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Margaret Shumate


eptember has always been a special month for my family. Both my brothers have birthdays this month as well as our maternal grandmother. Lavada Abigail Adams Tatum was born on September 22, 1882. She moved to Salisbury and in with my family from Clarkesville, Georgia not long after the death of her husband (my grandfather) T.P. Tatum on August 24, 1942. She lived with us more than twenty-five years and was a wonderful addition as a “second” mother to me and my four siblings until her death at age ninety-eight. She was short, sturdy,

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and at times could be quite feisty. With that said, she always had a caring lovable spirit and loved us children dearly. She had raised seven children through some often difficult times and situations, so she was well equipped to help raise and discipline us five grandchildren. My mother, Grace, was one of her three daughters. Georgia lived in Atlanta, Ga. (later in Tennessee and Florida), and Dora in Texas. Two of her sons (Paul and Richard) lived in Florida, one (Odes) in South Carolina, and the other (Grady) in Charlotte, N.C. I don’t know exactly why Granny chose my family to live with but it was such a blessing

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for my mom to have her and her assistance with all of us children. I could probably write a book about her life with us, but for now I just want to highlight a few things. We called her “nannie” when we were young, but as we grew older this changed to “granny”. The first thing Granny did in the morning was to drink a glass of water from the spigot. To this day, I still believe that this was one of her habits that kept her so amazingly healthy. An aspirin, here and there, was the only medication I knew her to take until after the age of ninety when she became a nursing home resident. When she entered the kitchen to

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help prepare breakfast, she was always sparkling clean and neatly dressed. This included a crisp cotton apron with a bib front and a large pocket on each side. Being an excellent seamstress, she made all of her and mom’s aprons as well as most of her clothes (which was a bare minimum). One of the apron pockets would hold a can of her favorite snuff and the other a handful of tissues, neatly folded. Granny sewed many garments for people in our neighborhood to help “pay her way” as she would say. There was no social security or any other income for her other than her sewing service. She also Continued on page 2

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made clothes for me and my two sisters periodically. She sewed many items for people, charging anywhere from fifty cents for a blouse and up to three dollars for a dress or skirt. Wow! Such hard work for such little pay, but then again this was a “few” years ago. Of course, the main use of “the apron” was to protect the clothing underneath. But Granny’s apron was so much more. At times, it served as a potholder removing hot pans from the oven. It was just the thing for drying our tears when we got hurt or spanked. Often Granny would moisten (okay – spit on) her apron hem and wipe away the play-dirt smudges on our face or put a halt to a runny nose. The apron carried clothes pins out to the clothesline to hang laundry. At times, it held kindling wood

that was brought into the kitchen for the wood stove. There was a huge pecan tree in our backyard and this apron was often filled with yummy nuts to be used for cooking goodies. As Granny cracked and hulled the nuts, her apron lap collected all the shells. Many times in cold weather I can remember seeing her pull up her apron and wrap it around her arms. That “old time” apron had many, many purposes and my granny took advantage of them all and even invented some of her own. I wish all children could experience the memorable, magical aspects of a sweet, lovable Christian grandmother (including the feistiness) that I was so blessed to know in my young life. Granny outlived all four of her

sons. Her sweet soul went to heaven on December 1, 1980. We took her body back to Georgia to rest beside her husband Tom and one of her sons (Paul). Her three daughters lived to be eighty-five, ninety-two, and one hundred- two. An apron wearer is somewhat rare these days, but whenever I see someone with one on, I am so tempted to check the pockets for snuff and tissues. I will forever miss you and your apron, dear Granny! Have a happy birthday on the 22nd. I am hoping to celebrate with you in heaven one day.

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workouts can get you in better health, which is what the doctor ordered, right? Who knew it could be this easy to follow a doctor’s orders. We invite you to give us a try. You have nothing to lose except an hour of your time. And you’ll gain new friendships. We dare you to feel great after our classes. And, with the lasting physical and mental benefits of exercising, what else can you tackle in your daily life that you didn’t think you could? Feeling good is a serious game-changer. Crystal Passmore, your SilverSneakers®/Flex Instructor™, has been leading exercise and strength training programs to seniors for over 13 years. She has witnessed firsthand the benefits of exercise for her students, such as improvement in strength and range of motion. Her students tell her how they have more energy during the day and sleep better at night. She’s seen how

her students’ mental capabilities and overall outlook on life are improved. And she has seen how these benefits keep her students self-sufficient. How do you start? Go to the website: www.SilverSneakers. com. Put zip code 28075 in “Find Fitness Locations” and click on Providence Baptist Church for a list of our classes and times. Or, drop by Providence Baptist Church at 5315 Hwy 49 South, Harrisburg, NC, and take a look. We have classes every Monday through Friday. You can also pick up a calendar at any time. Classes are open to participants of SilverSneakers® as well as the community. If you’re not a member of SilverSneakers®, it’s just $3 per class. There are no membership fees, no maintenance fees, no contracts, and no termination fees. We just have fun and stay fit! Why not start today? Check out our monthly social — open to everyone — and bring a friend.

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Bad Weather And Lizards Scare Me

Jan McCanless


ots of severe weather in the headlines recently, makes you wonder what’s going on, doesn’t it. After experiencing Hugo back in 89’, I figured I could live through anything. Coming from Florida, as a child, I have seen many hurricanes, but, never saw a backyard shed float uphill as I did during Hugo. That was a first! I can recall one such storm while in Jacksonville. Can’t remember the name, but, I know my mom got all nervous about it. The wind picked up, the waters rose, we were just blocks form the ocean, and I had my first experience with really high tide, I mean, REALLY high tide. After all the huffing and puffing was

over, I walked outside our little house, and saw the strangest sight I had ever beheld. We had a screened porch on the side of the house, and the entire screen was covered in lizards that had blown up there during the storm. Some were those little green chamilleons, some were brown, but, all were lizards, and as far as I’m concerned, all lizards can go to some other continent to live, I hate them. One of them chases me around the yard here, but, that’s another story entirely. Eventually, the horrid things found their way off our screens, but, what a terrifying sight it was. Tornadoes are another thing I am leery of. My one experience with getting close up and personal with a tornado happened while we were on the road one time, My dad was driving, and Gregg and I were in the back seat, playing games, always trying to think up ways to get into mischief --- we were experts at that. At some point, I looked out the back window and saw this huge funnel shaped thing bearing down on us, right on the

same road we were traveling. Now back then, a lot of cars didn’t have very generous rear windows, so, you often couldn’t see a whole lot, but, I knew a funnel cloud when I saw one. I hollered to my dad that we were going to be swallowed up by a tornado, and he just shook his head and said not to bother him while he was driving,. Then my brother chimed in,and said, the same thing. We kept driving, not many cars on the back country roads, where we were. Gregg tapped my mom on the shoulder and told her to turn around and look, she did, and she screamed at my dad that there was a tornado bearing down on us. Finally, he took his eyes off the front of the road and looked. Suddenly, he turned left, and drove a right angle to the cloud, across a field, picking up weeds, mud, wildflowers, whatever else was in the way, the car mowed them down or threw them up onto the radiator. The car was a mess. Pops brand new De soto, and it looked awful. Pop had managed to drive a little

ways into the woods, and now, we were stuck. The storm had missed us by several feet, and all we got was a huge wind, which blew more trash onto the car. All of us helped to clean up that car, and my dad and brother pushed it out of the wooded area, almost to the road. After several chugs and sputters, the engine turned over, and we continued on our way, stopping at the nearest gas station to get it cleaned up. Back in those days, a full service gas station meant just that, you could get most anything for your car there, and the proprietor let us borrow his hose to wash the De Soto off. It wasn’t good as new, but, prit’ner. Well, hurricane season is in full swing now, and I watch each weather report, hoping to see what’s next on the horizon for us. I find it all terribly fascinating, and after each weather disaster, I have to ask myself, ‘is someone trying to tell us something?”

Allergies and Colds During the Fall Season by Katrena Allison Wells Faith Community Nurse for Woodleaf United Methodist Church


s autumn approaches and school resumes, some people begin to have a multitude of symptoms due to a cold or to allergies. Common cold symptoms typically last three days to two weeks and are caused by one of many viruses in the environment. Allergies, sometimes called hay fever, are the body’s immune response to various allergens in the environment. In the fall season, common allergens include ragweed, mold, certain foods, and classroom allergens such as dust or classroom pets. Determining whether symptoms are due to an allergy or a cold may be challenging. Both allergies and colds may include symptoms such as a cough, sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, and fatigue or weakness. Cold symptoms may include general aches and pains and a sore throat, while allergy symptoms tend to include itchy eyes. Common cold treatments include plenty of rest, overthe-counter pain relievers, and decongestants. Ensure that you are not exceeding the recommended safe maximum dosage for pain control. If you have other medical conditions, check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist to ensure that over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies will not make those conditions worse or interact with current medications you are taking. Those with allergies may find it helpful to monitor local pollen and mold counts on weather reports or via the Internet. If you

are aware of particular plants that cause symptoms, check with your extension office for information about local growing seasons. Some allergists recommend that those with known allergies begin allergy treatment about two weeks before the season is expected to start. Avoiding allergens may provide the best results, but avoiding all allergens is often easier said than done. Additional tips for helping to control fall allergy symptoms include: • Keep windows and doors shut in your home and car. • Take a shower, wash your hair, and change clothes after being outside. • Wear a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask when doing yard work – ragweed levels are highest in the mornings in the fall; tree/grass levels are highest in the evenings in spring and summer. • Use exhaust fans, correct plumping issues, and clean damp areas to reduce mold at home. • Repair roof leaks, clean gutters, and remove leaves/ vegetation near your home’s foundation. If you develop a fever, thick yellow or green mucus, sinus pressure behind the eyes and cheeks, or a worsening headache, check with your healthcare provider as these symptoms may indicate a sinus infection. I wish each of you a great and healthy start to the autumn season!

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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.

Craig is a pastor and faithful contributor to Trail Tales. This month he shares a story about a different kind of trail. You’ll have an opportunity to meet Craig at a special event on Sunday, September 10 at the Liberty Station Cowboy Church. Bring along with you this Senior Savvy issue to receive a free copy of a leather bound New Testament. Instruction on how to access an electronic version of “A Higher Trail” is posted on the blog hosted at Enjoy this installment.

A Higher Trail

© 2017 By Craig Scott


t was the winter of 1984. My wife, Terri and I were on our honeymoon in the mountains of North Carolina. The trail guide at the stables asked me if I had experience riding a horse. I answered not wanting to sound like a greenhorn in front of my new wife, “Sure I had a pony growing up and still ride.” Famous last words!!! Being led out to the corral I saw a beautiful mare about 14 hands high tied to the fence and as I began to crawl up onto the saddle the cowboy stopped me and said, “This is your wife’s horse, yours is in the other corral.” I cast my eyes for the first time on Diablo, a 17 hands high Arabian/Tennessee Walker stallion and the biggest horse I had ever seen, black as a starless night with a wild, crazy look in his eyes. The trainer held Diablo as I saddled saying, “Ride him around the corral a time or two so you two can become acquainted.” When he let Diablo go, the ride turned into rodeo mode. First raring up and pawing the sky, next kicking with his back hooves, the horse showed some real attitude. Realizing I was about to quickly


meet the ground in an unpleasant way, I looked down and decided otherwise. It looked like a mile to the ground and a whole lot of hurt. I held on for dear life amid many commands I could not understand from the trainer. This kicking and bucking continued for several minutes, seeming like an eternity. I pulled back hard on the reins and screamed as loud as I could over the commotion of horse whinnying and pawing, “Whoaaa, Whoaaa, WHOAAA!!!” Diablo stopped. I now had complete control of Diablo; he would go forward, left and right on command. He would even back up. What a horse, all 1200 plus pounds of him. The trainer yelled, “That’s it you just gotta show him who is boss.” Feeling like I had just been through a rodeo and actually survived, I led Diablo out of the corral and toward the trail to join my wife and the other riders and their very calm horses. The trainer stopped me for some last minute instruction, warning actually, “About midway on the trail you will come to a clearing, everyone will be allowed to run their horses, but whatever you do, DO NOT RUN DIABLO!!! There is a lot of power under you that does not need to be unleashed.” I agreed, scared to death, and off we went. The trail ride went really well with no incidents at least until the clearing. The trail guide told everyone they could air out their

horses. Then all the riders took off and there was Diablo and I just walking along. My horse was obedient but I could sense the power surging through his body like an electrical current about to explode. I could not stand it any longer. After all I had a wife to impress. “Giddddiii-uppp, Diablo!!!” and we were off, literally flying, his hooves barely touching the ground, me holding on and wondering what I had just unleashed. As Diablo and I passed every horse I realized I was no longer in control, but just along for the ride knowing that falling now was certain death. But that was not my greatest fear. Up ahead was a cliff and we were approaching at breakneck speed. “Whoaaa, Whoaaa, WHOAAA!!!” Wide open, full gallop, Diablo ran, and ran, and ran. “WHOAA!!! WHOAA!! WHOOAAA!!!” Finally right at the lip of the cliff and sudden death, Diablo stopped, turned, and trotted back to join the other horses. Did I hear a horse laugh or was it my imagination as we trotted back?

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. Join Pastor Craig for a launch service on September 10, 2017. Bring your children or grandchildren to this very special gathering. Cowboy churches bring a new western atmosphere to church, using the cowboy culture to reach people for Jesus Christ. Instead of pews, carpet, and organs – saddles, horses, and guitars accommodate the cowboy and cowgirl in bringing glory to God. The preaching is theological and biblical, more laid back, down to earth, and practical to everyday needs of people. But you do not have to be a cowboy or cowgirl to attend; maybe you just enjoy the cowboy culture. And, says Craig, “the best part is that just like the trail ride above, I only thought I had control of my horse. We should give God control of our lives and quit trying to do everything our way.” Joshua 1:9 states, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Have you given God complete control of your life? Come join us and grow in your faith at Liberty Station Cowboy Church. To learn more, visit Craig’s FaceBook page, contact him at the following email address: or call at 980-622-7034.

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choosing a primary care physician. Dr. Ronnie Barrier of Novant Health Rowan Family Physicians in Salisbury, North Carolina, shared some key characteristics to keep in mind.

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Your primary care provider is the first in line when it comes to managing your health. These providers are the ones with whom you should be most familiar. They are whom you see most often, the providers who know your medical history and who are the most involved in your care. From annual wellness visits to nonemergency illnesses and injuries – they care for you. Since they play such a huge role in your healthcare, there are some important things to look for when

There are three main types of primary care clinics: internal medicine (for people ages 18 and older), pediatrics (for newborns up to age 18) and family medicine (for patients of all ages). “A patient may want all family members to be seen by one provider, or a patient may choose to have the child seen by a pediatrician and select a different provider for his or her own care,” Barrier said. “Some people like the idea of having one physician care for the whole family, and that’s something to consider.”

The importance of relationship “The most important thing to consider when choosing a provider is that you feel comfortable with him or her,” Barrier said. “Open lines of communication between the patient and the provider are what matters.” Barrier noted it’s important for patients to feel like they have quality time with their provider during

each visit. Providers want their patients to feel at ease bringing up uncomfortable topics to ensure questions are answered and that their patient receives the best possible care, he said.

Going digital Because it’s still fairly new, patients may not consider whether their provider has access to an electronic health record. Barrier and his clinic use MyChart, which allows patients to log in and view their health records, email the provider and schedule appointments online. “Electronic access lets patients be more involved with their care,” Barrier said. “You can schedule appointments online and even receive test results. It’s a lot more convenient than it used to be.” “Patients can message their physician or a nurse when they have a question that maybe they forgot to ask during an office visit,” he added. “It’s a lot easier than playing phone tag.” Barrier noted that email, e-visits and video visits offer new options to connect with your primary care provider conveniently.

Staying connected Another important piece Barrier said to consider is access. When you first meet with your provider, you may want to ask the following questions: • Who will I see if you are not available? Who are the other providers at this clinic? • How are after-hours appointments or phone calls handled? • Where should I go for care when the clinic is not open? • What services do you offer at the clinic? Will I have to go elsewhere for labs or X-rays? “As providers, we want to be efficient and effective,” Barrier said. “Connecting with a patient and making sure we’re accessible is important.”

On the network One last thing to ponder – and perhaps one of the most important points of consideration – is whether the provider you want to see is in your insurance network. Patients should check with their insurance company to make sure appointments with the provider they choose will be covered by their insurance. “I always tell patients it doesn’t hurt to call our clinic and ask to verify they’re covered,” Barrier said.



ne of my fondest childhood memories was learning to read in the first grade at Wilkesboro Elementary School in Wilkesboro, N. C. Unlike today, there were no preschool programs; therefore , my first experience in learning to read was in my first grade classroom. Mrs . Barber, my teacher, was a pretty, soft-spoken, motherly lady. “Good morning class. Welcome to first grade. This year we are going to have fun while learning many new things, “she said with a warm smile. I immediately felt like myteacher was, also, a new friend. When it was time for reading, she divided the class into three groups – the Blue Birds, the Yellow Birds, and the Black Birds. It didn’t take long to learn the Blue Birds were the best readers, the Yellow Bids were learning but not quite as good, and the Black Birds – well, let’s just say they were finding reading very difficult. I learned to read using the Dick and Jane series of readers used at that time in most elementary schools. These beautiful books teach by repetition and sight. For example: “See Dick. See Dick run. Run Dick run.” The illustration on each page showed the action of the character. Flash cards and drill-work were used to build vocabulary. I was placed in the Yellow Bird group at the beginning of the year. I was so excited about learning

to read, it wasn’t long before I could read better than anyone else in that group. I will never forget how proud I was the day Mrs. Barber said, “Jean, I’m moving you to the Blue Birds.” Yea! I was a Blue Bird reader. On the first day in that group, I suddenly came against a harsh reality. The competition was greater, and my reading wasn’t as good as theirs. My pride took a hit, but I was persistent. After playimg “catch-up” for a while, I was reading with the best of them. Reading opened up a whole new world for me. Characters in books seemed to come alive as I shared adventures with them. I was sad when Bambi’ s mother was shot by the hunter, and saw the beautiful scenery of the Alps as Heidi climbed the mountain to live with her grandfather. I heard the splash of the water as Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer floated down the mighty Mississippi River on their raft. I felt their freedom and sense of adventure as they explored new places and met new people. Reading in those early years was fun. It’s still interesting and enjoyable today, whether I’m reading either a book, newspaper, or magazine for information, or a John Grisham novel for entertainment. My desire and determination to succeed in the Blue Bird reading group many years

ago started me on the right track in developing good reading skills. Reading has played a

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n the Book of Romans verse 8:28 reads: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purposes.” I’ve probably used this in previous stories; it is one of my favorite scriptures. It concerns me that some folks forget the last words, “those who love Him.” • Most folks know that I do love the Lord and in spite of the “negative events” in my life, I have come to terms with the “whys and why nots”. Some more events have happened recently that write this story. My brother, Michael, has helped me with the yard work the past few summers and because of our “event-filled lives,” I consider it a blessing that we are able to do what little bit we can in my beautiful yard. I have one very unusual perennial that has come back every year; several seasons ago I gave a cutting of it to a sweet lady who lives up the lane. I was amazed that she had been able to multiply it several times over. The original plant in my yard had become crowded and so often I had wished I could transfer it to a large open space out beside the driveway. But digging it up


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was too big a job for either of us. However, a few weeds had grown around it and Mike chopped off two pieces of the plant’s roots before he realized what it was. I told my neighbor what had happened and she assured me I could have one of her clippings when someone could load and plant it for me. Well, it is now in the island between the driveway and my neighbor’s yard. That neighbor, Lindsay Sells, has mowed my yard free of charge the past two summers. But he fell in love, got married, and has now moved away. I am very happy for him, but will miss him so much! There were many times when he came over and picked me up when I fell. His teenage son, Cade, was so willing to help me anytime I struggled

in my yard work! I admire these fellows very much and wish them the best! In almost everyone’s life, it is hard to see or understand why some episodes happen and how they can possibly be “for the good of those who love the Lord.” During the past 24 years, I have written many stories about these “happenings” in my life and the “good” results. But the older I get, the harder it is to understand why God allows some things to happen that we can see as nothing good. (What can possibly be “good” about parking my wheelchair over an ant hill?¬) How can there be “good” results from extra expenses when income is less? For example, I can see no “good” in my missing lower dental plate being in either my septic tank, or the Rowan County landfill! It is impossible to enjoy eating nuts with no lower back teeth; I thought nuts were supposed to be “good” for me to eat and now I can’t eat them! In another story, I had said my dental plate was a story in itself so I will share that negative event. Just as I started to eat breakfast one morning, I realized I did not have the dental plate in my mouth. I went to the bathroom, but they were not in the soaking cup. I started searching everywhere, but they are not in this house. Then I had some septic problems so I thought maybe during the night I could have accidentally dropped them in the toilet or one of the trash cans. I searched all the trash cans, but the trash had already been picked up outside. A short time later my toilet started stopping up. My neighbor came over and used the plunger. Things would work fine for a few flushes, but then it would do wrong again. I paid a plumber $125 to check for my dental plate, and I believe he pushed them into the septic tank instead. The dentist said it would take a month and $3800 to have another set made.

Over the years I have had to have at least four sets made; now I have no choice but to say “no more” at that price. Right after this happened, I got too sick to start the procedure and what would I do if I lost them again after spending money I no longer have. I have become very good at losing things. Some of you may remember when I lost my diamond engagement ring right after I moved in this house. When medication I was taking caused me to be so sleepy, I did some wrong things at the wrong time! Usually when I arrived home, I would remove my jewelry and put it in the jewelry box. That particular day I was so tired and sleepy that I transferred to my lift chair and fell asleep. Later when I realized my ring was missing, my whole family and several friends searched everywhere! One night I dreamed I had removed the ring in my sleep and may have dropped it in the trash can that was right beside the recliner. It probably ended up in the county land field since the trash was picked up before I missed the ring. My daughters were very upset with the loss of the ring that their daddy had given me and they could not understand how I accepted the fact that it would no longer be on my finger. What good could possibly have come from losing that special ring? I remembered some discussions about who would get that ring when I die and I realized I no longer have to make a decision about that “bone of contention.” So if, or when, negative things happen in your life, go back and read the remaining verses in Romans 8:29-39 and remember these verses apply to those of us who love the Lord and have been “called according to His purpose.”

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Lorin S. Oden

Au.D., FAAA Doctor of Audiology


n last month’s article, if you missed that issue, we created a visual picture of what audiology is. Using medical science to evaluate and treat hearing issues, are what we are all about. But let’s talk about what really makes Jane, Beth and I come to the office every day. When a patient is fit with hearing devices, we request they complete a daily log sheet. They write down their good experiences with amplification, as well as anything that needs improvement. I figure everyone is like me and needs to write things down, otherwise we forget. It is interesting how experiences change throughout the week as the brain is getting accustom to amplification. Deborah has been a patient of ours for many years. We have had the opportunity to fit her with several sets of hearing devices. Last month we replaced her 2011 behind the ear hearing devices. On her log sheet she reported for the first time in her life she heard humming birds. She was not aware they made noise. She could hear their little wings flap as well as their chirp. One of life’s simple pleasures. I was thrilled since I love to watch (and listen) to my hummingbirds. Oh…and yes

conversation at home with her husband and out with friends was also significantly improved. Anne had come to us for the first time several months ago. Her old hearing devices were not working properly. She had been reading my articles and decided to become part of our Hearing Solutions family. At her initial evaluation, we compiled a list of the top three situations where she would like to hear better. We do this with all of our folks…establish their objection for using hearing technology. Everybody’s wish list is different. What is important to one person may not be important to another. At most patient’s 2nd follow up appointment, which is approximately 4-5 weeks after wearing hearing technology, we review their objectives to see how we are doing. We like to confirm we are meeting their needs. As I began to read Anne her “wish list”, she just smiled at me and said “I don’t know how to answer all that, I am just so excited to be able to hear again”. Enough said…I think we met her objectives. Like Anne, Butch had worn hearing aids before. When they needed to be replaced, he and his wife made the decision to also become part of our family. His wife attended his 2nd follow up appointment. When I began reviewing his original objectives with new hearing technology, his wife chimed in with the best news I think I have ever heard in over 30 years of providing audiology services. She said that for many years she was aware of her husband’s hearing challenges. With every

conversation, family event or social situation she always made sure he understood what was being said. She frequently repeated for him what others were saying. She always got his attention and always spoke clearly so he understood. She said that after getting his new hearing devices from us, for the first time ever, they were able to talk, just talk. She had forgotten he had a hearing problem. I do not think I have ever been as excited as when she told me that. Okay, a few other reminders for September. Fall is quickly approaching. Leaves will be falling from the trees. Please, remember to wear your hearing protection when blowing leaves or cleaning up the yard. If you are not sure what is best for your needs, give a Beth a call and we can set up a time to review your options. Hunting season also begins in the fall. A single gunshot can

cause permanent hearing damage. You can purchase hearing protection for the sole purpose of hearing the rustle of your prey, but protect your ears when needed. We can help you determine what is best. Jane and I are available talk to your church group, circle group or any group that would listen about hearing and hearing technology. Call Beth to get us on your calendar for next year. We would love to come meet you and your group. Regulations are changing so before you make an investment in better hearing; give us a call to discuss your options. Beth, Jane and I look forward to seeing you soon. 704-633-0023. 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

September Crossword




1. Flavor 6. Style of hairdo 10. Broke 14. Mete 15. Newbie (slang) 16. Ancient Peruvian 17. Tether 18. Portend 19. Russian emperor 20. Type of shellfish 22. Prong 23. Veto 24. Bumbling 26. A viral disease of cattle 30. Contemptuous look 32. Hearing-related 33. Obstruct 37. Sun 38. Tilt 39. Hodgepodge

40. Promenade 42. Packs to capacity 43. Picture 44. Beginning 45. Step 47. Frequently, in poetry 48. Strong and sure 49. Kookaburra 56. Curved molding 57. False god 58. Aquatic South American rodent 59. Portent 60. If not 61. Unit of luminous flux 62. Not first 63. Marsh plant 64. Sea eagles

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1. After-bath powder 2. Away from the wind 3. Smack 4. Nonsense (British) 5. C2H5OH 6. Unpack 7. Defecate 8. Extinct flightless bird 9. Dutiful 10. Yellow gentian 11. Open, as a jacket 12. Barely enough 13. Container weight 21. 59 in Roman numerals 25. Born as 26. Carryall 27. In baseball, 3 per inning 28. Envelop 29. A legislative assembly

30. Ancient Greek unit of length 31. Not a single one 33. Smelting waste 34. “What a shame!” 35. Citrus fruit 36. Misplaced 38. More impertinent 41. French for “Friend” 42. Surrounds a fingernail 44. Not on 45. Greek letter 46. Tall woody plants 47. Leered 48. A person who lacks good judgment 50. Doing nothing 51. Schnozzola 52. Not sweet 53. Song of praise 54. Type of sword 55. Flows



A Little Dose of Humor Retirement Center

Two elderly gentlemen from a retirement center were sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says, “John, I’m 83 years old now and I’m just full of aches and pains. I know you’re about my age, how do you feel?” John replies, “I feel just like a newborn baby.” “Really! Like a newborn baby, you say?” “Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I even drool on myself.”

Wake up Call A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5:00 AM.” He left it where he knew she would find it.

Edited Wedding Vows During the wedding rehearsal, the groom approached the vicar with an unusual offer. “Look, I’ll give you $100 if you’ll change the wedding vows. When you get to me and the part where I’m to promise to ‘love, honor and obey’ and ‘forsaking all others, be faithful to her forever,’ I’d appreciate it if you’d just leave that part out.” He passed the clergyman the cash and walked away satisfied. The wedding day arrives, and the bride and groom have moved to that part of the ceremony where the vows are exchanged. When it comes time for the groom’s vows, the vicar looks the young man in the eye and says, “Will you promise to obey her every command and wish, serve her breakfast in bed every morning of your life, as long as you both shall live?” The groom gulped and looked around, and said in a tiny voice, “Yes.”

The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife didn’t wake him up, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, “It is 5:00 AM. Wake up.”

The groom leaned toward the vicar and hissed, “I thought we had a deal.”

Building A Barn

I Need A Mouse Trap

John and I were putting the siding on a barn we were building. I noticed John would take nails out of his pouch, hammer in a few and throw a few away.

The vicar put the $100 into his hand and whispered back, “She made me a much better offer.”

A woman rushes into a hardware store and says, “Can I have a mouse trap, please? And will you be quick, I’ve got a bus to catch!”

I asked him why he was throwing so many nails away. He said he was throwing them away because they had the heads on the wrong end.

“Sorry, ma’am,” said the store clerk, “but we don’t s ell ‘em that big!”

I shook my head and said, “John! Don’t you know anything about carpentry? Those nails are for the other side of the building!

A Fridge and A Stereo “What do you get if you cross a fridge and a stereo?” “I don’t know, what?”

A Kid With A Dream

“Cool music!”

For Martin Luther King Day, I asked my fifth graders how they’d make the world a better place. One said, “I’d make potato skins a main dish rather than an appetizer.”

Parkinson’s Disease Search

Bringing up Children I found my 10-year-old son reading a book titled “How to Bring Up Children Properly”. So I asked, “Sweetie, why are you reading that? It’s for parents, so it’s for me to read, not for you to read.” The son replied, “That’s why I am reading it, to find out whether you are bringing me up properly.”

The Wedding Text A father texts his son: “My dear son, today is a day you will treasure for all the days of your life. My best love and good wishes. Your Father.” His son texts back: “Thanks Dad. But the wedding isn’t actually until tomorrow!” His Father replies: “I know.”

Smart Students L”Class, do you know how many hours you are wasting on your smart phones daily?” A quiet hush falls over the class. One student breaks it up. AGONIST CHALLENGE CHARCOT COGNITION DISORDER DOPAMINE DYSKINESIA DYSPHAGIA




“I know, Sir, let’s google it!”

Typical HR “I proposed to my girl friend last night, who just got promoted to a HR position earlier in the day.” “That is cool! What did she say?” She said, “We will get back to you soon.”

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Bread and Butter Pickles

Watermelon Caprese Appetizer

25 cucumbers, thinly sliced 6 onions, thinly sliced 2 green bell peppers, diced 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 cup salt 3 cups cider vinegar 5 cups white sugar 2 tablespoons mustard seed 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seed 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves 1 tablespoon ground turmeric

3 sprigs fresh basil, stems removed 1 small watermelon, fruit removed with a melon baller 1 (8 ounce) package fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar salt and ground black pepper to taste


2. Thread watermelon and mozzarella cheese on toothpicks, sandwiching a basil leaf in between. Arrange on a serving plate.


1. In a large bowl, mix together cucumbers, onions, green bell peppers, garlic and salt. Allow to stand approximately 3 hours. 2. In a large saucepan, mix the cider vinegar, white sugar, mustard seed, celery seed, whole cloves and turmeric. Bring to a boil. 3. Drain liquid from the cucumber mixture. Stir the mixture into the boiling vinegar mixture. Remove from heat shortly before the combined mixtures return to boil. 4. Transfer to sterile containers. Seal and chill in the refrigerator until serving.

Dave’s Low Country Boil Makes 15 servings Ingredients:

1 tablespoon seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay®), or to taste 5 pounds new potatoes 3 (16 ounce) packages cooked kielbasa sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces 8 ears fresh corn, husks and silks removed 5 pounds whole crab, broken into pieces 4 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions: 1. Heat a large pot of water over an outdoor cooker, or mediumhigh heat indoors. Add Old Bay Seasoning to taste, and bring to a boil. Add potatoes, and sausage, and cook for about 10 minutes. Add the corn and crab; cook for another 5 minutes, then add the shrimp when everything else is almost done, and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes. 2. Drain off the water and pour the contents out onto a picnic table covered with newspaper. Grab a paper plate and a beer and enjoy!


Directions: 1. Trim basil leaves into small circles about 1 inch in diameter.

3. Pour olive oil and balsamic vinegar over toothpicks. Sprinkle salt and black pepper on top.

Zucchini Brownies Ingredients:

1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups white sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups shredded zucchini 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 cup margarine 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/4 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan. 2. In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, 1/2 cup cocoa, baking soda and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Fold in the zucchini and walnuts. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. 3.Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until brownies spring back when gently touched. To make the frosting, melt together the 6 tablespoons of cocoa and margarine; set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, blend together the confectioners’ sugar, milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in the cocoa mixture. Spread over cooled brownies before cutting into squares.


Do you have a favorite recipe that you’d like to share with our readers? If so, we’d love to have recipes that are easy, healthy and are smaller in proportion – just right for someone cooking for one or two. Please send your recipes to OR drop them off at the front desk of Rufty Holmes Senior Center to Cindy Nimmer. Thanks and we look forward to seeing what you’ve got cooking!

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Our Health

Registration opens for Duke Dash 5K at NC Research Campus Public invited to Community Appreciation Event on Sept. 23 at NCRC in Kannapolis By Emily Ford Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute


alling all runners and walkers! Registration is now open for the Duke Dash 5K & Healthfest, the MURDOCK Study’s fourth annual community appreciation event at the N.C. Research Campus. The Duke Dash 5K will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, and the Healthfest will go from 9 a.m. until noon. This event is part of the Run Kannapolis Race Series. Find out more on the MURDOCK Study website and register for the 5K at The first 250 online registrants will receive a free T-shirt. Onsite registration will be available the day of the event starting at 8:15 a.m. Come out for a fun-filled morning including the 5K and other healthy activities like Walk With A Doc, line dancing,

Zumba, yoga, face painting and more. Bring a chair and sit back in the lawn and enjoy a bite to eat from one of the food trucks, listen to the DJ, or browse through a variety of vendors. This family friendly event is appropriate for all ages.

This event is hosted by the MURDOCK Study and the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute, located on the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. To learn more, call 704-250-5861

What: Duke Dash 5K & Healthfest, a 5K run/walk and health fair Host: Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 23. Race registration starts at 8:15 a.m. or register online at dukedash5k/ Where: NC Research Campus, 150 North Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis

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Why: To say thank you! Fourth annual MURDOCK Study Community Appreciation Event Bonus: The first 250 people registered for the 5K receive a free T-shirt. We are proud to be part of the Run Kannapolis series!

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Our Health

Take Time To Do It Now

Louanne Stanton


just returned from a two-week trip visiting my daughter in South Korea. She has been there for five years teaching English as a second language in a secondary school. She has come home each time she changes contracts, and the last time she signed a contract she said “I am not coming home between contracts. next time if you want to see me then we need to meet in Europe.” I had always told myself that I could not go see her in Korea because it was just too far to travel. She is exactly 1/2 around the world on the same latitude and I knew that I could not travel that far. I don’t speak the language. The price of a ticket is too much. It is a 15hour plane ride from Atlanta. I had so many reasons I could not go…

For five years I wondered why she loved that country and what the draw was for her to live in another country, away from us, but I refused to make the trip because in my head I told myself I can’t do it. But then, I woke up one morning and I said to myself I can travel that distance and I want to see the country that my daughter fell in love with. I realized that this was something important and I needed to do it now. As you all know, we are not promised tomorrow. And everyone says I wish I had done… You fill in the blank. I think that it’s important for us to make a priority of things that are important to us and plan to do them now. There may be a goal in your life that you want to accomplish, and you may think you are too old, or you don’t have the resources to do your goal. Talk to someone around you and tell them what you want to do and see if it is possible. Make plans for a trip, choose a healthier lifestyle, create something that will be your legacy. It took me almost two years to save the funds for my trip, but it was well worth the time

planning. Take the time to decide which relationships are important to you, continue to cultivate those relationships and tell those people how much they mean to you. I teach grief recovery classes and it’s amazing to me how many people have broken relationships in their life that they don’t know how to fix, or they choose not to repair it. Everyone has experienced a loss in life. Each loss is cumulative and they take up space in our hearts and limit our life. We should all be living a life as free as a child lives their life without the cumulative grief in our life. I am honored to be able to help people complete unresolved relationships so they can live their life to the fullest. I will be speaking at Crescent Heights Retirement Center on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 at their coffee and pastry social. They said I could invite the public, so please come and join us for that. I will also be beginning a class at Trinity Oaks at Home on September 18 from 10:30 until noon for a nine-week series. So, please call for the location of that class if you have a relationship you

need help resolving. The same way I didn’t think I could travel to Korea, the first thing that had to change was my mindset. I did have doubts the entire planning stage, but I knew how important this was to me. Not only did I get to have two weeks with my daughter, but I got to experience an entirely different culture and appreciate the United States so much more. Life goes by really fast, so we better take the time to do the important things NOW. 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

Social Security Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month By Lisa Wallace Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, Charlotte, NC


e know the importance of “familia” in Hispanic culture, and we’re proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) by helping build a secure future for you, your family, and your future family. You can learn more about how Social Security helps secure today and tomorrow for millions of families by visiting people/hispanics/. Hispanics make up our nation’s largest ethnic minority group with a population of 56.6 million, according to 2015 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Social Security is here to help maintain and improve our economic well-being for generations to come. Currently, we do this by providing retirement, disability, and other benefits to 61 million people, including nearly 3.5 million Hispanics, who have contributed to the Social Security system through their payroll taxes. Social Security also provides a safety net to the families of American workers who become unable to work due to grave impairments or have died. We work hard to provide enhanced customer service and to educate millions of Americans about the importance of our programs and benefits. This allows us to connect with the Hispanic community in meaningful and efficient ways. If Spanish is your primary language, you can visit www., our Spanishlanguage website. It provides

hundreds of pages of important information about how to get a Social Security card, plan for retirement, apply for benefits, and manage your benefits once you’re receiving them. Many of our offices have staff who speak Spanish, or you can call 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and select the option for Spanish. Nationwide, our public affairs specialists reach out to thousands of Hispanic Americans each year to raise awareness of the benefits they may qualify for and to learn the advantages of setting up a my Social Security account at www. These specialists promote our programs at local events, health fairs, libraries, schools, and community organizations that serve the public, including the Hispanic population. Some of our bilingual staff serve as contributors to Spanishlanguage television, radio stations,

and newspapers. They also visit embassies and consulates in the U.S. representing Latin American countries to educate diplomatic leaders and new immigrants about Social Security programs. Spanish-speaking individuals wishing to apply for retirement, disability, survivor, and other benefits, as well as Medicare, can now request an appointment

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After decades of smoking, Concord man wants to help researchers understand disease, better treatments Will Estep becomes 100th participant in Duke’s MURDOCK COPD Study By Emily Ford Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute


ike many people who grew up in the 1960s, Will Estep started smoking. And he started young. One day after school, while working on a Virginia farm, Estep took his first drag on a cigarette. He was just 12 years old. “Smoking was the thing to do,” said Estep, 61, a Concord resident who is the 100th participant in the MURDOCK COPD Study, managed by the

just took it as getting old, but that wasn’t it.” Five years ago, Estep took a breathing test during his yearly physical and learned that he has COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As his smoking-related symptoms worsened, he had to leave his job as a machinist and go on disability. “I just don’t do a lot of things I used to do. I’m not as active as I used to be,” he said. “I can do a few things around the house, but it takes me a lot longer. I used to

Will Estep of Concord becomes the 100th person to enroll in the MURDOCK COPD Study in the Duke CTSI office in Kannapolis.

Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute in Kannapolis. “Everybody smoked.” Estep was smoking regularly by the time he was 13. Born in Ohio, Estep moved 43 times before he turned 18. His father bought and sold houses, and the family never stayed in one place long enough for him to make many friends. Cigarettes became his constant companion. As an adult, Estep was smoking two or three packs a day. By his mid-50s, his health had started to fail. Breathing became difficult. Walking uphill was tough. He had to stop riding a bicycle and racing motorcycles, his favorite hobbies. “That was fun to do. But I gave that up about eight or nine years ago,” he said. “I didn’t really know what was going on. I

go outside and mess around the yard. What might take someone else a day takes me two or three days.” When Estep heard about the MURDOCK COPD Study, he decided to enroll and became the 100th participant. Duke researchers are studying the severity of smoking-related symptoms in 850 people and following the progression of their lung function and symptoms over five years. People do not need to have COPD to qualify for the study, but they must have smoked. It’s an observational study, meaning participants do not receive treatment. The idea is to study smoking-related symptoms in a real-world setting to better understand the impact and progression of disease, according to

Will Estep of Concord Scott Palmer, M.D., director of respiratory research for the Duke Clinical Research Institute and principal investigator for the study. The study could help healthcare providers provide better care for their patients and more effective treatment in a community setting, Palmer said. Even if he doesn’t benefit directly from this research, Estep said he feels his participation in the study could help make a better life for other people suffering from smoking-related symptoms and disease. “I thought it was pretty interesting,” Estep said. “The more information that we have, the better off we are going to be. And there might be a way to make the treatments better. It might be too late for me, but not for the next generation.” Current or former smokers who are at least 40 years old may qualify to join the MURDOCK COPD Study. Eligible participants can have

COPD or emphysema, but it’s not required. Enrollment is open to all who qualify, and no geographic restrictions apply. During the five years of study follow-up, Duke’s Translational Population Health Research group in Kannapolis will contact participants every six months to measure changes to their health. Estep quit smoking when he was diagnosed with COPD. Today, he can’t pick up heavy items without becoming winded. He still takes his dog Sookie to the park, but he becomes fatigued while walking up and down hills and must stop to rest. “People need to take care of their lungs the best they can. Research can help,” he said. “If I’d known back then, I would have never smoked cigarettes. I hope I can use my experience to help others.” To learn more about the MURDOCK COPD Study, call 704-250-5861, send an email to or visit www.murdock-study. org/COPD. Participants will be offered compensation for each in-person visit. The MURDOCK Study, Duke Clinical Research Institute, and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. are collaborating on the study.

Duke CTSI in Kannapolis is enrolling people who smoke or have a history of smoking. The study will follow 850 people for five years to learn more about smoking-related symptoms and disease.

About CTSI and TransPop The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) provides essential support to Duke programs, faculty, and staff to facilitate the acceleration of scientific discoveries into improved outcomes for patients. The Translational Population Health Research (TransPop) group in Kannapolis, part of the Duke CTSI, was founded to develop a groundbreaking community registry and biorepository called the MURDOCK Study. Today, the MURDOCK Study has more than 12,000 participants, and the Kannapolis 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.


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Celebrating Life After 55