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from the EDITOR Summer is in full swing, and I have realized that it’s time for me to retire my grill. It doesn’t seem like I’ve had it that long, but it’s over 15 years old. How time flies! This was my first gas grill, and it has a ton of surface space for cooking. It has served our family and our neighborhood cul-de-sac well. In the past I used it almost every day, and have cooked oysters, steaks, chicken, pork, corn, shrimp, fish, and even mountain oysters on it. Rust has taken over, and the cooking elements are worn. Truth be told, I’ve missed cooking with charcoal. Gas is easy, simple and quick. But there’s something special about charcoal. Yes, it takes longer, but the flavor from the combination of hot coals, flickering flames and simmering smoke is incomparable. There are new grills like the Big Green Egg and others that have become popular since I last shopped for a grill. I am excited to learn more about each of them. Many good times and conversation with my neighbors Mike, Ken, Bobby, Lee, and Dennis were had around the grill. As our kids have grown up, we don’t have the neighborhood cookouts like we used to, and I miss them. Enjoy your time around your grill this summer — every minute of it. Happy Independence Day, and thanks for reading Irmo Chapin Life. Don’t forget to nominate your favorite businesses for Best of 2018 at Thanks for reading, Todd Shevchik

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Events July • August Sunday, July 9 XTERRA Half Marathon & 5K Harbison State Forest, 7 a.m. The July Xterra trail run takes runners through Harbison State Park, a 2,177-acre environmental educational park nestled along the Broad River, just nine miles from downtown Columbia. Runners in both the half marathon and the 5K follow out-and-back routes that start and finish inside the park, just off Lost Creek Drive. Registration closes July 7 at midnight. Register at Dates through September Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours 501 Elmwood Ave., Columbia, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. One hundred and sixty years of history will come to life during the popular Cemetery Tours. Grab a flashlight and tour one of Columbia’s oldest cemeteries, choosing from two tour options every month through September: Secrets from the Grave Tours and Moonlight Cemetery Tours. 803.252.1770 for more information. Saturday, July 15 Reggaetronic Lake Murray Music Festival 2017 Jim Spence Island, Lake Murray, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. South Carolina’s largest lake festival, Reggaetronic 2017, is accessible by boat only and will be held once again at Spence’s Island. It is a family friendly event with good vibes and good times for all ages. Visit for more information. Saturday, July 29 Midlands Women’s Fair 206 Jamil Rd., Columbia, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Go get pampered! Hosted by Sunshine Family Expos, this free event offers dozens of vendors, plus massages, makeovers, manicures, shopping, demos, canvas painting classes, self-defense classes, door prizes, workshops, and more. Shop the Lularoe Multi-Consultant Sale and watch the fashion shows. Admission is free, register online at Monday, August 21 Solar 17 at Lake Murray Dreher Shoals Dam, Columbia, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Experience the much anticipated solar eclipse at Lake Murray. Tents will be set up at both sides of the Lake Murray Dam; free water and free solar glasses provided; t-shirts for sale; event at both park sites of Lake Murray Dam (Lexington and Irmo sides). $3 for cars and trucks, $2 for motorcycles, $5 for buses. 803.781.5940 for more information.

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I was in a store the other day that sold signs with encouraging slogans that all shared a single theme: “be the best YOU you can be.” Pervasive in our world is the idea that any of us can do anything to which we set our minds. After all, “anything you believe, you can achieve.” Harold Hill, the lead character from the beloved musical The Music Man, sold exactly this idea when, rather than giving his students actual music lessons, he encouraged them instead to merely “think” of the notes, and they would be able to play their instruments perfectly. In the end, it worked for Prof. Hill because, well, it’s make-believe. In the real world, are we capable of great things as humans? Of course. And it wouldn’t hurt most of us to be more optimistic and even encouraging about our prospects in any endeavor. But there is a key component missing from all the self-actualizing quotes and empowering slogans with which we surround ourselves: it isn’t enough to merely believe in anything if that belief does not drive us to do something. In the Bible, King David handed over the strong, wealthy, peaceful kingdom of Israel to his son, Solomon, to reign. Solomon only had one task to accomplish: build the temple to God. The materials were gathered, the plans were drawn, and the vision was in place. David could have filled his son’s head with all kinds of self-empowerment talk and pumped him up with slogans to help him believe in himself; instead, twice in 1 Chron. 28 (vss. 10 and 20), David repeated the phrase, “be strong and do the work.” David understood, and we need to as well, that no amount of saying or believing “be a winner” or “play like a champion” or “picture your dreams” is going to mean anything unless it is accompanied by acting on it. Put another way, James 2:17 says that faith unaccompanied by action is worthless. Whether it is exercising, building a business, rearing kids, breaking an addiction or developing spiritual maturity, action on our parts is needed. So buy the shirt, hang the sign, and get the bumper sticker that keeps you motivated, but then take the next step: be strong and do the work. n


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Keeping on top of the hottest home trends is key for maintaining a fresh, interesting home. From preparing for a major renovation, to getting ready to put your home on the market, to simply breathing new life into your décor, the following ideas will get you started.

Top 10 Home for 2017 Trends by Kristen Carter Earthy pastel hues The 2016 Pantone shades were Serenity and Rose Quartz, which were right on the mark for the upswing in earthy pastel hues. Pastel hues depict the soft side of spring, with an organic, feminine palette featuring muted tones. Think about using curves and softer silhouettes to create a soft aesthetic, particularly in a living room, study, or bedroom. Choose one or two primarily pastels and use one or two more pastels as accent colors to keep the room from overwhelming the eye. Mixed metals Brass and gold are as trendy as ever in the home décor industry. Silver and polished nickel are both making a comeback, and we’re also seeing white plaster finishes in furnishings and light fixtures. With such a wide range of metals available, it’s not hard to finish out a room with accent pieces in mixed metals, such as a bronze light fixture, copper accent table, and silver picture frames. You’ll create a fresh aesthetic and avoid an overly matching scheme.

Rich wall colors A bold wall color makes a vivid statement in a room for a very low price tag. In 2017, navy, coral, pink, teal, and emerald green will be among the most popular wall colors. Choose a bold color for a single wall, especially in a smaller space, and make the room pop by painting the rest of the walls white. If you want to paint several walls with a deep shade, choose furniture or art pieces in lighter contrasting shades to provide a balance. Stain-resistant fabrics Many modern families desire elegant, stunning living spaces that also are comfortable and practical. Selecting furnishings with stain-resistant fabrics makes your home more functional, so you don’t have to live in constant fear of your young children or pets ruining your belongings. For example, a sofa with a velvet-like fabric that’s actually 40% polyester will withstand a much higher level of wear and tear than will a genuine velvet coach. If you’re set on natural upholstery, go with leather furnishings.

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Chiropractic medicine is a natural approach to healing that merges history, science, philosophy, and compassion. The journey leading to its mainstream acceptance and success was littered with hurdles, but its champions have persisted by perfecting their craft and presenting a service that is undeniably effective, sensible, and beneficial. Since ancient times, some healing practices have included the manipulation of the skeletal system to enhance a patient’s health and range of motion. The modern American practice of chiropractic treatment, however, is usually attributed to the ingenuity of Daniel David (D. D.) Palmer, a Canadian who immigrated to the United States in 1865. According to the University of Iowa Press, D. D. Palmer became trained in magnetic healing, an alternative therapy that was popular during that era, and opened a clinic in Iowa in 1887. Research shows that D. D. Palmer also had some knowledge of the practice of bone

setting, a tradition that involved relieving conditions relating to broken or dislocated bones. The turning point in his career is often traced to a particular incident in which he adjusted the spine of Harvey Lillard, a hearing-impaired janitor, and thereby released him from 17 years of silence. A year later, Palmer coined the term “chiropractic” from the Greek words “chero” (hand) and “praktik” (done). Shortly thereafter, he opened the first chiropractic school in America, and his son, Bartlett Joshua (B. J.) Palmer, enrolled as a student. D. D. Palmer later traveled and founded several other chiropractic schools throughout the United States, while his son continued to operate the original. B. J. Palmer endeavored to expand upon the chiropractic techniques his father invented and to explore the application of more modern technology (e.g., x-rays) in his approach. He was considered to be an expert in the field and traveled

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widely to educate others. He also founded several organizations that helped to legalize and legitimize chiropractic medicine in this country. Because of his influence, chiropractic schools established advanced training requirements, and states began to offer licensing to chiropractic doctors. Students of those early pioneers encountered serious opposition as they grew this field of study, but its proponents

sisted, and by 1970, all 50 states were offering a chiropractic licensing program. Eventually, the Council of Chiropractic Education was established as the official accrediting agency of chiropractic colleges throughout the nation. One of the greatest opponents of chiropractic medicine was the mainstream medical community, but the debate between them was eventually resolved af-

ter five chiropractors brought a legal suit against the American Medical Association in 1976. The case was settled by a federal court in 1987, and that ruling was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990. The outcome of the suit required medical doctors to associate professionally with chiropractors and refer patients to their services when appropriate. Today, Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) earn their right to practice by fulfilling several rigorous requirements. They begin their careers by completing at least two years of prescribed scientific undergraduate work from an accredited college. This is followed by graduation from a four- or five-year accredited chiropractic school where they complete approximately 4,200 hours in classes, laboratories, and clinical experience. Finally, they must pass a series of four national board exams and then be state licensed. In 2016, the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards reported that more than 93,000 chiropractors were licensed in the United States, and about 1,500 practice within South Carolina. Estimates approximate that DCs treat more than 27 million Americans each year, and chiropractic has

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“We know that there is so much more to health than just the absence of pain. We strive to help our patients reach their fullest potential.”

been ranked as the nation’s third largest primary health-care profession, surpassed only by medical and dentistry providers. Chiropractic treatment has become a popular choice in health care because it has been proven to be safe, successful, natural, less invasive, cost effective, and drug free. This patient-centered approach focuses primarily on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and the patient’s general well-being. Dr. Jim Minico is the owner of Family Practice of Chiropractic in Chapin and has been in practice for thirty years. “Many people who come in for a musculoskeletal problem are pleasantly surprised when many organic complaints, like heart, stomach, and digestive issues improve or resolve as well,” he says. “They begin to realize the connection between the spine, nervous system, and overall good health.” Many times, people initially visit a DC because of lower back pain, a leading cause of disability, but they also may be seeking relief for headaches as well as other discomforts in the neck or joints of the arms or legs. During a typical visit, a DC will listen to the patient’s concerns, perform an examination, and manually manipulate or adjust vertebrae or other joints to improve the person’s physical health.


Additionally, the DC may encourage their patients to promote their own wellness by exercising, eating well, managing stress, having correct posture, resting properly, and avoiding unsafe lifestyle choices. Lexington’s Bigbie Chiropractic maintains that their goal has always been to improve the quality of their patients’ lives. “We know that there is so much more to health than just the absence of pain. We strive to help our patients reach their fullest potential,” says Marybeth Bigbie. Patient satisfaction with chiropractic care remains high, but DCs are not just popular with the general public. Both Olympic and professional sports programs, including all 32 national football teams, recognize the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment and use these services to address injury issues and optimize athletic competitiveness. Also, more than 60 military bases and some veteran’s clinics provide chiropractic care. Furthermore, most medical and workman’s compensation plans cover chiropractic services. Now widely accepted, the efficacy of chiropractic services is fortified by more than a hundred years of scientific study and refined practices that are substantiated by the countless testimonials of healthy and thriving patients—with both professional and personal needs—who have successfully utilized this approach to improve and enhance their own well-being. n

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Including the student in this decision can help to make the experience a successful one, and communication with the child about their interests is a good place to start. Is the young person creative, physically active, or academically oriented? Do they want to build on their strengths, be challenged by exploring new territory, or both? Would they prefer to be on a team or hone a personal skill? In any case, a plethora of opportunities are available within the school district and through other local entities (sports leagues, churches, music schools, clubs, museums, libraries, recreational centers, etc.) in the Lexington community and the greater Columbia area. Once an interest is identified, other considerations might be taken into account. Will the activity be constructive, fun, and beneficial? Is the environment safe, clean, and organized? Are the leaders knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and welcoming? Are the other children friendly and happy? Are the resources adequate to meet the needs of each individual within the group?

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Before enrolling, the family may want to visit the facility or area where the student will be engaged to ensure these dynamics are satisfactory. Also, talking to other parents whose children are already involved in the program may generate some invaluable “big picture” insight. If a child is uncertain about or reluctant to try a new endeavor, optimistic encouragement from the parent can be contagious. In addition, enrolling with a friend or offering a small reward might be an effective incentive to take that first tentative step forward. Many programs adhere to a specific timeline, and a hesitant student may be willing to agree to attend if they understand that it is on a trial basis for a limited number of sessions. Even experimenting with a variety of activities might help a young person to discover a personal passion while developing a well-rounded childhood experience. Success in an after-school program may be defined by the child’s level of enjoyment, but important life lessons can also be gleaned from participation in such ventures. In addition to exploring a new interest, they may also make new friends, learn to become a team player, increase their self-esteem and confidence, improve their time-management skills, and give back to t h e community. As the saying goes, patience is a virtue, and every student develops and responds in different ways to new endeavors. Excessive pressure and overextending a family’s schedule can lead to unnecessary burn-out and stress, which can cause a positive pursuit to be perceived in a negative way. Achieving a healthy balance is the ideal goal as the child encounters new experiences and ideas that will enhance their character as they mature. n

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by Tyler Ryan When you drive over the dam from Irmo to Lexington or stroll across in the walkway, stopping to affix a lock on the fence, it is hard to imagine anything but water, boats, and memories of summers out on the lake with family and friends. The fact is, however, as recently as the mid-1920s, a slow rural lifestyle that some 5,000 people called home lined the area that would become Lake Murray. According to historian Randall Shealy, a few churches and an occasional general store were all that were placed within the wooded area that made up the communities. In the late 1920s, William Murray was hired by the Lexington Water Power Company, now known as SGE&G, to engineer the world’s biggest earthen dam (at the time), which would provide hydropower to meet the quickly growing industrial needs of factories in Columbia and the surrounding area. Once the idea was approved, plans for the hydro-plant were 28 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | July/AUGUST 2017

developed and a location for the dam selected, it came down to space ‌ space for all the water that would expand over the Saluda River and create a reservoir. That space came in a stretch of the Saluda River between Irmo and Lexington. By the summer of 1927, the planned 50,000 acres of land had all but been secured, having been purchased from landowners. Many chose to take what they could from their homes, with the hope of re-purposing lumber, bricks, and other items on a new homestead, but many things were left behind, including some loved ones. Shealy says that, out of the 192 cemeteries and over 2,000 people buried in them, many families elected to have their departed remain. Once the land deals were made, the clearing and creating of the dam itself began. The back-breaking task of clearing the 5,700-foot area stretching between Irmo and Lexington was

tially done largely by hand by 2,000 men who were paid 50 cents a day. Part of the task of the laborers was to install an intricate set of tracks, which in various machines, carts, and other apparatus could utilize to lay in the layer after layer of dirt, packed carefully, 200 feet high, to flood the area. According to Shealy, as the dirt continued to be piled, another set of tracks would be built, allowing the equipment to rise with the crest of the forming dam. As with many personal belongings owned by the former landowners, as the dam started to take place, the very infrastructure used to create it was discarded and, as the water rose, slipped away into the distant memory, becoming simply a line-item on an expense report as a cost of business.

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“There is a lot under there,” says local diving legend and owner of Wateree Dive Center, Andy Ogburn, of the lake. Although he points out that visibility isn’t great in what is known to divers as “Lake Murky,” history lies, in some cases, just a few feet down. Fast forward nearly 90 years, and the reservoir created to support the growth of business now has become a business itself, with its own community made up of boaters, swimmers, and scuba divers. “There is a lot under there,” says local diving legend and owner of Wateree Dive Center Andy Ogburn of the lake. Although he points out that visibility isn’t great in what is known to divers as “Lake Murky,” history lies in some cases just a few feet down. As an example, Ogburn says that locating the evidence of the building of the dam is an ideal way to touch history, as many of the tracks used nearly a century ago can still be found just off the Irmo side.

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Finding most anything under water can be something of a needle in a haystack, even with a good general starting point and great visibility. Often times, markers can be found, left by previous divers, to either assist others, or ensure they can relocate their find when they decide to make a return trip. For divers who are looking for the tracks on a Lake Murray adventure, it often starts with locating a few flags or other breadcrumbs, which have been left by previous divers, about 20 feet down, giving the indication you are on the right “track.”

There are many other adventures in Lake Murray that await divers who want to try their hand at underwater exploration, right in our own backyard … or off the shore of the lake, as it were. After following a few flags and dropping a few more feet down, out of the murk, you see what appears to be a railroad tie, then the two iron bars that make the tracks. It is an eerie but cool feeling, and although they have years of algae, silt, and sand, if you close your eyes, you can imagine how they played a part in the creation of the very lake you are 25 feet under. If you have ever played with a model railroad train set, you know the importance of a roundhouse to allow trains to switch to multiple tracks. The engineers of the lake and creators of rail system were no different. To the right of the tracks, you may find a small line that seems to lead off into the darkness. As you keep your left hand on the guide line and trace it down, it follows the topography of the bottom of the lake. When you get to a depth of 40 or so feet, and have had several temperature changes due to crossing thermal lines, sunlight is scarce; although it seems dark on the left side of the line, as you follow the floor of the lake, if you peer to your right, there is an edge that drops off into the pitch dark, leaving the imagination to wonder what is down in the abyss.

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Photo courtesy of University of South Carolina

Focusing on swimming forward, rather than spending too much time envisioning what lies below and to the right, you come to a pile of rocks; although “seen” more through feel than sight because of the rather dark conditions, you have found the trestle. The trestle that was once on dry land, and as the lake filled up, slowly slipped below the surface and became long forgotten about by the same men who had used it every day to build the dam. After exploring around a while, you can locate the guide line and start the journey back toward the dam, with the past behind you, the abyss to your left, and a sole

wire bringing you back … perhaps a metaphor for life … one that leads you from a trip into history back into present day, all a few feet under the Lake Murray surface. There are many other adventures in Lake Murray that await divers who want to try their hand at underwater exploration, right in our own backyard … or off the shore of the lake, as it were. n

Tyler Ryan is a weather anchor and morning host for ABC Columbia as well as avid scuba diver and member of the Newberry County Water Search and Rescue Team.

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Pieces of Advice for College Freshmen by Kristen Carter College can be a wonderful experience. Students have a chance to expand their horizons, learn valuable life lessons, and meet people from diverse backgrounds. However, as fun as that first year can be, it also can be a very stressful time. Professors have different expectations for their students than do high school teachers. College requires a higher level of self-motivation, and it can be hard to find the perfect balance among academics, social activities, and sleep. However, there are a few things incoming freshmen can do during their first semester that will make the transition much easier. 1. Talk to Your Advisor Advisors are an invaluable resource in college. They help students streamline their schedules, get into the right classes, and maintain their grades. Academic advisors are there to make college less stressful by offering their own experience. Listening to an advisor is especially important for students who are taking double majors and do not want to accidentally end up spending two extra years in college. Advisors are wellversed in their college’s course catalog and are trained to help their students make the most of their time and money. They are a vital resource that should not be ignored. 2. Talk to Your Professors Like advisors, professors have an inside track on college life. They


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offer a wealth of information to students on everything from which paper topics to pick to which employers to contact after graduating. It always helps to have good relationships with your professors. If you show interest in them as people and not just as faceless imparters of wisdom, they will be more likely to assist you in your academic pursuits. Another reason to talk to professors is that, unlike in high school, professors are not required to track down students when they are absent from class or missing an assignment. By the time students reach college, it is generally assumed that they are responsible enough to take charge of their own education. If you skip a class, the professor does not have to tell you what you missed. You have to ask. Keeping an open line of communication with your professors will drastically improve your college experience. 3. Check Which Books You Actually Need At the beginning of each semester, college bookstores offer textbooks for all the upcoming classes. They have lists of which books correspond to which classes, and they will gladly help students find the right textbooks. However, their lists are sometimes incredibly inaccurate, and with the prices of textbooks as high as they are, you do not want to accidentally buy books you do not need. Before making any purchases, check in with your professors and find out which books you will actually be using in class. If you do not plan on using your textbooks after the semester is over, ask the bookstore if you can rent them instead of buying them. Save your money and avoid buying new books unless absolutely necessary.


4. Start Papers Early One common pitfall for students is waiting too long to start an assignment. It is easy to ignore papers that are due at the end of the semester. However, time moves quickly in college, and, before you know it, it is the night before the due date and you have 10 pages to go. To avoid this nightmare, start working on large assignments as soon as possible. This way, you can spread out the work and get feedback from your professor before turning it in. In college, it is not enough to complete the next day’s homework. You need to be looking ahead to the end of the semester. Your future self will thank you. 5. Sleep This might seem to contradict the last piece of advice, but getting enough sleep is as important as getting another page done on an assignment. Too often, college students are told that they have to sacrifice their health in order to get good grades. In reality, sleep deprivation can damage your grades as effectively as skipping assignments. This is especially true if you have a test the next day. If you stay up all night cramming for a final, you are more likely to go blank during the test. Your ability to recall information and think clearly is directly connected to how much sleep you have had. It is better to go to look over the most important information and then hit the sack. This way, your mind will be clear and focused when you start the test, instead of trapped in a fog of exhaustion. It is important to form the right habits as soon as you start college. During those first few months, you will be setting a precedent for your entire time in school. While it is possible to change bad habits later on, it is better to make the extra effort and start strong. These five pieces of advice will help you start your first year on the right foot, setting you up for a successful, enjoyable time at college. n

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SKILL Most people go through the various phases of wanting to be a fireman, or a nurse, or a policeman, or some other profession we learn about. Then we get in school and find out about various other options. Some look good, some don’t. As we begin to work, we discover most life paths require this trait. There is a tendency in human nature to avoid work. Everyone jokes about getting out of work, about doing “as little as possible,” and other opportunities for laziness. We find many people hiding behind voice mail and other modern contrivances of avoidance. But there comes to every person a time when, all of a sudden, we realize that time is running out.

When I was 21, my foreman was an “old man” of 51 years old named Dennis. He pushed me to work hard. He said he was going to teach me how to work. He said: “You have a lot of talent, boy, and nobody has ever challenged you. I intend to do just that. You don’t understand it now, but when you get to be my age, you’ll want to know each day you did a good day’s work. If you feel like you didn’t do a good day’s work, you can’t sleep at night. And you’ll learn that being able to sleep at night is a precious thing.” There was a lot of wisdom in his statement. I am seven years past the point he was when he said those words. I have observed that my generation may be the last who grew up grubbing out flow-

erbeds and raking leaves and cutting grass. We learned about work: how to do it, how to think about doing it, how to dislike it, how to get out of it. But we learned about how to work, and that is the main thing. Every time I turn around, it seems old folks my age are griping about young people not wanting to work. And I suppose that’s always been the case with old folks. But there’s a collection of wits that are developed by working when young that no amount of schooling can teach. Anyone who has ever had a young helper who didn’t know one tool from another can appreciate the wide swath of knowledge that is mostly non-existent now. We grew up fixing our bikes, building treehouses, forts, little towns in the sand using bricks and scrap lumber. We made our world every day, and in the process learned how to think and solve problems. We learned a creativity that is valuable to living life. Modern ways have presented more information and options but not much in the way of opportunity for actual learning. The ability to play a computer game on the sofa is not nearly the same learning opportunity as the ability to build a rudimentary town in the back yard. The ability to solve problems is a fundamental skill one must have to live. Learn it. Teach it.

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