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Thanks for reading Lexington Life! We are always on the lookout for new story ideas so feel free to reach out to us at: lexlifeeditor@gmail.com with your input. We are now accepting nominations for the Best of Lexington 2022, just nominate your favorite businesses online at: lexingtonlife.com. Summer is here and I am not taking it for granted that’s for sure. What are your plans for summer? I’m looking forward to getting back on Lake Murray and enjoying the beauty and serenity that she offers, especially during the weekday before the weekend madness ensues. It’s hard to believe that Lake Murray was once farmland and small towns before she was created in the early 1930’s. One such small town was named Hollywood and was located between Lexington and Irmo. In fact, one of the Mitchell B-25 bombers that crashed during a training mission, just so happened to rest in Hollywood when it was “flown” to the surface in 2005. That B-25 bomber now is showcased in Birmingham, Alabama at the Southern Museum of Flight. Driving over the dam always is exciting to me. Seeing all the boats cruising and folks strolling on the Johnny Jeffcoat Walkway just makes me smile. It is such a gorgeous view and never gets old. Did you know the official name of the Lake Murray Dam is the Dreher Shoals Dam? I have never heard it referred to by that name, but that is officially correct. Enjoy all that this summer has to offer you and your family. Happy Birthday to Noah. He is now fourteen and about to enter high school. Purple Martins anyone?


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14 Catching Fish and Friends 18 From Scouting to Outings 24 The Perks of Growing Old 28 Off the Beaten Path: Biking in SC 34 Less is More: Minimalism and Simplicity 38 Summer Fashion 2021 44 Through the Looking Glass: Shenandoah Restorations

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Thursday, June 24th 2021 Business Lexpo Online event 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. See the latest products and services from businesses and restaurants in and around one of South Carolina’s fastest growing counties at the Business Lexpo. Free and open to the public, this trade show is designed to help small to medium-sized businesses throughout the Midlands connect with one another, grow their businesses and renew existing business relationships. Saturday, July 3rd 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray-Boat Parade and Fireworks Dreher Island State Park, 3677 State Park Rd., Prosperity, and Spence Island, Lake Murray, 12:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Bring the whole family for patriotic fun at the lake beginning with the the Lake Murray Boat Parade at noon near Bomb Island and then experience the largest S.C. fireworks display from Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park. For more details, visit lakemurraycountry.com.

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In 1893, an English professor by the name of Katharine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics to a poem that eventually became known as “America the Beautiful.” Two lines were repeated four times in the original version: “America! America! God shed His grace on thee.” There is no doubt that God shed His grace and poured out His divine favor on our nation. We have been blessed beyond measure. Yet today, we find ourselves at a crossroad in our history. We must decide whether we want God’s grace or God’s judgment. In Jeremiah 2, God is speaking to the prophet Jeremiah, asking, “Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones, even though they are not gods at all? Yet my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols! The heavens are shocked at such a thing and shrink back in horror and dismay. For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me—the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!” That’s what we are doing! We are abandoning God and replacing Him with gods made in our own image. That’s not saying we have been a perfect nation. We have some dark chapters in our history. We have sinned against people and against God. Yet, we cannot deny that our nation was founded on Christian principles. When the pilgrims came over on the Mayflower, they signed a document known as the Mayflower Compact, which begins with “For the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.” Many of our founding fathers, though flawed, had a devout love for God and His Word. It’s time that we return to God and His Word. It’s time that we repent and ask His forgiveness. It’s time that we come together as one people seeking God’s face. If we do, there may be hope. Would you join me? n LEXINGTON CAMPUS 4347 Sunset Blvd, Lexington, SC 29072 • 803.520.5660 Sunday Worship: 8:00AM, 9:30AM & 11:00AM LIFE Groups: 8:00AM, 9:30AM & 11:00AM

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Mayor Steve MacDougall We had a great kickoff to the spring season with record turnout for our Lexington Live Concert Series this year. That was just the beginning of many family friendly events to come this summer. The Market kicked off with a ribbon cutting for the new Icehouse Amphitheater Pavilion. Each week The Market features live music, food trucks, fresh produce, crafts and more. You can shop local vendors at the Pavilion, located at 107 W. Main Street, each Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. through the end of September (except for July 3). This year the Town will celebrate Independence Day on Friday, July 2 at the Icehouse Amphitheater. The 246th Army Band will play from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and there will be a fireworks show to follow. You can view the fireworks from a number of areas in close proximity to the Amphitheater and you can tune in to 93.1FM The Lake to listen to patriotic music during the show. Gibson Pond Park is set to reopen soon as the majority of the construction on the dam is now completed. Work is being done around different areas of the park to make sure everything is ready for your family to enjoy. We can’t wait to have this Town staple back in working order and better than ever. To keep up with all of the latest happenings in Town and for information on upcoming events, be sure to follow us on Facebook. We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing summer. www.lexsc.com • 803-996-3765 smacdougall@lexsc.com

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by Jackie Perrone

Lane Hinson No one is surprised to see Lane Hinson heading up the tennis program at Lexington Country Club. He’s been headed in this direction all his life, despite a slight detour in choice of major at the University of South Carolina. He’s also thrilled with the opportunity to build a first-class program for this community. “My dad was Jim Hinson, a Tennis Hall of Famer in South Carolina. I grew up on the northeast side of Columbia, while he was tennis pro at Wildewood and Woodcreek Farms country clubs. He taught me tennis at a very young age, and by the time I was 18 I was giving lessons to children. “When it was time for college, I signed on for a major in criminal justice, with law school in the back of my mind. Some unfortunate injuries kept me off the tennis court for a while, and it seemed like a good plan. It never happened.” Lane began teaching tennis again and moving up in the tennis world. For the past three years, he has served as Director of Tennis at Lexington Country Club. He has also been given pretty much carte blanche to design and develop the program to his own specifications. “Clem King brought me on board while he was directing the sports at Lexington Club,” he says. “He was my mentor, encouraging me to design a very strong program for youngsters; I will always be grateful to him. He has moved on, and I am seeing a very strong high-performance program here for juniors. I like to work with players under 10 years old. We are building for the future.” In addition, Lane says he has a strong program for adults in place. “Our players go out and recruit for us,” he says. “We have a large participation in numbers, so that’s going well along with the youth program.” Lexington Country Club is fielding 17 teams in tournament competition and anticipating success in the numbers. “It’s a great family environment,” says Lane. “It’s a thrill to see all ages and races out there participating in sports.” This leader has an upbeat attitude about their program and the future, even with various restrictions and guidelines imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. He points out that most of what they do is outdoors, which is a safer environment than being inside all the time. They make it a point to observe all the requirements for safety by social distancing and sanitizing the courts and equipment. While masks are not required during outdoor events, they are necessary at all times indoors. Lane and fiancée Lucy Humphries recently moved into a new home in Lexington, which is very convenient. Eliminating the long commute from northeast Columbia saves time, stress and money. Just one more reason Lane is so thankful for his job and this town. n lexingtonlife.com

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great fisherman is born every day. When my youngest son Colt was born, I knew he would love the water because his eyes were as blue as the ocean. I remember one of our first conversations about the ocean. I had purchased a little box on which was painted a mermaid. She had white, flowing hair; a seaweed and seashell diadem; the mesmerizing, long, enchanted fish tail. Wanting to share my enthusiasm for mermaids with my five-year-old son, I said, “Colt, isn’t this the most beautiful mermaid you’ve ever seen?” Colt looked at me with complete seriousness and said, “In a previous life, I didn’t like mermaids.” I laughed, imagining Colt’s “other lifetime” as a famous pirate, ship’s captain, or fisherman.

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an Colt began fishing in the kitchen, really. I would put a bucket of water on a towel on the kitchen floor and let Colt “fish” for little plastic animals out of the bucket. We would make homemade fishing poles (using sticks from the yard to which we tied string and paperclip “hooks”). You might be surprised how many plastic animals you can “catch” in a pail of water in the kitchen. Colt just turned 12, but in fishing years he is much older because he benefits from the combined wisdom of his fishing buddies. From Colt’s perch on the pond banks of our backyard, and through connections with friends and family members, Colt has developed an extensive “angling network,” like a waterway of friendship. I don’t have a boat, but my uncle does, and my uncle and cousin have spent hours fishing with my sons, Colt and Gray, taking them deep-sea fishing in my

uncle’s boat Stealin’ Home. Another family friend invited Colt to fish with him at his family’s farm, which has a river. Colt has never fished on a river, and he hopes to catch his first trout. Colt is learning that the first step to being a great angler is not owning your own boat or purchasing the latest fishing gear: the “secret” is practice. Practice is the prerequisite for greatness. We have a pond. During the pandemic, it has been a godsend for my boys, like nature’s sanctuary. The boys hope that one perfect cast will call up “the big fish” from its murky home in the depths, the kind of elusive fish of legends with rusted hooks around its mouth, the hard-won scars of ancient victories. Through their quest to catch “the big fish,” I think my sons have purchased enough supplies to open their own tackle shop: line, hooks, lures, tackles, soft plastics, chatter baits, lipless crank baits, jerk lexingtonlife.com

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Some summer reading and movies that include fishing, nautical, and mermaid themes: The Odyssey, Wind, A River Runs Through It, On Golden Pond, Big Fish, Jaws, Old Man and the Sea, Low and Clear, A Perfect Storm, Splash!, The Pirates of the Caribbean, Aquaman, The Little Mermaid, Shark Tale, The Abyss, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, Titanic, The Secret of Roan Inish. For literary books and poems about fishing, check out Moby Dick by Melville, The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge, The Fish by Bishop, A River Runs Through It by Maclean, The Art of Angling: Poems About Fishing, Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing edited by DeMott.

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baits, buzz baits, spinner baits, deep diving baits, shallow diving baits, and more. (Colt says I’m exaggerating on this point because he would need even more supplies to open his own fishing shop, a store that in his imagination he has already named “The Tackle Box.”) One day while fishing in the backyard, Colt met a neighbor, Hayes. After several conversations exchanged across the water, Colt on the pond bank and Hayes in his kayak, Colt and Hayes became friends. Hayes and his wife do not yet have children of their own, but Hayes helps Colt like a big brother would do. The first time Colt had to put new line on his reel, Hayes took time to teach Colt this new skill, and now Colt texts Hayes regularly about recent catches, advice about bait, and other questions. Hayes is teaching Colt how to fish in a kayak, lessons that include instruction on things like how to fish the whole pond, how the kaylexingtonlife.com

ak should be parallel to the bank, and the direction of the cast in relation to the kayak. Colt’s fishing lessons occupy as much time as his school lessons, and while he may struggle at times in math or science classes, Colt understands fishing, and being good at something inspires his confidence. Having confidence in one area of life spills over to other areas of life, too. Or, as another fishing friend Frank would say, “Success breeds success.” On the “good days” when Colt catches something, he pulls out his phone to photograph the “catch of the day,” and then he releases the fish back into the pond – to be caught again another day. Colt has caught many large-mouth bass, crappy, and blue gill, but he wishes the pond had crawfish and shad, too. As every angler knows, some days the fish just aren’t biting, and Colt will quote what he has learned from (his fishing teacher) Hayes: “If every time you fished you

For practical tips on fishing, consider Presenting the Fly by Kreh, The History of Fly Fishing in Fifty Flies by Whitelaw, New Fly Casting Techniques by Wulff. Some of my personal favorites include Web of Water: Reflections of Life Along the Saluda and Reedy Rivers by John Lane, photographed by Jon Holloway, Tom Blagden, Clay Bolt, and Ben Keys; A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth by Weinberg.

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caught something, it would be called ‘catching’ not fishing.” Our neighbor Charlie is another one of Colt’s fishing buddies. Charlie is anticipating the arrival of his first grandchild, but he and Colt talk about fishing and outdoors topics – not babies. Charlie is cool; he dresses in cowboy boots, a Western hat, and has a horse named T.C. Colt. Charlie also discusses the latest pond news – the arrival of the river otters; the hawks’ nest; the “cougar” prowling the neighborhood; the right season for putting baby chicks in the chicken coop; the mystery of empty baby turtle shells in the yard; the mating opossums in the driveway; the mallards’ nest; the best boots; the blue heron on the other side of the pond affectionately named “Gargantuan” (because it’s the largest blue heron either one of them has ever seen). The pond is busy. And fishing helps people catch up on the stories of life. Another one of Colt’s fishing friends, Dick, lives in Jacksonville, Florida. He used to be our neighbor before moving to Florida. Dick has published books on fly-fishing, and he makes his own flies. Colt and Dick enjoy texting each other pictures of beautiful fish, like the large-mouth bass Colt caught recently in our pond (pictured in this article). Dick surprises Colt from time to time by sending flies that he ties himself and books on fishing. Colt is especially proud of the latest book Dick sent him, Dick’s autographed copy of Lefty Kreh’s classic Presenting the Fly. One of the lessons Colt has learned from Dick is “the more fish you catch, the more fish you want to catch.” My grandmother Dorothy and Colt’s great-grandfather George were angling enthusiasts, too, and I like to think that somehow fishing is in Colt’s blood. Is it possible that our genes have a memory, providing us not only with attributes like hair and eye color – but for the passions of our heart, like fishing? Colt loves fishing, and the sport provides him with an opportunity to connect with other people who share his passion for angling. I hope that, as Colt gets older, he will connect with more folks who enjoy fishing – in opportunities from youth fishing tournaments to fun weekends at the lake or beach spent fishing with friends. A number of high schools and colleges are now offering fishing teams, and at the college-level there are even fishing scholarships. Whatever activity makes your heart sing, pursue that activity, and help your loved ones pursue the things that make them happy, too. Colt’s enthusiasm for fishing has been nurtured by many kind souls who care about Colt’s interest in fishing; they have invested time to talk with him and even fish with him. To a 12-year-old, Colt has won the fishing lottery. Every great fisherman needs not only great catches but great fishing buddies, the opportunity to teach and to learn, to be part of a great water-web of kindred spirits. Through Colt, I realize that fishing “catches” not only fish but friends. I would still like to know what Colt has against mermaids. n 16 | LEXINGTON LIFE | June 2021

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Author Norman Maclean once stated, “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” Ashley Fogleman, Eagle Scout, aquatic enthusiast, avid outdoorsman, and founder of local businesses Phoenix Adventures and Steady Canoe Crafts (a Lexington-based enterprise that delivers customized outdoor activities for individuals and groups), would agree. He credits the wisdom and skills he mastered in his boyhood scouting experiences as the primary sources for the success and fulfillment he has gained throughout his life. “Scouting is a big part of my family and my family’s background,” says Fogleman. His father joined the Boy Scouts as a youth, continued as a Scoutmaster into his adult years, and encouraged his family to become involved. With both siblings in scouting and a mother as a den leader, it is no surprise that a young Ashley joined the Cub Scouts in elementary school. “At that kind of age, you really don’t know too much about what is available,” he explains . “Obviously, that’s what got me started, but I stayed because it’s a phenomenal program – I loved the activities that we were doing, the things I was learning. In a lot of ways, it has helped make me who I am today.”

Fogleman recounts how he once was a “super shy kid,” but asserts that “Scouting really helped bring me out of that shell and allowed me to become more active with other people, find some of those [outdoor] interests, and be able to share those interests with others.” A native South Carolinian, Fogleman’s childhood was spent in a small, rural town called Little Rock, situated in the northeast corner of the state within the Pee Dee region. Growing up, adult volunteers were too often scarce, so he “bounced around” within the Scouts until he settled on a troop in Latta, and this is where he began to thrive. “There are several positions that you can hold as a youth leader within a troop,” he explains. “Some of them are more prominent than others, but there are lots of leadership opportunities.” His first major assignment was to collect resources as the troop librarian, but some of his favorite memories stem from his roles on the aquatics staff and as the coordinator of the annual Scout-o-ween events. “There’s always a purpose behind all the fun that we have,” he says. “It’s all about providing those learning opportunities through fun.” Following in the footsteps of his older brother, he also aspired to attain the rank of Eagle Scout – to reach this level, participants must complete a list of prescribed tasks before their eighteenth birthday. “It culminates in your Eagle project,” he says, which “tests your leadership ability, your project management skills, your communication skills” and must “benefit your community.” For this project, he mobilized a team that constructed a 30-foot bridge above a waterway so that visitors could access trails within a local state park. Shortly after this accomplishment, Mr. Fogleman enrolled at the University of lexingtonlife.com



PHOENIX ADVENTURES South Carolina in Columbia to pursue a degree in information technology (IT). Even within those academic halls, the founding principles of Scouting guided his actions and opened more doors of opportunity that have directed and affected his life, even to this day. “Part of what you learn and adhere to in Scouting is a Scout oath and a Scout law,” he explains. The third point of this law admonishes a Scout to always be helpful. On his first day of college, Fogleman applied this value by offering his assistance to the school’s network administrator when he mentioned her overwhelming workload. Because of those Scout-inspired actions, he landed employment positions within the college’s IT department and, over time, developed lifelong friendships. “It also helped me get my first job outside of college,” he adds, since that same administrator shared an employment advertisement with him and provided a character reference. “Those philosophies, adhering to those high levels of standards, is what has afforded me my business opportunities.”


While working in the IT field, Fogleman launched his “dream job” on the side and called it Phoenix Adventures because of the mythological bird’s symbolic association with rebirth and new life, a sentiment he endeavors to share with his clients as he leads them to experience the healing and thrilling qualities of the natural world. “Bringing life to your adventures,” he says, “is the heart of Phoenix Adventures.” Over the years, he has accumulated the necessary outdoor equipment and gear, so he can offer a variety of individual and group activities (with or without instructional sessions), including transport and rentals for water sports like canoeing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding; guided hiking and backpacking trips; and top-rope rock climbing. Every outing is tailor-made to meet the needs, desires, and comfort levels of each client, and nonprofits may be eligible for a group discount. When addressing his customers, he says, “You focus on the fun. I focus on everything else. I deal with all the safety, planning, and logistics. I really, truly,

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thoroughly enjoy helping others get into these types of activities.” About his occupational “passion,” Fogleman encourages people to try something new and go out even when the weather is not optimal. “Have a good outlook on it, a good perspective on it, and you’ll have a good time.” Leanna Lee, a Lexington resident and private client, met Fogleman through a local networking group about five years ago. The first time she hired his services, she was entertaining friends from out of town, and they booked a kayaking trip down the Saluda River. “It was a lot of fun. He made it super easy. We just had to show up with our bathing suits. It was really flawless. “During quarantine, the pandemic, when nobody could get in large groups or hang out with friends,” she recalls, “he was still able to launch kayaks down the river for me and my immediate family. It was a great way to get us out of the house and still be safe.” In total, she has commissioned Phoenix Adventures about a dozen times with either family (even when her children were preschoolers) or a group of her girlfriends. “What he does is just great because it gets people outside, gets people active, gets people having a lot of fun, and he makes it so easy. “It’s a fun, safe way to get out and make memories with your friends and

family,” she adds. As an example, Lee fondly recounts how Fogleman initiated a game of catch with her friends on the water as they kayaked down the Saluda, so now she always remembers to pack tennis balls when they go out. Between Phoenix Adventure trips and his IT work, Fogleman spends some

of his spare time designing unique creations from wood (e.g., coasters, Christmas ornaments, custom signs, cutting boards, etc.). This branch of his nature-based repertoire is known as Steady Canoe Crafts; browse and purchase from his Facebook page for the business.

Again, his interest in this hobby and the company name, which alludes to his incredibly smooth paddling technique, has roots in his past Scouting experiences. Even today, “I am still active as I can be in scouting,” he says. “Scouting gave so much to me that I feel that I need to give back as much as I can to scouting. If it wasn’t for Scouting, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today as a person in doing some of the stuff that I am doing. Not only do I feel that obligation and desire to give back to the program and to the young folks coming up, but I also still enjoy it. It’s just as much fun for the leaders as it is for the Scouts.” “We have to be there in order for the kids to be there,” he states. “There are leadership or training opportunities for adults as well, so whether you are a youth or an adult, there is something that you can glean and gain from this program.” “Regardless of your age, it’s always good to become involved in Scouting,” he adds, “because, even though the organization has changed to keep up with society, the core purpose and the core missions of Scouting haven’t changed over 100 years, and those core values and principles are still there and still have valid meaning. If we can provide a safe and fun learning environment for our youth, we are just going to continue building great leaders.” n

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of Growing 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. As your responsibilities lessen and you slow down the pace of activity with each passing year, you still have many good things waiting for you in the future. Here are a few benefits of aging to help make your golden years a little more satisfying. You Have Earned the Right to Speak Your Mind For years, you worried about alienating people and held your tongue when you really wanted to speak the truth or your instinctive beliefs. As a senior citizen, you can say what you feel and not worry about serious repercussions. If your adult child is acting foolishly, go ahead and kindly 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 anymore. It is time to speak up. 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 due to your new medication or mental state. Either way, you are home free, so go ahead and do what you want. A word of caution: don’t be too crass or cantankerous when it comes to your kids. After all, they might get together someday to discuss “what to do with Dad or Mom” and you want them to have good memories and enjoy their time with you. 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 and it was not on purpose, 24 | LEXINGTON LIFE | June 2021



can watch them again, except this time you’re not distracted, so you can actually enjoy the movie. Even if you saw a good movie in the 70s, chances are you forgot most of the details, so it’s like watching it for the first time. Music can be the same way-sweeter the second time around in this relaxed and care-free phase of life. By Brandon Watson

but it was your job. Now you are the grandparent who doles out sweets like they are nutritious foods and allows the grandkids to get away with murder (within reason). You can have fun and not worry about discipline, financial responsibilities and other matters. Also, there is another perk to being the good guy. Your kids finally understand why you were the bad guy when they were young, and they may appreciate you more now. Enjoy All Those Great Classic Movies and Music Remember all those movies you watched at the drive-in theater? Now you

The Bad Times Fade with Gratitude As you age, start thinking about all the good things in your life that you should be grateful for. Perhaps you avoided an unpleasant situation or survived a disaster (now you can say you survived a pandemic). Write down your pleasant memories and try to forget the bad ones. Look at this list frequently and update it weekly for optimum results. In a few years, you won’t have bad memories to haunt you at night; you can relax and breathe easier. There is a valid reason why seniors become forgetful-it takes away the sting of the past’s darkest hours. Your Neighbors Get Better Maybe you moved into a “55 or older” community and have considerate neigh-

bors; perhaps you go to social events with them and out to eat with them on Friday nights. Or maybe you live in an assisted living facility at this point and play cards with roommates on Wednesdays and chess on Saturdays. Even if you don’t have a new home environment, you’ll soon notice the neighbors are much quieter than usual. Your hearing is not so good these days, but as you can see, there is a reason for that too. So, enjoy the freedom to finally say what you want and spoil the grandkids. Watch those movies you didn’t have time to see while you raised a family and enjoy the peace and quiet that comes from diminished hearing faculties. This is your time, so enjoy each moment to the fullest while your physical health allows it-go on as many nature walks, trips and adventures as possible. You have earned respect from all those years of hard work and sacrifice and it’s time to take advantage of this stage of life. After all, no one knows who long we have on earth and, while the golden years may seem simple and more laid back, they are special in their own way. n


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The South’s moderate climate is relatively new to biking. “As a novI spoke to four people with various ice biker, I find the greenways to be levels of biking experience for their beckons bike riders to hit the of the utmost value,” she says. “They input and firsthand recommendatrails just about any time of offer an element of safety the streets tions for getting the most out of this year, but carefree summer days do not.” joyful activity. might be the busiest time. While some prefer the greenways Tara Ortiz has been biking most and flatlands, others like hilly roads. of her life. “As a kid, my bike was evNot only is biking a great Marc Heurtematte is an avid bikerything to me – transportation to exercise, it’s also a fun way to er and expert who oftentimes rides school, neighborhood adventures, experience the with a group. “We say to each other and a great way to be by myself and outdoors. Do it solo, with when riding, when we are attacking escape the noise,” she says. a hill, we yell out ‘hills are not in the “At age 61, I’ve never outgrown the friends, family, or in a biking way, hills ARE the way,’” he says. “Just sense of silence and solitude my loyal group. From kids to senior helps to psyche ourselves up for a bikes have given over the years. I love adults – just about anybody challenge.” biking because it gives me the sense can bike! So, whether you’re conquering a of freedom I had as a kid, to get out and take in God’s open sky and see hill, riding on flat land, or just riding what great adventure is waiting around the corner.” around the neighborhood, where do you start? Bike trails in the state are paved, unpaved dirt or gravel How do you choose a bike to ride? What accessories do and sand, along with lots of greenway options. Donna Petrilli you need? And where do you go? 28 | LEXINGTON LIFE | June 2021


Types of Bikes Bikes vary by design to adapt to different types of trails and surface. When looking to purchase a bike, there are several types to consider. Be sure to test drive the bike before purchasing to ensure the right size and fit. • Racing bikes: Lightweight design for speed; many made with carbon fiber • Mountain or trail bikes: Usually have wider tires and shock-absorbent features for bumpy terrain • Road bikes: Made for comfort on the road • Hybrids: A combination of trail and road • Beach bikes: Wide tires help with pedaling on sand Before you make the leap to buy a bike, considering renting one. A quick Google search will pull up many rental options from bicycle shops to outdoor specialty stores to sporting goods outlets. Safety First Heurtematte offers some advice on biking safety. “First and most important is bike safety. A helmet is a must! So important,” he says. “One never thinks they will go down, but I have witnessed many people wrecking and hitting their head on the pavement and the helmet saving them from a bad head injury.” Following the rules is also important. “When riding on trails and on the road,” he says, “it is important to follow all the rules and laws of the road, including stopping at red lights and speed limits on the trails. As well, when riding with multiple cyclists, the lead rider must point out hazards, sticks, potholes, etc., to the riders behind them for they won’t see them with you in front. On trails, cyclists should warn walkers that they are coming up on them by saying, ‘On your left, so they don’t step out in front of them.’” Reflectors and blinking headlights on bikes provide a safety bonus so others can see you more easily.

hold more than one bike. Prices vary based on the features. • Riding gloves make it easier to grip the handlebars and prevent blisters. Gloves are especially helpful on long rides. • For clip pedals, use clip cycling shoes. The shoes fit securely into the pedals making it easier to pedal and snap out when you need to release the shoes from the pedals. • Go Pro cameras that attach to helmets allow you to record your ride. • Tire patch kits can be useful when a tire loses air or goes flat. “You should learn to change your own tube if you get a flat,” Heurtematte says. “Think about it, you may be miles from your car. Changing your flat would be good to know. You should buy a little tool bag that goes under your seat. Tools to have would be: new inner tube, two tire-levers to remove the tire, assorted Allen wrenches for bike adjustments, and a small air pump.” • Backpack, bike basket, or small carrier to hold supplies and gear. Where to Go Before you venture out, make plans for your ride and know your route. “Know your trail and know the roads you ride on. Once you are many miles from your car or home, not remembering your way back will make for a long and worrisome day,” Heurtematte says. “There are apps that help you map your ride. Having a GPS speedometer is a big help and can be purchased starting under $100.” Many trails and parks offer guided maps for riding. Now that you have selected a bike and added the necessary accessories, where do you go? South Carolina has a plethora of parks, greenways, and trails ideal for bike riding. Some are well-known, while others are off the beaten path, quite literally. Chances are that, no matter where you live in the state, you’ll have a riding trail within an easy driving distance.

Important Accessories Aside from a helmet, reflectors, and headlights, consider a few important accessories to make your ride an easier one. • Bike locks lower the risk of someone stealing your bike when you are separated from it. Look for combination locks or keyed locks. • Water bottle/sports drink holders allow you to carry your hydration conveniently with you. “Hydration is very important, especially when it is hot out and you’re going for long rides,” Heurtematte points out. “Find places to refill along the way.” Lots of parks and greenways provide water fountains. • Bike carriers allow you to transport your bike to the trails. Trailer hitch-mounted bike carriers require a hitch installation on your vehicle. Other carriers can be mounted on top of a car or hooked to the back of a vehicle with straps. Most carriers lexingtonlife.com

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Here are a few areas to consider. In case you get hungry after riding, a few dining options are mentioned, too. Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill offers 36 trails on more than 2,000 acres for hiking and biking. There are picnic areas and the Gateway Canteen restaurant to grab food and beverages (www.ascgreenway.org/visit/gatewaycanteen) onsite. See the website at www.ascgreenway.org for greenway fees, memberships, hours, and trail maps. The Riverwalk: Piedmont Medical Center Trail in Rock Hill offers a scenic ride along the Catawba River. The paved path is 2.5 miles long and is a popular area for hikers, dog walkers, and bikers. More info can be found at www.carolinathreadtrailmap.org/trails/trail/riverwalk-piedmont-medical-center-trail. The Pumphouse Restaurant (rockhillpumphouse.com) is located close to the trailhead. Grab a bite to eat after riding and enjoy the beautiful view overlooking the river. Kiawah Island is a coastal biker’s dream with lots of trail options and picturesque views. The island offers miles of beach and miles of bike trails. “I have biked on Kiawah Island for 38 years now. It is a place of such beauty because of all the preserved nature and wildlife there,” says Karen Davis who spends vacation time on the island. “My favorite part of the island to bike to is the west end of the 10-mile beach where the Kiawah River meets the ocean. You can look across the mouth of the river and see Seabrook Island. There are always treasures waiting for you at this part of the island, like dolphin, deer, pelicans, seashells, and turtle nests marked along the way.” Davis recommends packing a picnic to enjoy when biking the west end. Other dining options on the island include several restaurants at Freshfields Village (freshfieldsvillage.com/directory/?fwp_store_type=dining) or The Players’ Pub (kiawahresort.com/dining/the-players-pub) at Cougar

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Less is More:

Minimalism and Simplicity by Marcy Roberts


ost of us have heard of basic minimalism, the concept in which the unnecessary is avoided so that simplicity, elegance and utility are maximized. Contrary to popular belief, minimalism in most cases does not indicate that one must suffer and sacrifice, but that available resources, energy and materials are purposely interconnected to achieve ultimate efficiency and productivity with the lowest amount of waste and environmental footprint. When placing minimalism into the context of the broader culture of design, values and aesthetic trends, it clearly aligns with the contemporary concerns of sustainability and eco-consciousness while simultaneously reducing anxiety, frustration and stress resulting in improved mental health and well-being. Of course, the philosophy of minimalism may not resonate with everyone, but most of the principles will benefit the majority regardless of how any aspects are observed or the degree to which they are observed. With careful consideration, an open mind and research, you can benefit from minimalism in a short amount of time with a small amount of financial investment. Minimalism: Aesthetic vs Philosophy While the two are connected, it’s helpful to distinguish between the aesthetic of minimalism and the philosophy of minimalism. Aesthetically, minimalism means clean, simple lines without clutter and overwhelming details. Minimalism as a lifestyle choice prioritizes

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experiences over possessions and frees people from living their lives through a consumer-driven lens. The philosophy of minimalism is a complex web of different ethical frameworks that come together. Like all aesthetic movements, minimalism shows up across different types of work. You can see its impact on art, fashion, and architecture. Today, this aesthetic is resonating with consumers from the clothes they wear to the way they decorate their homes, to their choice in vehicles, to the types of houses they build. Art -- Trends in the art world ebb and flow over time, and there are earlier periods of art that could be defined as minimalist, but often contemporary discussions of Minimalist Art refer to the movement that emerged from New York in the 1950s and 1960s. These artists were reacting against Abstract Expressionism and preferred a style based on simple, often-repeated geometric shapes that resisted elements of biography and narrative. Their work often used simple color schemes as well. Fashion -- In the fashion world, minimalism is evident in its simplicity and use of monochromatic color schemes. Historically, the fashion movement links to the art movement, and fashion designers aimed to mimic the artworks. Yves Saint Laurent, for example, “drew the designs of his famous Mondrian Collection directly from the ideas of De Stijl artists, with their clean-cut lines, geometric patterns, and use of primary colors.” Architecture -- Minimalist architects

use the same basic visual choices as applied to architectural elements, “based their design philosophy on functionalism, rectilinearity of planes, and elimination of surface decoration.” Sustainability -- Concern for preserving environmental resources is at an understandably all-time high. As scientists inch the “Doomsday Clock” ever closer to midnight, more and more people are aware of how their choices impact the world around them. They want to consume responsibly, which means they are paying attention to how the raw materials for their products are obtained and what waste they can avoid. In fashion, for example, people have started focusing on buying clothing made from high-quality fibers that will last, in simple shades and cuts that are less likely to go out of style. This allows them to buy fewer clothes and to make the clothes they do buy last longer. Similar concerns fuel the trend toward smaller houses. Frugality -- After the Great Recession of 2008, people are cautious about their finances and make conscious choices to save money and spend wisely. Minimalism is a good fit for these concerns because it advocates for only buying what you need and making sure to use what you buy. Minimalist trends in food capture this desire. With an emphasis on simple ingredients cooked at home, many meal trends focus on reducing waste and embracing simplicity as a way to cut costs and provide nourishment. Clarity -- Many people have embraced minimalist philosophies as a way to live simpler lives. They want to spend lexingtonlife.com

more of their time doing what they love rather than wading through an increasingly crowded world of advertisements, pressures to work more, and continuous news cycles. Buying smaller homes allows people to spend less money, which allows them to work less and spend more time doing what they love. Why Now? What is it about the current cultural climate that makes minimalism so attractive? Our “Age of Information” has created an overwhelming environment where people are never free from pressures to consume and establish themselves, their homes, and their lives as reflections of a more-more-more mindset. There is always something newer, shinier, more updated to buy. The ability to order things online and have them at your door in a matter of hours makes trying to keep up with fashion trends a time-consuming (and expensive) hobby. Social media gives carefully curated glimpses into your friends’ and neighbors’ lives, and you can find yourself seeking out things you would never have wanted just to feel like you’re “keeping up”. All of those pressures have created a perfect storm for minimalism. Embracing a combination of minimalist philosophies and aesthetics gives people permission to pause, reflect, and make careful choices about how they want to spend their time and money. It quiets the noise and stops the rush long enough to give people room to consider what they want and need rather than telling them that a purchase will make them happy. What Does it Look Like in Practice? We can see the influence of minimallexingtonlife.com

ism everywhere. Look at the design of electronics, for example. Television remotes used to have hundreds of multi-colored buttons, but now options like the Roku or Amazon Fire have sleek, small black devices with only a few buttons. When the iPhone emerged with its simple design, it seemed out of place next to complex options like the BlackBerry, but now that simplicity is commonplace. The message to consumers is that their devices will be intuitive, functional, and easy to use. In clothing, people are adopting “capsule wardrobes,” which is a term for buying a few pieces of simple, color-coordinated clothing and mixing and matching them to make several outfits. That cuts down on the cost, but the main draw is that it cuts down on complex decision making. People are interested in capsule wardrobes because of the way they can simplify morning routines and reduce the time spent doing laundry and sorting outfits. Again, the drive is for simplicity and functionality. In housing, the “tiny house” movement is seeing a boost in popularity. People are searching out small living spaces that force them to reduce the clutter in

their lives and pare down their possessions to only what’s necessary. Since many of these houses are portable, another aspect of the movement is its flexibility and a sense of adventure: you could go anywhere, the lifestyle promises. Minimalism makes sense for the 21st century because people are deeply concerned about the impact they have on the natural environment and about the effects the busy manmade environment has on them. They want sustainability of both ecological resources and emotional/ cognitive resources. Minimalism allows them to do both at once. People can leave a smaller environmental footprint while also freeing themselves up to focus on what really matters in life. n

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After quarantine in loungewear, shoppers look to elevate their summer style. by Wendy McAlister As the world seemed to retreat with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic a little over a year ago, “dressing down” became a more pivotal part of life for most of the population. Some people openly welcomed the idea of quarantining at home in loungewear, taking advantage of what they thought was a brief “staycation”. There was no point in preparing for a zoom meeting from home in heels or the latest new designer shirt or wasting time and effort on makeup for a visit to the grocery store only to have it hidden or smeared by a mask. The lines between professional, dressy attire and comfy, casual loungewear were blurred, resulting in a new trend for sweatpants, leggings, bedroom shoes and t-shirts. E-commerce immediately exploded with high demand for simple, convenient loungewear as homebound employees worked from the couch in pajamas or athleisure apparel. Fashionistas utilized their warm weather wardrobe budgets to panic-stock closets and extend loungewear supply for months of quarantine and experienced little or no desire to keep up with the latest styles or new brand releases. However, with over 100 million Americans having been vaccinated at this point in time, combined with social distancing and mask ordinances lifting across the state, there is a fresh sense of freedom and excitement as we anticipate a return to some version of normalcy (and fun!) for summer. Those canceled cookouts, vacations, and celebrations of 2020 are this year’s uniquely anticipated events. 38 | LEXINGTON LIFE | June 2021

Social calendars are filling up with gusto and naturally, everyone wants to look their best and are searching for a way to reflect their personal style and taste. While some used the quarantine period to focus more on nutrition and exercise, over 42% of Americans reported an undesired weight gain which could be attributed to a more stationary lifestyle, depression, boredom, or anxiety. Have no fear! Regardless of the condition of your pandemic wardrobe, your budget, or your current size, local fashion experts Chris Godfrey, owner of fab’rik, and Minh Le, owner of 831MINHLE, offer insight into hot new trends and timeless classics that will have you looking and feeling your best long after the pandemic is a distant memory. fab’rik Lexington Chris Godfrey, owner of fab’rik Lexington and fashion expert, observes that after a year of quarantining in pajamas and sweats, shoppers are largely moving away from the, until now, impervious athleisure trend. “People are ready to elevate their style,” she says. “They’ve been in loungewear and leggings for a year now. People are wanting to dress. Maybe not dress up necessarily, but dress more intentionally even if just for their everyday activities like going to the grocery store.” This elevation of style can be achieved by taking just a few extra minutes each day when putting together an outfit. Of course, being up on current trends is important too.


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look to experiment on with accessories. The outfit really comes to life when you add fun jewelry and shoes,” Chris says. Shoes for summer 2021 are heels, flats, sandals, wedges, flatforms, and flat slides. Studded variations add subtle detail and a touch of edginess. Bracelets and necklaces are delicate and layered – a trend that is proving its staying power. “There are a lot of initials and astrological signs – elements that make the pieces personal to the shopper,” Chris says. Stud earrings

and small hoops are popular, especially when worn in multiple piercings on each ear – a look that Chris refers to as “earring stacking.” Shoppers looking to refresh their swimsuit wardrobe will find a lot of high-waisted, high cut styles. One-shoulder suits are also hot. These styles are available in bikinis and onepiece suits. “One-pieces are definitely trending right now, but bikinis are always in,” Chris says. For readers who may find shopping June 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 39

for a new summer wardrobe daunting, take comfort in knowing that Chris and her team personalize the shopping experience for each client and love helping put together the perfect outfit for any occasion. 831MINHLE Across town at 831MINHLE, owner and designer, Minh Le, is forever focused on the classics. “My clothes are elegant, classic, and timeless designs but I encourage clients to have fun by styling them in unique ways,” she says. Think a custom made linen short suit paired with a graphic t-shirt, bright sneakers, and a structured bag. Expect pops of color: lemon, lavender, magenta, salmon, and Kelly green. (Fun fact: “Kelly green is an intense pure green color that purportedly got its name from the common family name in Ireland, inspired by the lush green landscapes there.” Source: Houzz. com) Neutrals also abound. Minh is especially a fan of crisp white for summer. It can be paired with almost any color or print and looks and feels cool in the often-sweltering SC heat. Find white in various fabrics: linen, lace, eyelet, silk, etc. Minh’s Summer 21 collection is inspired by her clients – energetic, successful women who are serious about building a wardrobe to last a lifetime. Minh’s designs are investment pieces. She also reports being inspired by the wardrobe from one of her favorite recent television shows, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” a comedy-drama starring Rachel Brosnahan in the main role. The show is set in the 1950s, an era where silhouettes were classic and feminine, and women dressed with a serious attention to detail. Maisel is fun, confident, and stylish – the perfect muse. “Fashion is just like music,” Minh says. “People like all different kinds of music and that’s okay. I can’t say there are any styles or trends that I am against. My style is classic and timeless, but fashion is about freedom and people should dress in a way that makes them feel good and allows them to express themselves. If someone’s style is funky, that’s okay. I work with their style and make them happy,” Minh says. One of her loyal clients, Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford, has an eclectic sense of style. “Naida will wear anything, and she looks good 40 | LEXINGTON LIFE | June 2021

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Through the Looking Glass Shenandoah Restorations, Inc.

Restoring the Past for the Future by Natalie Szrajer


here is beauty in preserving historical artifacts, buildings, monuments and landmarks. When one looks upon these items it almost brings time to a halt for a brief moment. Innovation in architecture is absolutely critical; however, the restoration of these structures is even more important because

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they reflect the memory of an event, an era, a respected tradition, or an honored individual. Shenandoah Restorations, Inc. is taking steps to ensure that the windows of yesterday withstand the test of time. The window restoration company has a unique stained glass studio in Irmo and

has been in business for 21 years. Owner Todd Selke prides his business on his staff’s ability to bring the best quality work to restoring timeless and classic windows in buildings and homes around the Southeast. The utmost integrity in preserving the windows of the past is an absolute must for Selke’s company. “Our motto is restoring the past for the future,” said Selke. “We have a good reputation in the Southeast with (different businesses) and we know a lot of designers and architects. We work in the Carolinas and Georgia.” Shenandoah Restorations has a long repertoire of clients it has served including South Carolina’s capitol, Georgia’s capitol building, Washington Street U.M.C. and most recently the refurbished chapel at Lexington Medical Center. The hospital’s chapel features a distinctive stained glass art piece created by Shenandoah Restorations’ stained glass manager and artist, Fielding Moore. Shenandoah Restorations recently finished another window restoration job at the hospital so they decided to contact them again for the stained glass project. The threemonth-long project was curated from originality by Moore after meeting with lexingtonlife.com

to segment a larger artwork into multiple sections to make it flow. Stained glass may appear to be fading but as the pandemic has proven, there is a growing trend for an appreciation of traditional customs and retro styles. Whether it’s creating new stained glass art or restoring the extraordinary art of the past, Shenandoah Restorations wants to remind people stained glass restoration is definitely possible and should be highly considered. Stained glass is built to stand the test of time and tell a story without

lumbia. “We’re just trying to keep old traditions alive,” said Moore in reference to stained glass restoration. “Retro engineering those windows was definitely a great experience.” Moore added, “We want to cover the city in stained glass.” Through the Looking Glass Selke started in the window restoration business when he was only 17 years old. The process of refurbishing windows has always been a passion of his. It all started for Selke in his home state of Minnesota. There were about a handful of stained

“Our claim to fame is to make stained glass windows traditionally the way they did years and years ago. There are not a lot of ways to cut corners because it shows.”

Donna Peele, M.Div., BCC, and Director of Pastoral Care at Lexington Medical. The new window is 12 feet by three feet long and sectioned into three parts due to the weight. “She wanted to illustrate the path of the patient with encouraging words. I did a big sketch with the waterway and they went with it,” explained Moore. “I start with an art drawing and then render a (larger) full-sized cartoon.” After the cartoon is drawn out, Moore lays the cartoon over a light board and cuts out each individual glass on the table with a handheld tool. Then, he fabricates each piece with lead which connects the glass together forming the artwork. Selke explains they have a “secret recipe” which fuses the lead together and will last for many years to come. “Everything is made by hand,” explains Selke. “Our claim to fame is to make stained glass windows traditionally the way they did years and years ago. There are not a lot of ways to cut corners because it shows.” When it comes to making stained glass, there is a limit on size which is why the Lexington Medical Center chapel piece became a triptych (a three-piece panel). Otherwise, the weight from the glass would cause the piece to buckle. It is usually possible lexingtonlife.com

words. This art form is also a craft with necessary engineering skills for bringing pieces of a story together. Many windows have been intact since the late middle ages but just need some TLC to keep the art alive. When Selke and Moore worked on the Washington U.M.C. in downtown Columbia, Selke explains the windows were built in 1914. They extracted the windows and restored them, giving them new life and durability. The team also worked on Incarnation Lutheran Church and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Co-

glass companies near the town he grew up in and so he took an interest in following their ambition. He started working with companies in Minnesota and continued pursuing it while working on the road. He has had experience working with Cathedral Glass and Shenandoah Studio Stained Glass. Then he decided to keep the Shenandoah name for his company currently housed in Irmo. In addition to stained glass creation and restoration, Shenandoah Restorations also refurbishes steel and wooden windows. There’s over 20,000 square

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feet of work space combined. There is a designated space for restoring old windows or creating new windows based on historic design and then a separate space for working on everything stained glass related. Their portfolio expands across the North and South Carolina and Georgia from historic buildings to businesses to residential. The team isn’t afraid to take on challenges as it helps expand experience and knowledge. This is the reason for their success and reputation-rising to the challenge. As Selke mentions, “We take a lot of unusual projects. We can’t be afraid of it.” For instance, Steve’s Classic

fabrication. Even for residential homes, the team can fabricate small pieces around an entry way. Whatever your style is, Shenandoah Restorations will tailor a unique design to suit your needs. It’s important to keep in mind that there are many factors that go into cost such as labor, complexity and time needed to complete the job. The team works with the consumer and always gives them a timeframe upfront so they can have an expectation of expense. Labor is a big part of estimating cost especially because they do not cut corners and value the utmost quality. Anyone can go to

ther creating or preserving stained glass. The last project from Lexington Medical Center was definitely a favorite for him. Plus, the people from the hospital were very pleasant to work with providing a solid relationship. He has been in the stained glass industry for about a decade. Moore studied painting at the University of South Carolina and found his way to Shenandoah Restorations. Working with stained glass wasn’t initially on the forefront of his mind though as he sort of stumbled upon it. “I found my way into this (field) because of a (USC) professor from Morocco. He did work in mosaic

a hardware store and purchase modern windows claiming to be more efficient but preserving or replicating historic windows is actually very environmentally friendly. “We don’t mass produce anything,” states Selke. Producing, maintaining and preserving windows isn’t something we think about every day but when a window needs aesthetic care or necessary upkeep to keep the building functioning properly, Shenandoah Renovations is ready and available. Selke is thankful for steady business, especially during a pandemic. The construction industry wasn’t really impacted, at least not Selke’s’ team. He considers the business very fortunate to be flourishing in such uncertain times. Moore has definitely been busy ei-

which is kin to this. He got me an apprenticeship and I never would’ve thought of it. So much of this stuff gets thrown away,” said Moore. Prior to coming onboard with Shenandoah Restorations, he did a lot of custom stained glass projects and enjoys all aspects of it. Simple and traditional is what Shenandoah Restorations, Inc. aims for, but their results often prove far more extraordinary than conceptualized in the human mind. Keep Selke’s experienced team in mind when window preservation or stained glass fabrication and preservation is necessary. They will provide the best quality products to ensure that your project retains its original historical stature and at the same time conserves energy by the highest possible standards. n

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Burgers off St. Andrews Rd. decided they wanted something attention-grabbing in their restaurant. “For (Steve’s), we made an image with a cup of coffee and ice cream. It’s what they pay for and what they want,” said Moore. No project is off limits when the team puts their mind into it. The company has worked on both capitol buildings for South Carolina and Georgia preserving the historic appearance of these buildings. “The demand for preserving old buildings is higher,” Selke adds. Perhaps it’s because of nostalgia but whatever the case is, buildings that resemble yesteryear are on the rise. Another big project in their portfolio is from Fort Bragg in North Carolina. At this Army base, they did a stained glass lexingtonlife.com

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PORK WITH FRIED RICE AND VEGETABLES CASSEROLE 1 lb. bacon 1 3/4 c. water 1 1/2 c. white rice 2 eggs, beaten 2 tbsp. water 1/3 c. green onions, chopped 1 lb. boneless pork chops, cut into bitesize pieces 3 tbsp. soy sauce 1 -15.25 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained 1 -15 oz. can green beans, drained Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels and break slices into crumbles. Reserve bacon drippings. Bring 1 3/4 cups water and rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and liquid

has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Beat eggs and 2 tablespoons water together in a bowl. Heat 2 tablespoons reserved bacon drippings in a skillet; cook egg mixture in hot bacon drippings until hard-cooked, about 5 minutes. Transfer egg to a plate and cut into thin slices. Heat remaining bacon drippings in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir green onions in hot bacon drippings until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour onion over eggs and return skillet to heat. Increase heat to medium-high and stir pork pieces into skillet. Cook and stir pork until browned and cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir rice, cooked eggs, and soy sauce together in a bowl. Add corn and green beans; stir. Turn rice mixture out into a casserole dish. Drop pork pieces over the rice mixture and top with crumbled bacon. Cook in the preheated oven until ingredients are heated through and flavors blend, about 30 minutes.

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Bending the Twig I

wasted a long time being young, but finally understood I needed to follow Daddy’s path. This doesn’t mean I worked at the railroad like he did. It means I began intentionally trying to wring the most out of every day seeking to learn what God wanted me to be. The journey has been surprising. It’s embarassing to realize how many opportunities at self-improvement I’ve missed. I am deeply mindful of God’s Grace. I am incredibly lucky to have seen the path Daddy marked out. I almost missed the trail. Daddy understood the nature of the earth and people. He diligently studied the Bible, history, science and general literature. He shared his knowledge by his actions and occasional phrases: “Son, every person and every situation you’ll ever run across is described in the Bible.” Can’t we see that’s true? Fish have been biting the same slimy worms hanging on the same rusty hooks for centuries. Modern lures may be snazzy, but hooks are hooks. A cursory reading of Proverbs warns us about deceit, treachery, whores and other deviants, except now we’re told it’s unacceptable to plainly name these things. Modern Hell is the same old burning fire it always was. Repentance still leads to God just like it did for the slave children in Egypt. Judas lurks within each of us, whether we like it or not. One of the most important things Daddy said was when I was about fourteen and arguing with his guidance. “It’s hard to help a man who already knows everything, son.” And then he turned and walked away. The statement became crystal clear after I plowed headlong into


screwing up. Daddy didn’t say “I told you so.” He simply listened and said: “Well, son, now you know what you don’t want to do again. You learned something. Keep trying, son, you’ll get there.” There was no ridicule, no smart-ass comments, just good old-fashioned listening and encouragement. One of his classics was “Discretion is the better part of valor, son.” This was typically said when I was running my mouth. One of our last conversations revolved around that saying. I asked what he meant. He thought carefully. “Sometimes, son, it means you need to say what needs sayin’.” Then he chuckled: “And sometimes, son, by jingo, it means you need to keep your mouth shut.” He practiced discretion by learning how to say he loved me after I left home. He said it a lot towards the end. There was no guessing where we stood. In that same conversation, he took me by the bicep and shook my arm: “Don’t die with any questions, son.” I am now flabbergasted that I didn’t ask him to elaborate. Maybe the angel sent to guide him Across stopped him from saying any more, so I’d have something to live into understanding. Daddy spent years bending the twig, envisioning the tree he hoped I’d become. All I have to do now is keep growing.

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

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