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A New Day for Healthcare in the Region Quality care should always be available

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the right care – right here for years to come.

move forward with even more resources and a greater commitment to quality care.

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Danville Regional is a Duke Medicine

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who receive care at Danville Regional

cardiovascular affiliation with Duke is

Medical Center.

bringing renowned cardiac care to our region, the Quality Affiliation will provide additional resources to enhance patient

Today is a new day for healthcare in the region.

safety and clinical quality hospital-wide.

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A Discussion with Eric Deaton, Chief Executive Officer What is the new program with Duke University Health System? It is an expanded relationship with Duke University Health System, formalizing a comprehensive hospital patient safety and quality affiliation program here at Danville Regional Medical Center.

Duke has worked with Danville Regional’s cardiovascular team and the Danville Regional Heart Center for a number of years. With the Heart Affiliation, there has been an ever-increasing focus on quality resulting in measureable improvements in clinical care process measures and outcomes. 

Each day, the team at Danville Regional works to improve the quality of care provided to our patients. Affiliating with the renowned quality experts at Duke will take Danville Regional to a new level and continue to move the hospital towards exceeding all of our quality measures.

What changes will the community see as a result of this affiliation?

The end result is that we constantly raise the bar and provide exceptional quality care to our patients.

We look forward to the expanded collaboration. This is an opportunity to better serve patients in the Dan River region.

Why is DRMC affiliation now?

entering

this

Throughout the country, hospitals are in various stages of evaluating their processes and improving quality standards. We wanted to be proactive and align ourselves with quality experts. Duke is here today because they recognized our focus and dedication to continuous improvement and providing quality healthcare. We appreciate the confidence Duke has placed in our hospital and the services we provide. We believe that with Duke’s affiliation and the focus on each area of the hospital, we will take Danville Regional to a new level. We expect to achieve continuous improvement in quality performance. 

One notable change, we will hire a Patient Safety Officer who will report to me. The sole purpose of this position will be to ensure our patients receive quality care.

Please let me know what you think of Danville Regional and our commitment to the region.


Contents

{ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 1 } S h ow c a se M ag a z i ne

Special f eat u r es

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The March to a post-racial world

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the facebooking dictionary By Andrew Scott Brooks

the church sisters Bluegrass at Danville’s Own Backdoor

on the web

COMING UP NEXT MONTH

By Betty Parish

s e ctions

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HE SAID HE SAID

Setting Me Up for Fall

By Larry Oldham & Dena Hill

The Money Club

Time - Our Most Valuable Asset By Todd Boaze

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COOKING WITH CHEF PAUL

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GREEN THUMBS UP

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A Better you

Slow-Cooker Pork Cacciatore By Chef Paul

The Trees of Fall By Emily Tomlinson

Losing 100 Pounds & Now Tough Mudder! By Dave Gluhareff

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MYSTIFIED

I Haven’t Got Time for the Pain by Misty Brooks

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On the Cover |Twin sisters Savannah and Sarah Church, Photo taken by Amy C. Amburn. TOC photo is of The Church Sisters. Photo taken by Amy C. Amburn.

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From the EDITOR Paws for a Cause By Paulette Dean

Fun and Games

Crossword, Word Seach & Sudoku

Area Events Guide


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FRO M TH E E DI TO R Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” That got me to thinking. It’s true. You have to find the best angle, if you’re photographing people or animals, you need the most flattering pose. You don’t take a picture, you make it. The same can be said for any form of art. Authors don’t write stories, they make them. Musicians don’t record albums, they make them. Writing stories, taking photos, recording music are just the result of the creative process. Have you ever read a book or listened to a song and thought, I wonder what the artist was thinking when he or she created this? If not, you should. Understanding an artist’s influence will shed a different light on the work. I can’t promise this will work for Justin Bieber songs though. There is a growing art movement in our area. I can’t go anywhere without meeting someone who is releasing a record, publishing a book, having photography or artwork displayed in galleries. It’s exciting. Art is exciting. Thomas Merton said, “Art enables us to

find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” And let’s face it, we all need to lose ourselves every once in a while. In this issue of Showcase we dig a little deeper into our art movement. Betty Parrish takes a look at the blossoming career of The Church Sisters, who had the honor of being selected to contribute a track to a Mark Twain tribute record. We also visit three local authors who have written books recounting their tales in a March to a Post-Racial World. You’ll find all the regulars as well, The Money Club teaches us how to manage our time better, so that we can create more. As I leave you to lose yourself in the issue, we at Showcase Magazine would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe Black Friday. Enjoy the issue.

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Thank You 2 Danville Regional Medical Center 5 Danville ENT 5 Carter Bank & Trust 5 Bankers Insurance 5 Piedmont Hematology & Oncology 7 Stratford House 7 Goodwill Industries 7 Danville Mixed Martial Arts 8 M&M Furniture 9 Medos II 9 URW Community Federal Credit Union 9 Danville Regional Foundation 10 Blevins Wildlife Artistry 11 Michelle Dalton Photography 11 Sylvan Learning 15 Medtronic 15 Danville Community College 17 Dailey Landscape Design 17 Yates Home Sales

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Be sure to read She Said He Said in Evince.

Setting Me Up for Fall

he said...she said...

by Larry Oldham & Dena Hill

She Said...

He Said...

 

Fall weather is finally here and most people are happy that

It’s a good thing that opposites attract because that’s about

the summer heat is over and winter is right around the

the most pessimistic paragraph I’ve ever read. But then,

corner. Everyone is happy except for me. I am hiding behind

look who wrote it. I keep telling you that your glass should

every nook and cranny from you because I know what is

be half full instead of half empty, but you don’t believe me. I

coming.You will start talking about the beautiful yellow and

love that we have four seasons, even though sometimes they

orange leaves on the trees in our yard. I will start cringing at

melt into each other with little or no difference. By the time

the idea that someone is going to have to rake all of these

I’m tired of one season, the next one comes along. In the

bad boy leaves up and I just hope it isn’t going to be me.You

fall, there are so many events to look forward to. Beautiful

will start complaining about it getting dark earlier and you

leaves, fall festivals, craft shows, and a new crop of students

can’t go for a walk around the block. I will look at you with

are just a few of the changes that occur each year.Yes, it

my big old brown eyes as sad as a puppy dog, while my mind

gets dark earlier and I can’t go on long walks as easily, but I

is thinking, Yay, I get to keep her in the house with me. You will

can still exercise at home and it also gives me time to work

start asking me to go on Stubhub every night to find the

on my “bucket list” that you discussed in Sunday School

cheapest prices on football tickets for next week’s UVA

one day. I know you don’t particularly like attending sports’

game and I will go online to the weather station praying for

events, but I do need to remind you that when you are at

a forecast of rain.You will start hinting about what everyone

such an event,YOU DO NOT LIKE TO BE INTERRUPTED.

would like for Christmas and I will start complaining about

(You have a one track mind). As far as Christmas goes, since

how the bills are piling up.You will start whining about the

we each have our own adult children, we do our own thing

grass getting dry and complaining because you didn’t get

so that shouldn’t give rise to “bills piling up.” Now to the

to cut it all winter and I will be thanking God that I didn’t

lawnmower...it’s broken, so you certainly won’t have to

have to hear the deafening noise of that lawnmower. It

listen to it any more. Maybe I should generate a quiz on

disturbs me while I’m sitting on the porch trying to read a

what ever book you say you’re reading now to prove that

good book, you know.You will be looking out of the picture

it’s just possible that you’re sleeping instead of reading and

window in the living room hoping that any day it will snow

that’s the real reason why the lawnmower disturbs you. Yes,

and I will be trying to find a good place to hide the snow

I do have my nose pressed against the window hoping

shovel. Yes, we both love the fall and winter...BUT, for very

for snow though because it cleanses the universe, dropping

different reasons.  

an immaculate white coat over all of God’s creation and leaving behind a peaceful silence.

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Time - Our Most Valuable Asset

financial

by Todd Boaze 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.

Planning a daily routine around basic survival is a challenge. The desire to seek another job, or start some extra income producing project may be difficult to fit into your daily time schedules. There is a solution that will make it less painful than you think. Today’s current economic climate tells us that people are very busy trying to find money to pay the bills. There is no time to waste. If you discover that you simply cannot give up or change a few of your favorite past-times; plan to write out your daily schedule regardless of your income status. If you try this, you will have all the time you have ever wanted for doing whatever you want to do. To begin, list your current daily schedule.You will need this to compare with your new list. Start by listing what time you wake up. Followed by everything you do during the day. Typically, you will have about 3-4 hours each day that can be used for more constructive and efficient things. Planning your daily schedule around your work schedule will require basic time management practices without backtracking. Next, make another list of the things you want to do tomorrow. Do this every evening before you go to sleep. This is the key to managing your daily schedule. Write out your plans to go wherever to coincide with other things you have to do. Organize your trips to take care of as many things as possible while you are out. Take notice of the time you spend standing around doing nothing, especially the time you spend on the phone, or the Internet, and eliminate non-productive things. Make sure to list all your household chores. Set aside a specific time to do them. For example; you need to mow the lawn, paint a section of your house, fix your vehicle, repair a leaking faucet. Spending an hour each day on one particular task becomes more productive so you can accomplish other things. Do not attempt your “to do� list in a week and try to hurry it along. Instead, do each task on your list and check off each one.You will be amazed at your progress. The bottom line here is to arrange your priorities. When you receive your mail, try not to let bills or letters pile up. If you are unable to pay a bill immediately, file it in a special place that is visible and note on the envelope the date you intend to pay it. Answer any correspondences the same day you get them. If this disrupts your list, simply make sure to include an hour each day to accommodate your mail chores. The same applies to any top priority on your list. Always think of your time as your most valuable asset. Plan what you must do and what you want to do on a daily basis. Once you start listing and planning what you want to do, you will find extra time to relax. If you take a moment and think about the time you waste each day, imagine what it will be like when you reorganize your daily activities. It is a matter of managing your time in everything you do. When you find that you can accomplish a lot more, you will become much more satisfied and happier with yourself. Happy Thanksgiving! todd@showcasemagazine.com

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ingredients

cooking

Pork Cacciatore

with Chef Paul

Slow-Cooker

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste 2 large green peppers, chopped 1 pkg (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms 1 small onion, chopped 1 pork tenderloin (1 lb.) 2 Tbs Granulated Garlic 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves 1 16oz box Penne Pasta (cook as directed) ½ cup Sherry Wine 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 2 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan Cheese

directions

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1. Mix tomatoes and tomato paste in slow cooker until well blended. Stir in vegetables 2. Cut meat into 1 inch cubes, Sprinkle with oregano, add to slow cooker. Press into sauce with back of spoon. Cover with lid cook on LOW 4 to 4 ½ hours. (or on HIGH 2 ½ to 3 hours) 3. Place pasta in plate, put meat/sauce mixture from slow cooker on top of pasta, top with cheeses.

 

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The March to a Post-Racial World

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The March to a Post-Racial World

Even in our supposed post-racial nation, race is a part of our every day existence. Three local authors have taken a look at the roles that racial identity plays in the drama of life. Their books tackle big ideas and even bigger ideals. We feature inspiration excerpts from each of their books.

Failure Was Not An Option! A Test Case In School Integration by Johnnie M. Fullerwinder About the author: Johnnie M. Fullerwinder is a retired supervisor of the Danville Public Schools and former assistant principal at both George Washington High School and E.A. Gibson Middle School in Danville,Virginia. About the book: This memoir begins with a quote to overcome adversities, “Cry…adjust… …endure.” Fullerwinder vividly recounts her challenging, yet successful journey as the first black teacher hired in 1966 to integrate George Washington High School in Danville,Virginia. Book Excerpt: I had... taught three years in South Carolina, prior to coming to Danville,Virginia.The entire school system there was totally segregated, as was typical of most southern states during this period of history… My First Cafeteria Visit After completing a successful third period, it was time for lunch.The school’s schedule had two different lunch periods. No one in my department, I found, was having lunch in the school cafeteria that day; the few teachers who had the same lunch assignment, had brought bagged lunches and prepared to eat in the science office or the teacher’s lounge. I’ll have to admit, I felt extremely nervous because I was not sure what I should do. Pictures of the white and colored signs flashed in my mind.This was definitely unchartered territory, in the south and certainly in Danville! There was nothing in the teachers’ manual that addressed this issue. African Americans, “colored” people as referred to then, were not allowed in the all-white restaurants out in the city of Danville.There was no one around to ask, “Is there a colored section of the cafeteria?” How do I get my food? Is there a small window where I

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should go that is reserved for “colored” people as it was out in the city? Do I stand at the back of the line and where do I sit? My lingering headache intensified as this decision-making process continued, but I was hungry and had not brought anything from home to eat. Torn between sitting this lunch period out in the science office or going inside to confront the unknown of this major event for me, I inhaled and said to myself, “Be brave. Since no one has specifically told you anything, act like all of the other teachers on this faculty.” Holding my head up and pulling my shoulders back, I walked into the cafeteria. Upon entering the room, it appeared even larger than the day of the first faculty meeting when I attended the preschool conference and it was now full of students.There seemed to be well over a thousand people inside and all appeared larger than life! ...While standing in the doorway, I heard a lot of mumbling and whispering from several students already seated and who were probably seeing me for the first time or finding out about me... Where to buy: Karen’s Hallmark Shop located in Piedmont Mall, Danville,VA

No Gold Stars by Barry Koplen About the author: Novelist, poet, blogger (Poetscry! at BlogSpot), and father of two remarkable young women, Barry has also been a teacher, a professional photographer, and a business owner. In his spare time, he enjoys renovating old buildings.


Anthony nodded that he understood. “Good. I’ll only read parts of it since it’s time for us to go.” Anthony slipped as close to me as his desk allowed.

About the book: Armed only with his diploma, Koplen faced being drafted to go to Vietnam with a brain that wasn’t trustworthy enough for combat. He’d found that, when in stressful situations, his mind seemed to erase everything it needed for an appropriate response. Although he looked fit, he was unsuited for the Vietnamese war. So, instead he was called to a different battlefield, one in Greenville, South Carolina. On a hunch, he applied for a job at Sterling Jr.-Sr. High, Reverend Jesse Jackson’s alma mater. Perhaps, because he was the only white applicant, he got a job teaching South Carolina history and standard American English. The book is about his time as the first white teacher in an all-black school.

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“King’s visit, Civil Rights Bill Castigated By Rep.Wm. M.Tuck,” I read. “You know the King they’re talking about is Martin Luther King, don’t you?”

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“Yessir,” he said, watching closely as I held the article so that both of us could see it.

“What’s that mean?” he asked, pointing to the word ‘castigated’. “It’s a long word that means to criticize someone. Mr.Tuck must’ve said that he didn’t like what Mr. King was doing in Danville. Do you want to know why Representative Tuck was unhappy?” I asked, wondering why this was so interesting to Anthony. As for me, I wondered if Anthony’s father had ever read the news to him, had ever explained things that a young son couldn’t possibly understand on his own. Maybe so, I thought, amazed at Anthony’s attentiveness. “Let’s see if we can understand this.” “O.K.,” Anthony said, resting his head on his clasped hands.

Book Excerpt: As the others fled the room, Anthony was sitting at his desk with a pencil and piece of paper. I shut the door, retrieving a letter I’d tucked inside my grade book, and pointed it at Anthony.

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“Through Rose Colored Glasses: The Duality of America Seen Through Post-Racial Eye” by David Leon Wilson, Jr.

“You know what this is, Anthony?” I asked as I unfolded the letter. He eyed it suspiciously. “Look like a letter,” he said hesitantly, as if wondering why I would ask. “That’s right. It’s a letter. From my mother. And I want you to read it to me.” He did not reach for the letter. “Here it is,” I said, handing it to him. 0.875

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“I wanted you to know about your subscription so that you won’t be surprised when papers start coming to you. Also, I’m sending one of my old clippings, one that you will appreciate much more now.You were at Emory in November, 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came here. That probably got reported in the Atlanta papers. But, on the same evening, something else happened in Danville that I’m sure you didn’t know about. It sums up all that I believe we’re fighting against, especially you. Love, Mother.” As I unfolded the article, I noticed that Anthony hadn’t lost interest. “Do you want to hear this, too?” I asked.

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“Let me help you,” I said, as I sat down in a desk next to his. Quickly, I began. “Dear Son,” I read as I pointed to each word. “Because you do not have a telephone, I’ll try to write you more often. I have also decided to send you a subscription to our Danville Register and Bee. As you know, I’ve been collecting articles about the civil rights developments in our area ever HSALEAQCAy85y0730260zvz*:v+*:!+: !: +@:!@ since that terrible Bloody Monday when so many colored protestors ªx¡xwere beaten and jailed. I felt so bad about that. So does your father.When you told us about your plans to teach at Sterling, I was so proud of you. I just wish someone had done the same thing here four or five years ago.

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‘Through Rose Colored Glasses: The Duality chronology of our publicized and not-so-publiof America, Seen Through Post-Racial that sees unity becoming cized American story Eyes’ our dominant nature from the perspective is a all men are created and this nation living of one equal”. up to its true creed, We begin with the “that birth of a nation and its drive for sovereignty methods of doing things. Yet while free of the tyranny building this republic and their successors of the old world to the democracy professed one thing it became, the founders from and broke away but lived absolutely from motherlands another. The migrant that were oppressive while at the same settlers left time, instituted a and overbearing in a quest to be free, legacy of forced them for centuries. servitude called slavery We progress through that would haunt many attempts to they failed miserably get right grievous errors initiated in doing this in relation its infancy and how arrived and the ones to the indigenous that were brought natives already here in slave ships dual personalities here when they that from African lands. America possessed identity that it wanted manifested themselves simultaneou sly while growing to develop into one We follow this through to portray to the world. our present day circumstanc relation to how we es and see the effects deal of this dual nature that brighter tomorrow with each other. We also look at in how we can find that we know America solutions to get false stereotypes. can be in a society based on true character us to and not

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About the book: As readers ponder through the pages of Through Rose Colored Glasses:The Duality of America Seen Through Post-Racial Eye carefully and thoroughly, they will be able to grasp the ambiguity behind the dual nature of the United States of America as seen through the annals of its publicized and its notso-publicized multi-racial history. We endeavor to look at America as it was (from its conception in the seventeenth century until our present twentyfirst century), how that spotted racial past has affected where we are, and makes us look at where we should be as a more cohesive people of diverse backgrounds by finally putting the ghosts of that past behind us. The author www.showcasemagazine.com

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hopes this book can initiate more dialogue that will inspire reconciliation as we find common ground and bring about healing in order to truly move America into the talkedabout and longed-for post racial era. The author does not intend to stir unnecessary anger toward or undue controversy surrounding any single set of people but to bring to the surface the travesty of treatment garnered upon so many of its citizens across the length and breadth of the rich American story.

Book Excerpt: The natural bond of “whiteness” enabled and empowered this relationship.The mostly uneducated, deprived, disgruntled, and war beaten poor whites sought restoration to their status in society for their sacrifice given in the failed attempt to overcome the north. As long as the blacks remained in chains, the poor whites would remain a ring higher on society’s hierarchical ladder. With the emancipation of the blacks, all of this had hit an unforeseeable snag.The poor whites demanded a sense of unity among all whites against blacks which was contrary to the exploited design of rich against poor that had flourished in the country for numerous decades leading to the war. Lower class and poor whites failed to realize that the plantation owners viewed them the same way they viewed the Negro, just hired or free help, and they almost got entirely booted from the labor force equation by the rich because the exploitation of the Negro was more profitable.

get it.Was there something wrong with wanting to be free and wanting to have a piece of that American dream that the Constitution supposedly said we were entitled to? “We the people” did not take into consideration many of the persons that actually built and died for this land. “We the people” could not establish justice or secure domestic tranquility, as Dr. King would later say, “With their lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification”. “We the people” failed in promoting the general welfare of a vast cross-section of its people who found themselves stressed, oppressed, and depressed as a result of unfair socioeconomic conditions and unprovoked acts of violent behavior. “We the people” wrote a worthless check in securing the blessings of liberty to all of its populace and its posterity because it denied many of its citizens their basic rights as heirs to the promise of freedom. In the day of the founding of this nation, “We the people” was basically made up of only white, male landowners who wrote the laws and governed the land. A tiny percentage of the inhabitants made the decisions for the rest and reaped the benefits for freedom’s sake, not knowing the penalty that the many would forfeit as a consequence.When the Constitution took effect it really did not secure these blessings of liberty to a great many of the inhabitants of America nor could it insure this domestic tranquility in a nation torn on the very idea of real freedom.The Armageddon of despotism had been launched upon the world by these colonies as a great and noble deed, but the winds of insincerity through repression would ravage this liberation movement sewing discord and instability that would threaten to destroy it from the inside out. Where to buy: www.davidleonwilsonjr.com or call 888.795.4274 ext. 7879

In a delusional effort to solidify their partnership with the rich white owners, many poor whites after the war banded together and formed a secret social fraternities some of which later became paramilitary white supremacist organizations, like the Klu Klux Klan, to intimidate blacks and black sympathizers and keep them under subjection to the white race. Most of these poor whites had been denied any real status or power in society so they saw this as a way to reclaim a portion of their perceived position that had somewhere along the line gotten lost.This coalition of southerners turned from war service to the Confederacy to guerilla warfare against blacks and those that would support them. Men dressed in white robes and white hoods carrying the “Stars and Bars” in one hand and a fire stick in the other, struck fear and sheer terror into the hearts and minds of those who only wanted to be treated with decency and respect. The angry whites staged violent acts of lynching, shooting, whipping, and killing in an attempt to scare the Negro away from wanting to be treated as equal or exercising their civil rights granted by the law.The blacks saw the legislature didn’t help them; the judiciary didn’t help them, nor did the chief executive of the land. Many of these noble men in positions of power literally turned a blind eye to the raping, killing, and terrorizing of these citizens, while at the same time promoting themselves as honorable statesmen. The real truth was that change was not something that the white ruling class really wanted to happen, but when faced with progress that was inevitable they became reluctant opportunists. The elite whites stayed behind the scenes and played on the poor whites resentment for the Negro to carry out their dirty work to keep the freed blacks under subjection.When looking at the pictures of the lynching that took place through these years and the crowds that posed in front lifeless blacks as if nothing was wrong with it, many would cower in horrific bewilderment. Thousands of these public displays of barbarism and incivility became a constant reminder to the Negro that he had no place in everyday American society and if collective whites had their way, he would never

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The Trees of Fall

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by Emily Tomlinson

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I hope that everyone is as relieved as we are to have some cooler weather. It has been the season for planting fall seed and spring bulbs as well as admiring the changes taking place in our trees. The combination of cooler temperatures with shorter days and longer nights means that our leaves have dazzled us with their colorful displays.

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Maples, sweet gums and dogwoods have offered almost every color – from gold and green to red and purple. These trees dot our landscape as we drive along the highway or in our own city. They are just a few of the natives that surprise us with their brilliance year after year. This month I’m going to briefly discuss some of my favorite native and non-native trees that grow here in our zone – zone 7. • Gingko biloba (maidenhair tree) • Amelanchier canadensis (serviceberry, currant-tree, chuckleberry) • Taxodium distichum (bald cypress) • Acer rubrum/Acer saccharum (red maple/ sugar maple) • Liquidamber styraciflua (American sweet gum, redgum) • Betula lenta (sweet birch) • Stewartia pseudocamellia • Acer palmatum (Japanese maple)

I like the Gingko biloba not only for its fall color, but for the interest it provides year round. The Gingko is a non-native species, but it can live in zones 4-9. Even though it is a slow grower, it is well worth the wait. The fan-shaped leaves turn a golden-yellow while the bark is light and knobby. I have seen them planted by themselves as the focal point in a bed or lining a street in downtown Ashville, North Carolina. The Amelachier canadensis is a season long beauty. A large shrub or small tree, it has white flowers in the spring. At the end of May and into June, the most delicious berries arrive. They are a real treat, and look like a small blueberry when ripe. I loved to eat handfuls while working at the North Carolina Arboretum. Wildlife love the berries too, so be wise when planting close to a home. Then in the fall, be prepared for a beautiful display of orange and red leaves. The reason I like the bald cypress is because of its evergreen needles. However, unlike most evergreens it is deciduous. These giants will fool you in the fall because the needles turn a rusty-brown and drop. But don’t worry, new | NOVEMBER 2011 | www.showcasemagazine.com

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needles form in the spring. Full grown, these trees have an amazing shape in the winter once the needles are gone. The Acer rubrum/Acer saccharum are an extraordinary pair, which boast beautiful fall colors. The red maples have bright flowers and fruit in early spring. The leaves turn from a bright red to dark red. They are both great ornamental shade trees. In the fall, sugar maples have red, orange, and yellow leaves that remind you of a sunset. The reason people know Sweetgum is because of the sticky ball fruit they drop through the winter. If you have ever stepped on one barefoot then you know exactly what tree I’m talking about. This tree has glossy green leaves throughout the season until fall when they turn red, orange and burgundy. These trees look great as a focal point in your yard if you can handle the “mess” they leave behind. Sweet birches are one of the most attractive trees that fall has to offer. The leaves are triangle-shaped and turn golden-yellow in the fall. The bark has a peeling texture that offers interest long after the leaves have fallen. Some of the leaves will stay on until spring, when new buds open with their new leaves. This is one of the easiest trees to grow, and can be planted as specimens, in rows on either side of a road, or by the water. I admire the Stewartia because it is another tree that offers year-round interest. The leaves are a dark green that are joined by a white camellia-shaped flower in late summer. Their fall color ranges from orange, to red and yellow. They are great utility trees, which means they can be planted under or near power lines and should only need minor corrective pruning. The Japanese maples have delicate leaves with great color. Some offer winter interest as well because the bark color stands out even more when the leaves are gone. This tree can be a dramatic addition to your garden that you can enjoy year round. Now that I have talked about some of these trees, hopefully you will start to notice them as you are commuting to work or traveling. Consider using some of these trees in your landscape so that you can enjoy them year after year.

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The Facebook Dictionary

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The facebooking Dictionary The Top Ten Ways People Really Use Facebook

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Vaguebooking \vāg-bu-kin\ v. Placing comments on Facebook of uncertain, indefinite, or unclear meaning obviously aimed at a particular person but imprecise enough that just about everyone in your life can find something in the words that applies to them. Vaguebooking is passive-aggressive behavior and even if you claim you’re speaking your mind, you really aren’t. If you truly have something to say to someone, you should say it directly to them or swallow it and keep it to yourself. It’s even worse when you claim some moral authority when vaguebooking.

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Fakebooking \fāk-bu-kin\ v. Setting up fictitious Facebook accounts in order to look in on people who have blocked or defriended you from their Facebook account. This is the Facebook equivalent of stalking your ex. Fakebookers usually choose pictures from the Internet of people much more attractive than the real person is.

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Latebooking \lāt-bu-kin\ v. Using Facebook in the middle of the night when no one is on and messaging, posting, or deleting when there is no one to challenge or question you. Latebookers have been known to put messages up after their family goes to sleep and then delete the messages before they wake up. Ironically, due to lack of sleep, Latebookers are late to rise, late to work and school, late to pay bills, and generally late on just about everything.

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Facebooking \fās-bu-kin\ v. The act of using Facebook. Facebook has become an everyday part of many people’s lives. In fact, it has become so ubiquitous that people’s Facebook accounts have taken on a personality of their own. Interestingly, it seems as though our most annoying personality trait is singled out and amplified on Facebook. Here are the top ten ways people go Facebooking.

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Flamebooking \fleym-bu-kin\ v. Placing comments on posts with the pure intent to incite polarized discussions. Flamebookers are usually subtle in their comments with the intent to provoke others to out themselves. Not to be confused with Trolls who are less professional and resort to obvious and blunt remarks to incite flame wars. Flamebookers are the people who make Facebook halfway fun.

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Pastebooking \pāst-bu-kin\ v. The art of copy and pasting platitudes, idioms, and common sayings into your Facebook status. Shockingly, these types of posts often get a lot of feedback which is simply explained by a quote from Kurt Vonnegut “In this world, you get what you pay for.”


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Faithbooking \fāith-bu-kin\ v. Using Bible verses, religious themed pick-me-ups, and general religion-based quotes as your status. Can also be combined with Flamebooking and Vaguebooking to attempt to create a moral authority when communicating on Facebook. Perhaps stems from a literal interpretation of Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” *Also known as gracebooking.

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Facedbooking \fāsd-bu-kin\ v. Using Facebook after you’ve had way too much to drink which results in posts, comments, and messages that not only do you not remember writing, but are in fact often: (in men) misogynistic, hateful, piggish (in women) male-bashing, sappy, or skanky. Don’t Drink and Drive or Facebook. *Also known as Drunkbooking.

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Facebabbling \fās-ba-bel-ing\ v. Updating everyone on the most mundane and pointless aspects of your life. A very important fact of life is that none of us even care about the mundane and pointless aspects of our own life and having to scroll past your pointless dribble makes it all that much worse. Nobody cares that your baby spit up on his new blankie. Although if your baby spits up and then its head spins around in a complete circle, we do want to see the video. If you didn’t capture it on video, nobody really cares.

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Cookbooking \kuk-bu-kin\ v. Telling everyone every single thing you cook as though you are Gordon Ramsey. We get it, you can use a stove. Although, if you are willing to make house calls, then we are more than willing to try out your food. Otherwise, browned hamburger mixed into a jar of spaghetti sauce and poured over noodles is not anything to write home about.

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Workbooking \werk-bu-kin\ v. Constantly bombarding people with work-related stuff. Don’t you realize we are avoiding work by being on Facebook, in the first place, and your posts only remind us that we have work of our own to do? You got the raise…You didn’t get the promotion…Your company is selling something…You have a CD to sell…Enough already. Although I do have a CD for sell. Go to: Facebook. com/KarateStylez There are many others annoying ways to use Facebook such as Famebooking (believing your friends are your fans), Kidbooking (constantly raving about your kids), Frownbooking (letting everyone know how sad you are), and Facelinking (enough with the Youtube music videos already). But, at the end of the day, the words of Donald Trump are profound. “A little more moderation would be good. Of course, my life hasn’t exactly been one of moderation.” It’s important to note that Donald Trump does not spend any time on Facebook. Apparently, he’s got better things to do.

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The Church Sisters

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the church sisters by Betty Parrish

Photography by Amy C. Amburn

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spread like wildfire from the rural Southern mountains to people all over the United States. In the 1920s Jimmie Rogers, the Carter Family and Monroe Brothers, Bill and Charlie from Virginia, were later joined in the 1930s by a famous banjo player, Earl Scruggs from North Carolina and Lester Flatt from Tennessee. Over time, together with Dr. Ralph Stanley and others too numerous to mention, they made an indelible mark in the new birth of country music. Various acoustic instruments played a major role in producing the melodious sounds as banjos, mandolins, fiddles, guitars, Dobros and bass accompanied the performances. Bluegrass, gospel and country music has successfully planted its roots in American soil by utilizing the energetic and traditional compositions focusing on everyday life to which people can relate. Today the increased popularity of bluegrass music and the unique harmony evidenced in duets, trios, and quartets continue to influence and captivate music lovers and audiences worldwide. Endless travels along interstates and winding country roads combined with sleepless nights and broken guitar strings merely paint the scene for those determined to live out their dream. The women of country and bluegrass music have proudly taken the reins, not only adding sparkle and beauty to the stage, but a resurgence of distinct vocal and instrumental talent. Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, and even Dolly Parton who is considered Country, would be the first to tell you that her roots are in Appalachian Bluegrass; again, just to mention a few.

relations person. Someone

Well, fasten your seat belts, but “Wait” - you

plans, and is responsible for the

don’t even have to go outside Danville City

artist’s career. It is imperative

Limits. THIS is where you will find the Church

that this person is familiar with

Sisters, living in your own hometown.

every function of the business,

who constantly implements

an entrepreneur who believes

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Echoes of bluegrass music ignited a blaze that

SO, WHO IS NEXT?

The Church Sisters

Reflections of old-time and traditional bluegrass music often referred to as “mountain music” or “country music” can be traced back to the early 1900s when the Jamestown settlers began to spread out into the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky and the Virginias.

Savannah and Sarah Church came into this world

in miracles when racing with

as twin sisters, born in Norton,Virginia. Later

time. Who better to fill this position than Mom.

the family relocated to the coal mining area of

Stephanie has met the criteria required for the

Dickenson County, but only for a short time after

job; Mom & Manager, the Guardian Angel, and

which they moved to Danville; hometown of

the one burning the midnight oil when Savannah,

their mother, Stephanie Church Duncan.

Sarah, and the band members are counting sheep.

At an early age and with no vocal training, the

Band members share in the spotlight and all work

family soon became aware of Savannah’s talent

behind the scenes with endless hours practicing,

and ability to sing. In 2006, Danville’s radio

on the road travels, but with heart and harmony

station WAKG 103.3 FM, was sponsoring a

in living that American Dream.

local talent competition, “Rising Star,” where certain age groups were eligible to participate. Savannah submitted an audition tape, but was not chosen on this occasion. The following year when the Church Sisters auditioned together, they went on to win in their age group. Together was the supernatural force that launched the Church Sisters career. In a most surreal setting; Savannah was ­­­­­­walking through the house, in her own little world, singing her songs when totally out of the blue, Sarah walked up beside her, and like a voice from Heaven, chimed in with perfect harmony. Their talents continued to multiply and today Sarah accompanies the group on mandolin with Savannah on fiddle, taking lessons with Danville’s renowned concert violinist, Leigh Latchum. Behind every successful act, is a hard-working and dedicated manager/public

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The Church Sisters

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The Band: Jay Duncan, Stepfather of the Church sisters whom they affectionately refer to as Dad plays rhythm guitar for the group.

Seth Church, 18-year-old brother of Savannah and Sarah has proven to be an exceptionally talented guitar player, advancing from rhythm guitar to lead. Carroll Arnn, the name alone speaks volumes for this multi-talented individual, giving God all the credit. At age 12, Carroll began playing guitar, age 13 - banjo, age 15 – mandolin and fiddle, and joins in with harmony or lead at times, avid songwriter, both lyrical and instrumental. Josh Pickett of Cana, Virginia, newest member of the band and cousin of the Church sisters brings years of experience in Bluegrass music, guitar player, owner/engineer/producer Pickett’s Recording Studio.

PEOPLE, PLACES & EVENTS: Originally, Savannah and Sarah sang traditional bluegrass and gospel music. Both genres of music carry weight, influence, inspiration and opportunities. This led to the girls advancing more toward a progressive sound in bluegrass. After rave reviews from their first album

Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and

Cordle, Dailey & Vincent, Ron Block with

Farther Along, they returned to the studio to

as far as Wisconsin. Each trip interspersed with

performances at bluegrass festivals, theaters,

record There’s You in January. The home phone

performances at other venues before arriving at

churches, local fund-raising events and other

literally rings off the hook and e-mails can

scheduled events.

venues. Attending IBMA Week in Nashville

wreak havoc, but the end results prove to be a

for the past three years, filming television

blessing in disguise. Mom’s dual role as manager

After the Church Sisters first year of performing,

promotional spots, interviews and various

has definitely taken wings; scheduling dates,

they were introduced to Nashville’s renown

concerts scheduled throughout the week.

distance/directions, contacting band members,

Grammy Award-winning producer/musician/

At age 15, Savannah and Sarah are today’s

arranging school assignments, safely packing

singer/songwriter Carl Jackson. Savannah and

typical teens. They attend Tunstall High

luggage/instruments and hitting the road. And

Sarah have since shared the stage with the

School, spend time with friends, and are

let’s not forget the snacks, these are teenagers

greatest names in the business; Rhonda Vincent

involved in church.Yet, in an instant the duo

you know. Over the past four years this group

Barry Waldrep, Cherry Holmes, Joey and

can transform into seasoned professionals.

has covered a vast territory including Virginia, the

Rory, The Isaacs, Jerry Salley, Tony Rice, Larry

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MARK TWAIN: WORDS & MUSIC The Church Sisters were asked to be a part of history by appearing on Mark Twain: Words & Music, a tribute record which combines spoken word and music to tell the life story of Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

It was

created to commemorate 2010 – The Year of Mark Twain, and produced by Carl Jackson. A production of the Mark Twain project is now on the drawing-board with plans for a live performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The star-studded cast and play-list are as follows: HuckFinn: Jimmy Buffett Narrator:Garrison Keillor Mark Twain: Clint Eastwood Susy Clemens: Angela Lovell DISC ONE: 1. “Helloyourself, and see how you like it…” 2. When Halley Came to Jackson ~ Emmylou Harris 3.“Hannibal, Missouri, where my boyhood was spent…” 4. Better Times a’ Comin’ ~ Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver 5. “Heagreed to teach me the Mississippi River…” 6. Run Mississippi ~ Rhonda Vincent 7.“Several years of variegated vagabondizing…” 8.A Cowboy in His Soul ~ Bradley Walker 9. “Itliberates the vandal to travel…” 10.Safe Water ~ Carl Jackson 11. “Youain’t ever to love anybody but me…” 12. I Wandered by a Brookside ~ The Church Sisters 13. “Itwas a mighty nice family…” 14.Beautiful Dreamer ~ Sheryl Crow DISC TWO: 15. “Don’tscrunch up like that, Huckleberry…” 16.Huck Finn Blues ~ Brad Paisley 17. “Thecrows would gather on the railing and talk about me…” 18. Indian Crow ~ Marty Raybon 19. “Sowounded, so broken-hearted…” 20. Love is On Our Side ~ Val Storey 21. “Wheresoevershe was, there was Eden…” 22. I Know You By Heart ~ Vince Gill 23. “Myconscience got to stirring me up hotter than ever…” 24. Ink ~ Joe Diffie 25. “Thereport of my death was an exaggeration…” 26. Comet Ride ~ Ricky Skaggs 27. “The truth, mainly...” Mark Twain: Words & Music can be purchased at: www.marktwainmuseum.org/index.php/community-projects/ mark-twain-cd www.showcasemagazine.com

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A Better You

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by Dave Gluhareff

“We need to map our Size History in order for us to understand who. what, when, where, and why obesity came into our lives.“

Losing 100 Pounds & Now Tough Mudder! When I was about 15-years-old I ballooned up to over 305 pounds!  My best friend Larry Miller Jr. lived nearby here in Sutherlin, Virginia. Now, he owns/operates Cloverdale Quarter Horse Farm (Horse Boarding & Services plus Beautiful Event & Conference Center): www.cloverdalequarters.com .  Larry is a few years older than me, but we’ve always just hit it off and played all kinds of sports which really took me out of my comfort zone, especially as a heavy obese teenager.  Larry is the type of best friend who would push me, within reason, but I knew he would be right there instructing and supporting me and never leaving me until I got comfortable with the sport.  Some of the sports he taught me, which I still do and I’m teaching my kids to do are snow skiing, surfing, water skiing (regular and slalom), rock climbing and repelling, just to name a few. If you can’t tell, we were into extreme sports. We even went as far as skydiving…which I later initiated!  Larry taught me a lot about leaving my comfort zone physically, pushing myself to the extreme, but in a safe manner .  I learned a lot about being a leader from Larry and am forever grateful to him for that.  When I was 15-years-old Larry took me snow skiing for the first time at Wintergreen Mountain Resort in Virginia.  I was athletic, even though I was over 300 pounds, but snow skiing took a day to really pick-up.  Friday night, upon arrival, Larry took me through a crash course lesson for about 2 hours in the freezing cold. I tripped, fell, froze, tumbled, and flipped down the slopes of Wintergreen Mountain.  The next day I took a class lesson, then after that it was Larry and I again. I really picked it up.  I never gave-up…Larry didn’t let me give-up.  He stood by me through what was the toughest physical test I had endured then and led me to complete that challenge.   I’ll come back to my friend Larry Miller, Jr. in a few minutes. Let me tell you what happened at Wintergreen on 10/22/11.

Tough Mudder Saturday Oct 22 8:40am but we actually started 9am The Following italic text is taken from the Tough Mudder Website www.ToughMudder.com: “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet” “Tough Mudder is not your average lame-ass mud run or spirit-crushing ‘endurance’ road race. Our 10-12 mile obstacle courses are designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Forget finish times. Simply completing a Tough Mudder is a badge of honor. With the best obstacles and the most innovative courses, it’s no surprise that Tough Mudder has ten times more participants than any other mud run and half a million participants globally. Tough Mudder has raised over two million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project.” “WARNING: Tough Mudder is 3-4 times longer and MUCH TOUGHER than a typical mud run such as Warrior Dash. On average, only 78% of participants finish the event. Only those in reasonably strong physical condition should enter.” “we encourage all Mudders to increase their physical training in anticipation of the event. That said, the event is as much about mental toughness, grit, and camaraderie (and having a great time) as anything physical.” “How fit do you need to be? First, complete slackers need not apply. Basically, you should be in good physical condition. At a minimum, we recommend that you are running regularly (3-4 times a week), work up to at least runs of 5-7 miles, be able to do 15-25 push-ups in a row, be able to bang out 6 pull-ups in a row (especially the guys), and be able to swim 50 yards without stopping (although you can skip the water obstacles).” “It certainly helps to be a strong runner, and like we said you should be running regularly as part of your TM training, but a large share of our participants have never run 10 miles straight before. It’s not necessary to be a marathoner or half-marathoner. We all know that running in a straight line is boring. Thankfully, at TM we mix up the drudgery with bellycrawling, wall-climbing, mud-slogging, ice-water dunking, monkey-bar traversing, huge slip n’ slides, etc.” “As we like to say, Tough Mudder is about completing a fearsome challenge”

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My (Dave Gluhareff’s) Overview Lots of cool, well thought-out TOUGH team obstacles, some of which were quick and painful, but others were a bit longer obstacles which took more focus, determination, and drive to push through and overcome. Even if your team could not help on one side of an obstacle to begin or end it, your Tough Mudder brothers and sisters all stepped up to fully support and motivate you.  I’ve never been through something so intense physically in my life. Our team (Team Virginia Bootcamp) was so strong and supportive of each other that we never left anyone behind and we sure as heck were not gonna let anyone give-up! Highlight for Me: I loved the Tough Mudder event, but one super tough obstacle posed a problem for us all. It was “Everest,” this humongous, wooden, slick half-pipe, much like what skateboarders use. We had to run up and jump to reach the top! I volunteered to go first with agreement from our team so I could get up there and help catch and pull the rest of the team up. I was super nervous in front of everyone, tons and tons of screaming supportive competitors and spectators all around. It felt like all eyes were on the 6 to 8 runners tackling this steep incline. I took off as fast as I could, jumped with all I had, and made it over the top. Other Mudders caught me. Immediately I returned the favor, just as they had to others and me. I laid down atop “Everest” and locked my body to help bring our Team Virginia Bootcamp and other Tough Mudder brothers and sisters over! A highlight for me was here we Mudders were...all mostly strangers... positively cheering, supporting, motivating, yelling, screaming, pulling up each other simply because “ it’s just the right thing to do.” The energy was so uplifting , encouraging, and contagious that we were all ONE...we were Tough Mudders!

Back to My Friend Larry Miller, Jr.                 Larry didn’t give up on me when I was struggling on that same Wintergreen Mountain all those years ago.  I worked hard with the help of Larry and other friends and family to lose over 100- pounds years ago and this Tough Mudder “Everest” obstacle was symbolic for me that I could pay-it-forward on the same Mountain to help others as I was helped when I was struggling so many years ago.

Whether you are struggling physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially please…Never Ever Give-up!  There are people all around you to give you a hand to help you make it and achieve what you believe is overwhelming and impossible.  In fitness I strive to help people everyday Feel, Look, & Move Better, but most importantly to achieve Self-Confidence within themselves…like Larry did with me by teaching me how to NeverGive-Up all those years ago!

In the late 1990’s 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. Personal training with Dave Gluhareff is set-up in the following ways: One-on-One, Small Group, Bootcamp Fitness (www.VirginiaBootcamp.com) or online via the Internet and phone.

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Executive Director, Danville Humane Society Poor Thanksgiving. It is sandwiched between Halloween (I hate that day!) and Christmas, and doesn’t receive as much attention. People are in the habit now of thinking of it as a day to overeat and, if you are a football fan, as a day to watch numerous games. It is somehow no longer a day to give thanks. So, this November, let us change that. We can think of small things in our lives that give us such great pleasure and comfort. Do you have a cat with whom you share your home? Give thanks that you have a little furry friend who likes to sit in your lap when you come home from work. Do you have a dog? Be grateful for the undying loyalty and devotion. Do you have a bird that sings to you with such joy? Remember and give thanks that there still is joy in your life. Maybe you are more of an aquarium sort of pet owner. Think of the calming effect they have on your hectic life, and be grateful for their quiet companionship. Do you live alone? Be grateful that your pets still give you a reason to get up in the morning. Do you find fault with your appearance? Be thankful that animals do not judge by appearance. I am grateful for all my pets, both past and present. The lessons I have learned from them and the love they have given me have enriched my life. I am thankful for the birds that visit my bird feeder, and I’m grateful I can spend my money on feeding them rather than spending it on things of no value. I am grateful that I am able to spend so much of my time with creatures and the people who love them. This Thanksgiving Day, as I am eating dinner with loved ones, I will be sure to spend more time giving thanks for my blessings, and, trust me, they are many.

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Thru Nov. 7 – Open Registration for Blue Dolphins Swim Team:YMCA: 434.792.0621: www.ymcadanville.org. Thru Dec. 12 – Open Registration for Youth Basketball League:YMCA: 434.792.0621: www.ymcadanville.org. 1,8,15,29 – Into the Night Time Trials: Anglers Park: 5:30-7:30pm: 434.799.5215: www.playdanvilleva.com. 1-22 – Chicks w/Sticks: City Armory: T/TH, 11:30am-1pm: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 1-30 – Open Gym: Community Center, Chatham: Tu/Wed: 434.432.3115: www. chathamcares.org. 2 – Senior Bowling Tournament: Riverside Lanes: 10am-12pm: 434.791.2695: www.playdanvilleva.com. 2 – Holiday Craft Hour: Ballou Rec. Center: 12:30-1:30pm: 434.799.5216: www.playdanvilleva.com. 2-30 – Aerobics: Community Center, Chatham: Mon & Wed 5:15pm: 434.432.3115: www.chathamcares.org. 3 – Outdoor Winter Trips for Family: Ballou Park Nature Center: 78pm: 434.799.5215: www.playdanvilleva. com. 3,10,17 – Kuumba-West African Dance: City Armory: 6:30-8pm: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 3-Dec. 1 – Beginner Digital Photography Class: Ballou Annex: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 4,5,6 – Gold Cup Historic Races &

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3,10,17,24 – 57 Express Bluegrass Concert: Community Center, Chatham: TH, 7pm: 434.432.3115: www. chathamcares.org. 4 – Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala: Schoolfield Museum: 7-11pm.: 434.710.2754. 5 – Taylor 2 Dance Company: GWHS Auditorium: 7:30pm: 434.792.9242: www. danvilleconcert.org. 5 – Classical Evening at Ballou: Ballou Rec. Center: 5-7pm: 434.799.5216: www.playdanvilleva.com. 9 – Fall Holiday Celebration: Ballou Rec. Center: 12:30-1:30pm: 434.799.5216: www.playdanvilleva.com. 10,11,12,13 – Guys and Dolls: Averett University, Pritchett Auditorium:

Hobbies/Sports

1 – Caring for Loved Ones with Illnesses: Ballou Rec. Center: 5:30-6:30pm: 434.799.5216: www. playdanvilleva.com. 1 – Raising Awareness for Health & Wellness: Managing Diabetes: Ballou Rec. Center: 5:30-6:30pm: 434.799.5216: www.playdanvilleva.com. 2 – Regional Impact & the Role of Higher Education: 3:45pm: Wednesday Club, 1002 Main St. 3 – Dan River District Cub & Boy Scout Roundtable: St. Luke’s UM Church: 7-8pm. 5 – Red Cross Blood Drive: Community Center, Chatham: 434.432.3115: www.chathamcares.org. 6 – Showcase Magazine Bridal Showcase and Wedding Expo: Institute for Advanced Learning & Research: 434.728.2905. 7-22 – Politics and the Media Continuing Ed Class: Averett University: 6-7:30pm: 434.791.5600: www.averett.edu. 7-22 – Humor in Southern Literature Continuing Ed Class: Averett University: 6-7:30pm: 434.791.5600: www.averett.edu. 8 – Financial Seminar: Ballou Rec. Center: 5:30-6:30pm: 434.799.5216: www.playdanvilleva.com. 8,15,22 – Great Museums Continuing Ed Classes: Averett University: 6-7:30pm: 434.791.5600: www.averett.edu. 9 – Coffeehouse Culture and the

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1-22 – Bikes and Trikes: Coates Rec. Center: TU/TH 9-9:45am: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 9 – Polliwogs & Science Stars: Danville Science Center: Polliwogs, Ages 3–5, 1–2pm; Science Stars, Ages 5-7, 3:30–4:30pm: $3/$6: 434.791.5160: www. dsc.smv.org. 12 – Kid Bites: Coates Rec. Center: 9:45-11:15am: 434.797.8848: www. playdanvilleva.com.

18th Century: 3:45pm. Wednesday Club, 1002 Main St. 10 – Homebuyer Education: Coates Rec. Center: 6:30pm: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 10-23 – Local History Continuing Ed Class: Averett University: 434.791.5600: www.averett.edu. 12 – Senior Saturday Shopping Trip: 434.799.5216: www.playdanvilleva.com. 12 –Greensboro Trip to Titanic Exhibit: Ballou Rec Center: 7am-9pm: 434.799.5216: www.playdanvilleva.com. 18 – Just Everyday Women Walking by Faith: Mary’s Diner: 11am-1pm. 18 – Bake Sale: 11am-2pm. Wednesday Club, 1002 Main St. 29 – Smart Beginnings for Our Children: 3:45pm. Wednesday Club, 1002 Main St.

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7:30/2:30pm: 434.791.5712: www.averett. edu. 11 – Classical Guitarist Concert: Emmanuel Episcopal Church: 7pm: 540.382.9624. 12 – Bright Leaf Brew Fest: Community Market: 3-8pm: 434.793.4636: www.danvillevaevents.com. 19,20 – Fall Foliage Home Tours: Milton, NC and Halifax County: 434.822.8967. 20 – Violin Concert: Leigh Latchum: Moffett Memorial Baptist Church: 7pm: 434.799.5402. 29 – Gretna Area Talent Show Auditions: Gretna Center for the Arts: 1-4pm: 434.228.1778. 29 – Averett Celebrates Christmas: Averett University, Pritchett Auditorium: 7:30pm: 434.791.5600: www.averett.edu.

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Thru Nov. 13 – Nine Visions Exhibit: Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History: 434.793.5644: www.danvillemuseum.org. Thru Nov. 30 - Senior Student Art Show - Cali Earp: Jut’s Café, Student Center, Averett: 434.791.5600: www. averett.edu. Thru Jan. 2 – DSC Exhibits Open - Conservation Quest & Tree Houses: Danville Science Center: Free/$6/$5: M-S 9:30am–5pm: Sun 1–5pm: 434.791.5160: www.dsc.smv.org.2-2-23 – Art with Flo: Times/Locations Vary: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 5 – Bob Ross Painting Class: Ballou Park Annex Building: 10:30am-3:30pm: $65: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva. com. 14-29 – Art with Judie: Ballou Park Annex: M/TU, Times Vary: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com.

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Car Show: VIRginia Interanational Raceway: 9am11pm: 434.822.7700: www.virnow.com. 5 –Fall Yard Sale: Coates Rec. Center: 7am-2pm: 434.799.6564: www.playdanvilleva.com. 5 – Louie Fields 5k Run/Walk, Fun Run & Breakfast:YMCA: 8am: 434.792.0621: www. ymcadanville.org. 5 – DRBA First Saturday Outing: Smith River Autumn Float: 10am: 276.694.4449: www.danriver. org. 5 – Danville Area Humane Society Community Day: Piedmont Mall: 12-4pm: 434.799.0843: www.dahsinc.com. 5,12,19,26 – Zumba Class: Community Center, Chatham: Sat, 10am: 434.432.3115: www. chathamcares.org. 7,14,21,28 – Hand Sewn Quilts Class: City Auditorium: 6-8pm: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 7,14,21,28 – Boogie Mondays: Ballou Rec. Center: 7–8:30pm: 434.799.5216: www. playdanvilleva.com. 7-Dec. 12 – Beginner Dog Obedience: Coates Rec Center: 7-8:30pm: 434.797.6564: www. playdanvilleva.com. 8,15,29 – African Rhythms: Pepsi Building: 6:30pm: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 8,15,29 – Advanced Photography Class: Ballou Annex: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 12 – Pilot Club of Danville Bazaar: Sacred Heart School: 9-11:30am: 434.793.2656. 14,15,28,29 – Boating Safety Education: Ballou Park Nature Center: 6-9:30pm: 434.799.5215: www.playdanvilleva.com. 15 – Warm Delights for Cold Nights: Ballou Rec. Center: 6:30-8pm: 434.799.5216: www.playdanvilleva.com. 15,16 – Bingo: Abingdon Place 11/15, 10:30am12pm: Piney Forest Hardees 11/16, 1-3pm: 434.799.5215: www.playdanvilleva.com. 17 – Sky Watchers: Danville Science Center: Nightfall: 434.791.5160: www.dsc.smv.org. 19 – Holiday Bazaar: Community Market. 434.797.8961: www.playdanvilleva.com. 19 – Hike: Fortunes Cove: 9am-5pm: 434.799.5215: www.playdanvilleva.com.

Martinsville Arts/Exhibits

Thru Dec. 30 – PAA Exhibits: Civil War Redux: Pinhole Photographs of Reenactments, The Fleeting Glimpse: Selections in Modern and Contemporary Photography from the VMFA, Wet Plate Collodion Photography by Robert Szabo: Piedmont Arts Association: 276.632.3221: www. piedmontarts.org. Thru Jan. 14 – Living Off the Land Exhibit:Virginia Museum of Natural History: 276.634.4185: www.vmnh.net. 1-31 – Scarlett Fever Exhibit: Piedmont Arts Association: 276.632.3221: www.piedmontarts.org. 3 – Bob Ross Technique Workshop: Piedmont Arts: 10am-3:30pm: 276.632.3221: www.piedmontarts.org. 4 – First Friday Art Walk: Studio 107: 5-7pm: 276.638.2107: www.piedmontarts.org. 8, Dec. 13 – Sassy Senior Egg Art: The Artisan Center: 3 & 6pm: 276.656.5461: www. southernvirginiaartisancenter.org. 10-Dec. 15 – Ceramic Glaze Techniques: The Artisan Center: 5:30-8:30pm: 276.656.5461: www. southernvirginiaartisancenter.org. 10-Dec. 15 – Beginning/Intermediate Woodturning: The Artisan Center: 5:30-8:30pm: 276.656.5461: www.southernvirginiaartisancenter. org.

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15,22,29 – Knitted Christmas Stockings Class: The Artisan Center: 6-8:30pm: 276.656.5461: www.southernvirginiaartisancenter. org. 15-Dec. 13 – Machine Sewing Techniques: The Artisan Center: 5:30-8:30pm: 276.656.5461: www.southernvirginiaartisancenter.org. 15-Dec. 13 – Finishing Techniques: The Artisan Center: 5:30-8:30pm: 276.656.5461: www. southernvirginiaartisancenter.org. 15-Dec. 14 – Intensive Glass Fusing: The Artisan Center: 5:30-8:30pm: 276.656.5461: www. southernvirginiaartisancenter.org.

Kids/Family

12 – Homeschool Wednesdays: Animal Adventures: Ages 6-10 & 11-18: Virginia Museum of Natural History: 10-11:15am: 276.634.4185: www.vmnh.net.

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4 – First Fridays Concert Series: Jason Ringenberg: Rives Theatre: 8pm: 276.632.3221: www.rivestheatre.com. 5 – Arts at the Rives: Farmer Jason: Rives Theatre: 11:30am: 276.632.3221: www. rivestheatre.com.

Hobbies/Sports

4,5 – USA South Men’s & Women’s Soccer Championships: Smith River Sports Complex: 276.638.1387: www.southernvirginiasports.com. 5,6 – Piedmont Shootout College Showcase: Smith River Sports Complex: 276.638.1387: www. southernvirginiasports.com. 12-Dec. 4 – Piedmont Shootout Youth Soccer Tournament: Smith River Sports Complex: 276.638.1387: www. southernvirginiasports.com.

Smith Mt. Lake/ Bedford Entertainment

2 – Wild Wednesdays: SML State Park: 11:30am2pm: 540.297.7100: www.dcr.virginia.gov. 5 - Arts Gala: Bower Center for the Arts: 540.586.4235: www.bowercenter.org. 5 - Holiday Arts, Crafts & More Extravaganza: Bedford Elementary School: 540.586.4712: www.visitbedford.com. 5 – SML Fall Chili and Craft Festival: Smith Mountain Lake: 11am-4pm: 540.721.1203: www.visitsmithmountainlake.com. 5,6,12,13 - Peak Foliage Open House: Peaks of Otter Winery: Sat & Sun. 12-5pm: 540.586.3707: www.peaksofotterwinery.com. 11 - 2nd Fridays: Centertown Bedford: 540.586.2148: www.centertownbedford.com. 11 - Veteran’s Day Observance: Centertown Bedford: 11am: 540.586.3329: www.dday.org. 12 - Art & Architecture Show: Sedalia Center: 10am-5pm: 434.299.5080: www.sedaliacenter.org. 19,20 - Thanksgiving for the Bounty of the Harvest: Peaks of Otter Winery: 12-5pm: 540.586.3707: www.peaksofotterwinery.com. 25-Jan. 2 - Bedford Festival of Trees: Bedford Welcome Center: 540.587.5681: www.visitbedford.com. 26 - Flotilla for Toys Boat Parade of Lights: Virginia Dare: 7-9pm: 540.297.7100: www. vadarecruises.com. 26,27 - Christmas Time’s A’Coming:

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Roanoke Entertainment

6 – Roanoke Symphony Orchestra: Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre: 8pm: 540.853.5483: www.roanokeciviccenter.com. 11,12 – Monster Trucks Arena Cross Bikes: Salem Civic Center: 540.375.3000: www.salemciviccenter.com. 11,12,13 – Stocked Market: Roanoke Civic Center: Times Vary: 540.853.5483: www.roanokeciviccenter.com. 12,20 – Broadway in Roanoke: Roanoke Civic Center: 8pm: 540.853.5483: www. roanokeciviccenter.com. 19 – Monster Indoor Flea Market: Roanoke Civic Center: 7am-3pm: 540.853.5483: www.roanokeciviccenter.com. 25 – Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Green Tour: Performing Arts Theatre: 8pm: 540.853.5483: www.roanokeciviccenter.com. 26 – God’s Eye - April Marcell Musical Play: Performing Arts Theatre: 8pm: 540.853.5483: www.roanokeciviccenter.com.

North Carolina Entertainment

4,5,6 – The King & I: The Kirby Theater: 7:30pm/3pm: 336.597.1709: www.artsinperson. com. 11 – Gift of Grace Heroes of 9/11: Caswell County Civic Center: 8pm: 336.694.4591: www.ccfta.org. 11,12 – Pottery & Glass Studio Tour: Hawk Spirit Studio, Reidsville, NC: 1pm/10am: 336.349.8363. 20 – Sunday At The Kirby Gallery: Kirby Theater, Roxboro: 3-5pm: 336.597.1709: www.artsinperson.com. 30 – Santa & Me Photo Shoot: Kirby Theater, Roxboro: 7-8pm: 336.597.1755: www.visitroxboronc.com.

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Thru Nov. 22 – Around The World In Art The Prizery: TU 3:30-4:30pm: 434.572.8339: www. prizery.com. 4 – Eugenia Zukerman: The Prizery: 7:30pm: 434.572.8339: www.prizery.com. 4,5 – Civil War 150 HistoryMobile: South Boston/Halifax County Museum: 10am-4pm: 434.572.9200: www.sbhcmuseum.org. 12,13 – Holiday Living Show: Halifax County High School: 9am/1pm: 434.572.6559: www. halifaxbusinesswomen.org. 20 – Christmas Open House: Downtown South Boston: 1-5pm: 434.575.4209.


Parade: Main Street: 6pm: 434.793.4636: www.danvillevaevents.com. 10,11 – Danville Historical Society Holiday Tour: 1-5pm: 434.770.1974: www.danvillehistoricalsociety.org.

Martinsville

1 – Bob Ross Technique Workshop: Piedmont Arts: 10am-3:30pm: 276.632.3221: www.piedmontarts.org. 2 – First Friday Art Walk Holiday Open House: 5-11pm: 276.638.2107: www.piedmontarts.org. 11 – Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops: Martinsville HS Auditorium: 7-9pm: 276.632.3221: www.piedmontarts.org.com. 2 – Luminary Trail Walk: Riverwalk Trail: 6-8pm: 434.799.5216: www.danvillevaevents.com. 3 – Ballou Park Tree Lighting: Ballou Rec. Center: 4:30-5:30pm: 434.799.5216: www. danvillevaevents.com. 10 – Santa’s Workshop: Coates Rec. Center: 10am-12pm: 434.797.8848: www.danvillevaevents.com. 10 – Riverview Rotary Christmas

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3 – Christmas Parade: Downtown South Boston: 434.575.4209.

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1 – Santa & Me Photo Shoot: Kirby Theater, Roxboro: 7-8pm: 336.597.1755: www.visitroxboronc.com. 1 – Hanging of the Ornaments: Veterans’ Christmas Tree, The Senior Center, Roxboro: 6pm: 336.599.7484: www.visitroxboronc.com. 10 – Dailey & Vincent: Caswell County Civic Center: 8pm: 336.694.4591: www.ccfta.org.

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14-18 – Holiday Memories: The Prizery: 434.572.8339: www.prizery.com.

2 – Danville Distruction II: Averett North Campus: 434.429.7442: www.virnow.com. 2 – Luminary Trail Walk: Riverwalk Trail: 6-8pm: 434.799.5216: www.danvillevaevents.com. 3 – Ballou Park Tree Lighting: Ballou Rec. Center: 4:30-5:30pm: 434.799.5216: www. danvillevaevents.com. 10 – Santa’s Workshop: Coates Rec. Center: 10am-12pm: 434.797.8848: www.danvillevaevents.com. 10 – Riverview Rotary Christmas Parade: Main Street: 6pm: 434.793.4636: www.danvillevaevents.com. 10,11 – Danville Historical Society Holiday Tour: 1-5pm: 434.770.1974: www.danvillehistoricalsociety.org.

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I Haven’t Got Time for the Pain

mystified

by Misty Brooks

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Misty’s children Jason-19, Corey-11, Spencer-10, Tucker-9, and Kendall-7 know all too well the joy and sorrow of being a big family. And new husband Scott is still waiting for the punch line. Month to month you will find Misty stating the outrageous or ridiculous truths in her day-to-day life, and you will realize that you are not alone in this maniacal concept known as parenting. Yes, welcome to 5150 Lunatic Lane- Where skills and tactics are tried, tested, and often fail. But she keeps doing it anyway!

Remember Marcy? My new friend, the migraine? I introduced her to readers earlier this year. Well, she won’t go away. I believe she feels she has found a permanent home with me. While it’s not my nature to complain (shut up, Scott), I try to talk about all things pleasantly. And I think anyone who knows me sees that I’m very positive and try to find the good in everything. If I’m disgusted, unhappy or even sick, most people don’t realize it. I don’t like pity and don’t seek it out. The fact that I’ve had a headache for most of 2011 is irrelevant to my life. I must carry on, smile, play, sing, and dance just like the next mom. But believe me, when bedtime rolls around, I’m thankful. At the end of April I broke down and visited a Family Practice doctor for the headaches. As a side note I mentioned a small, nagging sore in my nose that wouldn’t go away. This lesion has come and gone for years. Since I’m prone to allergies, I chalked it up to dryness. The doctor diagnosed me with a sinus infection (who knew?) and told me the sore and the headaches were related to the infection. I thought,Yes! An easy fix for this wicked headache. I felt silly that I hadn’t gone to the doctor earlier. But, nonetheless, I was pleased. After a few days of antibiotics I felt great. No headache and no sore in my nose. Woo-Hoo! I finished my dose of antibiotics and all was well...until the next week. The lesion came back. The headache came back. I started a round of a different antibiotic that never made me feel any better. But, I had a life to lead, a busy life at that. I dealt with the lesion and the headache every day until September when I just couldn’t tolerate my unwanted guests any longer. I decided that since the nasal lesion was the issue and the headache was secondary that I should visit an ENT

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doctor. Worries flooded my mind. I thought, What if I have MRSA ( Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)? I voiced my concern to the doctor, who told me MRSA was a possibility. Next came the nasal swab, which involved the swab winding its way through my nasal passage. I think my cerebellum was swabbed. After that came a two-day wait for the culture to grow nasty things and to tell me what I have. Two days later, the diagnosis was in. I was a nervous wreck, waiting to learn what had taken up residence in my nose. The report – a common Staph infection, not the drug-resistant MRSA. I was relieved with the results. Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria commonly found in a person’s nose. No big deal, right? The doctor prescribed an antibiotic to treat the Staph infection. After another round of antibiotics I was doing great. Enjoying a headache-free life and not having to worry about the excruciating pain when I blew my nose. And then, a few days after taking the last antibiotic, the headache returned and so did the lesion. At this point I’m thinking I might die. Literally. The headaches were so worrisome and my worrying made the headaches worse. I was a wreck. I called the doctor, who promptly scheduled me for the next morning. He said, “Maybe you do have MRSA and the culture didn’t show it?”

“Excuse me, what??” I started doing the math in my head, If I have MRSA, I’ve had it for so long now. I’ll clearly be dead in a week. Seriously, death was on my mind at the point. I felt like something really bad was happening to me. The doctor looked at the culture report again and gave me another antibiotic known to treat Staph. One that’s commonly used in cases of MRSA. So, I started it, and lots of it. Instead of the normal ten-day supply, I was prescribed twenty days’ worth. I was set. I was hopeful. Meanwhile, Scott was on Amazon shopping for hazmat suits in the kids’ sizes. He wanted to set up a cot for me in the garage. I told him if no one else had any symptoms after all this time then they would be fine. At least I said it out loud, so maybe it would be true. After five days of the new antibiotic I was getting very little relief, plus I was ill as a hornet and having shortness of breath. My mom looked up the side-effects which read “May cause mood swings. If shortness of breath occurs notify doctor immediately.” Great! The doctor advised me to stop taking the antibiotic. What next? I knew that answer. The doctor informed me that the next step would be an antibiotic through IV. I’m not sure about you, but having an IV port in my arm for twenty days doesn’t sound fun. I took a step back and realized that I needed to take my nasal lesion to another level. The doctor was completely capable of treating me, but I was freaking out FAST and needed another opinion. My next plan of attack was a step in the right direction.You will not believe the outcome. Boy, did it surprise me!! Stay tuned...


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