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Valentine’s Day is upon us! Love is a very complex word, since it has many layers in both context and meaning. Love is different things to different people. Last month our family battled the bug that has been going around Lexington. First it was Jenna, then Noah and now my wife Donna is under the weather. For those of you who have not had the privilege of knowing Donna, she is a bundle of energy. I have nicknamed her Hurricane Donna and the Energizer Bunny because she just keeps going and going and going… Obviously being around her at both work and home, I am used to her frantic, breakneck pace. Now that she has been in bed for four days, it is unusual to see her so quiet and still. I have been trying to pick up the slack but, quite frankly, it is not possible. I am the turtle and she is the hare. However, I have developed a new appreciation for all she accomplishes each day. I have also learned that Donna shows love through service to her family. As Donna ate her friend Susan’s homemade chicken soup and we discussed what responsibilities needed to be covered, I realized she felt like she was letting our family down because she was sick. I assured her that was not the case, but I don’t think she believed me. Happy Valentine’s Day honey! We love you the same whether you are sick or healthy, tired or energetic. I love you if you are a hurricane or a turtle like me. I am grateful for you and thankful that you are such a big part of my life. Happy Valentine’s Day to all and thanks for reading Lexington Life. We are looking for freelance assignment writers for 2018. Please email for details.

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18 Obesity and Diabetes in SC 23 Choosing the Right Boat 28 A Local Love Story 35 Amazing People 38 Local Dancer on Broadway 45 Lexington Florists 50 Leftover Holiday Chocolate

Columns 15 Faith Matters 53 David Clark

Departments 11 From the Publisher 13 Events 17 Lexington Leader 54 Spice of Life




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FEBRUARY Every Saturday A Good Yarn Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Rd., Lexington, 3 – 4 p.m. Are you hooked on reading? In this weekly hour long program, crafters will sit together and listen to a cozy mystery audiobook while crafting small hand crafts. For more information, call 803.785.2680.

Saturday, February 17 Rocket Man: Tribute to Sir Elton John Koger Center, 1051 Greene St., Columbia, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the Tokyo Joe Productions Elton John Tribute Concert, benefitting the Nancy K Perry Children’s Shelter and Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter. Tickets $29/general admission; $24/ military or student. Purchase tickets at kogercenterforthearts. com or at

Friday, February 9 Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine Mount Horeb UMC, 1205 Old Cherokee Rd., Lexington An unforgettable prom experience for those with special needs. Every guest is given VIP treatment, including a red-carpet entrance, paparazzi, and a limo ride. All guests will be named prom kings and queens. Space is limited, register today. Volunteers and donations are needed. or 803.808.6373 for more information.

Thursday, February 22 Tenfold Collective Pop Up Shop Blush Boutique, 5175 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, 4 – 7 p.m. Blush Boutique hosts a Pop Up with Tenfold Collective, a jewelry line produced in Columbia with proceeds going towards the fight against human trafficking in South Carolina.

Saturday, February 10 Right Bird, Right House Wingard’s Market, 1403 N. Lake Dr., Lexington, 10 a.m. The South Carolina Bluebird Society will be teaching guests about cavity-nesting birds (ones that will nest in man-made birdhouses) that live in South Carolina and how you can attract them to your backyard. Register at or call 803.359.9091.

Saturday, February 24 MoM Spring/Summer Consignment Sale Brookland Baptist Church, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, 7 a.m. – noon Hosted by The MoM Club (Mothers of Multiples). Shop gentlyused items for children at greatly reduced prices. Merchandise includes clothes, shoes, equipment, books, toys, entertainment, feeding essentials, and more. For more information, visit

Saturday, February 10 Murders and Mysteries Walking Tour 116 East Main St., Lexington, 8 p.m. This one block tour will focus on some of the gruesome and tragic parts of Lexington’s history. Because of the mature subject matter, attendees must be at least eighteen or have parental permission to attend. For more information, call 803.359.8369. Free. Sunday, February 11 Blessing of the Badges for First Responders St. John’s Lutheran, 213 St. John’s Church Rd., Lexington, 9:30 a.m. A worship service and reception recognizing Lexington County first responders (law enforcement, fire fighters, EMT, Animal Control, dispatchers). Reception will follow the worship service. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 3 10th Annual Lexington Communitywide Health and Safety Fair Rosenwald Community Learning Center, 420 Hendrix St., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Enjoy activities for all ages including FREE screenings, resources, entertainment, food and games. Free screening for Diabetes and Prostate Cancer need to be scheduled by contacting Anita Boland at

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During the month in which we celebrate romantic love, it may be good for us to think about the kind of love that we believe in. Often folks say, “I love you” when they really mean, “I lust you.” There are unhealthy notions of love that lead to things such as co-dependency, manipulation, and an all-permissiveness—“if you love me, then you will let me….” Misconceptions of love have led to dysfunction and immoral behavior. The Bible is exceedingly clear as to what love is. The Bible teaches that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). The love that God has for us is a holy love. It is a love that unconditionally loves the sinner but hates the sin. The heart of the gospel is God loving a sinful, broken world and out of his holy love doing something about it: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Our response to God’s amazing love for us is to live a life of love. But what does this really mean because sinful, crazy things have been done in the name of love? The Apostle John doesn’t leave us guessing. He said: “This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands” (1 John 5:2-3). A life of love is a life lived in a loving, obedient relationship with God. This is precisely the life that our Lord lived. Jesus said, “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:10-12). Jesus’ life was a life of love in obedience to his Father. This is the obedient life of love we are to live! SAXE GOTHA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 5503 Sunset Blvd. Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770 Traditional services held Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. •

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Tara Black Tara Black lives the acronym at River Bluff High School, where she serves as assistant principal. It’s posted on the reception wall at the school entrance: We Are CREW!! “CREW at River Bluff stands for creating relationships, exploring within,” she says, “and of course it brings up the image of teamwork as well. That’s what we are all here for: support for students and their families. I feel that God has led me to the right place for my life.” Tara grew up in Dillon, S.C., and graduated from Clemson in 1994. She taught mathematics at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, then at Palmetto High School in Anderson, before arriving in Lexington in 1997. She was a math teacher at Lexington High School for 10 years before moving into administration and now serves at River Bluff. After Clemson, Tara earned her M.E. degree in secondary education at U.S.C., followed by certification in secondary leadership later. She also holds credentials as an ADEPT/TEAM evaluator, advanced placements statistics teacher, and gifted and talented endorsed.

She considers the school administrators to be servant leaders. That’s “servant” first. “You focus on the needs of others; you acknowledge other people’s perspectives, give them support, involve them in decisions, and build a sense of community,” she explains. She even has an acronym for this concept: See the future. Engage and develop people. Reinvent continuously. Value results and relationships. Embody values. Tara has found a variety of venues to carry out her servant-leader philosophy. While teaching math, she coached the cheerleaders. The family is active at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington. She taught Sunday school and VBS, served as elder, and assistant leader of Girl Scout Troop 2228. She is active in Delta Kappa Gamma, the professional society for women educators, and in Palmetto State Teachers Association (PSTA). Tara met Jon Black while they were both students at Clemson, and recently they celebrated 21 years of marriage. Their three children are Jacob, a twelfth-grader at RBHS, Jarrett, an eleventh-grader there, and Ansley, eighth grade at Meadow Glen Middle School. n February 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 17



TO A HEALTHIER LIFE by Marilyn Thomas

Heart and blood vessel disease can be a debilitating illness, and a significant number of the population within the nation and the state of South Carolina suffers from its debilitating effects. Nevertheless, awareness and action are the keys to preventing the development of this disease or to reverse its harmful effects once it has been diagnosed.

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The Library of Congress credits the heart as “the hardest working muscle” within the human body. To supply life-sustaining blood to nearly every cell, this extraordinary organ beats about 100,000 times per day and pumps around 2,500 gallons of this vital fluid at least 12,000 miles in a 24hour period. Because it is indispensable, maintaining a strong and healthy heart is essential to enjoying a long and happy life. Even so, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have estimated that nearly 12 percent of people within the United States have been diagnosed with heart disease, and it is the leading cause of death in the nation and in South Carolina. The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) defines heart disease as “any affliction that impairs the structure or function of the heart.” Coronary artery disease is the most common, and Lexington Medical Center’s website describes this condition as “a narrowing or hardening of blood vessels that jeopardizes and sometimes even stops the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart.” The latest statistics collected by DHEC claim that more than 10,000 South Carolinians succumbed to heart disease in 2015. That same year, 50,167 people across the state were hospitalized for heart-disease-related illnesses, and the associated medical costs totaled $3.2+ billion. South Carolina is ranked seventeenth in the nation for heart disease as the leading cause of death, according to the CDC. The American Heart Association has also con-

firmed that Southern states tend to have higher percentages of poor cardiovascular health, and South Carolina is one of eight states within the region designated as the “stroke belt.” Although some statistical improvements have been witnessed in recent years, this geographical anomaly has been documented since the 1940s. Symptoms of heart disease can vary depending upon the type of issue a person has, and men and women may even present differently. Regrettably, many are not diagnosed until a serious medical event occurs, and emergency assistance should be secured immediately if a person experiences chest pain, shortness of breath, and/or fainting. Although age, gender, and family history may inherently increase one’s chances of having heart disease, DHEC warns that several risk factors contribute to a person’s propensity for developing poor cardiovascular health. These include: n Smoking n Obesity n Lack of physical activity n High blood pressure n Diabetes n High cholesterol Each of these factors has an impact on the disease in different ways, but research has proven that positive lifestyle choices can greatly improve heart health. For example, quitting smoking can reverse some of the resulting damage, but remaining a nonsmoker and avoiding secondhand smoke are best. Also, eating healthy foods in appropriate portions, exercising, and coping with stress productively are powerful influences in

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Lexington Medical Center proudly announces the additions of Lexington Family Practice Gilbert and Kenya Cooper, MD, to its network of care. Dr. Cooper joins Payton B. Foust, MD, at this new practice to offer comprehensive care for patients of all ages. In addition to well visits and same-day sick and urgent appointments, Lexington Family Practice Gilbert has on-site imaging, laboratory services, school and sports physicals, weekly Coumadin® clinics and mobile echocardiograms.


maintaining a strong heart. Most importantly, annual checkups can help patients to regularly monitor their weight, blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure, which are all critical indicators of cardiovascular health. Any concerns should be discussed with a medical doctor because potential problems can sometimes be detected early and beneficial changes can be made. Veronica Sims is an Irmo resident who knows firsthand how quickly and seriously heart disease can change one’s life. For 31 years, she worked at the Allied Chemical Fiber Division facility (aka Shaw Industries) on St. Andrews Road, but after retiring, her main occupation has become spending time with her grandchildren. For several years, Mrs. Sims had been taking medication for type-2 diabetes, which “runs in the family,” although she exercises regularly. In late 2016, however, her doctor discovered that she had an irregular heartbeat, and Mrs. Sims was completely unaware of the issue because she “never felt bad.” The following March, after contracting pneumonia and bronchitis, which weakened her heart, she made an appointment with a cardiologist at Lexington Medical Center (LMC). He performed an echocardiogram and immediately scheduled her for surgery so a defibrillator could be installed to address the problem. As part of her recovery, Veronica Sims, patient Mrs. Sims was then re-

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ferred to the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, which is located inside the Irmo Medical Park at 7033 St. Andrews Road. She welcomed their help, and, to this day, she visits the facility three times a week, where the staff assists her in monitoring her vital signs, exercising effectively and safely, and setting nutritional goals. According to LMC’s website, studies have shown that those who enter cardiac rehabilitation programs have better medical

outcomes than those who do not participate. LMC’s cardiac rehabilitation program offers closely monitored exercise programs, nutrition counseling, and instructional classes on a variety of heart-health-related topics. “I haven’t had a bad experience at Lexington (Medical Center) at all,” says Mrs. Sims. “I’ve been very pleased with the surgeons, hospital, and where I go for the therapy … The people are very nice; they work with you.” Because of the help she has received, Mrs. Sims says her life has changed “100%,” and, as an added benefit, she is no longer required to take medication for her diabetes because it is now under control. n

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n a state with over 12 bodies of water and the largest man-made lake in the Southeast, South Carolina is famous for its year-round water sports. Stand-up paddle boarding, tubing, water skiing, fishing, boating – there are literally dozens of ways to enjoy your time on the lake. Luckily for those of us in this area, we have Lake Murray on our side. Boating is arguably the most communal of all South Carolina water sports activities with over 200 boat ramps state-wide. One of the hardest decisions to make when it comes to purchasing a boat is simply figuring out which one you should buy or even where to begin. We are going to discuss some of the major factors to consider when picking out your perfect boat.

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Fishing boats, both off-shore and fresh water; sport boats for skiing and tubing; pontoon boats that fit a great amount of people and can maintain a steady cruising pace; deck boats, runabouts, and bow riders to accommodate your crew both in

the front (bow) and back (stern) of the boat – these are just a few of the primary boat styles you’ll see on the market today, with all kinds of combinations and variations in the mix. The best way to begin simplifying your search is by asking yourself this: How do you plan on using your boat? This will help you determine which style best suits you. Once you have chosen which style of boat you’re going to be cruising around in this season, there are plenty more variables to consider to ensure you will be more than satisfied with this long-term purchase. Size of the boat, performance and speed of the engine, whether the engine in inboard or outboard (if there is an option), and, of course, the preferred price range are all additional factors to consider prior to getting into details such

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When considering style and engine size for your boat, you also want to think about where you’ll be using it the most. as color and seating arrangement. Many boat dealers will have only one or two varied brands of engine that their boats come equipped with. This may be a decision made by the dealership or by the boat manufacturer itself. For example, Yamaha boats are equipped with Yamaha engines exclusively, whereas Harris Pontoons can be equipped with Mercury or Honda outboard motors depending on what dealer you’re working with. So, if you have a preference on engine manufacturer, be sure to check with your local dealer and make sure the boat you’re considering can be equipped with your preferred engine. When considering style and engine size for your boat, you also want to think about where you’ll be using it the most. Your environment is going to weigh heavily on what size boat you’re going to need

to adequately maneuver the water. Some smaller, private lakes have a maximum vessel size/engine size they will allow their residents to own and use on that lake. Other lakes, such as Lake Murray, are highly trafficked and have so much open space that you might find yourself being pushed around by the wake of other boats if you’re driving anything less than 16 feet in length, depending on the style. This is another significant factor of a boat purchase that consumers often overlook – in this situation, size matters. Now that we have decided on style, engine type and size of the boat, it is time to pick a manufacturer. There are literally dozens of distinct brands, each with their own set of patented highlights that make it borderline impossible for a consumer to compare them all side-by-side. It helps in this stage of shopping to set a firm budget and to know which brands will fall within this price range. This is best done by going to local dealerships and/or visiting their websites to see what prices in their inventory look like compared with what you’re looking to spend. There are over 10 different boat dealers in Lexington

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County alone, and they all carry varied brands of boats, so this can be done on a relatively local level. Once you locate which dealers stock a product that meets the criteria you have set thus far, it’s time to start paying these dealers a visit. The best way to compare these types of products is to see them in person. You’ll want to get in the boat to get a feel for how much space you’ll have, feel how comfortable the seats are throughout, experience what type of amenities the boat includes such as location of radio controls for ease of use, how much shade the Bimini top/ tower provides, sound-system quality, floorplan options, and whatever other details are important to you and your family. Most dealerships have weekend hours, so that is a great opportunity to take the family out to see firsthand what really catches your attention. Of course, another option to consider when shopping for your perfect boat is whether to buy new or pre-owned. When shopping pre-owned, all the previous factors you’ve been considering are still top priority. Just because you aren’t buying brand-new off the lot does not mean you have to give up size, style, and performance. There are plenty of certified pre-owned dealers out there, just like in the auto industry. Keep in mind, however, when shopping for pre-owned boats that an older boat with low hours is typically a red flag. Boats need to be taken out and used regularly to maintain good condition, so a 10-year-old boat with only 100 hours is a valid reason to question the condition of the motor. The average boater will put approximately 50– 100 hours per year on an engine, and the maintenance schedule varies among manufacturers. Using these numbers as a guide, this is just something to keep in mind, but it is always a good idea to consult with a certified professional to get his or her opinion regarding a particular boat and its quality. As another beautiful season on Lake Murray is right around the corner. Best of luck in searching for your new boat. Use these tips as a guide for figuring out where to begin and do as much research as possible before meeting with a dealer. Keep an eye out for local deals and boat shows, such as the 2018 Columbia Boat Show held at the Columbia Fair Grounds February 9-11, 2018. It’s never too late to buy your dream boat. We look forward to seeing you out on the water this season. n Happy boating!

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Lyndon and Melanie Amick are the owners of Aiden Lane, a clothing store in the Hobby Lobby shopping center at Lexington Marketplace. Opened in September, the store carries their own Aiden Lane line, in addition to other stylish ladies’ apparel and accessories.

aiden lane A Local Love Story by Mary Ann Hutcheson Melanie describes her fashion taste as embracing women at any age, symbolizing timelessness and elegance. Her husband Lyndon adds, “We offer clothing that appeals to a mother and her daughter—and maybe even something they can share.” The couple’s emotional connection to this project includes the inspirational story of their redemptive and enduring love. They are straightforward about their story, sharing it often because of the redemptive nature. It reminds them of how much they have to be thankful for.

At the Heart Level Born in 1977, in Greenwood, South Carolina, Lyndon Amick demonstrated an affinity for driving from an early age. By the age of 15, Lyndon stood 6 foot 3 inches and weighed 280 pounds—a perfect candidate for any football team. But Lyndon’s focus was on fast cars. A friend brought him to a dirt car race in Union, and he was hooked. He soon progressed from go-carts to larger vehicles. He raced for three years with a division of NASCAR, called the Goody’s Dash Series, and began winning races. At age 17, he became the youngest winner ever in Daytona, followed by four winning races 28 | LEXINGTON LIFE | February 2018

at Bristol, Tennessee. The Craftsman Truck Series followed. Lyndon spent most of his NASCAR career in the Busch Series, driving for his family-owned team. Melanie Brown Amick was born in Johnston, South Carolina, the same year and month as her future husband. Melanie was a gymnast who taught the sport throughout her college years at Clemson. She graduated with a degree in recreational therapy and began working with special-needs children. The young couple met at a wedding in the summer of 1997, where fate played its hand. The groom was not only Melanie’s cousin, but the same friend who had taken Lyndon to his first dirt car race. Lyndon described his reaction upon meeting Melanie. “As a man, when you get to the point that you’re ready to marry … well, you always think the whole love at first sight thing doesn’t exist. But I knew when I saw her for the first time that it was different. I knew immediately that there would be permanency with Melanie. It was something at the heart level for me.” While Melanie continued to work with special-needs children, Lyndon immersed

himself in his racing life. Racing demands much from its drivers. The thrill of the race can be addictive, and drivers must pay their dues. Lyndon was all in by then. Lyndon’s honesty is refreshing when speaking of those years. He admits that his world revolved around racing. He knew his preoccupation with racing was at odds with his marriage and family life. “It stifled our relationship,” he says. Melanie decided early on that her role in the relationship would evolve within the scope of Lyndon’s world. She felt comfortable if he was happy and doing what he needed to do.

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The couple was engaged at the Charlotte racetrack (“Not one of my proudest moments,” laments Lyndon) and married in April of 2000. Their first son was born in 2002, followed by two more sons over the next four years. Eventually, jaded from the 10-year racing grind, Lyndon left NASCAR and joined the army, where he spent a year in

cating with his family, and living in denial about their failing marriage. His escapes were hunting and golf. Soon after Lyndon’s return, Melanie accompanied a friend to a weekend retreat conference. She spent several sleepless nights asking herself, “What will tomorrow look like? How will I raise these boys if they don’t have Daddy in their lives?”

“All things passed away, and everything became new for me at that point. The purity of what I felt for Melanie in the beginning has been restored and magnified by putting Jesus in our lives, making it deeper and stronger.” Afghanistan. His youngest boy was just six months old when he left. The couple says their marriage was not well when Lyndon left. The stress from years of emotional and physical distance had taken its toll, and they describe themselves then as wearing emotional masks. When Lyndon returned in May 2008, he struggled with his post-war demons— difficulties sleeping, problems

Redemption The weekend provided Melanie with a powerful, life-changing experience. She shares that a deep, spiritual connection with Jesus manifested itself in a new spiritual freedom, a letting-go of sorts. She returned home committed to follow wherever it led in her life. Melanie remembers the Lord beginning to work in Lyndon’s heart when she walked in the door that Sunday in January.

Lyndon says, “Normally in a relationship, you’re guarded by the things that will hurt you.” He remembers that Melanie’s return home triggered a change. He observed a strange excitement in her. “We were experiencing the Lord’s goodness,” he says. Lyndon soon began to find his own spiritual anchor. On what the couple refer to as, “Revealing Day Thursday,” they removed their masks and communicated in earnest. When Melanie began, “Well, you know we haven’t talked,” Lyndon responded, “I’m not sure you’re going to be on the other side of this conversation.” Melanie responded with strength and commitment, “I may not be on the other side, but there’s freedom on the other side of this conversation. I don’t need you to fix me; I’ve been prepared for this moment.” Lyndon describes a supernatural freedom that changed him forever. “All things passed away, and everything became new for me at that point. The purity of what I felt for Melanie in the beginning has been restored and magnified by putting Jesus in our lives, making it deeper and stronger. That original feeling I had for her was not enough. It lacked the integrity that Jesus brought to the table.” Less than a month after “Revealing Day,” February 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 31

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they renewed their vows. Melanie now wears a gold band between her wedding rings to signify God’s presence at the center of their marriage. Two years after their renewal, their fourth child, daughter Aiden, was born. Now six, Aiden is not yet old enough to understand the significance of her namesake. Someday, Melanie says, she will tell her. Aiden is the living, breathing picture of their renewal and redemption, and Aiden Lane represents the wholeness of their marriage.

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The couple purchased the original Affordables store in Charleston in 2012 and eventually the remaining seven in the state. Aiden Lane is their eighth store, and the name will eventually replace the Affordable name in the other stores. For Lyndon and Melanie, Aiden Lane—the brand of clothes and this store—is their shared vocation, one they can watch grow organically. It is much more than a clothing brand for them; it is about their customers feeling whole and beautiful. This loving couple has managed to redeem a marriage that was headed toward divorce. It took time, patience, love, and the introduction of their Lord into their lives to help make it happen. Their business is an outward reflection of their love and commitment, a place where customers can visit and know they will be well served. “We all have a story,” Lyndon says. “Aiden Lane is home for us, special in so many ways.” n

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From Templeton the Rat at Lexington’s Village Square Theatre to Bombalurina the Cat on Broadway, Lexington’s Mackenzie Warren has been making a name for herself in musical theater since she was a child. She just celebrated her seventh year in New York City. The 29-year-old actress has lived in New York since graduating from the University of Oklahoma. She performed in regional theaters in Kansas, North Carolina, and Michigan before landing roles in the national touring productions of the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes and Pippin. Anything Goes was her first big break, Warren explains. She was the understudy for actress Rachel York, who portrayed main character Reno Sweeney. She had always looked up to York in college. “I had seen videos of her—and Wow! What a star! What a diva! I learned so much by watching her and being challenged with that role vocally.” When York fell ill, Warren played Sweeney for an entire weekend at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her parents, Bill and Liz Warren of Lexington, were in the audience. In the lobby during intermission, Bill Warren overheard a conversation: “I don’t think that is the lead tonight, but that gal is really good.” He thought to himself, “She’s there; she’s got this.”

Then CATS happened. The summer of 2016 had been slow for Warren audition-wise. “I was just focusing on life and working my side jobs,” she says. Like many actors, Warren has had several side jobs, from babysitting to waitressing to a small calligraphy business she recently started. “And then the audition, honestly, came out of the blue, out of thin air,” Warren says. “CATS was never a show that was on my radar. It was never a dream show of mine. It was truly just a gift from God, and I’ve learned so much. It just pushed me to my limits physically.” What Warren won’t say, unless asked, is that Andrew Lloyd Webber, the legendary composer of CATS and Phantom of the Opera, chose her to take over the role of Bombalurina for the last five months of the musical’s revival at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway. But her proud parents will. “We heard that it was between her and somebody else and that Andrew Lloyd Webber was looking at the videos, and he did the selection. She won’t tell February 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 39

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you a lot of those things, but that is what And almost she says landed happened, and immediately, she got the call,” herher first professional role at Dallas Theater Cenfather. “And then we got the call, and yes, ter. “They are the ones that gave me my eqwe were blubbering.” uityBut card,” the actors union credential. “So Warren, with her characteristic out of college I was cast in, ‘It’s he a bird, humility, says simply, “I believe does It’s athis plane, It’ s superman.’ My first equity for every show all over the world. Ijob right of neat college, I hadmuch to miss gradthink out it’s so that and he’s that a part uation because we started rehearsals.” She of the decision making. It was an honor is still Theto Mine. to bewith trusted play this role.” “So, I got to liveimmediate in Dallas for the sumWarren’s entire family— mer after college,” Warren says, “and then her mother, father, brother, and sister and that fall I moved to New York to make a their spouses— went to New York for herlife here.” August 7 debut performance. CATS had itswho lastworks performance on DeBill Warren, for the Unicember 30, and Warren says she doesn’t versity of South Carolina, says the experiknow what is next. She is back to that ence was very humbling. “I knew she waslife that herinside that includes good. Sheworking had been thejobs, finalsendless on rounds of auditions, and being sustained so many auditions. It’s almost like you’d by her friends and church community. She is rather be kicked out in the first and secvery active in Trinity Grace Church. ond round. She’d made it to the third and “They’re Weup just fourth. And just this wonderful. one was still in do thelife together. They’ve been so supportive air. She hadn’t heard anything, and it wasmy whole journey and thereBill areWarren other actors the congregation. That has been of utmost an eleventh hour thing,” says. in importance to me, being connected in a community,” she says. “We are so proud of her for hanging But it all started with Templeton the rat. in there and sticking with it,’ mother Liz says. “There were so many times when she could have said, ‘I just can’t,’ and we would have understood.” “But she just handles it with such grace and beauty. I’ve laughed and told people I want to be like her when I grow up. We just admire her,” says her mother, who works for Lexington School District 1. Mackenzie Warren was born in Virginia, and the family moved to New Jersey when she was four and then to South Carolina when she was eight. She is the youngest of three and a 2006 graduate of Lexington High School. She had begun taking dance in New Jersey at age five and, with the move to South Carolina, began to get involved in choirs and drama. “I did my first play at nine at Village Square Theatre. I was Templeton the Rat in Charlotte’s Web. That was my first role. People still remember it to this day. It is like my claim to fame,” really strong actors. But I have learned Warren says. Doing about one play a year through my experience that, if you canat Village Square, she literally grew up on not dance, getting into a musical theater program, getting to Broadway, is almost its stage. Leslie Dellinger, now the arts magnet impossible. Dance seems to me to be the site coordinator at Nursery Road Elemen- one thing you need to start early, and tary School in Irmo, was Warren’s drama Mackenzie started out as a dancer.” Dellinger used the skilled Warren as teacher throughout high school. choreographer for her musical arts class, “She was very talented,” Dellinger steered her to private voice lessons, and says. “The attraction of Mackenzie was directed her in school performances—her her dance experience. To be honest, a lot of students have good voices and are senior year she was named best actress in

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Valentine’s Day is said to have originated in third-century Rome. At the time, Rome was under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, who made the decision to outlaw marriage for young men. It was his theory that single men made better soldiers than married men. In defiant disagreement with this new law, a priest named Valentine continued to marry young couples in secret. When Claudius discovered his rebelliousness, Valentine was promptly sentenced to death.

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Legend has it that, while awaiting his execution, Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. In the duration of their star-crossed romance, he wrote her a letter and signed off with a now familiar salutation, “From Your Valentine.” Valentine was executed on February 14, 270 AD. Many years later, he was named a saint by the Catholic church, and around 496 AD, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 a day to honor Saint Valentine. As time went by, the holiday was romanticized even further by the writings of Chaucer and Shakespeare. Exchanging handmade cards became popular among lovers. For thousands of years before these events, the middle of February had been a time for fertility festival celebrations. Combine that with the romantic (yet tragic) story of Saint Valentine, add a dash of Chaucer, and a splash of Shakespeare, and you’ve got yourself a holiday ripe with romance. Common Valentine’s Day tokens of love have evolved to include Valentine’s cards, heart-shaped candies, chocolate, jewelry, and a no-fail favorite: flowers. Flowers have gained symbolic meanings through history. Ancient Greeks dedicated flowers to the gods and made crowns and wreaths of flowers to bestow upon people of importance. In India, brides and grooms exchange garlands made from flowers at the onset of the marriage ceremony. Then of course there is the Hawaiian lei. In ancient Hawaii, the flower lei symbolized wealth, royalty, and rank. Today, the lei represents love, friendship, celebration, honor, or greeting. They can be seen all over the Hawaiian Islands at various ceremonies: graduations, birthdays, parties, weddings, etc. In nineteenth-century France and England, a “language of flowers” developed, and books and dictionaries on “floriography” were published. These illustrated books informed the meanings of different flowers and combinations of flowers. For instance, a marigold alone meant grief, but if it were paired with a rose, it expressed the pleasant pains of love to its recipient. February 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 45

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by Kristen Carter

The holiday is over, and there you are holding the bag. The bag containing—what else?—leftover chocolate. Which holiday is over doesn’t really matter; the celebration may change, but chocolate is always a part of it. The inevitable question is: What do you do with all those chocolate Santas that arrive in December, February’s Cupids, March or April’s bunnies, October’s goblins, November’s turkeys, and back again to Old Saint Nick? The menagerie of chocolate figures piles up fast. So, what do you do with this embarrassment of chocolate riches? Do you eat them? By yourself? In one sitting? Well, of course you could, but there are more creative things you could do to share the bounty. Here are some simple ideas for using up all that chocolatey goodness. Get out your rolling pin (or kitchen mallet), place the leftover chocolate figures in a sturdy plastic bag, seal the bag, and smash away. Use the bits and pieces as the chips in chocolate chip cookies. The random shapes and sizes will give your cookies a custom gourmet look and taste. Be adventurous and mix white, milk, and dark pieces for a combination of flavors. Substitute your homemade morsels in any other recipe that calls for chocolate bits. Try them in banana or pumpkin breads or add them to your waffle or pancake batter. Yum! Use any chocolate “dust” that remains behind as a topping for ice cream. Another way to use small-to-medium-size bits is in a snack or trail mix. Here’s one version to get you started, but the best recipe is the one you devise based on your favorite tastes and textures: Mix together 1 cup small-to-medium chocolate pieces 1 cup raisins (or other dried fruit such as cherries, sweetened cranberries, snipped apricots) 1 cup dry roasted peanuts 1 cup sesame sticks 2 cups oat cereal Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid or divide into ½ cup portions and seal in individual food storage bags for quick snacking Yield: 12½ cup servings If you have a goodly amount of leftover chocolate, at least 1 pound, the next two ideas are just for you. Get a jump on the calendar by recycling one holiday’s treats for the next. Using a totally clean, dry bowl set over slowly boiling water, melt the leftover chocolate. Stir constantly as the chocolate starts to melt to prevent burning. Working quickly, pour the melted chocolate into prepared candy molds, let harden. Voila! Those lonely chocolate Cupids are now bright-eyed, bushy-tailed bunnies. If you don’t have molds, or if you prefer a more generic treat, make haystacks. Melt your chocolate (about 1 pound) then quickly mix in two packed cups of sweetened shredded coconut. Drop tablespoons of the mixture onto wax paper, let harden, and store at room temperature. Yield varies by the size of the haystacks you make. This recipe makes eight large or 16 medium haystacks, and you can substitute dried fruit or nuts for the shredded coconut. The easiest way to get rid of leftover holiday chocolate is to give it away. Your local food pantry will gladly accept wrapped, “unexpired” candy, and its patrons will enjoy the treat. Keep in mind that whatever you do with your leftover candy, you can’t go wrong. It’s chocolate, after all!

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The Old Fud’s

Compass Let us, then, establish the category of “Old Fud.” We know there are plenty of “Yound Fuds” because we were one long ago. But a Young Fud knows not of his Fudness. Only Old Fuds are capable of acknowledging, respecting, and relishing their state of Oldfudness. And yes, Oldfudness is perhaps a word you’ve not heard before. Scrabble players can rest assured it’s completely allowed. One of the consistent features of Oldfudness is to question current affairs. Our parents questioned our loud music, long hair, crazy clothes, and general sloth. I wonder what my Daddy would say if he could hear today’s commentary. As much as I miss him, I’m glad he’s not around to witness it firsthand. I think it would be unsettling for him. If you are a contemporary of mine, think back on the world of our youth. We stayed outside until dark, building towns and forts and treehouses, climbing and falling out of trees, racing bikes up and down the old driveway, walking in the woods. We learned how to think and reason. We learned how to stay out of trouble by becoming cognizant that, no matter what we did, Mama would know about it before we got home. There was no mistaking the roles. I was always close to Daddy, but I never once thought he was “my buddy.” He was my Daddy. Mama was a bolt of lightning on legs, and one never knew when lightning would strike. Anything good about me now is because of Mama’s lightning and Daddy’s steadiness 50-odd years ago. I am fortunate. Young Fuds would say Mama and Daddy didn’t care about my feelings. In general, that’s probably true. They cared about whether or not I was acting right, doing my best, and learning to use what Daddy called “good sense.” One of Daddy’s best things was how to find my way. It David Clark writes and works in Cochran, GA. didn’t matter what the question was. We would discuss the Connect with him at ins and outs of the matter, but the end was always the same: “Pray about it, son.” When Daddy died in 1999, my first thoughts were to wonder what I was going to do without him. I could hear his voice in my head: “Pray about it, son.” There have been times in the last 18 years when I had no earthly idea how I would hang on or even if I could hang on. “Pray about it, son.” And gradually, I have learned to pray about it—it being everything. I pray about good things, mysterious things, bad things. Does it mean I am better than others? Absolutely not. It just means I’ve learned it’s good to have a running conversation with the Keeper of the Compass. Sometimes it’s slow before the way becomes clear, but waiting is not a bad thing. It’s a New Year, if you keep up with such things. Our world is crazy. But you can count on this: The Keeper of the Compass remains the Keeper of the Compass.

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Candlelit Valentine’s Dinner Sexy Shrimp Scampi 1 (8 oz.) package angel hair pasta 1/2 cup butter 4 cloves minced garlic 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 cup dry white wine 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Stir in pasta and return pot to boil. Cook until al dente. Drain well. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and shrimp. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in wine and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 seconds while stirring constantly. Mix shrimp with drained pasta in a serving bowl. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley. Serve immediately. Elegant Wedge Salad 1 plb. crumbled blue cheese (divided in half) 1/4 cup sour cream 1/3 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/2 tbsp. white sugar 1 clove garlic, minced Ground black pepper to taste 1 head iceberg lettuce, cut into 8 wedges 2 Roma tomatoes, diced 1 small red onion, thinly sliced Combine ½ lb. blue cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, mayonnaise, vinegar, olive oil, sugar, garlic, and pepper in a bowl; blend using a hand mixer; chill until serving. Build the salad by placing one lettuce wedge on each of eight plates. Drizzle equal amounts of dressing over each wedge. Scatter tomatoes, onion, and remaining blue cheese over each salad.

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