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June 2004 was the first time I heard the name Raymond Caughman. Not being from the area, I had just hired Allison Caldwell to help develop my idea for a new, local Lexington magazine. Allison had grown up in Lexington County, and the first thing she said to me was that we needed to do a story on a gentleman named Raymond Caughman. Last week, she was the first to call and tell me that Mr. Raymond Caughman had passed away at the age of 92. One of the most rewarding things about creating Lexington Life Magazine is that I had the opportunity to not only meet but to get to know Mr. Raymond Caughman and his wife Lib. In my opinion, if Lexington had its own royal family, Mr. Raymond would have been king and Miss Lib the queen. Mr. Raymond was that special. His eyes had a unique twinkle about them that conveyed kindness, compassion, and respect. Those eyes made an indelible impact on me. On quite a few occasions I visited Mr. Raymond and Miss Lib at their home. Sitting down with them and talking about our wonderful community of Lexington is a priceless memory. Each time I saw Mr. Raymond, he would ask about my wife Donna and then go on to gush about his darling wife Lib, as if he were an adolescent teenage boy. His eyes glistened with life when he spoke about Miss Lib, and that aura of love radiated about his very being.

Not long ago, I was scurrying around Lexington Medical Center delivering magazines. I pressed the elevator button, the bell sounded, the door opened, and inside the elevator stood none other than Mr. Raymond Sox Caughman. The moment I saw him, I became as excited as if I had just found a Babe Ruth baseball card inside a box of Cracker Jack. As the doors closed, we exchanged pleasantries and shook hands. Mr. Raymond was visiting friends from church who were in the hospital. He was there to cheer them up. When the elevator doors opened, we exited out into the hospital lobby, said our goodbyes, and went on about our days. What Mr. Raymond did not know was that the rest of my day was better, just because of the brief time we spent together in the elevator. He was a truly special individual and had that impact on everyone he met. If you never had the privilege of meeting him, ask someone who grew up in Lexington about Mr. Raymond Caughman. Chances are, you will hear a story you will remember forever. And, for those of us who were fortunate enough to have crossed paths with Mr. Raymond, we are truly blessed. Mr. Raymond Caughman is one of the finest men I have ever known. My prayers go out the Miss Lib and the entire Caughman family. Sincerely, Todd Shevchik May 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 5

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Change is not easy. Last month while walking the dogs, I felt a tightness in my chest. It was a feeling that certainly got my attention. My wife Donna noticed something wrong and immediately shifted into her Florence Nightingale nurse mode. After a couple visits to my regular doctor and new heart doctor, the prognosis was that this tightness was caused by stress. “Extreme stress” was the actual term used by the doctor. He asked if I were under a lot of stress. I almost blurted out, “Duh,” like I used to say in middle school but thought better of it. After all, I am a 48-year-old adult – not a 13-year-old teenager. Upon further reflection and self-examination, I began to dissect the different areas in my life and the stress levels that accompany them. Most times, I think I can do it all and am happy to volunteer my time and efforts whenever possible. However, listening to my body tell me “NO” provided a reality check that I wasn’t ready for. In my delusional mind, I am still a young twenty-something who is fit and can conquer the world. However, reality says that I am almost 50, overweight, overworked, under-rested, and oblivious to it all. So now change is needed for my future health and well-being. I want to watch my kids graduate from college, get married, and have their own kids. Taking time for myself to slow down, exercise more, and simply being still is something I am implementing into my daily routine. It sounds so simple: I just needed to listen to my inner 13-year-old a little more. “No duh.” Happy twelfth birthday to my youngest son Noah!

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MAY Friday, May 3- Sunday, May 19 The Wizard of Oz Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Rd. Lexington, SC 29072, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, twists its way into Lexington! A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, the Wizard of Oz will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Visit for tickets: adults $20, seniors $18, students and military $16, youth 12 and under $14. Thursday, May 9 Ladies Night in the Greenhouse Wingard’s Market 1403 N. Lake Dr., Lexington, SC 29072, 6:30 p.m. A fun early Mother’s Day activity for you and your Mom, daughter, friend, or come by yourself and make new friends. Learn about the benefits of indoor plants, home decorating trends, and easy to maintain varieties and make a hanging moss sphere to take home. The $35 fee includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, drinks, take-home craft and gift bag. Space is limited, register online at herbs or call (803) 359-9091. Thursday, May 9 - Saturday, May 11 2019 SC Poultry Festival 101 Main Street, Leesville, SC 29070 Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday 5-11:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Enjoy poultry festival favorites like the annual parade, road race, volleyball tournament, cooking contest, car show, games, rides, live music, and a variety of food vendors and craft booths. Visit for details. Friday, May 10 2019 South Carolina Garden Jamboree – Nourish Your Inner Gardener Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide gardening support to its members and to the community through inspiration, education, and leadership. Call (803) 338-9495 or (803) 606-7901 for more details and ticket information.

Saturday, May 11 Lexington Wine Walk Icehouse Amphitheatre, 107 West Main St., Lexington, SC 29072, 6-10 p.m. Exhibitors, Main Street merchants, and restaurants will serve wine and hors d’oeuvres. Ticket price includes a complimentary wine glass, hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings, and live music. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 day of the event. Buy tickets at Tuesday, May 14, 2019 2019 Veterans Harvest Dinner City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd., Columbia, SC 29205, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Enjoy a special farm to table four course dinner cooked by military veteran chefs to benefit the Farmer Veteran Coalition and the Saratoga War Horse Foundation. Cost is $85 and includes adult beverages. For more info call (803) 604-6807. Thursday, May 16 2019 Red White & Blues Wine Walk Irmo Town Park, 1249 Lexington Ave., Irmo, 5 - 8 p.m. Enjoy a beautiful evening of wine, food and live music in the park! Please call (803) 7499355 for more details, tickets: $25 each / 2 for $40 Advance, or $35 per ticket at the gate. Friday, May 17 Relay for Life of Lexington Lexington High School, 2463 Augusta Hwy., 6 p.m. - Midnight Relay for Life is a signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Attend the Lexington annual event and make a difference. Visit or contact Whitnei Jeffcoat at (803) 457 -6926. Saturday, May 18 – Sunday May 19 2019 South Carolina Chess Festival Hilton Garden Inn Columbia-Harbison 434 Columbiana Dr., Columbia, SC 29212 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The South Carolina Chess Festival is a chess extravaganza featuring rapid, blitz, and bughouse tournament and state championship. Participant cost for the full festival $60. Individual events: Rapid $45, Blitz $20, Bughouse $10. Spectators are free! Register online at:

Sunday, May 19 Metropolitan Bridal Expo Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 1101 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201, 1 - 5 p.m. The Metropolitan Bridal Expo is an impactful experience designed to help plan a dream wedding by introducing attendees to area bridal vendors. Get educated on the different aspects of wedding planning and gather inspiration for your wedding! Cost $10. Go to for details. Wednesday, May 22 GLaM Lecture: “Native Plants” Lexington County Public Library - Irmo Branch, 6251 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC 29212, 1-2 p.m. Learn about the native plant choices available and how they can improve your micro-ecosystem. Lectures are free and open to the public. Friday,May 24 Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop 9a -12p The Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium will host a Build Your Own Rain Barrel workshop, beginning at the Lexington County EMS and culminating at the Public Works garages on Ball Park Road. $25.00 includes refreshments and supplies to build one rain barrel. To register, or for more information contact Brittany Sandifer (803) 3588679 or . Sunday, May 26 PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201, 4 p.m. Don’t miss an opportunity to see Ryder, Chase and your PAW Patrol favorites. Tickets start at $24 and can be purchased online at Saturday, June 15 Fairy Garden Party Woodley’s Garden Center 2840 Dreher Shoals Rd. Ballentine, SC 29212, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Come create your very own unique, miniature garden and/or terrarium! Call or stop by and sign up by purchasing a $35 Fairy Garden Party Pass, redeemable in product used on the day of the party! One pass required for each participant. For all ages.

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Pastor Pat Riddle St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church The joyous Easter season continues and the beauty of springtime emerges all around. What great joy and blessings God has bestowed upon us! I recall a story a Pastor friend of mine shared with me many years ago as I reflect upon new life all around. There are two seas in the Holy Land. One is the Sea of Galilee. It is a sea of sparkling blue waters and tree lined banks. The shore rings with the exuberant sounds of birds singing and children playing. The waters are full of life and fish abound. This inland sea provides irrigation for rich farmlands for miles around and drinking water for many towns. From its headwaters in the north, the River Jordan flows south into and through the Sea of Galilee. There is another sea further south that is dark and murky. No trees can be found along its banks. Its salty water is unfit to drink. No farms or towns are found near its shores. This sea also receives its water from the River Jordan. But unlike the Sea of Galilee it does not discharge any water it receives. All of its influx of water is lost through evaporation. For countless years it has simply collected salts and minerals keeping them within its banks. It is known as the Dead Sea. There are two kinds of people in the world: those who receive and give and those who receive and keep. As we live and thrive together, let us be like the Sea of Galilee and share the blessings of life and joy with those we meet. Springtime Blessings! St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 119 North Church St., Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-6562 • Service times: Sundays at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.

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Paul Bishop When you need a L.I.F.T., call Paul Bishop at First Baptist Church of Lexington. No, that’s not a ride-sharing service. It’s a ministry of support for all who need help, whether with addiction or relationships or grief or any other of life’s obstacles. At First Baptist, L.I.F.T. stands for Listening, Inspiring, Facilitating, and Transforming. Pastor Paul Bishop arrived at First Baptist in 2003 and established the counseling service, which now offers six counselors and a wide variety of support groups open to everyone. He took a circuitous route to get here. This transplanted South Carolinian grew up in Japan, the son of missionaries who divided their time between Japan and state-side locations, in four- to eight-year segments. His mother was from New Jersey, his father from Texas, and his education spanned New Jersey, North Carolina, and, finally, permanently, South Carolina. “My education centered on religious education, bachelor’s and master’s at Bible colleges,” he says. “I earned the master’s in cultural studies and counseling at Columbia International University and spent some time in private practice at Palmetto Counseling Associates. Then, First Baptist called me, and the counseling program here has been growing steadily ever since it started 16 years ago. We have been housed in the Fellowship Hall building at the church, but this year in May we are opening a new building across Barr Road, which will provide the meeting space and facilities we need.” This new building, named “Bridge of Hope,” provides seven offices, along with meeting rooms and kitchen facilities, for the support groups and counseling sessions, which are attended by up to 90 persons every week. Pastor Bishop likens it to the steps programs of AA and of Rick Warren’s worldwide ministry. “We offer a faith-based program with steps of recovery, including Jesus as the higher power. A large gathering may break up into small groups for discussion and sharing. The step study centers on hang-ups and habits; identifying the issues and seeking changes in lifestyle.” He’s seen the change that can come from taking these positive steps. Saturdays find the counselors offering a breakfast for the First Responders they consider their partners. Many volunteers give their time to make these programs possible. In March, Pastor Bishop led a team of seven young people on a missionary trip to Japan, where they visited near the site of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which brought much devastation to the area. These trips offer friendship, music, and a helping hand in the name of Christianity. Paul and his wife Susan, an art teacher in the Midlands, have three adult children: Joel, who joined the mission trip, daughter Kayla who is earning her doctorate in physical therapy, and Jeremy, graduating from Auburn University with a major in geology. n

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SOUTH CAROL Artists by Mary Ann Hutcheson



I’m a 30-year, midcareer artist,” she says, “so I’ve been doing it for a long time. I’ve always done my art, even while traveling, getting my degree and having a family.” A professional visual artist, Alexandra received her fine arts degree from Boston University, with a minor in psychology. Throughout her life, like many artists, she has supplemented her income by working numerous jobs. Artists’ side jobs are similar to those of actors, who wait tables or work sales to help pay the bills. Alexandra’s love of art was the seed for the formation of the South Carolina Artists Group. Soon after arriving in Lexington, she began a search for other local artists. When she learned that the area featured a wealth of artists, she wondered, “Why aren’t we all hanging around together?” From that seed emerged the South Carolina Artists group.

Business and Art, a Successful Merge


Alexandra White, coordinator for the South Carolina Artists Group, assembled the group in 2010. As the daughter of an artist, she learned how to use oil paints when she was still “just a kid.” She accompanied her mother to oil-painting classes and art festivals. “I’ve been doing art since the age of four,” she says, her easy smile conveying the joy in her memory. Early on, Alexandra found that she related better to concepts and subjects in color. In math, the numbers appeared to her as nothing more than chalk marks scratched along a chalkboard.

Our interview took place at a popular Lexington business, The Haven Coffee House on Main Street in Lexington. Along the side wall hung an array of lovely local artwork. Attached to each piece, small tags displayed the name of the artist, a price, and contact information. Too often, we allow these treasures to fade into the background as we chat with friends, enjoy our coffee and sweets, or catch up on computer work. We may see something we’d like to buy but decide instead to put that investment toward something less “frivolous,” an instinctive habit for many of us. The Haven is one of other local businesses that exhibit their artwork, like The Landbank Lofts, Art at L.C.A.B. (Lexington County Administration Building), Musician Supply, 14 Carrot Whole Foods, and The Pitter Platter. It is simple for an artist to become an active member. The website provides all the information you’ll need (there is a reasonable $55/year membership fee). Because the group is not-for-profit, there are no charges or hidden fees. Individual memberships are the primary source of funding to provide maintenance for the group, like printing, website maintenance, and more. Everything is run by volunteers, including event and rotation committees to make sure artwork is installed correctly and rotated. The group’s members provide emotion-

al support and encouragement to fellow artists, while learning proper exhibiting techniques and the best ways to promote an understanding of art appreciation. The Lexington County Administration building is a prime example of how connections take place between businesses and art in a growing community. Alexandra worked for a year, researching, networking, educating, and meeting with council members and administrators. The result was the county council’s unanimous agreement for incorporating the Artists group to be shown in its building. A $26,000 art-hanging system was approved and installed at a secure location in the building to keep artwork safe. The South Carolina Artists group manages all art in the Lexington County Administration building. Alexandra says, “In this way, we give back to the community by providing our art, free of charge, to view. All we ask is that people be involved and take the time to view the art.” Alexandra believes it is important that artists think of their art as a business. The joy of honing the business component of their passion lies in a close community with other artists. Their group runs the gamut from new and emerging artists to longtime professional artists, some of whom join to reconnect with their artist community. They attend lunches, meetings, and events together. Mentoring is provided, and members gain access to the different business locations. They learn how to tag their work, create a professional art exhibit, operate sales, do online promotion, and create posters and fliers – in short, how to network their business. Because marketing and sales are not taught in any kind of a fine arts program, the Artists group provides specific guidelines, and they teach the skills of how to promote, market, and sell art.

“Original art is alive; it speaks to the soul.”

Local artists and group members, Annette Rivers and Ginny Merett arrived and soon joined the discussion. Both agree that meeting other artists and their sense of community are what drew them to the group. Annette, a lifelong artist, believes her work has only improved with age and maturity. May 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 19

She says, “I find that a lot of people have never dealt with original art for the public. Maybe it’s a little scary for them. “If you look around here,” she continues, “there are pictures that probably cost less than a pair of shoes. What I always recommend is if you’ve never even thought about buying art, just start small. Buy one piece, take it home, hang it up, and see what it feels like. I think it gives your home a better atmosphere; it makes it classier. Original art in your home makes it real. It shows you have personality and enjoy more than cheap, mass-produced prints on plastic and cardboard, sold in big box stores. “If you buy locally, you are participating in community growth. It also makes a wonderful conversation point in your home and brings a life and energy that stays with the painting. You will never get that with a print. A print is a thing; just a flat object. Original art is alive; it speaks to the soul. When you start small, it could be the start of a collection, then you become an art collector after your second one! It’s a wonderful addiction.” If you don’t have the exact amount the day you see something you’d like to buy, ask the artist if he or she takes installments, maybe pay $50/month. Many artists take monthly payments with no interest, as trust for payments. An artist will reserve it for you until it’s paid. Another possible option for artists and their buyer is PayPal, which has an instant pay program. Ginny Merett was an art educator in Lexington County and has been doing art in retirement for about four years. The artists group met her wish to be proficient at showing her work and reaching out to the community. As a retired art teacher, she needed to find her niche in the art community. Ginny always Alexandra White, Annette Rivers, Ginny Merett had a studio in her house, even when she taught, as do most artists. She knew she would have additional uninterrupted time in retirement to devote more time to it. How fortunate for her young students to have had a talented artist teaching them art in the classroom. Most artists realize that their art is not going to pay their bills or be their full-time job. In turn, professional artists are able to take the info that SC Artists teach them (becoming a legacy and getting their names out) and get into nice galleries where they will be seen. Networking is one of the most important aspects for an artist. Trying to instill the beauty in the networking is important. “We don’t just have retirees in our group. We have artists from 25–95 years of age,” Alexandra says. Her group is able to spark one another’s passion. Ginny and Annette chime in: “We learn from each other.” The Brookings Institute research tells us, “The arts challenge us with different points of view, compel us to empathize with ‘others,’ and give us the opportunity to reflect on the human condition.” Maybe it is time to really look at the art we see on the walls of our businesses and appreciate the beauty it brings to our lives – and maybe even bring a piece into our homes.

Why Art Matters

As young students, many of us loved our art classes. It was a place of freedom, where we were encouraged to find our soul and express it through form or color. We didn’t have to memorize anything or fill in the blanks. We loved our first crayon boxes, decided which were our favorite colors, and experimented with drawings we could create with them. Our first readers were filled with colorful, whimsical characters, some in cartoon form, others in exact detail. Art connected us to the world around us. Our parents hung our prizes on the refrigerator and smiled with pride at our creative accomplishment. The world of computers and graphic design came along, and we seem to have left living art – and the idea of spending money on it – behind. There is no better time than the present to reconnect than now. The South Carolina Artists group and our local businesses are providing the chance for us to view, and possibly purchase, live art. It’s worth our time to check it out. n 20 | LEXINGTON LIFE | May 2019

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Common Summertime Dangers by Stan O’Dell

Summertime is a lot of fun, but it is not without its dangers. The warm weather means spending more time outdoors, and that can expose you and your family to a number of dangers. Being away from those dangers is half the battle. If you know what to watch out for, you can avoid the common problems associated with summer fun. Here’s a look at some of the most common summertime dangers and how you can avoid them.

SUNBURN Whether it is the result of falling asleep on the lounge chair, spending too much time at the beach, or just forgetting your sunscreen, sunburn is a serious risk on any summer day. While many people think of sunburn as no big deal, the damage it does to your skin should not be taken lightly. A single serious sunburn can increase your chances of developing skin cancer, and that could have life-changing implications. Even if cancer is not the end result, continued sun damage will make you look older than your years and could make wrinkles more pronounced as you age. Carrying a small bottle of sunscreen in your purse or pocket is one of the best ways to protect yourself. Do not forget to apply sunscreen to your face as well and reapply it throughout the day. Also remember that it is possible to get a sunburn even on cloudy days. The damaging UV rays of the sun will make their way through the clouds, so don’t skip the sunscreen just because you can’t see the sun.

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CREEPY CRAWLIES Ticks, mosquitoes, and other summer pests are disgusting, but they can be dangerous as well. West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease are common threats, and an infection could lead to serious and lifelong health consequences. If you are hosting a backyard barbecue or other celebration, make sure there is a citronella candle on every table to ward off mosquitoes. Keep a supply of bug spray around, including a few extra bottles for your guests. Make sure you apply insect repellent each time you go out, and check your pets – and yourself – for ticks every time you go back indoors. Summer safety is everyone’s responsibility. Whether you are hosting your legendary Memorial Day barbecue or just hanging out by the pool, you will want to do it safely. n

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Sipping freshly brewed tea from fine bone china teacups, eating delicate finger sandwiches, and savoring a variety of homemade cakes, scones, and cookies are all reminders of a bygone age of elegance and style. The pace of life was slower, and people took time to sit down and enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea. A vintage tea party seeks to recreate this sense of leisurely enjoyment. A vintage tea party adds luxury, elegance, and charm to any occasion, whether it’s a birthday, a Mother’s Day celebration, or a coffee morning to raise money for charity. If you don’t have your own collection of vintage teacups, saucers, plates, and tablecloths, you can rent them from a specialist company. Alternatively, look for vintage tea party items in thrift stores and at garage sales. Here are some tips for organizing and hosting your own vintage tea party.

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Arrange a variety of homemade cakes and cookies on tiered cake stands. Suggestions include: • frosted and decorated cupcakes • small tarts topped with fresh fruit • meringues filled with fresh cream and berries • scones served with strawberry jam and cream • chocolate brownies • ginger cookies


Receiving a beautiful, hand-crafted invitation to a vintage tea party will create a sense of anticipation among your guests. You can either purchase elegant tea party invitations or make your own. Choose paper illustrated with vintage images, such as romantic roses, birds and birdcages, botanical prints, teapots, and cupcakes. Write each invitation by hand and send it in the mail for an authentic vintage feel.


Decorate the room or outdoor space with bunting made from either paper or fabric. Make your own bunting using vintage fabric or look online for a variety of bunting for sale. Cover the table with an embroidered vintage tablecloth. Add floral decorations to your table. A simple vase of fresh flowers makes a good centerpiece. Add coordinating napkins, vintage china, silver teaspoons, cake servers, and cake knives. Don’t be afraid to use vintage plates, cups, and saucers with a variety of different designs. Different floral patterns with similar colors usually work well together.


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You could also bake one or more large cakes, such as a Victoria sandwich, coffee and walnut cake, or carrot cake. Cut these cakes into slices and serve on a cake stand. Rectangular cakes, such as banana bread or lemon drizzle cake, can be served on a platter. Aim for a wide variety of flavors and textures to delight your guests.


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Simply let the conversation flow around the tea table or play vintage party games after tea; the choice is yours. Card games are a popular choice as well as traditional board games like backgammon, Ludo, or checkers. Charades is also an entertaining game. Children could play simple yet fun games like throwing coins into teacups, decorating party hats, and dressing up in vintage clothes. If you have a large outdoor space, play a traditional English lawn game such as croquet or quoits. A vintage tea party is the ideal way to celebrate any occasion, large or small. Personalize your celebration to suit yourself and your guests. Your guests will enjoy themselves so much that they’ll ask for the date of your next vintage tea party. n

Brew loose-leaf tea in vintage floral or elegant silver teapots and pour it into patterned teacups on saucers. Give your guests a choice of several different types of tea, including traditional English blends of black tea such as: • Earl Grey • English Breakfast • Darjeeling • Assam • Lady Grey • Lapsang Souchong Add calming herbal teas and refreshing fruit teas, including • peppermint • chamomile • lemon • blackcurrant If you’ve invited children to the tea party, serve traditional lemonade, or cream soda in large pitchers. It’s a good idea to have cold drinks available for adults, too, especially in warm weather. Offer refills at regular intervals. To accompany the tea, provide milk in


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Clothing and accessories present who we are in the world. A new wardrobe changes how others perceive us, and how we think about ourselves. We want to look the part and fit in, whether the desired image is powerful, warm, sexy, or playful. While there is no one style or piece that makes someone successful, a classic piece of clothing has multiple functions, fits well and sends a distinct message. Could your current wardrobe use some updating, adjusting or sprucing up? Do


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Beauty Emerges from Pain Lesley Hoskins of Boho Fly Designs describes herself as a “fabric and color mixologist” who discovered her gift during one of the most difficult times in her life. Forced to slow down after being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer seven years ago, she was searching for something meaningful to do during her nine month journey of chemo treatments. “I had been running full speed for so long, working 70 hours each

week, and was devastated by the fact that I could not work out of the home,” she explains. “I was frustrated and bored, I needed something to occupy my mind. My mother encouraged me to get my sewing machine out and start making things to pass the time.” Influenced by Martha Stewart, she began to experiment with a series of lightweight fabric bags that fit inside of her Coach purse. The mechanics of putting the pouches together was not “rocket science”, but each one gave her motivation to keep going until she had a clear vision. The fabric seemed to speak to her as she worked with it, sharing love and spreading joy. “I believe every woman should have a piece of art when they open their purse, something that makes it pop!” The interior bags later became clutches, and the staff at her chemotherapy treatments raved over them, buying for themselves and later placing orders for gifts. “Each purse is a one-of-a-kind, hand made creation,” Lesley remarks, ”no two are identical. They may look the same on the outside, but either the interior pattern or the outer embellishment will differ.” The bags are versatile and showcase Hoskins’ positive energy and love of art. Incorporating chains, charms, brooches, pins and vintage bracelets from estate sales and second hand shops makes the purses even more distinct, she explains, “I am inspired by gently May 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 33

“I believe every woman should have a piece of art when they open their purse, something that makes it pop!”

used fabric pieces and jewelry, and having a double major in history definitely gives me an advantage. Each clutch tells a story; some are from the Civil War era and others are more modern, but every piece is a functional piece of art that is visually stimulating.” Her bags can be found at several boutiques in Lexington, Columbia, and Aiken, including Meeting Street Interiors, Boutique Aiken and 831 Minh Le, as well at many seasonal vintage sales and events. Childhood Passion becomes Reality As many young girls, Minh Le has fond memories of feeding, rocking, clothing and nursing dolls, living fantasy situations and families. Those sweet recollections and interests usually fade with age as we become independent adults with full time jobs and responsibilities. In 1994 Minh moved from Vietnam to the United States, immersed herself in American culture, taught herself the language, became married in 1996 and had a family. Patiently learning all she could about American business and planning for success, she decided to open a nail salon in Lexington. “I knew that I had to be able to pay bills until I could do what I really wanted, so I opened a nail salon and got to know my customers and how I could please them.” Although life was busy with a family of her own, she still

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had the desire to create, and managed to build a small tailored clothing business in the back of her salon after hours and on weekends. “My clients soon began coming into the salon for clothing, not just nail services, and it allowed me to squeeze designing into tiny pockets of time,” Minh remarks. “Each time they commented or touched a garment, I was inspired to put forth more effort. I hand craft ready-to-wear women’s clothing, individually tailored and designed according to their unique body type and taste.” As her client base grew, several fashion venues contacted her to be a part of their events and festivals, spreading her name across the United States. Last September Minh sold her nail salon and became the proud owner of a boutique, 831 Minh Le, in December. She caters to her growing list of repeat customers, traveling when necessary, carefully studying individual body type and personal interests. “I can find the best way to accentuate features they would like to display and downplay the things they may not like as much. I feel like I am a part of their events and occasions; I enjoy making each piece special.” Her skills are in high demand; this is the time to stop by, meet Minh and get measured for bright spring fashions. Patterns, textures and styles are only limited by your imagination, with a plethora of custom blouses, pants and accessories to choose from, so bring your ideas and see your vision become reality. n

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As we celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Town’s Vision Plan, it is exciting to continue to host great events that have turned our vision into reality. Raise your glass for a toast! The ninth annual Lexington Wine Walk will take place Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Icehouse Amphitheater, located at 107 West Main Street. Local musical sensation The Going Commando Band will perform classic rock, country, and blues hits throughout the night. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 the week of the event/ at gate. Tickets can be purchased online at www., though you must be 21 years or older to attend. Ticket price includes a commemorative wine glass, wine tastings, and hors d’oeuvres. Local businesses will serve as exhibitors and restaurant partners during the event, being the official “stops” for your taste buds. Proceeds from the Lexington Wine Walk will go to the Lexington Beautification Foundation, a volunteer nonprofit organization, dedicated to the pursuit of beautifying the scenic and historic community of the Town of Lexington. Through the efforts of the Lexington Beautification Foundation, the Town of Lexington and Lexington County, along with the Lexington County Law Enforcement Officers’ Association, Lexington County Bar Association, and Dennis Corporation, the creation of Lexington Square Park was born in 2012. The square is the epicenter of downtown and hosts such events as the Snowball Festival. Additionally, proceeds have benefited the construction of the Welcome Signs at Sunset Blvd. and I-20, Augusta Road and I-20 and Old Cherokee Road at North Lake Drive. The foundation has also committed $200,000 to the restoration and twenty-first-century makeover of Virginia Hylton Park. I hope to see you “wine down” at this year’s Lexington Wine Walk and helping to continue to beautify our wonderful community. n • 803-996-3765

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More Than a Memory: The GAR and the Original Decoration Day

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After the last Monday in May, most people enjoy at least one outdoor barbeque, visit with family members, and leisurely splash around in a pool or natural water source. Some may have heeded the well-meaning but obnoxious memes and other reminders on social media chastising revelers who seemingly must have the mistaken impression that Memorial Day is about barbeques and outdoor recreation. Others mark the occasion by remembering fallen loved ones and acquaintances who died in battle or even by thanking a veteran stranger or two for the sacrifices and services rendered to what can at times be justly accused of being a grateful nation. However, the origin and history of this springtime holiday are often overlooked. The year 1868 was a time of rebuilding in the United States. The American Civil War was still a vivid memory in the hearts and mind of citizens north and south of the Mason–Dixon line. It was during this year of reconstruction and reflection that a day in May was set aside to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to

ensure the United States of America remained one nation. It is entirely impossible to recount the origin and history of this day of remembrance without speaking of the organization from which it came forth. A fraternal organization called the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was founded two years earlier in Decatur, Illinois, on April 6, 1866, by Dr. Benjamin F. Stevenson. Dr. Stevenson served as a surgeon in the 14th Illinois Infantry Regiment and was present during the battle of Shiloh, where his actions earned him a commission as a major. After his regiment’s term of enlistment expired, Dr. Stevenson did not forget his service nor that of the men with which he served. His vision of a fraternal society made up of surviving veterans of the Union and his dedication to that vision resulted in an organization founded on the principles of fraternity, charity, and loyalty and tasked with serving those union veterans of the Civil War who lived and remembering the ultimate sacrifice of those who did not. General John A. Logan was the commander-in-chief of the GAR in 1868, and his most notable act as the organization’s leader was to issue his General Order 11

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on May 5th of that year. His order was to set aside May 30th every year as Decoration Day and on that day to place flowers and otherwise decorate the graves of those Union veterans killed during the American Civil War. Fraternal organizations serving and honoring Confederate veterans honored their fallen on different days, and, as time passed and soldiers died in other wars, it became convenient and conciliatory to combine the remembrance days for soldiers of all wars into one federal holiday. While the name “Memorial Day” was in use as early as 1882, it was the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968, which officially turned a day of remembrance into what some argue is a three-day weekend of leisure. Veteran organizations including the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (the heirs of the GAR) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars still remain committed to returning Memorial Day to its original observance on May 30th. But regardless of the date, it remains a solemn day of both reflection and action. As General Logan declared in his General Order 11: “Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic. If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.” n

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e Tapp’s Art Center ages, sizes, and levels of physical ability. Tapp’s Art Center on Main Street in Columbia is proud to have Ashley Moore as a seasoned belly dance instructor and collaborative partner who has dedicated her life to promoting rising artists and spreading her passion for dance. Becoming a yogi at age 18, Ashley was inadvertently exposed to belly dance technique and isolations for the first time during her yoga practice. She instantly grew a thirst to discover the history, bodywork, styles, and interpretations of this new mode of expression. “For me, yoga was not something that could be performed for others, but belly dance was a way for me to integrate my yoga practice into something beautiful and shareable – engaging and exciting.” Ashley attributes the development of her artistic gifts to early exposure to the realm of theater and art at the Davidson Fine Arts School in Augusta, Georgia. Five days per week for two years, she participated in drama, dance, ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance, simultaneously with regular academic classes. “My family could not afford to enroll me in dance classes, so Davidson Fine Arts was crucial in allowing this highly imaginative kid to explore all the ways she could express herself through dance and drama,” she explains. “I suddenly had access to trained arts educators, cutting-edge facilities, and was surrounded by hard-working, creative kids like myself. Looking back, it was like a public school version of the movie Fame or Hogwarts.” Belly dance has become a global, feminine movement, observed by people from all areas of life and is displayed in

many genres, including Turkish Cabaret, Raqs Sharqui, Saidi, Raqs Asays and particularly Westernized versions such as American Tribal Style, American Cabaret, and Tribal Fusion. Cultures across many regions in North Africa and the Middle East have their own version of folk dances that have been called “belly dance” through the ages. The term became popular during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair; from there, it grew in momentum through the 1940s and 1950s as belly dancers often posed as “princesses” from distant lands, performing in burlesque side shows from coast to coast. Today’s American belly dancers are less inclined to impersonate seemingly more

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exotic personas, individually managing themselves through performances, teaching, and networking. The ancient art has become modern as practitioners reach out to each other, sharing new concepts and fusing other disciplines into their technique. Founding her first troupe “Seladora” in Georgia at age 19, Ashley later joined arms with the Delirium Tribal Company (an American Tribal Style group) when she moved to South Carolina. She became a founding member of Columbia Alternacirque, Columbia’s first interdisciplinary fringe arts company, which included fire performers, hula hoopers, and stilt walkers. Income was unsteady as she progressed through training, randomly earning money teaching in her free time, dropping out of college twice. Along the way she met her husband, gave birth to a beautiful daughter in 2015, and grew determined that “her daughter’s mother would be a dancer – an artist.” Motherhood slowed things down a bit, but she recognized a need in the community for women to feel comfortable, confident, and build relationships with each other. “I wanted to offer a warm, positive environment, where students with similar goals could express themselves, share a growth mindset, and release stress with supportive people, like a family.” It was time to teach. Although the response to a social media post for students was encouraging, Ashley could not possibly afford to rent a studio. The Tapp’s Outreach Coordinator offered to help her find a solution and explained the CEIP, or the Cultural Entrepreneurship and Incubator Program, for aspiring artists. The CEIP gives participants the opportunity to network with local businesses and organizations, demonstrate their gifts, and exhibit their work as well as grasp critical financial management and project planning skills. “I could not believe they were willing to set up registration for my classes, handle the administrative tasks, promote and sell tickets, and allow me to use 70% of the money to rent a studio in the building,” says Moore. “It was a humbling experience that I will never forget.” Collaborations with the Tapp’s Center began in June of 2016; by the following month, Ashley had secured a studio in the building, and, by October of 2017, she had helped open the “MAC” studio, a movement and arts cooperative room

“This is a safe space, where you have permission to fail, to create, to celebrate, and to be frustrated together; a community to foster a sense of curiosity and wonder.” dedicated to opportunities for artists of the visual, musical, and movement arts and crafts. “This is a safe space, where you have permission to fail, to create, to celebrate, and to be frustrated together; a community to foster a sense of curiosity and wonder.” Ashley has accepted a full-time position at the Tapp’s Art Center promoting and developing the CEIP, teaches classes five to eight hours each week along with fundamental workshops, seasonal showcases, and private lessons and also hosts a space for her handmade jewelry. The Tapp’s Art Center encourages artistic agency through cultural events, workshops, classes, internships, exhibitions, and studios to help Columbia learn and grow. For more information about the program, go to, call (803)988-0013, or send an email to info@tappsartcenter. com. For details regarding Ashley’s belly dancing classes, go to n Ashley Moore, Instructor (fourth from left) with students

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Jason Stanley Q: Hey Jason! With Mother’s Day coming up, how do you plan on spoiling your mom? A: I’ll probably get her flowers. I do that for her every year. Q: Is there a certain type of flower you get or do pick whatever looks the prettiest? A: This sounds bad, but I just get whatever looks the best. Q: Ha, that’s funny! What is your favorite childhood memory of your mom? A: We used to go camping often back home in Vermont. No place compares to the beauty of camping in Vermont. Q: Oh wow! What brings you down to South Carolina? A: I’m stationed here in the Army at Fort Bragg. Q: How cool! Thank you for your service! Let’s talk about upcoming summer months, do you have any big plans during the warmer weather? A: Hopefully, I can go back home to Vermont to visit. Allie and Shelby Q: Hey girls! Are you both sisters or friends? Both: Best friends, but more like sisters! Q: With Mother’s Day approaching, how are you going to spoil your mom on her big day? Allie: I have plans to take her out to dinner! Wherever she wants to go, I’ll treat her! Shelby: I’m honestly just going to do the same thing. Q: How sweet! Where do you think she would want to go eat? Allie: Probably Olive Garden, that’s her favorite place, and mine too. Shelby: We will probably go to a local restaurant in Myrtle Beach. We will be visiting there during Mother’s Day. Q: That’s so sweet of you! What is your favorite memory of your mom growing up?


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Allie: When I think of my mom, I think about the amount of support that she has given me over the years. When I was growing up, she always had my back. Shelby: There are a lot of things about my mom that I admire. She has always set the example and has been a good role model for me. Q: What is something embarrassing about your mom that she wouldn’t want said in a magazine? Allie: Well, my mom is a very small person, but she has a very spicy personality. Shelby: My mom has very short arms, so we call her T-Rex.

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Libba Duncan: Q: Hi Libba! What brings you to the Lake Murray Dam today? A: It’s just a beautiful day, and the warm weather makes me want to get out and walk! Q: How do you plan on spending Mother’s Day? A: My mother has actually passed away, so my children and grandchildren will be coming over to see me. We love to cook out when they come over, so I’m looking forward to spending some great quality time with them. Q: That’s sounds awesome! Do your kids live nearby? A: Yes, they live in Lexington, so I’m able to see them frequently. Q: What is your favorite memory of your mother growing up? A: My mom always did a lot with us. I remember her taking us to the movies, the park, and firing up the grill in the backyard with delicious hamburgers. n

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Smart Boating Safety Tips for the Whole Family There is nothing quite as relaxing as being out on the water. Whether you are heading into the open ocean for some challenging deep-sea fishing or staying within sight of land, boating can be a wonderful and deeply satisfying experience. by Edward Smith No matter what kind of boat you own or how often you use it, boating safety is serious business. In a matter of minutes, the tranquility of the water can disappear, leaving a rolling storm and choppy seas in its place. Knowing what to do when the weather turns bad is the best way to keep your fellow boating enthusiasts safe and sound. Here are some smart boating tips for the whole family. n Invest in swimming lessons for family members who will be using your boat. No one expects the boat to go down or start taking on water, but being a strong swimmer could save your loved one’s life in an emergency. n Make sure you have plenty of life vests and floatation devices on your boat, and that everyone knows where they are stored and how to use them. Take a few minutes for a safety drill before heading out and make sure everyone knows how to activate their life vests, lifeboats, and other essential safety equipment. n Have your boat inspected on a regular basis. Even if the state where you live does not require a safety inspection, it is important to schedule your own. A regular inspection could uncover safety problems you may have missed otherwise. n Leave the alcohol on the shore. Drinking and boating do not mix, and operating a watercraft while under the influence is against the law. Feel free to 56 | LEXINGTON LIFE | May 2019

enjoy your favorite adult beverages from the safety of dry land, but leave the wine, beer, and cocktails behind before heading out on the water. n Use a weather radio to monitor current conditions and keep up to date with storm warnings. Storms are nothing to fool around with on the water, so be aware of changing conditions and how they will impact your planned trajectory. n Keep a fire extinguisher on board and make sure it is properly charged. Fire suppression is important for boaters, and it is important to have a working fire extinguisher on board at all times. n Watch out for smaller watercraft. Whether you own a huge yacht or a tiny sailboat, there will always be smaller craft on the water. Keep a close eye out for paddleboarders, surfers and operators of smaller boats. n Know and abide by the rules of the water, and be aware that not everyone will follow them. Watch out for clueless boaters who are not as well prepared or courteous as you are, and always give them a wide berth. Notify the authorities if you see anyone operating their watercraft in an unsafe manner. Boating should be fun and relaxing – not dangerous and risky. Following the safety tips listed above can help you stay safe on the water and enjoy your favorite sport for many years to come. n

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2019 Lexington School District One Teacher of the Year Lexington County School District One proudly named New Providence Elementary teacher Jennie S. King its 2019 District Teacher of the Year. King, an educator for 18 years, will now move on to compete in the state-level Teacher of the Year program. Unlike many teachers, as a child King never imagined herself in a classroom. As a result, King entered law school to pursue the future she envisioned. Her pursuit earning extra money as a college student — working in an after-school program — changed the direction of her life forever. She found herself looking forward to seeing the children and enjoying their energy and voracious appetite for learning. As a first-grade teacher, she connects with difficult students that others give up on and creates bonds not just with the students but also their parents. In her classroom, King models kindness, believing that “every single child needs to hear they are capable and deserving.” In turn, her students reflect her care and volunteer to help their classmates with tasks, sensing their classmates’ needs — often before she does. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of Alabama and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina.

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Ingredients 12 large white button mushrooms cleaned with stems removed and discarded Olive oil spray 1 box (8 oz) cream cheese softened 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs 2 cloves minced garlic 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 2–3 tbsp fresh chopped Italian parsley 1 cup cooked shelled crab finely chopped Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray mushrooms with olive oil spray and arrange mushrooms cap upside down on a cookie sheet. In a large bowl mix cream cheese, bread crumbs, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, green onions, Parmesan, parsley, and crab. Scoop about 1 1/2 tbsp of filling into each mushroom. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn the broiler on the last minute of cooking to lightly brown the tops.

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Tomato Cucumber Salad Ingredients 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 5 mini cucumbers, sliced into ¼-in. coins 3 tsp olive oil 1 tsp red wine vinegar salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 tbsp red onions, diced 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped Instructions Add cherry tomatoes and cucumbers to a bowl. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar on top. Season with salt and pepper. Toss everything to coat. Garnish with diced red onion and fresh basil.

New Orleans Beignets Ingredients 3 cups (14 oz) flour 1½ tsp kosher salt 1 package instant yeast or active dry yeast 1 cup milk 2 tbsp brown sugar 2 tbsp butter 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract Oil for frying Powdered sugar, to taste Instructions In a small bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and instant yeast. Heat the milk until scalding. It should just begin to steam but not boil. Combine the sugar butter and butter in a large mixing bowl. Pour the steaming milk over the top and stir so that the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Allow the mixture to cool until it’s lukewarm; the temperature needs to be lower than 115°F to avoid killing the yeast. Add the egg to the milk mixture and whisk to combine. Add the vanilla extract to the milk mixture and whisk to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients

and mix well to combine. Place the dough on a floured counter and knead it until it’s soft and pliable, about 3–5 minutes. Place your kneaded dough into a large, lightly oiled bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and allow it to rise for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size. Place the dough onto a floured surface, and flour a rolling pin. Roll out the dough to about ¼-in. thickness. Cut the dough into triangles or squares using a regular knife, dough knife, or a pizza cutter. Place the dough pieces on a lightly oiled cookie sheet and cover them with plastic wrap that has also been lightly oiled. Allow the dough pieces to rise for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until they have almost doubled in size. Heat the oil to 375°F. Carefully add the dough pieces in small batches to the oil, using a slotted spoon or a fry basket. Cook the beignets for 1–2 minutes or until golden brown, and then flip them and cook for another 1–2 minutes, or until golden brown on the second side. Remove the beignets and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain and cool. Once they have cooled slightly, coat the beignets with powdered sugar. Serve warm. n



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Struggle We planted tomato seeds in flats back in January. We watered the flats every day and waited. The tomatoes were up a few days later. Each day I’d take the flats outside and water them. After they put on their first true leaves, I began feeding them. I’d leave them out on reasonably warm days so they would strengthen in the wind. It wasn’t long before they really began growing. I repotted them into a flat with larger cells in early March. The roots had more room now. I expected the plants to experience a shock, but they never even slowed down. The stalks were stout. The leaves were healthy. By the end of March, small roots protruded from the bottom inch of stalk. They were ready to reach out and grow. I set them out in moist ground the last Sunday in March. I buried the 10-inch plants deeply, leaving the last branch of 62 | LEXINGTON LIFE | May 2019

leaves out of the ground. I gave them a little water and watched for the rain that was to come later that night. I checked the radar one last time before I fell asleep. It looked like the rain was going around us. That was confirmed the next morning. The forecast showed no rain to come for the next week. The first dry week came and went. I checked my tomatoes every day, and they were still green and happy. I did not water them. I wanted them to find the moisture in the ground. But by the end of the next dry week, I was getting a little concerned. The lower leaves were looking rough and thirsty. The ground was dry down to six inches. The forecast showed no rain for the next few days. Tuesday evening the plants were looking bad. It was almost dark when I saw them, so I was out of time to get them water. The next day was no better as my workload kept me late. I thought about the tomatoes quite a bit during the day. But late Thursday evening, I noticed new growth on the tomatoes. Each plant had developed two new leaves at the top. I was encouraged and didn’t water them. Late that night, I woke to the sound of rain on my old tin roof. Saturday morning I checked on the tomatoes. The two new leaves on each plant from Thursday had transformed into a whole new branch with several new leaves -- just from the effect of the late-night rain we had. They had grown even more by Sunday afternoon. The tender roots at the base of the stalk had to fight their way around the hard-edged soil to find moisture and nutrients. But they fought well, and when the rain came the plants were ready to grow. If I had babied them once I set them in the field, the young plants would not have developed those deep roots where the nutrients were. They had to struggle to flourish. n

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