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T H I S T I M E O F Y E A R , there’s always

a lot of media attention on gratitude: how to give thanks, how important it is to count your blessings, and how stretchy pants are definitely something to be thankful for after eating sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie until you’re as full as a tick. But how can you be grateful when things don’t go according to plan? When, with all these messages of thankfulness surrounding you, all you can think of is “How can I possibly feel grateful for _______?” My father passed away almost two years ago, and in the wake of his death, I have struggled mightily with thankfulness, wrestling constantly with the “What ifs” and the “Why nots?” I don’t think a single day has gone by in which I haven’t shouted out in tears and frustration, “This isn’t the plan!” I have some wonderful memories of my dad that cannot be taken from me, but I have nothing in terms of his personal effects to remind me of him. And as the settling of his affairs has dragged on, there have been other occasions that have caused me to question my faith in the goodness of folks and marvel at the powerful grip that greed can have on people. Thankfulness of any measure has been difficult to contemplate—instead, with feelings of anger, hurt, shock, and sadness bubbling over, I have only wanted to strike back, constantly make a case against my offenders in my own mind, and get others to agree with me about the unfairness of it all. Ingratitude has been dominating my life, stealing my peace. In her book Breaking Free, Beth Moore substitutes some of the original words from Philippians 4:6-7 with their polar opposites, and in doing so, perfectly describes the way I’ve been living: “Do not be calm about anything, but in everything, by dwelling on it constantly and feeling picked on by God ... present your aggravations to everyone you know but Him. And the acid in your stomach, which transcends all milk products, will cause you an ulcer, and the doctor bills will cause you a heart attack, and you will lose your mind.” But then one afternoon, nursing my ulcer and arriving at the doctor’s office 45 minutes early and needing something to pass the

time, I scanned through the channels on the radio and heard the words, “So you think life’s not fair?” “Well, yes, I do,” I replied out loud as I turned up the volume thinking I had a sympathetic friend in this radio personality. “Imagine how a group of hard-working, reliable grape pickers felt when they got shafted,” continued the show’s host, who proceeded to tell the biblical parable of a vineyard owner who paid laborers who had worked only an hour the same amount as the laborers who had toiled for him all day long. Seems unfair, right? But, as the radio show host made clear, no one was underpaid; some were simply paid more than they deserved. Maybe this Thanksgiving, like the vineyard workers who had put in an entire day of effort but received the same pay as those who hardly worked, you don’t feel like you’re getting what you deserve. Maybe you’ve got something—a chaotic, unsettled situation perhaps—stealing your peace, too. Maybe your soul is weary from stress and heartache. You can be like me and hold on to the pain and swath yourself in ungratefulness. But I hope that you’ll choose another path; after all, ulcers hurt, doctors are expensive, and good minds are hard to come by. Sometimes, life just isn’t fair. Sometimes we have to watch as someone gets something they don’t deserve. But don’t we all get more than we deserve through God’s grace? Since hearing that radio program, I’ve been taking a good, hard look at everything I have—not just material possessions, but my relationships with family and friends and in the community, as well as my health and well-being—and I am starting to realize that it is all just grace. None of us are deserving of anything—but through grace we all receive. Now that’s something to be thankful for.

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"It’s not traditional Thanksgiving fare, but braciole. (I didn’t know that’s what it’s called until I looked it up for this article. Our family just calls it by the very chic—and joke-inspiring—name of 'Grandma’s Rolled Meat.') Mama Mia, is it good! Stuffed flank steak covered in Grandma’s delicious homemade tomato sauce on a mountain of pasta. It’s time consuming to make, but worth every minute."

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My sister gave me a wonderful recipe for gourmet macaroni and cheese, complete with aged white cheddar and Gruyere cheeses. We’ve made it every year since—and bonus: the kids love it, too. Funny—my sister always brings the Gruyere with her from Texas because she says I get the wrong one!" C H E LS E A B R E N

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"My favorite is Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Filling, which we have instead of stuffing. The recipe comes from Ryan’s greatgrandmother. I hope my mother-in-law makes it soon for me. It has so much good stuff in there—so much butter and eggs and celery and onions .... Comfort food, for sure." LESLIE OGLE

“My grandmother always made the best dressing, baking cornbread from scratch as the main ingredient. My dad and grandfather would always fight over the last bite … smothered in grandmother's homemade gravy. It was truly everyone's favorite!” AMY HALLMAN

"Lee makes the best food, hands down. But my favorite is sentimental: my mom doesn’t cook anymore, but she still makes me congealed salad. We’ve always— affectionately—called it “Green Stuff.” Before my dad died (and for as long as I can remember) she always made my dad and me separate full-size dishes— his with pecans, mine without. That way we didn’t fight over sharing!" M I C H E L L E LO V E

"My favorite is my mom’s broccoli casserole. When we were kids, my brother and I could eat the whole thing between the two of us, so she would have to double the recipe for Thanksgiving."


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Have you always wanted to be a veterinarian? No! My friend’s dog became

ill while we were on spring break in college, and I spent the time taking care of him. From there, I got my first job at a vet clinic as a receptionist and have been hooked ever since. I started working in emergency medicine three years later and found my true calling.

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What’s your favorite animal? I’m happy to see all types of animals, but I must admit, I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady. One of my favorite patients was a cat named Snickers… or Peaches, depending on who you asked! A family had been feeding Snickers for a year when they brought him in for a hurt tail. The stray showed up late morning to eat, hung with their cat all day, then disappeared every evening. We scanned Snickers and found a microchip. We contacted the owners, who were quite surprised to learn their beloved Peaches had been enjoying double meals and double TLC all this time just three doors down. Cats can be so sneaky!

H U S B A N D DA N ; D O G S B O G E Y, W I L L I E , A N D C A S S I E ; A N D C AT S F R I DA , K A U F M A N , A N D PA U L I E

You must see some terrible things in your job … is it difficult to be grateful at times? Working at an

emergency clinic, you can never prepare for what you’re going to be faced with every day. But that’s also the reason I love my job so much. I am grateful every day that I’ve been given this incredible opportunity to do what I love. Not everyone can say that they have found their calling, but I am one of the lucky ones who gets to spend the rest of my life following my passion.

How would you describe a perfect Thanksgiving? I love planning and cooking

Thanksgiving dinner. I then love to see my family and friends gather around, with heaping plates of food, and eat ‘til we’re too full to move. The best part is spending the rest of the afternoon watching football, relaxing, and catching up until we’re ready for leftovers!

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Time to Reconsider

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WROUGHT-IRON ACCESSORIES Stop it now! Do not buy one more piece of curly cue wrought iron for your home. Enough is enough!

CHEAP MIRRORED FURNITURE Just don’t buy any more. It was great for a pop of glamour, but a little goes a very long way.

THE KITCHEN DESK This once was a great place for a landline phone and a place to put your bills. As everything is moving to wireless, this area is better used for more storage and countertop space.

FAUX FINISHES The Italian-like faux wall finishes are out. Simple, clean paint is refreshing. For a few years, everyone had gone gray, but the tide has turned toward color, pastels, and white. Make sure you’re not designing for trend as it doesn’t last, and it dates your home. Consider a well-planned overall design that will stand the test of time.

TILED COUNTERTOPS AND TUB SURROUNDS Grout cleaning—need I say more?

TYPOGRAPHY AS ART We do not need “EAT” as the focal art of the kitchen. We know what to do! FURNITURE SUITES Designer rooms do not have suites of furniture that all match. A designer room has individual pieces selected to complement the overall design. Suites are unimaginative. If you already own a suite, consider mixing into other rooms of the house, painting some pieces, or making sure that the lighting, art, upholstery, or bedding become the focal point rather than the furniture.

First of all, I do not judge anyone or their current home. We all have priorities and values and make updating or remodeling decisions at our own pace. Frankly, I have spots in my own home that need updating but haven’t made the short list. If you come by, those areas are behind closed doors! That being said, in honor of Thanksgiving, my team and I sat around our table and listed what design elements we’d be thankful to never see again. Here is our “not” list: Starr Miller is the president and principal designer at StarrMiller Interior Design, Inc. Contact her at 704.896.3321, or visit www.starrmiller.com.

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MODEL-HOME/DESIGNER ACCESSORIES Time to lose the faux deer heads. Your home’s accessories need to be at least 80 percent specific to you, your passions, and your collections. They should tell your story. There’s nothing worse than walking into a home that looks like a furniture store or Pottery Barn catalog staged it for mass appeal. THE GARDEN JACUZZI TUB Replace with an oversized shower that you will actually use or a sculptural tub that is a piece of art.

OVERDRESSED OR UNDERDRESSED WINDOWS Naked windows can be great; however, the choice of an unadorned window should be based on design choices, not because you just don’t want to finish the room. Overly embellished windows are just as bad. Swags and heavy tassels tend to be awful in any room that isn’t an historical monument. Remember: too many sequins can ruin the dress. I prefer a window that is framed, not covered. ALSO These need no explanation: Wallpaper borders, vertical blinds, mirrored closet doors, massive wallsized mirrors clipped to bathroom walls, and shiny gold builder-grade cabinet knobs and chandeliers.

As I mentioned, we all have priorities—though if you find yourself saying, “Oops,” to more than five of these, you may want to update...soon!


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FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, A SWEDISH TRADITION involves a LEAVE IT TO THE FUN-LOVING IRISH!

Their tradition includes leaving mince pies and a bottle of Guinness as a snack for Santa.

giant goat made of straw to mark the beginning of the holiday season. In a fun-spirited game, vandals try to burn the (straw) goat before Christmas Day.

FOR THE MOST PART, IN RUSSIA, Christmas

is celebrated on January 7 and many people fast for up to 39 days—until January 6th when the first evening star appears in the sky. Then they begin a 12-course feast in honor of each of the 12 apostles.

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AROUND THE GLOBE ALL CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD CELEBRATE THIS TIME OF YEAR. WHETHER YOU’RE CELEBRATING SHENG DAN JIEH IN CHINA, AWAITING THE ARRIVAL OF PÈRE NOËL IN FRANCE, OR ENJOYING CHRISTMAS OR HANUKAH IN THE UNITED STATES, WE ALL ENJOY THE MAGIC OF THE SEASON. MAYBE THIS YEAR YOU WANT TO BRANCH OUT AND EXPERIENCE A NEW OR ADDITIONAL CULTURE OR TRADITION. WITH THAT IN MIND, HERE ARE SOME FUN—AND DIFFERENT—TRADITIONS, CELEBRATIONS, AND BELIEFS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE:

AN ANCIENT NORWEGIAN CUSTOM involves

hiding all brooms because it is believed that witches emerge on Christmas Eve. ROLL ON, VENEZUELA! On

Christmas Eve, they close the roads to cars in Caracas so that people can roller skate to Mass on Christmas Day.

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ON CHRISTMAS EVE IN GERMANY, according to

legend, animals speak to one another, rivers turn to wine, mountains open and reveal precious gemstones, and church bells ring from the depths of the oceans. ‘Tis truly magical for the believers and pure of heart!

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biology and working in a genetics lab. Her love for being on the water was satisfied there, as well, enjoying trips to the beach, fishing from a johnboat in the rivers, or just riding along the waterfront, admiring the homes there. Today, Dr. Mashburn admits that there were times that it was difficult to concentrate on academics, but it was also a lesson in time management. Dr. Mashburn has vivid memories of her own pediatrician, whom she always admired. It was in her senior year of college, when her grandfather experienced some health issues, that a career as a physician was sealed. After meeting his female neurologist, her grandfather told Lindsey, “You could be a doctor like her.” Keeping an open mind, she continued on to the Medical University of South Carolina, where she realized her passion was in obstetrics and gynecology. Completely unexpected to her, Dr. Mashburn enjoyed her rotation in this field and was ecstatic after delivering her first baby. Laughing, she says she was literally skipping down the halls afterward. She also enjoys doing surgeries. “I did several GYNoncology rotations, in which I was able to be involved in many complicated surgeries even as a medical student.”

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Drawn To Water AND Babies By: Michelle Love | Photography By: Chelsea Bren

Dr. Lindsey Mashburn is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lakeshore Women’s Specialists in Mooresville. When asked about her Lake Norman childhood, Lindsey reminisced, “I loved living on Lake Norman. At the time, there was not much to do here but to fish or do water-sports activities.” She says that her C O R N E L I U S N AT I V E ,

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mother always encouraged her to try new things and always work hard. Smiling, she says, “My dad is a real problem solver, so I get that from him.” After graduating from North Mecklenburg High School, Lindsey attended the College of Charleston. She appreciated the liberal arts environment and was able to minor in dance, while majoring in

Dr. Mashburn adds that her work allows her to build relationships over time. When confronted with a medical problem, she enjoys working with her patients to find a solution that fits their circumstances. “Oftentimes, my patients have problems that negatively impact their quality of life,” she says. “I am able to help them find a solution to get them back to the things they enjoy.” She also helps her patients by discussing risk factors and identifying prevention plans for avoidance of future health problems. All those years ago, Dr. Mashburn and her husband, Andrew, met when they were in the 8th grade at Alexander Middle School. Reconnecting after college, they have been married 12 years, and have two wonderful children, Tallon and Kate. Dr. Mashburn says she enjoys traveling, being on the water, spending time with her family, and doing art projects with the kids. Currently, they have no pets, but she hopes to get a dog soon. Hint, hint, Andrew!


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RAISING a family,

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are getting shorter and the temperatures are a bit on the chilly side, the kids are probably hanging around inside the house quite a bit. And as most moms know, too much together time can cause sibling love to turn into something, well … less lovely. N O W T H AT T H E DAY S

If the repetition of “Mom, she’s touching me,” and the playful wrestling matches turned battlesto-the-death have you ready to pull your own hair out, it may be time to run some interference. After all, it’s very common for organizations and businesses to treat poor morale and low performance among coworkers with team-building programs and exercises to help get the group back on track. Managers know that in order for the team to excel in the workplace, members must have understanding, compassion, and respect for one another individually.

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And what is a family if not a team? Each individual family member plays a unique role in the structure and function of the family. Each family member’s strengths, traits, and personality contribute and add to the team. Just like a group "EACH FAMILY MEMBER’S of coworkers, everyone his or her role on the STRENGTHS, TRAITS, has family team, and we rely AND PERSONALITY on our team members to us meet our goals and CONTRIBUTE AND ADD help get us through both the TO THE TEAM." good and bad times. There are a multitude of teambuilding activities you can do as a family that will serve as fun, constructive ways to help your children—and mom and dad, too— work together and strengthen their relationship. I know … you’re certain

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they won’t put down their cellphone or Xbox controller long enough to participate. But what if you locked the whole family up in a room? Sounds a bit extreme, you say? It is extreme—extremely fun! Breakout Lake Norman is a real-life room escape game based on the popular computer and mobile phone escape games. After entering a room with your family, the door is locked behind you. With 60 minutes on the clock, you must work together to find hidden compartments, secret passageways, and clues to lead you to your escape. The best part? You won’t hear anyone say “Me first!” or “It’s my turn!” while in the room—and there won’t be time for wrestling and name calling. There are clues and puzzles that test every level of intelligence and cater to all different kinds of skills, so everyone in the family will have the opportunity to contribute to your escape. Your team will discover all sorts of life lessons during those 60 minutes, including time management, reasoning skills, thinking outside the box and, best of all, sibling camaraderie! And while some success, some failure, and a lot of bonding are guaranteed, your escape is not! Don’t worry, though; when time is up, you may not have escaped, but you will have laughed together, solved problems together, and become a stronger team—together!

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Who Speaks for Your our Pup? By: Dr. Derick Lengemann

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season, many homes will be blessed with the addition of a new four-legged family member. After a stressful day, few things in life can bring the comfort and enjoyment of a head resting on your lap, a tail wagging as you walk in the door, or a trail run with your new companion. The same pup will also give you constant life reminders that material things like shoes and pillows can be replaced, but unconditional love is forever. Numerous studies have proven the psychological and health benefits of owning a dog as a companion. Along with these benefits, this new member of your family will be depending on you to provide it with the best care available. Although very rewarding, raising a puppy can be challenging. Behavioral issues, proper diet and supplements, vaccinations, parasite control, unforeseen injuries, arthritis, cancer, and end-of-life care are all situations that may arise throughout the life of your pup. To whom do you turn for your pet recommendations? Currently, information and opinions are just a click away on the Internet, venture

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capitalists are pouring millions of dollars into the companion-animal industry, and the trusted pet advocate is becoming more and more difficult to determine. For example, there are current well-marketed fad diets that have no research-based claims. Many over-the-counter supplements have poor regulations, leading to product inaccuracies and inconsistencies. Although some advertised information is valid and opinions should be considered, I implore you to talk to your veterinarian about the choices you make for your companion. Our role as veterinarians is somewhat similar to pediatricians: giving a voice to your family member that cannot verbally communicate what he or she needs. We make our recommendations based on sound evidence, experience, and what we believe is in the best interest for your pets, taking into account the relationship you have with them. Veterinarians have a strong love for animals, evaluate hundreds of pets each month, and are required to take continuing education classes that focus on specific issues, allowing them to offer the most current knowledge and therapies. A solid

working relationship is based on trust and the belief that your pet’s best interest is at the heart of all decisions. If you don’t trust your veterinarian and veterinary hospital first, then you need to continue searching for the one that embodies that feeling of trust and mutual respect. The loyalty of your dog is unequal to anything else you will ever experience. I have known dogs that have not left the side of their owners during their last months of a critical illness. This type of love is extraordinary and unconditional. We owe our pets the responsibility of providing them with the best care possible. When situations arise with your new family member, make certain that your veterinarian is an integral part of your decision-making process. Dr. Derick Lengemann is a veterinarian at Lakewood Veterinary Hospital at 813 Williamson Rd., in Mooresville. For more information, visit www.lakewoodvets.com, or call their office at 704.662.6077.


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LUNG CANCER AWARENESS Shine A Light On Lung Cancer is the largest coordinated awareness event for lung cancer in the United States. With events taking place throughout the month, visit the Levine Cancer Institute Shine a Light in Charlotte via www.lungcanceralliance.org to find the right event for you.

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Awareness Awareness November is the time for gratitude and giving—thus, Thanksgiving! With that in mind, November is also an awareness month for many causes, so now’s the time to get out and make a difference.

PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is leading the way to increase the survival rate for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through the initiative The Vision of Progress: Double the Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate by 2020. Visit www.pancan.org to learn how.

GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT Every year, smokers across the country take part by quitting for the day. This third Thursday of November (this year it’s the 17th) challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps them to find ways to kick the habit. Download flyers, posters, and social media graphics for your workplace, community, and school from www.cancer.org.

AMERICAN DIABETES AWARENESS This disease’s awareness month is an integral part of the American Diabetes Association’s efforts to focus the nation’s attention on this prevalent disease. You can find This Is Diabetes promotional materials, events, and campaign toolkits at www.diabetes.org.

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EPILEPSY AWARENESS Approximately 3 million people in the United States live with epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation strives to educate everyone about the potentially deadly impact of a single seizure. Learn more about sudden unexpected death in epilepsy at www.epilepsy.com. www.epilepsy.com


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Nestled along the shores of Lake Norman is an upscale lifestyle center just 20 minutes north of Charlotte. LangTree Lake Norman is a unique blend of retail shops, restaurants, hospitality, offices, entertainment, and residential space in a walkable, town-center environment. Among the many businesses there, a common thread runs throughout the beautiful fabric of this area—strong, confident, professional women!


A L LO W U S TO I N T R O D U C E

Suzanne Eller, dual community manager with Re Regus; Dr. Anna Claugus, lead physician with Novant Health/Lakeside Family Physicians; and Dr. Lauren Johnson, reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist with REACH (Reproductive Endocrinology Associates of Charlotte).

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“One of the many benefits of working at LangTree is all of Regus the amenities,” Suzanne says. “I’ve been working with Regus since January 2015, and I love my job and the LangTree family. There are tons of places to eat, beauty salons, clothing boutiques, and I just got set up with Novant Health, so they are going to be my health care provider; they cover everything I need from checkups to gynecology.” Suzanne grew up in Hickory and moved to Mooresville to pursue her career with Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace solutions, housing offices for local entrepreneurs to multibillion-dollar corporations. Within a year of working with the company, Suzanne was promoted three times, eventually to her current position, in which she runs two of the business centers.

“All the daily activities are under my umbrella,” she explains. “I supervise move-ins and moveouts and make sure that everyone is happy and everyone’s business needs are being met. I’ve been inspired by one of my managers, Jane Kropf. She is the hardest working woman I know. She took me under her wing and taught me everything she could. She’s been with the company for 13 years and is a wealth of information. She’s been the absolute best manager I’ve ever had and has made me truly enjoy my time with Regus.” Just around the corner from Suzanne you will find Dr. Anna Claugus who also moved to Lake Norman for her career. She and husband Nick, who now have been married for five years have a 1-year-old daughter, Eleanor, and a 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier named Remington, who is actually their “first child,” she says with a wink. The couple, originally from Ohio, journeyed to North Carolina so she could complete her residency at Carolinas Medical Center. “Going to medical school changed my life,” she says. “I was previously doing research on childhood cancers in Nationwide Children’s Hospital but it was not my passion. I felt a little lost. I wasn’t sure that medicine was the right decision at the time and that felt very unsettling. It turned out to be more than the right decision, however, as it led me into this career that I treasure so much.”

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This is Dr. Claugus’ third year with the practice and, she points out, the unity among the providers and staff is one of her favorite aspects. “We are like a family in a professional atmosphere,” she says. “Within Lakeside Family Physicians, we strive to be on the leading edge of change in the health care world, and I feel extremely blessed. We are also committed to the positive environment that is LangTree … it is a core part of us.” Equally passionate about her role in the world of health care, Dr. Lauren Johnson with REACH is a North Carolina native and earned her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University; she attended medical school at UNCChapel Hill, and completed her residency training at Duke University. Dr. Johnson and her family, husband Eric and 1-yearold daughter Katherine, moved to Lake Norman just over a year ago and now find themselves happily entrenched in the family-oriented community that defines this area. “I love Lake Norman and my job,” Dr. Johnson says. “I take care of women who are trying to conceive or who have medical conditions that impede their fertility. I have wanted to be a physician as long as I can remember. My mom is definitely my inspiration. She is a physician, as well, and she started medical school when I was a young child. She used to take me to the hospital with her, and she would let me look at the babies in the nursery. As I got older, I was able to appreciate just how much her patients loved her and how fulfilled she felt to be able to help others. I wanted to have that kind of impact. I started college with the intention of going to medical school, and every experience I had confirmed that medicine was the right fit for me.” From women-centered businesses, as well as pop-up shops whose vendors and trucks are almost exclusively owned by women, you can find everything you need at LangTree Lake Norman, including live music on Thursdays, lake events, great dining, shopping, and more … so stroll on down and discover the LangTree lifestyle!

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“I LOVE LAKE NORMAN AND MY JOB,” Dr. Johnson says.

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14TH ANNUAL STATESVILLE PUMPKIN FEST 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historic Downtown Statesville

There’s a classic car Cruise-In on Court Street, games, Kid Zone, rides, and pumpkin bowling, painting, and even smashing! Enjoy 60 art and craft exhibitors, good food, craft beer tasting, and three entertainment stages. Join the pumpkin pie-eating contest or cornhole tournaments.

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY, NOV. 12 & 13:

21ST ANNUAL RURAL HILL SHEEPDOG TRIALS & DOG FESTIVAL Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $11 & 7.50 (4 & under are free)

If you love dogs, sheep, and the outdoors, this annual event is a mustdo! Watch champion border collies compete, and experience Pumpkin Chunkin’, hay rides, exhibits, and more. For the schedule and more information, visit www.ruralhill.org/ SheepdogTrials.asp.

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3 T HURSDAY-SUNDAY, NOV. 10-20:

THE SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS SHOW

The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Rd., Charlotte Times & ticket prices vary.

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MOORESVILLE-LKN CHRISTIAN MISSION TURKEY TROT 5K Mooresville Christian Mission, 266 N. Broad St., Mooresville Registration 8 a.m., trot 9 a.m.

Hosted by the Mooresville-LKN Christian Mission, this walk or run race to end poverty is fun for the whole family. This event supports local families in need. This year includes a superhero costume contest! Kids Turkey Dash starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.ourchristianmission.org. Register at https://runsignup.com. Courtesy of The Southern Chris

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holiday tradition itself for families and friends throughout the region. Get in the spirit with the Dickens-style village with more than 50 shops, holiday designer rooms, freshly cut and decorated Christmas trees and, of course, Santa Claus! For more information, visit https://southernshows.com/scs.

SATURDAY, NOV. 19:

9TH ANNUAL ARTISAN AND CRAFTERS’ EXPO

Statesville Christian School, 1210 Museum Rd., Statesville 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artists and crafters will offer beautiful works and handmade items for sale. Artisan breads, candy, jams, and other homemade baked goods, including gluten-free items, will be available also. Bring family and friends, and have breakfast and lunch! © Wavebreakmedia Ltd | Dreamstime.com


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LKNW Michelle, Amy, and Stephanie at Dana’s LKNW’s backyard paradise

LKNW Michele with Colby Stellhorn, Chrissy Winchester, and Lindsey LKNW’s Hedin at the Hello Lovely Branding Boutique grand opening

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LKNW’s Michele with Kristy Serdinsky at the Massage Heights business mixer

LAKE NORMAN WOMAN!”

LKNW’s Michelle with Kirkland’s store manager Alisa Farmer at the grand opening in Mooresville LKNW

Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids Send Off

TJ with Grin Kid Michael before they board the plane for Disney World

Lake Norman Woman's Amy & Michele attended the 16th Annual Ace & TJ's Grin Kids Send Off at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, at which chronically ill and handicapped children and their families left for a week at Disney World.

LKNW’s Amy and Michele with Mickey Mouse and Homer, the Charlotte LKNW’s Knights mascot

LKNW Amy with Donna Ballas of LKNW’s Ballas Chiropractic

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health

Stroke Rehabilitation for Women

Former patient Evelyn Dowery walks on the NASApatented AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, exclusively found at Huntersville Health & Rehabilitation Center.

By: Kevin Corrigan

A C C O R D I N G TO T H E N AT I O N A L S T R O K E A S S O C I AT I O N , stroke is the third leading cause of

death among women in the United States. Also, because women tend to live longer than men, stroke will have a more negative impact on women’s lives. After a stroke, women are more likely than men to reside in a long-term care facility, and generally will have a worse outcome. Early involvement in a structured, individualized rehabilitation program is key to minimizing adverse outcomes related to stroke, and to regaining maximum function and independence. Stroke occurs when a portion of your brain is deprived of oxygen. The functions governed by this part of the brain are lost or severely diminished. As a result, we often see lack of movement or feeling on one side of the body, or the loss of speech or understanding. This can lead to severely reduced functional and selfcare abilities. Fortunately, the brain has the ability to reorganize itself and can form new pathways, which can lead to significant recovery of skills or functions. This neural reorganization can be helped significantly by the proper rehabilitation program. The goal of a rehabilitation program is to help a patient relearn lost skills. Rehabilitation should begin as soon as possible following the stroke, often while the patient is still in the acute care hospital. Successful rehabilitation designs include a therapy program to address the identified areas of deficits. Because the abilities lost depend upon the precise location of the brain injury, frequently, many stroke patients will require a stay in an inpatient rehab center where they will receive intensive physical, occupational, and speech therapy to maximize recovery. This program should include exercises and interventions that stress three components.

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Repetition Learning any new skill requires practice, and this is especially true after a stroke. The goal is to build new neural pathways, which need to be constantly reinforced. Stroke patients need frequent therapy and to practice prescribed activities on their own when not with the therapist. A rehab center that offers therapy seven days per week is crucial to maximizing recovery.

Feedback Your brain needs to know whether it’s doing things correctly or incorrectly. Therefore, rehab needs clear visual signals to let the patient know how she’s doing and to give her an attainable target to reach and hit repetitively.

Weight bearing Putting body weight through a weakened extremity is one of the best ways to stimulate muscle contraction and recovery. Early weight shifting onto the weakened side will lead to earlier weight bearing, and eventually earlier standing and walking.

Although rehabilitation can last an extended period, patients should take advantage of recent improvements in the field, while focusing on their recovery one day at time. Recent equipment advances such as the AlterG treadmill, patented NASA technology, found exclusively at Huntersville Health & Rehabilitation Center, allows for much earlier standing and walking with stroke patients. This equipment partially supports the patient, allowing for substantially quicker weight bearing, while giving constant biofeedback from three cameras positioned at different angles. It also allows for a safe and gradual progression of weight bearing until the patient can support her full body weight. Kevin Corrigan is a physical therapist and the rehab manager at Huntersville Health & Rehabilitation Center. For more information, visit www.huntersvillehealthrehab.com, or call their office at 704.912.2222.


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Get Out & Vote

Whether you need a reminder where your voting precinct is this November 8th, or you need to know which areas will be the busiest, we wanted to share the polling locations around Lake Norman:

MECKLENBURG COUNTY #127

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18841 Davidson-Concord Rd., Davidson

579 Weathers Creek Rd., Troutman

HOPEWELL BAPTIST CHURCH

#133

HUNTERSVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

14005 Stumptown Rd., Huntersville

#134

BRADLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM

13345 Beatties Ford Rd., Huntersville

#142

LAKE NORMAN BAPTIST CHURCH

7921 Sam Furr Rd., Cornelius

#143

LAKE FOREST COMMUNITY CHURCH

WESLEY CHAPEL CHURCH

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FIELDSTONE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

804 Fieldstone Rd., Mooresville

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SOUTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH

525 S. Broad St., Mooresville

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WAR MEMORIAL BUILDING

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PENINSULA BAPTIST CHURCH

687 Brawley School Rd., Mooresville

8519 Gilead Rd., Huntersville

#202

109 Chapel Hill Ln., Statesville

21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius

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#206

1739 Perth Rd., Mooresville

216 S. Main St., Davidson

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#207

1518 Brawley School Rd., Mooresville

DAVIDSON TOWN HALL

HUNTERSVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

200 Gilead Rd., Huntersville

#208

BETHEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

19920 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius

#240

COMMUNITY IN CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH

7621 Norman Island Dr., Cornelius

CHAPEL HILL METHODIST CHURCH

ROCKY MOUNT METHODIST CHURCH

LAKE NORMAN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

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WILLIAMSON CHAPEL CHURCH

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STATESVILLE CIVIC CENTER

300 S. Center St., Statesville

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OAKLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

531 N. Oakland Ave., Statesville

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SHILOH AME ZION CHURCH

1115 Salisbury Rd., Statesville

LINCOLN COUNTY Denver Precinct

DENVER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

3910 N. Hwy. 16, Denver

Denver West

ST. JAMES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1774 St. James Church Rd., Denver

Lowesville

EAST LINCOLN FIRE DEPT.

406 S. Pilot Knob Rd., Denver

Lowesville West

FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH FELLOWSHIP HALL

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MT. MOURNE FIRE DEPT.

1577 Mecklenburg Hwy., Mooresville

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TROUTMAN BAPTIST CHURCH

305 Perry Rd., Troutman

12201 Hambright Rd., Huntersville

607 Bethlehem Rd., Statesville

J. M. ALEXANDER MIDDLE SCHOOL

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1026 Davie Ave., Statesville

5194 Old Plank Rd., Iron Station

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589 Brawley School Rd., Mooresville

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JETTON PARK-WATERFORD HALL

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220 N. Maple St., Mooresville

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CORNELIUS TOWN HALL

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CHRIST BLVD. METHODIST CHURCH

PUMPKIN CENTER INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

3980 King Wilkinson Rd., Denver

Triangle A

EAST LINCOLN RECREATION CENTER

8160 Optimist Club Rd., Denver

Wesport

ST. PETER BY THE LAKE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

8433 Fairfield Forest Rd., Denver

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Self If you’ve never “Ubered” anywhere, here’s how:

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create an account.

When you need a ride, click the app. The GPS on your

phone tells the app where you are automatically, but you can set a “pickup location,” and click Request.

UberX seats four passengers and is the least expensive. The cars are usually something like a Toyota Prius or Honda Accord (but must be a 2006 model or newer). They must also pass a vehicle inspection that examines basic safety features such as brakes and tires.

UberXL seats six passengers and is a bit more expensive than UberX. Vehicles are non-luxury SUVs and minivans. This is the most affordable option if you are in a group of five or more.

UberSelect seats up to four and is the entrylevel luxury service, such as a Mercedes, BMW, or Audi. This is a good choice when you want a nicer ride but don’t want top-dollar. It is not available in all markets.

UberBLACK (Black Car) is Uber’s luxury service and most expensive option. The vehicles are typically a black SUV or high-end luxury sedan and are commercially registered and insured. It caters to business people and those who want a more professional, upscale experience.

UberPOOL is a discounted service that pairs you with another rider going in a similar direction, and it typically costs less than UberX. The app tells your driver to drop off passengers according to the most efficient route. This is an economical option, if you don’t mind sharing.

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You quickly see a photo of your driver, and learn the make, model, and license plate number of your pick-up car. You can even track your driver on the map. You will not have to give your driver directions!

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When you create your account, you enter your credit card number, so you don’t pay your driver (But if you’re riding with friends, you can split the cost.).

Worried? You can send a text message via the app to let others know when to expect you and which route you used.

If you have multiple people with you, no problem. Check out the different option, listed above.

For more information on Uber services and sign-up, visit www.uber.com. © Daren Woodward | Dreamstime.com


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

on GRATITUDE: I have so many things to be grateful for: my family, of course—husband John, of 16 years, and our two children, Avery, 13, and Trey, 5. My passion and biggest blessing in life is my kids. We tried for eight years to have a child and lost three babies in between. Those were challenging times, which prepared me for my most difficult journey: Trey was born with a hole in his heart. The first few weeks were a whirlwind of cardiologists, scans, and EKGs. At 3 weeks old, he was on four heart medications, vomited every day, and was so skinny. At 10 months, he was scheduled for open heart surgery. Thankfully it was a success and we brought our “little peanut” home! on BEST LIFE LESSONS: Trust your gut, follow your intuition, and dig deep when needed. And never burn a bridge. This world is very small so be kind to each other and pay it forward. John and I want to be more involved in the community and local charities, and we’d love to start going on mission trips. John spent more than 10 years as an emergency room physician so he has much to offer. I would be able to provide the support, love, comfort, and hugs for the children. That’s what I value so much about working at EverVitalMD—our entire staff gets to be a real part of our patients’ lives and share in that life journey; we are all like family. on PRACTICING WHAT YOU PREACH:

Erin Woodward EverVitalMD INTEGRATIVE & FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE CLINIC MOORESVILLE, NC

We moved to Lake Norman three years ago, after visiting for a weekend and falling in love with the community. After living here a year, we saw a great need for a functional medicine clinic. It became very personal for me because I’d been diagnosed with Lupus 15 years ago; and the traditional medical path wasn’t helping. I was missing out on my kids’ lives, spending days unable to leave the house. What I learned from John is a whole new approach to health care. After several blood tests, changing my diet, taking targeted supplements, and learning how to reduce my stress, I stopped all of my medications, and my Lupus went into remission. It took about nine months and lots of discipline; but needless to say, I became a believer in functional medicine. Now, I’ve gotten to witness hundreds of patients have life-changing results, too.

Erin Woodward is practice manager with EverVitalMD Integrative & Functional Medicine Clinic located at 111 Kilson Dr., #201, in Mooresville.You may contact them at 704.663.2091, or visit www.EVERVITALMD.com.

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A S C O L D W E AT H E R M O V E S I N and the holidays approach, try this variation on the traditional roasted vegetable side dish. This recipe is gluten and dairy free, and can be altered easily depending on your preferences.

It combines the sweet, hearty flavor of butternut squash with the smooth texture of red potatoes. It is seasoned with garlic and thyme, both immune boosting herbs. Cream and cheese can be added for a smoother consistency. Other herbs, such as ginger and cinnamon, add flavorful warmth that takes the chill off the fall and winter nights. 1 medium butternut squash 3 large red potatoes 1 large sweet onion 2 stalks of celery 2 tablespoons dried thyme 3 cloves of garlic 3 cups vegetable broth 2 tablespoons rice flour Olive oil Salt and pepper to taste TO GARNISH:

1 tablespoon Greek yogurt 1 teaspoon freshly chopped chives OPTIONAL:

1/2 to 1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half 1/2 to 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Wash, peel, and de-seed squash and potatoes. Chop onion, celery, potatoes, and squash into small squares, about 1/2 inch in size. Mince garlic cloves. Drizzle olive oil into a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and let cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until onion begins to turn translucent. Add potatoes, squash, garlic, and vegetable stock until all content is just covered with liquid. Add more water if stock doesn’t cover all vegetables. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until vegetables are all soft. When vegetables are cooked through you can either use an immersion blender to puree the vegetables in the pot, or transfer the cooked vegetables to a blender and blend in batches until soup consistency is to your liking. Add flour slowly as you blend to thicken the soup. Add salt, pepper, and thyme after soup is blended. For an even creamier consistency, add 1/2 to 1 cup of heavy cream or half-and-half. To make heartier, stir in shredded cheese gently until melted. For autumn-like warmth, add 1 teaspoon of ginger and cinnamon. Garnish with a dollop of full-fat plain Greek yogurt and fresh chives.

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MIND body spirit BETTER ME

BETTER YOU

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THE MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT ARE INTIMATELY CONNECTED. Because unhealthy thoughts and emotions can create a vicious cycle that leads to unhealthy physical patterns, we can choose a victorious path that includes a positive, healing, uplifting spiral. By mixing the ingredients of attitude and action, we can change the flavor of our own lives. Learn to nurture your body and soul to lead a more balanced life.

Be Thankful… and Celebrate Wisely By: Dr. Matthew Zimmerman

‘TIS THE SEASON IN WHICH we

gather to give thanks for all our many blessings. It’s the season where we realize that our blessings include second and third helpings of Aunt Ethel’s famous sausage stuffing paired with a full tin of Grandma Ruth’s double frosting cookies. Many of us look in the mirror and see the “magic” of the season has transformed our midsection into less muscular form. If this sounds familiar or ritualistic, you are not alone. Many of us enter the New Year with too much Christmas cheer around our bellies—which starts with Thanksgiving. However, there is good news. With a little bit of planning now, you can minimize the hard long hours of returning these “unwanted gifts.” The old adage, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” is so true. With a little forethought you can really help yourself. For example, if you know your company’s holiday party is on Thursday, then you can prepare by being aware of your caloric consumption a few days before. That does not mean you need to fast or eat only rice cakes for three days. In fact, that is the worst thing you can do. Extreme changes in your diet causes the

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body to go into lockdown mode. It thinks you are starving and will actually slow your metabolism. In turn, you can actually start gaining weight. In those party situations, where heavy hors d’oeuvres and alcohol are going to be served, for a few days before the party make healthier food choices, such as fruits and vegetables. Drink lots of water. Water not only hydrates but can give you a sense of fullness, thus you’ll avoid eating a whole platter of crab puffs as your coworkers look on in disbelief and horror. All joking aside, I cannot stress to you enough that water is your friend. Drink water until you feel your teeth are floating, and then have one more glass. Water also helps flush toxins out of your body. Hot toddies, eggnog, and many bottles of wine may be essential in listening to your in-laws as they criticize your dry turkey, your new choice of hair color, and the fact that you don’t visit Florida enough, but in the end, water is your liver’s friend. Next, exercise, exercise, exercise! “Oh my! Dr. Matt went there!”

Yes, I did! Don’t wait until New Year’s to exercise. Everyone can do some sort of exercise program, everyone. Exercise boosts your metabolism, burns calories, and helps every system in the body (such as cardiac and digestive), but will give you that boost in confidence that everyone needs during the holidays. You deserve to feel amazing and beautiful in that ugly holiday sweater that you insist is fashionable; and it doesn’t take a lot to get through the holidays unscathed. If you’ll prep, you can “Ho, ho, ho” all the way to good health (Just mind that you don’t run into that creepy guy from accounting under the mistletoe!). Happy Holidays y’all!!! Dr. Matt Dr. Matthew Zimmerman is a chiropractor at Zimmerman Family Wellness in Cornelius. For more information, visit www.zimmermanfamilywellness.com, or call 704.896.8112.


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Lake Norman Woman Magazine November 2016  

Lake Norman Woman Magazine November 2016

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Lake Norman Woman Magazine November 2016

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