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October/November 2017

Ah, Nuts!

Sometimes we feel like it


A life of awareness

Food Trucks

Mobile culinary treats

Plus A DIY fire pit

Nikki Bowman

Jessica rowan

Jodie Roybal







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107 W. South Street • Aberdeen, NC

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10 Food Trucks


While the food truck trend has been around nearly a decade, Moore County is just starting to fully enjoy some of these gourmet edibles on wheels.


Garden Variety

Padma Lakshmi said, “It doesn’t matter how precisely the onion is cut as long as the person chewing it is happy.” Grow some onions and be happy!


If you can take two things away from our story on meditation, it’s that anyone can do it and the benefits can be life-altering.

Publishers Greg Girard, Amanda Jakl Editor Greg Girard Creative Director Amanda Jakl Word Geek Rachel Dorrell Ad Peddler Vince Girard Contributing Scribblers Mark & Karen Caulfield, Darcy Connor, Jason Dickinson, Kathy Dixon, Sarah Durbin, Kelly Kilgore, Robert Nason, Anthony Parks, Patti Ranck, J.M. Walter Our Girl Friday Iris Voelker Visual Alchemists Steven Jordan, Kira Schoenfelder Free Labor (Intern) Haley Ledford

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Good Reads 4 Quicksand 6 Puzzle 22 To Your Health 28 Beer Matters 30

24 At the Table

It seems counterinuitive, but peanuts, almonds and cashews aren’t part of the nut family. Thank goodness the culinary world ignores that technicality.


Humans of Moore 32 Music 34


Last Word

Don’t have the big fire pit in the backyard? No worries. Our DIY expert has the perfect solution to heating up those autumn s’mores.


editor note by Greg Girard

Meditation isn’t easy. The practice of meditation is very easy

for your body—sit somewhere comfortable and quiet, and breathe. Doesn’t sound too hard, right? But your mind. Oh, your mind will have a different take on this meditation thing. Tom Thompson of The Awakened Heart Center for Conscious Living tells a story about a doctor who told his patient, “You have high blood pressure, no energy and you’re prediabetes. If you exercise, eat better and meditate, all that will go away.” “And you know what the patient said?” Tom asks. “‘I’m going to another doctor.’ So it requires a change in lifestyle.” Tom went on to explain that in Zen, there is something called barrier gates, which basically tests people to see if they’re sincere. So when Tom runs a group meditation or is with one of his clients, silence is the barrier gate that “sort of separates people out.” “We’re very conditioned people,” Tom says. “And that conditioning, for a large part, doesn’t serve us and doesn’t serve the human race. To start telling ourselves the truth about what

we really know. So conscious living is to come out of that trance.” Now, I hear you. Tom is a little bit of a different breed. Talking with him is fascinating, but sometimes the guru comes out and you can get a bit lost. Granted, he’s been meditating since he was 15—more than 50 years—and meditation has taken him to other existential realms and to a life journey of teaching “conscious living” to others. For many of us, though, I don’t think it has to go that deep. We just want something that will help with the day-to-day stresses that’s not in pill form. I’ve been meditating for about a year now. It has helped me balance my life. It can be challenging though. Sometimes it’s for 10 minutes, sometimes 20 and sometimes even two minutes (just to keep my streak going on my Calm meditation app!), but it gives me a brief moment each day to step back and gain perspective. And a healthy, honest perspective can often take you where you want to go. | 3

Good Reads by Darcy Connor

Preschool/Toddler My Truck is Stuck! Written by Kevin Lewis / Illustrated by Daniel Kirk

A cute, simple story about a truck carrying bones that gets stuck in a hole and can’t get out. Different vehicles come along to help but to no avail, until finally the truck is able to get out. Children will love the different types of vehicles with the added benefit of counting and rhyming. The illustrations add another level to the story, with the sneaky gophers stealing the bones as the story moves along.

Picture Book Happy Dreamer Written and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds has done it again! This time the author and illustrator of the wonderful books The Dot and Ish (a personal favorite!), gives us Happy Dreamer. With bright and whimsical illustrations, Reynolds celebrates the dreamer. By highlighting different types of dreamers, readers will be able to find themselves somewhere in the book. The story reminds us all that the best way to be a happy dreamer is to be yourself. Don’t miss the foldout pages at the end that showcase different types of happy (hard work happy, dance happy) and different types of dreamers.

Elementary The Adventures of Sophie Mouse, Journey to the Crystal Cave Written by Poppy Green / Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell

The 12th book of this sweet series by Poppy Green finds Sophie discovering a mysterious glowing cave while playing hide and go seek. The only problem is that Sophie’s friends don’t believe her. Now Sophie must set out to prove that she is telling the truth and that the glowing cave does indeed exist. With illustrations on almost every page, this series is perfect for beginning readers. 4 | SAND& PINE MAGAZINE April/May 2017

Middle School The House of the Scorpion By Nancy Farmer

Set in the not-so-distant future, The House of the Scorpion is a dystopian fantasy that examines what it means to be human and the responsibilities of society. The main character Matt is a clone of El Patron, the powerful drug lord and ruler of the country of Opium. Created to provide transplants for the dictator, Matt begins to realize all that is in store from him and determines escape is the only chance for survival. His escape, however, does not go according to plan when he is imprisoned in a labor camp for orphaned boys. Through persistence and courage, Matt is able to lead a rebellion to rescue not only himself but the other “Lost Boys.”

Adult The Secret Wife By Gill Paul

A major “What if?” lays the groundwork for The Secret Wife, but Gill Paul manages to make it seem plausible. Paul expertly weaves a dual storyline together. The modern-day aspect of the story is narrated by Kitty Fisher, who has left London with a broken heart and heads to her great grandfather’s remote cabin in the Adirondacks. Russian officer Dmitri Malama narrates the other part of the book, which begins in 1914 when his life intersects with the Romanov family as he falls in love with the Grand Duchess Tatiana. Now that the weather is getting a little cooler, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book, and The Secret Wife is the perfect fit.



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Quicksand Veterans Day

11/11/11 — In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the

11th month, a “cease fire” or armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany, essentially ending the first World War. In Europe, Britain and other Commonwealth countries, it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11. In the U.S., Veterans Day became a federal holiday in 1938.

558K — Number of World War II veterans estimated to be alive as of 2017. Approximately 16 million Americans served in World War II. In contrast, just over two million served in WWI.

43 — The number of flights the nonprofit Old Glory Honor Flight has organized to transport WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials built in their honor. The flights are provided at no cost to the veterans. 6 | SAND& PINE MAGAZINE October/November 2017

3 — The number of wars that filmmaker Ken Burns has made documentaries about: the Civil War, WWII and the Vietnam War.

110 — The age of Frank Buckles, the last WWI doughboy, at

his death in 2011. Buckles lied to the Army about his age and in August 1917, he volunteered to be an ambulance driver, after hearing it was the quickest way to France. When asked about the key to a long life, he quipped, “When you start to die ... don't.”

1921 — The year the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was established at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The white marble sarcophagus has three Greek figures representing Peace, Victory and Valor. The six wreaths, three sculpted on each side, represent the six major campaigns of World War I.



You Must Remember This Fans of the glitz, glamour and gossip of old Hollywood will want to tune into the You Must Remember This podcast. Storyteller Karina Longworth is dedicated to telling the behind-thescenes stories about such film legends as Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra. These blackand-white film stars had incredibly colorful lives worth every juicy minute of this podcast.


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Acorns If you want the shade of an oak tree, you gotta plant the acorn now. The Acorns app invests the “spare change” from purchases made on your linked credit and checking accounts. If you buy something for $11.53, Acorns will invest the 47 cents for you, all done without a second thought from you. It’s truly a set-it-and-forget-it investment option. Available for free on iOS and Android. Reader Rec - V. Anders Limetown Do you like Stranger Things? Do you miss the X-Files? Do you enjoy binge-watching episodes of the Twilight Zone? Then check out the podcast Limetown. Performed in the style of Serial and S-Town, this fictional investigative report story captures the interest of its listeners through suspenseful storytelling and artfully designed cliffhangers. The only downside to this podcast? It only has one season … so far.


Road trip! Beyond the boundaries of our little sandbox, there is much to see. Here are a few events worth checking out. For events with a more local flavor, check out

Cotton Ginning Day Dallas WHY: Where else can you see an operational 1900 single-stand Continental cotton gin? NOVEMBER 3-4

N.C. Poultry Jubilee Rose Hill WHY: Who wouldn’t want to eat fried chicken from the “World’s Largest Frying Pan?” That should be on everyone’s bucket list. NOVEMBER 4-5

Whirligig Festival Wilson WHY: Wind-driven works of art the size of a Cadillac should be enough to bring you to the festival, but stay for the entertainment.

There's no such thing as fun for the whole family. - Jerry Seinfeld

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia. - Charles Schulz

At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation and prejudice. - Gore Vidal | 7

Quicksand QUICK TIP By Kelly Kilgore, owner of R.I.O.T. (Run In Our Tribe) 3, 3 & 3

Three reasons you might be motivated to run again, three local races that make running fun and three tips to keep you running strong. Motivation

1. Cooler weather. No matter how early you set an alarm in summer, it is still TOO hot! 2. Less humidity. It may not be 100 degrees all summer long here in North Carolina, but soupy weather can make it feel like you are running in slow motion. 3. Less sweat. In the winter, you can get away with some post-run errands, but all you can think about in the summer is an immediate postrun shower. Local Races

1. 37th Annual FirstHealth Pinehurst Turkey Trot - Nov. 18 Runners get the chance to trek through the Village of Pinehurst on a half marathon, 10K, 5K or one-mile race. Runners can take advantage of ample shade, as the route winds through residential areas, around stretches of Pinehurst Lake and past several fairways. 2. 11th Annual Reindeer Fun Run - Dec. 2 This community event offers a 12K, 5K and half-mile Egg Nog Jog (kids 9 and under) for everyone from serious runners to recreational walkers, families and pets. Join in the holiday cheer (Santa says the Reindeer Fun Run is his favorite holiday event in the Carolinas! He makes an appearance every year, so it must be true.) Following the race, there is the Reindeer Fun Run After Party featuring a Kids Zone. You can also reserve on-site child care. 3. NEW: Pinehurst Half Marathon - Jan. 20 The Pinehurst Half Marathon, 10k and 5k starts near the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course and will run through the private grounds of the world-class resort, featuring scenic views of the breathtaking resort property and quaint Village of Pinehurst before finishing with a post-race champagne brunch at the resort. This exclusive event is limited to just 1,000 participants, so sign up soon! Running Strong

1. If you are just starting out, try running with a group or with a friend. Accountability will help keep you focused. 2. Run at a steady, comfortable pace. This will help keep you motivated to continue. Try running for one minute and walk for two minutes, then switch the lengths, then increase your run time. 3. Sign up for a race (see above). Goals help you to succeed.

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5K, 1 mile fun run OCTOBER 7 1 IN 8K – MOORE FOR THE CURE Pinehurst


12K, 5K, Kid’s Egg Nog Jog

Saturday, December 2, 2017

FirstHealth Fitness proudly supports our community through fitness events like the Reindeer Fun Run. * Join FirstHealth Fitness at the 11th Annual Reindeer Fun Run on Saturday, December 2. As the official training partner of the Reindeer Fun Run, FirstHealth Fitness offers training classes to help you run your first 5K or set your personal record. For more information, call (910) 715-1800. *Mention this ad and receive a free week pass to any FirstHealth Fitness facility. Pinehurst • Raeford • Richmond Southern Pines • Troy | 9


Trucks BY J.M . WA LT ER

In the 1800s,

the chuck wagon kept cattlemen fed as they herded in remote parts of the Wild West, far away from the nearest railroad. Then came the lunch wagons, which fed the reporters and journalists outside the newspaper offices. There were also “roach coaches” and “gut trucks” that serviced the construction sites and factories. But no matter the occupation of the clientele, food trucked in meant serving food fast and cheap but not always of the best quality. That is until the food truck explosion happened. Suddenly, professional chefs took their training to the streets, and around 2009, gourmet food trucks became a phenomenon, changing the very definition of the food truck. For most of us over the age of 20, until a handful of years ago, the only food you wanted to buy out of a truck was ice cream. Now we have much more than just that cool summer treat: We have grilled cheese, BBQ, curry bowls and burritos, just to name a few. We decided to check out some of the food trucks that frequent our highways, byways and empty lots (and a few suggestions on what to try).

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Regularly Parked

>>> Trucks that have a regular parking spot, when not at events. One Nine Drive

Cuisine: American/Fusion Where/when to find them: 955 Old Highway U.S. 1, Southern Pines / 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. / Tuesday-Friday Follow them: @oneninedrive Heads up: The menu changes seasonally, but if you can, try the brisket. They’re the connoisseurs of local, so don’t miss this

truck. It’s cash only, so plan ahead.

Lila's Tacos, Tortas & Burritos

Cuisine: Mexican Where/when to find them: Intersection of U.S. 15 501 and Murray Hill Road in Southern Pines/ 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. / Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday Heads up: Don’t let the modest outside keep you away. The chicken quesadilla is life-changing.

Dawg Wagon

Cuisine: American/Hot dogs Where/when to find them: Intersection of U.S. 15 501 and Murray Hill Road in Southern Pines / 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday Follow them: @HomemadeChili Heads up: Their regular dog is a combo of chicken and beef. Try it with the homemade chili, which, by the way, is what made them famous to begin with (check their social media handle, for goodness sake). | 11



Stacks Cheddar Truck

Cuisine: American Where/when to find them: Southern Pines Brewing Company on Air Tool Drive in

Southern Pines / 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday Follow them: @StacksCheddarTruck Heads up: They take the classic grilled cheese sandwich and turn it into an art. They’ve even made Brussel sprouts our new favorite side.

Talbert’ s Barbecue

Cuisine: BBQ Where/when to find them: Intersection of Morganton and old U.S. 1, behind the Pony

Espresso in Southern Pines / 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday – Friday Follow them: @TalbertsBBQ Heads up: The original food truck in Moore County. Get the ribs, you won’t be disappointed. Not a red meat fan? Get the catfish.

Taqueria La Mexicana

Cuisine: Mexican Where/when to find them: Off Bennett in Southern Pines, in La Mexicana Market parking lot in Southern Pines / Days & times vary Follow them: @TaqueriaLaMexicana Heads up: The tortillas are handmade and you can taste the difference.

Emergency Espresso

Cuisine: Coffee Where/when to find them: Burney Ace Hardware in Aberdeen / Days & times vary Follow them: @emergencyespresso Heads up: They have ice cream and doughnuts in addition to coffee. 12 | SAND& PINE MAGAZINE October/November 2017



Always on the Move

>>> No moss under these trucks’ wheels. Find

them at local events around Moore County.

Military Moms

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Cuisine: BBQ Where to find them: Lots of events around town, check their Facebook page for updates

Follow them: @MilitaryMomsTruck Heads up: The pink truck is eye-catching for sure, but no, they don’t serve

ice cream. Every item name has a playful military twist, and the food is seriously delicious. Major Butts is a culinary masterpiece.

The Market Place

Cuisine: American Where/when to find them: Events around town, check their Facebook page for updates

Follow them: @themarketplacerestaurant Heads up: Hard to top their chicken salad on a warm croissant.

Tay’ s BBQ

Cuisine: BBQ Where/when to find them: Lots of events, check out their Facebook page for updates

Follow them: @TaysSauce Heads up: They combined Eastern Carolina and Western Carolina sauce

and came up with an award-winning BBQ sauce. Great prices, great food, great people.

Wildfire Wood Fired Pizza

Cuisine: Pizza Where/when to find them: 310 Monroe Street, Carthage as well as a ton

of events / Times & days vary so check their Facebook page Follow them: @wildfirepizza Heads up: Yes, there’s a wood-fired oven in the truck. Super cool. Or rather, super hot. Order a whole pie and enjoy leftovers.

Swanky Little Coffee Camper Cuisine: Coffee Where/when to find them: Here and there, and at the Farmer’s

Markets at the Armory Follow them: @swankcoffeeshoppe Heads up: If you like the brick and mortar Swank, you’ll love their adorable coffee camper.


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Garden Variety



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“The onion and its satin wrappings is among the most beautiful of vegetables, and is the only one that represents the essence of things. It can be said to have a soul.”   — Charles Dudley Warner, “My Summer in a Garden” (1871)


love having onions in a bowl on my counter ready to cook. Sweet onions are a wonderful addition to almost any dish, especially soups and salads. And if you’re looking for a little variety in your vegetable garden, onions are an option. Softneck onions can be braided and hung for storage, and in some kitchens are ornamental. Onions can be grown in spring or fall (for Southern climates, Grano varieties are recommended). They can be grown from seed or little bulbs called sets. Seeds should be started a few weeks earlier than the bulbs. For growing in the fall, the “short-day” variety is used. These are best grown below a longitude of 36 degrees (Moore County sits safely below this longitude) and they are best suited to having a shorter daylight exposure (12 hours) and are adapted for longer nights. To plant onions, get your soil prepared by using lots of organic compost (humus) to make your garden fertile and productive. Keep in mind, the more alive the soil is, the better! It should drain well and be kept moist. Make sure the pH of your soil is 6 to 6.5, and use some lime if too acidic. Plant the onion sets in the ground so the tip is showing 4 inches apart in rows 12 inches apart. And remember to plant in full sun.  

Tip: Onions are heavy feeders, so continuous nourishment from organic sources including nitrogen are best.  

Tip: Keep the soil loose. Compacted soil restricts bulb development.

Tip: For best bulb development, continuously weed around the bulbs, as they do not compete well with weeds.

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Meditation Living a life of awareness By Robert Nason

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o understand meditation, think of the show Why Planes Crash. If you’re not familiar with the show, here’s the gist: interviews with pilots and passengers who have survived plane crashes and then investigations on why the crashes occurred. Let’s let Greg Wlodarski, physician, author of the book An Alternate Awareness: A Neurological Basis for Unveiling the Original Egoless Self and a meditator for 40 years, make the meditation connection. “One of the programs highlighted a passenger who was in an airplane that had some sort of malfunction and was going to crash. At first, he was panicked and anxious and then finally he accepted the fact that he was going to die. And all of a sudden, he became euphoric,” Wlodarski explains. “Eventually the pilot figured out what was wrong, they made a safe landing and of course he survived to tell the story. If we could only all go through the day as if 5 minutes later we'd be dead and have an experience of euphoria like he did, where suddenly nothing matters. You don't have to worry about paying your bills, taking an exam, keeping your job or getting a job, nothing else matters but the present moment.” That, Wlodarski and so many others explain, is how you can feel with meditation in your life.

Do nothing, gain everything

When we think of meditation, many of us think of the Buddhist monk sitting peacefully for hours under the cherry tree or the Hindu guru instructing his class on a new meditative mantra or the Jedi knight tapping into the Force. Meditation is often connected with a religious experience or a spiritual awakening. And while that can certainly be part of the meditative experience, Tom Thompson, co-founder of The Awakened Heart

Center for Conscious Living, explains meditation should not be defined only in that context. “Meditation comes out of certain cultures but the cultures have nothing to do with it,” he says. “It's just like saying you have to be Jewish like Einstein to do math. True meditation is a science that if you do it, it works and you don't have to believe anything. You don't have to accept anything. So it comes out of religions, but it really can stand free of religion and so all sorts of people practice meditation. You don't have to believe or accept anything to practice it.” Scholars believe meditative practices began more than 5,000 years ago. Archeologists date the first writing about meditation to around 1,500 BC in ancient India and then Buddhists and Taoists began writing extensively about the practice of meditation and yoga around 600 BC. Today, it’s estimated nearly 10 percent of Americans practice some form of meditation. So what is it? Meditation comes from the Latin root meditatum, meaning “to ponder.” Buddhists describe meditation as a means of transforming the mind. When you meditate, you’re fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the outside world but rather on an internal silence. The more you can silence your mind, the deeper the meditation. In meditation circles you’ll often hear the words awareness, mindfulness, presence, letting go and clarity. All these words are targeting the same goal: To rest your mind while in a normal waking state. “Sometimes when computers stop working, you turn them off and reset them, and they start working again,” Thompson explains. “With meditation, that's basically what you're doing. It’s almost like the human body, mind, brain, the whole system is an instrument and it never resets.

Meditation comes out of certain cultures but the cultures have nothing to do with it. It's just like saying you have to be Jewish like Einstein to do math. True meditation is a science that if you do it, it works and you don't have to believe anything. You don't have to accept anything. - Tom Thompson | 17

Tom Thompson (left) leads a meditation group at The Awakened Heart Center of Conscious Living.

We never stop, consciously. We go to sleep but meditation is being fully awake in a very ‘not doing’ state. And that has a profound effect on the brain, the nervous system, the physical body. When you stop and reset, tremendous insights can come from that and you can get a much clearer view of what you want to be doing in your life. So sitting quietly doing nothing does a lot.”

The easiest and hardest thing you’ll ever do

“Generally speaking, there are two types of meditation: exclusive and inclusive,” says Thompson. “Exclusive meditation is you're focusing on a method or a technique, like a mantra or the breath or a spiritual name or a candle flame. You're taking your attention and you're trying to bring it to one point while pushing everything else out. So if your mind wonders, you try to bring it back. Most meditation is concentration, which is focusing and holding attention on one point. “Inclusive meditation is literally not trying to manipulate, control or change anything. So you're welcoming the sound of the truck that just went by, if a thought comes up you don't want to be hijacked by it but you're not concerned about it. You're not saying I shouldn't be having this thought. Thoughts happen like clouds happen. Everything is welcome. Everybody is welcome to the party.”

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Thompson says for most people beginning meditation, it’s best to use a focus point, like the breath. The technique is simple enough: Find a quiet place, sit in a chair or on the floor with your legs crossed, have a relaxed, healthy posture, hands cupped softly in your lap and breathe—be it 5, 15, 30 minutes. Focus on following the air entering your body and then follow the air exiting. If your mind wanders, as it most certainly will, acknowledge it and then bring your concentration back to your breath. And then, as Wlodarski says, “just be fully present in the moment and let go of all the egocentricity associated with the future or past.” Easy enough, right? Well, try telling your mind that. “It’s difficult to be quiet with yourself if you’ve spent your whole life avoiding your emotions,” says Elizabeth Manley. Manley runs the Mindfulness-based Stress Management program at FirstHealth, an eight-week group program that incorporates several meditative practices to treat anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain and depression. Manley says most of the time we're the victims of our thoughts. They grab us and possess us. Like if we believe someone doesn’t like us or when we automatically think of the worst possible outcome. Those thoughts, whether based in fact or not, can consume us. But through meditation, you can start to train your mind to acknowledge the thought without letting it control you.

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“There's a misunderstanding that you have to have a quiet mind to meditate, but that’s just not true,” she says. “Nobody has a quiet mind. The idea is you learn to notice when you become distracted. Say you're doing a sitting meditation with the sensations of the breath. That's your anchor and your brain takes you somewhere else, you expect that. That's what the brain does. What we teach is to label it. You just accept that your brain took you away from your chosen focus and you're not judging it. So it’s practicing acceptance and letting go. Acceptance and letting go. And you're learning to be an observer of your own thinking.”

Benefits of regular meditative practice

According to Thompson, meditation has been researched more than 2,000 times at more than 500 universities around the world in the past 40 years. Scientific and medical research consistently shows that the regular practice of meditation helps: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Produce brain wave coherence; Stabilize blood pressure; Strengthen the immune system; Reduce stress, anxiety and depression; Improve mental functioning; Create a happier, more positive attitude toward life; Slow the aging process; Decrease the fear of death; Improve mood and emotional awareness; Enhance the joy of living; Increase self-confidence, creativity, spiritual faith and awareness; and Give an enhanced sense of the unity of all life.

“Things are just clearer,” says Wlodarski, who tries to meditate 40 minutes each day. “There’s less selfdoubt. Problem-solving is a little easier. It’s easier to be friendly to strangers, especially for an introvert like me. Easier to feel compassion and act accordingly. So if you do it every day, gradually with practice, just like learning to dance or learning a language, your brain rewires itself and you start experiencing reality a little bit differently.”


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9. Eyeglasses 10. 12th sign of the zodiac 11. Distinct sort or kind 12. Article of furniture 13. Small cable 14. Suitable for

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Not a Nut

Pecan Chestnut Hazelnut Acorn Beech Walnut Hickory Nut

Peanut Almond Cashew Pistachio Coconut Macadamia Brazil nut Pine nut

In the culinary world, all of these listed are considered nuts. Nuts are a primal food; they have been eaten by humans for more than 780,000 years. They contain everything needed to produce a new plant and pack a lot of nutrition in a small package. They are eaten out of hand, ground into flour and butter, and pressed for oil. You might say, “Nuts are so expensive!� but you get a lot of bang for your buck. Harvesting and shelling nuts is a very labor-intensive proposition. If you are just throwing them in a cake batter or grinding them for a torte, you might not care about the looks, but if you are placing them around the top of a carrot cake, you want a perfect pecan half, so you can appreciate the care taken in extracting that.

NUT TRIVIA Brazil nut oil was used to lubricate clockgears. Cashews are a member of the same botanical family as poison ivy. All cashews require roasting to render them edible (even those called raw). Pecans went into space with the Apollo flight crews. The almond is related to the peach; compare a peach pit to an almond. Wild almonds are toxic, domestication has rendered the nut edible. | 25

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8 ounces spaghetti or soba noodles ¼ cup soy sauce 1 bunch green onions, sliced, white parts only ¼ cup hot water 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root 1 teaspoon sugar ⅓ cup peanut butter ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine oil and onions in a small skillet. Sauté over low heat until tender. Add ginger; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in peanut butter, soy sauce, water, vinegar, sugar and red pepper flakes. Remove from heat. Toss noodles with sauce, and serve. Homemade Nut Butter From Cara Tannenbaum and Andrea Tutunjian, In A Nutshell

10 ounces nuts, toasted (almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts or cashews) 1 to 2 teaspoons nut or canola oil ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)

In the work bowl of a food processor, grind the nuts for 3 minutes, then stop the processor to add 1 teaspoon of oil and salt. Scrape down the sides of the work bowl and continue processing for another 3 to 5 minutes, until the nut butter is as smooth or chunky as you like. Some of the nuts will take longer than others. If the nut butter still appears too dry to spread, add the additional teaspoon of nut oil and continue processing for 2 to 3 minutes more. Serve the nut butter on bread or toast. Store the nut butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to one week. Toasted Rosemary Pecans 4 cups pecans (1 pound) 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, lightly crushed ½ teaspoon sugar

Preheat the oven to 250 F. Spread pecans on large rimmed baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, shifting the baking sheet halfway through for even browning. Drizzle melted butter over pecans, sprinkle with salt, rosemary and sugar; toss to coat. Bake 15 minutes longer, shifting the pan halfway through, or until browned and crisp. Transfer to paper towels and let cool. Can be stored in an airtight container 2 weeks. 26 | SAND& PINE MAGAZINE October/November 2017


Where did nuts originate? North America Pecans, Black walnuts, Pine nuts

South America

Brazil nuts, Cashews, Peanuts

Middle East

Almonds, Pistachios, Walnuts


Macadamia nuts



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Health! Obstacles, What Obstacles? By Sarah Durbin


race with a partner or group, make sure you are training with them often so you’re all on the same page. Get creative, but do so smartly. Give your body rest days, and make sure you are stretching often. You can’t do the race if you get injured while training.

o you smell that? Pumpkin spice lattes, cinnamon scones and s’mores. Yum! But beware, these are just a few of the fall essentials that wreak havoc on our waistlines. A great way to avoid adding on that extra “bulking” weight is by signing up for a race or two this season—maybe even an obstacle course. Obstacle course races are prevalent in this area and a great way to test yourself physically and mentally.



Things to remember on race day:

aven’t done one before? No problem! Are you a seasoned runner looking to add some challenge to your program? Great! Obstacle races can be fun and healthy events as long as you prepare for them properly. Make sure that you take adequate time to train your body with strength, cardio and flexibility training. Doing this will help you fully enjoy the race and come out injury free.


nce you decide which race you’re going to do, you’ll need to start training. Do research! If you can, find out what type of obstacles you are up against and what distance you’ll be covering. Are you going to be crawling through mud or swimming through a lake? These are important things to consider for your training approach.


hen, when preparing for the race, change up your workouts. Run through different terrains, do hill sprints, use the monkey bars at your neighborhood parks or find a local gym with trainers experienced in race training. If you’re doing the

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rab a friend, challenge your coworkers or run it by yourself to beat your last personal record. No matter what your reason for running a race this fall, remember to have fun!

• Hydrate. Drink plenty of water days prior and during the race • roper clothing and hoe . Wear tight tting clothe to avoid nag avoid cotton and ring glove • Pace yourself. You’ll need the extra energy to tackle all of the o tacle • Food. Bring a small snack or gel to carry with you in case you need extra fuel • Lookin’ purty. Bring a towel and extra set of clothes to change into after the race

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Beer Matters

by Jason Dickinson, Certified Cicerone®

Why do some beers taste better from a bottle than they do from a can? And while we are on the

topic, why do some beers taste better on draught than they do in a bottle? As with most things, there are two sides to this coin: Hard facts supported by science and the individual experience of enjoyment. And annoyingly, both are correct. As someone who has daily interaction with customers buying package beer and/or drinking draught beer, I am constantly being told which packaging type is better for flavor. Since both the science and personal opinion are correct, I will tackle the boring facts first. Cans are the best packaging form to protect beer flavor. It is impossible for a can of beer to become “skunky”, because cans block all forms of UV rays. UV rays found in both sunlight and florescent light will give beer a skunk aroma. Another name for this is “light struck.” Cans are also completely airtight, which ensures no oxygen can affect the beer’s flavor after it has been sealed at the brewery. I often hear customers remark that cans give off a metallic flavor in the beer. This is technically not true because beer cans are coated on the inside and provide a barrier between the beer and the aluminum can. The primary flaw found in canned beer is one that is found in all types of packaging, and that is improper storage. If you conducted a side by side comparison of the same beer but the can is a year older and stored at room temperature while the bottled beer has sat in a 38 degree cooler, chances are the bottled beer will taste better. In other words, if the same batch of beer is stored properly, you would not be able to tell the difference in a blind taste test between the canned and bottled versions. Bottle beers have two primary flaws when it comes to protecting beer flavor. Unlike cans, bottles are not as good

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at protecting the beer from oxygen because the seal between the cap and the glass allows small amounts of oxygen to seep into the beer over time. Oxygen will cause a beer to go stale in a relatively short period of time. And not to make this even more confusing, but all beer has oxygen suspended in the liquid. This is called dissolved oxygen (DO). One of the reasons beer should always be kept cold is it slows the DO’s ability to cause the beer to go stale. The best breweries take precautions to ensure they have the lowest amount of DO in their beer as possible. The second reason bottled beer is not as good at protecting the flavor is all bottles allow some form of UV rays to penetrate the beer. As mentioned earlier, light causes skunkiness in beer. Brown bottles are the best at blocking the harmful UV rays. They block 95 percent compared to 5 percent in green bottles and 0 percent in clear bottles. Back in the ’70s and ’80s, the American public was tricked into thinking imported green bottled beer was of higher quality and was referred to as “premium.” Instead of higher quality, everyone who favored green bottles consumed skunky beer. To this day, most people attribute the skunky aroma in Heineken as intentional and even desired. Next time you look at a Sam Adams’ six-pack on the shelf, notice how high the cardboard packaging is compared to almost anything else in the market. Sam Koch wants his Boston Lager to be consumed fresh and in the best possible condition, so he protects his bottles from light. The worst package form are kegs; however, they can also be the best if the bar or restaurant knows what they are doing (unfortunately, I’d say 95 percent do not know what they are doing). Kegs are basically big cans with one major difference: They are reusable, and need to be properly cleaned and sanitized between refilling. Generally, this is not a problem because breweries go to great lengths to protect their beer.

Where things can go wrong is once a brewery ships their beer to a bar, they generally lose the ability to keep it protected. Kegs are supposed to be kept at 38 degrees F when stored and when served on draught. I have walked into restaurants and have seen full kegs in the bathroom hallway, sitting at room temperature. Bars, restaurants and bottle shops also need to ensure their draught lines are clean and sanitized regularly. This is often not the case. Furthermore, beer also needs to be served in clean and proper glassware. Again, often not the case. Lastly, when you are shopping for a six-pack of beer, you can always look for the packaging date. I don’t know of any establishment that advertises when their kegs on draught were packaged. If you go to a bar that doesn’t understand how to protect draught beer, you are better off ordering something in a can. So, if all of this is true, why then do people believe some beer tastes better on draught than in a bottle, or that a bottle is better than a can? It all comes down to the experience you are having at the time you first tried that beer. Let’s say that you are at a bar with all your closest friends and are reminiscing about the good ol’ days. The bar is jumping, everyone is having a great time and you try a new beer on draught. It’s amazing, it’s hands down the best beer you have ever had. You then spend the next four months searching for this beer and finally find it on the shelf in a grocery store. You take it home and have it again for the first time, only this time it’s a letdown. In your mind, you immediately associate that this beer must be better on draught than at home in a can. Another one I get regularly from customers is, “I was in Ireland and had a Guinness, it was amazing, but all Guinness that makes it to the States is horrible.” For most, visiting Ireland is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip. So, it’s no wonder that every pint of Guinness from then on will fail to live up to their expectations. There is clear science that points to cans being better for beer than bottles. But if you believe that bottle beer tastes better than canned beer, you’re not wrong. Flavor has as much to do with memories as it does with our taste buds. Drink what you like, in whatever packaging you believe is best. If you have the option, buy less than 6-month old canned beer that was stored in a refrigerated cooler. If you like green bottled import lagers, opt for a brown bottled Pilsner Urquell. If you consider yourself an advanced beer drinker, buy Orval in a bottle. This Belgian Trappist beer gets better with age. Pair it with Stilton Blue Cheese from Southern Whey (you’re welcome). Lastly, drink draught beer at places that personally take care of their draught system (Triangle Wine Company, Southern Pines Growler and breweries).


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End of Summer Blues BY ANTHONY PARKS

I said yes right away. After living back in Southern Pines for six months, I was officially missing the steady flow of live music I enjoyed in Winston and Greensboro. So when I was asked to volunteer bartend at a concert downtown, I was giddy. I walked down the block to the grass lot beside the theater after work and found people hustling to set up tents and fill coolers with ice. On stage stood an older man tuning a wornout Stratocaster while another was off to the side warming up a harmonica. It was the middle of summer so it was hot and the air was so still that when the train came through town you could see everyone’s mood get lifted a bit from the breeze it carried. Despite the souplike air, people began to fill the lawn, the band started off with a smoking version of “Stormy Monday,” and Southern Pines, to me, got a little bit cooler. 34 | SAND& PINE MAGAZINE October/November 2017

Just like most everything that makes this area great, The Sunrise Blues Crawl began as an idea that—through the power of volunteers—became reality. The annual fundraiser began in 2000 with just a few hundred people enjoying blues bands at the theater and one local pub. But growing right alongside the area, Blues Crawl now attracts thousands and consists of bands playing in 10 different venues in downtown Southern Pines, from The Sunrise Theater down to Morgantown Road. People travel from all over the region for the music, filling the streets, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops, and what they often find is so much more. One year, an old high school friend came home that weekend from Asheville and brought some friends. We went out to dinner and started walking through town. In between bands we came around a corner and saw local old-time players, The Java Mules,

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playing music in a doorway for the crowds passing by and one in our group said, “John, why did you lie about this town being boring?” Along with drawing new folks into town, events like Blues Crawl provide us locals with the opportunity to experience community that is often difficult to find in larger areas, and I love that the center of it all is music. It was at a Blues Crawl that I met up with some music lovers from Sanford, one of whom I am now happy to call my wife, and we have volunteered together at several Crawls since. Made possible through local sponsors and people giving their time and effort, Blues Crawl has brought entertainment and culture to our doorstep for 18 years now. Far too many artists to list have joined the lineup in those nearly two decades, including a collaboration with Music Maker Relief Foundation, which organizes and finds gigs and income for older NC roots blues musicians. You may be one of the lucky ones who got to see Cool John Ferguson or Ironing Board Sam find an audience for their lifelong work in one of our local pubs or restaurants. Or maybe you escaped the heat and sat in the theater for performances from the likes of Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen who put on a show worthy of the Vegas strip. Blues and roots music are well known as the pillar on which we have built most every music genre we have in the states. Rhythm and blues, rock-and-roll, boogie-woogie, funk, soul and downright tear-jerker blues music all evoke a feeling. The music itself can probe your pain and make you feel that it’s OK to be heartbroken or sad, and it also works just as well for having a party and forgetting about those troubles all together. No matter what kind music speaks to you, there will be something for you on that one night a year that Southern Pines gets the Blues. Beyond food, music and friends, this event is an experience in and of itself. This year’s event has organizers excited to include a shuttle to and from venues; it’s the first year where the new First Bank Stage at The Sunrise will be used; and what will make crawlers very happy is the new date moved from July to Nov. 4! Stop by The Sunrise Theater to get your tickets, or better yet, volunteer to help with a great event that seems to get cooler every single year!


Live Music Events Southern Pines The Sunrise Theatre 250 N.W. Broad St.

Saturday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. $25 17 Annual Sunrise Blues Crawl

The Wine Cellar (cont'd) Saturday, Nov. 4, 7-10 p.m., Free Tim Stelmat Saturday, Nov. 11th, 7-10 p.m., Free Ryan Book Saturday, Nov. 18, 7-10 p.m., Free Tim Wilson

Jefferson Inn

Saturday, Nov. 25, 7-10 p.m., Free Josh Haley

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 8-11 p.m., Free Clarence Levine


Thursday, Oct. 5, 8-11 p.m., Free Whiskey Pines

The Rooster's Wife

150 W. New Hampshire Ave.

Friday, Oct. 6, 9 p.m., Free Paula Carlson Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 p.m. Free Velvet Hammer Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7-10 p.m., Free Blues Driver Thursday, Oct. 12, 8-11 p.m., Free Russ Thompson Friday, Oct. 13, 9 p.m., Free Tony Barnes Saturday, Oct. 14, 9 p.m., Free Nic Zarcone Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7-10 p.m., Free Whiskey Pines Every Thursday from 9-11 p.m., Oct. 19 to Dec. 29, 8-11 p.m., Free Frankie & Jeff Friday, Oct. 20th, 9 p.m., Free Becca Rae Saturday Oct. 21, 9 p.m. Tony Barnes Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 7-10 p.m., Free Nico Zarcone Thursday Oct. 26, at 8-11 p.m., Free Russ Thompson

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40 Chinquapin Rd. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Free Levi Byrd Friday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Free Frankie Moree Thursday, Oct. 5, 8-11 p.m., Free Pops Fletcher

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Saturday, Oct. 7; 9 p.m., Free Momma Molasses

Sunday, Oct. 1, 6:45 p.m., $15 Tyler Childers

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m., Free Johnson Teal

Friday, Oct. 6, 6:45 p.m., $15 Jo Gore

Friday, Oct. 13, 9 p.m., Free Cousin Amy’s Deluxe String Band

Sunday, Oct. 8, at 6:45 p.m., $15 Press Gang, Freddie and Francine

Saturday, Oct. 14, 9 p.m., Free Jason Damico

Sunday, Oct. 15, 6-7 p.m., $15 Every week until Nov. 1 David Jacobs-Strain

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m., Free Jeremy Robinson & Company

Sunday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m., $15 Surly Gentlemen Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., $15 Seth Walker Friday, Nov. 3, 6:45 p.m., $15 Get Right Band Sunday, Nov. 5, 6:45 p.m., $15 Catharsis Sunday, Nov. 12, 6:45 p.m., $15 Bumper Jacksons

Pinehurst Dugan’s Pub

2 Market Square

Friday, Oct. 20, 9 p.m., Free Jen Hillard Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 p.m., Free Whiskey Pines Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m., Free Johnson Teal Friday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m., Free Frankie Moree Saturday, Oct. 28, 9 p.m., Free Paula Carlson Wednesday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m., Free Luther Vaudeville Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 p.m., Free Beat Your Boots Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m., Free Johnson Teal

Saturday Oct. 28, 9 p.m., Free Two Stories Wide

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m., Free Every week until Dec. 19 Will McCanless

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Saturday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Free Jen Hillard

Friday, Oct. 6 & 7, 8-11 p.m., Free 2Smooth

Saturday, Oct. 14, 7-10 p.m., Free Gary Lewis Friday, Oct. 20th, 7-10 p.m., Free Tim Stelmat

Friday, Oct. 13, 8-11 p.m., Free Tyler Godfrey

Friday, Oct. 20th, 7 p.m., Free Paula Carlson and Acoustic on the Rocks

Saturday Oct. 14, 8-11 p.m., Free Tyler Godfrey

Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Free Paula Carlson and Acoustic on the Rocks

Saturday, Oct. 21, 7-10 p.m., Free Abigail Dowd

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S'mores Firepit What were some of your favorite memories as a child? My guess is it was a simple gathering at home. The place you can really just be yourself, relax and laugh with the people you love. Some of my best times were roasting marshmallows with the fam over those last glowing coals. My dad made quite a ritual out of it, as he did every occasion. He was the ringleader of almost all our fun, so first the hunt and race for the perfect stick. My older sister would always win and I would have to help my younger brother, because if we waited around for him all night to find perfection the coals would get cold. And yes, we used actual sticks and none of us ever died (although for this DIY, I will recommend bamboo skewers). Dad, ever the master instructor, would then teach us how to determine proper distance from the heat and how long to wait before turning our marshmallow so that it melted perfectly and browned evenly. And then he would say, “Always remember to be patient … the best things are always worth waiting for.” Yup, life lessons in a marshmallow. Of course, we would immediately start shoving to get our sticks over the “best” coals and catch our marshmallows on fire. Screaming, laughing, blowing out flames, and then just chatting and watching the lightning bugs blink while we all piled in the hammock together to munch our treats. Good times in my book. It’s what 38 | SAND& PINE MAGAZINE October/November 2017


the world needs more of, and I’m here to give it to you with a mini fire pit of your own to do just that. So even though the weather is getting cooler, it doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun in the backyard. In fact, it makes it all the cozier. Simply throw in a couple blankets for cuddling up in. But first, let’s make a fire pit. Supplies: • Turn off cellphone. OK, this is more of a nonsupply. OK, I’ll allow some selfies for the memory books, but silence the ringer and notifications. • An old, empty terra-cotta flower pot. These hold up better than the fancy glazed ceramic ones—you don’t want to risk cracking the pot. Be sure that the base is a broad enough so you don’t run the risk of it tipping over easily. Place on as level a surface as possible—one that is nonflammable. I used an old ceramic floor tile I had saved. You can also put it on dirt, sand or gravel. DO NOT put this directly on pine straw. I know you can figure out why, I just feel better saying it out loud. Also, you may want more than one pot depending on how many people you have and the size of your pots. • All natural hardwood lump charcoal or natural wood chips. No additives or chemicals for us, hey, this is an eco-friendly DIY.

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• Firestarter. We use a lint pouf from the dryer. You’d be surprised how well this works. Try it on your next camping trip. And it’s always available because there is always one person who hasn’t emptied the lint catcher. • Matches • Bamboo skewers. Soak them in water for a while first. Personally, I’ve never had an issue with them catching fire, but just to give the word of caution. • Wet washcloths. Always helpful to have those on hand. • S’mores ingredients and your beverage of choice. Process: • Line pot with foil • Add charcoal and lint pouf • Light. Wait for the flame to die down and the coal to glow red hot • Place marshmallows on sticks and get roasting! OK, what are you waiting for? Gather the crew, head on out to the back yard and make yourselves a sweet little memory. Yes, Dorothy, there is no place like home.


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Last Word Widdershins adverb / wid·der·shins

MEANING: left-handed, wrong, contrary direction

According to Merriam-Webster, legend holds that demons always “approached the devil widdershins.” It shouldn't come as a surprise then that a widdershins path was considered evil and unlucky. By the mid-1500s, English speakers had adopted “widdershins,” (from the Old High German widar, meaning “back” or “against,” and sinnen, meaning “to travel”) for anything following a path opposite to the direction the sun travels across the sky (counterclockwise). Widdershins original use, however, had a wholly different meaning. It was used to describe a bad hair day with unruly locks standing on end. According to Collins Dictionary, in the past 300 years, widdershins reached its peak of usage in the 1930s.

Evandar flung up one hand and made a circling motion widdershins in the air. - Katharine Kerr A TIME OF WAR (2002)

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