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Ivy Arch: Festive, Fashionable, and Fun!
Forsyth Humane Society’s ‘Best in Show’
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The Nutcracker to Feature Ballet Superstar and UNCSA Alumna Gillian Murphy
A Priest & a Rabbi Walk Into a Bar
Fashion: A Versatile Closet
The Sparrow’s Nest
Is It All in Your Head?
Cherishing the Holidays with Tradition
Carolina Urological Associates
Shopping Local for the Holidays
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Sally’s Angels: Love Taking Flight
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Keeping It Real: The Magic of Christmas
Local Vocals: Meet The Milers
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To Your Health! Fit After 50
Things That Make You Blush: If Cupid & Santa Were on the Same Team
Living Gently: 30-Day Challenge: Compassion
One Woman’s Voice: A Story About Change
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Women Outdoors! Triad ECO Adventures
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From This Side
It’s December and it’s the season of gift giving and holiday celebrations and Christmas movies! “White Christmas” is a favorite of mine and I love the song Bing Crosby sings, “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep).” Isn’t it the truth? I never cease to be amazed at how blessed I am to have a wonderful family, a great business, and the opportunity to do something I love every month! I’ll never be able to count all of my blessings! One thing that does have me up at night, though, is the upcoming launch of our new websites! “Have I told you lately how excited I am?” is a regular statement now, which pretty much follows any conversation I have with anyone about the new sites! As of now, we don’t have an official launch date, but don’t worry – you will hear about it when it happens (in fact, most of Forsyth County will probably hear my enthusiasm!). It’s very likely going to be launched in December, and in the January issue, we’ll tell you all about the bells and whistles you’ll find on the new websites! But in the meantime, if you’re as excited as I am, be sure you’ve liked our Facebook page (Facebook.com/ForsythWomanForsythFamily) as we will definitely shout it out when we (insert drum roll here) announce the debut of the new ForsythWoman.com, ForsythFamilyMagazine.com, and ForsythWomanEngaged.com! But before then, let’s talk gifts! I love gifts, especially giving them! And this issue has the BIGGEST gift guide we’ve ever published! If you are looking for some great gift ideas, look no further than pages 56-61! It’s all there! Jewelry! Spa! Fashion! Skin care! Crafts! And so much more! If you haven’t already, please register soon for the 100th issue party for Forsyth Woman (registration ends on December 31st)! The party will be our January Girls’ Night Out and is scheduled for January 9th at WinMock at Kinderton! Tickets are $20 and include food, wine, DJ, photo booth, and a great night of fun! Purchase tickets online at www.TinyUrl.com/100ForsythWoman. We are SO THRILLED about this milestone and hope you’ll make plans to celebrate with us! Until then, we plan to spend Thanksgiving with both of our families, on a wonderful, relaxing, and laid-back holiday! I may even dare to venture out on Black Friday and start some holiday shopping (and yes, I will use our amazing Gift Guide for inspiration!). I’m looking forward to even more holiday time with my family and friends this Christmas and I certainly hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season! So, until next year… Please enjoy this issue of Forsyth Woman and know that it is brought to you through the support of local businesses that would love to hear that you saw their ad in our magazines! Please be sure to let them know; it really does matter! From the Johnson family and all of the Forsyth Magazines team, have a safe and happy holiday!
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When you leave your current job, whether you retire or simply change jobs, what do you do with your employer retirement plan assets? Generally, you have four options for your tax-deferred dollars:
Leave it in Your Current Plan. Your employer may allow you to stay in your current plan but may limit the number of withdrawals you can make from your account.
Receive a Taxable Lump Sum Distribution. Your retirement plan assets can be sent directly to you, and you can choose not to roll over the funds and pay the income tax. Under current law, your employer must generally withhold 20 percent of your distribution for income tax purposes. A 10 percent federal tax penalty may also apply to this distribution. Some exceptions may apply; however, choosing this lump sum option can be costly.
Roll the Money intoSmith a New Tax-Qualified Employer-Sponsored Plan. Sander If you have a new employer who sponsors a retirement plan, you may be allowed to move your current retirement plan assets to the new plan. Keep in mind, your investment choices would be limited to the options available from your new employer.
Roll the Money into an IRA. You can move your retirement plan assets into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). This option gives you the flexibility to pick your own investment vehicle and to access your money. For an IRA Rollover to be considered a “Direct” rollover, it must go directly from one institution to another. Other Considerations- If you are leaving your job between the ages of 55 and 59 ½, your qualified plan may allow distributions without the early retirement tax penalty. Talk to your plan administrator and your tax professional prior to making any distribution. Also, be aware that the new IRA may include expenses and sales charges, make sure to factor these into your decision.
Beyond taxes, penalties, and control of these assets, the most important thing to be aware of is investment risk. Are you putting these funds in a position where you can lose money or not? There are pros and cons to each option and knowing your risk level is important.
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KEEP YOUR HOME WARM & SAFE THIS WINTER By Gini Vielman
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• The number one thing you can do yourself is to keep your air and furnace clean by changing the filter on a regular basis. Though a small and inexpensive act, it is critical in protecting your furnace and the quality of air in your home. • Install a professional programmable thermostat. You can program it to turn off once the house reaches the target temperature to prevent it from continuously running. When you are out for the day or want a cooler temperature at night, program the thermostat to automatically adjust. This saves you money and causes less stress on your system.
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• Investing in an energy-efficient heat pump will significantly cut your heating bill. Upgrading may also qualify you for a tax credit. Logan gives free estimates for replacing or upgrading your unit. • Get your heating system regularly serviced by a professional. They have the proper equipment to check flues, ducts and temperature settings, as well as examine your heat exchanger for cracks and damage. Service from a professional can prevent costly repairs down the line. Logan offers a maintenance package that gives you benefits and saves you money – and they will send you a reminder when it is time for your next visit. The bottom line is that keeping your home safe and warm is what preventative maintenance is all about. • Logan offers electrical service for all your home and business needs. We offer service for upgrades, additions, lighting, repairs and surge protection. Also inquire about a generator to protect your home from power outages. • Logan offers a comprehensive Energy Assessment Inspection that will check for household air leaks, which allow air that you have paid to heat or cool to escape through openings at fireplaces, ducts, doors and windows. After the leakage is located, we will help you address the issues and resolve the leaks. Logan is here to help you with all your maintenance, energy and electrical needs so you can enjoy a safe and cost effective home.
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Festive, Fashionable & Fun! By Martie Emory
ith the ideal blend of business savvy, fashion savvy and impeccable service, Ivy Arch is once again recognizing what their customers want and adapting to deliver just that.
The perfect stop if you’re browsing with your best girlfriend or venturing out for a holiday shopping spree, Ivy Arch is a true treat for the soul. At every turn you’ll find distinctive choices in jewelry, fashion and home décor, plus the most stylish accessories anywhere around. A popular Winston-Salem shopping spot since 1995, owner Judy Angell moved the store to Sherwood Plaza in 2007, where she and her staff are proud that Ivy Arch has become the “go-to store” for special gifts – baby, wedding, birthday or “just because” – with unique findings from $5.00 and up. Boasting items that appeal to young women, empty nesters and everyone in between, the store literally offers something for everyone. The staff couldn’t be more excited about the new featured lines, and that excitement translates to happy customers. Adapting to suit their customer base is both a business necessity and a pleasure, says manager Lori Bates. “We love watching customers come through the door, notice new things and leave thrilled with their discoveries!” she says. With a recent update of the store front and new fashion lines on the way for the spring season, Ivy Arch has again found the right mix of product and personality to serve its ever-changing array of customers. Tried-and-true favorites of Ivy Arch customers include: Pandora, Spartina 449, Brighton, Lily Pulitzer giftware and, of course, Vera Bradley. With its newer focus on fashion – and offering several lines not found in other Winston-Salem locations – Ivy Arch now also carries Lisette L Pants, Jag Jeans, Tru Luxe Jeans, Sympli and Tribal. Well-displayed (and adorable!) shoes will entice you right away, as will a festive collection of seasonal potpourri and unique ornaments, along with regularly stocked favorites like Raven’s Nest Mulling Spices and a luxurious line of teas. On the home front there’s still the classic Wilton Armetale metal ware, Tervis collegiate glassware and unique kitchen items you’ll want to give as gifts and keep for yourself! Find your perfect gift or enjoy some good old-fashioned girl time with a visit to Ivy Arch, located at 3382 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, 336-774-1486. Visit their website at www.ivyarch.com or follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ ivyarchws for giveaways and special events. Ivy Arch is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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New Services in the New Year From Summit Eye Care
By Vic Khemsara, MD would like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers of Forsyth Woman magazine and their families a very Merry Christmas. This is a time of reflection for the many blessings we have, and this past year has brought many wonderful things for Summit Eye Care.
We wish to give thanks to many in the optometry community for embracing Summit Eye Care over the past year. We are thankful for the continued referrals and the relationships which have been developed. We are also very thankful to the primary care physicians who have continued to partner with Summit Eye Care. New Services in the New Year! Over the next year we look forward to providing many additional services, such as the ability to test for viral versus bacterial conjunctivitis in the clinic – no more waiting for lab results; cosmetic and medical Botox, as well as Xeomin (Juvaderm and Latisse are also available); treatment with Restasis for dry eye syndrome, a chronic disease that responds better when caught and treated early (also, by working closely with the drug company, we are able to provide coupons and vouchers for this treatment); and pterygium surgery in the office procedure room or at Hawthorne Surgery Center. One of the most recent and most exciting changes is the capability to offer BLADEFREE cataract surgery. I have campaigned tirelessly for BLADEFREE cataract surgery as it is more precise and can be of great benefit to my patients. My staff and I will be happy to determine if you are a candidate for BLADEFREE cataract surgery and discuss the benefits with you. In the New Year, I look forward to offering a new combined glaucoma/cataract surgery called the iStent. This will often reduce the need for additional drug therapy for glaucoma patients and can be performed at the time of cataract surgery. This procedure was just approved by the Surgical Center and, as a glaucoma specialist, I am excited to be able to offer this to my patients.
Additionally, we have increased the number of our staff members at Summit Eye Care to better serve the needs of the patients, which now allows us to offer early morning appointments. And for our Spanish speaking patients, we have two staff members that are bilingual. I am so blessed to be able to offer these services to the patients who come to me on their own or are referred to me from the optometry community and primary care physicians. Thank you for being a part of the Summit Eye Care family and allowing us to assist in the care of your patients. I look forward to seeing you all next year. Merry Christmas and may God bless you and yours in the coming year.
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FORSYTH HUMANE SOCIETY’S ‘BEST IN SHOW’ Good Talent, Good Times, Good Cause By Carolyn S. Peterson sually when you hear the phrase ‘Best in Show,’ images of beautiful purebred dogs or cats come to mind, competing for a blue ribbon and the designation of being the best of the best. Forsyth Humane Society (FHS), however, recently stole the show from the four-legged competitors with their ‘Best in Show’ talent contest for humans, where the finest two-legged talents in the Triad strutted their stuff!
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“The idea behind ‘Best in Show’ came from a desire to have a community-wide event that was inclusive, fun, new to the area, family friendly, exciting, accessible and affordable for participants,” said Darla Kirkeeng, Director of Marketing & Development for FHS. “We loved that the acts ranged from a 12 year old singer to a jazz band with members who were doctors and a law professor. Other performers included a dance group, a guitarist and an international classical whistler. In total, we had 10 acts and 41 performers.” Along with the talented local artists, FHS offered concessions throughout the night, along with a little puppy love, featuring a Doggie Kissing Booth. By the end of the evening, there was no doubt that the Triad definitely has talent! A Girl’s Dream The overall winner of the FHS ‘Best in Show’ talent contest and $1,000 prize was Maddy Brandon, a local Meadowlark Middle School 7th grader who has been singing her heart out for anyone who would listen since she was a toddler. “Maddy has been exposed to a variety of artists and types of music since birth,” said her mom, Brandy Brandon. “From the time she could talk she has been singing along to Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Phantom of the Opera, Pearl Jam, Christina Perri and Adele. Her first big singing competition was the Yadkin Valley Idol Competition several years ago. She sang ‘Rolling in the Deep’ by Adele and won the Grand Prize of $300 in the 18 and under division.” After that, Maddy certainly didn’t rest on her laurels. “She’s been singing at various church and rotary events ever since,” noted Brandy, “as well as with the all-state middle school chorus last year.” Surprisingly, with all the musical talent that Maddy has, her thoughts on the future aren’t all about singing. “She wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up,” said her dad, Mark Brandon, “but if that doesn’t work out, she’d like to be a professional singer or a pro soccer player. For Maddy, participating in an event to raise money for FHS and help animals that involved singing was a perfect fit.”
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The FHS hopes that ‘Best in Show’ will become an annual event. “We hope that this will be something that we do again and again,” said Candide Jones, chairperson of ‘Best in Show’ and FHS Board of Directors member. “We were very pleased with the turnout, with the quality of the acts and with the extraordinary amount of work that our staff, wonderful volunteers and Board of Directors came together to do. This event was truly a win-win for the community. Local talent was given the opportunity to shine and much needed funds were generated to support the Forsyth Humane Society’s programs and services. It was an incredible collaborative event that was just what we were hoping for.” For more information on the Forsyth Human Society, visit ForsythHumane.org or call 336-721-1303.
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to Feature Ballet Superstar & UNCSA Alumna Gillian Murphy Gillian Murphy is one of the highest acclaimed ballerinas performing in the United States today. She is considered by many critics to have transitioned effortlessly from promising newcomer to a true star. According to TimeOut Chicago, she has “a rare combination of artistic versatility, nuanced performances, and sheer horsepower.” The New York Times recently said, “Gillian Murphy is reaching the zenith of her powers” and “Ms. Murphy has entered a glorious high summer, in which slow phrases flow like thick cream and in which a rapid row of air-cresting jumps catches the heart.” The guest artist performances will be enhanced by Gonzalo Garcia, a ballet star from New York City Ballet, whose electrifying performances are the perfect pairing for Murphy. There also is a unique opportunity to meet Murphy and Garcia at a Special Opening Night Post-Concert Reception on Friday, December 13. Those who purchase a $100 Prime Orchestra ticket will have a chance to mix and mingle with the guest artists and other Nutcracker performers after the show on the 10th floor of the Stevens Center. A great opportunity to enjoy some cocoa, coffee and delicious Nutcracker sweets, and chat with some of the dancers! The full performance schedule for the UNCSA production of The Nutcracker is: Dec. 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are: Opening Night Prime Orchestra including Post-Concert Reception, $100; Prime Orchestra, $75; Orchestra Center, $50-$55 for adults and $35-$38 for children 13 and under; Orchestra Sides and Front Balcony, $45 for adults and $30 for children 13 and under; Center Balcony, $33 for adults and $24 for children 13 and under; Rear Balcony, $25 for adults and $20 for children 13 and under. For the best deal in town take advantage of the great prices on The Nutcracker “Family Four Pack” for the evening performances on Thursday and Friday, December 19 and 20. The “Family Four Pack” offer is subject to availability. Family Four Pack tickets are only $130 for Orchestra Side/Front Balcony and $95 for Center Balcony.
t’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays! Decorations are popping up around town, people are making their lists and checking them twice, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is hard at work on its annual cherished holiday event The Nutcracker. Directed by Ethan Stiefel, former dean of the UNCSA School of Dance and now artistic director for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the 2013 production of The Nutcracker remains one of the most-anticipated and most magical holiday traditions in the Triad.
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In addition to the amazing dancers from UNCSA—who are the ballet stars of tomorrow— The Nutcracker also features select performances with world-renowned guest artists—a truly special treat for the Triad. This year, UNCSA alumna Gillian Murphy (American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer) returns to her alma mater to perform in The Nutcracker along with Gonzalo Garcia (Principal, New York City Ballet). They will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier Prince at the performances on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit uncsa.edu/nutcracker.
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A Priest & a Rabbi Walk Into a Bar
By Lisa S.T. Doss
here is a unique experience occurring at Finnigan’s Wake Irish Pub and Kitchen in downtown WinstonSalem every third Thursday of the month. Similar to a new student arriving to school, there is anticipation in the unknown. Adults of diversified ages, not wishing to be late, walk in quickly to find seating among tables that accommodate six or eight people. Strangers become acquaintances as seated individuals and couples offer introductions and engage in friendly conversation. Others greet friends with warm embraces or an extended hand. The loud chatter includes moments of laughter or chairs rubbing against the wooden flooring. The tone immediately changes at 6:00 pm. A rhythmic clapping prompts the crowd to answer. Then, there is silence. Yes, this informal class setting has begun, with excellent food and beer on hand. To their appeased crowd of roughly 45 individuals, Father Steve Rice of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn of Temple Emanuel, both of WinstonSalem, welcome everyone. The presentation of “A Priest and a Rabbi Walk Into a Bar” is ready to begin.
On one particular gathering, the open-ended theme was to define “a calling.” Rabbi Mark begins with, “In Genesis, Abraham receives a call to go forth.” After expanding the story, he asked, “We are all on a search or a journey. How do we know what is inside?” Hands are raised and individuals are chosen to speak from the heart. To add a touch of humor, one may define themselves as “Mike, Christian” or “Jean, Jew.” Stories are shared and questions are asked, personal experiences are derived from scripture and others shift to a new direction. “We are all spiritual beings in search of meaning,” expresses Rabbi Mark. “No one owns the truth; we simply can find different truths that lead us to hopefully recognize the oneness in all humanity.” As jovial and charismatic men, together they often take a serious moment to interject a humorous comment, which allows their audience to erupt in laughter. Father Steve shares, “Rabbi Mark and I truly enjoy each other's company. I continue to be surprised about how little we know about each other's religious traditions and we are the professionals! Our time together is as enriching for each other as it might be for those who attend. We are interested in building friendships and learning about each other, which moves us to discover more about ourselves.”
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“For quite some time Father Steve and Rabbi Mark have been meeting for lunch at Finnigan’s Wake,” shares Lea Thullbery, Manager of Finnigan’s Wake. “Both men, charming, friendly and witty, have endeared themselves to the entire staff. Of course, the joke about a priest and a rabbi walking into a bar has been a source of entertainment for all of us. The wait staff has certainly enjoyed overhearing their banter for quite a while. It began with a crowd of 12 Jews and 12 Christians in October 2012. The crowd keeps growing and we enjoy having something unique under our roof. There is always good food and conversation that is open to all.” “We actually never know what we are going to talk about until a few days before each Priest and a Rabbi night,” says Father Steve. “We meet for lunch and see what's current on our minds or happening in our respective congregations. Sometimes the topic is natural, especially around the time of Hanukkah and Christmas. Other times, we respond to current events or pressing questions we see in society. We have previously talked about authority; sex (Rabbi Mark did that one without me!); Passover and Easter; and money.” "For a lot of us, talking about our faith in a public setting is terrifying,” shares John Roberts. “But, A Priest and a Rabbi Walk Into a Bar, is an opportunity where we see people of different ages and religious backgrounds talk about their beliefs in a casual environment. I am thankful to have a venue where I can drink a beer, learn from a priest and a rabbi, hear about what others believe, and also talk about my own faith." Yes, this interfaith meeting between Jews and Christians bridges understanding, allows new introductions, and provides interesting conversation in a most unique location - a bar. Refer to their Facebook page, “Priest and a Rabbi” to catch the next presentation, expected to be on Thursday, December 19th. Most likely, the first words you convey to your friend or spouse will be, “That was amazing! Let’s go again!”
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THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS Love. It’s a word that’s largely overused and severely underdeveloped. We love ice cream. We love ideas from Pinterest. We love weekends. Yet, the ability to genuinely love people often gets lost in the shuffle. In far too many families, love is downright broken. Why? Many times, it’s because love was fragmented in the families before us. The very things we swore we’d never bring into our own families are the very things we end up passing along, aren’t they? Broken love is a painful thing. It cuts deep. Its scars damage our ability to fully trust again. Most of us have experienced the heartache of having someone who couldn’t return the love we offered walking out of our lives. Maybe it was a parent. Perhaps it was a spouse or another relationship that just couldn’t go the distance. We weren’t asking for much. We simply longed to be valued. We yearned to feel cherished. Yet, no matter what we did, no matter what we said, it didn’t change their response. They left without us. I find myself reflecting on the effects of failed love this time of year. I ache for those who publicly smile yet privately loathe the holidays. Did you know depression spikes to its highest in this season? How can this be? After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Perhaps it’s because the holidays have a way of scraping the scabs and exposing the wounds. We find ourselves bleeding all over again. Therein lies the irony. Many people feel the most devastating effects of broken love in the very season that celebrates unrelenting, invincible love… the Love who came for us and still chooses to go the distance with us. The magic of Christmas… we talk about it, yet all too often we completely miss it. The magic is this – Love came to our rescue. We didn’t have to chase Him. We didn’t have to impress Him. This love came because He couldn’t bear to live without us. He understands our deepest yearnings. He cherishes us like we’ve never been cherished. And get this! This Love came long before we even realized we needed rescuing. I know, I know – this sounds like a pretty way to package Christmas. Believe me when I tell you it’s the most real part of Christmas. This Love IS Christmas and His name is Jesus. When I FINALLY allowed this relentless Love to take me in, it utterly and undeniably changed my life! He filled the empty places. He healed the broken places that had been bleeding far too long. Sure, Christmas has a way of exposing the emptiness and magnifying the brokenness. Yet, it also offers us a much deeper reality. Christmas offers authentic love that refuses to walk away even when we do.
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Let me warn you. It makes no sense, so don’t bother trying to wrap your mind around it. You can’t! Jesus said, “My Father so loved YOU that He gave His all. He gave up His only son so that His Love could rescue you!” (John 3:16) I told you it was crazy! Our finite minds can’t begin to comprehend this unconditional, measureless, ceaseless love from an Infinite God. But that’s just it! Even though He knew we could never understand, it didn’t stop Him from coming. What’s even crazier, even though He knew we could easily refuse this extravagant love, STILL it didn’t stop Him from coming. It really doesn’t matter if you believe me or not. In fact, it doesn’t even matter if you believe in Jesus or not. Regardless of what you’ve said or done, NONE OF IT can change the reality that Love came for you. It’s simply a fact! The one thing you must decide is what to do with it. Will you choose to let His Love take you in? Will you decide to let Him fill you and heal you? Will you allow yourself to experience Love that will never walk away? Unconditional Love came for you! It’s time you enjoy the REAL magic of Christmas. For comments or prayer, contact Dr. Lanier at www.HopeCommunityChurch.tv.
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Meet The Milers The Milers include Evan (lead guitarist), David (rhythm guitar), Josiah (drums), Jay (bass), and Connor (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and keyboard). However, the group has also grown to include Daniel Porada (fiddle / violin) and Catherine Cromie (vocals). This group offers an eclectic mix of sounds from six talented individuals. Evan has studied classical guitar since he was 7 and he learned the cello while in the Forsyth Country Day School orchestra. He occasionally plays the electric guitar in his church’s band. David and Daniel both play violin in the school orchestra and Daniel plays a number of other instruments. Daniel also arranges music for both The Milers and the Forsyth Country Day School orchestra. Jay plays the double bass for the Forsyth Country Day School orchestra. Catherine sings in the school’s Chorus Chamber groups and has taken voice training for years. Josiah is also a former member of the school’s band program and plays for his church band as well. Connor manages the group and they play a variety of genres, though they identify mostly as southern / alternative rock.
igh school friends Evan Thomason, David Hubble, Josiah Peterson, Connor Mounts, and Jay Cavenaugh are seniors at Forsyth Country Day School who share a common love for music. They are each talented musicians who have spent years honing their skills. They have played in their school band and orchestra, and participated in competitions. But despite years of going to school together and knowing that they shared the same interest, it was only in the last year that they decided to combine their musical talents outside of school and form a band.
Excited about merging their artistic and musical talents, they realized they needed a name. A discussion ensued about their common milestones, and different experiences. The words “milestone” stuck, though the word itself was not catchy enough. After much discussion, “The Milers” were created.
The Milers play a mix of covers and originals, including “No Good Times” and “Beyond Hope.” They have played at Sunrise United Methodist Church’s “Cruise-in” fundraiser (an outdoor festival), as well as the local Young Life meeting. The group is available for parties and other functions. In 2013, The Milers competed in Teen Battle of the Bands. Competition was fierce, but don’t count the Milers as out! We will be hearing much from them in the future. Be sure to like them on Facebook (The Milers) and contact this talented group via Facebook message for your next event.
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The Sparrow's Nest By Susan Woodall
e all have dreams - some are fun, some are frivolous, some are improbable and some are just within reach. For those who are able to make their dreams a reality, there is the wonderful sense of accomplishment in seeing the hard work pay off. Such is the case of the Conroy family and their new venture - The Sparrow's Nest.
As most birds build intricately woven nests of twigs, leaves, pine needles and straw, sparrows are the artists of nest building. Sparrows will search out many different materials to use in their nests. It is not unusual to find, woven into nature's materials, brightly covered strips of fabric, yarn, string and animal fur in which the sparrow lays its blue colored eggs. Such is how The Sparrow's Nest got its name - by finding and gathering different materials, art works and goods to sell in their newly established and quaint shop. "It has been a long road," said Lisa Conroy who owns and runs The Sparrow's Nest, along with husband, Kevin, and daughter, Erin. "I've always wanted to do a shop. My mom and I were always into recycling - rummaging through what other people discarded. We started a small flea market business in Florida, and that is where I got my taste for it. After we married, Kevin got into it as well. From an early age, we drug our daughter everywhere we went, so it is no surprise that she has a love for this as well. Erin is very creative, and we have always supported her in all of her various art classes. She is the one who has kept pushing my buttons for the last year and a half to open a store." Having outgrown their space in Kernersville, it was providential that Lisa was leaving an appointment in Lewisville when she saw people moving things out from a place she had long admired. "I happened to see a business moving to a larger building next door, and no one had rented the space," said Lisa. "I went home and
discussed it with Kevin, and we decided to sleep on it. It is a scary proposition - it is more than just selling items and pocketing the money. There is rent, and many other bills to pay. But I woke up saying, 'You know, we've been waiting and waiting - is there ever a good time to do this? Let's go for it, give it 110%, and if it doesn't work out, at least I fulfilled my dream.'" Working as a family is another advantage. Each one of the Conroys is creative, and their works will be showcased along with other items they have acquired throughout their years of searching. The Sparrow's Nest will spotlight local artisans and vendors and include paintings, metal works, industry style lamps, beads, woodworking, metal art, signage, jewelry, small furniture, vintage clothing and handmade soaps, along with other items. The Conroys have a love of nature that they enjoy incorporating into their pieces. Multi-talented and creative Erin has her own business which is named "Near the Woods Design." She has shown and sold her work in several shows and venues. Kevin's love is in metal and woodworking, and Lisa enjoys painting and repurposing collected finds. Lisa also takes orders for holiday arrangements and centerpieces. No matter how often you visit The Sparrow's Nest you will always find something new. "We will have seasonal change overs as well," said Kevin. "You will be able to find something appropriate for each season and the holidays that fall within that period." Isn't it wonderful to see someone's dream come true? The Sparrow's Nest opened in mid-November to rave reviews and just in time for your holiday shopping and decor. The Sparrow's Nest is located in a charming cabin-style house with a red metal roof at 6253 Shallowford Road in Lewisville. Store hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm.
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very month, I do my best to let you all know about the tastiest places to eat in the area. Sometimes they are restaurants, sometimes they are takeand-bake places, sometimes they are specific to lunch or dinner or dessert…but they are all enjoyable in one way or another! This month, my meal took place on a bus during Forsyth Magazines’ 6th Consignment Shop Hop (CSH). I was lucky enough to get a seat on this consignment shopping spree as it sold out months before the event (even with the addition of a third bus)! First of all, I’m not sure I have ever been to an event that is better organized than the CSH, and the chosen business partners for the day were a large part of that organization. Our lunch was provided by Which Wich Superior Sandwiches – the name says it all! Upon boarding the buses bright and early at 7:30 am, we were all given a Which Wich bag to place our orders from an extensive list of options. Do I go healthy with a black bean patty
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or hummus sandwich; classic with a BLT or egg salad sandwich; bold with the Elvis Wich made up of peanut butter, bacon, honey and banana; or scrumptious with a Cuban or Reuben? I chose the Cuban – pork, ham, double pickle slices, Swiss cheese and yellow mustard on toasted white bread. Even when we go to a shop, there is some skepticism as to whether our orders will be correctly fulfilled. No way Which Wich was going to be able to turn around 160 sandwiches by our fourth stop of the day (or so I thought). Just a few hours later, our bags were delivered…everything was perfect…every sandwich accounted for…and our bus quickly became silent yum! The Cuban was the right choice for me, although I’m not sure there is a wrong choice on the menu. Everything sounded delicious, and I bet everything is…I’ll certainly be heading over there to continue my research!
After a very satisfying lunch and a bit more shopping, we were all in need of a sugar fix. Surprise! We had cupcakes from Christina’s Dessertery on board. These delicious, light, sweet, fluffy cupcakes really hit the spot! I have been to Christina’s shop before because I am slightly addicted to pink lemonade cake, and hers is unmatched…but I never realized something as simple as a vanilla cupcake could be so satisfying. It was a great day and one I will not soon forget! I certainly plan to be on the next CSH, and I recommend it to everyone who is interested in a fun-filled day of shopping with delicious surprises along the way! Whether you sign up for the next “Hop,” have lunch at Which Wich, or treat yourself at Christina’s Dessertery anytime soon… be sure to tell them Rosey sent you!
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hanks to Dream Dinners, I can honestly claim that I cook for my son and me.
I mean, I’ve made this assertion in the past, but I can’t really say it was honest. Chicken nuggets and fries is not cooking. Taking a frozen pizza out of a package and tossing it into the oven is not cooking. Making chili is cooking…sort of…but on a recent evening I served us a gourmet meal that I actually created myself.
Here’s how Dream Dinners, in Clemmons, works. I walked into a dream kitchen, replete with very friendly folks eager to assist frightened, unaccustomed-to-thekitchen folks like me. I met co-owner, Edie Amerando, and she could tell I was a little overwhelmed. “There’s a lot to take in, isn’t there?” she asked. Then, she pointed out some of the customers, busily creating wonderful meals. One had come to Dream Dinners for five years. Her hands flew amid the ingredients so swiftly they looked like cartoons. Another was a couple who had received Dream Dinners as a wedding present. They’d been coming in for four months. The man—the only other man in the building—acknowledged that he, too, had been overwhelmed during his first few visits. “Our goal is to make serving excellent dinners with the best ingredients and justright portions very easy for busy people,” Amerando said. “We’ve been making that possible for seven years now.” I learned that my mission—which I chose to accept—was to create meals that I could take home to freeze for future (yummy)
By Justin Cord Hayes consumption. I was a little nervous, but I went over and got an apron. I washed my hands. And I was ready to go. Basically, the business is set up with multiple stations. At each station, I found the ingredients to make meals such as Outlaw Chicken Marinara, Kentucky Pork Chops, Mango Glazed Salmon, Baked Potato Chicken, and Cheese Lover’s Manicotti. These were the meals I made. The menu at Dream Dinners changes each month. Step-by-step instructions were posted at every station. Wonderful spices—some of which I’d never heard of—sat in rows, waiting for me (and the other Dream Dinners guests) to make some culinary magic. The process is very easy. You can make servings for three or for six. All ingredients are color-coded. Yet, I was still overwhelmed, and it showed. Friendly staff came over and helped frequently, which I appreciated. I was taught “tricks” like how to get the air out of the plastic storage bags into which I mixed most of my ingredients. I learned how to mix items effectively. I learned how to get measuring spoons out of spice containers without spilling any of the spices. I was cookin’!
Outlaw Chicken Marinara was the most challenging meal for me to make. It had more ingredients and more preparatory steps than the other meals I chose. I decided that, due to its challenges, I would make it first. When I was done constructing my dream dinners in Dream Dinners’ dream kitchen, I went back to speak to Amerando. “You did great!” she said. “You were getting the hang of it.” “Well, your employees helped a lot,” I said. “They’re great.” We spoke some more about her business. “Cooking doesn’t have to be mystifying,” Amerando said. “We believe in keeping it simple, healthy, and economical.” I thanked her—and her employees—and left with my meals. Two nights later, when my son was with me, I popped my Outlaw Chicken Marinara into the oven. When I put it on the table, my son was skeptical at first. He’s used to “cooking” meaning chicken nuggets and fries, remember? However, after he took a bite of the cheesy, spicy, yummy concoction that I had crafted, he was hooked. “This is great, daddy,” he said. Heck, yeah, it was, and I made it myself…thanks to Dream Dinners!
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bruxes their teeth) or someone with tinnitus or ringing of the ears? The odds are quite good that you know these individuals because one in four households in this country has at least one sufferer, to the tune of roughly thirty-six million Americans, or ten percent of our population. These are huge numbers. The social and economic implications associated with these conditions are staggering because chronic pain sufferers require a huge amount of health care related services, which cost an estimated fifty billion dollars annually. That’s right…billion. In the past, these conditions have been expensive and difficult to treat because the symptoms associated with the pain are hard to evaluate. Most of the sufferers are female, usually between the ages of 20 and 60, but any age group can be affected, as well as either gender. It is obvious, for example, that one or more of the above symptoms could be caused by severe trauma, such as an automobile accident, but symptoms can also arise from treatments as innocuous as orthodontia, or having a third molar removed. When you take into account that employers lose another estimated thirteen billion a year due to lost work days, these numbers are a true eye opener. We also have to consider the social aspect of living with these conditions. These people live in constant fear and dread, not knowing when their lives will again be turned upside down with debilitating pain that will render them basically helpless, disrupting their ability to live a normal existence. Life without the threat of impending pain is something the rest of us take for granted. Some really good news for these patients is that dentists have known for a long time that improper and abusive forces and stress on the masticatory (chewing) system can cause a number, if not all, of the above stated conditions. These forces can also cause extreme wear, and even breakage, of otherwise seemingly healthy teeth. Every day dentists encounter patients who, through grinding, clenching and abusively working their head and neck muscles, put the mouth, teeth and all surrounding structures of the head and neck under extreme stress.
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riter’s note: I have personal experience with someone who has struggled with chronic headaches my entire life. My mother began having them at the age of twenty five following a tonsillectomy. No medical professional has ever been able to diagnose why or how they began and believe me, she consulted with many. Over the years I have seen her spend many days in bed in excruciating pain. In fact, many of her headache episodes resulted in hospital stays where doctors had to administer extremely potent drugs to try to diminish her pain. At certain times her doctors resorted to injecting these drugs directly into her head in the areas where the pain was the most severe just to try to give her some measure of relief.
Do you personally know anyone who suffers from migraines, or any type of chronic headache? How about someone with temporomandibular joint (TMJ - the joint where the lower jaw attaches to the skull) issues, bite problems (someone who grinds or
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A treatment system called TruDenta works through both examination and diagnostic devices that can effectively treat and manage imbalances within the mouth that cause resultant dysfunctional pain. These devices, which have been cleared by the food and drug administration, are a combination of the sports medicine rehabilitation techniques, plus enhanced dental technologies and advanced dental protocols. This therapeutic combination of treatments has been achieving the consistent result of lasting pain relief, as well as dental functional stabilization. With TruDenta, dentists are able to correct improper dental forces that we now know can be the root cause of chronic headaches, migraines and TMJ pain. While TruDenta is not a miracle cure for everyone, most patients show immediate improvement, reporting less frequent problems or even the complete elimination of pain. The best aspect for patients is the fact that the treatment is extremely comprehensive, yet painless, as well as drug and needle free. This system represents a new standard of patient care and offers some patients a new, life changing option.
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Over the years, dentistry has learned quite a bit from sports medicine technologies, specifically because their treatment modalities of low level laser, ultrasound and micro current nerve stimulation have been used successfully in hastening an athlete’s recovery, and their ability to heal from force-related and musculoskeletal created injuries. Now, following the sports medicine approach to treatment, dentists are able to address the painful symptomology of all of the above mentioned conditions.
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is a word that often conjures the memories of joyous family gatherings. While the experience differs for each person, the sights, sounds, and smells remain the same. A vision of festive colors and lights; a trimmed tree; the joy of receiving holiday greetings from those far and near; watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”; visiting relatives and dear friends; passing the plate of delicious smells; and the feeling of Christmas morning. Adapted from grandparents and parents, our customs live on and are presented for new generations to witness. Despite the constant hustle and bustle, the Christmas holiday makes each of us want to stop and sip the days and moments from the start of the Advent season. Introducing new traditions can encourage everyone to participate in the spirit of togetherness, while remaining true to the memories of long ago.
Cherishing the Holidays with Traditions By Lisa S.T. Doss
❄ There is something powerful in hearing the choir sing, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Joy to the World.” There are blessings involved in participating in the word of God and the stories of the Bible all year long, but especially at Christmas. The season of Advent is a time when each of us prepares for the celebration of the Nativity. This year, invite someone to accompany you in the spiritual preparation of Christ’s first coming.
❄ In viewing lights from a distance, there is an immediate comfort. Lights signify hope, peace, safety, and happiness. We annually flock to light displays and become instantly amazed at the creative ways lights are used to illuminate the symbols of Christmas. Tradition has taught that, at the time of year when “the Light of the World” is held dear to our hearts, paper bag luminaries would “guide the spirit of the Christ child to one’s home.” Using stencils or cookie cutters, magic markers or craft paints, there are numerous ways to personalize each lantern. By placing sand in Ziploc bags, the process of clean up and storage can be remarkably simple.
❄ The evergreen is an ancient symbol of eternal life, while decorations and ornaments tell a story of time. The tree itself draws family and friends to its branches for admiration and conversation. “Our tree is unique,” shares Stephanie Thomas. “Each year, I add ornaments that relate to an event in our family. The kids like to use Plaster of Paris; yet, many were hand made from paper. On the bottom of each ornament, I try to write the family member’s name and year. Across 17 years, our tree has a lot of memories.”
❄ Sir Henry Cole had an inspiring idea in 1843 to design printed cards. By the new century, economic changes inspired people to debut the homemade card. While it may not be an easy task to create a personalized, handcrafted card for each individual on your list, using yarn or rubber stamps, a child’s finger painted handprint, or a display of family photographs can become a unique gift for a select few.
❄ While the couch adds comfort to favorite holiday shows like “It’s a Wonderful Life,”“The Christmas Story,” or Tom Hank’s narration of “The Polar Express,” this year, support the performing arts by attending a child’s Christmas program or a professional stage production. The Piedmont Triad has something special for everyone to enjoy. “My grandparents introduced me to stage productions,” shares Johanna Stevenson. “Now, my parents are continuing the tradition. It has just become part of our Christmas, and our girls cannot wait to go.”
❄ “My grandmother wasn’t into sewing,” shares Jane Taylor, “but she made me a doll out of her handkerchiefs when I was seven. She used yarn for hair and buttons for eyes. It took me a few years to realize, but the gift became special because of the giver my granny.” With computer friendly “how to” recipes at your fingertips, you can easily create impressionable gifts that complement a family member or friend’s interests. Consider making homemade biscotti for the coffee lover or a jar of homemade bath salt for the overworked friend. Thinking outside of the box this season may assist your budget, as well as provide overwhelming joy to the recipients.
❄ While splendor still abounds, concluding the holidays surrounded by friends and family foretells a new year of great possibilities. For a unique experience, consider launching biodegradable Sky Lanterns. Usually made out of rice paper, the flight only lasts for the duration of the fuel cell - around five to ten minutes - and they can go as far as a mile. A watchful moment to realize that, though the season of Christmas is over, the light remains within all of us.
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procedures with state-of-the-art equipment that minimizes risk and makes our patients feel comfortable. In addition, we emphasize privacy. However, it is important to realize that many patients also still need traditional surgery to correct their particular issues. Nothing really takes the place of surgery, so usually a surgical procedure such as a facelift will give more ‘bang for the buck’ than a non-invasive procedure. We will usually tell our patients that these less invasive procedures don’t take the place of surgery, but augment the surgical procedures we do.”
You, Naturally By Susan Woodall When we were younger, we wished we were older. Now, for most of us, the opposite is true. This is especially the case when it comes to our appearance. With the advances in medicine and new guidelines for nutrition and fitness, we are living longer - which is the good news. The bad news is that our skin does not care that 40 is the new 30 - it's still going to look 40. Fortunately, there are now non-invasive medical procedures that can keep us looking as young as we feel. The doctors at Forsyth Plastic Surgery are pleased to schedule a consultation to discuss the many options now available for patients who may not be ready for a true surgical procedure. “One very exciting technology that we have been using during the past year is EXILIS, which uses radio waves to actually melt fat and tighten skin,” said Dr. John Fagg, a partner with Forsyth Plastic Surgery. “With no downtime and no pain, our patients can see real improvements in many parts of the body, such as the neck, arms, abdomen and thighs.” “We have several lasers that can tighten and reduce the wrinkled appearance of skin,” adds Dr. Andy Schneider, another partner at Forsyth Plastic Surgery. “Some of our lasers even remove unsightly spider veins and reduce unwanted hair. When it comes to injections, the gold standard is, of course,
Botox, which decreases wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes by relaxing the muscles that cause frowning. Botox lasts 3-5 months, and is probably the number one cosmetic treatment in the world. Fillers like Juvederm can plump up deep wrinkles and soften the face to make it look younger and more refreshed. And there is some exciting news with regard to Juvederm – there is a new filler called Juvederm Voluma which lasts up to two years; so patients can have a simple injection, and the results will be noticeable for up to 24 months. That is great news for our patients who want something that will last for a long time.” These non-invasive procedures offer several advantages. “Obviously the advantage of these less invasive procedures is less downtime, less cost and there is no need for anesthesia,” said Dr. Gilson Kingman. “Patients can literally go right back to work, and no one will know that they have just been to the plastic surgeon’s office. We do all of these procedures in our office at Maplewood, although we do have a satellite office in Elkin, and we will soon start seeing people in Kernersville.” The newest member of the Forsyth Plastic Surgery team, Dr. George Lawson, notes that, “safety is our primary concern, and at our office we are able to perform all of these
Dr. Fagg notes that, “many times, for instance, we will still do regular Botox or Juvederm injections even after someone has had a facelift. We are still surgeons foremost, and our patients come to us because they know we are fully trained in all aspects of plastic surgery - both the surgical and nonsurgical sides of the specialty. And still looking at facelifts, good skin care will still be important well after the surgery has been done. We believe that good medical skin care and regular peels can keep the skin looking healthy and refreshed. Our aesthetician, Jessica Shea, works with all of our patients to make sure that each is on the correct skincare regimen for their particular skin and their needs. We always tell our patients that the aging process starts the minute any procedure is finished - we can’t stop the aging process - yet!” For those considering any type of procedure, it is important to do your research. “Make sure that your doctor is a fully trained plastic surgeon who operates out of an accredited facility,” said Dr. Schneider. “More information is available at www.asps.org.” The doctors at Forsyth Plastic Surgery are highly qualified and respected surgeons who are happy to discuss all options available to make you look your best. Forsyth Plastic Surgery is located at 2901 Maplewood Avenue in Winston-Salem. To schedule a consultation, call 336-765-8620. For more information, visit their website at www.forsythplasticsurgery.com.
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By Carolyn S. Peterson
ife has a way of taking turns that, when seen in hindsight, make you realize you are right where you are supposed to be. No one knows this better than Chris Hambrick, owner of Penny Lane Boutique, a home accessories and gift shop in Clemmons. When life gave her lemons after a corporate lay-off, Chris took a leap of faith and made some great “lemonade” with the opening of her shop. “As a vice president of business development in a home health care company, I was in a position where I loved what I did and the people I worked with, putting in long hours, many away from home traveling,” said Chris. “I was relocated to the Clemmons area more than five years ago from Johnson City, Tennessee. When I was part of my company’s downsizing, I took what had been a weekend hobby of painting and repurposing furniture and added unique gift items and vintage finds, opening my store, Penny Lane Boutique. I am often asked if my business is something I always wanted
to do and I say, ‘no.’ But as I look back at the experiences that I had in my corporate job, I can truly see how I was being prepared for what I do now, and I am excited every day to come to work.” And it seems that, after only 10 months, the community has felt Chris’ excitement as Penny Lane Boutique has become a shopping “must-see.” ‘People Need to Know that You Genuinely Care’ Chris Hambrick’s parents both have a strong work ethic that Chris definitely inherited. She was born and raised in southwest Virginia by her mother, and as she says, “I learned early on that it’s not about how smart you are, but how hard you want to work. As an only child, I always felt like I was an ‘old soul’ having a heart for the older generation, leading me to my job in home health care. I believe my previous experience in my career has played a huge part in my personal growth.” Throughout the years, Chris has sacrificed a lot of time and activities with
her daughter and husband, but her family truly considers her shop a ‘family’ business. “None of this could’ve been possible without the support and encouragement of my husband, Keith, and my daughter, Lane,” said Chris. “Keith sees the potential in me and encourages me to take risks; I couldn’t have launched this shop without him. For us as a family, the lines between work and home can get blurry. My husband goes to auctions on the weekends looking for great pieces that we can ‘up cycle’ and give a new look to, and Lane is often in the store chatting with customers. As a family, we truly do what needs to be done, whether that is at home or here at Penny Lane.” Another source of strength for Chris is her ‘right hand woman’ and friend, Paige Moerman. “Paige and I became friends after our family moved to Clemmons,” said Chris. “From the beginning, she and I have shared a love of design but, more importantly, a love of people. When I first December 2013
started considering the idea of Penny Lane, Paige was a cheerleader, offering any help that I needed to get the store ready. I tend to be a ‘big picture’ person, and Paige is detailed with a vision and ability to pair colors that is a great asset to the store. We want our customers to know that we genuinely care about them and that they should feel better after they leave Penny Lane than when they arrived. Customer service is centered on the interactions you have, and Paige and I place our customers and their needs above all else, being able to answer any questions they may have and offering ideas.” Chris learned early on that successful people surround themselves with successful people. “As a business owner, you have to be confident enough in yourself to know when you need to ask questions of others,” said Chris. “Paige and I complement each other in our styles and what we bring to Penny Lane.” Creating New from Old Beyond knowing how to treat her customers, Chris knows her craft and what is trending. Although she is very excited about how the community has embraced Penny Lane as a business, she knows that in order to continue to stay current, she has to offer her customers something new, or restated -- something old that has been repurposed. “Penny Lane is an eclectic shop with painted furniture, gift items and lots of great vintage finds,” said Chris. “Our furniture pieces are all one of a kind, which we have re-purposed, giving a new look to an older item. Using ‘chalk paint’ by CeCe Caldwell, the variety of colors and finishes is almost unlimited. We also do custom pieces that people bring in, helping them to pick out what best suits their tastes. For those who like to do it [themselves], we offer classes where you can bring in a piece, and we teach you how to get the look you want. Our classes are a great way for friends to get together, share some laughs, enjoy some wine and lunch, and leave with a new talent and addition to their home.” In addition to the great, recycled furniture finds, Penny Lane’s gift items are unique as well. “Staying current with life and trends is easy when you pay attention,” said Chris. “My daughter and her friends keep me up on what is ‘hot’ with kids, and I always have a magazine in hand or am on the Internet learning about what is the next new thing. Many of our items are from small businesses like the Rewined candles which are soy-based candles that are hand-poured in old recycled wine bottles, or the jewelry by Goshen Sparkling Jewelry, featuring beautiful Swarovski crystals. We also have monogrammed and personalized items, which are always great gift ideas, and jewelry by Language Arts and other handcrafted items like belt buckles and bracelets by Majesty’s. One of our hot lines right now is Crow watches.” Another unique aspect of the shop is that Chris, Paige or other local artists handcraft many of the home accessories at Penny Lane, like wall sconces. As Chris looks toward her first holiday shopping season, she is excited about each customer that will come in looking for that perfect gift. “The community ties that we have as a business and as a family here in Clemmons are a huge part of our life and the success of Penny Lane,” said Chris. “The word of mouth that travels about your shop, and the experiences that folks have when they visit, dictate whether they tell a friend. I am a big believer in networking with other ‘like’ shops and extending help to one another, which in turn helps all of us serve our community better. I have no doubt that I am right where God meant for me to be. It truly is surreal how everything fell into place.” Penny Lane is located at 3560 Clemmons Road, Suite C, Clemmons, NC. Hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. For more information, call 336-769-8551 or visit pennylaneboutique.net.
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Frederic Reid – which allows us to cover/treat the other sub-specialties.” Many women feel more comfortable seeing a female physician for feminine medical issues. “Incontinence is a life-altering problem that people don't like to talk about and it can be helped,” said Foster. “Most women don’t realize that there are different causes and types of incontinence. There is stress incontinence, urge incontinence and overflow incontinence, as well as combinations. Most patients walk into the office with the complaint of incontinence and assume their bladder has ‘fallen’ and that they need something ‘tacked up.’ This simply isn’t true. Differentiating the type of incontinence is important, as the treatments are different. There are many treatment options, and they include physical therapy, biofeedback, medications and surgery.”
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ometimes, the smallest action can lead to a great result. Women are known for their nurturing tendencies and ability to multitask in order to take care of everyone at once. The only problem is that “everyone” never seems to include herself. Women will ignore their own issues in favor of focusing on others. This isn’t always a problem, but when those issues affect daily life and keep us from doing normal activities, something must be done. While incontinence has been receiving more attention in recent years, there are still millions of women living with this problem every day and delaying taking action to fix it. “I decided to go into urology after rotating through the specialty in medical school,” said Dr. Laura Foster of Carolina Urological Associates (CUA). “I loved operating. I discovered on this rotation how many women had a lot of problems with their bladders but would never talk about them or admit there was a problem. I met a woman who lined her car with trash bags and carried a complete change of clothes in a large purse with her at all times because of incontinence. She had never talked to anyone about this. She had a very simple surgery for this and was no longer incontinent. Her life was immediately changed, and many of the things she avoided, such as exercise or playing with her kids, she could do. It was very rewarding to be able to fix this problem.” Dr. Foster grew up in Mooresville,
North Carolina, completed her undergraduate degree at Peace College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and completed medical school, a surgical internship and a urology residency at UNC. In 2001, she joined Maplewood Urology, which merged with two other practices to become CUA. “CUA is a large group,” said Foster. “As such, we each have different areas of interest/specialty. This allows us to offer myriad treatment options because of our subspecialization. For example, for incontinence we can offer the interstim implant. For prostate or renal cancer, we can offer the more minimally invasive DaVinci Robotic Prostatectomy or minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. For BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), we can offer in-house treatment with microwave therapy. This allows us to treat a wide array of urologic issues, such as cancer, incontinence, infertility, erectile dysfunction, stone disease and infections with more expertise.” The only two female urologists in the Piedmont Triad area practice at CUA. “This is particularly notable as myself and Dr. Elizabeth Albertson concentrate in women's urologic issues such as prolapse and voiding dysfunction/incontinence,” said Foster. “We have eight other partners – Dr. David Cook, Dr. Aubrey Evans, Dr. Morris Friedman, Dr. Slade Hubbard, Dr. David Kunkle, Dr. Frederick McPhail, Dr. George Newsome and Dr.
Another issue many women face is recurrent urinary tract infections, or UTIs. “The most common cause of recurrent UTIs in postmenopausal women is atrophic vaginitis,” said Foster. “This is a condition of the vaginal tissue caused by lack of estrogen. This causes significant changes to the vagina/urethra. This can, and does, lead to recurrent UTIs. This is correctable with vaginal estrogen cream. Most women are under the misconception that the using of vaginal estrogen is the same thing as being on ‘hormone replacement.’ This is not true and needs to be corrected in order to prevent the infections.” Carolina Urological Associates is dedicated to giving all patients the best experience possible and the most satisfying end result for all procedures. No one should put off checking with a doctor for persistent urological issues. CUA accepts most insurance policies, Medicare and Medicaid, and can work out payment plans for those unable to pay up front.
Carolina Urological Associates is located at 140 Kimel Park Drive in Winston-Salem. For more information, call 336.245.2100, or visit the website at www.cuaws.com.
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Shopping Local for the Holidays By Denise Heidel
e regularly encourage our readers to utilize local businesses for their needs. By giving business to a locally owned business, you support the local economy, as well as local families. During the gift-giving season, the benefits of shopping local include: • No shipping fees! Sure, you can order online and many retailers will offer free shipping. But someone is paying those costs, and it’s bad for the environment! Avoid shipping by shopping local!
• Avoid lines! We all know the madness that can ensue at some of the major retail giants. Visit a locally owned store and actually enjoy holiday shopping, rather than getting frustrated by ridiculously long lines. • Make sure that the money you spend stays local! The American Independent Business Alliance reported that for every $100 spent
at a corporate chain, only $13 was filtered back into the local economy, versus $45 when you shop at locally owned businesses! • Find unique and one-of-a kind gifts at local retailers versus massproduced gifts at a corporate chain! Make sure your gifts are as unique as the recipient with something found in a locally owned shop! • When you’re looking for personal service, it doesn’t get much more personal than help from the owner of the shop! Many small business owners are the primary operators as well, and frankly, no one knows their inventory better than they do! This holiday season, start a new tradition of ensuring others have a great holiday season as well! Shop local and enjoy all the benefits that come from local retail shopping!
Shop Locally During Holiday! Great Gifts Can Be Found at Any of the Following Forsyth Woman Advertising Partners’ Stores! • 2nd Dibs • Accent Prone • Accessorize This! • Clemmons Bicycle • Dalton’s Crossing • eClection • Etc. Consignment • Farrago • Fraleigh’s • Grassroots • Haj Paj Boutique • Hand Picked Consignments • Hip Chics • Ivy Arch • June DeLugas Interiors • Kelly Antiques • Kernersville Arts & Crafts Guild
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Express Yourself…With Scents of the Season “Oh! There’s no place like home for the holidays, ‘cause no matter how far away you roam, when you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze, for the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home!” ~ Stillman the decorations bring back many memories of Christmases past. These scents of the season make me say, “It smells like Christmas!” and create a mood that radiates comfort and warmth and welcomes family and friends.
don’t have to remind you that this is a busy time of year. It seems by the time I finally get ready for Christmas, the holiday has come and gone. While this area of North Carolina is where my husband and I grew up, we lived away for many years. Most of those years we traveled back here to be with family during the Christmas holiday. Those memories are dear to my heart. Have you ever noticed that certain smells remind you of Christmas? Making your home welcoming during the holiday
season is not just about what you see, hear, touch and feel, but also what you smell. That smell is so coveted by consumers that it can be bought in a bottle, can, candle, potpourri and hand soap. The scents of Christmas conjure up feelings of nostalgia and tradition and that is usually why you buy them. The smell of Wassail or hot cider simmering on the stove, cookies or gingerbread baking, opening a box of peppermint candy sticks or getting a whiff of the fresh evergreens used in
When decorating your home, remember that a scent can be used to complement your choice of Christmas décor. For example, if you choose a white and silver contemporary look, a ‘snow scent’ (Yankee Candle’s Sparkling Snow) would be perfect. If your choice is the traditional red and green, the spicy warm scents of cinnamon and cloves would be the better choice to enhance the mood. I do hope you will be home for the holidays. May the scents of the holiday season in your home evoke memories and make new ones for you, your family and friends…“‘cause no matter how far away you roam, if you wanna be happy in a million ways, for the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home!”
Merry Christmas! Blessings to you and yours as you celebrate the season of Christ’s birth. Crockpot Style Wassail 1 large juice orange 8 whole cloves 2 quarts apple juice 4 cups cranberry juice 2 cinnamon sticks ½ cup sugar Directions: 1. Take the whole orange and stud it with the 8 cloves. Press gently on the “heads” of the cloves to be sure that they will not crumble while simmering. 2. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Place crockpot on “low” and heat through all day. Serve in mugs and enjoy! Note: Wassail is not meant to be rushed, but if you have a luncheon party, set the crockpot to “high” for at least 3 hours before serving.
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Holiday Gift Guide local holiday shopping starts here!
Made from sterling silver and Swarovski pearls, this hand strung Blessing Bracelet ($29) is a reminder of the blessings in our lives. Each bracelet comes with a message of gratitude and is the perfect gift for family and friends this holiday season. Visit Mainstream Boutique at 110 Oakwood Drive (beside Starbucks on Stratford Road) for unique and affordable clothing and accessories year-round. See ad on page 77.
Susan Shaw Jewelry at Hip Chics: The unique and stunning designs of Susan Shaw jewelry will make this a gift that will be sure to stand out among others. Each piece is handcrafted in San Antonio, Texas, and the quality of this product is completely guaranteed. See ads on pages 81 & 87.
Winston-Salem Crafts Guild Paparazzi Hair Salon Buy two gifts, and get one for yourself! When you buy two $50 gift certificates from Paparazzi Hair Salon, you'll receive a $20 gift certificate for yourself (or make it a gift for someone else)! Gift certificates may only be applied to services. Visit Papparazzihairsalon.com for more information, or call 336.893.7169.
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Local artist Deb Johnson creates one-of-a-kind pieces that can be found at the Winston-Salem Craft Guild! This silver pendant is created from multiple layers and firings of dichroic glass. Check out more of Debâ€™s designs as well as other local artisans at the Winston-Salem Craft Guild! See ad on page 99.
Accent Prone Chocolate Diamonds are all the rage this year, and guessing from the name, what woman wouldn't love them? Ranging in a variety of styles and sizes, including 14-18k white or yellow gold. Prices start at $700. See ad on page 23.
Triad Eco Adventures Give the gift of adventure with a wide selection of fun Segway PT downtown history tours & Stand-Up Paddleboard tours! Triad ECO Adventures is your alllocal source for the most exciting gift certificate you’ll ever give or receive! Located in downtown Winston-Salem @ the Gateway (176 YWCA Way, off South Main Street). TOURS, LESSONS, & PRODUCTS! 336.722.7777 ~ TriadECOadventures.com
Dalton’s Crossing ONLY A SHORT DRIVE FOR A PLEASANT SHOPPING EXPERIENCE! Dalton’s Crossing is a locally owned and operated boutique in King, NC that offers unique quality clothing and accessories. For those looking for gift ideas, Dalton’s Crossing offers several lines of jewelry, scarfs, Thymes lotions, local, handmade soaps coffees and Dalton’s Crossing gift cards. Complimentary gift wrapping with gift purchases. See ad on page 97.
Grassroots Limited edition gift set from grassroots Aveda - Give Baths of Beauty Beautifying composition 30ml, Beautifying Body Cleanser 125ml, Beautifying Body Lotion 125ml, $52.50. See ad on page 77. December 2013
SholdIt The SHOLDIT Clutch Wrap purse looks like a stylish infinity scarf, but it's much more than that. Featuring one to two hidden zipper pocket(s) perfectly sized to carry a woman's essentials such as a cell phone, keys, cash, debit card, ID, etc. and leave the handbag at home. Perfect for travel, sporting events, concerts and everyday errands! $40-$79 at www.sholdit.com.
Cricket’s Nest Traditional boxwood wreath to celebrate the weeks of advent through December. Beeswax candles create a wonderful fragrance to enjoy. Cricket’s Nest is located at 4401 Country Club Road, W-S, 27104 - Moravian Advent Wreath - $57.50
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Adrienne Fletcher Every woman deserves to feel beautiful. This year, treat your friend, mother, daughter or wife to a personalized portrait session with Adrienne Fletcher Photography’s new Bombshell Sessions. Each session includes a style consultation and professional hair and makeup provided on location the day of the shoot. With Sugar + Spice, Glamour Rock, Urbanization, Southern Belle, La Boheme and Vintage, there is sure to be a theme that fits any woman’s personality! Bombshell Sessions are $600. Gift certificates are available. Adrienne Fletcher Photography, weddings.adriennefletcher.com, 352.514.7277. See ad on page 41.
Studio Create Inspire someone with the gift of creativity this holiday season! Give someone special an art class with Leigh Ann Alexander at Studio Create! See ad on page 95.
Simply Sterling What better gift is there to give this season than a gift of His Presence? Holly Lane Designs offers a lovely collection of sterling silver jewelry for all ages! Simply Sterling & Company is located in The Village at Robinhood. 336.896.0077, www.SimplySterling.com. See ad on page 65.
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The Perfect Stocking Stuffer -- Just stop by Burklee Printing at 3909 Westpoint Boulevard, Suite A, W-S, and pick up five FREE "Things to Do" scratch pads! 336.760.2611. See ad on page 111.
Hip Chics Alex and Ani bracelets are designed to Adorn Your Body, Enlighten Your Mind and Empower Your Spirit. Each bracelet is beautifully made, signifying a different meaning to encourage the wearer and express individuality. Made in America. See ads on pages 81 & 87.
Penny Lane Boutique Rewined Candles -- long burning, soy candles housed in recycled wine bottles in a host of aromatic varietals. A unique and perfect gift for the holidays! See ad on page 49. December 2013
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Schedule a massage with Adele at Inner Strength Pilates, and get a second appointment half off! Register online at InnerStrengthPilatesNC.com. See ad on page 21.
GoFree® takes a fresh step forward in women’s fashion with a pant designed exclusively for women by a woman. With Go Free® pants, you can part with unsightly panty lines and make undergarments optional. Our patent-pending design replaces the uncomfortable cross seam in typical pants with a smooth cotton panel. Visit us at www.gofreepants.com. Go Free® Pants are also available on Amazon.com and GreenWomanStore.com.
Simply Sterling Dream Dinners Set the kitchen clock to remind yourself that Dream Dinners e-gift cards are a perfect holiday gift for family, friends, and colleagues! Give the gift of delicious this holiday season and make dinner on us! See ad on page 31.
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Tried and True, this favorite line of many keeps coming out with more wonderful pieces to add to your collection or begin for someone else! Waxing Poetic continues to tell your story…one piece at a time! Simply Sterling & Company is located in The Village at Robinhood. 336.896.0077 ~ www.SimplySterling.com. See ad on page 65.
Shea’s Consign & Design This isn’t your grandmother’s jewelry, but the vintage appeal, craftsmanship and exquisite detail is reminiscent of days-gone-by! Check out the beautiful line of “embellish” jewelry at Shea’s Consign & Design! Make a statement that will be in style for generations to come! See ad on page 9.
Electrolysis, Etc. Get ready for the holidays! Basic facial - $35 Facial and a massage - $50 Gift certificates available. Electrolysis, etc. 336.918.4988
Contact Cash Lovell Stables A romantic adventure for two on horseback! $50 per couple (gift certificates can be emailed) ~ www.cashlovellstables.com
Find unique gifts at the Shops at Old Salem. From wafer-thin Moravian Cookies to Moravian Stars, holiday candles, baskets, and more, you’ll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Visit our stores or go to shop.oldsalem.org. See ad on page 92.
Accessorize This’ Christmas Shoppe has a unique variety of Christmas décor. See ad on page 83. Pictured: Glass Holiday Platter – “Kiss.” December 2013
Love Taking Flight By Martie Emory
lthough grateful smiles and warm hugs may better tell the story, the goal at local non-profit organization Sally’s Angels is simple: change lives.
A grassroots campaign at its finest, the mission of Sally’s Angels is to spread hope and help to the families of critically and chronically ill children receiving medical care in our region. Since its inception in 2006, Sally’s Angels has touched the lives of over 1,100 families with everything from assistance with rent and utility bills, to gas cards, grocery store gift cards and medical supplies. Keeping things running on the home front while being consumed with the care of a sick child in the hospital is something Co-chair Anna Rice knows all too well. Sitting with her in the NICU when her daughter Sally – now nine years old – was hospitalized for many months, Rice’s close-knit group of friends caught a glimpse of a very real need. They formed Sally’s Angels and were immediately amazed at what parents of seriously ill children needed most. “We started out thinking we’d just provide a little ‘something extra’ like dinner away from the hospital,” says Stacy Mayhew, one of the group’s board members. “We quickly found out how great the need was for food at home, gas for trips back and forth to the hospital, etc.” Referrals (for critically or chronically ill children 18 years of age and younger) come from social workers and go directly to the group’s 12-member board, which then determines gift amounts. Funds do not go directly to families, but to agencies or services that provide those much-needed life essentials. Often, if a parent gives up a job and income in order to spend time at the bedside of
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a sick child, they can’t afford the basic necessities for themselves or those left at home. “Families with limited resources face the challenge of caring for a sick child and they make hard choices,” says Anna Rice. “Our motto has become: We cannot change the outcome, but we can positively impact the journey.” Once a year, the group gathers friends and supporters for “Lemonade on the Lawn,” a family-oriented fundraiser which miraculously sustains the group’s efforts for an entire year. Donors give in honor of Sally, in honor of all families struggling with a childhood illness, and in honor of the dedicated hospital staff and medical teams who never give up on the children they treat. Among the most common items that Sally’s Angels provides: gas cards, Wal-Mart cards, medical equipment and help with car repairs. Among the less common gifts that the group is proud to have helped with: graduation supplies for a quadriplegic determined to participate in graduation and an Amtrak ticket to bring an out-of-town parent in to be with a sick child. Although the needs of recipients may vary, the mission of love and giving never waivers! For more information or to donate, please visit www.sallysangels.org or contact board members: Sarah Dalrymple, Lyndsay Foster, Robyn Goslen, Clare Jordan, Stacy Mayhew, Rebecca McNeely, Karen Pranikoff, Erin ReVille, Andrea Rice, Anna Rice, Mary Schultz, Joan Woodard. Sally’s Angels is a 501(c) (3) non-profit and all donations are 100% tax deductible. You may reach Sally’s Angels at P.O. Box 1395, Clemmons, NC 27012.
Yes, It’s True! Simply Sterling & Company Is Back! By Lisa S.T. Doss
eeing the evidence of another “wonderful shop” closing is always heartbreaking to consumers. In this economy, providing beautiful, quality, one-of-a kind items at a reasonable price requires business owners to sometimes make those difficult choices. Lea Church Brendle openly shares, “After sixteen years of being ‘Simply Sterling,’ the thought of not being able to maintain the business was a hard pill to swallow; yet, the chance to start over has been equally amazing and scary! In considering this second opportunity, I had a vision of what I wanted it to look like. Believe it or not, it is almost ‘spot on’ to that initial concept! It will always be a work in progress, but that is retail and life; and I love a creative project! Most business owners will agree, it’s just in our blood; we are drawn to the insanity. We just can’t help it. Too often, the sacrifices - too many to name - come into question. For those who are passionate about surviving, the journey is what matters most. Learning, growing, building relationships, being open, and willing to serve has always been very rewarding; so I am delighted to be back in the saddle! I thank the community for such a warm welcome!” Sterling Silver and MUCH More! Staying true to her brand, you will definitely still find a large collection of sterling silver jewelry, along with a complement of unique jewelry lines of other “silver” metals such as pewter, stainless steel, and a variety of mixed metals, creating quite the journey of discovery for her customers. Lea was also very pleased to be able to bring one of her favorite lines, Holly Lane Designs, back to her customers. This sterling silver line of Christian jewelry, made here in the USA, continues to inspire and witness to many. This line, like many others available in the store, is also available through her website www.SimplySterling.com or through her Facebook page. For Lea, it was “one of my personal driving forces in reopening the store. A longtime customer and friend recently reminded me how blessed I was; that through this Christian line, I can remind others that ‘His presence is the best present.’” Simply Sterling & Company has built a brand and reputation for providing lovely accessories, especially in combinations, which include apparel, handbags, and lotions and potions. Some of the most time favored collections include:
• Waxing Poetic Story-telling Pendants • HOBO Fine Leather Wallets & Handbags • Simon Sebbag Designs, from Israel • Lenny & Eva, handcrafted in the USA • Liquid Metal Collections, made in the USA • J & I Jewelry, made in Pennsylvania • Jenny Krauss Belts, encouraging Fair Trade • 3 Sisters Jackets, designed and created in Texas • Lucina K Jewelry, created and made in Florida And some NEW favorite kids on the block: • Lily & Laura Bracelets, from Nepal (Thanks, Julianna!) • KJUN Stainless Steel Earrings, from Michigan • Robin & Leigh Guitar String Jewelry, out of Tennessee • Gleeful Peacock, whimsically handmade in Oklahoma • The Vintage Pearl, fine pewter jewelry made in the USA • INIS…Energy of the Sea Lotion… a personal favorite of Lea’s!
Customer Service – Without the Pressure! Specialty stores offer wonderful customer service. Enter the door of “Simply Sterling” with or without an idea in mind and Lea will be happy to assist you. As a standing policy, Simply Sterling offers a pressure-free environment. Lea shares, “I can’t tell you how many times I have encouraged a customer to walk away from a purchase or talked them into a lesser priced item to meet the message of the gift. My husband and I have a large family, so I understand how important it is not to exceed your ‘gift budget.’ The goal is not to have buyer’s remorse, but to rejoice in a wise purchase.”
Lea Church Brendle of Simply Sterling & Company considers this “second chance” a dream come true. She shares, “I am so appreciative of our family, particularly my husband, Gray, and oldest daughter, Madison, for bringing the business back to life by the end of the summer. It was perfect timing to be ready for this holiday season! A truly special “shout out” to my good friend, Ann, owner of The Painted Frog, one of our neighbors in the center, as she has provided an ongoing, constant, uplifting spirit, as well as friendship!” Simply Sterling & Company is truly back! Whenever you are looking for something unique this holiday season, such as a silk scarf or a leather purse, custom rings or “sentiment” bracelets, Simply Sterling is much more than just your favorite jewelry store! Please visit them in The Village at Robinhood in Winston-Salem or visit the store’s Facebook page to make the special individuals in your life sparkle and shine with smiles of appreciation.
By Meghan E.W. Corbett
t is easy to let the holidays rush by without enjoying all the beauty that surrounds us. The season of giving is about so much more than gifts and wrapping paper. It is about spending time with family and friends, and sharing traditions, whether new or old. Take time to find that perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season. Don’t wait until the last minute to fill the space under the Christmas tree with gifts for that special someone. There are many fabulous shopping destinations in the area, but some of the best are located a little further away – like Dalton’s Crossing in King. King is a small town near the Stokes and Forsyth County line. Only 15 minutes north of Winston-Salem on Highway 52 makes for a short drive to enjoy a small-town shopping experience. Several years ago, while being employed at one of the local school systems, Joyce Mauldin-Ray also worked part-time at a unique retail clothing store in Mt. Airy. Joyce commented that it was exciting and rewarding helping customers with their fashion needs. In October 2011, she was approached by the shop owner about her plans
to close after being a successful business owner for 20 years. After much consideration, Joyce and husband Wayne felt this unique retail opportunity was needed in the King area. Joyce and Wayne are residents of King and, in addition, Wayne works at R.J. Reynolds in Tobaccoville. “We both wanted to open our business in our community,” said Joyce. “Helping the local economy is extremely important to us. We also took into consideration that there were no other boutiques similar to this in our area.” On February 1, 2012, Joyce and Wayne opened Dalton’s Crossing in downtown King.
Dalton’s Crossing offers quality clothing in a beautifully rustic space. “Along with our unique clothing styles, we carry distinctive lines of jewelry from The Artist Jay aluminum pieces to Tagua Nuts and a line of locally made sterling silver,” said Joyce. “We offer soaps and lotions from Long Family Farms of Stokes County, plus we carry Thymes lotions and fragrances. Check out our scarves, scarf rings, Anthony Alexander Belts, coffees and other accessories. Dalton’s Crossing gift cards are also a great option for stocking stuffers.” As the sole boutique for women’s clothing and accessories in the King area, Dalton’s Crossing is doing its part to help boost the local economy. “Several customers have commented that our prices are reasonable compared to other similar boutiques,” said Joyce. “Repeat business is what we strive for, so we work hard to keep our prices competitive.” Join Dalton’s Crossing email list or Like us on Facebook and receive discount offers throughout the year. Additionally, on each gift purchase we offer complimentary gift wrapping.
Dalton’s Crossing is conveniently located at 102 E. Dalton Road in historic downtown King. Holiday hours through Christmas Eve are Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 10am-6pm, Thurs. 10am-7:30pm and Sat. 10am-4pm. For more information, call 336.985.5464, or visit the website at www.daltonscrossing.com
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Many pieces stitch together Farrago’s delightful patchwork quilt. • Belle La Vie Spa and Nails has been in Farrago from the get-go.
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• Moseley is pleased to welcome Jennifer Ward back to work beside her as a colorist. • Moseley has welcomed talented hairstylist Kim Branch to one of Farrago’s independent back rooms.
ven though she’d probably “pshaw” or “oh, shucks” at being branded as such, Denise Moseley is a visionary. Sure, she’s been a hairstylist extraordinaire since Star Wars came out and disco ruled the airwaves. And she seems to count every single resident of Forsyth County as a friend. But that’s not what makes her a visionary. She has added that piece with Farrago, the hair salon-slash-nail salon-slash-art galleryslash-pretty much anything you can think of enterprise she opened with much fanfare (and fun) in mid-October, with particular help from her friend and logistical wizard, Kim Gleason. In short, Moseley’s vision is an extremely locally focused co-op that helps everyone out, from the landlord to talented local artists and craftsmen. “We need to wake up,” Moseley said. “If we don’t go back to a tribal style of pulling together and helping out our neighbors, then where are we going to be? We’ve become self-absorbed due to too many commitments, too much work, and too many distractions.” Moseley wants Farrago to be like the bar in the classic television series, Cheers. At that watering hole, everyone knew your name. You weren’t just a customer. You were family…or at least a very good friend. Part of ensuring that kind of welcoming environment is allowing the right people to set up shop in her multipurpose operation. “I make it very clear the first time someone approaches me about leasing space or employment that I will not put up with any drama or negative energy at all,” Moseley said. “I think that’s why the biggest compliment I get is how great the energy here is.” Even though Moseley and Gleason originally intended Farrago to have the hair salon as its centerpiece, Farrago’s gift shop has grown to such an extent that the salon was bumped into an alcove that Moseley had intended to rent out to someone else.
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• Mandy Walker is a full-time massage therapist, and Mary Poulos is a part-time massage therapist. Consequently, couples massages are a new potential service. • Bonnie Cates Crotts offers expert skin care treatments. • You can view and/or purchase the works of photographers Leesa Goodson and Melinda Smith, as well as the work of two other photographic artists. • C.B. Tatum creates sculptures, such as ornate metal flowers and funky, hard-tocategorize sculptures. • Woodworker Allan Hild is a recent addition to Farrago. He creates functional furniture that also serves as fine art. • You can peruse the work of the talented furniture refurbisher Jade Tate. • And Farrago welcomes the pottery of Mary Lin Gmach. Finally, Moseley’s vision encompasses not merely hair, nails, arts, and crafts, but also events. “We are fast becoming an event center,” Moseley said. “Our grand opening was truly grand indeed, and it will be the kickoff for many more parties to come.” Some of the parties will be receptions or bridal showers. Others will be fun classes or events…wine connoisseurship, creating flower art, or book signings by local authors. Spencer Davis of City Beverage will even offer a class on craft beers. A visit to Farrago’s Facebook page will keep you up to date on everything Farrago has to offer. “At my age, I’m trying to learn how to be a problem solver and not a whiner or complainer,” Moseley said. “I’m fastforwarding to thinking of what we can do to get along in a positive and productive manner in these changing times.” Who can argue? Those are the words of a visionary. Farrago is located at 2050 Griffith Road in Winston-Salem, and its phone number is (336) 448-5605. To keep up with Farrago’s events, check out its Facebook page
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SANITY CLAUSE By Deborah Morton, LPC-S
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” so the song goes, but we may need to approach the holidays with some intentionality if we want to ensure that the song is true! The true meaning of our holiday celebration can get lost in a blizzard of expectations, obligations, disappointments, and exhaustion—unless we create what has come to be known in my house as “The Sanity Clause.” The Sanity Clause is an agreement that has evolved over the years between me and my husband—an agreement that has resulted from years of holiday travel (we didn’t wake up in our own home on Christmas day until we’d been married for nine years!), changing family traditions, and our own evolving needs and expectations. Traveling home after a particularly draining holiday season, one of us blurted out, “We don’t need Santa Claus—we need a Sanity Clause!” And so it was born—our own guide that helps us to choose meaningful activities and events which deepen our experience of Christmas, rather than spread ourselves so thin that we lose what it’s all about. That conversation led us to really think about, and share with each other, why we chose certain activities and not others, why certain traditions are meaningful and others are obligations, and what limits we need to place on ourselves and others so that we find time for reflection and contemplation, and can experience the joyful wonder that this time of year can provide us. We pull out our Sanity Clause each year before Thanksgiving, so we can review, revise, and reinforce the peace and serenity it’s given to us each year. Often the biggest challenge during this season is to treat family and friends with grace, and to remember the importance of the connections between us. Our expectations can get in the way of this, so here are some suggestions for success: • Take extra-good care of yourself— eat healthy foods, don’t overindulge, get enough rest.
• Let go of who gets the credit (or blame!) for how the day turns out—we’re all in this together!
• Give up the expectation of and the attempts for a perfect holiday.
• Stay away from competition and comparisons—don’t keep score.
• Don’t ask if the pies, or the dip, or anything else, is homemade.
• GIVE UP playing martyr or victim this year.
• Don’t criticize or correct the behavior of others at the family gathering—remember mama’s adage that, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!”
• When in doubt, keep quiet.
• Choose to be happy, not right.
• Keep in mind that very few things are really important— who’s going to remember 40 years from now that you put too much mustard in the deviled eggs anyway?
• Remember the reasons you are celebrating the holiday to begin with— we don’t say Merry Giftmas or Happy Judgementmaking now, do we? • Thank everyone in your family for staying alive for another year so you can love them, or not. After all, your family may not be perfect, but they are YOURS! Blessings to you and yours for a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, a Joyful Holiday season! ‘Till 2014…
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n November 2, 2013, Winston-Salem was proud to be a stop on PARADE magazine’s Dash Around the Table tour, a national food event traveling around the country, featuring celebrity Chef Jon Ashton, back for his second visit to Winston-Salem on the tour.
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“The Dash food tour brings the hallmarks of Dash—simple, fast, and delicious meals—to life,” says PARADE editorial director Maggie Murphy. “Jon’s show will offer smart shopping tips, great shortcuts, and yummy meals that will delight busy families. But the secret ingredient here is Jon – he’s the Home Ec teacher you always wished you had.”
Attendees also got the rare chance to see local favorite chefs cook up some of their signature dishes. Chef Janis Karathanas of Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro demonstrated how to make her Savory Cheesecake infused with rosemary and lavender, topped with honey and Texas Pete. The audience enjoyed samples of this flavorful treat.
The live cooking event featured Executive Chef Jon Ashton, doing what he does best – showing off his culinary talents and contagious sense of fun to bring busy families and friends together to make mealtimes matter. He also offered quick kitchen tips, as well as meal ideas the whole family will love.
Next up was Chef Christian Froelich of WS Prime restaurant. Making extensive use of a food saver system in conjunction with a crock pot, Chef Froelich made the audience drool over the aroma of his Sous Vide Marinated Bistro Tender with cooked asparagus and Texas Pete butter, and “smashed” Yukon gold potatoes with herbs, olive oil and sea salt.
Attendees also enjoyed samples and info at the food expo, or Vendor Village, featuring Texas Pete, Green Mountain Gringo, Johnsonville Sausages, and sweets by Gigi’s Cupcakes. There was also locally made pumpkin and peanut butter fudge from Johnette’s Baskets, pimento cheese and artisan mustards.
“I love to cook with a smile,” says Chef Jon Ashton. “The Dash Around the Table tour is equal parts laughter and fun.” And indeed, he made the entire audience laugh with his wit and antics as he made a pizza with Johnsonville sausage and other dishes, and gave great cooking and kitchen tips, such as “Don’t use buffalo mozzarella on pizza – it puddles,” along with surprising advice against outrageously expensive chefs knives.
Chef Timothy Grandinetti of Spring House Restaurant Kitchen & Bar, along with his cohort, Chef Joseph A. Lerner, broke out the cast iron for sautéing onions, garlic and mushrooms for their Roasted Mushroom Toast with confit garlic, caramelized onion, and local Buffalo Creek Farm goat cheese, alongside fennel crudo salad. Again, the smell was heavenly!
VIP ticketholders enjoyed complimentary wine from Childress Vineyards, hors d’oeuvres, and a private Q&A session with Chef Jon Ashton. Besides goody bags for all, some very lucky audience members won a new Kenmore refrigerator, a new recliner from Rominger Furniture, and several $50 Lowes Foods gift cards were given away.
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In 2011, there were 7,000 new Medicare beneficiaries eligible for benefits each day, resulting in a total of 2.5 million Baby Boomers who swamped America's senior's health care insurance programs. According to AARP (American Association for Retired Persons), 70 million individuals are estimated to be Medicare beneficiaries over the next 20 years, compared to 45.2 million in 2008. Eligible Medicare beneficiaries must be: • Over 65 years of age • Under 65 and disabled • Patients of any age with end-stage renal disease Today, at 78 million strong, Baby Boomers (born between the years 1946 and 1964) are one of the largest and most powerful generations in the United States. They are redefining usual aging by taking advantage of more education, more wealth, and better technical savvy than their parents or any generation preceding them. So are Baby Boomers more fit than previous generations? The answer is yes and no. Most Baby Boomers manage at least two chronic medical conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, or diabetes. All of these conditions are at all-time highs in this country, despite advances in medical care. And while some Boomers are inactive (about 11%), about 2.5 million of them visit an emergency room for conditions related to over-exercising, such as tendonitis, sprains, stress fractures, and joint pain.
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As we age, we often lose flexibility, strength, and balance, which makes staying fit after age 50 a challenge, even for the most determined Boomer. Physical therapists with the American Physical Therapy Association conducted a survey to determine the 10 fittest cities for Baby Boomers in America. Their results are listed below: Top 10 Fittest Cities for Baby Boomers in America 1. San Jose, CA 2. Minneapolis, MN 3. San Francisco, CA 4. Denver, CO 5. Boston, MA 6. Salt Lake City, UT 7. Washington, DC 8. Seattle, WA 9. San Diego, CA 10. Raleigh, NC North Carolina did land one city on the Fit List – Raleigh, NC. Their Baby Boomers take advantage of city resources that promote health and fitness, helping to make a significant impact on their health. The American Physical Therapy Association’s “Top 10 Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America” survey, conducted in partnership with Huff/Post 50, hopes to promote healthier lives by encouraging Boomers over 50 years of age take advantage of what they have around them. And where resources don’t yet exist, they hope that residents will be inspired to start programs that will benefit themselves and others.
The following checklist contains 10 tips from physical therapists to help Baby Boomers across America take advantage of their city’s resources to help them stay active and mobile as they age. 1. Fitness classes for Baby Boomers. Most cities provide fitness classes for baby boomers or seniors at various locations. Go to your city’s website to see what may be offered. 2. Gyms for Baby Boomers. Some gyms are beginning to cater to Baby Boomers, offering cardio machines that are more low impact and modified group fitness classes. 3. Baby Boomer meet-ups. Chances are your city has an online “meet-up” where Baby Boomers can arrange to go running, enjoy exploring the outdoors, or go dancing. 4. Walking and running clubs for Baby Boomers. Most cities have established walking or running groups for Baby Boomers /seniors. Check out your city’s website or do a Google search. 5. City walking/running/biking trails. Contact your local parks and recreation department to see what trails exist that are easily accessible to you. 6. Local recreation resources (community recreation centers, parks, tennis courts, pools, golf courses). Go to your city’s webpage to see what local recreation resources are available. Often community recreation centers offer affordable options and classes catered to seniors. 7. Stress-reduction classes. Managing stress is essential to maintaining good health. Consider learning stress reduction techniques at a local community center or hospital. 8. High-tech gadgets and apps. New high-tech gadgets and smart phone apps can make it easy to track your progress while exercising at home or your local gym or park. 9. Bike sharing. Many cities have a bike sharing system of heavy-duty, durable bikes that can be rented from and returned to stations throughout the area. 10. Get involved in community gardening. Gardening can be great exercise, and most cities have community garden plots. Check out yours! The Triad community has many of these resources available and Baby Boomers in Forsyth County are encouraged to Stay Fit After 50! References: www.apta.org; http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/212585.php.
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t is hard to believe that the holiday season is here! The joy of it notwithstanding, it is a busy time of year. Not only does your life continue with the jobs you already have, there are the additional errands, shopping, wrapping, cooking, decorating, etc., to add to your already busy schedule. This year, include in your schedule some pampering time. Whether it is a new hairstyle, a relaxing spa treatment, or both, you owe yourself the gift of some downtime. For that wonderful experience of renewal, make an appointment at Grassroots, an Aveda concept salon. Using quality products from Aveda, you are assured of the best in hair and skin care. The highly trained staff at Grassroots can rejuvenate you from head to toe. "As with our stylists, our spa team continuously receives Aveda continuing education," said Tara Murphy, assistant manager. "Our spa services are signature Aveda services, and we strive to deliver a quality experience each time. We offer a complete line of Aveda products including hair care, skin care, body care and makeup. We use Aveda products professionally and encourage each guest to take home products to achieve the best results at home." If it is a new style you are after, the stylists at Grassroots will be happy to work with you to give you the look you desire. "Our stylists will offer their professional advice to each guest in an effort to achieve the best look suited for their lifestyles," said Murphy. If you want something special for an event, Grassroots is the place to go. "Several of our stylists are experienced in special occasion hair
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Want to kick back and relax before or after a stress-filled day? Make an appointment for a therapeutic massage, pedicure or facial. With several options under each category, one will be perfect for you. Pedicures include the classic; the Caribbean - the classic with additional sugar/salt scrub, heated seaweed masque and fresh fruit; the Thai - the classic with an incredible Thai foot massage; and the stress-fix - the classic utilizing their Ecocert certified organic stress-fix products. There are numerous skincare treatments and massages to choose from as well. If you are looking for gifts that are sure to be well received and much appreciated, Grassroots has the perfect gift set. These sets are offered for a limited time during the holiday season. You can purchase them now or when you attend the Grassroots Holiday Open House on December 5th from 68pm. "During the event we offer exclusive savings – 15% off all product purchases, and you get a complimentary $25 gift card with a $100 gift card purchase," said Murphy. "There will also be complimentary make-up applications, light hors d'oeuvres and beverages, and you can enter a drawing to win a $500 Grassroots gift card." If you have someone special on your gift-giving list, but are not sure what product or service would best meet his or her needs, a gift card is always a great idea! Once you have the Grassroots experience, you will want to recommend it to your friends. If you refer three guests to Grassroots, you will be rewarded with $30 towards your next service. Normally closed on Mondays, during the holiday season, Grassroots is open Mondays and Saturdays from 9am-5pm, Tuesdays through Thursdays 9am8pm and Fridays 9am-7pm. Although walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended. Taking care of yourself should be number one on your list of New Year's resolutions, and Grassroots should be where you go to do that. But don't wait another minute to pamper yourself! Make an appointment today!
Grassroots is located in Mt. Tabor Place at 3283 Robinhood Road in Winston-Salem. Call 336-774-4777 to make an appointment. Visit the website at www.grassrootssalon.com.
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By Andrea Robinson
my name is Andrea. I am married to a recovering drug addict. Yes, the local chef you see on television from the Texas Pete commercial that starts off "I was hungry and homeless." Yep, that's the one!
No, I didn't know him during those difficult days. I found out on our second date. He told me he had something serious to tell me. I joked, “I hope it's not you've been to jail because you are some serial killer.” I must admit that I never expected that, or his confession about drugs. It scared me. The folks I knew who got into drugs were creepy types and were either still on them or dead. I never knew a highly functioning/achieving addict who was in recovery and seemed so normal. We married, and we lived happily ever
after? That's the ending I want. I was raised during a time when you left your skeletons in your closet. You never opened the door to even peek in on them if it could be avoided. Only on television dramas, or if you were a politician, did your skeletons sometimes come out to see daylight. I figured Jeff’s skeletons were locked up as well, except when he needed to share it with someone going through something similar. But again, it would be in private. Narcotics anonymous. I like the anonymous. I have hid behind it for all these years.
I have yet to tell my father and some other people close to me about Jeff’s past. I didn't want this to go fully public until our children knew about it from us first. I figured when they were in their late teens they would be informed. But then the opportunity for the commercial came. It’s his testimony; one he feels is so important to put out there. He has been redeemed by God and wants to be a beacon of hope for someone else. It is incredible to witness such radical life changes in others. Yes, I live with someone who is a miracle - whose life has so drastically changed from where it was headed years ago. And he gives back to those around him, whether it is through his work, his service at church or paying someone’s light bill to name just a few. He never gives up on people, especially me. I would like to tell you I was okay with it and had no reservations, but that would be lying. I am out of my comfort zone. My oldest took it better than I anticipated. So going back to my Dale Carnegie training, what is the worst thing that can happen? Whew! Death did not occur. Okay, I can get through this. But the second worst thing I could imagine did happen. An adult in a trusted place told my eight year old in front of all his friends, making the assumption he already knew. Oh, God, I failed as a parent.
I did not protect him. He was surprised but mostly embarrassed about being singled out in front of his friends, more than about the news itself. He still asks questions, but I am not sure he fully comprehends it all; but he doesn't care so much because all he knows is he has an involved, loving father. So, again, survival triumphed, Satan has been crushed another time. My family and faith are as strong as ever. My bruised heel serves as a reminder of the big steps I've taken and will be able to take in the future. My daughter told me, "You know Mom, I'm not proud of it, but I'm not ashamed of it either." Wow, out of the mouth of babes. She is wise beyond her years. There you go, Satan, another stomp. The response to the commercial has been incredibly positive. In the past it had been said to me, “I never thought you would marry a guy LIKE that.” I have discovered that what God thinks of me is most important (Romans2). And as far as other people’s opinions of me -- my children’s opinions matter more than theirs. My children are watching me closely. My wise daughter thanked me for looking beyond my husband’s past when it came to accepting his marriage proposal! Whew! Words fail me. But today I can loudly say, “Hi, my name is Andrea, and I AM FREE!”
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If Cupid & Santa Were on the Same Team
ur Christmas wish for the women of Forsyth County this year is that they are involved with a loving partner in a committed, fulfilling relationship. The right partner can motivate you to search for the perfect combination of gifts this Christmas that can grow the romantic passion that you are enjoying (we hope) right now. Short of writing a note that requests a back massage with hot oil and taping it to a lotion bottle wrapped with a big pink bow, there are some other more subtle suggestions that can fan the romantic flames without throwing a wet blanket over the logs. If you are in the early stages of a potentially long-term relationship, you may be at a loss for an appropriate gift that sends the right message to Mr. Right and is the perfect combination of Cupid and Santa. If you are shy and uncomfortable sharing with each other what you really want for a romantic Christmas gift, you can convey your feelings by giving a gift that shows you are very interested in him, you understand his interests and dislikes, and that he turns you on. So, what kind of present is that exactly? We suggest a kind note offering to cook him his favorite meal at your house and all he has to do is bring the wine. If cooking is not one of your specialties, then make reservations at his favorite restaurant, pick him up, and pick up the bill. These types of gifts show that you are very interested in getting to know him better. A new golf club from Golf Galaxy would be less romantic and says ‘please go play golf with your buddies’ instead of ‘please spend the evening with me.’ This is more likely a gift left under the tree by Santa than wrapped in red by Cupid. For the more involved relationships that have grown from 6 months to a year or so, the gift might be quite different. You might care immensely for Mr. Right, but are not sure if you love him yet, and that can make a difference in your type of gift. It takes time to truly figure out the difference between love, lust, and like. For a gift that sends the message that you want the relationship to continue and grow, it should
show thought, effort, and the degree of sentiment that he deserves. Taking into consideration your financial means, he will hopefully think that anything you give him is special at this point in your relationship, even a new necktie, if he listens to Cupid. He may appreciate a pair of white boxers from “Cupid” with your nickname for him embroidered on the front leg. What man doesn’t want to wear a pair of boxers that says, “Superman” on the front? A simple gift like this shows creativity, is affordable, and is one of a kind. The men at the YMCA locker room will all want to know where to get these designer boxers! Those women who are in committed, long term relationships have so many more options for Christmas gifts. If time is not an issue, then a memory book full of pictures from special occasions across the relationship might be a great reminder of the fun you have had together. If money is not an issue, then an engraved watch or ring, or bracelet with a special date or message, such as an anniversary or a Christmas wish, would be a keepsake and worn on special occasions. If you want to send a message from Cupid to Mr. Right that the romance is waning and needs a kick start, then give the gift of a planned trip for a long weekend to a spa or inn, where the two of you can reconnect to those early feelings of passion. Another more economical boost to the romantic flames could be a scenic carriage ride through Old Salem or Tanglewood. Add a glass of wine and a one-night stay at the Manor House or Brookstown Inn, and Cupid will be very proud of you. And don’t forget the chocolates. That makes Santa happy, too.
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Finding the Perfect Mortgage to Fit Your Life Why is it that, come December, our homes suddenly feel naked without a metric ton of decorations inside and out? There’s nothing like spending the last month of the year venturing in and out of every inch of attic, closet and storage space available to make one of two things apparent: either you need a lot less stuff, or you need a lot more home. Assuming you don’t dump all your decorations on January 1, you’ll want to start the process of shopping for a bigger home. Though touring open houses is the fun place to start, what you really want to begin with is the one thing that can make or break any address—the mortgage. There is a world of options when it comes to mortgages, and it can be difficult to spot the smartest option for you. Two starting points of comparison are interest rates and origination fees. Finding a lender who offers competitive interest rates and low origination fees can save you thousands of dollars on the total cost of your mortgage. Another factor to consider is whether the loan has been created with your lifestyle and long-term financial goals in mind. Plan on meeting with several lenders. If they try the old “one-size-fits-all” approach, move on. A smart mortgage will come from a lender who takes the time to understand your overall financial situation and is willing to craft a mortgage solution that fits your life and helps you achieve your plans for the future. Finding a smart mortgage also depends on how you want your mortgage to work for you. If you want a mortgage that gives you the peace of mind of knowing you’ll have the same monthly payment for the life of the loan, then ask about a Fixed Rate Mortgage. If you prefer lower monthly payments upfront that may adjust up or down later on, or if you know you won’t be in your new home for more than a few years, then an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) may be ideal for you. It’s important to shop as hard for the perfect lender as it is to shop for the perfect house. If banks and independent brokers don’t give you the personalized service and attention to detail that you know your mortgage deserves, pay your local credit union a visit. Allegacy Federal Credit Union is one such place that offers competitive interest rates, lower origination fees and a variety of mortgages tailored to fit your life. Their Mortgage Loan Specialists take the time to understand and analyze your current financial situation as well as your dreams for the future. Then, they help you choose the perfect mortgage to fit your unique needs and goals. Best of all, it’s easy to join. Allegacy can also help homeowners, too, with smart refinancing options to help you lower your existing mortgage payments and pay off your mortgage balance even faster. Their Mortgage Eliminator Loan offers low fixed interest rates with little to no closing costs, and the application process is quick and easy. You can even apply online. Whether shopping for a new mortgage or refinancing an existing one, Allegacy offers everyone the convenience that comes with having a hometown lender. Their employees live and work in your community, so they not only understand the market, but also are located right down the road when you need to ask questions or discuss your concerns in-person. When you’re ready to get serious about shopping for a smarter mortgage, visit AllegacyFCU.org or call 336.774.3400.
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Doggie daycare is no longer just an option for dog care during owners’ vacations and work travel. Many busy dog owners find that leaving their dogs home alone for most of the day, while they work and run errands, can lead to boredom, separation anxiety and destructive behaviors. Dog daycare allows for socialization and playtime with attendants and other dogs in a safe, supervised environment. It also provides an opportunity for dogs to exercise and expend energy so they will behave better at home and sleep better at night, so you can, too. An Upscale Doggie Daycare
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Owners Kim and Roger Vaughn left the corporate world to pursue their passion for dogs, purchasing Ruff Housing in 2008. At the time, the business was small. Under their care, the business has blossomed into two locations with 90 employees, with a third location in Greensboro opening this month. “We are very excited about our new Greensboro location, on Battleground Court, near the intersection of Battleground and Wendover avenues,” said Kim. Ruff Housing is an upscale, contemporary doggie daycare that also offers lodging, training classes and full-service grooming. “For overnight lodging, our furry guests can sleep in large individual sleeping quarters, penthouse suites with flat-screen TVs, or slumber party-style with our overnight attendant,” said Kim. “For added peace of mind, our facilities feature webcams so that our clients can see their dogs at rest and at play, and our staff is thoroughly trained in understanding dog behavior, safety and first aid.” 24/7 Care At Ruff Housing, dogs are separated according to size and play styles in large playrooms with fenced play yards, pools and other play equipment. To accommodate busy schedules, Ruff Housing is fully staffed 365 days a year with an attendant on-site overnight, every night. Extended hours are offered to accommodate early drop-offs and late pick-ups.
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Connect with Ruff Housing Curious? Dog owners are encouraged to stop by any Ruff Housing location for a free tour, an opportunity to ask questions, and see how well they care for their clients. Find valuable information and FAQs on their website at www.ruffhousing.com, and updates, photos and more on their Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Visit a Ruff Housing location at 5648 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, (336) 602-1538; 336 Witt St., Winston-Salem (336) 765-7833; and their new location at 15 Battleground Court, Greensboro, NC.
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Our Season By Teresa Stewart
y mom and I didn’t always see eye to eye. Sometimes, we purposefully kept our eyes shut. But with each holiday season, we put our differences aside and we came together to plan every detail. We collaborated on which holiday shows, craft fairs, and bazaars we’d attend. We made the annual rounds to the Gingerbread House, LA Reynolds, and various church craft fairs. The annual “Oh, look, we can make that,” conversation inevitably ensued, though naturally, we never actually began a DIY project we gleaned from those ventures. Talking about DIY projects was just a part of the tradition. Every year, just before Thanksgiving, Mom and I would plan for Christmas cookies. We’d pile our cookbooks on the dining room table and, with much serious discussion, weigh the various pros and cons of different recipes and debate the success of the previous year’s cookies. We made lists of recipients and determined if anyone needed to be added or removed from the list. Certain types were annual staples. After all, some things are all about tradition. But we always had a few new ones we wanted to try. Mom, being the ever-organized cook that she was, categorized recipes by ingredients and baking temperatures. This is the first Christmas without my mom. This year, all the responsibilities of planning the holidays will fall to me. The torch has been passed. Christmas Eve will arrive amid vivid memories of my childhood. Christmas always seemed like such a sparkling spectacle. I worry about how I will make Christmas as memorable and as beautiful as my mom did each and every year. Somehow, I will do my best, but it won’t be the same. It never will. But, I will make sure that all the children in the family have presents. And all the adults will play Dirty Santa. I will give the instructions and, following the traditions of Christmases past, my Uncle Jimmy will disregard them. My dad will stay out of the way as I wrap the gifts and make sure that the meal comes together on time. During the day, while I know there will be overwhelming sadness since this will be our first Christmas without her, I will remember the wonderful memories Mom gave us. I will remember that for her last Christmas, she got the two things she wanted most: 1) she had the strength to follow up on her annual tradition of making fruit baskets for my aunts and uncles, and 2) she was able to watch Dad’s best friend play Santa, much to the delight of the kids who were glowing with excitement as they told him what they wanted for Christmas. I know, even as I write this, I will visit my mom’s grave often in the weeks leading up to Christmas. While I sit and cry, asking the quiet stillness of the cemetery questions such as “Who is going to go with me to craft fairs?” “Who will I make the Christmas cookies with this year?” and “Who is going to keep my family together when it feels like we’re falling apart?” the answer is clear. This is and will always be our season. Mom hasn’t left me. She’s in heaven, still planning like always. And she’s always living in my heart. She’ll be a part of it all, just as she always has been. It’s our season. Always. If this is your first holiday season without a close loved one, consider the following suggestions:
• Don’t expect everything to be perfect. It’s okay. You’re going to make new traditions.
• Allow yourself to grieve. It’s okay to be sad.
• Make sure you eat well and get enough rest. Take care of yourself.
• Find a way to honor your loved one’s memory. Fix a favorite dessert and talk about special memories. • Say yes to some invitations, but it’s okay to say no to others. Find a balance, but don’t become a recluse.
• Take time for yourself; it’s okay to walk away from a party if you feel overwhelmed and need a break. People will understand.
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artin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We are called to play the good Samaritan on life’s roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be beaten and robbed as they make their journey through life. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it understands that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.” Demonstrating compassion for our fellow human beings is one of the greatest virtues we can master. But do we regularly practice compassion? Here’s a 30-day challenge for you: learn the art of compassion. Take a look at the suggestions below and see if you can’t incorporate some of these ideas to make compassion a part of your daily routine. • Sure, you can make a donation to charity and they will always appreciate the financial support. But can you give of yourself? Can you donate your time and talents to help the causes you want to support? • If you have a friend going through a hard time, the common thing to do is to say, “Let me know what you need.” Chances are good, depending on the circumstances, your friend doesn’t want to ask or doesn’t even know what to ask for! Simply do. Step in and fold a load of laundry, or bring dinner over. Just do. • Listen. There’s a whole art to listening and sometimes, just taking the time to hear what another person needs to say is the kindest act of compassion you can give. • If it’s appropriate, give a hug, and just be there. • Encourage others with your words and praise. For someone going though a challenging time, let them know how brave they are or how much you admire their ability to persevere. • Know when to be there, yes. But also know when to step back. Sometimes, space is a great form of compassion.
Opportunities for compassion are all around us. It’s not about feeling sorry for someone; compassion is about demonstrating support, kindness, love, and, in essence, doing for others what you hope someone would do for you if the tables were turned. Very often, those in need of compassion feel all alone. Stepping up to offer compassion may be the greatest gift you could ever give someone. Developing the skills of compassion will enable our world to grow, and strengthen relationships. Giving to others, not because we expect anything in return, is an amazing gift, not only to the recipient, but to you as well. Learn more about compassion through the Compassionate Winston-Salem project. www.Facebook.com/CompassionateWS
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and desires, as opposed to the institution. Now living in Winston-Salem, Cyndi teaches part-time online through Walden University, teaches counseling one day a week at UNCC and teaches art and wellness classes at Sawtooth Center. She has written two e-books and is currently working on her third book. Additionally, she leads corporate training events, leadership development and “spark sessions.” (www.drcyndibriggs.com/lets-spark) Cyndi said that now that she gets to pick and choose, she gets to reinvent and evolve, always changing. The idea of change is what gets her out of bed in the morning; the truth that things can be new motivates her toward dreams and new possibilities. When asked what she wants to do in life, she said, “I want to draw, travel and give away as much as I can.”
“I believe that each human being on earth has a unique and important message that can only be delivered by him or her. I believe each of us is imbued with specific and extraordinary gifts. And each of us must commit to speaking our truth, honoring our authentic selves, and generously sharing ourselves with others in order to create a more just, peaceful and equitable world. I believe that women are amazing and generations of women have had their voices silenced by rules of an unjust society. I believe that our wounded world needs us now, with our beauty, grace, intuition, creativity and brilliance intact.” ~Dr. Cyndi Briggs THE HIDDEN ARTIST This fall I took an art class at Sawtooth Center led by Dr. Cyndi Briggs. It was about bringing art into the lives of women who were in transitional seasons of their lives. Cyndi asked, “Are you an artist and are you creative?” My answer was, “Well, my sister and daughter can draw really well, but I just like to piddle around with art. Mostly I enjoy looking at what other people have done.” After taking the class I discovered that there is a “hidden artist” in every person, even me. CHANGE Cyndi grew up in Roanoke, VA, and lived in the same house for 18 years. She completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at Guilford College, a master’s degree in counseling from Wake Forest, and a PhD in counseling at Oregon State University. At the age of 38, Cyndi was teaching at the University of Minnesota and began to feel stifled. “I didn’t feel like I could make a difference,” she noted. Cyndi said she loved teaching, but found the tenure tract frustrating. She did not want to jump through other peoples’ hoops anymore; she simply did not want to work that way. Cyndi wanted to find a rhythm that honored her own needs
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ORDINARY During our interview, Cyndi spent a lot of time talking about how important and how powerful ordinary moments are in people’s lives, and how people often think only the “big” things matter. She said every person has significant stories – everybody. Women in particular sometimes dismiss the little acts of love, kindness and generosity in an effort to be humble and quiet. CONCLUSION Cyndi introduced me to new tools for living a fuller and freer life. She introduced me to the potential of the hidden artist within me and others, and finally, I think she unknowingly opened doors and helped me create healthy new boundaries for daily living. Next month, I will begin a new series called, The Hidden Artist. Join me on a journey of discovery, beauty and joy during 2014, as we practice the art of ordinary, daily, living. If you want to learn more about Cyndi, check out her blog, www.thesophiaproject.net “Sitting with my grandmother in her last days, recently, it was clear that the things that define my life have nothing to do with things. It had to do with holding her hand. It cost nothing, but it was a great moment of grace and wisdom. Even the ordinary difficult moments are filled with beauty, but we have to be willing to be present.” ~Cyndi
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It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Sometimes it feels like a commercial event designed to empty our pockets rather than a festive holiday full of good cheer. To enjoy the holidays to the fullest, it helps to slow down and savor the true spirit of the holidays by making a trip to Old Salem Museums & Gardens, where the decorations are beautiful, music soothes your soul, and the air is filled with the aroma of fresh-baked treats. Bring your family and create holiday memories you can cherish for a lifetime. You don’t have to travel to the North Pole to find this magical place. It’s been here all along in your own back yard—Old Salem, North Carolina’s authentic Christmas town since 1766. Stop by just about any day of the week (the Museum buildings are open Tuesday through Sunday) and stroll the streets, visit the historic buildings, tour MESDA and shop for unique items at our retail stores. Bring family and friends and make it a fun outing. Old Salem’s annual Salem Christmas—a day-long holiday celebration full of the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season—will take place on December 14 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. At Salem Christmas, you can watch hearth cooking demonstrations of delicious Moravian treats, sample
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Christmas cakes, enjoy a holiday-themed puppet show, listen to a soulful Christmas concert at St. Philips, take part in holiday themed hands-on activities and more! In addition, you can stroll or take a wagon ride through the historic district decorated for the holidays (each building has decorations appropriate to the time period when it was built). If that’s not enough to summon the holiday spirit, the day finishes with a wonderful tradition: carol singing and the lighting of the Christmas pyramid in Salem Square at 5:15 p.m. Activities are included with an All-In-One ticket, which are $23 for adults and $11 for children ages 6-16. Old Salem also has the perfect solution for what to do once the presents are unwrapped, the Christmas feast consumed, and the excitement is over. Bring your holiday guests, family and friends to Old Salem during the week after Christmas and keep the holiday spirit going! Visit the beautiful town of Old Salem and experience authentic history and indulge in fresh-baked treats. Post-Christmas holiday sales will be going on in select retail stores. Open December 26 through 29 as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! For a complete list of all the events and activities taking place at Old Salem during the holidays, visit oldsalem.org.
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The 12+ Hour Schedule of a Teacher By Lisa S.T. Doss ith great respect, we look at public figures such as Presidents John Adams and Lyndon B. Johnson; entertainer Andy Griffith; and educator Maria Montessori as influential role models in our history. There is one unknown aspect, which bonds them together. Prior to becoming “famous,” they were all teachers in a classroom. While teachers historically were unmarried, today’s teachers prove to be extraordinary individuals by balancing marriage, parenthood, home, and the responsibilities of educating children. In the life of a teacher, just one day of the week, a 12-plus hour day, deserves recognition.
Due to the nature of the vocation, teachers sacrifice time with their own families to ensure their students can overcome challenges to reach their full potential. Considering all those who entered the teaching profession, sometimes it comes as no surprise to learn the percentages that leave due to educational budget cuts, continued pay freezes, and an imposing government curriculum. On October 14, 2013, the Huffington Post featured a headline titled, “This North Carolina Resident is Thrilled His Wife Quit Her Job.” Kimberly shares, “Being a mother of three young children and a teacher of seven year olds is humbling. I feel I am always in the mindset of ‘teacher!’ From the moment I wake up until bedtime, there is very little relaxing. Maintaining the house and keeping up with my own kids is a job within itself. There are sacrifices to balancing both parts of my life, but I love it all no matter how tired I am. My husband and I share the household chores. Walking our two Labrador retrievers gives me the chance to mentally prepare for the day. Even though we rush through the morning, we are spending time talking, telling stories and laughing, while reminding our children to pick up clothes and finish their breakfast. I leave the house at 6:30 am and sometimes earlier. Getting to school early means I have more time to prepare.” Most teachers arrive at least 45 minutes to an hour before the school bell sounds. From checking email to making phone calls, preparing the dry-erase board for first period and attending meetings, teachers make thousands of decisions a day and influence everyone they meet. “It is very hard to separate my personal life with teaching. Both seem intertwined. At school, I cannot help but tell stories about my sons. My family feels like they know many of my students. The day is constantly revolving. I take bathroom breaks at every opportunity, and grade when I can, which often happens at lunch. Two years ago, I decided to put my family first. I took a 20% cut in pay and accepted a position in a private school; the transition suited my needs as a parent and an educator. I have fewer meetings, and after-school obligations, which allows me to better divide my evenings between grading, and planning and spending time with my family,” shares Susan. Block schedules consist of instruction spanning one and a half hours for four periods a day. It is an intensified class, usually compacting a year into four months. Most schools have adopted a 50 minute class offered five days a week. Teachers prepare for six-classes a day with one planning period. While a teacher has an hour and a half to grade or plan, meetings are scheduled during that time, which may include team, learning team, or grade level meetings, or professional development. “I am a math teacher. My afternoon responsibility is bus duty,” shares Jenny. “With those precious 20 minutes to spare, I post homework assignments on my webpage, clean my classroom, de-brief with teammates, and sign out at 4:00. By the time I pick up my twins and unload the car, it’s about 5:30. Our family time lasts until we put them to bed at 8:00; then, I grade papers, work on lesson plans, and research or create new strategies for my EC students. My day typically ends around 11:30 pm.” Beyond the frustrations and, sometimes, politics that have taken hold of the educational field, most teachers are proud of their title. Sacrificing time with their spouses and children to make a difference in the lives of their students takes a remarkable individual. As Matthew Brown noted in his article, “…teachers are some of the hardest working people!” Gratitude toward our teachers needs to be expressed more frequently. This holiday season is a perfect opportunity to reach out and thank a teacher!
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GREECE: Avgolemono Sauce (Egg and Lemon Sauce) 6 egg yolks Juice of 2 lemons 1 cup warm (not hot) chicken or beef stock Salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1. Beat together the egg yolks and lemon juice and add these to the stock.
Christmas Recipes with International Pizzazz! By Elisa Wallace & Emily Eileen Carter
Tired of serving the usual Christmas recipes to family and loved ones? While Christmas ham and mashed potatoes are a delicious holiday staple, it might be nice to surprise guests with a feast of international flare. This holiday season, get inspiration for revamping the holiday menu with these delightful dishes from around the world. From the Puerto Rican Christmas staple Pernil Asado (Roast Pork Shoulder), to Soupe Crasse (Italian Cheese and Bread Soup), these recipes are sure to have guests begging for more.
2. Over a low flame, stirring constantly, cook until the sauce has thickened. 3. Correct the seasoning with salt and pepper and serve hot. (Yields about 1 cup).
ITALY: Soupe Crasse (Cheese and Bread Soup) 3½ cups beef or chicken stock 5 tbsp. unsalted butter 10 oz. Italian breadsticks 1 lb. Taleggio cheese, sliced Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste ½ small onion, thinly sliced Directions: 1. Bring stock to a boil in a saucepan; remove from heat. 2. Grease bottom of a 3-qt. high-sided skillet with 1 tbsp. butter. 3. Break breadsticks into 2½" pieces. Put 1 layer breadsticks in skillet. Cover breadsticks with layer of cheese. Continue layering breadsticks and cheese. 4. Ladle stock over breadsticks, one ladleful at a time and heat skillet over low heat. Bring to a simmer; cook, without stirring, for 30 minutes. 5. Meanwhile, melt remaining butter in a 12" skillet over medium heat. 6. Add onions; cook, until onions are soft, 8–10 minutes. 7. Set a fine sieve over a small bowl. Strain butter, pressing onions with back of a spoon; discard onions. 8. Drizzle butter over soup; continue cooking for 10 more minutes. To serve, spoon onto serving plates.
PERU: Chocolatada (Peruvian Christmas Hot Chocolate Drink) 4 oz chocolate de taza, or semisweet chocolate, chopped 3 cups water 4 cloves 2 sticks cinnamon 1 can unsweetened evaporated milk Sugar to taste 2 teaspoons vanilla essence ½ teaspoon nutmeg, grated 1 cup whipped cream (optional) Directions: 1. To make the infusion, in a heavy saucepan bring the water to boil with the cinnamon and cloves for 10 minutes. 2. Add the chopped chocolate, stirring until melted. Add evaporated milk, sugar to taste, nutmeg, and vanilla essence. 3. Serve immediately with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired, and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon or grated chocolate.
PUERTO RICO: Pernil Asado (Roast Pork Shoulder) 1 cup fresh orange juice ½ cup red wine vinegar ⅓ cup dark brown sugar ¼ cup kosher salt ¼ cup ground black pepper 2 tbsp. olive oil 2 tbsp. dried oregano 2 tbsp. ground cumin 40 cloves garlic, minced 1 8-lb. bone-in, skin-on pork picnic shoulder
GREECE: Asparagi me Avgolemono (Asparagus with Egg and Lemon Sauce)
1. Trim the stems and cook the asparagus in boiling salted water with the lemon juice and oil added, just until tender.
1. Combine all ingredients minus pork into one large bowl. Allow marinade to sit for 20 minutes. 2. Using a paring knife, cut 1 ½″ wide, 1″deep slits all over pork in a roasting pan. 3. Pour marinade over pork. 4. Chill, turning pork every few hours, for at least 6 hours. 5. Heat oven to 325°. Roast pork, basting with marinade every 30 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part reads 190°, about 5 hours. 6. Let rest before serving.
24 large fresh asparagus 1 tbsp olive oil Juice of 1 large lemon 1 cup avgolemono sauce, hot (recipe follows) Dill, chopped, for garnish Directions:
2. Lift out gently with a slotted spoon and let drain. 3. Pour the avgolemono sauce over the asparagus, sprinkle with the dill and serve at once.
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Come Visit the Crafts Guild Holiday Shop! elebrations of the arts in our area occur in every season, but during November and December they becomes an inspiration for gifts shared with others. There is a magic about finding a oneof-a-kind item locally made in our community. Each year the Winston-Salem Crafts Guild (WSCG) opens The Guild Holiday Shop at Reynolda Village to make that magic easy to find. Membership in the WSCG is juried so the quality and diversity of work represented is the highest possible. The Guild is open to both men and women of all ages. Among the 40 artists whose work will be displayed this year, is the work of four outstanding women of our community.
Barbara Campbell began making pottery over 15 years ago. Like many of the Guild artisans, she has grown in her craft through trial and exploration, in search of her creative soul in hand-built pottery. Every piece of Barbara’s work is created from original designs. To add texture and complexity, Barbara uses hand-carved stamps and other techniques in her functional and decorative pieces. Her choice of glazes and color complement those designs. Using her expertise at the pottery wheel, she is able to combine multiple pottery techniques into single pieces. Barbara’s passion for the art of clay has resulted in her being a leader in several area groups, including the WSCG, whose missions are to educate others about the value of art in our society and our education processes.
Deb Johnson learned her craft of fusing glass at the Warm Glass Studio in Clemmons, NC, the Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, and with several experts in the area of fused glass. Her work has been displayed in various galleries across the state of North Carolina. Fusing glass is done by layering glass into unique designs using glass specifically made to be formed at high temperatures. Deb then fires the glass in a kiln at temperatures up to 1450 degrees. All of her designs are made using dichroic glass to get the most interesting effects possible. Each piece is fired multiple times to achieve the desired results. Then it is ground by hand on diamond wheels to get the desired shapes. No piece Deb creates is ever duplicated. Deb is well known for her small jewelry pieces. She is finding new challenges by combining dichroic glass with other glass in order to get as many interesting effects as possible. She has also begun creating larger pieces set in silver and worn on sliders. Deb draws on her background in watercolor and oil painting to help her combine the colors and textures of various pieces of glass. She originally took her first glass class in order to share the knowledge with a women’s coop in the Dominican Republic as a way for them to make money for food for their families.
Judith Long owns Long Family Farm Soaps. Volunteering sometimes leads artists in directions they never dreamed possible. When her daughters became active in 4-H, Judith found herself exploring new areas of craft. When she was asked to teach a soap making class in 1998, she read, experimented, tested and retested soap making techniques. She taught the 4-H members to make soap and, in the end, emerged a skilled soap maker. Since then, the only soap used in the Long family has been Judith’s products. She had suffered from skin problems most of her life, and with her knowledge and skill she found she could create soaps and lotions that provide skin comfort. All of the Lathering Soaps are cold-processed soap. Judith creates soap molds and is always searching for new molds so that her soaps are good for you and beautiful to display. Long Family Farm is a real family business. Judith’s two daughters, Kristin and Morgan, are an active part of the soap and lotion production. Sue Smith, a self-taught stained glass and mosaic artisan, has moved from creating stained glass panels to being an artist obsessed with the way reflection and light play off of the glass, casting beautiful colored shadows across the room. Her journey from beginner to accomplished artist is an unusual one for an accountant to take. She is a traditionalist in design. Creating unusual free-form designs is less comfortable for her, but she loves to look at “funky” work of others and take away ideas and thoughts that can be used in her traditional work. Teaching, sharing her skills and knowledge about glass work takes a good deal of Sue’s time. She is currently offering classes at GTCC in High Point, Hobby Lobby in Greensboro, her studio in the Wallburg area and, most recently, through the Sawtooth School for Visual Art. She encourages her students to learn the technical skills of stained glass while exploring what the glass textures, colors and reflective qualities can do to make the students’ art more interesting and rewarding. Local craft shows create a venue for Sue’s work. In 2013, she was accepted as a participant in the prestigious Art Fest event in Winston-Salem and at the Festival of Gifts, an invitational show in Salisbury presented by the Rail Walk Gallery. You can find Sue’s work this holiday season at the Winston-Salem Crafts Guild Holiday Shop, Kernersville Arts & Crafts Guild Christmas Store, Gingerbread Arts & Crafts Fair (Winston) and the Rail Walk Gallery Festival of Gifts in Salisbury. Come Visit the Guild Holiday Shop! All of the WSCG artists are participating in the Crafts Guild Holiday Shop in Reynolda Village. The shop is open until December 21st from 10AM to 5PM, Monday through Saturday and 1PM to 4PM on Sunday.
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Karen Holcomb Karen Holcomb, Professional Cabinet Designer with Designing Kitchens and Baths, has been honored by the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem (HBAWS) with the first ever Distinguished Associate Member Award. Karen has gained experience, devotion and motivation from the many clients she has served during her lengthy association with Custom Wood Products of Rural Hall, Inc., the parent company of Designing Kitchens and Baths. The company is one of the longest continually operated cabinet shops in the region and has a reputation for high quality products and service. Jim Luper, founder and owner of the two companies, mentored Karen early in her career so she knows the company strives to deliver integrity, value, quality and stewardship in all aspects. One of the general contractors devoted to working with Designing Kitchens and Bath, Jonathan Lee of Homes by Jonathan Lee, Inc., stated, “Karen makes the cabinet end of things seamless and is a huge asset.” Karen uses her enthusiasm and passion for each project as a tool to assist her clients. They realize they are in “capable and caring hands” - she turns something that is scary to some folks into something that feels really comfortable. Karen will be honored to play a leadership role in HBAWS in 2014 as the President of the Professional Women in Building (PWB) group. This group consists of women working in fields that are in, and related to, the construction industry. The group sponsors many non-profits, including Ronald McDonald House, Newborns in Need, S.C.A.N., and others. The PWB group also sponsors two $500.00 Lewis & Wanda Wilson scholarships for students studying to be part of the construction industry. She encourages women to come and join this group if they are related to the construction industry in any way. Karen may be contacted @ email@example.com.
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Been There – Pinned That! By Lindsay Craven
f you haven’t discovered the magic that is Pinterest, then you are missing out on the most time consuming, yet inspiring, website around. The magical world of Pinterest gives you a way to search and catalogue ideas for recipes, homemade gifts, neat ideas for the home and more. This column will explore some Pinterest ideas and show you how you can make some simple Pinterest projects at home in about a day.
PROJECT ONE: DIY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS WHAT YOU’LL NEED: These are a great, cheap way to update your Christmas tree ornaments and can even make a great personalized gift. Grab a few burnt out light bulbs or pick up a few at the dollar store. You’ll also need Modge Podge or Elmer’s glue, a foam brush, glitter and jute. Acrylic sealant and embellishments are optional. FROM PIN TO REALITY:
Lay out some newspaper to protect your work surface and then coat your bulbs with Modge Podge or glue using your foam brush.
Immediately cover the freshly glued bulbs with your choice of glitter. I opted for different shades of purple.
Allow the bulbs to sit and dry for about 30 minutes. It’s best if you can find a way for the bulbs to stand up, using a piece of cardboard with holes cut out.
If you choose to, spray your bulbs with sealant to hold the glitter in place. Brush over the screw portion of your bulb with some glue and wrap it with jute, leaving enough on the end to attach to another bulb or hang.
Add embellishments or simply hang on your tree. You’ve made a beautiful, unique creation!
PROJECT TWO: DIY GLASS PICTURE CANDLE HOLDERS WHAT YOU’LL NEED: This is a surefire way to touch some hearts this holiday season while not touching your wallet too much. Run out to a local dollar store and grab some glass candle holders. I experimented with a square holder with flat sides as well as a cylindrical holder. You’ll also need white tissue paper, Modge Podge, a computer with a printer and some tea lights. FROM PIN TO REALITY:
After you’ve selected your pictures, you’ll need to prepare your tissue to print. Cut the tissue big enough to fold over a sheet of printer paper. Use a glue stick and go over the edges that will fold over. Before printing, I recommend making sure that you measure your candle container and try to size your photos appropriately. This makes life easier down the line.
Cut out your photos and decide on placement and trim any excess.
Put a light coat of Modge Podge on the candleholder and then place a picture. Gently remove the air bubbles.
Add your tea light and enjoy!
Both of these projects were easily done in under an hour and were relatively inexpensive. They could be even more affordable if you have most of the items on hand. Check back next month for a healthy recipe for your new year’s resolutions and a piece of DIY jewelry.
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As a result of a four-year friendship, much discussion and prayer, as well as similar passions, the ministry of ekissa has now partnered with Abbey and Abbey’s House for Children, to find sponsorships for these 15 boys. Ekissa has also committed to building a modest home on their tract of land. Caring for this household of 15 boys, including school fees, school supplies, medical expenses, clothes and LOTS of groceries, is no small task!
f you’re new to Forsyth Women, or have missed previously published articles about a local ministry called “ekissa,” please visit their website at www.ekissa.com to gain a more comprehensive knowledge of their efforts in Uganda.
An ekissa mission team of four boarded a plane bound for the continent of Africa this past month. Ekissa, a local nonprofit organization, focuses its attention in the rural village of Bweya, in Uganda, East Africa. Just off the main highway connecting the capital city of Kampala to the airport, lies a long, winding, dusty, red dirt road to Bweya, where ekissa purchased a small tract of land. This land contains the newly constructed Bweya Community Church, a piggery (pig farm), and is now the future site for “Abbey’s House for Children.” Abbey’s House for Children is no ordinary orphanage. Its establishment came as a result of a government ordered shutdown of a local corrupt orphanage. This already vulnerable population of children was to be thrown out into the streets. Abbey, having been a teacher and mentor to many of these children for over seven years, refused to sit idle. His response was one like the “Good Samaritan.”
Ekissa’s goal is to help alleviate some of the financial burdens for Abbey’s Home by providing a permanent home for Abbey and the boys, requiring no monthly rent, as well as providing a small plot for agricultural projects. The crops will assist in supplementing their monthly food consumption and reduce the monthly grocery cost. Abbey and the boys will also take on responsibility of the piggery. This opportunity serves them in multiple ways. It provides an opportunity to learn the trade; it provides supplemental food each month to reduce monthly grocery cost; and it provides monthly income as they sell the off spring of the pigs. Equally as important, the boys will learn the importance of hard work, and that life is about “hand ups,” not “handouts.” The concept of teaching a man to fish is far more beneficial than offering a fish. In an effort to support and sustain these projects in Bweya Village, etc. Consignment partnered with Bweya Community Church and ekissa, to sell peasant bracelets, handmade by the ladies of Bweya Community Church in Uganda. These bracelets can be purchased at etc. Consignment (www.etcconsignmentshoppe.com), 690 Jonestown Road in Winston-Salem.
Abbey, having very little himself, took on the responsibility of 15 boys. He was successful in finding extended relatives of three of the boys. Fortunately, these relatives were willing to take physical responsibility of the boys, on the condition that Abbey could feed them and pay the boys’ school fees (the relatives were too poor to feed or educate them). Abbey agreed. Abbey, a single young man, immediately became the guardian of 15 boys; 12 residing in his rented two-room house, and three he feeds and educates. Last year Abbey was an unfortunate victim of a taxi accident, nearly losing his life. The boys, all ranging in age from 8-18 years of age, pulled together, caring for Abbey as well as maintaining their “family” responsibilities. Thankfully, Abbey has recovered and this nontraditional family has resumed their life as “usual.” If anyone is interested in supporting the efforts of ekissa or Abbey’s House for Children, please contact Sarah Hales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Holiday Décor with a Price Tag to Make Scrooge Happy By Elisa Wallace here is crispness to the air. Days become shorter and are packed with exciting activities centered on entertaining family and friends. Homes open their doors to welcome guests in from the chilly cold. The cozy scent of pumpkin fills the air. Yes, the holidays have officially arrived. Since this is the season where entertaining is the focus, it is natural for all to want to have their home decorated to the nines. Yet, considering this also is the season of giving, it is smart to keep a budget in mind when it comes to holiday ornamentation. Worried about not having the funds to dress up your home? Stop. Forsyth Woman has five wonderful ideas, which cost close to nothing. So relax and get ready to say “Bah, humbug,” to paying too much for gorgeous holiday décor!
On the First Day of… How many days until Santa's arrival? Let guests know with a festive display. While chocolate filled calendars are fun, this stackable idea is much more original. Gather 12 containers (jars, soup cans, boxes, etc.), clean and peel off any labels. Once cleaned, fill with holiday treats. Cover containers with colorful tissue paper and label with number stickers from 1 to 25. Arrange and enjoy counting down with family and friends! Cranberry Tea Lights Add flare to basic tea lights by simply nestling them in cranberries. First take a single, rectangular plate and spread out a single layer of cranberries, fitting in three tea lights lengthwise on the tray. Try to stick to basic colors such as red, green, white, gold or silver plates. Use whatever size you already have in the cupboard and just adjust the number of tea lights to fit the size of the plate. A perfect accent to the mantle or powder room! Oh, Christmas Tree! You can make this tiny tinsel tree using just any garland you want! First, buy a few Styrofoam cones from a local home store – these will be your trees. Then, wrap tinsel or garland around each tree. Keep garland in place with colored sewing pins, which end up looking like tiny ornaments. With a hot glue gun, secure a golden star at the top of tree. A series of these small trees spread across a buffet table, mantle or entry table make for a stunning display. Christmas on Ice Impress friends and family with this fantastic holiday ice bucket. Using two nesting bowls, some greenery from the yard, half a bag of cranberries, and water, you can create a custom ice bucket for your holiday party. Place all in bowl and freeze. After finished, allow to thaw, then pop out and place in larger bowl to keep wine on ice fashionably. Place it on a tray or plate to catch any drippings. Interested in doing this on a smaller scale? Pop a cranberry or two into your ice cube trays to add a little holiday flair to your cocktails. “Lighten Up, It’s the Holidays!” Fill vases (or washed, clean household bottles) with cranberries or other greenery from outside to add a cheery splash of holiday cheer. Nestle cranberries between flowers, twigs, or greenery with water for more decoration.
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The Counselor (2 out of 5 reels) In theaters now. This drug cartel thriller had me excited after the release of its trailer thanks to the all-star cast and the legendary Ridley Scott directing. However, I was left feeling confused when the credits finally scrolled. The film sets up the story of the Counselor (Michael Fassbender), who is deeply in love with his fiancée, Laura (Penelope Cruz). For reasons unknown (as far as I could tell anyway), the Counselor has fallen on hard financial times despite his jet-setting lifestyle and the Bentley he cruises in throughout the film. To soften the financial blow, he makes a shady deal with some kingpins in the drug world, Reiner (Javier Bardem), Malkina (Cameron Diaz) and Westray (Brad Pitt), agreeing to assist in the smuggling of millions of dollars worth of heroin from the Mexico border. As they always do, things go wrong and the Counselor is left scrambling to try to set things right. Despite the acting chops present in this movie, it seems every actor and actress portrayed a caricature of what they think their role was supposed to be. Diaz’s bad girl role was almost laughable many times as she seemed to put entirely too much effort into seeming legitimately cruel.
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Safe Haven (1 out of 5 reels) Streaming on Netflix now. This wannabe thriller/romance is yet another reason why movies based on Nicholas Sparks’ books should not be allowed anymore. Despite the obvious plot holes plaguing the film, you have two actors who seem dedicated to turning it into a cliché. Katie (Julianne Hough) is fleeing Boston to a small seaside town in North Carolina. She’s being followed by a chemically imbalanced cop named Tierney (David Lyons), but despite her horrible fear, she’s able to meet and fall in love with handsome widower/father Alex (Josh Duhamel), completely disregarding the terrible things she is running from and terrified of. We catch a few glimpses of what it is that caused Katie so much trauma in her past through flash backs, but you never get a real sense of what she did or why she’s so scared. This lack of character development plagues the rest of the cast as well, leaving it next to impossible to care what happens to any of them.
The East (3 out of 5 reels) Available at Redbox now. This indie hit questions what would happen if radical environmentalists took revenge on the multi-billion dollar companies that ruin the planet without a second thought. This film teetered on a fine line between thriller and drama. Sarah (Brit Marling) is a young former FBI agent working in a private firm that analyzes and “handles” threats to its clients. She’s a disciplined and dedicated agent, eager to get her start up the ladder, when she’s assigned an undercover job investigating The East, an anarchist group who uses the new age media to publicize their stunts that uncover corporate greed and disobedience. As she works her way into the group, she meets some of the core members, Benji (Alexander Skarsgard), Izzy (Ellen Page), Doc (Toby Kebbell) and Luca (Shiloh Fernandez). Despite being a seemingly selective and secretive group, they quickly take Sarah in and include her in their “jams” where they work to expose various CEOs of corporations. For months Sarah must lead her double life while she struggles with her duty to her career and her sympathy for the people and the work of The East. Overall, this film will keep you engaged until the end. Marling, who also cowrote the film, is a female version of Keanu Reeves. Despite the intensity of the film, she expresses no real emotion. Skarsgard and Page are different stories. Both actors seem to have really embraced their roles and are believable as anarchists looking to right a world full of wrongs.
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turns and stops the Segway. They glide along at a very comfortable pace and reach top speeds of 10-12 mph. One must be over 14 years of age and Segways accommodate riders up to 260 pounds. Also, you must be able to stand for the duration of the tour while a little “core work" helps you stay centered. It would be a fun and exciting way to show out of town guests our beautiful and historic city. There are several tours already developed, including “Segs-N-TheCity,” “Historic Washington Park” and “Gateway-GreenwayRaceway,” as well as customized glides. The tours could be great small office team building exercises or for birthday parties, wedding events (bachelor/bachelorette parties), dates, or for almost any reason. They are reasonably priced and offer an amazing experience. Triad ECO Adventures is located on YWCA Way which is off the road that brings you into the parking lot to the Gateway YWCA. The website has a great Segway Video as well as information about all their offerings: Stand-up Paddleboard Lessons and Sales, Trike Tours, and coming soon, kayaking, hiking, biking, and Tritoon tours. Please check them out at TriadECOAdventures.com or call them at 722-7777. Better yet, book a tour online or @ 800-979-3370.
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December 2013 NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 8 “THINGS WONDROUS & HUMBLE” EXHIBITION 9:30am-4:30pm, Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Explore both traditional and unexpected approaches to still life in this exhibition featuring some of the finest examples of still life from collections across the state. Cost: $14/adult; free/children 18 and under, students, Wake Forest employees and military personnel. 758.5150
NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 13 CHINESE CERAMICS FROM THE CHANGSHA KILNS 10am-4:30pm. MOA’s new permanent exhibit provides an overview of the ceramics produced by families at the Changsha Kilns during the Tang Dynasty more than one thousand years ago. The exhibit features more than 100 ceramic objects from the MOA’s Lam Collection. 758.5282. LIFE AFTER DEATH: THE DAY OF THE DEAD IN MEXICO 10am-4:30pm, Museum of Anthropology, WFU. MOA’s annual exhibit includes new information with sections about the celebration’s history and unique folk art. 758.5282 DECORATE SCIWORKS’ HOLIDAY TREE 11am-2pm, SciWorks, 400 W Hanes Mill Road. Make your own ornament, and help decorate the holiday tree in the SciWorks Great Hall! 714.7109
NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 14 NANO MINI-EXHIBIT AT SCIWORKS 10am-4pm, SciWorks, 400 W Hanes Mill Road. Learn the basics of nanoscience, discover real world applications and explore the societal and ethical implications of this relatively new technology in this bilingual, interactive exhibit. 714.7109
NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 21 W-S CRAFTS GUILD 8TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOP 10am-5pm (M-Sat.); 1-4pm (Sun.), Reynolda Village in the old Ringmaster location. WSCG is a group of artists that has come together to sell their hand crafted work. Medium include pottery, wood, metal, jewelry, glass and many others. 655.4097
DECEMBER 1 & 8 LOVEFEAST AT WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 8-9:30pm, Wait Chapel, WFU. The Lovefeast and candlelight service occurs on the first Sunday in December. Celebrates traditions of the Moravian community in W-S. 758.5237
DECEMBER 3 MONKEY HOOPER FITNESS 11am, 390 South Liberty Street. Join us as we enjoy activities like dancing, games, parachute play, obstacle courses and more. Free with admission or membership. 723.9111
DECEMBER 4 HINDI STORYTIME 10:30am, 390 South Liberty Street. Explore Indian culture through an interactive, bilingual story time in Hindi and English. Free with admission or membership. 723.9111 KIDS’ MORNING OUT 10am-noon, Lowe’s Foods, 2501 Lewisville-Clemmons Road, Clemmons. Come see their new, completely remodeled store at their LOCAL SOCIAL created just for Forsyth Family KMO. Local Food Samples and demonstrations, cookie making fun with Mrs. Hanes, activities for kids, door prizes, and a visit from Santa! As always, each adult receives four tickets for our fabulous prize board drawings! Bring an unwrapped toy and receive extra tickets for the prize board!
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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT KIM TAYLOR & COMPANY 5-9pm, 153 South Stratford Road. Join us for a fun evening full of friends, cocktails, giveaways and lots of holiday cheer! Champagne tasting! Call 722.8503 for more information. AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT 6-8pm, 390 South Liberty Street. Learn more about local autism resources and service providers, play in the museum, enjoy free refreshments and meet the Wake Forest Demon Deacon. Any individual with an autism spectrum disorder and one parent/guardian admitted free. Additional family $5-$10. 723.9111. Join the North Carolina Autism Society Forsyth County Chapter for this special night!
HOLIDAY CHORAL CONCERT 7:30pm, Brendle Recital Hall. A fundraiser for the Concert Choir's Ireland Tour. Tickets at the door: $10/adults; $5/students; Wake Forest students free with WFU ID. 758.5026 LOVEFEAST 8-9:30pm, Wait Chapel. The Quad is lined with luminaries, the Chapel is adorned with Christmas decorations, the concert choir and Moravian band are featured, traditional Moravian coffee and buns are served and beeswax candles are provided to all who attend. 758.5121
DECEMBER 5-7 CANDLELIGHT TOURS 4:30-7pm (tours every half hour), Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Share Reynolda House with your friends and family this holiday season on a guided Candlelight Tour. Refreshments and live entertainment each night. Cost: $12/members & students; $18/non-members. 758.5150
DECEMBER 5-14 CANDLE TEA 1-8:30pm, Single Brothers' House, Salem Square, Old Salem. We invite you to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Advent and Christmas in early Salem as you tour the Single Brothers' House during this annual event. Enjoy Moravian sugar cake and coffee! View our putz and Nativity. Cost: $5/adults; $1/children 12 or younger. 723.8931
DECEMBER 6 GLASS DOOR SALON & SPA GRAND OPENING 6pm, Glass Door Salon & Spa, 460 N. Cherry St. Visit Glass Door Salon & Spa for their grand opening which includes dry styling bar, salon tours, demos, gift bags, give aways, food, and drinks. 727.4805
DECEMBER 6-8 & 13-15 BLACK NATIVITY The Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive. The Christmas story told through dramatic choreography, vibrant costumes and inspirational music. Check NCBlackrep.org for performance times. Cost: $15-$24. 723.2266
DECEMBER 7 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (APPLEBEE’S FLAPJACK FUNDRAISER) 7:30-10am, Applebee's, 6310 Allegacy Way in Clemmons. Annual event sponsored by Parker's Pals to help support a local child with autism. Meal includes flapjacks, sausage and a beverage. Santa will be present to visit with children of all ages. Cost: $7/person; $3/person aged 6 or younger. 998.9487 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA 8-10am, 390 South Liberty Street. Start off with a delicious catered breakfast, enjoy crafts, cookie decorating, story time and a visit from the man in red himself! Advance registration and program fee required – register at http://tinyurl.com/khsw6hc. 723.9111 CHRISTMAS TREASURES SALE 8am-12pm, Clemmons Moravain Church Fellowship Hall, 3560 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. ASTRONOMY OBSERVATION AT PILOT MOUNTAIN 6-8pm, Summit Parking Lot of Pilot Mountain State Park. Join Forsyth Astronomical Society and SciWorks staff for this popular, free event! Telescopes will be provided. 714.7109
DECEMBER 8 KERNERSVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE 2:30-4:30pm, Downtown Kernersville. Come and see the area’s largest Christmas parade. Cost: Free to watch; charge to participate. 993.4521 CANS AND CAROLS 6-9pm, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1046 Miller Street. Musical groups will perform Christmas carols ranging from soul to rock to country to hip hop. Non-perishable food items requested. Refreshments sold. 972.0703
DECEMBER 10 MARY TIME MUSIC 11am, 390 South Liberty Street. A bonding experience filled with joyful songs, percussion and parachute play, chants and lap rides. Free with admission or membership. 723.9111 GIRLS' NIGHT OUT 5 pm…until! Jeffrey Adams on Fourth, 321 West Fourth Street in W-S. Grab a friend, neighbor, co-worker, mother, sister, SOMEBODY and have a much need Girls’ Night Out. Enjoy half priced wine and appetizers. Also, register for TONS of prizes and giveaways! Receive extra prize board tickets for every new, unwrapped toy you bring for
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DECEMBER 12 HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT: CAROLINA BRASS 7:30-9pm, Reynolda House Museum of American Art. From the elegance and grace of classical pieces to the hard-driving sound of the big band era, Carolina Brass takes audiences on a musical sleigh ride. Cost: $10/members & students; $15/nonmembers. 758.5150
DECEMBER 13 HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST AT KIM TAYLOR & COMPANY 9-11:30am, 153 South Stratford Road. Start your weekend early by celebrating the season with us! Giveaways, champagne cocktails and breakfast goodies! 722.8503. FESTIVE FAMILY FRIDAY AT SCIWORKS 4-8pm, SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road. Be a part of this annual holiday tradition! For just $1/person, you can explore the museum, listen to live holiday music, enjoy light refreshments, make holiday crafts and visit with some very special guests…including Santa! Free for SciWorks members. 714.7109 SUPPER WITH SANTA 5:30-7:30pm, 390 South Liberty Street. Enjoy a pizza dinner, crafts, cookie decorating, story time and a visit from the man in red himself! Advance registration and program fee required – register at http://tinyurl.com/llau3c3. 723.9111
DECEMBER 13-15 “THE NUTCRACKER” IN LEXINGTON 7:30-10pm, Edward C. Smith Civic Center. High Point Ballet’s family favorite! Featuring an all-new cast, sets, lighting and choreography. Cost varies. 747.1414 or www.highpointballet.org.
DECEMBER 14-15 DRIVE-THRU LIVE NATIVITY 6:30-8:30pm, Mizpah Moravian Church, 3165 Mizpah Church Road in Rural Hall. People will see live animals and beautiful scenes of the Nativity story with live music provided by the Moravian band. www.mizpahmoravianchurch.org.
DECEMBER 15 PLAY: A CHRISTMAS MEMORY 3-5pm, Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Children and adults are sure to be warmed by Truman Capote's tale of his own humble childhood holiday traditions. Cost: $10/members & students; $15/non-members. 758.5150
DECEMBER 17 READEROBICS 11am, 390 South Liberty Street. Each program begins with fun action rhymes and story time. Then, as the music starts rockin’, we act out the story doing fun aerobic and dance moves! Free with admission or membership. 723.9111
DECEMBER 19 ANGEL BEAR YOGA: WINTER ADVENTURE 11am, 390 South Liberty Street. We will read the book One Snowy Night and imagine snow falling as we do our yoga poses. Learn the important character trait of giving! Free with admission or membership. 723.9111 SENIOR CITY WIDE GIFT WRAPPING PARTY 1-6pm, Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Drive. Be A Santa to a Senior is a great way to bring holiday cheer to those who are in need! Join us in wrapping more than 300 gifts for needing seniors in Forsyth County! 760.8001
DECEMBER 20-22 THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive. In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Cost: $10/adults; $5/children. Box office: 725.4001
DECEMBER 21 ELF TEA PARTY 10:30am-12pm, 390 South Liberty Street. Make an elf costume, sing silly songs, enjoy story time and create elfthemed crafts! Adults and children enjoy tasty teatime snacks. Advance registration and program fee required – register at http://tinyurl.com/p74mheb. 723.9111
DECEMBER 23-24 DROP-IN GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOPS 390 South Liberty Street. Make and take a mini gingerbread house for $6. While supplies last! Museum admission required. 723.9111
DECEMBER 27 WINTER DAY CAMP AT SCIWORKS (AGES 6-12) 9am-4pm, SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road. Kids can spend a day investigating a range of science topics from astronomy to zoology in this jam-packed camp. Cost: $40/members; $45/non-members. 714.7105
DECEMBER 31 NOON YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION 10am. 390 South Liberty Street. Create your very own sound shaker in the art studio. At 11:40am, we’ll gather together for fun songs, silly activities and a story time. Ends with a countdown to the noon year! Free with admission or membership. 723.9111
NOW THROUGH JANUARY 5 TAKE FLIGHT TRAVELING EXHIBIT 10am-4pm, SciWorks, 400 W Hanes Mill Road. Try your hand at building and launching your own planes, rockets and helicopters while uncovering fundamental principles of flight in this exciting traveling exhibit. 714.7109
NOW THROUGH JANUARY 21 BRADLEY METHOD® NATURAL CHILDBIRTH CLASS 6:30-8:30pm. Bradley Method® classes are small and thorough, providing you with the education and support you need to birth naturally. We cover preparation, physiology, emotions, relaxation, positioning, breastfeeding, Dad's role and more! Cost: $300. 450.4605
NOW THROUGH JANUARY 25 CREATING: QUILTS AND CRAFTS OF THE LAKOTA 10am-4:30pm, Museum of Anthropology, WFU. Twenty eyedazzling quilts and 32 items of apparel and dance regalia made in traditional style by 20th-century Lakota artisans are on display in this exhibit. 758.5282
SUNDAYS FITPRAISE 2:30pm, Women's Wellness & Fitness Center in W-S. Workout to contemporary Christian music with devotion and prayer! Designed for women of all ages and fitness levels. Participation is FREE and open to members and non-members. Call 760.0030 for more information.
FOURTH TUESDAYS NEWCOMERS & NEIGHBORS OF GREATER W-S 10-11:30. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1416 Bolton Street. Monthly interest groups include Book Group, Lunch Bunch, Bridge, Day/Evening Card Groups, Crafts, Dinner and Wine Groups. Free initial meeting; $35 annual dues. 245-8406.
FIRST AND THIRD WEDNESDAYS CLEMMONS KIWANIS CLUB MEETING 7:30-8:30am, Holiday Inn Express, 6320 Amp Drive in Clemmons. We provide the opportunity for individuals to learn about our community and be a contributor to improving the lives of our children. 245.8406
THIRD THURSDAYS (NOV/FEB/MAR/APR) WINSTON-SALEM READING ASSOCIATION 6:30-8:30pm, Kimmel Farm Elementary School. Open to anyone who loves reading and supports literacy. Cost: $40/year membership.
SATURDAYS THROUGH DECEMBER BARNHILL’S WINE TOURS 10am-5pm, Barnhill's, 811 Burke Street in W-S. Cost varies by tour - includes transportation, wine tastings, lunch, water and more, depending on specific wineries. Reservations recommended. Free parking behind store. Call 602.1383 for reservations.
FUTURE: JANUARY 9 FORSYTH WOMAN’S 100 ISSUE CELEBRATION 5-9pm, WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run. Forsyth Woman is about to reach a milestone, and we're celebrating with a HUGE Girls' Night Out! Cost: $20/person. Tickets include food, wine, DJ, photo booth, lots of prizes and a great night of fun! Celebrate 100 issues of Forsyth Woman and 5 years of GNO! TinyUrl.com/100ForsythWoman. The first 100 to register will receive a gift bag!
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1. Did you think growing up that you wanted to own a magazine? “The idea for Forsyth Woman came about when I was at a cross-road in my career. What started as an off-hand comment by someone became a life-changing experience. I saw the need and ran with it. Granted, I scared my family to death with the idea…they weren’t as sure as I was, but they did believe in me. We put almost everything into starting this magazine and here we are! 100 issues later and still going STRONG!"
2. What advice would you give to younger women who want to start their own businesses?
Kelly Melang always gets the last word with the women of Winston!
“There is a perceived freedom about owning your own business, but the truth is, you’ll work harder for yourself than you will in any other job. This is because the business’ success is entirely up to you and what you’re willing to put into it. Additionally, all successful businesses start with a business plan. It’s the roadmap from which you build your business and it gives you direction, but the plan is always changing. Our business plan recently identified our websites as a vehicle to better grow our brand, so all three Forsyth Magazines websites are being redeveloped."
3. What is your greatest obstacle working in the publishing business as a woman? “In the beginning, our greatest obstacle was securing advertisers. People were naturally wary of investing advertising and marketing dollars in a brand new business that had no established credibility. Fortunately, with 1,000+ distribution points and familiarity in our name, selling advertising has become easier over the years. People trust the Forsyth Woman name. Our biggest challenge now is finding time for the small, day-to-day tasks that are needed, but easy to back-burner. Fortunately, we have a great team and we all embrace the notion of working smarter, not harder."
4. What sets you apart from other business owners? “My passion for local business. These small businesses that put everything into making a difference are the whole core of our community. Working with them over the years, I feel passionate about seeing them succeed. We love to offer great competitive pricing, with the bonus of editorial to introduce our readers to our advertisers. We encourage our readers to let these businesses know they saw their ad in Forsyth Magazines. It matters to the small businesses that have limited advertising dollars. They want to know their advertising investment in Forsyth Woman has paid off.”
5. Where do you see your business in 5 years? “I would love to see us growing, doing what we currently do, and streamlining the process, making everyone more successful. I would also love to see a stronger digital presence with the magazine, and the unveiling of our new website, including a fantastic digital copy available for download, is a huge step in the right direction!”
6. How would you define your legacy? Keela Johnson holds the debut issue and the November 2013 issues of Forsyth Woman!
With Keela Johnson The Last Word is honored to talk to Owner and Publisher of Forsyth Woman magazine, Keela Johnson, on the eve of the printing of the 100th issue! Keela sat down with us amid monthly magazine deadlines, which include fielding calls from advertisers, scheduling writers, and answering questions about cover shoots.
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“I would love for people to say that I helped the community. That I was generous, kind and loving to everyone, in business and within my family and friends. That whenever there was a need, big or small, that they could always come to me and I would find a way to help out.”
7. If you could nominate a local woman for President, who would it be? “I think it has to be my sister-in-law, Donna Cordner. If anyone can get something done, she’s the one! With the current state of affairs, we need someone to come in and take charge - she would do such a fantastic job.”
8. Finally, what is your guilty pleasure? “Crème brulee, just slightly warm with that caramelized crust on top. Oh my goodness, I cannot turn that one away.”
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