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About the Cover: Meet the Lauter’s Community Spotlight: Foster Children’s Christmas Party Faith: The Legend of the Candy Cane Calendar of Events Fitness: Conquering Unavoidable Winter Germs Medical: Understanding Hip Replacement Finance: Making Charitable Gifts Gardening: The Mystique of Mistletoe Seasonal: Our Town’s Favorite Christmas Lights Seasonal: 2018-2019 College Bowl Schedule Feature Photographer: G&E Studios Pets: Owning a Pet Removes Loneliness What’s Cookin’: Easy Pecan Pie Bars Crossword Puzzle

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ina and Mike Lauter truly know how to transmute pain and tragedy into love. Their friendship grew as co-workers but blossomed after they both had to discover the vigor to withstand painful losses. Nina’s divorce and the death of Mike’s mother would trigger their bond, strengthening an already burgeoning relationship. The two would become the support systems they hungered for to heal from the toll their hearts took.

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When Nina and Mike married, Nina was the mother of two teens, Heather and Heath Benson. Heather would set Nina and Mike on a journey to grandparenthood with the birth of her son, Courtney. She also birthed another son, Camaron, with Heath becoming a father to two daughters, Hunter and Kayla, giving the couple a total of four grandchildren while expanding the love they had to give.

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When we asked Nina what brought her and Mike to Paulding County, the answer for her was simple, “I know it was in God’s plan for my life.” Although she was born in Alabama, Nina would find her way to Cobb County at the age of 17. She was drawn west of the city in 1998, landing in Paulding County. Mike was born in the Midwest but was raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. After graduating from UNC Wilmington, he made his move to Atlanta.

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Nina lost her brother, Keith, to pancreatic cancer in 2005. In 2009, she saw the death of her mother, then would ultimately have to witness her other two brothers’ passings in two consecutive years. Nina explained how the loss of her baby brothers brought unbearable pain to her and her sister, JoAnn, since they had considered their younger siblings as their own babies growing up. Sadly, this wasn’t the end of sorrow for Nina as she’d lose her daughter, Heather, in March of 2017. Nina explained, “I now know the pain my mother suffered after the loss of my brother and I am able to praise God that she did not have to suffer through the loss of her two other sons.”

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Despite the pain she and Mike endured over the years, Nina has an unshakable faith in God’s plan for her life. She quotes the Good Book, Jeremiah 29:11, sharing God’s promise following the storm. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Cover Story Continued on Page 28

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The 21st annual Paulding County Foster Children’s Christmas Party on December 15, 2018. Each year through the help of local businesses and individuals in our community we are able to sponsor each Paulding County Foster child with gifts from Santa, an awesome breakfast, and a fun filled adventure. I want to thank you for being such an important influence in our program in the past. It would be impossible to reach this goal without people like you. I am writing to invite your business or you as an individual to participate this year. Please note all monetary donations are accepted, but are needed as soon as possible. Checks should be made out to Family Alliance of Paulding. The event will be hosted by Stars and Strikes for the 11th year! This is such a wonderful opportunity for the foster families. They really have a blast! It is so awesome to hear their laughter and see the smiles on their faces as they climb up on Santa’s lap and get their gifts. It really makes you realize how we take things for granted.


anta is a right jolly old fellow! However, in this fairy tale about Santa, he remembers that Christmas IS NOT really about him. Do you know the real Christmas story? Well, in case you don't, and even if you do, come and follow Santa as he hears the real Christmas story, which is NOT a fairy tale. It is the story about the greatest gift in the whole wide world! Do you know who He is?

How can you help? • Sponsor a child(ren) by wish list or monetary donation. It is our goal to give $50.00 gift cards for the teens to a local store of their choice. • Sponsor or donate: party supplies, breakfast food, entertainment, toys • Volunteer at the party 7am-12n • Set up an Angel Tree at your business • Gift cards for door prizes for the foster parents who give so much unselfishly


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faith By Todd Gaddis


ne of my favorite things about Christmas is the food, particularly the sweets – especially the candy cane. I saw and craved peppermint ice cream in the supermarket recently, which goes really well with brownies, by the way. Yet as tasty as that sugary, minty candy is, the story and symbolism behind it are even better.

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Although accounts vary, most trace peppermint sticks back to 17th century Europe. According to the National Confectioners Association, the first documented use of candy canes in the U.S. came in 1847, when the German-Swedish immigrant August Imgard used them, along with paper ornaments, to decorate a blue spruce tree.

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Georgia became part of this history in 1919, when Bob McCormack of Albany started what soon became Bob’s Candy Company and began making the candy cane; it was around this time the red stripes were added. Then, in the early 1950’s, a machine, invented by McCormack’s brother-in-law Gregory Keller allowed for more advanced manufacturing and increased production. Bobs, the largest producer of striped candy in the world, was sold to Farley & Sathers in 2005, which merged with Ferrara Pan in 2012 to become the Ferrara Candy Company.

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Yet, despite all that good information, the inspiration the candy cane symbolizes is infinitely better. Note first, the candy is shaped in the form of a shepherd’s staff, which points to Jesus, “The Good Shepherd” - one who protects and provides.

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The color red represents the blood of Christ shed for the forgiveness of our sin. That may not be a pleasant subject, yet, as Scripture records, “Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).



The one large stripe depicts the beatings and death Jesus experienced. Like the Bible says, He was, “wounded for our transgressions . . . and with His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). The movies and Easter pageants you’ve seen don’t do it justice, as Christ was actually beaten beyond the point of recognition (see Isaiah 52:14). The three small stripes are there to remind us that as believers, we too must endure sacrifices and suffering on occasion, albeit nothing like He went through – thankfully. “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him” (2 Timothy 2:12). The white portion of the candy symbolizes Jesus’ purity, specifically His virgin birth and sinless life. The odor is much like that of hyssop, which served in Bible times as a healing ointment. The candy can is often broken and shared, which represents the broken body of Christ and His inheritance that we share. As you see, or better yet consume candy canes this Christmas season, remember its Georgia connection. More importantly, consider the spiritual message: Jesus, whose birthday it is we celebrate, lived, died, and rose from the grave in order that we might experience abundant and eternal life. How sweet is that! Todd Gaddis lives in Paulding County and is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church Dallas. Learn more about his church at FBCDallas.com and his work at ToddGaddis.com.


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Secret Santas for Foster Children Needed Email PDFCS at Paulding.Foster.Kids.Christmas@gmail.com to learn how you can create excitement in a child’s life this Christmas! Paulding Gymnastics UPCOMING Events! n Parent’s Night Out –Dec 8; Saturday 7pm-11pm n Toddler Time every Friday 10am-12pm n Terrific Tuesdays every Tuesday 10am-12pm. 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. Questions or to Register? 770-445-5525 Christmas Open House - Christmas is our Business December 1; Saturday 11am – 4pm; 91 Renner Path, Dallas December 2, 9, 16; Sundays 12pm – 6pm; 149 Mary Wallace Way, Dallas FREE Admission. Beautiful designs at THREE locations. Questions? 678-457-4434 26th Annual Christmas Parade – Grand Marshall is Caleb Lee Hutchinson December 1; Saturday 1pm in Downtown Dallas (Rain or shine) “Be the Inspiration” Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Paulding. Can food drive for Helping Hands of Paulding. For more info visit www.pauldingrotary.org Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center December 6; Thursday 11am - 1pm ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) To register call: 770-445-6016 5th Annual Legacy of Bethlehem at Legacy Baptist Church December 7-9, Friday 6pm-9pm; Saturday 4pm-9pm; Sunday 4pm-8pm A free, interactive Christmas experience that sends you back to the birth of Jesus. THREE NIGHTS ONLY! 2976 Dallas Acworth Highway, Dallas. 770-443-0805 Santa’s Arrival Downtown Acworth December 7; Saturday 5:30pm, Santa arrived at 6:30pm Enjoy pictures with Santa, candy canes with his elves, and the Festival of Trees! Questions? 770-917-1234 ​ PCPRD: B at the Movies - Christmas Jingle! – Veterans Memorial Park December 8; Saturday 3:30pm, Movie at sundown Bring your family for a holly, jolly good evening of games, an Ugly Sweater contest, a special visitor, and viewing of ‘The Grinch!’ Questions? 770-445-8065 Christmas at the Cabin at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield December 8; Saturday 10am – 4pm See how Christmas was celebrated in the 1860’s with period crafts, games and a visit from St. Nicklaus himself. Call 770-443-7850 for information. Drive Up Christmas at Hope Church December 14 and 15, 21 and 22; Friday and Saturday 6:30-8:30 pm Experience the story of the First Christmas. Light show with LIVE Nativity. Bring the family and make a memory. Stay for hot chocolate and S’mores. Hope Church is located at 1970 Charles Hardy Pkwy in Dallas. Breakfast with Santa & Elves - Sara Babb Park - Dallas December 15; Saturday; 7am – 11am​ Purchase advance tickets via phone or at Sara Babb’s park office. $8 per person for children and adults, 2 years and under are free. Tickets will be on sale at door. Bring your own camera for pictures! Questions? Call 770-443-8110 ex. 1601 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at First Baptist Dallas December 24; Monday 5pm EVERYONE WELCOME! 401 Main Street, Dallas. Questions? 770-445-8897 NEW YEAR’S EVE - Possum Drop - Tallapoosa December 31; Monday Forget Times Square, come to downtown Tallapoosa for the Possum Drop on New Year’s Eve! www.ThePossumDrop.com or call 678-250-Drop (3767) NEW YEAR’S EVE - Golden Nugget Drop at The Mill Amphitheater December 31; Monday 10pm - Midnight  LIVE band STRUTTER a Kiss Tribute Band. Rain or shine. Lawn Chairs, Picnic Baskets and Non-Alcoholic Beverages allowed. www.downtownvillarica.com

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health The Season of “Ew”: Tips and Tricks for Conquering Unavoidable Winter Germs


rom pencils and paper to snacks and show-and-tell treasures - kids share virtually everything at school. While parents agree sharing is a good skill for kids to learn, it’s certainly not the case when it comes to germs, particularly during cold and flu season. Germs are lurking everywhere and are simply unavoidable. And where there are germs, there can often be sickness. That dreaded first cough, sneeze and sniffle surely brings about anything but joy in the home. Dr. Nina Shapiro is a leading pediatric doctor and mom of two. “I can certainly speak firsthand on those cringe-worthy moments where the ew is simply unavoidable and the best way to battle it is by being prepared to get kids back on their feet - so you can get a little rest too.” Here are Dr. Shapiro’s top tips for keeping kids and families healthy during cough, cold and flu season. 1. Sing the joys of washing hands well Washing hands well is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of illness, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kids should regularly wash hands at home and at school. Make scrub time fun by singing while washing - the goal is to wash for 20 seconds, or about the amount of time it takes to sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” once.

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medical Understanding Hip Replacement

By Richard Maguire, MD, OrthoAtlanta


ip replacement operations are considered one of the most dramatic and cost-effective ways to improve the quality of life for patients suffering debilitating hip arthritis. It is estimated that more than 2.5 million Americans are currently living with artificial hip implants. However, many prospective patients are unsure exactly why this procedure might be necessary, what it entails, and whether it is the right choice for them. Here are some straightforward facts about total hip replacement surgery. The hip itself is composed of a ball and socket joint, where the “ball”, which is located on the upper end of the femur (or thigh bone), sits inside a socket formed by three areas of the pelvis. This entire structure is covered with a layer of cartilage providing shock absorption and load distribution and is further stabilized by numerous muscles and ligaments that hold the bones in place and prevent dislocation. Because the stability and range of motion of the hip are determined by how precise the head of the femur fits into the socket, any degenerative condition that results in inflammation or the breakdown of cartilage, such as any of the various forms of hip arthritis, can eventually cause pain and the loss of mobility.

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When arthritis begins to affect the bones of the hip, the cartilage starts to break down. Without this layer of cushioning material, the ends of the bones can start to rub against one another, resulting in bone spurs, fractures, and other injuries to the bones themselves. Some early stages of hip arthritis may be treated with anti-inflammatory medications or over the counter supplements that help to calm down the joint and minimize the symptoms. Physical therapy, changes in diet and exercise that contribute to weight loss, or even the use of walking aids can alter the pattern of wear on the joints enough to relieve the symptoms. However, when these measures fail to result in significant improvement, and patients continue to experience severe pain with activities, pain at night, or the loss of the ability to work and perform routine activities, surgical reconstruction with total hip replacement surgery may be necessary. During total hip replacement surgery, the arthritic hip is removed and replaced with metal and plastic implants which provide the functionality of a normal hip. Direct anterior approach hip replacement surgery, also known as “front” approach hip replacement, is one of the most exciting innovations in the treatment for hip arthritis. Appropriate for many patients, this conservative, minimally-invasive technique requires much less muscle and tissue dissection, resulting in less pain, shorter recovery time, and fewer post-operative positional restrictions. If you are experiencing debilitating hip pain or have questions about the type of hip replacement that may be best for you, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. OrthoAtlanta orthopedic surgeon, Richard Maguire, MD, is fellowship trained in sports medicine. His interests include knee, shoulder and elbow arthroscopy, minimally-invasive joint replacement surgery, fracture care and general orthopedics. Dr. Maguire serves as team physician for East Paulding High School. To schedule an appointment, please call our OrthoAtlanta Paulding office, 770-445-5666 or visit www.orthoatlanta.com. OrthoAtlanta Paulding is located at 148 Bill Carruth Parkway, Suite 120 in the Paulding Outpatient South Pavilion.

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finance Three Factors to Consider When Making Charitable Gifts Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments - Dallas/Acworth


he holiday season is here, which means gift-giving is probably on your mind. In addition to making gifts to your family and friends, you also may be interested in contributing to charitable organizations. But before you donate financial assets, such as stocks, you will need to consider several factors, including taxes, your portfolio balance and the reputation of the charity. Let’s look at these areas:

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However, if you give appreciated stocks, you may be allowed a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the gift on the date of the transfer, even if your original cost was only a fraction of today’s value. Plus, you may not be subject to the capital gains tax you might have to pay if you eventually sold the stocks. Also, depending on your age, you might be able to use your traditional IRA as a charitable-funding vehicle. Once you turn 70-1/2, you generally must begin taking withdrawals – called required minimum distributions or RMDs – from your traditional IRA. (Roth IRAs are not subject to RMDs during your lifetime.) These RMDs from your traditional IRA are taxable, but you may be able to exclude up to $100,000 of RMDs per year from your taxable income if you transfer the funds directly to qualified charitable organizations. In any case, consult with your tax advisor before donating appreciated assets to a charity. PORTFOLIO BALANCE – When you donate financial assets to a charity, you are also taking them away from your portfolio. This could be an issue, especially if you repeatedly donate the same types of assets. For example, if you’re donating some growth-oriented stocks, will you lower the overall growth potential of your portfolio? You may want to consult with a financial professional to ensure your charitable gifts will still allow you to maintain a portfolio balance appropriate for your goals and risk tolerance.

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t is almost as much a holiday staple as a wreath hung on your front door and it seems to miraculously pop out in bloom just as the mighty oaks are shedding their leaves. I am talking about mistletoe. What is the power of mistletoe and why do we kiss underneath it? Mistletoe is associated with magic and mystery, but it has some not so pleasant effects on our beautiful trees.

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you gather up a bunch to hang over your doorway, you should know that it is potentially dangerous to your trees!

In addition to the havoc, mistletoe wreaks on trees, it can make humans and pets dangerously sick. The green plant with the little white berries is very tempting to pets and small children. In addition to possibly suffering from ‘severe digestive problems,’ some mistletoe eaters can suffer seizures, and if allergic to the plant, it can be fatal. If mistletoe is a ‘must-have’ on your Christmas decorating list, consider purchasing an artificial replica to keep family and friends safe.

The word “Mistletoe” comes from the Old English “Mistel” (dung) and “Tan” (twig). It is named after bird droppings on a branch. Long ago, people believed that mistletoe actually grew from birds, thinking Since ancient times, mistlethat rather than passing Mistletoe in Tree at White Oak Park, Photo by Shirley Davey. toe has been considered one through birds as seeds, the of the most magical, mysterious and sacred plants of mistletoe plant was the result of a bird landing on a tree European folklore. Ancient Druids considered mistletoe branch. sacred and believed it had miraculous powers to cure illness, ensure fertility and ward off witchcraft. Mistletoe (Phoradendron) is actually a parasitic plant that grows on trees. A parasitic plant is one that needs In Scandinavia, mistletoe was considered a plant of another plant to survive. As mistletoe grows on a tree it peace. Battling spouses would kiss and make-up under uses its roots to penetrate a tree’s bark, thereby absorbthe mistletoe. Enemies of war, who by chance met under ing the tree’s nutrients and water, which can be quite mistletoe in a forest, had to lay down their arms and damaging. Mistletoe negatively affects both the tree’s observe a truce until the following day. health and structure. On a healthy, vigorous tree, a few infections will cause no significant harm. However, the The modern day custom of using mistletoe to deco- portion of a branch beyond the infection may be stunted rate houses during the Christmas season is a surviv- or die. Numerous infections can cause a great deal of al of ancient beliefs and traditions. However, before stress, which can lead to premature death of a tree.

Do your tree a favor and clean off the mistletoe before it is too late! You will need to cut the limb off at least eighteen inches below the mistletoe infection to remove it completely. This should remove the entire root inside the tree so the mistletoe will not regrow. This control method can be difficult since you must be careful not to leave stubs and must follow traditional tree pruning techniques. Shirley Davey, is a Paulding County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer and Georgia Certified Plant Professional. Extension Volunteers are trained experts who answer questions about home horticulture, sustainable landscaping, and environmentally friendly gardening practices using unbiased, research-based information. For more information on gardening in Paulding, contact the Paulding County Cooperative Extension Office at 770-443-7616 or visit online at www.ugaextension.org/paulding.

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Paulding Parks & Recreation Program Registration* Great programs and classes offered by PCPRD. Questions or to register, visit the parks or go online to https://recreation.paulding.gov. Mt Tabor: 770-505-3885; Burnt Hickory: 770-443-7540; Taylor Farm: 770-222-3270; Paulding Literacy Council Programs: Learn more by calling 770-974-5531. n Become An Adult Reading Tutor – tutors needed; training provided. n Learn and Improve Your Reading skills - Tutoring sessions for Paulding residents. n English Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. To register call 770-443-1660 n Class Instruction for GED. To register call 770-443-1660 Paulding Photography Club – Downtown Dallas* 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are at 122 Main Street, Dallas. Monthly competitions, field trips, etc. For more information visit www.facebook.com/PauldingPhotographyClub. **Email events to info@ourtownfamily.com, by the 15th of the month. *Follow sample in calendar; 40 WORDS OR LESS; SPACE IS LIMITED! RESTRICTIONS APPLY.

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Nina and Mike have genuinely exemplified how to transform hard times into purposeful work in serving others. For eight and a half years, Nina has been working as coordinator for the Paulding Family Connection Collaborative, a position that allows her “to help families prosper, protect children from harm, and provide hope for the future in order to give hope for my own life,” she courageously shares.


ary and Elaine Jones own and operate G and E Studios. They are a professional, award-winning team of photographers who specialize in telling the stories of your families! From the birth of your child until their wedding day, Gary and Elaine would love to document your circle of life.

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She disclosed how her work in the community has been the very blessing that has allowed her to get through some very difficult times in her own life.

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Before Nina would find purpose at the Paulding Family Connection Collaborative, she held a 35-year career in Information Management, while Mike worked for himself in the transportation industry for 25 years. Upon being diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2017, surgery and seven weeks of radiation therapy ultimately slowed him and the business down.

G and E Studios’ also offers a photo booth that gives you and your guests many hours of fun and excitement. Numerous props, a customized background, and the red-carpet experience will make for an elegant feel for all of your events.

Fortunately, a part time position at Mike and Nina’s church that required the exact skills that Mike had spent years developing, would open. Mike currently serves as the Director of Operations at First Presbyterian Church Douglasville.

G and E Studios’ gratification comes from the new relationships they continue to build. Gary and Elaine’s goal is to be a part of your professional family – Where Your Vision is Their Mission!

Both Mike and Nina are fortunate enough to find extreme purpose in their careers by serving the Lord and others.

When Gary and Elaine step out of their professional role, they step in as Nana and Papa of Landon and Nova! Gary and Elaine are also pawents to Charlie!

When they’re not working, the two find pleasure in doing just about everything together. Mike enjoys teaching a Sunday School class at their church, gardening, and cooking good ol’ barbecue while Nina loves working in the yard as well, volunteering in the community, and assisting her sister-in-law with her ceramics business; something she plans on committing to full-time following her retirement in June!

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oneliness is an illness that can strike practically any person at any time, but especially during the holiday season. Loneliness most often occurs when someone has experienced the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, or someone who has moved alone to a new city for that job promotion. Many experts say the best antidote for loneliness is owning a pet.

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If a person is lonely, a pet adds another being into their life. The close contact will form a bond and a relationship that will help cure loneliness. Before someone goes out and buys a pet, however, there are a few things they should consider. First, if a person lives in an apartment, they will need to find out what the complex’s rules are about owning a cat or a dog. Most apartment complexes require a pet deposit, and some even limit the weight and size of the dog. Usually the pet deposit depends on the size of the animal.

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Next, a person will want to decide what kind of species of animal they want. The most popular choices are fish, cats, dogs, and birds, however rodents (hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits) are common as well. Most people choose to own a cat or a dog, and many agree that cats and dogs provide the most companionship. Though cats are often considered aloof and snobbish, they can be very loving creatures. Their owner just needs to understand that cats will do what they want, when they want. Dogs, on the other hand, are probably the most beneficial when it comes to loneliness. Though a person’s schedule may limit them from getting a dog, it really is a wonderful choice.


Dogs need more care than cats do; they need to be taken out on walks two to three times a day, and they need to be fed only at mealtimes (with cats, you can leave a day’s worth of food in their bowl and they munch on it throughout the day. If you did this with a dog, they’d eat it all up at once and become sick). Owning a dog gives a lonely person a sense of purpose. They have to keep going and keep depression at bay because they love their pet and want to take care of it. Also, taking dogs out on walks can be very energizing; fresh air is always good for the mind and body. Also, dogs are usually extremely affectionate and loving. If a person is experiencing loneliness, they want to feel loved, needed, and cared for. Dogs need affection, yet they also give it and are always sympathetic toward their owners if they sense something is upsetting them.

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Though there are many benefits to owning pets, not all of them have been listed. Owning a pet provides a lonely person with purpose, and it affords them the affection and love they desire and need. Adopting a puppy, kitten or adult pet is a wonderful bonding experience, and gaining a new pet is gaining a new friend.

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hese Easy Pecan Pie Bars are a perfect make ahead holiday dessert to serve a crowd! The sweet, crunchy filling of a pecan pie tops the buttery shortbread crust for a simple, decadent treat that completes any celebration.

Ingredients: For The Shortbread Crust: 4 sticks butter softened 1 c. confectioners’ sugar ½ t. salt 2 ½ c. all-purpose flour

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For The Filling: 1 stick butter melted and cooled 2/3 c. light corn syrup 1 c. packed light brown sugar 4 t. vanilla 1 t. salt 2 eggs 2 c. chopped pecans

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. For The Crust: 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and salt until fluffy. Gradually beat in flour. Spread into a greased 13-in x 9-in baking pan. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. 2. Remove the hot crust from the oven and set aside. For The Filling: 1. Whisk melted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and salt in a large bowl until the sugar dissolves. Whisk in the eggs. 2. Spread the filling evenly over the warm crust and sprinkle with pecans. 3. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Tips and Recipe Variations: If you like pecan pie with chocolate chips, try sprinkling the top of the bars with chocolate chips at the same time that you add the pecans. You can also melt chocolate chips and drizzle the melted chocolate over the bars after they come out of the oven. l Make sure that the bars are completely cool before slicing. l Serve the pecan pie bars on their own as a casual finger-food dessert at your next holiday party. l For a fancier, sit-down dessert, try topping the bars with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce or whipped cream. The combination can’t be beat! l For more information and pictures of this recipe visit: https://www.theseasoned mom.com/pecan-pie-bars/ l

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