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By Margaret Thompson-Shumate


et’s play Jeopardy! However, let’s play the game backward. Question: What is white, fluffy, cold, messy, wet and wonderful? Answer: Of course, the answer must be SNOW – lots and lots of heavenly SNOW! As a youngster in the fifties, I can recall many occasions experiencing such beautiful wonders of God. And if it happened to fall on a weekday – NO school! Hooray! That was an additional bonus. My family consisted of five children, our parents and my

maternal grandmother who lived with us for almost thirty years. Our home, located on the corner of East Fisher and South Shaver streets, was old and drafty with only two fireplaces and a small wood burning kitchen stove for heat. There was one closet and – can you believe it? – only one bathroom for all eight of us. Thanks to a lot of quilts, firewood, coal, patience and the grace of God, we somehow all survived the long, cold winters. I can still envision my dear grandmother, Abby, in her headscarf removing clothes from our backyard clothesline that were so cold they were as stiff as cardboard. The older kids, including me, took turns chopping wood and hauling in coal from storage under the house. These were much


dreaded chores. Sometimes I would procrastinate at my turn until I had to use a flashlight and consequently fight off spiders and any other creepy crawly things that might have been lurking in the coal bin. Enough about the winter hardships. Let me tell you about the fun stuff! The Shaver Street side of our house was a steep hill and a child’s delight when snow would fall several inches deep. We had very few dustings in those days like those we now experience. We had REAL snow – deep and delightful to all the neighborhood kids. Jean, Charlie and their lovely daughters, Tzena, Sheila, Lorna, Lisa and Sabrina, lived across the street on the Shaver side. Charlie, being the influential businessman and great father



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he was, negotiated with the city traffic department to block off “our hill” for sledding and we were in snow heaven. I’m sure Bernhardt Hardware sold sleds back then, but most of us either couldn’t afford to buy one or preferred our homemade versions, which included trash can lids and large cardboard boxes. Continued on page 2


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Let It Snow! continued from page 1 We slipped, slid, laughed and played until our clothes were soaked. Then, we would go inside for a snack and hot drink, change into dry clothes and start all over again. How wonderful it was for all the neighborhood children to happily interconnect at God’s blessing of lots of that cold and wet white stuff. It even made retrieving coal and firewood a little less painful, especially at the end of the play day when the thawing out process took place. As with most large families,

income had to be budgeted and spread out to meet as many needs as possible. My wonderful mother, Grace, had a great aptitude for this task that befell her, even though many times there just wasn’t enough for fun things. On Halloween one year, with no money for candy treats, she made popcorn balls to hand out. The kids loved them and begged for more each year afterward. Several years ago, on a grocery store trip, I had a

chance meeting with a “forever young” Jean. She reminded me of how much her children still love my mom’s popcorn balls. She had given them the recipe long ago and now they are making them for their families. Today, I think of their family fondly. Charlie now resides in heaven. But, if he were still here and it would happen to snow four or more inches, I’m sure he could still manage to get a street blocked off for children to play. He may, however, have to pass out popcorn balls as bribes! “Oh, the weather outside is frightful But the fire is so delightful And since we’ve no place to goLet it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!”

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. Continued on page 5

My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. The only other sound’s the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.


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New Year, Same Old Face

Jan McCanless


ere it is, a brand new year, and you know the old saw,” if I’d known I would live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself”. Well, it’s true. As a kid, there were two times during the year, I wanted to stay up late, one was

Christmas eve, hoping to catch Santa at work, and the other was New years Eve. No matter how hard I tried, I never made it to midnight either time. No matter where I fell asleep, I always wound up in my bed the next morning. The only time I made it to midnight on New Years, was at the turn of the century. I sat up watching TV until the wee small hours of the morning, playing solitaire, the spouse had conked out about 9. Even as an energetic teenager, I was always home by midnight, just couldn’t make it any later. Obviously I am not a party girl, rather dull, I’d say.

New Years day always seems cathargic to me, a new year, a new start, time to wipe the slate clean, and start over, if need be. The naysayers are always harping every year about this being the end times, prepare for doom, etc. and I just laugh about it all. Even if it were the end times, and we are all going to be zapped up to paradise, somebody tell me what the downside of this is. New Years is our gift, our new day, available for us to use any way we can. It would be nice if all peoples everywhere, all nations in the globe, could and would get along. If all

our blessings were shared and passed along to others, if every person we saw during the day, greeted us with a smile. Hugs, smiles, and a warm greeting, are free, some of the few things in this world that are, we should spread them around more, I think. Tell someone we love how much they mean to us. What a wonderful, glorious New year it would be. I’m going to do my part, every day that I can, every way that I can, to everyone I can, how bout you?

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ach day about 60,000 young children are taken to the Emergency Department after getting into medications that were left within reach. Approximately 25% of grandparents report storing prescription medications in easyaccess places, while 18% say they keep over-the-counter medicine in places that are easily accessed. No grandparent wants a child injured while on his/her watch. How safe is your home environment for children who may come through the door? Below are a few safety precautions for making a home safer and properly storing medications: • Keep all medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight in a high cabinet or other place where grandchildren cannot reach or see. • Keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicines or vitamins in them out of their reach and sight. • Never leave medicines or vitamins out on a table, countertop, or bedside table where your grandchildren could reach them. • Relock the safety cap and put medicine containers away every time you use them. • Ensure safety caps are locked on medication bottles, turning

until you hear a click if the lid has a locking cap that turns. Note that children may still be able to open bottles even with the cap locked.

Sources: • Center for Disease Control and Prevention • Safe Kids Worldwide • C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

• Teach children about medication safety and never refer to medicine or vitamins as candy.

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• Set a daily reminder to take your medicines and vitamins on your refrigerator or a location you check daily, since these medications will be safely stored up and away and out of sight. Regularly review medications and properly dispose of those that are expired, damaged, unused, or unwanted. Visit for specific medication disposal tips for prescription and over-thecounter medications. Rufty Holmes Senior Center now has a medication disposal drop-off. Save the Poison Help number 800-222-1222 on your phone and post the number on your refrigerator so you will have it if you need it or you may dial 911 for emergency services if someone accidentally ingests a medication in your home. Visit for additional tools and information about safe medication storage.

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The Carolina Thread Trail weaves a path through time and terrain. My friends and I discovered a natural surface trail segment in the Buffalo Creek Preserve. Once a week we hike the path that meanders through restored oak-savanna and farmland along Adams Creek. On every walk we share stories about our past and consider dreams for the future. In late September 2016 we constructed a wooden frame shelter to house print versions of those stories; we called them Trail Tales. The modest enclosure is located at the head of the preserve. We plan to make those stories available to readers of Senior Savvy on a monthly basis, no hiking gear required.

As winter kicks into high gear, we share a different kind of story this month. The Rabbit Box was written by Craig Scott, an inspired pastor and frequent contributor to the Trail Tales column. Craig often enlivens our weekly hike with words of spiritual encouragement. Instruction on how to obtain a free electronic version of this story is posted on the blog hosted at Enjoy this installment.

The Rabbit Box

© 2009 By Craig Scott


ong ago and far back on the path of life I remember a joyous time. As a youth, running through the winter woods was included among my pleasures. Getting hung up on barbwire or thorns were my worst worries. One time somewhere back there my grandfather introduced me to the rabbit trap. He said, “C’mon little partner and I will show you how to build something out of wood.” Well I was excited because doing something with my grandpa meant I was a part of his life – the life of gardening and being a woodsman. He selected the appropriate pieces of wood and


sawdust began to fly and the old shed echoed the sound of hammering. What became of our efforts that day resulted in a rectangular box with a sliding door on the front and enclosed on all other sides. The top was different though; it had a small stick, grooved on the top and attached in a drilled hole. There was another drilled hole slightly bigger, about three quarters of the way back, which was open. Then there was a short length of string attached to a nail on the top of the sliding door. This string was attached to another stick which ended with another piece of string attached to a trigger. The trigger was a smaller stick with a notch cut in it about half way down. It went in the open hole, notch fitting against the side holding the other stick which extended over the top of the grooved stick, thus holding the door in an open position.

Now the way this apparatus worked was that a person took an apple and mashed it all over the front of the box and around the door then threw the apple and other bait into the back of the box behind the trigger. The rabbit box was set way back in the woods in hope of a rabbit smelling the front of the box, deciding there was something to eat inside and proceeding into the trap. As the rabbit moves down the tunnel continuing to smell the fruit at the end, he becomes excited and runs into the trigger, releasing it and causing the door to slam shut. At this point the rabbit is trapped and cannot get out until someone opens the door. Every morning I would get up early enough to venture into the woods to check the rabbit box before I had to meet the school bus. I remember one incident like it was yesterday. I reckon the image has been burned onto my brain for life. Anyway, I awoke that morning as like all the rest. Got dressed, ate my Captain Crunch, and ventured out into the woods as the winter sun caressed the treetops over the hill. Excitement grew as I came within view of the trap and noticed the door was shut. Hooraah! At last I had caught a rabbit. I ran to the box, picked up the front, opened the door and . . . and screamed that a monster, NO!, a dragon was caught in my trap. To this day I can still see the pointed teeth

and long nose. I just knew the fire breathing was coming next. I ran to my grandpa’s screaming, “monster, Monster, MONSTER!” Grandpa came out of the house to see what all the commotion was about, comforted me, and took care of the monster in the rabbit box. In actuality, it turned out to be an opossum. I didn’t even miss the school bus that day, but I had a story to tell. Moral of the story: Sin, the wrong things we do, can capture us like an animal in a trap. As my mentor in ministry used to tell me, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” How true; the opossum never intended to go far enough to get caught; never intended to stay in that box as long as it had to, or pay the cost involved. Sin takes us down a similar path, entrapping us beyond what we ever imagined; but there is a better way. That way is through Jesus Christ who has overcome death, the world, and all its adversaries, by dying on a cross and rising from the grave three days later. Today you can have assurance of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Just ask Him to come into your life and take control of it. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, Continued on page 8

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Mr. and Mrs. Ghost had always wanted just one child. When Mrs. Ghost gave birth to twins, she asked her shocked and surprised husband to name the two children. He happily replied, “This little boy is now named BOO!” “What about the second child?” asked the nurse. After giving it some serious thought Mr. Ghost replied, “Our second child will be named Boo Boo!”

Who Wants Him? A wife went to the police station with her next door neighbor to report that her husband was missing. The policeman asked for a description. She said, “He’s 35 years old, 6 foot 4, has dark eyes, dark wavy hair, an athletic build, weighs 185 pounds, is soft-spoken, and is good to the children.” The next-door neighbor protested, “Your husband is 5 foot 4, chubby, bald, has a big mouth, and is mean to your children.” The wife replied, “Yes, but who wants HIM back?”

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Fishing on the Job An insurance broker, living in Florida, loves ocean fishing and decided to take his boat out for a troll. That morning, he was drifting about ten miles offshore and received a business call on his cell phone. Suddenly, his rod bent double and the reel screamed as line poured off the spool. This salesman was master of the situation. “Pardon me,” he told his customer calmly. “I have a call on another line.”

Finding Inner Beauty Preparing for a yard sale at our house, my wife and I decided to put out a mirror we’d received as a wedding gift. Because of its garish aqua colored metal frame we just couldn’t find a room in our house where it looked good. Shortly after the sale started, a man looking to decorate his apartment bought it for one dollar. “This is a great deal,” he said excitedly. “It still has the plastic on it.” Then he peeled off the aqua colored protective covering to reveal a beautiful gold finished frame.

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It had been snowing for hours when an announcement came over the University’s intercom: “Will the students who are parked on University Drive please move their cars so that we may begin plowing.” Twenty minutes later there was another announcement: “Will the twelve hundred students who went to move 26 cars please return to class.”

The Whole Tooth A sign posted on the door of a local dental office read: “We do Fillings, Cleanings and Extractions ONLY! That’s the TOOTH, the whole TOOTH, and nothing but the TOOTH... so help me God.”

Weather Search

A student was heading home for the holidays. When she got to the airline counter, she presented her ticket to New York and as she gave the agent her luggage she asked, “I’d like you to send my green suitcase to Hawaii, and my red suitcase to London.” The confused agent said, “I’m sorry, we can’t to that.” “Really? I am so relieved to hear you say that because, that’s exactly what you did to my luggage last year!”

First and Next A widow recently married a widower. Soon after the marriage she was approached by a friend who laughingly remarked, “I suppose, like all men who have been married before, your husband sometimes talks about his first wife?” “Oh, not any more, he doesn’t,” the widow replied. “What stopped him?” “I started talking about my next husband.”

Family Matters

“Why doesn’t your mother like me?” a woman asks her boyfriend. “Don’t take it personally,” he assures her. “She’s never liked anyone I’ve dated. I once dated someone exactly like her, and that didn’t work out at all.” “What happened?” “My father couldn’t stand her.”

Running with Bagpipes Don’t ever run with Bagpipes... You could poke an eye out... Or worse yet, you could get kilt!

Mechanic vs Doctor A heart surgeon came to a mechanic to repair his car. The mechanic had a look at the car’s engine, opened a valve and fixed it. The mechanic said, “I repaired the engine which is the heart of the car. You also operate on the hearts of humans, so our jobs are quite similar. So why it you earn more than me?” The doctor replied, “Can you repair the car when the ignition is on? We can!”

Confused in Conversation I was checking out at the busy super market, and the cashier was having problems. The register ran out of paper, the scanner malfunctioned, and finally the cashier spilled a handful of coins. When she totaled my order, it came to exactly $22. Trying to soothe her nerves, I said, “That’s a nice round figure.” Still frazzled, she glared at me and said, “You’re no bean pole yourself.”





There once was a funeral for a woman who had often screamed at her husband, drove her kids half nuts, scrapped with the neighbors at the slightest opportunity, and even made their cat and dog crazy with her explosive temper. As the casket was lowered into the grave, a violent thunderstorm broke, and the pastor’s benediction was drowned out by a blinding flash of lightning, followed by terrific thunder. “Well, at least we know she got there all right,” commented her husband.

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Lorin S. Oden

Au.D., FAAA Doctor of Audiology


t is an interesting fact that the beginning of a new year brings about thoughts of change. Did you know that approximately 45% of Americans make New Year resolutions? We imagine ourselves in that new job or smaller pants size. A Journal of Clinical Psychology studies found that people who make resolutions, are 10 times more likely to change their behavior than those who don’t. The number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. Just visit the YMCA in January and you can see this first hand. The 5th most common resolution is staying fit and healthy, while #7 is to quit smoking. We are pleased to see such emphasis on improving one’s health. As the rate of obesity and diabetes continues to rise, we as a society need to make some changes. Did you know that people with diabetes are almost twice as likely to develop hearing loss? Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the bodies inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. The Better Hearing

Institute has issued five habits for healthier hearing for people with diabetes. So as we strive to improve our overall health, let’s include healthy hearing to that list. Hearing depends on small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ear. Researchers theorize that over time, high blood glucose levels can damage these blood vessels and nerves, diminishing the ability to hear. Therefore hearing health should be included in good diabetes management. Yet hearing tests are frequently overlooked in routine diabetes care. In fact, some experts believe that hearing loss may be an under-recognized complication of diabetes. Findings support routine hearing screenings for people with diabetes starting at an earlier age, than for people without the disease. This is very important from a preventive healthcare perspective. We strive to stop untreated hearing loss from leading to other health problems, like depression or dementia, which would make the diabetes burden even greater. A certain degree of hearing loss is common with aging but it is often accelerated in patients with diabetes, especially if blood-glucose levels are not being controlled. Additional studies point to the importance of patients controlling their diabetes and paying attention to their hearing health. Because hearing loss tends to come on gradually, people aren’t always

fully aware of its significance. Untreated hearing loss can lead to withdrawal, isolation, and leave individuals subject to depression and other cognitive issues. 5 Habits for Healthier Hearing for People with Diabetes The Better Hearing Institute encourages people with diabetes to take care of their hearing by following these five healthy habits: 1. Get a thorough hearing exam every year and watch for signs of hearing loss. You do it for your eyes. Now do it for your ears. If you notice a change in your ability to hear under certain conditions, like a restaurant, go sooner. Remember a diagnostic hearing evaluation, when completed by an audiologist, is covered by your insurance. And be sure to share this information with your primary care physician and endocrinologist. 2. Use hearing aids, if recommend-ed. Hearing aid technology has advanced radically in recent years. While hearing loss is not reversible, today’s hearing aids can dramatically enhance your ability to hear and engage with others. I have been working with hearing aids for almost 30 years, and have seen first-hand how hearing aids can make a tremendous difference in your overall quality of life. 3. Keep your blood sugar under control. Just as your heart, eye, and nerve health are affected by your blood sugar levels,

your hearing health may be as well. Work with your doctor to monitor your blood sugar and take appropriate medicines as prescribed. 4. Maintain healthy lifestyles. Even for people without diabetes, a healthy lifestyle benefits hearing health. Not smoking, exercising, and maintaining a healthy diet all support your ability to hear. In fact, studies show that smoking and obesity increase the risk of hearing loss, while regular physical activity helps protect against it. 5.Use ear protection. Everyone is at risk of noise-induced hearing loss. But using ear protection is one of the best—and simplest— things you can do to preserve your hearing. Use appropriate ear protection in loud work environments. Get in the habit of quickly plugging your ears with your fingers and walking away if a loud noise takes you by surprise. Most of all, limit your time in noisy environments. As we welcome in 2018, Jane, Beth, Jamie and I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year. So if you need a hearing evaluation, hearing protection or hearing aids, give us a call at 704-633-0023. And remember… have a healthy hearing year! For more information or to schedule a hearing evaluation, contact Dr. Lorin S. Oden at Hearing Solutions of North Carolina, 464 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., Salisbury, NC 28147 704-633-0023

January Crossword


1.Bishop of Rome 5. Habitual practice 10. 6th Greek letter 14. Unit of land 15. Parts portrayed 16. Egg-shaped 17. Image breaker 19. Nobleman 20. Gist 21. Specter 22. Heaps 23. Latticework 25. Vibes 27. Hankering 28. Barbarity 31. Strange 34. Unable to see 35. Mineral rock 36. Adept 37. Small songbirds 38. Be cognizant of

39. Website address 40. A village outside a castle 41. Throws away 42. Nastiest 44. Mug 45. Hiding place 46. Maybe 50. Carnivals 52. Caramel-topped desserts 54. Bleat 55. Balm ingredient 56. Officer 58. Diminish 59. Delete 60. Feudal worker 61. Where a bird lives 62. Put off 63. T T T T

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1.Applied to a wall or canvas 2. Come to pass 3. Investigate 4. Poetic dusk 5. Mischievous city child 6. Flies alone 7. “Oh my!” 8. Being pregnant 9. Eastern Standard Time 10. Astrological constellations 11. Acts of forcible extraction 12. Give and ____ 13. Beers 18. Leered 22. Goad 24. Stringed instrument 26. Coffee dispensers 28. Watchful

29. Gait faster than a walk 30. Evergreens 31. Wail 32. River of Spain 33. Prestidigitations 34. Wildfire 37. Troubles 38. 11th Hebrew letter 40. Partiality 41. Expletive 43. Avenue 44. Middle 46. Interrupt temporarily 47. Humble 48. A fabric resembling velvet 49. Satisfies 50. A young deer 51. Wings 53. Foliage 56. Directed 57. Mesh


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LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT “You can’t control the cards you are dealt, but you can control how you play the hand.”


ome little things in the lives of disabled folks can become “major blessings.” These things are sometimes so personal that one might think that I shouldn’t write about them, but the possibility exists that they might be important to only one reader. One thing I have mentioned in previous stories goes back to 2002 when I was in the Standback Rehab unit for five weeks. A man had donated wooden tools about twelve inches long that he had made for pushing oven racks in and out. This unit was meant to help handicapped people use the oven in a safer way. It has worked great for me until I had to get a stove top with no oven beneath it. The shelves in this convection oven slide so easy that I have not had to use this tool as often. I’ve always wondered if that man designed those himself and if he had sold any. Several people have used mine and it has been a great lesson about the “little things.” For the past year since I burned my back with the heating pad, I have been receiving home health care and finally all wounds are healed and no bandages are needed. I had been dismissed from home health care and no longer had the weekly visits from the nurses. All of these folks had large important things to do, but they were so good to help me by doing “little things” any way they could

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and I appreciate them in a “big” way. Every time I have needed home health care, they order the necessary supplies as they use a different supplier. They work in a timely manner and that is another one of those “little things.” The catheters they supply are so much harder to open and I had to keep scissors handy on the sink to cut them open. I got so surprised when I was finally able to open those little plastic tubes by hand. Some of you can’t imagine how blessed I felt when I could actually perform that “little job.” One other “little thing” I use so frequently is one of many gifts from my friend, Donna; I had never seen those plastic implements before. It is shaped like the letter “J” and is perfect for opening cans with pop tops (especially all those Cheerwine cans provided by Donna and other family and friends.) This

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“little thing” opens items without breaking my fingernails and I would be lost without it. Being an outside person, I’ve had to accept the fact that there are so many “big jobs” I can’t take care of in my yard. If you don’t enjoy yard work, then you cannot imagine how I feel when I am able to do “little jobs” in my flower beds. This year I decided to sow zinnia seeds that I kept from a flower pot last year. As they sprouted up, I transferred them to large flower pots, I was like a little child as I watched their progress. I was reminded how big “little things” grow in a short time. When they started blooming, I went out and counted 75 flowers in those big pots. I learned that “little things” grow big by the grace of God! I had so many Black-eyed Susans that reproduced from the ground; some people had trouble believing all were the “off-spring” of one pot that I had purchased two years ago. Unfortunately, weeds came up with some of them. One of the greatest things in “small packages” were the two young children from up the lane who volunteered to pull weeds and help transfer small buckets of mulch. They did not want money, but they love ice cream so I showed my appreciation with their favorite treats. I appreciate their mother

sharing them with me as I enjoy little kids so much. She is doing a wonderful job raising her children! As in past years, one of the tiny things I enjoy so much are the humming birds. They are so small but humming bird vines grow huge and will take over everywhere if I am unable to keep them pulled up. (Fortunately, pulling the vines is a fairly easy task in places I don’t want them to take over.) There were so many flowers on those vines that the birds hardly ever went to the feeders. How can such a “little thing” give someone like me so much pleasure? As it says in the opening quotation, there are many “cards” that I can’t control, but if I am willing to try God will help me “play the game.” I just have to keep a positive attitude about the cards that have been dealt to me. Like in the song sung by Kenny Rogers, I have to know when to hold or fold them; when to turn away and know when to hide! Gambling is not my game but “trying” is one of my names…I am known by many as “Linda tries.” I do believe in that old adage: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

continued from page 4 I have overcome the world,” John 16:33. So if you have never accepted Jesus Christ, the Son of God, pray right now, wherever you are, according to the Scripture found in Romans 10:13, “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” Dear Father, I am a sinner, please forgive me of my sins and accept me into your family. I believe in Your Son, Jesus, and I believe He came to earth to die for my sins, and rose on the third day, defeating Satan and death. Thank you, dear Lord for forgiving me and giving me eternal life. In Your name, Jesus, I pray. Amen. If you prayed this prayer, and meant it, congratulations, you are now among the family of God, and you have eternal life. You might still be tempted by the apples of this world, but you will never be trapped again; you are truly set free.


About Craig Scott Craig, an Eagle Scout, graduated from Appalachian State University, holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry. He is pastor at the Liberty Station Cowboy Church that meets at the Cabarrus Saddle Club, 4370 Zion Church Road, Concord, NC 28025. Service is held each Sunday at 6:00 PM. To learn more, visit Craig’s FaceBook page, contact him at the following email address: or call at 980-622-7034. You can also reach Craig by mail at P.O.Box 1857, Concord, NC 28026.

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Roasted Beets & Sauteed Greens Ingredients: 1 bunch beets with greens 1/4 cup olive oil, divided 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chopped onion salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (optional)

Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Wash the beets thoroughly, leaving the skins on, and remove the greens. Rinse greens, removing any large stems, and set aside. Place the beets in a small baking dish or roasting pan, and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. If you wish to peel the beets, it is easier to do so once they have been roasted. 2. Cover, and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a knife can slide easily through the largest beet. 3. When the roasted beets are almost done, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and onion, and cook for a minute. Tear the beet greens into 2 to 3 inch pieces, and add them to the skillet. Cook and stir until greens are wilted and tender. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the greens as is, and the roasted beets sliced with either red-wine vinegar, or butter and salt and pepper.

Easy Chocolate Haystacks

Southern Fried Cabbage Ingredients: 3 slices bacon, cut into thirds 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 head cabbage, cored and sliced 1 white onion, chopped 1 pinch white sugar

Directions: 1. Place the bacon and vegetable oil into a large pot over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Add cabbage, onion, and sugar to the pot; cook and stir continuously for 5 minutes, until tender.

New Year’s Black-Eye Pea Dip Ingredients: 1 tablespoon butter 1 large onion, chopped 3 (15 ounce) cans black-eyed peas (such as Bush’s®), drained 1/2 pound processed cheese (such as Velveeta®), cubed

Directions: 1.Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion in hot butter until translucent, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir black-eyed peas into onion; add processed cheese. Stir until dip is hot and the cheese is melted and smooth, about 5 minutes.

Ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats 1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup shredded coconut 1 cup chopped almonds 1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup butter 1 pinch salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: 1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. 2. Stir oats, chocolate chips, coconut, and almonds together in a large bowl. 3. Whisk sugar, milk, butter, and salt together in a saucepan; bring mixture to a boil, add vanilla, and remove from heat. Pour milk mixture over chocolate chips mixture; stir until well-combined. Drop spoonfuls of chocolate mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator until haystacks are set, 15 to 20 minutes.

Wassail Ingredients: 8 lady apples 4 whole allspice berries 1 cinnamon stick 4 whole cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 2 liters ginger ale 25 fluid ounces sherry 1 cup brandy 1 cup milk

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place whole apples on a baking sheet and bake until brown and tender, about 25 minutes. 2. Gently crush the allspice berries and break up the cinnamon stick. Place the allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger in a cheesecloth bag. 3. In a large sauce pan place 2 cups of the ginger ale and the spice bag. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove spice bag and add the remaining ginger ale, the sherry and the brandy heat until hot. DO NOT BOIL! Whisk in milk and pour into a punch bowl garnish with the baked apples.

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New Year’s Resolutions Habitual Goals That Shape Healthy Lifestyles


s we age, making New Year’s Resolutions are still habitual goals that shape healthy lifestyles. The American Geriatric Society Health in Aging Foundation (2017) recommends these top 10 healthy New Year’s Resolutions for older adults to help achieve your goal of becoming and staying healthy. 1. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, low-fat dairy and healthy fats- Your diet should consist of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, fiberrich whole grains, heart healthy, low in fat meats, sources of calcium and Vitamin D, and the use of herbs and spices to add flavor when cooking. 2. Consider a multivitamin after consulting with your primary health care physician.

3. Be Active-Physical activity can be safe and healthy for older adults. Exercises such as water aerobics, walking, and stretching can help you control weight, build your muscles and bones, and improve balance, posture, and mood. Check with your insurance plan to see if you are eligible for the Silver Sneakers or Silver&Fit programs.

6. Guard against falls- Exercises such as walking or working out with an elastic band can increase your strength, balance, and flexibility and help you avoid falls. Eliminate items in your home that are easy to trip over, like throw rugs. Insert grab bars in your bathtub or shower, and install night lights so it’s easier to see at night.

9. Speak up when you feel down or anxious-Some possible signs of depression can be lingering sadness, tiredness, loss of appetite or not having pleasure in doing things you once enjoyed. If this occurs longer than two weeks, talk with your healthcare provider and reach out to friends and family.

4. See your provider regularlySchedule your annual wellness visit to discuss health screenings and changes in your advance directives. Talk to your provider about all the medications you take, and whether or not you still need them.

7. Give your brain a workoutThe more you use your mind, the better it will work. Read. Do crossword puzzles. Try Sudoku. Socializing also gives your brain a boost.

10. Get enough sleep-Older adults need at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.

5. Toast with a smaller glass-The recommended limit for older men is 14 drinks per week and for older women, 7 per week.

8. Quit Smoking- It is never too late to quit. You can still reduce your risk of many health problems, breathe easier, have more energy, and sleep better if you quit smoking.

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Seniors and the Positive Impact of Social Media Submitted by Lori Eberly, Comfort Keepers


espite the myth that older people can’t manage technology because of cognitive deficits, seniors are flocking to social media at a rapid pace. In fact, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (and Hangouts), Pinterest, and Instagram all note higher adoption rates among adults 65 and older- and see seniors as their fastest growing audience.

Seniors Benefit Socially, Mentally, and Physically Older adults who have had positive experiences on social media have reported elevated moods. An American Psychological Association (APA) study found that seniors who spend time on social media sites were more likely to participate in activities that can lead to greater health, such as cooking healthier recipes, and finding easier ways to clean and maintain their homes. The study also indicates that they have lower blood pressure and fewer instances of diabetes, and less negative health habits such as smoking, depression, or disease. This is attributed to the

ability for self-education on any number of topics, and remaining in-the-know about the latest technology trends.

Social Media Keeps the Family Together Facebook is particularly useful for linking up with loved ones. It makes for more frequent conversations and helps close the generation gap. Sharing current photos allows seniors to see their grandchildren change and grow, and creates a closeness and involvement that may not have existed, especially if the family isn’t living close by. Video chats also are a great way to communicate in “real time”. There is also the opportunity to relive fond memories or create new ones through postings of photos and home videos.

Family Peace of Mind When a family lives apart, there can be stress and anxiety on both ends. Social media allows seniors and their families an easy way to check in as often as they wish. This is especially important if the senior is living alone and may experience ill health, a fall, or may not be eating or sleeping well, taking

medications, or getting any form of exercise. Family caregivers can use social media to ask critical questions that will let them know what’s occurring in their loved one’s life.

Community Engagement and a Sense of Belonging Feeling connected is very important to any senior’s wellbeing. Social media allows the senior to make plans with others to meet up outside of the home. It also allows seniors who are unable to leave home to socialize online to combat loneliness.

Shopping Online offers Convenience and Savings Even if a senior can’t venture out of the home – due to physical limitations, inability to drive, or inclement weather, for example – he or she can always shop online and enjoy the ease of home delivery. In addition, there are lots of money-saving coupons and online sales, which can be especially convenient and sensible for those who are penny-pinchers or on a fixed income.

Some Precautions Should Be Taken As a caregiver, you may want to monitor the senior’s activities. You may want to make sure that the loved one is not falling for phishing scams and the like. You may also want to make sure they are connecting with trustworthy people – especially if they are

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conversing in chat rooms and through blogs. Also watch their monetary spending – you don’t want your senior overspending on items they don’t need.

Learning How to Use Social Media A great source for seniors – and family members – is AARP’s Social Media Education Center. There, you can find out about how to use specific (and commonly used) social media websites, apps, and blogs. Visit social-media-education-center/ Comfort Keepers® caregivers also help families look after their loved ones. Our unique approach to in-home care,’ Interactive Caregiving™, can help by keeping senior clients engaged physically, mentally and emotionally while living independently at home. For more information, call us at 704 630 0370 or visit www. References: “5 Benefits of Social Media for Seniors – Let’s Help Them Get Online.”by Barry Birkett. Web. 2015. “Why Are Seniors The Fastest-Growing Demographic On Social Media?” Web. 2013. AARP. Social Media Education Center. Web. 2015.


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Kannapolis couple join COPD study with hope of improving health for future generations Husband, wife become 299th and 300th participants in Duke’s MURDOCK COPD Study at North Carolina Research Campus


he first time Joseph Griggs met Nellie Griggs, he made a bold prediction. “You’re going to be my wife,” Joseph told Nellie in August 2001 while they chatted in a New York City park. Nellie wasn’t so sure. “I told him he was crazy,” she said, as the couple reminisced in their Kannapolis home. “But after that, we became inseparable.” The New York natives moved to Kannapolis in 2002 and were married at the Cabarrus County Courthouse. Fifteen years later, they remain nearly inseparable and share a common goal: They hope to improve the health of future generations by joining the MURDOCK COPD Study, managed by the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) in Kannapolis at the North Carolina Research Campus. Nellie recently became the 299th participant in the study, and Joseph enrolled the next day as No. 300. The Duke CTSI team aims to enroll 850 people in the study and follow their health for up to five years. To qualify, participants do not need to have COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but they must have smoked. Duke researchers are studying the severity of smoking-related symptoms in participants and following the progression of their lung function to better understand the disease. The study could help doctors provide better care for their patients and more effective treatments in the community setting, according to Scott Palmer, M.D., director of respiratory research for the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) and principal investigator for the study. “I think it’s wonderful,” Joseph said. “It will help people later on if researchers can understand COPD. I want them to know more about what’s going on, because I have it. If we can help them by joining the study, then we feel like we’ve done our part.” Chronic lower respiratory diseases, which include COPD,


Joseph Griggs and Nellie Griggs became 299th and 300th participants in Duke’s MURDOCK COPD Study

are the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Participation in the study by people like Nellie and Joseph, who started smoking as teenagers, provides a way for researchers to compare the current system for classifying the stages of COPD to disease development and progression in a real-world setting. “Much of what we have learned about COPD to date has been gathered from research done in large academic medical centers,” said Jamie Todd, M.D., assistant professor of medicine in the DCRI and co-principal investigator of the study. “But for this study, we have the unique opportunity to work with the MURDOCK Study to better understand the progression and management of COPD in a community setting.” Joseph, 57, coughs and tires easily now, but growing up in Brooklyn, he played baseball and football, drove a truck, and worked as a mechanic. A former boxer and chef, Joseph had to quit sports and his job when he suffered a stroke in 2010. Nellie, 51, grew up in the Bronx with 10 siblings and worked for the City of New York in a variety of jobs, including helping people who received public assistance find work. She suffered kidney failure last year and receives dialysis three days a week while awaiting a kidney transplant. “I would like to give her one of mine,” Joseph said, “but I am not a match.” Nellie and Joseph moved back to New York a few years ago to care for their ailing mothers. They returned to Kannapolis in 2016, drawn by the mild winters and lower cost of living. Without a car, they call a cab or have friends shuttle them to health care appointments. For errands, Nellie walks and Joseph uses a motorized scooter.

Sixteen years after Joseph asked Nellie if he could buy her a Pepsi on a hot summer day, the couple count their blessings daily, despite their many health problems. They are intrigued by the transformation of Kannapolis into a research hub, and proud that they have contributed by joining the MURDOCK COPD Study. “I like the idea of Kannapolis being about research,” Joseph said. “Helping sick people, that’s what we need to do.” “We feel good about being in the study,” Nellie added. “We are blessed.” Current or former smokers who are at least 40 years old could qualify to join the MURDOCK COPD Study. No geographic restrictions apply. During study follow-up, Duke CTSI in Kannapolis will contact participants every six months to measure changes to their health.

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To learn more, call 704-250-5861, send an email to murdock-study@ or visit www. Participants will be offered compensation for each inperson visit. The MURDOCK Study, Duke Clinical Research Institute, and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. are collaborating on the study.

About Duke CTSI The Duke Clinical and Translational Institute (CTSI) catalyzes and accelerates the innovation and translation of scientific discoveries into health benefits for patients and communities through collaborative research. Our NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award funding enables us to offer programs, project management and navigator services, and data sharing and informatics resources that provide essential support to move ideas from the laboratory through early-phase clinical trials, and facilitate education for current and future translational medicine researchers. To learn more, visit

About the MURDOCK Study and TransPop The MURDOCK Study is part of the Duke CTSI Translational Population Health Research (TransPop) group in Kannapolis. The MURDOCK Study has more than 12,000 participants, and the TransPop group now manages a wide variety of research projects focusing on the exploration and discovery of biomarkers that will inform a deeper understanding of health and disease. MURDOCK stands for the Measurement to Understand Reclassification of Disease Of Cabarrus and Kannapolis. To learn more, visit

About Duke Clinical Research Institute The Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), part of the Duke University School of Medicine, is the largest academic research organization in the world. Its mission is to develop and share knowledge that improves the care of patients through innovative clinical research. The DCRI conducts groundbreaking multinational clinical trials, manages major national patient registries, and performs landmark outcomes research. DCRI research spans multiple disciplines, from pediatrics to geriatrics, primary care to subspecialty medicine, and genomics to proteomics. The DCRI’s Respiratory Research program includes physicians with firsthand experience treating patients with diverse respiratory problems and expertise in conducting clinical and translational research in patient populations with respiratory disease. Faculty are drawn from the Duke University School of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, consistently ranked among the top 10 programs in the United States. To learn more, visit

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