CURRENTS Magazine August 2022

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The magazine by and for the people who call Lake Norman home


LKN is Still the Best The Lake Norman area has come a long way since I first moved here in 2003. Back then, I was a new mom toting an infant around, trying to make new friends and seeking out places I could pass the time with my husband and daughter. One of the first places I honed in on was Birkdale Village, because I’ve always loved to shop, and it was a stroller-friendly place where we could get pizza, ice cream, or splash in the fountains during the summertime. Over time, we added a son into the mix, and we continued to explore, taking walks at Latta Plantation, playing in the shade at the Jetton Park playground, and taking advantage of all the fun festivals held throughout the year.

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Advertising Director Sharon Simpson

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A lot has changed over the years. While we first resided in Huntersville, we now live in Davidson, on the border of Cornelius, so our kids can be closer to their school and friends. That oldest child is ordering dorm décor for her upcoming first year of college, and our son is not looking forward to all the attention being on him for a change!

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I always enjoy seeing the Best of Lake Norman CURRENTS Award Winners, because it gives me new ideas for places to check out. There are always new businesses to support, food and drink to sample, and places to gather with friends. I’m in a phase of my life now where I’m done with the strollers and toddler exploration. The kids are busy with school and their part-time jobs. I’m taking time to appreciate our area in a different way. Here are just a few of my favorites around the area. For food, my family has always loved La Unica in Huntersville for a quick and tasty meal, Mestizo in Davidson is one of our go-to places for date nights, and you can’t beat the sunset views from North Harbor Club, Port City Club, and Hello Sailor! Epic Chophouse in Mooresville is also a great special occasion place for us.? As an avid reader, I LOVE both Main Street Books in Davidson and Walls of Books in Cornelius. And how lucky are we to have a great public library in each of our surrounding towns? I know I can always find a great gift at The Village Store in Davidson and Inspired at Lake Norman in Cornelius. And as for shopping, I’ve become addicted to boutiques such as MINE by Sandy, Uniquities, Nina’s, and Remedy Clothiers. I never walk out empty handed!

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Event Coordinator Alison Smith

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About the Cover: Check out this year’s list of reader favorites beginning on page 30.

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Thoughts from the Man Cave

The endless quest for learning





Serving families at Children’s Home Alliance


On the Circuit

LIMITLESS A section for LKN residents 55+


Topic of the Day


In My Glass


Movers, shakers and more at the lake

Renee Wants to Know


How we live at the lake


A month of things to do on the lake

How do you detect BS?



Paddockpalooza at Hinds Feet Farm


Shop + Tell


Educators create Lil’ Book Club


For the Long Run – Famous Toastery”


Your Best Life


We’re Just Crazy About – Ellie May’s Dang Good Ice Cream


Best of the Lake Norman

A Graceful Georgian in Davidson

38 IN THIS ISSUE Tips for joint health

CURRENTS Award Winners


Refinancing your home

Chocolate treasure in the Carribbean




A Pet for You

Eating, drinking, cooking and fun

Looking for forever homes



Wine Time


On Tap

South American Tannat


A Moment In Time


Tasty Bits


In The Kitchen


Limitless Learning


Nibbles + Bites

Expectations from a former educator

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Opinions from the Professionals

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Movers, Shakers, Style, Shopping, Trends, Happenings and More at Lake Norman

Hinds’ Feet Farm debuts new fundraiser

by Karel Bond Lucander File photo by Jamie Cowles

When the sweltering days of August turn to September, it’s nice to catch an autumn breeze outside. And what better way to spend a few hours on a Saturday in September than to stroll around a picturesque 32-acre Huntersville farm, grab some delicious food-truck bites and shop—all for a good cause. After two COVID-19-related cancellations in 2020 and 2021, Hinds’ Feet Farm is thrilled to finally be able to present their fundraiser, “Paddockpalooza!” On Sept. 17, rain or shine, there will be a variety of premium wares from 44 vendors and refreshments from six food trucks, ranging from tacos and beer to sweets. There will also be artisans demonstrating blacksmithing, making apple butter and creating pottery. Parking is free, and Hinds’ Feet still welcomes volunteers interested in helping with Paddockpalooza! “We’re excited to show off our beautiful facility here in Huntersville and not only raise awareness about the farm but also brain injuries,” says Amanda Mewborn, development director of Hinds’ Feet Farm. Established in 2000, non-profit Hinds’ Feet Farm was the long-time vision of the late Carolyn “Puddin” Johnson Van Every Foil. In 1984, her youngest son, Phil, then 16, suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident. Puddin, along with her husband, Martin, made it their life’s work to create a loving environment where survivors could reach their highest potential post-injury. Deeply spiritual, Puddin drew the name “Hinds’ Feet Farm” from Biblical scripture (Habakkuk 3:19): “The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” Today, Hinds’ Feet Farm offers holistic and wellness day programs in Huntersville and Asheville to people living with brain injuries. Both offer dynamic on-site and community-based cognitive, creative, emotional, social, physical, and pre-vocational activities. Some therapeutic activities involve interaction with horses and other farm animals. Hinds’ Feet also has two residential programs in Huntersville at Puddin’s Place and Hart Cottage. Puddin’s Place, a six-bed family care home, is for adults who need moderate to maximum help. Three-bed Hart Cottage is designed to help adults with brain injuries who are independent but require mild to moderate assistance. “We have the perfect venue for the event, and what better way to get people out here than to have a fun day of shopping, food trucks and music?” Mewborn says.

The fundraiser will take place at Hinds’ Feet Farm on Sept. 17th

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Left: New York Butcher Shoppe & Wine Bar in Cornelius. Right: Premium shoe brands at Plato’s Closet in Huntersville.

New retail stores, book news, and a specialty butcher shop Compiled by Renee Roberson

By Design

Main Street Books in Davidson is looking for your input on their new fall line of merchandise. Last month, they asked local designers to create a lifestyle graphic t-shirt design that represents the spirit of Main Street Books. This month, community voting will take place through Aug. 15. To vote on the design you best think would represent MSB on their short and long-sleeved t-shirts and tote bags for the upcoming year, follow their Instagram account @mainstreetbooksdavidson.

The Last to Vanish

Speaking of books, LKN resident and New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda has a new suspense/thriller novel out titled “The Last to Vanish.” The synopsis reads: Ten years ago, Abigail Lovett fell into a job she loves, managing The Passage Inn, a cozy, upscale resort nestled in the North Carolina mountain town of Cutter’s Pass. Cutter’s Pass is best known for its outdoor offerings—rafting and hiking, with access to 18


the Appalachian trail by way of a gorgeous waterfall—and its mysterious history. As the book begins, a string of unsolved disappearances that has haunted the town is once again thrust into the spotlight when journalist Landon West, who was staying at the inn to investigate the story of the vanishing trail, then disappears himself. When Landon’s brother Trey shows up looking for answers, Abby can’t help but feel the town closing ranks. When she finds incriminating evidence that may bring them closer to the truth, Abby soon discovers how little she knows about her co-workers, neighbors, and even those closest to her. Learn more at

Plato’s Closet opens in Huntersville

Plato’s Closet, which specializes in selling gently-used clothing and accessories for young adults at up to 70 percent of retail prices, has opened a location on Biddick Lane near Marshall’s and Staples in Huntersville. The store also purchases brand-name items in good condition and pays you in cash if your items are selected. 10035 Biddick Lane Suite 110, Huntersville.

Birkdale Village welcomes Lovesac

If you’ve been hoping for more home furnishings store to open in our area, check out Lovesac in Birkdale Village. Billed as a modern American furniture company, they specialize in a patented modular furniture system called “Sactionals” that help adapt to the ever-changing needs of clientele. These Sactionals feature Lovesac StealthTech, a premium technology embedded inside the furniture that offer a premium immersive experience. Learn more at

New York Butcher Shoppe opens

New York Butcher Shoppe & Wine Bar has opened in Cornelius next to Carolina Cones. It offers fresh meats, prepared foods and wine and beer. It also has a dine-in menu with starters like deviled eggs, charcuterie boards, and meatball pomodoro, sides like truffle fries and roasted vegetables, and mains like burger sliders, steak flights, and crab cakes. You can also pay the retail cost per pound on

cuts of meat and fish and the kitchen will prepare along with a side item. 20823 N. Main Street C, Cornelius.

The Honorable Mayor Buttercup

This summer, The Mooresville Youth Council announced Dog Mayor Buttercup the name of the newly elected 2022 Dog Mayor, the Honorable Buttercup. The outgoing Dog Mayor, the Honorable Daisy, was Mooresville’s first ever dog mayor and was elected last year after a third-grade class at Rocky River Elementary who had been studying local government reached out to Mayor Atkins about the possibility of electing a dog mayor for the Town of Mooresville. This year, the MYC held a contest again on their Instagram page, where Buttercup was elected with more than 4,000 votes. Congratulations, Buttercup, we know you’ll have a great year representing the town!

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Visit us at The Bungalow Market Oak Street Mill in Cornelius 19725 Oak Street, Unit 10 Shop us on-line: @bungalow_market | AUGUST 2022



From left to right: Debbie Lolla and Donna Early, founders of Lil’ Book Club.

Not Just Another

Book Club

Debbie Lolla and Donna Early create immersive experience by Allison Futterman photography courtesy of LKN-SLP

Debbie Lolla and Donna Early are two educators who have been enriching the lives of children for years. They previously collaborated when working at a school together. Lolla had developed a (Kindergarten-5th grade) life skills curriculum and wanted to integrate music into the subject matter. She couldn’t find any that quite worked. Her colleague at the time, Early was a music teacher—and she was up to the challenge. She created original music that was a perfect fit to accompany Lolla’s curriculum. Now these two innovative thinkers have joined forces again, with their creation of the Lil’ Book Club, based in Davidson. In addition to the reading of a carefully selected book, these events encompass much more. It’s all centered around social emotional learning known as SEL. Tailored to kids ages four to six, the main themes are empathy, kindness, and friendship. “Our mission is to help children develop into kind, empathetic humans who will help others,” said Lolla. “We need more of that in the world and there’s no better place to start than with kids.” Early echoes the sentiment, “We plant the seeds and hope they grow.” Each child receives a book that’s been carefully chosen by Lolla and Early. After the book reading, they move on to 20


Early’s song—written specifically for that particular book and the subject matter it explores. The kids move with the music, incorporating colorful scarves (if they so choose) that are provided. They also do an art project that is suited for that particular book club gathering. And there’s always discussion time, where the children talk about their feelings. This is an integral part of encouraging interaction and a chance for the kids to express themselves. The book club has been getting together since March and there’s been an overwhelmingly positive response. Due to all the interest, they’ve exploring options to expand their concept to a wider reach. Lolla and Early are also considering developing a subscription service. They would also love to see their book club in schools. One possibility would essentially be their “book club in a box,” which would include a lesson plan, a link to the original music, and supplies for the art piece. Where: Above Main Street Books in the LKN-SLP office When: Saturdays at 10 a.m., during the Farmer’s Market. Lasts for 90 minutes. Cost: $35 | To register or for more info: See more here: Drop-ins always welcome.

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Many Locations, One Core Philosophy

BrIan Burchhill assisting with the Famous Toastery remodel in Davidson.

Famous Toastery’s Brian Burchill

by Allison Futterman | photography by Jon Beyerle

Brian Burchill learned the restaurant industry from the ground up. After waiting tables as a teenager, he went on to a variety of positions—including opening and managing restaurants and working with his mentor, famed New York food entrepreneur, Eli Zabar. Along the way, he took a break to pursue acting in Los Angeles. But the idea of owning his own restaurant was always in the back of his mind. In 2005, he made that dream a reality. Recognizing the need (and opportunity) for a great breakfast/ lunch place in the area, he and business partner Rob Maynard opened Toast in Huntersville in 2005. Burchill and Maynard have been close friends since they were eight years old. When Burchill got serious about opening a restaurant, he thought of Maynard, who made his mark in the banking and real estate industries. Although Maynard didn’t have restaurant experience, Burchill knew their different strengths would create a strong partnership. And “the trust was already there.” After the enormous success of the first Toast, they opened several more locations. In 2013, they began franchising and eventually rebranded as Famous Toastery. “It’s not always sunshine and rainbows,” Burchill says about the business. It’s about hard work. “I treat the service as theater— there are many aspects to directing a show and you have to be on point every day.” Standards are high, which means no fryers and no processed food. Everything is made fresh for each day, and you’ll only find real ingredients—like genuine maple syrup 22


and fresh squeezed orange juice. Some customer favorites include strawberry cream cheese stuffed French toast, avocado benedict, and left coast BLT (including fresh avocado, brie and pesto mayo). With more than 25 franchise locations across several states, maintaining consistency in the customer experience is a priority. A popular breakfast restaurant does more than feed people. It becomes a local community meeting place, which is something Burchill takes seriously. That’s why every time a new franchise opens, they donate the first two days of proceeds to a charity of the franchisee’s choice. “I’m so energized about our path going forward,” Burchill says. “We have incredible people on board and we’re ready to start expanding a lot more.” Famous Toastery is also starting their catering initiative. Teamwork is an integral part of their success. And that means that despite being CBO, Burchill is not above jumping in and helping. If he’s at a location and they get in the weeds, he’ll start bussing tables or running food. That’s just who he is. “I live and breathe our culture and standards.”

Two of the most important things Burchill has learned along the way: Don’t engage in bad habits and thrive to be the best—but be humble. It really comes down to “common sense and doing the right thing.”


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CHANNEL MARKERS - we’re just crazy about

Ellie May’s

Left: The ice cream flight at Ellie May’s. Right: A Cherry Ice.

Dang Good Ice Cream by Renee Roberson

This hidden gem is tucked away off Shearers Road in Davidson. The ice cream is churned fresh every single day, and the menu also includes vegan options and dairy-free flavored ices. Their creative menu includes a rotating mix of flavors from Gryffindor (goat cheese ice cream with roasted cherries), Nana’s Naner Puddin’ (creamy banana ice cream swirled with marshmallow ad crumbles of vanilla wafers) to Batter Up! (cake batter ice cream swirled with brownie batter ice cream with chunks of house baked brownies). You can opt for an ice cream “taco,” cone, cup or shake. If you want to try more than one flavor, order an ice cream flight of six flavors for $10. Plus, Ellie May’s has partnered with FeedNC with their “Scoop for Scoop” program. For every serve they serve, Ellie May’s will buy a scoop of food for community members in need. Ellie May’s 1827 Shearers Road, Davidson Open Fridays from 4-9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-9 p.m.




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Pain: Is it always part of getting older? Tips for keeping joints healthy and strong by Dr. Rajal Patel, Concierge Physician - WellcomeMD Mooresville

We’ve been taught to believe that aches and pains are a part of getting older. But what if I told you the two are not inextricably linked? The latest studies do not show a direct relationship between pain and age. In fact, a National Center for Health Statistics report found the highest prevalence of chronic pain peaks at age 65. Population-based studies found a lower prevalence of lower back, neck, headache, and abdominal pain among older adults when compared to younger adults, and according to the Arthritis Foundation, of all adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, 64 percent are under the age of 64. Greater risk factors than just age alone for arthritis are genetics, obesity, and prior injuries. There is no denying that as we age, muscle fibers become less dense, making them less flexible, but there are plenty of things you can do help keep your joints in great working condition and reduce the chances of pain and injury.

Tips for keeping joints limber and strong: 1. Manage weight. Excess weight on our cartilage and bones causes the breakdown of joints. The additional load causes a release of chemicals that can lead to joint destruction. Osteoarthritis gets worse faster and is more severe in people who are overweight. They are also more likely to need hip or knee replacement surgery and have more complications post-surgery. 2. Keep moving. Staying active is one of the best ways to prevent pain and joint stiffness. It’s important to move every day. As we get older, we need to modify our workout routines to equally focus on strength training, cardio, and stretching. Strength training is vital because it



helps us build muscle and improves the flexibility of the ligaments that support the joints. Cardio, or aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming, running or cycling help burn calories, keep our endurance up, and keep the weight off. And stretching, of course, helps us stay flexible. Most important, consistent movement helps prevent injury which can lead to pain later in life. Many injuries I see as a physician are from people who sit behind a desk five days a week and then hit the tennis or pickleball courts hard on the weekend. That’s the quickest recipe for injury. If possible, add some activity to your weekdays as well, constant movement is the best way to keep your joints pliable and prevent injury. 3. Start slow and listen to your body. Many people want to start off strong when they begin a new exercise regimen. They work out too hard on the first day and risk inflaming or stressing the joint muscles. It’s important to give yourself time to build muscle strength around the joints, this allows the muscles to support the joints to take the impact of a more intense workout. If you are trying to start up a new routine, listen to your body, it will tell you if you’ve had enough. If you experience any pain during activity, cut back or stop. What you do not want to do is injure yourself or make your muscles so sore you can’t work out again the next day. Remember the goal is to build a new routine, which means consistency, not power. If you haven’t exercised in a long time start out light with walks or bike rides. If you’re starting a new workout, go slow enough in the beginning to develop the proper form and technique. Another quick way to injure yourself is by putting a lot of weight or impact on your bones and ligaments improperly. 4. Hydrate. Drink plenty of fluids. The fluid that directly lubricates your joints in primarily made up of water. This fluid is important to reduce friction in your joints which can cause pain. Hydration also helps build and strengthen the muscles around your joints to further protect with shock absorption and boosts our endurance. | AUGUST 2022



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Never Ends Back to school can be for adults, too by Mike Savicki

Earlier this summer I voluntarily made a decision that most high school and college students would think is crazy. I chose to give up some of my summer and go back to school. More specifically, I enrolled in a graduate level journalism class at UNC Chapel Hill.

up with red pens. I found out they don’t use red pens anymore; in my case they first selected a brilliant red font color then transformed my writing submissions into what I can best describe as an alternating black and red on screen corrected bloodbath. Note to self, read the latest AP Stylebook.

By way of background, the last time I was graded on something whether for a degree or certificate, was almost three decades ago. Computers were just being introduced into the classroom and bullet point slides and charts and graphs were actually printed then projected.

I prefer to frame my writing differently, so I looked for the positive. Kind of like that guy who wears a Hawaiian shirt with his tuxedo. Or if writing styles were like haircuts, mine would be a mullet. Everybody likes to hang out with someone in a Hawaiian shirt and a mullet, right? That’s what I should have told the teachers about my writing.

Not only was I the oldest one in this class, I could easily have been dad to most of my classmates. And when it became known that I am a Duke graduate, I became the punchline of a long string of Blue Devil and Tar Heel jokes. I had hoped this topic would not come up in conversation but, truth be told, in addition to it coming up in conversation, it also came up in phone calls, text messages and social media jabs. Old classmates I had not heard from in years made a point of calling me a traitor. A meme was even created. The schedule was one of chaos. Rather than enroll for an entire semester, or even an accelerated summer six- or seven-weeks schedule, I chose to complete the entire course in a single week. What did this mean? Basically about 50 to 60 hours of work both in person, online, and locked up in front of the screen late at night with actual due dates and deadlines. The syllabus was full of interesting topics like photo and video composition, broadcast journalism, podcasting, social media, newscasting, law and ethics, and even journalism across cultures and continents. For those who think journalism is simply writing, it is so much more. I was most drawn to the writing aspect of it. I learned that while there are several different accepted styles of writing, like MLS and AP formats, my long-practiced style most closely resembles that shake-your-head-and-cringe style which teachers enjoy marking 28


When I needed it, I channeled inspiration and motivation from a recent Davidson College graduate. NBA superstar and all-around awesome guy, Steph Curry, left school one semester before graduating in 2009. The NBA came calling and he answered. Who wouldn’t? Now, 13 years after entering the league, with four NBA championships, and the 2022 NBA Finals MVP Award to his name, he just received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree with a major in Sociology. After re-enrolling at Davidson for the 2022 spring semester and working with two members of the Davidson faculty, a Stanford professor and a UC Santa Cruz professor who taught Steph when both were at Davidson, he completed every last course and credit. He did it because he believes in the value of education. After what turned out to be a pretty grueling week of in-person class sessions combined with seemingly non-stop Zooms (also including a day when my home Internet went out and I had to shuffle on the fly—go figure) I felt pretty good. Actually, I felt great. Going back to school made me think about choices, what we do with our time, how we value learning, and why and how we challenge ourselves mentally. Going back to school shouldn’t just be for kids. There is a place in the classroom for adults, too, Even those who just want to learn a little bit more about a passion, a subject of interest, a like or a love . Learning never ends, said Benjamin Franklin a really long time ago. I agree. | AUGUST 2022



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Thanks Lake Norman for your votes to make us Best Interior Designer. What an honor!







We like to say living in the Lake Norman area is like being on vacation year

round—wouldn’t you agree? With that being said, we asked readers in our area to vote on their very favorite places to eat, pamper themselves, entertainment venues, extracurricular activities, businesses, and much more. Check out our comprehensive list of this year’s winners and be sure to show them love! | AUGUST 2022



Best Lakeside Dining

Port City Club 18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius

Best Fine Dining

Epic Chophouse 104 S. Main Street, Mooresville

Best Breakfast

Famous Toastery 101 N. Main Street, Davidson 7260 Hwy. 73 Suite 116, Denver 12715 Conner Drive, Huntersville 134 Mooresville Commons Way, Suite H, Mooresville 170 N. Main Street, Mooresville,

Best Coffee

Waterbean Coffee 19420 Jetton Road, #105, Cornelius 9705 Sam Furr Road, Suite A, Huntersville




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CHA started Heartstrings Therapeutic Music & Art program in 2021 to help enrich the lives of at-risk children and their families.

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This summer, Children’s Hope Alliance has offered this program to homeless children in the Iredell-Statesville Schools through halfday summer camps.

Driving near Troutman, have you ever wondered about Barium Springs Home for Children? It was founded in 1891 to help the many orphaned children whose parents had died in epidemics. It began as a small farmhouse next to natural springs. Water from the springs contained Barium and was sold to cure many ailments. In the early 1900s, several residential homes were built on the property, and in the 1960s, a school building was added. Over time, there were fewer orphans, so parents unable to care for their children sought help here. By the 1990s it became known as “the agency that says yes when other agencies say no.” Helping children in need of specialized care, they still provided group homes for some 175 children. Grandfather Home for Children in Banner Elk was another facility helping kids. In 2014, the two united to become “Children’s Hope Alliance.” Since 2014, CHA has been helping more children outside of group homes than within. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, their nine group homes in various locations shut down, and the children were transitioned into foster homes. Today, CHA’s in-home and school-based programs serve more

children with better outcomes in less time. “We think it’s best to serve them in a family unit, whether biological or not,” says Sarah Gray, Children’s Hope Alliance chief development officer. “Their families need to be part of the treatment and the therapy.” For more than a century, this nonprofit has been blessed with hundreds of acres of woodlands. However, with much of it now unused, in March CHA sold about 800 acres of the original Barium Springs parcel along with 475 acres in Banner Elk. According to Celeste Dominguez, CHA president and CEO, “Instead of caring for unused buildings and property, we can turn these assets into resources that work for children and families.” Last year they helped more than 1,800 children in 62 counties. Along with foster care and adoption, their many services include community and educational programs, school partnerships, clinical assessments, and individual and family therapies. Their headquarters in Statesville is now 70 acres on the west side of N.C. Highway 21 with offices, a museum and outdoor | AUGUST 2022



Heartstrings! Historic photo of orphans resting in their bedroom at the Barium Springs Home for Children.

community spaces. Little Joe’s Chapel, the Alumni Museum and Heartstrings Therapeutic Music & Art Center will relocate across the street to a newly constructed community complex. By 2030 Children’s Hope Alliance aims to help 20,000 children annually. But to do that, they need more foster families, more volunteers and more donations. “As we work toward generational change, we are looking for community partners to help us take a stand to prevent the ongoing breakdown of the family system—to help children and families heal together,” Gray says.

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In 2021, CHA started Heartstrings Therapeutic Music & Art Program to enrich the lives of at-risk children and their families. Students can learn how to play guitar and piano, take voice lessons, and enhance their painting and drawing skills. CHA founded this free program on the belief that music and art help children learn to problem-solve and promote growth and well-being. This summer, Heartstrings is offering three-week, half-day camps to some 230 homeless children ages 5 and up who attend Iredell-Statesville Schools. These homeless children live in cars, on someone else’s sofa or in area motels. Working with the Iredell-Statesville Schools, CHA transports the kids from two local motels to the Heartstrings facility. These kids will have an art class, a music class, lunch, and a fun activity, like decorating cookies or making smoothies. Then the Heartstrings staff will take them next door to the parks and rec pool for an hour before returning them to the motels. As Heartstrings Program Manager Paula Miller says, “I’m really excited about our summer camps! I think this is just the beginning of a wonderful program that we can continue and expand on every year.” For more about Heartstrings, contact Miller at 704.495.1272. | AUGUST 2022



l o o h c S o t k c Ba Tips for All Ages by Renee Roberson

August is upon us, and with that comes the flurry of purchasing back to school supplies, clothing, backpacks, attending open house sessions and talking with your student about what they hope to gain from the coming school year. Whether your child is two years old or 18 or 19, we’ve compiled a few tips to prepare you for academic and socioemotional success.


The National Association for the Education of Young Children recommends preparing your young child in advance for the start of a new routine. In addition to adjusting a new bedtime and wake-up in time before the actual first day of school, leave your child with friends or family for short periods of time so they can get used to spending time away from home in the care of others. Some books that may help with the transition: Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn When I Miss You by Cornelia Maude Spelman

Elementary School Help your child set intentions for the year ahead. suggests setting a word for each month, for example, friendship or kindness, and use this word at home to start conversations with your student. In addition to working on homework planning, organization, and completion, encourage your child to pursue a passion project to help build excitement around learning (schools and libraries have groups focusing on different topics you can explore for weeks at a time).

Middle School

This time in your child’s life can be an emotional one, especially if they are moving into a different school than what they were 52


used to in elementary. Know that students explore different types of extracurricular activities in the first year or two, and they may decide an elective or spot is not for them by eighth grade. This is okay. Middle school is a time for changes, as friend groups can shift, evolve and change over time. Check in with your student on their emotional health as often as you ask them about their homework assignments. Let them know you’re there to talk if they need it, or they can always make an appointment with a guidance counselor.

High School

While the thought of entering high school can be overwhelming, it is the perfect time for students to continue trying new things. recommends not making decisions based on what other people think or what looks good on a college application—evidence of genuine passion and commitment to any activity is one of the most valuable aspects of admissions criteria. Also recognize that your student may not be interested in a four-year university after high school, so let them explore other options like community college dual enrollment courses, vocational courses and training, and activities like JROTC as part of that exploration.


If you have a student living in a dorm this year, try not to get overwhelmed with all the odds and ends that can go in their room or living space. Pack the essentials, like linens, towels, clothing, organizational items, some mementos from home and know that your student can order the rest (accent furniture, rugs, other accessories) once they figure out what they really need. Make sure they know the basics of how to use the laundry machines and set up a weekly communication agreement (can be as simple as a group text check-in) so your mind will be at ease, and you won’t be worried about calling campus security to check on your student.

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The main area is open concept but with intentionally defined spaces, especially with the step down into the living area. “Steve added the step down to the living room, and once we saw it framed, I designed the waist-high cabinets on each side that narrow the opening to further define the space without blocking the natural light, view, or the sense of cohesion. Our WordWorx carpenters brought that vision to life perfectly,” says Alexi. The large swivel chairs were custom made by Society Social.

Located on the eastern side of Davidson near Fisher Farm, the Asano family (interior designer, Alexi, husband Doug, and two daughters) had been casually looking for land in the area for approximately 10 years when their friends bought and subdivided a large area into six lots.

The home is close to 5,500 sq feet with five bedrooms, and 4 1/2 baths. The primary bedroom is on the second level along with three other bedrooms and ensuites, that radiate off the upper living area. There is a secondary main suite on the first floor designed for both visiting aging parents and aging-in-place for the Asanos in their forever home.

Regardless of location, Doug knew from the start he wanted Boston-based architect Steve Baczek to design the house, due to his specialty in green/energy-efficient building, but Alexi had to be convinced that he could do pretty and functional on top of energy efficient. “I did not want to sacrifice aesthetics for performance. Steve proved he could do both in spades,” Alexi, a designer with Asano Design Collaborations, says. Lynne and Gene Keener with Fine Homes Inc. in Davidson served as the builder.

There are personal touches and tributes throughout the space: “It is an eclectic mix of pieces with stories and personal meaning behind them. Family antiques and heirlooms, books we’ve read or plan to read, art we’ve selected or commissioned for one another, garden plants divided and replanted from our family homes, are all mixed together with a dose of super comfortable modern upholstery and furniture made by amazing local N.C. craftspeople,” says Alexi.

Alexi adds, “We asked Steve to create a ‘bare bones Georgian facade—I love the grace and symmetry of a Georgian-era facade but wanted to keep the details simple to make it harmonious with the wooded setting.”

While the value of good design is priceless it doesn’t have to come at any cost. What Alexi has managed to create is a home that is elegant and comfortable, welcoming yet you still feel the need to grab a coaster for your drink. | AUGUST 2022


DWELLINGS The mudroom is a huge space with flexible storage including a secondary closet for storing activity specific (skiing, skating, hunting, and lacrosse) and out-of-season gear. Connecting the exterior entries, tile craftsmen from Argentile hand laid the Pine Hall brick paver tiles. They are the same brick as the pavers used on the exterior entries but cut into a 1/2” or so they could be laid like tiles. Alexi says, “The tiles cue the transition from outdoors to in. The brick first absorbs and then releases moisture without spotting, so it is great in a space that constantly sees wet and dirt. I adore herringbone as a flooring pattern, and I also love repeating elements within a house’s design to create coherency with connections between spaces.

“I also love that we have our quiet front sitting room as a place my mom or another guest might opt to retreat from the general hubbub,” Alexi says. 60


Bold blue and brass in the butler’s pantry: Alexi paired the deep blue of Sherwin Williams “Salty Dog” with the same brass hardware used in the kitchen. The result is a classic combination that is bold but not too heavy. The white subway tile continues from the kitchen which also contributes to the cohesive feel tying the kitchen and pantry together. “Our house drink is Summer’s Greyhound—fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with St. Germain and Tito’s vodka. Love this manual squeezer for producing a lot of juice quickly,” says Alexi. | AUGUST 2022


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tS ardom After migrating from France to South America, Tannat is writing Uruguayan wine history

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Several grapes have migrated from the “Old World” and found tremendous success in the vineyards of South America. This is the tasty story of one of them, Tannat. Back in France, Tannat is somewhat of a bit player. It’s used to produce wine in the Madiran region of southwestern France but that’s about it. Tannat crossed the Atlantic in seek of fame and fortune. On our side of the Atlantic, it is in Uruguay that Tannat vines have put down roots. Uruguay is totally different from the two behemoths of South American wine. Argentina and Chile thrive on the climate provided by the Andes mountains. However, all of Uruguay is at or close to sea level, not a mountain worthy of the name anywhere near. But Tannat does well here, definitely better than back home in Madiran. A little bit of history. The first Tannat vines to arrive in Uruguay were shipped across the Atlantic in the 19th-century by settlers from communities between southern France and northern Spain. Tannat’s Johnny Appleseed was Don Pascual Harriague. He’s typically given credit for the grape’s dissemination around Uruguay. For a long time the name, Harriague, was used as a synonym for the grape. Tannat has adapted perfectly to the local soil and climate. It has become the national red grape variety of Uruguay, accounting for approximately one third of all wine produced in the country. There’s no surprise about the type of wine Tannat produces, deep and loaded with tannins. That brings me to an important point. Wines from the Tannat grape are not only hearty in nature, they’re good for your heart. Tannat wines have some of the highest oligomeric procyanidin levels—an excellent thing from a heart-health point of view. All red grapes, particularly those with thick skins and high skin-to-pulp 66


ratios, contain oligomeric procyanidins. But measurements single out Tannat as having the greatest concentration—three to four times more than other red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon. There’s some evidence of this, going back to the old country. Tannat’s benefits can be seen in the surprisingly long lifespans of residents of the département of Gers. Gers is one of the French départements located in the wine region, Madiran. Gers has more than double the national average of Frenchmen in their nineties. Tannat, good to taste and good for you. What’s not to like? Perhaps the reason that Tannat is so widely grown in Uruguay is that it goes so well with the country’s main product, beef. Beef is the country’s main export and a whole bunch of it is consumed by Uruguayans themselves. Annual consumption is 132 pounds per person; that’s over two and a half pounds each week. That requires lots of Tannat. Uruguayan soils, geography, and maritime climate are similar to those found in the famous French region of Bordeaux, but warmer and more humid. Most of Uruguay’s Tannat is grown in the southeastern corner of the country, close to the Atlantic Ocean. Coastal breezes mitigate the high summer temperatures and cool nights preserve acidity in the grapes. As is typical with New World wines, Uruguayan Tannat is less acidic, more full-bodied, and more fruit forward than its French cousin. Uruguayans love their wine and most of it is consumed in the country. But more is being exported every year. Goody for us; it’s fairly easy to find a bottle at locations around the lake. This has to be the perfect wine to pair with that steak you pull off the grill on a summer’s evening. And, as I’ve said, it’s good for you. Enjoy.

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Brewing Good Relationships Journey Church men’s group provides fellowship in a casual setting by Renee Roberson

It’s a well-known fact that local breweries in our area are a great place for friends to gather, nonprofits to gain support through joint fundraising efforts, and active individuals to enjoy activities like biking, running, yoga, and boot camps together. When Journey Church member Nate Olson was brainstorming a way to connect with other men in the church back in 2016, he wondered if meeting at a place like a pub or brewery would provide a common ground. He discussed the idea with his pastor, Matt Dawson, and before long Brews, Bibles, and Bros (also known as B3) was born. Olson serves as the group’s coordinator. “I wanted to help guys learn more about themselves, each other, and more about God,” he says. This isn’t a typical Bible study, reads part of the group’s Facebook page description, but rather a great environment to explore questions, verses, or thoughts that impact men in our culture, while enjoying a brew of your choice. The group met at Old Town Public House for about a year, tried meeting at a few different breweries, and finally settled in on meeting the Fox and the Hound in Birkdale Village the second Monday of each month. “We’ve met there for the past four years,” says Olson, who says participants may or may not choose to have an alcoholic beverage, in a non-confrontational space, and it’s more about providing a place for fellowship. In fact, he jokes that he’s not even a fan of beer himself. 68


The first hour of their meetings includes open-ended discussion and conversation starters, along with dinner. They usually work from a theme, sometimes expanding the conversation from a Journey Church sermon series. Men from all ages attend and are invited to bring guests if they want to check it out. Olson estimates they have between 10-15 men consistently attending the monthly meeting. For July, they met at Joe Gibbs Racing in Huntersville to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility, hear a guest speaker, and enjoy a meal together. They also have family outings and have invited female members of the community to provide their perspective on different aspects of relationship to the group. The group stays busy throughout the year. They do regular service projects at places like the Church of God Children’s Home in Concord and provide support with any members of their community who made need a helping hand. Each summer they hold a retreat at one group member’s farm in Virginia, which Olson says is a great way for the men to connect and unwind. “We try to make it more than just drinking and fellowship,” says Olson. To learn more about B3, contact Journey Church at

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DINE+WINE | in the kitchen

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Lara Tumer lives in Cornelius with her toddler twins, husband, and two Labradors. In addition to cooking and recipe development, she loves traveling, running, event planning, and a nice glass of red wine.

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Herby Lemon Chicken Skewers & Grilled Parmesan Breadcrumb Covered Asparagus Summer meals are all about the grill and my secret weapon is an easy and flavorful marinade that can be thrown together in minutes. This no frills, healthy, and tasty meal is one of my favorites. Tangy and herby lemon skewers served alongside parmesan breadcrumb covered grilled asparagus. I love to serve this up alongside some brown rice, or, for a more indulgent meal, some parmesan risotto. Ingredients:


For the Chicken 1 pound chicken breasts 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar Juice from 1 lemon 1 Packet of Italian dressing mix 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning or Herbs de Provence

1. Mix together olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, dressing mix and seasoning.

For the Asparagus 1 bunch asparagus 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon Italian breadcrumbs

2. Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes and cover with marinade. 3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. 4. Skewer the chicken and preheat the grill to medium high heat. 5. Cook for 9-11 minutes, occasionally turning the chicken skewers for even cooking. 6. Cover asparagus with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. With about four minutes of cooking left on the chicken, add asparagus to the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes for crunchy asparagus or 5-7 minutes for softer asparagus. 7. Remove chicken and asparagus from the grill. 8. Mix parmesan and breadcrumbs and sprinkle on top of cooked asparagus. | AUGUST 2022


DINE+WINE | nibbles & bites

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by Lara Tumer | photography by Lisa Crates

There’s no question that North Carolina produces some of the best barbecue, and Tobo’s of Mooresville is certainly part of the competition. Co-owners Brad Torrence and Travis Elliot are longtime friends turned restaurateurs, born and raised right here in Iredell County. Both Elliot and Torrence have been in the food service industry for more than 25 years, but just recently decided to turn their years of experience in catering and barbecue into a brick and mortar, serving up their all-time favorite recipes. With Torrence taking on much of the kitchen management and Elliot handling most of the business aspects, they make an ideal team. As Torrence put it, they’re “just two country boys trying to make it.”

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At the start of the pandemic, the two men had tossed around the idea of a restaurant, but due to the increased costs and uncertainty of in-house dining businesses at the time, decided to open a food truck instead. After some time, they re-approached the idea of something more permanent and soon found their current location on Charlotte Highway in Mooresville. The food truck is not obsolete though, and still caters a variety of events, most recently an event for GoPro as well as a party for Iredell County’s Hall of Fame for 250-plus guests.

A “meat and potatoes” kind of place

Patrons can choose from a BBQ basket with one side and a pickle spear or plate with two sides.

While you can find a few of the same items on both the food truck and restaurant menu, the restaurant menu is certainly more expansive. Tobo’s offers everything from the literal “meat and potatoes” of the restaurant—their brisket and BBB—to burgers chops. Most of the menu is no frills but packed with flavor. Mains are broken up into either “baskets”—served with one side and a pickle, or “plates”—which are served with the choice of two sides. The sides include the classics like slaw, beans, fries, mac and cheese, and mashed taters. You really cannot choose wrong. Don’t miss out on the appetizers, which might be some of the restaurant’s most popular and unique items. Hillbilly Eggrolls are handmade and stuffed with BBQ and greens, Redneck Nachos are topped with BBQ meat along all the traditional goodies, and Spicy Cheese Curds pack the perfect punch. Fried Oreos are the ideal final bite—no explanation needed.

Brunch and Jam The restaurant offers a full bar along with a variety of specialty cocktails and beers are offered on special throughout the week. Sunday brunch is a must try at Tobo’s, featuring a buffet packed with biscuits and gravy, sausage, bacon, country ham, French toast, and eggs and omelets to order. The special runs from 10 a.m. -12:30 pm on Sunday followed by their ever so popular “Brunch and Jam” session of live music from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tobo’s has live music on Wednesday (typically Part Time Blues) and Thursday nights as well, featuring a variety of artists. Specific music lineups can often be found on the restaurant’s social media pages. Tobo’s, which officially opened in January 2022, is starting to build momentum and often packed with regulars who eat at Tobo’s at least once a week. The restaurant is extremely family-friendly, something that was always a priority during planning. The name of the establishment pays tribute to Travis and Brad’s fathers – Tony and Bo. The approachable attitude of Tobo’s along with the quality of their food is sure to bring the restaurant success. Tobo’s 2785 Charlotte Hwy., Mooresville 704.696.8339

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Arts + Culture Wayside Painters Group Exhibit (Through Sept. 22) Mooresville Arts, 103 W. Center Avenue, Mooresville, www. Davidson’s Concerts @ The Circles (Aug. 6-Shot Through the Heart), (Aug. 20-Pushh) Pack a blanket and a picnic or order from one of the nearby restaurants. Free. 5-9 p.m. Jetton Street by Clean Juice in Davidson. Davidson’s Concert on the Green (Aug. 14-Gospelfest) (Aug. 27-Groove Machine) Bring friends and family, comfy chairs or a blanket, a picnic, and come early to find seats. Free. 6-8 p.m. Intersection of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson, www. Live Under The Oaks (Fridays through October) The perfect way to wind down from a busy week… relax with live music at Birkdale and a bar onsite. Check the website on details. Free. 6-8 p.m. Birkdale Commons Pkwy. & Sam Furr Road, Huntersville. Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series 2022-“Sing 2” (Aug. 20) What’s better than a watching a movie in the summer… outdoors… on a big inflatable ‘blimp screen’? Bring chairs and blankets. Coolers (no glass) and picnic baskets welcome. Concessions are available for purchase including food trucks and craft beer vendors. Free. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; movie begins at 8:30 p.m., 17738 W Catawba Ave, Cornelius, Around the Preserves in 80 Days: Evergreen. Part of a series designed to discover what Mecklenburg County nature preserves have to offer, enjoy morning hikes hosted at different locations around the county led by different naturalists. Best for ages 13+. Latta Nature Preserve, visit website for exact time and meet-up location:

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Huntersville Movies in the Park (Aug. 12-“Sing 2”) Bring snacks, blankets or chair to enjoy the movie under the summer sky. Food trucks and local vendors will have food available to purchase. Free. Movies begin at 7 p.m. Veterans Park, 100 Main Street, Huntersville. Just Kidding Around (Aug. 12) Bring the kids by for some fun with the Soap Bubble Circus and King Pops of Charlotte. Free. 10 a.m. Rosedale Nature Park, 9519 Rosewood Meadow Lane, Huntersville, Mooresville Cruise In (Aug. 14 and 28) Vroom in and park for the regularly occurring classic car show. Free. 2-6 p.m. LangTree Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville, www.langtreelkn. com Open Swim at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms. One of the most unique offerings in the Lake Norman area. The natural, spring-fed body of water was created when the section of land was mined in the late 1960s. Book in advance and sign the waiver to save time. The Quarry at Carrigan Farms, 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville,

Out + About Genealogy Research: Finding Your Ancestors (Aug. 13) Learn to trace your roots and family history. Get research tips from an experienced researcher. This is a beginner’s session that will give an overview of how to get started in your search, as well as resources and tips. Cornelius Library, 10 a.m. – noon, 1105 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius.

Festival of Food Trucks (Aug. 6) A summertime favorite in historic downtown Mooresville—there’s definitely something for every taste with one of the biggest and best gatherings of food trucks in LKN. 5-8:30 p.m. North Main Street in Downtown Huntersville.

Community Partner Corn Hole Tournament (Aug. 14) Grab a pint and support local non-profits as they face-off in an epic cornhole battle. The event benefits Pounding For Parker Foundation, Carolina Raptor Center, American Foreign Academic Research and Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center. 4 p.m. Lost Worlds Brewing, 19700-D, One Norman Blvd, Cornelius.

2nd Friday Street Festival (Aug. 12) Enjoy family fun, food trucks, local breweries and shop from local artisans and more. Free. 6-10 p.m. Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak Street, Cornelius,

Kokedama Workshop (Aug. 27) Kokedamas originated in Japan; learn about the history and create your very own 4” plant. $24. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Plant House, 16641 Birkdale Commons Pkwy, Huntersville,




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Is Now the Time? Refi your home mortgage or sell and downsize your property by Jeff Winke

Grappling with life questions seems to occur no matter how young or how old we are. The questions seem to have shifted or evolved in the last half of life. Items on our bucket list start to have greater urgency to either achieve or realize it ain’t gonna happen and should be jettisoned. Priorities have changed. Backpacking across Europe, climbing Everest, and pursuing a PhD in philosophy are all still achievable, but if you’re hovering around or actually have pulled the plug and retired other questions and pursuits take on greater importance... for instance, where to comfortably live. Years ago, it was likely that you upsized your home to accommodate children, pets, or simply because you needed an extra room for a home office. But what once was the perfect home, may now 78


be too hard to manage and maintain. The house may no longer meet your needs and capabilities. Bigger is no longer better. Refinancing to extract equity or downsizing to a smaller house become options for opening the door to the next stage of life. So, when is the right time to refi or downsize? If owning your current home is giving you more stress and worry than joy and comfort, the time may be now. “Usually, the best time to refinance is when you need equity from your home to renovate, remodel, or purchase another property,” stated Chad Lubben, senior loan officer, The Lubben Group, CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC, Cornelius, North Carolina. “Right now, when we’re towards the top of the market, is a great time to sell and downsize.”

used space. One can easily argue one way or the other with naming a specific age in the times we live in. One also needs to wonder if The Beatles knew something with their song “When I’m Sixty-Four.” Certainly, downsizing to a smaller, more manageable home will make it easier to “mend a fuse when the lights have gone and knit a sweater by the fireside.” Who could ask for more? “If you feel you have a lot of un-utilized space that you are still having to spend money and/or take time to maintain, it would be a good time to sell and downsize,” said Ruth Crain Shrader, senior mortgage banker, Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group, Charlotte, North Carolina. “It truly depends on the current market conditions and cost of maintenance. If you sell high, you are buying high as well so it may make financial sense, depending on your expectations in a property and what you are currently spending to maintain versus what you would be spending on the next home. “Generally speaking, if you are getting a lower rate and/or cutting the existing mortgage term, it is a good time to refinance or if you are pulling cash out to consolidate higher interest rate debt (at the same or lower rate as your current mortgage), it can make sense. Also, depending on market conditions, if your mortgage is paid off but you have needs to pull cash out and current mortgage rates are lower than what you are earning on your investments, your financial advisor may recommend you don’t pull funds from investments and take out a mortgage instead.” You may have outgrown your home in terms of your needs. If you’ve lived in your current home for some time, you probably opted for a neighborhood that suited your lifestyle at that time. Maybe you chose a suburban neighborhood or rural burb to escape city life. Or maybe you moved into a townhouse in the bustling city for an easier commute to work. These neighborhoods may have been ideal for your previous situation, but now they may no longer fit your needs. If there is little left over after paying monthly bills, it is time for change. Now more than ever before, older adults are maintaining an active lifestyle that includes hobbies, exercise, and continued learning – and these all cost a bit of money. It may mean joining a gym, taking painting classes, or taking a few adult learning college courses. If your monthly housing expenses are so high that you can’t enjoy your hobbies or activities, now may be the perfect time to refi or downsize to free up some cash so you can spend it the way you want. Interestingly, one research study concluded that 64 is the best age to downsize, as people are still mentally agile enough to deal with the house sale and can process and benefit most from getting rid of un-

You may find downsizing to a different neighborhood is what you need to fit your current lifestyle. Downsizing to a smaller home can reduce the amount of upkeep and free up your time for leisure activities, getting more rest, and spending time with family and friends. “The big benefit of downsizing is that your taking your sale of your property at top dollar and rolling that money into a smaller and cheaper home,” Lubben said. So... as life obligations seem to be winding down and you want to be in a place where it is easy to unwind, relax, and smell the roses that likely will require a refinance of your existing mortgage to tap into existing equity or selling to move into a more efficient home. Yes, the grass is greener on the other side. | AUGUST 2022


LIMITLESS - in my glass

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Digging into Caribbean culture can come up with amazing treasure by Trevor Burton photography by Trevor Burton

Over the years, my wife, Mary Ellen, and I have spent quite some time in Saint Lucia. Some historical context; during colonial times, the island went back and forth between French and British control. A lot of the French stuck. French is a major part of the island’s “Patwa”—a mixture of French and Creole. And there’s a good amount of a mixture of French and Creole cuisine which is always attractive to us—French culinary skills along with local, island ingredients. In addition, there’s a good chance that you might bump into a bottle of decent French wine. We have been and continue to be drawn to that. But it was a different kind of history and culture that led us to a neat, unique experience. Saint Lucia has had a long history with chocolate. Cacao was introduced to the island in the late 17th century. It turned out to be a match made in heaven. A combination of high temperatures, lots of rainfall and rich soil allowed beans to prosper. Chocolate became a major export, shipped to a town called Hershey in Pennsylvania and, also, to Europe. Today, cocoa pods sprout from trees all over the island. And most of it stays in Saint Lucia. 80


cocoa pods sprout from trees all over the St. Lucia. We got to make a bar of chocolate from scratch! We headed out to a resort, the Hotel Chocolat, on the Southern end of the island. The resort is located in the middle of a jungle, far isolated from anything. We were headed for the front porch at an old house on the resort. Our first experience was a neat surprise. We looked out at a spectacular view of one of the island’s Piton Mountains. The Piton Mountains are Saint Lucia’s “signature” sight. Probably the most photographed attraction on the island. We had our own private, exclusive viewing—and we were going to make chocolate. Our chocolate endeavor started just a couple of steps after the raw cacao beans had been harvested. After harvesting, beans are dried and ground up; that’s when we got ahold of them. Making chocolate by hand is labor intensive. Using a simple pestle and mortar, we ground the dried chocolate bean pieces for, what seemed to be like, ages. We ground them to a paste. Then we folded in a little cocoa butter and a little bit of sugar and kept on

grinding. Finally, we arrived at a thick paste that we spooned into a mold. Then we let it sit and cool and harden. The only option, after such a tough grind, was to go to lunch. We headed to the nearby Old Mill Inn. This is a restaurant that has been transformed from a working plantation that once produced limes, copra, and cocoa. None of the French/Creole cuisine we normally seek out. Here we were definitely on the traditional, Creole side. Local ingredients, locally prepared in the middle of a jungle. It was a pleasant way to while away an hour or so as our chocolate went through its processes. From there, we headed back to pick up our self-made chocolate bar. It wasn’t the best chocolate we’ve ever tasted; far from it. We’ll leave that to companies like Godiva. Definitely more practice needed. But it was an awful lot of fun in the making. And we had a nice Creole lunch. A fun way to spend the day. We dig digging.

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LIMITLESS - a moment in time

August by Mickey Dunaway

Despite the dog days of summer and that hunting season didn’t start until November, and the fish were hiding in the shady spots I couldn’t reach with the wiggler on the end of my fishing pole, I still awaited the month of August most of my life. In 1952, I started the first grade at Wilmer Elementary in the very small west Mobile County, Alabama town of Wilmer. I retired as an Associate Professor Emeritus from UNCC in July 2017 in the big city of Charlotte. Between those years, I worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, district administrator, and university professor in the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, and North Carolina. 84


At every stop along the way, August was always a month of anticipation and excitement—a month to continue where I had left off in June, a month to pick up from last year, a month to do better than the year before. For me, the end of August was the opening of Pandora’s box, which would soon deliver a stream of ideas and opportunities for the next nine months. I wonder, now that I have written this introduction, can I find examples of people who, throughout history, have approached August with this same attitude of joyous expectations? Let’s just see.

1/1990 The World Wide Web was introduced to the public on this date in 1990. It was invented by Sir Tim Berners in 1989 and initially intended to link academic institutions worldwide. Today, we know it as the Internet; remember, it is a proper noun and always capitalized!

2/2018 Apple, Inc. became the first publicly traded company to reach a value of $Trillion. Whether you use a Mac or PC or an Android or iPhone, you must admit that this idea that started in a garage is really something to celebrate in August!

3/1492 Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, with three ships, Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Seeking a westerly route to the Far East, he instead landed on Oct. 12 in the Bahamas, thinking it was an outlying Japanese island. I don’t know if this qualifies as the most significant navigation error on the high seas, but it should be up near the top. Sadly, Columbus’s reputation has fallen in recent years. Seems to me there is room to equally celebrate his accomplishment and the importance of America’s indigenous peoples.I always was taught that he thought he had landed in India. Never knew he thought he had landed in Japan!

4/1668 Champagne is invented by the monk Dom Pérignon This date is very doubtful, but it was one of many that I could have used. And to complicate things even more, Monk Dom thought the bubbles were a mistake! And some documents show that sparkling wine was created in England long before Dom’s error. On a side note, it was in 1844 that Adolphe Jaquesson invented the muselet, the wire cage, to prevent the corks from blowing out of the bottles.

6/1965 The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Act suspended literacy, knowledge, and character tests designed to keep African Americans from voting in the South. It also authorized the appointment of Federal voting examiners and barred discriminatory poll taxes. Congrats to the thousands of people who worked hard to assure every American’s right to vote not be impinged upon by ill-intended bureaucratic dolts.We could use a bit of the cooperation that Congress demonstrated in passing the Act into federal law.

8/1960 Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini hits #1 on the pop charts I am indeed an old codger, but it seems to me we could use a little “real music” today!

10/1846 Congress passes the Act that creates the Smithsonian Institution. A visionary accomplishment by Congress for sure. Come on, folks, do it again!

12/1877 Thomas Edison invents the phonograph Thanks, Tom. I still love my turntable and vinyl records.

15/1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened. Were you there?

18/1972 Montgomery Ward issues its first mail order catalog. And now there is Amazon.

22/1989 For you MLB fans, Nolan Ryan struck out his 5000th batter. 5000 batters! What an accomplishment.

25/1916 The National Park Service was founded. Thanks to you, Teddy Roosevelt, for one of the most outstanding ideas of all mankind. Seniors can purchase a lifetime pass for $80 good at all national parks.

28/1963 MLK makes the “I Have a Dream Speech.” I do believe that there is no way I can find a more appropriate way to end this Moment in Time. On a personal note, I encourage you to take a few “Moments in Time” to reflect on your memories of those first days of school each year and about the difference in your life made by those special teachers. Or maybe even better, put a memory in writing and publish it on Facebook, or even better, do a little research and send that story to a relative of that life-changing teacher. | AUGUST 2022


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BOOZY BOURBON CARAMEL NO-CHURN ICE CREAM By using sweetened condensed milk, a pre-cooked blend of milk and sugar, you eliminate the usual cooking step of dissolving the sugar when making ice cream. However, given that sweetened condensed milk is crazy sweet, I found that by limiting the condensed milk to 1 cup (instead of the whole can), and adding whole milk and salted caramel, you eliminate the overly-sweet notes of some no-churn ice creams. And adding bourbon just makes it extra delicious!

Servings: 8 Prep time: 15 minutes Freeze time: 24 hours

TIPS FOR NO CHURN ICE CREAM • Be sure you blend your heavy cream until stiff peaks are forming, but don’t go beyond that stage. This takes about 3-4 minutes. • It’s best to freeze in a metal or aluminum loaf pan, as this will help it to freeze faster. • Allow it to freeze at least 24 hours! NO LESS! This recipe makes a soft-serve ice cream, so you want to give it plenty of time to firm up. • When adding booze to your ice cream, be aware that alcohol has a lower freezing point which translates to a softer and more scoopable ice cream. Just be careful not to add too much. I added three tablespoons of bourbon, which is basically the same amount in a mini bottle. Even if you’re not a bourbon drinker, you owe it to yourself to try this ice cream recipe. This Boozy Bourbon Caramel Ice Cream pairs wonderfully with the delicious fruit cobblers of summer, and also makes a fun dinner party treat for your guests! Cheers!

Ingredients: 2 cups heavy cream 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 tablespoons sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup sweetened condensed milk ¼ cup salted caramel plus ½ cup, divided 3 tablespoons bourbon ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon milk (or half & half) Optional: Coarse flaked sea salt, for garnish Instructions: Chill a loaf pan in the freezer, while making the ice cream base. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to process the heavy cream, vanilla, sugar and salt until soft peaks form, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl and blend for an additional 10 to 20 more seconds to fully combine. Add in 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk, ¼ cup caramel, bourbon and milk, and blend until smooth, about 20 seconds. Transfer to the chilled loaf pan, and swirl in the remaining ½ cup of caramel using a fork or toothpick. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until solid, about 24 hours. Garnish with a sprinkling of coarse flaked sea salt, if desired. | AUGUST 2022


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PHC – Gastroenterology PHC – Lake Norman Ear, Nose, & Throat Brandon Marion, MD April Lockman, NP Keith Meetze, MD 359 Williamson Road Thomas Warren, MD Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-878-2021 Herb Wettreich, MD Fred New, Jr., ANP PHC –Comprehensive Digestive 140 Gateway Blvd. Care Center Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-664-9638 Vivek Trivedi, MD Tiedre Palmer, FNP-C Endocrinology 359 Williamson Road PHC- Endocrinology Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-878-2021 Elaine Sunderlin, MD

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PHC – Lake Norman Neurology Andrew J. Braunstein, DO Ryan Conrad, MD Craig D. DuBois, MD Douglas Jeffery, MD Roderick Elias, MD

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PHC – Lake Norman Neurology Andrew J. Braunstein, DO Ryan Conrad, MD Craig D. DuBois, MD Douglas Jeffery, MD Roderick Elias, MD

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Obstetrics/Gynecology PHC – Lake Norman OB/GYN James Al-Hussaini, MD Laura Arigo, MD Katie Collins, DO Grant Miller, MD James Wilson, MD Nicole S. Wellbaum, MD Coral Bruss, ANP-C Pam Monroe, WHNP-BC

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Southern Oncology Specialists William Mitchell, MD Poras Patel, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery

PHC – Piedmont Bone & Joint Scott Brandon, MD Brett L. Feldman, MD Alex Seldomridge III, MD Kim Lefreniere, PA-C

359 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-235-1829

Orthopedic Surgery – Spine

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125 Days Inn Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117 • 704-838-8240


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s a seasoned estate planning and probate attorney, I’ve helped many clients get their “ducks in a row.” This is a gift they can give to their family, one that is a huge relief for them in a time of grief and loss.

Many clients ask if their family can call me for help with settling the estate. The answer is always a resounding “yes,” and it is an honor to serve the families of clients who have passed away. I recently had the pleasure of meeting with a family (father and children) for a “pre-need” probate consultation. “Dad” was very much alive and well and wanted his children to have a familiar face to call on when the time comes. It was most beneficial for us all to be able to discuss the probate process at a time when all the key players (especially Dad) could be present. The family walked away feeling educated and at ease. If you are reviewing your “to do” list, consider getting to know your probate lawyer and introducing them to your family. A trusted attorney experienced in estate administration will be a valuable asset to your loved ones, a relationship that may last for several months, so who better to make that introduction than you? Your loved ones will be relieved to know that when the time comes, they already have a trusted team member in their corner, ready to step in and help.

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Surviving Spouse’s Year’s Allowance


hen a spouse dies, it can be a very emotional time for the surviving spouse. On top of grieving, the surviving spouse also has to worry about North Carolina’s law on estate administration to make sure that all of their deceased spouse’s assets are in the survivor’s name. Under North Carolina General Statute 30-15, every surviving spouse, whether or not there is a Will, is entitled to the value of $60,000 worth of personal property of the Decedent for the surviving spouse’s support. This is called a Surviving Spouse’s Year’s Allowance. This allowance is exempt from any lien, judgment, costs of the estate, or debts of the estate. Therefore, if applied for, the year’s allowance must be paid prior to any creditors of the estate. This is a great way for a surviving spouse to claim vehicles, bank accounts, or household goods that were titled in the Decedent’s name solely to themselves. It is important to speak to an experienced estate administration attorney in North Carolina to make sure that the surviving spouse properly receives their year’s allowance. You do not want until the last minute due to time restrictions set by North Carolina law.

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Moe & Poe This bonded pair are actually rare Central Asian Shepherds, which is a guardian breed similar, but far less common, than Anatolians. Unfortunately, they were previously with very neglectful owners. They were taken by Fulton County Georgia Animal control twice. Thankfully, animal control finally got it that they were awful owners and didn’t release them the second time. They are both heartworm positive and have started the slow kill treatment several months ago. Moe, the male, also has a limp when he runs too much. His new safe haven is an amazing place but he’s in a large yard and gets to run more than what he probably should for the moment. He will always (both really need) to be on Glucosamine for joints. His elbows have rough skin pockets from being on concrete and malnourished. They are funny dogs that love attention and belly rubs. They play together very sweetly, and we would love to keep them together. They are Guardian dogs that will bark at “strangers” until properly introduced and need owners that understand this wonderful breed. The adoption fee is $250 for the pair.

Rascal & Angel

Looking for two best friends? Rascal (male) and Angel (female) are too! Friendly and well-behaved, these sweet pups have been together all their lives and would love to bring double the joy to a new home. Rascal and Angel are 7 years old. They love their walks and enjoy car rides. They each weigh around 15 pounds. These two would prefer a small dog household because sometimes big dogs can be scary to them. They would also love a fenced in yard. Rascal and Angel are currently in a wonderful foster home and are anxiously awaiting a forever home. The adoption fee is $400 for the pair and includes which includes all vaccinations, microchip, and spay and neuter.

Stella Stella has a big personality in a small body. She will make a great hiking buddy. She loves to stay active and do things with her person. She will need exercise, training and an active lifestyle. Her adoption fee is $225, which includes her shots, spay, and microchip.

Flynn Flynn is a beautiful male chihuahua/feist mix. He is 9 months old. He is so sweet and loving. He is very nervous at first and will take a little while to warm up, but he loves to be held and snuggled. He should be around 15 -20 pounds full grown. Flynn is going to do best with a fenced in yard and children over the age of 10. The adoption fee is $250 and includes spay/neuter, distemper/parvo vaccines, rabies and microchip.

Sadie Jane Sadie Jane is the most happy and loving dog you will ever meet. Everyone who meets her immediately falls in love with her. Whenever she meets anyone, her entire body wiggles and wiggles and wiggles. Sadie Jane enjoys playing with her canine friends but mostly enjoys sitting in her person’s lap. Sadie Jane recently had knee surgery and has completed her recovery. She weighs about 65 pounds and is 3 years old. Sadie is very good with dogs but can be food protective with other dogs. Therefore, Sadie Jane will do best as the only dog in the home. Her adoption fee is $195, which includes all shots, microchip, and spay. 94






John V. Petrocelli

Social psychology professor shares need for critical thinking habits in book by Renee Roberson

As a journalist, I’m a skeptical person by nature. I feel like I have a good “BS meter” for the most part, so when I received an e-mail from John V. Petrocelli sharing the news of his book, “The LifeChanging Science of Detecting Bullshit,” I wanted to learn more. Petrocelli, a Lake Norman resident, knows the world is full of BS. A Wake Forest University professor, he holds a doctorate in social psychology and has made a career in academia out of studying human behavior. After presenting a TEDx talk titled “Why BS is More Dangerous Than a Lie” at the University of Nevada a few years ago, he realized he could use his research and interest in the topic of BS to educate the masses in book form. “The Life Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit” was released by St. Martin’s Press last year. I was interested to learn how Petrocelli defines BS in our society. “BS is what emerges when we communicate something with little to no regard to truth, genuine evidence or established knowledge,” he says. “The act of BS can involve a very broad array of rhetorical strategies that can help us sound like we know what we’re talking about. Or to explain something, and those obligations far exceed our actual knowledge. That can occur for a multitude of reasons. We fill the silence with our random thoughts sometimes.” Petrocelli says he first became interested in this field of study about 10 years ago. He was running studies and couldn’t find any published information to build upon. “There was one philos96


ophy paper written by a Princeton professor named Harry Frankfurt in 1986,” he says. “It was called “On Bullshit.” Petrocelli says that paper sat for about 10 years before someone published it into a short book format.” We all know BS is a part of everyday life. We see it in the sales industry, in casual banter with acquaintances, in political commentary. But what Petrocelli points out in his book is that we need to recognize how dangerous BS can also be—it’s how people like Bernie Madoff successfully swindled billions of dollars from financial experts in his Ponzi scheme and how Mao Zedong caused the deaths of 36 million people from starvation. “The amount of effort needed to produce BS is so much less than the energy to debunk it,” says Petrocelli. “That’s part of the problem. People are not willing to do that. They make decisions by the seat of their pants. Systemic information collecting takes too long.” In the book, he seeks to expose red-flag warning signs of BS, enabling readers to use critical thinking tactics against those motivated by profit. Personally, I can’t think of a more appropriate time in our world for such a book. | AUGUST 2022