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from the EDITOR Our biggest game of the season was scheduled right after Easter Break. Since hardly any of you were in attendance, I’ll paint the picture. Our baseball team, Larry Hutto State Farm, was playing the mighty Barnes Oil squad. The winner would take first place in the division. Unfortunately for us, the game was not even close. We made more mistakes in the first four innings than we had in the previous seven games combined. The boys were dejected, and team morale was the lowest it had been all season. Heads were down, with frowns all around. The win was out of reach, and Barnes Oil was threatening to score even more runs with runners on second and third. They had two outs. Jake, our first baseman, called a time out. Some of the infielders met on the mound to give Hudson, our pitcher, a pep talk. Noah was playing third base for the first time all season, and was excited to be a part of the infield. The kids ended the meeting and retreated to their respective positions. The next thing I know, the runner at third base was called out. The team had pulled off the infamous hidden ball trick! Noah hid the ball in his glove, and tagged the runner out when he tried to lead off third base. The third out was recorded with no further damage. Our boys hooted and hollered as they ran off the field. We lost the game 11-2, but that one play changed everything. The game was fun again. There was laughter, hugging, high fives, and pure joy in the dugout. Suddenly I realized that there actually can be victory in defeat. It only took a group of 9 and 10-year-olds performing the hidden ball trick for me to see it. Happy Mother’s Day to Donna and all the great Irmo-Chapin moms. Thanks for reading, Todd Shevchik firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Best of Life When I was in my teens, my buddy Carter and I would spend most Saturdays in the summer working on and waxing our cars. With the sun shining, radio blasting and nowhere to be and nothing else to do, I remember thinking, “Life does not get any better than this.” Then I met a girl. She and I spent hours together talking about our lives, going to the mall and driving around in my (increasingly neglected) car. When we fell in love, my perspective about what constituted “the best of life” changed—and believe me, it didn’t have anything to do with spending so much time on my car! Years later, that same girl and I began careers, got married, had kids and each of those changes brought similar adjustments to my perception about what constitutes the “best life has to offer.” I pursued all kinds of things in the fervent belief that each was the most enjoyable, most meaningful or most important part of life: luxury, successful kids, a thriving career, a healthy body and a perfect marriage. With each new point of view, I shelved my old way of thinking and started striving for a different, “this is what life is all about” moment. What I could never understand is why, if everything I was doing was considered “the best,” I kept discovering new “bests” to strive for in my life? Nothing satisfied me for long. In 1 John 5:12, it says, “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” God eventually helped me discover that real life is not found in stuff, accomplishments or experiences; it can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus changed my world when I realized that living in daily relationship with him is the absolute best this life has to offer, and I have never regretted following him. What are you striving for and believing it to be the ultimate goal of life? Is it the perfect family, friends, accomplishments or good times? As wonderful as those things can be, working to deepen a relationship with Christ is really what life is all about. n
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Irmo–Chapin LEADER by Jackie Perrone
Vicki Williams “Winning in competitions is a team accomplishment.” “Never settle for less than your best. Standards high. Always.” “Developing standards and ideals are life lessons. Work at it.” Do these mantras sound familiar? Successful leaders in the sports world often rely on such dogma as they coach their young athletes. For teacher and cheerleading coach Vicki Williams, these mantras represent her calling—and she has the trophies to prove they work. In fact, you might say that Williams is the Dawn Staley of Irmo – Chapin. Williams retired last year from 26 years as a PE/Health teacher at Irmo Middle School. For 15 of those years she was also the varsity cheerleading coach at Chapin High School. In her so-called retirement she is now serving on the support staff at Chapin Middle School. “I have loved working with young girls and coaching the cheerleading,” she says. “We take it seriously. I am a huge believer in life lessons. I try and teach every girl to believe in themselves and the importance of developing a strong work ethic. No one is entitled to anything except the opportunity to succeed.” Coach Williams has coached for twenty years and holds the most state titles of any cheerleading coach in South Carolina, with an impressive eleven state championships. She was voted SC Cheer Coach of the Year in 2003, Region Coach of the Year thirteen times from 2003 through 2016, AA Competitive Cheer Coach of the Year in 2003, and AAA Competitive Cheer Coach of the Year nine times. Williams is a native of Austin, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s in education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a master’s in education from East Texas State University. She moved to Columbia in 1989 with her husband Bill, and their three daughters grew up in the Irmo schools. Billie, Jennie and Dixie have carried on the family tradition, all becoming teachers—and all three have been named Teacher of the Year at their respective schools. However, it hasn’t all been a piece of cake. In 2002, Vicki Williams received a breast cancer diagnosis, and endured the full treatment of radiation and chemotherapy. It was tough, but appeared to be successful until in 2006 when the cancer appeared once again. “I just thought: I can’t do it. I can’t go through this again,” Williams says. But no one—not her family nor her students nor her colleagues—would let her give up, so once again she faced the grueling ordeal. Now, ten years after that episode, she is happy to report that she is a two-time breast cancer survivor. Her faith, family, and friends were instrumental in fighting the cancer and made her a stronger person. Vicki Williams hopes that the hundreds of girls who have performed on her teams over the years learned life lessons that will see them through good times and bad. Right now, she’s enjoying grandchild number one, the daughter of her daughter Dixie, and hoping for more. She’s currently a finalist for the Legacy Coaching Award, winner to be announced in May. n irmochapinlife.com
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BEAT From fixing hearts that beat too slow to lowering the risk of stroke, Lexington Medical Center is using the best technology available to improve the lives of patients in the Midlands. Celebrating the fifth anniversary of its comprehensive cardiovascular program, Lexington Medical Center has become a leader in heart care in our community.
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Innovative Techn Heart Patients Fixing Slow Heartbeats In March, Lexington Medical Center became the first hospital in South Carolina to implant a new wireless pacemaker called Micra™ into a patient to fix a slow heartbeat. Called the world’s smallest pacemaker, this device is not visible under the skin, and because there are no wires connected to it, there is a lower risk of complications. “This device represents a significant breakthrough in technology,” said William W. Brabham, MD, FHRS, of Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. “The ability to deliver therapy using such a small device is revolutionary. It’s very exciting to think of the possibilities in the future.” irmochapinlife.com
does not require treatment. But in some cases, clots can form, get into the arteries and cause a stroke. Patients who have suffered a stroke because of a PFO have an increased risk of experiencing a second stroke. The new device closes the hole and reduces the risk of another stroke. “It’s the first FDA-approved device for stroke reduction,” said Robert Leonardi, MD, FACC, FSCAI, of Lexington Cardiology. “In fact, the stroke reduction rate is estimated to be 50 percent.” Both the appendage and PFO closure procedures are minimally-invasive and placed using a catheter. n
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A pacemaker helps restore a healthy heart rhythm by sending tiny electrical signals to the heart to increase the heart rate. Traditionally, pacemakers have been implanted below the collarbone through an incision and have included leads, which are insulated wires. The leads carry the electrical impulse from the pacemaker to the heart. The size of a vitamin capsule, Micra is more than 90 percent smaller than other pacemakers. It’s implanted with a catheter through a vein in the leg directly into the heart and does not have leads, which eliminates concern about the leads shifting within the heart. Lowering Stroke Risk Lexington Medical Center has also begun using a device called the Watchman™ to help reduce the risk of stroke in patients who have atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood properly. In these patients, blood can pool in an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage and form a clot. If the clot travels to another part of the body, it can cut off blood supply to the brain and cause a stroke. The Watchman blocks the appendage. It may also eliminate the need for patients to take a blood thinner. Last fall, Lexington Medical Center also became the first hospital in South Carolina to use the AMPLATZER™ PFO Occluder to reduce the risk of stroke in patients who have a small hole in the heart called a patent foramen ovale (PFO). About 25 to 30 percent of Americans have a PFO. Typically, the condition causes no problems and
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BUSINESS Spotlight The idea for the Aquarius Spa and Salon began when I recognized a need in Chapin for a place where people could go to rejuvenate their minds and bodies. Following an over 10 year modeling career and staying home with my then young children (Sydney, now 17 and Wilder, now 16) I pursued my dream and opened Aquarius Spa. I spent 9 months planning and researching all the best treatments and products to offer at Aquarius. Within a year of opening a small location on Columbia Avenue in Chapin, it was apparent that we needed to expand the business. After moving to our current location in the Robinson-Hiller Historic Home, Aquarius grew its offerings to include salon and nail services as well. Aquarius Spa and Salon has now been serving Chapin and the surrounding areas for twelve years and we have earned numerous awards for Best Day Spa, Best Salon, Best Facial, Best Massage, Best Nail Services and more. We currently offer Massage Therapy, Facials, Chemical Peels, Waxing, Microdermabrasion, Spray Tans, Manicures and Pedicures, and a Full Service Hair Salon featuring all the latest techniques. All of our treatments and products offered at Aquarius Spa are the best in the industry and very results-driven. We are excited to now offer medical esthetics treatments as well, including Botox, fillers, and Kybella – thanks to the addition of our new Medical Director, Dr. Monica Milas. Dr. Milas is trained in Family Medicine. She completed her undergraduate work at USC Columbia and obtained her medical degree in Kentucky. Her residency program brought her back to Columbia’s Palmetto Health. Dr. Milas, her husband, and their four children now call the midlands home. She is formally trained, licensed, and experienced in injection treatments and is accepting new patients. Call 803.345.1920 to reserve a free consultation. n
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ly care for my dad as his dementia continues to take away more and more of him each day. Her strength and love inspire me!” -Karen Hudgins Blake “My mother is an amazing woman. It is just that simple. Her resume is impressive, but her unwavering faith, strength, selflessness, kindness, generosity and work ethic are all part of who I am today. At 83 she continues to be a light in her church and to those around her. She volunteers, travels, gardens, cooks, plays bridge and attends sporting events—but she always saves plenty of time to love her children and grandchildren. She will be 84 in May.” -Anne Wilkins Brooks “My mother is an extraordinary woman! She goes above and beyond for her children and grandchildren and always makes room for more. Whether it’s friends of her children or grandchildren, nieces, nephews, co-workers, family or friends. If she sees something that needs to be done she just jumps right in and helps out. She is our rock and foundation of our family. We love you so very much, mom.” -Jennifer Steele
“My mother was so special. There were five children in our family but we always had a foster child or a friend of a sibling in our house. She was always there with her Hollywood smile and huge heart with a kind word, no matter what her day was wrecked with. She has been gone now for two years but it sure feels like more because of the void left with her passing. Mother’s Day has a different meaning now, but she will always be remembered.” -Steve MacDougall “My mom gave up so much to care for me. She took shots just to keep me alive while pregnant, which could have cost both of us our lives. Often times she took two jobs, and most importantly a lack of sleep, to care for me from birth to fifth grade for the many surgeries from defects from taking the shots. This is what makes a mom—giving your all no matter what you are dealt with. Her faith in Jesus is what got her through this with the support of her hardworking husband and
family. I owe her everything!!! I love you mom and thank you!!!!” -Lynn Laag “Ann Rawl Jodie is our mother and our role model. She is known in the community as Mama Ann, but is simply “Mom” to us. During her 29 plus years of life, she has created a beautiful story full of love, family, friendship, and purpose. Our Mom is a giver never needing reciprocity. She is always lending a hand and keeping others’ needs in front of her own. Mama Ann provides guidance in a quiet and unobtrusive way and shoulders heavy loads when others are unable. She leads by example and is known for moving forward even when the wind is in her face. She has not had an easy life but decided long ago to make it an extraordinary one. Mama Ann’s courage, unparalleled strength and unconditional love are enviable. We are the luckiest children in the world to have such an amazing mother. May the world be filled with Mama Anns. We love you Mom!” -Debbie Hester and Family
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ver since Jacques Cousteau brought us a scarcely seen world under the sea with adventures all over the globe, we have marveled at what lies under the surface of the water. Often what lies beneath is not only amazing beauty, but also a rich history dating back to the beginning of time. This history cannot only be found in ships, civilizations, and legends in any of the oceans, but also in lakes and rivers right in our own backyard. by Tyler Ryan
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diving, which stands for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, has origins that date back to the late 1800s, where rebreathers first appeared, and were used as rescue equipment. The military also took advantage of the technology as it gave soldiers the advantage of stealth in missions under water. It was in 1943, when Cousteau himself, along with Emile Gagnon, developed a commercial application, bringing the underwater world to the masses. Over the years, Cousteau’s adventures and underwater explorations captured the collective imaginations of many though his television show. Even James Bond got into the SCUBA world, as he took on a multitude of bad guys all in the deep blue. “There is sea life, stunning colors, and even history often just a few feet below,” says Wateree Dive Center’s Andy Ogburn. irmochapinlife.com
Ogburn has been working in the dive industry his entire life, and has memories of his father, Larry, opening the family shop 40 years ago. It’s been the center of his and his family’s world since. The true magic of SCUBA diving is that you don’t need a science degree, a big boat, or an unlimited budget to become something of an “Indiana Jones” and explore the world right under the surface—you simply need your “C” Card. In 1952, following an incident that claimed the lives of two divers, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography created the first real curriculum for SCUBA certification. Today, there are a handful of organizations that are widely recognized based on their consistency in programming such as the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and Scuba Schools International (SSI). “People think that SCUBA is out of reach, but the reality is, it isn’t. It is a little
bit of training away,” Ogburn says. Ogburn, who is an SSI instructor, advises, “It starts online, you do the book portion at your own pace at home before you even come to the class. Once you have taken the online knowledge tests, it’s time to hit the classroom for some hands on application of what you have learned, and to reinforce your basic understanding of the principals of diving. The pool provides a safe training environment.” The next step of course is hitting open water. Students apply the online, classroom, and pool lessons in the real world, showing proficiency in several areas, including navigation. Once all phases are complete, the student will then become a Level One diver. The Level One recreational certification means that you can rent SCUBA gear nearly anywhere in the world you can find a dive shop, allowing you to explore depths of 130 feet (although most agencies recommend remaining in water 60 feet or less until you have some experience). Once you have a few dives and some “bottom time” logged, you can continue to advance in the sport, adding specific training and certifications, such as deep water, wreck diving, night diving and other specialties that may interest you. Children as young as 11 can be certified to dive, and with the gender participation of 60/40 men to women, SCUBA continues to grow in popularity among families who all can share the experience together. Another attractive part of diving is that it isn’t that cost prohibitive, with the Level One certification class costing less than $500. Once you are certified, provided you stay proficient, you are certified for life, making it a one-time investment for a lifetime of exploration. “I fell in love with the sport after my first discovery dive,” says Dawn Ryan of her experience in St. Croix with her husband. Many dive shops offer a discovery dive, where the student is taken into a pool for some basics, like floating, breathing through the regulator and clearing a mask. Then they brave the open water, however, the instructor stays tethered to the student the entire time. It is often a make or break time for a potential diver, who will either love it, or find it isn’t their thing. Since becoming certified, Ryan and her May/June 2017
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family have submerged in the sport, going wreck diving in south Florida, diving the crystal clear waters of Lake Jocassee, and of course, exploring the underwater
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Sunday, April 4, 1943. Nineteen-yearold Bryce Lever was searching for fishing worms near the south shore of Lake Murray. He heard it before he saw it – the faint rumbling of a B-25 warplane. A pilot once compared the sound with wearing a bucket on your head while two jackhammers attacked each side. Bryce smiled at the perfection of the description, although this plane’s rumble sounded different. He was accustomed to bombers flying over the lake, but this plane flew low, heading ominously toward the water. Twenty-seven-year-old Katherine Townsend also noticed the aircraft coming down as she walked along the lake’s north shore. Alarmed, Katherine ran to the home of neighbor Sewall Oliver, who she knew owned a speedboat. Six miles out from the Columbia Army Air Base, the plane had lost power to its left engine. The bombardier, Henry Mascall, urged the trainee pilot, William Fallon, to execute an emergency landing on the lake instead of returning to base. Fallon prepared the crew for a forced water landing and ditched the plane. Those who saw the plane fall described it as stalling before it “pancaked” across the water, landing about two miles west of Dreher Shoals Dam. The plane lost its right engine during the crash. When it landed, the left wing, weighted by its heavy engine, sank below the waterline, pitching the right wing upward
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above water. The crew climbed onto the dry wing to safety and inflated their life raft. There was no time to waste. Sewall Oliver sped to the site and arrived in time to rescue all five men in his speedboat before the plane sank seven minutes after impact. The plane sank to a depth of 150 feet where it remained until 2005. Doolittle’s Raiders The Columbia Metropolitan Airport, originally called The Lexington County Airport, was built in 1941.
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were painted on training runways for pilots to perfect their takeoffs. In March of 1942, the trained pilots left Eglin for the west coast and final loading aboard the USS Hornet. Heavy with extra fuel, the planes were cumbersome. Sixteen bombers were tightly packed on the Hornet’s deck. Pointed into the wind, the large carrier pitched and rolled in the heavy seas. The pilots were ready, the engines primed. On April 18, 1942, Colonel Doolittle led his B-25 crews from the deck of the USS Hornet. They were headed to Japan; there would be no return landing on the carrier. In a surprise attack, Doolittle’s Raiders bombed Tokyo and four other Japanese cities. Sixty-nine of the eighty flight crew survived their mission. Some bailed out or crash-landed along the Chinese coast. One aircraft made it to the Soviet Union, where they were held captive by the Soviets. The daring Doolittle Raid transformed American morale at a time when America needed it the most. Lake Murray’s World War II Bombing Ranges B-25 crews from the Columbia Army Air Base (CAAB) flew thousands of training missions over Lake Murray from 1942 to 1945. Seven of Lake Murray’s islands provided perfect sites for target practice. Originally called “Lunch Island,” Doolittle Island (Bomb Island) was the primary target. Crews dropped phosphorous (“dummy bombs”). Their explosive impact discharged a large puff of white smoke, which pinpointed the bomb’s impact. Before the war brought noisy warplanes and practice “dummy bombs,” Lunch Island was an ideal setting for youthful 1940s-style romances, far from the eyes of meddling parents. Young folks packed their lunches, leaving parents to believe they were meeting friends for the day. Lunch Island was a busy place back then, before the bombs. Born and raised in Leesville, Randall Shealy heard countless stories from his grandfather. His family once operated the Holley Ferry at the Lexington/Saluda Line before the dam was built, and his grandfather was the last of the ferry’s operators. In 1997, Shealy began a serious study of Lake Murray’s history. His passion has led to extensive research and hours of interviews. Today Randall shares his knowledge with school groups and civic organizations and hopes to establish a permanent Lake Murray Museum. irmochapinlife.com
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The Bombing of Saluda Country Traffic Circle Randall Shealy’s uncle ran a store at the Saluda traffic circle. So did his neighbor, Mr. W.P. (“Mr. Pink”) Lindler. During the war years, CAAB alerted civilians in advance of night bombing on the lake. On those nights, Mr. Pink flipped a special switch to turn off the lights at the circle. On the islands, military crews arranged oil-burning devices, known as smudge pots, in a large circle to guide pilots to their target. One night around 11:00 p.m., a group of B-25s on a night bombing training mission over Lake Murray, headed toward what they assumed were the circular lights of Bomb Island. The amber lights at Saluda’s traffic circle were still on, but the smudge pots on the island stood idle, their fires out. The traffic circle area was quiet; residents were down for the night. High-pitched whistles, followed by the
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skin some much needed TLC. It’s easy to get your summer glow back, and it doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny, either. After a scrub, and a little self-tanner, I was prancing around my apartment with J.Lo-sized confidence. You can make a homemade scrub with things you most likely have around the house. All you need is lotion or body cream, salt or sugar, and your favorite body wash. If you have sensitive skin, opt for sugar over salt. The granules are softer and gentler on the skin. Salt scrubs are more abrasive, so only use one once a week, and do not, I repeat, DO NOT shave the same day you plan on using the scrub. I like to use a salt scrub if I’m going to be applying a self-tanner because they tend to be better at removing dead skin, which is crucial when using a self-tanner. Speaking of self-tanners, there are two in particular that I swear by: Tantasia by Jane Iredale and Tanning Bay Moisture Tan. Both of these are essentially foolproof. They also lack the less-than-desirable smell associated with tanning products. Treat Yourself Sometimes treating yourself is all it takes to refresh your routine, even your state of mind. This is by far my favorite trick to escape a rut. Splurge on a spa treatment, get your eyebrows waxed, buy an overpriced bath bomb. Pick up that lilac eye shadow that you keep talking yourself out of buying. Pull the trigger on buying those oversized frames that you don’t see yourself wearing every day but make you feel powerful. Fellow glasses wearers, I’m talking to you. Glasses are a perfect way to mix up your look without making a big commitment. I love to invest in a few frames and wear them based on what mood I’m in or the outfit I’m wearing. A haircut can have the same effect. It’s amazing how a few face-framing layers can instantly freshen up your look. Feeling stuck and uninspired can be frustrating, but it can also be the perfect opportunity to
learn something about yourself. Think of it as a free pass to try something new. Maybe you’ll learn a new smoothie recipe or realize that you can rock a center part. Perhaps you’ll discover that subtle purple eyeliner makes your brown eyes pop. Ruts are inevitable, but with the right mindset you can actually make them kind of fun. If your pants don’t split, and you come out of it with a bath bomb or some face framing layers, I’d consider it a win. n
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y Daddy was what many would call an “uneducated man,” but he never stopped learning. His time at a Denver business school was derailed by a small incident at Pearl Harbor. By the time his derailment was over, he had a wife and a baby girl. He went to work. Daddy would sometimes tell a little story about how the Romans or Greeks or British or South Americans did a particular thing. Many times he told one of these stories to make a certain point, but sometimes it was just to share something interesting. I was too little to understand much of what he talked about. But maybe that was Daddy’s point. He knew I didn’t understand, but he knew I would wonder about what he was talking about. He knew I would look up to him as a man who knew things. It is a natural instinct for a young person to look up to an older person, especially if it’s evident the older person knows a little something. Like many kids, I wanted to be like my Daddy. That didn’t mean I wanted to work at the railroad or do any of the particular things he did. It meant I wanted to be like him. I’m still studying on how to do that. The more I study on it, the farther from the goal I seem to be. Mama and Daddy moved from the old home place when I was in my twenties. Part of that experience meant going through buildings full of stuff. Daddy’s domain was a shed we called “the
garage.” It was a simple lean-to building like one sees out back of country homeplaces. And man, it was full of stuff: nails, screws, rope, tools, boards, boxes, you name it. I had poked around and through most of that building in my lifetime. But there was a little room off to the side I had never really explored until it was time for Daddy to move out of it. There were several hand-built wall cabinets, and I opened each of them. They were full of books. The history of the Roman Empire, an old set of encyclopedias, dictionaries, science books, literature, history. I took one of the books down, and immediately saw a couple dozen of Daddy’s book-marking toothpicks sticking out of the top. I turned to a few of Daddy’s bookmarkers, and revisited stories he’d told me when I was a boy. He was officially “uneducated.” But my Daddy never stopped learning, and he never stopped sharing what he learned. He led me towards being a man a little bit each day. I look around at the Dads I see today. Almost all of the ones I know are “educated,” but are they still learning? Are they teaching their sons how to be men? Men are supposed to lead, and I’m wondering if they are. I can think David Clark writes and works of several who aren’t. in Cochran, GA. I’m still studying the Daddy I’m Connect with him at glad I had. n firstname.lastname@example.org. May/June 2017
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SPICE of Life
Mother’s Day Menu Grilled Salmon Kabobs 1 ½ pounds salmon fillet cut into 1-inch cubes 3 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Juice from half a lemon ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more to taste) ¼ teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon garlic, minced Splash champagne vinegar 2 lemons thinly sliced into rounds 12 skewers soaked in ice water for an hour Heat grill to medium. Combine dill, parsley, mustard, Worcestershire, lemon juice, red pepper, garlic, cumin and vinegar in a small bowl and set aside. Take salmon cubes and thread salmon on two skewers followed by a lemon slice folded in half. Continue until the skewer is full, beginning and ending with salmon. You should have 5–6 skewers completed when you’re done. Brush with olive oil then heavily sprinkle with spice mixture. Dust with sesame seeds. Grill, turning from time to time until fish is opaque. About 4–7 minutes. Serve immediately. Sweet Potatoes on the Grill Medium sweet potatoes Tin Foil Toppings (sour cream, chili powder, cumin, cheese, black beans, etc.) Preheat grill over medium-low heat. Tightly wrap sweet potatoes in tin foil. Place sweet potatoes on grill, close lid and cook for 40 minutes. Squeeze with tongs to check doneness (if a butter knife can slide right through them, they’re done). Depending on the size of your sweet potatoes they
may need another 20-30 minutes. Continue cooking until fully cooked. Blueberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicle 2 cups blueberries 2 tablespoons agave or honey 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt (or any flavor) Popsicle mold Blend the blueberries on a high speed until nearly liquefied into a smoothie-like consistency. Pour the thick blueberry liquid into a large bowl and stir in the agave/honey. Add the yogurt and very gently mix everything together. (If you want a tie-dye, swirly look to your popsicles, do not fully blend the yogurt and blueberries. You want those patches of white and blue.) The mixture will be thick. If you want it sweeter, you can add a little more agave/honey. Pour mixture evenly into each popsicle mold. If your popsicle mold has slots for sticks, you can insert them before freezing—if not, freeze for 2 hours, then put a wooden popsicle stick in the middle. Continue to freeze for an additional 4–6 hours or overnight. Run popsicle molds under warm water to easily remove. Enjoy on a hot day!
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