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Hope & Grace MARCH 2023
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Happy Spring, y’all! Ok, I’m a little ahead of myself. The first day of Spring isn’t until March 20th…but I’m already excited. With warmer weather comes more time enjoying the outdoors and so much more going on around our awesome city! We have countless events going on in March, April and May – and several of those are promoted in these upcoming pages!

We’re thrilled to have a Kid’s Morning Out event this month at Salem Gym + Swim! Join us on Monday, March 13th and learn more on page 67.

This month, our cover features Crisis Control Ministry as they celebrate a huge milestone of 50 years! Crisis Control Ministry is the largest non-profit provider of emergency assistance in the county. This amazing organization has served more than 18,000 people in 2022 alone! Read all about Crisis Control Ministry on pages 32-35.

The March issue kicks off our Summer Camp section! We know many parents are already thinking about those summer plans for the kids and checking out this section in our March-May issues is a great place to start! Head to page 46!

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6 / FORSYTHFAMILYMAGAZINE.COM 8 National Single Parent Day 12 Victory Junction: Living Life to Its Fullest 18 5 Ways to Simplify Your Home This Spring 22 Naional Park Passports Features TABLE OF CONTENTS 26 10 32 COVER STORY
36 Spring’s Budding Beauties Bring Busy Butterflies and Bees 42 Dr. Seuss: Creating and Celebrating a Nation of Readers 46 Kids Summer Camp Showcase 52 Imprints Cares Summer Enrichment Camp 62 Lights, Camera, North Carolina 70 Cure or Kill: Old Remedies that Would Horrify Us Today
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MARCH 2023 / 7 Reflections of a Southern Yankee 20 All Types of Bowls 30 The Fancy Fork 44 Out & About in Winston-Salem 58 The View from My Section: A Father’s Perspective 68 Dining Guide 72 Triad Moms on Main 74 It’s a Grand Life 76 Every Issue 72 46 MARCH ‘23


Single Parent Day

National Single Parent Day is on March 21st! This is a day that can support and encourage those parents who are holding down their fort all year long. According to a 2022 study by Statista, there are 15.78 million single parent families out there, and this National Single Parent Day is a day to know that you are seen and appreciated.

If you are a single parent, take the opportunity to plan a special day for yourself on March 21st. This could look like doing a hobby that you appreciate but don’t get to enjoy often or it could look like spending special time with those you love. Think about how you can invest in yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually because you deserve it! Maybe you can spend the day outdoors admiring God’s creation and mentally resetting, or you could catch a movie and enjoy some good snacks! Whatever helps you feel refreshed and refueled, make it a priority to spend some time on this for yourself.

If you are not a single parent, this March 21st, take time to encourage and support a single parent that you know. If you have family members, friends or colleagues that are single parents, take the time to simply write them a note or send them a text. Show them that you are proud of who they are and what they are doing. Ask them how you can be praying for them specifically or if there is anything that they need help with. If you are able, maybe even volunteer to watch their children on March 21st, so they have the alone time that they may not get often. Other ways to support the single parents in your life this month could be to drop them off a meal or a gift card to their family’s favorite place, volunteer to be their back up plan if their kids ever need a ride, share positive affirmation about their children and the way they act, or simply invite them out for coffee.

As a single parent, taking the time to set rhythms, routines and limits for yourself is helpful. Realize that you don’t have to be everything all of the time for everyone! Family life can get busy very quickly, and that is sure to run you down eventually. Allow yourself to come up for air, set some goals and plans, and enjoy the rest! Remember that through it all, you are not alone.

Soak up the truth and comfort in the following scriptures:

Joshua 1:9

“This is my command - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

2 Timothy 1:7

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

Psalm 28:7

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts and I am helped; my heart exults and with song I give my thanks to Him.”

John 6:33

“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 23:4

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.”



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Are you ready to go ALL IN for breast cancer patients in our community, who are unable to pay for their life saving medical treatments? You can make a difference on April 21st at Pretty In Pink Foundation’s 2nd Annual Triple Crown Casino Night at Legacy Stables and Events in Winston-Salem. It’s our signature event in the Triad to support our mission of providing uninsured and under-insured breast cancer patients in NC with financial assistance for quality, life saving medical treatment.

Pretty In Pink Foundation provides grants to qualifying breast cancer patients in NC to help with surgeries, chemotherapy administration, radiation, insurance co-pays, deductibles and premiums, as well as COBRA. We pay the medical providers directly to alleviate any stress to ensure the patient can focus on taking care of themselves.

“These are patients who are forced to choose between paying for their medical treatment or living expenses. These are hair stylists, teachers, retail workers and even nurses. They’re hardworking women and men in our community who are maybe living paycheck to paycheck when they receive this earth-shattering diagnosis,” explained Sayla Nedell, Pretty In Pink Foundation’s director of business development. “That’s where we come in – to remove the financial barrier to care, so they can receive treatment and beat this horrible disease. We don’t receive any state or federal funding. Our work is only possible through the support from the community. And, what better way to support our mission than by attending Triple Crown Casino Night – a fabulous, fun event!”

This year’s event is going to be even bigger and better than last year! The event starts at 5:30pm at the beautiful Legacy Stables and Events. It’s a gorgeous venue that goes perfectly with the theme…Kentucky Derby meets Casino Night! This year, we’ve added a silent auction, in addition to our live auction with incredible items. Guests can also enjoy cocktails, a delicious dinner, wine pull and casino gaming with awesome prizes on the line! Our ever-popular diamond giveaway is also back, thanks to our Diamond Sponsor, Diamonds Direct of Raleigh.

“We’ve added some exciting new features this year that are really taking this event up a notch,” said Nedell. “And, we’re so grateful to our dedicated sponsors. They partner with us because they want to continue to make a difference in our community. They understand the direct


You can make an impact, too, in helping us save the lives of these vulnerable citizens. Net proceeds from Triple Crown Casino Night go directly toward paying for medical treatment for local breast cancer patients.

“We’re proud to say that we’ve been able to serve every qualified applicant who has come to us for help. So, join us on April 21st for a great time with a greater mission. Because no matter your financial situation, everyone deserves the same chance to beat this disease.”

For ticket and sponsorship information or to make a donation, go to http://tccn23.givesmart.com. You can also contact Sayla Nedell at snedell@prettyinpinkfoundation.org.

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T R I P L E C R O W N CASINO NIGHT P r e t t y I n P i n k F o u n d a t i o n p r e s e n t s t h e 2 n d a n n u a l F r i d a y , A p r i l 2 1 , 2 0 2 2 a t 5 : 3 0 p m L e g a c y S t a b l e s & E v e n t s W i n s t o n - S a l e m , N C Thank you to our sponsors! Ticket and event info: http://tccn23 givesmart com (Participating sponsors at time of printing) Join us for a fun evening with cocktails, dinner, a silent and live auction, casino gaming, prizes, a wine pull and...a diamond raffle! When breast cancer is present and health insurance is not... For more information, contact Sayla Nedell at snedell@prettyinpinkfoundation org MARCH 2023 / 11

Living Life to its Fullest


nestled on 84 acres of land in Randleman, NC, Victory Junction was created as a love and family filled tribute to fourth generation NASCAR driver, Adam Petty, son of NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, and grandson of racing legend Richard Petty. It’s frequently referred to as a living memorial to Adam and, without a doubt, Victory Junction could not be more about living life to the fullest!

After Adam’s tragic death in 2000, the Petty family founded Victory Junction, fulfilling Adam’s personal dream of opening a camp for seriously ill children, and the first campers arrived in 2004. Life at Victory Junction is the epitome of respect and teamwork, where children and teens put aside any health limitations and simply focus on fun.

For 13-year-old Mack Raymer, experiencing the joy that is Victory Junction makes him feel like a regular kid – and that is life-changing, explains his mother, Casey Raymer.

“At Victory Junction, he isn’t special because of his disabilities or his healthcare challenges, he’s special because he’s Mack – wickedly funny and, as he is quick to tell you – ‘adorable Mack’,” she shares.

Mack has been attending camp since he was eight years old and is part of the neuro/genetics camp because it’s really his genetic condition that is the umbrella under which the rest of his medical conditions fall. Mack has 22q deletion syndrome. That tiny piece of missing DNA has massive implications for nearly all areas of his health and development.

“Mack spends so much time dreading things – upcoming surgeries (he’s had more than 20, including two open heart surgeries to repair a congenital heart defect), doctor appointments, x-rays, blood draws, the list goes on – it’s wonderful for him to have something he can have unbridled excitement about,” says Casey. Mack’s pediatrician strongly encouraged the family to complete the application and send him to camp – knowing it would be good for both Mack and his family.

“He had to be brave, and we had to be brave,” says Casey. “We had been through so much with him; we couldn’t imagine trusting his care to someone else. But, we shouldn’t have worried – Mack couldn’t be in more caring and capable hands than those at Victory Junction. The staff and volunteers are incredible! They are enthusiastic, nurturing, skilled and – most of all – fun!”

In fact, Mack’s typically developing twin brother and his younger brother are sometimes even a bit jealous he gets to go to such an amazing camp, says his mom!

“He gets to ride in hot air balloons, kiss fish, ride horses, shoot a bow and arrow, ride a zip line, get up-close with NASCAR – he truly gets to be a kid!”

Casey adds that the Raymer family truly is a “camp” family – and both Mack’s brothers have been attending sleep-away camps for years. But, Mack could never attend those camps, and even most day camps aren’t equipped to manage his significant, specialized healthcare needs.

“There are trips and activities that our other kids would like to do, that just aren’t an option for Mack,” explains Casey. “Knowing he is having an incredible time at camp allows us to do some of those things without feeling like he’s missing out on anything. That makes Victory Junction Camp a true family blessing!”

Mack’s condition includes a compromised immune system and global developmental delays, and he is also g-tube dependent for all his nutrition. A palate repair surgery is scheduled for this spring – but there is plenty of time for him to recover and be ready for another amazing year of camp! When asked what his favorite thing about Victory Junction is – Mack’s response is simple and from the heart – EVERYTHING!

Visit victoryjunction.org for more information on camp opportunities and to learn more about the Victory Junction mission. The beautiful campsite is located at 4500 Adam’s Way in Randleman, NC and is open for tours Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Call 336.498.9055 to schedule a visit.

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Flying with Kids Tips & Tricks

Flying can often be the quickest and easiest way to travel to far away destinations, but many parents find the very idea of traveling this way with kids daunting and anxiety inducing. This feeling of fear and trepidation is not without merit – how many of us have been stuck in a car with a crying child for hours or even in an airplane hearing somebody else’s child throwing a tantrum? I can’t promise that your trip will go without any hiccups, but there are some easy things you can do in advance of these travels to help everything go as smoothly as possible.

Dress for the Occasion

Long gone are the days of dressing up in a three piece suit to get on an inter-continental flight. Travel is exhausting, and the least you can do is be comfortable while doing it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing sweats to the airport – or even letting your kids wear their most comfy pajamas. While you’re at it, let them bring a comfort item – such as a small blankie, a neck pillow and a stuffed animal. This will help them feel more at home and have a calming presence.

Leave Nobody Hangry

In our family, one of the first questions when we are cranky is when the last time we ate was – for good reason. Scientists have actually done research that has shown a direct correlation between hunger and negative mood swings. If you have the space in your carry-on (and trust me, you want to find the space) fill it with your kids’ favorite snacks, especially those that are extra filling like protein heavy granola bars.

Prep the Ears

One of the hardest things to prepare kids for, especially the littlest of travelers, is the sensation you feel in your ears when in the high altitude in a plane. Adults know to yawn and move around their jaws to help pop their ears, but kids need a bit more help in this regard. To make sure you don’t end up with any severe ear pain in your progeny, make sure to bring lollipops or gum – the act of chewing gum and sucking on lollipops creates the same jaw movements that adults do to relieve this pressure.

Bring a Game

For older kids who are able to concentrate on card games, this is a great way to kill time and have fun at the same time. Our family’s go to travel games are Uno and Phase Ten. The best part of these games is that each round is usually relatively quick, so you won’t get stuck having to stop a game in the middle of it in order to board your flight.

Get Sleepy

Just like car trips, sometimes it is simply easier to get kids to sleep through the trip – especially for longer flights. Whatever works for your kids, be it Dramamine or Melatonin, make sure to pack enough for round trips. The advantage of using Dramamine as well, is it will reduce the chance of your child getting motion sickness when the only bathroom available is the size of a postage stamp.

Load Up Those Electronics

Yes yes yes, I know nobody wants to admit that they sometimes let screen time do the parenting for them – but let’s be honest about how much easier life can be sometimes if your six-year-old is paying more attention to Sid the Science Kid than you. Add educational shows and games if you want to feel less guilty, but also don’t feel guilty at all. Parenting is sometimes reduced to survival, and this is your best bet in a busy airport and a crowded plane.

MARCH 2023 / 15 Summerlark To Benefit the Cancer Patient Support Program Save the date for SummerLark 2023 SummerLark is returning on May 20, 2023! Join us for an outdoor concert at Bailey Park in Innovation Quarter benefiting the Cancer Patient Support Program (CPSP) at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. This fun-filled event will provide many ways to show your support for the CPSP and will include incredible live music, food trucks, fireworks and fun for the whole family. Ticket and Talent Announcement Coming Soon! Corporate Sponsorships Available Contact Sara Morales at SMorales@WakeHealth.edu or 336-716-6619. For complete information, visit Giving.WakeHealth.edu/SummerLark Presented by All proceeds will benefit the Cancer Patient Support Program at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Eight Great Movies Celebrating the Luck of the Irish

Quaint villages, breathtaking scenery, loads of history and, oh my, those accents! There have been many incredible movies that were filmed in the breathtaking scenery of the Emerald Isle. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by checking out these eight great movies that were filmed in Ireland.

Waking Ned Devine (1998)

Ned Divine is a wonderful prize of a movie which you will surely love. When the reclusive Ned Divine wins the national lottery, he dies from the shock of it all. While he has no family to claim the ticket, his friends and the local townsfolk conspire to keep the prize winnings.

Wild Mountain Thyme (2020)

Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt) and Anthony Reilly (Jamie Dornan) have lived on neighboring farms in County Westmeath for their entire lives. Despite being very attractive, they’re both unlucky in love. Rosemary begins to fall for Anthony, but he remains oblivious, until he’s driven into action when his father, Tony (Christopher Walken), threatens to sell the family farm to his nephew from New York (Jon Hamm).

Leap Year (2010)

When Anna Brady’s (Amy Adams) boyfriend doesn’t propose after several years of dating, the real estate stager chooses to try her luck at an old Irish leap day tradition called bachelor’s day where, if you ask a man to marry you on February 29th, he must say yes! Anna heads to Ireland to find Mr. Right, but a series of travel mishaps takes her off

course, and she finds herself having to rely on a grumpy innkeeper named Déclan (Matthew Goode) to drive her from the seaside village of Dingle to Dublin.

Brooklyn (2015)

Another wonderful movie about Ireland is Brooklyn, a romantic historical drama set in the 1950s. Saoirse Ronan earned an Oscar nomination for this lovely period romance, based on the novel of the same name by Colm Tóibín. A young woman, Elilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) from a small town in southeast Ireland decides to move to Brooklyn in search of better opportunities. Although she is homesick, she meets and falls in love with a young man, Tony Fiorello (Emory Cohen) and envisions a life with him. Upon learning about her sister’s untimely death, she returns to Ireland and falls back into her life there. A choice must be made between the comfort of the life she has always known and a new life in the United States.

The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

The Secret of Roan Inish tells the story of a young girl who goes to live with her grandparents in a small Irish village. She learns that a distant ancestor of hers married a selkie, a seal that turns into a human when it ventures onto the land. She also discovers that her brother drifted out to sea and might still be out there, raised by selkies. The young girl seeks to uncover the mysteries of Roan Inish (“seal island”).

Circle of Friends (1995)

Circle of Friends is about a group of friends in 1950s Ireland. It’s a coming of age story about three girls who come from a small Irish town. The film follows their lives as they become university students in Dublin, as well as their romances. Minnie Driver and Chris O’Donnell star in this movie which is based on the novel by Bestselling Irish Author Maeve Binchy.

The Commitments (1991)

This is a musical comedy set in Dublin. It follows the story of a band called The Commitments and all the ups and downs these bandmates and friends go through. Unemployed North Dubliner Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) assembles “the world’s hardest-working band,” composed entirely of young working class talent from their rough-and-tumble neighborhood. Much to their surprise, Band Leader Rabbitte decides the band will play 1960s soul music, and they find they just might have a shot at success.

Angela’s Ashes (1999)

Angela’s Ashes is based on an autobiography by Irish American Author Frank McCourt. It mainly focuses on his childhood experiences and his family life in 1930s Limerick where his family is impoverished and his father battles both unemployment and alcoholism. Frankie’s mother, Angela, becomes stricken with loss and depression as The Great Depression hits Ireland hard. Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle and Ciaran Owens star in this moving film.

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5 Ways to Simplify Your Home This Spring

Thecoming of spring is often synonymous with the act of spring cleaning. Spring signals a rebirth and renewal of warm weather and new beginnings. And, what better way to welcome in a fresh start than by getting rid of the old and wiping away the winter dust in your own home?

Spring cleaning can be a rigorous task that involves deep cleaning and focusing on every inch of the house, including the areas, such as baseboards, walls, etc., that you may not clean often. Its purpose is to help homeowners clean out their belongings, declutter and organize their homes for the new season. By removing unnecessary items, you are reducing your stress, saving money and boosting your mood and mental health. When an area is clean, there can be a sense of peace and happiness added to the environment. However, the thought of completing such a grand scale event can be overwhelming for many people. Yet, it doesn’t have to. One of the keys to making spring cleaning successful and to re-energize your home is by taking it one step at a time and by completing the smaller tasks first.

1. Create a schedule for your spring cleaning and decluttering. Don’t think of spring cleaning as a major one to two day event. Space it out, even if that means you only clean for 10 minutes a day. This is also useful when you are trying to simplify the belongings in your home. By taking a few minutes each day or week to straighten up, you can keep your counters, tables and rooms clean and organized. In addition, you can also get in the habit of sorting out your junk drawer, your purse and other areas that often get messy fast.

2. Once you have your schedule, focus on one room at a time. Choose one room in your house and throw away items that you no longer use, need or are out of date. Create three piles: keep, donate and trash. Then, go through the room and place your belongings from that room into these three categories. You can also take this task on a smaller scale and focus on a basket, drawer or toy chest before starting the whole room.

3. Another way to help simplify your house is by decluttering when you are focusing on room by room. Consider the items in the list below to help you think through items that you may not use or need anymore:

A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used or worn something in the past 12 to 18 months, donate, resell or throw the item away. Only toss items if they are broken or absolutely can’t be given a second life.

4. After removing items you no longer need, develop systems to help you keep your home in order. Set up a donation box in a common area, as well as, places to keep your mail, paperwork or other materials that can stack up on tabletops.

5. Lastly, avoid temptation when it comes to buying new items, and use what you have first. Part of adding clutter to your home is purchasing objects you already have duplicates off or don’t need. Stay clear of stores and sales that draw you into impulse buying. Create a list for only the items you need every time you go to a store or shop online, and stick to that list. If you do get the urge, reflect on what you have and consider whether or not you already have a similar item that can do the same job as what you are looking to buy. Also, look and see if the store has a borrow before you buy option.

Spring cleaning can be a great opportunity to tackle the tasks that are often pushed aside. It is also a great opportunity to simplify your home and ease your mind of the clutter. When it comes to simplifying, you are taking on a somewhat minimalist approach, keeping only your important belongings and tidying up every so often to help maintain a sense of calm and organization to your home.

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Say it Ain’t Snow

Iwas a third classman (a.k.a. sophomore) at the Virginia Military Institute in the winter of 1992-1993. Having gotten through the previous “rat year,” I was now more or less on cruise control. My life basically consisted of attending my academic classes and fulfilling my military duties. Spring break was quickly approaching, and I planned on using it to travel to upstate New York to visit my grandparents who had raised me until the age of six. I knew they wouldn’t be around much longer, so it was important that I spend time with them. Mother Nature, however, had very different plans and was about to disrupt the entire east coast.

I’ll never forget the first week of March, 1993. The weather was unseasonably warm. We had the windows of our room in the barracks open allowing the spring-like air to enter. As far as we were concerned, this was going to be the perfect spring break no matter what part of the country my roommates and I were headed for.

When we were not in class or marching in a parade, we had the radio on in our room. If music wasn’t playing, we were listening to the local radio station. About a week before spring break began, the local meteorologists started hinting at something big on the horizon. On a side note, I had always been a weather buff. The Weather Channel and Jim Cantore, in particular, were fascinating to me. Now, I found myself listening to the prospect of something that I had not seen in my lifetime. Each day that passed, there was an increasingly dire warning that the atmospheric elements coming together were unlike anything that had been seen

in a very long time. Four to five days before the actual storm, warnings were being given to prepare for a storm of significant magnitude. Day after day, the confidence of the local meteorologists grew – there was going to be a significant weather event. As the first day of spring break approached, the forecast became more and more ominous and certain. Despite the temperatures in the 60s and 70s that we were enjoying, a very strong front was going to move through and an unprecedented storm was going to form on the Gulf Coast and slowly crawl up the Atlantic seaboard. The time to start preparing was now. Instead of heading to upstate New York, I decided to head to the family farm in Virginia where I would ride out the Superstorm of 1993.

I’ll never forget the progression of the storm. On the first day, the snow started falling lightly. As the day went on, the snow became heavier and the winds grew stronger while the temperatures dropped extremely quickly. By the first nightfall, the ground was covered and the storm was just beginning. By the next morning, the snow could be measured in inches. The winds outside blew the snow horizontally. Looking out the window one could literally only see white. It was a true whiteout situation. Venturing up to the barn to check on the animals was nearly impossible. One could actually sense what the settlers on the Great Plains went through during the great blizzards they endured. By the end of the second day, the snow was still falling heavily, and the wind was still howling. On the third day, we woke up to the same – blowing snow and ferocious winds. Now, the snow

drifts were piling up against the doors and windows. Venturing outdoors was extremely difficult. Driving anywhere was impossible. Had there been any sort of emergency, there would have been nothing anyone could do. Stuck in the house for three straight days, my five siblings and I entertained ourselves the best we could with movies and games. Finally, on the 4th day, the storm dissipated, moved out and the skies began to clear. More than 36 inches of snow had fallen, and it was piled up in six to seven foot drifts around our farmhouse. I had never seen anything like it, and I’ve never seen anything like it since. Bundled up in snow suits and coats, my siblings and I ventured out into a world of hipdeep white snow. The snow was so deep in fact, that we were able to climb up onto the sunroom roof and jump down into the mountains of fluffy powder. We were truly experiencing what it was like to be snowbound – no one was going anywhere.

It took another two to three days for the snow plows to even reach my family’s farm. By the time I was able to leave the farm, my spring break was officially over, and it was time to head back to VMI to finish out the semester.

I find it hard to believe that it’s been exactly 30 years since the incredible Superstorm of 1993. Being “trapped” in a house with seven other people was anything but ideal, but just like any of the other difficulties we’ve faced as a family, we got through it. The snows of that historic storm melted away long ago, but the memories of it will forever remain frozen in my mind.


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National Park Passports

OurNational Parks are one of the best treasures our country has to offer, with an incredibly diverse offering of monuments of historical figures, national seashores, vast stretches of natural wonders and everything in between. With a total of 424 areas which span more than 85 million acres, there is somewhere for everyone to enjoy. Not only do these parks occupy the states within America, they are also found on US territories such as American Samoa and Puerto Rico. In 2021 alone, there were more than 297 million visitors to National Parks.

While some of these parks have entrance fees, such as Yellowstone with a fee of $35 per vehicle, the vast majority of them are free for all to enjoy as part of our national heritage. When visiting these parks, visitor centers all have stands with special stamps called “cancellation stamps” for collection in National Park Passports.

Started in 1986 and published originally (and still owned) by Eastern National, The Passport To Your National Parks is a book fashioned after the traditional US Passport to be used to collect stamps from parks visited. Similarly to a travel passport, the National Park Passport collects “cancellation stamps” – but instead of countries visited, they are national parks visited.

There are several options for which Passport to use. The classic edition is 112 pages and is compact enough at 6” x 4” to be tossed in a backpack or purse, easy to take along on hiking trips or to keep in your bag in case of any last minute park trips. For the more intense vacationer, there is an Explorer edition which is built into a three-ring portfolio binder measuring 11” x 8”. Not for the faint of heart, it includes a full size map, photo pockets, pen slots and can easily have expander pages added in with the ring construction. Not to forget the youngest and most impressionable visitors, there

is also the Junior Ranger edition, aimed towards kids of all ages with colorful stickers and more childfriendly educational information tidbits.

Perhaps one of the most fun aspects of the design of the passport, at least to those of us with a touch of ADHD and who spend way too much time looking at organizational charts on Pinterest, is that it is entirely color coded based on region. With nine geographical regions, it’s a well organized rainbow of fun. The Southeast Region is where we belong here in North Carolina with a total of eight locations listed. The first few pages of each region include information about said region, followed by blank pages split for both official cancellations as well as regional stamps. Each year, a page of regional stamps is published and sent out for sale at all visitor centers. Each region has one park or monument featured each year with a photo from that particular location and information about it.

But, what happens if you forget to bring your passport to your hike in the Smokey Mountains or your visit to Cape Hatteras National Seashore? No problem at all, since all visitor centers also carry packs of stampable sticker sets which you can stamp to affix into your passport when you return home from your adventures.

In the Triad area, the closest place to get started on this fun and educational journey is to visit the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro. One of the many free parks, the visitor center includes a museum along with informational movies. While there, you can also check out the Junior Ranger program while exploring the many monuments and hikes available at the Battlefield.

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Triad Area Events in March

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

Vitus Shell: ‘Bout It, ‘Bout It, The Political Power of Just Being

SECCA, Winston-Salem

March 1-June 18


Vitus Shell, a Louisiana artist, has created empowering portraits of black Americans through a revision of historical painting. Shell doesn’t frame his works. The canvases hang in an ad-hoc manner with grommets, boasting waves and slightly curled edges.

Music from the Homelands

Stevens Center of the UNCSA, Winston-Salem

March 4-5, 7:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tickets $25-90

Under the baton of Vinay Parameswaran, a music director candidate, the Winston-Salem Symphony is spotlighting European folk music traditions. Lara St. John, a violinist, returns to perform expressive Slavic melodies and vibrant dance rhythms.

The Wood Brothers

The Ramkat, Winston-Salem

March 10, 8 p.m.

Tickets $30 and up

The Wood Brothers, dubbed the masters of soulful folk, formed after Chris and Oliver Wood pursued independent music careers for 15 years. Drummer Jano Rix was added as a permanent third member. In 2018, the group released its sixth album, “One Drop of Truth,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Americana Album.”

Jon Stickley Trio

Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, Yadkinville

March 11, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $25

Rauw Alejandro: Saturno World Tour 2023

Spectrum Center, Charlotte

March 18, 8 p.m.

Tickets $50 and up

Rauw Alejandro, a Raggaeton superstar from Puerto Rico and Latin Grammy Award winner, has been leading a new generation of Latin music artists since 2017. His latest album “Saturno” was released in 2022.

Bluey’s Big Play

Steven Tanger Center, Greensboro

March 21-22, 6 p.m.

Tickets $24 and up

Bluey’s Big Play is a theatrical adaptation of the Emmy Award-winning children’s series. Featuring brilliantly created puppets, the production is an original story with new music.

Dangerous Corner


UNCSA, Catawba Theater, Winston-Salem

March 23-April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $15 and $20

Dangerous Corner is one of J.B. Priestley’s three plays about time. Priestley is a British author, dramatist and broadcaster. The play is set in 1932 in a small village outside of London. A chance remark leads to devastating revelations.

Old-Time Jam

Reeves Theater & Café, Elkin

March 23, 5:30 p.m.

The Jon Stickley Trio plays a mixture of blue grass, Chuck Berry, metal, progressive rock, grunge and an assortment of other genres. Their current album is “Scripting the Flip.”

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

Steven Tanger Center, Greensboro

March 14-17, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $33 and up

The Broadway musical follows The Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Temptations created 42 Top Ten hits, and 14 reached number one.


The monthly jam session, focused primarily on Surry County and other old-time traditional music from North Carolina, is in the lobby. Anyone is free to watch or play.

Yolanda Adams and the Greensboro Symphony

Steven Tanger Center, Greensboro

March 25, 8 p.m.

Tickets $35-$80

Yolanda Adams is the queen of contemporary gospel music and winner of four Grammy Awards. Joined by the Greensboro Symphony, Adams will showcase her powerful voice and her singular sound that blends gospel, soul and jazz.

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I love this easy recipe because it can feed a large family or can also pair as a great appetizer for your next gathering.

Smoked Beef & Cheese Sliders

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 4-5 hours | Yields: 12-24 servings

Prepare your smoker by setting the temperature to 250 degrees. While your smoker is coming up to temperature, season your chuck roast generously using Fire and Smoke Society Thundering Longhorn (or sub your favorite beef rub). Place your chuck roast on the smoker. Once the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, pull it off and place it in an aluminum pan with Worcestershire sauce and sliced red onions. Place it back on the smoker until it reaches an internal temperature of 205 degrees. Take it off and shred it up.

Get a 12 or 24 pack of Hawaiian rolls, and slice them lengthwise, so you have a top and bottom portion. Place your shredded chuck roast, onion mixture and white American cheese on the bottom part of the rolls, and place the top portion back on as well.

Melt your butter, garlic and everything bagel seasoning together, and brush the tops of the buns.

Place them back on the smoker for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

4-5 pounds chuck roast

4T of Fire and Smoke Society Thundering Longhorn

1/2 red onion, sliced

6-12 slices of white American cheese

1/2 stick of salted butter

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. everything bagel seasoning


Crisis Control

“All things become possible in a loving community.”

These were the words of the founding executive director, Reverend Ron Rice. A statement that has proven to be true at Crisis Control Ministry. For 50 years, Crisis Control Ministry has been helping neighbors facing a crisis, providing basic needs such as utilities, rent, mortgage, medication and food.

A 50th Anniversary Celebration and Worship Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on April 3 at First Baptist on Fifth in Winston-Salem. Former board chair, Bishop Michael B. Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church will bring a message of hope. For more information or to reserve your seat, visit www.crisiscontrol.org/50years

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How to Manage Yourself When Things Get Dicey

Can you think of a time when you lost your cool and didn’t manage yourself very well? Most of us can. When we are angry or stressed, we don’t always react in the best possible way. So, how can we do better when things get dicey with other people? Below are some strategies to consider.

Name It to Tame It

First of all, it’s helpful to work on identifying the signs and symptoms when you start to get worked up (i.e., heart rate increases, chest tightens). Once you notice these signs, you can “name it to tame it” by labeling emotions as they’re happening. Naming the intense emotion has the effect of taming the stress and anxiety in the brain and the body that that emotion is triggering.

Practice the Pause

Practicing the pause is always a good strategy in these types of situations. The Book of Proverbs provides some great advice that supports this notion.

• “Before the quarrel breaks out, take your leave.” Proverbs 17:14

• “Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.” Proverbs 29:11

If you are able, take some deep breaths, step away and avoid reacting until you are in a better mindset, and you can choose your response.

Use the Four Es

The Four Es is a model that can be utilized to manage yourself in situations where you are tempted to lose your cool. This model is based on a fourquadrant model that Levi Lusko shares in the book, Take Back Your Life: A 40-Day Interactive Journey to Thinking Right So You Can Live Right. To do this exercise, you may want to draw four quadrants on a piece of paper and label them with each of the four Es. Record your responses as you work through each phase.


Think about what you want to do or say because you are angry or stressed. Maybe you feel like saying something mean or snarky. Or maybe you want to send a scathing email. Think about the underlying reason why you want to do or say this.


Estimate what will happen if you do what you want. Ask yourself what the result will likely be. Will this path take you in a good direction? For example, if I go off on my coworker, what will happen? Dale Carnegie once said, “If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.” Think about this as you estimate the impact of implementing what you want to do or say.


Determine what you really want to happen from the situation. Maybe you want respect or an apology. Maybe you want a quick response. You will typically find that once you examine and estimate your initial response, you’ll realize that you need to evolve and do something different to get a better outcome.


Determine what you need to get to your desired outcome. And guess what? This will likely be contrary to your first inclination. Think about how someone you admire would respond to the situation. For example, having a conversation with a coworker who hurt your feelings works better than stuffing your anger and being passive-aggressive. Once you have worked through this exercise, enact the strategy which will likely get you to a better outcome.

Practice Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Finally, practicing healthy lifestyle habits will help you to be able to better manage yourself. Some tips are below:

• Get enough sleep: It’s easier to “fly off the handle” when you’re exhausted.

• Eat well: You may have heard the expression “hangry.” Eat regularly and choose foods that fuel your body well!

• Exercise: Physical activity can help reduce anxiety and help you cope.

• Mindfulness: Practicing mindfulness can help increase coping skills and have other positive effects on your health.

In conclusion, using these strategies to better manage yourself when things get dicey will result in more positive relationships, reduced stress and better outcomes.

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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.

CHICKEN PARM MEATBALLS (Gluten Free, Protein-Packed)

Serves 4 | Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes


1 lb ground chicken

1 egg

1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup parmesan

1 ball of mozzarella, cut into small 1/2” cubes

1 jar of marinara basil for serving


1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, egg, seasonings and parmesan together until fully incorporated.

3. Scoop out enough to make 2” sized meatballs. Flatten the mixture first and place a cube of mozzarella. Roll the meatballs around the mozzarella. It will make about 18-20 meatballs.

4. In a baking dish, pour in the jar of marinara sauce. Place the meatballs in the sauce, and scatter the rest of mozzarella around the dish.

5. Bake for 30 minutes. Top with basil and serve!



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John Williams and the Skywalker Saga

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May 7, 2023 | 3:00 PM

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featuring Holst’s The Planets

May 20 & 21, 2023

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Paul Cribb, Operations Manager, is shown here inspecting an egg. Quality control is an important job in the food pantry. All food is inspected before placed in the client-choice food pantries.

Sharing Hope & Grace

“All things become possible in a loving community”

From heartfelt stories of hope to the smiling faces of volunteers who are personally grateful for the opportunity to share their faith and love, every element of Crisis Control Ministry in Winston-Salem shines a light like no other.


As the largest non-profit provider of emergency assistance in the county, Crisis Control Ministry serves neighbors in both Forsyth and Stokes counties, throughout every season of every year.

Founding director, the Reverend Ron E. Rice, believed the local religious community should help neighbors with the basics of life – shelter, food, medicine – in addition to spiritual guidance. That spirit of offering grace to others lives on as the mantra of Crisis Control Ministry, with the humble admission that everyone fails at times, and it’s God’s grace that sees us through.

First organized in 1973, the ministry was born from the realization that local congregations alone weren’t able to meet the needs of those individuals who were experiencing a crisis, and other agencies were restricted by eligibility criteria. The ministry officially opened on April 4th of that year – a mission of First Baptist Church – housed in a brick structure at 930 Patterson Avenue. Rev. Rice was the first executive director, and his vision was one of ministering with people, not simply to people. The ministry’s current location on Tenth Street opened in 1985, right behind its original building on Patterson Avenue.

“I think it was significant that when the ministry felt the need to build a more adequate building, there was little thought given to moving away from the old locality,” said Rice, of the new location. “The new building was erected in the same block, in an area that has somehow come to be sacred ground. It has been sanctified with the sweat, tears and prayers of a lot of God’s people.”

The ministry’s ties run deep to the past – where Rev. Rice and early volunteers sowed the seeds of love and grace – to the bustling present, where Rice’s family is still active in the mission, and his spirit looms large over its work – and to the future, where the generosity of neighbors will continue to nourish others when they need it most. The ministry aids those in crisis with financial assistance for housing and utilities, food and medicine. More than 16,000 people were served in 2022 alone.


As no family situation is the same, no day within the Crisis Control Ministry walls is the same. Margaret Elliott, now in her 24th year as Executive Director, shares what sets the mission apart.

Clients, who are individuals or families, sometimes find themselves in situations that don’t fit neatly into government guidelines. Scenarios that can contribute to family crises are job loss, illness of a parent or child, or a serious accident, and for those who find themselves regularly living “on the edge” financially, a crisis can be just one event away.

Approximately 300 volunteers are the heart and soul of Crisis Control Ministry. Interviewers, 18 years of age and older, are trained to conduct interviews with neighbors who call, are referred by local congregations or other agencies, or who simply walk in for assistance. Dedicated long-time volunteer Paula Parks has been here since the beginning, and calls inperson interviews a real blessing for both sides.

“In person, you really get to hear their story,” she explains. “It’s easier to build a trusting rapport, and you can see in their eyes what they are truly facing.”

Sometimes the real story isn’t there on paper, but in the human interaction of that in-person encounter. Being able to grant help out of grace, rather than proof it has been earned, is what sets this ministry apart.

Many volunteer opportunities are available. Corporate groups, school groups and groups from religious congregations often work in the food pantry stocking

shelves. The Crisis Control Ministry client-choice food pantry is designed as a grocery store, so families can choose their own individual items, based on personal preference or health restrictions. Families – of any size – receive two week worth of food at one time, including meats, breads and fresh produce provided by local grocery stores, and even birthday cakes for special

“ The beauty is we listen to individuals –then and there – when they call or come in,” she says. “They leave here knowing they have been heard, and it’s our philosophy to get them through the current crisis at hand.”
Chris Morris, Pharmacy Technician, is filling prescriptions for clients who depend on the free pharmacy.

occasions – a luxury for a family in need. Fresh flowers are often available, thanks to local retailer Trader Joe’s. There’s no denying the smile of someone who realizes they can surprise a loved one with a bouquet.

In 1987, Crisis Control Ministry also opened the first state-licensed free pharmacy – a major addition to their services. The fully staffed pharmacy is especially important to those with chronic illnesses – most often diabetes or high blood pressure. Access to free medicine affords patients the opportunity to spend more of their resources on healthier food options.

The ministry’s current staff of 18 also embodies the founders’ original unifying principles of love, stewardship, listening, grace, truth, collaboration, transformation and the quest for better lives – and you’ll find those profound words stenciled on the walls of the building’s welcoming lobby. Creative works by local artists hang on walls throughout the offices, reflecting an unmistakable sense of community.


The ministry’s largest area of recent growth has been in advocacy and awareness, with many eye-opening experiences for groups and individuals to learn about the struggles neighbors face. “Poverty Simulations” – presented by volunteers with a minimum of 40 participants – transport you from your own daily life to that of a family living near poverty level. In sessions of four, 15-minute “weeks,” you must meet your family’s

daily obligations of work, school, paying bills and buying groceries with limited resources. Another enlightening workshop is the “Living on the Edge” program, a 75-90 minute interactive presentation ideal for small groups. Both activities show the reality and fragility of living in crisis. Thirdly, a four-hour seminar called “Bridges out of Poverty,” based on the book of the same name, guides participants through the history of poverty and considers ways we can improve our communities.

There are many simple ways to support Crisis Control Ministry, including dining out to support their signature awareness event – the 33rd annual Hope du Jour on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. A list of participating restaurants that give 10% of their proceeds throughout that day – including dine-in and take-out – can be found at hopedujour.org. For information on the ministry’s 50th Year Celebration and Worship Service on April 3, 2023, visit crisiscontrol.org/50years. The community worship and music service at First Baptist Church on Fifth will feature keynote speaker Bishop Michael B. Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church (and a former Crisis Control Ministry board chairman). Later, on August 26, 2023, all are invited to a 50th anniversary Community Concert and Celebration, with bands, food, fun and an opportunity to continue spreading the seeds of awareness and grace – from neighbor to neighbor.

Rev. Rice’s soulful guidance, even after his passing in 1990, continues to bless the downtown ministry that bears his name at its front door.

Crisis Control Ministry is located at 200 East Tenth Street in WinstonSalem. Hours are Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. - noon, and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Reach them at 336.724.7453, and online at Crisiscontrol. org. The satellite Kernersville location is at 431 W Bodenhamer Street, 336.996.5401. Hours are Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to noon, with additional hours Tuesday and Thursday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Crisis Control Ministry – 2022

Total People Served: 18,107

People Served with Food Assistance: 12,011

People Served with Rent/Mortgage Assistance: 1,483

People Served with Pharmacy Assistance: 2,935

People Served with Utilities Assistance: 984

Volunteers: 1,334, total # of hours: 16,374

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“Ties that bind us in loving relationships do make a world of difference.”
Rev. Ron E. Rice
Trish Bennett-Sluss, Pharmacy Services Coordinator, offers a friendly smile to a customer at the pharmacy counter.

SPRING’SBudding BeautiesBringBusyButter f lies and Bees


With spring’s arrival, the outdoors are calling. Sunny, blue skies beckon and set the scene for vivid, colorful flowers. Shrubs and trees are busy beautifully burgeoning, budding and blooming to grandly announce that spring is in the air. Go for a stroll or a drive, and you can’t miss out on nature’s simply splendid scenery.


Southern gardens boast such beautiful bloomers as dogwoods, forsythia, magnolias, hydrangeas, crepe myrtles, and camellias. Pretty in pink, frothy billows of early blooming cherry blossoms appear, and dogwoods follow as graceful pink and white clusters of clouds. And we can’t forget that other harbinger of spring –the redbud - which is often intertwined with sweetly fragranced purple wisteria. When these budding beauties are covered with blossoms in early spring, their honeyed nectar attracts the sweet tooth of butterflies and bees. As more people become aware of the dwindling bee and butterfly populations, a fresh surge of interest in “pollinator gardens” has arisen, and the redbud, crabapple, and cherry are appreciated for their role in sustaining these populations.


Like hummingbirds, butterflies are on a constant search for nectar to stay nourished and sustained. Butterflies are attracted to colors, especially flowers that are orange, pink, red, yellow and purple, and they seem to be especially drawn to masses of flowers grouped together in similar shades.

Butterflies love to sunbathe on stones and reflective objects in your yard that are flat enough for landing and soaking up the sun. Warmth from the sun’s rays permeates through their wings and transfers to the rest of their body.


Busy buzzing are the bees, who are prime pollinators. What would life be like without honey? But bees are responsible for producing many other foods we enjoy, too, like coffee, cocoa, blueberries, avocados, and apples. In 2017, the Center for Biological Diversity reported that nearly half of the bee population is in critical decline and that 25% of the bee populations could become extinct. The list of foods we could lose if the bee population continues this decline is disturbing. Given this fact, what could be better than encouraging bees to visit our own spring gardens?

Planting native plants can help attract bees to your garden. Some possible bee magnets include bee balm, goldenrod, purple coneflower, cosmos, lobelia and everyone’s favorite, lavender. It seems that bees are most drawn to violet and to flowers with cool hues since they provide the most nectar.


Watch out for pesticides that can kill our helpful pollinators. Reduce and even opt out of pesticide use, switching instead to natural, non-toxic alternatives. Try encouraging beneficial insects for pest control. Before reaching for an insecticide, relax and even welcome some plant damage as larvae munch through leaves before turning into dazzling butterflies. Set aside some parts of


your backyard as a safe haven for pollinators. Include nesting habitat, water resources and whenever possible, native plants to provide plenty of nectar and pollen. Native plants help provide food and shelter for wildlife and pollinators. They don’t need much if any, fertilizer, and they often need less water to thrive than nonnative plants.


North Carolina is home to 13 known species of bumblebees and 174 species of butterflies. You can show your passion, dedication, and commitment to these pollinators by getting your garden certified as a Pollinator Friendly Garden. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge is a “partnership between conservation organizations, gardening groups, volunteer civic associations and participating federal agencies to inspire people and organizations to create more pollinator habitats.” Simply click millionpollinatorgardens.org/ to learn more about their goal of increasing the number of pollinatorfriendly gardens and landscapes in your own back yard.


Be sure to take a springtime stroll through the magnificent Reynolda Gardens at Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem, head to your local parks in Forsyth County, drive around the state and picnic and hike through the mountains to make the most of this glorious spring in North Carolina!


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Child Safety Series Keeping Our Children Safe from POISONS

While we may not think about it daily, poisoning is one of the leading public health problems. The United States Department of Health & Human Services noted March 21st-25th as National Poison Prevention Week in an effort to educate the public on ways they can help reduce risks and respond to poison related injuries and death. In honor of this week, we’re sharing simple tips on how to identify risks, learn how to keep your little ones safe and what to do in case of a poison related emergency.

Understanding the Risks

In the United States, on average, a poison control center receives a new encounter involving a human exposure about every 15 seconds, with children under the age of six involved in 43% of poisoning exposures according to NC Poison Control. The highest exposure sight for children to poisons is in their home. While this can sound scary, it’s also a positive fact because it means there is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to educate themselves and make choices that support poison control safety. Understanding some of the biggest risks to exposure is the first step in creating a safe environment.

As of 2019, cosmetics and personal care products were the most frequently involved substances in pediatric (five years and younger) poisoning exposures. Bathrooms, purses, countertops, cabinets and nightstands are frequently left accessible to young children where little hands can get into these products.

Substances leading to poison related incidents within households include the following:

• Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

• Prescription Medicines

• Non-Prescription Medicines

• Cleaning Products

• E-cigarettes

• Food Poisoning

• Glow Sticks

• Hydrocarbons (kerosene, gasoline, oils, etc.)

• Lead Poisoning

• Mercury (thermometers)

• Mothballs

• Silica Gel

• Poisonous Plants

• Insect Sprays

• Week Killers & Outdoor Substances

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.

Protection, Supervision & Education

As adults, it is imperative that we look at our homes, vehicles and other surroundings through the lens of making them as safe and healthy for our children. Start by going room by room in your house, including the garage and backyard to see what opportunities you see for potential risk. Make sure all cleaning supplies and harmful substances are locked up with child safety features to limit exposure. Try to include child safety caps on all medications purchased and other bottles, understanding that these caps aren’t foolproof but a helpful measure of security. Be careful when using medicines, cleaners and other poisons, paying close attention to putting them back when you’re done using them and always keeping them closed.

Since most poisons that have the potential to hurt children are products that we use in our daily lives, it’s important to incorporate prevention habits and educate children of all ages. Explain the risk to your child and show them which areas or products are off limits and dangerous for them. Even kids as young as one can benefit from age appropriate awareness.

Taking Action When an Emergency Occurs

In the unfortunate event that your child accidentally ingests or comes in contact with a harmful substance, you should seek help immediately, even if you aren’t 100% sure of the severity of the issue. Always check the condition of the child, call 911 first if immediate help is needed and do your best to identify what poison was ingested or applied. If you have questions or need advice, you can get immediate assistance from a nurse, pharmacist or

other poison expert by calling the Poison Help Line at 800.222.1222. This helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with access to knowledgeable assistance in more than 100 languages, and we highly recommend saving this number as a contact in your phone.

Helpful Resources to Learn More

• HRSA Health Resources & Service Administration {ONLINE ARTICLE


• Poison Help Line: 800.222.1222 connects you to your local poison center

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Spring Cleaning for Friendships

Have you ever gotten a text message from a friend and felt your gut flip with a familiar feeling of dread falling over you? This knee jerk reaction to hearing from somebody who should be considered a friend is not what most people would call a reaction to a healthy friendship. But other than this “gut feeling,” how can we identify toxic friendships or friendships that have simply run their course?

You don’t enjoy their company anymore.

Just like romantic relationships, sometimes people just “fall out” of friendships. This is a normal part of growing, and while it can feel uncomfortable, it’s often mutual. Priorities change, and the friendships you struck up bar hopping in your early 20s may not hold as fast when you’re raising babies in your 30s. Likewise, childhood friends often go in wildly different directions, which is completely normal. While we can still grieve these lost friendships, we can also celebrate them for what they stood for at the time.

Boundary crossing without an apology.

There are certain boundaries that should not get crossed, and when a friend crosses one, it’s hard to come back from that action. It’s especially difficult to salvage a friendship when a friend crosses a boundary and then doesn’t apologize for it. These boundaries are different for everybody, but our friends should know what they are and know where to draw the line.

They don’t celebrate you.

You can’t expect all of your friends to celebrate you all the time, but if you get a big promotion at work, or get engaged, or announce you are moving to Australia to finally achieve your dream of being a surfing instructor – a true friend will offer sincere congratulations and celebrate these successes with you.

You aren’t a priority.

Yes, we know, we are all busy. This doesn’t mean you can’t make time for your friends on occasion – even if just for a 10 minute catch up phone call or a girl’s night every four months or so. If you are prioritizing your friends and they aren’t prioritizing you, this is a problem.

They drain the life force out of you.

This may be slightly dramatic, but if you feel drained every time you hang out with a friend it is a sign that this is a toxic friendship. It shouldn’t take all of your energy to spend time with a person, and that is a sign that it’s time for them to go.

Now that you’ve identified a friendship that has run its course, how do you hit that final nail in the coffin? It depends wildly on the friendship, and on you as a person. If you are somebody who is very practical, a straight-shooter, you will most likely want to go with the true honesty approach. And if we’re being completely honest, you probably don’t need this article as you have already pruned your friendships as necessary. This is more for the people who worry about how to express their feelings to other people when those feelings may initially hurt somebody’s feelings. While we would all love to be able to say what we mean without any negative consequences, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. In general, telling the truth is always the best policy, but sometimes a white lie can be justified in the pursuit of ending a friendship without hurting feelings. Or, if you have extreme avoidance of conflict, you can go the avoidance route, which is to simply reduce the amount of interactions until the friendship peters out on its own. The most important part is to acknowledge when friendships are doing more damage than good, and backing out whichever way you are most comfortable with.

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Dr. Seuss:

Dr. Seuss: Creating and Celebrating a Nation

of Readers

What is Read Across America?

The National Education Association (NEA) launched the first Read Across America in 1998. This year-round program focuses on promoting reading in schools, motivating the love of reading and raising awareness about the benefits of reading. With an estimated 45 million Americans labeled “functionally illiterate,” meaning they cannot read above a fifth-grade level, it is more important than ever to inspire children and young adults to become joyful, proficient, lifelong readers! Research shows that children learn 4,000-12,000 new words each year if they read or are read to regularly. The words penned by Dr. Seuss in the last book he wrote said it best...

~ Oh, The Places You’ll Go (1991)

When is Read Across America Day?

Read Across America Day, also known as Dr Seuss Day, is the largest celebration of reading in the USA! This yearly observance is always held on the school day that is nearest to March 2nd, birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss, who has had such a huge impact on the reading world. This year, Read Across America Day is Thursday, March 2nd. Read Across America Week is March 2-6, and the entire month of March, in fact, is dedicated to reading with the theme: Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers.

Who is Celebrating? Across America 2023

Across our country, teachers, librarians, parents, grandparents, caregivers, elected officials, local athletes and celebrities, along with a host of other community members

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

join in the excitement of Read Across America Day! A plethora of creative and engaging events take place at childcare centers, preschools, libraries, bookstores, K-12 private schools, public schools, homeschools and other venues in every state in the country. Cafeteria workers serve up green eggs and ham, P.E. teachers convert gymnasiums into reading “campgrounds,” teachers line up costumed guest readers, and on and on the reading motivation strategies go. And, what child can resist reaching the day’s reading goal when the principal agrees to take part in a crazy shenanigan like being duct-taped to a wall or dying his or her hair pink? Even pro athletes, musicians and actors get in on the literary excitement by issuing reading challenges to encourage children to reach for a book. Influential figures like former first lady Michelle Obama and Jenna Bush Hager are always eager to join in the biggest reading celebration of the year. Indeed, from classroom educators to the office of the President of the United States, Read Across America Day signals a recommitment to place great literary works into the hands of children of all ages to inspire a passion for reading that will last a lifetime.

windows” to understand that the world is far richer than their individual experiences alone. The Read Across America brand, as of 2023, is “independent of any one particular book, publisher or character.” There has been recent criticism about some of the early Dr. Seuss titles having “outdated and insensitive depictions of racial, ethnic, cultural and gender differences.” Dr. Seuss Enterprises responded by ceasing publications and sales of the six titles they feel “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” It is noteworthy that most of Dr. Seuss’ whimsical picture books such as “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?”, “The Lorax”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Horton Hears a Who!” are adored by millions around the world for the positive values portrayed including tolerance, gratitude, treating others with kindness and taking care of the planet.

A Closer Look at Dr. Seuss

Born Theodore Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904, he is the cherished bestselling author of some of the most popular children’s books of all time. He gives credit to his mother as his first inspiration because she often recited rhymes to him. He was a prolific writer –authoring more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss and selling more than 700 million copies in more than 100 countries (translated into more than 20 languages, including braille) by the time of his death in 1991. Geisel adopted the pen name Dr. Seuss during his days as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College in the 1920s. His children’s book writing career began in 1936 on a ship from Europe to New York. To keep himself distracted and entertained during a storm, he began composing zany rhymes with made up words and quirky illustrations. Those “storm scribbles” transformed into his first children’s picture book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” (1937). One of his best-known titles, “The Cat in the Hat” is interestingly, a response to an article published in Life magazine in 1954 which stated the reason young children were not learning to read was because their books were boring (think “Dick and Jane”). On the heels of this report, Houghton Mifflin (educational division) provided Geisel a list of 250 words thought important for first graders to know and issued a challenge to write a book that “children could not put down” using only those words. One year later, using 236 of those words, he presented the classic “The Cat in the Hat” and it was an instant success. It really is the book that made Dr. Seuss, Dr. Seuss!

~ Excerpt from Read Across America Day Proclamation by Joseph R. Biden Jr. (2022)

The NEA recently stated that there’s a growing need for schools and libraries to include and promote diverse books where students are provided with both “mirrors and

~ The Cat in the Hat (1957)

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“Children’s classics such as Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! have inspired a passion for reading and endless creativity that spans generations. Today’s stories and adventures are as diverse as the world in which we live, and by reading them, we come to more fully understand the vibrant diversity of our Nation — and the world.”
“It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.”

Fancy Crispy Parmesan Crumbed Chicken with Microgreens Pineapple Salsa





¾ cup Flour

3 large Eggs

1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs


Lemon Dill Hummus, for serving

Plated with a lemon dill hummus and a microgreens pineapple salsa, this Crispy Parmesan Crumbed Chicken recipe is full of flavor! The chicken is so easy to make, crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. The salsa is full of citrus, earthy flavors and filled with nutrition. Plated with a rich, creamy hummus. What more could you

ask for?

The first day of spring is right around the corner, and with it comes a variety of new seasonal produce. Fruits that are in abundance this month are apples, avocado, bananas, citrus and pineapple. The list for seasonal vegetables could go on for quite a while, but look out for artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, lettuce, kale, garlic, green peas and parsnips. And, while these are all delicious and nutrient-dense, this month, we’re focusing on a few of the health benefits of pineapple.

Fresh pineapple is loaded with nutrients, contains disease-fighting antioxidants and may aid digestion. Studies have shown that pineapple may help reduce your risk of cancer, ease symptoms of arthritis and speed recovery after surgery or strenuous exercise. Whether you add it to smoothies, ginger juice shots or salsa, pineapples are an easy addition to your diet!

½ cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese + more for serving

4 Chicken Breasts, skinless and boneless, pounded 1/4” thick

Vegetable Oil or Olive Oil, for frying

¾ cup Mustard Microgreens from Camel City Microgreens local to Winston-Salem

¾ cup Fresh Pineapple, thinly sliced

¼ cup Red Onion, thinly sliced

½ cup Cherry Tomatoes, quartered

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

Salt & Black Pepper, to taste



1. Add the frying oil to a large pot over medium high heat. Heat the oil to 350F.

2. In the meantime, create your working station by placing three bowls next to each other. In the first bowl, add the flour. In the second bowl, beat the eggs until smooth. In the third bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and grated parmesan together.

3. Pound out each chicken breast to ¼” thick. Dredge each chicken breast through the flour to be well-coated, then the eggs, and lastly the breadcrumb mixture.

4. Place the crumbed chicken breasts into the frying oil to fry for 3-4 minutes on each side, until crispy and golden brown.

5. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer the fried chicken breasts to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oils.



1. Simply combine all ingredients together in a large bowl. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.


2. Add a generous scoop of hummus along the edge of each plate. Using the back of a spoon, spread the hummus down half of the plate to create a swirl.

3. Add the chicken breasts on top of the hummus.

4. Add the micro green pineapple salsa on top of the chicken.

5. Enjoy with freshly grated parmesan cheese!Now, it’s time to grab our aprons and enjoy the seasonal delights of winter!


Are You At Risk?

Crossnore Communities for Children has open positions for all parenting roles, including volunteer foster parents, Bridge Parents, and Cottage Parents. These professional parents care for children in foster care, and receive training and support to help children and families on their journeys to becoming stronger, healthier and able to meet their goals.

Novant Health Vein Specialists is hosting a free vein consultation on March 9, 2023. RSVP required.

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March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) awareness month. Whether you’re a couch potato or a star athlete, this blood clot doesn’t discriminate. Let’s raise awareness and take preventative steps to avoid this sneaky menace.

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RSVP to 336-776-3160 or go online to salemveins.com to register.

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One week or the whole summer. Indoors and out. Archery to arts, cooking classes to character development, STEM games to swimming. At the YMCA, your child will have an exciting, engaging experience — all in a safe, inclusive environment. Traditional Summer Camp: K-5 and Teen • Specialty Camps like Art and Legos Overnight camp at YMCA Camp Hanes S U M M E R C A M P S E A S O N S U M M E R C A M P S E A S O N i s a l m o s t h e r e ! i s a l m o s t h e r e ! SCAN TO LEARN MORE & REGISTER Competitive sports programming High level athletic training with RISE Sports Performance Youth camps Senior adult programming including Silver Sneakers®, Silver & Fit®, Renew Active® Home of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine - RISE 419 Twins Way, Bermuda Run, NC | 336-920-7473 | www.RiseIndoorSports.com in Bermuda Run Offers:

Five Benefits of SUMMER Camp

Although March may seem early to be thinking of summer camps, the brief months of summer will be here before you know it. Summer means many parents are now faced with the daunting task of keeping their kids responsibly looked after and entertained. While many turn to babysitters and family for parental supervision, summer camps are another great choice, due to the wide variety of options available.

According to the website all4kids.org, here are the top reasons summer camps seem to trump other childcare options:

Socializing and Friendship Building

One of the benefits of summer camp for youth is that they get to socialize and meet new people. During summer break, children often find it difficult to form or maintain friendships with peers their own age. Not only do children develop important life skills through socializing, such as sharing, setting boundaries and problem-solving, they also are learning how to develop strong, healthy relationships through interacting with their peers. A summer camp program provides a safe environment for them to develop social skills, decision-making skills and maybe even experience the great outdoors. In fact, socialization during childhood may accomplish more for growth and development than reading or eating vegetables! A fun environment like summer camp is a fantastic way to encourage this in your own children, from early childhood into adolescence.

Personal Growth

Most summer camps focus on a theme or incorporate aspects of learning, exploring, character building and personal growth. If you are looking for fun summer activities for your children, there are many different types of camps to consider, such as sports camp, cooking camps, art camps, science camps and many more. You can be certain that your child will not only be entertained, but also educated and challenged, as well. While they are having fun and exploring their own interests, they are also increasing their own capacities for learning, teamwork, problem solving, knowledge and self-awareness. In fact, studies have shown that, of families who send their kids to summer camp, 70 percent of parents report that their child gained self-confidence while at camp. A strong sense of self is so important, and this is only one of the many ways that attending summer camp can positively impact your son or daughter. Learning about themselves and the world outside of the traditional classroom environment can do wonders for their growth and development.

Limits Screen Time and Encourages Exercise

In a world full of technology, sedentary-related conditions are on the rise. In fact, physical inactivity is currently the leading cause of disease in the US, and it all starts in childhood. According to the World Health Organization, sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality, double the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity, and increase the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety – which, for the most part, are entirely preventable. While some extra creativity to get your children active and limit screen time at home during the summer is often required, summer camp is a perfect solution. Most of these programs are situated in the great outdoors and offer a number of physical activities for the children to partake in. Not only will they get out of the house and have some fun, but they are sure to get some solid exercise in, as well – from activities such as hiking, archery, horseback riding, swimming, zip-lining and team sports. Allowing your children to explore the outdoors and interact with a diverse group of peers is an excellent way to broaden their perspective and have a variety of experiences for their summer break.

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Victory Junction envisions a future where every child can experience adventure, find belonging and build resilience.

As Camp prepares to welcome the first campers of 2023, we are sharing opportunities for the community to help us achieve this vision.

A planned gift is a contribution that you make arrangements for nowand usually costs you nothing up front.

The most common planned gifts are made through your will or trust but can also include naming Victory Junction as beneficiary of your retirement funds or other assets.

Planned giving is for everyone and creating a will is easier than ever, thanks to our FreeWill online tool.

Try it today by visiting https://victoryjunction.org/giftplanning/

Just like Camp, it’s free!

See our editorial also in this edition to read a camper story and learn more about the impact of Camp!

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Positive Role Models

Another benefit of summer camp is that it provides your child with the opportunity to interact with positive adult role models. Typically, camp counselors are younger adults who are choosing to volunteer or working part-time over their own summer break from college. Not only are these counselors energetic, but kids see them as “cool” and often a little more relatable than their own parents. This can be a tremendous asset in the lives of your children. Building these role model relationships can help kids to develop the confidence, self-esteem and skills they need to be successful in school and in life. Overall, the more healthy, positive adult relationships that a child or youth has in their life, the more likely they are to thrive in all areas, long after summer camp has ended.

Making Memories

Unfortunately, children today are missing out on some of the simplicity of life before the technological era. While times have certainly changed and there is tremendous value in that, there is nothing quite like preserving those simple, unplugged, childhood memories. Aside from gaining decision-making skills, leadership skills and social skills at a summer program, they also get plenty of physical activity! Yes, your child may miss their phone, tablet or gaming system at first, but once they start exploring, interacting with their peers, engaging in a variety of activities and having new adventures, they are sure to leave summer camp with stories, photographs, friendships, life lessons and memories that will last a lifetime.

At the End of the Day

As parents, we want the best opportunities for our children. Having healthy, happy, well-adjusted children translates to successful and content adults. Children need guidance and life skills to achieve their goals. Important skills acquired at summer camp, such as self-reliance, socialization, independence and physical activity, will benefit them long after their summer camp days are over. Your children will return from camp with more self-confidence and a stronger sense of identity. They will have developed valuable skills, made new friends and created memories to last a lifetime. So, if you are on the fence about summer camp for your child or children, it’s time to come down, get the family together and pick a camp!

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FCDS FCDS Enrichment Science & STEM Ceramics & Fiber Arts Animal Care Service & Leadership Is Your Child Ready for an Exciting SUMMER? Learn more and sign up at fcds.org/summer or scan QR code Rising K-12 - Half Day and Full Day Options - Before & After Care Offered Come play, learn, and discover at these FCDS Summer Sports and Enrichment programs - and many more! Summer Dodgeball & Nerf Wars Outdoor Adventures Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Lax, Field Hockey & Volleyball Creative Baking All welcome!

Summer Enrichment Camp Summer

is just around the corner! Imprints Cares is excited to offer our annual summer enrichment camp for families with students from rising kindergarten through rising 6th grade at three convenient locations, including Imprints Cares at Coliseum, our onsite camp for students with special needs.

As the largest summer camp provider in Forsyth County, our program offers the opportunity for your child to engage in activities that encourage imagination, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Our program allows them to thrive in a safe and encouraging environment and is designed to immerse students in new activities and experiences, which create opportunities for students to build friendships and connect with other campers. Our goal is to provide students with memorable experiences promoting teamwork and encouraging creative play.

Your student will be nurtured and encouraged by the same team of highly qualified teachers and staff who work in our Expanded Learning Before and After-School program during the school year. Staff undergo extensive training and are excited to implement this year’s interactive, theme-based weeks. This summer’s themes include:

• Camp 101 Lights

• Behind the Magic

• Onward and Upward

• Camera Action!

• Tour De Salem

• A Day on the Farm

• Dino Stomp

• Ciao!

• Out of this World

Each themed week features field trips, which are integral to the Expanded Learning Summer Enrichment Camp experience. We schedule 2 – 3 field trips per week for campers.

We are excited to launch our new summer enrichment camp program this year, Camp Kinder Cares! This nurturing and developmentally appropriate camp is designed to help prepare students entering kindergarten. Campers will have their own space within a classroom setting that will offer activities including circle time, developmental play, arts and crafts that pertain to the weekly themes, outside time, story time, social and emotional learning activities, and more. As we work on promoting their kindergarten readiness skills, campers will also work on self-help skills, following directions, taking turns, and other activities that will help promote their self-confidence. Each week, the campers will take 1 full-day field trip and 1 half-day field trip as it relates to the weekly themes.

We have also moved from Imprints Cares Downtown to Imprints Cares at Coliseum! Located at 711 Coliseum Plaza Court in Winston-Salem, our on-site Special Needs Summer Enrichment Camp camp is designed specifically for students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Our camps are open from 7am-6pm daily, making them an ideal choice for working families. Families may also select their weeks and locations. All camp supplies, field trips, and snacks are included in the affordable weekly rate. Our locations are filling up quickly, ensure your child will enjoy a summer filled with discovery, play and fun! Register today by visiting ImprintsCares.org/SummerCamp or call us at 336-722-6296. Happy camping!

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Summer Camp Packing Essentials

You’ve signed your child up for sleepover summer camp and everyone is excited. Now the looming question hits you. What do they need to pack? Packing for an overnight camp can be a daunting task. However, follow these few simple suggestions and checklist and you will breeze through it!

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

Most camps will send you a list of suggested items to pack. In addition, items they do not want brought to camp. Some camps may require certain types of soaps and chemical-free bug sprays that will not harm the environment. If you don’t plan, you may be rushing the night before looking for specific items. Alternatively, you may have questions that you don’t have time to ask. Save yourself from stress by buying or setting aside things to pack as early as possible.

Use a Packing List

One of the best ways to make sure you don’t forget anything is by using a checklist. Here is a basic list of stay-over camp packing needs. Again, double check the camp information about any specific items you may need.

Keep in mind, kids often lose things. Hence, I suggest packing items that you don’t mind losing, being left behind or ruined. It is also a great idea to label all of your kid’s clothes and other items. Pack a black and silver Sharpie in their bag in case something else needs labeling. Silver works better on darker items.

Optimize space in their suitcase by rolling clothes instead of folding. Pack smaller items inside larger ones. Additionally, to protect from spills, pack toiletries in Ziploc bags.


o Underwear (pack extra)

o Bra/Sports bra

o Socks (pack extra)

o Bathing suit(s)

o Pajamas

o Sweatshirt and Sweatpants

o T-shirts

o Shorts

o Jeans or Lightweight pants (depending on the location of the camp)

o Light coat and Raincoat

o Sneakers, Hiking boots, Flip flops and possibly Water shoes


o Pillow

o Sleeping Bag

o Set of Sheets

o Light Towels and Washcloth

o Laundry bag or Ziploc bags


o Toothbrush and Paste

o Soap

o Deodorant

o Shampoo and Conditioner

o Sun screen

o Bug repellent

o Hairbrush

o Headbands and Ponytail holders

o Lip balm

o Unscented Lotion

o Glasses

o Contacts, Case and Solution

o Feminine products

o Razor and Shaving cream

o Hand sanitizer

o Nail clippers and File

o Shower bag or Caddy

o Retainer

o Aloe Vera gel


o Needed Medication—EpiPen, Allergy medicines or other nongeneral Medication

o A Comfort from home—stuffed animal, blanket, photos of friends and family

o Hat

o Sunglasses

o Paper, Envelopes, Pen, List of addresses and Stamps

o Journal and Book

o Playing cards (if allowed)

o Camera

o Flashlight and Batteries

o Reusable Water bottle

o A little Cash

o Goggles

o Backpack

o Inexpensive sport Watch

o Combination Lock (if the camp allows footlockers)

Leave Technology at Home!

There is no need for your child to bring their phone with them. The camp has phones if a homesick call needs to be made or in case of an emergency.

Cell phones and tablets will only distract them from the true fun they should be having at camp. Moreover, it could keep them from making new friends. This is due to their trying to stay constantly connected to friends and family back home. More importantly, you didn’t spend your money sending them to camp to play video games or surf social media sites.

Don’t Worry

Try not to worry! You have packed and prepared them the best you could. Now it is time for them to show you they can handle the independence. Yet, here are a few more suggestions to ease your mind. Pack in their luggage an inventory list of everything they brought. That way there is a better chance of “most” everything making it back home. At least we hope, right? Another extra, you could hide little “Thinking of you” notes in their suitcase. Periodically they will come across one and know you are always thinking of them.

Now sit back and enjoy your quiet, peaceful time while you can!

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Out & About in Winston-Salem

Go Red for Women – Raising Awareness of Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women, taking more women’s lives than all forms of cancer combined, but the simple truth is that cardiovascular disease is largely preventable, with education and a change to a healthy lifestyle. In an effort to increase women’s heart health awareness and also serve as a stimulus for change to improve the lives of women across the world, the American Heart Association started the Go Red for Women initiative. On February 3, 2023, the local American Heart Association in the Triad held the Triad Go Red for Women Luncheon, at High Point Country Club with women shoulder to shoulder, taking on heart disease for themselves and those to come.

This year’s luncheon was attended by more than 200 women, including local heart disease and stroke survivors of cardiovascular disease, supporters and sponsors.

2023 marks Go Red for Women’s 19th year, and this year’s luncheon was a unique event featuring education, inspiration and community support for those women who have dealt with heart and stroke issues and information to help other women with changes they can make to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

“We were very fortunate to have guest speakers, which included Leah Hazelwood, Chair of the Triad Go Red for Women campaign and Vice President of Go-Forth Pest Control, Alisha Hutchens, COO of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Tracey McCain, WFMY News 2 anchor who emceed for the event. Valda Boyd Ford was the featured speaker, sharing her personal and professional experience, fighting hypertension to prevent heart disease and stroke. Women see this luncheon as not only a time of fun and making new friends, as well as seeing old ones, but a time to learn how to better take care of themselves, as well. As women, we tend to take care of everyone else before ourselves, but with heart disease, women need to be proactive with their health and Go Red for Women helps to drive that point home,” said Sarah Fedele, director of communications and marketing for the American Heart Association in the Triad.

If you would like more information on Go Red for Women, visit goredforwomen.org. To make a donation and support women’s heart health, visit TriadGoRedHeart.org.


Forgo the costly cocktail of chemicals you use to clean your home. Instead, opt for green cleaning products that aren’t harmful or toxic when breathed in or absorbed through your skin where they can enter your bloodstream. Save your health, save your money, and make your own.


Explore the benefits of switching from cleaning with chemicals to green cleaning for a naturally fresh, sustainable household. Benefit your loved ones’ (pets included!) health and wellness by making your own DIY healthy household cleaning products and clean your cares away without worrying about exposure to chemicals.


Forgo the use of harsh chemicals. Repeated exposure to chemicals may lead to cancer, neurological and reproductive ailments and disorders. Be on the lookout for carcinogens, neurotoxins, mutagens, teratogens, or endocrine disrupters. What to avoid? Alcohol, aluminum, DEA/TEA, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, talc, parabens, and more.


Remember, when replacing your cleaning products, don’t just toss everything in the trash. If toxic, they shouldn’t go in the drain or landfill. They could also end up filtering back into the water supply, so be careful. Check to see if your community offers hazardous waste recycling.


Chemicals can be toxic when inhaled, ingested, or absorbed into the bloodstream. In addition to causing allergic reactions, frequent use of chemicals in cleaning products can cause health problems with the eyes and skin, as well as respiratory irritation. Breathe easy and feel good about what you’re spraying everywhere in the air.


Here are some other lung-loving tips your nasal passages will also appreciate:

• Although you can mask odors and make your rooms artificially smell good by burning fragranced candles and synthetic oils, they are known to release hazardous chemicals. Opt instead for a diffuser to vaporize pure essential oils.

• Houseplants can help reduce odors and increase breathability. Some can actually remove airborne toxins. Philodendron, Palms, Dracaena, and Ficus plants work well.

• Save the stench and eliminate odors while cooking. Simmer vinegar (1 cup water + 1 tablespoon vinegar) on the stove. Clean dishes, utensils, cutting boards, and countertops with vinegar and soapy water.

• Pure potpourri! Make bowls of dried flowers and herbs scented with essential oils to place throughout the house. While you’re at it, why not make sachets and tuck them into your drawers?

• Scent-sational simmer! Boil spices like cinnamon, cloves, and other spices (why not make Chai tea, while you’re at it?) to keep your home smelling good.

• Save lemon slices from your water and grind them in the garbage disposal. Allow the light aroma of lemon zest to perk up your senses.


Because of their size, small children and pets are particularly susceptible to poisonous chemical exposure. Instead, choose safe, non-toxic, biodegradable green cleaning ingredients in pure products that benefit the environment and your health by keeping your environment clean and bacteria-free, but without any side effects.


• BORAX - deodorizes, disinfects, brightens and whitens

• WHITE VINEGAR - loosens dirt, disinfects, removes mildew, odors and stains, prevents or removes wax build-up

• LEMON JUICE - one of the strongest food acids, cuts through grease and disinfects

• BAKING-SODA (sodium bicarbonate) - trusted for over a century, nitty-gritty scrubber, and eliminates odors

• CORNSTARCH - cleans rugs and carpets and even cleans windows

• ALCOHOL (isopropyl/rubbing alcohol)disinfects, kills germs and bacteria, streakfree cleaner

• CASTILE SOAP - versatile all-purpose cleanser

• OLIVE OIL - picks up dirt and polishes wood

• ESSENTIAL OILS - antimicrobial, kill bacteria, fungus, and viruses, and add pleasant aroma

• SPRAY BOTTLES (empty) - use these to mix your concoctions together, shake a few times and spray away!

Stay safe and be creative making your own DIY household cleaning products. If purchasing storebought cleaning products, make sure to read the labels carefully, and your family and pets will thrive and thank you!

Lights, Camera, North Carolina!

A Look at the Tarheel State on the Silver Screen

Located on the coast of North Carolina, the town of Wilmington is often referred to as “Hollywood East” due to the numerous television and film productions that have taken place there. It is also nicknamed “Wilmywood.” The references to Hollywood started in 1984 when Academy Award winning filmmaker Dino DeLaurentiis produced the film, Firestarter, in the area. Since then, it is said that more than 1,000 productions have been filmed in various parts of North Carolina. North Carolina’s legacy on the silver screen doesn’t stop there. The tarheel state has also been featured as the location for several movies and TV shows, including The Andy Griffith Show and, more recently, Outer Banks

The history of film in North Carolina starts before DeLaurentiis’ trip to Wilmington in 1984. It actually dates back to the early 1900s when studio movie companies created summer studios in the mountains to take advantage of the weather and scenery.

W.S. Scales, an African American film producer, founded the first in-state studio in Winston-Salem shortly after. From there, film production took off in North Carolina and often resulted in pioneering new production methods, including the use of motion pictures as an educational tool. This happened in 1921 when Mabel Evans, superintendent of Dare County, reached out to the State Board of Education and others to promote the story of the British colonizing the New World. On November 15, 1921, Governor Cameron Morrison and others arrived for the premiere of the silent motion picture, The Lost Colony This film was made by Elizabeth Grimball, the director of the New York School of the Theatre and the Atlas Film Corporation of Chicago. Soon after its premiere, the film was made for general distribution. By the time 1980 rolled around, Governor James B. Hunt created the North Carolina Film Office (today known as the North Carolina Film Commission). Six years later, North Carolina is one of the top three filmmaking states in the nation.

Let’s take a look at the many films and TV shows that showcase our beautiful scenery and historic locations, as well as the ones set in our famous state.

Filmed in North Carolina: (Some of these are also set in North Carolina)

Dirty Dancing - Lake Lure

Last of the Mohicans - Chimney Rock State Park, waterfall of DuPont State Forest, Asheville, The Biltmore Estate, Lake James and Linville Falls

The Hunger Games - DuPont State Forest, Asheville, Shelby, Black Mountain, Cedar Mountain, Charlotte, Concord, Barnardsville and Hildebran

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky BobbyCharlotte Motor Speedway and Lake Norman Nights in Rodanthe - Rodanthe

Richie Rich - The Biltmore Estate

The Green Mile - Blowing Rock

Leatherheads - Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Statesville

Weekend at Bernie’s - Wrightsville Beach, Bald Head Island and Fort Fisher

Dawson’s Creek - Wilmington

The Color Purple - Anson and Union County Shallow Hal - Charlotte

Bull Durham - Durham, Wilson, Greensboro and Burlington

Sleeping with the Enemy - Wilmington and Kure Beach

Patch Adams - Chapel Hill and Asheville

A Walk to Remember - Wilmington

We’re the Millers - Prominently features Market Street in Wilmington

The Longest Ride - Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Jacksonville, Caswell Beach and Wallace

Forrest Gump - Blue Ridge Parkway

One Tree Hill - Wilmington

Set in North Carolina, but Filmed Elsewhere:

Outer Banks

The Andy Griffith Show

Mayberry R.F.D

The Carmichael Show

In the Best of Families

This is just a fraction of the list of productions filmed and set in the Tarheel State. Thanks to the many different landscapes and locations offered by our state, North Carolina is an ideal location for film productions. As you can see, spots, such as Asheville and Wilmington and their surrounding areas, are favorites. In fact, our beloved state will once again be seen along with The Biltmore Estate in the upcoming Hallmark Channel Christmas movie, A Biltmore Christmas, premiering this holiday season. As one could easily tell, the whole state is loved by filmmakers of the silver screen. Who knows where we will turn up next?


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SPRING into Spring Life Hacks

into a healthier and more vibrant lifestyle this spring! Want to find quicker, more efficient and effective ways of spring cleaning, home improvement, gardening and creative crafts? Make life easier and more budget-friendly with these clever and crafty hacks.



Jumpstart your spring cleaning, but don’t overdo it. Conserve time for the other things on your “to-do” list by keeping these time-saving “S” words in mind: Strategize, Support and Simplify.

STRATEGIZE: Start first by strategizing and getting a game plan going. Based on priority and urgency, decide which areas to tackle first. Where do you even start? Should you go through your refrigerator to discard expired food and beverages before you tackle cleaning out your closet? The first step is to think it through, make a choice and make a plan.

SUPPORT: There’s no need to overwhelm yourself with all the chores and associated organizing and cleaning. Instead, infuse yourself with positive reinforcement and invite the support of family and friends to lighten the load. How about throwing a cleaning and clearing party which could be fun and make a world of difference?

Consider catering or have your food delivered, designate a family or friend DJ for turntable tunes as well as a bartender/bartendress for the best of beverages. Designate a place

for tradeables, a separate pile for giveawayables and another stash for items you intend to resell. Keep trash bags handy for discardables along with bins or baskets to organize as you go through things.

SIMPLIFY: Thanks to a simple summon of “hey Siri” or “hey Google,” you can find a myriad of tips and how-to’s for organizing and cleaning, including pure, organic and natural, chemicalfree, green cleaning. Thankfully, the following tips are really simple.


Need some budget-friendly kitchen cleaning staples? Baking soda, white vinegar and castile soap, available almost everywhere, are ideal for multi-purpose use in DIY pure products. Type the keyword “green cleaning” into the search on ForsythWoman.com for more ideas and a list of pure ingredients to include in DIY recipes.

For showroom sparkle, try buffing a few drops of olive or another plantbased oil to give stainless steel sinks, appliances and wood furniture a surprisingly simple professional polish. For that extra touch, add a drop or two of orange or lemon essential oil.

Odors taking over your environment? Cleanse and purify the air to banish bacteria for better breathability. Skip the room spray which is laden with chemicals. Instead, mix together distilled water and several drops of essential oils. Refresh and energize your senses as you purify the air with a

combination of tea tree oil, peppermint and/or eucalyptus, or create a citrus scent with drops of lemon, lemongrass, orange and/or lime.


Adding plants to your environment can also improve the breathability and add natural beauty to your space. A splendid spring garden with beautiful blooms will attract pollinators like butterflies and bees. Type the keywords “spring gardening” into the search on ForsythWoman.com for an article on Spring’s Budding Beauties.

Green gardening is the way to go. Avoid harsh chemicals; instead, substitute purer, healthier ingredients. For a more natural DIY recipe to keep your garden healthy and pest-free, try this simple alcohol spray mixture to control whiteflies, aphids and scale. Add ½ cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol and 1 teaspoon castile soap or Dawn to 1 quart of water. Shake and add mixture to a spray bottle. Spray both sides of leaves and repeat in 3 to 7 days. Be careful not to overspray or allow the mixture to drip into the roots.

Coffee and tea drinkers can recycle and repurpose spent tea leaves and used coffee grounds (or fresh and never used) for composting and pest repelling. Also consider including eggshells with composting to add a multitude of nutrients into the soil.

Easing into spring is the ideal time to grow green and get green-clean.

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Silence Your Inner Critic

Willyou please just shut up?

I’m tired of listening to you. Who are you anyway? Are you me? Am I you?

There are times when that inner voice is nothing short of ruthless. We’ve listened to her for so long that, despite our self-care, our achievements and the fact that we know better, “she” can get to us.

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D, explains this persistent phenomenon: “Your critical inner voice is not a reflection of reality. It is a viewpoint you adopted based on destructive early life experiences and attitudes directed toward you that you’ve internalized as your own point of view.”

In other words, she is not you! Being human – and hard on ourselves – we tend to forget this. But, we don’t have to get stuck there. Instead, we can adopt a few key strategies to put a lid on our inner critic when she starts with her negative commentary.


Rethink your “categories” when you make a mistake:

We tend to think in terms of absolutes: good/bad; right/wrong; thin/fat. With no wiggle room, it’s little wonder that our inner critic starts yapping. Work on replacing those stringent absolutes with more nuanced assessments. Adopting the phrase “it’s good enough” has made an immeasurable difference in my self-talk as well as in the quality of my days. Releasing the unattainable standard of perfection is nothing short of liberating! Examples: “I’m a good enough gardener” or “That meal? It was good enough.”

Focus on lessons learned when you screw up:

There. I’ve said it. There are times when we do “screw up,” when even “it was good enough” feels like a stretch. When that happens, step back and take a lesson from the situation by considering what you learned. I once put something in a professional email that I clearly should have deleted before pressing “Send.” Ah, but too late. With my tail between my legs, I made an apology and asked for forgiveness. That single incident has stayed with me for decades, and its lesson has stood the test of time.

Here’s a top strategy recommended by many psychologists:

• Depersonalize your inner critic by substituting “she” for “I.”

The further you can distance yourself from “her,” the better. So, instead of “I can be such a jerk,” try “She can be such a jerk.” Give it a shot. It feels

really good to put her in her place! Here’s another way to do so:

• Learn to talk back!

When “she” gets on a roll, learn to stand up for yourself. Remember that she thinks in terms of absolutes:

“You’re so dumb.”

“You never get it, do you?”

“You’re hopeless.”

She is so wrong about you! You can talk back by being kinder and gentler with yourself while also being more accurate:

“I’m still learning this, remember?”

“I may not always ‘get it,’ but I often do.”

“ There’s no such thing as hopeless. Besides, I have plenty of strengths!”

• Act in accordance with your true self:

By following these strategies, you are far less likely to act on the negative perceptions and assessments of your inner critic. But, if you do find yourself following her unwise counsel, check yourself.

• Remember that she’s coming from a distorted perception of you.

• Focus on all of the great things about you.

• Reflect on your values and priorities because she tends to get caught up in the stupid stuff!


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The View from My Section – A Father’s Perspective Yin and Yang

This year marks the tenth anniversary of “The View from My Section.” As I look back and reflect on the experience and what I’ve learned throughout this time, I can hear Nicholas Sparks’ quote in my head, “What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, but in exchange, it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” Of course, they also say marriage is the hardest thing you’ll ever do. I’m inclined to somewhat agree there as well.

I think the lesson here is that any relationship that’s this personal and close in nature will inevitably have its perils along the path. Things you have to understand, adapt to, accept or help change and make better. And, this goes for both sides of the equation.

I’m going to lay many real truths on you here, starting with “relationships are hard” in general. The truly close ones are even more so because they mean the most to you.

Theodore Roosevelt once famously said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…. I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

If you’re looking for advice from someone who’s “been there, done that,” you’re in the right place. I haven’t always done things right (as Teddy prefers), but I have made it a practice to learn from what I’ve done wrong. Mistakes, by anyone, are not a problem (for the most part). Often, that’s how we learn, even becoming experts in certain areas. We learn what to do better next time by knowing what not to do. The problem comes from those who repeat the same mistakes over and over and expect different results, what Rita Mae Brown (author of “Sudden Death”, 1983) famously describes as the definition of insanity.

Understanding that relationships, as a whole, are hard and require extra effort on our part helps us realize that parenting is not performed in a vacuum. The challenges of marriage impact the effect on being a parent. The challenges of parenting impact the effect on the marriage. One is not independent of the other, both are happening simultaneously, and as such, you can’t separate the importance of continuously working on both.

And, the truth is, you never stop working on them; that’s because, as human beings, we are constantly evolving and changing over time. The person you married is not the person you’re with 10, 20 or 30+ years later. The baby you raised into a toddler, adolescent, teenager and adult has transformed over that time, requiring you to change and adapt as well.

One thing newlyweds and new parents have in common, is

their belief that they have the magic potion to make their marriage or their children the absolute best. They believe they understand better, know more and will do everything correctly or even perfectly in some instances. When the truth lies somewhere in between. No matter how many books we read or experts we follow on social media, or how hard we try to abide by this “expert advice,” we will eventually trip up. How hard we fall varies from person to person and situation to situation. The overused cliché’ “it’s not about falling down, it’s about how you get back up” is overused for a reason because it’s true. Some fall more than others; that’s not necessarily because they made mistakes though. They may have, but also, the human dynamic is so unpredictable that no matter how much effort you put in, you aren’t guaranteed the results you expect.

Realizing our actual effect as parents is limited in scope in relation to all the other factors in their lives can make us feel a bit disillusioned. That being said, it’s still true, though. Regardless of our wanting to be the best, we’re human and, as such, we’re not perfect. Children expect us to be. It’s not until they become parents themselves, and even years later, that they understand what’s really taking place in this relationship. And that is, we’re all navigating this world and our relationships in the best way we know how, based on what we know, what we’ve learned in our experiences and our personal values developed along the way. The results are not guaranteed, true, but that doesn’t mean we stop doing our best with what we have. Put our deeds, accomplishments and achievements aside, the true lasting impact we have on others is our ultimate legacy.

If I can do that well, I can live with that.

Thanks to all my loyal readers for your support and encouragement. May we continue to bring out the best in each other.

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CURE or KILL Old Remedies that Would Horrify Us Today

Medicinein the 21st century has brought us things like robots that help perform surgeries and maybe too many medicines for us to wrap our heads around. However, back in the day, medicinal treatments were often not very helpful and sometimes downright terrifying. Here are some that you won’t believe were ever considered to be acceptable treatments.


First Century Roman Physician Galen believed that blood, as the strongest of the four humors, had a powerful influence on health. His theory was that blood could become stagnate in the extremities of the body and, therefore, cause disease. Based on this idea, surgeons “bled” patients to remove the stagnant blood and restore the balance of the humors. This treatment was recommended for all kinds of ailments from headaches and indigestion to pneumonia and strokes.

Leeches were key to the bloodletting process, and through the ages, have been used as a treatment for infection, skin diseases, dental afflictions, among many other conditions. Maybe their most miraculous attribute has kept them relevant in today’s medicine – leeches secrete specific peptides and proteins that increase wound blood flow, by preventing clotting. Leech therapy can help treat everything from cancer, arthritis, hemorrhoids and high blood pressure to heart disease.


In today’s world, no one would choose to be operated on in dirty, germinfested conditions…and especially not without adequate pain relief. However, before the mid-19th century, which ushered in major advances in anesthesia and antiseptic methods, the reality for anyone needing a surgical procedure was grim. The first successful public medical demonstration of anesthesia occurred when Dentist William Morton used ether gas in October of 1846 and

that began the era of modern anesthesia. Ether gave way to chloroform as the favored drug, but it had dangerous, sometimes fatal side effects. Later anesthesia drugs included ethylene, halothane, sevoflurane (all gases) and later intravenous agents such as the barbiturate sodium thiopental and propofol. Our expectations of medicine have been shaped by the advances of anesthesia. Before the 19th century, 80% of patients died after having operations. Today, that number is estimated to be anywhere from 1-3% depending on a variety of factors.


When you have a migraine, do you ever feel like a nice hole in the head would help? Many of our historic ancestors believed that drilling an opening into the skull was a reasonable way to treat pain and neurological issues. The earliest indications of trepanation date back 7,000 years ago, particularly in Greece, Africa, Polynesia and even America, but the shocking practice remained into the early 1900s. With zero anesthesia, this made for a particularly painful, and sometimes, life-threatening procedure. However, the survival rate of these operations was surprisingly high.

Poo Ointment

It’s exactly what it sounds like – in ancient Egyptian times, the use of animal excrement for healing was recorded in the Eber’s Papyrus. Dating back to 1500 B.C., a range of feces, from dog and gazelle to donkey, could be used to not only treat wounds but to keep bad spirits away, as well. Some women would place crocodile dung into their vaginas, believing it could serve as a contraceptive. I imagine it did!


Mercury is infamous for its toxic properties, but it was once used as a common potion and topical medicine. The ancient Persians and Greeks considered it a useful ointment, and second-century Chinese alchemists valued liquid mercury, or “quicksilver,” and red mercury sulfide for their supposed ability to increase lifespan and vitality. Some healers even swore that by consuming brews containing poisonous mercury, sulfur and arsenic, their patients would gain eternal life. One of the most famous casualties of this diet was the Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who supposedly died after ingesting mercury pills designed to make him immortal.

Cocaine For What Ails You

Sigmund Freud is respected for his contributions to psychology. He’s less celebrated for regularly prescribing cocaine to his patients. Not that he was alone. Many

the use of cocaine to treat

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Winston-Salem’s RubyG’s Buttercreme Sensations is the brainchild of Wyomie Watson and her husband, Eric, serving up house-made sweet treats to Triad locals daily. After retiring from 20 years of working for Forsyth County Government in 2018, Wyomie tested her cake recipes among Eric’s lucky coworkers, who raved about her talent as a baker. Having received such positive feedback, Wyomie and Eric opened RubyG’s Buttercreme Sensations in 2019.

Wyomie’s iconic buttercreme frosting is adored by her children, who described it themselves as “heavenly.” In fact, her children’s feedback inspired the bakery’s motto, “The sky is not the limit; heaven is. Our aim is to make your taste buds feel heavenly.” What makes Wyomie’s buttercreme frosting sensational is the perfect formula that balances sweetness and texture. Many buttercreme frostings have a reputation of being “too sweet,” “too over-powering” or “too heavy.” Wyomie’s frosting magically meets each of these criteria in the middle, making the frosting complementary to her cakes and pleasing to palettes of all kinds. Customers drool over RubyG’s popular banana pudding layer cake, the delicious 7-Up pound cake and the shop’s alcohol-topped cakes for customers 21 and older.

This spring, stop by the shop to taste seasonal flavors, such as pink lemonade cakes and cupcakes, a lemon blueberry pound cake (one of the shop’s best sellers) and the classic RubyG’s strawberry crunch cake and cupcakes. Wyomie is also known for her ability to create themed cakes, having crafted a San Francisco 49ers baseball cap cake for her husband, along with a decorated handbag cake. To continue perfecting her craft, she invests in continuing her education in baking and cake decorating by taking classes and practicing through trial and error.

With the help of her daughter Brittany Holoman, RubyG’s Buttercreme operates smoothly on Peters Creek Parkway. Brittany is Wyomie’s sole parttime employee, working professionally as a chef and having successfully completed her ServSafe certification. She was also Wyomie’s co-conspirator when it came to creating RubyG’s famous deep-

fried cinnamon rolls. These deep-fried cinnamon roll creations can be topped with a variety of fruits, making them the perfect sweet treat to savor any time of day.

Wyomie is ever-grateful for her busy husband, Eric, who preps her ingredients ahead of her baking and takes care of the maintenance and cleaning around the shop. Considered the “talker” of the two, and Wyomie’s go-to “PR” person, Eric’s assistance is crucial to RubyG’s daily operations.

With only a few hands on deck, RubyG’s preparation of custom orders and wedding cakes impress clients year-round. With prior experience as a wedding planner, Wyomie parlayed her inside knowledge of the ins and outs of weddings into her career as owner and operator of RubyG’s Buttercreme. She creates custom wedding cakes, offers cake delivery and setup, and hosts in-shop cake tastings for brides and grooms. Ensuring wedding parties and guests are pleased with her creations is one of Wyomie’s favorite aspects of her baking career, and one she strives to achieve with each order received.

To give back to the community, the team at RubyG’s partners with Brenner Children’s Hospital by donating cupcakes for special events, partners with Ardmore Baptist Church’s Pivot Ministry by teaching women from low-income backgrounds how to bake and frost cakes without expensive equipment and has donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Eric has also partnered with Cycle Recycle, which repairs and refurbishes donated bikes and provides them to lowincome families.

If you haven’t tasted Wyomie’s buttercreme for yourself, visit the shop at 667 Peters Creek Parkway. Interested in placing a custom order? Wyomie wants to devote as much time as possible to perfecting your request. For weddings and events, contact RubyG’s Buttercreme Sensations no less than two weeks in advance to secure your cake. Call 336.331.3848 to schedule a cake tasting of a variety of RubyG’s cake flavors and frostings for up to two people for only $45.

Find RubyG’s Buttercreme Sensations online at shop.castiron.me/rubygs-buttercreme-sensations, and follow along on Facebook to see more of Wyomie’s creations.

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Goals for Time in Nature

Individual goal setting is often hard to keep up with after about a month. Typically, goal failure is due to not having an accountability partner. Hence, why not make a goal where the entire family gets to participate?

Try setting a goal that holds interest for everyone in the family, time in nature! No matter a person’s interests, nature has it all. Time in nature includes, but is not limited to, reading, painting/ drawing, sports, hiking, swimming, sleeping, eating, bird watching, bonfires, camping, playing, etc.

Still, there are going to be days where the last thing you want to do is get out in nature. When those days come around, here are a few ideas and incentives to keep your “time in nature” goal alive.

1,000 Hours Outside

Ginny Yurich started an idea that has become a worldwide movement, 1000 Hours Outside. The goal is to spend 1,000 hours outside in a year’s time. No matter if you miss the 1,000-hour mark or go over it, you still come out a winner! There is no losing when you spend any amount of time in nature. The 1,000 Hours Outside website has free tracker printables. You can use them to keep track of your time in nature. Often, it is motivating to have a physical reminder that you or the kids can color.

Family Hiking Adventure

One way to stay physically fit is walking. So, why not take it a step further and try hiking? This wonderful activity can include children and grandparents. Often, hiking trails get a rating by its difficulty level. This helps you plan what trail is appropriate for your family’s abilities. The website (and app), All Trails, is great for searching local hiking spots and specific information about each trail. Try planning one family hike each month, and choose a different trail each month. At the end of the year, you will have had 12 different memory making adventures!

Backyard Fun

Don’t ever feel like this goal forces you to leave home every day! Your own backyard is perfect for time in nature, no matter its size. Eating lunch, reading, stargazing, playing catch and nature journaling are only a few examples of ways to enjoy time in nature. Are you having trouble enticing the kiddos to get outside instead of watching television? Create play spaces for them! Here is a blog that gives ideas on DIY: Outdoor Kid Play Spaces. There are even ideas for families that do not have a traditional backyard.

Try New Playgrounds

At least once a month, try out a new playground. New, as in, your family has never been there before. If you have already visited all the playgrounds in your town, try a surrounding town. Finding playgrounds in your area is an easy Google search. If you are on vacation one month, use that opportunity to find a playground in that town. Additionally, if you are driving to your vacation spot, look up playgrounds that are on the way. This is a great way for everyone to stretch their legs and have some physical fun. You can even eat your lunch there, instead of sitting more in a restaurant. By the end of the year, your family will have played at 12 new playgrounds!

Don’t Let Weather Stop You

It is easy to see rain, hot or cold temperatures and think, “we can’t go outside.” That is actually rarely the case. Yes, there are times of extreme weather. For example, these would include thunderstorms, blizzards and unsafe heat. All of which are infrequent and short lived. If it is a rainy warm spring or summer day, there is nothing wrong with getting outside. Kids LOVE jumping in puddles! Dance, play and just have fun. People and clothes dry. Read the book There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather by Linda McGurk. This book will help show that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices. It will inspire you to take time in nature when you normally wouldn’t have before.

No matter how you spend or define time in nature, just get out there. Throughout the year, make individual and/ or family outdoor goals. Rotate family member choices, or throw ideas into a basket and pick one out randomly. On the other hand, just go outside and see where the wind takes you. Either way, please don’t overthink it.

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder

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It’s a Grand Life Grand

Keep Making Sweet Memories

Recently, we took our biennial family trip to Disney World. This trip is something I look forward to as much, if not more, than the grandchildren do. Thanks to Google, a few weeks after returning from our wonderful trip, photos of past trips started showing up. I will admit they tugged at my heartstrings.

The montage started with a picture of our youngest granddaughter, Avery. She was not quite two, but even then, she knew what she wanted. We entered a gift shop and after looking things over, she beelined it to a display of Minnie Mouse stuffed animals. She picked one up and held onto it so tightly that there was not going to be any, “let’s look around at everything before you decide.” The funny thing is that Minnie Mouse is her mother’s least favorite Disney character. With Minnie firmly grasped, she then made her way to a small case with Moana figures. From there, she walked straight to a cashier. Minnie never left Avery’s sight for the rest of the trip.

Minnie was her go-to take along for a couple of years until other dolls and toys took her place. However, Minnie has regained her top spot which now includes Mickey. They were with her every day of this trip. I imagine they will be ones she will always keep as she grows up, and, although they won’t be constant companions like they are now, they’ll still have a home.

On this trip, I also got to spend more one-on-one time with our oldest grandchild, Ella. The picture of her in the photo array was from her first visit. She was dressed as a princess and had been to breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table. She rode on the carousel before shunning her outfit opting for shorts for the rest of the busy day. Now 15, she and I were determined to ride Splash Mountain one last time before it closed for an upcoming theme change. As much as I love this ride, I don’t like getting wet. Standing in line for an hour gave us a chance to talk about many of the things going on in her life. It is a time and memory I will cherish.

I loved watching as each child faced their fears about riding certain rides. In most cases, they were glad they had taken the plunge, but in a few cases, it might take a couple more trips before they will try them again. Some had ridden rides when they were younger that they no longer wanted to ride. Others found that a ride they didn’t like before had become their favorite. Although our 10-year-old granddaughter, Gray, rode Expedition Everest (a huge roller coaster) when she was four and loved it, she has not ridden it since. I believe, at a young age, some children don’t think there is any reason to be scared. As they age, they become

aware of the heights, the speed and the sound of people screaming. Suddenly, it doesn’t matter that they rode it before, their senses are telling them “no way!”

Our first day, all 15 of us managed to stay together almost the entire day. It was the best! Seeing their excitement, hearing what the grandchildren liked or didn’t like while having a meal together or just walking to our next adventure, is what makes this trip special. I loved their different take on things varying primarily due to their age. With ages ranging from four to 15, it was not surprising. Most of us got caught on a ride that broke down for a few minutes. It was so funny listening to their ideas on what to do if it didn’t start going again – fortunately, it did. I wasn’t looking forward to using any of their suggestions, although it would have been highly unlikely that any of them would have been Disney’s solution.

These trips are so very special to me. I adore spending this happy time with my family. It is such a joy watching my grandchildren experience new rides and old favorites, taking in the splendor of the fireworks and genuinely loving spending time with their cousins. I can’t help but smile when I see the younger ones holding hands with each other, hear their laughter and see the excitement on their faces as we move through the parks. There will be other trips and times when we are all together, but I am already looking forward to our next visit to Disney World. For me, it is not only a magical place, but a wonderful memory maker, as well.

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DEC 28




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



Novant Health Vein Specialists

Enjoy 2023 with healthy legs. If you or someone you love is suffering from painful, achy, swollen or discolored legs, our board-certified vein doctors can help. Join us at our next free vein consultation and get back the quality of life you deserve. RSVP to 336.776.3160, or go online to salemveins. com to register. Now is the time to put your best foot forward and love your legs more this year

MAR 18



Lam Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University, Palmer Hall, Carroll Weathers Drive

Join us as we explore the textiles and techniques used to make clothing around the world! Offered in conjunction with the exhibit New at the Lam: Recent Acquisitions, which features clothing from Saudi Arabia, Albania and Mexico, this event will include fabric-related crafts and hands-on opportunities for all ages. Visitors are invited to wear clothing that has cultural meaning to them. Admission is free. lammuseum.wfu.edu

MAR 24




209 North Spruce Street in W-S

Christopher, a 15-year-old neurodivergent, is exceptionally intelligent but illequipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit. His investigation leads him to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Equally humorous and heart-breaking, this winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Play, is a theatrical event not to be missed. Cost: $14.50-$27/person. ltofws. org/the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time

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APR 15


9am-12pm / Bermuda Run Town Hall, 120 Kinderton Boulevard in Bermuda Run

$5 per grocery bag or equivalent size box. Cash only. Rain or shine. Proceeds go to various Davie County community programs supported by the Garden Club. Contact Marie 336.650.5518 with questions.

APR 21


5:30-11pm / 4151 Thomasville Road in W-S

Triple Crown Casino Night is back for its 2nd year, and it is going to be more exciting than ever! Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Triple Crown Casino Night, benefiting Pretty in Pink Foundation! Join us for cocktails, dinner, a silent and live auction, wine pull, our diamond giveaway and, of course, casino gaming! We can’t wait to see you there! Pretty in Pink Foundation’s mission is to provide uninsured and under-insured breast cancer patients in NC with financial assistance for quality, life-saving medical treatment. Cost: $150/person. tccn23.givesmart.com


6:30-11pm / 4151 Thomasville Road in W-S

The American Heart Association is hosting their annual Triad Heart Ball at Legacy Stables in honor of community heart health. This black-tie event includes silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner, and live entertainment. All proceeds benefit heart disease and stroke research and community impact programs focusing on prevention of cardiovascular disease. The Triad Heart Ball is proudly sponsored by Life Is Why Sponsor Novant Health and Platform Sponsor Novant Health Rehabilitation Hospital. Anita Pendergast, CEO of the Novant Health Rehabilitation Hospital, is this year’s Triad Heart Ball chair. Cost: $250-$2,500/person. triadheartball.heart.org

APR 22


9am-6pm / Various Boutiques.

The LKN Tour de Boutique is a self-guided tour of 10 local boutiques. $50 per person includes the LKN simple modern 40-ounce Trek tumbler cup, a swag bag with some other goodies, coupons and even gift cards hidden inside! Exclusive specials and discounts at all participating boutiques, door prize tickets and a day full of fun! Sign up at tinyurl.com/LKNTDB2023


10am-4pm / 569 Fairgrounds Boulevard, Gate 7 in Winston-Salem

This is the largest Earth Day celebration in NC. We expect crowds of 8,000 or more to be at this event. There will be food, drinks and different activities for kids.

APR 26


Second Harvest Food Bank / 3330 Shorefair Drive in W-S

Save the Date! Second Harvest’s Annual Empty Bowls returns on Administrative Professionals’ Day, featuring yummy soup options and handcrafted pottery bowls to go. Proceeds support the Food Bank’s mission and work to provide access to healthy food and pathways to job opportunities. Tickets start at $60 for two. More information, contact Reedy Mensh at 336.784.5770.

APR 29


10am-2pm / Jerry Long Family YMCA

The Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce will host our 12th Annual Clemmons Community Day. Once again, we’re partnering with the Jerry Long Family YMCA, a member of our Chamber, to host this free, community-wide event.

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Living Life to its Fullest
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Flying with Kids Tips & Tricks
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Eight Great Movies Celebrating the Luck of the Irish article cover image
Eight Great Movies Celebrating the Luck of the Irish
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5 Ways to Simplify Your Home This Spring article cover image
5 Ways to Simplify Your Home This Spring
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Say it Ain’t Snow
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National Park Passports
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For the LOVE of
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How to Manage Yourself When Things Get Dicey article cover image
How to Manage Yourself When Things Get Dicey
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Sharing Hope & Grace article cover image
Sharing Hope & Grace
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Child Safety Series Keeping Our Children Safe from POISONS article cover image
Child Safety Series Keeping Our Children Safe from POISONS
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Spring Cleaning for Friendships article cover image
Spring Cleaning for Friendships
pages 40-41
Dr. Seuss: Dr. Seuss: Creating and Celebrating a Nation article cover image
Dr. Seuss: Dr. Seuss: Creating and Celebrating a Nation
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Fancy Crispy Parmesan Crumbed Chicken with Microgreens Pineapple Salsa Fork article cover image
Fancy Crispy Parmesan Crumbed Chicken with Microgreens Pineapple Salsa Fork
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Five Benefits of SUMMER Camp article cover image
Five Benefits of SUMMER Camp
page 48
& FOR KIDS FOR ALL KIDS article cover image
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Summer Enrichment Camp Summer article cover image
Summer Enrichment Camp Summer
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Summer Camp Packing Essentials article cover image
Summer Camp Packing Essentials
pages 56-57
Out & About in Winston-Salem article cover image
Out & About in Winston-Salem
pages 58-61
Lights, Camera, North Carolina! A Look at the Tarheel State on the Silver Screen article cover image
Lights, Camera, North Carolina! A Look at the Tarheel State on the Silver Screen
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SPRING into Spring Life Hacks article cover image
SPRING into Spring Life Hacks
pages 64-65
Silence Your Inner Critic article cover image
Silence Your Inner Critic
page 66
The View from My Section – A Father’s Perspective Yin and Yang article cover image
The View from My Section – A Father’s Perspective Yin and Yang
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CURE or KILL Old Remedies that Would Horrify Us Today article cover image
CURE or KILL Old Remedies that Would Horrify Us Today
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Goals for Time in Nature article cover image
Goals for Time in Nature
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Keep Making Sweet Memories article cover image
Keep Making Sweet Memories
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FUTURE article cover image
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