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DRX SUCCESS STORY! Hi. My name is Judy. I came to Dr. Bigbie to get fixed because I couldn’t walk very far or stand up very long. One of my main goals was to stand up in church and sing a song without having to sit down halfway through it. Well, last week, I stood up for the song, the gospel and the prayer! Praise the Lord. I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Bigbie, Dr. Rose and the staff. I did the DRX spinal decompression, the cold laser therapy, and spinal adjustments. It’s a miracle. It truly is. Thank you!

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Hi. My name is Debra. I came to Dr. Bigbie’s office because I was having trouble with my neck and tingling in my hands and fingers. I had treatment with the CDRX cervical decompression machine for a few weeks. After my treatments were complete, I had a re-evaluation of my symptoms. My headaches and the tingling in my fingers went away. I just can’t thank them enough for being knowledgeable, professional and very courteous. I’m so thankful for everything they have done for me.

Hi. My name is Tom. I’ve struggled with balance issues for more than 10 years. Neurologists tested and diagnosed me with peripheral neuropathy but didn’t offer any help with treatments. Their only other suggestion was to stop driving when I couldn’t feel the accelerator and brake pedals any longer. I’ve became excited about this program when I found out there was an option and have been extremely pleased with the progress I have made. The numbness went away relatively quickly and I’m still progressing better with my mobility. Thank you Dr. Bigbie and staff.


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February is the shortest month of the year. However, this year is Leap Year so there are 29 days this February. The Leap Year phenomena is like the Olympics and happens once every four years. My Aunt Norma was born on Leap Day and -to this day- she always makes a point to say she is only seventeen years old. Oh, to be seventeen again. “Young and Dumb,” is how I choose to characterize a seventeen-year-old. Maybe that stems from my recollections at seventeen mixed with my kids recently being seventeen. Being seventeen at Valentine’s Day, I remember sending my annual Valentine’s card to the girl I had had a crush on since sixth grade. There was no happy romantic ending to report from my perseverance with those annual Valentine’s mailings, but it still makes me smile and remember “love” as a teenager. Donna and I have been together now for 25 years, married for 23 of those. Valentine’s Day has changed for us. It has evolved from the euphoric early years to the now survival years. Maybe survival is a harsh word to some, but I believe it is the result of love. Love for each other, God and family. Love certainly is not easy. Although it may to be easy to fall in love, staying in love is a different matter. It is appropriate that Ash Wednesday also falls in February. The ash placed on the forehead represents repentance and signifies the beginning of Lent. For six weeks the Bible instructs us to forgo something we enjoy and sacrifice for the glory of God and Jesus’ Easter resurrection. Happy Valentine’s Day Donna. I love you. Thank you for choosing to walk through life with me! Thanks for reading Lexington Life,

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Cancer of Many Colors Instant Health Benefits of Stretching Getaway to Charleston Reflections of Love How to Enjoy Valentine’s Day When You Are Single


9 From the Publisher 11 Events 15 Lexington Leader 40 Serving Lexington 50 Spice of Life



13 Faith Matters 17 From the Mayor 53 David Clark




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February Saturday, February 8 Valentine’s Dinner in the Garden Wingard’s Market, 1403 N. Lake Dr., Lexington, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. A unique way to celebrate your relationship with someone special. Enjoy an intimate dinner surrounded by twinkling lights, tropical plants, jazz music, and a wonderful speaker. Advance registration at wingardsmarket.com is required. Limited tickets at $100 per person. Sunday, February 9 Lexington Chili Cookoff Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington, 12:00 p.m. Join the Old Mill Brewpub and the Lexington County Blowfish for a wonderful day of food, tunes from Freeway Music School, and help local charities in the process. Email john@oldmillbrewpub. net for entry details. Tickets are $10; $5 for children 12 and under. Saturday, February 22 Friends of the Museum Annual Fundraiser Gala Lexington Municipal Complex, 111 Maiden Ln, Lexington, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lexington County Museum with a silent auction, photo display of past years, dinner, and dancing. All funds benefit repainting the ca. 1832 John Fox House. For details and tickets, contact the museum at (803) 359-8369 or museum@lex-co.com.

Sunday, February 23 Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra’s “Beethoven and Birthdays” Concert Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo, 3:30 p.m. The LMSO celebrates Beethoven’s birthday with Symphony No. 5 and Romance No. 1 for violin. For more information, visit lmso.org. Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1 Opera at USC Drayton Hall, 1214 College St., corner of Sumter and College St. Don’t miss the Opera at USC performance of Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s. Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 3:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: Adults: $25; seniors/USC faculty & staff/ military: $20; students with ID: $10. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at sc.edu. Thursday, March 5 2020 Taste of Lake Murray Fundraiser Event Doubletree by Hilton Columbia, 2100 Bush River Rd., Columbia, 6:30 p.m. Come out for a night of great food and music while you support the July 4th celebration on Lake Murray! Enjoy tunes from 3 bands and sample dishes from 15 area restaurants at this premiere event. Tickets are $75 per person, adults only, call (803)781-5940 or purchase online at tasteoflakemurray.com

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Kirk Morgan is honored to have been chosen “Best Litigation Attorney” by the readers of Lexington Life Magazine for nine consecutive years. As one of South Carolina's premier personal injury attorney’s, Kirk Morgan is recognized for both his skill and experience. He has a reputation as a lawyer injured people turn to for help. "Litigation is hard work and I try to keep my focus on the client." Mo Kirk Morgan and the Law Firm of Walker Morgan, LLC represent victims of serious burn injuries, wrongful death, personal injury, trucking and automobile accidents, defective products and premises liability. "If we are not able to help you, I will make sure you get to the best person." Kirk is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

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Pastor Jim Glatz Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! On this day, many a young man will pop the question and ask his sweetheart to marry him. While Christmas Day is the most popular day to get engaged, Valentine’s Day remains a big day for wedding engagements in which potentials grooms will ask, “Will you marry me?” Marriage is like a mirror. Mirrors are useful things. Ever walk past a mirror and are shocked or mortified by what you see? Your hair standing up in a weird way? A stain on your clothing? Pepper stuck in your teeth? Mirrors can be real lifesavers. Had it not been for that mirror, you may have gone the entire day looking ridiculous. By living closely with another human being in marriage, you can start to get a picture of what you really look like, and you begin to see where you need to adjust and change. You discover that you are more self-centered, irritable, and set in your ways than you may have thought. God uses marriage as a mirror to help see ourselves as we really are. In our over 30 years of marriage, my wife has been a great mirror to me. She has taught me how to be a better husband, father, and pastor. She has lovingly pointed out things in my life that needed to change and be adjusted. Couples do that for each other. Christians couples do that for each other so that they can become the people God has created them to be and mirror the image of Jesus. Because the goal is that, when couples look in the mirror, they see the image of Jesus. As the Apostle Paul said, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son….” Romans 8:29. Our goal in life is to bear the image of Jesus, to imitate him in our daily life. May your marriage reflect Jesus’ love, holiness, and grace. 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. saxegotha.org • facebook.com/saxegotha From our family to yours we would like to thank you for everything you do. We would love to take care of any of your car care needs and offer you a %

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FREE Recycling Drop-off Events for Lexington County Residents Saturday, February 29th, 2020 * 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden (near main entrance) Materials Accepted (drop off in this order): Electronics * Donated Items for Goodwill * Paper (shredded on site) * Scrap Metal * Tires * Used Cooking Oil

Saturday, April 25th, 2020 * 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at White Knoll High School (large/sports parking lot)

Materials Accepted (drop off in this order): Gently Worn Shoes * Donated Items for Goodwill * Paper (shredded on site) * Electronics * Household Hazardous Waste

Saturday, August 29th, 2020 * 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Batesburg-Leesville High School

Materials Accepted (drop off in this order): Electronics * Tires * Paper (shredded on site) * Donated Items for Goodwill * Household Hazardous Waste

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 * 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Irmo High School (corner of Wescott & St. Andrews)

Materials Accepted (drop off in this order): Tires * Scrap Metal * Donated Items for Goodwill * Paper (shredded on site) * Electronics * Household Hazardous Waste

For additional important information about events, to receive email notifications prior to each event and to learn more about recycling responsibly in Lexington County, go to https://lex-co.sc.gov  Departments  Solid Waste Management or contact Lexington County’s Recycling Coordinator, Traude Sander, at tsander@lex-co.com or (803) 785-3340.

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Tim Lawing In 21 years as a florist and event planner, Tim Lawing has learned to roll with the punches. Advance planning? Last-minute crunch? A rare and exotic choice of flowers or maybe twice as many as usual? No prob. Tim’s Touch will deliver the goods, highly individualized and tailored to your taste. Owner and founder Tim Lawing named his florist business in Lexington for his business creed: Making sure every customer receives his personal attention and service. That’s a far cry from the on-line offerings of big-box retailers, with standardized designs offered to the whole world. “Floral design is art!” he proclaims. “I have been teased about my mantra of listening to the flowers. Yes, they talk to me. I am not going to force one of Mother Nature’s creations into the wrong position or shape. I find what I believe to be the best way for them to express beauty. “I call those big retailers ‘flower pokers.’ Just stuff it in and hand it over. Not me.” A few years ago, Tim’s talent and dedication to his art were recognized with induction into the American International Floral Design association, making him fully accredited in American floral design. In the industry, this is considered the highest award, with rigorous testing and multiple evaluations and workshops. “It’s huge,” he says. Also, a while back, Tim was invited to participate in the White House Christmas decorations, but he declined, deciding not to take that time away from this very busy season of decorating local homes and businesses. Year-round, Valentine’s and birthdays and weddings and funerals and graduations and Mother’s Day keep his business thriving. Weddings usually require weeks of detailed planning, while funerals are almost always short-notice, demanding fast work. Surprisingly, this flower specialist planned for an entirely different career, albeit still an expression of art. A native of Beaufort, he graduated from Charleston Southern University with a major in music: voice, piano, and organ. He spent 18 years as a church musician, first at Green Hill Baptist Church in West Columbia, then at Saxe-Gotha Presbyterian in Lexington. He says Saxe-Gotha had a membership of 1300 when he started there. In no time, it grew to several thousand, a reflection of the booming growth in Lexington. He realized that a big need in this fast-growing community was a florist business, which could do event planning, and Tim’s Touch was born. It’s been steady growth ever since. Long-time residents come to him knowing he will give them careful attention and an outstanding design. Newcomers heard about Tim’s Touch from their neighbors and now seek him out when they want the very best. Trends change; ideas evolve. Tim stays abreast of the styles. “You have to stay one step ahead,” is the way he puts it. What’s next at Tim’s Touch? Well, he’s starting something different, which may fill a need: he plans to create designs in silk flowers, which he will rent out. They’re useful for wedding portraits as well as a less-expensive approach. Stay tuned. This time next year, you’ll have even more choices at Tim’s Touch. n lexingtonlife.com

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Mayor Steve MacDougall It’s an exciting time to be living in the Town of Lexington, and we have a lot to look forward to in 2020. Construction is getting underway on the Gibson Pond Park Dam, which was destroyed in the 2015 flood. The park will be temporarily closed while work is done; however, we encourage you to visit one of our other parks located in the town. Another area impacted by the 2015 flood was the Old Mill; currently, work is set to start there as well. Surveying is being completed for the Old Mill Pond Trail, and plans are being made to determine the final trail location. It will be a paved, one-mile-long walking trail that will circle around the pond area. This project is designed to dovetail with the restoration of the Old Mill dam. Work will also begin soon on the new pavilion at the Icehouse Amphitheater. The pavilion will be the new home for the Farmer’s Market, and the covered shelter will also be home to other events as well. This is a great addition to downtown, and it furthers our efforts to revitalize Main Street. Our efforts continue to relieve congestion and improve traffic flow through Lexington. Since instituting adaptive signalization and the one-way pair, there has been a 41% decrease in travel time in the Main Street area. There will be additional improvements in this area with the widening of North Lake Drive. I’d like to thank everyone who came out this year to our Snowball Festival events. The festival is something we look forward to hosting each year, and we had record crowds turn out to join in on the fun. If you haven’t already, please take the time to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates and happenings throughout the town. I hope you had a great holiday season. I look forward to serving as your mayor in the year ahead. www.lexsc.com • 803-996-3765 smacdougall@lexsc.com

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Cancer of Many Colors:

Paying It Forward by Mary Ann Hutcheson

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“You’ve got cancer” are among the most overwhelming words a person will ever hear. Paulette Criscione has heard them more than once. Her personal experience as a caregiver and patient, along with the desire to help others through similar challenges, birthed the formation of the Cancer of Many Colors. “Our organization got started because of my family’s journey with the disease. I was a caregiver to each member; five different types of cancer were diagnosed within my immediate family. Cancer has been in my family for 40 years,” says Paulette. lexingtonlife.com

Her story begins with her father, who died of breast cancer in 1981. As his caregiver, she played a role she would repeat often in her life. Four months after returning home from Atlanta in 2005 to live closer to family (two siblings, Richard and Jay, and their mother), Paulette was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I just had a check-up in Atlanta, and all was fine. It was unbelievable,” she says. The following year, 2006, while recovering from chemotherapy, her brother Richard was diagnosed with leukemia. “We talked about raising funds for him. He was scheduled to go to Charleston for treatment, but they wanted $100,000 up front,” she explains. “I saw that he was more concerned about things like paying bills than the actual disease. I told him not to worry about that part; I wanted him to focus more on recovery. That was the hope I wanted to give him. Later, I realized that hope was not just for Richard; it was for so many other patients that I’d met through the years, including during my own journey.” The three siblings were tested for genetic triple negative cancer, BRCA2, a genetic mutation that came from their father’s side. Her brother Richard tested negative, while brother Jay tested positive for BRCA2. Three months later, Jay was diagnosed with throat cancer. “We lost Richard in 2007 and Jay from bile


duct cancer in 2009. Then, in 2011, I was diagnosed with cancer again, this time in the lung,” Paulette shares. “It was just so much, so fast, such a hard journey. It’s emotional, draining, and taxing. You have a loved one for whom can do nothing but be there, which in itself is hard to do. Your loved one doesn’t want you to suffer through all he is going through or drag you down.” Each type of cancer has a specific color. Breast cancer, for example, is signified with the color pink. However, there are many more: white for lung cancer, gray for brain cancer, emerald green for liver cancer, lime green for lymphoma, light blue for prostate cancer, periwinkle blue for stomach cancer, and yellow for bone cancer. “That’s why I started Cancer of Many Colors and why I celebrate caregivers,” Paulette continues. “I experienced five different colors in my immediate family. So, I know the financial burden cancer treatments can place on individuals and their families. I started the organization in 2014 to raise funds for others in our local community, to reduce the financial hardships that come along with cancer.” While supporting someone who is going through oral cancer right now, Paulette hears the familiar and

heartbreaking plea: “It’s too hard; I don’t know if I can do this.” She knows firsthand that the journey the patient is getting ready to travel will be difficult. But she makes the commitment, through her organization and as a friend, to be there for her. If anyone knows how a patient feels, Paulette does; it is what continues to drive her determination to pay it forward. Community Support Community is family, and we can help each other. Cancer of Many Colors, Inc. is a nonprofit Lexington, SC, based organization dedicated to helping local cancer survivors with their daily living expenses and emergency needs. There are many ways to get involved and/or receive assistance through the Cancer of Many Colors website. For those fighting cancer who have lost their job or can’t work enough to make ends meet, Cancer of Many Colors’ small gift (nonmedical) program can provide for basic living expenses, e.g., mortgage, utilities, rent,

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or transportation. “The goal is to take care of the person in need as quickly as possible. Funds will be provided via the companies that provide the service for a patient,” says Paulette. Another remarkable group that supports Cancer of Many Colors is “Linking Lexington,” which is led by the young people of Lexington High School’s “Students in Action” team. In 2018–2019, they raised money by selling links to create a chain of unity in support of those affected by cancer. Their efforts raised

support for all types of local cancer survivors with their basic living expenses. “Their video is unbelievable. I am in awe of it,” says Paulette. There are also local programs and events listed on the website such as “Fashion for Fighters” on February 7 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. at the Radius Conference Center. Sponsors and volunteers are always needed and highly valued. Hope “The flip side of this journey is the

sadness,” Paulette says. “I see a lot of folks bearing the hardships of it, and my heart goes out to them. I’ve met a lot of cancer patients. As a survivor myself, I’ve learned that cultivating a sense of humor helps. We manage through it daily, one step at a time—not an easy task, but well worth the effort. She continues, “My family’s journey was the inspiration to pay it forward and give patients hope, and God gives me the strength and courage to move through the difficulties and help others. Giving hope was the whole point of the journey with Cancer of Many Colors.” Paulette has named her pet dog companion, “Hope.” “Every day she reminds me of words from the website, “Lessons Learned in Life”: ‘Morning is God’s way of saying, One more time, Go make a difference, Touch a heart, Encourage a mind, and Inspire a soul, and Enjoy the day.’ “That’s hope to me.” Paulette has emerged from her personal heart-rending loss with a determination to pay her experience forward, which she continues to do so every day. Her father and brothers, Jay and Richard, would be proud of her. n

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We all know that stretching is good for mobility and boosting energy. But you may not know the extent of its health-enhancing benefits. Studies have shown that stretching improves posture, heart health, fitness level, and how well one responds to stress. It can improve focus, mood, and cognitive performance.

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Stretching is so much more than a warm-up or cool-down. It boosts your physical-fitness level by supplying more blood to the muscles. This keeps your muscles healthy and prevents the buildup of tension. All of this means there are many benefits to be gained instantly when you stretch, even if it’s your first time. Here’s a roundup of 10 instant health (and mental health) benefits from stretching. 1. Better Range of Motion It’s no secret that mobility decreases as your age increases. Stretching doesn’t just benefit your muscles, it also helps the connective tissues in your joints. Squeezing old blood out of the joints and increasing the flow of fresh blood helps keep joint tissue healthy and strong. Stretching also keeps tendons flexible, so they can bend and twist without getting easily overstretched and injured. 2. Better Circulation Better circulation means more oxygen and nutrients entering the tissue cells that need to heal and repair. Stagnation causes toxic buildup that leads to inflammation and illness. Stretching helps flush your body by stimulating circulation throughout every part. Stretching your spine can increase microcirculation among spinal fluids. Likewise, stretching your neck and inner thighs can stimulate your lymphatic system by stimulating the lymph nodes in these areas.


3. Stress Relief Stretching helps manage and relieve stress by releasing tension from your body, boosting the oxygen supply to your brain, and gives your mind a break from daily matters, as stressful moments are stored in the physical “psyche” of your body; in other words, your nervous system “remembers” the stress, and you won’t shake off the stressed-out feeling until you actively release the stress. Stretching is a way to do just that. It releases muscles that are contracted due to the body’s “fight or flight” stress response. Deep breathing with your stretching further increases oxygenation and helps “reset” the nervous system after a stressful day. 4. Releases Muscle Tension and Tightness Muscle tension causes pain, stiffness, and vulnerability to injury. Your muscles contract when you train them, and stretching after a workout releases them from a contracted state. This helps prevent muscle knots that worsen over time as well as the aches and pains that come with them. 5. Boosts Your Energy Levels Stretching raises energy levels by increasing the oxygen supply to your muscles, organs, and brain cells. Making stretching part of your morning routine can help stimulate alertness and mental clarity. It also improves the delivery of glucose from food to your muscles and brain so that your breakfast can kick in. Stretching wakes up your muscles and releases any contraction at the beginning of the day, so that fatigue doesn’t creep in later from the ongoing tension. 6. Uplifts Your Mood By elevating oxygen levels in the brain, stretching uplifts your mood. When you hold onto muscular tension, it affects neurotransmitter levels, which, in turn, affect your mood. Stretching opens up your muscles, relieving tension and promoting a sense of tranquility and self-control. 7. Improves Your Posture Holding unnatural postures like slumping at a desk for long periods affects your posture over time. Postural stress then leads to pain caused by muscle imbalances. Stretching loosens contracted muscles so that they can release the hold they have on your alignment. 8. Prevents and Treats Tension Headaches Tension headaches can result from tension in your back, shoulders, neck, face, or scalp. By releasing this tension, stretching can help relieve tension headaches and prevent them lexingtonlife.com

from recurring. The blood flow boost you get from stretching can often help ease a tension headache, especially when you stretch your neck and the base of your skull. 9. Protects Spinal Health The spinal bones, or vertebrae, are meant to stack one on top of the other in an almost-straight line slightly shaped like an “S.” If you have excessive curves in your spine; however, the vertebrae and the discs that act like padding between them take on extra weight. Over time, this causes chronic pain and potentially serious problems like slipped discs or sciatica. Stretching your back allows blood to flow between the vertebrae, so that your discs can stay nourished and heal from any damage before it gets worse. 10. Improves Exercise Performance Stretching prepares your muscles for exercise by supplying them with fresh oxygen and glucose for energy. This enables your muscles to work harder and longer so that you get a better workout and make faster fitness gains. Stretching helps manage stress, enhances your fitness level, and protects the health of your spine. You can improve your flexibility within a week or two of stretching daily, but you can get many benefits from stretching right away. It will improve your mood, energy, circulation, and exercise performance. n February 2020 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 23

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Charleston is close enough for a quick trip but far enough away to feel like you’re on vacation. With uncrowded beaches, world-class restaurants, and perfectly preserved historical sites, it’s no wonder visitors from all over the world are flocking to the Holy City. Don’t let the influx of tourists deter you from visiting, though. As travelers line up at well-publicized hot spots, locals deftly sidestep the kerfuffle to enjoy food, experiences, and staycations that are just as good – or better – than whatever is causing a stir in print or online at the moment. lexingtonlife.com

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ow do you find restaurants, hotels, and adventures that aren’t packed with tourists? You need a local buddy who can help you steer clear of the TripAdvisor crowds. Today, I am that buddy. I’ll wait while you get packed. Before You Leave Home The historic Charleston peninsula is small and easily navigable. For a long weekend, I recommend sleeping down-


town. If it’s a special occasion, splash out at the historic Wentworth Mansion. While there’s no shortage of new, contemporary boutique hotels, this 21-room inn will take you back to the grandeur of the Gilded Age. The hotel is a lovely 15-minute walk (or pedicab ride) to restaurants and shopping downtown. If you’d like to be closer to restaurants and shopping, book a room at The Vendue, an elegant, funky art hotel with an unbeatable location on the harbor. On a budget? Check out Hotel Indigo or Hilton Garden Inn just over the bridge in Mount Pleasant. If you don’t mind driving after dinner or paying to park when you go downtown, these brand-new hotels are a stone’s throw from the historic district but are a third of the price. Day 1 After dropping your bags at your hotel, you’ll wander old Charleston and

have an unforgettable dinner at one of her excellent below-the-radar eateries. If you’re staying at the Wentworth, book a table at its award-winning restaurant, Circa 1886. (Reservations are hard to get, but they hold a table for hotel guests.) If you’re staying at The Vendue or elsewhere, book a table at Revival, Magnolia’s, or Blossom. While some of the more publicized restaurants require reservations months in advance, these three serve up Lowcountry cuisine that is just as good – and usually have sameday reservations. With dinner planned, you can turn your attention to lunch. East Bay Meeting House is a small European-style café that tourists walk right by. Sit at one of the two outdoor tables and enjoy a slice of its delicious quiche du jour, a salad, or a club sandwich with a sweet tea or glass of bubbly. After lunch, walk past Rainbow Row February 2020 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 25

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a long walk along the empty beach to collect shells. The ferry will drop you back at the landing just in time for lunch at Seewee Restaurant, a seafood shack conveniently located on your way back to Charleston. Portions are enormous, but save room for a slice of its towering coconut cake. Back in town, regroup at your hotel, then head out for an afternoon stroll to one of Charleston’s renowned museums. On the way, pop in to at least one of the many historic churches and well-preserved churchyards. When you’re ready for dinner, hail a pedicab to Leon’s Oyster Bar on upper King Street. This casual joint is famous for its fried chicken and oysters, but the side dishes steal the show. Though Leon’s has won national awards, most tourists don’t venture this far north, so you’ll be chilling with locals tonight. Day 3 If you need a day of rest, grab a book, and head to the beach. Isle of Palms 28 | LEXINGTON LIFE | February 2020

is a busy, family-friendly island with lifeguard stations and showers on the boardwalk, which is why locals go to neighboring Sullivan’s Island to relax. Stop at the tiny Co-Op for a picnic lunch or have a burger at nearby Poe’s when you get hungry. If you’d rather have an active day, rent a kayak or a paddleboard from Coastal Expeditions on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant. Take in the quiet of the marshes before paddling past shrimp boats and out into the calm harbor. After your adventure, lunch is at Red’s Ice House overlooking the creek. Red’s is the best dolphin- and bird-watching spot in town, so plan to linger over your meal.

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o v e L Reflections OF by Marilyn Thomas

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unification of two unlike individuals, the stories they tell of how they met,

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hroughout their professional careers, Jennifer and Alan Wilson were no strangers to living in the public eye. In fact, working within that spotlight, fate brought them together. In early 2002, as the nighttime reporter and anchor at WIS-TV, Jennifer was covering the election of Tameika Isaac Devine, the first African-American woman to win a seat on the Columbia City Council. Congressman Joe Wilson and his son Alan, a University of South Carolina law school student at the time, were also in attendance to show their support. Jennifer had met Congressman Wilson while covering his campaign in 2001, so when he saw her at the council election night party, he used that opportunity to introduce her to his unmarried son. “My congressman set me up,” quips Jennifer, recalling their first meeting. Three months later, Alan and Jennifer’s paths crossed again at another political campaign; this time, they exchanged numbers and made plans to meet for lunch. “He gave me a little scrap of paper with his phone number on it,” Jennifer remembers, “and I still have that piece of paper.” After a four-year courtship, which also included Alan’s one-year tour in Iraq with the South Carolina National Guard, they declared their “I do’s” on September 30, 2006, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Columbia. “For me, there’s no doubt in my mind that Alan is my soul mate,” Jennifer says. “I believe that I have been led down a very distinct path to him, and I believe that he brings out the best in me.” Jennifer characterizes her husband as “charming,” “warm,” “interesting,” and “really cute,” and, as a self-proclaimed daddy’s girl, she describes Alan as a combination of her father with two of her favorite childhood television characters: Charles Ingalls of Little House on the Prairie and Jack Tripper of Three’s Company (“Charles because he’s a great family man and Jack because he is extremely funny”). Alan says that he was attracted to Jennifer because she is “beautiful,” “fun,” lexingtonlife.com

and “intelligent” but also admits that he admires her ambition. Although her position in television news was once “at the forefront,” Jennifer now says, “I really feel like having children just changed my perspective on my career.” After the birth of their first child, Michael, she accepted a more family-friendly position as the public relations manager at Lex-

his wife for making “it possible for me to do my job and maintain her career at the same time.”

“For me, there’s no doubt in my mind that Alan is my soul mate. I believe that I have been led down a very distinct path to him, and I believe that he brings out the best in me.” ington Medical Center. Shortly after they welcomed their second child, Anna Grace, into their family, Alan was elected as South Carolina’s 51st attorney general. He says of his position, “It’s very stressful because there are some things that I just can’t say ‘no’ to as attorney general,” and he credits

Even though they readily confess to “pushing each other’s buttons” with their affectionate banter, the couple joins forces in the kitchen as they prepare family dinners, and Alan endeavors to bake the perfect pecan pie with homemade crust. Another favorite way to escape their everyday demands is to February 2020 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 33

o v e L watch Hallmark Channel movies together, which act as a “palate cleanser for the soul” with their predictable, happy endings. For the Wilsons, however, focusing on the journey is the essence of a good marriage. “Enjoy each step of the journey because it may seem hard at the time,” says Jennifer, “but you’ll look back and see it as one of the most special times in your life.” Alan concurs and adds, “Quit looking to the future, beyond the struggle, because it’s the journey through that struggle that creates the family.”


nother local couple, Scott and Tracey Crede, is celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary this year, and they attribute their marital success to similar factors. “We have always strived to focus on each other’s strengths, to not sweat the small stuff, and that laughter and communication are very important in marriage,” Scott says. These Columbia natives grew up five miles from each other, and both attended the University of the South Carolina, where Tracey first met Scott, when she

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went to a college bodybuilding contest that he had entered. “Scott’s light blue eyes are what first caught my eye,” she recalls. “His personality, sense of humor, ambition, and go-getter attitude won me over.” After the event, “We ended up talking, and he called me the next day, and the

table,” but not for the reasons one would expect. Scott tells how he had carefully saved for a Royal Caribbean cruise, but, in anticipation of bringing his new bride home, he thoroughly cleaned his house; in so doing, he accidentally disposed of the cruise passes as well as the airplane tickets to the ship. “To make matters

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rest is history,” she says. “The next day he took me to see Beetlejuice, and we ate at Ryan’s Steakhouse. We dated every day since, until we were married.” Scott admits, “I have always felt that Tracey was the most beautiful woman God has ever created. She has only gotten more beautiful, but what really attracted me to her was her kind heart. We simply have something special. She is my soul mate; my very best friend.” “As we dated and continued to spend more and more time together,” Tracey continues, “we realized we were very compatible and shared the same values. We loved being with each other every minute and realized we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and start a family.” The couple tied the knot on August 18, 1990, and the honeymoon that followed could be described as “unforget-

worse,” he confesses, “I blamed my new mother-in-law for throwing them away.” They missed their flight, but their desperate search eventually culminated in a dumpster dive that yielded a successful find. With no time to lose, the couple left immediately, even though Scott had no time to shower. Their ill-luck continued on the cruise, when Scott chided Tracey for cautiously leaving her wedding band behind for fear of losing it, and while demonstrating how secure his ring was, “It slipped off my finger and was lost in the ocean,” he recalls. After those topsy-turvy events, Scott reassured Tracey, “that it would only get better from here.” And his prediction rings true. “Our marriage has continued to grow stronger and stronger as the years go by,” he says. Eventually, they welcomed two children, Garrett and Jessica, into their family. “After the birth of our children, it was a huge adjustment but a wonderful adjustment that we wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.” Once a stay-at-home mom, Tracey now works side-by-side with her husband, who is the executive pastor of Northside Baptist Church and the head of schools and cofounder of Northside

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worked together as missionaries in Japan for eight years. All three of their children – Joel, Kayla, and Jeremy – were born there, but the family eventually relocated to the Midlands, so that Paul could attend Columbia International University and complete a graduate degree in counseling. “Some of our favorite moments involve mission trips back to Japan, hiking in the mountains, visiting family in Texas, spending time with our kids, walking our dog, and playing tennis,” says Paul. “We also enjoy Starbucks, Japanese food, and playing April Fools’ jokes on each other,” adds Susan. “Over the years, we have learned how important it is to spend time together,” says Paul. “While the children were younger, we spent a lot less time with just the

o v e L Christian Academy in Lexington. “Now that our children are grown and independent, we are enjoying more time together going out to dinner, movies, etc.,” says Scott. “We have had our ups and downs, but we continue to love each other unconditionally. One of the main reasons we are so happy together is we have kept God in the center of our marriage,” he says. “The closer we grow to God, the closer we grow to each other.”


imilarly, local residents Paul and Susan Bishop are celebrating 32 years of successful marriage. They say, “A common focus on our faith, a willingness to forgive and give each other grace, and being able to laugh at ourselves and each other are some of the keys to our relationship.” Susan is currently an art teacher at Heritage Christian Academy, where she has taught for the past 17 years, and Paul worked as a licensed counselor in private practice before accepting a position at First Baptist Church of Lexington 16 years ago. Today, he is a pastor on the church staff and the director of the Bridge of Hope Counseling Center.


Paul’s parents were missionaries in Japan, and Susan’s father was in the U.S. Air Force, “We met through some friends who wanted to do some matchmaking,”

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recalls Susan. “We think they ended up being pretty good at it.” “It was before the days of emails, texting, or FaceTime,” he adds, so their dating relationship consisted mostly of “old fashioned letter writing and phone calls,” since they were living in different states at the time. “Besides her being extremely beautiful on the outside,” Paul admits, “I was attracted to Susan’s kind heart and passion to serve the Lord. She has always been extremely thoughtful and caring about the needs of others.” Likewise, Susan says, “I appreciated that Paul was going into the ministry and liked his easygoing personality. The bonus was that he was handsome and had a good sense of humor.” During college, Susan earned a degree in art while Paul majored in religious studies; after getting married, the couple

two of us and more family time, often surrounding their activities or sports. As the children have grown up, we have developed more shared interests and hobbies.” The couple says that one of their biggest struggles has been balancing family and ministry life. Susan explains that dealing with constant changes in schedules and interrupted plans has taught her to be more flexible and patient, while Paul speaks of the importance of establishing boundaries because “saying ‘yes’ to everyone else meant saying ‘no’ to family.” When asked for their insight, “To a young couple, we would say, be sure to spend time doing things you enjoy and set good boundaries around your time together. Communicate through your disagreements and be quick to forgive. Put the needs of your spouse above your own, and keep God as the center of your relationship.” n

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I have watched people become overjoyed with tears when presented with a reworked family heirloom that their grandmother used to wear. The memories come flowing back instantly. It is a wonderful feeling to be a part of that, it is like Christmas morning. 40 | LEXINGTON LIFE | February 2020

“We get to see people at the happiest times of their lives; putting a smile on their face is the most rewarding feeling,” says Chris Chapman, owner of The Chapman Company on Hwy 6 in Lexington. What started out as an attempt to earn gas money in high school later turned into an unexpected lifetime in the jewelry business for Chris. “The supervisor at my part-time job at a jewelry shop took a liking to me, he was like a grandfather and taught me everything about the trade. He pushed me to do my best and I continued to work 38-40 hours each week while attending college.” Chris graduated with a degree in economics and decided to keep his position at the jewelry store until something “better” came along. He managed several other shops in the following years and realized he had the potential and expertise to open his own store. Chris and his wife, Ruth, opened The Chapman Company in August of 1998 and have been serving the community for over 21 years. While many items may only require a new hinge or clasp, prong or setting, battery, link or chain, more fragile pieces may require extensive examination and evaluation to determine the best way to proceed for preservation. “Whether the piece of jewelry is worth $5 or $5,000, the emotional attachment is the same. I get to see people at their most exciting moments, such as a young couple choosing an engagement ring, but I also enjoy repurposing broken or older pieces. I have watched people become overjoyed with tears when presented with a reworked family heirloom that lexingtonlife.com


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als each year. “The most gratifying part of my job would be the performances. I have the opportunity to play along with the students; hearing the final product and seeing the reaction on their face as they complete the piece is amazing. The smiles are wonderful and the parents get everything on video.” Being in a “one on one” setting for lessons makes a huge difference according to Garrett, “I am not only teaching the student, we are building a relationship. When they are ready to use their talent at church, in a band or any music related area, I am here to guide them along the way.” As for parents with a child who wants to begin guitar lessons, Garrett explains, “First and foremost is to be sure that the child is at least 5 or 6 and has the hand strength to physically control and play the instrument; guitar is not as easy as piano playing. Then be sure that the instrument you choose is an affordable, quality guitar that will be easy to handle for years to come. Lastly and most importantly, provide a one-on-one learning environment for the most efficient and productive investment.”

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How to Enjoy Valentine’s Day When You Are

by Emily Kauffman

February is right around the corner, and that means romance is in the air. Valentine’s Day can be a great time to celebrate love and romance with your significant other – unless you don’t have one. If you find yourself single on Valentine’s Day, don’t despair. Our culture places way too much value on being coupled up, leaving all the single people feeling somehow inadequate, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. No matter how you ended up single on V-day, there is no need to fret or despair; you can still be happy and have an enjoyable holiday. Below are five ways to have a good time on Valentine’s Day without feeling bad about being single.


1. Remind yourself of all the benefits of being single Being single can be fun, freeing, and empowering. You can do what you want and what makes you happy without having to worry about how it might affect your partner. You don’t have to worry about whether or not the person you are with is “the one,” and you don’t have to get stuck with someone who doesn’t make you feel your best. You can focus on yourself, your values, your goals, career, family, and friends. You don’t need to depend on a partner, and you can build your own independence and self-sufficiency. Being single is also a great opportunity to strengthen your relationships with other people who are important in your life. Being in a relationship isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. Those couples you see on Valentine’s Day likely don’t have perfect relationships and might not even be enjoying themselves as much as they appear to be. Just remember that you are

enough; you don’t need to be part of a couple to be happy, things aren’t always what they seem, and there are pros and cons to everything. Being single can actually be a great opportunity for growth, happiness, and fun in your life. 2. Celebrate the people in your life who you love Instead of getting caught up in the idea that Valentine’s Day is only for romantic love, try to think about it as celebrating all kinds of love. Send valentines to the people who you love most and let them know you appreciate them. Call up another single friend and ask him or her out to dinner. Take time to write a loving note to someone you care about or know is going through a hard time. Tell someone who has helped you out or had a positive influence on your life how much you appreciate them. There are many different kinds of love, and Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be about just one of them. Many times, people’s deepest connections to others don’t even involve romantic love. Connections with friends, family, mentors, and just general love and understanding of others can all be fulfilling in their own ways. Learn to appreciate all kinds of love, including but not limited to the romantic kind. 3. Practice gratitude and lovingkindness Never forget all that you have in your life and all the things you have to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude is a wonderful way to pull yourself out of a

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funk. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself because you are single on Valentine’s Day, try to focus on all the wonderful things you have in your life – your job, family, friends, a roof over your head, or just that warm cup of coffee in the morning. It doesn’t really matter what it is; if it brings you joy, you should learn to be grateful for it. An easy way to practice gratitude is to write down or think about three things that you were grateful for that day. Do this at the end of your day or before bed and try to make it a habit. Once you start focusing on all the good things you have in your life, instead of all the things you don’t have, you will start to view the world in a more positive light. On Valentine’s Day, if you start to feel down, think about three things you are thankful for in your single life. Write them down or call up a friend and share your gratitude with them. Another practice you can cultivate is loving-kindness meditation. This can help bring more love, gratitude, and positivity into your life and your thoughts. You can do this by sitting in a comfortable position, closing your eyes, and thinking about feelings of love and kindness. Picture someone who is easy for you to love and recall those feelings. Wish them health, happiness, and peace. Repeat this and direct it at yourself and other people in your life. Try to do this daily, or when you are feeling lonely or down. Filling yourself with love and gratitude can be a great antidote to those feelings of loneliness or insecurity, especially on a day like Valentine’s Day. 4. Love yourself first You are the person that you have to spend your entire life with. You should probably learn to like and love yourself. If you can’t love yourself first, how do you expect to fully love others? Treat yourself with care and compassion and try to eliminate negative self-talk. Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to a close friend. Practice self-care and do your best to eliminate self-destructive behaviors in your life. When you are tempted to do something immediately gratifying, but ultimately self-destructive, try to focus on your future self and how you will be harmed if you give in. If being single on Valentine’s Day is challenging for you, just go easy on yourself. Be kind and understanding and do what is best for you. If staying home, taking a hot bath, and ordering in is what you feel like doing, then allow yourself to do lexingtonlife.com

that without judgment. Or, if you want to go out and celebrate your love for yourself by getting a fancy dinner and dessert, then be bold and get out there. What matters most is that you love and take care of yourself. 5. Don’t give up on Love Being alone on such a blatantly romantic holiday can flood your mind with doubt and thoughts of “I’m going to be alone forever,” or “I’m never going to find someone to love.” However, simply remind yourself that you don’t actually know that. You aren’t a fortune teller, and you can’t see into the future. There are billions of people in this world, many of whom could be compatible with you. You just have to keep looking and try not to give up. If you have learned how to embrace being single, appreciate what you have, live your life to the fullest, and love yourself, you are already on the right path to meeting someone special. If you know that a meaningful relationship is something you want in your life, then don’t give up looking for it. Just because you don’t have the exact career you want right now doesn’t mean you are going to totally give up on ever getting there. Things like that take time, growth, and learning. Finding a career or dream job is a journey, just like finding a healthy and happy relationship with the right person. Just because you haven’t found them yet doesn’t mean that you never will. Take time on Valentine’s Day to think about your values, what qualities you are looking for in a partner, and what your ideal relationship would look like. Once you know what you are looking for, you can avoid the people who can’t give it to you and focus on finding those who can. This will take time and patience, but, when you do find it, it is bound to be worth it. If you are single on Valentine’s Day, don’t sweat it. You definitely aren’t the only one. You also don’t have to avoid, ignore, or dread the holiday if you aren’t part of a couple. Remember to celebrate all kinds of love and relationships, do what you love and what makes you happy, and never give up on love and romance. Cultivate an appreciation for all that you have and learn to open your heart to those around you. That way, you don’t have to be a sad, lonely, single person on Valentine’s Day; you can have fun and find your own special ways to celebrate this day of love. n February 2020 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 47

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2 c. all-purpose flour 2 eggs 1 c. milk 1 c. soda water 1/2 c. vegetable oil 1 pinch salt Almond Filling 1 c. chopped almonds 1/2 c. white sugar 1/4 c. milk 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract 1 1/2 tsp. rum (optional) Chocolate Topping 1/4 c. water 1/2 c. white sugar 1/2 c. chopped bittersweet chocolate 2 tbsp. margarine Combine the flour and eggs and mix until smooth. Add the milk, soda water, vegetable oil, and salt. Mix to combine. Refrigerate the batter overnight. To make the crepes, heat a lightly greased frying pan over medium heat. Remove the batter from the refrigerator and mix well. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan and cook the pancake for about 1 minute. Flip it over and cook for another minute or until golden brown. Remove from the pan and place on waxed paper. Repeat with the remaining batter, stacking while keeping them separate with waxed paper. To make the filling, combine the chopped almonds, sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and rum (if desired) in a saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is creamy. Allow it to cool slightly before filling the crepes. For the chocolate topping, combine the water, sugar, and chocolate in a saucepan and cook over low heat just until the chocolate melts. Remove the pan from the heat and add the margarine,

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stirring until melted and combined. Spread 1 heaping tablespoon of almond filling onto each crepe, rolling them up, and placing them on a platter. Pour the chocolate topping over them, and, if desired, warm the platter in a microwave for about 30 seconds before serving. Great with fruit, too!

GARLIC LEMON SCALLOPS 3/4 c. butter 3 tbsp. minced garlic 2 lb. large sea scallops 1 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic and cook for a few seconds until fragrant. Add scallops, and cook for several minutes on one side, then turn over, and continue cooking until firm and opaque. Remove scallops to a platter, then whisk salt, pepper, and lemon juice into butter. Pour sauce over scallops to serve.

SOUS VIDE DUCK BREAST 2 (8 oz) boneless duck breast halves, skin on Salt and ground black pepper to taste 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves 1 tsp. vegetable oil Cut several shallow crosswise slashes across the skin of each duck breast about 1/2 inch apart. The cuts should only barely cut into the skin and fat. Don’t cut into the meat. Season skin sides with salt. Generously season meat sides with salt, black pepper, and thyme. Place duck breasts in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag, squeeze out all air, and seal. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Fill a large Dutch oven about 2/3 full with water. Bring water to 135 degrees F (57 degrees C) over medium heat. Attach a candy or oil thermometer to the side of the Dutch oven in order to monitor and maintain the water temperature. Place a silicone hot pad into bottom of the pan to keep the plastic bag from contacting the hot bottom of the pan. Place plastic bag containing duck breasts in the Dutch oven, adjusting the heat as necessary to maintain the temperature at 135 degrees F (57 degrees C). Cook for 1 hour, moving the bag around occasionally and maintaining the temperature. Remove duck breasts from plastic bag and pat dry. Generously season skin sides with salt. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over high heat. Place duck breasts with skin sides down in skillet and cook until fat renders and skin is golden brown, 5 minutes. Turn breasts over and cook until lightly browned and meat still pink in the center, 1 minute. Let duck breasts rest for 2 minutes before slicing. lexingtonlife.com

FROSTED STRAWBERRY SQUARES 1 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/2 c. chopped walnuts 1/2 c. butter, melted 2 egg whites 1 c. white sugar 2 c. sliced strawberries 2 tbsp. lemon juice 1 c. heavy cream Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, walnuts, and melted butter. Toast in the oven until walnuts are fragrant, about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Sprinkle 2/3 of the walnut mixture evenly over the bottom of the 9x13inch dish. In a large bowl, whip the egg whites with the lemon juice until they can hold a soft peak. Gradually add white sugar while continuing to whip to firm peaks. Fold in the strawberries. In a separate bowl, whip the cream with an electric mixer until stiff but not grainy. Fold into the strawberry mixture. Spoon over the crust in the dish and spread evenly. Top with the remaining walnut mixture. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight.

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Approaching spring causes us to consider coincidence. Casual observers believe the daffodils are “just something that happens.” Gardeners know “the coincidence” of gorgeous daffodils began months before. Long-term gardeners are even more convinced of how seemingly small actions and inactions play a role as our dirt improves – or doesn’t. We also know how it feels to kick oneself over not having done that little bit of extra winter work. The beautiful thing about gardening is we can say: “Well, there’s next year.” But much of life doesn’t have a “next year.” We’ve all experienced the circumstance where someone we fully expected to see again was next seen in a casket. We are surprised to see them gone. For my part, I’m quite certain I was the loser for not having taken time to visit. Consider the “chance” path-crossings that happen. On a good day, I’ll begin my morning with a simple prayer: “Lord, thank you for another beautiful day and the chance to help somebody.” How could I ever forget to say this simple line? Forgetting to pray is mainly pure laziness. I don’t always remember to say my little prayer. Do the day’s wheels fall off because I don’t say it? It’s more correct to say that the wheels never really get rolling on the days I forget to pray. The most interesting thing is the days I say my simple little prayer are the days when things go well. An old friend laughed and said: “You’re making it sound like it’s some sort of magic incantation.” I don’t see it that way at all. It’s a matter of focusing my mind and my spirit in a proper direction rather than no direction at all. I have certainly noticed that, on the days I earnestly say my little prayer and begin my day with “my mind right,” it never fails that a man will drive up to my shop out of the blue. He may be there to get a machine fixed, or he may be looking for directions, or he may just be stopping by. But this typical “surprise visitor” will almost always have a little cloud in his eyes, or his shoulders may be stooped just a bit. No matter his “surface” reason for stopping by, on my good days I recognize the Lord’s hand in our lives as we spend a few minutes talking. By the time we part ways, the clouds are gone and the eyes are twinkling again – for both of us. Is the Lord using me to help and strengthen that person? Or is the Lord using that person to help and strengthen me? Sometimes it’s hard to say, but I can certainly tell that our “chance crossing” leaves me more able to be a better man. Daddy said: “Son, when you’re willing, the Lord will move in your life.” Life is much better when I’m willing. Starting the day with a prayer is the best way to be willing. n

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