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First of all, I am thankful that you are reading my letter. Yes, November is the month of Thanksgiving and I am grateful for the support we have received in both the Lexington and Irmo Chapin Life magazines. Our sponsors make these publications possible each month and I encourage you to personally let them know that you appreciate them spending marketing dollars locally within our Lexington County community. Secondly, I appreciate your feedback and input on future story ideas and editorial content that is interesting to you. The past two months my wife Donna has penned these columns to take some responsibilities off my plate. Usually, I write these letters right before the magazine heads off to the printer. It’s hard to believe we have been in the publishing business since August 2004. I am thankful for all the wonderful relationships that developed as the result of Lexington Life and Irmo Chapin Life. Most of these relationships start on the business side and transition to the personal side over time. In my opinion, there is nothing more satisfying than being even a small part of another businesses’ success. I find it especially rewarding because it makes the monthly “grind” of magazine production worth it to me. I always say producing the magazines each month is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle with a thousand different pieces. Unlike a jigsaw puzzle, our pieces are not conveniently located in a cardbox box. We are tasked with the monthly challenge of finding the pieces, before assembling them all together into the final product you are reading now. Happy Thanksgiving to you! I wish you and your family the best Thanksgiving you have ever had. Thanks for everything. God bless! Todd Shevchik
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NOVEMBER Thursday, November 5 Free First Thursdays on Main at the Columbia Museum of Art Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St., Columbia, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Enjoy extended hours and free admission all day every Thursday! Capacities are limited, advance tickets are recommended, email@example.com or call (803)799-2810. Thursday, November 5 – Saturday, November 10 Concert in the Gardens Hampton-Preston Gardens, 1615 Blanding St., Columbia, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Musicians from the South Carolina Philharmonic will join Historic Columbia to present a beautiful concert of light classics in the Gardens at Hampton-Preston. Plan to arrive any time after 5 p.m., concert will begin at 6 p.m. and last an hour. Bring your own blanket or chairs and pack a picnic basket if you desire. Tickets are required and space is very limited, with ample street parking surrounding the property. The rain date for this concert is Tuesday, November 10; general admission - $50, outdoor circle (6 tickets) - $250. For more information, contact Megan Plott at 803.252.7742 ext. 12. Thursday, November 5-Sunday, November 8 Lexington’s Holiday Open House Tour Participating Lexington Merchants, hours vary by business Tis’ the Season to Shop LOCAL... Visit Lexington merchants for refreshments, door prizes and unique treasures. Hours vary by business. You could win a Gift Basket with a Gift valued at $25 or more from EACH participating merchant! Gather friends & family! Shop locally on this weekend at participating Lexington merchants.
Refreshments, door prizes and unique treasures await you for a weekend filled with sales and specials bound to get you into the Holiday spirit. Get your shopping done early …or just browse around for ideas! Here’s our list of great, LOCAL merchants for you to enjoy! • Blush Boutique and Home, 5175 Sunset Blvd (803) 520-0643, (Thurs, 10-7, Fri, 10-6, Sat, 10-4, Sun, 1-4) • Farmhouse Market & Antiques, 1610 W. Main St. (803) 490-9201, (Thurs, 10-5, Fri, 10-5, Sat, 10-5) • Free Bird Boutique, 5175 Sunset Blvd. (803) 609-9744 (Thurs, 9:30-5, Fri, 9:30-5, Sat, 10-4, Sun, 1-5) • Gifts Galore & So Much More, 170 Corley Mill (803) 606-7082 (Thurs, 10-6, Fri, 10-6, Sat, 10-6, Sun, 12-6) • High Class Consignment, 5495 Sunset Blvd (803) 951-7453, (Thurs, 10-7, Fri, 10-6, Sat, 10-4, Sun, 1-4) • James and Eloise Fine Children’s Boutique ,5175 Sunset Blvd Suite 8 (803) 399-8408, (Thurs, 10-7, Fri, 10-6, Sat, 10-4, Sun, 1-4) • Lexington Jewelers, 134 East Main Street, (803) 359-6068, (Thurs, 11:30-2:30 & 5:309, Fri, 11:30-2:30 & 5:30-9:30, Sat, 5:30-9:30) • O’Hara’s Public House, 131 East Main Street (803) 785-4025, (Thurs, 11-9, Fri, 11-10, Sat, 11-10, Sun, 10-8) • Old Mill Brew Pub, 711 East Main Street (803) 785-2337, (Thurs, 11-6, Fri, 10-6, Sat, 10-5) • Pink Pineapple Boutique, 1704 West Main Street (803) 996-0186, (Tues-Thurs, 10-5, Fri-Sat, 10-2) • Tera’s Merle Norman, 427 Columbia Avenue
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When an 18-year-old German soldier named Jürgen Moltmann was taken prisoner by British soldiers in 1944, he never thought it would lead him into ministry. Later, as the young soldier entered a British prison camp and was shown pictures taken at the Buchenwald and Auschwitz concentration camps – hopeless images of emaciated prisoners, the bodies of infants and children, images of corpses stacked in orderly heaps – he never thought such images would stir him to write about hope. The young German soldier faced his country’s murderous reign. He saw images capturing the heart of despair and hopelessness. Throwing himself on his own guilt and stirred by despair, Jürgen began a lifelong confessional journey and commitment to know his God, through which he discovered a ray of hope. He spent years as a Christian theologian writing great works like The Theology of Hope and The Crucified God. Jürgen Moltmann discovered, in the depths of despair, God’s deep and endless love, a love that transformed and filled him with hope. The young soldier discovered hope from the seeds of hopelessness. Isn’t it interesting that you can discover one thing when you are looking for another? How often, when you are focused on one worry or preoccupation, have you made such a surprising discovery? Perhaps, to better know God’s nature, we might look for the reverse in ourselves. Consider these examples. In the loveless ways we treat one another, we may become more aware of God’s boundless love. When we hurt our neighbor, we may discover God’s yearning to heal the world. We can appreciate God’s perfect righteousness as we encounter human sin, pride, insecurity, jealousy, and spitefulness. Take a look at our pitiful record of judging others because of their skin color, disabilities, nationality, and faith. Look carefully, and you will see a reminder of God’s desire to include and welcome everyone. God’s promise to never abandon us is only truly realized when we consider the many ways we abandon and betray one another. When you look for one thing, you may discover another. This theme is threaded throughout the stories in the Bible. Perhaps the best news for humanity is that God offers the very reverse of the damage we commonly inflict. That is good news. n
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Lachin Hatemi, M.D. For Dr. Lachin Hatemi, the owner and CEO of Veritas Health Group Urgent Care Center located at 247 Columbia Avenue in the heart of Lexington, “[The] most rewarding part of being a physician and clinic owner is that you immediately become the pillar of the community [where] you practice. You know the community very closely, and they depend on you for their healthcare needs.” His medical facility was established in June 2019, is open seven days a week, and offers urgent and primary care services to its patients. “We prevent many people from going to the emergency room,” says Dr. Hatemi, “and we provide fast and compassionate healthcare on a walk-in basis.” Originally from Turkey, Dr. Hatemi earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Kentucky (UK), but he reconsidered his future career goals when his mother was diagnosed with diabetes while he was an undergraduate. “I wanted to take care of her by going to medical school,” he says. Thus, he continued his studies at UK’s College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Buffalo in New York. In 2009, he became a qualified physician and gained professional experience working for the pharmaceutical company Novartis and as a medical director of a MEDcare Urgent Care facility. Four years ago, Dr. Hatemi moved to the Midlands area. When he’s not helping patients, he enjoys hiking, gardening, art collecting, and traveling. He has also visited 25 countries and speaks four different languages. Even so, he describes “every day at an urgent care clinic” as “an adventure.” “Being a community leader is providing leadership to the society during difficult times,” he adds. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, my clinic was one of the few clinics that remained open and started to test patients for COVID despite severe risks. We also continued to provide education and guidance to our patients through social media.” “Coming to work and serving the community motivates me,” he says. As a testimony to this, his practice supports youth programs such as Lexington cheerleading, baseball, and volleyball teams; the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; and the Shepeard Community Blood Center. His future plans include expanding his current practice to provide specialty services to Lexington residents under the Veritas umbrella. More information about the clinic can be found on its website at www.urgentcarecenterlexington.com or by calling 803.399.8793. n lexingtonlife.com
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A New “ L E ASH” ASH ” on ife by Wendy MacGonagal
K9S FOR WARRIORS RESCUES DOGS TO RESCUE VETERANS American novelist Bernard Malamud once famously said, “Without heroes, we are all plain people and don’t know how far we can go.” This is certainly true of our United States military veterans who go to the limit to protect and defend our nation, risking their very lives in service to our country. Due to the nature of combat, many soldiers are exposed to shocking experiences that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and/or military sexual trauma. Gone untreated, any of these conditions have the potential to intensify and lead to suicide. Lifesaving organizations like K9s for Warriors, the nation’s largest veteran service organization providing skilled service dogs to disabled American heroes, have rescued 632 veterans and 1,225 dogs as of August 2020.
s for Warriors was founded in 2011 with the goal of ending veteran suicide and returning warriors to a life of dignity and independence. The nonprofit organization rescues and trains dogs to be paired with warriors. Roughly 90% of the dogs come from high-kill or rescue shelters or are owner-surrendered. The program has a 99% success rate, which is one of the highest suicide-prevention rates in any organization fighting to mitigate suicide risk. Each Warrior who graduates from the K9s for Warriors program has a unique story about the traumatic experience that led them to reach out for help. Lexington’s recent graduate, Tanesha G., was unavailable for an interview at the time of press but is featured in the photos that accompany this article.
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Why Is It Needed? At least 20 veterans who served post9/11 commit suicide daily. Roughly 20% of post-9/11 veterans suffer from PTSD – that’s over 700,000 veterans. Service members suffering from PTSD are at a higher risk for suicide. Around 700,000 dogs are euthanized in shelters every year. Many of these are wonderful dogs who can be trained as service dogs for veterans in need. At this time, K9s for Warriors is limiting its services to post-9/11 vets. The following statement is posted on its website: “The staff at K9s for Warriors respects the service of all generations of our military heroes. At this time, our program can only assist veterans whose service ended after 9/11. This is due to limited resources and current wait list time to lexingtonlife.com
attend our program. However, our team is dedicated to finding support and resources for the generations of pre-9/11 veterans.” What Is PTSD? PTSD includes • Hyper-vigilance • Panic attacks • Insomnia • Depression • Isolation • Hopelessness According to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, PTSD is “a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, natural disaster, car accident, or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting lexingtonlife.com
memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after a traumatic event. At first, it may be hard to do normal activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months. If it’s been longer than a few months, and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD.” How Does It Work? Each month, a cohort of veterans arrives at one of the two K9s for Warriors campuses for a three-week, in-house training program at no cost to them. K9s for Warriors provides a trained service canine, housing, all meals, equipment, veterinary care, and 120 hours of training in a family-type atmosphere that provides essential peer-to-peer support. The
service canine is already trained when it is paired with the veteran. The threeweek training period will teach the veteran how to use his/her new service dog and to facilitate the bonding necessary for the two to be a successful team. The program primarily obtains dogs from shelters, rescue organizations, and owner-surrenders. Occasionally, it receives them from private donors. While the program facilitators do not choose dogs by breed, they do have a few breed restrictions based on service work capability. Some of the ways a service dog assists their warrior include • Stand: Dog places itself between the warrior and someone approaching. • Look: Dog stands, faces backward, and “alerts” by a tail wag or ear perk November 2020 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 21
if someone is approaching. • Additional tasks trained per warrior’s unique needs: retrieve items, assist with mobility, brace to help a physically disabled warrior stand. • Wakes up handler from nightmares. • Gives unconditional love and support. Is It Proven? According to K9s for Warriors, the average warrior is on 10 to 15 medications when he or she begins the program. By the time one graduates from K9s for Warriors, 92% will eliminate or reduce prescription medications. Through a research partnership with Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, the program now has scientific evidence that service dogs truly help decrease veterans’ PTSD symptoms and help them reintegrate into society. The first study was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in February 2018. Results confirmed service dogs confer a host of psychological and physical benefits to veterans’ well-being. The second landmark study was published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology in June 2018. Data were gathered from saliva samples of participants to measure cortisol levels (“the stress hormone”). Re22 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2020
searchers found that PTSD sufferers who had a service dog produced cortisol levels close to those of a standard healthy adult. The most recent study was published in February 2019 in Frontiers in Veterinary Science. The study found that the bond between veterans and service dogs far exceeded that of a human–pet relationship. Support K9s for Warriors reports that 82% of its funds support operating and program costs. The remaining 18% covers administrative costs to ensure the organization will continue to grow and, in turn, save more lives. It has been awarded several top honors by leading charity-rating organizations for its transparency, program results, and use of donor dollars. Its accreditation profiles can be found on GuideStar, Better Business Bureau, GreatNonProfits, The Patriot’s Initiative, and Excellence in Giving. In 2015, K9s for Warriors opened a beautiful facility located on nine acres in Ponte Vedra, Florida, which was completely donated to the organization. Called Camp K9, the headquarters can serve up to 12 warrior-canine teams per month. At Camp K9, its two, state-of-theart kennels can house up to 67 service dogs-in-training.
“Before Bobbi, I had persistent suicidal thoughts. Because I was an addict, I secretly hoped it would just finish me off. Now, through Bobbi, I have found myself again and have celebrated two years of sobriety. I look forward to a long and happy life with Bobbi by my side.” – Becca & Bobbi “Before Rio, I was a cold and empty shell, but he taught me how to how to feel and love again. I still fight my battles and face my demons, but now I face them head on. Because of Rio, I no longer have suicidal thoughts; they are now only diminished to a memory.” – Will & Rio “Donna has saved me from suicidal thoughts by being there for me when I would otherwise be alone, which is when I struggle the most with my PTSD and depression. In those times, Donna knows exactly how to get me to refocus my attention on her and calm down. Her unconditional love reminds me daily that the struggle is worth it.” – Jodie & Donna
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and 632 warriors have been rescued In early 2018, K9s for Warriors opened its second training facility near Gainesville, Florida. Like Camp K9, the Gold Family Campus was completely donated. The nine-bedroom, seven-bathroom house is nestled within 67 acres in the peaceful setting of Central Floridaâ€™s natural beauty. This campus hosts smaller class sizes and provides remedial training. Ways to give to the organization include recurring and one-time donations, sponsor a service K-9, corporate and small business sponsorships, donate a dog, vehicle donation, workplace giving, and more. Learn more, become involved, or apply to the program by going to its website: kpsforwarriors.org. n
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A Family That Rodeo’s Together Stays Together! by Mary Ann Hutcheson
Did you know that Lexington County has a championship rodeo? The annual South Congaree Championship Rodeo event this year, held on September 25 and 26, was the perfect event to revive audience spirits after a challenging year. Event promoter, Rance Woodley, was especially excited about this year’s rodeo. “Rodeo events are slowly coming back into the mainstream,” he says. “This rodeo is an authentic, professional rodeo. It is sanctioned by the IPRA (International Professional Rodeo Association), which is based out of Oklahoma City and is one of the biggest pro-rodeo associations in the world. The people you see are actually professional riders who travel all over the country, including Canada, to compete.” “A Family That Rodeos Together” A builder by trade, Rance Woodley 38 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2020
makes sure that “all the t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted.” As a rodeo organizer, he plans the events and organizes them to ensure compliance with professional rodeo standards. Youngest son Josh is their committee chairman and teases, “I do all the work, and my dad sits back complaining about everything,” Woodley says. “The cool thing is that just about everybody you see working out there is a family member—from the concession stands to the ticket folks, to the gate guards. My oldest daughter Jennifer runs the back gate where the competitors check in, and my oldest son Jason runs the concessions. My wife Janice is in charge of all the tickets and promotions, banners, and more. It’s a whole family atmosphere there, which includes our grandchildren who help out as well. We started it that way, and that’s the way we lexingtonlife.com
like it. We have a saying: ‘A family that rodeos together stays together!’ And we mean it.” What Shaped the Dream? The day after school ended each year, young Rance Woodley couldn’t wait to arrive at his grandparents’ farm in eastern North Carolina and stay throughout the summer. Rance, his twin brother Lance, and younger brother Rick used to “green brake” (ready a horse to accept a rider) the farm’s quarter horses for their grandfather. “We loved the farm,” he remembers, “and didn’t want to come back until the day before school started.” Woodley has lived most of his life here in South Carolina. He and wife Janice married six days out of high school and have been married for 47 years. Rance served as a chief warrant officer in the army until finishing his service and returning to South Carolina. He soon began work as a builder, like his father before him. Memories of happy days at his grandparent’s farm inspired Rance to have his own farm where, one day, his grandchildren could come and enjoy what he experienced. He bought property about 15 years ago and built their house on it three years ago. “I finally convinced my wife that Walmart was close enough,” he jokes. “So, we moved out there, and we love it. We have horses, goats, donkeys, cows, dogs, and chickens.” Today, all of his grandchildren live close by, and hardly a weekend goes by without several visiting the farm. His son’s sevenyear-old daughter has her own pony now and a dream to one day become a barrel racer. “That’s why we have the horses, for our grandbabies,” he says. The Woodleys have been involved in rodeo work since early 2000. The longtime avid outdoors couple became interested in the rodeo scene, helping out a rodeo promoter friend, while learning more about the business. They began to promoting their South Congaree Championship Rodeo four years ago. Nuts and Bolts A good deal of work goes into creating a rodeo, and the Woodleys did everything by the book. Since it is best to hire through the organization under which they would host the rodeo— in their case the IPRA—they started there. They needed to be sanctioned by the IPRA to put on lexingtonlife.com
events and have pro competitors. The IPRA also ensured they could have a rodeo in the area without infringing on anyone else’s territory. Their next step was getting permission from the Parks and Recreation Department in Lexington county to use that area. Because the arena is within city limits, their last step was securing approval from the city’s mayor. There was immediate and continuing support for the rodeo, and the rodeo was a go. “South Congaree really wants us here, and we want to be here,” he says. “They’re a great community. Lexington County is a horse county, so it really is a good fit; everybody is cooperative and works well together. We love rodeo. If I could do just rodeo every day, I would!” Woodley says. Events In today’s world, events are open to everybody, and there are even some female bull and bronc riders. At the South Congaree Rodeo, women compete in barrel racing. Normally, there are about 15 riders per night for barrel racing. Riders are timed during another event, called “breakaway roping,” where a calf is roped but not thrown and tied. The women-dominated event is competitive, and some have been timed at mere seconds, from the time they leave the gate to roping the calf. During an event called “Added Money,” an incentive is offered for many champions to participate in the South Congaree Rodeo. Money is added to each event, which increases the amount of the pot. For every dollar a participant wins, the IPRA adds a point, which helps get a competitor to the finals in Oklahoma in January and a chance to win the championship. A rodeo has eight standard events, and the top 15 competitors in the world participate in the finals for each event. Participants compete for the buckle, the championship prize. Rodeo News, an established, worldwide magazine for rodeo enthusiasts, features the South Congaree Rodeo every year when it schedules its rodeo. It’s even featured a full-page article on the South Congaree Championship. People from around the country (and Canada) know about Congaree, which is not only great for the rodeo but for Lexington as well. The Sleep Inn at 302 and I-26 serves November 2020 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 39
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From the mountains upstate to the majestic grassy views of the low country, Howard and Lynne Trotter convey these S.C. locales into artwork for living spaces. The husband-and-wife duo travel across the state, capturing breathtaking landscapes and architecture on camera, then bringing them to life by printing the images on satin fabric. Due to the unique dye-sublimination process, the final product has a glare-free sheen with vibrant color and depth. In addition to Lynne’s photography, Howard is a master painter, using acrylic canvas to feature his work. Together, they are Trotter Arts based in Lexington. The Trotters officially began their
business in 2014, although Howard and Lynne were active photographers and artists many years before that. Lynne would often take pictures that Howard used to create paintings. This is how they got started: they realized that photographs make their own unique contribution in conveying the meaning of irreplaceable moments in time and that paintings capture details only documented by the artist. While Lynne has been photographing since the pre-digital era with film cameras, she explains how she decided on using satin fabric to showcase her pictures. “I use a satin fabric because there’s a sheen to the fabric. It all started because I do not like glare. You know how you can
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Another method the Trotters have been experimenting with is showcasing the photography with vintage windows. Howard manipulates frames and backing materials along with other wood mediums and has found a way to take the glass out and place the frame in front of the art. They have gone above and beyond, adding a flowerbox and faux shutters for one of the outdoor window feature pieces. “It gives you a view of the image as if you were looking through a window (at a scene),” Howard remarks. Of course, one must take shipping into consideration when ordering, but these one-of-a-kind pieces are available through their website. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has put a temporary halt on most art shows, the Trotters are looking forward to traveling to exhibits next year. “COVID has knocked us out of a lot of shows this year,” explains Howard. “We had 15 events planned six to eight months in advance; 13 were cancelled. Then, after February, they were all canceled.” However, when life gives you lemons, you just have to make some sweet Southern lemonade, and that’s exactly what the Trotters did. “The good news is we learned, and are still learning, to take long-exposure photographs during this time. We can’t wait to get those pictures back,” says Howard. “We also utilized this time to improve the website and work on outdoor artwork.” They are looking forward to next year November 2020 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 47
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and the recommencing of the art exhibits, taking more time to travel and photograph unexplored territory. “There’s always some place to photograph. I always have my camera with me because you just never know,” says Lynne. She explains a trip she and Howard took to Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Beaufort County: “We spent hours driving around, and I suddenly yelled at Howard to ‘Stop the car! Stop the car!’” The sunlight was just right. She got out of the car to snap a few pictures. “Sometimes a picture just happens. Sometimes you don’t know a picture is going to be there.” Howard jokes there is the three-hour Sheldon picture and the three-second Sheldon picture. Another picture that seemed to present itself out of nowhere is the roseate spoonbill, or “Rosey” for short, as Lynne points out. The picture is on the studio table waiting to be stretched onto the board for completion. Lynne explains how she captured this beautiful creature: “I took pictures of the roseate, and they’re evasive, hard to find. That particular shot was taken at Bear Island in the low country. We finally found them, but they were too far for my zoom. I thought ‘it’s not going to happen.’ They were just too far away. Then, as we were walking back to the car, they flew overhead, and I exclaimed, ‘thank you, God!’” The process of taking photographs can take two to three days, unless the subject is based on architectural images, which do not have specific requirements for quality photography. It can take a few days or a few minutes, depending on the moment in time. As for the process of taking the photo from camera to art, this is a multistep process. Lynne explains, “I decide the size and Howard builds the wooden frame. Then he cuts a piece of foam board to size.” This is a particularly delicate and precise process. Howard adds, “Lynne is meticulous and lines up everything. Then we take a staple gun and staple (on the back). The lining-up part is called ‘stretching,’ where she physically stretches the fabric across the board. If she’s doing a tryptic, which is a photo split into three pieces, the process may take roughly 45 minutes to an hour, but, for a single piece or smaller piece, it takes much less time. “Stretching a tryptic involves more time lexingtonlife.com
because I want to make sure the horizons and lines are exactly straight,” Lynne explains. “We do everything (except for the printing on the fabric) ourselves because we control the quality. If we put our name on it, we want it to be right,” Howard explains. “We are able to customize size based on the picture or on customer demands,” Lynne says. “If a customer wants an extremely large or unusual shape, I can make that happen. If you have a certain type of space and want to fill it, we can do that for you, too. As long as I keep the aspect ratio in proportion and am not stretching it out of shape, I can crop it and customize it for you. We don’t frame most of our pieces and leave them gallery wrapped. When we do frame, we frame untraditionally, placing the picture on top of the art. You pay for five sides, and you should see all of it, this mode of work gives depth to the image. The colors ‘pop’ from the dye sublimation process,” explains Lynne. “I see in color, and that’s what draws me. The satin results in a one-of-a-kind, rich, textured hue.” The Trotters care about quality as well as client satisfaction. If someone has an issue with a piece of art, Lynne and Howard take care of it. They put a lot of personal thought and effort into the art – from research to taking the trip, to setting up, planning the aesthetic and light proportions, to capturing the subject at the exact right moment in time to creating the amazing end result. “We enjoy this activity together. We enjoy doing the (art) shows and meeting people to get an idea of what they are interested in, making community relationships. Hopefully, 2021 brings more shows,” says Lynne. “We would love to pair up with home interior businesses and be a resource for them.” Lynne and Howard want to bring their talent to your home and create positive, lasting memories for your family. “It’s like, ‘I remember being there.’ People value the warm, fuzzy feelings they have. It creates something joyful, and that’s what I want to create – something joyful and a pleasant memory,” Lynne remarks. “People buy our pieces because it evokes a memory of a specific period, age, stage, or event for them. We want you to have a good memory.” n November 2020 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 49
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With Christmas decorations in stores and Black Friday flyers out as soon as Halloween wraps, Thanksgiving often gets lost in the shuffle. This year, be intentional about enjoying the long weekend, making the most of the opportunity to relax and enjoy delicious food with your loved ones. Continue reading for tips to help you enjoy this holiday every step of the way. 54 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2020
Get your work or school assignments done before taking off for the holiday The last thing you want to be doing during a much-needed break from work or school is scrambling to finish an assignment or fitting in one more conference call. Make it a priority to wrap up everything before heading home for the holiday, even if it means a longer final afternoon or evening. Plan the menu in advance The entire Thanksgiving weekend will go more smoothly when you aren’t wandering around the grocery store the day before the holiday, still deciding what you’re going to make. Sit down a few weeks prior to Thanksgiving to plan the menu. Then, make a schedule for shopping and cooking the week of the holiday. If you’re in charge of a single dish or drink, don’t put it off until the last minute, either. Spread out cleaning chores the week before the holiday When you’re hosting for the holidays, it’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to get your house ready. Make a list of everything you need to do before your company arrives. Plan to tackle a few tasks each day, so you don’t get frazzled. Get as much as you can done early, such as ironing your party tablecloths and stocking up on toilet paper, saving cleaning jobs for the week of the holiday. Put down your phone As your company arrives, you may need to keep your phone handy in case there are last minute changes or questions. Once everybody has assembled, keep your phone in your purse or bedroom as much as possible. Even if you’re using your phone to take pictures, snap a few shots, and then
put it away for a while to immerse yourself fully with your loved ones. Assemble a fun outfit Avoid the temptation to view Thanksgiving purely as a break from work and school; as such, use it as an excuse to wear sweatpants and old t-shirts all weekend. You don’t have to dress up, but you should look put together when you’re with friends and family. Motivate yourself to plan a nice outfit by splurging on a new top or a pair of earrings you’ve been eying for months. Challenge yourself to make a gratuity list Thanksgiving is about more than family and football. Take a few minutes over the holiday to consider the things that you’re most thankful for this past year. You don’t have to list a set number of items unless you’re feeling drawn to that particular challenge. But you should go beyond thinking of a single thing to mention when everyone goes around at the dinner table. Make time for a relaxing activity with your family at home Thanksgiving is the ideal opportunity to enjoy a relaxing activity with your loved ones that you wouldn’t make time for normally. With nothing on the schedule but a good meal and maybe a football game, try to get a board game together, organize a fun craft project, or binge-watch a new TV show you’ve been wanting to check out. Make time for a fun activity with your family outside of the home On the flip side, if you know certain family members will go crazy sitting around for hours at a time, think of an activity that will keep people engaged outdoors. Get in a brisk walk around the neighborhood, attempt a pickup football game, or head to the local park for ice skating and hot chocolate.
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Dear Joseph, We will have had a presidential election by the time you read this. This routine has taken place every four years for a long, long time. Changes are expected. The question is what these changes may mean to you. You’ve learned a lot in life. What concerns me is what you haven’t learned. Don’t feel bad about not having learned these things. Most people don’t know everything. Spend time studying about the men and women in the 1776 era who stood publicly for the chance to make this patch of wilderness their own country. Their motto was simple but strong: “Give me liberty or give me death.” Many of them lost their possessions and their lives so you and I could be free. Read about how a tattered piece of cloth managed to remain flying through a night of glaring red rockets to become “The Star Spangled Banner.” You’ll understand why old men call her “Old Glory.” You will never see her the same way again. Learn about the people who carved a life out of patches of trees and brambles and bears and snakes. Every day was a battle for life itself. Staying alive to sundown was a risky business. Try to imagine getting the news your dad or your brother or your son didn’t make it back from some overseas conflict. Try telling your mama or his wife that they don’t even know where his body is in the tangled mud left behind the battle. Put yourself in Uncle Bob’s place, as he read a paperback novel behind a gun turret on the Tennessee that beautiful December morning in 1941. Try to conceive of having your peaceful tropical Sunday interrupted by the explosions all around you. Try to imagine how long eight hours lasted when my Uncle Dean stayed facedown in a ditch pretending to be dead as German tanks and infantry passed by, with the occasional rifle muzzle sticking him in the ribs to see if he flinched. He told me the hardest thing he’d ever done was to not sneeze while his face was in the dirt. Learn to shoot straight, in case you need to feed yourself and your family. Learn to grow and preserve food. Learn what weeds will help you stay alive and well. Continue to learn about faith in a Living God. Learn to recognize that trait in others. Know these people as well as you can. Share your belief when you are able, understanding many will reject it. Remember the stranger, because you will sometimes be one. Remember the burning bush. If you’re lucky you’ll learn what one looks like. We know that God wins in the end. What we do not know is what happens between now and then. Seek the straight and narrow path. You will know it by how few are on it. No matter who is president, you are a child of God. Live like one.
Love, Pop lexingtonlife.com
David Clark writes and works in Cochran, GA. Connect with him at email@example.com.
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