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14 Uncommon Valor 18 Seven Negative Thoughts That Could Be Holding You Back from Your Fitness Goals 22 Senior Resources, Inc.-Caring for Our Seniors 29 Get Organized-Five Kinds of Paper Clutter 34 Be the Match-Bone Marrow Donation 43 Reinvent Yourself

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Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19 It’s easy to get discouraged when you think about the good ole days when you didn’t have to wear a mask, football stadiums were packed, work rarely involved ZOOM, sitting down at a restaurant was the norm, and you crammed into church for worship. Israel often complained, too, and wished things were the way they used to be. This was hardest when they were in Babylonian captivity. God didn’t abandon Israel and sent Isaiah to encourage them. Isaiah the prophet challenged them to open their eyes and hearts to what God was doing in their lives now. Israel’s temptation was to relish in the past mighty works of God and to question God’s purposes in isolation. We must beware of the same complacency by only looking backward at what God has done at the expense of experiencing his presence, provision, and power now. Isaiah said, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” We must trust that God is doing a new thing in the midst of our captivity, and that he will make a way for us. You may feel all alone and distant from God right now, but God has not abandoned you. He will meet you, just as he did with Jacob. “The Lord found Jacob in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” (Deuteronomy 32:10) Do not lose heart. Cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ. Ask him to open your eyes to see what new thing he is doing in your life. He will encircle you. He will care for you, and he will keep you. He is doing a new thing. Do you see it? n 10:00 Coffee & Convo • 10:30 Worship • Midweek Conversations 711 E. Main Street, Suite S • www.watershedfellowship.org (803)738-5335

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Deborah Rogers Some careers are planned; others emerge from circumstance. See a need, look for a way to fulfill it – presto! Life’s journey has turned an unexpected corner. In a nutshell, that’s the story told by Deborah and Gil Rogers, who found themselves establishing a school after planning their lives in entirely different professions. Deborah started life in Indiana and Michigan and arrived in Irmo as a high school student when her father changed jobs. She graduated from The University of South Carolina with a degree in business administration and worked in the insurance industry in Columbia. She met Gil Rogers when he was a medical student in Charleston. After their marriage, they moved to Nashville, Tennessee, for his residency at Vanderbilt then moved to Valdosta, Georgia, where they spent four years while he served in the Air Force. When they moved to Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, they had two children with a third on the way. Schooling loomed large upon their horizon, and, as Deborah tells it, “Even though the Charleston area had a large variety of school choices, none seemed to offer the kind of education we wanted for our kids. We briefly considered homeschooling, but they were not near the homeschool resources at that time as they are today. Our fourth child came along, and the logistics of educating four at home appeared to be impossible. “We met several other families at our church who shared our desire for an academically excellent, classical Christian education for their children. We started meeting regularly to pray about starting a school at East Cooper Baptist Church. We spent a couple of years researching classical curricula and even visited lexingtonlife.com

schools in Charlotte, Atlanta, and Dallas. In 1992, we helped found Palmetto Christian Academy, which was modeled after Providence Christian School in Dallas, Texas.” The new academy met with enthusiasm from day one. Three short years later, Dr. Gil Rogers accepted a new position as a physician with Lexington Medical Center. The Rogers were moving again and leaving the school they had worked so hard to establish. They met Alex and Kay Weatherly here, who also desired a classical Christian education for their three young sons. So quickly did events move that, by the following year, they were opening another Christian school at Lexington Presbyterian Church. This new enterprise, Heritage Christian Church, moved to its own campus on Barr Road in 2001. Deborah Rogers served as the first head of schools at Heritage for several years. “During those years, we pulled together an academically challenging curriculum that was taught from a Christian worldview. We were able to offer a lot of teacher training in this rediscovered classical philosophy through our model school in Dallas and through books by educators Charlotte Mason and Dorothy Sayers. I came back as head of schools for six years but recently retired. I am now a stay-athome grandmother.” The four Rogers children, whose arrival got this whole enterprise started, are now successful professionals with families of their own. Deborah and Gil Rogers attribute much of their success to the strong educational foundation they received at Heritage. “We feel blessed that God used us to help establish Heritage Christian Academy, and we are delighted that it has continued to be an educational option in Lexington.” n January 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 11

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VALOR Sergeant Major Thomas P. Payne was awarded the Medal of Honor on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that prompted him to join the military.


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n September 11, 2020, Batesburg-Leesville native, Sergeant Major Thomas P. Payne (Army) was awarded the Medal of Honor – the United States of America’s highest and most-prestigious personal military decoration that is awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who have distinguished themselves by acts of valor. The award came for his heroic actions five years previous, on October 22, 2015, during a hostage rescue in Kirkuk Province, Iraq, in support of operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Payne’s military career began in 2002 right after high school when he enlisted in the army as an infantryman, inspired by a strong sense of duty to serve his country after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He completed the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 2002 and the Ranger Indoctrination Program in early 2003, after which he was assigned as a rifleman in the 75th Ranger Regiment, where he served as a sniper and a sniper team leader until November 2007, the year he was selected for assignment to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) at Fort Bragg, NC. Since then, he has served within USASOC as a special operations team member, assistant team sergeant, and instructor. Payne has been deployed multiple times to combat zones and received a Purple Heart in 2010 from serious wounds he suffered 14 | LEXINGTON LIFE | January 2021

from a grenade in Afghanistan. He recovered and, along with his teammate Master Sergeant Kevin Foutz, won the Army’s Best Ranger Competition as a representative of U.S. Army Special Operations Command in 2012. Throughout 2014, ISIS continued to expand its control over northern Iraq and quickly became notorious for executing or imprisoning anyone who went against their ideology. Near the town of Hawijah, located in the Kirkuk province of Iraq, ISIS had imprisoned more than 70 people into a small, two-building prison. The conditions were inhumane with prisoners being fed very little and forced to watch videotaped ISIS beheadings. The situation was urgent, and a predawn raid and hostage rescue mission were planned for October 22, 2015, to be led by Kurdish forces and supported by U.S. Special Forces. Two members of the American troops were Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler and then Sergeant First Class Thomas Payne. Payne’s team spent an entire week planning and rehearsing for the raid. When they received intelligence that freshly dug graves had been spotted – a sign that the hostages would likely be executed soon – they were given the green light to move out. The allied assault force reached the prison compound on American Ch-47 helicopters. As soon as they hit the ground, firefight was raging. Vision obscured by dust and smoke, Payne lexingtonlife.com

maneuvered his team to the first building of the two-building prison compound. Almost immediately, Wheeler, who was at a separate location from Payne, was killed by ISIS gunfire. Payne’s team secured the first building and prepared to free the prisoners, cutting the lock on the prison door inside the building. Payne saw the hostage’s expressions change from fear and desperation to excitement and joy once they realized they were being rescued. As they were being released, Payne received a call that the team in the second building of the prison compound, just 30 yards away, needed backup. The sounds of firefight were intense, and Payne knew they needed to move fast. Under heavy enemy fire, Payne and his teammates moved to the roof of the second burning prison building. They attempted to enter from the roof, but ISIS fighters detonated suicide vests in the room below to collapse the roof. Payne was able to move his team to the ground

and look for another position to enter the building. While his team attempted to breach the building’s fortified walls and windows, enemy fire wounded several of the Kurdish forces. According to the army’s website, the following scene unfolded, cementing Payne’s place in United States Military history: “Through the smoke and chaos, Payne looked into the building’s entryway and noticed the main prison door used the same type of lock he had seen in the first building. He knew he would be exposed to enemy fire if he attempted to cut the lock himself, but he also knew the hostages trapped inside the burning building would die if something wasn’t done. “Payne grabbed a set of bolt cutters and ran into the building to cut the first lock on the door. Smoke poured out of the entryway as Payne received enemy fire. After cutting the first lock, Payne moved back to a safer position to avoid incoming fire and recover smoke inhalation, but there was still a second lock

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that needed to be cut. After the Kurdish forces tried unsuccessfully to cut the second lock, Payne again exposed himself to enemy fire and suffocating smoke to cut the lock and reach the hostages. “Once the second lock was cut, the combined force rushed into burning building to reach the hostages and eliminate remaining threats. A call came over the radio that the building was beginning to collapse and the mandatory evacuation order was given. The hallways were thick with smoke, and they were receiving enemy fire, but there were still hostages inside.” Many of the hostages were disoriented. Payne directed the large group to safety, at one point grabbing a man and pulling him down the hallway. Still under fire, Payne went back in a second time, dragging another man out of the building. Yet, a third time Payne entered to make sure everyone was out and gave the “last man” call. Still under enemy fire, the allied

Parachutist; Advanced Leader Course; Jumpmaster Course; Free Fall Jumpmaster Course; Joint Military Tandem Master Course; Senior Leader Course; Defense Language Institute (French); Special Forces Sniper Course; and Joint Special Operations Senior Enlisted Academy. Payne’s awards and decorations include the Medal of Honor; Bronze Star

“…Once you’re able to control your fear, that’s the bridge to personal courage and personal courage is contagious on the battlefield.” forces created a human wall to shield the hostages and safely get them out of the compound and to the helicopters. Payne and his team freed approximately 70 hostages from certain death. The October 22, 2015, mission was one of the largest hostage rescues in Special Operations history. President Trump’s official citation stated: “Sergeant First Class Payne’s gallantry under fire and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Special Operations Command, and the United States Army.” Payne received the Medal of Honor on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that prompted him to join the military. Amy, the wife of his fallen comrade, was there to see him receive the award. Payne is a graduate of numerous military schools and courses, including Basic Airborne Course; Ranger Indoctrination Program; Ranger School; Sniper Course; Basic Leader Course; Basic Demolition Course; Advanced Demolition Course; Advanced Land Navigation; Survive, Evasion, Resistance and Escape; Free Fall 16 | LEXINGTON LIFE | January 2021

Medal with Bronze “V” device and three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; the Purple Heart; Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; Meritorious Service Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; Joint Service Commendation Medal with Bronze “V” device; Army Commendation Medal with Bronze “V” device and one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster; Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Valorous Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Army Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp and five Loops; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars; Iraq Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars; Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral “3”; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Ranger Tab; Combat Infantryman Badge; Expert Infantryman Badge; Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge and Parachutist Badge.

Payne received a bachelor of science degree in strategic studies and defense analysis in 2017 from Norwich University. He is stationed at Fort Bragg, where he lives with his wife Allison, who he met while recovering from his 2010 battle wounds received in Afghanistan, and their three children. n lexingtonlife.com


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Negative Thoughts That Coul You Back from Your Fitne by Brandon Watson

Fitness is an integral part of good physical and mental health. Getting fit is simple in theory, but there are many barriers people face. Psychological barriers are internal thoughts and anxieties that stop you from achieving your goal. These barriers are often referred to as excuses, which are not helpful. If you face psychological barriers against getting fit, there are ways to address these anxieties and overcome them. The first step is to identify the thought that is holding you back. “Everyone will be looking at me” People think about themselves approximately 97% of the time, so if you catch somebody staring at you while you work out, they are probably thinking about their own efforts or lack of effort. That said, some people might compare themselves to you, positively or negatively. There is no way of controlling other people’s thoughts. However, you must decide 18 | LEXINGTON LIFE | January 2021

if the potential, silent judgment of others is enough to keep you from reaching your own personal fitness goals. You might consider joining a running club or group personal training session, so that you feel supported by others rather than judged. “I’ll never be as good as…” You will never be as good as an Olympian athlete, but neither will the vast majority of people. Getting fit is a per-

sonal journey – and only you know your own body, mind, and limitations. Some people might be able to run 5k with no training or effort; others follow a steady, paced fitness program and build up to this distance over a number of weeks. Similarly, some people will naturally be able to lift heavier weights than others or have bodies better suited to swimming, dancing, or yoga than yours. The level of fitness you held a week ago is your only true competitor, so log your progress to see far you’ve come. “I’m too busy to get fit” Many people are living busy lives, and it’s true that this makes it harder to find time for fitness. Most of the time, busyness makes people feel tired and stressed, two demotivating factors that stop you lexingtonlife.com

carry, the more pressure you put on your joints, so try low impact activities such as walking, yoga, or swimming. As you begin to get fit, you could explore more options such as jogging, cycling, dance classes, weight lifting, or aerobics. Being overweight often leads to confidence issues.

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from wanting to exercise. The fact is, getting fit will increase your energy levels and make you more able to cope with your busy schedule. If you can find short periods in your week to exercise, whether it’s a 20-minute walk on your lunch break, investing in a bike or scooter to commute to work or having an impromptu dance party with the kids before teatime, you will find your energy levels gradually rise and stress levels fall, and your busy schedule may seem easier to handle. “I’m too fat for exercise” Being overweight can restrict you from accessing certain types of exercise, but the idea that excess body fat equals lack of fitness is a myth. Many overweight people are healthier than slim people simply because they exercise. The more weight you lexingtonlife.com

Gyms and parks are full of people of all sizes and ages, all exercising in whatever way they choose, but if you want to get your confidence up before you venture outside, try doing some home workouts, just to prove to yourself that you can do it. “Getting fit is boring” There are plenty of ways to exercise, and each way suits different people. Dance classes, team sports, and aerial aerobics are all great ways to get fit. If you tried exercising alone and didn’t like it, maybe opt for a club or team, so that you can socialize while getting fit. Most gyms have equipment that allow you to stream TV shows while you work out, or you can create a motivational playlist. If you have kids, try tree-climbing, football tournaments, or nature walks. The key

is to find a variety of activities you enjoy and mix them up so that your workouts don’t get stale. “When I exercise, I gain weight” There are two main reasons why exercise leads to weight gain. First, when you start to build muscle mass, your weight can naturally increase. This weight is healthy, but many health scales, including body mass index (BMI), do not account for it, so you feel like it is a negative thing. The second reason is that, when people start working out, they tend to eat more then they need. Exercise burns calories, and many people use it as an excuse to indulge in calorific meals and junk food. The majority of workouts will burn between 200 and 400 calories an hour. If you start exercising for more than an hour a day, you will probably need to eat extra carbohydrates for energy and protein to build up muscle. However, if you start eating excessive amounts of junk food, you will start to gain body fat. “Getting fit is expensive” Gym memberships, class fees, and sports equipment all cost money, but there are cheap and free ways to get fit. To start running, you need a good pair of running shoes; otherwise, your feet and joints may become damaged, but you can walk in cheap trainers without doing any harm. Weights cost money, but many online workouts teach you how to use your own body weight for resistance, meaning you don’t need to invest in equipment. If you can’t access a fitness class because it is too expensive, there are free video tutorials for yoga, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), dance, and aerobics that you can do at home. Fitness is vital for physical and mental health and should be a priority for everyone. Many illnesses are caused or aggravated by poor fitness, including heart disease and diabetes. If you are able to overcome your negative thought processes, you might surprise yourself. You are capable of achieving good fitness as long as you focus on your personal goals, find an exercise you enjoy, and seek support. Many health professionals, gyms, and health clubs offer support, so if your anxieties are still preventing you from achieving your personal goals, you can reach out for advice and support. Be kind to yourself. Focus on what you can do in the present to reach your target fitness level in the future. n January 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 19

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“Senior Resources is a nonprofit organization that coordinates services, provides resources, and encourages the personal choices that allow Midlands’ area senior citizens to remain independent. Our services touch the lives of more than 4,000 Midlands residents.” It has been said that a nation’s greatness is measured by how well it cares for its elders. Some countries such as Japan or Thailand have historically honored their elders through the generations with great respect, providing them with security, comfort, and family support as they age. As a large number of our own population approaches their 60s, 70s, and 80s, America is working to provide similar resources.

In January of 2020, life expectancy for United States was approximately 76 years for males and 81 for females. For baby boomers specifically, no amount of jogging, yoga, step aerobics, or Jane Fonda workout tapes is going can change the reality of time for a generation that has fought aging at every turn. We know that healthy choices benefit long-term physical vitality, providing strength and health for as long as possible, while stress relief and relaxation enhance the later years. The ultimate goal is to live the final years with relative independence in the comfort of our own homes. America is finally recognizing the ageing community by creating resources and services to provide meals that can be home-delivered, transportation, mental and physical care, public outreach, and opportunities to connect and interact with others. Empowering Seniors to Remain Healthy and Independent Thanks to Senior Resources, Inc., assistance has been in place since 1967 when the Richland-Lexington Council on Aging Inc. chartered to serve older adults in Richland and Lexington Counties. The Richland Street Center was opened at the Old Ebenezer Lutheran Church. In 1998, the name changed to “Senior Resources, Inc.” (SRI), and a New Vision and Mission Statement was adopted: “Our mission is empowering seniors to remain healthy & independent. All activities, services and programs of the agency are geared toward promoting independent living, with the goal of helping seniors remain in their homes as long as possible through the support of staff and

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volunteers, thereby delaying or preventing the need for institutionalized care.” Executive director Andrew Boozer says, “Senior Resources is committed to providing an array of services to help our growing aging population age with dignity. We want every senior to have the opportunity to remain healthy and independent for as long as possible so they can enjoy a high quality of life in their own homes. Our meals, senior centers, transportation, in-home services, community engagement, and referral network are all here to make those golden years vibrant and fulfilling to those we serve.” Many Ways to Get Involved Beth Struble, director of development at Senior Resources, Inc., has been on board to oversee the development of many services, including food, access to health care, transportation, and anything else required for elders to safely stay in their homes and maintain independent living. Meals on Wheels is its largest lexingtonlife.com

program. Ms. Struble shares that it has grown 10% since March 2020, providing 500 meals a day, or up to 3,000 meals a week. A senior care pantry provides emergency boxes of nonperishable food items, toiletries, and bottled water to seniors in the community who are on the Meals on Wheels waiting list. Donations of nonperishable food items that are easy for seniors to open, easy to chew, and require little preparation are being accepted from individuals, businesses, and civic groups. The website listed at the end of this article contains a list of eligible items. Each month, as part of Senior Resources’ food co-op program, volunteers pack some 200 individual bags with fresh fruits and vegetables from the S.C. State Farmers Market, including recipes and nutritional information. Local churches and other groups deliver these packages to senior “shut-ins.” Volunteers also deliver the bags to residents of low-income senior housing developments. Home care, transportation, and Pet January 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 23


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Pals are just a few of the services provided at home – at no cost to clients. Home Care services provide assistance with activities of normal daily living, such as bathing, dressing, errands, and light housekeeping. Clients can also receive walkers, wheelchairs, shower seats, and other assistive medical devices, subject to availability. Upon request, the program will link clients to other resources in the community that provide housing, food, discount prescription drugs, and other services. Senior Wheels provides transportation to doctor appointments and other medical-related trips, including the pharmacy. This service is currently available to existing clients in the Meals on Wheels, Home Care, or Wellness Center programs. The Pet Pals program provides a monthly supply of pet food to Meals on Wheels clients who have a pet. Pets are important for therapy to many shut-ins and enable them lead healthier, calm, and comfortable lives. Seniors should never have to choose between pet food and their important medication. At three community wellness centers, seniors can enjoy a nutritious meal, participate in physical fitness and other activities, including daily brain exercises, and enjoy the companionship of peers. Although these visits to the wellness centers may seem trivial, it may be a senior’s only opportunity to socialize, get exercise, and enjoy a hot meal. Seniors Helping Seniors Senior Companions (seniors helping seniors) assist frail and home-bound selexingtonlife.com

niors with light housekeeping and meal preparation, provide companionship, and offer respite to caregivers. They provide a vital human connection that helps prevent loneliness and isolation among the elderly. The program also enhances the quality of life of our senior volunteers by keeping them active and engaged in their community. Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions provide volunteer opportunities for seniors (55 and older) to stay active and involved in the community. Most volunteers are low-income seniors in the community who receive a tax-free stipend and mileage reimbursement for their services. Pre-COVID-19 Foster Grandparents entered Title One schools (both in Richland One School District and Lexington County) to work with children at the elementary level on their social and literacy skills. Those seniors provided extra aid for teachers with high-risk students by nurturing them to reach their educational goals. Foster Grandparents work with their assigned students up to 40 hours each week. Beverly Breuer, director of Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs, says, “Foster Grandparents mentor, nurture and encourage children, making each day special. No formal experience in tutoring or mentoring is required – just a genuine love for children. Senior Resources has been sponsoring the Foster Grandparent Program since 1984. This AmeriCorps Seniors program is funded through a grant by AmeriCorps and serves both Richland and Lexington Counties.”

Struble shared that the group had 93 Foster Grandparents last year. They served 73,090 hours of mentoring and tutoring for 576 at-risk students at 32 different locations. The program was halted in March because of COVID-19 and restarted in June. The coronavirus has forced Foster Grandparents to adapt by serving in alternative areas that might need help. They partnered with the Salvation Army’s “Doing the Most Good Academy” to provide guidance and tutoring for at-risk students to reach their academic goals, while adjusting to e-learning. Foster grandparents are also providing help at Head Start preschools, while others have chosen to remain in their homes, as their age or health renders them more vulnerable to COVID-19. Why Volunteer? Struble says, “Seniors are a vulnerable population and sometimes overlooked. Every county has its council on aging that provides care so seniors can remain in their homes. Sometimes the meal they get is the only one they will have that day. Without these services, they would be unable to stay in the comfort and security of their own homes. It is a most rewarding volunteer opportunity. “Another facet of your work is seeing who you’re helping. You are able to experience the gratitude and peace they feel as a result of your support.” If respect and care for our elders are, indeed, a gauge of our nation’s greatness, we have only to look at our own determination to make that happen. Senior Resources, Inc. has made great strides in helping our area contribute to that goal. n

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The dining room table. The kitchen counter. That bench in the entryway. You want to keep them clean, but they seem to be a magnet for clutter, particularly paper clutter. Your daughter needs her permission slip, you really want to sit down with that new magazine, and you should also find the little reminder card with your doctor’s appointment on it – but they’re all buried in piles of paper, and you have no idea where to look. Sound familiar? It’s time to get control of the paper piles. It might feel overwhelming, but it’s easier than you think. Contrary to popular belief, the first step isn’t to file – it’s to toss. Here are five types of paper clutter that you can toss quickly (no need to shred!) to make a big difference in those clutter magnets. Takeout Menus Haven’t ordered pizza delivery in months? Toss the menus. Most restaurants have menus listed online now. If you really want to save a copy of the menu, you can use an app like Scannable on your phone to take a picture of the menu and save it as a PDF. If you have an iPhone, you don’t even need a separate app. Just go to the Notes app and use the built-in scanner function. User Manuals/Instructions When you buy an expensive new appliance or electronic device, it’s important to read through the user manual to fully understand how to operate it. Once you’ve done that, Google the make and model of the item. Odds are good that the user manual is online and available for a free download. Save the link or download the PDF to a folder designated for manuals and instruction books. Then, you can recycle the hard copy of the manual without worry. Children’s School Work There will be a few remarkable pieces that your children create at school each year – an impressive drawing, a thoughtful card, or a well-researched report. But most of the papers they’ll lug home in that overstuffed backpack can be recycled without guilt. No need to keep spelling lists, sheets of math problems, handwriting practice, or other busywork. If you really want to get organized, another option is to scan the artwork and papers you do want to save and then compile them into a photo book with a program like Snapfish. Magazines Time for a little tough love. If you’ve been saving that issue of Better Homes & Gardens since 2009, and you still haven’t gotten around to reading it, do you really need to keep it? Magazines take up a surprising amount of space – and they’re heavy! Recycling old magazines can make a big dent in your clutter piles very quickly. If you’re still not sure if you can let go of that stack of back issues, see if your library provides access to the magazines you love in online digital formats. Catalogs Big, bulky catalogs are going the way of the dinosaurs. They’re expensive to print and to ship. Once they get to your house, they just sit there taking up space. Nearly all companies have their catalog of products online now, and ordering online is easier and faster than mail or phone orders. So bookmark that website and toss that thick catalog. Staying Tidy Good job! You’ve gone through five kinds of clutter and made clear progress in the battle against paper. Now how do you keep the momentum going? There are two things you can do that will make a big difference in the accumulation of paper clutter. Opt for Electronic Statements Consider electronic bank statements and billing. It makes record-keeping a breeze and will cut down on the amount of mail you have to process. Stop Junk Mail Sometimes it feels like we’re inundated with credit card offers, advertisements, and catalogs we never requested. It takes a bit of work upfront to stop the ceaseless stream of junk mail, but it’s a big step in controlling paper clutter. Do your research: Google sites that allow you to refuse offers for direct marketing, credit offers, and catalogs. Now that you’ve decluttered and taken control of the papers coming into your house, enjoy all those clean, empty surfaces. And who knows – that feeling of peace you get when you look at your clean countertops may inspire you to tackle another area of clutter. Soon, you’ll be living a clutter-free lifestyle. n January 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 29


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Bone Marrow Donation by Marilyn Thomas


ore than 8,000 miles away from Lexington, South Carolina, on a different hemisphere and continent, an 18-year-old from New Zealand stood poised to embark upon his young adult life. Those hopes, however, were overshadowed by a bleak diagnosis: chronic myeloid leukemia, a serious type of bone marrow cancer. His only chance of survival was to receive a bone marrow transplant; unfortunately, a close match was not readily available. Five years prior to this young man’s devastating prognosis, a local resident named Ernie Yarborough decided to register with the Be The Match® bone marrow registry. His decision to do so would forever change the course of that young man’s life. For nearly 10 years, on Thursdays, Ernie Yarborough, a Citadel graduate, family man, insurance company owner, and lifelong resident of the greater Lexington area, has volunteered his time on the pediatric cancer floor at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. “Every day is an opportunity to make a difference,” he says, and so he plays games and watches movies with the children just to offer a brief, happy diversion from the reason they are there. “I was thinking one day about how much I enjoyed my childhood,” says Mr. Yarborough. “Some of the simplest and most enjoyable times are when I was a kid, and you can just go outside and play without a care in the world. Kids battling cancer are missing out on that time of their lives. I just felt like I should do something to help. I am fortunate to have two healthy daughters.” Additionally, Mr. Yarborough has participated in ultra-endurance competitions to raise money for Camp KEMO, Prisma Health Children’s Hospital, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In 2017, he set a new record by swimming for about eight hours while crossing almost 11 miles of Lake Murray. In conjunction with that achievement, he raised nearly $90,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and was chosen as its

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2017 South Carolina Midlands Man of the Year. In 2018, he also received the Nationwide Insurance National Community Service Award. About five years ago, while volunteering at the children’s hospital, Mr. Yarborough had befriended a “little buddy” named DJ, a patient who had been diagnosed with leukemia. When he needed a bone marrow transplant, a match could not be found, and the child eventually passed away. “The best match is usually from a family member,” says Mr. Yarborough. “Unfortunately, that doesn’t always work out.” Because of DJ’s tragic and untimely death, Mr. Yarborough began asking questions about other available options, and, through the doctors and nurses who worked at the children’s hospital, “I learned about an organization called Be The Match®, which is a bone marrow donor program. Through its national and international programs, Be The Match® has over 35 million potential donors.” According to its website, “Be The Match® is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® and is the “world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on saving lives through blood stem cell transplantation.” It is also known as the largest and most diverse bone marrow donation registry currently in existence. While Be The Match® covers the costs of the donation process, bone marrow donors must still satisfy certain criteria to be ac-


cepted as registrants. For example, donors must be between the ages of 18 and 60, meet established health guidelines, live in the United States or Puerto Rico, and be willing to donate to any patient in need. If ineligible, there are other ways to support the Be The Match® nonprofit organization, which includes contributing financially, donating cord blood, fundraising, volunteering, and/or raising awareness. The website at bethematch.org provides additional information about every opportunity to become involved. Statistics estimate that someone receives a blood-cancer diagnosis every three minutes, and for 70% of patients, there is no fully matched family donor. In those cases, Be The Match® may be their only hope for a compatible transplant. In 2018, the organization facilitated nearly 6,200 blood stem cell transplants, for a total of 92,000 transplants since 1987. This organization includes a “community of donors, volunteers, health care professionals, and researchers.” It also raises money to fund research, assist with transplant costs, and enroll new marrow donors in its registry. Shortly after Mr. Yarborough learned about this nonprofit, he found its website and filled out its online registration form. “About a week later, I got a confirmation packet in the mail with a mouth swab kit,” he says. “I completed it, sent it back in, and prayed that one day I would be a match.” In July of 2020, Mr. Yarborough received that call when the voice on the other end asked, “Would you be willing to save a life?” and to this, he promptly replied, “Absolutely!” “His prayers and my prayers were answered that day,” says Mr. Yarborough. “We discussed the procedure, the effects on me, and the risks involved. I went through multiple physicals and blood tests [at a local physician’s office] to make sure that I was indeed a match and that I was in good enough health to proceed with the bone marrow transplant.” “Because of privacy restrictions,” explains Mr. Yarborough, “I do not know my recipient’s true name. During the time leading up to the donation transplant, I recalled a Bible verse from the book of James. James 5:14 reads, ‘Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord’ (NIV). This verse stuck with me, so I named my recipient ‘James.’ Since then, ‘James’ has remained in my daily prayer list.” “While the risks for me were minimal,” says Mr. Yarborough, “the biggest side effect would be the medication before the procedure. I had six days of shots leading up to the day of the transplant. (The daily shots leading up to the day of the procedure were done either at my office or at my home, depending on if it was a weekday or the weekend.) They made me nauseated, tired, and my body and bones ached all over.” All of these symptoms are temporary and typical reactions in the preparation process. January 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 35

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In this particular case, Mr. Yarborough was scheduled to provide a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation, a process that is similar to donating plasma. The American Cancer Society explains that the donor’s “blood is removed through a catheter (a thin, flexible plastic tube) that’s put in a large vein in the arm. It’s then cycled through a machine that separates the stem cells from the other blood cells. The stem cells are kept, while the rest of the blood is returned to the donor. This

The feeling of being a bone marrow donor to a specific kid who now has a second chance in life is something I will never forget. process is called apheresis. It takes about 2 to 4 hours and is done as an outpatient procedure. Often the process needs to be repeated daily for a few days, until enough stem cells have been collected.” Just a few days before the procedure, Mr. Yarborough learned that the recipient of his bone marrow would be an 18-year-old male who lived in New Zealand. While battling chronic myeloid leukemia, the patient had undergone a series of cancer treatments, which were unsuccessful, so his best chance for survival would be receiving this transplant. Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) can be fatal if not treated.


The American Cancer Society defines CML as “a type of cancer that starts from cells in the bone marrow that are supposed to grow into different types of blood cells. Most of the time, CML grows slowly, but over time the leukemia cells can spill out into the blood and spread to other parts of the body, like the spleen.” On September 14 and 15, 2020, Mr. Yarborough’s donation was harvested at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and the procedure lasted a total of 13 hours. “Everything they took from my body was frozen and shipped to his hospital,” he says. “According to the updates from Be The Match®, the transplant was successful on his end, and the patient is recovering and doing well.” “The minor side effects I experienced are nothing compared to what my recipient has already been through during his fight with cancer,” adds Mr. Yarborough. “Donating was the least I could do to help. After two or three days, following the transplant, I felt great and back to normal. After two weeks following the transplant, I was back out running with my friends, like always.” “I have always enjoyed my volunteer work at the Children’s Hospital, at Camp KEMO, and with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” concludes Mr. Yarborough, “but I often wonder if I’m truly making a difference. The feeling of being a bone marrow donor to a specific kid who now has a second chance in life is something I will never forget. I hope that my story will encourage others to register at BeTheMatch.org because, together, we can save lives.” n

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Introducing the new you! The benefits of reinventing yourself or having a total makeover can have drastic and positive benefits to your life. Your confidence will shine, and you will find yourself feeling more outgoing and happier. In turn, it will lead to new opportunities and a free-flowing feeling of wellness. You might meet a new partner, get a job promotion, or just walk around feeling far more amazing than you thought you ever could. The possibilities are endless. Here’s how you can do it. Change Your Hairstyle A new color and different style of hair cut can make you almost unrecognizable. Go for a color that is deep and bold or lighten up with highlights or even a more drastic dye job. Have fun with a new hairstyle. It will grow back if you don’t like it. Join the Gym Getting fit, boosting your energy levels, losing weight, and gaining muscle tone are all benefits of joining a gym. Sweat it out with a personal trainer, or join some classes and burn those extra kilos away. Get a New Wardrobe Now that you have a sexy new body, you might want to ditch last season’s outfits and buy new ones. Some of your clothes probably no longer fit, and it’s a great chance to show off your hard work and firm body. Go online shopping or hire a personal shopper to guide you through a weekend of shopping for a new look for the new you. Free Your Mind There are many excellent pod casts, YouTube videos, movies, courses, and other information online about positive thinking, life hacks, and ways to improve yourself with a focus on mind, body, and spirit. You could never find time to listen to them all, so make it a habit to input some great audio vibes into your head on a daily basis. Reinventing yourself has to be done on the inside and outside. Set New Goals Writing down life goals is a great way to motivate yourself to actually action them. Make plans to learn something new or achieve a goal you’ve had floating around in your mind. While reinventing yourself is a goal in itself, it will set you on a path to making more. It feels great to set goals and achieve them. You will see the rewards after you invest time and money into improving yourself. Your friends and family will wonder what inspired the change. They might be inspired to follow your lead and make their own personal improvements. Make this an annual course of action. You deserve it! n lexingtonlife.com

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Cozy Comfort Cuisine STUFFED MUSHROOMS 12 whole fresh mushrooms 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 tbsp. minced garlic 1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened ¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese ¼ tsp. ground black pepper ¼ tsp. onion powder ¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Carefully break off stems. Chop stems extremely fine, discarding tough end of stems. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and chopped mushroom stems to the skillet. Fry until moisture has disappeared, taking care not to burn garlic. Set aside to cool. When garlic and mushroom mixture is no longer hot, stir in cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Mixture should be thick. Using a little spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of stuffing. Arrange the mushroom caps on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven or until the mushrooms are piping hot and liquid starts to form under caps. SWEDISH MEATBALLS 1 tbsp. butter 1 tbsp. minced onion 1/3 c. fine dry bread crumbs 1/2 c. water 1/2 c. half-and-half 3/4 lb. ground beef 1/4 lb. ground pork 48 | LEXINGTON LIFE | January 2021

2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper 1/3 tsp. white sugar 3 tbsp. butter Melt 1 tbsp. butter in a frying pan over low heat. Cook and stir onion in melted butter until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Mix bread crumbs, water, and half-and-half in a large bowl; let stand for about 2 minutes. Stir cooked onion, ground beef, ground pork, salt, white pepper, and sugar into bread crumb mixture until thoroughly mixed. Shape mixture into about 48 very small meatballs. Melt 3 tbsp. butter in a skillet; add meatballs. Brown slowly, allowing about 25 minutes, until meatballs are fully cooked in the middle and no longer pink. Shake pan occasionally to cook evenly. Enjoy! POTATO ROMANOFF 1 tsp. butter, or as needed 3 large russet potatoes, scrubbed 2 shallots 3 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 tsp. freshly ground white pepper 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste 2 1/2 c. grated sharp white Cheddar cheese 1 3/4 c. sour cream Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a casserole dish. Wrap each potato in foil and place on a baking sheet. Poke holes into potatoes using a knife. Bake in the preheated oven until tender and easily pierced with a knife, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let potatoes cool to room temperature, at least 20 minutes. Unwrap. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely chilled, 8 hours to lexingtonlife.com

overnight. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Shred potatoes into a large bowl using a cheese grater. Mince shallots to get 1/4 to 1/3 cup. Add shallots in with the potatoes; season with salt, white pepper, and cayenne. Toss with two forks until well combined. Add Cheddar cheese and mix well. Gently toss in sour cream until barely combined. Transfer mixture into the prepared baking dish, piling it up high, then patting it down very lightly. Bake in the preheated oven until piping hot and top is browned, 30 to 35 minutes. WINTER GREEN SALAD Salad 4 collard leaves, trimmed and finely chopped 1/3 bunch kale, trimmed and chopped 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped 1/4 small head red cabbage, chopped 1 Bosc pear, cubed 1/2 Bermuda onion, finely diced 1/2 orange bell pepper, diced 1/2 Florida avocado - peeled, pitted, and diced 1/2 carrot, grated 5 cherry tomatoes, halved 7 walnut halves, crushed 2 tbsp. raisins, or to taste Dressing 6 tbsp. olive oil 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp. wildflower honey 1 tbsp. oregano, crushed 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. crushed black peppercorns Mix collard greens, kale, romaine, cabbage, pear, onion, orange bell pepper, avocado, carrot, tomatoes, walnuts, and raisins together in a large bowl. Combine olive oil, vinegar, honey, oregano, chili powder, mustard, garlic, salt, and black pepper in a glass jar with a lid. Cover jar with lid and shake vigorously until dressing is well mixed. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat.n lexingtonlife.com

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This Discussion Will Be on the Test


am writing on Pearl Harbor Day. You’ll read it in January. It’s baffling how confused people are about liberty. It sometimes seems I’m the only person alive who studied the American Revolution in Mrs. Taylor’s fifth-grade, who’s pondered the Declaration of Independence, and who knows what our forefathers paid for our liberty. I recently corresponded with a younger person in which I referenced liberty: “The main thing every person needs to be clear on is how important liberty is to them, because that will dictate almost everything else.” The young person wrote: “Oh, I don’t have any problem understanding freedom.” I responded: “It is tempting and common to confuse liberty and freedom. “Adam and Eve had liberty before they ate the apple. They chose freedom instead. Read and study this story. Ponder it. “Jesus had the freedom to come down from the cross and save himself. He chose liberty instead. Read and ponder this story. It is the key to understanding how to live.” Several friends have lately talked


about how the Constitution gives us rights. I’ve responded: “Whoa, son, the Constitution doesn’t give us anything. God gives us our liberty. The Constitution instructs the government where it must stop in terms of encroaching on our liberty.” Many illustrious yahoos have the notion that the Constitution is like a cheap table napkin on a diner counter. They weren’t in Mrs. Taylor’s American history class, or they’d understand how thin the Constitutional ice really is underneath their overstuffed suits. It’s astounding to observe those convinced of their own authority, as they refuse to allow people to sit with a dying parent or a sick spouse, or have a funeral for a family member, or go to the church house and worship. It’s as if they have walked right off the pages of my fifthgrade history book. All they lack is the powdered wigs. Even more astounding is how our socalled representatives won’t back them down. I recently read about Paul Revere. A section described how colonists gathered in the woods to stop and hold a group of British soldiers at gunpoint. While the men were gone, their wives

decided to stop and hold another group of British soldiers. These officers were surprised by a short man who stepped out of the shadows: “Halt! Dismount! You’re all under arrest!” The main British officer laughed at how one short man planned to arrest a dozen soldiers. Then they heard the cocking of a dozen muskets behind them. The soldiers dismounted. One officer raised his hand to struggle against the “short man.” She blew his head off. The rest cooperated while the women tied them to trees. This is what happened in 1776 or so, back when men and women understood the power of the oath they took to have their liberty or die trying. It’s embarrassing to see how willing Americans are to become slaves. This reminds me of Mrs. Taylor saying in the fifth grade: “This discussion will be on the test.”

David Clark writes and works in Cochran, GA. Connect with him at cw.w4trj@gmail.com.

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Lexington Life Magazine - January 2021  

Lexington Life is a premiere publication serving the residents of Lexington, SC Published since 2004, Lexington Life Magazine is a family-ow...

Lexington Life Magazine - January 2021  

Lexington Life is a premiere publication serving the residents of Lexington, SC Published since 2004, Lexington Life Magazine is a family-ow...