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Budget-Friendly Ways to Update a Wardrobe 5

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for All Types of Dads

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Gifts for the Outdoorsy Dad

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Father’s Day Recipes 8

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Life-Changing Moments at Bristol Bridal Station 11

Sheila Wandell – Truly a Good Neighbor



When Love Hurts Cindy Sproles 23

Men’s Health Month 24

Summer Fun for Active Seniors 25

Fun Ways to Keep Kids Occupied Over Summer Break 28


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VOICE Speaks


ith warmer weather you will find many people walking on the Creeper Trail in Abingdon, VA. I am one of those people, and usually I go after work. Recently after a long day at work, I pushed myself to go walking on the trail. I was walking alone when I was approached by a stranger who asked me if I would like a “compliment for the day” note. What? What did he say? I thought. He read my thoughts by the expression on my face, and he asked with a smile, “Would like to pick a ‘compliment of the day’ out of the bag? It’s just my way of spreading good cheer.” He held out a plastic bag with many strips of paper, and on each one was a typed compliment. Hesitantly, I reached into the bag and pulled out a piece paper. This was my compliment of the day: If possible, I hope your day is as amazing as you are…you set the bar pretty high, so fingers crossed. And it had a smiley face. I read the note out loud to the stranger. He smiled and kept walking. Sometimes all it takes is a smile and a kind word to lift another’s heart. This stranger, with this simple kind gesture, will never know how this brightened my overloaded work day and put a smile on my face! Another reason to smile? Jan-Carol Publishing will be opening our bookstore, Books & Gifts, in the near future! It is a work in progress. We have part-time positions available and working at the bookstore will be ideal to supplement your income with flexible hours. Call 423-926-9983 or email JCPbooksandgifts@gmail.com. Also, call or email for information on how to become a vendor in the bookstore. Located in the Food City shopping center in Blountville, TN, on Hwy 394, this is a big step for JCP, so your support is much appreciated. Watch for announcements and details. Besides the opening of our bookstore, Voice Magazine for Women and Jan-Carol Publishing are more active than ever online with our websites and social media. With our newly created “Book Shop” link on our website, book purchases can be made directly from our online store! Sign up for our newsletter promoting a book of the month at a discounted retail price and free shipping. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and join the fun of the giveaways and other happenings. Email communications@jancarolpublishing.com to receive our newsletter. June brings that special day for all dads, so—from all of us to all of you—Happy Father’s Day! Thought of the month: “Sometimes we are tested not to show our weakness, but to discover our strengths.” Success.com

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Verse of the month: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 KJV

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Budget-Friendly Ways to Update a Wardrobe


ife brings with it many expenses, but it’s possible to update your wardrobe each season without breaking the bank. Check out these seven money-saving suggestions before visiting retailers.

1. Investigate your closet (and others’): Take

5. Shop from the back: Sale and clearance racks

stock of what’s already in your closet and drawers. You may forget what you have, particularly if you pack away seasonal items. In addition, check with roommates or family members to see if they have any pieces they don’t use or would like to swap. 2. Turn pants into shorts or capris: Who hasn’t had the dryer shrink an item that once fit? Over time, the hemline on a dress may creep up or pants just don’t hit at the right spot on the ankle any longer. Rather than wasting an item, with some minor tailoring you can transform pants into shorts or capris and transform long dresses into short ones. 3. Invest in basics: Keep a cheat sheet in your pocket or purse when shopping so you can pick up items when they are on discount. Staples to stock a wardrobe include a basic black dress, classic black dress pants, white dress shirt, A-line skirt in a neutral color, any occasion tops, and well-fitting darker wash jeans. For men, basics include slacks and blazers or a well-fitting suit, dress shirts in a few neutral colors, casual khaki slacks, well-fitting jeans, and casual polo shirts.

tend to be at the back of department stores and other retailers. Start there to grab some pieces before working your way forward to where the newer, more costly items are displayed. 6. Stick to a neutral color palette: It’s easier to mix and match newer items with pieces you already have if the colors blend. If you want to add pops of color, do so with accessories such as belts, ties, purses, or jewelry. 7. Shop thrift sales or consignment: Just because it’s used doesn’t make durable clothing any less valuable. Thrift and consignment stores sell products at very low cost. Some places even have days during the week when ticketed items are slashed in price even further. Thrift and consignments stores also are great places to find unique pieces. Updating a wardrobe doesn’t have to break the bank. Some simple strategies can ensure anyone looks their best and has money to spare.

4. Set your budget and shopping plan: Some people like to establish monthly shopping budgets, while others updating their wardrobes prefer to shop seasonally. Figure out how much you can devote to new clothes (after taking inventory of current items) and stick to that amount. voicemagazineforwomen.com | June 2022 | 5


Father’s Day Gift Ideas for All Types of Dads

his Father’s Day, families will gather to thank dads for all they do. Gifts often are part of Father’s Day celebrations, and here’s a list of gift ideas for dads with various interests.

Gaming Dad

hiding in a tree stand during hunting season, then gifts that cater to his love of the great outdoors are perfect. Insulated thermoses, waterproof bags for storing phones or wallets, multitools, backpacks, and hiking boots make great gifts.

If your dad is at home with game controller in hand, then gifts that feed his hobby can be ideal. Virtual reality has made great strides. Devices that enable VR game play and other entertainment may appeal to Dad. Another option is to gift the Nintendo Switch Console, which enables your dad to play at home connected to the television or on the go with the handheld controller and screen combination so he never misses a chance to engage in game play.

Techy Dad

Sports Dad

Practical Dad

Tap into your father’s love of sports with gifts tailored to his passion. Baseball and soccer are played during warm months, so tickets to a game is something dads and their children can do together. You also can cheer his team on in front of a new big-screen television he gets for being such a great dad.

Some fathers don’t want flashy gifts, instead preferring ones that can be used everyday. Think about a new paper shredder or identity block roller stamp to keep sensitive information safe. If Dad takes long road trips, then he might be able to use a car visor extender or a smartphone holder. Shelving, racks or storage straps for the garage also may put a smile on Dad’s face.

Outdoorsman Dad If your dad is most at home with a fishing pole and tackle box, kayaking a nearby body of water, or

Purchase gifts that cater to his love of gadgets. Maybe he can use a new tablet or laptop that bridges the gap between home and office. Could it be time to upgrade his smartphone? A doorbell camera or home security kit can help Dad keep an eye on the comings and goings around the house when he’s away. Or help him create surround lighting effects that can react to content on the screen or music being played with LED smart lighting strips.

This year, make Father’s Day a smash hit with gifts that cater to Dad’s interests.

Each year, the third Sunday in June is a time to pay homage to fathers and the millions of other men who have stepped into the role of father. While it may seem as though Father’s Day has been around forever, it didn’t become a nationally recognized holiday in the United States until 1972. Many thank Sonora Smart Dodd for making Father’s Day happen. In 1909, while attending a Mother’s Day sermon in church, Dodd felt fathers were equally deserving of praise. Another account says Grace Golden Clayton came up with the idea 6 | June 2022 | voicemagazineforwomen.com

for a Father’s Day in 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Clayton was inspired to celebrate fathers after 361 local men perished in a deadly mine explosion. Clayton brought the idea up to the minister of her local church. Historians say that Father’s Day may even be a much older idea. St. Joseph’s Day, which was celebrated each year on March 19 in Catholic nations of Europe since the medieval era, and later elsewhere around the world, commemorates Joseph, the husband of Mary and father figure to Jesus.

Gifts for the Outdoorsy Dad By April Hensley


une brings the official start of summer with sizzling family cookouts, lounging by the pool, and celebrating Father’s Day. The men in our lives are so important to us. Usually, gifts are hard to decide on because dads never really want anything except to take care of their loved ones. So, we want to show our appreciation to them for all they do. Lots of guys love the outdoors and gardening, including flower and vegetable growing. We can try to show them how much they are loved by remembering them on their special day, and give them a surprise to help bring joy to their lives too. • If the man in your life loves to barbeque outdoors, look into new grills and smokers. Newer models are more compact and versatile than older versions, and some are suitable for small apartment balconies. There are even grills that can be mounted on boats. There are lots of handy, new utensils, like a rotisserie addition for grills and nonstick baskets for small foods. • Battery powered yard tools are a big hit right now. There’s even an awesome, new chain saw and hedge trimmers to help make pruning a breeze. We recently purchased a battery powered push mower and are impressed with the power and battery length.

• The stereotypical male usually has a favorite recliner that they sit in to relax in front of the tv at the end of a long day. A reclining lawn chair will put Dad outdoors in the middle of the summer fun while they relax in the cool, evening breeze. • A hammock would make a great addition to the yard for dad to nap after a long work day. There are also portable hammocks that can be set up at a campground or for a quick nap while hiking in the woods. • Coolers have come a long way in terms of keeping foods and drinks colder longer. They can be used for so many things such as picnics, camping, and fishing. • For outdoor lovers, search for a hat to protect him from the sun. There are so many stylish and fun options. • If you want to give a gift that the whole family can enjoy, look into a live butterfly growing kit. See all the amazing growth stages and the stunning release of the butterflies. • Trees, bushes, hanging baskets, plants, and seeds are gifts that give back for months or years to come.


April Hensley works as an office manager and is an avid gardener, writer, and greenhouse hobbyist. April loves the outdoors and is passionate about animal welfare and the environment. She can be reached at aprils1105@embarqmail.com.

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1. In a small mixing bowl, combine miso paste, garlic, soy sauce, olive oil and black pepper. Mix well with a spoon until smooth. 2. In a large zip-loc bag, add chicken wings and miso mixture. Press air out of the bag and seal tightly. Press the marinade around the wings to coat. Place bag in the refrigerator and marinate for at least one hour, up to overnight.

Grilled Cajun Shrimp Skewers 6 Skewers 1 lb. tiger prawns (or jumbo shrimp), peeled, deveined, and tails removed (about 24 prawns) 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoon garlic, minced 1 tablespoon Cajun spice (or Old Bay spice) 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning ½ tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped 2 lemon wedges 1. Use scissors to cut through the shell along the back of the prawns, and remove the shells. Rinse to remove the veins and pat dry with paper towel. 2. Add the prawns into a large bowl and add in a tablespoon olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, Cajun spice, Italian seasoning, and paprika. Shrimp are naturally quite flavorful on their own, so you do not need to over season them. 3. Toss to combine and fully coat the prawns with the marinade. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, up to 30 minutes. 8 | June 2022 | voicemagazineforwomen.com

4. Thread the marinated prawns onto skewers. Add 4 prawns on each skewer. 5. Lightly brush some olive oil over the grill pan. Preheat the grill over medium high heat for 3 minutes until the oil starts sizzling and shimmering. In a small bowl, combine remaining olive oil with finely chopped parsley. Set aside until ready to grill. 6. Place the skewers spaced evenly apart on the grill pan and grill for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the prawns turn completely orange. Brush the olive oil parsley mixture over the prawns during grilling. 7. Transfer to a plate and serve warm with some lemon wedges on the side. Sprinkle extra chopped parsley on top. Source: aheadofthyme.com

Miso Garlic Chicken Wings 10 Split Wings 1 lb. medium chicken wings (about 10 split wings) 2 tablespoons miso paste 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 1 teaspoon soy sauce 2 teaspoons olive oil ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (for garnish)

3. To bake the chicken wings: Preheat oven to 400 F. Remove the marinated wings out of the bag and place them on a quarter sheet baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, turning the wings over half way to ensure even cooking. To air fry the chicken wings: Place the wings in the air fryer basket and cook at 350 F for 22–25 minutes. Open and shake the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking. Let the wings rest at room temperature for 5 minutes and serve. Source: aheadofthyme.com

Lobster Rolls 3 Lobster Rolls 1 and ½ cups cooked lobster meat (from 3 small lobster tails), cut into 1-inch chunks ¼ cup mayonnaise ½ cup celery, diced 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped ¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste) ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste) 1 teaspoon green onions (or chives), finely chopped 3 hot dog buns 1–2 tablespoons butter, softened

1. In a medium mixing bowl, add lobster meat, mayonnaise, celery, lemon juice, parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix well until evenly combined. 2. Carefully open the hot dog buns without tearing them apart, and spread some butter on the inside. Place the hot dog buns face down (on the buttered side) on a hot skillet and toast over medium-high heat for 1–2 minutes until golden brown. 3. Divide the lobster mixture between the toasted hot dog buns and sprinkle some green onions on top. Serve immediately. Source: aheadofthyme.com

Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

and fully cooked. When salmon is cooked, the flesh will turn opaque, and it will flake easily when inserting a fork. Transfer the cooked salmon onto a plate. 3. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, water, cornstarch and lemon juice. Whisk well to combine until the cornstarch dissolves. Set aside. 4. In the same skillet, add garlic and sauté until fragrant over medium heat, about 1 minute. Stir in sauce mixture and cook for 3–4 minutes. Keep stirring until thickened to a desired consistency. 5. Return the cooked salmon to the skillet and toss well to coat evenly. Garnish with green onions and serve warm with a bowl of steamed rice. Source: aheadofthyme.com

2 – 3 Servings

½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)


1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed

4. Fold up the edges over the filling, all the way around. Carefully transfer the galette onto a parchment-lined quarter sheet baking pan. Apply egg wash over the folded over edges and sprinkle with brown sugar.

Three Ingredient Peach Sorbet 4 – 6 servings

2 tablespoons honey ¼ cup water

3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and cornstarch. Toss well to combine. Add the strawberry filling onto the center of the rolled out pie dough, leaving a 2-inch border around the edges.

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½ teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste) 2 tablespoon soy sauce

2. Prepare a single batch of pie dough and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to roll it into a round 10-inch circle. If using a 9-inch store-bought pie crust, let it defrost for 20 minutes and roll it out slightly to 10-inches.

5. Bake for 25 minutes until the crust turns golden brown. Let rest for 15 minutes then slice and serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

1 ½ lb. skin-on salmon fillets, about 1.5-inch thick

2 tablespoons olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

Strawberry Galette 3 – 4 servings

1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped

1 single 9-inch pie crust, homemade or store-bought

1 tablespoon green onions, finely chopped

2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

1. Pat dry salmon fillets and season with salt and pepper. Set aside at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

2. In a large skillet, heat oil for 2 minutes over medium-high heat until the hot oil sizzles. Sear the salmon fillets for 5–6 minutes on each side (skin side facing up first), until golden brown

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon lemon juice ½ teaspoon lemon zest 1 beaten egg (for egg wash) 1 teaspoon brown sugar vanilla ice cream (optional, for serving)

5 medium peaches, sliced with skin on (about 5 cups or 750 grams) ½ tablespoon lemon juice (or lime juice) ¾ cup granulated sugar 1. Puree all the ingredients in a heavy-duty blender for 1–2 minutes on high until smooth and peaches are completely liquified. If your blender does not fully puree the skin, and you don’t want to have little bits of skin in your sorbet, then strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. 2. Pour mixture into a 9-inch loaf pan, or a shallow dish. Cover and freeze for 6-7 hours, until fully set. Source: aheadofthyme.com

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By Pam Blair


ummer is a celebration of juicy fruits and vegetables bursting with freshness. Every grocery store has glorious displays of corn on the cob, red ripe tomatoes, and colorful peppers. You’ve been invited to a backyard barbeque and asked to bring a side dish, but what can you make that is quick and easy, but also delicious? This corn salad is always a crowd pleaser and can be put together quickly. When friends from Canada came for a visit, I made it for dinner one night. With grilled cheeseburgers and sliced tomatoes on the side, we had a great meal in no time. Our friend from Canada asked for the recipe and then made it for a family dinner back home. She said it was a hit at their family’s rib dinner, an annual cook-off event. “Thanks for making me look good in the eyes of my mother-in-law, who begged for the recipe. She is a very good cook and usually impossible to please, so hooray for corn salad!”

You can grill the corn to give it a nice char before cutting it off the cob, but the crisp crunch of the raw, fresh corn is so appealing, no cooking is necessary. Either way get ready for some rave reviews, because this is one recipe you’ll be sure to make again.

Corn Salad with Feta and Walnuts Serves 6 1 cup chopped walnuts 4 cups fresh corn kernels from 4 ears (can also use grilled corn) 2 jalapenos, seeded and thinly sliced (optional) 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil ½ tsp. Kosher salt ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper ½ cup crumbled feta cheese (2 ounces)

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1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spread walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until fragrant, 6–8 minutes. Let cool. 2. In a large bowl, combine the corn, jalapenos, lime juice, oil, walnuts, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle with the feta just before serving.


Pam Blair is a former medical librarian and communications manager who gets nervous when she doesn’t have something to read. She loves descriptive writing and has authored and edited a book and numerous other publications. Contact her at pblair919@aol.com.

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ind the dress of your dreams by making Bristol Bridal Station a part of your wedding planning. Bristol Bridal provides all of the amenities and quality of an upscale boutique for brides on a budget. All the gowns are new, couture gowns donated by salons across the country. Brides can save up to 75% off the original price of a designer gown while providing support for YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia programs. Bridal consultants are available to assist with styles and gown selection. The new shop location allows for more ease of shopping. Enjoy the experience of finding the perfect gown and stay within your budget. We receive new stock on a regular basis and carry a variety of sizes. Designers such as Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Maggie Sottero, and Stella York are available. Your purchase from Bristol Bridal Station helps support children and families in the YWCA service area. YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia provides services such as sliding-scale child care, education and support for first time teen parents, and an afterschool STEM program for middle school age girls. Bristol Bridal Station is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and is located at 106 State Street, Bristol, TN. Due to COVID-19, appointments are necessary. Groups are limited to four people, and masks are required. Please call 423573-1361 or visit our website to book an appointment online. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on new arrivals. Visit our website at www.bristolbridalstation.com


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Fruit of the Spirit By Kelly McFadden “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [a]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22–23 NKJV Interpretation: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22–23


ummer is one of my favorite times of year. Not simply for the longer days and warmer weather, but also for summer fruit. I love going into the grocery store, seeing the produce aisle stocked with a smorgasbord of delicious, brightly colored fruit and bringing some home for my family to enjoy. The book of Galatians talks about spiritual fruit. These “fruits,” love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are characteristics we hope for in ourselves but also look to receive from others. Similar to summer fruit in the produce aisle—these spiritual fruit are appealing and refreshing both when others encounter them in our lives and when we encounter them in others’ lives. For Christians, the fruit of the Spirit comes in a complete set. When you believe and the Holy Spirit is working in you, others should see this fruit daily growing in you. Not just one piece, but all. It’s not like going shopping and picking out only two kinds of fruit; we get the party pack—all nine fruits of the Spirit. These are natural characteristics of Jesus that he gives to us through the Holy Spirit. They are fruit we should seek to grow. A part of being a Christian means growing each attribute. We all have opportunities each day to demonstrate and put these fruits to practice. Each day, we can choose to display these spiritual fruit to others around us. The more we do that, the more those around us will see Jesus apparent in our life. www.homeword.com


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Sheila Wandell – Truly a Good Neighbor


s part of State Farm’s 100th anniversary, the company is spending the year recognizing those employees and agents who spread the “Good Neighbor” spirit throughout their communities. Johnson City State Farm agent Sheila Wandell is being recognized as 1 of 100 agents for her outstanding community engagement. Wandell has demonstrated countless times what it means to be a “Good Neighbor” in her community, and in doing so she is an inspiration to other State Farm agents and community members alike. Sheila Wandell, a graduate of Tusculum University, has been a State Farm agent in Johnson City, TN, since 1988. When she started college to become a teacher, Wandell had From left to right, State Farm agents Ken and Sheila Wandell present the opportunity to work part time in an insurance office. It a $10,000 check to Girls On The Run Council Director Angela Huffine was there she witnessed on a daily basis what a difference and Program Managers Lynn Rhea and Stevie Micheli. insurance made in peoples’ lives. As a result, her career aspiorganization serves over 1,000 girls rations changed direction. annually in grades 3rd – 8th. As a State Farm agent in Tri-Cities, TN, “I am honored for Girls On the Run for over three decades, Sheila Wandell Northeast TN to receive a $10,000 grant has displayed a true devotion to her comfrom State Farm on my behalf in recogmunity. During the pandemic, Sheila nition of being one of two award winWandell’s office was challenged to complete ners in Tennessee, 100 nation wide,” 100 Acts of Good. She has provided meals said Wandell. to Washington County and Johnson City Girls On the Run is personally special EMS workers, to the local Johnson City Fire to Sheila and her husband Ken Wandell Department, and to frontline workers with as their nephew, Josh Wandell, was a Ballad Health. Wandell has made numerprincipal of an elementary school and ous donations to community organizations Free Little Library outside very active in Girls on the Run. After such as Bucky’s Food Pantry, the Isaiah of Sheila Wandell’s office. his ALS diagnosis, Josh was pushed in a 117 House, the River Coalition for Kids, Wreaths Across America, and Toys for Tots. Wandell even fea- wheelchair in many races across the region and never missed the Girls on the Run race until his death in 2020. Team tures a Free Little Library outside of her office. Some of Wandell’s most meaningful acts of good were her Wandell participates in the local run with Sheila’s son, “How are you?” phone calls to clients. Wandell’s office made Justin, still participating. Shelia is very proud to have a strong company structure, a point to check in with their clients regularly to ensure they and of her office team. “My team and I are here to listen as had groceries and necessities, or just to lend an ear. Wandell also recently presented Girls on the Run a we care about our customers, and we are here to help them check for $10,000, a grant for the Outstanding Community when life becomes a challenge. I am blessed to have fantastic, licensed team members in my office.” Engagement Award. With her ‘never give up attitude’ and always striving to be Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and the best insurance and financial services agent for her cusconfident using fun, experience-based curricula that creatively integrates running. The program is designed to enhance tomers, Shelia Wandell is truly the embodiment of a good 3rd–8th girls’ social, psychological, and physical skills and neighbor in our community. behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. The local voicemagazineforwomen.com | June 2022 | 13

The Appeal of Stand-Up Paddling


ecreational activities entice people to embrace the great outdoors, particularly in summer. Stand-up paddling is one such activity that has become more popular in recent years. Recent research from the Physical Activity Council, a collective effort on the part of eight leading trade associations in sports, fitness and recreation, found that 3.5 million Americans participate in stand-up paddling. Participation in the sport is split up almost 50–50 by gender (51 percent female, 49 percent male), indicating that stand-up paddling is equally attractive to both men and women. In addition to serving as a relaxing way to enjoy the beauty of nature, stand-up paddling gets some of its appeal from its relative ease of participating. The PAC notes that minimal equipment is needed to engage in stand-up paddling, participants typically spend minimal time and effort preparing for an outing. That makes stand-up paddling an ideal respite from the hustle

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and bustle of everyday life and a perfect way to spend some time outdoors for people whose schedules suddenly clear up. Would-be paddlers who are curious about the availability of places to paddle should know that more than half of all stand-up paddlers travel less than 10 miles to paddle, proving that just about any body of water provides an opportunity to engage in this activity. People interested in stand-up paddling but unwilling to make any significant financial commitment before trying it out should know that 42 percent of people who do not own paddleboards rent them from local businesses such as on-site rental providers at boathouses or marinas and independent outdoor specialty stores. That makes stand-up paddling among the more accessible activities for people looking to enjoy the great outdoors this summer and beyond. There are ample opportunities to experience paddle boarding in the Tri-Cities! The Tri-Cities is home to wonderful water ways such as South Holston Lake, Wautaga Lake, and Boone Lake. Plus, parks such as Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport, TN offer affordable rentals by the hour for paddle boards, paddle boats, and kayaks. Interested in lessons or in the market for a new paddle board? Check out Tri-Sup in downtown Bristol, TN! Tri-Sup even offers paddle board yoga classes—called SUPYOGA.

Explore these Budget-Friendly Destinations


hile it’s true the “go big or go home” mantra is never far from the mind while on vacation, ensuring a fun a trip does not require emptying one’s wallet. The world has plenty of affordable destinations for those willing to do their research and think outside of the box. Plus, even locales billed as expensive can be made more affordable with some smart travel tips.

North American national parks National parks across North America are budget-friendly destinations. These parks boast incredibly scenic vistas and plenty of activities for outdoors enthusiasts. Most feature modest entrance fees and affordable adjacent lodging. The trip can be even more frugal by camping on park lands.

Chattanooga, TN The draw of Nashville may be strong, but nearby Chattanooga also can be an entertaining place to enjoy some southern hospitality. Chattanooga is centrally located to many areas in the United States. Chattanooga hosts the Tennessee Aquarium, which has a large freshwater aquarium and an opportunity to touch sturgeon, which is an ancient fish species.

South America When seeking warmer climates and sandy beaches, many travelers immediately think of the Caribbean islands. But for the budget-conscious, countries like El Salvador, Nicaragua,

Guatemala, and Costa Rica may be more affordable. These countries are home to rich jungles and ancient ruins as well.

St. Augustine, Florida Theme parks may be a big part of Florida’s tourist draw, but such parks can be expensive for families. Looking elsewhere in Florida for dream destinations that are easier on the pocketbook doesn’t take a lot of work. St. Augustine in Northern Florida is America’s oldest city and is packed with historical monuments, quaint shops and great dining. The city also sits a mere five miles northwest of St. Augustine Beach, which offers miles of shoreline to explore.

Portugal Plenty of people flock to the relaxing shores of Spain or enjoy the culture and nightlife of France. Nestled nearby, Portugal has its own beautiful beaches, delicious food, historic cities, and locally produced wines without the inflated prices of nearby countries.

Quebec City Quebec City’s rich history makes it a must-see Canadian destination. It is particularly vibrant in winter, when the snowy landscape creates picture-perfect memories. Accommodations also are very affordable. Traveling doesn’t have to cost much when budget-friendly destinations are on the map.

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Visit Blountville Book Trail * Blountville, TN *


ith so many places to shop for books in Blountville, TN, the wide collection of bookstores could be known as the Blountville Book Trail! There is a Christian book consignment—The Hillbilly Bookstore, Books & Things, the Sullivan County Library, and now, Jan-Carol Publishing is happy to join the Blountville Book Trail with our Books & Gifts bookstore located in the Food City Shopping Center. Our projected Grand Opening date is set for August, 2022!

As part of the Kingsport–Bristol (TN)–Bristol (VA) Metropolitan Statistical Area, Blountville is a census-designated place in the county seat of Sullivan County, Tennessee. Blountville, TN is host to the Tri-Cites Regional Airport, and Blountville is a cross way on Hwy 394 to the Bristol Motor Speedway. Blountville is thought to have been the location of a long-hunter fort prior to its permanent settlement. The site of the town was part of a tract of about 600 acres of land bought by James Brigham in 1782. In 1792, Brigham gave 30 acres to Sullivan County for use as a county seat and established a hotel nearby. Blountville was laid off as a town and established as the county seat in 1795. The county’s first courthouse and jail was a log structure. In 1825 it was replaced with a brick building. By 1830, the settlement had 209 residents, two churches, six stores, two taverns, ten mechanics, one doctor, and one lawyer.

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On the afternoon of September 22, 1863, during the Civil War, the town was the scene of the four-hour-long Battle of Blountville. During a major expedition into East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, a Union Army unit attacked Confederate troops at Blountville. The town was shelled in the fighting and the courthouse was burned in the battle, which forced the Confederates to withdraw. The courthouse was rebuilt within the old walls in 1866. The current courthouse dates from a major construction that was done in 1920; it also includes additions made in 1958. Several of Blountville’s surviving 18th and 19th century buildings are included in a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Deery Inn was built in the late 1700s and consists of three buildings: a two-story log home, a three-story stone house, and a twostory frame building. All buildings are next to each other and attached. The home is a private residence. With tourist attractions, such as Cooper’s Gem Mine, wineries and restaurants, Blountville continues to be a hotspot of growth. Be a tourist and visit our local community in Blountville, TN. Support local businesses and check out the locally owned bookstores geared toward the fun of reading! Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blountville,_Tennessee

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“In Nova Mann’s poignant first novel she explores how the Covid-19 pandemic was a catalyst that led her character, Amantha to examine her personal relationships, her faith and political views, and the bond with her Tennessee mountain home. Through her eloquent prose and song lyrics, Mann takes us on a heartbreaking journey as the virus takes its toll. In this insightful narrative, the author speaks her truth and remains hopeful, encouraging a dialogue about democracy, civility, and the future of discourse in the United States.”

ope Knocking tells the story of 2020 from three different perspectives: Amantha, an opinionated retired educator who considers herself to be half hillbilly and half flatlander; Matthew, her soft-spoken mountain husband; and Nancy Mae, Amantha’s charismatic elderly mother who has returned to her East Tennessee roots after leaving nearly seventy years ago. The three live in Mavie, a mere speck on a USGS topographical map, on the banks of the Diamond River.

Dream Big, Noodle!

Written by Monica Riley Kohler Illustrated by Deborah Riley Bocklage This cute and colorful book is about a little lady with a BIG imagination. You never know what Noodle will be up to next!

“I have enjoyed reading Nova Mann’s journal-like book Hope Knocking. Often hoping that someone would keep a journal of our world beginning in March of 2020 when the world went under Covid lockdown, I am delighted that Mann captured the mood we shared. Now those coming after us can get a taste of what is was like living under a pandemic for more than a year. A book to keep for the grandkids.” — Rachael Roberts Bliss, author of Goddess of the Promise Land: Genesis This is Nova Mann’s first novel, but she is already working on a sequel to Hope Knocking, which will hopefully be released sometime in 2023. She lives with her husband in the mountains of Tennessee, embraced by the Cherokee Forest. NovaMann20

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Written by Nova Mann Hope Knocking tells the story of 2020 from three different perspectives: Amantha, an H opinionated retired educator who considers herself to be half hillbilly and half flatlander; Matthew, her soft-spoken mountain husband; and Nancy Mae, Amantha’s charismatic elderly mother who has returned to her East Tennessee roots after leaving nearly seventy years ago. The three live in Mavie, a mere speck on a USGS topographical map, on the banks of the Diamond River.


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“Reading this beautiful devotional allows you to embrace and reflect on life lived. Personal and practical, this book shows a pure and honest love for family, and a heart to share Jesus Christ.” — Connie Clark-Thompson, author of Gardening with God: One Sense at a Time

n Christmas Day, 1977, Vincent Joy gifted his parents a recently published Living Bible with the hope to encourage them to dig deeper into the faith that they had raised Joy and his siblings in. In the years that followed, that Living Bible became but a memory until resurfacing in 2021, but this time full of torn notes, each with scripture references, tucked between the pages. The discovery of the Living Bible led Joy to the realization of just how strong his parents’ faith was, a fact that overwhelmed him with emotion. Quietly Serving God is the story of Joy’s parents and their relationship with the Savior. It is Joy’s hope that readers feel a deep love for Jesus, the way he now knows his parents did toward the end of their lives.

is a Gospel minister with many years of experience in the Christian ministry. He has served in several pastoral roles, within and outside of traditional church settings. Together with his wife Valerie, they founded Finding Real Freedom Ministries, Inc., which they lead together from their home. After relocating with his wife to Savannah, GA, in 2021, Vincent was called to serve at Hope City Church as their Director of Global Missions. Quietly Serving God is Vincent’s first published work.


The Dreamer: John W. McClarty

The Honorable John W. McClarty, Judge

Written by The Honorable John W. McClarty The story of a Black youth’s dream to become a lawyer and the obstacles he overcame to successfully accomplish his goal.

Vincent E. Joy

Written by Wayne A. Major and O Co-Author Ralphine Major Illustrated by Teresa Wilkerson This is a fun and educational children’s picture book about nature. The synchronous fireflies put on a spectacular show as thousands of them light up at Vincent E. Joy the same time and then go dim at the same time. This unique happening occurs only once a year at a remote setting called Elkmont which was once a thriving logging camp. Elkmont is close to the tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where thousands of tourists spend their vacations enjoying the many stores, restaurants, and amusement locations. Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and her family enjoy this amazing experience watching the synchronous fireflies while on vacation in the Smokies.

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Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. is a small independent publishing press with a motivated force of authors. Mountain Girl Press, Little Creek Books, Express Editions, DigiStyle, Broken Crow Ridge, Fiery Night, Skippy Creek, and RoseHeart Publishing are all imprints of Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.

Quietly Serving God

Quietly Serving God: Growing Through Daily Challenges

Written by Vincent E. Joy On Christmas Day, 1977, Vincent Joy gifted his parents a recently published Living Bible with the hope to encourage them to dig deeper into the faith that they had raised Joy and his siblings in. In the years that followed, that Living Bible became but a memory until resurfacing in 2021, but this time full of torn notes, each with scripture references, tucked between the pages. The discovery of the Vincent E. Joy Living Bible led Joy to the realization of just how strong his parents’ faith was, a fact that overwhelmed him with emotion. Quietly Serving God is the story of Joy’s parents and their relationship with the Savior. It is Joy’s hope that readers feel a deep love for Jesus, the way he now knows his parents did toward the end of their lives.

Growing Through Daily Challenges

What Ever Happened to the Smooth-Tongued Cats?

Written by Donald Greco Illustrated by Jessica Beaver Pete is a nice, gentle cat who loves Lukey. He’s always happy when he’s with Lukey and his family. But Pete has a whole lot of troubles. Other cats just don’t like him, and nobody, especially Lukey, can figure out why. Pete often gets into cat fights, and when he does, he sometimes gets hurt and has to be taken to a veterinarian. So what can be done about Pete and Lukey’s cat troubles? Pete is a nice, gentle cat who loves Lukey. He’s always happy when he’s with Lukey

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Kairn: Mates of the Alliance

Written by Fionne Foxxe Farraday Fighting to save a primitive planet targeted by the Alliance’s enemies, Kairn never expected to find the female who haunted his dreams made flesh and blood. Daria’s life revolved around her work. She had given up on finding romance...let alone love. Earth was now under attack by an evil alien empire—under siege. Daria is trying to do her job as best she can in an upside-down world. Then the cavalry arrives...in the form of giant, gorgeous alien warriors. These aliens are working toward restoring Earth to the pristine beauty she used to be. In their charismatic leader, Daria finds the most amazing partner. Laughter and love with her devoted alien, what’s an Earth girl going to do but grab on with both hands and hold on tight to enjoy the ride? After all...what could possibly go wrong? 18 | June 2022 | voicemagazineforwomen.com

about Pete and Lukey’s cat troubles?


God’s Colors: An Interactive Preschool Book

Written by Jaqueline Krafft Illustrated by Abigail Schlegl Have you ever wondered what God’s favorite colors might be? God’s Colors serves as the perfect educational tool for young children to learn about the world’s many hues. With stunning illustrations and interactive writing, God’s Colors encourages children to explore and create vivid imagery in the world around us.

JCP is Now Accepting Submissions for the Fourth Installment of These Haunted Hills The These Haunted Hills series began with the first installment in fall of 2017, and has since produced second and third editions. Each anthology is filled with stories that indulge readers’ curiosity for the supernatural from an array of accomplished authors. These Haunted Hills: Book 4 is set for publication in autumn of 2022. Authors whose stories are accepted will receive 2 free books after publication. Payment for shipping is required. Stories submitted to the fourth edition of JCP’s haunting anthology collection should follow the theme of spooky or supernatural stories set in the Appalachian region. Stories must be fiction. The submission fee per

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AUTHORS on the ROAD APPALACHIAN AUTHORS GUILD MEETING Tuesday, June 14, the Appalachian Authors Guild will conduct a business meeting from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator, 852 French Moore Jr Blvd, Abingdon, VA. From 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm the workshop presentation will be “Marketing Tips” by Victoria Fletcher. All members and non-members are welcome to attend the business meeting and the presentation. RITA QUILLEN Hiding Ezra Saturday, June 11 Book signing and reading Kingsport Public Library Kingsport, TN

LINDA HUDSON HOAGLAND Snooping Can Be Regrettable; Snooping Can Be Scary; Snooping Can Be Uncomfortable; Snooping Can Be Helpful – Sometimes; Onward & Upward; Missing Sammy; Snooping Can Be Doggone Deadly; Snooping Can Be Devious; Snooping Can Be Contagious; Snooping Can Be Dangerous; The Best Darn Secret; and anthologies Easter Lilies; Broken Petals; Wild Daisies; Scattered Flowers; and These Haunted Hills and These Haunted Hills Book 2 Inclement weather may cause a cancellation and the event will be rescheduled at a later date. Friday, June 3, 10 am – 4 pm Book Signing Food City, Claypool Hill, VA Saturday, June 4, 10 am – 4 pm Book Signing Food City, Radford, VA Friday, June 10, 10 am – 4 pm Book Signing Food City, Galax, VA Saturday, June 11, 10 am – 4 pm Book Signing Food City Bonham Road/Bristol, VA

story is $10. You may call the office at 423.926.9983 with a credit card number or mail a check to JCP at P.O. Box 701, Johnson City, TN, 37605. Stories must have a minimum of 1500 words and a maximum of 3500 words per story. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2022. Send your submissions to submissions@jancarolpublishing.com. Sunday, June 12, 10:00 am – 4 pm Book Signing Big Walker Lookout, Wytheville, VA

Sunday, June 19, 10:00 am – 4 pm Book Signing Big Walker Lookout, Wytheville, VA,

Tuesday, June 14, 12 pm – 1:00 pm Business Meeting 1 pm – 3 pm – Workshop – Speaker TBA Small Business Incubator Abingdon, VA

Friday, June 24, 10 am – 6 pm Book Signing Patchwork Quilters Jamboree Graham High School Gym Bluefield, VA

Friday, June 17, 10 am – 4 pm Book Signing Food City, Lebanon, VA

Saturday June 25, 10 am – 6 pm Book Signing Patchwork Quilters Jamboree Graham High School Gym Bluefield, VA

Saturday, June 18, 10 am – 6 pm Book Signing Chautauqua Festival, Wytheville, VA


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Neil is a boy with an imaginary friend, Langston. As Neil grows older, he loses contact with his friend. Langston has not been forgotten, but will they ever find one another again?

Explore the adventures of these two turtles who chose to race for a mouth-watering head of cabbage instead of deciding to share it. They soon find out that they both lose in the end.

Ricky, a talking cactus, has a dad who is in trouble and he is determined to save the day, but how does a prickly pear cactus do that? Thankfully the desert is full of new friends everywhere he goes. Ricky shares his adventure on his journey.

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The synchronous fireflies put on a spectacular show as thousands of them light up at the same time and then go dim at the same time. This unique happening occurs only once a year at a remote setting called Elkmont which was once a thriving logging camp. Elkmont is close to the tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forg. Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and her family enjoy this amazing experience watching the synchronous firefliees while on vacation in the Smokies.

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Books You May Have Missed! Yesterday’s Books and Tomorrow’s Reading

Michael Dillon

Luke Kramarski

Tom Callaghan

Dylan Roche

Alexander’s first real adventure inside a magical oak tree is a ride you will want to go on more than once! Come meet all the creatures and enjoy the humor and action as you follow along with Alexander on this grand journey to the top, and you can decide what is real, and what may not be.

This daily healthy living and exercise activity book engages your child by bringing each day as a new adventure with a new exercise. This book presents healthy living habits and daily exercises that encourage the readers to stay active.

A 15-year-old city-boy moved into a remote forest cabin on Big Bear Mountain and realized his connection to nature after discovering the 100-year-old journal of a grizzly hunter. It is written in a way that mixes natural science with war and fantasy to create a roller-coaster adventure with many surprising twists.

No matter how long he has yearned to escape his boring life as an ordinary teenager, nothing can prepare James Shannassy for the afternoon when he meets a figment bird called Archit and the two of them set off for the world of Nalgordia to break a centuries-old curse.

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The Origins of Juneteenth


uneteenth was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021. Even though it is in its infancy on paper, Juneteenth is considered the longest-running African American holiday in history. The National Museum of African American History and Culture notes that Juneteenth marks a significant date in American history. June 19, 1865 marks the day when the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, under General Gordon Granger, and announced to the locals that all enslaved African Americans were free. While the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863, and the Civil War ended in April 1965, it took time before the end of slavery was actually enforced in resistant states like Texas. Reactions to freedom ranged from utter joy to pure shock. Some former slaves awaited job offers from plantation owners, but others sought new lives else-

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where, primarily in the northern United States. Settling in new areas brought challenges, but individuals rose to those challenges. The first of what would become an annual “Jubilee Day” celebration took place in Texas in the year following Granger’s

arrival. Through the years, the day took on the name “Juneteenth” (a shortening of June nineteenth) and featured celebrations with prayer services, barbecues, music, and other social activities. Texas was the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday, with others following suit in subsequent years. It wasn’t until June 2021 that Congress passed a resolution establishing the celebration of Juneteenth as a national holiday. It was signed into law on June 17, 2021, a mere two days before the first official federal commemoration. Juneteenth remains a celebration of not only freedom, but also family and the joy surrounding release from oppression. According to Juneteenth.com, special foods and beverages are served for Juneteenth celebrations, particularly those not available or consumed on a daily basis and many that are red in color. Celebrants recall their heritage and culture while looking ahead to future opportunities.

When Love Hurts By Cindy K. Sproles


hy do we hurt the ones we love the most? It’s a question that is yet to be answered, but unfortunately, it seems most accurate when dealing with our aging parents. Well-meaning friends encourage us to brush off the hurt. Ignore it—after all, they’re elderly. They can’t help it. Anyone who has ever experienced hurt understands it’s something that tends to fester. It doesn’t just go away, and sometimes the pain is deep enough, intentional enough, that it drives a wedge into a relationship. It’s hard to understand when our aging parents lash out at us, especially when there was no need or cause, so how do we handle or come to grips with this hurt? We begin by attempting to understand the whys. Your next quest is, “Does that make their hurting us excusable?” The short answer is no. Hurting others is never excusable, but we can make an effort to understand what lies behind the cause and find the necessary forgiveness for our aging loved ones and ourselves. After all, forgiveness works as much, if not more, for the injured party than it does for the one poking the jabs. Here are some ways to help understand the whys behind the hurt. They are not easy and certainly won’t solve every issue, but knowledge is power, and when we understand, we can deal more appropriately. • Medical causes—Beginning with the most prevalent may be the easiest place to start. Medical issues certainly rank among the highest causes of elder anger and hurt. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, even urinary tract infections (UTI), can often steal away those once sweet and loving personalities. Though the medical professionals can douse us with long and extensive explanations of how the brain works, it doesn’t lessen the hurt when our loved one makes that one harsh jab. Understanding some of the things that may lead to the hurtful remarks may help ease the pain. The inability to communicate draws out great frustration. When you are aware in your mind of what you want to say, but you cannot articulate it, frustration and anger build, and the one offering the most care is generally the one to catch the explosion. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, these patients are very keen to recognize and read body language. It’s as though that particular ability strengthens when the communication lessens. If we are tense, feeling uncomfortable being with our loved ones, or trying to help them communicate, those loved ones grow very frustrated, and it releases with hurtful remarks.

Loneliness and insecurities—When seniors spend a lot of time alone, emotional spikes lead to sudden outbursts. Perhaps they’ve lost a spouse of 50-plus years. Even with immediate family close by, the intimacy and closeness of the one you’ve spent half your life with are gone. Aging parents grow sad from the person’s loss and the routine. Every day for 50 years, grandmother was up at 6:00 a.m. fixing granddad’s coffee. Replacing this is nearly impossible. It’s the routine of their love and their life. Often families try to change the routine and move the coffee cup from where it has resided for years. It’s well-intentioned, but the move is yet another loss for grandmother. That was granddad’s place to leave his cup. In our effort to help, we tend to make things ache a little more. Be sensitive to loneliness and certainly don’t rush the grieving process, be it grieving over a loved one or grieving over the loss of independence. Handle both with gentleness. • Sense of immortality and loss of independence— As our parent’s age, their ability to perform normal daily living skills lessens. Dad can’t mow and weed-eat like he used to. Mom can’t manage the stairs like she once did. This realization is difficult, especially when Baby Boomer parents were raised with a deep sense of independence. Succumbing to these phases of life push the degrees of frustration to new levels. It’s hard to let go. Add the loss of siblings or peers, and now we deal with our own immortality. The end of life seems nearer than we’d anticipated. Even knowing a few reasons behind the hurtful remarks that sometimes come from our aging parents doesn’t necessarily ease the sting when it hits us between the eyes. It doesn’t make it right, but this is one of the harsh realities of aging. Sometimes our loved ones become so caught up in the one or two things where they find comfort in growing old that they protect those things with all of their being because it is the one thing they still can control. When your loved one slings an ugly remark your way, do your best to absorb the sting. Take a day to seek out the forgiveness necessary and work toward strengthening that parent-child bond. Is it easy? Rarely, but the rewards of knowing you have done your best will shine. Love heals a multitude of things, and if we can keep in mind that we won’t have them forever, it helps us ease over the hump and keep the good times in the forefront. It’s never easy to turn the other cheek, and sometimes we can’t, but understanding some of the phases of aging helps us make good decisions.


Cindy K. Sproles is a novelist, speaker, and conference teacher. She is the cofounder of ChristianDevotions.us and the managing editor for Straight Street Books and SonRise Devotionals, imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Visit Cindy at www.cindysproles.com. voicemagazineforwomen.com | June 2022 | 23

Health Care Screenings For Men Between The Ages Of 18 And 39


reventive health care is a multifaceted approach to a healthy lifestyle that incorporates various strategies to reduce risk for illness and disease. Screenings are a vital component of preventive care, even for young men. Regardless of how fit a young man is or how healthy he feels, these screenings should be part of health care regimens for all men between the ages of 18 and 39. • Blood pressure: The United States Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health urge men between the ages of 18 and 39 to have their blood pressure checked at least once every two years. Men with preexisting conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and kidney problems, may need more frequent blood pressure screenings.

• Cholesterol: Men with no known risk factors for coronary heart disease are urged to get annual cholesterol screenings beginning at age 35. Men with known risk factors should begin receiving annual screenings at age 20. More frequent screenings might be necessary for individuals with diabetes, kidney problems or heart disease. • Diabetes: Risk factors and warning signs will dictate if men between the ages of 18 and 39 require diabetes screening. For example, the U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that a BMI over 25 is considered overweight, which is a risk factor for diabetes. Men who fall into this category should be screened for diabetes starting at age 35. Providers also may test men’s blood sugar levels if their blood pressure is 130/80 or higher and/or if they have a first degree relative with diabetes or a history of heart disease. • Infectious disease: The USNLM urges all individuals, including healthy young men, to be tested for hepatitis C at least once between the ages of 18 and 79. Doctors also may recommend additional screenings for sexually active young men, who may be tested for syphilis, chlamydia, HIV, and other infections. • Testicular cancer: The National Cancer Institute reports that testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 34. The USNLM advises against testicular self-exams, so young men should discuss testicular cancer screenings with their physicians, especially if they notice any changes in the size or shape of their testicles. • Dental checkup: Men are encouraged to visit the dentist twice a year for an exam and cleaning. Dentists can determine if more frequent visits are necessary. Preventive health care is vital for everyone, including men between the ages of 18 and 39.

June is Men’s Health Month




Eat Healthy. Start by taking small steps like saying no to super-sizing and yes to a healthy breakfast. Eat many different types of foods to get all the vitamins and minerals you need. Add at least one fruit and vegetable to every meal.

Get Moving. Play with your kids or grandkids. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do yard work. Play a sport. Keep comfortable walking shoes handy at work and in the car. Most importantly, choose activities that you enjoy to stay motivated.

Make Prevention a Priority. Many health conditions can be detected early with regular checkups from your healthcare provider. Regular screenings may include blood pressure, cholesteral, glucose, prostate health and more.

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Summer Fun for Active Seniors


eniors may have more time for leisure and recreation than working adults, and the summer months provide ample opportunities to get active. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults age 65 and older get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. There are plenty of ways for active seniors to meet this exercise goal and have some fun along the way. Join or start a walking club. Walking is a great way to stay in shape and work the mind as well. View new sights along the way by changing the route each time you go. Walking with friends can pass the time and provide the motivation to keep going. • Take a fishing charter. Casting a rod from a dock or pier is perfectly acceptable, but securing a spot on a fishing charter is a great way to spend hours out on the water enjoying the scenery and the sport of fishing. Plus, there’s the added benefit of enjoying the fruits of your labors by cooking the day’s catch for dinner once you arrive home. • Be a tourist. Many cities and towns have their own tourism boards and showcase interesting spots that have historical significance or appeal to other interests. Be a tourist for the day— even in an area with which you are familiar. Hop on a trolley or sightseeing bus to view the town as an outsider. • Spend time swimming. Swimming is a low-impact activity that can work the body in many different ways. Devote time to doing a few laps in the pool. Or make a day of going to a lake or another body of water to wade out and enjoy some strokes in nature. Stick to swimming areas that are monitored by lifeguards for optimal safety. • Tend to a garden. Gardening is a great form of light exercise that can produce rewarding results. If you don’t have a garden or

enough space for one at home, many neighborhoods have community gardens in which you can secure a plot. • Visit a fair or farmer’s market. The warm weather months are a peak time for outdoor activities, including various community fairs and farmer’s markets. Chances are you can find a farmer’s market nearby most days of the week, but especially on the weekend. A town market or state fair is a great way to get out and walk, play games of chance or enjoy some live entertainment. Check your community calendar for local events. Active seniors can embrace long, warm summer days to enjoy plenty of time away from home.

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By Ken Heath

Forever and Ever, Amen.


hirty-two years—it seems like a lifetime ago. My bride and I will celebrate our three-decades-plus-two anniversary the 16th of this month. Our big 30th anniversary was sidetracked, like so many things, because of the pandemic, so it went without the usual fanfare that tends to accompany such benchmarks. Oh, I know how blessed I am, and I thank God for allowing her to be a part of my life, my wife, my best friend, not just on our anniversary, but every day. She is my inspiration, my very breath, and my heartbeat. And a pandemic lockdown can’t stop that. Looking back to that June Saturday, I can still remember the smell of the old, wooden floors of that white, clapboard church sanctuary, the gentle breeze of the fans the preacher had sat out since the air conditioner had gone on the fritz earlier that week. The first time I saw her face as she entered the back doors, my groomsmen by my side at the altar. The ham biscuits and bluegrass for the simple reception of family and friends in the church’s basement. The long drive to the Outer Banks that took us nearly to daylight to get there. I remember the times I’d felt I would be alone all my life, finally giving in to what I figured would be a lifetime of bachelorhood, as I’d failed to meet anyone of significance through high school, two family moves, and three colleges. I’d prayed for a lifetime companion, but through times and trials and false starts, I’d settled knowing God knew best and that it was as it was. But His plans weren’t my 26 | June 2022 | voicemagazineforwomen.com

plans—the very first time I realized that listening was far more important that talking. He answered my prayers, not on my terms, but His. And He answered—with the love and devotion that only a love sent from Heaven could ever be. I remember our wedding rehearsal and how I almost couldn’t get through it, because of the tears rolling uncontrollably down my cheeks. I had been given my angel, the love of my life, my forever, and at that moment I knew God had a plan for me. Now, a scootch over a score and a half later, I still tear up thinking of the precious gift He’s given me. My glasses are a little thicker, my creaky knees and aching joints slow me, but my heart still beats just as strong as ever for my bride. I still listen, in the quiet of the midnight, as my angel gently sleeps. And through the cacophony of two dogs snoring and the rush of the outside world, I listen for His voice. And I hear it—and I hear her—as each breath assures me that His plan is real, my prayers answered, my life on earth fulfilled. I could have never dreamed I’d be so blessed. But when I follow instead of try to push into the lead, He leads me along His path. And I thank God once again for my bride.


Ken Heath is a Marion, VA hometown boy who expresses his passions in his writings and through music. After his ‘real job’, Ken is owner of the legendary Cliffside Roadhouse, doggie dad to Miss Reagan and their rescue Scottie the Wonder Dog with his wonderful wife. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at #kenheath.

By Deana Landers www.morningcoffeebeans.com


ne minute I was a Super Nana, the next minute, I was lying on the tennis court floor trying to breathe. When our grandchildren come for the holidays, it is fantastic, fun, and exhausting. Unfortunately, the exhausting part has nothing to do with how much we enjoy them. My husband says to me all the time, “Honey, you have done enough. You don’t have to bake a cake, too!” My daughter took charge of the Easter holidays this year. All the things that I usually work so hard on, she turned into a simple, beautiful meal that was more than enough with half the stress I normally put into the holiday activities. After a beautiful, three-day weekend that included a wonderful sunrise service, they decided to take a last walk down the Riverwalk. Our 11-year-old grandson, Cooper, didn’t want to go on the walk, so he said, “Hey Nana, let’s play a game of tennis.” I taught our children and grandchildren to play tennis, but I’ve not played very much in recent years. We grabbed our tennis gear and headed across the street to the tennis court. Cooper hasn’t learned to control the ball yet, so he kept hitting it out of bounds. Finally, I told him that I wouldn’t chase the ball, but I had to because that was the only way I could hit it back to him. After a while, he said, “Wow, Nana, you are really good to be 65 years old.” “Cooper, I’m 71 years old,” I responded. Sometimes we don’t tell people our age because we don’t want others to treat us like we’re old. However, I am grateful to be here. Only three of my ten siblings lived to be 70 before they died. “Wow, Nana, I didn’t know that! You’re awesome!” “Yeah, I know, but I’m getting a little tired, so I think we need to stop and rest.” “Oh please, just a few more minutes,” he pleaded. I was so flattered that my grandson thought I was in such good shape that I said, “Sure. Let’s play a little longer.”

Five minutes later, he hit the ball out of bounds again, and feeling like the amazing Nana he thought I was, I ran for it. I remember starting to fall and feeling panic. My arm was still reaching for the ball when I went down. Then, I felt my ankle twist and my side hit so hard on the floor that it took my breath away. I heard the fear in his voice. “Oh no, Nana! Are you alright?” Being the awesome Nana he thought I was, I immediately jumped up…well, not precisely jumped, but I raised myself from the pavement using one limb at a time; “Don’t worry, I’m fine.” However, as I looked around, I could see those in the park shaking their heads. They knew I wasn’t. He ran to me and said, “I think we should quit for now.” “Okay,” I panted. “If you want to.” Then I bravely but painfully walked across the street to our house. When we walked in the door, he told everyone that I had fallen and hurt myself, and I assured them that I was okay. But I wasn’t. I took Ibuprofen and pretended to be fine until they all left a few hours later. Then I collapsed on the couch, trying to breathe without pain. The following day I went to the hospital for an x-ray. I was sure my ribcage must have caved into my chest cavity, but the diagnosis was a contusion (bruising) to my ribs on the right side, my ankle, my arm, and yes, my pride. I learned three things: One: Just because I taught my grandchildren the basics of playing tennis does not mean that I am an equal partner, and I need to get in better shape to keep up with them. Two: Flattering words are not enough to give you the strength to keep moving when your body is saying, “No, you’re tired and you need to take a break.” Three: We need to know when to stop. We need to listen to our bodies and know our limits. Rest is as essential to being healthy and capable as exercise is. We’ve always been very active with our children and grandchildren, but it can be hard to keep up physically because our bodies change as we age. That doesn’t mean we can’t be active with them. It means we should know when to take a break before injuring ourselves or pushing ourselves too far. So, my advice is to listen to your body to know your limits. In my case, it is to listen to my body instead of my ego. There are other ways to be a “Super Nana.”


Deana Landers, a retired nurse and health educator, is Christian speaker who strives to educate and encourage. She may be contacted at dlanders1511@ gmail.com or 276-780-7355. voicemagazineforwomen.com | June 2022 | 27

Fun Ways to Keep Kids Occupied Over Summer Break


ummer vacation can be a dilemma for parents, especially in households where both parents work full-time. A pandemic-related increase in remote working has made that problem somewhat more manageable, but even parents working from home must find fun way for kids to stay occupied until the new school year begins. No two kids are the same, so parents may need to try various activities on for size until they find something their children enjoy doing during the lazy days of summer. • Day camp: Day camps provide much of the structure of school without all the homework or time spent indoors. Many parks and recreation departments run summer day camps for kids. Camps can be generalized or specialized. For example, some may offer an array of activities, including sports and nature walks, in a given day, while others may focus on a single activity, like musical lessons or science-based programs. • Reading: Parents may be surprised by how much their children enjoy a good book. The National Literacy Trust reports that roughly 45 percent of children between the ages of eight and 11 enjoy reading “very much.” Weekly visits to the library, where kids can pick from hundreds of books, can get youngsters even more excited about reading.

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• Play dates: Play dates are a great way to make kids happy and take a little off of parents’ daily plates. Arrange routine summer play dates with children’s school friends, neighbors and/or cousins. Parents can alternate hosting responsibilities so they can get work done at home and enjoy a break when it’s not their turn to host. • Find something free: Weekly movie nights under the stars and concerts in community squares are popular in many communities, but those same towns also may host events specifically for kids during the daytime. A simple internet search of “free events near me” may unveil a host of activities that can keep kids happy and occupied on summer days when their schedules are open. Local libraries can be great resources for free events as well. Summer vacation is a relaxing time for youngsters. Parents who don’t want that relaxation to turn into boredom can look to various activities to occupy their children’s time until a new school year begins.

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