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from the EDITOR Donna and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage on September 27. Twenty years is a long time. It seems like just yesterday I was hugging the porcelain queen in the church bathroom, minutes before walking into the sanctuary. I was so nervous, and had no confidence that I’d be able to make it through the ceremony. Worried and desperate, I asked God for help. Standing at the altar that day I hastily recited my vows, which expressed a depth of commitment that I could not yet appreciate. I was a dumb kid who thought he knew it all. In reality, I didn’t know ‘nuthin.’ During the service, I kept moving and shaking my legs so I wouldn’t faint. Our pastor was so concerned that he paused to ask if I was okay. Donna’s eyes were sweet, empathetic, and kind: “You’re okay,” she whispered. By God’s grace and mercy, we made through our wedding ceremony and have walked this long journey together through good and bad, laughter and tears, love and hate, kindness and anger, judgment and grace, and most importantly, repentance and forgiveness. I once envisioned marriage as a kind of fairy tale, and I believe Donna did, too. Now we know better. God brought us together for a reason, and has blessed us with three great kids. He has kept us together through our stormiest seasons, and I’m forever grateful for His kindness and favor. Although Donna may disagree, I believe I’m smarter now than I was back then. Life is the greatest teacher. There have been times when we couldn’t do it alone, and I want to thank Dorri Smith for being there when we sought counsel. Her love, wisdom, patience, and guidance has been invaluable in helping us grow and mature as a couple and as individuals. I’ve learned to be more present and available, which has made me a better husband, father, and boss. I am thankful Donna married me, and look forward to growing old together as we journey through the next 20 years.

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Events September • October Thursday, September 14 Ensemble Eclectica 300 Senate St., Columbia, 6:30 p.m. A dinner theatre to ignite your senses! Original performances created by local talent under the artistic direction of Maestra Suzanna Pavlovsky. Individual tickets/$65; Private table for 2/$200. for more information. Thursday, September 14 – Sunday, September 17 Columbia’s 31st Annual Greek Festival 2017 Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1931 Sumter St., Columbia, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. This is your chance to be Greek for a week! Enjoy music, atmosphere, food and drink,

and learn a little about Greece! for more information. Saturday, September 16 Lake Murray Dam Run Saluda Shoals Park east entrance, 6071 St. Andrews Rd., Irmo, 6:30 a.m. 10k run or 6k walk begins at Lexington side of dam concluding at Saluda Shoals Park. Event benefits the St Andrews-Columbia Rotary Club. Event will be held rain or shine. Register online at strictlyrunning. com. 803.799.4786 for more information. Saturday, September 16 8th Annual Summer Celebration of Water Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St., Columbia, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The water-themed festival provides residents of the Midlands with adult and kid-friendly water slides and splash activities while learning how to care for our Midland’s waterways with hands-on exhibits and tours. Summercelebrationofwater. com for more information.

Saturday, September 23 Newcomers Workshop Wingard’s Market, 1403 N Lake Dr., Lexington, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. If you are new to gardening, you will enjoy this well-attended workshop. Learn about soils, plants, watering, and everything in between. Cost is $10/guests receive $10 Wingard’s coupon. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Register at or call 803.359.9091. Thursday, September 28 The Great American Whiskey Fair 701 Whaley St., Columbia, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Join the largest celebration of American whiskey in the Southeast, with over 100 different distilleries and bottlers presenting over 500 whiskeys, bourbons, and ryes! Now in its fourth year, it is bigger and better than ever. $75/general admission. Friday, Sept. 29 – Saturday, Sept. 30 The Irmo Okra Strut Festival 7505 Eastview Dr., Irmo, times vary The 44th annual Irmo Okra Strut Festival will feature family fun, live music by The Root Doctors and Mothers Finest, and OKRA! for more information.

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The biblical book of Mark tells the story of Jesus encountering a man who was visually impaired. Jesus had been healing people left and right, so his reputation as a healer prompted the sightless man to cry out to Jesus as he walked by. Jesus stopped and called the man to come to him, and when he did, Jesus asked him one of the strangest questions imaginable: What do you want? The man’s reply was as predictable as Jesus’s was inscrutable: I want to see. Was that answer really a surprise to the man who had spent three years healing hundreds, maybe thousands of physical ailments? What greater need could this man possible have? Why ask the obvious? But Jesus was not asking a dumb question, nor was he perplexed about what the man really needed. Jesus’ question was designed to encourage the man to express himself, to speak his need out loud, to name it. The man’s response was an acknowledgment that only Jesus could help him. It took faith and trust to ask God to have the kind of mercy that would change the man’s life. God recognizes our everyday needs every bit as much as Jesus did for the man without sight. But stating what we need to God is critical. It shows humility to ask, it shows recognition of where help comes from, and it shows reliance on God for an answer. We all have needs. Do we ask God for them? Are we under the assumption that God has “better things to do” or that he doesn’t care about our needs? Wrong and wrong. God is a loving Father who wants the best for us. He does not give us everything we want, but he stands ready to provide us with just what we need, just when we need it. Are you ready to ask him for it? n

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Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Bethea Taylor has no trouble at all describing the greatest achievement during her term as Executive Director of the Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission. “Saluda Shoals Park! That was my baby,” she says. “It’s a great accomplishment of the entire community, with a lot of people chipping in to make it happen. I like to think of it as the crown jewel of our community.” In the mere 18 years since it opened, the park has become a premier, self-sustaining attraction for the midlands, attracting more than half a million visitors annually. Mrs. Taylor recently retired after 30 years on the staff at ICRC, serving as Program Coordinator, Development Director and Associate Executive Director before being named as Executive Director in 2008. She says the Commission started dreaming in the early 1990s; by 1997 they obtained land via long-term lease from SCE&G, and funding with a $7.5M bond issue along with the specially-created Saluda Shoals Foundation. “We received public and private donations to get it started, with 200 acres,” she recalls. “Later we were able to add another 200 acres, from the old GE plant at the corner of St. Andrews and Bush River Roads, with a huge cleanup effort to make it usable.” This Midlands transplant grew up in McColl, SC, graduating from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC. She married Jim Taylor from Hamlet, NC, and they lived there for 10 years. Upon being transferred to Columbia via his job at Bell South, they “chose Irmo for its schools, parks, and quality of life,” she says. She’s been an active leader in continuing and improving that quality of life ever since. In 2009, the Commission adopted a Master Plan which has been carried through to completion. It included renovation of Seven Oaks Park, and adding sports fields to Saluda Shoals Park, also the development of Melvin Park in Chapin with ball fields. “It seemed the right time to retire,” she believes. Mrs. Taylor retired in June, and spent her summer enjoying the grandchildren and a relaxed schedule. Beginning in September, she’s stepping into action with the Saluda Shoals District, planning for the community’s future. “You can’t sit back and watch a community grow old,” she says. “We have wonderful residential neighborhoods as well as business areas which need revitalizing. We have organized a District group with the goal of doing something positive to stabilize the area: beautification and modernization, to show off our best assets. When newcomers arrive in our towns, we want them to see a place everyone can be proud to call home.” She has been recognized with awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce, TWIN Award from Palmetto Center for Women, S.C. Recreation and Park Association Professional of the Year. Elizabeth and Jim have two adult children, Catherine and Jack, and four grandchildren. n




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w e i v e r P l l a b t o o 201 7 F Back to school time also means back to the field for our local high school football programs, and there has never been a better year to be a local football fan, with two of the four Lake Murray area teams coming off state championship seasons in 2016. That level of success is no accident, but a result of solid coaching, great support from parents, schools, and the community at large. It’s a hard act to follow, with high expectations from fans for more excitement under the Friday night lights. What’s in store for the 2017 season? Read on for our previews of Dutch Fork, Chapin, Irmo, and Ben Lippen football.




The Irmo Yellow Jackets will be entering their fourth year under head coach Reggie Kennedy, who has been slowly building the program since he arrived. At 3-8 in 2016, Kennedy says the goal this time around is a realistic one. “I’m focusing on the team improving from game to game, and having a winning season record at the end of the year,” Kennedy says. “Some of the kids who started playing for me in 9th grade will be seniors this year and it’s one of my most talented groups since I’ve been here; expectations will be high.” Kennedy will have a new offensive coordinator to shake things up, Joe Blackwell. Formerly with Camden, he’ll bring in a lot of pass option play that Kennedy says should be a good fit for the team they’ll put on the field this season. The Yellow Jackets will have experience in specialty positions on offense, with Kendrell Flowers spearheading the running game and three-year starter Raekwon Heath at wide receiver.

The defense will depend heavily on senior defensive end Trajan Jeffcoat, who added weight and strength in the off-season and after a good showing in May’s Football Skills showcase at Ridgeview High received offers from division one schools Missouri, East Carolina, Indiana, Appalachian State, and more. He’ll be joined by inside linebackers (and cousins) Timothy Land and Julius Land, both are three-year starters.


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The Chapin Eagles had a solid and successful 2016, posting an overall win-loss record of 11-3 and 4-0 in their region before falling to Hartsville in the Lower State championship game. Head coach Justin Gentry sees this as another step in the program’s progress. “This year we want to build on what we have been doing over the last several years and try to take this program to the next level,” Gentry says. The Eagles offense will have some key seniors providing experience and leadership; wide receivers Xzavion Gordon and Case Barber, running back Mark Shealy,

offensive lineman and USC commitment Hank Manos, and offensive lineman Ryan Trinter, all of whom started last season. On the defensive side of the ball, look for linemen Jake Earley and Jake Drag, outside linebackers Jake Watson and James Wells, safety Taylor Lehman, and cornerback Nick Price to have a great season. The Eagles will again offer up a balanced attack on offense using a spread to run and throw as close to 50-50 as they


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Silver Foxes It would be difficult if not impossible to improve on the year the 2016 Dutch Fork Silver Foxes had, winding up as 5A state champions and notching the first undefeated season in school history at 15-0 after their season-capping victory over Boiling Springs. Head coach Tom Knotts knows this and acknowledges the team will have to reload with new players in new positions and gain experience quickly to attempt another successful season, not to mention a repeat championship. “The offensive line will be inexperienced and may struggle early,” Knotts says. “We are talented and fast at the skill positions and hopefully that will help us through our tough early games.” On offense, Knotts predicts that sophomores Graeson Underwood and Ty Olenchuk will battle for 1st team quarterback duties. Whoever is behind center will have multiple options in the team’s one-back set, from sophomore running back Ron Hoff to wide receivers Bryce Thompson (transferred back from Ben Lippen after playing for the Falcons in 2016) and Taj Thomas, and tight end Brandon Shealey. Mike Jamison, Jalin Hyatt, and Gage Zirke will all get significant playing time as well. All-Region senior Charles Hoover and senior Chris Burton will anchor the offensive line. Defensively, Knotts is confident the Silver Foxes will be effective again despite losing star linebacker Blake Branham to

ACL surgery in May. “The inside linebackers will still be strong, with juniors Josiah Commander and Lance Fuhr,” Knotts says. “There is a lot of competition to fill the weak side, with Kyle Ecton, Perrin Berry, Jarvis McClurkin, and Elijah Fulmore each vying for the spot.” Elsewhere on the defense, which will be a repeat of last season’s 3-4 scheme, Alex Smith moves from strong safety to outside linebacker, and the line will have to replace the dominant 300-pound nose tackle Shane Savage from last year with a crew that includes starters Jamar Walker, Donte Johnson, and Elijah Fulmore.


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Ben LipPEN FALCONS The Falcons of Ben Lippen made their own history last year by earning the first state championship in school history, in the SCISA 3A division. Head coach Derek White doesn’t see that as the end of a quest, but the beginning of a winning tradition. “The goal every year should be the same,” Coach White says when asked what goals he set for the team this year. “Winning a championship.” For a small school, Ben Lippen turns out more than its fair share of college prospects; this year’s squad is no different. Offensive linemen Blake Harris, Matt Johnson, and Justin Kiett all have college offers, along with wide receiver Will Cureton. Kyle Wright may be the most talked about small school prospect in the state, playing both running back and defensive end. The Falcons will field senior Trad Beatty at quarterback after his transfer from Chapin in the off season; Beatty committed to Temple over the summer. Look for Javian Bellamy and Ryan Fleming at wide

receivers; also contributing will be Ryan Hooks, Trey Norman, Akele Pauling, and Chris Haynesworth. White expects the defense to be dependable, if a bit young. “We should be good on the back end with Kyle Wright and Tyrique Brown, along with Cole Burns,” He says. “And in the secondary we return almost everyone, including Manning Turbeville and Ryan McCray.” White is flexible in his approach to


coaching and play calling, he says. “I’m not stuck on a system, I just figure out what’s best for us,” White says. “We had to become run-oriented last year but we should be more balanced this season.” As for attempting to follow up a state championship season, White and his team are embracing the challenge. “We’re telling our kids that we want to be here, we’re okay with that target on our back,” He says. “It’s about getting better every day.”

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With back-to-school season in full swing, parents and guardians are planning out their children’s fall schedules. It’s difficult to know exactly how many extracurricular activities your children should register for, how often you’ll be able to schedule fun family events, and when you’ll be able to find time for yourself and your own interests within your children’s busy schedules. Pediatricians, teachers, and parenting experts all agree that it’s important to consider the balance of different activities in your child’s life. When you are planning activities and events several months in advance, it is easy to lose sight of the actual time commitment required, and the impact that all of these commitments will have on your family’s health and happiness. As you plan for the 2017-2018 school year, think about these recommendations to ensure that your child has the chance to live a balanced life.

Sleep Recommended Time: 9–11 hours nightly for children; 8–10 hours nightly for teenagers Medical professionals know that time spent sleeping is the most important part of any child’s day (or night!). Children and teenagers need high-quality, uninterrupted sleep in order to experience optimal physical, mental, and emotional health. Too many children are bringing electronic devices into the bedroom and secretly staying up late playing video games or engaging with social media. Consider setting up a family charging station in a common area, where everyone (parents included) places their phones at least 30 minutes before bedtime every evening.

School (and Homework) Recommended Time: Regular school hours, plus up to 30 minutes for elementary students, up to one hour for junior high students, and up to two hours for high school students Attending school every day is not negotiable. In addition to falling behind in their learning, students who are chronically absent from school experience social anxiety, as they become more and more distanced from their peers. However, there are a broader range of opinions about the importance of homework in a child’s routine. Generally, homework is an opportunity to practice and gain confidence with new skills or go above and beyond the basic expectations in an assignment. If you suspect your child has

Pediatricians, teachers, and parenting experts all agree that it’s important to consider the balance of different activities in your child’s life.




more homework than his or her peers, it may be because your child is not using class time effectively. Talk to your child’s teacher (in a non-confrontational tone) to see why your child is bringing home so much work. Family Recommended Time: At least six hours per week In 2015, researchers discovered that teenagers who spent at least six hours each week engaged in quality time with their parents had better academic success and emotional health than teenagers who spent less time with their parents. There’s no reason not to adopt this six-hour minimum when your children are still young. Quality family time includes family meals (put those phones away), volunteering together, exploring your hometown, and even just chatting over a glass of cold lemonade. Friends Recommended Time: At least 10 hours per week Childhood is when young people learn important social skills that will stay

with them for life. Children who spend time with their friends learn to communicate, work together, solve problems collaboratively, share, and respect different perspectives. Allow your house to be a safe and supervised gathering place for your child and his or her friends; get to know the parents of your child’s friends so that you can feel comfortable when they want to come over after school or have a weekend sleepover party. Physical Activity Recommended Time: At least 1 hour daily Don’t rely on your child’s physical education teacher to get him or her moving. As a parent, you should ensure that your child gets active outside of school for at least one hour each day. School sports teams, community athletics, and independent activities such as mountain

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biking, swimming, or running are all good ways for your child to get his or her heart rate rising. For best results, get sweaty together to demonstrate your whole family’s commitment to health and fitness (plus, exercising together can count towards your six weekly hours of quality family time). Unstructured Time Recommended Time: At least 1 hour daily Unlike organized clubs and teams, or parent-directed trips to the museum or park, unstructured time allows young people to choose what they want to do and how they want to do it. This is when younger children learn to be creative, spontaneous, and imaginative. For teenagers, this is free time to pursue their personal passions and interests. Unstructured time shouldn’t be spent in front of a screen, but it’s fine for kids to spend some of this time reading a book.

Screen Time Recommended Time: 0 minutes per day The research is clear: The more time children and teenagers spend in front of a screen, the more harmful it is to their development. Children who are fixated on screens miss out on opportunities to learn from their environment, demonstrate lower academic achievement, become too comfortable with inactivity and often engage in unhealthy online interactions with others. With laptops, tablets and smartphones all around us, it may not be realistic to deny your children access to these devices. Instead, limit and monitor their usage closely and set a positive example for your youngest family members. Do not allow these recommendations to overwhelm you. In fact, if you plan out a weekly calendar, you will discover that it’s easy to balance all of the elements of a healthy childhood, as long as you do a little bit of pre-planning. Consider involving your spouse, your neighbors, and the parents of your children’s friends in working together to create an optimal lifestyle for all of the young people in your lives. n

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t’s the time of year that South Carolinians start dreaming about months before the actual due date – autumn. Thanks to the sweltering summers, the change of seasons brings a feeling of physical relief, as locals are finally able to cut air-conditioners down and enjoy the crisp, cool breeze. A breeze that carries the smells and sounds of high school and college football, the state fair, pumpkin everything, Halloween festivities, and so much more that, really, this could turn into an article about all the things to love about fall. Instead, our focus here will be on fall fashions. The staples are iconic: leggings, scarves, cardigans, hoodies, boots, and layers galore. In this article, we take a deeper look at what is popular in the world of high fashion and how to translate the current trends into everyday wearable styles for adults, teens, and children alike.

90’s Fashion A controversial trend, you either love it or hate it with opinions on the look rarely being neutral. Agree or disagree; it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Fortunately, there are subtle ways to incorporate the trend into your look and avoid looking like a season 1 Rachel from Friends. Consider the following articles from a 90’s wardrobe that are trending: high-waisted jeans (cuffed, ripped, or light wash for extra points), crop tops, chokers, the iconic slip dress, velvet, low-top sneakers (Keds, Converse, Vans, etc.), and loafers.

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To avoid looking too trendy, pair your high-waisted and cuffed jeans with a silky, ribbed tank top underneath a duster with stiletto heels. Wear a couch floral print dress and pair it with a clean, no frills, suede choker. The key with this look is to make sure it is balanced with clean, modern, circa 2017 wardrobe elements. Just a dash of 90s is all it takes to take your outfit up a notch.

Boutique in Lexington, reminds us that the children’s clothing market also stays abreast of current fashions in a friendly, age-appropriate way. “We have been really excited to bring a popular t-shirt brand into our store this season. Honey Bee Tees are known for their simple, timeless designs, which moms love. Plus they are super comfortable, so kids love to wear them!”

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Couch Florals “Couch floral” prints can be distinguished from traditional roses and daisy prints by their markedly vintage feel. Their name comes from the fact that these prints were literally inspired by vintage, floral couches. One famous designer reports having fallen in love with her boyfriend’s grandfather’s vintage floral couch and then hand drawing the pattern from the couch and using it as a print in her 2017 fall collection. Couch florals are typically set onto a soft background color such as grey or mauve and come in large and small patterns. Larger prints emphasize an area, and smaller prints can be used for camouflage. You can find this print in a variety of styles; kimonos are a very popular choice, along with dresses, tops, and shoes. Rachel Romanelli, consultant for LuLaRoe Rachel Donna, says, “I am loving couch floral prints this fall! The bohemian/vintage look is created best with fabric that flows. It looks great matched with denim or lace – the possibilities are endless. LuLaRoe has taught me that the best outfits are created without overthinking matching prints and we are very excited that LuLaRoe Corporate has purchased the old Bose warehouse in Blythewood!”

“We take a deeper look at what is popular in the world of high fashion and how to translate the current trends into every day, wearable styles for adults, teens, and children alike.”

Statement Tees The statement tee is a versatile piece that is great for expressing the wearer’s personality or mood. The trend’s recent resurgence can be attributed to Dior’s We Should All Be Feminists slogan tee, which set the fashion world on fire this past spring. Many designers followed suit, and the slogan tee is officially everywhere. It certainly does not have to be political in nature, with a variety of slogans and phrases available for purchase, such as Lit, Flawless, Girl Gang, Wow, and Victoria Beckham’s cheeky Fashion Stole My Smile tee. The beauty of this trend is truly its versatility. Pair it with a blazer to dress it up, tuck it into a skirt for a look that says flirty with an edge, or simply toss it over a pair of leggings and under a zip-up hoody to casually express yourself. Tiffany Stowers, owner of James and Eloise Fine Children’s 42 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017

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Classic Plaid A fall and winter staple for those with a lean toward the classics, the pattern, in its various incarnations, made a noticeably large splash on runways this season. Models sported the classic, Scottish tartan plaid, Glen plaid (a la the classic Burberry plaid), and also checks. The pattern was seen on puffer jackets, blazers, pants, dresses, and even bustiers. Wear it in a more modern cut like a bustier or a peplum dress for edge, or pair it with leather pants or leggings. To keep it casual, ladies wear a larger size paired with leggings and sneakers, booties, or loafers. Jeremy Addy, owner of Craig Reagin Clothiers, chimes in on the trend: “A plaid shirt or Prince of Wales check blazer is always a great investment. This fall though, you’ll apply checks to knitwear, trousers, and other jackets. Checks started off small and subtle but have become more bold as guys have grown confident in wearing them.”

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Celebrate the change of seasons with a fall wardrobe refresh. Fortunately, our locally owned Lexington retailers carry the newest trends on the market and have the fashion expertise to help you put together a tailgating, state fair date or coffee shop outfit to remember (and post on social media). n

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hey say God made man just a little lower than the angels. Some people state the above with a sniff of arrogance, as if to say: “Yes, I, and those like me, am indeed just a little lower than the angels, and not that much lower, mind you.” I think: “Eck.” Besides that, God made just about everything a little lower than the angels. A careful observer notices an awful lot of folks were created an awful lot lower than the angels, as opposed to just a “little lower.” I can’t help remembering it’s also proclaimed that man is the highest of all animals. Anyone who believes that has never had a good dog.

I am one of the lucky ones. I have Three Good Dogs. They are not only good, but they are smarter than most people I’ve met. If I could find 100 men who were as smart and loyal as my dogs, I could take over the western hemisphere without firing a shot and everyone affected would think it was a great idea. Khaki leads Sunny and Spunky, and Khaki’s Lesson is simple. Like all simple lessons, it oversimplifies quickly. All manner of people will object because “it doesn’t fit their situation.” Those well-meaning folks must understand I’m not talking about them, so they can complain elsewhere. I’m interested in the lesson that fits folks willing to actually work at finding their life’s path.

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I mowed my back field during the last week. I’m told this is really a simple project if I’d just started it sooner. The back field is pretty big, and some of the weeds were eight feet tall. You’re correct when you say this sounds ridiculous. But here’s the thing: Khaki and Sunny and Spunky follow along beside the tractor watching for field rats to run. They saunter along with all the Happy-Dog signs: tail and ears up with a big tongue-hanging-out grin. It’s not long before the three smartest people I know are on a big chase. They don’t always catch the rat, and they completely miss a few. But when they catch one, they sling it around, and let it go. And then they chase it again. The chase continues until the rat gives up and expires, and then the boys are off to find another. These three are content to sleep all day long, believe me. But they are at their best and happiest when they are busy facing the challenge of the relatively tiny rat in the big field. Everybody knows a Dog-Year is seven human-years. Khaki is pushing eleven years old, and I can see how age sometimes makes him feeble. But the tractor’s cranking sound makes time disappear and Khaki springs into action like a three year old in his prime. He has the purpose and challenge that makes life good. I’m pushing eight and a half in DogYears. I’ve learned my days are better when I follow Khaki’s lead. n

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Parmesan Chicken Foil Packet 4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless 3 cups pasta sauce 2 zucchini, sliced 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. Italian seasoning Salt & pepper to taste 1/4 cup olive oil Spaghetti, cooked Parsley, freshly chopped Preheat grill to medium heat. Spray four 12×18-inch foil pieces with cooking spray. Divide zucchini over the four pieces of foil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to taste and 2T Parmesan cheese. Add 1/3 cup pasta sauce on top of the zuc-

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2 MONTHS FREE! With Complete Maintenance Package Offer Expires 9/30/17 48 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017

Irmo-Chapin Life - Sept 17'  

Irmo Chapin Life Magazine was launched in 2011 to serve the residents who live around the Lake Murray. The magazine was created as a direct-...

Irmo-Chapin Life - Sept 17'  

Irmo Chapin Life Magazine was launched in 2011 to serve the residents who live around the Lake Murray. The magazine was created as a direct-...