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Do You Or Your Child Want to Play Music? Then Take Lessons On Barr Road! Three Reasons Why You’ll Want Your Son Or Daughter To Be With The Lexington School Of Music

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Guitar, Voice, Singing, Piano, Drums, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele and LED Monitors for your favorite mobile device in each room in ONE location!

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We are the only school in the Midlands that has been open for more than a decade that offers all of these popular instruments: Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Voice, Singing, Piano, Bass, Drum set, Mandolin, Banjo and Ukulele in one location. We are also the only school in the Midlands that has installed $10,000 worth of LED monitors in each teaching room so that you can bring your iPhone, iPad, or any mobile device to give you the BEST music lesson experience in Lexington that no one else can offer.

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The largest & most qualified teaching faculty in Lexington who will teach you the songs you want to learn.

We have 70 music teachers, all with either college training or professional performance experience. Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. With at least three music teachers for every instrument, we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.

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The widest range of music lesson times available seven days a week!

We are the only music school in Lexington that offers music lessons seven days a week from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedule. 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. lexingtonlife.com


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IN THE NATION It’s nothing to smile about. South Carolina ranks eighth in the nation for high blood pressure. And that’s not a ranking we should celebrate. High blood pressure is a serious issue. Even though it may not have any symptoms, high blood pressure can have dangerous consequences. Left unchecked or untreated, it leads to heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease. More than one in three people in South Carolina has high blood pressure. But only half of them have it under control. Don’t get sidelined by high blood pressure. Know your numbers. Take your medicine. And take charge of your heart health.

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Happy 2018, everyone! Thanks for reading Lexington Life. I’d like to congratulate all the Best of winners and nominees on their recognition. We’re fortunate to have so many great folks running terrific businesses in our community. Please continue to support your local small businesses — we sincerely appreciate it. For many years, Donna and I received a talking Christmas doll from her parents. We’ve accumulated many talking and dancing Santas, a talking Scooby Doo stocking, and the Shevchik family favorite: Farting Santa. When he was unpacked from the attic this year, we were stunned to find him gas-free. Even with fresh batteries, Farting Santa was silent. Our youngest son Noah was devastated, and I have to admit I was, too. Noah’s sad face and puppy dog eyes tugged at my heart. What was I going to do? A quick Google search confirmed that Farting Santa was rare and no longer in production. The 2017 model was not as cute and crass. Our Farting Santa was full of wit and joy with sayings like, “Ohh, I’m glad this is a convertible” and “Ahh, my bag’s a little lighter now.” I couldn’t let our family suffer through a Farting Santa-less Christmas. A handyman I am not, but desperate times call for desperate measures. A YouTube video on conductivity, emergency voice box removal surgery, some copper wire work, and duct tape brought Farting Santa back to life some three hours later. Noah’s face glowed with mischievous joy as he ran around the house squeezing Santa’s finger. “Ha, Ha! Now that’s a stocking stuffer!” Santa exclaimed for all to hear. Noah’s genuine happiness when Farting Santa came to life was the best present I received this year. Thanks, Farting Santa!

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16 Yoga in Lexington 22 Human Trafficking is a Local Issue 24 Tackling Credit Card Debt 32 Night to Shine 37 2017 Snowball Festival 40 2018 Best of Lexington Life Winners 53 9 Facebook Friends You Can Do Without 61 Raising Confident Children 67 Qualities of a Great Vacation 73 Little Known Perks of Growing Old 76 History of an American Cowboy

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Departments 9 From the Publisher 11 Events 15 Lexington Leaders 78 Spice of Life


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2018 JANUARY

Every Thursday in January Keeping the Meditation Resolution St. John’s Lutheran Church, 213 St. John’s Church Rd., Lexington, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Is one of your resolutions for 2018 to learn to meditate? To develop a more consistent meditation practice? Explore basic meditation practices that anyone can do and talk about ways to keep your resolution fresh throughout the new year. For more information, email stjohnsmeditation@outlook.com or visit stjohnsmeditation.com.

Every Saturday in January Saturday Family Storytime Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Rd., Lexington, 11 a.m. Join the Lexington Library for Storytime. This family program allows all ages to experience the best in children’s literature, songs, and rhymes. Each program lasts approximately thirty minutes. Ages birth to grade 5. Free.

Sunday, January 7 – Sunday, April 8 Griefshare Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, 2 – 4 p.m. Griefshare is a confidential, Christian based 13-week grief and local support group. The video program features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Meet other people that understand what you are going through. Contact 803-359-7770 ext. 63 for more information. Friday, January 12 Harlem Globetrotters Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St., Columbia, 7 p.m. Enjoy the athleticism, theater, and comedy of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters! Visit coloniallifearena.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, January 27 No More Crape Murder Workshop Wingard’s Market, 1403 N. Lake Dr., Lexington, 2 p.m. No more Crape Murder! Learn the correct way to prune a crape myrtle. Register at wingardsmarket.com or call 803-359-9091.

Saturday, January 27 Civil War Encampment and Candlelight Tour Lexington Co. Museum, 231 Fox St., Lexington, 7 & 8 p.m. Encampment runs during museum open hours; candlelight tours begin at 7 & 8 p.m. Candlelight tour admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Encampment is free to attend.

Saturday, January 27 – Sunday, January 28 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Columbia City Ballet, 1545 Main St., Columbia, times vary Enter the enchanted land of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with magic at every turn. Presented with the full S.C. Philharmonic with Morihiko Nakahara conducting the famous Mendelssohn score. An enchanted forest, dueling love triangle and enchanted fairy kingdoms. This whimsical comedy was recreated by William Starrett for the Koger Center stage.

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It was a sunny, cold fall afternoon many years ago while I was living in the upstate when I experienced one of the most teachable moments in my Christian life. I was raking leaves when I felt overwhelmed to go check on an elderly lady who lived two houses over. Now, Miss Webb stayed inside most of the time, and wore really thick glasses. We spoke occasionally, but I did not know her very well. I had a deep feeling that something was wrong. So I quickly dropped my rake, told my wife I was going to check on her, then hurried up the street. As I stepped up on her porch, tapped on the door and called her name, I noticed her get up slowly and approach the door. As the door slowly creaked open, I asked her, “Miss Webb, are you ok?” She replied, “I’m fine. I was just sitting here telling the Lord I needed someone to talk to.” We sat and talked a spell. As I left and headed home, I was overcome with the goodness and greatness of the love of God. He is so big and awesome, yet heard the soft whisper of an elderly woman’s loneliness. There were three lessons learned that day. First of all, God is so personal. He is sensitive to every heart cry. He heard Miss Webb’s whisper. Secondly, He answers our prayers. He heard her and took action to bring her answer to her very doorstep. That’s noteworthy! And finally, He will speak to me. Yes, that prompting and urgency I felt was from God. It was God speaking to me and using me to help someone in need. This teachable moment in my life has caused me to make every effort to listen closely to those slight impressions that come from the Lord. It was an afternoon that truly marked my life. I learned our God is great, yes, but great because He is also good! Now where is that rake, I need to get back to work . . . Follow Pastor Ken on Twitter at twitter.com/pkharvest or @pkharvest

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by Jackie Perrone

Sammy Hendrix Sammy Hendrix retired from a varied career that he found quite satisfying. Now he’s involved in a new enterprise using the skills and experience he developed over several decades and still contributing to the community whenever he can. “I was born in Atlanta, but we moved to Lexington when I was in first grade, and I’ve been here most of the time since then,” he says. “Lexington High, then USC, where I majored in business and marketing. I’ve watched Lexington grow from a small rural town to the busy place it is now.” His business career began at Lexington State Bank, then Woodmen of the World Life Insurance, followed by administration duties at the office of Representative Floyd Spence. There was a stint in Dallas, Texas, with a business records company, then back to South Carolina for Carolinas AGC (Association of General Contractors), where he was director of the highway division and also the buildings division. Oh, and along the way, Hendrix joined SCANG (South Carolina Air National Guard), serving for 20 years both locally and overseas. He served as president and as committee chairman for the South Carolina Society of Association Executives and on the Registration and Elections Commission. He has been an active volunteer in his community. He was appointed to Experience Columbia and to the Planning Commission of the town of Lexington. Those years of training and experience in management and planning have enabled him to contribute to Lexington’s ever-expanding issues of growth and traffic and quality of life. “Twenty years ago, we were trying to solve the traffic problems,” he says. “A bypass was designed to ease the flow across town, but downtown merchants were opposed to it, along with the ‘not in my backyard’ residents who would have been affected. It would have been a lot more feasible then than to try it now. The latest effort involves one-way streets through midtown; it remains to be seen how effective that may be.” Sammy Hendrix also has volunteered with the fire department and the rescue squad of Lexington County. “Way back then, volunteers were the only fire department resource we had,” he recalls. His current enterprise is named Brandon Alexander Associates, specializing in event planning and community campaigns. Sammy’s wife Betty taught music at Lexington Middle School until her retirement; they are active members of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Lexington. Their two sons, Chris and Scott, are both professionals in Charleston. n lexingtonlife.com

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An ancient practice with something for everyone by Katie Gantt 16 | LEXINGTON LIFE | January 2018

By definition, yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that originated in ancient India. There is no exact birth date on record for yoga, but there is a general consensus among scholars that the practice most likely developed around the fifth and sixth centuries BC. Its history in the east is far reaching and complex, with a narrative spanning many different countries and religions. However, the practice didn’t begin making its way to the western world until lexingtonlife.com


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the mid-nineteenth century when Bengali physician and scientist, N.C. Paul, published Treatise on Yoga Philosophy, a book that earned some popularity in both the United States and Europe, in 1851. The first yogi to actively teach yoga to a western audience, Swami Vivekananda, toured the United States and Europe in the 1890’s and got the attention of western intellectuals, including author and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. Pierre Arnold Barnard, an American born yogi, lexingtonlife.com

founded the Tantrik Order of America in 1905. His teachings gave many westerners (outside of the intellectual elite) their first glimpse into the practices of yoga. While its eastern traditions are closely linked to spirituality, yoga in the west became more focused on the exercise derived from the different yoga asanas (postures). The first American “yoga boom” came in the 1960’s and a second boom followed in the 1980’s when yoga was first medically linked to heart health -- legitimizing yoga as a pure-

ly physical system of health exercises and unconnected to any particular religion. Since 2001, the popularity of yoga in the US has exploded. The number of people who practiced some sort of yoga has grown from 4 million in 2001 to 20 million in 2011, according to Wikipedia. The benefits of yoga are as extensive as its history. It’s touted to promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, improve breathing, focus, and mindfulness and has even been shown in studies to improve some medical conditions such as premenstrual syndrome. It is a low impact exercise and can increase the general health, strength, flexibility, balance and stamina of practitioners of all ages. However, yoga instructors and doctors warn that practitioners should be certain of their instructors’ qualifications and that they should also try not to overestimate the ability of their body and strive to do advanced poses before their body is flexible or strong enough to perform them. Pushing the body beyond its limits could result in physical injury. Some of the most common poses resulting in injury include: headstands, shoulder stands, lotus and half lotus, forward bends, backward bends, and handstands. Evidence of yoga’s now internationJanuary 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 17


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“The benefits of yoga are as extensive as its history. It’s touted to promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, improve breathing, focus, and mindfulness and has even been shown in studies to improve some medical conditions.”

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al presence came on December 11, 2014 when the 193-member United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to establish June 21 as “International Day of Yoga.” The first International Day of Yoga was observed on June 21, 2015 and two Guinness records were established in New Delhi that day: largest yoga class (with 35,985 people) and the record for the most nationalities participating in a yoga class (84).

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Yoga in Lexington Yoga has traveled from India to western civilization, and now specifically, to Lexington, South Carolina. Lexington is home to a handful of locations offering various yoga classes, with something suitable for every age and athletic ability. Try yoga in a gym setting at MUV Fitness; take a class in a traditional yoga studio at Pink Lotus Yoga Center, or attend private and/or small sessions at Two Turtles Yoga. There is something for every Lexington yogi.

anyone who works out or lifts weights will immensely benefit from yoga. “You’re only as young as your spine is,” she says.

MUV Fitness MUV Fitness offers a range of classes targeting students of all levels of ability. Area Program Director, Bridget Alsup, ensures that there are yoga classes at MUV for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. They offer Restorative Yoga, which she describes as a “nice, deep stretch class.” There is also Yin, a slower paced class where students hold poses for more extended periods of time, and Vinyasa Yoga. New classes include MUV Yoga Beats – a more eclectic, upbeat class – and Yoga Sculpt, which is being introduced in January. MUV, located across the street from Lexington Middle School, provides students with mats, blocks, and straps, but Bridget says it’s always recommended that students bring their own mats to practice on. Bridget’s own interest in yoga was piqued when she attended her first yoga class at the age of 21. She went to India to complete her teacher certification program and was able to travel the world, taking various types of yoga in different locales. “I really liked the challenge of pushing my body to see what it could do. With yoga it’s always challenging and you’re never done – there is always a new pose to master. There are so many things to be found in a yoga practice whether it’s self-reflection or just taking care of your body.” She adds that one of the biggest things missing in the fitness culture is stretching and that

Pink Lotus Yoga Center Pink Lotus is enjoying their sixth year of business. Owner, Nicole Zimmer, fell in love with yoga over ten years ago. She had her son in 2008 and was diagnosed with Graves Disease, an immune system disorder of the thyroid, in late 2010. After being prescribed medications with strong side effects, she decided to attempt healing herself through holistic methods. She stopped taking the medicine and began practicing yoga and meditation. “Three or four months into doing yoga every day, with some of that being purely meditation, the doctor told me that my body had cured itself. I said, ‘no sir, it was God and yoga.’ I hadn’t been to church in a really long time, but I went while all of this was going on and had a spiritual experience where I was pretty much told to go open a yoga studio. I got certified and then two months after that, Pink Lotus was born.” Pink Lotus has always been located in Lexington’s Old Mill and offers a range of classes, including: Beginners, Restorative, Slow Flow, Gentle Yin, Vinyasa, Swing, Yoga for Athletes, and about ten more styles. She advises that every physical body is different and that there is a type of yoga suitable for everyone. “It’s a matter of finding which practice is better for you. My only rule is that we have a good time. The thing that people love about Pink Lotus is that we are a family here.” January 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 19


Two Turtles Yoga Two Turtles Yoga was founded by owner Dorothy Abercrombie about three years ago. Similar to Nicole at Pink Lotus, Dorothy got serious about yoga when she was diagnosed with a health issue. In this case it was irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Her doctor prescribed her a regimen of medicines and explained that they would not cure the disease, but would treat it. He also informed her that she would probably have to take these medicines for the rest of her life. This did not sit well with Dorothy and she began to research holistic alternatives. With a combination of acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, yoga, and diet therapy, Dorothy healed herself of IBS and discovered a new passion to boot. She went on to earn her BS in Alternative Medicine at Everglades University, while continuing to practice yoga every day. She received her 200-hour teacher certification in yoga a few years ago and is now pursuing an advanced, 500-hour teaching program through Holy Cow in Charleston. Part of the requirements to finish this advanced certification program is that she has to teach a certain amount of hours, and

thus Two Turtles was born. Dorothy’s studio is co-located in the Lexington Jiu-Jitsu building off Sunset Blvd. and she intentionally keeps her classes small. She also offers individual instruction because, “We are all individuals with different issues and concerns. Yoga is not a sport, it’s an individual practice.” She agrees that yoga is for everybody and that you can get whatever you need out of your yoga practice. “If you want mental clarity, yoga has meditation. If you want strength, you get that in yoga through holding poses. If you want movement, there are flow classes. Whatever you want to accomplish, you can accomplish through yoga. Or you can do a little bit of everything” she says. While the roots of yoga span centuries and continents, it is nice to know that Lexington is home to a variety of locations and classes for those who are interested in testing the waters, starting a practice, or continuing a practice. One thing our Lexington instructors have made clear is that yoga is for everyone and can be utilized in a variety of ways. Yoga can be your medicine, your serenity, your exercise, or even your lifestyle. Try it on for size. n

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by Jen Thompson Awareness about the realities of human trafficking in South Carolina is on the rise. Several stories have been in the news recently highlighting arrests and rescues in Myrtle Beach, Columbia, and even Lexington. We are thrilled to see light being shone on this evil that thrives in darkness. We also celebrate what we see to be a true movement forming across the state, especially in the Midlands, in fighting against this local atrocity. Lighthouse for Life has been on the front lines of raising awareness for the past three years. In the third Lighthouse for Life quarter of 2017, we conducted 34 trainis a 501c3 nonprofit ings specifically for law enforcement, organization seeking medical professionals, fire service, eduto educate the cators, and other service providers and community about the reached over 1200 people. When you realities of domestic include faith communities and other opminor sex trafficking portunities, we’ve had a presence in 54 while restoring victims community events and connected with to wholeness. over 2300 people. We are thrilled to see We desire to see the Lord opening doors and spreading everyone joined the truth because truth brings freedom; together to put a in this case, that is a very literal reality. stop to the trafficking We are pleased to travel anywhere in SC of our loved ones. and provide any amount of training our calendar will allow free of charge. Lighthouse for Life has also focused a significant amount of time, energy, and financial resources into opening a safe house in the Midlands for girls ages 12–21 who are rescued from sex

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If you follow “Lexington Mommy” on social media and our website, it is no secret that 2017 whooped my behind. From a horrible case of pneumonia and a teen son campaigning for the title of “World’s Most Difficult Child” to my oldest daughter missing in California for ten days, 2017 chewed me up and spit me out. I found myself begging the universe to hurry up and get this year over with. I was so very done with 2017. 2018 was going to be a fresh start. That’s why New Year’s Resolutions are a thing, right? “New year, new you” and all that. But then what am I going to do if 2018 isn’t magically, monumently better? What if I hit February and have yet another crisis? What if any New Years Resolution falls apart on January 3rd? Am I seriously going to give up on an entire year? Well, no. I guess not. One of the things that has helped keep me out of the padded rooms for the past year is intentionally shifting my thinking. There are a million things in life that are simply not up to you, like how someone else behaves (adult or child), the weather, sudden illness, etc. You can prepare for things. You can do your best to prevent things, but life has this funny way of not letting you control everything. What IS up to you is how you react to it all. Every year is a new start. Every month, week, day, hour, it’s all an opportunity to start over. My two most repeated phrases these past twelve months have been: “Breathe, Pray, Baby Steps, Repeat” and “Find your happy and hold it tight.” Even baby steps are steps forward. You don’t have to figure it all out or conquer it all today. “Your happy” can be big or small, a silly joke, a child’s hug, or high-fiving yourself for maintaining your composure when you have to listen to “The Wheels on the Bus” for the 573rd time. Find it, focus on it and soak it up. It is all going to be ok. Every day is a new day, so Breathe, Pray, Baby Steps, Repeat, and Smile! Happy New Year! n Follow Lexington Mommy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest with the handle @LexingtonMommy.

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Nine Facebook Friends You Could Do Without by Calvin Farrell

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Sometimes, by choice or by circumstance, we find ourselves connected online to people we try hard not to socialize with in real life. It could be a cousin, neighbor, or co-worker, someone you shouldn’t have added in the first place but felt obligated after the sixth friend request or several reminders in person. It’s possible that you didn’t even realize what a terrible idea it would be to add them to your Facebook network; they could be one of those people who seem normal but develop a personality disorder when their fingers hit the keyboard. Whatever the situation, you’re stuck with them now – unless you’re willing to risk their wrath or worse, tears, when they realize they’ve been unfriended and blocked. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem worth it, especially with those we see often in person, so we do our best to tolerate: 1. Debbie Downer. Debbie’s an unfortunate sort. She hasn’t had a good day in 10 years, and her wall is littered with “Ugh,” “Why does this always happen to me,” and “FML.” Trying to cheer up a Debbie is an exercise in futility, as she has an entire arsenal of depressing responses ready and waiting for whichever friend makes the mistake of feeding into her negativity. The only way to deal with a Debbie is to...not deal with a Debbie. 2. Little Big Man. He’s only satisfied when he’s making someone else feel stupid and small. He mocks your typos, starts flame wars on your posts, and is always right about everything. When he’s losing an argument, you

can count on this cat to Google the topic and cite a random blog post as evidence because, if someone wrote it on the Internet, it has to be true. This tactic allows Little Big Man to dominate every conversation and become an expert on any topic in 30 seconds flat. 3. Chicken Little. This friend wants you to think the sky is falling. Constantly. You regularly point them to Snopes to dispel the three or four viral disaster warnings they post a week (ie.: THE INTERNET IS CLOSING ON MARCH 4TH!). Chicken Little is especially fond of sharing catchy, scary articles/videos and the rantings and ravings of political pit bulls. This friend could benefit from intensive counseling, a critical-thinking course, and possibly medication. 4. The Super-Successful Marketer. He’s having a great time sitting at home raking in six figures and wants you to learn how! (For the low, low cost of $1,499.) He’s the man; he will hook you up. “For you, friend, I can work out a deal...I’ll teach you how to teach people to be rich by getting rich teaching people to be rich, too!” He avoids direct questions about how much he’s actually making but assures the world several times a day that it’s A LOT more than you poor schmucks. At least, it will be...some day. 5. Drama Queen. She loves to post leading comments as status updates. Her post might read: “OMG, can’t believe what’s happening tomorrow!” or the infinitely worse, ambiguous death/injury announcement that causes every person on her list to think it January 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 53


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could be someone close to them: “Soooo sad, my heart is broken. RIP Rob.” Rob who? Rob from work? Our old classmate Rob? She loves to stir the pot and takes pleasure in making people think she has a lot more going on than she actually does. 6. The Most Interesting Person in the World. These people suffer from a condition similar to verbal diarrhea and are compelled to share every inane detail of their life with the world. These people check in everywhere they go, update friends on every piece of food that passes their lips, and tell you how often they clean each room of their house. The Most Interesting Person in the World may also have a penchant for apps that allow them to share even more useless information, such as how many calories they burned in a day or what kind of mood they’re in morning, noon, and night. 7. The Guy with the Missing Filter. Similar to The Most Interesting Person in the World, they share too much – but to the point of inappropriateness. They treat Facebook as a private phone call between two very close people (one of whom probably still didn’t want to know) and either don’t care or don’t understand that the rest of the world may hold it against them later. The Guy with the Missing Filter considers hemorrhoids,

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Is your child always willing to try new activities or do they tend to stand on the sidelines? Does your child find it easy to make new friends or do they tend to withdraw from social activities? If your child shies away from new activities and the company of others, he or she may be suffering from low self-esteem. The good news is that it is relatively straightforward to increase your child’s self-esteem. Here are four ways in which you can do this.

Give Your Child Attention and Affection

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If you pay close attention to what your child is saying and answer him with appropriate comments and questions, he will feel valued as a person and his self-esteem will be raised. If, however, you do not truly listen to your child’s words and always respond with “uh-huh,” your child will believe that he is not worth listening to and his self-esteem will suffer as a result. Showing your child plenty of affection, by giving her hugs and kisses each day, will help to raise her self-esteem by showing her that she is a person worthy of love. It is appropriate to reduce the amount of affection you give your child as she grows older but even older children appreciate one or two hugs a day. It is a good idea, though, to give these hugs in private as older children can feel embarrassed when receiving affection from their parents in public. Another important aspect of improving your child’s self-esteem is to tell him regularly that you love him. Many adults with low self-esteem are unsure of their parents’ love. You could simply say “I love you” at times when you feel strong affection for your child or you could tell him at bedtime each night that you had a lovely day with him and that you love him very much.

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ridiculed by their parents usually have low self-esteem and are more likely to give up easily and achieve less. If you say, “That’s a lovely drawing” when your pre-school child presents a series of scribbles, you will motivate him to continue developing his drawing skills and he will eventually show you wonderfully executed pictures and designs. If, however, you say, “What a mess – it looks like a spider has walked all over the page” and laugh, your child will feel bad about himself and believe that all of his hard work was for nothing. This is likely to discourage him from developing his drawing skills in future. Another aspect of praise and encouragement is reinforcing your child’s good behavior. If your child gets ready for school without a fuss or tidies her room on her own initiative, be sure to give lots of praise for this good behavior. You could, for example, say, “Thank you for getting ready for school so quickly today,” or “Thank you for tidying your room so beautifully. It looks great.” If you ignore your child’s good behavior, she may wonder why she should bother behaving well and may start to behave badly, as a way of attracting your attention.

your child, even if you have had a bad day. You can talk while you are doing other things, such as preparing dinner, as long as you pay attention to what your child is saying. Your child will feel that he is interesting to talk to and that will help to raise his self-esteem. If, however, you ignore your child and just switch on the television as soon as he comes home from school, he will think that he is not worth your time and attention. If the channels of communication are kept open, your child will feel secure and confident and will be more likely to confide in you about problems at school or with friends.

Talk and Laugh With Your Child Take time to talk, laugh and have fun with your child every day. You do not have to talk about anything very profound, just talk about the weather, your child’s day, your vacation and anything else that comes to mind. Try to see the funny side of life as you engage with

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If your child does talk to you about a problem, take it seriously even if you think that it is not such a big deal. The fact that your child has broached the subject with you shows that she regards it as important. Discuss the problem openly and encourage your child to consider possible solutions, rather than trying to solve the problem for her. This will increase your child’s confidence in her own ability to deal with problems and will stand her in good stead for adult life.

Children whose parents regularly engage them in conversation are more likely to talk to their parents when they have difficulties as teenagers.

Show Interest in Your Child’s Activities If you talk with interest to your child about his school work, his activities outside school, and his interests, you will increase his self-esteem. He will feel that he is an interesting person with unique talents and abilities.

If, however, you show little interest in your child’s activities, your child will feel that he is not very important and that his abilities are not as good as those of other children. If possible, volunteer at your child’s school or at an out-of-school activity. This will show your child that you are interested in what she does outside the home and will increase her sense of self-worth. Try to attend all school performances and sporting matches in which your child participates. Knowing that you are in the audience will reinforce your child’s self-confidence and encourage him or her to perform well. It is important to pay attention to nurturing your child’s self-esteem. Self-confidence is a valuable asset, both during childhood and in adult life. Self-confident people are much more likely to succeed in whatever field of work they choose because they are convinced that they are valuable human beings who are worthy of success. People with low self-esteem, on the other hand, often set themselves up for failure because they believe that they will not succeed, even if they have the ability to do so. Therefore, if you invest some time in building up your child’s self-esteem, you will be giving a valuable gift that will last for a lifetime. n

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An enjoyable vacation gets you away from the hustle and bustle and gives you a chance to relax. A great one rejuvenates your natural energy and nourishes your mind and body. When you are planning a vacation, it is essential to understand the elements that make a getaway great for your body and soul. You want a holiday that does more than just get you away from it all; you want one that takes the time to challenge you and show you elements of life you have never experienced before. Choosing the Right Place When you are deciding on your vacation getaway, ask yourself what you want to accomplish. Do you want a new cultural experience, or are you more interested in interacting with nature in a way that you cannot at

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home? Are you looking for a thrilling vacation, or do you want to lose yourself in paradise for a few days? The experience you are looking for dictates where you will go. To make your vacation great, look outside the typical holiday spots and find something truly unique. For example, people looking to experience new foods will usually travel to a place like Paris or Italy. But for an extraordinary vacation, you should investigate Asian or smaller European countries, which are known for their unique culture as well as cuisine. Sharing with the Right People A great vacation is enhanced when you share it with the right people. Most people choose vacation partners based on the status those people hold in their lives. But what if you added vacation partners based on what they can offer to the experience? When headed into a vacation where you intend to experience new cultures and cuisines, a daring travel companion would be a great fit. Sharing any experience can make it more rewarding. Going on vacation with someone who may be able to enhance your getaway is going to create more vivid memories, and it will allow you to bask in the sensation of your experience for a much longer period. January 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 67


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Experiencing New Things For some vacationers, experiencing something new means finding new shopping centers. If that is the goal of your vacation, then there is nothing wrong with finding unique shopping venues. But if you are looking for something different, then you need to open your mind and ask yourself what you want to get out of your vacation. It is important to note that experiencing new things does not mean going on your vacation with reckless abandon. A big part of planning a great vacation is taking the time to be safe and research activities before you do them. When you are trying something new, it is always best to be with someone who has experience and can help to avoid dangerous situations. Having the Right Accommodations Hotels are great, but they are not always indicative of a local experience. If you decide to camp out instead of staying in hotels, you can save a lot of money and experience more of the local ambiance. Sometimes the right accommodation means finally splurging on yourself and vacationing in the lap of luxury. The accommodations you choose have just as much to do with your overall experience as with any other part of your vacation.

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Being a Smart Visitor It is easier to have a great vacation when you are respectful of the areas you visit and the people you meet. As a visitor to a different part of the country or the world, you need to remember that the locals have their ways of doing things. Part of enriching your experience while on vacation is to learn those ways and compare them to those with which you’re familiar. Being a smart visitor also means doing your best to have a positive experience. Getting into trouble far from home is not going to give you an experience you will want to remember for the rest of your life. But when you allow local customs to help satisfy that desire, you have to learn new things and get the most from your vacation, then you will have a more satisfying experience. Each person has his or her own definition of fun, which affects each person’s definition of a great vacation. But, in general, a great holiday fills a spot in your soul that you either could not on your own or you have been looking to fill for a long time. The satisfaction of getting the most out of your holiday experience will significantly enhance your memories, and it will help guide you to create more satisfying experiences in the future. n

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No one plans on senior citizenship. It just happens. You look up one day, and the kids are grown. The grandchildren are walking and talking, using smartphones and computers, and you realize your life has an expiration date. But fear not. You have many good things waiting for you in the future. Here are five benefits of aging that can make your golden years a little more satisfying. 1. Time to Speak Your Mind For years, you worried about alienating people and held your tongue when you really wanted to speak the truth. As a senior citizen, you can say what you feel and no longer worry about repercussions. If your adult child is acting foolishly, go ahead and tell him or her about it. When a rude and selfish woman blocks your path in the grocery store aisle, you don’t have to sit there and take it. Run into her shopping cart with your motorized cart. What are the young folks going to do? They may think you lost some of your mental faculties, but you know better. They might believe it’s the medication you take. Either way, you are home free, so go ahead and do what you want. A word of caution: Don’t be too mean or cantankerous, when it comes to your kids. After all, they might get together someday to discuss “what to do

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with Dad or Mom,” and you want them to keep good memories of you – unless you like nursing home food. 2. You Are Now the “Good Guy” As a parent, you had to wear the black hat, and this meant sucking most of the fun out of your kids’ lives. You didn’t want to do it, but it was your job. Now you are the grandparent who doles out sweets like they were good for you. You can have fun with the grandkids and don’t have to worry about discipline and other matters. Also, there is another perk to being the good guy. Your kids finally understand why you were the bad guy, and they may actually appreciate you now. 3. Enjoy All Those Great Classic Movies Remember all those movies you watched at the drive-in theater? Now you can watch

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them again, except this time you’re not distracted, so now you can actually enjoy the movie. Even if you saw a good movie in the 1970s, chances are you forgot most of the details, so it’s like watching it for the first time. 4. Bad Times Disappear As you age, start thinking about all the good things in your life. Write down all your pleasant memories and try to forget the bad

ones. In a few years, you won’t have those bad memories to haunt you at night. There’s a reason seniors become forgetful. It takes away memories of the past’s darkest hours. 5. The Neighbors Get Better Maybe you moved into a “55 or older” community and have considerate neighbors. Even if you didn’t move, you’ll soon notice the neighbors are much quieter than usual.

Actually, your hearing is not so good these days, but, as you can see, there is a reason for that, too. Enjoy the Time You Have Left Say what you want and spoil the grandkids. Watch those movies you didn’t have time to see while you raised a family. Enjoy the peace and quiet that comes from diminished hearing faculties, if you like. This is your time, so enjoy each moment to the fullest. You earned it, with all those years of hard work and sacrifice. After all, no one knows how long we have on Earth, which makes those golden years quite special. n

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History of an American Cowboy:

Will Rogers by Ron Thompson

Will Rogers was born William Penn Adair Rogers on November 4, 1879, in Oologah, Oklahoma – Indian Territory at the time. His family belonged to the Cherokee Nation, and his parents named him after the great Cherokee leader William Penn Adair who also served as a colonel for the Confederacy. In fact, his relatives had been in North America for so long that Rogers often said about them, “My ancestors didn’t come over on the Mayflower, but they met the boat.” At a young age, Will Rogers learned how to rope and worked at his family’s Dog Iron Ranch for several years. Wanting to see the world, he traveled to Argentina to work with the Argentine pampas cowboys. Shortly after that, he performed as a trick roper and rider in Texas Jack’s Wild West Circus in South Africa. Later, he worked for the Wirth Brothers Circus in Australia and then returned to the United States to appear at the St. Louis World’s Fair. In 1908, he married. He and his wife had four children. In 1911, Rogers decided to buy a 20-acre ranch near Claremore, Oklahoma, as a retirement residence, but he was far from ready to retire. After performing in vaudeville stage shows as a humorist, he appeared in his first silent movie in 1918, called Laughing Bill Hyde. Over the next several years, he made 50 silent films. Later, after sound, he was cast in over 20 additional feature roles. Rogers continued to work hard – he published a weekly newspaper column, wrote several books, and traveled the world multiple times. He even became a radio star with a weekly evening show. In August 1935, Rogers tragically died at the age of 55 in a plane crash. His family tomb stands at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma. The museum sits on the land he originally bought for his retirement. Many places in Oklahoma carry Will Rogers’ name, such as the Will Rogers World Airport, Will Rogers Turnpike, Will Rogers High School, and the Will Rogers Scout Reservation, just to name a few. William Penn Adair Rogers left an enduring history. He will continue to live on in our memories as one of the most interesting characters in our country’s past. 76 | LEXINGTON LIFE | January 2018

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