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Taking the Stage

Acupuncture Ancient Healing

Herb Garden In Your Kitchen


Beer Matters

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12 Sunrise


The iconic Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines is nearing another chapter in its storied history with the opening of a new outdoor stage.


Garden Variety

Green thumbs rejoice! It's that time of year again. Time to dig in the dirt. Start with a container herb garden—just remember to control the mint.


It's all about the qi. If there’s a disturbance to its natural flow, then it may just be time to try the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture.

Publishers Greg Girard, Amanda Jakl Editor Greg Girard

SA N D & P IN E April/May 2017

Creative Director Amanda Jakl

On the Cover

Word Geek Rachel Dorrell Ad Peddler Vince Girard


Taking the Stage

Acupunctungre Ancient Heali

Image: The Sunrise (circa 1948) courtesy of the Moore County Historical Association.

n Herb Garde en In Your Kitch


Beer Matters

Contributing Scribblers Darcy Connor, Amie Fraley, Dolores Muller, Anthony Parks, R. Watson Our Girl Friday Iris Voelker

Visual Alchemist Carter Beck, Kira Schoenfelder

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Good Reads 6

Quicksand 8

To Your Health 16

Puzzles 24


26 At the Table

Pancakes, flapjacks, heeya! OK, we just think it would be cool if pancake vendors actually existed. Five dolla pancakes! Get 'em while they're hot!


Music 34

Beer Matters

Last Word

"Beer, it's the best damn drink in the world." Yup, we agree with Jack Nicholson. So we decided to start a column dedicated to it.


editor note by Greg Girard

In Chinese medical history, around 500 B.C., there was a doctor named Bian Qiao who was known for his healing power. Legend has it that he acquired his extraordinary ability

from an elderly patron of the inn where he was manager. The patron was so appreciative of Bian Qiao’s hospitality and kindness that he gave Bian Qiao a packet of medicine and a medical book, before mysteriously vanishing. Bian Qiao was instructed to take the medicine for 30 days and afterward he would understand all of nature’s secrets, as well as be able to see through the human body. Sure enough, after 30 days, Bian Qiao could see through the body, and after studying the medical book left to him, he began traveling the country curing people of illness and disease. One story of legend has Bian Qiao being called to the bedside of a great prince who was unconscious. Bian Qiao predicted the prince would awake in three days, which he did, and Bian Qiao was given acres of land as a reward. Later, the prince again fell into a coma but this time officials believed the

prince was dead. Bian Qiao again came to the prince, felt that the prince’s body was still warm and detected a slight pulse. Bian Qiao declared he would bring the prince back to life, recognizing the prince suffered from catalepsy, a rare condition that causes a trance and rigidity in the body. Using moxa, an ancient Asian herb known for its healing properties, and acupuncture, the prince was revived, and a legend was born. Bian Qiao spent his life helping others and eventually wrote the medical book Nanjing, from which diagnostic methods were later incorporated into The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, the bible of Chinese medicine published around 100 B.C. It is also the first book to describe an organized system of diagnosis and treatment called acupuncture—a practice still used today. Kathryn Wells, an acupuncturist in Pinehurst, describes the art of acupuncture as restoring the body to its natural movement or flow. Natural flow sounds good to me, so let’s take a closer look. | 5

Good Reads by Darcy Connor

Preschool/Toddler We're Going on a Bear Hunt Written By Michael Rosen / Illustrated By Helen Oxenbury

A dad and his children set off on an adventure to look for a bear! During their hunt, they travel far and wide, encountering many different obstacles along the way. But will they find that elusive bear? And what will happen if they do? We’re Going on a Bear Hunt will get children up and moving while they enjoy acting out the family’s adventure. Be prepared to read it again and again—the faster the better.

Picture Book ABC: The Alphabet from the Sky By Benedikt Gross and Joey Lee

A different, tech-savvy twist on the I Spy books, ABC: The Alphabet from the Sky uses satellite imagery and computer technology to show a bird’s-eye view of each letter of the alphabet. Letters can be found anywhere from roads and rivers to buildings and more. Each picture includes the map and latitude and longitude of the letter’s location. Road trip!

Middle School The Metropolitans Written by Carol Goodman

It’s December 1941 and Japan has just bombed Pearl Harbor. Four 13-year-olds gather at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to help find the hidden book of Arthurian legends—a book that is needed to untangle a plot and prevent another attack. The main characters are diverse and smart, and learn to put their differences aside and come together to defeat the enemy (a lesson for us all these days). Goodman mixes history, magic and legend in this fast-paced adventure story.

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Elementary School Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White Written by Melissa Sweet

This creative biography is about the author of such beloved classics as Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. Weaving together photos, letters and biographical events, with original collages and artwork, helps to bring the inspiring story of White to life. Although written for children, this beautiful book is a must-read for any age that wants to learn more about this fascinating storyteller. Keep your copy of Charlotte’s Web close by—you’ll want to reread it as soon as you finish this gem.

1200 N Sandhills Blvd, Aberdeen - 910.695.2621 Adult Lilac Girls By Martha Hall Kelly

Don’t let the serene cover of Martha Hall Kelly’s debut novel fool you. Lilac Girls is an intense, gripping story about the prisoners of Ravensbruck, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women in Poland during World War II. Spanning 20 years, it tells the story of three women: American actress and philanthropist Caroline Ferriday, German physician Herta Oberheuser and Kasia Kuzmerick, a fictional Polish teenager. Inspired by actual events, Kelly first conceived the novel when visiting the gardens and home of Ferriday. It was there that she learned of Ferriday’s involvement in helping the survivors of Ravensbruck. Both wonderfully moving and tearfully tragic, Lilac Girls is a compelling story, perfect for any book club.


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Quicksand s n a e B Jelly

22 – The day in April when we celebrate National Jelly Bean Day. While the exact date jelly beans were created is up for debate, we do know they were sent to Union soldiers during the Civil War.

10,000 – Number of jelly beans used in a portrait

of Ronald Reagan that hangs in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Jelly Belly beans helped the 40th president quit smoking. Reagan was so influenced by the candy that he sent them on the 1983 flight of the space shuttle Challenger, making them the first candy in space.

1905 – The first year that jelly beans were mentioned in a newspaper ad. The Chicago Daily News ad boasted jelly beans for nine cents a pound, making them the first candy to be sold by weight, rather than by piece.

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8 – The number of most common jelly bean flavors.

Jelly Belly jelly beans aside, which boasts more than 100 flavors, jelly bean assortments include mostly fruit flavors and were originally sold by color.

1930 – The decade when we started associating jelly beans with Easter, due to their egg-like shape. Easter has been peak jelly bean season ever since, with more than 16 billion beans sold every year. 130 – Number of calories in about 35 jelly beans. Which can be burned by playing approximately 13 minutes of kickball, 23 minutes of sweeping or 40 minutes of dishes. We suggest kickball.

A Look Ahead


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APRIL 22 Phlock to the Beach Oak Island / WHY: I t’s a Jimmy Buffett-inspired weekend that includes concerts, 5k, 10k and half-marathon races, pancake breakfast, flip-flop fling and costume contest. Grab your parrot hat and head to the beach!

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MAY 13 Charlotte Asian Festival & Dragon Boat Race Charlotte / WHY: Y  ou can race in a dragon boat, we repeat, you

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Quicksand QUICK TIP Prevent Running Injuries for Good By Kelly Kilgore, owner of R.I.O.T. (Run In Our Tribe) Research shows runners experience as many injuries as professional football players. Understanding why might surprise you. It’s because running is a simple sport. It’s a sport in which you can slip on a pair of shoes (or not) and head out the door for a cardiovascular-calorie burning experience. This kind of ease produces less attention to technique and seems to require no “real” instruction. So here are some tips on staying healthy and injury-free for the long run. Don't be boring and repetitive. The body experiences injury when the body moves in one way over and over again. When you run the same route with the same pair of shoes at the same pace or your training lacks different terrain, your body experiences wear and tear in the same places. Mixing up your running routes will help strengthen your body and remove the boredom of the same old run. Don’t overdo it, and be proactive in your recovery. Don’t wait to feel sore—take care of your muscles and your feet before inflicting too much on them. Stretch, check your level of fatigue and don’t “push through the pain.” Make sure you gradually increase your time, distance and speed in your running program. Improve your running technique. Good running form is more important than most people think. Whether you are just beginning or an avid, experienced ultra-marathoner, think about: Having a forward momentum posture, stand tall, don't bend at the waist and keep your chest up and hips forward; keep your arm swing neutral, not swinging from side to side and your shoulders relaxed away from your ears; and land softly underneath a bent knee and your center of mass.


Allow your muscles and tendons time to get back into the swing of things. Train smart, allowing adaption to happen over time. And most important, stay healthy!


Did You Know?

In the history of the United States Army, Camp Mackall, just south of Southern Pines, is the only major military installation ever named for an enlisted private: Private John Thomas (Tommy) Mackall, who died from wounds sustained during Operation Torch in Algeria in 1942.

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Taking the stage at

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Photo courtesy of the Moore County Historical Association the recently released film La La Land, characters digress in their dinner conversation to label movie theaters as “falling-off.” Moments later, lead woman Emma Stone abandons the table and rushes to a quaintlooking theater just blocks away. As time passes, Stone is seen driving by that same movie theater to see that its marquee is no longer glowing and its box office windows are boarded up. This small moment in the film isn’t fiction. The movie theater depicted in the film is the Rialto, a historic, one-screen cinema completed in the 1920s that closed its doors in 2007. For many familiar with downtown Southern Pines, this reality isn’t difficult to grasp. We’ve matured into a culture that demands cinema complexes, and true to the formula of supply-anddemand, we are supplied. Attending the movies used to be an occasion—your 10 cents not only paid for the main feature, but also cartoons and a news reel. Today, you can’t sit in a theater and watch a serious film without hearing the vibrating sounds of explosions or car crashes in whatever blockbuster action flick is showing in the adjacent theater. The main objective of most multiplexes is to get as many people in and out as possible, thus the 12-screen theaters that feel more like warehouses than places of importance or entertainment. The only difference between the Sunrise and the small, historic theaters across the country that find

themselves unable to compete with the dominant culture of more is more, is the people. One can peer back into the Sunrise’s history and notice a major, recurring theme: It’s a love story of how arts can bring a community together and how a community united can save the arts. This theme was particularly well-expressed by the “Save Our Sunrise” campaign when the theater was threateningly close to becoming a furniture store. In the early 1940s, the building’s reinvention from hardware store to theater defined its existence and set it on the path to becoming the Southern Pines staple it is today. A staple so important to Moore County that a nonprofit organization was created (Sunrise Preservation Group) with the sole purpose of, you guessed it, preserving the Sunrise. Despite its history, the Sunrise is not a business determined and comfortable in its vintage, but one that is constantly looking to improve, both in atmosphere and experience. This goal is brought to fruition with its newest endeavor: the addition of an outdoor stage. The First Bank Stage, named in honor of its main donor, stands about 20 feet from its indoor sister. Handsome red curtains frame the indoor stage, welcoming moviegoers back to a time when celebrities were called movie stars, Hollywood was golden and “the screen” was still silver. Outside, fresh, clean concrete, bricks and steel create a stage that invites different imagery—one of the future. | 13

While the new addition of the outdoor venue expands the theater both

literally and figuratively, it also

Sundi McLaughlin, president of the Sunrise Preservation Group and Chair of the Sunflix Committee (the force responsible for selecting films), put it best when she describes the stage as an “opportunity to expand”—to expand the theater’s future abilities and programming, as well as the experiences and opportunities of the community. But this expansion would have never been possible without the former board members of the Sunrise Preservation Group (SPG) nearly 12 years ago. Craig Pryor, chairman of the Greenspace, an apt title for the grassy lot next to the theater, credits his predecessors as being the original driving force for planning construction on the lot. “As in most situations with organizations, we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us,” says Pryor. “There was a sketch done of a stage on the Greenspace 12 years ago.” It was this sketch, drafted by former board members, depicting a colorful scene of a live band at play on the proposed stage, that inspired the current board to ask the question: To stage or not to stage?

expands our community.

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The First Bank Stage at the Sunrise was as carefully weighed as any other decision that affects the theater and its patrons. As a nonprofit, many of the Sunrise’s customers are also donors, faithful fans that contribute to keep the theater and its programming thriving and improving, and it’s with this fact in mind that no decision is made lightly. Big decisions such as the construction of another stage are democratically handled by a number of individuals who make up the Sunrise team. “A lot of people don’t realize we have a committee for every part of this theater,” explains McLaughlin. “We have the Sunflix Committee, a committee for our HD events and two committees for live concert events [including First Friday and Blues Crawl].” Each committee is made up of different minds and personalities (with some overlap), but they all have one common attribute: They care passionately about the advancement of the Sunrise. It’s not only the people behind the theater that make it special—for instance the 80-plus volunteers, some serving the theater for as a long

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as a decade—but also the locals and businesses of Moore County who consistently step up to support the Sunrise. “Two-and-half years ago, the current board commissioned a team to make a recommendation on what, if anything, to do with the Greenspace. The nearly complete stage is a result of all those people,” says Pryor. “There were several other teams that raised the funds from a significant number of donors—the largest, of course, being First Bank.” And so the story of the Sunrise again becomes a narrative that speaks to the power of a community to support a small, historic theater by preserving its originality without compromising its relevance today. While the new addition of the outdoor venue expands the theater both literally and figuratively, it also expands our community. For years, the theater has offered itself as a rentable space for locals and organizations. In the future, the First Bank Stage will be a potential venue for local businesses, organizations and individuals to book, as well. The First Bank Stage at the Sunrise is set to be completed in time for the first First Friday installment in May with the Marcus King Band. Today, few movie theaters can instill a sense of warm nostalgia in its patrons while also offering a free annual concert series like First Friday. In a single week, the events at the Sunrise can range from new and classic films to live music, from bluegrass to rock to classical, and even transport you to Moscow from the comfort of your chair with their live broadcasts of the Bolshoi Ballet. Now, with the new stage, this ability to offer variety and choices to patrons is broadened further. Sundi McLaughlin sums it up perfectly: “There’s something for everyone here—just give it a month.” A statement to which there’s only one thing to add: Can your multiplex do that?


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To Your Health! Do Good, Feel Good A new study out of Belgium shows that being a good neighbor is good for your health. Giving your time to help others can make you feel up to five years younger. Don’t think you need to do grand gestures either. A simple act of kindness, like taking out the trash for an elderly neighbor once a week, is all it takes. So get out there and be nice!

Color Your Diet Healthy By Ashley Carpenter, Registered Dietician FirstHealth Fitness

Back Pain Be Gone Low back pain is the most common type of pain in the United States, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Sitting for long periods of time, as most Americans who work in offices do, only exacerbates the condition. A simple stretch once an hour could relieve some of the pain and even prevent it in the first place. One easy stretch is the knee to chest stretch. Lay on the floor and slowly bring your knees to your chest. Hug your knees for up to 10 seconds and release. Repeat at least 3 times.


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hat does color have to do with diet? One word: phytochemicals. These substances occur naturally in plants and work synergistically with vitamins, minerals and fiber (all present in fruits and vegetables) in whole foods to promote good health and lower disease risk. When you are grocery shopping, challenge yourself to look at your cart when leaving the produce section, and if you have all red items, swap something out for another color. Does your cart look beige? Head back and add some variety—think of the rainbow and look for red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

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Garden Variety





Herbs are lowmaintenance plants that do well grown in containers. By following a few simple guidelines, you can create a fabulous kitchen herb kitchen. Be sure to place the pots on your deck or patio for easy access to snip and use when cooking.

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Use a container with drainage holes in the bottom, and fill the pot up to one inch from the rim with good potting mix. A small screen over the hole will keep the planting medium from falling out.

Plant a single herb or several together.

When planting several herbs together, make sure they all like the same growing conditions.

Droughttolerant herbs like rosemary, lavender and thyme grow well together as their needs are similar: plenty of sun and well-drained soil. Chives, basil, oregano and parsley are good companions, with all needing regular watering.

Pick your herbs regularly to stimulate the plants to produce more shoots—this also keeps you in a steady supply of delicious fresh herbs!

Tip #1

The month of May was named after the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants. In other words, it's time to start planting!

Fertilize every few weeks with a liquid balanced fertilizer (organic preferred) to encourage growth.

Place trailing herbs on the pot edge, taller ones to the back or middle and bushy plants in between.

Tip #2

The last average frost date in our area is April 15.

Tip #3

To dry herbs such as oregano and thyme, snip stem and roll in a paper towel. Put them in the refrigerator for a week then strip dried herbs from the stems and store in dark place.

Tip #4

If you like the fragrance of mint, keep in mind that it is a very invasive herb. It’s best planted by itself, in a container, as it tends to overwhelm other plants. Also, it's yummy chopped up and mixed with strawberries or in lemonade!

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The Art of Acupuncture By Greg Girard


or the past two years, Donovan Bachtell

has just been looking for relief. After numerous surgeries on is foot, the throbbing pain still won’t go away. The hydrocodone pills and fentanyl patches weren’t helping, and the side effects of the opioids were taking their toll. In some ways, he was at his wit’s end until his wife and a friend recommended acupuncture. “I’d never had acupuncture before, but my pain just wasn’t being handled by Western medicine. I asked my physician and he said absolutely, give it a try,” Bachtell says. He went to Wood Element in Southern Pines. “So, they’re hippies,” he explains with a laugh. “They have the New Age music in the background. It’s very different from our medicine. And it’s interesting because they don’t just put needles around my foot where the pain is. They put needles in both my feet, around my knees, in between my thumb and forefinger and on my hands. They also use heat. The idea, [they say], is to increase the blood flow to my foot.” 20 | SAND& PINE MAGAZINE April/May 2017

“It’s all rooted in nature,” explains Kathryn Wells, of Wells Acupuncture in Pinehurst. Wells is a licensed practitioner who has a master’s degree in acupuncture and is working toward her doctorate. “You see it in the seasons. There’s a natural movement and that natural movement is also in humans. And when that natural movement is disturbed—through injury, emotional trauma, addictions, poor eating, among many others—symptoms arise. So, acupuncture is there to help restore the regulatory movement.”

Tools of the trade

To understand acupuncture, it’s best to first recognize the context in which we view medicine and medical treatment as a whole. Most of us were born into the Western philosophy of medicine—the idea that you go to a doctor when you feel sick. This philosophy evolved from ancient Greek and Egyptian physicians, and overtime, along with the introduction of pharmaceuticals and technology, became the Western form of medicine practiced today. In overly simplistic terms, the doctor checks a patient’s vital signs, identifies the symptoms, makes a diagnosis and treats the illness with a prescription drug or some other form of modern medical healing. The eastern philosophy, much of which started in China 5,000 years ago with experimentation in Chinese herbs, is based on a more preventive and holistic approach. “There’s a saying in Chinese medicine that only bad doctors have patients who get sick,” says Susan McKibben, a licensed practitioner in Southern Pines with a master’s degree in acupuncture and more than 19 years of experience in healthcare. “In other words, it was used very preventively, and that is something that is very foreign to us. We never think, ‘I should do that to prevent myself from getting sick.’ We wait until we get sick and then try to treat it. The typical treatment is to quell the symptom, most of the time with pharmaceutical drugs. And that’s OK because that’s the best tool in [a doctor’s] toolbox and sometimes that is the best treatment, but the problem is that it’s symptomatic relief. So the beauty of what I do is to try to find the root of the problem and change it to bring the body to wellness.” Acupuncture, which dates back about 3,000 years, is one of the tools in the Eastern medicine toolbox. There are several styles of acupuncture, and each has varying levels of combining medicine and philosophy. Wells, for instance, practices the Five Element Tradition, which puts particular emphasis on the spiritual. “If you’re speaking about the tradition that I practice and you don’t

mention the spiritual side, you’re leaving out a very big portion of the tradition,” Wells explains. “The Five Element Tradition recognizes that we are a complete body, mind, spirit. And that when things are amiss in one portion of us, it shows up in others.” As an example, Wells says when you see someone suffering physically, there’s also a wearing of the spirit. “And I don’t mean spirit in a religious context. I mean the spirit within them—that spark within each of us that is present when we are alive.” McKibben practices Classical Acupuncture, which is rooted in principles from the ancient texts of Chinese medicine, putting equal weight and importance on the physiological, psycho-spiritual, philosophical and theological aspects of Chinese medicine. There’s also Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Japanese, Korean and Auricular, to name a few more. Regardless of the style, however, the intent is the same for all trained and certified acupuncturists—restoring the flow of qi. | 21

健 康 平 衡 It’s all about qi

To understand acupuncture, it’s essential to understand what the practice is trying to achieve. Eastern medicine believes in qi (chee), a flowing life force that exists in everything—humans have qi, our pets have qi, even the magazine your holding has qi. Within us, this qi flows along what is called meridian pathways or channels. The Eastern theory then, is that our qi can become disturbed or disrupted, and when it does the result is physical and mental stresses on the body—illness. Acupuncturists identify this disharmony as an imbalance of opposing forces that are in all of us, or yin (blood) and yang (energy). “In a lot of ways qi is the material foundation of us,” explains Wells. “I have meridians that course my entire body like rivers and those rivers facilitate the flow of qi throughout me. This qi, also called energy, is what gives me the ability to move my hand, grow fingernails or breathe. It's what can give me a headache or move my digestion.” So acupuncture is practiced to restore the flow of qi wherever it’s been disturbed, thus restoring the body’s natural balance of yin and yang. And this is done by inserting very fine needles at specific points of the body, as well as the use of several other techniques like massage, cupping (using specialized suction cups on specific points of the body), moxa (the smoldering of an herb named artemesia vulgarism, also known as mugwort), gua sha (using a smooth, round-edged object to apply short brisk strokes to an area) and herbal formulas.

Coexisting philosophies

Does acupuncture work? Surveys have shown that a majority of Western doctors will refer patients to acupuncturists. Indeed, the American College of Physicians recently recommended that physicians and patients should treat low back pain with nondrug therapies such as superficial heat, massage, acupuncture or spinal manipulation. People have seen acupuncturists for pain relief, digestive issues, reproductive issues, respiratory issues, nausea, and mental and emotional well-being. Both Wells and McKibben get referrals from local doctors, and for both they see a natural coexistence in treatment. “I tell people we need to start thinking about staying well instead of waiting until we get sick and then take a pill to fix it,” says McKibben. “This is just the way we’ve been told to think. And I’m not against Western medicine. I have no problem telling a client their best option would be

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to go to a doctor. People should look at all kinds of options for optimal health. It should never be one or the other. And it may take all the options for somebody to get well or get them to a place where they feel better.” Wells agrees. “It's common for people to say they've tried everything else without result so now they'll try acupuncture. I wish we could experience a shift in thinking to recognize this low tech and yet effective treatment which can be used early on, even before the symptoms progress very far. It does not replace the necessity of western medicine, but it certainly can complement those treatments, help reduce costs, unwanted side effects, and potentially invasive procedures. I won’t say it’s always 100 percent relief but sometimes people need help recognizing after an injury or emotional strain that they may continue to have residuals from it, but it doesn’t have to own their life. After beneficial treatment

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so many people say to me, ‘You don’t even know the stuff I’ve been through. Why didn’t I try this sooner?’” And Wells speaks from experience. “I was involved in a head-on car collision and suffered (I don't use that word lightly) from debilitating neck and arm pain.” After years of trying “every pill, shot, therapy and procedure” available, she turned to acupuncture and yoga. Now she’s able to manage the pain. “Today, the limited and infrequent pain is my teacher. When it does arise, I'm reminded to check in with my own acupuncture treatment, yoga practice and those ever-important human needs of nourishing food, play time and, of course, rest.” Bachtell seems like a perfect example of this coexisting philosophy. He still takes painkillers, but he says he’s had a dramatic reduction in the doses, which has eased or eliminated the side effects associated with opioids. “I’ve been going for more than a year now and it’s definitely better,” he says. “And I’ll keep going because it’s better than taking the drugs.” For a list of acupuncturists in the area, check out our website at

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Place numbers into the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains each of the digits 1 to 9. No guessing is needed. EASY

Across 1. What is the Latin name for the constellation The Lyre 5. North American deer 8. Gnarl 12. Send forth 13. Metal container 14. Wander 15. Greasy 16. Twain 17. Level 18. Refund 20. What is the appropriate name of the largest moon of Saturn 22. Mischievous child 23. Terminal digit of the foot 24. Blunder 27. Japanese dressing gown 31. Revised form of Esperanto 32. What is located at the hub of the solar system 33. Mischievous person 37. Having a thick crust 40. Hasten 41. Organ of hearing 42. Stagnant

44. Australian acacia 47. Norse god of thunder 48. Grievous distress 50. Temple 52. Wallaroo 53. Bristle of barley 54. Boss on a shield 55. Soon 56. Nevertheless 57. Observed Down 1. What is the Latin name for the constellation The Lion 2. Primordial giant in Norse myth 3. Vex 4. Abnormal 5. Reproduction 6. Legal science 7. Full of knots 8. Indonesian cigarette 9. What do we call a star which flares to many times its normal brightness, and then fades to its original state 10. Baking chamber 11. Cardinal number

19. Atomic mass unit 21. Acknowledgement of debt 24. Which Soviet space station was launched in 1986 25. Highest mountain in Crete 26. Distress signal 28. Donkey 29. Exclamation of contempt 30. Some 34. What is the only known satellite of the plant Pluto 35. To be unwell 36. Extra time 37. Building material 38. Narrow beam of light 39. Name the seventh planet from the sun 42. Keep away from 43. Bull 45. Gammy 46. Roundish projection 47. Light meal 49. Be in debt 51. Male child

HOW TO REMEMBER EVERYTHING Ladderword puzzles are like crosswords but with a twist. The words in the middle column are anagrams of the words of the first column. The words in the last column are anagrams of the middle column plus one additional letter. The anchor words (the down clues) are related by a common theme. Across 1. Situate 3. King Arthur’s palace 5. Expert 6. Pale yellow liquid 7. Musical entertainment 8. Channel leading away

9. Keep possession of 10. Clothing 11. Concluding 12. Cleanest 13. Attitude 14. Wingless 15. Flower parts 16. Psalmbook 17. Ghostly 18. Suds

19. Pertaining to the earth 20. Like leather Down 2. Recollection 4. Stately mansion

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More than a car show

Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance gives back to the community There’s no question the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, celebrating its fifth anniversary on May 6, is about the beauty and elegance of cars past and present. But that's not all it's about: Along with a healthy seasonal boost to the local economy, the organization also sponsors a college scholarship program to Sandhills Community College for local teens interested in the automotive industry. Peter Stilwell, founder of Tarheel Communications Solutions and head of event operations for the Concours, says the first year of the Concours they did raise money for charities but they recognized the need to give back more directly to the community. Spearheaded by Pinehurst Concours President Jay Howard, they came up the idea of providing a scholarship to students from Moore County who are planning to enroll in the automotive program at Sandhills Community College. And when they spoke to John Dempsey, president of SCC, about the idea, Dempsey was so supportive that he committed the school to matching the contribution of the Pinehurst Concours, effectively providing a full scholarship for the top student. “Sandhills Community College is both proud and fortunate to be involved with the Concours D’Elegance,” says Dempsey. “Proud because it’s always nice to be associated with an event of the quality and magnitude of the Concours. Fortunate because the Concours has created a wonderful scholarship that benefits students in the college’s Automotive Technology Program. This scholarship guarantees that a steady supply of the area’s ‘best and brightest’ will be attracted to careers in the automotive industry.” Last year, Pinehurst Concours awarded three scholarships totaling $10,000 to three students, with the top scholarship of $5,000 and two additional scholarships for $2,500 each. To chose the students, Pinehurst Concours works with the automotive teachers from the three area high schools (Pinehurst, Union Pines and North Moore), where four students from each school are selected. Before the event, the senior judges mentor the students in the judging process—how

to look for a correct and authentic restoration or preservation. During the event, the junior judges are each assigned to a judging team and help with documenting the scores on a tablet. As the results are being tabulated, the students must then present to the judges their favorite car and explain their reasons. The judges then determine which students had “the most promise, knowledge and drive” and made the best presentation.

“The Concours Scholarship Program has been great for the automotive students here at North Moore High School,” says automotive teacher Eddie Billings. “It gives some students the opportunity, hope and drive to pursue a lifelong career in a field they like and can make a decent living. Without the scholarship, some of my students would not have attempted a postsecondary education.” And the judges, says Howard, fully embrace their additional duties. “Our judges support it and love it because they know they’re providing opportunities for the next generation of young people that will somehow be engaged in the automotive industry. And being able to provide funding for their college educations is one of the more gratifying areas surrounding our annual event.” For ticket information, visit

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During Otzi the Iceman’s final trek across the Italian Alps before his death more than 5,300 years ago, he had a final meal. After his mummified body was discovered in 1991, scientists took samples of his stomach and discovered, along with meat (presumed to be red deer and/or ibex), traces of wheat and charcoal, suggesting Otzi made a type of prehistoric pancake. Still further back, some 30,000 years to the Stone Age, archeologists have discovered grinding tools, with scientists theorizing the tools were used to make flour out of cattails and ferns to mix with water and bake on heated rocks. Pancakes, it would seem, are one of the oldest known prepared foods in history. Cultures across the globe all have a version of a breadlike cake sans the yeast. The Greeks and Romans ate pancakes topped with honey. The English in the 1500s made them flavored with spices, rosewater and apples. The American colonies made johnnycakes and flapjacks with buckwheat or cornmeal. Then there’s the Italian crespelle, Hungarian palacsintas, Jewish blintzes, Scandinavian plattars, Russian blini and Greek kreps. A pancake by any other name … is a pancake. And then there’s the light and thin French version, the crêpe, which originated in Brittany around the 12th century. The crêpe is such a staple in France they have a day to honor it (February 2). It’s also tradition on that day for the cook to hold a coin in his writing hand while flipping a crêpe in a crêpe pan in the other. If he catches the crêpe in the pan, his family will be prosperous for the rest of the year. A tradition worth trying this weekend!

If you just can’t tackle that tower of pancakes without maple syrup, make sure it’s the pure kind (none of the high fructose corn syrup pseudo-maple stuff).

But if you’re looking for something a little different, try these tasty toppings: Jam

We can thank the Swedes, those crazy cats, for this one.

Peanut butter

Adds a little protein and a lot of flavor. And if you’re really living on the wild side, there’s no reason not to try peanut butter and jam between that pancake stack.

Whipped cream and chocolate syrup Every kid’s dream.


Pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts and pine nuts will all add flavor. Make sure to toast them beforehand.


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Recipe S Banana Berry Smoothie Serves 2-3 2 whole, ripe bananas (best with brown flecks on peel) 2 cups ice 1 cup milk or vanilla yogurt ½ cup blueberries ½ cup raspberries 2-3 whole strawberries (depending on size) Pour all ingredients in blender. Blend on high until smoothie thickens, about 30 seconds.

"What's my favorite food besides pancakes? I guess it would be flapjacks, followed closely by hotcakes. After that, crêpes ... but thick crêpes. Y'know, like, pancake-thick." - Rob Riggle

Banana Pancakes from Heaven Makes 12 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off 2 tablespoons sugar 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 small, over-ripe banana 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons low-fat milk 2 large eggs ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 2 ripe bananas, sliced Powdered sugar (if desired) In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In separate bowl, mash over-ripe banana with a fork until almost smooth. Whisk in the eggs, then add milk and vanilla. Whisk until well blended. Pour banana mixture and melted butter into flour mixture. Fold batter gently until just blended; do not overmix. The batter should be thick and lumpy. Place griddle over medium heat until hot. Mix a pat of butter and one tablespoon vegetable oil onto the griddle. Drop ¼ cup of batter onto griddle for each pancake. Cook until a few holes form on top of each pancake and the underside is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until the bottom is golden brown and the top is puffed, 1 to 2 minutes more. Serve pancakes while still hot with maple syrup, sliced bananas and powdered sugar, if desired.

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the time of the year when winter frost is receding, people are shedding their layers of clothing—and a call to beer. Spring, being an unappreciated time for those certifiable beer drinkers, those beer drinkers used to the chocolate, malt and full, roasted goodness one would receive from an Imperial stout or the nutty pumpkin, malted lagers of our two-seasons-ago brews. While most skip over to the full-bodied IPAs of summer, let us halt a moment to enjoy those easygoing beers of spring. These beers once seen as just seasonal offerings are now distributed throughout the year to appease the masses, and are generally lighter in color—as well as lighter on the stomach. These are the beers where the alcohol content is not too high, yet the flavor is delightfully refreshing; crisp, cooling and clean. Let’s begin with my personal favorite for this time of the year, the gose. Gose (“Go-Zuh” ) style beers originated in the 16th century in Goslar, Germany. These top-fermented beers are brewed with at least 50 percent malted wheat with dominating flavors encompassing the lightness of spring. Bursts of tart lemon, orange peel, poignant herbal nuances, as well as a firm bite of saltiness help to round out these thirst quenching brews. Some gose beers don’t have a bitterness or hop aroma, so for those distinguished IPA drinkers and those who prefer their beer slightly tarter, this beer can appeal to just about everyone. My pick for this style has been a tried and true favorite for quite a few years now. The Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose. Tangy up front with Champagne-like carbonation, Anderson Valley uses fresh blood oranges during fermentation to truly give you the thirst-quenching flavor you desire from this session-able and crushable ale. My next style on the list for spring time refreshment would be an endless classic, the hefeweizen. This topfermented wheat-style ale first debuted in Bavaria, bringing with it hints of banana, cloves and, believe it or not, a pop of bubblegum. This tart forward yet refreshing ale has brought much happiness to those who have tried it, and I find it most appealing for those warm spring days ahead. Sometimes cloudy in appearance, this beer

has a significant proportion of malted barley, as well as being an unfiltered brew. Don’t let its appearance turn you off, as the alcohol content is fairly low while the flavor is quite refreshing and easily palatable for those not so inclined to the heavier seasonal offerings. Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen, once brewed in Chico, California, and now relatively local at Mills River located near Asheville, North Carolina, is a beer that holds its own in almost every category. A year-round provision, Kellerwies Hefeweizen is golden in color with an unfiltered, hazy approach. And spiced fruit peel at first brings you into the subtle nuances only a hefeweizen can deliver. Creamy with minimal bitterness, a touch of banana and clean finish brings the well-roundedness one often desires of a beer they have yet to try. Lastly in the triad of beer we have the Pilsner. When speaking of beer, one’s mind often jumps around to a long list of that has been tried in the past. This beer has been resurrected time and time again, and yet, I still find myself going back to my first-ever Pilsner. Remembering the crisp cleanness the beer delivered onto my palate, how it was refreshing without being heavy and how it reminded me of those freshly cut lawns, the grassiness and slight sweet bitterness it held. I remember Pilsner Urquell. First introduced in 1842, Pilsner Urquell kept me wanting another as I delved further into the depth it held. Hops arose first upon my tongue, small touches of bready malt followed with subtle sweetness and ending with a well-rounded bitterness from Saaz hops. Golden in color with great clarity, enjoyable carbonation which makes it rather easy to drink. It’s a refreshing beer without sitting too heavy on the stomach. These wonderful beers are available for most the year, and I hope this small, yet detailed list will bring you much experimental joy in the warmer months to come.

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returned to pick him up and I had no luck trying to contact them. He's my dog now.

We both grew up in the Tampa area of Florida and have been friends since sixth grade. We were in band together. I played the

flute. She played the clarinet. We even attended the same college. I serve in the National Guard and she teaches at a modeling agency in Florida. We have remained friends and she's here for the weekend for Henry's baptism.

I'm originally from Alabama, my dad owned a lumber business. I saw a wall hanging in Pottery Barn and thought, "I

could make that." My dad's business gave me access to unused and reclaimed wood. People saw my work and wanted to buy it and my business began. My husband is in the military, and two years ago we moved to Whispering Pines. The owner of Green Goods in Southern Pines saw my work on Instagram and asked if she could carry it in her shop. The wood I use is all reclaimed wood from interesting places, some with an interesting history. Grace is my middle name and when I married, I dropped it for my maiden name. So my business name has a double meaning, I'm reclaiming wood and reclaiming my name.

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Two-Drink Minimum BY ANTHONY PARKS

As one who only visits New York, I imagine that when New Yorkers get hungry, they simply stop walking and pop through any doorway to eat. It seems every block is lined with the most amazing restaurants, both authentic and trendy, so why would anyone waste time choosing when they can just look left or right on almost any New York street and try something new every meal. That’s what we did when we were ready for dinner, and it lead to one of the best nights we've ever had in New York, but a great many things lead to our big night in the city. It started at age 3 with a knock on the door. Our new neighbors had been moving in but not yet spotted. I opened the front door to see a kid who looked just like me, mostly due to our matching blonde bowl cuts. He said, “Hi. My mom told me to come say hi.” And that was the day I met my first best friend. There were almost two decades of adventures to follow that historic meeting. My memories are peppered with BB guns, pine forests, pool parties, first girlfriends, and just sitting playing Atari and listening to bands. One of us would get a new tape and trade it for a few nights with the other. Our tastes were the same. We were little rockers, and his older sister changed the world when she drove us to Raleigh for our first concert ever. Def Leopard! 34 | SAND& PINE MAGAZINE April/May 2017

Middle school and then high school ended and we drifted a bit, but after a decade of living in faraway North Carolina towns in the age before cell phones and Facebook, we both ended up back home and it was kind of like we never left. We both now played instruments, we went to a bunch of concerts together, and still sat at the house and played new music for each other. It was on one particular night when I was playing jazzy New Orleans funk drummer Stanton Moore that he said, “We should take a trip to NYC to check out some jazz clubs.” I was all in. We caught a ride with my sister to Philly, a nine-hour drive for which I obviously prepared some mix CDs, and from there we took the super cheap Chinatown Bus into New York City. We got a weird hotel room in Soho but we rarely saw it. We did the obligatory stops at museums, the double decker bus tour, Monty Python on Broadway, the Empire State Building and sought out the best slice of pizza. We saw some bands, but it was on the last night that we stumbled upon what we were there for. Hungry and trying to find jazz clubs—again, without smart phones—we stopped in what I saw as a typical big-city

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restaurant. Everything was blue, or at least lit with blue lights, although you could see no bulbs, just a blue glow. We had a great dinner, mostly because of the great live jazz on stage led by a one-armed trumpet player. It was late when they finished, and even though our small town disposition was worn thin from three days in the city, we asked the band as they were packing up where we might go next to see some more of the same. The trumpet player stuffed his cut of the tip jar in his pocket and told us how to get to the next spot. And that spot was exactly what we envisioned, a tiny basement club with barely any signage out front to lure you down the steps. A piano, drums and sax had the small crowd’s undivided attention. We got our two drink minimums and found a spot on the wall. The music was incredible, and, like us, everyone was drawn to the place for the same reason. We made friends who told us about another great club just a few blocks over, and we quickly joined them, now fully submerged in the evening. By the time we entered the next club, we were on city time and had abandoned all concern for the next day’s travel plans. It must have been 4 a.m., but this club was packed. The music was a little funkier, and we were so glad to get some seats up front. The band was tight and were clearly well-known, and we were all ears. I looked down the hall way past the stage to see a long line I assumed was for the restroom but soon realized that these were all musicians. They were waiting patiently in a post office-worthy line in a hall filled with saxophones, trombones and guitars for their turn to sit in with the band. We watched as each new song began, a new player would step up on stage, nod to the piano player, and off they went. And as we saw our one-armed trumpet player hop on stage followed by the sax player from the second club, I realized that this was their time to just play. They had been working all night playing club after club and this was their time to let loose. Each player brought a new flavor to the stage and that was the driving force of that moment. It’s what I like about jazz. We were content and soaked it all in. Of all the live music I’ve seen over the years, this night of music from a band with no name is in my top 10. The next morning’s super early cab ride and 24hour train ride home were filled with a series of small comical and not-so-comical disasters (that’s a whole other story). It really took a few weeks before it sank in about what a great music night it was for us. Music is such an important connector for people and such a voice in and of itself that an entire city can be known for having its own musical accent, and we were drawn to it. We often talk about going back to try and recreate the night. We both agree, though, that nowadays, a day in the city and a nice dinner would have us on the couch afterward instead of at a cool jazz club until dawn.


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was fortunate to spend a decade as a stay-at-home mom. Raising four children without the stress of racing to work each morning was a luxury I know many moms do not have. However, during this time I also struggled to find my role outside my home because I no longer had co-workers and business leaders challenging me, and I felt the need to be involved in the community. As an admitted nonprofit junkie, one of my highlights each quarter of the year was attending a nonprofit interagency council meeting. While serving as secretary, I heard many incredible organizational reports that inspired and helped me to see I didn’t have to wait until I returned to the workforce to contribute to my community. As an accountant, my ears perked up when Habitat for Humanity’s finance director described an opportunity to help Habitat homeowners in need of budgeting assistance. I thought, “This is one way I could actually be of help. Let’s give it a try.” It was here that I began to realize I didn’t have to wait until my children were off to school to begin something new. Even if I could find two hours a month to dedicate to this work, it was something—sometimes I traded babysitting with a friend, sometimes my husband rearranged his schedule to allow me the chance to volunteer. I fell in love with Habitat after the first meeting with homeowners. A friend worked with me to develop a series of classes to help them with budgeting and in other financial areas. We spent 10 weeks working with families committed to fulfilling their end of their Habitat partnership. Like many, I had misconceptions about Habitat, like knowing only the bare bones that they build houses. I even thought they (cringe) gave the homes away! I had no idea the hard work and dedication it takes for a Habitat homeowner to

successfully build a home, nor the 300 hours of sweat-equity each homeowner spends on the construction site and in other areas of the organization. Habitat is not only the home builder, but also the bank. It invests nearly $1 million each year into our local economy through direct construction costs. Beyond the investment in the building materials to build a good home, Habitat invests in strong homeowners. They provide a hand up to our neighbors driven to change the path of their family’s future. Now, as executive director, I meet future homeowners embarking on this challenging and rewarding journey. We often see a transformation take place in a future homeowner, as we ask them to step outside their comfort zone and embrace new challenges. From learning how to drive a nail, to participating in a class on writing their own wills, to joining me on a Sunday morning to speak to a congregation full of people, these requests are not small. But time after time, we watch these incredible men and women rise to the challenge and often surprise even themselves. We have witnessed our homeowners use the Habitat experience as a stepping stone (or rather a catapult) to bigger dreams and goals. Sometimes this is in career growth, and sometimes it is revealed through their children. It seems that becoming the first in your family to own a home is often followed by sending the first in your family to college. We love the ripple effect of Habitat’s mission, and we invite you to step outside your own comfort zone and join us— you don’t have to wait, and we think you may just surprise yourself.


Amie Fraley has been affiliated with Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills since 2008. She began as a volunteer, then served on the Board of Directors and later as finance director. She is now executive director. Amie has a background in public accounting as well as nonprofit fund development. She and husband, Chris, live in Whispering Pines with their four children. 38 | SAND& PINE MAGAZINE April/May 2017

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