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HealthNEWS

June 2014

for Boomers and Beyond

Older adults:

Stay Cool and Safe When Temperatures Soar In the middle of winter, hot weather is something a lot of us crave. But summer heat has a downside—especially if you’re 65 or older. That’s because older adults face a greater risk for a dangerous heat-triggered illness. Of the Americans who die each year during very hot weather, most are older adults, according to the National Institute on Aging. To protect yourself when it’s hot outside, follow these precautions from the National Institutes of Health:

Don’t exercise outside. This is especially important if it’s muggy. You’re more likely to get ill when the humidity or temperature is rising. Watch for symptoms. Headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue and heavy sweating—all these are signs of possible heat-related illness. Rest in a cool place and drink liquids.

MOST IMPORTANT: If you’re not feeling better soon, and think you may have a heat-related illness, call your doctor or call 9-1-1.

Drink plenty of liquids. That’s unless your doctor has told you to limit liquids. If so, ask for specific advice. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine. They can make you lose important fluids. Try fruit or vegetable juices or water instead. Cool down in an air-conditioned spot. Do so every day for at least two hours—ideally during the middle of the day. If your home isn’t airconditioned, head for a library or shopping mall.

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Join us at Frazer for a year of preaching through this life-changing book that will show you exactly who Jesus Christ is. “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” –John 20:30-31 THROUGHOUT THE YEAR 2014, Pastors Tim Thompson and Patrick Quinn will be preaching verse by verse through the gospel of John in all of Frazer’s Sunday morning worship services. Jesus made the remarkable claim that He came to give you life—real, abundant, overflowing life right now, and eternal life in the world to come. This teaching series will lead you to the heart of who this Jesus is and what it means to believe in Him.

Frazer Church: find hope, Follow Jesus • Sunday worship 8, 9:30 & 11AM 6000 atlanta Hwy. Montgomery • frazerumc.org • 334.2728622 •


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Contents

June 2014

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” Volume 4 Issue 11

Carl Bard

Thought Relationships Taste Inspiration

Humor Advice Health Community

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis

3 Jackson Hospital’s Health News 6 Publisher’s Letter 8 We Can Dress with Style At Every Age 9 The Lattice Inn Wins Again 10 DATING Advice 15 Aldersgate UMC Memorial 16 BOOM! Cover Profile 19 AUM’s Lifelong Learning 20 Client TestimonialDr. Thomas Cawthon 23 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Features 30 Glaucoma

26 Bourbon Immersion

it can literally blindside you, without symptoms

on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Departments 12 This and That

Now You’re “In the Know”

24 Ask an Elder Law Attorney, with Raley Wiggins

38 Aerial Exercise

classes turn participants on their heads

28 Ninety and Going Strong Leigh Anne Richards 32 Celebrate National Men’s Health Week

44 {12} Things

Solutions for Bored Boomers

33 What’s in Your Closet?

46 Greg Budell

GRADUATION DAZE

34 Did You Know? 35 Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

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40 BOOM! Advertising

COVER PROFILE

41 Business Mini Directory page 24

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43 Dixie Art Colony Retrospective-Art & Soul

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BOOM! The River Regions 50+ Lifestage Magazine is published monthly by River Region Publications, 6398 Eastwood Glen Pl., Montgomery, AL 36117. The phone number for voice and fax is 334.523.9510. Copyright 2014 by River Region Publications. No part of this publication can be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Opinions expressed in BOOM! The River Regions 50+ Lifestage Magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the owners, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products and services herein.

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publisher’s letter

Digital and Interactive The mission of BOOM! is to serve the folks of the River Region age 50 plus with information and ideas to inspire new experiences, better quality of life and new beginnings.

Do you like to read? I do. I suppose if you’re reading this column you probably like to read too...at least for a minute or two. I read books, magazines, and newspapers but most of my time is spent reading on my computer or my ipad and sometimes even on my phone. It may be the same for you and that’s why I want to invite you to try reading BOOM! on your computer or tablet. You can do it by going to the website RiverRegionBoom.com and clicking on the graphic labeled current issue or you can go to the tab named magazine. This is the Digital and Interactive version of BOOM!

Publisher/Editor Jim Watson, 334.523.9510 jim@riverregionboom.com

Associate Editor Kelly Watson

Digital means you get the BOOM! issue on your computer or tablet when you want it, it’s your personal copy. Interactive means when you’re reading the Digital version of BOOM! you will be interactive with every website and email in the magazine. You can click through to your favorite advertiser’s website, make a purchase, register for a service or send them an email requesting more info. You will also learn more from our articles because if there’s more information available you can click the associated web links and go learn more!

Jim Watson, Publisher

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Contributing Writers Sandi Aplin Dr. Bettie Borton Greg Budell Dr. Thomas Cawthon

I hope you’ll check it out and experience a new way to enjoy the River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine. While you’re on the website, join the BOOM! Community and we’ll keep you connected.

Lisa Copeland Erica Curless Bob Downing

This month’s issue is packed with a variety of interesting stories and information that will make you laugh, smile, plan a trip to Kentucky or maybe get your eyes checked. But first, I want to introduce you to this month’s Cover Profile, Bill Van Hooser. A partner and surgeon at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, Bill is an interesting “man’s man” who will share some of his life’s journey, as well as some fatherly advice he has given his three sons. I believe he’s a terrific model as we reflect on Father’s Day.

Nina Vickrey Kynard Vickie A. Lawrence Leslie R. Myers Leigh Anne Richards Bill Van Hooser Raley L. Wiggins Kathy Witt Jim Yeaman

Cover Photography Kim Bethea The Studio @ EastChase thestudioateastchase@gmail.com

www.thestudioateastchase.com 334.239.3196

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If you ever wondered what Aerial Exercises are, no need to Google it, we have the inside info about a woman who feels like she’s going to the circus when she works out! For those of you with a little time and taste for bourbon, Kathy Witt describes the adventure of the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky, where 95% of the world’s bourbon is made. Remember, moderation in all things. Of course we have more good reads like Greg Budell and his Graduation Daze; Dark Chocolate Health Benefits in a pill...A client of Dr. Cawthon’s shares her experience with all of us and the results were very good! There’s plenty more in this month’s issue to stimulate your thinking or maybe put you in nap mode, which is a good thing as you can see on our page called Did You Know? Wherever you’re reading BOOM!...computer, ipad, on the patio with a refreshing drink...I think you’ll enjoy the experience. Finally, as if you didn’t know, our advertisers want to have a customer relationship with each of you, so if their offers fill a need, please consider their services. They’ll earn your business. Thanks for sharing BOOM! with your friends and your comments with me, I love to listen.

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We Can Dress with Style At Every Age It is true that as we age, our bodies change, and fashion for women over 50 changes as well. You can weigh the same as you did when you were 25, but the parts just don’t fit together in quite the same way! Fashion tips for women over 50 aren’t always spot on, but it’s certainly true that clothes for mature women and fashion after 50 doesn’t need to be frumpy, baggy or boring. When you are fifty you don’t have to put up with stuff like smocked dresses or a dated loafers. The lament, “There aren’t any nice clothes for older women,” is as out-of-date as the rotary dial phone. 50 is the new 40, 60 is the new 50 so have fun and celebrate your inner Goddess! You can wear bright colors, a funky fun shoe and your “go to” pant doesn’t have to be the capri. There’s more to being a fashionable 50 something than just the clothes you wear. Here are a few fashion tips for women over 50 to help you maintain your status as a fashionable 50 something after that milestone birthday: ● If you haven’t worn it since your last child’s high school graduation, get rid of it! ● Classic is always in, so learn from the experts! Study the fashionable 50-somethings whose look you admire, including those who know how to have fun after 50! ● Don’t be swayed by faddish trends or colors: Fads come and go with the season, but don’t fall prey to short-term trends. If you love the colors and you can pull it off, bring them into your wardrobe as accents or accessories.

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● Do your clothes fit? Mature women might want to avoid tootight shirts and slacks, and know where the fine line lies between inappropriate and acceptable when it comes to the length of skirts and shorts. On the other hand, don’t make the mistake of hiding your lovely mature body in baggy, shapeless clothes. That will age you instantly. ● Things to avoid: Mini-prints that wrinkle and shrink, too many ruffles, horizontal stripes and suitcase-size purses! Opt instead for comfortable, quality natural fabrics. Yes, you can be a fashionable 50 something! It’s easy to get off track as life changes…kids leave home, you may be struggling with the emotional and physical challenges that menopause brings (including not feeling as attractive as you used to…relax – it’s only temporary!), and lots of personal and physical changes take place. When it comes to baby boomer women, “clothes for mature women” takes on a whole new meaning but “frumpy” is not one of them. Take a look at what’s at Ann Taylor and Talbots for women who are 50 and beyond. Both stores, located at The Shoppes at EastChase, offer wardrobe choices that can help you keep your style edge after 50. Vickie A. Lawrence Marketing Manager The Shoppes at EastChase

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The Lattice Inn receives its third in a row TripAdvisor® Award! The Lattice Inn today announced that it has received its third in a row TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

Jim Yeaman, owner/innkeeper

Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site. Jim Yeaman, owner/innkeeper at The Lattice Inn notes: “Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review of their stay at The Lattice Inn on TripAdvisor. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.” In addition to the recognition from Tripadvisor, The Lattice Inn has also been named the number one bed & breakfast in Montgomery for the past two years in the annual Readers Choice survey conducted by the Montgomery Advertiser. The Lattice Inn is an awardwinning and unique bed and breakfast nestled in the heart of Montgomery’s historic Garden District. Since 1993, The Lattice Inn has provided an exceptional lodging experience in a tastefully updated 1906-era cottage. For more info visit thelatticeinn.com.

Making the most of each day. We’ll help you capture each one. At Hospice of Montgomery, we’ll help you live more fully. Because we know even the smallest of moments matter. So we’ll be there to provide comfort, expert care, support, and an outlook that says, this moment with the love of your life is what it’s all about.

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DATING Advice

With Lisa Copeland

Understanding the 3 personality types of men we love and adore

Let’s face it . . . since we were little girls, reading fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White, we’ve dreamt of the man who would come into our life, sweep us off our feet and treat us like a princess. Isn’t this one of the first qualities you often look for in a man you want to date? The man who is financially capable of doing this usually has a Type A personality. He’s both driven and focused, and I like to call him “The Affluent Man.” His number one priority is his business, not his mate. He may wine and dine you at the finest restaurants because his idea of love is paying to fix anything your heart desires. In the end, though, he’ll go back to his mistress, work . . . leaving you all alone to take care of the emotional side of life his money can’t buy. Then you have the Type B Man, “The Do It Yourselfer,” who would personally do anything for you. He truly wants to protect and take care of you himself and he will do whatever it takes to make that happen. The “Do It Yourselfer” is financially selfsufficient. That doesn’t mean you’ll feast on fine dining every night but he can hold his own on dates and sometimes you’ll pick up the check or split the bill with him.

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Our Type B Man lives a more balanced life. He has enough money to be comfortable, according to his standards and he makes the time to be present in his life, whether it’s in business, a relationship or time with his kids. He’s the one who’ll be there to wipe your tears when you’re sad and will share your joys when you’re happy. Our Type A “Affluent Man” may be too busy making money to pay attention to your everyday emotional well-being and mostly leaves it to you to take care of yourself. Then you have our Type C Man. He comes out of his marriage financially devastated, often heading into bankruptcy or he’s lost his job, but he is still out there dating. There are a lot of men like this who appear to be great men but have acute financial or emotional issues. I like giving him the label of ‘The Project Man.” He may be a great guy underneath his burdens, but ultimately his problems will overwhelm a relationship and create a tremendous amount of dependence on you. Which of the 3 personality types would you like to date?

Do you want the Type A “Affluent Man” who can take you on a 5-star vacation but may not be there emotionally when you need him? Are you open to the Type B “Do it Yourselfer” who wines and dines you on a smaller scale and is also there for you on an emotional level? Or do you love a fixer upper? “The Project Man” will keep you very busy with his emotional and financial difficulties. If you’ve felt no one was out there for you in the past, it may be you had narrowed your view to include only one type of man. The key is for you to stay open to dating both the Type A, “Affluent Man” and Type B, “Do It Yourselfer” while you search for Mr. Right. Knowing there are 3 personality types of men to date means when you start looking, you are going to find more quality men out there than you ever dreamed of to date and have relationships with. Lisa Copeland, “The Dating Coach Who Makes Dating Fun and Easier after 50!” (c)2014, Lisa Copeland, findaqualityman.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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Get Real Food on Route 52! Visit the farms on the trail Saturdays in June and July from 8am-12pm. The Route 52 Farm Trail is composed of several small family owned farms in Geneva County with a shared passion for agriculture and real food!. All of the farms on the trail share a strong commitment to using environmentally friendly, sustainable farming practices. Their goal is to provide the freshest, highest quality foods possible.The Route 52 Farm Trail connects you to the farm. Bring the whole family and visit all the farms along the trail, every Saturday in June and July from 8am2pm. Get Real Food on Route 52! Farms on The Route 52 Farm Trail: Gaucho Farms 1808 S. Watford Rd. Slocomb, AL 36375 www.gauchofarms.com 1 (334) 886 9736...Waterberry Farm 1447 N. Morris St. Slocomb, AL 36375 www.waterberryfarm.blogspot.com 1 (334) 886 2454...Sunset Hill Farm 1779 N. Morris St. Slocomb, AL 36375 1 (334) 886-2800...Working Cows Dairy 5539 North State Hwy 103 Slocomb, AL 36375 www.workingcowsdairy.com/1 (334) 886 3839...Four R Farms, 5255 South county road 85 Slocomb, Alabama 36375 (334) 726-6554 bradley.reeder@gmail.com...Ballard Daylily Garden, 252 N. Co Rd. 9, Hartford, AL 36344 334-886-2273

FREE Wine Making Class Saturday, June 7, 2 pm and every first Saturday of each month. With the abundance of fresh fruit on the horizon, June is a perfect time to talk about wine making using fresh seasonal fruits. Plus, you’ll get to sample the mango and strawberry wines we started in our March and April classes. You’ll be able to start making your first bottles of wine with the information you get from this class. Basic concepts of wine making are introduced by demonstrating the process and actually starting a wine. The class is held at 2 pm and lasts 1 to 2 hours depending on questions. The class is Free. Anyone over 21 is welcome. No reservations required. Notebooks recommended! For more info call 256.538.5452 or visit williscreekwinery.com. Located at 10522 Duck Springs Road, Attalla, AL.

Mammals of Alabama Beautifully designed and sturdily bound for rugged field use, Mammals of Alabama is the first and only exhaustive guidebook to Alabama’s diverse and fascinating mammalian fauna. Ideal for backyards, hikes, libraries, and classrooms, Mammals of Alabama includes hundreds of professional, close-up color specimen photographs of both living animals in their natural habitats and skull plates, making identification of animals easy. to oreder call 1.800.621.2736 or visit www.uapress.ua.edu.

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Friends For Life, Pet Photo Contest The Montgomery Humane Society having their sixteenth annual pet photo contest and fundraiser. They have had overwhelming success the past fifteen years, and would love to continue that tradition this year. All proceeds raised for the event go to help feed and care for over 8,600 animals that pass through the shelter’s doors each year. The pet receiving the most votes will be our cover pet for our 2015 Friends for Life calendar. So get your friends, family, co-workers, and even complete strangers to vote for your pet. © Poserdesign.net Who knows, your pet just might be the ultimate friend for life! While there can only be one cover pet, there will also be 13 pets of the month and 70 pets of the week. You can enter online at www.montgomeryhumane.com and submit your pictures (the file should be 11” x 8.5” at 300 dpi). When taking the picture make sure it is at the highest resolution. Each picture entered requires a $10 entry fee. Voting begins June 1, 2014 and ends August 1st at 6 pm. All donations are tax deductible. Votes can be cast online (www.montgomeryhumane. com), by mail, or by stopping by the shelter, each vote is one dollar and there is no limit to the number of votes a person can cast. For more information call 334.409.0622, ext 207 or visit our website at www.montgomeryhumane.com. Don’t have an image? No worries. Just call Diana at Pet Pawtography (334.590.1875) to schedule your photo-session during one of the “Friends for Life” mini sessions. The fee is only $25 and this includes your contest entry fee and image, one electronic image and an additional donation to the shelter. Tell her you saw it in BOOM!

Cloverdale Playhouse Presents Clybourne Park CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris and Directed by Greg Thornton will be performed June 19 - 29 at the Cloverdale Playhouse. The winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award, Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart.”A savagely funny and insightful time bomb.” - Hollywood Reporter. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family, who happen to be the Youngers, the protagonists of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raison In The Sun. Act Two is set in the same house fifty years later, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. “Funny as hell...The theater shakes with gales of laughter.” - NY Post. The show is sponsored by Dr. Sanders and Mrs. Linda Benkwith. ** RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 14 AND ABOVE. For tickets call 334.262.1530 or boxoffice@cloverdaleplayhouse.org or visit cloverdaleplayhouse.org

FREE Estate Planning Workshop June 11th, FREE estate planning workshop hosted by Red Oak Legal, PC: 2-4 pm at Archibald Senior Center. Presented by local attorneys Steve and Raley Wiggins. Covers wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, living wills, probate administration, long-term care and Medicaid qualification. Registration is required. Call 334-625-6774 today to reserve your seat or register online at redoaklegalpc.com.

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Capitol Sounds “Syncopated Summer” Concert It is time for the summer fundraiser for the Capitol Sounds Concert Band. This summer’s concert is called “Syncopated Summer”. All are welcome to come and hear some of the River Region’s most talented musicians on June 26th at 7 pm in the Davis Theatre For The Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. The Capitol Sounds Concert Band, is an allvolunteer, non-profit organization supported by the City of Montgomery Parks and Recreation Department. The current band was organized in 1972 and has 70 members. The band performs a wide variety of music, including marches, classical, patriotic, show tunes, jazz and swing. The membership represents a broad spectrum of backgrounds including doctors, educators, lawyers, military personnel, senior adults and college students. New members are always welcome. For more info visit capitolsounds.org

Magic City Brewfest Magic City Brewfest returns to Sloss Furnaces June 6th from 7-11pm and June 7th from 4-8pm. The 8th Annual Magic City Brewfest presented by Free the Hops, is a weekend dedicated to learning about craft beer and sampling the best that Alabama has to offer. There will be over 200 beers from over 75 breweries available including many rare, specialty, and cask ales. The Alabama Cask Garden sponsored by The J.Clyde will feature firkins from the Alabama breweries. On May 9th, 2013 Governor Bentley signed HB9 which made homebrewing legal for the first time since Prohibition in the state of Alabama. To celebrate this achievement we will have a demonstration put on by members of the Carboy Junkies. Some of the new breweries at Magic City Brewfest this year include Stone, New Belgium, Victory, and Lagunitas. There will also be local favorites like Good People, Avondale, Cahaba, Trim Tab, Straight to Ale, and Fairhope. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark is located at 20 32nd Street North, Birmingham. For more info visit magiccitybrewfest.com or call 205.531.5085

The Shoppes at EastChase Farmer’s Market will celebrate its 10th anniversary The Shoppes at EastChase Farmer’s Market will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, bringing in more vendors, cooking demonstrations and fitness options for adults and children throughout the summer. Since opening in 2004, The Shoppes at EastChase Farmer’s Market has grown every year, adding more vendors and bringing in more fresh produce, local cheeses, fresh breads and unique gift items. The Market started out with eight vendors and this year will boast 36 vendors. In 2013, The Market added a fitness component by introducing yoga classes throughout the season. With the great success of the yoga classes, The Market will offer yoga classes again this year, along with CrossFit and Zumba for kids, as well as live cooking demonstrations hosted by Williams-Sonoma and wellness seminars from Earth Fare Organic Grocer. “We have seen a huge growth of the Market over the past 10 years,” said Vickie Lawrence, Marketing Manager at The Shoppes at EastChase. “The Market has become a Saturday tradition for families, and we try to offer something for the entire family— whether that be shopping, cooking seminars or fitness options. We want to be more than just a market—we want to be a hub that encourages health and wellness for the entire family.” Shoppers will continue to find unique, local items such as organic meats and milk, goat cheese, natural bath products and hand-made soaps, honey, sprout breads, fruit pastries birdhouses and nursery plants. The Shoppes at EastChase Farmer’s Market will be held every Saturday and will run through Saturday, August 30, from 7 am until noon. For more information on The Shoppes at EastChase or its Farmer’s Market, call 334.279.6046.

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A Way to Get Past Regrets Since 1967, Harvard psychiatrist George Vaillant has been culling insights about psychological adaptation and development in adulthood from the celebrated Harvard Grant Study. From 1938 until today, the study has followed the lives of hundreds of men from Harvard and the Boston area—the oldest of whom are now in their 90s. Dr. Vaillant’s latest book about that research is “Triumphs of Experience.” In a recent interview he shared a few insights: Question: Which of the participants in the study tend to have regrets in later life? DR. VAILLANT: The men with regrets were those who never really matured. They never gained contentment from their work and never sustained intimacy with a partner. When they looked back they would think: I should have gotten married, or I should have gotten a job or career I liked better. Question: How did that compare with those people who tend to be more content? DR. VAILLANT: The latter had learned not to cry about spilled milk. They had learned how to savor the things that had gone right. There was one man who had jumped from job to job throughout his life with no clear career path. Yet, at the end of the day, he found great satisfaction because all of those jobs had involved helping people, and he found meaning in that.

Rev. Glen Pugh Remembered On Sunday, June 15 the members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church will remember Rev. Glen Pugh with a dedication of the church atrium in his honor. Rev. Pugh died in an automobile accident in March of this year at the age of 51. Members of his family, wife Carla, and children, Hunter and Hillary, will be in attendance. The Montgomery/Opelika District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church, Dr. Robbins Sims, will be leading the service. Rev. Pugh was the Senior Pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church for almost 4 years before his untimely death. The dedication will follow the 11:00 worship service, beginning around noon. Rev. Pugh’s ministry was impactful to many in the Montgomery area – friends are encouraged to join us for this dedication service.

Welcome Dr. Brian Miller Please help welcome new Senior Pastor, Dr. Brian Miller, to Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Dr. Miller served at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Mobile, AL until this June. Dr. Miller will be the senior pastor at Aldersgate, replacing Rev. Glen Pugh, who died in a car crash earlier this year. Dr. Miller is married and has 4 children, aged 8-12. He is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film. He also holds a Master of Divinity as well as a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Church Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary. He begins serving at Aldersgate on Sunday, July 6, 2014.

Question: What can we learn from that? DR. VAILLANT: For anyone dealing with disappointment about lost opportunities, I would ask them to reframe the question and focus on what they gained by taking the paths they chose. There was one man who had never had a lasting relationship beyond a brief marriage, didn’t particularly like his job as a machinist and had felt profoundly disillusioned by life. Then, in his 50s, he happily married an older woman, started going to her church, began taking care of the congregation’s books, and for the first time found a real vocation as the church’s accountant and treasurer. Question: Is there a best way to prepare for retirement? DR. VAILLANT: The best predictor of a happy retirement is being able to take good vacations beforehand—to get away from the 24/7 work schedule and for three-plus weeks practice doing what a fourth-grader does, which is play. Use Winston Churchill as a model: He gave up running the free world and winning the Nobel Prize for literature and retired and painted pictures. Interview conducted by the Wall Street Journal

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BOOM! COVER PROFILE

Bill Van Hooser, Father

Wedding Day, L-R, Fudge (Walker), Wilson, Kristin (bride), William Jr. (groom), Joy and Bill

This month’s BOOM! profile is Bill Van Hooser. Bill is one of the partners at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital who specializes in surgical procedures. Bill is one of those rare people who has discovered how to work hard at what you love and to play hard at something fun. He seems to have a balance in life that ageing will not be able to change. In our recent interview, he shares his Godly perspective and the importance of his wife Joy, along with some fatherly advice for his three sons, like the importance of being a thermostat instead of a thermometer. Bill is an avid saltwater fisherman, loves football (Auburn for sure) and can perform surgery on your pets...he’s a man’s man in anyone’s book. Hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as we have.

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BOOM!: Please give us a brief biography, i.e. where you’re from, education, what brought you to the Montgomery area, did you raise your family here, schools, married, family, etc? Bill: I was born in Pensacola, FL and moved to Mobile, AL when I was 5. Basically, raised as a river rat on the shores of Dog River, Hall’s Mill Creek and Rabbit Creek. Water flows through my veins! I went to Theodore High School, where I played football and worked after school at Delchamps Grocery Stores to save money for college. I worked from 5-11 Monday through Thursday, and 9-5 on Saturdays my senior year in high school. My boys asked when I had time for my social life, and I said, ‘if you are good, you don’t need much time”!!! I

went on to Auburn, got in vet school and decided to locate in Montgomery at the time at Chambers Animal Clinic…which was THE clinic. I was young and single but met a choir director from Eastwood Presbyterian named Joy Williams and decided I couldn’t live without her and we got married and proceeded to have three really fast boys pretty quickly!! BOOM!: As a veterinarian and one of the partners of Carriage Hills Animal Hospital and Pet Resort, what has been your role in creating one of the River Region’s leading animal care services? What makes CHAH different from other veterinarian clinics? Bill: When I came to Chambers Animal Clinic, the venerable owner, Dr. Jim

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Chambers, really mother. They sense of purpose, new goals, new took me under his have adopted careers, especially if they’ve experienced wing and taught her grace, the empty nest syndrome of their kids me most of what I tenacity, love and moving on. How would you describe this know. He shortly toughness in the sense of renewal in your life? Any advice retired, and quest of their for the rest of us seeking renewal? my partner, Dr. pursuits. William Ann Salter and I is doggedly Bill: You know, life over 50 doesn’t seem bought Chambers pursuing a career much different. I know now that there Animal Clinic and in the insurance is a God, and I am not Him!! However, turned it into and financial I personally don’t think that we should Carriage Hills world while transition into this “shutdown” mode Animal Hospital his wonderful because we are moving into the childless and Pet Resort. wife, Kristen, state. I think that we owe the next The premiere is dedicated to generation the mentorship, discipleship thing about our the children and encouragement to overcome their hospital has at Children’s fears and insecurities to become who always been Hospital God created them to be. I think people extremely high transplant over 50 actually have a responsibility quality and ward. Wilson to the next generation to help them cutting edge become Wedding Day, Bill and Joy medicine and the leaders surgery. Dr. Chambers instilled in us is currently pursuing a they need the necessity for extensive CE and Seminary Degree after to be. If continuous improvement in all of our graduating from Tulane we need techniques. We have been blessed by and also seeing what renewal, having the absolute best clients in the the NFL has to offer. find a whole world, and I am not exaggerating, Fudge, is finishing his need…. to trust us with their pets. Dr Scott degree in the Freeman we do not Griffin joined us shortly afterward and School of Business at have to the rest has been a whirl wind. I think Tulane while being on a look far! the thing that defines Carriage Hills football scholarship. I Giving Animal Hospital is our passionate and think that the number away has determined approach to helping these one thing about raising always creations of God that we are entrusted boys in today’s society been the with. It is a high calling and we treat it is constantly telling path to a thus. them they are to be Bill with two of his “favorites”, Dann Dann and Kittie happy life. leaders…thermostats and BOOM!: As a father of three young not thermometers. Men should be BOOM!: What are you most passionate men, could you setting the about? share what you standards and your wife for our Bill: I think I am the most passionate Joy’s parenting community about being a father. I have always experiences and taking wanted to instill in my boys the drive to were like? Was responsibility do things much much better than I could it more like a for it. Loving have done. They are much better people championship people than I am! I think that they see God’s team or a group and loving direction in their lives very clearly and I of free agents? God should take great pleasure in that. dictate their Bill: My three lives. BOOM!: How do you like to relax and boys, William wind down from a hard day’s work? Jr., Wilson, BOOM!: Bill’s three sons, L-R, William Jr standing, Wilson and Fudge and Walker Many people Bill: To wind down from work…I love (Fudge) are products of their wonderful over 50 are experiencing a renewed being outside, gardening, fishing, just

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Bill: Ok…we currently have Buddy, BOOM!: Give us three words that Charlie (William’s dog), Baxter (Wilson’s describe you? dog), Dann Dann, Kittie, Phillip Foxx and BOOM!: Favorite Bill: Trustworthy, Loving, and Tenacious Pup (a cat). We have vacation spot? always had a lot of Any travel plans for BOOM!: Do you have any hobbies or pets…cats and dogs. the future? other activities that grab your attention? Cats are wonderful… they perhaps catch Bill: My family’s Bill: No doubt, Football and Salt water our imagination the sanctuary is fishing (also gardening, everything about most. Dogs, however, Orange Beach, life, kids, basketball, etc.) capture our hearts. AL. We love to Weird isn’t it that they saltwater fish, just BOOM!: Because all of your patients are different. Phil relax and enjoy the are animals, how do you get to know Foxx, our cat, right Redneck Riviera them? Are there more women or men now is probably BOOM!: As a busy the most Veterinarian, do intriguing you have time character to be involved in we have community, civic Bill finishing the race ever had. or other activities? We LOVE our Foxx. However, there is Bill: I have been on the boards of the no way we could declare a Humane Society, the Boys and Girls Clubs favorite…well, I could, but of Montgomery, and numerous Trinity my wife would kill me. Presbyterian Church offices. Currently, we have had family challenges that have BOOM!: As you’ve aged, necessitated that I be at home more. how have your ambitions Bill performing surgery at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital changed? BOOM!: We understand you have four dogs, Buddy, Kittie, Dann, and Hayes and pet owners? What are the most difficult Bill: My ambitions have never changed…I two cats, Puppy and Phillip Fox. Have problems you encounter in caring for have always just wanted to be the man you always had multiple pets? Do you pets and animals? God wants me to be. recommend multiple pets for everyone? Is there a favorite Van Hooser pet? being out in God’s arena…and forgetting about the demands of people.

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Bill: My patients are animals. My clients are people. I treat both, I love both and I hope I succeed in both.

through the years. She certainly gets all the credit for the good things one might see in our boys! My wife has certainly been that Proverbs 31 woman, that wife that always has her husband’s back, always supportive and encouraging. Everyone will have stressful days, months or years in their lives and when your spouse is faithful, loving and encouraging it sure makes it easier to succeed.

BOOM!: What’s the future of veterinary care in America? How has technology changed the way you perform your services? Bill: Veterinary medicine (like all fields that rely on technology) has sure changed over the last 30 years. Pet owners have changed from “a person that owns an animal” to a parent that has four legged children! Pets have taken on a larger realm in our lives than they used to and the ends to which a pet owner will go to help their little friends has too. Spinal surgery, brain surgery, cancer treatments, and other more complicated illnesses are now expected to be done. Obviously, this demands a ramp up in continuous education, technology and equipment to meet these ever changing needs and expectations.

A very Big Catch with Jim Rives, Hunter Rives, and Bill

BOOM!: Every spouse makes a contribution to our success. How has your wife Joy contributed to yours?

If you have any questions for Bill or would like to experience the quality care he and his staff will provide for your “4 legged” kids, give them a call at 334.277.2867. You can also learn more at chahvets.com. Thanks to Kim Bethea from The Studio @ Eastchase for her professional cover photos. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please send them to jim@riverregionboom.com

Bill: My wife, Joy, has been such a supportive spouse and help mate

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A Refreshed Look for Shirley Esco One of RRFP’s clients shares her experience Hello, I’m Dr. Cawthon and I’d like to introduce you to one of our clients, Shirley Esco. There are some patients whom we as physicians treat that affect our heart by their warmth and charm; Shirley Esco is one of those patients. She is soft spoken and very pleasant, and little did I know she and I shared talents in different venues; hers on the canvas and mine in the operating room. It was so fulfilling for me to give her a refreshing change in her beauty when I did her surgery. Shirley is a BOOM! reader so I wanted to share a little about her and the experience she had with River Region Facial Plastics. First, a little about Shirley.

she has had a “face lift”. She has the look of a well groomed, vibrant artist full of confidence in her work and her appearance.

With this busy life, you can imagine that looking in the mirror and not loving her reflection was not acceptable to a woman so ingrained in creating beauty. She is a lovely woman; however, through the years and stress of her husband’s death, she felt as if she could use a bit of refreshing. Her story is one of the many I see each day in our office. Looking at her today you would never realize that

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After your decision, did you wonder if you’d made a mistake? No, because one week after my surgery, I was out in public and everyone that saw me was amazed! I had no bruising and very little swelling. I think the key is to follow Dr. Cawthon’s instructions, then you’ll know your decision was not a mistake. What has been the most positive result from having this procedure? The obvious result is that I look years younger, but above all else, I feel good about myself. My confidence has surely improved.

She is an accomplished artist who is a member at Gallery One in Old Cloverdale. Shirley’s work reflects her background... she has lived out in the country all of her life and is continually inspired by the beautiful trees and lakes. Her art exudes serenity, beauty as found in nature, and a great sense of light. Shirley is a widow, and she has found art to be great therapy. As a mother and grandmother, she keeps busy with activities involving her family, her art, and her friends. She has had one-woman exhibitions at several venues and recently won first place for the Elmore County Annual Winter Show and first place at the Crater Art Contest. She studied art at Auburn University Montgomery and has continually enhanced her technique at numerous art instruction workshops.

was something I have been wanting to do for quite a while and once I made up my mind, the decision to go forward was easy.

Before and After, Shirley Esco

In Shirley’s Words What brought you to RRFP? Last year, Dr. Cawthon performed eyelid surgery on me, and I decided then that I needed to further refresh myself. I exercise regularly and try to take good care of myself, so I wanted to look in the mirror and see someone that looks as good as they feel. Why did you choose Dr. Cawthon? Dr. Cawthon has been a longtime doctor for me and my children. I trust him completely. Many women are hesitant to have the surgery, were you? Of course, I was a little apprehensive about having any kind of surgery, but I knew this

What would you tell other women about your before and after experience with RRFP? Would you recommend to others? I would share my before and after experience with Dr. Cawthon and his staff. They always made me feel important and they treated me like family. They are all very professional. I knew they would be there for me if I ever had any questions or concerns. I have already recommended RRFP to several of my friends, and others have been asking me questions about having the same procedure; I simply recommend RRFP. I hope you will give us a call to set up your free consultation so we can help create your own customized beauty plan and determine which treatments will be best for you. Please email us at Doctors@ RiverRegionFacialPlastics.com with your questions about facial health, beauty and rejuvenation Yours In Good Health, Dr. Thomas H. Cawthon 334.270.2003

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Never a “one-size-fits-all” procedure, Dr. Cawthon and Dr. Bowman will address your individual specific needs — for optimal results. Not only does the QuickLift ® tighten and reduce sagging jowels, our unique technique offers natural and lasting results. As an Exclusive QuickLift ® provider, we are the only practice performing the QuickLift ® in this area.

NATURAL APPEARANCE • MINIMAL RECOVERY • LASTING RESULTS* *Results, length of surgery and recovery times vary based on additional procedures patients may choose to add to their QuickLift ®.

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Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate Many people associate healthy eating with foods that may not be so tasty. While desserts are not often considered the healthiest course of a meal, dark chocolate, when enjoyed in moderation, can be healthy. Dark chocolate can benefit the brain, heart and even teeth. Researchers at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas have discovered just why dark chocolate packs such a healthy punch. Otherwise indigestible portions of the chocolate are converted by microbes in the digestive system. In turn, the chocolate is transformed into anti-inflammatory compounds. Researchers found that digestion in the stomach produces long molecules called polyphenolic polymers. These molecules are too large to cross the walls of the stomach to be used nutritionally. However, when the polyphenolic polymers meet lactic acid and microbes that inhabit the human colon, the polymers ferment and can be broken down further. These smaller molecules are then used by the body. The resulting material is anti-inflammatory and can prevent certain conditions, including cardiovascular disease, from developing. One of the pitfalls of dark chocolate is the sugar and fat content of a candy bar, which can overshadow the health benefits. But those who consume the majority of their dark chocolate in the form of unsweetened cocoa powder can avoid such consequences. Roughly two tablespoons of cocoa powder per day can produce the desired anti-inflammatory benefits, and cocoa powder can be mixed into drinks, sprinkled over oatmeal and consumed in many other ways. Full-sugar, full-fat dark chocolate bars and pieces should be enjoyed sparingly, although they are better for your health than milk or white chocolate. Interest in dark chocolate for its medical benefits has led researchers to study the efficacy of its anti-inflammatory compounds. A big study

is already underway to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can replicate the many health benefits, including helping to prevent heart attack and stroke. The pills are so concentrated they would be the equivalent of eating numerous dark chocolate bars, but without the negative side effects. The goal of the study is to see if chocolate can provide significant medical benefits without forcing consumers to eat so much sugar and fat. The study will be sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and Mars Inc., maker of M&M’s and Snickers bars. The candy company has patented a way to extract flavonols from cocoa in high concentration and put them in capsules. Mars and some other companies sell cocoa extract capsules, but with less active ingredients than those that will be tested in the study. Someparticipants will get flavorless, coated pills that contain the cocoa flavonols, while others will be given a placebo. Eighteen thousand men and women nationwide are expected to participate. In addition to anti-inflammatory properties, dark chocolate contains several chemical compounds that have a positive effect on mood and cognitive health. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, or PEA, the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. Taking dark chocolate supplements may help a person’s mind and body. Cocoa powder-derived pills may be used in the future to treat various health ailments

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Ask an Elder Law Attorney By: Raley L. Wiggins | Attorney at Law | Red Oak Legal, PC

What to Do When Mom & Dad Need Help As an attorney who practices elder law, most people think that everyone I work with is, well “old.” And while I do work with the elderly, the fact is that most of the time it’s their adult children who call me when they don’t know what to do. A typical first meeting may involve some version of the following. Daughter comes to see me, and tells me that her elderly mother (“Mom”) has been living alone ever since her father died. Mom has been very independent until recently, when Daughter began to notice some changes. At first, it seemed like ordinary oldage forgetfulness, but lately, Mom is struggling with everyday chores like paying bills, balancing her checkbook, and keeping up the house. Daughter wants to help Mom, but she’s not sure exactly what to do. As far as she knows, Mom hasn’t executed a power of attorney, last will and testament, or other planning documents. In this case, Daughter has come to us in the nick of time. Even if Mom is starting to experience some cognitive decline, she may still be mentally competent to execute some simple but effective planning documents. Most people I meet have heard of a power of attorney (“POA”) but don’t understand exactly how they function. They tell me that they need to get power of attorney “over” someone—but that’s not how it works. Instead, a POA must be voluntarily given by the person executing it (called the Principal) to the person receiving it, called the Agent.

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In the example above, Mom could give Daughter her POA so long as she is mentally competent to understand what she is doing. Importantly, however, all POA’s are not created equal. One POA may grant an agent very broad authority to nearly anything the principal herself could do, while another may limit the agent’s authority to certain acts. It’s important to talk with your attorney to understand exactly what powers are being granted. If the POA is durable, Daughter can continue to manage Mom’s financial affairs, even if Mom later becomes legally incompetent. We also commonly get questions about transferring assets. Clients are often concerned about getting a parent’s home or other assets transferred from the parents to the adult children in order to protect it. This is rarely a good idea. It may seem obvious, but when a parent transfers assets to their children the parent no longer owns the asset. So what’s the risk, you ask? Consider this: What happens if one of the children file for bankruptcy? Files for divorce? What if one of them is sued? You see, even if the entire family is on board, and even if the children are honest, caring people with good intentions, that may not be enough. Because the children are now the owners of their parent’s property, they have exposed the property to the risk that it could be used satisfy a child’s creditors in bankruptcy, or that it could be divided in a child’s divorce, or any number of risks. Does transferring assets to the children

protect the elderly parent in these situations? The answer is no. One more consideration: what if an elderly parent needs long-term care? If they have given away any assets at any time within five years before going into a nursing home, they could be harshly penalized and disqualified from receiving benefits that could otherwise be used to pay for the cost of that care. You may already know that one month of nursing home care in Alabama currently costs about $5,500 per month. Most people quickly run out of money and wind up looking to Medicaid to pay for their care. Medicaid is a means-tested program, meaning that if you have more than $2,000, you won’t qualify. In addition, you can’t give away your assets in order to qualify. For example, if Mom deeded her home to Daughter two years ago and needs to go to a nursing home today, Medicaid will review the last five years of her finances and see that transfer. Because you cannot give away assets and qualify for benefits, Medicaid will impose a penalty against Mom and disqualify her for a number of months based upon the value of the home. Ironically, had Mom kept the home, Medicaid rules would have permitted her to keep it as exempt property that does not count against her $2,000 asset limit, at least for a while. Many adult children find it difficult to start a conversation about money with their parents, and vice versa. But remember this: you (and your siblings) will have to handle your parents’ affairs if the need arises. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and have a difficult conversation today—you can thank yourself later. Raley L. Wiggins Attorney at Law, Red Oak Legal, PC 334-239-3625 | info@redoaklegalpc.com 401 Madison Avenue, Montgomery AL 36104 www.redoaklegalpc.com The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine


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Bucket List Adventure:

Bourbon Immersion

If you want smooth Scotch, you head across the pond to Scotland. If you want exquisite champagne, you travel to the Champagne region of France. If you want fine bourbon, you go to Kentucky, and if you want the souvenir T-shirt, you’ll need a passport.

By Kathy Witt

on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

“There is a reason bourbon was born here in Kentucky, and a reason why bourbon that comes from here is still considered the gold standard,” said Craig Beam, master distiller at Heaven Hill Distilleries. “Ed O’Daniel, past president of the Kentucky Distillers Association, used to say it’s a myth that bourbon has to be made in Kentucky; by law, it simply has to be made in the United States, but if you want to sell it, you better make it here.” In fact, 95 percent of the world’s bourbon is made in Kentucky, a process visitors can experience with a leisurely exploration along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The trail meanders from Louisville on the Ohio River, through Bardstown, the acknowledged “Bourbon Capital of the World”, to Lexington in the midst of horse country. “Just like the Kentucky Derby and mint juleps, bourbon is synonymous with Kentucky,” said Wild Turkey Master Distiller Jimmy Russell. “You just can’t have one without the other.” Indeed. And with several of the distilleries offering new tasting rooms and tasting experiences, this is a great time for the adventure. Plan a long weekend with plenty of time built in to enjoy the uniqueness and flavor nuances of each distillery and their bourbons. There are plenty of overnight options along the Trail, including the new Bourbon Manor, an elegant bourbonthemed inn located in Bardstown, where you can also bone up on bourbon facts, figures and fun at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History.

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Friends gather at the Beaumont Inn for a Personalized Bourbon Tasting with the Innkeeper. ( Mark Fiile/Beaumont Inn/MCT)

Ready to sample Kentucky’s liquid gold? Pick up an official Kentucky Bourbon Trail passport at any of the trail’s eight member distilleries or download the app, which can be digitally stamped. Once you’ve “earned” all eight stamps, head to one of the three official Trailheads, located in Bardstown, Shepherdsville and Lebanon, to pick up your T-shirt, a trail exclusive. Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is a multimillion-dollar artisanal distillery on Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row, not far from the riverfront location where the Evan Williams distillery stood in the late 18th century. Its 1960s-themed Max & Harry’s Tasting Room evokes the “Mad Men” aesthetic. Four Roses: This Spanish mission-style distillery is on the National Register of Historic Places. Whisky Advocate named Four Roses’ 2013 Limited Edition 125th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon the “American Whiskey of the Year.” It earned the title in 2012, too.

Heaven Hill Distilleries: Want a “taste of heaven”? It’s here, in the barrelshaped Taste of Heaven Tasting Room, where you’ll finish off your tasting with a luscious crafted-in-Kentucky bourbon ball. Jim Beam: Go behind the scenes on an interactive, multi-sensory tour: explore the museum with its collection of Jim Beam limited-edition decanters; catch a cooperage demo of a craftsman building a barrel by hand; sip in the state-of-theart tasting room; dine at newly opened Fred’s Smokehouse. Maker’s Mark: Yes, this is where you get to hand-dip your own souvenir bottle in the iconic red wax seal. Step into one of three glass-enclosed tasting rooms and sample a bourbon flight. Town Branch Bourbon: The first new Lexington distillery in more than 100 years, Town Branch was named for the very waterway the city was founded on, and where much bourbon production was once centered. The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine


Wild Turkey: Tour the new Wild Turkey Visitor Center, perched on the edge of a cliff looking out over the scenic Kentucky River. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet bourbon maestro Jimmy Russell.

in liquid form is deliciously habit-forming. ● Crossing over to the Urban Bourbon Trail (www.BourbonCountry.com) in Louisville to experience several stops: Bourbons Bistro, with more than 150 bourbons on the menu; Proof on Main to see the fabulous art collection in the 21c Museum Hotel; the Brown Lobby Bar for that classic Kentucky libation, the mint julep; and the Old Seelbach Bar at the Seelbach Hotel to dip into some “Great Gatsby” history. ● Joining Dixon Dedman for a Personalized Bourbon Tasting with the Innkeeper at Harrodsburg’s whitecolumned Beaumont Inn (www. BeaumontInn.com). Slip into the leather chair comfort of the James Harrod Room and sample your way through the taste profiles, history and nuances of up to six Kentucky bourbons, including rare bourbons such as Four Roses 125th

ADVENTURE GEAR TO TAKE ALONG They’re free, they take up virtually no space in your luggage, and when it comes to navigating the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, they’ll give you everything you need to know to get maximum Woodford Reserve: Kentucky’s oldest and enjoyment from the experience. smallest working bourbon distillery is a APPS. Head to either Apple’s App Store National Historic Landmark known for (https://apple.com/iphone-5s/app-store) its copper pot still and triple distillation or the Google Play store (https://play. process. google.com/store/apps) to research and download these apps: “The allure of our distilleries is not ● Kentucky Bourbon Trail (www. only the history and the legacy, but the KyBourbonTrail.com). Click on the Map passion Kentuckians have for upholding tab to download. This app has everything bourbon-making traditions,” said Russell. you need to do the Trial justice. “You aren’t going to see me messing Available: App Store. with perfection, which is why I’ve been ● Urban Bourbon Trail (www. making Wild Turkey bourbon the same BourbonCountry.com). Click on Things to way going on 60 years now.” Do/Urban Bourbon Trail/The App. Think of this app as an electronic “pub crawl” MORE INFORMATION of nearly 30 bourbon watering holes Kentucky Bourbon Trail: in Louisville. Available: App KyBourbonTrail.com Store, Google Play. Note: All Kentucky Bourbon Both bourbon-related apps Trail passport distilleries provide GPS directions, charge a small fee except interactive maps, tour hours, for Four Roses. admission fees (where Official Trailheads: applicable) and other Bardstown-Nelson information such as menus County Tourist and Convention Commission and bourbon recipes. (www.SampleOurSpirit. ● Kentucky B&B app (from the com); Shepherdsville/ Bed & Breakfast Association of Bullitt County Tourist and Kentucky _ www.KentuckyBB. Convention Commission com). Need a place to hang (www.TravelBullitt.org); your hat along the Trail? Lebanon Tourist and This app includes info about Convention Commission member B&Bs, social media (www.VisitLebanonKy.com) links, frequent-stay form, and lodging and promotional ADVENTURE GUIDE Bardstown, Ky., is home to the new Bourbon Manor (www.BourbonManor.com) – the world’s first bourbon-themed bed-and-breakfast. (Courtesy of Bourbon Manor/MCT) specials, including for the TO DON’T-MISS Bourbon Manor. Available: MOMENTS Anniversary Small Batch Collection, App Store. ● Waking up to a breakfast of Bourbon Pappy Van Winkle (15, 20 or 23), Bacon Waffles with Hot Caramel Sauce Wild Turkey Diamond and Jefferson’s Author, travel and lifestyle writer, and at Bardstown’s new 10-room Bourbon Presidential 21 and 25. travel goods expert Kathy Witt feels Manor (www.BourbonManor.com), the ● Enjoying some off-Trail time under you should never get to the end of your world’s first bourbon-themed bed-andthe stars at the amphitheatre in My Old bucket list; there’s just too much to see breakfast. The inn’s Bourbon Bar cafe is Kentucky Home State Park to catch the and do in the world. She can be reached newly opened and serves a tapas menu. Broadway-style musical, “The Stephen at KathyWitt24@gmail.com or KathyWitt. This fall, the spa will open with bourbonFoster Story” (www.StephenFoster. com. oriented treatments and an exclusive line com). Known as the “father of American of spa products. (c)2014 Kathy Witt music,” Foster wrote 286 songs before ● Sipping MoonPie MoonShine at Visit Kathy Witt at www.kathywitt.com his death in 1864. More than 150 years Lebanon’s Limestone Branch Distillery Distributed by MCT Information Services later, people still know the words and (www.LimestoneBranch.com). Be tunes to “Oh! Susanna” and “Camptown forewarned: The famous marshmallow, Races”, and, most famous of all, “My Old graham cracker and chocolate confection Kentucky Home.” The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

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Fitness over Fifty

By Leigh Anne Richards

Ninety and Going Strong Ten years ago at the young age of 80, Jacqueline Beazley walked in the doors of Metro Fitness. I have had the privilege of knowing this woman and Leigh Anne Richards being constantly amazed at her stamina and just her zest for life. She is constantly moving, talking, laughing, and joking. What stories this woman can tell!! . June 20, 2014 Jacqueline will be 90 years old so I decided to do a story on her and the secret to being 90 and going strong. I was curious about her daily activities as well as her exercise regiment and her eating habits. The following are questions I asked her that I thought we would all be interested in knowing. Tell us about your daily activities- I take my dog for a walk every morning at 5:30am for at least a mile or maybe more. Then I go to MetroFitness 3-4 times a week and do Pilates classes and the Low Impact classes. Her instructors are amazed at what she can do in class. Delisa Boswell, one of Jacqueline’s instructors says she keeps up as well as anybody in the class. After Metro, she is usually off to some luncheon or church function. The woman is never idle. How long have you exercised and how did you get started? I have always walked. My sport was golf and there was no riding in a golf cart for me. I pulled my cart. My late husband and I would play as many as 36 holes of golf and walk the whole time. When group fitness became popular in the 1980’s, I did that and then became involved with Pilates under the direction of the late David Anderson at MetroFitness. I also love to dance. I danced all over Europe with my late husband. What do you do to keep your mind so sharp?

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I read anything and everything I can get my hands on. I also love to work cross word puzzles. My therapy is reading. My favorite book store, Capitol Book and News, is my solace. When other people reach for a “pill” to medicate, I head to the book store for my therapy. I also keep up with everything that is going on in the world. I keep a large global map and magnifier in my library to pin point where and what is going on. That keeps my mind active. I have very strong political beliefs but I keep those to myself most of the time. I don’t mix politics and friendships. She is also a very active member of her church, The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter. She has a strong faith and that also keeps her mind and her attitude in check.

believe everyone should have a pet. I am a dog lover and cannot imagine life without my dogs. I had 2 Dachshunds, Desi and Lucy for 16 years. They were truly my life and I was theirs. After they passed away I adopted a Yorkie named Torie. Her owner had passed away and I was the most obvious person to take her. She now has become my precious companion that I can’t imagine my life without her. Pets truly have a calming effect, lower blood pressure and keep you company. My passion is animals and helping animal shelters with funding. I am always on a crusade to find homes for dogs.

Jacqueline can teach us all lessons through the way she lives her life and has lived it for 90 years- staying active physically and mentally along with keeping a positive attitude. She walks into Metro happy and telling stories. I look forward to seeing her because Jacqueline Beazley and favorite companions she just brightens Tell us about my day. There is always a story she can your Diet tell me that makes me laugh. She is my I eat very lightly. In the mornings for idol. One day, I want to grow up to be breakfast I have a banana and blue just like her! berries. Turkey or tuna is my lunch. I never eat red meat and I limit my sweets. Happy 90th birthday Jacqueline For dinner I usually eat a big salad that Beazley!!!! is full of fresh veggies, black beans and feta cheese. My snack usually consists of Leigh Anne Richards, MEd, Certified almonds, walnuts, fresh fruit and yogurt. Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, General ManagerWhat advice do you give to living a long MetroFitness. For any questions or life? comments, contact Leigh Anne at Keep moving!!! I never stop. It is also so LAMetrofit@aol.com important to count your blessings past and present and dwell on the positive. If your cup runneth over share it. I also The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine


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Glaucoma (Photo llustration by Myers Ink/photo by SpyderMonkey.)

it can literally blindside you, without symptoms By Leslie R. Myers

You probably don’t worry about glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. Perhaps that’s because half of the Americans with glaucoma don’t even know they have it. “There is no cure for glaucoma. But it is extremely manageable – if it is caught early,” said Rick D. Dobbs, M.D., O.D. If you are 40 or older, you should be tested for glaucoma more often as you age, he added. Dr. Dobbs is a board-certified ophthalmologist, also an optometrist and co-owner of 20/20 Ophthalmic Associates in Montgomery. He has practiced medicine since 1986 and treats a large number of glaucoma patients. Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that causes increased pressure and damage to your eye’s optic nerve, robbing your peripheral (side) vision until blindness results.

“But once you lose peripheral vision from glaucoma, no amount of treatment or medication This is how Montgomery’s Court Square Fountain would look to a patient with advanced glaucoma. can restore that vision loss. So it’s important to Studies now show that up to 50 catch it early,” stressed Dr. Dobbs, a percent of the optic nerve can be fellow of the American Academy of damaged before vision problems Ophthalmology. show up in a visual field test. So your Nearly 3 million Americans have glaucoma, which often has no symptoms, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AA0). Dr. Frank Young III, MD, also of 20/20 Ophthalmic Associates, said to detect glaucoma, patients should not rely totally on eye pressure readings taken during routine eye exams; they are not always reliable indicators for glaucoma. Pressures within the eye may fluctuate and there are other variables.

Probably 90 percent of Exams for glaucoma glaucoma patients can include a simple be managed successfully eye pressure check with medications alone, (tonometry), a visual usually special eye field test to make sure drops, Dr. Dobbs said. you have no peripheral In some cases, he also vision loss, a visual performs a thermal laser inspection of the optic treatment to the eyes, nerve (ophthalmoscopy) an outpatient procedure by your ophthalmologist, Dr. Rick D. Dobbs, examines a local eye patient with glaucoma. that takes about 10 and an HRT (Heidelberg minutes. Less often, surgery also is retina tomograph) or OCT (optical needed. coherance tomography) 3-D photo of the optic nerve, Dr. Dobbs said.

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ophthalmologist may run the OCT, a non-invasive scan, which is one of the most accurate forms of early detection, he explained. The higher you are at risk for glaucoma, the earlier and more often you should be tested for it, he said. Risk factors for glaucoma include: advancing age, family history of glaucoma, African or Hispanic ancestry, higher amounts of farsightedness or nearsightedness, elevated eye pressure, past eye injury, thin central corneas, not having regular eye exams, migraines, diabetes, high or low blood pressure, heart disease, hypothyroidism, genetic mutations, and/or long-term corticosteroid use, especially eye drops. Recent studies also show that people with sleep apnea and long-term contraceptive pills users are at higher risk for glaucoma.

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periodic glaucoma exams every 2-to-5 years to age 60, with time intervals based on risk factors. After age 60, be tested for glaucoma at least every 1 or 2 years, depending on risk factors, Dr. Dobbs and various eye health organizations recommend.

glaucoma, however, this fluid does not flow efficiently through the eye’s sponge-like drainage system – known as its trabecular meshwork. When this liquid fails to drain properly, harmful pressure builds up within the eye, Dr. Dobbs explained.

If you learn that you do have glaucoma, there are highly effective treatment options, especially with early detection, Dr. Dobbs said.

The 10-minute, outpatient laser Glaucoma valve surgery or treatment that Dr. glaucoma drainage implants Dobbs performs for involves inserting a shunt or glaucoma applies more-advanced one-way valve a thermal laser to to carry excess fluid out of the eye’s drainage the eye. “The newest valves system, near the base are like a microscopic straw in of the iris. The laser which the fluid can only flow in facilitates microscopic one direction – only out of the Eye exam is performed openings in the eye eye. You don’t want things to by Dr. Frank Young III tissue to allow the fluid to flow more flow into the eye or you may get an easily, thereby reducing eye pressure. infection, of course,” Dr. Dobbs said.

“We have great medications now, called prostaglandin inhibitors, that only require one eye drop a day and last 24 hours,” he said. “ This category of drugs probably the best thing to come along in the past 15-to-20 years. With that medication, we can control most glaucomas.” Other eye drops also may be used, often in combination with the prostaglandin inhibitors. If your glaucoma medications cannot lower eye pressure enough, your ophthalmologist probably will perform a laser treatment and/or recommend surgery to help lower the internal pressure of your eyes. A clear liquid, called the aqueous humor, normally circulates inside the front of the eye. In most forms of

Laser treatments to open the trabecular meshwork are called argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT) or, a newer type, called a selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) procedure. “They use different lasers, but they do essentially the same thing – which is, facilitate drainage of internal ocular fluid,” Dr. Dobbs said of laser treatments he performs.

Some glaucoma patients may need surgery. Glaucoma filtration surgery lowers eye pressure, as the surgeon creates a more advanced artificial drainage system for eye fluid to drain efficiently, Dr. Young said.

Information provided by Dr. Rick Dobbs and Dr. Frank Young with 20/20 Ophthalmic Associates in Montgomery, phone 334.286.2020. Leslie R. Myers is writing a series of medical articles for BOOM! She is a veteran journalist and owner of Myers Ink marketing, which specializes in representing eye care and other medical practices. To contact her, visit www.MyersInk.net or email her at MyersInk@MyersInk.net.

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Healthy Hearing

By Dr. Bettie Borton Au.D.

Celebrate National Men’s Health Week by Taking Control of Your Hearing!

Father’s Day and National Men’s Health week are a good time of year to remind ourselves how important prevention and early detection are to the health of the men in our Dr. Bettie Borton Au. D. lives. More than half of the 38 million people in the United States with hearing impairment are male. Hearing loss impacts every aspect of a man’s life, and if he wants to stay active, feel youthful, and remain active both socially and professionally, he must address any hearing difficulties he may be noticing. This year, National Men’s Health Week occurs from June 9 through June 15. In support of National Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day, Doctors Hearing Clinic and The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) are raising awareness about the link between hearing impairment and various chronic diseases and the effects of untreated hearing loss, particularly on men. Research has established a relationship between untreated hearing impairment and numerous physical, mental, and emotional conditions—including depression, anxiety, stressed relationships, cognitive decline, and increased fall risk. Additionally, a BHI study established that decreased earnings was an under-recognized result of untreated hearing loss. The study revealed that people with unaddressed hearing loss lose as much as $30,000 in income yearly, depending on the severity of their hearing impairment. The use of hearing devices was found to lessen the threat of income loss by 90 to 100 percent for individuals with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for individuals with moderate to severe hearing loss. This research also revealed that people with severe hearing loss who use hearing aids are twice as likely to be employed as individuals with unaddressed hearing loss. “Hearing health is integral to a man’s whole health and well-being,” says Sergei Kochkin, PhD, Former Executive Director of BHI. “It affects his quality of life, relationships,

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family life, job performance, and even his earnings. And because hearing loss is linked to several chronic diseases, it’s important that men and their healthcare providers routinely address hearing health as part of their medical care.” It is important to increase understanding of the value of hearing health among men, their healthcare providers, and their employers. BHI is encouraging employers to include hearing health in their office wellness programs. Additionally, BHI is urging physicians to integrate hearing screenings into annual physicals. Because many physicians don’t discuss hearing difficulties with their patients— even during annual exams— it’s especially important that men play a proactive role when it comes to their hearing health. “Hearing loss remains one of the most commonly unaddressed health conditions in America today, despite the pervasive ramifications it has on peoples’ lives,” says Kochkin. “We hope our participation in National Men’s Health Week will raise awareness of the importance of hearing health and prompt men to seek help for their hearing loss.” The Hearing Aid Revolution Although many men enjoy staying up to date with their knowledge of electronics, many are not fully aware of the technological advances that have occurred in the hearing aid world. Unfortunately, the lack of knowledge about recent improvements keeps many individuals from addressing their hearing loss. Here are five little-known facts about today’s modern hearing aids: 1. They’re cosmetically appealing. Many

of today’s hearing aids are discreet and comfortable, providing natural sound quality and easy use. 2. They can automatically adapt to various environments. Whether it’s conversation in a noisy restaurant or the chirp of crickets on a summer’s night, recent technological improvements have made hearing aids far more adaptable than ever before. 3. You can sweat while wearing them. Water resistant, digital hearing aids suit the active lifestyles of those who spend their time outdoors in dusty, humid environments. 4. They work with your electronic devices. Wireless, digital hearing aids are now the norm. That means flawless connectivity— directly into your hearing aids at optimal volumes— from your smartphone, iPod, or television. 5. The battery life is continuously improving. Many hearing aids can get two to three weeks of battery life. This June, make sure the men in your life include hearing health as part of their routine medical care. Come see our Doctors of Audiology. They are experts in hearing protection, hearing loss identification and treatment. Better hearing can amp up the quality of your life and those around you! To schedule a complimentary hearing consultation please contact Doctors Hearing Clinic at (334) 396-1635. Content adapted from the articles Tuning Men into the Upside of Hearing Aids for National Men’s Health Week and BHI Urges Men to Take Online Hearing Check During National Men’s Health Week. Dr. Bettie B. Borton is a licensed audiologist in Alabama, was the first board certified audiologist in Montgomery, served as National Chair of the American Board of Audiology, and is currently serving as President of the American Academy of Audiology. Co-authored by Dr. Brittany Spahr and Casey Gonzalez, Doctoral Extern, LSU Health. The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine


What’s In Your Closet? More than any other century, the fashion of the 20th century changed radically from the 1900’s through the 1990’s. Vintage fashion has surged in popularity over the last few years because of TV programs like “Mad Men” and “Downton Abby” or movies such as the “Great Gatsby”. Hollywood stars have caught our attention by wearing vintage gowns during red carpet events and people are discovering that wearing something vintage or nostalgic can be fun and very stylish. As you read the descriptions of fashion for the decades, you will notice that styles fluctuate.

crept higher. By the late 1960’s psychedelic tunics and palazzo pants become stylish along with maxi dresses and mini dresses. Dresses were shift or A-line with no defined waist. Bell bottom pants emerged and short shorts were worn for casual wear. Gloves were no longer a necessity.

The 20th Century started out Edwardian. From 1900 until 1919, the styles for women were long and with a little flounce. Bustles, corsets, fitted waists and high neck lines gave way to dresses with a looser fit and conservative style. Cotton and silk were fabrics of choice. Hats had lots of feathers, flowers and lace with large brims being the preference. Gloves were a necessity.

The 1970’s led to peasant style dresses for formals. Pantsuits became popular and for the first time ladies were wearing pants to work. Loose style caftans became associated with The Hippie fashions. Halter tops and bell bottom pants were everywhere. One piece “Jumpsuits” were popular in the mid 70’s. Platform shoes became the choice for footwear. Fabric by then was polyester because it was easy to wash and no ironing.

The flapper 20’s were very different and fun but with little style accentuating the figure. Many of the dresses were shifts or drop waist designs. Hemlines were shorter and just below the knee or a little longer. Many were made of silk and had lots of beading or flowers in the designs. Hats were cap style fitted with flowers and feathers. Coats were oversized. The 30’s attire shifted to being more feminine and the dress designs were fitted with skirts that were longer and cut on the bias. Wide brim hats came back in style. Fitted suits were a preference by the end of the decade. The 40’s became more tailored with padded shoulders and long A-line style skirts. World War II had a big effect in the design with more suits being worn and straight leg pants became popular. Gloves became an important part of dress when going out. Hats were cap style and fitted. The 1950’s were more feminine with shirtwaist dresses, spaghetti strap and halter sundresses with full skirts. Formals were made of tulle and full skirted strapless dresses were popular with long gloves. Two-piece swimsuits were around but most ladies chose a one piece. Ladies still wore gloves. Fitted pants and Bermuda shorts were stylish. Fashion changed more in the 1960’s than any other decade. From the onset the fashions started changing. By 1962, suits and pill box hats were popular, influenced by Jackie Kennedy’s style. The jackets had ¾ length sleeves. Bikinis became popular for swimwear. Ski pants or stirrup pants were popular with fitted ski sweaters. By the mid-1960’s, the Beatles had arrived and so had the London look. Shift style dresses and Empire waist dresses became the rage along with knee high boots. Berets were the choice for hats. Up until now the hemline had been longer with the exception of the 1920’s. Now, hemlines The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

The 1980’s ushered in the oversize fashions with large padded shoulders. Big jewelry pieces and broaches were popular. Skirts became longer and brightly colored suits were seen in offices. Jeans became popular for casual wear. The 90’s brought with it a resurgence of stirrup pants and oversized sweaters. This decade also brought in longer dresses with wide collars with lots of floral and printed fabrics. Fashions today mimic many of the 1960’s and 70’s and blue jeans have become a staple. You may want to go check out what might be in your closet. You might just find something vintage and “In”. Nina Vickrey Kynard Owner Kynard Korner Vintage Boutique For more, visit Kynard Korner Facebook R ive r Re gio n Bo o m . co m

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Did You Know? Men can benefit from facials, too. Though facials are a luxury most often associated with women, good skin is not exclusive to the fairer sex. Though their reasons for getting a facial often differ from women’s, men can benefit from facials just as much as their female counterparts. The following are just a handful of the benefits a man can expect to enjoy after receiving a facial. ● Reduce shaving irritation: Perhaps the greatest reason for a man to get a facial is to relieve the irritation caused by shaving. Even the most technologically advanced razors cause some irritation, and that irritation can be mild, painful or anywhere in between. Rather than growing a beard to avoid the painful side effects of shaving, men can treat their skin to a facial that revitalizes their skin and helps offset some of the more painful side effects of taking a razor to their face. ● Improve appearance: One of the biggest benefits of receiving a facial is the procedure’s effect on an individual’s appearance. Men are more prone to clogged pores than women, but facials clean pores more deeply than store-bought scrubs and cleansers, helping skin appear more vibrant and healthy. That improved appearance can impact a man’s self-esteem, which can benefit a man in both his personal and professional lives. ● Combat aging: Wrinkles are a natural side effect of aging, but some men find this particular part of the aging process more troublesome than others. Men whose wrinkles doubled seemingly overnight may be able to slow the wrinkling process by receiving a facial, which can help improve the elasticity of the skin and contribute to cellular regeneration that helps men avoid looking older than they really are. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a short nap of 20 to 30 minutes can improve alertness and performance without creating feelings of grogginess or interfering with nighttime sleep. A NASA study that examined sleepy pilots and astronauts found that those who napped for 40 minutes improved their performance by 34 percent. While napping can be beneficial, napping can have a negative impact as well. For example, those who nap too late in the day may struggle to get a decent night’s rest later that night, when the length and quality of sleep may not be as long or as strong as it would had they not napped so late in the day. Men and women who find themselves suddenly need naps despite no obvious cause of fatigue should consult their physicians, as this might be indicative of a sleep disorder or another medical condition. According to the American Heart Association, relaxation that calms tension in the mind and body can be a great way for men and women to combat stress. Deep breathing is one relaxation technique that’s simple and effective when done the right way. The AHA recommends that men and women looking to relax through deep breathing should first sit in a comfortable position with their feet on the floor and hands in their lap (lying down is also acceptable). Once they have gotten in position, men and women can close their eyes and picture themselves in a peaceful place, holding the scene in their mind, all the while inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply. This slow breathing should continue for at least 10 minutes.

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‘Grandma Gatewood’s Walk’

The remarkable life of woman who raised profile of Appalachian Trail By Bob Downing

In 1955, Emma Gatewood hiked the 2,050mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 146 days. She simply told her family in southern Ohio that she was going for a walk and disappeared. The 67-yearold mother of 11 and grandmother of 23 became the first woman to hike the entire trail and the first person ever to hike it two times, then three times. She also did other longdistance hikes. She was dubbed Grandma Gatewood (1887-1973) and became a national celebrity. Now journalist Ben Montgomery is telling her story in a new biographical book, “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring

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Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail” (Chicago Review Press, $26.95). Montgomery’s mother, Donna Burrus, was Gatewood’s great-niece, so he had access to Gatewood’s diaries, trail journals and correspondence. He incorporates family interviews, visits with hikers Gatewood met on the trail, and newspaper and magazine accounts. Montgomery, a Tampa Bay Times reporter, also visited some of the same spots she did along the now-famous trail. The result is very readable and interesting 278-page book that looks at the determined Gatewood on the Appalachian Trail and at her troubled and abusive marriage that helped propel her onto the trails as a means of escape and freedom.

Gatewood, from southern Ohio’s Gallia County, became a long-distance walker is not easy. She frequently dodged the question and partially answered it when asked by reporters over the years. Gatewood’s real-life story was more interesting than the trail lore that has grown up around her, says the 36-year-old Montgomery. Gatewood traveled with little food, little equipment and little money. She wore Keds tennis shoes. Her success brought more attention to hiking and to the then-neglected trail. It got more care and maintenance after her hikes. Montgomery, in a telephone interview, said he is proud to bring a little more attention to his distant relative Gatewood. “She’s an American heroine, someone who should be remembered,” he says. The book can be purchased on amazon.com (c)2014 Akron Beacon Journal Distributed by MCT Information Services

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Women of Hope Breast Cancer Support Group Tuesday, June 10th, 5:30 p.m. Frazer UMC, Room 8114 6000 Atlanta Highway

Enjoy fun and fellowship with your breast cancer “sisters” and friends!

The program will be:

“Hereditary Breast Cancer” presented by

Presented by Dr. Pamela Strickland, Breast Surgeon Everyone is Welcome!

For information please call 334-220-4599 or email womenofhope@charter.net.

Our goal is to make sure that all women AND men are educated about breast cancer and the effects it has on family and friends. Hope is the assurance that one day we will be able to live cancer free! Your support is greatly appreciated and helps so many deserving breast cancer patients and survivors including their families. Women of Hope Breast Cancer Support Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month (Jan-Nov). Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m.

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Aerial Exercise classes turn participants on their heads By Erica Curless

Peggy Sue Moran, 56, performs an aerial silk move as Donna DeVerniero, 62, left, watches with Megan Rounds, 62, at Spokane Aerial Performance Arts

Donna DeVerniero celebrated her 62nd birthday in March hanging upside down from a 20-foot silk cloth suspended from the ceiling.

than 55, including a 77-year-old woman. “How many years since you’ve been upside down,” Martin said, laughing. “Like when you were 10?”

It’s this baby boomer’s way of running off and joining the circus, or at least pretending to while getting an intense core and upper body workout as she flips upside down like a fearless child. “My first class when I went upside down I was hooked,” DeVerniero said while taking a break from a class at Spokane Aerial Performance Arts, the only gym in the area of the Washington state city that focuses on the sport of aerial, which has roots in the circus arts and is familiar to people thanks to Cirque du Soleil.

A lifetime gymnast and sports fanatic, Martin, who is a track coach at Lewis and Clark High School, opened the gym in 2011 after inadvertently signing up for a silk class instead of a gymnastics lesson while visiting San Francisco. She wanted to bring the beautiful art, and workout, to her hometown.

Owner Sherrie Martin said the rush of upside-down moves grips students every time, especially older people who haven’t seen an inverted view of the world for a long time. That’s why the gym recently started offering a class for women older than 50. Her students include nearly 20 people older

But aerial is not easy to master, especially if you are older and have no background in gymnastics or circus arts. When DeVerniero first began she felt pathetic yet empowered all at the same time. Every class she made a small breakthrough in skill and strength.

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At 55, Martin said she is the strongest she’s been in her life. Besides teaching aerial silks, Martin also performs with a partner on an aerial hoop known as Lyra and can work the trapeze.

“I’m just improving with age,” DeVerniero said. She didn’t embrace any fitness activity until she began taking ballroom dancing. That inspired her to become a fitness trainer at age 46. She now works with elderly clients and loves everything fitness. “In high school I was least likely to be involved in anything fitness related,” DeVerniero said. “I’d skip PE classes and I was always the last one picked for the team.” Today this perky blonde is fit with defined arms and able to do 10 perfect pushups without much effort. When she started the basic instruction class she wore elbow pads to do plank exercises and modified them by using her knees. Now she easily climbs hand-over-hand up the black silk cloth using her legs as leverage. She waved from the top of the ceiling and giggled. Then she gracefully slid down to the floor, controlling her speed with her hands. The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine


She’s ecstatic. It’s the first time she was able to descend in a smooth, controlled motion without getting rope burns on her hands. DeVerniero has worked for a year to master this basic skill. The women in the class cheered. There is total support no matter the skill level or age. It’s an individual adventure as students learn climbs, wraps and drops. The art element makes everybody’s experience different. DeVerniero and Peggy Sue Moran, 56, have been in the beginning classes for two years, slowly building their strength, especially the grip in their hands. When they first started, their hands ached from working weak muscles. Although they can’t do advanced aerial tricks, they still enjoy the challenge and the benefits. “We are here long term,” Moran said. A longtime runner, Moran tumbled while running in the snow the other week. She thinks her new-found upper body strength and flexibility helped her avoid more severe injury than a scraped elbow and sore ankle. She notices it in everyday tasks too like opening jars, shoveling snow or buying a case of water at Costco. “I couldn’t pick those up to save my life,”

Moran said. “Now I have no problem and I can lift them into the trunk of the car.” That’s one of the gym’s major goals is to help people achieve upper body fitness, especially for the 50-plus crowd. “It’s no fun to go to the gym and lift weights,” Martin said. “This is fun.” And it’s always different and has a large dose of creativity. Aerial silk is almost an art form, with how people wrap the colorful silks, around their arms, legs and body. Martin also insists it produces happiness. You can’t help but feel happy when you are working with the silks, she said. Another benefit is exercise for the brain because aerial silk skills require you to use both sides of the body. While suspended in the air, it’s often difficult to distinguish your right from your left. Spokane Aerial entertains at local events and parties and can do a variety of performances, from aerial silk and hoops to acrobatics and fire dancing. For fun, the school participated in the local St. Patrick’s Day Parade. So how do aerial silks work? The gym rigs colorful silks, gold, red, purple, green, blue, which are actually elastic polyester cloth, from the ceiling trusses. Martin got certified in Ireland, where circus is serious business, to do the technical riggings. Every six months, the riggings are inspected by a professional

theater rigger. The floor beneath the colorful strands of silks, also known as tissu, is covered with cushion mats. Safety is top priority, Martin said. People always ask about falls, especially because performers don’t use safety harnesses that could tangle and get in the way of the wrap tricks. There are no helmets. Martin said falling is not an option. Falls can kill. That’s why students start on the floor or using hammocks and build core and upper body strength in addition to grip strength. Students do get tired or hung up but there are safety procedures in place to help anyone in trouble. “In some ways it’s self-limiting,” Martin said. “If you don’t have the strength, you can’t get up there.” MORE INFORMATION Website:

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Aerial fitness instructor finds her funny bone Sherrie Martin finally found an outlet for her unique array of talents _ physical comedy. It’s the perfect way for a 55-year old woman to combine fife playing, handstands and baton twirling. Now if she could only figure out how to incorporate synchronized swimming. Martin owns Spokane Aerial Performance Arts in Spokane, Wash., and happened upon her talent for comedy while in Ireland last year to learn how to rig aerial silks to the ceiling in her gym. While at the Irish Aerial Dance Festival in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Martin and her husband signed up for a comedy class on a whim. After getting laughs for just doing a handstand, an easy move for a lifelong gymnast, Martin was hooked. It was an amazing and freeing feeling for a serious The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

woman who’s strict and demanding _ traits that come from coaching athletes and pushing her own fitness. Nobody has ever categorized her as “funny.” Yet she’s quick to point out Lucille Ball never thought of herself as funny either.

music. She accidently throws the baton off stage. In a crunch, she goes through a gardener’s garbage can looking for something to twirl: a rack, a shovel, garden gloves, socks, a small stash of booze. Her body language and movements convey her disgust and frustration.

Now she’s creating comedy routines to perform at this year’s Irish Aerial Dance Festival in Letterkenny. She’s working with a comedy coach based in Montreal, the home of Cirque du Soleil.

“It makes me so happy,” Martin said. “I just can’t stand it. The whole world just goes away.”

The Martins enjoyed the Irish festival so much last year they invited 14 students from their aerial silk classes to the festival.

As an adult, she never thought she would be using her years of Saturday baton lessons and skills learned in the Spokane Percussionauts, a now-defunct drum and bugle corps comprised of area schools’ musicians.

Martin also hopes to perform her acts in Spokane. In one shtick, Martin is a prissy baton twirler cart-wheeling and rolling to marching band

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Featured Artists This Month, Carol Barksdale and Shirley Esco chosen artists to a DIXIE ART COLONY to paint for the committee “At its core, art does far more than Kelly Fitzpatrick for selection just bring beauty into our world. Art Memorial Gallery to create a has the ability to transport us into exhibition painting for a different time and place helping titled Working the exhibition. us to gain historical perspective and on the River, I After careful understanding. Through art, we can love painting consideration, learn to appreciate different periods landscapes on the the committee in history and better understand the water. I saw the selected five; significance of how our history has old photograph two were impacted our communities. Artists of the riverboat Gallery One serve as historians, creating visual at the locks being Fine Art artist records of our society and culture,” loaded with cotton and felt it was members, Carol writes Mark A. a good fit for me and the project. Barksdale and Harris, KFMG Loading at the Locks is a wonderful Shirley Esco. Director and example of the importance of both Dixie Art Colony river commerce and cotton.” Carol Barksdale Exhibition says, “My Curator. He A complete schedule of all events can painting is a continues, be found on their website depiction of Kelly “This exhibition www.WorkingByTheRiver.org Fitzpatrick and paints a nostalgic portrait of Carol Barksdale, The Art Lesson 36x48 oil on canvas the Dixie Art Colony, which is a group of artists in thought to be the Deep South’s first the Dixie Art Colony. art colony. Although many of the It was taken from colonists were considered Sunday an old photograph Painters several of them, most of the artists at the notably Kelly Fitzpatrick, were serious camp. I am so pleased artists who later became icons in the I was one of the five world of Southern art. The archives artists selected by the offer fascinating insight into life of Shirley Esco, Loading at the Locks 30x40 acrylic on canvas committee to create the Dixie colony and its participants, The Art Lesson, which will become while the original artwork offers a Visit Gallery One Fine Art 423 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery, AL part of the permanent collection colorful glimpse of central Alabama’s Gallery Director Sandi Aplin of the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial rural landscape.” sandiaplin@aol.com 334.269.1114 Gallery.” www.galleryonefineart.com Artists were asked to submit Shirley Esco says, “As one of the five proposals, bios and artist statements

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Art & Soul

By Sandi Aplin

Dixie Art Colony Retrospective Now Showing in Wetumpka this Summer!

The Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery in Wetumpka is hosting an exhibition thru July 6th that should be of great interest to anyone interested in Alabama art. The exhibition, “Dixie Art Colony: A Look at its Lasting Legacy” will tell the story of the Dixie Art Colony, founded by Kelly Fitzpatrick with the support of Sallie Carmichael of Montgomery. The Colony flourished on Lake Jordan from the mid1930s to the mid1940s. It was a place for artists from around the southeast to meet, work, study and play together during the hard years of The Great Depression and World War II. The exhibition will relate the history of the Dixie Art Colony and the lasting impact of its legacy. Works by such renowned artists as Waree Lebron, Louise Everton, Frank Applebee, Arthur Stewart, and Carlos Alpha “Shiney” Moon, Genevieve Southerland, Kelly Fitzpatrick and others will be on display. This is believed to be the first show dedicated to the highly collectible work of Dixie Art Colony artists. Preparation for this exhibit included interviews with Martha Moon Kracke, daughter of artist “Shiney” Moon, Sallie Lebron Holland, daughter of artist Warree Carmichael Lebron and Bebe Wolfe, daughter of Karl and Mildred Nungester Wolfe as well as numerous conversations with people who knew Kelly Fitzpatrick in his hometown of Wetumpka. Images of an amazing array of photographs, scrapbooks, notes and other memorabilia never before made public will be available for viewing.

storyboards telling the local story of work through many generations. The total program entitled “Working By the River” will include lectures, a downtown Art Walk depicting the theme, ancillary exhibitions in Tallassee and Millbrook. A complete schedule of events can be found at their website www. WorkingByTheRiver.org recognized authority on this subject and is contributing her previously unpublished thesis on the Dixie Art Colony as the basis for the exhibition catalog. The Dixie Art Colony exhibition will run concurrently with two other special events at the same time. Wetumpka will host the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibition entitled “The Way We Worked” which will be at the Elmore County History Museum. Also at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery there will be an exhibition entitled “Alabama at Work: Yesterday and Today” featuring competitively chosen artwork and

The Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery is a non-profit organization and is located in the City of Wetumpka Administrative Building at 212 S. Main Street. The mission of the KFMG is to engage, inspire, and educate artists and the public at large by promoting local and regional visual arts through the collection, recognition, documentation and the publication of relevant works of American art. The KFMG, The Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Wetumpka invite you to come for a visit! Sandi Aplin, Director of Gallery One Fine Art A free lance writer living in Montgomery, Alabama www.galleryonefineart.com

Lynn Barstis Williams Katz, PHD, has written extensively on Alabama artists and printmakers. She is a

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June 2014

{12 Things} for active boomers and beyond

SANTUCK, ALABAMA

Santuck Flea Market June 2, until 2 pm (rain or shine) First Saturday of the Month March through December

Antiques and collectibles, books, new clothing, kitchenware, crafts, furniture, jewelry, new and used merchandise, fresh produce, and toys. Locations, Highway 9, Wetumpka, Alabama, twenty-five miles north of Montgomery. Take Route 231 North to Highway 9; then turn right and market will be six miles down, on the right. www.santuckfleamarket. com

UNION SPRINGS, ALABAMA Rubycat Lawson’s Roadhouse Lounge Red Door Theatre Friday/Saturday, June 6-7, 8-6pm

This stunning, footstomping musical tale of redemption follows the story of Matthew Porter, proprietor of the once famous blues and rock & roll juke joint—Rubycat Lawson’s Roadhouse Lounge. The Roadhouse has been deteriorating for more than a decade, and Matthew has been declining along with it. When he receives a letter from the government claiming eminent domain for a new interstate highway, Matthew reaches the depths of despair and begins to mourn the loss of a historic landmark. Hope walks in – and Matthew transforms into the most electrifying performers of all time: Ray Charles, Little Richard, Elton John, Sam Cooke, Muddy Waters, Jelly Roll Morton, Big Joe Turner, Lionel Richie, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Rated PG. For more info visit reddoortheatre.org or call 334.738.8687

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA

Happy Together Tour MPAC-Montgomery Performing Arts Center Saturday, June 8th at 7:30 pm Get your bell bottom pants and your favorite tyed-dyed t-shirt ready… Happy Together Tour is coming to MPAC! Happy Together is composed of The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Mark Farner formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels and Gary Lewis & The Playboys. For more information visit mpaconline.org/event

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ALEXANDER CITY, ALABAMA

22nd Annual Alexander City Jazz Fest Friday /Saturday, June 13-14 Lake Martin ‘s biggest musical event of the year! The free two-day event takes place at Strand Park in downtown Alexander City on Friday night and Lake Martin Amphitheater on Saturday. Featuring...The Dirty Guv’nahs, Green River Ordinance, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sunpie Barnes & The Louisiana Hotspots Guitar Slim Barnes, Chad Fisher! And it’s all FREE! In addition to great entertainment, the event will feature vendors and art contest and more. For more info call 256.234.3461 or visit alexcityjazzfest.com for tickets. Also visit lmat.org

FOLEY, ALABAMA

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Foley Sports Complex Friday/Saturday, June 13-14, various times The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, presented by Tanger Outlets, welcomes more than 50 hot air balloonists from across the country. Enjoy the floating works of art as they grace the skies of South Baldwin County on Friday and Saturday morning*. Get up close and personal as the hot air balloons and their pilots light up the evening skies at the nightly balloon glows, held Friday and Saturday night*. Guests enjoy free, fun entertainment featuring something for every member of your family. Be sure to catch one of the many shows by the Disc Connected K-9 World Famous Frisbee Dog Show. Toss after toss you will be amazed as man’s best friend defies gravity catching their prized flying saucers. Shop through an eclectic array of local crafters, artisans, and retailers. For more info visit southbaldwinchamber.com

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BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

Rick and Bubba Outdoor Expo Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) Arena and Exhibition Halls Thursday-Saturday, June 13-15, Fri:4-8, Sat: 10-10, Sun: 10-4 The Rick and Bubba Outdoor Expo is a weekend experience designed for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. The B.J.C.C. will be a destination Father’s Day weekend for all things hunting, fishing, and outdoors! There will be top outdoor retailers and organizations for autograph and photo sessions with country music stars and outdoor personalities all under one roof! Tickets are $10 for adults (13 and Older). Kids 12 and under get in free! Tickets available through Ticketmaster and the BJCC Central Ticket Office. BJCC Arena is located at 2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd North, Birmingham. For more info call 800-745-3000 or visit rickandbubbaoutdoorexpo.com

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

Greg Shoemaker, Comedian-Lovemaster Farewell Tour Comedy Club Stardome Friday/Saturday, June 20-21, call for times Craig Shoemaker was named Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards, won two NATAS Emmy Awards, a Toastmaster Award, performed at every major comedy venue in the country and was seen by over two million people last year. His “Lovemaster” routine was voted Most Popular Comedy on XM Radio’s Big Schtick Award, and was voted one of the top 20 stand-up specials on Comedy Central. Craig has appeared in over 100 television shows – including ABC’s The View (where he was Joy Behar’s first guest in her Comedy Corner), HBO’s Comic Relief (three times), Showtime’s Comedy All-Stars, and The Hollywood Squares with Whoopi Goldberg. Comedy Club Stardome, 1818 Data Drive, Hoover, AL. Call 205.444.0008 or visit stardome.com

BREWTON, ALABAMA

The 34th Alabama Blueberry Festival Saturday, June 21st, 8 am - 3 pm The 34th Annual Alabama Blueberry Festival will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in historic downtown Brewton. The festival features arts and crafts, cookbooks, blueberry bushes, crates of fresh blueberries, blueberry ice cream, a food court, festival T-shirts, a children’s section, live entertainment all day and an antique car show. For more information, including directions to the festival, call the Greater Brewton Area Chamber of Commerce at 251-867-3224, or visit www.brewtonchamber.com or alabamablueberryfestival.com

CLANTON, ALABAMA Peach Jam Jubilee Clanton City Park Friday, June 27th,

Join in as Chilton County celebrates Alabama peaches. Arts and crafts, food , live and local entertainment, giveaways, Hot Air Balloons, art exhibitions, a cook-off, live music, parades, live and silent auctions, barbecue and much more. Admission FREE. For more info, 205.755.2400 or www.chiltonchamberonline.com

PIKE ROAD, ALABAMA

The Waters Weekend, Tour of Homes The Waters in Pike Road Union Station Train Shed-Downtown Montgomery Friday-Sunday, June 6-8, 1 to 6 pm The tour will include food, fun and great prizes. More than nine homes will be open for tours with special incentives available throughout the weekend. Visitors will be able to tour homes from, Distinctive Homes of Alabama, Harris Doyle Homes and Riverchase Homes. Visitors will also be able to get a bird’s eye view of the new Pike Road School Construction. For more info, 334.272.3200 or visit TheWatersAL.com

WETUMPKA, ALABAMA The Way We Worked Downtown Wetumpka Through July 6, various times

The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street will bring the exhibition entitled “The Way We Worked” to Wetumpka for its final Alabama appearance. The exhibition, made possible in our community by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, will be shown in the Elmore County Museum located at 112 South Main Street through July 6. Hours for the “The Way We Worked” will be Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. “alabama at Work” and “dixie art Colony: a look at Its legacy” hours will be 10 am to 4 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery in the City of Wetumpka Administrative Building located at 408 South Main Street. For more info visit WorkingByTheriver.org

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA Capitol Oyster Bar Sunday Concerts Sundays, 5pm - until

The Capitol Oyster Bar located in Downtown Montgomery on Shady Street offers terrific Blues performers each Sunday at 5 pm. Some of the names appearing in June are Remedy Krewe June 8th, Peter Karp and Sue Foley, June 15th, Johnny Sansone, June 22nd, and Seth Walker, June 29th. Get some new music experiences from one of Montgomery’s best venues for the blues. For more info visit capitoloysterbar.com

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By Greg Budell

The Mayor of BOOMTOWN

GRADUATION DAZE I attended a high school graduation recently and wondered if the kids understood how they are Linked for Life. A few years back I returned to Chicago for my ##th (number redacted) high school reunion.

When I checked in for the event, I saw a list of familiar names from our class of 660. “What’s the deal with this group?” I asked, while pasting on my “HELLO MY NAME IS” tag.

“Why, they’re dead, Greg”. My former classmate running the desk was rather nonchalant about it. (Can you be ‘chalant’?). It’s a Midwestern thing. Someone dies, you go to the wake, eat sausage, peppers and pasta at some “family” restaurant after the funeral and life goes on. Still- there were at least 40 names on the list! Jeez!

You live long enough and you lose people but you normally get the news one name at a time.

“Did you hear about so-and-so? Yeah. Passed away”. “That’s a shame”.

This was like a mass so-and-so obituary with a giant headline- 35 OF GREG BUDELL’S CLASSMATES DIE IN ONE NIGHT! I didn’t burst into tears with sadness. Quite the opposite, actually. I felt lucky that I had managed to live to make it to the event. Those of you who read this column on a regular basis know just how lucky I really was to be among the attendees and not on the List of Deceased So-and-So’s.

I took a deep breath and scanned the crowd, alarmed at how generally crappy everyone looked. I know that sounds callous. If you’d been there, you’d have agreed with me.

“This is some bowling banquet, here, Greg! Are you sure this is your class?”

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my life and preserved my looks - at least a little better than everyone else in the Class of Redacted. Life in the Midwest takes its toll. My classmates who chose to stay in Chicago and endure winter after brutal winter paid a price in extra weight, extra gray and looking beat up.

I think the life expectancy in Chitown is about 55. Seriously, you hear those Life Expectancy numbers and it’s what, 74 for men and 79 for women?

That’s a national average. South Florida, for example, has an enormous population of people so old they’ve had the chance to forget who they are twice! (I am on my first). There, people keel over playing golf. In Chicago, they keel over changing snow tires. People at high school reunions fall into 3 groups.

1. Those you recognize and remember their name. 2. Those you recognize but sneak-peek their “HELLO MY NAME IS” tag just to be sure before speaking a name. 3. Who the heck are you? We went to school together for 4 years? Each reunion is unique unto itself. At our 10 year, I was a hot shot radio jock and had the coolest career in our class. I was the Black Swan- the nerdy kid who evolved into something completely and shockingly unexpected. It was a night of showing off, sharing naughty ways to get buzzed, and comparing stuff. Most people came stag.

Girls that wouldn’t give me the time of day in high school were all over me. I chose one, and will spend the rest of my life wondering why Sue McRedacted didn’t follow up that night by accepting my invitation to Florida. I guess her husband wouldn’t let her, and for some reason, she hasn’t been

to any subsequent Bogan High School get-togethers. (She wasn’t on the List of Deceased So-and-So’s. I checked.)

The 20 year reunion was more...mature. I still had the coolest career in the class but with the added bonus of the hottest wife in the sexiest dress. Sue McRedacted wasn’t there (darn it). I wanted her to be green with envy, seeing what she missed.

Sue may have been at Bogan’s 25th. I flew to Chicago to attend it, hoping to then show off the hottest girl friend in the sexiest dress and make her jealous. Unfortunately I showed up to the banquet hall the day after it actually took place. This was the night I learned the importance of checking dates on tickets to events you spend $2000 to attend. I did not attend the 30th because I no longer had the coolest career or the hottest anything because I was in between jobs rebooting my life. Sad. Odd, isn’t it? You spend 4 years in school with this totally random group of people and re-convene in this perpetual state of competition. After 10 years, it’s money and stuff. After 20, it’s kids and houses.

If I had to pick the recurring theme of this most recent reunion, it was “retirement and grandchildren”. I was unqualified to discuss both so I did a lot of listening and nodding, secretly hoping Sue McRedacted would burst into the room and say “Greg! Thank God you’re here! Thank God you’re not dead! Let’s finish what we started at the 10th!” Where is she?

Perhaps she’ll show for the next one. I’ll be there. Not to show off a hot date or cool stuff or finish what I started with Sue McRedacted. I’m a married guy now. I just want to make sure my name isn‘t on the list of Deceased So-and Sos.

Greg Budell lives in Montgomery with his dog Hershey. He’s a 25 year veteran of radio who hosts the Greg & Susan morning show 6-9 am and Happy Hour 3-6 pm on NEWSTALK 93.1, Greg can be reached at gregbudell@aol.com The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine


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