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volume x, number iii

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L E T ’ S FA C E I T : Life in the 21st century means there’s a lot to deal with. It’s possible I’m being a bit millennium-centered, though; after all, I’m certain cavewomen considered their lives of hunting and gathering, fire tending, and wrangling with wild beasts quite difficult, too. However, I do believe that we modern-day folks are dealing with a crisis of grave consequence that no other generation has faced: the extinction of good manners. Now, I’m no Emily Post. I’m rendered completely paralyzed when I sit at a place setting with more than two forks. And anyone who has ever had a conversation with me for more than 60 seconds has probably heard an expletive (or four) escape my lips. But even so—and perhaps it’s the influence of my Southern-born, very civil grandparents—I’ve noticed that good manners have all but disappeared. It’s not just millennials, either; it’s everyone: the last driver who oh, so vigorously shot me the bird couldn’t have been a day under 80. We simply don’t respect others anymore. Some blame the parenting style of my generation— you know, the ones responsible for those darn millennials. Some blame technology, particularly the text machine. And some blame the anonymity of modern-day life. I don’t know which of these theories, if any, are correct. I do know that we seem to have forgotten that everyone wants to be loved, to be happy, to be respected. We’re so concerned with how we’re going to obtain these things, though, that we trample on others in efforts to get them—rarely in a great stampede, mind you, but in little discourtesies that permeate our interactions. It’s the business associate chewing and talking with his mouth full at lunch, it’s the woman in the theater yelling into her cellphone, and it’s the co-workers texting during the weekly meeting. It’s the man who allows the heavy door he just darted through to swing back in your direction, and it’s the woman who says nothing when you politely hold it open for her. It’s the thank-you card your niece never wrote for the graduation gift you sent, it’s the “Hello” never muttered from the bank teller as you deposited your hard-earned money, and it’s the telephone call your colleague never returned. It’s the neighbor’s kid who doesn’t say, “Thanks for the ride,” and it’s the strong and able on the

subway who take a seat while the old, handicapped, and those with small children stand. It’s the patron of an Indianapolis restaurant who complained that her service was terrible after another diner had a heart attack (Seriously, that really happened.). I wish more people had been raised by my grandparents. They may not have known which fork to use either, but they did know that utensil choice matters little; treating others respectfully matters a lot. My grandparents were polite, humble, considerate, thoughtful, cordial, tactful, and gracious. If my grandparents had raised more people, there wouldn’t be as many today who say, “No problem,” instead of “You’re welcome.” If my grandparents had raised more people, gentlemen would tip their hats and say, “Good morning” to their neighbors…or even strangers. If my grandparents had raised more people, children (and by children I mean anyone under the age of 65) would say, “Yes, ma’am” and “Yes, sir.” My grandparents basically had five simple rules: 1. Say please and thank you; 2. Be interested in others; 3. Don’t make a scene; 4. Smile; 5. Don’t text during meals or conversations (Ok, I admit, that wasn’t one of theirs…I added that). And if I’m being honest, they would probably have included “Don’t swear”—I can see my grandmother’s raised eyebrow and hear her “Tsk, tsk” every time I make an unrefined word choice. So, for the sake of civility, I’ve decided to make a change: I’m not going to curse anymore. Sh@#. Who am I kidding? This I will promise, though: I will refrain from my less-thanladylike mutterings when in the presence of great-grandmas and toddlers. After all, that’s just good manners. P.S. I almost forgot—Thank you so much for reading this!

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SUCCESS STORY: Dealing With It Through Sheer Determination And Love

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COVER STORY: Making It Happen

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WOMAN TO WATCH: Ashley Bonomini

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SUCCESS STORY: My Passion? My Life!


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Reaping The Rewards Of Community Supported Agriculture

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Dealing With Financial Planning BOOK BUZZ: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson MIND BODY SPIRIT: Capture Life—It's Your Moment!

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A DAY IN THE LIFE…

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What’s something you wished you’d dealt with long ago?

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MY SWEETS CRAVINGS; it’s a good thing I work out!”

Owner of Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery TRUE BLUE H E R DA R I N G SIDE I’m a very adventurous person, and I’ve done all kinds of excursions on my travels: freshwater caves and cliff jumping in Jamaica, swimming with sharks and horseback riding in the Dominican Republic, and zip-lining and jet skiing in Mexico.

I’m young, but I’ve accomplished a lot already. And I’m proud of that. At 24, I was a business owner! But I’m proudest that I’ve stayed true to who I am. I haven’t allowed my success to change me.

T H E RO L E M O D E L I watched my mother, a single mother of three, struggle as we were growing up. But she never, ever, gave up. She is my inspiration.

( A L I T T L E ) S E PA R AT I O N A N X I E T Y I have a very close bond with my siblings, and we constantly encourage each other. My sister and I have worked side by side for nine years, so it’s been a slight challenge branching off on my own. But it’s also been a great opportunity to grow and shine doing something I love!

T H E P E R F E C T DAY

Any day that I feel productive is a good one, especially if I’m doing a lot of multitasking. If I can make someone else smile, that’s icing on the (cup)cake!

DEALING WITH IT If I have a problem or obstacle, I’ll pray about it, talk to my family, or just talk to and encourage myself. Talking about it helps me figure out what I need to do and how to go for it!

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Wow, that’s how I believe women live much of their lives. Baby gets sick, husband loses his job, work needs someone to correct a mess, and it goes on and on. That seems to be women’s mantra: “Deal with it.” But how can you do that in the structure of a plan, most importantly, a life and financial plan? DEAL WITH IT?

One of my favorite sayings is, “With a plan, you know where you moved from and to. Without a plan, you’re just like a butterfly flitting from bush to bush.” Let’s start with how a suitable plan can look. Your plan starts with your goals and dreams (goals are well-thought-out dreams!). Then, by applying some math for income needs, expenses, and future needs, you can see what it’s going to take to reach your dreams.

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Don’t like negotiating? If you’re going through a divorce, make sure you have professionals who can do this for you. It’s critical to find your voice and make sure you come out financially aware enough to rebuild. Our first response can be to just get it over with. But, these transition periods often require more time than we would like and more help than we want. Reach out to friends, seasoned financial advisors, and specialized family-law attorneys or mediators. If you’re going through a death of a spouse, you may want to talk with an estate-planning attorney to help with settlement and direction. Now you have your basic plan designed around your goals and dreams. Your plan should also include simple steps around additional savings, tax planning, specific future needs in retirement, and planning for your children’s education funding. You can also include addressing your own legacy or estate planning and answer your own “what ifs,” such as Who needs income if I’m gone? Or How do I live independently in my later years? Deal with it? Yes we do, every day; we do indeed!

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Reaping the Rewards of Community Supported Agriculture

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs allow members to get fresh produce and other foods directly from local farms. Many offer eggs, meat, dairy, flowers, herbs, honey, and more! For a local list of CSA farms in your area, visit www.LocalHarvest.org.

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FOLLOWING THROUGH ON MY THREAT to file an Office for Civil Rights complaint for my child.”

Lynn's son's, & inspirations, Logan (left), & Adam (right).

Dealing With It Through Sheer Determination and Love By: Leslie Ogle | Photography By: Chelsea Bren

O N A FAT E F U L December

day in 1998, Lynn Martin, founder of Inspiration for Aspirations, LLC, in Mooresville, received a phone call that would change her family’s life forever. Having just moved to the area, the family was preparing for their first Christmas in their new home. “We had noticed some changes in our youngest son, Logan,” Lynn recalls. “He had gone from a child full of life—playing with his brother, Adam, watching his favorite TV shows, and speaking in full sentences—to a child who did not talk or interact with others. We thought it might be his hearing, so we took him to the pediatrician.”

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Young Logan’s diagnosis was Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), which is one of the three autism spectrum disorders. After many tears and grieving, Lynn and husband Glenn became inspired and began to do their homework. “We researched and procured medical care, therapies, and alternatives to traditional methods,” Lynn says, “all the while, I was gaining the knowledge to be my child’s best advocate. I searched nonstop for the supports and services that I knew would give my son the best chance to reach for and achieve his future aspirations.”

Since then, Lynn has continued her mission to help others with exceptionalities. She has worked and volunteered in the field of intellectual, developmental, and emotional disabilities for well over a decade, giving her a wealth of practical training, understanding, and compassion. “I sought to establish an agency that was exactly the type of place I wanted my son to receive his services from,” she adds. “One that was person-centered, family-focused, and all about quality.” At 20, Logan has met and exceeded the expectations of his doctors, therapists, and teachers. He graduated as an honors

graduate and North Carolina Scholar from Mooresville Senior High in 2014. His accomplishments are testament to his parents’ dedication and sheer determination to ensure their son got the same opportunities others have. "Logan's accomplishments and continued successes are astounding, given that he continues to be mostly nonverbal," Lynn says. "He doesn't allow his disabilities to get in the way; he found alternate ways to communicate and complete educational requirements. He aspires to be an online history teacher. Also, he plans to start his own parent company called LoganNoah Endeavors. Under the umbrella, he established MySunshine Bakers, a business to share all the gluten-free treats he learned to bake, by selling at farmer's markets and through catering and other businesses. He plans to establish other businesses under his parent company and would like to write a book about his life." Lynn says her faith in God and the love of her children and husband inspire her most. She will continue to grow her agency, providing a variety of qualitydriven services, while working to educate the community through awareness campaigns. "When I see a child or an adult smile because we made his or her life more meaningful in some way," she says, "it makes it all worthwhile."


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As women approach menopause, common concerns are painful intercourse and recurring bladder infections.

The Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GMS) is terminology used to describe symptoms occurring due to vulvovaginal atrophy attributed to low estrogen, which commonly occur after menopause. The superficial vaginal cell lining is lost and layers become very thin, which leads to loss of natural secretions, folds, and elasticity. The vagina has more laxity, shortening, and narrowing. The symptoms associated with GSM are vaginal dryness, discharge, itching, and painful intercourse. Unfortunately, these changes in the skin layers may lead to tearing and bleeding with intercourse. Also, the vaginal canal becomes more alkaline, which causes normal vaginal bacteria to disappear, setting up conditions for “bad “ bacteria to flourish, leading to recurrent bladder infections. In the United States, 50 percent of postmenopausal women report vaginal atrophy affecting their quality of life. These women complain of a decrease in sexual encounters, sexuality, and self esteem making a negative impact on marriage and relationships.

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AMY HALLMAN reviews Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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“But simply punishing the broken—walking away from them or hiding them from sight—only ensures that they remain broken and we do, too. There is no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity” (p. 290).

T H O U G H A M O N G its accolades are

Time Magazine’s one of 10 Best Books of Nonfiction and New York Times best seller, Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, is not your typical summer beach read. Instead, it’s the reading you do to improve yourself, to improve your community, to improve society as a whole. Stevenson, an attorney and founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, begins this memoir describing how, as a Harvard Law student, he backed into an internship at the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee in Atlanta, which showed him the course of his life. Readers become quickly enthralled with the story of Walter McMillan, a poor, black man, wrongly convicted of murder and Stevenson’s trials to free him from death row. Stevenson

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uses Walter’s gripping chapters as a narrative structure around which he weaves personal narratives (both Stevenson’s and his clients’) and mixes in historical data and chilling statistics. This ability to seam these styles together gives the book its literary feel; it is no simple collection of facts. There’s heart, there’s pain, and before you know it, you are left charged with a call to action. In our country, the connection between poverty and conviction is real. And even if we as readers are fortunate enough to count ourselves out as poor, each of us is a piece and integral part of the fabric that is America. Stevenson does a brilliant job of bringing our judicial system close to home. We cannot disregard the overwhelming numbers Stevenson gives (In the United States, more than two million people incarcerated, another six million on probation or parole, and 68

million with criminal records) and expect our society, our nation to be complete. Still, it’s the stories that are most convincing, true stories of the severely mentally ill and the juveniles on death row, many wrongly convicted, some Stevenson has been able to free. His writing is compelling and thoughtful. Readers of this previous University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s freshman summer reading will be riveted early in the pages, when Stevenson recalls from his childhood his aunt’s prophetic words: “’You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close….’ ”


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The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

There is no evidence that dogs or cats can transmit or contract Zika virus, although no significant studies have been done.

The Zika virus is spread primarily through an infected Aedes mosquito.

If you’re pregnant and traveling to affected areas, check the CDC’s travel guidelines and health notices.

There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika.

The illness is usually mild and rarely requires hospitalization. In fact, most don’t even realize they have been infected. The main threat is the birth defect microcephaly, thus, the concern for pregnant women.

Make sure there are no pools of stagnant water on your property or nearby; screen all windows and doors.

The type of mosquito that spreads the virus is primarily a daytime feeder.

At the time of press, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed 1,305 “travel-related” cases, 14 of which were sexually transmitted.

Wear protective clothing (long sleeves and pants) when in mosquito-rich environments.

Avoid scented deodorants, body sprays, or perfumes when outdoors.

Ba-Zika!

How worried should we be about the Zika virus?

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Your best protection is to avoid mosquito bites altogether. The CDC recommends insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon-eucalyptus, or paramenthanediol.

For more information on the Zika virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov.

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T H E Z I K A V I R U S has been declared an “international public health emergency” by the World Health Organization, and the United States is not immune to its reach. Although no one has been infected with Zika by a mosquito within the continental United States, many health experts say it’s a matter of time. Here are some things to know about the virus and tips on protecting yourself and your family:

Other remedies like wrist bands, eating garlic, and even phone apps that emit an ultrasonic noise have not been proven effective.


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With offices in Huntersville and the Charlotte neighborhood of Elizabeth, the Drs. Lineberger have partnered with orthodontist Dr. Paul Blackman to open a practice in Charleston. Their longtime clinical assistant, Tammie, moved from Huntersville to join the Charleston team. This partnership, in detail, sounds like every other business and community endeavor of which Megan and Matt are part: they are flexible and keep their goal of helping others in mind. They wanted to work with Dr. Blackman, but when they couldn’t persuade him to leave the South Carolina sands for the LKN freshwater, they did the next best thing: they partnered with him in a Charleston practice. That’s not all the good news! Since we last checked in, Dr. Megan gave birth to their third child, Millie, who is now 5 months old. Proud elder siblings are Mason, 5, and Mia, 2 1/2.

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TO BE THE BEST SHE CAN BE

Baby #3 and practice #3 have inspired a new set of goals for Megan. She still wants to be the best she can be and admits that requires choosing her battles. This month, Mason will start school. By June, Megan had already purchased his uniforms and began breaking the idea of wearing them daily to Mason gently. “Preparation is key to making big changes,” Megan says. “I showed him when the uniforms arrived, and I made kind of a big deal when I washed and hung them in his closet, getting ready for the ‘Big Day,’ so he’ll feel part of the process.”

(she) admits that requires choosing her battles.

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communicating better. “It’s never done,” she says. “We complement each other so well because we have such opposite heads, but it still requires that we work on strong communication.” This summer, she and Matt tag-teamed a mentorship presentation at the Young Elites Leadership Summit. “Creating this presentation was quite different from other presentations we’ve done together,” she says. “We’ve done continuing education courses before, but our styles are very different. I wanted to plan weeks in advance and practice until we got it down. Matt’s style is more natural and go-with-theflow, which, I admit, works for him. The presentation went well, but he said it was the most he’d ever prepared for one— for me, it was the least I’ve ever practiced!” The pair was appointed to the Most Valuable Kids (MVK) board of directors. They are driven to help area underserved children to determine and realize goals and to learn there’s more out there for them via social and academic successes. At work, recently, they promoted office specialist Astrid to full-time community outreach facilitator. Later this month, Lineberger Orthodontics will host a Gus Macker two-day 3-on-3 basketball tournament in downtown Huntersville. Proceeds will support Young Elites. This tournament—one that Dr. Matt himself has participated in since he was 4 years old—is for all experience levels, genders, ages, and statures.

What’s something you wished you’d dealt with long ago?

Dr. Megan is also practicing positive ENACTING ‘RADICAL CANDOR’ to address thinking. “I’m prone to small office issues worry,” she says. “I’m & immediately unemotionally.” working on an inner change. Also, I box, and I’m trying to work in weekly yoga.” Being a role model is important to Megan, not only for her own children, but for her 13-year-old sister, Taylor, who lives in Michigan, and for area children and peers. In a male-dominated field, Dr. Megan is setting the pace. Together 11 years and married for eight, Megan says she and Matt still work on

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Dr. Megan is quick to credit others, rather than herself, when asked about the practices’ or outreach successes. But husband Matt tells us like it is: “I think what allows her to wear so many stylish hats so well is her constant drive to be as good as she can possibly be in every aspect of her life,” he says. “It’s a gift and a curse because she’s so hard on herself, yet it’s what makes her amazing at everything—I mean everything. I consider myself a pretty darn good orthodontist and solid athlete—and shoe connoisseur!—but I don’t pretend to be able to pop the hood of a car to change my own oil. But Meggy wouldn’t let that fly; she’d be covered in oil and dust, watching a YouTube video on her phone, learning the steps and grinding it out until she’s an A+ mechanic. She’s exhaustingly awesome!

" SHE' S EXHAUSTINGLY AWESOME!" - husband & business partner, matt lineberger

“Meg has amazing ideas,” Matt says. “My ideas are akin to the ones Tom Hanks in the film Big would’ve come up with, but her ideas make our business run smoothly and efficiently. If I were the only ideas guy, the place would be like Chuck E. Cheese on speed—teeth-straightening chaos! But I probably wouldn’t be able to feed myself. It’s really Meg that makes our ideas actually happen.”


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women on the move SARA HORD, owner and chef

of Davidson’s Millstone Bake House & Provisions, has opened a second restaurant—just upstairs from her farm-to-table bakery. Upper Crust specializes in seafood and also has live music from regional performers.

KIM SNYDER, from High Caliber

Realtors, co-chaired the Rhythm and Brews fundraiser for Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Charlotte in May at the Peninsula Club. The event raised more than $70,000.

WENDIE LLOYD, a life and

business coach and founder of Coaching What Matters, LLC, has opened a second location in Huntersville. She is also the owner and therapist of Lake Norman Counseling Service, PLLC, in Mooresville since 2006.

Former Huntersville mayor JILL SWAIN has been named the executive director of the Huntersville Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is the former Huntersville Connections business networking group.

Cornelius resident CINDY SMITH, with her husband, Mark, was named a 2016 Isagenix Millionaire, marking their cumulative earnings of $1 million. In 2015, Cindy was awarded the 2015 Woman of Isagenix award for her commitment and contributions to her team and company, growing her team to over 15,000 associates in three countries worldwide.

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ACE & TJ’S GRIN KIDS CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT Registration, 9 a.m.; Shotgun Start, 11 a.m. NorthStone Country Club, 15801 Northstone Dr., Huntersville

Join a team and play for a great cause: Grin Kids enhances the lives of children, ages 5 to 12, who are terminally ill or chronically handicapped, and their families. This 13th annual fundraiser is part of the weekend-long series of activities, and includes beer, an ice cream truck, games, contests, and great food. For more information, visit www.grinkidsgolf.com.

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6 to 8 p.m. Jetton Village, 19818 N. Cove Rd., Cornelius

Sponsored by the Cornelius police and PARC departments, the annual event supports community safety and crime prevention. This free, family-oriented evening is filled with food, entertainment, and children’s activities.

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THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM BOOK LAUNCH 1 to 3 p.m. Main Street Books, 126 S. Main St., Davidson

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7TH ANNUAL BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH 8:30 a.m. to noon Mooresville Middle School, 233 Kistler Farm Rd., Mooresville

Register your K-12 student online; all students must pre-register for tennis shoes. All backpacks, school supplies, and tennis shoes are free. All activities are free, including food, games, and entertainment.

Missed this one? Statesville and Troutman are also having Back 2 School Bashes on Saturday, August 13, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information on all these events, visit www.b2sb.org, or to make your tax-deductible donation and to volunteer for this year’s events.

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Local writer Kathleen Burkinshaw launches her debut young adult novel, based loosely on the author’s mother’s firsthand experience surviving Hiroshima’s atomic bombing. She hopes to warn readers of the damage of nuclear war, and remind them that the “enemy” is often not so different from ourselves.

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ashleyBONOMINI LKNW RECOGNIZES A WOMAN DOING EXCEPTIONAL WORK IN THE LAKE NORMAN COMMUNITY, A LEADER WHO IS PAVING THE WAY TO CHANGING OUR ATTITUDES AND INSPIRE CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE.

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I grew up in Florida, and believe it or not, I really wanted to move out of the state. But a full scholarship to Florida State University kept me there for four more years. After visiting several large cities, I fell in love with Charlotte, moved to North Carolina in 2011, and attended Charlotte Law School.

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I was just named a Top 10 under 40 Family Law Attorneys by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. I believe I set myself apart because I truly love my job and helping clients. My undergraduate coursework in psychology adds to my perspective with clients. I incorporate the same counseling philosophies into my legal practice, enabling me to help them achieve their goals.

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Ashley Bonomini LAKE NORMAN LAW FIRM CORNELIUS, NC

At FSU, on the Homecoming Board for Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, I was in charge of planning homecoming activities, building and designing our parade float, and promoting member participation. In my free time, my boyfriend and I enjoy taking our dogs to the park. My dog, Sophie, is a Spoodle, a spaniel and poodle mix; and Murphy is my boyfriend's Australian Shepherd mix. They're best friends, but Sophie is the boss.

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I don’t have a lot of free time, but crafting is one of my outlets. There’s just something about buying things from the craft store, bringing them home, and putting them together. Ashley Bonomini is a family law attorney with Lake Norman Law Firm in Cornelius. For more information, visit. www.lknlawfirm.com, or call 704.765.1617.

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There is something about the Olympics that brings us peace and hope, to see the world come together in a sense of belonging and fellowship, regardless of ideologies and divisive factors. While there is plenty of vigor and high-energy competitiveness, it is still a welcome unification. Here are some fun facts as we enter the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, August 5-21: THIS SUMMER, A RECORD NUMBER OF COUNTRIES

are participating with more than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees. THE EARLY OLYMPICS WERE CELEBRATED as a religious

festival from 776 B.C. until 393 A.D. In 1894, a Frenchman proposed reviving the ancient tradition and thus, the modernday games were born.

THE FIRST TELEVISED GAMES WERE the 1936 Berlin Olympics,

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emphasizes the connection between the ancient games and modern ones. Each season, the flame is lit in front of the ruins of the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece.

THE UNITED STATES HAS WON MORE total medals

(2,189) at the Summer Games than any other country. THE OLDEST OLYMPIAN IS OSCAR SWAHN, a Swedish

shooting expert who won a total of six medals. He was 60 when he competed in his first Olympics in 1908, and nearly 73 years old when he competed at the 1920 Summer Games in Belgium. AMERICAN JAMES CONNOLLY

won the first “modern” Olympic medal at the inaugural Athens Games in 1896. He won for the triple jump.

IN ANCIENT GREECE, athletes

competed in the buff, and only men were allowed to compete. Women did not join until the 1900 Paris Games. HISTORY.COM REPORTS THAT ABEBE BIKILA was

a double Olympic marathon champion and the first black African to win a medal. But perhaps he is most famous for winning a gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics while running barefoot.

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and LKNW wants to celebrate! Our publisher, Dana Nieters, has identical-twin sons; senior sales representative Stephanie Sullivan has fraternal twins; and staff member and contributing writer Leslie Ogle is an identical twin, was married to an identical twin, and has twin nephews. No doubt there is a fascination with the adorable duos and here are some reasons why: A U G U S T 8 T H I S N AT I O N A L T W I N DAY

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Cryptophasia is the phenomenon of a language developed by twins that only the two children can understand. It occurs in about half of all twins, both fraternal and identical.

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Researchers from the University of Padova in Italy studied five sets of twins in the womb and noted that fetuses were just 14 weeks old when they began to interact with each other.

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It’s possible that twins can have different fathers—a onein-a-million occurrence!

Twins separated at birth live remarkably similar lives. Jim Lewis and Jim Springer were four weeks old when they were separated. When they found each other later in life, both had a dog named Toy as kids; both had married twice, first to women named Linda and second to women named Betty; both drove Chevrolets, smoked Salem cigarettes, and drank Miller Lite.

3 7 4 About 25 percent of identical twins develop directly facing each other, meaning they become exact reflections of one another (mirror twins).

Women who have twins tend to live longer. One study found, “Women who gave birth to twins were very strong and healthy to begin with, so were likely to live longer lives.”

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If a pair of identical male twins marry a pair of identical female twins, their children are genetically siblings.

LESLIE:

“When I was having surgery as a teen, my twin, at home, was obsessed with water—drinking it, feeling it, watching it pour from the faucet. Little did she know I’d had an adverse reaction to medication and wasn’t allowed to drink anything; I was parched! I’d wet a wash cloth and watch and feel the water; I fantasized about it. My brother calls it ‘Stupid Twin Tricks.’”

DANA:

Twins often do remarkable— unexplainable—things. SOME STAFF MEMBERS SHARE, WHO KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE FIRSTHAND!

“Jordan and Ryan have learned to smile and wave at random people in public who smile and wave at them first. If they have no idea who the smiling, waving stranger is, they assume it’s either a friend of their twin or a crazy person. Either way, they’ve found it’s easier to just smile and wave rather than try to explain who they really are.” (Jordan is on the left, Ryan, right)

STEPHANIE:

“Even though my fraternal twins (son Hayden & daughter Hayley, age 10) have become very independent people, they know what the other one is feeling. Hayley knows when Hayden is hurt. Or Hayden knows when Hayley has had a bad day. They could be several miles apart, but one knows when the other is sick or has broken a bone.”


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My Passion? My Life! By: Leslie Ogle

Photography By: Chelsea Bren

W I T H G R E AT FA M I LY and friends and

a successful career, things could not have been going better for Shasta Webber, owner of Children’s Orchard in Huntersville. But oftentimes, we have to deal with sudden intrusions that demand our immediate attention. Such was the case for Shasta in 2010, when she needed to remove a kidney. One week after the surgery, she suffered a pulmonary embolism (a sudden blockage of a major blood vessel in the lung) that could have taken her life. “At the time, it would have appeared that I was most passionate about my career,” Shasta recalls. “Although I desired success, I realized I was doing a horrible job at letting the most important people in my life know they were just that: the most important thing in the world to me. Since that health scare, I’ve recognized that my life and the people in it are my passion. Even with the craziness of a new business, I make sure my loved ones know what they mean to me, and never feel like they’re ‘penciled in.’ I make time for my family because we never know what tomorrow brings.” Shasta grew up in Catawba, North Carolina, and eventually found a career in human resources. After 20 years in corporate America, she decided to pursue two items on her to-do list—finish her college degree and own her own business. Bachelor of business administration, graduating Magna Cum Laude at age 40, check; Opening her own business, check. “My incredibly positive and motivating husband, Craig, keeps me going, as do the great people who work at the store,” Shasta says. “They have put their trust in me and the business; they work hard to make it successful. In return, I want to make them proud.

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Shasta Webber CHILDREN'S ORCHARD HUNTERSVILLE, NC

My mom has also been another great motivator and influence in my life; she is my biggest fan and an enormous part of my support system.” Children’s Orchard, Shasta points out, is a “well-organized resale store that boasts an intuitive software,” which allows them to quickly price items at 60 to 70 percent below mall- and department-store prices. Shasta was delighted to discover an opportunity that was so aligned with her own strategies, philosophies, and goals. While Shasta never had children of her own, she and Craig have their furry babies (one dog and two cats) and are What’s passionate about something you North Meck Animal wished you’d Rescue and other dealt with

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animal rescue efforts. They also support several other charities, including Make-a-Wish and Little Smiles. Shasta would like to continue to volunteer and remain an integral part of the Lake Norman community. “We just love this area,” she grins. “I grew up here and could not call anywhere else home. I’m amazed by the people I meet, especially the women I encounter every day. They’re constantly working to maintain the work-life balance we so frequently talk about. In order to deal with it, they must have amazing time management, support, patience, agility, among their abilities to face the challenges that A better WORKlife throws at them. And LIFE BALANCE; I’m pretty sure some of missed time with friends and family them have super powers!”

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MIND body spirit BETTER ME

BETTER YOU

BETTER WORLD

Capture Life—It’s Your Moment! By: Katie Stankiewicz

“Life moves forward. The old leaves wither, die, and fall away, and the new growth extends forward into light.” –Bryant McGill Nature’s moment, your moment—both capture life in different ways. Nature has an undeniable rhythm. Our rhythms seem more fragmented, based on our choices. The natural order of life is to capture moments with ease, but we have a more difficult time living in the moment. We dwell and internalize situations, which perpetuate problems instead of embracing experiences as growth opportunities. We find ourselves mired in uncertainty rather than living life fully. How we proceed determines mere existence or true flourishing. Simply existing is stagnant. Harboring ill thoughts is emotionally draining and constrictive. In order to flourish and thrive, we must release the negativity. Nature cleanses itself, such as the changing of the season. Our lives are more complex yet we desire balance. Our cleansing restores our pure, bright light.

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These Situational Options are the bedrocks for inner peace. Your freedom can be articulated by:

ACCEPTING THE SITUATION.

It is what it is, and I am not going to let it hold me back. REMAINING A VICTIM.

Keep complaining, avoiding, and living in fear or guilt.

LEAVING THE SITUATION.

“There are three constants in life: change, choice, and principles.” –Stephen Covey These three constants are the ballast that we need to face life head on. Initially, the problem may be a whisper that gently clouds our thinking. But when something is not dealt with, it transforms into a bellowing roar. Our inner turmoil interrupts life’s constants, unraveling our balance. Our minds spin. The gentle whisper becomes a harsh echo that fuels an internal inferno of uncertainty. Our motives, core values, and peace of mind are at odds. We must step out of the echoing abyss, free our minds, and extend our growth. Change and choice allow us to deal with situations. The mechanisms for working through issues are a personal choice. Our principles empower us to stand behind our choices. The light for renewed balance is on the horizon. Exploring and processing our thoughts open an enormous vista of possibilities. The final decision frees our soul.

Remove myself with my head held high. CHANGING THE SITUATION.

Make a conscious effort to transform what is happening. CHANGING MY PERSPECTIVE.

How else might I interpret this situation? Some view these options as avoidance or “settling”; however, you are eliminating judgment, honoring yourself, and liberating damaging energy. The mental chaos is tamed, and you move beyond emotional barriers. Nature’s moments are produced with beauty and awe. Your moments also have beauty and awe when a personal shift evolves from overcoming challenges. It is a surreal, windswept reality more valuable than holding onto futile issues. Unwarranted stresses and sullen attitudes are replaced with inner peace and joy. Once the choice is made, the moment is yours—you have captured life!

Katie Stankiewicz is the owner of Mind, Body, & Sole Equine Care, Willow Equine-Assisted Therapy, and Willow Ridge Coaching. A certified life coach and certified equine specialist, Katie specializes in equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning. For more information, visit www.willowequinetherapy.com or www.willowridgecoaching.com, or call 704.237.0644.

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