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Volume 6 - Issue 9 November 2010
Wo m a n ’s M a g a z i n e
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Our september Winners
Did you know that according to the Bible worry is a sin? Well, I am confessing that I sin a lot in that area. The definition of worry is “to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts”. More than that some of the synonyms are: bother, fear, fret, fuss, stew, stress, sweat and trouble. Everyone raise your hand if that is what you want your days to be like. Yeah, I didn’t think so! Neither do I! It is so a waste of time. So why do we do it? I could say that it is automatically something that connects with you when you have children. I wish I could say that it goes away when they are grown and out on their own but then I would be adding another sin on top of the already confessed one. Before they were born, I worried if I would know how to take care of them. Then came worrying about teaching them right from wrong. After that I worried if others would like them, would they be bullied in school or would they be the bully. Then they started showing interests in the opposite sex and my, oh my, oh my; the worry scale was off the charts. Or so I thought, but that even escalated when they got their drivers license. I just need to calm down. I am getting myself all worked up just remembering those days. We survived. Most of the things I worried about never took place so all that fretting, fearing and stressing; well, I took ten years off my life and for what? So now, I am minus ten years and you would have thought I would have learned a lesson. But, nooo, not me. Then comes college, marriage and a baby carriage! That just came out and I can’t make myself take it out. A whole new set of worries takes over and now I have taken ten more years off my life! Please let it stop! My family’s life expectancy is not that great and reaching 80 would be a milestone for my family. Knowing that, though, doesn’t stop me from worrying and it multiplied. I have grandchildren! Will their parents know how to take care of them, etc., etc., etc.? Some are driving, some are in college, some might fall on the playground and break an arm. Why am I worrying? It is supposed to be their parents who are worrying. I am losing at least twenty years in this worrying stage. That is FORTY years! Oh, wait, that does not add up. Oh no….I have already gone forty years over my life expectancy. I will be kicking the bucket any minute now! Kids, I love you. Grand kids, I love you more. Husband, sorry, I won’t be able to be here to prepare you lots of fine meals. OK, that was a little white lie…another sin piling on. I don’t cook. Wait! It can’t end here. It has not been all worry. There have been some glorious times. I think I am starting to feel better. What is the definition of joy? It is “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation”. I think I have just added ten years to my life because I can’t even count all those wonderful things that have happened in my life. My kids didn’t beat up anyone and they didn’t get beat up. What was I worried about. I am having “keen pleasure” right now just thinking about how great they turned out. And those grandkids…well my life is just full of “elation”. Yep, I am feeling it now. I might even do some sit-ups. Who knows, I might even cook my husband a fabulous meal. If I am not too tired from the sit-ups, that is. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I will be cooking then. Whether it is fabulous or not, I am not going to worry about it. Instead, I am going to focus on joyfulness and that feeling caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying. Will you join me? Let’s not forget to be thankful for our many blessings and give God the praise for it all. After all, my life expectancy is forever with Him!
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This past month has been hazardous for my health. Literally.
Kidney stones and back pain are but two symptoms of what I have endured, and I was in bed more than I was out of it. Thankfully, my mother-in-law was able to come down and help me out by taking care of the girls, cooking and doing laundry. Really, she is such a lifesaver and a blessing. So when I say “not much has been going on,” I really mean “oh, hey y’all, I haven’t been out of bed in a month!” But what I can tell you is that in every season of life there are lessons, and this season of pain has been no exception for me. I’d like to share some of the lessons I’ve learned during my down and out time. 1. If you pull it, they will come. Being so far away from my family, it’s been nerve-wracking when emergencies arise and I find myself unable to function without some sort of help. But, as mentioned earlier, my “other Mama” came and helped me in my time of need, and I want her to know how very thankful I am that she’s in my life. And shame on me if I didn’t mention my father-in-law, who was kind enough to let me steal her away from him for two weeks. I owe him a lot of home cooked meals. 2. Oh, wow, I do miss them. My kids are insane. They climb walls, swing from my chandelier, break my leopard heels, swipe my lipstick when I’m not looking, and often times won’t let me shower. That being said, while lying destitute I wanted nothing more than to listen to Savannah talk about Elvis or Barbie or even what color her boogers were - I just missed her! And, to my surprise, I even missed Addison crawling all over me like I’m her own personal Carowinds. 3. He can cook and do laundry. Oh yes he can, y’all. My husband can cook and do the laundry while I’m down and out, and now I know about it. Guess what I’m going to make him do now? Guess, guess! 4. Apparently, I owe my dad a huge “I was wrong” for thinking he was a sissy crying about kidney stones. They do hurt, and Daddy, I was wrong. And finally, 5. Talking to myself in the privacy of my own home is okay, but doing it in public is socially ostracizing. So while the idea of laying around doing absolutely nothing may sound appealing in the next three weeks or so, when my kids are sticking those boogers I missed so much in my drink and my husband’s dirty laundry is piling up and dinner needs to be done because people will starve if I don’t get it done... well, right now I’m just thankful to be back in the swing of things.
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Th e C u p ca ke
By, Marisa Brown Everyone loves a good cupcake. Cupcakes… well, cupcakes just put a smile on your face! I remember making cupcakes with my mom when I was a little girl. I would sit on the counter and help her measure and mix. Licking the spoon was always my favorite part! Make a cupcake for someone you love and put a smile on their face. Better yet, make cupcakes with someone you love. Decorate them together too! Directions Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice; set aside. In a large bowl, mix together brown sugar, sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients slowly and mix until smooth. Mix in pumpkin puree. Divide batter evenly among paper liners, batter should fill 24 liners at about half full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean). While cupcakes are baking, make the frosting. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer. Stir in the maple flavoring and vanilla extract. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix on low until smooth. Transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack; let cool completely before icing. Ingredients Cupcakes: 2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice* 1 cup packed brown sugar ¾ cup sugar 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter 4 large eggs (beaten) 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree (not pie filling) Frosting: 6 ounces cream cheese (room temperature) 3 tablespoons softened butter ¼ teaspoon natural maple flavor ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups confectioners’ sugar *If you cannot find pumpkin pie spice, make your own! Just mix together 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. ginger, 1/4 tsp. allspice, and a 1/4 tsp. nutmeg. Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients slowly and whisk until smooth. Mix in pumpkin puree. Divide batter evenly among paper liners, filling each about halfway. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean). Transfer to cooling rack; let cool completely before icing. For icing: In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer. Stir in the maple flavoring and vanilla extract. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix on low until smooth. Transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack; let cool completely before icing.
Marisa Brown lives in Hickory, North Carolina with her husband Eric. They are both originally from Portland, Oregon. Marisa is an Account Executive at Catawba Valley Staffing, Inc. She may be contacted at mbrown@ cvstaffinginc.com
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• Distribute the remaining assets to the heirs. At the conclusion of the estate administration, the personal representative will distribute the remaining funds in the estate checking account to the heirs by writing a check. Title to any non-cash assets, such as vehicles and stocks, will be transferred to the heirs. If the deceased owned real estate, title automatically passes to the heirs, so a new deed is not required. Just as no two people are alike, no two estates are alike. Of course, attorneys are available to answer questions and offer guidance. The personnel in the county Clerk of Court offices are also helpful and knowledgeable. Finally, there is good information available on the internet, such as the estate administration pamphlet published by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (available in the Forms section of www.nccourts.org). With the abundance of resources available, you can rest assured that you won’t have to go through the process alone. Disclaimer: The content of this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice. You should not rely solely on the information herein when making legal decisions. You should consult an attorney for specific advice tailored to your unique situation.
Casey Winebarger is an attorney at Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP in Hickory, North Carolina. She practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, elder law, and business and corporate law. Casey may be contacted at 828-322-7741 or via email at email@example.com. Patrick, Harper & Dixon is Hickory’s oldest and largest full-service law firm.
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Con Artists Don’t Take a Holiday Vacation While most people are consumed with shopping for holiday presents, con artists are hard at work coming up with new ways to part individuals from a buck. Unsuspecting people could lose their holiday spirit if victimized by a scam. Every year people save money so that they can purchase scores of gifts for their family members and friends. While money is being charged to credit cards or flying out of wallets at check-out counters, con artists are interested in getting their cut of the proceeds. Many scammers prey on the goodwill of people this time of year, fleecing them of their hard-earned money. There are a number of scams that are commonplace throughout the year, but seem to escalate come the holiday season. Many of these fake deals are solicited through mail or e-mail. Here are some to avoid. * Spam scams: Check anyone’s e-mail inbox and there’s bound to be dozens of unsolicited messages in their offering products and services. While many advertisements are from legitimate companies (many from stores and businesses a consumer may have used in the past), others are from bogus outfits looking to prey on the unaware. These scam e-mails may promise unbeatable deals on all types of things. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Shoppers can avoid the headaches of losing money to scammers by deleting unsolicited e-mails and not falling prey to the deals they offer. * Name a star, planet, etc.: Individuals looking for clever gifts for that hardto-buy-for person may have been tempted to “name a star” in one’s honor. A number of companies charge a fee to register a chosen name for a star at particular coordinates. The trouble is that only the International Astronomical Union (IAU) names stars, and the stars are not for sale. Many stars are actually named with numbers and in abidance to strict regulations by the IAU. Any organization that claims they can name a star is not legitimate.
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Saying, “Grace” growing up was simply rote. I knew it was expected and required. Obediently, I did as I was told. The words just rolled off my tongue. I didn’t understand their meaning so they lost their energy, their impact, and their influence. A fresh look at the words surprises me. Just look at these words.
God is great. God is good. Let us thank Him for this food. Amen
Do you see what I see? I see powerful words that are true and an invitation to give thanksgiving. God is indeed great. And God is indeed good. What would it be like if once a day we stopped and really saw how great and good the creator is? You would regain focus, capture meaning, experience more balance, and feel fulfilled. November is the designated month to give thanks, but I believe that a vibrant sophisticated woman can navigate each and every day, the year, and the world when she stops to count her blessings. In this case, I am not calling you to count your blessings as another rote cliché but I offer you some real time strategies, systems, and smarts for embracing a life of gratitude. Practice the Daily Examen: Sit in a quiet space at the end of your day specifically set aside for contemplation. Consider what in your day brought joy, delight, and increased your energy. Simply write down key words or a phrase for what you are grateful for in a journal. Purchase a copy of Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach: This book is a classic. The strategies for living simply in the comfort and joy of what you have right now in the moment can teach you to celebrate who you are, what you have, and how to live in gratitude. Write your Thank You Notes: Not with an obligatory heart or with that nagging inner voice chastising you to ‘Get them done”. Do it with a whole new intention, an intention of acknowledging the character of the gift giver. I attended a seminar where Joe Stumpf taught me to write the perfect thank you note. His directions were: Start the Thank You note without saying, “Thank you for...” Instead make a statement about the character or virtue you most appreciate about the gift giver. Tell the gift giver a story of when you witnessed them exhibit this character trait. Finally, tell the gift giver how you or your life is different because they are so generous. As an example, I will share the note I wrote to Judy Smith, Editor of Sophie Woman’s Magazine for her many referrals.
Embrace what is offered here. Instead of simply saying thank you, you can live a life that shouts, “Life is full of grace!” “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie Let’s get started.
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It is my pleasure to be a new columnist for Sophie Woman’s Magazine. This column is all about and for YOU … The family, friends, and community you that sometimes feels pulled in all directions … the individual you that is oftentimes placed at the bottom of your priorities … and the professional, work you that strives to succeed and achieve in business. This first column will lay the groundwork for an entirely different approach to having it all and making your life and work more satisfying and fulfilling. So let’s begin shifting the way we think! Are you working to have a life or is your work your life? Do you feel that you have lost a bit of yourself in attempting to keep everything flowing at home and at work? Are there things you want to do that continually get put on the back burner? Part of the problem may likely be that you are still in the mindset of trying to balance it all. I determined about 15 years ago that the whole work/life balance scenario simply doesn’t work. And here’s why. It is not about work and life but about YOU and who you are trying to be for yourself and others in your life. There are three aspects of you: Me, Myself and Inc. Me = This is the family, friends and community you Myself = This is the individual you Inc. = This is the business professional or work you The reason work/life balance is so difficult to achieve is you cannot divide two by three. No wonder you feel pulled in all directions! Instead, I propose shifting to work/life synergy where you are swirling and embracing all three aspects of who you are into your work and life so they synergistically work together versus competing. Now doesn’t this sound much more exciting, guilt-free and rewarding? It does because it is. During these challenging times, it is very easy to get caught of up in the mindset that your work needs your uninterrupted attention in order to navigate the economic storm. While sacrificing time and enjoyment with family, friends, and yourself seems necessary temporarily for long-term gain, is it really the course of wisdom? On the flip side, you are feeling guilty about not spending as much time with family or perhaps you have been laid off or are seeking another position and are feeling frustrated by the lack of opportunities. Because of all of this happening, you simply do not do anything for yourself as this would be selfish considering the pressures right now. Sound familiar? Then it is time to acknowledge and nurture the three aspects of who you are and shift your thinking about achievement. Why? Because those who have done so have actually brought ingenuity, innovation, creativity, renewed thinking, new options and resources into their work and life while at the same time, truly enjoying their lives. They have realized a deep satisfaction and synergy that everyone benefits from, including those most important in their lives, simply by truly being all that they can be honoring the three aspects of who they uniquely are. Wouldn’t you like to experience the same? Let’s take a look at these three aspects more closely for you to see how important it is for all of them to be embraced and allowed to flourish. The “Me” part of You. How are you enjoying your family, friends and community? How are they a part of your life, enhancing it and participating in it? How are you a part of their lives, enhancing and participating in theirs? How are you involving or excluding your family, friends and community from what you are trying to accomplish in your work or life? Did you know that goals are seven times more likely to be achieved simply by sharing them with others? Think about this. The more who know, the more likely options and resources will come to light. Are you giving your family, friends, or coworkers an understanding of what you hope to achieve so they have the opportunity to strategize and participate? Some of the best ideas to help run my business more efficiently or to do something more profitably has not come from me, but from others who saw something I did not. Some of the most unexpected resources for my personal life came from business contacts and
Sophie Woman’s Magazine Nov 2010 pg 19 for my business came from personal contacts. You simply never know if no one else knows what you aspire to and hope to do. The “Myself” part of You. What are you doing for yourself as a means of fun, fulfillment, curiosity or pure indulgence? How are you nurturing who you are as a person to take yourself away from the demands of work and family for a while to refresh, rejuvenate, recharge and relax? What makes you unique and how are you nurturing and embracing this aspect of you? How are you taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually? It is never selfish to carve out some regular time for you and only you. It is actually the greatest gift you can give to others because they will see a happier, more vibrant, confident, and healthy you. And then you will be able to give more in more meaningful ways because you are keeping your emotional, spiritual, and physical tank full. The “Inc.” part of You. What are you doing to nurture and grow as a professional or as a business owner? Are you stepping outside of your business or work to look at it from an outsider’s view or are you so busy working in the day-to-day of the business or your work that you cannot truly see what lies ahead and plan accordingly? Do you view your job as a job or a career? Do you view your work as tasks or fulfilling a higher purpose? Do you look forward to Mondays or the beginning of your work week or do you dread it? Are you laid off and feeling frustrated by the job prospects right now? If the Inc. part of you is not being satisfied, then it can have significant impact of the other two aspects of you. And if you are not truly swirling the other aspects of you into your Inc., then you may be missing opportunities that are right before your eyes. By focusing on the three aspects of who you are and allowing them to come to life, you are truly building a life that you love and enjoy which includes enjoying your work as well. I am thrilled to be helping you each month do this through this column. Take the Synergy Quik Quiz to find out more about how your balance mindset may be holding you back. Go to www.memyselfandinc.com and click on the link in the right column of the home page. Download and print the PDF and see for yourself where you fall to begin making the shift. Bio: Sherré DeMao inspires millions through her monthly Savvy Business Owner column, her weekly Monday Motivation & Insight and her national contributing writing for FoxBusiness.com, Entrepreneur, Women Entrepreneur, and Enterprising Women magazines. An expert strategist and marketer focused on entrepreneurs, her unique perspective and innovative approach has earned more than 50 awards regionally, nationally and internationally including being named among the Top 50 Enterprising Women of North America in 2007. Her first book, Me, Myself & Inc. - A Synergized World, An Energized Business, Living Your Ultimate Life (www.memyselfandinc.com), was cited as a Top Business Shelf pick by Midwest Book Review. Her next book, 50 Marketing Secrets of Growth Companies in Down Economic Times (www.50marketingsecrets.com) is to be released in fall of 2010.
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MALE BOX by Wayne DeLoriea
Never to be the one to go the simple route and just do an article on the meaning of Thanksgiving… As a father, coach, writer and speaker I have always been troubled by what I think is my inability to communicate. I am always looking for the best way to say things. I understand that often, I only get one chance to impact a life and I agonize over my words and tone of my voice. I wonder about the positive impact and I regret my missed opportunities. I think about my words like a sniper considers his bullets. One shot, one kill. Too often, however, I have seen the look of confusion and it just pains me. As I drove to work this morning I had a thought. Its neither new, nor is it profound. It is not original, nor is it particularly sage. It just is…it’s truth and I think we, too often, forget it. If I may, please let me try my best to put the thought into words. The reason all of my relationships fell apart, up to meeting Linda, is that I was trying to love someone else. All of those ‘someone elses’ let me down. From the time I awoke to the time I slept again, I lived, breathed and made every decision based upon the feelings of someone else. I was nowhere to be found in the equation. As I read the Bible I found a passage that says,” love others as you love yourself”. If I may be so bold and presumptuous as to change a word or two in my effort to bring out the meaning, as it pertains to this subject. Love others through the love I have for myself. Look at others through the glasses I use to see myself, and until I like what I see, I have no reason to think I’ll find anyone who will like what they see in me. Does that make sense or are my words failing me again? If you don’t like yourself, others just CAN’T like you for long. They only get to see what you show. After awhile, you’ll start showing them…what you see. If I find no real lasting value in myself, how can I expect to give anything of lasting value to another person? If I can’t like ‘me’ how can I expect anyone else to? The truth is, if I hear you, I do so with MY ears and if I see you, I have to do it through MY eyes and if I love you… I can only love you through the love I have in myself. Too often, we find someone and try to love ourselves through them…that’s just backwards. That’s like going shopping with empty pockets. All you can hope to do is steal something… and thieves always get caught and end up with less than they started with. The thought that crossed my mind this morning was simply this. True love is when we don’t just love other people, but we love them through the love we have for ourselves. It’s not always wrong to go out of your way and do something for someone...something that you really don’t feel like doing. To do it repeatedly however, sets up a martyr situation and a “you owe me” and “I feel like I owe you” relationship. That’s NOT love. This kind of relationship has other friends like jealousy and abuse that come with it. A very wise friend once told me that I gave for all the wrong reasons. He told me that I was constantly giving to make others happy, when I should be giving to make ME happy. Let me explain. If I give you my pen…and this pen has been handed down from my grandfather to my father and then to me. Now, I see that you’re going through a difficult time and I want to make you happy…so I am giving you this special gift. Well, you didn’t know my grandfather and father, so the pen is just a pen
to you and when you look me in the eyes and crack a joke about the gift... I’m CRUSHED! My friend showed me that if I gave anything, it should be with the thought that, “It would make ME happy for you to have this pen.” Now, no matter what you say or do, I have accomplished my own happiness. I can’t make you happy…I can’t make you anything at all. That’s your job. All I can do is to let you know that I care and that I’m nearby. What I can do is please my own heart and in the process, if you’re willing…set the stage for you to please yourself by the way you receive the gift or in a relationship…receive me. I think the reason my relationship works with Linda, at least from my perspective, is that I work hard within my own heart to love me enough to keep all the doors open. Doors of commitment, truth, loyalty etc. and I think she does the same thing. When she strolls through the halls of my heart she feels welcome and free to go into any corner or recess and I feel the same. See, I am loving myself enough to trust that I am acceptable and worth loving. It’s because of this, that when I walk through the halls of her love, I am not looking for secrets and hidden things. I am looking at the beauty of her soul. It simply sets the stage for loving her…because I love me. I try to bring Linda flowers on the 14th of every month…and it makes ME feel good about ME. I love to see her reaction and I am very happy that it pleases her…but I feel good about ME. The mistake I used to make was trying to find someone else to love me, so I could love myself. I found my worth and acceptance in what others felt about me. I found my only joy in doing things for all the wrong reasons. I was too outwardly focused. I cared too much in what others felt and thought and not enough about how I felt about ‘me’. We all too often miss the ridiculously simple by thinking that nothing could be that easy…when in reality, everything that God has given us to do IS just that simple. We make it difficult by trying to over think things. You just can’t find a lasting relationship until you first find love and acceptance for yourself…within yourself. You’ll never know true love until you fall in love with yourself. If this strikes a chord for you and you find meaning in my words, you’re next and obvious question will be…how do I do it? Well. Remember, it’s simple. Do something for yourself…find out what YOU enjoy. Identify the things that have meaning to you. Learn what you do well…then step back and see the whole picture that is YOU. If you do this with honesty and heart…you can’t help but see something to love. Then, operate out of that love. It’ll take time, but what else have you got to do? Happy Thanksgiving! Coach
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The Taste Berry by Mary Southerland
Psalm 138:2 “I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.”
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One of the first lessons we teach our children is to say “thank you” when receiving a gift or a compliment from someone. It is just good manners, right? When it comes to thanking God for all He has done in my life, my manners need a monumental overhaul. I am quick to lay my needs and concerns at His feet in prayer, but when those prayers are answered, I tend to get so wrapped up in the answer that I forget to thank the One who provided the answer. Can you relate? We are not alone. While Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem, he came to a small town where ten men who had a skin disease met him. They did not come close to Jesus but called to him, “Jesus! Master! Have mercy on us!” When Jesus saw the men, he said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” As the ten men walked away, they were healed. When one of them saw that he was healed, he went back to Jesus, praising God in a loud voice. Then he bowed down at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. Jesus said, “Weren’t ten men healed? Where are the other nine? (Luke 17) We are quick to ask God to meet our needs but we sometimes forget to thank Him for doing so. While Thanksgiving does remind us to stop and give thanks, Thanksgiving is not just a national holiday to be celebrated for a few hours each November. Learning to live in the gear of perpetual thanksgiving is a life changing discipline. Giving thanks should be a natural characteristic and innate practice of every believer. We should be quick to thank God for all that He has done as well as for all He is presently doing and going to do in our life. That is where faith comes in. We may not always understand God’s process but we can always trust His heart. A thankful heart is a trusting heart. Learning to be thankful - even when we cannot see, hear or understand what God is doing or how He is working is authentic thanksgiving and the direct result of a living, active and personal faith in God. It is said that in Africa there is a fruit called the “taste berry.” It changes a person’s taste so that everything eaten after eating the berry tastes good and
sweet. A thankful heart is the “taste berry” of an obedient life. When our heart is filled with gratitude, life is sweeter. Before you cut that turkey or eat that first bite of dressing, check your heart.
Lord, I give thanks to You for You are good; Your love endures forever. You are with me so I will not be afraid. You are my strength and my song and my salvation. You have made this day so I will rejoice and be glad in it. You are my God and I will give You thanks. You are good and I will lift You up with my thanksgiving. Father, I praise You because You have conquered and taken away the sting of death. Today, I choose to give You thanks in all circumstances - no matter what - because I know it is Your will for me to praise You. Be lifted up, God, and be enthroned in the praises I bring. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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It may be Thanksgiving Day on the calendar but for some of us it is a dark and uncertain day. Remember that our inner attitude does not have to reflect our outer circumstances. We can choose to give God thanks and we can literally train our heart in an attitude of gratitude. Go back over the past year. What has God done in your life? Thank Him for each blessing that comes to mind. Thank Him for answered prayer, spiritual blessings, relational blessings, physical blessings and material blessings. Make a list of your blessings. Share them with family and friends. Make a new commitment today to cultivate a thankful heart.
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WHEN TO HIRE A PRO by Susan Guest, ASID
I know many artsy people who seem to navigate effortlessly through the design world of color, texture, space planning, and furnishings. These gifted souls can visualize a room in their head and easily get their ideas across to the builder or remodeler. Then there is the “visually challenged” individual who spends many agonizing hours going through furniture and hardware stores, magazines, and the internet. They are overwhelmed on making selections for a new home, office, or renovation project and are terrified of wasting time and, more importantly, money. How do you know when to hire a professional interior designer for your project? Here are some tips for knowing when to get help: • You and your spouse have opposite ideas or styles and neither refuses to budge. If you are sharpening your kitchen knives with murderous thoughts, please hire a pro. • You are involved with so many different activities and put off projects because your schedule is mind blowing. • You don’t like the items that are in the stores and want a polished look as seen in the shelter magazines. • You have made choices in the past that have not produced great results.
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• You are color blind. You may not know this-if your friends and coworkers gasp when they look at your clothing, you may need assistance on your home or office. • You like to dream about your space, but don’t quite know how to make it happen. • The project is too large and over-whelming for you to keep your sanity. • You just won the lottery and need help spending all that money. I know a great designer who has expensive taste who can help you with this dilemma. • You want your home or office to rock!
A great interior designer will base the entire project around your taste, needs, and desires. They will celebrate your uniqueness and awesomeness. Certified professionals are required to have annual educational requirements that keep them up to date on changes in the design field. They search for the best sources and bang for your buck. If you are up front about the budget for your project, the designer will try to get the very best solution that you can afford. Save your money and do it yourself if you are comfortable with your design abilities. If not, go to asid.org and find a qualified designer near you. You may need to visit websites and interview several designers before you find the right one to fit your needs. Susan Guest, ASID is an awardwinning interior designer in Hickory and owner of Guest Interiors, LLC. She is one of the designers featured in “Spectacular Homes of the Carolinas”, found in high-end bookstores around the country. For more information, visit www.guestinteriors.com.
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Roughly 45 million turkeys are sold and cooked for Thanksgiving meals every year in the United States. As families dig into that delicious meal, some may wonder more about the delicious bird before them. Here are some known and lesser-known facts about Tom Turkey. * The taste of turkeys has to do with their age. An older male is preferable to a younger male, because the young “tom” is stringy. Conversely, younger female hens are preferred to older ones. * A turkey less than 16 weeks old is called a fryer. An older turkey between 5 and 7 months of age is known as a roaster. * Turkeys are a type of pheasant. They are the only breed of poultry native to the Western Hemisphere. * Wild turkeys are able to fly for short durations and up to 55 mph. However, domesticated turkeys raised on farms for food are bred to be fat and meaty, which prevents their ability to get airborne. * The turkey is no exception to other birds. Sometimes it likes to spend the night in trees. * Benjamin Franklin was one person who argued vehemently on behalf of the turkey being the national symbol of America. However, as most know, the bald eagle won out. * The first turkeys to domesticated were from Mexico and Central America. In Mexico, the turkey was a sacrificial bird. * Male turkeys make the commonly known “gobble” sound, particularly during breeding seasons to attract a mate. Females, however, cluck. * A mature turkey will have about 3,500 feathers. That’s a lot of plucking to do before the bird can be eaten. * Minnesota and North Carolina produce the most turkeys for sale annually. * The skin that hangs from a turkey’s neck is known as a wattle. The fleshy growth on the base of the beak is known as the snood. * Every year 90 percent of Americans enjoy a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving, compared to 50 percent on Christmas. * America doesn’t consume the most turkey per capita; Israel does.
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Most of the time I am fretting over how fast technology changes and my struggle to keep up with it. It seems when I learn something new it changes and it boggles my feeble mind. I am always having to ask for help from someone just to cope with the day to day changes. A lot of the time, I just want to throw the computer out the door and go back to everything hand written. Well, maybe not hand written, since my handwriting is illegible to everyone but me; but at least back to typewriters. That is until, I get a marvelous piece of wisdom sent through the wonderful world of email. Like this one a friend sent me the other day. I opened it up to this beautiful message: Be kinder than necessary, For everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly, And pray continually. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass... It’s about learning to dance in the rain. Along with it was just a exquisite motion picture of rain falling and this woman dancing, with all abandonment, in the soft gentle rain of a summer
Sophie Woman’s Magazine Nov 2010 pg 27 storm. It spoke to my heart and I had to just stop and ponder the reality of the saying and of the image. I even had to stop and give thanks for email! We all have our battles don’t we? Of course, ours is so very important….. until! We watched with awe and amazement at the miners rescue and what a miracle that was. How brave those men were and how they had to encourage each other, day after day. I wasn’t there, so I don’t know how rough it got but I can only imagine how it could have all ended another way. What if all of them only focused on themselves? What if each one of them thought they were more important than the others? There are some amazing human beings in this world that show such courage and compassion, even in their own times of difficulty. Actually, I know quite a few of those people and I am blessed to call them my friends. They amaze me and inspire me everyday. I could miss that if I was not careful. I have struggles and you have struggles. That is what that little message is telling us. We all do but it is what we do with those that make the difference. We could all sit down, hidden away, waiting for the storm to pass but how much life will pass us by while we do that. One of my very dear and sweet friends has just come through a storm but she did not sit down and just wait on it to pass. She danced right through. I know she was hurting and uncertain of the outcome but she didn’t let others see that. To them, they saw someone who didn’t have a care in the world. I wonder how many people passed her by without a second thought where as, if they only knew, would have helped her carry her groceries to the car. Maybe they would have stopped to say a kind word or a prayer. The point is, we don’t know. Be kinder than necessary? I guess I have to ask: how kind is necessary? Is that all I want to be? It is not but sometimes I don’t stop to think about it. Sometimes I just want to get through the day or the week or the storm… instead of dancing my way through…and if I am dancing, I want someone to dance with! Will you dance with me?
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As the telltale chill in the air signals the onset of fall, it’s time to get out those comfort food recipes. Nothing beats a hearty meal at the end of a crisp fall day. Menu planning when the weather changes can be a lot of fun, but the work involved in a lot of cold-weather dishes can be staggering. Chicken and dumplings is a fall classic but it’s loaded with calories from the chicken skin and doughy dumplings. Just because it is comfort food does not mean it has to be unhealthy though. The key to making this recipe healthier is using skinless chicken breasts so you can bypass the oily skin and dark meat. Extra seasonings enhance the flavor so you don’t notice anything is missing and low fat biscuit mix saves some time. Here is a simpler and healthier way to make chicken and dumplings in a snap. Chicken Dumplings the Saving Dinner Way Serves 6 4 skinless chicken breasts (better with the bone in) 4 cans low-sodium chicken broth 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 sweet onion, chopped fine 2 celery stalks, chopped fine 1 garlic clove, crushed and peeled 1/2 cup carrot, shredded 3 teaspoons dried thyme leaves 1 teaspoon dried sage Salt and Pepper 2 cups whole grain baking mix 2/3 cup skim milk In a large stock pot, put 1 tablespoon olive oil, add onion, garlic, carrot, and celery, cook until onion is clear, then place chicken breasts in pot,and cover with water and poach (slow simmer) until chicken is cooked through-about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and cut into bite sized pieces then return chicken to the pot. Add chicken broth, thyme and sage -salt and pepper to taste. Bring back to a gentle simmer. If needed you can thicken broth with a little cornstarch by putting a teaspoon of cornstarch into 1/2 cup water or broth and mixing with fork until there are no lumps. Add to simmering pot and stir. Meanwhile prepare the dumplings by mixing the low fat biscuit mix and skim milk until it forms a soft dough. Drop by tablespoonfuls into the simmering broth. Cook uncovered for about twenty minutes or until dumplings appear cooked in the middle. Variations: Try using Noodle Dumplings 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 2 teaspoons salt 2 eggs 1/3 cup water 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients with a fork until combined. Roll into a ball. If too wet add more flour, if too dry add a bit more water. Roll out dough on a floured surface. Use a pizza cutter to cut dumplings into desired shape. You can cut them into long fat noodles, or you can use a cookie cutter and make round dumplings, it’s up to you!
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It’s easy to have leftover turkey once the Thanksgiving holiday has passed. Many people miscalculate the number of pounds of turkey they need to feed the family, or an excess of side dishes makes Tom Turkey less of the culinary centerpiece he should be. Don’t worry if you’re one of the people left with an abundance of turkey. There are plenty of ways to turn it into delicious meals to be enjoyed for several days after the holiday. To enjoy turkey leftovers, first the remaining turkey should be prepared and stored so it can be safely eaten later on. This means that turkey should be deboned and packed up for storage no later than two hours after the bird has been served, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Generally, leftover turkey can be enjoyed 3 to 4 days after Thanksgiving if it is refrigerated. If the meat is frozen, it can last much longer. Now comes the time to whip up delicious recipes from that remaining turkey. Here are some ideas to whet the appetite. * Turkey chili: Combine the meat with kidney beans, red and green peppers, onions, pureed tomato and a package of chili seasonings from the supermarket. Let simmer and serve with corn bread or over rice. * Turkey kabobs: Thread turkey on skewers with apples, pears or pineapples. Bake until meat is reheated and fruit is soft. * Turkey gyro: Top pitas with turkey meat, lettuce, onion, and fresh tzatziki sauce. Tzatziki is made by mixing chopped cucumber, garlic and lemon juice with a thick Greek yogurt. * Turkey omelets: Chop up turkey and add it to the egg mixture when making omelets. Serve with toast spread with cranberry sauce. * Turkey pot pie: Line a pie tin with homemade or store-bought pie crust. Add the turkey, half a can of cream of chicken soup, a package of thawed mixed vegetables, and the remaining pie crust. Bake until the pot pie is bubbly and hot. * Turkey Mexican-style: Replace the meat in tacos, fajitas or enchiladas with leftover turkey. * Buffalo turkey pizza: Toss leftover turkey with melted butter and hot sauce. Use the seasoned meat on top of a homemade or pre-made pizza. Bake and enjoy. * Turkey-tossed pasta: Add strips of turkey to a dish of pasta, topped with a favorite sauce. * Turkey panini: Slice a thick, crusty bread and spread the outsides with butter. Add layers of turkey, cheese and cooked bacon. Cook on a griddle, using a heavy pan to hold the panini flat while cooking. Flip over and continue to cook until panini is golden brown and cheese is melted. * Pulled pork-style turkey: Chop up or pull apart leftover turkey meat. Toss with your favorite barbecue sauce. Serve on soft sandwich buns with a side of cole slaw. * Turkey salad sandwich: Mix chopped turkey with mayonnaise or salad dressing, diced celery, onions, and shredded carrots for a refreshing cold sandwich filling. * Turkey and vegetable stir-fry: Heat a wok or skillet with a little oil and saute onions, garlic and favorite stir-fry vegetables. Add the turkey to heat and season with soy sauce or teriyaki. Serve over steamed rice.
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Set a Plan of Attack for Black Friday Shopping Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Every year thousands of shoppers flock to area malls and shopping centers in the wee hours of the morning attempting to get the best deals on their holiday gifts. Because shopping with the crowds and sales can be confusing, setting a “Black Friday” shopping strategy can add some organization to the chaos. Visions of Black Friday shopping may call to mind frenzied shoppers beating down the doors of area stores to get heavily reduced prices at the register. This day of bargain basement deals certainly will bring out scores of people, but there is a way to manage the mayhem. * Make a shopping list. Think ahead of time about what to look for. Knowing what will be bought can help shoppers determine which stores to visit. It helps to only choose one or more stores at which to shop instead of traveling all over and getting caught in traffic. * Preview ads a week in advance. Many stores will start advertising their Black Friday hours and some sneak peaks at sales a week or more in advance. There could also be some “spoiler” Web sites that leak information about Black Friday sales. Shoppers can know what’s available and plan their shopping accordingly. Also, some stores have “rules” to follow, such as wristband dispersal or a numbering system, for shoppers to avoid crowds rushing the doors. * Start saving early. While deals are to be realized on Black Friday, that doesn’t mean it’s wise to blow the entire budget on this day alone. Save
months or weeks in advance to be prepared for shopping this day. Set a limit on what is to be spent -- heading home after the money is gone. * Get rest. Set an early schedule for Thanksgiving revelry so that it’s possible to head home early enough to rest. Those who plan to do Black Friday shopping should head to bed early enough, considering many sales begin at 4 a.m. * Eat a hearty breakfast. Shoppers should be sure to eat breakfast so they’ll have enough energy to survive the morning shopping. * Pack a lunch or snack. Chances are fast food restaurants and food courts will be mobbed on Black Friday. Avoid some of the crowds by packing food in a bag and bringing it along. It will save time and money. Why not make a sandwich of that leftover turkey? * Wear comfortable clothing. Crowded stores tend to be hot and chaotic. Dress in layers so that outer layers can be removed. Try to leave bulky coats at home because they can be a nuisance while shopping. Shoppers should also wear very comfortable shoes for long hours of walking. * Be sure to know stores’ return policies. Even the best-laid plans may result in one or two gifts that need to be returned. It pays to know what stores will take back discounted items bought during Black Friday.
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Prepare for the Feast
* Plan ahead. The key to minimizing holiday-induced anxiety is to plan in advance. Take inventory now to make sure you have the essentials you will need to serve your holiday meal -- both basics and serving pieces.
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Sophie Woman’s Magazine Nov 2010 pg 53 * Save time and space. Use serving pieces with warming trays to free up essential cooking space on your stove. To create additional space in your oven, use a three-tier oven rack on one side that leaves the other side open for more bulky food allowing you to cook more than one dish at a time. * Think off the wall. If you’re hosting a buffet, set up the buffet table away from the wall to utilize both sides of the table to serve food. Add unique, multi-level serving dishes to give your table a fresh look. * Offer your guests a choice. Set up at least 2 urns for your party, one with coffee and one with hot water for the tea drinkers. Consider a third for decaf.
Start with the bedding. Since it’s typically the biggest piece of decor in the room, changing the bedding alters the overall look and feel of the room. Add several extra pillows to the bed for that picture perfect catalog look. * Entertaining essentials. Being prepared helps avoid last minute panic. For the main event, make sure you have enough chairs for guests (including folding chairs) and consider whether you need an extra folding table to serve as a “kids” table or dessert station. For overnight guests, be sure you have clean towels and sheets and that you can put your hand on the extra inflatable mattress in case of a surprise guest. Visit Bed Bath & Beyond stores nationwide or online at www. bedbathandbeyond.com. Whether shopping in stores or online, you will find all the products you need to put together the perfect holiday event.
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Once you’ve prepared for your holiday feast, give your home a fresh face with a few simple and affordable updates. * Seasonal solution. Transform your entertaining area by replacing sheer window treatments with more luxurious ones made of taffeta or chenille in warm, rich colors of the season. Pick the length that suits your style. More formal looks are achieved with longer treatments. Drape a throw in a rich burgundy or chocolate over the back of your couch and update your decorative pillows with covers that tie in with your existing decor. * Bathroom makeover. It doesn’t take a coat of paint to freshen up the guest bathroom. A new bath ensemble and some decorative seasonal hand towels will do the trick. Fresh flowers and scented lotion on the counter are welcoming treats. * Guest bedroom blues. Looking to breathe some life into a guest bedroom?
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THE HOLIDAY SNOW VILLAGE IS BACK!
Back by popular demand, the Western Piedmont Symphony is pleased to present the return of the Holiday Snow Village. Five years ago Sheryl and Andrew James designed and built a breathtakingly beautiful miniature snow village for the symphony’s annual Festival of Trees. Once again Sheryl and Andrew are sharing their private collection with the community—only this time it’s a staggering 30 feet x 30 feet Holiday masterpiece. Watch them build the village on their own website at www.snowvillage2010.com. The village features trains, trains and more trains as they run through the villages, farmlands and mountains. There’s even a train roundhouse! Chris Brown, WPS Executive Director, states “the Festival of Trees and Snow Village is a wonderful community event people of all ages will thoroughly enjoy. You have to see it, to believe it.” Many thanks to our event partner, Ace Hardware of Hickory, and to our event sponsors James Oxygen & Supply Company, Prism Commercial Real Estate and von Drehle Corporation. Their support and dedication to the community is truly appreciated. “Wow” is the first word out of everyone’s mouth. Don’t miss this wonderful, community event. Plan a holiday trip for your school or church group. Admission is $3/person, $10/family of four or $2/ person for groups of 10 or more. The village will be open to the public at designated times from November 21 through December 31. Become part of the village by sponsoring a home or business. Contact the Western Piedmont Symphony at 828.324.8603 or www. wpsymphony.org for more information.
Left to right: Steve Mull, President of Board of Directors, SALT Block Foundation; Sheryl & Andrew James, designers and owners of the Snow Village; Kate Adair, Chairwoman of the Festival of Trees Committee; Dr. Brian Adair, Western Piedmont Symphony Board President; and Chris Brown, Western Piedmont Symphony Executive Director. Not pictured: Chip Huffman, Ace Hardware of Hickory.
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