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Jennifer Prince Amazement Square................................................... 13 CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Photo by Kayla Vanderpool

Breanna Pair

Art Box ........................................................................ 10

David Health, Entering the Valley, 2007, oil on canvas. Liberty University Art Collection.

Birchtree Photography ............................................. 13



Hello! The chill in the air and the

Bowen Jewelry Company ......................................... 10

Amber Ingram Kate Scullen

Carilion Clinic ........................................................... back cover

aren’t they? They signify the


Centra Oncology Rehabilitation ............................ 20

change of seasons along with

Meggan Robinson

shorter days are so welcomed,

definitely getting us all into the

Centra Medical Group, Plastic Surgery Center .... inside front cover


holiday spirit.

Shella Baker Hannah Cline

all sorts of fun! From holiday

Central Virginia Orthodontics ............................... 1 Fink’s Jewelers ........................................................... 7

Steven Bowler

Our winter issue is filled with

Gladiola Girls ............................................................. 23

Alvar Suñol, La Cena de Emaus II (Supper at Emmaus), 2014, oil and drawing on board. Liberty University Art Collection.

Tea Hadzic

happenings in Bedford (be sure

Emily Hedrick

to check it out!) to looking

Nicole Johnson

Grand .......................................................................... 31 James T Davis Paint & Design Center ................... 14

Katie Lane

forward to 2018, this issue is

Liberty University Art Gallery ................................ 3

Jaclyn Meadows

filled with inspiration to carry

Jennifer Prince

you through.

Deirdre Serio

Roanoke Children’s Theatre .................................... inside back cover Southern Provisions Company ............................... 24

Azalea Smith

Also - as always, but especially throughout the holiday


season - be sure to support our

Kayla Vanderpool of BirchTree Photography

locally owned businesses. They

Marc Chagall, Abraham and Sarah, 1956, lithograph. Sandra Bowden Collection.

will thank you! I always love supporting our neighborhood

Edward Rawstone, Off Governors Island, mid-19th century, oil. Liberty University Art Collection.

Most of all be safe, happy and healthy throughout the holidays and into the new year. See you in 2018!

The Liberty University Art Gallery exposes the community and international student body to a variety of exhibits by artists from around the world.

photo by Liz Cook Photography clutch, your guide to an inspired life is a quarterly publication. To contact us for advertising, comments or questions: please email or call 434-851-2224 Copyright 2017 by 7 Hills Publishing. Contents within are for informational purposes only and may not be copied in any way in whole or part without written consent from clutch. All views expressed are that of the authors and not necessarily that of clutch. Advertisers are not inevitably endorsed by nor can clutch be held responsible for their services. The information contained within is deemed to be reliable at the time of printing. Our pictorial material has been used in good faith with permission from the advertiser, photographer or source, yet clutch cannot be held responsible for infringements arising out of such usage. As much as is humanly possible, wholehearted attempts have been made for our publication to be as accurate as possible, and we hope that those who read it realize the purpose of our publication is to bring about thought and creativity to its readership.


Robert Wilson, Jesus Condemned, 1972, oil on canvas. Liberty University Art Collection. Gift of Thigpen and Day Families.


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Michael Holter, Gypsy at the Gate, 2014, watercolor on paper. Liberty University Art Collection.






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inside this issue COMMUNITY BEDFORD CHRISTMAS 6 a town filled with holiday spirit LIVING BEAUTIFULLY get cozy this season






PET PONDERINGS considering a new pet







22 25

AGING ASSESSMENT 26 helping parents age gracefully

STYLE WINTER FASHION local winter looks


TEA TALKS 30 year round wardrobe staples 8






A VERY BEDFORD CHRISTMAS a town-wide holiday season

Photos provided by Bedford Tourism

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the quaint town of Bedford.


Often known for a county filled with orchards and its annual Centerfest

Historic Centertown is abuzz with

event, the area boasts eateries, galleries, antiquing and its own Little

excitement and floats. Take your

Town Players theatre. But, when the holidays roll around, this long hailed

place and enjoy the fun!

Christmas Capital of Virginia truly comes alive! Many flock from all over

Saturday, December 2,

the region to view the lights at the Elks Home and Liberty Lake Park, but

11 a.m. (rain date Dec. 3)

we want to encourage you to visit Bedford the whole season through. Starting with the Festival of Trees and extending through New Year’s,


there is no shortage of fun activities and beautiful scenery. Just take a

This annual display at the Elks Home

peek at our list of things to do in the area!

(English Meadows) draws thousands and makes a great stop on a family light tour. Nightly starting December 1

CHRISTMAS IN SEDALIA Peruse locally handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list at Sedalia Center & Mountain Run Farm. Saturday, December 9 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.



Enjoy a holiday market in downtown

honor fallen D-Day soldiers.

Bedford and support your local small

Friday, December 8, 6-9 p.m.

businesses throughout the region!

Saturday, December 9, 6-9 p.m.

per vote, and proceeds are donated

Saturday, November 25

Sunday, December 10, 6-9 p.m.

to the selected charities.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

November 21 – January 4



All ages can enjoy a holiday train

This Bedford YMCA fundraiser takes

display at the Bedford Museum.

place at Bedford Middle School and is

FESTIVAL OF TREES Various charities provide decorated trees at the Bedford Area Welcome Center. Trees can be voted on for $1

4413 luminaries are lit at the National D-Day Memorial to

For more information head to:

November 24 – January 3 (closed holidays and Sundays) 6

in its 38th year. Saturday, December 2, 8 a.m.




living without art and culture. The area is any art lover’s

Thomas Jefferson himself enjoyed these very hot springs

dream, equipped with many museums to enjoy and

located in Warm Springs. He “took the waters,” as they

educate. I’m a frequent visitor during gallery openings

would say, several times a day to enjoy the hot soak of

on the first Friday of each month, and it always warms

the natural springs, letting the minerals seep into his

my heart and soul. Many of the art galleries are open

body, making him feel revitalized during the harsh, dry,

on weekdays to enjoy when you are free to roam the

winter months.

inspiring local art of the community.

There is a visitor’s center, a gazebo, and two bathhouses

The Maier Museum of Art located on Randolph College’s

Winter is tough to get through! It

located at the bottom of a mountain as you approach

campus focuses on Impressionism and 20th-century

gets dark earlier, we have to bundle

from the winding roads. The gentlemen’s bathhouse was

Realism and offers many rotating exhibitions throughout

up in layers to keep warm, and we’re

built in 1761, and the ladies bathhouse was built in 1836.

the year. The collection includes works by Gilbert Stuart,

missing the glow of the radiant sun.

They are some of the oldest surviving structures

Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe and many others.

The best way to fight off the winter

in Virginia.

The Legacy Museum displays exhibits on African

The houses are fed by the constant flow of a 98-degree

American heritage and is dedicated to preserving and

mineral spring. Once you step in, it’s hard to get out.

collecting artifacts and memorabilia of the African

Since moving to southwestern Virginia four years ago,

American Community in Lynchburg. I had the pleasure

I have visited the springs multiple times and each time

of viewing Leland Melvin’s International Space Station

is like the first. Once you slide your body into the warm

#1 photograph on canvas, Michelline Hall’s Eastern

waters and feel the slick rocks under your toes, your

Admixture digital print, and Christina Ball’s vibrant

blues is to embrace the crisp chill in the air and try a few (or all) of my top 5 winter trips to help you stay toasty inside and out.

Photos by Adam Mullins Photography



mood is instantly elevated. You feel calm and happy.

acrylics on canvas featuring human figures, among many



Your winter bones don’t ache as they used to, and your

other wonderful pieces in this lovely house museum.


There’s no better way to warm up after a day spent driving along the

troubles simply melt away. All feels right in the world.

Positioned on Main Street across

winding roads of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I love antiquing and winery

After your soak, head just a little further down the road

By considering art as a winter activity, you can not

from the Community Market,

hopping during any season, but in winter, Veritas Vineyards is the best

to the Homestead Resort for lunch or perhaps a night’s

only view wonderful works and collections of art in

the White Hart remains a strong

possible way to forget the cold!

stay. This grand hotel is stunning as you approach it. It’s

several different media, but some places offer classes in pottery, painting and everything in between to

Lynchburg staple. It boasts warm,

Once you drive onto the rolling hills of the property and enter the stately,

enormous and has quite the history. It has hosted many

seasoned hardwood floors and a

farmhouse-styled tasting room, you will be greeted with LOVE, good wine,

distinguished guests, including 22 US Presidents. It also

keep you out and about this winter while keeping you

copper backsplash along the coffee

and a grand fireplace aglow with a burning fire. Surrounded by heavy

offers a great restaurant off the lobby called Jefferson’s,

warm and invigorated.

counter with shelves of stacked

leather sofas, chairs, and ottomans, you can pick your spot and enjoy a

which is my favorite place to eat when visiting the


white porcelain cups. Plus, it has

relaxing sip with a good friend or a good book.

nearby pools. The hotel offers many other activities for

the feel of a poet’s corner bistro. For breakfast, be sure to order

On the weekends, enjoy a cheese or charcuterie plate along with your wine, and savor the flavors of the Blue Ridge.

couples and families and is not to be missed during the cold, winter months.

the Not Just Eggs or an omelet accompanied by seasoned, colorful potatoes and their famously


delicious chipotle cinnamon

If you’re feeling restless and want to burn off some energy, there is no

bacon. Be sure to sip a cup of their

better thing to do than hit the slopes! Grab your winter gear and take

hot Buck Blend coffee or English

a weekend trip out to Wintergreen. Ski, snowboard or tube down the

Breakfast tea and if you’re in the

beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and then unwind and rejuvenate your

mood for something a bit sweet, a

tired limbs at their very own spa.

cup of their velvety hot chocolate!

If you’re not into speeding down the mountain like a pro, they also have

For lunch or dinner, order their

a terrain park where you can practice your moves. You can also ice skate

amazingly crispy fish and chips

with your special someone, and they have a fun park with lots of activities

or one of the best burgers you’ll

for the little ones to enjoy.

enjoy in the ‘Burg! A glass of wine

If you’re feeling hungry and thirsty, Wintergreen offers many different

or a beer makes for good company

dining options on site as well as nearby. Devil’s Backbone Brewing

along with the tunes of a live, local

Company and Bold Rock Cidery and Brewpub at Nellysford Cidery are

band on the weekends. A meal here

within a short drive and boast some of the best beer and cider in the area

always warms this girl’s heart!

as well as great eats.



Jaclyn Meadows is a local artist and traveler with an enthusiasm for living life beautifully! Follow her journeys on Instagram @twiggyjacqua and her blog at

Staying warm in winter and staying local doesn’t mean


Women of a Certain Age

SPECIAL DELIVERY Kathy Arrowood Oates has the ultimate crafter’s escape

or have decorative flowers in their hair.

– a basement room full of all kinds of wonders to make

She recently brought some dolls in to her day job as an

a variety of crafts: fabric, embroidery floss, yarn, thread,

instructional designer. Co-workers oohed and aahed over

paint, beads, and her prized possession – her button jar.

the adorable dolls; three went to a new home. She takes

All four walls are covered in supplies and numerous

the occasional request and personalizes the doll to the

samples of the little treasures she makes in her female

child, adding beads and tulle for effect.

version of a “man cave.” The room is a perfect escape from

The crafting bug started when Kathy was in high school.

the outside world. With just a little window letting in

Her mother was a wonderful seamstress who made clothes

natural light, the room is flooded with strong, cheerful

for all her children, but as the children got older, her

task lights and brightly colored crafts, supplies, and ideas.

mother decided to share her skills. “My mother told me

In addition to a computer, desk, and sewing machine,

when I was 16, ‘You need to learn how to sew. If you want

there is a comfy chair and oriental rug, making it an ideal

to wear anything, you’ll have to make it’,” Kathy recalled.

place to stay for hours.

So her mother taught her and her three sisters how to

“When I come down here,” Kathy said during a recent

read a pattern, cut it out, and follow the instructions.

tour, “I forget about everything. I’ll be down here for

Kathy’s first outfit was a green plaid polyester pantsuit.

hours and forget that Craig (her husband) is upstairs.”

Hey, it was the 70s.

flower arrangements for a while.

Her most recent project is cloth dolls. She started with a

At 18, a neighbor taught her how to crochet, a craft she

Eventually, Kathy started doodling,

pattern and then adapted it until she created a style she

still enjoys with her own little spin. Kathy recently made a

a decorative style of pop art that

liked, and then made her own unique creations. The dolls

series of crocheted decorative bowls. After crocheting, she

reflects the artist’s individual style.

have felt or yarn hair (or both), some wear tutus or skirts,

started doing embroidery work. Then she dabbled in dried

She started applying those ideas

Photos by Kayla Vanderpool

to making birthday cards and anniversary cards, then moved onto canvases big and small, adding beads and paper to the creation. Some of her inspiration comes from Pinterest, but she doesn’t make carbon copies of the ideas she collects. “When I see something that interests me,” she said, “I just want to put my own style to it.”


basement. In fact, when a Realtor

up shelves. “I keep filling them up,”

Other crafts that decorate her

showed the house to Kathy and Craig,

she said. “I get a bookcase and fill it

basement room include bouquets

they went down into the dark, dank

up in no time.”

of paper flowers; painted and

basement. Kathy exclaimed, “Oh, it

decorated jars; crocheted hair bands,

Someday, she’d like to sell her wares

would be perfect for a crafting nook!”

bookmarks, and little purses; little

online on the website Etsy. But that’s

She said Craig and the Realtor looked

earbud carrying cases and funky

a project for another day.

at her like she was nuts, but she had


a vision.

She has amassed her vast collection

The boarded-up window was

of craft supplies over the years from

uncovered and replaced with a

yard sales, dollar stores, and fabric

stained glass window applique that

and craft stores. It has taken her

gave her a little privacy. Craig painted

several years to fill the space in the

the walls, and Kathy started putting

Deirdre Serio has written for newspapers, non-profits, and her present “day job” as a technical writer. She loves the great outdoors, especially hiking and kayaking.





Whether used for cheeses or to hold jewelry, these trays are quick, easy and high impact.

When the holidays roll around, time seems to get shorter and shorter,


so finding time to craft handmade gifts can seem impossible. We

• Wooden tray

consulted with James T Davis to come up two holiday DIY ideas that are fun and easy to use to inspire others this season.

• Painter’s tape • Scissors (optional, as you can rip tape) • Foam brushes • Paint in your choice of color (we used Good Bones in Curious)


INSTRUCTIONS • Use tape to mark out a tree

These cards are cute and can even be framed for gift giving.

form on the tray, and


your tree. Be sure that the

• Paint chip cards in fun colors • Scissors • Stickers – we used words and shimmer embellishments • Double sided tape

remember that the open spaces are what will become tape is secure and adheres to the tray. • Take the foam brush, and use a small amount of paint to cover the un-taped, inner areas for the tree.

• Envelopes and cards

• Let dry, and remove the tape.

• Double sided tape

• Your tray is ready for gifting!

• Envelopes and cards INSTRUCTIONS 1. Take your chip cards and either eyeball or mark out triangle shapes, and cut them out. 2. Arrange your trees on the card as you see fit, and once you like the arrangement, stick them down with double sided tape. 3. Use stickers to embellish your trees and card. 4. Mail your card or frame it to use as holiday décor. Photos are by Kayla Vanderpool


Special thanks to Sydney Stephens and James T Davis Paint & Design Center for these creative ideas!

facility or a pet sitter. is one website that allows you to

Pet Ponderings

see available local sitters.


Make sure to leave any emergency contact information and

How are emergencies handled?

numbers for yourself and your veterinarian. It’s important to know how the facility will proceed if there is a problem or concern and what they do if for some reason they cannot reach you. How do I find a quality kennel? Ask your veterinarian for a list or recommendation. Ask friends

‘Tis the season for holiday travels,

and relatives where they have gone and how their pets were once

which may or may not include your

they came home. Go and visit the kennel yourself to ask all the

beloved pet.

questions above. A little time researching and visiting can ensure

Oftentimes pets need to be boarded,

a more peaceful stay for your pet and help you relax, knowing

and here are some questions to ask

their care is in good hands.

when considering a boarding facility.

Asking these questions can help you choose the right facility and

What vaccines are required?

ensure that you and your pet have a happy, healthy winter.

Many facilities require vaccines to be current. Make sure to update vaccines and get a copy from your veterinarian to supply to the boarding facility. The core vaccines Photos by Courtney Timms Photography

for dogs are rabies, distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus. Many

The majority of boarding facilities

if elected. Pay attention to the staff’s

allow you to bring your own food

attentiveness and attitude. Some may

and bedding as desired. Just make

even have special rooms with video

sure there is enough room in housing

monitors and computer access so you

area for the size bedding you provide.

can check on your pet while you are

It’s especially important to know

away. Make sure you note pick up and

how feedings are labeled/provided

drop off times.

if your pet is on a special diet. Some

How do I board my pet with a

facilities will not allow pets to be

Can I tour the boarding facility?

medical issue, separation anxiety

housed together during boarding so

or special need?

ALWAYS ask for a tour. This will

if that is important to you make sure

let you see the size and location

to ask first.

where your pet will be housed. It’s

What are the kennel’s hours,

recommended that dog and cat

facility may or may not be equipped

amount of kennel staff and how

housing be in separate locations

to cater to your pet. Frequently

often are pets walked?

the daily cost may be slightly more

These are important questions

expensive due to the extra personal

to ensure adequate exercise and

attention and time to care for the

bathroom breaks for your pet. A good

pet. You’ll want to make sure staff is

indicator of attentiveness would be

capable of administering injections

a daily log sheet. These logs allow

and oral medication if necessary,

you to see what each pet has been

and check to ensure the staff

kennels require vaccination against Bordetella and possibly canine influenza as well. When it comes to cats, core vaccinations include rabies, feline panleukopenia, calicivirus and rhinotracheitis. Check with the kennel to see if they require these and any other types of vaccines.

to minimize stress to cats. You can evaluate smells/ventilation, noise levels, lighting and sanitation. Look for sprinklers in case of a fire. It’s important to see the area your pet will be walked to ensure safety of enclosure, cleanliness and traction.

Shella Baker is a veterinarian at Peaksview Animal Hospital. She enjoys beekeeping, crafting, gardening and spending time with her family and fur kids.

Depending on the level of care needed and your pet’s specific issue, a

doing each day and how often they

documents each time medication

Can I bring my own food and

are walked. Some specialty kennels

is administered. Sometimes certain

bedding? Can my two dogs be

are able to supply specialized play

situations and pets are better with

housed together?

times and dedicated exercise regimes

in-home care, a veterinary boarding


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Lynchburg Christmas Parade Enjoy floats starting at 4pm



4 Mail a letter to Santa. Adults

Turn up the holiday music

2–4pm Head to Red Hill for this event.

can too!

and listen to it all season through.











Christmas Open House

Holiday Open House 12–5pm Explore Old City Cemetery.


Roanoke Art & First Fridays 5–8pm & 9pm Peruse galleries.

Wear PJs, grab hot chocolate and head out on a holiday light tour.


Head to the Bedford Museum to see their model train display.

Video chat with out of town friends or family.

12 Finish up (or start!) your holiday cards.

19 Have everyone sleep by the lit Christmas tree.



A Christmas Story See this classic at Mill Mountain Theatre.


Holiday Candlelight Tour 5:30pm Ring in the holidays at Poplar Forest.


Kiss someone under the mistletoe.

Decorate cookies.



Think of someone you can give a surprise gift to over the holidays.

Night Howls 5:30–7pm Learn about nocturnal animals at Mill Mountain.

8 A Christmas Carol 8pm Head to Renaissance Theatre for this classic.

15 Sing Christmas carols.

22 Head to Bedford to see the lights at the Elks Home!

For more information check out these websites: 12th: 13th: 14th:

12 Family Workshop 2–4pm Make art at the Maier!


13 Women’s Luncheon 11am–2pm Celebrate women at the Taubman.


Art Lecture 2–3pm The Maier teaches about curation.

15th: 17th: FACEBOOK PAGE 18th:

14 Popup Makeshop 4pm Do a kids’activity at Amazement Square.



19th: 21st: 24th:


Green Market Wednesdays 10am–2pm Head to the Lynchburg Community Market.


Festival of Trees Head to the Bedford Visitor’s Center and vote for your favorites.

28th: 30th: 30th:



RIOT Rooster Indie Craft Fair 5–10pm 16 West hosts this market.

Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival 11am–5pm Have fun at Poplar Forest.



Christmas Eve Luminaries 6pm See hundreds of luminaries in Buchanan.

MERRY CHRISTMAS Enjoy time with those who are dear.

26 Head out to some after Christmas sales!


28 10



28 Handel’s Messiah 7:30pm Hear this RSO at the Jefferson Center.


Enjoy a day of fun at Amazement Square.

16 Wreaths Across America 12–1pm Place wreaths on veterans’ graves.

23 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 3 & 7pm See Roanoke Children’s Theatre’s musical.


31 23 Enjoy a thankful spirit with family and friends.


9 Children’s Holiday Festival




Buchanan Open House 5–9pm Town merchants welcome Christmas.

New Year’s at Noon 12–3pm Take the kids to Amazement Square to celebrate!

Small Business Saturday Support locally owned businesses (all year round, we think!).

Photo by Bedford Tourism


2 Bedford Christmas Parade 11am Enjoy holiday floats.

Winterfest 10am Head to LU for 2 days of fun.

Family Workshop 2–4pm Do a project at the Maier.



Photo by Bedford Tourism

30 Vinton Christmas Parade 6–10pm Kick off the holiday season!

30 28 Gifts of the Magi 7pm See this classic story at the Acadmy

1st: & 2nd: 3rd: 6th: 7th:

8th: 21st: 9th: 22nd: 10th: & 23rd: 24th: 16th: 30th: 17th: 31st:


Thoughts For January...

So, you’ve sat down, you’ve reflected on life, you have chosen your “word of the year” for 2018. And now…you are stuck. Maybe you have chosen a word in the past only to forget about it by March, or maybe this is your first time selecting a particular word for the year and you have no idea what to do next. Settling on your word can be a wonderful way to focus in on your priorities and goals, but only if you actually focus. I’ve been choosing a word of the year for five years now with varying degrees of success. Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate my word into everyday life.

ONE WORD I stumbled across the idea of choosing a word of the year a few years back, when my mother talked about it in a family email. The idea is to choose a word you want to focus on and put into action in your life over the next twelve months. The word can be an action word or something more passive; it’s all about selecting a word that is a good fit for your life and your season. In the past, my husband and I have chosen our word together - one that we want our family to focus on: space, cultivate, enough, and in 2017 our word has been abide. One year my mother chose the word story. Take some time to sit and think about where you want to be next year and choose a word to focus on that will move you in that direction.

Move in With It: With the rising

for your word. Write down quotes,

Share It: Talk about your word. Share

popularity of the word of the year

song lyrics, or anything else that

with friends what word you chose

concept, it is super easy to find

catches your eye.

and how it’s impacting your life.

one-word art for your home. Hang a cut-out of the word on a gallery wall. Find a hand-lettered print to frame for your bedroom. Write it on a pretty note card and tape it to your bathroom mirror. Keep it where you can see it and remember it.

In Season


Create With It: Do you scrap book? Paint? Cross-stitch? Hand letter? However you like to create, incorporate your word. Even if you aren’t normally a crafty person, it can be fun to pull out some magazines, scissors, and glue and

Wear It: Last year I got a simple

make an old fashioned collage. While

pendant with my word of the year

creating a “vision board” may sound

stamped on it. I think this was my

intimidating, it doesn’t have to be

favorite way to keep my word close

anything fancy. Channel your inner

and was a constant reminder of the

kindergartener and go to town!

choices I wanted to make. Check out local artists and Etsy to find a bracelet, necklace, or key chain that has your word on it.

Learn About It: Hit up your favorite bookstore and see what you can find. There are books and magazines about every topic imaginable and you can

Write About It: Once you select

find some great resources. Podcasts

a word, you may start seeing it

are another way to learn about your

everywhere. Start a note on your

word and find ways to implement it

phone or carry a small notebook just

in your life.

There are several different online communities that offer a place to share about your word and how you are making it your own. And don’t forget to share with us! We love to see what you are all are up to! Share your word of the year on Instagram and don’t forget to use our hashtag #clutchinspires.

Joy Niehaus is a freelance writer and free time creative. She enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her husband and daughters.

Photos by Liz Cook Photography


GROWING READERS Winter Is The Warmest Become captivated with this cozy story of appreciating the season at hand. View the dropping temperatures and mandatory chores through the eyes of a child who sees each task as a bit of magic. Follow the young character as they guide you through the excitement of the winter and the warmth that is nestled into every activity.

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Occupational therapists Speech and swallowing

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Wellness professionals Lymphedema therapists Registered dietitians

ACTIVIT Y: FORT M AKING! Katie McQuain Lane is the Children’s Program Manager for the Campell County Public Library System, and her loves include her husband and her three rescue dogs.

Step 1 – Bust out the blankets, pillows, and chairs Step 2 – Layer the blankets on top of the chairs and throw the pillows on the floor (if you can add a bit of light that would be a bonus!) Step 3 – Climb inside to read as many books as you can and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate together!

RENEW is available in Lynchburg, Bedford, Danville, Gretna, Farmville & Keysville. For more information call 434.200.6053.


Step 4 – Connect the story to your current situation and the warmth of the moment!

Ladies, how many of you are gamers? According to the Entertainment Software Association’s 2016 report on gaming habits in America, women



The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

ages 18 and older comprise a significantly greater portion of the gaming

Skyrim, which was released by

population (31%) than boys ages 18 and younger (17%). This statistic may

Bethesda in 2011, is an open world

surprise you, but when you consider the myriad of video games available

RPG and is widely considered one

today and the increasing prevalence of female designers and programmers

of the best video games of all time.

in the video game industry, it’s no wonder that more women game now

I have played this game on PC (it

Dragon Age: Inquisition is the

I recommend Final Fantasy XIV:

than ever before.

is also available on Xbox 360, Xbox

third Dragon Age game released

A Realm Reborn (Square Enix,

One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation

by Bioware (2014), and it is (as of

2013, available on PC, PS3, and

4) for hundreds of hours (major nerd

now), my favorite video game. It

PS4). When it comes to character

alert), and I still discover new things

is available on the same platforms

customization, you can’t beat this

every time I play! In this vast and

as Skyrim, and I play it on PC. The

anime-style MMORPG (Massively

rich world full of bustling cities and

graphics, specifically pertaining to

Multiplayer Online Role-Playing

villages, fortresses, dragons, and

the characters, are incredible, the

Game). Like Skyrim and Dragon Age,

other fearsome creatures, you can

plot is complex and unpredictable,

FFXIV allows you to choose among

play as a variety of different races

and character interactions are

different races and customize your

(human, elf, orc, etc.) and obtain

believable and often laugh-out-loud

character’s appearance, but FFXIV

skill points that you gain through

funny. In this high fantasy game,

offers many more customization

Whether you’re interested in gaming but aren’t sure where to start or

completing quests and defeating

you play as a lone survivor of an

categories and choices within those

you’re a seasoned gamer looking for recommendations, here are some

enemies. These skill points can be

explosion who emerges from the

categories (the hairstyle choices are

of my favorite RPGs. Game on, fellow geeky girls!

applied to different abilities, so you

tragedy with a remarkable and

also much cuter, FYI.) In addition to

can choose to become a warrior, a

singular gift – a gift which brings

choosing and leveling up a fighting

rogue, a mage, or any combination

a great deal of responsibility and

style for your character, you can also

thereof. Your decisions throughout

power with it. This game has politics,

join crafting guilds and become a

the game play a central role in how

intrigue, battle tactics, customization

weaver, chef, goldsmith, and more.

the story unfolds. Will you choose

galore, friendship, and romance (yes,

My husband and I enjoy playing

to be a hero, a ruthless assassin,

you can flirt and pursue relationships

this game together and meeting

or both? I suggest you play this

with other characters,) and the music

new friends as we all band together

amazing game and find out!

is breathtaking.

to take on monsters!

Video games, specifically role-playing games (RPGs), have come a long way since the 1980s. RPGs are games in which the player assumes the role of a character in a fictional setting. Although I have a soft spot for vintage consoles and games, my favorite RPGs were all released within the last ten years. In addition to more advanced technology - which means better graphics - modern RPGs also boast better storylines, deeper interactions with non-player characters (NPCs), and more believable cause-and-effect scenarios. These factors combined make for an immersive, meaningful gaming experience.

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If you are interested in playing an


Dragon Age: Inquisition

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

My husband surprised me with a Nintendo Switch for my birthday, and we agree that it is worth the challenge of finding one in stock

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– largely because of this game! Years ago, my sister and I spent a whole summer playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on our Super Nintendo, and Breath of the Wild (2017) takes me back to those fond memories while also dazzling me with unbelievable graphics, immersive gameplay, the Switch’s unique and effective controls setup, and an exciting new storyline. You play as Link, who has awoken from a deep slumber and initially remembers nothing of his heroic past. My favorite part is figuring out, by trial and error, what ingredients to cook together to produce a beneficial (or even palatable) meal.

even the most casual gamer due to its gorgeous art style and sweet, fairytale-like storyline. Available on PS3, PS4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC, this game tells the tale of Aurora, a duke’s daughter, and her harrowing plight to free the sun, moon, and stars from the evil Queen of Night’s clutches. The battle gameplay is very clever and requires strategy to achieve optimal results, but even during its more difficult moments, the game is rarely frustrating. All in all, this is a beautiful game that doesn’t take too long to complete but will likely have a profound effect on you.

Sometimes video games are closer to real life than you might think!

5 Child of Light I consider Child of Light, which was released by Ubisoft in 2014, to be a hidden gem that will appeal to

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VICTORIA W.: Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS), Final Fantasy Tactics (various), Illusion of Gaia (SNES), Phoenix Wright series (DS and 3DS), Professor Layton series (DS and 3DS), and Broken Sword I & II BROOKE H.: Frogger (Atari), Asteroid (Atari), Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (Sega Genesis), Pocahontas (Sega Genesis), The Lion King (Sega Genesis), Pokémon Snap (N64), and Legend of Dragoon (PS) ALAUNDRA W.: The Last of Us (PS3 and PS4), Tomb Raider (various), Uncharted series (PS Vita, PS3, and PS4), Assassin’s Creed series (various), Destiny (various), Batman Arkham series (various), and Mortal Combat (various) AMANDA E.: Call of Duty series, The Sims series,7 Days to Die, Minecraft, and Don’t Starve CHRISTINE Z.: Dishonored series, The Witcher series, Portal series, and Dark Souls series


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AGING ASSESSMENT As a twenty-something, I have seen my parents transition into the role of caregiver, not only for myself and my siblings, but also for a few of my grandparents. I’ve been amazed by their compassion and patience. When we live far away from elderly parents, it can be hard to assess how they are faring as they age. A visit home during the holidays is a great opportunity to look for certain clues to make sure loved ones are still able to live comfortably and safely at home. Seeing my parents go through this assessment process firsthand, I thought others would benefit from planning for the holiday season. According to Brian K. Unwin, M.D., chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Carilion Clinic, there are three key factors that can affect whether or not elderly loved ones can remain in their home independently and safely: home, health and finances. Photo by By Grace Studios


and bathtubs and in showers for

First, evaluate the home to see if it

help getting up or down and to

chair lift on the stairs, or arrange

meets their needs now, as well as in

help prevent slipping and falling.

the home so everything can be easily accessed on one level.

the future as they age. Try a few of these easy, low-cost improvement

Improve Accessibility:

ideas from the AARP to ensure that

• Place items that are used

your loved ones can age in place:

frequently in an easily accessible place.

Reduce Fall Risk: • Install a handrail on both sides of any staircase. • Remove clutter from stairways and hallways. Remove all scatter and throw rugs. • Place any exposed electrical, telephone and computer cords

• Add pull-out cabinet shelves for easier access. • Replace doorknobs with

Ask the following questions:

affairs is often one of the first

“A few simple planning tools—power

1. What are their current

abilities to decline,” noted Dr. Unwin.

of attorney, joint bank accounts,

“And the decline is much quicker

trusts or even a basic monthly

2. What medications are they taking?

when dementia is involved, meaning

budget—put in place right now can

3. How do their medications make

those who are cognitively impaired

go a long way toward protecting a

may quickly lose their hard-earned

vulnerable parent,” said Dr. Unwin.

health problems?

them feel? Ensure Safety: • Set the hot water heater to 120

4. Has their doctor or pharmacist


reviewed all of their medications

The bottom line is: don’t be afraid

degrees to reduce energy costs and

for possible side effects or

In addition, the elderly are often

prevent scalding.

dangerous interactions?

more likely to fall victim to scams

• Install a security peephole on

5. Do they need a pill organizer to

and fraudsters. Better to have the

“An assessment of your loved ones

exterior doors. Trim overgrown

help them remember to take

conversation now, rather than wait

will help identify any potential risks

shrubbery to provide a clear

their medications?

for a crisis situation to arise.

and lay out a plan to reduce those

on all doors.

view outside.

• Install a hand-held adjustable

• Install outdoor floodlights that

shower head for easier bathing.

switch on by motion sensors to

• Place a sturdy bathtub or shower

light the way and deter burglars.

seat in the tub and/or shower for

tripped over.

comfort and safety.

medical or insurance forms? FINANCES

risks, all while allowing them to Ask the following questions:

remain in their home, right where

1. Is all of their financial information

they want to be,” Dr. Unwin added.

in one place?

While this can be a difficult subject

2. Can you access it in an emergency?


to discuss, remind your parents that

3. Are bills stacking up? 4. Do they have any bills they

Next, if you are not up to date on the

you only want to make sure their

to add two inches of width for

state of your loved ones’

finances are handled according to

debris, including slippery wet

easier access.

current health, sit down and have a

their wishes in case of an emergency.

If the answer is yes to any of the

frank conversation.

“The ability to successfully and

above questions, you might need to

consistently manage one’s financial

step in.

• Mount grab bars next to toilets 26

• Install off-set hinges on all doors

6. Do they need help filling out any

for loose bricks or pavers and any leaves, moss or mold.

to ask and don’t put it off.

easy-to-grip lever door handles

along a wall where they can’t be • Check the driveway and sidewalks

• If mobility is an issue, install a

• Arrange furniture to allow for easy passage.

can’t pay?

Hannah Cline is a public relations specialist with Carilion Clinic. Out of the office, she loves sprucing up antiques with sandpaper, paint and lots of love.


WINTER FASHION TRENDS PLAID: Whether in your scarf, handbag or shirt, this

SHIRTDRESS: An elongated silhouette, the shirtdress

pattern makes a comeback this year.

can be worn for both casual and business uses.

VELVET: This soft fabric does the trick for both a

EXAGGERATED SLEEVES: If you crave extra fabric,

shimmery look and warmth. Test it out with a jacket,

the place to go is with flowing sleeves on dresses, tops

shirt or shoes.

or sweaters.

BOOTIES/BOOTS: These staples never go out of style,

BODY FLATTERING STYLES: Show off your figure

so purchase wisely for seasons of use.

without committing to tight styles, so choose shapes

EMBROIDERY: Adding a handmade touch to denim, dresses and more, sewn fine detailing is beautiful. DISTRESSED JEANS: Not to be overdone, just the right touch of distressing adds interest to a basic pair of blues.

that work with the body you have. CONSCIOUS PURCHASES: Your American dollars can do good in other countries. Many businesses are empowering women around the globe with fair trade and friendly purchases. Thank you to Gladiola Girls for their tips this season! Photos by Nicki Ahrens Photography


straight-leg and go for a wide-leg suit pant. If you’re daring, go for the pajama pant or a floral print (yes -

repeat pieces

top AND bottom in floral print). The more choices, the better, because that’s the beauty of two-piece suits - you can always mix & match! It

I went shopping with a girlfriend once. About ten

like a glove, feels life-changing, is a staple in your

totally works and it’s cooler than the

minutes into roaming the store, I found a nice pair

closet that you could wear over and over again, and


of jeans –a comfy stretch fit in the perfect shade of

(most importantly) that won’t break the bank – buy

Resolve to start your own collection

denim perfectly designed to fit my body. Sidenote:

it. Besides good jeans, here are a few other essentials

of repeat pieces. Figure out what it

I usually have trouble finding good pants mainly

you truly could buy over and over:

is that you mostly wear depending

because I have short legs and my waist-to-bottom

T-shirts (Especially in black, white, or a neutral tone)

on your lifestyle. I would love to see

ratio does create somewhat of a fitting struggle.

- I have so many tees, you’d think I’m always wearing

which items you love buying over

Now even though these jeans felt like they were sewn

the same one. I have started buying plain tees most of

and over. Tag @sweeettea &

solely for me, I was indecisive about whether I should

the time I’m out shopping, especially if they’re only a

@theclutchguide in your

purchase them or not. Why? Because I closed my

couple bucks. Truth is, if you wash a shirt even once,

Instagram posts!

eyes and pictured my clothes. I already have plenty of

it’ll end up losing its color or shape, so picking up a

“good jeans.” My friend looked at me and said, “You

tee here and there is fine. There are so many different

need to buy these. Can you ever have enough nice

styles: v-neck, oversized, slim fit, boyfriend fit, crew

jeans?” So I did. I bought them, and I started thinking

neck, roll sleeve, graphic, etc. No matter the style, tees

about how right she was (Thanks, Dragana!)

are so easy to pair with different looks. If you want to

When you come across a piece of clothing that fits

jump on the trendy train, pair graphic tees with chic

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looks. For example: a midi skirt, a rock & roll tee and high heels combine for a killer look, giving off both

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cool and comfort vibes. Trench coats – If you do not own a trench, get one now! Trench coats can be worn year-round, and truth be told, with all of the new styles of trenches out here, you can’t go wrong with having one of each. There’s the classic beige trench, belted trenches, short trenches, long trenches, full skirt trenches, trenches

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even the lightweight duster, waterfall or kimono trench. You truly can’t go wrong with a trench, even if it comes in a different color or is updated with details. The LBS (Little Black Suit) – Lots of style experts always suggest buying a little black dress that is multi-purpose and flattering. I, on the other hand,

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totally suggest you go for a little black suit. Yes, dresses are cool, but suits for women? So much cooler. Look for a simple black bottom, like a straight cigarette pant and a fitted blazer to match. At my college graduation, all the girls looked beautiful in their white dresses. I, however, traded in my white dress for a white suit (a cropped ankle pant and ¾ sleeved blazer). So if you’re looking to spice up your “black tie” look, go for a two-piece. Try the latest trend in pants or blazers. For example: ditch the




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a shot. Well-planned baths can stir

between tying your kids’ shoes just

the feeling of being cared for. Add

isn’t the same. Wake up a little bit

bubbles to bring joy, which we all

Winter is a time to think of others.

earlier to set time apart for a cup of


Shopping to find the perfect gift,

something warm on a cold morning.

Read. Finding a good book can be

opening up our homes for get-

The moment you realize that the

hard. Finding the time to read a

togethers, volunteering in our

kids are occupied, don’t pick up the

good book can be even harder. Try

community and checking in on

smart phone and start scrolling; take

poetry or a short story and solicit

elderly neighbors are all ways we care

a breath and head to the kitchen to

recommendations from social media.

for others. But what about ourselves?

make yourself a treat.

Give your mind something new to

This season – and into 2018 – resolve

Take a walk. It’s important to be

chew on, and shift your thought

to carve out a few moments to care

conscious of vitamin D consumption


for you. Think of it as a love note to

while we wade through these long,

No matter what you choose, in a

yourself. Literally, what would your

dark nights. A short walk in the

season of helping others, be sure to

personal love note say? Figuratively,

sunshine is worth the trouble of

take a few moments for self-care. It’s

we can take fifteen minutes a day to

bundling up. This is one that you can

one of the best gifts you can give!

write that love note to ourselves. Here

do with the dog, the kids or even as a

are some ideas for fast and affordable

ritual with a neighbor.

self-care this season.

Indulge in a hot bath. Enjoy a bath

Brew a cup of coffee or tea. Use

at the end of the day or - even more

carefully chosen ingredients, and

decadent - the middle of the day.

take time to brew that perfect cup.

Why not? Do you always have time?

Getting the coffeepot going or the

No. But when you do have time give


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Clutch winter 2017  

Our winter issue is filled with ideas for the holidays and the winter season.