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Queen Elizabeth passed away last month and for the first-time in my life, England has a King, King Charles. I’m not up to date on all the royal news and gossip, however I remember all the attention Lady Diana received when she married Prince Charles and I remember exactly where I was when she died (Monterey Jacks in 5 Points). With all the attention given to England’s royal family I pondered a hypothetical question. If America had a Queen, and by Queen, I mean a dignitary figure for America, who would she be? Feel free to weigh in on the Lexington Life Facebook page with your answers to the question. Who would be America’s Queen? I have a few nominations I’d like to throw out there. Jane Seymour, Chrissie Evert, and I know my late mother would want me to add Oprah Winfrey. Beyonce, maybe? Who are your choices to be our fictional American Queen? Autumn is here and the heat and humidity have subsided for the time being. I hope you are enjoying the cool, crisp air as much as I am. It certainly is nice to be able to open the front door in the morning and not have my breath taken away by the high level of humidity we have here in Lexington, South Carolina. Thanks for reading Lexington Life Magazine. I apologize for the delay in the delivery of the September magazines. I have made a change in the printer I use to produce the magazines in order to try and fix the problem. Thank you for your support! Remember to vote online for your favorite businesses at lexingtonlife.com. Happy Birthday to my daughter Jenna who turns 21 this month! Time flies by awful fast that’s for sure. Have a great autumn!

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The Power of Moonlight Imagery Melissa McLeod - Faith, Family, Focus Best of 2023 Nominees SC Fun Seniors How to Give Up Sugar Local Artist Judy Bolton

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OCTOBER Sunday, October 2nd, October 9th and October 16th Harvest Days Event Flora & Fauna Marketplace, 4773 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Bring the family for this wonderful event complete with pumpkin patch, food trucks, handmade gifts and products, local produce, mum garden, music and more! Wednesday, October 12th- Sunday, October 23rd S.C. State Fair S.C. State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, various times There is something for everyone at the S.C. State Fair-rides, food, music, animals, arts and crafts, competitions, live performances and hands-on activities. For ticket information and a daily schedule of events visit scstatefair.org. Saturday, October 15th Furball Moonlight Gala 2022 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Ctr., 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, 7:00 p.m. Join Pawmetto Lifeline for a night of cattin’ around and a doggone good time! This black-tie gala fundraiser is one of the largest in the

Midlands of it’s kind--gourmet food, open bars, live music, dancing, live and silent auctions and more! Tickets are $175, visit pawmettolifeline.org for details on how to get involved or donate. Saturday, October 15th 5th Annual Holiday Market Lexington United Methodist Church, 309 East Main St., Lexington, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Enjoy 30+ local vendors, huge bake sale, and lots of good food. Free admission. BBQ chicken and pork with fixings, eat-in or takeout $12.50. To order or for more information, call 803-920-4999. Friday, October 28th & Saturday, October 29th Blythewood Fall Festival Rodeo Blythewood Community Park Arena, I-77N Exit 27, 311 Blythewood Rd., Blythewood, 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss this wholesome, patriotic, family oriented fun event! Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with food, The DOKO Mechanical Bull, Axe Throwing and vendors. Events include bull riding and barrel racing, and competition among world class cowboys, cowgirls and stock. Adult admission $16, youth $10, children 5 and under are free; for schedule and tickets visit blythewoodrodeo.com.

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It’s finally Fall and there is a lot going on in the Town of Lexington as the year starts to wind down. The road widening and lane improvements along Old Cherokee Road are now complete. This includes a new traffic signal at the entrance to Lakeside Middle School. Additionally, a left turn phase was added at the intersection with North Lake Drive. Construction is in full swing for the renovation and expansion of Virginia Hylton Park. The park is closed while crews work, but the plan is to open it back up in phases once they are completed. The expansion will add an additional 8.25 acres to the park and there will be all new equipment, trails, a performance pavilion, splash pad and more. For a look at other parks you can go to in the meantime, visit our website at lexsc.com. The Fall Lexington Live Concert Series at Icehouse Amphitheater continues through October 13. The free shows are on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Food and drinks are available for purchase at each show. If you’re wondering where to park, there are nearly one-thousand free public parking spaces located Downtown and all are within walking distance to the amphitheater. Finally, we hope you’ll come out and join us for the Lexington Police Department Foundation’s Fall Festival. It is set for October 25 at Icehouse Amphitheater and it’s a great night of fun for the entire family. n

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Pastor Rocky Purvis Northside Baptist Church www.northsidebaptist.org 803.520.5660 There’s an old expression that says, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” It means that it is often easier to communicate something with a picture than with words. That’s true…but it’s also true when it comes to word pictures, and John’s Gospel is filled with the word pictures that help us better understand who Jesus is. Let me give you a few. John 1:1, 14 says, “In the beginning was the word and the world was with God and the word was God…and the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. If you want to know what God is like, you only need to look to Jesus. He is the Word of God who communicates who God is and what God is like. The next passage is found in John 1:29 when John the Baptist says, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Every day, in the morning and the evening, the Priest would sacrifice a lamb to cover the sins of the people. But Jesus is the Lamb of God, the perfect, sacrificial lamb, who died once for all people so sins could be forgiven. And one day all the redeemed and all the heavenly beings will worship Him together. In John 6:35, Jesus said, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” Everyone is searching for the something or someone that will satisfy their soul. But like Mick Jagger said, we can’t get satisfaction…not from this world. Jesus is the Bread of Life that satisfies the deep longings of our soul. You will never find what you are looking for apart from Jesus. And finally, in John 10:9, Jesus says, “I am the door, whoever enters through me will be saved.” Jesus is the one and only Door we must go through to be saved. There aren’t many ways or doors to heaven, there is only One…and that is Jesus. Have you entered the door whose name is Jesus? If not, let me know. I would be happy to talk with you and tell you about the one and only Jesus who can meet your every need in this life and the next. Want to more about Jesus? Read the Gospel of John. It will change your life. n Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am Life Groups: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am 4347 Sunset Blvd, Lexington, SC 29072

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Bob Brockwell “I have three rules: One--Be where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there. Two--Do what you’re supposed to do. Three--Don’t make me mad,” explains Bob Brockwell. Punctuality, hard work, and respect are important to “Mr. Bob” and these rules have shaped the work ethic of hundreds of employees that he trained during his 30 years with Sonic. Mr. Bob worked in the restaurant industry for 50 years. Having grown up in Parkerburg, West Virginia, he began bussing tables and washing dishes at the local Bonanza at age 15. He worked up to a management position and after 5 years he joined Shoney’s restaurant. During his 15 years with Shoney’s he moved to Columbia, South Carolina to open the I-26 Cayce store; one of the few corporate owned stores still operating. When Shoney’s wanted to move him to Charleston, he resigned. He did not want to leave the community he and his family had come to love. Six months later, the Irons family hired him as their new owner/operator for the first Lexington Sonic, store #2431. Mr. Bob celebrated 30 wonderful years with Sonic on Friday, August 5, 2022, and retired shortly afterward. Though he thoroughly enjoyed creating recipes for Shoney’s breakfast buffet, Mr. Bob said his best years were spent with Sonic. He loves people and made countless friends over the years. His favorite memories consist of his children and grandchildren growing up and working at Sonic, as well as training hundreds of teenagers--many who have returned to thank him for the things they learned through his mentorship. Some even returned with their own kids, wanting them to work for him. He recalled taking prom photos and decorating the walls with them for years prior to social media, PTO fundraisers with teachers as carhops, families making Sonic ice-cream a tradition every Christmas and Thanksgiving, and so much more. His favorite experience was meeting his wife, Denise, the “Diet Coke Lady”, who came through his drive-thru quite regularly. There are two particular employees that stand out to Mr. Bob, having trained under him for ten years, Whitney Brown and Gary Archer. Whitney is the owner/operator of the Sonic by Lexington High School; Gary Archer is the owner/operator of the Sonic at Three Fountains off Platt Springs Road. With warm pride in his voice, Mr. Bob said, “They are my legacy.” Mr. Bob spoke adamant praise for the Lexington community. “I wouldn’t be who I am without their support. They are the ones who carried me throughout the years. I’ve met so many nice people and am so thankful for the opportunity to serve the community.” n lexingtonlife.com

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The Power of


erman Melville created Moby Dick, the great white sperm whale that bit off Ahab’s leg. James Dickey had a 12-point white buck that swam from island to island in moonlight. And I recall boyhood tales of strange white things. There’s something about a wild albino animal that grips the imagination, and if you place it beneath a full moon at midnight, the power of moonlit imagery becomes transformative. Great Aunt Annie would gather all the children in my mother’s clan around a wood stove on a white frosty winter night and tell ghost stories. Chief among her stories, a favorite of mine, was the mysterious white thing of eastern Georgia’s Broad River Valley. On a Sunday night returning from church, folks would be astride horses and in horse-drawn carriages when the horses would whinny and rear. Silent as white ash settling on a sycamore of white the white thing stepped into the road. The horses bolted.

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MOON Aunt Annie told several versions of this tale, so the best I could make of it was that long before dams drowned so many swampland haunts, eastern cougars prowled the land. Albinism does strike and I’ve seen photos of albino porcupines, squirrels, crows, and, of course rabbits, though not the white rabbit of Grace Slick fame. Go ask Alice about that. All this albinism and full moon imagery came to me when I once again read James Dickey’s essay, “The Starry Place Between The Antlers” in the April 1981 issue of Esquire magazine. Back then Esquire had notable authors write about why they lived where they lived. Dickey lived in Columbia, South Carolina, saddled as it is between the mountains and the coast. “The sea-deer I cherish above mountain deer, even, because I have never seen them doing what I have been told they do: swimming in moonlight from island to island. I would like to see that …. There would not have to be any rea-


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son for them to be swimming; in fact, I had rather there were not any reason. But with the mere possibility the heart of the imagination blazes up like stump-kindling, and starts throwing moonlit shadows, which are antlered. If I maintained that one of these deer, a huge buck with at least twelve points, is said to be dead-white, or moon-white, or breaking-wave white, or angel-white, or black-body-white, I would be accused of making it up, as I just did. But too many hunters and foresters have told me of the swimming deer for me to doubt it. There are deer, they do swim, and at night, and I plan to stay until I see them. Between the deer of the mountains and those of the sea, those down on the salt between the South Carolina islands: that is my balance, and it is right for me: the starry place between the antlers: between the bucks of rhododendron gullies and those of the ocean, the mountain horns and the swimming.” A white buck swimming in moonlight … It seems to me

that if you write about some majestic white creature, you best portray it in moonlight for moonlight fascinates us. After all, the moon’s adjective, “lunar,” gives us “lunacy,” the term, if not the affliction. So, you writers out there, place a wild albino animal in moonlight and you have a potent thing. Hemingway wrote Hills Like White Elephants, a story about something entirely removed from albinism and moonlight. You’d half expect Ernest Hemingway would have pursued a white lion in moonlight, just as Ahab pursued Moby Dick, but whitetail bucks are as close as Ernest came. Before I exit the stage, I hope to see the pale messenger from the Otherworld high-step into an inlet, antlered crown held high. I’ll watch it make way for a small island, swimming like the regal beast it is, with purpose and force. Molten moonlight will explode in all directions as the mythic white buck froths dark brine just as the white thing frothed the saliva of Aunt Annie’s terrified horses so very dam-free long ago.n

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Melisa McLeod: Faith, Family, and Focus by Marilyn Thomas

As co-owner of McLeod Home Care, senior caregiver Melisa McLeod fully comprehends the reality that life happens every day. While striving to improve the quality of others’ lives, however, an unexpected health crisis threatened to engulf hers. Because of her strong faith in God and the excellent care of Lexington medical professionals, she is now a cancer survivor who has a greater understanding of the importance of having hope, honoring your personal identity, and making the most of every heartbeat. “Our family drove into Lexington on a hot July day in 2000,” Melisa McLeod recalls. “Once we saw that beautiful home in Hope Ferry Plantation, we were sold! God had found the perfect place for our growing family.” The young couple, with their infant daughter, Madison, relocated to the Midlands when Ms. McLeod’s husband, Tim, landed a contract within the state af16 | LEXINGTON LIFE | October 2022

ter launching a new business. Within a few years, the McLeods also welcomed another daughter, Mia, and their son, William, into their family. Like many others, they put down roots within the local community, but by 2016, the couple was ready to embark on a new venture and started the McLeod Home Care (MHC) company to promote lexingtonlife.com

healthy living and provide customized assistance for seniors. Years prior, Ms. McLeod had studied organizational behavior at the University of Michigan, and she had grown up in a family that worked within the senior care service field. In her younger years, she remembers hearing about the upsurge of “Baby Boomers” who would one day age into this bracket. Additionally, her husband, Tim, whom she describes as “the heart of our business,” is licensed as a nursing home administrator within the state. They “hit the ground running” when they accepted their first client who was residing within an upscale assisted living community in Lexington. “I remember spending 10-12-hour shifts with her inside the memory care unit for eight months,” says Ms. McLeod. “It was so hard, but Tim and I were passionate to help in caring for elderly and disabled adults.” As with any new undertaking, the McLeods infused much of their time and energy into the business to maintain quality services and ensure its success. For Ms. McLeod, this translated into 70-hour work weeks in which she acted as both a caregiver and a marketing coordinator to promote the new company within the community. Eight months into this promising vocation, Ms. McLeod’s career path was abruptly sidelined by an almost unremarkable event. She was bending down one weekend morning and detected an internal “weight shift that I had not noticed before,” she says. She mentioned the symptom to her husband, and both thought it would be best to seek medical attention. In brief, Ms. McLeod went to Lexington Medical Center (LMC), where she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “The tumor was large,” she says, “but the doctors categorized it as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), level zero.” During this time, she stepped away from MHC to concentrate on her treatment and recovery while Tim carried on without her help. Soon, Ms. McLeod was referred to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Cen-

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ter, where, after additional testing, they discovered that the cancer had spread to several lymph nodes. “I can still see that radiologist’s face when she read me the scan results [that] it was quite possibly 3+ or more,” she recalls. As her best treatment option, Ms. McLeod decided to have a double mastectomy. “After the surgery,” she says, “that radiologist was proven right – my level was set at 3+.” According to the American Cancer Society, in DCIS “the cells that line the milk

ducts of the breast have become cancer, but they have not spread into surrounding breast tissue. DCIS is considered non-invasive or pre-invasive breast cancer. DCIS can’t spread outside the breast, but it is often treated because, if left alone, some DCIS cells can continue to undergo abnormal changes that cause it to become invasive breast cancer (which can spread).” Throughout this difficult experience, Ms. McLeod was able to maintain a positive outlook, and she attributes this exOctober 2022 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 17

traordinary strength and optimism to her faith. “I have had a reawakening,” she says. “God was there with me every single day, every single moment and second of the pain, fear, and weakness. I grew in my relationship with Him so deeply.” “I was incredibly joyful through the surgery, recovery, and treatments because He carried me through it,” she adds. “These pains in life will grow you if you let them and do not take your eyes off of God. ‘Jesus’ was the word I said aloud when I needed help urgently. Prayers were answered because I am still cancer free after four years and three months.” When reflecting on those challenging times, Ms. McLeod relates a special perception of how deeply this diagnosis, treatment, and recovery can affect a woman’s physical health as well as her emotional well-being. “For most of our female lives,” she says, “we focus on presentation of ourselves. When breast cancer is around, you must put all of that in your back pocket. Your main job is to get better for your future.” “The fight is so acutely focused on curing yourself that you lose your identity,” she continues. “I’ve found that this is very hard emotionally, now that I’m through it, but now that I have my life back, I can see that the few things that I was able to be involved with during my recovery were incredibly important for my future me.” Ms. McLeod credits the LMC community as helping “me find myself again.” She specifically remarks that LMC oncologist, Dr. Vijaya Korrapati, is an “absolutely amazing doctor,” who “gave me confidence that I was in the right hands” and “started my path to finding ‘me’ again past breast cancer.” One of the key components of this recovery involved six weeks of personal training with Thad Werts at LMC Health Directions. “His knowledge of post-operative range of motion and everything post double mastectomy was incredible and gave me further confidence that I would be me again,” she says. “When you are past all the surgeries, treatment, and recovery,” she adds, “there is an emotional component that needs attention, and there is little to no attention on that for these survivors. I remember thinking that emotions were the least of my problems, and they probably were at that time, but now, I am finding great im18 | LEXINGTON LIFE | October 2022

portance with the path that Dr. Korrapati set me on. It was a journey back to myself, which is hope. You must have hope,” she asserts. “Find your hope and cling to it with all you have.” Not long after Ms. McLeod was well on her way to recovery, she found herself facing another hurdle when the COVID-19 pandemic began to surge throughout the nation. In an effort to protect those within her own home care business as well as others in the medical community, she used social media to rally local folks who were willing to help. The result was a group known as Seamstresses With A Purpose (SWAP), which included women and men who assembled facemasks for “hospital workers who were on the front lines of the pandemic,” she says. “A network of volunteers throughout the Midlands and across the state became a part of the effort,” she adds. “Before we knew it, we had delivered 10,000 cotton masks to hospitals, schools, homeless shelters, doctors’ offices, and other entities that needed masks desperately. Our group ended up with a display in the South Carolina State Museum because of our efforts for the state. How amazing that was to see that we had done something that was important enough to go in the state museum!” When asked about her future plans, Ms. McLeod says, “I will focus on my

family. God has bigger plans for me and them, and I want to be there for every heartbeat. I know that I still have growth, and I’m looking forward to what He will do with me.” n lexingtonlife.com

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Best Personal Trainer: David Walker Crossfit Lodestar • Joy Gallo Fit Body Boot Camp • Rachel Maxwell Hot Worx Best Pet Groomer: Blue Ribbon • Central Bark • Kristi’s Fancy K-9s Best Pet Hospital: Birchwood • Cherokee Trail Veterinarian • Millcreek Animal Hospital Best Pet Kennel or Boarding Facility: Cherokee Trail • Lexington Pet Lodge • Sutton’s Southern Pet Retreat Best Pet Supply Store: Hollywood Feed • Lazy Creek • The Leash Connection Best Pharmacy-Local: Medicine Mart of Lexington • My Pharmacy and Optical • Riley Drugs Best Physical Therapy Practice: Drayer Physical Therapy • CORA Physical Therapy • Select Physical Therapy Best Pizza: Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders • Clara & Ray’s Restaurant Italiano • Mellow Mushroom Best Birthday Party Venue: Hard Working Mom Studio • Palmetto Athletic Center • Vitali Karate Best Place to Buy Bath or Kitchen Fixtures: Capital Kitchen & Bath • Gateway Supply • KB Kitchen & Bath Best Place to Buy a Boat or Watercraft: Captain’s Choice • Marine 360 • Redline Motorsports Best Place to Buy a Car-New: BMW of Columbia • Herndon Chevrolet • Toyota Center Best Place to Buy a Car-Used: Hyatt Cars of Lexington • Robertson Auto • Unicar Enterprise Best Place to Buy Eyeglasses: Envision • Eye Associates of Lexington • My Pharmacy and Optical Best Place to Buy Hardwood Floors: Carpet One • Floor Boys • Lexington Flooring Best Place to Buy Organic Products: 14 Carrot Whole Foods • Earthfare • Garner’s Natural Life Best Place to Buy Outdoor Furniture: Carolina Pottery • Costless Outlet • Tropic Aire Best Place to Buy Paint: E.D.’s Paint and Interiors • Lowe’s Home Improvement • Sherwin Williams Best Place to Buy a Pool: Cannonball Pools • Fasnacht Pools • S & S Pools

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by Kim Becknell Williams


Adventures, Connections and Explorations

SC Fun Seniors was created four years ago. It all started with Gerald Head, an avid kayaker. Several years ago, he decided it might be nice to kayak with other people. He posted on Craigslist looking for others who might be interested in group kayaking, organized the event and they went out paddling together. The experience was so positive that it encouraged him to branch out and find others interested in kayaking as well as other social activities. South Carolina residents 50 years of age and older are eligible to get involved, 34 | LEXINGTON LIFE | October 2022

interact and participate in SC Fun Senior activities. “We’ve turned out to be known as a kayaking group. We paddle anything that’s navigable,” Head said, “Like creeks, swamps, rivers, lakes.” He has a personal goal of paddling 100 waterways in S.C., hoping to reach 50 by the end of this season. While kayaking is a mainstay for the group’s list of activities, there’s so much more to it than kayaking. The group has grown in size and in the types of activities that are planned. “When we started, we basically were kayaking

only,” he said. “Now we have evolved to kayaking, cookouts, dinners out, walking and camping.” Some highlights have included nighttime and wilderness kayaking, mountain camping, group walks and group dinners.” Bicycling will soon be added as well. Members join through a Meetup group (SC Fun Seniors) and pay a $15 annual fee to cover various expenses. Currently there are close to 80 members, with a free 14-day trial for those who want to try it out before making the membership purchase. The exlexingtonlife.com

people of the same generation seem to the biggest common denominators. Aggie Verboon joined the group to meet people after moving to South Carolina. “Being new to the area, this was a great way to meet like-minded people, to get out and socialize, and to learn more about this beautiful state I moved to,” she said. “I love being outdoors and joining a meetup group is a great way to do that. I also love kayaking and the sense of being out on the water,” Verboon said. “This group is exceptional because Gerald always takes us on a new adventure. We rarely kayak the same river or lake twice; it’s like exploring new territory.” There is a definite sense of camaraderie amongst members. “What I love about this group is that everyone is willing to try something new and everyone helps each other out,” she said. “We may

cursions and events are announced in the Meetup Group and RSVPs are handled through email links. Those who choose to be a member of the group (sometimes referenced to as SCFS) have many reasons for joining and share many common interests. Being on the water and hanging out with lexingtonlife.com

be an older group, but we are still up for an adventure. We can still push the envelope. We kayak, we hike, we camp, and we may add biking to our agenda.” Diane Kennedy said she decided to join the group because as a single female who loves to kayak, she felt kayaking alone was

unsafe. “I joined the SCFS because I wanted the opportunity to do more kayaking. Boy, did I luck up with this group,” she said. “They are the nicest, most helpful people that you could ever meet. Gerald is so great at scouting out new places for us to try; and giving directions to boat landings.” There’s plenty of help too. “Everyone helps to unload and load our kayaks,” Kennedy said. “We all have our own. They also help you get in and out of your kayak if you have knee problems like some of us do. Afterall, we’re seniors.” Doing an activity, like kayaking on the water, creates a conducive environment for interacting with others. “Everyone is congenial and it’s fun to get to know people as you are paddling.” Excursions have included: • An upriver kayak trip on the Ashley River Heritage Trail to discover historical, sunken vessels best seen at low tide • Hiking, kayaking, camping, and making smores over a campfire while on a Tugaloo Lake Retreat • Paddling the Tugalo River, Yoah Lake, Broad and Congaree Rivers and Lake Murray • Kayaking swamps and trail hiking Bob and Debbie Lee enjoy the group’s camaraderie and paddling adventures, “We enjoy being members because it gives us an opportunity to paddle with a group, which is an excellent safety factor. And also share with one another individual experiences, techniques on the water that benefit everyone.” John Mullin was looking for a group of kayakers in his age range and at his skill level when he discovered SC Fun Seniors. “I have been involved with many kayakers and some are in my age group and very skilled (meaning they can handle the white water really well) and some are younger than me and I find that I don’t click as well with them,” he said. “With them, kayaking also involved going to a bar or a brewery. Not that I’m against that, but that can sometimes overshadow the kayaking portion of the meetup.” This group fit what he was looking for. “And SC Fun Seniors isn’t just about kayaking, we have done some camping out and met over food,” Mullin said. “We’re a pretty fun group of old people.” Of course, “old” is a relative term. The camaraderie is also what Mullin appreciates most in this group. “It seems we have a good core group of people that are genuinely good people,” he said. “They are courteous to one another and helpful and October 2022 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 35

we all seem to click.” Any group needs an organizer and a planner, which Gerald Head is to this group. He took an idea and blazed a trail to get it started. He continues to maintain administrative duties to keep a schedule of activities. “I must say that Gerald is the glue that sticks us together and is the motor that keeps the group running,” Mullin said. “We would be nowhere without him.” Head maintains several social media accounts with approximately 200 online members. These followers/members are typically not “traveling members,” he pointed out; it is a way of seeing what the group is doing and has planned for the future. Kayaking skill levels range from beginner to experienced. Jim Butler, who at the age of 80 said he joined this group because he couldn’t keep the pace with another kayaking group. “This group consists of people within a few decades of my age

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who mostly want to take a leisurely pace [or] not too challenging trips of about five miles,” he said. “Members are very willing to help me unload/load my 43-pound kayak from a roof rack and carry it to the river.” He also appreciates the flexibility in the excursions. “The group leader allows members all the freedom you could want to explore, set your own pace, and bring a dog or a guest,” Butler said. “There’s no regimentation.” For those new to kayaking, the group offers demonstrations. Twice a year, members hold a demo day to allow the public the opportunity to learn more about kayaking. Group members bring kayaks and allow newbies to paddle around to get a feel for it. Not only do they learn more about the kayaking experience, but they have a chance to test drive different kayaks in case they want to purchase one on their own. Kayaks come in different styles like those you sit down in, others you

sit up on, inflatable, those designed for recreation or whitewater, and the list goes on. There are single and tandem kayaks too. And paddles have options. So, this demonstration day can be extremely helpful as a hands-on guide before shopping for a kayak. Many state parks, lakes, and outfitters also offer kayak rentals. Head’s goals and plans include doing more of these activities, keeping active, and creating events suited to various abilities. He does the research, organizing, and promoting of the events, which he also refers to as “adventures.” There is an event similar to a family reunion at the end of each year. Those members who have actively participated in events during the year receive an invitation to attend; it is usually held at a local restaurant. Friendships, fresh air, nature, common interests, experiences and social interactions allow this group to thrive. Don’t waste your later years sitting at home--get out, meet others, share life and get active! SC Fun Seniors is open to new ideas and suggestions for activities and events. As with any activity, remember to consult your physician before embarking on any new exercise or excursion.n



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6 Steps to Detox by Marcy Roberts It’s no secret that people, especially in the West, eat too much sugar. It’s an evolutionary advantage designed to boost energy, but our modern lifestyle doesn’t require hard manual labor unlike our ancestors who had to hunt on foot, forage the forest for plants and caravan with the changing seasons. Unfortunately, we now have sugar available in quantities our ancestors would never have seen. While sugar is essential, the amount we consume today is causing nutritional imbalances and leading to serious illness. Diabetes, obesity, mental illness, dementia, and other ailments follow our species like a shadow, and sugar, which causes inflammation in large measure, is a major culprit. That said, those who try to stop eating sugar often have their own troubles. Much like giving up alcohol, smoking, or any other drug, a brain that’s been saturated in sweets will go through difficult times as it attempts a sugar detox. Physically, in trying to substantially reduce sugar intake, you may experience dizziness, nausea, or tiredness. Mentally, you may fall into states of depression or anxiety from your newfound lack of dopamine. 40 | LEXINGTON LIFE | October 2022

Despite general tiredness, you may find it difficult to fall asleep or you may find yourself waking often. A sugar detox can also make it difficult to concentrate and cause you to crave not only sugar but carb-filled delights, too, which have their own nutritional issues. Like many addictions, the brain, an organ with a lot of plasticity, becomes accustomed to the amount of sugar flooding its with dopamine while releasing native opium throughout. Of course, then it needs more and more sugar to keep the high as time goes on, creating a vicious never-ending cycle. However, if you’re accustomed to eating a lot of sugary foods on a daily basis, such as donuts, cake, ice cream, cereal with added sugar or marshmallows, candy, or sugary beverages and want to cut back, you can do some things to help make it easier. Remember, even making small changes to sugar intake can improve your overall health. Here are six helpful tips for weaning yourself of sugar without going cold turkey and without negative side effects. To minimize the chance of withdrawals, implement these changes slowly and not all at once. lexingtonlife.com

Eat a Better Breakfast For many people, young and old, nothing starts the day quite like a bowl of milk and your favorite sugar-coated cereal, or maybe you prefer to launch the day with a frosted doughnut or two. These are fine on weekends, but they shouldn’t be your staple breakfast. Instead, try something with a lot of fiber. Omelets are a healthy alternative, as are nutritious meal replacement shakes. With a side of berries or another fruit, providing natural sugar in healthier quantities, you can cut your morning sugar intake substantially. Skip the Sweetened Drink Again, you don’t have to eliminate soda, energy drinks, or fruit juice from your diet entirely, but these shouldn’t be your go-to drinks whenever you’re hot or thirsty. Plain water or water with fresh lemon is much healthier, flushing out toxins as it hydrates and makes you feel full in a moment of weakness. You can also enjoy herbal and green teas; coffee is another alternative but there again, try not to overdo it—moderation is the key. Focus on All Aspects of Your Diet to Remain Positive Some people find it’s easier to cut back on sugar if they’re focused on increasing the nutrient density of their meals in

general. In other words, instead of focusing on what you’re losing (a negative thought process), think instead of what you’re gaining. Whether you’re following a specific diet, such as keto, paleo, Mediterranean, Okinawan, etc., or just focusing on eating healthier meals, try to think of the food quality you’re eating instead of thinking, “I have to cut, cut, and cut some more.” It’s easier to make changes that you associate with positive things, not negative things. Swap a Few Snacks Many of us will crave a snack or two during the day. Unfortunately, many of them, even those that seem “healthy” such as granola bars, are packed with sugar. Instead, substitute those foods with natural snacks like seeds, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, veggies, or nuts. These are far more nutritious and also quite capable of refueling you when you’re feeling low on energy. Save Dessert for Weekends Most people eat dessert largely for comfort, not because they’re truly still hungry after a meal. As such, it’s best to leave the dessert for a weekend instead of making it part of your nightly routine. If cravings kick in, pick a healthy snack or look for a healthy dessert, such as Greek yogurt with berries. If you feel as though you’ll still be hungry after a meal, simply make yourself a larger meal or cut back slowly. Finally, Read the Labels Once you and your physician have decided how much added sugar is acceptable for you, be sure to read the labels of products, especially salad dressing, BBQ sauce, and marinara. These products often have added sugar as well as artificial sugars disguised with different names. In America it’s hard to escape sugary foods. Even visitors from overseas often remark that everything in America, including the bread, tastes like sugar. Europeans may not have this problem. The point is that you need to recognize that some products may have more sugar added than others, even regionally, and it won’t be possible to cut it out of every meal you eat. n


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Inspiring Artwork and Lasting Friendships

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by Kim Becknell Williams What began as a childhood hobby developed into a second career for Judy Jarrett. Jarrett got into art “strictly by chance,” she said. After teaching high school English for 21 years, she tried a new career doing what she loves--painting. With the encouragement of friends, she opened her own art studio. That was in June 1990 in Prestige Gallery. A year later, an old Chapin bank building came available opening the door to opportunity. Jarrett purchased the building and still has her studio, ArtCan, there 32 years later. The building, built circa 1908, is on the National Register of Historical Places. Loaded with timeless character, Jarrett said the brick and ironwork were made in Chapin with local materials. The studio goes way beyond brick and mortar and walls though. “My gallery is more than a place where I show my art. It’s a place I meet people where they are in that moment.” Jarrett explains. “Maybe they just need somebody to talk to.” Her passion for art is evident in the creative energy and her end results. “What started out as love became an obsession,” she said. Jarrett has taken watercolor classes, but she doesn’t have an art degree. “I have come upon it [art] by happy accident,” she said. “I’m mostly self-taught by experiment.” And, perhaps, a natural talent she never mentions. Commissioned special orders make up a lot of her work. Oftentimes the orders are for special occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries, hand-painted Christmas ornaments and such. A friend of Judy’s who collects her artwork commented on the commissioned work. “Judy’s art fills my walls,” said Carolyn Splittgerber. “Her mixed media is a favorite, and my husband Fred and I commissioned Judy to paint a collage which hangs over our man44 | LEXINGTON LIFE | October 2022

tel. I consider her art a gift to me as well as the entire area.” While Jarrett used to do watercolor painting, her focus now is more on acrylics and mixed media. “I do a lot of mixed media with old clock parts,” Jarrett explained. “I also use musical instruments. Instruments that have been abandoned.” Examples of this would be strings from a guitar or actual violins that have strings missing. The mixed media repurposes these items and turns them into a creative expression of art. When people bring her furniture to paint, she often incorporates mixed media as well. A little English finds its way into her art as well. Jarrett incorporates a lot of words in her artwork canvases. “I guess that’s a throwback to my English teacher days,” she said. Pat Blackwell owned the Prestige Gallery where Jarrett started out in the art world years ago. “I have enjoyed her work and appreciated her talent for many years, and still have some of her watercolors,” Blackwell said in an email. “Her styles have developed over the years into many areas, and I now enjoy her impressionism and volume of color in her newer pieces.” Blackwell has several pieces of Jarret’s artwork in her home. “It is easy for me to say Judy Jarrett is my favorite artist and her work brings sunshine to my home,” she said. There are many fans of her artwork, including Rebecca Hinton. Hinton is a friend of Jarrett’s and admits to having collected more than 30 pieces of her art. She has many favorites proudly displayed in her home. Where does Jarrett get inspiration to create so many cherished pieces? By doing “special projects” like solo exhibitions at the State Botanical Garden at UGA in Athens, GA,” Jarrett said. lexingtonlife.com

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“These special projects get the creative juices going. This often leads to developing a series of paintings based on themes (waterfalls) or styles (channeling Georgia O’Keeffe or Van Gogh or Monet, for example),” she said. Her treasured artwork makes a huge impact in many ways. Laura Bierema and her spouse Mark Ebell met Jarrett 20+ years ago. Jarrett had a painting of the University of Georgia Day Chapel displayed in a gift shop at the State of Georgia Botanical Gardens. “Our son had just died after being born prematurely and struggling in the neonatal intensive care unit for six weeks, and we held his memorial at the Day Chapel,” Bierema wrote in an email. “I contacted Judy and asked if we could use her artwork to create thank you cards for all of our wonderfully supportive family and friends during the crisis. We offered to pay to use her work. Judy immediately replied, offering us free use of her artwork and we became fast friends.” The relationship didn’t stop there. “She became the first donor to the foundation we created in our son’s memory, Lukas’ Fund and has supported our work and donated for over 18 years,” Bierema continued. “We have several of Judy’s pieces and love her vibrantly creative craft and relish having her loving, warm spirit in our midst through both her artwork and friendship.” Inspiration continues to flow, as friendships unfold. “Inspiration comes in ways I don’t expect,” she said. “One of the things that inspires me the most is the Halverson Benediction. The first line of it is ‘You go nowhere by accident.’ I fully believe it.” The Halverson Benediction was a prayer written by Richard Halverson, who served as a chaplain for the U.S. Senate. Jarrett shares her inspired talent at onthe-road shows and community events. She just did artwork for her 63rd Winder-Barrow high school class reunion in her hometown of Winder, GA. She donated 10 items for door prizes including a memorial and a collage of photos from their yearbook. Another way she reached out in the community was by donating an original piece for Chapin Woman’s Club’s Flamingo Fling Auction. Jarrett has also donated to Lexington-Richland District 5 Foundation and her church, Lake Murray Presbyterian. On-the-road shows have included ArtXtravaganza in Knoxville, TN and Holiday Market in Watkinsville, GA. Mark and Susan Abell, of Knoxville, met Jarrett at an art show and have been friends and fans of her art ever since. “We have aclexingtonlife.com

quired numerous pieces of her work and proudly display them in several rooms in our house,” he said. “She can take the simplest object and make it beautiful or combine diverse elements into a highly symbolic multi-media piece with equal dexterity.” Her next solo exhibition will be at the State Botanical Garden Oct. 17Nov. 19, 2023. “Judy Bolton Jarrett is a wonderful ambassador for Chapin as a community which celebrates life and the arts,” former Chapin Mayor Stan Shealy commented. “…With works in watercolor, acrylics, and other mixed media she has highlighted scenes from Chapin’s history, its natural beauty, the character of its people, its visions of mountains and sea, and so much more.” The unique name of her gallery, ArtCan, came from a time when she exhibited at the Christmas Show in Charlotte, NC. They required a business name, so she had to come up with something. “Art can make all the difference,” she said. ArtCan was born. “It was a spur of the moment decision, but it has stuck.” Art continues to make a profound impact in her life. “The studio/gallery has provided me with a place to breathe and heal in times of personal crisis,” she said. “Certainly, it has been and continues to be a cathartic oasis.” She enjoys interactions with others and shared a story from a nine-year stent when she designed wine labels for Chateau Elan in Braselton, GA. At one of the signings, a man asked her to sign one of his bottles with his name Roger Williams. “Are you the real Roger Williams?” she asked referring to the late, well-known pianist. To this he asked, “Are you the real Judy Jarrett?” Famous or not so famous, it doesn’t matter. “The great benefit in this business is I get to meet so many wonderful people,” she said. “Many have become fast friends over the years.” In addition to displaying her own works of art at the studio, Jarrett exhibits artwork by some of her former English students who are also creators of art. This includes pottery by Lisa Lindler and Kathy Shealy Vidal, as well as jewelry by Laura Rash Hancock. Paintings by her daughter Deanna Kuhlman are also on exhibit. What’s on the horizon for Jarrett? “Oh, my goodness,” she said. “I plan to do this as long as I can.” Take time to visit the ArtCan gallery in Chapin, meet Jarrett and experience her artwork, or visit her online galleries to browse photos of her creations. n October 2022 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 47

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ncle Bob was on duty behind a covered gun reading a paperback novel on a gorgeous Hawaii Sunday morning in 1941. His ship was moored to the “Arizona.” Sudden explosions frightened him. Uncle Bob heard a command: “All hands, all hands.” Every available man grabbed and tugged on the heavy mooring cable in order to get their ship unmoored from the stricken “Arizona.” Uncle Bob stared into the blazing inferno and pulled with all his might. Suddenly the cable got “way heavier.” Bob turned and saw an approaching Japanese fighter laying down two rows of bullets on the deck towards him. He dove behind his gun turret and soiled his pants. He was granted time off and went home. His stoic German mom put her hand out to shake: “Well, hello Bob.” I attended a reunion in the fall of 1992 at Bob’s house. On the second morning, he said: “Come with me.” After a lifetime of silence, his attendance at the previous year’s 50th Pearl Harbor anniversary changed him. Aunt Betty said: “Now he won’t shut up.” In front of his one-story home, Uncle Bob angrily said: “Pearl Harbor convinced me God didn’t exist. How could God allow thousands of men to die, to be burned to death and drowned?” He was trembling. I was only 31 years old with no idea what to say. “See that gutter up there? I was cleaning it this spring. I fell off the roof and landed right here.” I said: “Are you alright?” “Yeah, I banged my knee. How far would you say I fell?” “About nine feet.” “That’s right. I measured it. Just over eight feet. But that fall lasted ten times longer than the attack on Pearl Harbor, and that two-hour attack lasted forever.” “Why do you suppose that was?” “Because when I began falling, all I knew was I’d been telling God to go to hell every day for fifty years, and now I’ve got to go shake his hand!” He burst out crying and grabbed both my shoulders and shook me. “And you know what? Now I believe! I believe in God. I believe God is real! Yes, many men died at Pearl, but I was spared! Why the hell was I spared? What the hell did God see in me -- in me? And I have wasted all these years not accepting that this God I didn’t believe in loved me!” He squeezed my shoulders tightly and sobbed deeply. After a few long seconds of not knowing what to do, I put my arms around him -- around my Uncle Bob, whose own mother only shook his hand when he showed up alive after Pearl Harbor. He resisted my hug at first, but then grabbed me tightly and just bawled like a raging thunder and lightning storm. Then he pushed me away, wiped his eyes, and said: “Damn, I’m getting sort of sentimental in my old age, I guess. Come on, let’s go look at my vegetables.” n October 2022 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 53


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