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Yup! It has been cold. With all this cold weather, it has been so easy to just decide to stay indoors. As a small business owner, you may be scratching your head wondering what you are doing wrong resulting in little to no business activity. Stop wondering. With the economic climate and the extreme cold weather, it appears business has come to a halt. Making drastic changes seems to be the solution, but before making changes, analyze all the factors. As a business owner, I have seen a lot of changes in the last ten years. As a business owner, I have had to embrace change. Marketing, promoting and getting your 'voice' out there is what Voice Magazine has done for the last ten years. It is important to our local economy for us to shop locally, and we thank you for supporting our local businesses. We ask that you continue to support the advertisers and businesses who show their faith and trust in our local business, Voice Magazine, by showcasing their products through us. We would not be here without all of you and the circle of support from the community. Because of all of you, this year, we are excited to be celebrating ten years of doing business to business in the region. Like all small businesses, we thank you! Voice Magazine is offering opportunities for contributing writers to provide submissions to the magazine. Also, new this year, JCP is hosting a contest for a book publishing contract. JCP is constantly on the lookout for submissions of romance, suspense, mystery, historical fiction, children’s books, self-help, works with an Appalachian focus, and all other genres. (See page 27 for contest details, or visit or Verse of the month: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. —Deuteronomy 6:4-5

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Kick the Habit for Good! Crystal Robertson

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PUBLISHER Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. PO Box 701, Johnson City, TN 37605 EDITOR Janie C. Jessee 423-502-6246 Office Phone/Fax: 423-926-9983 FEBRUARY CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jim Liebelt Crystal Robertson

Jan Howery Samantha Taylor

PUBLISHED BY JAN-CAROL PUBLISHING, INC. (Volume 11, Issue 2) While every precaution has been taken to ensure accuracy of the published material, Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. Voice Magazine cannot be held responsible for opinions or facts provided by its authors, advertisers or agencies. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without written permission. Agencies, Advertisers and other contributors will indemnify and hold the publisher harmless for any loss or expense resulting from claims or suits based upon contents of any advertisement, defamation, libel, right of privacy, plagiarism and/or copyright infringement. The views expressed in Voice Magazine for Women are not necessarily those of the publisher. © 2014 Editorial Mission: VOICE magazine for women wants to provide a useful and complete reliable source of information for women and their families. We seek to celebrate women’s successes, and support their growth by defining and recognizing their needs and providing a concentration of resources for them. We want to be that “link” to all women.

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Jumping to Conclusions By Jim Liebelt

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with a blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8-9

February Hot Hunk Hunt! The January “Hot Hunk” was Jeff Daniels in the Barter Theatre ad on page 16.

Russell Wilson Each month Voice will “hide” a picture of a “Hot Hunk.” If you find him, fill out this form, and mail it in and you could win Barter Theatre tickets.

Congratulations to: Teresa Grogan Abingdon, VA as the winner in the January Hot Hunk Hunt!

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The story has been told of a person who had purchased a small package of cookies at an airport before her flight. She sat down to wait for the time to board the plane and began to read a newspaper. Gradually, she became aware of a noise coming from the seat next to her. From behind her paper, she was stunned to see a man helping himself to her cookies. Not wanting to make a scene but wanting the man to know she noticed him, she reached down and took a cookie for herself. A few moments went by, and she heard more rustling. She looked down to see the man taking another cookie. So, she reached down and took another cookie as well. Finally, she watched the man take the last cookie, break it in half and push the other half over to her. He ate the half-cookie, got up, and left. The woman was furious! Later, on the plane, the woman opened her handbag and was shocked and embarrassed to find her package of unopened cookies. Has something like this ever happened to you? Have you ever made a wrong assumption about someone else? I know that I have! This story provides a reminder on the dangers of jumping to conclusions. Unfortunately, forming opinions about others based on wrong assumptions is all too common. On most occasions, we could all benefit from being slower to judge one another. Be patient. Intentionally hesitate for a moment after your first impression has formed to see if the big picture becomes clearer. Judge in a way you would want to be judged. And even if your first impression was correct and you end up losing a package of cookies, remind yourself that it really wasn’t all that important!

HOT HUNK LOCATION: Where did I pick up my copy of Voice Magazine?

Mail this submission form to : Voice Magazine P.O. Box 701 Johnson City, TN 37605 or e-mail: Deadline for submission is February 15, 2014. PLEASE, ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD As the selected winner, you must contact Voice Magazine for Women at 423-926-9983 within 90 days to claim and receive your gift certificate. After 90 days, winning becomes null and void and the gift certificate cannot be claimed.

Bristol Christian Women's Club 1 Virginia Street • Bristol, VA First Baptist Church • Rosser Hall 3rd Wednesday of each month, 10:00 am

Open to all Women Special Speakers, Entertainment and Brunch For reservations call Nancy Young (423) 968-7976 Bristol Christian Women’s Club is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries

BODY SHAPERS & SLIMMERS By Jan Howery Body shapers and slimmers are built to re-shape a figure by hiding the imperfections of a body region. The garments redistribute size by squeezing in certain areas and not squeezing in others. They can flatten the stomach, reduce the size of thighs, hide bulges, push breasts up, and result in a slimmer, more shapely figure. Body shapers and slimmers, also known as shapewear, are made with thick, stretchy material such as Spandex, nylon, or Lycra. They can be evenly tight throughout, or they may have compression bands and panels to control the shape of specific areas. Start by taking measurements. Then determine what part of the body needs to be shaped. Next, figure out what level of control and compression is needed. Light—Light-control shapewear will provide the same amount of compression as control-top pantyhose. They offer minimal support, but they are the most comfortable to wear. These shapers can be worn under any garments but are commonly worn under thinner, more delicate fabrics. They most often come in the form of slips, shorts, and camisoles. Moderate—Moderate-control body slimmers squeeze tighter to create a slimmer look. They squeeze in targeted areas so they help reduce bulges but only minimal shape a figure. Moderate-control shapewear can sometimes be worn under thin fabrics. They come in the form of briefs, bodysuits, camisoles, and shorts. Firm—Firm-fit shapewear features built-in compression bands and panels that cinch in certain areas to create a slimmer look. They also provide support to lift the chest and rear area. Sometimes the firm shapers also has stiff strips of plastic to better control the shape. These garments most often come in the form of full bodysuits, regular bodysuits, camisoles, briefs, and capris.

WHAT BODY SLIMMER IS FOR YOU? Inverted Triangle—This figure is top-heavy, with an upper torso that is wider than the hips. A camisole or body suit that focuses on bringing in the stomach will help give the appearance of a curvier figure. Rectangular—Rectangular figures have a body shape that is even throughout, with few curves. The best shaper for this figure is a full bodysuit that pushes up the chest, tucks in the midsection, and accentuates the hips and rear. Round—This body type features a mid-section that is wider than the upper and lower body. A camisole, regular bodysuit, or a full bodysuit can bring in the waist to create the classic hourglass shape. Triangle—The triangle figure has a bottom-heavy shape, with hips or thighs that are wider than the upper body and midsection. The body shapers that can be best with this figure include briefs, shorts, and capris to tighten up the hips, thighs, and buttocks. Using body shapers and slimmers is an easy way to obtain a curvy figure. They provide the perfect solution for wearing a dress that is form-fitting without worrying about any bulges that may be showing. Body shapers and slimmers are also great for just slimming down for a new and different look. However, some doctors insist that wearing shapers should have limited usage, and women should search for lighter fabrics if a particular garment is very uncomfortable or painful. Shallow breathing from chest compression can lead to light-headedness, whereas the garment’s pressure and rubbing against the skin can cause rashes. Listen to your body! (Image: Spanx Slim Cognito® Shape-Suit)

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The Crooked Road Open Jam at Heartwood is an informal musical gathering on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday of each month from 6:30–9:00 pm. You don't have to play an instrument to partake, though it's always open to those who do. Either way, just come prepared to have fun and be blown away by the level of talent Southwest Virginia has to offer. Entertainment is free; special a la carte BBQ menu also available. Dates Thursday, February 06, 2014 Thursday, February 20, 2014 Thursday, March 06, 2014 Thursday, March 20, 2014 Thursday, April 03, 2014 Thursday, April 17, 2014 Thursday, May 01, 2014 Thursday, May 15, 2014 Thursday, May 29, 2014 Thursday, June 05, 2014 Thursday, June 19, 2014 One Heartwood Circle Abingdon, VA 24210 (276) 492-2400 Visit for complete schedule Photos from

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Every First Thursday of each month join us at the Arts Depot for live music by the Abingdon Thumb Strummers, and working studio artists will display and sell their original pieces of artwork. Changing exhibits in our Spotlight and Members Gallery will be on display also. Then hop on one of two trolleys to tour other art venues that are open. Our live bluegrass music will be sure to delight, and our casual atmosphere makes this a very family-friendly evening. Date/Hours: Thursday, February 06, 2014 (5:00 pm–8:00 pm) Thursday, March 06, 2014 (5:00 pm–8:00 pm) Thursday, April 10, 2014 (5:00 pm–8:00 pm) Thursday, May 08, 2014 (5:00 pm–8:00 pm) Thursday, June 05, 2014 (5:00 pm–8:00 pm)

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Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. (Source February 2014 7


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Register Your American Cancer Society Relay For Life team today This month the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Northeast Tennessee kicks off the 2014 Relay For Life season! Society staff and volunteers will be working hard to recruit more community members to get involved with its events. You may even see some of the more than 2,500 Relay For Life participants in the Tri-Cities sporting their best purple clothing. Cancer survivors, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this event. “It always takes a large number of people with diverse talents to make our events a success,” said Elise Allen, Relay For Life senior manager for East Tennessee. “In order for the American Cancer Society to finish the fight against cancer, we are looking for more. We need more people, more ideas, more feet on the track, to raise more money which will ultimately lead to more cures.” Relay For Life events are held in the following communities throughout Northeast Tennessee: Johnson City, Jonesborough, East Tennessee State University, Greene County, Kingsport, Bristol, Carter County, Johnson County, and Unicoi County. To get involved with any of these events call the Society at 423-975-0635. Relay For Life events offer individuals and teams the opportunity to camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the event. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during the event. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, and faith-based groups all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

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ETSU ARTS CALENDAR Wallflowers: Antique Portrait Photographs from the Permanent Collection 1/30-2/21/2014, Reece Museum Wallflowers showcases photographs that once belonged to photographer Clifford Maxwell and are now part of the permanent collection. For more information contact Randy Sanders at or 423-439-4392. Life in the City: The Arts of Joseph Delaney 1/7-3/15/2014, Reece Museum Showcased is Joseph Delaney's mastery of a wide variety of media, ranging from oil paintings, to pen and ink drawings, to charcoal drawings, to pastel portraits and watercolors. The exhibition also explores Joseph's love for the urban environment and his interest in depicting the human figure as participant within the built environment of New York City. Joseph Delaney, a Knoxville native, lived in New York City for 56 years before returning to Knoxville. His figurative work focuses on people, buildings, parades, and other aspects of life in the city. For more information contact Randy Sanders at or 423-439-4392. Artist Talk: Julia Dault 2/10/2014, 7:00 pm, Ball Hall Auditorium Julia Dault’s sleek, abstract sculptures are raw, industrial and often derived from Plexiglas, Formica and Everlast boxing wraps. Her paintings reveal surprising materials when layers of colorful paint and vinyl are scraped away. For more information, contact Heidi Ehle at 423-439-8587 or Valentine's Day Fundraising Concert 2/14/2014, 7:30 pm, Mathes Hall Auditorium (Room 107) Featuring Dr. Sun-Joo Oh and students from her studio. All the funds raised will help students participate in workshops, competitions, and other activities. You can help a specific student by purchasing a special seat that will allow you to request a song in advance, and the student will sing the dedicated song on stage. For more information, contact Sabrina C. Sutton at 423-439-4276 or Duo Piano Concert 2/21/2014, 7:30 pm, Mathes Hall Auditorium (Room 107) Featuring Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai, piano guest artist, and Dr. Chih-Long Hu, piano. The program features works for two pianos written by Russian composers— Suites by Arensky and Rachmaninoff, as well as the flashy Concertino by Shostakovich and Victor Babin's transcription of Petrouchka by Stravinsky. Tickets are $15 General Admission, $10 for Seniors 60+, and free for Students with ID. For more information, contact Sabrina C. Sutton at 423-439-4276 or The Death of John Henry and the African American Roots of Rock and Roll 2/27/2014, 6:00 pm, Rogers-Stout Hall (Room 102) Author of “A Nation of Deadbeats,” Scott Reynolds Nelson's perspective on the economic history of the United States has garnered national and international acclaim. He is an award-winning author and historian, specializing in African American history and labor history. Nelson explores how white murder ballads melded with African-American field hollers and ring shouts to become the hybrid musical form we call rock and roll. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Heidi Ehle at 423-439-8587 or For complete listing of events and for more information: 423-439-TKTS (8587)

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The Johnson City Area Home Builders Annual Home & Garden Show is the place for you to find what's new in building, remodeling, landscaping and most anything related to your home and garden. Looking to update the kitchen cabinets or the master bathroom? Want the opportunity to speak with landscape architects about your yard? You'll find the resources to answer your questions here at Freedom Hall Civic Center. Make sure to bring the kids to experience the Kid’s Zone designed by David Crockett High School Skills USA and Technology Student Association (TSA). Kids will get to experience a workshop area created just for them and will have the opportunity to build, decorate, create and learn in a kid-friendly environment. Tickets available at the door. For more information, call 461-4884. February 2014 9

Do you have a special Voice? Voice Magazine is looking for contributing writers for our monthly magazine, which is currently available in print form and will be online starting with the March 2014 issue. To be considered, please review the topics below and follow the guidelines. We are looking for information, not an info-commerical! Contributors will be notified when their articles are selected. Let your Voice be heard! Submission Guidelines • Article is limited to 350 to 400 words—NO MORE! • Provide article and photos as single file • Include your contact information (name, email address, telephone number) as a header in your article file • Provide a title for your article • Include in the article file a small thumbnail photo of yourself; you also may include one or two (NO MORE!) small pics for use as illustrations for your article. All together, the article and photo(s) will fill appropriately half of a page • Submission deadline is the 20th prior to the month to be printed. For example, the deadline for the March 2014 issue is February 20, 2014. ONLY ARTICLES EMAILED TO WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR REVIEW Topics: • Health—Are you a health professional with information to share? Looking for woman-related health articles. This is wide open. • Fashion—Are you a Fashionista? What is your take on local trends and fashion? • Home Decorating—Are you the Martha Stewart of the neighborhood? What are

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local trends in decorating, cooking, and crafts? • Viola’s Coupon Savings—Are you the budget coupon-packing saver? Provide tips on shopping with coupons, saving on household budgets, and other items. See our website for Viola’s Coupons! • Junk-Yard Julie—Are you a yard-sale junkie? Do you repurpose, recycle, renew, and restore? Provide your craft and decorating ideas for using vintage items, antiques, or throw-aways. • Open—Do you have information that is important to readers of Voice Magazine? Disclaimer: All submissions are nonreturnable. Must be original, exclusive for Jan-Carol Publishing Inc/Voice Magazine, and not published in any other local media. No monetary compensation. Voice Magazine retains publishing rights for both the print and online versions of the magazine. We retain and hold the rights to edit and modify content without approval, but we will attempt to let you know when changes are necessary.

Are your Red Shoes Ready? The 2014 CASA for Kids, Inc. Red Shoe Gala takes place February 15, 2014. The event again is hosted at the MeadowView Convention Center in Kingsport, TN. Join them for live music, dancing, dinner, silent & live auctions, and the annual red shoe contest. Tickets are available by calling the Kingsport CASA office at 423-247-1161 ext. 13 or purchase tickets online at

Kingsport’s Social Event of the Year! Your Kingsport Chamber 67th Annual Dinner is Friday, February 7, 2014. Tickets are SOLD OUT! Call us at (423) 392-8832 or e-mail to be put on our waiting list! This black tie optional affair with over 1,700 in attendance is a great night to celebrate the wonderful community we live in and have a great time with friends and colleagues. The Kingsport Chamber also presents its very prestigious Kingsport Chamber Lifetime Member Award, an accolade that honors an individual for a lifetime of outstanding service to the Kingsport community. The “business” portion of the event, however, only takes a few brief minutes as the night is dedicated to the outstanding entertainment that is booked each year.


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Smokey Joe's Cafe is the hottest joint in town! This Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Awardwinning tribute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller is a dazzling, song-and-dance celebration of 39 rock 'n' roll greatest hits form "Stand by Me" and "Fools Fall in Love" to "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem" and "Yakety Yak." Performances will take place January 31–February 16, 2014. For ticket information call 423.753.1010 or go to

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Ten Years and Counting! Thank you! Voice Magazine for Women is here because of all you! We thank you for your continued support; we hope that you will provide us that same continued support as we journey into our next ten years! Your support to us shows through your support to all our advertisers and the many businesses that recognize Voice Magazine for Women as the ‘best’ women’s marketing tool in the region! From all of us to all of you—Thank you!

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Chocolate: It's the Elixir of Love and the Drink of the Gods Chocolate Strawberries

Chocolate Bar Fondue

Ingredients 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 1 pint fresh strawberries with leaves

Ingredients 2 ounces milk chocolate, grated 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon white sugar 1/3 cup hot water

Directions In a microwave-safe bowl, or in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, cook chocolate until melted. Stir occasionally until chocolate is smooth. Holding berries by the stem, dip each one in molten chocolate, about three-quarters of the way to the stem. Place, stem side down, on wire rack and chill in refrigerator until hardened.

Directions In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate with the heavy cream. Mix in the instant coffee, vanilla extract, sugar, and hot water. Continue to heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is smooth.

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Ghirardelli速 Individual Chocolate Lava Cakes

Centers 2 ounces Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate baking bar, broken or chopped into 1-inch pieces 1/4 cup heavy cream Cakes 4 ounces Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate baking bar, broken or chopped into 1-inch pieces 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces 2 large whole eggs 2 large egg yolks 1/3 cup granulated white sugar 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 cup cake flour Raspberries for garnish Whipped cream for garnish

Directions • To make the centers, in the top of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl over barely simmering water, melt the 2 ounces of chocolate with the cream. • Whisk gently to blend. • Refrigerate for about 2 hours, or until firm. With your hands, form into six balls; refrigerate until needed.

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 teaspoons rum (optional) Chocolate Topping: 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate 2 tablespoons margarine

• Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray six 4-ounce ramekins or custard cups with cooking spray.

• Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cake is firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes. Run a small, sharp knife around the inside of each ramekin, place an upsidedown plate on top, invert, and remove the ramekin. Garnish with raspberries and a dollop of whipped cream.

Hungarian Crepes Pancakes 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1 cup soda water 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 pinch salt Almond Filling 1 cup chopped almonds 1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 cup milk

• Spread 1 heaping tablespoon of almond filling onto each pancake, rolling them up and placing them on a platter. (You will have 10 to 15 total, depending on their size.) Pour the chocolate topping over the platter of rolled pancakes. If desired, warm the platter in a microwave for about 30 seconds before serving.

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• To make the cakes, in the top of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl over barely simmering water, melt the 4 ounces of chocolate and the butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. • In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, whisk the whole eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla on high speed for about 5 minutes, or until thick and light. Fold the melted chocolate mixture and flour into the egg mixture just until combined. Spoon the cake batter into the ramekins. Place a chocolate ball in the middle of each ramekin.

until the chocolate melts. Remove the pan from the heat and add the margarine, stirring until melted and combined.

Ingredients (Makes one martini) 1 1/2 cups ice cubes 1/4 cup cold water 2 fluid ounces vanilla-flavored vodka 2 fluid ounces white creme de cacao 2 fluid ounces Irish cream liqueur 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup Directions • Combine the flour and eggs and mix until smooth. Add the milk, soda water, vegetable oil, and salt and mix to combine; refrigerate the batter overnight. • To make the pancakes, heat a lightly greased frying pan over medium heat. Remove the batter from the refrigerator and mix well. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan and cook the pancake for about one minute. Flip it over and cook for another minute, or until golden brown. Remove the pancake from the pan and place it on waxed paper. Repeat with the remaining batter, stacking the pancakes while keeping them separate with waxed paper.

Directions • Chill a martini glass by filling it with 1/2 cup of ice and cold water. • Place 1 cup of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour the vanilla-flavored vodka, white creme de cacao, and Irish cream liqueur over the ice; cover and shake vigorously. Dump the ice and water from the martini glass and drizzle the inside of the glass with chocolate syrup. Strain the cocktail into the glass to serve. (Recipes and photos from

• To make the filling, combine the chopped almonds, 1/2 cup sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and rum (if desired) in a saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is creamy. Allow it to cool slightly before filling the pancakes. • For the chocolate topping, combine the water, 1/2 cup sugar, and chocolate in a saucepan and cook over low heat just February 2014 15

Resolution Revisited: Kick the Habit for Good! By Crystal Robertson

If your New Year's resolution was to quit smoking, you're in good company. It's a popular goal, and many, many people succeed—but not always on the first try. According to the American Lung Association, 6 of 10 smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking. Successfully quitting for good requires planning, and there are many effective quit methods available to make your Crystal Robertson healthy resolution a reality. Regardless of how you decide to quit—whether you use medicines, counseling, or simply stop smoking on your own—it's most important to commit to quit, make a plan, and stick with it. The following steps will help you to create your own customized quit plan. As you move through the steps, keep a record of your plan, and have it readily available during your quit. 1. Pick a Quit Date—Sooner is better than later, but give yourself time to prepare. Many smokers choose a quit date that’s within two weeks of their decision. Avoid choosing a day when you know you will be busy, stressed, or tempted to smoke. 2. Let Loved Ones Know You Are Quitting—Support is one of the keys to successfully quitting. Let friends and family know your quit plans ahead of time. Everyone is different, so be sure to explain exactly how they can help. 3. Remove Reminders of Smoking—Throw away all your cigarettes and matches. Give or throw away your lighters and ashtrays. Don't save even one pack of cigarettes for "just in case." 4. Identify Your Reasons to Quit Smoking—Make a list of all the reasons you want to quit smoking. Keep it in a place where you can see it every day. Any time you feel the urge to smoke, review your list. It will keep you motivated to stay smoke-free. 5. Identify Your Smoking Triggers—Make a list of everything that makes you feel like smoking. Now, write down one way you can deal with or avoid each item on your list. Keep this list handy during your quit.


6. Develop Coping Strategies—Medications and behavior changes can help you manage the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Make sure you have smoking cessation medications on hand prior to your quit. But— medications can't do all the work for you, so develop other quit-smoking strategies to use in addition. And remember— withdrawal symptoms and cravings will fade every day that you stay smoke-free. 7. Use Multiple QuitSmoking Support Options—Quitting smoking is hardest during the first few weeks. You will deal with uncomfortable feelings, temptations to smoke, withdrawal symptoms, and cigarette cravings. Here a few cost-free options you may want to consider: • SmokefreeTXT: A mobile text messaging service to provide 24/7 encouragement and advice to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit. Text QUIT to 47848. • TN Tobacco Quitline: If you want to talk to a quit-smoking counselor right away, call 1–800–QUIT–NOW (1–800–784–8669). • Quit Smoking Apps: Mobile phone applications can help you prepare to quit, provide support, and track your progress. QuitSTART,, MyQuit Coach, and iQuit are all highly rated. • Support Groups: is a comprehensive online quit-smoking service. Ex-smokers offer help and advice 24/7. Quit stories and testimonials also are available for motivation and support. Quitting smoking happens one minute, one hour, one day at a time. Reward yourself throughout your quit and celebrate individual milestones. Quitting smoking is one of the best lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health and the health of your family, so be proud of your accomplishments!

Gain While Losing with YW Weight Loss Challenge The YWCA Women’s Fitness Spa will kick off its annual women’s Weight Loss Challenge on Monday, February 17, to help participants keep their New Year’s resolutions and weight-loss goals. This 8week program will extend through April 14 and is open to women 13 years and older. “This challenge is not just about losing weight, but empowering women to make lifestyle changes that improve their overall health,” said Aubree Cook, YWCA Women's Fitness Spa trainer. At the beginning of the challenge, participants’ weight, body mass index, and measurements will be taken to determine a baseline and then taken again at the end of the challenge. Participants are granted unlimited use of the YW Women's Fitness Spa and wet area throughout the 8-week competition. Each member will receive free group and personal training, motivational phone calls and emails, as well as educational seminars presented by local experts on topics such as weight-loss management, general nutrition, and hormone balance and weight. The Fitness Spa trainers also monitor participants’ exercise and nutrition journals weekly. “Losing weight and keeping it off is tough, but this program creates the accountability and camaraderie women thrive on,” said Cook. The YWCA Weight Loss Challenge is free for Women’s Fitness Spa members and $80 for non-members. Established groups of four or more may enroll for $50 per person. To register or for more information, visit or call 423.968.9444.

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I ‘do’ or I ‘don’t’—A Wedding Planner One of the most joyous occasions in life is a wedding—a time when two people in love exchange those powerful words, “I Do”, which binds them as husband and wife. Although an exciting time of life, planning a wedding is also a very stressful time. For that reason, many people have discovered the benefits of hiring a professional coordinator to ensure everything comes together as it should. Why say I ‘do’ to a wedding planner? Stress-Free—The number-one reason for hiring a wedding planner is to dramatically reduce the level of stress. A professional planner supervises all of the events associated with your wedding so that you don’t have to sweat the small (or big) stuff. Everything from the delivery of the flowers and the set-up of the cake to having the limos arrive on time is taken care of for you. Creativity—Good wedding planners bring their expertise to you. A wedding planner elaborates on your ideas, enhancing your wedding. Precise Detailing—All weddings involve so many small details that often things get overlooked. One of the frustrations for the bride and groom is trying to juggle all of those details so the wedding goes off without a hitch. An experienced wedding planner knows all about the small details and has an outstanding ability of keeping track of them. He or she sit downs with the bride and groom and goes over each aspect of the wedding, covering every possible angle so that nothing is missed. Insider Information—A huge benefit in hiring a wedding planner is that they know who the best of the best is. DJs, catering, a horse-drawn carriage, music—your wedding planner has all the ‘best’ contacts. Discounts—Yes, hiring a wedding planner is an excellent idea if you want to save money. Because these professionals have connections with numerous providers in the wedding industry, they can typically pass on excellent discounts to you. Keep in mind that a discount does not affect the quality of the service, just the price. (

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TOP 10 WEDDING DECORATION BUDGET TIPS By Mike Lindsey When it comes to choosing your wedding decorations, you must decide on your theme. Once you have done this, you can then make your decisions about the budget that you will have. Here are the top 10 tips that you should know in order to lower the cost of your wedding decorations. • Decide on the essential items that you must have first and then worry about the extras. • Handmake the centerpieces yourself by using items priced toward your budget. • Using artificial flowers is cheaper than fresh flowers—unless you pick them from a field yourself. • Skip the extra wedding favors and focus more attention on decoration detail.

• Never go over your budget because you set it up for a reason. • Visit your nearby dollar store for smaller items like candles, candle holders, small laces, etc. • Never underestimate the elegance of basic décor—sometimes minimal is best. • Some very versatile items that can make a beautiful decoration include clay pots, plastic bowls and vases, faux flowers, pearls, balloons, pillar candles, rhinestones, and empty wine bottles. • Tissue-paper roses and flowers give a beautiful look to any decorating style, and they are quick and easy to make. • A word to wise is that your decorations should amount to less than half of the money that is spent on the reception. (The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Wedding:

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Wedding Day Beauty Prep: 5 steps to your most beautiful bridal self By Janine Falcon

Two words: wedding photos. As well as the romance and laughter of your special day, photographs will capture your glowing happiness. Beauty expert Janine Falcon shares the following five steps to your best hair, skin, and smile. She recommends getting started six months before the wedding. 1) Get hair into shape. Save dry, damaged, and brittle hair with a regimen of reparative shampoo, conditioner, and hair masks, starting now. Try weekly treatments with coconut oil, which hair absorbs easily, for improved shine and resilience. 2) Take skincare seriously. Breakout issues? See a dermatologist for specialized help. Or maybe a nutritionist or naturopath can assist—what you eat shows up on your face, especially if you have certain food sensitivities, such as dairy or gluten. Makeup glides flawlessly onto skin that has recently had a good facial. Book one ASAP to see how your skin likes it. If skin says yes!, book another for a week before your wedding.

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4 Steps to Finding the Perfect Engagement Ring There are a few big purchases in life that you really don't want to mess up— a first house, a healthcare plan, a new car, and—especially—the engagement ring for your loved one. According to The Knot, a popular wedding inspiration magazine and planning website, the decision is so important that it typically takes consumers more than three months to find the perfect ring, and the average cost is $5000. If you're starting to sweat under the pressure, here's a step-by-step guide to make your decision easier: 1. Determine the Metal • Platinum is a naturally white metal, meaning that it will never fade, change color, or need to be re-dipped or re-plated. • White gold, in contrast, is a created by adding an alloy mix to yellow gold. As the white color fades, the ring will need to be re-dipped a few times each year. • Platinum pairs well with all stones because its natural color will not cast any unwanted color onto the gem. In addition, platinum’s high density makes for an extremely secure setting. • If you want matching bands, be sure to consider what your partner likes before deciding on a metal.

2. Determine the Cut of the Stone • Traditionally, round and princess cuts are the most popular. • Recently, celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Sofia Vergara, and Drew Barrymore have brought attention to less common cuts such as emerald, cushion, and radiant.

3. Determine the Style of the Ring • Vintage: Offering a traditional look, these settings can either be an actual estate piece or a new ring with a vintage style. • Modern: Tension settings, where the stone is held without prongs, are a popular style. Rough diamonds also offer a modern twist to a ring. • Classic: Three-stone and solitaire settings offer a timeless look. Other classic styles include pavé and halo settings.

4. Determine the Budget • According the a 2011 jewelry study by The Knot, the bride views the setting, the stone cut and quality, and the metal used as the most important aspects of a ring. In contrast, the groom typically focuses on stone quality, style, and price. Each of these attributes factors into the price of the ring, so it helps to make sure the couple is aligned before going shopping.

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MONEY AND MARRIAGE 101 By Nathan Dawson

Q. Is a prenuptial agreement necessary? A. Legally speaking, marriage splits your combined assets and liabilities right down the middle. Everything gets shared. Therefore, a prenuptial agreement is sometimes very necessary, particularly when a married man or woman has assets or liabilities that greatly exceed that of his or her spouse. To make a decision that is right for the both of you, consult with a financial planner who is familiar with the marriage laws in your state.

$15,000. This may be comfortable for you, or maybe not. Set a realistic budget taking into account your debts and your income. Q. My spouse is a spender, and I’m a saver. Will we ever agree? A. A good marriage is about finding balance; but most of all, it is about survival. That means being less selfish, being willing to negotiate and to compromise. If you find yourself at odds about your spending habits, get premarital counseling. Couple counseling can open the lines of communication. In the long-run, good communication is the key to successful financial and family planning. Nathan Dawson writes for and

Q. What about opening a joint bank account? A. Because, in essence, all your money will be merged together, opening a joint bank account can make paying bills much simpler. This is particularly true of bills for things that you own and share as a married couple, such as a house or insurance. However, it is also a good idea to budget some spending money to put into your own personal accounts. Q. What does the average wedding cost? A. Marriage preparation can be really hectic and stressful, depending on how fancy you want to get. Add the stress of trying to stick to a wedding budget, and you could be in for a rocky beginning. The average wedding costs more than

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Bath Caddy Begin setting the stage for an amazing bath experience by getting her this bath caddy. It makes it so she’ll have space for all of the essentials, while still allowing full soak-ability in the tub. Best way to present this: With a glass of champagne, her favorite book, and a bubble bath waiting. $50.00

Backpack Picnic This backpack comes with everything you need to have one heck of a picnic. It’s not really the backpack she’ll love, but thinking of having a picnic with you that will really get the job done. The backpack just serves as a fun way to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. $45.00

If the two of you are wine lovers make things a bit easier with this electric wine opener that’s been rated the best you can buy. Feedback indicates that it is very easy to operate and takes all of the grunt work out of opening a bottle of wine, so you can focus on enjoying it together. $60.00

Fondue For Two Valentine’s is a time to get cheesy, but here you can do it in a delicious way. Dipping your favorite foods into melted cheese or chocolate is a fun way to have a meal, and the skewers are perfect for feeding each other. $29.99

Musical Wine Glasses These musical wine glasses feature lines that show you where to pour the wine in order to hit the right note. You can also use them long after Valentine’s Day each time you drink wine. $65.00 (And be sure to include her favorite wine with the glasses.)


80-Piece Deluxe Art Set Appeal to her artistic side with this 80-piece deluxe art set. It includes everything she’ll need to sketch, draw, and color her own pieces of art. If she’s expressed any interest in becoming more artistic, this is a very thoughtful gift. Be sure to provide some special paper along with it. $18.99 and up

Personalized Mug Set This mug set is extra special because it has your names printed right on them, and the handles are shaped like hearts. $18.00

GIFTS FOR HIM Little Hearts Boxers For Valentine’s Day or any occasion, he’ll love the humor in this gift just as much as he’ll appreciate its utility. These incredibly comfortable white boxers feature tiny red hearts all over. Many stores such as J. Crew, Walgreens, CVS, and discount stores have a selection of prints and sizes. $8.99 and up

Champagne Send your very best with a bottle Domaine Ste. Michelle elegantly presented in a sturdy wooden crate. Perfect for celebrating any special occasion, the unforgettable surprise of receiving of fine champagne always leaves a lasting impression. $39.95

Sprout Cork Dial Watch The Cork Dial Watch from Sprout is crafted from sustainable materials, but it still has those sophisticated accents he loves. $55.00

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This racy game of Truth or Dare features 100 seductions that will heat up any couple's love life in the bedroom and beyond. The red-hot box comes with 50 sticks to be pulled one at a time, revealing a sexy truth on one side and a dirty dare on the other. $8.95

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Splitters, An Amelia Island Mystery


E. Louise Jaques On Thanksgiving weekend, when empty-nesters, Laura and John Beck move to their part-time home on Amelia Island, FL from St. Louis, MO, they make a shocking discovery on the beach: the body of local millionaire, Eduardo Conti. As they deal with personal life-changing circumstances, they face dramatic events; scandalous secrets are revealed; and they piece together the puzzle of Conti’s shady business dealings and his untimely death.

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Hiding Ezra Rita Quillen

Dark Confessions of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman follows the author on her journey from a drug-addicted thief who felt trapped in an abusive relationship to a confident and capable marathon-runner. It is filled with intense drama, troubled romance, and all sorts of dirty little secrets.

Set during World War I in southwest Virginia, Hiding Ezra is the story of a simple farmer, Ezra Teague, who is forced to choose between fighting for his country and taking care of his family. Like more than 175,000 other young men, Ezra chose his family—not because he was a coward or a pacifist—but because he was practical and because he felt his Christian faith called him to do so. Hiding Ezra is also a love story, an adventure, a quest, and a chase, as the authorities—including local-boy Lieutenant Andrew Nettles—try to bring Ezra to military justice.

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Somewhere within the Maze they are waiting to be reunited—the two pieces of the almost 2000-year-old Zycon. The Zycon has been the protector and banner of humanity ever since the birth of Luunie, and the Trio must retrieve the Dagger of Teorna before the Maze implodes. Will their adventurous quest succeed?

AUTHORS ON THE ROAD! Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc, authors love to meet their eaders. This month our authors will be appearing at the following events. Questions about booking our authors for your event? Email Ann El-Nemr Betrayed Saturday, February 1, 10 am to 12 pm Shell Station 29 Maple Ave Shrewsbury, MA Saturday, February 1, 1 to 3 pm Shell Station 328 Shrewsbury St Boylston, MA Sunday, February 2, 10 am to 12 pm Shell Station 138 Southbridge St, Oxford, MA

Sunday, February 2, 2 to 4 pm Shell Station 611 Southbridge St Auburn, MA Saturday, February 8, 10 am to 12 pm Shell Station 64 River Road Berlin, MA Sunday, February 9, 11 am to 1 pm Shell Station 30 Lackey Dam Rd Douglas, MA Saturday, February 15, 9 to 11 am Polished Nail Salon 299 W Main St Northborough, MA Saturday, February 15, 1 to 3 pm Tatnuck Booksellers 18 Lyman St Westborough, MA Sunday, February 16, 11 am to 1 pm Shell Station 340 Grove St Worcester, MA

Samuel Ford is a wanted man. He is a widower who—all for the love of his two children—has committed crimes and put his life in danger. But now Sam’s precious children are endangered themselves because of his actions, and he lives his life in desperation of keeping them alive. Life takes a sudden turn when Sam experiences an unexpected kindness from a stranger. Sam’s life soon becomes an example of how powerful God’s love—like a father’s love—can be. E Louise Jaques Dreams of Amelia, A Novel Splitters, An Amelia Island Mystery

Leigh Anne Hoover Reading with Ralph—A Journey in Christian Compassion

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Saturday, February 11, 6 pm Guest speaker, East Tennessee Chapter— National Railway Historical Society Food City Press Room 300 Clinchfield St Kingsport, TN

Kristin Hale Grandma, Tell Me About When You Were a Little Girl Saturday, February 1, 10 to 11 am Chick-Fil-A Johnson City Crossings Johnson City, TN Tuesday, February 11, 10 am Bristol Public Library Bristol, VA Saturday, February 8, 11 am to 1 pm Food City Piney Flats, TN Ksenia Rychtycka Crossing the Border Sunday, February 16, 1:30 pm Ukrainian National Women’s League of America Headquarters 27040 Ryan Road Warren, MI

Linda Hudson Hoagland Snooping Can Be Contagious Snooping Can Be Dangerous The Best Darn Secret Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays throughout February Book Signings All Seasons Indoor Market 18803 Governor G C Perry Hwy (Route 460) Pounding Mill, VA Tuesday, February 11, 11 am to 1 pm Short Story Reading Reminiscent Writers Southwest Virginia Community College Richlands, VA

Tuesday, February 25, 11 am to 1 pm Short Story Reading Reminiscent Writers Southwest Virginia Community College Richlands, VA Rita Quillen Hiding Ezra Tuesday, February 11, 10 to 11 am Featured Author, DayTime TriCities WjHL-TV Thursday, February 27, 7:30 pm Reading Board of Visitors Lounge, Van Dyke Center Emory and Henry College Emory, VA Tamra Wilson Dining with Robert Redford and Other Stories Wednesday, February 27, 7 pm Pomegranate Books Wilmington, NC

Saturday, February 22, 4 pm to 6 pm, Poetry Reading Solitude Virginia Tech University Blacksburg, VA

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Calling All Writers! Are you an aspiring writer, trying to break into the market? This could be your big chance! Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc, is hosting the 2014 Believe and Achieve award for fiction writing. One novel will be selected to receive a publishing contract. The contract will include: • Book Cover Design • Professional Editing and Typesetting • 3-Year Publishing Contract—Paperback Edition • EBook Edition Deadline for entries is May 31, 2014. Each entry requires a $20 reading fee. One author will be awarded a 3year publishing contract. Multiple entries are allowed. Each entry must be registered separately, with an additional $20 reading fee. Contest Rules • Author must be a United States citizen. • Author must be 21 years of age or older. • Current JCP authors are eligible. • Manuscripts must be works of fiction, contain a minimum of 45,000 words, not exceed 60,000 words, and conform to the Manuscript Format Requirements below. • All manuscripts must be submitted as a single file in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format via email (, subject line: Believe and Achieve). • Each uploaded manuscript file must contain a cover page, synopsis, and complete manuscript (see format requirements below). • Through its submission, the author confirms that the submitted manuscript is original and unpublished. • All entries and reading fees must be received by May 31, 2014. • No entry will be accepted until the reading fee has been paid. To do so, call (423-926-9983) with a Visa or Mastercard number, or mail a check (P.O. Box 701 Johnson City, TN 37605). • Entry fees are non-refundable. Once a manuscript has been accepted, it can be withdrawn from the contest, but the reading fee cannot be refunded. • If the winning author withdraws or if the winning manuscript is disqualified, the next place winner will be awarded the contract. • Author must agree to terms and sign contract for the contract to be valid. Manuscript Format Requirements All manuscript files must conform to the following formatting requirements. Failure to fully comply with these requirements will adversely affect the score of the entry. Each manuscript file comprises 3 parts: • Cover Page (page 1) The cover page must include the: • Author’s name, phone number, and email address • Title, word count, and genre (e.g., historical fiction, mystery, children’s, inspirational, romance) of the manuscript • Synopsis (page 2) The synopsis must not exceed 500 words • Complete Manuscript (page 3 and following) • Font: 12-point Times New Roman • Double-spaced • Margins: 1-inch on both sides, top, and bottom; footer margin: 0.5 inch • Footer: centered page number • The author’s name cannot appear anywhere in the main body of the manuscript (e.g., header, footer) Winner will be notified by email prior to the printing of the August 2014 issue of Voice Magazine for Women and will be announced in that issue. For details and updates, visit or

ALL WRITERS WELCOME Appalachian Authors Guild and Associates In 2005, a regional writers group formed under the name of the Appalachian Authors Guild. After all of the kinks had been worked out, the group applied to the Virginia Commerce Commission in 2007 and was approved as the Appalachian Authors Guild and Associates. This name was selected to reflect the broader scope of its members to include authors, writers, and anyone interested in promoting the art and craft of writing. After this milestone, the Guild began developing events and programs for writers and authors, including book sales, festivals, workshops, the Tidings newsletter, and a member website ( In 2010, the Guild became a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, thus opening up more opportunities for its members. The Appalachian Authors Guild and Associates has been around for nine years and serves writers at every stage of development through programs that offer opportunities for growth in skills and insight. The Guild builds audiences for literature, encourages all who are interested in the literary arts, and provides information and support services. In collaboration with Southwest Virginia Community College, the Guild co-hosts an annual summer writers gathering, the Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium, which brings together writers at all levels of experience for workshops, readings, and more. Anyone who writes or has an interest in becoming a writer, published or not, is invited to learn what the Guild has to offer. If you would like to attend the March 11, 2014, General Meeting of the Appalachian Authors Guild and Associates, please email Linda Hoagland at It is a luncheon meeting (pay for your own) at the Tuscan Italian Restaurant in Abingdon, VA, and an approximate head count must be provided to the restaurant. The meeting will begin at 11:30 am and end at approximately 1:30 pm. There will be a speaker to teach us more about nonfiction writing. Hopefully, you will like what you hear, what you see, and the people you meet and will consider becoming a member! February 2014 27

How to place a classified ad: $25.00 for up to 40 words and .10 for each additional word. Line border is included. Bold and or one-color additional. Must be received by the 15th. All ads subject to approval. Call 423-926-9983 or email: How to place a display/classified ad: Contact by phone 423-926-9983 or e-mail Editing: We reserve the right to edit for taste, clarity and length. Most submissions are edited to shorten, clarify confusing statements or correct grammatical errors. If a submission is potentially libelous, slanderous or appears to have been written with malice or harmful intent, it will be edited or rejected. This applies to submissions for the magazine and for our website How to subscribe: Send $28.00 for one year for 12 issues to: Voice Magazine, P.O. Box 701, Johnson City, TN 37605 How to submit items to “update” and “up & coming events”: We encourage submission of press releases about news and up & coming events. Email your press releases to

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Join Us! Voice Magazine is looking to add to our current outside sales staff! This is a growth opportunity for a dynamic individual with a positive attitude. Apply your ‘sales experience’ to selling ads and servicing. Must have ‘do what it takes’ attitude, be tenacious and enjoy serving businesses. This position is part-time to full-time. Commission only. (Abingdon, VA area) Email your resume to: sales@voicemagazine or fax your resume to 423-926-9983.

Abingdon, VA Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center to host The Great Winter Soup Cook-Off. The Great Winter Soup Cook-Off is scheduled on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 11:00 am–2:00 pm at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center as a fundraiser to support educational programs. The awards ceremony will begin at 2:30 pm. Individuals, teams, and professionals are encouraged to participate by preparing a favorite soup(s) and entering the competition. Awards will be given in two categories; professional and non-professional. Awards will be given for 1st-3rd place in each category as well as special prizes such as People’s Choice and Rooted in Appalachia, and Showmanship. The professional category is for restaurants and culinary related businesses. Registration is $10.00 plus a door prize valued at $25.00 or more. A total of two soups are allowed per registration. The 1st place winner will receive a monetary gift card and traveling trophy to be displayed at their business throughout the year. Special prizes will be awarded to 2nd-3rd place winners. The non-professional category is for individuals and teams. Businesses, clubs and organizations are included in this category. Registration is $10.00. One soup is allowed per registration. The 1st place winner will receive a monetary gift card. Special prizes will be awarded to 2nd-3rd place winners. Complete details, competition rules, and registration information are available on the website at All inquiries and questions should be directed to Jennifer Ferreira by email at or by phone at (276) 619-4377. Johnson City, TN Mountain States Health Alliance Health Resources Center Classes FIT-N-FEBRUARY Wednesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 4:30–5:15 pm Instructor: Darlene Hatley, RN, MS, MSHA Join us as Darlene leads a workout that is so fun, you’ll forget you’re exercising! Weekly nutrition tips, recipes and fitness goals will also help keep you on track. Don’t miss out! FREE! *Annex HATHA YOGA - QUIET THE MIND, REFRESH THE BODY Wednesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 6–7 pm Instructor: Darlene Hatley, RN, MS, MSHA, Certified Yoga Instructor, RYT-500, AFAA Yoga can promote relaxation, toning, flexibility, strength and balance. Bring a yoga mat. $5 fee. *Annex


CHOCOLATE~A NOT SO GUILTY PLEASURE Monday, Feb. 10, noon–1 pm Speaker: Jennifer Persinger, RD, CDE, JCMC Is healthy chocolate a dream or a reality? Get the facts about the health benefits of chocolate. Recipes and samples. FREE! *Annex BETTER POSTURE FOR A BETTER BACK Wednesday, Feb. 12, noon–1 pm Instructor: Darlene Hatley, RN, MS, MSHA One key to good posture and avoiding back pain is a strong core. Learn simple exercises and tips to improve your pos- ture and strengthen your abs and back. FREE! *Annex MULTIPLE MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP Saturday, Feb. 1, 11 am–1 pm Facilitator: Darlene Jessee If you or someone you love has multiple myeloma, join us for a time of caring and sharing. Support persons are encouraged to attend. FREE! *Annex PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP Saturday, Feb. 1, 2–4 pm Facilitator: Peggy Willocks Find out everything you want to know about Parkinson’s through discussions with others who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and by speaking with other caregivers. FREE! *Annex GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, Feb. 4, 11 & 18, 2:30–4 pm Facilitator: April Collins MSW, MSHA Home Health & Hospice After the loss of a loved one, we often experience a wide variety of emotions which can feel overwhelming and cause us to think and act “out of character.” Come, join us in a safe and non- judgemental environment to learn more about the journey of grief and ways to cope from day to day. FREE! *HRC SMART RECOVERY Friday, Feb. 7, 11 am–12:30 pm Speaker: Mary E. Woods, BS Psy, MSHA Psychiatry Smart Recovery is a self-management and recovery training that helps individuals maintain abstinence with addiction. The group focuses on empowerment, building and maintaining motivation, coping, and managing behavior. FREE! *Annex FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP Thursday, Feb. 13, 5:30–6:30 pm Speaker: Glynda Ramsey, MD During Heart Month learn a few heart-centered techniques for stress management, including loving kindness meditation and HeartMath. Then discover which one speaks to YOUR heart! FREE! *HRC

BFF CLUB-BREAST FRIENDS FOREVER Thursday, Feb. 20, 5–6:30 pm Speaker: Karen Mabe Join us for a time of sharing and caring regardless of where you are in your breast cancer journey. In conjunction with the American Cancer Society. Will not meet if JC schools are closed due to weather. FREE! *HRC All classes are held in the HRC Classroom unless Annex Classroom location is specified. The HRC is located in The Mall at Johnson City by the Belk Women’s Store on the lower level. Our Annex is located at the back of The Mall, between Belk Home Store and Belk Women’s Store. Enter directly from the parking lot at the green awning. Please call REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED CALL 1-800-888-5551 • Upcoming Events at Atlantis Spiritual Center: Mondays: 10–6 pm, Palm Reading with Pat Hassan Mondays: 11–6 pm, Healing with Shannon Stokely Tuesdays: 12–6 pm, Astrology and/or tarot readings with Rev. Alisha Watson Tuesdays: 2–6 pm, Human Design Appointments Wednesdays: 10:30–6 pm, Reflexology with Registered Certified Reflexologist Turena Austin Wednesday: 5:15 pm, Yoga Wednesdays: Feng Shui Workshop with Elena Stefirta: Every other Wednesday through March Thursdays: 10–6 pm, Inter-Dimensional Healing with Rev. Edward Christian Fridays: 1–5 pm, Acudetox and Handwriting Analysis with Jo Contino Please call (423) 926-8884 to reserve your space or for more information. Atlantis Spiritual Center, 240 E. Main St. Johnson City, TN 423-926-8884, A Place of Healing announced its 1st Annual Fundraising Event is scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm at Shakti in the Mountains, 409 East Unaka Avenue, Johnson City, TN. Cost is $20 per person. Proceeds will be used to raise eating disorders awareness in the local region, and to provide eating disorders information and resources. The event will feature storytelling and a silent auction. A Place of Healing is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise awareness and provide educational resources and professional referrals to the Northeast Tennessee Region on eating disorders and related body issues. For ticket information call: 1-423-815-9511 or visit: or

Find Your Voice! “Hills Are Alive” Harmonizes in 4 parts Tuesdays at 7:00 pm on the lower level of the Bristol Mall. This small, award-winning, all-ladies chorus is a proud chapter of Sweet Adelines International. Come join us for fun and fellowship. Call 276-628-8692 for more information

Would you like to receive free advertising in Voice Magazine? Retail Jan-Carol Publishing books! We are seeking select retailers to showcase JCP books and have book signings. Great way to promote your business and local authors. Receive free promotional advertising in the magazine and online. Call for details for wholesale pricing and a compensation/advertising package tailored for your business.


Kingsport, TN New Vision Youth will host its annual Black History Program at the Lamplight Theatre on Broad Street in Kingsport with entertainment by Billy Wayne and Tainted Saints, Witness, Full Gospel Mission Choir, L3ministries, Anointed Grace, Bethel A.M.E. Zion Choir, saxophonist Casey McClintock and New Vision Youth Drama of “Who Am I?” Sunday, February 16 at 6:00 pm LampLight Theatre in Kingsport, TN Phone (423) 429-7553 or (423) 579-4651 Price: Free The City of Kingsport is seeking artwork for the Eighth (8th) Annual Sculpture Walk Exhibition in Kingsport, Tennessee. Dates for the Exhibition are May 2014 through April 2015. Works can be in any media, must be suitable for outdoors and may be functional or non-functional, temporary in nature or permanent. The temporary exhibit will be located in the heart of downtown Kingsport on Main and Broad Streets. Since 2007 the City of Kingsport has been very fortunate to purchase 12 works of art from the annual temporary Sculpture Walk exhibition and place them in the growing Permanent Public Art Collection. This has been accomplished with both private and public money and generous support from the community. Annually a full color brochure is produced and distributed. Application & required materials: For additional information or to submit application: (423) 392-8414

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