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By Margaret Thompson-Shumate maggedy43@gmail.com

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n the early 1980’s, I secured a small housing loan. My daughter, Tracy, was a teenager at the time and although we were living in Salisbury, she expressed an intense desire to attend Erwin Jr. High School and East Rowan High School. My ex father-in-law volunteered and was approved to build us a modest home in Rockwell. As my budget was somewhat limited, central air conditioning was not possible, so he installed an attic fan instead. One summer night, during

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the first year in our new home, I was sitting in the living room relaxing and watching television. Suddenly, from the corner of my eye, I thought I saw a quick dark flash in the hallway. After an investigation that revealed nothing, I decided that my eyes were playing tricks on me because I was so tired. It was definitely bedtime for me I told myself. Tracy was on summer break from school and was going to stay up and watch television in her bedroom for a while. Around 2:00 a.m., Tracy woke me with an excited revelation. “Mom, I’m scared! There’s a

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unny days uplift spirits. But seniors need to take special precautions to make sure their enjoyment of summer is not eclipsed by the pain of sunburn or the harmful effects of dehydration and heat illness. Physical changes that

bat flying around in my room!” I jumped up and rushed to her room, but could not confirm her sighting. I told her she must have been dreaming. “No, Mom! Honest! I wasn’t asleep!” Just then, from behind the window curtain, appeared this ugly black creature with wide spread wings. It definitely was a bat! We slammed the bedroom door and put towels around the bottom to hopefully keep it contained. Unfortunately, there was no chance for help until daylight. Tracy kept a vigil for the remainder of the night in the living room, while keeping a

come with aging make older adults more vulnerable to summer’s heat and humidity. The American Geriatrics Society’s Foundation for Health in Aging (FHIA) reports that most of the 200 Americans who die each summer of heat-related complications are over 50. Seniors become less sensitive to heat and the feeling of thirst as they age. And on top of that, certain medical conditions, such as heart disease, and medications commonly taken by seniors— water pills, allergy and sinus medications, and antidepressants – further increase the risk.

watchful eye on her bedroom door. As I had to work the next day, I tried to sleep. But, every time I dozed, I dreamed of screeching bats biting my neck. Finally this restless night came to an end. I called my mother in Salisbury who in turn got in touch with my nephew, Dusty, in China Grove. Luckily, he was available and said he and a friend would come and capture our unwelcome guest. I called my boss and gave her my best “bat” excuse for being late for work. She was very sympathetic but also greatly amused. I wasn’t! The doorbell rang about 9:00 a.m. Continued on page 2

FHIA warns that temperatures in the low 90s can be very dangerous to seniors and offers seniors and their caregivers a wide variety of hot weather safety tips (link to: www.healthinaging.org/public_ education/hot_weather_safety_ tipsv3.pdf). Recommendations include: • Turn on the air conditioner or go to an air conditioned place – senior center, mall, movie theater, or library, for example. Fans are not sufficient. • Stay indoors during excessive heat, and when outside, avoid the Continued on page 3

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You know it’s gonna be a bad day, when the buzzards start circling By Jan McCanless janmccanless@aol.com

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ver have one of “those “ days? I have weeks at a time like that. Well, for instance, the other day, it started out kinda strange, as all my days do. I was outside, and all I could see when I looked up was a flock of buzzards circling overhead. That can give a person pause, trust me. After I went inside, I find out I had put too much detergent in with the laundry, and my utility room was awash in bubbles. Soooo, I thought I’d put my shoes on and get it all mopped up pretty quick, and I would have too, except my shoelace broke in mid stride. Now, already I’m thinking I may have done something really terrible to warrant all this, then, I remembered

the buzzards, they must know something I don’t, I thought. There were a few things on my grocery list I forgot at the super market as well that morning, so, as I was driving back to the grocery store, the buzzards began circling the car, one even flew level with my passenger side window, and I want to tell you, that is one unnerving sight, to say the least. Eventually, all things got sorted out, but, I was wrung out. I want to tell you, so, I did the best thing I could have done, I got in my car, and took a drive out in the country. We live out in the country, so, doing this was not a huge undertaking, but, occasionally I enjoy looking at cows, flowers, breathing in the fresh air, which isn’t easy when there are cows

around! Nothing fills up the senses like a drive through the countryside. If you don’t believe me, ask John Denver, he wrote a song about it, and he was right. My dad taught me this lesson, and he was good at stress relief, he went fishing, or he descended into the basement with my brother to tie fishing flies, they enjoyed that. He knew what was good for the soul, and when I was a kid, a chocolate milkshake would do it for me. I can’t havethose anymore, so, I look elsewhere. A drive through the countryside was exactly what I needed that day, and when I got home, I felt I could handle anything, even the buzzards!! Thanks, Pop, and Happy Father’s Day to all!

Oh, What A Night! continued from page 1 I opened the door to find my nephew (Batman) and his friend (Robin, I assumed) armed with an old quilt and a tennis racquet. They entered the bedroom, closed the door, bumped and rumbled

around for about fifteen minutes, and then exited with big smiles on their faces. The bat had been found under Tracy’s pillow and was dead. Ding, Dong – the bat was dead! We discovered that it had entered the house through the slats in the attic fan which was located in the hallway. After praising, “Batman “and “Robin” for their heroic efforts, I immediately shut and taped the attic fan slats. They remained closed until I sold the house and moved back to Salisbury after Tracy’s high school graduation. “Batman” Dusty still lives in southern Rowan County. Shortly after his “bat rescue mission” however, he traded his bat cave in for a nice family farmhouse. He and his sweet wife have since raised four beautiful

daughters and are currently proud grandparents of three precious little boys with another grandchild due in a few months. “Robin’s” whereabouts are unknown. Since the month of June honors fathers on a special day, I would like to personally send a loving shout-out to my nephew for being such a devoted and caring Christian father and grandfather. I read somewhere once that “any man can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a “dad”. I sincerely wish a Happy Father and/ or Dad’s Day to all Senior Savvy readers! ALSO – you just might want to keep your eyes open for any movement around any open slats. Since “batman” has retired, you may have some difficulty in locating super heroes to assist you.

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Our Health

Safe In The Summer Heat And Sun continued from page 1 sun as much as possible, wear hats and sunglasses, and use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing • Avoid strenuous activity • Take cool showers, baths, or sponge baths FHIA also recommends that family members or friends check on seniors at least twice a day during a heat wave. Family and professional caregivers can make a special effort to help seniors get enough to drink, as the need for water and nonalcoholic and decaffeinated beverages rises with the temperature. This includes keeping a good variety of beverages on hand and encouraging frequent drinking of smaller quantities as opposed to less frequent drinking of larger quantities.

Use the urine test to confirm whether you or a loved one is drinking enough. Light yellow urine is usually a sign that liquid consumption is adequate, while darker urine may signal that more liquid is needed.

Beware of Heat Illnesses Overexposure to the heat can lead to a variety of serious health problems. The Mayo Clinic (www. mayoclinic.com) states that: • Heat exhaustion is a warning that your body cannot cool itself. Symptoms include thirst, dizziness, weakness, poor coordination, nausea and sweating. Body temperature stays normal, but the skin feels cold and clammy and pulse can be normal or raised. If this is the case, rest in a cool place, drink plenty of fluids and take a cool shower or sponge bath. This condition can turn into

THE HOLE

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live in a beautiful area of North Carolina. One of my favorite parts of the landscape here are the huge boulders that stick out from everywhere. You can almost imagine the time in history when they were tumbled by the forever gone water, and these giants came to rest in what is now people’s yards, at the side of the road, in the middle of a pasture. They are everywhere. And people have incorporated them into their landscape. Some plant flowers around them, some plant trees to shade the rocks and some schools even import huge rocks for the kids to paint at will. I was thinking about these boulders and how they are part of the landscape. There is no changing the fact they are here to stay… and how that compares to a loss in our life. But instead of a boulder being in our life, we have a hole. When my husband died suddenly of a rare blood disorder called protein S deficiency, I had no clue of the size of the hole he would leave behind. My husband was not only my best friend and the father of my children, he was my pastor. The hole he left was immense. I was afraid of looking into it for too long lest I fall in and be lost to my daughters and other family and friends forever. I had to find a way to deal with this loss. There were

very few support books back in the day. There were lots of books for sale that told me how the authors felt, there were lots of books that told the sad story of a life lost, but I could not find one to help me heal! So… I began to write. And I began to counsel others who endured the loss of a loved one to death. And I discovered that a loss is a lot like a hole. We miss so many things about the person who died and who we were when we were with them. Our likes, our home environment, our goals and dreams are intertwined with that person. And now, there is a hole. It is very common for people to try and fill in the hole. They use things like sleeping aids, alcohol, other drugs, shopping, working or shallow relationships to try and fill the void that is there. This may continue for an extended period, until we realize, there is no way to fill that hole. It is now an ugly part of OUR landscape. There is nothing we can do to make the hole go away… or is there? I simply could not bear the thought of looking into that dark, deep hole daily. It was killing me and I was not present for my daughters, or my life for that matter. After some soul searching I came up with an idea and it worked for me. I hope you will try it and it can work for you too. I made a physical list of things I was thankful for. The list was hard to make at first. I was so new in my grief that I had to start small. I was thankful my husband did not have the stroke he had while we were driving down the road. I was thankful he was alive long enough for all of us to express our goodbyes. I was thankful I had two

heatstroke, so if you do not feel better quickly, seek medical care right away. • Heat stroke is life threatening and requires emergency medical help. After calling 911, get the individual to a cool place. Signs of heat stroke include fainting, body temperature above 104° F, confusion, irritableness, staggering, dry, flushed skin, strong, rapid pulse or slow, weak pulse, not sweating, acting delirious or being in a coma.

Protecting Against Sunburn Seniors particularly need to avoid sun exposure if they take certain medications that increase sensitivity to the sun, such as water pills, antibiotics, some antidepressants and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat arthritis pain and inflammation.

daughters that needed me and had the chance to know their dad. I was thankful I had family that took care of me during this horrible time. I was thankful I had a best friend that was a bull dog for me and protected me for months after his death. I then put a daily reminder on my phone for each morning at 8am. It says “Be thankful for something.” And I will tell you that somedays I sit there and think before I say aloud the thing I am thankful for. But, I say it out loud every day and have been doing this for years now. By verbalizing aloud my thankfulness, it lets me hear a good thing in my life. You see, the things I am thankful for become a buffer between my hole and the rest of my life. I like

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The Mayo Clinic offers the following guidance for treating sunburn: • Take a cool bath or apply cold compresses to the affected skin • Apply over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, aloe or a moisturizer • Do not break blisters. Breaking them will slow the healing process and increase risk of infection. Cover blisters with light, non-stick gauze, if needed. • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever until redness and soreness subside. • Continue using moisturizing cream while the skin peels. However, see a doctor if severe sunburn covers a large area with blisters, is accompan-ied by high fever or severe pain and does not improve in a few days.

to think of the good things in my life as bushes and flowers I am planting on the edge of the hole, so it is harder for me to see into it. I know it will always be a part of my life, but as life goes on, the things I have planted will continue to grow and I must walk through tall plants and many flowers to get to the side of the hole that is there. It is a choice I make each day. I will never forget my husband, or the impact he had on this earth… but I am choosing to focus on the beauty around me and not the hole. Louanne is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist who does group grief classes as well as one on ones. You can contact her by calling 980-521-4661 or going to her website Louannestanton.com

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From Our Readers

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.

James Polk is a faithful contributor to Trail Tales. This month he stretches the imagination with what he admits is a Tall Tale. Instruction on how to access an electronic version of the story is posted on the blog hosted at www.hiddentreasurenovels.com. Enjoy this installment

FROM THE SHADOWS

© 2013 By James H. Polk

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t was bitter cold. The little shrimp boat made its way into the channel and slowly moved against the current toward its resting place at the dock. It was a beautiful late fall day. The shrimping was good. They had stayed out so late the tide caught them and forced them to wait a few hours before making their way home. The young man rested in the stern. He was very tired, and a bit uneasy. He had planned to get back by sunset, and go straight home. But that would not be the case tonight. He was only 25, and the youngest of the four-man crew. That usually meant all of the unpleasant and dirty work, but his comrades were generous, and shared with all the duties. But they did talk a lot, and that sometimes bothered him. Not that they talked, but what they talked about. It made him uneasy, particularly this time of year and this time of night. He had never been afraid of the dark, not until recently. As a young boy in years past, he remembered playing outside until his mother called him in for bed, and there never was a thought or worry about anything. That is until the events of the past six months. The dead livestock with no real identifiable cause of death really made him wonder, and the disappearance of the young child put the entire little community in a stir. The police finally concluded that she had gotten in the water, and

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was either caught in the current or else a shark gliding by grabbed her. But he was not convinced of that end. He knew her and her friends, and they never played near the water, particularly at night. She, just like all the full-time residents of the village, had a healthy respect for the river and enjoyed it for the beautiful sight that it was. She would not venture into its deep black water even during the day, without some adult around The little boat settled into the slip in the harbor and they cut the engine. He was always amazed every day that it would even start. But it almost always did without fail. On that rare occasion when it did not, someone always knew how to get it running. Tonight he wished it would not quit running, as that meant it was time to leave, and he would be alone. The night was cold enough and there was ice in the cooler, so they decided not to get the shrimp out. Tomorrow was Sunday, and they would not be going out. There would be time enough then to box it up and get it to market. The young man once again wished that things would drag out longer, for he dreaded the long walk home, particularly the way he had to go. As they locked the hold of the boat, the other three decided to go straight for the pub and have a few beers before calling it a night. They tried to get him to come along, but he felt he needed to get home as he had some chores to take care of before retiring. It was already 9:15 as he stood beside the dock and watched his friends disappear into the mist. They laughed, and made their way up away from the waterfront the few blocks to the watering station. He stood alone. There was not a

sound, only the soft lapping of the water against the boat. No breeze tonight, which was good, because it would freeze him near to death. There would certainly be a frost in the morning, and some ice on the trees and lines of the boats. The mist, such as it is this time of year along the coast, is heavy, and when it gets cold, it gets heavier, and settles on all exposed to it. He was exposed and already cold, as he started very slowly to make his way along the waterfront. This was not so bad though, there were streetlights, though dim, and dimmer still due to the fog, but they offered some solace. As he moved along he heard voices approaching, speaking quietly. They did not realize that he was approaching. They were no more than 30 feet away when they came into view, a couple walking their dog. The man nodded, and the young man returned the greeting and moved on. The voices quickly faded into the distance, as the mist seemed to engulf him once again. He was nearing the point where he left the waterfront and turned inland. His small house was on this very street, but it was almost a mile away. He was so grateful for the streetlights again. They had been put up only 3 months ago, probably by the encouragement of the police to give a little more security to those like himself who had to be out alone at night. He was convinced that they knew more than they were saying, but they would not say much or risk setting the small number of permanent village residents into a panic. Also, this was a summertime tourist area and it had suffered near the end of the season with all of the events

about the missing child and the livestock. They would do anything to keep the money flowing, even fabricating a story or spending more than the village had to put up lights wherever possible. The young man was now at the place where he made his inland turn, and a wave of uneasiness swept through him once again. Although there was no breeze to speak of, a cold, almost solid touch, brushed across his face. He stopped and stood completely still, not even breathing. His heart was pumping and as he looked down the tree-covered street at the dim lights disappearing in the mist. He shivered. Not really from the cold, but from a feeling of dread. He did not know what lay ahead of him on his journey home. But he must go on, and he started walking. It would be very slowly and cautiously. The young man tried to reason this out as well as he could. Why walk slowly? Run as fast as you can, and you will be home inside of 10 minutes. At this pace, it will take at least a half hour. But he could not do that. What if he ran directly into the path of that which he feared? And he did have a vision in his mind’s eye of what “that” was. He had heard stories since childhood of creatures that lived in the swamps. Large creatures that walked like men but were not. They had never been trapped, captured, or killed, but many were convinced that they had seen them, glimpses of something moving across their path in the twilight. Or a form standing at the edge of a field that backed up to the woods and staring at them in the dusk of early evening. He himself, when he was 12 thought that he heard one, a mournful cry, Continued on page 9

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DEEP BREATHING FOR YOUR BRAIN

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By Lynda Teter

t is said that if you are healthy you could survive more than three weeks without food, if the need should arise. You could survive up to one week without water – providing you are not in a very hot environment. However, you could only survive three minutes without air or oxygen. I don’t recommend you test it out to see if this is true: please just take the researchers’ word for it. Why would anyone try to go without food, water or oxygen? You wouldn’t!!! All three are very essential to survival. Let’s take a closer look at the body’s need for oxygen. First of all, the advice to “just breathe” is not just a cliché. Breathing comes to us automatically, involuntarily, it just happens: you don’t even have to think about it. There is a respiratory control center at the base of your brain that controls your breathing. This center sends ongoing signals down your spine to the muscles involved in breathing. Just about all your muscles in the center of your body are involved. This includes the muscles in your back, as well as your abdominals in the front, and your chest muscles, and the intercostal muscles of the rib cage. The organ muscles involved are the lungs, diaphragm, heart, and brain. All of these muscles and organs need oxygen for you to survive. When the brain sends the signal, these muscles automatically go into action, and a breath is taken. A normal functioning brain will signal approximately 16 respirations, or breaths per minute. If your brain does not get enough oxygen, the spontaneous breathing pattern could be interrupted. What could possibly interrupt this regular breathing pattern? Different activities and happenings throughout the day can involuntarily change your breathing. • Emotions: If you become scared or angry, you may find your heart beating more rapidly, and your respirations more shallow and quick. • Activities: Engaging in activities such as fast-paced exercises, aerobics, playing sports, jogging, will require more oxygen, and, again, your breathing pattern will increase. • Environmental issues: Your body will need to restrict how much air you breathe if the air contains irritants or toxins.

This is how it works. Your body has many sensors in your brain, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs. The sensors in your brain and in the carotid arteries in your neck detect carbon dioxide or oxygen levels in your blood and change your breathing rate automatically, as needed. Sensors in the airways detect lung irritants, which triggers sneezing or coughing. Sensors in the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs can detect fluid buildup in lung tissues. These sensors trigger rapid or shallow breathing. Sensors in your joints and muscles detect movement of your arms or legs. When you are physically active, you feel the need for more oxygen, and your breathing rate increases automatically. Is there ever a need to take over control of your breathing pattern? YES. It is said “Good lung health may help you maintain your brain’s processing speed and problem-solving abilities as you age.” HealthDay News, Thursday, Oct 11, 2012. You can help improve the oxygen level in your body and brain health by practicing deep, or mindful breathing; also known as diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing and paced respirations. When you take charge of your breathing, you have begun voluntary respirations. Why would you do this? The human body requires various elements or chemicals for proper bodily functions. Oxygen makes up 61% of those elements needed. Breathing deeply and slowly helps ensure the brain receives the oxygen needed. Which, in turn, affects the rest of the body: • Every cell in your body needs oxygen. Breathing deeply significantly improves the quality of your blood. • Calms down the nerves, and slowly gives your nerves time to relax. Because of an increased amount of oxygen, the spinal cord nerves and brain are better nourished. Which, in turn aids the brain’s release of so-called pleasure, or happy neurochemicals, giving you a better mood or disposition. The happy chemicals released are: Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Endorphins. What do these chemicals

do? They effect your body’s alertness, concentration, attention span, balanced mood, intuition, appetite, satisfaction of life, learning memory, feeling pleasure or pain. If these chemicals are unbalanced, you may experience hyperactivity, compulsion, foggy brain, hesitation, doubt, obsession, confusion, anxiety and restlessness. • When the nerves are calmed down, the muscles naturally follow, which can reduce the occurrence of muscle stiffness and can enhance your overall sense of well-being. • Lowers blood pressure. Because of the relaxation you receive from calmed nerves and relaxed muscles, the arteries and veins are more relaxed and don’t have to work so hard to pump the blood throughout your body, resulting in lower blood pressure. • Strengthens the lungs and heart. The more oxygen the heart receives, the better the lungs and heart can do their job. • Helps to improve digestive and elimination processes. How is this voluntary, slow and controlled, deep breathing accomplished?

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The basic mechanics of deepbreathing usually includes three parts: Inhaling through your nose, holding the breath, and then slowly releasing the breath through pursed lips. Let’s do it together: First of all, I want you to sit nice and tall in your chair with your feet flat on the floor. Relax your shoulders, and place one hand on your lower abdomen, and the other hand on your upper chest. 1. Inhale deeply through the nose for a count of five to seven, making sure you feel the abdomen expand. Do not lift your shoulders as you breathe in. 2. Hold the breath for a count of 3. 3. Now exhale completely through your mouth with pursed lips for a count longer than the inhalation. As you exhale, slowly draw in the abdominal muscles. 4. Repeat this process for one minute or so, several times a day. This will help you to establish a deep-breathing pattern. The information provided here is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

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Our Faith

READING OVER OLD NOTES

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leepless nights can often be the result of long daytime naps. It seems like the older I get, the more often this happens to me. After 4:00 AM, there is hardly anything worth watching on TV; it often can be the best time to read the Bible before you officially start another day. One sleepless morning, I decided to read back over notes that I have written in my Bible throughout the last 23 years. There were a lot of blank pages for writing notes in my Women’s Devotional Bible. God has often given me story ideas from these notes to share with others. Example #1: One of the heaviest burdens for us to carry is a grudge. Grudges can weigh us down and keep us from being all God wants us to be. A grudge is a

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persistent feeling of ill will or resentment from a past insult or injury. Do you carry a grudge against someone you once loved? Example #2: Mercy and grace are distinct, but complimentary concepts. It has been said that mercy is not necessarily getting what we deserve and grace is getting what “we don’t deserve.” Another note read as follows:

“Grace is the undeserved, freely given, loving kindness of God.” Maybe the person or thing for whom or what you carry a grudge could use a little mercy. After all, God gives us mercy even when we don’t deserve it. Can you grant mercy to the one for whom you carry a heavy grudge? Is the weight of that grudge too heavy on your shoulders? You may not think that person deserves your grace, but then we must ask ourselves if we deserve God’s grace. My friend, the other Linda, says that God refills us with grace and mercy every day, just like we fill our gas tanks or our empty stomachs. One of my notes reads: “Grace is the undeserved love and acceptance received from God in providing salvation for

sinners.” Dr. David Jeremiah said in another note that “we find grace in God’s sight through our relationship with Jesus Christ.” Will you pray and ask God to help remove that heavy grudge from your life? Will it be worth it to you to restore a loving relationship with that person who has been the heavy weight on your shoulders? I know that during my life I have had grudges against some of my family and friends, but during my growing relationship with Christ I have prayed and pleaded for forgiveness. I have learned to forgive though forgetting can be harder. I’m afraid that some folks still carry the grudges on their shoulders and have been unable to find that peace which surpasses understanding.

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ith warmer weather on its way, take this opportunity to make sure you’re staying properly hydrated. Chances are you aren’t drinking enough water daily. Women should drink about 72 ounces of fluids a day, and men

should drink about 100 ounces a day, according to the Institute of Medicine. That’s about 9 cups and 12.5 cups, respectively. While those estimates account for water and other fluids, it’s always better to choose water over sugary juices and drinks, because water refreshes and reinvigorates in ways that no other liquid can.

Why the push to drink so much water?

other sweetened beverages can also cut your calories for the day.

“Water impacts your body’s health as a whole in many different ways,” said registered nurse and certified health coach Val Velte of Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. “It regulates our body temperature, carries nutrients, lubricates our joints and protects our organs. If you aren’t drinking enough, it’s harder for your body to carry out these tasks.” Velte noted that getting the recommended amount of water helps prevent against various conditions and diseases.

Dehydration

Water and Weight Drinking enough water can also promote overall health, including weight management. “Sometimes thirst can be mistaken as hunger,” Velte said. “This can lead to possible weight gain when excess calories are consumed due to what your body perceives as hunger. If you’re drinking enough water, your body won’t have to determine if you’re hungry or if you’re actually just thirsty.” Velte said drinking water with meals could also promote an earlier feeling of fullness. If you drink a glass of water before you start your meal, you will be more likely to stick to the recommended portions. Choosing water over soda and

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“Dehydration, or not consuming enough water, can negatively affect your health,” Velte said. “It can impair our ability to achieve optimal health, even including the health of our skin. Dehydration could result in skin that is dry and more prone to wrinkling.” Velte added dehydration can also cause us to lose energy and prevent our bodies from working at their best to fight ailments.

Tips to drink more water

If you find yourself struggling to reach for more water, here are some easy tips. • Add your own flavor with fruit slices. “The fruit slices are a natural way to add flavor to your water without adding unnecessary sugar,” Velte said. “Artificial fruit flavoring isn’t nearly as healthy as the real thing.” • Keep it nearby at your desk or in your car. “If water is in front of you all day, you will be more likely to drink it,” Velte said. • Think of your wallet – it’s cheaper and better for you to order water at restaurants. “You could save a lot of money by having a glass of water instead of soda,” Velte said. “Your wallet and your body will thank you for doing that.”

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Our Health

HAVE YOU HEARD?

Lorin S. Oden

Au.D., FAAA Doctor of Audiology

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have been working with hearing aids and hearing technology for over 30 years. After completing my Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Denver, I worked for a major hearing aid manufacturer in Dallas, Texas for 4 years. Understanding what is involved in the ordering, building and shipping process of a hearing aid has provided me with knowledge most hearing healthcare providers do not have. As a result, I am very particular with whom I choose to purchase from. Our supplier must provide us with an excellent product and the support to provide exceptional service to our patients at the time of fitting and for the years to follow. I have been working with ReSound since the early 1990s. Their manufacturing facility is in Minnesota, while their research and development facilities are located in Chicago and Denmark. I have visited both US locations in the recent past. Having worked in manufacturing, I found their research and development facility amazing. I now have

a better understanding of the amount of people and years of work that goes into releasing a new product. But what happens between the time of in-house product development and release of new technology to the consumer? We now know. Early this year, we were invited to participate in the beta trial of Resound Linx3D. Company-wide, five sales representatives were chosen to select one audiologist to participate in the study. Our representative David J. was chosen and he chose us. What an honor to be one of five in the US to provide input to the next generation of technology advancements. As part of the beta trial, we chose five current hearing technology wearers, who were iPhone users, to participate. Our participants’ current hearing aids ranged from 1 year old technology to 5 year old technology. Each person was able to wear the new “trial” devices for 1 month. The devices were paired to their iPhones allowing them to rate the use of the new app. At the end of the trial, each participant had to return the devices and delete the app from their phones. Each participant and I completed a questionnaire which was reviewed by the developers as to the sound quality, comfort, ease of use and the iPhone connectivity. To date, two of our participants have placed orders for the new technology and one

is waiting until the summer to upgrade. Interesting to note, our 1 year old technology wearer was the only one who did not notice an appreciable improvement in hearing ability, but did find the app to be more user friendly. Our 3-5 year old technology wearer did find a significant improvement in hearing ability, especially in the presence of background noise. A special thanks to Mike, Steve, Ralph, Fran and Lou for their participation. Why ReSound for us? ReSound was the first company to develop a computer programmable device. They were also the first to develop and open ear mini behind the ear hearing enhancer, which was the forefront to the most popular style we are currently fitting today. There were times when they were not building a good quality, product and being

the picky one I am, I ordered from other suppliers. Not being tied to any one manufacturer or part of a franchise organization, we can order from the best of the best. For the last several years I have found them to be that company. Remember that hearing technology is only part of the hearing rehabilitation process. You have to have a thorough diagnostic evaluation. If hearing technology is warranted, the devices have to be properly programmed, and you have to know how to use them. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Jane or myself, give Beth a call at 704-633-0023. We look forward to seeing you soon. 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 www.hearingsolutionsofnc.com

June Crossword

Across

1. A kind of macaw 6. See the sights 10. Put away 14. Volumes 15. Forearm bone 16. Desire 17. A religion based on sorcery 18. Low-fat 19. Babylonian goddess of healing 20. Intentionally untrue 22. Secluded valley 23. Chart 24. Complies 26. Mold 30. Japanese wrestlers 32. Not silently 33. Infection of the intestines 37. Association

38. Anagram of “Amend” 39. Notion 40. An appraiser 42. Tomorrow’s yesterday 43. Tweaked 44. Givers 45. Picture 47. One time around 48. Annoying insect 49. Unacquainted 56. Hindu princess 57. Conceited 58. Approximately 59. Pearly-shelled mussel 60. Type of sword 61. Catkin 62. Legume 63. Umpires 64. Fails to win

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1. “Smallest” particle 2. Gown 3. So be it 4. Absorb written material 5. Disgraced 6. Garden bulb 7. Margarine 8. Two-toed sloth 9. Redeemed 10. Proposal 11. Genuinely 12. Leers 13. Withdraw gradually 21. Bird call 25. French for “Good” 26. A ceremonial staff 27. Ailments 28. Boor 29. Act of doubting

30. Church council 31. End ___ 33. A romantic meeting 34. Cocoyam 35. Back 36. Cheers 38. Tactic 41. Cup 42. Applied to the skin 44. Water barrier 45. Absurd 46. Craze 47. Paths 48. Food 50. Back of the neck 51. Feudal estate 52. Large luxurious car 53. Angers 54. Skin disease 55. Rodents

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Leisure

A Little Dose of Humor 25th Wedding Anniversary

Marriage Certificate

To celebrate their silver anniversary, a couple went to Niagara Falls and asked a motel clerk for a room. “We only have the honeymoon suite available,” the clerk told them.

Husband: “Nothing.”

“My wife and I’ve been married 25 year,” the man said. “We don’t need the honeymoon suite.” “Look, buddy,” replied the clerk. “I might rent you Yankee Stadium, but you don’t have to play baseball in it!”

Lunch Swap Two businessmen walk into a diner in the countryside. They have decided to stop there for lunch, so without ordering anything they sit down, take out sandwiches from their bags and begin to eat them. The waiter sees this and says to them, “You can’t eat your own sandwiches in here!” So the businessmen look at each other, shrug, and swap sandwiches.

Why Did Mom Marry Dad?

Wife: “What are you doing?”

Wife: “Nothing? You’ve been reading our marriage certificate for an hour.” Husband: “I was looking for the expiration date.”

Peat Moss Crimes A woman went into a hardware store to purchase a bale of peat moss. She gave a personal check in payment and said to the clerk, “I suppose you will want some identification.” He replied, without hesitation, “No ma’am, that won’t be necessary.” “How come?” asked the woman. “Crooks don’t usually buy peat moss,” answered the clerk.

I Want To Become A Politician “Dad, I want to become a politician,” said Jim.

Grade school children were asked the question, “Why did your mom marry your dad?” These are some responses: 1. She got too old to do anything else with him. 2. My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on. 3. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world, and Mom eats a lot!

Paying Extra for Good Looks The person sitting next to me on a flight was a woman. Ever the charmer, I used one of my pick-up lines on her. I asked, “Does the airline charge you extra for sitting next to good-looking men?” “Yes,” she replied, “but I wasn’t willing to pay.”

His father asked, “And what are you doing to become one?” “Nothing, dad.” “Good, you’re halfway there then.”

Biggest Jerk Bob was in his usual place, sitting at the table, reading the news. He came across an article about a beautiful actress who was about to marry a man who was known primarily for his bad behavior and lack of good manners. He turned to his wife with a look of bewilderment on his face. “I’ll never understand why the biggest jerks get the most attractive wives.” His wife replies, “Why, thank you, dear!”

Where To Cry If you need a shoulder to cry on... Just pull off on the side of the road!

Fashion Forward

Car Parts Search

A client recently brought her two cats to my husband’s veterinary clinic for their annual checkup. One was a small-framed, round tiger-striped tabby, while the other was a long, sleek black cat. She watched closely as I put each on the scale. “They weigh about the same,” I told her. “That proves it!” she exclaimed. “Black does make you look slimmer and stripes make you look fat.”

The New Wedding Vows A grandmother overheard her 5-year-old granddaughter “playing wedding.” The wedding vows went like this: “You have the right to remain silent, anything you say may be held against you, you have the right to have an attorney present. You may kiss the bride.”

Teenage Way of Showing It Stella, 6, and her mommy were talking. AIR BAG BODY BRAKE CAR SEAT CARRIER RACK CHILD SEAT CRUISE CONTROL DEFOGGER

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Stella: “I’ll bet you can’t wait ‘til I’m a teenager!” DOORS ENGINE GAS TANK HOOD MUFFLER POWER WINDOW RADIO

ROOF SEAT BELT STEERING WHEEL TAIL LIGHT TIRES TRUNK WHEELS WINDSHIELD

Mommy: “Actually, I can.” Stella: “Why?” Mommy: “Because I like you being sweet.” Stella: “I’ll still be sweet when I’m a teenager. I’ll just have an awkward way of showing it.”

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When Was Your Last Tetanus Shot? by Katrena Allison Wells Faith Community Nurse for Woodleaf United Methodist Church

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etanus is a bacterial disease that can cause skeletal muscles to become rigid and/or spasm. Symptoms typically begin in the jaw (lockjaw) and neck, followed by difficulty swallowing and rigid abdominal muscles. Stiffness then moves to other muscles of the body. Sweating and fever may occur. Breathing can become difficult, and fractures may result from muscle contractions; heart problems can also develop. Seizures may occur, and the autonomic nervous system can be affected. The bacterium responsible for this potentially deadly disease is Clostridium tetani. Although the bacterium cannot survive in the presence of oxygen, the spores are remarkably resistant to heat and antiseptics. The bacterium is commonly found in soil, saliva, dust, the intestines and feces of many

animals, and in contaminated heroin. This tiny organism packs a punch: only 2.5 nanograms per kilogram of body weight is estimated to be potentially lethal. One nanogram is one billionth of a gram. The C. tetani bacterium can enter the body through a wound, such as stepping on a nail or if the umbilical cord of a newborn is cut with a non-sterile instrument and when the mother has not been immunized against tetanus. Although many people associate tetanus with puncture wounds, less common ways to contract tetanus include elective surgery, burns, crush wounds, ear infections, dental infections, animal bites, bug bites, splinters, a pinprick, or abortion. Sometimes these wounds do not initially look problematic and may have very little bleeding, so they may be overlooked. Symptoms of tetanus develop 3-21 days after the injury,

averaging 8 days after the injury. Tetanus symptoms in a newborn baby will usually develop four to fourteen days after birth. In the 1940s, tetanus affected approximately 500-600 people per year. Today, between 18 and 37 cases are reported annually. These lower numbers are attributed to tetanus immunizations. Someone fully vaccinated for tetanus has a very low potential to get a tetanus infection. Tetanus is much harder to treat than it is to prevent. The CDC recommends that adults receive a tetanus booster every ten years. An adult who has a wound that is not clean or that is not minor should receive a tetanus booster if his/her last tetanus shot was more than five years prior to the injury or if last tetanus shot is unknown. Someone with a clean, minor wound should receive a tetanus booster if his/her last tetanus shot was more than ten years prior to the injury or last tetanus shot is unknown. If you experience a deep

and dirty wound and have not had a tetanus shot within five years, seek immediate medical attention and clean the wound with tap water. Tetanus immune globulin can be given to treat a tetanus infection; however, there is a short window of time in which this treatment will be most effective. Many adults are unaware of their immunization status; this is a good question for one’s primary care physician. Reviewing and keeping a copy of one’s immunization history may be helpful when determining best treatment options if an injury occurs. An annual physical is a good time to review this information and to ensure one is up-to-date with a recommended immunization schedule. If your faith community is interested in a health program, please contact Pam Hurley at Pamela. Hurley@carolinashealthcare.org. Sources:

made them look even larger and darker. The tall tombstones and monuments pointed skyward at varying angles, pushed up through the centuries by the ever-growing roots of the old trees. He noticed the streetlights piercing into the outside areas of the cemetery and running along the ground until the light was overcome and consumed by the darkness and fog. He moved slower still in the dead silence, not looking forward, but looking as deep as he could into the darkness of the old cemetery. Suddenly a twig snapped, not in a tree, but on the ground, and it was not far from him. He was motionless, and breathless. He could tell by the snap it was not a small twig, but a large branch, and who or whatever had broken it must be very heavy. He could tell the general area of the snap and stood as still as a statue, staring into the darkness for that which he feared he might see. Then the young man, paralyzed with fear as he was, did something quite strange. He slowly faced the area of the snap and stepped off the street and

into the edge of the cemetery. He could still only see as far as the light permitted, which was just into the outer edges of the monuments and trees. The mist limited it more and he edged slightly closer toward the noise. Then he saw it, or thought he saw it. Whatever it was, it was tall, and large, not unlike a man, but not a man. He remembered the stories from the past. Was this the same? Was this the killer of the animals and the taker of the child? He stood motionless and stared. Whatever it was moved ever so slightly. Not necessarily toward him, but appeared to lean forward. As it did, the streetlights caught the eyes, and they glowed. The glow of a beast and not a human. The young man was almost paralyzed with fear now. He watched intently as the thing turned its head, and then in a single motion, one leg moved slowly forward. What was he to do? Was it just getting a look at him or moving his way? How he wished that he had gone to the pub with the others. They would be leaving by now, and someone may have given them all a ride

• CDC online article “Tetanus” & NIH online article “Do I Need a Tetanus Shot?”

FROM THE SHADOWS continued from page 4 one rainy late afternoon in the early spring as he was crossing a newly plowed field he had helped his grandfather work. It was unbelievably frightening, and he never mentioned it to anyone, lest he be the butt of jokes. He was moving along now past the large houses. As he looked from right to left and back again, he thought to himself, where was everyone? But they were gone. Wealthy summer dwellers they were, most everyone. Back at home now, safe with their families and a warm fire on a night such as this. It was only him. He was totally alone, just he and his thoughts, he hoped. The young man picked up his pace slightly as he neared an intersection. It was better lit with streetlights on opposite corners. Something swooped by him. He lost his breath and gasped, and nearly broke into a run, but caught himself and stopped. It must have been an owl. It made no sound. He trembled as he relaxed, feeling a little at ease now. That is why the owl rarely misses the unwary rabbit. Silent killers in the night sky. As he moved along, one house had a little light in the front room. It was the old shack of Captain Dan. He was at least 80 years old, and years ago made his living on the ocean. He once had a wife and two children. But they had been killed in the hurricane of 1934. He was alone and many said he was half crazy. Most folks just left him alone. A dog suddenly barked. A piercing bark that seemed to echo off all the houses, but it only barked one time. Maybe someone shushed him, or else he had seen something himself, and even his

doggie mind had warned him it would be safer to stay quiet and under the porch until dawn. He was walking slowly, cautiously, again, just a little over half way home, and up ahead he was going to walk past the old village burying ground. As he looked ahead toward it, he thought back to years gone by. He and his friends had spent many a hot summer afternoon and evening playing there, hiding behind the tombstones, and jumping out and scaring the younger gullible members of the gang. That was a pleasant time, no one worried about things like they do now and he longed for those days again. In his mind’s eye he could picture all of them laughing and running when they scared the dickens out of somebody. But this was tonight, he was alone, it was cold and foggy, and the place was no longer a happy memory. As he approached, it had a foreboding look of dread about it, like it was a living being just waiting for him to get near. All the thoughts and memories of stories he had been told began traveling through his mind. His pulse was racing now as he slowly, deliberately approached and was almost directly across from the place that he feared. He looked deeply as he could into the depths of the cemetery. The old oaks stood tall, and never shedding their leaves this early in the year

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Our Health

Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care Named A 2017 Hospice Honors Recipient

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owan Hospice & Palliative Care has been named a 2017 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta Analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious national program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Award criteria were based on Hospice CAHPS survey results (caregiver satisfaction survey results) for an evaluation period of October 2015 through September 2016. Award recipients were identified by evaluating performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Performance scores were aggregated from all completed surveys and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a National Performance Score calculated from all partnering hospices contained in the Deyta Analytics’ Hospice CAHPS

database. Hospice Honors recipients include those hospices scoring above the Deyta Analytics National Performance Score on 20 of the evaluated questions. Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care’s Angela Harrison, RN Case Manager, credits the teams sincere commitment to quality and compassion to being named a 2017 Hospice Honors recipient. “It’s a privilege to be invited into a patient’s home, and to be with them and their family during their final months. I believe our team wants each person we serve to have the best possible experience. We are here because we feel

passionate about this type of care, and it’s very rewarding,” shared Harrison. Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care is a comprehensive hospice and palliative care organization—offering services at all stages of life to bring hope, expert care and quality of life to anyone facing the challenges of an advanced illness. The organization serves Rowan and surrounding counties. For more information call 704-637-7645. “Hospice Honors is a landmark compilation of hospices that provide the best patient and caregiver experiences,” said J. Kevin

Porter of HEALTHCAREfirst. “I am extremely proud of Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care for achieving this highest of honors and I congratulate them on their success.” Deyta Analytics is a division of HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, outsourced billing and coding services, and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices throughout the country providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

FROM THE SHADOWS continued from page 9 home. But that was not the case, and he was alone in the darkness at the edge of a cemetery staring into the face and form of something no one had ever really come face to face with before, and lived to tell of it. His reasoning seemed to return and the basic instinct of selfpreservation started to be taking over. Ever so slowly he reached

to his hip, and pulled his knife from its sheath. He felt better now, safer, there was a feeling of security with his hand around something that he knew could protect him. He started to back up to the street. Whatever transpired after that was too quick to comprehend. The huge form took no more than two steps

and was on him. There was never a sound. It was too quick for the knife to even be thrust Whatever it was took its prey, and disappeared into the mist. And he was gone. About James Polk A distant relative to the eleventh President of the United States, James is the great-grandson of James Allen Polk who served in the

Civil War and is the son of Hoyle Polk, a friend to so many in the greater Charlotte area. Born and raised in Concord, NC, James lives with his wife Valerie in Concord. He does volunteer work and is a master gardener. He graduated from Concord High School and received a degree from UNC Charlotte. He retired from a position with Social Services in Cabarrus County after thirty-five years.

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Leisure

Dad’s Excellent Scallops

Tin Roof Sundae Pie

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

2 pounds shelled, large sea scallops

4 cups honey and nut flavor cornflakes cereal

1/2 pound prosciutto, thinly sliced

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup butter, melted toothpicks, soaked in water

1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened

Directions:

1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.

1/2 cup chocolate syrup

2. Wrap each scallop with a thin slice of prosciutto, and secure with a toothpick.

Directions:

3. Lightly oil grill grate. Arrange scallops on the grill, and baste with butter. Cook for 5 minutes, turn, and baste with butter. Cook for another 8 minutes, or until opaque.

Bourbon Street N.Y. Strip Steak Ingredients: 2 (6 ounce) boneless New York strip steaks

1. Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan. In a large bowl, mix together cereal, peanut butter, and corn syrup. Press mixture into greased pie pan. 2. Spread softened ice cream evenly into crust. Top with chopped peanuts. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours. Top each slice with chocolate syrup before serving.

Beer Margaritas Ingredients:

3 cups bourbon whiskey

1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate

1 cup dark brown sugar

12 fluid ounces tequila

Directions: 1. Gently tenderize steaks with a meat mallet. With a sharp knife, lightly score the meat on one side diagonally. Place steaks in a casserole dish, scored side up, and pour bourbon over them. Rub the brown sugar evenly over each steak. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 to 3 hours. 2. Preheat grill to high heat, and lightly oil grate. 3. Place the steaks on the hot grill, with the sugar side down. Let cook until sugar has caramelized, 3 to 5 minutes, then flip steaks, and finish cooking to desired doneness.

12 fluid ounces water 12 fluid ounces beer Ice 1 lime, cut into wedges Directions: 1. Pour limeade, tequila, water, and beer into a large pitcher. Stir until well-blended, and limeade has melted. Add plenty of ice, and garnish with lime wedges. Adjust with additional water, if needed.

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From Our Readers

Struggling with Grammar: Plays on words and abused words

By: Bill Ward

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currently playing TV commercial was cleverly done using synonyms – two words spelled and pronounced differently but having the same meaning – to produce an interesting play on words. Shown are three pairs of people – two men nicely dressed; two men in work clothes; and two women in lacy gowns who look kind of ... weird. At the first pair of men, nicely dressed, one man laughs and says that he is an undertaker like his friend is a mortician. The second pair of men laugh as one says that he is a custodian while the other is a janitor. The two women, it turns out, have risen from the dead. Over an eerie laugh, they refer to one as a spirit and the other as a ghost. Unless you have an

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imper-ative to use the same word throughout a story, interchanging synonyms can help break up monotony in your writing. Learning to write well, with plenty of practice, leads to greater word comprehension and better speaking. Have you ever heard someone say, “We caught him truspassing?” Indeed. So, he was trus-passing instead of tres-passing? You might be interested to know that trespassing laws and specific signage for those laws exist for all 50 states, despite the fact that our last president tried to convince us that we have 57 states. I know that only 50 states exist because I was in Honolulu, Hawaii the day the islands became the 50th state. Borrowing words from an old song, “Oh what a night,” I remember August 21, 1959 quite well. Easily remembered from the same president who would have given us 57 states is his misuse of the word corp. As Commander In Chief, he preferred corpse, when it should sound like cor. That word helps describe the Marine

Corps and the Navy Hospital Corps, or Cor-men. Pronounce it the same if referring to the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, NC. In an emergency, some folks want to call an “amalance.” I’ve heard that on and off for most of my life. Try am-bu-lance. If you’re in doubt how a word should sound, try writing it on a piece of paper. Better still, look it up in a good dictionary and write it out. Have you ever been to an eye doctor and had your eyes “dialated.” Of course you haven’t. But you probably had them di-lated. And after the dilation was complete, the doctor proceeded with her examination. Dilation (also medically, dilatation) is the process of stretching or expanding a circular object; abnormal relaxation, such as dilatation of the heart or dilatation of the stomach. Let’s finish with the word “herb,” which arises periodically in discussions (or debates) to determine which is the correct pronunciation, “herb,” or “erb.” A herb (or erb) is defined as: “Any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring food, medicine, or perfume: ‘bundles

of dried herbs, or erbs.’” I find it interesting that while the most popular pronunciation seems to be “erb(s),” spell-check on my computer displays a red line under the word, indicating a spelling error. The origin of the word is Old French from Latin herba ‘grass, green crops, herb.’ Although herb has always been spelled with an h, pronunciation without the h was usual in British English until the 19th century and is still standard in the US. However, there are those among us still who swear that herb is pronounced as erb, so says my Uncle Herb—pronounced “Her-by.” Do you have a word or phrase whose meaning really bugs you? Have you asked two or three friends for an opinion and they’re all different? Contact me through my email address, shown below, and I’ll try to be of some help. Let me know if it’s OK to use your name. Bill Ward is an MIT-trained technical writer and editor. He has taught technical and business writing for adult professionals at Queens University in Charlotte. Contact him at wardwriters@carolina.rr.com .

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Cabarrus Senior Savvy June 2017  

Celebrating Life After 55