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Surviving Black Friday Obstacle Course Racing

What’s it about, where’s it going, and why’s it become so popular?

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9 HE SAID SHE SAID

Also Inside 6

What is a Turkey?

By Larry Oldham & Dena Hill

10 The Money Club Breaking Patterns to Live the Good Life By Todd Boaze

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A Better You

Fall into Exercise, Turkey, and Stuffing! by Dave Gluhareff

26 Life in the Fat Lane

Step Two: Dear Food, It’s Been Real

From the Editor

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Cooking Up Something Special

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Area Events Guide

Fun and Games

Crossword, Word Seach, & Sudoku

Paws for The Cause By Paulette Dean

by Bobby Allen Roach

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Enough is Enough by Misty Brooks

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F RO M T HE e d i tor November is a hectic month. At the beginning everyone is recovering from scares and candy overload thanks to Halloween. Just as that subsides it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving.

Many things are synonymous with Thanksgiving. Family gatherings, huge dinners, and who could forget football. I cannot think about Thanksgiving without remembering the year 1993. We had just finished dinner. The Cowboys and Dolphins game went down to the wire. The field was covered in snow. There was about fifteen seconds left in the game. Dallas was winning, but Miami was setting up to kick a field goal for the win. My dad and I anxiously watched as my mom put some sort of mojo on Miami to miss the field goal. It worked. Dallas blocked the field goal. The game should have been over, BUT as the ball spun on the icy field, the Cowboys screamed to everyone to get away from the ball. Leon Lett didn’t listen. He tried to recover the pigskin. It squirted out of his grasp right into the Dolphins’ welcoming arms. Miami got a second shot at the field goal. The mojo only works once. Miami won the game. Needless to say my family was mad about the outcome. Looking back today, there is no anger. Being a Cowboys fan, you kind of prepare yourself for those moments. But

seriously, thinking back on that game now, we just laugh. Words cannot express the expressions on my mom’s face after Lett’s blunder. And I cannot print the words my dad spoke. But now, it’s a good family memory. The textbook definition of the word thanksgiving is “an expression of gratitude.” It’s small things like the Cowboys mistake that add up to make lifetime memories. The things that matter. Philosopher, Epicurus, said, “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” It’s easy to forget the value of the things we have when we are blinded by our wants. Sure, I would have loved for the Cowboys to have won that game, but then the memory wouldn’t be the same. I’m glad Leon Lett decided to defy logic and pounce on the ball. And besides, the 1993 Cowboys were the first team to win the Super Bowl after starting the season with two losses. Everyone ended up happy. Unless you are a Buffalo Bills fan. But that’s another story.

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You get the picture.

She Said... Today may constitute our biggest argument ever. What makes you think that I should feel lucky about having you? Maybe I don’t want another Turkey this year. Don’t you ever read what we write each month?

You are probably the biggest Turkey in this town. I don’t readily accept you as much All of these things are trivial compared as I just put up with your gobbling because to the complexities of the world. I love you. I don’t leave because I don’t This got me thinking about how lucky pHOTO BY mICHELLE dALTON pHOTOGRAPHY want to leave my house and give up my you and I are that we never argue new car. Besides, who else would want to or fuss.Yes, we do write a column put up with your big Turkey self all year? The reason you about the differences between men and women, but that think we don’t argue is because most of the time you’re is not arguing, just agreeing to disagree. I am glad that we wrong and my pointing it out would do nothing except found each other and that we totally agree in almost every make you stronger in your beliefs. circumstance of our marriage. We even agree about the total amount of wasted time that other couples spend The other reason you don’t think we argue is because I arguing. My sister and I never agreed on anything and we hardly ever answer you. I let you think you’re right and argued all through our childhood and some of our adult stop talking so you either continue to ramble on or run years, if you know what I mean. We get along pretty well out of hot air. Sooner or later you close your mouth. As now, but there are days when we don’t see eye to eye. I I said, we could argue because I do know how, but it is just feel lucky that you and I reacquainted ourselves and not worth the pain and time to try to make a point with found each other as soul mates or ideal partners in life. a Turkey who thinks he is always right.You really leave no I know that you must feel the same way because you room for disagreement since you think you’re a clone of continue to stay with me instead of leaving. Einstein.You give in to me sometimes, but it’s usually about something minor like where we go to eat. If I want peace I want to thank you for being the kind and quiet over dinner or a nice romantic evening I just of woman that you are and let you have your say, agree with you, and go on about my accepting me as your total business. Sorry to burst your bubble, but I would say you equal in life, even though are wrong about ninety-five percent of the time and that’s I cannot have babies. I OK by me. The things you are right about don’t count am not saying you are anyway. lucky or anything, but I do appreciate you Next time you think we’re not arguing, just remember we understanding really are, but my side of the argument I keep to myself so what a great it won’t disturb your gigantic ego. catch you have in me. I am your Gobble on that for a while. Thanksgiving present this year.

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There are many people in the world who are married or dating. We hear about them arguing with each other all the time. Petty arguments like where to eat dinner, who cleaned up last, and who walked the dog last.

“What is a turkey?”

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Breaking Patterns To Live The Good Life

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If fate intended you to be rich, then all you have to do is just wait for the business of the century, money, spouse, health, and wealth to fall into your lap. Most people understand fate as something static as if there were a message written in the stars that said, “This is the way it is going to be and it is not up to me.” No wonder a passive life develops from this attitude, lives where people wait for their fate to find them and just happen.

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Money management tips, small business strategies and a variety of other financial concepts. Facts and information contained is not intended to provide specific legal, financial or tax advice, or any other advice for any individual or company and should not be relied upon in that regard.

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Years go by before they realize that in all this time they have not experienced anything and have virtually slept through most of their days in a monotonous routine of work, lunch, dinner, occasional entertainment, television, and rest. Each day is the same boring routine until the days become months and finally they stretch into years. Not to mention, they have probably been struggling for money and possibly survival, experiencing health and relationship problems and such. It is not surprising that in the end, all this leads to the final confirmation that, “I am not intended to live the good life.” Joey McCormick, a philosophy professor and author of many philosophical, religious, and medical books, sometimes compares life with a jail cell, where institutionalized prisoners no longer remember their previous life of freedom. Instead, their only goal becomes meager attempts to improve their living conditions (if they can) within the prison walls. They may paint walls with the vivid colors of nature, hang posters or magazine pictures to cover the ugly walls that surround them. All the while, they are dreaming about a better life and envying other prisoners for meager privileges above their own. Even worse, maybe their cells are wide open and nobody is forcing them to stay in the prison. They are free to go and experience a new, exciting life.

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They refuse to believe that somewhere a better life awaits them. No, they would rather put another poster on the wall and dream on about a better life than take the chance of moving towards it only to wind up disappointed. For a prisoner to survive inside and behind bars within the prison system, he or she must engage in a wide range of mind-games. The most important one is to forget your life outside the walls. Unfortunately, this is also the most dangerous game of all because its successful execution means you must become satisfied with the limited life you now have. If a new prisoner comes in with grand tales of life outside, the rules of the game force the prisoner to reject them, not because they do not believe them, but because they do not want to believe them. Believing the stories makes living the restricted and limited life inside unbearable. Believing would change their attitude about the limited life they are living and they simply cannot afford for that to happen. Believing the messenger might elicit talking, thinking and dreaming of escape - but the road from here to freedom is long. Many people live in a mental prison as strong and confining as those who are behind bars. They have all the freedom in the world, but they exercise none of it because they are afraid to believe, like the prisoner, that a better life can be theirs. Why? Because it takes courage to change your life, to break the old patterns, change old habits, and rebuild your mental infrastructure. It is easier to stay where you are, blame others and tell yourself: “No, this is too hard. Who am I to think that I can make it happen? What if I fail? Right now, I have something; maybe it is not what I wanted or even what I like, but it is something.” Happy Thanksgiving! SM


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Surviving Black Friday

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Black Friday is here again! How can I prepare?

Paul Seiple

You’re sound asleep. A high pitch wakes you from slumber. You open your eyes, the blur matches the haze of convoluted thoughts. “Is it happening? Am I prepared for the zombie apocalypse?” As the pitch grows even louder you’re faced with the disconcerting answer. No, you are not prepared. The fog lifts from your thoughts.Your vision clears. The alarm clock, with 2am in a bright orange hue, screams at you from bedside. “Didn’t I just fall asleep?” Yes, you did, after a huge meal and an exhausting night of entertaining company. But it’s time to get up.You’re not about to do battle with the walking dead. It’s much worse than that.You’re about to go toe-to-toe with thousands of people that have the same goal as you—score the best possible deals for your holiday shopping. It’s Black Friday. And if you do not have a plan, you’re in trouble.You’ve seen it in all of television shows and movies. Those with plans have a better chance at survival against a plague of zombies. That’s zombies—they don’t think, they walk aimlessly, and they’re slow (unless Brad Pitt is in the movie). As the doors open at your favorites stores, for the busiest shopping day of the year, the lines will be long. The people in front of you and behind you have well-thought out strategies, there will be no aimless walking, and they’re fast. Much faster than they look standing in line. If you’re not ready, your Black Friday experience will be like a horror movie. 12 Showcase Magazine

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The Black Friday Players Shoppers tend to fall into three categories: The Seeker - This person is the most prepared and knows what he/she wants and knows how to get it. For many, preparation started as soon as Black Friday ended the previous year. Seekers are veterans and know all of the tricks. If you’re new to Black Friday find a Seeker and shadow him/her. Usually they’re easy to spot. They’re all business, no laughing or small talk in line. Many times they are studying their shopping list like they are cramming for a test. Seekers come away with the best deals and most times leave satisfied. However, some Seekers throw courtesy out the door. Be kind to your fellow shoppers. The Scavenger - This person doesn’t rely on a plan. Scavengers have no aspirations about completing their shopping list in one day. They don’t bring a list. They shop for themselves, occasionally grabbing an item from someone’s wishlist if the deal is just too good to pass up. Scavengers take their time, perusing each aisle, many times stopping to debate whether they really need to buy the first season on The Big Bang Theory on DVD because it’s only ten dollars, even though they’ve seen every episode ten times. These internal debates can create logjams. Scavengers are more laid back than Seekers. Tension arises when a Scavenger blocks the path of a Seeker, so step to the side to weigh out the pros and cons of


your purchase. But really it’s only ten dollars and it’s The Big Bang Theory. You can’t go wrong. (That philosophy sometimes leads to buyer’s remorse in Scavengers, so be aware.)

Get a Ticket! Stores are now implementing a “Black Friday Ticket System” for the best and most popular deals. The number of tickets corresponds to the exact quantity of the product.

The Bystander - This person is most in tune with Black Friday. They see and know all. Bystanders have no lists and have no plans to If you are interested in the ticketed items, grab buy anything. They are just there a ticket and go to the designated area of the to watch the show. Bystanders are store when the deal goes live. Be sure to have easily spotted by their calm look and your identification handy in case the store phone in hand. They tend to hang near the “big deal” items waiting requires it to pick up the item. for the chance to snap a photo of a group of people diving for the last printer like it’s a Mark Sanchez fumble. Bystanders are only there for stories to tell their friends and content for their facebook walls.

Well-Thought Out Plans Preparation begins with the plan. Research starts long before Black Friday deals are announced. Savvy shoppers hit the Internet on fact-finding missions early on. They know the average price of products, the sale prices, the availability, and so on. This is important information to have when planning your Black Friday trip to brick-andmortar stores. The best way to succeed is to create three lists. 1. Shopping List - This is the list that includes everyone you’re buying gifts for this holiday season. It’s a good idea, if possible, to have a gift written down also. Shopping without direction on Black Friday will cause you to miss out deals. Along with the gift, list the regular price of the item, so that you know if you’re getting a good deal. It’s also a good idea to have an alternate gift in mind if something is sold out. 2. Personal List - Black Friday is a great time to pick up something that you’ve been wanting at a good price. But again, have a specific list, and include the dollar amount you’re willing to spend.

3. Budget - Set a budget and stick to it. Black Friday deals can be tempting, but if you get carried away, the shopping can put a downer on your holiday season. Have a realistic budget before the doors open and don’t sway. With the lists complete it’s time to map out a battle plan. Collect sales fliers and rank the stores in order of importance to completing your goals. Many store will have deals only at certain times of the day. Budget your time wisely to ensure you don’t miss out. But keep in mind, the odds may be stacked against you on some of the deals. For instance, if a store has a deal buster on an item but there are only 20 available, be realistic with your expectations about grabbing that deal. It may be better to skip that one.

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The Checklist rived. It’s Black Friday has ar time to it’s t still dark out, bu have u yo re get going. Be su . ed ne u everything yo Your lists to edit your • Pen or paper lists as needed • Cell phone • Sales fliers discount • Coupons and cards cards • Money, credit

Preparing Yourself for Black Friday Dress accordingly. If you make it to the stores before they open, you’ll wait outside. Layer yourself for the cold weather, but wear something like a hoodie, that’s easily removed once you’re in the heat of shopping.You’ll be on your feet most of the day, so comfortable shoes are a necessity. Partner up with a shopping buddy. Having a partner affords you the opportunity to split up and grab two deals at once. It’s also good to have someone to hold your bags for you during restroom breaks.

Using Social Media to Navigate Black Friday

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It is going to be a long day, don’t neglect your body. Start with a nutritious breakfast. Avoid fats and sugary food that will give you a temporary high but a hard crash. Take some energy bars, fruit, and water with you. And don’t skip lunch, by that time most of the better deals with be over. Enjoy a break. If you find yourself growing frustrated and tired, it’s time to call it a day. There’s always Cyber Monday. Stars always survive the zombie apocalypse. Be a star on Black Friday. Be prepared. Be good to yourself, and be polite to those shopping around you. SM

Facebook and Twitter provide a wealth of information. Search “Black Friday” or #blackfriday to find deals at specific stores. Phone apps such as Shop Savvy and Black Friday Survival Guide send Black Friday notifications to your phone.


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Fall into Exercise, Turkey, and Stuffing!

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Dave Gluhareff

In the late 1990s David Gluhareff lost over 100 pounds. Dave then became a certified personal trainer with the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and began his career as a personal trainer. In March of 2009 David earned the elite status of Master of Fitness Sciences (MFS) by the ISSA, their highest level of personal training qualifications. As a personal trainer, Dave has been helping people take charge of their physiques to help them feel, look, and move better through life. Visit www. VirginiaBootcamp. com for more information.

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Southside Virginia blesses us with a wonderful fall. We have absolutely beautiful weather transitioning from summer to winter. This is my favorite time of the year with the sights, smells, and feel of leaves changing, firewood burning, people outdoors, cool crisp air, bright sunshine, Halloween fun, then next up Thanksgiving decorations and food. With our mountain bike trails, River Walk trail system, parks, tracks, river sports (canoe/ kayak), just to name a few, we are truly afforded lots of outdoor activities and venues to choose from. With that said we have to make sure we utilize these awesome options and get outdoors and have fun. Take a friend or family member for a bike ride, walk, hike, roller blading, or play a sport. Dads get outside and throw ball with your sons and daughters. Moms get out there too and together as a family you guys spend valuable quality time playing and being silly. Laugh, play, and be active with your friends and family this fall. Don’t take life so seriously. Please cut off the TV, shut off the Internet, turn the smart phone to vibrate, and just get outdoors and live a little! Take in all we have around us while the beautiful leaves fall down and the sunshine showers us. With Thanksgiving right around the corner we don’t have to be concerned at all with good or bad calories, quality over quantity, low carb, low fat, low sodium, or any other health term on Thanksgiving Day. Practicing some moderation would be good though to avoid a miserable food coma that slows down brain and bodily functioning and induces deep sleep. If we all stick to a healthy living (Exercise, Nutrition, & Rest/Stress Relief) plan before and after Turkey Day then we can let loose and splurge the day of. Most of us give in and eat too much for Thanksgiving, then talk, nap, unbutton pants a bit to make more room, then attack the leftovers and eat some more! Let’s take the shame and guilt out of that this year and just be good pre/post Turkey & Stuffing Explosion and relax to enjoy and be

thankful with family and friends. Go through the fun of splurging then misery of some fullness together without shame or guilt this year. The next day after the carnage is over… we can all get back on track. Now remember when we take in healthy foods regularly we see that we feel, look, and move better…because we all eat healthy anyways right?? So on Thanksgiving Day if we blow it and splurge, with some moderation, then we will slow down feeling lethargic and full. Many times we retained water from high sodium, sugar, fat, and fluid intake and for a few days afterwards we feel bloated and heavier…it’s mostly fluid weight and getting back on track immediately following the battle on the turkey and stuffing will help you to lose the added fluid weight very quickly. Now, for you scale watchers you can expect an increase of 1-7 pounds post turkey day obliteration and again don’t be alarmed it’s not fat weight. Our bodies cannot just gain fat that quickly overnight its mostly fluid weight and the best thing to do is get back to your healthy eating plan ASAP the following day. SM

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What’s it about, where’s it going, and why’s it become so popular?

Obstacle Course Racing

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Dave Gluhareff

Johnson Cruz and Dave Gluhareff training for Obstacle Course Racing.

The Rise of OCR

Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) takes a normal runners distance run such as a 5k, 10k, or further like a 50k, 70k, or 100k and adds obstacles throughout the entire course that will challenge you physically and emotionally. It takes the mundane run and injects it full of strength, balance, agility, and even tougher endurance challenges. Depending on the event, obstacles can run the gamut from steep incline runs to scaling walls to crawling under barbed wire. One thing is for sure, you’re definitely going to get muddy, as mud is one of the mainstay components of OCR. OCR’s popularity is rising because it’s a thrill ride that challenges more than just the body; it challenges the heart and soul. You push yourself beyond limits you think are humanly possible and achieve awesome goals. Ernie Garret, who has lost over 70 pounds over the last few years started with the smaller courses such as Warrior Dash. Ernie says, “I started doing OCRs with a group of friends because they are a way of getting out and doing things you would not usually find yourself doing.” Most people are introduced to OCR by friends who like to run the courses in groups. The social aspect of the racing is a huge draw. As Ernie got more involved he tackled greater challenges like Tough Mudder, which boasts 10 to 12 miles of British Special Forces obstacles. “It’s a great way to test yourself mentally and physically in a real world environment,” Ernie says. Teamwork is a big factor in OCR’s rise. Whether it be through verbal encouragement or an outreaching

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hand to help you climb the “wall”, working together with a “Yes We Can” positive attitude and support helps racers face the daunting obstacles. A local OCR veteran and teammate of Ernie’s, Brandy Epps says, “My co-workers found it fitting to register me (unknowingly I may add) for my first obstacle race, the Wintergreen Tough Mudder, for my birthday in 2011. The rest, they say, is history. I got the bug and completed 3 races that year in 3 different states in preparation for the grueling 12-miler in Wintergreen. OCR is a great motivator and a chance to have fun with some great teammates along the way.” Local OCR racer Melanie Gilbert adds, “Obstacle course races make running fun. Running for three or more straight miles can get a bit boring to me.” The impossible is possible and OCR has proven this by challenging our strength, stamina, endurance, balance, coordination, flexibility, heart, motivation, will power, drive, and determination.

OCR :The Next Level

I was introduced to OCR years ago by a hard working client of mine Dr. Cory McKinley, who had lost about 60 pounds. Cory found out about a Warrior Dash 5k mud and obstacle race and said he wanted to work towards that as a goal. He asked me to train with him and be a part of his goal by racing with him. I said absolutely. Ernie, Brandy, and Melanie also signed up for the Warrior Dash. We all ended up going together, racing, competing, and challenging ourselves as a group. We pushed each other to the finish the run. It was an awesome experience that hooked me on OCR.


OCR is categorized from the tame to the extreme. Over the last 4 years of competition and challenges I have ran the tame to the extreme. I have raced in the freezing waters of New Jersey in the winter at The World’s Toughest Mudder, raced the 70k Survival Obstacle Run through Central American jungles of a volcanic island in the heat and humidity of Nicaragua, been challenged (GoRuck Challenge) for 15-18 hours wearing a 50lb rucksack by Green Beret Cadres in April at Virginia Beach through fierce cold and thunderstorms for nearly 16-18 miles running missions, raced in the Spartan World Championships in Vermont, plus competed in multiple Tough Mudders (10-12 miles/25 obstacles), Super Hero Scrambles, and Warrior Dashes (5k w/15-20 obstacles) with smaller named OCR races in between. Southside,Virginia has been an awesome training ground for local OCR enthusiasts and also for my friend Johnson Cruz. Johnson, an elite ultra-runner, from the Isle of Ometepe in Nicaragua, who has been staying with me for a few months training and competing in the USA won the above mentioned 70k Survival Run in February 2013, swimming with bull sharks, racing through the jungles, climbing volcanoes, running handcuffed, racing with a bundle of sticks, that weighed over 50 pounds, for 6 miles, climbing trees, jumping, memorization tests, and more crazy fun directed by FuegoYAgua.org.

Obstacle Racing means more to Team Xtreme than just winning or “self.” We all love to win, but honestly we feel the heartbeat of OCR and love it to the core. Team Xtreme member, John Danville is home of the Dirty Dan Dash. The Dash tests your strength Taylor says, “Obstacle Racing is a beautifully frustrating test of your and endurance as tackle a variety constitution.” OCR to us is about of obstacles while running through pushing ourselves through the the historic district to single track- most difficult physical, mental, and emotional challenges of any and trails. every course to better ourselves For more information, go to and others. OCR athletes travel www.facebook.com/dirtydandash around the world to places we’ve never been before. We push our bodies way beyond their believable limits. Sometimes the best of friends are made in the sport of OCR Here in Danville, Johnson and I have trained on after grueling through jungles, deserts, high the mountain bike trails of Anglers Park, the elevations, low on food, water, and energy. We GW track, my training facilities, the River Walk adapt and overcome together. Xtreme team Trail system, Ballou Park hills & trails, different member Matthew ‘Ultra Beast” Dolitsky says, farms of friends, swam at Hyco Lake, utilized “Mud people are the best people!” Bonner’s trails & fields, and just the great sidewalk system on West Main Street. Friendships formed and the desire to push Training for OCR consists of a blend yourself to a point that you didn’t think was of strength, balance, and cardiovascular possible are the building blocks for OCR’s endurance. meteoric rise to popularity. Brandy Epps adds, “It is addictive! It’s the only rational way to explain why a completely normal, sane mom The Future like myself would pay to crawl through mud, Since I had been going through these extreme take an ice bath and get electrocuted.” races and challenges for years I decided to team with VPX Sports/Redline Energy Drinks. Follow Team Xtreme at www.facebook.com/ My goal was to build a team to travel the vpxteamxtreme and their website www. world in pursuit of our passion for OCR, xpxteamxtreme.com. SM challenging our bodies and minds beyond belief…and Team Xtreme does that.

An Excellent Introduction to OCR

Dr. Cory McKinley, Dave Gluhareff, Ernie Garret, Brandy Epps, Melanie Gilbert, and team at their first Warrior Dash.

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Cooking Up Something Special Moriah Davis

The future of our community lies within the youth of Danville and Pittsylvania County. The people who work and volunteer at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area have a passion to help this next generation of children meet their full potential and excel beyond their wildest dreams. Beginning November 1st the Boys and Girls Club will be kicking off the first “Club Special” raffle. This raffle will raise funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area to better meet the needs of each child who comes to their facilities. The winner of The Club Special will receive a dinner for 2 at local restaurants, enough to eat out once a week for an entire year. That’s 52 meals from one drawing! Faith Stamps, Chief Professional Officer, said, “We are excited to offer The Club Special to the community. By partnering with many restaurants in our community, we are going to raise additional funds to support activities and programs for the children. To have the community support this, both as a sponsor and contributor, is a win-win for all!” Faith continued, “Purchasing a ‘Club Special’ raffle ticket is an excellent way to support the Boys & Girls Clubs as well as have an opportunity to win dinner out each week for an entire year. You can keep the coupons for yourself; give them to your children or use as holiday gifts. Everyone I know would love to win this!” Drawing for the winner will be held on December 17th – right in time for the holidays! You can purchase your tickets from any BGC Board Member, DR Year Agents, at either of the Boys & Girls Clubs and from the Sherriff’s office at City Hall.

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Health Care Reform and You

Our first article in the September issue of Showcase covered key points of “The Individual Mandate” which begins in 2014. In the second edition of our series of articles on Health Care Reform we will tackle enrolling in a Qualified Health Plan(QHP). We will address who qualifies, when he or she can enroll and when there are special circumstances to enroll at other times.

Enrollment Criteria What criteria must an individual meet to be eligible for enrollment in a “Qualified Health Plan” (QHP) through an Exchange? • Is a citizen, national or non-citizen lawfully present in the U.S., and is reasonably expected to remain so for the entire period for which enrollment is sought; • Is not incarcerated; and • Resides in the state covered by the Exchange. The Exchange in the individual’s residing state will determine whether he or she meets the criteria for enrollment. Once eligibility is determined, the Exchange will provide written notice to the individual in a timely manner.

Enrollment Periods The Affordable Care Act requires the Exchange to have an initial enrollment period. It also requires an annual open enrollment period after the initial and certain special enrollment periods. To enroll in a Qualified Health Plan, an individual must do so in one of the enrollment periods. When is the initial open enrollment period and when will coverage start?

• The initial open enrollment period will run from October 1st 2013 through March 31st 2014. • If an individual enrolls by December 15th 2013 he or she will have coverage effective January 1st 2014. • For enrollment applications received after December 15th 2013 and before January 16th coverage will begin on February 1st. • January 16th through February 15th coverage will begin on March 1st. • February 16th through March 15th coverage will begin on April 1st. • March 16th through March 31st coverage will begin on May 1st. What are the Special Enrollment Periods? • Special Enrollment Periods allow qualified individuals to enroll in a QHP when a triggering event occurs in his or her life. • Examples of a triggering event are marriage and birth of a child. • If an individual has a triggering event he or she will have a 60 day Special Enrollment Period. • Coverage will begin on the first day of the next month if application is submitted before the 16th of the preceding month. • Coverage will be effective on the date of birth, adoption or placement for adoption if that is the special enrollment triggering event. Knowing when you can enroll in a Qualified Health Plan is a critical part of making sure you abide by “The Individual Mandate.” The Affordable Care Act is upon us and we must stay abreast to how it will affect each of us. We will continue to tackle important facets of the law in coming months.

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This month didn’t yield remarkable results and I want things to move more quickly.What do you recommend to help me get my number down faster?

For the past month, I have made small changes to my routine and my eating habits to prepare me for the next step: getting really serious.

Making a small change such as keeping fresh fruit in the office and at home would allow me to have a go-to snack at arm’s distance. It would make choosing not to grab fast food an easier decision.

The most difficult part has been saying “no” when stress tells me I need to eat junk food. And by “difficult,” I mean THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I CHOSE TO DO, the feeling of defeat almost overcome by the wonder that is a carbohydrate overload.

I have also started using some of the dust-covered exercise equipment at home and I am definitely feeling it. I’m looking forward to when I can see a change, but I can’t say that I have yet. I do feel a little better, and I call that progress.

Between shameful binges, I received advice: stop drinking soda, walk more, stop eating. That is not a typo. He literally told me to stop eating. I feel like I would almost be willing to do just that if there were a way I could function without food.

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I did receive a helpful tip for coping with stress: have fruit nearby for snacking. Compared to my average days of grabbing fast food, the fruit idea requires a bit more planning. But who doesn’t appreciate a well-structured strategy? Maybe I’m making it too complicated. Maybe there’s an easier way to live healthy. Let’s take a look at the routine and identify the problem. I stay busy every day and food is loosely integrated into the times I tear myself away from my other activities.

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How about you? Is your attitude or outlook improving as a result of the small changes you made with me last month? My advice for this month is to push yourself harder. Take the small changes from last month and expand them. Cut out sugar or soft drinks. Pick one thing that you know is keeping you from your goals and eliminate it. With Thanksgiving literally moments away, I know it can be challenging to resist overeating as you celebrate with your family and friends. So, I will offer a bonus piece of advice to stay on track: be more active. Compensate for some holiday eatcheating with more exercise both before and after Thanksgiving Day. Remember that Christmas and all its gluttonous wonder are inbound and you will have to work really hard to compete with the edible temptations of December. I would love to hear about your experience and what you are doing to improve your life. Send your thoughts, comments, and advice to bobby@showcasemagazine.com. I know we can help each other make better lives for ourselves. SM


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DANVILLE 5 - Sewing Classes - This weekly event occurs on Tuesdays. Bring your portable sewing machine, material, pattern, thread and a willingness to learn. Beginners and experienced sewers welcomed. 6:30-8:30pm. Coates Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

1 - Friday Night Dances - Live music by the “City Limits Band.” Meet new friends and dance the night away. Ages 50+. 7:30-10:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

Ongoing - From Here to There All ages. Explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air as you lift, launch and levitate with hands-on exhibits that make gravity, friction, and the laws of motion fun! Exhibit open through May 2014. Tues through Sat 9:30am-5pm Sunday 1-5pm. Danville Science Center. 434-791-5160. Ongoing - Blood Suckers - All ages. Discover the biological wonders of sanguinivores - creatures that eat blood - through encounters with live species and interactive exhibits. Exhibit open through May 2014. Tues through Sat 9:30am-5pm Sunday 1-5pm.

4 - Welcome to Medicare - Shelby Paschal of Humana will provide information to help you make smarter choices about your health care plan. Free seminar! 11:00am-12:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 5 - Ballou Choir Rehearsal - Join our choir and enjoy sharing your talent as we perform at various locations in the city. Male vocalists especially needed. Rehearsal once a month and five performances per month. 11:15am12:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 5 - African Violet Club - Learn about garden tending, pest control and more www.showcasemagazine.com

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13 - Polliwogs and Science Stars - Ages 3-5 and 5-7. Have you ever noticed a pattern of stars in the sky that looked like a creature? Why are some stars bigger and brighter than others? This month we will learn about winter sky constellations. Count the stars with us as we learn to recognize

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21 - Sky Watchers - All ages. We will observe three constellations that make a family: Cassiopeia (the Queen), Cepheus (the King), and Andromeda (their daughter). Depending on sky conditions, we will try to see the Andromeda Galaxy, and Venus will be nicely positioned for observation. Free with pre-registration. Nightfall. Danville Science Center. 434-791-5160.

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9 - Holiday Living Show - Admission $2.00. All proceeds from the Arts and Crafts Festival benefit continuing education for Halifax County students. Sponsored by the Business Women’s Association of Halifax County. Sat 9am-

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14 - Sky Search - Ages 6-12. Spend the evening “star struck” as you explore stars and planets. Take a tour of the solar system on our Science on a Sphere. Locate the North Star while making a star chart to take home with you. Examine the parts of a telescope and how to properly use one as we gaze into the sky and discover the key to recognizing famous constellations. Pre-registration is required by Nov 12. 6-8pm. Danville Science Center. 434791-5160.

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9 - Night at the Senior Theatre The Wesley Senior Theatre Troupe of Martinsville will perform two short comedies. All ages welcomed. 6:308:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434799-5216.

15 - Senior Fashion Show - Enjoy the latest trends in senior fashions and light refreshments. Clothing provided by Goodwill and other area thrift stores. Gift bags donated by the Danville House. 2-4pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434799-5216.

14 - Brain Picnics - Museum Treasures Patsi Compton, of the Danville Museum, will discuss programs, exhibitions and history of the museum. 11:30am-1pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-797-8961.

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9 - Bright Leaf Brew Fest - Choose from over 100 craft beers, enjoy live music,and eat delicious food. Must be 21 or over. Tickets $22 in advance, $27 day of the event. 3-8:30pm. Danville Community Market. 434-793-4636.

different constellations and create our own constellation to take home! Preregistration is required. Polliwogs @ 2-3pm; Stars @ 3:30-4:30pm. Danville Science Center. 434-791-5160.

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6 - Art with Flo Painting Classes - This weekly event occurs on Wednesdays. Flo Haynes will teach the wet on wet technique of oil painting. Ages 18+. 9:30-11:30am. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

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at this monthly meeting which includes a covered dish meal. Ages 50+. 12-1:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 5 - Hand and Foot Social - This weekly event occurs on Tuesdays. Bring or meet your friends at Ballou to play the fastest growing card game. Light refreshments. 2-4:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 5 - Sewing Classes - This weekly event occurs on Tuesdays. Bring your portable sewing machine, material, pattern, thread and a willingness to learn. Beginners and experienced sewers welcomed. 6:30-8:30pm. Coates Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 6 - Wednesday Friends - This event occurs weekly on Wednesdays. Bring a lunch and we’ll provide a special activity or speaker. Shopping day is the second Wednesday of the month. 11am1:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

12 - Art with Judie Painting Classes - This weekly event occurs on Tuesdays. Learn to paint with Judie Moseley. Ages 18+. 10am12pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 12 - Reynolds Homestead/Reynolda House Trip - Travel to Virginia and North Carolina to visit the homeplaces of the Reynolds family, founders of R J Reynolds Tobacco Company. Call Delores Crews, Senior Travel Coordinator at Ballou. 7am-5pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 12 - Dementia vs. Depression Seminar Learn to spot the difference in this educational workshop. Professionals are eleigible to receive continuing educational credits. Register and pay online at playdanvilleva.com. 2-3:30pm or 5:30-7pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

6 - Senior Bowling Tournament - This monthly event takes place at Riverside Lanes. $5. Ages 50+. Have your blood pressure and body mass index checked for free while you wait to bowl. 10am12pm. Riverside Lanes. 434-791-2695. 7 - Introductory Sign Language Class - This class continues on Nov. 7 and concludes on Nov. 14. Ages 8+. This class is designed for all ages that are interested in learning to sign. 5:15-6:15pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-7995216.

12 - Railroading in Danville: Lecture - All Ages. Rick Johnson started out in 1974 doing railroad photography and is currently President of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. In his presentation, Rick will use Danville as his focal point for his photographic rail records, then span out in several directions. 6:30pm. Danville Science Center. 434-791-5160.

13 - Become a Hospice Volunteer - It takes a special person to make a difference in someone’s life; be that 16 - First Annual Michael Abbott Memorial person and become Scholarship Fundraiser - Come join us in a Hospice volunteer! celebrating Michael Abbott’s life while raising Free training class money for a memorial scholarship. There will be by Liberty Hospice. food, door prizes, entertainment, exhibitions, and 3-4pm. Ballou more! Tickets on sale now. $10 adults; $5 Children Recreation Center. under 12. 5-7pm. River Oak Church of God. 434-799-5216. 434-203-0081. 7 - AARP Smart 13 - Quilting 101 Drivers Class This class is for those Refresh your driving skills with this smart students who want to learn how to start driving course designed for those over 50. and finish a quilt. Cost: $89. 5:30-8:30pm. The You may qualify for a discount from your car Artisan Center. Martinsville. 276-656-5461. insurance company. This is a two day course - Thursday, Nov 7 and Friday, November 8. 1213 - Advanced Quilting Techniques - This 4pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. class is for the experienced quilter. Open lab for completing assignments or individual 7 - Hands Only CPR - Learn how to designs! Cost: $49. 5:30-8:30pm. The Artisan perform Hands-Only CPR from Danville Center. Martinsville. 276-656-5461. Regional Medical Center’s Jayme Wrigh. THIS IS NOT A CPR CERTIFICATION CLASS! 6-9pm. 15 - “Spring to Green” Horticultural Glenwood Community Center. 434-797-8848. Symposium - The Danville Master Gardeners & VA Cooperative Ext. host the 4th annual 11 - Art with Judie Painting Classes - This event on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Speakers weekly event occurs on Mondays. Learn to include: Brent Heath third generation bulb paint with Judie Moseley. Ages 18+. 1-3pm or grower and co-owner of Brent & Becky’s Bulbs 6-8pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799of Gloucester,VA.; Marie Butler Landscape 5216.

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Coordinator for the 53 acre VA Zoological Park; and Mark Blevins Co. Extension Director for NC Cooperative Ext. in Brunswick Co., NC. Don’t miss early discount registration by Nov.15. 8:30am-4pm. The Institute Conference Center. 434-799-6558. 15 - Just Everyday Women Walking by Faith - Meeting. 11am- 1pm. Marys Diner. 434793-1075. 16 - First Annual Michael Abbott Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser - Come join us in celebrating Michael Abbott’s life while raising money for a memorial scholarship. There will be food, door prizes, entertainment, exhibitions, and more! Tickets on sale now. $10 adults; $5 Children under 12. 5-7pm. River Oak Church of God. 434-203-0081. 16 - Preppers Survial Saturday - Learn basic survival techniques and skills. Call to register. 10am-12pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434-799-5215. 19 - Quilt Guild Meeting - White Oak Mountain Quilt Guild meeting, program, fellowship, show & tell. 7pm. St. Lukes United Methodist Church. 434-334-4756. 21 - Senior Citizens Club Meeting - Join us for our monthly meeting and covered dish luncheon. Let your voice be heard regarding senior activities and programs. Ages 50+. 121:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-7995216. 23 - Holiday Bazaar - See what Danville Crafters, bakers and artisans have to offer. 8am-2pm. Danville Community Market. 434797-8961.

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2 - Dirty Dan Dash - The Dirty Dan Dash is a 3.7 mile mud run with obstacle courses spread throughout the city. Register by Oct. 31. 1pm. The Crossing at the Dan. 434-7995200. 2 - Dan River Basin Association’s First Saturday Outing - 3-mile paddle on Dan River. Meet at Newton’s Landing. See website calendar for details. Free and open to the public. Contact: Lucas Conkle. 10am. Newton’s Landing (GPS 36.587923,-79.386737). 336-6276270. 4 - Boogie Mondays - This weekly event occurs on Mondays. Enjoy an evening of dancing and making new friends. 7pm-8:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 4 - Tai Chi - This weekly event occurs on Mondays. Tai Chi increases strength, balance, flexibility and allows you to explore your inner self. Instructor Paul Schwarz guides the classes. 11:15am-12:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 4 - Prime Time Fitness - Begin your road to an active and healthy lifestyle today. Certified personal trainer Jonathan Deshazor leads the program. 9:30-11am. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-797-8848. 4 - Get Moving with Chair Exercises -


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Are you looking for a low impact class ideal for adults 50 and above? 11:30am-12:30pm. Coates Recreation Center. 434-797-8848. 4 - Kuumba African Dance - Join Patricia Hall and the members of Kuumba for live drumming and energetic traditional West African dancing. 6-7:30pm. 434-797-8848.

wine bar available. All proceeds benefit Smart Beginnings Martinsville-Henry County. 7pm. Piedmont Arts Association. Martinsville. 276403-5963.

4 - Zumba Gold with Donna Mehalko - Zumba Gold classes strive to improve the student’s balance, strength, flexibility and most importantly, the heart. For those 50 and over. 4:15-5:15pm. Pepsi Building. 434-797-8848. 5 - Cardio Step Class - Step away those pounds to your favorite songs. Burn calories and shed inches in this uptempo high energy class. 8:30-9:30am. Danville City Auditorium. 434-7978848. 6 - Nguzo Saba African Dance - Learn West African dance technique to live drumming! 6pm7:30pm. Pepsi Building. 434-797-8848. 8 - Night Hike and Campfire Stories Take a short hike along Anglers Ridge then gather around the fire for roasted hotdogs and marshmallows. Call to register. 6-8pm. Anglers Park Picnic Shelter. 434-799-5215.

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12 - How to Make a Photo Collage - Using Adobe Photoshop, students will learn how to create photo collage in a 5 week class! Cost: $89. 5:30-8:30pm. The Artisan Center. Martinsville. 276-656-5461. 19 - Holiday Basket Extravaganza - Please join us for a unique shopping opportunity! Gift baskets in a vast range of themes that make wonderful gifts for all genders and ages. Refreshments will be provided and a cash

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7 - The Collingsworth Family Concert The Collingsworth Family in concert November 7th at 7 pm at Halifax County High School. Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets $10 each and available at The South Boston Visitor’s Center, Dan River Baptist Assoc. office, Elliott Electric or by calling Tim Davis at 579-1359, Jeff Henderson at 470-0059 or Michelle Epps at 470-3283 or online at www.itickets.com. All proceeds will go to the Halifax County Cancer Association. 7pm. Halifax County High School. South Boston. 434470-3283.

December 10 - Decorating the Trees for a Cause Open House - Join us as we celebrate the holiday season! Come view the beautifully decorated trees displayed throughout the Institute’s Atrium and help support local causes and charities. Refreshments and live entertainment will also be available. 5-7pm. Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. 434-766-6766. December 13 - Just Everyday Women Walking by Faith - Meeting. 11am-1pm. Mary’s Diner. 434-793-1075.

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by Paulette Dean Executive Director, Danville Humane Society

This Thanksgiving will be a quieter one for my family. Since my sister’s seven children have grown up, moved away, and now have families of their own, the table is not as crowded as it once was. It is rather sad. We know we will have a couple of them here, but we prefer the days of the messy, loud Thanksgiving tables. Perhaps in the solitude, though, we can focus on our blessings, and there are countless ones to consider. This Thanksgiving, I will think of a horse that was underweight by a few hundred pounds. We had received a complaint about the horse, investigated, and ultimately seized him. We took him to a local veterinary clinic for treatment and to be boarded. The horse stood listening to the story about the deliveryman calling us for help, our hours-long work to find transportation for him, and then our almostcomical efforts to load him into the trailer. As I finished the story with, “But, when we looked in his eyes, we knew he needed help,� the horse slowly walked over to me and nudged my shoulder. Some would say it was a coincidence. However, after years of observing how animals express gratitude for service rendered in their behalf, I hope I can be more like them. I am grateful for those who love animals and I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to serve the animals. This Thanksgiving, in the quiet moments, I am going to think of the horse that nudged me, and I am going to resolve to show my gratitude more often. SM

Bernice

This little girl is, quite amazingly, a Pug/pit bull mix! She has two sisters and a brother. Plus, she has a 10 month old sister. The mother is a purebred Pug, and we also have her.

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Enough is Enough

mystified Misty Brooks

Welcome to my world. Maybe you’ll find something entertaining, or maybe you’ll find something to relate to. Maybe you’ll find both. Sometimes this page won’t even make sense to you. Sometimes it won’t apply to you. And sometimes you’ll think I stalked you and wrote a story about what I saw. My world consists of five children, two dogs, two cats, and a husband. Jason is 21, Corey is 13, Spencer is 12, Tucker is 11, and Kendall is 9. Scott, my husband of two years, is still trying to figure us all out. Every day is a winding road.

Day in and day out we work, we cook, we drive, we eat; we live. But do we reflect upon the foundation of all the things in our lives? The bare necessities in life from which all others things were built are sometimes forgotten. The word enough is an adjective, meaning “adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire.” We have enough shoes, enough tools, enough books. But sometimes enough just won’t do anymore. It’s exciting to have extra. Extra things bring about more options, and often better options. The word extra is also an adjective and it means “beyond or more than what is usual, expected, or necessary.” People tend to forget which of these words is the most important. It’s definitely OK to be thankful for the extras in our lives because chances are we worked really hard for those things and should enjoy them to the fullest. But by the same token, we

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need to remember that we can survive if we have just enough. People make a point to recount their blessings this time of year. We have so much to be thankful for, even when we don’t think so. Hopefully, as you recall your blessings this Thanksgiving, you will remember what is enough, and not just the extra. I have 10,000 things to be thankful for in my life. I thank God every day for what I have in my life and try not to take anything for granted. I will share a tiny fraction of my favorite things in life that I am most thankful for: -A husband who loves me, provides for me, and has my back. -Being a mother, which is the biggest responsibility on Earth. I may not always have the right answers or make the best decisions, but I’m honored to have the greatest joy in the world. -My health and the health of my family. Throughout our sicknesses here and there, we are only reminded of how great it is to be well again.

-Sunrises and sunsets Witnessing the beginning and the ending of a day brings a special desire to make the inbetween as best as possible. -Roasting marshmallows on a chilly evening with Scott and the children. Walking through the woods, gathering firewood, and fighting over who’s sitting next to Mama around the fire is only half the fun. -Taking trips I love packing up for the day, the weekend, or the week, and heading out of town to ANYWHERE! -Music Music is an intimate expression of emotion that feeds our souls no matter what kind of day we’re having. -Seashells My favorite place to be is the beach. A seashell is a reminder that even from the most relentless source; a delicate and sophisticated jewel can emerge. -Love Without it, we are aimless wanderers. With it, and everything is possible. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. SM


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