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Thispast month, I had the pleasure of attending the most unique and gorgeous wedding! Congratulations to Morgan and Deep Patel! Morgan is a lifelong family friend and also Robin Bralley’s daughter (Robin is the former publisher of Forsyth Family).

This was my very first time attending an Indian wedding, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Forsyth Family loves celebrating family life, and this particular weekend celebrated two families and two cultures. I cannot even come up with the words to describe how beautiful it was. Stay tuned for an article all about this spectacular weekend in our next issue!

This month, we are honored to feature Imprints Cares on our cover. This amazing non-profit organization has been nurturing children of Forsyth County for more than 50 years, and last year alone, it served more than 7,400 local children. WOW! Head to page 30 to learn more about this organization as well as the team who makes it happen.

We know our readers love recipes, and we’re pleased to bring you not one, not two, but THREE recipe columns!

• Peanut Soba Stir Fry (page 28)

• Oven Baked Crispy Parmesan Potato Wedges (page 42)

• Chuck Roast Burnt Ends (page 48)

And, if you are on the hunt for more recipes, you can find content from all of our past issues on our website! Forsythfamilymagazine.com.

Speaking of food, I can’t think of a better month for ice cream than July (ok maybe August… and September). Twin City Sweets

is our dining guide feature this month! They have the most incredible sundaes, and the atmosphere is unmatched. String lights, yard games, themed weeks and a brand new XL Adirondack chair. I had to take my pups to go check out this perfect photo opp. Read all about Twin City Sweets (and grab a coupon!) on pages 54-55.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve recently launched a Facebook group! Check out the Forsyth Family Magazine Readers group on Facebook to engage in intentional discussions with other local readers.

Wishing you a July full of pool time, ice cream and quality time with family and friends!


Brooke Eagle • Brooke@ForsythMags.com


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Casey Cheek • Karen Cooper

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Susan Boyoung Bailey Schabacker

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Leslie Speas Megan Taylor

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Child Safety Series: Beat the Heat
Meal Planning with your Family
Rural Hall: A Study in Small Beauties
Emoji Day, July 17th Celebrating the Universal Language of Emojis
62 World
JULY 2023 / 7 All Types of Bowls 28 Reflections of a Southern Yankee 34 The Fancy Fork 42 Out & About in Winston-Salem 46 The View from My Section: A Father’s Perspective 50 Dining Guide 54 Triad Moms on Main 56 It’s a Grand Life 58 Every Issue 54 52 JULY ‘23
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SUMMER FUN Creating a Unique and Fun Ice Cream Sundae Bar

It’ssummer Forsyth Family readers and we all scream for ice cream! Ice cream sundaes are timeless treats that bring joy and happiness to people of all ages. Taking your sundae experience to the next level by setting up a unique and fun ice cream sundae bar can be a delightful way to entertain guests at parties, family gatherings, or even as a special treat for yourself. In this article, we will explore some key elements to consider when designing your own ice cream sundae bar, ensuring an unforgettable experience that will leave everyone craving for more.

Array of Ice Cream Flavors

The foundation of any sundae bar lies in its ice cream selection. Offer a variety of flavors to cater to different tastes and preferences. Classic options like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry should be available, along with more adventurous choices such as mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, or butter pecan. Consider including a dairy-free or vegan option for those with dietary restrictions. Label each flavor clearly and provide small sample cups for guests to try before making their final selection.

Tantalizing Toppings Galore

Toppings are where the magic happens in a sundae bar. Aim for a diverse assortment of sweet and crunchy toppings to add texture and flavor. Offer traditional favorites like hot fudge, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and cherries. Additionally, provide a range of sprinkles, crushed candies, crushed nuts, cookie crumbles, and fresh fruit options such as sliced strawberries, bananas, or pineapple. Don’t forget to include unique toppings like mini marshmallows, gummy bears, or colorful cereal to add a playful touch to the sundae creations.

Fun and Creative Bowl Options

Let your guests indulge their creative side by offering a variety of unique vessels for their ice cream sundaes. Traditional bowls are a must, but consider adding unconventional options like waffle bowls or edible cookie bowls for a fun twist. Mini mason jars or clear cups can also be used for those who prefer a layered presentation. Make sure to have plenty of spoons and long-handled spoons available to facilitate scooping and enjoying the deliciousness.

DIY Stations

Encourage guests to personalize their sundaes by setting up interactive stations and displays. Create a DIY whipped cream station with flavored whipped creams or allow guests to whip their own. Set up a warm topping station where guests can drizzle their favorite sauces onto their sundaes. Alternatively, create a mix-in bar with bowls of assorted candies, crushed cookies, and nuts, enabling guests to customize their sundaes with a delightful crunch or additional sweetness.

Signature Sundae Creations

Craft a few signature sundae creations to inspire and guide your guests. Name these creations after notable people, places, or memorable moments. For example, “The Classic Twist” could be a blend of vanilla and chocolate ice cream with hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry on top. “Happy Birthday America” could have strawberry ice cream, whipped cream, and blueberry sauce! Have recipe cards available at the sundae bar for guests to recreate these signature sundaes or use them as inspiration to create their own unique combinations.

Playful Sundae Challenges

For an added dose of fun and friendly competition, introduce sundae challenges. Set up a timer and encourage guests to see who can build the tallest or most colorful sundae. Award prizes for creativity, presentation, or overall taste. You can also create a blindfolded taste test challenge, where participants guess the flavors and toppings used in their sundaes. These challenges foster a lighthearted atmosphere and create lasting memories

Designing a unique and fun ice cream sundae bar is a delightful way to elevate your dessert experience. By incorporating a diverse range of ice cream flavors, tantalizing toppings, creative containers, interactive stations, signature creations, and playful challenges, you can create an unforgettable sundae bar that will leave your guests craving for more. So, gather your ingredients, unleash your creativity, and indulge in the joy of building your own dream sundae!


Summertime is family time in Old Salem!

Step back in time to see life in the 18th and 19th centuries, the birthplace of arts and innovation in Winston-Salem.

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit oldsalem.org


Saturday, July 1

American Roots: Celebrate our nation’s independence with Old Salem and Moravian Music Foundation. Musical performances and historical demonstrations of how American culture influenced the Moravians – and how they in turn helped shape our nation. Through September 30

Thrown Together: Pots and People of Early Alabama on exhibit at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Objects drawn from public and private collections highlight Alabama’s 19th century potters.

Heals Youth

Asolid familial foundation is imperative in the development and future success of children and youth. Year after year, Crossnore Communities for Children of Winston-Salem works diligently to mindfully place children with foster families based on the specific needs of the child and family. To combat the negative effects of multiple placements in foster care for a prolonged amount of time, it is imperative that organizations such as Crossnore find the perfect fit for children and families until a child is adopted or reunited with his or her birth family. Crossnore’s recruitment team and licensing workers are well adept at speaking with prospective foster families and providing monthly information sessions open to the public in order to provide clarity on what various Crossnore programs entail.

This spring, team members at Crossnore Communities for Children and its Center for Trauma Resilient Communities (CTRC) were elated to receive a $4,000,000 ReCast: Resiliency in Communities after Stress and Trauma grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Crossnore’s four-year We Heal Together project will utilize the grant beginning in October. We Heal Together seeks to employ a community-driven implementation of strategies to build trauma-resilient communities, primarily in East Winston-Salem neighborhoods. Crossnore strongly believes that embedding these strategies deep within the community of East Winston-Salem is imperative, as it fosters longevity for tools and practices that eventually become the community’s framework for mitigating trauma and violence afflicting the East Winston community. The We Heal Together project will tackle the root causes of violence, as opposed to solely handling the aftermath of traumatic situations, which often leave destruction in their wake. By establishing itself in the community through working collaboratively across systems and agencies, and by working alongside community stakeholders, We Heal

Together will identify new opportunities for support and sustainable change.

In applying for the grant, Executive Director for the CTRC, Lina Pasquale, explains that Crossnore teamed up with Action4Equity and Forsyth Futures in drafting a proposal that aligned with Crossnore and Winston-Salem’s community efforts. Historically, federal grants have typically been given to large educational institutions conducting research or state and local government organizations. Although Crossnore’s CTRC has been working in various pockets across the nation for the last five years, its name is still relatively unknown outside of North Carolina. Receiving a competitive SAMHSA grant of such a large sum of money is quite the feat for Crossnore, but warranted nonetheless.

According to Lina, “Having ample funds for the We Heal Together project is nothing short of exciting because this project will be a true depiction of our mission in action. This grant will allow us to have the resources and support needed to further community resilience and build upon the current strengths and assets in East Winston-Salem.”

We Heal Together’s approach is two-pronged. It will respond to community stress currently occurring in the East Winston community, primarily due to gun violence, and will also work from a strengthbased and asset-driven perspective with community members to leverage assets and provide practices that community members can utilize in working with trauma-exposed youth in the community. Additionally, We Heal Together strives to hold learning engagements and educational events with

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first responders regarding youth mental health first aid, risk factors for trauma exposure and improvements in community outreach.

Statistically, individuals 18 years or younger exposed to a variety of household dysfunctions or community violence have higher rates of health risk behaviors (everything from unwanted pregnancies, STDs, high-risk behaviors such as reckless driving, violence, etc.). Crossnore acknowledges that by fostering positive relationships within families and creating opportunities to work within that family construct, neural networks of connectivity, adaptability and attachment can be reestablished in order to help heal the wounds trauma leaves behind.

Throughout We Heal Together, Crossnore will be working with eight backbone agencies within the East Winston community that will serve as leaders in the community. CTRC will hold open community sessions, wellness events, introductory overviews and workshops for anyone in the public who wishes to attend. Community needs and strengths assessments will be conducted and used to gather more information on the community’s current state of needs and implement proper tools and strategies.

Interested in learning more about Crossnore Communities for Children and the We Heal Together project? Visit Crossnore’s website at crossnore.org for more information, call 336.721.7600 or email info@crossnore.org.

find home.

As a recognized leader in helping children reclaim, rebuild, or reimagine the essential belief in a safe, dependable home, Crossnore Communities for Children recruits and trains prospective foster parents who can provide a safe and stable home to children.

Ongoing supervision and support is provided after placement.

You can change the future for a child in foster care. Apply today to become a foster parent.

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Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve and contribute to improving our quality of life. ~

I love books...I don’t necessarily have time to read them often, but nonetheless, I adore them. I love the way they look, holding them in my hands and the stories they tell. This is one reason I love being in the library. But, there are other reasons, too. For example, the history of the library…some libraries have been around a very long time, which you’ll discover as you flip through some of the books. Peek inside any of the older hardcovers with yellowing pages and you might see a library stamp card in the front. If these books could talk! Who thumbed through the pages, reading the very same words that you’re reading now? Everything is a story. So, if you love books and a little peace and quiet, indulge in reading these five reasons why libraries are the most comforting places to be.

There are so many different stories. If you need an escape, the library is filled with thousands of places to go. Libraries are full of all kinds of stories to transport you to another time and place and allow you to forget the concerns of everyday life for a while. There are history books, comic books, children’s books, sci-fi novels, westerns, Christian books, cookbooks, romance novels, action novels, adult fiction, teen fiction and many more. No matter what your mood, there is a book for you! Embrace the magic and get lost in a story.

Shhhhh…it’s quiet. Libraries are full of people who are reading, studying or lost in thought, so it’s pretty quiet. In fact, the main rule of the library is to keep quiet. It’s a great place to go to find a calming environment and to get things done. It can be a great place to get homework done or to browse the new book selections without the distractions of chaotic family life or media.

It’s a great place for kids. Libraries offer entertainment for children. Many libraries offer special programs for children of all ages, with everything from toddler reading hours to crafts and even movies. Libraries also often sponsor a summer reading challenge for kids… and all of this is for free! The library is a great reason to get out of the house when you’re a new parent. Most libraries offer quality reading or singing activity times for various ages which means you can take your kid to have a fun experience while meeting other parents.

So many resources! Libraries have everything! They have computers, books, iPads, music, reference materials and lots more. They have tons of information and knowledgeable people who are willing to help you find what you need. If you’re looking for research resources and a solid WiFi connection, libraries are the place to go! Libraries offer benefits for everyone. They also offer access to newspapers and magazines, advice sessions, training courses and free computer use and

internet access among many other things. The library provides a safe place for many people who don’t have the resources to look for jobs or search for things like housing online.

It’s cheaper than buying books from a big bookstore. Libraries are for everyone! There’s no entrance fee. You don’t have to pay. There is no waiting list or joining criteria. Just knowing that you’re near fellow book

lovers is a good enough reason to visit your local library. After all, like books themselves, these people understand you.

Join the library! Get your library card and get cards for any children you might have! Teach them to love the peace of the library and teach them a love of reading.


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We’re Back and Hungry for Another Great Year! “Men Who Cook” Fires Up Family Friendly Fundraiser

Theeighth annual Men Who Cook competition, presented by Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and HanesBrands, will showcase the talents of local male leaders who are amateur chefs and their teams as the Family House hosts its popular fundraiser on August 19th in the Forsyth Barn at Legacy Stables & Events located at 4151 Thomasville Road in WinstonSalem. About 400 partygoers will get to taste savory samples crafted by the chefs and then vote for their favorite ones through tips that are donated to the Family House. Last year’s event was a record-breaking success, with proceeds netting more than $183,000.

“This is such a fun and 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 outof-town medical care. The staff provides friendship, support and affordable accommodations for adult patients and caregivers who have been referred by Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center or Trellis Supportive Care.

The Family House has hosted folks from 96 North Carolina counties and 45 states and has served more than 48,000 overnight guests since opening in 2011. Guests stay for a nominal overnight fee of $40 per night thanks to donations and events like Men Who Cook that help to keep rates affordable.

SECU Family House Board Chair Heather Bolt Mikeal shared, “I’ve been to a lot of nonprofit events, and I can say for sure that ours is the most fun. It’s a great time to socialize and, most importantly, our biggest fundraiser of the year. Watching the evolution of the event,


from Bridger Field House, then through the pandemic years, and now at Legacy Stables, it’s been incredible. Being able to fill such a large venue really goes to show you just how fun people in the community find this event. Not only that, but it also shows how important hospitality is to the fabric of Winston-Salem, and the Family House is such a good example of that.”

Men Who Cook chefs create their own recipes, from appetizers to desserts, and are allowed a sous chef for assistance during the evening. To entice the healthy competition, judges’ prizes will be awarded to the winning chefs. Early online judging through “tipping” will also be available at familyhousews.org/men-who-cook.

Guests can expect some delectable dishes like tastings from past years which included Hawaiian pork sliders, smoked brisket mac n cheese, shrimp and grits, and more!

Some of our amateur chefs this year will include Chief William Penn, WinstonSalem Police Chief; Joey Perkins, Partner at Cannon & Company; Neil Piner & Jeremiah Phillips with SECU; and a Winston Under 40 team from Greater Winston-Salem!

Individuals who wish to support the event in advance may purchase a Wooden Spoon Sponsorship which includes two reservations and a listing in the souvenir program for $500. Tickets may also be purchased for $100 for one or $1,250 for a reserved table (admits 10). To purchase a company sponsorship contact Erin Craver at the SECU Family House at 336.793.2822 or Erin.Craver@familyhousews.org.

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Blooms & Butterflies FUN PIPE CLEANER CRAFTS

Celebrate summer with decoratable and wearable art for kids and kids at heart with colorful pipe cleaner DIY crafts. Draw inspiration from gardens with beautiful blooms and butterflies, handcrafted with pipe cleaners.


Use a full-length pipe cleaner for larger roses and longer stems. For mini roses, cut a pipe cleaner for the bloom and stem in half. Put both halves for the bloom and stem together, and wrap the end of the stem part around one end of the bloom part. Wrap the bloom part around in a spiral. Tuck the other end of the bloom part around on the outside of the petal, so the sharp end is obscured underneath on the inside.

For the stem, cut to desired length and fold the sharp end over. Another option for the end of the stem is to create a small base, rolling into a spiral and then shaping the stem upward. Pipe cleaner roses generally stand up better if stems aren’t too long. If desired, use a glue gun to glue the roses to paper or cardboard.

For leaves, fold half a pipe cleaner in half around the stem where you want the leaves to be, twist once and pull ends, so they are equidistant and horizontal. Fold the ends over to cause the leaf shape to be more pointy. Wrap the end around the base of the leaf, and press the sharp end down.



– Dolly Parton (lyrics snippet)

Yellow roses, the color of sunshine

You loved me at one time, why did you have to go

Yellow roses, are you sending your new love

My bright yellow rose buds I still love you so.


For four (or more) petals, fold pipe cleaner in half twice, and cut into four pieces. For a long stem, place a pipe cleaner in the center of the petals. Create the petals by holding each of the four pieces in half, with and bunch together evenly with the ends facing up.

For the stamen (center), wrap the end of the stem of a full length pipe cleaner around the upper part of the petals and fold the end over top, and mask down to conceal the sharp end.

Without a stem, your daisy can be wearable as well as decoratable. Thread another pipe cleaner through two of the petals horizontally.

To obscure the sharp ends, fold back or twist the ends around a few times. You can add a bead to the ends and wrap around once or twice to secure.

“Blue Sky ThRough My Branches”

– Susan BoYoung Bailey Schabacker (lyrics snippet)

You are my daisy in the meadow

Turning my face towards the sun

You are the blue sky through my branches

Reminding me another day has begun.


For larger butterflies, use a full pipe cleaner. For mini butterflies, cut two pipe cleaners in half for the top and bottom sets of wings. Take one half of the pipe cleaner and fold the two ends in, as evenly as possible, like a pretzel. Fold both ends together under once. Do the same for the other set of wings.

For antennas, cut a pipe cleaner in half. Place the two wings together (top and bottom), and fold the third half of the

pipe cleaner over in the middle. Twist the two ends (facing up) together. Roll each of the ends in a small spiral facing in, in a heart shape.

Take a fourth pipe cleaner and wrap it around the middle. Twist around and pull the ends in the opposite directions, horizontally. Roll the sharp edges of the ends in or add a bead and twist ends over.


– Mariah Carey (lyrics snippet)

Spread your wings and prepare to fly

For you have become a butterfly

Oh, fly abandonedly into the sun

If you should return to me

We truly were meant to be So spread your wings and fly Butterfly.

Whether a bouquet of long-stemmed flowers wrapped in tissue paper, tied with a ribbon or put in a vase (no water needed) or wearable art that makes for great gift giving – pipe cleaner flowers are easy to make and recreate.

Happy Summer!


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Making Insecurity Insignificant

Do you sometimes feel insecure about who you are and where you are going in life? Insecurity is defined as a significant lack of self-confidence, a strong fear of others’ disapproval or rejection, or a chronic sense of inferiority. It involves a deep sense of doubt about your worth and place in the world. Insecurity comes in many different shapes and forms. Some people are insecure about their bodies while others are ashamed about their work, upbringing, possessions, intelligence, looks, social skills, etc.

To overcome insecurity, we must try to see ourselves the way God sees us and know who we are in Christ. Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant or insecure, remember to whom you belong! (Ephesians 2:19-22) Here are some scriptures that reinforce this point.

“Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.” Isaiah 43:4

Whether we are aware of it or not, our insecurities often seep into our relationships and impact our behavior. Insecurities may stem from past traumas or events you have experienced, often going back to childhood. Maybe you grew up in an unstable or broken home. Or you lost a loved one. Or you were picked on as a child because you were overweight or uncool. Kids can really be mean – bullying and teasing can have a lasting impact. Here’s an example. A girl may internalize fears resulting from her dad leaving her mother that will impact her future relationships. This was an issue for me. I went through several bad relationships before I was able to work through my fears and insecurities. As in my example, to free yourself from insecurity, you have to recognize what is making you insecure. This may take some serious soulsearching and prayer. But, if you become more aware of your insecurities, it takes away some of their power because you understand when and how they come into play.

Satan loves it when we question who we are and how we measure up. He wants us to feel insecure about the meaning and purpose of our lives, where we’re going and how we’ll get there. Whatever it is that has contributed to your feelings of insecurity, God wants to use it for good. He wants to use the situation to refine, not define you. He wants you to grow and mature into a stronger person because of it.

Gideon, a character in the book of Judges, is a great example of someone in the Bible that grappled with overcoming insecurity. While he was harvesting wheat and hiding from the Midianites in a wine press, an angel spoke to him and addressed him as a mighty man of courage. The angel told Gideon that God was sending him to save Israel from the Midianites. Gideon was insecure and didn’t feel at all worthy to do this. See below for his response to this request.

“And, that is what some of you were. But, you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11

True security comes when you recognize that “He will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Gideon was listening to the voice in his head and didn’t trust God’s plan. We all have these voices that come from other people – a disapproving parent, a boss, a teacher or even ourselves. His insecurity caused him to ask God for not just one, but two, miraculous signs to strengthen his faith. This part of Gideon’s story shows us that mastering our insecurities doesn’t happen in a moment. We will likely have successes and failures. But, through it all, God is patient and kind.

“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” Judges 6:15


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Providing access to prescription medications and so much more.

Crisis Control Ministry helps neighbors facing crises with basic needs such as utilities, rent, mortgage, food and medications. In 2022, more than 15,000 prescriptions at a value of more than $1,150,000 were filled by Crisis Control Ministry’s Licensed Free Pharmacy.

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Your generous donations are greatly needed to help us provide clients with the medications they need. Other ways to help support the pharmacy include volunteering and donation of health care packages. These care packages, provided by neighbors like you, remind our pharmacy clients that someone cares about them. For information about how you can help, visit www.crisiscontrol.org

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Triad Area Events in July

July offers a variety of interesting and exciting events for families to experience in and around the Triad. Here are some of the top offerings:

Alicia: Keys to the Summer Tour Spectrum Center, Charlotte

July 2, 8 p.m.

Tickets $39 and higher

This Alicia Keys tour will feature 23 stops in North America. For the first time, Keys will appear in-the-round. This is a completely reimagined and redesigned concert experience with a new set list.

Monsters, Inc., Carolina Kids Club Movie Carolina Theatre, Greensboro

July 12, 9 a.m.

Tickets $6.50

Sulley and Mike Wazowski, his wisecracking sidekick, are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the screamprocessing factory in Monstropolis. When a girl named Boo wanders into their world, it’s the monsters who are scared silly.

Jazz at SECCA

Sculpture Deck at SECCA

July 13, 6 to 8 p.m.


Featuring the Nathaniel Ward Jazz Trio, with Matt Kendrick and Kassem Williams. The jam session includes three sets that will include musical guests from the region.

blink-182: Rock Hard Tour Spectrum Center, Charlotte

July 14, 7 p.m.

Tickets $166 and higher

85 South Show Live

Bojangles Entertainment Complex, Charlotte

July 16, 7 p.m.

Tickets $35 and higher

D.C. Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Chico Bean, three of the funniest and most fearless comedians in America, team up on their new tour. The trio has more than two million subscribers on YouTube and half a billion views.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Schaefer Center, Appalachian State University

July 20, 7 p.m.

Tickets $30

The Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution with unparalleled global acclaim. The group has brought innovative and new forms of artistic expression to audiences around the world.


The Blue Ridge Opry

The Reeves Theater, Elkin

July 22, 7 p.m.

Tickets $23-$28

The Blue Ridge Opry is a nostalgic country music variety show that is inspired by the early days of the Grand Old Opry. The program is hosted by Kelley Breiding, a Carolina native, and will feature musical guest stars.

This tour of the multi-platinum group, reunites Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker for the first time in 10 years.

National Ice Cream Day High Point Museum

July 15, noon to 2 p.m. or while supplies last Free

Come celebrate National Ice Cream Day a day early by making your own ice cream in a bag. The program is designed for children under 12.

Victorian Parlor Series: Folly Flower Show

Körner’s Folly, Kernersville

July 15, 4 to 6 p.m.

Tickets $25 for adults, $6 for children

Fanciful florals will fill every room at Körner’s Folly. The display in the 22-room Victorian house is a collaboration with the Kernersville Garden Club.

Living in the Ordinary World

GreenHill Center for NC Art, Greensboro

July 22-Nov. 2

Various times, Free

Ten North Carolina photographers, curated by John Rosenthal. The exhibition presents the works of a stellar group of the state’s photographers.

Garden Hand Tool Maintenance and Repair

Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville

July 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Tickets $25

Josh Williams, the head gardener at Ciener, will demonstrate daily and seasonal maintenance. Bring one or two hand tools to practice maintenance techniques.

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The America’s Birthday Road Trip

Happy Birthday, America! On July 4th, people throughout the country will gather together to celebrate our nation’s special day in many different ways from cookouts to fireworks and everything in between. These traditional festivities are usually single day events hosted on July 4th or the surrounding days, but there is one festivity that can be done to honor America’s birthday that lasts more than one day and allows you to see historic places throughout our beautiful country.

The America’s Birthday Road Trip is a great way to commemorate, as well as, learn about and experience our nation’s 247th year firsthand. This road trip focuses on places related to the birth of the United States and the Revolutionary War, as we recognize these events on America’s birthday. Whether you are driving, flying or taking another mode of transportation, don’t forget to have the soundtrack of the Broadway play, “Hamilton” playing in the background. Here are the spots you should include on your America’s Birthday Road Trip.

First, let’s start right here in North Carolina with the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro. On March 15, 1781, the Battle of Guilford Courthouse occurred between the army of British General Charles Lord Cornwallis and the Continental army under Major General Nathaneal Greene. By the time the two-hour battle ended, more than 25 percent of the British troops were killed, wounded or captured.

Next, head north, out of North Carolina, to Williamsburg, Virginia. Historic Williamsburg was the capital of the Virginia Colony from 1699 to 1780. During the Revolutionary War, the city was a huge supporter and provided goods and services to help soldiers fighting. Lastly, Williamsburg forms the “Historic Triangle” with cities Jamestown (the home of the first permanent English settlement in North America) and Yorktown. Speaking of Yorktown, Virginia, it should be one of your next stops on the road trip. It is famous for, well, the end of the Revolutionary War and being the spot where America’s independence was won from the British. At the Yorktown Battlefield in fall of 1781, General George Washington surrounded General Cornwallis’ British army, causing Cornwallis to surrender and the American Revolution came to an end.

Other places to visit in Virginia include Mount Vernon (the home of president George Washington), Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s home) and the Arlington National Cemetery, which is actually located in Arlington, Virginia, right across the river from Washington, D.C. Arlington National Cemetery is one of the most peaceful and solemn places I have ever visited, and I highly recommend adding it to your road trip. The cemetery was built during the Civil War on land named Arlington Estate, which was confiscated from Confederate Army general Robert E. Lee due to tax issues.

Continue heading north to Washington, D.C. Of course, you can’t go to our nation’s capital without a stop by the White House, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. Also, take time to visit the memorials for the various wars, including World War II, Vietnam and Korea. As for the American Revolution, visit Constitution Gardens which is a memorial island, honoring the signers of the Declaration of Independence and explores the history of the U.S. Constitution.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is our last destination. The city of brotherly love, cheesesteak and the birthplace of America has a significant site on almost every corner. While in the city, go to Independence Hall, the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the United States Constitution was debated. You will get chills walking the floors and seeing where the Founding Fathers stood as they officially gave America its freedom from England. Next, you can’t miss visiting the Liberty Bell and Valley Forge National Historical Park, which is northwest of Philadelphia.

For your road trip, you can also head to Delaware, New York, New Jersey and other states for revolutionary stops. These aren’t the only attractions you and your loved ones could visit on America’s Birthday Road trip, but just a handful of what’s available. These sites are filled with history and a sense of pride, as visitors learn about what our Founding Fathers and those in that time period experienced as they fought for America’s independence, which fast-forward 247 years, we are still celebrating.

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Anger is commonly defined as “a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure or hostility.” The Mayo Clinic says that anger is a natural response to a perceived threat against our wellbeing or position. This response causes the body to release adrenaline, muscles to tighten, and heart rate and blood pressure to increase. As humans, we ARE going to get angry sometimes; it’s just part of life. Although feeling anger is sometimes normal, we should not cling to these feelings and act out or hold grudges.

So, what makes you angry? I occasionally get road rage. And, I certainly get angry if someone is ugly to my kids or a loved one. Certain people (won’t mention names here) tend to push my buttons to the point that I lose my cool at times. I’m sure none of you have had this problem, but I used to feel like I was doing everything around the house and that I wasn’t valued – and would eventually erupt on my family members. I have chilled in my older age and don’t tend to grow angry as quickly as I used to.

The Bible teaches that uncontrolled anger is harmful, both to the person who harbors it and to those around him or her. (Proverbs 29:22) Further, the Bible says that those who continue to have “fits of anger” will not inherit God’s kingdom. (Galatians 5:1921) Remember Cain? Cain “grew hot with anger” when God rejected his sacrifice. Cain’s anger then festered to the point that he murdered his brother. (Genesis 4:3-8)

James 1:19 says “. . . let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.” He isn’t necessarily saying that anger is wrong but is telling us not to be quick-tempered. Paul told the Ephesians pretty much the same thing: “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not

let the sun go down on your anger . . .” (Ephesians 4:26) I can think of lots of times when the sun went down on my anger. I have slept on the very corner of the bed trying my best not to touch my husband because I was angry about something.

Here are five methods of controlling your anger, so it doesn’t get the best of you.

1. Just say no – When you feel yourself getting upset, immediately say “No!” to those thoughts and feelings. Instead of letting the anger control you, take some deep breaths and say a prayer.

2. Take a break – Proverbs 17:14 says “Before the quarrel breaks out, take your leave.” Although you should try to settle differences quickly, sometimes you may need to take a break and cool down before you address the situation with the other people.

3. Get the facts – Proverbs 19:11 says, “the insight of a man certainly slows down his anger.” Gather all the facts and get all sides of the story before jumping to conclusions.

4. Give others a little grace – Remember that most of us are going through difficulties in our lives. Recognize that there are probably underlying reasons that others may be behaving badly and give them some grace.

5. Pray for a peaceful mind – Through prayer, we can experience “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7)

“The one slow to anger is better than a mighty man.” Proverbs 16:32


ALL Types of BOWLS

Hi!I’m Casey, a part-time food blogger, full-time architect, wife and dog mom. On All Types Of Bowls, you’ll find healthy inspiration for making your favorite cravings and comfort foods. I believe we should eat all our cravings, whether it’s a leafy grain bowl or a big bowl of pasta.


Makes: 4 | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


8 oz soba noodles (I used Trader Joe’s Thai Wheat Noodles)

1/2 cup mini bell peppers, sliced

1/2 cup carrots, sliced

1/2 cup broccoli, chopped

1 T olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

Toppings: peanut, green onions and sesame seeds

Stir Fry Sauce

1/3 cup peanut butter

2 T soy sauce

1 T oyster sauce

1 T rice vinegar

1 tsp chili garlic sauce

2 tsp honey

1/2 tsp sesame oil

Water to thin, if needed


1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, and sauté the peppers, carrots and broccoli until soft.

2. Combine the ingredients for the stir fry sauce until you get a smooth sauce.

3. Cook the soba noodles according to package directions.

4. Add the noodles to the pan with the veggies and then pour the stir fry sauce in. Toss until fully incorporated.

5. Top with green onions, sesame seeds and peanuts. Serve and enjoy!

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A BRIGHTER Future for ALL Children

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Nurturing the children of Forsyth County for almost 54 years, the dedicated team at Imprints Cares knows unlocking the potential in every child for lifelong success is a group effort – focused on both children and their families!

Much respected for its local commitment, the education nonprofit served more than 7,400 children in Forsyth County last year, taking a holistic, multi-generational approach to advancing literacy and other opportunities.

“We have created an evidence-based model, grounded in research, that reduces poverty through positive parenting, addressing social issues and enhancing opportunities for all children and their families,” explains Director of Development and Marketing Kelsey Camarena.

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In the late 1960s, a group of congregants from several local churches saw a need to help children from low-income families as they prepared to enter school. Founding the Association to Benefit Children’s Development (ABCD), their goal was to empower parents with the skills needed to raise children who are ready for the challenge of school. One of the group’s early directors, Helen Clinard, and her husband, Woody, sought ways to level the playing field for at-risk children, and her contributions are still recognized today.

“I think the Clinards’ legacy is visible today by our sheer growth in size and impact,” says Kelsey. “We serve thousands of children every day and honor the founders with our commitment to nurture children. Our organization’s sustainability is key to that goal, and our name and reputation in the community are recognized with trust – people know we will show up to meet families where they are and walk alongside them to support their success journey.”

As a leader in educational and health equity in the Winston-Salem community, Imprints Cares is committed to addressing structural barriers which prevent children from reaching their full potential. By embracing cultural diversity and creating safe and inclusive environments, children have the chance to learn, grow and thrive.

The staff at Imprints Cares – 40 full-time employees –bring their exceptional talents and gifts every single day to serve children, parents, guardians and care providers. Executive Director Claudia Barrett ensures that staffing is intentional, creating a team that’s representative of the overall community.

“We lead by example,” Claudia explains. “Our staff is certified in a number of evidence-based programs, and our organization is also actively engaged in research and the publication of studies that support our model fidelity.”

Essential Programming

“As its name suggests, our Ready for School programming, (Parents as Teachers, Family, Friends

and Neighbors, Book Babies and Pediatric Parenting Connections) serve children and their families from before birth through age five, and operates 365 days a year. Some programs start with families during the prenatal phase to help prepare parents, while others focus on providing parents with tools and resources to make sure children are meeting developmental milestones. All programs focus on positive parenting and supporting parents as their child’s first and best teacher,” Kelsey explains. “PAT is our cornerstone initiative, serving high-risk families through home visiting and positive parenting. Our Expanded Learning programs – Before and After-School Care, Summer Enrichment Camp and Imprints Cares Inclusion program – serve students from pre-K through middle school during the school year. We also offer a nine-week Summer Enrichment program from June through August. On the health side, family educators work as part of a healthcare “team” to ensure developmental and behavioral concerns are assessed and that referrals are made as needed.”

The Pediatric Parenting Connections program is also expanding into pediatric offices throughout the Novant Health and Atrium Health footprint, both in this community and beyond. The PPC program will be opening in three pediatric clinics in the Charlotte Market next year, with continuing plans to expand into other areas.

Community Connections

The pandemic proved to be a crucial time for Imprints Cares and ultimately helped spread the word about their services. They were one of the only non-profits in this community that never shut down. On Friday, March 13, 2020, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System closed its doors, but the following Monday, Imprints Cares was providing childcare for essential personnel, and was running 11 remote learning sites for students across the county. Throughout the pandemic, collaborations with faithbased organizations was critical to providing those remote learning sites, and that ongoing support to the community has afforded the group new growth opportunities.

After being housed in the Augsburg Community Center for 52 years, Imprints Cares learned in August of 2022 that they had to find a new home.

Ready for School team:

Expanded Learning team: Maria Timmons, Allison Lambe, Amy Bush, Briana Webster, Betty West, Lewis Kendricks, Brooke Thompson, Tyler Foster, Mita Lambe, David Wall
Angel Conrad, Shiloh Germain, Carina Barbosa-Nunez, Mindy Ogburn, Julia Barnes, Allison Norris, Sylvia Hines, Amber Shields, Xavier Acuña

Thanks to the generosity of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, a building located at 2920 Reynolda Road was gifted to the non-profit.

“We were elated and gratefully accepted their gift,” says Kelsey. “But, this building was not large enough to house our entire staff. Through yet another blessing, Imprints Cares was awarded funding through Forsyth County ARPA, $717,000 of which was allocated towards the purchase of the current 21,000-square-foot building, located at 711 Coliseum Plaza Court. We were also awarded $500,000 through City of Winston-Salem ARPA for programmatic impact and growth.”

The Expanded Learning staff is currently housed at the Coliseum Plaza Court location, and the Ready for School staff works from the Reynolda Road location. Imprints Cares is venturing into a capital campaign to raise funds to up-fit their newest home to create a center where families can truly thrive, with an estimated renovation completion by Fall of 2024. The center will be part of an education hub that’s revitalizing a specific part of our community on Coliseum, and The Salem Montessori School and Parenting Path will also be located in the area.

This non-profit model is unique in that it not only provides direct impact to children and their families, but the economic value is substantial, as well. The Expanded Learning Before and After-School program serves more than 2,100 students every day and 500 employers, and more than 1,200 employees benefit from knowing their child is in a safe, nurturing environment while they work.

Imprints Cares also employs more than 300 part-time staff for their Before and After-School Care program, more than 70% of whom are teachers, teaching

assistants and employees of the Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County School system.

As Imprints Cares continues to grow, the diversification of revenue is critical to maintaining their sustainability. Kelsey adds they are excited to be in conversation with Brookridge Retirement Community to create an intergenerational child care facility located on their main Winston-Salem campus. Open to the community, this partnership will address the critical need for childcare, serving children from infancy through middle school. Not only will it provide high-quality childcare, but it will also boost the economic mobility of working parents, and provide residents of the retirement community the chance to engage with WinstonSalem’s youngest citizens!

The group partners with many community organizations and leaders to further their reach, including the WS/FCS, Boston Thurmond United, Crossnore, Atrium Health/Wake Forest Baptist Health, Novant Health, Forsyth Futures, Childcare Resource Center, Latino Community Services, Senior Services, United Way of Forsyth County Housing Matters initiative, Smart Start and the Pre-K Priority.

As is always true, we are better together! Imprints Cares is on the trajectory to become a national model of success, and this dedicated team looks forward to seeing what the next 50 years will hold.

Imprints Cares is located at 711 Coliseum Plaza Court in Winston-Salem. Reach them at 336.722.6296, online at imprintscares. org or follow them on Instagram @ imprintscares. Community members can become involved through volunteering with the before and after-school care programming and through other events held throughout the year. Click the “donate” button on the website for information on monetary and inkind donations.

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Leadership Team, Left to Right: Maria Stockton, Director of Pediatric Parenting Connections; Laurie Brown, Director of Parents as Teachers; Betty West, Director of Expanded Learning; Stephanie LeFever, Director of Operations; Kim Turner-Kendricks, Director of Finance; Claudia Munguia-Barrett, Executive Director; Kelsey Camarena, Director of Development & Marketing


Thesetting sun casts long shadows over a crowd of nearly 100,000 people. They are gathered in lawn chairs and upon blankets, and have come from all over this great country, and in some cases, from all over the world. The sweet summer air is filled with the sounds of laughter, conversations, black cat firecrackers and the occasional whistle and pop of a bottle rocket. Children with sparklers entertain themselves as everyone waits in anticipation for the real entertainment to begin. Off in the distance, cumulonimbus clouds on the horizon pose no threat as the glow of dusk continues to fade more and more as though someone is slowly turning down the dimmer switch. The smell of hamburgers and hot dogs floats through the air as someone grills somewhere in the park. American flags are numerous, occasionally rustled by a rare breeze on this mostly still summer evening. Finally, after some people have literally waited for days, the moment arrives. Four men who need no introduction take the stage – the pride and joy of Staunton, VA. The air is now filled with thunderous applause, whooping and hollering, and many come to their feet to show their gratitude and appreciation. The crowd sits back down ready to be entertained in a grand fashion as another Independence Day is celebrated in Gypsy Hill Park.

When people ask me what my first concert was, I typically respond “The Dave Matthews Band.” My VMI roommates and I would see the group, which was still in its infancy in the early to mid-90s, at least twice a month if not more. Generally, the concerts were free and much more intimate than the sold out stadium performances of the past two decades.

However, my first actual concert was at a celebration called Happy Birthday, USA! I had been in Virginia for about a year and was almost seven years old. My adoptive parents decided we would go to the park to be a part of the yearly celebration that included a parade, picnic and the main event – a concert put on by a group known as The Statler Brothers.

It all started in 1969. The Statlers were riding around the park on a July 4th in their hometown when they noticed that, other than a few picnics here and there, there really wasn’t much going on. So, the brothers decided they were going to do something about it. They knew that it was this great country that was giving them their opportunities, and they wanted to show their appreciation by giving back to the community that had supported them. In 1970, The Statler Brothers put on their first Happy Birthday, USA! performance, free of charge. Every year after that until 1994, The Statlers put on a show in Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton, Virginia. Each year, they included guests such as Crystal Gale, Johnny Cash and Barbara Mandrell just to name a few. (I can still clearly remember the incredibly long hair of Crystal Gale). Each year, the crowd size grew and grew. Eventually, it reached a point where Staunton’s population would more than quadruple its normal size of 15,000 to 20,000 during the July 4th festivities.

I was privileged to attend several of these concerts from 1980 to 1994. They are events that I will never forget and were truly special occasions where patriots and people of all races and creeds came together to celebrate this great country. To say that there was an electricity in the air at these gatherings would be an understatement

I look back with very fond memories upon those Independence Day celebrations. To be a witness to and a part of something that was incredibly wholesome and good is a blessing I will always cherish. The impression of four men who selflessly gave of themselves for the community has been lasting upon me. The Statler Brothers and their Happy Birthday, USA! celebrations will always have a very special place in my heart.

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Child Safety Series Beat the Heat

Summer is for making memories with our kids outside with friends and family, but the extreme heat the season brings can also be cause for concern if not handled appropriately.

While your calendar is filled with outdoor playdates, pool days and other summer fun with your kids, it’s crucial for parents and caregivers to understand the steps necessary to keep their little ones safe and prevent heat-related illnesses. This month, we’re sharing a roundup of proven guidelines from some of the top pediatric safety resources to help you take proactive measures to ensure a happy and healthy summer for you and your child.

Always Dress Appropriately for Activities

This may seem like common sense, but with the heat index changing rapidly throughout the day, think ahead about your child’s outfit. Dress your child in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabrics such as cotton, and anything with wicking abilities or UV protection is a great addition! Avoid dark-colored clothing as it absorbs more heat and fabrics that may be too heavy. Consider UV sunglasses and using a wide-brimmed hat to shield their face and neck from direct sunlight as well as swimsuits that add a bit more coverage like a rash guard, two-piece set. If they will be out for the day, think about light layers that allow them to add or remove items as the temperature shifts.

Stay Hydrated and Create Water Reminders

Hydration is key all year long for good health but especially important during hot summer months. Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids, particularly water, throughout the day. Offer drink breaks at regular intervals and ensure they have access to water whenever needed. You can set a timer or an alarm to help make sure everyone is staying hydrated. Avoid sugary and caffeinated drinks as they can contribute to dehydration. Healthychildren.org reminds parents that infants who are exclusively breastfed should be nursed frequently to maintain proper hydration levels during hot months.

Use UV Protection and Reapply When Necessary

Protect your child’s delicate skin from harmful UV rays when they are outside, regardless if it’s a full sun or overcast day. Even cloudy days can still result in sunburns and long term skin damage. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 to all exposed areas of their skin before heading outdoors, paying close attention to your child’s ears and face. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently if your child has been swimming or sweating regardless of whether or not your sunblock markets itself as “sweat/waterproof.”

Seek Shade and Limit Outdoor Activities

Knowing how most kids may have a difficult time parting with outdoor summer fun, attempt to set expectations ahead of time. During the peak heat hours, typically from late morning to early afternoon, it is advisable to seek shade and avoid excessive sun exposure. Plan outdoor activities for early mornings or late afternoons when temperatures are cooler. If you must be outside during the hottest times, choose shaded areas or use an umbrella or canopy for extra protection from sun and heat.

Create a Cool Environment to Escape the Heat

Having an indoor space that is cool and comfortable nearby to escape from the heat can be very helpful to cool kids down. If you don’t have access to air conditioning, open windows and use fans to improve airflow. You can keep curtains or blinds closed during the hottest part of the day to minimize heat from entering your indoor space. Make sure kids have thinner pajamas and summer-appropriate bedding for safe sleep practices for all ages.

Recognize the Signs of Heat-Related Illness

Familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses for your children as well as yourself. Signs can include excessive thirst, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, headache, nausea, rapid heartbeat, flushed skin and decreased urine output. If your child shows signs of heat-related illness, it is crucial to take immediate steps to cool them down. Move them to a shaded or air-conditioned area, remove excess clothing and use a cool, damp cloth or sponge to gently apply cold water to their forehead, neck and underarms. Encourage them to drink small sips of water or another hydrating drink.

If your child’s symptoms worsen, persist, or if you have concerns about his or her health, consult a healthcare professional promptly. They will be able to assess the situation and provide appropriate medical advice or treatment. When in doubt regarding the severity of your child’s injury or illness, call 911 for assistance.

Helpful Resources to Learn More

National Safety Council (NSC) – www.nsc.org

Healthy Children.org - www.healthychildren.org

Each month, this series will provide important facts and tips surrounding child safety in an effort to support parents and caregivers as they navigate reducing risks and creating the safest environment possible for the children in their lives.
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Things COVID Brought Us That Might Be Here to Stay

Beforethe COVID-19 pandemic began, the country was on the verge of a future defined by exciting new uses of technology and the ability of the internet to allow work to take place from almost anywhere. As we moved into the phase of sheltering in place and staying in our homes for months on end, the demand for technological innovation sped up in ways that no one could have predicted.

Here, on the other side of COVID, as we take stock of all the things that happened in that whirlwind where fear was a constant companion and the movements of our daily lives either came to a halt or changed in ways we were not prepared for, we find there are things COVID may have left behind for good.

TELEHEALTH Seeing a doctor or other healthcare professional over video or other remote connection has long been publicized as a way to expand access to health care. But, before the pandemic, the adoption of this practice was low. In fact, Medicare allowed telehealth access only for patients in rural areas.

When the pandemic began to sweep the country, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reduced regulations on telehealth allowing patients to access healthcare from home to reduce the spread of the virus. Much of that flexibility is still in place. States also made several policy changes to expand access. This virtual care has been incredibly popular, prompting private insurers and providers to increase investments in telehealth and other remote technologies.

ONLINE EDUCATION Online education has been around for decades, but it’s long been stigmatized as inferior to in-person instruction. Many traditional brick-and-mortar college campuses have been relatively slow to embrace virtual learning on a significant scale.

When restrictions began, thousands of colleges were forced to close classrooms and pivot to online-only instruction in a matter of days or weeks. The transition was disorganized, and some students sued their colleges for refunds. Some of the billions of dollars in relief that Congress approved went to help colleges transition their courses to online and help students purchase the technology they needed to participate. The necessary adoption of online learning has accelerated a trend where we are seeing traditional universities develop online degree programs and hybrid models of teaching. This will have the benefit of increasing access for students in remote areas or those who otherwise face barriers to in-person education.

ONLINE MEETINGS Video calling’s popularity increased considerably in the early 2010s with the iPhone 4’s FaceTime

capability, and videoconferencing had already started outpacing conference calls in many workplaces prior to 2020. But, even though Zoom Video Communications was founded in 2011, Zoom and other video conferencing tools such as WEBEX and Microsoft Teams hadn’t become the daily occurrence for many businesspeople like they are today.

As work from home became a necessity due to lockdowns, many workplaces turned to Zoom or other video conferencing systems to facilitate meetings that once took place in person. And, it wasn’t just work meetings…video conferencing became a key form of communication for schools, job interviews and even for friendly get-togethers.

The pandemic showed offices and employees that work from home is possible and, for some workers, preferable. According to Pew Research Center, more than half of American employees who can work from home said they’d like to continue to do so all or most of the time post-pandemic.

COCKTAIL DELIVERY As lockdowns were imposed nationwide, struggling restaurants looked for ways to keep revenue flowing in. Alcohol is a high-margin item for many businesses, and as restaurants shifted to focus on takeout, they asked cities and states to allow them to also provide cocktails-to-go. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, 35 states plus the District of Columbia adopted ordinances allowing the sale of cocktails-to-go! Not surprisingly, the change proved popular with restaurants and consumers alike, and so far, 16 states plus D.C. have made the to-go rule permanent.

OUTDOOR DINING Before the pandemic, outdoor dining space was, in most cases, a low priority, both for city officials and restaurant owners…and especially in densely populated urban areas. This was due to a lack of street space, sky-high rents, a need for prioritized parking and strict zoning rules which left most restaurants with few options for serving patrons outdoors.

After public health officials began announcing that COVID spread easily indoors but not so much outdoors, al fresco dining space became critical to reopening restaurants. Cities lightened up on rules to allow restaurants to expand outdoor seating areas into nearby parking spots, sidewalks and streets. Some even built inviting outdoor sanctuaries with lighting and plants while others attempted to winterize small enclosures with heaters and blankets. These outdoor spaces provided a lifeline to many eating and drinking establishments during the pandemic. Many cities are looking at ways to make these outdoor eating solutions permanent.


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Her special interests include perinatal and postpartum care, urinary and fecal incontinence, prolapse symptom management, pain with intercourse, pelvic pain, and bowel dysfunction.

In her free time, she loves traveling, exercising, and spending time with her husband, Brandon and their two children, Micah and Sophia. Baby #3 is expected Fall 2023.

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Meal Planning with your Family

Have you ever gotten home from picking up the kids, looked in the refrigerator and thought “What’s for dinner tonight?” Or, maybe you are in the car driving home and you get a call that asks what’s for dinner, but you have no response? Then, you are not alone! Most Americans do not know what dinner will be until it’s time to eat. Meal planning can seem overwhelming, but there are a few basic steps you can take to plan and not wait until everyone is hungry and fast food seems to be the answer.


1. Pick a day during the week when sitting down to plan meals makes sense. You could decide that Sunday is the day you will plan for the next few days or maybe Friday works best so that you can shop and have food at home on the weekends. Every family is different. Find out what day works best for your family and be consistent each week with sitting down to write your plan.

2. After you plan it, you also need to shop for it! Shopping may happen on the same day as meal planning, or it may need to happen on a different day. Find out what works best for you. And, if you have a meal plan, online grocery shopping can also help you be an efficient grocery shopper and help you save time and money.

3. If you are new to meal planning, worry less about the nutrition of the food and more about the habit of meal planning. We can get caught up worrying about making a balanced and nutritious meal which then stops us from moving forward with the habit of planning. Start by creating a list of your favorite meals at home as a family, and then plug them into a few days that week.

4. Think through your family schedule for the week as you

pick out your meals. If there is summer football practice one night and dinner is after practice, maybe that is a night you need to pick a meal that can be cooked quickly. Or, maybe you make it a leftover night. (Yes, you can plan for leftovers!) Pick your meals around what your evening activities look like.

5. Include the whole family when planning meals for the week. You may be surprised how excited your family gets when you ask them to think ahead for the week! Not everyone has to love the meal plan, but they should be able to make-do with some of the dinners that you have planned. It’s helpful to be considerate to the requests of the entire family but not cater to everyone. Some families have a running list of meal ideas that stay in the kitchen. As a family member thinks of a meal they’d like to have soon, they write it down!

6. If your budget allows, don’t forget to plan for take-out or going out to eat. Just like you can plan when you have leftovers, you can plan when you go out to eat as well! Got church one night or play practice another night? Plan to pick up food.

7. Keep your written or digital meal plans from week to week. This will help you with ideas for future meals. Once you have a few weeks of successful meal plans, you can put them on repeat. You can use the exact same week of meal ideas if your schedule is similar! Add in new meals here and there as you try new ideas.

Meal planning can help you save time and money as well as decrease your evening stressors. Putting energy into picking a day to sit down and plan and then grocery shop will remove the stress you feel each evening when asked the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?” Surprise your family and have an answer next time!




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Welcome to The Fancy Fork! Your hub for seasonal produce insight and farm-style recipes that are made to satisfy.

Summer has arrived with its abundance of garden-fresh ingredients ready to make the most flavorful, bright and bold recipes! Today’s recipe is inspired by two of my favorite seasonal produce vegetables –potatoes and cucumbers. But, other seasonal ingredients to keep an eye out for are bok choy (amazing for Korean-inspired dishes), mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, lemons/ limes, green beans, eggplant, corn, spring greens/arugula, celery, cauliflower, carrots and summer squash. And, because summer isn’t complete without fresh fruit salads, try to incorporate some seasonal fruits like blueberries, bananas, raspberries, stone fruit, mango, grapes, melons, cherries and blackberries.

These (Oven-Baked) Crispy Parmesan

Potato Wedges are made with Yukon gold potatoes that are a great source of vitamins B6 and C, as well as potassium and fiber. Adding them properly into your diet may lead to better sleep and lower risk of heart disease. The potato wedges are served with a Homemade Dill Pickle Sauce made with fresh pickles. And, did you know that pickles can help digestion, are high in an antioxidant called beta-carotene, curb sugar spikes and may ease muscle cramps? It’s a win-win!


Oven-Baked Crispy Parmesan Potato Wedges




For the Potato Wedges:

1 lb. Mini Potatoes, preferably red or gold

½ stick Unsalted Butter, melted

1/3 cup Olive Oil


½ cups + ½ cup Grated Parmesan

1 tsp. EACH: Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder


For the Dill Pickle Dipping Sauce:

4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened

½ cup Plain Greek Yogurt

¼ cup Dill Pickles, finely chopped

¼ cup Pickle Juice

1 tbsp. Fresh Dill, chopped

Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 425F. Line a rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.

2. Cut potatoes in half longways, then score with a knife by cutting 3-4 slits on each side.

3. Melt the butter and mix in the olive oil, 1 ½ cups grated parmesan and Dan-O’s Cheesoning.

4. Toss the potatoes in half of the parmesan mixture, then spread the remaining half on the prepared pan.

5. Dip the potatoes face down in the remaining ½ cup parmesan, then lay face down on the pan in the parmesan paste.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, or until the potatoes are tender.

7. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 5 minutes before enjoying warm.

8. To make the dipping sauce, simply stir all ingredients together to serve with the potato wedges. Enjoy!

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Why Everyone Needs to Have a Friend with ASPERGER’S Syndrome

Ican set my watch by the fact that, at 4:00 p.m., my friend Julian (who carries a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome) will call me. I do not need to worry about whether or not I will hear from him because really, it is a fait accompli – if he says he will do something, I can count on his words for absolute verisimilitude. For those readers who are not familiar with this developmental disability, the concept of Asperger’s Syndrome derives from a 1944 study by Dr. Hans Asperger, an Austrian pediatrician who studied children with atypical behaviors with a common nucleus of traits. In 1981, a British psychiatrist, Lorna Wing, went on to coin the term “Asperger’s Syndrome” and although clinicians now tend to lump the descriptor under the term of “autism spectrum disorders,” many individuals with the condition (and others) still refer to themselves as “Aspies.”

The minute that I met Julian, I knew he was a member of the Asperger’s clan. He clearly had many of the traits enumerated in the Holy Grail of the DSM-5: persistent difficulties with social communication and social interaction, restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviors, obsessive focus on a single overriding and all-consuming interest, and obvious trouble reading social cues with the concomitant difficulty of failing to recognize or understand people’s feelings and intentions. Since I have a son with Asperger’s, I am highly attuned to the gifts they possess as well as the challenges that these individuals face. Both of them had the same highly focused interests (although Julian’s was that of real estate and my boy’s was American history), strong verbal language skills and pronounced, and I would go so far as to say precocious, intellectual abilities. Each had difficulty interpreting social cues and navigating the social world. I immediately honed in on their identical perfectionism, unwavering sense of integrity and pursuit of moral rightness and unimpeachable pursuit of truth. They also shared several other traits of other Aspies I had known: a desire for sameness and structure. There were similar challenges too – hypersensitivities to light, sound or taste, uncoordinated movements or clumsiness and an overriding anxiety, sometimes giving rise to depression.

The picture is amazingly complex with these highly unique folks, but the greatest impression I take with me is the phenomenal gifts which they offer. In the case of Julian, he can tell you anything you want to know about the real estate market. After all, at age 36, he owns 14 homes and is always ready to purchase another one. He styles himself as “a real estate investor” and from the sound of what constitutes his portfolio, it is not an overstatement. Although most of the real estate talk goes over my

head, each day he calls me to talk about how things like home sales are booming, the current state of mortgage rates and what properties are for sale in central North Carolina (where we both live). He can even cite chapter and verse verbatim from people in the field such as when he mentioned a comment by Chris Arnold on the WFDD website that “Despite the steepest plunge into a recession on record, historically high unemployment and an uncertain outlook for the economy, the housing market is on a tear.”

The conversations with Julian usually follow the same track – real estate lecture and review, the dissemination of information inveterately surrendered with an emphatic delivery. There is that certitude which he and my son have when giving you facts – everything is ineluctably true because it is driven by the always present and underlying need to be a perfectionist. I am impressed by his zeal, moved by his loyalty to me as a friend and his calling every day at the same time to see how I am. It doesn’t matter that I am old enough to be his mother. A largely differing age between us is simply irrelevant. He treats me as though I matter. I have learned through him that it is really important to listen closely, particularly if people are neurodiverse. I don’t mind that he asks me every day if I am in the market to buy a house. That is one of the peculiarities of our friendship – the to and fro of talking about his dominant interest often supersedes the normative content of the speech that obtains between individuals.

In the end, I feel strongly that EVERYONE needs a friend with Asperger’s Syndrome. These quirky people populate the universe with their inimitable and brilliant gifts. While others might simply term them “eccentrics,” that is a limiting perception. These people bring color, light, humor and a different way of seeing and living in the world that can enlarge our own sense of what it means to be alive. An Australian friend with Asperger’s Syndrome has at least 60 clocks in his home and tells me simply “I just want to know what the time is in any country I’m interested in.” I understand now that he, like Julian and my boy, have imaginative lives that neurotypicals may not understand but are so often extraordinary. Having an Asperger’s Syndrome friend teaches you that marching to a different drummer expands everyone’s hearts and minds. Aspies show us that conforming to the status quo is a choice no one needs be relegated to make.

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“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~Albert Einstein

For the LOVE of

Chuck Roast Burnt Ends

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 6 hours

Yields: 10-15 Servings

With this recipe, you can use one or more chuck roast depending on how many people you are feeding. I used a 5-6 pound chuck roast for this recipe. Using mustard as a binder, slather the chuck roast and season generously with any beef rub you would like. I used Lanes BBQ Signature rub. Let the meat sit for about 10 minutes before putting it on the smoker. Set your smoker to 275 degrees and spritz every hour with beef broth. Once you have an internal temperature of 185 degrees, pull off and wrap in aluminum foil with a stick of butter. Put it back on the smoker until an internal temperature of 200 degrees. Take off and cut in small cube-size pieces. Put it in an aluminum pan with another stick of butter, brown sugar and your favorite BBQ sauce. Cover in foil and place back on the smoker for an hour or two. These will melt in your mouth and disappear fast! Enjoy!

5-6 pound chuck roast

2T of your favorite beef rub

2 sticks of salted butter

2T brown sugar

1 cup BBQ sauce

Delicious twist on Pork Belly or Brisket burnt ends that your family is going to love!

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The View from My Section – A Father’s Perspective Seek and You Shall Find

As parents, there’s an unwritten rule that we must tell our children they can grow up to be whatever they want to be. Of course, most of us know that’s not really the truth. The world is not actually their oyster. It’s no disrespect to them; it’s that way for most of us. Michael Jordan grew up wanting to be a major league baseball player but ended up being a legend in the NBA. It turned out to be the right choice to make, which he would later confirm after trying a stint with the Birmingham Barons, a minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Madonna is a pop music icon, and then she tried her hand at acting. Anyone who saw the movie “A League of Their Own” with Geena Davis and Tom Hanks knows acting is not her forte. Both are great at what they do, where their real talents lie, that is. There are other examples but the point is, one has a much better chance at success in life if their profession is in line with their true skills and abilities. That’s not to say they can’t learn and advance their skills, it’s just a good bet to start with your natural talents and gifts first.

This is not necessarily something Gen Xers want to hear. For young people to feel they have all the answers is not something new, we all felt that way once. Science says this is a result of biological, psychological and social factors. Their desire for autonomy can sometimes lead to a sense of self-assuredness as they attempt to assert their independence and establish their own beliefs. Not having encountered as many challenges or made as many mistakes as older individuals contributes to a perception that they have a better understanding. Finally, peer influence plays a role as they desire to fit in and be seen as knowledgeable or experienced.

Nevertheless, I do think it’s a good place to start your journey into self-discovery by simply recognizing your best assets. Too many jump on a bandwagon profession, or think simply of certain perks and benefits they want that are aligned with a particular career or field when they’re making their choice.

The key, I believe, is to start with a list of personal skills and talents they naturally excel in, and combine them with a compatible list of features they like or prefer about choice professions or career fields. If they do this, they’ll be looking specifically at positions and fields that stand to benefit from their abilities and interest. In doing so, they’ll be setting themselves up for success by displaying their unique and quality skill set in the chosen field, and their motivation and inspiration will be higher because it matches what they like on many different levels. That’s important because it’s much easier to advance in skills you already excel in, and shine brightly in a profession you already like. And, advancing and sharpening your skills is a continuous process if you want to maintain your success going forward.

One quote I like that emphasizes this idea is from Matthew McConaughey, “Start being great at what you’re good at, instead of good at what you’re bad at.” This makes perfect sense and is something I think we all enjoy more. Motivational speaker Tony Robbins expands further when he says, “Be more valuable to what people need. Focus on what you want, instead of what you don’t want.” And, this important bit of wisdom he adds, “When life’s out of control, focus on where you want to go, not the brick wall you’re about to hit.” Do this, and you’ll naturally steer in the right direction that’s best for you.

In my title, I say “Seek and you shall find.” A Bible verse from Matthew 7:7-8. One place this applies nicely is in those instances when their skills are minimal in a field, but their enthusiasm, desire and inspiration are tremendously high. This approach requires a little bit of luck, a lot of leg work and a determination to not quit until you’ve found a way. I call this the entrepreneurship approach because this includes those that have ideas that are not currently, or are limited, in existence. Partial skills are understandable in this case. It’s motivation, desire, a strong will and perseverance that lead to those unexpected connections and open doors to opportunities that weren’t there before. You have to be “looking for it” in order to find it. That’s the simple secret. Look long and hard enough, and often the opportunities materialize when you least expect it.

Determining your absolute best path in life is challenging, and a mission so many never accomplish. Yet, that doesn’t diminish its importance and the benefits received from making the effort. You won’t know until you try. In the end, this is a lesson that doesn’t just apply to the young.

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A Study in Small Beauties

My Canadian dad was always telling me to “pay attention.” I have taken that as a general rule of thumb, whether it comes to leaning into hearing others’ stories or studying the natural world with an inquisitive and appreciative eye. When I was driving rather aimlessly one Friday with no particular destination in mind, I happened upon the small town of Rural Hall, and my interest was immediately sparked. The winding road took me through farmland, historic homes, and I particularly loved the expanses of simple open space. Seeing the public library there, I walked in, sat down and did an internet search on a place I had discovered through mere happenstance; which was lovely, slow-moving and tranquil to the eye but felt like it still belonged to another era with its old buildings and undeveloped areas that had resisted the advance of industrial development, shopping malls, the fanfare of popular culture and, in general, seemed to simply have discouraged the impediments of noise. With some help from the librarian and a few curious and chatty visitors, I learned that Rural Hall had originally been a small railroad town with old brick storefronts and ghost signs. Located in northern Forsyth County, it is bordered to the south by Winston-Salem and the village of Tobaccoville to the west. The town developed after the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad erected a station in 1887. In the 19th century, the railroads were the key to Rural Hall’s growth, and, to this day, they continue their original importance – Rural Hall is now the operational center of the Yadkin Valley Railroad, and if you take a gander, you can see many of the locomotives idling there when not in working mode. The town has a


population of approximately 3,196 people and 721 businesses but doesn’t seem to know it is a small place. In fact, it is affectionately known as the “Garden Spot of the World” and is home to a local garden club that enthusiastically meets monthly.

The earliest settler was a gentleman named Anthony Bitting who was born in Pennsylvania in 1738 to a German-American family. Legend has it that he supplied materiel to the Continental Army and that he served in the Revolutionary War as a lieutenant colonel in the 4th Battalion of the Philadelphia Militia. This Revolutionary War soldier is buried in the graveyard at the Nazareth Lutheran Church along with many of his descendants. Many Bitting family members still live in the county, and Anthony’s grandson, Benjamin Lewis Bitting, actually built the house that gave Rural Hall its name. Another early settler, German-born Johann Adam Geiger donated 102 acres to this church which still stands and continues to serve the community.

One can easily envision that the beauty of the landscape is not much different than that which greeted its earliest inhabitants. Some folks say that Rural Hall has a sparse suburban feel and is considered to be a suburb of Winston-Salem, but my own personal take on the matter was that it was more of a quaint town, with an unhurried and quiet atmosphere and very friendly people. I have always heard that southerners love nothing better than a good conversation chock-full of small histories and back-in-the-day memories, and my experience of the afternoon I spent in Rural Hall was precisely that. There is a good supply of wonderful amenities – plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and camping as well as an attractive place to hang out –Covington Memorial Park. I was struck by how green everything was and the many trees and flowers that populated the environs.

If you take a trip to Rural Hall, be sure not to miss the Rural Hall Depot which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Its bright yellow color will immediately draw your eye towards it as well as to the train cars adjacent to the area which it proudly calls home. The downtown area is sparse but has a lovely guitar store in a building dating back to the early 1920s and several businesses including an antique business and old properties which have been repurposed into various establishments. A historic marker in the downtown area mentions Stoneman’s Raid which was the Union cavalry foray led by General George Stoneman in April 1865, resulting in the destruction of Confederate supplies and infrastructure. Another historic marker by the Rural Hall Library alludes to the Great Wagon Road which was the trail that settlers from Pennsylvania traveled on to their eventual home in North Carolina.

The town also features a variety of events. In May, for example, a popular band presented a tribute to the music of the 1980s, offering a great re-creation of the iconic MTC era of song. Concerts also take place at the Town Hall, complemented with an array of food trucks, basketball games and bounce houses for the kids. The antique tractor show, annual Christmas parade and tree lighting and the Rural Hall Garden Plant Sale attract a good number of people. If you are seeking some peace and a pocket of tranquility, make a sojourn to this lovely place which quietly proclaims its charm through its affable citizenry, the beauty of old, well-cared for homes and a pastoral landscape that calms the nerves and soothes the soul.

Twin City Sweets

Summeris the perfect season for sitting outside, soaking up the sunshine and sipping cold treats with friends and family. Twin City Sweets is one of Winston-Salem’s most charming ice cream shops sporting tasty desserts in style. What started as a small venture at Cook’s Flea Market in 2017 slowly progressed into a permanent location at 2594 West Clemmonsville Road in 2019. Spend hours enjoying a nice day on Twin City Sweets’ outdoor patio over a sundae (or three) and other snacks.

At this location, expect to find sweets such as honey roasted or cinnamon sugar pecans, almonds, cashews and peanuts, in addition to countless flavors of ice cream. Enjoy scoops alone or indulge in one of Twin City Sweets’ delicious signature ice cream sundaes. Triad locals rave about customer favorite “The Old Salem” sundae, which consists of your choice of butter pecan or vanilla ice cream, Moravian cookies, caramel syrup, gold sprinkles and whipped cream.

Reminiscent of every family’s favorite “dirt cake” dessert, Twin City Sweets offers customers “The Winston Worm” sundae, incorporating cookies and cream ice cream, crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate and caramel syrup, whipped cream and gummy worms. In the mood for something on the fruitier side? Try “The Bailey Banana” for a gourmet spin on banana pudding, made with banana pudding ice cream, Nilla Wafers, whipped cream and (you guessed it) banana pudding.

Aside from creative sundaes and ample outdoor seating for enjoying warm weather, what sets Twin City Sweets apart from

other ice cream shops in the area is its sundae theme weeks. This month, visit the location to celebrate Christmas in July with holiday-themed decorations and sundaes integrating flavors such as peppermint, eggnog and more.

Past theme weeks have included Harry Potter-themed sundaes, namely the “Volde-S’mores” sundae with graham crackers, chocolate and a Voldemort cupcake topper. Additionally, video game lovers enjoyed May’s Princess Peach Sundae for a springtime flavor sporting an all-time favorite Super Mario Bros. character. What keeps customers coming back for themed sundaes isn’t the taste alone; the creativity that goes into naming and designing the sundaes never ceases to impress loyal Twin City Sweets lovers month by month.

This July, hop on the bandwagon and join in on the themed sundae fun. Twin City Sweets is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Follow along with the Twin City Sweets team, see the latest sundaes and stay up to date on operating hours by following Twin City Sweets @twincitysweets on Instagram and checking out the team’s Facebook page.

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A Mindful Mom: Yay for Sunshine Sprinkles!

“OOOOOHHHHHH, Daddy, LOOOOOK! I found the SUNSHINE SPRINKLES! Just LOOK! Aren’t these Sunshine Sprinkles beautiful? I LOVE them! YAY for SUNSHINE SPRINKLES!”

I was grocery shopping when I heard these words enthusiastically spoken by a joy-filled child. She skipped in my direction to meet up with her father, a few feet away. I glanced to my left as the wisp of a girl stood on her tiptoes. She was holding up the bottle of sunshine yellow sugar sprinkles as close as she could to her father’s face.

Her smile spread the entire width of her face as she started bouncing with enthusiasm, waiting for him to respond to her. “Yes, dear, the sunshine sprinkles are very pretty. I am sure you will find fun ways to use them,” he replied with an equally wide smile.

“I know I will, I just love them! Thank you so much for letting me get them!” she said as she started skipping ahead of him down the aisle, with the sprinkles securely gripped in her hand as her arm bobbed up and down.

My path through the store continued to be in line with the girl and her father. So, I witnessed her continued enthusiasm the remainder of my shopping trip. I thought about how a $2.19 bottle of “sunshine sprinkles” brought this child so much joy. It sparked her imagination as she voiced ideas of things to adorn with sprinkles of sugar sunshine. My heart was full to see such a positive exchange between a father and daughter and to feel great joy radiate from the little girl.

My mind then flashed back to another interaction I observed the week prior. This one was between a mother and a young girl at a big box store. The girl walked close to her mother as they moved through the aisles. Each time the girl moved closer to look at something on a shelf, made a comment or asked about something she liked, the mom either ignored her or snapped at her to be quiet and get back to the cart. She immediately obeyed, but the light in her face quickly drained.

I was in an area where I could see the exchanges between the girl and her mother for at least 10 minutes. Each time it was the same. I clearly did not know anything more about the situation other than what I observed. It is possible they were in a hurry or the girl had wandered off during a previous shopping trip and had not earned her mother’s trust to venture beyond the cart. I have no idea. But, I do know that the look on the girl’s face made me feel that her curious, creative spirit and her joy had been somewhat squashed, which saddened me.

These two situations reminded me how important it is to nurture the curious, creative, wondrous nature of children and not stifle it. I believe children are naturally joy-filled until they are taught or conditioned to be otherwise. Children who are allowed and encouraged to seek out the sunshine sprinkles of life will likely grow up to be adults who continue to sprinkle sunshine everywhere they go.

“Sunshine sprinkles” now represent pure joy and happiness to me. I will forever remember the sweet girl at the grocery store who unknowingly introduced me to them. She inspired me to get a bottle of my own and spread sunshine sprinkles, literally and figuratively, every day. I encourage every parent to do the same. Maybe even get a bottle for your children, just like the girl’s dad did.

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It’s a Grand Life Grand

Moving On

Irecently reviewed some of my past articles and realized that my bio at the end had not been updated in quite some time. Neither has my picture. I think the picture was taken about 10 years ago. I despise having my photograph taken, but I will try to update the current one in the near future.

It is interesting to look back and realize all of the changes that have taken place throughout those years. Ten years ago, I had three grandchildren who are now 15, 12 and 10. Today that number has grown to seven, ages 9, almost 8, 7, and almost 5. They are the most precious children and they make my heart burst with pride, happiness, and love. Their parents have raised them with the right attributes you hope to see in children. They are respectful, kind, caring, generous, appreciative, helpful, thoughtful, smart, and loving. They can also occasionally talk back, not get along with their sibling(s), argue, and forget or ignore a request to help. In other words – be children. It is a joy to watch them grow and mature and wonder what life holds for them.

My husband and I moved to Winston-Salem before the birth of our first daughter. Even after all three of our daughters were grown and married, we knew we needed to stay there to look after his aging parents and make sure they were receiving proper care. A couple years after both of my in-laws had passed away, we decided it was time to move closer to our daughters’ families. I had long wanted a home with a water view, and as two of our girls lived in Wilmington, it seemed like the perfect choice. Of course, it wasn’t easy after only being 90 minutes from our Charlotte daughter’s family to move three plus hours away, but we make time to see them as often as possible.

We found a great spot to build our new home. It is in the perfect location with water that flows to the intracoastal waterway and enough property for our daughters to build homes there as well. Yes, a wonderful family compound. To say it was the right decision to move would be an understatement. Now, instead of traveling each time we wanted to see and be with our grandchildren, we have two, soon to be four, right across the street. The Charlotte grands love to come to the beach, go boating, fishing, spend time with their cousins and even the “old” folks, so, even though the drive is longer, they don’t mind. Being able to interact with my Wilmington grandchildren almost daily has given me more insight on things to write about.

Leaving a place you have lived for so many years is never easy. It isn’t just your home, it’s friends, church, volunteer organizations, clubs, favorite places to dine and shop and many other things. It was definitely time for us to downsize

but difficult to decide on what items we no longer had need or use for. We are still going through boxes wondering why we thought we had to move most of the items in them.

One thing my bio mentions is my love of travel. That hasn’t changed. I did get to climb part of the Great Wall of China, something I will never forget. Since then, I have traveled to Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, Montreal, Ottawa, and places closer by. My husband and I are trying to decide where we should go next – a lot of choices out there!

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Sean Lane won the 2023 Carolyn Jones Summerlin Class I NC state title for hymn playing for the National Federation of Music Clubs. The event was held on the campus of UNCG; Sean was also the winner of the local festival event held at Wake Forest University. He is a rising junior and is the son of John and Jackie Lane.

Giulianna Steuart won the NCFMC Class II Junior Composers State Title for the National Federation of Music Clubs 2023 for her composition entitled “Snowy Night.” She is a home-schooled rising 8th grader and the daughter of Michael and Kristen Steuart. Giulianna received a cash award and earned a Superior+ on her original composition.

Mallory Andrews won the National Music Week Essay contest for the National Federation of Music Clubs 2023 award year along with a cash award. Her essay was entitled “Music...A Worldwide Adventure.” She was featured in the NFMC national magazine, Junior Keynotes and is the daughter of Adam and Allison Andrews. Mallory is a rising 8th grade student.

Olivia Rareshide won the NFMC State finals event for Sacred Music Piano Solo. She captured the state title in this event and also won a scholarship for her winning performances. She is a rising 8th grade student and the daughter of Steve and Melissa Rareshide.

Katelynn Beadle is the winner of the 2023 NFMC Peggy Robinson Matthews Class III hymn playing state title for NC. She is the daughter of David and Jeanette Beadle of Clemmons and is a rising 10th grade homeschool student. This is Katelynn’s second consecutive win in the state finals for NFMC in the hymn playing event.

Elijah Beadle captured the state title of the Sara Copley Moore Folk Singing event at this year’s NFMC state finals, held at UNCG. He was also the local Wake Forest University event winner with a perfect score of 100. He is a rising homeschooled junior and is the son of David and Jeanette Beadle.

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Celebrating the Universal Language of Emojis

WorldEmoji Day, celebrated annually on July 17th, is a global event that recognizes the impact and significance of emojis in modern communication. These small digital icons have revolutionized the way we express ourselves, transcending language barriers and cultural differences. Let’s delve into the origins of World Emoji Day, the significance of emojis in our daily lives, and the joy they bring to people around the world, including ways to celebrate this lighthearted day!

The Birth of World Emoji Day

World Emoji Day was first established in 2014 by Jeremy Burge, the founder of Emojipedia, a comprehensive online encyclopedia of emojis. July 17th was chosen as the date for this celebration because it is the date displayed on the “calendar” emoji for Apple users. Since its inception, World Emoji Day has gained popularity and recognition, symbolizing the global impact of these expressive icons.

The Significance of Emojis

Emojis have become a universal language, transcending linguistic and cultural barriers. With a simple combination of characters, emojis have the power to convey emotions, thoughts, and ideas more effectively than words alone. They add depth and nuance to digital conversations, helping to clarify intent and tone. Emojis also aid in fostering empathy and connection in an increasingly digital world.

Emojis have become an integral part of popular culture. They have influenced various aspects of society, from advertising and marketing campaigns to fashion trends and even movies. Emojis have the ability to capture the essence of a message in a concise and visually appealing manner, making them a powerful tool for communication.

The Evolution of Emojis

Since their introduction in the late 1990s, emojis have evolved significantly. Initially limited to a set of basic emotions, emojis now cover a wide range of expressions,

activities, objects, and even diverse representations of people. The Unicode Consortium, responsible for standardizing emojis across platforms, regularly introduces new additions and updates to reflect societal changes and inclusivity.

The Joy and Humor of Emojis

One of the most captivating aspects of emojis is their ability to evoke humor and bring joy to conversations. The creative use of emojis can turn a simple message into a playful exchange, adding lightheartedness and laughter. Memes and internet humor often heavily rely on emojis to enhance comedic effect, with popular emojis like the crying-laughing face, the winking face, and the various animal emojis becoming synonymous with online humor.

Celebrating World Emoji Day

World Emoji Day is celebrated worldwide with various events and activities. Social media platforms embrace the occasion by encouraging users to share their favorite emojis, engage in emoji-themed challenges, and throw emoji themed parties complete with an emoji themed cake! Brands and organizations also participate by launching emoji-inspired campaigns and products. Emojipedia releases special features and reveals new emojis that are soon to be added to the Unicode Standard. It’s a day dedicated to appreciating the impact of emojis on our digital interactions and recognizing their ability to bring smiles and connection across the globe.

World Emoji Day serves as a reminder of the profound influence emojis have had on communication. These small icons have revolutionized how we express ourselves in the digital age, bridging gaps and fostering understanding. So, on July 17th, let’s celebrate the vibrant and captivating world of emojis, embracing the joy they bring to our lives. Join celebrations on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok or Facebook using the hashtag #WorldEmojiDay! Also, don’t forget to cast your votes in the “World Emoji Awards” at worldemojiawards.com!


Event details are subject to change. Please check event wesite and social media pages for updates as the dates draw near.



5:30-7:30pm | Foothills Brewing, 3800 Kimwell Drive in Winston-Salem

It’s part social, part networking! There will be deals and discounts on beverages, and the event is open to anyone 21-35 or the young at heart. We hope to see you there! https://bit.ly/3DdR03L



8:30am-12pm | 1007 Marshall Street in W-S

Welcome to your weekly outdoor grocer. Shop local, sustainable farmers and producers onsite with live music.




This summer, come experience the excitement of Camp Roar! There are two options available – a Game Camp with virtual game simulators, bowling and mini golf; and an ESports Camp. Lunch is included in the camp price. Spaces are limited, so don’t forget to sign up early to secure your place!

ESports Camp 12 - 17 Years Old; Game Camp 1015 Years Old.

JULY 11-15



Honky Tonk Smokehouse in W-S.

We will have special promotions each day, including 10% off our daily lunch specials, free samples every evening, a corn hole toss challenge for $10 off certificates and a celebration on Saturday with entertainment and giveaways. Follow us on facebook.com/ honkytonksmokehouse for more details.



12-4pm | Novant Health Vein Specialists, 2827 Lyndhurst Avenue, Suite 206 in W-S.

Attention Winston-Salem residents! Novant Health Vein Specialists is holding a FREE vein consultation event. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms – leg pain, swelling, varicose veins, heaviness, itching, burning sensations, restless leg syndrome, leg cramping, muscle spasms, skin discoloration or ulcerations, our expert providers are ready to help you diagnose the level of your vein health. Our Winston-Salem clinic utilizes the latest technology, is in a comfortable setting and conveniently located, making it easy for you to take the first step towards healthier, more comfortable legs. Don’t let vein problems hold you back any longer. Get out and enjoy life again. RSVP today to secure your spot and take advantage of this incredible opportunity. salemveins.com/schedulescreening

If you have an event you’d like to submit, please go to forsythmags.com/calendar-of-events or scan our QR code.




5pm-until | Roar, 633 North Liberty Street in W-S

Grab a friend, your neighbor, your sister, your mother, a co-worker and join us for a much-needed Girls’ Night Out! Enjoy four floors to explore with multiple dining options and gaming. Gaming includes boutique bowling, virtual game simulators and interactive mini golf.



10am-3pm | 403 West End Boulevard in W-S.

First ever vendor market in Fiddle & Fig’s parking lot featuring a variety of NC shops, makers & food! Fiddle & Fig and Mulberry Table will be open that Sunday during the market as well!



10-11:30am | 238 Minglewood Road in Westfield.

Join us for Toddler Treks where we will read a story, smell fresh herbs from the garden, investigate specimens up close from the natural world and explore the great outdoors, while celebrating summer! Free event. minglewoodpreserve.org/ upcomingevents





Our free, all-levels community yoga series is back, and we’re ready to unwind and relax together. Each event will be hosted by either Lotus Yoga Academy or 2BYoga – so get ready to breathe in, breathe out and get it “om!” Bring your water, mat and towel, and join us on the first Thursday of every month from April through October to clear your mind and practice flexibility through the healing power of outdoor yoga.



Gears and Guitars is back in 2023 for its 10th year! One of the country’s most prestigious cycling events combined with live music for a weekend of exciting racing, local riding and a full weekend of FREE live music from big name bands. Visit winstonsalemcycling.com for more information.



10am-12pm, 238 Minglewood Road in Westfield. Join Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve’s Executive Director, Margie Imus, for a morning at Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve all about flowers. Guests will be able to visit the cutting garden, learn about growing, cutting and processing your garden flowers and the basic techniques of flower arranging. Cost: $35/person. minglewoodpreserve.org/upcomingevents



3-6pm, 301 North Main Street, 24th Floor in W-S. Do YOU know your brand? How do you plan to personally brand yourself? Wondering whether you have a product, good or service residing within YOU? Personal branding is more than a font and a media kit...IT’S YOU! Let’s discuss your brand image, strategy, identity, story, etc. Understand that your brand style, brand professional headshot, brand apparel and brand photoshoot are extremely important! Reserve your seat now. Cost is $88. Learn more and sign up at eventbrite.com.



7:30am | Jerry Long Family YMCA in Clemmons

Whether navigating the 5K course as an individual or team or the Fun Run course, participants will be challenged as they run through obstacles and test their strength, agility and stamina. Proceeds will benefit people in the community, Y innovative health programs benefiting cancer survivors and other chronic disease programs. Contact dirtydozen5k@ymcanwnc.org for more information.



8am-2pm, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center, 1450 Fairchild Road in W-S. This sale will be held rain or shine, and you will find a great selection of native plants, pollinator plants, flowering shrubs and trees. This event is the major fundraiser for the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program, a part of the horticulture program at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center. Proceeds support educational programming provided by Extension staff and Master Gardener Volunteers. Shop early for best selection. Sales are cash or check only. For additional information, call 336.703.2850.

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Articles inside

FUTURE EVENTS article cover image


pages 65-67
WORLD EMOJI DAY, article cover image


pages 62-65
It’s a Grand Life Grand Moving On article cover image

It’s a Grand Life Grand Moving On

pages 58-61
A Mindful Mom: Yay for Sunshine Sprinkles! article cover image

A Mindful Mom: Yay for Sunshine Sprinkles!

pages 56-57
Twin City Sweets article cover image

Twin City Sweets

pages 54-55
A Study in Small Beauties article cover image

A Study in Small Beauties

pages 52-53
The View from My Section – A Father’s Perspective Seek and You Shall Find article cover image

The View from My Section – A Father’s Perspective Seek and You Shall Find

pages 50-51
For the LOVE of article cover image

For the LOVE of

pages 48-49
Why Everyone Needs to Have a Friend with ASPERGER’S Syndrome article cover image

Why Everyone Needs to Have a Friend with ASPERGER’S Syndrome

pages 44-45
Meal Planning with your Family article cover image

Meal Planning with your Family

pages 40-42
Things COVID Brought Us That Might Be Here to Stay article cover image

Things COVID Brought Us That Might Be Here to Stay

page 38
Child Safety Series Beat the Heat article cover image

Child Safety Series Beat the Heat

pages 36-37
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, USA! article cover image


pages 34-35
A BRIGHTER Future for ALL Children article cover image

A BRIGHTER Future for ALL Children

pages 30-33
The America’s Birthday Road Trip article cover image

The America’s Birthday Road Trip

pages 24-27
Crisis article cover image


pages 21-23
Making Insecurity Insignificant article cover image

Making Insecurity Insignificant

page 20
Blooms & Butterflies FUN PIPE CLEANER CRAFTS article cover image

Blooms & Butterflies FUN PIPE CLEANER CRAFTS

pages 18-19
We’re Back and Hungry for Another Great Year! “Men Who Cook” Fires Up Family Friendly Fundraiser article cover image

We’re Back and Hungry for Another Great Year! “Men Who Cook” Fires Up Family Friendly Fundraiser

pages 16-17
find home. article cover image

find home.

pages 13-15
Heals Youth article cover image

Heals Youth

pages 12-13
Summertime is family time in Old Salem! article cover image

Summertime is family time in Old Salem!

page 11
SUMMER FUN Creating a Unique and Fun Ice Cream Sundae Bar article cover image

SUMMER FUN Creating a Unique and Fun Ice Cream Sundae Bar

page 10