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Jennifer Prince Amazement Square................................................... 13 CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Photo by Kayla Vanderpool
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
shorter days are so welcomed,
definitely getting us all into the
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Shella Baker Hannah Cline
all sorts of fun! From holiday
Central Virginia Orthodontics ............................... 1 Fink’s Jewelers ........................................................... 7
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.
happenings in Bedford (be sure
to check it out!) to looking
Grand .......................................................................... 31 James T Davis Paint & Design Center ................... 14
forward to 2018, this issue is
Liberty University Art Gallery ................................ 3
filled with inspiration to carry
Roanoke Children’s Theatre .................................... inside back cover Southern Provisions Company ............................... 24
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.
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Robert Wilson, Jesus Condemned, 1972, oil on canvas. Liberty University Art Collection. Gift of Thigpen and Day Families.
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inside this issue COMMUNITY BEDFORD CHRISTMAS 6 a town filled with holiday spirit LIVING BEAUTIFULLY get cozy this season
WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE
HOME DI-WHY NOT
PET PONDERINGS considering a new pet
IN SEASON 18 choosing a word for 2018 GROWING READERS GEEKY GIRL FLOURISH
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.
BEDFORD CHRISTMAS PARADE
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,
CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY
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.
BEDFORD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOLIDAY MARKET & SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
FLAMES OF MEMORY
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
MODEL TRAIN EXHIBIT
PEAKS OF OTTER CHRISTMAS CLASSIC 5K
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.
THE ART OF COZINESS
4. TAKE THE WATERS AT THE JEFFERSON POOLS.
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
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
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
1. ENJOY A MEAL AT THE
2. SIP A GLASS OF WINE BY THE STONE FIREPLACE AT VERITAS
mood is instantly elevated. You feel calm and happy.
acrylics on canvas featuring human figures, among many
WHITE HART IN DOWNTOWN
VINEYARDS AND WINERY
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
3. SKI OR SNOWBOARD AT WINTERGREEN RESORT AND SPA
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.
5. ENJOY ART AND CULTURE EVERY DAY.
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 chezjacqua.com.
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
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.
MINIMALIST TREE TRAY
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)
PAINT CHIP CARDS
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. Care.com is one website that allows you to
see available local sitters.
BOARDING YOUR PET
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
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
times and dedicated exercise regimes
in-home care, a veterinary boarding
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WISHING YOU THE BEST IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND INTO THE NEW YEAR.
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.
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.
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: maiermuseum.org 13th: taubmanmuseum.org 14th: amazementsquare.org
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: lynchburgcommunitymarket.com 17th: FACEBOOK PAGE 18th: poplarforest.org
14 Popup Makeshop 4pm Do a kids’activity at Amazement Square.
19th: maiermuseum.org 21st: visitbedford.com 24th: townofbuchanan.com
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: rso.com 30th: vintonchamber.com 30th: academycenter.org
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 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
firstfridayslynchburg.org & roanokeartbynight.com 2nd: visitbedford.com 3rd: redhill.org 6th: millmountain.org 7th: poplarforest.org
8th: renaissancetheatrelynchburg.org 21st: millmountain.org 9th: amazementsquare.org 22nd: visitbedford.com 10th: gravegarden.org & 23rd: roanokechildrenstheatre.org maiermuseum.org 24th: townofbuchanan.com 16th: gravegarden.org 30th: liberty.edu/winterfest 17th: visitbedford.com 31st: amazementsquare.org
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.
LIVING WITH YOUR WORD OF THE YEAR
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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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!
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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
GEEKY GIRL GAME ON!
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!
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
online video game where you can interact with lots of other people,
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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
Emily Hedrick is a youth services librarian and enjoys being with her husband and family, singing, and geeking out as often as possible.
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
where to go when you’re sick Everyone knows that feeling, when you’re going through tissues faster than Hulu shows on a sleepless night. Maybe you’re collecting more cough drop wrappers on the side table than pins on your Pinterest boards. Whatever the case may be, you’re ready for it to be over. When you’re sick or in pain, you just want relief from the discomfort and peace of mind about what’s wrong. However, how do you know if you should visit urgent care or an emergency department? According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, as high as 27.1 percent of emergency department visits could have been treated at an urgent care center. The details below can help provide a little guidance when choosing the most appropriate means of care for you. Emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve people who are seriously injured or ill and require immediate care. Urgent care offers a convenient walk-in option for non-emergency issues. These centers often have extended weekday and weekend hours. Similar to urgent care, but narrower in scope, virtual visits allow you to be seen by a boardcertified physician from the comfort of your home — with no wait time. These services can allow physicians to conduct the consultation, give a diagnosis, to your local pharmacy (if needed)
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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
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.
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
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
for a crisis situation to arise.
and lay out a plan to reduce those
on all doors.
• 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
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
current health, sit down and have a
their wishes in case of an emergency.
If the answer is yes to any of the
“The ability to successfully and
above questions, you might need to
consistently manage one’s financial
• 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.
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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.
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 -
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,
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
Tea Hadzic is a social media expert and fashion stylist. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and keeping up with the latest fashions.
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
with embroidered details or oversized pockets, and
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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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