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June 2010

Lisa Whelchel

inspiring woman

Brighten Up Your Summer G a r d e n ! Senior Living

Warm Weather MustHaves and other fashion tips!

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Contents June 2010 yourhome 9 Home Tour: Dr. Tom and Mary Duncan Landmarks: The Bulger House At Home: Freshen up for Summer In the Kitchen:Making Connections Landscaping: Flowers for Summer Color


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yourcommunity 17 Business Spotlight: Skinny School Business Connections: Memorial Health System Lufkin Chamber of Commerce Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce Calendar Giving Back: Hospice of East Texas Hot Spot: Blueberry Festival Places and Faces Inspiring Woman: Lisa Whelchel

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seniorliving 37 Woodland Heights Senior Circle 5 Ways to Boost Your Memory The Food Pyramid - Remodeled for Seniors Retirement Information

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yourlife 45 Hall of Fame Hubbies Pretty Babies Your Wallet: Life Insurance Weddings Relationships: Doing What is Important Education: Destination Imagination Girls Group: Women in the outdoors

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yourbody 53 Fitness: The GET FIT Park Workout Women’s Health: Fashion: Warm Weather Must-Haves Beauty: Fresh Summer Look


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yourchild 59 Ask the Doc: Developemental Milestones Childs Play: Jungle Room Kids Konnect: Treats and Eats: Yummy Berry Recipes Family Support: Why I Love Being a Mom: Ann Caskey

Review Journey Market Parting Advice Stephanie Oliver President Kasey Van Norman Managing Editor Michelle Briley Director of Sales Kay Hendricks Acco u n t Exe c u t i ve Michelle Haney Layout and Design Kristie Huddleston Graphic Designer Lisa Crow Ev e n t P h o t o g r a p h e r Allyson Langston Copy Editor

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CONTRIBUTORS Dr. M a r i a d e Le o n E l a i n e C a m e ro n A n n C a s key Dr. C h a n t a l C u l p e p p e r Ka t h r y n G re e n e Em i l y G o o d w i n Ka re n H a r r i s A n n a Le e Ke l l ey M o o re L i n d sey M o t t Co n n i e Re eves Dr. Vi c k i Sa t i r T i m Sca l l o n Do n n a Wr i g h t J u st i n Va n N o r m a n

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One common question from readers is, “What has been your favorite issue?” And up until this point—they have all been. Every issue is exciting to put together and see completed. But—this issue has been by far my most anticipated issue. FIVE YEARS! I still cannot believe it myself. The Journey has always been my baby. And the funny thing is when people come up to me to say “Congratulations” or “Can you believe it has been 5 years?” I feel even more like it is a baby “growing up.” Before I know it, I am going to blink and my baby will hit double digits (10 . One of the best compliments I have ever received was from a good friend. She told me, “There will never be anything like The Journey because what sets you apart and makes The Journey different is there is so much passion behind it.” That meant a lot to me then and means even more today. As much as I would like to take all the credit and say this is all me—make no mistake about it, this is God’s calling. I am so honored to be the vessel! I love sharing the stories about what God is doing in our community and in the lives of women and families. Today, five years later, so much has transpired. I have met many “Inspiring Women” who I knew nothing about, and today I am happy to call many of them my friends. Our readers are simply the best! You keep The Journey team moving forward. Hearing the feedback after each issue keeps the wind in our sail. We hands down have the best advertisers anywhere! And if you have had the opportunity to meet anyone on The Journey team, you know they are amazing women! I could go on and on about the many reasons I love The Journey. What it boils down to is I am so blessed to have this be a part of my life and my own journey. The five year mark is just one milestone of many, many more to come. It is just exciting to be a small business owner, because you understand the importance of all those years. I could not be more proud to be a small business owner in a community that is friendly, supportive, hardworking, God fearing, and giving. We are all here to help each other on the journey. Be sure to mark your calendars and get your ticket for An Inspiring Celebration. This will be a wonderful night filled with encouragement and inspiration. I hope to see you there! Here’s to five more! Stephanie Oliver



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home tour The


Duncan Home

This beautiful corner estate in Brookhollow belongs to the lovely Dr. Tom and Mary Duncan. The home looks like a tranquil getaway from the outside. Once you step in the backyard, it feels like a retreat. The manicured lawn, the lush greenery, the bright blue pool, and the beautiful pond all add to the splendor of the estate. The Duncans have a very tranquil property inside the city. What makes the home even more unique is the custom children’s train track that covers the perimeter of the backyard property. They have resided in the home for thirty-six years, but once grandchildren came into the picture, they wanted to add something special. That is when the railroad construction got underway. For the last five years they have enjoyed this fun addition to the property.

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landmarks Bulger

House/Haglund Law Firm


The Haglund Law Firm, P.C., comprised of Wayne D. Haglund, Hilary Haglund Walker and April Earley, practice law in the 1928 Bulger House in Lufkin. The house is also known by many as The Perry Home and other names relating to the various owners of the property. The building, designed by Clarence Bulger, is on the National Registry R egistry of Historic Places. The architectural firm of C.W. Bulger & Son (Clarence C.) designed homes, churches, theaters, courthouses and other buildings in many Texas towns including Dallas and Galveston and in several states. The Praetorian Building in Dallas, also designed by the Bulger Firm, was the first steel supported, modern skyscraper built in Texas. The Bulger House in Lufkin is the only known structure designed by the Bulger firm in deep east Texas. The Bulger House was designed for Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Boynton. Mr. Boynton was a lumberman in East Texas. The Boyntons owned the home for only a few years when it was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Perry. Mr. Perry was one of the brothers that founded the chain of stores known throughout East Texas as Perry Brothers Five and Dime stores. The residence was the site of many social events during the time that the Perrys lived here. Mr. Perry lived in the house until his death, and Mrs. Perry continued to reside in the home for a number of years after her husband’s death. The house sat empty for a few years until Mr. and Mrs. Perry Allgood purchased it and moved their active family into the residence. In 1980, Dr. Charles and Beverly Kent purchased the house from the Allgoods and renovated it for Dr. Kent’s successful orthodontist practice. Dr. Kent retired in 2002, turning his practice over to Dr. John Studer. In 2006, Wayne and Lisa Haglund purchased the building from Dr. Kent knowing that Dr. Studer had plans to move to a new and modern facility in 2008. Under the guidance of Dallas architect Jacquelyn Block, the Haglunds removed the dental equipment and restored the building with the goal of making the practice of law in the house compatible with historic preservation. The Haglund Law Firm, P.C. has a practice that focuses on schools, governmental entities, family law, immigration, wills and probate and the general civil practice of law. 12 / The Journey - June 2010

(Licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas for the general practice of law, not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.)

at home

Freshen Up For Summer!

by Karen Harris, Owner of House of Traditions in Downtown Nacogdoches

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With just a few tips and a little bit of creativity, you can freshen a room, patio, or garden in a flash! Just remember—your home or garden should reflect who you are and what is really important to your family. Keep in mind, it’s the details that make your house feel like a home; and your home should reflect your style and personality. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin spring cleaning and preparing for the summer months:


Begin by using a variety of colors and textures, from smooth and rough to shiny and dull. Alternate heights of candlesticks and vases, always working in odd numbers. Group your family photos in coordinating frames and small clusters.

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A hot trend for this summer—bringing the elements of nature indoors! Use rattan fabrics, accessorize with birds, butterflies, and other aspects of nature. Fresh cut flowers from the garden in a crystal vase add a special touch.

A must have—WHITE dinnerware that is casual and practical that can be presented with so many diverse looks for summer entertaining.


Don’t be afraid of color; neutrals are great, but adding a splash of green or red can make all the difference! Black and white is classic and great with almost any color accent. If nothing else, throw a few appliquéd pillows with vibrant color in a chair or on a bench.

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Outdoor living is all the rage! Make it comfortable and thoughtful. A hand-painted birdbath or vibrant-colored bench adds a wonderful touch to any garden or patio. Welcome your guest with a colorful and fun door-mat, lay an area rug, or even add a lamp to your outside space. Dress up wicker chairs with a simple coat of spray paint and use stencils to add fun patterns. Indoors—remove area rugs and let your floors shine for a clean, refreshing feel. It’s great for “bare-feet” on those hot summer days!

Always keep in mind—don’t get carried away with ‘fads’ and ‘trends.’ We’ve all heard the old adage, “too much of a good thing.” Mass produced wall décor/verses in every room seems to become more of a lecture than a soothing sentiment, and when it takes ten minutes to get all of your ‘throw’ pillows off the bed, something may be a little wrong. So, when a burst of energy comes over you and you are ready to freshen up for summer, bring a little of the outdoors in and a little of the indoors out! But most importantly, be sure to find happiness in your home and enjoy your life! / 13

in the kitchen Making


By Tim Scallon, M.S. R.D. L.D.

measures the level of inflammation in our body. You can get this test run at Memorial’s Express Lab for a nominal fee. You’ve probably heard of taking aspirin, an anti-inflammatory agent to reduce risk of heart disease. Remember to only take medications on the advice of your physician. Some foods, because of their antioxidant content, the type of fat they contain, or their glycemic impact, can either increase of decrease inflammation. We refer to these foods as inflammatory or antiinflammatory.


Some of our most memorable times are when we “connect” to the people in our lives. Family reunions, old friend weekends, and even the daily connections we make at work bring meaning and purpose to our lives. We often fail to make the connection of how foods can contribute to our health or speed up the onset of chronic conditions. For example, it is currently being uncovered how a normal bodily system may play a role in how fast we age. Inflammation is our body’s system for repairing itself. When you stub your toe, or sprain a finger, the resulting swelling and redness is inflammation. This is a system wide process that happens at the cellular level all over your body. When such an injury occurs, the natural chemicals in your blood change in order to mobilize this process. So when a microscopic injury occurs on the inside of a blood vessel, the body begins to repair it by building a plaque. Over time, in the absence of activity, these plaques can grow and this is the beginning of hardening of the arteries. Similar inflammation processes might be involved in how we use insulin, the onset of arthritis, or even in how soon our skin wrinkles. The level of inflammation in our body has been identified as a predictor of chronic illness such as heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. C-Reactive Protein or CRP is a blood test that

Anti-inflammatory foods may help lower systemic inflammation levels and thereby reduce our risk for chronic disease. Foods with monounsaturated fat or omega 3 fatty acids like avocados and salmon are anti-inflammatory. Foods that are high in antioxidant content like tomatoes, carrots, and spinach are anti-inflammatory. And foods that have less impact on our body’s insulin secretion like onions, garlic, or other non-starchy vegetables are anti-inflammatory. You can learn more about these foods on the web site NutritionData. com. There is no silver bullet: no one thing we do or eat will ensure good health. Rather it is a consistent habit of healthy eating, daily activity, quality relationships, and adequate rest that leads to well being. So remember when you are planning for that family picnic or reunion, you have the potential to make connections in many ways. Let’s connect healthy food choices to good living. Include melons, fresh salads, fruit desserts and lean meats as part of your family celebration. Gather the children to listen to Grandmother’s stories and participate in the family game of volley ball. By making these connections, we multiply our fond memories of this good life in The Texas Forest Country.

Tim Scallon, M.S. R.D. L.D Director of the Horace C. Polk Jr. Regional Diabetes Center and Department of Clinical Nutrition at Memorial Health System of East Texas

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1 Tbs. butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 stalk celery, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 Tbs. all purpose flour 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth 3 Tbs. tomato paste 2 lbs. fresh tomatoes, diced 1 Tbs. sugar ••• tsp. ground nutmeg ••• cup fat free half and half Black pepper to taste Nutrients per serving: 103 Calories; 22 Calories from fat; 2g Total Fat; 1g Saturated Fat; 5mg Cholesterol; 275mg Sodium; 19g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 3g Protein


Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Stir in the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic. Saute until the vegetables are tender about 8 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour and stir until roughly mixed. Add the vegetable broth and tomato paste and stir until smooth. Add the tomatoes, sugar and nutmeg. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat, cover and simmer about 15 minutes stirring occasionally until the mixture is smooth and well blended. Stir in the half and half and bring to serving temperature. Season with pepper before serving. This soup may be pureed in a blender if you prefer a smoother consistency. Exchanges per serving: 1 Starch, ••• Vegetable, ••• Fat

LIGHT BARBEQUE CHICKEN SALAD Serving Size: 1/8 of the recipe Serves: 8


1 (12 oz can) whole kernel corn 1 tsp. light olive oil ••• small onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves ••• cup fat free ranch dressing 2 Tbs. sauce from canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 1 (15 oz can) unsalted black beans or 3 cups cooked and drained unsalted black beans 1 medium tomato, chopped 1 head red leaf lettuce 1 head green leaf lettuce 2 Tbs. fresh cilantro, chopped


Spray a medium skillet with cooking spray. Roast the corn in the pan over high heat stirring constantly until slightly browned. Set aside. Reduce the heat on the skillet. Heat the oil. Sauté the onion and garlic until soft and remove. Add the chicken breast and cook 6 minutes per side or until juices run clear. Remove from heat, cool and slice. In a large bowl mix the ranch dressing and chipotle pepper sauce. Add the corn, beans and tomato and stir to coat. Gently fold in the lettuce and cilantro. Serve the salad with the chicken slices on top. Exchanges per serving: 1 Lean Meat, 1 Starch, 2 Vegetable

Nutrients per serving: 180 Calories; 18 Calories from fat; 2g Total Fat; 0g Saturated Fat; 18mg Cholesterol; 245mg Sodium; 27g Carbohydrate; 7g Dietary Fiber; 15g Protein / 15

landscaping Flowers

for Summer Color

by Elaine Cameron, Angelina Master Gardener


Spring color has been spectacular this year, with roadsides awash in wildflowers while azaleas graced home gardens. It’s time to choose bedding plants that will thrive in our hot summer, and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Provide prepared soil and keep soil moist until plants are established.


Pentas (Pentas lanceolata) have clusters of five petaled flowerets that are available in many shades of red and pink. There are tall varieties as well as compact plants that will work well in containers. Red Pentas are a good midsummer substitute for the traditional geranium, which wilts in our hot afternoon sun. The Butterfly Deep Pink Penta is a Texas Superstar®. Pentas will tolerate heat, but require regular watering. Plant in welldrained soil, mulch to conserve moisture and apply water-soluble fertilizer every few weeks to encourage blooming that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

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Gomphrena (Gomphrena globosa), is an old Texas favorite. The clover-like blooms come in shades of purple, pink, red, lavender or white and cover the mound shaped plants, which grow about two feet tall and wide. They grow easily from seed, thrive in the heat, have few pests and dry easily for everlasting bouquets. Gomphrena can be started from seed or plants until July. Zinnias are butterfly magnets and a source of cut flowers and range in height from six to 36 inches in a rainbow of colors. Zinnias thrive in hot, sunny weather with ample moisture. Avoid wetting the foliage to prevent powdery mildew. The more Zinnia often you cut flowers, the more flowers you will get. Grow the taller varieties from seed and buy bedding plants of the shorter “Profusion Zinnias”. Lantana is a drought tolerant, heat loving low maintenance perennial that you can set out until early summer. New Gold TM Lantana is a Texas Superstar® that will provide a wealth of golden yellow flowers until frost. Butterflies love lantana and it will provide color in your sunny garden for many years to come. It will grow about two feet tall and spread four feet wide. Visit the Angelina County Master Gardener website ( mastergardeners) for garden information, monthly garden checklists, and a schedule of events. Noon Yardening talks are held the second Thursday of every month at the Farmer’s Market. Bring your lunch and hear a talk on home yard care. Call Angelina County Extension at 632.8239 for more information.

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business spotlight Diane


Lunsford Skinny School

Diane Lunsford tells others, “Let’s get to the weight where you look and feel good about yourself and can reasonably maintain. m aintain. This is more important than numbers on a scale—this should not be your main focus. Our health should be the overriding consideration.”

“Our health should be the overriding consideration.” Diane began “Skinny School,” founded by Dr. Elliot D. Abravanel, M.D., in 1992. Later, Diane attended the “Body Type School” in California where she received her license in Body Typing from Dr. Abravanel. The Body Type System is very unique in that it teaches you how to lose weight, achieve your ideal body shape, target your trouble spots, boost your energy, eliminate food cravings, and feel better than you ever thought possible! Once you’ve entertained the notion that a diet that’s right for one person may not be what is right for someone else, it’s hard to go back to the old “onesize-fits-all” way of looking at things.

“Let’s get to a weight where you look and feel good about yourself and can reasonably maintain. This is more important than numbers on a scale - this should not be your main focus.” Diane became involved with the Pineywoods Makeover in 2008. “Watching and helping Lynn Thorne do well with her transformation was so rewarding!” This year, Diane worked with contestant, Candice Barr, who weighed 99 pounds at the beginning of the transformation. “This year is totally opposite—we are trying to put weight on Candice instead of taking it off. It is certainly a challenge, but I feel she will do very well.” Diane Lunsford was born and raised just outside of Garrison, TX. She is blessed with a large and very close family, consisting of four brothers, two sisters, two step-brothers, one step-sister, two sons--who are married with children—two granddaughters and one grandson. Diane is involved with her grandchildren and her church. To contact Diane and learn more about the service she offers through “Skinny School and Body Typing,” call 936.569.7924. To learn more about Body Types, check out www. 18 / The Journey - June 2010

community connectionMemorial by Lindsay Mott, Community Relations Specialist


Health System

As a 2004 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, I was ready to take the world by storm. I was dating a great guy that I would eventually marry, Joe Frank Mott, and had a Bachelor Degree in Marketing. There was only one problem—one told me that no matter how great your resume is, if you do not have the experience to match, companies in the “big city” may not be willing to hire you. My goal after graduating was to make it to Houston and start a fabulous career far away from my hometown of Carthage. I ended up landing somewhere in between—Lufkin!

I started at Memorial Health System of East Texas in August of 2004 with the title of Clerk in Human Resources. After a little moving around, I ended up in the Marketing Department in July 2005 as a Community Relations Specialist. I am currently responsible for representing the hospital at various community events. Many of the events in which we participate include Relay for Life, the Angelina County Heart Alliance’s Heart Scoot, Junior Achievement’s Bowl-a-thon, and more. I also make sure that Memorial has representation at Community Health Fairs such as the Senior Expo in the fall and the Women’s Expo in the spring. The largest part of my job revolves around planning two major events, “Dr. Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure” and “The Power of Pink! Memorial Luncheon.” I am responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of these two events. “The Power of Pink!” has been named Best of Lufkin for three years in a row. Recently, I received a 2010 Aster Award for the “Dr. Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure;” this award is hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today Magazine and Creative Images, Inc. This elite program recognizes outstanding healthcare professionals for excellence in their advertising/ marketing efforts for the calendar year 2009. Although my ultimate goal after graduating from college was to go to the “big city,” I found my home in Lufkin, and I would not change it, because this is one of the best communities around. I get to see how big the hearts of the people in the community are through my job and participating in community events. It is awesome to know that by being involved, you may be affecting the lives of those people you walk or drive by every day. / 19

Angelina Count y Chamber of Commerce Goodwill Industries in Lufkin broke ground Thursday, April 29th on its new 10,000-square-foot warehouse to be built behind the main store at 301 Hill St. Pictured from left: Phillip Goodwin, board chairman; Louis Bronaugh, board member; Nancy Bledsoe, executive director; Patrick Johnson, Questar Construction; Mayor Jack Gorden; Laura Bowman, board treasurer; John Jasper, board secretary; Don Wier, board member; and Larry Lasiter, architect. Galaxy Movers & Storage celebrated their new location with a Ribbon Cutting on Friday, April 16th. Located at 1710 E. Denman, Galaxy Movers is available for all of your moving needs. Give them a call today at 936.639.4600. Pictured is Owner Joe Leediker, son Joe Leediker, Jr. and family, friends and employees.

KTRE debuts their new Telemundo station on Channel 9.2 with a Ribbon Cutting at the Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 1st. In celebration of the event KTRE gave away free High-Def TVs and antennas! Pictured is General Manager Pierre Cromartie and the KTRE staff.

Gipson Funeral Home celebrated its recovery from tornado damage with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Sunday, May 2nd. The chapel sustained the most damage and was remodeled with a new ceiling style, a flat-screen television, a chandelier and a Clavinova piano. Pictured are General Manager Duane Hills and the Gipson Funeral Home staff, friends and supporters.

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Angelina Count y Chamber of Commerce The Texas Department of Transportation celebrated the completion of the U.S. 59 Project with a Ribbon Cutting on top of the completed Tulane Bridge on Thursday, May 6th, Members of the city, Lufkin/Angeina County Chamber of Commerce, nearby business owners and TxDOT workers celebrated the two-year project with thanks and gratitude for finishing 10 months ahead of schedule.

Truss & Son Plumbing celebrated their new location with a Ribbon Cutting on Friday, May 7th. Their new location at 2204 N. John Redditt Drive is much larger than their old facility and is located on the loop next to the VA Clinic. Truss & Son has been in business since 1979 and has been providing quality service to the East Texas area. They are licensed and insured and are well qualified to take care of all your residential and commercial plumbing needs. Pictured are owners Roy Truss, Rory Truss and Corey Thornton along with their staff, family and friends. Also pictured are members of the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce Diplomats team. The Salvation Army dedicated a new playground during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 11th. The playground is located behind Lufkin City Hall, across from Louis Bronaugh Park and sports a gazebo, swing sets, ball field and a state-of-the-art jungle gym that includes two educational games, monkey bars, a rock wall and two slides. Pictured is Capt. Luis Melendez, Salvation Army employees, volunteers, board members and several others who helped to make this project possible. Central Elementary debuts its new facility on Tuesday, May 11th with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony. The new school is 86,000-square-feet and will house more than 700 pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Elementary students entertained the crowd with patriotic songs and words of thanks were poured out to members of the planning committee, school board, staff, students and community. Pictured is Elementary Principal Karen Shumaker, students, family and staff members of Central ISD. / 21

Nacogdoches Count y Chamber of Commerce Pick Nacogdoches For reasons that range from “it’s healthy” to “it just tastes good,” you should eat produce grown locally. Find out more in Pick Nacogdoches, a guide to local growers available at the Chamber or at Remember that The Nacogdoches Farmers’ Market, located at the “hitch lot” at the corner of West Main and Pearl Streets, is open from 8 a.m. until noon or later every Saturday and Wednesday during the summer season.

Congratulations L.O.T. Crew

The 2009-2010 L.O.T. Crew students cheer during the graduation ceremony held May 5 at the C.L. Thirty-two eighth-grade students representing all Nacogdoches county middle schools completed the Leaders of Tomorrow (L.O.T.) program. L.O.T. is a program of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee chaired by Shirley Luna. The committee leads an extensive effort to improve educational standards, teacher morale and academic climate of our community. Projects include L.O.T., Great Expectations and Nacogdoches Opportunity for a Better Learning Experience (N.O.B.L.E.) Scholars Banquet.

Blueberry Golf Bash winning teams The 13th Annual Blueberry Golf Bash, produced by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, gave golfers a day of fun, food and plenty of friendly competition. “Congratulations to this year’s golf bash winners, and the committee sends thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers that made the event successful,” event chairwoman Fern Simmons said. Blueberry Golf Bash sponsors include meal sponsors Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and LugNutz Sports Bar & Grill; and beverage sponsors R & K Distributors, Stevenson Beer Distributing Co., Giglio Distributing Company, Inc. and Nacogdoches Coca-Cola Bottling Co.Twenty-eight teams played in the tournament held May 7 at Piney Woods Country Club.

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First place team is Wells Fargo - Wendy Buchanan. Players are from left, Ricky Socia, Mike Buchanan, Dennis Ebby and Mike Johnson.

Second place team is University Rental. Players are from left, Taylor Mathews, Clayton Woods, Jordan Elder and Clint Poole.

Third place team is NIBCO, Inc. Players are from left, Dale Layton, Preston Nichols, Jesse Richardson and Tom Spain.

Fourth place team is Nacogdoches Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Players are from left, Drew Hufty, Mike Andress, Mark Jenkins and Greg Luman.

RIBBON CUTTINGS Crossover Counseling , 2214 N. Pecan St. (936) 560-6855, Owner Laura Smith.

P3 Professional Sound & Lighting, 114 Odom St., Palestine, TX 75803 , (903) 724-1108, Owner Justin Florence. / 23

Calendar of Event s JUNE 2010

2-30 Summer Reading Program Kurth Memorial Library Story time, craft activities and special guests. Ages: 3 - 12 Wednesday 11 am for age 3-6; Thursday 11 am for age 6-12; Special Guest on Fridays at 11 am for both age groups. Call 936-630-0565 4 Taste of Nacogdoches Hotel Fredonia, 7 p.m. Enjoy dining from Nacogdoches finest, 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN 5 13th annual Neches River Rendezvous, all day event Get your canoes & life jackets ready for this scenic 10 mile canoe trip down the Neches River Contact--Tony Molin, tmoline@lufkintexas. org, 936.634.6644 5 28th annual Sunshine Golf Tournament 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lufkin Country Club, 5 person scramble to benefit Lufkin State Supported Living Center Contact—Lynn Hopper, lynn.hopper@dads., 936.853.2759 5 Heritage Festival Coronation SFA Turner Auditorium, 6:30 p.m. Tickets--$20 7-8 Camp CenterStage A camp to help students develop theater skills. Entering Grades 5 - 7 Date: June 7-18 Time: 9am-3 pm ; Price: $225; Contact: Tracy Pinkerton,, 936633-4504, 7-19 Camp CenterStage A camp to help students develop theater skills. Entering Grades 8 - 10 Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Price: $225; Contact: Tracy Pinkerton,, 936-633-4504, 24 / The Journey - June 2010

7-11 EEK! Week (Environmental Education Kamp) Kids will take daily field trips with professional naturalists to learn about East Texas heritage. Texas Forestry Museum 5 – 7 grades Price: $60 ($54 for Kid’s Club);Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. David Young,, 936633-6069 7-August 13 (Except the week of July 5-9) Summer Art Camp at the Museum of East Texas, Lufkin For children ages 4-14, enroll by the week for classes between June 7 and August 13 9 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m. Register @ or call 936639-4344 for more information 8 Nacogdoches Public Library-Puppet Show 10 a.m.

9 (16, 23, 30) Lufkin Mall Story Time with Cow Party Rooms in Lufkin Mall Wednesdays at 10:30 am Reading and dancing with COW from Chickfil-A. 9 Farmers Market 4 p.m.-7 p.m. 107 Pearl Street, Nacogdoches 11 Blueberry Festival of Quilts Fredonia Baptist Church, Nacogdoches 10 a.m.-5 p.m 936.560.4997 11 Jazz on the Patio @ Fredonia Hotel 7 p.m. Free Admission 12 Texas Blueberry Festival Downtown Nacogdoches 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Over 100 booths, food, drinks, unique arts & crafts,

12 Baptist Student Ministry 1st Annual Craft Show 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. FBC Lufkin, 106 E. Bremond, FREE Admission!! Vendor spaces still available for $30.00 proceeds benefit mission trips 12 Jazz on the Patio @ Fredonia Hotel 7 p.m. Free Admission 14-18 Harmony Hill Baptist Church Vacation Bible School High Seas Expedition June 14-18, 2010 9am-noon VBS is for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Call to register 936.632..1350 14-17 Gourmet Kids Camp Angelina County Extension Office, 2201 S. Medford Dr. Cooking techniques, food preparation and planning. 8 – 16 years Price: $20 Time: 8 a.m.- 12 (noon) Contact: Kari Aycock, 936-634-6414, 14-18 Carpenters Way Baptist Church 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 3yr (potty trained) -5th grade Parent café with free coffee and refreshements 14-18 ECO Camp-Angelina Beautiful/Clean Fun environmental learning through art, science, music and games. Each child receives a t-shirt and snacks. First Presbyterian Church, 607 Jane Way Time: 9 a.m.-12 (noon) Ages: K – 4th grade Price: $55 Contact: Amanda Anderson, aanderson@, 936-632-5326

14-18 Showstopper Camp Pineywoods Community Academy The camp will produce songs, skits and dances from Disney’s Starstruck, Alice in Wonderland, Hannah Montana, Big Time Rush, Justin Bieber & Jonas Brothers. K - 8th grade Price: $65 Time: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Contact: Glen Miller, 936-569-9204,

18 Deep East Texas Rasslin’ @ Lufkin Civic Center 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Come see superstars & local celebs, kid-friendly & family-oriented., 936.208.3785 18 Jazz on the Patio @ Fredonia Hotel 7 p.m. Free Admission

15 Nacogdoches Public Library “Touch A Truck” 10 a.m. Featuring police, fire, garbage, tow & ambulance trucks.

19 Jazz on the Patio @ Fredonia Hotel 7 p.m. Free Admission

16 Farmers Market 4 p.m.-7 p.m. 107 Pearl Street, Nacogdoches

19 Texas Gold Star Opry 7 p.m. “Branson Style” country music show featuring old time country, gospel and rockn-roll.  Live band, comedy and door prizes. Two year celebration show. Lufkin Civic Center  , 936.564.2279 or 936.554.1428

17 Hometown Travelers Annual Hoedown Lufkin Civic Center 6:30 PM BBQ, Bingo, Door Prizes and Entertainment Tickets $15.00 and can be purchased at any Huntington State Bank location Patsy Weaver, Coordinator, 936-639-5566 or

19 Nacogdoches Trade Days Dawn to Dusk, 224 Loop

20 Nacogdoches Trade Days Dawn to Dusk, 224 Loop

Send us your events at Submission deadline is the 15th of the month prior to publication. In order for your event to be included please list all ofthe following: Date, Event Name, Brief Description, Event Location, Time, and Contact.

21 Summer Shape UP: Health & Wellness Kamp WHMC Affinity Center, 302 Medical Park #103 Daily trips and tours to learn about healthy bodies. Fun games and exercise to top it off. Sponsored by Get Fit!, Woodland Heights & Brookshire Brothers; 1 - 4 p.m. Ages: Entering Grades 4 - 6 Price: $50/week Contact: Connie Reeves, 936-674-7775, Sarah Vier, 936-632-4750, 22 Nacogdoches Public Library “Mollie’s Traveling Harp” by SFA music 10 a.m. 23 Farmers Market 4 p.m.-7 p.m. 107 Pearl Street, Nacogdoches 25-27 Pullin’ For Jesus, all day event George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center, Lufkin Contact—Glenn Sullivan, 936.637.3976 29 Nacogdoches Public Library “Fire Safety,” 10 a.m. by Mark Curr & Smokey the Bear, Texas Forest Service 30 Farmers Market, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. 107 Pearl Street, Nacogdoches / 25

giving back Hospice

of East Texas


“Being able to provide support to families through the power of prayer and using music through singing has been a blessing and very rewarding opportunity!”


Hospice of East Texas is a non-profit community based health care provider of hospice services, serving East Texas since 1982. The mission of Hospice is to enhance tthe he quality of life for individuals and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses and to assist bereaved family members. They care for people in all stages of their life.  They believe in the dignity of each person and the value of each human life.  Death is not denied, but accepted, and life is affirmed and lived more fully as a result.  Hospice services can be offered at your home, local Nursing Facility, or at one of our contracted In-patient facilities. Hospice provides: nursing services, home hospice aides, specially trained volunteers, social workers, Chaplains, pharmacy (PharmD on staff ), medical directors, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, supplies and durable medical equipment, bereavement services

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has been a blessing and very rewarding opportunity!”

(workshops and support groups in all 23 Counties), and a child life specialist who assists with our pediatric program. Jessica Henderson, Director of Community Relations for the Deep Southeast Team explains, “Hospice is often referred to as GIVING UP, but rather than looking at it that way, look at it as an opportunity to live life to the fullest for what days you have left.”  Henderson has been a part of Hospice for 9 years, starting out as a social worker and Bereavement Coordinator for 6 years, management for 2 years, and now works to help educate the community about Hospice and the huge benefits of its service. She is also responsible for recruiting, maintaining and educating the Hospice volunteers on a monthly basis. She enjoys her job and says, “The joys of my job can go on and on.  I have been touched by so many individuals and their families in our community.  Being able to provide support to families through the power of prayer and using music through singing

The Hospice of East Texas provides hospice and palliative care services in 23 counties (map shown). The Administrative Support Site is in Nacogdoches located at 1132 NW Stallings Drive Suite 104, used for volunteer trainings, bereavemet support activites, and for staff support. According to Jessica, “Everyone lives on Hospice, because no one is guaranteed tomorrow. So why not live it to the fullest for each day that we do have?” Jessica Henderson, LBSW Hospice of East Texas, (936-560-9277)

hot spot

Blueberry Festival Downt own Nacogdoches


Prime growing conditions make Nacogdoches County one of the leading blueberry producers in the state, and the annual harvest peaks in early summer. This makes downtown Nacogdoches a prime venue for the annual Texas Blueberry Festival! “The 21st annual Texas Blueberry Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 12, in historic downtown Nacogdoches – the First Town in Texas,” said Festival Chair Michelle Smith. “Admission and parking are free, and thanks to Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful, the festival is a litter free event.” The Texas Blueberry Festival, presented by Brookshire Brothers, offers a day-long celebration of the annual blueberry harvest, featuring live music, farm tours, delicious blueberry fare and children’s activities. Festival attendees will want to start the day off with a delicious stack of pancakes made with fresh-picked local blueberries. Breakfast is served at 8 a.m. on the downtown square. Hayter’s Mill Creek Farm will also be selling fresh blueberries downtown all day. Free shuttles will provide transportation from the festival to a nearby farm where guests can pick their own blueberries right off the bush.        Live musical entertainment, including folk, country, blues and soft rock performances, can be enjoyed all day on three downtown stages. Children’s activities will include the Blueberry Bounce Park, the Too Blue Petting Zoo and the Big Blue Mural. More than 100 arts, crafts and food vendors will also be on site. Other attractions include a state and nationally-sanctioned 42 tournament, pie-eating contest, pet parade, horse shoes and washers tournament, classic car show, costume contest and ice cream and cobbler competitions. Visit the Cool Zone locations that will allow festival attendees to relax and take a break from the summer heat. “Cowboy Max will give his daring exhibition of trick roping and bullwhip stunts in his wooly chaps,” said Smith. “And Jack Dagger is a knife-throwing dare devil. Look for two performances during the morning hours on the Festival Plaza stage.”

For more information about the Texas Blueberry Festival, call the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce at 936-560-5533 or the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-888-OLDEST TOWN. For a complete schedule of events and other festival details including event registration forms, find a Texas Blueberry Festival link at / 27

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Places &


Casa’s 2nd Annual Voices for Children Bluebonnet Evening CASA home

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April 1, 2010


Downtown HoeDown April 17

Downtown Lufkin

Alive After Five April 22

Downtown Nacogdoches / 29

Passionate Pursuit on the Beach

Piney Woods Country Club

May 6


Women In Red Luncheon Pitser Garrison Civic Center April 29 Lufkin / 30

Relay for Life Lufkin Middle School

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May 7


Mother Daughter Look Alike Contest Lufkin Mall

May 9

Super Saturday Celebrate Paint Museum of East Texas

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Inspiring Woman

inspiring woman Lisa

Whelchel move. In fact, I didn’t even know what a pilot was when I had auditioned. I was so naïve.” Getting the role, she says, was a fluke.


“It was a lot of fun,” she adds. “I don’t think there are sets like that in Hollywood these days, because it was really low-key and fun; maybe it was because we were kids. There wasn’t the competition or the attitudes. It was just really a great experience.” Lisa became a Christian when she was tenyearsold. “Since that time, my whole life has been about serving the Lord and sharing His love with others. Many people ask me why my life turned out so happy when many child stars have not always been as fortunate. I attribute it to the fact that when I was tenyearsold, that empty place that is in each of us was filled. I have never felt the need to look in any other direction for happiness or contentment. I understand how easy it could be to look to drugs, sex, alcohol, money or pleasure to fill up the emptiness inside. That’s why I thank God every day that He saved me at a young age, forgave me of my sins and kept me from walking down paths that only lead to more hurt and pain.”

If Lisa looks familiar it might be because you were among the millions who watched her as “Blair” for nine seasons on The Facts of Life. It’s possible you’ve seen her face on one of the fifteen plus books Now, at the age of 47, Lisa has been married to Steve she’s written--or you may know her from MomTime for 22 years and is a stay-at-home mom to Tucker, Ministries, the organization she founded to refresh 20; Haven, 19; and Clancy,18, whom she home and equip other mothers. Or maybe, like us, you schooled. Raising them is where she got some of know her as a good friend and gifted speaker the ideas found in her book, Creative Correction. whose passionate prayer is that each woman come But writing the book, like her acting career, was face-to-face with the love, grace and mercy of a bit of a fluke, she says. She had an idea for an God. Lisa, her husband,Steve, their three children entirely different book, called Beyond Bible Stories, (Tucker, Haven, and she was flying “Much of the time, my motivation in and Clancy), and out to meet a Donut the dog all parenting is simply to have well-behaved publisher. The live in Texas. publisher told her, children-not for some higher godly purpose, “Bring any other “I started in young but for my own peace of mind.” idea you have.’ I acting because I was embarrassed was really shy,” Lisa says. “I would stay in during to say I didn’t have any other ideas, so on the plane recess; I wouldn’t even go out on the playground I thought--Well, I guess I could put together a small and play. My mom put me into an acting class at book of some of the ideas I’ve come up with to school thinking it might help me. [Acting] really discipline my kids!” did help, but I was still shy off stage. Then we read in TV Guide that they were auditioning for “The “Much of the time, my motivation in parenting is New Mickey Mouse Club” and I wrote them a letter. simply to have well-behaved children; not for some Long story short, I got it.” Lisa was living in Texas higher Godly purpose, but for my own peace of at the time. “We had never even thought about mind,” Lisa says. “My life is so much simpler and what it meant as far as a family,” she remembers. enjoyable when the kids obey me. As a result, I’m “I’d have to move, and my mother would have to quick to correct them, sometimes in anger, when / 35

my comfort is disturbed without considering how I should be modeling God to my kids.” Her intent, she says, is ultimately to point children to the One whom they must always obey. “Since our children learn to relate to God through our example, we must take our job of parenting very seriously. God has blessed us with this role and I believe it’s our primary role as parents.” She adds, “I think the book will be really helpful for young moms. But one aspect I am most excited about is the evangelism tool it can be for my friends and neighbors. It’s not the same as giving them a Christian book. There really is enough practical application so it won’t offend them. You’re giving them what they’ve asked for, which is help with their children. But I’m unashamed about why I teach the things I do; it’s because they are in the Bible, and I believe the Bible is the handbook for life!” How does Creative Correction work? By allowing you to use your imagination and inherent knowledge of your own children

instead of hard and fast rules. For example, when Lisa’s daughter got up on the wrong side of the bed one morning, Lisa was faced with a crying, cranky girl who was already frazzling Mom’s nerves at 7:15 a.m. Instead of ordering her to just stop crying or punishing her for dawdling, Lisa instead voiced the words that anyone, child or adult, wishes could come true: “Let’s start the day over.” She asked her daughter to climb back into bed, set the alarm to ring again, and literally start over with a new attitude. It worked. Lisa and Steve give their children the time and freedom to be children. “My kids are loud in the backyard all the time,” Lisa says. A rainy day might find her kids screaming in delight while they jump on the trampoline. Lisa says the key word to parenting her brood is flexibility. Her honest descriptions of disagreement and reconciliation are what cause Lisa to connect with everyday families. Indeed, she proposes a bumper sticker: “My children aren’t perfect, but neither are yours.” Join The Journey and be inspired as we hear from Lisa Whelchel on June 17, 2010 at Hotel Fredonia at 6 p.m.

“Since our children learn to relate to God through our example, we must take our job of parenting very seriously. God has blessed us with this role and I believe it’s our primary role as parents.”

Read Lisa’s other book, Friendship for Grown-ups, where she details her experiences of coming out of her shell, to trust, risk, and become vulnerable by God’s grace and find meaningful friendships. Lisa, her husband, Steve, and children, Tucker, 10; Haven, 9; and Clancy, 8 36 / The Journey - June 2010


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senior livingWoodland

Height s Senior Circle low-impact exercise classes and line dancing. Members also enjoy planned day-trips as well as discounted travel opportunities. “Last year, over 20 members traveled to New England and, next year, we are considering California,” continued Maddux. “This month we are headed to the George Bush Library for his birthday celebration and next month an Astros’ game. We have fun and enjoy each other’s company.”


East Texas women ages 50 or better don’t want to grow old gracefully. No! As vibrant young women, you’ll keep on swinging [that golf club], rocking the [fishing] boat and serving up a [tennis] racquet. And, Woodland Heights’ fifty-plus program can help h elp you stay healthy, meet new friends and fill your calendar with fun social activities.

Senior Circle also gives members in-hospital benefits at Woodland Heights Medical Center in the event of hospitalization. Each day a member is hospitalized, the spouse or caregiver receive a free meal plan. To also make the stay more accommodating, patients will receive a care package. Senior Circle membership is only $15 a year, but the benefits can be priceless to your health and happiness. If you are interested in meeting new friends, impacting others and helping our community, Senior Circle is for you. For more information on becoming Senior Circle member, contact Christie Maddux at (936) 637-8687.

As you age, it is important engage in a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, a supportive social network and annual preventive health screenings. Senior Circle, a national program that makes life even better for adults 50 and better, can help by offering a program committed to encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle for men and women age 50 years and older. “We know that age 50 is still young,” said Christie Maddux, Woodland Heights Senior Circle Advisor. “Our goal is to encourage healthy and active lifestyles by providing programs that encourage continued learning, wellness, volunteering, coupled with fun and fellowship through a host of activities.” The Lufkin chapter of Senior Circle, which is underwritten by Woodland Heights Medical Center, hosts a plethora monthly activities ranging from free monthly luncheons to sewing clubs,

“Our goal is to encourage healthy and active lifestyles by providing programs that encourage continued learning, wellness, volunteering, coupled with fun and fellowship through a host of activities.”

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senior living 5 By Dr. Maria deLeon

Ways of Boosting Your Memory.


Have you ever been frantically searching for your glasses only to discover they were on your head all along? Or placed a frozen pizza in the oven and wondered why is not ccooking; ooking; only to find out is because you forgot to remove the cardboard from underneath it.

We all have experienced similar occurrences at one time or another. But, why does this happen? Most importantly, how can we avoid such situations from becoming a daily occurrence or even leading to dementia? You can prevent embarrassment and further unwarranted anxiety by following a few simple strategies.

There are some simple rules that everyone can follow to develop a stronger, healthier and more powerful brain. Now is time for you to start taking care of yourself instead of grabbing the first thing available. It turns out, that vitamins like vitamin B 12, found in dark greens like collard greens and spinach as well as red meat (which contain the largest quantities of B12) are essential for improving and maintaining a good memory, energy, strength and balance. B12 deficiency can lead to dementia and even paralysis if not consumed in adequate amounts. Make sure that you eat your steak at least once a week with a bowl full of fresh spinach or slightly cooked so not to lose the B12 potential. Other B vitamins are important for general health as well. Niacin has also been shown in recent studies to help boost memory. According to an article in the Archives of Neurology eating fish at least once a week can also boost your neurons due to its rich source of omega- 3 fatty acids. This study combined with other research, suggests that people who consume fish on a regular basis have lower risk of stroke and dementia. The kinds of food we eat are not the only things important for a healthy brain but also the quantity that is consumed. One simple trick to maintaining your figure and keeping a sharp mind is to serve yourself in smaller plates and drink water with lemon to fool your stomach into thinking it’s full. Second, exercising your body daily helps not only to keep your bones hard and strong but may also serve to increase the number of connections in your brain. Go for a walk or swim daily for a complete work out and increase your neuronal connections for sharper memory.

Third, along with physical exercise it is important to spend time out in the sun. Recent research reveals that recent at least 30 minutes to an hour of outdoor activities cannot improve memory, but prevent and maintain memory as well. This is believed to be caused by the effects of Vitamin D in the brain converted from sunlight. It was discovered that the brain carries multiple Vitamin D receptors which aid in memory. Among people at risk of Vitamin D are those that have dark skin, who don’t absorb ultra violet light very well and older people over age 65. By age 65, the skin’s ability to convert sunlight to vitamin D is 4 times less than that of 25 year olds.

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Fourth, you have all heard of the importance of sleep for the body and brain. So, why do we need sleep? If you are sleep deprived, despite routine exercise and proper diet you may experience weight increase. Poor sleep hygiene maybe the culprit for your failing short term memory. Finally, it is equally important to exercise your brain to keep it fit just like you must exercise your body to build up muscle strength and stay healthy. How do you keep mental fitness? You must perform mental exercises on a routine basis. You can do these anytime, anywhere without cost or money or even having to travel outside your normal environment. For example, learn a new language, play checkers or chess, do cross word puzzles. Read novels for instance. Reading helps to maintain your brain fit and your mind sharp while preventing aging.

If you want to have a fit, strong, healthy brain no matter if you are 30 or a balance meal in moderation, exercise routinely in the sun light, get 6-8 hours of sleep (more or less can result in early demise), and do mental fitness activities daily. Studies reveal that elderly people in their 70’s and 80’s can match mental abilities of their 30 year old counter parts by keeping mentally and physically active. In conclusion, by correcting the 5 common things that lead to memory loss, soon you can be on your way to a more intelligent and happier self. But, you don’t have to do it alone consult your physician if you need vitamin supplementation, weight loss programs, or sleeping aids. / 41

senior living Food

Pyramid -

Remodeled for Seniors


As we age, our appetites may decline but our nutritional needs do not. To reflect these changes, Tuft’s T uft’s modified the food pyramid ffor or seniors -- most notably to include supplements. Seniors have some specific nutrient needs not addressed in the “one size fits all” Food Guide Pyramid, say the Tufts researchers.

The base of their revised pyramid is narrowed, signifying the reduced energy intake common among seniors. With an estimated energy intake of 1200 to 1600 calories per day, elderly consumers have to make every calorie count in order to get enough of essential nutrients. The “70+” pyramid, therefore, outlines the “nutrient dense” choices in each food category, emphasizing whole grain foods, varied colored fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and lean meats, fish and poultry. Grains, fruits, and vegetable tiers of the pyramid highlight the importance of fiber in a healthful diet. This is advice important for seniors but applicable to all adults, since most Americans eat less than

the 20 grams of daily fiber recommended by the American Dietetic Association. Tufts’ researchers also recommend seniors supplement with calcium and magnesium, vitamins B12 and D. Seniors do not absorb vitamin B12 properly. Vitamin D is important because as we age we tend to drink less 42 / The Journey - June 2010

milk and get less sunlight - sunlight is our best form of getting vitamin D. While not all seniors may need dietary supplements, this is an issue that all “70+” consumers should discuss with their health care provider. While grain foods anchor the USDA Food Guide Pyramid, the “70+” pyramid is built on a base of water. Adequate hydration is a chronic problem for many seniors. Seniors are advised to drink eight or more glasses of water daily to avoid dehydration, kidney dysfunction and constipation, which are common because thirst sensation decreases with age. In addition, some medications affect a body’s ability to regulate fluid balance.

The pyramid still promotes a diverse rich in grains, vegetables and fruit but low in saturated fat, fatty acids and cholesterol. The modified pyramid is narrower overall to reflect seniors’ decreased energy needs, but emphasizes nutrient-dense foods and fiber in fewer servings. The Tufts researchers point out that these dietary recommendations are aimed at healthy, mobile seniors with the resources needed to prepare adequate meals. It is not designed to consider the special dietary needs of those with significant health problems, nor does it address socioeconomic factors, such as decreased income and mobility, that make it harder for many seniors to meet nutrient needs. But all seniors, regardless of circumstances, should still hear the pyramids main messages: people over age seventy have specific nutrient needs, and how well they meet those needs can affect overall health status. Note: The “70+” pyramid is now just a suggestion; it has not yet been adopted as an official USDA teaching tool. But the USDA and the Dept. of Health and Human Services are in the process of revising the US Dietary Guidelines on which the USDA Food Guide Pyramid is based, and the Tufts researchers are hoping that their “70+” pyramid will generate some discussion on how best to address the unique nutrient needs of seniors. Source: Seniors Super Stores / 43

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“This is very exciting and the really reinforces what we have felt about our community all along”, said Jim Wehmeier Director of Economic Development for the City of Lufkin. “Not only are we a suitable place to enjoy retirement, but actually a ”perfect” place to enjoy the best years of your life, with opportunities galore for entrepreneurial endeavors, volunteerism, recreation, and of course some of the best healthcare on the face of the planet. We are incredibly excited that others see the same quality we do and have recognized us with a perfect or near perfect score”. One important benefit Lufkin has to offer is a Senior Tax Freeze. This means that The City of Lufkin and Angelina County have joined with the Lufkin ISD to freeze Senior and Disabled citizen’s property taxes in addition to the homestead exemption allowable in Texas. Both communities offer an access to a wide variety of activities retirees enjoy most: nature golf, boating, hunting fishing, walking, jogging, tennis, art and theater, horticulture, birding, shopping, museums, zoos, and much more.

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin

East Texas’ natural beauty includes two of the best bass fishing lakes in the nation. Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend draw visitors from across the nation to fish these two lakes, along with other surrounding lakes, Azalea Trails, national forests, festivals, and others that are also a huge draw to the area.

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Another important aspect for retirees is the two counties are both very giving communities. There are many leaders and citizens that make up hundreds of civic organizations and causes. There are numerous ways to get involved to volunteer to causes and passions close to your heart. The history in Lufkin and Nacogdoches is worth the stay alone. Nacogdoches being the Oldest Town in Texas has enough to see and do with the heritage Nacogdoches of the city for a year. Angelina County has many holds an annual beautiful landmarks placed throughout that you want blueberry festival to learn more about. Retire in East Texas; there will be no better place to call home.


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hall of fame hubbies

Jimmy Mettlen My name is Michelle Mettlen and I have been married to my wonderful husband, Jimmy, for 7 years now. He is my best friend and we have so much fun together. He does sweet little things like bringing me flowers after work or serving me breakfast in bed. Like most couples we have had our struggles. Shortly after we were married, he was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 30 years old. This was such a shock to us since it normally affects women and because of his young age. But it has not stopped him and he has never missed a day of work because of it. He is employed as Route Supervisor at Foremost Daries. We have been by others sides during the sudden death of his only sibling and my Mother’s illness and passing last April. We also have been  dealing  with infertility and he has been by my side  during numerous doctors’ appointments, surgeries and procedures and he has encouraged me when I did not even feel like even getting out of bed. He is loving to my 13 year old daughter Mallory from a previous marriage and cheers for her at all of her basketball and soccer games. He is her #1 fan.  Most of all, he is a Christian man and encourages me in my faith every day. I  have truly been blessed and I think he needs to honored because he is definitely in my hall of fame. I love you, Jimmy.

Bob Brown

Michelle Mettlen

The Best Husband Ever! Bob Brown should be ranked as the “Best of the Best” husbands ever! I have known him from childhood; we dated during our high school and college years, and married on August 14, 1965. Yes, I knew what I was doing! This year, we will celebrate 45 years of marriage! It has been a wonderful “ride” and a wonderful life! Bob began his electric utility career right out of college, and consequently, we have been transferred with each promotion, ending up (for the 2nd time) in Lufkin in 1982, when he was made District Manager for TXU. Bob always put our family first. He made sure we were settled in our new home and our two girls, Tana and Denna, were happy in our newest setting before he jumped “full throttle” into his new job assignment. We all felt so cared for and loved by my Bob and their “DADDY” being in our lives.

Bob is a Godly man. He has forever been our “ROCK” in his faith and commitment to God, our church, and our family. Our grandsons, Grayson and Griffin, named and call him “Bob-Bob,” and he is lovingly called “Mr. Bob” by the students he teaches in Sunday School. When on occasion he needs a substitute, we need to remember to tell them to “bring the donut holes,” too! I call Bob the “go-to” man. Everybody that wants something “goes-to” him. People call from all over this world--company people, friends, and people we don’t even know--call him asking questions because they know he’ll have the answer. Although Bob gives much of his time to others, he always makes special time for me! He loves to cook and always does more than his share here at home. He is also thoughtful and romantic. The Roundtable guys will NOT believe that, but I know better!

Tony Brown

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your wallet

Life Insurance Are You Covered ?

By R. Justin Van Norman


Most often, when people think of a life insurance policy, they typically think of an insurance policy that provides money to be used for funeral and burial expenses at the time of death of the insured. The truth of the matter is, life insurance can protect a family from many more costs than jjust ust final expenses. Having recently lost a loved one myself, I have seen how expensive a funeral and burial can be. Life insurance protection is truly a means to guarantee that the surviving family members can continue their same standard of living after the loss of a loved one. Remember, life insurance does not benefit those who die, but those who are left behind! Having the appropriate amount of life insurance protection is the key to the guarantee of protecting that standard of living. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to life insurance.

Final Expenses Consider what funeral costs are in your area, as well as the cost for a burial plot. Also, create margins to cover hospital bills that you might have incurred prior to death.

Debt and Mortgage Cancellation Have enough protection in place to cover any outstanding debt you might have (credit cards, auto loans, school loans, mortgage, etc.).

Replacement of Income Statistically, after the loss of a household income producer, the surviving family would require approximately 60% of that person’s income to maintain their same standard of living.

Children’s Education For those families with children, life insurance can provide the financial means for those children to attend a college or university without the worry of how a single mom or dad is going to pay for those costs.

Flexibility Life insurance gives a surviving spouse the chance to take time off from work or to switch to a job that offers a more flexible work schedule. If you have currently have life insurance, is it enough to cover the needs your family will experience? If the answer is “no,” please consider consulting your local life insurance agent to evaluate your family’s needs. R. Justin Van Norman is LUTCF certified and works for Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. 48 / The Journey - June 2010

Wedding Bells


Miranda Greene Charles Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Mark Greene of Lufkin announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Miranda Leigh of Lufkin, to Charles Michael Anderson, Jr. of Pollok, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anderson of Pollok. The wedding is planned for Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Angel of Joy Lutheran Church, Lufkin.


Julia McKeithen Dane Randle Wedding: November 6, 2010 at Villa Di Felicita in Tyler, Texas


Angela Caskey Brian Hafernick Married: May 15, 2010 at First Christian Church in Lufkin, TX Parents of the bride are James and Ann Caskey of Lufkin. Parents of the groom are Mark and Ann Hafernick of Diboll. Do you have an engagement, bridal, or wedding photo you would like to share with The Journey? Email your photo to / 49


Doing What is Import ant

by Kathryn Greene

“Be intentional to put what is important first and do the urgent as time permits.”


Is it urgent or is it important? I am so often faced with the urgent that I can leave the important undone. One area that I am challenged to make important is the area of relationships. Who has time for meaningful relationships? It takes time to call friends, to keep up with things in their life, and to actually pour into the life of someone else. But, life ccan an be really lonely without meaningful relationships. I need other women in my life that can listen to me, encourage me, and seek to keep me accountable, not only physically, but also spiritually. Another area I am challenged to do what is important is my time or schedule. I get so busy going here, doing this and doing that. But, at the end of the day when someone asks me, “What did you do today?”, I usually have trouble coming up with a good list. I might reply, “I answered several phone calls, spent time counseling with women who are hurting, checked on my grandchildren, helped my colleagues, ate lunch, ordered literature for groups, answered emails, prepared a lesson for my group, etc.” But the real question is: Did I do what was really important? There are only a few things that have eternal consequences – did I make those things a high priority?

“Was I so busy today that I didn’t spend time talking to my Creator and reading the Words He has written to me, or tell my husband that I love him, or even call a hurting friend?” I need to question myself, “Was I so busy today that I didn’t spend time talking to my Creator and reading the Words He has written to me, or tell my husband that I love him, or even call a hurting friend?” Did I do what was really important? A friend whose young son is going through treatment for brain cancer wrote this in her son’s care page-- “My husband and I were talking on our train ride at the zoo tonight about perspective. In light of eternity, this life is so temporary. Cancer has made us have a different perspective than we once had. We are not promised our next day, so we will enjoy today as much as we can and live HIS purpose for our lives today.” Is that not what is really important? This should be the desire of each one of us. Sometimes the events of life help to bring this into the right perspective and take the blindness off our eyes so we can see clearly.

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Here at the beginning of summer, I want to encourage you ladies to make this summer memorable. Get to know your Creator by reading His Word, take time to play with your children or grandchildren, and be intentional to put what is important first and do the urgent as time permits. At the end of the summer, I hope you can look back and say, “I did what was the most important!”

education Dest ination


Kim Smith and J’Nelle Short, the codirectors of Huntington’s Destination ImagiNation program, have been working with creative kids for over a decade. They have taken nine teams to D.I.’s highest level, Global Finals, after winning state championships, and are preparing to go for the tenth time on May 26th. Destination ImagiNation is a creative problem-solving competition that encourages students to work in teams of up to seven to present their solution to an assigned challenge with designated rules and parameters. Students of all ages compete in five different categories against others their age and begin at the regional, state, and finally, global level in Knoxville, Tenn. Smith and Short both became interested in the program after seeing the opportunity it provides for students who excel in areas of acting, music, art, engineering, or mechanics. “I saw it as a creative outlet, a way for kids to showcase their areas of talent,” Smith said. Both of her children were involved in the program and were on state-winning teams. As an educator, Short can see the benefits of the program in other areas of the students’ academics. “I’ve had teachers tell me they can often spot a ‘D.I. kid’s by the way they make presentations or projects in their classes. They learn to take creative approaches to common tasks.”

Imagination Huntingt on ISD of building, or just having confidence to answer judges’ interview questions, these kids can look back and say they made great accomplishments through this program. Of the 80 teams that will represent Texas at the Global Finals, Huntington will be carrying two of them – the high school team and the intermediate team, coached by Diane Endsley and Chrystal Quick.

“I saw [DI] as a creative outlet, a way for kids to showcase their areas of talent.” “We are so proud of all of our kids and team managers who participate in this program, whether they advance to the next level or not,” Short said. “They do so many remarkable things that continue to impress upon us the fact that we have some very talented and dedicated kids here.” Smith and Short both agree that getting to Global Finals is a big deal and they don’t take it for granted. Smith said, “To see all of the winners from other states, as well as teams from 15 foreign countries, and know that Huntington is a part of this big picture is a wonderful experience.”

The rewards are great, not just in winning, but in acquiring life skills. Whether it be time management, hands-on knowledge

“[Our kids and team managers] do so many remarkable things that continue to impress upon us the fact that we have some very talented and dedicated kids here.” / 51

girls group Women


in the Outdoors

Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot a handgun or shotgun? Ever wanted to pull back a bow and arrow...just once? How about learn the proper way to paddle a canoe or cast a fly rod? Women in the Outdoors events provide hands-on outdoor classes in a non-threatening environment. Trade your to-do list for a day for yourself - a day in the outdoors! Join thousands of women who have attended a Women in the Outdoors event and tried something new. Then, grab a girlfriend and check “me time” off your list. You deserve a day outdoors—right here in the PINEYWOODS! Kim Brock, coordinator of the Pineywoods chapter, became interested (along with her husband) in turkey hunting about twelve years ago and eventually became involved in the NWTF Pineywoods Chapter. “After one of the Super Fund Banquet planning meetings, he told me there was an outreach program designed especially for women and there was a group of ladies that was going to meet for shotgun instruction. Our family has always been an ‘outdoors’ family, so I went and was hooked on the program.  I have attended the WITO events each year and became involved in organizing the event 4 years ago,” says Kim.  There are currently eleven active committee members and well over 100 members involved in the Pineywoods Chapter.  The 2009 event brought 42 ladies that were new to Women In the Outdoors, which doubled interest from the previous year. Q: What is the most rewarding thing you have learned by being a part of this organization? A: “Learning there are A LOT of ladies who want to learn and do the same outdoor activities that are thought to be “men’s only” activities.  It is so rewarding to watch these ladies as they attend the classes with hands-on expert instruction, and then get excited to see they are great at it!  Seeing families benefit by spending time outdoors and educating their children to be good stewards of the land is an awesome feeling!” Q: Why do you think this organization is important to the East Texas community? A: “People may not realize what an abundant resource we have here in East Texas. I think sometimes we forget that God put man on earth to manage the earth, not for the earth to manage us, but to provide.  It takes programs such as Women In the Outdoors to educate and provide that understanding needed to work together to continue the growth of our beautiful East Texas forest and its wildlife.”

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Seeing families benefit by spending time outdoors and educating their children to be good stewards of the land is an awesome feeling!”


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fitness The

GET FIT Park Workout starting position. Your back will be a bit foot up on the bottom of the slide. Lower

by Connie Reeves, CPT


Let’s face it—getting to the gym isn’t always possible. Busy moms know you’ve got to fit it in when you can! Here’s the best part of the Get Fit park workout--there’s no equipment needed. This workout consists of 7 exercises that will strengthen and tone each of your major muscle groups. Do 1 to 3 sets of each exercise, depending on your fitness level. Beginners can start with 1 set of 8 reps and increase up to 3 sets of 15 reps.


Take a brisk walk around the perimeter of the playground (or chase your little one a few times through the equipment) for about 3 to 5 minutes to prepare your muscles.

rounded in the starting position. As you pull yourself up, you’ll notice that your back straightens.

Park Bench Dips

V-sit Ab Toner Sit on a flat surface or a park bench and lift your body weight up and out, palms on the edge of the bench or flat surface and facing out and your elbows straight. Your knees will be bent and your feet flat on the ground. Bend your elbows and then straighten to dip down and up.

Park Bench Step Ups

Playground Push Ups

Place your hands about shoulder-width apart on a playground platform that is about waist high. You’ll keep your feet planted about 4 feet away from the platform and your elbows straight. Keep your body straight and slowly bend your elbows until your chest just about touches the platform, then push yourself back to your starting position.

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Sit on the end of a park bench or flat surface, facing sideways (so that the back of the bench won’t be in your way). Place your hands on the bench or flat surface on either side of you, and lean forward while drawing your knees in toward your chest. Next, lean back while extending your legs out in front of you. Stay balanced on your rear end and repeat the movement back and forth as smoothly as possible, while holding in your abs as tightly as possible during the motion.

Hanging Ab Toner Stand in front of a park bench and step up, up, down, down, making sure you get your entire foot planted on the bench with each step. Park benches are pretty high making this exercise quite a challenge, so be sure to perform slowly to maintain good form. Stepping up, up, down, down is one full rep. Start with doing 5 reps leading with the right leg then switch to leading with the left leg for another 5 reps.

Slide Lunges

Monkey Bar Pull Ups

Hang from the low monkey bars with your legs outstretched in front of you and heels on the ground. Pull yourself up as high as you can and then lower back down to the

down, bending your front knee to about 90 degrees, being careful not to let your front knee reach out past toes. Push back up to your starting position, pushing most of your weight through your front heel rather than your back foot. Keep your body erect and movement going up and down and rather than forward and back.

Stand in a lunge position with your back

This one is tough! Hang from the high monkey bars with legs and feet dangling straight down. Pull our knees up as high as you can and then lower them back to your starting position. Be sure to keep the movement slow and controlled and try to avoid swinging. Do as many as you can!

women’s health Healt h by Chantal Culpepper, MD, Family Practice


Test s Every Woman Should Have

As women, you lead full and busy lives. Often, doctor’s appointments take a backseat to other commitments because it’s hard to find the time. In this two-part series, we will explore health tests that are important for females at various stages of life.

before you actually feel a lump in your breast, according to the Mayo Clinic. Your doctor may recommend a breast ultrasound or MRI for a closer look at any changes. This helps locate breast cancer at its earliest – and most treatable – stage.

Regular check-ups and routine tests are important. They provide a road map for managing your health and help you make informed decisions about the necessary nutrients, activity level, and any medications or medical treatment you may need to maintain your best health.

When: Annual clinical breast exams should begin by age 30 and be performed at least every three years. Schedule your first mammogram by age 40 and have one annually, unless your doctor instructs you to return more frequently.

Certain health issues are a matter of individual health and heredity. If a specific condition runs in your family – from high cholesterol to cancer – your doctor may recommend earlier and more frequent tests to stay well ahead of, and reduce the likelihood of developing, various health conditions. At the various stages of your life, staying on top of your health promotes peace of mind, as well as identifies any potential health issues early, when they are easier to treat. Besides the basic vision check and dental exam, your primer to preventive care should include the following tests:

Pap test Why: All women should have an annual pap test to screen for cervical cancer. The test collects cells from the cervix and examines them for any changes that may indicate the possibility of cancer. When: Beginning at age 20 or the onset of sexual activity, and continuing after menopause until age 65 to 70. Pap tests should be repeated at least every three years – or annually, if recommended by your doctor based on your age, lifestyle, reproductive health and heredity.

Cholesterol screening Why: High cholesterol has no symptoms – but can have serious health consequences, from heart attack to stroke. Excess LDL cholesterol can cause build-up in the arteries, interfering with blood flow to the heart and brain. When: Schedule your first cholesterol test at age 20 and repeat the test at least every five years until age 45. If you are 45 or older, have a family history of heart disease, or have a total cholesterol level of over 200, get an annual screening.

Clinical breast exam and mammogram

Skin cancer screening Why: Because skin cancer is the second most common cancer in women behind breast cancer, and nearly 100 percent curable if caught early. When: Schedule first head-to-toe screening with your dermatologist, or primary care provider, by age 30, and annually thereafter – or more frequently if you are at high risk: fair skin, repeated sunburns, many moles, or a family history.

Thyroid screening Why: The thyroid is a tiny, but important gland that produces hormones which regulate the way your body uses energy. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include rapid weight gain or loss, excessive fatigue or insomnia and anxiety, hair loss, and memory problems. Also, early diagnosis can avoid more costly and debilitating conditions ranging from heart disease to high cholesterol to stroke, that result from untreated thyroid disease. When: Beginning at age 35, and every five years, or more often if you have thyroid symptoms or risk factors, such as family history. Make your health a priority and, if these tests aren’t already a part of your overall healthcare plan, talk to your doctor about the right time to begin – as well as any concerns, issues or questions you may have. Focusing on good preventive health habits now will build good habits for a lifetime, and give you information about your personal health that will help you to make good decisions about your lifestyle and activities. Dr. Culpepper will be speaking at the next Healthy Woman Luncheon on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at noon. To learn more, or to reserve your spot, call 699-CARE. Also, watch for the conclusion of this part-two series in the next issue of The Journey. Part-two will discuss complementary tests that will join these standard screenings in your golden years.

Why: A clinical breast exam monitors your breast tissue for lumps, thickening or any other changes that warrant follow-up. A mammogram is an x-ray that shows a detailed picture of the breast tissue – and it can detect breast cancer one to three years / 55

fashion Warm by Kelley Moore

Weather Must-Haves Next, add a white pant or jean. Yes, I said white.  There is a wide range of styles for every body type. If you carry weight in the hips and derriere, choose a wide leg, column pant.  Higher waist pants are fashion forward and disguise a muffin top.  For the slimmer figure, a narrow leg ankle pant is perfect. With the correct under garments, a white pant with a warm weather top is oh so very chic!

A bright colored shrug or cardigan over a white tee and white pants make the perfect combination for a dinner date and movie. The classic cardigan doubles as a perfect jacket over a shoulder baring dress. 

That brings the list to dresses. The easy to wear, go to, multipurpose dress speaks femininity.  Dresses work overtime on warm days, perfect for church or lunches with girlfriends.  Favorites this season are shift dresses or the classic shirt dress.  Fun accessories, such as belts, can really change the look of the dress.

Shorts aren’t just for the young. They definitely have a place in every wardrobe.  A nice pair of khaki and black shorts in the appropriate length will keep you cool and looking crisp. 

Every girl’s closet should be stocked with an ample supply of basic, well-fitted tees in a variety of colors. Always have black and white, and add a few bright colors--red, pink, orange, yellow-- choosing the colors that you look best in. Remember to add a fun, bold patterned tee.

Secondly, a narrow black ankle pant is a must have. The ankle baring bottoms are great when paired with a tee or blouse.  They look fab with flats or strapped sandals for a casual or dressy look, keeping you prepared for any occasion.  The key for dressing cool and comfortable is choosing cotton fabric that is not clingy.

Rounding out the list is the white collared blouse. Crisp and fresh, it is the perfect combination with any skirt or pant.  Sleeves or sleeveless, it is a must have.  Spend the extra dollars on a quality fabric and a great fit because this will be a great investment!  Remember, fashion is making a statement in what you feel good wearing! Kelley Moore has been a Carlisle Consultant for five years.  The Collection is shown seasonally at Studio 319 in Lufkin. For more information, contact


The mercury rising means stowing away coats, sweaters, and heavy fabrics. Bright hues and bold pattern pieces scream—you’re ready to play in the sun. Here’s a wardrobe checklist to keep you looking cool as the temperatures heat up.

Fashion is making a statement in what you feel good wearing!

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/ Yo u r B o DY beauty Fresh


Summer Look

by Emily Goodwin

When you clean those winter clothes out of your closet to make way for lighter summer gear, remember that your makeup bag needs some attention, too. Here are some simple strategies to a fresh summer look for your skin and makeup.

Protection P rotection is essential Excessive sun exposure causes all kinds of nasty problems like skin discoloration, peeling skin, and the worst, cancer. So always wear a sunscreen on your face of 20 SPF or higher. There are some amazing day moisturizers that work on even the oiliest skin, like Arbonne’s FC5 Oil-Absorbing Day Lotion with SPF 20.

Primer makes everything hold better and look fresher. If you use a primer on your skin, you will enjoy longer wear and a flawless finish. It helps hide wrinkles, minimizes pores and acts to diminish the oily shine while helping with hydration loss.

Darker shades and lighter textures Trade in the heavy powders for a tinted moisturizer. If you need more coverage, use a glowing mineral powder with a large brush only on areas where you need the coverage. For oilier skin that tends to shine even more in the summer months, try Arbonne’s Mattifying Powder.

Bronzer - don’t abuse it! Bronzer should be applied only in the areas that the sun naturally highlights, giving you the look of glowing “sun-kissed” cheeks and brow bones.

Soften the eyes Wear softer colors on the eyes. Try a slate gray or warm chocolate eye liner instead of black; or navy and plum shades give sparkle to green and blue eyes. For a fresh look, only apply color and mascara to the top of the eye. If you tend to have oily skin, avoid putting eye cream on your lids during the day.



Keep lips gorgeous and glamorous Be sure to use a moisturizing lip gloss that adds hydration. Try a soft pink or coral to celebrate the season. And if you plan to have extended exposure to the sun and wind, wear a true lip balm with 30 SPF. Lips damage faster in the sun than other areas.

Subtle glam with a highlighter Tan skin looks gorgeous with a luminescent highlighter added to upper eye lids and cheeks to give radiance. Use it alone to give a soft glowing, natural look or with full makeup to add the perfect finishing touch. Emily Goodwin has been an Independent Consultant with Arbonne International for three years. She is an Area Manager and loves her company for the pure, safe and beneficial products that have benefited her family so greatly. She is happy to extend a free sample or consultation if you would like to learn more about the benefits of Arbonne. You may contact her at (936) 3660294 or visit her website at

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Join us for

An Inspiring Celebration June 17th - 6:00 p.m. Hotel Fredonia, Nacogdoches

Lisa Whelchel

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ask the doc Your by Vicki Satir, M.D.


Child’s Development Development Milest ones

As a physician who sees children, and as a mother, I enjoy watching the children in my life develop and grow. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing a little child progress in his growth. I also know that there is nothing more distressing than to see a child who may not be meeting their developmental milestones. Developmental milestones are sometimes difficult to quantify because every child is so unique. A child may not meet traditional milestones right on a “book target,” but is still perfectly normal; however, another child may have slight developmental delays that indicate a problem. From birth, infants are learning a tremendous amount about their environment as well as how to use their body. Most one-month olds can raise their head off a table and enjoy looking at a parent’s face. By six months old, most infants sit without support, reach for toys, babble, and begin to recognize strangers. At nine months, an infant usually can pull to a stand, “cruise” around a piece of furniture, begin to finger feed with a “pincer” grasp, say “Mama,” (even though they may say “Mama” to people other than their mother,) and play some gesture games like peek-a-boo.

At 12 months of age, lots of children can walk, but many can’t, and most of the ones who don’t walk by 12 months are just fine! By 18 months, we like to see children using more than 15 words. Many children don’t, however, and that can be okay, too. At 2 years of age, most kids can use two word combinations in their speech, although speech may not be 100% understandable. They engage in “parallel play,” playing side by side in the company of other children. By 3 years old, kids usually can undress completely, use 3 word sentences, and play with other kids. At 4 years old, they can hop and skip, know their colors, and occasionally, tell “tall tales!” The most important information that I can convey is that if you have a question about your child’s development, even a minor one, make an appointment with your child’s physician to discuss the issue. Most likely, your child is fine developmentally and your physician can provide reassurance, but if there is an issue that requires further attention, your physician can guide you in providing additional assessment. In some situations, early intervention can help a child overcome the issue and reach their full potential.

Cengiz & Vicki Satir with their family, both are doctors practicing in Nacogdoches, Satir & Satir

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child’s play


Luke and Lilly Grace

Luke’s room is definitely one to get a child’s imagination going. He helped design his room when he was a very imaginative and opinionated 3 ½ year old. He had a vision of which animals and landscapes he wanted to see in his jungle themed room. Byron Jones, a local artist, made Luke’s vision come to life after an initial “consultation.” The room has the touch and feel of Africa when you step inside. Bamboo blinds surround the two twin beds, a grass skirt canopy serves as the window covering, hard wood floors are perfect for Lego building, and it is completed with a wooden leaf ceiling fan. Luke enjoys his private escape every time he walks into his bedroom.


Lilly Grace’s room is Pretty In Pink. It is the perfect little girl’s room, filled with pieces from different stages in her life. The wreath hanging in her room was her hospital wreath when she was born. She also has a beautiful photo wall, covered in fabric from her nursery, to reminder her of all of those who love her so. / 61

kids Konnect

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Reese Turner, age 8—


Maggie Ethington, age 9—

“Going on vacations with my family!”

Benjamin Smith, age 12—

“Going to Golf Camp!”

Does your child have a craft, hobby, or interest that they would like to share with other kids their age? Tell us about it by emailing us at child might be featured in a future issue of The Journey! 62 / The Journey - June 2010

treats and eats by Anna Lee

Yummy Berry Recipes BERRY TASTY MUFFINS Recipe from Makes 12 servings


1 cup flour 1 cup oatmeal 1 tbsp. sugar 1 tsp. salt 4 tsp. baking powder 1 cup of berries of your choice (blue, black) 1 egg 1 cup milk ¼ cup vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix flour, oatmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Mix in berries. In another bowl, mix egg, milk and oil. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients in large bowl and stir just enough to mix all ingredients. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or lightly spray with cooking spray. Spoon the muffin mix. Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes.



2 ice cubes 1 cup milk 1/3 cup cottage cheese 2/3 cup frozen berries (your choice) 1 ½ tsp. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract


Pour all ingredients into the blender. Put the lid on the blender and blend for 45-60 seconds until smooth. Pour your smoothies into a large glass.

Kid’s Cooking Tip Before you get started on a recipe, read it over with your adult assistant. Make sure you have the ingredients and equipment you need, and that you know properly use the equipment needed to make a YUMMO recipe! / 63

family support

by Donna Wright Martinez MA, LPC


With children out of school for the summer, parents/ moms tend to put too much stress or guilt on themselves by doing too much or not enough with their children. What should families focus on during summer months?


“Focus” is the key word to your answer. Do you, or your family, have a certain need, or focus? If life has been particularly hectic (which it most likely is with 2 or more kids!), then plan for more “down time”; don’t have a lot scheduled to increase the “punch-theclock” sort of feeling. A key factor is...“Less IS more”...Allow for simplicity. Isn’t part of summer after all about relaxation? So, no plan is a good plan for a good portion of each day or week. The big costly vacation is really not needed. Do plan a family event or two, but then allow each person to explore some things on their own...maybe let each child sign up for one activity each for the summer. Another great idea is allow your children to plan some things for the family. Kids have great creative & low-cost ideas! You could allot a day, or weekend for each child to plan for the family. Give them a time, place & budget to work within. They could plan things right in your backyard, locally, or each plan for one “stop” along the way on a family trip to Austin (or wherever). Kids are an excellent source of ideas, they love to be empowered by their parents, & their inclusion in the family plans will only help to unify the family more….isn’t that the idea after all?

“[During summer months] less is more...Allow for simplicity. No plan is a good plan for a good portioin of each day or week.”

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why i love being a mom by Ann Caskey

“Children are an herit age of the Lord.” Psalm 127:3

Through the years, it meant more to watch a t-ball game or a 3-year old recital than to attend any social event.”

The Caskey Family: James and Ann Caskey, Michelle, Camille, Charles and Angela. - Christmas 1988


I love being a Mom! With no hesitation, without a doubt, I can truly say my children and husband define who I am.  This is not to say that I don’t have a life outside of loving and caring for them, but they have always been my chosen priority.  So...when I was asked to write this article “Why I Love Being a Mom”, I was surprised to find myself without words to express myself.  It is just “me” and has always been.  Becoming a Mom is an exciting and happy experience for so many and I was no exception.  Bringing that first little bundle of joy home was filled with excitement and anticipation of our goals to provide the very best life for, in our case, her.  Everything was prepared for her arrival.  Being our first child and the first grandchild on both sides, first niece, etc. she was adored by all.  We began our journey when she arrived in this world.  After about 2 weeks I began to wonder if I was cut out for this job of motherhood!  I had not slept for days.  My husband, my sole support in this venture, got to leave for work every morning and have a break from our suddenly turned-upside-down household!  This precious baby needed me more than I could imagine anyone ever needing me and I decided that I was definitely not as prepared for this “job” as I had thought!  I’m sure many, many other mothers and fathers are familiar with this scenario. The beautiful and amazing part is that these little infants develop, grow, and stop crying constantly--and in a matter of weeks, they turn into a little person who has stolen your heart, totally.  This is when the fun begins.  You find yourself joyous with each milestone in development they reach.  You meet other mothers

with children of similar ages and you think “yes, this is the way I thought it would be!” -- playtime with other little friends and their mothers, walks in the park, picnics, and much more. My daughter who I have just alluded to is now 34 years old and the mother of 2 precious little girls herself.  I believe she would say that she went through similar trials those first few weeks and months, but the joys far outweigh the adjustments and trials!  In fact motherhood turned out to be so fun and rewarding for me and my husband that we chose to have 3 more children!  Through the years it meant more to watch a t-ball game or 3-year old recital than to attend any social event. Being at their elementary school to watch them receive a good conduct certificate or perfect attendance award or just anything they achieved made my heart nearly burst with joy.  Proms, drill team, cheerleading, football games, graduation, college, I could go on and on...everything they work toward even today is a joy to me.  I take special pride in knowing I’ve been there cheering them on!

“I take special pride in knowing I was there to cheer them on.” An added plus at my stage of life is grandchildren! They are a joy you could never imagine!  And the funny thing about grandchildren is that those first few weeks that I was so shocked by as a new mother don’t seem so hard! / 65

The Review


Summer is finally here and we can officially go out and gather our summer gear. Here are a few items that make for a great summer!!

Reef Stash Reef has created a shoe for going to the pool and the beach. We all know about taking a towel, a key, and maybe a credit card and walking out the door. But once you get to the pool, you hate to leave all of those things setting out. With Reef Stash, you can you store a few hidden necessities in the shoe! There is also a male version too. Visit for more information.

Opi on Collins Avenue One of the best parts of summer are open toe sandals and of course flip flops! Everyone should have a fun, bright summer color at their fingertips. You just never know when you will be jetting off to the pool or the beach and need a fun color handy. OPI has tons of choices! OPI is available at BareMinerals in Lufkin or Merle Norman in Lufkin.

Grazie Flip Flops

Summer White A great time to stock up on white is right now- Summer! Not only is it a great time for it- it is taking off in popularity. Great accessories are popping up everywhere-- a perfect example are white watches. Sandra Bullock wore one throughout the movie Blind Side. Beard Fine Jewelers in Lufkin has a beautiful white watch by Fossil. For more information: contact Beard’s by calling (936) 637-2848 66 / The Journey - June 2010

No better time to invest in a great summer sandal! Grazie Flip Flops are the perfect shoe that are versatile to wear to the pool or dress up a summer dress. There are many different styles, with lots of rhinestones, and they come in many colors to choose from. Grazie’s are available at Miss McGuillicuddy’s inside Lufkin Mall or Cowgirl Chic off the Hwy 94 exit in Lufkin.

Parting Advice How do you make Father’s Day special for your husband?

“The girls and I make a special breakfast for their dad. Every weekend he cooks breakfast for us and it is something he enjoys doing for us as a family. We want to do the same in return for him on Father’s Day. This is a day to honor Father’s and show them what they mean to us and how they are appreciated.” Julianne Greak

My husband and father of our children deserves more than I could ever give him.   However, for Father’s Day, the kids and I just try and cater to whatever he wants to do for the day.   He is so caring and generous to others that he has a hard time letting people give him any extra attention, so for this one day of the year, he gets to make every decision, not even lift a finger if he doesn’t want to, and have things “just his way,”....if only for the day! Amy Ross

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