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16 INSIDE the ISSUE It’s crazy to think that I have a child about to graduate high school and head off to The Citadel in the fall. Where did the time go? It seems like yesterday we were camping out at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian to make sure he was enrolled in their preschool program. I am very proud of Joey and the young man he has become. When we started Lexington Life in 2004, he was five years old and we have done a family picture every month since then. It is suddenly apparent to both Donna and me that our family dynamic is about to change when he departs for college this summer. I have begun to cherish my time spent with him more lately. I think he was slightly annoyed with how many senior prom pictures we took of him and his date Cameron, but that’s what parents do. I could hear Mom in heaven saying, “I told you Todd that one day you’d understand why I stayed up and worried about you until you got home.” She was right, of course, as Donna and I waited anxiously until Joey got home from his senior prom. The timing was perfect since Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I constantly gain an increased appreciation for all that Mom did for my brother and me growing up. I wish I could hug her and tell her thank you in person. I miss her very much. Enjoy your Mother’s Day and hug your Mom extra tight. Thanks for reading Irmo Chapin Life. Todd Shevchik

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There is a story in the Bible that is so famous, it has leapt off the pages and crossed into our cultural lexicon. The story of the Good Samaritan is one that even those unfamiliar with the Bible have heard. The story, told by Jesus in Luke 10:25–3, details the account of a man who is beaten and left for dead, then ignored by his fellow countrymen and ultimately rescued by a hated enemy. As a result, we, to this day, still refer to anyone who unexpectedly does a good deed as a “Good Samaritan.” The story is a lesson about how we are to treat one another – with grace and acceptance rather than prejudice and suspicion. In our day, we understand that discriminating against people is wrong, so we have developed alternate approaches as tools for harmony with others. Some promote tolerance, which is just being in someone’s presence without open hostility. Consideration goes farther by fostering appreciation for someone else’s point of view and perhaps even taking his or her opinion into account. On the surface, these two seem like noble goals, but they are actually pretty low bars to step over – and both fall woefully short of what Jesus was actually instructing. The word Jesus uses in his story is akin to our word compassion, which means to have great affection for someone else, to walk in that person’s shoes and feel his or her hurt, to understand his or her point of view. While compassion for one another is much more difficult, it is also essential. After loving God, loving others is the second half of Jesus’ teaching about how to live a God-honoring life. So, while we do not always have to agree with others, if we want to live as God would have us live, we might need to go farther than we think. n

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Irmo–Chapin LEADER by Kristi Antley

Kristen Cobb Kristen Cobb, executive director of the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College in Irmo, has one main goal: to reach as many people as possible with the cultural experience of live acting, dancing, and singing. Her relationship with theatre began in Camden, South Carolina, acting in high school performances and working for the Patchwork Players. Originally from Florida, she obtained a degree in broadcast journalism from USC and worked on film and commercial projects with ABC affiliates. “Prior to settling into the arts administration world, I quickly began to realize the value of theatre in the lifelong relationships I made and saw a parallel to sports. Preparing for and executing a show is a collaborative ‘team’ effort of strength, skill, timing, and patience that fosters a healthy dynamic,” explains Kristen. “There is so much more that goes on behind the scenes to shape and mold memories for a lifetime.” She gained valuable insight and expertise in her 10 years as executive director of the Fine Arts Center in Kershaw County in Camden and influenced local businesses to invest in and promote theatre through marketing. Such a position requires flexibility and spans from screening auditions to choosing performances to stage-specific operations, along with raising her two beautiful children, a son who is a freshman in college and a daughter who is a freshman in high school. In a world of texts and emails, her passion is to encourage children and adults to step out of their comfort zone and witness live theatre for themselves, making the experience up-close and personal. An intrinsic asset, the 400-seat venue makes an economic impact on Irmo and surrounding cities bringing in revenue from dinner, clothing, and hotel accommodations. The state-of-the-art facility can be rented for business or family functions, performances, speakers, or special events and partners with local children’s theaters, The Recreation Commission and the Chapin Community Theater. While education, training, and opportunities on stage are available for students, it is a misconception that only local and college talent is showcased. Masterclasses, mentoring, and interaction between visiting accomplished artists and performers are not only encouraged but facilitated. Many prestigious tours of unique and high caliber are held, such as Columbia City Jazz, the Philharmonic and the Texas Tenors, and are highlighted by the state-of-the-art lighting and sound features. It is one of the only outlets for modern dance as opposed to the traditional dance-like ballet that people often expect. Quality, education, and professionalism are of upmost importance, and volunteers are always needed to serve as ushers, concession staff, and marketing assistants. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience – and performances sell out fast. Pricing is set to make it possible for everyone to attend, with affordable ticket packages available for families and groups. Most of the shows are appropriate for preteens and older, but there are a few that are appropriate for younger children, and there is always something for everyone. A full listing of performance schedules and descriptions with prices can be found at www.harbisontheatre.org. n irmochapinlife.com

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nning Like a typical high school senior, Ballard is looking forward to graduating soon. His favorite subjects are “factual” classes such as science and history, since the latter “teaches us where we have been,” he says. In his free time, he enjoys playing music on his keyboard, and he never misses an episode of Jeopardy. “Because of my memory,” he explains. “I’m good at it.” Unlike most students, however, Miller was diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity as an infant. According to the National Eye Institute, this medical condition is one of the most common causes of visual loss in childhood and can lead to lifelong vision impairment and blindness. Even so, Miller says, “My blindness has not really affected my life too much since I have always been this way. I don’t know anything else.” One of Miller’s high school teachers, Mrs. Lori Latham says that “his vision impairment does not keep him from accomplishing his goals. The fact that he is on the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) spectrum does not prohibit him either. It would be understandable for Miller to say, ‘I can’t,’ in school and in other activities, but he doesn’t. He also inspires me because he is happy and loves his family.” Both Miller and Latham recollect that they first met when the student body voted to elect him as the freshman prince for the school’s annual homecoming court. “He was very handsome in his bow tie,” Mrs. Latham recalls, and after that she would see him in the hall and tell him hello. As Chapin High’s instructor in anatomy, biology and human growth and development, Latham became better acquainted with Miller when he enrolled in one of her classes during his junior year. “At first, I was reluctant to have him in irmochapinlife.com

my anatomy class,” she remembers. “I was scared that I would not know how to teach a visually impaired student about the intricacies of the human body. We go in-depth with cells and how cells make tissues, which make organs, and so on. It is difficult for students that can see and view animations of how our cells work, so I feared that it would be too difficult for him. Boy was I wrong!” Miller’s vision teacher, June Pierce, and

In early March, a group of Chapin High School seniors completed the Run Hard 5K Half Marathon in downtown Columbia. For one of the members of this school-sponsored Chapin Fitness Club, Miller Ballard, this run was more than just a simple race. With pure determination and support from a dedicated Chapin High School teacher, Ballard stepped across that finish line as a true champion, determined to not let his differences defeat him.

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his assistant, Rose Kuskey, worked diligently to make sure all of his notes were in braille and that he had access to the braille version of an anatomy textbook. The district also purchased 3D models, and built 3D models for him. Lathan says she was astounded at how well he did in her class. “It just goes to show you that you cannot discount anyone!” A Winthrop graduate who has been teaching throughout South Carolina for 16 years, Latham and her husband moved to Columbia to be closer to family, and when she went to the district fair, she says she fell in love with Chapin High School. As a member of the school’s teaching staff for the past eleven years, she is also one of the coaches for Chapin High’s Fitness Club, which promotes a 5K run for the school’s seniors. The Fitness Club started training seniors four years ago, beginning with a group of 11 runners, and growing to 25 students this year. In total, 88 seniors have completed a half-marathon since the program was launched. “Most of them have never even run a 5K,” says Latham. “The amount of planning and communication and encouragement that goes into organizing the half-marathon

training group is incredible. These students exemplify the meaning of ‘I can do it’!” When Latham was watching a road race and noticed a visually impaired man finish with the help of another runner, she thought of including Miller in Chapin’s senior fitness program.

a slow pace, and eventually they were able to cover several miles at a stretch. “The biggest challenge has been how exhausting running can be,” says Miller. “You have to have a lot of endurance.” Physical fitness has not been the only benefit of this partnership.

“We all have our own obstacles; it is important that we don’t get into the ‘I can’t’ mindset. Rather, we should find a way to change to the ‘how can I’ mindset. Miller is a perfect example of this mindset.” “Mrs. Latham talked to me about someone she saw at a race and thought it would be a good idea to try [it] with me,” Miller recalls. Several months before the scheduled race, Latham began her training with Miller by tying two tube socks together, and ran with Miller as they each held an opposite end. Because he had never seen anyone run before, at first, he would “run with his knees,” Latham says, by stepping very high, but over time, his stride improved. They started by running short distances at

“Mrs. Latham has motivated and encouraged me to set and reach goals, not just with running but also life. By running with her, I have learned to trust others and improve my confidence,” says Miller. When Latham set out to help Miller to achieve this ambitious goal, she was already inspired by him. “Our disabilities should not define us,” she says. “We all have our own obstacles; it is important that we don’t get into the ‘I can’t’ mindset. Rather, we should find a way to change to the ‘how can I’ mindset.

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Mother’s Day is already around the corner, but this year costly and superfluous cards, flowers, or jewelry aren’t necessary to show the special woman in your life the love and appreciation for all she does. Some time to relax and enjoy the family without her to-do list are among the most valuable gifts to her – even better, they are free.

Dr. Louann Brizendine, a neuropsychiatrist from the University of California San Francisco, told Live Science that, due to all of the physical, hormonal, and emotional changes that come with motherhood, “She needs everything else to be as predictable as possible, including the husband.” Having needs taken care of is appreciated by moms far longer than the newborn phase, too. A mom is always looking out for others and, almost always, puts her own needs and desires aside to take care of her family 365 days a year, usually without anyone else taking note. This Mother’s Day, consider turning the tables and showering her with one, two, or all of the following gifts, which are more precious than anything sold in stores. 22 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | MAY/JUNE 2018

Let her sleep in. For most parents, especially when the kids are younger, lounging in bed late is like a distant memory slowly fading away. The mere fantasy of lingering in bed until full daylight is more luxurious than a bite into the tastiest chocolate truffle. So, even if the kids are fighting, tummies are hungry, or the in-laws are calling, simply taking care of it so she can sleep in is a gift in itself. She will have so much more love and appreciation for the family when she can get out of bed later. Give her a gift made by the family. For the woman who enjoys receiving thoughtful presents as a token of love, gift her with something made together with the kids. If they are in preschool or elementary school, chances are they will make something in class anyway. If not, give them pens, crayons, paper, or Play-Doh and irmochapinlife.com


have them create something of their own for Mom. A gift or card made especially for her by the family will touch her heart more deeply than anything purchased at a store. Clean the house. It might seem like a tall order – but remember that she keeps the house clean all year long without question. The kids can even help out on this one. It can be as simple as doing the dishes, wiping down the sinks, picking clothes up off the floor, or putting the toys in boxes and on shelves. By picking one job and everyone working together, it won’t take more than 30 minutes. One less task on her list to think about is more valuable to her than another necklace to stash in her jewelry box for the next date night out. Take an outing with the family. Few things make a mom happier than being with her family to share fun, smiles, and laughter together. It’s the act of togetherness, not the activity itself, that brings her joy. A day at the beach, a nature hike, or a trip to the playground together, if the kids are young, is far more meaningful than a day at the spa without her most cherished loved ones. Have dinner together. Though this might already be a given, for many family dinners unintentionally become a time of distraction and chaos. So put away the phones, turn off the baseball, shut off the TV. No matter who prepares the food that day, enjoy the meal together by giving your family your undivided attention. The gift of mindful presence is more savory to her than dining out at a five-star restaurant. Because moms experience so many mental and emotional fluctuations while taking care of the family year-round, a relaxed mind and extra reasons to smile will be the most appreciated gifts from her man. Consider the above simple, and free, Mother’s Day gifts to show love and gratitude this year to the special woman in your life.n 

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If you are like millions of other parents around the United States, the quality of your children’s educations gets a top spot on your list of priorities. While public education is still an excellent option for some, and homeschooling works best for others, the option of sending your child to a local private or charter school is a viable one here in Lexington. By definition, a private school is one that is funded in whole or in part by charging tuition fees and therefore does not rely on any state government funding. Therefore, private schools are operated by a nongovernment organization or agency. Charter schools are publicly funded, privately run schools. Ed Davis, owner of Davis Orthodontics and former board chairman at East Point Academy, a local charter school option, says, “Charter schools can bring more diverse options for students as well as faculty. Along with administration, we were able to create unique learning opportunities with school wide Mandarin immersion as well as incorporating cultural diversity into every day activities.” With so many different styles, environments, philosophies, and curriculum, making the choice between options has the potential to overwhelm. With the right research and information, this proirmochapinlife.com

cess can be made less stressful and help ensure a positive outcome for the children, parents, and school. There are a variety of factors to consider, but it may be helpful to start with taking stock of your child’s individual needs, strengths, and overall personality. What sort of environment does your child need to be in in order to thrive? Does he or she need a smaller class size? Co-ed classes? What are your child’s interests? Would the child do better in a school with a strong sports program or does he or she have a more artistic bent? Do you, the parent, want your child to attend a school with a religious or secular curriculum? Think about your child’s current school and why it is that you want to move him or her in the first place. Is there anything that your child has wanted to do in school but hasn’t been able to? Do you want a school that offers grade levels K–12, where your child can remain for several years? Northside Christian Academy in Lexington, offers care for children six weeks old to grade 12. Pastor Scott Crede, Head of Schools, says, “I have a number of people ask what makes Northside Christian Academy special. Simply put, we place God first in everything that we do. God’s word is integrated in every class, whether it’s history, math, MAY/JUNE 2018

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science, art, or physical education.” Don’t forget about your own needs in this process. How far are you willing to drive every day in order to get your child to school on time? Can you afford private school tuition? What is your budget cap? Will there be buses available to transport children to and from school? Is there before or after school care? Fortunately, many private schools offer reasonable tuition rates. Don’t hesitate to inquire about scholarships that may be available for academic abilities, athletic abilities, or financial need. Administrator at Grace Christian School in Lexington, Chris Martin, says, “For over 45 years, Grace Christian School has provided Midlands’ families with a Biblically-based education for training children mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually. GCS has the complete program of high academic standards, athletics for 7-12th grade, and instruction in the arts (choir, band, orchestra, art).” After determining your child’s and your family’s list of needs and wants in a school, it’s time to schedule those tours. Schedule tours with each school that remains on your list of potential good fits. All the research in the world can’t take the place of a one-onone, first-hand experience. Consider arriving with a list of questions you have thought of for admissions or staff. Questions to consider: Is the library updated and well equipped? How often are textbooks and classroom materials reviewed and updated? What is the school’s homework policy? Discipline policy? Safety policy? How does the school communicate with parents? Tony Fajardo, Headmaster of Ben Lippen School, says, “We must continue to equip students and establish leaders to go out and impact their homes, jobs, churches, and communities. This is the time we need to get serious about helping the next generation of young people

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develop a biblical worldview. When we get this accomplished, our young people will be able to stand on their faith and for their faith no matter where the Lord places them in the future.”If your child will be a high school student, you may consider whether the school has a particular academic focus, such as science or academics. Does the school offer vocational training? Does the school emphasize college prep or even offer for-college-credit classes to high school students (this is becoming more and more popular, especially for charter schools)? Does the school offer a good selection of advanced placement classes? What percentage of the students take the SAT? What is the average SAT score at the school? According to Kaye Shaw, Midlands Regional Workforce Advisor, “Students and faculty at Midlands Middle College (MMC), a SC public charter school, strive daily to connect classroom learning and experiences to students’ future careers. Organizations, such as the West Metro Rotary Club and the SC Department of Commerce recently provided field studies to Nephron Pharmaceuticals in West Columbia and Boeing SC in North Charleston for students to see first-hand the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in today’s global environment.” After weighing all things considered, it may be wise to make the decision in tandem with your child, especially if your child is middle- or high-school aged. What decision sits best with your gut instinct? If the decision isn’t immediately clear, consider having your child shadow a student at each school remaining on the list. The choice will become clear sooner than later, especially if you enter the process prepared with research and intimate conversation with your child and your family. Best of luck on your private or charter school journey. n

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It took a life-altering diagnosis for me to fully recognize how my current circumstances were impacting my personal style and how I chose to present myself to the world.

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“You don’t seem very comfortable in what you’re wearing today.” I looked down at my faded Victoria’s Secret PINK pajama bottoms, speechless. I hadn’t planned on attending a yoga class that afternoon, but my sister wanted to go so I improvised as best I could by wearing some pajamas I had in an overnight bag. We were rolling up our mats after class when the instructor came over and with the most genuine and honest expression on her face, made her promulgation. A decade later I can laugh and appreciate the humor in her candor, something that was certainly lost to me at the time. Her assessment, tactless as it was, was completely accurate. I was uncomfortable. Yoga is hard. I don’t even like yoga. The fact that I was wearing stained pajama bottoms only made matters worse. Outside of this experience I can think of many more times when my confidence was impacted by something as little as a cowlick or an ill-fitting shirt. How can something so seemingly minor affect our mood or even how we feel about ourselves? Besides the obvious, utilitarian purposes, clothing and personal style provide us with a sheath of security. There’s a stigma of sorts associated with fashion and style. Paying too much attention to your appearance is considered vain, shallow or superficial. Spending too much time on your makeup or investing in too much clothing is selfish, frivolous. Maybe if we gave ourselves a pass to examine the outward we would learn something about ourselves and each other. Bill Cunningham, one of NYC’s most notable fashion photographers firmly believed that Manhattan’s busy streets served as the best runway. He had no interest in elaborate runway shows or celebrities donning free clothes from designers. He saw beauty in the everyday style of the people around him. He saw beauty in the obscure as well as the mundane. He captured street fashion in its truest form, each photograph reflecting a bit of the subject’s personality, their mood, a piece of their day. It took a life-altering diagnosis for me to fully recognize how my current circumstances were impacting my personal style and how I chose to present myself to the world. Aside from my yoga class worst-dressed moment, I’ve always considered myself to have a pretty good grip on style. I’ve never been a huge risk taker or trendsetter by any means, but I always admired those that were from a safe distance. I rock a jumpsuit semiannually or so. I’ve had feather extensions in my hair, wore fur vests proudly and still adore my retro high-waisted bikini bottoms. I would push the limits carefully, depending on where I was and who I was with. Last year something changed. I found myself stepping outside of my comfort zone more often and without abandon. I got bangs. I cut my hair to just below my ears. I experimented with clothing I wouldn’t normally wear. I started to envision what I would look like as a blonde and taught myself how to Dutch braid. I became obsessed with disco and wore red lipstick for the first time in my life. Ironically, the more obsessed I became with clothes and makeup, the deeper I dove into my emotions and found myself doing more soul searching in irmochapinlife.com

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And they have come a long way. Devices are now Bluetooth enabled with options to connect directly to cell phones, televisions, and computers. Further, they come in many different style options and price levels. Most important, today’s hearing devices can help you hear better in quiet, group conversations, and noisy places automatically. There are even extended wear devices that provide 24/7 invisible hearing for months at a time without ever leaving the ear. Think of it as a contact lens for the ear. In fact, Lake Murray Hearing is the only provider of the Lyric extend wear device in the Midlands. At Lake Murray Hearing we are focused to provide every individual with a comprehensive evaluation that provides answers to your hearing problems regardless of how small or complex they may seem. You are given clear and affordable options and will always have the opportunity to listen to what better hearing sounds like. We do not pressure you, we really just want to be your hearing experts. So, if someone you know is cranking up the TV, needs everything repeated, or just gives wrong answers -- tell them this is the time to get their hearing checked. If your child’s speech is delayed or they don’t respond, get their hearing checked. Now is the time to act. See your local audiologist.

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SMILES ARE THEIR SPECIALTY by Katie Gantt Palmetto Smiles is proud to be locally owned and operated. Dr. Richard Cross started the practice in the Midlands in 1973. They moved their location to Lexington in 2003 and built their current, state of the art office building on Whiteford Way and are proud to call Lexington home. “We are so lucky to be a part of this community,” says Dr. Rob Nieders, Pediatric Dentist and practice partner. “Our kids go to school here and we are all involved in community activities in different capacities,” says Dr. Kevin Raines. Their team and individual community involvement ranges from a longtime partnership with Lexington’s Kid’s Day, to leadership in area Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs, to coaching youth baseball and basketball. The practice has evolved into a partnership between four dentists. Palmetto Smiles has two Pediatric Dentists: Dr. Kevin Raines and Dr. Rob Nieders. A Pediatric Dentist specializes in the treatment and prevention of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health the child. Through extra years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a Pediatric Dentist is uniquely qualified to treat the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents, teenagers, and those with special healthcare needs. Because of this special training and certification, the practice can offer the full spectrum of pediatric dentistry including in-office sedation, and even hospital dentistry for extensive work or special needs. The office is also home to a General Dentist, Dr. Jamie Cross Gomez, who is the daughter of practice founder, Dr. Richard Cross. Dr. Gomez offers a range of services for patients of all ages including professional dental cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, same day dental crowns, and comprehensive treatment planning. Dr. Hopkins, an expert in the field of orthodontics, is the most recent partner to join the team of doctors at Palmetto Smiles. Dr. Hopkins provides orthodontic care

for children and adults. Dr. Hopkins is very detail oriented and believes in providing the highest quality of care for her patients, while also being mindful of the number of office visits required during the orthodontic process. Through 3D treatment planning technology, she is able to provide custom orthodontic care for each patient with both braces and clear aligners. Every patient receives a unique set of braces or aligners, which Dr. Hopkins’ has customized just for them. This allows her to treat her patients much more efficiently, decreasing the total treatment time as well as the number of appointments in the office. Because they offer the full spectrum of dentistry, Palmetto Smiles is truly a one-stop-shop for all of your family members’ dental and oral hygiene needs. “We have multiple circumstances where families will come into our office and different family members will be seeing different specialists throughout the practice,” says Dr. Gomez. The doctors at Palmetto Smiles want to ensure that they can offer the best service as well as create a family environment for their staff and guests. Because of their family work environment, they have kept the same staff for years, meaning guests can rely on seeing friendly, familiar faces at their appointments. To ensure the quality of their services, the doctors rely on continuing education and making sure they are offering the most digitally and technologically advanced services. One example of such advancement is their state of the art CAD (computer animated design) CAM, used to take high resolution photos of clients’ teeth for orthodontic purposes and for designing superior fitting crowns and veneers. At Palmetto Smiles, they know that choosing dental care providers is an important decision for families. That is why they strive to make sure their patients’ expectations are exceeded by providing a full spectrum of service options and a friendly, locally owned, family atmosphere.

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understand and accept that “social media” is “a thing” for a lot of culture is becoming more and more disconnected? people. It isn’t “a thing” for me. For one thing, I am an old fud. It reminds me of when I was in my early twenties. I was comAlso, I am self-employed, and every minute I plaining to Daddy about not having any friends. spend not working results in zero revenue. So Daddy said, “Son, if you want to have a friend, Am I the only I work. And my particular mindset is evidentyou’ve got to be one.” He wasn’t talking about folly peculiar because I usually spend any free time one noticing that, lowing along other people’s lives like a digital stalkworking in the garden, reading, or studying someer. He was encouraging me to get involved with life in the current time itself and to place myself in positions where I could thing new. Yeah, I know, I am boring. But I am not the slightest bit interested in what serve others. of everyone tens or hundreds or thousands of people are doing Daddy also told me the classic line about friendat the grocery store – or whatever folks “share” all ship. “If you’re lucky, son, you’ll only have two, wanting to “be the time. I really don’t get it. maybe three good friends.” At this point of my life, I don’t feel the urge to tell everyone what I’m liked” and seeking I have numerous acquaintances – people I’ve met doing all the time – though one could say I’m doand recognize and shake hands with. But good “more friends,” ing just that right now. friends are indeed few. I believe one thing Daddy I remember first hearing about Facebook back was talking about was how one doesn’t really have our culture is in 2005 when a friend’s college-aged son was telltime to have many good friends because being a becoming more good friend takes time. And ing me about how exciting it was being able to know what everyone at the school was doing all time is something none of us and more have very much of. A quick the time. I listened to him talk about it, and I asked glance backward tells us all him, “When do you have time to study?” disconnected? that truth. A friend of mine defends his use, saying it’s the I believe we would be much better off if only way he can see his grandkids who live about two miles away. I asked him why he doesn’t just ride over and visit. He sighed and we all spent more of our free time putting our shrugged his shoulders. I can certainly understand how virtual vis- phones and computers to sleep and spending its are good when the grandkids live a long way off, but two miles time face to face with a good friend or two David Clark writes and having real conversation about something away? I’m sorry, I don’t understand. works in Cochran, GA. Am I the only one noticing that, in the current time of ev- that really matters and building bonds that Connect with him at cw.w4trj@gmail.com. eryone wanting to “be liked” and seeking “more friends,” our cannot be broken. n

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the bowl. Mix well, cover and marinate for 30 minutes. Light a grill. Remove the chicken from the marinade and thread the pieces onto the rosemary skewers; discard the marinade. Oil the grate and grill the chicken over moderate heat, turning occasionally and basting with the reserved marinade, until golden and cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with lime wedges. Stuffed Strawberries Ingredients: 1 pint of fresh strawberries 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, or to taste 2 tbsp orange flavored Liqueur, or to taste Directions: Cut the tops off of the strawberries and stand upright on the cut side. Make a cut ¾ of the way down from the tip of the strawberry towards the bottom. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and liqueur until smooth in a mixer or a food processor. Place into a piping bag with a star tip. Pipe into each strawberry and arrange on a serving platter.

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