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When I think of the month July, I think of Independence Day. You know, the 4th of July? Usually it is an amazing day when we celebrate our country’s freedom by grilling out and shooting off fireworks all week long. The United States national anthem states, “land of the free and home of the brave.” Lately, I have wondered how independent are we, really? Don’t worry this column is not about politics. I don’t care if you are a Democrat, Republican, man or woman. It doesn’t matter if you are black or white, young or old, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish or atheist. Your sexual preference also doesn’t matter either. What is the common denominator that all of the groups mentioned above have? Give it a shot to make a couple guesses before I reveal the answer. Actually, our United States forefathers knew exactly what they were doing when they created and developed the Constitution. The first line of this foundational document says it all in my opinion. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Wow! “We the People of the United States.” That sums it up for me. We are People of the United States. I am and you are. This is our country and it is up to us to stand up for our country and become the brave people that our forefathers imagined we would and could be. Thanks for reading and have a great summer.

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EDITOR Kristi Antley lexlifeeditor@gmail.com EDITOR EMERITUS Allison Caldwell

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My Pharmacy and OpticalWhere Hospitality Matters Reasons to Fish More This Year Order on the Court-Local Tennis Clubs Female Entrepreneurs-Sisters of Resilience Three Day Getaway in Hilton Head Island Transform Your Bedroom and Get More Sleep Could the Air in Your Home be Toxic? lexingtonlife.com


Departments 9 From the Publisher 11 Events 15 Lexington Leader 44 Spice of Life


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July Thursday, July 9 Lexington Chamber Business Lexpo 2020 River Bluff High School, 320 Corley Mill Rd., Lexington, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. See the latest products and services from businesses and restaurants in the Lexington area. This free event is open to the public and is designed to help businesses network, expand their brand and showcase products and services for professionals and residents.

Saturday, July 25 Reggaetronic Lake Murray Music Festival Lake Murray Marina at Marina Bay, 1602 Marina Rd., Irmo, 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. This unforgettable outdoor festival is the perfect tribute to giving back to the community while enjoying some great music and fun in the sun. The event is accessible by boat only and proceeds benefit the Shriners Children’s Hospital. For details, visit reggaetronicsc.com

Saturday, July 18 Farmers Market at Icehouse 107 West Main St., Lexington, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. This weekly family event features live music and food as well as local produce, hand made crafts and jewelry, soaps and much more. Free admission, open to the public through September.

Monday, July 27 Sweet & Savory Annual Chefs Competition 701 Whaley St., Columbia, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Foodies will not want to miss this event! Watch as 14 chefs battle for the Golden Spatula Chefs Award along with an open bar, silent auction, wine pull and music from the Root Doctors. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting palmettoplace.org


Submit your event info five weeks in advance to lexlifeevents@gmail.com. Events will be included as space permits. lexingtonlife.com

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Since the 1830s, St. Stephen’s Church has existed in the heart of downtown Lexington serving the community. From being the first church building in 1830 to the sanctuary it is today, St. Stephen’s bells have kept ringing out over our town, marking the hours of the day, the seasons of the year, calling people to worship, tolling for those who have passed, and celebrating baptisms and weddings. The bells remind us that all time and creation are held in the loving hands of God. During this time of indwelling and distance caused by COVID-19, wonderful God moments by which we have been touched have come through cards, notes, e-mails, and calls from folks in the community sharing with us the blessing, joy, peace, and hope the bells bring. Their bright peals witness to us that we may not know exactly what this day or those days to come hold, but we know that God still holds us. As July arrives and the Corona virus still swirls about, my mind returns to my days in the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, where I encountered the work of the late J. B. Phillips, Bible scholar, translator, author, and pastor best known for his biblical translation, The New Testament in Modern English. He penned these words that continue to speak to me in these tumultuous times: “Christ made no promise that those who followed him in his plan of re-establishing life on its proper basic principles would enjoy a special immunity from pain and sorrow-nor did he himself experience such immunity. He did, however; promise enough joy and courage, enough love and confidence in God to enable those who went his way to do far more than survive.” Jesus shares with us in the fourteenth chapter of St. John’s Gospel in verse 27 this powerful promise, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” Jesus promises us that whatever comes we are held in his peace. This peace is more than the world can provide, for it flows from and points to a future that is held in God. n

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KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE As essential workers, our team members are on the front lines every day, helping families when they need it most. To support our community, we’re finding new ways to serve you safely, including offering: · Planning and purchasing arrangements online · Phone, video calls, or screen sharing · Electronic signature for documents · Livestreaming memorial services To the families keeping safe at home, to those that have to go out to work, and for everyone doing all they can during this uncertain time, we thank you. We want you to know that we, too, are doing all we can to keep our community safe and healthy.

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John Immerso “A community leader is someone who gives of themselves, volunteering and sharing their expertise with members of their town community,” asserts John Immerso, the current director and conductor of the Lexington Community Band. With an impressive history in the musical realm, Immerso says, “I have always enjoyed bringing people together through music.” A New York transplant, Immerso moved to Lexington, South Carolina, in 2008 with his wife Tracey. They have five children who have attended Lexington District One schools. Besides music, he also enjoys carpentry, boating, cooking, gardening, and spending time with family. Additionally, he and his wife own and operate Clara & Ray’s Ristorante Italiano, a local eatery named after his parents. As a percussionist, his vocation began more than 30 years ago after he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the prestigious Crane School of Music at the State University of New York. Highlights of his career entail teaching middle and high school bands for more than 25 years, performing for the rededication of the Statue of Liberty and with the Marimba Symphony Orchestra at West Point Military Academy, and publishing compositions that have been performed internationally, including a commissioned work that was premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Although officially retired, he continues to share his musical gifts within the Lexington community and has participated in events and concerts in a number of elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the county. “Music is an inclusive activity,” explains Immerso, and he endeavors to unite talented high school students with adult musicians in a performance setting. “It’s great for them to see that instrumental music can continue on past high school. There is no age limit to making music; there aren’t many other activities where all age groups can participate together.” In 2014, he accepted the position of director and conductor with the Lexington Community Band. “We have performed many concerts over the years at River Bluff High School, Lexington High School, and the Icehouse Amphitheater,” he says. “The group has an amazing sound and always performs so well at concerts here in Lexington. I am so impressed with their commitment and dedication to this volunteer community group.” All performances are free to the public, and membership within the group is open to Lexington residents who can play a band instrument. Additional information can be found on its website at www.lexingtoncommunityband.org. n lexingtonlife.com

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Your vision is our focus From comprehensive eye exams to the most advanced laser cataract surgery, your vision is our focus. Derek L. Barker, M.D. William Cain, Jr., M.D. Stephen A. Cross, M.D. Edward G. Crosswell, M.D. Hal H. Crosswell, Jr., M.D. H. Holland Crosswell, III, M.D. William F. Crosswell, M.D. Derrick A. Huey, M.D.

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Hospitality MATTERS

“At the end of the day what matters most is building relationships with families within the community,” explains Brent Munnerlyn of My Pharmacy and Optical. As a Lexington High School and USC Doctorate of Pharmacy graduate, Munnerlyn is excited to be a part of providing services to the residents of his hometown. After practicing community pharmacy for 5 years in the Columbia and Leesville areas and managing corporate vision centers and pharmacies for over 9 years as a Pharmacist, he has come full circle to make a difference in the lives of those who shaped his character and contributed to his career path. As a part of investing in the community, Munnerlyn provides entertainment to the Midlands through Munnerlyn Pyrotechnics with seasonal firework displays at local venues such as the Lake Murray Fourth of July celebration and the Lexington County Blowfish events. My Pharmacy and Optical offers full service, innovative and affordable options for the entire family, from children to the elderly. Available services are designed around patients to save money and time while improving lives through wellness and education. The convenient location on Highway 378 near Charter Oak shopping center en18 | LEXINGTON LIFE | July 2020

sures your needs are met without going out of your way. Safety is a top priority at My Pharmacy and Optical, and COVID procedures are in place for at-risk customers including non-contact home deliveries and curbside pickups. The friendly team members are more than happy to bring your purchase to your car or make vision adjustments in the parking lot as needed.

PHARMACY Dedication and experience, along with a passion to help others guarantees customer satisfaction at every visit. “It is more about the customer than the purchase,” remarks Munnerlyn, “we strive to offer guidance and recognize each customer by their first name.” Being an “out of the box” full-service pharmacy translates to original, personalized solutions that cannot be offered by big box retailers. Take the guesswork and stress out of monthly refills-the staff at My Pharmacy and Optical are passionate about medication synchronization and finding the safest, most economical options. Insurance copayments are matched or reduced to make the transition easy and cost effective.

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Need an immunization? Stop by on your way to work, after dropping the kids off at school or going home. With discounts, in-network preferred provider opportunities and price matching, customers will be surprised to discover how affordable and easy concierge pharmaceutical services can be. Insurance counseling, prescription cost review and private oneon-one discussions are available to implement the best plan possible for long term health and management. The latest technology makes refills effortless, with gentle digital reminders and prompts so that you will never be without medications.


Eyewear is not only a fashion statement but a key piece of equipment for maintaining eye health. Finding the perfect frame and lenses to fit your lifestyle, personality and prescription can be a daunting task. Whether you need new prescription glasses, eyewear, protective sunglasses or simply desire to complement your personal style, the staff at My Pharmacy and Optical are ready to serve. Patients are invited to ask questions and explore possibilities throughout the process. Every detail regarding use and care of eyewear is discussed and demonstrated, along with the necessary adjustments to ensure proper vision and comfort. No longer simply a purchase, your unique experience will create a relationship for years to come. Preventative and annual eye examinations are critical to maintaining eye health, whether you are considered at-risk or not; some issues do not present obvious symptoms. By discovering conditions early, Dr. McTague, the experienced optometrist at My Pharmacy and Optical, is able to provide effective, non-invasive treatment to prevent further damage and often restore vision loss. The advanced training,


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Tossing a hook into the water and pulling back a large fish is addicting. Fishing provides a relaxing escape, fresh air, and an outdoor sport all in one. So, if you need convincing or just a way to convince your spouse to let you fish more, here are four reasons to wet more lines this year. lexingtonlife.com

This feeling cannot be matched by time spent in front of the TV or computer; it can be emotional and euphoric.

3. Fishing Requires Minimal Equipment

In reality, all you need to fish is a cane pole, a line, and a hook with a worm or cricket, in addition to a spot to fish. However, a rod and reel and some artificial bait will probably help you catch bigger fish. You can be a successful fisherman without spending much money at all, which makes fishing stand out among many other hobbies. Fishing can be as expensive (big boats, exotic trips, etc.) or as cheap and simple as you want it to be.

4. Some Fish Are Quite Tasty

1. Fishing Is Therapeutic

Not much can compare with being out on a beautiful body of water with the sole purpose of hooking fish. From the sense of calm anticipation that exists after your line hits the water to the sense of accomplishment that overcomes you after you pull a big bass into the boat, fishing is full of positive attributes. Unlike many other sports that often lead to high blood pressure, arguments, and stress, fishing is a relaxing, pleasant activity even on days when the fish are not biting.

If you are a good fisherman, you can leave your fishing spot with a cooler full of fish waiting to be cooked for supper. Many freshwater and saltwater fish make for great eating. Check with your local natural resource authorities to confirm which fish are in season and are safe to eat. If you’ve got a couple hours left over from the workday or on the weekend, dust off the rod and reel and call up a buddy or grab a kid to take along with you. Even if the fish are not biting, you will have spent your afternoon well and briefly cleared your mind of worry. n

2. Fishing Allows You to Enjoy Nature

Whether you fish in a pond, a river, or the ocean, fishing allows you to spend time in the outdoors, absorbing fresh air and sunlight. In particularly remote fishing holes, you can really appreciate being “at one” with nature, away from civilization. The smell of the grass and trees, the music of life, and the pull of a large fish on your line creates an intoxicating atmosphere. lexingtonlife.com

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Best of Lexington Life!

The top three nominees in each category will be listed on the 2021 Best of Lexington ballot that will run in the September, October, November and December issues of Lexington Life Magazine. Nomination deadline is Friday, July 17th. lexingtonlife.com

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ports are beneficial for so many

reasons, e.g., exercise, competition, camaraderie, fun. While each person

has his or her own preference, tennis is one of

the best sports to play due to its minimal risk for injury and required equipment. It can also be played virtually anywhere all year-round; it’s for all ages and can be played alone or with an opponent. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, there are three great spots to get By Chelsie Kelly

your game on in Lexington: Topspin Racquet and Swim Club, Country Club of Lexington, and Lexington County Tennis Complex.

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Topspin Racquet and Swim Club Topspin Racquet Club is dedicated to providing the best possible resources for its players. It has 16 courts, four hard courts, and 12 clay courts. A clay court is better for players’ health, as it protects the joints and back while bending, running, and sliding. The club offers clinics, including Women’s League Clinics, Men’s League Clinics, and Junior Tennis Camps. It also offers one-onone or group training. Director of tennis operations at Topspin and coach Randy Bloemendaal, who has 24 years of college coaching experience, is a 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee, a Certified Professional Tennis Registry since 1995, and a coach of seven International Tennis Federation Tournament Champions. When asked what makes Topspin so competitive with other facilities, Bloemendaal explains, “Our club is locally owned with a long history of excellence, offering both hard and clay courts to beginners and advanced players of all ages. We have a great staff and some of the best players in Topspin Racquet the country. We are looking for and Swim Club, all levels of tennis enthusiasts 5347 Sunset Blvd., as well as families that are inLexington, SC 29072 terested in smashing court play (803) 520-6141; combined with splashing pool capitalcitytennisacademy.com action! Now is the time to sign up for our junior camps as they are filling up quickly, with limited space.” He is certainly someone who could be trusted to provide high-quality lessons, as he has coached two Junior World Champions and is widely recognized as one of the best strategic player developers in the country. Alongside Randy is Whit Moorman, the director of membership and events. Whit Moorman is a Professional Tennis Registry certified tennis professional with 20 years of coaching experience. For the past two years, he has been coaching full-time in the Bradenton/Sarasota Florida area. While there, he has coached players of all levels from beginner to professional, including several top national and international juniors. He has also been a lexingtonlife.com

traveling coach at the United States Tennis Association, International Tennis Federation, Association of Tennis Professionals, and Women’s Tennis Association events. While in Florida, Whit was also a United States Tennis Association tournament director, where he ran state and local events. He was also co-founder and director of Southeast Georgia High Performance tennis camps. In addition, Whit served as the head tennis coach of Coffee High School for over 15 years, where his teams won regional and state tournaments. During his time in Georgia, he coached many players who have gone on to achieve success at the state, sectional, and college levels. In addition to top-notch coaches, Topspin provides an athletic trainer to help prevent and treat injured guests. There is also an on-site pro shop with everything players need for a good game, including but not limited to racquets, string, grips, and bags. Players get the best experience possible via qualified staff with professional stringing services and advice on how to choose the right racquet and other necessary equipment.

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Country Club of Lexington The Country Club of Lexington is a family-friendly club that offers the best in golf, tennis, and social outings in Lexington. It is a private club for members, but it does allow nonmembers to play with members for an additional fee. The club has seven courts, which can be used for everything from league play to tournaments to priCountry Club vate lessons. All clinics and priof Lexington vate lessons are available to the 1066 Barr Rd., public. The club’s social league, Lexington, SC 29072 the Frostbite League, and the (803) 359-8838; United States Tennis Association ccoflexington.com League is open to nonmembers at an additional fee as well. The tennis program at the Country Club of Lexington has more United States Tennis Association League events than any other facility in the area. “For this spring USTA season, our club had 18 teams playing out of our facility,” says Lane Hinson. “We host tournaments, social events, and we even run our own version of social league play. Our Frostbite League is a winter league out of our facility, where we can put our own twist on social tennis; one of my favorite events to host.” Lane has been the director of tennis at the country club for almost three years and has been involved in tennis his whole life. He has played tennis since the time he could walk, which is no surprise considering that his father was the director of tennis at Wildewood and Woodcreek farms for over 30 years. “I owe everything in my life to tennis,” says Lane, “I just hope I can give back to the game that has given me so much.” And give back he does. Not only does he manage the day-to-day operations on the tennis side of the club, he also runs all of the club’s junior and adult programs and prepares the courts for play, runs clinics, private lessons, and any and all things involving tennis at the club. “Tennis is the most organized adult sport in the nation and gives everyone the opportunity to play with people who you wouldn’t typically get the chance to play with,” Lane goes on. “Tennis, like most sports, teaches valuable life lessons: competitiveness, mental toughness, discipline, sportsmanship, and so much more. Tennis is a lifelong sport, and you only need a lexingtonlife.com

vice, and assistance with event registration and team placement. Many students find hitting partners, social events, teams, or even tournament and league events from the adult beginner’s clinic. There are also adult socials and adult quads. However, the adults are not the only ones who get to have all the fun. There are junior sessions available as well: red ball clinic ages five to eight, orange ball clinic ages 10 and under, novice beginner clinics, rising stars clinic, and tournament players clinic. Jorge Andrew, the director of tennis for the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission, says, “One thing everyone says about the Midlands, it’s small, but we have two state-of-theart facilities with programs for anyone to play, with facilities, programs, and tournaments. You have the full experience here.” Jorge is largely responsible for the success of the Lexington Tennis Fitness Center and the Cayce County Tennis Complex, as they are both part of the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission. Jorge is a former professional tennis player from Venezuela with over a decade of experience. He is also a Professional Tennis Registry International Master Professional, the highest-ranking possible for a coach, and a United States Professional Tennis Association Master Professional, another highly esteemed ranking. Only 11 people in the world hold both titles, and Jorge was the second person to achieve one. Jorge knows how important it is to get tournaments and championships held on the courts not only for the success of the tennis center but for the local community as a whole. “Tennis is a popular sport, and hundreds of people travel to participate in and watch these events. Not only are professionals coming here to play,” but, according to Jorge, “a lot of kids that have played here have gone on to play professionally.” n

partner to get out there and play.” If you want the country club experience, and you want to belong to a club that has a strong membership and a great tennis program, then the Country Club of Lexington is right for you. For more information, visit https://www.ccoflexington.com/ or call (803) 359-8838 today. Lexington County Tennis Complex The Lexington County Tennis Complex offers 21 lighted world-class courts with a championship-sized stadium court that has a viewing capacity of approximately 500 people. Courts are complete with a small central gazebo, ice-water coolers, and trash receptacles. The courts Lexington County also come with electrical outlets for Tennis Complex ball machine use on five courts, in425 Oak Dr., cluding the stadium court. Lexington, SC 29073 The tennis complex offers a variety of group clinics. In the adult (803) 957-7676; sessions, there is a tennis apprenlcrac.com tice session available, where basic tennis strokes and rules are taught, as well as stringing suggestions, racket adlexingtonlife.com

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Entrepreneurs: Sisters of Resilence

by Linnette R. Mullin Nothing reveals the strength of a woman like a global pandemic. Whether you work in the corporate world, the retail world, from home, or run a small business, you have probably been challenged during the COVID-19 lockdown like never before. When asked on social media for one word to describe women, the top answer by far was “resilient.” Two Lexington sisters, Kiri Rawson and Kati Horton, are the epitome of resilience. Kiri Rawson is the founder and director of CoCreate, a business that provides a physical work location for entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, small business owners, writers, visual artists, digital media experts, work-at-home moms, travel agents, nonprofit organizations, etc. More than that, it is a place of community where people support one another, share each other’s goals, and motivate one another. Even before COVID-19, Kiri knew all too well how isolating and detrimental to one’s mental health it can be to work out of your home. After working out of her home for 10 years, she said, “I needed to be around other people. I needed that support system, and I was determined to find a way to bring that to Lex30 | LEXINGTON LIFE | July 2020


ington.” In August 2018, she opened the first and only co-working space in Lexington County. When the pandemic hit, and South Carolina went into lockdown mode, CoCreate – a business built on providing member services to small business owners – lost one-third of its membership, equaling 40% of its total revenue, overnight. However, instead of folding, Kiri began looking for ways to survive as well as ways to help her members survive. She said, “Being a business owner during COVID-19 is not a fun thing. For the first two weeks, I felt like I was making life-and-death decisions every day.” The services Kiri normally provides shifted drastically, turning more into business coaching, walking members through filing for unemployment as solopreneurs, helping members figure out who is eligible for unemployment with regard to the stimulus package, and more. She also made the tough decision to move in an effort to cut costs. Knowing her members’ needs better now than when she first started the quest aided her in the real-estate hunt; on June 1st she opened CoCreate’s new and improved location at 141 Riverchase Way, Lexington, just off Corley Mill Road near 378 and I-20. Upon reflecting on all that has happened over the past few months, she described the journey as being given a unique opportunity to reconfigure CoCreate and the services she provides – deciding what needs to go and what needs to stay. The member community has banded together more than ever, supporting one another through the craziness and keeping each other afloat. Kiri says, “I think … no, I know we are stronger now as a community than we were before COVID-19.” She believes CoCreate will continue to become an even stronger community as it presses on. With community being the number-one key to co-working, she also describes the purpose of CoCreate to be “a home for your work. You do your work stuff here and your home stuff at home, and that’s how you maintain a healthy work/life balance.” When asked what keeps her going, to keep moving forward, she says, “I never want anyone to feel [isolated and depressed] like I felt before starting CoCreate. I never want anyone to give up on their dream.” Kiri encourages people to come try it for a day free of charge and see if co-working is a good fit. lexingtonlife.com

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Resiliency must run in the family because Kiri has a younger sister who is just as strong and resilient as herself, Kati. Kati Horton just celebrated Lexington Mommy’s tenth anniversary on May 15. Lexington Mommy is a business the sisters started for the purpose of helping “moms keep their ducks in a semi-straight line (Kiri Horton).” It is a go-to place for family resources, information sharing, networking, and being loved on through your struggles. When asked how Lexington Mommy got its start, Kati laughs. Her sister (Kiri) came to her one day and said there needed to be a place where moms could go to find resources in Lexington to help them raise their families, and she decided they were going to be the ones to do it. A tremendous amount of research, planning, and website-building later, Kiri decided this was not the job for her, but Kati was welcome to continue to develop the concept. Kati took it and ran with it, becoming Lexington’s own local celebrity. When asked what keeps her going, Kati didn’t miss a beat. “Coffee,” she says and then laughs. “And a desire to help people.

I know what it’s like to be ‘that mom’ – the mom who needs answers but doesn’t know where to find them; the mom who needs to laugh, smile, and feel like she’s not alone; the business woman struggling to do what she needs to do to be successful.” Kiri wants to teach women to use their voices to tell their stories and to learn how to say, “Here’s why I am awesome, so how can I help you?” During this time of lockdown, Kati also had time to re-imagine and prioritize her life and her business. She decided she did

not have enough work running Lexington Mommy and helping Kiri with CoCreate. Having learned so much over the years at Lexington Mommy about creating and using content for social media, she decided to launch a new consulting business called “Brave Direction Media.” Stay tuned to Lexington Mommy on Facebook for the coming details of this promising new business. However, there is no need to worry, Lexington moms. When asked if Brave Direction Media would replace Lexington Mommy, Kati says, “No, it will become the parent company over Lexington Mommy, but it will not replace it.” Kiri and Kati realize that this uncertain period of pandemic in the “COVID-19 world” (as Kiri calls it) is a great time to reexamine, regroup, and reimagine lifestyles and businesses. The sisters’ greatest desire is to help others when they struggle, to encourage dreams, and to remain a driving force for motivation to transform lives into something stronger, healthier, more productive, and more fulfilling. For more information and updates on CoCreate or Lexington Mommy, visit their Facebook pages. n

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ilton Head Island is renowned for its natural beauty – tall pines, ancient live oaks, and iconic palmetto palms. The island’s pristine natural setting has been carefully preserved, even though it’s been developed as a tourist destination. Hilton Head isn’t just beautiful, mind you; it’s also lots of fun. Vacationers flock to Hilton Head for golf, clean beaches, scenery, tennis, biking, boating, shopping, dining, and more. With three days on Hilton Head, you’ll have plenty of time to both relax and play. Where to Stay: Couples For couples, the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island provides a quiet romantic getaway. This beachfront hotel has acres of private tropical gardens, incredible views, multiple restaurants, a fantastic spa, and a gorgeous zero-entry lagoon swimming pool. Hilton Head is heaven for those who love outdoor activities. Bring your bicycles or rent them on site and enjoy resort signing privileges at nearby tennis courts and golf courses. The resort is also dog-friendly if you can’t bear to leave your fur kid at home. You also can’t go wrong with the Inn & Club at Harbour Town. Set on the famous Harbour Town Golf Links, there are no bad views from this hotel. If you’re feeling sporty, note that

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guests get two free hours of tennis court time, and there are also special discount packages for golfers. The resort also has three diverse restaurants and a marina if you want to rent a boat or berth your own. Where to Stay: Kids Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort is always a hit with the kids – and the adults. Fashioned after historical Lowcountry mansions such as the Jekyll Island Club, this hotel is designed to look like a grand 1940’s hunting and fishing lodge. However, this property also happens to have a 72,000-gallon heated pool with a waterslide in its courtyard. Staff can arrange special activities such as nature walks, campfires, tennis, golf lessons, and bike rentals. There are two restaurants and a cute snack bar, and you can rent a one- or two-bedroom villa with a full kitchen. Day 1: Biking, Seafood, and Island Traditions Drop your bags at your hotel and head out to burn off some energy. Hilton Head has more than 60 miles of paved bike trails, and a long bike ride is an excellent way to get your bearings on the island. Your hotel will have a trail map, or you can download one online. If you get overwhelmed with trail choices, start with the Sea Pines Bike Trail, which has 15 miles of shady paths that will take you through Harbour Town, Sea Pines Plantation, and the South Beach Marina. Stop for lunch at The Salty Dog Café in South Beach Marina and pick up an iconic t-shirt as a souvenir. After lunch, browse the boutiques and art galleries here before setting off for the rest of your ride. Once you’ve circled back to your hotel, take a dip in the pool or the ocean, then unpack and freshen up for the evening. Tonight, you’re having dinner in Harbour Town, exploring the historic lighthouse, and taking part in a 40-year-old island tradition. If you have time before dinner, climb the steps of the lighthouse for incredible views of the Calibogue Sound. Next door to the lighthouse, The Quarterdeck Waterfront Restaurant has excellent views and a vast seafood menu. This is the perfect place to relax and watch the sunset. Finish up by 8:00 p.m. and follow the crowd to the old oak tree for Gregg Russell’s nightly concert. Gregg has been playing guitar and singing under the oak since 1977, and it’s a fun interactive show you won’t want to miss.


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Day 2: Golf, Tennis, or Sea Island Day Trip If you golf or play tennis, there are 25 championship golf courses and nearly 300 tennis courts on the island. If you’re looking for something novel to do, spend the day on historical Daufuskie Island. Part of the Sea Island chain, Daufuskie is a small island with a rich history dating back to 7,000 BCE. Pick up the ferry at Buckingham Landing and settle in for a beautiful one-hour ride. There are no cars on the island, so you’ll want to rent a golf cart for the day. Once you’ve secured your ride, you can take a self-guided golf cart tour of the island, check out the island’s many artisans, or head to the beach. Daufuskie is famous for its cuisine, so have lunch at Lucy Belle’s café or the Old Daufuskie Crab Company. The last ferry back to Hilton Head is at 5:30 p.m., which is perfect timing to pop into your hotel to clean up before dinner. If you’re traveling without kids, tonight’s dinner is at the Jazz Corner. The food is incredible, and the music is divine. If you’ve got the family in tow, head to Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks for breathtaking ocean views and a menu that has something for everyone. Day 3: The Beach and The Backyard Today is a beach day, and you’re off to lively Coligny Beach. This public beach has free parking, a boardwalk, walking paths,

showers, shopping, restaurants, and a fun Tiki bar for drinks and music. Nap, swim, and play in the sand, then take a break for lunch and browsing the boutiques. There is an equipment-rental stand that offers boogie boards, beach chairs, floaties, coolers, umbrellas, and beach games. Rentals are inexpensive, so there’s no need to haul your own gear. After a full day of fun in the sun, you’re headed to a local secret for dinner: The Backyard. This super casual restaurant offers real Southern food based on authentic regional recipes. You’ll literally be eating in the backyard, so the dress code is relaxed. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, and wait times can be long in the evenings. Locals avoid the crowds by getting there as early as 4:30. Otherwise, you can order drinks and appetizers in the bar and play games while you wait. Hilton Head Island has been a vacation destination for more than 70 years. With a perfect balance of opportunities to rest and play, it just keeps getting better. n


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m Sleep Your Bedroom and

Get More Whether you find it hard to relax and shut down your mind, have insomnia, or a snoring partner, giving attention to your bedroom, its contents and atmosphere, will make it easier to drift off to sleep. One of the prime reasons people struggle through never-ending nights of tossing and turning is that their environment is not conducive to slumber. Perhaps it is uncomfortable, stuffy, uninviting, too bright, or simply cluttered. With just a few tweaks, you can craft your bedroom into a comfort zone, where it’s easy to slip into peaceful dreams and get a good night’s rest.

Get Rid of Unsettling Items You might imagine it’s harmless to leave book piles in the corners and heaps of clothes on the furniture. After all, you don’t see them when the lights are out. Nonetheless, clutter is unsettling on the eye before darkness falls and can cause stress. Just knowing your bedroom’s untidy will bother you, if only on a subconscious level, which can often be just enough to keep you awake. Once you put everything in its place and tidy your room, a sense of peace and harmony will prevail. Don’t procrastinate! Get rid of unsightly clutter and hang your clothing in the closet as soon as possible each day. As you train yourself to treat your bedroom as a tranquil haven, routine tidying up will become automatic and easy. The atmosphere will change from chaos to calm, as the desire to kick off your shoes and leave them where they fall and the temptation to leave empty cups on every surface fades. Time spent placing items where they belong will become worth it when you awaken refreshed the next morning. According to the wisdom of feng shui, other factors may be at work when it comes to jarring the senses. Sharp objects, like table corners and cactus with spikes or plants with pointed leaves, are subconsciously uncomfortable to view. Soft, rounded objects, lexingtonlife.com

like circular tables and round-leaved plants, have the opposite impact on the psyche. They are easy on the eye and project a calming influence. As you view your bedroom, think of removing undesirable decor. Remember organic features soothe the soul while pointed items disturb the mind. In this situation, less is better. Mirrors may also cause unease in the bedroom, depending on where you put them. It can be unpleasant to catch your own reflection as you move around the room if you imagine that an intruder is in the house. Of course, it only takes a second for your brain to recognize it is your reflection; by then, however, the damage is done as your mind begins to whirl with scenarios. Adopting an electronics ban in the hour before bed to give your brain time to decompress and shut down is proven to promote deeper rest and relaxation. It is not just the TV but your laptop, phone, tablet, and other electronics (particularly those with bright LED lights) that are to blame. In addition to the stimulating effects of light, working online, surfing social media or checking emails and texts before bed can induce stress, keeping your mind active longer. Leave devices out of reach when in bed, leave the phone on “silent” mode, and block unnecessary notifications while you sleep. Boost Relaxation with Calming Décor, Sounds, and Scents After you remove unsuitable decor, think about what might increase calm and comfort. A peaceful color palette might promote serenity. Green is typically associated with nature, wellness, and balance, for instance, and blue the color of tranquility. Choose a palette that reduces stress, and it will be easier to sleep. We all have different tolerances and preferences, so listen to your body and note what feels best to you both mentally and physically.

Calming crystals – think amethyst or rose quartz – can increase relaxation. These crystals are available in their natural form or crafted into ornaments, such as lamps or candleholders, to suit your taste. Certain scents relieve stress and take you to La La Land a bit faster; lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang essential oils can help you unwind, slow your mind, and help you sleep. Another way to boost serenity is with art. Paintings, organic sculptures, and craftwork may inspire sweet slumber when chosen wisely. Soft shapes that offer a sense of smoothness and flow without distraction are helpful qualities in any chosen pieces. Noises affect deep sleep cycles, even if you don’t realize you were disturbed when you awaken. There are many sounds that make it difficult to get to fall asleep or get back to sleep if you wake during the night. Earplugs, white noise machines, or calming nature sounds will mute or blur background noise and make it easier to remain in a constant state of bliss. Cool, dark, cozy, and relaxing are key concepts to bear in mind when optimizing your bedroom for sleep. You may not need to make all of the aforementioned changes, but just being aware of the value of rest and making it a priority in your routine will be beneficial. Be mindful of the decor and the qualities they project into your room, and nodding off will be much easier. n

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Could the Air in Your Home Be

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You’ve worked hard to make your home into a comfortable place to spend time – but is it safe? The same weatherproofing that keeps out heat, cold, moisture, and insects also keeps your family from breathing fresh air. Allergens, toxins, and pollutants are trapped in your home, where they recirculate through the ductwork. Some of those pollutants are dangerous.

RADON Radon gas kills over 20,000 people in the United States every year – in fact, it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer. According to the EPA, one in 15 American homes has elevated radon levels. These levels tend to be somewhat higher in the northern half of the U.S. This colorless, odorless gas is produced when uranium decays in the soil. Outdoors, it evaporates without causing problems, but if it seeps into your basement or crawlspace and circulates through your house, it can become a silent killer. Since you can’t smell or see radon, you can only know that your home is toxic by testing it. You can pick up a do-it-yourself radon test at your local hardware store. If you find the toxin in your home, contact your state radon office to find a recommended contractor to seal it out. The cost to remedy the situation is usually $800–$1200, according to the EPA.

CARBON MONOXIDE Another invisible gas that can invade your home is carbon monoxide (CO). This health hazard causes nausea, headaches, and confusion. About 500 people die every year in America from CO poisoning. CO is released by burning gas in furnaces, water heaters, or 42 | LEXINGTON LIFE | July 2020


gas stoves. Your local building code may require a CO detector, which will alert you to deadly levels of the gas – but living constantly with low levels of CO isn’t good for you, either. To protect yourself, install more CO detectors than your inspector requires. Put one near every appliance that burns gas. Have your chimney cleaned regularly and your furnace, stove, and water heater serviced regularly by a professional.

VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS Most of the materials that were used to build your house and furniture give off toxins. Your upholstery, paint, carpet, and composite wood items are continually releasing formaldehyde, benzene, and acetone into the air you breathe, and all your insulation and weatherstripping trap these chemicals inside your home. How can you improve this situation? • Grow live plants inside your home. Plants release fresh oxygen into the air, which reduces the concentration of toxic chemicals. • Don’t store open cans of paint, solvents, and chemicals inside your home. • Open your windows whenever the weather allows and give your home a good airing out.

ALLERGENS Irritants like dust, pollen, mold spores, and pet dander can build up inside your home and make allergy sufferers miserable. Luckily, these are larger particles than chemical fumes or gases, which makes them easier to control. • Use a HEPA filtration air purifier. • Remove your shoes at the front door to stop pollen from being tracked inside. • Dust and vacuum often. • Bathe your pets regularly. • Use mite-proof covers on your mattress and pillows if you have a dust allergy.

TOXIC CLEANING FUMES Ironically, the products you use to kill germs and keep your home clean could be leaving behind a serious health hazard. Many popular cleaning products use ingredients that endanger human health. Phthalates, which are used in most fragranced products and air fresheners, are known hormone disruptors that cause cancer and other health problems – but they aren’t usually listed on product labels except as “fragrance.” • Buying unscented products and not using air or fabric fresheners will reduce your exposure to phthalates. • Use vinegar, baking soda, or water on a microfiber cloth to clean things. • Open the windows when you clean with chemicals. In general, to keep your indoor air safe and healthy, reduce the number of chemicals you use indoors. Test for radon and install CO detectors near all gas-burning appliances. Open your windows when possible, decorate with a few plants, and change your furnace filters regularly. Then, you can enjoy being inside your home without worrying about air quality. n lexingtonlife.com

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NOT YOUR BASIC BAKED BEANS 1/2 lb. ground beef 1 large onion, finely chopped 1/2 c. sugar 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/2 c. ketchup 1/2 c. barbecue sauce 2 tbsp. yellow mustard 2 tbsp. molasses 1/2 tsp. chili powder 2 cans (13.7 oz. each) beans with tomato sauce 1/2 lb. bacon strips, cooked and crumbled Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in sugars, ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard, molasses and chili powder. Add beans and bacon. Transfer to a

greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, covered, 45 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through.

YELLOW CORN AND SQUASH SAUTEE 2 ears corn, husked and cleaned 2 yellow squash, diced ½ c. water 2 tbsp. butter, or more to taste 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste Place corn into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and cool corn. Cut corn off the cobs. Place squash into a skillet and add water. Cook squash over medium heat until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain any excess water from skillet. Stir corn, butter, parsley, salt, and pepper into squash; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 5 minutes. Enjoy!

SUMMER POTATO SALAD 3 lb. potatoes, peeled and diced 1/3 c. cider vinegar 2 tsp. white sugar 1 ½ tsp. dry mustard 1 ½ tsp. salt ¾ tsp. ground black pepper ½ c. mayonnaise ½ c. sour cream ¼ c. heavy cream ¾ c. chopped onion 3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the potatoes and let cook until tender. While the potatoes cook, in a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. Drain the potatoes, stir them into the vinegar mixture and let them marinate for 30 minutes 44 | LEXINGTON LIFE | July 2020


w to absorb the flavors. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream and heavy cream. Fold this creamy mixture into the potato mixture along with the onions and hard-cooked eggs. Cover and chill before serving if you wish. (This salad keeps for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.) GRILL MASTER CHICKEN WINGS ½ c. soy sauce ½ c. Italian-style salad dressing 3 lb. chicken wings, cut apart at joints, wing tips discarded Sauce: ¼ c. butter 1 tsp. soy sauce ¼ c. hot pepper sauce, or to taste Combine 1/2 cup soy sauce, Italian dressing, and chicken wings in a large, zip-top bag. Close bag and refrigerate 4 hours to overnight or at least 8-10 hrs. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the 1 teaspoon soy sauce and the hot pepper sauce. Turn off heat and reserve. Remove the chicken wings from the marinade and pat dry. Cook the wings on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until the chicken is well browned and no longer pink, 25 to 30 minutes. Place grilled wings in a large bowl. Pour butter sauce over wings; toss to mix well. Serve hot! n lexingtonlife.com

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Dear Son Letter to Joseph

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


Your message sounded familiar. Believe it or not, I was once 34 years old. Understand, I’m an old man who loves his grown son. We all believe our journey and obstacles are unique, and we are the first to see them all. Your particular situation may indeed be slightly different from mine, but it’s like saying you’re watching a remake of a movie I once saw. The one I saw was a remake of what my Daddy saw. I suppose the original was first viewed by our cavemen ancestors. But here’s the thing: I can tell something is digging into you and eating at you. It has you off-balance. It is breaking your peace of mind. You mention being concerned about how there seems to be less time each day. Welcome to being an adult. There are only so many hours in a day. We all have to prioritize all the time. Every single thing cannot always be important. One must make time-related decisions several times a day. Understand that no decision is still a decision. This is part of the physics of life. You’re astounded at time’s increasing speed. As Daddy said, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet, son.” Regarding whatever is eating at you: It is a mistake to bury it. You are thinking nobody understands what you’re thinking. You probably feel unworthy, believing there’s no way I’ll understand. Maybe you feel ashamed or helpless because of that. And maybe you feel unworthy from feeling ashamed and helpless. You can easily see this becoming a never-ending circle of negativity. I understand you more than you may know. I look back and think about how I sometimes didn’t talk to my Daddy. I told myself: “There’s no way Daddy will understand this.” I was mistaken. Daddy once told me: “Men don’t grow old by being stupid, son.” He had lived it all before. So have I. Oddly enough, I’m now the age Daddy was when he said that to me. Recognize that you are my son. Recognize that much of what you are runs through my veins and spirit. There are good odds I will understand you. You can count on it as absolute certainty I will listen to you. It’s okay if you don’t want to talk. I’m just letting you know you have an ear in this world. You are not alone, no matter how alone you believe you are. Also recognize I cannot do it for you. Each of us has our own path. But it’s often a good thing to talk to an elder while we are on the path. Signposts are good. But we have to study them and carefully interpret them. You’re on a path. You have an elder you can talk to. You have signposts. You have my number. Nobody can dial it but you. Part of my response will be to remind you to pray. Accept that you are worthy. God will direct your steps. Love, Papa July 2020 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 47

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