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Mom loved Easter! It was her favorite holiday. This will be my 11th Easter since she passed away at the age of 66 from breast cancer. Mom loved wearing bright pastel colors to the Easter service and hiding Easter eggs around the house for my brother and me to find. A couple months ago her ex-husband Bob called and said he was in the area and he had some of Mom’s things he wanted to drop off. The largest item was our old wooden living room bookcase. As a kid, this bookcase was my internet. Books in our bookcase were my parents’ old college textbooks and high school yearbooks, the dictionary and thesaurus, the World Almanac, but most importantly the Guinness Book of World Records. The bottom cabinets contained board games Monopoly, Sorry and Clue. Not sure what to do with the bookcase, I left it in the garage and placed some of Mom’s old chemotherapy hats on the shelves. During treatments she hated being bald and wanted to keep her head warm, so she wore hats a lot. One morning, I entered the garage and saw two birds dart out of our broken garage window. Upon closer examination, I discovered they had built a nest in the bookcase. Carefully I checked to make sure there were no eggs present then lifted the nest off the shelf. I was shocked to find that the two love birds built their nest on Mom’s tweed hat. I just started laughing because I know she is watching me from the heavens. It was just another one of God’s Easter miracles and it couldn’t have come at a better time! Thanks for reading Lexington Life,

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Thursday, April 8 - Thursday, May 20th Lexington Live: Free Spring Concert Series Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for a season of music and fun at the amphitheater! Limited outdoor seating, free admission. April 8: Finesse Band April 15: Band of Oz April 22: Reggie Sullivan Band April 29: Whiskey Run May 6: The Tams May 13: Mighty Kicks May 20: Tokyo Joe Monday, April 26th Green and Growing Golf Tournament Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Rd., Lexington, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The Green and Growing Golf Tournament by the Business Development Club will support children and adults with intellectual disabilities participating in the Special Olympics South Carolina. Cash prizes for first and second place teams! Mulligans will be available for purchase at registration. Register at Eventbrite.com.

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Saturday, April 24th 20th Annual Kid’s Day of Lexington Virginia Hylton Park, 111 Maiden Ln., Lexington, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Kids of all ages will love this event! Free samples, educational safety lessons, interactive exhibits, music and guest mascot appearances throughout the day. The mission of Kid’s Day of Lexington is to “create a better community by educating and caring for families with love, honesty and laughter.” 100% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter and The Dickerson Center for Children. Saturday, May 8th Lexington Wine Walk Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington, 6:00-10:00 p.m. Join the Lexington Beautification Foundation for the 10th Annual Wine Walk on Main at the Icehouse Amphitheater! Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.com and include music, wine and a commemorative wine glass. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and have valid ID to enter. Rain or shine event, no lawn chairs will be allowed.

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I found an intriguing phrase in my Bible many years ago – “looking unto Jesus” – and it still reminds me of our best spiritual posture. You may have been someone like me who was constantly reminding my young daughters about their posture: “stand up straight,” “hold your shoulders back,” and “don’t slump.” Here’s a reminder concerning our faith posture. With so much evil in the world today distracting and burdening us, how do we walk uprightly and not bend over beneath the pressure of fear and hate? I have the answer: it’s a matter of faith. At the age of twenty, I struggled with my life, trying to find my purpose and achieve happiness. Being brought up in church, I knew about Jesus, but sadly, I did not know Him personally. But on New Year’s Eve in 1973, while attending a revival crusade, I looked up toward heaven and said, “God, if you are real, come into my life.” YES! HE is real, and HE did come into my life. I’ve been “looking unto Jesus” ever since! To look unto Jesus means looking and listening to Him: the cross, the empty tomb, and the promise of new life through new birth. I experienced that many years ago, and I’m still experiencing the wonder of His presence in my life almost 50 years later. Would you take a bold challenge today? Look unto Jesus and pray a simple prayer. You can use the one I prayed: “Lord Jesus, come into my life.” Or, for some of us who “used to” be close to God, maybe you need to look heavenward again today. Interestingly, we can return to church for Easter but never really return to God! Ouch! Since you are reading this article, maybe the Holy Spirit is sending you a faithful reminder to adjust your spiritual posture and stand up straight... by looking unto Jesus! Amen? Now, let’s work on that posture: shoulders back, chin up, and all eyes on Jesus. n

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Bob McMillan Bob McMillan discovered baseball at Bamberg High School under Coach David Horton, and went on to play third base at Newberry College (also serving as place-kicker on that college’s football team). Now he’s back on the diamond as Director of Baseball at Northside Christian Academy in Lexington, looking forward to more fun and games in the coming season. “I came to Northside in 2018,” he says. “I’m here to build and develop the baseball program, including JayVees and Varsity. We hope for a successful season this year; it’s looking good.” McMillan built a successful career for himself in farming and real estate development, but baseball has always occupied a high point in his interests. He combined those interests in 2014 by founding the South Carolina Baseball Academy, on Augusta Road in Lexington. “It’s a 14,000-square-foot indoor facility dedicated to developing skills in baseball, softball and academics,” he says. “Being indoors with all the equipment needed to work on technique and ability, it offers young people weather-proof opportunity for improvement. We set it up for coaching and tutoring, so athletes can make progress in both directions.” The Academy became affiliated with national organizations, in order to showcase successful programs locally. Once Director McMillan got his Academy on its feet, he turned his baseball strengths in another direction. In 2018, he sold the Baseball Academy to take on the role of Director of Baseball at Northside Christian Academy in Lexington. He’s enjoying this latest set of challenges. The season opener for Northside on February 23 faced Camden Military, and the schedule calls for 22 games, ending on April 22. Early workouts focused on conditioning and an emphasis on throwing. Covid restrictions have been observed meticulously, with daily temperature checks, quarantine when indicated, and wearing masks both inside and out at all times. Players and fans alike await the day when the pandemic subsides and games can entertain large crowds of supporters. The 2020 season was shortened. For 2021, two Juniors are returning as leaders at Northside, and two new transfers are boosting the ranks. Coach McMillan’s family includes his wife Laura, a graduate of Presbyterian College, two daughters Lauren who is a graduate of Berkeley School of Music in Boston and Kathryn a student at the University of South Carolina, and a son Robert, a 16-year-old on Northside’s team this year. n lexingtonlife.com

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Hank Aaron: A Humble Hero by Bill Shanahan, Co-Owner Lexington County Blowfish

June 12, 2013 – What a night in historic Capital City Stadium history when Hammerin’ Hank Aaron made a special appearance before a Blowfish baseball game. It’s quite the story as I read his book “I Had A Hammer, The Hank Aaron Story,” where Hank talks about the last-ever minor league baseball game he played for the Jacksonville Braves. I was excited to read that game was at Capital City Park vs. the Columbia Reds in 1953. Having known Hank for a number of years, I asked if he would accept my invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Always gracious, Hank wanted to make sure that members of our local Boys and Girls Club were invited to come down on the field and be a part of this event. Hank and his wife Billye started the Chasing the Dream Foundation in the hope of inspiring young people to develop their skills and pursue their passions. We had received word the stadium was being sold and would be torn down to build a Walmart. A lot of baseball fans were upset and saddened by this decision, but we decided to go out with a bang – and what bigger bang than having the all-time home run king shaking fans’ hands and talking baseball. Hank enjoyed him16 | LEXINGTON LIFE | April 2021

self immensely and was quite sentimental about the old ballpark and playing here. The huge crowd roared as Hank Aaron threw the ball for a strike. For the next hour, he sat at home plate to answer questions about his life and career asked by our own WIS TV sports director, Rick Henry. Hank Aaron hit another one out of the ballpark. He didn’t have to come up, and he didn’t ask to be paid. He came to see one last time where he played his last-ever minor league game before his brilliant career in the major leagues. He did it for friend-humbling. Yes, for sure. Baseball is about memories; once again, Hank made memories for all who attended that night at the ballpark, which was built in 1927. It’s a night that will live with us forever, as Hank Aaron wanted to give back to the fans and help the community. Hank Aaron: My Friend How was I so lucky and blessed? It all started when I had the honor to meet Hank Aaron 25 years ago. My baseball career has led me down many roads; along the way, I met some great baseball players, but what stood out about Hank Aaron is not is 755 home runs or 3,771 hits or playing in 25 Major League All-Star games. What stood out was his kindness and humility. Hank Aaron is a humble hero. Back in 1996, our baseball company was growing, and I was asked to move to Mobile, Alabama, to oversee our new AA lexingtonlife.com

team, which would play after completion of a new stadium. I had been running the Bombers at Capital City Stadium since the end of ’91 and truly happy in Columbia. After much prayer, the Shanahans made the move to the “Port City” to begin a new chapter. Mobile, Alabama, is the home of five hall of famers (tied with the city of New York and LA): Satchel Paige, Willie McCovey, Ozzie Smith, Billy Williams, and Henry Aaron. It was announced the new stadium would be named in honor of the all-time home run king: Hank Aaron Stadium. My first opportunity was at the groundbreaking ceremony in September 1996. It was quite surreal shaking Hammerin’ Hank’s hand and getting to introduce myself as the one who would be overseeing with a team of professionals the design and construction of this 6,000-capacity stadium. Over the years, I got to know Hank’s mom (Estella) and dad (Herbert), who still lived in the house that Hank’s father Herbert Aaron built with wood from the local shipyard back in 1942. I got to know his sisters and brothers, and the Aaron family was at the ballpark for games and special events like Herbert Aaron’s birthday. As time went on, Herbert passed away and Estella became sick. Hank and his wonderful wife Billye moved her to Atlanta to care for her. The house that Herbert Aaron built with his own hands was boarded up – and for a time no one know what would happen next. Along the way, and every once in a while, we all come up with an idea: We wondered about moving Hank’s childhood home to the Hank Aaron Stadium grounds. It sounded like a good idea, so I called Hank to ask what he thought. There was a long pause, a very long pause – and Hank said just thank you; he would talk to his sister and brother about it. Two weeks later, I received the call we were hoping for, as Hank and his family agreed to allow us to make it a reality. I asked Hank why he was so quiet when we talked. “I couldn’t speak, I was choked up,” he said. The dream became reality on April 14, 2010, as we dedicated and opened the Hank Aaron Childhood Home. Quite a night, as many of the greats came to pay homage to Hank: hall-of-famers Reggie Jackson, Ozzie Smith, Bob Feller, Ricky lexingtonlife.com

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Henderson, Willie Mays, and the MLB commissioner Bud Selig. The Hank Aaron Childhood Home is worth the visit if you are ever traveling through Mobile, Alabama. Thankful and humbled, our team at Hank Aaron Stadium and the city helped make this happen. Once again, Hank Aaron continued helping others by offering his family home become a historic site to visit – a true symbol of always sharing with others. One of Hank Aaron’s greatest quotes is: “My motto was always to keep swinging. Whenever I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” Pretty good life lesson, I’d say. There’s a lot more to the Hank Aaron story. I just was truly fortunate to have met not only a great baseball player, an ambassador of the game, but truly a great man. God bless Hank Aaron! Top Five Moments 1. Meeting Hank Aaron for the first time: September 1996 in Mobile, Alabama, at the groundbreaking ceremony of the stadium to be named after him. Surreal moment standing there looking at the alltime home run king and shaking his hand. Had to take a deep breath and realize that this was really happening. 2. Opening Night April 17, 1997; Hank Aaron Stadium: First game ever for 18 | LEXINGTON LIFE | April 2021

the Mobile Bay Bears (AA Affiliate/San Diego Padres) ... ushering Hank and his beautiful wife Billye and family members down onto the field for the pregame ceremonies and watching him throw out the first pitch in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 6,000 –A strike right down the middle! 3. Calling Hank in Atlanta in late fall of 2007 that I had an idea: If he would allow us to move his childhood home to the grounds of Hank Aaron Stadium (built by his father in 1942 with wood from the local shipyard, the house was boarded up after Herbert passed and Estella was not in good health; Hank and Billye moved her up to Atlanta to care for her). Two weeks later, I received the call from Hank that he had talked with his sister Alfredia and brother James; they all agreed to allow us to bring the home to the stadium, restore it and make it into the Hank Aaron Childhood Home & Museum. 4. In 2008: Having moved the boarded-up home, now to its final destination after arriving from its seven-mile trek from Toulmanville, in the center of Gaslight Park directly linked to Hank Aaron Stadium. A dedication ceremony took place, and Hank and his brother and sister walked inside of the home their father built (before the nearly three-year renovation took place) and through each room, where we had cre-

ated posters of what each room was designated for – from the family room to the small kitchen to Herbert and Estella’s bedroom to the children’s bedroom (just one bedroom for all the Aaron children). Hank was visibly moved and shared stories about his family and the love that resonated from this home. An emotional experience for all who were there. 5. April 14, 2010, Opening Night at Hank Aaron Stadium and the Grand Opening and Dedication of the Hank Aaron Childhood Home & Museum: Most magical night of my career, as some of the greatest to ever play the game came to honor Hank Aaron. Hall-of-famers Ozzie Smith (also born in Mobile), Bob Feller, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, and Willie Mays were on hand, along with the president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Jeff Idelson, and the commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bud Selig. Hank Aaron thanked the sellout crowd and shared that “This was the greatest moment of my life.” Wow! What a moment we will never forget. Hank Aaron: A Humble Hero. *Extra special moment as Vicki and I were invited to Hank’s 80th birthday celebration in Washington, DC, in 2014 as his portrait was installed at the Smithsonian. n lexingtonlife.com

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Lexington WILDCATS

The Lexington Wildcats baseball team is looking to build off last year’s 5-2 abbreviated season. Head coach Brian Hucks has a roster loaded with talented seniors that will provide for an exciting brand of high school baseball. Coach Hucks mentions his seniors that will provide leadership to his younger players. He also touts the amount of baseball experience his players have as a reason why his team should be a contender for the state championship. The Lexington Wildcat seniors include: Cal Herndon – pitcher, Landon McMahan – infielder, Blake Knight –


catcher, Ryan Toll – infielder, Wells Sykes – outfielder, Gage Goodwin – outfielder, Trad Pickney – first base, Bennett Robinson – infielder, Brantley Stroud – outfielder, Bryce Richardson – outfielder, Palmer Kirven – catcher, Landon Ingram – pitcher, Jeremy Zeltcer – pitcher, and Mason McInnis – catcher. Coach Hucks also mentions some of his underclassmen that he looks forward to contributions from this season. These Lexington Wildcat players include: Nathan Hall – infielder, Reese Marcum – pitcher, Cole Long – pitcher. Anthony Plotkin – outfielder, and Will McFarland – pitcher. The Lexington Wildcats have a lot of depth and Coach Hucks has a veteran group of assistant coaches to help him guide these young student-athletes through a rigorous 5A schedule.

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RiverBluff GATORS

River Bluff Gators’ head coach Mark Bonnette has his team primed for a successful 2021 baseball season. River Bluff had a 7-1 record before the season was cut short due to the pandemic. This year he has several seniors that he will depend upon to lead the Gators back to the playoffs. Coach Bonnette highlights several seniors who have committed to play college baseball that will be instrumental


to the success of the River Bluff Gators. Pitcher/infielder Jack Benedict (Citadel), infielder Ethan Plyer (East Tennessee State), pitcher Ethan Lebron (Newberry College), and Preston Sansone will provide both their baseball and leadership talents to the Gators. River Bluff also has some underclassmen that will be expected to contribute this season as well. Junior infielder/pitcher Zach Cowart, junior Todd Hudson, sophomore outfielder Thomas Powell, along with freshman pitcher/infielder Beau Hollins will look to provide a spark both offensively and defensively for the Gators. Coach Bonnette is excited about this year’s River Bluff Gators baseball squad. He believes the strength of the team will be its depth both pitching and hitting. He knows he has an athletic group of players and expects River Bluff to be able to score runs in a lot of different ways.

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The Northside Christian Academy Crusaders will be looking to have a big year in SCISA this season. The Crusaders are led by head coach Bob McMillan and have a roster of young, talented players. Senior outfielder Charlie Compton and fellow senior outfielder/pitcher Max McKenna are the captains for Northside Christian and will be tasked with providing leadership and run production for the Crusaders.


Coach McMillan is excited about his squad this year and will depend on his juniors and sophomores to help provide a punch to his offense. He mentions junior Zack Provenzano as a player who can handle infield, outfield and pitching duties. Other players Coach McMillan highlighted include: junior outfielder Andy Gwyn and a plethora of sophomores beginning with third baseman / pitcher Robert McMillan, pitcher / first baseman David Lee Clamp, shortstop Mikah Conner, catcher Landon Buice, infielder Dylan Judy, outfielder / pitcher Garrett Williamson, and outfielder Luke Cochran. Expect this young Crusader team to out hustle and out work their opponents. McMillan is expecting his team to hit well. “We have a very strong team offensively, he explains, “with lots of big bats all throughout our lineup.”

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White Knoll Last season the White Knoll Timberwolves stormed out to an impressive 7-0 record before their season was cut short. This year, the Timberwolves are geared up for another successful campaign. Led by head coach Blake Roland, White Knoll is primed for a big year. Coach Roland points to his senior leadership as one of the reasons why. Senior Alex Lyon is a pitcher who has committed to College of Charleston. Fellow senior pitcher Bryce Metts is headed to USC-Union next year. Junior Levi Dunn is also expected to help the White Knoll pitching staff be successful. They will be throwing to senior catcher, Dylan Johnson who will be heading to Florence Darlington Tech to play baseball next year. Also helping out in the infield will be senior first baseman, Reign Lybrand who has committed to Frances Marion for baseball. With at least four players from

White Knoll committed to playing collegiate baseball, the Timberwolves have the experience necessary to be successful in the highly competitive 5-A league. Coach Roland is excited about the season, especially the return-

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Award-winning artist Lisa Bone made the long trek from Northern California to South Carolina to be closer to her brother. That was about a year ago, and much has happened during that time. She settled into a house with a backyard studio where she creates her art. It was a new chapter in her life. “I’m new to South Carolina,” Bone says. “It’s a brand new, fresh start.” Although she moved at the start of a pandemic, she hasn’t looked back and loves where she is now. On her website, she describes her work: “I am a ceramic artist that gets to play with mud and fire by Kim Becknell Williams every day, if I want. It is a true blessing translating my feelings into clay as well as making keepsakes and memories. Clay is the perfect vehicle to celebrate life, hold memories, and visually stimulate feelings.”

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She walks to work with a convenient backyard location in Lexington. No traffic. A converted wood shop was repurposed into a ceramic studio complete with the required necessities and the artist’s finishing touches. Bone had the vision to see the potential of the building. “My studio was transformed from a basic man’s wood shop with no personality to a bright cheerful place to create art,” Bone says. “It had all the necessary things, well-insulated with a heat and air-conditioning source, but it didn’t have a welcoming feel to it, so I gave it a female’s touch.” Putting her artistic flair to work, she gave personality to her studio by decorating it the way she wanted; with creative energy. The walls were painted blue with white trim and black accents. A corrugated metal wall was added. A large stainless steel table takes center stage, where students have ample room to create their own masterpieces. Rubber baseboards and epoxied floors are practical aspects, so Bone can rinse off the floors as needed without the risk of damaging them. “The studio has plenty of workspace and enough room to comfortably move around,” she describes. “There are pottery wheels, kilns, a slab roller and all the tools necessary for clay.” A collection of art books allows students to thumb through pages to get ideas. Bone began working with pottery when she was a college student. Continuing her craft today, she focuses on working with clay mostly using the Raku method. She explains what American Raku is and how it is made. “There is fire, smoke, and an element of surprise in each firing because the results are never the same,” she says. “I jokingly refer to it as a clay sport because you don’t know if you are going to come out with a winner or loser at the end of the process.” The multistep process takes about an hour and a lexingtonlife.com

half from start to finish. It includes using a special gritty clay, extreme temperature changes, and glazing. “When firing a piece of pottery Raku, you take a glazed, bisqued piece of pottery and put it in a gas kiln and fire it to almost 1900 degrees, quickly (about an hour).” The hot piece is removed from the kiln and placed in a container of flammable material, which sets it on fire. The container is then covered to diminish the

lines for distinct, unique designs. Types of pottery pieces include vases, figurines, urns, and pots. Her Raku pottery is for decorative uses only and isn’t functional for using with food or water. Cone 6 is another method of creating pottery that is more common, as it is both functional and food safe. “I don’t do much of that compared to my Raku,” Bone says. “Because, well, so many people do functional pottery and few do Raku.”

“It is a true blessing translating my feelings into clay as well as making keepsakes and memories” oxygen. “When oxygen is limited, the fire will then pull oxygen from the glazes and that may cause flashes of metallic color like coppers,” Bone says. “The surface of the pot will crack in the glaze, and the smoke will penetrate these cracks, giving it the traditional smoke-filled lines that Raku is known for.” The end results are evident in characteristic cracks and dark

Many artists have muses that influence their work. It is the draw that impacts their art and expression. Bone’s inspiration is often found with her genuine love of horses. She is an equestrian who brought her horse with her from California. She also serves as a caregiver for two other horses. This passion for horses has been a specific influence for her customApril 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 33

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artist in El Dorado, California. At the time, her artwork was exhibited in three galleries – and it got noticed. The award was a write-in contest, unlike a check-off ballot. “It was a huge compliment because it wasn’t based on predetermined choices,” she says. “I didn’t even know it was going on, and I got a call I had won … and when the ceremony was. [It was] certainly an honor seeing as there are many kinds of art and artists.” While Bone makes pottery masterpieces using what inspires her, she also does contract work. Unique, customized artwork is available for those who want something suited to them personally. In addition to making individual pottery pieces, Bone helps teach others to work with clay. She holds group workshops, home school classes, and art lessons in her studio. “Since I have started my life completely over again,” she says, “I’m excited for just about everything.” n

ized Horse Hair designs. “There is a very special relationship and connection that people have to their horses,” Bone explains. “It’s unique to the equine/human bond. You trust them with your life, and they trust you with theirs.” When a horse dies, it can be a tragic loss to the owner. Bone knows the pain and has found a

mixed media, finding art in unlikely objects. With a little imagination and vision, everyday items can become unique relics. Using props like old typewriters, ribbons, and books, she makes extraordinary pottery pieces. “When I see an interesting object,

“Since I have started my life completely over again,I’m excited for just about everything.” way to create remembrance pieces, incorporating some of the horse’s tail hair into pottery. Tail hair is burned into a design to make an everlasting keepsake. The process heats a piece of pottery to a piping hot 1300 degrees. Then the pottery is carefully removed from the kiln, and the Horse Hair is placed on it while it’s hot. This causes carbon to seer into the clay creating permeated lines. The finished piece is a distinctive work of art with lasting memories for the horse’s owner to treasure. One like no other. A dedicated artist, she has lots of creative ideas and sometimes works with lexingtonlife.com

sometimes it will show me that there is a meaning attached to it that can be translated to the human condition,” she says of working with mixed media. “I look for objects that have character.” She has several Ladies’ Movement pieces that mean a lot to her. Part of her collection includes artwork like “Measuring Up” with a tape measure and “Holding My Place” with a book. She anticipates delving more into this art form. All of this artistic talent brought an unexpected award in 2018. Bone was recognized as “Best of the Best” local April 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 35

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as Coronavirus Mandates Lift As states slowly begin to reopen for business, more people will begin going back to work. Whether you view this as positive or negative, we can agree that it will take some time for the economy to bounce back. Many companies have new policies in place to reduce customer risk from the virus. Larger venues such as theaters and concert spaces may remain closed for the rest of the year. Some people will continue to remain at home because they are at high risk for infection, have family members who may be at risk, and some have realized that they are happier working remotely. Incomes have been severely reduced if not eliminated for millions of workers, and families are searching for inexpensive ways to entertain themselves in the safety of the home environment. As restrictions are gradually lifted in each state some of these opportunities may begin to disappear, so take advantage of your free time while you have it. Fortunately, numerous businesses have stepped up during this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic to provide free services and products. Limited-time free access to TV shows, movies, music lessons, workout routines, books, cooking lessons and virtual tours of the world’s greatest museums has never been greater. For people who want to make a little extra money on the side, online retailing offers some inexpensive opportunities. Here are several free and productive activities to occupy part of your time. 1. Stream movies and TV from more than two dozen sources. Sitting in front of the TV for hours on end may not be the most productive use of your time, but it can be entertaining and educational for people of all ages. Numerous services are offering free 30-day trial periods including CBS All Access, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, Sling TV and Apple TV. Children can enjoy favorite shows on Noggin with a 60-day trial or Disney+ for seven days. If you want to learn something new, the Smithsonian Channel Plus and the History Channel offer 30-day free trials. You can also get a free month of Acorn TV (British shows), Shudder (horror movies), Cinemax, YouTube TV, Lifetime Movie Club and A&E Crime Central. Just remember to mark your calendar to cancel your free trial a day before it is scheduled to renew and you won’t pay a cent for these entertaining diversions.

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before the promotion period ends. It’s a no-cost way to see if you enjoy selling on eBay, while turning the clutter around your house into cash. 4. Read and Listen. DC Universe is providing more than two dozen “essential reads” on its website, including comics featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Superman, Swamp Thing and the Justice League. Marvel Unlimited is offering free access to many of its iconic story lines. These include Amazing Spider-Man 1-10, Incredible Hulk 92-105 (Planet Hulk), Secret Wars 1-9, Captain America: Winter in America 1-6 and issues featuring Black Panther, Fantastic Four, Captain Marvel and Venom. This would also be a perfect time to enjoy audiobooks you have had on your list for a while and delve further into podcasts! Check out Audible and Amazon for their current free listings. Get inside tips on starting a new hobby, improving your living space, embracing a new language, or learn how to better manage finances. The sky is the limit! 5. Get Musical. Learn how to play a new instrument; online vocal and instrumental music lessons have experienced a huge increase in demand. If you have always wanted to learn how to play acoustic or electric guitar, ukulele or bass, Fender is offering free online lessons at fender.com. Use your phone, tablet or computer to get high-quality video lessons and you will be playing your favorite songs in no time. You can also create that special playlist that you have been thinking about-log into your favorite music app and take time to choose just the right songs for exercise, family time, road trips, meditation, work hours and sleep. Share and compare these lists with friends for an extra treat. 6. Tour a museum or zoo. Dozens of museums are open for tours via computer. These include The Louvre, the world’s largest art museum and the British Museum, famous for its displays of the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. Tour the Sistine Chapel as part of the Vatican Museum’s virtual tour or take a 360-degree room-by-room tour of every exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. If wildlife is more to your liking, you can enjoy the Atlanta Zoo’s Panda Cam livestream or visit polar bears, lions and koalas on the San Diego Zoo website. African penguins and Beluga whales get the spotlight during an online visit to the Georgia Aquarium, and you can visit a variety of habitats and creatures during a floor-by-floor virtual tour of Baltimore’s National Aquarium. 7. Learn to cook. This is your chance to binge watch cooking tutorials or take free virtual cooking lessons from culinary masters online. What a perfect time to shock your family with a 6 course meal with all the trimmings and perhaps even elaborate decorations. Try YouTube, Bon Appetit Video Channel, Instagram, or take lessons from Julia Child on the Amazon Prime series “The French Chef’. This would also be a perfect time to brush up on your knowledge of wines and which foods they are best paired with for an exquisite meal, or create that recipe book you have always wanted to write! There is no excuse for saying you’re bored or there is nothing to do. Being stuck at home does not mean you can’t learn a new skill, develop your talent or tour the world, and you can do all of this and more for free. Allow yourself to view this period of time as an opportunity to reboot your thinking, revitalize your body and reinvigorate your mind. n 40 | LEXINGTON LIFE | April 2021

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The Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center honored Midlands businesses and professionals at its virtual Chamber Awards on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. “The Chamber is proud to honor outstanding businesses and individuals who have made contributions to our community,” said Angelle LaBorde, Chamber President & CEO. “We believe a part of our mission is to provide awareness and recognition to those who excel in their professions.” Thompson Funeral Home received the Small Business of the Year Award. Tidewater Boats received the Large Business of the Year Award Oneal Staples, VP and Commercial Banker at Ameris Bank, received the Young Professional of the Year Award. Amy Devore Walden, Human Resources Recruiter for The Babcock Center, received the Ambassador of the Year Award. Nancy Hutto received the Mike Till Impact Award. A 4-Star Accredited Chamber, The Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center has been creating a community that grows business for more than 60 years. Through services, advocacy and education for its 750 shareholders, the Chamber and Visitors Center strives to promote business prosperity and a thriving community. To learn more about the Chamber and the Lexington area, visit www.lexingtonsc.org.

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Through The Kaleidoscope

Attitude Adjustment by Renee Love, PhD

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.” “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” —Philosopher William James

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uccess. We all want it, but how many of us are willing to actually work for it? One huge factor that influences success, and one you can control, is your attitude or mindset. Yes, the right mindset will cultivate success, empowering one to reach goals, while the wrong one will diminish spontaneity, lower self-confidence, and stall progress, creating a cage of misery. So how can we keep the right mindset or attitude? This is easier said than done; you may have to learn new skills, take time for personal evaluation, make gradual changes to your daily routine, and force yourself to see situations from a different perspective. Especially in uncomfortable situations, or if we are struggling to change something in our lives, get out of a rut, or overcome a problem, we must implement this method of viewing challenges as opportunities. Think of this journey, or “The Turn of the Mind” as I call it, toward the right mindset as an “opportunity” to view life from a fresh, brilliant new angle. Let’s call it our “kaleidoscope.” Much like one can see different colors and images in a kaleidoscope by adjusting its lens, we can view things differently by shifting our perspective. As we turn the kaleidoscope box, the colors, shapes, and patterns change. However, the objects inside the kaleidoscope didn’t actually change; our experience and awareness of the objects have changed. So, as we transform our attitude about a topic, our experience of the event, and sometimes even our response to the event, can change in multiple ways. In the kaleidoscope and in our mind, an action has to occur (a turn of the kaleidoscope; a shift in our thoughts) before any other change lexingtonlife.com

can take place. Psychologist Wayne Dyer describes the process of changing perspective as follows: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Initially, I was baffled by Dyer’s paradox, but, as I pondered Dyer’s observation, I realized how important my own thoughts are in my feelings of contentment or dissatisfaction. Our thoughts about a situation have an impact on the situation as well as on our ability to succeed in that situation. As a humorous example of this strategy of how to change perspective or attitude, when my son Gray was a young child, there was an occasion in which we had gone too long without mowing the grass in the backyard. I was making dinner one evening when Gray excitedly called from the porch, “Mom! Mom! Look! It’s beautiful!” His voice bubbled with joy and wonderment, and, as I made the short trip from the kitchen to the back porch, I imagined what enchanting happening was occurring in the backyard. I anticipated seeing unexpected guests in the yard – like deer or hawks or owls. Maybe a litter of baby animals had wandered into the yard or our Night-Blooming Cereus, which only blooms once a year, had started to bloom. Much to my surprise, when I looked from the back door into the yard, the only thing I could see was yellow everywhere: It seemed the entire backyard was filled with dandelions. Like Gray, I had never seen so many dandelions in one place. As the person responsible for mowing the yard, my first impression of the yard was like a horticultural horror show – the image of unwanted weeds. My view of the backyard was different from Gray’s “view.” For Gray, the scene was idyllic and pastoral, a beautiful field of yellow flowers. I turned the kaleidoscope in my mind and shifted from seeing weeds to seeing flowers, and I smiled at this new way of seeing the world (though also noted the need to mow the yard as soon as possible). My students and I often read an essay with a similar theme – about the connections between thoughts and the reality we experience – James Allen’s “As a Man Thinketh.” Much like the philosopher William James, Allen emphasizes that our mindset influences our experience of reality. Allen’s point may strike some lexingtonlife.com

as obvious, but the point is a profound one: “Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplished anything and never can.

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“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” They lead to failure.” Allen’s lesson is that one’s thoughts affect the lens through which one sees the world as well as our reality and the outcomes of our endeavors. The idea is to recognize that the mindset you bring to situations influences what you see. Practice viewing situations from more than one perspective, so that you can see more than just one angle in a given situation, shifting your attitude. When problems arise, which they do for all of us, identify not only the problem but how you can view the problem as a learning opportunity, blessing, or in some other framework. I had no idea (until my child reminded me) that dandelions could be viewed as beautiful, yellow flowers. Granted, I still mowed the lawn, and I don’t want dandelions in the yard, but my point is that we all have choices about how to view each situation. We can choose to bring a negative or a positive view. Learning how to choose one’s mindset,

and personal success. The next time you feel frustrated by what seems a problem, practice turning the kaleidoscope in your mind; learn to view the situation from different angles and adjust your attitude, even if only for a few moments. I have experienced more than once what James described when he said, “If you can change your mind, you can change your life.” A situation that initially seemed a disappointment may be the beginning of something wonderful. n Renee is a writer and teacher as well as mother to three children, two dogs, and three cats. She enjoys writing about life lessons, love and relationships, the meaning of life, and the mindset of success. You may contact her at creneelove@ gmail.com.

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he death of a child is considered the single worst stressor a person can endure. Linda and Vaden Chavis were facing a terrible and sudden loss. As a result of their time spent close to their son at the Burn Center, the Chavis’s recognized the importance of family support during such a fragile time. So, in 2002 they founded the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House. The Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House is a powerful and uplifting example of humanity and empathy. It fulfilled the need for future family members to stay close, while their loved ones received treatment in the Burn Center. For Jeff’s family, it would keep his memory alive.

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Linda McKnight, president and CEO of the Burn Foundation of America in Augusta, Georgia, reflected that a large percentage of the public is unaware of the largest burn center in the United States. Unless we have experienced a close friend or family member involved in serious burn injuries, it is unlikely we’d have reason to reflect upon it. Jeff’s and others’ stories are important for the public to hear. Once we learn about the Burn Center and Chavis House, there are ways we can help. In 1978, Dr. Joseph Still teamed with Doctors Hospital in Augusta to build one of the world’s leading treatment facilities for burn patients. He founded The Burn Foundation in lexingtonlife.com

1988 to help burn patients and their families with nonmediwoman their “Executive Assistant.” McKnight says, “She is an cal necessities. ambassador for the organization and understands how much Before the inception of the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House, Ms. the Chavis House means to the families of burn patients. She McKnight remembers family members sleeping on chairs in the plays an important role in helping us out at the foundation.” waiting area of the Burn “She is finally living Center, or in their cars, the life,” McKnight says. to be near their loved One can feel the affecones. Dr. Still knew it tion and deep respect was crucial for patients for her young friend to have family members and burn survivor in close by, certain that McKnight’s voice. it made a difference in Asked how patients, their healing. who have sustained dis— Jim Puckett, burn survivor “We see that every figuring scars, months single day,” McKnight of physical therapy, and says. “We started out the psychological scars where our administration offices are now, with men’s and that come with their injuries, are able to move forward and suswomen’s dorm rooms, several beds in each room, and sepatain their recovery, McKnight responds with the positivity that rate bathrooms for the men and women.” defines her. “Currently, the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House has 17 rooms, “The Care Team at JMS doesn’t let patients wallow in self-pity. which can house 40 people in one night. It has made a disThey constantly challenge and encourage them. I overheard one tinct difference for our patients. There is even a children’s particular nurse telling her patient, ‘Oh no, no, no, you’re not room included now. Local churches bring meals in every day, going to lie there. We need to get you up and going.’ They presand guests have their own bedroom and share some of the ent firm but caring support and help patients recover.” common areas. Patients with severe burn injuries come at all “I have so much respect for the caretakers; I don’t know times of the day and night. Upon arrival, families are welcomed how do they do it, day in and day out. This is pretty traumatic and provided a ‘goody bag’ with water and snacks.” stuff happening to people. Yet, they take care of their patients McKnight has met many families over the years and rememevery day, even little children, which would have to be so heartbers them all. One family’s son arrived from Mississippi and breaking and difficult to do. It’s really a special person that ended up at the Burn Center for seven months. His mother works at JMS.” moved into the Chavis House for the extended stay. Initially wary of being around other people, she preferred her private space to deal with the trauma of her child’s injuries. Within a month of her stay, she was welcoming others into the center, telling them, “You are going to love it here. Those in similar circumstances here will be your support system.” The peace of having an available place to stay during that extended time, and the support of others who knew what she was going through, was just one of the many kinds of care provided for families. McKnight credits the mother in the story for sparking others to mentor one another in the house. One particular burn victim stands out in Linda McKnight’s time at the center. In 2014, a young South Carolina woman was brutally attacked by her husband, doused in gasoline, and set on fire, left to burn alive. Incredibly, she was able to escape and was airlifted to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. The young woman’s frantic parents left from their home in Minnesota to be at their daughter’s side. During their daughter’s seven months of hospitalization, her parents were present for every visitation, physician consultation, and support group meeting related to her recovery. Confined to her hospital bed with burns covering 75 percent of her body, the young woman lived for those moments when her mother and father could visit and assure her that she was not alone on her journey. Additional unwelcome news arrived during her ordeal, when she was told she would be unable to have a child. Now 38, she is remarried and, after a high-risk pregnancy, the mother of a two-year-old child. The staff call this young

There are not enough trees in the forest for me to write my gratitude to the people at JMS. They took care of me AND my family. Words cannot express my feelings.


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“I learn from the patients every day. These people have come through an incredible healing process. It puts the things I used to believe were serious in my life in perspective,” she says. It is impossible to read about Jeffrey Chavis and his www.burnfoundation.net parents, or the young lady Burn Foundation who recovered from her of America terrible domestic violence 3614 J. Dewey attack, without a change in Gray Circle perspective. We can learn a Augusta, GA great deal from those who spread goodwill and encourage positive accomplishments to others from their own misfortunes. Linda McKnight follows-up many of her stories with positivity and hope. She loves what she does, and it shows in her passion for the people she meets every day. The importance of family support and the support of others suffering similar pain cannot be understated – in any difficult situation in life. But especially at the Augusta Burn Unit. At its excellent website, you can learn more about what the Jeffrey Chavis House provides for burn victims and their families. Its mission states: “The Burn Foundation provides assistance to families of burn patients being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. This includes lodging at the Chavis House, daily meals, and transportation – all free of charge. In addition, The Burn Foundation assists patients upon discharge with services related to their return to independent living. This includes medication, antiscarring garments, and transportation for follow-up medical visits.” If you are interested in donating, there is a tab to do so on its page. Click on the Donate tab, where you can earmark it for the Jeffrey Chavis House, direct patient services, or even children’s services. The need for JMS (Joseph M. Still) services continues to grow. At present, it is the largest burn center in the United States. It recently opened the Fred Mullins Tower, a separate lexingtonlife.com

unit from the hospital building itself. Currently at full capacity, it also needs to expand on the Chavis House. “In the last two or three years, they’ve grown over 30 percent! That will continue to happen, as they keep expanding the hospital,” says McKnight. Linda McKnight loves to visit the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House in the mornings while people are getting up and having their coffee. Listening to families share their individual stories and the amazing things that have happened there at the Burn Center in Augusta is uplifting and hopeful. She says, “Burn survivors have such a positive attitude, even go on ‘thank you tours’ after they get better. They help us share what the Burn Center provides.” If ever there were a heartfelt cause to support, the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House (Burn Foundation) is one of them. Please visit its website and learn about all it provides for its patients and families. Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House was named as a tribute to someone who deserves the honor, and his family has created a vital gift for future families. Our help can keep the flame burning. n

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss together chicken, broccoli, red bell pepper, garlic, Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, dill weed, salt, almonds and onion. Unroll crescent roll dough, and arrange flat on a medium baking sheet. Pinch together perforations to form a single sheet of dough. Using a knife or scissors, cut 1-inch wide strips in towards the center, starting on the long sides. There should be a solid strip about 3 inches wide down the center, with the cut strips forming a fringe down each side. Spread the chicken mixture along the center strip. Fold the side strips over chicken mixture, alternating strips from each side. Pinch or twist to seal. Brush braided dough with the egg white. Bake in the preheated oven 25 to 28 minutes, or until golden brown. GREEN GRAPE SALAD 4 lb. seedless green grapes 1-8 oz. package cream cheese 1-8 oz. container sour cream 1/2 c. white sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 4 oz. chopped pecans 2 tbsp. brown sugar Wash and dry grapes. In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Add grapes and mix until evenly incorporated. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans, mix again and refrigerate until serving.


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’ve been helping a close friend who’s new to gardening. We’ve talked of soil science and plot geometry and seeds and plant spacing and tractor spacing and weather and weeds. He said: “Dern, there’s a lot to know. Last year was my first garden, and I figured out I needed a little help.” I said: “Yep, nobody’s born knowing this stuff. You’ve got to learn it, but you’ll be fine.” Folks are funny about gardens. Most everyone admires a pretty garden. But they’ll tell you they can buy food cheaper than they can grow it, and that’s true. They’ll say it’s too dang much work, and that’s a fact. They can’t stand the heat, or the gnats, or the way a hoe handle fits their hand. They’ll say they ain’t worried about having a garden. “I’ll just get my food at the grocery store.” But watch a man in his mid-fifties marry a lovely woman who brings along two young grandkids to raise, and he knowingly signs up for all that entails. And then you throw in a little toilet paper shortage along the way, and pretty soon that man who signed up to be a good husband is pondering what he will do on the off-chance something goes wrong with the food supply. It’s a pretty strong thing to have a man approach you and say he’s concerned about much of anything, because men just don’t easily do that sort of thing. But it’s a whole ‘nuther level for a man to approach you and say: “I’ve got to be able to feed my wife and those kids no matter what happens. Will you help me understand how to make this garden work?” I visited my friend’s garden yesterday. I took him some broccoli plants to set out. He and his wife planted two rows of potatoes ten days ago, but they aren’t up yet. He took the little bucket of broccoli plants and the three of us looked at the garden. We could hear the younguns playing across the yard. She said: “Well, it doesn’t look like much.” I said: “Man, look at it! It’s neat as a pin, and you got good weather coming. One thing’s for sure -- you’ll eat this year.” “What do you mean?” “That’s what Daddy always said every time he’d come to see my garden in early spring.” “Why did he say that?” “Well, he talked about growing up in Kansas during the Dust Bowl in the ‘30’s. It didn’t rain for three years. Nobody had anything. He said it was the simplest time of his life.” My friend said: “How could that have been simple?” Daddy said: “Son, you’d be surprised how simple things are when you’re hungry. We only worried about one thing every day -- whether we were going to eat that day. Not what we were going to eat, but if we were going to eat.” My friend’s wife said: “Well, that makes it pretty clear, doesn’t it?” April 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 67

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