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Pollard's love of photography grows the second time around By Lucy Weber Torrance Pollard found his passion for photography a second time. He first discovered his love of photography years ago when he borrowed his uncle's camera for a trip. A friend, who was into photography then, encouraged Pollard to buy his first camera in the days when they all used film. Pollard said he enjoyed photography as a hobby but he drifted away. Five years ago, the Corinth resident re-discovered his love for taking pictures. "I was looking for a hobby. I was always thinking I wanted to get back to it so I dove back in." With his digital camera by his side, Pollard said he's always looking for the opportunity to go out to shoot photos. "I never get tired taking my camera out. When I'm off work, it's the camera and me," said Pollard, who has worked for Kimberly-Clark for 27 years. "I have several more years before retirement, but photography is something I will always do," he said. see POLLARD pg 4

turing the essence of his subjects, whether they are business leaders or high school seniors. "I love sharing what I see with others," he said. King became a professional photographer after a 10-year stint in the Army and 17 years in law enforcement. "Somewhere in there, I picked up a cam-

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Booneville photographer credits God for her skills behind the camera

Queenie C. Christian Torrance Pollard

Corinth native uses his camera to become portrait artist By Lucy Weber Told to get a new hobby, Corinth native Jerry King found a new career. King opened his successful photography studio, J. King Images in Woodstock, Ga., outside Atlanta three years ago. He is known for his portraiture work, calling himself a "personal historian" by cap-

era as a hobby," he said. "I was annoying everyone just clicking away." To learn more about his

newfound hobby, King joined a photography club but the group's president see KING pg 4

By Lucy Weber Queenie Christian caught the photography bug at a young age. As a child, Queenie Christian would borrow her father's point-and-shoot camera that he only used on special occasions so she could take action photos of her brother. By the time, she was in seventh grade, she asked for a camera for Christmas that could take pictures like the ones in magazines. "My mom told me to go to the store and figure out what I want in the camera department. The clerk asked if I had ever been taught. I told him no, it just came naturally," Christian said. Christian, a Booneville resident who works as a Head Start

teacher/mentor, has been using her God-given talent through the years in her part-time photography business to capture special moments for people, whether it's at a wedding or at sporting events. She shot her first wedding as a senior in high school, thanks to her mother's skill in making bows for brides. "This girl wanted bows on everything and my mom said to bring my camera when I went with her. Their photographer did not show up and they were getting antsy. Mom said: 'Get up there, Queenie.'" Later, when the official photographer arrived, Christian moved out of his way. She got paid about $3 a picture for about 20 pictures. see CHRISTIAN pg 4


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Editor’s Corner Contentious Times Call For Personal Conversion

Jerry W. Porter CEO/Publisher

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We live in ideologically divisive times, perhaps more so than at any point in recent history. Whereas once news providers strived to be objective and fair, today they unapologetically align themselves with either conservative or liberal political platforms and launch attacks, in a 24hour cycle, against those who disagree. News has become tribal, polemical and adversarial. Social critics often speak of the coarsening of American culture. Since the concept of the “polis” was invented by the ancient Greeks, the ideal has been to create a civil, gentlemanly environment in which people could share even opposing ideas with politeness and decorum. Civil debate and

polite disagreement have traditionally formed the cornerstones of democracy. Today, those ideals seem to have been abandoned in favor of shouting down one’s opponent, denigrating him as a fool or taking to Facebook or Twitter and penning a one-sided screed that hangs forever in cyberspace like a dead crow, nailed to a fence post, to protect a garden. No reasonable person would argue that television has ever been the bellwether for American culture, but lamentably gone are even the days of crude sitcoms, having been pushed aside for reality shows that brazenly display humanity at its most depraved and shameful. The parade of foolishness led by the Kardashians, TMZ and other self-absorbed exemplars of contemporary television makes one long for the days of the vapid, valueless offensiveness of Sex and the City. Amid this blizzard of shame and contentiousness, America is inaugurating a new president, one who, despite what one thinks about his current political prowess or aptitude, rose to notoriety in a greeddriven world of money and eventually parlayed that fame into a reality show that pitted once mercifully forgotten but hauntingly resurrected “celebrities” against one another in a Darwinian, gladiatorial contest of buffoonery. This, my fellow Americans, is where we stand. It is not a pretty picture. Let me not

overstate the case. I am not fool enough to compare today’s contentiousness with that of the Civil Rights era, or to suggest that we live in a vacuum of morality and common decency akin to Caligula’s Rome, but decent, conscientious people today are quite vexed and feel as though they are living in the end times. What, then, is the way forward? How does one live authentically, thoughtfully, and compassionately in an age that seems to value none of those characteristics? How do serious people remain sane and happy in a cultural moment that threatens to dissolve into nihilism? Wisdom is something quite different from knowledge. Wisdom has an historical dimension. It pulses with the lived experience of those who suffered and sometimes died to achieve progress or gain enlightenment. I find wisdom, as opposed to its valuable but perhaps less existential cousin, knowledge, in various sources, like Christian faith. The most essential teaching of Jesus, the core of the challenge issued by the man from Galilee, is to completely abandon oneself in love and service to others. This is most fundamentally a personal call. Certainly, it contains a social, communal dimension, but that communal dimension emerges out of a personal commitment to renounce possessions, ego, one’s very self, and to devote oneself to a life of service.

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Jesus draws a very subtle yet clear distinction between genuine concern for others and becoming obsessed and, as a result, almost certainly, overwhelmed with worry about changing the world all at once and worrying about the future. As Jesus says in Matthew 6: 25, “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear…Can any one of you, by worrying, add a single hour to his life?” Look to yourself, Jesus says, and if you do that, if you truly live to serve, if you forget yourself and live for others, all the pieces will fall into place. One need not have a comprehensive plan for world domination. Radically reimagining one’s own role in the bigger scheme of society is the key to effecting change. As with Christianity, the communal dimension emerges from the personal dimension.

Monthly Meditation So all the leaders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They saidto him, "You are old, and your sond do not walk in your ways: now appoint a king to lead us, such as other nations have” - Samuel 8: 4-5

American society is becoming coarser, there is little doubt. Perhaps the political and societal turbulence that characterize our current, historical moment are unprecedented. Amid all this, thoughtful people are called to constant conversion, to perpetual selfexamination and to relentless self-scrutiny. Despair and surrender are just more passive postures of cowardice, however. The man who wallows in depression, ultimately, is more concerned with himself than with serving others. The fruit that blooms from sincere self-transcendence and commitment to serve is hope. This is the teaching of Jesus, the wisdom of Alcoholic Anonymous and the way forward in a world that threatens to drive us bananas with selfishness. Whoo! Whoo! Until Next Time! All Aboard!

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1. What loving woman, a concubine of Saul, watched over the corpses of her slaughtered children, protecting them from birds and animals? 2. Though her profession was condemned by an official decree of King Saul, the king disguised himself in order to get help from her. Who was she? 3. What Persian queen upset the king and his counselors by refusing to appear before them at their drunken banquet? 4. What dancer so enchanted Herod that he offered her anything she wished? 5. Who was turned into a pillar of salt? 6. What king of Judah was Abi the wife of? 7. What sister of David had the same name as one David's wives? 8. What woman was given as a wife after her future husband brought in two hundred Philistine foreskins as a gift to her father? 9. Who offered a bottle of milk to an enemy soldier and then killed him? 10. After Even, who is the first woman mentioned in the Bible? 11. What Old Testament woman had children named L-ruhaman, Lo=ammi, and Jezreel? 12. What was Saul's wife name? 13. What wife of David was also given as a wife to a man named Phalti? 14. What woman of Corinth had a household that Paul described as being full of strife among Christian leaders? 15. What woman was, in Ezekiel, used as a symbol of wicked Jerusalem? 16. What woman with a cumbersome name was the Hittite wife of Esau? 17. Who is the only woman mentioned in Paul's letter to Philemon? 18. What Egyptian woman was the wife of Joseph? 19. Who was the mother of the Levitical priesthood? 20. What king of Judah was the husband of Azubah? Send in your answers to the following Bible Trivia Questions and take a chance at winning a complimentary bible from the Community News Flash. Random drawing will be held monthly

January Answers 1. The Phillippian jailor (Acts 16:29) 2. Gideon (Judges 7:16-21) 3. The new Jerusalem (Revelation 22:5) 4. A lost coin (Luke 15:8) 5. The Gadarene demoniac (Mark 5:3-4) 6. Rehab the harlot (Joshua 2:15-19) 7. Solomon (2 Chronicles 3:16) 8. Belshazzar (Daniel 5:29) 9. Midianites (Judges 8:26) 10. Peter (Acts 12:6-7) 11. Nebuchadnezzar (Jeremiah 39:7) 12. Tamar (Genesis 38:28) 13. Pharaoh (Genesis 41:42) 14. Samson (Judges 16:6-9) 15. Jeremiah (40:1) 16. Satan (Revelation 20:1-2) 17. Paul (Acts 28:20) 18. Aaron (Exodus 28:14) 19. The servants of Ben-hadad (I Kings 20:31) 20. Paul (Acts 27:30-32)


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POLLARD...... ...from page 1 Pollard describes himself as "somewhat self-taught." He subscribes to several photography groups on Facebook where members can share and ask each other questions. His photographs can also be viewed at Shiloh National Park and Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee are favorite locations for capturing the perfect photo. "I meet people and we all sit around and talk photography," he said. Pollard's favorite subjects are landscapes and wildlife. "I can sit for

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didn't appreciate his skills. "He told me to find another hobby. That hit me hard but didn't discourage me." Propelled by the criticism, King was determined to hone his camera skills. "I started teaching myself more and more. Two years to the day after I left that club, I was back there teaching classes," he said. King did everything he could to learn about the technical aspects of photography and improve the skills he needed, including "practice, practice, practice." Growing up in Corinth, King said he never imagined a career in photography although "I always had an appreciation for it and love for it." That was fueled in part by his mother,

three or four hours in nature waiting for a shot. In photography, you've got to have a lot of patience. You never know when you're going to spot that eagle or that buck," he said. Photography has influenced Pollard's whole way of looking at things. "You start to see with a different set of eyes. You see different colors and textures. I find I drive slower because my head is constantly going right to left. I'll say to my wife, 'Did you see that hawk?'" Pollard enjoys looking at his photographs and "feeling I did that. I was in the right place at the right time." Capturing a landscape or an animal out in the wild at just the right

light or angle is the appeal for what is ultimately an individualized hobby, Pollard said. Recently, he sold his first photo after a friend wanted a print of a shot displayed on Facebook. "That was exciting," he said. Pollard said he has considered using his photography for income at some point, but "probably that will take some of the joy out of it." Pollard has boxes and boxes of the photos he took years ago on film. He has had a lot of them digitized is and moving to getting them all scanned, uniting his first hobby years in photography with his current passion.

Mary Perkins, working for the local company that printed National Geographic magazine. King left Corinth High School to join the Army in 1988. He served in Desert Storm and spent his last three years in the military as a paratrooper. After his service, he moved to Atlanta and joined law enforcement in DeKalb County, which included 12 years as a SWAT member. During his law enforcement days, King was referred for a job creating photographs for a calendar for a World War II museum. "At the time, I had only been doing photography for about two years," he said. He took a professional leave to do the calendar in March 2014 and realized that his future was behind the camera. King then began preparing to leave his law

enforcement career and follow his artistic passion. He separated from his law enforcement job in May 2015 and moved with his fiancée Tabitha to her hometown of Woodstock to open his studio. "That first year, I wondered if I made the right decision, and then it all took off. "This is something that I love doing," said the portrait artist with a camera.. On a blog on his studio website, King wrote: "I strongly believe that I was meant to express myself through artistic means. I never expected the medium to be photography."

Whatever Happened to Respect? As I traveled from county to county for stories to cover I have had the pleasure of meeting many people, but I find one thing missing at the core of some conversationsrespect. Whatever happened to respect in the house, in school and at work? I am very intrigued by the challenge of finding and reinstating the sever-letter word back to its rightful place. I tried to instill in my children the importance of treating everyone with respect no matter the person's age, race or socioeconomic status. I found that people want respect but they fail to give respect. The Golden Rule implies, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In short, if we exercise respect starting with respect starting with respect for oneself we can learn to respect others. Aretha Franklin best summed it up: "R.E.S.P.E.C.T., find out what it means to me." Respect can be contagious; give some and let's see how far it spreads.

CHRISTIAN..... from page 1 Since both her parents were educators, Christian majored in education. At one point, Christian went home and told her mother she wanted to change to photography. "She asked me to finish my education degree and do photography on the side. That was the best advice my mother ever gave me." At Northeast Community College, Christian worked on the newspaper and annual staffs. At Mississippi University for Women, she took senior portraits of local high school students on the side. As soon as she graduated, a friend hired her for her wedding. "I've been blessed over the years with people asking me to take pictures," she said. "Through the years, my photography has grown with the blessings of God." About 12 years ago, she

started Q's Photos with the slogan "Capturing Great Memories." Her husband James H. Christian, who has always supported her photography, served as her first assistant. Daughter Christine, son James W., friend Melissa Schmoeller and her husband Thomas, and her son's friend Gabrial Khaled have also served as photo assistants in the business. "You can't be successful without people who help you all the time," Christian said. A member of Professional Photographers of America, Christian has taken additional classes through the year to hone her skills and gain technical knowledge. Altogether, she figures she's gone through 12 cameras through the years and who knows how many photographic subjects. "Years later, people now come back to me and say, 'You took a picture of my child,'" she said. "I really appreciate that."

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Avoiding the Flu Not only has the flu arrived early this season, but it appears to moving quickly. Seniors are at risk of becoming extremely ill from the flu, so it’s up to us to do everything we can to avoid catching it. We say this to little kids all the time: “Keep your hands away from your face.” But it’s true. Granted, the flu is respiratory and is generally spread through someone sneezing or coughing near us, but flu germs can live on surfaces. If transferred to our hands and then our face, we can catch the flu. An important point: People who have the flu can give it to you a whole day before they even know they’re getting sick. Here are some tips to avoid the flu: • Carry hand wipes when you shop. If the store doesn’t have any near the carts, use yours to wipe down the handle and seat before you touch it. • Use alcohol-based wipes on your phone and doorknobs at home, just in case. • Stock up on hand sanitizer and keep a small bottle with you when you go out. • Stay out of stores after school hours when small children might be with their parents. If you haven’t had a flu shot for some reason, call your doctor and ask if you should have one. Age alone, if you’re over 65, can put you in a highrisk category, and so can any medical condition you might have. If you do get the flu, ask your doctor about a prescription for an antiviral drug. The drugs work best if started within two days of getting sick. They can make the symptoms a little easier to handle, and they can prevent complications like pneumonia. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to


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Forget New Mattress, See Doctor Instead DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have back discomfort upon lying down. It doesn’t matter where I lie or what position I’m in for my back to hurt and often one or both hips. Getting out of bed in the morning is hard and uncomfortable. Once I have had my morning shower and am up and around, I’m fine. We have thought of replacing our mattress, but how do we find something that will help? What would you recommend? — M.W. ANSWER: I strongly recommend that you see your family doctor before you invest any money in a mattress. Some of what you describe fits the picture of osteoarthritis — stiffness upon wakening, difficulty getting out of bed and relief of symptoms after taking a hot shower. Before you spend a penny on a mattress, have your back examined and the problem diagnosed. The booklet on the different kinds of arthritis explains each and how it is treated. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue — No. 301W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I looked in the mirror this morning and couldn’t believe what I saw. My right eye was bright red. It looked like someone had punched me. When my husband saw it, he asked if he had hit me while he was asleep.

He didn’t. It doesn’t hurt. My vision is perfect. My eye looks frightful. Do I need to see a doctor? — Y.T. ANSWER: Your question is asked repeatedly. My long-distance guess is a subconjunctival hemorrhage. The conjunctiva is a cellophane-like covering of the eye. Beneath it is a network of invisible blood vessels. When one of those delicate vessels breaks, blood covers that part of the eye. Coughing, sneezing or straining causes the breakage. Sometimes it happens for no apparent reason. The eye looks awful, but no real harm is done. The blood is absorbed in about a week. You can hurry it up by putting warm compresses over the closed eye. You need to see a doctor if the eye begins to pain you, if the blood stays for longer than a week or if it happens time and again. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: How good are prunes for constipation? I am often constipated and have unsuccessfully tried many remedies. They might work for a short while, but then I am constipated again. I’d like to try the prune way, if you say that it works. — M.A. ANSWER: It works for many, but I can’t give you a guarantee. Five to six prunes twice a day can change your bowel habits in a week or so. Prunes have fiber, one reason why they exert a laxative effect. Fiber keeps food waste moist on its passage out of the body. Prunes also contain sorbitol, a natural laxative. In addition to the laxative action, prunes have antioxidants, substances that counter the bad effects coming from cell chemistry. Prunes have undergone a name change; they are now called dried plums. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. © 2013 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Drop It Like A Squat Throughout our daily lives we find ourselves lifting this or moving that. Whether it is a box filled with holiday trinkets, headed to its annual hiatus in the attic or that sofa that needs to be moved to a different location in the den. Do you have kids? Have you found yourself on a covert operaArlene tion in teenagers room, to find out, ‘what is that smell’, underneath their bed? Perhaps you have a family pet. Trekking down the isles of the local store, purchasing a bag of gourmet goodies for your furry baby, has you putting those biceps to work. There are just some days that require a bit of heavy lifting and many of us go about our day, giving very little thought to the amount of muscle strength needed to perform a given task. Taking for granted the do’s and don’ts of heavy lifting. Let’s face it, when we go in to load those boxes, how many of us consider the safest and proper way to lift it? A large number of us grab it quick, fast and in a hurry, toss it and then move on to the next task at hand. With that being said, it’s a good idea to have resistance training to our fitness regime. Resistance training…oh no! I’ve heard it said. It’s a misconception among some, that resistance training requires a gym membership with access to fitness machines and a variety of weights. Certainly this is a great way to add resistance training into your regime, but it’s not the only way. So, how does one add resistance without the aid of fitness machines or weights? Glad you asked. It’s simple. Use your body weight and couple of other nontraditional items you may have on hand. Your body plus gravity equals resistance. As I often say to my clients, ’gravity is your friend.’ One of my favorite exercises is the squat.

I find that squats, in their many variations, are an effective way to strengthen and tone the quads, lift the glutes, and when done in tempo, raise the heart rate. The great thing is they can be performed with added weight or without and still yield results. It’s also beneficial, that if you choose to add weight as resistDent ance, free weights or machines are not the only option. Got milk? Got juice? Great! Once emptied of its contents, fill the gallon jug(s) with water or sand; your choice, be creative. Gripping a jug in each hand, held on each side, close to the outer thighs, hit that squat! With feet about shoulder width apart, position yourself as if you’re about to sit in a chair. Go down to sitting position and then return to standing. If squats are new to you, start slow. Do them without the added weight and keep the reps low; shoot for 20 reps and progressively work your way up to more reps. Let’s not forget those biceps and triceps. Any object with a weight of two pounds or so can be used to strengthen and tone these muscles of the arm. Basic bicep curls and their variations are a great start. Tricep dips can be performed on the edge of a steady chair or even on the floor. So actually, you have several options as opposed to heading to the gym, if that’s not feasible for you. There is a lot to be said of the well known adage, ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.’ Be willing to think beyond perceived limitations, and there will be no limit to what you may accomplish. Each new day brings about the opportunity for great change and new challenges. Face each day head on, and this journey of becoming a healthier and fitter you, can be peppered with triumphs. So, go get it! It won’t come to you!

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5 Top Tips for Heart Health Month (StatePoint) Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. While there are many risk factors involved that are beyond one’s control, a healthy lifestyle can make a big difference. February is American Heart Month and a great opportunity to adopt healthy habits that can reduce your risk for illness. Here are five to consider. • Move about: Exercise doesn’t have to be daunting! Aim for 10-minute sessions, three times daily. Movement sets your metabolism in motion, so make sure it’s a consistent part of your life. • Get sleep: Sleeping fewer than seven hours a night can make you gain weight and have more trouble taking it off, according to Columbia University research. Another study found that people who get enough sleep have a five percent higher metabolism than people who don’t. That means more calories burned while you’re sleeping! Doesn’t get much easier than that. • Eat small and well: “Studies have found that losing five to 10 percent of your body weight can lower the risk of a heart attack,” says Dawn Zier, CEO of Nutrisystem and the 2017 Go Red for Women Campaign Chair in Philadelphia, a movement to help end heart disease and

stroke in women. Research suggests that eating smaller, balanced meals throughout the day promotes greater weight loss and maintenance, and can also be good for your heart. Schedule meals every two to three hours, six times a day. Programs designed to help you eat healthy portions can mean seeing quick results. For example, Nutrisystem Lean13 is a new program designed to help you lose up to 13 pounds and seven inches in the first month. For more information visit • Rise, shine, drink water. You’ll burn more calories all day: A German study found that drinking 48 ounces (about six cups) of cold water increased calorie burn at rest by up to 50 calories per day. This alone could melt a pound

in a little more than two months. And drinking it before meals could give you an added bonus, as a Virginia Tech study found that dieters who drank two, eight-ounce glasses of water before meals for 12 weeks lost 36 percent more weight than those who didn’t down the water. • Put your phone away: Checking your email in the morning will just stress you out. Many productivity experts recommend waiting at least an hour once you get to work before checking your inbox, so you can tackle your most important priorities calmly without getting distracted. This American Heart Month, take steps to improve your health and reduce your risk for serious illness.



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The Service Record of Roy Robinson

I entered the Armed Forces on December 2, 1942 and went to Camp Shelby, MS. I did not know much about ward then because the Armed forces were very segregated. There were Black and White Only signs up all over camp. A lot of us were called out one morning to be shipped out to different parts of the county for training. I went to Camp Lee, VA and Muroc Dry Lake, CA. They finally mixed the army and opened a trade school. I was lucky enough to past a test that sent me to Denver, CO where I entered photography school at Lowery Field, CO. I didn't care much for the lab work so I became an aircraft camera tech. After finishing trade school, we shipped out again to Alabama where I was sent to the 99th Fighter Squadron. They had very little for me to do because they were a test group. I wasn't getting any flying time for my rank and was very restless because I had to work on gun sight cameras and train for a bomber group. People kept fighting for us in Washington and they finally got a full fighter group. I was then shipped

out to Michigan to work on their gun sight cameras, but I still was not happy. The day did come when we got the bomber group and the fighter group was already in training at Selfied Field, MI under the command of Co. B.O. Davis, Jr. After the bomber group arrived, I jumped for joy. I almost wore Uncle Sam's camera out shooting pictures of everything in the air and below. I soon was shipped to Maxwell Field, AL to be discharged. In a funny way, I hated the day I had to give it all up but I will always remember the history of black males will never be forgotten. Reprint from December 2001

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Iuka church eager to share in projects under Taylor's leadership By Lucy Weber The Rev. John Taylor leads a church that has a servant heart like his own. At First Missionary Baptist Church in Iuka, Taylor and his small but growing congregation are finding projects that bring them together with the community. "I challenged them to do some project each year as a church," said Taylor, who at 25 became the youngest minister to lead the church in September 2015. The church lives by the motto: "We love because Christ first loved us." "The church has a rich history of helping with the community," he said. "We complement each other." Before Christmas, the church committed to provide a meal following the local holiday parade for the 220 band members marching from Northeast Community College. "That's the biggest project we've done so far," Taylor said. "That was a great success. The Lord favored us with that project. "All the band members showed up and we were able to accommodate them. We

had people everywhere," he said. Due to the success of that dinner, Taylor said he and the band director have talked about continuing it. "We're going to do it again because of the success. It's on our list for this year." Taylor came to the 84 Pike St. church from Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Corinth where he served as an associate under his mentor, the Rev Lawrence Morris. Morris ordained Taylor. At about age 6, Taylor felt his call to the ministry. His grandmother was an evangelist. He grew up in Faith Harvest Church in Booneville. "I prepared my first sermon at about nine or 10. As a teenager, I never moved away from

the call." Taylor was not looking to leave Macedonia when he started chatting with a woman working in the drivethrough at his bank. Her husband was on the pastoral search committee for the Iuka church and they first contacted Taylor in April 2015 about assuming leadership there. Since stepping up to the pulpit at First Missionary Baptist, Taylor has seen the congregation grow. "I had an older preacher who gave me advice. He told me that slow growth is the best growth. Get to know the people and they will know you. "That's the best advice I have received, and I live Rev. John Taylor by that and I am putting

my focus on what he said," Taylor said. The congregation has been receptive and eager to join together to work for the Lord, Taylor said. Coming up during spring break, the church will hold a Jam for Jesus, with the youth leading a sing-in for the community. Taylor said he enjoys being the preacher for his congregation and getting to know each member. "I've made it my mission to pastor to everyone and be hands on in as many areas as I can."


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Circle Be Unbroken: Three friends find mutual support and spiritual affirmation through daily prayer By Galen Holley Each day begins for the three ladies with a phone call and lifting their voices together to God. Bernadette Christian initiates the conversation. She’s the first link in the prayer circle. According to Nicole Richards and Kerry Shelley, Christian’s friends and sisters in the faith, Christian is always ready with a reflection, a topic, or a passage of scripture. A favorite of hers is Jeremiah 29: 11, which reads, “’For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.’” The passage is the fundamental encouragement Christian shares with her friends and although long distances separate them, the prayer in which they all partake makes the world seem a little smaller. “We’re believing in greatness in ourselves and in our children, and staying rooted in the plan God has for us,” said Richards, a nurse practitioner who resides in Gary, IN. Each morning she waits by the phone and, precisely at 6 a.m., Christian calls. Shelley then comes on the line and the three women begin a daily ritual that has brought profound meaning into their lives. Anxieties, fears, triumphs and accomplishments, all joys and all pains are the topics the women discuss. They bring them to the altar of the Lord, as Shelley put it, offering thanks, asking for guidance, and holding up in prayer those people who daily walk in and out of their lives. “We talk about personal issues and share challenges that we face,” said Christian, a licensed master social worker who lives in Booneville, MS. “It’s a means of offering mutual support and it has a tremendously positive impact in our lives.” Personal Motivation Christian and Richards grew up as friends in Joliet, Illinois, immersed in church and surrounded by people of strong faith. “My mom was a prayer warrior,” said Christian. Spirituality always formed the basis of the women’s deep friendship. The rhythm of life eventually brought Christian to Mississippi but the women remained in touch and, two years ago, as each continued to flower in their professional lives, they started praying together over the phone each morning. According to Richards, Christian is a stickler for punctuality. “I know that precisely at 6 a.m. that phone is going to ring, every day,” said Richards, laughing. Shelley is also a social worker and lives in Booneville. She joined the group about six months ago. “I find a lot of wisdom and guidance in our conversations and it always helps to have the support,” said Shelley. Each of the women works with the public in sensitive areas and their daily prayer and conversations provide a forum for processing the difficulties they face with encountering people in vulnerable situations. “As a health care provider I’m aware that a lot of women and children in our society are suffering, and it’s hard to witness,” said Richards. “Emotional demons bind many people, like anxiety, fear and addiction, and I try to bring these things to prayer,”

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she said. Christian has adopted the unique practice of maintaining a prayer wall. It’s just a simple collage of thoughts, reflections, and names, pinned to the wall, that helps her keep certain things and people in mind. “My goal is to pray for everybody there each night,” said Christian. For Shelley, sharing daily prayer with her friends provides solace from a deeper, personal pain. In 2010, while she was pregnant with their first child, Shelley lost her husband in a car accident. “Hard times and sorrows threaten to harden a person’s heart, but my constant prayer is that my heart remains open and soft and that I may treat and serve the people in the way they should be served,” said Shelley. Similar to Christian’s prayer wall, Shelley keeps a prayer journal in which she writes down names and thoughts and even places in it stickers and little reminders of things she wants to keep in mind. “I believe that I was called to be in my line of work, and my journal just helps me focus and serves as a constant reminder of how good God is to me,” said Shelley. Steadfast commitment All three women said that maintaining consistency and having a reliable, daily routine is a great comfort in the spiritual life. Christian does much to make sure the women stay on task. “If she calls and I don’t have that same pitch in my voice, or if it’s evident that something is not quite right, Bernadette is right there to pick me up,” said Richards. Shelley expressed a similar sense of comfort in the consistency of their routine. “You should never give up on God,” said Shelley. “Just because you don’t recognize or perceive God’s action in your life doesn’t mean he’s not moving. Praying with others is a great blessing and anyone who doesn’t have prayer partner should find one.”If you would to become a part of the prayer circle please contact Bernadette JacksonChristian at

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Married or single, this retreat to refresh is for you

By Lucy Weber A retreat designed to bring married couples and singles closer to God while in, or awaiting, their relationships is set for Feb. 17-18. The two-day event at Cypress Creek First Baptist Church in Selmer, Tenn., "will get you spiritually and physically fed," said Janetta Wynn, one of the facilitators, along with her husband Clifford, the pastor of the church. Beginning Friday, Feb. 17, the retreat offers food, fun and separate breakout sessions for married couples and for singles led by area ministers. The Wynns, who are approaching their second wedding anniversary in April, will share insights for couples previously married in their "I Do, Part 2" talks. Pastor Undrae and Rena Johnson of Brownsville, Tenn., married for more than 20 years, will lead "Make it Last Forever" for seasoned married couples. The Rev. William Watson of Jackson, Tenn., will lead fellow single Christians in the "Living Out Loud" sessions. The event, "A Time of Refreshing Retreat," is the second annual one sponsored by Cypress Creek. Last year's retreat was intended only for married couples and drew 45 pairs of husbands and wives. Wynn said she and her husband expanded the retreat to include singles this year so more people

could benefit. "We had such a good time last year. The people who came last year are excited about the second retreat. It's like a date," she said. "We have more information to share about God's love." All the married couples will meet together. During those sessions, the Wynns will share their story and advice for having a happy second marriage. The Johnsons will share how long-married couples can refresh and remember their vows. "Married couples will learn how to keep a successful marriage. They will learn from both viewpoints," she said. "This is for couples hoping to rejuvenate their marriages, no matter how long they've been married." Watson will encourage singles on how to live a fulfilled life while waiting for the mate God has chosen for them. "The single Christians will know it's OK to be who they are and be happy while they're waiting," Wynn said. The retreat is open to all. "This is for whoever wants to come, from the church and the community," she said. The event begins at 6 p.m. with everyone together sharing in icebreakers and dinner before breaking into the first session. At 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, the retreat resumes with breakfast followed by the second session that continues the lessons. That evening at 6 p.m. everyone will meet at Crazy K Ranch for dinner and entertainment, including a DJ, jazz sinner and Nashville comedian Ms. Puddin. There will be plenty of door prizes to add to the fun, Wynn said. Tickets are $50 for singles and $125 for couples. Call 731-645-8094 or 615-6892033 to reserve a spot at the retreat. Wynn encourages everyone to get their tickets as soon as possible although the retreat will be able to accommodate some who buy tickets at the door.

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Matt Baker,the black artist who helped pioneer comics

The comic book as we know it landed with Superman in 1938, and by the time Captain America punched Hitler in the face three years later, the comic book had already become a cornerstone of American culture. Another three years later, Matt Baker would draw his first comic pages, and just as quickly and powerfully as comics had found their place in the heart of American identity, Baker would find his

at the heart of the comics industry. Immensely talented and even more immensely prolific, Baker established himself as a top artist of the 1940s, becoming the first successful black artist in comics at a time when most of the white artists and writers we may recognize today had yet to make their names known. Born in 1921 in Forsyth County, North Carolina, Baker would later move with his family to Pittsburgh and then to D.C.. While still in Carolina, Baker faced off with a terrible bout of rheumatic fever. It was this rheumatic fever that would result in the heart condition that kept him out of the war. Unable to fight, Baker enrolled in the Cooper Union School of Engineering, Art, and Design in New York in 1941. Upon completion of his studies, Baker took up work with Iger Studio and inked his first confirmed comic in a 12-page “Sheena” story in Fiction House's Jumbo Comics #69. From there, Baker went on to work with comics publishers Fox, St. John, and eventually Atlas (the company that would later become Marvel). Baker’s work on female comic heroes such as Phantom Lady gained him the respect of colleagues and fans, but also the

displeasure of psychologist Dr. Frederick Wertham, who in his book Seduction of the Innocent called out what he considered

burnings of the 1950s and to the introduction of the Comics Code Authority in 1954. Baker

negative and dangerous trends in comics including overly sexual imagery. In many cases, Wertham specifically pointed out Baker’s work as too “sexy” for adolescents. Wertham’s arguments against the state of comics led to the mass comic

continued to work at a tremendous pace, covering inks and pencils several comic genres, from Western to Romance. According to co-artists, Baker was protective of his private life, and little is known of his personal relationships. As

fellow artist Al Feldstein said “he was a rare phenomenon in an industry almost totally dominated by white males. However, he was extremely talented, and it was his talent that overcame any resistance to his presence based on racial bias. But I feel that Matt, personally, was acutely aware of the perceived chasm that separated him from the rest of us. And it may be that because of that perceived problem there is little known about Matt Baker, aside from his stunning artwork that speaks for himself.” He had been described by some as a sharp dresser and devoted jazz fan. He is also described as having a relentless work ethic, inking for days without rest, a habit that placed a lot of stress on his weak heart. It was this weak heart that would take him at the young age of 37 in 1959. Today, Baker remains one of the most famous comics artists of all time. Though his work was prolific, the Wertham comic burnings claimed a large number of the golden age books on which he worked, and comics with Baker covers can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. Baker was awarded the Will Eisner award for comic artists in 2009.

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Great Tips to Get in Shape and Stay in Shape (StatePoint) Losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle top millions of people’s list of goals. Unfortunately, it’s a lot easier to set a goal than it is to actually achieve it, so it’s important to have a game plan if you want to see results. Here are some sustainable tips to help you lose weight and feel great! Set Goals Mindfully Setting a goal to “lose weight” sounds great, but it is pretty vague. It’s hard to achieve a goal without a specific plan or focus. Remember to think about your health beyond just the number on the scale. Whether it’s deciding to train for a 5k race or choosing to reduce your sugar intake by half, getting specific and setting realistic goals helps you get a clear sense as to whether you were successful. Get Hydrated One simple way to cut back calories and sugar is to make

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oil; often offers better nutrition, better flavors and better results than a fad diet. In fact, people who followed a Mediterranean diet lost 52 percent more weight than those with a standard low-fat diet says a study published in a peer reviewed journal. Over a period of two years, the Mediterranean diet group lost 9.7 pounds while the low fat diet group only lost 6.3 pounds. Make Exercise Fun


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Some Couples Invest in Their Future in Ways Other Than a Diamond Ring

By Nathaniel Sillin What does an engagement ring look like? For many people, my wife included, the answer is a diamond ring. While that's a concept that didn't became widely accepted until the diamond industry's marketing campaigns in the mid-1900s, it's one that holds strong today. However, some couples are going in an alternative direction. The intention isn't to be cheap, but rather to

use the savings to make a different kind of meaningful investment in their future together. When and how a proposal happens can be a surprise, but hopefully, the answer won't be. That is likely doubly true if the question is popped without a diamond engagement ring, or perhaps without a ring at all. As always in a relationship, communication is key. While some people may be excited by the idea, it could be a deal breaker for others. What will a meaningful investment look like to the both of you? A friend of mine recently shared with me the story of how he proposed to his now wife, and the decision to forgo an engagement ring altogether. When they first started discussing marriage and engagement rings, she said she'd

rather put the money towards a down payment because starting a home together was more meaningful to her than a ring. He didn't ask right away, but when he did take a knee, ringless, and ask her to marry him – clearly she said yes. Today they live in the home the savings helped buy, wear only wedding bands and he says neither of them regrets the decision. A down payment might not make sense for you, but there are other ways to invest in your future together. For some couples, paying down debts or saving for their wedding so that they don't go into debt might be a better fit. Or, you might want to start a travel or honeymoon fund. Consider your options if you want to buy a ring. Understandably, the idea of proposing without an engage-

ment ring isn't for everyone, and there is a middle ground. A less expensive engagement ring with the savings going towards your shared goal. Here are few options you could discuss with your significant other: Alternative stones. There are a variety of alternative precious and semi-precious stones you could pick for the ring. Matching a stone's color to the person's eyes or choosing their birthstone could imbue the ring with a personal touch. However, be careful about picking a "soft" gem that could be easily scratched if it's worn daily. Diamond look-alikes. You could choose a synthetic diamond or a stone that looks similar to a diamond but costs much less, such as a cubic zirconia. Some of the man-made and alternative options can

look more brilliant than genuine diamonds, and you don't need to worry about whether or not the stone is conflictfree. A solid band. While it won't have the same flash as a ring with a large gemstone, choosing a smaller diamond or solid metal band with a symbolic meaning could be just as meaningful to your partner. Family heirlooms can also make for memorable engagement rings and often there isn't a price tag attached (although a lengthy discussion might be in order). A vintage ring could appeal to some people's style, or the center stone could be reset in a modern band. In either case, there's something special about wearing a gemstone that's been in one of your families for generations. Decide on your priorities as a couple and act according-

Start Preparing Now for Spring Home Sale If you plan to list your home for sale when spring arrives, it’s to your benefit to use the months until then getting your property in good shape. At the very least, make plans so you can get started immediately in a few months. While it’s generally not safe to paint rooms when the doors and windows are closed, you can make your decorating plans. If you spot the paint on sale (common in the winter), go ahead and buy it now. As long as the cans stay completely sealed (tuck them in a closet so they won’t freeze in your garage), the paint will be good for a long time to come. Before you paint, take the cans back to the store and ask them to run the cans through the shaker again to ensure the paint is thoroughly mixed. Start interviewing potential realestate agents. Let them come through your home and tell you what items you need to fix or change to get the best sale price. Learn about the agents and what they offer, but don’t sign any contracts yet. Have a home inspection. The result will be your to-do list over the next

ly. According to The Knot's 2015 Real Weddings Study, an average of $5,871 was spent on engagement rings. For some, there's no better way to spend money. After all, it's a ring that's going to be worn for decades. However, you can discuss engagement ring expectations before you ask someone to marry you. If a diamond isn't particularly important, an alternative ring or gemstone, or no ring at all, can be an equally timeless and beautiful gesture of love when you both know the money is going to an important step in your future together. Nathaniel Sillin directs Visa's financial education programs. To follow Practical Money Skills on Twitter: ey.

few months. At the very least you’ll be warned about those items before a buyer hires his own inspector and notes them in a sales contract as negotiating points. If you have snow on the roof, the inspection will be a bit limited, but the condition of the house and its systems will give you an overall idea. Do interior repairs now. A new toilet and sink in the bathroom, and later, paint, a fresh shower curtain and new towels will add to your potential sales price. If you’re going to have landscaping work done when warm weather comes, get on the schedule now. Talk with a landscape planner at a few home and garden places and nail down what you’ll want. De-clutter. For many homeowners, getting rid of excess clutter is the most time-consuming of all home-sale activities. Start by going through closets and toss clothes you haven’t worn in three years, and also reorganize kitchen cabinets. Depersonalize your home by removing family photos. Look for artwork to go in the blank spots. If you find it on sale and know you won’t change your mind, go ahead and buy now. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• If you like taking baths, you can invest in a second rubber bath mat to drape over the side of the tub. The edge will be nonslip, so you can hold on for support, and your hands will not slide. • Sunburn happens in the winter, too, especially on the slopes. Use a cotton ball soaked in cold tea to ease tight, dry skin. Be sure to apply sunscreen to your face and wear eye protection when going out in the snow. • For drains slowed by grease, sprinkle a half-cup each of salt and baking soda down the drain, and follow it with an entire kettle or pot of boiling water. • If the smell in your cedar chest has faded, bring it back easily with extrafine sandpaper. A very light sanding is all it takes in most cases. • “For delicious baked potatoes, boil a pot of salted water, add whole potatoes with skin, remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes. Finish in oven for a sturdier skin. Start checking for doneness after 15 minutes in the oven. Baking time can be cut in half!” — J.L. in Florida • Remove that musty smell from stored clothes by adding either vinegar or ammonia to the wash water. Be sure to check for smell removal BEFORE drying, as the dryer can bake the smell into clothes, making it more difficult to remove. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at

• It was Martin Luther King Jr. who made the following sage observation: “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.” • Are you a dromomaniac? If you travel compulsively, you are. • The famed statue Venus de Milo was lost to history for nearly 2,000 years. No one knew of its existence until 1820, when a Greek peasant tilling a field on the island of Milos hit stone — several carved blocks of stone, to be specific. Within a few weeks, archaeologists arrived and took the statue of Aphrodite to France. King Louis XVIII dubbed it the Venus de Milo and donated it to the Louvre, where it remains today. • You might be surprised to learn that Humphrey Bogart wasn’t the producers’ first choice for the role of Rick in “Casablanca.” An actor named George Raft was originally offered the part, but he turned it down because he didn’t like the script. • In 2010, a new species of slug was discovered in the mountains of Borneo. It is distinguished from other species of slug by its novel method of mating: It shoots its mate with a so-called love dart made of calcium carbonate and containing hormones. The researchers nicknamed the gastropods “ninja slugs.” • If you’re traveling to Kansas anytime soon, be sure to remember that it is against the law in that state to catch fish with your bare hands. • During the original run of the classic 1960s TV series “Gilligan’s Island,” some viewers took the show rather too seriously. Several telegrams were sent to the U.S. Coast Guard asking why the poor people hadn’t yet been rescued. *** Thought for the Day: “I want a man who is kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?” — Zsa Zsa Gabor

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If your family usually gives vegetable dishes no respect, give this ultra-easy side dish a try. 1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery 1 (2-ounce) jar chopped pimiento, undrained 2 cups frozen peas, thawed 1/3 cup fat-free sour cream 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1. In a large skillet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray, saute celery for 6 to 8 minutes or just until tender. Stir in undrained pimiento and peas. Continue cooking for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often. Add sour cream and parsley flakes. Mix well to combine. 2. Lower heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture is heated through, stirring often. Makes 4 (3/4 cup each) servings. • Each serving equals: 80 calories, 0 g fat, 5 g protein, 15 g carb., 148 mg sodium, 4 g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1/2 Vegetable.

Kids and adults will savor every spoonful of this orange-accented chocolate dream from our sister publication Redbook. Orange Whipped Cream 1/4 cup heavy cream 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar 1/8 teaspoon grated orange zest Pudding 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 pinch salt 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1. In a small bowl, with a handheld electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream, sugar and orange zest until soft peaks form. Refrigerate while making pudding. 2. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; whisk in milk, cream and salt until blended. Cook over medium heat, whisking gently, just until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Remove pan from heat; stir in chocolate, butter and vanilla until smooth. With a handheld electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat until light and fluffy. 3. Divide pudding into 4 (6-ounce) ramekins; top each with a dollop of Orange Whipped Cream. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

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1. Name the last pair of A.L. teammates before Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez (213) and Jacoby Ellsbury (212) in 2011 to each have more than 210 hits in the same season. 2. Four players who started their major-league careers in the 1970s played in four decades. Name two of them. 3. Name the only Michigan State player to be taken No. 1 overall in the NFL draft. 4. Between 1956 and 2000, only one player 6 feet 3 inches or shorter won an NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Name him. 5. Name the NHL team that allowed the fewest goals in an 82-game season. 6. Of the nine NASCAR Chase for the Cup playoffs through 2012, how many drivers have made at least eight of them? 7. In 2012, Serena Williams became the second woman to have won all four of tennis’ Grand Slam titles along with Olympic singles gold. Who was the first? Answers 1. Jimmie Foxx (213) and Al Simmons (216) did it for the 1932 Philadelphia A’s. 2. Rickey Henderson, Mike Morgan, Jesse Orosco and Tim Raines. 3. Defensive end Bubba Smith, in 1967. 4. Bob Cousy, in 1957. 5. New Jersey allowed 164 goals in 2003-04. 6. Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart. 7. Steffi Graf completed her “Golden Slam” in 1988.

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Are Organic Foods Really Better? Many consumers are confused about the nutritional quality of organics versus conventionally grown foods. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently weighed in on the importance of organic food for children, setting off a firestorm. The AAP released a report in October stating that: "Current evidence does not support any meaningful nutritional benefits or deficits from eating organic compared with conventionally grown foods, and there are no well-powered human studies that directly demonstrate health benefits or disease protection as a result of consuming an organic diet." It appears that the confusion in the minds of many consumers about the nutritional benefits of organics is linked to the use, or lack thereof, of pesticides. Conventional food producers argue that pesti-

cide residue is reduced substantially by routine and safe food handling practices such as washing, peeling and cooking, and that there is no significant difference in the nutritional quality of organic and conventionally grown foods. The lower pesticide levels in organic foods do not impact the foods' nutritional levels. In contrast, higher pesticide levels in conventional foods do not impact nutritional levels either. Even so, the amount of man-made pesticide residues found in conventional foods is still well below the level that the Environmental Protection Agency has deemed unsafe. The real issue is whether these small doses, multiplied over years and decades, might eventually add up to an increased health risk. Dr. Mehmet Oz, a heart surgeon and television host, wrote about the subject in a recent Time magazine article entitled "What to Eat Now, The AntiFood-Snob Diet." Dr. Oz stated that "nutritionally speaking, there is little difference between the farmer's market bounty and the humble brick (of frozen food) from the freezer case. It's true for many other supermarket foods, too." Advances in the frozen-food industry -- from packaging to techniques like high-pressure flashfreezing and freezing peeled, blanched and steamed foods -- has improved the quality of frozen produce and products, and improved the retention of their vitamin content. Some food manufacturers freeze and package the harvested produce immediately and onsite, thereby increasing both quality and preservation of nutrients. In a study published in the "Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture" in 2007, University

of California-Davis researchers reviewed the variable nutrient content of fresh, frozen and canned vegetables and fruits. Frozen spinach goes through a flashfreezing process that preserves it within hours after it

for consumers. Best of all, conventional foods are far lower in price than organic products, making them affordable for most shoppers. Good food is available for consumers of all economic levels. Shop smart and try both organic and conventional canned and frozen products. This recipe for Easy Spinach Quiche is a delicious way to use frozen spinach. EASY SPINACH QUICHE 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 6 large eggs 1/2 (8-ounce) package shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese 1 cup small curd cottage cheese

leaves the soil, so it retains more of its vitamin C content than fresh spinach. Both forms of spinach (fresh and frozen) retain their high vitamin A content as well. The nutritional superiority of organic versus conventionally produced meats is another misconception. Researchers have found that there is not much difference in nutrient quality between grass-feed or cagefree animals and animals that are raised in feedlots or cages. The quality and nutrient levels in modern canned vegetables and fruits and conventionally raised animals have improved over time and are a good choice

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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Whisk flour, baking powder, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper and nutmeg together in a small bowl and set aside. 2. Beat eggs in a mixing bowl until smooth. Stir flour mixture into the eggs until no lumps remain. Stir in Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, cottage cheese, spinach, green chiles and melted butter until evenly blended. 3. Spray a 9-inch pie pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spread the quiche mixture evenly into pan. Bake quiche in preheated oven for 15 minutes at 400 F, then reduce temperature to 350 F. Continue baking until the quiche is lightly browned and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Makes one (9-inch) quiche.

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