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Renewing your commitment to fitness? September is the new January (ARA) - No matter how long it’s been since you set foot in a classroom, September can still bring a sense of starting over, which makes it the perfect time of year to take stock of where you are and where you want to be with your general health and level of fitness. You can go “back to school” by enrolling in an exercise class or get a new “teacher” by hiring a personal trainer. “There is a sense of new beginnings on all fronts when school starts,” says Jenna Murphy, a 42-year-old mom from Maple Grove, Minn. “This fall I want to improve my flexibility through yoga. I also plan on trying ballet bar fitness as well as kettle bells.” While January is the traditional time when many people consider starting healthy habits, they don’t always see those changes through to the end of the year. “The new year creates more emotion and motivation to start change,” explains Jason Stella, a master personal trainer at Life Time Fitness, The Healthy Way of Life Company. “The problem with this motivation is that once the media hype and emotional high is gone, so is the belief in achieving the goal.” Eve n if you have a good start in January and keep your resolve through the summer, come fall - with its endless procession of holidays - even the most dedicated can stop making fitness a priority. Instead of thinking, “I’ll start over in January,” use these three Rs to make September a time to renew your fitness goals. Reassess: Consider what you have accomplished so far and what new action you need to take to stay on course with your goals. In addition, evaluate your schedule. How can you fit fitness in with activities and obligations that start in the fall while staying motivated with fewer daylight hours? Fitness centers often create new schedules this time of year. Learn something new by way of

a new exercise class or sport, or find a nutrition or health education seminar to attend. Reconnect: Find ways to re-establish that emotional high toward your goals and keep the momentum going. One way to do this is to sign up for an event that will complement your health and fitness goals, or help you achieve them. “An event can be a 10K, a triathlon, half-marathon or more extreme events like the Warrior Dash, Spartan Race or Alpha Showdown,” Stella says. “This keeps motivation high throughout the year and helps people stay on track with the kind of lifestyle behaviors that lead to achieving their desired goals.” Accomplishing these events also leads to more confidence, he adds, which perpetuates the goal-setting, goal-achieving cycle. Reassert: Change your mindset from making a resolution to making a commitment. “A personal com mit ment is much more powerful than a resolution, which is often thrust upon us by outside expectations,” Stella says. A resolution is deciding to do or not do something; a com mit ment is a promise or obligation. “Think about the personal responsibility between the two. When people ‘promise’ or make an ‘obligation’ it puts their credibility on the line, and maintaining one’s credibility has a huge impact on motivation.” Murphy, who is a member of the Life Time Fitness in Maple Grove, Minn., says she is no longer in school, but having a personal trainer provides a great education. “Four years ago, having never done anything athletic my whole life, the best decision I have ever made was to work with a personal trainer from the start. She is always introducing me to new workouts and showing me I can do things I never thought I could. That’s very empowering and affirming to me.” ■

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Chef Sandy Hall

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new school year is right around the corner which means restocking school supplies, playing catch up on summer reading lists and shopping for the absolutely, most perfect, must-have, “everyone has them”, exactly RIGHT item of clothing or accessory! All while bathed in temperatures that are roughly on par with the surface of the sun. Whew - exhausting! Doesn’t an icy cold wedge of sweet melon sound heavenly right now? Of course it does! And there’s no need to limit your melon intake to a yummy breakfast addition or quick desserts, melon can hold its own at the dinner table too. There are more types of melons than this chef can count, but two that can be found in virtually every grocery store and roadside stand are the watermelon and the cantaloupe. Pecos cantaloupes are a taste sensation that, though hard to find, are well worth the hunt. They are grown only in Texas, sold only in Texas and oh happy day – they are in season right this very minute! One question this chef is asked again and again is, “How do I pick a good melon?” Luckily, the answers are fairly simple, you only have to remember the following: For watermelon you want to look for the one with the darkest green color, the least amount of scratches

(although a few are normal, this IS a natural product after all), the perfect watermelon should be heavier than it looks – this indicates how juicy it will be and last but certainly NOT least, the perfect watermelon should have one slightly flat, quite yellow spot that runs down one side. This is the spot the melon laid on as it grew. This spot should not be white, which means it didn’t get its full time in the sun! For cantaloupe you’ll need to get a little personal with the melons as a ripe cantaloupe must pass the sniff test. Simple hold it to your nose and breath in – does it smell like sweet, mouthwatering cantaloupe? If not or if the perfume is faint, put that melon back and continue sniffing your way through the selection! Also, cantaloupe should be decidedly yellow under their creamy webby covering. If the underlying color of your melon is green, don’t bother. Cantaloupe continues to ripen once you bring them home, but a green cantaloupe will never ripen to the point of anything more than “edible”. Now that you have the perfect melon, let’s talk about how to work it into your dinner rotation in delicious, no-cook ways! For generations of cooks, cantaloupes and salty, addictive prosciutto ham have played a starring

Watermelon in Sweet Lime Syrup with Ginger and Mint 1 cup water ½ - 3/4 cup sugar, depending on how sweet you like things 2” piece of sliced fresh ginger, unpeeled but scrubbed clean 1/4 cup fresh lime juice* 1 sprig fresh mint 1 T. fresh mint, minced 9 cups watermelon in bite-size chunks, peeled, preferably from a seedless watermelon

Directions

Bring water, sugar, mint sprig, lime juice and ginger to a boil in a small saucepan. Turn heat down to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the syrup into a shallow bowl through a fine mesh sieve/colander and place the syrup in the refrigerator to cool.

When the syrup is cool to the touch, drizzle over the watermelon chunks add minced mint, stir gently to combine. Cover and chill for 45 minutes - 1 hour before serving. For added eye appeal at serving, sprinkle fresh lime zest over the watermelon and accent with a sprig of fresh mint.

Tip

Fresh is always best, but keylime juice in a jar – found in the juice aisle - will also work.

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Chef Sandy Hall role as a favorite appetizer. No need to get out the melon baller or waste time cutting the melon into minutely perfect cubes, simply slice your melon into 1” or so thick slices, remove the rind and leaving the ends of the wedge exposed, gently wrap the melon wedge in a paper thin slice of prosciutto ham. Secure with a toothpick or cocktail skewer, arrange on a pretty platter and serve at room temperature as a succulent finger food. Bellisimo! Watermelon has long graced southern tables as a salad, tossed with tangy farmers’ cheese or feta, black olives and fresh herbs. Even easier is to slice your watermelon into single serving-size wedges, sprinkle with just enough minced fresh mint for color, a brief dusting of coarse grain sea salt and the juice of 1 fresh lime. If your family likes things a bit spicier, simply switch out cilantro for the mint and include one very finely minced jalapeno pepper. Utter perfection with tacos, particularly fish tacos. For a different take on a fruit salad as a side dish and one that helps liven up a watermelon that maybe wasn’t quite as ripe as you had hoped for, try the following recipe for Watermelon in Sweet Lime Syrup with Ginger.

As a culinary professional I must leave you with one final note regarding food safety. Melons MUST be washed before you cut into them! This prevents whatever is residing on the outside of that thick rind from contaminating the sweet stuff inside. No need for a hazmat suit, simply place your melon under clean running water and using a vegetable brush, thoroughly scrub the entire surface of the melon. Blot dry for easier handling and cut as desired on an immaculately clean cutting board. Bon appetite! ■ Chef Sandy Hall Chef Sandy Hall, owner of Dinners on Demand Personal Chef Service, has been creating customdesigned meals for health-conscious clients since 2000. Chef Sandy is an industry award winning chef and culinary instructor whose articles and time-saving tips have been published in a variety of statewide and national publications. Chef Sandy resides in the rolling countryside of Wise County, Texas with her husband, Neal, their two Golden retrievers and three disobedient  cats. You can learn more about Chef Sandy and the services offered by Dinners on Demand Personal Chef Service  by visiting www. dinnersondemand.biz.

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Dave Says

Why the need for a fresh monthly budget? Dear Dave, I was wondering why you recommend doing a fresh budget every month. Once you’ve figured out your expenses and income, won’t the same budget work month to month? - Kara Dear Kara, I understand what you’re saying, but if you look closely at every month, you’ll see pretty quickly that they’re not all created equal in terms of expenses. On top of that, if you work a commission-based job, your monthly income will fluctuate throughout the year. Now, there are some things that will remain pretty standard. A few things like your rent or mortgage payment will probably be the same month to month. But what about things like utilities and food? Chances are your electric or gas bills will be higher during certain months as you heat and cool your home depending on the weather. What about holidays and special occasions? It’s likely you’ll end up spending more on food, gifts and related items around Thanksgiving and Christmas or other months when family and friends have birthdays and other events. These are just a few of the reasons it’s a good idea to customize your budget every month. A good, accurate monthly budget should always reflect your reality, Kara. Not only will this give you a more realistic idea of where your money is going, but the knowledge also helps you control your money instead of it controlling you! - Dave Does payment to collectors end the debt? Dear Dave, One of my husband’s credit card bills was turned over to a collection agency. They’ve offered three different payment options. If we accept one of the options, does this mean the original creditor accepts the agreement as well? - Cheryl Dear Cheryl, In a situation like this, the collection agency either owns the debt outright or they’re directly representing the credit card company. This is pretty much standard operating procedure when someone has defaulted on a loan. I’d go ahead with the deal they’ve offered that makes the most sense for you guys. You’ll have a ding on your credit report, showing settlement on a defaulted credit card, but it’s really no big deal since you’ve already got a mark against you for having it

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turned over to collections. Want another piece of advice? Never use credit cards again! - Dave Worry about your wallet, not your image Dear Dave, I’m a new doctor, and I drive a car that has over 200,000 miles on it, is 10 years old, and a few dings in the doors. I’ve heard image is everything when you’re a doctor, but I like not having a car payment. Should I just get over being self-conscious about my old car? - Mario Dear Mario, I like not having a car note, too. I’d walk, ride a bike, or drive your car with a great, big smile on my face before I picked up a car payment! As new, young doctor you’ve probably got six figures in student loans hanging over your head right now. So you need to get out from under all that before you start thinking about driving something fancy. If this car is truly on its last legs, then I’d say save up for a few months then upgrade to a good, reasonablypriced, used car. Just remember, a Mercedes or BMW doesn’t prove you’re a doctor, and it doesn’t mean you’re a good doctor, either. You just need to worry about what’s smart for you instead of what other people think! - Dave Protection from credit sharks? Dear Dave, Is there some way to put a block on a credit report prior to sending a kid to college, so that the credit card hustlers can’t get to them? - Trevor Dear Trevor, No, there’s not. Unfortunately, in today’s culture that’s part of becoming an adult. When you hand them car keys there’s no way to put a block on how they drive. And when they turn 21, there’s no way to put a block on what they ingest. About the only thing you can do is to teach your kids to the best of your ability, and be a good parent and good example. Teach them why debt is dumb, and show them how it eats away at their ability to save money and build wealth. And for goodness sake, don’t use credit cards yourself. Kids can smell a hypocrite a mile away! - Dave Hunt down the money! Dear Dave,


Dear Amy, If I were you I’d do some online research on all the governmental agencies out there. I’ll bet there’s one that’s willing to pay for your law school if you would agree to work for them for a few years after you get out. It’s kind of an indentured servitude deal, but that’s a lot better than taking on $150,000 or more in debt. The scholarship is a good thing, but we both know it will only scratch the surface when you’re talking about law school. Think about this, Amy. You got the scholarship by finding a good opportunity and asking for it, right? There’s a ton of scholarship money out there, and millions of dollars of it goes unclaimed every year. If I were you, I’d get into the business of hunting money. Track down every possibility you can, and use every honest thing to your advantage! - Dave Pension? Invest anyway! Dear Dave, My wife and I are both active duty Marines. She’s planning to get out in a few months, but I’m staying in for the long haul. You recommend saving 15 percent for retirement, but how does that apply in my case when I’ll be getting a good pension after 20 years? - James Dear James, I’d like to see you do both. Just imagine the money you guys would have for retirement with your military pension and a big pile of cash from having saved 15 percent of your income over the years. Having options is a great thing. Think about all the things you could do down the road if you save for retirement and have your pension in place. You could pay cash for a home, or even open a business when you retire from the military. And these are things you probably wouldn’t be able to do working with just your service pension. You’ve got a great future if you’ll just keep plugging along and saving, James. Let the military do its thing, and you guys keep pumping 15 percent of your income into Roth IRAs and other pre-tax retirement plans. It’s going to be pretty cool! - Dave

Asking for trouble Dear Dave, I want to keep one of our credit cards open and use the bill-pay option for utilities and other monthly bills. I want to do this so we can continue earning rewards points, and the way I look at it, we’d just be re-routing the money and paying it off every month. My husband doesn’t like this idea and thinks we should get rid of them all. Am I just asking for trouble by wanting to keep the rewards card open? - Cheryl

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I’m 24, and I don’t have any debt except for a small student loan. I’m going to law school to study international law, and I have a scholarship that pays 25 percent. However, I won’t really be able to work much while I’m studying. How can I do this without taking on more debt? - Amy

Dear Cheryl, Yes, you are. Life never works out exactly the way you think it will. You can make all the well-reasoned and best-intentioned plans you want, but sooner or later that snake is going to bite you. The only thing I’d consider in a situation like this is a debit card that has a rewards system attached. Lots of debit card programs offer the same kinds of rewards programs offered by credit card companies, with one big exception—you don’t have to go into debt! You need to stop chasing these stupid brownie points, Cheryl. According to Consumer Reports, 78 percent of credit card airline miles are never redeemed. Studies also show that people spend more when using credit cards as opposed to cash. That extra money you spend on things you don’t need is money you could have been saving and investing. So, where’s the reward? Cut up the card and close the account, Cheryl. You don’t build wealth by using credit cards! - Dave ■

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Women’s Occupational Workshop 10

The Mindset of Attraction

“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never ever have enough” - Oprah Winfrey

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n the last few years, much has been written about Attraction and it’s law-like philosophy. The topic has often been presented as the only way to do business and life. While very valid in its concept, most people can’t seem to “make it work” for them. They treat the idea as a magic bullet. It often seems as if the results, do not match the expectations. But this is theory. In practice, you must play a more active role. • Start Thinking Success – Talk Success: The first step is to establish a new mindset that if geared to succeeding. Most people, in business or life, never plan to win. They never plan anything. The result is often failure due to a lack of a direction. The simple act of thinking and writing down your desires is the best step forward. • Make Plans that Lead to your End Results: Plans for just plans sake, never really lead to accomplishments. Have an end game or goal in mind. Make plans which move you toward that goal , in the straightest line. • Work your Plans: After you have spent time creating a logical, fluid game plan, do not file it away and hope that you reach the goal you have set. Look at them each day. Post them to remind you of your direction. Clarify to your staff and employees of the map you are all following. Make sure to write it in pencil! As progress is made, plans need to mature and refocus to power you to the end. • Create an Atmosphere of Success: This is for you and your staff. Set reachable, rewarded markers of success. Everyone celebrates winning. Recognize each step of success: even if you are a one-person

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workplace! • Be at Peace wherever you find yourself to be: Don’t fail to find peace in your present state. It is draining and discouraging to only find peace at the end of your goals. See each day as one of peace and joy as you move forward. The atmosphere you create will change the end result. Remember, you can push your way to success or you can lead with peace. The results are the same; the changes in people are inspiring. • Focus on What is Working – Reward progress: Recognize the journey. Everyone appreciates recognition. True progress happens when you know what is working and what needs correction. Use insights to the daily operation to focus on success. Taking time to make corrections is not a sign of failure; it is a sign of leadership. Attraction, therefore, comes when your mind and your work and your plans join hands for one purpose. Success is yours! ■ Keitha Story-Stephenson, Ph.D. Keitha Story-Stephenson, Ph.D. owner of BlueSky Wellness Center, provides private consultation for individuals and corporations in Nutritional Wellness, Weight Management, ADD/ADHD Nutritional Management, and other Alternative Health Care. Services are available by appointment in Decatur at 506 West Walnut. Call 817-239-9525 or visit us at www.BlueSkyWellnessCenter.com for more information. Follow us on our Blog, www. DrKeitha.com or www.MerchantsCircle.com . Also, tune in to Christian Radio, KDKR 91.3fm, on Saturdays at 1:30pm, for “Feeding the FamilyMind, Body and Spirit” or go to KDKR.org for live streaming of our broadcast.


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Kristan Largent playing on the Wise County Special Needs summer softball league.

LaShay Benavidez, 6 and Mom Amie Carter, 23 of Decatur having a blast at wise county carnival.

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Ten scenic drives sure to leave you breathless (ARA) - With more than 100 scenic byways throughout America, there is plenty to see and do on the road no matter the time of year. So, as the seasons roll by, jump in the car and take in fall’s vibrant leaves, winter’s snowy wonderland, spring’s wildflowers and summer’s long hours of light. White Mountains Trail Scenic Byway (N.H.) The 100-mile White Mountains Trail will take you through some of the most beautiful parts of New Hampshire. It passes through the famous White Mountains and goes past Mount Washington, which is stunning in both the fall and spring for scenic drives or hiking. Moose are plentiful in the White Mountains, so whether you’re on four wheels, two wheels, or two feet, keep a watchful eye. Skyline Drive/Blue Ridge Parkway (Va., N.C., Tenn.) Skyline Drive, which starts in the Shenandoah National Park, winds 105 miles through the western mountains of Virginia and links up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Away.com, a travel inspiration site, says to check out the wildflowers, ferns and mountain laurel in bloom in the late spring. The 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway then link Virginia to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina and Smokey Mountains in southern Tennessee. Since the elevation ranges from 650 to 6,000 feet, there is a wide range of time to see fall color. State Route A1A (Fla.) The historic Florida A1A byway runs almost the length of the eastern coast of Florida from Amelia Island at the Georgia state line to Key West. Along this route you’ll pass through seemingly endless beachfront towns, including St. Augustine, which is the oldest continually occupied European settlement in the United States, Cocoa Beach, which was the site of NASA shuttle launches, and Miami’s famous South Beach. Natchez Trace Parkway (Tenn., Ala., Miss.) The Natchez Trace Parkway was long ago created by Native Americans and was later used as a link between the Mississippi Territory and what is now Nashville. With a little more than 440 miles to explore, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails to be found. Camping is a budgetfriendly option for a multiday trip, too. Talimena Scenic Drive (Ark., Okla.) The 54-mile Talimena Scenic Drive takes you through Arkansas and Oklahoma. You’ll drive along some of 12

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the highest ridges between the Appalachian Mountains and the Rocky Mountains in the Winding Stair and Rich mountains. This area experiences four distinct seasons and can be a great spot to see wildlife such as black bears. Sky Island Scenic Byway (Ariz.) Just 27 miles long, the Sky Island Scenic Byway is literally a climb from desert to forest. Take a photo of a cactus at the beginning of your drive, and then, 9,000 feet up, take a photo of yourself in the forest. This route is one of the only paved roads to the top of Mt. Lemmon. Enjoy this area for hiking, backpacking and even skiing. Top of the Rockies (Colo.) Feel like you’re on top of the world as you drive the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway. At 10,424 feet, the Tennessee Pass is breathtaking. Plenty of wildlife can be seen along this 75mile stretch before you wind up in the old mining town of Leadville, which is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Beartooth Scenic Byway (Mont., Wyo.) Providing a path to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, Beartooth Scenic Byway in Montana and Wyoming reaches some of the highest heights in the northern Rockies. In fewer than 54 miles you’ll see snowcapped peaks, lakes and even glaciers. Plan ahead; this road is only open weather permitting, so check with the DOT before heading out on your trip. Seward Highway (Alaska) This 125-mile highway links the Alaskan cities of Seward and Anchorage. Starting at the Gulf of Alaska and winding through scenic areas like Chugach National Forest, this road trip is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This highway gives visitors a way to see both the water and interior of southern Alaska. Highway 101/California State Route 1 (Calif., Ore., Wash.) Both Highway 101 and California State Route 1 run north-south along the California, Oregon and Washington coastline. These routes are also known as the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, Pacific Highway and the Oregon Coast Highway. Start in southern California, and when Hwy 101 branches off inland, take SR 1 along the magnificent California coastline. Plenty of views of both the coast and forests, like Redwood National Forest, will be captured. ■


Wise County Wonderings The Wise County Reunion (continued)

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ccording to Mrs. Sue Jean Cocanougher’s history of the reunion in the WISE TIMES , July 1996, “The event in 1883 was called the Old Soldiers and Settlers Reunion.” These reunions were held in various communities over the county and held for the first time at its present site in 1896. The site was later named Joe Wheeler Park. It is a lovely spot on the Creek just southeast of the town of Decatur, on land owned by the county, and a part of what was called the “Poor Farm”. A large pavilion for speech making was completed just before the July 10, reunion in 1900. Book 3, Page 432, dated September 19, 1901, Wise County Commissioners’ minutes, shows that a committee appointed by the Ben McCullock Camp No. 30, U.C.V. met with the Wise County Commissioners court and applied for 25 acares of land out of said reunion grounds used and occupied by said camp, to be leased for 25 years, to be used as a gathering place, no money mentioned. This was signed by Ira Long, G. B. Pickett and M. D. Sellars. Book 5, Page 57, March 15, 1919 records a petition presented to the Commissioners Court by the Ben McCullock Camp No 30, U.C.V. asking the lease hretofore held by such group be transferred to the Sons of the Confederatae Veterans, and on January 4, 1939, the lease was renewed for $1.00 and other valuable considerations for 25 years. In the beginning the event was held one day, by 1900 it was a three day affair. The first day was designated “Old Settlers Day”, the second “Confederate Soldiers Day’ and the third day the sons and daughters of the confederates presented the program. Many illusterious people have made speeches here, such as Col. Robert Bingham, of North Carolina; the Hon. J. W. Bailey of Texas; Poet and native of Wise County, Bell Hunt Shortridge; Gen. Cabell, and many

others. All programs were held during the day, evening activities consisted of visiting the other campers and renewing old acquaintances. Early day camping was primitive, with wagons, tents, and livestock all over the area. One family remembers taking their cook stove from the kitchen, in order that they could cook at the reunion, with the men going back home twice a day to take care of milking the cows! Parades began at D e c at u r a nd wended their way to the grounds some t wo m i le s f rom town. Parades were 1602 South Trinity Open 9am to 4pm • Monday-Saturday elaborate, with pretty 1:30pm to 5pm • Sunday girls riding on the Admission: $1.00 Adults f loats, some crowds 50¢ for children under 12 were estimated at 12,000. ■

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Rosalie Gregg was born near Hayden, New Mexico. Ms. Gregg graduated from Paradise High School and from Decatur Baptist College. She married Robert Nolen Gregg, Jr., who had been a Prisoner of War for 3-1/2 year during which time he helped build the railroad that led to the Bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. Ms. Gregg has been involved with the Wise County Heritage Museum since its inception in 1967. www.wisehistory.com

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A Feel Good Story My husband and I adopted our daughter from the foster care system in 2010. She was nine at the time and had been bouncing around foster homes and group facilities since her parents surrendered their rights when she was four. We were her twelfth placement and are grateful to be the last. Like most foster or adopted children, she struggles with many issues caused by the trauma she endured before we found our way to her. Children simply don’t enter foster care without a great deal of pain and loss happening to them. She is working hard to heal and is passionate about helping other kids with similar backgrounds. T hus Sock s for Smiles was born! I’ll let her tell you about it in her own words. “I am elevenyears-old and have a goal to collect colorful socks and other personal items, such as underwear, for foster kids. I was in foster care for five years. I was mostly given plain white socks to wear. I hated those socks! The other kids had colorful socks with fun designs and cartoon characters. It was another way I felt different. I haven’t worn white socks at all since I was adopted in 2010! Now I want to help other kids feel special too. Socks may seem like a small thing, but it’s sometimes the

little things that mean a lot to a kid.” We started this project by posting her thoughts on my personal Facebook page. The word spread like wildfire. Within 24 hours, enough money had been donated via Pay Pal to buy over 200 pairs of socks. Here are some ways to help: · Donate colorful socks to distribute directly to a foster care advocacy group in your area. · Mail socks to: Socks for Smiles, PO Box 651537, Vero Beach, FL 32965 · Send Pay Pal donations to socksforsmiles@yahoo.com · Like us on Facebook (http:// www.facebook.com/ socks4smiles ) · Spread the word! This project is healing some of my daughter’s hurt. She shines with pride a nd fa l ls asleep with a smile on her face. Her goal is to collect 3,000 pairs of colorful socks to brighten up the day for a whole lot of foster children. Visit http://www.socksforsmiles.blogspot.com or email socksforsmiles@yahoo.com for more information. Rachael Moshman is a mother, freelance writer, blogger, educator and advocate. Find her at www.rachaelmoshman. com. ■

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Are You Teaching Your Children Empathy?

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hen was the last time you walked into Ask your child how the person being bullied may a cafeteria and scanned the room for a feel. friendly face? This is an everyday dilemma that Ask your child how he or she would feel if bullied. children in schools face. While many look forward Then ask what he or she would like others to do to to the opportunity to connect with friends, others help stop the bullying. dread the ringing bell because they know they Finally, ask your child what things he or she can will sit alone and endure thirty minutes of painful do if someone is being bullied. gossip and, for some, physical attacks. Listen The lack of civility that results in bullying Practice listening skills. Effective listening is a daily experience within our homes, schools, requires focus. It is not simply being quiet. communities, and workplaces. The wounds Face the person speaking. Make eye contact. Give created by these acts leave lasting scars and others time to share and clarify their thoughts to hardened hearts. make sure that you understand what they want to Empathy and trust are cornerstones of civility. say. Ask follow-up questions. And like most life skills, they are learned by Set aside time each day with your child, example. without technology and other distractions, to Empathy is not to be confused with practice the art of listening. sympathy. When expressing sympathy, we simply Demonstrating empathy means not only ack nowledge a listening to the person’s emotional words spoken, but “Civility is the art and act of caring hardship and provide listening to hear the them comfort and heart of the other for others.” assurance. W hen person. Deborah King expressing empathy, I love the we understand what expression: “Let the other person feels because we have either people live in your heart.” A healthy heart personally experienced it or we can put ourselves continues to expand to embrace others. For this to in their shoes. happen, one must feel safe, as this requires trust. Sympathy is external: “I feel sorry for you.” When we practice empathy by opening our Empathy is internal: “I feel your pain.” hearts to feel what another person feels, we The desire to get what one wants or needs at expose ourselves to the possibility of being hurt, any cost—regardless of what the other person as there is no guarantee that others will respond wants or needs—creates an environment prime appropriately. The goal is to learn to set healthy for bullying. boundaries and to be heart-guarded, not hard One who demonstrates civility considers hearted. everyone involved in a situation and searches Empathy and trust create an environment in for a solution that will benefit all. There is an which children and adults feel safe and cared for, understanding that every action taken somehow and where relationships can flourish. ■ has an impact on others. Deborah King, AICI CIP Those who are able to empathize with others’ Deborah King is President of Final Touch Finishing feelings are less likely to bully others. The School, Inc. which she founded in 1989 in As a certified image professional, with following are some practical ways to teach your Seattle. over 30 years of experience, she presents her children empathy. programs nationally and internationally for youth and corporate clients. She is co-author Role Play of “Image Power” and “Executive Etiquette Present various situations, real or hypothetical, in Power” and developer of several education tools. which someone is being bullied. Ask your child www.finaltouchschool.com. what he or she thinks about the situation. Ask your child how he or she feels about the act.

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THE SMART BUT SCATTERED STUDENT Tips to Increase Organization & Achievement

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f you are parenting a bright but disorganized student, you may feel frustrated by this obstacle between your student’s potential and actual achievement. If you yourself are disorganized, you may even feel hopeless. But no matter what their age, there is no reason to feel stuck. As organizing expert Donna Goldberg reminds: “If you and your child invest the time it takes to organize supplies, homework, and a study schedule, you can create the structure that he needs to succeed.” Scattered Students Does your student need help in the area of organization? Goldberg outlines a snapshot of disorganization in The Organized Student (2007): 1. Frequently loses papers. 2. Doesn’t hand in assignments on time or at all. 3. Has a backpack full of crumpled papers and random objects. 4. Can’t break down long-term projects and misses deadlines. 5. Leaves everything for the last minute. 6. Disrupts home life with frantic searches, urgent requests for late night help, and anxiety-ridden meltdowns. Organization’s Payoff It’s clear to most parents and students how disorganization leads to lower achievement and grades, but it is also worth noting what is to be immediately gained from investing the time to become organized. Author of Where’s My Stuff (2010) Samantha Moss identifies five important reasons for adolescents to get organized: 1. Score bonus time. “Getting organized frees you from this frenzy, leaving you more time for the luxurious things in life. Like sleep.” 2. More cash. “One side effect of being disorganized is that things get ruined or lost all the time.” 3. More chill. “Being surrounded by turmoil keeps your mind in permanent panic mode, with no chance to rest.” 4. Improve relationships. “When serenity rules, there’s more time and energy for the people you care about—and when you’re more relaxed, they’re more relaxed too.” 5. Greater independence. “Earning your parents trust will mean earning the right to make more decisions for yourself.” 10 Organization Habits You know the basics. Your child needs proper school supplies, a planner, a comfortable place to do work and study at home, and a consistent study routine. Your student needs plenty of sleep and healthy foods. Beyond the obvious, educator Grace Fleming advises incorporating these 10 habits into the daily routine to improve performance: 1. Write down every assignment (due date, test date, and task). 2. Remember to bring homework to school (develop a habit

of placing finished work in backpack immediately). 3. Communicate effectively with your teacher (ask lots of questions). 4. Organize with color coding (a different color for each subject). 5. Establish a study zone at home (a quiet room free of distractions). 6. Prepare yourself for test days (think about the room’s temperature and choose the proper clothing). 7. Know your dominant learning style (Visual? Auditory? Tactile?) and tap into your strengths. 8. Take fabulous notes. 9. Conquer procrastination. 10. Take Care of Yourself (take better care of your mind and body). Smart Studying for Tests Fleming also has advice for students to improve study habits: 1. Don’t take linear notes. Instead, right before every new lecture, review notes from days past and predict the next day’s material. Reflect and make relationships between key concepts before you sit down for a new lecture. Prepare for your exams by creating a fill-in-the-blank test from your notes. 2. Take Practice Exams. Instead of re-writing notes, switch your notes with a classmate and create a practice exam. Exchange practice exams to test each other. Repeat this process a few times until you are comfortable with the material. 3. Go beyond flash cards. Just memorizing vocabulary words is not enough after middle school. Learn to memorize a definition, then define the significance of the new vocabulary terms you encounter. In Studying Smarter, Not Harder (2009) Kevin Paul discusses the inhibiting role of stress and anxiety upon studying and learning. Since daily life for most students includes stressors and numerable distractions, it is important to learn skills to calm themselves. “Stress is normal but so is the receding of that stress so we can rest, relax, and recover.” He suggests breathing and muscle relaxation to achieve a “relaxed alertness” before attempting to learn anything new. To learn more about relaxed breathing exercises, Dr. Andrew Weil’s site may be helpful (http://www.drweil. com/drw/u/ART00521/three-breathing-exercises.html). ■ Michele Ranard, M.Ed. Michele Ranard has a husband, two children, and a master’s in counseling. Visit her blogs at cheekychicmama.blogspot.com and hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com.

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Tech tips for college-bound students and their parents (ARA) - Just 30 years ago, textbooks, paper and pencils were the main supplies college students needed. In today’s digital world, where more teachers are using technology to deliver a better learning experience, college-bound students need to equip themselves with the latest technology to make the most of their college experience and give themselves an academic edge. But how do students and parents know which technologies can get the job done, and how can they best use them to their advantage? “From viewing lectures online and getting help from a digital tutor to using one of more than 20,000 education-specific apps now available, today’s college students have many options when it comes to technology,” says Brian Kibby, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education. “Finding the right tools can enhance the learning experience and improve student performance in class - sometimes by a full letter grade or more. These tools have great potential to help students master course material and prepare them for success not only in the classroom, but after graduation.” Here are some important tech tips for college-bound students and their parents: 1: Get advice and choose the best fit for you. There is no single piece of technology that’s right for every college student. It’s important to think carefully about your individual needs and purchase only what works best for you. However, it can be helpful to ask current college students which devices they have found to be the most useful. Talk to recent grads about what it takes to be successful in college and what, if anything, they may wish they had done differently in regard to studying and technology. Their answers might be surprising and help steer you in the right direction. 2: Try before you buy. Before you make a purchase, spend some time with the equipment or program and see how it works. Think of the three things you’ll use it for the most and make your purchase based on those criteria. Before you decide to buy an iPad, try using one to type an email, take notes and view videos to see how comfortable it feels. If not, try another option. In addition to how a device functions, you should assess its portability and battery life since you’ll be using it frequently and in different locations.

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3. Hire your very own digital tutor. Personalized study tools like McGrawHill LearnSmart dramatically increase student engagement, retention and achievement through a customized learning experience, making study time more efficient and effective. This adaptive learning program tailors students’ studies to their individual needs by continuously assessing their knowledge and skills, and providing personalized recommendations that help them master course concepts. In a McGraw-Hill Effectiveness Study released last year, LearnSmart was shown to turn C students into B students, and B students into A students. Starting at $24.99 a semester, it’s a simple and affordable way to study more efficiently and help increase your GPA. 4. When it comes to tech, put yourself in your professor’s shoes. Once you’re on campus, don’t be afraid to ask professors for insights about which technologies will help you the most. Many college professors today use a technology called lecture capture that enables professors to record lectures and make them available for replay after class. Most colleges and millions of college students use digital course hubs that house everything from the course syllabus and e-book to interactive, adaptive quizzes all in one location. 5. Stay connected to your college finances. If you understand how your college finances work, you’re more likely to take college seriously and get the most out of your education. Speak to your parents about yearly tuition totals and the cost breakdown of each individual class. Use tools like Mint.com to understand spending habits, start a budget, and stay on track. Graduating college with the best grades and as little debt as possible is key to positioning yourself for success after college. 6. Use social media for academic and professional growth - not just to post party pictures. College-age students are among the most active users of social media, but many are not aware of the academic and professional benefits. Learn more about how social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn can help build your academic network and market yourself as a professional. Your college’s career center should have plenty of info on how you can get started putting your best foot forward with a positive social media footprint. ■


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Wise Family Magazine August 2012  

Wise Family Magazine inspires parents, motivates kids and celebrates life in Wise County, Texas.

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