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40 INSIDE the ISSUE FEATURES Summer is in full swing and so are summer vacations. Where are you heading or headed this summer? Our family is headed to the Outer Banks for a week of rest and relaxation. I have never been to the Outer Banks before and am excited to tour the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. I hear the Outer Banks is a wonderful place and a week without cell phone service (I hear Sprint doesn’t work in the Outer Banks) will be nice. Even though I now “foot the bill,” I appreciate vacations more now, than I did as a kid. As my family grows older and our kids are more independent, time spent with them dwindles. They would rather be most anywhere then with their mom and dad. However, on vacation they are held captive and thus “stuck” with us. Vacation provides me extra time to spend with them outside of the normal confines and responsibilities of home and school. We get to explore and discover new things together. Soon they will grow into adulthood, but for right now it is refreshing, and nerve wracking, to watch them find their own way. Trust me, a lot of prayers are sent up for God to look over and protect them. Thanks for taking the time to read the magazine. I know it shows up in your mailbox with a bunch of other “stuff” and I appreciate you finding time to read it. Everyone works very hard to produce the publication and we are thankful for our sponsors and readers who make it all possible. Enjoy the rest of your summer and have a fantastic vacation, wherever that may lead you. Todd Shevchik

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Events JULY-AUGUST Monday, July 8-July 11 Moondoggie’s Paddlecamp at Shealy’s Landing (Ballentine) 317 Shadowood Dr., Irmo, SC 29063, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Join Steve “Moondoggie” Fisher, a veteran high school teacher who started camps in California in the 1980’s! Kids ages 8-14 are invited to experience our 9th summer of paddleboarding camp! All they need is water and sunscreen, we will provide the rest-$125 can be paid online at or in person on the first day. Call or text Steve for more information at (803)608-5033 Saturday, July 13 Tasty Tomato Festival Earlewood Park, 1113 Recreation Dr., Columbia, 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Sustainable Midlands will be hosting the 10th Annual Tasty Tomato Festival. The Midlands community is invited to come together to celebrate locally grown food, the people who grow it, the restaurants who serve it, the markets that sell it, and the people who eat it at this free event. For more information, visit Monday, July 15-Tuesday, July 16 SC Autism Society Fatz Restaurant, 942 E. Main St., Lexington, 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. The SC Autism Society has teamed up with Fatz Restaurant in Lexington for a SC Autism Society Spirit Fundraiser! A portion of each purchase will be donated to raise awareness and serve individuals with Autism. For more information on how to get involved, visit Saturday, July 20 Wild Summer’s Night Auction & Wild Game Feast 1125 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Join in the fun and support wildlife conservation and education

programs through the non-profit S.C. Wildlife Federation’s annual event! Drawings, games, and auctions include art, jewelry, guided birding and wildlife watching trips, hunting and fishing excursions, river and kayak tours, hunting and fishing equipment, and much more! The feast will include venison, quail, duck, alligator, catfish, shrimp and many other varieties of wildlife. Tickets are $75, for more information call (803)256-0670. Friday, July 26 Flannel Fest: A Tribute to Grunge Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. It’s a night full of “grunge” rock with four elite bands playing tribute to Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, and Pearl Jam. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, rain or shine. Visit for more information. Saturday, July 27 Annual Saxe Gotha Yard Sale Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Join us in the Atrium of the Lighthouse at the rear campus for shopping, donating items and spreading the word. Donation drop off is July 22 - 25 and July 26, contact Meredith Cully for more information at Sunday, July 28-August 4 Peter Pan, Jr. Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Ave., Lexington This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years and is now adapted for young Junior Arts performers. $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors, military, students and youth, visit for more information.

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The greatest difference between “morning people” and those who prefer to sleep in is in the way that they approach it. You might not like waking up at the crack of dawn and repeating the morning ritual, but it won’t get any easier until you learn to accept the challenge and throw yourself into it. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to get started on the right foot before heading out the door. Here are five great ways to start your day. 1. Wake up early

Of course, this isn’t as easy for some as it is for others. However, if you take a good look at those who are accustomed to it, you’ll notice that they tend to be more organized and lead more balanced lives. If this is new to you, you might want to start by getting everything ready the night before. Try preparing your lunch, ironing your clothes, and having everything handy for your breakfast, so you can avoid forgetting something and rushing back into the house at the last minute. Remember that this won’t get any easier until you start going to bed earlier as well. The two go hand in hand, and, while it may take some time to firmly establish this habit, your body will gradually adjust. 8 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | JULY/AUGUST 2019

2. Exercise every morning

If you have everything ready the night before, it shouldn’t be too hard to squeeze in a few minutes for exercise. Even 15 minutes of stretching can make a huge difference. Activating your muscles in the morning invigorates the body, making it possible for you to leave for work or appointments fully awake and alert. This is the opposite of what happens when you keep hitting the “snooze” button. A brisk morning walk is a great way to start your day with some needed sunshine. Sunlight is vital for the body’s natural production of vitamin D, which is necessary for maintaining a healthy immune system and healthy bones. If you can make a habit out of catching a few rays with your exercise each morning, you’ll probably wind up healthier than many of your colleagues. 3. Eat breakfast

Breakfast is your most important meal of the day. Skipping it robs you of your first chance to feed your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to fight off the ravages of stress. This can lead to that sluggish feeling we all love to hate. A small, light breakfast will energize you and kick-start your metabolism.

This will allow your body to begin burning off those pesky fat cells we also love to hate. At that early hour, all you need is a high-fiber, low-fat breakfast with a side of fruit. 4. Have a to-do list ready

Keeping a list of things that need to be done is one of the best favors you can do for yourself. You don’t have to write everything on this list but, rather, the most important things and those you’re most likely to forget. In fact, the longer the list is, the less enthusiastic you’ll be when you see it. This is why it’s best to focus your efforts on those tasks that have the greatest impact and compose your to-do list around these priorities. Remember that the whole point of the list is to keep your mind clear and focused enough to get things done efficiently. Trying to tackle too many lesser tasks will leave you cluttered and overwhelmed by the magnitude of your responsibilities. 5. Meditate

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Faye Norris Faye Norris’ storied career is built upon numbers, all high: Three state championships, more than 500 game victories, 30 years of coaching, and her No. 10 jersey retired. But for this winning basketball professional, it’s not about the numbers; it’s all about the girls and their teams. “I love what I do, and that’s because I see young women develop character, learn self-discipline, and grow into team players,” she says. “They can earn basketball scholarships, but what’s more important, they go on into adult life with what they learned on the court. It’s awesome!” The talent of this outstanding athlete was discovered early, when she went out for basketball as a teenager in the church league at her home town of Aiken. In high school, she led her team to the state championship in 1975, and during the next years played as a college student at USC – Aiken. There, she was inducted into the school’s hall of fame, and her college No. 10 jersey was retired in her honor. Her skills landed her in the professional draft, and she was signed by the Milwaukee Does of the WNBA. That struggling team folded after a few short years, and Norris then launched her teaching and coaching career, starting with West Side High School in Augusta, Georgia. That was in the1990s. Now, decades later, she looks back on coaching stints in Augusta and then in North Augusta, South Carolina, before she was lured to the Midlands to head up the girls’ basketball program at Dutch Fork High School. There, over the past 11 years, her teams reached the play-offs 11 times, the final four six times, and three state championships. She also coached in North-South and NC-SC all-star games. Her latest recognition came with induction into the South Carolina Hall of Fame last March. But that’s no signal of retirement for Faye Norris. “I want to keep doing this as long as possible,” she says. “I like being active and watching players develop. I have been teaching Sunday school at my church for many years. That’s the Second Baptist Church in Aiken, the same one where I started playing ball in the 1970s. It’s how I can give to the community.” Her ex-husband Zachary was inducted into that same Hall of Fame in 2017, and just won another state title with Keenan High School in Columbia. Their two children, Crystal and Ryan, both played the game. The three grands, Jayla, Sebastian, and Asher, just may follow that tradition also. n





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About 10 years ago, stand-up paddleboarding, an easy-to-do watersport for almost any age, surfaced at Lake Murray, and Steve Fisher, a veteran California surfer and the current president of the Lake Murray Paddle Club, was instrumental in promoting this activity in the area. Today, scores of local enthusiasts continue to grow this popular pastime as a fun and leisurely endeavor or even as a competitive sport. For countless generations, people have floated on flat structures and pushed their crafts forward with oar-like poles to fish, trade, or travel. In recent years, a modern watersport known as stand-up paddleboarding (i.e., “SUP”) mirrors this ancestral practice, but the


reinvented version of this tradition could reasonably be traced to the shores of major surfing zones in California and Hawaii. “Stand-up paddleboarding is a wonderful form of recreation for almost everybody,” says Steve Fisher, a local social studies teacher at Dutch Fork High School who moonlights as a SUP instructor and as the current president of the Lake Murray Paddle Club. “I always tell people that it is the easiest watersport they will ever do. I have never had anyone who could not do it. Each can participate at his own level of comfort.” Mr. Fisher is a Southern California transplant who began surfing in his teen years. “I structured my life around

dleboarding! ing,” he says and “drove a Volkswagen van with surfboards always in the back.” “I surfed competitively some,” he recalls, “but mostly I was a ‘soul surfer’ (surfing merely for the pleasure and sense of self-expression that comes from it). My identity was very much wrapped up in my passion for surfing.” He even earned the literary epithet of “Moondoggie,” a moniker to which he still responds. Naturally, Mr. Fisher worked as a surfing instructor, but he also became a high school teacher and started a family before moving to Irmo, South Carolina, in the mid-2000s. Prone paddleboarding on Lake Murray soon became one of his favorite pastimes, and it drew a lot

of positive interest from the public at the lake, so “I began to try to find ways that I might be the one who introduces this sport to the people of central South Carolina.” Around that time, however, “I first heard about stand-up paddleboarding and the remarkable growth it was experiencing worldwide.” In 2010, after purchasing several stand-up paddleboards, Mr. Fisher began sponsoring summer camps, parties, and paddleboard events all over the lake. “This is where my passion was,” he says. “I enjoyed being the conduit for many people to experience this wonderful new sport.” Since then, the activity’s popularity has grown exponentially. “Now, I am

in my ninth year of business,” he says. “Each summer, I barely have a chance to sit down and am on a paddleboard many hours every day.” “Paddleboarding is for everyone,” Mr. Fisher insists. “I have had paddlers as young as four years up to 80 years.” Because children under age eight may not be able to paddle by themselves, he recommends that they ride on the deck of a paddleboard with a parent. “Dogs often go along for a ride in the same fashion,” he adds. “I find that the driving force behind paddleboarding are women,” he says, and many times couples will paddleboard together. Mr. Fisher theorizes that “one of the benefits of paddleboarding – besides the physical exercise of it – is that it can be done casually, at someone’s own pace, and can be done while having a conversation.” “Also, this is a very easy activity,” he explains. “I often tell people ‘after five




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minutes, you will be paddling like you’ve done it all your life.’ So, on the very first attempt, people can have a pleasant enjoyable paddle and talk while doing so.” Perhaps its versatility is its greatest appeal. “Beginners can stand and slowly paddle in quiet coves, paddleboard racers can have strenuous workouts year around and compete in organized paddleboard races on any given weekend, and SUP surfing can be done on stand-up paddleboards on waves all around the world,” says Mr. Fisher. “People fish from stand-up paddleboards. There is even a Special Olympics standup paddleboarding team.” The supplies needed to SUP are relatively basic and include a proper-sized paddleboard, a paddle, and a Coast Guard-approved, personal flotation device (PFD). Wearing an ankle leash that attaches to the board is also prudent because, “In case of emergency,” says Mr. Fisher, “the paddleboard itself 16 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | JULY/AUGUST 2019

is the best lifesaving device of all.” Purchasing “a hard epoxy rising fiberglass stand-up paddleboard and the accompanying equipment costs approximately $1,000,” explains Mr. Fisher, “so before making that investment, I highly recommend renting boards from a reputable rental outfitter. “There are several outfitters on the lake that will rent paddleboards,” he adds, “and you launch from that point.” Other accessible entry points along Lake Murray include the Larry Koon Landing off of Shore Road and the SCE&G parking lot on the Irmo side of the Lake Murray Dam. To provide more information about SUP, the Lake Murray Paddle Club hosts an active Facebook page. “The club is now eight years old and boasts over 200 members. It is a very warm inviting group that paddles one night a week at various locations on the lake,” says Mr. Fisher. “In addition to the Spe-

cial Olympics involvement (many club members serve as coaches), the club is active many weekends going to races all over the Southeast.” “I am a local SUP business owner, that is true,” concludes Mr. Fisher. “But my far bigger mission is to put this sport in the spotlight and to get people out of their easy chairs into the beautiful outdoors and away from their computer screens.” n

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I was in a coffee shop once seated next to two people who were talking about their work. Well, not talking about it as much as complaining about it. They were coworkers, and one of them was in her work uniform, making her identifiable as a server in a local restaurant. They were talking loudly – very loudly – not seeming to mind that their conversation was being shared by customers at other tables. The restaurant they were discussing was one I knew well and had always been impressed with its service, food, and staff. What I was hearing from these two insiders was the exact opposite of those impressions. Every one of us has, at one point or another, vented to someone else about what’s wrong at our place of business. The problem was not what they were doing, it was the venue in which they chose to do it – surrounded by others who had no other context. Jesus said that His followers would be known for their attitude and behavior. He referred to this in Matthew 7:16 as “fruit” they would bear. Whether we are alumni of a university, members of a family, or employees of a company, we represent someone or something. Even if we do not realize it, people are watching us and forming their opinions of whoever or whatever we represent by seeing our fruit – how we act and what we say. What kind of impression are you leaving with others these days? n

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Whoever said you can’t buy happiness clearly was not making that statement from a bed swing. One of the more brilliant Southern inventions, a bed swing is a bed in a wooden frame that hangs from the ceiling or porch eaves by thick ropes. Instead of the up and down arc of a porch swing or the banana curve of a hammock, hanging out in a bed swing feels like floating. I climbed in my first bed swing at a friend’s house. It was in her sunroom

where we were supposed to be having a grown-up conversation about business. I reflexively exhaled. My blood pressure dropped. My shoulders unknotted. Suddenly I felt very happy, like a five-yearold with a kitten and a candy bar. Vaguely, I could hear my friend droning on about business, but I no longer cared. I just wanted her to be quiet and leave me


alone. Maybe bring me a glass of wine and a book first. Now raise your hand if you remember the last time you got a full eight hours of sleep. Exactly. I climbed in my second bed swing at a home show. I thought, “I’m just going to close my eyes for a second.” And then you know what happened? The representative laughed. He said people fall asleep in his bed swings all the time at trade shows. To prove it, he whipped out his phone and showed me a montage of

guys in suits, 10-year-olds, moms, grandpas, young couples, and everyone in between completely conked out in his bed swings in the middle of convention centers. Being the humane sort, he said he never wakes them up. That’s when it hit me: We’re all walking around sleep-deprived, stressed-out, and cranky while the answer to all of our problems is right in front of us: Bed swings. No matter where you live, you can have one, too. Traditionally, a bed swing frame fits a twin mattress and is about the size of a daybed, but most companies will custom-make one smaller or larger and cut a piece of dense foam to fit. If you have room for a traditional size, you can order mattress covers online. Otherwise, making a washable zippered cover is an easy project for a local seamstress. Bedswing companies usually offer custom textile packages that include accent pillows, and they’re worth the extra cost. If you’re hanging your swing outside on a porch or under a pergola or gazebo, a water-resistant Sunbrella fabric cover will keep it clean and dry. If you’re hanging your swing inside, you can use any standard twin mattress and sheet or a washable cotton cover. Bed swings aren’t just for porches, by the way. These days, they’re being used as all manner of indoor beds and sofas. Bed swings also come in a nearly infinite variety of colors and finishes. From contemporary to rustic or shabby chic, there is a bed swing that will fit your style. If you’re handy, you can even build your own in a weekend.




Back at the home show, where I’m nodding off, I realized that I would be a better human if I had a bed swing of my own. At the time, I had a small screenedin porch, so I ordered a custom swing that would fit my space. My little swing was terrific; eventually, however, I longed for the luxury of full-size bed swing. So I did what any rational person would do: I sold my house. Soon the full-size bed swing was installed my new place, which was not ideal in any other way except that it had a large screened porch. The problem was, on any given evening the bed swing was full of neighbors and friends. There were unspoken rules about how long one could hog the swing before politely swapping out, but there was always a line. They all had that glazed look, too. I could tell each one of them was wishing I would bring them a beverage and leave them alone. Frequently, I did. People exhaled. They chilled and relaxed. The bedswing was creating world peace, albeit in tiny concentric circles rippling out from my neighborhood. Finally, quiet Sunday mornings found

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my family, including four fur people, piled in the bed swing together. In winter, we brought out fleece blankets and sipped coffee. In summer, we switched to cool linen and white wine. The house itself was a bit of a nightmare, but the porch and the bed swing were divine. And then, quite by accident, we found the perfect house. Perfect except it didn’t have a porch or a single square inch to spare inside. We moved again. As happy as we are now in our forever home, without a bed swing I didn’t feel as rested, relaxed, or connected to my little family as I had when we were spending hours – or entire Sundays –

together reading, talking, planning, or napping in the bed swing. So I did what any rational person would do: I got rid of my dining room furniture and hung up a bed swing. Where we eat food now isn’t essential to the story because, thanks to the bed swing, once again I’m the best me I can be. There are stacks of travel guides and books on a side table, a fat basket of quilts for naps, and a pair of binoculars for spotting birds migrating outside the picture window. I am rested. I am relaxed. I’m up to date on the story arc of my husband and his work nemesis. The fur people in our house are mellow and well attended. Yes, our friends and neighbors are surprised when they find a bed swing where the dining table should be, but as soon as they’re installed in it with a glass of wine and a bit of cheese, they realize how extraneous and pointless all other furniture truly is. The bed swing, that magical Southern invention, is what your home is missing. It’s what your life is missing. And it may just be what the world has been missing. n

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James Cromwell, notable actor and animal activist, has insightfully stated, “Pets are humanizing. They remind us that we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” Because of their domesticated situation, these special companions rely wholly upon their human counterparts to provide for their every need. When critical care is necessary, this may require the expertise of the trained professionals at the local VCA (Veterinary Centers of America) Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina.

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VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina:

When Four-Footed Companions Need Critical Care by Marilyn Thomas

According to the American Pet Products Association, a leading source of reliable statistics in their field, 68 percent of American households have pets. Thus, many people seek to experience that extraordinary and beneficial bond that can only exist between humans and their four-legged friends. Although an animal companion can be a special source of unconditional love and enjoyment, the American Veterinary Medical Association reminds owners that “the benefits of pet ownership come with responsibilities,” and one of those obligations is to maintain appropriate health care. When a pet has a critical medical need, the VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina, situated within the greater Columbia area, offers daily ap34 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | JULY/AUGUST 2019

pointments during the week and is also available after hours for emergency situations. Its website at south-carolina-surgery offers more information about hours, services, and the professionals who work there. “In order to ensure the best care for your pet and to use your time efficiently, we do require referrals from your family veterinarian,” explains April Rees, the VCA hospital manager. “The biggest challenge we face is providing the highest quality of medicine that is still within the financial reach of those we aim to serve,” says Lauren Jones, the VCA’s assistant hospital manager. “Our hospital provides 24-hour care, superior anesthesia monitoring, highly trained technicians, board-certified doctors,




“We make every effort to comfort our clients and their pets, not only while they are in our hospital but during every interaction we have.”

of-the-art equipment, and the list goes on. We strive to meet and exceed the quality of medicine and care you would receive from a human hospital.” Although currently located at 3912 Fernandina Road, the original practice “was established by Dr. Randy Basinger in 1989” at another site, says manager Rees. “We moved here in 2009 and have continued to grow since Dr. Basinger’s retirement in 2012.” The proverbial baton was passed on to the hospital’s present medical director and neurologist Dr. William Draper, when he joined the VCA in August 2012. His impressive credentials include a

bachelor’s degree in biological sciences; a doctorate in veterinary medicine (DVM); internships in small animal medicine, surgery, and neurology; and a residency in neurology and neurosurgery. Generally, “We are a ‘small animal’ facility – dogs and cats,” says Dr. Draper. “However, we occasionally work with the local zoos and wildlife preserves in South Carolina.” Because of its central location within the state, “It is common for us to see patients all the way from Augusta and Myrtle Beach,” he adds. “We frequently see the extreme cases, the long and difficult surgical cases, the cases with rare brain disorders, and the occasional exotic animal,” says assistant Jones. “We have also been recognized by our local sheriff’s department for working with its K9 department.” “We currently provide surgery, neurology, and rehabilitation services,” she adds. “Our hospital is here to help with cases when your family veterinarian has exhausted their hospital’s options. Some examples of our more common procedures include cruciate rupture repairs, fracture repairs, foreign body removals (when your pet eats something they weren’t supposed to), tumor removals, hernia repairs, and spinal surgeries like hemilaminectomies and ventral slot surgeries.” Another characteristic that makes this clinic unique is that it also functions as a teaching hospital. “We are one of the only, if not the only, veterinary hospital in South Carolina that provides internships to veterinarians who are pursuing board certification,” says Jones. “Having these interns with us forces our doctors to be up to date on the latest research in their fields and to stay sharp on their basic skills as they teach the up-and-coming generations.” Furthermore, the clinic is accredited by

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friends as well as professional colleagues,” he adds, “They’re a great resource and have always made themselves available for advice. Some of the specialists have actually assisted me with cases at my own hospital.” Another local veterinarian, Dr. Cameron Barkley of Millcreek Animal Hospital, also located in Lexington, says, “I refer patients [to VCA] who require a specialized surgery or medical workup that exceeds the capacity of a general practice.” As examples, she mentions “specialized orthopedic cases or compli-

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Make SUMMER READING Fun for the Whole Family By Kristen Carter

Even if your kids enjoy reading, it can be difficult to incorporate regular and sustained reading into a busy schedule, even during summer. For kids who don’t enjoy reading or who struggle with it, enforcing daily reading may feel like a constant battle. The inarguable fact is that kids who read during the summer avoid what’s sometimes called the summer slide. They may return to school in the fall with decreased reading comprehension and waste the month just getting back to their original reading level. It’s like asking them to push a giant rock uphill for nine months, but then telling them to let go when they are a quarter of the distance from the top. Better to keep the rock moving. The good news is that reading doesn’t have to be chore, even for your most reluctant child. The trick is to turn reading into a family activity. If parents aren’t reading, kids quickly associate reading with something akin to homework: A special punishment for kids and something nobody really wants to do. You must demonstrate that reading is an escape from reality, an individu38 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | JULY/AUGUST 2019

al pleasure that will stick with them through adulthood. Here are four ways to transform reading from a dreaded imposition to a fun pastime:

1. Pick a Reading Time

Decide together when everyone will sit down to read individually. Keep that time holy if you can. Remember that it doesn’t have to be long. Even 15 minutes is enough (though see if you can aim for 30 minutes to maximize focus). The key here is to ensure that everyone has selected reading material that they can quietly and silently enjoy. Even your preschoolers can look at pictures by themselves. Save a few minutes at the end of your session to talk about what you’ve read or studied.

2. Find Fun Reading Spots

Reading doesn’t have to happen in the living room. Move around with your readers. Go on a family bike ride (with

books packed in backpacks) and stop at a park to read under a shady tree. Walk to the library to pick out books and then spend a few minutes reading quietly before you leave. If you have a yard or patio, take your books outside and read for a few minutes before playing a game or doing something active. Take books (that you don’t mind getting wet) to the pool and read during the lifeguard breaks. The point is that reading becomes part of an event rather than something that kids must do before the fun stuff.

3. Track Your Books and Celebrate Achievements

Make a chart (preferably one that you can display in your home) with each family member’s name. Put a check on the chart for every day each person reads for at least 15 minutes. If you have a week-long streak, celebrate with ice cream or another special treat. Keep track of books each individual has read so you can count them up at the end of the summer. Next summer will be even more fun when you can each try to beat your own record.

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books to you that they loved. Read favorite parts of their recommendations out loud followed by a discussion. Help your kids make connections among ideas, encouraging them to talk about characters, plots, and themes. The better they become at talking about reading, the better they’ll become at critical thinking. These tips should ensure that reading does not become a chore for your children that causes them to tune out but a special pleasure that opens their imagination and expands their vocabulary. Turning reading into a family activity is a way that you can signal to your kids that reading is supposed to be fun. n HEAD AND NECK SURGERY

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aptain Mike Glover, a Lake Murray fishing guide, would rather have a bad day on the water than a good day indoors. Back in 2012, he was thinking that maybe some troops would feel the same way. In June of that year, local fishermen outfitted 15 boats, and over 40 soldiers enjoyed the first ever Troop Appreciation Fishing Derby. “Being outdoors, being on the water – it’s fun, it’s beautiful, and it definitely does help,” says Shaun Robey, an army veteran who lost part of his leg during an ambush in Iraq. Robey says that it’s an experience not many will understand. A fishing derby for a troop appreciation event is a no brainer according to David McGehee. McGehee, the president of Columbia Flag & Sign, is in charge of shore volunteers and catering for the derby. “It’s easy to tell a soldier, ‘Thank you for your service,’ but to have the ability to do something for them is something else,” he says. “And with the help of the community and effort from local businesses – we can do that!” The eighth annual Troop Appreci-


ation Fishing Derby was held in early June on Lake Murray, and the number of boats and soldiers has grown exponentially. “It just gets bigger and better,” says McGehee. The Troop Appreciation Foundation, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit, puts on the annual fishing derby, which is at no cost to the participants due to the generosity of local sponsors. Captain Mike Glover, the foundation president, says that the number of sponsors and volunteers has quadrupled over the years. “We have a waiting list of boat captains and shore volunteers who are interested in helping us,” he says. Donations have come in from all over the country, but Captain Mike knows he can depend on local folks to help out in a pinch. “When we have a problem, we can always count on someone in the community to rise to the occasion and help,” he explains. The local community has supported the foundation’s efforts in every way. “All we have to say is that it’s for the troops, and the Greater Columbia area responds,” Mike adds. Although the fishing derby is not tied financially to the national Wounded

Warrior Project (WWP), it is an organization that helps the foundation find participants. “WWP shares our events with a large number of Wounded Warriors and selects the soldiers who will participate,” says Captain Mike. According to WWP, a Wounded Warrior is a service member or veteran who was injured either physically or mentally or who suffered from an illness during combat on or after September 11, 2001. The organization believes that every warrior should have the future he or she deserves. The mission of WWP, which is based in Jacksonville, Florida, is to transform wounded veterans into people who are “empowered, employed, and engaged in their communities.” WWP considers the transition from the military to civilian life to be a somewhat uncertain journey. “It’s so good to know that I’m not alone because, for a long time, I thought I was,” says Antoinette Wallace, a Wounded Warrior. According to its website, WWP desires to be the partner of every wounded warrior and states the following: “We know that the transition to civilian life




“When we have a problem, we can always count on someone in the community to rise to the occasion and help, The local community has supported the foundation’s efforts in every way. All we have to say is that it’s for the troops, and the Greater Columbia area responds.”

is a journey. And for every warrior, family member, and caregiver, that journey looks different. We are here for their first step, and each step that follows. There’s always another goal to achieve, another mission to discover. We are their partner in that mission.” “It’s been one of the best things for me. The Wounded Warrior Project enabled me to do things I would have never been able to do on my own,” says Brett Miller, a veteran. According to WWP, more than 52,000 soldiers sustained physical injuries in recent military conflicts, and almost 10 times that many are living with invisible wounds, ranging from depression to PTSD. There’s a sense of simple solidarity for the wounded warriors who participate in the fishing derby. “I like being back with guys who I was familiar with for so many years. Instead of


just everybody asking me questions they don’t have to ask,” says Robey. “They don’t need to know. They already know.” “These men and women have made some BIG sacrifices for our country,” Captain Mike says. “I’ve had conversations with a good many Wounded Warriors. Each has a story, and the common thread is their love for country.” As with any successful charitable endeavor, the Troop Appreciation Fishing Derby is a team sport. The volunteers who bring their “A Game” every year are Tammy Hicks (director of Prizes & Gifts), David McGehee (director of Shoreline Volunteers), Bill Strong (treasurer), Joby Wetzel (COB i.e., chief of boats), and of course, the fishing derby founder, Captain Mike Glover. David McGehee recalls the reaction of an older derby participant a few years ago. “I helped an elderly soldier carry his gifts to his car, and, as we were walking, he started crying. He told me how much he appreciated what the Troop Appreciation Fishing Derby and the community did for him that day. The veteran said that he rarely gets thanked for his service and feels left out in life and that he felt like a person that day.” The derby always needs sponsors to help with catering, prizes, and bait. On derby day, the foundation provides a catered breakfast and lunch, has folks on hand to prepare fish that are caught, and sends all of the participating Wounded Warriors home with gifts and prizes. Last year, it gave away approximately $20,000 in prizes. Captain Mike says that one of the best reactions he’s ever heard from a soldier is, “It’s like I just had a second Christmas.” He and the team would like to expand the derby in the coming months and years. The annual event is capable of supporting 70 Wounded Warriors, but there are plans to increase that number by onethird. Later this summer, the foundation will host some fishing events for local law enforcement officers and also SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) game wardens. Another desire is to offer scholarships to Gold Star Children and local law-enforcement families. Patriotic sponsors are critical to grow and expand existing programs, and all donations are tax deductible and go 100% direct to the event. For more information, go to www. n

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Fork of July! Bacon Wrapped Pickles Ingredients 18 mini dill pickles or 12 whole pickles 1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, softened 1 c. shredded cheddar 1 clove garlic, chopped 12 slices bacon, cut into thirds Instructions Preheat oven to 400ยบ. Halve pickles and scoop out centers, discard. In a small bowl, stir together cream cheese, cheddar, and garlic until combined. Spoon mixture into pickles and wrap with a cut slice of bacon. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake until mixture is warm and bacon is crispy, about 18 minutes. Serve immediately.

American Flag Pizza Ingredients 3 small purple potatoes cooking spray 1 (13.8 oz) can refrigerated pizza crust 1 and 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided or as needed 25 slices pepperoni or more as needed 1 c. Alfredo sauce 2 c. shredded Italian cheese blend 5 mini mozzarella balls, halved Instructions Boil potatoes in salted water; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and slice potatoes into 1/4-inch rounds. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Unroll pizza crust and spread it out on sprayed baking sheet, brush the crust with about 1 tbsp olive oil. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly golden, about 7 minutes. Arrange pepperoni slices on a paper-towel-lined microwave-safe plate, microwave on high about 30 seconds. Spread Alfredo sauce over the baked crust; top with Italian cheese blend. Arrange potato rounds 44 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | JULY/AUGUST 2019

in the top left corner of the pizza, forming the blue portion of the flag. Brush potatoes with remaining olive oil. Place mozzarella halves on top of the potatoes to resemble the stars of the flag. Arrange pepperoni slices in rows across the pizza to resemble the stripes on the flag. Bake pizza in the oven until the crust is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

Grilled Pork Chops with Peaches Ingredients 2 thick cut bone-in pork chops 2 c. apple cider 2 c. water 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1/3 c. kosher salt 2 sprigs rosemary 2 cloves garlic peeled and smashed 1 tsp black peppercorns Olive oil kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper For peach salsa 2 peaches pitted and halved 2 tbsp olive oil divided 3 tsp granulated sugar divided 1/2 cup slivered red onion 3 tsp white balsamic vinegar 1 1/2 tsp Vietnamese chili garlic sauce Kosher salt fresh basil leaves Instructions Place rinsed pork chops in a freezer bag. Bring the apple cider, water, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/3 cup kosher salt to a boil in a small saucepan, stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and add a few ice cubes to

cool the brine. Allow to cool completely then add to the freezer bags with the pork chops along with the rosemary sprigs, garlic cloves, and black peppercorns. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours up to overnight. Remove the pork chops from the brine, pat dry with a paper towel, lightly brush with olive oil and season with kosher salt and black pepper. Preheat one side of the grill to high and one side to low. Brown the chops on each side for about 5 minutes, then move them to the low-heat part of the grill. Cook for another 10 – 12 minutes or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 155. Cover with aluminum foil for about 5 minutes until chops reach 160 degrees. Lightly coat peach halves on the fleshy side with 1 tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with 2 tsp sugar. Grill peaches flesh side down on the high temperature side of the grill for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, cut into slices. Mix red onions with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, chili garlic sauce, 1 tsp sugar, and a pinch of kosher salt. Top pork chops with peaches and onion mix and garnish with torn basil leaves. n JULY/AUGUST 2019










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I am the luckiest man I know. I have tried a great many things – succeeded at a few of them and failed at many. But I have learned and gained from every experience, and that learning and gaining informs every step going forward. One of the most important things I keep re-learning is something Daddy told me long ago: “Son, the most important part of the job is to show up ready to work.” I enjoy my repair work and my gardening work. Every day is a new day with new challenges, new experiences, and new adventures. The problem is that sometimes I have an attitude problem. I’ll show up, but I’m not always “ready to work.” I just don’t feel like messing with it – whatever “it” may be. But part of being alive is the reality that sometimes we just don’t feel like messing with it, but we still have to get in the game anyway. I suspect those are the days I get stumped by simplest problems. Those are the days the weeds seem thicker than usual, the sun seems hotter, and my boots seem heavier. But then there are the those days when I’m ready to tackle whatever may come. The problems and weeds and sun and boots are the same. The only thing different is my attitude. I’m ready to work, whatever the work may be.

Observing our young pup Khaki the Second has helped me get a better understanding about attitude. For one thing, it’s a great source of joy to watch a puppy run across a field. And having even a small reason for daily joy is a big help for general attitude improvement. But young Khaki approaches everything with absolute joy. Khaki always shows up ready to work. He will come to a patch of grass that’s four feet tall and towers over him, and he’ll plunge into the grass full throttle. Sometimes he comes out again just as fast – no telling what he found in there – but what would be overwhelming to most people is just a new adventure for him. He even lays down with enthusiasm. He doesn’t just lay down. He plops down like his very life depends on it. I’ve tried to remember that for my Sunday naps. Khaki recently followed along to supervise while I weeded my corn. He watched closely for a few minutes and then plopped down. As I moved down the row, he would wake up and check my progress and plop down again. He stayed with me the whole time – and together we got the whole patch done. It is sometimes difficult to retain the enthusiasm of youth and more importantly the idea of being “ready to work.” But I believe these are key ingredients to retain. If we can retain the enthusiasm part, a bit of the youth part stays with it. If we show up ready to work, then the work is more easily done. n JULY/AUGUST 2019




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