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July 2022 | Volume 19 | Issue 7

Voice Speaks

Janie C. Jessee, Editor-in-Chief 4

Choose the Right Golf Attire 5

YW Strive for Teens 6

July Hot Hunk Hunt!

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Philip Sternberg Each month Voice will “hide” a picture of a “Hot Hunk.” If you find him, fill out this form, mail it in, and you could win a book from Jan-Carol Publishing!

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Keeping the Harvest Fresh April Hensley 13

Affordable Ways to Make Homes More Appealing to Modern Buyers 14

Jan-Carol Publishing New Releases 16

Sci-Fi Author Spotlight 17

Aging in Place Cindy Sproles 21

7 Common Fitness Mistakes to Avoid 22

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Warning Signs of Mental Illness 24

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s we move into the hot summer months, it is hard to think about the holidays, but I have already started thinking about Christmas gifts! With the high gas prices and everything costing more, I’m starting early this year for my holiday shopping. In fact, it seemed to me that July was the month for thinking of the holidays, so I decided to leave a decorated Christmas tree up year-round to enjoy. Yes—I have my Christmas tree ready for the gifts! Jan-Carol Publishing also starts thinking about “Christmas in July” with discounts and specials for our books. This year it is even more special with our soon opening bookstore, Books & Gifts. 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. Located in the Food City shopping center in Blountville on Hwy 394, this is a big step for JCP, so your support is much appreciated. See details in our ad on page 31. Visit our website, and be sure to sign up for our newsletter for book discounts, coupons, and giveaways! We would like to welcome a new addition to our JCP family. Allison Chudina will be starting in July as our Editorial/Retail Assistant. We are excited to bring her aboard. From all of us to all of you—Have a safe and Happy July 4th Holiday! Thought of the month: “When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘we’ even illness becomes wellness.” Author Unknown Verse of the month: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:34 (KJV)

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Choose the Right Golf Attire

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hile there is no fixed dress code for golf, there are certain guidelines that golfers must follow. These rules and regulations may vary from course to course. Public and municipal courses may have very few rules, while private courses or exclusive golf clubs may have restrictive dress codes. The following are some good rules of thumb when heading to the course.

Bottoms Men are advised to wear long pants made of cotton or polyester. Chinos typically are recommended. According to Golf Week, some clubs will permit men to wear jeans, but many do not. Dress shorts may be allowed if they have a pleated or flat front. Similarly, women also should don long trousers. Capris or dress shorts also may be applicable. Many women opt for golf skirts, which are specially designed and cut on the front or side to enable motion in the golf swing.

Shirts A collared shirt is the preferred attire when golfing. Opt for a polo shirt over a T-shirt. While there are newer mock or crew neck shirts endorsed by some pro golfers, golf courses will not necessarily permit players to wear them. Women also are encouraged to wear polo shirts, though there is more flexibility in their shirt options, including sleeveless varieties. Modest shirts are highly encouraged, especially ones that will not expose the midriff. Men and women are encouraged to tuck in their shirts.

of trousers. Light-colored socks are advised when wearing shorts. Some clubs require socks be a certain length when wearing dress shorts. Above all, socks should complement the clothing.

Hats Golfers can wear baseball-style hats or visors to offer protection from the sun. Straw hats known as “Ben Hogan caps” also may be permitted. Other types of headwear is generally not appropriate. Players should keep in mind that attire that is acceptable on the course may not be suitable to wear inside of the club, including dining spaces or bars. A degree of formality is evident in the game of golf, and that often is reflected in players’ attire. Players should confirm dress code with their respective clubs or golf courses before hitting the links.

Footwear Sneakers tend to be off-limits on many courses. Golf shoes are a sport standard, and should include soft spikes rather than metal spikes, which may be banned on certain courses.

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Social Media: It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore

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ocial media is often on the receiving end of negative attention, but it’s also a potentially valuable tool that can help men and women over 50 stay connected with their communities. That’s not always so easy for adults who no longer have children at home. And as its name suggests, social media can help users connect with others who share their interests. Such connections also can be hard to make for adults over 50. Adults over 50 may be more comfortable with social media now than they were a decade ago, but it’s still a good idea to brush up on basic security measures that can help men and women protect their privacy as they utilize platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. • Protect your personal information. No social media user has the right to access your personal information, including your address, date of birth or other data unique to you. Avoid interacting with anyone who requests personal information, employing the function to block such users from connecting with you when possible. It’s also important to keep information about travel plans private. For example, sharing details of an upcoming vacation can serve notice to potential criminals that no one will be in your house, making it a potential target for burglars. • Aim for quality, not quantity, when building social media networks. Avoid accepting friend requests from individuals you don’t know. Cyber criminals often gain access to victims via social media, so limit your social media network to people you know and trust. • Turn off location information. The technology behind social media is impressive and even makes it possible to determine where users are when they tweet or post to other platforms. But many users, especially those concerned about their privacy, don’t want to share location information with anyone, much less strangers. Turn off location information and routinely double check to make sure it’s still turned off. • Discuss others’ privacy concerns before posting to social media. Social media isn’t for everyone, and some people may not want photos of themselves or

their children posted to platforms like Facebook or Instagram. Prior to posting pictures or information about other people, confirm that they’re OK with you doing so. Adults over 50 are engaging with social media. But no matter how comfortable users become, it’s still best to keep various social media safety protocols in mind.

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By Maria True CEO/General Manager Jet Broadcasting, Inc.

peace would come only if Native people and white settlers saw themselves as one people, and she thought only the women on the two sides could make this happen. n 1775 tensions had been building In July of 1776 British agents convinced between colonists and the British authorthe Cherokee to attack the Long Island, ities for more than a decade, because the Watauga, and Nolichucky settlements in a thirteen British North American colonies three prong attack. Dragging Canoe, Attakulwanted the same rights as any other British lakulla’s son, was to lead a couple hundred subject, including representation. By June braves in a surprise attack on the settlers at 1776, with the Revolutionary War in full swing, Long Island, leaving them nearly defensea growing majority of the colonists had come less. Nanyehi helped four traders escape from to favor independence from Britain. On July Cherokee towns to get word to the unsuspect4, the Continental Congress voted to adopt ing settlers of the attack. Her efforts allowed the Declaration of Independence. East TenPHOTO BY MARK LACKEY the frontier militia to gather to defend Long nessee is not usually thought of as a RevoluMaria True Island and defeat the Cherokee in the Battle tionary War zone, but there were a few battles and some key women that played important roles in our fight for of Island Flats in present day Kingsport. It wasn’t long before Nanyehi put her beliefs into action again. independence. Though women in the English colonies were legally barred Lydia Bean lived around the area we now call Boones Creek and she from nearly all forms of public and political life, they found numer- was going to the fort at the Watauga settlement when she was capous ways to engage in the political discourse that heated up in the tured by a band of Cherokee and taken to the Cherokee Overhill years before the American Revolution. Whether it was by produc- towns to be burned at the stake. Tied up and with the fire already ing homemade goods to avoid paying import taxes, writing scath- lit, Nanyehi stepped in and pardoned Lydia. Nanyehi nursed her ing political satire, or publicly declaring a boycott of British goods, back to health and the two became friends. Lydia went on to teach women were more than capable of bringing their considerable social Nanyehi to weave, making the Cherokee less dependent on traders and economic influence to bear in support of the Patriot cause. for woven cloth. Lydia also got two dairy cows and taught the CherTheir efforts were not always welcome, but they were effective. Let’s okee how to raise cattle and prepare dairy products which greatly look at a few heroic women that helped turn the tide in the colo- helped to supplement their diet. In 1772 the Watauga Association had formed (celebrating 250 nists favor Nanyehi, known in English as Nancy Ward, was a beloved years), a semi-autonomous government that was outside the boundarwoman and political leader of the Cherokee. Nanyehi (“She who ies of the British colonies and within Cherokee territory. The settlers walks among the spirits”) was born in 1738 in the Cherokee town had negotiated a lease with the Native Americans for “all the country of Chota, in what is now eastern Tennessee. She was born into her on the waters of the Watauga.” Some natives did not like this and mother’s clan, the Wolf Clan. Through her mother, Nanyehi was the England certainly didn’t want areas separate from the British colonies. niece of Attakullakulla, an important chief in the Cherokee Nation. Within days of the attack on Long Island, Old Abram led a group Throughout Nanyehi’s childhood, Attakullakulla pursued a path of of braves against the fort at Watauga. Ann Robertson mobilized the cooperation with the British colonists who continually encroached women to pass caldrons of boiling water to her position overlooking on his people’s land. He believed that the best chance for Cherokee the walls of the fort. Although she sustained several injuries, Robertsurvival was for the two peoples to learn to peacefully co-exist. His son continued at her post until the Indians retreated. Repulsed in beliefs had a profound impact on his niece. When Nanyehi rose to the initial attack, the Cherokees besieged the fort for two weeks. By power in the Cherokee Nation at just 17 years old, she believed that the time reinforcements arrived from the Holston settlement, the

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Cherokees had already abandoned the siege. Ann went on to be the first woman to be given a land grant. She eventually migrated west with Donelson’s party and was the first woman teacher in Tennessee. In 1780 there was a threat aimed at the settlements to the west of the Appalachians from British commander Major Patrick Ferguson. The threat read, “If you do not desist your opposition to the British Arms, I shall march this army over the mountains, hang your leaders, and lay waste your country with fire and sword.” Upon receiving Ferguson’s threat to march into his community, terrorize his neighbors, and destroy their homes, Isaac Shelby wasted no time. He rode forty miles to the home of John Sevier. The militia leaders decided it would be best if they crossed the mountains on their own terms and defeated Ferguson on the east side of the mountains. The patriot militia gathered at Sycamore Shoals near Fort Watauga. They would become known as the Overmountain Men. Shelby brought 240 militiamen; Colonel Sevier brought a like number. Colonel William Campbell arrived with 400 Virginians that gathered in today’s Abingdon, Virginia. They would gather more men as they went through the North Carolina mountains in search of Ferguson. Near Fort Watauga on Powder Branch was a powder mill. Mary McKeehan Patton had come to the colonies with her family as a child from England. Her family milled black powder, a laborious and dangerous profession, in Pennsylvania, which increasingly had become loyalist, sending Mary and her husband John to the Watauga area. Mary was known to make the highest quality black powder around and commanded a premium price. From nearby

caves she collected thousands of pounds of bat dung to begin the process. Thus, Mary earned her place in history by providing over five hundred pounds of gunpowder to the over 850 Overmountain Men. Her gunpowder was essential to the victory over Major Patrick Ferguson’s British troops at King’s Mountain and a turning point in the Revolutionary War. After the war, Patton continued to make and deliver gunpowder to local customers. After her death in 1836, the family tradition of gunpowder manufacturing continued until after the Civil War, when the powder mill was sold. You can see some of Mary’s kettles at Rocky Mount as well as Sycamore Shoals and a quick drive around Elizabethton will demonstrate her influence on the area. Mary Patton was certainly “a force to be reckoned with” as were Nanyehi and Ann Robertson. Three revolutionary women that are lesser known, but important heroes in America’s fight for freedom. Maria True is CEO of Jet Broadcasting and General Manager of Livewire 103.9 and 1420 WEMB Sports Radio and enjoys spending weekends exploring backroads looking for historic buildings and graves. “I am very patriotic and love our country. It’s so interesting finding where these people lived. I feel a connection to these patriots that helped gain our freedom,” Maria shares. “Livewire has adapted some of these trips to on-air features called Appalachian Road Trips.” Maria has also been researching her ancestors that fought in the Revolutionary War and has proudly found three of her forefathers that fought, and now she is in the process of joining the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). If you think you have Revolutionary ancestors, you can also join DAR. They can help you with the research. There are multiple chapters in our area that directly relate to the stories in this article. Kingsport-Long Island Chapter (NSDAR), Johnson City-Ann Robertson Chapter (TSDAR), Erwin-Mary Patton Chapter (NSDAR). For more information visit DAR.org.

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By Pam Blair

uly is National Picnic Month and the best way to celebrate is to pack a picnic and head for the great outdoors! From the moment we step outside, there is a different feeling that encourages taking a deep breath and breathing in the fresh air. Planning a picnic is a great way to delight in good food and relaxation with family or friends. You can picnic in a park, or picnic in the dark (think of the back porch or a drive-in theater). You can simply throw a blanket on the ground and gather everyone around, or you can be boating or hiking and stop for a bite to eat. Spending time with people we enjoy in an outdoor setting makes any food taste better and allows us to slow down and savor the moment.

What should you pack for a picnic? Food and Beverages. Casual is key, like finger foods or sandwiches, chips, simple salads, and don’t forget to include sweet treats like brownies or fresh fruit. Drinks can be bottled or kept cold in a thermos. For a romantic picnic, a fresh baguette, a nice piece of cheese, and a bottle of wine are all that is needed. Tableware. Paper plates keep it easy and many ecofriendly options are available, or washable melamine plates are also a good choice. The utensils can also be disposable or real silverware. Don’t forget a bottle opener, a corkscrew, napkins, paper towels, a trash bag, and wet wipes for sticky hands. Picnic basket, cooler, or thermal bag. Transporting the food for a picnic depends on where you are going. If you are hiking, for example, a backpack might be how you carry it. A thermal bag, a cooler, or a picnic basket easily transports food and drinks to your chosen destination. A picnic basket can also serve as a little table for the food. Cover the ground. Keep a blanket or drop cloth in the car for impromptu picnics, but also consider taking fold-up lawn chairs for more comfortable seating. 10 | July 2022 | voicemagazineforwomen.com

While a picnic basket is not required, there is a reason I am partial to them, as I’ve had mine for more than 40 years. I spotted it in a thrift shop near my home and it was priced at $20, which was a lot of money back then. I went home and later couldn’t stop thinking about it. The thrift shop was open a few hours daily and at the time, my only mode of transportation was a bicycle, which I rode five miles to and from work every day. The next day I decided to ride to the shop during my lunch hour, buy the basket and take it home, then ride back to work. I hooked the basket over my bicycle’s handlebar, which made riding the bike more challenging, but I was determined and delivered it safely home. I rode a total of 20 miles that day, all for the love of that picnic basket. It has moved with me everywhere, and I have loved it all these years. Whatever container you choose to use for your picnics, pick one that will last a long time. Mine certainly did!

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It’s Not About the Mystery By Kelly McFadden

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV Intrepretation: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV

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he phone call came late at night, so I knew something was wrong even as I said “hello.” On the other end a friend delivered the news that a dear friend had died. I sat, shocked. Saddened by the news, I was confused by why the Lord would take home one of His servants at such a young age. I know I am not the only one to have an experience where I simply want to ask God, “Why?” We hear or see stories, read of natural disasters, accidents, kidnappings, and murders most

days, but when something terrible happens to someone I know my head wants answers. I want to know why. Then I am gently reminded that in our walk with Jesus, it is not about explaining the mysteries of this life, it is about resting in the truth. The truth is this: we have a God who loves us so much he sent His Son to die for us. We live in a world that is plagued with problems and struggles from which none of us are immune nor can we completely explain. In those hard times, we can cry out to our heavenly Father for comfort. He is with us, walking with us, carrying us through all of life’s struggles. So we have a choice. Do we dwell on struggling to find the answers to the Why? or do we look to our Maker and place our trust in Him? We cannot understand what God has prepared for us in this life or for eternity. Until then, He has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us and to be the great Comforter. So when we cry out Why?, He alone can quiet our souls. In Him we can find comfort, peace and rest, even when we can’t find explanations. The Lord does not want us to get caught up in trying to explain the mystery, but to focus on Him. We are called to look towards Him and know that He is with us and we cannot even imagine His purposes or His plan. Trusting in God does not mean we abandon our emotions and feelings; focusing on Him, reminds us that He is with us and we will never go through our struggles alone. Source: www.homeword.com

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t’s been a tough row to hoe for this ole hillbilly. Starting before Easter, I felt like I was trying to gasp air through a muddy sock. The first prognosis was allergies, and the meds to help. Enter May—a tumble left me with a dislocated finger, a broken finger, even more difficulty breathing, and a new diagnosis of AFIB in the ER. Two weeks later, in midMay, my buddies were just about having to tote me around Richmond as we were there to make a national presentation. After four days of terrible muscle pain and even more labored

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breathing, I was home and tested positive for Covid-19. Late May was a blur. Memorial Day was sleeping on the porch. New stuff, like plummeting blood pressure, aching feet, dizziness, lots of fluid buildup, and so much fatigue has left me sleeping a dozen hours on the weekend just to get up long enough for a bite to eat then napping again until bedtime. I had frank discussions with my doctor about getting my heart and lungs checked out thoroughly, and all was good (except that AFIB). I had tough discussions with my Angel about possible, less than ideal outcomes. Choosing between hobbling and speaking—not having enough breath to do both—and barely making it from seat to seat before collapsing out of sheer exhaustion. It’s been a haul. But through it all, our faith has never wavered. His Plan. Thy Will Be Done. Those were our fervent prayers. So many of you joined in, offering your prayers, thoughts, well wishes, and every one was heard and appreciated! Today, some two and a half months later, I’m turning the curve. I was able to shower, dress, and get to work without having to sit a spell and rest. Still hobbling, still a bit out of breath, I could manage a few words as I was motoring down the hallway. The sun seemed brighter, the birds more melodic, the world a bit better. I know there’s a ways to go. I see a cardiologist mid-July. I have OT to get my fingers back to working. Still that stubborn struggle to breathe and the fiery pains in my feet. But all in all, God continues to bless me far beyond what I deserve. So many of you, my friends and family. My pups. My work family. My Angel. I’m still not getting around like I’d like. But I’ll be at work, at downtown car shows, and I wouldn’t miss our big festivals if I were tied to a team of wild horses. This time out of the groove has taught me the value of true friends, of family, of what’s important and what’s noise. I’ve rediscovered the simple pleasure of evening porch sitting, of quiet evenings with just us, with celebrating each day God sends. And above all, God’s Amazing Grace. To Him, all the Glory! “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God Born of his Spirit, washed in His blood.

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Keeping the Harvest Fresh By April Hensley

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ummer vegetable gardening begins early in the year with joyful planning while there are still frosty windows and winter frozen ground. It takes many months of hard work and patience to see the fruits of our labor. Most veggies start ripening heavily in July in our area. Some things like potatoes, apples, or determinate tomatoes are ready to harvest all at once. There is a shelf life and for some edibles that is not very long. Canning, freezing, and dehydrating are ways to save fruits and vegetables for later that we can’t eat now. But with so many different ones ready to be picked, our time and countertops can quickly become overwhelmed. Although straight from the garden is the freshest and best, there are ways to extend the life of your vegetables until they can be eaten or preserved so that none of your hard work goes to waste. • Immediately after harvesting, get everything inside and out of the scorching summer sun. • Even though our first instinct is to wash our harvest, the moisture can cause the produce to spoil quicker. Wash only before eating or preserving. • Use cardboard boxes to separate each variety together while inspecting. Anything that has a bad spot, put it aside to use as soon as possible. • Anything that is not ripe place in a sunny area. • Put items in a single layer so they don’t get bruised.

• If your root vegetables such as onions and potatoes are damp from the soil, put them in a room temperature area or outside in the shade so the moisture will dry, then store in a dark, dry, cool area. • Store all produce away from sunny areas and heat as well. • Tomatoes should not be stored in the refrigerator. Turn them stem side down in a box and don’t let them touch each other. • If you have loads of cherry tomatoes, wash them and place them directly in a freezer bag and into the freezer. Cherry tomatoes seem to go bad quicker than their larger counterparts. • Thin skinned peppers, like cayenne, store well for a long time until they can be frozen or dehydrated. • Thick skinned peppers, like bell and jalapeños, have a lot more moisture so they will start going bad quicker. Store them in boxes in a single layer to prolong their life. • Cucumbers last longer if they are kept dry and at room temperature.

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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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ndividuals can consider these tips when selecting a vacation rental.

Why a vacation rental? A vacation home rental can be the type of place that prioritizes space and distance from others—something that has become even more valuable during the global pandemic. Another advantage to a vacation rental is the ability to prepare some or all of the meals on the property. That can help corral expenses normally reserved for dining out for three meals a day.

Do your research Travelers accustomed to staying in chain hotels and other resorts likely know what they are getting from the accommodations. When it comes to vacation rentals, things are a little less predictable. However, scouring reviews on sites that advertise vacation rentals, or relying on the experiences of people you know increases the likelihood that you’ll find unique and satisfying vacation rentals.

Prioritize needs and wants Vacation rentals can be narrowed down by your desired amenities and features. Make a list of desired items and then choose properties that check most, if not all, of those boxes.

or not penalties will be charged. Some rentals pass cleaning fees on to the renters or require deposits that will be returned only if there is no damage to the property.

Ask for the exact address Rental property advertisements post the best angles in photos to help disguise any shortcomings. Close-ups of the home may not showcase the neighborhood in which its located. By having the exact address in advance, you can do a street view on Google to see what is around the property—including how close it really is to amenities.

Consider exemplary hosts Services like Airbnb and VRBO are two of the leading vacation home rental businesses. Airbnb has a category of Superhosts, who must boast at least a 4.8 rating to qualify. Superhosts tend to provide superior hospitality and respond to messages quite readily. Similarly, VRBO has Premier Hosts. They also consistently provide great experiences for guests. Vacation home rentals often are a good option when spending time away. It’s easier than ever to find properties that will meet travelers’ needs.

Verify allowances A beachfront property commands a premium price, as do rentals that are adjacent to specific points of interest or in major cities. If you’re willing to stay further away, you likely can save a considerable amount of money. Investigate parking options, public transportation or if beach towns allow golf cart rentals to make reaching amenities easier.

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ow far would you go for a loved one? This question

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SCI-FI AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:

Fionne Foxxe Farraday Author of

Kairn (Mates of the Alliance Book 1)

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. 1. How old were you when you got into writing as a hobby? What inspired your love for writing to start and flourish?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed writing. I had a medical scare in March 2020 with a mini-stroke. I had six weeks with no call responsibilities. I started writing because I had a severe case of cabin fever. When I came back to call, it was in the beginning of the first wave of COVID-19. I kept writing as a way of dealing with stress at work. We were seeing so many critically ill patients; I wrote to give the happy endings that we weren’t seeing in the ICU. It gave me a coping mechanism that was cathartic—and took on a life of its own.

2. Has it always been your goal to publish your work? How does it feel seeing your books available for all the readers of the world?

Initially I was just writing for myself. I used to read to my late husband and friends. They enjoyed listening and encouraged me to see where the story would go. It’s one heck of a rush to see the book actually published. It sometimes feels like a dream!

3. What are your favorite genres to read? What about your preferred genres to write?

While I’ll read almost anything, my favorites are sci-fi/fantasy and romance. I enjoy writing science fiction with strong undertones of romance.

4. What is one thing a reader has shared with you about your work that will stay with you forever?

series. The hero popped up in book 2—and stole a lot of scenes. He lobbied insistently to be book three. He needed a heroine who was strong enough to match him. They really wanted to tell their story—it is a love story, but also one of true partnership, and it expands the definition of family and friendship.

6. What is something you want readers to know about you as an author and about your writing?

I write about people (both alien and human) who aren’t perfect. They make mistakes (with the best intentions). They find their other halves—individuals who complement them and, while not perfect, are perfect for them. My books have happy endings, total devotion (no cheating), deep bonds of family, and snippets into the lives of favorite characters from earlier books. A common theme is to look beneath the surface. What you find may surprise and amaze you. Another message wound through the series is the stewardship of our planet. My family of characters are passionate about restoring the Earth to the shining jewel she should be.

7. What surprised you about writing or publishing once you got into the process?

My characters have very definite ideas about their stories. My writing—and these characters—have taken on a life of their own. It’s been a wild and wonderful adventure serving as their guide. I can’t wait to see where this takes me next.

8. If you could change one thing about the publishing world or the stereotypes and expectations around being an author, what would it be? I don’t have any stereotypes. What I can say is that I never dreamed that I’d be a writer. I write when I get home and on the weekends. It’s wonderfully cathartic—and has helped me greatly in the past two years.

9. What are you most excited for right now in your writing career?

Two things: I get ridiculously excited when I start a new book. I’m starting on Book 9 and having a blast with these characters. The second is getting cover sketches from the graphic artist I work with. Peter is amazing— and brought Daria and Kairn to vivid life. I can’t wait to see what he does with Darzik and Emily.

10. What is one thing you hope readers remember or take away from your most recent published work? We live in a very tumultuous and uncertain world. Hope gets us through. It may be buried pretty deep, but hope is there—find it, hang onto it, and nurture it. Technology is amazing, but family and friends are what ultimately see us through.

11. Is there anything you would like to add? A common theme linking the characters in my series is that friends are the family your heart chooses — and they aren’t all necessarily human!

That it sounds like the characters are real and not scripted; that Kairn has hope and heart.

5. Do you have a favorite work of yours— published or unpublished? Why is it your favorite?

I have a real soft spot for the next two books—Darzik and Lluvallyn. In Darzik, Emily has been through something horrific which altered the course of her life. Emily is a survivor and doesn’t see herself be a victim. A large part of book two is how she reclaims her life—and Darzik is there for her through her journey as her staunchest cheerleader. Lluvallyn is the third book in the voicemagazineforwomen.com | July 2022 | 17


This Month’s Featured Books

Mary Edwards-Olson

Hunter D. Darden

Rae Elizabeth Parsons

Charlotte S. Snead

This book is to help those, both young and old, understand and cope with the changes a loved one may suffer due to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Gorgeous Georgia: A Story of Inner Beauty is about a giraffe who brags on herself to the other animals, calling herself Gorgeous Georgia. She eventually learns that beauty comes from within your heart. The other animals learn that you should never judge others because you don’t know what they are dealing with.

Written and illustrated by a high school student, Author Rae Elizabeth Parsons bring this inspirational story to life with her illustrations. It is about a sad crow who feels as though he lacks the beauty his colorful friends have. He later learns to feel comfortable in his own feathers after a short visit from the most beautiful bird in his tree.

Author Charlotte Snead creates a delightful story to help children overcome the fear of going to the doctor. The author’s goal is to take the fear out of going to the doctor and shows how Deano can be brave, and ultimately, allow the reader to feel brave too!

Andy Rogers It was a day like any other for Andy until a visit from the Virus turns his whole world upside down! Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Andy sets out on an adventure to find a cure with the magical Beats. Will they find the key that fits the cure?

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

Book 1 Carla Series by Michael Gryboski

Book 1 Madison McKenzie Files Series by Bev Freeman

Book 1 Bad Love Series by Kevin L. Schewe, MD, FACRO

Book 1 Pale Woods Mystery Series by Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Carla al-Hassan lives in two worlds.

Madison and her dog discover a

“Imagine if you and your friends

Seventeen-year-old Jerrod has strug-

In one, she is known as a mild-man-

skull along the Appalachian Trail.

stumbled across a time machine.

gled with the guilt of his actions for an

nered young woman who dropped

Emotions overflow as she sees the

You’d have the opportunity to

event that took place almost a year

out of college to work full time to pay

empty eye sockets looking up at her.

go anywhere you wanted. Kevin

ago. His friends have abandoned

for her grandfather’s medical bills. In

Madison feels pity for the lost one’s

“Bubble Butt” Schafer and his

him, his family ignores him, and he

the other, she is a professional killer

life. She knows the feelings of aban-

friends, known as the ‘Bad Love

lost his best friend. To make matters

who does the will of a mysterious

donment; what it’s like to be thrown

Gang,’ embark on a journey to

worse, he was unable to access

domestic terrorist group called the

out like trash. She wants to be the

rescue the Jews and Gypsies

records that may have revealed his

Cicero Organization. For years, Carla

voice of the skull. She silently asks,

from the Holocaust using this

father’s whereabouts. His sister, Ella,

has maintained this delicate balance.

“Who put you in this lonely place?

time machine.”

guides Jerrod as he tries to learn and

But a jealous act of betrayal and an

How did you die? And who are you?”

Review from Morgan Lee

accept secrets his family has tried to

investigation by a determined lawyer threaten her balance...and her life.

hide. However, a sinister spirit may be influencing Ella’s actions, and it has an agenda of its own.

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Judi Light Hopson When I returned from vacation, I was greeted with the sad news of the passing of JCP author, co-worker, and friend, Judi Hopson. Judi and I never met face to face, but through phone calls and emails, we became good friends. She provided editing services to JCP and to many of our authors. She was always Call: positive, and her faith seemed to be the bright light in her day. 3.743 52at the Kingsport Times for several years. She Judi was 42 a writer and .90 worked wrote articles forEm many newspapers as well. Judi was a book editor, and ailother : judihopso she published several books on.ne stress n@ear thlink t management for EMT, law enforcement and medical personnel. She served as Secretary for Unicoi Ruritan Club. We will miss her. Our condolences to her family and friends. —Janie and JCP staff

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Aging in Place By Cindy K. Sproles

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he term may seem new, but aging in place is not. Aging in place is when a senior adult decides to remain at home for their ongoing eldercare. It’s only natural for the average senior to want to stay at home as they age. Truthfully, who wouldn’t? Home is where our belongings are—things are familiar, memories intact, and possessions are handy. We are happiest amongst the things we know best. The hard decision comes when seniors must depend on others for help. Aging in place is a wonderful thing. It’s a proven fact that seniors thrive in their own homes, but some decisions must be made, and a strong thought process is involved in deciding to stay at home. As much as our aging parents want to remain in their homes, they must look honestly from a different perspective. The desire to remain at home makes looking at the facts a little cloudy. Here are some facts and considerations that must be looked at before an aging parent decides to remain at home. Financial—Finances are always a concern. Facilities are expensive, and for this very reason, planning to age in place must begin long before the need arises. If a senior decides to remain at home, are provisions for the financial maintenance of the house in place? Mowing, general repairs, and upkeep— not to forget taxes, insurance, and daily living expenses of food, clothing, and utilities need to be planned out. When a parent can no longer manage the day-to-day upkeep of a home, it falls into the care of loved ones or friends, which is a huge responsibility. The financial aspects of remaining at home versus a facility must be weighed. When the numbers are run for at-home upkeep (car, gas, maintenance, food, insurance, and taxes), families may be surprised that the cost of a facility is only slightly higher than all the other expenses combined. It is something to consider. Personal care—Can aging parents maintain daily personal care for themselves? In other words, light housework, laundry, and personal hygiene. If seniors cannot do this, are there dependable individuals who can help? This may require hiring an in-home company to provide a caregiver, even if a senior lives with a family member. Sometimes families have to leave

seniors unattended, and the necessary help is needed. Are aging parents able to prepare meals, or better yet, if they are living alone, are they eating a sufficient amount to keep them healthy? One major downfall to seniors living alone at home is they see no need to prepare a large meal. Their meals and meal times will dwindle to an unhealthy state. Again, something that must be considered. Family relationships—Family relationships play a significant role in the decision for seniors to age in place. Sometimes, finances will not allow for any other care. Family members are left to full-time care of their seniors, bringing them into their homes or making arrangements to rotate family members into caregiver positions. At the least, the stress on families is difficult. However, there are times we have no option. Staying on top of a senior’s care and working together with other family members to make the best of a difficult situation is sometimes all families can do. Consider this time a blessing, even when it is difficult. Remember, our seniors won’t be with us forever, and sharing loving moments is far greater than the hardship once they are gone. No one wants to be forced from their home and into a facility. As our seniors age, clinging to “home” is what they feel is left as their independence slips away. They see their abilities lessen in the simple things, and it’s hard to let go of what is tangible. It is better to plan now than suddenly be thrust into deciding what to do next. Making a plan of action allows seniors to be actively involved in their care before it becomes a necessity. Not only this, but preparing in advance allows for an easier transition. Aging in place can be a wonderful and beneficial experience for seniors and families, and putting a plan together in advance removes the stress and heartache of the necessity. It’s often been said, home is where the heart is, and this is true. If aging in place is right for your senior, work now to make that a viable reality for them and their family.

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7 Common Fitness Mistakes to Avoid

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itness enthusiasts may make certain mistakes along the way to achieving their goals. Recognizing which practices should be avoided can lower risk of injury and produce the desired results. 1. Skipping warm-up: Warm-ups are vital before a workout. They help muscles in the body become acclimated to exercise by gradually building up heart rate and muscle flexibility and endurance. A warm-up can include walking, biking or light repetitions of exercises. 2. Getting caught up in “low-fat” foods: It is important to eat a balanced diet that includes real, wholesome foods, according to Lucky 13 Fitness. Rather than embracing an extreme diet, focus on balance and moderation. 3. “Cheat days”: Some people operate under the assumption that the weekend or another less regimented day is an opportunity to let loose and stray from a diet and exercise regimen. This can be a mistake. A better approach is to find a routine that has enough balance so a person doesn’t feel like he or she needs to go off the rails to indulge. 4. Using the “I’m busy” excuse: There is no such thing as being too busy to exercise. Making exercise a necessary part of a

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daily routine requires finding time for fitness. Individuals may need to squeeze in exercise in the early morning before work or school. If exercise seems to be getting in the way of family time, engage in a group workout with the kids or your spouse. Pushing too hard: Many people exercise under the assumption that “more is more.” Injuries can occur when one pushes too far in a workout, particularly if he or she is lifting more weight than his or her body can handle. It is essential to give the body some time off to recuperate. Rest helps to prevent injuries. Hopping from program to program: It’s tempting to try everything the gym or the fitness world has to offer. It is better to learn the basics and stick with a program for some time before moving on to another one; otherwise, you may never have enough time to master any routine.

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Remedies for Common Skin Issues

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he skin can be affected by any number of conditions. While many are not overly harmful, certain conditions can affect appearance. Many people prefer to address skin issues promptly and effectively. Here are some common conditions and how to address them.

Acne Acne can occur on the shoulders, face, neck, and upper back. If left untreated, acne can cause scarring. Non-inflammatory acne can be addressed by using salicylic acid, which naturally exfoliates the skin. It is found in cleansers and toners. Inflammatory acne can cause infection deep beneath the skin’s surface. Products containing benzoyl-peroxide may help reduce bacteria and swelling.

Large pores Large pores tend to go hand-in-hand with oily skin. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends being gentle with the skin to help minimize the appearance of pores. In addition, cleansing and exfoliating the skin can help. The AAD says retinol, which is a derivative of vitamin A, can unclog pores and restore the skin’s natural appearance.

Redness Skin redness may occur for a variety of reasons. These include sunburns, allergic reactions, dry skin, acne, and irritations. Identifying the root of redness can help individuals make a plan for avoiding it going forward. Long-term redness often is linked to seborrheic dermatitis or rosacea. Certain medications and skincare products may be recommended by a dermatologist to address these issues.

The Connection Between Appearance and Self-esteem

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ody image is defined as how people feel about the way they look. The Office on Women’s Health says a healthy body image makes a person feels comfortable in his or her body, while a negative body image can put a person at higher risk of depression and eating disorders. Mental health experts say that a person’s thoughts about his or her appearance can affect how that person feels about himself or herself, which can affect self-esteem. A positive body image can result in high levels of self-esteem, fostering confidence and inspiring an individual to prioritize self-care. Conversely, a negative body image can result in lower self-esteem. Harsh criticism of

Eczema Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition that produces red, itchy, dry, and irritated skin. It tends to start in early childhood, and doctors believe an overactive immune system may trigger symptoms. A dermatologist usually treats eczema with over-the-counter antihistamines and OTC or prescription steroid creams.

Psoriasis Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that results in the excessive shedding of skin cells. Light therapy, moisturizers, topical retinoids, and biologics may be prescribed to manage psoriasis.

Scars Scars are a natural result of the healing process from an injury to the skin. Dermatologists may recommend application of vitamin E, silicone gel or other creams or oils to help minimize scarring after a surgery or injury. A prescription retinoid can be helpful when it comes to acne scarring. Steroid injections and laser treatments also can be used to reduce the appearance of scars, according to the experts at Medical Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Common skin conditions can be a nuisance, but various over-the-counter and prescription remedies can help. oneself may lead to antisocial behavior or even disregard for one’s personal health. Fostering a positive body image and increasing self-esteem can involve a few strategies. InnerBody Research, a home health company, offers these tips: • Avoid comparisons to social media and magazine images. • Focus on the positive aspects of yourself, but learn to love every part of your body. • Maintain a healthy routine, promoting physical and mental well-being. • Set realistic expectations. • Participate in activities you enjoy and surround yourself with supportive people. Working with a therapist also can help improve body image and self-esteem. voicemagazineforwomen.com | July 2022 | 23


Warning Signs of Mental Illness

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ental health disorders like depression affect hundreds of millions of people across the globe. A 2021 report from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation indicated that approximately 280 million people in the world have depression, making it the most common mental health disorder across the globe. Tens of millions more have been diagnosed with other mental health disorders, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other psychoses. Mental health statistics are estimates and don’t necessarily reflect the real scope of mental health disorders, many of which go unreported or undiagnosed due to various factors, including lack of access to health care. That underscores the importance individuals from all walks of life must place on learning to recognize the common signs of mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness notes that each illness has its own symptoms, but common signs may include the following: • Excessive worrying or fear • Feeling excessively sad or low • Confused thinking or difficulty concentrating and learning • Extreme mood changes • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger • Avoiding friends or social activities

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• Difficulties understanding or relating to other people • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired or low energy • Changes in eating habits, such as increased hunger or lack of appetite • Changes in sex drive • Overuse of substances, including alcohol or drugs • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes, such as headaches, stomach aches or vague and ongoing “aches and pains” • Suicidal thoughts Though the world is emerging from the pandemic, many mental health-related issues that have arisen since 2020 may linger in the months and years to come. More information, including how to find support for mental health issues, can be found at www.nami.org.

than someone who only saw one or two friends every month. Strong associations between social contact at age 50 and subsequent dementia were also uncovered. The study supports the idea that remaining socially active in one’s 50s and 60s can benefit long-term cognitive health.


What to Do About Wellness After 50

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eaching one’s fiftieth birthday in optimal health is an accomplishment to be proud of. The hard work required to be healthy in midlife includes adhering to a nutritious diet and exercising regularly. Once individuals cross the threshold and enter their 50s, they can look to some additional strategies to maintain their physical and mental well-being for decades to come. • Get a pet. Many people 50 and older qualify as “empty nesters,” a term applied to adults whose children have grown up and moved out of their homes. Some empty nesters experience a phenomenon known as “empty nest syndrome,” which the Mayo Clinic notes can be marked by feelings of sadness or loss. Pets can help people over 50 with no children at home overcome feelings linked to empty nest syndrome. In 2018, the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging found that 86 percent of pet owners felt their pets make them feel loved while 73 percent said their pets provided a sense of purpose. Pets also can ensure individuals over 50 stay physically active and provide opportunities to connect with other people. • Prioritize learning. Whether it’s taking music lessons, going back to school or mastering a new hobby, learning has a profound effect on aging brains. For example, a 2013 study published in the journal Psychological Science found that memory function is improved by engagement in demanding everyday tasks. That study reported that people who learned new skills experienced greater memory improvement than people who only socialized or participated in activities that were not as cognitively engaging. • Make an effort to improve balance. Various factors contribute to a decline in balance as adults age. For example, a decline in muscle mass that begins when people are in their 30s is a normal part of aging. Over time, that natural decline affects strength and agility. Balance exercises can be a valuable component of a fitness regimen that help individuals reduce their risk for falling as they advance through their 50s and into their 60s and 70s. That’s a significant benefit, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one out of every three adults age 65 and older experiences a fall each year, and as many as 30 percent of those falls lead to serious injury. • Embrace your inner socialite. Socialization is important for people of all ages, including individuals 50 and over. A 2017 study from researchers at Michigan

State found that valuing friendships was a strong predictor of health and happiness among older adults. Opportunities to socialize with friends may increase as people navigate their 50s and children move out or become more independent. Individuals can take advantage of opportunities to socialize whenever possible. Various strategies can help people maintain mental and physical wellness as they make their way through their 50s and beyond.

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How to Improve the Flavor Profile of Grilled Foods

t might be impossible to match the flavor of foods cooked over an open flame, but that doesn’t mean those flavors can’t be augmented. Grill masters can try these strategies to improve the flavor profile of their favorite grilled dishes. • Add some wood. Wood is often utilized to add some extra flavor when smoking foods, but it also can add flavor when grilling in a more traditional way. Wood chips can be soaked in water or even wine or beer so they don’t burn so quickly that the flavor gains are negligible. Wood chunks or logs will burn slower than chips, so there’s no need to soak them. Wood imparts a unique flavor to grilled foods, making meals even more delicious. • Apply a dry rub to the food. Dry rubs are made from dry ingredients like herbs and spices. Dry rubs don’t penetrate the meat too deeply, which means they don’t need much time to add flavor. That’s

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ideal for people who decide to grill at the last minute and want to add flavor even if they don’t have the time to marinate their meat. • Bring meat to room temperature prior to putting it on the grill. Meat that goes directly from the refrigerator to the grill is likely to cook unevenly, which can affect the overall flavor of the meal. But this issue is easily overcome by taking the meat out of the fridge about 20 to 30 minutes before putting it on the grill. Doing so lets the meat reach room temperature and increases the likelihood it will cook evenly. • Season your vegetables, too. Meat and other proteins might garner the bulk of the grilling attention, but vegetables are worthy additions to any grill grate. Grilled vegetables can be made even more flavorful with some light seasoning with a little kosher salt and/or black pepper before placing them on the grill. As the vegetables cook, they will absorb the salt, which adds to their flavor profile. Dried herbs also can be used to season grilled vegetables for even more flavor. Grilled foods are incredibly flavorful. That flavor profile can be even better when grillmasters employ a few simple techniques.


Mushroom and Swiss Burgers with Bacon and Aioli

Makes 4 servings 8 bacon slices 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 pounds ground beef 4 Swiss cheese slices 4 kaiser rolls, split 1⁄2 cup aioli (see below)

Mojito Fish Steaks

Makes 4 servings 4 firm-fleshed fish steaks, such as salmon, swordfish, kingfish, or sable, each 6 to 8 ounces, about 3⁄4-inch thick 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper For the Mojito Mop: 3 tablespoons light rum juice Finely grated zest of 1 large lime 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 teaspoon hot-pepper sauce 1 tablespoon sugar 4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves 1.

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Light a grill for indirect low heat, about 200 F. If using a charcoal grill, build a small charcoal fire at one end of the grill. If using a gas grill, set a burner at one end of the grill to medium-low. Put the grill grate on the grill and clean the grill grate with a wire brush. Coat the fish steaks with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Set aside for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, make the mop: In a small bowl, stir together the rum, lime juice, canola oil, hot-pepper sauce, sugar, and 3 tablespoons of the mint leaves. Brush the grill grate with olive oil. Put the fish on the grill away from the heat, spoon 1 tablespoon of the mop over each fish steak, cover the grill, and cook until the fish steaks flake to gentle pressure, about 1 hour, basting with mop about every 5 minutes. Serve each fish steak scattered with the remaining chopped mint and the lime zest.

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Prepare the grill for direct grilling at 500 F, then preheat a 10-inch cast iron skillet on the grate with the lid closed. Put the bacon in the skillet. Close the lid and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until browned and crispy around the edges. Transfer to a plate. Add the mushrooms to the skillet. Close the lid and cook, stirring once, for 7 to 9 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a plate. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, season the beef with pepper and 4 teaspoons of salt. Using your hands, mix until just incorporated; form into four 1-inch-thick patties with a slight dimple in the center. Put the burgers on the grate. Close the lid and cook, flipping halfway through, for 8 to 10 minutes total for medium, or until an instantread thermometer inserted into the center registers 135 F. In the last minute of cooking, top the patties with the cheese to melt and place the rolls cut-side down on the grate to toast. Spread the aioli on the buns and assemble the burgers, dividing the bacon and mushrooms between them. Serve immediately.

Aioli: Makes 1 1⁄4 cups 1 large egg 1 cup vegetable oil 2 garlic cloves, peeled 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt 1. 2. 3. 4.

Put the egg in the bowl of a small food processor. Blend until beaten. With the machine running, slowly stream in the oil through the feed tube until emulsified (the mixture thickens). Blend in the garlic and salt. Transfer to an airtight container, refrigerate, and use within 5 days. Troubleshooting: Is your aioli just not coming together, staying thin and runny instead of thickening? You may be streaming in your oil too quickly. But don’t throw out the batch. Instead, pour it into a small cup or bowl, wash and dry the bowl and blade of the food processor, and start again with a fresh egg. Use the previous batch as your “oil.”

Source: The Essential Kamado Grill Cookbook by Will Budiaman

Grilled Pizza

Makes 2 servings 8 oz. pizza dough Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing and drizzling 1/2 lb. thinly sliced mozzarella 1 large tomato, thinly sliced 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved 1 c. ricotta Freshly chopped basil, for serving Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes 1.

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Heat grill over medium-high heat. Divide pizza dough into 2 balls and use your hands to stretch out into a circle that’s 8" wide. Brush both sides with oil, then place directly on grill grates. Cook until bottom is golden, 1 to 2 minutes, then flip. Immediately top crust with half the cheese, tomatoes, and ricotta, and continue cooking until bottom of pizza is golden, about another minute. Repeat with remaining dough. Top with basil, red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of oil.

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Grilled Pineapple Chicken

Makes 4 servings 1 c. unsweetened pineapple juice 3/4 c. ketchup 1/2 c. low-sodium soy sauce 1/2 c. brown sugar 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp. freshly minced ginger 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 tsp. vegetable oil, plus more for grill 1 pineapple, sliced into rings & halved Thinly sliced green onions, for garnish 1.

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Source: www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/ recipes/a47354/grilled-aloha-chicken-recipe

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Nebraska • Niobrara National Scenic River

Nevada • Great Basin National Park

New Jersey • New Jersey Pinelands • Gateway National Recreation Area (extends into New York)

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Great Places to Visit in Celebration of America’s National Parks

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Delaware • First State National Historical Park

Florida • Everglades National Park • Dry Tortugas National Park

he National Park Service in the United States has been around for more than a century. The growth of the National Park Service is proof of the undeniable allure of the great outdoors. The call of the wild can be answered anywhere in the United States, and the following are some must-see locations that fall under the purview of the National Park Service.

Hawaii

Alabama

Maine

• Little River Canyon National Preserve

Alaska • Denali National Park • Glacier Bay National Park

Arizona • Grand Canyon National Park • Petrified Forest National Park

California • Joshua Tree National Park • Redwood National Park • Sequoia National Park • Yosemite National Park

Colorado • Great Sand Dunes National Park • Rocky Mountain National Park

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• Haleakala National Park

Idaho

• Great Smoky Mountains National Park (extends into Tennessee)

North Dakota • North Country National Scenic Trail (extends across various states)

Ohio • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Oregon

• Yellowstone National Park (extends into Montana and Wyoming)

• Crater Lake National Park • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park (extends into Washington)

Kentucky

South Carolina

• Mammoth Cave National Park

Indiana • Indiana Dunes National Park

• Acadia National Park • Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Michigan • Isle Royale National Park • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Minnesota • Voyageurs National Park • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (extends into Wisconsin)

Missouri • Gateway Arch National Park • Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Montana • Glacier National Park • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (extends into Wyoming)

• Congaree National Park

South Dakota • Badlands National Park • Wind Cave National Park

Texas • Big Bend National Park • Big Thicket National Preserve

Utah • Arches National Park • Canyonlands National Park

Virginia • Blue Ridge Parkway (extends into North Carolina) • Cumberland Gap (extends across various states)

West Virginia • New River Gorge National Park


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