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Donʼt Put Antifreeze on Your Skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Foxx Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Spring Cleaning Your Investment House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 From Burpo to Bell..from Heaven to Hell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

Special in this Issue

10 Ways to be Green this National Garden Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Fiddlerʼs Convention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Carolina Survivalist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Senior Musings on Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

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Spring is here and our GO-GREEN issue is designed to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the earthʼs environment. We are also encouraging our readers to celebrate Earth Day by planting trees and gardens, picking up roadside trash, buying local, riding bicycles, and using recyclable containers for snacks and lunches. The community is also celebrating Easter with egg hunts for the kids and Easter Sunrise Services at many local churches. Held annually since 1772, the most famous Sunrise Service in the US is that of the Old Salem Congregation in Winston-Salem. Thousands of worshippers gather in front of the Home Moravian Church and move to the graveyard in reverent procession. The brass choir numbers some 500 pieces. The 239th Annual Easter Sunrise Service in Old Salem will be held on April 24 beginning at 6:00 a.m. You can also attend a spectacular live theater production “The Lost Shepherd” at Christ Temple Church in Winston-Salem. The Lost Shepherd is the fictional story of a shepherd whose personal, life-time quest is to find the “Messiah.” This 2-hour production contains a 100+ cast, state-of-the-art lighting and special effects. This inspirational musical drama is perfect for all ages! You still have time to sign up for the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission Golf Tournament on April 29. Make plans to join us for a fun day of golf and fellowship. Last year, the tournament raised over $12,000 for Rescue Mission recovery programs. Because of your generosity, many were helped and lives were truly changed! Let’s join together again this year to help even more folks struggling to turn their lives around. Like everyone says, “You can always find a variety of interesting, informative, inspiring, and entertaining articles in the Villager!”

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DON’T PUT ANTIFREEZE ON YOUR SKIN Hidden Ingredients in Skin Care Products By Deborah B. Pullen

It’s no Secret. For years, national media has reported that cosmetics and skin care products contain harmful chemicals: •“Over 2,983 chemicals used in cosmetics…and one-third (884) of these ingredients have been reported as toxic substances…” – Senator Edward Kennedy, FDA Reform & Cosmetic Preemption, Sept. 1997. •“The average American may be exposed to other chemicals in the phthalate family – substances shown to cause cancer, birth defects and adverse hormonal disruption…” – MSNBC, Oct. 4, 2000. •“Mt. Sinai School of Medicine revealed traces of 53 chemicals known to cause cancer in human or animal tests (in topically applied products). The scientists did not find any single substance in amounts the government describes as unhealthy, but said the sheer number of chemi-

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cals was unnerving…” - NBC’s Robert Hager, January 30, 2004 •“We come into contact with more than 500 chemicals and toxic substances every day.” June Russell, Medical News Today, June 19, 2004 It’s not a question of IF we are carrying a burden of toxic compounds…but how much. When you pick up a bottle of shampoo in the department store, you don’t expect to come into contact with a detergent used to degrease engines or clean oil off a garage floor. Did you know that over 90% of personal care products contain this surfactant? It’s Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Animals exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea and other problems. SLS

may damage the skin’s natural immunity by causing layers to separate, inflame and age. SLS is a chemical which may break down your skin’s moisture barrier, and easily penetrates through skin into your body’s organs. SLS accelerates skin aging, brown spots, wrinkling and sagging, and can irritate, inflame and dry your skin. What’s in Antifreeze? Antifreeze may contain Propylene Glycol (PG), a petroleum plastic which acts as a wetting agent and solvent. Propylene Glycol easily penetrates the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. The Environmental Protection Agency warns that this dangerous toxin must not be handled by workers without protective gloves, clothing and goggles; and must be disposed of by burying it in the ground. The EPA warns that skin contact may result in brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.


Examine your lotion, your shampoo, your personal care products. Many of them contain PG, used as a cosmetic moisturizer or carrier for fragrances in products. Parabens – That’s a Bad Word in Skin Care, Right? You’ve probably heard that your products should not contain parabens, used heavily as preservatives in skin care products. But manufacturers are getting smart about labeling. Instead of parabens, they may be labeled Alkyl Hydroxy Benzoate Preservatives – some of which have been found to have estrogenic qualities which act as a xenoestrogen, or hormone disruptor. Parabens in deodorants and antiperspirants have the potential to cause disruption in your body’s endocrine system. Parabens (methy, ethyl, propyl and butyl) penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream, and have been linked to breast cancer.

So What’s the Good News? The growing body of research has given rise to toxic free skin and personal care products on the market. Muscadine 20 Antioxidant Skin Care has developed Certified ToxicFree® ingredients with natural sources of antioxidants from muscadine grapes, North Carolina’s state fruit. Organic botanical extracts such as aloe vera soothe and moisturize skin, while optimizing the body’s natural immune system with nutrients. Muscadine 20 products such as the Gentle Foaming Cleanser provide safe foam to remove eye makeup or shave, free of suspected carcinogens and damaging detergents found in over-the-counter products. Soothing Relief Spray contains clinically studied ingredients which decrease redness, reduce stinging and irritation. And Muscadine 20’s signature Ultra Rich Lotion delivers full body anti-

oxidants to enhance skin regeneration with the same resistance that this hardy grape resists viral attacks in the humid climates of the South. Don’t put chemicals in your skin which are known hormone disruptors, dyes and detergents. Go to http://cosmeticsdatabase.com and see whatʼs in your products. Go to http://storyofstuff.org/cosmetics and watch the short video on how loopholes in federal law allow the $50 billion beauty industry to pour chemicals into your products. Examine your skin and personal care products. Read the labels. Email us at info@naturespearlproducts.com, and weʼll send you a free copy of The Red Flag List: Ingredients to Avoid. Donʼt put antifreeze on your skin. There are better choices to give your body.

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10 Ways to be Green for

National Garden Month April is National Garden Month. With a tough economy and concerns about global warming, pollution, and health on the rise, April is the perfect time to kick off some new habits that address these issues, while making your lifestyle healthier and your community stronger. By focusing on your own yard and neighborhood, there are a number of simple things you can do to green up your lifestyle and the planet, starting today!

Grow Vegetables — Vegetable gardening is hot. When the economy sours, people turn to the garden. Consider growing some vegetables this spring in your yard. A few tomatoes, squashes, and cucumbers can produce pounds of vegetables for your kitchen. If you’re ambitious, a 20-foot by 30-foot vegetable garden can yield more than 300 pounds of produce valued at more than $600. That’s quite a savings.

Garden In Containers — If space restricts you to patios or porches, container gardening is a great way to grow your own vegetables, herbs, and even fruits. With the new, improved self-watering containers, you can grow many common vegetables in pots without worrying about daily watering. Choose varieties bred for containers, such as ‘Bush Big Boy’ tomato, ‘Hansel’ or ‘Gretel’ eggplant, ‘Black Pearl’ hot pepper, and ‘Raven’ zucchini. You can also grow most varieties of bush beans, greens, carrots, beets, cucumbers, and broccoli in large containers.

Join a Community Garden — If you want a big garden but don’t have backyard space, consider joining a community garden. With more than 1 million community gardens nationwide, chances are there’s one near you. By paying a small fee, you can rent a plot of land where you can grow all the vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers you like, strengthen friendships with your neighbors, and take an active role in greening your community. Many community gardens include a water source and till the soil for you.

Create an Edible Landscape — Edible landscaping uses edible trees, shrubs, and flowers (e.g., blueberries, gooseberries, dwarf apples, dwarf cherries, pansies, daylilies, and nasturtiums) in your yard instead of plants that are purely ornamental. These edible alternatives are equally beautiful, require only a little extra care, and produce abundant crops of delicious fruits. You can also plant strawberries in containers and hanging baskets.

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Plant a Native Tree — Arbor Day is the traditional time to plant trees across the country. This year, plant one for National Garden Month, too, and make it a native variety. Native trees are well adapted to the growing conditions in your area, making them less likely to have problems with weather extremes, pests, and diseases.

Start Composting — Composting may not sound like fun, but it’s easy to do and when you compost grass clippings, leaves, vegetable scraps, weeds, and old plants you reduce the amount of yard and kitchen waste headed to landfills. You also help to reduce the amount of fossil fuels needed to transport that waste and you create a valuable soil amendment for your yard.

Mulch — If there’s one gardening technique that will save you time, money, and effort, it’s mulching. Simply adding a layer of organic mulch (straw, bark chips, leaves, etc.) around trees, shrubs, vegetables, and flowers reduces the amount of water you need to grow those plants and the amount of time you spend weeding. That means more time enjoying your garden and less time working in it!

Build a Rain Garden — A rain garden diverts storm water runoff that might otherwise overwhelm the sewer system and pollute nearby streams and lakes. Instead, this kind of garden collects the storm water in your yard and allows it to percolate into the soil. Your rain garden will benefit the environment, and if it’s planted with flowers that thrive with some seasonal flooding, such as iris, it will also be a beautiful, low-maintenance feature in your yard.

Plant a Median Garden — Sidewalk medians are barren strips of grass between the road and the sidewalk. Often, they look abandoned. You can spruce up the median in front of your house by getting permission from the city to plant low-growing flowers in the space. Moss rose and alyssum are two tough annuals that do well with little care. Their bright blooms will put a smile on pedestrians’ faces and perk up your neighborhood!

Garden with a Friend or Neighbor — Gardening is great. Gardening with a friend, relative, child, or senior is even better. Consider offering to share your garden beds with a friend, start some container plantings together, or sign up for a community garden plot together. You’ll quickly find that gardening isn’t just about the quantity of produce or the display of flowers you can grow, but also about the friendship and connections you can build within your community.


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Spending Cuts, Not Scare Tactics We can cut spending without a government shutdown By Congresswoman Virginia Foxx

Have you heard the talk about a government shutdown? If so, allow me to be blunt. Such talk is a scare tactic. There is no need for a government shutdown. What we need are spending reductions. A government shutdown is the preferred bogeyman of those who refuse to accept the reality that the federal government is broke and in need of a house cleaning. The people talking about a government shutdown are the same people who won’t consider a single spending cut, but instead want to make the 24% spending increases of the past two years the new normal.

we must fund government at a level we can afford. That’s why in late February, I voted for, and the House passed, a bill that funded the government for the rest of the year while cutting spending by $61 billion, or $100 billion below the President’s request.

In fact, nowhere is the over-sized nature of the federal government more apparent than in the enormous federal budget deficit. Recent projections predict a $1.65 trillion deficit for 2011, which make the national debt larger than the size of our entire economy.

Unfortunately, the Senate is refusing to take up this government funding bill and is instead trying to push another bill that locks in 2010 spending levels without cutting a dime. Such a refusal to consider even minor spending cuts illustrates an important point: all the talk about a government shutdown is just a smoke screen for perpetuating massive amounts of federal spending. The House has already begun to tackle Washington’s over-spending, starting with the $61 billion in spending reductions that passed last month. Even before this bill passed, I also voted to cut Congressional budgets, my own included, by $35 million. Plus I voted to ban all spending earmarks, to end taxpayer funding of presidential election campaigns and party conventions, to reclaim $180 million in wasted funding from UN tax fund and to repeal $2.6 trillion in new spending under Obamacare.

Instead of burying our collective heads in the sand by locking in these unsustainable spending levels,

Reasonable people can disagree about where to cut spending and by how much. But insisting on no spending

America can’t afford to make the current, expensive federal budget the “new normal.” Rather, we must ask tough questions about the size and role of the federal government, because government has gotten too big.

cuts in the face of the largest budget deficit in history is not an option. The simple truth is that the sooner we face up to our dire financial situation and start to cut spending, the less painful the cuts will be. The inverse is also true. The longer we wait, the more it will hurt and the more debt we will pass on to the next generation. We’ve got a choice. We can avoid tough decisions to rein in the growth of the federal government and pass the buck one more time or we can do something historic and actually put America back on the path to prosperity and economic growth by pruning back the thicket of federal fiefdoms, programs and bureaucracies. I am choosing the path to prosperity. Editorʼs Note: U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents the Fifth Congressional District of North Carolina. She is chair of the House Higher Education subcommittee and also serves on the House Rules Committee. You may contact her office toll free at 1-866-677-8968 or e-mail her from her website, www.foxx.house.gov.

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“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” -- James Madison, 1788

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Fiddler’s Grove Ole Time Fiddler’s Convention Memorial Day Weekend – May 27-29, 2011 learning experience in traditional music. There are individual, Junior, and Senior competitions in fiddle, banjo, autoharp, mandolin, harmonica, guitar, dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, dobro, and bass fiddle.

Since its inception nearly a century ago, this fiddling event has focused on traditional American music. This dedication has earned the event a reputation as one of the most prestigious and authentic fiddling competitions in the United States. In May 2000, Fiddler’s Grove received the Local Legacy award from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. More than 50 traditional bands in old time and bluegrass divisions (Junior and Senior categories) vie for the coveted Fiddler’s Grove band championships. Winners in each of the fiddle categories play off for the Fiddler of the Festival award – the highlight of the festival. The Fiddler’s Grove Ole Time Fiddler’s & Bluegrass Festival® is held over Memorial Day weekend every year. The festival strives to maintain a low-key, family feel by limiting ticket sales to the first 5,000 takers. Tickets for the 2011 are on sale now, and advanced ticket sales offer a significant discount for the entire festival weekend, and entry for children under 10 is free. Camping is available on site in this beautiful wooded area of the Brushy Mountain foothills. Motel accommodations are also available nearby. On stage competition and workshops in all instrumental categories, as well as the informal “jam sessions” that spring up any time of the day or night throughout the festival grounds, provide an ongoing

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Fiddler’s Grove’s instrumental focus is the fiddle, and the grand finale of the competition is the play-off for the title of “Fiddler of the Festival.” The champion 1st place winners from each of the five fiddle competition categories compete for this honor. Each year Master Fiddler Robin Warren returns to Fiddler’s Grove with Guitarist Brian Clancey as Spirit Fiddle. Robin won the “Fiddler of the Festival” award in 1977, 1980, 1982 qualifying her to be our first “Master Fiddler.” In addition, there are three other unique features of the Fiddler’s Grove Festival designed to keep traditional old time fiddle music alive. One of the unique aspects of Fiddler’s Grove is its appeal to all ages. In a family friendly environment, very young children are introduced to the musical traditions and heritage of their elders. Although the Official Program does not begin until Friday evening, musicians and campers begin arriving early in the week, and jam sessions begin on Thursday or earlier. Editor’s Note: For more information, tickets, and camping reservations, visit www.fiddlersgrove.com or call (828) 478-3735.


Bicycling is Good for You and the Environment For Your State of Mind Riding a bicycle is a proven stress releaser. Regardless if you are riding purely for pleasure or for a specific purpose, you will arrive at your destination feeling relaxed, energized and happier about the world and yourself. Plus, being out on your bicycle is just flat-out fun.

For Your Community •Being out on your bicycle is good for the people around you as well. •You don’t bring with you the noise that a car generates and are actually able to interaction with people as you move and be a warm and friendly human presence on the streets. •Operating a bicycle does not harm the environment. There is no polluting exhaust released, no oil or gas consumed therefore saving natural resources .

For Your Health Riding a bicycle offers many health benefits. Here are just a few: •increased cardiovascular fitness •increased strength •increased balance and flexibility •increased endurance and stamina •increased calories burned It can be done by people of all ages, from childhood up.

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” John F. Kennedy

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www.thunderrolls.com Native American resources on the web. www.earthday.gov Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet. www.allspecies.org The Heartland All Species Projects mission is to provide interdisciplinary eco-cultural environmental education and community building action projects for cities, neighborhoods, and villages. www.earthdayenergyfast.org On Earth Day, cut back or go completely without man-made energy.

My Dysfunctional Family Tree by Ariel Bouvier

Cousin Oliver was called the “pant-less wonder.” He wore very little clothing and refused to wear pants until he was ten years old. He paraded around the farmstead clothed only in a T-shirt and a pair of underpants. His parents tried to convince him that he was too old to walk around practically naked. His brothers and sisters teased him relentlessly, but he still refused to wear pants. In frustration, his mother asked their preacher to intervene.

Cousin

Oliver

“Boy, the devil done caught you and wonʼt let you go! If you donʼt get in that house and put some pants on, weʼre going to beat that devil out of you.” Suddenly the entire congregation of Heaven Bound Church descended on him with cherry switches, so he ran into the house. He grabbed a pair of pants, put them on, and ran back outside. Folks were standing around laughing hysterically! Oliver got angry and pulled the pants off as quickly as he had put them on and dashed around the yard. Suddenly he noticed the laughter had stopped and his mother was pointing at him and yelling, “Get back in the house!” He reached down to tug on his undies and realized he wasnʼt wearing any! He had accidently pulled off his underwear too! To his horror, the entire congregation had just seen his private parts. So Cousin Oliverʼs claim-to-fame was becoming the countyʼs first streaker on record!

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GOING GREEN

WAYS TO SAVE THE PLANET would be equivalent to taking eight million cars off the road for a year. They cost a little more up front, but they last up to 15 times longer.

A Mug of Your Own

Every year Americans throw away 25 billion polystyrene cups and 25 billion individual water bottles, most of which end up in landfills. Instead buy a reusable togo mug and a bottle that you can refill with filtered tap water. Bring your own and you cut down on Styrofoam.

Ice Cream Cones

A cone beats a cup. Why? Youʼre eating your silverware instead of using plastic. Itʼs all about consuming less, using fewer of the resources needed to make products and packaging.

Clean Without Chemicals

Natural cleansers like vinegar and baking soda do a great job without harming the planet.

Bag It

Get reusable cloth bags for the grocery store and the dry cleaner. More than 100 billion plastic bags are thrown away every year.

De-lint the Dryer

Stop Junk Mail

Every year 100 million trees are chopped down for junk mail sent to American homes. Contact The Direct Marketing association at The-DMA.org to remove your name from mailing lists of their members.

One Bulb at a Time

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use four times less energy than incandescent ones. If every American family substituted five CFL bulbs for incandescent, it “Going green” means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.

Lint builds up after every dryer cycle, reducing the machineʼs efficiency. Removing it does a lot to decrease its usually massive energy use.

Shorten Your Showers

Low-flow showerheads would be a big improvement. For every two minutes you shave off your shower, you save 10 gallons of water.

Shut Down

The average computer left on all day uses nearly 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, producing more than a ton of carbon emissions. So turn off your computer anytime youʼre not on it, and eliminate the screen saver function, which uses more energy than the sleep mode. April 2011

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BIZARRE NEWS Mexico, has been indicted on charges of bulk cash smuggling. The indictment involves the March 1st seizure of undeclared cash by officers who searched a bus going through the Hidalgo Port of Entry. No information was available on Barraza, who remains in custody without bond, pending arraignment. Conviction on a charge of bulk cash smuggling carries a maximum five-year prison term, plus a fine of up to $250,000 and forfeiting the confiscated money. MAN UPSET AT TACO BELL BURRITO INFLATION STARTS STANDOFF AT MOTEL SAN ANTONIO - A man who barricaded himself in a South Texas hotel in an apparent drive-thru fastfood dispute is expected to face three counts of attempted capital murder. San Antonio police say nobody was hurt in the standoff. Police say the customer, who allegedly was unhappy that the price of what he was ordering at Taco Bell had gone up, is accused of shooting an air gun at the restaurant manager, displaying a semiautomatic assault rifle and pistol, and then exchanging gunfire with three officers. The Express-News said the man was ordering seven Beefy Crunch Burritos and was surprised to learn that the price had gone from 99 cents to $1.49. They were 99 cents, but that was just a promotion, restaurant manager Brian Tillerson told the newspaper. “He pointed a gun at me, and he fired it. I leaned to the side and there was a pop but nothing happened. He drove away, but was captured after a three-hour standoff at the hotel. He wanted the 99 cent burrito.”

ROBBERY SUSPECT FLEES ON RIDING MOWER MAN FOUND ASLEEP IN WHATABURGER DRIVE-THRU CORPUS CHRISTI - You want a wake-up call with that? Corpus Christi police detained a driver found snoozing in a vehicle in the drive-thru lane of a fast-food restaurant. Police say the 19-year-old suspect allegedly had been drinking. Police answered a call about a man asleep in his pickup, in a Whataburger drive-thru lane. Officers advised the man to turn off the engine and step out of the vehicle, where sobriety tests were done. The underage drinker faces a driving while intoxicated charge. The legal age for drinking alcohol in Texas is 21. COPS SAY $278K FOUND IN STUFFED TOYS, PILLOWS McALLEN - A grand jury in Texas has indicted a passenger over nearly $278,000 found in throw pillows and stuffed toy animals on a bus bound for Mexico. Federal prosecutors announced 33-year-old Jeanette Irazema Barraza-Galindo of Monterrey,

AIKEN - After allegedly robbing a convenience store in Aiken County, South Carolina, a man fled the scene on a riding lawnmower. Police apprehended the suspect near the scene. According to the Aiken County Sheriffʼs Office, Ricky New entered the store carrying a large stick, demanded money, assaulted the clerk with the stick, and left with an undisclosed amount of money. He then tried to make his getaway on a Craftsman mower. His face was concealed by a towel, but New lives nearby and the clerk identified him promptly after the incident. New has been charged with armed robbery, and first degree assault and battery. Captain Troy Elwell, a spokesman for the Sheriffʼs Office, said “Never seen anything quite like this one. Iʼve seen some strange cases, but a getaway vehicle as a lawnmower. That doesnʼt take a whole lot of thought to figure out that youʼre not going to get too far on it.”

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Are You an “Environmentally Conscious” Investor? On April 22, the 41st anniversary of Earth Day will be celebrated by millions of people around the world. As a global citizen, you may wish to commemorate this event by thinking of ways you can help the environment, such as boosting your recycling efforts and cutting back on your energy consumption. But you can also contribute to a “greener” world through your investment activities. Specifically, you can take action in two related areas: reducing your paperwork and consolidating your accounts. Letʼs take a look at both of these possibilities. First, if you want to decrease your investment-related paperwork, you need to take advantage of all the paperless options that have probably been made available to you by those financial services companies with which you work. So, for example, you may want to choose to receive online statements, rather than paper ones. And when you make transactions, you may also be able to receive online confirmations. Not only will online documents help save paper, but it can also help protect you from identity theft. The more paper statements, confirmations and similar items lying around, the greater the possibility of their being exposed to prying eyes. (In fact, if you do still receive paper documents, you may want to shred them soon after youʼve reviewed the information.) If you think you may need to produce this investmentrelated information, possibly to give to your tax advisor, you can always go back to your financial service providerʼs web site, access the documents you need, and print them. Most companies make this information readily

accessible to their clients for months, or even years, after it is initially generated. Now, letʼs move to another environmentally conscious aspect of investing: consolidating your accounts. Start by listing all your financial assets, such as your bank accounts, investments, IRAs and employer-sponsored retirement plans, such as a 401(k), if you worked for a private employer, a 457(b), if you worked for a state or local government, or a 403(b), if you worked for a school or other taxexempt organization. By consolidating as many of these accounts as possible with one financial services provider, you can significantly reduce the number of statements you receive and the paperwork you generate. But the reduction of paperwork is only one benefit youʼll receive from consolidating accounts. You might also be able to lower the amount of fees you pay. And even more importantly, by placing all your financial assets with one financial-services provider, you will be better able to follow a single, unified investment strategy. If you work with a financial advisor, he or she will find it much easier to identify your strengths and weaknesses and help you allocate your investment dollars in a way thatʼs appropriate for your retirement goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. Earth Day only happens once a year. So take this opportunity to think about how you can do your part, through a few simple actions tied to your investments, to help improve the environment we all share. Editorʼs Note: This article was provided by Campbell Thompson, your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. Please consult your tax or legal professional regarding your particular situation.

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Agape Faith Church 766-9188 Bible Baptist Church 778-8737 Boyers Chapel Church of Christ 766-6344 Capernaum Church of Christ 766-1516 Centenary United Methodist 766-5987 Center Grove Baptist Church 766-5727 Centerpoint ARP Church 624-9529 Church of Christ Warner’s Chapel 766-6078 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - 766-3607 Clemmons First Baptist Church 766-6486 Clemmons Moravian Church 766-6273 Clemmons Presbyterian Church 766-4631 Clemmons United Methodist Church 766-6375 Crossbound Community Church 336-776-7574 Fraternity Church of Brethren 765-0160 Friends Baptist Church 766-3533 New Hope Presbyterian Church 655-6711 First Christian Church of Clemmons 766-5449 Harmony Grove United Methodist Church - 712-0057 Hickory Grove AME Zion 766-5142 Holy Family Catholic Church 766-8133 Immanuel Baptist Church 766-0082 St Clemont’s Episcopal Church 766-4323 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - 766-3608 River Oaks Community Church 766-0033 Total Victory Out Reach 712-0403 Union Hill Baptist Church 766-8317 Victory Baptist Church- 766-7071 West Haven Baptist -712-1661

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Concord United Methodist Church 945-3134 Harmony Grove Methodist Church 712-0057 Family Tabernacle 946-0480 Grace Baptist Church 945-4219 Grapevine Baptist Church 945-6195 Lewisville United Methodist Church 945-3203 Lewisville Baptist Church 945-3706 Lewisville UMC 945-3203 New Hope AME Zion Church 945-9083 Shallowford Presbyterian Church 766-3178 Sharon UMC 945-5386 Shiloh Lutheran Church 945-5255 Sunrise UMC 712-8000 Temple Baptist Church 945-3944 Trinity Friends Church 945-2944 Union UMC 945-3134 Unity Moravian Church 945-3801

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Advance First Baptist Church 998-6302 Advance United Methodist Church 998-7750 Bethlehem United Methodist Church 998-5083 Bixby Presbyterian Church - 998-6813 Blaise Baptist Church - 751-3639 Cooleemee First Baptist 284-2626 Cornatzer Baptist Church 998-8403 Cornatzer United Methodist Church 998-0687 Cornerstone Christian - 998-0600 Elbaville United Methodist Church 998-8117 Episcopal Church of the Ascension 998-0857 Eagle Heights Church 751-4442 Fork Baptist Church 998-8306 Freedom Baptist Church 998-5294 Green Meadows Baptist Church 998-3022 Hillsdale Baptist Church 940-6618 Hillsdale UMC 998-4020 Holy Cross Lutheran Church 751-5919 Hope Moravian Church 765-8017 Jerusalem Baptist Church 336-284-2328 Macedonia Moravian Church 998-4394 Mocks United Methodist 998-5518 Piney Grove UMC 998-7313 Redland Church of Christ 998-3918 Redland Holiness 998-4226 St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (336) 751-2973 Turrentine Baptist Church 998-2366 Yadkin Valley Baptist Church 998-4331

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LAAC Celebrates 20th Anniversary During May LAAC History

The Lewisville Area Arts Council, Inc., (The LAAC) is announcing plans to present an event per week at various locations during the month of May in celebration of their 20th Anniversary Year! WEEK 1 - Friday, May 7: The Exhibiting Artists of the LAAC will hold a group showing at Woodland Moth Visual & Performing Artists located at 619 N. Trade Street in downtown Winston-Salem where they maintain a studio. Member Rick Jones will also unveil new works from his Wachovia Watercolors exhibit. The opening reception will coincide with the Downtown Arts Districtʼs “First Friday Gallery Hop” for May from 7-10 PM. Acoustic musicians, dance performances and a special selection of Moravian goodies from Deweyʼs Bakery will be part of the celebration. WEEK 2 - May 8 -14: The new Miss Lewisville 2011 will be announced and the Lewisville Art Guild will open The Lewisville Louvre. Miss Lewisville makes several appearances during the year of her reign including an appearance in the annual Lewisville Holiday Parade. For more information about the Miss Lewisville contest, visit thelaac.com. The Lewisville Art Guild, one of the Delegate Assembly Members of The LAAC, will formally open their

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gallery located in the Mostly Local Market at the Lewisville Shopping Center on Shallowford Road. WEEK 3 - Sunday, May 15: 60ʼs rocker Mitch Ryder (Devil with a Blue Dress, Jenny Take a Ride) will present a concert of his hits. Doors will open at 7 PM and the concert will begin at 8 PM. Tickets are available on line at www.etix.com, Retro Art Wear in Winston-Salem, and Bucked Up in Kernersville. For more information, go to the “Whatʼs Happening” section on page 26. WEEK 4 - Birthday Celebration and Reception at Lewisville Branch Library, 7-9 PM. Come enjoy a piece of birthday cake with The LAAC and an exhibition by The Exhibiting Artists of The LAAC and The Lewisville Arts Guild.

The LAAC, a 501(c)(3) non profit arts organization, founded in 1991, presented their first event, The Lewisville Lawn Party, in May of 1992. The Clemmons Journal estimated the crowd at close to ten thousand festival goers at the height of the festivalʻs long history. The Lawn Party was held annually through 2005. More than 300 bands and performance groups and several national headliners including Firefall, Poco, Peter Tork, James Lee Stanley, Acoustic Syndicate, Ronnie Stoneman, The James House Band, entertained audiences over the years on the festivalʼs Lawn Party stage, Folk Stage, Acoustic Coffeehouse and Dance Stage. The Lawn Party Parade, Time Warner Cable Childrenʼs Area of rides, a flower show, non profit and business exhibits and a food court were also part of the event. The “Dancing Drill Team Invitational”, a competition for Forsyth Co. high school dancing drill teams, held as part of the festival in 1993, led to the creation of The LAACʼs own dance team “The Harlequins” in 1997. The arrival of Miss Lewisville Lawn Party, heralded by bagpipes in a horse drawn carriage was a highlight of the event. The Lawn Party Queen always made a striking appearance as she rode down the parade route in her carriage decked with flowers and wearing a tiara and fine jewelry compliments of sponsor Helzberg Diamonds. A plethora of creative arts events presented by The LAAC in the last two decades have included annual concert series Music in the Park, Fashion Luncheon, The Bluegrass Special, Halloween Spooktacular, The ARTsy Awards at West Bend Vineyards, Arts Gala, The Miss Lewisville Lawn Party Pageant, The Lewisville Medieval/Fantasy Faire, Merlinʼs Concert and dozens of visual arts exhibitions and special concerts. The LAAC also produced a cable television series, LAAC Magazine, a newsletter LAAC Update and had a volunteer program for young people for many years. The LAAC would like to officially honor their all volunteer staff, friends and families who have contributed thousands upon thousands of hours of dedicated work through the years to the people and to the arts. Thank you and happiest anniversary to each and every one.


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What’s Happening?

The Lost Shepherd: Performances open to the public will be presented at Christ Temple Church, 2935 Cole Road in WinstonSalem April 8-10 and April 15-17. Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 7:30 PM, and the Sunday matinee performances are at 3:00 PM. A Benefit Performance will be held on Thursday, April 7th for charitable organizations supported in the Triad area. Chick-fil-A is donating free sandwich coupons for everyone attending this performance. Over 20 charitable organizations will get to experience this “hope-filled” performance! Special invitations are STILL being extended. Signing for the deaf will be available on Friday, April 15th. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army Winston-Salem Area Command. Tickets may be purchased through the Apr 2 - The ALS Association- Jim “Catfish" Hunter Chapter Walk: 9 AM- Lost Shepherd Productions box office (336) 7840856, the Christ Temple Church (336) 784-0887, 12 PM at Wake Forest University. “The www.TheLostShepherd.tv, or at Ticketmaster. Walk to Defeat ALS” is The ALS Tickets are $15 each and group sales are Association's National Signature event. It available for groups of 10 or more attending the is an opportunity for family and friends to same performance. You can also join the walk in honor or in memory of those impacted by ALS. The Walk to Defeat ALS conversation by going go to the blog site at www.lostshep.wordpress.com. is the single largest source of revenue to the Catfish Chapter. Funds are used to support those living Apr 19 - The Cobblestone Farmers Market in NC with ALS and their families as well as fund global (formerly Krankies Farmers Market) will open for its third season research for a cause and a cure! To sign up for the Walk, on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 AM. The market will be held each please visit http://web.alsa.org/site/. Tuesday on the cobblestone area near Third Street and Patterson Avenue in downtown Winston-Salem, and will feature all-local, Apr 16 - Salem Pregnancy Care Center’s Annual Walk sustainable-produced foods, plus weekly events and expanded for Life: Saturday, April 16, 2011 Tanglewood Park in offerings. New offerings for this season include: Acceptance of Clemmons. Check-in starts at 8 AM and Walk begins at SNAP/EBT (formerly food stamps) payment, with a matching 9AM .For more information, visit www.salempregnancy.org, benefit from the market; Prepared lunches to enjoy at the market email jenniferspcc@triad.rr.com , or call Jennifer at every week; Information tables for food- and environment-related (336) 760-3680. community groups; Food donation station to support local soup kitchens; Expanded parking; and Live music every week. The Cobblestone Farmers Market is operated by Cultivate Piedmont, a program of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. The market is an all-local, producers-only venue that selects vendors on the basis of their healthy, sustainable, and humane practices. The market is held on the cobblestone area near the intersection of Third Street and Patterson Avenue in downtown Winston-Salem every Tuesday from 10 AM to 1 PM from April 19 - November 29. For more information, call (336) 723-7189 or visit www.cobblestonefarmersmarket.com. Apr 2- Bethabara to Host Kite Day: Historic Bethabara Park is hosting “Kite Day” on the park grounds, Saturday, April 2 from 1:30-4:30 PM. This day provides an opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy the park setting and either watch or participate in kite-flying. Admission is FREE. A limited number of free kites will be available at the Park. Historic Bethabara Park is located at 2147 Bethabara Road in Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.bethabarapark.org.

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CCT Presents Nunsense II: Those zany nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken are back on stage in the Clemmons Community Theatre's (CCT) upcoming production of Nunsense II, The Second Coming. The show will run April 28-30 and again May 5-7 at 8 PM nightly. There are also matinee performances on both Saturdays at 2 PM. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Please call 336-293-8447 for information or to book group reservations.

Apr 28 - 15th Annual Cause For Paws Dinner & Silent Auction: Make plans to attend the Humane Society of Davie County's 15th Annual “Cause For Paws” Dinner & Silent Auction to benefit rescued dogs and cats in Davie County. The date is Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Bermuda Run Country Club, 324 Bermuda Run Drive, Bermuda Run, NC from 6-9 PM. Sponsors and Silent Auction items are needed for this fundraiser! Please call the HSDC Adoption Center at (336)751-5214 or email the HSDC at hsdc2007@hotmail.com for more information. Apr 30 - Davie Domestic Violence Services and Rape Crisis Center (DDVS/RCC) is hosting their 5th Annual Awareness Event to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout the year DDVS/RCC encourages the community to play a role in making Davie County a place that prioritizes healthy relationships. When the community has the knowledge, skills, and resources to provide stable, nurturing and stimulating environments, abuse can be stopped before it occurs. The Awareness Event will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 1-5 PM at the Mocksville Masonic Picnic Grounds on Poplar Street. A Pinwheel Garden located in front of the Brock Gym on Main Street will mark the location. This event will feature both DJ music at 1 PM and live music performed by RainJacket at 3 PM. There will be a BBQ dinner, children's games and activities, face painting, a bounce house, a classic car show, an organized motorcycle ride, appearances by the Carolina Panthers' SirPurr and Davie High's War Eagle, plus many more exciting activities throughout the day. Admission to the awareness event is $10, with all proceeds going to support the work of DDVS/RCC. For more information, contact Kelly Stellato, Outreach and Prevention Coordinator at kelly.stellato@co.davie.nc.us.

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May 5 - SIGN UP NOW & PICK UP Your Fresh Organic Vegetables at Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem. Edens Way Organic Farm is a member of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group. CSA is a relationship between the farmer and individual whereby the individual receives “fresh food” each week that can be picked up at a designated drop site. Members are acceptedon a first-come, first-serve basis. Their season begins in May and ends in September (22 weeks). All shares contain a variety of produce, reflecting the local growing season and conditions. Sign-up and payment deadline is May 5, 2011. Once a week, we pick the crops and deliver them to Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem for your convenient pick-up. For more information, call (276) 952-6283, or visit edenswayfarm.wordpress.com May 27-29 - 87th Anniversary Fiddler's Grove Ole Time Fiddler's and Bluegrass Festival: Oldest Fiddler's Competition in North America. Competitions for Bands and Individuals; Jamming; Workshops; Storytelling; Shape Note Singing; and more. Special entertainment By: The Cockman Family, Laura Boosinger, The Trantham Family, Taylor Dunn, Mel Jones, Sally Spring and Master Fiddlers Robin Warren and Josh Goforth. Camping and food on-site. Family Friendly! For more information, call (828) 478-3735 or visit www.fiddlersgrove.com.

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Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on. Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. Advantages for Farmers: •Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin •Receive payment early in the season,

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which helps with the farm’s cash flow •Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow Advantages for Consumers •Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits •Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking •Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat •Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

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From Burpo to Bell . . . On Heaven and Hell!

By Rev. Christopher E. Burcham Lately, there seem to be a proliferation of new books dealing with the afterlife. Such titles are flying off the shelves almost as soon as the publisher can put them there—and why not? What, after all, could be of any greater consequence to every reader than the eternally pressing question of what happens to us when we die?! Every one of us has lost someone dear to death—in many cases, quite recently; or weʼre about to; or weʼre facing the prospect of our own deaths. I never officiate a funeral without reminding every one of my hearers gathered around that gravesite that we are, each of us, one day closer to our own graves than we were the day before.

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One thing is certain: barring the soon return of Christ, none of us will make it out of here alive! Just in the past few weeks, the airwaves and blogosphere have been filled with talk of two such books— each offering a contemporary take on what Christians have historically seen as one of two destinies awaiting all of us upon death. First, there was Heaven is for Real— which purports to be the account of little four-year-old Colton Burpoʼs journey to heaven when he slipped from consciousness during emergency surgery. After the doctors were able to “bring him back” and revive him, he astonished his parents with his vivid descriptions of where he had

been—including many details (relating, for instance, to a previously-miscarried sister about whom he had never been told) which he seemingly could not have known otherwise! Many readers have devoured Burpoʼs childish account and emerged with a renewed faith and confidence in the face of the certain death which awaits us all. We all want to know that something more awaits us when this life is at an end. Of course, we hope for heaven—a utopian existence in some sort of Paradise. Perhaps more than anything else though, what we most want is some assurance that we will avoid an eternity in that other place . . . a place so terrible that, even as children, we scarcely dare speak its name aloud!


Just last month, Michigan pastor Rob Bell published Love Wins—which attempts to argue that the Christian Church has gotten it wrong for the past 20 centuries and that no one need worry about spending an eternity in hell, after all! Ignoring countless Scriptures that clearly indicate otherwise, he manages to posit that, assuming hell even exists, Godʼs love will win out in the end and eventually all will be persuaded to embrace the salvation He offers through Christ . . . even if they donʼt reach that decision until sometime after death. Booksellers are barely able to keep Bellʼs book in stock—for who doesnʼt want to hear that, no matter what we believe or do in this life, weʼll all be okay in the end anyway! If we get it wrong here, the reasoning goes, no worries—as there will be plenty of opportunities to rectify that mistake in the next life! Questions and concerns are raised in my mind by each of these new bestsellers. With the Burpo book, the questions are largely ones of a comparatively insignificant nature—such as why he describes people as having wings in heaven. When describing human beings in eternity, the Bible never speaks of them having wings; it describes only angels in that way— and is quite clear that angels are a different created order altogether.

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has separated us from a holy God— would naturally consign us.

My concerns with the Bell book are far more serious and too numerous to mention here; suffice it to say that I struggle mightily to reconcile ANY of his conclusions with what God has clearly revealed of Himself and His plan for us within the pages of Scripture.

But the primary message of Godʼs Book is that He has done everything possible to remove the barrier of sin which weʼve put up between us. He has sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty which our sins had earned. All we need to do is accept Christʼs payment on our behalf, tell Him that we want to accept His offer to do for us what we could never hope to do for ourselves, and claim our guaranteed reservation in His heaven. But, according to His Book, reservations are required—and must be made BEFORE departure!

While such books as these are unquestionably interesting, the greater question is why we feel the need for some sort of contemporary revelation when God Himself has already chosen to reveal to us everything we need to know—both for this life AND the next?! In His own Book (still the bestseller of all time), God has made it clear that, in fact, this life is not all there is! He has created us to live forever—and His fondest desire is that we would choose to spend eternity with Him in a heaven that is far more wonderful than any Bell or Burpo could describe (or any of us are even capable of imagining)! The sad reality is that, according to His Book, hell is an equally real place—the horrors of which also defy our powers of description or imagination. Unfortunately, it is to THAT place that our sin—which

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Those of us who choose to read books such as Burpoʼs and Bellʼs (and I have) would do well to keep a Bible on-hand and measure carefully every “revelation” according to the One Who made both heaven and hell in the first place—the only One Who truly knows the score! His Book is the best news of all: not that love wins but GOD wins—and offers a place in the “Winnerʼs Circle” with Him . . . to all who will simply reach out and take the “trophy” which His Son has already won for us! Editor’s Note: Rev. Christopher Burcham is Senior Pastor of Union Hill Baptist Churchs. Visit unionhillbaptistchurch.org to learn more about the church.

Volunteers who want to participate in the Good Friday Day of Prayer event may also pray from home by viewing prayer requests received at the following site: www.ourprayergoodfriday.org. You may also place a prayer request at this site.

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Beat The Dealer

– Why You Aren’t Driving The Car You Want To Drive: Part 3 By Tracy E. Myers, CMD – The Nations Premier Automotive Solutions Provider Over the past few months, Iʼve been sharing the problems that may be keeping you from driving your dream car. Here is a recap: Problem #1 is price, Problem #2 is payment, Problem #3 is credit and Problem #4 is down payment. This month, Iʼll reveal Problem #5 and wrap up this series. The Fifth Problem Keeping You From Your Dream Car: Trade Believe it or not, this is actually the biggest problem facing most would-be car buyers today. Youʼre currently driving a car that youʼre still making payments on. But you want a different car. The problem is you owe more on your existing loan than your car is worth. So to trade in your existing car would cost you a lot of money, right? Not necessarily. Once again, a true professional will be able to strategically reallocate the existing loan balance into a new loan or reduce it by contributing some dealer profit. In the end, you can find yourself with a new monthly payment thatʼs not necessarily greater than your existing payment, and by the time

youʼve paid that loan off, all sins will be for-

given and all debts repaid. A recurring theme in this series was the discussion of caring, professional, and courteous dealers. You see, these 5 problems – price, payment, trade, down payment, and, credit – can remain problems if left up to the wrong dealership. Some salespeople and sales managers – in fact, some entire dealerships – are only interested in the slam-bam deals that donʼt require effort, concentration, or skill. Some people in the industry are only interested in banging you over the head with the highest possible profit in the least amount of time. But when you find the right dealer, you will find the complete opposite to be true.

You can complete your transaction in a professional environment. You can be taken care of by a caring individual who is less concerned with the profit from your purchase and more concerned with earning a customer for life. Thatʼs what this really comes down to customers for life. One quick phone conversation with a dealer or manager or even sales person can tell you whether that dealership is interested in the one time sale or customers for life. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tracy has

spent the past 15+ years trying to change the landscape of the car business and the bruised reputation of car salespeople all over the country. He is a Christian Business Owner whose goal is to run his business “By the Book”. To contact Tracy or to submit a question for a future “Beat The Dealer” email him at: tracy@frankmyersauto.com

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. ~George Washington Carver

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SURVIVAL TIPS from the Carolina Survivalist

Eliminate Your Fear Dune is a book about a world with limited resources controlled by an empire that is supressing a rebellious self-sustaining population that eventually overthrows the empire. How to eliminate fear is a key part of the story.

It is important to recognize that the current economic situation has created a mind set and a market based on fear that is driving people. Add the devasting natural disasters and the 24-hour coverage of these events to the mix and the fear intensifies. Sure an asteroid could hit the earth, EMP is possible, and the economy will probablay get worse before it gets better. So what are you going to do about it? The current situation requires you to rethink priorities and goals. Approach TEOTWAWKI as a possibility not probability. Donʼt become so paralyzed by the possiblity that it interferes with day to day decisions. Instead, think about preparedness as a game plan that you can control.

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Fear is the Mind Killer

from Dune by Frank Herbert

$200-300 a month for the next few years while things stabalize. Downsize to a smaller property or if you are seriously into survivalism invest in a camper and try to live totally offgrid. Form a “survival” club and see what you can do collectively. Combine your interests and skills and make a plan. Planning helps eliminate fear. We are a very resourceful people. My parents and grandparents planted gardens every year. My mother has a pantry stocked full of canned vegetables, jellies and jams. Our generation needs to move back to the earth and learn to be somewhat self-sufficient! You will feel better learning to do a few small things and be more in control.

Perhaps it is a simple bug out bag. For others it might be a 75-pound bag that contains everything you need for a month. Every week build up your food supplies. Even if it is a few jars of peanut butter and a couple of cans of tuna, you need to keep your pantry stocked. Buy food that you eat and keep your shelves rotated. Historically our country has been based on self-reliance and abundance. Sometimes we need to look back at what worked and move forward. Plant fruit trees, berries or start a garden that can provide hundreds of dollars of food for you year after year. If you are panicked about losing your home or job, look at options. Move in with a family member or find a mobile home on a lot in the country that can be purchased for nothing down and pay

Maybe you canʼt take down a deer or dress a rabbit, but you can till the earth and plant a few seeds. Farmville is not going to put food on your table at the end of the day. Your destiny is in your hands! Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory. Cervantes carolinasurvivalist.wordpress.com Make Your Own Electrolyte Beverage Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 8 teaspoons of granulated sugar(honey can be substituted for the sugar) to one quart of water. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together. This will replace electrolytes lost by the body due to dehydration caused by diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating, etc. Crystal Light, Kool Aid, etc. may be added to enhance the flavor. Free Online Gun Manuals http://stevespages.com/page7b.htm


Shepherd’s Center Used Book Sale April 28 – 30, 2011

Every Tuesday morning, volunteers pack into a crowded room at The Shepherdʼs Center of Greater WinstonSalem. For hours, the devoted group sorts stacks of books — dividing them into themed categories, adding price-point stickers, and storing them into trailers for the centerʼs annual Used Book Sale. This year, a collection of 150,000 books and associated media will fill the Education Building at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds from April 28 through April 30. Not only are the bargains unbeatable, the cause is quite meaningful. All proceeds go to support the programs and services provided by The Shepherdʼs Center. Thatʼs what drives the dozens of dedicated volunteers — some who have been with the sale since it began 24 years ago — to devote so much of their time to this major fundraising event. Begun in 1986 as a sidewalk sale at Thruway Shopping Center, the Used Book Sale is now the largest of its kind in the Triad. Donations are accepted year-round from individuals, schools, libraries, congregations and retirement communities. Once the sale is complete, many leftover selections are often donated to Goodwill Industries, the Salvation Army, and the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission. “Donations come in from the community, and then what we sell goes back into services for the community,” notes Executive Director Sam Matthews. “We can truly say that what comes from our community stays in the community — and thatʼs significant.” The Shepherdʼs Center of Greater Winston-Salem will hold its 24th Annual Used Book Sale on Thursday,

April 28 and Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will be held in the Education Building at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. Entrance for parking is through Gate 5 from Deacon Bouvevard. Admission is FREE, and there will be thousands of used books and other items on hand at exceptional prices. The Shepherdʼs Center of Greater Winston-Salem, is an interfaith ministry that promotes successful aging through direct services, volunteer opportunities and educational opportunities for older adults. The Shepherdʼs Center relies heavily on individuals for the financial and volunteer support of our ministry with older adults in the community. During 2010 over 500 volunteers provided in excess of 25,000 hours of service in our community. Over 12,000 individuals benefited from the programs and services. The Faith In Action Care Program, staffed predominantly with volunteers, served the needs of over 2,000 individuals and families during the year while responding to over 2,800 transportation and 460 minor home repair requests. Attendance of over 20,000 was recorded in the wide variety of daily health and wellness programs and activities offered through our Senior Center locations. The Congregational Nurse and Health Ministry Program partnered with 47 congregations throughout Forsyth County in serving over 8,900 individuals during the year. All proceeds of the sale benefit the ministryʼs programs and services for older adults in our community. For more information about the annual used book sale, contact the Shepherdʼs Center at 748-0217 or visit www.shepherdscenter.org.

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SENIOR MUSINGS ON QUESTIONS By Nancy M. Hall

Two references on questions started me musing on the value of questions. Martha Beck, one of my favorite authors, got input from many women on the questions they thought every woman should ask herself. She vows that asking them today could redirect your life and answering them every day will transform it.1 I hope you will read the article; but for now, I will give you a head start by sharing the questions. Of course, the hard part is in answering them. Some of the questions will mean more to you than others. Some seem whimsical; some serious. What questions should I be asking myself? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.

Is this what I want to be doing? Why worry? Why do I like ( ) more than I like ( ). Insert your own topics. How do I want the world to be different because I lived in it? How do I want to be different because I lived in this world? Are ( ) better people? What is my body telling me? Now here is a tongue twister How much junk could a chic chick chunk if a chic chick could chunk junk? (Someone must have been paying attention to the woodchuck ad ) Whatʼs so funny? Where am I wrong? What potential memories am I bartering, and is the profit worth the price? Am I the only one struggling not to ( ) during ( )? What do I love to practice? Where could I work less and achieve more? How can I keep myself absolutely safe? Where should I break the rules? So say I lived in that fabulous house in Tuscany, with untold wealth, a gorgeous mate, and a full staff of servants… then what? Are my thoughts hurting or healing? Really truly: Is this what I want to be doing?

We could spend a long time trying to answer even some of these questions; I believe though, that we would have a direction if we did. A visit to a doctorʼs office brought me in contact with a more philosophical and spiritual book: Ten Eternal Questions by Zoe Sallis.2 They are: 1. 2.

What is your concept of God? Do you think this life is all there is, or do you believe in an afterlife?

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Do you accept the concept of karma, in the sense of cause and effect? 4. What is your moral code, in relation to right and wrong? 5. Do you believe you have a destiny and do you see yourself as here to fulfill it? 6. What has life taught you so far? 7. What advice or words of wisdom would you like to pass on to those close to you? 8. Do you believe our survival on planet Earth is being threatened? 9. Who do you most admire in this world, historical or living? 10. How do you find peace within yourself?

The book is an account of how artists, presidents, rock stars, actors, thinkers and leaders answered these questions. Questions are asked out of curiosity, need for knowledge and skills, perhaps sometimes out of fear. Sometimes we can only get the answers by living through experiences. Perhaps it is time to be more practical with our questions. Some questions which older adults may be asking. What will I do and where will I live when I retire? Do I have enough resources to retire? Or will I outlive my resources? Do I have enough money to get me through the “donut hole?” Is it time to consider downsizing or moving to a more protected environment? How long will it be before I no longer feel safe to drive? What will I do about transportation? Should I remarry? What will my children think if I remarry? Should I get a BOTOX treatment? Where do I turn for help with a disabled/mentally incapacitated spouse? Will the congress vote to reduce social security benefits? Will they fail to fund Medicare? What will I do if the state/company drops my insurance or requires me to pay a higher portion? If you read my February “Musing” you probably understand that one of the hardest questions I have had to answer is whether it was time to file a competency petition for a brother. For all of us, there are questions that occurred at different times and contexts in our lives. At a baptism today, I was reminded of the question I asked my mother after my own early baptism. I wanted to know if I was supposed to feel differently, as I felt no different. In my home, I have a picture of me placed in a spot where I can see every day: I am standing on a narrow ledge on the rock mountain on the isle of Stoffa. Although there is a railing on which to hold, there is still the question of whether I should try to traverse it. One slip and I could go


tumbling, with high likelihood of injury, if not death. I did walk around it, but not all the way to the top. Still it was an accomplishment for me; I leave the picture out to motivate me to keep reaching for a goal. So, so many questions, and sometimes it seems so few answers. Sometimes it seems it might be easier to not question, we may not like the answer. Certainly many of the questions posed in this musings, if answered, would provide a framework for how we want to live our lives.

What questions do you have? Maybe no more than which restaurant will you eat at tonight? Or maybe you, like Alfie, will ask: “Whatʼs it all about?” Your senior muser would like to know what questions are on the tip of your tongue. I may be reached at nancappy@msn.com. References 1. Oʼ The Oprah Magazine, February, 2011, pp.55-57 2. Zoe Sallis, TEN ETERNAL QUESTIONS, Chronicle Books, 2005

The Lost Shepherd

It’s the story you’ve never heard and the story you’ll never forget!

The music and the acting are phenomenal! Catherine Cheetam of Winston Salem states, “This production can easily be compared to that of a Broadway musical.”

Performances open to the public will be presented at Christ Temple Church, 2935 Cole Road in Winston-Salem April 8th – 10th and April 15th – 17th. Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 7:30 P.M. and the Sunday matinee performances are at 3:00 P.M. A Benefit Performance will be held on Thursday, April 7th. for Charitable Organizations supported in the Triad area. Chick-fil-A is donating free sandwich coupons for everyone attending this performance. Over 20 charitable organizations will get to experience this “hopefilled” performance! Special invitations are STILL being extended. Signing for the deaf will be available on Friday, April 15th. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army Winston-Salem Area Command.

This season will be the third annual production in the greater Triad area of this original musical drama written and directed by Carlene Kelly. The Lost Shepherd is a major 2-hour production consisting of four acts, with over 150 cast members and state-of-the-art lighting with special effects. It’s the story you’ve never heard and the story you’ll never forget!

Tickets may be purchased through the Lost Shepherd Productions box office #336-784-0856, the Christ Temple church office #336-784-0887, The Lost Shepherd website, www.TheLostShepherd.tv, or at ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $15 each and group sales are available for groups of 10 or more attending the same performance.

The Lost Shepherd is one of the most exciting presentations of the life of Christ revealed through the fictional story of a shepherd whose personal lifetime quest is to find the Messiah. Perfect for all ages, this inspirational musical drama is a spectacular live theatre production which will bring the pages of the New Testament to life! You will witness the blinded eye seeing, the lame walking and the widow’s son being raised from the dead. You will feel the heartwrenching hurt and pain of the crucifixion; and, you will experience the crescendo of triumph as our Lord and Savior conquers the grave.

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The Little Sisters of Hoboken By Lynn Hall

Theyʼre back! Yes, those zany nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken are back on stage in the Clemmons Community Theatreʼs (CCT) upcoming production of Nunsense II, The Second Coming. The show will run April 28-30 and again May 5-7 at 8 p.m. nightly. There are also matinee performances on both Saturdays at 2 p.m. When last we saw the sisters (in CCTʼs spring 2010 production of Nunsense), the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God) had managed to poison 52 of the sisters with vichysoisse soup tainted with botulism. Reverend Mother had miraculously come up with a successful plan to raise money that would not only bury the sisters, but buy a VCR for the convent. However, a slight miscalculation on her part left four nuns still in the freezer and no money left for burials. With the health department breathing down their necks, the sisters decided to put on a show to raise the extra money. While a wonderful show, it was actually Sister Amnesia who saved the day when she regained her memory and remembered she was actually a country singer who had been on her way to Nashville when sheʼd been struck in the head by a falling crucifix. Her real name, she announced, was Sister Mary Paul. Upon hearing the name, Reverend Mother recognized it as the name of the Publisherʼs Clearing House sweepstake winner who had never come forward to accept her prize. Now their money woes were over … and if you followed all of that, youʼll have no problems catching up with the Little Sisters of Hoboken once again as they take to the stage in a “thank you” performance.

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“We had great response to last yearʼs show,” said Norm Birdsall, artistic director for CCT, who is also directing this production. “The Nunsense shows are funny, the songs great and everyone who attended last springʼs production had great things to say. Itʼs the reason we decided to follow-up that show with the next in the series.” The original cast will be returning – with the exception of one. Heidi Shafer is back as “Reverend Mother, Mary Regina,” Lee Ann Chrisco as “Sister Mary Hubert,” Linda Lindsly as “Sister Robert Anne,” Chrissie Hall as “Sister Mary Leo - the would-be ballerina nun,” and Donna Bissette will be assuming on the role of “Sister Amnesia.” In the previous show, Reverend Mother found Sister Amnesiaʼs memory problems trying enough that she occasionally hoped they might discover that she was a “Franciscan.” Now, the convent finds two Franciscans on their doorstep claiming Sister Amnesia does belong to them – along with her sweepstakes winnings. With musical numbers such as “What Would Elvis Do,” “Nunsense, the Magic Word,” “Winning is the Just the Beginning,” “The Prima Ballerina,” and “The Biggest Still Ainʼt the Best,” it will be another fun-filled night at the convent.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Please call 336-293-8447 for information or to book group reservations.


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