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December 2016

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COVER STORY: Nitsa’s Apparel: Weaving Their Impeccable Magic Through the Fabric of Life


Great Off-Season Deals for the Winter Shopper


Lora Songster: Celebrating 30 years of ‘Magic’ at 99.5 FM

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The Holidays in Winston-Salem Meet the Professional Women of Winston-Salem (PWWS)

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Keeping it Real: Living Christmas


Things that Make You Blush: A Relationship Calendar for December

Dear June… My Favorite Time of Year – Christmas


Feeling Fabulous at Fifty(ish): Rite of Passage Party


Marzano Capital Group: How Much Money Will I Need for Retirement?

B.E. Healthy: Wine


ReDESIGNS by Ava: Keep Christmas Simple


Crazy Perfect Life : Getting Through the Holiday Season When You’ve Lost a Loved One

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To Your Health! A Christmas Gift to the World: Ending Polio Now


For(syth) Teens by Teens: Beyond the Door – A Walk Through Method Acting


Nu expression: What is Inbound Marketing


Boomer Humor: The Ghosts of Christmases Past



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The View From This Side DECEMBER 2016


There’s something about the holidays that inspires a greater appreciation for family. My family is diverse and, like all families, through the years, we’ve evolved -- we’ve grown, and we’ve unfortunately lost a few along the way. We are spread far and wide, but the distance is never so great that I don’t feel connected to the ones from which I came. As we prepare to celebrate the holidays together, I am reminded that we are bonded together for life. Through thick and thin, this is what they mean when they say blood is thicker than water. Because we celebrate together, we mourn together and we root for one another’s success. This year, as we bring 2016 to a close (an ending that has come about much more quickly than one would expect), I feel a renewed appreciation for the value of family. I encourage you, too, to take a look around you. Our families are far from perfect, but they are ours. Love them. Appreciate them. Even in the moments when you don’t even like each other…love each other.

Christmas is also, of course, synonymous with gift giving. We kicked off our holiday shopping the first weekend in November when 50 of my closest friends and I went shopping on the Tour de Boutique! The value of this trip isn’t just about stimulating the local economy (which believe me, we did)…it’s about the value of supporting the local businesses in our area. Our team has always been great advocates for “shop small, shop local,” but we’ve recently come across a phrase that has become near and dear to our hearts -- “Loyal to Local.” We emphasize this message in each magazine, but we hope you will pay special attention to the fun infographic that our fantastic artist put together on page 146. We decided to let images speak louder than words on this page to hopefully continue to emphasize the importance of this movement. Moreover, if you need some inspiration, our December gift guide gives four pages of fantastic ideas for your local holiday shopping! Check out pages 106-109.

The season of Christmas is rooted in love. As a woman of faith, I celebrate this holiday with the knowledge that it was God’s love for us that sent Christ to Earth. As you go about your hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, parties and more -- remember the reason we celebrate this season each year!

On behalf of all of Team Forsyth Mags, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas this holiday season! Thank you for reading, and thank you for supporting our advertisers -- the ones who make this magazine possible each month!


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When I was younger, Christmas was a joyful time. Our tree was a cedar cut from the field near our home. The lights had to be untangled, and bulbs replaced. Gifts were very small and did not cost much, as our family was not rich. My mother would buy socks, aftershave lotion, handkerchiefs for the boys. The girls most likely would receive pajamas or some other small item. These were great gifts, and we were happy. The gifts were small but given with so much love. Anyone who came to our home during this time left with a gift – whether it was a family member or neighbor. My mother made it happen with very little money. It was an act of love and kindness on her part. The big part of Christmas was about going to church and participating in the Christmas play (a huge production in my mind), singing carols, hearing the story of Jesus being born in Bethlehem. Life was so much simpler then. It was a time we looked forward to, enjoyed; and memories were made.

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Now we are hustling and bustling about for weeks and weeks, and we never get quite ready. There is always something else we want to decorate, purchase, or bake, or one more present to wrap. At this time of year, we are all wondering, “What should I give to my friend for Christmas or what should I give to my sister or brother, or even my neighbors?” These decisions are stressful, tiring and time consuming during the pre-holiday season. By the time Christmas arrives, we are all frazzled and just worn out! How did this happen to a season that should be anticipated, enjoyed, and shared? I think we all know the reason. We have let the commercialism overtake the real reason for Christmas. Our gift giving has been taken to a different level as we struggle to find the “right gift.” We have lost the joy and happiness that should be a central part of the celebration. During this joyous holiday season, let us take a moment to stop and be thankful for what we have, to give to those less fortunate, to show kindness to a stranger, and to love unconditionally. These items will return to you many times over. The gift you feel in your heart will be the best gift you could ever receive. Most important of all, give thanks and remember that, “The reason for the season is the birth of Jesus.” This just may make your Christmas like the ones I experienced from “simpler times.”

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Top Ten Reasons Why Massage Envy is the Perfect Gift BY DEBBIE LINVILLE

#1Passionate & Caring Staff

Massage Envy is a large franchise with over 1,100 franchised locations nationwide, yet it retains a community feel. Like every franchise location, the two Winston-Salem therapy clinics demonstrate a “family-owned business” feel from the moment you walk through the front door. Franchise owners Jeff and Amy Holmes state that they continually look for creative ways to build a culture of appreciation for the dedication to excellence their staff gives to clients seven days a week. It is clear that Jeff’s mantra is “hire great people and treat them exceptionally well.”

#2 Experienced Professionals

There are presently 55+ NC licensed massage therapists and 6 licensed estheticians offering clients a plethora of services in a calm, inviting environment. These highly qualified professionals consult with clients to determine specific therapeutic massage and skin care needs before beginning the restorative work to balance mind and body. From stress relief, pain management, and improved flexibility, to enhanced clarity and rejuvenation of the skin, Massage Envy therapists and estheticians are clearly passionate about promoting good health in the lives of those they touch.

#3 Customized Massage Expertise Across Massage Modalities

Research is clear…the health benefits of therapeutic massages are far reaching. The staff at Massage Envy are highly skilled at pairing a client with the right massage therapist and recommending the right modality combination and optimal session length (1 hour, 1 ½ hour, or 2 hour). The talented therapists use various modalities, such as Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, or even prenatal, to customize a treatment that is right for you.



#4 Extensive Skincare Services

The list of benefits is plentiful, as are the choices that target skin concerns. At Massage Envy, you get a customized facial treatment, specifically designed to suit your skin care concerns. They recently expanded their skin care service offerings to include: 1) a men’s facial, 2) an anti-acne back facial, and 3) an advanced 90-minute facial. With more exciting new services to be released next year, Massage Envy is undoubtedly the place to go for your skincare needs.

#5 Murad® Skincare Products

Murad® Healthy Skin facials feature a tailormade protocol using clinically-designed formulas, guaranteeing clients receive facials that purposefully target areas of concern. In addition to facials, Massage Envy offers a wide array of Murad® skincare products to complement the facial services. With regular use at home, clients can continue enjoying the benefits of the Murad® Healthy Skin facials between visits.

#8 Wellness Program Travels with You

Program membership is a convenient and affordable way to promote good health all year long…anywhere, anytime. Clients receive a massage or facial every month for a reasonable fee, and with family add-on plans, enhancement services for nominal fees, and other perks, it is no surprise to hear Jeff say he has clients who have been coming every month since the year the clinics opened. Regardless of the location, members can expect to receive consistent services at any of the 1100+ Massage Envy franchised locations nationwide.

#9 “We Help You Take Care of You”

More than a brand promise, Jeff states that Massage Envy credits itself with playing a significant role in clients’ wellbeing and overall health. Massages and facials are not a luxury; rather, they are an integral part of managing the side effects of a life well lived. To take care of yourself is to take better care of those you love.

#10 Just Because… Enough said.

#6 Accommodating Schedule

At Massage Envy, ensuring clients’ wellness is the number one priority. Both locations are open 90 hours a week, every day of the week. Expanded hours enable clients to select a time that fits within their schedule – a feature that sets Massage Envy apart from other local massage centers. Jeff closely monitors the hours of service at each location on a daily basis, and if trends suggest additional hours are warranted, he responds accordingly.

#7 Affordable Price Points

It is always the right time to give the gift of wellness and Jeff wholeheartedly believes that massages and quality skin care should be available to everyone. Whatever the price point, there is a perfect gift for that special someone…even if that special someone is YOU! The options range from a gift card to cover a massage session, dual services treatment (massage and a facial) or enhancements (aromatherapy, enhanced muscle therapy, foot/hand exfoliation), to the highly desirable Massage Envy Wellness Program.

Massage Envy centers are located at 1031 Hanes Mall Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC, 336.774.9994 and 3350 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 336.774.8777 For more information on their services or to schedule an appointment, visit

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. A 60-minute session includes 50 minutes of hands-on service and 10 minutes for consultation and dressing. A 90-minute session includes 80 minutes of hands-on service and 10 minutes for consultation and dressing.

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Giving back is part of what makes Windsor Jewelers a great community asset. They have been celebrating their 30th anniversary with several special events that give back, including donating to an auction in support of March of Dimes, JDRF, and the Children’s Museum. They also like to bring exciting opportunities to the community! Windsor Jewelers has played host to several trunk shows and in October, customers of Windsor Jewelers were treated to Watchtober Fest. On December 4th, they will celebrate their Open House with celebrity jewelry designer Charles Krypell, who will be in house from 1 – 6 PM. This is a great opportunity for couples to shop together and enjoy the recently remodeled space. There will be food and drinks available for couples to enjoy while they either choose something together, or show examples of items they like for later. And if there is something very specific a couple has in mind, Windsor Jewelers offers custom work! “We love creating customized pieces,” said Rob. “It’s a great feeling to take a sketch and rendering of a concept and turn it into something spectacular! It’s a very rewarding option, not only for the customers, but for our team.” If you’re interested in a customized piece, it may take two to five weeks, depending on the item, so if you’re thinking about something special for Christmas, you won’t want to wait long! Those who visit Windsor Jewelers are in for a warm welcome, too. “We’ve spent a significant amount of time training our team to make sure our store is inviting,” said Rob. “We don’t want to be a cold, impersonal store like many assume jewelry stores to be. All of our customers are valued. It doesn’t matter whether they spend $100 or $10,000, we are grateful for their business.”


Callie, a recent customer at Windsor, attests to that personal value. “I came in to get a watch battery replaced today and was expecting to be treated poorly,” she said. “The security guard was so kind, opened the door for me, offered me a beverage, and the man who helped me was so kind and helped me try on my dream necklace.”

At Windsor Jewelers, the brightly lit, pristine glass cases reflect the sparkle found in various collections around the store. The precious stones and metals are enough to make any woman’s heart beat a little faster, but this business, 30-years strong, is locally owned and operated, giving all the more reasons to shop there! After all, shop small, shop local!

Ben recently bought an engagement ring from Windsor Jewelers and was thrilled with the experience. “I highly recommend Windsor Jewelers for their dedication to customer service and the quality jewelry they provide. They never tried to show me any piece that was out of my price range which really led me to believe they care about each person’s wants while keeping the customer’s budget in mind the entire time.”

“Small” seems such an inadequate word for a store like Windsor Jewelers, though. While the inventory itself is comprised of items that could hardly be called large, the value of the inventory is extraordinary. However, Windsor Jewelers founder and owner, Rob Simon, shared, “I take a great deal of pride in making sure our stores carry inventory for any budget. While we have many large-ticket items, there are over 1000 pieces in the Winston-Salem store priced well below $1000.”

Mark your calendar for December 4th and see for yourself why Windsor Jewelers is the ultimate local shopping experience for those in Winston-Salem!

For instance, the Dog Fever line is an exclusive one carried by Windsor Jewelers and includes the popular hug ring starting at $220, which is a gift that is affordable and that will be enjoyed for years! “People love this ring,” said Rob. “It’s one of the most popular items of the season, plus our shoppers love knowing that a portion of the proceeds go back to the Forsyth Humane Society!”



Windsor Jewelers is located at 526 S. Stratford Road and they can be reached at (336) 721-1768. If you’re in Charlotte, visit their second location at Phillips Place, 6809-D Phillips Place Court or call (704) 556-7747. Visit and be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram.

Thanks to you we’ve had a wonderful Terri2016 Biasand are looking forward to an even better 2017! We appreciate the trust you had in us for your real estate needs, so please let us know if we can be of service to your family and friends. Have a wonderful New Year!

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Great Off-Season Deals for the Winter Shopper

For months, the sales are especially generous in preparation for the best shopping season of the year; however, the winter shopper knows to be patient, observe the stores, and wait for the signs to arrive. Usually, in January, retailers will discount the previous year’s stock to reveal new merchandise. There are wonderful bargains if you can wait.

Snow Birds: Timing is essential when planning a winter vacation or even a long weekend getaway. Inexpensive flights can be found, especially the first two weeks of December, simply because Thanksgiving is over and Christmas travel has yet to begin. The top destinations are the Northwest United States, and package deals and cruises to Mexico and the Caribbean. Hotel vacancies are often reduced before the Christmas holiday if you are thinking about hitting the slopes early. While websites offer wonderful deals, it is recommended to call hotels directly. Winter Home Improvement Projects: Homebound and in

need of a project to eliminate the winter blues? The word “sale” can help entice homeowners to begin painting and replacing old carpeting in January. Then, consider adding crown molding, a kitchen backsplash, or tile flooring to change the appearance of your home. • Paint experts recommend painting in the winter. The dryness of the season is an advantage; however, painters will have to compensate for the lack of natural light by brightening up the room. • New carpeting will need to be aired out to eliminate the toxic fumes. Ask retailers what the timeline is for installation; perhaps, you can wait.




Cameras & Televisions: If you are in the market for a camera or television, new models start to arrive in January. (Great television deals may arrive between December and January while the best pricing on cameras will appear in February.)

Workout Equipment / Gym Membership: Exceptional deals can be found on fitness gear and equipment in January. While you may be thinking about a means to fulfill your New Year’s resolution, take the time to check out gym memberships or the cost of classes. Exercising and socializing may be a more advantageous decision to purchasing equipment.

Furniture: Early January is the best time to look for a new mattress and furniture. Shoppers will discover low prices in preparation for the arrival of new models. (New collections often arrive in February.) Additionally, the New Year or the President’s Day sale will include wonderful financing promotions, too.

Linens & Bedding: In 1878, John Wanamaker created a marketing strategy termed “The January White Sale” as a way to move inventory and entice shoppers. This annual tradition continues, today, in broader terms. The white sale includes household necessities such bathroom, bedroom, and even kitchen utensils. Thankfully, the winter shopper has wonderful opportunities without leaving her home. Online marketplaces sometimes offer better deals than the department or home goods store. Buying a Home: There are several advantages to actively searching for a home. Fewer buyers will be willing to attend open houses in cold winter weather; therefore, there will be less competition and the opportunity to have an honest conversation on the price of a home. Bagged Soil: How many

bags of soil do you buy during the gardening season? The answer is probably in the teens. One way to save money is to buy a pallet of soil from a gardening center at the end of the year. Expensive bags will cost mere pennies to the lucky individual who has a means to transport it home. Wonderful opportunities are available for the savvy, winter shopper. Now that you know exactly when to start looking, you’ll be delighted to pay a great discount, versus the actual price.

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Southern Ties Boutique

Giving You the Gift Of Fun, Relaxed Shopping! BY MARTIE EMORY

As if shopping at Southern Ties weren’t already cozy enough, Heather Martens and her team have stepped things up another delicious notch. Now when you make a visit to the much-loved Farmington boutique, you’ll enjoy a warm treat from their recently added, and complimentary, gourmet coffee and tea bar. It’s the little things that make a huge difference – don’t we all know that? “We’ve spent time over the last several months working to tweak our atmosphere just a little,” says Heather, who founded the popular boutique ten years ago. “We want to make this the most pleasurable shopping experience possible!” There are countless reasons to make Southern Ties a regular shopping stop, primarily the most amazing collections of jewelry, apparel, boots, shoes and inspirational home accents around. But if you haven’t discovered their colorful, eclectic location in the Old General Store circa 1873 in picturesque Farmington, you absolutely must. The building itself exudes a charm you won’t find in many other places, has vintage counters and original hardwoods, and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Formerly known as Haj-Paj Boutique, the switchover to naming the shop Southern Ties was meant to reflect their southern roots – a “feel” you’ll notice right away – and the warm kinship and camaraderie they’ve developed within the community. You’ll only drive 20 minutes from Winston-Salem to shop their unique collections, but you’ll feel many more miles away from the hustle and bustle. Most of all, you’ll feel relaxed. “We are fine-tuning the overall shopping experience,” explains Heather, who hopes these subtle changes will take away a bit of the stress and bring the joy back to choosing amazing gifts for the special people in your life.



Every Thursday from now until Christmas Southern Ties will be open later – until 7:00 p.m. – for shoppers who need a few extra hours in their December days. They will also tempt you with complimentary wine, along with the coffee and tea bar, plus door prizes throughout the evening and the unmistakable personal service you won’t find anywhere else. Southern Ties has always offered complimentary gift packaging and wrapping, so when you leave the boutique, you’re ready to present your gift to the lucky recipient. That’s an especially welcome perk at the holidays, and combined with the savvy staff’s knowledge of every item in the boutique and trained eye for each detail involved in choosing the perfect gift, it’s a bonus for the giver as well! “We have brand new merchandise arriving every single week,” says Heather, explaining how Southern Ties keeps their inventory so fresh. With regular staff meetings to introduce her team to new items and keep them up-to-date on trends, she knows that the retail business is so much more than simply buying product and that being able to guide your customers in making the best choices for themselves and those on their gift list keeps them coming back. “We have so many regular customers who visit once a week just to see what’s new!” she says. That’s the best part, as there’s always something new and inspiring at Southern Ties. Join them to find perfect gifts for your friends and family – and a little something for yourself! Southern Ties is located at 1896 Farmington Road in Farmington. Regular boutique hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with additional Thursday hours through Christmas. Call them at 336-940-5501 for more information and follow Southern Ties Boutique on Facebook and Instagram.

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Until you move away from the Triad area, you may not appreciate the heart-felt tradition of the Moravian Lovefeast. I speak from experience. If you grow up in Winston-Salem, and especially as a Moravian, Lovefeast is a normal part of the calendar year for you. But when your location changes, try explaining what Lovefeast is to others! It is hard to put those feelings into words. This lovely service is not a sacrament of the church, but an expression of love to one another and for one another in fellowship. It is a service of eating spice buns, drinking coffee, praying, singing, and listening to beautiful music. Wonderful!



You may appreciate the Moravian Lovefeast for its historical significance as well. As followers of Jan Hus, the rebellious priest who was burned at the stake in 1415, the Moravians became the earliest Protestant denomination and established themselves as a separate church in 1467. The early Moravians were a gentle people who trusted the defense of their beliefs to their faith rather than to walls or military battles. Their passive resistance stood against the combined strength of the Roman Church and the armies of the Holy Roman Empire. This steadfast faith proved to be a great lesson in history as the band of believers survived the wrath of a powerful Rome, thus proving the impossibility of destroying the Moravians by force. Eventually, the United Brethren sought religious freedom in America and their influence and customs have shaped many of our lives here in this century.

I urge you to take advantage of the many available Lovefeasts given in this area during the holiday season and choose a time and location to experience the “love.” The hard work that goes into planning, producing, and giving a Lovefeast is monumental. The word “diener” means servant in German and the dieners who serve you coffee and buns are appropriately named. They serve joyfully. Many other servants are washing the mugs, performing the music, making the candles, baking the buns, and brewing the coffee. It is a service of love in every aspect. Merry Christmas to you. ….and thanks to all the area folks who put the “love” into our LOVEFEASTS!


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Working With


Among the most stressful experiences in a person’s life is the buying and selling of real estate. That’s why it’s critically important that the person you work with is someone who is knowledgeable, experienced, and a great listener. For Melanie Mitchell, it was also important to find someone she genuinely liked. Melanie is a Winston-Salem native who had been living out of state for five years when she and her husband, Steve, made plans to return to her hometown. “This was a huge change for my husband. He moved two months before I did so he could start his new job and while I settled the sale of our home. Since I am from Winston-Salem and know the area, I knew what to expect. However, I wanted to pair Steve with someone who could help him navigate unfamiliar territory and who would exercise patience with the very specific must-have list we had for our new home. I spoke to several realtors, and when I talked with Jody, I instantly knew we’d found our agent.” Not only is Jody familiar with the stress of a relocation, but she has also served Forsyth County for 11 years. She knows the area and when Melanie described their needs, as well as the parts of town that she would consider living in, Jody took notes and began helping Steve look at homes that met their criteria. After several weeks of looking online, meeting Jody at the most promising locations, Steve had found their dream home. “Every relocation has its challenges,” shared Jody, “but Melanie and Steve were in a unique situation. Melanie was involved online, while Steve was the one who was physically present to make the final decision. It’s a testament to the trust they have in each other that Melanie felt confident about the purchase of their new home without seeing it before closing.” But Melanie gives much of that credit to Jody. “Of course, I trusted my husband to make the decision for us. We had talked extensively about what we wanted and needed. But Jody was a key part of this experience. She listened. She didn’t waste our time showing us homes



that didn’t meet our requirements. Since Steve is a musician, a walk in / walk out basement was mandatory for loading his equipment in and out of the house. We also have dogs and wanted a fenced in yard for them. I needed an office, and we needed guest room space. We were also thinking long-term and though we’re only in our 40s, we wanted our house to be suitable for growing older, so we didn’t want to deal with multi-stories. Our vision was pretty specific for a couple who also wanted move-in ready! Jody genuinely understood our needs and our lifestyle. She understood that our wish list wasn’t based on ‘wouldn’t it be nice to have?’ These were requirements based on how we live our life and how we see our future!”

she’s a founding leader for Clemmons Community Day. Jody also co-founded Women Who Care, a non-profit group supporting those who are in need within the community. She’s won numerous awards and accolades throughout the years, including the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors Community Service Award.

While Melanie and Steve are happily settled in their new home, with no plans to move again in the future, they readily recommend Jody to anyone who is considering a move.

Jody Peske is an agent for Keller Williams. She can be reached at 336.918.7496. Visit her online at and be sure to “like” her on Facebook!

“Jody is a true professional and has all the qualities you could want in a realtor,” said Melanie. “If we had to do it all again, I’d choose Jody every time. I’ve worked with several realtors in the past and have not had great experiences. Without question, she’s the best I’ve ever worked with. Not only did she help lead us to our home, but she also helped negotiate, to make sure we got the best deal possible.” In addition to her work as a realtor, Jody is an active member of the community, serving on the board of the LewisvilleClemmons Chamber of Commerce, and

Jody has been married for over 27 years to her husband, Cliff, and together, they have two children. Jody is a woman with a servant’s heart and a calling to help others. Since the heart of community begins in the home, her chosen profession is perfect for her. It enables her to serve others by helping them find their place they can call home.




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Yes, I am one of “those people.” Some folks think I teeter on crazy, decorating before Thanksgiving. We won’t even mention the October Christmas Movie Binge. I just gain so much joy from this time of year! (AND weight…but we won’t talk about that either… ’tis the Season!)

full of pastries. He lovingly extended Christmas tidings, then began the painstaking trip back to North China, where he resumed his ministry to the Asian people. The refugees devoured the gift, never knowing the selfless, extravagant sacrifice offered on their behalf.

The holidays matter so deeply to me. Celebration consumes me, not because I merely believe in Christmas, but because I desperately long to live Christmas. What’s the difference, you ask? Let me show you.

As the sun rose that Christmas morning, friends in North China lamented the frail missionary’s radical decision and questioned his judgment. “Why would you sacrifice everything for people who treated you so bitterly? They may never believe in Jesus.” His voice cracked, “No, but I do.”

During WWII, when it seemed the world had gone dark, a malnourished missionary diligently saved enough money to return home to America for Christmas. His ten years away, serving the people of North China, made this family reunion especially significant. His loved ones surely counted the days to feel his embrace. As the missionary docked in India awaiting passage, he encountered a boatload of war-torn refugees. Every country had refused them entrance. They rested inside the boat before attempting the next port. The homesick missionary empathized with their longings for home and extended a “Merry Christmas!” Weary from travel and rejection, they defensively retorted, “We’re not Christians. Leave us alone. We don’t believe in Christmas.” The gracious man responded, “I know, but what do you want for Christmas?” The exiles eventually muttered that they wished for some rare German pastries. The missionary left the migrants and scoured the city until he located the unusual treats. He then did the unthinkable. This impoverished missionary cashed in his ticket for home to purchase the rare delicacies. At that moment, his dreams of a family Christmas perished.


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Friend, THIS is the essence of Christmas. We are the stranded refugees. We question and even harshly react to the generosity of the One who sacrificed everything to pull us from our forsaken predicament. Oh, the absurdity! This God, who cradles 200 billion galaxies in His hand, chose to wrap Himself in skin and be swaddled in a nasty feeding trough. Despite our scorn, the Son of God emptied Himself to live in our mess. He did the unthinkable for us, who weren’t thinking of Him at all. Jesus did not give everything because we are good. He did it because He is good. God did not sacrifice His best because we believe in Him. He did it because He believes in us. He believes in YOU. You are never too beaten up or broken down for the Father to come where you are. God offers His absolute best to remind your thickest walls and deepest wounds that you are worth it! So you see, I don’t want to merely believe in Christmas, or only revel in its beauty. I want to live it, weaving God’s giveit-all love into the intricacies of my days. I want every weary, hardened heart to know, “He thinks you’re worth it!” For comments or prayer, contact Dr. Lanier at PastorDebbie@

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There are some people in life, that when they cross your path, it feels like you’ve known them your entire life. For me, Lora Songster, morning drive radio personality, is one of those people. We met almost ten years ago when I interviewed her for a story in Forsyth Woman magazine. It truly felt like we had been friends for years, just picking up where our last chat over coffee left off. I shouldn’t have been surprised, I guess, at the ease of our conversation since Lora has been a constant in many lives, having a ‘chat’ each morning as they take on another day, giving encouragement and playing the tunes we all know and love. She’s the friend you want in your corner and the friend you want to be. Lora Songster, a native of Ashland, Oregon, grew up in Syracuse, NY, the third child in a family of four. She moved to North Carolina to attend High Point College, now High Point University. During her senior year, WMAG, 99.5FM, called the college looking for a student to help write Christmas copy and Lora got the job! After graduating with a degree in English with a radio/TV concentration, Lora began working at the station on air at night, then mid-day, finally landing the coveted AM drive slot. “The format for the show was all about being family oriented. Parents could be in the car with the kids and have our station on and not hear any inappropriate comments that they needed to explain, or hurriedly switch to another station. At the time, we played softer ballads, but have since become a station with songs from the ’80s, ’90s and today’s hits,” recalled Lora. Over the years, Lora has seen many changes in the industry. “In the beginning, we had albums, then something akin to an 8-track, and CDs, and now everything is computer based. Although



there were women in the industry, they were what I liked to call ‘giggle boxes,’ partnered with a guy, who was the smart and funny one, and the female was in place to give the weather report and laugh at whatever he said. I’m not alone in blazing the trail for women in radio; we’ve come a long way, but we have farther to go. Seeing more women in management roles is something I hope for – women not afraid to train others for fear they’ll be replaced. Working together to further women in this industry I feel is very important,” Lora commented. It is through her 30 years of working at WMAG that Lora has not only impacted morning drive time, but also local charities, that she holds near and dear to her heart. “I’ve had the privilege of working with local organizations and charities like Susan G. Komen,, Hospice & Palliative CareCenter of WinstonSalem, Brenner Children’s Hospital and groups that work with animals. I can give my time, stand behind a microphone emceeing an event when I can’t write a big check like I’d like to do. I’ve met some of my very best friends through these groups and my involvement. Giving hearts and God’s servants make the world a better place. I’ve found that you go, you give, but charity work nourishes you. It’s almost selfish because what you get back seems like much more than you give,” said Lora. Relating to her listeners and giving to those she meets is what keeps Lora doing what she does… “I want to be the kind of person someone would want to have coffee with. I look at women on morning TV. They are strong, yet vulnerable enough to share their life’s failures openly. For me, it was a failed first marriage and raising two daughters; many can relate to my past. So many times in life, as women, we just need someone to be real with us. I want to be the voice that says, ‘OK, you forgot to pack the kids’ lunch’ or ‘you used your lip liner as eyeliner because you are running late for work,’ but it’s OK; we judge ourselves too harshly. I want to be the voice that says, ‘it’s fine – we are going to get through it,’” Lora stated. In 30 years, you can imagine some of the people Lora has met, like two of her favorites, Captain Kangaroo and her childhood hero, football legend Jim Kelly, but it’s the everyday listeners and those she’s met at charities that mean the most to her. “Years ago I received an email from a lady in High Point, NC. She had put off having a mammogram for years. She heard me talking on the radio about an event I was doing for breast cancer awareness, and

she said, ‘I need to do that (get a mammogram).’ The mammogram found she had breast cancer, but it was caught early, and she wrote in her email that hearing me on the radio very well saved her life. I take pride and responsibility in doing things that can lift and encourage others, as well as give them a kick in the rear end when needed to do something. Each day, I’m sitting in a room, playing music, sometimes talking on the phone, but it can be so much deeper than that and can be the best part of my job,” said Lora. I can honestly say that one of the best parts of my job was meeting Lora and becoming her friend. Tune into WMAG 99.5FM every morning, 5:30 am - 10 am for the morning drive time with Lora Songster.

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Dear June… My Favorite Time of Year – Christmas “Christmas” and “home” have a bit of a synonymous ring to them. The two terms are described in countless holiday songs. After all, Christmas is the time we long to be with family, reminiscing about years gone by, and participating in our favorite family traditions. For those in the Piedmont, local traditions may include catching a performance of “The Nutcracker,” touring Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights, or a candlelight tour of Old Salem! But aside from our holiday traditions, many are preparing for holiday guests, parties, and entertaining. Every year, we hear from customers who want to get added to our calendar. They want our help to make their home “merry and bright” before out-of-town guests arrive. Thankfully, the elves at June DeLugas Interiors are a creative bunch and are eager to help! Christmas decor and gift ideas are aplenty at our store! We’re happy to give you inspiring ideas you can do on your own too! Such as: • Hang a wide ribbon in a family room or foyer and use raffia to tie your incoming holiday cards to the ribbon! • Accent your regular decor with a red vase or metallic candlesticks. Those small additions, coupled with a pretty strand of garlands and lights will make your room look and feel festive! You’ll love our suggestions, and they will free you up to focus on the fun stuff -- like buying gifts for others! C’mon, as much fun as it is to receive, it’s always better to give. And there are so many great ideas, even for the hard-to-shop-for! Consider a few of these suggestions: • Wrap hostess gifts with a favorite ornament on the box as a bonus gift! • Show your love for local with a basket of fresh produce from a local farmer! • Gift certificates for luxury spa services are sure to be enjoyed! The June DeLugas Interiors team wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We hope you’ll stop by to see the many, beautiful items we have in stock that you may want to add to your own holiday traditions!

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177 JONESTOWN ROAD | WINSTON-SALEM, NC 27104 (336) 842.3296 | TRENONNE.COM | GO ONLINE, OR CHECK FACEBOOK FOR HOURS OF OPERATION. It’s no secret that I LOVE great food! So, when the opportunity to review Tre Nonne Italian Restaurant on Jonestown Road presented itself, I was super excited! And trust me – I was NOT disappointed! “Tre Nonne” means “three grandmothers,” and is the owners’ tribute to their Italian grandmothers who came to America years before them. While their grandmothers embraced the American culture, they continued to hold tightly to the Italian traditions in the kitchen. And they passed on those traditions to Tony, his wife, Alice, and his sister, Debby… the owners of Tre Nonne. These traditional recipes are the foundation for the menu at Tre Nonne and are, in a word, superb. Especially in the hands of head chef, Antawn Hairston, who perfects each dish while maintaining the integrity of its history. For a foodie-town like Winston-Salem, Tre Nonne is a welcome addition and anyone who loves Italian food (and really, who doesn’t??), a visit is only the beginning of what will undoubtedly be the first of many. Tre Nonne has certainly jumped to the top of my list of favorite places to visit! The restaurant is unassuming, decorated with rich colors and the classic ambiance you’d expect from an old country establishment. The environment is infused with the delicious scents from the kitchen that are guaranteed to make your mouth water! But enough about that… let’s talk about food!


Tony and Debby brought us samples of their signature soup, Rosemary Cream of Mushroom. This rich, creamy soup is pure decadence in a bowl, and is the type of deliciousness you crave on cold winter nights! Soup was followed by an assortment of appetizers that included Fried Calamari that was lightly breaded and perfectly seasoned in traditional Italian seasonings. We enjoyed Bruschetta that was topped with fresh mozzarella and drizzled with a tangy, balsamic reduction and fresh tomatoes. We also sampled Stuffed Meatballs, which were filled with ricotta and mozzarella and could easily be a meal themselves. We also had Chicken Parmesan Balls, a delightful twist on an Italian classic! Finally, we had Italian Eggrolls, a clever invention of flavors stuffed with sausage and vegetables and served with a lovely marina sauce!


It’s hard to believe we could keep going after those savory appetizers, but a restaurant reviewer must persevere. Tony selected a variety of popular choices for us to try and they were all excellent! Rigatoni and Vodka was a smooth and creamy dish that had just a little bit of kick. Pasta Bolognese was a meaty option that had a great flavor! Tre Nonne’s Lasagna is the type of dish that the Italian grandmother you never had would have made (actually, their grandmothers DID make it!). And as a former vegetarian, the Eggplant Parmigiana was, hands down, the best I’ve ever eaten. Layered with cheese and basil, it’s lightly breaded and perfectly baked. Debby brought us a basket of homemade bread to try with our entrees and the bread was dense, yet light and flavorful!


By this point, we were all suffering from “food coma,” when we were brought a selection of desserts to try. The De-Constructed Cannoli is a creative play on a traditional favorite, and best of all, with the cannoli cream dip paired with deep-fried cannoli chips, it’s a great shareable dessert for those who need a little sweet at the end of their meal. However, if you are one who has a decadent sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss their New York Style Cheesecake. Cheesecake is something I am always skeptical about since most restaurants refer to their cheesecake as New York style. However, for the first time, I would actually agree with that description. Unlike many cheesecakes, this was lightly whipped and the crust was perfectly baked. It wouldn’t be an Italian restaurant without Tiramisu, and with three grandmothers hailing from Italy, you know they’ve handed down a fantastic recipe. Finally, Chef Carmine Looz created the decadent Zeppole Italian Doughnuts… for me, this is the perfect dessert to have a bite or two, then take home for breakfast the next morning. Exceptional!

For wine lovers, you’ll love Tre Nonne’s monthly wine dinners with meals developed to complement the various wines their resident sommelier brings in to sample! Chef Antawn has the super cool task of developing recipes to go with each month’s wine options! This family-friendly restaurant will undoubtedly become a favorite for every member of your household. Plus, they deliver! Stop by and be sure to tell them Rosey sent you!



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Grow Success Your Own


have the same 24 hours in a day that we do. Doesn’t that make success seem much more tangible? I’d be willing to bet that the most successful people in the world don’t spend a ton of time watching TV or scrolling through social media.


Like most people I know, I strive to be the best person that I can be. I want to be remembered as a happy, successful, confident woman. But that’s a lot of adjectives with a whole lot of meaning! I don’t know about you, but for me, the thought of being all of these things is quite overwhelming. A few weeks ago I had a massive revelation about what it means to be successful…happy…confident. This concept really applies to anything that you want to be. What is this eye-opening concept? It’s very simple. It’s daily habits. It’s all about your priorities and which of them you take time for every day. Greatness, in my opinion, comes from consistency. This consistency, in turn, generates growth. Growth is not just for children. As adults, we should strive to constantly grow ourselves! At a leadership conference I attended last month, John Maxwell said that he hopes he has to re-introduce himself to himself every couple of years. A joke of course, but what he means is that he shouldn’t be the same person year after year. We all should strive to constantly grow and better ourselves. How do you go about this growth process? A few recommendations:




Read articles, read books, read all that you can! Remember when you were little and your parents told you that reading made you smarter? They weren’t kidding! And that doesn’t “expire” once you graduate from school. No matter your age, keep reading and you’ll keep learning and growing.


Each day is essentially a whole bunch of habits. Make sure these habits that are taking up your day are good ones. None of us are perfect, and we all have bad habits, but striving to get rid of the bad habits and add on good habits is always a good thing. Consider the hour before you go to sleep. What do you do for this hour? Are you on your phone or computer or watching mindless TV? If this sounds like you, consider reading a book, writing in a journal or doing yoga instead. It is very comforting to think that we all have 24 hours in a day. The most successful people in the world

No, I’m not referencing Nike. In fact, if Nike didn’t have this tagline claimed—I’d say it belongs to my mom. She accomplishes more in a day than most of us accomplish in a week. Why? Because she just DOES it. Are you considering joining a mastermind group or even starting one? Are you thinking about starting your own business? Writing a book? Just do it! Take the jump and make that first step. What’s the worst that can happen? You’ll fail? Big deal! We’ve all heard the familiar story of Michael Jordan not making his high school basketball team. Michael Jordan isn’t alone. We can all relate to his failure as we’ve all failed many a time. Let your failures be a steppingstone in your growth journey. Hopefully, in a couple of years, you will have to “re-introduce” yourself to yourself. Here’s to you and your journey to success!

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7 Ways to Make Gift Giving Even Better BY LEA CHURCH-BRENDLE (Simply Sterling & Company’s very own Chief Bottle Washer, Wearer of All Hats, Pun-Master, Hug-Monger, Bat Crazy Momma of Many and Holder of Your Heart if you will let her!)

So here we are… the countdown is on. Every day is one day closer to that special gift giving day…are you ready? Can’t say that I am either. I am on a mission, however, to check that off my to-do list sooner than later so that I might be able to enjoy the holiday season more than past years when the gift purchasing was push to shove, and it felt more a job than the joy of giving. Where are you on your checklist? If you need a little assistance in keeping the sentiment in the season, try on any one of these seven thoughts for a more fruitful gift giving experience!

LOVE… this one is easy. It is the origin of how and why this all started. Love entered this world so many years ago and is the core of our mere existence. Our first and foremost direction of shopping is always for our loved ones, those we hold near and dear to our hearts. These purchases tend to be easier. We give each of our loved ones a gift to remind them of how much they are loved by the “giving,” but not by the size of the gift. Listen to your heart and think of each and every one of them and how much they mean to you as you are searching for that special gift. Giving without JOY makes it rather senseless. This is one of the purest happy feelings one can have while out and about during this season. Love is why you are shopping, and joy is the feeling you get as you find that “just right” item and envision them opening it with glee! Have PEACE within yourself on your decisions…remember that breaking the bank is not the answer. No one on your list would want you to do that anyway. So, work within your means and if you need to break “homemaker” and be a little creative this year…you have my permission! If you are purchasing on “size matters,” re-think this for your own benefit. Listening to your heart and going with your gut are two of the most tried and true instincts of good decision making. The hurry scurry at this time of the year can draw even the calmest to the edge. Remember to be a good witness. Try and have more PATIENCE with the world – you don’t know their story, but your reaction to their impatience could change their next chapter.



There are definitely people in your life that aren’t on your love list, but you have a personal connection to them, whether it’s your delivery person, an elderly neighbor, an unsung hero or favorite bagger at your local grocery…think outside your shopping box. Showing someone KINDNESS with a token gift during this season, or at any time for that matter, can have the most beautiful effect on a person – actually on both of you! Giving is such a wonderful act in itself, it’s an act of love on the most basic level and, as we all know, love wins every time! Goodness gracious, oh, the choices we will be given from which to choose. Of course, there will be something for everyone in shopping arenas galore. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself a recipient of someone’s goodness…and always be a gracious receiver. Let your GOODNESS this season motivate you to be a blessing to many.

FAITHFULNESS is a lot like loyalty… but goes much deeper. So in your shopping excursions, remember to be faithful to your local small businesses. They are the fiber of your community, and your dollar is more likely to stay local. Small businesses take a lot of pride in their endeavors, and your support speaks volumes and validates their hard work. These are all simple gifts with beautiful complex outcomes that will make your season, and everyone in your path much, much brighter! So, if you might be wondering if there is an eighth gift….well, check out page 134 for a gift from me to you! Our holiday hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 6 pm through December 23rd. We look forward to seeing you and helping you with your list! We are located in The Village at Robinhood Shopping Center at the intersection of Robinhood and Meadowlark. See you soon! 336-896-0077

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The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is one of the finest examples of industrial site repurposing in the country. Twenty-five years in the making, it began as a response to an economy reeling from a devastating series of job losses in the 1980s. Back then, when civic, business and university leaders gazed across the acres of idle tobacco factories and warehouses east of downtown, they didn’t see a glass almost empty; they saw huge potential. Bringing their vision to fruition required major investments of public and private dollars — approximately $500 million to date — in order to create what is now one of the fastest-growing hubs for innovation in biomedical science and information technology in the United States. Now, as the Innovation Quarter promises to revitalize our economy, our city must reach once again for the glass half-full and address a different set of challenges. It must contend with a crisis in the ability of our children to participate in a revitalized economy. Our city’s earlier crisis required capital investments. The future vitality of our city will require investments in human capital and strategic investments in our children during the years when their potential is greatest— from birth to five. Tremendous progress has been made on increasing the high-school graduation rate, yet the needle has moved little on increasing student proficiency scores. Nearly half of third-grade students are not achieving proficiency in reading. That rate rises to approximately two-thirds for AfricanAmerican and Hispanic students, which is of concern, given the fact that a majority of children under age five in Forsyth County live in minority households. This reality will grow more daunting if we continue to allow 34 percent of our children under five to live in poverty in Forsyth County. These circumstances produce what Harvard social scientist Robert Putnam refers to as the “opportunity gap” in his New York Times bestselling book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. He documents how rising inequality has left too many families without the resources and supports their need to build their children’s wellbeing. This opportunity gap is most critical during the earliest years of life, when the brain architecture of children is developing most rapidly. The good news is that we have the power to close the opportunity gap. We already know that Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) programs have a track record of paying big dividends. Studies show that children enrolled in high-

quality Pre-K programs have improved test scores, better verbal skills, more developed social-emotional skills and longer attention spans, all factors leading to success in school — and in life. Children who participate in these programs are more likely to graduate from high school and attend and graduate from college. As adults, they are more likely to be employed and own a home. Economists have documented a $7 return on every $1 spent on quality Pre-K programs. The time has come for Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County to join the ranks of forwardthinking municipalities across the country and begin to plan for the implementation of a universal Pre-K system that gives every child the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential. Initial investments in early childhood development are already being made, through such initiatives as the Forsyth Promise, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s Great Expectations, Family Services Head Start and Early Head Start child development programs and Project Impact. The latter is spearheaded by Reynolds American—whose gifting of former factories and warehouses spurred the growth of the Innovation Quarter—with a goal of raising $45 million over six years, a significant portion of which will help to increase the number of Pre-K classrooms in the county. This is only the beginning. Establishing a universal Pre-K system is a complex undertaking. It requires long-range vision and a detailed master plan. That’s why Family Services convened the Universal Pre-K Initiative and published its position paper that identifies strategic elements required to achieve this opportunity for all children. (Go to ItsWorking.) Such a system will not fulfill its promise without setting uniform, high-quality program standards; adequately compensating teachers; promoting family engagement; offering a choice of providers; fostering diverse enrollment, and gaining communitywide support. We will all benefit most when every child has the opportunity to grow up to become truly remarkable and contribute his or her special gifts and talents to the future economic and social vitality of our community. The future starts with here, with all our children, who deserve nothing less. It’s working. Are you with us? Donate or volunteer: or call 336.722.8173.

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The Holidays in Winston-Salem BY MEGAN TAYLOR

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! During the holiday season, there are lots of things to do, including cooking, decorating, shopping, and wrapping presents. But, there is also another important part of the season – participating in some of the traditions throughout Winston-Salem. Growing up, some of the events below were must-do’s to complete the holidays. Here are the can’t miss events for the holidays in Winston-Salem.

• HOLIDAYS AT OLD SALEM: As an alumna of Salem College, the

holidays at Old Salem were always some of my favorite times of the year. I loved the decorations in the Square and buildings. Some of the events at the historic site include Saturdays with St. Nicholas, Christmas Lovefeast at St. Philips, and the Candle Tea. My favorite, the Candle Tea, is sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship of Home Moravian Church. The event is held in the Single Brothers’ House and is made up of singing Christmas carols, learning how the Moravian beeswax candles are made, enjoying Moravian coffee and sugar cake, and hearing about the history of Salem. Visitors will also experience what life was like in early Salem through hearing stories and viewing the putz, which is the miniature replica of the town. Lastly, the meaning of Christmas will be shared through the lighted Nativity putz.

of North Carolina School of the Arts’ (UNCSA) performance of The Nutcracker has been a holiday staple in the Camel City for decades. Each year, students from the University put on ten performances of Tchaikovsky’s world-famous ballet, complete with the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince, Clara, and the Mouse King. The matinée and evening shows will be performed daily, December 9-10 and 14-18. Tickets are currently on sale.

• A BETHABARA CHRISTMAS: Venture back in

time to the 1753 Moravian settlement of Bethabara. On Saturday, December 3rd, visitors can experience holiday traditions of the historic site. There will be music by Downtown Sounds, beeswax candle demonstrations, and other Christmas traditions.




• HANDEL’S MESSIAH: Another musical way to

November 18th to January 1st, the Tanglewood Festival of Lights is now in its 25th season and is one of the largest light shows in the Southeast. The 4-mile route has over 100 light displays that you can drive past. Also, attendees can shop the festival’s gift village, have a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and warm up by the fire at S’Moresville. Hayrides and carriage rides through the Festival of Lights are also available.

don’t begin until this evening occurs. This year, the Winston-Salem Jaycees will host its 26th holiday parade through downtown Winston-Salem. Businesses, organizations, school groups, Boy and Girl Scout troops, and many more will march down the parade route as we welcome the holidays and, you guessed it, the guy in the big red suit, Santa Claus! Many parade go-ers will then attend the next event, the annual Christmas tree lighting, hosted by the Jaycees’ event partner, the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnerships. The tree lighting will take place directly after the parade. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at 5 p.m. with the parade route starting on Fourth Street at Poplar Street and ending at the intersection of Liberty Street.




This Winston-Salem holiday tradition is a musical way to spread holiday cheer and get in the spirit of the season. Fox 8 news anchors host a concert by the Winston-Salem Symphony, filled with a carol sing-along. This year’s concert is Saturday, December 17th at 7:30 pm and is free with a canned or non-perishable food donation. The donations will be given to the Salvation Army Food Banks throughout the Piedmont Triad.

ring in the holiday season with the Winston-Salem Symphony is their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. Originally written for Easter, George Handel’s classic musical work made its debut in Dublin in 1742. Now known as a Christmas piece, Messiah is performed throughout the world, including right here in Winston-Salem. This year’s productions will be on December 13th and 14th at Centenary United Methodist Church with conductor Robert Moody and special guests.

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BY MARTIE EMORY, WITH GEORGE AND CHRIS BAMBALIS Discerning American fashion consumers are always looking for freshness and uniqueness in the pieces they add to their wardrobes. George Bambalis, owner of Nitsa’s Apparel along with his wife Chris, says he hears that request all the time from their customers. “They’re tired of walking into stores and seeing rack after rack of seemingly the same styles,” he explains.

That’s where Nitsa’s stands out as one of North Carolina’s leading women’s specialty stores. Nitsa’s strives to bring an eclectic mix of fashion to both of its locations – here in Winston-Salem and in Charlotte. The buzzword for this approach to fashion is “curate,” and Nitsa’s definitely follows a curated approach. The most obvious characteristic that distinguishes Nitsa’s from many other specialty stores is that they have a broad range of product offerings, especially at their 10,000-square-foot Stratford Road boutique. December 2016 |


Focused primarily on the woman in her 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond, their women’s sportswear collection brings together a mix of contemporary, crossover, and modern designers, but you’ll also find clothing in the “athleisure” classification which is the style evolution of active wear (athletic workout clothing), that fits into daily life while you’re out and about. The Winston-Salem store’s Paradise Room focuses on lifestyle clothing with fun, colorful sportswear and dresses for resort and vacation trips, or for just looking fabulous at a casual lunch. In the fall and winter months, you’ll find outdoor attire in the Paradise Room such as vests, jackets, and coats. Besides their award-winning bridal salons (more on those later!), Nitsa’s offers other fashions ranging from party wear and social occasion dresses for the young prom girl, to women’s cocktail and evening dresses, and the most flattering dresses for the mother-of-thebride! Also, Nitsa’s offers suits and dresses for the professional woman, a classification which has been as difficult to buy for as it has been for customers to find in the marketplace. Without a doubt, the breadth of fashion choices offered at Nitsa’s is amazing. “We’ve been working with one of 7th Avenue’s foremost buying offices for years,” says George. For the past three years, both George and Chris have been devoting their full energy once again to their two stores, after



having dealt with a family medical situation for several years before that. Their efforts in working closely with The Doneger Group, the New York buying office of record in the industry, to develop one of the best collections of women’s fashion in the Southeast has been paying dividends for their loyal following. “We renovated the Winston-Salem store with fun, rustic colors, natural wood accents, and other natural materials to reflect our fashion sensibility and to showcase all the beautiful clothes we are buying,” says George. Of course, Nitsa’s also offers a tremendous assortment of accessories to coordinate with every ensemble, something every serious shopper knows is essential to completing a look. They are also pleased to offer a full range of cosmetic and skin care products and services, and Wanda, Nitsa’s Sales Manager, applies her expertise as a registered esthetician to help customers achieve a beautiful, individualized look. Their mission is implied by their slogan, “EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.” But offering sumptuous fabrics and beautiful clothing isn’t their only mission. “Winston-Salem is a great city, and our family has been part of the fabric of this business community since the 1930s,” says George, who also owns Recreation Billiards, established in 1947 in downtown Winston-Salem. “You don’t have a successful business like Nitsa’s

for over 50 years without the support of your neighbors, friends, and the community at large. As a result, we’ve been strong supporters of our city’s various institutions.” For example, Nitsa’s just hosted their 18th Annual “Food for Families” event before Thanksgiving, where they raised food and funds for The Second Harvest Foodbank of Northwest NC. Nitsa’s also sponsors another in-store event in conjunction with their Holiday Open House for our local Battered Women’s Shelter that supports women and children who find themselves in crisis. This year’s event will be held Friday and Saturday, December 2 and December 3, and customers who bring in their gently used clothing or make a cash donation to the shelter will receive a 30% discount off their Nitsa’s purchase. George and Chris also support organizations such as the Humane Society, the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball, and Winterlark, the cancer patient support program at WFUBMC. “It’s important to our family to give back and help others as God has helped us and blessed us over the years,” shares George. While he handles overall business affairs at Nitsa’s, Chris works in the Winston-Salem store and oversees the management of Nitsa’s bridal salons at both the Winston-Salem and Charlotte locations. In the bridal industry, Nitsa’s is known as The Carolinas’ Couture Bridal Salon, because of their exceptional collection of bridal designers, the impeccable

craftsmanship of their seamstresses, and the extensive knowledge of their bridal consultants. “It’s such a special time in a woman’s life and such an honor and treat for us to be there to help her,” says Chris. She smiles as she talks about one of her favorite wedding party photos where Nitsa’s dressed the entire entourage in the photo, from the flower girl to the bridesmaids, the mother and grandmother of the bride, even the bride’s cousins and, of course, the beautiful bride herself. Chris shares another story about one of her brides who walked by the alterations room and said, beaming, “So this is where the magic happens.” Chris emphasizes to brides from the first moment of their initial appointment how important a properly fitted and altered gown is to a perfect wedding day look. This season she’s especially excited about the new Hayley Paige Collection and the designer’s other line, Blush by Hayley Paige. Hayley Paige is the twenty-something couture designer phenom who is taking the bridal world by storm with her fresh and fanciful, yet surprisingly affordable, bridal gowns and her extremely popular bridesmaid’s line. As it has for years, Nitsa’s continues to offer iconic couture bridal designers such as Amsale, Monique Lhuillier, and Romona Keveza with price points ranging from $1,500 to $8,000. While keeping a watchful eye on an ever-changing fashion world, Nitsa’s continues to work hard at preserving the tradition of offering the highest quality alterations service to its customers, a

vanishing amenity in the marketplace. Nitsa’s is only one of a small number of stores who offer highly skilled, experienced seamstresses in-house. “We try to stay true to a well-known quote from my mom, Nitsa Bambalis,” says George. “Fashion is one part style and three parts fit.” Something to look forward to this spring: George added that one of Nitsa’s new and exclusive designers for Spring 2017, TED BAKER London, just rolled out their latest tongue-in-cheek marketing campaign, “Mission Impeccable.” How perfect for Nitsa’s clientele as impeccable does seem to be the perfect description for women who want to look their very best! For those of you who haven’t done so already, rediscover Nitsa’s or fall in love with them for the first time – either way you’re going to have an amazing experience. Nitsa’s Apparel is located at Stratford Village, 107 S. Stratford Road in Winston-Salem, 336-725-1999. Hours are Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Visit them online at nitsas. com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for news, events, and trend updates. When you participate in their Holiday Open House, December 2 and December 3, your donation earns you a percentage off your store purchase. You can also visit Nitsa’s Charlotte location known for their bridal salon and exceptional party clothes, special occasion wear, and alterations at 6700 Fairview Road in Phillips Place, 704-940-1999.

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• Your age of retirement: The first question to ask yourself is “When do I

want to retire?” This is probably the biggest factor when planning the amount of money you’ll need for retirement. If you hope to retire earlier, you’ll need more money in savings as, chances are, you’ll be retired longer. Conversely, if you plan to work later in life, you may not need as much. Determining your retirement age is the first step in planning for your post-career life.

• Your retirement lifestyle: Once your career is over, how do you want to

live? Do you want to travel? Do you have new or existing hobbies you want to pursue? Are you looking to begin or continue the country-club lifestyle? Do you envision yourself buying or leasing vacation property? All of these factors can play into the amount of retirement income you’ll need and should be considered when retirement planning.

• Life expectancy: According to the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention, the average life expectancy in the U.S. is approximately 79 years of age, the highest it has been in history. Therefore, people in the U.S. should be prepared for a longer retirement than their parents and should plan accordingly. For a person who retires at 65, he or she will have an average of a 14-15-year retirement, and for many of us, it will be even longer. Therefore, you should plan your retirement finances accordingly.

• Social Security benefits: For many of our parents, grandparents, and greatFor most of us, we work our entire lives to do four things: take care of ourselves, provide for our families, save money for retirement, and hopefully be able to leave something to our children and grandchildren when we depart. We work hard every day to be able to one day reach the finish line and the word we all want to hear: retirement, when you can finally kick back, spend more time with the family, enjoy the grandkids, and do all of the things you never had time to do when you were working. One of the things I’m often asked by clients, and one of the areas Marzano Capital Group specializes in, is retirement planning. Specifically, the number one thing on every client’s mind when we first sit down is, “How much money will I need for retirement?” And while that may seem like a simple question, the answer can often be more complicated, as many factors play a role in what each individual will need to retire in the manner in which they desire. Overall, the general rule of thumb is that retirees will need approximately 80 percent of their pre-retirement salaries in retirement. However, that number fluctuates depending on your specific needs. Here are a few things to consider when planning your retirement:

grandparents, Social Security benefits made up a significant portion of their retirement incomes. However, as more and more Baby Boomers reach retirement age and people on average are living longer, the Social Security program is coming under increasing stress. As a result, Social Security benefits in the future could be significantly less, and this should be factored into retirement planning.

• Inflation: It is very important for your savings to keep pace with, or exceed, inflation. If you think you have accounted for every possibility when constructing a savings goal, but forget this vital component, your savings could be far from sufficient. Inflation has the potential to lower the value of your savings from year to year, significantly reducing your purchasing power over time.

These are all factors that should be considered when planning for retirement. But after determining your retirement savings goal and factoring in how much you have saved already, you may be able to determine how much you need to save each year to reach your destination. The important thing is to come up with a goal and then develop a strategy to pursue it. The sooner you begin determining and planning for your retirement goals, the sooner you’ll be able to achieve them. Jon Marzano is the Managing Principal for Marzano Capital Group. For more than 11 years as an independent financial services company, Marzano Capital Group and its staff of highly trained advisors have been dedicated to working with each individual client to develop a comprehensive plan designed to exceed their financial goals through a wide range of products and services. For more information or to schedule a meeting with one of our advisors, please visit Content in this material is for general information only and not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. Securities offered through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advice offered through Marzano Capital Group, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL Financial.

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Send Some Hope Over the Holidays!


and assistance, especially over the holidays, is crucial. Making a donation in my clients’ honor each year is my way of honoring my professional relationships and passing along a gift to those in need.”

At the main office of Crisis Control Ministry in WinstonSalem, the holidays are a time for more hustle and bustle than any other time of the year. The weather has gotten colder, and the need for things like food, medication, and rent and utility assistance go up. Those in need visit the food pantry and the pharmacy in higher numbers, meaning more volunteer manpower is needed, and more resources are necessary to keep things running smoothly. Luckily, a driving part of helping those less fortunate during this time of year is the Holiday Honor Card program that has been a part of Crisis Control Ministry for over 20 years. These cards allow folks to purchase cards to benefit Crisis Control and send them to friends, family, and clients while making a difference in the process. “I have always been a believer in helping those less fortunate,” said Mary Preston Yates, a realtor with Leonard Ryden Burr and longtime supporter of the Crisis Control Holiday Honor Card program. “Comfort



For $5 a card, Crisis Control Holiday Honor Cards can be sent by the purchaser themselves or be signed and sent by the Crisis Control staff. All proceeds from these cards go directly to Crisis Control Ministry. Two design options are available – one created by graphic artist Beth Jones, and one painted by well-known local artist William Mangum, who has had a larger holiday honor card program since 1987. His program, in its 29th year, has raised over six million dollars for various organizations that assist the needy and homeless in our state, including Crisis Control Ministry right here in Winston-Salem. “People love our cards because they offer an opportunity to give a meaningful gift in honor of the receiver that also benefits Crisis Control Ministry and our work with economically vulnerable people in our county,” said Margaret Elliott, Executive Director of Crisis Control Ministry. For more information and to purchase holiday honor cards from Crisis Control Ministry, please visit or contact Vicki Jones at 336201-5290 or

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Keep Christmas Simple 6. By enjoying the music of the season more. 7. By not over-committing. It’s okay to say “no.”

“Christmas can’t be bought from a store… Maybe Christmas means a little more.” ~Dr. Seuss

As a child, I thought Christmas would never come. “Slow as Christmas!” was so true when it came to the feeling of anticipation. Now that I’m a grandmother, there’s nothing slow about Christmas and it seems to come around faster every year. I didn’t appreciate the hours my own parents put into making my and my siblings’ Christmas season special until I became a parent. It’s a lot of work! When it comes to celebrating the holidays, so many things I want to do, I should do and even what I have to do, need to be prioritized. Maybe it’s just wisdom that comes with age but “less is more” even when it comes to celebrating Christmas. Yes, I do love the holidays with all the traditions, the decorations, the parties and the activities but Christmas is so much more than that! This year I’m looking for ways to keep it simple and enjoy the season more: 1. By looking for ways to decorate without “decking every hall with boughs of holly”: place the nativity scene in a visible location, just decorate one tree with meaningful ornaments collected through the years, put a wreath on the front door, decorate the mantle with antique Santas, and place simple candles in the windows. 2. By planning ahead. Decorate, shop, plan meals, and bake (or at least choose recipes) early. 3. By keeping traditions simple and try to enjoy the peace and joy the holiday brings. 4. By giving back. I will share with those less fortunate. 5. By controlling spending, shopping wisely, avoiding debt and remembering it’s the thought that counts, not the price of the gift. I plan to make a list and check it twice, and consider cutting down on gift giving. 62 |

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Overcoming Language Barriers in Business

When it comes to being Speak slowly & clearly. successful in business, While this seems like a communication is key. no-brainer, there are times With the ever-changing when those who are used to BY ELISA WALLACE demographics in the United conducting business with sameStates, it is vital for those who language speakers forget to slow want to stay on top to consider the down when speaking. Focus on clearly statistics regarding different language enunciating and slowing down your speakers. Over the past fifty years, the speech. Even if you are pressured for time, it number of non-English speaking citizens in the is a big mistake to rush through communication. Yes, United States has grown exponentially. According to slowing down and clearly speaking takes more time, but the Washington Examiner, “1 in 5 U.S. residents, do you’ll ultimately have to invest additional time in clearing not speak English at home.” The Center for Immigration up confusion from not doing so. The rewards in the longStudies, which annually examines the latest Census run outweigh the time factor. Bureau data, reveals that, “a record 64.7 million U.S. residents five years of age and older spoke a language other Check-in constantly. After slowly speaking with the other than English at home in 2015.” Among these findings, the non-English speaker, check for understanding. You can do so largest numerical increases from 2010 to 2015 were among without making the other feel uncomfortable by saying, “Now, speakers of “Spanish (up 3.1 million), Chinese (up 525,000), what is your understanding of this process?” Also, make sure Arabic (up 292,000), Hindi (up 203,000), Tagalog (up 163,000), French Creole (up 117,000), and Urdu (up 92,000).” that not only do they understand you, but you understand them. You can easily do so by using reflective questions. “So what I What do all these numbers mean to the small to large business hear you saying is…” owner? Simply put, it means that all businesses, not only those involved in international trade, have to be prepared to Avoid usage of idioms. When it comes to conducting deal with different languages and cultures when conducting business, it is easy to often fit in an idiom to make the other business. Unfortunately, language barriers make it very difficult person feel comfortable. “Straight off the bat, let’s discuss this,” to give direction, explain expectations, or provide performance or “What ball park figures can you present to us?” may often feedback to employees with whom businesses have to work well within your usual line of business, but these can often communicate effectively. What native speakers may not realize is create huge miscommunication when dealing with those who that frequently it is not the other person’s accent, but their own do not speak English. A good “rule of thumb” (pun intended), way of speaking that creates the greatest challenge to effective is NOT to use any phrases which require an understanding of a communication. What can a business owner do to tackle these metaphor or game. obstacles? Read on for five strategies to breaking through the language barrier. Use visual methods of communication. Essentially all humans are visual learners. When conducting a meeting with Do not be shy! Ask for clarification. It pays off to ask more others who do not speak English, be sure to bring visual items questions, rather than assume something and end up making to help explain your project or product. Instead of bringing a a mistake in business. If you are not 100% positive on what the written pamphlet, you will want to use pictures to convey your other person is saying, politely ask for clarification. This enables both sides to feel more confident when conducting business. instructions or assignments.



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Essential Balanced Bodywork ’s Co -founder : Emily Roels BY VONDA HENDERSON

healing space for my client (especially those who give to others without regard for themselves) ensures they get some well-deserved attention.” Emily is drawn to helping people heal. One of her gifts is relating to people and putting them at ease. It’s remarkable how quickly clients relax and how comfortable the overall mood becomes. Emily’s nurturing personality provides a soothing space for her clients. As Emily shared, “Once clients experience their massage, a ripple effect ensues. They may feel kinder, more patient, and have a minimized stress level from the daily grind. That sensation empowers them to care for themselves and have a pay it forward mentality.”

Emily Roels and her husband, Michael, are the founders/operators/owners of Essential Balanced Bodywork, established in 2013. Their dedicated approach to their clients’ well-being has helped their clients and resulted in numerous referrals over the years. Emily received her initial training in massage therapy at Guilford Technical Community College. Her original interest was geared toward sports therapy; however, after having a child, her interests shifted to good health and natural healing. With her athletic background in basketball, soccer, and volleyball, Emily relates well to clients experiencing injuries from an active lifestyle. Also, Emily is certified to teach massage therapy as a board approved continuing educator provider via the North Carolina Licensed Therapy Massage Board. With 13+ years of experience, Emily offers her clients a wide range of techniques depending on their situation and need at that time. Her clients may have need for a relaxation/ Swedish massage, RoelsMethod for those in chronic pain, reflexology, deep tissue, or acutonics (tuning fork sound therapy that is similar to acupuncture in principle, but without the needles). “I learned and continue to massage with intention,” shared Emily. “I respectfully focus fully on each client, creating a loving/caring space for them and what can best benefit them. Creating a

Emily enjoys helping people on an individual basis. Plus, working in a relaxing environment with soft music proves benefits to her as well. Emily is also a certified holistic health coach. For many years she has been able to share her expertise with others struggling or stuck in patterns of life choices that no longer serve them. Emily provides coaching that encompasses eating, hobbies, creativity, finances, physical activity, spirituality, friendships/support, all areas of life – food is not the main focus. As Emily stated, “Even changing environments can impact what and how we eat, modify life skills (stress relievers, how you speak to yourself and foster the ‘good in / good out’ concept). It helps a person find their gifts and exploit those gifts to their advantage while working to achieve goals.” Continual learning to help benefit her clients is a benefit to her clients. Emily’s embrace of learning came easily; her mom was a teacher and continues to

be a strong support. She has a twin brother and two older sisters. Her personal philosophy is that the glass is half-full and her positive energy embraces anyone in her orbit. She is skilled at bringing out smiles from those around her. In her leisure time, Emily enjoys creativity (painting and nature crafts), yoga, meditating, taking walks and spending time with her daughter. What are clients saying about Emily? Emily is wonderful! I had issues with my shoulder for over a year and was contemplating surgery. Thankfully I tried massage therapy with EBB; Emily was able to pinpoint the problem. With strengthening exercises and continued therapy, I am getting more mobility and strength every day. (Lisa) I had no idea how much a mastectomy and the reconstruction process would affect my arms, shoulders, and back areas. By the end of the year-long process, sleep was a problem due to the pain level. Emily did such an awesome, amazing job relieving the pain I was in! It’s not just a massage; it’s healing. (Ashley) Give Emily a call to schedule your own session; you’ll leave refreshed and invigorated. Essential Balanced Bodywork is located at 2575 Old Glory Road, Suite #500, Clemmons, NC 27012. Their appointment hours are Monday – Wednesday, 10 am to 6 pm; Tuesday – Thursday, noon to 8 pm; and Friday – Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. They will work with your schedule to set-up your visit. Give them a call at 336.918.9343 or visit their website ( You can also find them on Facebook, Google Plus, and Yelp. Gift cards are also available.

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beauty from ashes BY SAVANNAH NORRIS

There are some things in life you just can’t avoid. For Amy Chewning, that destiny was breast cancer and the inevitable sequence of events that followed her diagnosis. Between chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries, Amy found herself hurling down a road she never invited. However, there is a misconception that with stories like Amy’s, life is put on hold. It’s as if there seem to only be negative consequences from serious illness. Maybe it was Amy’s pure optimism or maybe it was just the path she was given to follow, but one way or another, good things came out of this seemingly bad situation. Illness changes you, and for Amy, that meant that she wasn’t ready to go back and work as a registered nurse after her treatments. She decided instead to get a job at Hip Chics Boutique, exploring the less exercised, creative side of her brain. It sounds like a pretty drastic change – transitioning from a registered nurse to a jewelry designer, but it was really more of an evolution. Amy started working at Hip Chics Boutique, and upon learning more and more about fashion, style, and creativity, she decided to explore that realm further by designing her own earrings. Through God’s plan for Amy, she learned a lot about herself. She discovered what was, at first, a very unnatural passion for creativity, and after chemotherapy, she discovered a love for short hair and big earrings. However, big earrings, Amy also learned, tended to be extremely heavy, weighing down both her earlobes and spirits. It was this irritation that fueled the beginnings of Amy Chewning Earrings. All too suddenly, the pair of leather resolution earrings Amy designed for herself were becoming very popular. Customers wanted them, employees wanted them, and then Hip Chics wanted them. It was a hobby and an idea that escalated unexpectedly into something much bigger. There are some things in life you just can’t avoid. This was one of those moments for Amy. God had opened a world of opportunity for her, and she needed to explore it. Now Amy Chewning’s handcrafted earrings are spreading bold joy in Hip Chics Boutique in Clemmons, Accent Prone in Kernersville, The Stitchin’ Post in Salisbury, Curated Boutique just outside Washington, D.C. and Rose’s Salon in Chicago, IL. They are also available online for order at Amy’s business truly is a story of beauty from ashes.



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In the Rhythm of the Needles, There is Music for the Soul BY TAMAH MULLER

Just reading these eleven words can immediately relieve stress for anyone familiar with the act of knitting. With all the negativity that is bombarding us every day from our televisions, computer screens or even streaming out of radio speakers, there is not one of us that would not welcome some peace of mind and a little quiet, to settle ourselves into some much-needed relaxation. It may be difficult to believe, but knitting can soothe some of the craziness we deal with in our daily routines. There are several advantages to knitting that are becoming widely known, as more research is being conducted, with amazing results that benefit anyone who chooses to wield two knitting needles with some yarn to create a beautiful fabric.

Meditative benefits - The repetitive

motion of knitting needles coming together to form stitch after stitch is very calming. Any type of repeated motion can settle a person’s nerves, lulling you into a more relaxed state of mind, while also lowering your heart rate and blood pressure, as well as resulting in relief from stress, anxiety, and depression. Studies have shown that knitting generates just as positive an outcome as meditation on your mind and body, but with knitting, you also have the added sense of pride in accomplishing a project that will keep you warm and comfy for years to come.

Sharp mind - Reading and understanding knitting patterns are skills similar to piecing together a puzzle or solving a math problem. Knitters apply these skills on a regular basis, to achieve the correct measurements for the item they are producing. Consistently engaging our brainpower is a great way to keep our minds sharp while keeping cognitive impairment at bay.



Patience and focus - We all need more patience and focus in this bustling world we experience daily. Spending an enormous amount of time checking social media sites, news outlets and playing video games contributes to our loss of focus and patience when it comes time to face the real world around us. Knitting brings us back to the present and provides us with real-time problem solving and genuine feelings of fulfillment.

Eases arthritis - The hand, wrist, and forearm movements that knitters use while knitting is beneficial to anyone that has arthritis and can assist in easing their pain and discomfort. Exercising these muscles and joints can help keep them flexible, and strengthen them over time, consequently delivering another form of relief.

Produces happiness - Knitting also develops a good mood. How could one not be happy after experiencing the benefits described in this article? From the meditative sense of wellbeing, staying mentally astute, being more patient and focused in our everyday interactions and easing the physical pain of arthritis - all are benefits of a cherished pastime that we never expected the first time we picked up our needles and cast on. Always be sure to cultivate a hobby that stimulates a cheerful way of life.

Socializing - The mere definition of knit (verb): • to make (a garment, fabric, etc.) by interlocking loops of one or more yarns either by hand with knitting needles or by machine • to draw together or come together closely, as if knitted makes us realize that creating closeness in our lives is valuable to all of us. Interacting with other knitting and fiber enthusiasts is not only healthy but truly gratifying. It is fun to share information about a newly learned technique, a website or podcast that one has discovered or upcoming KALs (knit alongs) for any that may be interested. Additionally, complimenting each other on current or just completed projects is a common occurrence, often leading to others showing up the following week having started one of their own. The social aspect of this amazing hobby is sought after by many, as is evident among the increasing number of fiber retreats offered all over the world year-round. For those looking for a fiber group closer to home, there are many ‘knit night’ gatherings that can be discovered by searching the group’s section on ‘The Darn Yarners’ is a local knitting group that meets every Monday evening at Panera Bread in Clemmons from 6 pm to 9 pm. Please feel free to stop in and join our group of knitters, as we enjoy meeting new people and forming new friendships with like-minded souls.

“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit, either.” - Elizabeth Zimmerman




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Taking Care of Dogs

with Dementia


Just like humans, dogs get sick. They get colds, stomach viruses, and horrible diseases, such as cancer and dementia. My family’s dog, Gidget, is 16 years old and began experiencing symptoms of dog dementia earlier this year. We noticed she kept walking aimlessly throughout the house and standing in corners. When the vet diagnosed the disease, it was all new to us. So, I did a little bit of research and realized there was a lot I didn’t know. Scientifically, it is known as canine cognitive dysfunction; this condition affects a dog beginning at the ages of 11-15, as their brain ages. The exact cause of the disease is still unknown, but genetic factors contribute to an animal’s diagnosis. Over time, they will have changes in awareness, a decreased response, and a loss in learning and memory ability, as symptoms worsen. Symptoms can include disorientation and confusion from changes in hearing and vision, restlessness and irritability, urinary incontinence, loss of appetite, and changes in sleep cycle. For example, waking up in the middle of the night and sleeping during the day. Also, be on the lookout for decreased energy, repetitive behaviors, such as pacing, standing in corners, and staring at walls, and not following everyday routines. It is important to recognize the symptoms early and talk with your vet. Some of the early signs are difficult to detect and can be misinterpreted as part of getting older. A typical exam for dementia will begin with you and your vet going through the history of your dog’s health. Some things you might discuss will be the symptoms and when they occurred. Then, a physical exam will be completed to see the overall health and cognitive functions of your dog. Some vets might also do routine blood tests, ultrasounds, and X-rays to rule out other diseases. While there is no cure for dog dementia, there are several types of possible treatment. Maintaining a healthy environment and a balanced diet improves cognitive function and helps keep your animal on a routine. Part of that routine should include exercise, play, and maintaining



a set feeding schedule. As for the balanced diet, vets sometimes will put the animal on a special diet, filled with antioxidants, vitamin E and C, and Omega-3. Medicine and behavioral therapy are also forms of treatment to reverse the symptoms. However, be careful of the side effects of certain medications, because they can cause drowsiness or other symptoms. Veterinary behaviorists are trained to help owners recreate a pet’s schedule and ease stress and confusion. For changes in hearing, some owners will train their pets to recognize hand signals. For changes in vision, most pets will learn their way around if furniture and objects remain in the same place and aren’t moved. Dementia in dogs is diagnosed and treated on an individual basis. Speaking with your vet will help in determining the right type of treatment. Periodic checkups will be needed to reevaluate your dog’s symptoms and changes. However, one of the most important treatments for all furry friends is love and support. Anxiety is a huge part of the disease and causes stress on a dog. As for my dog, when she is lost in a corner, doesn’t know her way out of a room, or is awake during the night, she gets stressed out. Managing anxiety is figuring out what works best for your dog. Some will respond to soothing music, aromatherapy or a walk. For my dog, she loves to be picked up, wrapped in a blanket, and hugged. Just knowing we are there comforts her. Some days she is more alert than others. Like everyone, dogs with dementia will have their good days and bad days. Dogs with dementia can live full lives for many years. Like humans, as pets get older, they get slower and experience the different aspects of aging. Dementia isn’t fatal on its own and sticking with a schedule, a healthy diet, and maintaining treatment can help the dog’s symptoms remain stable. As for Gidget, she is doing fine with no medicine and is still young at heart.

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The holiday season is often described as the most wonderful time of the year. However, for people who are missing a loved one, the holiday season can be a particularly difficult time of the year. I remember the first holiday I faced without my mom. It was Thanksgiving. My first Thanksgiving without my mom was also my first Thanksgiving being a mom. It was a strange twist of fate that had me confused and bewildered. I was in unchartered waters, and I didn’t know how to deal with it.

Getting Through the Holiday Season When You’ve Lost a Loved One BY DARA KURTZ

I didn’t want to deal with it. I was sad and devastated at my loss and thrilled and elated at my gain. I did the best I could with the hand I was dealt. That’s really all any of us can do. I remember so vividly how hard that first holiday season was, and all of the first holidays that came after it. One dreaded occasion after another. Each holiday brought reminders of years past and of what would never be again. We had to begin new



traditions and make new memories. Trying to figure out how to do this, and hold on to the past at the same time, wasn’t easy. I feel for people who are facing this now. If you’ve lost a loved one, I know it is especially difficult during this time of the year. The holiday season makes us miss our childhood, yearn for what used to be and feel a little melancholy. If you’re facing this now, surround yourself with people who love and care about you and go easy on yourself. Don’t judge yourself for feeling “blue” or being sad, and give yourself time and space to adjust. It will get better, I promise.

Time really does help. You learn to live with your loss and eventually, make peace with it. But, I know it’s not easy. If you know someone who is going through this, reach out to that person. Show you care. Open your heart and your home and help them get through this holiday season. Every day they live without their loved one is hard, but a holiday season is an especially difficult time. Follow Dara at Find meaning each day,

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BY MARTIE EMORY Long a favorite local spot for delicious dining and romantic getaways, the Brookstown Inn in Winston-Salem delivers every essential element for a perfect setting. So if you’re gathering a group – for business, education, or celebration – the Inn is an easy choice for memorable events of all sizes. So much more than just a “meeting” place, the Inn has been dubbed a “living museum of history, art, and treasure” in Winston-Salem, and with its signature architecture that includes original wood beams, exposed brick, and a lobby graced with historic pine wood floors, the setting is anything but standard. With its traditional level of excellence in guest room accommodations, affordable rates, and incomparable conference and banquet facilities, you’ll find it a perfect match for your event’s agenda. Hosting an event at Brookstown also gives your attendees access to everything downtown Winston-Salem has to offer, including a strong arts presence and a diverse mix of dining and entertainment options. You’ll be within walking distance of historic Old Salem, a Triad treasure any time of year. As a full-scale event venue, the Inn offers historic rooms and classical ambiance that just happens to come with a staff of impeccable professionals whose main goal is your comfort and convenience. You’ll find ample free parking just outside the front door and flexible start and end times for any event.



If you’re hosting a corporate gathering, they offer audio, visual, and lighting equipment rentals, plus high-speed Internet, as well as rentals of tables, chairs, and table linens. The Winston and Salem rooms can accommodate 75 guests, the Boardroom 30 attendees, and if you’re shopping for a unique, romantic wedding venue, the Grand Ballroom – a true beauty with sparkling chandeliers, stately columns, and a dance floor – can seat up to 150 guests and can be divided as needed for a more intimate sized guest list. Engaged couples interested in celebrating their marriage at Brookstown should begin planning nine months to one year in advance, starting off with a consultation with the Inn’s event and catering staff. A pair of beautifully manicured courtyards can be scheduled for outdoor parties or marriage celebrations, and the possibilities and culinary options are endless.

The Brookstown’s in-house catering staff is your go-to for dining options no matter the style you have in mind. Enjoy a variety of breakfast stations for early morning meetings with the best “breaks” ever, where you’ll be served the Inn’s homemade cookies, homemade trail mix, fresh fruit, or hummus and crudités. Opt for a fuller lunch buffet (roasted chicken, grilled flank steak, seafood, or pasta), sandwich platters of deli favorites, or delicious boxed lunches for your business colleagues’ mid-day power boost. If you’re gathering through dinner, enjoy a fully catered dinner buffet or plated service with both stationed and passed hors d’oeuvres and chef-carved meats. To request a proposal for a corporate event or schedule a wedding consultation, call the Brookstown Inn at 336-725-1120, or stop by to be charmed in person at 200 Brookstown Avenue in Winston-Salem. Follow them online at, and on Facebook and Instagram for glimpses of other memorable events. Looking for a unique holiday getaway? The Brookstown Inn offers two delightful holiday packages: Historic Holidays with Old Salem Museum and Gardens and the Reynolda House and a New Year’s Eve package with the Winston-Salem Symphony featuring Rhiannon Giddens.

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Forsyth Piecers & Quilters Guild BY VONDA HENDERSON

“Quilts connect the past with the present and the future.” (author unknown)

The Forsyth Piecers & Quilters Guild has been part of the Forsyth County creative landscape for years – 35 to be exact. They’re a busy group of folks, men and women, who enjoy using their creative talents to benefit others. As a non-profit organization, their mission is “to operate exclusively for charitable, historical, and educational purposes. We benefit, educate, and support persons interested in preserving, continuing, and advancing the art and craft of quilting and related fiber arts.” Their current membership is around 115, and they welcome newcomers – no matter the level of skill in quilting. Diane Karraker, currently serving as the Guild’s 2nd VP/Membership Chairperson, joined with only two years of quilting experience. Diane shared, “Members may have very little in the way of experience, but have a desire to learn. We also have members with 50+ years of quilting.” The Guild has had a busy year. Their members have given back to the community in numerous ways: • Quilts of Valor: These quilts are made for armed services personnel. Guild members created 20 for these special heroes in our community. • Preemie Blankets: The Guild made and donated 200 preemie blankets for Brenner Children’s Hospital. Parents get to select a going-home quilt when their baby is released from the hospital. • Nap Blankets: Naptime is better when you have your own special blanket. The Guild makes that possible for kids in prekindergarten in 12 Title One schools. Dale Link, who oversees the Nap Blanket program, shared that 600 blankets were designed and given in Forsyth County. This program has been going strong since 2008. • Senior and Alzheimer Quilts: Adults like blankets, too. Lap quilts are made for senior citizens through a variety of service organizations. The Guild has made 100 this year. • SECU Family House: Similar in concept to the Ronald McDonald house, the SECU Family House is for adults, living outside Forsyth County, with family members receiving treatment at Wake Health, Forsyth Medical Centers, or the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. The Guild has been asked to create 45 blankets for these rooms. Members have the option to bid on projects that may speak to them personally. One such request was from a young adult who had recently lost her sight due to a brain tumor. She requested a memory quilt made of her dad’s service patches. What an honor to be able to design such a special quilt. Quilters don’t just make quilts. As Diane shared, there are lots of ways for quilters to share their crafts: • Art Quilt: A quilted wall hanging is quite the statement piece and can easily be the focal point of a room.



• Purses / Diaper Bags • Kitchen Quilts: Table Runners / Placemats / Mug Rugs / Potholders • Pillows: What better way to change the look of a room than with accent pillows? In 2019, the Forsyth Piecers & Quilters Guild will host the North Carolina Quilt Symposium. Quilters are expected from all over the southeast. This event will feature instructors and lecturers with hands-on workshops. Attendance is expected to be 350+. The Guild is already busy working toward making this a spectacular event for the quilting community. The Guild meets every month on the second Monday at 6:30 pm at Parkway Presbyterian Church, 1000 Yorkshire Road (the entrance is off Kirklees Road). The next meeting will be on Monday, December 12. Meetings may feature quilt teachers/speakers on a local, state, or national level. Activities include workshops, trips to quilt shows, educational opportunities at local schools to promote the craft, group dinners, mentoring new quilters, project help, and more. For more information on the Guild and how you can participate, contact them via their website ( or visit their Facebook page. Diane Karraker, the Guild 2nd VP/Membership Chairperson, will be happy to answer your questions; her e-mail is

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The Story of the Nativity: How the Past Applies to the Present Day BY LISA S.T. DOSS

Growing up, it was a family tradition to begin decorating for Christmas on Thanksgiving Day. We carried dusty cardboard boxes labeled for either upstairs or downstairs until the basement closet was emptied. Delving carefully into those sentimental boxes took time; yet, a favorite contained a ceramic 18-piece Nativity set my grandmother painted by hand. Over a year, she invested her time to meticulously paint Joseph and Mary, baby Jesus and his manger, the three wise men, a shepherd and angel, camels and sheep, goats and a donkey. Whether we placed the Nativity underneath the tree or on a table, the attraction of the 18inch figures compelled visitors to openly discuss aspects of the most wonderful Christmas story of all. Whether you are a woman like Mary, pregnant and faithfully waiting for the birth of a child, or, perhaps, surprised by the contents of a Christmas letter, the story of the Nativity can personally speak to each one of us.

Mary & Joseph

The birth of Jesus provides wonderful demonstrations of faith, love, acceptance, and perseverance in times of difficulty. You and I can wonder if Mary truly walked 90 miles, across lands, fighting the sun and wind, in the progressive days of her pregnancy. Tired, with swollen feet and pain streaming through her body, she continued forward and reached her



destination as prophesied. Symbolic to the story, we can glean the trials of their time and interpret a woman of fortitude and strength and a man of guidance, decision, and protection. How often do we seek the strength of God through prayer, through story, and know that we, too, will be guided?

No Room at the Inn

Not every event occurs as we hope. Conflict often leads to frustration, and the separation between the very people we want to enjoy. In these situations, does it matter if there are enough beds or food to accommodate visitors? The answer for Joseph and Mary was to accept the words “there was no room” in typical lodgings. In our own plans for perfection, we need tolerance and understanding. Our own situation can provide a wonderful story - perhaps the greatest story - to tell in future years. How wonderful it will be if you, also, have little to provide unexpected visitors.

A Witness

Christmas is a time of news and reconnecting with extended family and friends who may live at a distance. We await “the witness” and learn - through a handwritten message - vital news. In the story of the Nativity, news traveled slowly and was received years - and for some decades - later. Distance and connection may be the reason why the new message was not delivered to you sooner. You may find yourself traveling or reaching out to become closer to a person in need. Will you become a shepherd of protection,

or the legendary Wise Men providing support, comfort, and gifts? If you are symbolically a Mary or Joseph, blessings to those who arrive at your door to witness the moment in your life. Amen!

“Be Not Be Afraid” Not all of us are joyous and allow the Christmas season to blanket us in warmth. Many individuals are weighted by feelings of fear or difficulty. “Be not be afraid” are words of faith [stated by the angels] that can aid in moments when we feel uncertain, and need strength. During these times, think about the one who speaks to you and compels you forward. Is it the angels, Joseph and Mary, or the shepherd? “Be not be afraid” is a calling to each of us in hopes the actions of biblical people will assist us in times of wonder and need.

Today’s Child For children, Christmas is a time to learn why the season contains unimaginable miracles and the need to follow faith and light. No matter our age, the Christmas box containing our Nativity sets is held with anticipation to reveal the beautiful figures which represent our faith in Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the witnesses, and the angels. A child as young as two can be introduced to our oldest story through magnets and books until they are ready to hold the porcelain figures in their own hands. From the very young to the very old, the story of the Nativity can guide our way, year after year, to fully celebrate Jesus’ birth.

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(L to R) Cassie Barnes, Sarah Zuvich, Rita Bottoms, Brooke Eagle, Stephanie Millirons, Jane Keiger, Valerie Kiger, Julie Bell, Kim Thore, Sonja McCarter, Erin McNeil Not Pictured: Morgan Holt, Denise Brookie, Kate Barnes and Allison Gore

Meet the Professional Women of Winston-Salem

Each month, an estimated 50 professional women come together for the Professional Women of Winston-Salem meeting at the BB&T Ballpark’s Flow Club. These talented individuals represent a variety of industries and offer professional expertise. They come together for the dual purpose of networking as well as encouraging and uplifting their fellow women in business. Additionally, they have the added benefit of hearing a great monthly speaker at each month’s meeting, with each speaker focusing on a topic that is current and relevant. The women profiled below are members of the 2017 leadership panel and board.



The impact of PWWS on Brooke’s professional life: I joined to establish my personal identity and develop my leadership skills. Brooke’s goal for PWWS: Our 2016 theme was “Discovering Yourself,” and while the theme for 2017 hasn’t been decided at this time, the core mission will continue – to encourage women to better themselves. We also want to grow our membership, keep our members engaged and involved in the group. We have some exciting and motivating speakers planned for 2017 that professional women won’t want to miss, including some scheduled at different times, in an effort to accommodate those who can’t make the monthly lunch meeting.


The impact of PWWS on Morgan’s life: PWWS allows me to network with other women who I normally would not meet in my day-to-day job. Morgan’s goal for PWWS: My goal as Vice President at PWWS is to ensure members feel welcome. After each monthly meeting, I hope members are thankful they are involved in the organization.


The impact of PWWS on Valerie’s professional life: PWWS has given me the opportunity to grow as a professional through the interaction with other members and through listening to our awesome speakers. It’s also opened doors professionally for me as a CPA, as other members seek accounting services. Valerie’s goal for PWWS: I am committed to providing sound, transparent accounting records for our organization and ensuring that our group is compliant with all applicable laws and regulations.




The impact of PWWS on Julie’s professional life: Each month, PWWS gives me an opportunity to interact with professional women of all ages and experiences. I enjoy discussing issues with other women who are facing similar challenges that I face as a female professional. Julie’s goal for PWWS: As an active member for several years, and now in my role as the secretary, my role is also that of a historian. I can share about where our organization has come from in the last few years. I also serve as a mentor to those who are new to the organization, but also stay open-minded to learning from my fellow members and from the speakers who present to our organization every month.



“I appreciate the opportunity to network and gain valuable insight/ learning of professional and personal development through monthly speakers. Participation can help showcase and develop leadership skills that are valuable for growth in any organization.”


“PWWS connects like-minded women who wish to discuss a variety of diverse topics, support and encourage one another, and learn how to become your best self. I always leave meetings feeling inspired and eager to make a difference in the community.”


“PWWS is a great networking group to empower women in Winston-Salem with awesome speakers to help you grow personally and professionally.”


“I discovered PWWS after I was laid off from a prior job. My network had been national, but not local, which I quickly learned was a mistake. PWWS is an amazing local network of professional women who support each other, enjoy learning, and enjoy networking on a business and personal level.”


“PWWS is made up of the most incredible powerful women in Winston-Salem. For me, being a member means learning and growing from the experiences we share together, having someone to call to discuss a problem or encourage you when you are having doubts.”


“The goal for my role in PWWS is to reach out to our corporate community leaders to establish and raise our organization’s awareness. I strive to build excellent relationships with our corporate leaders while seeking to bring in funds to sponsor our scholarship program and other community activities on the corporate level. I also work with our corporate sponsors to ensure that they are aware of all PWWS events.”


“A friend invited me to my first PWWS meeting. I kept coming back each month as a guest for the speakers, the topics, and the camaraderie. I put the event on my calendar as an event not to miss each month. I joined because I did not want to miss out on the opportunity to learn and engage with other professional women.”

Professional Women of Winston-Salem meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the Flow Club at the BB&T Ballpark from 11:30 am until 1 pm


“I cannot tell you how productive it is to exchange ideas and resources with women at the monthly meeting. Collaborating, getting connected, and staying connected are important in today’s business environment. PWWS provides that.”


“I was introduced to PWWS in the summer of 2014 when I was invited to attend a monthly meeting by a current member. I loved it! The women, the empowerment, the speaker, and the networking… It was an awesome experience. It’s made a huge impact in both my professional and personal life thanks to the women I have met, the experiences I’ve been offered, and the connections and stories we share. I think that stepping away for an hour or so each month in an environment like this makes me a better leader, manager, and woman.”


“PWWS is an excellent opportunity for me to network with other female professionals in the area and continue to enhance my skills.”


“PWWS has been a great opportunity to interact with other professional women who have various levels of experience and expertise.”

Interested in joining PWWS? Read more testimonials to the great benefits of PWWS: “PWWS can be life-changing, and it’s worth the time commitment. You get so much out of it.” ~Stephanie “We have so much fun together! We learn so much from each other and develop contacts that will last a lifetime.” ~Valerie “We are a group of women who have come together for a common purpose of uplifting women so that we can be the best women we can be, whether that’s as a professional or even just as a person.” ~Julie “Do you want to be part of a professional organization that will help you grow professionally that meets once a month with excellent speakers who will empower you as a female leader in Winston-Salem, who gives back to the community and offers a scholarship annually to help grow young female professionals in our area? Then PWWS is the organization for you!” ~Rita

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GRIT Performance: 5 Myths of CrossFit – DEBUNKED! BY BROOKE EAGLE Are you intimidated by the term “CrossFit?” If so, you aren’t alone. I like to consider myself fairly physically fit….yet I still shied away from trying out a CrossFit style workout. After a bit of convincing, I decided to try out GRIT Performance and I am so glad I did. They assured me this is not the normal CrossFit gym that people are familiar with. GRIT Performance is a cross training gym with a focus on metabolic conditioning with a CrossFit core. It took about ten seconds for me to decide that I was going to love this workout. Figuring I wasn’t alone in my intimidation, I thought sharing (and debunking) a few CrossFit myths would be beneficial for others who may be considering giving this unique workout a try.


While advanced level athletes are able to do this workout, so are beginner and intermediate levels. This workout is appropriate for all ages and stages. Ages 8 to 67 work out at GRIT performance. If you are worried that it may be too challenging for you, fear not! Gavin can modify any workout to make it fit your fitness level.



This is my favorite part of this type of workout. It is FAST. Depending on the workout, you can be in and out in 20 – 30 minutes! You are competing against the clock (and yourself). It is high intensity and you are getting the same “bang for your buck” as if you went to the gym for an hour and a half. You can’t tell me that you don’t have time for an effective, under 30 minute sweat session.


GRIT Performance offers 5:30am, 7:30am, 11am, 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm classes Monday through Friday and 9:30am and 11am classes on Saturdays. You have plenty of options to make it work for your schedule.


Take my advice and give Gavin’s workout a try. This metabolic conditioning type workout will have you in and out in less than a half hour and your body will thank you (by “thanking you” I mean you may or may not be able to get out of bed the next morning). Mention this story and you’ll get your first month FREE with a one year commitment.

These workouts incorporate cardio and body weight exercises, as well as weight training. No two workouts are the same. It’s constantly getting switched up so that your body doesn’t get used to the same workout. The benefits of combining cardio, body weight and weight training are huge.

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With the amount of cardio that is incorporated into these workouts, that’s not going to happen.

GRIT Performance is currently running a special! For only $100 a month* you can attend as many classes each month as your heart desires. Let’s break it down: If you attend 5 classes a week— this is only $5 per class! Consider giving up your weekday coffee shop runs, and it’s paid for. Workouts are created and modified based on each person’s individual needs. Being held accountable and pushed to finish each workout are other major benefits of joining GRIT Performance. It’s hard to put a price tag on that, but it’s extremely valuable.


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A CHRISTMAS GIFT TO THE WORLD: ENDING POLIO NOW annual Cue ‘n Stew social event on October 15th into a fundraiser as part of the “World’s Greatest Meal” program to help support the worldwide polio eradication effort. With more than 85 in attendance, the club enjoyed a homemade meal of BBQ, Brunswick stew, and all the fixings at Wilstella Farm Event Center in Kernersville. Following the meal, a corn hole tournament was held with entry fees going to support the Polio Plus effort. A total of $215 was raised and contributed by the Kernersville Club to The Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus fund.

Two years ago I wrote about the heroic efforts being taken worldwide to end polio forever. Agencies like the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary International, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and many national governments have come together to fight the spread of this deadly disease. Rotary International has been successfully tackling this disease for almost 30 years and has co-hosted a World Polio Day for the last four years. This year, that day was October 24. Local Rotarians held fundraisers to donate funds to the End Polio Now Fund. This fund has resulted in the immunization against polio of over 2.5 billion children around the world, achieving a decrease in polio worldwide of 99.9 percent. The goal of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is to end disease worldwide by 2018, and this is well within reach. Local Rotarians are doing their best to move the world toward this goal and two local Forsyth County clubs held events during the week of World Polio Day to continue the fight. The Rotary Club of Kernersville turned their 8th



The Rotary Club of Clemmons held a Purple Pinkie fundraiser during a service meeting on October 26 at the Crosby Pub at the Village Inn in Clemmons. Club members volunteered for two hours preparing flyers for an upcoming event, donated $220 to Polio Plus, and painted their pinkies purple in support of the field workers who vaccinate children and then mark their pinkies to track who has been vaccinated.

Polio remains endemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, with the majority of cases in Pakistan. In 2016, there have only been 27 total confirmed polio cases in these three countries. The goal of eradication is within reach, which could allow the world to be a healthy place to live. Rotary would love to gift the world with a polio-free planet by next Christmas, through the efforts of one local Rotary club at a time! Merry Christmas, World! Resources:;;

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A Relationship Calendar for December Many of us remember the excitement and anticipation that we felt as children every morning in December when we experienced the joy of uncovering the daily surprise on an Advent calendar. Some of us had to take turns with our siblings in opening the calendar “windows” and felt proud if we were the one to open the window for December 25th to find the baby Jesus. Even for readers who do not celebrate the holidays with this tradition or this religion, they can remember the joy in opening birthday presents or other types of surprises. Wouldn’t it be terrific if our relationships felt this exciting each day?! Relationships so easily fall into humdrum, bah-humbug routines throughout the everyday “busyness” of life (to steal a line from Charles Dickins). While we fall short of being the “Ghost of Relationships Present,” our present for relationships “future” is a relationship calendar for December 1 -24th, designed to spark ideas for gifts and surprises for the special someone in your life. Make sure to use your imagination, creativity, and romantic endorphins to transform some of these ideas into gifts that make him blush.

Daily, sexy /naughty email for 24 days

Massage with soy candle wax

Dinner at his favorite restaurant

Golf lessons

Subscription to Men’s Health magazine

Breakfast in bed with bacon

Men’s Sax underwear (Google!)

Testosterone pills

Men’s spa day

Favorite home-cooked meal

Guilt-free Guy’s Night Out

Host his Monday Night Football party

Dessert that involves Cool Whip

Wash and clean car

Weekend trip to Grove Park Inn

Anything goes day of passion

Uber your man for a couple of days

Tickets to Hornets game

Month of Showtime

Men’s facial

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Concert tickets for favorite band

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Release of New CD Brings a Good Sound ‘Through My Radio’ BY CAROLYN S. PETERSON

There is no doubt that the music industry can make or break you. It takes talent, but also building a fan base and getting heard by the right people. Some say luck has something to do with it, but for the band Norlina, with the release of their new EP, ‘Through My Radio,’ they know that long nights and hard work, plus developing a following in person and through social media has brought them to where they are today.

Taking Their Music to Another Level

In May 2014, country music band Norlina was formed and they hit the road. After a few member changes, today, Jonny Mont, lead vocals/ guitar, along with David Eskridge, bass and vocals, Zac Beane, guitar and vocals, and David Rourke, drummer, are playing local venues and festivals across the state. It wasn’t long before their fan base grew and people were talking about the band on social media. “The past two years have been filled with a lot of work and focusing on getting better, evolving and searching for our sound, which has changed from when we first began to play together, and that’s a good thing,” said Jonny. “Since signing a recording contract with Bent Note Records and our booking agency, Buddy Lee Attractions, we have been writing more, playing more shows and reaching new people. This past summer we had multiple performances in Chicago, then to Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and Georgia, as well as our first CMA Festival in Nashville, and played the After Party for Darius Rucker in Raleigh at City Limits. As a band, it’s been a year of growth. At this point, we feel more confident in our abilities and our future together. We’ve had a few members filtering in and out, but we are as solid as we’ve ever been. There’s a vibe at our live shows, at our practices, even as we just hang out, that had been hindered for the longest time because, as a ‘unit,’ we weren’t strong or together. We all see the big picture now.” Part of that ‘big picture’ is the upcoming release of their newest EP, ‘Through My Radio.’



Evolving the Sound

“The sound of this EP has definitely evolved a bit from our first EP, ‘Dixieland Dreams,’ stated Jonny. “There is undeniably a ‘rawer’ sound that is a result of the recording process and how it differed from what we did on ‘Dixieland Dreams.’ ‘Through My Radio’ was captured in the Trilogy Studio in Bonita Springs, FL. Instead of tracking each instrument differently as we did on the first EP, bass, electric guitar and drums all tracked at the same time, giving it a more ‘live room’ feel. Listening to this record, you get the feeling you are listening to a band play together at that moment, which is how it was captured. We did a post-recording production where we added some drum loops, auxiliary instrumentation, etc. I think this element to the EP is interesting and should catch the ears of new and longtime listeners. Without a doubt, this is the most raw/unedited product we’ve recorded yet.”

A New Twist on Good Music

Through My Radio’ is a blending of modern country sounds mixed with the unpolished sound of a ’90s country record or ’80s rock album. “We didn’t ‘doctor’ every little thing on this EP,” commented Jonny. “For instance, there are noises captured on accident from Zac’s guitar amp during one song, and we kept it. There are gang vocals resembling something off of a Def Leppard album. We wrote the arrangement of the title track, ‘Through My Radio,’ ten minutes before we recorded it. I played

a voice demo of the song off my phone, and the guys dug it, so we said, ‘Heck, let’s record it!’ Again, it is an interesting sound; I would dare to say it’s different than anything you hear on the radio today, but as a band we feed off that…different is good and we embrace it.” All the songs are original and are co-written with Jonny, along with Zac Beane, John Phillips, Josh Noah and lead singer of Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Marcus Kiser, who is also a co-writer on the title track and the song ‘Good On You.’

CD Release Party - December 16th

‘Through My Radio’ will be released at a party on December 16 at The Blind Tiger in Greensboro, NC. As the release party brings a busy year to an end for Norlina, the band isn’t slowing down. “2017 looks very bright for us,” said Jonny. “We’re together and ready to hit the ground running. At the beginning of the year, we’re traveling to do a show or two with Jason Michael Carroll, but we will be better than ever come springtime for ‘touring’ season. We couldn’t be more excited and might possibly, potentially, maybe work on our first fulllength album next year…hint, hint…” For more information on Norlina, visit facebook. com/norlinamusic. ‘Through My Radio’ will be available at Norlina’s live shows and on iTunes and Spotify. Check out for upcoming info on the band.

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Gifts for Every Lady You Know from Head to Toe! BY CAROLYN S. PETERSON

It’s hard to believe, but we are in the midst of the holiday shopping season. For many it’s difficult to be jolly when you are racing for a parking space, trying to find a sales person to help you find the right size or give suggestions for the person on your list who has everything, then standing in line to buy something you aren’t sure of…being ‘merry’ may not be the first thing that comes to mind. To put the fun back in shopping and find the hottest items on any woman’s wish list, visit Fraleigh’s Boutique and find the perfect present! Fraleigh’s has been a favorite shopping destination for 35 years and even more so during the holidays. This year, Fraleigh’s top ten unique gift ideas will have your family and friends covered from head to toe, literally!

2 - Brighton Gift Sets

3 - Brighton Christo Cuff Bracelets

This must-have, goes-with-everything cuff bracelet includes a reversible leather band with two colors. Wear it with either color or alone for a sleek look. Available in wide and narrow cuffs, allowing your special someone to customize their own look with three different styles in one bracelet!

Prepackaged gift sets are perfect for the men in your life to pick up with ease! Sets were chosen from the most popular collections that Brighton has to offer and include three pieces of jewelry: a necklace, earrings and a bracelet.

1 - Ruanas

If you don’t have one of these ‘capes’ or if you know someone who doesn’t have one, you all are missing out. Ruanas are perfect to throw on at a football game or for attending any outdoor event where toting around a bulky coat doesn’t seem appealing. “Ruanas give you just the coverage and warmth you need to enjoy the day into night. Our reversible Ruanas give you two looks out of one,” stated Ally.



4 - Snoozies

For those on your list who like to rest and relax at the end of a busy day, Snoozies are like pillows for your feet. At only $14.99, available in small (sizes 5-6), medium (7-8), large (9-10) and extra large (11-12) sizes, these slippers will be the most comfortable thing under the tree.

7 - Scarves

Infinity scarves are easy to throw on and can add a pop of color to any outfit! Fraleigh’s also carries blanket scarves to make even more of a statement. A third scarf option is a magnetic scarf for those who don’t want to take the time to fix a scarf - just throw it on and be out the door in seconds!

9 - Gift Certificates

For those on your shopping list who prefer to pick their own items out, Fraleigh’s offers gift certificates, which also go well tucked inside a pair of Snoozies!

5 - Bridgewater Candles Each Bridgewater Candle burns cleanly, quickly filling a room with fragrance and looks great doing it. “We really like our Bridgewater Candles because they are very affordable, making a great gift for anyone to enjoy and each candle purchased feeds a child overseas for one day. These candles are available in small (8oz) and large (18oz) jars, decorative candles, Room Spray, Wax Bars and Reed Diffusers,” said Ally Merriman, a sales associate at Fraleigh’s Boutique.

10 - Monogrammed… Anything!

8 - John Michael Richardson Jewelry

You can never go wrong with monogrammed anything where a woman is concerned. Buckhead Betties offers personal accessories, home organization, gifts and everyday wear for the practical and self-expressive woman who wants functional, affordable, quality items that allow her to showcase a unique and personal style. Fraleigh’s has a Drop Ship Catalog, and you can pick out the perfect bag to monogram and have it shipped to your house! Shopping doesn’t get much easier than that.

Blending the cultures of East and West, designer John Michael Richardson creates a look completely his own. He relies on the traditional craft of each country to convey a message, which comes on a card with each piece. Metals are handcrafted in Thailand with etchings that bring unique detail to his work; he mixes natural elements of horn, wood, bone and shell from Cebu; from the United States, he uses metal stampings. Adding glass beads from the Czech Republic, the items are plated, assembled and finished by hand in the US. The look is rich at an affordable price, and Fraleigh’s has earrings, both pierced and clip-ons, as well as pins.

6 - Necklaces

The latest in fashion accessories are tassel and choker necklaces. “Tassel necklaces are the perfect gift to accessorize any outfit and make a statement. This year choker necklaces are back and bigger than ever! Pair a choker necklace with a long tassel necklace and get ready to receive compliments left and right,” Ally commented.

With fashion and gift ideas throughout the shop, Fraleigh’s is ready to help you get your shopping done without the hustle and bustle at the mall. “We like our customers to think of us as their personal shopper, helping them pick the ideal gift and even wrap it. Our upcoming Christmas Open House, Thursday, December 1 through Saturday, December 3, is a great time to browse and get great ideas and get your shopping done no matter who needs a present. During our Open House, we will have 20% off storewide (excluding Brighton and sale items), and gift certificates will be given away daily,” Ally said. Fraleigh’s Boutique is located at 2626 Lewisville-Clemmons Rd., Clemmons, NC. Hours of operation: Monday-Wednesday, & Friday 10 am- 5 pm, Thursday 10 am - 7 pm; Saturday 10 am - 4 pm. For more information call 336-766-7440 or visit

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From the Winston-Salem Time Traveler

Christmas Memories BY MOLLY GROGAN RAWLS

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos.” Bob Wells and Mel Torme aptly captured the warmth and good feelings of Christmas in their 1945 song titled, “The Christmas Song.” Just hearing the tune reminds us of relaxing in front of cozy fires on cool evenings and listening to our favorite Christmas music. We all have special memories of Christmases past – and so does WinstonSalem. Here are a few special memories: • The lighted WTOB television tower at Thruway Shopping Center • The coffee pot festooned with a red bow • Children looking longingly through store windows • Homes decorated inside and out • The children’s Christmas pageant with a real baby Over the years, Santa’s arrival in the Christmas parade opened the Christmas season in Winston-Salem. The parades featured marching school bands accompanied by cheerleaders and dance squads, colorful floats carrying beauty queens, clowns in costumes, horses and their riders decked out in their finery, and scores of children and adults marching with scout groups and service organizations. Christmas parades were often held on Thanksgiving Day; sometimes they were held at night, and sometimes they were canceled because of bad weather. If you attended the Christmas parade in 1947, you might have thought you were in New York City at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A record-breaking crowd saw huge balloons and a fire-breathing dragon travel down West Fourth Street. A monstrous recumbent Gulliver barely made the turn onto Trade Street. Before shopping centers and malls were built, shoppers drove downtown to shop and to admire the lights and decorations. During the Christmas season, the stores played Christmas music and were open later in the evenings. Window dressers vied for the most creative and enticing displays to attract shoppers to their stores. The larger department stores featured their own Santa Claus, and little shoppers could sit on Santa’s lap and deliver their wish lists in person. Sears Roebuck Company at West Fourth and Broad Streets featured their own Santa Claus and mailed a “Wish Book” to the parents, just to help with



ideas. Sears also installed a special Nativity scene with white, fiberglass figures atop the store marquee every Christmas. When Sears moved to Hanes Mall in the 1970s, the figures were displayed at the Sears Auto Store. Today, the refurbished figures, along with several new figures, are lighted and displayed on the lawn of the Children’s Home. The Moravian influence in Winston-Salem is very evident at Christmas. For many, the Christmas season begins with a visit to the Candle Tea in Old Salem. Held in the Single Brothers House, visitors are invited to join in and sing Christmas carols that are accompanied by an organist. Moravian women demonstrate how beeswax candles are poured, removed, and then trimmed. Many school groups, Boy and Girl Scouts, and families come to the Candle Tea. All visitors see the putz, which is a scale reproduction of Salem village, and the Nativity scene. Visitors in the past partook of a warm cup of Moravian coffee and a delicious piece of sugar cake. Everyone takes home a beeswax candle trimmed in red crepe paper. The Moravian, or Advent, star is a familiar sight in street and home decorations. Julius Lineback was the original “star-maker” in Salem, and he passed his talent, forms, and patterns to his son, Harry. The handmade process is tedious, but the results are stunning. Today the Moravian star is featured prominently in our downtown street decorations. Moravian lovefeasts are held throughout the year, but the Christmas Eve lovefeasts have been a tradition for Moravians and nonMoravians for many years. The lovefeast buns and the cups of warm, sweetened coffee, plus the children’s choirs singing “The Morning Star” lead to the ending song as “Joy to the World” or “Hallelujah, God with Us” is sung with lighted and upraised candles. The lovefeast never fails to remind us of what Christmas is all about. Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, filled with old and new memories. To see more Winston-Salem Christmas images, look at Coming in January: “Preserving Family Photographs.” By Molly Grogan Rawls, author of the Winston-Salem Time Traveler website. Contact Molly at or

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It is my belief that each and every one of us possesses a level of greatness that can be easy, or hard to reach. It is through life circumstances that we discover our own greatness. Sometimes, greatness reveals itself through situations that aren’t planned, but that happen through difficult circumstances, as was the case for Marley… “In the sixth grade, my family experienced a horrible tragedy. I was offered the chance by my grandmother to sing a song at the funeral, and I warily took it. I did a simple a cappella rendition of ‘Shenandoah’ by a band called Lucius, which was recorded and put online, unbeknownst to myself. The video was shared around on Facebook, and after seeing the encouraging words from my family and friends, I gained a newfound confidence, and realized, ‘Hey, maybe I'm actually pretty decent at this.’” Since then, Marley has performed with several local bands and musicians. On December 17th, she will perform with the Muddy Creek Players and will be singing three all-time classic songs. When you hear her sing, it is obvious that she goes beyond just learning the words to the song. She is a true student of music. I asked her how she prepares for performing covers of songs, and her answer is quite impressive, to say the least! “This sounds a little strange, but how I prepare for a cover is by ‘immersing’ myself into the song. My first step is to read the lyrics, sans music. After that, I listen to the original recording and then research the origins of the author and the song itself. I do this because it allows me to find a connection with the lyrics and message, and empathize with the characters that the author has created. Following my interpretation, I always study the music outside of the vocals and familiarize myself with each individual melody, harmony, and instrument that goes into creating the instrumentation. Then, I begin to sing along with the track repeatedly until I can wean myself off of it, and get to the point where I can sing it a cappella. After properly ‘learning’ all aspects of the song, I fine-tune my vocals technically until I feel I am fully prepared to perform. While this process is lengthy and somewhat tedious, I feel this is the best way for me to feel personally ready to cover a song and convey its message properly.” Marley performs with the Muddy Creek Players, in the Muddy Creek music Hall, at 8pm, on Saturday December 17th.

When someone sings so well that a room full of people are totally immersed in the performance, then it’s a safe bet to say the person singing knows what they are doing, and more than likely have been crafting their vocals long before the moment of impact... When you combine a naturally talented vocal with a desire to sing well and learn the craft, you get solid results. Marley Priest is a great example of that formula. “Ever since I was a young child, I have always adored music and performing arts. I was lucky enough to attend a school with an artscentered curriculum from kindergarten to eighth grade, which exposed me to different forms of art and allowed me to express myself in ways I hadn't in the past,” said Marley.



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Gluten intolerance, gluten-related discomfort, and celiac disease (allergy to gluten), have become advancing issues in America causing myriad health problems. Gluten is known to cause skin disorders, tiredness, digestive malfunction, migraines, and much more. When those who are affected by celiac disease consume gluten, the body’s immune system launches an attack on the small intestine. This attack can lead to severe and even permanent damage to the digestive system. There is no cure for gluten intolerance besides simply cutting it out of your diet altogether. However, if celiac patients are vigilant about what they consume, the damage done to their digestive system will slowly heal over time. Gluten intolerance or sensitivity is an annoying, not to mention painful, hassle for the 18 million people in the United States who suffer from one form of gluten associated discomfort. However, in recent years, not only gluten intolerant individuals, but also many other health mindful shoppers have been pursuing gluten-free products. Not only do these buyers aim for originally non-gluten foods such as fruits, vegetables, rice, and other fresh produce, but also manufactured foods with gluten replacements. Grocery stores all across the nation have eagerly risen to the occasion and worked hard to expand their gluten-free selections. Many sources state that gluten can be a major contributor to heart problems and even obesity in America. Due to this evidence, health conscious individuals have started a movement, which has become a national craze. Unfortunately, at first, gluten free shoppers had to travel to several different establishments to collect the groceries needed to adhere to



their diet, voluntary or otherwise. Grocery stores, ever aware of their customers’ desires and needs, have succeeded in making it much easier to collect a wide variety of gluten-free foods in one place. As more large suppliers jump on the gluten-free bandwagon, however, shoppers with actual health issues related to gluten have to be more cautious when purchasing supposedly ‘gluten free’ foods. It is highly tedious for manufacturers to rid food-processing machinery of all gluten remnants when switching over to non-gluten production. Due to this inconvenience, glutenintolerant individuals often find the need to purchase their foods from more local, small business brands to ensure the reliability of the product. As a testament to the plight of gluten intolerance, Savannah Zenger, a local teenager, describes the effects of this inconvenience on her everyday life. Savannah found out approximately two years ago that the culprit behind her ongoing illness was none other than gluten. She cut gluten from her diet and, although her health has improved, she now faces the struggles of maintaining a completely gluten free diet. She describes the frustrating annoyance of not being able to fully participate in pizza parties or grab a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts to devour with friends. Nonetheless, Savannah goes on to say that due to countless online recipes,

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Lessons Learned by Antonio L. Stevenson BY VONDA HENDERSON

About the Author: Antonio Stevenson, ‘Tiny’ to friends and family, shares his life’s mission statement on his website: “To educate, empower, and enhance the lives of our at-risk youth.” That statement is a lofty goal, and he means every word of it. He shares his experiences as a troubled child/teen with anger issues and how his personal network of mentors (coaches, family, friends, and parents of friends) continued to guide and direct him (willingly or not), never giving up, ultimately leading him to adulthood and giving him a heart for paying it forward. Professionally, Antonio is a case manager for Goodwill Industries. He also runs a nonprofit organization, My Brother’s Second Chance, targeting at-risk youth. He credits many in his growing up years with giving him a second chance – over and over again. “It takes more than one person to be a mentor,” shared Antonio. He has dinner with his mom once a week and speaks with her daily. In his words, “Mom is the spiritual leader of our family.” With a family of his own (a wife, three daughters, and three grandchildren), he embraces his past with the goal of helping others from his experiences to overcome and avoid some of the hard-learned lessons of his youth.

Inspiration for Lessons Learned: Through the tough-love lessons and mentors who never gave up on him, Antonio is well aware that he was fortunate to survive many of his life experiences. He is inspired to share those experiences as examples for at-risk young people in the community. His background in football and his induction into the Forsyth County Sportsman Hall of Fames clearly show that the past does not define a person.

About Lessons Learned: Lessons Learned is just that. Antonio shares many of his personal life experiences as a child (the aftermath of his father’s departure, his anger that, at times, was overwhelming and caused considerable pain to him and his family). His underlying anger continued to plague him throughout his life. As he shared, fighting was a natural outlet that he had difficulty controlling. With a remarkable host of people who believed in him, his talent, and his future, Lessons Learned is a glimpse into a person who, without that network, might not have survived. Lessons Learned is a fairly quick read, ideally suited for sharing with his target audience. Clearly, he knows from personal



experience what many of our at-risk youth go through. Lessons Learned gives an excellent point of reference for them, as well as an example that they can overcome their past. Hope is a powerful force to be reckoned with. As Antonio shares in the last lines of his book, “Through experiences, a boy becomes a man. He learns to take ownership of failures. He lets go of stubbornness and learns to accept lessons.”

Where to find Lessons Learned: Contact Antonio at 336.462.6823, 336.324.3415, via email at, or via his website, My Brother’s Second Chance (his non-profit initiative for at-risk local youth). You can order Antonio’s book on-line from his website, Amazon. com, or Antonio is also available for speaking engagements. He has spoken to church organizations, civic groups, several colleges and universities, and participated in the Gear-Up Conference held in Charleston, South Carolina (approximately 200 attendees from six high schools). He is currently working on his second book. Check his website for additional details as he continues to share his experiences as a testament for others.

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Why We Resonate with Literary Characters BY ROBIN WHITE ELLIS

I have friends whom I will never meet face to face. I am not referring to online friendships or even actual people. I am talking about fictional, literary characters. I know for a fact that I am not alone out there, as I am close to several other like-minded people. Have you ever “met” a character in a book and wished that you could hang out with him or her? Have you become so involved in a storyline that you root for the characters or feel sad when things do not go well for them? I have shed more tears over books than I can admit without being embarrassed. I believe that the manner in which we respond to fictional characters has much to do with our ability to connect with others on an emotional level. The very fact that we have shared experiences with loved ones or “real” people encourages our mind to affix such attitudes and sympathies to those people who aren’t so real. In other words, it can become easy to connect with them as we would with a friend. It can be funny and ironic in certain ways. I love many genres, yet especially delight in fantasy and science fiction. I am logically aware that regal elves are not roaming the forest, yet you better believe that Legolas from Lord of the Rings is incredibly real to me! I would take offense to someone calling me a muggle, and yet I cannot wave a wand to create magic. I have sobbed over the death of a character to a level that is absolutely absurd! There is some sort of fandom psychology there that I tremble to delve into too much! However, I will try.



In some ways, we come to know characters in a book faster than our own loved ones. Narration gives us a window into their thoughts, which allows us insight into their most private moments. Obviously, this is not something we can do in public with people. While enjoying a story, we subconsciously fill in the lost details from these character’s lives. We feel that we know what they are feeling or experiencing, which heightens their sense of solid realness. Personally, I believe that when empathizing with our loved ones, we try to fill in those same details of what we are not clear on in their situation. Interestingly enough, this is also what we are doing with fictional characters. As a matter of fact, it can be easier to empathize with them because we are given more intimate knowledge of them due to the author’s exposition and narration. It is in our nature to fill in these blanks, relating our own emotions to someone else. Even our senses seem to get involved. For example, when we read about the scent of coffee, the olfactory center of our brain gets into action! We cannot really smell it, but we can conjure up that scent and recreate the experience. This enhances the “realness” of the character, environment, and situation of which we are reading. At the root of all of this, being drawn to the characters in a book may not even be that we identify with them, as much as we simply enjoy spending time with them. For a few hours, we may be lost in their world. We may even long to be a part of that world, in some small way, which draws us closer to an emotional bond. The mark of a truly memorable fictional character of great writing is how often we take them with us, in our hearts and minds, when we head back into our own reality.

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Rite of Passage Party BY STACY LEIGHTON

While the kids were growing up, I enjoyed teaching, some public speaking engagements, and writing books. I called it my “jobby” because it was somewhere between a job and a hobby. The kids, the house, and the husband – they were my life and also my greatest joy. I’m not complaining. I was happy to leave my career on the back burner. Now it’s time to turn up the heat. So where do I start?

So many of my peers seem to be grieving this change in their lives. And that’s what it is, grief. They mourn the passing of the child rearing days and all the hoopla that comes with it. It was wonderful and all-consuming. Few of us are prepared for the empty nest. We never gave it much thought. We were too busy packing lunches, shuffling schedules and “playing the outfield with mitts on both hands” (Maya Angelou on being a mother). What we NEED is a Rite of Passage party! A rite of passage ceremony marks the transition from one phase of life to another. And why not mark this transition? Let’s have a party! We will give it its due recognition and launch ourselves into the next glorious 50 years! We celebrate our children passing adolescence with Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s, Quinceaneras and Sweet 16s. Why not celebrate passing the “adult” baton to our grown children? Why not celebrate new adventures and careers? The truth is, I might need a little hoopla to help me let go.



Why, Pinterest of course! Party themes and ideas are plentiful there. Being Irish I started with an Irish Wake theme. I will plan a party that celebrates my previous life and give it a proper send-off. Avoiding all things black and morbid, I choose to decorate with pictures of my kids, husband and our adventures together. My friend suggested a three-tiered wedding style cake with a woman reaching for the stars on top. We’re still thinking about that. It will not be a three-day event, but perhaps over a weekend so I can enjoy time with out of town guests.

Next, I presented the idea to the family, our kids, my adopted kids, and my husband. He thought it was awesome. The kids were uneasy. They found the idea of Mom-intransition made them a little nervous. Oh, they think I’m the “Cool Mom” but what is this transition thing? Was I going to go crazy? Or sprout horns and a third eye? It’s sometimes difficult for our loved ones to think of us as anything but the role we play in their lives. It doesn’t make me sad, but it does make me think. For children of divorce, for example, it might be strange to think of Mom or Dad dating. The thought of them kissing their date goodnight is likely to cause gagging fits! You might meet with a little resistance from them regarding your coming of age celebration. That’s okay, soldier on! You deserve this. I have reassured my children that I am still “Mom,” but I am also “ME.” We will still hold the same family holiday traditions, but they will be expected to participate in the planning, execution, and clean up. Like them, I, too, have social engagements I need to attend. Beginning with my very own Rite of Passage Party!

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BY VONDA HENDERSON A group of like-minded artisans working together for the mutual benefit of all. That is the purpose of Twin City Artisans, formed in 2014. The goal of Twin City Artisans is three-fold: • Each individual artisan looks to the membership group for improvement and to open new venues for selling his or her handcrafted items. • Each artisan is charged with encouraging the other members and acting as a motivator/mentor. • Each artisan represents the overall membership in encouraging the community to be more aware of the quality and value of handcrafted pieces and to increase community involvement in events and the arts in general. The current membership is 34 artisans who work in a variety of different mediums. Each of the artisans works in his or her studio or workspace. The members meet for regularly scheduled sessions throughout the year. They come together during events, festivals and shows scheduled through the year. They exhibit their art independently, as well. You can identify a Twin City Artisan by the logo displayed at his or her booth or tent. The membership is blessed with a variety of artistic talent; many work in more than one medium. The basic categories are: • Painting and fine arts selections • Stained glass and fused glass designs • Woodworking, including a scroll and jigsaw specialist and woodturning • Jewelry made using agates and natural gemstones, copper chains, earrings, stonework; wrapped jewelry (stone or silver wrapped jewelry); repurposed jewelry



• Pottery • Basket weaving using natural, local grasses and vines (kudzu, honeysuckle, mimosa bark), harvested by the artist • Kaleidoscopes • Spun wool and knitted pieces, including hats Perhaps you have artistic skills? Twin City Artisans is looking to expand and encourage arts. The process to become part of this dynamic group is not difficult. Each year, there are three to four juried sessions. Submit photos of your specialty along with the application and jury fee of $25 for each category. Bring or mail a sample of work to the address indicated. Twin City Artisans values originality and high-quality standards and is always looking for unique skills. Many of the members teach their crafts at locations or studios in the area. The panel of four reviews all the information and uses a simple scoring technique during the jury process. Once a potential new member is notified, he or she has 20 days to decide whether to join. The annual dues are $65. Twin City Artisans is hosting the Artisans Holiday Show on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 1st-3rd at the new Masonic Center located at 4537 Country Club Road in Winston-Salem. Hours on Thursday and Friday will be from 9am-6pm and Saturday from 9am4pm. Forty member artisans and their guests will be showing a wide variety of their works, perfect for holiday gift giving and decorating. For information about Twin City Artisans, contact Sue Davis, memberat-large and publicity chair, via phone at 704.279.8542, or via e-mail (sunfire72@ Be sure to check out the Facebook page. “To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.” (Georgia O’Keeffe)


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I am a voracious reader and never more content than when I’m sitting cozily with a blanket and a book. My favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast and let me tell you, he would have won me over immediately with that library! In fact, I am still in mourning over the Library of Alexandria! I dream of a tree house in the woods with an entire floor set aside for my own personal library, which includes a comfortable leather chair, lap blankets, a roaring fire, a coffee and tea sidebar, and beautiful silence. Realistic? No. However, you do not have to be a millionaire to create your own personal home library to enjoy and in which to relax as you lose yourself in a great book. The first thing you need to do is to find your space. It can be an entire spare room or simply part of a room, perhaps sharing with a study. Depending on your home layout, and how much space you have, be sure to choose an area that isn’t loud and heavily trafficked. Choose your colors carefully. If you are more comfortable in bright and airy rooms, use that sort of decor in your library. If you prefer darker tones, go with those. Depending on the number of books you have, you will need to determine the type of shelving you will need. Do not be afraid to take it all the way to the ceiling if necessary! That is blank space, perfect for more books! Second-hand stores are great to find large bookcases or shelving units without busting your bank account into pieces. Painting or staining is simple and inexpensive so simply look for something sturdy and pleasing in size. Lay out your furniture plan because a comfortable place to sit is a must! Do not try to save space by placing a hard bench near the wall. Go cushy or bust! You do not want to contend with hard edges while you are mesmerized in another world. Also pay attention to the lighting in the room, making certain it is adequate, and you have no need to strain your eyes. You may want to include a work surface for writing letters or paying bills, especially if you are sharing a space. There are many small and thrifty options available for a small writing desk. Thrift stores and flea markets are great places to look! Accessorize




with pretty rugs and wall hangings or pictures of loved ones. Framing maps or book jackets can also be excellent options. Now, what else is needed? Books, books, and more books! If you are already a dedicated bibliophile, you probably have enough volumes to fill your shelves. If you use the public library or digital readers, it is time to shop for those books (and take me with you). Having a book collection does not have to mean spending big bucks. It is not as if you need to purchase only first editions here! Shop at yard sales, flea markets, antique malls, and thrift stores, which are all great resources for fantastic books. Keep your own personal tastes in mind. There is no need to purchase a book you will never read, no matter how “important” it seems. It is pointless and, frankly, pretentious. If you see a great deal on lovely leather bound books that do not interest you, keep in mind that you can use them as decorations (although I nearly choked on that). Use them as shelves or stacked to create a side table. The beauty of a home library, no matter the size or location, is that it provides a peaceful respite from a busy world. Your library should be a place for you to ponder, to relax, and to enjoy. Don’t we all deserve to carve out a niche for ourselves?


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our dog and a glass of wine. You may be thinking that when YOU drink wine, it does not curb your appetite but it, in fact, does quite the opposite! It makes you scarf down everything in sight. Everyone is unique, but I find that if I really take the time to savor every sip and take in the flavors, it does a great job of curbing my appetite. Savoring the wine also ensures that I stop at one (ok, sometimes two) glasses rather than downing a whole bottle. This is a practice and has not always been this way for me.



December seemed like the appropriate month to discuss a topic near and dear to my heart… wine! I want to share my personal wine drinking habits (and my reasoning behind these habits), as well as a few benefits of drinking wine. Let me begin with a disclaimer: if you don’t drink and/or are not of age, please do not start drinking wine or any other alcoholic beverage. My drinking habits: I drink one large glass of wine almost every day. Occasionally, I’ll pour a glass of sparkling water (into a wine glass of course) when I get home from work. After I’m done with the sparkling water, I ask myself, “Do I want a glass of wine?” Some days I may, and other days I’m good without. Some days I go straight for the wine and don’t waste any time with the sparkling water. We’ve all had those kinds of days, am I right? In the warmer weather, I’ll drink Prosecco or a sauvignon blanc, and when the weather turns cool, I switch to a red blend or a pinot noir. For me, drinking a glass of wine in the evening is what I do instead of snacking. It curbs my appetite and holds me over until dinner. It’s an after work ritual. Few things are more enjoyable than relaxing on the back porch with my husband,



Have I always only drunk wine? No! I used to drink beer and occasionally a mixed drink, but I find that for me, wine settles much better with my stomach. Not only that, but the health benefits for wine outweigh the health benefits of beer or mixed drinks. Moderate wine drinkers have a reduced risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and moderate wine drinking also lowers your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. While this information alone is great, the benefits continue! Moderate wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers. And remarkably, brain function declines at a much faster rate for nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers. The physical health benefits are huge, but take note of this last benefit. Women (and men) who drank anywhere from 2-7 glasses of wine a week were significantly less likely to be diagnosed with depression. With depression affecting roughly one in ten Americans… this is a big deal. The health benefits of wine are plentiful. These mentioned are just a few of the many! I encourage you to do your own research on the health benefits of wine and consider tweaking your drinking habits. Find a wine that you love and practice savoring each and every sip. Cheers to you and your journey to a healthy lifestyle! Sources:

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Airport Therapy Dogs BY VONDA HENDERSON This is an easy answer for you dog lovers. What the best thing about walking into your home? Your dog greeting you like you’ve been away for a month! Apologies to the rest of the family, but it’s the truth, right? They race to get to you as fast as they can. No one gets as excited as your dog when they see you again – after a few hours, a few days, or face it – just going to the mailbox. You came back! Dogs love us with their whole bodies – wagging tails, bodies, and slobbery kisses (if they can work those in). What happens to you? You smile, give them a rub, get down on their level and tell them hello. Your blood pressure drops and those worries and aggravations just melt away. I bet you’re feeling better just thinking about it. So what do airport therapy dogs do? Just re-read that first paragraph. Therapy dogs wearing ‘Pet Me’ vests serve travelers at 30+ airports in the United States. The concept started soon after 9/11 at the San Jose International Airport in California. In addition to the normal flight fears, travelers now had the fear of terrorism added to the list. Some of the other issues airline travelers face on a regular basis include: 1. Fear of arriving late for their flight 2. Fear of missing their flight 3. Flight delays 4. Missing connecting flights 5. Fear of cancellations 6. Standing in long lines for check-in and security 7. Fear of flying in general



At the San Jose Airport, a volunteer airport chaplain brought in the first therapy dog. Orion, a certified therapy dog, was a Boxer/Great Dane mix and gets credit as the first of many airport therapy dogs. These dogs go through therapy training to ensure that the airport noises, crowds and strangers approaching them that will be a part of their job are not an issue. They’re walked all over the airport to give them a sense of confidence working in that environment. Their volunteer handlers also go through rigorous screening, including background and security checks. Typically, the dog/handler team stays in one spot considered an area of high stress (checkin or security for instance). Teams may be requested to visit gates in the event of flight delays. Travelers are welcome to approach the team for some doggylove. Strangers start up conversations quickly, talking about their dogs at home. That common bond creates a friendlier atmosphere simply due to interaction with a ‘pet me’ therapy dog. Dogs love the attention and travelers benefit from reduced stress. One of the most heartwarming moments for these teams is interacting with men and women leaving for deployment. Getting to pet a dog and reminisce about their pet makes for a special bonding.

The first three airports to have this type of program were San Jose, Miami and Los Angeles. Los Angeles started with 30 teams (dog/handler) and evolved over time to 52 volunteer teams. The nearest airport in our area with an airport therapy dog program is Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Since March of 2015, the Canine Crew comprised of 15 teams have served travelers on a daily basis from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Since Charlotte is an American hub and 70 percent of the flights are connections, the stress level can be intense. To qualify as a Canine Crew, dogs are required to be certified as in-service therapy dogs with one year of experience. The dogs wear their ‘pet me’ vests and their handlers wear CLT Canine Crew t-shirts. Many of the dogs have baseball type ID cards with their names and favorite activities listed. Be on the lookout for these special greeters on your next visit to the Charlotte Airport. These programs are volunteer-based with fairly unstructured schedules. Most teams work one day a week. Since dogs can get busy meeting and greeting quickly, schedules are usually not published; the teams may not get very far into the airport before they get to work. The dogs are good at signaling when their shift is over – although some may just need a nap to get ready for the next round. These dogs come in all shapes and sizes. They’d love to meet you and send you on your way with a smile on your face! Meeting and greeting is their job!

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It may be the holiday season, but many people are already thinking about their New Year’s resolutions, including a favorite resolution – getting in shape. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune on gym memberships, personal trainers, and new gym clothes. There are many budget-friendly ways to add more exercise into your daily schedule in the upcoming year.

• Create your own home gym in your kitchen, bedroom, living room or elsewhere, and exercise whenever you want. Gather free workouts from YouTube, Pinterest, and blogs. Be sure to mix it up and focus on all areas of your body by including different types of workouts. You can also purchase DVD workouts and equipment, such as weights and yoga mats. The one-time purchase of the items will pay off in the long run, compared to the price of annual gym memberships. • Look for free fitness classes in the community and at organizations, such as the YMCA and YWCA. Throughout the year, different types of classes and events will be offered at no fee. A simple Google search will help show what events are available in your city. Also, contact the local organizations and gyms to see if they are offering anything. • Get outdoors to exercise. Take a walk in a park or through downtown, go on a hike or a bike ride. It costs little to nothing to be active outside with family and friends while still enjoying nature.



• Sometimes exercising by yourself can be hard. There is no one to hold you accountable for your goals, so it might be easy to fall back into bad habits like, for example, spending money on unnecessary junk food. Try exercising with a friend or in a team. This will allow you to stay on track, without spending money on a whim. • In addition to joining teams, one way to save money is to participate in a community-led sports team. This cost-efficient exercise has weekly practices and games to keep you in shape. Lean towards more intramural teams that don’t cost much in equipment, but still give you a good workout, while being affordable and, most importantly, fun. • There is an app for everything on your phone, so why not use a fitness app? However, you need to make sure it is free. Some free fitness apps include Gym Goal, Couch to 5k, Sworkit, and Fitness Buddy.

• A gym membership can be expensive, but the good news is that it’s a lower price to join in the summer. This is because of the fewer new members registering for membership. Gyms are trying to maintain their high participation numbers and hope lowering their prices will attract people to join. Another time to look for gym promotions is in January, right when people start working on their New Year’s resolutions. • Also, when it comes to gym prices, there is room for negotiation. Many gym chains are willing to set your membership fee based on what you will be allowed to access. For example, a lower price will mean you’ll have limited access to certain areas of the gym. To negotiate the best way possible, you need to first do your homework and arm yourself with information and knowledge for your meeting with the gym employee. Also, you should shop at the end of the month and in the middle of a weekday (membership salesmen have a quota to meet), and always ask for a trial period. • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and limiting your alcohol consumption will cut down on your spending and add money to your wallet. Stick with your grocery list for healthy foods and don’t head towards the junk food. Also, you can save money by taking your lunch to work and trying frozen fruits and vegetables instead of fresh. In the long run, you may also save on doctors’ bills by not getting sick.


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‘Tis the Season for Engagement BY DENISE HEIDEL

November through February is known in the wedding market as “engagement season.” In fact, the most popular days of the year to get engaged are within a week of each other -- Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. With 43% of couples getting engaged during this time period, it’s the reason the Forsyth Woman Engaged! team decided to change its publication months to November and May. We wanted our local wedding planning resource to be readily available for brides as soon as they got their shiny new engagement rings! If you are newly engaged, the emotions may be overwhelming, and you may be wondering -- what are the next steps? How do I get started? Obviously, we encourage you to share the news with your closest family -- in person, if possible, and if not, over the phone. Whatever you do -please don’t let your mom find out about your engagement on social media along with all your other friends. Once you’ve shared the news -- we recommend the following steps:

1. Pick up your own copy of Forsyth Woman Engaged!

It’s available at dozens of local wedding boutiques throughout the area as well as all the local Harris Teeter and Food Lion stores.

2. Find a photographer for your engagement pictures! If

you need some help, we have some amazingly talented photographers we work with in Forsyth Woman Engaged! Their work is showcased throughout our magazine. Browse through the pages and check out the at-a-glance chart on pages 22-23. These will help guide you as you select a photographer whose style best reflects your own!

3. Submit your engagement picture online

at or email Follow the instructions, and we’ll happily run your engagement in an upcoming issue of Forsyth Woman Engaged! (And, if we have room, we may even run it in Forsyth Woman!)

4. Utilize the advertiser index on page 99 to find other vendors you may want to work with.

5. Don’t forget -- we’ve included a handy

planning checklist for you to use. You can find that on page 12.



6. Get started early on selecting a venue! They book up fast! We’ve included another handy-dandy tool for that, too! The venues-at-a-glance is found on pages 24-25.

7. You may want to spend

some time between pages 32 and 55…these are all local weddings from which you can draw your own inspiration!

8. Make notes about what

you like, what you don’t like and what you must have! Don’t forget to write a budget.

9. Schedule a meeting with a wedding planner! Don’t assume

anything about cost…most offer a free consultation, and a wedding planner is in the know on how to save money while creating the gorgeous wedding of your dreams! It’s worth the time to visit, talk and learn how they can help you! We have some great advertisers who are brilliant wedding planners!

10. Be sure you breathe, relax and enjoy the experience. Planning a wedding should never feel like work…it should be fun!

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Revolutionary Women BY ROBIN WHITE ELLIS

It is difficult for us today to fully comprehend the hardships and struggles suffered by our forefathers and foremothers. We can try to close our eyes, picture the scenes, empathize, and immerse ourselves into their time but, at the end, we will still open our eyes to a free society with countless opportunities and blessings. We enjoy these comforts and rights due to their dauntless intrepidity, blood, tears, and abounding wits to press on and conquer oppression. Writings during the times give us an idea and something upon which to ponder, yet it is sadly true that most of these annals were written by men and for men. In 1840, Charles Francis Adams, grandson of President John Adams and Abigail Adams, stated, “The heroism of the females of the Revolution has gone from memory with the generation that witnessed it, and nothing, absolutely nothing remains upon the ear of the young of the present day.” Let us take a moment to celebrate the temerity and endurance of some of our foremothers, the women of the Revolutionary War.

Deborah Sampson Gannett:

In 1782, Deborah Sampson sewed a uniform for herself and enlisted in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army in the name of a distant male relative. She is not the only woman to disguise her gender to fight, but she is considered the most successful because she managed to keep up the ruse for the longest amount of time. After being wounded, she was granted an honorable discharge. During a platform at a lecture, she stated that she fought so that “we might be permitted and acknowledged to enjoy what we had so nobly declared we would possess, or lose with our lives - freedom and independence.”



Emily Geiger:

South Carolinian teenager, Emily Geiger, played a crucial role in the defeat of British forces. She volunteered to travel one hundred miles by horse with a letter from General Nathaniel Greene to General Thomas Sumter about Tory troop movements. On just her second day of travel, she was stopped by British scouts, who waited for a woman to search her. During this wait, Emily tore the letter into pieces and ate it, so she was allowed to continue, bearing no evidence. Luckily for us all, Emily had memorized the contents of the message and successfully delivered the orders, which led to the defeat of British Lord Rawdon’s army.

Anna Strong:

After the British had captured her husband, Anna Strong was left alone to run the household, raise her children, and tend to the land. She also became a part of the Culper Spy Ring, which used an amazing array of transmitting information using codes, invisible ink, ciphers, and many other methods. Anna developed a system using the arrangement of her laundry. If a black petticoat was on the line, it was an indication that there was information that she needed to communicate. The number of white handkerchiefs out to dry signified the location of messages. She and her husband were ultimately reunited after the war.

Nancy Hart:

A housewife of Georgia, Nancy Hart was a formidable woman, standing over six feet tall and with a spirit of steel! She was forced to prepare food and drink for British soldiers who had murdered a local hero, and she was

determined to bring these men to justice. She sent her daughter to warn the Patriots in the neighborhood that these men were in her home while the men were under the impression that the girl was simply fetching water. While her daughter was sent forth on this important task, Nancy removed the soldier’s weapons through a crack in the log cabin’s wall. Once she was confronted, she shot two of the men and forced the rest to “surrender their ugly Tory carcasses to a Whig woman,” where they were then hanged outside her home. This is merely a sampling of the countless heroines of the Revolutionary War. While many of their deeds were undocumented or discounted, the mothers of our country toiled and exerted themselves to the utmost to provide care for soldiers, take over the jobs of the males, and even fight when necessary, all while raising the next generation of free Americans. They were untrained and unguided, yet persevered boldly in the face of fear. We should harness the spirits of these women when facing our own challenges, with their same gallant fierceness and prowess.

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Margaret is a mother of two wonderful children. Nicholas has graduated from school and is pursuing a career in music. Joshua just entered middle school and loves to go with mom to meet buyers and show homes. Margaret is a home buyer’s dream! Margaret is friendly, personable and knowledgeable. She exemplifies integrity, energy, and hard work in every detail of her client’s real estate transaction. She is thorough in follow up and follows through to completion!


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“After you go through a trauma or crisis or trial, sometimes you doubt yourself, your self-worth, and value. It can shatter your confidence and leave you feeling anxious, depressed, and fearful. But God is at work in our lives! He is showing me that my life is not over because I had cancer and that He still has great plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11).” Great plans indeed! Amy’s passion and mission merged when she decided to create and design ace, which stands for “Amy Chewning Earrings” – a unique line of handcrafted, lightweight, upcycled Italian leather earrings. Each pair of ace / Amy Chewning Earrings is not only made with love, but is used as a way to spread joy to customers by sharing hope through her testimony and inspiration through encouragement to “be bold, be unique, and rock these earrings!”


Laurie Dalton is one of the newest members of Team Forsyth Mags. A native of Wilson, NC, Laurie graduated from UNC-Wilmington. She’s married to Jeff, and together, they have three sons. Earlier this year, Laurie joined us as the graphic designer for Forsyth Family magazine and her light, fun personality has been a welcome addition to the team. She brings her expertise and skills to design many of the magazines’ ads and all of the Forsyth Family editorial. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys kayaking and a glass of wine with her family and friends.



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It’s that time again. There are twinkle lights in windows, and the smell of peppermint and gingerbread are in the air. It’s time to order Christmas cards, and if you’re like most people, that means taking the prerequisite family photo. If you’re keen to forgo the pricey professional shoot and try for photographic perfection on your own, here are some ideas to get a flawless DIY family photo:

• PLAN AHEAD FOR PROPS. If you take your annual pictures in August,

set a bow, a string of lights, festive ribbon, or Santa hats in a marked bin when you pack away your Christmas decorations, so that they are easy to get to and can add some merriment to your shot.


enough to have Old Salem and Reynolda Gardens in Winston, both great places for a unique shot. You can also get creative. Ask the farmer down the street if you can use his field. Do you have a friend with a beautiful backyard or a great fireplace that would let you intrude for an hour? Is there a Christmas tree already up in a church lobby you could use? Look around and take advantage of the work others have already done, rather than recreating a backdrop.

• GET A FRIEND TO COME ALONG, or better yet, invite another family out and take turns clicking the shutter. We’ve found that without someone behind the camera, the kids just don’t smile as big, so even if you have a delay timer, you might want to bring someone else along to capture their attention and make them laugh. If you can’t find a willing friend, a timer will do. Consider setting the camera on rapid shoot so it takes a series of shots in a row. Or perhaps purchase an inexpensive camera remote (less than $20 for most camera brands), so you don’t have to make a mad dash to make it into the shot. Newer cameras even have apps so you can mirror the image on your phone’s screen to check the shot and snap the pic with a just a touch.

• USE A TRIPOD. If you don’t have one, a folding table will do. Anything

you can do to stabilize the shot will help ensure it comes out clear, particularly when taking multiple shots that require holding the camera for long periods of time.


We’ve gotten some really great photos over the years – not an easy task with three kids in tow (one of whom pitched a royal fit last year after being banned from wearing a tutu for said session and in the resulting images looks absolutely grief stricken). The secret? A pocket full of M&Ms. Yes, it’s bribery, but at an M&M a smile, no one’s teeth are going to rot out. If you’re not keen to use candy, plan something fun as a reward after the shoot.



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Cranberry Christmas Recipes Nothing says, “Christmas time is here!” quite like a good cranberry recipe. For this extra special holiday edition of our recipe page, I talked my mother-in-law into sharing a couple of her favorite cranberry recipes. My first cranberry salsa experience was several years ago. Andy (my mother-in-law) made it for her annual cookie exchange gathering. I like

Cranberry Salsa

Makes: 4 cups salsa and can be stored up to 2 weeks • 12 oz (or one bag) fresh cranberries • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled cored and chopped into large pieces • ½ large green pepper, cut into chunks • ½ medium red onion, cut into chunks • ¾ cup sugar • 1/3 cup apple juice • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro • 2 Tbsp chopped pickled jalapeno pepper • 1 tsp (more or less to taste) lime juice Place cranberries, apple, pepper and onion in food processor and pulse until chopped. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in remaining ingredients until blended. Cover and refrigerate. A fun (optional) addition to the cranberry salsa…

Christmas Tree Chips!

• All you need is one package of spinach tortillas. • Heat oven to 375 degrees. • Using a cookie cutter, cut six trees from each tortilla. • Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake 8 minutes or until crisp. • Serve with cranberry salsa.

BY BROOKE EAGLE the flavor of cranberries OK, but in salsa, I LOVE cranberries. It brings out a whole new flavor when you add in peppers, onions and jalapenos. This recipe is fabulous for any time of year, but for me, it only feels right around the holidays.

Cranberry Whiskey Sour Slush Need I say more? This drink is a refreshing, icy sweet treat perfect for the holidays. Ideal for a gathering, but leftovers can easily be stored in the freezer to enjoy another time. (recipe by Julianna Grimes) • 1 ½ cups water • 1 cup sugar • dash of salt • 4 cups fresh cranberries • 1 1/3 cup 80 proof bourbon • 3 TBS fresh lemon juice Combine water, sugar and salt in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir until sugar dissolves. Combine sugar syrup and cranberries in a blender and process until smooth. Strain mixture through a sieve lined with a double layer of cheesecloth over a bowl. Press mixture to extract liquid and discard solids. Combine cranberry mixture, bourbon and lemon juice in a freezer-safe bowl, stirring well. Freeze mixture overnight or until partially frozen. Scrape mixture with a fork until slushy and serve immediately.

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A Southern Christmas BY MEGAN TAYLOR

When it comes to Christmas, people throughout the world celebrate in many different ways. There are traditions that are similar in various countries and regions, while other traditions are unique to the area. Since we live in the South, I was curious to see what Christmas activities and events have become part of our way of life during the holidays. While some of our traditions have been adopted by areas outside of the South, their origin remains the same. Here are the traditions and customs that make up a Southern Christmas. • Poinsettias have been a classic for the holiday season. The plant was originally a popular decoration for Christmas in Mexico until U.S. ambassador Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett of South Carolina brought clippings of the plant back home. It soon grew in popularity throughout the United States, due to its shape resembling the Star of Bethlehem. • Usually sweets are a favorite during Christmas; however, fruit is a staple this time of year in the South. Fruit, especially oranges and tangerines, have graced children’s stockings for decades. The reason for this tradition goes back to the 20th century when citrus fruit was a treat for those in rural Southern towns. During the winter, the fruit would be shipped from Florida and would be sold at high prices. Usually, those who received their share would save it for special occasions, such as Christmas. In 1935, as the country struggled with the Great Depression, a dozen oranges cost about the same as five pounds of flour. Flour was a necessity; oranges were a luxury and a special gift. • Originating from Jamestown, Virginia, magnolia and pine décor are traditional Christmas decorations for those below the Mason-Dixon Line. Settlers in the Colony saw pine was an evergreen and began using it as a symbol of good fortune and hope, making it the perfect decoration for the holidays. As for magnolias, the leaves give off a rustic, country feel and have been used as wreaths. Both widely popular decorations got their start right here in the South.



• Coconut cake is a treat for many during the holidays. In the past, coconuts were exotic fruit and often hard to get. When it came to making the cake, it often took long hours for hand-grating the coconut and making the icing. The traditional recipes call for a Seven-Minute Icing, with egg whites and corn syrup cooked over simmering water. However, for the icing to be a success, it required a certain type of weather that isn’t a favorite in the South. The mixture needs low humidity, and we all know our region of the country is known for high humidity. Before airconditioning, the only time the South didn’t have high humidity was during the winter, which explains why coconut cake was only made during the holidays. Another reason Southerners love coconut cake is that when the cake is completed, it reminds us of a snowball because we see so very little snow in the South. • Seafood, especially oysters, is a favorite among Southerners. These salt-water clams are commonly seen at holiday dinners throughout the South. One reason for their popularity is that December is considered a safe month to consume them, because of the colder water temperatures in the Gulf. Also, oyster dressing is a go-to side for many meals. For this dish, all you need to do is heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add celery and onion and cook until tender. Then, combine bread crumbs and parsley. Remove from heat and mix oysters, eggs, salt, pepper, and thyme for extra flavor. • Lastly, if you visit the Outer Banks during the winter season, you might get the chance to celebrate Christmas twice. People along the coast observe the holiday on December 25 and then observe Old Christmas on January 6th. This tradition dates back to 1752 when England adopted the Gregorian calendar, which shortened the year. However, the English settlers in the Outer Banks didn’t get the news until decades later and had already been celebrating Christmas, which on the new calendar was January 6th. The settlers then decided to continue the holiday in January, while also celebrating on December 25th. Now, Christmas Day is known for family, while Old Christmas is known for community get-togethers. Christmas is a time for family and friends. Everyone throughout the world has their own unique traditions to making the holiday special. As for this region of the country, Southerners know how to make Christmas memorable with their own traditions and celebrations that generations carry on from year to year.

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A Christmas Sentiment From Me to You… BY LEA CHURCH BRENDLE


So you have made your list and are checking it twice, yes, you know who has been naughty or nice... but a lump of coal in a stocking as deserved as it might be, will never change one’s heart you see... kindness and mercy... patience and grace... forgiveness and love should take that coal’s place... we all have a heart some bigger, some tougher... but nonetheless we just want to be smothered in all the things above and set apart... but riddled in love straight from the heart... so in this time, in this season... seek to heal if nothing else, for this reason... as family or a friend, stranger or past foe... we all deep inside, truly do know... that a greater power a force so peacefully sublime that can handle our woes or problems at any time... came to this place in a time we can’t grasp... a time so remote... so archaic... so past... but He came nonetheless, in the form of a babe... so innocent, so peaceful... in a manger he laid... this, in part, alone should prove that peace in its raw, innocent way... was brought to us to save... mankind, uskind, youkind from being a slave to unrest at its best... in capturing our soul, that belonged to no other than himself, our Savior, of a virgin mother... gifted by the greatest Father of all times... and for only one reason... to bless and be blessed in your own special way and share the love this Christmas season each and every day.


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Giving Christmas to Every Child BY MALLORY HARMON

“My goal is for every child in Forsyth County to have a Christmas,” says George Gerdes, local Coordinating Officer of Toys for Tots in North Carolina since 2009. This mission has been shared by Toys for Tots since its inception, when it was initiated by Major Bill Hendrix with the United States Marines Corps in 1947. For the past eight years the organization, supported by the unwavering endorsement of Bob Hope and Walt Disney, has expanded to establish local campaigns in all fifty states. Toys for Tots has a very particular prerequisite as it insists that the toys donated to the charity are new. This aspect of the organization was established so that the children in need do not feel second-class by receiving cast out hand-me-downs. Instead, they are afforded the pride of owning something new and desirable. George Gerdes, who has aided in the collection of over 50,000 toys for the charity organization, is extremely passionate, and his mission affects his work continuously. He recounts the story of a young child glowing with happiness as he received the toy he had been hoping for and ran to show George his new present. “Look what Santa brought me!” George knew that the child’s mother was in a tough situation and that she desired nothing more than to provide her son that toy he wanted. George tells us, “When I saw the happiness that those people were experiencing I knew we were doing the right thing.” If you are interested in participating alongside this fantastic organization, you can go the Toys for Tots website to donate new toys or funds online. If you are part of a local business, apply for a collection box for donations. Finally, volunteering is also essential to the role of Toys for Tots. Volunteer responsibilities include picking up toys at participating



locations and bringing them to the Salvation Army, which has partnered with Toys for Tots in perpetuity and distributes the collected toys annually. Last year, volunteers collected over 27,000 toys! Volunteers also organize the toys into gender groups and even distribute the concealed presents to grateful parents before Christmas. Mr. Gerdes continues, “I am extremely thankful that I can take care of my family, but there are those who need assistance. We have the opportunity once a year to take care of children in need.” The Forsyth Community has partnered with Toys for Tots for the past several years. George Gerdes acknowledges, “I must offer my thanks for the support from Forsyth County. Last year we doubled our toy count and were able to reach over 14,000 families.” It may be hard to recall now but think back…way back. Try to remember the one thing you hoped for most for as you rushed from your room on Christmas morning. You quite probably received it with the glow and enthusiasm of youth. You probably carried it or rode it out to show your friends, all the while bursting with pride. Can you describe that feeling? Me neither, but I certainly remember it. It is the essence of childhood. However, there are children in our very community for whom this glow and pride is elusive. Economic difficulties can be troubling enough to cause families to actually dread the approaching holiday season. Christmas is not solely about getting the gift that you have always wanted; it is also about caring for your neighbor and showing unconditional love to your family and a heart for your community. This year, take advantage of this life-giving opportunity to bring the joy of Christmas to those around you. Toys for Tots is ready and waiting to help you help others.

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Christmas is no doubt America’s most celebrated holiday, in terms of both enthusiasm and sheer length. We spend a month or more decorating our houses, listening to seasonal songs and yes, dusting off our favorite Christmas movies. Think of another holiday that demands this amount of attention. Sure, Halloween has a few titles in its corner, but its celebration pales in comparison to the Christmas season—look no further than Freeform’s 13 Nights of Halloween and its 25 Days of Christmas (almost double the airtime!). For me, the Christmas season is a chance to endlessly binge-watch my favorite Christmas movies—guilty pleasures and seasonal stalwarts alike. Here are seven of my favorite Christmas movies:


A lighthearted starter, good for the first week after Thanksgiving, Christmas with the Kranks is an enjoyable adaptation of the John Grisham novel Skipping Christmas. Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis plan to leave town before their annual neighborhood celebration after becoming empty nesters. Christmas with the Kranks can be the perfect late-night movie to fall asleep to or a reliable “background noise” option as you decorate your tree.


I’ll admit I’m not as crazy about Elf as many are. But I can recognize it as one of the most popular modern Christmas movies around. In fact, Elf is so watchable and repeatable that many never bother to put it away at the turn of the New Year, instead enjoying it all year long. Will Ferrell manages to balance humor and sincerity as a life-sized elf in New York City. A classic for a reason, just not my go-to during those ever-precious Christmas movie watching hours.




I don’t know that I can point to any one reason why I like this movie so much, other than it just simply exudes those feelgood Christmas emotions. Nine unique character stories come together in this London-based comedy/romance/Christmas/ uplifting movie. As with most of my guilty pleasure Christmas movies, Love Actually doesn’t require you to sit and watch it in its entirety (it is almost 2 and ½ hours long, after all). Instead, it can play on repeat enhancing the mood of any Christmas party, decorating session or family gathering.


An absolute favorite of mine. The Santa Clause provides so many memorable scenes during Tim Allen’s transformation from absent father to…well, Santa Clause. It’s nostalgic and exciting at the same time and is one of the true classics that can play throughout the entire Christmas season without growing old.


In my family, we watch this movie exactly one time every year. After Thanksgiving dinner is complete and everyone is settled, Christmas Vacation provides the perfect transition from fall and turkey and pre-Christmas angst to the season of joy and laughter and all things Santa Clause. Almost 30 years old, Christmas Vacation is a classic that may never fade.


I know, I know, the original is better, the remake is watered down. I’ve heard it all before, but there’s something about the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street that completes the Christmas season for me. With iconic scenes like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at the film’s outset to Santa’s triumphant victory in court, “Case dismissed! Santa Clause wins!” Miracle on 34th Street, just two decades old, has become an iconic pillar of the season.


The guiltiest of pleasures. But Fred Clause is the epitome of a feel-good Christmas movie. Even with a faulty storyline and very little emotional attachment, I love Fred Clause for what it is: an upbeat, late-night Christmas movie that can be watched more than a dozen times throughout the month of December without getting old. A favorite of the cable television networks, I can almost guarantee you won’t make it through this Christmas season without coming across this diamond in the rough.

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Life Hacks

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There are countless problems you encounter on a daily basis that can put a little speed bump in your day. Life hacks are those “a-ha moments” where you find the simplest solution to your daily problems often using items immediately at your disposal. Each month, this column will take you through some creative hacks to use in all different areas of your life to make your day to day as simple as possible. For December, we’ll explore hacks for gift giving this holiday season. A great co-worker gift is a personalized mug made by you. They’re easy to create, and they will help everyone keep up with their mugs at the office. There are several options to create a mug. You can paint with chalk paint, so they can change out the design or message regularly. You can monogram by grabbing some scrapbook sticker letters and some Sharpie paint pens. Place the sticker on the mug, and use your paint pens to make dots all around the sticker. Once you’ve created a look you like, you remove the sticker and then place your mug on a cookie sheet in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees to make them dishwasher friendly. Make sure your kitchen is well ventilated for this part. Allow to bake for 30 minutes, and then turn off the stove and allow to cool inside the oven.

Keeping track of your Christmas list can be a chore in itself. You may start it on one sheet of paper and then forget that sheet and start a new one, or put it in your phone and the kids find it while borrowing to it to play games. Download Christmas Gift List on your Android phone. This handy app allows you to password protect your Christmas list; send your lists to other apps, programs or emails; archive your gift list after the new year, so you remember what you bought everyone the year before; budget your gift list; keep track of money spent and total budget; and it even allows you to mark the gifts as purchased and then as wrapped once you finish the final touches.



If you have a space lover on your gift list, you can create an awesome homemade gift this year. Grab some glass or plastic clear tree ornaments (plastic if there are pets or children in the home). Find some pictures online of galaxies, or pick their favorite galaxy if you know it and grab crayons in the closest colors you can find. Chop up the crayons into small pieces and drop in the ornaments. Heat with a hair dryer and turn to spread around the ornament. Add glitter for more sparkle.

This holiday season, make sure you make time to give back to those that aren’t as fortunate as you. Try a reverse advent calendar. Put out a basket or box in your home and, each day, add an item to the basket. On Christmas Eve, donate the contents to your favorite cause. Put some thought into the items you’re donating based on where you’re donating. Many shelters and rescues have wish lists of items they need most. If you have kids at home, this is a great way to teach them that the holidays are also about sharing with others and not just receiving gifts. This is also a great project for your office.

Jar gifts are a great idea for co-workers, friends or those with big families. You can assemble several jars for as little or as much as your budget allows. You can even cater your gifts to your recipients’ likes and interests. Mason jars are easy containers to pick up, and you can buy them in bulk. Fill with items that can be themed such as a spa day jar with a nail file, polish, clippers, relaxing scented lotion and a pair of fuzzy socks. If making each gift themed is not possible, then try making homemade candles, sugar scrubs, Christmas décor or even dessert mixes or cocoa mixes they can make later.

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CLEMMONS TODAY! MAKE LIFE EASIER – LET GOIN’ POSTAL WRAP, SHIP, NOTARIZE & SO MUCH MORE! BY VONDA HENDERSON You may think of Goin’ Postal Clemmons as a place to ship packages; however, that is just one of the many services they offer their clients. As owner Vic Bragman shared, “We’re pleased to serve the Clemmons community by providing a choice of shipping carriers: Fed Ex, US Postal Service (certified as an approved shipper), DHL International, and UPS.” Vic and his team are up-to-date on the shipping dates from all the carriers they utilize to ensure packages arrive by Christmas. They’re ready to go with packing materials for items of all shapes and sizes. The bubble wrap and peanut dispensers are filled and ready to protect fragile items, and boxes are available for sale or to be packed on-site by the professionals at Goin’ Postal. Custom boxes for bicycles, golf clubs, or guitars are always on hand. Plus, custom boxes can be created for any size. Vic shared that one of the most unique items ever packaged by his team was a stuffed turkey (enormous was the word to describe its size). Goin’ Postal supports recycling, green initiatives and recycles boxes whenever possible. What else can you get done at Goin’ Postal? Let’s review – you’ll be surprised at all they offer their clients.

Notary Service:

Two notary publics are available to provide notary service. Feel free to call ahead to schedule a time; however, Vic indicates that a notary is usually at the store.

Faxing Service:

Yes, some businesses still require documents to be faxed to them versus



scanned or e-mailed. Vic shared that faxing is used more frequently than most realize and Goin’ Postal is ready with new fax equipment.

Copy Services: Goin’ Postal also offers color as well as black and white copying. Color copies are $0.47/page; black and white, $0.10/page. To ensure the best quality copy, Vic recommends e-mailing documents as PDF files. Your copies are ready when you stop by for them. Shredding Services: What to do with all those documents you needed, but are just taking up space now? No worries. Drop them off at Goin’ Postal into one of their secure, locked containers (be sure to remove binder clips). The cost is only $0.99/lb. Vic contacts a secure shredding service when the bins are full; they send a truck over to shred everything on-site. Mail Box Service: Have your mail delivered to Goin’ Postal for pick-up during their office hours.

NEW SERVICES: Digital Mailbox Service:

Utilizing i.postal1, Goin’ Postal photographs mail and forwards to clients. Clients review the envelopes and decide how to handle each piece of mail. This service is affiliated with KOA campgrounds and is ideally suited for those who travel the country extensively, but need some means of taking care of personal mail and bills.

Bill Pay: Goin’ Postal now offers Bill Pay services so you can pay your Duke Energy or water bill while at the store.

Virtual Office:

Also utilizing i.postal1, many are using their virtual office options. This is a growing concept, perfect for small businesses that may not have or need a traditional office. Virtual offices include faxing services and receptionist service to answer calls.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES: Convert those old VHS, 8m, super 8, or even photos to DVD and create something special for the holidays. Goin’ Postal coordinates this service with After Image Video Productions, who design up to a two-hour DVD, with music as appropriate. Cash for Textbooks: Goin’ Postal buys textbooks at competitive prices, as well as video games and calculators. Miscellaneous:

Goin’ Postal has basic office supplies, candle warmers/wax chips, and Leaning Tree cards for sale. How many times do you forget to get a card to go with the gift? Pick a Leaning Tree card to include in the shipping container. For its young clients, Goin’ Postal has a kid-sized table for play and coloring. It’s a nice touch to their business and a help to busy families and one of the benefits of doing business with Goin’ Postal. Vic Bragman, Priscilla, and the rest of the staff are looking forward to meeting you and giving you a hand with your holiday shipping needs, as well as making many of your day-to-day business easier to manage. Stop by Goin’ Postal in Clemmons located at 6255 Town Center Drive (behind Panera Bread between Mossy’s Sports Bar and Utopia Day Spa). Their hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; and Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Contact them by phone at 336.712.0505 or via e-mail ( Follow them on their Facebook page. They can also be located from the Goin’ Postal website.

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Acting is something I have always dreamed of doing, but never imagined I would ever have the ability to achieve. However, when a family friend asked if I would like to look into joining a local acting studio, I experienced a myriad of emotions. Excitement? Yes. Enthusiasm? Yes. Uneasiness? Definitely. Two weeks later, I walked into the studio to find a big room comprised of a waiting area with snacks and cushy sofas. Further in was a three-layered riser for an audience facing a quaint, staged living area, which included a door. Three cameras pointed toward the living area, and two flat screen TVs stood in each corner facing the audience. Already my nerves were jangling as I thought about getting in front of those cameras to have my face projected onto the screens. I watched the door, which leads out of the living room, as students stated their list of objectives then disappeared through it at the command of the instructor. What seemed to be the common routine for the participants sounded a bit like this, “Alright, Hartley, what do you have today?” The instructor would say, “I have a door, activity, POV, ‘betrayed’ with Britain, and an active scene swap.” This, as you can imagine, was pure nonsense to me at the time, and my paranoid mind started to wonder if there was some sort of memo or class guide I had missed. I consoled myself by remembering I could get up and run away as fast as I could whenever I wanted, and I continued to watch as Hartley and Britain paired up and disappeared through the door. After a very engaging class, I met the instructor, Burgess Jenkins, an accomplished actor in over 250 episodes of TV and films, contributor to 35 plus acting projects, including movies such as The Reason and Remember the Titans, as well as TV show, The Young and the Restless. During our conversation I learned that Burgess grew up in Winston-Salem. “I read every book I could find and jumped into every workshop that came through Charlotte. I moved to Los Angeles and immersed myself there.

“After seven years of study, I learned what it meant to be a film actor and what it meant to pursue this business in a professional way.” Burgess went on to explain that after he had moved back to Winston-Salem, his agents asked him if he would be willing to train prospective actors in his hometown. He readily agreed, and Actors Group was started. “I’ve focused much energy on teaching teenagers, because when you’re young, you may not have the ability to express yourself. Acting affords you that ability. Over the years, I’ve watched these kids come into their own and experience who they are creatively. Then, to see them put that out there in a professional sense is very gratifying.” The next week, I started out with the basics. Burgess called me to the front of the class. My hands stubbornly shook by my side, and he gave me a knowing smile. He told me to sit on the couch and think of one person whom I really wanted to talk to at that moment. Since my sister had recently left for college, she was the first person I thought of. “Now,” he continued, “I want you to take a moment and connect with that person. Then start talking. Remember, there are no consequences to what you say, so say whatever is on your mind.” I took a deep breath and nodded. Needless to say, I was in tears by the end, but I felt lighter and took my seat with the knowledge that nothing I did from then on would be as embarrassing. A later assignment at Actors Group demanded that I be in a state of terror. I struggled with this for two weeks, clumsily putting on a series of unconvincing shows. Finally, I asked myself what terrifies me. I found the answer. To prepare, I marched through that iconic door, past the other students, and into the adjacent supply closet. I shut the door, turned out the light and huddled in the darkest corner, feeling my breath against the restricting corner of the room. My heart thudded. I felt helpless and terrified. I imagined never being able to escape this dark suffocating closet. The following work was some of my best and indescribably fun. As Burgess would say, I had found what made me ‘tick.’ A sister moving away and the helplessness of a confined space fueled my work and helped me conquer my fear of public performance. Over the past 12 months with Actors Group, I have delved deeper into my personality to find what makes me truly happy, incensed with anger, and what things leave me genuinely confused. It has not been, by any stretch of the imagination, an easy transition: from putting on a show to feeing real emotions on command. However, as Burgess always says, the secret to becoming a great actor is perseverance. I will continue to explore what it means to be a method actor and work to exceed expectations, whether I am stepping through that door at Actors Group, or onto a movie set.




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I just love Christmas time! I anticipate the fun that the holiday season brings all throughout the year. When I see something special, I think to myself, “Oh, that would be good to serve at Christmas.” Or, “ That would be perfect for Johnny at Christmas.” I think that Christmas is so special to me because of all the wonderful memories I have of Christmases past, beginning with my childhood. But when I reflect more intensely on past Christmases, I see how much things have changed. Some things so gradually that we almost don’t notice the changes. For example, just something as basic as the Christmas wrapping paper. I remember always finding boxes in which to wrap the presents. Wrapping boxes of all sizes and shapes is definitely an art form. Today, put it in a gift bag, stick in some tissue paper, and it’s ready for under the tree. And the tree… The tree at my house had shiny icicles hanging individually from each branch. My mother insisted on the careful placement of each hanging shiny strip. Later, after I was no longer living at home, about the first week of each December, I’d get a phone call from my father. He’d say, “Well, honey, I think your mother and I will stay together for another year. We got the Christmas tree up!” Which meant that they had survived all the related Christmas tree bickering! There is no doubt that today’s Christmas shopping is more efficient and less taxing than the shopping of Christmas past. But I LOVE lugging bags and parcels from store to store. It gives me a sense of accomplishment as I gather more and more to carry. I feel like I have done the shopping, by gosh! I realize that I am in a distinct minority here when I say that I still love to actually go to the stores. I like the entire activity of shopping: the searching, the browsing, the finding, the comparing, and the purchasing of the gift. Now that I think of it, even that is probably a product of my childhood because one of my favorite memories is Christmas shopping with my dad. Oh no, he was not a good shopper. He only shopped for one person – my mother – so the activity was very special. He and I would go to Thalheimer’s or Davis Department Store and get a gift for my mother. One important purchase. Then he would say, “Well, I think it’s time for a chocolate nut sundae, don’t you?” And we would head to Farmer’s Dairy or Sam’s Gourmet and enjoy the treat. When we finished, we’d go home, completely satisfied with our shopping trip. To this day, part of my shopping excursion is allowing myself a treat while taking a break.



Not too long ago, a childhood friend and I took the time to walk through the beautiful Broyhill Offices and Suites where Forsyth Magazines is located. We remembered it as our elementary school. One of our most distinct memories was the annual Christmas Pageant produced each year with all of the students. Each grade level had an important part. The 7th and 8th graders stood on the stage on either side of the Nativity tableaus. They sang the most songs as each tableau would correspond with the carol being sung. The middle grades would stand on the side and in the hallways and sing. Then the primary students would process in while everyone was singing, “O Come Little Children.” Honestly, I still remember the words to the songs we were required to memorize. When my friend and I visited recently, we could not believe how short the aisle was. We remembered it as being very long! Perspectives change. As a Baby Boomer, I have a foot in both the past and the present when it comes to Christmasy things. My feeling is that we should hold on to some of those traditions and practices while enjoying some of the improvements and the progress of today. I wish for you and yours a happiest of holiday seasons… at THIS moment in time!

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A City’s Canvas: Dane Walters


Anthony Hecht once said, “It doesn’t seem to me strange that children should like the macabre, the sensational, and the forbidden.” Indeed, our childhood fascinations can have an indelible impact on how we see life, and even ourselves. What child has not put visualizations to the “bumps” they hear in the night, or a face to the monster under the bed? What adult has not had to learn to fight the fear of the unknown or the “monsters” that live inside each of us? Or more simply, who doesn’t remember their first scary movie and who they were with when they saw it? One downtown Winston-Salem artist certainly remembers these childhood memories and continues to let it influence his work even today. Dane Walters is originally from WinstonSalem. Growing up in Kernersville, Walters graduated from East Forsyth High School in 2002 and then moved to New York to study digital filmmaking editing at The New York Film Academy. It was there he found his new direction in his art career. “I was especially inspired by the plethora of art and galleries. On returning to North Carolina, I began pursuing visual art. I began showing work in Winston-Salem around 2006. In 2011, I relocated to the downtown arts district and eventually became a co-founding member of Delurk Gallery,” says Walters.



Looking at Walters’ work today, you can see that it certainly reflects those fascinations of childhood. In fact, he embraces them to produce his art. “I guess I’ve always had a fascination with the beauty in the macabre. As a kid, I was always drawn to science fiction and horror films. Halloween was my favorite time of the year. So that definitely transferred over to my paintings. As a kid, we had to discover artists from books in libraries and magazines. I used to collect comics and magazines such as FANGORIA and The Dark Side. In those magazines, they would have ads for art books from a company called Morpheus Publishing. It was there that I discovered H.R Giger and the Polish surrealist, Zdzislaw Beksinski. They were definitely some of my earliest influences,” adds Walters.

“When I first started painting, I knew that I wanted to be completely free to let whatever happen just happen. It always ended up being some type of humanoid creature, so I embraced that. I’ve always tried to portray them in realistic scenes as if they are organic living beings existing in their natural environment. I think of them less as ‘zombies’ and more like inhabitants of other dimensions, natural beings that have a spirit and emotions,” he continues. When describing his work, it is obvious that there is much more to see than the macabre initial visual that is first taken in. In fact, he relays this in his view on art as a whole. “I suppose it (the art) is the

result of diving deep within yourself and sharing what you’ve found. Creativity and art have always felt like a safe place for me. A place where there are no boundaries or limitations other than your own imagination. Hopefully, something positive is seen in my art. It’s my hope that people see past the immediate darkness on the surface and dive deeper. There’s a lot of light and hopefulness in the beings that inhabit these paintings. It just takes some digging to get to it. Above all, I hope that my paintings inspire someone else to go out into the world and explore their own creativity and create something that is special and unique to them,” he concludes. Downtown Winston-Salem, as we have seen, is not short on creative minds and talents to bolster the city’s moniker of “City of The Arts.” Through many individual journeys and experiences, the area has collected many artisans who are taking pride in building an area of vision, support, and community. It is in this community that artists such as Dane Walters are opening eyes and minds to visions and experiences never seen before, except in the minds of the artists of downtown Winston.

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Typically, driving through Winston-Salem, it’s normal to see people standing on the curb, pleading with cardboard signs. It’s normal to see these same people digging through dumpsters and sleeping propped up against the durable brick walls of the city, yearning for a similar support. Everyone becomes conditioned to ignore the strife of dirty clothing and hunger because there’s always a new crisis and cause or unfamiliar face to support. These are extreme cases. But what about your neighbor? A family friend? Maybe even your best friend? Many around us are economically struggling, even if they don’t show extreme signs of it. Poverty is a touchy subject. It can be very difficult for anyone to admit that he or she is having a hard time financially, especially women. Women like to provide for others, feeding and clothing their children and families before themselves. To admit economic strife is embarrassing and uncomfortable. Financials are private, and letting others pick apart the specifics of your life can feel like an invasion; it humiliates a person. However, it’s not that these women aren’t working enough hours or budgeting to their best abilities. It’s not like they don’t want to one day be financially stable. That’s when organizations like Dress for Success Winston-Salem come in to help guide these women to where they want to be. Dress for Success is a worldwide non-profit organization whose mission is to “empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” It’s a very common misconception that Dress for Success only fits women for work clothing. While that is part of the process, there is so much more that the organization offers to help women become economically independent. Women who come to Dress for Success always have a story. They might be domestic violence victims, recently divorced or

laid off. Whatever it is, it’s part of who they are and why they are struggling. Dress for Success offers a support network of women who might have experienced similar strife and classes that speak to their weaknesses. It’s important for women to know that they are not alone and that they can improve their business and workplace knowledge in a safe, encouraging environment; that they can take the time to grow themselves. This nonprofit is working hard to offer even more aid to women. Part of meeting the needs of those women is to tailor the aid they provide to the geographic. For instance, women in New York City can take the subway or walk to most places, but women in Winston-Salem might benefit more by having a car to travel outside of downtown. Dress for Success is working on that. It’s really a beautiful organization that serves hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. It’s easy to see why it’s so important that we keep this organization open for local women in our community. Nonprofit groups like Dress for Success rely solely on donations, and while the community continues to give, the needs are many. Dress for Success receives a lot of very helpful donations. It’s heartwarming to see the influx of clothes they receive. However, clothes do not pay the utility bills, and the organization is urging the community to make financial donations to enable them to continue to support those in need. Through many creative methods, Dress for Success Winston-Salem has survived seven years of serving our community and is in high hopes that the community will continue to support it. Whether it is the “extremes” or your next-door neighbor, Dress for Success is willing to help and always has been. It’s really vital to the organization that our community helps it back. Any cash donations are extremely appreciated. Why wouldn’t you want to fund an organization that helps women “regain their sense of self-worth?”




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will purchase professional work shoes for a client with irregular shoe size

will provide a interview appropriate ladies suit


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Make a tax-deductible donation to Dress for Success before the end of the year! • Send a one-time payment! • Set up a recurring payment through your bank! • Use the write-in option for United Way giving through your employer! • Stop by with a check and say hello!

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Congratulations to Zack Barnard and Kelsey Wilson! After 6+ years together, this happy couple has set a wedding date and their family and friends couldn’t be happier for them!




Merry Christmas!

Congratulations to this group of fighters who have all survived various types of cancer! Your strength and your faith are admirable!! From left to right: Royzetta Cokley, Michelle Neal, Shenell McClurkin Thompson, Djakarta Solomon Lynch, Aleiah Shabazz, Kimberly Shiree Wilcots, and Dr. Patricia Flowers. Again, our congratulations! These women represent the power of prayer and support for one another.






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June DeLugas has been honored with the Distinguished Associate Award and Don Hamrick, with designer June DeLugas, has received the Platinum Award for his new construction at 522 N. Stratford Road! Congratulations to both of these dynamic professionals who are leaders in their respective industries.

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10am-4:30pm, Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University in W-S. The MOA’s annual exhibit celebrates the unique Mexican observance of the Day of the Dead with a traditional ofrenda, photo essay and skeleton folk art. Text is in English and Spanish.




10am-4:30pm, Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University in W-S. This exhibit explores how the meanings of the word resonance fit together in a display of African musical instruments. http://moa.


6-7pm, 983 Mar Don Drive in W-S. Refuge Recovery offers hope to those suffering from addiction in a mutually supportive atmosphere of compassion, kindness and acceptance. This is a weekly group for people in sobriety who want to learn more about meditation and mindfulness!


6-7:30pm, 983 Mar Don Drive in W-S. A free support group for parents of substance users. The first 45 minutes provides education about addiction from a counselor with 25 years of experience! The remaining time is open discussion to support fellow parents. Every eight weeks, the educational portion of the group restarts so that all attendees have ample opportunity to benefit from the educator. http://bit. ly/1XWufqf



West End, Katie Wright

6:30-8:30pm. Bradley Method natural childbirth classes last 12 weeks and provide thorough preparation for natural childbirth. Topics include nutrition, exercise, relaxation, coaching, 1st and 2nd stages of labor, birth planning, complications and more. Cost: $325. www.




7:30-9pm (1st-2nd); 2-3:30pm (3rd), 500 East Salem Avenue in W-S. Enjoy the celebration of a wonderful fall semester in this performance featuring work by Michael Avery, Shawn Bowman-Hicks, Heidi Echols, Ashlee Ramsey, Ruusu Sunila and others. Tickets sold at the door -free for Salem students; $5 for other students, senior citizens, children and Salem community; $10 for general public.


6-8pm, 390 South Liberty Street in W-S. Enjoy a dinner of chicken tenders, salad, fresh fruit, cheeses and dessert while you and your little one can have fun with crafts, cookie decorating and story time. End the night with a visit from Santa himself! Cost: $20/person. www.


7:30-10pm, 218 Rockford Street in Mount Airy. Come out for a wonderful Christmas concert put on by The Embers at the Andy Griffith Playhouse! Tickets cost $15 and are available by calling 786.7998 or in person at the Surry Arts Council!



Times vary, 142 North Main Street in Mount Airy. This will be showing at the Historic EARLE Theatre! Cost: $6/adults; $3/children 12 and younger.



8am-12pm, 3535 Spangenburg Avenue in Clemmons. All gently used holiday-related items including ornaments, lights and many other decorations. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Clemmons Food Pantry. Call 766.9739 to donate items. Presented by Clemmons Moravian Church.





10am-4:30pm, Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University in W-S. This exhibit features original works on this theme by Sea Islands artists from the Red Piano Too Gallery, as well as works by Wake Forest University Professor Katharine Ziff, and objects from the Museum of Anthropology’s collection.


5:30-7pm, 2415 Silas Creek Parkway in W-S. Free academic tutoring and assistance for native Spanish speaking students where English is a second language. We will have adults and teachers to assist with homework and studying. Please bring your textbooks with you.


10am-6pm (Mon.-Sat.); 1-5pm (Sun.), 806 Highway 66S in Kernersville. Handcrafted items from members of The Kernersville Arts & Crafts Guild. Featuring jewelry, quilts, crochet a baby and children’s section, pet gifts, Christmas décor, including Santas, snowmen and ceramic Christmas trees.



4:15-5:15pm, 6490 Shallowford Road in Lewisville. Join us for anime and art as well as Wii, card and board games. Snacks provided. Grades 6-12. Free and open to the public. Please call 703.2940 for more information.


7-8pm, 201 Oakwood Drive in W-S. Environmental movie series held at Temple Emanuel. For more information, please call 703.2941.


10am-5pm, 400 West Hanes Mill Road in W-S. Participate in the Design-Build-Test cycle through hands-on discovery. Try out DaVinci’s interlocking bridge and the Exploration Table. Experiment with racetracks, paper airplanes and helicopters, gravity and more! Included with museum admission.


4:15-5:30pm, 500 East Salem Avenue in W-S. Join us for our traditional Moravian Christmas Candlelight worship service.

10am-12pm, Historic Bethabara Park, 2147 Bethabara Road in W-S. An event for kids of all ages! Visit our table at Bethabara Christmas and make a fun craft and register for fun prize giveaways! Santa will be on hand at 11am, so bring a camera for photo opportunities. Bethabara Christmas extends until 4pm -- see ad in the December issue of Forsyth Family on page 9 for more activities and information. 10am-2pm, Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 South Liberty Street. Join Bookmarks and the Children’s Museum for a holiday story time featuring award-winning authors, Megan Bryant and Stacy McAnulty. A special Bookmarks Book Fair will be held from 10am2pm. Fee for non-members; free for museum members.


11am-12pm, 6490 Shallowford Road in Lewisville. Lewisville Branch Library Friends holiday party. Join the Friends at their annual holiday party. Crafts and games for kids will be available.


5-7pm, Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, 6136 Burlington Road in Gibsonville. Join us as we celebrate a 1940s Christmas at Dr. Brown’s home -- Canary Cottage! Highlights include Christmas themed tours of Canary Cottage, children’s activities, refreshments, a visit from Santa Claus and a holiday sing-along. Cost: $3.20/adult; $2.14/child.


3-5:30pm, Reynolds Auditorium in W-S. This is the 84th year for this free event. A 100+ person community chorus, backed by a full professional orchestra and operatic soloists will perform the Messiah in its entirety.



6:30-8pm, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center – Conference Center, 3333 Silas Creek Parkway in W-S. Are you considering bariatric surgery? If so, Novant Health Bariatric Solutions is here for you. Join James Dasher, MD, and Thomas Walsh, MD, for a free seminar to learn about our surgical weight loss options.



10am-12pm, 400 West Hanes Mill Road in W-S. Programs for homeeducated children and small groups in grades K-9. Pre-registration is required, and group admission rates apply. Limited to 20 students. Call 714.7105 to register.


2-3pm, 6490 Shallowford Road in Lewisville. The Tuesday at two book club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 2pm. Call 703-2940 to find out what we are reading this month.



1:30-2:30pm, 6490 Shallowford Road in Lewisville. The creative writing class meets twice a month on Wednesdays at 1:30pm in the multi-purpose room. Participants are encouraged to write during each session with the use of different prompts. It is a casual and relaxed atmosphere.



3:30-4:30pm, 218 Rockford Street in Mount Airy. Call the Surry Arts Council at 786.7998 to register your child for the Gingercookie House Workshop at the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre! All materials will be provided; all you need to do is show up and have a great time! Cost: $5/person.


4:30-8:30pm, 400 West Hanes Mill Road in W-S. For only $1/person (free for members), you can explore the museum, listen to live music, make holiday crafts, watch a festive planetarium laser show and meet some special guests...including Santa himself!

with cake by Christina’s Dessertery, a cash bar (beer and wine), a DJ and Prints Charming Photo Booth. Tickets are $20/person in advance; $25/person at the door. Also, register for TONS of prizes and giveaways! Receive an extra prize board ticket for every new or gently used book you bring to donate to WSFC Schools. Register online at


9:30am-7pm, 110 Oakwood Drive in W-S. Free holiday legging giveaway at Mainstream Boutique with $25 purchase (while supplies last).



3-5pm, 1432 Underwood Avenue in W-S. Antioch Christian Church will host: A Christmas to Remember. The concert will feature guest musician Anderson “Butch” Stewart who has worked with artists such as James Brown and Isaac Hayes and will be followed with a light dinner afterwards.


7:30-10pm, 142 North Main Street in Mount Airy. Join us for a lovely evening with The Del McCoury Band, the most awarded bluegrass band of all time! It will take place at the Historic Earle Theatre. It seats 438 people yet creates a close-knit small town feel! Cost: $65/preferred; $60/reserved; $50/balcony; $25/early bird. www.


2-3pm, 218 Rockford Street in Mount Airy. Come watch The Nutcracker, put on by Rhythm on Main students with special guest dancers at the Andy Griffith Playhouse! Tickets are available now at the Surry Arts Council. Cost: $11/adults; $7/children 12 and younger.


10:30-11:30am, 6490 Shallowford Road in Lewisville. Join us for dancing, singing and shaking your sillies out. Recommended for children ages 3-5 and caregivers.



3:30-4:30pm, 251 Spruce Street in W-S. Books Without Borders Book Club at Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. For more information, call 703.2941.



10am-1pm, 390 South Liberty Street in W-S. Make and take a mini gingerbread house for $6.40 -- while supplies last! Build your creation with a mini milk carton, graham crackers, icing and a variety of sweet treats! Museum admission required.



10am-12pm, 110 Oakwood Drive in W-S. The most beautiful and magical Santa is coming to Mainstream Boutique. Bring your camera! Free event. View his photo gallery at www.

9am-4pm, 400 West Hanes Mill Road in W-S. Banish the post-holiday blues with science fun! Sign up for one camp or all three. Per day fee -- $40 members; $45 non-members. Visit for descriptions and registration information.


10:30am-12pm, 390 South Liberty Street in W-S. Make your elf costume -- a felt cap with ears, bell necklace and rosy cheeks. Sing silly songs, enjoy story time and create elf-themed crafts! Enjoy making elf donuts and reindeer food to put out on Christmas Eve! Registration required. Cost: $15-$23/person. www.



11am-12pm, 405 West 4th Street in W-S. With Heather Conine, certified Suzuki instructor at the UNCSA Community Music School.



4-5:30pm, 142 North Main Street in Mount Airy. Who doesn’t love a free movie, and one that is so loved? Come out to the Earle Theatre, and enjoy a free showing!


5-9pm, Historic Broyhill, 3540 Clemmons Road in Clemmons. Grab a friend, neighbor, co-worker, mother, sister, SOMEBODY and have a much need Girls’ Night Out. Catered by Tre Nonne Italian Restaurant

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Times vary. 142 North Main Street in Mount Airy. Come out and enjoy this Christmas comedy with your family and friends! Cost: $6/adults; $3/children under 12.


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7-9pm, 142 North Main Street in Mount Airy. Award winning bands, the Zephyr Lightning Bolts, Buckstankle Boys and Slate Mountain Ramblers have kept the old-time dance tradition alive around the areas of Northwest North Carolina and Southwest Virginia. For tickets, call 786.7998. Cost: $6 or 2016 season pass.



10am-12pm, 390 South Liberty Street in W-S. Happy New Year! Join us for a countdown to Noon Year’s Eve! Create your very own sound shaker in the art studio beginning at 10am. At 11:40am, we’ll gather for fun songs, silly activities and a story time. Then, we’ll countdown to noon! Museum admission required.

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9pm-2am, 6205 Ramada Drive in Clemmons. Get your New Year’s Eve 2017 bubbly on at the Village Inn Event Center! Two ballrooms, two bands and two DJs. Doors open at 9pm -- party until 2am. Full cash bars. Cost: $30-$149.99.

December 2016 |


201 Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 1502 Fabrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17


Accent Prone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Advance Family Sports Medicine . . . . . . . . 141 Aeracura Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Aesthetic Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Alexander’s Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 American Custom Leather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 American Moving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Amy Lynne Originals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113


Bark of the Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Bernardin’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Bleu Restaurant & Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Bloomday Granite & Marble . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 B&L Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Brookstown Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Broyhill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Budget Blinds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Burklee Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Busy as a Bee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Butler Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157


C Distinctive Eyewear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Cal’s Custom Outdoor Furniture . . . . . . . . . 111 Canterlane Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Carolina Characters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Carolina Fertility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Carolina Laser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Carolina Vein Specialists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Castle Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Chermak & Hanson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Chris’ Lawncare. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Christina’s Dessertery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Chrystal Yates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Clemmons Bicycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Coach Pro 4 U . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Contract Business Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Cornerstone Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Crisis Control Ministries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Crystal Cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156




Dahlias. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Dalton’s Crossing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Davie Dermatology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Davie Flooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Dawson Tree Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Diet Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Dream Dinners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Dress For Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153


Elite Photopod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Emerson Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,156 Essential Balanced Bodywork. . . . . . . . . . . . 67


Family Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Farrago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Fitness Edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Five Points. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Flow Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Forsyth Plastic Surgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Forsyth Professional Gas Log . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Fraleigh’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Frank Madden Painting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Furniture Mattress Warehouse . . . . . . . . . . 141


GAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Goin’ Postal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143,156 Goldman Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Gotta Get Thin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Grassroots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Grit Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127,139


Hakka Chow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Hauser Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Hillcrest Vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Hip Chics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Home Watch CareGivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Hospice & Palliative Care Center. . . . . . . . . 117 House Matters Lawncare. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 House Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113


iHeart Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Inner Strength Pilates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Isenhour Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67


Jeffrey Adams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Jody Peske. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 June DeLugas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39


Kilwin’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Kyle Duncan Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137


Lael Building Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Lamberti’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Laster’s Fine Art & Antique . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Lewisville Laser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lil’ Briar Patch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Long Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Lyndhurst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47


Mac & Nelli’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Mainstream Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Marzano Capital Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Massage Envy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Midtown Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Miller Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Mountain Valley Hospice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Muddy Creek Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99


New Balance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Newsom Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Nitsa’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Novant Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Novant WomanCare. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Nu Expression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Nutcracker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45


Painting With A Twist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Paparazzi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Penny Lane Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Penta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Photo Artistry by Melinda. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Piedmont Advantage Credit Union . . . . . . . 79 Piedmont Federal Savings Bank. . . . . . . . . . 61 Precision Decorating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Prints Charming Photo Booth. . . . . . . . . . . 123 Professional Women of Winston-Salem . . . 83 Providence Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

R Rebecca’s & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Redesigns by Ava . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Restoration MedSpa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Rodan & Fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Rudnike Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69


Salem Gym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Salem Smiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Sew Fabulous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Sewingly Yours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Sharon Reid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Simply Southern Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Simply Sterling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Singing Bird Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Smart Protect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Smokin’ Harley Davidson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Southern Ties Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Starboard Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Stitches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Studio Create . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Style Encore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Summer Family Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Summit Eye Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20


Terri Bias . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 TJ’s Body Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Tre Nonne Italian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Triad Mac. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Twin City Artisans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153


United Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11


Vein Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Village Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vow to Be Different . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153,157


West End . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 WFBH Plastic Surgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Wilson Park Athletics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Windsor Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Women’s Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97




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December 2016 |


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Nothing says “Christmas” like “Ugly Sweaters!” Our team embraces the ugly this holiday season with our ugly Christmas sweaters!

Carolyn Peterson (Senior Writer) Brooke Eagle (Associate Editor) & her husband, Chris (& Gizmo!)

Morgan Bralley (Account Executive) with sister Briana & brother-in-law Jonathan

Aron Daniels (Graphic Designer) & friends

Savannah Norris (Intern) & friends



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