School before arriving at Arts Based, where he has been since 2004.

Jan Adams studied ballet at the North Carolina School of the Arts, danced with North Carolina Dance Theatre, the National Tour of A Chorus Line, and was a Ballet Mistress for the Ballet Theater of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas. She has been teaching dance and creative movement in the public schools for over 25 years and has her ational oard Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist. She is a founding A ellow with the A Schools reform movement, where she works with teachers in North Carolina, around the United States and abroad to use dance and kinesthetic movement to teach all curricular subjects. Also, she has taught in the Dance Preparatory Program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for over 20 years. She was named the North Carolina Charter School Teacher of the Year in 2013-14.

Drama teacher Nick Zayas is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts’ high school drama program. He attended the University of Southern California on a Presidential Scholarship, where he obtained a degree in acting. During his time working in film and theater in os Angeles, ick began directing and working with children. He brought his skills home to North Carolina and joined the team at Arts Based. In addition to his work in the classroom, Nick is a volunteer coordinator for the Joy Prom in Winston-Salem and is active with Twin City Stage. He’s currently directing the Twin City Stage production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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Elizabeth “Betsy” Messick has created visual art since she was a young teen, and has studied commercial art, advertising design, and a range of fine arts, including an emphasis on ceramics, fibers, and printmaking. She has worked in the healing arts, as well as community arts development. She received her BA in Fine Arts and Art History from Salem College. She is certified in on- rofit anagement from uke niversity, and holds teaching certifications in K–12 Arts and K–6 Elementary Education. As a long-time supporter of ABS, Betsy is inspired to watch the school grow, and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the students. She loves creating with the children, encouraging their imagination, helping to build their skills and, hopefully, promoting life-long lovers of art! Betsy is married to Mike, and together they have two children, both former ABS students: Jessica (a freshman at Warren Wilson College) and Jacob (9th grader at R.J. Reynolds High School).

Ashleigh Cooper is the middle school music teacher and choral director at The Arts Based School. Originally from the mountains of northwest NC, she traveled to the Piedmont to receive her Music Education degree from Elon University, where she was a NC Teaching Fellow. She has taught middle school music and chorus for seven years. She also performs as a mezzo-soprano throughout western North Carolina, and teaches private voice and piano lessons. Ashleigh is active in the Winston-Salem theater community, starring in Twin City Stage’s production of Mary Poppins as Mary herself, and appearing this past fall as Meg in TCS’s production of Little Women. Ashleigh is expecting her first child in April, and she and her husband live in Winston-Salem with their German Shepherd, Maxwell.

Elizabeth Gledhill is the Visual Art Teacher for grades 5–8 at ABS. Before teaching at Arts Based, Gledhill was a freelance interior designer and previous work experience includes Legoland and Seaworld in California. After moving back to C, Gledhill worked on local film productions before returning to school to pursue a career in art education. She earned her degrees from North Carolina School of the Arts and Salem College. She enjoys teaching artistic expression through interdisciplinary observation, encouraging selfreflection, and embracing personal creativity.

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Being a parent is so rewarding; however, I know all good parents have questioned themselves at some point by wondering, “Oh, my gosh, am I going to screw this up?” Knowing the amount of stress that is already on parents, I thought the one thing that should be easy at first, anyway was deciding what my baby should eat. However, some members of our society prevent that from being so simple. Not everyone in society has embraced both options that moms have—breast milk or formula. I found that out the hard way.

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“Congratulations, Mom and Dad, here is your beautiful baby girl!” Those were the most amazing, wonderful and terrifying words I had ever heard in my life. Here is this amazing, perfect little human staring up at me with complete trust, and I am in charge of taking care of her. 90 /

For example, I was at the mall in the food court. My daughter was four weeks old and was eating every two hours like clockwork, so I had not yet had the opportunity to pump. When she started giving me the hunger hints, I took my jacket out of her diaper bag, situated daughter under my jacket and began feeding her. As I scrolled through acebook on my phone, I thought everything was fine. Then, I felt as though I were being watched. I looked up and met eyes with the woman approaching me. “I can’t believe you’re doing that in public,” she said. “That’s vulgar! There are children here. You need to go to the bathroom or to your car.” I almost burst into tears. I am not normally a crier, but I’m sure my hormones were still crazy. I thought I was doing at least one thing right as a mother, and that woman pretty much shot it down. In my mind, I thought, “Why would I force my child to eat her lunch in the bathroom or in a hot car (it was June). Isn’t this the right way to do it?” I went home, researched and found that other breastfeeding mothers had been shamed as well. The articles and blogs I read made me feel better about breastfeeding, so I got over it and decided that woman just needed some more culture in her life. However, a couple of months later, I met another interesting lady. I was at a local drugstore when my daughter needed to be fed. I pulled out a bottle. A woman approached me. “You shouldn’t feed her that poisonous formula—it can affect her mental abilities, and she’ll have trouble in school and college.” I responded, “Actually, it’s breast milk. I pumped.” After learning I was a professor, the lady went on to trash-talk formula-fed babies. “You are obviously an accomplished young lady. Breastfeeding got you on the right path, too.” I proudly responded, “Actually, I was a formula-only baby, and the reason I am ‘accomplished,’ as you put it, is because my family loved me and supported me.” Her mouth dropped open, and I walked to the other side of the pharmacy. Breast milk does not make someone a good mother, and neither does formula. Love, support, and care make someone a good mother (or father). Breastfeeding can be stressful, and in some cases, formula is a better option. Also, some people are unable to make enough milk. They have medical conditions preventing it, or maybe they adopted their child and are having a hard time finding donated milk. However, if that child is loved and cared for, then that child is fine, and they are doing a great job as a parent. My six-month-old is fed both breastmilk and formula. My baby is loved, taken care of and happy. Fortunately, these above situations are the exception rather than the rule. We live in a mostly pleasant society where most people who approach as I’m feeding my daughter smile and say, “What a beautiful baby.” Unfortunately, those negative situations can stick with us sometimes, so for any moms out there who may be questioning their milk(s) of choice, look at your baby, look at that smile and know you are doing a great job!



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St. Patrick’s Day Treats

Mardi Gras Festive Foods



Mardi Gras is the internationally famous festival celebrated in New Orleans and southern Louisiana

for two weeks before Ash Wednesday, at the beginning of Lent. However, you don’t have to hop a plane to New Orleans (NoLo) to celebrate this festival and its many culinary delights. Create these fun and festive recipes with your kids this February and have your own winter carnival in the kitchen!

KING CAKE This traditional Mardi Gras recipe actually originated in Europe, and it represents the three wise men and their visit to the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Many “King Cakes” contained a coin, tiny toy or bean hidden inside. The person that finds the token or toy is supposed to receive good luck for the coming year! Ingredients: FILLING: 4 ounces cream cheese (softened) ½ cup brown sugar, packed ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ cup raisins ½ cup chopped pecans optional (small ceramic toy or heatproof plastic trinket) CAKE: 2 cans (total of 16 rolls) refrigerated crescent rolls Cake Topping: 1 can of store bought vanilla frosting Purple, green and yellow colored sugar crystals Directions: 1. Heat the oven to 350o F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. 2. Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate it into triangles 3. Place the triangles next to each other

MARDI GRAS PRETZELS with the points toward the center, overlapping the long sides about ¼ inch, forming a large circle on the baking sheet. 4. Where the pieces overlap, press the seams together only in the center of each seam, leaving the ends of the seams unsealed so you can fold them up over the filling. . et the kids help put the filling around in a ring covering the center sealed seam of each triangle. 6. The adult can hide the small ceramic or heatproof plastic baby or dried bean somewhere in the filling. 7. Fold the wide end of each triangle toward the center just to the edge of the filling to cover. 8. Pull the pointed ends of the triangles toward the outer rim of the pan to fully enclose the filling, tucking under the points. Press the seams. 9. Bake the cake or crescent part for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. 10. After the crescent cake has finished baking, spread the frosting in a circle over the top of the king cake. 11. Then let kids decorate it for Mardi Gras by adding colored sprinkles or sugar crystals in wide stripes, alternating purple, green and yellow.

Ingredients: Pretzels White chocolate melt Yellow, purple and green sprinkles or crystallized sugar Directions: Follow directions for melting white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Use tongs to dip pretzels in melted chocolate Quickly move to a wax or parchment paper surface and let kids decorate with sprinkles or sugar. Cool in the refrigerator until hard, and enjoy!

FRUIT LOOP EDIBLE MARDI GRAS BEADS Items: Yarn or string 2 boxes of “Fruit Loops” or generic equivalent 2 bowls Directions: Let kids help you separate out the yellow, purple and green fruit loops from cereal bags. Store remaining for breakfast, or snack while you work! Help kids string yellow, purple and green fruit loops onto the yarn or string, either in color blocks or alternating Mardi Gras Colors. Tie around their neck, enjoy and eat!

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herry Hedrick, founder of Sherre’s Jewelry in Kernersville, has been committed to pleasing customers long before she launched her business. Sherry was the head Sales Associate at a multimillion-dollar company. However, instead of remaining in her secure position, feeling that she had peaked within her current occupation, Sherry decided to become her own boss. Sherre’s Jewelry was founded on September 30, 2002, with a mission that has endured through its almost 15 years of existence. Her time as a successful Sales Associate has instilled in her the desire and ability to please and satisfy her customers. As the 15th anniversary of Sherre’s Jewelry approaches, Sherry is excited to share with you the progress of her business.

Sherry, her ever-supportive husband, Shannon, and her staff, Shirley and Connie, have worked hard to create a supportive, inviting, and festive atmosphere for the holiday season. However, the upcoming festivities are not the only occasions when Sherry and her staff commit to pleasing customers. Their shop is always neat and clean, its ambiance inviting, and the workers personable and interested in getting you the piece of jewelry that suits you. The moment a customer enters Sherre’s Jewelry, he or she is recognized as a friend and valued client. As Sherry says, “If there is no customer service, there is no business.” Sherry has proved through her switch in careers that she has not entered the jewelry market to become wealthy. She invests her time and energy into creating loyal customers, “They are my advertisement,” she explains. The community has become quite attached to Sherry and her perseverance. Wordof-mouth referrals keep her business intact and her jewelry prized.

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Sherry has high standards for the merchandise she buys for her store. She insists that the jewelry she sells is never a fad, but has timeless, multigenerational quality. This shop is different from the average jewelry store, due to the combined effort of Sherry’s expertise and her staff’s hard work. Each piece of jewelry is scrutinized by Sherry to ensure it is valuable and remarkable. This month’s focus is on Valentine’s Day and the opportunities it holds. Sherry’s collection of rare, unusual, unique, or traditional pieces may just hold the perfect gift for a loved one. Sherry enjoys accumulating jewelry that makes a statement, like estate pieces, heirlooms, and stunningly cut diamonds. In addition to these jewels, she offers exquisite wristwatches, a birthstone for each month, a myriad of rings, pendants, and diamond bracelets, with options in white and yellow gold and fine silver. Sherry also provides top-rate repairs for not only her jewelry, but also virtually anything you can procure. She employs an exceptional jeweler who frequently completes repairs within two to three days. He sizes jewelry, replaces watch batteries, and mends links, among other things. Sherre’s jeweler can engrave practically any piece you bring in: jewelry, keys, guns, knives, even a key of a piano, “If you can imagine it, he can engrave it!” claims Sherry proudly. So, use your imagination; think outside the box. Sherre’s Jewelry will not disappoint. It is the season to think of others in a creative and thoughtful way. With the help of Sherry and her excellent staff, this holiday season can be a memorable and unique time, filled with stunning gifts. As Sherry likes to say, “It is always nice to have something that sparkles and shines, and Sherre’s Jewelry is the perfect place to find it.” Sherre’s Jewelry is located at 726 Hwy 66 South in Kernersville. Be sure to check out her Facebook page Sherre’s Jewelry and website

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The Beauty of Hats BY DENISE HEIDEL

“I can wear a hat or take it off, but either way it’s a conversation piece.” ~Hedda Hopper, American actress


are at least 294 different styles of hats. Whether the hat is designed for warmth or designed for fashion, worn for religious reasons, or to keep the sun out of one’s eyes, hats make a statement, and moreover, hats can make a tremendous impact on one’s style. Winston-Salem resident, Julia Wilson, is a woman who knows and appreciates a good hat. “I wore hats for decades,” shared Julia. “They were part of my wardrobe, and I rarely left the house without one.” But as fashion trends tend to do, things changed. Hats became less fashionable, and eventually, Julia began to leave her hats at home. Thankfully, Julia took great care of her hats and kept many of them in the original boxes, safely stored. Now that hats are slowly starting to make a comeback, her granddaughters and friends are excited to see decades-old millinery coming out of storage! The fact is – hats are fun, whether we’re talking about the vintage cloche hat that is reminiscent of the elegant 1930’s era dress, to a traditional Stetson hat and all the outdoor adventure that the name implies, or even a classic tam that still inspires women to pull a Mary-Tyler-Moore hat toss! And when you have someone like Julia who loved and enjoyed her hats, pulling them out for a new generation to wear – then, you have to hopefully ask the question, “Are hats back?”

During the height of hat fashion, the purchase of a hat almost always included a hatbox. Hatboxes now sell by themselves to those collectors who value the boxes for their unique shapes and vintage shop names. Julia Wilson has taken great care of her hatboxes through the years. Some of the names are vague, but others represent retail establishments of yesteryear! Included in her unique collection are boxes from: • Lucy Lou’s (a high fashion shop that operated for 43 years in Newton, NC) • Ivey’s • Collins • Thalhimers (a department store that operated in the south for 175 years) • MV Moore & Co (which was located in Asheville)

Even if you’re not one to normally wear hats, most people admit that when they are in the presence of one, they have an overwhelming urge to try it on. Such is certainly the case for the family and friends who visit Julia. When the hat boxes come out, they always end up being tried on! What is it about a hat that compels us to try it on?

• The Ideal (a favorite that used to be located on West Fourth Street in Winston-Salem)

Julia sagely said, “Every hat has a story, and the details are unique to each one. Thankfully, I saved many, and I have a closet that my granddaughters refer to as my ‘Vintage Closet.’ I think those who have looked through my personal collection see it as an opportunity to step back in time. These hats are a reflection of history, and for those who are a generation or two removed from that time period, a hat puts them in another time and place.”

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Whether hats make the same kind of comeback they enjoyed in the first half of the 1900s, consider making them a part of your day. At any rate, as American actress and gossip columnist, Hedda Hopper said, a hat will always give you something to talk about!

A special thank you to Ben and Julia Wilson for the warm welcome to their home, where I was able to see these beautiful hats first hand! Julia has dozens of hats that represent so many different styles and eras! It was an honor to meet them both and talk with Julia about her lovely collection!

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As a teenager myself, confronting this article has been a challenging and intimidating responsibility. I wanted to give a quick, simple overview of the facts about the teenage brain. I understand how frustrating and insulting it is when teenagers are generalized in many publications as undesirable, dim, untrustworthy, rebellious, or even as equals to toddlers.

Learning about our brains without this bias is what I attempt to do here. As you may have guessed, I am not a trained psychiatrist, so I found an amazing resource by the name of Dr. Naomi Leslie, but more on her later. What you need to know at the moment is that she IS a psychiatrist, and she is wholeheartedly committed to the potential in teens. All of the thoughts (or at least the really smart-sounding ones) in this article come from an interview she graciously granted to me in December of 2016. WHAT NOT TO DO:

~ YOLO; so do your best to live past 18. At age three the brain has developed all of its neurological connections. From this age on, it actually gets rid of the connections that have not proven themselves useful. A lot of this “Synaptic Pruning” happens in our teen years. Therefore, the teenage years are the best time to learn and experience new things, and avoid things you do not wish to become permanent! Not only does the brain prune connections, it establishes habits. Dr. Leslie uses the excellent example of a path in the woods. At first, it is a simple deer path, but as the trail is used more and more often, it becomes more pronounced and lasting. Your mind is primed to learn what is important by recognizing patterns. This can be great with regard to activities like language and sports. It can be not so great when it comes to damaging habits, like substance abuse. The metaphor of digging yourself into a hole is pertinent here. The more times your brain is introduced to a substance, the more concrete those habits become. More on that later; for now, here are some suggestions that may help those who have already begun their shovel-laden descent into the earth. HOW TO GET OUT OF A HOLE:

~ You Aren’t Doomed Good news! As stated above your brain is very adaptable at this stage. It is easy to dig holes, but it is also relatively easy to climb out of them (or at least easier than when you’re old with a bad back). If you are aware that you might have an issue: an eating disorder, a heavy use of undesirable substances, or an emotional imbalance, seek out a doctor or a therapist. Medication and therapy can both work on their own, but they often work best together! You have not been given a life sentence. Get out of your hole while your brain is still flexible! So, let’s talk about nature vs. nurture. I have heard this a lot: “There is alcoholism (depression, drug use, etc.) in my family, so I am going to end 98 /

up that way, too.” False! You are not doomed! It requires something in your environment or a cognitive decision to begin shoveling that dirt. You may have to be a bit more careful than others when dancing around that issue, but your genes do not solely define who you will become. WHAT TO DO:

~ Making a Great Brain To make your teen brain the best brain it can be, sleep (at least 7–8 hours, people!) and eat well, but also do new things. If you have the ability to travel, save up and do it, you should also try out some sports. Your brain learns and rewards attempted activities faster because of its youth. Right now, everything you do makes more of an impression on your brain. Every time you drink a cup of hot cocoa, get a smile from a friend, go dancing, get involved in a competition, your brain releases a little burst of a thing called dopamine. These little spurts of happiness throughout each day help to build a reliable and happy life. Drugs and alcohol can release a large amount of dopamine, helping to make you high. However, if you continue to blaze this trail, less and less will make you happy, putting you in the spot where more and more of the drug are required. Additionally, it’s okay to seek out independence. This slight or not-so-slight deviation from our parents makes us who we are. If we didn’t have this desire to discover things for ourselves, we would never leave home. Just try not to sacrifice your morals, safety, or health while finding out what defines you. DR. NAOMI:

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have a new boss. When his supervisor brought him around to meet everyone, I was sitting at my desk picking at one of my fingernails. I hardly ever pick at my fingernails. If I had known they were going to come walking up behind me at that particular moment, I certainly would have been doing something more writer-like, say, typing really fast. Before I stood up to shake his hand, I might have paused to pull out a handkerchief and wipe the sweat off of my brow. But, no, there I was, looking as unproductive as it’s possible to look when your job is interviewing people and writing stories. When I told the fingernail story to people later, they laughed in sympathy. A few days later, I was walking by my new boss when he said, “Do you mean to be wearing your sweater backward?” “What?” I stopped and pulled off the sweater. Sure enough, the V was in the back rather than the front where it belonged. It crossed my mind to say something along the lines of, “You must be wondering what you have gotten into.” Instead, I said, “Thanks for pointing that out.” I thought it was best not to mention that that just a few days earlier, I had discovered that, for the first time ever as far as I remember, I had put on my boxer shorts backward. Garnet and Sparkle Girl and Doobins already knew about the boxer shorts. They thought that was pretty funny. When I told them about the sweater, they added it to their lists of wacky things that Kim does. If Garnet also wondered whether she needed to start worrying about a husband who appeared to be turning into Backwards Man, she kept it to herself. A good thing about the fingernail and sweater incidents is that, at some level, they enabled me to relax around my new boss. I certainly no longer had to worry about trying to impress. Over the years, I have learned that, sometimes, a little embarrassment can be a good thing. On a trip with a friend many years ago, I got locked in a garage and ended up spending the night there. Although there’s a longer story there, the pertinent part is, some months later, I met the sister of the friend. I liked his sister right away and was busy trying to impress her when this odd look crossed her face, and she said, “Ooohhh! You’re the one who spent the night locked in the garage.”


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Clearly, my chances of impressing her were nonexistent. So I just went back to being my everyday self. She ended up becoming my girlfriend. I don’t know whether giving up worrying about impressing her helped my cause, but I always liked to think so. A friend once told me about his first date with the woman who ended up becoming his wife. He really liked her, so he took her to a posh restaurant and ordered one exotic course and wine after another. When the check came, he reached into his back pocket only to discover that he had forgotten his wallet. She had to pay. As embarrassing as it was at the time, he, too, saw it as a good thing in the long-term because that he had nowhere to go but up after that. I’m just hoping that the backward boxer shorts and V-necked sweater are it for a while. I think Garnet might have a hard time explaining away another foray into Backwards World as nothing to worry about. I know I would

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Pets are a part of our families, and for many, the heart of the home. The members of our team are all big advocates for pets and pet adoption. We hope you will consider giving one of these sweet animals a “fur-ever” home with you! “Mandy” is a female domestic long-hair. Her estimated date of birth is 03/02/2010. She has a pretty and soft coat. She loves it when people rub her cheeks. She is a special-needs cat and requires daily medication. Her medication costs $10 a month. Her adoption fee is $37 and includes vaccines and her spay surgery. If you are interested in adopting her, fill out an adoption application at www. “Fiona” is a female Boxer mix. Her estimated date of birth is 12/22/2015. Fiona is energetic, loves people, and loves other dogs. She is great with children! If you are interested in adopting her, fill out an adoption application at Her adoption fee is $75 and includes vaccines, spay surgery, and microchip.

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EVERY TUESDAY IN FEBRUARY STARTING FEBRUARY 7 WORLD FINANCIAL GROUP: COMPLIMENTARY FINANCIAL WORKSHOP 7pm, 2554 Lewisville-Clemmons Rd Suite 103. Complimentary financial workshop every Tuesday, call ahead to reserve your seat 336-986-9303. See ad on page 9.

FEBRUARY 7-MARCH 21 WOW (WOMEN OF THE WORD) BIBLE STUDY 9:30-11:30am, 1855 Lewisville-Clemmons Road in Clemmons. The Spring 2017 study will be Beth Moore’s Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy. WOW meets at two times each Tuesday for seven weeks. Morning session provides childcare. We also hold a 7-9pm study with no childcare provided. Cost: $10/ book. women-of-the-word

FEBRUARY 8 KIDS’ MORNING OUT AT WINSTON-SALEM SPORTSPLEX 10am-12pm, FREE event at Winston-Salem Sportsplex, 7620 Phoenix Drive in W-S. Join us for a morning of fun! Experience a SoccerTots class – younger age groups focus on developing motor skills while older groups focus on developing core soccer skills and personal focus…it will also teach kids about light competition. Adults receive four tickets for our fabulous prize board which includes a family four pack of tickets to the Ringling Brothers Circus!   TODDLER STORYTIME 10:15am, Lewisville Branch Library, 6490 Shallowford Road in Lewisville. The theme is children loving to learn with a focus on African American children and their experiences. Stories, fingerplays, songs and activities. Recommended for children ages 18 months-3 years and caregivers. JESSICA LANG DANCE 7-9pm, 733 Rivers Street in Boone. Founded in 2011, New York-based Jessica Lang Dance is known for repertoire rich with stunning movement and dynamic visuals that transforms classical ballet into emotionally engaging contemporary work. Hailed “a master of visual composition.” NOVANT HEALTH BARIATRIC SEMINAR 6:30pm, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center –

Conference Center, 3333 Silas Creek Parkway in W-S. Are you considering bariatric surgery? If so, Novant Health Bariatric Solutions is here for you. Join James Dasher, MD, and Thomas Walsh, MD, for a free seminar to learn about our surgical weight loss options. www.


FEBRUARY 13-MAY 8 RUN FOR GOD 6:15-8pm, 1855 Lewisville-Clemmons Road in Clemmons. The Run For God mission is to promote spiritual and physical endurance. To prepare us for both of the races set before us. Designed primarily for those that are new to running, the RFG material encourages even the most experienced runners. Cost: $50/person.

Greensboro Coliseum. Times vary, see ad on page 115.




GLO MINERALS MAKEUP SEMINAR 12:30-7:30pm, Restoration MedSpa. 250 Executive Park Boulevard, #105 in W-S. Join us for a Glo Minerals LIVE Seminar! Have our Glo Professional color match you in their diamond dust LUXE foundation and even be given the chance to win a FREE Brush Set or Glo Travel Bag. Space is limited; hold you spot by placing a small deposit by calling 999.8295. Cost: $25/person. GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT 5pm-until, Jeffrey Adams on Fourth, 321 West Fourth Street in W-S. Grab a friend, neighbor, co-worker, mother, sister, SOMEBODY and have a much need Girls’ Night Out. Enjoy $5 sangria and $3 off martinis. Also, register for TONS of prizes and giveaways!

FEBRUARY 11 GAL-ENTINE’S DAY 10am-5pm, Mainstream Boutique, 110 Oakwood Drive in W-S. Bring your favorite gal pals for our annual Gal-entine’s Day event! Enjoy mimosas and munchies while you shop. Have a lip makeover with LipSense, so your kisses will stay put on Valentine’s Day! LEGO BOOK CLUB 11am, Lewisville Branch Library, 6490 Shallowford Road in Lewisville. Grades K-5. Children under eight years must attend with a parent. Children share a book that they have read with their teammates and then the teams work together to build Lego creations based off one of their books. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT 5:30-9:30pm, SciWorks, 400 West Hanes Mill Road in W-S. Enjoy a Valentine’s date night! Kids (ages 4-11) will receive a pizza dinner, museum exploration time and an age-appropriate movie. Fee: $20/child in advance (register by 2/8); $25 at the door. Additional siblings: $15 advance/$20 at the door. Call 714.7105 to register.

FEBRUARY 13 NOVANT HEALTH BARIATRIC SEMINAR 5:30pm, Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center – Conference Center, 1750 Kernersville Medical Parkway in Kernersville. Are you considering bariatric surgery? If so, Novant Health Bariatric Solutions is here for you. Join James Dasher, MD, and Thomas Walsh, MD, for a free seminar to learn about our surgical weight loss options.

7:30-9:30pm, 142 North Main Street in Mount Airy. The Earls of Leicester have discovered a kind of magic that, when harnessed, allows moments once relegated to memories to roar back to life. Cost: $35-$55/person.

FEBRUARY 18 SENSORY FRIENDLY NIGHT: ICEVENTURE! 5:30-8pm, 390 South Liberty Street in W-S. Create a special winter craft, enjoy a story time and sock-skate in our seasonal exhibit, IceVenture! Sensory-friendly programming modifications include choice boards and a designated quiet room. Download a social narrative and visual schedule to help prepare for your visit at Admission fee or membership required. TRAVIS FRYE AND BLUE MOUNTAIN FEATURING THE MARSHALL BROTHERS 7:30-9:30pm, 142 North Main Street in Mount Airy. Celebrate the music of Surry County with the awardwinning band, The Marshall Brothers. Cost: $7/person or season pass.

FEBRUARY 20 SENSORY FRIENDLY MONDAY 9am-12pm, 390 South Liberty Street in W-S. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and sensory processing differences are invited to enjoy a fun, interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment. You do not need to be a member to attend, but admission or membership is required. Modifications include choice boards and a designated quiet room. www.childrensmuseumofws. org.

FEBRUARY 20-21 “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” AUDITIONS Andy Griffith Playhouse, 218 Rockford Street in Mount Airy. Directed by John Adams.

FEBRUARY 23 BOOKS WITHOUT BORDERS BOOK CLUB 3:30pm, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 Spruce Street in W-S. Join us to discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This National Book Award and Goodreads Choice Award winning novel tells the story of two slaves in Georgia who follow the Underground Railroad in a bid for freedom. www.






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All Things Basementy .................................. 4 Allstate ..................................................... 103


Bella Hair Co .............................................. 53 Black Mountain Chocolate....................... 117 Bloomday Granite.................................... 101 Budget Blinds .......................................... 107 Busy as a Bee Concierge ............................ 93


C3 Fitness .................................................. 91 Calvary Day School .................................... 69 Carl Hearn................................................ 107 Carolina Characters.................................. 118 Chamberlain Place .................................... 65 Chang Thai .............................................. 117 Chermak & Hanson ..................................... 9 Chick-fil-A Catering ................................. 117 Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem ................................ 35, 67 Christina’s Dessertery ........................ 43, 117 Chrystal Yates........................................... 118 Clemmons Bicycle ................................... 107 Clemmons Town Center Apartments .................................... 63


Dahlia’s ...................................................... 55 Dawson Tree Service ................................ 118 Dero’s......................................................... 17 Dream Dinners .......................................... 95


Eagle Elegance .......................................... 44 Emerson Designs..................................... 118


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Forsyth Country Day School ....................... 27 Forsyth Family Eye Care ............................. 73


Goin Postal .............................................. 118 Gotta Get Thin .............................................. 7 Graylyn Conference Center ........................ 63


Hakkachow Asian Eats ............................. 117 Hauser Rental ............................................ 39 Hayworth Miller......................................... 85 Hillcrest Vision ......................................... 113 Hip Chics Boutique & Gift .......................... 51 Home Instead Senior Care......................... 10 Home Style Draperies + Alterations.......... 53 Honky Tonk Smokehouse ........................ 117

Mickey’s Cafe ........................................... 103 Midtown Café & Dessertery ..................... 117 Mitchell Wealth Management Group .................................... 3 Montessori School, The.............................. 75


Nothing Bundt Cake .................................. 45 Novant WomanCare .................................. 81 Nu expression............................................ 37


Omega House ......................................... 117


Imprints .................................................... 99 Irma’s House of Fashion .......................... 103 Isenhour Homes ........................................ 61

P3 Precision Paint & Pressure Washing ...................................... 79 Perfect Pair ................................................. 47 Photo Artistry by Melinda .......................... 53 Piedmont School, The ................................ 97 Portrait Gallery, The.................................... 55 Pro Dance Academy .................................. 45

Jeffrey Adams ............................................ 51 Junktique Alleyway ................................. 103

Quartermaster ......................................... 103 Q104 ....................................................... 111






K & W Services ......................................... 118 Kingery & Kingery ..................................... 77 Kyle Duncan Photography ....................... 119


Legacy Saddlebreds ................................... 29 Lewisville Laser & Aesthetics ...................... 71 Long & Foster Real Estate........................... 29 Lyndhurst Gynecological Associates .................................................. 75


M&G Barnware ........................................ 105 Mac & Nelli’s ....................................117, 120 McTron Inc ............................................... 103

R.S. Parker Homes ................................... 109 Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey...................................... 123 Rolly’s Baby Boutique ................................ 41


S&K Cleaning..................................... 79, 118 Salem Gymnastics & Swim .................. 43, 45 Salem Smiles ............................................ 71 Salem Windows & Doors ........................... 77 SciWorks .............................................. 35, 67 Shallowford Animal Hospital ..................... 61 Sherre’s Jewelry....................................... 103 Smith and Co Consignment .................... 103 Sports Plex ................................................. 45

St. John’s Lutheran School ........................ 81 St. Leo’s Catholic School........................... 105 State Farm Insurance, Will Wilkins ............................................... 97 Stitches ...................................................... 81 Studio Create ............................................. 39 Summer Family Care ................................. 25 Sunrise United Methodist Church ............. 86 Susan Maier-Colon Berkshire Hathaway................................... 93


Tanglewood Pizza Grill ............................. 117 Tina S. Merhoff and Associates Pediatric Dentistry ...................................... 5 TJ’s Body Shop ................................105, 113 Triad Mac ................................................. 119 Tru Tae Kwon Do......................................... 39 Truliant Federal Credit Union ................................. Back Cover


Upscale Living Consignment ................... 103


Van Davis Aveda ...................................... 118


Wake Forest Baptist Health Brenner Children’s Hospital .................................... 21 WBFJ .......................................................... 87 Which Wich ............................................. 117 Winston-Salem Annex Ice Rink............ 33, 45 Winston-Salem Dash ................................. 45 World Financial Group............................... 11 Wrights Landscaping ................................. 99


YMCA ................................................... 45, 65 Younique Expressions ............................. 103

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