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other’s Day is this month, and children and spouses everywhere are searching for the perfect gift to show their moms their love and appreciation. We asked local moms about some of the gifts they have received from their children over the years, and their answers are varied, but all special. As far as Mother’s Day gifts I have received, the best one was given to me by my daughter when she was in high school. She had taken a graphic design course, and she made me a screen background for my computer with a collage of family photos. Over the photos is the text “Thank you for everything you do!” This is not only special for the sentiment, but something she made herself that took quite a lot of time and effort. However, my family knows certain things I do not want for Mother’s Day. One is a bouquet of flowers. I think it’s sad to cut flowers so they only last a few days, however well-meaning the purpose. But, in place, they always buy me plants for the yard. My favorite was a small weeping cherry tree. However, my brown thumb did not allow it to survive. Come to think of it, most of my Mother’s Day plants have not survived. That’s very sad, actually. Then, there is my own mother who insists on no gifts on Mother’s Day because she believes that the holiday was created by card stores and florists for the purpose of selling flowers and cards. So she gets a phone call every year. This issue is also our Health and Fitness issue, which I believe ties in well to Mother’s Day. Because most mothers look forward to grandchildren, and we have experts commenting on the importance of maintaining your health and strength as you age. Because, after all, don’t you want to be able to keep up with your grandchildren when they arrive? Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and grandmothers out there! Enjoy your families on this special day.

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Mother’s Day Special Local Moms share their best — and funniest — Mother’s Day gifts they’ve received throughout the years.

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What is your Doctor Thinking? Interview with Steven Von Elten, M.D. of Piedmont Family Practice BY PAM KAMPHUIS

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Working Out throughout your Life The importance of exercise at all ages BY MIKE MANFRO, PERFORMANCE COACH AND DIRECTOR OF FITNESS AT 360 HEALTH AND FITNESS

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Maintaining a healthy weight through disciplined lifestyle changes. Interview with Jae Lee, M.D., Internist at Piedmont Internal Medicine BY PAM KAMPHUIS

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We Should Talk about Mental Health Renee Norden, new Executive Director of Fauquier County Mental Health Association, takes the reins BY HANNAH SAMLALL

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Bringing your Own Chair Local conservationist Gabriela Fleury named to Forbes 30 under 30 list. BY PAM KAMPHUIS AND AMBER POINTER-AYALA

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his May we honor all the mothers in our lives. For over 100 years, we have celebrated Mother’s Day, and all that mothers do for their children. Anna Jarvis spearheaded the movement to create this holiday to commemorate her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, who was born in nearby Culpeper. The elder Jarvis was an advocate for women and families who worked throughout her life to improve her community. Her death was the motivation for the younger Jarvis to campaign for the creation of the holiday. Anna Jarvis’ efforts paid off when, in 1914, Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday of May to be Mother’s Day. Mothers, grandmothers, and other maternal figures are integral to who we become as people and can influence who we become as readers. An important aspect of a child’s early literacy skill development is making books available to your child and letting them see you enjoying reading. The library can help you achieve both of these goals! Encourage your child to check out books on their favorite topics, select titles for younger children you think they would enjoy, and take home a few books for yourself. If you decide a book is not for you, return it and try another! Library books are a great way to try new titles and find new favorites. Another way to enjoy new books is by registering to attend the library’s online story times held twice each week. Children up to age five and their families can enjoy songs and rhymes together and listen to a book or two selected by that day’s reader. Having trouble deciding what to read? Give the library a call to speak with one of our librarians for reader’s advisory service or complete a Bookmatch request on the library’s website to receive up to ten suggested titles based on your or your child’s interests. One special way mothers and children can spend time together on this Mother’s Day, and every day, is by reading together. Reading to children from infancy is an important part of their early literacy development. Finding a quiet moment to share a book together can be a nice bonding experience between a mother

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Like the Moon Loves the Sky by Hena Khan; illustrated by Saffa Khan Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse; illustrated by Barbara Lavallee Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by Sophie Blackall Saturday by Oge Mora MOTHER AND SON

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and child and foster a love of reading that can last a lifetime. The relationship between a mother and child is often explored in children’s books. Children enjoy reading about what is familiar to them, and there is little more familiar to a child than their mother. These titles feature mothers bonding with their babies, special days spent with Grandma, and favorite characters exploring maternal relationships. In their pages, you may explore separation anxiety and the angst of sharing Mother with a new sibling, experience hardships and joyful times together, and, of course, celebrate a mother’s love. Many of these diverse selections are award-winning books, classics of juvenile literature, or by tried and true authors in their field. Although children in preschool through 3rd grade are the intended audience for the titles below, these books would be wonderful to share with younger children as well.

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I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb; illustrated by Suzie Mason The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn; illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak Llama Llama Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Clement Hurd Whose Chick Are You? by Nancy Tafuri GRANDMOTHERS

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; illustrated by Christian Robinson Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina; illustrated by Angela Dominguez Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

Are You Awake? by Sophie Blackall Mama Zooms by Jane Cowen-Fletcher Puddle by Hyewon Yum Will There Be a Lap for Me? By Dorothy Corey; illustrated by Nancy Poydar MOTHER’S DAY

Clifford's Happy Mother's Day by Norman Bridwell Mamá and Me by Arthur Dorros; illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez The Mother's Day Mice by Eve Bunting; illustrated by Jan Brett We're Making Breakfast for Mother by Shirley Neitzel; illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker NON-FICTION

All New Crafts for Mother's Day and Father's Day by Kathy Ross; illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm A Mother's Journey by Sandra Markle; illustrated by Alan Mark Poems for Mothers selected by Myra Cohn Livingston; illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray


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he job of a mother is, the absolute best, rewarding, joyful, and at the same time, difficult and occasionally heartbreaking job there is. Mother’s Day is a special time set aside for children, and spouses, to express appreciation to moms. Usually this is conveyed by giving gifts or cards or flowers or a meal-either homemade served in bed or a brunch in a restaurant. As our children grow, the gifts go from sometimes hilarious to more mature. But all are well meaning. We asked several local mothers to share some of their gifts they have received through the years, and the answers are beautiful and heartfelt. And, one contributing mother noted that Mother’s Day is not the only holiday when we receive gifts from our children. Whatever the holiday, some gifts are tangible, some are not. But whatever the gift may be, it is treasured as if it was gold, because our children intended it as such. We wish a beautiful — and relaxing — Mother’s Day to all our moms out there.

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Beth Luna

Our family is not big on big gift-giving; we usually plan togetherness for special days, like a good meal or a day trip to explore and enjoy an experience. My kids are now 17 (Annabelle) and 20 (Alex), and Mother’s Day usually begins with a great breakfast of fruit and WARRENTON made-from-scratch banana chocolate chip pancakes. Gifts might include my favorite Bliss Lemon + Sage lotion alongside lovely cards with sweetly written notes, and I always love it. But, if I had to choose, my very favorite Mother’s Day gifts are the hand-made cards and notes from past times – you know the ones – where different sized letters are scrawled in a rainbow of colors on very large poster board or on tiny notes folded a million times, in them the unabashed expressions of love from my little ones that growing up tempers a bit, if only on the outside. I have saved them all, like many mothers do, adding each year’s new cards to my stash of sweet reminders of family and growing up.


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BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT Each Mother’s Day since I became a mom, I receive a handmade card or note. In the beginning, these cards were done with my husband’s help, but as time passed my son began to create his own handwritten note to give to me each Mother’s Day. My son is now 17. Sometimes the note has a funny poem or saying, but they normally always express how glad my son is that I am his mom and lists many reasons. But, he always ends the note by telling me that he really appreciates the fact that I love him even though he knows he can be a pain at times and has probably given me some gray hairs. These are the best because they are from the heart. In addition, each year we go up to Skyline Drive for a Mother’s Day hike and then have lunch afterward.

FUNNIEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT Probably the funniest mother’s day gift I received was half-eaten tissue paper flowers. My son made these colorful tissue paper flowers in art class to give to me for Mother’s Day, but before he was able to give them to me, our dog at the time, Pearl got a hold of them and tore them to shreds. My son picked up the half-eaten tissue paper flowers and handed them to me with a huge grin and said, “Sorry mom, Pearl likes flowers too.”

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BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT By far the best Mother’s Day gift is to have all of my kids together with me. The older they get the harder and more special this is. It doesn’t matter where we are, as long as we are together!

FUNNIEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT My funniest Mother’s Day gifts have to be those special gifts made at school when the kids were young. You know, the ones where the teacher asks questions for the kids to answer about you. I remember one year my favorite drink was milk and I only weighed 31 pounds!

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BEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT The best Mother’s Day gift was something really simple that the girls picked up in a souvenir shop. It’s a little plate, about 3” in diameter that says “home is where your mom is”. It sits on my desk and I have looked at it every day for ten years. Not sure why it tugs my heart so, but it surely does.

FUNNIEST MOTHER’S DAY GIFT The funniest gift was from my then boyfriend/now husband and the girls. They made donuts from scratch. From whole wheat flour. And no fats. They were healthy. There was a marvelous parade from the oven in the kitchen to my bedside, an absolute delightful cacophony of cheers to mom and yay for the donuts. We each took our bites and tasted what I guessed was sawdust. We all tried not to look horrified but my eyes watered and I was gasping for air. We feigned low murmurs of ‘mmmmm, good’ until Ben couldn’t take it anymore and dumped them in the trash and took us all out for breakfast. I got the cute plate the next year!

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A few years ago my brother-inlaw Bill gave me a Mother’s Day decorative plate from a thrift shop. It was dated 2009. That may seem like an odd “best” gift, but here’s why it matters. My son died in 2008 at the age of 22. Each Mother’s Day since his death brought a sense of renewed loss. Bill had written on a card, “This reminds me of when Laura and Tim were little and our family would gather together.” Since that day, I have been able to feel a sense of peace about Mother’s Day.

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The best Mother’s Day gift I have given to myself. I started taking the kids hiking on Mother’s Day, 10 years ago. We hiked up White Oak Canyon, had a fantastic picnic, sat by the water, and I watched my three children turn back into little kids! The laughter echoing over the canyon is amazing every time.

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There are several truly remarkable gifts that I have been given as a mother. My very favourite gift and the one I remember the most was not given to me on Mother’s Day but rather on my 40th birthday. My daughter Francesca who has been one of the joys of my life! Talk about the gift that keeps giving. The funniest Mother’s Day gift I’ve ever received came from my daughter. On Mother’s Day she awaited my opening of her gift with great expectation. Given because she knew I would enjoy such a thing, her eyes sparkled with innocent delight. When I pulled off the wrapping paper, I discovered a beautiful calendar that had beautiful pictures for each day with a short short story, recipe, or scripture. It was a perpetual calendar that could be used year after year. The funny part is that it was a calendar of my own I had treasured and used for years, but had just donated to our church for the children’s Mother’s Day sale. I again treasured it for years after. This year I found at the bottom of my sock drawer a homemade card filled with the sentiment of my then 10-year-old son. It explains that I am the best mom in the whole wide world so… (just in case you were wondering who took the prize that year, It was me! ) There is nothing in the world quite like having children. It is the most difficult job I’ve ever had, the most painful, and absolutely the most rewarding. As a grandma it’s great to be able to see your own children enjoy the same experience. Truly a gift from God!

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This year will be my second Mother’s Day. Last year, my first daughter was a newborn, and this year my second daughter is a newborn. I haven’t been a mom for very long, but it has been the best adventure I’ve ever experienced. There are some days that are more difficult than others, but the little hug or “I love you” from my first born at the end of the day or the sigh of relief my newborn expresses when I hold her makes everything better and seem easier. My favorite Mother’s Day gift came from my mother. She gave me a gold locket necklace that her mother had given her. My grandmother is no longer with us, so having the jewelry feels like I have a piece of her. I can’t wait to show it to my girls when they are older and one day when they have their own children, gift it to one of them for Mother’s Day. Being a mother has opened my eyes to a lot of things and changed me in ways I couldn’t imagine, but it truly is the best gift.


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Well Check Guidelines

WHAT IS YOUR DOCTOR THINKING?

Your well-check appointments Interview with Steven Von Elten, M.D., Piedmont Family Practice BY PAM KAMPHUIS

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teven Von Elten, M.D., of Piedmont Family Practice in Warrenton, says, “When patients come in for a visit, my first question is always, ‘How are you doing?’, and I wait for the answer. If they hesitate and take a deep breath, that tells me something’s going on. I watch how they act, if they're stressed. Then I’ll figure out what’s going on and address it.” Your family doctor is there for you through your entire life, and will cover not just physical health, but overall life quality and safety. He or she can do so more effectively if you keep your regular well-check physical appointments and a good relationship is developed.

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Check-ins with your doctor for infants and babies are crucial for vaccinations and making sure developmental milestones are being reached. But as children grow and remain healthy, sometimes they see the doctor only when they’re sick. But it’s important to continue the well visits for the child to get comfortable in the office environment and start forming that lifelong relationship with their physician. In addition to physical health, the physician will also be monitoring children’s intellectual development, and assessing how they are getting along socially with their peers, siblings and parents. For pre-teens and teens, doctors want to make sure that parents are having conversations about puberty, what to expect and how things will change. This may also be a time to start addressing peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, and safe driving. “I try to tell those young teens, in my career, knock on wood, I haven't lost any teens due to illness; sadly, I’ve lost them to driving and alcohol,” says Dr. Von Elten. These conversations continue through young adulthood as college approaches, and your doctor will continue to monitor your life quality and stress levels through adulthood. With seniors, doctors watch for lifestyle issues as well as physical health, assessing their memory, balance, falling incidents, and home safety. Dr. Von Elten explains, “In the end, ultimately what happens to our health and longevity is the result of three things: a healthy lifestyle (not smoking, not abusing drugs or alcohol, exercising, eating right), your genetics and family history of illness, and the last, what we call AoG: Act of God, something that is just out of the blue and something we can’t control. But I notice that people who in general live the longest have learned to develop a sense of humor. Stress is a human condition that cannot be avoided and can be very very destructive to your health. Those who have learned to use humor to cope with stressful situations can handle adversity more effectively, which has a positive effect on their health.”

VACCINES

Vaccines help us stay healthy by preventing disease and boosting our immune system. It is tragic to see a patient become gravely ill or die for lack of receiving a vaccination. Infancy and childhood: Vaccinations start with Hepatitis B as an infant in the hospital, and continue through vaccination series at two months and when entering preschool. Their last childhood shot series including Tdap will be when entering the sixth grade. At this time girls will be offered the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Young adult: Meningococcal vaccine to prevent meningitis at college physical, required by most schools. Through all life stages: Flu shots every year, starting at 6 months. Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough): every 8-10 years OR after a “tetanus prone” injury. Td (tetanus/ diphtheria) after the age of 65; if around children or infants the Tdap is necessary for whooping cough. Shingles vaccine two-shot series at age 60. Consult your doctor if you are traveling overseas for recommended additional vaccines.

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Infants and children: Delivery, 3-7 days post-delivery, then at the age of 1 month, then every 2 months through age 6 months, then quarterly through age 24 months, then annually through the age of 6 years Young adults: every 5 years Middle age: your recommended schedule will be determined by your doctor based on your health Seniors 65+: yearly, as recommended by Medicare

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Working out throughout your Life The importance of exercise at all ages BY MIKE MANFRO, PERFORMANCE COACH AND DIRECTOR OF FITNESS AT 360 HEALTH AND FITNESS

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he way I see it, there are three reasons to work out. The first is for your health and longevity. The second is to be able to save your own life if you need to. For instance, if you fell in a lake, would you have the strength and endurance to pull yourself back in the boat and survive? And the third reason is to be able to save someone else’s life in a similar situation. For most people, the main benefit of exercise is good health as they go through all of life’s stages. It enables them to live a life with less joint pain, more flexibility and strength, and a real sense of well being. So exercising through all life stages is really important to your health. How to get motivated? Motivation comes from inside yourself. It’s not all me as a trainer who motivates. My job is to put people in an environment where they can be successful and also relaxed and having fun. The fun is important, because if you’re not having fun, what are you doing here? Time flies when you really move for an hour. My clients say, “Oh, it’s already been 45 minutes?” What they want is to feel successful and get the high-fives after a workout.

“An hour of exercise is 4 percent of your day. Make the rest good. Kick ass and adjust the other 96 percent positively.” — MIKE MANFRO, PERFORMANCE COACH AND DIRECTOR OF FITNESS AT 360 HEALTH AND FITNESS

using weights, some kids can start in their early teens, but you need to be sure your kid is ready and be sure they’re not going through a growth spurt.

High School and College

This is a time in which some kids play a lot of sports, and they can work out harder, which will carry them through their early adult years. But even if your child doesn’t play a sport, regular exercise can improve his or her sleep, brain processes, and more. It produces a snowball effect that starts with getting better sleep, which leads to feeling better, which increases confidence, which ultimately positively impacts the student’s performance in the classroom. Encouraging your student to establish solid, healthy habits during their teen and college years will lead to healthy habits as an adult.

Kids

Kids get exercise by running around while they’re playing and between the ages of 5-7 years old, you can start educating them about fitness. Just be sure to make it fun. Make it a game. They’re still learning about motor skills, body recognition, and body awareness. For instance, they need to understand what their feet are doing and where they are when they are running. When I work with younger kids, I have them play a game like tag, where they’re working on change of direction and running and they’re not realizing that they’re working on their agility per se. In terms of

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Adulthood

This is the time when you should be working out, because that’s where you start seeing a decline in health. People start careers, which means they go from being active to sitting 16 hours a day. Sitting is just terrible for you. Everyone needs to take 10-

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Seniors

Seniors are a group that is coming in to exercise more and more, and the reasons are usually declining strength, health, and doctor recommendation. But a lot of them recognize it for themselves and say to me, “I’m losing my balance, I have to hold the handrail when I go down stairs, and I never used to have to do that,” or “I really want to keep up with my grandchildren.” Balance is hugely important so we work on motor skills and strength and do a lot of core work; if you haven’t exercised in 30 years, and you’ve been sitting, you have no core strength. Sometimes for the first 30 minutes of the class we stay on the ground, working on standing up and sitting down and holding a plank and getting into a seated position without falling back over. Then on the other hand, I do see older people who are thin and strong and have been working on strength into their sixties and seventies, and their heart can handle more exercise.


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It doesn’t have to be complicated!

Jae Lee, M.D., internist at Piedmont Internal Medicine

Maintaining a healthy weight through disciplined lifestyle changes BY PAM KAMPHUIS

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besity and being overweight is a huge problem in our country today, and weight loss myths and fad diets abound on the internet. So many people want to lose weight, for body image reasons or health reasons, but in today’s environment it’s hard. Why?

The problem

According to Jae Lee, M.D., internist at Piedmont Internal Medicine, the cause of many being overweight or obese is our food and our mindset towards it. In society today, we are addicted to food, especially carbohydrates. We look at food as a reward, we eat for pleasure and taste instead of nutrition. “At Easter we eat chocolate bunnies and jellybeans, at birthday parties there’s always cake and ice cream, at dinner there’s wine. “We need to get away from that,” says Dr. Lee. Also, our lifestyle is very sedentary and undisciplined. We all —— kids and adults —— spend too much time on our computers, on the internet, or watching tv, and we’re not getting out and moving enough. “The internet is a problem in two ways,” Dr. Lee says. “Not only does it make people less active, but it is also full of nutritional misinformation and fad diets.”

What is a healthy weight?

“Not all of us have to be model-thin,” she says. “It’s about feeling good about yourself, being healthy and active, and developing a better body image.”

The solution

According to Dr. Lee, the solution to losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight is twofold: a healthy diet, and becoming more active. “Losing weight doesn’t have to be complicated, so don’t make it that way,” she says. “In a nutshell,

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for a healthy lifestyle, decrease the carbohydrates, which have absolutely no nutritional value, increase the fiber and protein in your diet, and move more. This is where the internet can be a positive resource. There is a ton of good information out there about healthy diets and how to evaluate the foods you eat,” she says. “It is about a complete change of mindset and lifestyle,” Dr. Lee says.” It’s a lifelong change, not a crash diet to lose 10 pounds for a special occasion. To eat healthily, you have to detach yourself, and look at food only as something your body needs for survival, not something that is pleasurable. So give it the healthy foods it needs, not the carbs you crave. It’s not easy. It takes effort and discipline.”

What about exercise?

“In my estimation, weight loss is only about 20 percent exercise and 80 percent diet. So hitting the gym is not going to do it by itself. That said, exercise and diet go hand in hand for a healthy lifestyle. It’s very good for you, for your muscles and joints, and for your mental health and body image. It is excellent to stay trim and toned, and maintain a healthy weight once you get there. Part of being healthy is maintaining your body physically. My patients know if I want them to lose weight, they’re going to hear from me. The problem with weight gain is that it’s not just rising cholesterol or blood pressure, it’s your joints deteriorating. And guess what, when your joints go, you can’t move, you sit and eat and gain more weight. It becomes a vicious cycle. Sometimes patients tell me ‘I don’t have time for exercise.’ I say that’s baloney.”

How to start

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says Dr. Lee. “I tell them, ‘Well, stop whatever it is you’re doing wrong then!’ When my patients tell me, ‘I can’t lose weight,’ I say to them, ‘It doesn’t take a physician to tell you how to lose weight. Just don’t eat as much. Just stopping the habit of snacking altogether and you’ll lose some of the weight quickly. Evaluate what you’re doing wrong, be honest with yourself, and commit to change.” When you do something for two weeks, it becomes a habit, Dr. Lee says. So if you start eating a healthy diet and make it to the two week mark, you’re well on your way to establishing a healthy eating lifestyle. “The less bad food you eat, the less you will want it, it decreases the desire,” she says. Combine that with a healthier body image from exercise, and it creates an upward spiral —— the better you do with diet and exercise, the less you crave unhealthy food and the more you enjoy being more active.”

Creating a healthier environment “It’s simple education,” she says. “We need to change the mentality towards food, at school and at home. We need to get kids moving, and we need to educate them, starting at a very young age, how to eat healthily. Programs in schools, especially preschools and elementary schools, are excellent, because a lot of kids aren’t getting this information at home.”


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For Those with Dogs, Better Health is Just a Walk Away BY KARI PUGH

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ere are some things I never would’ve known if it weren’t for my dog and his stubborn insistence on getting a good walk every single day: Most neighborhoods are full of cats and squirrels. Goose poop is a beloved dog delicacy. Dogs don’t care if there’s a hurricane or blizzard, they want to go out. Now. And you must come, too. It’s hard to stay stressed and self-absorbed watching your dog roll around in fresh-cut grass with pure joy and tongue-lolling abandon. Likewise watching your dog dig sand tunnels at the seashore. Your dog won’t judge when you run like a little kid chasing the ice cream man to catch every last moment of a sunset over the Occoquan Reservoir. He’ll run with you. On an early June afternoon, you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of dragonflies walking the beach at Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax. Splashing along Quantico Creek at Prince William Forest Park on a sweltering summer’s day, picking up sparkling chunks of fool’s gold (pyrite) as you go, is an antidote for whatever ails your soul.

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According to Harvard Health, walking isn’t just good exercise, it’s practically a cure-all. Regular walking reduces your risk of heart disease and breast cancer, eases joint pain, boosts immune function and even helps tame a sweet tooth. (That’s right, a 15-minute walk can “curb cravings for chocolate and even reduce the amount of chocolate you eat in stressful situations.”) On top of that, a study commissioned by the Wilderness Society shows time spent outdoors and away from our phones boosts cognitive abilities and creative thinking. The study found that immersing ourselves in nature, sans technology, can restore some brain functions, including attention span, problem solving and multitasking. But how do you force yourself outside to commune with nature on a sub-freezing February day? Or a July afternoon when the mercury and humidity are both hovering around the 100 mark? Get a dog. Just like the postman, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays a dog from swift (or not so swift) completion of his appointed rounds. Plus, canine companionship is full of health benefits, too. Dog ownership reduces stress and gets you moving, reducing your risk of heart disease and other ailments exacerbated by lack of physical activity, according to the American Heart Association. And perhaps most touching of all, dogs can cure heartbreak, literally. In 2009, the UCLA Medical Center conducted a study in which heart failure patients were exposed to therapy dogs for 12 minutes per day. Those patients demonstrated reduced blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety. So what are you waiting for? Grab the leash and get outside with your best friend. ❖ ABOUT THE AUTHOR Kari Pugh is digital editor of InsideNoVa.com. She can be reached at karipugh@insidenova.com, when she’s not walking her dog, of course.


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We Should Talk About Mental Health The new Executive Director of the Fauquier County Mental Health Association Renee Norden works to educate and destigmatize mental illness BY HANNAH SAMLALL

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rowing up, I thought everyone knew what I knew about mental health,” said Renee Norden, Executive Director of the Fauquier County Mental Health Association. Growing up in Warrenton since the early ’70s with her mother as a Substance Abuse Counselor at Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services and her physician father both active in serving the community, she came to know a lot more about mental health than most. She explained, “You don’t realize how much influence your parents have on your path,” as she spoke about her passion for her mission to educate the community and open the lines of communication about mental illness. “When I was little, I remember my aunts and mom would whisper about someone having cancer,” She said. “These days, people are willing to talk about cancer. I want people to be willing to talk about mental health like it’s a medical concern. I want people to know that these conditions are treatable. One out of five people is experiencing a mental health concern right now. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they felt okay to reach out for help?” When Norden accepted the position of Executive Director at the non profit last fall, she knew she had big shoes to fill. She has known the previous Executive Director, Sallie Morgan, for years, and has watched her grow MHA from just one employee into an organization whose influence can be felt strongly throughout our community in youth programs, substance abuse programs, and overall in helping Fauquier County and Rappahannock County residents lead fulfilling lives with access to mental health care. Prior to this position, Norden held the position of Director for Guidance and College Counseling at Highland School in Warrenton for 14 years, providing counseling to students, families and staff, and coordinating care for students with mental health providers. While at Highland, she also served on the Mental Health School

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Coalition, working with other community stakeholders to address youth mental health concerns. Renee also has been instructing Youth Mental Health First Aid since 2015. The Teen Mental Health First Aid Program aims to teach teens how to support themselves and each other with mental health struggles. MHA wants them to know who to go to for help, how to increase their protective factors and how to decrease their risk factors. “The more young people we can equip with knowledge, the more likely it is that people will get help quicker,” Norden said. “The average person waits 10 years to get help for mental health concerns.” She is extremely passionate about making sure that MHA is able to touch each and every member of the community in a positive way and is looking forward to expanding their outreach. Most recently, MHA has partnered with Fauquier County Public Schools in order to launch a pilot Teen Mental Health Program in schools all over the county. “We applied for grants to be able to train three teachers in each Fauquier and Rappahannock high school to teach about teen mental health first aid to every 10th grader,” Norden said. “We’ll

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be doing that in fall of 2021 and I’m excited for us to be reaching the whole class of 10th graders. We also asked the Come As You Are Coalition (CAYA), a local nonprofit concentrating on substance abuse, to fund an independent teen mental health first aid instructor so that we could reach the independent schools, as well.” On a normal day, there are millions of people across the country suffering from mental health concerns. With COVID-19 requiring people to stay at home, mental health issues are more rampant than ever. “Pervasive loneliness brought about by COVID-19 has the impact on physical health of about 15 cigarettes a day,” Norden said, citing a recent Cigna study. “It shows us that mental health concerns actually have physical body ramifications. We have no idea how long it’s going to take for our mental health to bounce back, so it’s important to address these concerns.” The MHA is available to do presentations to businesses and organizations regarding mental health concerns, handling anxiety, how to help yourself through COVID-19, and more. Contact them at mhafc1@gmail.com or visit their website at fauquier-mha.org to learn more.


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The shop started originally with the firearms in 2011. A lifelong hobby for Dave, he started shooting at a young age and was on the Rifle Team in High School. “I couldn’t really continue it easily in the Air Force, but when I started my contracting job, I needed a hobby and picked it up again,” he says. That hobby grew into a part-time business, then a full time one after he retired. The shop is named after the planes Dave flew in the Air Force, the U-2. The shop’s principal products are firearms. Dave says, “We stock all kinds of firearms, from self defense handguns to shotguns to target rifles and pistols to hunting rifles, and anything in between. We also stock ammunition and accessories such as silencers.” As a gunsmith, Dave also offers repairs. They also take care of legal aspects of firearm ownership, such as background checks, and can take special orders and transfers.

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“We always try to center on customer service, keep the customer happy, and build a nice relationship and take care of them, instead of just selling them things. We try to find out what they’re looking for as far as a gun, and why they want it, so we can advise on the right weapon,” Dave says. Safety is paramount at Highflyer Arms. In some cases, when he feels that a customer is not ready for a firearm, he won’t sell it. He explains, “Just because you come in wanting a rifle doesn’t mean we’re going to sell it to you. We might tell you that you need to do some training first. Telling people ‘no’ is difficult, but I have to think, at what cost as far as safety goes? Part of the business is educating the customers. If you’re wanting a handgun for selfdefense, you need to be prepared for it. If your life feels threatened you need to be capable —— and mentally prepared —— to use it properly. If you’re not willing to do that, you need to reevaluate and choose another method of self defense.”


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So Highflyer Arms became a successful firearms shop. Then what happened? “Well, since Dave has a manufacturing license, he has to be able to engrave on guns they produce,” Angie says, “So we figured, why not buy the engraving machine and do it ourselves?” Which is just what happened in 2018. And then, they thought, why not engrave other things as well? That’s how Flying High Engraving was born. “My parents owned an engraving shop while I was growing up,” Angie said. “So it’s kind of come full circle.” They engraved with a hand diamond drag, but now, of course, we’re using laser and it’s been fun to learn. It’s an art, and takes a lot of practice.” What do they engrave? Well, there’s not much they can’t engrave. They do metal, jewelry, guns, plastic, wood, slate, bamboo, leather, and even fabric.

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Then, another hobby became a business opportunity. “My first job when I was growing up was in a fabric store, and I’ve always loved fabric. When Kelly Ann’s Quilting’s storefront closed, there were people in the area wanting quilting supplies. “A particular need was quilting thread, so that’s where it started, with my little shelf of thread. Then it’s just been growing,” she said, opening the retail shop this past January. She added, “People have had to shop online since COVID-19, but it’s hard with quilting. The colors on the screen don’t always match the fabric well, and you can’t feel the quality. Quilters prefer to shop in person. We do still offer ordering from our website and curbside pickup, but we’re looking forward to everyone coming in again.” Angie is working on building a community of quilters. Dave says, “Quilters are a tight community, and they’re starting to discover Angie, so it’s gaining traction.” Angie explains, “We work on building that rapport with our customers, so if they ever have a question they’ll come back. I tell them, ‘I’m your teacher for life.’ And they take me up on it. They don’t hesitate to pop in and ask for help with a pattern, and we can help them figure it out. It’s good.” The staff at Highflyer Arms/Flying High Engraving/Quilting Essentials & More is a huge part of the shops. Angie’s best friend Artie Mock works with her in the quilt shop, and John Denning manages the gun store. Dave has had to rely on his staff for the last two years while he was out being treated for cancer. “I was homebound for 18 months, and just came back in January. Right now, part time is as much as I can do. Just being here is important while I get my strength back. My weekend guys Bill Little, Rick Goodall, and Jason Ashby really stepped up and kept it going while I was out.” Living just outside Warrenton, Dave and Angie are delighted to live so close to their shop in Old Town. “We’re a mile and a half away,” says Angie, “But not quite walking distance, especially with having to go up the hill on Waterloo Street.” Sharing their home are two cats and three beagles adopted from BREW (Beagle Rescue and Welfare), which the Russells wholeheartedly support. “They’re special dogs, a little different. You really have to know what to expect when you adopt a beagle. BREW is so careful about that,” said Angie. Dave and Angie invite you to come check out their one-of-a-kind store when you’re in Old Town.

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Clockwise: Riding a donkey cart during my first master’s research in the northern Cape of South Africa; Gabi has always wanted to work as a conservationist from a young age; Elephants in Amboseli, Kenya

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How long have you lived in Fauquier County? What do you like about it?

I’ve lived in Fauquier since late 2018, and it’s a great place to live! I like the smalltown feel, and the fact that everyone is so friendly here, and you can be close to nature. I like to walk my Labrador Churchill up Culpeper Street.

When and why did you decide to become a conservationist?

It’s all I ever wanted to do. When I was three, I had a cookie tin I labeled “Gabi’s Africa Fund”. All my allowance and spare coins went in there. When I was little, I was further inspired when I went to Franklin Park Zoo in Boston on a “behind the scenes” tour and saw my first lion up close in their holding area behind the exhibit, and let me tell you - their roar up close is no joke. You can literally feel your teeth rattle. When I got older, I kept at it, and nothing could get in my way or vision. I really feel like this is a way to make a difference in the world. However, I won’t pretend the conservation field isn’t very difficult to break into. You really have to be a little obsessed. Barriers are high – especially financial ones.

Clockwise: Gabi in Kenya; Gabi at the Maasai olympics throwing a warrior’s javelin; Gabi in Cape Town with wild African penguins in the background

How did you get to where you are today?

When I was growing up, my father was a gemologist, and my mother was an opera director, so I was a bit of an “opera brat, moving all over the States.” We lived in

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places like Alaska, Miami, Boston, and Virginia. My father is Brazilian, so I also have a close connection to that part of the world. I got my undergrad degree in Geographic Science from James Madison University. After that, I was lucky enough to receive a full ride Ambassadorial Scholarship from Rotary International to get my master’s in conservation biology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. I moved there by myself when I just turned 23. The graduate program was an accelerated program for 13 months, 7 months of class work, and 6 months to complete my research and dissertation work. The scholarship paid for living expenses, travel, and tuition and I wouldn’t have been able to get my master’s without it.

What was living in Africa like for you?

Depends what country I was working in. Overall, I tend to work in semi-arid ecosystems, so not dusty, but fairly dry, hot (in the 90s most days), with lots of acacias, grasses, etc, but in the rainy season it can get really green and beautiful. As far as living quarters, they were pretty variable, from a little cinderblock house in Namibia, to tents when I was doing fieldwork, to an old clinic building when I was doing my work in Kenya, which was a little rough. I ended up naming the cockroach that hung out in my room a lot (Mr. Samsa, after Kafka's Metamorphosis). Admittedly, there might have been more than one, but it was nice pretending I had just the one as a pet.


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Gabi on first internship at Big Life Foundation in Kenya (top); Gabi leading a human-wildlife conflict workshop in Namibia (bottom)

What is your concentration in the field? My concentration is human/wildlife conflict. The problem for farmers is wildlife going after resources humans need, like livestock or crops. It's a huge blow to a farmer to lose their maize (corn) or prize cattle to a hungry elephant or lion. Sometimes, farmers try to stop the wildlife by killing them, which, although an understandable reaction, can have major impacts on endangered wildlife populations. So, it's a balancing act between making sure both humans and wildlife can coexist in the same space.

So how do you deter the wildlife from going after the livestock?

We’ve tested out several deterrents. One was called an e-shepherd collar which goes around the neck of the livestock, like a goat or a sheep, and it has a device that emits a high-pitched obnoxious noise that will ideally prevent predators from attacking livestock. We also tested something called the foxlight system, which is a motionactivated light which ideally scares away predators from livestock enclosures.

What studies have you done?

My first study, in Amboseli, Kenya, was about lion and livestock conflict. The Maasai tribe that live there are herders, and I looked into different factors behind carnivores eating their livestock. In my career so far, I’ve studied all different types of carnivores and their interactions with farmers and livestock, you name it - black-backed jackals, African wild dogs, caracals, brown and spotted hyenas, cheetahs, leopards and lions. I've worked in South Africa, Namibia and Kenya, and also collaborated with a project in Mozambique. So, I concentrated on Eastern and Southern Africa. I'm expecting

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to focus mainly on African conservation for the rest of my career, but we'll see!

What was receiving the Forbes honor like?

A huge surprise! They don’t tell you that you receive it until you check the list, so I checked the list and there I was!

Also, you mentioned receiving dozens of requests to be interviewed. Is it about your work, or who you are as a person? Both! I think it's a mix. I’m interviewed for my human-wildlife conflict mitigation work, but also for my advocacy work as a Black, nonbinary scientist trying to help break down barriers for people from underrepresented groups in STEM to become conservationists.

What else are you doing?

I co-created a video game that was designed for the villagers in Africa to teach different ways of protecting livestock from carnivores. The game had no text and only used images so non-English speakers could play too. After

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I was awarded a Fulbright grant to Botswana to conduct a nine-month research study. Once it’s safe to travel, I’ll be able to begin research onsite. I am going to partner with Cheetah Conservation Botswana and Botswana Predator Conservation to test deterrents out in the field, looking at ways to prevent African wild dogs from attacking livestock on commercial farms.

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I’m so glad I kept my original promise to my younger self, and I wish I could go back and tell my three-year-old self that dreams do come true with hard work and determination. There’s a great Charles Bukowski poem called “Roll the Dice” that’s always inspired me. It says, ‘if you’re going to try, go all the way.’ I really think that’s true.


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because it’s not something that I could ever do….[But] I just kept hitting walls.” Meanwhile, Tapley continued to ride, research and learn. “[I was] volunteering my time, at least five days a week, to care for horses all day long,” she says. “It was [about] 14 horses that I was bringing in every day, blanketing, feeding, doing the stalls…just to get that experience.” After some time and with some experience under her belt, the pieces began to fall into place and Tapley decided she was ready to try running her own rescue. “And that’s when I went and rescued Teddy,” she says. Tapley describes Teddy as a kind and curious horse with a friendly disposition. “He gets along with everyone,” she says, whether human or horse. Being the first rescue horse at Nalani, Teddy set the standard for the types of horses Tapley intended on taking in — those that were generally healthy, both physically and mentally, and just needed a bit of love and care before finding a permanent home. “The original plan was that [I wasn’t going to] rescue starved and abused horses, but horses like Teddy that we [could] adopt out quickly,” she says. Then Tapley’s accident happened. One fall day, as Tapley was riding with her trainer, the wind picked up a plastic bag and shot it into the air, spooking both of their horses who proceeded to throw Tapley and her trainer to the ground. “In the split second that I lay there, her horse spun around and ran across me, stepping right on my sternum,” Tapley explains in an interview with Tales and Ales. This left Tapley with a collapsed lung, multiple broken ribs, fractured vertebrae, and a severe concussion. Tapley was rushed to the Inova Trauma Center in Fairfax where she was treated and monitored for the following days. After recovering and returning home, Tapley also returned to Nalani where Teddy was waiting. A few months later, she put on a safety vest and went riding with Teddy. “I knew that what had happened then was that horse had actually rescued me,” Tapley says in the Tales and Ales interview. “That changed everything. I didn’t want to avoid the hard things anymore.” “I went to the auction right after that and rescued Lincoln…and then I felt like, ‘Wow, I’m really doing real rescue now,’” says Tapley. Lincoln was not an “easy” rescue, as Tapley had originally planned to take in, but rather was in severe condition. Having been beaten and starved, Lincoln suffered from

post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and struggled with anxiety, making it difficult to earn his trust. After spending some time with Lincoln, Tapley decided, “the last thing this horse needs is to work at all, period. He just needs to retire….He’s just had a horrible life, so we decided to [create] a sanctuary piece [of the nonprofit], and he was the first horse we’ve given sanctuary to.” Today, Lincoln is thriving at Nalani. “His whole personality has come out…and he has a lot of spirit,” says Tapley. To date, Tapley has rescued 13 horses at Nalani. “During this whole experience I’ve just had to learn every step of the way — every little piece of horse care, including pasture management, fixing fences, mowing,” she says. “I can even give vaccinations now.” After four years of running the rescue, Tapley says she is now

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feeling confident. “It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she says, “and I’m [finally] at a place where I feel like we’ve kind of settled in.” When asked about the future of Nalani, Tapley expresses that she would eventually like to expand to offer equine therapy through the rescue. “I’ve thought [about] the way the horses have helped me through [my accident] and I was like, ‘Let’s take this to the next level,’ because I really want to use these horses to help people…whether it’s people with PTSD, depression, [or] anxiety,” she says. Beyond the rescue, Tapley hopes that people take an even larger lesson from her story: “It is never too late,” she says. “If I could do this — start in my 40s and build this from nothing — then anyone can do anything.” nalanihr.org

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LEFT: The vineyards at Fattoria La Gerla are located in Montalcino, a small medieval hill-top town in the southeastern part of Tuscany, about 25 miles south of Siena. An ancient place, it’s home to the finest Sangiovese grown Sangiovese Grosso.

chardonnay. In more recent times, my favorite producer has become Ramey Wine Cellars. David Ramey, along with his wife Carla, founded Ramey Wine Cellars in 1996. His resume is the stuff of legends - Matanzas Creek, Dominus, Rudd, Chalk Hill - and in the 25 years of producing wines under his eponymous label, he’s become an iconic figure of California chardonnay. His bottlings of Sonoma County, as well as his single-vineyard Napa Valley chardonnays, have shaped the way many wines in the United States are made today, with an array of groundbreaking winemaking techniques that are now the standard. The California ‘style’ that we’ve all come to know can truly be attributed to the extraordinary skills of David Ramey. Of his numerous selections, my go-to bottling is the Ramey Wine Cellars Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. The 2017 vintage is the second one to come exclusively from the acclaimed Martinelli Charles Ranch, just two short miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. It’s 100% Chardonnay and is aged for a year in French oak barrels. Creamy textured, yet respectably acidic, it has orchard fruit for days and a finish that doesn’t quit. A beautiful wine; and priced at $40, a beautiful gift for mom. Like I mentioned, my mom lived in France, one of the greatest wine countries in the world…ever. And if you’re inclined to drink rose`, then Provence is a must. My mom will concur, she’s been there. The late Luc Sorin, a man Robert Parker once called “the most exciting winegrower the South of France has to offer,” purchased his 14-hectare Bandol estate in 1994. Bandol, France is mere minutes from the Mediterranean Sea and is home to some of the most beautiful wines you’ll ever drink. Domaine Sorin is in the heart of Bandol and produces a Provence rose’ for the ages, Domaine Sorin Côtes de Provence Rose “Terra Amata”. There’s something magical in the air when it comes to the Mediterranean Sea and its influence on the nearby vineyards, and

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Domaine Sorin Côtes de Provence Rose “Terra Amata” is proof that magic can be real. Organically grown and hand-harvested, it’s an artful blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, with numerous floral notes, a wash of berries and ripened strawberries. It’s clean, weighty and bone dry…the hallmark signature to Provencal rose’. It’s a wine worthy of a place at the most notable brunch of the year, especially at around $20. And finally, Italy. I’ll cut to the quick; in my family, vino Italia reigns supreme. For me, it’s Piemonte and Nebbiolo. For my mom, it’s Tuscany and Brunello di Montalcino…she’s been there, too. Montalcino is a small medieval hill-top town in the southeastern part of Tuscany, about 25 miles south of Siena. An ancient place, it’s home to the finest Sangiovese grown - Sangiovese Grosso – and produces the longest age-required wine in all of Italy, four years, Brunello di Montalcino. Of the many small-property, world-class labels to come from Montalcino, Fattoria La Gerla is one of the best. Founded in 1976, La Gerla was born from the passion of its founder, Sergio Rossi, a successful businessman who fell in love with his vineyards, caring for them as if they were his children. The vineyards are located on the Montalcino hill, 320 meters above sea level, right where the slope softens. Sergio Rossi passed away in July 2011, but his legacy lives on through the vineyards and the wines they produce. Of his small handful of offerings, La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino 2015 is a force to be experienced. Harvested solely by hand, this Brunello (little dark one) is a powerful wine, with dark red fruits, earthy tones and a structure that commands a palate’s respect. Sangiovese is an inherently acidic grape, but its mutation Grosso offers a nearly equal tannic backbone, giving it enormous ageing capability, well beyond the six years already passed since harvest. If your Mother’s Day feast is calling for an epic red wine, this one, priced around $70, is the one to get. It will be on our table, honoring the woman who brought me into this world. I hope you have a wonderful May and until next time, Happy Vino’ing!


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he month of May is full holidays, appreciation weeks and observances. However, what many American citizens do not realize is that May is also National Older Adult Month. In April of 1963, President Kennedy met with the National Council of Senior Citizens and declared the month of May to be Senior Citizen Month. This decision was done to show appreciation and gratitude to seniors for their sacrifices and their contributions to society. Two years later, President Johnson took it a step further and passed the Older Americans Act of 1965 and formally declared May as Older Americans Month. This act was done in an effort to bring awareness and policy change that would help provide much needed services to seniors. Each year Older Americans Month is celebrated with a theme. The theme for

2021 is “Communities of Strength”. This last year has proven, in a multitude of ways, how important community, connection and interaction truly are. When those things are taken away from us we suffer both mentally and physically. Older Americans have been impacted by the loss of those three things more devastatingly than anyone. It is sad to think of how many lives were lost merely to isolation and lack of stimulation. It is heartbreaking. As we begin this new year and start to see a light at the end of the tunnel with more widespread vaccinations and the lifting of restrictions, our older Americans will need encouragement and support to build up their confidence and get them moving again in every way. One of the most significant things that can help improve our quality of life is activity. Staying or getting active is one of the best ways that we can age better. The best part is that it is never too late to start. One of the benefits to being active is that you can

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